WRI: President Molly Marshall welcomed members to the March meeting and introduced Peter Flannery from Ancrum who gave an insight into astronomy. Competition – decorated shortbread – 1, Teela Ferguson; 2, Sharon McKenzie; 3, Olive Hogg.


WRI: Joyce Luby showed how to make and decorate pillow boxes, ideal for little Easter eggs or small presents. Competitions – small flower arrangement in an egg cup – 1, Janet Thompson; 2, Margaret Jack; 3, Helen Cavers; flower picture/card – 1, Janice Scott; 2, Hazel Woodsell. The April meeting is a visitors’ evening with entertainment by Morebattle and Heiton Choir.


CHURCH: The Sunday morning service in Caddonfoot Church was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Christine Dorward. The annual meeting was held in the church after the service with the minister and Atholl Innes in the chair.Treasurer Andy Bird presented his report and was thanked for his efforts. The congregation was also thanked for supporting the Zomba appeal and the container had now been filled and sent to Malawi.


COFFEE MORNING: An Easter coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday from 10am in aid of hall funds.


MINTO WRI: Vice-president Chris Nicol welcomed members to the March meeting and introduced The Golden Girls. These nine ladies (one was unable to be present that evening) formed a singing group about six years ago. They perform in old people’s and residential homes, as well as entertaining WRIs etc. Competition – favourite brooch – 1, Sheen Graham; 2, Dot MacLellan; 3, Lily Scott; 4, Chris Nicol.


PARISH CHURCH: The Palm Sunday (April 1) service, at 10.15am, will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Services for Holy Week – Wednesday, 7.30pm; Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm; Good Friday, 7.30pm; Easter Sunday, open air service, 8am (with bacon rolls afterwards); Easter celebration praise, 10.15am.

AULD EARLSTON: The church hall hosted the first open meeting of the Auld Earlston Group. A slide show brought back many memories for those who attended. Many people handed in photographs and clippings from newspapers which will be scanned and kept as a record of life in Earlston. It was decided that there will be another such event in the near future. Anyone who has any photographs or articles, and would like them included in the group’s records, hand them in to Shiela McKay or Anne Falconer who will return them after copying.


WRI: Members welcomed visitors from Heiton and Morebattle, and speakers Mr and Mrs Derek Phillips. Derek, dressed as Captain William Willcox of the 95th New York Volunteers, spoke about Women in the American Civil War. These included Harriet Beecher Stow, Mrs Abraham Lincoln and the 400 women who volunteered to fight as men. Mrs Phillips, dressed as Louisa May Alcott, spoke in character about her feckless father and her time nursing in an insanitary army hospital where she caught typhoid fever. Competition – American artefact – 1, Alma Elliot; 2, Dot Elliot; 3, Myra Hope. The slice of quiche winners were Gail Chandler, Alma Elliot and Ina Cowe.


COFFEE MORNING: The next monthly coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will be held in the village hall on April 7, 10am-noon. Anyone with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation.


WATER: Hundreds of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are now drinking clean water from the first aquafilters deployed in a region near the border with Rwanda, thanks to the efforts of local schoolchildren. Pupils of St Peter’s School in Galashiels raised money for aquafilters when they sang Christmas carols in the local Tesco store.

Camera Club: A practical evening on portraiture allowed members the chance to experiment with two studio set-ups. Ian Oliver gave advice on camera settings and general tips on how to position the lights and then everyone had the chance to direct a series of volunteer models and try out their skills. The final meeting of the season is the annual competition and exhibition on Wednesday when the judge will be Douglas Allan.

50/50 DRAW: This week’s winning number is 3191.

PROBUS: At his last meeting as president, Murray Thom welcomed Mig Moore who, dressed in authentic Malawi costume, spoke about her experiences in Africa. Trained as a midwife and teacher, she explained the philosophy of Voluntary Service Overseas. She was appointed to a hospital in north Malawi run by Irish nuns where she introduced improved standards in childcare and midwifery. Her talk was illustrated by slides. The next meeting is the AGM at 11.30am April 12 in the Kingsknowes Hotel.


COFFEE MORNING: The annual Greenlaw Parish Church coffee morning will be held on Saturday at 10am in Fairbairn Hall.


ROTARY: Ian Anderson gave a talk on bagging Munros – climbing Scottish mountains over 3,000ft. In 1891 Sir Hugh Munro started the craze by climbing all 284 of them. Two months ago, thanks to modern technology, one of the Munros was found to be just short, so now there are 283. Ian has managed to climb 103 all in the last eight years, but intends to carry on and try and ascend the lot. A lively question session followed after which Billy McWatters gave the club’s vote of thanks.

PROBUS: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the club now holds meetings in the Hawick RFC clubrooms. The inaugural talk was given by Alan Williamson, rector of Hawick High School. A native of Fife, he joined the school in the history department under the tutelage of Ian Landles and Jock Houston, and has been rector for five years. Alan gave a comprehensive and enlightening review of the high school and education today.

Camera Club: Club members enjoyed an evening of travel photography by Hazel and James Frost, GPs based in Stow and Galashiels. Both members of the Royal Photographic Society, their programme began with travels within Burma. Later, the audience were taken to Sudan. There will be a coffee morning in Trinity Church Hall on Saturday – members wishing to help should arrive at the hall by 9am. The annual meeting will be held in the clubrooms next Thursday. At the Borders Digital Challenge competition held in Hawick High School lecture theatre on Sunday evening, 14 clubs took part. It was jointly arranged by the Hexham and Hawick clubs, with Alan McCormick of Hexham introducing Jane Black of the Northern Counties Photographic Association, Sunderland, as judge. Results – 1, Morpeth; 2, Hexham; 3, Dumfries.

Bridge Club: March 19 – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, R. Goldie and M. McLeod; 4, V. Macpherson and R. Francombe; March 21 – 1, J. and M. Miller; 2, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, H. and M. Ouldcott; 4, P. Gilligan and M. Millar.


Coffee Morning: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group will hold its annual coffee morning in the Vale Club from 10am to noon on April 28. The money raised will go towards a garden improvement project currently being undertaken by the group.

AGM: Innerleithen Community Trust chairman Ross McGinn welcomed two new trustees, Jan Lister and Richard Latimer, at the organisation’s AGM. In his annual report to trustees, Mr McGinn said they had continued to address priorities highlighted in the Future Innerleithen Plan. Copies of Cleikum Kist, written by local historian Ted McKie and published by the trust as a fundraising venture, had been donated to St Ronan’s primary school. The bi-monthly What’s On?, collated, edited and printed by Gen Harrison, had proved a successful bulletin of forthcoming events of local interest. The community trust had organised the acquisition and siting of six donated memorial benches on the banks of the Leithen. Trust members had made considerable input to consultations about community facilities, the future of the Memorial Hall and proposals to redevelop the Caerlee Mill site. The trust was keen to see the cycle way from Innerleithen to Glentress completed and some trust members had joined the volunteer work parties to help reduce funding requirement to see the project realised. On the down side, a feasibility study for a community wind farm scheme had almost stuttered to a halt and progress towards a skateboard park was slow. Mr McGinn told the gathering: “Plans are coming together to mark the visit of the Olympic torch and we took the initiative to convene an initial meeting that brought together interested individuals and organisations to explore how we mark this historic event. This is progressing well.” A membership scheme for Innerleithen Community Trust had been launched and a number of townsfolk had been recruited. Trustees are – George Brown, Dave Gordon, Gen Harrison, Ross Hunter, Richard Latimer, Jan Lister, Ross McGinn and Ted McKie.

SERVICE: Sunday’s service will be at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church. There will be a Good Friday reflection at 6.30pm and an Easter Day service at 10.30am.


GUILD: The annual guild daffodil tea held last Wednesday in Kenmore Hall raised £341 towards guild projects.

Bridge Club: March 19 – N/S – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, O. Whillans and D. Cessford; 3, J. Tait and I. Weir; E/W – 1, M. Allen and T. Davidson; 2, R. Stewart and A. Mitchell; 3, I. Whillans and B. Miller.


COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held in Abbey Row on Saturday, 10am-noon. There will be a display of Linus quilts for children in hospital, made by Lily Campbell’s group and friends. All proceeds from the event will go to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

Thursday Group: The one thing that “everyone knows” about the Napoleonic prisoners of war is that “they built Floors’ wall”. Mary Hanson has yet to find any proof, but gave an insight into their way of life on parole during 1811-14 from letters and other documents. Today, Ken Nichol will speak on From Smailholm to South Africa at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

Museum lectures: Dr Fraser Hunter, of the National Museums of Scotland, gave an account of the Romans in Scotland in the third lecture of the March series. The Friends of Kelso Museum are planning an outing to Thirlestane Castle on May 7 – anyone wanting to go should contact 01573 224941.

BRIDGE CLUB: March 21 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Evelyn Erskine and Myra Thomson; 2, John Hayton and Lee Leeson; 3 (equal), Elinor Green and Alison Ireland, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Brian Saywood and James Watson; 2, Brian and Brenda Lumley; 3, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; March 22 – Millennium Trophy 14 – 1, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 2, Val Fairbairn and Murray Thom; 3, Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood; 4, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; 5, Robert Hutchinson and Myra Thomson; 6, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle.

ROTARY CLUB: Tony and Yvonne Huggins-Haig provided members with a guided tour of the Art House Gallery in Bridge Street, Kelso. The Art House is home to a display of the work of more than 70 national and internationally acclaimed artists, including Rolf Harris. Paintings by up-and-coming, as well as long established, Borders-based artists are also prominent.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm section.


Accordion club: Compere Adam Grant welcomed a good turnout of members to the last meeting before the summer break in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. The guests were the Shirley Cathcart Trio from Law, with Shirley on accordion, Ian Anderson playing piano and Gus Millar on drums. Among the accordion players were Billy Bell, Newbie Park, Les Hurst and David Bell, all of Carlisle; James Lawrie of Gilsland, James Johnstone from Annan, David Dunbar of Lockerbie, Jock Borthwick of Hawick, James Fraser from Dumfries and Ken White of the Rigg. There was also Robin and Deryn Waitt from Claygate, and local players Roger Dobson and Eric Goodfellow. Ian Wood of Alandale was on the fiddle with Ian Wilson from Crawford playing the piano and Ian Bell (Canonbie) entertained on the bagpipes.

Injured jockeys: The rugby clubrooms at Milntown was the venue for the annual Cheltenham preview and fundraiser organised by racing enthusiast Colin Barnfather, with the help of Cyril Johnstone, Frank Steele and a few close friends. The total of £1,800 raised will be split between the injured jockeys’ fund and racing welfare. A large amount of racing items had been donated from various sources and there was an auction, along with a quiz and raffle. There was also an invited panel to answer questions and give their views on the Cheltenham festival. It consisted of Gordon Brown from the Sky TV At The Races channel, trainers Jim Goldie and James Ewart, along with jockey Euan Whillans and Laura McGimpsey.

Common Riding: The Common Riding committee met in the Crown Hotel when preparations were made for the public meeting night which will take place on May 11. Chairman Roger Maxwell will make the arrangements for the use of the Buccleuch Centre in regard to the public meeting night and election of cornet. Voting papers will be taken to the residential home and hospital. Andrew Jeffrey will be the vote count representative and Alistair Scott is to be approached to see if he would again be enumerator in the event of there being a vote. The committee decided that, in appreciation of the help from the community council in obtaining the road closure grant, £500 would be donated to help the restoration of the Marble Man and other associated work. The opening meeting organised by the horseracing association at the Castleholm will be on April 29 and the course will be going up on Sunday when work required for the Common Riding will also be carried out. The next meeting of the committee will be on May 21.

BHF: The local branch of the British Heart Foundation held a fundraiser in the day centre which realised £318.


WRI: President Denise Baclay welcomed Margaret Stevenson from the Co-op who gave a talk and showed a DVD on fair trade. Samples of fair trade chocolate were handed round for eager tasters to enjoy. Competition – best use of a recycled jam jar – 1, Helen Lothian; 2, Sonia Borthwick; 3, Sylvia Thomson.The next meeting is on April 18.

Channelkirk Church: The Sunday 10am service will resume at Channelkirk Church this weekend.


COFFEE MORNING: A spring coffee morning will be held in aid of Maxton and Mertoun Church on Saturday, starting at 10am, in Maxton village hall.


BRIDGE: Ormiston Bridge Club – March 19 – N/S – 1, J. Dun and L. Leeson; 2, J. Stewart and P. Matthew; 3, J. Orrett and D. King; E/W – 1, J. and B. Duncan; 2, S. Urquhart and G. McIvor; 3, B. and B. Lumley.

Gaelic Day: A Gaelic day was held in Melrose last Saturday, with Gaelic classes at 9.30am in Melrose Parish Church hall to a ceilidh in The Wynd theatre in the evening. Gaelic students participated at three levels for four hours of Gaelic tuition, with a Gaelic song option in the afternoon. The ceilidh provided a programme of Gaelic and Scottish song and music. Highlights of the day included the 99-year-old who took part in the beginners’ Gaelic group, the youngsters of Jethart Folk with their Gaelic waulking song, local Gaelic singing group Turas, The Fisher Lassies, Iain Fraser, and the playing and singing of Lillias Kinsman-Blake and Rachel Walker.

Border Flower Club: Club chairman Elizabeth Forster has been chosen to be a member of the Scottish Association of Flower Arrangers Society team for the design and display at Chelsea Flower Show’s Centenary Show in 2013. John Dalton, from Cumbria, made a welcome return to Melrose, this time with his demonstration entitled Oh, What a Performance. He entertained the club with a variety of arrangements using top-quality flowers, along with well-chosen foliage and containers, not forgetting the feather duster. The evening was made even more enjoyable with his delivery of witty stories and jokes. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Marshall. The next meeting in the Corn Exchange is on Wednesday at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Gillian Garrow with Touch of Wood.

CHURCH: Activities – April Life & Work available; tomorrow – 9.30am, Melrose primary school service; services – Palm Sunday (April 1) – Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am; Holy Week services – Monday to Wednesday, morning prayers, 10.30am, followed by organ recital and coffee; today – 7pm, Maundy Thursday communion; tomorrow – 7pm, worship for Good Friday.

Trimontium: Earlston Primary was the latest school to undertake the route march from Leaderfoot to Newstead, and then on to Melrose for the museum tour, sword demonstration and costumes. Tuesday saw the annual staff coffee morning for the volunteer museum supervisors and walk guides. The painting of the fort and environs in the 2nd century, placed at the entrance, was the latest addition to the attraction and formed one whole side of this season’s welcoming leaflet. It is hoped to include an even better and bigger version in the forthcoming newsletter, the Trimontium Trumpet.


WRI: Members enjoyed a traybake demonstration by Sharon Banks when she handed out recipes and tastes of what she had made. Competitions – two pieces of traybake – 1, Nancy Anderson; 2, Sheila Elliot; 3, Margaret Blackmore; teaspoon – 1, Lizzie Thomson; 2, Marian Dumma; 3, Nancy Anderson. Names were taken for the group rally and the outing to Perth.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm section.


Coffee morning: There was a good turnout in the village hall for the Eskdale Cats Protection spring fair and coffee morning, and around £300 was raised.

Olympics: Among those chosen to carry the Olympic torch through the Borders is pharmacist Libby Kennedy. She was nominated to be torchbearer in recognition of her involvement in setting up and developing the Polysport facilities in the village, which include fitness room, changing rooms and all-weather tennis courts.


Oxnam Owls: The newly-formed ladies’ social club in Oxnam held its first meeting on March 6 when an audience of 30 enjoyed an evening of coffee and cakes, and heard about the proposed programme and charity events. Elspeth Currie outlined the structure of the group and Dot Heard gave details of the first year’s programme. By the end of the evening the club had 30 paid-up members.

Library Cafe: The first meeting of the Library Cafe in Oxnam after hall refurbishment was on March 7 when 25 visitors enjoyed coffee, cake and chat. The next meeting of the cafe is on April 18 from 11am.

YOUTH CLUB: The next meeting of Oxnam Youth Club will be an open one tonight in the village hall at 7pm. The Baldy Bane Theatre Company from Glasgow are to perform Better Late Than Dead On Time – a road safety message for all ages Primary 6 and above. More information from Karen Wardrop on 01835 862269.


MONDAY CLUB: At 2pm on Monday at St Joseph’s Church hall, Ewan Rintoul will give a talk and show slides on St Kilda.

DOMINOES NIGHT: A dominoes night at Knowepark primary school will take place on May 11 at 7pm in the school hall and not on April 27 as previously reported.


FRIDAY GROUP: For their meeting tomorrow at 10.30am in the village hall, members are holding a daffodil tea when their weekly fee will be given to the Marie Curie charity. There will be some entertainment.

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CHURCH GUILD: Members will be selling daffodils tomorrow at 10am at the church hall.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Sunday on The Green will see a car boot sale, 10am-1pm. All proceeds go to the primary school.

GOLF CLUB: The junior golf season starts on Monday – coaching for beginners at 4pm and older juniors at 5.30pm. For further details call Sue Brooks on 01835 823527.

VILLAGE HALL: Committee members are keen to hear from anyone who would be willing to donate time or skills to the hall refurbishment project – painting, decorating, joinery, sewing – contact Kate on 01835 823770.

TEDDIES FOR TRAGEDY: This year 318 teddies have been sent with the Raven Trust to Malawi for children have no other toys. Contact Elma Oliver on 01835 823730 for a pattern if you would like to help knit the teddies.


GALAWATER HEALTH FITNESS CLUB: There will be no class on Wednesday, but it will resume on April 11 (1-2pm).


SERVICES: The next services in Traquair Kirk will be on Maundy Thursday (April 5) at 7pm and April 8 at 6pm.


SERVICE: Easter Day morning service at 8.30am in the park at Walkerburn, followed at 9am by breakfast in Caberston coffee shop. If weather inclement, meet in the coffee shop at 8.30am.


TEA TIME: Sunday teas start again this weekend, 11am-4pm, thereafter on the first and thirrd Sunday of each month.

WRI: There was a bumper turnout for a cookery demonstration by three of the members. Competition – jar of jam – 1, Jean Scott; 2, Hannah Young. The next meeting, on April 10, features a talk about Sainsbury’s, and the competition is for an individual Border tart, with the winning entry going forward to federation level.


VILLAGE LUNCH: The lunch raised £180 for the Medical Foundation.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: The village is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. A public meeting is to be held in the upper room of the kirk at 7.30pm on Wednesday – individuals and representatives of village organisations welcome. ldeas likely to be discussed are beacons, street parties, food, music, dancing, games and competitions.

FESTIVAL WEEK: After a long hunt, it appears that a Barri Gadgi has been found. AII will be revealed on May 4 – installation night. April 7 is the date for the annual coffee morning in the Wauchope Hall to raise Festival Week funds.

BINGO: Tonight sees an Easter bingo session in Yetholm primary school, with proceeds going to school funds. Eyes down at 6.30pm. A competition has been held to judge the best poster by pupils advertising the event. The winner was Anna Scott and in second place was Iona Thomson.

BERWICK OPERA: Phoenix Okwara, a pupil at Yetholm primary school who played a part as one of the kittens in the recent village pantomime, has been continuing her acting interests with a part in Annie at the Maltings, Berwick.

PALM SUNDAY: The congregations of Yetholm, Morebattle, Hownam and Linton are getting together on Sunday for a walk, beginning with breakfast at 8.30am at Hownam and finishing at Yetholm with evening praise at 6.30pm. There are posters in the village with details of the route throughout the parishes and the various services.

TURBINES: Farmer James Wauchope has attended another community council meeting, bringing with him plans showing the reduced height of proposed wind turbines.These also illustrated the likely visual impact and he hoped that many earlier concerns were being addressed.

ARCHERY: An archery session will be held on Saturday, 1-3pm, at Yetholm Playing Fields. Further information from Ian Rendall Reid on 01573 420703.

DRY BAR: Yetholm Dry Bar is presenting two Easter holiday events. Travel the World in Song is on Tuesday, 9.30am-2.30pm, at the Wauchope Hall with singer/songwriter Kaela Rowan. To book a place, ring Ian Rendall Reid on 01573 420703, or just turn up on the day. Children have to be registered on the day and bring a packed lunch. An Easter quiz and bingo night will be held on Thursday, 6.15-8.45pm, in Yetholm Youth Hall.