WRI: Members enjoyed a Zumba taster provided by Christine Gray of FitBorders at this month’s meeting. Competition – salsa dip – 1, Kathleen Hughes; 2, Maggie Magee. Instead of a meeting in June, members are asked to help with baking and take part in a jubilee cricket match on June 2.


COFFEE MORNING: A Christian Aid Week coffee morning will be held in the church hall at 10am on Saturday, May 19.

PARISH CHURCH: The May 20 service at 10.15am will be conducted by Reverend Julie Woods.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Last week members took part in a music quiz prepared by Sheila McKay. Competition – butter dish – winners were Mrs Chisholm, Mrs Penman and Mrs Keddie. The next event for the club is a visit to Holyrood Palace on May 23 to see the Queen’s Exhibition – the bus leaves Earlston Square at noon. The final meeting for the season will take place on June 6 in the church hall when a tea party will be held to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee – crowns and tiaras should be worn! A vote of thanks was given by Alice Gilchrist in respect of the committee’s efforts in arranging talks and entertainment during the past year.


Callant’s social evening: On June 6 at 7 for 7.30pm, there is a chance to welcome Jethart Callant Ian Chisholm and his henchmen to Edgerston at a buffet supper, with raffle and entertainment.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Barbecue and fun day at Edgerston village hall on June 2 from 2pm onwards, with children’s field games, treasure hunt and raffle. Numbers in advance would help with the catering – contact Mary (01835 840667) or Christine (01835 840246).


Wheelbarrow Challenge: Valley minister Samuel Siroky will be undertaking a sponsored wheelbarrow challenge over an obstacle course on Ettrickbridge sports field at 1pm on Saturday, May 19 – the wheelbarrow will be full of water and there are prizes for guessing how much water will be left in it at the end. This will be followed by the annual church spring fair in Kirkhope Hall from 2pm.


Probus: The speaker at the latest meeting was Neil Horne, a former rector of Hawick High School. He spoke about the Scotland/Malawi Partnership through which he has made two trips to the African nation. The partnership was an attempt to minimise corruption and the abuse of human rights, and to improve teaching methods. Neil illustrated his talk with a wide range of photographs. Sandy Frame proposed the vote of thanks.

LOTTERY: The winning Borders 50/50 lottery ticket for this week is 3477.


ROTARY: The annual meeting was held at last week’s gathering with vice-president Tommy Mulvee in the chair due to the continued absence through illness of President Liz Wood. On Tuesday evening last week members of Rayleigh Mill Rotary Club, Essex, arrived in Hawick on their cycle ride from John o’ Groats to Land’s End. They were taken for a meal and then stayed in the Elm House Hotel before continuing their journey next day to Lancaster.The cost of the hospitality was provided anonymously by a club member. The AGM was opened by a report being read out from Liz Wood listing the highlights of her year and the honour she had felt at being the first lady president in this the 75th anniversary year of the club. A successful year was reported by all the convenors and it was anounced through the year that donations amounting to £2,892.28 had been made to the following charities and groups – Hawick ASC, £100; Borders Red Cross, £100; Nan Lyle Academy, Kenya, £400; high school prize, £50; district junior golf, £60; Foundation End Polio Now, £872.50; Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir, £50; Mary’s Meals Horn of Africa, £250; Royal Blind Asylum, £106.78; Emma Elliot-Walker, £100; high school art department, £300; Blood Bikes Scotland, £100; Border Holiday Group, £100; Rock Solid, £100; Green Team, £100; Scottish National Youth Choir, £100. Money had been raised by various means – coffee morning, wishing well, quiz sheets, grocery raffle, film night, St Andrew’s Day brunch, and cheese and wine. The next event is the coffee morning on May 26 in Trinity Church Hall, the proceeds of which will be going to the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the BGH. Anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary membership should contact Billy McWatters at 01450 373945 or any Rotarian.

Bridge Club: May 7 – N/S – 1, J. and M. Miller; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, R. Goldie and M. McLeod; E/W – 1, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 2, J. Kyle and J. Urquhart; 3, H. and M. Ouldcott.


Community Trust: Historic walks led by members of the community trust start on May 17, meeting at the memorial hall car park before setting off at 6pm and arriving back two hours later. A donation to the trust is expected. For further information, contact Ross McGinn (01896 830853).

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

CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band presents a concert on May 19 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). The programme will feature St Ronan’s Future Band and the main band, along with guest soloist Simone Rebello, an internationally-acclaimed percussionist. Tickets can be bought at the door.

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 DATE: 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. The Games committee has managed to hold prices for a third consecutive year with tickets set at £30 each. Maximum of 12 tickets per party. Cheques should be made payable to “St Ronan’s Border Games”.


BRIDGE CLUB: May 9 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Nigel and Mary Lindsay; 2, Alison Ireland and Elinor Green; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 2, Miles Browne and John Urquhart; 3, John and Marian Miller; May 10 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Jim Stone and Archie Stewart; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton; 2, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 3, John and Marian Miller.

Embroiderers’ Guild: The next meeting will be held on May 22 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Bring along a basic sewing kit for making a name badge, or if you already have one you can bring in some other unfinished stitching. There will also be a brief EGM. For further information contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).

QUIZ: Christian Aid will benefit from a quiz being held on May 17 at 7.30pm in the Cross Keys Hotel with quizmaster Catherine Fish. Teams of four needed – entry by minimum donation of £2.50 per person.

Thursday Group: Last week’s visit to the donkey sanctuary was called off because of heavy, persistent rain. After the AGM and wine tasting, £25 was donated to Borders General Hospital’s Margaret Kerr unit. For information about the Thursday Group and an autumn syllabus, phone Isabel on 01573 224753.

Plant Sale: Kelso North Church will be holding a plant and paperback sale on May 19, 9am-noon.


Probus: There was a turnout of 26 members and two guests for the club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. President David Massiah gave details of the summer outing to the Lake District on August 15. He then introduced speaker Alan Grey, an accountant who worked as a stockbroker and for the last 33 years the author of The Scotch Whisky Review, a book produced annually that is regarded as the bible of the whisky industry north of the border. Scotch whisky is exported to some 200 countries. There were 98 malt and seven grain distilleries following new investment and construction of state-of-the-art establishments. A vote of thanks was given by Bryan McKinnie and Mr Grey then presented each member with a wee sample to take home.

Rotary: Representatives from the various organisations who took part in the umbrella sponsored walk run by the Rotary Club were treated to dinner in the Crown Hotel and presented with cheques. Rotarians also made an award to the citizen of the year, Lennie Bell, for his services to the pipe band, having played for 58 years. He also received a cheque for £250 and chose to give this to band funds. An award also went to the young citizen of the year, Becky Davies, for her services to the Guides and community in Canonbie. The total raised from the 28 organisations doing the walk was £6,830 – and £3,750 was added by the three local trusts, making a total of £10,580. This is the fourth consecutive year that more than £10,000 has been raised. The three trusts supporting the walk are the David Stevenson, Arthur Bell, and John and Mary Elliot Memorial.

Castle Craigs: The annual boys’ night held by the Castle Craigs Club took place in the Crown Hotel and was attended by 28 young lads. Club president Billy Young welcomed everyone and then flute band members Roddy Innes, Kenneth Pool and Henry Jeffrey played a few tunes, accompanied on the triangle by Cornet Lee Earsman. Roddy Innes then gave a short talk about the flute band and Ronnie Johnstone was also on hand to speak about the thistle emblem which he carried for many years before handing over to his son James. He gave all the children thistle seeds to plant. During the evening there was a horse-drawing competition for two different age groups, along with a quiz, and a prize for best-dressed boy. The prizes were presented by Cornet Earsman. Horse-drawing – under 7 – 1, Danny Hotson; 2, Codey Forster; 3, Rory Earsman; over 7 – 1, Ben Jardine; 2, Hughie Donaldson; 3, Callum Scott; quiz for R. E. Borthwick Shield – 1, Keith Reid; 2, Scott Morrison; 3, Bailey Donaldson; best-dressed boy – 1, Codey Forster; 2, Jake Park; 3, Spencer Armstrong.


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


Community Council: Melrose Square was bathed in warm sunshine on Saturday afternoon for the first event of the community council’s Entertainment in the Square programme. Melrose Pipes and Drums and St Boswells Concert Band delighted the crowd which gathered with a varied selection of music. Posters listing future entertainment for the summer months are displayed around the town, the next date being May 26 when Riddell Fiddles will play in the Square between 2-4pm.

CANCELLED: The Melrose Skatepark Project car boot sale scheduled for May 27 in the triangle opposite Gibson Park has been cancelled.


QUIZ QUEEN: Lizzie Thomson was winner of the Help for Heroes quiz.

Coffee Morning: The fishing coffee morning will be held in the institute on May 26 at 10.30am.

Golfers: Morebattle Golfers held their May Day outing at the Castle Park Golf Course – 1, David Ferguson; 2, Billy Elliot; 3, George Blacklock. Fourteen golfers took part and the day was organised by Bill Elliot.


PLANT SALE: Oxton Horticultural Society will hold its annual plant sale and coffee morning from 10am-noon on May 19 at Oxton Memorial Hall. Flower show schedules will be available.

St Boswells

WRI: A demonstration and talk from Marjory Tennant, who makes unique hats and fascinators, especially for special occasions, was the highlight of this month’s meeting. Competitions – edible jewellery – 1, Marlyn McCall; 2, Margaret Rutter; 3, Annette Hotson; hat pin – 1, Isobel Braithwaite; 2, Jessie Morris; 3, Jean Blackwood; 4, Annette Hotson. The June meeting is an outing to The Woll, Ashkirk, for a meal. Also, there is a whist drive in the village hall on June 1 at 7.30pm.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Councillors are grateful to the Boys’ Brigade for helping with the litter pick in the village. Plans are in place to present local children with medals, commemorating the Queen’s diamond jubilee, on May 31. After the AGM and election of councillors, the following office bearers were elected unopposed – chairman, Douglas Oliver; vice-chairman, Andrea Gillan; secretary, Allan Drummond (also continuing to handle planning matters); treasurer, Karen Steel; minutes secretary, Helen Huddleston.

CHURCH: The summer holiday club in St Boswells church hall will run from August 6-9, 10am-noon. Anyone who can help should speak to Lucy Smith (8224250) or Winnie Milligan (823457).

VILLAGE HALL: The hall AGM will be held on May 22 at 6.30pm in the main hall.

VILLAGE WEEK: Village Week runs from June 2-10. All events on posters or at http://www.stboswells.bordernet.co.uk/news/1315.html.

Ceilidh: St Boswells village hall hosts a ceilidh, with dancing to the Neil Hardie Dance Band, from 8pm on XXXXXXX. Proceeds to the Lavender Touch charity and the church. Tickets available at the door.


WRI: There was a full house at the May meeting of Newmill and Teviothead WRI when visitors were welcomed from neighbouring institutes to hear Sheena Haire describe the work of the R.N.L.I. A volunteer with the charity for more than 30 years, she explained how the R.N.L.I. was funded entirely by donation, the training the crew had to undertake, as well as the cost of maintaining boats and equipment. Competitions – first aid box – 1, Julia Templeman; 2, Trish Kirkpatrick; 3, Tina Ainslie; chocolate éclairs – 1, Muriel Baptie; Border tart – 1, Liz Howieson. The summer outing is to Minto Golf Club on June 12 – names to Trish A.S.A.P.

Jubilee Celebrations: Plans are afoot to hold a diamond jubilee tea party for local residents in Teviothead Hall on June 3 at 2pm. There will be a service in the church at 1.30pm. Names for the tea to Caroline Tullie by May 18.


ARCHERY FUNDRAISER: The Southern Upland Roving Archers are holding a “have a go” and car boot sale on Yetholm playing fields on May 19, 10am-3pm, in aid of the sports pavilion. Organisers are inviting craftspeople, car booters and street entertainers to take part, and those wanting to try archery will use blunt arrows aiming at knock-down targets. Further information from 01578 740205 or questions@southernupland.com

TATTIE SALE: Yetholm Borders Shepherds’ Show organisers are selling tatties outside Yetholm shop on May 19 for the annual Yetholm Gypsy Tatties competition to grow the heaviest to raise money for the show. About 160 were sold last year and the weigh-in will take place on the last Sunday in September. For anyone who misses Saturday’s sale, 9-11am, competition tatties will be available at Frank Gibson’s garage,