District News

Melrose Explorer Scout Unit, with Leader Mhorag Heger, enjoyed a weekend exploring caves in the Yorkshire Dales, including Browngill Cave and Alum Pott, where they all squeezed through the 22cm Cheese Press.
Melrose Explorer Scout Unit, with Leader Mhorag Heger, enjoyed a weekend exploring caves in the Yorkshire Dales, including Browngill Cave and Alum Pott, where they all squeezed through the 22cm Cheese Press.

CADDONFOOT

Parish church

Caddonfoot Parish Church was busy on Sunday for the morning service, with several visitors in the congregation. The service was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley. The Bible reading was delivered by Roddy Beatson, and music was played by Andy Bird, accompanied by Catriona Bird. Bible study again takes place this week in Caddonfoot church. Shoe boxes were made available to be distributed by the Blythswood charity for needy people in Albania, Romania etc. Closing date is the end of the month. The congregational board meets on Thursday, October 27, at 7pm in the church. There will be a joint (with Trinity) kirk session and congregational board social in the Kingsknowes Hotel on Friday, November 4. More information is available from Atholl Innes.

EARLSTON

AGM

Earlston Horticultural Society will hold its AGM at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 18, in the Red Lion. The society is appealing to all residents to come along and support it in ensuring the continuation of the annual flower show.

Coffee morning

Earlston Health Centre has organised a coffee morning for Saturday, October 15, at 10am, which is being held in the rugby club. There will be a cake and candy and tombola stalls, along with a raffle.

Parish church

Holy communion will be celebrated at 10.15am on Sunday, October 16, and the service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Rennick. The filled shoeboxes for Blythswood should be returned by Sunday, November 6. They can be returned to the church; Ruth Scoular, 13 Station Brae; Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Services, Unit 4, Station Road Industrial Estate or the manse. Extra leaflets can also be obtained from these places.

ETTRICK

Ceilidh evening

The next event in aid of Ettrickbridge village hall funds will be a ceilidh evening held on Saturday, November 12, from 7.30pm. Accordionist Ian Lowthian and his band will provide the music, and will be supported by Gael Force in song. Tickets are available from Linda on 01750 52257.

FOUNTAINHALL

SWI

Members meet in the village hall on Wednesday, October 19, at 7.30pm when there will be a floral art demonstration. Competitions – pair of home-made napkin rings and a posy vase. September competition results – three pieces of fudge – 1, Dianne Wilson; 2, Christine Sinclair; old photograph – 1, Agnes Mathison; 2, Heather Parry. Visitors/new members welcome.

GALASHIELS

Camera club

Last Wednesday night saw members treated to a presentation by Ken Sharp, of Musselburgh Camera Club. Entitled “Impressions of Kenya”, he took his audience on a photographic tour of the African country, from the wildlife reserves to the coastal settlements, including some close encounters with the top predators of the region. Wednesday, October 19, sees the results of the first club “Open” competition, judged by Steve McGonnell.

Trinity Church

On Sunday, session clerk Bill Cheyne welcomed everyone to the service. He thanked everyone who had been involved with the previous week’s Creative Coathanger exhibition and concert. In particular, he thanked Ed Martin, Margaret Lawson and Dorothy Howden for the effort put into helping demonstrate both the artistic and musical talent within the church. A sum of £290 was raised for church funds over that weekend. It was also intimated on the order of service that the sum of £300.80, plus a further £51.50 claimed in gift aid, had been donated to the Malawi crisis appeal at harvest thanksgiving. After the announcements, minister Elspeth Harley took over conducting the service and Dorothy Howden led the music. Gail Marshall delivered the Bible readings.Blythswood shoeboxes should be returned by Sunday, October 31. An office bearers’ joint social with Caddonfoot/Trinity will be held on Friday, November 4, at the Kingsknowes Hotel.

St Peter’s Church

Thursday, October 13 – 10am, holy communion. Sunday, October 16 – 8.30am, holy communion; 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and a chat. Monday, October 17 – 7pm, bottle top sort. Thursday, October 20 – 10am, holy communion. Saturday, October 22 – 12.30pm, soup ‘n’ pud lunch. Sunday, October 23 – 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and chat.

GLENDOUGLAS

Dancing

The old time and ceildh dance class meets at 8pm on Thursday, October 13, with Reel Half Hour starting at 7.30pm. Beginners welcome.

Supper

A harvest supper will be held in Glendouglas Hall on Friday, October 21, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Catherine Turner on 01835 840215, or email alanandcath359@hotmail.co.uk.

HAWICK

Rotary

At last week’s meeting president Jim Walker welcomed three young women who had been supported by the club. Klaudia Salamonska, a high school senior pupil, attended Rotary’s Youth Leadership Camp at Ardeonaig, Perthshire. Delivering an illustrated talk, she explained the week’s activities which included raft building and sailing, rope climbing and abseiling, mountain climbing and a canoe river trip. The course also involved preparing and delivering lectures and group discussions. Jim presented her with her certificate of attendance. Ron Sutherland gave the club’s vote of thanks. The other speaker was Eilidh Page, also a high school senior pupil, who, with others, made a one-day visit to London on a whistle-stop tour of the sights, including the Houses of Parliament, where they met Borers MP Calum Kerr. They also checked out some of the other sights during a hectic day before travelling home. She was accompanied by Pam Rigby, of Scottish Borders Council’s youth learning section. Rotary helped to finance the trip. Kerr Scott gave the vote of thanks. Hawick had entries in the Rotary Young Artist competition and also supported the Silver Sunday event in the Evergreen Hall.

Fitness sessions

Live Borders will be hosting a series of free fitness sessions at leisure centres, including Hawick, across the region next week (October 17- 21). They are designed for small groups and have been developed to help individuals achieve specific goals. Themed Active, Train, Gain and Shape, each session lasts for 30 minutes and is led by an instructor. They will take place at the Gytes Leisure Centre, Eyemouth Leisure Centre, Selkirk Leisure Centre, Teviotdale Leisure Centre and Tweedbank Sports Centre. The sessions are open to all Borders residents, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Live Borders on 01896 661166 or the individual venues.

HOWNAM

Towford SWI

Lynn Young had members participating in gentle exercise routines at the latest meeting. Lynn runs various classes locally to encourage people to keep moving and to show them that all exercise is beneficial for all ages and abilities. She is a supporter of the British Heart Foundation. Competition – decorated sweatband – 1, Sue Macfarlane; 2, Mary Towers. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 7.30pm in Hownam Hall. Joining members will be Andrew Simmons, of Floors Castle.

INNERLEITHEN

Christmas lights

Sunday, October 16 – volunteers from the Lights Gang are asked to be at The Hut, Leithenside Units, from 9.30am to strip and prepare the festoon cabling. There will be no work on the street on this first Sunday. Tuesday, October 25 – next committee meeting. Saturday, November 5 – Innerleithen Civic Association coffee morning in the Vale club. Sunday, December 4 – Christmas lights switch-on.

Sale

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a craft and table-top sale on Saturday, November 12, in the Memorial Hall from 9.30am-12.30pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls, as well as tea, coffee and bacon rolls. Entry by silver collection. Anyone who would like to book a table should email secretary@idaos.org.uk or phone 01896 830577.

Church

The service on Sunday, October 16, will be at 11.30am. There will be a forest church walk leaving the church at 10am. There is also a service at St Ronan’s House at 4pm.

JEDBURGH

Blood donors

At a blood-donor session held in Jedburgh on Sunday, September 11, a total of 99 volunteers offered to give blood and 81 donations were given. There were two new donors.

Bridge club

October 3 – N/S – 1, M. Weightman & H. Long; 2, J. Urquhart & J. Kyle; 3, V. Johnstone & M. Miller; E/W – 1, R. Oates & S. West; 2, M. Forsythe & P. Harris; 3, M. Allen & T. Davidson.

St John’s Church

St John’s Study Group is meeting in the church centre after the Thursday morning 10am communion when the Reverend David Daglish will be the celebrant. On Sunday, October 16, the 9am holy communion and 10.30am sung eucharist will be led by the former rector of St John’s, Denise Herbert, with tea and coffee in the centre after the second service. Also on the same day – at 3pm – St John’s Choir and Friends are giving an autumn concert, featuring a mixture of classical and choral pieces, from Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams, and numbers from West Side Story, including performances from visiting soloists. Entry is free, but donations acceptable. A list for foodbank needs is at the back of the church.

KELSO

Quiz night

Kelso Horticultural Society is holding a quiz night and Irish bingo in the Tait Hall on Wednesday, October 19 (7.30pm). Entry on the night, teams of four, £10 per team.

Bridge club

October 5 – BGB Autumn Sim. pairs – N/S – 1, Jean McLaren & Alison Ireland; 2, Val Johnstone & Mary Millar; 3, John Urquhart & Miles Browne; E/W – 1, Mary & Nigel Lindsay; 2, Elinor Green & Caroline Sutherland; 3, Lynda Douglas & Lesley Dick. October 6 – Millennium Trophy – N/S – 1, Alison Darling & Mary Logan; 2, Dorothy Graham & Lynda Douglas; 3, Dominic & Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Jean McLaren & Ken Ross; 3, Annie Mitchell & John Loudon.

Thursday Group

The autumn programme opened with a talk by local author Margaret Skea. Following her award-winning Turn of the Tide, there were many problems with its sequel in the planned trilogy, A House Divided. How she overcame them was a fascinating story. Today, Isobel King describes “The World of Arthritis Research” – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Next week, Oliver Eade and his camera go “Around the world in 50 minutes”.

LANGHOLM

Choir

Local minister Scott McCarthy is inviting singers, or would-be singers, to join the church choir. He said it was a wonderful opportunity to sing in the beautiful Old Parish Church building, which has an outstanding Willis organ.

Coffee morning

Members of the Xcel Project held a coffee morning in the community centre which boosted their funds by £440. The young people ran the stalls which included cake and candy, tombola and guess the sweets in the jar, and they made much of the baking themselves.

Poppy appeal

The social club has taken on the task of selling the remembrance poppies, with there now being no Royal British Legion. Irving Stuart and Kate Turk are the co-ordinators for this, and there are a number of streets in the town not yet covered. So if anyone is interested, they can leave a message or their phone number at the social club, or contact Kate on 07746 646226.

LAUDER

Church

Channelkirk and Lauder Guild’s opening meeting was well attended. After the devotions, Duncan Cameron, secretary and co-ordinator of Borders Street Pastors, gave a talk on the group. Christine gave the vote of thanks. Next meeting is on Wednesday, November 2, and the subject will be the charity Encompass. Worship will be celebrated at Channelkirk (10am) and Lauder (11.30am) on Sunday, October 16, with the services being led by the Reverend Rae Clark. Arrangements are in hand to have a walk from Channelkirk to Melrose on Saturday, June 10, 2017 – a distance of about 20 miles. There will be planned stops on the way and walkers can leave and join at any stage. This event is in aid of church funds.

MELROSE

Battle talk

Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association’s winter programme of lectures begins on Tuesday, October 18, at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Lounge with the presenting of “Carham – the Battle, the Border and the Birth of Two Nations”, by Clive Hallam-Baker. This illustrated lecture will attempt to answer some of the long-standing questions about this conflict. What was the date of the battle – 1016 or 1018? Where was it fought – Carham or Wark? Who were the Northumbrian commanders? How, after the Roman occupation, did the emerging nations of England and Scotland come into competition for what is now known as the Borders? Was Carham the definitive event in fixing the border in its present position? Entry is free to members – £3 for visitors.

Scout meeting

Melrose Scout Group is holding a crisis meeting on Tuesday, October 18, at 7.15pm in the Scout hall, Abbey Street, to recruit adults so it can continue to run a full complement of sections. The Beaver section will close at the end of the year unless more adult volunteers come forward. The group has 29 young people on a waiting list and need to open a second Cub section to cope with demand. Anyone interested should contact Lesley on 07799 544645.

Trimontium

Stratford Halliday’s radical approach to the subject in his “Hillforts” lecture last Thursday night blew away all preconceptions. Most ideas came from 20th century Roman military historians and classically-trained archaeologists who ‘knew’ what they wanted to find, and produced mythic histories of what they thought happened in pre-history. With the project to produce an atlas of hillforts in the UK and Ireland, at least a baseline of data was being gathered to make credible graphs and maps, and help with the interpretation of the sites. The forts in Atlantic Scotland (the west coast) were different from those in south-east Scotland. Richer agricultural land fostered forts. Galloway had a few big forts and hardly any small ones. In Angus, Perthshire and the Borders, the pattern of hillforts thinned out, whereas there were many in the fertile Lothians. Ian McHaffie expressed the thanks of the good audience for yet another Trimontium eye-opener. Thursday, October 13 – Trimontium walk at 1.30pm from the square; John Reid lecture at 7.30pm.

Parish church

It was harvest thanksgiving time at Bowden and Melrose, followed by the harvest lunch, thanks to Elsa Barker’s team and the contributors and donors. Church-goers heard that eastern and southern Africa are suffering from the effects of a drought that has rendered the harvest non-existent. For that reason the congregation has been asked to “plough” their thanksgiving donations into Christian Aid help for Malawi. Sunday, October 16 – services at 9.30am (Bowden) and 11am (Melrose); 7.30pm, music society, Jessica Leary; Friday, October 21 – Arthritis Research musical evening, Selkirk; Wednesday, October 26 – Tibet lecture, Netherdale. foodbank and shoebox appeal ongoing; lesson readers and choristers required.

AGM

Melrose Festival Executive AGM takes place in the Ormiston Institute on Wednesday, October 19, at 7.30pm.

MIDLEM

SWI

Midlem rural is 70 years old and to celebrate members held a birthday party in the village hall. President Irene Cotter had invited all SWIs in the Roxburgh federation area to join them and more than 60 ladies (and one man) enjoyed entertainment from Selkirk’s John Nichol (he was the one man) and the Dolly Mixtures, known also as the Wilton Dean Choir. National chair Christine Hutton was also in attendance, along with federation chair Caroline Tulley and Helen Cessford, H & H convener. The big surprise of the night was when Anne Cochrane was made a life member. Anne’s mother was a founder member of Midlem rural. Following supper (with the help of Shona Grieve at Selkirk Deli), Christine and Anne cut the birthday cake, made by member Margot Hastie. The competition for three fingers of shortbread was won by Margot Hastie. Sheena Galloway was second and Sheila Reid was third. The tartan corsage competition was won by Dilys Whellans, with Gweyn Williamson and Sheila Reid runner-up and third respectively.

MOREBATTLE

Advice surgery

Councillors Simon Mountford and Tom Weatherston will hold a joint advice surgery in Morebattle Institute on Saturday, October 15, from 11am to noon. No appointment needed.

Guild

President Catherine Mabon welcomed everyone back after the summer recess and introduced Lucy Tile from the Borders Children’s Charity. Lucy told how the charity – now in its 50th year – helps unfortunate children in the Borders referred by social workers, head teachers, community nurses etc. by raising funds to provide clothing, furniture and treats. Margaret Lees gave the vote of thanks.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held in the institute on Saturday, October 22, at 10.30am, with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. Donations for the tombola and raffle will be gratefully received.

Social evening

The fishing club is holding a social evening in the Templehall on Saturday, October 29 (7pm for 7.30pm). Names to Jeannie McNulty by Monday, October 24.

NEWMILL

SWI

At the October meeting and AGM, Liz Howieson introduced Jan Little and Gill Francombe, who gave a talk on making home-made liqueurs and provided samples for members to taste. Gill had composed a poem about making sloe gin and read it to the group, causing a lot of laughter. They had also made up a drinks-based quiz which was answered in pairs. Jan and Gill had asked members to bring their own home-made drinks, and Sally Martin bought in her elderflower champagnes. Maureen McManus proposed a vote of thanks to Jan and Gill. Competitions – cheese straws – 1, Muriel Baptie; 2, Lorraine Douglas; sherry glass – 1, Shona Brennan; 2, Nicky Watson; 3, Lorraine Douglas. The 2015 AGM minutes were read. Liz thanked committee members for all their work throughout the year and gave special thanks to Gill, as the secretary, and also for keeping the group informed by email and Facebook. Liz then stepped down as president. The new committee is: Alison Barker, Jan Chetwynd, Pat Douglas, Gill Francombe, Lorraine Lord, Sheila McLaren, Betty Rennie, Jan Little, Liz Howieson and Mary Irving. Liz Howieson was re-elected president. The committee will meet next week to work on the 2017 syllabus.

OXTON

SWI

Members held their first meeting of the season with guest speaker Jane Thomson representing Breast Cancer Now. She told how she became involved with the organisation and explained the research work it carries out, as well as sharing tips and advice on being breast cancer aware. The competition for a mocktail was won by Margaret Smith. The overall winner of the Mrs Mitchell Cup for 2015 / 2016 went to Agnes Bell; 2, Sylvia Thomson. The rosebowl winner for handicrafts went to Sylvia Thomson, with Lynne Kellet and Jackie Pinkerton coming second equal. At this year’s Oxton Horticultural Show, Marion Muir was overall winner in the SWI members’ section. The next meeting – on Wednesday, October 19, at 7.30pm in Oxton Village Hall – will see the rural celebrate its 92nd birthday. Entertainment will be provided by magician Peter Pepper.

PEEBLES

Exercises

A fitness class designed for over-50s is being held in Cardrona Village Hall. It starts Monday, October 17 (9.30-10.30am). Contact the class instructor, Janis, on 07557 870201.

Fitness sessions

Live Borders will be hosting a series of free fitness sessions at leisure centres, including Peebles, across the region next week (October 17- 21). They are designed for small groups and have been developed to help individuals achieve specific goals. Themed Active, Train, Gain and Shape, each session lasts for 30 minutes and is led by an instructor. They will take place at the Gytes Leisure Centre, Eyemouth Leisure Centre, Selkirk Leisure Centre, Teviotdale Leisure Centre and Tweedbank Sports Centre. The sessions are open to all Borders residents, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Live Borders – phone 01896 661166 or the individual venues.

SELKIRK

Exercise class

A fitness class for the over-50s is starting in the County Hotel. It runs on Wednesday mornings – and the first session will be held on October 19 (9.30-10.30am). Further information is available from the class instructor, Janis, on 07557 870201.

Antiquarian society

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 19, at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church hall when Ian MacDougal presents his talk entitled “Voices of Lilliesleaf – The Importance of Oral History”. Throughout the season, the society offers different topics in an informal setting. Wheelchair access is available and all are welcome.

Fitness sessions

Live Borders will be hosting a series of free fitness sessions at leisure centres, including Selkirk, across the region next week (October 17- 21). They are designed for small groups and have been developed to help individuals achieve specific goals. Themed Active, Train, Gain and Shape, each session lasts for 30 minutes and is led by an instructor. They will take place at the Gytes Leisure Centre, Eyemouth Leisure Centre, Selkirk Leisure Centre, Teviotdale Leisure Centre and Tweedbank Sports Centre. The sessions are open to all Borders residents, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Live Borders on 01896 661166 or the individual venues.

TEVIOTHEAD

SWI

See Newmill section.

TWEEDBANK

Fitness sessions

Live Borders will be hosting a series of free fitness sessions at leisure centres, including Tweedbank, across the region next week (October 17- 21). They are designed for small groups and have been developed to help individuals achieve specific goals. Themed Active, Train, Gain and Shape, each session lasts for 30 minutes and is led by an instructor. They will take place at the Gytes Leisure Centre, Eyemouth Leisure Centre, Selkirk Leisure Centre, Teviotdale Leisure Centre and Tweedbank Sports Centre. The sessions are open to all Borders residents, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Live Borders on 01896 661166 or the individual venues.

TRAQUAIR

Service

The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, October 23, at 10am.

WALKERBURN

Service

The service being held on Sunday, October 16, will be at 10am in Walkerburn Public Hall.

YETHOLM

The Youth Hall is closed from Friday, October 14, till Monday, October 24 for cleaning and resealing of the floor. The village choir and country dancing class will meet in the Wauchope Hall during this period.

Bowling club

Bowling club members continues to meet in the Wauchope Hall on Monday and Friday, in the afternoon and evening. New members are always welcome.

SWI

Members meet on Tuesday, October 18, at 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall for a hand massage demonstration by Natures Way. Competition – wildflower arrangement.

Quiz night

A quiz night will be held at 8pm in The Plough on Wednesday, October 19, with the proceeds going to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Show committee

Yetholm Show committee meets at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 20, in the Wauchope Hall.