Whipman is one of the older Border Festivals, having originated from the annual agricultural holiday and fayre in 1803, when “the men of Linton for the bettering of themselves and their children, formed a Benevolent Society, they being known as ‘The Whipmen of Linton
Commencing in the first week in June, it is today a nine day festival which begins by celebrating a local couple in the form of the Whipman (meaning carter) and his Lass.
The current Whipman is Bobby Dow and the Whipman’s Lass is Sophie Elliot.
Centred around the historic installation ceremony, the event includes a fairground, dancing, sporting events, outdoor competitions – including the famous Bogie Race through the River Lyne, a bonfire, barbecue… in fact, something for everyone.
The Whipman Play originated in the early nineteenth century in connection with the local horseman’s society.
It was revived in 1931. It is a well-known local fact that if you want to find out who is going to be elected Whipman, look out for a couple who have never ridden before suddenly taking an all-consuming interest in equestrianism. It is also a well-known local fact that the sun doesn’t always shine during Whipman Week – and 2008 got off to a good start until the time of the installation ceremony, when the heavens opened.



Linton in Bloom

Linton in Bloom is a voluntary group that make West Linton look flowery and brighter by planting up the village tubs in Spring and Summer.

The plants for the summer tubs are all grown locally and the spring tubs are made up of tulips and daffodils.

We meet about twice a year to sort out planting and then twice a year to empty and replant the tubs, so not very time consuming and even less so with more people. We are always looking for new volunteers to help, if you are interested do contact us.

The tubs are sponsored by local groups in the village and are labelled accordingly; we do have a few tubs without labels so if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tub do contact us.
On Saturday a small group of Linton in Bloom helpers emptied the tubs and re planted them with Spring bulbs
Chairman : John Bracken
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Secretary & Treasurer : Rose Parrott
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Lamancha Hub

The Lamancha Hub is a community centre created from the old schoolhouse. It has a beautiful community garden with seating, a cafe open Monday to Friday 10am-2pm, a playground for children and local artists exhibits. There are two rooms to hire and have a wide range of weekly classes and activities. Our community library runs on a Tuesday. We have a book exchange and books for sale, as well as crafts from the local community. We run events such as craft fairs and table top sales.

Rosa Cabello
Venue Organiser

Rosa Cabello
01968 660008
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http://www.lamanchahub.org.uk/ (not sure this link active any more?)