District News


SWRI: Meetings resume on Wednesday . Marilyn McCall will give a talk on wartime cookery. Competitions: three rock buns and a handmade toy (circa 1940). Hostesses: Mrs Pringle and Mrs Williamson

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QUIZ: Ten teams contested the quiz in aid of the Over 60s Club at the Horse and Hound. It was won by Down But Not Out and raised £217.


St Marys WRI: The business meeting will be held in Cappercleuch Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Competitions are an item of garden produce and a loaf of bread. New members are very welcome.


FLOWER SHOW RESULTS: Cut flowers: Society Silver Challenge Cup, D. Rogerson; John Johnston Memorial Trophy, G Goodfellow; Brownlie Memorial Rose Bowl,G Goodfellow; James Ross Memorial Cup, B. Sowman; George Ford Memorial Trophy, D Rogerson; The Sharp Challenge Cup , J Irvine; Border Begonia Cup J Irvine. Floral art: Dr Lachlan Campbell Memorial Challenge Trophy, C. Seaton; The W Brockie Memorial Trophy, C. Seaton; The Cannon Innes Rose Bowl C. Seaton. Pot plants: Wm. Park & Sons Centenary Cup, P. Dawson. Vegetables: Society Silver Challenge Cup B. Goodfellow; William Mather Memorial Cup, D. Kellett; Mr & Mrs J.S. Simpson Cup, Mr J Mercer; Mrs Beatrice Thomson Cup, J. Mercer; John Cockburn Memorial Trophy, B. Goodfellow. Industrial trophies: Earlston Horticultural Society Challenge Trophy, B. Greer; WRI Trophy, H Smith;Mr & Mrs H McDonald Trophy , E Cockburn. Photography: Mr & Mrs JP Weatherley Trophy, C. Welsh; Earlston Horticultural Society Shield, Lauren Miller. Children’s trophies: Trophy for the Most Outstanding Exhibit, Iona Young; Bob Beattie Memorial Trophy , Iona Young; Earlston Horticultural Society Shield , Laura Munro. Duncan Cup, M Young; Carolside Rosebowl, B. Goodfellow; George Wilson Memorial Trophy, J. Greer

WEDNESDAY CLUB: The new session will start at 2pm on Wednesday in the Church Hall. New members would be made very welcome.

SWRI: The session starts next Thursday, September 15, in Hanover Lounge at 7.30pm with a showing of slides of the Borders. Competitions: a photograph of a Borders bridge and three fruit scones.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday, all age service at 9.45am and traditional at 11am, conducted by Rev Julie Woods. We urgently need help with music for the 9.45am services. If you would be prepared to be on a rota with our musicians, please do speak to Julie as soon as possible, 01896849236

Autumn Fayre: The fayre is next Saturday, September 17, 10am-noon in the church hall. All the usual stalls, entry £1 adults, 50p children. Donations for stalls can be handed in on Friday 16th, 7-8pm at the hall.


FLOWER SHOW: Eccles Village Hall Committee are holding the annual Flower Show on Saturday. Entries will be taken on day. Viewing from 2pm, all welcome. Further information: 01890 840565.


CRAFT FAIR: The village hall has re-opened after refurbishment hosts a craft fair on Sunday, 11am-4pm. Sale items will include jewellery, cards for all occasions, scarves, bags, brooches, glasswork, wood turning, rag rugs and much more. Local produce such as jams, marmalades, chutneys and eggs will be on sale and there will be refreshments with home baking. The hall is available for hire. A key feature is an innovative environmentally friendly air to air heating system which is believed to be the first of its kind in a community hall in the Borders. Hall hire details available from Annette Fraser 01835 850213.


SWRI: Members are reminded that the first meeting after the summer break is on Wednesday at 7.30pm.


SWRI OPEN NIGHT: A cookery demonstration by “pampered chef” Hannah Cairns is being held on Wednesdayat Kirkhope Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Refreshments – proceeds to charity. Free, all welcome.


ROTARY: The Info Hub opened officially on Saturday. Rotarian Lynda Stoddart, who is behind it, told the club last week how it came about. Since moving to the town some years ago, she has noticed the lack of tourist information and also that there were few outlets for the work of local crafters. She did some research and decided that a non-profit community interest company could be formed. Local crafters were interested in selling their goods through the shop which also aims to promote the town and local events. She brought in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund among others. The shop at 2 Channel Street was vacant. She had to look at sustainability and started a local lottery with 50 per cent of the income as prizes and the rest going to local causes. The first project to be funded is a Young Archaeologist Club.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB:The season starts on September 20 at 7pm in Old Parish and St Paul’s Church Hall. New members welcome: learn the dances and share fellowship and fun. Details: 01578 730591.

Borders 50/50 lottery: The winning ticket, drawn on Sunday, was 866. Tickets for next week’s lottery are available from the Info Hub, the Salmon, Quins, the Auld Mill, and the Ladhope Inn.


Flower show: Trophies: Gordon Flower Show Challenge Cup, Grace Donaldson; Runner-up, Allan Hobkirk; Laing Memorial Cup , Grace Donaldson; Robert Kirk Perpetual Challenge Cup, Grace Donaldson; Craig Challenge Cup, Angela Smail and Tara Grey; George Wood Trophy, Angela Smail; Gordon Flower Show Cup, Bill Massie; Runner-up, Norrie Donaldson; Tweedie Plate, Norrie Donaldson; Cup for most points in the Baking Section, Kathleen Grieve; Runner-up, Helen Donald; Gladstone Cup, Sheila Wood; Winifred & John Waldie Salver, Maragret Beattie; Runner-up, Helen Donald; Cup for most points in Handicrafts Section, Helen Donald; Runner-up, Fiona Gilchrist; Gordon Junior Cup , Rhea Bowie; Runner-up, Mathew Cove ; Intermediate Cup, Jasmine Bowie, Sam Johnston, Danielle Sherwood ; Runner-up, Hannah Jones, Megan McLeod, Rebekah Cove; Susan Scotchmer Trophy, Darcy Robson; Runner-up, Danielle Sherwood; Jen Purves Trophy, Darren Semploe; Committee’s Priz,e Angela Smail for her painting; Cairns Virtue Memorial Salver, Tara Grey.


service: Sunday’s service at Innerleithen Church will be at 6.30pm, not in the morning, because of the Tour of Britain cycle race.


ST JOHN’S CHURCH: The autumn market will be held on Saturday in the St John’s Centre (Jedburgh Community and Arts Centre), 10am-12.30pm. The usual stalls, including a fairtrade stall and charity christmas cards will be available. Tea and coffee will be served


Roxburgh Lacemakers: The group meets in the Abbey Row Centre every Monday, 7pm-9pm. Beginners welcome. For further information, contact Anne on 01573 224200.

ABBEY QUILTERS: The first meeting of the season will be on Tuesday at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre, when we will be making a sample block for the Margaret Fletcher Memorial Cup Challenge for 2012. Members will need to bring a selection of embroidery threads, sewing equipment and an embroidery hoop if they use one. The practice block will be provided on the night. Members should also bring their own mug. Annual subscriptions, £15, will be due. All welcome, visitors £2 per meeting. Details: Caroline Morrell, 01289 331116 or 07801 903196.

Lunch Club: The club meets on Wednesdays, term time only, 9.30am-1.30pm, providing a hot meal for 30-plus people. It is based at the Tait Hall and is looking for volunteer cooks, assistants, drivers and escorts. If you could help us and make new friends please call Joan Robertson on 01573 226213

Extend Mature Movers: Exercise classes resume on Tuesday 2-3pm at the Abbey Row Centre. Pease wear comfortable clothing and flat well-fitting shoes. Contact Brownie Gray on 01361 882264 for more information.

U3A: The Four Border Abbeys group meets on Monday at 2.00pm in Kelso Rugby Club. Marjorie Gavin will speak on Dr John Leyden Border Poet and Comtemporary of Scott

LIBRARY FRIENDS : On Wednesday August 31 the Friends of Kelso Library held a Tea and Poetry event in the Garden to raise funds to maintain the Centenary Garden. On Thursday November 15 at 7.30pm, Ronald Ireland will speak about his book titled, The Bloody Covenant.

Bridge club: August 31, aggregate pairs: N/S 1 Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 2 Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; 3 Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan. E/W 1 Dorothy Graham and Jeanette Chalmers; 2 Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 3 Jack Moffat and Ian Watson. September 1, aggregate pairs: N/S 1 Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2 Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3 John Urquhart and Elinor Green; E/W 1 Christine McCreath and Kitty Home-Robertson; 2nd John and Marian Miller; 3rd Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas.


Coffee morning: The operatic and dramatic society held a coffee morning in the Community Centre which raised £600. Rotary president Neil Stewart presented the society with a cheque for £250, because of his long association with the society on and off the stage. His late mother, Moira, was involved for many years and was president in 1989.

MacDiarmid Lecture: Walter Elliot is giving the MacDiarmid Lecture, on “The Borders Minstrelsy after Sir Walter Scott” on Saturday in the Buccleuch Centre at 2pm. Tickets £5.


Channelkirk and Lauder Services: The Sunday service in Channelkrik Church begins at 10am with the service in Lauder at 11.30am. All welcome. Tea and coffee served after both services. Both services will be conducted by the Rev Jamie Griggs. The manse telephone number is now 01578 722616 and that of the session clerk is 01578 722848.

Bowling Club: The club would like to thank everyone who attended the Fun Day at the club in aid of Breast Cancer on Saturday. Many thanks for donations, raffle prizes, sales table items and all who came along and had fun. We raised £666.


SWRI: Marjorie Tennant gave an amusing talk on how she started making hats. She brought some with her and told the stories behind them. Competition, home made facinator: 1 V.Mayo, 2 M.Inglis, 3 D.Murray; raffle: 1 M.Livingston, 2 S.Waugh, 3 M.Ewart.


Maxton Meets: The first of the new series is on Monday in the village hall at 7.30pm, an illustrated talk, From Chalk to Cheese, by Annie Shanks of Standhill Cheesery. Maxton Meets are open to everyone, admission is £1.50 and there is tea/coffee and biscuits after the talk


Church: Eilidh Burgon Fourie was baptised amid family and friends. Activities:-Church fete total now £1,067.38; Sheila Millar’s nine-mile Leprosy Mission Walk went off well; Saturday: flower show 2pm; Sunday services: Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am; Friday September 23: 7.30pm Chinese cookery and wine tasting (£5); further fundraising for Bethlehem and Malawi via Smartie tubes of 20p pieces, deadline September 25; September 25: harvest thanksgiving and lunch (contributions via Elsa 822063 or Joyce 823339); Shoebox appeal leaflets available.

JOINT WALK: This year’s joint Trimontium Trust and Melrose Historical Association free Walk was on the peninsula of Old Melrose, jutting into the Tweed below the cliffs of Scott’s View, courtesy of Mr William Younger, owner of the Ravenswood Estate. Walk leader Walter Elliot referred to a map of the peninsula by Charles Thomas in 1961 showing traces of the ditch cutting across the neck of the peninsula and plans of his own, suggesting structures in the fields. There is documentary evidence from Bede and others of an seventh to ninth century Celtic/Ionian monastery associated with Aidan, Boisil and Cuthbert, followed by a small St Cuthbert’s Chapel lasting over the centuries. On the walk, Walter led the 50-strong party on the Walk stopping and illustrated his points with divining rods, there being no other evidence except aerial photographs. He had found three types of structure but could not date them or confirm the suggestion that there had been a pilgrims’ village for visitors to the timber-celled monastery of “Mailros”. At the little chapel on St Cuthbert’s Knowe, Walter paced out the little apse-ended building enclosing three graves, and then showed the traces of a larger cemetery beside Old Melrose House. Jessica Bennettdanced in full Highland costume for the 50 walkers, to the playing and drumming of Kyle and Liam Bennett.


SWRI: The first meeting of the new session is on Tuesday at 7.30pm with a talk from Marion Wilson on aloe vera. Competitions: decorated wooden spoon and poster for SWRI show. New members welcome.


Yoga: A new class for beginners will start in the village hall on Tuesday at 10am. Gentle stretches and relaxation for all ages and abilities. Further information from Kath on 01896 820034 or email kath2@kathmcdonald.plus.com


LIBRARY/CAFE: The next meeting will be in the village hall on Wednesday September 21 at 11am. All Welcome.


platinum club: Winners for August are: £100, Brian Hewitt; £60, Kenneth Vannan; £30, Gordon R Brown; £20, Gordon J Brown. Anyone interested in joining should contact Linda Murray, info@linda​murray.co.u​k.

BONUS BALL:The rugby club1st team runs a pick the bonus ball of the National Lottery competition. Entry is £1 and the winner receives £25. The inaugural winner was Graeme Rodger with number 49. Watch out for players after next week’s home match against Stewarts Melville for your chance to take part. The Tote winning numbers were 36-25, RTG and Jam Tart shared the £80 prize.

BIG BAND: Borderland featuring performer, composer and educator Rob Hall who presents his brand new orchestral work for big band, will take place at the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday at 7.30, tickets £8.

Osiligi Warriors: The group return to the Borders after their success in Innerleithen in 2010. They will perform Maasai song and dance, including their celebrated jumping at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday at 7.30. Tickets £10.


Monday club: At 2pm on September 19, Doreen Cairns will give a talk “The Life of a Textile Designer”.

COFFEE MORNING: The Ex-Soldiers Ex-Standard Bearers Association is holding a fund-raising coffee morning on Saturday at Our Lady and St Josephs Church Hall, 10am-12:30pm. Cake and candy stall, tombola and raffle. Everybody welcome.

ROTARY CLUB: Last week members, partners and friends went in search of a Dark Horse to the Scottish Borders Brewery near Ancrum as part of their Rotary Awareness programme. The owner and driving force of the brewery, John Henderson, took the visitors on a tour.Touring a brewery was thirsty work and the visitors sampled the end product. Before they left for the Fox and Hounds at Denholm to continue their investigations, club president David Sceats thanked John for his hospitality.

RNLI: The Lifeboat Committee would like to thank all those who supported the recent door-to-door and street collection. The amount raised for the RNLI was £1,044.


CONCERT: Naomi Chapman will be holding a fundraising concert on Saturday at 7:30 in the town hall, supported by Craig Jeffrey, Fiona Laing, Cortez Cortez and Caitha. Tickets £9 from Stow post office.


service: iTraquair Kirk’s service on Sunday will be at 10 am.


service: The next service in Walkerburn Village Hall will be on Sunday September 18 at 10 am


WHIST DRIVE: Yetholm Youth Hall is holding a Whist Drive on Tuesday. Apart from the cards, there will be supper and a raffle.Everyone is welcome. It starts at 7 30pm and is, of course, in the Youth Hall.

COFFEE MORNING: The August Bank Holiday coffee moming to raise money for kirk funds was a great success. Visitors and locals flocked to the Wauchope Hall. At the Sunday service Rev lan Clerk, deputising for Rev Robin McHaffie, announced that just over £577 had been raised.Thanks to all who contributed.

WINTER APPROACHING: Flu jabs will soon be available.Yetholm residents can get them at the Kelso Health Centre between 3rd and 15th Octobe 3 and 15 an they can be obtained at the Yetholm surgery on October 19, 9 30-11 30am.

YETHOlM PRIMARY SCHOOL: The pupils of P 4 to 7 are about to visit Stirling Castle, parts of which have recently been refurbished.To help pay forthe trip the school recently held a coffee afternoon.

TURBINES: There has been a buzz in the village that Yetholm is to get a wind farm. A recent meeting of Yetholm Community Council heard from local farmer James Wauchope and his agent Dr David Bell. They gave a pre-application presentation of a proposal to erect one or two turbines in the Pulpit Field on Yetholm Law.They are unlikely to be seen from Town Yetholm but possibly from Kirk Yetholm.lnitially it is hoped to provide electricity for Lochtour Farm.The proposal will no doubt be further discussed in the coming months.

KIRK WINDOW REPAIRS: Much of the internal and external scaffolding at the Kirk has been removed as progress has continued with the window repairs. However more is going up on the stairs making it difficult to get to the Upper Room.Sadly this means an end to the popular Wednesday Coffee Get-Togethers. The organisers hope to restart in spring.