Porter’s New Website

#Shoutout 12:01 on Wed 21 Jun 2017 by Porters Porches and Conservatories Ltd   , , , based in/near to , ,

We have recently launched our new website –http://www.portersporches.co.uk/

We hope you like the new layout, where you can read about products and services we offer, there are various brochures you can download to give you lots of information.  Why not have a look at the gallery to give you some inspiration for your home.

You can use the “Contact Us” section on our website to arrange an appointment or call 01450 370581.

Border Brothers – Places to buy

#Shoutout 16:13 on Fri 09 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

You can buy BORDER BROTHERS by Margaret Cook at many online outlets including Amazon and Wordery; at many Edinburgh bookshops, including Waterstones and Blackwells. In the Borders it can be found, inter alia, at the House of Soutra and at the wonderful Main Street Trading Bookshop in St Boswells.Border Brothers Cover It can even be bought from the Book Mark in Grantown on Spey.

On Soutra Open Days, organised by Dr Brian Moffat, Border Brothers has been on sale on site, whatever the weather. There will be more Open Days at the end of August.

Border Brothers is the story of the end of the hugely important and powerful mediaeval Abbey Hospital at Soutra in mid-fifteenth century, an event that is shrouded in mystery. If you stand on top of Soutra Moor, there are no visible ruins of the immense institution this once was; they are all underground. A suitable analogy for the record of its demise.  One can only ponder, imagine and create a story, which may or may not be near the truth. Where once stood this huge edifice, with a church that was at least as big as Jedbergh Abbey, now all is animal pasture and wind farms. The wonderful view towards the Forth and beyond however has not changed since those distant days, and if you gaze long enough at approaching storms from the north, you wonder if they are wandering ghosts of long ago.


MKRY Publishing Border Brothers in Borders Bookshops

#Shoutout 11:09 on Wed 07 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to


Being a Bookseller must be an even more precarious life than that of an indie-author. I have visited a number of web pages of fabulous-looking bookshops, only to find that they only exist in a virtual world. One in the Borders called ‘FounditatLast’ – in the back of beyond – had turned into a smithy and storage room!
Other bookshops find a way to flourish, like the fabulous Damascus Drum in Hawick and Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells. A cosy community cafe atmosphere in both is very welcoming.
I was on a pilgrimage, marketing my book ‘Border Brothers,’ set on Soutra in the Borders, so I’m getting to know my patch.
The beautiful House of Soutra Cafe – on the A68 just below Soutra Aisle – is a delightful place to stop for coffee and sticky cakes and buns. And it stocks some local books too, including mine!

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How to volunteer when you don’t have much time to spare

#Shoutout 22:30 on Tue 06 Jun 2017 by Girlguiding Tweed Valley   , , based in/near to





Volunteer Opportunities available.

Did you enjoy being a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide?

Would you like to give something back?

Come and join the Volunteers in Girlguiding Tweed Valley and see how much fun Guiding really is!



#Shoutout 21:43 on Tue 06 Jun 2017 by Girlguiding Tweed Valley   , , based in/near to
Mile for Margaret Kerr

Mile for Margaret Kerr

Look out for our girls having fun while fundraising for The Margaret Kerr Unit & Palliative Care Service in the Borders.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members are out and about in Border towns.  They have been encouraged to complete the challenge by completing at least a mile, any way they can to raise money for the Margaret Kerr Unit.

If you would like to support – please sponsor a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, Senior Section Member or a Leader! If you would like to give direct we have a just giving page.