St Mary's & Old Parish Church linked with Teviot & Roberton

St Mary's & Old Parish Church linked with Teviot & Roberton

Hawick

Hawick and the surrounding area

Hawick from the air

Hawick is conveniently situated almost equidistantly from the cities of Edinburgh, Carlisle and Newcastle. It has regular bus links to Carlisle, Edinburgh and towns throughout the Borders. In addition, the opening of the Borders railway to Tweedbank is very significant.

Hawick has six primary schools, including one RC. There is one comprehensive, interdenominational secondary, Hawick High School, which has a roll of around 1000 and offers a broad range of subjects.

There is also a community hospital, various care homes and two medical centres.

There is a Saturday market, whilst modern supermarkets and older traditional family businesses combine to provide a variety of shopping facilities.

Recreational facilities within the town are of a high standard. The modern Teviotdale Leisure Centre, near the town centre, incorporates a large swimming pool along with a wide range of indoor sporting activities. Rugby, football, hockey, golf and cricket are well provided for within the town. New tennis courts have been opened in 2015 near the frequently used all weather pitch. Hawick also offers a wide range of equestrian pursuits, country sports and walking trails.

Award winning Wilton Lodge Park by the river Teviot is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment. It is a very picturesque park, containing tree lined walks, formal gardens, a waterfall, museum with an art gallery, glass house and walled gardens. The reinstated bandstand opened earlier this year and hosts weekly concerts during the summer.

In the very centre of the town is the Heart of Hawick project which includes a café/bar, cinema, art gallery and work space. Next door is the Heritage Hub, housing local archives and providing research facilities. There is also a library situated at the opposite end of the town.

The Common Riding

Hawick is very proud of it history and traditions. Each year in the months of May and June Hawick celebrates its Common Riding. This is a celebration of past bravery and ancient boundary marking. The town elects a Cornet each year (a tradition going back centuries), to lead a cavalcade of horses on ride-outs to various outlying villages. Each year the Cornet chooses a church to be “Kirked” in and both churches have had this privilege on several occasions.

Hawick Common Riding

 

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