WRI: A meal out at Teviot Smokery was much enjoyed by everyone. Competition – best wrapped gift – 1, E. Little; 2, D. Canby; 3, J. Butler. Next Wednesday’s meeting competitions are most words from St Valentine’s Day and three cup cakes decorated with a Valentine theme.


WHIST: Whist and dominoes (supper inlcuded) restart in the village hall on Monday at 7pm.


COFFEE MORNING: Bowden and Melrose Parish Church will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday in the village hall from 10am-noon – proceeds to projects in Bethlehem and Malawi.


CHURCH: Sunday was Homeless Day, run by the Scottish Churches’ Housing Action, and Caddonfoot Church members were invited to donate to the project. There is a second opportunity to donate next Sunday. The service was preached by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Effie Brydon. Members are invited to join the Bible study group each Thursday, 5-6pm, in Trinity Church Hall. An appeal has also gone out for donations to be shipped to the presbytery in Zomba in the spring.


CAMERA CLUB: Members travelled to Galashiels for the three-way image battle between Earlston, Kelso and the hosts. Galashiels were outright winners, with Earlston coming second. A buffet supper was provided by the hosts. The club’s next meeting – due to have been held yesterday – was cancelled. But members will gather on February 15 when Sue Wilson shows her collection of Earlston postcards. Competition – a local scene.

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

WOMEN’S GROUP: Members meet tonight (8pm) in the church hall and the speaker is the Reverend Marion Dodd on Balmoral.


WRI: Members meet next Wednesday in Kirkhope Hall at 7.30pm when the guest speaker is forensic psychologist Finlay Graham. Competitions – decorated SBP coaster and three coffee hisses. A bowling practice will be held tonight at 7.30pm.


HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be held in Fala village hall on February 23 at 7.30pm. Speaker David Connelly’s talk will be entitled “Patterns in the Landscape – Reading the Clues in the Fields and the Roads”.


Camera Club: The club competition, A Series of Four, was judged by local professional Graham Riddell. Results – prints – 1, Christine Swalwell; 2, Dorothy Ainslie; 3, Neil McLean; projected images – 1, Gordon Swalwell; 2, Dorothy Ainslie; 3, Christine Swalwell. Commended, Geoff Harrison. Next week sees a practical evening, so members should remember to bring their gear. This will also be the hand-in for the Border exhibition. Rules and entry forms are available from the Selkirk Camera Club website.

PROBUS CLUB: The Burns lunch was held in the Kingsknowes Hotel. President Murray Thom welcomed members and guest Hillary Bell before reciting the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in and addressed by members Donald Swanson and Ian Skinner respectively.Following lunch, the gathering was entertained by member Robert Fraser who played a selection of traditional Scottish tunes on his violin. The Immortal Memory was delivered by Donald Gordon of Newstead whose theme was “Burns the radical – a skater on thin ice”. The entertainment continued with the singing of a selection of Burns songs led by Hilary Bell with guitar accompaniment. The vote of thanks was given by vice-president Alex Arbuckle and the meeting concluded with members singing Auld Lang Syne. Next Thursday’s meeting will be held in the Kingsknowes Hotel when Rae Hastings will give a talk on the paintings of Tom Scott.

50/50 DRAW: The winning number this week is 460.


DANCING: Glendouglas Hall social and old-time dancing class meets tonight at 8pm.

BURNS SUPPER: Tickets available for this February 11 event - phone 01835 863604.


Bridge: January 23 – N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 3, T. and L. Witten; E/W – 1, R. Goldie and M. McLeod; 2, S. White and J. Urquhart; 3, V. Macpherson and R. Francombe. January 25 – Bobby Allan Mixed Pairs – 1, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 2, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 3, D. Usher and I. Wyse.

Film and Video Group: The annual Scottish night programme featured a tribute to Robert Burns by screening a Scottish-themed film, followed with a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. The film shown was Border Country – a colourful tour of the Border towns and surrounding countryside, to the accompaniment of Tommy Pringle and his band of musicians. This film was produced by Alan Thomson of Kelso, a long-time friend of the club. The meeting next Tuesday will be a programme of films from the Scottish Association of Moviemakers.

Camera Club: The fourth monthly competition, featuring a subject theme entitled “Night Time”, took place last Thursday with John Peters judging entries. A former member at Hawick, but now part of the Berwick club, John has many prestigious awards to his name. Results – projected images – 1, Looking Into Eden; 2, Space Travel, both by Dennis Laing; 3, The Photographer, by Brian Marriott. Novices – 1, Morrison’s; 2, Borders Sky; 3, Moonshine On Leith, all by Kathryn Barlow. Prints – 1, Four Bridges, by Dennis Laing; 2, Frauenkirche, Dresden, by Bert Lancaster; 3, Lone Walker in Holland, by Edith McLean. In his vote of thanks, John Hill commented on the entertaining and educational way the competition had been handled. Next Thursday’s meeting is a sequence competition with Mike Reynalds as judge. Entries for the Architecture competition should be submitted at this time.

ROTARY: The latest meeting was chaired by vice-president Tommy Mulvee and he introduced speaker Caitlin Hamilton, a Hawick girl studying zoology at St Andrews University. She spoke of her six-week visit last year to Honduras with Operation Wallacea, a biological study of animals and plants. She was accompanied by students from various countries. The first four weeks were spent in the jungles of the national forrest which extended up into the mountains. They lived in camps along with the locals and conditions were described as basic. The final two weeks were spent on the Caribbean coast where they scuba dived and studied the fish, coral and algae. Caitlin thanked Rotarians for their help towards her fundraising for the trip. During the business part of the meeting the club agreed to a donation of £100 to Emma Elliot-Walker towards her funding for her forthcoming trip to Romania to assist orphan children. The charity film show organised by Rotary at the Heritage Hub realised more than £300 profit.


WHIST: The village hall will host whist on February 28 at 7.30pm.


SERVICE: Innerleithen Church’s Sunday service will be at 10.30am, followed by a light lunch in the church hall.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm.

RACE NIGHT: St Ronan’s Primary School PTA will hold a race night in the school on February 25 from 7pm. Anyone who would like to buy a horse (£4) should contact any PTA member or ring the school on 01896 830349.


RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Dundee United game on Sunday leaves The Square at 8.45am. Tickets available from Jim (01573 226240).

BRIDGE CLUB: January 25 – Bobby Allan sim. pairs – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Alison Darling and Archie Stewart; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Ian Watson and Lesley Dick; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson. January 26 – Calchou Cup 9 – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine.

Thursday Group: Philip Whittaker described the evolution of ICT programmes for those with additional support needs, many developed by himself, such as touch-typing for the left hand. He spoke of the charity Doorway Online which is working with Edinburgh University to make these programmes available free online and £29 was donated. Today, Len McDermid will talk on An artist at Sea – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.


Rotary: The club’s Burns supper was held in the Crown Hotel. Rotary president Kenneth Pool was in the chair. The haggis was carried aloft by Robbie Trussler, led in by piper Gilbert Gillanders. The address to the haggis was given by Alex Pool, who later recited Tam O’ Shanter. An impressive Immortal Memory was proposed by David Baird from Dumfries and the toast to The Lassies was made by Stevie Ellwood, Nancy McLure replying. Billy Young recited Holy Willie’s Prayer and also sang for the company, as did David Pool. A vote of thanks was given by junior vice-president Tom Stothart and the evening ended with the company singing Auld Lang Syne.

Coffee morning: The Rotary club raised £295 with a coffee morning in the day centre. The money will go to the Rotary foundation which is for various charities.

Burns: The ladies’ Burns club held its anniversary dinner in the Masonic clubrooms. President Nancy McLure said the Selkirk Grace and also gave the address to the haggis which was carried in by Rena Liggins, led by piper Jackie Fletcher. The Immortal Memory was proposed by the Reverend Ella Pennington from Penpont, near Dumfries. Toasting The Lassies was performed by Billy Jess from Dumfries, with Alison Aston replying. There were recitations of Tam 0’ Shanter and Holy Willie’s Prayer from Grace Brown and Billy Young respectively, and the latter also sang for the company. Other singers were Jackie Becket and Steven Milligan, accompanied by Mary Davidson. A vote of thanks was given by Stella Winter and the evening ended with the company singing Auld Lang Syne.


CEILIDH: Gaelic in the Borders is holding a ceilidh with “a taste of Burns” in the village hall next Friday, starting at 7.45pm. More information on 01835 823392.


Ormiston Bridge Club: January 23 – N/S – 1, B. Stevenson and A. Ronald; 2, M. and H. Dooley; 3, J. and B. Duncan; 4, J. Muir and M. Thom; E/W – 1, K. Lindsay and B. Birch; 2, B. and B. Lumley; 3, D. Usher and A. Merry; 4, J. Chalmers and S. Chalmers and S. Davis.

PARISH CHURCH: Activities – February Life and Work available for collection; today, membership enquirers’ class, 7.30pm; Saturday, church coffee morning (proceeds to the Bethlehem and Malawi projects), Bowden village hall; Sunday, services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (family 10am, morning worship 11am); Wednesday, 7.30pm, kirk session; February 16, guild projects fundraiser, Palm Court tea, 2.30pm; April container for Malawi – all kinds of goods required, from adult bikes to school textbooks, to Walkerburn Church on Saturday mornings in February (check details with 01896 830309); February 18, Age Scotland coffee morning, Corn Exchange 10am.

TRIMONTIUM: Following enquiries made by the Trimontium Trust and others, word has been received that the Roman coin hoard found near Bowden in 2011 – which has been cleaned, studied, conserved and catalogued – will be considered by the treasure trove panel next month. The National Museums are thought to be likely to want to bid for this hoard, because of its rarity, but the Trimontium Museum will receive details, as being an eligible local institution. Consideration of another 2011 hoard, from near Ashkirk, because of the work still to be done, will be delayed till June. It would be unlikely to be wanted by the National Museums as not being sufficiently rare for their collection but, if bid for and allocated here, it would be a wonderful addition to and attraction for a central Borders museum’s display. The problem is that such hoards are valued in thousands of pounds and whether an arrangement could be made for it to come back to the Borders at all is a matter that will be engaging many interested minds during the next few months.


Gun Club: The annual dinner dance will be held in the Templehall Hotel on February 18 at 7pm. The club’s charity work continues with a donation of £500 to the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland.

WRI: Members meet on Wednesday at 7.15pm in the institute when Helen Cessford and Mary Pringle will give a talk on their rural exchange tour to Shetland. Competitions – two oatcakes and a woollen scarf.

Coffee Morning: The games coffee morning will be held in the village hall on February 11 at 10.30am.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.


COFFEE MORNING: The hall hosted a coffee morning in Jedburgh Legion, raising £188 each for the hall and Ettrick Forest Riders’ Association.


Monday Club: At 2pm on Monday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, the Reverend David Sceats will give a talk and show photographs of the Holy Land.


Jumble Sale: The Jolly Jumble advertised in the local newsletter will now take place a week earlier than originally planned, from noon-3pm on February 18. Jumble can be handed in at the hall at 7pm the previous day.Soup, home baking and bacon rolls will be on sale, and organisers are keen to have donations of toys, games, books and bric-a-brac, as well as clean clothing and household textiles.

Food Co-operative: The community council has organised the delivery of organic fruit and vegetable boxes – if interested, pick up a flyer from the hall and/or come along to a meeting in Southdean Hall at 7.30pm next Wednesday when ideas can be exchanged and information on various aspects of food co-operatives will be available.

St Boswells

PRIMARY SCHOOL: All classes took part in a Burns day celebration last Wedneday with performances of Scots songs, poems, stories, a special Scots alphabet and a shadow puppet performance of Tam O’ Shanter, followed by a Burns lunch and an afternoon ceilidh.

CHURCH GUILD: The guild meets today at 2.30pm in St Boswells Church Hall when Irene Cooper will be talking about the work of CHAS (Children’s Hospice Asscoiation Scotland).


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on February 12 at 10am.


SERVICE: The next service in Walkerburn village hall will be on February 19 at 10am.


ARCHERY: Yetholm Upland Roving Archers meet at the Playing Fields between 1-3pm on Saturday. All ages welcome.

PANTOMIME: Tickets are on sale at the village shop for Puss In Boots, which is to be showed next Friday and Saturday.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting will be held in the Youth Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm when Mary Hanson will speak on “People of Morebattle – 1790 to 1850”.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Next Wednesday sees the first meeting of the year at 2pm in the Youth Hall instead of the Wauchope Hall which has been given over to preparations for the village pantomime. Pat Angel will be talking about a trip to Chicago. Meetings will then be held two weekly, but back in the Wauchope Hall.

SHEPHERDS’ SHOW: The AGM is on February 23, with a dance on March 9.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Members did not meet in January, but were asked to comment on a planning application last month when chairman David Hutchinson consulted with individual members. A house is proposed on the site of the former dairy in Kirk Yetholm. As permission was recently given for a similar development on an adjacent plot, it was felt that the latest bid should be granted.