District News


KIRK: United all-age communion service on June 24 at 10am.


Barbecue: Everyone welcome to an all-day barbecue at the village hall, St Mary’s Loch, with sales of books and bric-a-brac. No admission charge. June 23, 10am-8pm, bar from 11am.


Kirk: Instead of the usual morning service on June 24 there is a Songs of Praise at 6.30.pm.


PARISH CHURCH: The June 24 service at 10.15am, conducted by Rev Julie Woods, will be the Sunday school prizegiving and celebration service followed by church picnic and games at the manse.


JETHART CALLANT: The annual visit by the Jethart Callant always raises the spirits of the community. On June 6, gave everyone a chance to congratulate the 2012 Callant, Iain Chisholm. About 60 guests enjoyed a meal and entertainment by the Michael Paton band. Callant Chisholm was presented with cufflinks by Christine Wylie on behalf of the village hall committee who assured Iain he would receive a warm welcome on his visit to Redeswire Stane.


Creation: This year’s charity Come and Sing at St Peter’s church on June 16 featured Haydn’s Creation, conducted by Nancy Muir, with Chris Achenbach. The soloists were A Walker, M Towers and D Calder and the choristers (had a hard-working but inspiring afternoon’s practice and evening performance of a work well worth the test it set them. The proceeds were to go again to the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the Borders General Hospital.


ROTARY CLUB: Vice-president Tommy Mulvee welcomed the speaker Keith Johnstone, secretary of Friends of Wilton Lodge Park and owner-director of John Lawrie Eingineering of Hawick. Keith gave a potted history of the park from its beginning in the 11th century. The house and estate later passed into the hands of Lord Naper of Ettrick and Thirlestane who improved the amenities and landscaped the grounds. In 1899 it was bought by the Town Council for £14,000 and the bandstand, Boer War Memorial, Davidson fountain and Langlands Brig built. In 1906 the house was passed to the Hawick Archaeological Society and the museum opened. The War Memorial appeared in 1919. In 1923 the Laurie Bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales and later the Guthrie and Hislop Memorials appeared. In 2006 the Friends of Wilton Lodge Park group was formed and huge plans have been put in place supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is proposed to landscape the area, provide play areas, restore the bandstand, tree management, orienteering courses, disabled access, re-vamp the walled gardens and museum. This will cost millions but Hawick will have a state-of-the-art showpiece park. A new bridge will be built to link the museum with the planned Bill McLaren Foundation project at the Volunteer Park.

Bridge Club: June 4 : N/S 1 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 2 K. Auckland and E. Aitken, 3 M. and H. Dooley; E/W 1 S. White and J. Urquhart, 2 V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth, 3. M. Tuson and R. Witherington. June 11: N/S 1 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 2 R. Goldie and M. McLeod, 3 S. White and J. Urquhart; E/W 1 J. and M. Miller, 2 K. Auckland and E. Aitken, 3 H. Ouldcott and R. Witherington


Service: The next service in Innerleithen church will be on July 1 at 10.30 am


SONGS OF PRAISE: June 24th is Music Sunday. The Royal School of Church Music asks all church choirs to honour musicians and enjoy the gift of singing. At St John’s Episcopal Church there will be a Songs of Praise with hymns, anthems and readings at 6pm. All are welcome to come and sing and enjoy the music and some light-hearted readings.


Embroiderers’ Guild: The next meeting will be on June 26 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre, Kelso. David Rosier will give a talk on Chinese textiles. Visitors welcome, £3. Information: Rineke Sangster, 01573 229414.

farmers’ Market: The farmers’ market is on June 23, 9.30am-1.30pm. All welcome.

Bridge: Congress: Pairs: 1 John Hayton and Lee Leeson, 2 Frank and Janet Springett, 3 Gill Colston and Andy Jamieson. Swiss Teams: 1 Alison Ireland, Elinor Green, Catherine McConnachie and Marjorie McDonald, 2 Marion Miller, John Miller, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar, 3 Richard Oates,Sheena West, Nigel Lindsay and Mary Lindsay. June 13, match-pointed pairs: N/S 1 Dominic and Diana Alkin, 2 Rena Stewart and Evelyn Erskine, 3 John Urquhart and Miles Browne; E/W 1 John and Marian Miller, 2 Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick, 3 Jean Bunyan and Val Fairbairn. June 14, aggregate pairs: 1 Dominic and Diana Alkin, 2 Jock Dun and Nancy Porter, 3 Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger.


Ewes party: The Ewes community celebrated the Queens diamond jubilee with a party. The afternoon got off to a rather wet start during the fun and games in the field at the hall. There were bike races, some involving water,sack races – four people to a sack – and a fancy dress race in relay fashion. There was also a football target game. After all the fun outdoors, everyone headed into the hall for a great tuck-in.

Probus: President, David Massiah reminded members that they could book for the lakes, mountains, boats and trains trip on August 15 and that any non-member who wished to go should contact Jim Thomson on 80737. The president then introduced Colin Barnfather of the Young Riders Club, who said he had noticed that over the years there had been a decline in the number of youngsters riding the Common, especially boys. He and Tommy Morrison decided to invite youngsters to talks on riding and pony management. From that tentative start the club was formed for children from five to 16 how to ride and how to look after a pony. By the second year they had 50 members and bought a pony called Bracken. He said it costs £20 a week to keep a pony, so fundraising was a priority. Colin hoped that one day the club will be rewarded when a member is gets elected Cornet.

Cream teas: The Masonic Social Club held cream teas and stalls and competitions as part of its jubilee celebrations, and just over £200 was raised, of which £50 will go to Playcare.Cathy Robinson won guess the weight of the decorated cake, and the big hamper in the raffle went to Jean Irving. The evening barbecue and quiz was well attended.

Town Band: The band has played at tCarlisle City Centre, then led the Parish Church Praise in the Park at the Kilngreen and followed this up by playing at Milntown as part of the Jubilee picnic. Next up is the Dumfries Guid Nychburris on June 16 where they will take part in the parade. On June 23 the band is off to Peebles for the Beltane Festival and the following day will play at the Parish Church Fete. On June 29 they will entertain at a joint concert with the junior band in the Buccleuch Centre to celebrate 60 years of contribution to the band by David Calvert, under the baton of MD Alan Fernie. The following day the band will make a first visit to Lochmaben Gala. They are at to the Durham Miners Gala on July 14, leading their allocated banner into Durham Cathedral, where the new banner will be one of only a handful blessed each year. The following week the band will play their usual part in the lead-up to the Common Riding and on the big day. They round off their summer events with at Dalston Show on August 11.


Kirk: Please note that there is no service on June 24 – see Ancrum and Crailing news for alternative church services.


TRIMONTIUM: Trust members plan a day outing to Burnswark (which Dr Reid hopes to research) and Carlisle (The Frontiers Exhibition) on Sat 21 July 21. Enquiries to 01896 822651. Melrose Festival sees a change of personnel on Saturday morning when the Melrosian and his party visit the Trimontium Stone on the tour of ceremonies. After 27 years as the Roman soldier Malcolm Crawford’s place is to be taken by David Crawford.

Kirkin’ the Melrosian: A dry morning for once saw the War Memorial wreath-laying by Graeme Crawford, the 2012 Melrosian, on the Weirhill, followed by Pipe Major Swanson’s The Flowers o’ the Forest and prayers led by Rev A Bennett, accompanied by Rev M Houston, who gave the address at the service in church. The choir sang an introit and the readings were given by George Bunyan, co- chairman of the festival executive, and the Melrosian. The annual quiz between the Queen and her Court versus the Melrosian and ex-Melrosians resulted, not in the usual royal whitewash of the opposition but in a narrower yet still queenly victory. At coffee in the hall Provost Windram presided over presentations to the Melrosian and the Queen, who planted an oak tree on the summit of the Weirhill to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


Institute Coffee Morning: Many thanks to all who supported the coffee morning for Institute funds when £375 was raised. Competition winners: plant, Jeannie McNulty; basket of vegetables, Sheila Fox; sweets in jar, Emma Thomson; First snow fall of year, Mary Pringle,; lucky number, Brenda McNulty.

School Sports: The sports were on June 11. Senior girls’ champion, Suzie Thomson; senior boys champion, James De-Bolle; junior girls champion, Emma Thomson; junior boys champion; Lucas De Bolle.

Festival: The festival week public meeting will be on June 26 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Please come along with your ideas and offers of help and support for the week.


WRI:The picturesque setting of Minto Golf Club was the venue for the summer outing for members of Newmill and Teviothead WRI. A wonderful meal was enjoyed by the group. The next meeting will be on September 4 when Christine Gray will put members through their paces with keep fit.


Service: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on July 8 at 10.30 am


Service: The Walkerburn Festival Service will be in the Public Hall at 10.30 am on June 24


Wauchope Hall: There have been problems with the hall heating system and users are asked not to tamper with it. All they need to do is operate it using the thermostat in the hall and remember to turn it down at the end of use. Some users have not been doing this, wasting fuel.Others have been tampering with controls on the boiler causing damage. Users should not try to remedy problems themselves but should contact hall officials.

Kirk Celeidh and Supper: There is still time to buy tickets for this event, on June 30 in Sprigwood Hall Kelso. It is a fund -raising function for Yetholm, Morebattle, Linton and Hounam Church and promises to be a great evening.Tickets can be obtained from John Thompson of Yetholm, 01573 420577.

Festival Week Concert: A near capacity audience enjoyed the comedy Ladies’ Day perfomed by the village Drama Group followed by music from the Village Choir.Ticket sales and the proceeds of the raffle raised more than £800, to be shared equally between the festival week and the Wauchope Hall.

Mindrum Garden: The stunning garden at Mindrum just down the valley from Yetholm has been open for charities twice this summer.There will be a further opening on July 6, between 5-9pm.Proceeds will go to the Red Cross and the Royal British Legion.Entertainments will be available.

Haterburn Hill Race: Runners came to Yetholm from all over the country to the annual Halterburn Hill Race, organised by Norham Running Club. The Wauchope Hall was used as the focal centre.Some in the village feel there should be more local support possibly giving the event more publicity in the run-up to the fesival week.

SALE: The dry bar is having a summer DVD, CD and book sale on june 23, 9.30am-1.30pm on Town Yetholm green – hundreds of items at bargain prices. Donations still welcome. For further information, ring Ian on 01573 420703.