A collection of Mauchline Ware featuring buildings in Ford and made with wood from Flodden Field, and which includes a music book given by Louisa Waterford to her goddaughter, Anne Gledstanes-Fairholme, has kindly been gifted to the Lady Waterford Hall by local historian Jane Bowen.
Bere, the ancient type of barley that gave its name to Berwickshire and the towns of Berwick-on-Tweed and North Berwick, has returned to the county in a trial plot at Paxton South Mains from seed produced in the Western Isles. Now retired farmer and former MP John Home Robertson hopes to work with Heatherslaw Corn Mill to explore opportunities to use Berwickshire’s long-forgotten cereal crop again.
The 2019 Tour of Britain cycle race comes to Ford & Etal this September, with Stage 3 of the race (Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne) passing through the estates between 11am and midday on Monday 9th September.
The artists’ cabinet at Lady Waterford Hall sees a change this week, with work by local crafter Judith Bellamy replacing the beautiful felt work and photography which has been on display since early May.
This summer we're delighted to welcome back St Abbs Market traders to Etal Village Hall. Every Wednesday and Thursday during July and August - with the exception of Thursday 11th July - a range of stalls will be offering gifts, foodstuffs, clothing and crafts for sale.
Due to exceptionally high rainfall over the last 48 hours the River Till has flooded at Heatherslaw and covered part of the railway line. As a result Heatherslaw Light Railway will not be running today (Friday 14th June). As soon as the floodwater subsides a track inspection will be carried out and the railway will resume normal service as soon as possible.
Heatherslaw Cornmill, Tearoom, Visitor Centre, Gift Shop and Handmade at Heatherslaw are all open as usual. Please check our social media for regular updates.
A unique and interesting opportunity for a part-time assistant miller has arisen at Heatherslaw Cornmill. The Mill is a working museum which still makes stoneground flour using traditional methods, supplying the adjoining gift shop and other local outlets with its flour and cereal products.
Rosemary Bell has a wonderful knack of knowing these things. Nobody else (not even your host!) had appreciated that this was the 25th Dawn Chorus on Ford & Etal. Although we are all older, and few of us probably any the wiser about the birds we love and enjoy, this morning’s walk did at least show that, 25 years on, we are all still fit, can climb a very steep hill and can scramble over a stile.