District news


WRI: At the March meeting, Mrs Munro welcomed Sheila Marshall, who gave an informative demonstration on glass painting. A few members took part in this. Competitions – cream of tomato soup – 1, J. Butler; 2, B. Nock; 3, R. Sinton; 4, S. Subiotto; prettiest paperweight – 1, R. Sinton; 2, D. Williamson; 3, J. Hodges; 4, J. Butler. The next meeting is on Wednesday. Competitions – 2lb cherry cake (Fete Cup) and placemat (any craft).


COFFEE MORNING: Borders Vintage Agricultural Club is holding its annual coffee morning in Darnick village hall on Saturday, 10am-noon. This year the club is supporting Macmillan nurses in their 100th year.


LUNCHES: Lenten lunches are being held in Denholm Church Hall tomorrow and next Friday between noon and 1.15 pm.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all ages, 9.45am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods who can be contacted on 01896 849236.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Members meet tonight in the church hall at 8pm for a talk on red squirrels in Scotland.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Members enjoyed a talk by Helen McDonald on her trip to Australia, which will be followed up in a few weeks’ time by a visual presentation of the journey. Competition – a powder bowl – winners, Miss Brownlie, Mrs McKay and Mrs Campbell. At Wednesday’s meeting the competition will be for a jewellery box.

KARATE: Martin’s classes will be on as normal during the April holiday – 6-7pm, juniors; 7-8pm, intermediate/seniors.

Camera Club: Members met last Wednesday when Curtis and Helen gave a talk on their visit to Venice. Competition – portrait – projected images – 1, Jackie Cummings; 2, Helen McDonald; 3, Irene Falconer; prints – 1 and 2, Irene Falconer; 3, Helen McDonald. The annual outing will be on the Waverley Steamer on July 3. Information and booking from 01896 849613. Winner of the camera on community day was Colin Macfarlane. The AGM is on Wednesday in the police post.


SHOW: Edgerston Show committee will meet to discuss the show schedule for 2011 on April 19 at 7.30pm.

GAMES NIGHT: A fun games night, including New Age Kurling, will take place in the village hall tomorrow at 7pm – all ages welcome. Pie and beans/peas provided.

LUNCH: A ladies’ Sunday lunch will be served on April 17 – contact Christine (01835 840246) or Linda (01835 862914) for tickets.


WRI: A wine tasting evening was held at the last meeting by Kate Brown of Pieroth Wines. Competitions – prettiest wine glass – 1, Margaret Cumming; 2, Marjory Tennant; 3, Anne Davies; three canapes – 1, Anne Davies (who also won the Miss McGowan Trophy); 2, Roseanne Dias. Sybil Bunyan will teach line dancing at the next meeting on Wednesday when competitions will be best-dressed line dancer and a decorated boiled egg. Visitors are welcome to attend.


ROTARY CLUB: MND Scotland, the charity which supports people affected by motor neurone disease, will get a donation of £500 following the annual lunch.

Camera Club: The penultimate meeting of the season saw a reasonable turnout for the club’s AGM. Outgoing chairman Ian Oliver was thanked for his five years’ work. His final chairman’s report painted a picture of an active club with a growing membership. Ian was succeeded by Dave Ritchie. The club’s annual outing will be to Holy Island and details will be posted on www.galacameraclub.co.uk.

BLOOD: The mobile blood donor unit will be at the Volunteer Hall on Sunday (10am-12.30pm and 2-4pm) and Monday (2.15-4.15pm and 5.30-7.30pm).

MEMORIAL TRUST: Application forms for consideration of a bursary from the Gail Wilson Memorial Trust for students at, or those just about to leave, Galashiels Academy can be had from the rector, Mr K. MacKay; the academy’s sixth-year adviser, Fiona Wilson, Langlee Mains, Galashiels TD1 2NZ; or trust secretary Shelley Foster, 54 Honeylees Drive, Tweedbank TD1 3SD. Completed forms should be returned no later than May 1. Any student unsure of whether or not they qualify should ask Mr MacKay or phone Fiona (01896 756308) or Shelley (01896 758372).


PROBUS CLUB: Jim Shanks gave a talk on the complexities of cheese-making. Jim and his family run the dairy farm of Standhill, near Minto, where 90 per cent of milk goes to retail and the remainder to cheese production, a family tradition. Products are sold through private shops and farmers’ markets. Jim brought a selection of his range for members to sample.

Camera Club: The annual Border Digital Challenge Competition took place in Hawick High School lecture theatre with 14 clubs taking part. Judge was Richard Bingham, from Edinburgh, while the chairman and master of ceremonies for the event was Ian Oliver of the Galashiels club. Result – 1, Hexham; 2, Morpeth; 3, Dumfries.

Film and Video Group: The 48th annual Border Inter-Club Competition saw entries from Carlisle, Kelso and Hawick camcorder clubs. Scott Renwick, originator of the annual competition, introduced this year’s chairman, John Brooks of Kelso, who randomly drew the running order of entries.First to be screened was a Hawick entry, Badgers of Bellwood by Henry Gray, with Carlisle’s The First Believers, featuring Castlerigg Standing Stones near Keswick, next.Whitrope, by the Hawick team of Jim Law and Scott Renwick, documented the reopening ceremony organised by the Waverley Route Heritage Association on the old railway station at Whitrope last July by Michael Moore MP and local railway campaigner Madge Elliot.Next to be shown was also a Hawick entry, The Ringleader by Harry Stoddart – a fantasy story where the toy characters come to life and plan a raid on the fridge when the adults are out of the house. Cinque Terre, by Carlisle member Bill McClintock, was a travelogue through five of the picturesque villages along the Italian Mediterranean coastline, and the final film to be screened was Kelso’s The Falkirk Wheel, about the boat-lifting machine on the Clyde and Union canals. This film was voted by the audience to be the winning entry. The annual general meeting is on Tuesday.


COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Border Games will hold its annual coffee morning in the Vale Club on Saturday from 10am to noon.

MY FAIR LADY: The final curtain fell on Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society’s spring production of My Fair Lady on Saturday. The show ran for a week in the Memorial Hall, playing to excellent houses. At the end of the run, long service awards were made to nine society members – with a total of 315 years of service between them – Helen Gault (10 years), Dougal Barber (20), Tom Mills (20), Angela Barber (25), Adrianne Robb (35), John Small (40), Colin Watt (45), Ella Muir (50), Nettie Simm (50) and Bob Heaney (60). The society’s annual meeting will be held on April 20 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. There is a proposal to amend the society’s constitution – further information is available from Esther Gilchrist on 01896 830611.

CONCERTS: Former members of Tweeddale Folk Group are getting together with Father John Creanor to present a one-off reunion concert on May 7 in St Ronan’s Primary School at 7.30pm. Also appearing will be local youth choir E-Notes, both of St Ronan’s Primary School’s choirs and the school’s guitar groups. Tickets are on sale from Tweeddale Thirft Shop, High Street, or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to St Ronan’s Primary School, St Ronan’s Road, Innerleithen EH44 6PB. Make cheques payable to St Ronan’s Primary School. St Ronan’s Silver Band is presenting a concert with the choir InChorus on May 20 and 21 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale from John Adam’s Bakery, Innerleithen, or Graham McGrath’s in Peebles. They can also be ordered by sending a stamped addressed envelope to St Ronan’s Silver Band, 21 Miller Street, Innerleithen EH44 6QR. State Friday or Saturday and area or balcony seats, and make cheques payable to St Ronan’s Silver Band. Phone 01896 831721 for further details.

SERVICE: There will be a morning worship service in Innerleithen Church hall at 11.30am on Sunday.


Rotary Club: There was a number of guests at the latest meeting. Adam Borwick, a member of the Selkirk club, is also an assistant governor and spoke about district matters. Head boy and girl from Jedburgh Grammar School, Luke Fulcher and Catherine Hynd, accompanied by depute rector Joan Farrell, spoke of the school’s charitable activities and also about their personal ambitions. They were shown the Centenary Quaich on which their names are engraved along with those of their predecessors as head boy and girl, and were presented with gifts from the club. The president’s dinner had raised £311 for the Homeless World Cup.

Bridge Club: March 28 – N/S – 1, B. and I. Middleton; 2, M. Forsyth and P. Harris; 3, R. Oates and S. West; E/W – 1, D. and A. Wilson; 2, M. and H. Ouldcott; 3, A. and R. Stewart.

Karen’s Project: The annual coffee morning to raise funds for Malawi projects through MSP Karen Gillon (nee Turnbull) realised more than £1,500. Jedburgh will be mentioned on a plaque acknowledging this achievement. Altogether £8,000 was needed to supply a kitchen and feeding centre in a school where currently nothing is provided – and it was expected to take three years, but the total has been achieved in 18 months. The project is known as Mary’s Meals, providing food for youngsters all over Africa and further afield.

AGM: At the annual meeting of Scotland’s Garden Scheme, Monteviot House Gardens, Jedburgh, was presented with a plaque to commemorate 50 years of opening under the scheme. Funds raised under the scheme go to charitable organisations such as the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Perennial. Susan Elliot represented The Marquis and Marchioness of Lothian at the event.


Thursday Group: Sandra Gann made a welcome return visit and spoke about the history and current activities of the Campaign for National Parks – £26.50 was donated. Today, Sheila Yates will describe being at Oberammergau in Bavaria when members meet in the Abbey Row Community Centre at 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: March 30 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Jean Gall and Jeanette Chalmers; 3, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 2, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Ian Watson and Jack Moffat.

DEMONSTRATION: Kelso Horticultural Society is hosting a cake decorating demonstration with an Easter theme by Robert Whitten in the Town Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday.


Whist Drive: Members hosted a whist drive in the village hall. Results – ladies – 1, Samara Giles; 2, May Tinlin; 3, Greta Middlemiss; booby prize, Phylis Thomson; gents – 1, Ella Young; 2, Christine Gibson; 3, Sheena Nelson; booby prize, George Gibson; longest sit overall, Margaret Aberdein.


CHURCH: It was a sunny Mothering Sunday at Bowden and Melrose, where three girls were christened – Harriet Ada Bryce, Catriona Elizabeth McCurdy and Megan Beth Paterson.They each received a candle lit from the church’s Easter candle. Activities – members were thanked for supporting the installation at St Michael’s, Linlithgow, on Thursday; Sunday’s services, Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); April 14, AGM, 7.30pm, including an illustrated talk on the minister’s visit to Malawi and South Africa; May 29, church centenary service (choir volunteers invited to serve); let the minister know of members or parish residents in hospitals

Trimontium: Members of the trust who have been attending an archaeology class in the Lothians during the winter wondered if people in the group would like to come to Melrose, have a look at the museum and undertake the Trimontium Walk before the 2011 season really took off – and the suggestion was well received. On Saturday a dozen enthusiasts, after taking in the museum, spent a sunny afternoon on what was the first Trimontium Walk of the season, under the guidance of Bill Watson. The next walk is today (and every Thursday after that) which is itself followed by the first spring lecture, entitled Roman retirees and colonists, given by D. Gordon at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange. The museum, after opening on Monday (until October 30, seven days per week) was yesterday due to receive, on loan from the National Museums of Scotland, the original decorated leather horse-face harness found by James Curle in 1910. It will be interesting to compare it with the replica made by Brian Stobbs for the trust, enclosed in a case on the south wall of the museum.

HMS Pinafore: Scarcely had the cheers died away as The Sorcerer closed at the Corn Exchange on Saturday when the call went out for recruits to the crew of HMS Pinafore, which is Melrose Amateur Operatic Society’s spring 2012 production.

PARENT COUNCIL: Melrose Primary School parent council welcomed Borders education director Glenn Rodger to a meeting when he gave an update on the management of education budgets for schools in 2011/2012 and answered questions from those present. The parent council is holding a quiz/curry and disco night on April 23 at the Corn Exchange to raise money for school trips. A top prize of £50 is up for grabs and the event starts at 7pm. Tickets are available from Butterfly, High Street.


Guild: The guild coffee morning raised £750.

Coffee Morning: A coffee morning for hall funds will be held the village hall on Saturday from 10.30am.


COMMUNITY COUNCIL: David Cressey, Scottish Borders Council’s head of housing and community justice, and Billy Birse, manager for unpaid work, gave members a presentation on the Community Payback scheme which allows offenders to make reparation through unpaid work on projects of community value. Offenders of all ages and backgrounds carry out work ranging from clearing snow to building steps, preparing play areas and maintaining paths. Council secretary Raymond du Bois noted that excessive grit deposited on roads and pavements in the village has largely been swept up, in response to a request made last month. Members are to consider how Newtown can participate in the Big Lunch being organised nationally by the Eden Project for June 5. SBC councillor Kenneth Gunn reported that settling the financial dispute between the local authority and Scottish Borders Housing Association clears the way for closer co-operation between the two organisations, which he hopes will be helpful for resolving issues in Newtown where in the past it has not always been clear where responsibility lay. Councillor Gunn also announced that he will hold a series of surgeries where residents can raise issues, including SBC and housing association matters. The surgeries will be advertised on the community council noticeboards. Community councillor Olive Beavon told the meeting that village resident Ian Renton is trying to find the silver cups which used to be presented at the boys’ sevens tournament. Anyone who can help trace them should contact any community councillor. The next meeting of the community council will be on April 26 in the community wing at 7pm.


BLOOD: The blood transfusion service has apologised for the technical hitch which delayed the start of the donor session held in the Victoria Halls on March 27. In spite of this, 151 volunteers offered to give blood and 133 donations were given. There were 14 new donors.


SERVICE: The service on Sunday in Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.


SERVICE: The next church service in Walkerburn will be in the village hall at 10am on April 17.


WHIST DRIVE: The Youth Hall will host a whist drive on Tuesday from 7pm.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Michael and Margaret Rustad are regulars at village events, but as Michael is Norwegian they spend part of each year there where they have a farm. Margaret attended a meeting of the Wednesday Club to deliver a talk entitled A year on a farm in Norway.

AGM: The Youth Hall annual meeting will be held at 7.30pm on April 18 in the hall.

WALL REPAIRS: The Playing Field wall is to be improved. Thanks to voluntary help much of the section which was in the poorest condition has been demolished. Scottish Borders Council has allocated funds for rebuilding and this will take place shortly.

ROMANY HOUSE: This property was originally built as a home for the village doctor and incorporated the surgery. Apart from that use, it has been a hotel, council-run old people’s home and private house. Now plans are afoot to convert part of it into self-catering facilities and to improve the conservatory area. Yetholm Community Council has backed the plan which had been highlighted by Scottish Borders Council for community councillors’ comments.