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Jun
25
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Tuesday morning seems to be a popular time for Trust volunteers to carry out enjoyable community work. This Tuesday coming, the steep, soil-based Jacob's Well steps are being tidied by removing some soil and the following Tuesday type 1 aggregate chips are being installed. Thanks to Colin McGregor for donating the chips. The current soil-base can be slippy and the type 1 will reduce the risk. Any person wishing to join the volunteering team, please ring 01890-882685.
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Jun
25
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First of all, congratulations to the Gateway Association for their new 'Coldstream in Bloom' sign at the bottom of Guard's Road. There has been a spin-off because the flowers destined for the bottom of Guard's Road are now planted beside the Marjoribanks monument. Secondly, the Community Trust has funded a new Coldstream Guards banner near the Marriage House, replacing last year's Waterloo sign.
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Jun
21
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Saturday's beer and wine was a success in terms of the amount of real ale and wine drunk and the net surplus of around £950. Everybody involved is congratulated for their efforts and the profit will be used to support the community trust and community centre. The surplus of £950 is double the profit of the 2015 festival and within the costs - pies and drink - some £300 was put onto the Coldstream shops. .
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Jun
21
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Following the SBC weed-killing of the Nun's Walk, Trust volunteers have cleared all the dead weeds, cut back invasive bushes and cleared the Blue Bell steps of similar stuff. The walk and steps are now pretty tidy. The iconic Nun's Walk is a regularly visited site, and during the site improvement today, around 30 walkers used the walk, including two from Melbourne Australia who said they wished they had a similar walk back home. Today's exercise was very enjoyable for the volunteers, retired people with plenty time to contribute to the community.
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Jun
18
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As at 13th June:- 392 bookings against a target of 500. Involves around 120 walkers, 116 of whom are non-locals. Only 2 3/4 months to go. 210 bookings are in relation to the 6 day St.Cuthbert's Way walks.
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Jun
18
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The Awards Panel meets on Monday evening - 20th - to assess 8 grant applications valued at around £17,000. Applicants will be notified of the results by the end of the month.
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Jun
18
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The Community Trust has given approval to produce and install a new Coldstream Guards banner at the Tweed Bridge, opposite the Marriage House. This will replace the out-of-date banner commemorating the battle of Waterloo, which the Guards were involved in. The Trust is happy to help enhance in any way the Guards brand/exhibition/theme.
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Jun
18
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We have just been reminded that the plan to thin trees near the bridge, so people can view the bridge, and improve road traffic safety too, has largely failed and Woodland Trust, Scotland are being contacted to see if some of trees, up to 50m from the bridge, can be thinned. Obviously the trees further up towards the town are hiding ugly electricity poles and are stabilising the slope. Pathways are being scythed this week to ensure no walking impediments.
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Jun
10
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The project has now officially started under the 'hat' of Coldstream's Heritage Ltd - Community Interest Company (CIC) and Robin Kent of Duns has been appointed as the Conservation Architect and the Archaeology Practice of Newcastle as the archaeologist in charge of amateur 'archies'. The CIC is looking for a few more volunteers to help with the archaeology. The Trust is keen to support the project but there a few sceptics in the community suggesting that £100,000 would be better spent on potholes. Well here is the CICs angle on benefits of the project:- LENNEL KIRK WHAT BENEFITS WILL THE PROJECT BRING?  Repair of a complete eyesore and a regular moan  We may have lost our priory but not giving up on our medieval kirk  Kirk owned by community interest body – a robust future away from dilapidation  Kirk is a Listed B building and may become a Scheduled Monument  Site will be safe  Respect to internal and immediate external headstones  Archaeology surveys and ‘digs’ may be interesting  Lots of volunteering  Annual outdoor church service  Much more knowledge on the history of the kirk, the trail in the Tweed basin of religious buildings and the era of body-snatching  End up with a drawing of what the kirk looked like in its heyday  Likely to encourage SBC to cut the grass more regularly  Shows that Coldstream can attract large funding; even for the most problematic issues to reverse.  Interpretation board on site  Protects our heritage  Lennel Kirk will have it’s own website
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Jun
10
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The Board of Trustees are meeting next Wednesday to discuss a challenging but nevertheless challenging agenda, including:- 1) the possibility of taking the Tweed/Leet hydro project forward; 2) the latest progress on the proposed community gym in the Rodger Hall; 3) the joint (with the Community Council) study of Coldstream and a Community Action Plan. There was a feature in the 'Berwickshire News' this week on it; 4) repairs to the tower of the 'cathedral'; amongst other things 5) trying to engage another two or three trustees.
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