District News December 28

Earlston

WRI: President Mrs Riddell welcomed members to a hands-on meeting, making cards and Christmas baubles. Competitions – mince pies – 1, H. Smith; 2, B. Paton; article in silver – 1, H. Smith; 2, J.Bryson. The next meeting, on January 19, will be a Burns-themed night.

PARISH CHURCH: A New Year’s Day service starts at 11am, while the service on January 8 begins at 10am.

Ettrick

WRI: President Lucile MacLeod welcomed a good turnout of members who had struggled to attend the Christmas gathering on a snowy evening. A short business meeting was held before she handed over to Roxy Stephen and Maureen Ayling who demonstrated making and decorating beech twig wreaths. They had brought several examples of wreaths that they had made themselves, both for hanging on the door and as table centres with candles. Members were all then provided with a bundle of twigs, Roxy demonstrated how to make a wreath and everyone got to work on their own.Mulled wine, fruit juice and savoury snacks were also enjoyed, and Ann Blundell played Postman Pat. The vote of thanks was given by Heather Carroll. The next meeting is on January 10, featuring Black Grouse and other moorland birds with Chris Land, upland habitat enhancement officer. Competition – winter table centre.

Galashiels

ROTARY: Pupils from St Peter’s School in Galashiels sang carols in the Tesco supermarket for 45 minutes, collecting £65. They donated the money to the Rotary Club which will be spent on an aquafilter kit which will provide clean water for families in countries which do not have a clean water supply. This effort was part of the growing link between the club and St Peter’s which might soon become the first Rotakids school in Galashiels.

Camera Club: The final meeting of 2011 saw a good turnout of members for the showing of the SPF Portfolios of Prints and Projected Images. Opinions, as always, were divided over many of the photographs with a mixture of straight and manipulated images on display. The next meeting, at Langlee, will be on January 11 when the speaker will be countryside ranger Keith Robson whose topic is “Out and about in the Scottish Borders”. Members are reminded that this is also the hand-in night for the next club competition, “Four of a kind”, which will be judged by Graham Riddell.

Kelso

Thursday Group: Members should have received their syllabus for spring 2012, but Isabel (01573 224753) has spare copies. There is one change – Roger Hemming, with Solar eclipse in Bhutan, will be on January 26, while Len McDermid (An artist at Sea) features on February 2.

Langholm

Accordion club: There was a good turnout to enjoy the accordion club’s December meeting in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. Compere Adam Grant welcomed everyone and introduced the guests, the Pentland Ceilidh Band, with Colin Brown on lead box, Alan Crookson (second box) and Garry Kellow (drums). Among the accordion players present were Les Hurst of Newby Park, David Bell from Carlisle, Brian Forrest of Newtown St Boswells, Stuart Adamson of Newcastleton and local Roger Dobson. Brother and sister James and Fiona Laurie from Gilsland played accordion and fiddle respectively. Other fiddle players were June Nichol of Pathhead and Ian Wood of Alandale, with Ian Wilson of Crawford on piano.

Panto: The Muckle Toon pantomime was held by the local Centre Stage Youth Theatre in the Buccleuch Centre, Jack and the Bean Stalk proving popular and being attended by large, enthusiastic audiences.

Minto

WRI: Members enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Fox and Hounds in Denholm. There was a good turnout and after a tasty meal Sheila Marshall, institute secretary, gave a humorous recitation. This was followed by entertainment from Kenny Speirs and Pat Douglas, who sang a variety of songs and carols, accompanied by guitar. Members joined in the singing. Competition – a table decoration – 1, Win Nichol; 2, Sheena Graham; 3, Dee Baxter; 4, Pat Jardine.

Morebattle

WRI: There was a joint Christmas party with Eccles WRI. The Morebattle WRI choir sang a musical version of the rural syllabus, while Eccles WRI organised a Family Fortunes game. Liz Watson compiled a quiz. Supper was served by the committee and the evening came to a close with carol singing.

Carols: Despite the cold night there was a good attendance for carol singing round the Christmas tree and the lights were switched on by Games Queen Amber Goodall. Refrsehments were served and the collection for the BGH Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal raised £46.

Lunch Club: The Christmas lunch was held in the Templehall and 26 people were present. Eileen Woodward and June Bell gave recitations.

Guild: The next meeting is on January 5 when the speaker will be procurator fiscal Morag McLintock.