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


CHURCH: There were celebrations in Caddonfoot Church at the morning service on Sunday when it was officially announced that the church, linked with Trinity in Galashiels, had been given permission by the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles to call a minister. It followed the departure of the Reverend Morag Dawson to three parishes in Dumfriesshire. A special meeting of the joint kirk sessions and congregational boards will be held this week to take the proposal forward. Sunday’s service was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd who continues with her weekly Bible study meetings on Thursdays (5-6 pm) in Trinity. On Sunday in Caddonfoot, there will be home baking by Church Youth (Sunday school) to raise money for less-privileged children in the world.


Weather: Low rainfall last month with only 0.92in recorded in contrast to February last year when 4.08in fell. Frost was recorded at the beginning of the month with temperatures falling as low as -7C on the 2nd and -6C on the 7th. Daytime temperatures were average for the time of year, increasing to double figures on the 21st with a high of 15C on the 28th.

Church: The second Lenten Lunch will be held tomorrow in the church hall at Denholm from noon-1.15pm. On Sunday, there will be a united communion service at Southdean Church at 10am. Ruberslaw Guild meets on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the church hall, Denholm, when Ruth Longmuir will speak on the Borders Exploration Group trip to Ukraine. Hobkirk and Southdean Guild meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Southdean Hall when the speaker will be Mrs Boyce Korkis. On March 25, services take place at Hobkirk (9.30am) and Minto (11am), and will be conducted by the Reverend John Shields. Note the change of place of the Ruberslaw service to Minto Church – different from the current calendar of services – and that the service there will be followed by the annual stated meeting of the Ruberslaw congregation.

FAIR: Denholm May fair is being planned for May 26 to coincide with the bogie race. More information is available from the Reverend Douglas Nicol on 01450 870268 or by email at daon@lineone.net. Stalls should be booked by April 12.


CAMERA CLUB: Members enjoyed a talk by Ian Fullerton from Haddington on the East Lothian coastline. Competition – Scottish coastline – projected images – 1, 2, 3, Curtis Welsh; printed images – 1, Helen McDonald; 2, Barbara Greer; 3, Helen Mugh-Cook.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – at 9.30am and 11am – will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The service on March 25 at 10.15am will include the church’s annual meeting. Lent lessons continue on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the church.


Interest Evening: The children of Chernobyl are the subject of Colin Grahame’s talk on March 29 in the village hall at 7.30pm.


WRI: Members meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday when there will be a talk on mountain rescue. Competitions – photograph of a view and walking stick. There will also be a sales table. February competitions – small pot of jam/jelly – 1, D. Small; 2, C. Sinclair; bonbon dish – 1, C. Sinclair; 2, A. Mathison.


INNER WHEEL: President Gwen Croan welcomed members to the latest meeting at which her husband, Peter, gave a talk on aquaboxes. They are sent by Rotarians to wherever there is an emergency overseas. Following a break for supper, Rona McLeman told members that the charity Reunite A Family had held a soup and pud lunch at St Peter’s Church and a collection at Tesco. The next Inner Wheel meeting is on Tuesday and the beetle drive two days later.

CHESS: Paulina Fratczak, Cecilia Hong, Thomas McKeane and Jake Thompson represented St Margaret’s RC Primary School at the David Matthews Inter-Schools Chess Competition held at the Focus Centre. The team won the primary tournament’s major trophy, while Paulina lifted the best girl title.

POETRY: St Margaret’s RC Primary School Scots poetry recitation and writing results – recitation – P6/7 – 1, Alasdair Russell; 2, Paulina Fratczak; 3, Liam Marshall; P4/5 – 1, Lewis McRae; 2, Liberti Johnston; 3, Oliwia Banasiak; P1/2/3 – 1, Maya Troczynska; 2, Andrew Gray; 3, Jack Gibson. Writing – P6/7 – 1, Rachael Doyle; 2, Paulina Fratczak; 3, Maya Smith; P1/2/3 – 1, Niall Louth; 2, Jack Gibson; 3, Maya Troczynska.

U3A the Three Brethren: Member Andrew Brown gave a talk on the Open University at the last open meeting. Next gathering is on Monday in the Lucy Sanderson Hall at 2pm when the talk will be on the Abbotsford Trust.

Camera Club: The penultimate competition of the season was based on “Borders life as seen within a five-mile radius of Gala” and produced a varied series of images for judge Mike Reynolds to comment on. Prints – 1, Christine Swalwell; 2, Gordon Swalwell; 3, Christine Swalwell. Projected images – 1, Phil Dodds; 2, Gordon Swalwell; 3, Peter Lee.Beginners’ projected images – 1, Peter Lee; 2, Alistair Peacock; 3, Peter Lee. Next meeting is a portraiture practical night, so members are reminded to bring their cameras and flashes if they have them.

50/50 DRAW: This week’s winning number is 3094.

EXHIBITION: Galashiels Info Hub, a local community interest company based in the town centre, along with funding from Borders 50/50 lottery and Big Lottery’s Awards for All, is hosting an art exhibition showcasing Borders talent. Proceeds will go towards an Adventure Activity book aimed at schoolchildren which will encourage them to explore areas of natural, cultural and historical interest in the Borders. The exhibition is open to the public from 11am-4pm tomorrow, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 80 Channel Street. For more details, contact 01896 756477.

ROTARY: Members will be helping to give Galashiels a spring clean on March 24. They will be out with black bags and litter pickers. The Borders’ director of education and lifelong learning, Glenn Rodger, spoke of the changes to education since most Rotarians were at school. A large contribution to this is the use of modern technology which people will be using in almost any career they take up in future. In contrast to this, John Cleland gave an insight into the world of saloon car racing. He had many stories to tell of the people he met during his career, keeping everyone entertained with these and his witty answers to questions.

PROBUS: President Murray Thom announced the death, at the age of 92, of honorary member Willie Cowan at last Thursday’s meeting. Willie joined Probus in 1985, elected president in 1993 and was also a prominent and enthusiastic member of Galashiels Burns Club. For many years he entertained Probus members with his address to the haggis at the club’s annual Burns lunch. The AGM has been postponed until April 12. Murray Dickson gave a talk entitled “My Grandfathers’ Galashiels”. As president of the Old Gala Club, Murray described the work being done by that organisation in preserving the history of Galashiels by collecting all kinds of memorabilia for the benefit of future generations. Members were then treated to a presentation illustrated with more than 150 slides covering the history of the town during the period 1845 to 1932. The next meeting will be held in the Kingsknowes Hotel next Thursday, starting at 10am.


WRI: Last Wednesday members and guests celebrated the rural’s 62nd birthday. Joyce Tinlin entertained with a demonstration of floral art and songs. Competition – a flower poem – guests – 1, Dot Williamson; 2, Effie Munroe; members – 1, Cathie Johnson; 2, Elspeth Cook.


AGM: The flower show AGM will be held in the village hall on Monday at 7pm.


Bridge Club: March 5 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 3, S. White and J. Urquhart; 4, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; March 7 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, K. Auckland and R. Witherington; 3, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth.

ROTARY: A business meeting was held last week chaired by vice-president Tommy Mulvee. The committee convenors gave their reports. Foundation convenor Gus Neilson said that, thanks to the club’s efforts and the generosity of the public, enough money had been raised to administer more than 8,000 anti-polio vaccinations in the End Polio Now project. International convenor Sandy Bannerman reported that the art exhibition with cheese and wine evening in the high school had, as well as providing money for the art department and Mary’s Meals charity, also proved to be beneficial to the students’ development and confidence-building. The incoming officials for the next Rotary year starting in July were announced with Tommy Mulvee as president; Scott Elliot, vice-president; Sandy Bannerman, junior vice-president; Iain Smith, secretary; Bob Kellett, treasurer; Keith Cunningham, vocational and community service; Gus Neilson, foundation; Sandy Bannerman, international; Scott Elliot, club service; George Rennie, speakers, house and fellowship; Kerr Scott, sports; Bobby Cairns, entertainment; Ron Sutherland, youth opportunities; Scott Elliot, child protection; Liz Wood, membership; Ron Smith, internet contact; Andrew Suddon, publicity. Past president Billy McWatters, on a trip to The Gambia, West Africa, had visited the Rotary Club of Banjul.

PROBUS: David Scott began his journalistic career as a junior reporter on the Hawick News and ended as Scottish Government editor of The Scotsman. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for services to journalism in Scotland. David called his talk “The modern press – my life in the media”, recounting his 50 years in the business. He exhibited copies of the first editions of The Scotsman in January 1817 and The Daily Express in 1900.

Film and Video Group: Results from the club’s annual competition night – open – Harry Stoddart with the “1645 Scottish Civil War” (a re-enactment of the battle of Philiphaugh). This film also won the Jean Tait Trophy category; holiday – Henry Gray with a documentary film made while on holiday in north Wales about mining at a slate quarry. Henry also won the five-minute category with a wildlife documentary, “Wild Scotland”. Tuesday’s meeting will be a quiz night.

Camera Club: The three-way, inter-club competition between Liddesdale, Kelso and Hawick took place at Newcastleton, with Ron Bell of Galashiels judging the entries. The result was a win for Hawick. At the meeting last Thursday, three members of the Lothian and Borders Badger Group – John Ellis, chairman; Steven Gregory, biologist; and Ron Galloway, photographer – presented an illustrated talk on the lifecycle and habitat of the badger. Next Thursday’s meeting features “Travel” by James and Hazel Frost.


Towford WRI: Sandra Kinnock, Border area co-ordinator for the distribution of Linus Quilts, described how volunteer-made quilts and baby blankets are provided to Borders children who are in need, whether through illness or circumstances. Last year a total of 460 quilts were distributed in this region. Competition – knitted baby blanket to be donated to Linus – 1, M. Towers; 2, J. Douglas. The next meeting on March 27 is a visitors’ night.


COUNTDOWN CLUB: The Countdown Club will meet on April 14 and 28 in Innerleithen Church Hall, Leithen Road, at 10.30am.

GAMES ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING: Alan Patterson was returned for a fifth and final year as chairman of St Ronan’s Border Games at the annual public meeting of the committee. The meeting also heard that long-serving committee members Jessie Allan, Marlen Jones and Anna Smith had decided to retire. Concern was expressed over the falling number of committee members and it was hoped to recruit new ones in time for this year’s celebrations. Games secretary Stewart Wilson gave his second annual report, followed by treasurer Norman Scott, who presented his 38th set of audited accounts. He went on to thank everyone who had supported the games with financial contributions, including the patrons, local businesses, sponsors and members of the public. The committee’s finances had been a success during the last year, thanks to a big effort in fundraising. Office bearers for 2012/13 – president and chairman, Alan Patterson; vice-chairman/ceremonial convener, John Robertson; secretary, Stewart Wilson; treasurer, Norman Scott; sports secretary, Sarah Lindsay; patrons secretary, Ted McKie; minute secretary, Tracy Russell. A number of important dates were discussed – annual coffee morning, April 7; introduction of standard bearer elect, May 11; Games Week, July 12-21. For further information, or to offer help to the committee, contact 07912 848009 or email stronansgames@googlemail.com.

TICKETS: Tickets for Innerleithen Opera’s spring production of The Sound of Music (March 26-31) are on sale from Graham McGrath, Eastgate, Peebles, until next Friday and in Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, Innerleithen, until March 30. To book by phone or email, contract 0845 224 1908 or tickets@idaos.org.uk.

PARTY: A garden party and family fun day to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee will be held on June 3. The last diamond jubilee was celebrated in Innerleithen with the naming of the Victoria Park. This year the park is to be granted Queen Elizabeth status and trees will be planted to mark the day. It is hoped to recreate some of the events which took place in 1897, including a cricket match. There is to be a meeting on Wednesday in St Ronan’s Community Centre at 7.30pm to discuss how to make this event a success. Anyone unable to attend, but want to know more, contact Lesley Foster at robert.foster@btinternet.com or phone 01896 830792.

AGM: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group will hold its AGM on April 16 at 7.30pm at St Ronan’s Wells.

COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Border Games will hold its annual coffee morning in the Vale Club on April 7, 10am-noon.

SERVICES: There will be services of worship on Sunday at Innerleithen Church (11.30am) and St Ronan’s House (4pm).


COFFEE MORNING: St John’s choir will be dispensing home-made truffles, sweets, desserts and Fairtrade chocolate at the coffee morning in the Royal British Legion on Saturday. Proceeds for the church organ fund. The choir will be singing evensong at St John’s on March 25 at 6pm.

Bridge Club: March 5 – N/S – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, S. Graham and N. Porter; 3, J. and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, P. Harris and I. Harris; 2, A. and R. Stewart; 3, K. Jackson and D. Cairns.

GUILD: The guild meeting held last Wednesday was conducted by president Jan Fotheringham, with a Bible reading given by Averil Inglis. Guest speaker was Nancy McNicol whose subject was Danish Connections, an informative and humorous talk. The vote of thanks was given by Jeanette Wood. On Wednesday the guild will hold its annual spring afternoon teas in Kenmore Halls at 2pm.

BAND: Jedforest Instrumental Band won the third section at the Scottish Brass Band championships at Glenrothes. Selkirk Silver Band were third. Langholm Town Band finished sixth with Peebles Burgh Silver Band eighth. Other results saw St Ronan’s Silver Band 11th in the second section and Hawick fifth in the fourth.


Thursday Group: Former detective chief inspector Jack Jones told of his role in tracking down child killer Robert Black. Today, Mary Hanson will talk about Napoleonic prisoners of war in the Borders at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

Museum Lectures: Colin Henderson opened the March series with the history of the Kelso Laddie and how the role has evolved over its 75 years. The third lecture – on Wednesday – is by Dr Fraser Hunter on The Romans in Scotland. It starts at 7.30pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

BRIDGE CLUB: March 7 – SBU Easter Pairs – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Ian Watson and Miles Browne; 3, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; March 8 – Millennium Trophy 12 – N/S – 1, Pauline Smart and Helenor Pratt; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan; 2, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 3, John and Marian Miller.

Friends of Kelso Museum: Members were saddened to learn of the death at 93 of Archie McArthur. An active committee member, Archie was elected chairman in November 1997 and served for four years. During his term the Friends kept the museum in Turret House open for a final season.

ROTARY: The new Abbotsford House visitor centre is due to open in late spring and Matthew Withey, curator of the former home of Sir Walter Scott, revealed the design and layout of the new centre following his presentation on the life and work of the celebrated novelist. Selections from the extensive collection of Scottish artefacts amassed by Sir Walter during his lifetime will be on show. The house itself will remain closed while the rest of the collection of books, swords and paintings are catalogued and redisplayed.


Young riders: The community centre was full of youngsters for the young riders’ club junior section fun day. The children, aged from five to 10 years, were given tuition on how to put tack on horses. There were also various fun races, this time without the ponies, with rosettes and prizes presented at the end of the day.

Burns: Nancy McLure and Stella Winter from the ladies’ Burns club, who gave the prizes, judged the Burns competition for the P7 class at the primary school. They also handed out the awards to those who had been successful in the Scottish poetry section from the other classes. The first, second and third-placed children received books and certificates.


LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Alistair Smith will give an illustrated talk about the heyday of Lauder Light Railway on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall.

MEETING: The Lauderdale committee of Macmillan Cancer Support will hold its annual business meeting at 7.30pm on Monday in the Lauderdale Hotel’s residents’ lounge. More information from Marie on 01578 750289.

AGM: The annual 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 Sunday. Electronic copies of the annual report are available from Peter Norman at peter.norman@talk21.com. He can provide printed copies for those not on email and his phone number is 01578 750288.

WRI: Janice Whiteford gave a talk and slide show on her trip to Peru, including amusing stories, at the latest meeting. Christine Brandeschi proposed the vote of thanks. Competitions – traybake – 1, Kathleen Thomson; 2, Joanne Watson; 3, Wendy Paterson; Valentine card – 1, Flora Pretswell; 2, Joan Stevens; 3, Wendy Paterson.

Channelkirk and Lauder Church Guild: Christine Brotherston welcomed members to the February meeting, After the devotions, Richard Fowler, who had travelled from Ayrshire, gave a talk about the International Justice Mission and the trafficking of young girls in Cambodia. Christine gave the vote of thanks. In March one of the guild members delivered an interesting talk and DVD on Poppy Scotland. Lesley Fitchett gave the vote of thanks.


WRI: A whist drive will be held by Makerstoun WRI on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.


Ormiston Bridge Club: March 5 – N/S – 1, E. Renton and P. Matthew; 2, C. Sutherland and R. Gordon; 3, J. and B. Duncan; E/W – 1, D. and M. Swanson; 2, D. Usher and A. Merry; 3, J. Moffat and R. Garrett; 4, S. Davis and M. Wright.

CHURCH: Archie Robert McNay, grandson of the late Gillian from Darnick, was christened amid family and friends at Melrose on Sunday.

Activities: Today – 7.30pm, The English Piano Trio (music society); Sunday – Mothering Sunday services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); Monday – 7.30pm, Borders Wind and Chamber orchestras; Gift Aid/WFO envelopes for collection; Zomba container helpers wanted on Saturday and Wednesday from 10am (see office).

Trimontium: Last Tuesday saw West Linton, first of the season, send a double class to undertake the Leaderfoot-Newstead march, costumes demonstration and museum quiz. There was another first last Thursday when Patricia Maitland-Cullen, from Galashiels, a long-serving member of the trust, museum supervisor and U3A enthusiast, gave a talk entitled “Trimontium from the Ormiston” at Melrose Parish Church Guild. A local historian dropped into the museum with a 1936 newspaper photograph, to add to the walk commentary, of the mass of white Highland Show tents drawn up in the flat fields between Melrose and Newstead and probably instigated by James Curle.


Coffee Morning: The Morebattle in Bloom coffee morning raised £487. Winners of the grocery box and guess the lucky sweetie jar competitions were Anne Brown and George Cessford respectively.

Guild: Margaret Lister introduced Arthur Bates who gave a talk on the Olympic Truce walk which his nephew took part in. Arrangements were made for the coffee morning to be held on March 24.

Churches: Palm Sunday Walk – meet at Hownam for breakfast on April 1 at 8.30am.Walk to Morebattle for coffee at 10.15am before continuing to Linton for worship and soup, then to Hoselaw and Yetholm for a service at 6.30pm.

AGM: Morebattle Games AGM will be held in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

PLAYGROUP: Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup is enrolling children who will be two years old anytime from now until the end of 2012. Contact Melanie on 01573 440646 for further information.


Macmillan fundraiser: The Macmillan 4x4 rally has passed through the Borders. The Liddesdale Hotel in the village has raised funds for the charity since 2008 and have been running a bonus ball competition, helped by the customers. The drivers in the 2012 Mac 4x4 challenge were present when a cheque for £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief was handed over to Peter Rowland, representing the charity, by hotel manager Tracy Scott and owner Robin Hodgson.

Coffee morning: There was a coffee morning in the village hall which was run by the local branch of the WRI to boost funds.


WRI: Members meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall.Competition – best use of a jam jar.


MONDAY CLUB: At 2pm on Monday at St Joseph’s Church Hall, John Smith will give a talk and show a DVD on “A Summer with Billy Stark”.

Antiquarian Society: The March meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Brian Appleby will present a talk entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Museum”.

St Boswells

WRI: Roxburghshire federation held its annual quiz in St Boswells Village Hall. Representatives of many of the rurals in Roxburghshire had a fun evening participating in four rounds of general knowledge questions compiled by quizmistress Susan Murray. Bowden took first place from Wilton Dean after a tie-break, followed by Stichill in third place, again after a tie-break with Morebattle. A donation to the Margaret Kerr unit at the BGH is to be made from the proceeds of the evening.


WRI: There was a good turnout of members and friends for the open meeting this month when Margaret Carlaw gave a talk entitled Stichill – Past and Present. Avril Purves gave the vote of thanks and presented Margaret with plants donated by Frances Rogers. The proceeds of the raffle and donations amounted to £40 which was donated to Margaret’s chosen charity – the south-east Scotland section of Butterfly Conservation. Competitions – Stichill photograph – 1, Jean McDermid; 2, Frances Rogers; 3, Lyn Anderson; pretty cup and saucer – 1, Jean McDermid; 2, Alison Darling; 3, Dawn Steel. The next meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on April 3.


WRI: Members will be digging out photographs after a demonstration of scrapbooking by Wendy Underhill at the March meeting. She showed everyone how to make the most of their photographs and artefacts using the right background paper and album or frames.Competitions – home-made card – 1, Jan Little; 2, Julia Templeman; 3, Muriel Baptie; artificial flower – 1, Muriel Baptie; 2, Roberta McMillan; 3, Jan Little. The April meeting is a talk on the work of Oxfam by treasurer Anne Pennington.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on March 25 at 10am.


SERVICE: There will be a service in the village hall on Sunday at 10am.


LUNCH: There will be a village lunch today in the Wauchope Hall, noon- 2pm. The proceeds will go to the Medical Aid Foundation (formerly Freedom from Torture).

CROSS-BORDER CLUB: The club meets next Thursday at 12.15pm in the Wauchope Hall. After lunch there will be a talk by Joan Wright on the diaries of Eleanor Weatherly. This will be the club’s final meeting. Members should let the secretary know by Monday if they are unable to attend or are bringing a guest.

WRI: Joyce McKenzie gave a talk on jewellery. She brought along a selection to show members and demonstrated how to make articles. The winner of the competition – “A piece of jewellery” – was Ann Lumsden. The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall when Annie Shanks will talk about Standhill Cheese. Competition – “A small dish made with cheese”.

PENSIONERS’ LUNCH: The annual Plough Hotel Pensioners’ Lunch will be held on March 27. The collection bottle on the bar has been emptied and the proceeds of a quiz night added, so any pensioner in the community can come along for a free meal. Anyone interested in attending should let the Plough know by the previous day for catering purposes.

HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Members entered the digital age at their March meeting with a dozen, under the expert guidance of Pat and Jenny Angel and using a row of digital cameras on tripods, creating a permanent record of the society’s entire collection of historical photographs. There are more than 300 – some of them more than 150 years old. BiII Rae, who began the collection almost 20 years ago, said: “These illustrations throw an important light on Yetholm’s heritage. Never bin old photographs of the Yetholm area without checking with the society.”

YETHOLM MACMILLAN COMMITTEE:Following the news that Susan Stewart is taking over as secretary from Dorothy Price, Dorothy remains on the committee with she and Susan being part of a team of seven operating under the guidance of Pat Gregory.

PLAYGROUP: See Morebattle news.