DISTRICT NEWS January 6

Bonchester Bridge

QUIZ: The postponed quiz in aid of the Bonchester 60+ club will now take place at the Horse and Hound tomorrow on at 8.15pm.

Earlston

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods who has been invited by the nominating committee to preach as sole nominee. As voting will take place after the service it is hoped that there will be a large attendance of church members. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Ettrickbridge

LUNCH: A soup and sweet lunch will be held in the village hall between 11.30am-2pm on January 16 in aid of hall funds. Home-made soup and a variety of sweets will be available for £5. Primary school youngsters accompanied by adults will eat free.

WINTER INTEREST: The next winter interest evening will take place in the hall on January 27 when P.C. Hamilton will give a talk on ‘‘Wild animals and the law in Scotland’.

WRI: The first meeting of the year will be bowling practice on Wednesday at 7.30pm. There was an excellent turnout at the December open night on ‘Tips for a sparkling Christmas’ by Rosemary Hume. Competitions – parcel – 1, Marilyn Cooper; 2, Dawn Balmer; 3, Anne Davies; Christmas tree decoration – 1, Dawn Balmer; 2, Sandra Moffat; 3, Anne Davies.

Glendouglas

WRI: The January meeting will be held on Wednesday when guest speaker Cath Lightbody gives a travel talk. Competition – best holiday photograph.

Innerleithen

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday in the council chamber, at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.

COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on January 26 in the council chamber at 7pm.

PIPING SOCIETY: The St Ronan’s Piping Society annual meeting will take place in the Vale Club at 2pm on January 16.

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 by phoning the secretary on 01896 831721 or via email, KJBelleville@aol.com .

CHURCH: The service on Sunday will be at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church Hall, followed by a soup and sandwich lunch, with donations to the Church of Scotland HIV Aids project. The drop-in coffee session at Walkerburn Rugby Club resumes on Monday at 9am.

Jedburgh

DANCING: Dancing classes resume in the Kenmore Hall on Wednesday – western line dancing, 2.15pm; Highland dancing, 3.30pm. More information on 01450 870042.

Kelso

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club. Speaker Ian Landles’ topic is ‘Robert Burns’ tour of the Borders – part 1’.

RANGERS FANS: Tickets for the Scottish Cup game against Kilmarnock are available from Jim (01573 226240). The bus leaves Kelso at 3.45pm. Non-members welcome.

Thursday Group: Meetings restart next week with Jean McDermid talking about her grandfather and father in China story, 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. All members should have received their spring syllabus. For a copy and more information, phone 01573 334753.

Maxton

Maxton Meets: Norman Dodds will talk on ‘Improving your digital photography’ on Monday at 7.30pm. Admission is £1.50.

Melrose

Literary Society: Throughout the society’s 125-year existence, Sir Walter Scott has been one of its most admired authors. So a particularly welcome guest at its December meeting was Tony Taylor, of the Abbotsford Trust, who gave a progress update on the trust’s programme to invigorate and redevelop Abbotsford House, the estate and collections. He said the trust had secured more than £9million towards the £11.2million needed. After Mr Taylor’s talk, members enjoyed readings from favourite books, and the evening was rounded off with mince pies and shortbread. At the next meeting on Tuesday, theatre critic and broadcaster Joyce McMillan will tell the society about Scottish author and dramatist J. M. Barrie, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. Visitors welcome.

Midlem

DANCING: The Thursday evening dancers hold their party night today in the village hall at 7.30pm. Thereafter, every Thursday, from 8-10pm, it’s live music. All welcome.

Morebattle

Guild: The guild dinner will be held in the Templehall tonight – this was postponed from before Christmas.

WRI: The institute will host Wednesday’s meeting when speaker Mrs Jeary’s subject is Kalamazoo Book. Competitions – humorous Christmas card and a hand-written New Year’s resolution.

Quiz: A quiz was held in the Templehall Lounge last Wednesday, the winning team consisting of Grace Cessford, Robert Patterson, Ann Banks and Garry Mabon. The sum of £300, raised as a result of this quiz and a similar event held during the summer, will go to charity.

Peebles

EXHIBITION: Selkirk artist John Nelson’s exhibition at the Eastgate Theatre runs until Sunday. It illustrates his love of colour in landscape, seascape, still life, figurative, abstract and semi-abstract work.

MUSIC: Fondoo returns to the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday for another musical extravaganza, with all profits going to InChorus for its trip to New York to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Stow

FITNESS: Galawater Health and Fitness Club’s new session starts on Wednesday, 2-3pm, in the Town Hall.

Teviothead

WRI: Newmill and Teviothead starts the new year with a visit to the Textile Towerhouse in Hawick’s Drumlanrig Tower on Tuesday.December’s meeting was cancelled due to bad weather.

Burns Supper: Teviothead Church’s Burns supper will be held in Teviothead Hall on January 28. Tickets are available from Caroline Tullie on 01450 850217 or any other church elder.

Traquair

SERVICE: The service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday starts at 10am.

Walkerburn

SERVICE: The next church service at Walkerburn will be on January 16 in the village hall at 10am.

Yarrowford

WRI: December’s meeting had to be cancelled due to bad weather, but it is hoped the meal can be rearranged for a later date. Tuesday’s meeting is to be addressed by Sandy Black who will talk on home energy. Competition – most items in a Bluebell matchbox.