District News


Church: On Sunday services will take place at Hobkirk (9.30am) and Denholm (11am). Ruberslaw kirk session meets on Tuesday at 7pm at the church hall, Denholm. Communion services will take place on June 26 at Hobkirk (9.30am) and Bedrule (11am). To assist with events in August, an appeal is being made for artefacts of Souden Kirk (to Caroline Smith) and ones of Dr John Leyden (to Sandy Milligan).

MEMORIAL RUN: More than 145 entries have been received for the Hawick and Border motorcycle clubs’ 50th annual Jimmie Guthrie Memorial Run for vintage cars and motorcycles, with more expected on the day of the event which is this Sunday.


COMPUTERS DOWN: Earlston health centre computers are being upgraded during the week commencing June 27. Patients should ensure that they have enough medication to cover this period and only emergency GP appointments will be available that week. The computers will be back up and running from July 4.

Civic Week: Duck race results – 1, Tom Burnham; 2, Alison Barbour; 3, Rose and Brian.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday – services at 9.45am and 11am, both conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods; June 26 – service at 10am followed by games, picnic and singing in the church hall. The Christian Aid collection raised £1,868.88.


WRI: The annual coffee evening was held in Edgerston Hall, with musical entertainment by Selkirk-based trio Gael Force. Supper, stalls and a raffle followed. The plant stall raised £50 for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. The summer outing will take the form of a training day in drystane dyking at Brundenlaws, home of Sue Vind, on Saturday at 10am. Anyone interested in attending should contact 01835 864875 for details. Members are advised to wear warm clothes, tough gloves and bring a picnic lunch.

Team Martin: The team are on the starting blocks for the wine and pudding evening tomorrow in the Pavilion in the Glebe at 7 for 7.30pm, then following on to Saturday with soup and bacon rolls and left over puddings in Edgerston Hall, 11am-1.30pm, with raffles at both. All welcome along with donations of puddings and raffles.


ARCHERY: Archery will take centre stage at the quoiting green area of Stow from 7pm next Thursday when Ettrick Forest Archers and members of the Royal Company of Archers will demonstrate their skills.


CONFERENCE: Galashiels Baptist Church is organising a Ladies’ Day Conference, Joy in Abiding, in Galashiels on Saturday, 10.30am-3.30pm. Full details are available at www.galashielsbaptistchurch.org.uk or by phoning 07866 556438.

ROTARY: About £1,200 was raised for local charities at the annual sponsored Team Golf Competition – and the main beneficiary of the cash raised will be Chest, Heart and Stroke (Scotland) in the Borders. The club held its annual competition for the New Millennium Quaich Trophy at Torwoodlee when 23 teams of four took part. Past President David Romanis presented the prizes. The winning team was the No Hopers with a score of 89. They were Jimmy Graham, David Dods, Ian MacDonald and Mike Simpson.

Sale: A car boot sale in aid of the Gail Wilson Memorial Trust will be held at Galashiels Academy ( playground next to Scott Park) on Saturday, 10am-2pm, setting up from 8am. Those taking a space must provide their own tables. For more information or to book a space contact Shelley Foster (01896 758372/ gailwilsonmemorialtrust@gmail.com) or Fiona Wilson (01896 756308).


Towford WRI: At a whist held on May 24 the results were – ladies – 1, G. Middlemiss; 2, M. Tait; 3, M. Hornsby; 4, P. Ponton; 5, H. Wilson; 6, E. Thomson; longest sitter – P. Lindsay; booby – A. Reid; gents – 1, C. Gibson; 2, K Tait; 3, M. Hogg; 4, J. Middlemiss; 5, E. Young; 6. R. Buchanan; longest sitter – P. Hedley; booby – Y. Telfer. The summer outing was to Baxters in Selkirk last Wednesday. An enjoyable evening was had learning about the development of the company and also sampling a selection of produce. This was followed by a meal and shopping.


BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 10th annual Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships will be held on Saturday at Vale of Leithen football ground. Event organisers are St Ronan’s Piping Society and it is expected there will be around 30 pipe band performances. A raffle for a set of bagpipes, worth more than £500, will be held. Other prizes include a family ticket for five to the World Pipe Band Championships in August, drumsticks and kilt shop voucher. Entries for the band and drum majors’ contest will be accepted up until 10.45am on the day. For further details contact Bruce Hamilton on 01896 833557 or go to www.stronanspipingsociety.org

HISTORIC WALKS: Innerleithen Historic Walks, led by members of the community trust, continue next Thursday 23 at 6.30pm, meeting at the Memorial Hall car park. The walks are intended to be leisurely with questions and discussion being encouraged. Children must be accompanied. A donation to the community trust is expected. More information can be obtained from Ross McGinn on 01896 830853 or by emailing community@innerleithen.org.uk

GAMES COMMITTEE: The remaining committee meetings before Games Week will take place on June 29 and July 6 in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, at 7pm.

FUN DAY: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society has decided to run a musical fun day on September 17 in and around the Memorial Hall instead of the annual cabaret. More information will be released during the summer months.

OVERSEAS GUESTS: Anyone who knows of people visiting Innerleithen from overseas during Games Week (July 7-16) who would like to attend the Cleikum Ceremonies as a guest should contact Stewart Wilson (01896 870316 or email stronansgames@googlemail.com).

SILVER BAND: St Ronan’s Silver Band will be playing at gala days in Loanhead (tomorrow) and Linlithgow (Saturday) before going on to film their Jubilee People’s Millions ITV recording on Sunday.

CLEIKUM CEREMONIES: The Cleikum Ceremonies will be held in the Memorial Hall on July 15 and is a ticket-only event. Tickets will be available free of charge at the Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, on July 2 from 9am. They will be issued on a first come-first served basis and will be restricted to four per person

CHURCH: A service of worship will be held on Sunday at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church hall. A major refurbishment programme on the church building in Innerleithen began earlier this year. External repairs to the roof will soon be complete and, hopefully, the church will reopen about the end of July when services can be held again while the internal work progresses over the next few years.

FATHER’S DAY TOUR: The National Trust for Scotland’s Robert Smail’s Print Works in Innerleithen has a special event planned for Father’s Day on Sunday. There will be an exclusive tour of printing from the past, topped off with a trip to the Whistle Stop Cafe for lunch. The day also includes a hands-on chance to have a go at traditional printing. The tour runs from 11am-12.30pm, followed by lunch. For further information or to book a place, call 0844 493 2259 or email smails@nts.org.uk.


MUSIC SUNDAY: At St John’s Episcopal Church on June 26 there will be a songs of praise at 6pm. The Royal School of Church Music is asking that churches with whom it is affiliated should encourage people to sing, and the choir of St John’s invite anyone to request a favourite hymn which may be considered for singing at this service. A list is available in the church, or members of the choir will be happy to receive requests.

Team Martin: The team are on the starting blocks for the wine and pudding evening tomorrow in the Pavilion in the Glebe at 7 for 7.30pm, then following on to Saturday with soup and bacon rolls and left over puddings in Edgerston Hall, 11am-1.30pm, with raffles at both. All welcome along with donations of puddings and raffles.


MEMORIAL MAP: A new wall hanging entitled Kelso Word map has been produced for the town’s library. Sponsored by Friends of Kelso Library, it was created in memory of Pat Thomson, a founder member of the Friends. After Pat’s death last year, the Friends decided to honour her and it was felt an activity for children about Kelso using words would be most appropriate. Susanne Batchelor, Scottish Borders Council’s cultural coordinator, organised Duns artist Clare Beattie to deliver the project. Children from Broomlands P4 were invited to visit the library to begin the creation. Consisting of three separate panels, the map features the two rivers meeting at Junction Pool. With letters made from tartan, Kelso pictures, maps and other material, the children thought about Kelso places and the word map soon began to fill up with Floors Castle, Wooden Anna, Broomlands, Edenside and other Kelso names. After the class had returned to school an open session was held. Some of the children returned to continue creating the masterpiece. Friends assisted at this session, along with Pat’s daughter, Lesley, and granddaughter Hannah.

BRIDGE CLUB: June 8 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Nancy Porter and Pam Simpson; 2, Nigel and Mary Lindsay; 3, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jeanette Chalmers and Jean Gall. June 9 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, Christine McCreath and Kitty Home-Robertson; 3, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, David Elder and Terry Harris; 3, Ernie Hopkins and James Tweddle.


Colours: The Common Riding colours this year will be dark blue – by tradition taken from the winning owner of the Epsom Derby. This year the victor was Pour Moi. If the favourite Carlton House had been successful for the Queen it would have been the first time the royal colours had been worn to victory since 1909 when J. J. Paterson was Cornet, but could only finish third.

concert: The annual common riding concert for local primary school children, along with Canonbie primary, took place in the parish church. There was a good turnout of families and friends to listen to the choirs from the two schools sing common riding favourites. Ex-Cornet David McVittie was compere and the concert was attended by Cornet Lee Earsman and his Right and Left-Hand Men, Graeme Murray and Derek Hogg. The Ex-Cornets’ association presented new song books of Eskdale and Langholm Common Riding to the local primary school.

ART: Winners of the primary art competition for which pupils had to paint common riding themes were presented with their prizes by Dougie Rae, president of the 1514 club at Hawick. Kate Fisher was awarded the 1514 club trophy as overall winner. The paintings were judged by the local art club, which also donated prizes. Results – P7 – 1, Kate Fisher; 2, Sadie Cooper; 3, Dylan Sadler; P5 – 1, Ruairi Hotson; 2, Alex Green; 3, Lauren Graham; P3 – 1, Fin Reid; 2, Ben Winter; 3 Juliet Weatherstone.

Probus club: A total of 25 members were welcomed to the meeting in the Eskdale Hotel by president George Turner, with seven apologies for absence. The president informed the members that he had been unable to get a speaker, but after attending to club business, Jim Thomson had arranged a quiz. Fourteen members made the trip to Cockermouth in the community bus, with Jim Jackson driving. Upon arrival the group broke up to witness how Cockermouth had made such a remarkable recovery from the floods a year ago. In early afternoon everyone gathered for a tour of Jennings Brewery and after surviving the tastings, the bus was boarded for the journey to Crosby-on-Eden. Following a meal at the Crosby Lodge the party arrived back in Langholm early evening.

Hanging baskets: Bonnie Langholm committee members and volunteers were busy after – thanks to Gavin Jeffrey and EWM – the hanging baskets were transported by lorry from Cochrane’s nurseries. The baskets were put up along the length of the High Street.


Bible in Bloom: A flower festival and exhibition of bibles to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in Lauder Church is open on Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday, 2-4pm.

Gardens: Four Lauder gardens will be open from 2-5pm on Sunday – 17 East High Street, 36 East High Street, 34 West High Street and Larkhill (beyond the golf course) where there will be teas and childrens’ games. £4 admission to all the gardens – proceeds to Sense (Scotland) and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme.

Church: Sunday’s services – Channelkirk (10am) and Lauder (11.30am). A kirk session meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7.30pm.


CHURCH: Activities – July/August Wednesday coffee mornings rota still to be completed; Saturday, Amnesty coffee morning, 10am, Corn Exchange; 2-4pm, creative writing workshop, church hall; Sunday, services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10.45am, wreath-laying; 11am, kirkin’ of the Melrosian); Wednesday, midweek service and lunch; lesson readers’ rota available.

TRIMONTIUM: Morebattle was the first school in June to undertake the route march from Leaderfoot to Newstead and then on to Melrose for the museum tour and an open-air lunch on Thursday. The following day saw the arrival of a class from Broomlands Primary in Kelso and they followed the Morebattle pattern. There were some appreciative visitors on Sunday afternoon at the museum, but just before closing time there appeared, out of the blue, Professor Manning of Cardiff University, an authority on Roman ironwork, who spoke to the trust some years ago on the study he was making of the Curle finds.


Fishing: Morebattle competition – 1, G. Cessford; 2, D. Gibson; 3, Jim McNulty; heavy trout – Jim McNulty; heavy three – G. Elliot; heavy six – G. Cessford. Prizes were presented by Gordon Scott who is back in Morebattle on holiday from Australia with his wife Jennifer. The pairs and boys’ competitions will be held on Saturday – names to D. Gray by today.

PRINCIPALS TO MEET: The Kelso Laddie and Jethart Callant meet at the Trysting Tree, Morebattle, on Sunday.

Morebattle Games: Committee meeting in the Templehall Hotel next Thursday at 7.30pm. New members and offers of help welcome.


Birthday: Polysport in the village celebrated its10th birthday with various fun sports competitions. Each person paid for a sheet with a list of all the sports, and took part in each of the games, after which the person in charge signed the form and gave points according to their performance. At the end of the afternoon the winners received prizes. There was basketball, hockey dribble, tennis target, putting, golf pitch, football target and hoopla.


WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed members to the June meeting in the Community Wing. Guest for the evening was Sandi Haines from the NHS who gave a talk on recognising the symptoms of someone suffering a stroke and the importance of acting quickly. Competitions – hand-made bookmark – 1, Margaret Luke; 2, Elaine Thornton-Nicol; 3, Elizabeth McMillan; holiday tea towel – 1, Margaret Luke; 2, Nan Ruthven; 3, Elaine Thornton-Nicol. The next meeting will be held on September 1.


RETIRING: Peebles High School rector John Brown has announced his retirement after eight years in the post.

DINNER: More than 90 members and guests attended Peebles Rugby Club’s annual dinner. Awards were made to Euan Jackson, first XV player of the year; Rhys Wilson, second XV player of the year; Dalton Hall, colts XV player of the year; Martin Cruickshank, the Barker Quaich; Allan Beveridge, the President’s Trophy for service to the club.

CRICKET: A special cricket match and barbecue took place at Whitestone Park when Peebles County hosted the Scottish Rugby Legends, featuring Gregor Townsend and Duncan Hodge among others.

WALK: A nature walk will be held between 8.30-10.30pm tomorrow at Kailzie Gardens. It will include a moth night with Reubin Singleton and a bat walk with Dougie McKenna. For further details call 01721 720007.


ROTARY: Rotarian Dick Marks gave an account of life on the North Yorkshire Railway at the County Hotel on Wednesday. On his retirement the club’s secretary swapped his Borders policeman’s whistle for a guard’s one as he became one of the many volunteers who man the Goathland steam railway from April to October. The railway is part of Heritage Railways which preserves many old lines, including the North Wales, La’ll Rattie at Ravenglass in West Cumbria and West Somerset. There are more than 100 sites, with the North Yorkshire line being one of the longest at 26 miles. In 1965 the Beeching axe fell on the line, not to be reopened until 1976 after years of restoration. The area it steams through is best known for its association with the ITV series Heartbeat, as the village of Aidensfield is modelled on Goathland. In thanking Dick for an informative and humorous evening, Rotarian Herbert Chatters presented him with a book of poems, Our Railways for Young and Old, which was published in the year of Dick’s birth – 1950. During the meeting president John Pack welcomed new member Cathy Mady.


WRI: At the June meeting Lorraine Douglas demonstrated Hands-on Marzipan Fruits. Avril Purves gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – box of fruits – 1, Erica Smith; 2, Fiona Hogg; 3, June Brown; pretty tea plate – 1, Frances Rogers; 2, Jane Charles; 3, June Brown. The raffle was won by Susie Black. The AGM was held with reports from the president, secretary and treasurer. A new committee was elected. Rosebowl for making competitions – 1, Erica Smith; 2, June Brown; 3, Kathy Wilkie. Cup for pick-up competitions – 1, Erica Smith; 2, June Brown; 3, Kathy Wilkie.


ARCHERY: Archery will once again take centre stage at the Bow Butts – thanks to an event, part of Stow Sports Week, hosted by Stow Parish Archive next Thursday. No-one in Stow can remember back to the days when the longbow was the weapon of choice, but the quoiting green area in the village was formerly called the Bow Butts where local archers practised their obligatory skills to defend their country. Ettrick Forest Archers and members of the Royal Company of Archers will demonstrate their skills from 7pm onwards – and members of the public will be invited to have a go. Traditional craftspeople will also be at work.


SERVICE: The next service of worship in Traquair Kirk will be on July 3 at 10.30am.


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


WRI: Members enjoyed a talk by Gilly Fraser on her trek riding Clydesdale horses from Skye to the Lake District, taking in Yarrowford en route. Competition – best horse photograph – 1, Betty Fraser; 2, Cis Darling. The raffle was won by Evelyn Horsburgh. Many of the members took part in a felt-making workshop in the hall, led by Alma Dowle. The season finished with a talk on the Ettrick and Yarrow regeneration project by Julie Nock, followed by a meal at The Waterwheel.


PLANT SALE: The Floral Gateway Gathering Town Yetholm Village Green Plant Sale is on Saturday (9am).

HILL RACE: The annual hill race organised by Norham Running Club, starting and finishing at Halterburn, attracted more than 100 runners.

JEAN YOUNGER: The village has been saddened by the death of Jean Younger, one of the community’s most popular residents. She was involved in many aspects of Yetholm life. For years she ran the Festival Week duck race, raising huge amounts of money, and her regular appearances in the village pantomime always ensured much laughter. Above all, she was always there to help those who needed it.

KIRK NEWS: For weeks the kirk has been encased with scaffolding inside and out while work goes on to repair the stained glass and ordinary windows. Funding was obtained to allow the project to go ahead. Recent services have taken place at Sourhope and Cherrytrees, and members had an away day at Moffat where they were joined by friends from Possilpark Church, Glasgow.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The search for a new secretary appears to be over. Anne McDonald continued in the post after annoucing her retiral until a new secretary was in place. Now Dan Blackburn has volunteered his services. He joined the council at the April elections and is the current Bari Gadgi.

EXHIBITION: The Festival Week exhibition of old photographs of Yetholm residents and asking the public to identify faces has been running in the Plough Hotel. lt has largely been organised by Bill Rae who is anxious to find a permanent home for the wealth of archive material held by Yetholm History Society. The matter was raised by community councillors who were in favour of a permanent exhibition. One suggestion to be followed up was a place in the village church.