SERVICE: The annual Caddonfoot/Trinity combined watchnight service in Caddonfoot Church on Christmas Eve was conducted by session clerk Anne Grieve due to the illness of the Reverend Morag Dawson. Christmas Day was brought in with the ringing of bells towards the end of the service, in which others taking part were Bill Birch, Jim Hayes, Atholl Innes and Jo Lawson, accompanied by musicians Andy and Catriona Bird and Mrs Grieve. There was a good attendance despite the snow and a collection taken for a charity, which will be decided by the kirk session at its next meeting.Mrs Dawson was back in the pulpit for the service on Sunday when the lessons were read by Mrs Grieve and there was a celebration of carols and prayers for Christmas.
St Mary’s WRI: Due to the cancellation of the night’s demonstrator, members had a short business meeting, arranging the children’s Christmas party, then a fun game of beetle. Competitions – mince pies made with puff pastry – 1, Alison Brown; 2, Marion Macdonald; gift-wrapped parcel – 1, Isabel Brown; 2, Jemima Irving; 3, Irene Douglas. The parcels were then used as a Secret Santa, with each member receiving a gift. On December 18, 21 children, along with parents and members, enjoyed the Christmas party in Cappercleuch Hall. A tasty tea, games, ice-cream and a visit from Santa made for a happy day all round. The next meeting will be held on January 11 when John Rogerson will give a slide show and talk about the local area. Competitions – small bottle of ginger wine and a favourite calendar.
PARISH CHURCH: Sunday – service at 10am to include communion. It will be conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. The nominating committee has invited the Reverend Julie Woods to preach as sole nominee for the vacancy of Earlston in the church at 10am on January 9. During Advent the open plate offerings will be donated to the Borders branch of the Red Cross.
Film and Video Group: Following the recent period of inclement weather when club evenings were cancelled, the next meeting is planned for Tuesday at 7.30pm, weather permitting.
Camera Club: The meeting held on December 16 was the annual light-hearted competition between teams selected by club president Gordon Gilfether and vice-president John Hill. The result was a narrow win for the vice-president’s team, with the overall best image, Rannoch Moor, by John Peters. Next Thurday’s meeting will feature a display of members’ images taken at last summer’s outing to St Abbs. Entries for the silhouette competition should be submitted at this time.The three-way contest on January 10 at the Liddesdale club has been cancelled. It is therefore proposed to have an extra meeting in the Hawick clubrooms on January 13 when it is hoped to reschedule the portrait/people competition which was cancelled.
SERVICE: Sunday’s service of worship is in Innerleithen Church hall at 10.30am. Guest preacher is the Reverend Dr Finlay Macdonald.
NEW YEAR: Members of St Ronan’s Silver Band will march around the streets of Innerleithen from 9am on Saturday to wish everyone A Guid New Year. In the afternoon, the band will play in some of the town’s pubs and clubs.
CAROL EVENING: Members of Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society were in good voice at their Christmas carol evening, accompanied by St Ronan’s Silver Band. All proceeds from this event will go towards the opera’s spring production of My Fair Lady (March 28-April 2).
DINNER DANCE: St Ronan’s Silver Band will hold a dinner dance on January 22 in the Union Club, Peebles Road, at 7.30pm. Music will be by Angie and the Stray Tones. Tickets can be ordered from the secretary on 01896 831721 or by emailing KJBelleville@aol.com.
Probus: A total of 74 members, friends and guests gathered at Craigburn Farmhouse near Penton for the joint Christmas lunch with Canonbie Probus club. Local president George Turner and John Mitchell from Canonbie welcomed everyone, and made special mention of past members’ widows. The Reverend Scott McCarthy said grace, a meal was served and Betty Edgar, on behalf of the ladies, thanked Probus members. The town’s Probus club meets in the Eskdale Hotel on Wednesday, with Canonbie gathering on January 12.
parties: It was out of school uniforms and into party clothes at the primary school as all classes enjoyed their Christmas party in the Academy hall. The pupils were split into three groups – P1, 2 and 3, P4 and 5, and P6 and 7 – with parties held on different days.
TALENT CONTEST: The Academy presented Langholm’s Got Talent in the hall with a mixture of music and song from the school band and ceildh band and choir. There was also dancing and gymnastics, with floor and vault displays.During the interval and after the performance people were able to purchase from festive themed stalls with all the items made by various classes.
AGM: Melrose in Bloom’s annual meeting will be held in the Lower Ormiston Room at 7.30pm on January 11.
School: The school Christmas fair was held on December 16 after two cancellations because of the weather and around £350 was raised. One session of the concert was held, but the other had to be cancelled. The church end-of-term service was held at the school when there was an excellent turnout of pupils’ parents.
Church: Despite atrocious weather, the Christmas service went ahead with carols, the Cool Club and Cosy Club participating. However, the carol singing in the evening had to be cancelled.
Lunch Club: The lunch club’s Christmas meal was held in the Templehall Hotel when there was around 20 members and helpers in attendance.
CANCELLED: The dinners of both the guild and WRI had to be postponed owing to the bad weather, but it is hoped to have them at a later date.
School party: There was a buzz of excitement at the village primary school when the annual Christmas party, sponsored by the Liddesdale branch of the Royal British Legion, took place. Pupils enjoyed food and games, but the highlight of the afternoon was when Santa arrived with presents to distribute.
AGM: Newtown Bowling Club AGM will be held on January 9 at 1pm.
SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk is on January 9 at 10am.
SERVICE: The next service of worship at Walkerburn is on January 16 in the village hall at 10am.
CAROLS: Severe weather brought about the cancellation of the annual Carols around the Christmas tree on Town Yetholm Green and the get-together following it in the Wauchope Hall. However, the church carol service took place on a snowy Sunday morning. The church has been floodlit on a number of occasions recently, creating a spectacular sight in the snow.
CABARET: Yetholm residents had something new for entertainment when a cabaret show, Les Amis d’Onno, came to the Wauchope Hall. This starred traditional knife throwing, a performing dog, escapology and other entertaining acts. As the group had never been to the village before and as the weather outside was at its wintry worst, they must have been happy with the attendance. Money raised went to the Brooke animal charity.
PARTY: Youngsters had a great time at the children’s Christmas party – they played games, enjoyed the food and being entertained by a very popular Santa Claus. An innovation this year was a disco which was run by Lindsey Burnett.
NEW YEAR’S DAY HUNT: Hunt supporters are scheduled to meet outside the Border Hotel at 11.30am on New Year’s Day. lf the weather is bad they should phone the hotel. There are contingency plans, including a charity quiz and raffle.