Groups and Activities

Before travelling a distance for one of these groups, it may be a good idea to contact the number given. Unless otherwise stated, the area code for listed phone numbers is 01896.

See also: local services/businesses.


Groups and activities

A friendly club for experienced players and beginners alike. The group meets Wednesdays 7.30 pm in Caddonfoot Hall. Contact Alison Wilson ().

Scottish Country Dancing
An evening of jigs, reels and strathspeys with instruction from a qualified teacher. New members always welcome. We meet in Caddonfoot Hall on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm from September to April. A cup of tea and a chat rounds off the evening. Contact Joan Fotheringham.

New Age Kurling
The membership of the group has stayed constant and the camaraderie makes for a happy band. The tea and chat (cost £1) helps everyone engage with people they may only see once a week. Cost £4 per session.
Meets every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m in Caddonfoot Hall. Contact Roddy Beatson (850603).

Bridge Club
We are a very friendly and welcoming club (sections of the U3A) that meet every Friday afternoon in Caddonfoot Hall to play Duplicate Bridge. Anyone who is familiar with the game is welcome to join us and we will always find you a partner. Play starts at 1.30 p.m. and usually finishes by 4.30 p.m. There is also a beginners’ class on Thursday afternoons introducing people to this fascinating game. Contact: Bill Birch (850249).

Caddonfoot Parish Church
Sunday services commence at 9.45 am, other services are held to celebrate significant dates in the church year. Linked with Stow: St Mary of Wedale & Heriot. Session Clerk: Anne Grieve (07968 433547).

Fitness class giving High Energy Interval Workout, to music, to burn calories and increase stamina. Adjust intensity to meet fitness levels.
Meets on Monday each week at 7 p.m in Caddonfoot Hall. Contact: Donna Coyle (07791 001600)

Clovenfords and District Community Council
Representative forum for local people. Meets on the second Monday of the month, except for July and August. Chair: Sheila Turnbull. Email: .

Clovenfords Coffee Mornings
The village coffee morning is held every Wednesday in the Clovenfords Hotel from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. The hotel provides the coffee or tea, while some members of the group take turns to provide and serve biscuits. The charge is £2.50. For anyone unable to drive/walk to the hotel, a lift can easily be arranged. New faces would be very welcome to join us and catch up with village news. For anyone who is unable to drive or walk to the hotel, a lift can easily be arranged. Contact Fay Brydon (850585) for more information.

Clovenfords Bookworms
The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the hotel. Dorothy Taylor (850428). Sometimes we choose a book from a particular author – at other times we all read the same book. There is no charge, but we always buy a cup of coffee or tea or even a glass of wine. For anyone unable to drive/walk to the hotel, a lift can easily be arranged.

Caddon Crafters
Do you like any sort of craft, or would you like to learn a new skill (or even just meet up for a chat with like-minded people)? Bring along a project you are working on, or learn from other members of the group to try something different. We meet in the hotel on 1st and 3rd Monday 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Contact Isobel Burrell (850558/07940057310)

Motivate 50+
Pilates based exercises. Tues 9.30-10.30am in Caddonfoot Hall. Booking Required. Contact Janis Smith (07557 870201).

Gentle exercise class to music for seniors. Meets on Monday each week at 4 p.m in Caddonfoot Hall. Contact: Donna Coyle (07791 001600)


Children’s groups and activities

Caddonfoot Parent and Toddler Group
Caddonfoot Parent and Toddler Group are based in Caddonfoot Village Hall, and hold toddlers sessions on Monday mornings from 9 to 11am. The age of children ranges from newborn up to 5 years. All pre-school children are welcome accompanied by their parent or carer. The group is run by the parents for the children through a committee, and is a member of Early Years Scotland. There is an annual registration fee of £12, and each session costs £2. There is no charge for babies under 6 months. This is inclusive of snack for the children and tea/coffee (and sometimes cake!) for adults.

Clovenfords Rainbows, Brownies and Guides
Register through for more information.


Volunteering opportunities

Clovenfords Resilient Community Group
The group is usually involved in community preparedness for flooding, arranging litter picks, cutting back vegetation in communal areas, etc. However, during the coronavirus pandemic has taken on a huge and totally unexpected challenge. In late March 2020 we stood up the Resilience Group, seeking volunteers for the specific purpose of providing support to our community during this national emergency and assist our more vulnerable residents. We had 35 volunteers sign up, and around 20 of these ‘Angels’ were regularly active. Over lockdown, and beyond, Angels have shopped regularly for many folk; picked up a lot of prescriptions; delivered countless newspapers; posted/collected many letters and parcels; mowed lawns; gathered and delivered food and monetary donations to Galashiels Food Bank; delivered over 100 plants to vulnerable residents around the village; collected and distributed eggs; made numerous courtesy calls to vulnerable residents, etc.

Contact if you can help, or if you need support. Alternatively, phone Jennifer Jepson (07703 289 620).

Keep Cloven Clean
A group of residents who keep our community tidy through regular litter picks. Contact Gordon Hume, 850765.

Galashiels and District Food Bank
Galashiels Food Bank is a voluntary organisation run by the local churches. We would like to thank all the people who are helping the Food Bank as volunteers and as donors. If anyone would like to be involved, please contact John Tucker (). It is better, but not essential, to work in pairs.



Walking: Paths around Galashiels, Paths around Innerleithen and Walkerburn

Walking For Health (Walk-It), Walk-It on Facebook

Cycling and mountain biking: Yair Forest, Glentress Forest, Yair Bridge


See also

Local Services

Borders Activities Calendar for Older People (PDF download)


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