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Christmas Shopping Day, Saturday 25th November, Guildhall,10am-4pm.

All welcome. We have 24 local traders coming along with a large variety of gifts ideas for the big day! Have a look below at who we have coming along, many have websites or facebook pages so you can view their products in advance. Support our local small businesses, do some xmas shopping or buy a treat for yourself. We will have refreshments on sale throughout the day and also a few fundraising tables of our own to help fund our ride day.

Thankyou to everyone who came along to our Bingo fundraising night at the Northern View. Everyone had a great time and we managed to raise some much needed funds for next years ride. We are hoping to have another one early next year!

Could you be the next Chief Marshal?

Berwick Riders Association are looking for a new Principal to join our team for 2024. This is a 3-year post, with our new principal coming into the right-hand position. The ‘Riding of the Bounds’ is a long-standing annual tradition, started by the Garrison and dating back over 400 years. Our ride attracts around 100 riders and thousands of spectators every year.

Our new principal must reside in Berwick or within the borough of the town. You must also be a confident and experienced rider. The ideal candidate must be passionate about Berwick and its history, and we are looking for someone who will work hard to promote the ride and our town including visiting schools to teach the young ones about our traditions, help organise and attend fund raising events and to be able to commit to the whole 3 years with a passion. As a principal you will be expected to ride in some of the local border town main rides to support their principals whilst representing our town.

This post is an honorable one and a high standard of behavior is expected. You will be at the centre of the oldest tradition the town has, will make life-long friends throughout the Borders and have wonderful memories of your time in office. Applicants must be over 18 and will be expected to take part in the social events connected with the rides, visit the border towns to take part in their rides and celebrations, attend all local events and be in attendance at all formal functions in the town in your capacity as a Principal. You don’t need to own your own horse as you can hire for the rides.

Principals will be expected to incur some expense of their own however some financial help may be available.

This role is a once in a lifetime, never to be forgotten experience that requires passion, commitment, and lots of hard work.  Still interested? Send us an email to berwickbounds@yahoo.co.uk before 30th November 2023 and we will send you a copy of our principal’s handbook which gives lots more information. If you have any questions prior to applying, please write to the same address or contact a committee member.

 

 

 

 

 

And as quick as that it's over for another year! We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in this years ride. Although the weather was a bit iffy at times and it was incredibly cold, 67 horses and riders braved the cold to follow the Chief Marshal and his Principals on their big day and a great ride was had by all!

Sadly this year we couldn't have our now infamous river crossing. After spending a couple of hours on the Friday wading about in the river, head scratching and trying and failing to find a safe crossing point it was decided to cancel it for this year. The safety of our horses and riders is paramount and although there were a few disappointed faces there were some very relieved ones too! No idea why 🙂

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came out to help and support us on ride day but a huge thanks must go to the following people...

All of our Landowners who kindly let us cross their land so we can carry on this tradition 

Rapid Reaction for excellent first aid for our humans..

Galedin Vets for supplying us with FREE veterinary care from vet Michael Morrison. Its a real comfort to know that a vet is following the cavalcade to look after our equine friends.

Sunbelt Rentals for Road Closures

Berwick Town Council and the Freemen for help with funding

All of our ridden and foot marshals, without you guys we would really struggle! 

Berwick pipe Band

Chain Bridge Honey Farm for providing the 'Big Red Bus' and to air cadets for providing their minibus.

Frank Gibson ATV centre and Wattie Aitken Farming for Donating us Quad Bikes to use on the day.

Ancroft Tractors for forklift and driver to help put up and take down our street bunting.

And to everyone else who donates their time, services and support, Thank You!

 

SHOP WINDOW DRESSING COMPETITION 2023

We had over 20 entries into our competition this year! These have been a real talking point in the town! So many different designs and themes and they were so good that our judges really struggled this year. 

Our best dressed window winner with full marks went to Charles Mace & Sons with their Riding of the Bounds with a twist of Coronation theme! Very well done!!

 

 

 

In 2nd Place was At Home With Junk & Disorderly...

 

In 3rd Place was Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels Shop..

 

Well Done to the everyone that took part in the competition and thank you for your support!! 

Pictures of all the entries are on our Facebook page.

Best Dressed Silhouette Horse 

This was a competition we started last year and its proving to be very popular!

Each year we send out wooden horse silhouettes to schools and community groups for them to decorate.

We then put photos of these on our Facebook page for people to vote for their favourite.

This years winner was The Grove School! Well done to them and well done to all entrants and thank you for taking part.


We also run a school colouring competition. We had hundreds of entries again this year and these were shortlisted by the committee and then the finalists were judged by our shop window judges. 

The results of these are as follows...

1st places are...                               
Blossom Mcleod - Prior Park
Harley Clark - Prior Park
Poppy - class 3 Spittal
Gracie - aged 8 Norham
Freya Beveridge - Holy Trinity
Chanai - The Grove School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd places are...                                   
Grace Dixon - Prior Park
Jayden Clark - Prior Park
Eden - class 3 Spittal
Libby Kerr - Spittal
Emmie - Year 4 Holy Trinity
Elyssa - The Grove School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd places are...                                   
Olivia Forsyth - Prior Park
Rowan Hunter - St. Mary's
Joshua - Puffins Norham
Alicia - Year 3 Holy Trinity
Dylan Hogg - Holy Trinity
Saul - The Grove School

 

 

Great British Coastal Railways

Back in August some of our committee took part in some filming for the new series of Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo.
Due to not being able to have a ride for the second year running we had to organise a reenactment of the Riding of the Bounds to be shown on the programme. Michael requested permission to ride the Boundaries from the Mayor, sang our Berwick song and then was taken out on horseback to check the boundaries for a real insight into our day!
It was very nerve wracking for all of us, but Michael and the film crew were very nice and we had a very enjoyable day!
The episode should be aired sometime in March but we will notified of the exact date nearer the time.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 1ST MAY 2021

"Berwick Riders’ Association committee celebrated their annual Riding of the Bounds on 1st May this year by walking the 17 mile route instead of the usual means of travelling on horseback.

Covid restrictions meant that the 500-year-old tradition had to be reduced to avoid large crowds so on Saturday morning the Chief Marshal Courtnay Grey and her Left and Right Hand Men, all of whom were on foot, met the Berwick Mayor Ann Forbes and Sheriff Martin Warner, at the Guildhall steps and requested permission to check the boundary of the Liberties of Berwick. Permission was granted, the Town Flag was handed over and the toast was given before the ten-strong committee set off by foot and bus to cover the route.  The committee were joined on the walk by Shaun Eltringham, who was celebrating his ten year anniversary of being Chief Marshal.
 
 
The walk was completed without difficulty in lovely Spring sunshine and following a very pleasant lunch stop hosted by New Mills and the “Tapping of the Bridge” near New Water Haugh, the flag was returned to the Mayor at the Guildhall along with the report that the town boundary remained secure for another year.
It is hoped that 2022 will see the return of the hundred plus horses and riders from Berwick district and the other Border towns. The committee are also looking for new applicants for next year’s Principals positions. Details are on their website and Facebook pages.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020.

Due to further Covid restrictions placed upon us all our Annual general meeting due to take place at the Jubilee was held instead via Zoom.

Berwick Riders Association post holders are as follows..

  • Chairman - Mrs  Linda Fiddes
  • Vice Chair - Mrs Lorraine Stark
  • Treasurer - Mrs Rebecca Tait
  • Secretary - Mr Stephen Lowdon
  • Ride Liaison Officer - Mrs Lorraine Stark

 

May 1st 2019

Our 3 principals carried out the old tradition of the ‘ tapping of the bridge’. This is usually done on ride day with a select group of riders. This year due to a safety issues with the crumbling bridge we decided not to take horses and to go on foot instead on the original ride date of the 1st May. A fitting tribute to Berwick’s history, some flowers were laid along with the town sashes.

 

Thursday 2nd May

Thursday saw our annual Hobby Horse event.

A walk around the walls of Berwick for children with their homemade hobby horses. A mini bounds ‘ride’! Prizes were given for best turned out horses and a good time was had by all despite the awful weather!

 

Route improvements 

Work has been ongoing for the last couple of months to improve our route and get us off some of the busy roads. Unfortunately attempts at finding an alternative to the A1 have been unsuccessful. After a lot of hard work, money, gates and diggers we have managed to bypass some of the roadwork slightly. This has given us a new river crossing and an extra field! Weather permitting obviously, too much rain will heighten the river and we would need a boat! But we have a plan B! We have also this year taken out the busy Paxton road back into town and instead will cross cantys bridge and head off-road to Baldersbury where we can use a quieter road back into town. 

The Sashing of the Chief Marshal 2019.

Saturday 23rd March 2019 saw the sashing of our principals.

Last years Chief Marshal Rebecca Allan had to hand back the sash and she now moves to be our Left Hand Man for 2019. Her main role now is to look after the others and show them the ropes! And hopefully make sure the other ladies don't forget anything...!

Courtnay Grey was sashed as our Chief Marshal 2019. Courtnay had a fantastic first year as Right hand man and is really looking forward to representing Berwick this summer.

We also welcomed our 2019 Right hand man to our principal party - Victoria Irwin although i'm sure she would prefer to be called Vikki! She is sure to have a great summer and will be a chance to learn the ropes in preparation for her turn as Chief Marshal next year.

We also welcomed our new Junior Mascot rider for 2019, Miss Katie Lowden-king.
Katie will support the Principals this summer.

Photos of the Sashing event will be added to the Gallery.