Clovenfords Summer Fair 2016

The summer fair was a huge success despite the downpours! View photos from the day here.

Message from the Clovenfords Summer Fair Committee:

All the members of the Summer Fair Committee would like to thank everyone who helped, donated, baked, but especially all those who came along to make the day the success it was.  The weather didn’t deter people and we would like to thank the Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band for starting us off with flair. The fancy dress costumes were fantastic and there wasn’t a bought one in sight. Well done! Unfortunately, some activities had to be cancelled due to the weather but at least several of you managed to get to the top of the climbing wall.

It was also fitting that the Braw Lass, Alex, and the Braw Lad, Mark, opened the play park.  Unfortunately, Alex had to leave to compete in a riding competition the next day, but ex Braw Lass Alice helped Mark to judge the bake-off. The cakes were fantastic and we’re sure the judges enjoyed tasting them all! It was a tough decision to make. It was also nice to see the children entering into the spirit with the races and not letting the rain put them off.

We must also thank all those at the Village Hall for the loan of the tents – they were definitely needed!  Also thanks to all those who brought a gazebo along and to the Church Group for providing teas and coffees. The bunting also brightened up the village – thanks to Dave Houston for the loan of that.

If you have taken any good pictures please upload them here. The best ones will be published online, and the the committee is also thinking of creating a collage to put up at the hotel.

We would like to build on the success of the first summer fair, so if anyone would like to see anything different/extra next year, please let us know by completing the contact form here.

Thanks, once again, to you all.
Summer Fair Committee

Congratulations to all the winners of the fancy dress competition and bake-off:

Fancy dress
Pre-primary: ‘Cloven in Bloom’ Elsie Raftery
Primary : ‘The Red Barrows’ James Glendinning and Conor Cairney
Adult : ‘Willie Wonka’ Greg Macfarlane

Clovenfords bake-off – decorated Victoria sponge (age 12 and over)
1st: Diane Woodburn
2nd: Val Pierpoint
3rd : Suzanne Scott

Clovenfords bake-off – Cupcake (under 12s)
1st: Mya Lamb
2nd: Darcy Liddle
3rd: Evie Akrigg

School parking arrangements

A voluntary one-way system is in place to ease congestion around the school when children are being dropped off and picked up. Drivers are asked to enter via Lairburn Drive and leave via Muscat Brae. Drivers are also asked not to park within 10 metres of a junction, opposite a driveway, on a pavement or on zig-zag lines.

Bands at Clovenfords Hotel

Bands playing at the Clovenfords Hotel on 12th August. Doors open 8.30pm. Entry at door £8.

Ex members of The Eagles Story, Blues ‘n’ Trouble, Fish, Dawn of the Replicants, and KT Tunstall have created two new music projects in the Scottish Borders.

The Police Sting Show – a fresh take on these great songs. Stripped back and reworked with creative arrangements and delivered with power and passion.These are not copycat versions but fresh interpretations of classic songs. “Roxanne”, “Englishman in New York”, “Every breath you take”, “Fields of Gold”…

ARC – American Rock Country music celebrating the golden era of the 70’s Californian/LA music scene with a fresh twist and energy. Three and four part vocal harmonies sitting on top of creative arrangements of songs from Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Doobies, Crosby Stills & Nash.

Alex Mundell is Braw Lass for 2016/17

We are delighted to hear that Alex Mundell of Meigle Farm, Clovenfords, will be Braw Lass for 2016, alongside Braw Lad Mark Hood. Best wishes to both of them for an amazing year!

Braw Lad and Lass Mark Hood and Alex Mundell (centre) with Cameron Pate and Abbie Frankland (left) and Gavin Young and Alice Mackay (right).


The automated external defibrillator (AED) obtained for the village by the resilient communities group has now been installed outside the Clovenfords Hotel, and is available for anyone to borrow at any time. It is located in a weatherproof cabinet on the wall by the bus shelter.

An AED is a device used to provide a ‘shock’ of electrical energy to treat a person in cardiac arrest. This occurs when their heart’s electrical rhythm becomes chaotic so it cannot  circulate blood effectively. Cardiac arrest is different from a ‘heart attack’, which is when the blood flow stops to part of the heart, although a heart attack can sometimes cause cardiac arrest.

AEDs are designed to be used by bystanders with no advance training, before emergency services arrive. Two pads are placed on the person’s chest, and the AED will analyse the person’s heart rhythm and determine if a shock is required. If it is, then voice instructions and visual prompts are given to guide through the process. It will not deliver a shock if the person does not need one.

It is vital that you first call 999 and start CPR before borrowing the defibrillator for anyone in suspected cardiac arrest.


Caddonfoot Hall presents WOJTEK the SOLDIER BEAR

Aileen Orr gives a talk on this most unusual recruit to the Polish Army, a Syrian brown bear found in Iran in April 1942 and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He was later officially enlisted as a soldier of the company with the rank of Private, and subsequently became a Corporal.
Friday 22nd April 2016, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start
Cost: £4 per person, includes tea & biscuits, pay at the door

Clovenfords History Leaflet

A leaflet on the history of the Clovenfords area has been produced by a group of local people. This follows a project on local history started by Clovenfords and District Community Council in 2013 which saw local community members and a class at Clovenfords Primary School working together to research the area’s heritage.

A copy of the leaflet has been given to each household in the area and each pupil at the school. Further copies will be available to collect from the village shop, hotel and hall, and libraries and tourist information centres across the Scottish Borders. Please contact us if you would like to obtain copies to distribute further.

Download an electronic version of the leaflet.

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