DISTRICT NEWS

Broomlands

WRI: For this month’s meeting members welcomed visitors from other institutes to an evening of singing by Morebattle and Heiton Ladies’ Choir. The visitors were asked to bring a small bell and the prizewinners were Betty Virtue and Margo Dumma, both from Leitholm WRI. The Broomlands honours for a bell pull went to Barbara Healey, Joan Turnbull and Val Stewart. The next meeting will be held in the vestibule at Kelso North and the mystery tour is on June 2. Names to Mary Crone.

Earlston

PARISH CHURCH: The April 29 service at 10.15am will be conducted by members of the worship team.

Ettrickbridge

COFFEE MORNING: The next monthly coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will be held in the village hall on May 5, between 10am-noon. Anyone with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.

Galashiels

TOP MUM: St Margaret’s Primary School’s Julie Kuc won a competition run by Tesco’s Galashiels store in local primary schools to find the region’s “Mother of the Year”. Pupils drew a picture of their mum and described why she should take the title. Tesco’s trading manager Clare Ellison said: “We received lots of beautiful entries.” Nine-year-old Julie won a £25 toy voucher and a £25 beauty pampering voucher for her mum.

LOTTERY: The winning Borders 50/50 lottery ticket for this week is 3624.

Innerleithen

SERVICE: There will be a service on April 29 in Innerleithen Church at 11.30am.

Jedburgh

Bridge Club: April 9 – N/S – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, J.Tait and I. Weir; 3, B. and I. Middleton; E/W – 1, A. and R. Stewart; 2, R. Oates and S. West; 3, D. and P. Palmer. April 16 – N/S – 1, J. Tait and I. Weir; 2, B. and I. Middleton; 3, J. and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, M. Allen and T. Davidson; 2, R. Oates and S. West; 3, D. Cessford and D. Gray.

Kelso

Thursday Group: Members enjoyed Di Higham’s talk on the Australian Outback. Next week is the last meeting of the session. As well as reports from Keith and Isabel, Joyce Roy will talk briefly about South African wines, bringing three to sample – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. The autumn syllabus has been printed and will be available then, or phone 01573 224753. The visit to the donkey sanctuary is on May 10.

BRIDGE CLUB: April 18 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; E/W – 1, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 2, Ian and Eliz Ross; 3, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts. April 19 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson. E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Miles Browne and Richard Oates; 3, Robert Hutchinson and Archie Stewart.

Langholm

Spring clean: Volunteers for the annual spring clean set off from the Kilngreen last Sunday morning, but the turnout was very poor. After arranging their various clean-up points, everyone set off armed with gloves and plastic bags with an aim to cover as many places as possible, including Copshaw Road, Easton’s Walk, Murthholm, Skipper’s Bridge and round the Lodge Walks from Duchess’s Bridge to the school field.

Art Club: Two well-known guests were welcomed to the club’s final meeting of the session. Scottish artist Sandy Moffat and Alan Riach, professor of Scottish literature at Glasgow University, first visited the town in 2010 when speaking at a MacDiarmid lecture. Sandy, who also lectures at Glasgow Art College, painted the now-famous group portrait known as Poets’ Pub, which hangs in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. The work features Muckle Toon poet Hugh MacDiarmid surrounded by other Scottish poets of that period. Sandy also showed portraits of individual poets and writers, and as he did Alan quoted extracts from the poems.

Langshaw

WRI: Members welcomed visitors to the Group M hospitality night at this month’s meeting. Speaker John Rogerson gave a talk, illustrated with slides, on lesser-known historical landmarks hidden around the Borders, including some in the Peebles/Stobo/Innerleithen areas. During the evening Langshaw handed over leadership of Group M to Mertoun WRI. Competitions – Langshaw members – thimble – 1, Lesley Fitchett; 2, Kath Runciman; 3, Fiona Wilson. There were also two winners from the visitors in the Borders photograph competition. The next meeting – May 16 – will feature an origami demonstration by Lara Armitage.

Lauder

COFFEE MORNING: Alma Lyle raised £525 at her coffee morning in aid of CLICK, which tackles child leukaemia and cancer.

Morebattle

WRI: John Robertson gave a humorous talk on poisonous plants. Competitions – coffee/tea cup and saucer – 1, Celia Kimber; 2, Mary Pringle; 3, Eileen Woodward; decorated egg – 1, Angela Cook; 2, Nancy Anderson; 3, Marian Dumma. Mary Pringle was the winner of the Border Tart.

Village Hall: The village hall held a coffee morning on Saturday, raisin £350 for hall funds. The soft toy was won by Carol Purves; tin of sweets, Sheila Fox; Easter egg, Lizzie Thomson; guess the length of string on wine bottle, Marian Dumma. John Mabon gave an update on the hall roof projects – grants of £10,000 from Lottery Awards for All and £9,765 from the Community Landfill Fund will enable the flat roof to be replaced by a zinc pitched roof.

Coffee Morning: A Help for Heroes coffee morning will be held on April 28 in the institute at 10.30am.

Oxnam

YOUTH CLUB: The next meeting of Oxnam Youth Club is a bike ride on April 26, leaving from the village hall at 6.30pm. This is suitable for all ages – bring helmet, bike, fluorescent and £1. More information from Gillian on 01573 440538.

Oxton

COFFEE MORNING: Alma Lyle raised £525 at her coffee morning in aid of CLICK, which tackles child leukaemia and cancer.

Traquair

SERVICE: The next service of worship at Traquair Kirk will be on May 12 at 10am.

Walkerburn

SERVICE: There will be a service on April 29 in Walkerburn village hall at 10am.

Yetholm

Romany Ramblers: Meet April 28 at 9am at the Wauchope Hall for a long walk in the Cheviots.