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On behalf of Broomlands Primary School Parent Council, I would like to thank everyone who attended and was involved in some way or another in making our annual Christmas fair on December 2 a huge success.

Having missed out on our Christmas fair last year due to the bad weather, our small team pulled out all the stops this year to make it a success – and another success it proved to be.

We tried a few new things and held it on a Friday evening instead of a Saturday morning, which appears to have been favourable.

We received many donations for our Christmas raffle and stalls from parents, supporters and businesses from within and around the Kelso area, as well as further afield – far too many to mention individually – but every single one was very much appreciated by the parent council, the school and all the pupils, especially in these difficult economic times.

Our Christmas fair is one of our main fundraising events which help us get those extra things for the benefit of the children. However, its success can only be achieved by the help and generosity of our numerous supporters and helpers.

Irene McKenzie

(chairperson, Broomlands Primary School Parent Council)

Through your newspaper, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic WRVS volunteers who unselfishly give up their time driving for our Borders community transport project.

This project provides some 2,000 transport journeys a month (across the region) for the elderly in the community for a range of things such as appointments, social activities and shopping. We also have a number of drivers who drive for our social centres in Kelso, Jedburgh and Yetholm/Morebattle, lunch clubs and volunteers who assist in our office.

Through the power of volunteering we are able to provide excellent services for the elderly in the community, ensuring that they can live at home as independently for as long as possible.

WRVS are always looking for new volunteers and if you have a New Year resolution to help the elderly in your community or have a few spare hours a month to help, then please get in touch on 01835 864789 or email margaret.urquhart@wrvs.org.uk

Margaret Urquhart

(WRVS local services manager)

On behalf of the committee of Hawick and Denholm branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, I would like to thank all those who helped to make our collection at Tesco stores on December 2 such a success.

We collected £429.41 on the day and without all the help from our collectors and donors, such a success would be impossible.

Eighty per cent of all that we collect is spent on saving lives, both inshore and at sea. The crews of our lifeboats are all volunteers and they do appreciate the generosity of those supporters who live quite a distance from the sea.

Giles Passmore

(flag week convener)

The Loaning

Denholm

Earlston Paths Group would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for them to be awarded Earlston Citizen(s) of Year 2011.

By voting for us, you must enjoy walking the local footpaths, and this makes all the work carried out during the last six years – improving and extending existing paths and forming new paths – well worthwhile.

It is good to be appreciated and as a group we go forward with confidence, knowing that we do have your support.

Earlston Paths Group Committee

On December 14, P2 from Howdenburn Primary School went to Millfield Day Centre to perform their nativity, The Little Robin, for the old folk.

The visit was almost cancelled because of the cold and windy weather.

However, Munro’s of Jedburgh kindly provided a bus to transport the children – at short notice and free of charge. The children and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Munro’s for an act of true Christmas spirit in difficult times.

Steven Strother

(P2 class teacher)

On behalf of staff and cadets at 1716 Rox Sqd ATC, we would like to thank everyone who attended the parade night at Kelso Tait Hall on December 7.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the local traders in Kelso who so generously donated fantastic raffle prizes.

Both the raffle and cake stall raised the magnificent sum of £279.60 which will go towards cadet funds for the coming year.

John Chrispin

(chairman, civilian committee, 1716 Rox Sqd)