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Jul
15
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The Community Energy Switch has been a success across the UK with £1m energy savings made each auction. Obviously Coldstream is a very small part of this with 100 houses having switched in the previous three energy auctions/switches. For those Coldstream houses who switched in October 2015, on a year-long contract with E-ON, you will need to register for a quote in the quotes system that is about to open on 2nd August, otherwise when your contract ends E-ON will revert you to a standard tariff. Please view the 'Energy Switch' buttons on the front page of this website.
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Jul
15
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That John Dixon never sits still! Last year's very popular warhorse in the Market Square has come out of hibernation again so expect it to feature in the square fairly soon, once it has been tidied up and fed the best of oats. Well done to those involved.
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Jul
08
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Grateful thanks go to Mike Rowe, John Dixon, Gordon Campbell, John Elliot and Trevor Swan for improving the Jacob's Well pathway last Tuesday, laying thick type 1 gravel on the steps, making them safer. The overgrown path to the seat beside the river was also cleared. This Tuesday coming is set aside to sweep the Blue Bell steps clear, paint the iron railing and perhaps clear the moss from the Charlie's Monument area.
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Jul
01
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The Hudson Hirsel Fund Awards Panel, administered by the Community Trust and including Jamie Hudson the director of Hudson Hirsel LLP and building quality homes at the Leet Haugh, met on the 20th June and awarded the following grants to local bodies:- 1) Coldstream Twinning Association £300 towards the costs of promoting etc twinning 2) Coldstream Outdoor Play Project £3,000 towards a proposed picnic area 3) Coldstream Football Club £805 for a new pitch roller 4) Playgroup and Toddlers £3,000 towards the cost of extra sessions for kiddies and 5) Coldstream & District Local History Society £860 towards updating and securing their valued website. Some conditions were attaching to these grant awards and they are currently being addressed. The total, potential grants are therefore £7,965. The next round of grant applications has a deadline of 1st November 2016 and local groups are encouraged to apply for grants.
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Jul
01
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Trying to attach the flyer for local to read.
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Jul
01
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Walk Bookings increased by 6% last week from 406 to 429. This is a very 'healthy' number with 2 months to go till the festival, between 4-10 September. It is possible to take another 400 bookings but we are being realistic and looking to achieve the number that 2015 Galashiels had, which was 485 walk bookings. It is strange that only 7 local people are booked on the walks and we are urging locals to join the walks, some of which are easy. The attached flyer is to be distributed locally in the next fortnight.
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Jun
28
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Nuns' Walk is a popular walk for people and there has always been doubt who owns it. A recent survey of neighbours indicates a mixed, some owning right to the river, some to the river side of the path and others to the end of their garden. Problems with the stability of the walk have always been rectified by the Local Authority but in this day-and-age of budget cuts will the Council be able to commit to those. The Trust's contact with Historic Environment Scotland, the regulator of Ancient Monuments and Listed Buildings, hoped that HES may wish to categorise the walk. The reply was disappointing because HES does not think Nuns' Walk is terribly old. Perhaps time to dig a bit deeper and prove that it is. After all, Berwick Walls is scheduled or at least listed.
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Jun
28
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The hard-workers of the Gateway Association, a Coldstream charity, have arranged with the Council to install a welcoming banner at the bottom of Guards' Road. Here is an image. Well done the troops.
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Jun
28
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Trust volunteers are proving to be a powerful bunch, tidying parts of Coldstream that are in need of improvement. To date, the Nuns' Walk dead weeds have been cleared, the Blue Bell steps tidied and the railings are to be painted. Also this morning the soil on the slippery Jacob's Well steps have been removed, ready for the type 1 aggregate next Tuesday. The volunteers are also planning to clean the tourist information signs outside the town. These people have plenty time on their hands, so why not. To join the team, 'phone the community centre on 01890-883332.
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Jun
25
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Hats are off to the volunteers of the British Legion club for the current refurbishment of the premises, vastly improving the interior, helping the disabled and generally modernising the whole place. Volunteers are heavily involved by SBC Councillor Greenwell and Rob Bell seem to be the most involved. The whole ground floor premise will be open in July.
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