DISTRICT NEWS

Bowden

COFFEE MORNING: An Easter coffee morning will be held on April 7 in the village hall from 10am-noon. Proceeds towards hall funds.

Denholm

Church: A Maundy Thursday service will take place in Teviot Church, Hawick, at 7pm. On Good Friday there will be services at 2.30pm at Bonchester Bridge Care Home (Weens House) and at 7pm at Bedrule. There will be four services on Easter Sunday – 7am, dawn service at the top of Ruberslaw; 9.30am, Denholm; 11am, Hobkirk (followed by the annual stated meeting of the Hobkirk and Southdean congregation); 6pm, Roberton. On April 12 Hobkirk and Southdean Guild is visiting the Army Personnel Recovery Centre, Edinburgh, and transport will leave Southdean Village Hall at 8.30am. On April 15 services will take place at 9.30am (Minto) and at 11am (Hobkirk). Ruberslaw Guild holds its AGM at 7.30pm on April 17 in the Church Hall, Denholm. Hobkirk and Southdean Guild meets the following day at 7pm at Bonchester Bridge Care Home when Bill Glennie will speak about mountain rescue.

weather: March was exceptional with many sunny days and high temperatures. The warmest days were towards the end of the month, peaking at 23C on the 27th. Rainfall was very low with only 0.15mm being recorded in contrast to last year when 58mm (2.32in) fell. Frost was recorded on six days, with the coldest being -4C on the 6th.

Earlston

PARISH CHURCH: Maundy Thursday communion at 7.30pm. The church will remain open after this service for quiet prayer and reflection. Good Friday ecumenical service with friends from St Cuthbert’s RC Church at 7.30pm. Easter Sunday – 8.15am, resurrection communion outside with breakfast in the church to follow; Easter celebration praise service, 10.15am, followed by refreshments; newsletter meeting at Lesley’s at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S GROUP: On April 12 at 8pm in the church hall, the speaker will be Paul Goode on the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Members enjoyed a talk by Jennifer Thomson on her involvement with making costumes for many local shows, together with a demonstration of some of the work involved, at their March 28 meeting. The competition for the afternoon was for a pendant on a chain, the winners being Mrs Forsyth, Mrs Moffat and Mrs Penman. The next meeting is on April 11 when the competition will be for an ashtray.

KARATE: Karate in Earlston will resume on April 20 after the Easter break.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Community beat officer Gina Johnstone is holding a Have Your Say surgery on April 11 at Earlston Police Post between 8-9pm.

Eccles

WRI: Marlyn McColl demonstrated wartime recipes at the latest meeting. Competition – three pieces of traybake – 1, Chrissie McLaughlan; 2, Wilma Craig; 3, Rosemary Scott.

Ettrickbridge

WRI: Zumba dancing with Sybil Bunyan will be featured at a visitors’ evening in Kirkhope Hall at 7.30pm on April 11.

Galashiels

50/50 DRAW: The winning Borders 50/50 lottery ticket for this week is 3438.

Hawick

Bridge Club: March 26 – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, S. White and J. Urquhart; 3, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 4, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; March 28 – 1, E. Aitken and M. Bowie; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, I. Wyse and R. Francombe; 4, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth.

ROTARY: More than 60 attended the Rotary Literary Tea by Alistair Moffat at Mansfield Park clubhouse as part of the Reivers’ Festival weekend. President Liz Wood introduced the president of Orkney Rotary Club, Mhairi Trickett, to last week’s meeting. She will be coming to live in the town during the summer and hopes to join the Hawick club. Speaker Jim Renwick gave an insight into his rugby career and involvement with the late Bill McLaren. Jim had Bill as a teacher all his schooldays and said his abiding memory of him was that he was firm, fair and honest. Jim recounted many tales of his rugby days, comparing them to the present dismal times. A lively question session followed when many aspects of the game were discussed and Sandy Bannerman proposed a vote of thanks. The club has donated £100 each to four local charitable causes – Hawick-based Blood Bikes Scotland to help the NHS move blood between hospitals; Rock Solid, a Teviot/Robertson church project for a youth weekend; The Green Team Hawick-based group and the Jumbulance Borders handicapped holiday group. Another £100 was donated to David Chipakupaku to assist in his attendance at the National Choir of Scotland following his successful audition which includes a Songs of Praise recording in Dunblane Cathedral on May 5.

CONCERT: Hawick High School held a spring concert with friends. The first half started with a snare drum solo, followed by the wind band’, Mondays, Falcon Punch, Hawick Saxhorn Youth Band and the ceilidh group. Music varied from The Beatles to Mussorgsky, and Star Wars to Irish jigs. The second period began with the tuned percussion group, followed by the guitar group, Teries in Tartan, The Core and to finish off the evening, a second helping from Hawick Saxhorn Youth Band. Again there was a wide variety of music, including Phantom of the Opera, Mancini, Sweet Child Of Mine and, finally, Hot Stuff!, as in The full Monty.

Film and Video Group: The 49th annual Borders Inter-Club Competition took place on March 25. Over the years most of the participating clubs have fallen by the wayside, leaving only two competing this year – Carlisle and Hawick. Organiser Scott Renwick introduced Jean Tait to chair the event and welcomed guests from Carlisle Camcorder Club. The order of play began with a Hawick entry, Wild Scotland by Henry Gray, a short nature study of Borders wildlife. The next to be screened was North Cyprus Excursions by John Finch of Carlisle, followed by Harry Stoddart’s 1645 Scottish Civil War – a documentary film of a re-enactment of the Battle of Philiphaugh. Another from Carlisle, this time Ullapool and North West Highlands by Mary Atkinson, preceeded Henry Gray’s short film made on holiday in Wales. The final screening was Bill McClintock’s On the Table – a journey to South Africa and a cable-car trip to the summit of Table Mountain. The judges were Alan Thomson and John Brooks, film makers from Kelso, who chose 1645 Scottish Civil War as the winner. The meeting concluded with Bill McClintock presenting the Waverley Shield to Hawick club president Jean Tait. The annual meeting will take place on April 10.

Hownam

Towford WRI: At the visitors’ night on March 27, Susie Walker prepared a varied selection of sweets for tasting. Competition – individual sweet – visitors – 1, M. Blackmore; 2, J. Blackwood; Towford members – 1, F. Armstrong; 2, J. Douglas. The Ann Wallace sugar sifter competition for an individual Border Tart was won by Frances Armstrong, who will represent Towford rural in the next stage of the competition. The Rabbie Burns Quiz was won by Anita Rhind. Next meeting is on May 1 at 7.30pm at Hownam Hall, with the whist drive on May 22.

Innerleithen

FINAL CURTAIN: The final curtain fell on Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society’s spring production of The Sound of Music on Saturday after running for a week in the Memorial Hall, playing to capacity crowds. Two long-service awards were made to society members James Wright (40 years) and David Brown (35). The society’s AGM is on April 18 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. The society urgently requires an influx of new playing members, particularly men. Anyone who is interested should contact Esther Gilchrist at secretary@idaos.org.uk or phone 01896 830611.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The last two meetings of this session will be held on April 11 and 25 in the Sunday Club room of Innerleithen Church Hall.

SPORTSMEN’S DINNER: The annual Sportsmen’s dinner organised by Vale of Leithen will take place on April 28 in Innerleithen Union Club at 7pm. Speakers include John Gahagan, Sandy Strang and Derek Young. MC will be Murray Charters. Tickets are available from any Vale committee member.

DIAMOND JUBILEE: Innerleithen will come together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a garden party and family fun day on June 3 in Victoria Park, 1-5pm. A planning meeting will be held in St Ronan’s Primary School on April 17 at 7.30pm. Further details can be obtained from Lesley Foster at robert.foster@btinternet.com or tel. 01896 830792.

CHURCH: April 8, 10.30am, Easter worship.

COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Border Games annual coffee morning is in the Vale Club on April 7, 10am-noon.

AGM: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group will hold its AGM on April 16 at 7.30pm at St Ronan’s Wells. The group’s annual coffee morning is in the Vale Club, 10am-noon, on April 28.

Jedburgh

Tennis Club: Social night every Thursday from 6-8pm. For more information and to book courts contact Karen Wardrop on 07813 859365.

Old and Trinity: The Konovets, a Russian male quartet, will be singing on April 17 in the church at 7pm.

Bridge Club: March 26 – N/S – 1, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; 2, D. and P. Palmer; 3, J. and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, A. and R. Stewart; 3, D. and A. Wilson.

St John’s Episcopal Church: The congregation is trying to compile a roll of honour of men from the church and school who died during the First World War. Thanks to J. D. Smith’s Jedburgh’s Wartime Sacrifice, members have been able to cross-reference against baptismal and confirmation registers. However, they don’t want to overlook anyone with St John’s connections and are appealing for anyone who has information about relatives who died in the 1914-18 conflict to get in touch with Barbara Dalglish, 46 Castlegate, Jedburgh (01835 863901, barbara.dalglish@btinternet.com).

PALM SUNDAY: Sunday saw the celebration of Palm Sunday in St John’s with the Blessing of the Palms under the Lych Gate and the congregation processing into church. The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 6pm with the washing of feet, followed by holy communion. There will be no 10am communion service.

Walk of Witness: The Jedburgh Churches Together Walk of Witness will be held on Good Friday, starting from the Old and Trinity Church of Scotland at 10.30am, finishing at St John’s Episcopal Church at approximately noon. The walk takes the form of a pilgrimage to significant sites in the town where prayers and readings will be heard.

Kelso

GUILD: The annual business meeting of Kelso North and Ednam Guild was held on March 29. Barbara Maclean presided over the meeting and after a hymn, reading and prayer, the minutes of the business meeting held in March last year were read and approved. The accounts were presented by the treasurer and also approved. Mrs Maclean continues as president. Mrs Smith, secretary, and Mrs Urquhart, treasurer, resigned and were thanked for their work. Mrs Yates and Miss Aitken were appointed secretary and treasurer respectively. A presentation was made to Alice McEwan for her service to the guild over many years. The guild meets in the church vestibule on April 12 at 7.20pm.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the St Mirren game leaves The Square at 11am. Tickets available from Jim (01573 226240).

BRIDGE: At the annual social and prizegiving on March 28, the following club prizes were presented – Abbey Salver – 1 (equal), John Miller and Marian Miller; Calchou Cup – 1 (equal), John Miller and Marian Miller; Millennium Trophy – 1, Helenor Pratt; 2 (equal), Ernie Hopkins and James Tweddle: Rose Bowl – Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; Stewart Trophy – 1, John Miller; 2, Marian Miller; Charity Plate – Beth Stark and Rena Stewart. March 29 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Val Fairbairn and Murray Thom; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; 3, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Rena Stewart and Annie Mitchell; 3, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle.

Thursday Group: Margaret Carlaw showed how much social and political history could be gleaned from public and private records in a small Borders village like Stichill.Alex McCue will present Tales of a Master Mariner in the Abbey Row Centre at 2pm on April 5.

Museum lectures: In the last of the March series, Dr Sandra McNeill described what is being found, catalogued and conserved at Abbotsford House and room-by-room plans for future display. The new visitor centre should open in July.

Friends: Friends of Kelso Museum will be joining members of other groups for a visit to Thirlestane on May 7 (phone 01573 224951). The winter season of public lectures opens on November 7 with Dr Chris Bowles and Coldingham Priory.

QUILTERS: Abbey Quilters will meet on April 10 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre when Ricky Tims will be giving a talk. Members should remember their mug as well as a plate of eats to share.

Langholm

Fundraiser: A read-a-thon at the Academy, which proved successful two years ago, was repeated and enabled school librarian Mairi Maclean-Eltham and pupils Amy Farrar and Stacy McMurdo to present a cheque for £75.50 to the Reverend Scott McCarthy at the Old Parish Church. This will go towards the new heating system. Colourful posters were produced by younger pupils to promote the event and businesses helped by allowing donation sheets to be placed in their premises, and collections from the public were made. The total raised was £151.50, half going to the school library.

Book fair: The Academy, with strong support from the primary school, held a scholastic book fair. Students from all year groups in both primary and secondary purchased a wide range of titles, and a variety of stationary was also sold. Most of the pupils remembered to use their World Book Day tokens that had been issued previously. The fair raised a total of £913.47. The commission is 50 per cent, meaning £456.70 will be split between the two schools.

Rotary walk: There was a good turnout in fine weather at both the town and in Canonbie for the sponsored umbrella walk. Groups are invited to raise funds for themselves and for the community under the umbrella of the Rotary club. Early indications are that well over £5,000 has been raised. After taking part in the walk, the mini rugby group went back to Milntown where they were able to have their photographs taken with the Heineken Cup, which the rugby club was privileged to have for the day.

Lauder

APPEAL: lan Brotherston, president of Lauder Amateur Horticultural Society, has appealed for new committee members and a treasurer. There are fears lack of interest could see the demise of the flower show which has been going since 1885. Anyone able to help should contact Mr Brotherston on O1578 722469.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Community beat officer Gina Johnstone is holding a Have Your Say surgery on April 11 in Lauder Church Centre between 6-7pm.

Lilliesleaf

FUNDRAISER: Lilliesleaf primary schoolchildren walked a mile around the village in fancy dress for Sport Relief on March 23. Organised by the school’s parent council, the 70 pupils and about eight members of staff raised £103.75.

Melrose

CHURCH: Palm Sunday saw the christening of Zoe Edmonson. Activities – Maundy Thursday communion, 7pm; Good Friday worship, 7pm; Easter Sunday, 7am, Dryburgh Abbey, then St Boswells for breakfast; Bowden communion at 9.30am; Melrose worship at 11am, followed by hot cross buns.

Trimontium: The Trimontium Trust and National Museums Scotland are in partnership in relation to the display of artefacts from the excavation by James Curle in 1905-10. This year’s loan to the Melrose museum represents the auxiliary cavalry stationed at the fort – a helmet, an undecorated cheek piece from another helmet, a broken spatha (sword), three spear or lance heads and a lump of (now) corroded ring mail vest. National Museums staff installed the loan and are to return to install further display panels. The Melrose museum opened for the start of the 2012 season on April 1 and the first guided walk is on April 5 – 1.30pm from the museum.

Opera: On the Friday night of the run of HMS Pinafore, Hilary Ford received her long-service medal. The Yeomen of the Guard will take place from March 25 to 30 next year.

Morebattle

Coffee Morning: The guild coffee morning raised more than £600. Competition winners – box of groceries, Gail Gibson; plant, Gail Gibson; cake, Jane Fox; string round bottle, Annie Smith; basket of vegetables, Dot Halliday; kids’ treasure hunt, Kym Cessford; adult treasure hunt, Anne Mather.

WRI: Members meet in the institute on April 11 at 7.30pm when John Robertson will give a talk entitled “A humorous look at poisonous plants”. Competitions – decorated egg and coffee/tea cup and saucer.

Coffee Morning: The village hall coffee morning will be held in the hall at 10.30am on April 14.

Newcastleton

Easter eggs: The pupils at the village primary school were full of excitement last week as they had some added special events to go with the usual classwork. In mid-morning all the children, including the playgroup and nursery, were allowed out for a sports wheelie playtime. The children cycled round the playground on bikes of all sizes and others had more fancy modes of transport, with some on roller skates. During the time the pupils were having their break outdoors, some of the teachers were judging the decorated Easter eggs competition, with the prizes donated by the Liddesdale branch of the Royal British Legion. Winners – playgroup, Callum Nixon; nursery, Liam Elliot; P1, Kyle Lamb; P2, Jake Foster; P3, Jake Langley; P4, Hannah Dalgleish; P5, Holly Thompson; P6, Tilly Scott; P7, Lewis Dalgleish.

Oxnam

LIBRARY CAFE: The March 28 gathering was well attended and hosted by Sharne and Steve Delabeque. The next library cafe is on April 18 at 11am.

Oxton

HAVE YOUR SAY: Community beat officer Gina Johnstone is holding a Have Your Say surgery on April 10 in Oxton Village Hall between 8-9pm.

Redpath

HAVE YOUR SAY: Community beat officer Gina Johnstone is holding a Have Your Say surgery on April 10 in Redpath Village Hall between 6-7pm.

Selkirk

ROTARY: The countryside came to Rotary last week in the form of Lynsey Menmuir – a countryside ranger with Bowhill Estates. Her association with Bowhill and thus with the Buccleuch Estates stretches from 2005. In delivering her job talk, which revolves around the countryside being used for planning as well as replenishing and monitoring, she outlined the seasons of her job functions – a mixture of maintenance, wildlife surveys, visitors and educational trust responsibilities. Volunteers played an essential role in the hands-on activities as the estate has only one ranger, part-funded by Heritage Scotland. Bowhill hosts over 20,000 visitors a year, including visitors to the house, wildlife enthusiasts, educational visitors and various groups. In proposing the vote of thanks, Rotarian Adam Borwick praised Lynsey for selling Bowhill well and demonstrating a level of professionalism that prevails in all the estate staff.

Soutra

OPEN DAYS: Open days, when members of the public will be able to learn the latest on the archaeo-medical investigations, are being held on April 7, 8 and 9 (2pm start) at Soutra Aisle.

St Boswells

SALE: A car boot sale held on April 1 raised £400 for primary school funds.

CHURCH GUILD: Members will be selling daffodils on April 6 at 10am at the church hall.

CHURCH: Easter services – Easter Friday – 7pm, Mertoun Kirk. Easter Sunday – 7am, Dryburgh Abbey, followed by breakfast in St Boswells Church Hall; family services (bring decorated eggs – prizes for different age groups) at 9.30am (Newtown Church), 10.30am (St Boswells Church) and 11.45am (Maxton Kirk).

CRICKET CLUB: A double lane artificial grass net area has been completed. The club is keen to encourage new helpers and members – playing, scoring, umpiring, helping out or as social members. Contact secretary@stboswellscricketclub.org.

Traquair

CHURCH: April 8, 6pm, Easter songs of praise.

Walkerburn

SERVICE: April 8, 8.30am, service in the Alexandra Park followed at 9am by breakfast in Caberston Coffee Shop. If weather inclement meet in coffee shop at 8.30am. Suggested donation for breakfast is adults £2.50, children any donation.

Yetholm

WHIST DRIVE: There will be a whist drive in the Youth Hall on April 10 at 7.30pm.

CEMETERY PARKING: It is now possible to park by the fertiliser tank, taking the next turn on the left after the main cemetery access. A new path has been made for pedestrians from the park to the cemetery gate.

COFFEE MORNING: The annual Festival Week coffee morning takes place in the Wauchope Hall on April 7 at 10.30am.

PENSIONERS’ LUNCH: The lunch in the Plough Hotel was funded by the proceeds of a collection bottle on the bar and from a quiz night.

CHURCH: April 5 sees a communion service and feet-washing ceremony at 7pm at Unton.On Good Friday there is an afternoon vigil from 2-5pm at Hoselaw. Breakfast will be served there a 8am on Easter Sunday, followed by an all-age morning service at 10am at Yetholm Kirk. The day concludes with a communion service at Morebattle Kirk at 11.15pm.

YETHOLM RESILIENCE: This project to deal with bad weather or other emergencies is now well under way. A further get-together of volunteers will take place in the Youth Hall on April 11 at 7.30pm. Representatives from the British Red Cross Society are to attend.