District News


60s/70s night: The village hall will stage a 60s/70s night on September 22, with live music from The Rag Tag Band and The Humble Scribes. Tickets are available from The Pantry, Ancrum’s village store. Proceeds will benefit the BGH Margaret Kerr appeal and village hall funds.


ST MARY’S WRI: The annual meeting will be held on September 18 in Cappercleuch Hall. Competitions – single rose and a jar of jelly.


Badminton Club: The new session starts on September 10 at 8pm in Earlston High School games hall. New members welcome - must be 16 years plus.

CHESS: The chess club begins on September 10 in the police community post, 7pm.

PARISH CHURCH: The autumn fair is on the morning of September 8 in the church hall. Donations can be handed in the previous day at 7pm. The morning service on September 9 will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.

WOMEN’S GROUP: The opening meeting on September 13 will be a coffee evening in the church hall with a speaker from the Margaret Kerr unit appeal. Proceeds from a cake and candy stall will go to the charity.


SHOW: The horticultural show will take place on September 8 at the village hall. For further information or to request a schedule, contact Kath Chapman (01835 864974).


DISCO: A fundraising disco for Ettrick and Yarrow churches will be held in Kirkhope Hall on September 15. Tickets from Alison (01750 52263).


blood donor session: Awards – bronze (10 donations) – Sarah Wright, Mandy Falconer, Lesley Robertson, Eileen Miller, Nichola Gammie, Anne-Marie Hetrick; silver (25) – Lorna Watson, Philip Carter, Janette Smith, Linda Norrie, Mark Birtwistle; silver gilt (50) – Andrew Chambers, Linda Paton, Lynne Boyle, Steven Hume; paperweight (75) – Iain Campbell, John Cowe.


AGM: Laidlaw Memorial Pool AGM will be held in the facility on the morning of September 15. Jedforest Swimming Club is looking for volunteers to help on a Tuesday evening – c.ontact Diane Palmer on 01835 863955 for further information.


COFFEE MORNING: The annual Macmillan coffee morning was held at Plenderleith Court when a group of hard-working residents raised £1,236. All prizes were donated by residents, their relatives, friends and staff.

FLOWER SHOW: Kelso Horticultural Society flower show results – gardens – front – 1, Mr I. Paterson, 77 Queens Croft; 2, Mr R. Thomson, 12 The Tofts; 3, Mr and Mrs R. Darling, 8 Springwood Terrace; highly commended, Mrs M. Nisbet, 5 Queens Croft; commended, Mr R. Skeldon, 26 Broomlea; patio – 1, Anne Scott, 17 Pinnaclehill Park; 2, Mr and Mrs E. Smith, 37 Abbotseat; 3, Mr and Mrs J. Utterson, Linden Bank, Maxwell Lane; highly commended, Mr M. Campbell, 4 Cappers Court; commended, Mr T. Liddle, 5 Station Road. Summer show – most points in flower section, Jean Wood; three vases of sweet peas, Tom Atherton; three vases of herbaceous blooms, Maurice Wear; most points in rose section, William Bowie; three vases of dahlias, Maurice Wear; six single gladioli, Bill Sowman; most points in pot plants section, Jean Wood; Sprouston Sweet Pea Trophy, Jimmy Colledge; most points in vegetable classes, Jim Kirkness; collection of potatoes, Jim Kirkness; most points in floral art section, Edith Watson; most outstanding exhibit in floral art section, Gail Watson; chocolate cola cake, Margaret Colledge; most points in baking section, Joan Duncan; most points in industrial section, Joan Duncan; best exhibit in junior section, 5-10 years, Robyn Little; best exhibit in junior section, 11-16 years, Jasmin Little. Best exhibit cash prize winners – flower section, lain Paterson; vegetable section, lan Stocks; floral art section, Gail Watson; preserves and other produce section, Jane Bell; baking section, Margaret Colledge; handicrafts section, A. Campbell.


Musical afternoon: The Accordion and Fiddle Club held an afternoon of music in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. Adam Grant was compere and introduced more than 20 musicians. On accordion were Janet Graham, Glasgow; Rachel Oliver, Bonchester; James Lawrie, Gilsland; Tony Dalton, Lochmaben; James Fraser, Dumfries; James Johnstone, Annan; Les Hurst, Newbie Park and David Bell, all from Carlisle; Robin and Deryn Waitt from Claygate. Locals Eric Good fellow and Roger Dobson also played accordion, and Billy Little was on the mouthorgan. Having turns on the piano were Derek Hamilton (Earlston) and Mark McDougal (Newcastleton). On drums were Ali Mark, East Kilbride; Ian Riddle, Hawick; and local player Robert Willens. The fiddlers were Carol Dobson, Newcastleton; Ian Wood, Northumberland; Roddy Matthew, Hexham.

Fundraiser: Dalarran nursing home held a table-top sale and coffee morning in the Masonic clubrooms in aid of the residents’ fund.


Maxton Meets: A new programme of Maxton Meets starts on September 10 when Julian Goodacre, Peebles bagpipe maker, will give a talk entitled “Bagpipes beyond the Borders” in the village hall at 7.30pm.


WRI: The first meeting of the new session starts on September11 at 7.30pm with a demonstration of sweeties by Christine and Margaret. Competitions – four pieces of Swiss milk tablet and a pretty thimble.


WRI: Members meet after the summer break with a scrapbook demonstration by Wendy Underhill in the institute at 7.15pm on September 12. Competitions – home-made bookmark and a pen.


Cafe: The next library cafe will be on September 12 in the village hall.


BLOOD DONOR SESSION: Awards – bronze (10 donations) – Karen Marshall, David Wells, Sharon Wilson, Richard Nash, Elizabeth Hudson; silver (25) – Ian Thorburn, William Bell; silver gilt (50) – Jacqueline Haston.


CAMERA CLUB: The topic for the session on September 12 will be “Know your Camera” when Chris Morrison will explain some basic camera functions and techniques. Information about the club can be found at www.selkirkcc.blogspot.co.uk, emailing selkirkcameraclub@gmail.com or contacting June Morrison (01835 823561).


DANCING: Stow old-time dance season starts on September 8 at 7.30pm. Dances are now on the second Saturday of the month.


WRI: The new season starts on September 11 in the hall with a talk on the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Competition for the evening – hand-knitted 6in square on DK which will be made into a blanket for charity.