District News, September 1

Jane Currie, of Denholm, centre, is presented with a certificate for completing her charity abseil from Constable Tower at Bamburgh Castle by Suzie Elliot, chairman of the Borders branch of Riding for the Disabled Association. On the right is Irene Jones, branch treasurer. About 40 people took the challenge up, including Paraolympian Liz Stone. Jane raised more than �700 and ' by pure chance ' the RAF gave an impromptu helicopter fly-past as the presentation was being made!
Jane Currie, of Denholm, centre, is presented with a certificate for completing her charity abseil from Constable Tower at Bamburgh Castle by Suzie Elliot, chairman of the Borders branch of Riding for the Disabled Association. On the right is Irene Jones, branch treasurer. About 40 people took the challenge up, including Paraolympian Liz Stone. Jane raised more than �700 and ' by pure chance ' the RAF gave an impromptu helicopter fly-past as the presentation was being made!
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Ashkirk

VILLAGE HALL DATES: Keep-fit classes from Tuesday, 1-2pm; Scottish country dance classes from September 14, 2-3.30pm; dog training classes every Thursday, 6.30-9pm (contact number for dog training classes – 07706 530373).

Jane Harkness, of Earlston, with son Cameron, receives a 32in HD television from Bob Holdstock, general manager of the Co-operative NGT home furnishings store in Selkirk. She won the Co-operative members' draw and the presentation was made at the members' anniversary celebrations night

Jane Harkness, of Earlston, with son Cameron, receives a 32in HD television from Bob Holdstock, general manager of the Co-operative NGT home furnishings store in Selkirk. She won the Co-operative members' draw and the presentation was made at the members' anniversary celebrations night

Cappercleuch

FUN DAY: The fun day at St Mary’s Loch raised more than £1,000 for the village hall. Organisers are grateful to Tibbie Shiel’s Inn for the use of the field, Glen cafe for sponsoring the barbecue, Margery Curwen for the donation of original paintings, T. & R. Keddie and others for raffle prizes, community book donors and everyone who baked, put up gazebos and manned stalls and games.

Denholm

Church: More than 100 people attended the commemorative Dr John Leyden event in Denholm Church on Sunday. Throughout this week an exhibition on the life and work of Dr Leyden is open each day in the church 2-4pm. On Sunday there will be a united service at Denholm at 10am, with themes taken from the life of Dr Leyden. As part of the Scottish Borders Walking Festival, the minister will be conducting a service at the summit of Ruberslaw at 2.45pm on Sunday. September 11 services will take place at Minto (9.30am) and Hobkirk (11am). The Ruberslaw board meets on September 13 at 7pm in the church hall, with the 1st Denholm Boys’ Brigade resuming regular meetings at 6pm two days later. Teas will be served in the church hall for Denholm Annual Show, starting at 2.30pm this Saturday. The following day sees the Rulewater Show in Bonchester Bridge (2.30pm).

Maggie and Quin Dunlop, of Melrose in Bloom (MiB), with judge Neil Cummings, of Floors Castle plant centre, in front of the hotels and restaurants winner, Marmions Brasserie.'Other results in the MiB competition were ' hotels and restaurants ' 2, King's Arms Hotel; 3 (equal), Burts Hotel and The Town House. Other businesses ' 1, Braidwood B&B; 2, Melrose Caravan Park; 3, Maid By Marion. Gardens ' 1, Mrs Q. Park;2, Mrs J. Hibbs. 'Chairman John Miller awarded the chairman's prize to The Ship Inn for the annual riot of colour the business plants. Borders Horticultural College won a meritorious award for the help given to MiB with the larger projects.'MiB's next event is the recording in Melrose of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time on October 31.

Maggie and Quin Dunlop, of Melrose in Bloom (MiB), with judge Neil Cummings, of Floors Castle plant centre, in front of the hotels and restaurants winner, Marmions Brasserie.'Other results in the MiB competition were ' hotels and restaurants ' 2, King's Arms Hotel; 3 (equal), Burts Hotel and The Town House. Other businesses ' 1, Braidwood B&B; 2, Melrose Caravan Park; 3, Maid By Marion. Gardens ' 1, Mrs Q. Park;2, Mrs J. Hibbs. 'Chairman John Miller awarded the chairman's prize to The Ship Inn for the annual riot of colour the business plants. Borders Horticultural College won a meritorious award for the help given to MiB with the larger projects.'MiB's next event is the recording in Melrose of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time on October 31.

Earlston

CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all age, 9.45am; traditional, 11am. The autumn fair is on September 17 and donations can be handed in the previous day from 7 to 8pm at the church hall. Used stamps can be handed in to the church for the World Mission Stamp Appeal.

Fountainhall

bgh cash: The village hall coffee evening in aid of Borders General Hospital’s special carebaby unit raised £1,180.07. The organisers are grateful to Jimmy and Graeme Sinclair, of Crookston, who donated money realised at a blackface open day from their stockjudging competition to the same cause.

Galashiels

PROBUS CLUB: The first meeting following the summer recess will be held next Thursday in the Kingsknowes Hotel at 10am when Adrian Service will give a talk on forensic investigation. New members are always welcome. Further details can be obtained from secretary Jim Stewart on 01896 850565.

INFO HUB LOTTERY: Borders 50/50 Lottery winning ticket drawn on Sunday – 212. Tickets for next week’s lottery are available from the Info Hub, Salmon, Quins, Auld Mill, Ladhope and Nobles (fishmongers).

Hawick

ROTARY: President Liz Wood welcomed two district representatives at last week’s Rotary Club meeting in the Buccleuch Hotel. Adam Borwick, assistant governor, and Douglas Forsyth, new clubs formation officer, both of Selkirk Rotary Club, spoke on club progression with particular emphasis on increased membership and retention of members.

Innerleithen

FLOWER SHOW: Innerleithen flower show will take place on Sunday in the Memorial Hall at 2pm. Items for the event should be handed in to the Memorial Hall on Saturday evening or before 10am on Sunday.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The next meeting of Innerleithen and District Community Council will take place on Monday at 7.15pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall.

SALE: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group will hold a car boot sale on September 11, 2-4pm, in the Co-op car park. To book a place or for further information, contact Dorothy McKie on 01896 830703.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The Countdown Club will resume for the new session on September 14 at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church Hall.

MUSICAL FUN DAY: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a musical fun day on September 17 in and around the Memorial Hall from 10am. Phone 01896 830577 or email admin@idaos.org.uk for more information.

FUN RUN: St Ronan’s Border Games committee is organising a fun run to be held on September 18. Entrants leave from Hall Street at 10am, going to Walkerburn and back along the side of the Tweed – a distance of about four miles. Sponsor forms are available from the Whistlestop Café, St Ronan’s Primary School or by phoning 01896 870316. This is open to all ages, but children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All sponsorship money will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2012.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Innerleithen Civic Association committee members and volunteers will carry out a door-to-door collection in aid of the 2011 Christmas lights fund between September 19- 24. Also in aid of the lights fund, a coffee morning will be held in the Vale Club on November 19. This year’s lights switch-on date is December 11.

BRIGADOON: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Brigadoon from March 26-31. Rehearsals begin on September 28 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.15pm. New members welcome, particularly men. Phone 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.

CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band is to perform a concert in Innerleithen Parish Church on September 24, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at Adam’s Bakery, and Robb’s KeyStore,n Peebles or by phoning 01896 831721.

SERVICE: There will be a rededication and celebration service in Innerleithen Church on Sunday at 10.30am following the completion of the external refurbishment of the church building.

Jedburgh

Memorial Pool: The Friends of the Pool, set up after the facility was threatened with closure, are meeting on Tuesday at 6pm in the pool cafe. Anyone interested is welcome. Jedforest Swimming Club meets on a Tuesday at 6pm – contact the pool on 01835 863430 for further information.

Rotary Club: District governor Keith Best visited the last meeting. He commended the club for its fundraising and charitable activities, and was particularly pleased to learn that the club is sponsoring the production of a talking book for the blind because this is an area in which he is interested and involved. Recently he and a Rotary team completed the Three Peaks Challenge (Ben Nevis, Helvellyn and Snowdon) to raise money for SightSavers. In other business members learned that fundraising for the new dialysis unit at BGH has been closed and that the local Rotary clubs had raised £50,000 to add to the total.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm district.

Kelso

FLOWER SHOW: Results from Kelso Horticultural Society’s flower show on Saturday – most points in flower section, Jean Wood; three vases of sweet peas, lan Jackson; three vases of herbaceous blooms, Maurice Wear; most points in rose section, J. Dalgleish; three vases of dahlias, Maurice Wear; most points in pot plants section, Drew Wood; most points in vegetable classes, Jim Kirkness; collection of potatoes, Jim Kirkness; most points in floral art section, Gail Watson; most outstanding exhibit in floral art section, Gail Watson; yoghurt and poppy seed cake, Sarah Blacklock; most points in baking section, Linda Thomson; most points in industrial section, Linda Thomson; best exhibit in junior section (five-10 years), Samantha Dagg.

BRIDGE CLUB: August 24 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Jean Gall and Jeanette Chalmers; 2, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 3, David Harris-Burland and Ruth Mackay; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Ian and Eliz Ross; 3, Jack Moffat and Ian Watson. August 25 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Jean Gall; 2, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 3, Donald Swanson and Avril Ronald.

ROTARY: A history of Kelso in the 20th century was presented to members through the eyes of two generations of the Innes family. The photographic record captured by Hector, and his father before him, showed the development of the town through the good times and via the privations of the Second World War.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm district.

YOGA: In Abbey Row Community Centre – classes start on Tuesday. For details, phone Anne Macnaughton on 01835 822557.

Langholm

Garden awards: Westerhall head gardener Grant Moir judged the gardens in the town, accompanied by Bonnie Langholm committee members Val Ewens and Lesley McCartney. Isobel McVittie, of Holm Cottage, was judged to have the best garden, with John and Maureen Hogg, of Holmwood Drive, best container garden winners. Best street/area – Greenbank Court; seniors cup – Willie and Isa Friell, Ardill Road; best business premises – The Douglas Hotel; best food-growing project, Billy Murray, of Alma Place; brightening up the old tennis courts, Playcare.

Expedition: Two Scouts from the town have been to Kenya to help renovate a small school and improve the children’s lives. Katrina Edmond and Stuart Stables were among 40 Scouts and leaders from south-west Scotland who took part in the two-week expedition. The Scouts raised funds for the trip and were given donations towards the cost of materials.

Lauder

Church: Last Sunday’s evening service in Channekirk, led by visitors from St John’s Church in Galashiels and supported by the Lauderdale choir, resulted in £73 being donated to the church charity, Borders Young Carers. The manse telephone number will be changed once it is re-connected, but anyone requiring to contact the minister, Jamie Griggs, should do so via the session clerk (722848). As the church moves into autumn activities, the following groups become active – the Sunday service creche in Lauder at 11.30am, prayer group on Thursdays at 1pm in the church centre, art class resuming today in the church centre, Sunday club meeting in Lauder from 11.20am and youth group/double numbers on Mondays from 7pm. Contact Debbie Clark (722007) for details.

Melrose

CHURCH: Eleanor Charlotte Priestley was christened at Sunday’s service at Bowden Kirk amid family and friends. Activities – September Life & Work and church magazine available for distribution; Saturday, Sheila Millar’s nine-mile walk for Leprosy Mission (822819); Sunday’s services, 9.30am (Bowden) and 11am (Melrose); September 23, Chinese cookery and winetasting (fundraiser for Bethlehem and Al Sharooq).

TRIMONTIUM: Trimontium had two good walks led by Ian Brown last week – Thursday’s attracting 15 participants. Thursday evening saw the quarterly meeting of the Trimontium Trust and Trimontium Museum Trust, and a review of how the season and the work of the volunteers was faring. The annual reports had gone to Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator and the gift aid submission would be worked on next. Fundraising was ongoing, led by the chairman, Dr John Reid, towards the commissioning of a professional illustration, from an elevated point, of the fort and its environs covering the area from the Tweed bridge at Leaderfoot to the Eildons. It was hoped to arrange a lecture by the artist next year. Progress was reported on the contribution by members to the forthcoming National Museums’ book celebrating James Curle’s 1911 report and the trust visit to Hidden Rome in October, led by Professor Keppie. The storage problems of a small museum were ongoing as was the need to take good care of the late Dr Bill Lonie’s papers, in conjunction with the Melrose Historical Association of which he had been president.

FLOWER SHOW: Melrose flower show will be held in the parish church hall on Weirhill on September 10. Doors open at 2pm, with the presentation of prizes at 4pm. Schedules are available from Melrose library. Late entries to Yvonne on 01896 822774.

Midlem

FLOWER SHOW: Flowers – a dahlia, J. McKay; clematis flower on saucer, R. Dunlop; vase of mixed flowering shrubs, S. Ross; four roses floribunda, T. Hunter; vase of sweet peas of mixed colours, L. and D. Bell; two roses, T. Hunter; vase of sweet peas of one colour, W. Young; four roses hybrid teas, J. Raine; three herbaceous spikes, G. B. Scott; four spikes phlox, C. and L. Robertson; six asters, B. Pflug; four heads pansies, G. Dalton; vase mixed perennials, C. Hay; vase antirrhinum, B. Pflug; flower arrangement in cup and saucer, C. Hay; tallest sunflower, M. Power; any pot plant foliage, I. and T. Cotter; any pot plant flower, J. McKay; geranium, G. B. Scott. Vegetables – basket of home produce, C. Hay; cucumber, G. Dalton; three onions, B. Pflug; three tomatoes, R. Dunlop; cabbage, Camilla and Jane; six pods of broad beans, I. and T. Cotter; five pea pods, Camilla and Jane; leek, S. McGurk; selection of herbs, T. Hunter; three beetroot , J. Harrison; lettuce, I. and T. Cotter; six onion sets, A. Scott; three carrots, I. and T. Cotter; six pods of runner beans, I. and T. Cotter; three courgettes, R. Dunlop; collection of five unspecified vegetables, A. Scott; five potatoes, I. and T. Cotter. Children’s section – painted stone, Freya McIllwraith; wild flowers in a vase (six years and under), Hannah Francis; animal made with flowers and vegetables, Hannah Francis; edible necklace, Freya Harrison; piece of traybake on a plate, Sam McKinnon; pencil drawing of a house to include flower/tree, Hannah Francis. Industrial – Victoria Sandwich (decorated), S. McKinnon; jar of home-made jam, Camilla and Jane; three scones (plain), I. and T. Cotter; loaf of bread (oven baked), Camilla and Jane; loaf of bread (machine baked), J. Raine; four shortbread fingers, I. and T. Cotter; jar of marmalade, J. Forbes-Walker; four meringue shells, T. Hunter; snapshot of local landmark, S. Scott; Border tart (iced), I. and T. Cotter. The day finished off with a barbecue cooked by Tom Cotter.

Morebattle

COFFEE MORNING: The sum of £925 was raised at the diabetic coffee morning. Competition winners – teddy bear, June Bell; decorated cake, Margaret Gibson; whisky, Janette Stenhouse; sweets, Kenny Wishart; box of groceries, Hazel Laidlaw.

WRI: Morebattle WRI resumes after the summer break on September 14 with a visitors’ night and talk on Scotland in Bloom. Competitions – floral photograph (6 x 4) and a paperweight.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm district.

Oxton

FLOWER SHOW: Oxton Flower Show will be held in the Memorial Hall on September 10. Schedules are available in Oxton shop and Lauder fruit shop. Entries should be staged from 8 to 10am, with the show opening from 2 to 4.30pm.

Peebles

CYCLE RACE: The Tour of Britain cycle race begins in Peebles on September 11.

MEETING: Sixty members of the public attended a meeting at the Burgh Hall to hear health chiefs’ plans to turn Hay Lodge into an integrated health hub.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: David Swan, of the rugby club, is looking into the idea of having a lunch club. Any members who would be interested in being part of such a venture should contact either David or Gerard Bony at the club for more details.

RUGBY TRAINING: Training for the Piranhas will continue on Sundays at Peebles High School, 10-11.15am. New players welcome and children wishing to take part should turn up or consult the minis section of the club website for more details.

FESTIVAL: Peebles Arts Festival runs until Sunday. Full details are available on the festival website – www.peeblesartsfestival.org

FLORAL ART: Peebles Floral Arts Club will host an afternoon session as part of the Peebles Arts Festival tomorrow at Kingsland High School. The club will also have a stand at the Burgh Hall the following day.

EXHIBITION: Buildings and Booty, an exhibition looking at local history through architecture and treasures, runs in the Chambers room of the Tweeddale Museum until March 19 next year.

Stichill

WRI: The first meeting of the new session will be held in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Sue Winters will demonstrate no hands massage. Competitions – individual mushroom quiche and favourite shoes worn on the night . Members should bring a £5 deposit for the 85th birthday dinner in October.

Traquair

SERVICE: The next service in Traquair kirk will be on September 11 at 10am.

Walkerburn

SERVICE: The next service of worship in Walkerburn village hall will be on September 18 at 10am.

Yarrowford

WRI: The first meeting of the season will be held in the hall on September 13 at 7.30pm. This will feature a cookery demonstration and the competition for the evening is for two muffins.

Yetholm

ARCHERY: Yetholm Upland Roving Archers archery club meets on Saturday, 3-5pm, in the village playing fields. For further information ring Ian on 01573 420703.

GYMKHANA: The gymkhana held in the Venchen Haugh saw horses start to arrive just after 8am and the action lasted well into the afternoon, with more participants than ever, from a wide area. Local and national charities will benefit from the proceeds.

SHEPHERDS’ SHOW: The schedule for the 148th show, to be held on October 1, is available at the usual village outlets. Entries close next Friday and must be lodged with show secretary Mrs S. Little,The New House, Upper Chatto, Hownam TD5 8AN.

CELEBRATION: A social evening was held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ministry of Robin McHaffie in Yetholm, Morebattle, Hownam and Linton. Session clerk Bill Thomson hosted the evening in Morebattle institute. There was a presentation to the minister and his wife, Hazel. Throughout the evening a DVD was played showing many aspects of Kirk life, including the BBC’s Songs of Praise filmed in the parishes several years ago.