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QUIZ: A Brains of Bowden quiz night will be held in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Teams of four – phone Patrick on 01835 822131.

WRI: At the March meeting, Helen Cessford and Mary Pringle told members and guests about last summer’s federation trip to Shetland – they look forward to welcoming Shetland visitors to Roxburghshire in May.


CHURCH: The morning service in Caddonfoot Church was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Roddy Beatson. The joint kirk sessions and congregational boards of Caddonfoot and Trinity churches met last week under the chairmanship of interim moderator Tom Burt and with Melrose and Peebles presbytery clerk Jack Stewart to accelerate talks for a new minister. Caddonfoot’s stated annual meeting will be held in the church on Sunday after morning service. Volunteers are being sought to help tidy up Walkerburn Church on Saturday at 10am following the Zomba appeal.


QUIZ: Cappercleuch Hall hosts a quiz night tomorrow from 8pm – maximum of four per team. The event is in aid of hall funds.


SILENT AUCTION: There will be a silent auction in aid of Cancer Research in Caddonfoot village hall tomorrow (7-9pm). Lots already offered include four-balls of golf, fishing and shooting days, vouchers for local restaurants, shops and golf clubs, made to measure kilts and coal. Donations of other new or second-hand goods would be welcome. More information from Janice (01896 850651) or Lynne (01896 850611).


BLOOD DONORS: At a blood-donor session earlier this month, awards were presented to – silver (25 donations) – Carol Goodfellow; bronze (10) – Valerie Herbert, Douglas Scott, Corrine Scott, Tracey Millin.

CAMERA CLUB: Members met on Wednesday when Alex Martin showed wedding photographs from her portfolio that she has produced for a course she is attending. She judged the competition and results were – projected images – 1, Helen Pugh-Cook; 2, John Wilson; 3, Curtis Welsh; prints – 1, Helen Pugh-Cook; 2, Helen McDonald; 3, Angela Jewell. The last meeting of the season takes place on Wednesday when the speakers will be James and Hazel Mason. The club’s entry for Sunday’s annual Border Digital Challenge at Hawick has been sent.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s 10.15am service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods and includes the church’s annual meeting. Lent lessons continue on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the church.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Last week members took part in a quiz prepared by Ann Thomson.Competition winners for a lace handkerchief were Mrs Ainslie, Mrs Forsyth and Mrs Scott. The competition for next week’s meeting will be for a pendant on a chain.

WRI: Mrs. Smith introduced the demonstrator for the evening who gave an insight into the growing of cocoa trees from which chocolate is made, then followed with the art of making chocolates with lots of tasters to enjoy. Competition – Border Tart – 1, L. Riddell 2, H. Smith; Easter card – 1, A. Greirson; 2, L. Riddell. A coffee morning is being held in Hanover on Saturday at 10am. The next meeting is the 75th birthday meal on April 19 at Herges.


WRI: Joyce Luby guided members in the art of decoupage last Wednesday. Jean Lyle was thanked for her contribution to the rural before her move to a new home at Ormiston. Competitions – egg cup – 1, Marion Anderson; 2, Evelyn Grierson; 3, Jean Brown; Easter card – 1, Marion Anderson; 2, Rosemary Wilkes; 3, Maggie Greenwood.


WRI: President Lucile MacLeod introduced speaker, the Reverend Lindsay Thomson from Hawick. He had brought with him two valuable and prized possessions – an antique Bible that had once belonged to the Reverend Thomas Boston and his Gasparo da Salo fiddle, reputedly once owned by fiddler Neil Gow. Lindsay’s talk was in three parts, and was a mixture of information, amusing anecdotes and recitals on his fiddle. He gave an insight into the life of Thomas Boston, from boyhood to becoming minister at Ettrick Kirk. He then spoke of the rise in popularity of fiddle playing in Scotland. Gow, one of the most famous Scottish fiddlers, won a prestigious competition at 18, attracting the attention of the Duke of Atholl who became his patron, ensuring employment at balls and dances throughout Scotland. Lindsay then told us of his visit to Italy when he had the opportunity to do some research into the craftsman who made his fiddle. The vote of thanks was given by Lucile MacLeod. Competition – a witty ditty – 1 (equal), Helen Johnson and Heather Carroll. The next meeting – on April 10 – will include a demonstration and talk by chocolatier Dennis Cockburn. Competition – Border Tart (first round of Anne Wallace Sugar Sifter Competition).


Camera Club: Lloyd Smith, of Aikman Smith Creative Photography, Melrose, gave an insight into the world of commercial photography, presenting members with a wide range of images based on the themes of celebrities and fashion. The Borders Digital Challenge is on Sunday at Hawick High School. Check the club programme for more details. Next week’s meeting in Galashiels is the club’s AGM.

50/50 DRAW: This week’s winning number is 360.


FAMILY HISTORY: Sunday at 2.30pm will see Borders Family History Society meet for “From the Poorhouse to Knighthood” – a talk by Marjorie Gavin at The Evergreen Hall, Laidlaw Terrace. Marjorie begins with David Balmer, born around 1804 and admitted to Jedburgh Poorhouse in 1876, tracing his Hawick descendants, finishing with a well-known figure knighted in the late 20th century.

Bridge Club: March 12 – N/S – 1, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; E/W – 1, S. White and J. Urquhart; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 3, M. Walker and J. Henderson; March 14 – 1, D. Usher and I. Wyze; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 4, H. and M. Ouldcott.

Camera Club: The sixth monthly competition to find the projected image and print of the year took place last week with photographer and magazine publisher David Kilpatrick of Kelso judging the entries. Projected images – 1, Power in the Sky, by Jimmy Anderson (this was also awarded overall winning image); 2, Float, by Danny Bowie; 3, Sunrise at Penchrise, by Sel Messer. Prints – 1, Boat Man, by Brian Marriott; 2, Fog Bound, by Dennis Laing; 3, Saltwick Bay Fury, by Sel Messer. Novices – 1, Late August, by Kathryn Barlow; 2, Down to the Woods, by Diane Murphy; 3, Remember, by Kathryn Barlow. The Borders Digital Challenge will take place on Sunday in Hawick High School lecture theatre. Doors open for a buffet at 6.30pm, with the competition an hour later.


WRI: Members enjoyed an evening of line dancing under the tuition of Claire and two Eileens. Competion – best-dressed cowgirl – 1, Lesley Abernethy; 2, Brenda Wright; 3, Jan McDonald.


COUNTDOWN CLUB: The final three meetings of the session are on Wednesday, April 11 and April 25. They will be held in the Sunday Club room at Innerleithen Church hall. An extra meeting will be held during Innerleithen Games Week.

CAR WASH: Innerleithen firefighters have organised a car wash on Saturday in the Co-op car park from 10am-2pm. All funds raised will be split between the Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund and St Ronan’s Primary School.

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


ST JOHN’S CHURCH: Sunday saw Mothering Sunday celebrated, with every mother or grandmother receiving a bunch of daffodils to mark the day. Monday (10am) will see the celebration of the Annunciation of the Lord with a short service of communion.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: Jedburgh Churches Together Lent lunches have been taking place in Kenmore Halls on Fridays – the next one is tomorrow, noon-2pm. All money raised goes to Christian Aid.

MESSY CHURCH: Jedburgh Arts and Community Centre (St John’s Old School) will see the annual Easter egg hunt and other Easter activities at Messy Church on Saturday, 10.30am-1pm. All primary children accompanied by an adult are welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT: Howdenburn parent council is holding a quiz night tomorrow at 7pm – £15 per team of four. Teams must be registered at the school office or by phoning 01835 862542.

bridge Club: March 12 – Easter Pairs – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, D. and P. Palmer; 3, S. Graham and S. Porter; 4, J. Tait and I. Weir; 5, A. and R. Stewart.

CHOIR: The choir of St John’s church will sing evensong at 6pm on Sunday.


Embroiderers’ Guild: Members meet on Tuesday at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre when Agnes Forrest from Roxburgh Lacemakers will be giving a talk. They should bring their money for the outing, workshop and Scottish regional day. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Thursday Group: Barbara Maclean created several flower arrangements, giving tips as she did so. Today, Margaret Carlaw will speak on “Stichill Past and Present” in the Abbey Row Centre at 2pm.

Museum lectures: Ken Nichol spoke about Bob Gibson, born in Smailholm in 1872, the family later moving to Selkirk. Already a local champion in lawn bowls when he emigrated to South Africa, Bob helped create the club in Johannesburg, becoming national champion during the 1920s and part of the South African team that toured the world between the wars. The last in the March lecture series is next Thursday when the topic will be the discoveries at Abbotsford during the inventory – Abbey Row Centre, 7.30pm.

Music Society: Kelso Music Society is staging two concerts this weekend. Tomorrow at 7.45pm (after the AGM at 7pm), Alasdair Beatson and Friends will play Schubert’s Trout Quintet and two other Schubert pieces. On Sunday at 3pm, Alasdair returns as part of a piano trio to play works by Schubert and James MacMillan. Both concerts are in Kelso High School Hall. For more information and tickets, phone 01668 216550.

BRIDGE CLUB: March 14 – Rose Bowl 8 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Alison Ireland and Elinor Green 3, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; E/W – 1, Brian and Brenda Lumley; 2, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 3, Ian Watson and Miles Browne; March 15 – Millennium Trophy 13 – N/S – 1, Rena and Archie Stewart; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Colin McGrath and Beth Thompson.

FARMERS’ MARKET: A cookery demonstration by chef Derek Johnston of Greywalls will feature at Saturday’s farmers’ market in Kelso Square, 9am-1.30pm.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Celtic game leaves Kelso at 9.30am on Sunday. Contact Jim on 01573 226240.

GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Church Guild met in Kelso North Church last Thursday. Members were welcomed by president Barbara Maclean and after a hymn, prayer and reading, she introduced Janice Whiteford who gave an illustrated talk about the Vine Trust. The trust operates two vessels on the Amazon, taking medical and dental care to small villages. They have also built a medical centre in Peru. The medical ships are manned by volunteers and Mrs Whiteford told of her experiences as a nurse when she spent some time as a volunteer in Peru. The guild meets again next Thursday for the annual business meeting which includes a sales table.


Coffee morning: The ladies’ committee at Lodge Eskdale Kilwinning held a coffee morning in the masonic clubrooms which raised £396. The money goes towards the social club and is used for such things as improving kitchen facilities.

Concert: Around 100 people attended a concert by the choir in the parish church. Under leader and church organist Muriel Askew, they sang a varied programme with a number of solos, all accompanied by Isabel Connelly.More than £600 was raised towards the church heating system.

Buffet lunch: Senior citizen members were welcomed to the rugby clubrooms at Milntown for a buffet lunch and refreshments prior to the match against Murrayfield Wanderers. The group, greeted by club president Jake Little, included former Scotland internationals Christie Elliot and Jimmy Maxwell, as well as a number of the championship side from 1958/59.


Ormiston Bridge Club: March 12 – N/S – 1, J. and B. Duncan; 2, D. and M. Swanson; 3, J. Dun and L. Leeson; 4, D. Usher and A. Merry; E/W – 1, V. Fairbairn and J. Bunyan; 2, J. Muri and M. Thom; 3, B. and B. Lumley; 4, B. and J. Redshaw.

CHURCH: For Mothering Sunday the choir sang an arrangement of “All things bright and beautiful”, with Jim Letham at the piano. Activities – today, guild, 2.30pm, Jane Kightly on Fresh Start, Borders; Sunday’s services, Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); Wednesday, 11.45am, midweek service and lunch; lesson readers and members who were elders in previous churches are invited to enlist.

Trimontium: This is preparation time for the museum and walks season beginning in April. The first walk starts on April 5 at 1.30pm. The annual staff coffee morning should set the scene for the volunteers on what promises to be a busy year with the publication by the National Museum of A Roman Frontier Post and its People 100 Years On: Newstead 1911-2011, which gives James Curle proper recognition for his pioneering work. Dr Bill Lonie’s papers have now been transferred to the Heritage Hub in Hawick and in due course will be available for consultation.

HMS PINAFORE: The stage set for HMS Pinafore, which runs throughout next week, was put in position during last week. The mast dominates the scene with the raised poop deck behind and a set of stairs on either side, facing the audience.


WRI: Vice-president Sheena Galloway welcomed Janice Whiteford who gave a power-point presentation on The Vine Trust. Competition – article from recycled material – 1, Anne Cochrane; 2, Helen Pearce; 3, Dilys Wheelans; fruit loaf – 1, Sheena Combe; 2, Helen Pearce; 3, Sheena Galloway. The next meeting – on April 10 – will feature cooking with Liz and Pauline. Competitions – four-inch Border Tart and a small knitted toy.


AGM: Next Thursday sees the village hall annual meeting which starts at 7.30pm and will include updates on the roof refurbishment.

Guild: A guild coffee morning will be held in the institute on Saturday from 10.30am, with the AGM in the same venue next Thursday at 7.30pm.

Northern Cross 2012: The St Cuthbert’s leg of Northern Cross – a Christian cross-carrying pilgrimage is to Holy Island – is held the week before Easter. Anyone is welcome to join in on the Jedburgh-Morebattle stage on April 2 with a stayover night in the village hall, and then from Morebattle to Yetholm the following day. More information on a poster in the village shop.


CONCERT: Oxnam Kirk will on Saturday host a concert by professional musicians Gina McCormack, Lis Dooner, Steve Tees and Deborah Thorne. The Cheviot Ensemble will play music from Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy. Tickets are available at the door and the event starts at 7.30pm.

St Boswells

WRI: At the March meeting, members enjoyed an evening of wine tasting with Katie Brown. Competitions – wine glass – 1, Marlyn McCall; 2, Margaret Rutter; 3, Una Forsyth; Border Tart – 1, Margaret Redpath; 2, Marlyn McCall; 3, Maisie Hope and Jean Blackwood. The next meeting will be held in the village hall on April 10 with a visit from gardener Mr Gowdy who will talk about summer plants.

POETRY AND MUSIC: Kenneth Steven and Riddell Fiddles perform in St Boswells Church this evening at 7.30pm in an event supported by The Scottish Book Trust.

VILLAGE HALL: A hall open morning is being held on Saturday, 9.30am-noon. A new heating system has been installed and plans for the building will be discussed, as well as entertainment by St Boswells Live! and St Boswells Concert Band will be there to entertain. Clubs and other organisations from the St Boswells area will be represented. Winners of the primary school “Vision of the Village Hall” competition will be announced.

PENSIONERS’ SOCIAL CLUB: The annual meeting was held in the village lesser hall. Bingo followed the business part of the gathering. The speaker Tuesday’s meeting is Helen Bastin, manager of the Borders Animal Welfare Association.

SALE: A car boot sale on the village green will be held on April 1, 10am-1pm. All proceeds to St Boswells Primary School.

DRAMA CLUB: The club is grateful to all those who starred in, supported and attended performances of The Odd Couple last week. Anyone who would like to become a member or friend of the drama club should contact sandrafrizzel@btinternet.com.


Open Mic Night: Stow Town Hall hosts an open mic night from 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets are available from the local post office, with a refund for performers.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service in Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.


SERVICE: There will be an open-air service in the park at 8.30am on Easter Sunday (April 8) followed by breakfast in Caberston Cafe at 9am.


CROSS-BORDER CLUB: The club meets for the final time today at 12.15pm in the Wauchope Hall for lunch and a talk by Joan Wright on the diaries of Eleanor Weatherley.

SHOW DANCE: The supper and dance in the Wauchope Hall in aid of the Yetholm Borders Shepherds’ Show provided a welcome boost for funds. The ladies of the committee organised a supper of stovies and sweets.

WALKING WEEKEND: The village’s hill-walking weekend is to be held on May 26, 27 and 28. A brochure detailing the walks has been produced and is available from the usual village oulets. The rules and application forms are to be found in the brochure. Anyone requiring further information should contact Tom Tokely at Harden Cottage, High Street.

PENSIONERS’ LUNCH: This free lunch for village pensioners in The Plough takes place on Tuesday. Anyone interested in attending should contact The Plough.

MARATHON MAN: Ben Gittus, formerly of Kirk Yetholm and whose family still lives in the village, ran the Los Angeles Marathon He is raising money for the Yetholm Kirk project and donations can still be made at the village shop.

RESILIENCE PROJECT: This project – being masterminded by Scottish Borders Council and Yetholm Community Council to provide volutary work with snow clearing and similar emergencies – is almost up and running. More volunteers are required – application forms available at the usual village outlets.