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APPEAL FUNDRAISER: Soup and pudding will be served in the village hall on Saturday, 11.30am-2pm, in aid of the Malawi Appeal.


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd conducted Sunday’s service in Caddonfoot Church where the lessons were read by Eddie Brydon. The congregation was reminded of the new Bible study group which will meet in Trinity Church, Galashiels, today, 5-6pm. There are also several services this week to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, ending with a joint service in St Peter’s Church, Galashiels, on Sunday at 6.30pm.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all age, 9.30am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.


CHRISTENING: Edgerston Church saw the christening of Jessica Becki Wood, daughter of Clare Wylie and Ian Wood.

SUPPER: A Burns supper is to be held on January 28, 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets from Christine (01835 840246).


WRI: President Lucile MacLeod, at the first meeting of 2012, introduced speaker Chris Land, upland habitat enhancement officer. Formerly from Derbyshire, he lives at Gilmanscleuch Cottage. He was appointed two years ago to continue and improve the project to survey and conserve Black Grouse in the Borders. The project is jointly funded by the RSPB and Scottish National Heritage, and also benefits from the interest and help of many volunteers. Chris gave members an insight into the lives of these birds. During tea members had the opportunity to continue their discussions with Chris on a one-to-one basis. The raffle was won by Shield Tyldelsley. Competition – a winter table centre – 1, Helen Johnson; 2, Maureen Ayling; 3, Lucile MacLeod. The February 14 meeting will feature a beadwork workshop with Jacqui Lee. Competition – Valentine gift, any craft. The rural’s annual whist is on Tuesday.


Interest Evening: Next Thursday at 7.30pm in the village hall, Andrew Glendinning will speak about hypnotherapy.


Camera Club: The first meeting of 2012 heard a talk by countryside ranger Keith Robeson, illustrated by photographs. On Wednesday the club competition – A Series of Four – will be judged by local photographer Graham Riddell.

PROBUS: The Reverend Alistair Bennett, of Melrose Parish Church, talked about The Holy Land, based on his visit in 2010. With the help of his laptop, he took members from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem through the many pilgrim sites en route to Bethlehem. His travels continued through the Jordan Valley where water from the river is scheduled to be a huge project in the future, the Scots Hotel in Galilee – recently refinanced by the Church of Scotland, on to Capernaum, Nazareth, Mount Tabor and kibbutzes in Golan. The Burns lunch is at noon next Thursday in the Kingsknowes Hotel.

ROTARY: Murray Dickson, president of Old Gala Club, took members on “A walk to Kingsknowes”, using old photographs, history and his own anecdotes about the area. Old Gala Club was formed in 1947 and has created an archive of 20,000 photographs, 22,000 slides, 5,000 artefacts and many documents. They also hold an audio archive of local people telling their stories. Much of the material and details of meetings can be found on the club website, http://www.oldgalaclub.org.uk/.

DRAW TICKET: The winning Borders 50/50 draw ticket for this week is 2424.


WRI: Jan Malcolm Henderson gave a talk on the protection of birds and wildlife in the area last Wednesday. Competition – wildlife photograph – 1, Elspeth Cook; 2, Catriona Graham. Doreen Waugh won the raffle.

DANCING: The social and old-time dancing class meets in Glendouglas Hall tonight (8pm).


ROTARY: A business evening was held at last week’s meeting. Various items were discussed, the main one being the cheese, wine and nibbles evening at the high school on March 1, from 6-9pm, to raise funds for the school’s art department and the Mary’s Meals charity. Pupils will display their work at various workshops and it is hoped parents and friends turn up. Mary’s Meals provides a meal at schools in deprived areas of Africa, India and elsewhere.

Bridge Club: January 9 – N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, S. White and J. Urquhart; E/W – 1, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 2, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 3, L. and T. Witten; January 11 – N/S – 1, D. Usher and I. Wyze; 2, M. Bowie and E. Aitken; 3, M. and H. Dooley; E/W – 1, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 2, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, P. Gilligan and M. Millar.

PROBUS: Former MSP David Davidson gave a presentation on the Scottish Parliament. Now resident in Hawick, he is actively involved with NHS Borders and Hawick Sports Initiative. He recounted the background to the development of the parliament, the procedures and day-to day activities.

Camera Club: At last week’s meeting members were invited to show 10 images each on any subject. The result was an interesting and varied collection of images featuring a wide range of topics, including Brian Marriott in an unusual small plane flight over Mount Everest and pictures of Anna Lee’s home-baked wedding and birthday cakes. Sixteen members took part in the show, each giving a running commentary when their pictures were screened. Next Thursday’s meeting will be the fourth monthly competition – Night Time – with John Peters as judge.

Film and Video Group: Alec Peterson presented a film of the Waverley paddle steamer as it cruised along the Dorset coastline. The Waverley is well known for its cruises around the islands in the firth of Clyde, but at the end of each summer season the ship is employed in southern climes for a few weeks before being retired for the winter. The film was a record of a cruise from Bournemouth to Weymouth along the chalk cliff coastline also known as the Jurassic coast due to the fossil history of the area. Tuesday’s meeting will feature a Scottish night film followed by a light Burns supper.


WRI: Member Gill Harrop set a varied topics quiz at the first meeting of 2012. Competition – joke from a Christmas cracker – 1, Gill Harrop; 2, Kathy Scott; 3, Elizabeth Nowakowski.


Towford WRI: A taste and try event was on the menu at this month’s meeting, with everyone bringing an item to taste and the recipe available to take away to try at home. Beetle and bingo ended the evening. Competition – slice of Christmas cake – 1, S. Aitchison; 2, F. Armstrong. The next meeting, on February 7, is the family night with Ian Oliver at 7.30pm in Hownam Hall. Competition – a photograph entitled “Snow Scene”.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service in Innerleithen Church starts at 11.30am.

MEETING: The rescheduled meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee is on Wednesday in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7pm.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The Countdown Club meets on Wednesday at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church Hall.

RACE NIGHT: St Ronan’s Primary School PTA will hold a race night in the school on February 25 at 7pm. Anyone who would like to buy a horse should contact any member of the PTA or ring the school on 01896 830349.

ST RONAN’S WELLS: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group works alongside Scottish Borders Council museum staff to ensure that the wells are looked after. As well as exhibitions that are held in the visitors’ centre throughout the year, there are plans to hold events within the gardens themselves. The events will include talks about growing plants and herbs in the gardens, and wildlife that lives within them. The support group will hold its AGM on April 16 at 7.30pm at St Ronan’s Wells. More information from Scott Smellie on 01896 830113.

OLYMPIC TORCH: Innerleithen will play its part in the build-up to the Olympics when the Olympic Torch passes through the town on June 14 en route to the opening ceremony in London. Innerleithen Community Trust is bringing together representatives from many and varied local organisations to plan events to mark this event. Ideas are needed and anyone who wants to be part of the event should attend a meeting in St Ronan’s Primary School on January 30 at 7.30pm. More information from Ross McGinn on 01896 830853 or email community@innerleithen.org.uk.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be an opportunity to buy tickets for The Sound of Music at a coffee morning on February 18 in the Vale Club, 10am-noon.


Bridge Club: January 2 – N/S – 1, J.Tait and I. Weir; 2, I. Whillans and O. Whillans; 3, J. Weightman and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, D. and P. Palmer; 2, S. Graham and N. Porter; 3, A. and R. Stewart; January 9 – N/S – 1, M. Forsyth and P. Harris; 2, J. Tait and I. Weir; 3, O. Whillans and D. Cairns; E/W – 1, A. and D. Wilson; 2, A. and R. Sterwart; 3, I. Whillans and B. Miller.

JUST A MINUTE: Jedburgh Leisure Facilities Trust, the organisation which runs the Laidlaw Memorial Pool, needs a minute secretary – two hours per month. Contact Christine on 01835 840246 or p10caw@aol.com for more information.


BRIDGE CLUB: January 11 – BGB sim. pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 2, Mary and Jim Stone; 3, Sheila Urquhart and Sheena McPherson; E/W – 1, Avril Ronald and John Hayton; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Nigel and Mary Lindsay. January 12 – Calchou Cup 8 – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, David and Pam Palmer; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson.

EMBROIDERERS: The next meeting of Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild will be on Tuesday at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre. This will be a show and tell gathering, so members should bring along their latest creations or anything interesting to tell others about. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Aberdeen game leaves The Square at 11am, picking up at St Boswells, Earlston, Lauder, Pathhead, Dalkeith and Hermiston Gate. Non-members welcome. Tickets available from Jim (01573 226240).

Thursday Group: Today’s talk is by Philip Whittaker, chair of the charity Doorway Online, and is about the the use of computers in schools to help pupils with additional needs – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Next week’s gathering features Solar Eclipse in Bhutan, by Roger Hemming.

PARTY TIME: See Yetholm news.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm news.


Knitting: Eleanor McMurdo and her friends at the day centre are knitting woollen hats for the troops in Afghanistan. The group meet once a week at the centre for knitting and tapestry sessions. The British Legion in the town gave a donation of £60 to buy wool, and more donations would be welcome, as would volunteers to knit the hats.


WRI: The Scotch night was held in the Lauderdale Hotel. After the meal there was entertainment by Michael Paton on the accordion, with friends on keyboard and guitar. Grace Donaldson and friends from Westruther also entertained. Competitions – small Scottish floral arrangement – 1, Anne Lillico; 2, Anne Strangeways; 3, Kathleen Thomson; cock-a leekie-soup – 1, Joanne Watson; 2, Anne Lillico; 3, Kathleen Thomson. The next meeting is on February 14 in the church centre.

GUILD: This month’s Channelkirk and Lauder Church Guild meeting featured the songs of praise and drama afternoon. Mary Shields played piano for singing and in between there were three sketches on the guild theme, performed by committee members.


TRIMONTIUM: Readers will recall the trust’s request to the treasure trove unit of the National Museums to push on the business of having two recently-found Roman coin hoards in the Borders professionally cleaned, conserved and considered by the treasure trove committee, with a view to having at least one of them displayed in the Trimontium Museum. Informal report has it that some 2,000 coins – not all Roman – are handed in to the unit each year and that the treasure trove process takes a long time. The trust awaits a formal reply before taking the matter further.

scottish afternoon: Tomorrow Melrose Primary School’s Scottish afternoon, 1.15-2.45pm, featuring entertainment by P4 and 5.

CHURCH: Sunday’s services – Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am). February 2 – enquirers’ class, 7.30pm. February 4 – 10am, Bowden Church coffee morning, proceeds to Bethlehem and Malawi projects.

HMS Pinafore: Rehearsals in the Ormiston and Corn Exchange for HMS Pinafore in the last week of March are ongoing.

Literary Society: John Younger, 19th-century cobbler of St Boswells, but also a poet and letter writer, likened himself to Robinson Crusoe, “marooned” in the triangle of villages of Longnewton, Bowden and St Boswells, where he spent most of his life. So said St Boswell-based historian John Wood when he spoke at this month’s meeting. Poverty to Younger was almost a religion – he hated Sir Walter Scott’s romantic portrayal of the life of the working man. The society’s next meeting on Tuesday in the Ormiston Lounge at 7.30pm will take the form of a panel-led discussion on e-books and the future of print.

Ormiston Bridge Club: January 16 – N/S – 1, V. Fairbairn and J. Bunyan; 2, J. Dun and Lee Leeson; 3, S. Frame and S. Urquhart; 4, C. Sutherland and R. Gordon; E/W – 1, D. Usher and A. Merry; 2, D. and M. Swanson; 3, B. and B. Lumley; 4, J. Stewart and P. Matthew.


WRI: The latest meeting was a games night. Gold medal team winners – Edith Scott, Sheila Swanson, Christine Robertson and Dilys Wheelans; silver medal team – Sheena Combe, Sheena Galloway, Helen Pearce and Nic Steven. Competitions – Scotch egg – 1, Sheena Galloway; 2, Helen Pearce; 3, Margot Hastie; sporting photograph – 1, Eleanor Scott; 2, Dilys Wheelans; 3, Helen Pearce. The next meeting on February 14 is a members’ craft night. Competitions – a Valentine’s verse and three heartshaped biscuits.


Guild: Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock gave a humorous and interesting talk about her work at this month’s meeting. The February meeting will be a members’ night.

Coffee Morning: The annual charities coffee morning will be held in the institute on January 28 at 10.30am. Proceeds to the BGH Margaret Kerr Appeal and the Kelso branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

PARTY TIME: See Yetholm news.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm news.


Youth Club: The next meeting of Oxnam Youth Club will be a skating trip to Kelso Ice Rink on Sunday. Meet at the rink at 2.45pm. Family and friends welcome. More information from Gillian (01573 440538). The February 23 meeting is a fun evening on climate change, led by Anna Craigen, Borders Forest Trust.

FUNDRAISER: The total donated to the BGH Margaret Kerr unit appeal at Oxnam Kirk’s Christmas Eve service when children put on a Nativity play was £620.


AGM: Oxton Horticultural Society AGM will be held at 7.30pm on February 1 at 6 Justice Park, Oxton. All members and gardeners welcome.


EXHIBITION: All present and past Scout leaders, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are invited to the opening of Peebles Scout Centenary Exhibition in the museum, Chambers Institute, on Saturday, 2-4pm. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday until March 24. Opening hours – Monday-Friday, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1-4pm; Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm.


INTERNET SAFETY: Rowland’s Dry Bar, in conjunction with Lothian and Borders Police, is hosting an information session for parents and young people about internet safety next Thursday. All parents in the Selkirk area who may be concerned about protecting their children online are welcome to attend. With input from Rowland’s staff and local police officers, the session will start at 6.30pm in Rowland’s, West Port. Admission free.

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WRI: This month’s meeting enjoyed a cooking and tasting demonstration by members Margaret Redpath, Maureen Colebrook and Rose Cameron, with a theme of cooking on a budget – a meal for four costing £5. Competitions – children’s pizza – 1, Janet Irons; 2, Margaret Rutter; cooking tip – 1, Jean Blackwell; 2, Maisie Hope; 3, Rose Cameron. The next meeting is a Valentine’s fun night on February 14.


WRI: A tour round New Zealand, taking in the Rugby World Cup, a sky dive for charity and a cross-country trek made an interesting slide show and talk at the first meeting of the year for Newmill and Teviothead WRI rural. Kirsty Dunlop’s sky dive was is aid of the BGH Margaret Kerr unit appeal and raised more than £3,000. Competitions – action photograph – 1, Jan Little; 2, Mary Irving; 3, Fiona Benton; butterfly cakes – 1, Jan Little; 2, Sheila McLaren; 3, Muriel Baptie. The February meeting will feature a talk on organ donation by Dr Charlie Oliver.

Burns Supper: The church Burns supper is in Teviothead Village Hall on February 3 (7pm for 7.30pm). Tickets from Caroline Tullie or Bill Hindmarsh.


SERVICE: The service on Sunday in Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.


SERVICE: The next service of worship in Walkerburn village hall will be on January 29 at 10am.


SCRABBLE CLUB: Yetholm Scrabble Club has restarted following the festive break. Meetings are held in the Wauchope Hall on Wednesdays at 2pm.

SOUPER SUNDAY: Yetholm Kirk has taken part in the Church of Scotland HIV awareness programme. A joint service taken by the elders was held in the Wauchope Hall at the same time as other similar events throughout Scotland. The hall was packed and a collection taken for the HIV programme. Following the service there was a soup and sandwich lunch.

CROSS BORDER CLUB: The first meeting of the year is next Thursday at 12.15pm in the Wauchope Hall. After lunch there will be a talk by Sandra Gann entitled A Lady Almoner at Barts Hospital. Members should let the secretary know by Monday if they are unable to attend or are bringing a guest.

BURNS SUPPER: For the first time last year the Plough Hotel held an informal Burns supper. Because of the success of that event, another will be held on January 28. Anyone interested should tell bar staff as soon as possible.

FESTIVAL MEETING: Ron Breeze, treasurer, presented the 2011 village festival accounts to a general meeting. When the proceeds of the play evening held during the week before the festival are added a reasonable profit was recorded. The format of the 2012 festival was discussed. A Bari Manushi is in place, but the hunt for a Gadgi goes on.

QUIZ NIGHTS: The Plough Hotel quiz nights have restarted. The latest one raised money for Leuchie House, North Berwick, a home providing respite care for people with high-dependency physical conditions. The next quiz, in aid of Floral Gateway, is on Wednesday and every two weeks afterwards until April 18.

PARTY TIME: A New Year disco party will be held tomorrow, from 7.30-10pm, in the Youth Hall. Tickets (£2) on the door. For further information telephone Ian Rendall Reid on 01573 420703.

ARCHERY: Saturday (1-3pm) sees Yetholm Upland Archery Club meeting in the Playing Fields. Ring Ian Rendall Reid on 01573 420703 for more information.