District news


DRAMA: Denholm Drama Group will present three one-act plays at Bedrule village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Phone 01450 870506 for more information.

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

WRI: President Molly Marshall, after welcoming members and visitors to this month’s meeting, introduced Pat Law from Hawick who showed how to make a gent’s wedding butonhole. Working along with her, members appreciated just how much work went into this skill. The buttonholes were then judged by Pat, – 1, Phyllis Levell; 2, Ann Reid; 3, Olive Hogg.


WRI: For this month’s meeting members welcomed visitors from Coldstream, Yetholm, Maxwellheugh and Stichhill WRIs to an evening of Call My Bluff, where teams had to decide which panel member gave the right definition of various words. Competition – thank-you card – 1, Helen Quarrie; 2, Moira Nicholson; 3, Hazel Woodsell. Visitors’ competition – humorous postcard – 1, Kathy Wilkie (Stichill); 2, Sadie Witson (Maxwellheugh).


WRI: The April meeting was opened by president Mrs Weatherly who welcomed guests from six other rurals in the area. Members were entertained by the Elliot family who had the audience singing along with them. They were joined by Paul Capaldie on the accordion.Supper was provided by Darnick ladies. The next meeting is the summer outing to Anwick.


MINTO WRI: President Sheila Marshall welcomed members and visitors from neighbouring rurals to the April meeting before they enjoyed a talk and demonstration by Marlyn McCall on wartime cookery. Food rationing began in 1940 and did not end until June 1954. Ms McCall showed the amounts of different foodstuffs which made up a weekly ration. She then demonstrated several wartime dishes. There was a wartime quiz at the end of the demonstration and the company were able to taste the dishes. Sheila Marshall gave the vote of thanks. Members’ competition for Atholl cakes (made from a wartime recipe) – 1, Jean Amos; 2, Margaret Armstrong; 3, Zilla Oddy; 4, Sheena Oswald. Visitors’ competition for an old cook book – 1, Ann Pennington.

RALLY: Hawick and District Guilds together will hold a spring rally in the church hall on Tuesday at 7pm. Speaker will be the Reverend Bill Taylor.

SALE: Denholm Feuars’ and Householders’ Council will hold the next car boot sale on the Green on May 8.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – at 9.45am and 11am – both will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.

WOMEN’s GROUP: Members meet next Thursday in the church (because of the election) at 8pm for a talk on hand-made cottage dolls by Irene McFadzen.

Karate: Tomorrow’s karate classes will not be held.

COFFEE MORNING: Earlston Bowling Club is holding a coffee morning at Hanover House on Saturday, 10am-noon.


WRI: Members enjoyed an entertaining and informative evening when procurator fiscal Graham Fraser gave a talk about his work. The competition winners for a knitted cake were – 1, Sheila Campbell; 2, Amelia Leslie; 3, Gail Chandler. The best egg cups were brought by Gail Chandler, Margaret Linton and Margaret Jeary.


ROTARY: Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland and local MP, spoke at the club meeting last week, paying tribute to work done by Rotary before going on to tell members about his role in the coalition government. He has been very much involved in promoting Scottish business as part of plans for business recovery. Examples in the Borders are cashmere in Hawick, optical cables in Selkirk and coathangers in Jedburgh, as well as agriculture and fishing. Also made in Scotland are batteries as a spin-off from atomic energy, heavy engineering plant and high-quality optical glass for use in submarines.


AGM: Hawick and Denholm branch of the RNLI held their AGM when the following were elected – patron, Sir Chay Blyth; president, Earl of Minto; chairman, Andrew Suddon; vice-chairman, Giles Passmore; secretary, Sheena Haire; treasurer, Roy Veitch; committee – Elizabeth Beeby, Louie Dunnet, Shirley Passmore, Barbara Paterson and Vera Suddon. The chairman reported a successful year when £2,982 was raised. Sadly, the branch lost a great member in December with the death of Mary Pollitt. Volunteers are always required and it would only involve two hours per year at Flag Week – anyone interested should contact any committee member.

ROTARY: President Billy McWatters welcomed members to last week’s meeting in the Buccleuch Hotel and reported on his attendance at the Langholm President’s Night dance. Speaker Liz Hayes of Mounthooly, Jedburgh, gave an account of the two years she spent in Zambia during the early 1980s when her husband had a contract at a copper mine in and she taught at the firm’s school. She brought along and displayed various samples of native handicrafts and ornaments which she brought back with her.


Towford WRI: After the cancellation of the evening demonstrator, a business meeting took place. Competition – wedge of quiche – 1, Frances Armstrong; 2, Kate Gallon. The whist night will take place on May 24 at 7.30pm in Hownam Hall. The next WRI meeting will be on Tuesday.


CONCERT: Scocha are appearing at the Memorial Hall on Saturday in a concert organised by Innerleithen Music Festival. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Scotlight, Innerleithen High Street, the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles (01721 725777), online at www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org, or on the door. The concert will open with a support slot from young Peebles group The Dirty Beggars. There’ll be a bar and more information is available from Robin Dempsey on 01721 729949.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum’ where residents are invited to raise local issues.

GAMES COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on Wednesday at 7pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road.

INTRODUCTION NIGHT: The St Ronan’s Standard Bearer for 2011 will be introduced to the public next Friday in the Memorial Hall at 8pm. The town bands will play outside the hall from 7pm. Following the introduction ceremony, Innerleithen Pipe Band will lead the principals and townsfolk around the town.

BALL: St Ronan’s Standard Bearer’s Ball will be held on July 9 in the St Ronan’s Marquee.Tickets will be on sale on May 21 from 8am at Foresters, Wells Brae, Innerleithen.

SAINTS AND SINGERS CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band will present a concert with the choir InChorus on May 21 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The Friday concert that was previously planned has been cancelled. However, tickets can be exchanged for the new date or a refund given. Tickets are on sale from John Adam’s Bakery in Innerleithen or Graham McGrath’s in Peebles. Tickets can also be ordered by sending a stamped addressed envelope to St Ronan’s Silver Band, 21 Miller Street, Innerleithen EH44 6QR. Make cheques payable to St Ronan’s Silver Band. Phone 01896 831721 for further enquiries.

CHURCH: Morning worship at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church Hall on Sunday.


DRY BAR: See Yetholm district news.


SAFETY PANEL: There will be a public meeting on May 31 at 6.30pm in the Ace Centre, Golf Course Road, to discuss the reformation of Kelso Community Safety Panel. This will be an informative evening to explain what the panel does, to recruit members and for anyone to put forward ideas for the panel to develop.

Thursday Group: Alex McCue described his time in the RAF at the atomic bomb testing sites in Australia and on Christmas Island. He said those involved had virtually no protection and he spoke movingly of the few still alive and their struggle

to obtain compensation. Today is the last meeting of the current season and the autumn syllabus will be available – Abbey Row Centre, 2pm.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Motherwell game leaves Kelso at 8.45am. Contact Jim on 01573 226240 for ticket details.

BRIDGE CLUB: April 20 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, David Harris-Burland and Ruth Mackay; 2, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; 3 (equal), Ian Watson and Jack Moffat, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jan Muir and Val Fairbairn; April 21 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, David and Pam Palmer; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; E/W – 1, Alex Jeffrey and Myra Thomson; 2, Alison Darling and Rena Stewart; 3, Nancy Porter and Jeanette Adams.

HEART: Organisers were pleased with the way a Kelso meeting on heart medicine went last week, but disappointed by the turnout of people. The open question-and-answer session in the town’s Abbey Row Centre was organised by the Kelso and district committee of the British Heart Foundation. A panel consisting of Dr Rob Cutting, pharmacist Hilary Evans-Turner and nurse Dena Walsh spoke about the different medicines to tackle heart disease and answered questions relating to them. The charity is holding a training day at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso, on Wednesday for people who work or volunteer in healthcare or community groups on how to use its award-winning Healthy Hearts kit which teaches people about how the heart works, risks to it and how to look after it. More information from Tiffany Giddings on 02075 540396 or giddingst@bhf.org.uk

DRY BAR: See Yetholm district news.


Clean-up: The Bonnie Langholm committee-organised spring clean took place in fine weather when a small band of volunteers gathered on the Kilngreen. After arranging their various clean-up points they set off, armed with gloves and plastic bags, around the town to tackle the areas in need of a good tidy. They included such places as the Lodge walks, Duchess’s Bridge to Scholars’ field, Kilngreen to the rugby club, High Mill Bridge, Easton’s walk, Murtholm, Skippers Bridge and the Copshaw road. The committee is grateful to everyone who attended and those who did not make it on the day, but have committed to cleaning projects at various times, including the Scouts who were involved a few days’ earlier.


SPRING FAYRE: The Holy Trinity Church spring fair will take place at the Corn Exchange on May 7, 10am-noon. On the same morning the Right Reverend Brian Smith, Bishop of Edinburgh, will be leading a walk from Melrose to Abbotsford.

CHURCH: Bowden and Melrose enjoyed glorious weather for the well-attended Sunday morning services. Holy Week had had a series of services since Palm Sunday. The first three morning ‘reflections’ were each followed by a Jim Marshall mini-recital on the organ, with coffee afterwards. Melrose Primary 4 presented an enthusiastic Passion Story in action, words and song on Maundy Thursday morning. There are hopes of a repeat performance. A communion service followed on the Thursday evening and the Good Friday service ended, as ever, starkly, without benediction and with worshippers leaving the church in silence. Activities – today, 2.30pm, guild invitation tea with Harmony Music Group; Sunday’s services, Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am; May 7, Holy Trinity spring fair, Corn Exchange, 10am; May 8, 7.30pm, Eildon Singers in a host of tunes with Haydn’s Nelson and Mozart’s Coronation Mass; May 14, Christian Aid Week coffee morning, contributions and collectors requested; May 29, church building centenary service – extra choristers invited.

Trimontium: Fifty-two children from Kingsland Primary in Peebles invaded Trimontium last week, yomping from Leaderfoot to Newstead and then early-lunching in Melrose at the Gibson Park. Thereafter they divided into their two groups for a costume session and a museum activity round, followed by a swop-over and, to finish, the purchase of souvenirs. Thursday saw a baker’s dozen of visitors and two dogs enjoy the Trimontium Walk in the sunshine, tea in the village hall and, for the brave, return to Melrose by the Battery Wall along the riverside. Tonight at 7.30pm John Poulter will reveal the secrets of the planning of the walls of Hadrian and Antonine in the last lecture of the spring series.


WRI: Marie France Taylor welcomed all to the April meeting and introduced Ashley Baird who gave a excellent talk on the work of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Organisation. Mary Hall gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – Easter bonnet – 1, Margaret Blackmore; 2, Mary Hall; 3, Nancy Anderson; keyring – 1, Lisbeth Thomson; 2, Helen Cessford; 3, Mary Pringle

Coffee Morning: There will be a coffee morning in aid of Help for Heroes and 1 Scots soldiers in the institute on May 7 at 10.30am.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm district news.


WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed members to the April meeting in Newtown Community Wing. Guest for the evening was Margaret Tooth from Blythwood Care who gave a talk on the charity’s work. Since 1966 Blythwood Care has combined the Christian message with practical help for those in need with shoeboxes at Christmas, relief and development aid, and social projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. Competitions – knitted teddy – 1, Elaine Thornton-Nichol; 2, Lorna Dickson; 3, Mary Redburn; piggy bank – 1, Elizabeth McMillan; 2, Cath Park; 3, Margaret Luke. The next meeting will be the outing on May 12.


YOUTH CLUB: The next meeting of Oxnam Youth Club is tonight – a bike ride suitable for all ages and abilities. Meet at Harestanes at 6.30pm with bike, helmet and fluorescent wear. More information from John Stenhouse on 01835 862846.

WRI: At the April meeting Mig Moore entertained with a talk on her work in Malawi. The next gathering at 7.30pm on Tuesday is the open meeting at which members will be entertained by Quintessence. Competition for members and visitors – a pretty necklace.


WRI: Mrs Dagg gave a cooking demonstration using chocolate sweets which were raffled later, but members all got something tasty and were given the recipes to try at home . Competition – three scones – 1, Anne Wood; 2, Denise Barclay; 3, Wendy Gilchrist.


FESTIVAL: Cycling festival Tweedlove runs from June 11-19 and will include a concert by indie band Frightened Rabbit. The festival will also include a Peebles Sprint with 40 cyclists racing around the town centre.

QUIZ: Peebles Rugby Club hosted a quiz night organised by staff of the Dunfermline Building Society to help raise funds for motor neurone disease charities.

SPORT AWARD: David Swan was presented with the Tweeddale Sports Council Service to Sport Award in recognition more than 35 years of voluntary service to rugby in Peebles.

CROSS: May 9 marks the 750th anniversary of the finding of the cross which led to the foundation of the Cross Kirk in Peebles. To commemorate the occasion, Peebles Churches Together is planning an all-age, open-air service to be held in the ruins of the Cross Kirk at 7pm. It will be led by the warden of Cross Kirk, Barry Hughes, and one of the readers will be Sir Cameron Rusby, whose grandfather, Dr Gunn, was responsible for bringing the Cross Kirk back into occasional use.

St Boswells

RURAL OLYMPICS: A good representation of members from rurals all over Roxburghshire enjoyed a fun evening at the Rural Olympics held in St Boswells. Teams of four competed over six events, involving magnetic darts, football dribbling round obstacles, hitting shuttlecocks into a bucket, a jigsaw, putting a golf ball and passing a hula hoop. Gold medallists were Newmill and Teviothead with 830 points, the silver medal went to Stichill (721) and after a play-off the bronze medal was won by Burnfoot (693.5).

WRI: This month’s meeting heard a talk on quilting and patchwork by Annette and Cathy from Borderland Fabrics. Members were shown samples of their work. Competitions – holiday photograph – 1, Una Forsyth; 2, Rose Hyde; 3, Maureen Colebrook; fan – 1, Una Forsyth; 2, Jean Templeton; 3, Jean Blackwood.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held in St Boswells village hall on Saturday from 10am. All proceeds in aid of Borders MS.


CHURCH: The next service of worship in Traquair Kirk will be on May 8 at 10am.


CHURCH: There will be a service of worship in Walkerburn village hall on May 15 at 10am.


Romany Ramblers: Meet 9am Saturday at the Wauchope Hall for the Coldsmouth-Elsen Burn Shank-Staur Road circular – about eight miles.

FUNDRAISER: Yetholm Motorcycle Club is holding a charity bike jumble on Sunday in the Wauchope Hall, 10am- 3pm. To book a stall or car boot call 01573 420287. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

ROYAL WEDDING: Following tomorrow’s royal wedding ceremony, there will be an informal party on Town Yetholm Green in front of the village shop. Everyone is welcome, but should bring along their own picnic and something on which to sit. Any entertainment will be impromptu. The party begins at 2.30pm and, if wet, will take place in the Wauchope Hall.

FESTIVAL PRINCIPALS: This year’s Barri Gadgi and Barri Manushi will be revealed next Friday when the announcement is made outside The Plough. Festival Week runs from June 10-18.

BORDER SHEPHERDS’ SHOW: Yetholm Show’s AGM heard that the 2010 event had made a £300 profit. Since then there has been a dance which drew in another £800.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Nominations to the community council have closed – and there will be no contest. Nominations have been received for the vacant seats and details of the new members will be issued shortly.

PHEASANT SHOOTING: The season is over and many birds have survived, some seem to be roosting in and around the village. The big talking point is an albino pheasant which can often be seen around Catch a Penny just off the main Kelso road.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Nearing the end of their season, members welcomed local performers for a Cross Border Afternoon. Pat Young sang Scottish and English-based songs, some of which called for audience participation. Mike Young played the Northumbrian pipes, while Eileen Woodward and AlastairTurnbull gave readings of Border ballads. An excerpt from A Scots Comedy was given and the audience took part in a quiz, ‘Hoo Weel Div Ye Ken Yer Yettam?’

DRY BAR: Archery sessions with the Southern Upland Roving Archers at Yetholm Playing Fields will be held on May 7, 14 and 28, and June 4 from 3-6pm. So if you would like to excel with the bow, are between the ages of 10 and 18 years, live in Kelso, Morebattle, Jedburgh, Yetholm and surrounding areas, and are free for the four Saturdays, then register your interest with Ian on 01573 420703. There are only 20 places available.

PLANT EXCHANGE: The Floral Gateway Gathering plant exchange and coffee morning is on May 21 (10.30am start) in the Youth Hall. Organisers already have a good selection of plants under £2, so add to their collection. Further details from Ian (01573 420703) or Kate (01573 420522).