Tweedsmuir Community Council was established in January 2015 and is gradually developing its role in the local community.

We will consult with local residents on a range of issues, represent our community to Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Government, and act as a local forum for local events, initiatives and interests.

For more about the role of Community Councils, see the Community Councils Scotland website.

If you would like to contact the Community Council please email

Your Community Councillors are:

Gavin Parker (chair),

Gavin has lived in Tweedsmuir for 40 years with his family. Now retired, I am passionate about the local area and the community and love to get involved with lots of Projects.

evergreen forest

Library image of evergreen forest

Brian Bushell (vice-chair/treasurer)

Brian has lived in the area for 30 years, and wishes to put the information he has accumulated so far to good use in the community. Brian is also the treasurer for the Tweedsmuir Christmas Party Committee and the Upper Tweed Community News.

Debbie Cullen (secretary)

After working for 25 years in the NHS and a few years living in Germany, Debbie moved to Tweedsmuir in 2017. As the Community Council secretary Debbie is  enjoying meeting new people, visiting new places and getting involved in the Community.

Lesley Mason
Lesley Mason

Lesley moved to Tweedsmuir in 2001, and loves the area and the strong sense of Community Tweedsmuir has. I live here with my husband Andrew, and my 3 children. I have a small flock of black Hebridean sheep that you will see at the T junction. I am currently the community development officer for Tweedsmuir, but also work part time for the charity, “The Royal Highland Education Trust” where she facilitates school visits to working farms to allow pupils to learn where their food comes from.


Mark Cullen

Mark moved to Tweedsmuir in 2017 after  retiring from 40 years working in the energy business, both in the UK and Europe.  He has enjoyed getting involved in community activities and feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful location

Ralph Glatt

Ralph has been a Community Councillor since 2015, but has been a local resident at Hearthstanes since the early 1980s, where he is involved in farming, forestry and holiday rentals. Ralph has a Phd in quantitative and Population Genetics and a Mail in Animal Science. 

Tel: 01899 225119

email: ralph

Click here for dates of meetings.