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COMMUNITY CAFE: The first community cafe of 2012 is at 11am in the village hall on Wednesday.


CHURCH: Caddonfoot locum minister Marion Dodd asked the congregation for new ideas, which she can incorporate, when she preached on Sunday at the morning service. The new banner created by CY (Church Youth) is to be hung up and dedicated at a future service. Lessons were read by Jim Hayes. The next service is on Sunday with Mrs Dodd again in the pulpit.


Weather: The daytime temperature hit 12C on Christmas Day – in contrast to exactly a year previously when there was deep snow. Snow did fall on December 5 and 16, but barely an inch was recorded in total. Rainfall for the month was 4.64in. Total rainfall for 2011 in Denholm was 41.48in. Other statistics for last year show that the coldest day was January 7 when the thermometer plunged to -8C. The warmest day was June 3 when the mercury hit 28C. The w ettest day was July 16 when nearly 1.5in of rain feel, and the driest month was April with barely an inch of rain. August saw most rain – 5.48in.


CAMERA CLUB: The meeting last Wednesday for a members’ night. The subject was use of mobile phones for taking pictures. Jakki Stewart judged the projected images – 1, Allan Drummond; 2, Sue Wilson; 3, Myles Wheatley. J. D. Smith judged the printed images – 1, Helen Pugh-Cook; 2, Allan Drummond; 3, Brian Sutherland. A few members had brought some interesting collections of their favourite images. The next meeting will be a three-way battle bringing in Galashiels and Kelso, at Galashiels on Wednesday.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all age, 9.30am; traditional, 11am. Both services will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The congregational board meets on Monday at 7pm in the church hall lounge.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: The new session of Earlston Wednesday Club starts next week at 2pm in the church hall – new members welcome. Competition – small Christmas decoration.


BURNS SUPPER: The Burns supper will take place on January 28. To book tickets, phone Christine on 01835 840246.

COFFEE MORNINGS: These are held on the first Monday of each month at 10.30am.


BURNS SUPPER: The Macmillan Burns supper will be held on January 28 in Kirkhope Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Marjory Tennant (01750 62327) or any committee member.


HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be in Fala village hall on January 26 at 7.30pm. Gerry Urwin will speak about the Siege of Haddington.


WRI: Members meet on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm for a games night. Competitions – three Viennese fingers and a teddy bear.


U3A The Three Brethren: The next open meeting will be on Monday at 2pm in the Lucy Sanderson Hall when the topic will be Music in Hospitals. Non-members welcome. The U3A is a national organisation for retired people and as well as open meetings there are various interest groups offering lots of different activities. Check out the website www.u3athreebrethren.co.uk .

Studio Club: The new programme begins next Thursday in Old Gala House at 7.30pm. This will be a practical evening when a model will be available for figure drawing. The meeting after that – on January 26 – will be a demonstration of screen printing and textile design with local professional artist Grace Smith. New members and visitors are welcome. For more information, phone 01896 757222.

INNER WHEEL: President Gwen Croan welcomed district chairman Lilian Warwick to the club. She stressed the importance of aiming high and making new members feel involved in club activities. The table-top sale was well supported. The Christmas lunch at Philipburn House Hotel was well attended and the club donated £50 to the Radio Borders appeal for Christmas presents for local children. The year ended with members helping Rotarians with a festive collection at Tesco. The Inner Wheel Day Lunch is today in St Peter’s Church Hall, noon for 12.30pm. The next meeting is on Tuesday when Caroline Timmins will demonstrate corsage making. This is an open meeting at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall.

50/50 DRAW: The winning Borders 50/50 lottery number for week ending January 8 was 2393. Tickets are available from the Info Hub, Ladhope Inn, Salmon Inn, Auld Mill,Quins and Image 22.

BLOOD DONORS: At blood-donor sessions in Galashiels, awards went to – paperweight (75 donations) – Gordon Short, Brian Liddle, Gordon Adamson; silver (25) – William Ormiston, William Swatton; bronze (10) – Gillian Ormiston, Karen Johnston, Jane Russell, Garry Dickson, Sonya Szatylowicz, John Paterson, Lesley Darling.


WHIST: The hall’s festive whist drive attracted 11 tables. Results – best overall score, Janice Palmer; 1st lady, Hannah Wilson; 1st man, Lynda May; 2nd lady, Pat Jardin; 2nd man, Jock Middlemas; 3rd lady, Greta Middlemas; 3rd man, Jean Mabon; ladies’ booby, lrene Millar; men’s booby, John Currie.

DANCE: Saturday sees dancing to Ewan Galloway and his Scottish dance band, starting at 7.30pm.

BURNS SUPPER: A Burns supper will be held on February 11 – tickets available.

BOOK CLUB: Glendouglas Book Club meets in Glendouglas Hall at 7pm on January 27. For more information phone Vikki on 01835 862824. Unwanted books can be donated to the hall library.


Camera Club: At the first meeting of 2012, Gordon Gilfether presented a practical workshop on the production of photographic sequences, including music accompaniment and voice-over commentary. The meeting concluded with John Hill thanking Gordon for his presentation. Next Thursday’s meeting will be a talk by the Hawick Heritage Hub on local photographs and how they can be archived. Entries for the sequence competition should be submitted at this time.

ROTARY: President Liz Wood welcomed nearly 40 Rotarians for the traditional “first-foot” visit by 15 Rotarians from the Langholm club. Also present was Roddy McIntyre as the guest of Ron Sutherland. After the meal a golf dice tournament was held and the winner was Paul Hayhoe, Langholm, who beat Tommy Mulvee in the final. A vote of thanks was given by Langholm president Kenneth Pool.

RNLI: The quarterly meeting of the Hawick and Denholm branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was chaired by Andrew Suddon. He reported on a successful year which saw £2,677 raised, due to the hard-working committee and generosity of the people of Hawick and Denholm. The branch wants to hear from anyone who would like to become involved – only four meetings a year are held. Phone 01450 376908 for more information.


GAMES MEETING: There will be a meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee on Wednesday in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7pm. Introduction night is on May 11 and Games Week runs from July 12 to 21.

CHURCH: The service on Sunday will be at 11.30am.

DINNER TICKETS: Anyone who wants tickets for the ex-standard bearers’ dinner on February 3 should contact Ally Robertson, 8 Traquair Road, Innerleithen (phone 01896 830857).


BRIDGE CLUB: January 4 – Abbey Salver 5 – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 3, Elinor Green and Alison Ireland; E/W – 1, Avril Ronald and John Hayton; 2, Billy Potts and Archie Stewart; 3, John and Marian Miller. January 5 – Calchou Cup 7 – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 2, Nancy Porter and Jeanette Adams; 3, John and Marian Miller.

ABBEY QUILTERS: The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre when members will be having a back-to-basics night. They will learn a variety of techiques, see some handy sewing gadgets, look at the books available in the library and get a chance to discuss what they would like to do for the 2012/2013 syllabus. Further details from Caroline Morrell (01289 331116 or 07801 903196).

Thursday Group: Members meet today at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre when Liz Brown will talk about drugs awareness. Next week Philip Whittaker looks at the support IT can provide over a wide range of needs. For a syllabus and more information, phone 01573 224753.

BADMINTON: Junior badminton restarts today for secondary (3.40-4.40pm) and primary pupils (4.40-5.40pm) in Kelso High School games hall.


Bentpath: An anagram competition with the theme on singers and actors was held in aid of village hall funds at Bentpath. Sheets had been circulated during the past few weeks and £200 was raised. The draw was held on Hogmanay in Wull Little’s house and made by his wife, Ann. Winner of the first prize of £20 was former Westerkirk resident Dorothy Hogg, who now lives in Holmwood Gardens. Dorothy handed back the money for hall funds. Jean Pringle organised the fundraiser.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Members will be talking about their special projects on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens (01578 722559).

CHURCH: Zomba twinning partnership – the presbytery hopes to send a container of resources to Zomba in April. Channelkirk and Lauder kirk session agreed earlier to contribute £500 towards transport costs which will be met from part of the Burns supper proceeds. Items for the container include spiritual literature, sets of football/netball strips, office equipment, bicycles, musical instruments, garden tools, woodworking tools, school text books, knitting needles, sewing machines and wool for knitting. AIl should be second-hand items in working condition. Burns supper – tickets are available for the Burns supper to be held in The Lodge, Carfraemill, on January 27 from Graeme Donald (722422) and Carol Batchelor (722291). Channelkirk services – from now until Easter, 10am Sunday services will be held in the war memorial hall, Oxton. Kirk session – the meeting on January 31 at 7pm will adopt the 2011 accounts and the statistical return. This meeting is therefore open only to members of the session in their role as trustees of Channelkirk and Lauder Church.


WRI: Trish Gray and Fiona Holmes came to the first meeting of 2012 to give a talk and slide show about their trip to China. They spoke about visiting Beijing, the Forbidden City with all its temples and squares, and their walk on the Great Wall. To finish off the evening they gave a demonstration of t’ai chi with members trying out some of the moves. Competition – decorative fan – 1, Diane Murray; 2, Edith Scott; 3, Janette Stott. Raffle – 1, Valerie Mayo; 2, Effie Robertson; 3, Fiona Holmes; 4, Edith Scott.


CHURCH: Activities – today, guild, 2.30pm, A. Bennett on Malawi; Sunday’s services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); church lesson readers wanted; a container of second-hand goods for Zomba, Malawi, is going out from Walkerburn Church in April – from books to bikes – phone 01896 830309 (Faris).

SPEAKING SCOTS: Tuesday’s meeting of Melrose Historical Association at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Lounge will see Walter Elliot address members on “Speaking Scots”.

TRIMONTIUM: A fuller report has emerged of the two intact Roman altars found recently, carefully buried face down and side by side in a shallow pit, under the former cricket pavilion at Lewisvale Park, Inveresk, which has competed in the past with Newstead for the title of oldest inhabited village in Scotland. Six altars have been discovered at Newstead over the centuries, but these latest discoveries, both over a metre long, half a metre wide and a quarter of a metre deep, seem to be rather special. Inveresk is already known for two other altars dedicated by the imperial procurator (chief finance officer) of Britain as well as the tombstone of an imperial bodyguard, which suggests that the imperial governor was there.

BLOOD DONORS: At a blood-donor session in Melrose, awards went to – silver gilt (50 donations) – T. Gavin Byers, Susan Law, Elizabeth J. Wilson; silver (25) – Grant Todd, Anne W. Eaton-Turner.


Quiz: The Christmas quiz took place in the Templehall Hotel on December 29. There were 13 tables. Winners – Graeme Lang, Julie Fortune, Anne Banks and Brian Tait; runners-up – Jock Cessford, Gary Scott and Annie Tait. More than £240 was raised which will go to a local charity. Tom Culbertson compiled the questions.


WRI: The first meeting of 2012 is on Wednesday when Gillian Dick will be giving beauty tips. Competition – a compact.


Antiquarian Society: The January meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Jane Robertson presents a talk on the work of the Alba Trust at Haining House. Details of the society’s syllabus are available on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.

Monday Club: At 2pm on January 23 in St Joseph’s Church Hall, Brian Riley will give a talk about Lake Maggiore and show photographs.


church: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on January 22 at 10am.


SERVICE: There will be a service of worship in Walkerburn village hall on Sunday 15 at 10am.


LUNCH: The next village lunch will be held in the Wauchope Hall next Thursday, noon-2pm, with proceeds going to Yetholm Community Council.

WRI: Members meet in the Wauchope Hall at 10.30am on Tuesday.

NEW YEAR: The Border Hotel hosted a quiz on New Year’s Day. One of the biggest meets for years took place the following day when the College Valley Hunt met on Kirk Yetholm Green.There were the usual Hogmanay parties in both villages and at the bells, fireworks were seen over Town Yetholm.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of Yetholm History Society will be a bit different.The venue, instead of the Youth Hall, is the Old Manse at 7.30pm on Tuesday. The subject is in two parts. One will deal with the history of churches in Yetholm over the years – the Old Manse was home to the ministers of the United Presbyterian Church which was situated in what is now the Wauchope Hall. The second part of the evening will concentrate on the ministers in the Tulloch family, including those closely associated with Queen Victoria. Various books and portraits can be seen.