SCOTTISH BORDERS GREENS NEWS
Local Election News Update
On Saturday 22nd January, after a wonderful ‘Walk an Talk’ in Galashiels, Borders Greens launched our Local Election 2022 campaign online, making it better accessible to all our branch members, where we introduced and chatted with some of our Scottish Borders Greens candidates followed by a fun ‘pub quiz’.
News articles published in newspapers during our campaign –
- Neil MacKinnon – Border Telegraph ‘Greens Announce Candidate Ahead of Election’ 26th January
- Dominic Ashmole – Peeblesshire News ‘Greens Announce Tweeddale Candidate Ahead of Election’ 29th January
- Ellie Clarke – Peeblesshire News ‘Council Election: Greens Puts Forward Tweeddale East Candidate’ 27th March
- Charles Strang – The National ‘Scottish Borders council election: Independents set to hold key’ featuring our co-convenor Charles Strang 7th April
Saturday 22nd January the branch held our first Walk and Talk meet-up.
It was a really good turnout and lovely weather for our Walk and Talk event at The Policies and Gala Hill to launch the Borders Greens local election campaign. Members and supporters old and new joined our leisurely amble to share opinions on local green issues and eat cake (thank you Cat and Shelagh); but most importantly to chat to our two target-to-win candidates Neil and Dominic. All socially distanced and in small groups we stopped at the trigpoint on Gala Hill to see some of the damage done by storm Arwen and then ‘masked up’ for a photo shoot. It was wonderful to see everyone in person after two years without any face-to-face events.
Scottish Borders Greens have continued to be active during the Covid-19 pandemic, mainly through our Facebook page, where we have been keeping you up to date with some of the work of our wonderful Scottish Greens MSPs.
As you would expect there have been no major programme of local events, we hope 2022 will bring better things and we can pick up from where we left off.
We will be delivering newsletters door to door as well as holding campaign events leading up to local council election day, on Thursday 5th May.
You can help us in the campaign by –
joining your local Greens team of volunteers and activists delivering newsletters and leaflets, maintaining campaign updates via our branch’s social media, assisting on street stalls, displaying posters in your windows or perhaps you could make a donation to our campaign crowdfunder HERE
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer – just get in touch if you think you can!
All our latest branch newsletters have been paper copies delivered through your doors.
Winter 2020 – SCOTTISH BORDERS GREENS WINTER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Autumn 2020 newsletter – SCOTTISH BORDERS GREENS AUTUMN 2020 NEWSLETTER
Spring 2020 newsletter – SCOTTISH BORDERS GREENS SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER
‘Walk and Talk’ meet ups will be happening across the Borders. Join us for an informal scenic walk with other Borders Greens for a wee blether including discussing some current relevant issues. Date of next one tbc we are all currently busy with the local election campaign.
Branch Meetings can now commence in person this year but we will continue to link up via video conference call making meetings accessible for all.
Details of our next meeting to follow.
It was great to have Scottish Green Party co-leader Lorna Slater in the Borders on Thursday 30th January, delivering an excellent and thought-provoking talk on Antarctica and climate change at Stow Primary School, itself an inspiring centre for environmental education and activism.
We had a bumper audience (60) of local folk and no shortage of questions and debate – many thanks to Lorna, to Green Stow and of course Stow Primary School for hosting, and to everyone who came out on a cold windy January night!
Scottish Borders Greens took part in the national re-launch of the Green YES campaign in St Boswells on Saturday 1st February.
Dates for your Diary –
The next branch meeting date will be announced shortly.
All members are welcome to join us at our branch meetings, we try to car share wherever possible and have online conferencing for those wishing to attend but are unable to in person. Please contact us to enquire about these.
Green Stow A community group, not aligned to any political party, based in Stow in the Scottish Borders, but welcoming members and supporters from everywhere! We are a hub for everyone who is interested in saving the environment and tackling climate change through local, national and international action. We meet informally at the Cloudhouse cafe in Stow each month on Sundays at 11.30am.
Please sign the petition asking Scottish Borders Council to divest from fossil fuel CLICK HERE
Archive – Click here to view Summer 2017 newsletter