Rotarians in step for walking weekend

President Scott Elliot welcomed Andrew Farquhar to last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club when he explained the forthcoming Hawick Walking Weekend on 5th-7th July which he and his committee had organised.

Now in its fourth year it is going from strength to strength and brings many visitors and much needed trade to the town. Many are returning visitors from previous walks and, indeed, many return throughout the year as they love walking in the hills around Hawick as they are so accessible and not crowded as in the Lake District and elsewhere. The event receives Community Council funding as well as support from Scottish Natural Heritage and SESTRAN. It is recognised as the best value in the UK at £5 per walk.

The walks are all marshalled around Hawick over 12 miles and 7 hours and entertainment in the form of a ceilidh and concert is held on the Saturday night with local artistes which is always very popular. Catering is in the hands of local WRI’s so they also benefit. Transport is laid on from finishing points back to the walk centre in the Old Parish Church hall in Buccleuch Road and a regular attendee is a blind lady with her walking companion as well as a number of senior citizens who can all cope with the walks.

Many questions followed, after which George Rennie gave the vote of thanks.

The Rotary Club is donating £100 to provide medals for the P6 and 7 schools swimming gala. On Saturday, 17th May, a Charity Golf Day has been arranged by Brian Beattie at Monksford Golf Club, St Boswells.

Why not pop in to the Rotary Shop at the Crown Centre this Thursday and Friday and learn more about Rotary International and get a free raffle ticket for the grand hamper prize draw.