District News


COMMUNITY CAFE: The next Community Cafe will be on Wednesday, 11-noon in the village hall

KEEP FIT: The over-50s’ class has resumed, every Thursday 11-noon in the village hall. New members welcome.


WRI: The first meeting of the season will be on September 26 September because of a show tips evening at St Boswells Village Hall on Monday at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in tips on how to finish and present show articles are welcome.


Badminton Club: The club is starting up for the new season at Caddonfoot village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. New members specially welcome. Contact Sandra Stanley on 01896 850772 for more information or just turn up.

FLOWER SHOW: The show is on Sunday in Caddonfoot village hall, 1-4pm.


WRI: Liz Jackson gave an excellent talk and flower arranging demonstration. Competition, a flower arrangement in a tea cup, 1 Mrs Crosbie, 2 Mrs Ramskir, 3 Mrs Waldie. The next meeting will see a demonstration of cheese making. Competition: a supper dish. New members will be made welcome.


Weather in Denholm: A great deal of rain fell during August with 5.48 inches recorded for the month. The heaviest rainfall, an inch, was on the 6th. Daytime temperatures were moderate, settling in the high teens. The warmest day was the 3rd when the thermometer reached 25C.

Highland dancing: Classes, run by the Marshall school of dance, are held every Tuesday in Denholm Primary School, 3.15-4.15pm. For more information, call Molly on 01450 870042.

Bruce Davies: Ruberslaw Church presents An Evening with Bruce Davies (singer, song-writer and guitarist) in Denholm Village Hall on Friday September 23 at 7.30 pm. Tickets (£5) are available from the Post Office or from Rev Douglas Nichol, The Manse, Denholm (01450 870268). Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will go to the Denholm church refurbishment fund.

Folk and blues: ‘Blues at the School’ is hosting a night of blues and folk music by John Renbourn and Wizz Jones, two legendary musicians on Thursday, October 4 at 8pm in Minto old school, near Denholm. For information and reservations, call 07887 984845. BYOB for the concert.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday, dedication service for the uniformed organisations at 9.45am and traditional service at 11am, both conducted by Rev Julie Woods.

AUTUMN FAYRE: The fayre will be on Saturday in the church hall 10am-noon, usual stalls, £1 entry for adults and 50p for children. Contributions for the stalls can be handed in on Friday night, 7-8pm.

KARATE: The class will be held up at the high school in the dance studio tomorrow, 6-7pm for juniors and 7-8pm for intermediates and seniors.

Camera Club: The first meeting of the session saw winning images from the annual Borders Digital Challenge at Hawick. The competition for the night was Doon the Water from our summer outing on the Clyde paddle steamer. Results, Images 1 Helen McDonald, 2 Myles Wheatley, 3 Helen Pugh-Cook; prints 1 and 2 Helen McDonald, 3 Angela Jewell. The next meeting is on Wednesday, subject HDR tecniques.


Raft race: The raft race will be on Sunday September 25 at 2pm. Anyone wishing to enter a raft should contact Marjory Tennant on 01750 62327 for an entry form


SWRI: For the first meeting of the session, in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, there will be a film show and travel talk. Competitions: three cup cakes and a fun holiday snap. New members and visitors are welcome.

Public meeting: See Stow.


roTARY CLUB : New member Evan Wylie spoke about his job with the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspectorate Directorate in Tweedbank. Evan’s job is largely involved with the setting up and maintenance of databases of customers. Evan’s job involves much contact with farmers and others from the rural communities around the Borders and further afield. For more information about the club and its activities, as well as pictures of events, see www.galashiels.rotaryweb.org

INNER WHEEL CLUB: Office bearers for 2011-12 are: president Gwen Croan, vice-president Rosemary McCosh, secretary Vi Romanis, treasurer Irene Thom. The first meeting of the new session is a “natter night” on Tuesday in St Peter’s Church Hall. There will be a sales table. The club is holding a tabletop sale in the church on Saturday, September 24, 2-4pm, teas and coffee will be available. To take a table contact Vi Romanis on 01896 850356

PROBUS CLUB:The President, Murray Thom, welcomed members to the first meeting. Two long-serving members died in July and the president invited Haisley Moore to pay tribute to Stewart Campbell and Bill Thomson to pay tribute to Bill Brown. The president’s annual outing on October 6 will be to Traquair House. Those interested should give their name to the president before the end of the next meeting. Adrian Service from the Scottish Police Service Authority gave an illustrated talk on the work carried of the forensic services. The next meeting is today in the Kingsknowes Hotel. Isobel Gordon will talk on Rangoon to Mandalay.

Borders 50/50 lottery: The winning ticket drawn on Sunday was 140. Tickets for next week’s lottery are available from the Info Hub, the Salmon, Quins, the Auld Mill, and the Ladhope Inn.

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Swap Shop: Have you a surplus of something? Too many plums? Not enough books? Anything can be swapped or bartered. Glen Douglas Hall, Sunday, 10am. £1 entry. Tea, coffee and cake for sale.


Public Lecture: “Hell yes, but not for ever – how the Bible does not teach everlasting punishment” is the title of a talk on Thursday in the Fairbairn Hall, Greenlaw, starting at 7pm. Whether you agree or disagree, you are welcome to this informal talk, with time for questions and comments at the end.


Rotary Club: The speaker, David Bissett, described his involvement with the Borders’ Youth Theatre since its formation in 1989. About 180 children attend at eight centres and the principal aim is to build confidence, increase skills and communication levels and help members meet new people and help build their characters through theatre work. It costs £50,000 per annum of which £8,000 is grant-funded by Scottish Borders Council.

Bridge Club: Results for Monday September 5: N/S: 1 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 2 K. Auckland and E. Aitken, 3 V. Macpherson and M. Bowie; E/W 1 S. White and J. Urquhart, 2 J. and M. Miller, 3 R. Goldie and M. Mcleod. Monday bridge continues at Heart Of Hawick and Wednesday bridge nights start on September 28. Players to be seated for a prompt 6.45pm start. New players very welcome. Contact M. Bishop ( secretary) at 01450 860207.


Towford SWRI: On September 6, Marjory Tenant gave a demonstration on hat making. Her try-on session proved very popular. Competition results: hand made hair decoration – 1 M Towers, 2 M Hornsby. The next meeting is on Tuesday October 4 at 7.30pm in Hownam Hall.


MUSICAL FUN DAY: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a musical fun day on Saturday in and around the Memorial Hall. The event starts at 10am with a coffee morning until noon. A craft fair will run 10am-4pm. There will be live music 2-3.30pm from the opera and youth section and St Ronan’s Future Band. From 1pm to 5pm there will be a bouncy castle and amusements including splat the rat. Ice cream, burgers and teas and coffees will be available. Entry will be by silver collection. From 7pm to 10pm there will be a musical club night featuring the opera and youth section, Tweeddale Folk Group and Spoonthrift. Tickets for the evening event, (£3)are available from the Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, Innerleithen. A licensed bar will be available until 11.00pm. Please ring 01896 830577 or email: president@idaos.org.uk for more information

services: Worship in Innerleithen Church on Sunday is at 11.30 am. At 4 pm there will be a service in St Ronan’s House.

FUN RUN: St Ronan’s Border Games committee is organising a fun run on Sunday from Hall Street, Innerleithen at 10am. It will go to Walkerburn and back along the side of the Tweed, about 4 miles. Sponsor forms are available from the Whistlestop Café, St Ronan’s Primary School or by phoning 01896 870316. This is open to all ages with prizes for winners and certificates for all entrants. Children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. All money raised will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2012.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Innerleithen Civic Association committee and volunteers will carry out a door-to-door collection for the 2011 Christmas Lights fund between Monday and Saturday next week. A coffee morning for the lights fund will be held in the Vale Club on Saturday November 19. The 2011 Christmas lights will be switched on on Sunday December 11.

BORDERS FESTIVAL OF BRASS CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band is to perform a concert in Innerleithen Parish Church, on Saturday September 24, at 7.30pm. The concert will also feature the Future Band. Tickets, £6 and £5 are available from Adam’s Bakery, Innerleithen; Robb’s KeyStore, Peebles; or 01896 831721.

BRIGADOON: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon from March 26 to 31. Rehearsals start on Wednesday September 28 in the Free Library Hall, at 7.15pm. New members willd be made most welcome, particularly men. Please ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.


Rotary Club: Vice-president Steve Smith reported that the ladies who represent the club at car-boot sales had raised more than £1,200 for charities. They asked that some of the money should go to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and to Cancer Cars (a local charity which drives cancer patients to and from hospital). Another request was for a fiddle microphone for a young local player. Both requests were agreed. The junior fishing event was held at Hass Loch last weekend, thanks to the generosity of the Jedforest Angling Association. The boys who participated had a good day in the mild, dry and breezy conditions.

Ladies’ Group: The group will meet on Wednesdayat 7.30pm in the Jed Thistle clubrooms, The Glebe.


Opera: Rehearsals for Kelso Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Fiddler On The Roof start at 7.30pm on September 26 at the Cross Keys Hotel. New members most welcome. For more information contact Jude 01573440770 or email kelso.opera@hotmail.co.uk

CARPEt BOWLING: The senior citizens’ carpet bowling club meets every Monday and Thursday in Abbey Row Centre at 1.30pm starting September 26. New members welcome.

Music Society: The season begins on Friday September 30 with the Badke Quartet playing works by Shostakovich, Haydn, Beethoven, Maxwell Davies and Tomkins at Kelso High School hall, 7.30pm £12 (£10), students £3, U14 free with accompanying adult £6. Contact Peter Podmore, 01668 216550, or info@peterpodmore.co.uk

Bridge Club: Wednesday September 7, N/S: 1 D.Harris-Burland and J. Moffat, 2 J.Henry and M.Thomson, 3 J.McLaren and R. Hutchinson; E/W 1 M. and H. Ouldcott, 2 N.Porter and P.Simpson, 3 D.Alkin and D.Alkin. Thursday, Millenium trophy (week 1): N/S: 1 A.and A.Ireland, 2 R.Stewart and B.Stevenson, 3 B.Laing and H.Lawson; E/W 1 A.Mitchell and P.Sloan, 2 A.Darling and M.Logan, 3 N. and. M.Lindsay.


Show: It was the 150th Benty Show but unfortunately the weather could not have been worse, with continuous rain. Top man in the sheep section was Mark Little of the Potholm who had the overall champion with a cheviot gimmer, and carried off five cups. The trophies were presented by Dave Cartner and chairman Wull Little won the pot plants and had most points in the vegetable section. David Campbell was to the fore in the cut flowers and Aileen Cavers from Ewes won the cup in the handicrafts section. Cornet Lee Earsman won the wellie throwing and teenager Jamie Paisley collected first prize with a great run in the fell race. Claire McAllister from Selkirk won champion collie.


Manse Telephone Number: This is now 01578 722616. The email address for the manse or the minister is clcminister@gmail.com. The session clerk, Billy Anderson, is on 01578 722848, email wanderson456@hotmail.co.uk

Kirk Session Teams: As our church is now governed by the unitary constitution, working through the kirk session but without a congregational board, the session invites anyone with an interest, time or talent in any of the working groups of the kirk session (teams) to speak with the session clerk about joining any of the teams – finance and stewardship, social and fundraising, property and fabric, worship and mission, publicity and publications and youth work.

House Groups: Four house groups meet as follows: 11 Calfward Park, Lauder – host Hanna Fawcett (722900), meets fortnightly at 7.30, next on Monday; 22 Justice Park, Oxton – host Herbie Robinson (750279), meets fortnightly at 7.30, next on Monday; 59 Brownsmuir Park, Lauder, host Mabelle Runciman (722839), meets at 7pm on first and third Monday, next on Monday; 40 Thirlestane Drive, Lauder, host Debbie Clark(722007) meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7.30, from October 4.

Weekly Programme: The Sunday service creche and the Sunday club (junior and senior) meet in Lauder Church Centre from 11.20am; the prayer group meets on Thursdays from 1pm; the art class on Thursdays, 9.30-11am. The Youth Cafe continues to meet on Monday evenings, 7-9pm. Contact Debbie Clark for details (722007). The Christian Union group meets in Earlston High School weekly on Friday lunchtimes.

Prayer Diary, Box and Meeting: Isobel Petrie, who collates and publishes the monthly prayer dairy invites members to suggest prayers in general or for a specific occasion or person. She would also welcome the inclusion of prayers to be added to the diary in any month. Please contact Isobel (01896 860639). The prayer box is in the front porch of the church for all requests; these are read by the minister, Isobel Petrie and the prayer group. A prayer meeting is held on Thursdays in Lauder Church Centre, 1-2pm, all welcome.

Parish Boundary: If anyone knows where the maps indicating the boundaries of Channelkirk and Lauder parishes are, please let Graeme Donald know.

Malawi: An evening of information sharing and discussion on our links with churches in the Zomba presbytery will be held in Innerleithen Church Hall on Friday at 7.30pm. Please let Graeme Donald know if you would like to attend.


Church Activities: Harvest thanksgiving is to be postponed from September 25 because the harvest is not yet in: more news next week. Sunday services, Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am, Rev Ian Alexander; Friday 23 Sept 7.30pm: special projects fundraising, Chinese cookery and wine tasting, tickets £5; Smartie tube 20p collection deadline: September 25; shoebox appeal leaflets available; lesson readers wanted; office reopens tomorrow.

History talk: Mary Craig will be talking on the witchcraft trials of the Borders on September 25 at 2.30 pm in the Corn Exchange and Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose. Admission is free.


Coffee Morning: The Macmillan coffee morning will be in the Institute on Saturday September 24 at 10.30am. Usual stalls.

Flower show: The show is in the Village Hall on Saturday. Doors open 3pm. All entries to Helen Cessford by today.


WRI: The first meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Barbara Greir will give a slide show. New members and visitors are welcome.


Peebles in Bloom: The awards will be presented tomorrow at a ceremony at the Burgh Halls.

Schools rugby: Peebles High School will feature in a Scottish Schools Cup regional plate competition at under-18 and under-16 levels. Both teams avoided the preliminary round and enter at the first round proper where the under-18s will face Firhill High or Lasswade at home and the under-16s will be away to Firhill High or Craigmount High.

Young Farmers: A darts and dominoes night will take place tomorrow at 7pm at Peebles Rugby Club.

PIRANHAS: The Peebles RFC Piranhas team photos will be taken on Sunday and will then be available to buy, proceeds to the Piranhas.

Buildings and Booty: An exhibition looking at local history through architecture and treasures will run in the Chambers room of the Tweeddale Museum until March 19.

TURBINE MEETING: Wind Power – Hot Air or Hot Topic. The three-monthly meeting, organised by Tweedgreen, to explore the issues behind wind power, will take place on Tuesday at the Eastgate Theatre. It looks at the theory behind wind power and how turbines work, with independent expert speakers. The event starts at 7.30 and is free.


Camera Club: On Wednesday, David Binns will show images from Pakistan and on September 28 there will be a presentation featuring the American photographer Ansel Adams. Non-members are always made welcome at meetings and the club meets every Wednesday at 7 30pm at the club rooms in the High Street next to the Co-op supermarket building.


public meeting: A meeting will take place on Monday at 7.30pm about the proposed Allanshaws/Shaw Park windfarm to help the community council to gauge whether the community wants the council to object on their behalf. It is important for as many people as possible to attend.

Galawater Show: Galawater Horticultural Society had a very successful showThe local schools (Stow, Fountainhall and Heriot) and their associated nurseries had really participated with over 100 entries from the children filling the walls and stands. Thanks to all who gave donations for the raffle prizes and to the judges who donated their time. The society AGM and schedule meeting will be held at Stow Town hall on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30pm. Trophies: Murray & Burrell Cup, Malcolm Stirling Cup, Williamson Cup, Ramsay Cup top vase awards, top tray awards and I. G Mitchell-Innes Cup: Jim Mercer; Fruit Trophy Bob Fleet; Dr Simpson Cup Rois Henderson; Graham Steel Trophy Dorothy Riddell; Floral Art Cup Ingrid Jamieson; E. G. Brown Janet Stirling; Craft Trophy and Pringel Cup Dorothy Small; children’s medals Zafer Renton and Beth Logan, Orrock Cup Morvern Anderson, SWRI cup Amanda Runciman.


SERVICE: The next worship in Traquair Kirk, harvest thanksgiving, will be on Sunday October 25 at 10 am.


service: The service in Walkerburn Village Hall on Sunday will be at 10 am.


COFFEE TIME: The hall is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Care on September 30. The hall will be open 10am-4pm for home baking homemade soup, tea, coffee, cake and candy and tombola. Please come and give us your support


Cross-Border Club: The first meeting of the new season will be on Thursday, September 22, at 12.15 in the Wauchope Hall, Yetholm when the talk will be Scams and How to Avoid Them by Kyla Brand of the Office of Fair Trading. Please let the secretary know by Monday if you are unable to attend or are bringing a guest.

COFFEE MORNING: As part of the Biggest Coffee Morning in the world, the annual Yetholm Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held on September 24 at 10 30am in the Wauchope Hall. AII the usual stalls will be there including a raffle. Everyone welcome.

HOCKEY: Kelso High School pupil Jenni Robson, 13, of Venchen Toll House has been selected to play for the South of Scotland under-16 hockey team. She recently played for Kelso High on a trip to Belfast

INDOOR BOWLING: The club’s new season starts in the Wauchope Hall on 19th September between 2pm and 7pm. New members welcome. Notices about the club can be found on the village noticeboard or in the Wauchope Hall.

FLY-TIPPING: Concern was expressed at a recent community coucil meeting about fly-tipping of garden refuse in the small wooded area adjacent to the Stank Bridge.The matter has been referred to the community wardens.

WEE YETT: Preparations are under way for the autumn edition of the Kirk magazine. Contributions are welcome and should be sent to the editor, Alastair Turnbull, or by email to the minister, Robin McHaffie, robinmchaffie@f2s.com by September 30.