District News March 17

Bonchester Bridge

COOKING: This year’s Horse and Hound cooking competition culminated last Tuesday with fruit vodka which was won for the second year in succession by Anne Taylor. Overall winner was Marion Thompson with four wins during the year.

CONCERT: Traditional Gaelic group Diamb will play at the William Laidlaw Hall tomorrow.

Earlston

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – at 9.45am and 11am – will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. On March 27 there will be a service at 10am followed by the annual stated meeting of the congregation. The purpose of this meeting is to receive a report on and accept the annual accounts, and to elect (re-elect) members to the board.

Edgerston

WRI: At the meeting held last Wednesday, Bill Mackenzie gave a talk on the work of the Vine Trust in Peru. Competitions – Spanish memento – 1, Jean Lyle; 2, Marion Anderson; 3, Marie Hogg; decorated tile – 1, Jean Lyle; 2, Marion Anderson; 3, Rosemary Wilkes. The next meeting on April 13 is to Crafters at Melrose – meet at The Glebe car park, Jedburgh, at 6.30pm.

Fala

HERITAGE SOCIETY: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be held in Fala village hall on March 31 at 7.30pm when James Hepburne Scott, of Lauder History Society, will talk on the Hepburnes of Humbie and the Scotts of Harden.

Fountainhall

COFFEE MORNING: Fountainhall Toddlers Group will be holding a coffee morning in aid of Red Nose Day tomorrow, 10-11.30am, in the village hall.

Galashiels

Camera Club: The final themed competition of the year, Differential Focus, attracted a small but high-quality entry. Judge Charles Summers from Midlothian Camera Club selected the following prize winners – colour prints – 1, Christine Swalwell; 2, John Frater; 3, Gordon Swalwell; commended, Gordon Swalwell; black and white prints – 1, Dorothy Ainslie; 2 and 3, Christine Swalwell; projected images – 1, Christine Swalwell; 2, Dorothy Ainslie; 3, Christine Swalwell; commended, Phil Dodds, Ian Oliver, Christine Swalwell. Ian Rutherford will talk about his 20 years in press photography.

CEILIDH: The Gail Wilson Memorial Trust, an educational charity based in Galashiels, has organised a ceilidh, sponsored by Niki’s Bar, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It will be held on March 26 in Galashiels Academy at 7.30pm with music by the Thunder Dog Ceilidh Band. Tickets are available from Shelley Foster (01896 758372), Fiona Wilson (01896 756308) or Niki (07876 355078), or email gailwilsonmemorialtrust@gmail.com

PROBUS CLUB: Vice-president Murray Thom not only deputised for our the absent president, but also gave the talk himself. Entitled, Dentistry in Orkney, he took members through his immediate post-graduate years of 1965-69 when he accepted his first appointment as schools dentist in the Orkney Islands. The next meeting is the AGM, starting at 11.30am today in the George & Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose.

ROTARY: The first husband and wife team in Galashiels Rotary Club was formed last week when president Peter Croan welcomed Dave McCracken into the club. Dave’s wife, Yvonne, who has been a member for some years, introduced him by giving a brief summary of his life and work history. For most of his career, Dave has worked in human resources, including several years as director of human resources for NHS Borders.

STUDIO CLUB: Last Thursday members visited the studio and house of sculptor Professor Jake Harvey in Maxton. He showed them a forge for his metalwork and where some of his larger sculptures are. He spoke about the different stones he uses and how he achieves certain effects. Members were then taken into his house, where he has many of his pieces. The next meeting, the last of the session, is the AGM in Old Gala House at 7.30pm today.

Greenlaw

GUILD: Members met in the Fairbairn Hall last Thursday. Mrs V. Robertson welcomed those present and after the devotions, Isobel Wealleans read the Bible passage. Mrs Robertson introduced the speaker, Lesley Donaldson, who gave a talk about Tear Fund. She brought props to illustrate her talk and finished with a quiz which was enjoyed by all. Mrs Robertson gave the vote of thanks to Lesley. After tea there was some business. A framed needlework picture of the guild badge, organised by Margaret Mackay and stitched by Isobel Wealleans to mark the 80th anniversary of Greenlaw Guild, was on display -- as were photographs of the 80th birthday cake made by Elizabeth Leckie and cut by the senior guild member, Nancy Middlemiss.

Hawick

Camera Club: Ten Images Per Member was the subject matter at the meeting last Thursday with approximately 20 members submitting entries. The varied series of photographs covered a wide range of subjects starting with Mark Murdie’s scenes of ancient castle ruins and Border landscapes, followed by Anna Lee’s atmospheric and colourful sunsets. A new member to the club, Kathryn Barlow, delighted the audience with impressive shots of Puffins in their cliff-top habitats. John Peters, in his selection of landscapes, included some interesting and useful tips on bracketing exposures. Next Thursday’s meeting features an illustrated talk by Barbara Berkowitz.

Bridge Club: March 7 – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, S. White and J. Urquhart; 3, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 4 (equal), K. Auckland and E. Aitken, P. Young and J. Beedle; March 9 – N/S – 1, D. Usher and I. Wyze; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, M. and H. Dooley; E/W – 1, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 2, J. and M. Miller; 3, K. Auckland and R. Witherington.

ROTARY CLUB: President Billy McWatters welcomed members to last week’s meeting in the Buccleuch Hotel. Speaker was Gwen Crew who spoke on behalf of SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - which helps those left behind after such a tragic event. In a talk based on personal experience, she said it was difficult to understand the raft of emotions ensuing unless one had been down that road. The effect on family, friends and acquaintances was traumatic and affected people in many different ways. Kerr Scott proposed the vote of thanks.

Innerleithen

SERVICES: The morning service of worship on Sunday is at 11.30am in the church hall, followed by a service in St Ronan’s House at 4pm.

Jedburgh

ROTARY CLUB: President Ken Fotheringham reported back on his attendance at an area meeting held in Selkirk. He also read out thank-you letters from Parkside and Morebattle primaries for the use of the Bugsee box – a simple device which teaches children how to wash their hands properly. Rotarian Steve McLachlan rounded off the meeting with a presentation of the new club website.

CHURCH: St John’s Church annual coffee morning is on Saturday in the Royal British Legion, starting at 10am. This is the end of a busy week for St John’s, which started with a visit to the church from Parkside school P6 pupils. They were welcomed by the rector, Joan Stafford Badger, Ruth Johnson and Barbara Dalglish, and after a question-and-answer session, when the rector was put in the hot seat by the pupils, the children were given the opportunity to try out the new church trail, which helps families and children to understand what all the furnishings in the church represent and their religious significance, as well as providing the opportunity to have fun. The Ash Wednesday service saw the imposition of the ashes followed by a short service of holy communion, and in the evening the first session of the St John’s Lent Group took place. The group will continue throughout Lent on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the rectory.

GUILD: Members met last Wednesday when Mrs I. Stewart spoke about Dogs for the Deaf. Mrs N. MacKenzie and Mrs Thorburn shared the devotions, and Mrs Inglis gave the vote of thanks.

Kelso

Music Society: For its last concert of the season next Friday, Kelso Music Society welcomes back the Martinu Quartet who will play works by Mozart, Janacek and Dvorak. The concert is in Kelso High School hall and begins at 7.45pm, preceded by the AGM at 7pm.

Museum lectures: Danny Dutton spoke of RACHAM’s Rural Past Project and the usefulness (and otherwise) of old maps. The final lecture in the March series will be delivered by Margaret Carlaw on Stichill Past and Present at 7.30pm on Wednesday in Abbey Row Centre.

Thursday Group: Today’s talk will be given by Iain Bamber. Having been a Queen’s Messenger, he has called it My Foreign Office – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre.

FAMILY HISTORY: Borders Family History Society will be meeting at the Abbey Row Centre on Sunday. Colin Murray’s talk – Small Island, Big World: Border Roots – will cover family histories and their links with Galloway, Kelso and India. Doors open at 2pm – talk starts at 2.30pm. All welcome.

GUILD: The next meeting of the Kelso embroiderers’ guild will be on Tuesday at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre when Lindsay Roberts will talk on spinning.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the League Cup final against Celtic leaves outside the Black Swan at 9.15am. Contact Jim (01573 226240) for ticket details.

FRIENDS OF KELSO LIBRARY: The next talk will be on Wednesday at 2.30pm when Marjorie Gavin will present The Life and Times of Dr John Leyden.

GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Church Guild met in Kelso North Church vestibule for the annual business meeting last Thursday. The secretary’s report and treasurer’s accounts were accepted by the meeting. The president and members of the committee agreed to continue in office. Mrs Maclean outlined ideas for the 2011-2012 meetings of the guild. The final meeting of the session will be held next Thursday in the same venue.

BRIDGE: March 9 – SBU Easter pairs – 1, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 4, Jim and Mary Stone. March10 – Millennium Trophy 13 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, Rena Stewart and Jean Gall; 3, James Tweddle and Ernie Hopkins; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine.

Langholm

Probus club: There was a turnout of 33 at the Probus club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. Bruce Wallace from Canonbie Probus Club was a guest and there were four apologies of absence. President George Turner introduced speaker John Grierson, site director, and Sean Marshall, communications manager, both from Magnox Limited Chapelcross. Following a short introduction by Sean, John began his illustrated talk about the Chapelcross site. He started work at Chapelcross as an apprentice electrician in 1988, going on to become an electrical engineer at Chapelcross and Sellafield. Further experience in the nuclear industry was gained at Berkeley in Gloucestershire and as assistant site director at Bradwell in Essex. John took up his role as site director at Chapelcross in January 2011. He then talked about the history of the site, stating that it was constructed between 1955 and 1959, generating electricity for more than 45 years until it ceased generation in 2004 due to commercial reasons. Chapelcross entered the refuelling and decommissioning phase of the site’s life six years ago. Following a question-and-answer session, Jack Rae gave the speaker a vote of thanks.

Heritage: The town’s Heritage Trail was launched at the Day Centre with a new booklet and DVD, along with interpretation panels. One at where the railway station was, another at the suspension bridge and a third at the tourist office at the Kilngreen. The trail was put together through volunteers and the local Initiative, and the venture was funded by the Heritage lottery fund, Co-Operative, Border Fine Arts and Enesco.

Church: The talk by Hawick historian Ian Landles, along with a silent auction in the Buccleuch Centre, raised more than £1,400 for the church heating fund.

Opera: The amateur operatic and dramatic society opens its production of Oliver in the Buccleuch Centre on Sunday afternoon, then being performed nightly until March 26.

Makerstoun

WRI: At the March meeting members enjoyed an informative talk from Betty and Alison Brown who have been walking and socialising puppies for the Guide Dog Association for 43 years. Betty and Alison were joined by three puppies – Iain, Tommy and Inky. The next meeting is on April 12 when Karen Reid from BIB will speak about the hats and fascinators she designs and makes.

Whist Drive: Makerstoun WRI is hosting a whist drive at the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Melrose

BRIDGE: Ormiston Bridge Club – March 7 – N/S – 1, J. and B. Duncan; 2, J. Muir and M. Thom; 3, B. Birch and K. Lindsay; 4, J. Gall and J. Chalmers; E/W – 1, B. Stevenson and A. Ronald; 2, V. Fairbairn and J. Bunyan; 3, E. Dods and J. Smith; 4, B. and J. Redshaw.

CHURCH: Sunday saw three christenings – Emily Charlotte Aldridge, Sophie Anne Gillie and Saskia Pamela Maria Kennedy, who all received a baptismal candle lit from the church’s Easter candle, signifying new life. Since data protection means that the minister has no information about church members or people in the parish who are in the BGH or Edinburgh hospitals and might like a visit, he would be grateful for information by phone – 01896 822217/823339. The World Day of Prayer offering was £91.83. Sunday’s services – Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am), Wednesday – midweek service and lunch, Thursday – kirk session and board, March 26 – mission conference, 10am -3.30pm, book with Joyce, March 31 – minister’s installation at Linlithgow, coach bookings through Joyce.

Trimontium: The quarterly meetings of the Trimontium and museum trusts welcomed the sight of the Dorothy Marshall Medal in the hands of Walter Elliot who had received it at a presentation ceremony in January from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in the Royal Society building in Edinburgh, in recognition of all his work for archaeology over the years. The trustees also welcomed back chairman John Reid who had managed, on a business trip to Vienna, to see the newly-refurbished site of Carnuntum with which, having given a lecture there on Trimontium, he had now forged a link. Trustees were pleased that Allan Wilson’s book, Roman and Native in the Central Scottish Borders, which they had sponsored as their first academic publication and the most up to date reference work on local ‘finds’, had been published in December 2010. Mr Wilson would be lecturing on it on April 14 in the Corn Exchange. Members had written articles for the National Museums’ forthcoming general publication at the end of 2011, celebrating the centenary of James Curle’s 1911 450-page report on his 1905-1910 excavation at Newstead. Walter Elliot’s second volume on Selkirkshire and the Borders would appear this autumn. Members agreed to seek funding for the commissioning by an experienced and specialist professional artist of a coloured drawing, from a vantage point, of Trimontium fort in its prime.

COFFEE MORNING: The Arthritis Research UK coffee morning held in Melrose Corn Exchange on Saturday raised £526.

Midlem

WRI: The latest meeting featured a talk from Matt Chapman, carbon omissions officer. Competitions – bowl of hyacinth bulbs – 1, Ella Nairn; 2, Annette Craig; 3, Sheena Galloway; small bottle of home-made liqueur – 1, Margot Hastie; 2, Sheena Combe; 3, Annetta Craig. The next meeting is on April 12 is a demonstration – cup cakes with Lorna. Competitions – decorated Easter bonnet and ladies’ corsage.

Morebattle

Guild: Margaret Lees welcomed a good turnout of members to the March meeting and introduced Bill Mackenzie who showed slides and spoke about his trip to Peru. Margaret Blackmore gave the vote of thanks.Arrangements were made for the annual coffee morning to be held on March 26.

Newcastleton

School: Former villager Libby Clegg is training at Loughborough in the lead-up to the Paralympics in London Libby took time off from her training to attend the village school as part of the champions in schools initiative. She worked with P6-7 pupils on healthy eating and goal-setting and worked with some in the gym. Also present was Paul Scott active schools co-ordinator.

Newtown

VILLAGE PLAN: Newtown and Eildon Community Council is seeking villagers’ comments on the plan for Newtown, prepared for Scottish Borders Council by urban design specialist Allan Swan of Bain-Swan Architects in Eyemouth. However, it is important to note that this is only a preliminary proposal. A new village centre in this form will only happen if Swan’s Auction Mart is able to relocate to a new site east of the bypass. Mr Swan’s proposal combines existing buildings in Melbourne Pace and Tweedside Road with a new village square and a large village green on the mart site, as well as 180 new houses and provision for a new health centre. The existing bullring is retained in the new village square. Since the expansion of Newtown was announced in 2005, SBC has stated that the aim is to regenerate the village with more houses, more employment and a new village centre. There will be a formal public consultation later this year when SBC will invite comments on its draft plans for the village centre. But Newtonians don’t have to wait until then. The community council has posted Mr Swan’s plan on village noticeboards and is looking for feedback from residents. And during the next few weeks a newsletter will be distributed throughout Newtown with a questionnaire for people to complete and return. Community councillors would welcome residents’ comments, questions or objections.They can also find out more about the SBC proposals by going online to www.scotborders.gov.uk/news/35088.html

Peebles

TOP CITIZEN: Douglas Wright has been named Tweeddale Citizen of the Year for 2010. He is currently the convener and secretary of the Central Tweeddale Pathways Group, the Peeblesshire member of Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society, chairman of Tweeddale Community Access and Heritage Project, chairman and treasurer of Peebles Guiterbluids Society, and convener of Peebles Old Folks’ Treat Committee. Douglas is also the secretary of Venlaw Community Woodland Management Committee, a member of the Peebles March Riding and Beltane Queen Festival Committee, a member of the management committee for Jubilee Wood and member of Peebles Community Council for almost 28 years, serving as secretary for many years. Douglas was presented with a crafted wooden bowl and a commemorative certificate at a ceremony in the council chambers to mark the occasion.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday a coffee morning will be held in the Eastgate clubrooms from 10am-noon with proceeds going to the Borders Dialysis Unit and on March 26 a further one will be held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

SALE: A table-top sale will take place on May 21 (10am-2pm) at the Burgh Hall. To book a table contact Katharine on 07814 953561.

GIVE IT A GO: The community council, in conjunction with Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, will be hosting a week of activities entitled Give it a Go from May 15-22. Activities include a cycle run, 50-mile cycle race, walking, hill running, putting, and other indoor and outdoor events at venues throughout Peebles.

dinner: Peebles Rugby Club’s annual dinner will take place on May 27.

Selkirk

BLOOD: The blood transfusion service will be holding a donor session in the Victoria Halls on March 27 (10.15am-12.30pm and 2-4pm).

Monday club: At 2pm on March 28, Dr Donald Francis will talk about his work as a chiropractor.

St Boswells

WRI: This month’s meeting was a hospitality evening where members from other rurals were invited to come along, have supper and enjoy a demonstration by Pampered Chef. Competitions – decorated wooden spoon – visitors – 1, Pat Jardine; 2, Anne Stewart; three cheese scones – 1, Christine McBeath; 2, Mrs Crosbie; St Boswells – three cheese scones – 1, Marlyn McCall; 2, Maureen Colebrook; 3, Jean Blackwood. The next meeting is on April 12.

Traquair

SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be held on March 27 at 10am.

Walkerburn

SERVICE: There will be a service of worship in Walkerburn village hall at 10am on Sunday.

Yetholm

MACMILLAN PANCAKE DAY: It may not have been on Shrove Tuesday, but the Youth Hall was the venue for a pancake lunch to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The woman of the Yetholm committee cooked and served pancakes, crepes, savouries and sweets. They donated the materials and James Wauchope the eggs. At the end of the morning £192 had been raised by collection.

VILLAGE LUNCH: There will be a village lunch today in the Wauchope Hall from noon.Proceeds will go towards the British Heart Foundation.

FILM NIGHTS: The first season of film nights in Yetholm concluded with the showing of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. As the evening coincided with World Book Night, free copies of the Jean Brodie book were handed out. The next season will begin on October 8.

ST PATRICK’S DAY: Today is St Patrick’s Day and tomorrow is Red Nose Day, and The Plough Hotel is holding a fundraising evening tomorrow to celebrate both occasions. Proceedings start at 7pm with fancy dress and games, and karaoke at 9pm. Also to be fitted in will be an auction.

AGM: At the Wauchope Hall annual meeting, chairman Jim Cockburn gave an upbeat report. Use of the hall continued to run at high levels and improvements to the kitchen had been carried out. Treasurer Pat Young presented accounts showing a profit, aIthough only one fundraising event had been held. Office bearers remain the same and it is hoped to have a meeting of regular hall users to hear their views.

Cross-Border Club: Next Thursday’s meeting at 12.15pm in the Wauchope Hall will hear a talk by Janet Hume on the work of the Great North Air Ambulance. Members should let the secretary know by Monday if they are unable to attend or are bringing a guest.