District News


Cheese and wine

The village hall is holding its cheese and wine evening, featuring the ‘Great Blainslie Bake- Off’ on Saturday (September 21). Doors open at 7pm. Entry on the door £5 (adults), £3 (9-16 years) and free (age 8 and under). Open competition – chocolate cake. Age 8 and under – decorated biscuits. All welcome.


WRI guest night

A good turn-out of members and guests enjoyed Jennifer Thompson’s talk, helped by two excellent models, on making theatrical costumes. The competition, a handmade mask, was won by guest Joan Ramskir and member Ann Stewart.



Members of the African Children’s Choir attended the morning service in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday following their concert in Trinity Church on the previous evening. They joined Caddonfoot Youth at their weekly get-together.

The Kirk Session is due to meet this week in the church.


Craft Fair

To be held in the Lothian Hall on Sunday (September 22), 11am until 3pm. There will be demonstrations of wood turning and a display by the local stick dressing group. Various craft people will be displaying and selling their goods. All proceeds in aid of hall funds. Tea/coffee and home baking.



Earlston 2000 (lighting) has been awarded £7,938 for the upgrade of its lights to LEDs. This will allow the renewal of all existing lighting with LEDs which, as well as being eco friendly, will mean huge savings on power consumption.


The church will be open today from 11am for quiet reflection with a short service at noon.

Sunday’s service will be at 10.15am, conducted by Rev Julie Woods. On Wednesday (September 25) there will be a short evening service at 7pm. Sunday, September 29, is the Harvest Service at 10.15am in the church, followed by a soup lunch in the church hall. Entry by donation at the door.


On Saturday, September 28, Melrose Opera will perform in the church at 7pm. This is a memorial to the late Sheila Turnbull and entry is by donation, with proceeds going to The Borders Macmillan Cancer Centre. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Auld Earlston

The group is holding a film show in the church hall on September 24, at 7pm. Entrance £2. There will also be a raffle to raise funds, still photographs of Auld Earlston on view, and a display by the Thomas the Rhymer group.


Flower show

The annual show was held on Saturday. Entries were good and the judges on the day – Mr Gerald Sandwith, Mrs Ann Girvan and Mrs Irene Letham – had the difficult job of selecting the winners of each class.

Trophy Winners – Eccles Village Hall Cup (most points overall) Rosemary Scott; Joe White Cup (most points in flower section) Jean Wood; Eccles Garden Services Cup (best entry in Flower Section) Jean Wood; Margaret White Memorial Cup (best single rose) Wilma Craig; Craig Trophy (most points in industrial dection) Rosemary Scott; Eccles Market Garden Trophy (most points in vegetable section) Trevor Crisp; Ritchie Cup (best entry in vegetable section) Robin Grieve; Susan White Trophy (best brambles) Trevor Crisp; Jubilee Cup 5-11 years (animal made from vegetables) Lexi Craig; Best entry in industrial section, Wilma Craig; Potato Print Picture (7 years and under) Max Ford; Potato Print Picture (8-12 years) Dougal Coates; Decorated Paper Plate (7 years and under) Ainsley Gray; Decorated Paper Plate (8-12 years) Josie Dickman. The village hall committee would like to thank the sponsors –Olivers Transport, G & J Waddell, Ian and Lucille Forsyth, Anna-Marie MacPherson, Allan and Helen Brookes, Norah McDougall.



Soddin’ Flodden will be performed in the Village Hall at 7.30pm, on Friday, September 27. Tickets are available from Linda Elmitt on 01750 52257, priced £8. Concessions, £6.


Lunch club

Lapwing Lunch Club will be held on Thursday, September 26. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a hot meal and some weekly friendship please get in touch. New members and volunteers welcome. Transport can be arranged. For details call 01835 862565.


The group met at the Kingsknowes Hotel on September 12, chaired by president, Sandy Frame. Three new members attended.

Alasdair Hutton, ex-Convenor of Scottish Borders Council and BBC broadcaster gave a talk on the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The vote of thanks was given by president Sandy Frame.

The next meeting is on September 26, at 10am, and will be a talk on Up Helly Aa by Tavish Scott MSP.


Whist drive

The first of the hall’s monthly whist drives was well attended. The winners were: 1st lady Christine Rodger, 2 Jenny Blakie, 3 Phylis Ponton, and the booby went to Charlie Donaldson. 1st man Selby Wilson, 2 Mamie Hogg, 3 was Ralph Ramkin and the booby went to John Currie. The highest overall went to Dorothy Corrie. The next whist drive will be held on October 14, at 7.30pm. Forthcoming events include a new regular monthly coffee evening, which started last Wednesday. Pop in for a cuppa and a chat. The old time and ceilidh dancing classes start tonight (September 19) at 8pm, with live music and tutor. More details from the Community Hotline 01835 863604.


Beetle drive

A fun night for all the family will be held in the Fairbairn Hall on Thursday, September 26, starting at 6.30pm, in aid of Greenlaw Church. It will include prizes, raffle and a cup of tea.



President Scott Elliot took the quiz team to Langholm for a round of the Rotary quiz, along with Bob Kellett who was the scorer. The Hawick team of Ron Smith, Ron Sutherland, Gus Neilson and Jim Walker were narrowly defeated 22-18 in a closely fought contest.

Archie Purves, Jock Thorburn and Andrew Suddon visited Kelso Rotary Club.

Coffee morning

There is a change of venue for Hawick’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 27, from 10am-noon. After years at Bruce Motors in Commercial Road, they are moving to Trinity Church Hall.

The group thank the team at Bruce Motors for all they have done over the years.

Anyone wishing to join the committee or help at fundraising events would be very welcome.”

Bridge club

Results for Monday, September 9: N/S – 1 V Johnstone and M Miller, 2 R Oates and S West, 3 P Gilligan and M Millar; E/W – 1 S. White amd J Urquhart, 2 I Wyze and P Simpson, 3 L and T Witten. The bridge club will continue to meet on Monday nights until and including September 23 and then the winter season will start on Tuesday, October 1, in the Tower Mill at 6.45pm. All new players welcome. For more details visit www.bridgewebs.com/hawick


Harvest thanksgiving

A service will be held in Innerleithen Church at 11.30am on Sunday (September 22).


Lunch club

Jedburgh Lunch Club will be held on Thursday, September 26. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a hot meal and some weekly friendship please get in touch. New members and volunteers welcome. Transport can be arranged. Call 01835 862565.


A school reunion is taking place for all 50-year-olds born in 1963, who attended any of the Jedburgh schools. It will take place in the Carters Rest on October 19, at6.30pm for 7pm. The evening will include a meal and disco for £15 per head. Contact Eileen Raeburn (Redpath) on 01835 863726.



Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild will meet on Tuesday (September 24) at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. There will be a very brief AGM followed by Carol Evans, previous owner of the Melrose Fabric shop, who will give a talk entitled How it all began. Visitors welcome. For further information contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Bridge club

September 11, teams of four – 1 Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas, and Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart ; 2 John and Marian Miller, and Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3 Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan, and Alison Darling and Evelyn Erskine ; 4 David Harris-Burland and Ruth Mackay, and Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell.

September 12, Millennium Trophy 2 – N/S: 1 Jean McLaren and Ken Ross, 2 Rena Stewart and Beth Stark, 3 John Urquhart & Janet Kyle; E/W: 1 Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick, 2 Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger, 3 Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton.


The One Acchord ladies barber shop choir and the Swinton Brass Monkeys are putting on a concert in aid of the restorations at St Aidan’s Church, Morebattle.

The concert will take place in St Andrew’s Church, Belmont Place, Kelso, on Wednesday, September 25, at 7.30pm. Entry by donation. Refreshments afterwards.


Common Riding

At the meeting of the Common Riding Committee in the Crown Hotel, chairman Roger Maxwell congratulated Cornet Alasdair Cavers on what had been an excellent day.

Treasurer Paul Davidson said the total income to date was £43,119 and expenditure £37,168, but there were bills of around £1,000 still to pay. Gate and car park receipts were £9,590 and £4,467 respectively. Field tickets bought prior to the day amounted to £950 compared to £333 last year.

Councillor Denis Male had informed the chairman that all the charges for this year, such as road closures and street cleaning, would be met by the council.

Geoffrey Ireland said he wished to thank helpers Dennis Barker, Stuart Fletcher and his partner Anne for their assistance organising the heather besom parade.

The chairman confirmed that the athletic games had been very successful. He did comment that a lot of small tents were appearing on the field which may become a problem and should be monitored in future.

The issue of gazebos was also discussed as there had been around 50 erected in total by the Common Riding day itself. The question as to whether or not there should be a charge for this and how it should be monitored was discussed, and will be considered at the next meeting.

The vice-chairman said the organisation of the stances had been good and the stallholders had all worked together well. Considerable rubbish had been left behind and stallholders should be reminded to remove this when being granted their permits.

Following problems, the chairman said both crossings from the jubilee bridge and on the finishing straightshould be manned next year and this will be arranged.

The chairman said he had received a call from the police sergeant to say the stewarding had been good at the Common Riding with the exception at the crying of the second fair when he thought there was a problem for the emblems getting through the crowd, and the matter will be addressed at the next meeting which is on Monday, November 4.

Probus Club

President Jack Rae welcomed 26 members to the new session in the Eskdale Hotel. There was a minute’s silence to remember club member Billy Elliot, who died unexpectedly after an operation at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. The president read a note from Billy’s widow Betty, who thanked the club for their kind thoughts and for the fellowship enjoyed by Billy during his 17 years of membership. He will be much missed.

The president also noted the absence of Tom Wood, who broke his leg again, and wished him a speedy recovery.

At the next meeting Arthur Bell will speak on The Demise of the Langholm Mills.


A painting of Ruler of the World winning the Epsom Derby, by local artist Philip Gunn, was presented to Cornet Alasdair Cavers. It was presented by Molly Henderson on behalf the Ewes Valley residents.



The group held their opening meeting on September 10, a slideshow about New Zealand by Stewart Swinton, assisted by Walter Brotherston. Annette Holton gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – autumn photograph: 1 Joanne Watson, 2 Wendy Paterson, 3 Joyce Black. Dropped scones – 1 Joanne Watson, 2 Wendy Paterson, 3 Mary Sked.

Next meeting on October 8 in Lauder Primary School at 7.45pm (new start time for October only). Talk on Caldwell’s ice-cream. Competition – dessert in wine glass, prettiest sundae dish.

Historical society

Hamish Reid will give an illustrated talk about the renovations at Abbotsford House on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens 01578 722559.

Flower show

This year’s show was a great success, with a large turnout of entries, including the reintroduction of the industrial section.

The new venue of Lauder Primary School was deemed a success. Dr Cath Cormie officially opened the show and presented the cups and prizes. Ruby Wilkinson presented Dr Cormie with a bouquet in appreciation.

Prize winners – Mrs J Lawrie Cup (most points in veg) Jim Mercer; Mr J Lawrie Cup (most points in cut flowers) Ivor Jones; Geo. Brotherston Cup (best onions in show) Ivor Jones; Dowager Countess of Lauderdale Cup (most outstanding exhibit in flowers – chrysanthemums) John Davis; Geo Anderson Rose Bowl (most points in potatoes) Jim Mercer; A&J Rutherford Rose Bowl (most points overall – cut flowers and veg) Ivor Jones; William Show Cup (most points for fruit) Kate Hankey; Colour Box Trophy (best gladioli spike) Bill Sowman; McGregor Rose Bowl (bbest exhibiti in class 83) Jane Johnston; Best Exhibit in Children’s section (vegetable animal) Syvie Young; Floral Art Trophy, Jane Johnston

Industrial section– The Roan Cup (most points in ind section) Jane Johnston; Wm Hardie prize runner-up, Kathleen Thomson; Mr and Mrs S Leach prize for best exhibit in show (homemade piece of jewellery – bracelet) Jane Johnston.

Presbytry council

Melrose and Peebles Presbyterial Council will hold their autumn rally in Lauder church on Monday (September 23) at 2.15pm. The speaker will be Rev Donald Scott, chaplain to Polmont Young Offenders Institute. All Guild members welcome.


Sunday worship

The final of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery’s four country evening worship services was held at Legerwood Church on Sunday night.

The offering and dedication were led by the Rev. Nicholson, with the offering given for the Presbytery’s Nepal project.



At the September meeting of the WRI, president Mrs Margaret Milne, welcomed Mr Jake Wheelans who gave a fascinating insight into the history and commemorations for Flodden 500. Competition winners were: 1Valerie Mayo, 2 Margaret Ingles, 3 Sandra Todd. Next meeting October 3.


Church activities

Today, Trimontium Walk, 1.30pm; Saturday (September 21) Abbey Consort sings Vivaldi, Monteviot, 7.30pm, £10, including wine. Tel: 01835 850208 beforehand; Sunday services (September 22), Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am (baptism); Wednesday (September 22), midweek service and lunch; Melrose Music Society supper on Friday, September 27, at 6pm (please book) and thereafter Steven Osborne will entertain on piano.

Stitched Up

Last week’s visit to the Scottish Parliament to see the Tapestry of Scotland was a highlight of the year. Trimontium was represented by a full panel of the Newstead helmet in profile, with allusions to all aspects of Roman Scotland. There was also a depiction of Old Melrose, with St Cuthbert occupying the place of prominence. From Stow to Smailholm and beyond, all the Borderers who had their needle fingers involved are to be congratulated.


Flower show

The annual flower show will be held in the village hall on Saturday (September 21). Doors open 3pm. Entries should be handed in to Helen Cessford by today.


The One Acchord ladies barber shop choir and the Swinton Brass Monkeys are putting on a concert in aid of the restorations at St Aidan’s Church, Morebattle. The concert will take place in St Andrew’s Church, Belmont Place, Kelso, on Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30pm. Entry by donation. Refreshments afterwards.

Carpet bowls

Senior citizens’ club meets every Monday and Tuesday afternoon at 1.30pm in Abbey Row. Next session begins Monday, October 7. New members welcome.



The next library cafe is on Wednesday, September 25.


Tea dance

A tea dance will be held tomorrow (September 20), and thereafter fortnightly in the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, School Brae, from 2-4pm, Includes line and sequence dancing.

Everyone welcome from beginners to experienced, or come along to watch and listen. Cost is £2, which includes live music, tea and biscuits. Transport can be provided.Telephone 01835 862565.

st boswells

Drama club

The club’s AGM will be held at 7.30pm tomorrow (September 20) in the St Boswells branch of The Royal British Legion. Without a sizable and active membership and committee the club’s future and local productions are uncertain so new members and supporters are urgently sought and will be made most welcome. The AGM will be followed by a general Noggin ‘n’ Natter so that newcomers can meet current members/friends and find out more about the club.


Harvest Thanksgiving

A service will be held in Traquair Kirk at 10am on Sunday 22 September.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, September 29 at 10am.


Coffee morning

The village hall is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Care on September 27. The hall will be open from 10am to 4pm. Come along and give your support


Dog walkers warning

As part of the preparations for Yetholm Show on October 5, a stock free corral has been constructed in the Haugh. The enclosing fence is electric. Dog walkers should take care that their pets do not stray into the danger zone over the next few weeks.

Indoor bowling

The new season has started with meetings taking place in Wauchope Hall on Mondays and Fridays between 2pm and4.30pm and again at 7pm to 9.30pm. All welcome.Call 01573 420497 for details.

Flower festival

The recent festival in the Kirk was successful and popular. Apart from the floral displays there were sections devoted to the memory of the Battle of Flodden. These included display boards telling the story of the battle, which were loaned by the Flodden Eco museum.Grateful thanks go to all who contributed.


The new season of village lunches starts today (September 19) in the Wauchope Hall from noon. They will be held every two months. All profits will go to village or local organisations. The defibrillator appeal will benefit from today’s event.

Coffee morning

Yetholm’s contribution to the Macmillan biggest coffee morning will take place at 10.30am on Saturday, September 28, in the Wauchope Hall. Various stalls will also be in operation. Donations welcome.


Those involved in raising m
oney for the village defibrillators wish to thank the organisers of the recent Yetholm Gymkhana for a fantastic donation of £800. This means the set up target has now been reached.There are ongoing costs, so fundraising will continue.