Fund boost for cemetery memorial garden bid

The proposed Memorial Garden at Burnfoot’s Wilton Cemetery took a step closer to reality this week with a £2,000 cash boost from Hawick Common Good Fund.

And those behind the project were given a commitment of a further £3,000 if other funding sources fail.

This has delighted Burnfoot Community Council vice-chairman and former Roxburgh District Councillor Jamie Batten.

This week he said that a long identified need, which has the support of the local funeral directors as well as Hawick Community Council, may now come to fruition.

Mr Batten told the Hawick News: “I’m delighted. I’m meeting council officials this week, and next week I am scheduled to meet Linda Cornwall, grants co-ordinator from the community support fund, and hopefully she’ll be able to help also.

“Everything is in place except the funding. We have estimates for the work and contractors who can get on with it but all we need is funding. We have had a very generous £3,000 donation from a local resident and I’ve sent out letters to local businesses asking for support.”

Hawick Common Good Fund gave the £2,000 cash boost at Tuesday’s meeting and the fund trustees agreed to look at the request for the further £3,000 once Mr Batten had explored other funding sources.