District News


WRI: President Molly Marshall welcomed members to the May meeting and introduced Sheila Clyne from Hawick who made several mouth-watering supper dishes which were sampled by the members.The competition for a stuffed pepper was won by Olive Hogg, 2 Molly Marshall, 3 Janice Palmer.


Whist and domino evening: Denholm village hall, May 28 at 7 30pm. Funds raised will go to Interest Link Roxburgh which is a volunteer organisation for people who have a learning disability. We recruit volunteers to go out socially with people of all ages from eight to 80 for activities they enjoy.


PARISH CHURCH: The Pentecost service at 10.15am on May 27will be conducted by Rev Julie Woods and refreshments will be served afterwards. June 2 is the special jubilee service at 10.15am with celebrations in the square afterwards.


WRI: In April, Eckford had a visit from chef Tony Chandler who showed members how to make six desserts which everybody enjoyed tasting. Perfect boiled eggs were brought by Jean Kinghorn, Christine Tucker and Dot Elliot. The prettiest cup and saucer was brought by Jean, Christine was second and Margaret Linton was third. Sisters Mary Beaton and Ena Lunn came in May to tell us about their fundraising for the Lavender Touch, a charity providing aromatherapy for cancer and MS patients, by growing and selling hundreds of plants. The winning lavender bag was brought by Alma Elliot; Kathleen Borthwick and Christine Tucker were runners-up and the competition for three pieces of tray bake was won by Alma, Ina Cowe was second and Carol Wilson Green was third


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, 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).


HEAVY HORSES: There will be a heavy horse open night at Gilmanscleuch Farm, Ettrick on May 26. A barbeque and refreshments will be available. Details: 01750 62327

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Bridge Panel: The replica bridge foundation panel will be unveiled by Lord Polwarth on the bridge at Ettrkickbridge at 5.30pm on May 26, with refreshments, Border piper and kwik cricket


Rotary Club: The annual Common Riding concert was held last week. Vice-president Tommy Mulvee welcomed members and their wives and handed over to past president Bobby Cairns, MC for the evening. Bobby had assembled a top drawer of Hawick entertainers accompanied on piano by Rosalyn Walker. Joyce Tinlin, Michael Aitken and Drew Johnstone were all in fine voice, performing the old favourites including The Mosstrooper’s Song, The Fairest Spot of A’ and Clinty’s Song. Jock Thorburn recited Hawick poems A Border Burn and his son’s composition The Colour Bus. The evening finished with a spirited rendering of Teribus led by Michael and Drew after which Rotarian and Provost Ron Smith gave a comprehensive vote of thanks. The club looks for good support on May 26 at the coffee morning in Trinity Church Hall, for the Margaret Kerr Palliative Unit at the Borders General Hospital.

Bridge Club: May 14: N/S 1 P. Gilligan and I. Wyze, 2= K. Auckland and E. Aitken, 2= J. and M. Miller; E/W 1 M. and H. Dooley; 2 M. Ouldcott and P. Learmonth; 3 M. Tuson and R. Witherington.


Service: The service on May 27 in Innerleithen Church will be at 11.30 am.


Coffee Evening: SBAAG (Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group) is holding a coffee evening on May 30 at 7pm in the Royal British Legion Hall. Donations and support will be greatly appreciated.

Glenburn Hall: Garden opening, May 26, in aid of Maggie’s day-care cancer centres, 2- 6pm £1 children free, dogs on leads please. Falconry Scotland, tea and cakes by Border Meringues, plant sale by Heathers of Jedburgh.


The Southern: The office of The Southern Reporter in Bridge Street, Kelso, will permanently close at the end of business on May 31. After this, news, sports and advertising printed copy should be sent to The Southern head office at The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, telephone 01750 21581. There will still be a reporter based in the Kelso area and anyone with stories or information can contact Mark Entwistle on 07788 192080, email: markentwistle@tweeddalepress.co.uk

ROTARY CLUB: Norman Douglas recounted his experiences in 1951 as a 19-year-old posted with British forces to the Suez Canal. This area became a world hot spot as the Egyptian government vowed to oust the British from control of the canal, and from their presence in Sudan. Norman recently revisited Egypt and met again Egyptian friends, and servicemen who had served alongside him.

Heiton WRI: Brenda Wright, president, welcomed a large turn out of members and guests. Entertainment was from the One A’chord barbershop choir with choirmaster Nick Drew from Newtown St Boswells: a wonderful night of songs. Competition, a fridge magnet: 1 Beatrice Kyle, 2 Kathy Scott, 3 Norma Wright.

Farmers Market: A demo chef and the Venture Scouts will be at the market on May 26 in the square, 9am-1.30.

DANCING: Children aged four to seven are invited to join classical ballet lessons at Whitsome Ark village hall, Fridays 4-4.50pm. Teacher Moira Mansbridge, a member of the Legat Foundation of Russion Classical Ballet who has many years’s experience, explained: “The Russion method emphasises musical appreciation and creativity and seeks to promote confidence in pupils.” A class for children aged seven and over is planned if there is enough interest. Contact Moira on 01890 870682.

Bridge Club: May 16 – N/S 1 Mary and Nigel Lindsay, 2 Rena Stewart and Beth Stark, 3rd Alison Ireland and Elinor Green. E/W 1 Dominic and Diana Alkin, 2 Colin McGrath and Lesley Dick, 3rd Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt. May 17, Aggregate Pairs – N/S 1 Rena Stewart and John Hayton :2 Archie Stewart and Billy Potts :3rd Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; E/W 1 Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton :2 Dominic and Diana Alkin :3rd John and Marian Miller .


Sponsored walk: Newly elected Cornet Andrew Elliot and his Right and Left-Hand men, Lee Earsman and Graeme Murray, joined the young riders’ club members last May 20y on the annual sponsored walk to the monument and back. Nearly £1,500 was raised for the funds which continually need to be boosted to cover costs of riding lessons and other expenses. The children were all treated to an ice-cream at Pelosis on their return.

Muckle Toon run: Runners from far and wide took part in the annual Muckle Toon doctors’ run over a hilly course of about 8.5 miles. The winner was Greig Glendinning from Renfrewshire in 45 mins 11 secs. First female was Sarah Scott of Glasgow in 54.14 and Ryan Milligan was first local male in 47.23 with Sarah Watson first local female in 60.19. Barry Spence of Hawick was first over-60 and Carol Purves of Kelso took the prize for first female over 55. The junior race was won by Josh Abbott of Kelso. First in the medical category was Ranjit Thomas of Dumfries with the female winner being Emma McKnespie of Carlisle.


Borders Family History Society: The AGM on May 27 will be followed by a talk by Andrew Haddon on his ancestor, Dr John Haddon and the Borderers he met on his his world trip in 1882. This took him through America and Canada and across the Pacific, . This journey was serialised at the time in the Hawick Express. hat time and recounting tales of the Borderers he met on his journey. The meeting is at the Corn Exchange. Admission is free, non-members welcome

Church: Bowden and Melrose congregations were saddened to hear that the church secretary, Joyce O’Neill, known to many local churches through her service to them, had just died after months of illness.Activities: Thanks are due to all who gave to Christian Aid Week: contributions will be counted this week. May 26, 2pm Brahms Requiem rehearsal, 7pm performance; May 27 services: 9.30am Bowden; 11am Melrose; June 3: admission of new elders and Jubilee lunch, contributions to Elsa Barker (822063); July-August Wednesday coffee mornings – rota available; applications and recommendations sought for post of church officer.

University of the Third Age: a group of the University of the Third Age from Edinburgh visited Trimontium last week.

Diamond Jubilee Coffee Morning: The flags were out on the Melrose Opera coffee tables and pianists provided as background all the well-known songs from the G&S repertoire lon May 19 in the Corn Exchange. Home baking supplied the fans who patronised the laden stalls.


WRI: Vice-president, Chris Nicol, welcomed members and introduced Nick Stephanz, who spoke “All about Enzymes”. Nick described how eating raw food cured her eyesight problems in a few weeks, and helped with all her health issues. Following a raw food diet means that food cannot be heated over about 45C, as this cooks all the enzymes out of the food. Nick showed several recipes that members enjoyed tasting. Competition, two pieces of traybake using fruit and/or nuts: 1Chris Nicol, 2 Pat Jardine, 3 Enid Cruickshank, 4 Gina Hughes.


Coffee Morning: Morebattle and Caverton Mill Fishing coffee morning will be held in the Institute on May 26 at 10.30am. Admission £1.

Churches: The Joint Churches’ harvest of the lambs service will be held at Hownam Grange on May 27 at 11.00am.

WRI: - Julie Lamb gave an excellent talk on the work of the Lavender Touch and Morag Thomson was given a neck massage. Competition winners: Perfume bBottle: 1 Angela Cook, 2 Scottie Wight, 3 Wilma Horlock; muffin 1 Helen Cessford, 2 Lizzie Tomson, 3r Janette Stenhouse. Lizzie Thomson was the Lucky Syllabus winner.


Coffee morning: The Floral Group in the village held a coffee morning and plant sale with tombola and raffle in aid of hall funds in the hall and raised £389. The money will be used by the floral group to improve things throughout the village and they have taken on the the council beds at the top and bottom square.

Macmillan walk: The annual Macmillan walk in the village organised by Alice Forster and her family and friends took place in rather damp conditions but raised £300. After the walk round the village refreshments were served in the hall and Alice thanked everyone who had helped raise the money, which will go to the Macmillan team at the Borders General Hospital.


WRI: Andrew Armitage gave members a quiz as well as an educationally, entertaining and amusing talk on the answers. Sonia Borthwick had the most correct answers. There was a short AGM afterwards, the president Denise Barclay Agnes Bell (treasurer ) and Jackie Pinkerton (secretary )were re-elected.Committee: Herbie Robinson, Sylvia Thomson, Francis Dickman,Sonia Borthwick and Anne Wood. Competition an animal ornament: 1, Anne Wood; 2, Sylvia Thomson; 3 ,Helen Lothian. The summer outing on June 20 will be a mystery tour and a meal – meet at the bus stop at 6pm.


Ceilidh: Peebles Arts Festival is running a ceilidh on May 26 at the MacFarlane Hall in aid of the festival, with music from the HLI Ceilidh Band. Tickets are available from The Tontine Hotel or at the door. Bring your own drink. Raffle tickets are still available with more than £300 of family tickets to attractions such as Our Dynamic Earth, the Cadies and Witchery Tours, the British Golf Museum, the New Lanark World Heritage Site, Butterfly and Insect World, the National Mining Museum of Scotland, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, the Falkirk Wheel, the Royal Botanical Gardens (Dawyck, Edinburgh, Logan, Benmore), Jedforest Deer Park, Scottish Seabird Centre, Edinburgh Castle, and at Studio One, Peebles.


Village Fair: The fair is on May 27 with the added attractions of a quoits competition for the new Dickson Trophy, a potato growing contest, stalls, amusements for children, teas and a barbecue plus the car boot sale.

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PENSIONERS’ SOCIAL CLUB: Acoffee morning is to be held on May 26 in the village hall, all welcome. On May 29, a guided walk around Manderston House is planned for the group.

SWRI: The Rural would like to invite everyone to a whist drive on June 1 at 7.30pm in the village hall. £2 entry includes supper.

BOSWELLS LIVE: The May 25 concert features Sara Grey and Kieron Means plus Mike Whellans from Lauder. Doors open at the village hall at 7.30pm, tickets cost £10, £5 (under 16) and £25 family ticket (2 adults up to 3 under-16s), available on door or at Post Office.


Service: The service on May 27 in Traquair Kirk will be at 10 am.


Service: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on June 17 at 10 am.


WHIST DRIVE : The recent whist drive for Macmillan Cancer Care raised £86.50.Thanks to all who contributed in any way.

OUTDOOR SERVICES: Yetholm Kirk along with Morebattle , Hounam and Unton are to hold outdoor Sunday services.The annual Service of the Lambs will be at Houwnam Grange Farm on May 27.The following Sunday will see an ecunemical service as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, at Corbet Tower. Both services are at 11am and will be the only services for the parishes on those days.

HILL WALKING FESTIVAL: The seventh Yetholm Hill Walking Festival runs from May 26 to 28. Maestro organiser Tom Tokely is well pleased with the interest shown and many walks are fully booked. The Wauchope Hall comes into action as the registration centre and refreshment point. Details of all arrangements can be found on posters and brochures available in the village.

gUilD COFFEE MORNING: There will be the usual stalls and everyone is welcome at the coffee morning in the Wauchope Hall on May 26 at 10 30am.This is a holijday weekend and hopefully visitors will find their way to the hall.