Last week council leader, Councillor David Parker and I launched our ‘Great Tweed Trek’ which will be happening at the end of August.
We will be walking the 97 miles from Scotland into England to raise funds for the Radio Borders Cash for Kids appeal and for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.
Five years ago David and I walked the Four Abbeys Way to raise funds to support the Special Care Baby Unit of Borders General Hospital. We completed a distance of 70 miles over five days and raised over £12,000.
Five years on we had the idea of walking the length of the Tweed to raise money for Radio Borders’ excellent fundraising initiative, as well as our local Mountain Rescue Team who work tirelessly to keep walkers safe along the Tweed.
As local MP I was pleased to be able to attend the annual Border Union Show a couple of weeks ago and the Duns show last weekend.
Both events displayed the finest in Borders produce and farming and there was a great turnout and atmosphere.
The shows are a great chance to catch up with friends and local business people and I want to congratulate the organisers of both shows for all their efforts.
At the Border Union Show, I was pleased to discuss the new Border Union Agricultural Society’s Bursary scheme with James Joicey which was launched to mark the Society’s 200th year in 2013.
The scheme has been set up to grant bursaries to young entrepreneurs in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland.
The bursaries will be granted to young people to help them develop skills that will benefit the area such as work in forestry, the environment, horticulture etc.
I want to encourage young people to consider applying for this fund if they have ambitions to contribute to our rural economy.
You can find out more about the scheme from BUAS’s office at Springwood Park, Kelso, TD5 8LS, or by email at email@example.com.
Over the summer and into the autumn I will be holding 50 community advice surgeries across the Borders where my constituents can come and discuss with me any concerns or problems they may have.
The surgeries begin on August 12 so please feel free to call my office on 01896 663650 for more information on locations and timings. There is no need to make an appointment.
Road to the Referendum
As part of my Road to Referendum series I held a meeting in Greenlaw last week where we discussed Scottish independence and the issues surrounding the debate.
It is so important that we know the facts before we make one of the most important decisions of our lives in six weeks’ time and these meetings have been a useful opportunity for people to ask their questions and debate their concerns.