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Restoration of Redpath Village Hall – Redpath Village Hall Association (completed)
This important historical building has now been restored, ensuring the facility continues to serve the Redpath community.
Grant Awarded: £13,800
Total Project Cost: £27,819
Schools Countryside Day - Border Union Agricultural Society (ongoing)
The Fund is contributing to this annual event, held at the Border Union Showground, where around 50 organisations offer various activities to educate P5 children throughout the Scottish Borders about the countryside, rural issues and the environment they live in. Over 1200 children attend, with the help of nearly 100 volunteers.
Total Project Cost: £71,860
Future Proofing Football - Coldstream Football Club (completed)
Formed over 118 years ago, Coldstream Football Club is one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland. Coldstream FC is upgrading Home Park and the Fund has supported the installation of railings and a park gate, as part of a wider plan to improve safety and secure the Club's SFA membership.
Grant Awarded: £3,730
Total Project Cost: £7,460
Restoration of St Boswells Village Hall – St Boswells Public Hall Management Committee (completed)
Restoration of this village hall, dating back to 1896, has created a modern high-quality venue for the community of St Boswells.
Grant Awarded: £9,600
Total Project Cost: £339,377
Rehouse and expand Ellem Fishing Club Museum - Ellem Fishing Club (completed)
The Museum received funding to relocate to a larger room within Paxton House and expand an array of exhibits, wall displays and an interactive computer system.
Grant Awarded: £3,853
Total Project Cost: £7,991
Sounding Hawick’s Brass – Hawick Saxhorn Band (completed)
Founded in 1855, Hawick Saxhorn Band promotes the playing and appreciation of music through education and performance and the band plays a part in the annual Hawick Common Riding celebrations. FEF contributed towards the purchase of 3 new instruments.
Grant Awarded: £3,256
Total Project Cost: £6,512
A Son of Kelso on the Somme (completed)
In this book, Dr Derek Robeson shares the personal letters, photographs and experiences of his grandfather, who survived three years in the frontline trenches of the Western Front in World War 1. Dr Robeson expands, "A primary objective of this book, was to get the family photographs and letters reproduced before they faded from view and to piece them together, in a meaningful way as a family record. The book is also an educational resource, intended for upper secondary school age children, but hopefully it will have a wider appeal to all age groups, as an interesting piece of social history."
Grant Awarded: £3,156
Total Project Cost: £6,312
Westruther Village Hall Energy Efficiency Initiative - Westruther Public Hall Trustees (completed)
Solar photovoltaic panels have been installed at the village hall, reducing CO2 emissions and improving financial sustainability, as part of a wider initiative to make the hall as environmentally sustainable as possible. Other upgrades include draught-proofing, thermostatic radiator control, LED light fittings and improved glazing.
Grant Awarded: £5,763
Total Project Cost: £11,526
Widows and Bairns Bronze - Eyemouth & District Fishermen's Association (completed)
This 5-metre long bronze sculpture, commemorating the 1881 Eyemouth fishing disaster, is placed prominently on the seafront at Eyemouth. The sculpture depicts the 78 widows and 182 children looking out to sea for fishing boats that never returned. (image ©Benjamin Tindall)
Grant Awarded: £53,142
Total Project cost: £112,084
Chirnside Community Centre - Chirnside Development Group (completed)
A community-led refurbishment project, upgrading a prime C-listed building at the heart of the Chirnside community. Due to its listed status, the neo-gothic building's modernisation is sympathetic to the existing structure, whilst providing a facility fit for purpose for the many community groups which use the Centre.
Grant Awarded: £35,000
Total Project Cost: £398,049
Coldingham Priory Community Archaeology Project - Friends of Coldingham Priory (completed)
Looking for new sub-soil evidence of the early, pre-Norman monastic settlement close to Coldingham Priory, a geophysical survey of the glebe field to the east of the Priory Church was undertaken in 2014. The survey detected anomalies, particularly geomagnetic anomalies, many of which are potentially of archaeological interest.
Grant Awarded: £2,980
Total Project Cost: £5,976
Record, Conserve, Restore: surveying at Talla and Gameshope Valleys – Borders Forest Trust (completed)
Vegetation and biological surveys, carried out in 2014, are the first steps towards ecological restoration of the Talla & Gameshope valleys. The Talla & Gameshope valleys were acquired by Borders Forest Trust in 2013 and offer a rare opportunity to restore a large area of hills and upland valleys to their natural state. (Image courtesy of Colin McLean).
Grant Awarded: £9,150
Total Project Cost: £18,250
Borders Tree Planting Grant - Tweed Forum (ongoing)
Trees are an extremely important feature of the Borders landscape. The Borders Tree Planting Grant offers financial assistance to plant individual trees or small clumps of trees, in order to retain this landscape resource for the benefit of people, communities and wildlife. Trees are being lost to disease and old age and the Grant is designed to encourage people to plant new trees, specifically trees and woodlands that fall below eligibility for the Scottish Rural Development Programme.
Grant Awarded: £30,500
Total Project Cost: £99,000
Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower - Torwoodlee & Buckholm Estates (completed)
This restoration project has preserved the ruin of Torwoodlee Tower (a scheduled ancient monument) and ensured safe public access. The Tower is a key part of the Braw Lads’ Week ceremonies in Galashiels when the Principals, The Braw Lad and the Braw Lass, come as representatives of the People of Galashiels to ask for a sod and a stone in commemoration of the 1503 Act of Sasine when James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor and was granted the lands of the Ettrick Forest.
Grant Awarded: £75,000
Total Project Cost: £154,650
Angraflats Off-road Cycle Trail - Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club (completed)
With Fund support, Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club have created 2.5km of off-road cycle trails on the outskirts of Kelso. Providing an off-road venue for the Eastern Borders, the trails also offer a first class training facility for Kelso Wheelers Youth Club, encouraging more kids to get out on their bikes.
Grant Awarded: £29,115
Total Project Cost: £58,230
Bowden Common: Access and Habitat Conservation - Trustees of Bowden Common (completed)
Creating a circular walking route around Bowden Common, this project has also restored habitat for local wildlife.
Grant Awarded: £3,944
Total Project Cost: £10,744
Our River: Stories of the Tweed - Tweed Forum (ongoing)
This project will record the heritage, culture and memories surrounding the River Tweed, from source to sea, creating a documentary film which will be screened at various locations throughout the area. All profits from the screening will go to the local community, village hall or society that hosted the event. Copies of the DVD will also be given to community groups and schools. All the footage (as well as the completed DVD) will be lodged with the regional archives. The DVD will be for sale with profits going to a local charity.
Grant Awarded: £13,600
Total Project Cost: £30,600
Scottish Borders Countryside Initiative - RHET (ongoing)
This initiative is providing educational experiences for primary and secondary school pupils on a real farm, in conjunction with in-school presentations.
Grant Awarded: £7,422
Total Project Cost: £14,970
Trimontium Museum - Trimontium Trust (completed)
Looking at options for extending and refurbishing Trimontium Museum, situated in the heart of Melrose, this feasibility study suggested utilising a courtyard to the rear of the existing building to provide updated facilities.
Grant Awarded: £5,000
Total Project Cost: £10,000
Jedburgh Horticultural Society Bi-Centenary 1815–2015 - United Roxburghshire and Jedburgh Horticultural Society (ongoing)
The Society will commemorate its Bi-Centenary with a bespoke installation and interpretation board at Queen Mary's Gardens, Jedburgh. With the interpretation board telling the story of horticulture in Jedburgh through the famous "Jethart Pears"; the installation will take the form of an espalier frame with bronze pears and two new pear tree plantings, adjacent to where the original trees still flourish.
Grant Awarded: £6,045
Total Project Cost: £12,095
Kelso Town Hall 200 Celebrations - Friends of Kelso Museum (completed)
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the building of Kelso Town Hall, the local community ran a programme of community and cultural events ran throughout the summer and autumn of 2016.
Grant Awarded: £4,220
Total Project Cost: £8,440
Ettrick and Yarrow Show - Yarrow and Ettrick Pastoral Society (completed)
With support from the Fund, the Pastoral Society have been able to make improvements to the Show including enhanced access, increased capacity and upgrading of outdated equipment.
Grant Awarded: £4,203
Total Project Cost: £10,229
Community Amenities for Westruther - Westruther Public Hall Trust
This project has improved amenities and benefits to Westruther residents, providing a safe outside area for young people to play sports, enhancing the village with floral displays and re-flooring the village hall.
Grant Awarded: £15,318
Total Project Cost: £39,684
Repair, Conservation & Interpretation of the Medieval Lennel Kirk - Coldstream's Heritage Ltd (completed)
Restoration of this important medieval kirk, on the outskirts of Coldstream, has been wholeheartedly embraced by the community of Coldstream, who have set up Coldstream's Heritage Ltd to oversee the work.
Grant Awarded: £18,000
Total Project Cost: £142,257
The Jim Clark Museum - The Jim Clark Trust (ongoing)
Situated in Duns, the museum will be dedicated to promoting the life and legacy of double F1 Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Clark; alongside the heritage, culture and love of farming life in the Scottish Borders.
Grant Awarded: £75,000
Total Project Cost: £1,647,800
Stobs Military Camp Project - Archaeology Scotland (ongoing)
At Stobs Camp, Hawick, a community project to understand, value and protect this significant historical Military Camp site is underway. The camp was in operation from 1903 for over 60 years and encompassed both World Wars. Stobs Camp Project aims to encourage both local people and the global online community to better understand Stobs Camp and the part it played in the First World War; to value, share and commemorate Stobs and the people who lived there; and to protect Stobs Camp for future generations.
Grant Awarded: £47,530
Total Project Cost: £280,230
Paxton House Waterwheel and Beam Pump Restoration - The Paxton Trust (ongoing)
At Paxton House, restoration of a water wheel and beam pump will create a working display of an 18th century domestic water supply system - probably the earliest pumped system delivering clean spring water to a house in Scotland. Only fragments of the original system were discovered at Paxton, but a very similar wheel and pump were found lying derelict at nearby Blackadder Mount. That led to a plan from heritage engineering consultant Jim Mitchell to recommission the Blackadder machinery on the Paxton site as a working heritage feature.
Grant Awarded: £13,000
Total Project Cost: £95,000
Woodland Restoration in the Border Hills - Borders Forest Trust (ongoing)
In the upper Talla and Gameshope valleys, a community woodland restoration project is underway. Planting 20,000 trees to restore native montane woodland, community outreach will be at the forefront of this work, with planting days and educational visits throughout the lifetime of the project.
Grant Awarded: £10,900
Total Project Cost: £28,100
Borders Heritage Festival 2017 - Live Borders (completed)
Borders Heritage Festival 2017 celebrated the heritage of the Scottish Borders at over 80 participating sites including walks, talks, theatre exhibitions, and archaeology. New and innovative events such as the "Lighting the Borders", "Where Teviot Rins" and "Sounding out the Past" helped showcase Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. (image © Sam Cornwell)
Grant Awarded: £15,000
Total Project Cost: £125,400
Celebrating the Heritage of the Leader Water - Earlston Paths Group (ongoing)
The Earlston Paths Group is a long-standing community group with a strong committment to building trails around Earlston. With support from the Fund they will improve the circular footpath along the Leader Water and provide interpretation about the natural, built and cultural heritage found along the route.
Grant Awarded: £8,494
Total Project Cost: £17,000
TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) - Westruther Parent Council (ongoing)
TEAM will be purchasing a portable sound and lighting system to be used by the local school and community, whether in the school hall, village hall or local church. As well as this, TEAM will be starting up a library service at the school Breakfast Club, and support from the Fund will allow them to stock the new library.
Grant Awarded: £1,656
Total Project Cost: £3,312
Citizen Science and the Golden Swarm - Kelso High School (ongoing)
Citizen Science and the Golden Swarm is a community learning project, with a strong focus on natural heritage in relation to bees and beekeeping in the Scottish Borders. The project has two main themes. The Golden Swarm will celebrate the beekeeping taking place at Floors Castle and the partnership with Kelso High School Beekeeping Club will be explored through community-based art activities and the production of a collective artwork. The Citizen Science element will educate and train young people and adults in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) topics and empower them to carry out their own citizen science project for the benefit of the beekeeping community locally, nationally and internationally. (image © Scottish Borders Council)
Grant Awarded: £6,290
Total Project Cost: £14,050
The following organisations have also received Core Funding support:
Border Arts Development CIC https://www.bordersartfair.com/
Kelso Folk and Live Music Club www.kelsofolk.co.uk
Borders Youth Theatre www.bordersyouththeatre.co.uk/
Connect Berwickshire http://connectbyp.org/
Gunsgreen House www.gunsgreenhouse.org/
Southern Uplands Partnership www.sup.org.uk/