WRI: Hawick Camera Club member Gordon Gilfether, along with a slide show, explained various aspects of photography. Competition – photograph of a flower – 1, Kathryn Barlow; 2, Janice Palmer; 3, Teela Ferguson.


CAFE: The next community cafe is on May 16 in the village hall, 11am-noon.

ORGAN RECITAL: There will be an organ recital featuring John Kitchen (Edinburgh city organist) in Bowden Kirk at 7.30pm on May 12 to celebrate the organ’s centenary.


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd conducted the morning service in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday when the lessons were read by Jo Lawson. There will be a meeting of the joint kirk sessions and congregational boards of Caddonfoot and Trinity to forward plans for a new minister in Trinity hall at 7pm on May 16. Next Sunday is Communion Sunday in both churches.


COFFEE MORNING: The women’s section of the Royal British Legion Scotland is holding a coffee morning on May 12 in Hanover Close, 10am-noon.


WRI: Members meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on May 16 for a talk on Marie Curie Care. Competitions – an egg cosy and bird ornament. April competitions – small Border Tart – 1, Dorothy Small; 2 (equal), Christine Sinclair and Agnes Mathison; brooch – 1, Agnes Mathison; 2, Christine Neil.


ORCHIDS: The Scottish Orchid Society has organised its first show in Galashiels. It will be held at the rugby club, Netherdale, on May 13, 11am-4pm. Growers from throughout Scotland and the north of England will be attending.There will be a re-potting demonstration delivered by Peter Timoney, society president and regular panellist on BBC Radio’s Beechgrove Potting Shed programme. A second demonstration is entitled “Orchids for Beginners” by Henry Marsh, society vice-president.

BORDERS 50/50 DRAW: This week’s winning ticket is 3750. Tickets for the next draw are available from the Info Hub, the Salmon, Quins, Auld Mill, Ladhope Inn and Image 22.


WRI: Due to a change in the scheduled programme, last Wednesday’s meeting took the form of a beetle drive. Competition – old cookery book – 1, Elma Montgomery; 2, Fances Minto. Moira Liddle won the raffle. The next meeting is the summer outing on June 6 – meet at Jedburgh Town Hall car park at 6pm.


Towford WRI: Roy and Jo Scott gave a talk on metal detecting and the treasures that are to found in the Borders. Competition – a metal object – 1, M. Walker; 2, M. Hornsby. The annual whist fundraiser will be held in Hownam Hall on May 22 at 7.30pm. The next meeting is the outing to Denholm Meet at 6.30pm on June 5.


FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP:The next open meeting is on May 14 at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Caroline Green will speak about the Marie Curie organisation.

BRIDGE CLUB: May 2 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 2, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Malcolm and Helen Ouldcott.


LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The AGM will be held on May 23 at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens on 01578 722559.

Diamond Jubilee Weekend: The commemorative programme of weekend events (June 1-5) has been delivered to homes throughout Lauder. For anyone who has not received a copy, additional programmes are available from shops and hotels in Lauder. The programme includes a community picnic, jubilee concert, historical exhibition, film evening, afternoon tea and tea dance, discos and church service, and the official opening of the sports pavilion and children’s playpark at the Public Park, culminating in barbecues, the lighting of a beacon on Lauder Common, a book launch and presentation of prizes.


WRI: A new committee was elected by members at the AGM. This was followed by the presentation of trophies to winners of points competitions held throughout the year – McGowan Cup, Shiela Lamza; Jess Hope Cup, Margaret Milne/Jean Roden; Miss Scott Cup, Diane Murray. To finish the evening, Diane Murray posed brainteasers to members, and Jean Roden and Evelyn Douglas were the winners. Raffle – K. Watson, M. Mabon, M. Emond, E. Robertson. The Smiddy, Ashkirk, is the setting for the June meeting where members and guests will gather for a meal to finish the season.


Coffee and Plants: Maxton21 is holding a fundraising coffee morning and plant sale in the village hall on May 19, starting at 10am.


COFFEE MORNING: The Help for Heroes coffee morning raised £850. Winners – cake – R. Thorng, Crookhouse; whisky – Jim McGinty, c/o Wallaces; biscuit barrel – Mary Beattie; sweets in the bag – Richard Mather.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations:There will be an open-air service at Gateshaw Braes on June 3. This will be followed by a street party in the village at 2.30pm. Each child will receive a commemorative gift.

Angling Association: A fly-only competition will be held on May 18. Fishing is from 6.30-8.30pm and the draw will be made in the Templehall Hotel at 9pm the previous day.


LADIES’ GROUP: Newly-formed Oxnam Water Ladies’ Group held its first charity event when Abbey Brass – the junior section of Jedforest Instrumental Band – entertained an enthusiastic capacity audience with a lively programme of music under the baton of Rob Hume. The sum of £450 was raised for the Margaret Kerr unit at Borders General Hospital.


WRI: The next meeting – which is also the AGM – will be held on May 16 at 7.30pm. Andrew Armitage is to give a talk on his life as a vet and the competition is for an animal ornament.


Antiquarian Society: Members meet on May 16 at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church hall. After a short AGM, Marjorie Gavin will present a talk entitled “From the poorhouse to knighthood”.

St Boswells

PRIMARY SCHOOL: The school is collecting old clothes, linens, etc. for the Rag Bag Scheme. Anyone who has donations should contact Kate (823770) before May 17. All proceeds go to school funds.

CHURCH: Christian Aid Week (May 13-19) envelopes are being distributed. Last year this event raised more than £2,300 in the St Boswells district.


DANCE: Neil Hardie and his band will be playing at a dance to be held in Yarrowford Public Hall on May 18, starting at 8pm. More information and tickets are available by ringing 01750 76243.