26th January 2021









Hello - Hope you are all well and managing. 

As Coronavirus is now closer than ever to our community, we feel it is important to relay some important points of information. 
If you are self-isolating either because you are in the “high risk” category or you have COVID-19 or come into contact with someone with COVID-19 and you do not have friends or family able to assist you, then we can help collect essentials such as medication or groceries.  
For the rest of us, it is hugely important to keep practising the government’s guidelines on social distancing (2m) and regular hand washing. 
We have the slight advantage of being a rural community but the threat to the vulnerable is still very real!   
Keep well.
Hobkirk Community Council 

Bonchester Resilience


For general shopping, prescriptions or any other help please call 01450390041.  If there’s no answer, please leave a message and we will be back in touch as soon as possible.  Please give as much notice as possible for your requirements.


Twice Weekly Deliveries (Orders in by Monday and Wednesday, for Tuesday and Friday Deliveries):

Veg Box £10: Each box contains the following (subject to availability, there may be some minor substitutions) :

1kg carrots

1x turnip/swede

1x white cabbage

1kg onions

1kg leeks

2.5kg potatoes

1x cucumber

250g cherry tomatoes

1kg bananas

6x satsumas / clementines


Each box will be packed by the supplier in their warehouse to avoid unnecessary handling and contact.


We are also able to offer some ‘additions’ to the above boxes (ideally only available with an order of a fruit and veg box to minimise handling/contact). These are subject to availability.

1k apples - £1.50

1k pears - £2.00

250g mushrooms - £0.90

3x pack pepper (normally red, yellow and green) - £1.90

250g butter - £1.40

1.5k plain flour - £1.00

800g tin chopped tomatoes - £1.10

800g tin chickpeas - £1.20

Macaroni pasta approx. 250g - £0.90 *

Penne pasta approx. 250g - £1.20 *

Red lentils approx. 500g - £1.20 *

Broth mix approx. 500g - £0.80 *

Brown or white bread from Hunters the Bakers - £1.50

Disposable vinyl gloves (specify small, medium, large) approx. 100 pieces / 50 pairs - £3.00

Kitchen roll 140 supersize sheets - £1.50

Centrefeed / blue roll - £1.60

2 litres semi-skimmed milk - £1.30


Order through Facebook – Port19, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01450390041


Butcher: Call Denholm Meat Supplies on 01450870451. Make your order and we will arrange collection & delivery if Drew cannot do it on his rounds.


Help or anything else call 01450390041


Look us up on Facebook @Port19uk







good number of individuals within our community have volunteered to help. Some of these volunteers are restricted by medical conditions within their family and are housebound or some have livestock responsibilities. However, they have an important role as communicators – talking to people who are vulnerable, lonely or under considerable stress.  The more readily available volunteers are those who have offered to drive and run errands. They will be identified by wearing florescent jackets and carrying an ID card. They will have a certain degree of priority when supermarket shopping.


Getting supplies and getting chatting.

We are using the Facebook page Port 19 to help communicate within the community as to what help and support is available.  Most posts are shared through the Bonchester Bridge Community & Village Hall page, but it is recommended to “like” the Port 19 page to get information directly.  There is also a dedicated Helpline on 01450 390041.  Free deliveries of pre-ordered food and assistance with shopping are available and a “virtual pub” has been organised on Zoom for Friday night.



Some people with underlying health conditions have been asked to self-isolate (or shield) for at least 12 weeks. They are receiving letters this week to inform them what this means and what services are available to them. The letter comes from the Scottish Government and is 10 pages long! These people will require additional support from our community volunteers; more details to follow.



Alastair Ross, Assistant Director of Association of British Insurers (ABI) at 25/3/2020 has indicated that if you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to transport medicines or groceries to support others who are impacted by Covid-19, your cover will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover.


Scottish Border Council

All up to date information can be accessed at www.scotborders.gov.uk/coronavirus



Hub locations have been established for children of key workers and vulnerable children. These children can now be booked in to attend via an online booking system.


All kerbside collections continuing as normal. Community Recycling Centres (Hawick) are closed from today (Tuesday).

Contact Centres

All closed now but please call 0300 100 1800 to talk to someone or make an appointment.  

Social work/Care

The 0300 100 1800 Customer Advice and Support Service number continues to operate as normal for customers.
  • Social Work out of hours - 01896 752111
  • Borders Care centre - 01896 752431
  • Homecare service - 01896 662701
  • Joint Learning Disability Service - 01896 740200
  • Local Area Co-ordination service - 01896 664155 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Other services

People are encouraged to visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/coronavirus which is being updated with the
changes to all SBC services.



The Church of Scotland has cancelled all services until 
further notice.




Hobkirk Community Council meetings take place on the third Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 7 pm in the village hall. 



Post Office Van 
The van will be in the Horse and Hound on Wednesday from 15.30 until 16.30 only due to Post Office changes.