District News


WRI: Marilyn McColl, gave the September meeting a demo of wartime cookery with the chance to sample the dishes afterwards. Competition winners , toy: 1 D Williamson, 2 D Canby, 3 M Dorricott; rock buns: 1 J Macdonald, 2 M Goodfellow, 3 R Sinton. October saw the birthday party, when members and guests were entertained by Joyce Tinlin, who did flower arranging and sang songs.Competition winners, small posy of flowers: 1 Visitor ,2 M Dorricott , 3 C Pringle, 4 J Butler. Next meeting, AGM, Wednesday. Competition: table decoration.


Whist: There will be a whist and dominoes on Monday at 7.30pm in Bedrule Hall.


CHRISTMAS FAYRE: This will be in the village hall on Saturday, 10-12.30pm. Various stalls.


Junior Badminton: Wednesdays 6-7.30pm at Caddonfoot village hall for players 12-16. Beginners welcome. Rackets supplied. Bring non-marking trainers to wear on court.


Folk Festival: This runs from Friday to Sunday and all are invited to attend a Charity Concert in Denholm Church at 2pm on the Sunday. The catering throughout the weekend is being organised by the Ruberslaw congregation.

CHURCH: Sunday services will be held at Denholm at 9.30am and at Hobkirk at 11am. The service at Denholm will include a baptism. The Five-Year Visit Group appointed by the Presbytery of Jedburgh would like to meet the Kirk Session of Hobkirk and Southdean on Tuesday at 7.15pm at Hobkirk Church. All elders are encouraged to attend. Meetings with the Ruberslaw Kirk Session (6.30pm) and board (7pm) will be on November 22 at the Church Hall in Denholm. The Missionary Partner of both congregations, Rev Colin Johnston, associate minister at Tiberias is spending Wednesday with us and there are two opportunities of meeting him – at 2.30pm at the Manse (please inform the minister if you wish to attend) or at Graham and Sylvia Auld’s (for 7.30pm). November 13 is Remembrance Sunday and special services will take place at Minto Church at 10am (conducted by the minister) and at Hobkirk Church at 10.45am (conducted by Rev John Shields). Acts of Remembrance will also be held at all local war memorials. Minto War Memorial: see Minto.


WEDNESDAY CLUB : Members and guests from the British Legion, Guild and Rural celebrated the club’s 41st Birthday last month with entertainment by John Irving. The competition was for a decorative spoon and the winners were Mrs A Penman, Mrs M Campbell and Mrs G Forsyth On October 26, Curtis Welsh showed short films on locations worldwide which he had visited. The competition, a wine glass, was won by Mrs O Moffat, Mrs G Forsyth and Mrs W Moffat. The club is holding a coffee morning in Hanover on Saturday and donations for the cake and candy stall and raffle would be most welcome. The next meeting will be a trip to the Gyle on Wednesday. The bus will leave the Square at 11am. Any member who wishes to go and has not got their name down should contact Ann Thomson on 01896 849521.

Handbags and Gladrags: Earlston High School Parent Council sub-group is holding an accessory evening with quality pre-loved bags, scarves, hats, jewellery, shoes and formal wear and pick up a real bargain. Or just enjoy the company and chat over a drink and nibbles. There will also be a raffle with superb prizes including Stobo Castle voucher, massage voucher, beauty treatment voucher and everyone attending can enter a draw to win one of the demo treatments on the night. The evening starts at 7pm at Earlston High School and tickets, £3 (£2 for students), including refreshments, are available from sub-group members, the school office, or on the night.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday all-age service 9.30am, traditional 11am, both conducted by Rev Julie Woods. Refreshments served between services. This is the last Sunday for handing in Shoe Boxes for Blythswood. We still urgently need help with music for the 9.30am service, if you play piano, guitar or any other instrument and would be prepared to be on a rota with our musicians, please speak to Julie on 01896849236 as soon as possible.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Nomination forms and collection boxes are available in various shops and the Health Centre in Earlston for residents to nominate their local hero!

Earlston Twinning Group: The AGM will be on November 22 at 7.30 pm in Black Bull, Earlston.

WOMEN’S GROUP : Tonight at 8pm in the Church Hall, the speaker is from the Juicy Company – lovely fruity cocktails to sample.


CENTENARY: As part of its centenary celebrations the school is to hold two open days to which former pupils and staff of the school and interested members of the public are invited. The pupils have been researching school and community life around 1911, when the present building was opened, and are setting up a museum-type display of old photographs, extracts from the log-books, artefacts etc. Please support the pupils by calling in on Monday, 10-11.30am and 1.30-3pm and Tuesday 2-7pm.


WRI: At the AGM the office bearers elected were: president Marjory Tennant, vice-president Isla Guthrie, secretary Sandra Moffat and treasurer Joyce Bruce. Committee members: Alison Blackadder, Margaret Cumming, Roseanne Deas, Anne Davies, Marion MacIntosh, Eileen Reid. At the meeting on Wednesdayr, Kay Ross will give an illustrated talk : My travels in the Southern Oceans. The competitions are Something new from something old and a naughty postcard.

BONFIRE: Kirkhope bonfire is on Saturday. Revellers are asked to meet at Kirkhope Primary School at 6pm for a torchlight procession to the fire and fireworks display. Wristbands (£2 adult; £1 under 16) available in advance from the school or on the night. Parking is in the sports field. Glow sticks will be on sale with hot food and chocolate apples. Organisers stress sparklers should not brought to the event.


Camera Club: A healthy turn out of members descended on Melrose for an evening of night photography. Wednesday is our annual agricultural competition and exhibition at Langlee Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm and projected images will be shown from 7.30pm. Contributions to the supper and raffle would be appreciated.

50-50 DRAW: The winning ticket was 1576. Tickets for next weeks lottery are available from the Info Hub, Salmon, Quins, Auld Mill, and teh Ladhope Inn, or there is a standing order option.


primary school: Bingo night, tomorrow at the school, 7pm. £2.00, Refreshments available.


Rotary Club: Past president Billy McWatters presided in the absence of Liz Wood. The speakers were Flora Robinson and Maddie Arlett, senior students from Selkirk High School, who gave an illustrated talk on the Borders’ Exploration Group’s visit to the Ukraine this summer. They spent 18 days there on various projects. In Kiev, they helped at an orphanage. They visited the city of Kiev before setting out on a walking/hiking expedition in the Carpathian Mountains staying under canvas. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre at Lviv was next on the tour with its magnificent cathedrals, churches and markets. It was then on to Chernobyl and a visit to the museum.

Bridge Club: October 24, 1 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 2 H. and M. Ouldcott, 3 K. Auckland and E. Aitken, 4 M. Arres and N. Smith; October 26: SBU simultaneous pairs: 1 J. and M. Miller, 2 V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth, 3 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 4 M. Tuson and J. Urquhart


SERVICE: The service on Sunday will be at 10.30am and will be followed by a light lunch in the hall.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The monthly meeting is 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 issues.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: All are welcome to the regular meeting on Wednesday in the church hall, Leithen Road at 10.30am.

BRIGADOON: Innerleithen Opera urgently requires male playing members for the production of Brigadoon in March. Anyone interested should go to the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Information: contact Elma Belleville, 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk .

CRAFT AND TABLE-TOP SALE: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society’s annual craft and table-top sale is next Saturday November 12, in the Memorial Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm. As well as an array of craft and other tables, there will be tea and coffee, cake and candy and a raffle. Entry is by silver collection.


GUILD: The October 26 meeting was led by President Jan Fotheringham with a bible reading by Diane Thorburn. Dr Eddie Muir who spoke on Rotary explaining the history of the movement from its inception in America. Beatrice Kyle gave the vote of thanks. On Wednesday November 23, during Guild week, afternoon teas will be served in Kenmore Hall from 2.30pm, £2, proceeds to Guild projects. Everyone most welcome.

Bridge Club: October 17, N/S: 1 R, Oates and S.West, 2 J.Tait and I.Weir, 3 J.and M. Weightman; E/W: 1 M.Purdie and O.Whillans, 2 D.and P. Palmer, 3= I.Whillans and B.Miller, D.Gray and D.Cessford. October 24, Members’ charity choice competition, N/S: 1 S.Graham and N.Porter, 2 J.and M.Weightman, 3 O.Whillans and M.Purdie; E/W: 1 I.Whillans and B.Miller, 2 P.Harris and M.Forsythe, 3 A.and R.Stewart,

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Howdenburn primary school is holding a Christmas fayre on friday, 7-9pm at the school. There will be lots of produce on sale and you can enjoy fruit punch, mince pies and shortbread. £1 fee, children free.

St John’s Church: On Sunday a healing service is being held at 6pm, an opportunity to pray for healing for yourself, family or friends. The service includes anointing and the laying on of hands. For each person prayed for a pebble from Iona will be placed in water.

Churches Together: There was a large turnout in the Kenmore Halls for the annual Churches Together One World Lunch. Rev Chris Hingley, rector of Petra School in Bulawayo spoke about the difficulties of life in present day Zimbabwe and the response of the Christian community. Elspeth McLachlan who spent a term earlier in the year helping at the school spoke of the deep commitment and love shown by the teachers and pupils for those at the edges of society. More than £260 was raised for the school.


Thursday Group: Captain Mike Perry showed film about of research teams working in the Antarctic and also about clean-up operations there. Today Fiona Huston describes he year living without mod cons in The Garden Cottage Diary. Next week Oliver Eade will talk about photographing people, Abbey Row Centre. 2pm. For infomation, phone tel 01573 224753

Friends of Kelso Museum: The second November public lecture will be given by Mary Craig on The Black Death on Wednesday at the Abbey Row Centre at 7.30pm. Entry by donation, free to members of the friends.

St John’s: On Sunday at 1.0 pm in Connections there will be a bring- and-share lunch where a presentation will take place of the recent Holy Land pilgrimage. All welcome.

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 tomorrow 7.30pm

Abbey Quilters: The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre, when we will be making a Somerset patchwork greetings card. Members will need to bring contrasting Christmas prints or plains, pressed, as follows: fabric 1 12 rectangles, fabric 2 eight rectangles, all 3 x 1¾in; backing piece 4in square – similar colour to fabric 1, Greetings card with a circular aperture of about. 3½in, Thread to match, glue stick and general sewing kit. All welcome, visitors £2 per meeting. Details: Caroline Morrell 01289 331116 or 07801 903 196.”

Christmas Charities Fair: The fair is at the Tait Hall next Saturday November 12, 10am-2pm. Charities represented will include Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Marie Curie, CHAS, MS Society, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Support, Talking Newspapers, RNLI, Save the Children, Red Cross, McMillan Cancer Support, Rotary, Queens House, Samaritans and Guide Dogs.

Horticultural Society: The autumn exhibition, including chrysanthemums, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, floral art, honey, industrial and junior sections, will be at the Tait Hall, Kelso, on Saturday. Doors open 1pm, presentation of prizes 4pm, Teas, sales table and raffle. . Admission: adults £1.50, children 50p.

Bridge club: October 26, SBU Sim Pairs: N/S 1 Jean Gall and Jeanette Chalmers, 2 Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart, 3 Alison Ireland and Elinor Green; E/W 1 Jean Bunyan and Val Fairbairn, 2 Avril Ronald and John Hayton, 3 Mary and Jim Stone. Oct ober 27, Calchou Cup 3: N/S Val Johnstone and Mary Millar, 2 Rena Stewart and Jean Gall, 3 Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W 1 John and Marian Miller, 2 Nancy Porter and Jock Dun, 3 Helen Lawson and Betty Laing


Coffee morning: The mini and midi section of the rugby club raised £800 at a most successful coffee morning in the Buccleuch Centre, opened by rugby youth development officer Iain ParkThe organisers, coaches, helpers and young players of the youth section thank everyone for kind donations and support.

Bonfire: A group of volunteers will organise a bonfire on the Kilngreen on Saturday, but there will be no firework display. A barbecue will be run by the Scouts.


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning for Maxton and Mertoun Church funds will be held in Maxton village hall on Saturday starting at 10am. Admission is £1.50, there will be the usual stalls and a warm welcome to all.


Callum’s Trust: There will be a coffee morning and grand thrift sale next Saturday, November 12, at Melrose Corn Exchange, 10am-12.30pm. Variety of craft stalls, home baking and tombola.

Lavender Touch: This charity, helping people with cancer in the Scottish Borders, is to benefit from a concert in Melrose Parish Church hall on Sunday at 7.30pm by the Mosaic vocal group from Kelso plus Heather Cattanach (piano), Harris Playfair and Mike Young. Tickets £7, at the door. Refreshments.

Trimontium Search: Searching for Trimontium on the map of Roman Scotland is the title of Professor Lawrence Keppie’s illustrated lecture in the Corn Exchange thi evening at 7.30pm. All welcome.

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Life and Work available for collection, new subscribers welcome, £17.60 per year; today Guild 2.30pm, Amy Ward; tomorrow 3-7pm and Saturday10-1pm, Traidcraft Christmas fair; Sunday,Shoebox Appeal deadline. Services, 9.30am Bowden. 11am Melrose. November 21 Board meeting. Harvest thanksgiving raised £493 for Bethlehem and Malawi projects.

Hidden Rome: A group of 14 from the Trimontium Trust visited Rome last week for a trip round some of the sights less favoured by the tourists, guided by trustee Professor Lawrence Keppie of Glasgow University. One of the spring 2012 lectures will be devoted to a report on the visit.

literary society: The successful Borders author Dr Oliver Eade last week spoke to the Melrose Literary Society. His wide ranging talk covered the role that illustrators had to play in the creation of novels and short stories, and he warned his audience of the dangers to be found among rogue publishers. Dr Eade read selections from several of his works.The next meeting of the society will be in the Ormiston Institute on Tuesday when Margaret Jeary will talk on the memoirs of the Borders writer, George Taylor of Kelso.

Waverley Tennis Club: The AGM is next MondayNovember 14, at 7.30.pm in the clubhouse. It will be preceded at 7pm by the annual presentation of club championship trophies.

BORDERS FLOWER CLUB: Correct date for next meeting is Wednesday November 9 and demonstrator is Mildred Stafford with Christmas: A Tingle of Excitement.t


Ceilidh: Callum’s Trust is holding a ceilidh on Saturday 26th November 26 at the village hall, 7.30-11.30pm. Bar, stovies and soup, raffle and tombola. Tickets £8, over 18’s only. Tel: 01896 757887.


WAR MEMORIAL: The memorial was dedicated 90 years ago, and to mark the occasion an exhibition will be open in Minto Church on Saturday November, 12, from 2-4pm, and after the 10am service in Minto on Sunday.


WRI: The November meeting, in the Institute on Wednesday at 7.15pm, will see a jewellery demonstration by Joyce McKenzie. This will also be the AGM. Competitions: individual cold sweet and a brooch.


Coffee morning: Liddesdale parish church held a well supported coffee morning raising £490, with some expenses still to be deducted.

Celebrations: The Liddesdale Ladies’ Amenities Group has offered to help the community council organise the celebrations to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year. Among the suggestions are a street party and floats.


Phoenix Choir: The choir is to give a concert in Peebles Old Parish Church at 7.30 next Saturday, November 12, promoted by the Rotary Club . Proceeds will all go towards End Polio Now. Tickets, £10, are available from any Rotarian, Tony Storey, Opticians, Graham McGrath, outfitters or at the door.

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Church fair: The Parish Church is holding its Christmas fair on November 19 at 2.00 p.m. in the village hall, serving teas in the church hall opposite. Admission £2.00 including tea. All the usual stalls and raffle.


BLOOD DONORS: The Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a donor session in the Victoria Hall, Selkirk next Sunday , November 13, 10.15am-12.30pm and 2-4pm.


Church: There will be a Remembrance Sunday Service in Traquair Kirk next Sunday November, 13, at 9.30 am. There will also be a service at the War Memorial in Traquair Village at 10.50am.


Service: There will be a service to remember those serving in the armed forces on Sunday at 4 pm in Walkerburn Village Hall


SWRI: At the annual general meeting, the minutes and accounts for the year were agreed. Cups for the past season were presented with Evelyn Horsburgh winning the cup for most points and Margaret Robinson winning cup for most entries. The committee for the next year is: president Annie Coltherd, vice-president Margaret Robinson, secretary Evelyn Horsburgh, treasurer Hannah Young, press secretary Margaret Watson, committee Linda Bradshaw, Eileen Davidson, Betty Fraser, Gill Kerr and Jean Scott. The AGM was followed by a committee meeting to arrange next year’s syllabus and a beetle drive, won by Jean Scott. The snowball raffle was won by Margaret Robinson. The next meeting, in the hall on Tuesday, is a demonstration of crafts for Christmas and the competition a page from a scrapbook.


CHRISTMAS FAIR: This is on Saturday in the Wauchope Hall, 10 30am-1 30pm.Refreshments will be available.

BERWICK MALE VOICE CHOIR: The Kirk was well filled for the recent evening of well known music, as part of an autumn/winter tour. Proceeds went to Church funds.Yetholm featured in the music with a solo by Mike Ross entitled Bowmont Valley.

WHIST DRIVE: There will be a whist drive in the Youth Hal on Tuesday at 7 30pm.Entrance is £2 includeing supper.There will also be a raffle.

POPPY SCOTLAND: Poppies are on sale in various village locations and house collections are under way. There will be a ceremony at 9.45am at the War Memorial next Sunday, November 13, when a wreath will be laid on behalf of the community.This will be followed by a Remembrance Sunday service in the Kirk at 10am.

FLY TIPPING: After complaints about tipping of garden refuse in the Stank Wood, Scottish Borders Council has erected a No Dumping sign. Yetholm Community Council is grateful to the Wardens Service for this.

TRUE GRIT: The film will be shown next Saturdary, November 12, as part of the Yetholm Film Nights season.The doors of the Wauchope Hall open at 6 30pm and the film starts at 7pm.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Bonfire Night is Saturday and the community council will be selling torches on Town Yetholm Green at 6pm before processing to the playing field for the bonfire and fireworks display.The date for the fund raising bingo night in the Wauchope Hall is November 25 and not as previously advised. Everyone will be made welcome at both events.