Covid-19 Local Community Bulletin 1


Dear all,

We the Hobkirk Community Council want to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our local community remains paramount. This situation is extremely challenging and is unlike anything we have ever faced before. All of us must realise how important it is to pay strict attention to the recent guidelines set out by the Government. Whole families will now be in lockdown. Managing everyone’s daily lives will be a challenge but please be aware there are people around you who might need your help. This help can be in the form of shopping, collecting medication and other essentials. But it can also be in the form of having a general conversation be it across the fence, on mobile or Skipe.   

The Scottish Borders Council will continue to do all they can to maintain essential services and care for the vulnerable during this extremely challenging situation. The ultimate priority today and in the weeks ahead is to make sure people are looked after and have access to all the help they need. The SBC has released the following information today Tuesday 24 March around what is being planned in response to Covid-19.


 Hub locations have been established for children of key workers and vulnerable children. These children can now be booked in to attend via an online booking system.
All kerbside collections continuing as normal. Community Recycling Centres (Hawick) are closed from today (Tuesday).
Contact Centres
All closed now but please call 0300 100 1800 to talk to someone or make an appointment.  
Social work/Care
The 0300 100 1800 Customer Advice and Support Service number continues to operate as normal for customers.
  • Social Work out of hours - 01896 752111
  • Borders Care centre - 01896 752431
  • Homecare service - 01896 662701
  • Joint Learning Disability Service - 01896 740200
  • Local Area Co-ordination service - 01896 664155 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Other services
    People are encouraged to visit which is being updated with the
    changes to all SBC services.


The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir


On Friday 25th October the William Laidlaw Memorial Hall was privileged to host the wonderful internationally famous Rhayader Male Voice Choir from Powys for a charity event in aid of the Borders Children’s Charity. The male choir was accompanied by their partner ladies’ choir, Frinfdiau (friends), and pianist Bethan Rees.

There was standing room only as the choirs performed a range of traditional and modern songs in Welsh and English.

A surprise addition to the programme was an appearance by Bonchester’s own Henry Douglas ably accompanied by ‘Shankend Mac’.

Both choirs were greatly impressed by the enthusiasm of the welcoming Bonchester audience as well as the famed hall acoustics in what was a memorable night for all present.

An invitation to return has already been issued and we hope to welcome the choirs again in the not too distant future.