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WRI: The annual meeting was held on November 10. Office bearers stay the same as last year. President Mrs E. Munro welcomed Elizabeth Jackson, central councillor for Group J, who presented the cups. Most points, R. Sinton; runner-up, J. Butler; cookery, J. McDonald; handicrafts, B. Nock. Competitions – lemon curd – 1, R. Sinton; 2, J. Butler; pin cushion – 1, D. Canby; 2, J. Butler; 3, R. Sinton. The Christmas party is on Wednesday and members should bring a small gift up to the value of £4. Competition – Christmas candle.

Bedrule

Whist: There is a military whist and dominoes in Bedrule Hall on Monday at 7.30pm. There will be spare players to make up teams if needed. The event is in aid of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

WRI: Members welcomed Frances Armstrong who gave a demonstration on how to make marzipan fruits at their latest meeting. They then made their own and sampled traybakes Frances brought. Competition – a perfume bottle – 1, Teela Ferguson; 2, Margaret Taylor; 3, Elaine Turnbull. Points cup for the year was won by Teela Ferguson with 22 points. Second and third were Elaine Turnbull (20) and Olive Hogg (16). Monthly competition for a pepper lantern – 1, Teela Ferguson; 2, Elaine Turnbull; 3, Margaret Taylor; salt and peppers – 1, Olive Hogg; 2, Teela Ferguson; 3, Margaret Taylor.

Bowden

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held on Saturday (10am-noon) in the village hall to raise funds for roof repairs.

Crailing

WOODTURNERS: Chris Pouncy of Robert Sorby will be at Crailing village hall on Wednesday from 7pm when he will be demonstrating new hollowing tool kit. All interested in woodturning are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Denholm

TRUST AWARD: The Somerville Trust has awarded £12,500 to Denholm residents, divided equally between the church and village hall, to be used to help offset refurbishment costs of the buildings. There will be a presentation at a fundraising concert at 7.30pm tonight in Denholm Church. For further information, contact Gordie Campbell at 01450 870347.

COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday (10am-noon). There will be carol singing by the 1st Denholm Brownies thoughout the morning.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Bus shelter – funding of £4,000 has been allocated by Teviot and Liddesdale Area Committee. Discussions are under way with SBC re the further funding required. Denholm rideout – a public meeting took place to explain plans that have been put in place for the 2011 proposed event. Cemetery road – the SBC roads department has put a non-skid strip at the Jedburgh entrance to the village. Minto-Canongate junction – it was agreed to ask SBC to return the priority to the Minto road, as the Canongate route is not a through road. Traffic passing places – Bedrule to Bonchester Bridge. SBC has stated that the community council cannot seek private tenders for this work and has quoted a £4,000 cost per passing place. This cost is being reassessed by SBC. This road is particularly dangerous when covered by thick frost or snow and possible safe passing places cannot be seen. Junction from Bedrule onto the A68 – there is a strong view that double white lines should be painted on the A68 to prevent further serious accidents at this spot. Public rights of way – an officer will visit in January to review these. Flower tubs – will be returned to the village. Rugby pitch – marking out of the pitch will take place when the weather is suitable. Correspondence – SBC scrutiny panel is asking community councils and the public to propose topics for consideration in 2011. Zandra Elliot is vice-chair of this committee and is happy to receive ideas from the public; SBC public meetings on budget cuts – nearest is in Hawick Town Hall on December 13 at 6.30pm. The area committee has agreed to supply £1,150 to adjust the kerbs at Teviot Bridge and £16,320 to relay the flagstones on the Cross Keys side of the pavement. SB wardens – there are now two covering the Teviot and Liddesdale area. Grit bins are in place at the sawmill and will be requested again for Walkers Brae. Concerns were raised over grass cutting next year with council cuts. Police report – the unclassified road from Denholm to Whitriggs is being used a racetrack by young motorists and the public are being asked to report any incidents. A quantity of dry stane dyke was stolen from a wall belonging to Birnieknowe Farm, Bonchester Bridge. A light was smashed on a stable block at Ashybank Nursery. Two horses had their New Zealand rugs taken from their backs while grazing next to Hawick Moor.

Roxburghshire Federation WRI: Six rurals – Eckford, Midlem, Minto, Morebattle, St Boswells and Wilton Dean – won through to the final of the federation Reading Aloud competition which was held in Denholm. The winner was Morebattle, with St Boswells second and Minto third. Susan Thomson of Wilton Dean won the prize for the best individual not in a winning team.

Earlston

WRI: Mrs Todd welcomed members and introduced C. Darling and M. Winthrop who guided members through a hands-on Christmas tree decoration making session. Competition – three gift tags in different crafts – 1, H. Smith; 2, B. Paton. The next meeting is on December 16.

PARISH CHURCH : Sunday’s services – all age, 9.45am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd During advent all open plate offerings will be donated to the Borders branch of the Red Cross. Choir will be at the later time of 7pm (after the lights switch-on).

WOMEN’S GROUP: Tomorrow sees a Christmas meal at Rhymers Tower Coffee Shop. Names to Pauline Gillan.

Edgerston

COMMITTEE: Edgerston Village Hall committee’s next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

PARTY: Jedvalley Community Council invite all children aged 10 and under to a Christmas party on December 16 (4-6pm). For further information, ring 01835 840246 or email p10caw@aol.com

WINE AND PIES: There will be a mulled wine and mince pie Christmas social gathering on December 21 at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Ettrickbridge

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will take place on Saturday (10am-noon) in the village hall. Anyone with items to sell should turn up and take a table in exchange for a small donation to hall funds.

PARTY: On December 18 the hall will be the venue for the village Christmas party. Music will be provided by Jimmy Gold. Tickets are available from Linda (01750 52257).

WRI: The open night will be held on Wednesday with the topic, Tips for a Sparkling Christmas by Rosemary Hume, No. 1 School for Flower Lovers, in Kirkhope Village Hall at 7.30pm. Silk flowers will be on sale. A talk on personal safety by community policeman John Lennon was a feature of last month’s meeting.Competitions – greetings card – 1, Anne Davies; 2, Marjory Tennant; 3, Alison Blackadder; macaroon tarts – 1, Dawn Balmer; 2, Anne Davies; 3, Isla Guthrie. Bowling practice will take the form of the first meeting of 2011 on January 12.

Fountainhall

WRI: Members held their AGM in the village hall on November 17 when president Margaret Robertson gave her report, as did secretary Agnes Mathison and treasurer Margaret White. All indicated that the rural was in a healthy position and the office bearers were re-elected. The rest of the evening took the form of a class on flower arranging. Competitions – cheese scones – 1, Christine Sinclair; 2, Dianne Wilson; photo frame – 1, Karen Dalgleish; 2, Dawn Brown. The next meeting will be the 85th birthday party which will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Galashiels

PROBUS: Despite snow, a large turnout of members welcomed BBC Scotland producer Cameron Buttle from Bowden who gave an insight into the practical and technical operations of BBC news both in the Borders and the rest of Scotland. Members meet next Thursday at 10.30am in the George & Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose.

Camera Club: An informal critique night gave members a chance to comment on each others’ work with a series of projected images, slides and prints being submitted for review. There will be no meeting at Langlee on Wednesday, but members are invited to attend the three-way competition with Selkirk and Hawick at Hawick next Thursday. Check the website for details of time and confirmation of the venue.

ROTARY: Olly Walker is the Fab Pad programme manager for the Borders. His role is to help young people allocated their first home make it more homely and match their style. He works, along with interior designers, with groups of 19-35-year-olds. They learn how to make fabric items such as curtains, renovate furniture and how to coordinate furnishings. Each participant is given £100 to use on upgrading their home and they work in teams to learn. There is more information about Fab Pad on its parent body’s website: http://www.impactarts.co.uk/flagship-programmes/fab-pad/

Greenlaw

CHURCH: Greenlaw Church welcomes a guest preacher on the first Sunday of each month – this weekend it’s the Reverend Veronica Walker. The service begins at 9.45am.Also on Sunday at 6.30pm in the Fairbairn Hall is Sunday X:tra – an informal service for the young and young at heart.

Hawick

Camera Club: At the meeting last Thursday, botanist David Binns of Biggar gave a slide show entitled Plants, Peaks and Passes of Pakistan from a series of four separate treks made in the mid 1980s and 1990s while in search of new species of alpine plants in the mountains of the Hindu Kush in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan. Next Thursday’s meeting will feature a competition between teams from Selkirk, Galashiels and Hawick, with Angus Blackburn as judge. The venue for this meeting will be Hawick High School with a 7.30pm start.

Bridge Club: November 22 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 3, S. White and J. Urquhart; 4, P. Young and J. Beedle. November 24 – N/S – 1, J. and M. Miller; 2, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, K. Auckland and R. Witherington; E/W – 1, M. and H. Dooley; 2, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 3, P. Young and J. Beedle.

Rotary Club: About 70 attended the President’s night at Mansfield Park clubrooms last Friday, including members, guests and principals from other Border clubs. The proceeds of the raffle, £400, is being donated to the Borders Jumbulance Group. The speaker at last week’s meeting was snowed in and could not attend, but past president Jack Swanston came to the rescue with a slide show on a visit to Nova Scotia. Many places have Scottish names and there are more Gaelic speakers there than in Scotland.

Film and Video Group: At the meeting last Tuesday, former club president and long-time stalwart Scott Renwick presented an evening of films he produced during the 1970s – Gardens At Inverewe on the west coast of Scotland, Denholm Fair 1977, A Weekend At Bailleul with a group of weel-kent faces on an official visit to Hawick’s twin town in France, Bits And Pieces – a short compilation of images filmed on a summer outing to Holy Island, and South To The Sun – a motor tour travelogue featuring the sights along the Mediterranean south coast of France leading to Italy and eventually Switzerland.

PROBUS: Bruce McCartney gave a nostalgic presentation about the Waverley rail route and its branch lines. Bruce, a native of Hawick, taught chemistry in Peebles and Langholm, where he now lives. At its peak the Border area had 240 miles of railway.

Innerleithen

CHURCH: There will be a gift service at Innerleithen Church on Sunday at 10.30am followed by a light lunch in the church hall. The E Notes youth choir for P 6/7 in will meet in Innerleithen Church Hall from 2-4pm. Tea and Chat is next Thursday from 10-11.30am.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: At 6pm on December 12, Dux Boy Andrew Edmiston, Dux Girl Ellen Frost and Lantern Bearer Alastair McNeill will together light up the town by throwing the master switch outside Cleikum Mills. A short programme of seasonal music performed by St Ronan’s Silver Band will precede the switch-on, as will the civic association Christmas draw.Afterwards, the band will lead a torchlight parade via the High Street and Leithen Road to the Memorial Hall for a carol service starting at 6.30pm.

COFFEE EVENING: Innerleithen Opera will hold a Christmas coffee evening with carols on December 16 in Innerleithen Union Club function hall from 7-8.30pm.

Jedburgh

FAIR: Howdenburn Primary School is holding a Christmas fair tonight, from 6-8pm.Refreshments will be served. For all enquiries or to book a stall, contact the school office on 01835 862542.

ROTARY CLUB: In the Rotary District 1020 quiz, Jedburgh beat Hawick in a close-fought contest and now look forward to finding out who their opponents will be in the next round of the competition. The club held its silent auction last week, raising almost £750 for charitable works. Rotarians are grateful to the Jedburgh community for turning out on a cold and snowy evening to support the auction. December 11 sees the club’s involvement in Jedburgh Christmas fair as well as running its annual grayling fishing competition.

PROBUS: David Cook took fellow members on a slide-illustrated tour of Egypt.

Kelso

BRIDGE CLUB: November 24 – Abbey Salver (3) – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Helen Lawson; 2, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 2, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 3, David and Pam Palmer.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Hearts game leaves The Square at 11am. Tickets available from Jim on 01573 226240.

Langholm

Probus: President George Turner welcomed 23 members to the meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. Members were informed that the Canonbie club had accepted an invitation to join Langholm for Christmas lunch at Craigburn Farmhouse on December 15. Ten Langholm members accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting of the Canonbie club with Ian Landles from Hawick the speaker.

Soup lunches: Westerkirk Guild raised £230 for funds when they held soup lunches, along with a baking stall and raffle, in the town’s day centre.

Bands: The town band rounded off a busy year of contests when they visited Perth for the Scottish Challenge Shield and finished middle of their section. Rehearsals begin in the new year for the Scottish championships in Perth near the end of February. On Sunday the focus turned to the Scottish Youth Band Championships when 32 entries from across Scotland competed in four sections. The town had 13 junior band members to the fore in a Scottish Borders Youth Band. The band – assembled from young players in bands within the Borders Brass Band Association and includes musicians from Peebles, Innerleithen, Selkirk, Hawick and Langholm – emerged as champions in the senior competition. Those from the town who played in the Borders band were Ashleigh Calvert, Josh Calvert, Rachael Young, Caitlin Weatherstone, Megan Stewart, Simon Railton, Claire Jeffrey, Ross Mabon, Cathryn Young, Anne Reid, Henry Jeffrey, Gillian Mabon and Daniel Pilley.

Langshaw

WRI: The annual general meeting and craft evening saw president Sheila Forsyth and Fiona Wilson demonstrating the art of craft making, and members relished the challenge. Competitions – card making – 1, Isa Riddell; 2, Amanda Beattie; 3, Kath Runciman; thimble – 1, Fiona Wilson; 2, Isa Riddell; 3, Lesley Fitchett.

Makerstoun

WHIST: A whist drive will be held on Wednesday in the village hall from 7.30pm - supper included.

Mellerstain

WRI: Members of Earlston, Greenlaw, Westruther, Lauder, Langton and Stichill joined Mellerstain members at a guest night on November 17. President Kate Grieve welcomed everyone and introduced the speaker, WPC Warmington, who gave a talk on personal safety and safety in the home. A video illustrated the problem of bogus workmen and how to deal with any suspicious callers. Competitions – hand-made Christmas card – visitors – 1, Kay Brownlie, Stichill; 2, Linda Le Pivert, Westruther; 3, Peggy Baxter, Greenlaw; Mellerstain – 1, Agnes Hood; 2, Anna Cove; 3, Etta Fairley. Supper and a raffle concluded the evening.

Melrose

CHURCH: Although the Bowden service was called off because of snow, at Melrose there was the baptism of Robbie William Douglas and Emma Ruth Pursaill. Activities – Life and Work and church magazine available for collection; tomorrow, 7.30pm, Opera on a Shoestring; Sunday’s services, 9.30am Bowden, 10am Melrose family service (gift service for family support), 11am morning worship, noon Traidcraft stall; Tuesday, 7.30pm, historical association, ‘Kilmartin; Cradle of the Scots’, Ian Skinner; Thursday, 7.30pm, congregational board; December 19, lunch after morning worship to celebrate Alistair becoming chaplain to the queen (wear something red), food contributions to Elsa (01896 82063) or Joyce (01896 823339).

Trimontium: Melrose Primary rounded off the schools’ season at the museum with a P5 double-header which needed two trust volunteers to cope with the virtual route march, worksheet circuit, ‘the finds in the wells’, sword demonstration and the wearing of Roman costumes. The trustees also had their final meeting of the year followed by a modest annual dinner. It had been a busy and expensive year, but attendances were up slightly (people were still wanting to come during the close season) and members and volunteers, upon whom the trust’s existence depended, seemed in good heart. A great deal of behind-the-scenes support work had had to be done in securing professional illustrations for Allan Wilson’s 164-page book on all the site finds to date in the central Borders (some had not been published before) and in writing several articles for the forthcoming National Museums’ book of essays celebrating the centenary of James Curle’s 1911 report. The Wilson book had now been printed and its pricing and distribution in time for the Christmas market was eagerly awaited. Future museum projects being considered were in the digital line, such as the ability to print out on-the-spot material requested by visitors and, more expensively, the commissioning of a film that would show in visual detail the growth of Trimontium to its peak followed by its eventual decline and reversion to its present agricultural, riverine and rural setting. The award of the Dorothy Marshall Medal to Walter Elliot for his work would be the highlight of 2010.

Ormiston Bridge Club: November 22 – N/S – 1, B. Birch and K. Lindsay; 2, J. Kyle and K. Ross; 3, M. and H. Dooley; 4, B. Stevenson and A. Ronald; E/W – 1, M. and N. Lindsay; 2, J. Buglass and C. Sutherland; 3, J. Bunyan and V. Fairbairn; 4, I. Leeson and E. Renton.

Morebattle

WRI: Morebattle WRI won the Roxburghshire federation Reading Aloud competition which was held at Denholm. The winning team was Helen Cessford, Eileen Woodward and June Bell. The WRI dinner will be held in the Templehall on Wednesday. Names to Grace Cessford.

Coffee Morning: There will be a coffee morning in aid of the Sick Kids’ Hospital, Edinburgh, in the institute on Saturday from 10.30am.

Newcastleton

Coffee morning: Polysport held a coffee morning in the village hall last Saturday. There were various stalls and games, plus face-painting and a raffle with a big hamper prize.

Selkirk

Camera Club: Members will be holding open house during this weekend’s Scott’s Selkirk (Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday, 1-3pm). There will be a display of winter landscape prints.

Antiquarian Society: The December meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Mary Craig will present a talk on The Black Death.

Stow

FAIR: Stow and Heriot Church’s Christmas fair is in Stow Town Hall on Saturday (10am).

Traquair

SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on December 12 at 10am.

Walkerburn

CAROLS: There will be carol singing round Walkerburn on December 19, starting at 5.30pm and arriving at 7pm at the rugby club for A Christmas Thought and refreshments.

Yetholm

FILM NIGHT: The next film night in the village will have a Christmas theme. Nativity, suitable for all the family, is due to be shown on Saturday in the Wauchope Hall with doors opening at 6.30pm and the film starting at 7pm.

REMEMBERING CHARLIE: Local readers of Scotland on Sunday were in for a surprise last weekend. There was a photograph of Charlie Douglas, of Kirk Yetholm, taken when he was being recorded by Calum McLean for an archive voice project, probably during the early 1950s. Sadly, there are only a few in the village who remember Charlie. He lived in a house fronting the green and for a while was the local dustman.

COFFEE MORNING: Supporters of the Floral Gateway Gathering project headed for the Youth Hall last Saturday to attend their autumn coffee morning and sale. In addition, leaflets were distributed outling projects carried out by the group in recent months.#

CHILDREN 1ST: A quiz night was held in the Wauchope Hall to raise funds for the Children 1st charity. Quizmaster was Robin Robson and the function raised £800.

PARTY: For the third year running there is to be a Christmas party for village children – on December 19 (4-6pm) in the Wauchope Hall.Tickets can be obtained from the village shop.

QUIZ NIGHTS: The fortnightly quizzes in The Plough have been a great success with many charities benefitting. The final one before the festive season will be on December 15 and in aid of Poppy Scotland.