CAFE: The next meeting of the community cafe will be held in the village hall on April 18, 11am-noon.


CHURCH: Sunday’s morning service began with youngsters looking for hidden Easter eggs and then rolling them down a hill afterwards. There were Easter hymns and readings by members of Caddonfoot Youth, who raised £100 for children less well off than themselves by running a cake stall. The Bible group continues to meet on Thursdays in Trinity Hall, from 5-6pm.


FUNDRAISERS: A quiz night and Easter coffee morning held in aid of village hall funds raised £150 and £675 respectively. Between the two events, the hall got the chance to demonstrate its importance in the community when it acted as an overnight base for firefighters monitoring a heather fire on a nearby hillside.


PARISH CHURCH: The April 15 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Later, the Sunday Evening Group meets for prayer (6.30pm) and Bible study (7pm).

WOMEN’S GROUP: Members meet on April 12 in the church hall at 8pm when the speaker is Paul Goode from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.


WRI: At the AGM, Rosemary Scott and Wilma Purves were welcomed onto the committee. Competition – favourite piece of jewellery – 1, Wilma Craig; 2, Christine McLain; 3, Fiona Graham. The winner of the yearly trophy was Fiona Graham.


WRI: Members meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on April 18 for an evening entitled Fun with Fabric and Felt. Competitions – small Border Tart (for the Ann Wallace competition) and a brooch. March competition – walking stick – 1, F. Walters; 2, C. Sinclair; photograph of a view – 1, D. Small; 2, K. Dalgleish.


U3A: At the last open meeting, the talk was on Sir Walter Scott and Abbotsford, including what is happening with the new visitors’ centre and self-catering apartments. It was illustrated with slides of paintings and artefacts from Abbotsford. The next meeting is on April 16 at 2pm in the Lucy Sanderson Hall, Galashiels, when Duncan McCosh will be giving an illustrated talk on the Grand Canyon. The U3A is an organisation for retired and semi-retired people, offering a range of activities. New members welcome.

Camera Club: The final meeting of the season was the club’s annual competition and exhibition. Judge was Dougie Allan from the Beeslack Club in Penicuik. Results – prints – landscape – 1, Jim Paxton; 2 and 3, Ian Oliver; commended, Ian Oliver and Geoff Harrison. Open – 1, Neil McLean; 2 and 3, Christine Swalwell; commended, Christine Swalwell (2) and Ian Oliver. Nature – 1 and 2, Christine Swalwell; 3, Gordon Swalwell; commended, Geoff Harrison. People – 1, Gordon Swalwell; 2, Ian Oliver; 3, Gordon Swalwell; commended, Ian Oliver Christine Swalwell and Jim Paxton. Projected images – landscape – 1, Peter Lee; 2, Gordon Swalwell; 3, Christine Swalwell; commended, Peter Lee, Gordon Swalwell (2), Alastair Peacock, Ian Oliver and Geoff Harrison. Open – 1 and 2, Christine Swalwell; 3, Gordon Swalwell; commended Peter Lee (2), Alastair Peacock, Marion Moyes and Alice Goodwin.Nature – 1, Gordon Swalwell; 2 and 3, Christine Swalwell; commended, Alastair Peacock, Geoff Harrison and Gordon Swalwell. People – 1, Christine Swalwell; 2, Geoff Harrison; 3, Christine Swalwell; commended, Gordon Swalwell and Sandra Black. Beginners’ projected images – landscape – 1, Peter Lee; 2, Alastair Peacock; 3, Peter Lee. Open – 1, Peter Lee; 2, Alastair Peacock; 3, Peter Lee. Monthly points winners – projected images, Gordon Swalwell; prints, Christine Swalwell; beginner, Peter Lee. Special awards – best people, Gordon Swalwell; best landscape, Peter Lee; best nature, Christine Swalwell; best open, Neil McLean; best newcomer, Peter Lee; best black and white print, Gordon Swalwell; best colour print, Neil McLean; best home-processed print, Gordon Swalwell; best projected image, Peter Lee; best overall image, Gordon Swalwell.

50/50 DRAW: This week’s winning ticket is 3407.


WRI: Sandra Kinnock and Annette Fraser gave a talk on the history and work of the Linus Project at the April 4 meeting. Members were shown examples of the quilts and blankets donated to the project. These items are distributed to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers in the local area. The raffle was won by Eileen Law.


Camera Club: At the AGM on April 5, club president John Hill, following the main business of the evening, presented trophies to – Bill Ellis Shield (projected sequences), Bert Lancaster; F-Stop Shield (portraiture), Ali Graham; Cummings Trophy (landscape /seascape), Dennis Laing; Gaylor Cup (projected image of the year), Jimmy Anderson; Challenge Cup (projected images throughout the year), Mark Murdie; Derek Lunn Trophy (prints throughout the year), Dennis Laing; Hopekirk Trophy (print of the year), Brian Marriott; Novice Trophy (best new member), Kathryn Barlow. The following competitions will be included in the new season which starts at the end of September – open, landscape/seascape, people/portrait, flora and fauna, and print and projected image of the year. It is proposed to have two outings during June – to Edinburgh and Dawyck Royal Botanical Arboretum.

ROTARY: The convenors reported on their ongoing activities at a meeting in the Buccleuch Hotel. Several members attended the inter-club, cross-border sports night at Langholm, along with representatives from Lockerbie, Brampton and Longtown. The cheese and wine and art and music evening at the high school raised £300 each for the art department and Mary’s Meals charity. The literary tea held in conjunction with the Reiver’s festival was well supported to hear speaker Alistair Moffat. Proceeds from the coffee morning to be held on May 26 in Trinity Church Hall will be donated to the Margaret Kerr palliative unit at Borders General Hospital. It was decided that business meetings will be held quarterly, with the emphasis at weekly gatherings on fellowship, sociability and entertainment.


SERVICE: The April 15 morning service is at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church, followed by a similar event at 4pm in St Ronan’s House.

AGM: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold its annual meeting on April 18 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. Prospective new members welcome, especially male playing ones. Anyone interested should contact Esther Gilchrist at secretary@idaos.org.uk or phone 01896 830611.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The final meeting of this session will be held on April 25 in the Sunday Club room of Innerleithen Church Hall. An extra meeting will be held during Games Week – time and date will be intimated nearer the time.

DIAMOND JUBILEE: Innerleithen celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee with a garden party and family fun day on June 3 in Victoria Park, 1-5pm. A planning meeting will be held in St Ronan’s Primary School on April 23 at 7.30pm (please note new date). This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in being involved. Further details can be obtained from Lesley Foster at robert.foster55@btinternet.com or phone 01896 830792.


Bridge Club: April 2 – N/S – 1, J. Tait and I. Weir; 2, J. and M. Weightman; 3, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; E/W – 1, I. Whillans and B. Miller; 2, A. and R. Stewart; 3, R. Oates and S. West.


Thursday Group: Ken Nichol described the life of his great uncle, Bob Gibson. Born in Smailholm, brought up in Selkirk, he emigrated to South Africa and became an international lawn bowls player. Today, Di Higham will talk about the Australian Outback – Abbey Row Centre, 2pm. The visit to the donkey sanctuary will be on May 10.

BRIDGE: April 4 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; 3, Elinor Green and Alison Ireland; E/W – 1, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin; April 5 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Helen Ouldcott; 2, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 3, Rena Stewart and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Kelso Horticultural Society is hosting Kelso Connections – a presentation by Colin Henderson – in the Tait Hall at 7.30pm on April 18.


Church: Events are being held this year to mark the 400th anniversary of the parish church, including an exhibition of wedding dresses and photographs. Some of the photographs date back as far as 1920. Another exhibition is being organised by the rugby club.

Easter eggs: Primary school decorated Easter eggs competition results – nursery – 1, Jamie Devlin; 2, Cameron Scott; 3, Charlie Black; P1 – 1, Dylan Devlin; 2, Bethany Harper; 3, Nicky Rayson; P2 – 1, Conan Harper; 2, Kerr Gordon; 3, Sadie Cropper; P3 – 1, Ben Black; 2, Hughie Donaldson; 3, Michael Taylor; P4 – 1, Callum Jeffrey; 2, Katrina Jackson; 3, Ben Winter; P5 – 1, Macy Cropper; 2, Ben Ewart; 3, Molly Bell; P6 – 1, Alex Green; 2, Bethany Black; 3, Lauren Graham; P7 – 1, Lewis Bell; 2, Megan Smith; 3, Robbie Gordon.


WRI: At the March meeting, members were treated to a microwave cookery demonstration by Sheila Klein who produced a range of dishes for everyone to taste. Sheila also gave new recipes to try out at home. Competitions – salad servers – 1, Lesley Fitchett; 2, Ruth Scoular; 3, Anne Runciman; stuffed pepper – 1, Margaret Fairburn; 2, Doreen Johnston; 3, Isa Riddell. The next meeting – on April 18 – is a group rally hospitality night featuring a talk on the Borders by John Rogerson.


WRI: Barbara Laurie gave a talk and slide show on the background into her book, “Letters to Ilio”, the story of her mother-in-law’s life in Selkirk during and after the war, and her struggle to get to Italy to be with her son’s father. Raffle winners – M. Mabon, S. Lamza, M. Ewart and D. Murray. Competitions – three cupcakes – 1, S. Lamza; 2, M. Milne; 3, M. Inglis; pretty cup and saucer – 1, M. Mabon; 2, S. Lamza; 3, D. Murray.


CHURCH: Sunday morning was the climax of a Holy Week of services, beginning with morning prayers, organ recital and coffee from Monday to Wednesday, communion on Maundy Thursday and the stark Good Friday service with dispersal and no benediction. In contrast, on Sunday there was joyful organ music and Easter hymns from Jim Marshall, an Easter Song choir anthem conducted by Jim Letham and the children helping, Easter bonnet and all, with the offering. Activities – April 12, 2.30pm, guild AGM, slides on Egypt by Gordon Scott; April 15, services at 9.30am (Bowden) and 11am (Melrose); April 22, 10.45am, kirk session to consider admission and ordination of 10 elders.

Trimontium: The start of the 2012 season coincided with the school Easter holidays and the museum began to do business, the volunteer supervisors picking up where they left off at the end of October. In the entrance corridor visitors admired the reconstruction drawing of the fort and its environs from the Three Hills to the Tweed and the new loan of cavalry equipment from the National Museums. The Thursday Trimontium Walk attracted eight participants, one of whom joined the trust.


Guild: The AGM saw members watch the video of the annual meeting in Dundee last summer, followed by a discussion on making up the next year’s syllabus.

Village Hall: The village hall AGM heard details of the replacement roof for the entrance and toilets were discussed. Arrangements for the coffee morning on April 14 at 10.30am were made.


marathon MAN: Lynn Elliott, a freelance designer employed by Johnstons of Elgin as a seller in the Far East, will be running his first marathon at the age of 65 in London on April 22. He will participate along with his daughter, Beth, in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People. He was a keen runner in his younger days and covered distances such as the half-marathon during the mid-sixties for Longwood Harriers at Huddersfield, and also played rugby at Headingley. His father was registered blind, so Lynn decided that the RNIB was a worthy cause to raise money for. Lynn and Beth’s target is £3,000 – and the amount is past the half-way mark. They would appreciate any donation, no matter how small. For anyone wishing to contribute, Lynn and Beth can be contacted by going to www.justgiving.com/LynnElliott-LondonMarathon or www.justgiving.com/Beth-Elliott09.


OXNAM OWLS: Oxnam Owls held their first meeting on April 3 and despite atrocious weather, Marjorie Tennant drove from Ettrick to talk about how she started making hats and how she has progressed since. She brought a collection of hats and fascinators for members to try, and an album of pictures showing the hats being worn with their appropriate outfits. On May 1, Oxnam Owls will present a concert by Abbey Brass in aid of the Margaret Kerr palliative care unit at Borders General Hospital. The concert begins at 7.30pm. Enquiries to Elspeth Currie on 01835 869924.

LIBRARY CAFE: The next Library Cafe will be held on April 18 at 11am in the village hall.


WRI: The next meeting will be on April 18 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Speaker is Mr Shanks, from Standhill Cheesery. Competition – a few cheese straws.


Antiquarian Society: The next meeting will be held on April 18 at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Derek James will present a talk on John Nisbet, Gunsgreen House, and the smuggling business. Details of the society’s syllabus are available on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.


Church: The Palm Sunday service held in the church was led by the Reverend Douglas Nicol. The choir sang “All in an April Evening” as the late sunshine streamed through the stained-glass windows of the seldom-used church.

Fair: A spring fair will be held on April 28, noon-3pm.

Newsletter: The latest village newsletter is out. Anyone wanting to be on the mailing list should email southdeanhall@yahoo.co.uk. Hall officials hope to start sending most mail electronically to cut costs, so would like to be notified of email addresses.

Hospice Appeal: There is a central collecting point for plastic bottle tops bearing the “2” recycling mark at Southdean Hall. These are being collected by Callum’s Trust and sold for £150 a tonne to raise money for the new palliative care unit at Borders General Hospital.

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CHURCH: A coffee morning will be held in the church hall on April 14 from 9.30am.

DRAMA CLUB: A wild flower quiz, with Mary Sargent setting the questions, attracted a large number of people, many getting every answer right. The winner – Miss A. Smith of Morebattle – was drawn from a hat. 

SALE: A car boot sale will be held on The Green on April 21, 9am-noon. All proceeds in aid of Melrose Mini Hornets’ 2012 tour.


WRI: Mary Watt, a member of the Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, gave a brief history of spinning before showing her audience the different types of materials that had been or could be spun, including wool from different breeds of sheep, goat hair, camel hair and even possum hair. She also had a display of wool dyed using natural materials. Mary had brought along one of her spinning wheels and those present were encouraged to have a go. Competitions – knitted corsage – 1, June Brown; 2, Brenda Waring; 3, Frances Rogers; sheep ornament – 1, Kathy Wilkie; 2, Greta Black; 3, Avril Purves; small Border Tart – 1, Frances Rogers; 2, Brenda Waring; 3, Kathy Wilkie. The raffle was won by Elizabeth Topp. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on May 1 in the village hall – a visitors’ night with entertainment by One-a Cord, a ladies’ barbershop choir.


WRI: A lack of power and weather forced the cancellation of the April meeting of Newmill and Teviothead rural. The next meeting will be the annual open night on May 1, with visitors invited from other institutes. Sheena Hare will talk on the work of the RNLI and the competitions are first aid box, three chocolate eclairs and individual Border Tart. There will also be a sales table.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on April 22 at 10am.


SERVICE: There will be a service in Walkerburn Public Hall at 10am on April 15.


EXHIBITION: Yetholm Church guild is to hold an exhibition of royal memorabilia to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. This will take place in the kirk on April 24 from 2-8pm.Everyone is welcome, but so are contributions for the display. Anyone with something to offer should contact Moira Breeze or Sheena Sangster.

WRI: Annie Shanks gave a talk on cheese making. She explained how her family business started, progreessing to attending farmers’ markets. Competition – 1, Angela Jameson; 2, Sandra Clark; 3, Isabel Cockburn. The next meeting will be on April 17 at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall. It will be a guest night with the Eyemouth Fishermen’s Choir as entertainment, including lan Dougal, who comes to the village every Thursday selling fish. Competition – a seaside souvenir.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: A special meeting of Yetholm Community Council has been called for April 17 at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall. Farmer James Wauchope has applied for planning prmission to erect two wind turbines on Yetholm Law. Scottish Borders Council has asked community councillors for their observations. Meanwhile, parties opposed to the turbines have leafleted the village. The community council has already heard from those in favour and against. Also on the agenda for the meeting will be the village’s plans to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

VILLAGE CHOIR: A concert is to be held in the Wauchope Hall on April 15 at 7pm. Entitled “A Celebration of Love”, apart from the choir, those taking part include Catherine Fish, Estrid Barton, Dougal Lee, Colin McGrath and the Yetholm Colliery Band. Tickets are available from the village shop.

ANDREW CURRIE: Many of the older residents in the village have been saddened

to hear of the death on the Isle of Skye of Andrew Currie. He worked for many years at the

Sourhope Research Farm in the Bowmont Valley. Living at Rathgar and then Waukford Kirk, he and his family were very involved in local commumity life.

LADIES’ DAY: Rehearsals are now under way for a new play by Daniel Alderson to be

performed in the run-up to the village summer festival on June 7. lt is a thriller-comedy to be

directed by Barbara Paul.