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Mar
24
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The online bookings system is now open to take bookings over the 31 walks between 4-10 September. Please access www.borderswalking.com and then look for the link to BorderEvents. The spaces are likely to fill up quickly.
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Mar
22
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While the Community Trust is not the project lead on this venture - Coldstream's Heritage Community Interest Company (CIC) is - it supports the project. The latest news is that The Headley Trust has awarded the CIC £5,000, mainly to support the stabilisation of the internal headstones. The results of 3 other small grant applications are awaited and if these are successful the project commences - gable wall repairs, archaeology, research and general safety of the site. A 'Pointless' quiz social evening is planned for Friday 13th May in the Parish Church Hall to raise some smaller funds to help cover incidental expenses like insurance.
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Mar
22
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The system is now open to register for a quote.
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Mar
16
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Both the Community Trust and the Community Council want a CAP that focuses mainly on Coldstream's issues. Therefore, on Monday evening the Steering Group agreed to pursue the engagement of a grant-funded consultant to provide in-depth and comprehensive advice on the following:- - Tourism and Visitor Footfall - Retail - Industry - Young Families & Youth - Elderly - Community Capacity to Improve. Regular updates will appear on this website and in the media.
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Mar
16
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The town's community interest body - Coldstream's Heritage Ltd - has just received good news from the Headley Trust (part of the Sainsbury family charities) that it has awarded the medieval Lennel kirk project a grant of £5,000. This means that the grant funding is at the level of £100,000, plus £8k worth of volunteer labour. Three grant application decisions are awaited - Fallago Environmental Fund (£18k), SBC Community Grants (£5k) and Landfill Tax Fund (£11k). If the green light is given on these, then the project commences in mid-April. The Community Interest body would own the repaired kirk, it would be locked-in the community for good and 200 years of neglect reversed.
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Mar
11
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1) Community Centre - Tower being inspected & repaired. Leet Room far brighter through paintwork. 2) Community Hydro - consultant's report imminent 3) Community Gym in Rodger Hall - discussing with SBC required repairs 4) Community Energy Switch - 100 households switched, saving £25,000pa. Trust has earned £605 to date 5) Lennel Kirk repair - Trust not in charge, merely a supporter of Coldstream's Heritage Ltd. Latter waiting on results of two grant application. If OK, project starts. 6) Beerfest - 18th June 7) Walking Festival - bookings coming in 8) Website - currently scoping the possibility of a new website 9) Community Action Plan - last but not least, Community Trust and Community Council formed a Steering Group to set in motion a CAP that would be owned by the community and give Coldstream a far better chance to attract external funding 10) Coldstream Guards banner at Marriage House - Out of date Waterloo 2015 bit being extracted. 11) Jacob's Well woodland - been tidied and grant applied for to tidy it further.
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Mar
02
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Joint Initiative between Community Trust and Coldstream Riders Association
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Mar
01
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Four Coldstream Community Trust volunteers - John Elliot, Trevor Swan, Mike Rowe and Gerald Tait - spent a very satisfying hour this morning litter-picking in two areas:- 1) the pathway from the Castle Hotel car park to the pathway from Home Place 2) the pathway from under the Leet bridge, behind the Lees Steading and into the woodland behind the steading and facing Woodlands Park. Four full bags of rubbish were brought to the car park for Henry to pick up. 80% of the rubbish were cans thrown into grassed areas by culprits. It's good fun litter-picking but volunteer time could be spent better.
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Feb
29
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It has become apparent that Coldstream may always be at the back of the queue for large sums of grant-funding, partly because we are rural and perhaps 'not that important' but also because we don't have a comprehensive community plan that highlights Coldstream's strengths and weaknesses and its priorities. A comprehensive survey of the Coldstream public will determine all this, amongst other important actions. Therefore, the Community Trust met with the Community Council a fortnight ago and it was agreed to set up a Steering Group from both bodies to get the ball rolling. The group is made of four Community councillors - Christina Hopewell, Martin Brims, Rannoch Daly and Colin McGregor - and four people from the Community Trust - Alex Thomson, Catherine Hadshar, Kay Slater and Gerald Tait. The Steering Group is meeting on 14th March and it is planned that the Community Action Plan will be published in 2016 and ready to make improvements to happen to Coldstream in 2017 and onwards. Please review this website for regular updates. the first action is to find grant funding to engage an experienced consultant who would work to a plan agreed by the Steering Group.
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Feb
29
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The painting of the Leet Room is nearly finished and what a brighter room it is. Grateful thanks must go to the Knit and Knatter Group who have organised and Trustee, Gordon Thompson, who has helped them organise the paint etc.
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