Berwickshire Agricultural Association were successful in obtaining a £2500 grant from Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund in autumn 2015, which enabled the replacement of a considerable proportion of the wooden sheep hurdles that are used for Berwickshire County Show and other events. The stock of hurdles were 30 + years old and had been repaired in many cases. As prevention of disease at sheep gatherings is of paramount importance and a regulatory responsibility, it was becoming increasingly difficult to justify repair of the wooden hurdles because they were difficult to clean to an acceptable standard. Further, our stock of hurdles is loaned out to the local pony club and farmers for lambing so it made sense to try to raise funds to replace the stock with metal hurdles.
The award from Blackhill Community Fund allowed us to replace the wooden hurdles with 254 5ft hurdles, and we were also able to purchase 4 metal stacking pallets with which to store and more easily transport the metal hurdles before and after the show period.
Berwickshire County Show attracts a significant number of both local and farther travelled sheep to the breed sections held on the 1st Saturday of August. Last year’s event saw nearly 300 individual sheep entries and over 50 different exhibitors from as far afield as East Lothian, Northumberland and Roxburghshire, and this number is increasing year on year. Good quality, easily assembled sheep accommodation for the show is essential to make best use of time during set up and on the day, while ensuring that animal health standards are met. We are very pleased and proud to have a stock of sheep gates that are useful for show purposes, but can be of use to other groups and farmers during the rest of the year. Many thanks to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for making this happen.
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Blackhill Wind Farm Grant
In October 2014 Berwickshire Wheels applied for a grant of £10,000 to be used toward the purchase of a wheelchair adapted vehicle to join our fleet providing much needed transport for people living in the area. The service provides transport for people who by reason of age, disability or because of their rural location can’t use public transport. The majority of our journeys are health related or to enable people to attend social centres where they can interact with their peers and feel less isolated.
The Peugeot Boxer wheelchair adapted vehicle was purchased for £30,700. This vehicle has nine passenger seats and can carry one wheelchair. Because of significant manufacturing delays the vehicle was not bought into service until 22nd June 2015.
From that time until 31 December 2016 the vehicle has travelled 24,000 miles and has completed 1,920 passenger journeys. These journeys have ranged from taking single wheelchair passengers to hospital appointments at the BGH or the Edinburgh hospitals, patients using walking aids who use the tail lift to access the vehicle and attend general health appointments, to weekly transport for groups attending the social centres in Duns and Eyemouth. Apart from routine maintenance and servicing the vehicle has not been off the road and is popular with passengers and with our excellent team of volunteer drivers.
On behalf of those passengers and drivers I would wish to thank the committee for agreeing our funding application that supported the purchase of such a useful addition to Berwickshire Wheels fleet. Grants like this one enable us to keep the charges we make to our passengers as affordable as possible.
Service Development Officer
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We are greatful to the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for providing funding to replace the flooring in the lower hall.
This new flooring will be more hygenic and safer for our many groups to use, from Kirk Kids and Sunday Club to Coffee Mornings and other Community Organisations