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MUSIC: Riddell Fiddles will be appearing in the village hall on November 26 for a St Andrew’s night of music, starting at 7pm. Tickets are available from the Ancrum Pantry village shop.


REMEMBRANCE DAY: Wreaths were laid at Caddonfoot war memorial to mark Remembrance Day. David Hartley laid the Royal British Legion wreath, and was joined by Councillor Bill Herd (Scottish Borders Council), Joyce Brown (Korean Veterans), Frank Janson (Clovenfords Community Council) and Hannah Grieve, Caddonfoot Church’s newest member. The names of the fallen in two world wars were read by elder Effie Brydon. Standard bearers were Richard Tindall and George Duff (both Royal British Legion), piper Ross Kimber, and buglers Alan Paterson and David Phillips. They were joined by Corporal Dougie Gammie. The church service and act of remembrance was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd, who was joined by the Reverend Colin Johnston, from Israel, a guest of Jedburgh Presbytery.


FAIR: A Christmas fair will be held at Denholm primary school on December 2, 6.30-8.30pm. This is the parent council’s major fundraiser of the year.


PARISH CHURCH: All are welcome to attend The Big Sing on Saturday at 2pm in the church – a chance to learn some of the new songs in the hymn book and have a good sing. Sunday’s services – all-age at 9.30am and traditional at 11am – will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: The Wednesday Club held its annual coffee morning and sale on November 5 when £314 was raised. Members and friends enjoyed a shopping trip to The Gyle last week and the next meeting of the club on Wednesday will feature a competition for a small vase.

Remembrance Sunday: The remembrance service at the war memorial was conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Standard bearer was George Goodfellow and the piper Bruce Hastie. Wreaths were laid as follows – RBLS, Robert Bell; RBLS women’s section,Valarie Ramage; Scottish Borders Council, John Paton-Day; community council, Harry Cummings; Lauderdale Rotary, Jack Jones; British Red Cross, Andrew Lees; Scout Group wreath, Esme Biggar/Ryan Farquhar; flag, Alice Fordyce; Girl Guide wreath, Chelsea Elliot flag, Aimee Sloan; Rainbows/Brownies wreath, Amy Young/Abby MacKenzie; flag, Iona Young.


PROBUS CLUB: President Murray Thom welcomed 52 members and guest Robin Cochrane, who wished to transfer his membership of Probus from Innerleithen to Galashiels following his move to Newstead. Immediate past president John Platt then introduced new member, Karl Linklater from Selkirk. James Westwood gave a talk, entitled Hostage Experience. After graduating from Oxford University with degrees in mathematics and physics, James began his career in mining engineering. In January 1995, while working in Sierra Leone in charge of a diamond mine, he, along with nine other key workers, including a medical doctor and an interpreter, were taken hostage by members of the Revolutionary United Front in its campaign to oust the Sierra Leone government. James said although they were relatively well treated, they were forced to trek eastwards for more than 300km through inhospitable territory. Food was in short supply and some evenings were spent trying to repair footwear. After three months of captivity, and having reached the eastern border of Sierra Leone, the 10 hostages had become a liability to the RUF and were encouraged to walk out into friendly territory while their captors disappeared. Probus club members meet next Thursday in the Kingsknowes Hotel when member Tony Watson will give a talk entitled Not Just a Pretty Face.

50/50 DRAW: The winning Borders 50/50 lottery ticket drawn on Sunday was 475, with the lucky holder picking up £55.


Film and Video Group: Due to an unforeseen difficulty in the programme last week, Alec Peterson stepped into the breach with three short films about Glasgow in years gone by. The first, dating back to the 1930s, featured the River Clyde from its source to the sea, followed by a film highlighting the city’s dockland area in the mid-1950s. The third offering, made in 1960, highlighting shipbuilding. Tuesday’s meeting is an invitation for members to bring along a film of a humorous incident or to produce an advert on any item.

Camera Club: At the meeting last Thursday, vice-president Anna Lee introduced professional photographer Liz Hanson as judge for the second monthly competition – landscape/seascape. Results – projected images – 1, Florence Reflection by Dianne Murphy; 2, Poppies by Ali Graham; 3, Glacier by John Hill; commended, Over Peebles by Gordon Gilfether. Prints – 1, Autumn Stream by Dennis Laing; 2, St Abbs by Ali Graham; 3, Brooklyn Bridge by Ali Graham; commended, Manhattan by Ali Graham, Westerdale Mill by Dennis Laing and Eriskay by Bernie Gajos. The overall winning image was Autumn Stream by Dennis Laing. Novices – 1, Stop Rocking The Boat by Kathryn Barlow; 2, Peace at Last by Dianne Murphy; 3, Croft by Kathryn Barlow. There will be an informal competition of projected monochrome images, judged by Derek Lunn and Suzanne Alderson, next Thursday.

Bridge Club: November 7 – N/S – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, R. Goldie and M. McLeod; 3, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; E/W – 1, E. Tait and J. Veitch; 2, P. Young and J. Beedle; 3, L. and T. Witten; November 9 – autumn pairs – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 4, D. Usher and I. Wyze.

ROTARY: Last week’s meeting heard from the proprietor of Hawick’s newest start-up business in High Street, Lesley Smith of The Honeypot. After leaving school she started work at Hawick Cashmere before studying textiles and design at university. Then she returned to the industry with Edinburgh Woollen Mills and Johnstone’s of Elgin in Hawick. Her ambition was always to be self-employed in her own High Street business in Hawick and this was realised by support from the Prince’s Trust. Lesley also had backing from a council business fund.

PROBUS: The latest meeting opened with a remembrance tribute led by Jim Stirling Local historian and raconteur Ian Landles then continued with Part Two of Robert Burns’ 1787 Borders Tour which began from Duns and onto the east coast before heading inland to Coldstream, Kelso and Jedburgh. He never visited Hawick but reached Carlisle before returning to Edinburgh via the central Borders.


WRI: Members enjoyed the rural’s 83rd birthday meal at The Smokery. Competition winners for the year were presented with their prizes – 1, Lesley Abernethy ( silver salver); 2, Brenda Wright; 3 (equal), Kathy Scott and Gill Harrop.


PANTO: Heriot Players are in the middle of rehearsals for this year’s panto production of The Snow Queen. Tickets are available from Fran Bennett, Stow post office and any cast member for the December 1-3 performances in the MacFie Hall.


WINTER PLAN: Community councillors are preparing an action plan to help residents tackle the effects of severe winter weather. A presentation by Jim Fraser, Scottish Borders Council resilience manager, will be held in Innerleithen Memorial Hall from 7.30pm on Tuesday. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss how to help make the Innerleithen area safer for everyone, especially vulnerable people, this winter. Contact Brian McCrow, 1 Cardrona Way, Cardrona (01896 833188, 07712 841768) or Neil Cummings, 7 Mains Farm Steading, Cardrona (01896 831771, 07920 574583) for more details.

CHURCH: There will be a service of worship in Innerleithen Church at 11.30am on Sunday.

SWITCHED-ON SUNDAY: The programme for this year’s Switched-On Sunday is growing – and there is still room for others to get involved. The event runs from 1.30pm on December 11. Anyone who would like to take a craft stall should contact Lesley Foster at Backcroft (info@backcroft.co.uk or 01896 830792). Those planning an event/activity can email innerleithenevents@hotmail.co.uk or visit The Whistle Stop, Framing Gallery or Robert Smail’s. Next Thursday at 7.30pm in the Union Club sees the next Switched-On Sunday meeting.

SALE: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society’s craft and table-top sale last Saturday raised approximately £600 and this will go towards production costs for The Sound of Music.


Bridge Club: November 7 – 1, B. and I. Middleton; 2, A. and R. Stewart; 3, R. Oates and S. West; 4, J. Tait and I. Weir; 5, A. and D. Wilson.


BRIDGE CLUB: November 9 – Rose Bowl 2 – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 2, Jean Gall and Jeanette Chalmers; 3, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross. E/W – 1, Jean Bunyan and Val Fairbairn; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; November 10 – Millennium Trophy 6 – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2 (equal), Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan, Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the St Johnstone game leaves The Square at 11am on Saturday. Tickets available from Jim (01573 226240).

GUILD: Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild meet on Tuesday at 7pm in Abbey Row when Alison Minter and Rineke Sangster will demonstrate Christmas ideas. For more information contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

MUSEUM LECTURES: Mary Craig gave an account of The Black Death and its effects on the Borders when 50 per cent of the population died. The last lecture on Wednesday will be given by Kristian L. R. Pedersen and entitled “Paxton before the House” – 7.30pm, Abbey Row Centre.

Thursday Group: Fiona Houston described the year she had spent living as an ancestor would have done 200 years ago. Today, Ian Corsie will talk on publishing guidebooks and next Thursday sees Graham Bell on “Birds in Myth and Fact” – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Kelso Horticultural Society is hosting a talk on Wednesday entitled “Winter Interest in the Garden” by Emma Emmerson of the Woodside Plant Centre. The Tait Hall event starts at 7.30pm.

EXHIBITION: Results from Kelso Horticultural Society’s autumn exhibition held in the Tait Hall – Marchioness of Lothian Challenge Cup for three vases of chrysanthemums, Jimmy Givens; plaque for most outstanding exhibit in classes 2-15, Jimmy Givens; Fred Farmer Memorial Trophy for most points in floral art section, Gail Watson; plaque for most outstanding exhibit in floral art section, Gail Watson; Lady Lothian Challenge Cup for most points in pot plants section, Alex Watson; Kelso Horticultural Society Cup for collection of vegetables, Ted Low; Border Leek Championship and W. and K. Bowie Trophy for three pot leeks, Rona Ridley; Kelso Horticultural Society President’s Cup for three blanched leeks, Tony Cuthbert; Kelso Pottery Onion Pot for four onions, The Kelsae, Douglas Oliver; Margaret and Robert Thomson Rose Bowl for best exhibit in the vegetable section, excluding collections of vegetables and leek and onion classes, lan Simpson; Alex Cossar Cup for most points in honey section, Norman Jarvis: special prize for winner of class 215, lemon slices, Helen Hope; Middlemas Trophy for most points in baking section (tied number of points, but winner with most first places), Joan Duncan; Gardiner Trophy for best exhibit in baking section, Joan Duncan; cup for most points in the indusfrial section, Helen Hope; trophy for best exhibit in the junior section, five-10 years, Mia Wight; best exhibit cash prize winners – chrysanthemum section, Jimmy Givens; floral art section, Gail Watson; pot plants section, Alex Watson; vegetable section (excluding class 65 – Border Onion Championship), Rona Ridley; preserves and other produce section, Jane Bell; baking section, Joan Duncan; handicrafts section, Kate Kinghorn.

AGM: Kelso Community Events is holding its annual meeting on Monday at 6pm at Seasons, Roxburgh Street.

Kelso North and Ednam Guild:Members met last Thursday in Kelso North Church. Barbara Maclean presided over the meeting and led prayer. George Shaw, of the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, told of his work in the Salvation Army and then in the Mission which he had served in many different ports. A Christmas social will be held next Thursday.


Country Club: A special presentation was made at the Country Music club monthly meeting in the Royal British Legion clubrooms.Jane Brown was retiring as organiser and to mark the occasion she presented a cheque for £356.29 from the club to the Great North Air Ambulance, Pride of Cumbria. It was decided the money would go to this cause because a large number of people from the Carlisle area support the club. Jane lives in Selkirk, but prior to that was resident in Langholm when she secretary at the Legion. She started the Country Music Club about 12 years ago. Although deciding to call it a day on the organising front, she will be coming to the meetings. The Annan Border Reivers Club has taken on the running of things and the organisation will now be called the Langholm Border Reivers club, meeting on the first Saturday of each month.


AGM: Lauderdale library AGM will be held on December 1 and 7pm at The Smiddy.

CHANNELKIRK AND LAUDER GUILD: After the devotions, the Reverend Jamie Griggs dedicated the members as part of the Church of Scotland Guild. Helen McDonald gave a talk and slide show on her trip to Australia. Brenda Tucker gave the vote of thanks. There is a coffee/tea afternoon with a sales table in the church centre on Wednesday, 2-3.30pm. This is part of National Guild Week.

WRI: Tom Tokely gave a talk, with slides, about the Yetholm gypsies at this month’s meeting. Competitions – Gypsy Creams – 1, Wendy Paterson; 2, Anne Strangeways; 3, Betty Bell; gypsy poem – 1, Kathleen Thomson; 2, Anne Lillico; 3, Anne Strangeways. The next meeting is on December 6.


Halloween: A Halloween party was held in the village hall and after a few games the children went guising around the estate to collect money for the fireworks – £175 was raised. Organisers are grateful to Alison and the parents who drove the children around.

BONFIRE: The bonfire was held on November 5 when everyone enjoyed a firework display, as well as soup and rolls. Graham, Ross and Aaron built the fire and let off the fireworks, while Kim made the soup.

POPPY APPEAL: The Scottish Poppy Appeal 2011 for Makerstoun parish raised £252.04 – a record amount. Collectors were Mrs Wilson, Mrs Fleming and George Duncan.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Lord Biddulph laid a wreath on behalf of the community at the war memorial and the Makerstoun Church service was taken by session clerk James Smith.


Ormiston Bridge Club: November 7 – NS – 1, J. Gall and J. Chalmers; 2, D. and M. Swanson; 3, J. and B. Duncan; 4, N. and M. Lindsay; E/W – 1, A. Ronald and B. Stevenson; 2, J. and Q. McLaren; 3, B. and B. Lumley; 4, J. Stewart and P. Matthew.

TRIMONTIUM: Recent groups undertaking the route march and visiting the Roman museum included St Mary’s and 53 from Prior Park First School in Berwick, which required two volunteers to cope with the arrangements, as well as the visiting teachers and helpers. There were also two visitors – on their honeymoon. Peter McNaught had worked on the Bradford University dig in the 1990s and on a museum panel there was a picture of him on his knees working on the excavation of one of the wells – it was the first time he had seen it. The last lecture, “Celebration and Prospect”, in the Curle Centenary series will be delivered tonight at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange by Dr Fraser Hunter, principal curator of the Roman Collection at the National Museums in Edinburgh. Nick Holmes’ talk last Thursday on late Roman coinage in the Borders fell on the same day that the journal Britannia arrived in the post with a summary of the Kippilaw hoard found near Bowden earlier this year, and inspected, studied and reported on by Mr Holmes. Walter Elliot proposed the vote of thanks.

Parish Church: Sunday at 11am will see a service to mark the end of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the present church building on the Weirhill.


WRI: President Edith Scott welcomed members to the annual general meeting and thanked her committee for their work throughout the year. This was followed by secretary Margot Hastie reading out an account of the year’s affairs before treasurer Dilys Wheelans gave the financial report. Most points gained at competitions throughout the year – 1, Sheena Galloway; 2 (equal), Anne Cochrane and Dilys Wheelans. Officials elected – president Edith Scott; vice-president, Sheena Galloway; secretary, Margot Hastie; assistant secretary, Christine Robertson; treasurer, Dilys Wheelans; magazine and points secretary, Joan Jamieson; press secretary, Sheila Swanson; committee – Anne Cochrane, Irene Cotter, Helen Pearce, Eleanor Scott and Gweyn Williamson. Competitions - small article for a sales table – 1, Helen Pearce; 2, Ella Nairn; 3, Joan Jamieson; rock buns – 1, Margot Hastie; 2, Ella Nairn; 3, Gweyn Williamson. The next meeting is the Christmas night out at Fletchers at 7pm. Competition –hand-made Christmas bauble.


Guild: There was a good attendance at the November meeting when the Reverend Tom MacDonald gave a talk and showed slides of his visit to Kalimpong. Names were taken for the Christmas dinner on December 1.

Lunch Club: Members are having cream teas and a raffle in the institute on Wednesday at 3pm.

Coffee Morning: The coffee morning in aid of the Sick Children’s Hospital will be held in the institute on December 3 at 10.30am.


SERVICE: Churches Together in Selkirk and The Valleys are holding a united service on Sunday at 10.30am in the Victoria Halls.


QUIZ: A Halloween quiz was enjoyed by a record turnout.

FAIR: A Christmas fair will be held on November 26 from noon.


QUIZ: The village hall is hosting a quiz night tomorrow. Tickets include a stovie supper, but those attending should bring refreshments.


BOWLING CLUB: Stichill Bowling Club will be holding a special general meeting regarding the future of the club on Wednesday evening at 8pm.


YOUTH CLUB: Opening and registration with parents tonight, 7-9pm, at Stow primary school. Come along and have a go at trash music drumming – P4 upwards.


WRI: Isobel Gordon gave a presentation on the Borders Talking Newspaper and how individuals could become involved as readers for the newspaper’s articles. The Mrs W. J. Douglas Challenge Cup winner was Frances Armstrong for two paradise fingers.The Elizabeth Scott Challenge Cup winner for most competition points over the last year was Jean Douglas. Runner-up was Margaret Hornsby. The annual business meeting followed with Jean Douglas being appointed president. The next meeting is the Christmas dinner on December 6 at the Clock Tower, Jedburgh, 6.30 for 7pm.


SERVICE: The next service of worship in Traquair Kirk will be on November 27 at 10am.


SERVICE: A service of worship in Walkerburn village hall will be held at 10am on Sunday.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: Walkerburn War Memorial saw another well-attended service this year at which Christine Grahame MSP laid the principal wreath on behalf of the Scottish Parliament. She was joined by Councillor Graham Garvie, Mr George Thornton, chairman of the community council, Mr Jim Robb, a Second World War veteran who represented Walkerburn and District ex-service men and women, Mr Robin Cowan, representing the Royal British Legion and Mrs Helen Furness representing the Church of Scotland. Mrs Furness’s daughter is currently serving in the Royal Air Force as a helicopter pilot. The veterans on parade represented every action since the Second World War, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Piper Bruce Hamilton, Bugler Liam Orr and accordionist Robin Wilson took part in a short service led by the Rev Derek Jupe and the Rev Jim Wallace, which was followed by a community lunch provided by the hard-working team of Denise Hanks, Allin Hoggarth, Christine and Sheila Horsburgh, Mollie McIntosh, Lesley Thornton and Tricia Purves. As usual, Colonel John Purves supplied the liquid rations.


DANCE: The primary school parent council is holding a 70s/80s dance in the village hall on Saturday, 7.30pm-midnight, with music by Latitude 56. Tickets are available from the school (01578 740217) or on the night. Bring your own drink – 70s/80s fancy dress optional.


Cross-Border Club: Members meet next Thursday at 12.15pm in the Wauchope Hall for lunch and a talk by Janet Combe on the visitor centre at Perth prison. Anyone unable to attend or who is bringing a guest should let the secretary know by Monday.

BINGO NIGHT: Yetholm festival committee is holding a fundraising bingo night next Friday at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall.

BONFIRE EVENING: The annual torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks display was considered one of the best ever. The village green was a magnificent sight when the large procession assembled with torches to head for the playing field. Organisers Yetholm Community Council are grateful to the volunteers who built the bonfire and let off the fireworks, as well as to the ladies who served up hot dogs and other refreshments.

CEILIDH: The Great North Air Ambulance will benefit from a ceilidh to be held in the Wauchope Hall on November 26 from 7.30pm. Tickets from the village shop.

FAIR: The Christmas charities fair in the Wauchope Hall was a great success.

PANTOMIME: It is hoped to stage a village pantomime in February. Old stagers and new recruits will be warmly welcomed. Anyone interested is invited to a meeting in the Plough Hotel on December 1.

BOOK SALE: Wauchope Hall will stage a book sale from 10am-noon on November 26. Donations will be made to Yetholm Kirk and Yetholm and Morebattle Playgroup.