Community Cafe: The next Community Cafe will be on Wednesday morning in the village hall.


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd led a service of psalms and the lessons were read by Roddy Beatson on Psalm Sunday. The minister read a letter of thanks from the Braw Lads’ Executive Council following the kirkin’ of the Braw Lad and Lass in the church. It is planned to hold a brief congregational board meeting after the service on July 22 when the future of the noticeboard will be discussed. The weekly Bible study group meets each Thursday night in Trinity Church hall.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday morning’s service will be conducted by members of the worship team.


EXHIBITION: Hawick Art Club’s annual exhibition was opened in town’s museum on Sunday. President Elizabeth Jackson said the club encourages young talent, organising an annual competition which is open to S1 and S2 pupils at Hawick High School. The winning entries have been framed by the club and are on show in the exhibition. Winner of the club’s bursary for the best fine art student at Borders College is Sheona Moffat from Lauder. Elizabeth introduced Janice Chapman, head teacher at Burnfoot Community School and chairman of Vision 2014, to open the exhibition. This year’s show includes a wide variety of subject matter and styles. A larger-than-life portrait, “Tom Elliott-Walker”, by young artist Emma Elliott-Walker shows a maturity beyond her years. Landscapes are well-represented and Rose Hughes has moved away from flower paintings with “Eildon I” and “Eildon II”, capturing the essence of these Border hills. In “The Riverbank”, Nicole van Overmeir demonstrates an expert use of colour to capture the scene, while Alma Milne’s watercolour “The Ettrick Forest” has a fairytale quality. By contrast, Alice Macdonald’s acrylic “Katherine Gorge, Australia” draws one into the majestic landscape, and the heat from the red earth is tangible. Townscapes are also popular this year, with a number of scenes of Hawick in bygone days. Robert Craig’s acrylic, “The Auld Town Hall and Policeman’s Brae”, is reminiscent of works by W. S. A. Ingles in Hawick Museum’s collection. “Kirkgate, Leith, circa 1930” by Michael Booth is an atmospheric acrylic in which he has used a muted palette to capture a grey day. Among the ever-popular animal paintings, cat lovers will be enchanted by Janet Camus’ painting “Samson’s Return”, showing a cat upsetting a teacup. Flower paintings which catch the eye feature Jacqueline Bigwood’s “Anemone 1” and “Anemone 2”, and M. Helen Tyler’s renderings of “Calla Lilies” and “Garden Flowers”. Besides the representational work, there are a number of striking abstract paintings on show, including Niall Campbell’s intriguingly-titled oil, “Stubborn Ghost”. As a departure from the paintings, Rob Sutherland has provided exquisite hand-coiled ceramic pots, while Alex Burgeon is exhibiting wood carvings with a Scottish theme. The exhibition runs until August 4.

Rotary Club: Guest speaker Andrew Robinson, a partner in the Hawick Vet Practice which is located in Earl Street, talked about “A Day In The Life of A Vet”. Andrew, who hails from Aberdeen, qualified at Glasgow Vet School in 1977 and one of the first projects he was involved in was that of Dolly The Sheep at the research establishment at Roslin. Dolly was the first cloned sheep.


StoW and Heriot church: As part of Stewardship Season in September, members are creating an exhibition to depict the history of the church. They are appealing for anyone who has been baptised or married in Stow, St Mary of Wedale or Heriot Church to let them have a photograph of the event. These will be on show in the churches on September 29. For further information, contact Susan Aitchison (01578 730323) or the Reverend Victoria Linford (01578 730237).


KIRKIN’ service: The kirkin’ service for Games Week and the Cleikum Ceremonies will be held in Innerleithen Church at 11.30am on Sunday.


FARMERS’ MARKET: Kelso farmers’ market is being held in the town’s Square on Saturday morning.

DRY BAR FESTIVAL: See Yetholm news.

BRIDGE: July 4 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3 , Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; E/W – 1, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 2, Terry Harris and David Elder; 3, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson. July 5 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt 3, Honor Brown and Edith Hogg.


Special presentation: The Town Band held a concert in the Buccleuch Centre to recognise the dedication and commitment that David Calvert has given to the band over the past 60 years. He was presented with a Life Time Achievement Award from the Scottish Brass Band Association. The presentation was made on behalf of the association by the Town Band musical director Alan Fernie who spoke of David’s history with the band from when he started as a young boy playing for the Queen’s coronation right up to the present day. David also received a gift voucher from the band and a cake which was made and decorated by Margaret Railton. Under the baton of Alan Fernie the band played a mixed selection of music. The Junior Band then took to the stage under the baton of David Calvert and played a short programme which included the popular 500 Miles by The Proclaimers. The Town Band returned for a second half that featured the younger players. Henry Jeffrey on the trombone played the very difficult and technical Bluebells of Scotland. Next up was a sextet featuring Caitlin Weatherstone, Ashleigh Calvert, Megan Stewart, Henry Jeffrey, Gillian Mabon and Daniel Pilley, who played the Stevie Wonder hit, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life. Daniel Pilley featured on the bass trombone playing Lee Marvin’s Wandrin’ Star from Paint Your Wagon. David Calvert then took up the baton to lead the band playing an Alan Fernie arrangement of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.
The band finished their concert with a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan music. The audience responded with applause and shouts of “more”. David was then invited by the musical director to conduct the band playing the encore of the Runrig version of Loch Lomond.

Fundraiser: The Thomas Hope Hospital held a fundraiser last Sunday with cream teas and stalls to help buy a new television for the patients, and raised well over £1,000. Unfortnately, things could not be held outdoors due to the wet weather. There were stalls of books, photographs, videos, baking and bric-a-brac, along with tombola and a raffle.

Fete: The primary school fete, run by the children and PTA, raised £1,096. The school hall was full of stalls, which included bric-a-brac, baking, toys and plants, and with the weather rather unsettled a number of games and competitions were held in the classrooms. There was the odd game outside, before it got too wet, and the fire engine and ambulance also attracted the children.


CHURCH: Sunday – morning services at Bowden and Melrose; August 4 – church fete in Bowden village hall – contributions requested.

Trimontium: In another busy week at the fort, walkers, a rare species because of the weather, appeared on both the Tuesday and Thursday when they rain was away. The tremendous grass and plant growth caused by the rain has been threatening to pose a problem for the walks, including the route back by the Battery Wall, but out of the blue a well-wisher rang up and offered to do some grass-cutting provided. The trust was grateful to accept.


Fishing Association: The last fishing competition for the season was held on June 30 when 11 fishers took part. Results – 1, Drew Gibson; 2, Jim McNulty; 3, Jeannie McNulty; heavy 6, Drew Gibson; heavy 3, Spike Borthwick; heavy trout, Jeannie McNulty.

DRY BAR FESTIVAL: See Yetholm news.


Stow and Heriot church: See Heriot news.


TREKKERS: With only three weeks to go until they tackle the West Highland Way, Teviothead Trekkers have already raised £2,000 in sponsorship. The 10 are doing the walk in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and Macmillan Cancer Support, and have been getting in plenty of practice walking all over the Borders. The group are Pat Douglas, Donald and Sandra Knox, Gill Francombe, Sam Blyth, Fenella Pow, Caroline Tullie, Ronnie, Julia and Katie Templeman, with John Tullie transporting the bags and running in from the other end to meet them. Last weekend past they ventured into the Yetholm hills to take in a circular walk at Halterburn, surrounded by mist. Anyone wishing to sponsor the group can still do so online at virginmoneygiving.com/team/teviotheadtrekkers. They can also see where the training has taken them on their blog, Teviothead Trekkers.


SERVICE: The next Sunday morning service in Traquair Kirk will be on July 22.


SERVICE: The next Sunday morning service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on July 29.


FESTIVAL: The Yetholm Dry Bar Summer Festival of Fun, which runs from August 6-10, is now open for bookings. The programme features fashion, giant puppet making, pottery, orienteering, archery, film nights, day trips and team games. Programmes and booking forms are available from Seasons in Kelso, Morebattle village shop, Yetholm post office and the Yetholm Dry Bar Facebook page. For further information, email Ian Rendall Reid (ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com).

Jubilee Celebrations: Tom Tokely attended the thanksgiving diamond jubilee service in Glasgow Cathedral. He was accompanied by his wife Ruth.

Ceilidh: Local kirk members and supporters made the trip to Springwood Park, Kelso, for a fundraising supper and ceilidh dance. Supper was provided by volunteer help, with The Plough, Yetholm, manning the bar.

Gardens: Sunday afternoon will see the opening of various gardens in the village under the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Tickets may be obtained on the village green.

WRI: President Dorothy Price welcomed members to the June meeting when the head gardener at Floors, Mr Simmions, accompanied by his wife, gave a talk entitled “A Year in the Garden”, illustrated by slides of flowers.The rural whist will be held in the Youth Hall on Tuesday night. A bus trip will take place on August 21 – names to Miss Price or Mrs Gregory by July 16.

Coffee Mornings: The weekly coffee morning held in the church upper room is moving from Wednesdays to Tuesdays to give the choir sole use on Wednesdays.