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WRI: At the February meeting Mrs Munro welcomed George Miller, who gave an entertaining talk on his life within the British Legion. Mrs N. Douglas gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – two Valentine jam tarts – 1, Mrs C. Pringle; 2, Mrs R. Sinton; spring or winter scene photograph – 1, Mrs E. Munro; 2, Mrs D. Williamson; 3, Mrs B. Nock. The raffle was won by Mrs D. Williamson. The next meeting, on Wednesday, will feature a demonstration on glass painting (bring along a clear glass article to paint). Competitions – cream of tomato soup and prettiest paperweight.


Whist: There is whist and dominoes in Bedrule Hall on Monday at 7.30pm.

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QUIZ: A quiz in aid of Interest Link Roxburgh will be held at 8.30pm tomorrow at the Horse and Hound.


WRI: Cathy Crosier and Annette Fraser, from Borderland Fabrics, spoke at the February meeting. Cathy gave an insight as to how she started quilting in New Zealand and brought along many of the quilts she had made. Annette explained how her shop came into being and how it benefits quilting clubs in the Borders. Competitions – knitted teddy bear for charity – 1, Joan Turnbull; 2, Elizabeth Bruce; 3, Moira Patterson; photograph captions – 1, Hazel Woodsell; 2, Moira Nicholson.


FUNDRAISING: The Ruberslaw congregation is raising money for the renovation of Denholm Church, with plans for new ventilation and lighting, and the inside of the building painted and recarpeted. An anonymous donation of £10,000 was recently received to boost the fundraising pot.

FAIR: The Denholm May fair and bogie race will take place on May 21. The fair proceeds will go towards the renovation of Denholm Church, and one of the features of the event will be building a replica church with egg boxes. An appeal is now being made for empty egg boxes which can be left at the door of the church.

Church: Sunday’s services – 9.30am, Denholm; 11am, Hobkirk.

Community Council: Members heard last week from Susan Kevan, an access ranger with Scottish Borders Council, who explained her role, including surveys which are undertaken on walking routes. She told the community council that it can claim up to £400 for work on footpaths. The Feuars will replace the two diseased trees which were recently removed from the green. The community council is to donate £50 to the church refurbishment fund. PC Brian Murray said heating oil had been stolen from the Cross Keys Inn in January/February and asked anyone to report any information on suspicious vehicles to the police. The officer is involved with setting up the Denholm internet and police scheme – every household will receive a form to complete which can be posted in the ballot box at the post office.


Parish Church: The women’s group meets tonight at 8pm in the church hall. World Day of Prayer service in the church at 7pm tomorrow night when the congregation will be joined by members of Channelkirk and Lauder, Stow and Heriot. Sunday’s services – all age, 9.45am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.

WRI: There was an informative talk about osteoporosis. Competitions – adult’s hat – 1, A. Greirson; 2, T. Cessford; bowl of bulbs – 1, K. Brownlee. The next meeting is on 1st for bowl of bulbs. Next meeting is on March 17. Competitions – three Empire biscuits and an Easter card.

BLOOD: Two blood donors were presented with silver awards for 25 donations at the donor session held in Earlston. Awards went to Mirren Crombie-Smith and Esther Farquhar. A total of 84 people attended – including three first-timers – and 71 donations made.

Camera Club: Members met last Wednesday when Helen McDonald talked about her year-long trip from London to Sydney overland with a group of 28 people from all walks of life. She showed many images up to, and including, Iran. Members look forward to seeing the remainder of her journey at a later date. Competition – holidays –projected images – 1, Raymond Johnston; 2, Alan Drummond; 3, Curtis Welsh; prints – 1, Bob Thomson; 2, Anjela Jewell; 3, Sue Wilson. Next meeting is on March 16 – Helen Pugh-Cook and Brian Sutherland studio night on flash. Competition – portrait.


COMMITTEE: Edgerston village hall committee will meet on March 15 at 7.30pm.


WRI: A talk on the benefits of hypnotherapy was given at the latest meeting by Andrew Glendinning. Competitions – Valentine verse – 1, Anne Davies; 2, Dawn Balmer; 3, Alison Blackadder; three drop scones – 1, Marjory Tennant; 2, Alison Blackadder; 3, Dawn Balmer. This month’s meeting has been changed from Wednesday to Thursday when guest Kate Brown’s subject will be wine tasting. Competitions – three canapes (Miss McGowan Trophy) and prettiest wine glass.


Bingo: Fountainhall village hall hosts a bingo night at 7.30pm tomorrow in aid of hall renovation. 


ROTARY: The club’s enthusiasm and fundraising for Calls for Heroes was praised at the President’s Night on Saturday when 90 attended, including partners of Rotarians, Inner Wheel members and visiting Rotarians. Among the visitors was a party from Carluke Rotary Club which has set up the Calls for Heroes charity. Martin Speck, who leads the project for Carluke, spoke of the need for soldiers in Afghanistan to have access to extra cards to buy time on satellite phones as the Taleban can access mobile phone signals and locate their position. They allow soldiers to speak to their partners, children and other family members. In total, £11,000 has been raised so far, including £1,500 from Galashiels and District Rotary Club. Martin was presented with the proceeds of Saturday’s raffle, £750, and £100 from Galashiels Inner Wheel. Children from St Peter’s School raised £32 after hearing of the efforts of an earlier generation at the school who raised money to buy cigarettes to send to soldiers in the Second World War.

PROBUS: President John Platt welcomed a former colleague from Hawick High School, Gerald Adams, who spoke on “The Australian Floods 2011 - a personal experience”. He painted a dramatic picture of the deteriorating weather conditions which began in December 2010, culminating in a mini-tornado battering the Sunshine Coast around Brisbane on January 7. More than 25,000 houses and businesses were destroyed. Australian income tax has been raised to cover some of the costs, but it will be a few years before the region returns to normal. Members meet next Thursday at 10.30am in the George & Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose.

STUDIO CLUB: There were two guest speakers at the club meeting last Thursday. Carol Norris, a local artist, and her friend, photographer Anne Gray from Hawick, gave a talk on image and archetype, how the artist should see the world around him or her. With the help of photographs and photocopies, members were led through a cornucopia of images which ranged from patterns in lichen to pictures from the Hubble telescope. The next meeting is today in St Paul’s Church hall at 2pm when Margaret Currie will lead a craft workshop.

Camera Club: A well-attended meeting ensured a lively discussion on the make-up of next season’s syllabus. Members meet again for the club competition, Differential Focus, on Wednesday.


CHURCH: On the first Sunday of each month Greenlaw Church welcomes a guest preacher and this Sunday it is the Reverend Veronica Walker. The service begins at 9.45am.


ROTARY: At last week’s meeting president Billy McWatters reported that, along with past president Scott Elliot, he had attended Galashiels Rotary Club President’s night. Speaker Callum Sutherland, a student at Glasgow University and son of club member Ron Sutherland, explained how, along with 15 other students, he had visited Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania on a research trip. His remit was agriculture and he worked with farmers and native workers to investigate their farming and production industry. He found the people exceptionally friendly, but life was harsh.

PROBUS: Ian Crook, now resident in Denholm, gave a presentation on the work of The Waverley Route Heritage Association, a group of volunteers and benefactors currently reconstructing the section of the Waverley Route between Whitrope and Riccarton.

Bridge Club: February 21 – N/S – 1 (equal), P. Gilligan and M. Millar, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 3, P. Young and J. Beedle; E/W – 1, S. White and J. Urquhart; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 3, E. Tait and J. Veitch February 23 – 1, D. Usher and I. Wyze; 2 (equal), H. and M. Ouldcott, P. Young and J. Beedle; 4, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart. A president’s party night was held at the Heart of Hawick which included an informal bridge context which resulted – N/S – P. Gilligan and D. Usher; E/W – M. Dooley and J. Urquhart.

Camera Club: The 5th monthly competition, entitled Close-Up, was held last week with Geoff Harrison of the Galashiels club as judge. Results – projected digital images – 1, Black on Red by Bernie Gajos; 2, Pieres Napi (butterfly) by Dennis Laing; 3, Toadstools by Matthew Ladd; mounted prints – 1, Gannet by John Peters; 2 and 3, Hedgerow Tiger and Gentoo Penguin, both by Dennis Laing. Next Thursday’s meeting will be 10 images per member. Last year’s winners are reminded to return trophies for engraving.


SERVICE: A service of worship will be held at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church hall on Sunday, followed by a light lunch.

AUCTION: St Ronan’s primary school PTA will hold a favour auction in the function hall of Innerleithen Union Club tomorrow at 7pm. Lots include a driving lesson, car service, round of golf and the loan of a Hibs season ticket for a game against Hearts. Children are welcome and there will be games and supervision for them.

JUMBLE WANTED: St Ronan’s primary school PTA is taking part in a fundraising recycling project and is appealing for bags of clothing, blankets, sheets, curtains, shoes, belts, handbags and soft toys to be delivered to the school reception by Wednesday. The PTA gets 50p per kilo and all funds raised benefit the pupils at St Ronan’s. The school is also collecting Sainsbury’s and Tesco vouchers.

COFFEE MORNING: Innerleithen Playgroup is holding a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday in the Vale Club from 10am-noon. Raffle prizes include a four-ball golf match at Cardrona, lunch for two at the Cringletie Hotel and tea for two at The Tontine.

OPERA: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will perform My Fair Lady from March 28-April 2 in the Memorial Hall. Call 0845 224 1908 for tickets and more information.


Bridge Club: February 21 – N/S – 1, M. Forsyth and D. Wilson; 2, A. and A. Ireland; 3 (equal), M. Purdie and O. Whillans, J. Tait and I. Weir; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, M. and H. Ouldcott; 3, B. and I. Middleton.

Rotary: President Ken Fotheringham welcomed Derek Phillips, an American Civil War re-enactor. In his role as Captain Wilcox of the 95th New York Volunteers, he entertained with a vivid and lively account of the events of 1862-63 in the war leading up to the battle of Gettysburg. Bob Burnside was winner of the the club draw.


THURSDAY GROUP: The Reverend Tom McDonald spoke of his seven weeks’ sabbatical at the Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong, West Bengal. Today, Di Higham relives her seven years on Tiree – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre.

MUSEUM LECTURES: The second in the March series will be given by Danny Dutton on the Scotland’s Rural Past Project on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Abbey Row Centre.

ABBEY QUILTERS: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre. Members will be making a pincushion and there will be a choice of three patterns. Further details, including materials required, from Caroline Morrell on 01289 301803 or 01289 331116.

BRIDGE CLUB: February 23 – Rose Bowl 7 – N/S – 1, John Hayton and Lee Leeson; 2, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 3, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; E/W – 1, Ian and Elizabeth Ross; 2, Jean McLaren and Colin McGrath; 3, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson. February 24 – Millennium Trophy 12 – N/S – 1, Donald Swanson and Avril Ronald; 2, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 3, Jean Gall and Rena Stewart; E/W – 1, Robert Hutchinson and Archie Stewart; 2, Ken Ross and Brian Saywood; 3, John and Marian Miller.

RANGERS FANS: Names required for Sunday’s St Mirren and March 17’s PSV games. Contact Jim on 01573 226240.

GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Guild president Barbara Maclean welcomed members to last Thursday’s meeting. The theme for the evening was the Mission Aviation Fellowship whose mercy planes work in many areas of the world. Christie Wallace, representing the fellowship, told of its work and thanked the guild for its support. Next Thursday’s gathering is the annual business meeting with a sales table.


Family fun: There was a free fun evening at the community centre for families. The event was organised by Paula Hinds who works for Dumfries and Galloway Council community learning and development service. The evening was to help families get to know the work of the service and how it can help learning needs. There was a music workshop, arts and crafts stall where children enjoyed decorating small cakes then eating them. There was also a healthy eating advice stall and families could also take the opportunity of a free photo shoot.

Probus: President George Turner welcomed 28 members to the Probus club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. No speaker was present and after club business had been completed, various discussions took place. At the next meeting there will be a speaker from Chapelcross.

Fundraiser: Ian Landles from Hawick gave an illustrated talk called The Borders at the Buccleuch Centre. This was followed by a silent auction for a wide variety of items, and the money raised went to the parish church heating fund.


DRAMA: Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society is holding its annual production in the Public Hall from Wednesday until March 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Mace shop or by telephoning Gail Miller on 01578 722885.


WRI: Members enjoyed an informal Burns supper followed by their prizegiving. The rose bowl for first prize was won by Alison Easson. Second prize was awarded to Jessie Cunningham and third to Kim Bone. The next meeting is on Tuesday when Betty and Alison Brown will talk about their work for Guide Dogs for the Blind. They will be accompanied by one of their puppies.


LITERARY SOCIETY: Professor Douglas Gifford from Glasgow University last week suggested that VisitScotland should use the narrative poems of Sir Walter Scott to promote areas such as the Borders and Trossachs. He analysed much of Scott’s verse – including The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Marmion and The Lady of the Lake – describing them as the country’s treasure trove. The last meeting of this winter’s programme will be on March 15 when members and guests are being invited to read from some of their favourite books on the theme of celebrations. The society has been celebrating 125 years of existence and the evening will include the annual general meeting.

CHURCH: Activities – Life & Work and the church magazine available for distribution; tomorrow, World Day of Prayer, Melrose Parish Church chapel, 2.30pm; Saturday, Age Scotland coffee morning, Corn Exchange, 10am; Fairtrade Fortnight coffee morning, Trinity Centre, 10am; Sunday’s services, Bowden (9.30am), Melrose (11am).

Trimontium: A class from Philiphaugh Community School were the first youngsters this year to try the Leaderfoot-Newstead route march. The museum was not officially open for the English schools’ half-term holiday, but some people did drift in and were made welcome. Arrangements for pre-season walks and school visits were begun.

Music Workshop: Members of the Eildon Singers and other Borders choirs enjoyed an exhausting but inspiring afternoon and evening on Saturday in Edinburgh where 263 choristers from all over Scotland (and Alnwick) met, under the auspices of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, to practise and then perform Handel’s Zadock the Priest and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.

ROTARY: Rotarians were invited by Melrose primary school to talk about Purple Pinkie, which educates children on the worldwide campaign to vaccinate children against polio.Youngsters have their pinkies dyed purple to signify that they had received their polio vaccination. Through the generosity of the pupils, parents and staff, the Rotary club will be able to purchase more than 1,200 polio vaccinations. The club also held a collection in Melrose on Saturday and decided that all proceeds would go to help the people of South Island in New Zealand following the earthquake – £425 was raised.


FUNDRAISER: Friday night at Braidwood Sporting Clays was an inspiring and enjoyable occasion when Marie Curie and Scottish Mountain Rescue joined forces to raise funds. Shelagh Ross, from Marie Curie, and Stuart Fuller-Shapcott, of the Borders Search and Rescue Unit, arranged the evening where more than 60 people heard about the work of Marie Curie from nurse Mark Downie and were given an insight into challenges faced by Scottish Mountain Rescuers. The evening raised £1,030.


Guild: Bill Mackenzie will talk about children of Peru at today’s meeting. A World Day of Prayer service will be held in Yetholm Church tomorrow at 7pm.

Coffee Morning: Morebattle in Bloom’s coffee morning will be held in the institute from 10.30am on March 12.


COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Sergeant Eddie Kelly told community councillors that police cover for the villages is now provided from Selkirk and Hawick. He outlined concerns which included theft of domestic heating oil, and diesel stolen from vehicles and yards. He also warned about doorstep crime, such as bogus workmen who target vulnerable householders. Police are introducing the Nominated Neighbour scheme. Guest speaker Elaine Torrance, Scottish Borders Council’s head of service for social care and health, gave a brief outline of the range of services provided by the social work department. Describing the community payback scheme, Ms Torrance confirmed there would be opportunities for community councils to request assistance with local projects. On the thorny problem of parking in Newtown, Scottish Borders councillor Vicky Davidson said more staff are car-sharing, which will reduce the pressure on spaces. However, commuinity council vice-chair Roger French stressed that shortage of parking must be recognised as SBC plans to move more staff to Newtown. Council secretary Raymond du Bois has received complaints about the amount of grit deposited in Newtown over the winter. People are concerned that deep drifts of gravel make pavements hazardous for pedestrians and painful for dogs. Scottish Borders Council is to be asked to clear excessive grit which is said to make the roads dangerous for people on two wheels and even threatens to block drains. Villagers have also complained about dog dirt, especially as the snow has cleared, and litter which is particularly bad around village car parks. Ms Perry reported on the recent wing committee meeting, which had attracted a huge attendance due to rumours about the playgroup being evicted. A solution has been found which guarantees that the wing and playgroup continue at least for another year. However, more people are urgently needed to assist with running the community wing and finding ways to increase the income of this facility. The next meeting of the community council is on March 29 in the community wing at 7pm.


Pilates: A new pilates class starts tomorrow, 9.30-10.30am, in Oxnam Hall. To book a place contact Karen on 07813 859365.

Burns Supper: A Burns supper was held in Oxnam Hall, resulting in £600 being split between Oxnam Kirk and the hall.

QUILT SHOW: Oxnam Quilters are staging their fourth biannual quilt show in Oxnam village hall on April 30 (10am-4pm), May 1 (noon-4pm) and May 2 (10am-3pm). A hand-made quilt is first prize in the raffle, the proceeds from which will be equally divided between the Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh and local cancer charity The Lavender Touch.


PUBLIC CONSULTATION: A public consultation detailing six options for a second Tweed crossing in Peebles will be held at the Eastgate Theatre on March 30 and 31.

QUIZ NIGHT: A quiz night in aid of Peebles Cricket Club will take place at the Eastgate Clubrooms tomorrow at 7.30pm.

LADIES’ NIGHT: March 12 sees a ladies’ night at the Eastgate Clubrooms on behalf of the Peebles Rugby Club Irish tour fund.

COFFEE MORNING: The Gutterbluids Society will be holding a coffee morning in the Eastgate Clubrooms from 10am-noon on March 12.


SERVICE: Selkirk Council of Churches is holding an informal ecumenical service in Selkirk Parish Church hall tomorrow at 2pm to mark the World Day of Prayer.

MRS BURNS: A large turnout of members and guests enjoyed a Mrs Burns Night at the latest meeting of Selkirk Women’s Unionist Association’s Wednesday Club. The haggis, carried by Kate Easson, was piped in by Andrew Bunyan. Margaret Inglis delivered the address to the haggis and following the Selkirk Grace, given by Eileen Easton, members were served a traditional supper of haggis, tatties and neeps, followed by Selkirk Bannock and shortbread. A witty toast to The Laddies was given by Edith Scott, followed by a humorous tale about Tam O’ Shanter’s long-suffering wife, Kate, recited by Elaine Dunipace. Musical entertainment was provided by Sandra Sandilands and the Fiddlin Chiks. The next meeting is on Wednesday and features a novelty cake demonstration by Robert Whitton.

Monday Club: Janet Mitchell will present members with a quiz with photographs at 2pm on March 14.


SERVICE: The next service of worship at Traquair Kirk will be on March 13 at 10am.


SERVICE: There will a service of worship in Walkerburn village hall on March 20 at 10am.


WRI: Results from the annual whist drive – ladies – 1, Jemima Irving; 2, Margaret Thomson; 3, Greta Hislop; consolation – Margaret Robinson; gents – 1, Frances Scott; 2, Valerie Barrie; 3, Stewart Runciman; consolation – Ella Gardiner. Nancy Wilson won the award for longest sitter and the hostess prize went to Linda Bradshaw.


FILM NIGHT: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is this Saturday’s film at the Wauchope Hall. On buying a ticket members of the audience qualify for a special copy of the book. Doors open at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7pm.

WHIST DRIVE: The next Youth Hall whist is on Tuesday, starting at 7pm.

PAVILION: The state of the Playing Field pavilion still causes concern and this was on the agenda at a meeting of Yetholm Community Council. Money has been and will continue to be spent on running electrical and plumbing repairs. However, more long-term improvements are required and the council is considering its options and looking at grants Attending the meeting were representatives of Yetholm Football Club. They expressed concern at the poor facilities and for their part undertook to ensure that the building is kept in a tidier state. Both parties hope to work together for the future benefit of the building.

PUB QUIZZES: The Plough has issued a list of dates and causes set to benefit from pub quizzes – March 16, Macmillan Cancer Care; March 30, primary school allotments; April 13, air ambulance; April 27, Yetholm Festival Week.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning has been planned by the village’s Macmillan Cancer Care committee. Entitled Pancake Monday, it will be held in the Youth Hall from 10.30am-1pm on Monday and sweet or savoury pancakes will be available.

CHURCH PROJECT: An open meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the kirk.There will be a presentation on upgrading and plans for flexible use, and a discussion on wider uses for the building.