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Showcase: Clovenfords Community Council

Clovenfords is situated in the Scottish Borders and is populated by around 1,000 people. The Community Council is excellent at bringing local people together and fostering a community spirit. For over twenty years they have been hosting an annual carol singing concert by the Christmas tree outside the hotel. This is much looked forward to and always has a great turn-out.

 

The Community Council has great relationships with other groups in the village, such as the Clovenfords Magazine which they help distribute. In 2013 they worked with two neighbouring Community Councils to host the weeklong Scottish Borders Walking Festival. They then decided to start a spinoff three day walking weekend – the first one was held in early 2014. The Community Council also has good links with the local primary school. In 2013 they worked with the P4/5 class at the school to research local history. It was an excellent opportunity for the children to learn more about the heritage of their area, and get generations working together as long time residents gave history talks to the children. Following on from this, they are producing a leaflet on Clovenfords which will be available to local people and further afield through tourist information, libraries and the internet.

 

The Community Council is involved with the Scottish Borders Resilient Communities initiative. They have formed a group of volunteers who can help their neighbours in emergencies (for example heavy snow, flooding, missing people). They had a successful training exercise where the volunteers helped mountain rescue look for two missing actors. This also helped bring the community together.

The Community Council is also concerned with enhancing the appearance of the village and maintain flower tubs, hold litter picking days and run an anti-dog-fouling campaign.

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