QUIZ NIGHT: A quiz night (teams of four) will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm in the village hall. The event is in aid of hall funds.

WHIST: A whist drive and dominoes will be held on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall.The event is in aid of hall funds.


WRI: Emma Emmerson from Woodside Gardens gave a talk about her work, and about plant care in general, at the latest meeting. She then opened the floor to questions and also judged the competitions. The scheduled demonstration for the March meeting has had to be changed. It will now be a demonstration on how to make Easter boxes. Members wishing to participate should bring a pair of scissors and £1 for materials.


CHURCH: The Sunday service at Caddonfoot Church was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Joyce Brown. The Vestry Bible Study Group meets in Trinity Church hall, 5-6pm each Thursday. Caddonfoot’s annual stated meeting will be held after morning service on March 25. Items – including bikes, books and garden tools – are being collected for the Presbytery of Zomba in Malawi and can be left at the former Walkerburn Church 10am-1pm each Saturday.


AGM: At the village hall AGM, the outgoing committee and office-bearers agreed to carry on for another term. Though it had been a successful year for fundraising, several costly maintenance bills had left little surplus and concern was expressed at the difficulty of running events without more hands-on help from the community. The first hall events planned for 2012 are the quiz night on March 23 and Easter coffee morning on March 31.


QUIZ: Denholm Playgroup has organised a quiz night and auction which will be held next Friday at 7.30pm in the Cross Keys. Telephone Fiona on 01450 870032 to book teams and for more information.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all age, 9.30am; traditional, 11am. March 25 – church annual meeting. Lessons for Lent continues in the church on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Today at 8pm in the church hall, a nibbles and natter night, with a quiz, will be held.

AULD EARLSTON: An open meeting is to be held in the church hall on Wednesday at 2pm. People attending are asked to bring old photographs, newspaper cuttings and their memories. Anyone needing transport should contact Anne (01896 849683) or Shiela (01896 848240). Bring own cup.


COMMITTEE: The village hall committee meets on Monday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held on Monday at 10.30am.


CHOIR: Hawick Male Voice Choir will be performing in Kirkhope village hall on March 16 at 7.30pm.


WRI: Speaker Jacqui Lee and her friend had initially taken up beadwork when looking for fresh fundraising ideas, and had quickly become absorbed in their new hobby. She continues to support fundraising events, as well as making necklaces for her own outfits and for friends and family. As well as a selection of jewellery she has made, she brought several books on the subject for members to look through. She provided a great selection of beads, and all of the other materials required to make a simple necklace. After a demonstration of the basic technique, members, with Jacqui’s guidance, created their own piece. The raffle was won by Irene McFadzen. Competition – a Valentine gift – 1, Helen Johnson; 2, Carole Howden; 3, Irene McFadzen. The next meeting is on March 13 when Lindsay Thomson will be talking about, and entertaining members with, his fiddle.


SOCIAL: There will be a pre-lambing social in the village hall from 7.30pm on Saturday, featuring games and competitions. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult.


50/50 DRAW: The winning 50/50 draw number for this week is 2831. Tickets are available from Info Hub, Salmon Inn, Auld Mill, Ladhope Inn, Quins and Image 22.

Probus: President Murray Thom welcomed 49 members and introduced the guest speaker, Captain Hamish Reid, who delivered his talk, A Captain’s Tale – a life at sea cruising. Hamish joined P&O and rose to the rank of captain. He has now retired after 39 years at sea and lives and farms at Oxton, but still works for P&O as a mentor to new employees on cruise ships.Next Thursday’s meeting in the Kingsknowes Hotel features Murray Dickson on Old Gala, the town of his grandparents.


Bridge Club: February 13 – N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, T. and L. Witten; E/W – 1, S. White and J. Urquhart; 2, J. Henderson and M. Walker; 3, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; February 15 – 1, H. and M. Ouldcott; 2, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 3, Francombe and H. Dooley; 4, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; February 20 – 1, S. White and J. Urquhart; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, T. and L. Witten; 4, M. Tuson and R. Witherington.

PROBUS: Claire Oliver, fundraising manager at NHS Borders, gave a powerpoint presentation on the Margaret Kerr palliative care unit being built at Borders General Hospital. The unit will be self-contained and feature eight en-suite single rooms and overnight stay facilities for relatives. It is expected to open early next year.

Camera Club: Retired local architect Sandy Jarvis judged the fifth monthly competition, entitled Architecture – projected images – 1, I See You by Brian Marriott; 2, Taj Mahal Reflections by Brian Marriott; 3, Diamond Lights by Dennis Laing. Novice entries – 1, Spiral Staircase by Kathryn Barlow; 2 (equal), Mosque by Diane Murphy, The Old Through the New by Kathryn Barlow. Mounted Prints – 1, Individual Planning by Bert Lancaster; 2, Calton Folly by Dennis Laing; 3, Apotekereata, Alesund, Norway, by Bert Lancaster. Monday’s meeting will be the three-way competition between Liddesdale, Kelso and Hawick at the former, while next Thursday’s gathering features a programme by the Borders Badger Group.

ROTARY: Speaker at the latest meeting was David McLeod, head of instrumental music with Midlothian Council. A Teri, he attended Wilton Primary School before the family moved to Bonnyrigg. He started playing the cornet in the Salvation Army at an early age and progressed through various instruments, including the euphonium, until he found his niche on the trumpet. He trained under various maestros and started on the trumpet at Lasswade High School. He was accepted as a teenager to play with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and decided to study music as a career. He entered the Royal Scottish Music Academy and after graduation taught music in the Borders before being appointed to head of music at Lasswade High School. He has toured with bands all over the world and performed in the Sydney Opera House, Australia. He demonstrated three trumpet pieces, accompanied on piano by Grace Jack, music teacher at Lasswade High School. Gus Neilson reported that last Saturday’s street collection for End Polio Now raised the sum of £185.


COFFEE MORNING: Innerleithen Playgroup will hold a coffee morning on Saturday in the Vale Club, 10.00am to noon.

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

SWITCHED ON INNERLEITHEN: Switched On Innerleithen meets next Thursday at 7pm in the Union Club. Anyone who runs a business in the town and would like to help plan and implement initiatives to promote Innerleithen is welcome. Themes for 2012 are the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Torch, European MTB Championships, the music festival and Games Week.

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


Bridge Club: February 20 – N/S – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, J. Tait and I. Weir; 3, D. and A. Wilson; E/W – 1, A. and R. Stewart; 2, R. Oates and S. West; 3, I. Whillans and B. Miller.


KELSO CHURCHES TOGETHER: A pancake party for Shrove Tuesday was held last week in Kelso Rugby Club, which attracted a large number of members and friends from the various churches in the town and surrounding area. The annual World Day of Prayer is being marked tomorrow at 7pm in Kelso North Parish Church. The material, which will be used by churches the length and breath of the country, has been prepared by the Christian women of Malaysia and is entitled Let Justice Prevail. Arrangements are also in hand for Christian Aid Week, which runs May 13-19, with a door-to-door collection being the main thrust of the week. Plans are in hand for KCT to have a stall at this year’s Border Union Show, held in July at Springwood.

Music Society: Pianist Joanna MacGregor will be playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations tomorrow at 7.30pm in Kelso High School. For more information, phone 01668 216550.

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

KELSO NORTH AND EDNAM CHURCH GUILD: Members enjoyed an evening entitled The Guild Entertains. Mrs McLean welcomed all to the meeting. Worship was shared by several members and a programme of poetry, songs and story followed. Margaret Aitken thanked all who had contributed to the programme. The guild meets today when the guest speaker is the Reverend Marion Dodd.

Thursday Group: Iain Bamber’s descriptions of helping to set up free and fair elections in the war-torn Balkans have parallels with what will be needed in the Middle East, members were told. Today, retired senior police officer Jack Jones will talk about his part in the Robert Black enquiry – Abbey Row Centre, 2pm. More information on 01573 224753.

Lectures: The March series of lectures put on by the Friends of Kelso Museum opens on Wednesday with Colin Henderson and 75 Years of the Kelso Laddie – Abbey Row Centre, 7.30pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: February 22 – Rose Bowl 7 – N/S – 1, John Hayton and Lee Leeson; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Jim and Mary Stone. E/W – 1, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 2, Ian and Eliz Ross; 3, John and Marian Miller. February 23 – Millennium Trophy 11 – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 3, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts. E/W – 1, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 2, Robert Hutchinson and Jim Stone; 3, Helen Lawson and Betty Laing.


Centenarian: Madge Stevenson celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in the Buccleuch Centre. Madge is the widow of Drew Stevenson who came from Hawick to the town in 1930 and was backed by the Bell and Scott families to open the dyehouse, of which he became managing director. From there, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill was born. The couple’s three sons – David, Neil and Alan – joined their mother for the party, along with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also present was 91-year-old Hazel Cormack, cousin of Madge. Madge was presented with her telegram from the Queen by Lord Annandale, Lord Lieutenant for Dumfriesshire.

Probus club: There was a good turnout of 22 members at the meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. President David Massiah introduced guest speaker John Glover, communications manager for Dumfries and Galloway Health Board. He talked about the type of work that his team of three had to cope with – promoting the board’s activities, and handling PR, news management and marketing. They also distributed information about issues such as pandemic flu etc. The organising of VIP visits was also dealt with by his team.

Service: The Reverend Scott McCarthy conducted the Guides Thinking Day and Scouts Founder’s Day service in the parish church. Lessons were read by Caroline Donald for the Guides, who are based in Canonbie, and by Scout Cairan Jackson, and there was also a talk about Thinking Day and Founder’s Day. The Guides and Scouts were joined by the Brownies, Cubs and Beavers for the service. The congregation in the town is 400 years old this year and the church will be open for various events – at present it has the Guides and Scouts exhibition.

Bentpath: A race night was held in the village hall which raised between £350 and £400 in aid of the Westerkirk Show.


COFFEE TIME: A coffee evening will be held in Lanton village hall on Monday at 7.30pm, with a chance to learn about hydroponics from a Lowood Plant Nursery representative.


CHURCH: The annual general meeting of Channelkirk and Lauder Church will be held in the Church Centre, Lauder, immediately after a joint service in Lauder Church, starting at 11.30am on March 18. Electronic copies of the annual report are available on request from Peter Norman at peter.norman@talk21.com. He can also provide printed copies for those not on email. His phone number is 01578 750288.


THEATRE: Northumberland Theatre Company is returning to the village hall on March 13 to perform 4 Words – four new short plays. Call 01835 870 311 to reserve tickets or pay at the door. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.


World Day of Prayer: A World Day of Prayer service will be held in Linton Kirk tomorrow at 7pm.


WRI: David Scott Aiton, Zero Waste Volunteer Project co-ordinator for the Borders, gave an informative talk on why it was important to reduce waste and ways in which we can all do this. The hostesses for the evening were Etta Fairley and Agnes Hood. Competitions – home-made bookmark – 1, Agnes Hood; 2, Helen Donald; 3, Mary Messer; wooden object – 1, Janet Hunter; 2, Helen Donald; 3, Agnes Hood. The next meeting is a visit to Westruther WRI on Tuesday.


Ormiston Bridge Club: February 20 – N/S – 1, N. and M. Lindsay; 2 (equal), S. Frame and S. Urquhart, J. Chalmers and A. Merry; E/W – 1, S. Davis and M. Wright; 2, D. and M. Swanson; 3, B. and B. Lumley; 4 (equal), J. Dun and L. Leeson, P. Matthew and J. Stewart, J. and B. Duncan.

CHURCH: Activities – March Life & Work and church magazine available for collection; tomorrow, 2.30pm, High Cross Church, World Day of Prayer; Saturday, Traidcraft coffee morning, Corn Exchange; Sunday, services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10am and 11am); 2.30pm, John Bryden plays Bach in a fundraiser for the music society’s new piano; next Thursday, 7.30pm, AGM (unitary constitution) and David Peters and Muriel McKenzie on India; 2012 WFO/Gift Aid envelopes for collection; Zomba container loading – helpers wanted on March 17 and 21.

TRIMONTIUM: The Trimontium Trust was given access last week in the Prehistory and Europe Students’ Room of the British Museum to the latest finds of James Curle’s letters to the museum’s director and staff during the period from the 1890s to the late 1930s.

HMS Pinafore: Weekly rehearsals are ongoing for the show to be staged from March 26-31 in the Corn Exchange.


Guild: Members meet tonight at 7.30pm in the institute when Arthur Bates will speak on Olympic Truce.

Coffee Morning: A coffee morning in aid of Morebattle in Bloom will be held on Saturday from 10.30am.

WRI: Members gather in the institute on March 14 at 7.15pm for a traybake demonstration with Sharon Banks. Competitions – two pieces of traybake and a teaspoon.


OXNAM OWLS: The new ladies’ group – Oxnam Owls – holds its first meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

CAFE: On Wednesday, the library cafe reopens at 11am at the village hall.


Monday Club: At 2pm on Monday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Amanda Richard will show how to have fun with some gentle seated exercises.

St Boswells

CHURCH GUILD: The guild is holding a guest night this evening – plus a bring-and-buy table – in the church hall at 7.30pm.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: A member of St Boswells hall committee was welcomed to last Thursday’s school assembly and the pupils invited to produce a picture for the Vision of St Boswells Hall competition.

ST BOSWELLS LIVE!: A packed house enjoyed contemporary bands Circus Envy from Hull and locals Torino. This last-Friday-in-the-month music club in the hall encourages local musicians in the open-mic sessions. Money made by the club goes back into purchasing equipment and supporting the village hall.

WRI: The rural’s 83rd birthday was celebrated at the latest meeting, members enjoying games and quizzes, with a birthday supper provided by the committee. Competitions – Valentine’s card – 1, Janet Irons; 2, Marlyn McCall; 3, Carole Dawson; 4, Annette Hotson; wedding photograph – all members who entered received a point. The next meeting will be held in the British Legion on March 13, featuring wine tasting with Katie Brown.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk is on March 11 at 10am.


SERVICE: The next service in the village hall will be on March 18 at 10am.


WRI: The annual whist drive was held in the hall when Mrs Coltherd welcomed a good turnout of players. Results – ladies – 1, Greta Middlemas; 2, Helen Hogg; 3, Jenny Blackie; consolation, Pauline Birse. Gents – 1, Jean Patterson; 2, Drew Hogg; 3, Selby Wilson; consolation, Sheila Tyldesley. The hostess prize was won by Evelyn Horsburgh. The next meeting, featuring a talk on easy fibre dying, will be held on March 13 in the hall. Competition – a pot of jam.


PANCAKE MONDAY: The Youth Hall hosted a Pancake Monday Extravanganza, with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

DOROTHY BOWS OUT: After many years as the mainstay of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Yetholm committee, Dorothy Price has decided to stand down. Taking over the reins is Susan Stewart from Kirk Yetholm.

BONDAGERS DVD: Shadowcat Films, which produced the Yetholm The Finest Place DVD, is making a film about bondagers – female farmworkers in the 19th century. Much of the shooting is being done at Kirknewton and taking part are Eileen Woodward, Susan Stewart, Joanna Beveridge and Alastair Tumbull, members of of the village drama group.

VENCHEN HAUGH: Now that the new fencing is in place, the next phase of flood-pevention work is under way. This involves the planting of trees in specific groups along the river bank.

FESTIVAL WEEK: The committee which chooses the princpals for the summer festival week is having difficulty finding a Bari Gadgi. Committee members would welcome suggestions.

PLAYING FIELD PAVILION: The poor condition of the pavilion has been a worry for Yetholm Community Council. There were thoughts of a new-build, but now repairs to the structure are again on the agenda. A sub-committee met Scottish Borders Council’s property manager who thought the structure of the building was sound and refurbishment was feasible. The committee will now be looking at plans and costs.