Successful Projects

Rotary Club of Duns

Year Completed: 
2017

Funds Received - £500

The Rotary Club of Duns received £500 in April 2017.  This funding was used to help fund a defibrillator and cabinet positioned outside the old post office in the square.  This can be used by any member of the public.  An App has since been created to allow people to locate the position of all defibrillators and more specifically the one closest to you.

Verbal report received at our AGM August 2017
 

Friends of Duns Primary School

Year Completed: 
2017

Funds received - £3,000.00

Friends of Duns Primary School received £3,000 in December 2017.  These funds where used to help furnish the new library at Duns Primary School.  When the school moved to its new premises, in the old High School building, the library was left with limited shelving which was not fit for purpose.  From the start the children were heavily involved in setting up the library and used the funds received from BWCF to purchase shelving, seating, tables and additional books.

Thanks from everyone in FDPS.

Duns Senior Citizens Club

Year Completed: 
2017
DUNS SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB
On Friday 2 June 2017, the Club held a Summer Lunch to celebrate Queen Elizabeth being our longest reigning monarch. 
 
The room was appropriately decorated and a delicious lunch was enjoyed by members and guests, who included Diana Findley, Regional Ambassador from Age Scotland.  Entertainment was firstly provided by Ronald Drummond.  Being local, Ronald has become a 'regular' at our social afternoons, and his beautiful singing voice is always a delight to listen to.  Then 'The Jockuleles' from Earlston, performed various popular songs and members were encouraged to join in.  Dolly Parton even made a special appearance! The humour of this band was second to none, and members went home feeling uplifted and very happy.  It was a truly memorable afternoon. 
 
Thank you to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund, who awarded the Club a grant to assist with the cost of this special Summer Lunch, it was much appreciated.
 

 

Sunrise Nursery

Year Completed: 
2017

Firstly I am writing to say thank you very much for the funds that were awarded to Sunrise Nursery from Blackhill Community Fund.

With the funds we were able to purchase a beautiful furnished dolls house, a wooden hospital complete with ambulance, helicopter, people and equipment.  We also bought a large indoor climbing frame, this has been a great addition in our back room.  The children are loving the new toys, in particular the climbing frame especially on wet days when we cant go out in the garden.

Sunrise Nursery

 

 

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Re Tweed

Year Completed: 
2017

Re-Tweed

Securing three grants totalling £64,250 will enable Eyemouth-based social enterprise Re-Tweed to expand its work. ReTweed runs 11-week training programmes for women to help them back into the workplace, teaching them sewing skills and using upcycling material that might otherwise have been destined for landfill.

 

A series of recycling and upcycling workshops can now be developed to encourage local people to reject our throwaway culture and return to a make-do-and-mend philosophy, thanks to grants from the Robertson Trust, Blackhill Community Windfarm Fund and the Unltd Foundation.

 

The new workshops include creative upholstery, rag-rugging, patchwork and wool crafts using donations of textiles from Berwickshire and through Borders textiles companies, including Hawick Knitwear and House of Cheviot.
 

“Without the generosity of local people, community groups and local businesses we wouldn’t have achieved the success we have – women reconnecting with their communities, making progress in their lives and careers and going on into other creative learning and volunteering,” said ReTweed founder Hazel Smith.

 

“We are especially chuffed to get support from the Robertson Trust since it was three Berwickshire women who founded the trust to support social justice and common good.”

 

The latest ReTweed graduates, presented with their certificates at Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters by Sue Robertson, chair of the Women’s Fund for Scotland, brings the number of women to complete the courses to 29.

 

Sue said: “It was an inspiration to give the ReTweed women their graduation certificates. I’m impressed with what the project has achieved in such a short time.”