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Ashkirk

Village Hall: The hall AGM is on November 21 at 8pm.

Clovenfords

School MOVES: Caddonfoot primary school is holding a number of celebratory events before moving to the new Clovenfords primary in spring, to which we would like to invite former pupils, staff and members of the community. There is an exhibition and open morning next Saturday, November 19, 10am-noon and November 21-24, 3pm-4pm. We are seeking photographs and memorabilia for the exhibition. There will be a celebratory concerts on November 30 and December 1 at 1.30pm in Clovenfords Village Hall to which the public are cordially invited. Tickets are available from Caddonfoot School, or the village shop.

Denholm

Weather: During October, 3.36 inches of rain was recorded with the 17th showing the heaviest rainfall, nearly three-quarters of an inch. Daytime temperatures remained in the teens for the month with a high of 19 C on the 1st. A slight frost, -1C was recorded on the 20th.

Christmas Fair: A fair will be held in the village hall on November 25, 6-9.30pm. Entry is £2 on the door in aid of Denholm Toddler Group. Stallholders will include the best of our local producers, businesses and crafts people selling a mix of jewellery, art, baking, Christmas stockings and decorations, bath and beauty products, cards, bags, scarves, antiques and lots and lots more.

Community Council: The meeting on October 26 heard that the village telephone box will be repainted; the state of the pavement on Main Street will be taken forward to scrutiny at SBC as there is disagreement about the quality of work done; a proposal has been made to paint the cross-hatch markings at Bedrule Road junction red; and a site visit took place to look at the water-butt at Denholm Cemetery. The council’s current account balance for is £1,355.81. Two planning applications were offered for consideration – one for six affordable houses on the south side of the Jedburgh road, and the other for the erection of a single wind turbine at Standhill Farm. There were 20 members of the public at the meeting to offer thoughts on the proposed wind turbine. Elections for new members of the committee will take place in the coming weeks. The date of the next meeting of the council will be announced after the elections.

Earlston

Remembrance SUNDAY: The service at 9.30am in church will be followed by an Act of Remembrance in the Square at 11am, both conducted by Rev Julie Woods. The session meets in the church hall lounge on Tuesday at 7pm.

A BIG SING: Come to church at 2pm next Saturday, November 19, to learn some of the new songs in the hymn book and have a good sing.

Camera Club: Wednesday’s meeting enjoyed a talk from Jed Gordon about his life as a photographer. Competition was “Humour” and results were: Projected images, 1 Sue Wilson, 2 and 3 Hilary Baines. Prints, 1 Helen Pugh-Cook, 2 John Wilson, 3 Allan Drummond. At the next meeting, on November 23, the speaker is Glyn Satterley from Longniddry. The competition is light and shadow. Several members will attend the NFU Competition at Galashiels next Wednesday. Good luck to all.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The women’s section is holding a coffee morning on Saturday in Hanover Close, 10am-noon. Cake and candy stall, bric-a-brac, and raffle; tea or coffee with hot mince pies and home baking.Come and support ex-service charities.

Edgerston

CHARITY LUNCH: The Borders MS Society benefited by £432.66 at the recent lunch in the village hall. Thanks to all who attended and donated in any way to this event.

Village Hall: The AGM will be held on Tuesday at 7.30pm, all welcome

Ettrickside

Bonfire: A big thank you to all who helped organise the bonfire and helped out on Saturday evening.

Fountainhall

WRI: Wednesday’s meeting, in the village hall at 7.30pm, will include a knitting bee and then AGM. Competitions: four pieces of millionaire shortbread and a holiday photo. Last month’s competition winners: jar of chutney, 1 M Weatherston, 2 A. Mathison; small ornament 1 D. Wilson, 2 M. Weatherston .

Galashiels

PLAYGROUND PLAN: The parent council of St Margaret’s RC Primary School is planning a £15,000 upgrade of the playground equipment. Parent council secretary Louise Riddell said: “The Halloween Party organised by the Parent Council raised several hundred pounds for our playground equipment fund. The school’s pupil council has told us what they would like to see in their playground. Obviously it is a very expensive project but despite the difficult times we are in, the parent council are in a strong financial position which allows us to go for lottery grants as we will be able to match fund. Once the quotes are in and if permission is granted by Scottish Borders Council, hopefully we can proceed very quickly and give the pupils what they deserve.”

Inner Wheel Club: President Gwen Croan welcomed Jane Latimer who gave a very informative and interesting talk on Japanese embroidery, a very specialised form of sewing that involves 10 phases of learning. The next table top sale is on November 26, 2-4pm, in St Peter’s Church. The next club meeting is on Tuesday, when district chairman, Lilian Warwick is visiting the club.

CAMERA CLUB: Guest speaker David Long from the Royal Botanical Gardens gave a fascinating presentation on Botanical Exploration in South-west China through a series of excellent photographs. Wednesday is the quiz night.

ROTARY CLUB: Karen Palmer, manager of Borders Independent Advocacy Service, explained that BIAS employs eight part time staff who work with 24 volunteers. More volunteers are currently in training. It does not provide advice but helps people to access information and make choices. The free, confidential, independent service is open to anyone with a mental health or social care need and BIAS is trying to raise funds to create better links with local GPs. An innovative project is peer advocacy where senior pupils from Peebles High School work with young people who have support needs. For more about BIAS, see www.bordersadvocacy.org.uk

50-50 draw: The winning ticket on November 6 was 1875. Tickets for next week’s lottery are available from the Info Hub, Salmon, Quins, the Auld Mill, the Ladhope Inn and Image 22, or there is a standing order option.

Glen Douglas

SWRI: At the AGM , office bearers and committee for the coming year were elected. The competition, a child’s jumper, was won by Catriona Graham. Elizabeth Till won the raffle. The Dickie Bowl for most points in competitions for the year was won jointly by Cath Johnson and Elspeth Cook; the runner up and winner of the Dawson Cup was Sandra Jeffrey. The next meeting is Christmas lunch at the Clock Tower Jedburgh on December 7 at 1pm.

Hawick

Rotary Club: A business meeting heard a report from Tommy Mulvee on the community service St Andrew’s Day brunch in the Evergreen Club on November 27, 12.30-3pm with Scottish entertainment after the meal. Tickets, £10 available from any Rotarian. Christmas draw tickets will be sold in Morrisons on November 25 and 26, proceeds from both events to local charities and other good causes. International convenor Sandy Bannerman reported that a shelter box would be put on display so that the public could see it and make a donation to supply one as they are always required at world disasters.

Bridge Club: October 31: 1 S. White and J. Urquhart, 2 M. Tuson and R. Witherington, 3 K. Auckland and E. Aitken, 4 V. Johnstone and M. Miller; November 2: 1 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 2 M. Tuson and J. Urquhart, 3 P. Young and J. Beedle, 4 D. Usher and I. Wyze

Innerleithen

Remembrance Sunday: 11.30am, Innerleithen Church - All-age worship for Remembrance Sunday; 12.35pm at Innerleithen War Memorial. There will be a retiring collection for Poppy Scotland after the services.

CIVIC ASSOCIATION: Innerleithen Civic Association will hold its annual coffee morning in the Vale Club next Saturday, November 19, 10am-noon. The next committee meeting will be in the Tweedside Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday.

INNERLEITHEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: The AGM will be in the Traqs Bar at the Traquair Arms Hotel next Monday, November 21, at 7:30. There will be a short formal meeting followed by a discussion on IMF 2012 to which all are invited. IMF’s small organising committee always welcomes a few more members and would equally welcome anyone who wants to help with a specific task or has an idea which they want to put forward. Contact Pam Fraser on 01896 830146 or email imfpublicity@aol.com

SOUND OF MUSIC: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society has changed it show for 2012 to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (26-31 March 2012). Children aged six to 14 are invited to audition for the parts of the Von Trapp children next Wednesday, November 23, in the Library Hall, Buccleuch Street at 6pm. There are six parts: Fredrik 14, Brigitta 13, Kurt 12, Louisa 10, Marta seven, and Gretl five, to be played by a six or seven year old). For information and audition piece, contact Elma Belleville on 01896 830577.

CRAFT AND TABLE-TOP SALE: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold its annual craft and table-top sale on Saturday in the Memorial Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm. As well as an array of tables, there will be tea and coffee, cake and candy and a raffle. Entry is by silver collection.

Jedburgh

Rotary Club: The Christmas bazaar, run by the wives of club members, raised more than £640 which will be used to support local charities. The club is very grateful to the ladies, and the local community which gives so generously. Planning continues for the silent auction to be held on December 2 and the grayling fishing competition the next day. The angling competition is run by Jedburgh Rotary on behalf of District 1020 which covers all of Edinburgh and south-east Scotland. It attracts anglers from all over Scotland and the north of England.

Bridge club: October 31: N/S 1 J. and M.Weightman, 2 N.Porter and .S.Graham, 3. A. and A. Ireland; E/W 1 R.Oates and S.West, 2 A. and R. Stewart, 3 D.and P. Palmer.

Kelso

Museum lectures: Prof Roland Paxton’s lecture on John Rennie, designer of Kelso Bridge surprised many of his listeners in describing the scale of Rennie’s engineering work – harbours, canals, railways as well as bridges. On Wednesday, at 7.30pm, Trevor Cowie’s talk is Magic Metals: Glimpses of Bronze Age High Society in the Scottish Borders. Abbey Row Centre. Entry by donation

Friends of Kelso Museum: At the recent AGM, Isabel Gordon was re-elected chairman and John Dellow treasurer. The new secretary is Hazel Woodsell with Ruth Holmes as assistant secretary. Committee: Susanne Batchelor, Ken Cooper, Jim Currie, Ken Nichol, Pat Readman and Jack Renton.

Thursday Group: Helen Macfarlane gave a sensitive and interesting talk about the work of the Butterfly Trust for cystic fibrosis. £35 was donated. Today Dr Oliver Eade talks about photographing people. Next week Ian Corsie speaks on publishing guide books, 2pm, Abbey Row Centre.

Beauty evening: The Friends of Kelso Hospital would are holding a Body Shop Party in Kelso Hospital next Thursday, November 17, at 7pm. Admission £2. Refreshments, raffle, makeovers.

GUILD: At the visitors’ night last month, guests from St Andrew’s Church Fellowship and Guild members from Stichill, Morebattle and Ancrum were present. Norma Williamson presided and led the devotions. John Robertson from the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle Gardens gave a talk. The committee provided an excellent supper. Today, George Shaw of the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen will be the speaker.

BRIDGE CLUB: November 2, SBU autumn pairs: 1 Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson, 2 John and Marian Mille, 3 Dominic and Diana Alkinm, 4 Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson. November 3: Calchou Cup 4: N/S 1 Rena Stewart and Jean Gall, 2 Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson, 3 Ruth Mackay and Sheila Urquhart; E/W 1 Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood, 2 Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson, 3 Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan.

U3A: The Four Border Abbeys Group meets on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Martin Meteyard, chairman of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum will speak about fair trade in Scotland and in the Borders.

Langholm

Day Centre: Senior citizen members and staff at the day centre dressed up for a special Halloween party and enjoyed a ghoulish lunch for the occasion. Jean Barbour won the members’ prize with Sheila Hendry runner-up. The staff member who was judged to have the best hat was Catherine Lithgow.

Service: A special festival service in the parish church marked the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the bible. It was conducted by the Rev Scott McCarthy, Gretna Choral Society was conducted by Anthony Peacock and the organist was Douglas McBay.

Lauder

Remembrance: Service at Lauder War Memorial 10.50am, led by Lauder Parish Church worship group – those walking together to the War Memorial please meet in The Avenue at 10.30pm). Tea and coffee in the Church Centre after the service. On Tuesday at 11am, pupils and staff from Lauder Primary plant their Remembrance Crosses at the War Memorial.

Health Centre: The chiel executive of NHS Borders, Calum Campbell, will attend the monthly meeting of the Community Council on Monday in the Town Hall at 7.30pm, to inform on the current situation. All those with an interest in the service present and future are encouraged to attend.

Lindean

WRI: Colin Graham gave a heart-warming talk on the Chernobyl Children’s Link which brings children to the UK for visits. He told of the warmth of Border people in helping with medical, dental and optical care, the visits to local places and how it helped the children who still bear the scars 25 years after the explosion.Competition: knitted scarf: 1 M. Milne, 2nd E. Douglas, 3 M. Inglis. Raffle: 1 E. McMillan, 2 H. Russell, 3 J.Stott.

Maxton

Maxton Meets: The next in the series of talks is on Monday when Dr Cath Livingstone will speak about her experiences as a Territorial Army Doctor in Afghanistan, in the village hall, at 7.30pm. Admission is £1.50 and everyone is welcome.

Melrose

Cash or Cache: Nick Holmes, recently retired coin expert from Edinburgh’s National Museums, is the second speaker in the Winter series of Curle Centenary Lectures in the Corn Exchange today at 7.30pm. All are welcome. A collection is taken (Gift Aided if possible) to defray expenses.

CHURCH Activities: Deadline for Life and Work order (not money) and church magazine articles is Monday. Sunday Remembrance Services: Gattonside 9.15am; Bowden 9.30am; Melrose: 10.45am wreath-laying, 11am Ecumenical service; Newstead 2pm; Darnick 3pm. Sunday November 20: Melrose building centenary communion service invitations to be delivered by volunteers (see office) both common cup (Abbey Kirk vessels) and individual glasses to be available; Monday November 21 congregational board open meeting 7.30pm.

Morebattle

Folk Night: There will be a folk night and grand bottle draw on November 26 in Templehall Lounge at 8.30pm in aid of flower show and village hall funds. Tickets £5 from J. Mabon 01573 440329.

Oxton

Remembrance: There will be a service on at Oxton War Wemorial at 10.50am, led by the Rev Jamie Griggs and continuing in the War Memorial Hall. A light lunch will be provided after the service; donations (£2.50) to the Earl Haig Fund. On Tuesday at 10am at Oxton War Memorial Primary 7 pupils and staff from Channelkirk Primary School will plant Remembrance crosses.

Peebles

QUIZ: The rugby club will hold a quiz night with teams of three to five next Friday, 18 November 18, at 7.30pm. See Davy Cornwall for details.

Peebles Piranhas: A race night is being held in the clubrooms next Saturday,November 19, first race 7:30pm. Tickets: £3.

Floral Art Club: The next meeting is at St Andrews Leckie Bakehall at 7.30 on Thursday. £5 for visitors. Telephone 01896 833154 for more details.

GREEN SCHOOL: Priorsford school has attained Eco School’s Green Flag status. The school approached Bonnie Peebles two years ago for help to develop a vegetable garden, and judging took place during the holidays when a number of the pupils impressed the judges with their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Selkirk

Monday Club: At 2pm on November 14, Dr Malcolm Lindsay will give a talk about moths and butterflies, with photos.

Antiquarian Society: The joint meeting with Old Gala Club will be on Thursday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Lord David Steel will be the guest speaker. Details of the syllabus are on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.

Sprouston

Sweet Pea Festival: The planned showing of the video by Alan Thomson of the build-up to the event and the weekend itself has had to be cancelled.

Stichill

WRI: Using materials prepared by the president, Erica Smith, members Mary Thomson and Elizabeth Topp showed the group how to make paper flowers and all were able to participate with great success. Frances Rogers gave the vote of thanks. Competitions: Flower made on the night: 1 Kathy Wilkie, 2 Margaret Dutton, 3 Margaret Cochrane; Floral paper napkin: 1 Avril Purves, 2 Margaret Dutton, 3 Gaynor Taylor. Raffle winner: Alison Darling.The next meeting is a Christmas Social Evening in the village hall on December 6 at 7.30pm.

Teviothead

Newmill and Teviothead WRI: The AGM chose Trish Kirkpatrick, president for the coming year welcomed members to the supper, made and served by the committee.Other office-bearers for the year are: vice-president Julia Templeman; secretary Liz Howieson, treasurer Ann Pennington; press and minutes Caroline Tullie, points Sheila Gray, committee Elsie Crouch, Anna Hislop, Pat Douglas, Muriel Baptie and Sheila Purdie.The trophy for most points won throughout the year went to Pat Douglas; 2 Muriel Baptie; 3 equal Gill Francombe and Sheila McLaren and Trish Kirkpatrick. The next meeting will be on November 29th when Lorraine Douglas will demonstrate sweet-making. All welcome.

Traquair

Remembrance Sunday: Service of Remembrance, 9.30 am Traquair Kirk and 10.50am at Traquair War Memorial. There will be a retiring collection for Poppy Scotland after the services.

Walkerburn

Remembrance Sunday: Service at 10.45am at Walkerburn War Memorial led by Rev D Jupe and Rev J Wallace. There will be a retiring collection for Poppy Scotland after the service.

Yetholm

YETHOLM HISTORY SOCIETY: The extraordinary life of Alexander Stewart,a Scot who spent ten years as a prisoner of war in France during the Napoleonic wars,was told by Stewart Macdonald,a descendant at the society’s November meeting. Alexander Stewart was born in Kirkaldy in 1790, became a seafarer at 15 and on his third voyage his ship was captured by the French and was taken to Calais. After the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 he retumed to Kirkaldy and then became a teacher of Latin and Greek in London and a Congregational minister. He entered the service of a Russian admiral and lived in St Petersburg, returning to Kirkaldy, where he died in 1874.

TURBINE MEETING: An information meeting will be held in the Youth Hall on Tuesday on the two wind turbines proposed for the Pulpit Field of Yetholm Law by farmer James Wauchope. lt will be chaired by Scottish Borders Councillor Alex Nichol.AII welcome.

WRI: Dorothy Price, president welcome members and visitors to Yetholm Rural’s 85th birthday party recently. A senior member, Mrs Playfair-Hannay, cut the cake. Entertainment was led by musicians Netta Harvey and Scott Gillies.The November meeting is on Tuesday in the Wauchope Hall at 10 15am. There will be a demonstration of Christmas cooking by Arron Rowe,chef at the Plough.The competition will be a decorated swiss roll yule log.

WHIST DRIVE: Dot Lee and the Wauchope Hall committee thank all who made the recent whist drive such a success. £109 was raised for hall funds.

DISCOS: One of the best village discos in a long time was held in the Wauchope Hall last weekend. Funds raised went to the Children”s Hospice Scotland.