New board of ‘great importance’

Grantshouse notice board being used by (front to back:) Lifelong resident Jessie Allison, Kim Bannerman, Brian Golden and Craftsman Mel Watkinson
Grantshouse notice board being used by (front to back:) Lifelong resident Jessie Allison, Kim Bannerman, Brian Golden and Craftsman Mel Watkinson

ALL the fundraising done by the Grantshouse Community Trust and the Village Hall Committee paid dividends on Monday when members were able to unveil a new noticeboard for the village.

For the last few years residents have been getting their information from in their own words, “a sub standard” noticeboard, so they are now looking forward to being able to get news on a whole variety of events from a focal point in the village.

New Chair of the Community Trust, Kim Bannerman said she was thrilled with the board, designed by local craftsman Mel Watkinson, and was confident it would improve the way residents find out about events the Trust have in the pipeline and what else is going on in the local community.

She commented: “It’s of great importance to Grantshouse that we have this new noticeboard.

“Pleased isn’t the world; I’m absolutely delighted with it.

“It’s rather unfortunate in the village that we don’t have any real meeting place.

“The village hall is the focal point for a lot of people and the centre of the community so having the notice board here is the best option for everyone.

“Our previous notice board was always full but it was far too small; there wasn’t enough space to promote everything we’d like to.”

Kim described the raising the £585 required for the notice board as a “big community effort” and paid tribute to all of those who had helped along the way.

“We’ve held all sorts of fundraising events to raise the money- dances, jumble sales, raffles and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved with them.

“The next aim is for us to have a new free standing notice board somewhere else in the village.”

Since starting up in 2003, Grantshouse Community Trust has been responsible for breathing a new lease of life into the village and its surrounding communities.

Projects have included the Grantshouse Community Garden; a new notice board for neighbouring Houndwood and new gates for the church at Houndwood, also designed by Mel, who lives in nearby Brockholes.

He told ‘The Berwickshire News’ the new noticeboard, made out of oak, took him around a week to complete and he hoped it would be of great benefit to the local community.

The Grantshouse Community Trust aren’t resting on their laurels, in order to continue improving the village with further schemes they are holding another fundraiser- a jumble sale in the village hall this Saturday, May 5.

The event will run from 1-4pm, although the hall will be open earlier in the morning for people to bring items along. Entry is £1.