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Earlston

COFFEE MORNINg: A group of ladies from the Earlston branch of Walk-it organised a coffee morning held last Saturday to raise funds for the local paths group. The total raised was £653.54.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s service starts at 10.15am, followed by the annual stated meeting. There will be a Holy Land presentation on March 23 at 7.30pm in the church, featuring the pilgrimage journey taken last November.

Hawick

Bridge Club: March 4 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, S. White and J. Urquhart; 4, J. and S. Law; March 6 – 1, H. and M. Ouldcott; 2, M .Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, M. and H. Dooley; 4, K. Auckland and R. Witherington.

Hownam

Towford WRI: Alan Clark from Selkies in Jedburgh gave a talk as to the origins of the business and how their products are developed. Competition – cheese straws and dip – 1, M. Towers; 2, K. Gallon. The next meeting is on March 27 at 7.30pm.

Jedburgh

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING: Jedburgh Grammar School PE department is raising money for its sports teams, equipment and JGS Opportunities Fun by participating in the RAGBAG scheme. Anyone who has unwanted textiles and could fill a few bags to help raise money can call at the school and collect a bag, or contact the school on 01835 863273 for further information.

Kelso

COFFEE MORNING: The Linus group, started by Lily Campbell, is holding its annual coffee morning at Abbey Row Centre on March 23 (10am-noon). The latest quilts made by the group will be on display.

Thursday Group: There was an entertaining and interesting talk from member Peter Symms about the six years he spent as an assistant prison governor during the 1960s, including a period at Wormwood Scrubs. Today, John Hennessey will talk about Sofia and the mountains of Bulgaria in Abbey Row Centre at 2pm. Next week Di Higham’s talk is entitled “St Andrew an’ a’ that”.

Lindean

WRI: Due to illness, the speaker was unable to attend, so members discussed the upcoming federation show and the recipe for the federation competition (three gypsy creams) given out. Margaret Milne had set a short quiz for the members which had their brains working overtime. Competition – evening bag – 1, E. Douglas; 2, M. Milne; 3, E. Scott. Raffle – V. Mayo, M. Mabon,M. Milne, K. Watson.

Morebattle

Prayer: Margaret Lees welcomed everyone to the World Day of Prayer on Friday night in Morebattle Church. This year’s message, written by Christian women from France, was given by Linda Fleming with a powerpoint display about that country. Morebattle Guild ladies took part in the readings etc. and refreshments followed.

Coffee Morning: Morebattle Guild coffee morning will be held in the institute on March 23 from 10.30am.

Camera Club: Dot Halliday earned a third prize in the Borders Photographic Competition general class at Selkirk last month.

AGM: The Morebattle Games AGM will be held on March 21 at 7pm in the village hall.

Newmill

wri: “Love food, hate waste” was the theme of a talk at this month’s Newmill and Teviothead WRI meeting by speaker David Scott-Aiton, from Scottish Borders Zero Waste Volunteer Project. This charity is aimed at getting householders to reduce waste, whether it is food or other material, by encouraging more recycling and composting. He said £1billion worth of food is wasted each year by households in Scotland, equating to an average of £430 per house. Competitions – something new from something old – 1, Roberta Macmillan; 2, Muriel Baptie; 3, Liz Howieson; recipe for best use of leftovers – 1, Muriel Baptie; 2, Caroline Tullie; 3, Mary Irving. The next meeting is on April 2 when member Ann Pennington will talk about Oxfam. Competitions – piece of bling to be donated and three Easter cupcakes. The outing to Cragside is on June 15 – names of members and friends going to Gill.

Oxton

WRI: At the next meeting on March 20, Karen Glennie will give a talk on osteoporosis. Competition – a decorated boiled egg.

Stichill

WRI: Joyce Luby stepped in at short notice and demonstrated Easter boxes with decoupage at this month’s meeting. Members were then able to make one for themselves. Avril Purves gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – dyed egg – 1, Lyn Anderson; 2, Erica Smith; 3, Kathy Wilkie; rabbit ornament – 1, June Brown; 2, Margaret Cochrane; 3, Dawn Steel. The raffle was won by Yvonne Wood and Kathy Wilkie. The next meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on April 2.

Yetholm

WRI: Mrs Emmerson gave a talk about the garden at Woodside, Ancrum, including tips on the care of plants and information about how bees and butterflies relate to flowers. The winner of the competition was Susan Stewart, with Ann Kemp and Angela Jameson second and third respectively. The next meeting will be in the hall at 10.30am on March 19 when Ian Hird of the Kelso Pottery is speaker. Competition – decorated pottery bowl.

LUNCH: There will be a village lunch in the Wauchope Hall on March 21 (noon-2pm), with proceeds going to the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.

FESTIVAL WEEK: The committee has met to finalise the programme for the June festival.Also discussed were plans for the coffee morning at 10.30am on March 30 in the Wauchope Hall. Donations for the tombola and raffle welcome. Proceeds will go to Festival Week.

SHOW: Yetholm Border Shepherds’ Show has made the list of finalists in the Farmers’ Guardian’s Show Business 2013 Competition. Voting continues until March 22. Further information about the event can be obtained from www.farmersguardian.com/showbusiness.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Nick Cross was speaker at the March meeting when his talk was on General Andrew Wauchope, of Niddrie and also Lochtour. The meeting heard about Wauchope’s early life, his army career and political interests. Mr Cross, who spent some of his boyhood in Yetholm and attended the village school, then spoke about the Boer War. The general lost his life at the battle of Magersfontein which saw a massacre of British soldiers. Mr Cross told how the army establishment tried to make the general a scapegoat, but felt there were two sides to the story.