District news


SERVICE: There will be a united all-age service, shared with the 42nd Dundee Boys’ Brigade, in a tent at 10am on Sunday at Ancrum Football Club.


WRI: President Molly Marshall welcomed two new members to the March meeting and introduced Julie Lamb, a complementary therapist from Hawick, who gave us a very interesting and enlightening talk about her work with the Lavander Touch. Competition, a lavander bag: 1 Olive Hogg, 2 Sharon McKenzie, 3 Margaret Taylor.


St Mary’s WRI: Members and visitors enjoyed a demonstration in microwave cookery by Sheila Clyne. She also gave useful hints and tips when cooking and showed us a number of useful microwavable goods. The committee served supper and everyone was invited to taste the items Sheila had cooked earlier. Competitions: Most items in a Bluebell matchbox: 1 A Brown, 2 M Maxwell; decorated easter biscuits: 1 I Brown, 2 J Irving, 3 A Brown.


WRI: Mrs Weatherly introduced Lesley Stewart who then gave a talk on dogs for the hard of hearing, the work of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, andf household aids used by the hard of hearing. Competition, cheese scones: 1 Mrs Crosbie, 2 Linda Crosbie, 3 Mrs Ramskir. Next month’s meeting is our guest night with musical entertainment, and a sales table. Competition: three Easter biscuits


PARISH CHURCH : Sunday 27th single Service at 10am followed by the annual stated meeting of the congregation to receive a report on and accept the annual accounts and to elect or re-elect members to the board. The service will be conducted by Rev Julie Woods. If you know of anyone in hospital who would benefit from a visit, or if you think there is something she needs to know about, please let Julie know on 01896 849236. The all-age service at 9.45am and the traditional service at 11am will resume on April 3.


WRI: The March meeting welcomed Amanda Withall, Crookedshaws Pate. Amanda gave a very interesting talk on the history of how Crookedshaws pate came about. Coincidentally the competition was for a ramekin of pate: 1 Rosemary Scott, 2 Claire Thomson, 3 Christine McLain. Eccles had two teams entered at Westruther in the annual carpet bowling competition. Eccles A (Rosemary, Wilma, Pam & Lynn) played four and won two. Eccles B (Kath, Christine, Jessie and Grace) played four and won three, just marginally missing out on the final. Well done to Christine, Lynn and Rosemary for being third with their entries of homemade gift tags in the Swinton Trophy competition. Would those attending the next meeting, Tuesday April 5 the trip out to Hardiesmill Farm please meet at Eccles Village Hall at 7pm.


WRI: The police wildlife officer, Rhuaraidh Hamilton, gave a talk with slides about wildlife crime, local and international. We were quite shocked to hear how some people exploit animals and birds. Competition, British animal photo: 1 Chris Robertson, 2 Annette Fraser, 3 Alma Elliot. The best animal mugs were brought by Isobel Henderson, Annette Fraser and Christine Tucker.


Camera Club: Professional photographer Kenny Martin returned to the club to help demystify the use of flash. Using a camera-mounted flash, he showed how a very effective portrait could be produced with bounce flash and then how a second flash can be added using radio triggers. Next week is the AGM.


Probus Club: Roy Scott from Ancrum gave an extremely informative talk on metal detecting in his own uniquely pawky manner, explaining the law, procedures and equipment. He displayed a table of remarkable items he had unearthed down the Teviot Valley to Cleikum Inn. Oliver Angus gave a vote of thanks.

ROTARY: Patricia Buckley, Chairman of Roxburgh CAB addressed the club’s meeting last week. An interesting question session followed after which Andrew Suddon gave the vote of thanks.

Bridge Club: March 14: Margaret Burgon Quaich for teams of four: 1 P Young, J Beedle, M Tuson, R Witherington, 2 S White J Urquhart, T Witten, L Witten, 3 R Goldie, M McLeod, K AuckLand, E Aitken; March 16: 1 H and M Ouldcott, 2 M Tuson and J Urquhart, 3= P Young and J Beedle and V Jonhstone and P Learmonth.


SERVICE: The service on Sunday is at 11.30 in Innerleithen Church Hall

SPORTSMAN’S DINNER: Vale of Leithen Football Club will hold a sportsman’s dinner on Saturday April 30 in Innerleithen Union Club, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Guest speakers are Frank McAvennie and Eric Davidson. Tickets: Ken Brown on 01896 831393 or speak to any committee member.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The last meeting of the session will be on Wednesday April 13 in Innerleithen Church Hall at 10.30am. There could be an extra meeting during St Ronan’s Games week as it was very popular last year – watch this space.

OPERA TICKETS: Tickets for Innerleithen and District Opera’s spring production of My Fair Lady (March 28-April 2) are now at Graham McGrath, Eastgate, Peebles until tomorrow and in Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, Innerleithen until Friday April 1. To book by phone, calll. 0845 224 1908. The society will sell raffle tickets for the grand prize draw in the Co-op on Saturday 19 March, 10am-2pm.

TWEEDDALE FOLK GROUP: Former members are urged to get in touch with organisers of a reunion concert on Saturday May 7 at St. Ronan’s Primary School. The group. established by Father John Creanor, existed between 1976 and 1984 and enjoyed immense popularity. This one off-reunion concert will feature musical youth groups from the school and local community. Former members are asked to contact Jan Lister at St Ronan’s Primary School on 01896 830349 or email jlister@scotborders.gov.uk for more information.

GAMES APPEAL: St. Ronan’s Border Games committee is launching an appeal for donations to replace four of its sashes for the Standard Bearers’ flag party, which cost £95 each. Anyone who can help is asked to contact the treasurer, Norman Scott, at Forresters, Wells Brae, Innerleithen (01896 830621). Cheques should be made payable to St. Ronan’s Border Games.

BAND CONTEST: St Ronan’s has maintained its position in the second section with a solid performance of Eric Ball’s Resurgam at the 2011 Scottish Championships in Perth, where it came ninth.


Bridge Club: March 7, Easter pairs: 1= B and I Middleton and D and P Palmer, 3 D and D Alkin, 4 M and H Ouldcott, 5 I Middlemiss and M Allan, 6 A and A Ireland

Messy Church: The next Messy Church will be on Saturday at 10.30 in the St John’s Centre in the Pleasance. The theme is Noah and the Flood and we welcome all primary age children accompanied by an adult. Adults can bring any number of children.

St John’s Church: St John’s will again be the venue for choral evensong on Sunday at 6pm. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment. All are most welcome. The spring coffee morning raised £1,240, a tribute to the hard work of Joan Bennet and her dedicated helpers and to the generosity of the people of Jedburgh.

Bridge Club: Results, March 14: N/S: 1 A and A Ireland, 2 J Tait and I Weir, 3 B and I Middleton; E/W: 1 J Portch and R Oates, 2= M and H Ouldcott, and A and R Stewart.

ROTARY CLUB: The last meeting welcomed Bill Wylie as our latest member. Our guest was Herbert Chatters representing Rotary District 1020. He encouraged the club to make as much use of public relations activities as possible and outlined possible ideas for the district magazine. Finally, we had a brief discussion about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster with a view to offering support.


Museum Lectures: Ian Landles gave the first part of his talk on Robert Burns’ Tour of the Borders with his usual flair and few concessions for those who don’t hail from Hawick.

Thursday Group: Matilda Mitchell’s Dogs in Art was a delightful introduction to art history over many centuries, styles and artists. £22.60 was donated to Art in Healthcare. Today Sandra Gann talks about the Campaign for National Parks. Abbey Row Centre. 2pm

Public Meeting: Following up the launch of Kelso’s Townscape Heritage Initiative in the Town Hall on March 26, there will be a public meeting to learn more about the plans for one of its key components, Discover Kelso on Wednesday April 6 at the Abbey, Row Community Centre (room 4) at 7.30pm. Entry by donation. Details: 01573 224753

Rotary: The first phase of crocus planting by the Rotary Club of Kelso has burst into flower. Last year, the club planted 14,000 crocus bulbs along the road from the Junction Pool to Rennie’s Bridge. Thousands have come through, creating vibrant splashes of yellow, white and purple along the western approach to the town. The club hopes to plant another Rotary Rainbow later this year. The bulbs planted in the central section were removed as the council cleared snow into the river during the severe winter but it is to be hoped that the y will find a new lease of life along the river banks between Kelso and Coldstream

farmers market: This will be in the Square on Saturday, 9am-1.30pm

CHAS: A coffee morning and exhibition of Linus quilts will be held in the Abbey Row centre on Saturday 2 April 2, 10-noon.Admission £2.00. All proceeds to Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.


Accordion club: The club ended another enjoyable season with the March meeting in the Royal British Legion. Compere Adam Grant introduced the Steven Carcary trio, with the leader on accordion, Bill Ewens playing piano and Malcolm Ross on drums. Among those who entertained on accordion on stage were Carlisle musicians Newbie Park, Les Hurst, Peter McCormack, David Bell and Billy Bell. Also present was James Lawrie of Gilsland, James Fraser from Dumfries, James Johnstone of Annan, Stuart Adamson of Newcastleton, and the Bon Accords from Claygate, Robin and Deryn Waitt. Ed Parkhouse and Bill Allison from Lochmaben played accordion and fiddle respectively. Among the local players were Roger Dobson and Eric Goodfellow on accordion, Billy Little with his mouth organ and Kieran Johnstone on drums. Thanks to Eleanor McMurdo for supplying sandwiches at meetings over the past few years.

Cooking: The academy home economics teacher Ross Trybis held four evening class sessions for a small group of parents and pupils that worked on dishes including chicken curry, flan and jam Swiss roll.


LEISURE CENTRE: A spring fayre is being held at the centre on Sunday, 10am-2pm. Table-top sale, crafts, childrens’ fun activities. Admission £1 for adults, proceeds towards Leisure Centre funds.


WRI: Kate Grieve, president, welcomed members from Mellerstain and visitors from Westruther and introduced Moira Walsh, who gave a short history of buttons and their uses and showed lots of decorative ways in which buttons could be used. Everyone had the opportunity to try button craft. Supper and a raffle concluded the evening. Angela Jewell, from Westruther, thanked Mellerstain members for their hospitality. Competition, a home made brooch: Mellerstain 1 Annie Jones, 2 Helen Donald, 3 Agnes Hood ; Westruther 1 Edythe Hogg, 2 Clova Reid, 3 Angela Jewell.


Literary Society: The society’s annual general meeting on March15, president Rosemary Morrison said that for the 125th anniversary season, just ended, with more members and more visitors at meetings, the society had collaborated with writers’ and reading groups, and with local schools, whose enthusiasm and enjoyment of reading and writing gave her great hope for the future of literature in the Melrose area. After the election of office-bearers and committee for 2011-12, members enjoyed readings on the subject of celebration. President: Rosemary Morrison; vice-president: Rev Dr Dennis Wood; treasurer: Eric Birnie; secretary: Dr Peter Hoad; minutes secretary: Pamela Gordon; committee: Laing Speirs, Maria McAndrew, Norrie McLeish. For further details about the Society phone 01896 823 852 or email peterhoad@aol.com.

Ormiston Bridge Club: N/S: 1 B Birch and K Lindsay, 2 J Gall and J Chalmers, 3 D Usher and A Merry, 4= M and N Lindsay and B Stevenson and A Ronald. E/W 1 J Muir and M Thom, 2 S McPherson and L Lindsay, 3 D and M Swanson, 4 Q and J McLaren.

Melrose in Bloom: The March meeting decided to enter both the Floral Gateway and Beautiful Scotland competitions this year, A good start has been made with the completion of a new bed of permanent planting at St Dunstan’s, designed and planted by horticuluiral college students. and funded by MiB..Work parties start in earnest in April. Anyone interested, call John on 01896 822758.

PARISH CHURCH: Services were held at Bowden and Melrose. Activities: Today, 2.30pm Guild, Dr R Gordon’s illustrated talk, Melrose and Chinamwali; 7.30pm kirk session and board; Saturday World Mission Conference 10.30am-3.30pm, £5 (register with Joyce); gift aid/WFO envelopes available for the next tax year – a big benefit to the Church, enquiries welcomed; Sunday, 9.30am Bowden Communion; 11am Melrose, morning worship; Thursday March 31, 5.30pm bus leaves Abbey car park for installation at Linlithgow at 7.30pm (independent travellers please let Joyce know, for catering purposes). Please let the minister or office (823339) know of any church or parish member in the BGH or Edinburgh hospitals.

Trimontium: Last week Longridge Towers School, Berwick did the route march from Leaderfoot to Newstead, had lunch in the museum and then followed through the rest of the experience. The next day a dozen museum volunteer supervisors and several SBC museums staff underwent training in the Ormiston in the scientific measurement, of temperature, humidity and light - and the interpretation of the data to understand the effects of these factors on museum artefacts.


WRI: Vice President Mary Beck introduced the speakers, Cathy Crozier and Annette Fraser of Borderland Fabrics in Jedburgh, who talked on quilting. Cathy teaches quilting at Borderland Fabrics. She brought a wonderful range of quilts she had made, featuring patchwork, applique and hand quilting. Annette explained how her business had started and showed pattern books and fabric. Competition, a knitted jacket for a premature baby, to be donated to the BGH: 1 Sheena Graham, 2 Gina Hughes, 3 Ann Reid, 4 Mary Beck. It was announced that Grace Beck had recently been given honorary membership of Minto WRI.


WRI: Eileen Woodward, vice-chairman, introduced PC Alex Warmington who gave a most informative talk on bogus workmen. Mrs. June Bell gave the vote of thanks. Competitions: small pasta salad 1 Janette Stenhouse, 2 Margaret Blackmore, 3 Mary Hall; egg cup: 1 June Bell, 2 Catherine Mabon, 3 Mary Hall. Names were taken for the federation trip to Harrogate, spring rally and the dinner in April.

Morebattle in Bloom: Many thanks to all who supported the coffee morning for funds when £504 was raised for funds.

GUILD: The coffee morning will be in the Institute on Saturday at 10.30am. The AGM will be on Thursday April 7 at 7.30pm.

Village Hall: The village hall AGM will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the hall.


Gaelic in the Borders: A talk by Iain Fraser on Gaelic place names and personal names, will be held by Gaelic in the Borders in Newstead village hall tomorrow at 7.45pm. Iain is an expert on Scottish place names and has worked for the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh. The talk will be in English and everyone is welcome. Fàilte oirbh uile!

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Bowling Club: There is a ploughmans’ supper in the club on Saturday April 2 at 7.30pm. Everybody welcome, for tickets call 01835 822270.

WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed Lorraine Douglas who demonstrated and then helped members to make a selection of marzipan fruits. Elaine Thornton-Nicol gave Lorraine a vote of thanks. Competitions: Individual Cheese Cake: 1 Elizabeth McMillan, 2 Mary Redburn, 3 Elaine Thornton-Nicol; cheese knife: 1 Mary Redburn, 2 Joan Todd, 3 Janette Corcoran. The next meeting is on April 7. New members welcome.


WRI: President Alice Telford welcomed Brenda Lambert from Lavender Touch to give a talk about the good work it does. We were given different oils to smell, which are used in the therapy. Competition, favourite belt.: 1 Sylvia Thompson, 2 Alice Telford, 3 Jackie Pinkerton. Next meeting 20th April


sevens: The circuit starts on Sunday with the Peebles Colts tournament at the Gytes. The first tie kicks off at 1:30pm, and a special hospitality package is available which includes a pre-tournament lunch in the clubrooms with SRU president and former British and Irish Lion Ian McLauchlan as guest speaker. Tickets are available from Neil Hughes or Tom Menzies. Tickets £40 per head.

COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday, a coffee morning will be held in the Eastgate Clubrooms, 10am-noon. Proceeds to MacMillan Cancer Relief.

QUILTS SHOW: A colour quilts collage show by Frieda Oxenham from April 2 to May 28 at the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery will look at her work in the past five years.


SERVICE: There will be a service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday at 10 am


CHURCH: The next service in Walkerburn will be on Sunday April 19. There is a drop-in centre at Walkerburn Rugby Club on Monday mornings, 9-11am. All welcome.


SWRI: Members enjoyed their belated Christmas meal at Kennedy’s when Norma Stuart became an honorary president The latest meeting was a demonstration of felting by Alma Dowle. Betty Fraser proposed the vote of thanks and the competition, a hand written letter was won by Evelyn Horsburgh with Hannah Young second. The raffle was won by Gladys Skeldon.


DANCE: The decision to hold the Borders Shepherds Show fund-raising dance in March paid off. There was an excellent turnout. A great supper was enjoyed and thanks go to the ladies of the committee.

CORNUCOPIA OF READINGS: Posters with this title are on display in the village. There is to be a celebration of readings to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland and the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. This event will take place on Wednesday April 13 in the Wauchope Hall at 7.30pm. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

WHIST DRIVE: A whist drive to raise money for the Wauchope Hallwill be held in the Youth Hall, the regular whist drive venue on April 2 at 7.30pm. Supper will be provided.

KIRK OPEN MEETING: A meeting has been held to discuss plans for the future of the kirk building in Kirk Yetholm, led by Rev Robin McHaffie. About 40 people heard a representative from Duncan Cameron Architects. The church will remain as a place of worship, but probably with other community uses. Much depends on funding and grant applications are under way. The plan to replace the pews with modern seating was debated in the autumn.

CHIPPER VISIT: The Scottish Borders Council chipper is to visit the village on April 1 – not to dispense fast food but to chop up garden refuse! It will be adjacent to Town Yetholm green from 9.30am till 11am and to Kirk Yetholm Green from 11.15am till noon.

ROMANY RAMBLERS: There is a walk on Saturday, details, dairy, page 40

Cross-Border Club: The club meets today at 12.15pm in the Wauchope Hall, Yetholm for lunch and a talk on the work of the Great North Air Ambulance by Janet Hume.