District News


WRI: President Molly Marshall introduced Margaret Young and Christine Laidlaw from Cogsmill WRI who showed us how to make a selection of chocolates and sweets. These were sampled by the members and found to be delicious. Three boxes were donated for the raffle. Competition, a decorated cup cake: 1 Kathryn Barlow, 2 Teela Ferguson, 3 Olive Hogg.


WRI: Mrs Weatherly introduced Jim Shanks who demonstrated the basics of cheesemaking and gave an interesting history of how Standhill Cheesery came in to being. Members enjoyed sampling the different cheeses he brought along. Competition, supper dish: 1 Mrs Crosbie, 2 Mrs Waldie 3 Ms Crosbie.The next meeting, in the village hall on November 8, is the AGM and a talk and photos about walking the Inca Trail. Any new ladies will be made very welcome.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday all-age service at 9.30am and traditional at 11am, both conducted by Rev Marion Dodd. Refreshments will be served between services. November 6 is the last day for shoeboxes to be handed in to the church for the Blythswood shoebox appeal.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Learn how to make delicious fruit cocktails with the Juicy Company at 8pm in the church hall next Thursday, November 3.

CAMERA CLUB: The October meeting heard a talk from Ewan Myles about his work in advertising. Competition, A Face in the Crowd, projected images: 1 and 2 Brian Sutherland, 3 John Wilson; prints, 1 Allan Drummond, 2 Helen Pugh-Cook, 3 Helen McDonald. At the next meeting, on Wednesday 2, the speaker will be Jed Gordon from Musselburgh. The competition will be “Humour”, Visitors always welcome.

WRI: Mrs Smith, vice-president introduced Norman Jarvis who gave a very informative talk all about bees. Competitions: honey biscuits, 1 J Bryson, 2 B Paton; article beginning with B: 1 A.Grierson, 2 H. Smith. The next meeting is on November 17 at 7.30 in Hanover Close.

Community Development Trust: The AGM is at 7pm on Thursday, November 3, in the Police Post, Earlston


Halloween: A party will be held in the village hall for children 10 years and under on Saturday, 4-6pm, fancy dress optional, prizes for best carved turnip lantern. All children in the Jed valley are invited. Further information, call Christine 01835 840246


Coffee Morning and Sale: The next event in aid of hall funds will be on Saturday November 4, 10am-noon. As ever, any one with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation to Hall funds.


Borders Family History Society: Gregory Lauder-Frost is giving a talk, Looking at Local Families, at the village hall, on Sunday. Free.


5050 Draw: The winning ticket drawn on Sunday was 1561. Tickets for next week’s lottery are available from the Info Hub, Salmon, Quins, Auld Mill, and Ladhope Inn, or there is the new standing order option.

Camera Club: The first club competition of the season was judged by Bert Lancaster from Hawick Camera Club who offered helpful comments on the images. Projected images : 1 and 2 Gordon Swalwell, 3 Christine Swalwell, commended Richard Lillico. Prints: 1 Neil Mclean, 2 Christine Swalwell, 3 Dorothy Ainslie, commended Anne Woods, Neil McLean and Christine Swalwell. The next meeting,on Wednesday, is an illustrated talk by David Long on botanical exploration in south-west China.


Rotary CLUB: President Liz Wood introduced Colin and Pam Paxton who gave an excellent illustrated talk on their cycle ride from John o’ Groats to Land’s End this summer. They cycled over 1,000 miles on B roads. Planning took seven months as they pre-booked all their B&Bs. The weather was deplorable most of the way. Despite all this they enjoyed the ride completed in 10 days and met so many interesting and pleasant people along the way. Andrew Suddon gave the vote of thanks. It was anounced that a street collection by members raised £106.78 for the Royal Blind Asylum.


WRI: After the AGM, Brenda Wright welcomed everyone member Lesley Abernethy who entertained the meeting with a musical evening of songs and words the theme being Clothing and Class. Competition, halloween poem: 1 Lesley Abernethy, 2 Jan McDonald, 3 Hazel Nisbet.


Village Hall: The annual general meeting will be on November 15 at 7.30pm.


Church: There will be a communion service in Innerleithen Church on Sunday at 11.30 am.

COFFEE MORNING: Innerleithen Senior Citizens’ Club will hold a coffee morning in the Vale of Leithen Social Club on Saturday, 10.00am-12 noon. There will be the usual stalls, cake and candy, bottle stall, raffle, and so on.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: All volunteers who help with the Innerleithen Christmas Lights are requested to assemble in the High Street at 9.30am each Sunday morning up to and including 11 December – Switched-On Sunday. Tea and coffee served at the interval. Plans for Switched-On Sunday are taking shape so please let us know if you are planning to open your shop/premises, put on an event; would like to take a craft stall or have other exciting ideas. Craft stalls are £10 per table and will be spread across two venues. Please let us know by emailing innerleithenevents@hotmail.co.uk or by speaking to Debby at Woodstock/Whistle Stop, Gen at Smail’s or Lesley from Backcroft.

TATTOO CASH: St Ronan’s Tattoo Committee thanks everyone who supported the recent coffee morning. About £300 was raised and this will be used to support and promote musical activities in Innerleithen.

TENNIS CLUB: Innerleithen Tennis Club is holding the AGM and social evening on Saturday, 6-9pm, at the Memorial Hall. Any proposals for changes to the constitution or nominations for the committee should be made in writing to the secretary, Jenny Cattermole. After the AGM rophies and medals will be presented to the junior club tournament winners, and the annual social evening with buffet, family beetle drive, photo quiz and prizes to be won. The AGM and presentation is free and tickets for the social evening cost £6 for adults, £3 for under-12s. Please contact Jenny on 01721 729374 to book by Monday.

FINANCIAL MEETING: A general meeting of Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be held on Wednesday in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street at 7.00pm to present the audited accounts for the year 2010/11. Please note change of date. The operatic society will hold the annual craft and table-top sale on Saturday November 12 in the Memorial Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm. To book a table please contact Barbara on 01896 833846 or email barbaraallan@hotmail.co.uk. Tables cost £10 each plus the donation of a raffle prize..

GARDEN TOOLS APPEAL: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group is appealing for old or unused garden tools and implements to be donated for the volunteers working in the garden at the Wells to use. Donations can be collected by or handed in to secretary Dorothy McKie (phone 01896 830703) at 41 George Street, Innerleithen, or directly to St. Ronan’s Wells.


CHARITY FAIR: A chance to buy gifts, cards, crafts and other items with a difference, and make a difference, .as the third annual charity fair will be held at the Kenmore Hall, next to Old and Trinity Parish Church, on Saturday, 10.30am-2pm. It will feature local, national and international charities including Arthurshiel Animal Centre, the Leprosy Mission, Cats Protection, Guide Dogs, Send a Cow and others. There will be an opportunity to buy a Christmas light for £5 as a gift or in memory of someone as Jedburgh Community Council raises funds to help pay for the annual town centre displays. The lights on the town’s Christmas tree in Market Place can be sponsored again this year. Last year almost £400 was raised towards the cost of providing the town centre displays through the initiative. There will be other opportunities to buy lights. Refreshments and lunches will be available.



Music Society: The Elias String Quartet, well known to Radio 3 listeners as BBC New Generation Artists, will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn and Sally Beamish in Kelso High School this evening, starting at 7.30pm

Amateur Dramatic Society: The society celebrate its 90th anniversary this year. It has called on George Amos to direct its November production. George has produced a number of shows including The Steamie. and The Derners. The society has chosen a Scots comedy The Holy Terror by James Scotland for this year. Rehearsals are well under way with the cast of 10, young and old, mastering the “mither tongue” of 17th century Scotland. Performances are on November 17-19 in the Tait Hall , Kelso at 7.30pm.

Guild: Barbara Maclean who led the worship at the October meeting. Rev Donald Gaddes was warmly welcomed to the former church where he had been minister for 24 years. He spoke of his early days in the ministry and his interesting time at Wideopen where a new church was built and grew under his care. He was thanked by Alice McEwan. An open meeting is being held today with a talk on the poison garden at Alnwick Castle.

BLOOD: At a two-day blood transfusion donor session in the Tait Hall, silver gilt awards for 50 donations were made to David Ponton, Alastair Fleming, Roderick Murray, William Elliot and Elizabeth Lisle. Silver awards for 25 donations went to Robert Hogarth, Elaine Johnston, George Millar, Douglas Wood and Arthur Cross. Bronze awards for 10 donations were made to Daniel Gillies, Claire Scott, Adam Lindsay, Theresa Tinlin, John Stenhouse and Andrew Hunter. A total of 346 people attended, including 11 first-timers, and 311 donations were received.


Bridge CLUB: October 19, Abbey Salver 2, N/S: 1 Jean Henry and Myra Thomson, 2 Alison Ireland and Elinor Green, 3 Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; E/W: 1 Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson, 2 Jack Moffat and Ian Watson, 3 Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick . October 20th, Millennium Trophy 5, N/S 1 Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson, 2 Rena Stewart and Jean Gall, 3 Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; E/W: 1 Jim Ward and Stuart Graham, 2= Sheila Urquhart and Ruth Mackay, Viv Heskett and Helenor Pratt.


Accordion Club: The monthly meeting of the accordion club in the Royal British Legion clubrooms had an excellent turnout of entertainers and a good attendance. Regular compere Adam Grant was unable to attend and Robin Waitt from Claygate took over. He played on accordion with his wife Deryn, under the name of Bon Accords. The guest band was the Ewan Galloway Trio.

Music prize: Claire Jeffrey, 16, recently won the under-18 slow melody contest at Selkirk in the annual Border Brass Band Association competition.Claire, plays the tenor horn in the Town Band along with her brother Henry and father Gavin.


WRI: Ewan Rintoul gave a talk and slide show on St Kilda. He had visited the island several times, which is by no mean feat as it is so remote. The terrain is spectacular and the sea birds and wild sheep have taken over since 1930 since the last inhabitants left. Competitions, island photo: 1 Margaret Fairburn, 2 Fiona Wilson, 3 Sandra Duncan; Knitted Toy: 1 Fiona Wilson, 2 Doreen Johnston, 3 Ruth Scoular.


QUIZ NIGHT: A quiz will be held in Lanton village hall on Saturday at 8pm. There will be a raffle but no bar, so please bring your own drinks etc. Teams of no more that four, £2.50 per head.

Craft Evenings: These have resumed, the next being on November 4 and fortnightly threrafter. Bring your latest project and enjoy a chat and a coffee.


Parish Newsletter: Our Minister is working with the publicity team, through Linda Kirby Organ, on his notion of a regular newsletter. Rev Mr Griggs invites team leaders and leaders of activities to think about providing, or ask a willing volunteer from the team to write, a brief (250 word max) bit of information about their work throughout the year. Anyone who would be interested in participating in production of a regular newsletter, on production or delivery, or would like further information please contact Linda Kirby-Organ or the minister.

Can You Help?: Photographs of people and places across Lauderdale would be welcomed by Judi Gunn for the notelets in the final stages of preparation. We are looking for someone to take on the re-setting and printing for the large print order of service leaflet each week. If you have the time and talent please let Billy Anderson know.

Team Leaders: A meeting will be held in the Church Centre, on November 29 at 7pm to look at the current and future work if the teams as set up under the unitary constitution.

HALLOWEEN: Saturday 29th October 29 - Family Halloween Fun, The Smiddy, Lauder, 2pm-4pm, free entry, Carved pumkin competition, £1, email info.laudertradingpost@gmail.com

CAKE DECORATING: At the Smiddy, Lauder, Tuesday, 7pm-8:15pm, Members £4, Non-members £6, pre book: info.laudertradingpost@gmail.com


Historical Association: At the October meetiong, John Hawkins spoke about historians who had written books about Melrose starting with Adam Milne in 1743, and covering John Bower in 1813, James Wade in 1871, James Curle in 1905 and 1935 and Bartholemew’s Guide in 1920. The vote of thanks was given by Peter Hoad. The next meeting wil be held jointly with the Melrose Literary Society on 15 November in Melrose Parish Church hall when Mary Craig will speak on the Black Death.

Ormiston Bridge Club: Results for October:N/S: 1 J. and B. Duncan 2 J. and Q. McLaren;3 J. and B. Redshaw; E/W 1 D. Usher and A. Merry, 2 J. Muir and M. Thom, 3rd B. and B. Lumley.

Border Flower Club: The demonstrator for October was Valerie Guest with the title It’s in the Frame. All design frames were made by Mrs Guest as were the woven baskets to hold her hand-tied bunches Her choice of flowers included lilies roses and orchids. Next meeting, the Corn Exchange, Melrose, November 10 at 7 30pm. The demonstrator will be Linda Hardman with the title “All Wrapped Up. Visitors welcome.

Trimontium WalkS: The Thursday afternoon walks are finishing for the season but “specials” can be arranged on request and school route marches cum museum tours are available, again by arrangement, all year round.


DANCE: The Villahge Hall rang to the sound of the Ian Cuickshanks Band from Kirriemuir which played to a full house of enthusiastic dancers from as far a field as Carlisle and Penicuik. Wednesday classes are in full swing and newcomers are always welcome. The next dance, to Robert Whitehead’s Band, is next Friday, November 4. Information and bookings: Gracie Belle Scott 01835 870 244. All proceeds from classes and dances this session go to Borders Macmillan Cancer Care.


WRI: President Sheila Marshall reported a busy year at the annual business meeting. This was followed by Ann Reid’s Treasurer’s report. Secretary Chris Nicol then gave a resume of the varied programme of meetings held over the past year. Membership now stands at 30, plus two honorary members. Preparations are in hand for the inter-institute and inter group competitions for the federation show in November. Hyacinths bulbs for the competition next February will be three of any colour. An enjoyable general knowledge quiz followed the business meeting. Competition, a photograph of Denholm taken by a member: 1 Margaret Armstrong, 2 Dee Baxter, 3 Chris Nicol 4 Sheila Marshall. The winner of the most points in competitions through the year was Pat Jardine, 2 Ann Reid, 3 Marion Miller, 4 Sheena Graham.


WRI: Marie France Taylor, president, introduced Susie Elliot who gave a talk on Riding for the Disabled and showed slides. June Bell gave the vote of thanks. Competition winners: cake slice: 1 Janette Stenhouse, 2 Mary Pringle, 3. Helen Cessford. Drop scones: 1 Helen Cessford, 2 Janette Stenhouse, 3 Libby Thomson.

Guild: The November meeting will be on Thursday November 3 at 7.30pm when the Rev Tom MacDonald will talk on Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong.

Lunch Club: A lunch club is held every Tuesday (except school holidays) in the Institute at noon. New members most welcome. Cost £5.

Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup: see Yetholm.



WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed the One Accord singers. Supper was provided by the Newtown members, and a vote of thanks given by Elaine Thornton-Nicol.Competition winners for the evening were: Belt,1 Cath Park, 2 Janette Corcoran, 3rd Lorna Dickson. The next meeting, the AGM and a beetle drive, will be on Thursday in Newtown Community Wing.


Library Café: There will be no further meetings until further notice because of refurbishment to the village hall.

WRI: Billy Anderson entertained us at our 87th birthday party with jokes and excellent accordion playing. Visitors’ competition: cup and saucer: 1 Betty Leckie (Humbie) 2 Siobhan Long (Westruther) 3 Mary Bertrum (Humbie); Oxton, Shortbread: 1 Wendy Gilchrist, 2 Anne Wood, 3 Sylvia Thompson


STAR TIME: Dale Clancy will present a Stars in your Eyes evening at Peebles Rugby Club next Saturday, November 5. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £5.

Accordion and Fiddle Club: The club will meet at the Eastgate clubrooms at 7pm on the last Thursday of the month starting today, next meeting November 24.

Leaving Your Mark: An exhibition inspired by abandoned communities and memorabilia of family life interpreted through collage, textile, drawing and painting featuring artists Rosemary Campbell and Alison King will run until Saturday November 12 at the Tweeddale Museum.

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

Jewellery course: A five-week course in jewellery making for adults led by designer Rachel Bailey starts on Wednesday at the Eastgate Theatreat 1pm. Cost £60.


Monday Club: At 2pm on Monday, Adam Borwick will give a demonstration of emergency boxes for disaster areas to the Monday Club..


QUIZ: The hall is hosting a fun quiz tomorrow. Tables are still available for this lighthearted evening’s entertainment with supper included in the ticket price which is £15 per team of four. Call 01450 860275 for details or just turn up on the day


Services: There will be a Remembrance Sunday service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday November 13 at 9.30 am. There will also be a service at the War Memorial in Traquair Village at 10.50 am.


Community Fair: Walkerburn Village Hall, Saturday, 10.30am-1.00pm. An opportunity to but some early Christmas gifts including handmade crafts. Tea or coffee and biscuits 50p, soup and roll £1.00. Everyone welcome

Service: There will be a communion service in Walkerburn Village Hall at 10 am on Sunday.


St.Marys WRI: Andrew Leitch gave a talk on dried flowers, explaining how flowers are dried using a range of methods including air/hang drying and sand drying, first used by the ancient Egyptians. Competitions, jar of Chutney: 1 Isobel Brown, 2 Irene Douglas, 3.Ena Mitchell. Cross-stitch item: 1 Miriam Lucas, 2 Irene Douglas, 3 Ruby Johnstone. The next event is the whist drive on November 9, 7.30pm, all welcome.

WHIST DRIVE: A whist drive in aid of the Ettric and Yarrow Church fabric fund will be held in Yarrow Feus Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm


Cross-Border Club: The club meets today at 12.15 in the Wauchope Hall, Yetholm, for lunch and a talk on the Pudding Club by Bob Steward.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting is on Tuesday in the Youth Hall at 7 30pm. Stewart McDonald will give a talk, Alexander Stewart – a POW in the Napoleonic Wars. Everyone welcome.

WAR GAMES: Visitors to the village wondered what was going on last weekend. People in 16th century garb were either battling it out with broadswords or firing arrows from bows! Yetolm Community Council arranged for a group from Hawick to stage a Border Reivers battle and next to them were the regular archery group. Refreshments were served in the pavilion.

HALLOWEEN DISCO: All ages will be catered for in discos in the Wauchope Hall on Saturday to raise funds for the Children”s Hospice Scotland.Children will be catered for between 4pm and 6pm, and adults from 7pm till midnight. The disco will be run by Mozza.

ROWAN TREE THEATRE: The company ended its recent tour with a visit to the Wauchope Hall with their production of Sins of the Father. The author Tom Murray was present and met members of the audience after the show.

GUILD SUNDAY: This was celebrated in Yetholm Kirk when members of the Guild took the service. Rev lan Clarke of Yetholm gave the address. Harvest thanksgiving is on Sunday, followed by a harvest lunch in the Wauchope Hall.

YETHOLM SINFONIA: The Orchestra can be found in Kelso Old Parish Church on Saturday at 7 30pm playing works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart and others.Diana Clough will be playing the flute.

Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup: The Pampered Chef fundraising evening will be at the Wauchope Hall, Yetholm, next Thursday, November 2, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £4..

POOL CONTEST: The Champions League Pool Cup competition starts next Thursday, November 3 at 7pm Yetholm Youth Hall Registration £1 on the night or email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com. More than £60 of Sports Direct vouchers and great commeratives to be won. Open to all under 18s in Morebattle, Yetholm, Kelso and Jedburgh.

YURA: The Yetholm Archery Club meeting at Yetholm Playing Fields, 1-3pm on Saturday. Please note winter times. Further information ring Ian on 01573 420703.