Grateful thanks to everyone in new dawn for Youth Cafe

THE opening of the Escape Youth Café new premises in Commercial Road took place recently and what a great success it was thanks to youth members, parents and local dignitaries who took the time to come and see our new venue and enjoy refreshments donated by Sainsbury’s.

Sian Anderson and her wonderful team of youth workers and volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure the premises were ready in time for the opening. Local businesses came to our aid in refurbishing the Escape Café through donations of paint, giving generous discounts on floor coverings as well as labour costs for plumbing, electrical, joinery and decorating work that was needed to customise the commercial space for its new purpose. I think everyone who attended the evening was blown away by the transformation and the facilities that are now available to the young people of Hawick and surrounding districts.

The larger premises will give us the opportunity to expand our membership and provide an even better place for young people to come and chill out, socialise and have fun in a safe environment under the supervision of our dedicated team of youth workers

On behalf of the Trustees and everyone involved in our charity I would like to sincerely thank the following for their contributions; Wilton Carpets, Ferguson and Aitken, Howden’s, Sainsbury’s, Robert Anderson, Chrysties, Brian Tait, Jamie Dyce, George Gillies, Ian Young, Homebase, Bannerman Burke and family and friends who also assisted.

Without the generosity of our funders, the dedication of the Trustees and youth workers this project would not have been as successful so it is with grateful thanks to everyone involved and I look forward to Escape growing from strength to strength in the future.


Chairperson, Trustee Committee

HAVING just read last week’s front-page article on the lady who had a nasty fall on Albert Bridge, I’d like to make you aware that I, too, fell on the same bridge a month ago, after which I ended up in accident and emergency at the community hospital.

One month on and I’m still in pain and I have had to go to the Cumberland Infirmary for an x-ray on my forearm. Luckily, my injuries weren’t visible like Fiona’s. I hope she heals quickly.


Waverley Road, Langholm

THE Hawick Committee for Action Medical Research would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support for their charity shop held in the Howegate.

The wonderful sum of £1,610 was raised for the charity helping children, for life.