Cardrona Village Association Newsletter April 2023

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Thanks to all who came to the AGM in March. Some of the key points from the discussion: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY There are various events coming up at the Hall and in the Village this Spring/Summer so do try … Continue reading




Welcome and introduction from the chairperson.

Reference to the challenges regarding the voting system as set out in the constitution

Apologies for absence.

Proxies to be announced

Minutes of the previous meeting held in the village hall on Tuesday, 29th. March, 2022 at 19.00.

Report from the board:

    Hall Improvements:

    • Acoustics
    • Broadband
    • Clock at the village hall
    • Smart meter


    • Cardrona Yard Sale
    • Cardrona’s first Beltane Queen
    • Christmas lights
    • “Meet and Eat” in the village hall
    • Summer fayre
    • Support for the Ukrainians

    Other Updates:

    • CVA Website
    • Pathways and brushwood

    Pamela Kennedy:         Pamela, minister for the Church of Scotland for Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair Church and Cardrona Connections, and also the manager of the “Meet and Eat” initiative, will say a few words about the plans for the initiative for the next few months.

    Treasurer’s report for 2022 – details of the numbers.

    Please see the accounts circulated for the financial year 2022.

    Provisional budget for 2023/2024, including proposal on members’ subscriptions.

    Please see the draft budget circulated for the financial year 2023.

    • Vote on increase to the fees for the hire of the hall; and
    • Vote on increase to the annual membership fee.

    Election of board members, to hold office until the annual general meeting in 2024.

    Any other business.

    • Change to constitution: a show of hands to show members’ indicative approval to have the membership year from 1st. April to 31st. March of each year; and
    • Call for new members for the board and volunteers

    Close of meeting.

    Current members of the board, (in alphabetical order):

                  Matthew Burnett, manager, membership

                  Isabelle Clements, manager, bookings and hall

    Keith Donald, secretary

                  Jennifer Misak, chairperson

                  Ian Nimmo, treasurer

    With the exception of Ian Nimmo, each of the members was appointed for the first time at the annual general meeting of the Association in 2022.  Ian was appointed for the first time in 2020.

    The board is always looking for support, whether on the board or as a volunteer offering to help from time to time.  If you join the board, you will be able to add value not only to our community and but also to the fabric of the village as a whole.

    We meet every six to eight weeks for a couple of hours, usually at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel.  Do put your hand up and come and join us!

    Also, the annual general meeting is an opportunity for you to suggest ideas for the C.V.A. in the coming year.  Please speak to us on the night, or send an e-mail or put a note on Facebook or on the new website when it is up and running.

    Accompanying Documents: Draft Accounts 2022, Draft Budget 2023, Hall booking rates.

    Printable version of Agenda click here.


    Scouts Information Evening, 23 November

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    Tweed Togs – Coffee Morning, Saturday 29 October

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    Cardrona’s First Beltane Queen

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    Click HERE to see some photos of Cardrona’s Beltane Festivities this year.

    Cardrona Village Fayre, 7 August

    The Village Fayre will again be happening on Sunday 7 August, with lots of activities and fun for everyone. The organisers still need volunteers to help organise this traditional event, so oplweae offer your servicdes if you can.

    Download the Summer Fayre flyer

    Download the Request for Volunteers

    CVA Newsletter June 2022

    Welcome from the new Board!

    Following the AGM on the 29th March a new Board has been formed to run the Cardrona Village Association. With many thanks to the outgoing Board we retain Ian Nimmo as Treasurer, gaining Keith Donald as Secretary, Jennifer Misak as Chair. Isabelle Clements (Hall bookings) and Matthew Burnett-Godfree (Membership Secretary) were co-opted following the AGM. Minutes from meetings will be on the website in due course.

    We’ve lots of plans to improve the website and make information about the CVA and activities easier to access, plus several extra volunteers helping to take forward projects for the village residents. Whether it’s improving the energy efficiency of the hall, getting more village amenities or liaising with our neighbours and partners. If you’ve an idea or something you want to see then please get in touch as we’re always on the lookout for more people to help!

    The Cardrona Summer Fayre is back on Sunday 7th August 10am – 4pm.

    Many activities are planned, with fun for all the family!! Contact if you can help – we need people for on the day! Click here to see or download the list of volunteer slots needed – and then to volunteer yourself…

    2022 Subscriptions are now due!

    Also through your door is the subscription form, which you can also download here. Those at the AGM voted to retain the fee at £30 for 2022 – if you are able and want to please return this with the Gift Aid form filled in, this additional tax-relief boosts your subscription to £37.50 a big increase for our little group, and once filled in we don’t need it every year (but we do need it once!).

    Please do support your village facilities – this subscription pays for the upkeep of all the common parts – the Hall, Green, carpark, pump track, playground, and allows us to put on events for the village and make improvements.

    Congratulations to the Beltane Queen Elena Christie – our first Cardrona Queen!Also to all those P7s taking part. Enjoy the week! We’re hoping to see Cardrona decked out in red and white.

    Clubs & Activities in the Hall

    Please check the timetable on the noticeboards for details of the hall clubs & activities such as scouts, cubs, brownies, rainbows, toddlers, yoga, pilates, judo & more.

    Remember the Hall is available for events – if you wish to organise an event, have a children’s party or wish to raise funds for a cause of your choice please get in touch. These events have a significant function to play in enhancing village life.

    Many thanks to Jenny Gray for organising the recent litter pick – and for everyone turning up to help, they’ll be another in Oct so look out for it! Also Joy Espie, Verona Peace and helpers sorting out the fly-tipping under the bridge.

    Good news for the village – Full fibre broadband is here!

    Openreach has now confirmed that installation of Full Fibre broadband can now commence across the village.

    This will provide faster, more consistent speeds e.g. for playing computer games, watching high-bandwidth TV, some will want to upgrade as soon as possible to Full Fibre. For those with less pressing needs, you will have some years (but not many) before you have to upgrade.

    You can check on that it applies to your address and a list of service providers who will provide the Full Fibre broadband service. Select the one you want (they differ in speeds and costs)and place your order with them. They will then arrange the physical work to bring the fibre into your home, provide a new router and a new phone if you want to have a VoIP phone (Voice over Internet). You will lose your copper wire connection and your existing landline – the installers will use the existing copper wire to pull the fibre into your house.

    If you have questions Brian McCrow will try to help – 01896 833188, 07712 841768 or email –

    Want to keep in contact electronically?

    In the subscriptions form we’re asking for an email address – it would be great to have them to avoid paper-based, delivered newsletters, though we shall continue those for people without email.

    If you have anything to include on the website or in future newsletters please get in touch at: You can also sign up for email updates on the website. Please pass on this link to your Cardrona friends and neighbours, so they too can sign up for our emailed newsletter.

    CVA Board

    Jennifer Misak  (Chair)

    Keith Donald (Secretary)

    Ian Nimmo (Treasurer)

    Isabelle Clements (Hall bookings)

    Matthew Burnett-Godfree (Membership Secretary)


    CVA News and Updates April 2022

    New Board for the Cardrona Village Association Following the AGM on the 29th March a new Board has been formed to run the Cardrona Village Association. With many thanks to the outgoing Board we retain Ian Nimmo as Treasurer, gaining … Continue reading


    2022 CVA AGM

    To be held in the Village Hall at 7:00pm on Tuesday 29th March 2022 Annual General Meeting 2022 Previous AGM minutes & 2021 Finances: AGENDA Introduction from the Chair Apologies for absence Minutes of the previous AGM (held on 21 … Continue reading