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Ancrum

Sounds of the Sixties: A night of live music is being held in the village hall on Saturday starting at 7pm with refreshments, bar and raffle. Tickets £7, £5 concessions, available from The Pantry shop.

Denholm

Bruce Davies: The award-winning singer-songwriter is appearing in the village hall tomorrow at 7.30 pm. Tickets, £5 from the post office or Reverend Douglas Nichol. Proceeds to the church refurbishment fund.

Thai supper night: A three-course meal for £18.99 at the Cream Puff on Friday October 14. Phone Jan on 07738 270191 to book a table and BYOB.

Border Bogie Challenge: The 2011 DVD is for sale at the post office for £10 with just under 25 minutes of the event and features all competitors, on-course footage, on board full run, interviews, results and the prize-giving.

community council: The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7 pm in the lesser village hall.

Civic Week: The annual general meeting is tomorrow at 7pm in the Police Post. The search is on for new or present members to take us to the 40th year. All welcome. Contact Pauline Gillan, 01896 848167.

Highland dancing: Classes, run by the Marshall school of dance, are every Tuesday in Denholm Primary School, 3.15-4.15pm. Information, call Molly on 01450 870042.

Earlston

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday, all-age service 9.45am and traditional 11am, both conducted by Rev Julie Woods. Sunday October 2, single service at 11am for harvest thanksgiving followed by a light lunch in the church hall. From October 9, the all-age services will start at 9.30am, traditional remains at 11am.

WEDNESDAY MEETING: The Wednesday Club began the new season with a business meeting and Marion Dodd gave a talk on a visit to Balmoral, when she preached at Craithie Church. She stayed for two nights in Balmoral Castle. Competition, a thimble, was won by Mrs Mason, Mrs Scott and Mrs Penman. The next meeting will be on September 28, when the competition will be a paperweight.

Karate : This will be back in the church hall tomorrow, juniors 6-7pm and intermediates and seniors 7-8pm.

WRI: John Rogerson gave a very interesting show of slides and history of well known places in the Borders. Competitions: four fruit scones, 1 H. Smith, 2 L.Riddell; photo of a Borders bridge, 1 H. Smith, 2 E. Cockburn. The next meeting is on October 20 with a talk, All About Bees.

Eckford

THEATRE: Right Angle Theatre Company presents Nunsense, a comedy with music, in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30. Admission £5.00 (including light refreshments) All welcome. Further information: Sandra 01835 850324

Edgerston

SWRI: The meeting heard a talk and demonstration of Japanese folded patchwork – by candlelight as there was a power cut. Competition, handmade bag: 1 Evelyn Grierson, 2 Rosemary Wilkes, 3 Jean Browne. Photographs taken at the May meeting will be judged at the open meeting on WednesdayOctober 12 when Peter Flannery gives a talk on Astronomy. Friends and husbands welcome at this meeting.

Ettrickbridge

Coffee Morning and Sale: This event, in aid of hall funds is on Saturday October 1, 10am-noon. Any one with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.

Glen Douglas

SWRI: At the September meeting, Rose Cameron and Kath Runciman gave very informative show tips and hints. Competition: a jar of chutney, 1 Elizabeth Till, 2 Marion Kingswood. Raffle: Jocelyn Davidson.The next meeting is on October 5.

Galashiels

Clef Club: The season starts on Saturday 24 September at 7.30pm in the Lucy Sanderson Hall. The programme will include Schubert’s Sonatina No 3 in G minor for violin and piano, Telemann’s Fantasia for flute and piano, and Gordon Jacob’s Short Suite for bassoon and items by Bach, Ireland, Brahms and Chopin. All the music is performed by the members for the members. Anyone interested in making music in friendly company is invited: see www.onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub, or contact the secretary on 01896 752375.

Borders 50/50 lottery: The winning ticket drawn on Sunday was number 957. Tickets for next week are available from the Info Hub, Salmon, Quins, the Auld Mill, and the Ladhope Inn.

Hawick

Probus Club: President Alan Graham introduced Hawick RFC secretary John Thorburn to talk on The Bill McLaren Foundation, of which he is secretary. He explained the objectives of the foundation as developing rugby at all levels, to encourage the young and to develop an archive centre. Lindsay Thompson proposed a vote of thanks.

Bridge club: Monday 12 September: N/S 1 P. Young and J. Beedle, 2 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 3= J. and M. Miller and S. White and J. Urquhart; E/W 1 R. Goldie and M. McLeod, 2 H. and M. Ouldcott 3. M. Tuson and R. Witherington. Monday Bridge continues at Heart of Hawick and Wednesday Bridge nights start on Wednesday Players to be seated for a prompt 6.45pm start. New players very welcome: ontact M. Bishop (secretar ) at 01450 860207 for more information.

Rotary Club: District foundation officer Maurice Halliday of Kirkcudbright Rotary Club spoke to last week’s meeting about the Rotary Foundation which is applied to charitable projects worldwide. He suggested clubs get together for joint ventures as even more money can be raised to greater effect. The benefit of Rotary projects is that there are very few overheads and nearly all of the money goes to the good cause.

Jedburgh

Coffee morning: The annual coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support in the Royal British Legion hall on September 10 raised £781.75. Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

Scottish Country Dance: Club classes start again on Tuesday at 7.30pm, in Parkside Primary School games hall. New members especially welcome.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH: On Sunday there will be sung evensong at 6pm followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment. The monthly congregational breakfast will be at 9.30am in the Jedburgh Community and Arts Centre, St John’s Old School.

Kelso

embroiderer’s guild: The next meeting is on Tuesday in the Abbey Row Centre at 7pm. The AGM will be followed by a talk by Tricia Reynolds entitled Casalguidi. She will show some examples of her work. Visitors welcome, £3. Contact: Rineke Sangster 01573 229414

Music Makers: September Sunset tomorrow 7:45 pm at the Abbey Row Centre – informal music-making in a supportive atmosphere New season starting – visitors, non-players and new members welcome.

Country Dancing: All welcome in Kelso North Parish Church Pillar Room (basement). on Tuesday, 7.15-9.15pm when the Scottish country dance resumes for the new session. £2 a week or £30 for 20 weeks. Enter from Roxburgh Street or Bowmont Street Queries to J. Hewie on 01573 228514

Thursday Group: The group resumes on Thursday October 6 at the Abbey Row Centre, room 6, 2pm. The first talk, by Peter Symms is Reginald Bennee and the Altnacara, an eye-witness account of a naval battle. For information and a syllabus, phone 01573 224753.

Star speaker: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the eminent astrophysicist who discovered the pulsar, will give a public talk, A Quaker Astronomer Reflects in the Quaker Meeting House, Abbey Row on Wednesday at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Bridge club: Wednesday September 14, teams of four 1 L. Dick, L. Douglas, J. Urquhart, M. Browne, 2 A. Stewart, B. Potts, A. Mitchell, R. Stewart, 3 R. Oates, S.West, J.Bunyan, V.Fairbairn. Thursday, Millenium Trophy 2 North-South 1 L.Dick and L.Douglas 2 A. and A.Ireland 3 J. Henry and M. Thomson; East-West, 1 A. Mitchell and P. Sloan, 2 G. Eglinton and J. Bridger, 3 A.Stewart and B.Potts.

Farmers Market: The market is on Saturday in Kelso Square, 9am-1.30pm.

Langholm

Probus CLUB: For the first meeting of the new session, 29 members gathered for a mixture of business and social talk.

Common Riding: Chairman Roger Maxwell congratulated Cornet Lee Earsman on a fabulous day. The fine weather brought the crowds to the Castleholm and £12,905 was taken at the gate and £5,045 on the car park. The total income to date is £47,409 but the expenditure was £45,345. Total programme money raised was £2,307. The Town Band and Pipe Band will receive an extra £150 each and the Flute Band will get £50. The secretary and treasurer will get an increase of £50, to £300 each. The concert had been well attended, and the Simmer Fair Night dance had gone well and the gross total was £1,655.

Embroiders guild: The Eskdale and Liddesdale branch of the guild held its annual general meeting last Saturday. Members were given information about Guam, the country for which they were delegated to do post cards for to the 2012 Olympics. Aileen Graham, the retiring from secretary, was thanked. Christine Ridley has taken over. Sandra Hope was thanked as she ended her term as treasurer and Alison Wilkes takes over. The next meeting is in the day centre on Saturday October 15 at 2pm.

Midlem

WRI: Marion Wilson gave an informative and interesting talk on aloe vera. Competition, decorated wooden spoon: 1 Helen Pearce, 2 Eleanor Scott, 3 Sheena Combe; poster for SWRI show: 1 Dilys Wheelans. The next meeting, the 65th birthday party is on October 4. Competition: old-fashioned brooch.

Melrose

Floral champions: Everything’s coming up roses for Melrose in Bloom! Not only did they win Champion of Champions in the Borders Floral Gateway Competition, but they also won the large village category in the Beautiful Scotland competition, announced in Rothesay. Quin and Maggie Dunlop of Melrose in Bloom, brought home a silver cup and a gold award certificate.

Church Activities: Harvest Thanksgiving is postponed till October 9, food donors for the lunch please note. Today, Age Scotland tea party, Greenyards, 2.30pm; tomorrow, fundraiser Chinese cookery and wine tasting, 7.30pm, £5; Sunday, 9.30am Bowden communion; Melrose 10am family service; 11am morning worship; Sheila’s leprosy walk raised £275 – many thanks.

Morebattle

Coffee Morning: The MacMillan Coffee Morning will be held in the institute on Saturday at10.30am, Usual stalls.

Newcastleton

Coffee morning:The Old People’s Welfare Committee held a coffee morning in the village hall which raised £305. The committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the morning a success.

Parish church Guild: At its opening meeting of the new session Christine Fulcher gave a talk, Happiness, and spoke about how you can enjoy it in various ways and demonstrated this with various objects she pulled out of a bag. Secretary Dorothy Kennedy gave a vote of thanks. Irene Dinning will demonstrate Christmas decorations at the next meeting.

Newtown

Yoga: Classes resume in Newtown Community Wing on Monday, general class 6.30-8pm. Details: Anne Macnaughton, 01835 822557

WRI: After regular business at the September meeting, Rosemary Evans gave a talk on her life and work with animals at Chester Zoo and in Atlanta US, followed by her work in stately homes in the Borders. Competition winners: jam dish: 1 Lorna Dickson, 2 Elizabeth McMillan, 3 Margaret Luke; hand-made apron: 1 Elizabeth McMillan, 2 Elaine Thornton-Nicol, 3 Mary Redburn. The next meeting will be the guest night on October 6.

Peebles

Coffee morning: Tweeddale Rovers are holding a coffee morning on Saturday at the Eastgate clubrooms.

Lager votes: Peebles RFC are asking members to vote on the type of lager to be sold in the bar.

St Boswells

SWRI: Back from the the summer break, members saw a slide show on China by Dr and Mrs Oliver Eade who gave an insight to the some of the places the tourists don’t visit. Competition, a fish ornament: 1 Maureen Colebrook, 2 Annette Hotson, 3 Jean Blackwood. The next meeting is on October 11.

Selkirk

Antiquarian Society: A walk from Selkirk to the site of the Battle of Philiphaugh and round the Philiphaugh estate will take place on Saturday. Meet outside the Courtroom in the Market Place at 9.45am for a 10am start. All welcome. The new syllabus is on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.

Stichill

WRI: At the September meeting, Sue Winters spoke about the development of no-hands massage and demonstrated the therapy on Avril, one of the members. June Brown gave the vote of thanks. Competition winners: mushroom quiche: 1 Frances Rogers, 2 Mary Thomson, 3 Dawn Steel; favourite shoes: 1 Jean McDermid, 2 Janice Smith, 3 Frances Rogers. The raffle was won by Greta Black. The next meeting will be the 85th Birthday dinner on Tuesday October 4 at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso. Please meet at the village hall at 7.00pm to arrange transport.

Stow

Sound Out: The AGM is tonight in Stow Bowling Club at 7pm. Please come and help shape your community music group. Everyone welcome.

Yetholm

ART EXHIBITION: Kelso Art Group is holding its annual exhibition in Yetholm in aid of the British Heart Foundation, It opens at 7pm in Yetholm Youth Hall on Friday September 30 and then runs daily until October 8, 10am-5pm.

VODAPHONE PROBLEMS: David Redpath keeps the village informed as to what is going on by posting almost daily reports in the Village Shop.

LEEK SHOWS: On two consecutive weekends the Plough Hotel hosted the Yetholm Leek Cub Show and the Plough Hotel Show. The winners names will be added to the honours boards in the bar. .

FESTIVAL WEEK: The formal meeting in terms of the constitution to discuss the summer’s Village Festival took place in the Youth Hall. Although final accounts are still awaited, finances seem in a good state and possble improvements for next year were discussed. formal approval was given to the Barri Gadgi and Manushi to take part in the All-Scotland Ride up the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

TATTiE WEIGH-IN: Participants in this year”s Yetholm Gypsy Tattie Competition in aid of the Yetholm Borders Shepherds Show should note that the official weigh-in is on Sunday on Kirk Yetholm green, noon-2pm.

NEW SEAT: A seat in memory of the late Jean Younger has been placed outside the Village Shop, donated by the Henderson family for whom Jean worked for a number of years – thanks go to them.