COMMUNITY CAFE:The next community cafe will be held on June 20 in the village hall.
WEDNESDAY CLUB: Members held an afternoon tea party to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, with entertainment by Donald Knox. Many members and guests, including WRVS members, wore red, white and blue, plus crowns and tiaras. Prizes were given for the best crown or tiara, the winners being Olive Moffat, Rae Murray and Anne Thomson. The competition for the afternoon was for a royal souvenir, the winners for the guests being Helen Reid, Madge Young and Anne Thomson; members – Cynthia Sinclair, Veena Thomson and Ena Scott. During the course of the afternoon, two members were presented with WRVS long-service awards – Kay Brownlie with a badge for 40 years’ service and Connie Seaton (15 years). Ann Thomson was also thanked and presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark her stepping down as club secretary after 15 years. The new session of the club will start on September 12 in the church hall.
CAROLSIDE: The senior citizens of Earlston have again been invited to visit the gardens at Carolside on June 26. Transport will be provided. Anyone wishing to take part in this visit should contact either Ann Thomson (01896 849521) or Kay Brownlie (01896 849234).
PARISH CHURCH: June 17’s morning service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The kirk session meets in the church hall on the evening of June 20.
Team Martin: The annual Race for Life and Teenage Cancer Trust will benefit from the proceeds of a wine and pudding evening to be held in the pavillion in The Glebe on June 15, with the leftover puddings and soup and bacon rolls being served in Edgerston Hall next day lunchtime. The race will be round Arthur’s Seat on June 17. All welcome and donations to the raffle appreciated.
Studio Club: Galashiels Studio Club’s annual exhibition in Old Gala House runs until July 7. All the artists exhibiting are local and club members. Most of the paintings are for sale.
U3A the Three Brethren: The next open meeting will be held on June 18 in the Lucy Sanderson Hall. There are two speakers – Fenton Robb will talk about philosopher and historian David Hume, and Sam Docherty will give a short presentation entitled “Press, Don’t Panic”, about a small audio device which communicates vital information in a medical emergency. There is no open meeting in July and the next gathering will be the garden party, held in the Kingsknowes Hotel on August 20. This is for members only, and by ticket only.
Towford WRI: A whist evening was held on May 22 at Hownam Hall. Results – ladies – 1, R. Cameron; 2, E. Taylor; 3, M. Freer; 4, M. Tinlin; booby, C. Donaldson’ longest sitter, C. Paterson; gents – 1, A. Cameron; 2, J. Middlemass; 3, R. Ellwood; 4. C. Gibson; booby, B. Redpath; longest sitter, M. Hogg. Members visited the Denholm Meet on June 5 for their summer outing. Everyone had the opportunity to “taste and try” a wide selection of dishes. The antiques centre upstairs provided the shopping fix. Next gathering is the business meeting on August 21.
CLEIKUM CEREMONIES: The Cleikum Ceremonies are to be held in the Memorial Hall on July 20. Tickets will be available free of charge at Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, on July 7 from 9am. They will be issued on a first-come basis and restricted to four per person.
BAND: St Ronan’s Silver Band has begun its extensive round of summer engagements. The musicians appeared at West Linton Whipman Play before a first visit to Strathaven Gala Day, where they were awarded “Best Band” prize. This weekend, the band is appearing at Loanhead Fancy Dress Parade, ahead of Peebles Beltane on June 23. Towards the end of the month, members will be on parade in Galashiels at the Braw Lads’ Gathering, before Walkerburn Games Week in July.
SERVICES: Services will be held in Innerleithen Church and St Ronan’s House on June 17.
OPEN EVENING: Innerleithen Opera will present “Fiddler on the Roof” from March 25-30 next year. The society is appealing for new and returning playing members – particularly men. Rehearsals for the show start in September. Anyone who is interested should contact Esther Gilchrist on 01896 630611 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to a member of the society.
DINNER: Jethart Ex-Callants’ Association held its annual dinner in The Carters Rest on June 2. The introduction and welcome was made by president Steven Turnbull. The toast to the callant was proposed by the president, followed by a good-humoured and sincere reply from 2012 Callant Iain Chisholm. Ex-Langhom Cornet Steve Ellwood then entertained the company with his toast to the association and, in closing, praised members for their work in keeping the history and heritage of the town to the fore. There was then some light entertainment from Ex-Callant Jim Millar, followed by a toast to the royal burgh by Ex-Langholm Cornet David Pool. The vote of thanks was given by Left-Hand Man Grant Davidson and the evening was brought to a close by the president who congratulated the company for the large attendance.
Coffee Evening: The sum of £475 was raised at the Scottish Africa Aids Group coffee evening held on May 30.
TEA FUNDRAISER: An afternoon tea in Kenmore Hall on June 9 raised more than £500 for the Margaret Kerr Unit and Borders General Hospital. Jedburgh Old and Trinity Parish Church was also open during the afternoon. There was a variety of displays on the theme of “caring” from local schools and other groups, as well as artworks, quilts and floral shows.
Bridge CLUB: June 6 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 2, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 3, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; E/W – 1, Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; June 7 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan; 2, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine.
ROTARY: Former Royal Navy captain Mike Perry entertained members with the history and activities of Trinity House which, since the 16th century, has looked after the safety of shipping and seafarers. Its remit is to provide aids to navigation – including lighthouses and satellite – through some of the busiest sea lanes in the world. This charitable organisation audits and inspects port and harbour navigational support, as well as those on offshore oil production platforms and wind farms.
Jubilee Party: It was rather chilly for the party at the Milntown rugby ground, but there was still a good turnout for the celebrations. Community council chairman Margaret Sanderson welcomed everyone then introduced David Stevenson, mentioning the many roles he has in the community such as officiating magistrate at the Common Riding, deputy lord lieutenant, and was recently made a freeman of Dumfries and Galloway. Mr Stevenson spoke of the contribution the Queen had made during her 60-year reign and then the Reverend Scott McCarthy said a prayer of thanks. Everyone then toasted the Queen. Kenny Pool introduced the various entertainment, which included the Pipe and Town Band, and the Langholm singers with Gary Adams on piano. The Scouts had games and stalls, while Ronnie Tait, community council vice-chairman, was in charge of the tug of war. Ross Dawson from Active Schools had the children taking part in races and games.
Colours: As is tradition, the Common Riding colours are from the owner of the Derby winner, and this year will be purple and white after the 8-13 favourite Camelot won in the colours of part-owner Derrick Smith.
Christian Aid: The total collected for Christian Aid from Lauder and Channelkirk parishes was £1,358.
JUBILEE COMPETITIONS: Spotty Dog Delicatessen (best dressed window); Inchkeith Motors (best scarecrow); Alexander Cowan and Kerry Wood (best mural painting); Lauder Fire Brigade (tug o’ war); Fiona McGurk (children’s painting); Ray and Barbara Pavey (best-dressed wheelie bin); James, Tessa, Freya and Effie Harrison (best dressed family); Hazel Young, Barbara Pavey and Mary Jones (joint quiz winners). Lauder WRI is grateful to those who supported its scarecrow competition as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations.
Excavation: “Discovery and Excavation in Scotland” is an annual publication by Archaeology Scotland for Historic Scotland detailing, county by county and site by site, the discoveries made each year. Under Melrose the 232-page 2011 edition, just issued, covers the reports of archaeologists watching the laying of the Newhouses to Calfhill natural gas pipeline, uncovering of a wall footing at Melrose Abbey Priory Farm and 39 trenches at the Borders Crematorium. Attention is being paid to revisiting sites and collections that have not been reassessed for many years. The pottery collection in the Commendator’s House Museum has been reidentified and re-catalogued. At the Easter Langlee landfill site, where the remains of a Roman building were destroyed in 1965 without archaeological monitoring, the study of old aerial photographs suggests that there is significant archaeological potential in undisturbed areas of a proposed new development to warrant a close watch in advance of new build.
CHURCH: The church office is currently closed, but phone calls and emails will receive a response. Enquiries and recommendations are being sought for the post of church officer.
WRI: The summer outing was a visit to M & Co., followed by a meal at the Kingsknowes, Galashiels. Competition – royal souvenir – 1, Gweyn Williamson; 2, Sheena Galloway; 3, Ella Nairn. The next meeting is on September 11.
Fishing: Winner of Saturday’s fishing competition was Jim McNulty; 2, Stuart McNulty; 3, George Cessford. The Cavertonmill fishing competition will be held on June 16 – names to David Gray by June 14 for the draw of waters.
Tattie in a Pail: If you don’t already have a tattie for the competition to follow the flower show, they are available in the village shop.
Diamond Jubilee: The celebrations started with an open-air service at Corbet Tower on the Sunday, led by Morebattle and Yetholm choirs. The service, which attracted atre was a good turnout, was hosted by Mr and Mrs Fraser. A well attended and organised street party followed at the “Toon Gate”. On the Monday night three beacons were set alight on the hills above the village, followed by a fireworks display.
Outing: There will be an afternoon outing to Seahouses on July 12 for all senior citizens in the local community. A notice for names and choice of food will be in the village shop.
Craft Fair: The annual village craft fair, which is the main fundraiser for the hall, took place for the 29th year and attracted plenty of locals, along with visitors from both sides of the border.
JUBILEE WEEKEND: Oxnam’s diamond jubilee weekend celebrations began with the Oxnam Kirk Grand Auction at Crailing Hall. Auctioneer Logan Brown managed to sell everything and there was a barbecue organised by David Palmer, and drinks at the bar organised by Peter Scott and Jamie Cairns, with live music from Stewart Anderson. Clerks Fiona Geddes and Fiona Ralston compiled the lists and just over £6,000 was raised, which will go towards church funds. The next event was the gymkhana at Dolphinston on the Saturday, run by the community council. Oxnam Kirk and Oxnam OWLS jointly hosted a jubilee lunch in the village hall on June 3. The venue was decorated in red, white and blue, and the tables set for 95 guests. Before the meal Colonel Colin Hogg read out a letter from the Queen thanking villagers for their congratulations and good wishes. This was in answer to a letter Colonel Hogg had written to the monarch on Oxnam’s behalf. A toast was then drunk to the Queen and the meal was served by ladies from the kirk and OWLS, dressed in jubilee apron.Betty Turnbull cut the jubilee cake which was made by Frances Amstrong and after the meal there was a fete for local children who were each given a jubilee mug as a memento of the occasion. Callum Yourston won the junior hat competition, and Liz Spowart the adult, judged by Jean Simpson. Prior to the lunch an oak tree donated by Philip and Jane Mason was planted in the kirk grounds by senior Oxnam Kirk member Jimmy Turnbull. Videos are available of the lunch and fete from Matthew Ladds (01835 864541).
OWLS: Shirley Mckean entertained at the June meeting, talking about the evolution of fashion since the 1850s and her working life as a seamstress. She learned her craft at London fashion houses and showed some of her embroidered garments. A jubilee-inspired supper was served and the hat competition won by Carrie Scott in a fetching red white and blue number. The next meeting will be on July 3 when Mrs Latimer will talk about Japanese silk embroidery.
CAFE: The last library cafe was hosted by community policeman Gary Chisholm who, with his partner, provided a splendid spread. The proceeds of this event were donated to Marie Curie’s “Big Tea Party” fundraiser. The next cafe will be on June 20.
WRI: The mystery tour outing is on June 20 – meet at the bus stop at 6pm.
Channelkirk Church: The manse phone number is 01578 722616 – leave a contact number and name if you require a reply. There will be a christening service on June 17.
WRI: At the June meeting member Marie Andrieu demonstrated making crepes the French way and everyone was able to taste the savoury and sweet pancakes. Brenda Waring gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – custard creams – 1, Janette Mackie; 2, Elizabeth Topp; 3, June Brown; French souvenir – 1, Margaret Dutton; 2, Frances Rogers; 3, Avril Purves. The raffle was won by Janette Mackie. The AGM was held with reports from the secretary and treasurer. A new committee was elected. Rosebowl for making competitions – 1, Frances Rogers; 2, June Brown; 3, Elizabeth Topp. Cup for pick-up competitions – 1, Frances Rogers and Avril Purves; 2, Jean McDermid; 3, Margaret Dutton.
FRENCH CONNECTION: Scotland’s Auld Alliance with France will be highlighted next Thursday night at Stow primary school. Stow Parish Archive Group, which has uncovered several historical French connections to the Galawater, has organised games of pétanque. There will be experts from the Scottish Pétanque Association on hand to advise and an exhibition featuring the area’s French links. The event is part of Stow Sports Week.
Service: Walkerburn Public Hall hosts a service on June 17.
HOG ROAST: The annual hog roast in aid of Westruther village hall funds will be held on June 16. Anyone who wants more information and tickets should contact Angela Jewell on 01578 740633.
WRI: Speaker Di Higham talked about her life on Tiree when her husband was minister there at the rural’s latest meeting. Competition winners were Sandra Clark, Violet Lessenger and Pat Gregory. The next meeting will be in the Wauchope Hall on June 19, featuring a talk entitled “Plants Galore” with the competition being for a house plant.
Ladies’ Day: The village drama group presented the first peformance of Ladies’ Day over the border at Kirknewton. The play was specially written for the group by Daniel Alderson.
Jubilee CELEBRATIONS: An afternoon party was held on Kirk Yetholm Green, while in the evening there was a barbecue outside The Plough Hotel. Coupled with this was street dancing to live Scottish music. These festivities kept going until after 10pm when beacons were lit on Staerough and Venchen hills. Bari Manushi Zoe Keddie judged the jubilee hats competition on Kirk Yetholm Green when the adult section was won by Stella Fraser and the Border Hotel team overcame The Plough Hotel in the tug of war.
Shepherds’ Show Ride: This annual fundraising event takes place on June 17, setting off on a 10-mile route leaving from Swindon Folds in the Bowmont Valley. For more information and to enter, contact show secretary Sarah Little.
Festival Week: The first days of the Festival Week programme have gone down well. Still to come are the village lunch and family bingo today, while tomorrow is karaoke night at the Border Hotel. The week concludes on June 16 with the duck and boat race, followed by a family day on the playing field, incorporating a visit from the Border Clansmen re-enacting the Border Reivers. Finally, in the evening the Wauchope Hall is the venue for the festival dance.
SALE: The Floral Gateway Gathering is holding its annual Town Yetholm Green sale on the morning of June 16. For further information or to donate unwanted plants, ring Ian on 01573 420703.