WRI: Roy Scott gave a talk on metal detecting and brought along some of his discoveries at the latest meeting. Competitions – almond slices – 1, J. Butler; 2, N. Douglas; 3, D. Williamson; 4, R. Sinton; oldest coin – 1, M. Smail; 2, C. Pringle; 3, B. Nock. The next meeting is on May 9, featuring a demonstration on Japanese quilting squares by Jean Tennant. Competitions – individual cheesecake (Fete Cup) and cross-stitch article (6 x 6).


FUNDRAISER: Coffee and cake will be served in Ashkirk village hall on May 5, 10am-noon. There will be craft, plant and baking stalls. The event is in aid of Ashkirk Parish Church.


Parish Church: Sunday’s service was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Effie Brydon. Several members attended a Trinity Church choir cheese-and-wine evening on Friday night in Galashiels.


car boot sale: A car boot sale on The Green on May 6, 9am-2pm, is in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). No sellers before 8am. For more information, contact Gwen on 01450 870236.


COFFEE MORNING: Earlston Chess Club will be holding a coffee morning in Hanover Close on May 5, 10am-noon.

PARISH CHURCH: The May 6 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The kirk session meets on May 8 in the church hall at 7pm.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Members were treated to a slide-illustrated talk by Isobel Gordon, entitled “Herstory”, which traced the ups and downs of the position and influence of women in society. The competition for the afternoon was for a small purse and winners were Miss K. Brownlie, Mrs M. Cook and Mrs A. Thomson. The next meeting will take place on May 9 when the competition will be for a butter dish.


WRI: Sybil Bunyan led an energetic evening of Zumba dancing at the latest meeting. At the May 9 gathering, Wendy Underhill will present a greetings card workshop – members are asked to bring scissors and Sellotape. Competitions – best-made card on the night, prettiest photograph frame and ladies’ hat in knitting or crochet.


50/50 LOTTERY: The winning ticket for this week is 3728.

RELAUNCH: St Margaret’s RC primary school library was relaunched last Friday. Mrs Hardie, Mrs Forte, Mr Murray and Mrs Fairburn were chosen to cut the ribbon and declare the library open. Each child was presented with a bookmark to commemorate the occasion.

U3A the Three Brethren: The speaker at the last open meeting of the U3A was Duncan McCosh, who gave an illustrated talk on his fundraising walk in the Grand Canyon. The next open meeting also happens to be the AGM. After business, there will be talk from David Rudrum, from the National Trust for Scotland, entitled “Lasting Impressions” – a history of printing. The meeting will be on May 21 at 2pm in the Lucy Sanderson Hall, Galashiels.

Probus: New president Alex Arbuckle introduced Jamie McPherson who spoke on the recent and past history of the clan McPherson. Jamie will be the next and 28th clan chief, and explained that the clan’s historical home was a 200-square mile area around Badenoch in Speyside.


BINGO: Gordon primary school is holding a fundraising bingo session on May 11 with doors opening at 7pm and the first game at 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks and nibbles, and refreshments will also be available.


COFFEE MORNING: Greenlaw Church Guild’s coffee morning is in the Fairbairn Hall on May 5, starting at 10am.


ROTARY: Former MSP David Davidson, now resident in Hawick, gave an insight on the Scottish Parliament and its workings at last week’s meeting. Elected in 1999 and serving for eight years, he regaled members with personal anecdotes of his time at Holyrood before answering questions.

PROBUS: Bob McFarlane gave a talk on his experiences with the Special Operations Executive in Yugoslavia during 1944. Bob explained how he had transferred from a normal military unit to what turned out to be training for clandestine activities.


COFFEE MORNING: Heriot Church coffee morning will be held from 10.30am to noon on May 12 at the MacFie Hall.


SERVICE: A service will be held in Innerleithen Church at 10.30am on May 6.

COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Wells Support Group’s coffee morning held in the Vale Club on April 28 raised just under £300 for group funds.

SALE: St Ronan’s Well Support Group will be holding a car boot sale in the Co-op car park on May 6, 2-4pm. Proceeds will help to fund the group’s garden improvement project at St Ronan’s Wells. Further details from Scott Smellie on 07761 574399 or Ted McKie on 01986 830703.

COUNCIL: Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on May 7 in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm.

DIAMOND JUBILEE: The next planning meeting for the Diamond Jubilee Fun Day and Tea Party will take place on May 8 at 7.30pm on site at Victoria Park.

GAMES COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on May 9 at 7pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road.

INTRODUCTION NIGHT: The St Ronan’s Standard Bearer for 2012 will be introduced to the public on May 11 in the Memorial Hall at 8pm. The town bands will play outside the hall from 7pm.

COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association will hold its annual coffee morning on May 19 in the Vale Club, 10am-noon.

SPRING CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band will present a concert on May 19 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale from John Adam’s Bakery in Innerleithen or from Robb’s KeyStore in Peebles. They can also be ordered by sending a stamped addressed envelope to St Ronan’s Silver Band, 21 Miller Street, Innerleithen EH44 6QR. Cheques should be payable to “St Ronan’s Silver Band”. Phone 01896 831721or email KJBelleville@aol.com for further enquiries.

PLANT SALE: Innerleithen Civic Association will be holding its annual plant sale in the forecourt of the Memorial Hall from 7am till noon on May 19.

BALL: St Ronan’s Standard Bearer’s Ball will be held on July 14 in the St Ronan’s marquee. Tickets will be on sale on May 26 from 8am at Foresters, Wells Brae, Innerleithen.

AGM: The annual general meeting of St Ronan’s Youth and Community Centre will take place on May 28 at 7.30pm within the centre.


Rotary: Rotarians’ annual fundraising coffee morning raised more than £860. This money will be shared between the BGH palliative care unit and Rotary Foundation. First prize in the raffle was £200 which was won by Mrs Dalgleish. Businesses between them contributed £300-worth of prizes. Donations came from the Eastcote Archery Centre, The Clocktower, Carters’ Rest, Jed Radio and Gramophone, Woodside Garden Centre, Teviot Smokery, Jedburgh Chocolate House, David Thomson, Border Meringues, From Me to You and Alan Learmonth.


BRIDGE CLUB: April 25 – N/S – 1, D. Alkin and D. Alkin; 2, J. Henry and M. Thomson; 3, B. Stark and R. Stewart; E/W – 1, M. and N. Lindsay; 2, I. and E. Ross; 3, J. McLaren and K. Ross; April 26 – N/S – 1, M. Ash and V. Johnston; E/W – 1, J. and M. Miller; 2, D. Alkin and D. Alkin; 2, A. Mitchell and P. Sloan; 3, B. Stevenson and L. Leeson; 3, L. Douglas and L. Dick.

Thursday group: Members were absorbed by a talk from Dr Lisa MacIntyre about the industrial and medical uses of fabrics, especially for pressure dressings for burns and thrombosis. As well as reports, there was a wine-tasting of three South African whites with Joyce Roy. The visit to the donkey sanctuary is on May 10. The autumn syllabus is available (phone 01573 224753) and opens on October 4.

QUILTERS: Abbey Quilters meet on May 8 at Abbey Row Centre, 7pm. Bring sewing kits and list for the quilt show. For further information contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Motherwell game on Saturday leaves Kelso at 8.45am. Tickets from Jim (01573 226240).

DRY BAR: See Yetholm.


Probus club: Douglas Findlay, from Canonbie Probus Club, gave a talk entitled “History and Language”. He spoke of the pyramids of Egypt and the military and civil engineering of the Roman Empire, before focusing on 13th and 14th-century British building skills. He then turned to language, explaining the origins of expressions still used in our language today, such as “upper crust”, “bringing home the bacon”, “chewing the fat” and “raining cats and dogs”. The speaker answered a number of questions, then a vote of thanks was given by secretary Andy Little.

Young photographer: The Rotary club held a young photographer of the year competition for pupils under 12 years of age in the primary school. Winner was Ellie Mae Harrison, who received her award and certificate from Rotary member and Academy teacher Billy Wilson. Highly commended certificates were presented to Olivia Cottrill and Melissa Park.

Cricket coaching: A junior cricket open day for children up to the age of 16 took place at the Castleholm prior to the opening 1st XI match of the season. There was a good turnout of children of all ages, both boys and girls, who were coached by Duncan Elliott, Andrew Bell and Chris Stewart.

Trophy night: The carpet bowling club at the Royal British Legion held its end-of-season presentation of trophies and prizes in the clubrooms. Neil Campbell, who is in charge of bowling throughout the winter with Paul Warwick and Tom Reay, called on committee member Eddie Fisher to make the presentations – club champion, Paul Warwick; runner-up, Lorna Roebuck; league singles, Paul Warwick; runner-up, Chris Wood; ladies singles, Sue Roebuck; runner-up, Lorna Roebuck; first pairs, Lorna Roebuck and Robert Dickson; runners-up, Chris Wood and Alan Porteous; second pairs, Paul Warwick and Jim Jackson; runners-up, Lorna Roebuck and Kate Elliot; triples, Jim Wood, Jim Jackson and Jack Pool; runners-up, Robert Cavers, Neil Campbell and Sue Roebuck.


BLYTHSWOOD CARE: The lorry will be at Carfraemill car park on May 8, 12.30-12.45pm, to accept clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, books and household items. Some goods may be left at the hotel for pick-up.


CHURCH: Activities – May Life & Work available for collection; guild collection for Margaret Kerr unit, £184; May 5, 9.30am-12.30pm, Arthritis Research plant sale, The Wynd; May 6 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am, Traidcraft stall); May 12, 10am, Christian Aid coffee morning; 7.30pm, Bowden Kirk organ recital, John Kitchen, Edinburgh city organist, donation programme; May 13, Eildon Singers, Music of Nature, 7.30pm; Christian Aid Week, May 13-19, volunteer collectors wanted – contact office (823329); June 7, Age Concern outing to Oliver (822363).

TRIMONTIUM: “Holiday photograph – with a difference” was one description last Thursday of Dr John Reid’s lecture on the Trimontium Trust’s visit to “Hidden Rome” in October 2011. Tribute was paid to the guide, trustee Professor Lawrence Keppie, and the group-shepherding ability, via mobile phones, of the chairman in relation to members of the group who were scattered around the Pantheon area of central Rome. John and Margaret Collin’s video of rainstorm water cascading off the Pantheon roof was a reminder of how flash floods can come suddenly and go as quickly. For many, the high spot was the trip to the town of Ostia, a quieter Pompeii for the tourist, visible in Mary Beard’s TV series about the ordinary Romans. The audience’s appreciation of Dr Reid’s choreography of his own and the members’ contributions to the evening was palpable. They looked forward to his last lecture of the series on May 10 at 7.30pm, on his visits to Rome’s eastern frontier in Jordan and to Carnuntum, a huge fortress and town in Austria.

Border Flower Club: “Touch of Wood” was the title of the April meeting demonstration by Gillian Garrow. Using a willow hanging basket, a miniature wooden window, contorted willow and lichen branches were her touches of wood. Her choice of flowers ranged from the exotic bird of paradise to the lowly garden tulips, along with a good variety of foliage. Her poem to start the demonstration was a bonus to the evening. Next meeting is on May 16 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Lynda Fraser on “Razzle Dazzle”. The club is preparing for demonstrations and hands-on workshops being held on May 25 and 26 in the Corn Exchange, 10am-4pm each day.


WRI: Members meet on May 9 in the institute at 7.15pm for a talk on the work of the Lavender Touch charity by Julie Lamb. Competitions – one muffin and a perfume bottle. It is also the lucky syllabus competition.

Badminton: The annual badminton dinner saw 13 members enjoy a meal at the Templehall Hotel. Badminton sessions – currently on a summer break – will restart in October.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm.


Coffee morning: Around £500 was raised by Liddesdale Ladies Amenities Group (LLAGs) at a coffee morning in the village hall. During the function, the LLAGs handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the First Responders, a group of trained and unpaid volunteers. They provide a support service from 6pm-8am each day and 24-hour service at weekends and bank holidays. The team has responded to more than 140 calls for assistance. The walkers’ group in the village, who on their weekly walk collect 50p from each person, also made a presentation to the First Responders.


LIBRARY CAFE: The next meeting of the library cafe will be at 11am on May 9.


BLYTHSWOOD CARE: The lorry will be at Carfraemill car park on May 8, 12.30-12.45pm, to accept clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, books and household items. Some goods may be left at the hotel for pick-up.


BLOOD DONORS: The following awards were presented at a blood-donor session in the town – bronze (10 donations) – Colin Shaw, John MacKenzie, Ruth Isherwood; silver (25) – Richard Williamson, Philip Smith, David Southam.

ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Peebles this year celebrates 65 years since it was chartered in 1947, and it still serves the local community, the country at large and the world through projects ranging from Tweed Wheels and Kingsmeadows Catering to End Polio Now. Rotarians work with local youngsters and community organisations like Bonnie Peebles, resulting in the planting of a circle of crocuses last year in Edinburgh Road opposite Brown’s Garage. The club has an active social scene in addition to regular Monday evening club meetings at the Tontine Hotel where there are speakers, quizzes and functions. In this anniversary of the club charter, Rotarians have worked with the local community to raise upwards of £5,000 for good causes. Anyone interested in getting involved with Rotary should contact membership convener Bill Sandland on 01721 720800.

St Boswells

PENSIONERS’ SOCIAL GROUP: Members held their monthly meeting on April 24 when the speaker from Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group gave a talk on the group’s work in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Money raised from the raffle was donated to the charity. The next meeting is a guided tour of Manderson House on May 29 and on May 26 a coffee morning will be held in St Boswells village hall to raise funds for the social club.

VILLAGE WEEK COMMITTEE: Members will hold their last meeting before the Village Week on May 9 at 7.30pm in the Lesser Hall. All groups involved in the Village Week should send a representative.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Pupils are collecting old clothes, linens, etc. for the Rag Bag Scheme. Donations to Kate (01835 823770) before May 17. Bags can be supplied. All proceeds to the primary school.

WRI: The next meeting will be on May 8 – “Posh hats and fascinators” by Marjorie Tennant. Competitions – hat pin and piece of edible jewellery.

CHURCH: Members will hold a ceilidh dance on May 19, 8pm-midnight, dancing to the Neil Hardie Scottish Dance Band. For tickets, call Brenda McLean (01835 822527).

FUNDRAISER: A two-hour zumbathon held on Sunday involving Fitborders in aid of the village nursery/playgroup and toddlers realised £605.


EXHIBITION: Members of Tweedbank Art Club held an exhibition in the village’s community centre on April 28. The exhibits showed the range of talent and expertise in a variety of media and crafts – and the home baking that came with tea highlighted other talents which were also appreciated via donations to Morven’s Cystinosis Fund. Including the raffle takings, £750 was raised for research into medication into this disease.

St Mary’s

WRI: Members and visitors met at Kailzie Gardens restaurant and enjoyed a bread-making demonstration by Stuart Clink, followed by supper. At another meeting there was a Thai cookery demonstration by Connie Poon. Competitions – cup cakes – 1, Alison Brown; 2, Ena Mitchell; 3, Irene Douglas; posy of spring flowers – 1, Irene Douglas; 2, Ruby Johnston. The next meeting is on May 8 – a talk on gardening by Rab Johnstone. Competitions – three coffee buns (given recipe) and a knitted item.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on May 13 at 10am.


SERVICE: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on May 29 at 10am.


WRI: Members met in the hall where they were given a talk and cookery demonstration by one of the Sainsbury’s Try It team. Competition – individual Border tart – 1, Annie Coltherd; 2, Hannah Young. The next meeting will be in the hall on May 8, featuring a talk on the small gardens of Dalkeith and general tips on spring planting. Competition – a small floral arrangement.


COFFEE MORNING: The Floral Gateway Gathering coffee morning and plant exchange is on May 5 from 10.30am in the Youth Hall, which is open for donations of plants, bric-a-brac, home baking and raffle items from 4 to 5.30pm on May 4.

DRY BAR: Yetholm Dry Bar film season continues on May 7 in the Youth Hall with a showing of the comedy Wild Child. Doors open 6.15pm. For further information, ring Ian Rendall Reid on 01573 420703.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Yetholm Historical and Archaeological Society has converted digitally almost all of its unique collection of historical photographs. It is a permanent record of Yetholm’s heritage, recorded by many photographers over more than 100 years. The conversion work was carried out during two sessions by a team of menbers equipped with digital cameras, under the guidance of Pat and Jenny Angel. The digital photographs will now be stored on DVDs, accessible for display at exhibitions and meetings.

COFFEE AT THE KIRK: Spring and summer coffee mornings in the Upper Room of Yetholm Kirk have restarted – every Wednesday morning (10.30am-noon).

EXHIBITION: Organisers of the diamond jubilee exhibition managed to collect and display a wealth of material, ranging from newspapers, photographs and invitations to historical books. There was a steady stream of visitors and many memories of royal weddings, coronations and the like were rekindled.

AGM: Scottish Borders councillor Alec Nicol took the chair for the community council AGM. He asked for nominations for the post of chairman.The sole nominee was outgoing chairman David Hutchinson. Dan Blackbum was nominated as secretary and Ron Breeze treasurer. The Reverend Robin McHaffie is vice-chairman. Mr Hutchinson gave an upbeat chairman’s report and Mr Breeze showed that finances were in a healthy state. Paul Robson was re-elected and Shane Black comes in as a new council member.

FESTIVAL WEEK INSTALLATION: May 4 sees the installation of this year’s Barri Gadgi and Manushi outside The Plough Hotel, followed by a reception in the Wauchope Hall.