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Bedrule

MILITARY WHIST: There is a military whist and dominoes in Bedrule Hall on Monday at 7.30pm in aid of the Salvation Army.

Bowden

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning on Saturday (10am-noon) in the village hall in aid of hall funds.

Broomlands

WRI: Joyce Luby helped members create a Christmas decoration at this month’s meeting before going on to judge the finished article – 1, Margaret Jack; 2, Val Stewart; 3, Helen Cavers. The competition, for an unusual candle, was won by Helen Cavers, with Val Stewart second. The next meeting is the Christmas party on December 10 and members should bring a Secret Santa present, which will be judged for the best-dressed parcel competition, and something to eat for the party supper.

Caddonfoot

CHURCH: The service in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. The lessons were read by Effie Brydon. A family Christmas service will be held on December 23 at 9.45am and a combined watchnight service with Trinity, also at Caddonfoot, at 11pm the following day. Contrary to reports, there will not be a service on Christmas Day. Sunday’s service starts at 9.45am. It is planned to keep members informed of festive activities in a special newsletter.

Denholm

CHRISTMAS POST: The 1st Denholm Boys’ Brigade is offering a Christmas post in the village. Addressed cards (15p a card) – for Denholm only – can be left in the special postbox on the counter of the Auld Bakery before December 13. Deliveries will be made two days later.

ON SONG: Singer-songwriter Bruce Davies, from Fife, is making a return to the village on December 7 to present Songs for the Season at Denholm Church that evening. Tickets are on sale at the Auld Bakery, and Deans & Simpson in Hawick.

ADVENT LIGHTS: When Denholm Church was renovated earlier this year, special lighting was installed to allow the church windows to be lit on special occasions. These low-cost bulbs will shine for the first time during Advent, beginning on Sunday, from nightfall to midnight.

Earlston

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. There will be a Time to Remember service at 2.30pm on December 9.

WOMEN’S GROUP: The Christmas meal is at Rhymers Tower Cafe on December 7 – names and menu choices to Pauline Gillan ASAP.

Eccles

WRI: Eighteen members enjoyed a talk and demonstration about stained glass by Linda Gibbon at the November meeting. Competetion – tea loaf – 1, Jean Wood; 2, Chrissie McLaughlin; 3, Rosemary Scott. The next meeting – on December 4 – is a Bodyshop fundraising night.

Eckford

WRI: Marjorie Tennant gave a talk and demonstration on making hats and fascinators. She learned how to make hats to enter a WRI federation show and developed this skill into a business. Competition – three oatcakes – 1, Christine Tucker; 2, Carol Green; 3, Alma Elliot. The most interesting purses were brought by Annette Fraser, Chris Robertson and Ina Cowe.

Edgerston

COMMITTEE: The village hall committee meets on December 6 at 7.30pm.

Ettrickbridge

DECORATIONS: Helpers are wanted to put up the village hall Christmas decorations from 7.15pm on Monday.

SHOWING ResilienCE: On Tuesday, under the auspices of Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council, a meeting will be held in Kirkhope village hall at 7.30pm on resilient communities. Speakers from Scottish Borders Council emergency planning department will talk about proposals to support communities.

QUIZ: On December 6 at 7.15pm in the hall, a Christmas quiz will be held – teams of three or four. Let Linda (01750 52257)know in advance if you’ve a team coming.

Galashiels

Inner Wheel: Members were treated to a practical session with Melanie Acey at this month’s meeting. Melanie runs a fabric shop in Melrose and showed how to wrap presents and gifts. Her audience then proceeded to wrap and embellish their own parcels with a lot of discussion and hilarity, and everyone was pleased with the results. The next meeting is a social occasion at the Philipburn Hotel on Tuesday for Christmas lunch.

Camera Club: A practical evening of flash photography was enjoyed by members who were able to get hands-on experience with two different studio flash set-ups, as well as experimenting with bounce flash. There is no meeting next Wednesday at Langlee, but members are invited to Selkirk Camera Club for the three-way battle with Hawick and Selkirk.

PROBUS: At a meeting held in the Kingsknowes Hotel last Thursday, members were given an illustrated talk by Oliver Eade, a local author of books for children, on writings by children, some from a very young age. The next meeting will be on December 13 at the same venue at 10am.

Greenlaw

COUNCIL: Following an election, the new members of Greenlaw and Hume Community Council are – J. Barnett, D. Butterworth, I. Caldwell, P. Culham, C. Dalgliesh, F. Drewery, H. Johnson, J. Mackie, E. Paterson Atkins, H. Paxton, A. Schofield, C. Trotter. An unsuccessful election in March, when the minimum number of nominations was not achieved, meant a period of six months without a community council had to elapse before the call for nominations could be issued again.

Hawick

Bridge Club: November 14 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, D. Usher and I. Wyze; 3, M. and H. Dooley. November 19 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 3 (equal), R. Goldie and M. McLeod, K. Auckland and J. Simpson. November 21 – 1, J. Urquhart and M. Tuson; 2, K. Auckland and R. Witherington; 3, M. and H. Dooley.

ROTary: President Tommy Mulvee welcomed members to last week’s meeting, especially Ronnie Johnstone, president of Orkney Rotary Club, who was visiting relatives in his native town, and Stuart MacTaggart, father of the evening’s speaker Tara MacTaggart. Tara gave a presentation entitled My Golf Journey, highlighting her achievements in the sport. She took up the game seven years ago when she was nine and now plays off a handicap of two. An honorary member of Minto Golf Club where she is ladies’ champion, Tara also plays at North Berwick. She is in the top 15 in ladies’ golf in Scotland and has twice represented her country at under-16 level.

Camera Club: Chris Morrison of Selkirk Camera Club and who specialises in wedding photography, judged the third monthly competition, People / Portraiture, at the meeting last Thursday evening. Results – projected images – 1, It Hurts by Bernie Gajos (also overall winning image); 2, Doing a Stretch by Margaret Lancaster; 3, Poser by Eric Scotland. Mounted prints – 1, Scottish Independence Rally by David Hughes; 2, Dancer by Brian Marriott; 3, Life Is Hard also by Brian Marriott. The meeting on Wednesday will be a three-way digital competition between Selkirk, Galashiels and Hawick at Selkirk.

Innerleithen

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: A varied programme of events has been organised for Switched On Sunday (December 9), leading up to the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights at 4.30pm. Proceedings will begin with Tweedvale Pipe Band calling everyone to gather at the Memorial Hall at 1.30pm for the judging of the fancy dress competition and handing out of the treasure trail. For more information about the day’s events, look out for posters and programmes, contact innerleithenevents@hotmail.co.uk or the Switched On Innerleithen Facebook page.

AGM: St Ronan’s Bowling Club will hold its AGM on Monday at 7pm in the Union Club.

EX-STANDARD BEARERS: There will be a meeting of St Ronan’s Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association on Monday in the Union Club at 8pm.

ELVIS TRIBUTE: Innerleithen Union Club and St Ronan’s Games Committee are presenting Danny Allan and his Voice of a King Tribute to Elvis show in the club on December 8. Tickets are available from the club (01896 830424). Profits will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2013.

SHOW: The children of St Ronan’s Primary School are presenting their Christmas show – A Magical Christmas Jigsaw – from December 12 to14. Tickets and more information from the school office (01896 830349).

CINDERELLA: St Ronan’s Community Centre is presenting Cinderella on December 14 in St. Ronan’s School hall. Tickets are available from the school office or Jennifer (01896 830882).

CONCERT: A feast of seasonal music is on offer from St Ronan’s Silver Band at a Christmas concert in the Memorial Hall on December 15. Tickets can be obtained from Adam’s Bakery in Innerleithen, Robb’s KeyStore in Peebles, by ringing 01896 831721 or emailing KJBelleville@aol.com. Anyone in the Innerleithen area who requires transport should contact Elma on 01896 830577.

SERVICE: The gift day service on December 2 in Innerleithen Church wil be followed by light lunch in the hall. Bring along a new unwrapped gift for a child or young person to put under the Christmas tree.

Jedburgh

LAIDLAW MEMORIAL POOL: An open day to celebrate the refurbishment of the fitness suite and cafe area will take place on Saturday. Bill Laidlaw, a descendant of James Laidlaw who gifted the pool to the town, will open the new extension at 10am.

Kelso

Friends of Kelso Museum: The third in the November series of talks was held last Wednesday when Mary Hanson spoke about Napoleonic Officers on Parole in the Border Towns”. The next series of talks will begin on March 6 when members of Cousland Local History Project present Cousland – Never Heard of It”.

REMEMBRANCE: Broomlands Primary School pupils showed their respect to soldiers past and present via a remembrance assembly and service. Tom Macdonald, who joined the school for the assembly, spoke about the importance of remembering armed forces personnel by wearing a poppy. The event finished with a special remembrance song. All the children, staff and parents gathered in the playground for the remembrance service. The pupils left the school to the sounds of the drums, played by Jack Docherty, and Mr Borthwick on the bagpipes. Every class then spoke about Remembrance Day and showed what they had been doing in their own classes. There was a prayer and a minute’s silence. The service finished with everyone singing the Remembrance song and walking back into school to the sound of Jack’s drum.

rangers fans: The bus for the Scottish Cup tie leaves The Square at 9.15am on Sunday. Tickets available from Jim (01573 226240). A Rangers evening is being held in Kelso Rugby Club tomorrow with music by Bobby Parks. Tickets available from Ian Brown (07927 501904).

Thursday Group: Captain Mike Perry will today speak about Trinity House, the lighthouse authority for England, Wales and other British territorial waters, with the exception of Scotland, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. Next week Graham Bell makes a return visit with Encounters with Birds, Abbey Row Centre, 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: November 21 – Abbey Salver 3 – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Stuart Graham and Ian Watson; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson. November 22 – Calchou Cup 5 – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Viv Heskett and Helenor Pratt; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, David and Pam Palmer.

Langholm

Accordion club: The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band were guests at this month’s meeting. The band was formed in 1983 by Nicol McLaren of Blairgowrie who plays accordion and was joined by Dave Bell on drums. Gordon Howe was on fiddle, with Isobelle Hodgson on piano. The band was named after two working collies – Glen and Craig – that belonged to Nicol. Among the entertainers on accordion were Billy and David Bell of Carlisle, James Lawrie from Gilsland, Kenny White of the Rigg and Rachel Oliver from Bonchester, along with Brian Forest of Newtown St Boswells. Robin and Deryn Waitt (Claygate) also entertained, and locals Eric Goodfellow and Robert Willans were on accordion and drums respectively. Ian Wilson (Crawford) was on piano and Iain Bell (Canonbie) played a selection on the bagpipes.

Playcare: A soup kitchen and table-top sale in the community centre raised £765 for Playcare.

Anniversary: The parish church celebrated its 400th anniversary last Sunday with a special joint service along with Eskdalemuir, Ewes and Westerkirk. It was conducted by the Reverend Scott McCarthy and attended by previous ministers with a special cake baked by the minister’s wife for the occasion.

lights: The town’s Christmas lights will be switched on by Paralympic medal winners Libby and James Clegg at 5.15pm on Saturday. Mother Moira Clegg and her husband, Dougie Beattie, live in the town, and their father, Peter, stays at Newcastleton.

Lauder

Guild: A coffee morning will be held on Saturday in the church centre, Lauder, while Wednesday, at 2.30pm, sees Christmas carols, readings and a Christmas tea.

Lilliesleaf

THEATRE: Northumberland Theatre Company is performing Grimm Tales at the village hall on Saturday at 3pm. For more information and tickets, phone 01835 870311 or 01835 870782.

Maxton

Gaelic in the Borders: Gaelic in the Borders has organised a ceilidh to celebrate St Andrew’s Night in the village hall tomorrow, starting at 7.45pm.

Melrose

Border Flower Club: The demonstration at the latest meeting was by Dawn Fraser from Chester and entitled Sources of Inspiration. Her first design was in a woven container with willow and cornus inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures. Next was a ceramic pot, chocolate and cream in colour, representing the cosmos, with a horizontal design and flowers of the same hues. The boat as used by the dead pharaohs was the next to inspire, using deep-coloured crimson orchids to represent the lotus flowers. Her last design used a large piece of driftwood, with mixed foliage and peach-coloured flowers picking up the tones of the wood. The next meeting is on Wednesday in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm featuring Anne Codd from Ponteland and Christmas is Coming.

Historical Association: On Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Institute, Gordon Gilfether will present a lecture entitled Stobs Military Camp, Hawick – 1903-1959. All welcome – £3 to non-members.

Church Activities: Church magazines available for delivery; Traidcraft/Christian Aid stall available after service in Advent; Eildon Singers’ Christmas concert – Faure Requiem and carols, under new conductor Jas Young – December 9 (Selkirk) and December 16 (Melrose). Tickets from members; Sunday’s services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10am and 11am).

TRIMONTIUM: Trimontium is on the move and last week pitched its tent at the Probus group in Innerleithen. Melrose may only be a few miles away, but the name and the fame of James Curle was little known. A missionary field opened up and, hopefully, converts were made. Good news has come through from the National Museums that the forthcoming book celebrating the Curle centenary went to the printers on November 20. The launch in Melrose may therefore take place towards the end of the week beginning December 10.

Amnesty International: The Borders branch of Amnesty International will be writing greetings cards to prisoners suffering human rights abuses and their families tonight (7.30-9pm) in the Ormiston Institute. Cards, stamps and address labels will be supplied, and mince pies and mulled wine will also be on offer.

Morebattle

WRI: Marjorie Tennant gave a demonstration on hat-making at this month’s meeting. Competitions – Christmas tag – 1, Nancy Anderson; 2, Marian Dumma; 3, Margaret Blackmore; Christmas tree decoration – 1, Margaret Blackmore; 2, Helen Cessford; 3, Marian Dumma. The following members were voted on to the committee – Angela Cook, Grace Cessford, Brenda Dixon, Mary Pringle, Scottie Wight, Annie Smith, Morag Thomson.

Oxnam

CAFE: The next library cafe – the last this year – is on Wednesday at 11am in the village hall. It will reopen in March.

Oxton

WRI: Lara Armitage gave a demonstration of origami. Members created a Christmas card and festive bauble, all from folded bits of paper. Competition – folded napkin – 1, Jackie Pinkerton; 2, Herbie Robinson; 3, Denise Barclay. The next meeting – the Christmas dinner – is on December 12.

GUILD: See Lauder section.

Selkirk

CAMERA CLUB: The third club competition, Close Up, was judged by Ian Oliver – projected images – 1, M. Reynolds; 2, G. Northey; 3, A. Johnston; colour prints – 1, M. McKinney; 2, J. Fair; mono prints – 1, J. Payne; 2, M. McKinney; 3, M. McKinney. The club will host a three-way digital battle with Hawick and Galashiels on Wednesday, Curtis Welsh being the judge on that evening.

Stichill

DANCE: A St Andrew’s dance will be held on Saturday night in the village hall. For more information and tickets, contact David Waring (01573 470336).

WHIST: A Christmas whist night in the village hall has been organised for December 17, starting at 7.30pm.

Traquair

service: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on December 9 at 10am.

Tweedbank

COFFEE MORNING: Tweedbank and District Childminding Group is holding a winter crafts and coffee morning at Tweedbank Community Centre on December 6 (10-11am).

Walkerburn

SERVICE: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on December 16 at 10am.

Yarrowford

Village Hall EVENTS: The hall’s annual general meeting is at 7pm on Sunday, with yhe Bogie’s Close Stompers appearing on December 8 and, on December 13, the Safety in Numbers choir and Borders Cello Group will perform from 7.30pm.

Yetholm

FILM NIGHTS: An afternoon and evening double bill has been organised for Saturday at 2pm (Polar Express) and 7pm (It’s a Wonderful Life) in the Wauchope Hall.

TELEVISION RECEPTION: The village has been suffering from poor TV reception recently, apart from Sky. There seems to be a signal fault and this is being remedied.

YETHOLM GUILD: The guild has issued its annual programme, with meetings running from this autumn through to a summer rally in June. For copies of the programme or further information, contact Moira Breeze (01573 420417).

BOWMONT THEATRE: The local drama group had been hoping to put on a show prior to Christmas, but this has been postponed. However, the group is going to have a Christmas night out in the Border Hotel on December 14. Anyone with interest in the group will be welcome and should contact Susan Stewart (01573 420231) by Monday.

FAIR: Donations for the Christmas fair to be held in the Youth Hall on December 8 can be left at the school or Youth Hall the previous day (4-7pm), or at the hall on the day of the event from 9am.