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CAFE: The next community cafe will be be held in the village hall on Wednesday (11am-noon).


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd conducted the service on Sunday. The lessons were read by Jo Lawson. The congregational board meets today at 7.30pm in the church and weekly vestry Bible study continues, also on Thursdays, in Trinity Church, 5-6pm.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all age, 9.30am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Trustees meet to approve the annual accounts on Wednesday in the church hall lounge at 7pm.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Last week Ann Thomson showed a variety of slides taken during a cruise on the Black Sea, and on holidays in the Gambia and Crete. Competition – fob or wristwatch – winners – Mrs Seaton, Mrs Scott and Mrs Anderson. Next week’s meeting will feature a competition for an etui (sewing kit).


BINGO NIGHT: Kirkhope village hall stages a family fun bingo night next Friday (6.30-8.30pm). Tickets for the event, to raise funds for Kirkhope primary school, are available from the school or at the door.

DINNER: On March 3 the annual dinner in aid of hall funds will be held in the village hall. Speakers are Bobby Fraser, John Rutherford and Johnny Gray, backed up by singers Henry Douglas,Tommy Knox and Jimmy Gibb. Tickets from 01750 52257.


WRI: Members meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday for a confectionery-making evening. Competitions – small pot of jam/jelly (Mary Aitken Trophy entry) and a bonbon dish. January competition – three Viennese fingers – 1, A. Mathison; 2, D. Small; teddy bear – 1, D. Wilson; 2, D. Small.


INNER WHEEL: President Gwen Croan welcomed Caroline Timmins to the club’s latest meeting. Caroline, a club member, gave a demonstration of corsage making and encouraged everyone to have a go. She provided a variety of materials and, with her assistance, the end results were surprisingly good. The next meeting is on February 21 in St Peter’s Church hall when Peter Croan, of Galashiels Rotary Club, will give a talk on Aquaboxes which are sent to areas hit by natural disasters.

Camera Club: A presentation from Helen Pugh-Cook and Curtis Welsh took the audience on a tour of the remote Ladakh area of north-west India. Next week is the annual print and projected image competition with Midlothian Camera Club at Langlee, and members are reminded that contributions to the supper would be appreciated.

50/50 DRAW: This week’s winning ticket is 2614.


WRI: Chris Robertson gave a demonstration on card making for all occasions. Competition – babies’ booties – 1, Elma Montgomerie; 2, Elspeth Cook. Chris Robertson won the raffle.

Burns Supper: Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Burns supper – phone 01835 863604.


Bridge Club: January 30 – N/S – 1, J. Henderson and M. Walker; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 3, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; E/W – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, J. Urquhart and S. White; 3, V. Macpherson and B. Francombe. February 1 – 1, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 2, H. and M. Ouldcott; 3, R. Witherington and K. Auckland.

Camera Club: The guest speaker at last week’s meeting was Caitlin Hamilton who presented a series of photographs depicting her experiences while on a research tour of Honduras in Central America. The tour was in connection with Operation Wallacea which is a worldwide organisation involved in conservation and scientific research. Next Thursday’s meeting features the two-yearly visit from the Hawick Film and Video Group.

ROTARY: President Liz Wood held a business meeting at the club last week when the various convenors gave their committee reports. Gus Neilson (foundation) reported that the film evening yielded a profit of £487.38p and the club rounded this up to £500 for Polio Plus. On February 18 a street collection will be taken, also for the charity. Ron Laidlaw (international) distributed tickets for members to sell for the joint art exhibition venture with the high school on March 1 (6-9pm) at the school. The proceeds will be split between the art department and Mary’s Meals. Scott Elliot (vocational) reported that on March 25 Alistair Moffat will be guest speaker at the Rotary high tea at Mansfield Clubrooms as part of the Reiver’s Festival. The subject of associate membership was discussed when men and women would be invited to join the club for a trial period without any financial or attendance commitments to see if they would like to become full members of Rotary and this could run for up to a year. Several members are involved in the Talking Hawick News, managed by Robin Mason, when the paper is recorded at Teviot Church on Friday mornings and then distributed to blind and partially sighted people in Hawick and surrounding areas. If this facility is required by anyone, contact Robin on 01450 372370.


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


Bridge Club: January 23 – N/S – 1, J. Tait and I. Weir; 2, M. Ouldcott and H. Ouldcott; 3, A. and A. Ireland; E/W – 1, A. and R. Stewart; 2 (equal), P. Harris and M. Forsyth, D. Cessford and D. Gray. January 30 – teams of four – 1, D. and P. Palmer, R. Oates and S. West; 2, B. and I. Middleton, A. and R. Stewart; 3, J.Tait and I. Weir, S. Mclachlan and J. Portch.


NORTH AND EDNAM CHURCH GUILD: Members resumed their meetings after the winter break last Thursday in Kelso North Church. Women Together representatives also shared in the worship at a joint gathering. President Barbara Maclean introduced Sheila Currie who gave an illustrated talk about her experiences as a Christian in a Muslim country, a glimpse of living in a different culture and practising Christianity in a foreign land. Alice McEwan proposed the vote of thanks. Next Thursday’s meeting is at 7.30pm in Kelso North – The Guild Entertains.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Wednesday sees Kelso Horticultural Society’s quiz night and Irish bingo in the Tait Hall. Entry on night – £10 per team of four, including supper. The event begins at 7.30pm.

Thursday Group: Margaret Peach is unable to give her talk today and her place will be filled by Isabel Gordon – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre.

BRIDGE CLUB: February 1 – Abbey Salver 6 – N/S – 1, Jean and Quentin McLaren; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin. February 2 – Millennium Trophy 9 – N/S – 1 (equal), Alison and Alastair Ireland, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Archie and Rena Stewart; E/W – 1, Alex Jeffrey and Annie Mitchell; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan.

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Donald Francis will speak on Iraq – Perspectives of a Divisional Staff Officer.

ROTARY: The 40th charter anniversary dinner, to celebrate the foundation of the Rotary Club of Kelso, was shared with friends from the mother club – Galashiels – and daughter club – Jedburgh. Galashiels president Elizabeth Pope presented her Kelso counterpart, John Barker, with a crystal decanter to commemorate the occasion. Congratulations, with tributes to the club for its achievements, were given by Rotary district governor Keith Best. Past Rotary International director Gordon McInally proposed a humorous toast to the club. Rotary ambassadorial scholars Liz Powers, from the US, and Sitofe Gbogbo, from Ghana, who are both studying for their masters degrees at Edinburgh University, entertained the company with presentations on their home countries and described their ambitions and hopes for the future, beyond their successful graduations.

CBAH: Charity Begins At Home is inviting organisations, clubs and societies in the TD5 area to apply to the charity for funding of a project that will benefit people in this area. Requests, in writing, to Eilean Hogarth, Orchies, 24 Broomlea, Kelso TD5 7RB, to be received on or before March 16. They should include a brief description of the project. Do not hand requests in to the charity shop as the deadline may be missed. No need to re-apply if you have already done so. Individual requests can’t be considered.


Market: The producers’ market in the town – established for more than four years and held on the first Saturday of each month – took place in the new venue, the Buccleuch Centre. The market sells a wide variety of food, drink and hand-made gifts.

Canonbie: A number of townsfolk travelled to the village hall to enjoy the soup kitchen and table-top sale run by friends of the United Parish Church. The soup kitchens are held on a regular basis during the winter months and the next one is on February 25, when there will also be a collection of clothes for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Gilnockie: A number of people from the town attended the Burns supper in the hall. Kenneth Pool was in the chair, and among the speakers were John Glover (Dumfries) who proposed the Immortal Memory and Jock Dalgleish (Denholm) who gave the toast to agriculture. Piper Ian Bell led in the haggis which was carried aloft by Alex Drysdale.


WRI: Members were treated to a Burns supper and quiz evening hosted by the committee. Ruth Scoular was in charge of the quiz and set some tricky questions with prizes for the winners and losers. Competitions – tartan item – 1, Clare Milne; 2, Ruth Scoular; 3, Kath Runciman; three pieces of shortbread – 1, Jennifer Dun; 2, Kath Runciman; 3, Fiona Wilson. Wednesday’s meeting will include a button jewellery workshop.


WRI: John Rodgerson returned to Lindean with more slides of the Borders – this time from Moffat to Walkerburn. He showed many places and monuments off the beaten track that told of the rich history and people who had lived in the area, Competition – three Empire biscuits – 1, Shiela Lamza; 2, Jean Roden; 3, Valerie Mayo. Raffle – Jenny Davis, Margaret Chisholm, Kathleen Watson, Janette Stott.


MAXTON MEETS: Rowley Duncan, Historic Scotland monument manager, will give an illustrated talk entitled The Border Abbeys in the village hall at 7.30pm on Monday.


Ormiston Bridge Club: January 30 – N/S – 1, D. Usher and A. Merry; 2, B. Stevenson and A. Ronald; 3, S. Frame and S. Urquhart; 4, B. and J. Redshaw; E/W – 1, V. Fairburn and J. Bunyan; 2, J. Muir and M. Thom; 3, D. and A. Swanson; 4, Q. and J. McLaren.

CHURCH: Activities – Life & Work available; today, guild, 2.30pm, Rona Morrison, mountain rescue; Sunday, services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); Monday, church magazine deadline – Joyce or DG; Thursday, 2.30pm, guild fundraiser, Palm Court Tea; February 18, Age Scotland coffee morning, Corn Exchange.

Trimontium: David Simon, the illustrator from Musselburgh who produced a picture of the Roman fort at Cramond for Edinburgh City Council, is nearing completion of a similar acrylic painting of Trimontium fort and its environs from the top of the Eildons to the Roman bridge over Tweed at Leaderfoot.


Coffee MorningS: The coffee morning last Saturday raised £492 for Marie Curie Cancer Care (Kelso branch) and BGH Margaret Kerr Unit appeal. The games coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday at 10.30am.


WRI: The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30pm when Elspeth Borthwick will talk about her life in nursing. Competition – tea loaf.


Antiquarian Society: The February meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Walter Elliot and Jean Wood will present a talk entitled Breaking with the Past.


ART: Art classes are held in the village hall on Tuesdays (7.30-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10.30am-12.30pm). More information can be had by calling 01573 460293.

St Boswells

PENSIONERS’ SOCIAL CLUB: There was an excellent turnout at the Burns supper in the village hall, with entertainment from Gael Force.

GOLF CLUB: Open evening tomorrow at 7.30pm, a chance to see what’s happening at the golf club, become a member, or just come along to socialise.

PARISH CHURCH: Coffee morning to be held in the church hall on Saturday from 9.30am. Donations of bric-a-brac, cakes and books appreciated.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The latest meeting heard that next Friday a police community contact vehicle will visit St Boswells for consultations with members of the public between noon and 3pm. The Main Street traffic regulation order is soon to be implemented and PC Matthews will visit to observe compliance by motorists. Maps and plans have been circulated to property holders affected. The primary school parent council has proposed improvements to the playground and grants are being applied for.

St Mary’s

WRI: Members enjoyed a talk entitled The Lavender Touch by Jan Beattie. She told how the Borders-based charity raised funds to help local people who have cancer by providing complimentary treatments. Competitions – favourite calendar – 1, Jemima Irving; 2, Christine Storie; 3, Isobel Brown; small bottle of ginger wine – 1, Isobel Brown; 2, Alison Brown; gift-wrapped parcel – 1, Isobel Brown; 2, Marion Macdonald; 3, Jemima Irving. Tuesday’s meeting will see Mags Miller demonstrating salt dough. Competitions – Border tart and royal souvenir.


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


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


WHIST DRIVE: The Youth Hall is the venue for a whist drive on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

SHOPPING BAGS: Yetholm primary school is raising funds by selling shopping bags at various outlets, including the butcher’s shop. On the bags are drawings by the children of themselves, teachers and regular visitors such as the minister.

PANTOMIME WEEK: All this week the Wauchope Hall has been a hive of activity, getting ready for Puss in Boots. Scenery has been painted, sets constructed and rehearsals held every night. Lighting and sound arrangements are in place. Tonight is the dress rehearsal, and the show takes place at 7.30pm tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are available from the village shop. Any profits will go to Wauchope Hall funds.

RESILIENCE PLAN: This plan to provide volunteer help in bad weather and similar circumstances is almost up and running.Spearheaded by Scottish Borders and Yetholm Community councils, a brochure highlighting the purpose of the scheme has been prepared and is being used as a model by other local authorities and the Scottish Government. More volunteers are needed. Another meeting – to be attended by Scottish Borders Council officials, community councillors and volunteers – will be held on February 20.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Plans are at an early stage, but it seems likely Yethlolm will play its part in celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee.These may include a street party and the lighting of a beacon on one of the hills overlooking the village.