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Railway Mania at Gorebridge

To celebrate the coming of the Borders Railway in early September we have produced an exhibition about the history of the station and the railway at Gorebridge .Sean the archivist working with the Gorebridge CARS scheme has come across some interesting stories about the railway and a few cartoons have been drawn to display with the exhibition  in the Gorebridge Community Development Trust's office at 58 Main Street .Peter Maher a local resident has kindly agreed to lend his model railway layout to form part of the exhibition and this is now proudly displayed in the window of the trust's office.

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Railway exhibition at the Trust's office .

Cartoons soon to feature in a leaflet about the history of the railway in Gorebridge . The leaflet will be available in the Trust's office and the locall library within the next couple of weeks.

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Minister visits Gorebridge

Communtiy Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi visited Gorebridge on 25th June 2015 to look at progress on the new community hub building as well as other initiatives that the Gorebridge Community Development Trust are pursuing . He was very impressed by all the activities being developed including the Gorebridge CARS scheme and the difference it was making both physically to the appearance of the village but also to the engagement work being done with the local community throught the local  history archive project.

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Gorebridge Local History Archive Project

Sean Watson is now settling down at the Trust's office and is starting to work on the Local History Archive Project .He is discovering a number of documents and photographs that need to be identified , here are three photos , we need help to be able to date and identify locations as well as names of those in the photos ....any help much appreciated !!!!.

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Gillian Morrison a local resident is interested in filming and recording local stories and memories, talking to local people about Gorebridge and surrounding area.Oral , film and the achive could form a valuable resource for the creation of the Gorebridge Heritage Centre at 58 Main Street . Please get in touch if you have stories/memories to tell and we can arrange for the filming  and recording of your gems of local history .



Second phase of the training plan being delivered

The second phase of the Gorebridge CARS Training Plan has recently been delivered in partnership with Edinburgh College with workshops on traditional construction skills being held at the College during May and June 2015 and then on site training at the Dalkeith Corn Exchange . 8 trainees have successfully undertaken the courses  and currently 10 puplis from Newbattle Community High School are attending the 6 week schools heritage skills workshops at the college with visits to historic buildings as part of the course.

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 Above , in the workshops 

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Above , on site training .

Gorebridge Local History Archive Project kicks off

Sean Watson , a museum studies graduate from Glasgow University has been appointed on a 5 month contract to help collate and catologue the  Gorebridge local archive that has been held by the Gorebridge Historical Society .

Sean will be going through all the archive material which consists mainly of documents and photographs to carefully record them on a digital database . It is hoped that a CD and booklet can be prepared at the end and the archive housed at 58 Main Street Gorebridge as part of a local heritage centre .

The project is supported and grant aided by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and the Gorebridge CARS scheme .

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   Sean starting work at the Gorebridge Development trust's office .

Grant scheme progressing

Newbryers Hall repair and restoration scheme is progressing well. The demolition of the modern front addition has revealed the orginal front facade and a new stone single storey porch is being erected to match the orginal, with new stone dwarf front boundary walls which will have cast iron railings on top .

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20-26 Main Street is now on site with scaffolding and repair and restoration work has commenced .

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Supported By:

Gorebridge Community Development TrustHistoric ScotlandMidlothian Council