Angela’s a glass act

Scottish Borders Tenants Organisation (SBTO) chair Angela Sulo received a warm vote of thanks as she marked the end of two years in office at the groups AGM held at Scottish Borders Housing Associations (SBHA) head office in Selkirk. Honorary member Marlen Jones, pictured right, presented Angela with a glass sculpture, along with a bunch of flowers.
Scottish Borders Tenants Organisation (SBTO) chair Angela Sulo received a warm vote of thanks as she marked the end of two years in office at the groups AGM held at Scottish Borders Housing Associations (SBHA) head office in Selkirk. Honorary member Marlen Jones, pictured right, presented Angela with a glass sculpture, along with a bunch of flowers.

Scottish Borders Tenants’ Organisation (SBTO) chair Angela Sulo received a warm vote of thanks as she marked the end of two years in office at the group’s AGM held at Scottish Borders Housing Association’s (SBHA) head office in Selkirk.

During her report, Angela praised members for their support during her time in position and summarised what has been a busy and productive two years.

SBTO members are all volunteers who work with senior association staff to provide feedback and advice, influencing SBHA policy.

Honorary member Marlen Jones, pictured right, presented Angela with a glass sculpture, along with a bunch of flowers. A larger version of the sculpture was presented to new chair Alan Frank. The sculptures were created in memory of SBTO member Joan Donaldson. Doris Charlton was re-elected treasurer, while Angela Sulo and Kathryn Kelly were elected as vice-chairs.

BOWDEN

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held in Bowden Village Hall on Saturday, November 5, from 10am-noon. Christmas stalls will include cakes, cards, pictures, woodcarving, jewellery, crafts and raffle.

Camera group

Members meet on Monday, November 7, at 7.30pm in Bowden Village Hall when guest speaker Eric Middleton will be presenting his ‘Wildlife Photography’. Visitors welcome.

CADDONFOOT

Play

‘The Unknown Soldier’ will be performed on Wednesday, November 9, 7.30 for 8pm, in Caddonfoot Hall. Suited to an adult audience, the play is a story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of WW1. This is a new theatre piece by award-nominated writer Ross Ericson. Contact the hall secretary on 07527 800301 to reserve seats. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Parish church

The Rev Elspeth Harley returned to the pulpit after a break to lead the service on Sunday. The Bible reading was delivered by Bill Birch and Margaret Blyth (piano) was joined in playing the music by Fiona McDougall (flute). Sunday was the final day for returning the Blythswood Christmas boxes to Mrs Blyth. Bible study this week is at the manse in Mossilee Road. It was reported that the final sale of work figure has reached £2,000.

EARLSTON

Camera club

Stephen Ball, from Penicuik, was guest presenter at the latest meeting, giving a talk on his landscape photography. Stephen showed a range of images, including from Skye, Edinburgh, the Forth bridges and the Borders, as well as giving tips and advice to members. Stephen’s son, Adam, also provided a short presentation on his photography. The competition, titled “Seasons”, was judged by Stephen and Adam and resulted in a clean sweep for the Drummond family, despite there being 18 entries for the print category and 36 in the digital section. Print: 1, Allan Drummond; 2, Adam Drummond; 3, Allan Drummond. Digital: 1, Allan Drummond; 2, Adam Drummond; 3, Eleanor Drummond.

Parish church

Filled shoeboxes for the Blythswood charity must be returned by Sunday, November 6, to the church or Ruth Scoular, 13 Station Brae; or Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Services, Unit 4, Station Road Industrial Estate. On Sunday, November 6, the service at 10.15am will be conducted by Tom Burnham, a member of the worship team. Remembrance service on Sunday, November 13, will start at 9.30am, parading to the square for the act of remembrance at 10.50am.

Women’s group

Members meet tonight (Thursday) at 8pm in the church hall whenLucie Murray will give a demonstration on how to make a Christmas wreath.

Lunch club

Last Thursday members started with a game of bingo. After lunch and Halloween cakes, they took part in a game of indoor bowling. Winner was Mrs J. Wilson. The next meeting is on Thursday, November 3.

Wednesday club

Hostess Mrs S. McKay welcomed members and introduced John Rogerson, who gave a talk and slideshow on ‘Our Borderland’. Competition – a small photo frame – 1, Mrs W. Moffat; 2, Mrs M. Scott; 3, Mrs J. Wilson. The next get-together is for the trip to The Gyle on November 9, leaving the Square at 10am. The next meeting in the hall will be on November 23 and the competition is for a ring. On that day payment for the Christmas lunch is due.

EDGERSTON

Remembrance Sunday

There will be a simple act of remembrance at Edgerston war memorial to honour The Fallen at 11am on Sunday, November 13. This will be followed by soup and sandwiches (donations to Earl Haig Poppy Fund if desired) in the hall. The procession to the war memorial will leave the hall car park at 10.55am. If attending, and as a matter of safety, please park in the hall car park and not at the entrance to Edgerston House. Further information from Christine on 01835 840246.

GALASHIELS

Camera club

Wednesday, October 26, was a fun night where members judged one another’s images. Entries for prints were on theme of ‘Blue’, while DPIs were on ‘The Blue Hour’. DPI results – 5 (equal), Ford Renton and Christine Swalwell; 4, Ford Renton; 3, Lynne Grant; 2, Neil McLean; 1,s Alistair Peacock with ‘Blue Eildons’. The winner of the print submissions was also Alistair Peacock with ‘Blue with a Splash of Red’. Alistair received a novelty prize of an American Express – an 8GB USB flash drive one can fit in your wallet. Alistair also has the honour of choosing next year’s themes, if the event is repeated. Wednesday, November 9, sees the ‘AGRI’ competition. Please contact Christine regarding any contribution one can make towards catering for the evening. Volunteers are needed to help set up and hang prints on the display boards on the the afternoon of the competition.

St Peter’s Church

Thursday, November 3 – 10am, communion service; Friday, November 4 – 7pm, social evening, bingo quiz; Sunday, November 6 – 10.30am, family communion service; Monday, November 7 – 7pm, additional bottle top sort.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by the minister, Elspeth Harley. Music was led by Dorothy Howden and Gillian Ward read the Bible lessons. Bible study this week is at 7.30pm in the manse. Bill Cheyne, session clerk, announced that the flower committee urgently needs help with arranging the flowers for the Sunday services and the delivering of them afterwards to church members. He also appealed for volunteers to be funeral stewards. Volunteers are also needed for the Christmas tree festival which is being organised by the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches at the end of November and is being held in Trinity. The office bearers’ joint social with Caddonfoot takes place on Friday, November 4, at 7pm at the Kingsknowes Hotel. On Sunday, November 6, holy communion is at 11.15am.

Old Gala Club

Old Gala Club and Selkirk Antiquarian Society will hold their annual joint meeting on Wednesday, November 9, at 7.30pm in the Upper Volunteer Hall, St John’s Street, when David Blair will present his talk, ‘Auxiliary Units: Churchill’s Secret Army’.

Clef club

Musical fireworks are promised as the club celebrates 90 years of music-making on Saturday, November 5, with a special programme and reunion of current and former members. The celebration will see a cast which includes Bowden-based accordion wizard Paul Chamberlain, opera singer Nancy Muir, Melrose pianist Chris Achenbach and Northumbrian violinist Bryan Jackson, as well as Jim Letham and a host of regular contributors. All are welcome at the Lucy Sanderson Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. For more details, contact 07780 378590 or visit www.onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub.

GLENDOUGLAS

Lunch club

The next gathering is on Wednesday, November 9, starting at 11.30am.

Whist drive

Next whist drive is on Monday, November 14, at 7.30pm.

GORDON

Library

Gordon Primary School’s new library will be officially opened on Monday, November 7, at 3pm.

HAWICK

Rotary club

The meeting last week was chaired by president Jim Walker when a review of some of this year’s projects was carried out. On Saturday, December 3, a film night will take place with funds going to the Rotary project ‘End Polio Now’. The film shown will be ‘Me before you’. Last weekend several members and their wives accompanied president Jim and his wife, Rosalyn, to the annual Rotary District Conference at Harrogate where the guest keynote speaker was the famous Teri, Sir Chay Blyth.

Bridge club

October 25 – SBU Simultaneous Pairs – 1, Bob Francombe and George Graham; 2, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan; 3, Morag and Fraser Beaton; 4, Lance and Tricia Witten. November 1 – 1, Sam White and Richard von Slicher; 2, Valerie Macpherson and Bob Francombe; 3, Morag and Fraser Beaton; 4, Ken Auckland and David King.

INNERLEITHEN

Parish church

The service on Sunday, November 6, will be at 10.30am, followed by a light lunch in the Hall of Friendship.

Table-top sale

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a craft fair and table-top sale in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 12, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Games Committee will take place on Wednesday, November 23, in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, at 7pm.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Border Games will hold a coffee morning on Saturday, November 26, in the Vale Club from 10am to noon.

Christmas fair

St Ronan’s Primary School Christmas fair will take place on Tuesday, November 29, in the school from 6-8pm.

Lights switch-on

The switch-on date for Innerleithen Christmas lights is Sunday, December 11.

Band concert

Tickets are on sale for St Ronan’s Silver Band’s Christmas concert to be held on Saturday, December 17, in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The event will feature St Ronan’s Silver and Future bands. Tickets are available from Adam’s Baker and the Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, as well as Robb’s KeyStore in Peebles, and by phoning 01896 490510 or emailing KJBelleville@aol.com.

Entertainment

St Ronan’s Silver Band is gearing up for the Borders Entertainment Contest this Saturday, November 5. The competition, which will be held in Borders College’s Netherdale campus in Galashiels, features 19 bands from across Scotland. This will be the first contest for St Ronan’s under the baton of new musical director Alan Fernie. Another young player in a new position is the band’s recently-appointed principal cornet player, 14-year-old Callum Robb, taking over from Ian Aitchison who has held the role with distinction for a number of years. Callum has recently been appointed principal cornet of the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band.

JEDBURGH

Bridge club

Jedburgh Bridge Club is offering lessons for people wishing to learn to play bridge, or those who want to improve their basic skills. These lessons will begin on Tuesday, November 15, at 7pm in the St John’s Art Centre (at the bottom of Sharplaw Road). Anyone interested should get in touch with Richard Oates on 07812 209216, or just turn up on the night. The new season has started well for the club, with up to eight tables playing. Members meet in the Royal British Legion on Mondays at 7pm. Results from October 24 – N/S – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, D. and P. Palmer; 3, M. Weightman and R. Stewart; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, M. Forsyth and P. Harris; 3, M. Ouldcott and J. Miller.

Rotary club

The club was visited by two Jedburgh Grammar School senior students – Claire and Callum, the Mitchell twins. Callum is deputy head boy. They gave a presentation about their visit to Tanzania with the Vine Trust, where they were part of a team of young people helping to build homes in the impoverished north-east of the country. Each student who took part had to raise £2,000 and the club also gave a donation to help with the project. The pupils were by struck by how resilient and cheerfulness the local people were On October 13, Dr Graham Cook, formerly of Jedburgh Health Centre, gave a talk on the work of the Scottish Borders Disability Group of which he is chairman. Approximately 350 disabled people take part in sports organised by the group. Dr Cook was delighted to receive a cheque from the club in support of the work of the group. On October 21, the club received a visit from Lauren Cardwell from Jedburgh Grammar School. Lauren was one of a group from the school who took part in the Rotary Young Leadership Award (RYLA). This involved a residential week at the Rotary outdoor centre in Perthshire, during which candidates take part in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and challenges, including, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, raft-building, orienteering and walking and. Lauren gave a power-point presentation with photographs of her week and explained that her ambition is to join the RAF. She has already undertaken some training as a cadet in this regard. She also visited the Houses of Parliament as part of an official youth team. At the end of the evening, president Tony Rae presented Lauren with her RYLA certificate and a photograph of participants outside the Perthshire outdoor centre. During the past month the efforts of the Rotary Ladies, particularly at the ‘pop-up shop’ in the Canongate, have accrued a substantial sum of money to distribute to local charities and causes, including the Borders Children’s Charity and Jedburgh Leisure Trust. The club’s annual calendar, featuring photographs taken in and around Jedburgh, will go on sale soon. The club is also preparing to assist with the 2016 Jedburgh Winter Festival which takes place on December 2 and has been expanded to include some new features. The President’s Night will take place at Jedburgh Bowling Club on November 4.

St John’s Church

On Sunday, November 13, there will be no 10.30am eucharist, but the 9am communion as usual. At 10.45am, there will be the united churches gathering at the war memorial, followed at 11.15am by the Remembrance Service in the Old Parish Church. St John’s will be celebrating the first Sunday of Advent on November 27 with a service of carols and readings at the 10.30am eucharist.

Charity lunch

Churches Together held a charity lunch last Sunday in the Kenmore Hall in aid of Edinburgh Direct Aid. Along with a large collection of good used clothes, £250 was raised. Jeanne Bell, of the charity, spoke about its recent work and visit to the Lebanon, showing slides of from the refugee camp it is supporting.

KELSO

Accordion club

The October meeting of Kelso Accordion and Fiddle Club took place last Wednesday when a crowd of between 80-90 enthusiasts attended. The night began with local Bob Liddle performing a tribute to Sandy Ramage, a keen Stand Morino player and follower of the club who passed away earlier in the month. Bob played the ‘Sandy Ramage Polka’, a tune written by him for Sandy a few years ago. Next up was David Corner playing fiddle as a change instead of concertina, and he was followed by Bill Elliot and then Charlie McIntee. Auld regular Jock Hall then played a new composition of his, ‘The Leitholm Polka’, followed by a slow air for his late wife which he also composed. Next was Tommy Herman (accordion) and a piano selection from Netta Harvey, and to finish off the first half was a couple of sets by Rachel Oliver, fresh off the plane from a holiday in Canada. The guest artistes for the evening were the Gold brothers, Jim and Tom, with Ross Anderson on drums. The second half saw performances from locals Gordon Brown, Ronnie Easton and Gordon Clark, all players being backed by a selection of the following – on drums, Tom Riddle, George Darling and Kenny Bell; on piano, Brian Forrest, Bob Liddle and Netta Harvey; and on second box, Brian Forrest, Charlie McIntee and Bob Liddle. The club meets on the last Wednesday of the month in Kelso Rugby Club at 7pm.

Thursday group

Ruth MacDonnell, waste and recycling adviser for Scottish Border Council’s recycling team, and colleague Deborah Thomson gave an insight into what SBC is doing about waste and what it plans to do in the near future. Much advice was given and questions answered. Today, Jane Pearn, of the Mines Advisory Group, will talk about the worldwide problems of mine clearance at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre (room 4). The meeting is open to anyone interested. Next week its Malcolm Ross and ‘Trekking Polar Bears’.

Music Makers

Kelso Music Makers enjoyed a varied programme in Abbey Row. Among the items were two movements from Verracini for flute and piano; the serenade from Don Giovanni with baritone horn, mandolin and piano; jazz piano/songs by Randy Newman and Steven Foster; Swedish fiddle tunes; several Dick Gaughan songs with guitar; a Bach gigue played on mandolin and a short piece from Handel’s Messiah for baritone horn and piano. The next event in Abbey Row is on Friday, November 25 – all welcome. Contact 01573 224920 for further information.

Museum friends

The second talk in the November series organised by the Friends of Kelso Museum will take place in Kelso Town Hall on Wednesday, November 9, at 7.30pm. Keith Caver will present ‘Only the Bridesmaid’ as a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the building of the town hall.

Concert

Mosaic, with Harris Playfair and Heather Cattanach, presented a sell-out fundraising concert on Saturday, October 29, in Kelso Town Hall. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Kelso Hospital.

Autumn exhibition

Kelso Horticultural Society holds its autumn exhibition in the Tait Hall on Saturday, November 5. The event includes chrysanthemums, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, floral art, honey, industrial and junior sections. Doors open at 1pm and the presentation of prizes will be at 4pm.

Blood donors

At blood-donor sessions in the Tait Hall 312 voluteers offered to give blood and 275 donations were given. There were 13 new donors.

Quilters

Abbey Quilters meet on Tuesday, November 8, at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Pat Douglas, from Carlenrig, will be demonstrating how to make one of her little Sashiko projects. She will provide the materials for which members are asked to contribute £2.50 each. Members should also remember their mugs.Further information – Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

LANGHOLM

Probus club

President George Whillans welcomed 25 members to the latest meeting in the Eskdale Hotel when club member Melvyn Brown gave an illustrated talk on canal boats after business was dealt with. Melvyn said he had gained an early interest in boats from his time with the Sea Scouts, and this led to a desire to live on Britain’s waterways. The opportunity arose during the late 1980s when he and his wife, Maureen, travelled to Holland to buy a canal boat, sailing it back via Dutch waterways, the Channel and up the River Thames to Teddington. The vessel had to be modified to cope with the low bridges on the English canals. Melvyn told how he met Hillary and Bill Clinton on the River Trent.

Shoeboxes

The annual Shoebox appeal run by Samaritans’ Purse, will again take place in the town. Thanks to the generosity of the rugby club, the premises at Milntown will again be used as the shoebox clearance area.

Initiative

The local Initiative organisation is bidding to get another round of funding to extend its Building a Future for Eskdale project. Eleven organisations in Scotland are in the running for a share of £1.25million, set up by the Royal Bank of Scotland Skills and Opportunities grant fund. People can vote for one worthy cause in each region up until midday on Friday, November 4.

LAUDER

Parish church

Holy communion will be celebrated at Channelkirk on Sunday, November 6, at 10am, with worship at Lauder at 11.30am. There will be light refreshments and a chat after the services. Communion will be celebrated in Lauder on Sunday, November 27, at 11.30am. Guild members host their monthly coffee morning on Saturday, November 5, from 10-11.30am in the church centre. Acts of remembrance will take place at 10.50am on Sunday, November 13, at Lauder War Memorial and Oxton War Memorial Hall, followed by morning worship in Lauder Church and Oxton Memorial Hall.

LILLIESLEAF

Ceilidh

The Halloween ceilidh last Saturday was a huge success, raising funds for the Borders Exploration Group’s 2017 expedition to Bolivia. Molly, Harris, Joseph and Zoe – all Selkirk High school pupils – staged the event. Thanks to the following for donating raffle prizes – Sandy Milligan, Edith Creations, The Plough Inn, Lilliesleaf; Taste of Spice, Halliwell’s, Down to Earth Foods, Whitmuir swimming club, J. and P. Adams and Fusion Hair and Beauty, Hawick.

MAXTON

Charity concert

A concert of Americana and Scottish folk music in aid of the Borders Holiday Group will be held by Maxton 21 in the village hall on Saturday, November 12, at 8pm. Artistes are Ken Kennedy and The Coohands, Kathy Stewart-Kennedy, and Seonaid and Roddy. BYOB. Tickets from 01835 822795 or at the door.

MELROSE

Parish church

The autumn colours at Bowden and Melrose have had people admiring and using their cameras and phones. Activities – Thursday, November 3, 2.30pm, guild speaker Henry Borthwick on Soutra. Friday, November 4 (3-7pm) and Saturday, November 5 (10am-1pm) – Traidcraft Christmas sale in the hall; Sunday, November 6 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (family, 10am; morning worship, 11am). Saturday, November 12 – music society, Wihan String Quartet. On Saturday, October 29, John Bryden gave a recital on the new magnus organ in Holy Trinity church, which was installed in 2015 and is the most advanced of its kind in the UK. The pieces, from a variety of composers, were chosen to display the instrument’s versatility and after a feast of sound the smiling audience went out into the end-of-British-summertime night with Widor’s Wedding March echoing in their ears.

Trimontium

When Ian Brown, in proposing the vote of thanks, described Professor Armit’s lecture in the Corn Exchange as “perfect”, he was in no danger of going over the top. The subject was the most completely excavated example of a Scottish hillfort at Broxmouth on a limestone plug rising out of the East Lothian plain, 30 miles from Edinburgh. The work was done in 1977-78, but there was no infrastructure ready for the report to be written until the professor, some 40 years later, managed to raise the finance and the personnel to have it written up and published as ‘An Inherited Place’ (and a keyhole into the south-east Scotland Iron Age), covering its 800 years as a settled community, without a break, from 640 BC to 150 AD, some 32 generations.

MOREBATTLE

Group K Rally

As Morebattle is the leading group this year for Group K, an enjoyable night was held in Morebattle Village Hall when Mary Pringle, president, welcomed members and guests from other SWIs in the group, and also Helen Moffat, Group K representative. Mary then introduced the Oxnam Valley Singers who, under the leadership of Marion Dodd, produced an entertaining night with a varied programme of songs, recitations, piano duet and a sketch from Marion. Supper was served by Morebattle SWI committee and a raffle followed. Catherine Mabon proposed an extensive vote of thanks to all involved.

SWI

Morebattle SWI will meet in the institute on Wednesday, November 9, at 7.15pm, when Tom Purves will demonstrate wood turning. Competitions are for three choc chip biscuits and a small dog ornament. The AGM will follow the demonstration – members should remember their voting papers.

NEWCASTLETON

Seniors’ party

More than 80 senior citizens enjoyed an afternoon in the new Legends function suite in the village. Copshaw Common Riding committee once more did themselves proud by laying on a tea. The guests were also treated to an entertaining afternoon of music and song.

NEWTOWN

Council

Community councillors learned about the Dog Friendly Newtown Kids’ Club are their latest gathering. Veronica Lenartowicz said that following a successful poster competition, pupils at Newtown primary were keen to learn more about how to look after pet dogs, safety around dogs and obedience training. She intends to arrange competitions and activities, and next year there will be a fun day for two and four-footed villagers. Barbara Graham reported that Newtown in Bloom volunteers are gradually replacing the summer bedding plants as these die back. George Luke told the meeting that a new lights garland has been purchased to run from the pharmacy to the newsagents. The Christmas lights switch-on fair will be held on Sunday, November 27. Council chair Elaine Thornton-Nicol was pleased to report that Buccleuch Estates are providing a free Christmas tree for Newtown. Newtonians can contact the community council by email at newtown.eildoncc@yahoo.com. The next meeting of the community council has been brought forward to Tuesday, November 22, at 7pm.

OXTON

Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning on Saturday, November 5, from 10am to noon. All contributions gratefully received.

ST BOSWELLS

AmDrams

Nature was the subject for the October meeting and readings were heard from writers, including Robert Burns, Jim Crumley, George MacDonald Fraser, David Howarth, T. E. Lawrence, Richard Mabey, William Shakespeare and other modern authors. Subjects included Charles Darwin’s discoveries, the beauty and majesty in nature, the Earth, invertebrates, seas, storms, trees, weather and even weeds. The topic for the next meeting is Chords and this will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 7.30-9.30pm in the village hall’s upper room.

SWI

The September meeting was the hospitality evening with guests from many neighbouring institutes and a special guest, Margaret Lamont (grandmother of MSP John Lamont), who has moved to Kelso to be nearer family. She is a former vice-chairman of the whole of Scotland SWI. Speaker for the evening was retired St Boswells vet Nigel Brown who gave a history of the St Boswells veterinary practice, with a lot of humour, and he finished with a quiz, members having to identify the use of some peculiar tools used by vets. Felicity Bristow thanked Nigel on behalf of all. There were two competitions for both St Boswells members and visitors – a four-line amusing poem and/or an animal ornament. Nigel judged these with the following results – four-line poem (visitors) – 1, Wendy Bryson, Lauder; 2, Marion Anderson, Edgerston; 3, Ruth Scoular, Langshaw; animal ornament (visitors) – 1, Sheena Nelson, Burnfoot; 2, Tanya Campbell, Stichill; 3, Lindsay Hughes, Langshaw; four-line poem (members) – 1, Fran Martin; 2, Rose Cameron; 3, Elma Blacklock; animal ornament (members) – 1, Annette Hotson; 2, Elma Blacklock; 3, Fran Martin. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 8, at 7.30pm in St Boswells Lesser Hall when Fiona Cameron will be showing members how to make holly wreaths, followed by the AGM. The competitions that evening will be three shortbread biscuits and/or a home-made Christmas decoration.

SELKIRK

Camera club

Selkirk Camera Club held its first completion of the season judged, by Ali Graham from Kelso. Results – digital images – 1, Bryan Johnstone; 2, William Pallin; 3, William Pallin; black and white prints – 1, Bryan Johnstone; 2, Jim Young; 3, William Pallin; colour prints – 1, Helen Grey; 2, Bryan Johnstone; 3, William Pallin. New and potential members always welcome on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the clubrooms.

Pop-up shop

The Flodden 500 Selkirk pop-up shop will be open at 23 High Street on November 25 and 16. On sale will be handbags and gladrags, new and nearly-new clothes and jewellery. There will also be a Christmas raffle and cake and candy stall.

Antiquarian society

The next meeting of the society is the annual joint gathering with the Old Gala Club on Wednesday, November 9, at 7.30pm in the Upper Volunteer Hall, St John’s Street, Galashiels. David Blair will present his talk, ‘Auxiliary Units: Churchill’s Secret Army’.

TRAQUAIR

Remembrance

The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, November 13 (Remembrance Sunday), at 9.30am. The service at Traquair War Memorial will be at 10.50am.

WALKERBURN

Remembrance

There will be a service at the war memorial on Sunday, November 13 (Remembrance Sunday), at 10.30am.

YETHOLM

Secretary sought

Yetholm Border Shepherds’ Show is looking for a secretary from February 2017. Anyone who can help should contact Alli Freeland Cook on 01573 420404 or 07976 967670. Closing date is January 9.

Indoor Bowls

The bowling club held its pairs competition on Sunday. The winners were Pat Young and Peter Boyd, with Shirley Lowndes and Eddie Robertson runners-up. New members always welcome.

Bonfire Night

There will be a bonfire and firework display on Saturday, November 5, at 6pm on the Playing Field. Torches will be on sale from 5.30pm on the village green.

AGM

Floral Gateway will hold its AGM on Monday, November 7, at 7pm in the Youth Hall.

Coffee morning

Yetholm Church will host the monthly coffee morning on Wednesday, November 9, from 10.30am to noon.