Groups/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.

Groups and activities

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

Scottish Country Dancing (currently suspended)
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 (07527 800301).

New Age Kurling (currently suspended)
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 £3 per session.
Meets every Tuesday in Caddonfoot Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Joan Fotheringham (07527 800301).

Clovenfords Elderberries (currently suspended)
Fun class to meet local people and get your quota of physical activity. Gentle exercise for seniors. Moving to music. Sitting or standing. No booking required – turn up, bring a friend. £4 per class. Meet in Caddonfoot Hall every Wednesday 3.45 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Contact: Donna Cooper (07791 001600)

Bridge Club (currently suspended)
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 Galashiels Trinity Church. Minister: Rev. Elspeth Harley, 758485. Session Clerk: Anne Grieve, 850344. CY, the primary-age church youth group, meets during term time. Worship is currently being conducted through a video service posted on the church website every Sunday.

Clovenfords and District Community Council
Representative forum for local people. Meets at the school on the second Monday of the month except for July and August. Chair: Richard Howard (850397). Email: .
Meetings are currently taking place over Zoom.

Clovenfords Coffee Mornings (currently suspended)
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 (currently suspended)
The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the hotel. Contact Joan Mundell (850207). 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.

Clovenfords Scrabble (currently suspended)
Have you played Scrabble before, or are you new to the game? Would you like to join us at our next meeting to see if Scrabble appeals to you? No obligation, no commitment, just friendly chat, and good-natured rivalry. We meet at the Clovenfords Hotel on the last Monday of each month (except December) at 2 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. Hope you can join us. Contact Anne Gowans (850342).

 

Childen’s groups and activities

Caddonfoot Parent and Toddler Group (currently suspended)
Caddonfoot Parent and Toddler Group are based in Caddonfoot Village Hall, and hold toddlers sessions on Monday and Friday 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. The group is run by our play leader Deb Smith (tel 01750 22111), who ensures a wide range of activities are encouraged at each session. 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 girlguiding.org.uk for more information.

CY (currently suspended)
Caddonfoot Church Youth Group is currently made up of children aged 3 to 11 years, and meets in the church vestry after the first part of morning worship.

 

Local services

Clovenfords Hotel (currently closed)
In an 18th-century coaching inn, this publike hotel has 8 straightforward rooms featuring en suite bathrooms. Serving a wide range of food, booking is advised. Tel. 850203 or email .

Clovenfords Primary School
Primary school and nursery. Tel: 662755. Head teacher: Kerry Collins. The school has an active parent council which holds an annual May fair.

Mobile Library
The mobile library van visits the village every three weeks. Please see Live Borders’ website for changes to how this service operates.

Mobile Post Office
The mobile Post Office visits Clovenfords on Mondays to Thursdays from 9.00 am to 10.30 am and parks in the hotel car park.

Newspapers
As Clovenfords Village Shop is currently closed, Bill Birch (850249) is co-ordinating the ordering of newspapers, which you can collect at his house at Caddonlands, Millbank Road.

 

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) or Freda Robertson (07729 039 341).

Clovenfords in Bloom
A group of residents who attend to floral displays in the village. Green-fingered volunteers welcome! Contact Mike Bowden, 850334.

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.

 

See also: Borders Activities Calendar for Older People V1.4