CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd had the congregation dancing in the aisle at Sunday’s morning service in Caddonfoot Church. Session clerk Anne Grieve and Hamish Tennant read the lessons. There will be a congregational board meeting after the service next Sunday.


PREACHING: The annual blanket preaching ceremony will take place at St Mary’s churchyard, next to St Mary’s Loch, on Sunday at 3pm. Teas in aid of Ettrick and Yarrow churches’ fabric fund will be served in Cappercleuch Hall afterwards.


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


REUNION: There are plans for a reunion of telephonists who worked at Galashiels telephone exchange on November 7. More information from Dorothy (01896 755690) or Margaret (01896 756204).


Bridge Club: July 2 – N/S – 1, S. West and R. Oates; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, A. Trueman and P. Simpson; E/W – 1, S. White and J. Urquhart; 2, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 3, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; July 9 – N/S – 1, J. and M. Miller; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, R. Francombe and V. Macpherson; E/W – 1, H. and M. Ouldcott; 2, R. Goldie an M. McLeod; 3 (equal), V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth, A. Mold and R. Witherington.

ROTARY: President Tommy Mulvee introduced new member Mairhi Trickett, recently resident in the town, having formery been a member of Rotary in Orkney. Speaker Aliya Ryan, of Chisholme House, Roberton, home to the internationally-recognised Beshara School, accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education. Funded entirely by donations and covenants, the adult and retreat centre has been attracting students from all over the world since it opened in 1973. Through skilled and unskilled volunteers, the house, kitchens, organic gardens, orchard and estate ran smoothly – in keeping with a harmonious, interwoven and disciplined structure of living at one with nature and the environment. The school’s annual open day is on August 5. Aliya studied social anthropology at Cambridge, graduated in 2002 and subsequently moved to Peru. There she helped set up a small local NGO that worked in the field of human rights with indigenous peoples in the Amazon, particularly in terms of land and territory rights. She took part in the six-month intensive retreat course at the school from 2009-2010 and has worked with it and related projects since then in both Scotland and England. In January this year Aliya moved to Chisholme to take up the role of school administrator.


COFFEE MORNING: The church coffee morning raised £583.


SERVICE: The next morning service in Innerleithen Church will be on August 5.


CHURCHES TOGETHER: A summer outing to Linlithgow will be held on August 18, leaving from Jedburgh bus station. To book a place and for more information, phone 01835 864875.


BRIDGE CLUB: July 11 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 2, Rena Stewart and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 3, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; July 12 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun; 3, Sheila Urquhart and Ernie Hopkins.

GARDEN COMPETITIONS: Kelso Horticultural Society is again holding the town’s front and patio garden competitions. Judging will be carried out during the first week of August, with results announced and prizes awarded at the summer exhibition in the Tait Hall on August 26.

ROTARY: David Cowe, an agronomist, described his concerns for the future of British agriculture. He said recent electronic soil testing on a range of farms across the UK revealed a worrying lack of organic material, which is vital to the health of the soil, and to the quality and quantity of crops yielded. Unless plans are put in place to return soil composition to a healthier ratio between minerals and organic matter, farmers will be unable to gain benefits from the use of fertilisers, as crop yields will be unable to increase.

DRY BAR FUNDRAISER: See Yetholm district.


Academy awards: Acting depute head teacher Rob Drennan welcomed pupils and parents to the awards night at the Academy. Among the guests who joined the school representatives were the Reverend Scott McCarthy and his wife Jane, Cat Barlow from the Moorland project and Councillor Denis Male.Acting head teacher John McFadyen gave the annual report. During the awards there were breaks for musical entertainment from Nicky Henderson on guitar, then Sadie Cooper on saxaphone. A film of the school year was shown and the evening ended with a vote of thanks from head girl Claire Jeffrey.

Street Party: The Ewes community held a street party for Cornet Andrew Elliot. There was entertainment from members of both the Town Band and Pipe Band, and a large number of folk took part in an enthusiastic game of rounders. John Paterson, elected Cornet 60 years ago, was asked, along with his wife Barbara, to make the presentations to Cornet Elliot on behalf of the Ewes community. The Cornet received a figurine of horse and hounds, print of the Town Hall from years past, decanter and glasses and a photograph album. There was also a cake made by Janet Kennedy of Unthank. Bouquets of flowers were presented by Molly Henderson to the Cornet’s mother, Ann Elliot, and granny, Jean Young.

Spurs: Cornet Andrew Elliot was presented with his spurs by his brother Robin in the Buck Hotel. Although it is not an official part of the Common Riding proceedings, the Spur Do is still an important function and the Cornet and Right and Left-Hand Men, Lee Earsman and Graeme Murray, were joined by around 25 close friends.

Probus: The annual general meeting took place in the Eskdale Hotel and was attended by 23 members. After reports from secretary Andy Little and treasurer Charlie Edgar, president David Massiah invested his successor, Jim Thomson, with his chain of office. Jack Rae was elected vice-president, while Andy Little and Charlie Edgar remain as secretary and treasurer respectively, with David Massiah again appointed auditor. George Whillans was elected to the committee, while Bill Barbour and Willie Friell will continue to serve their two-year term on the committee.

Committee meeting: Since the Common Riding committee meeting in the Crown Hotel, preparations have already went ahead at the Castleholm with the erection of the grandstand. Mr Birnie, of the Buccleuch Estates, had confirmed he was happy with the size and location of the dance platform, and said he would make a digger available for the installation of the platform. It was pointed out the ties last year had been £8 and not £7.50, and will remain the same price this time. Chairman Roger Maxwell will have a meeting on the site with Nigel Tweddle to discuss the stance locations. Stephen Rae said the draft copy of the programme should be available next week. Colin Barnfather said he would arrange to get all the trophies back in. Bruce Park said he would order 10 large wheelie bins for the Castleholm and a similar number of smaller ones if possible. He also said that part of the banking at the Kilngreen had been washed down and was potentially dangerous for both the public and horses.

Diamond jubilee: At the service in Glasgow Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, a former minister of the town was among those taking part. The Very Reverend John Cairns, dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, joined other clergy to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the cathedral. Mr Cairns became minister at the parish church in the town in 1975 and was there until the mid-80s. He was later Moderator of the Church of Scotland.


BLOOMING Melrose: On August 7 two Britain in Bloom judges will visit the town to assess the work that Melrose in Bloom members have put in during the last year. Melrose in Bloom was one of eight winners in the Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 2011 Beautiful Scotland competition. These groups will represent the country among 73 villages, towns, cities and urban communities when they compete in the 2012 UK finals – the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom event. They will find out their level of achievement at an award ceremony being held in Guernsey on October 6.

TENOR TROUBLE: Melrose Opera desperately needs two tenors for the chorus of The Yeomen of the Guard, scheduled for March next year. More information from Lucy Smith (01835 822425 or infor@melroseopera.com).

CHURCH: Services on Sunday morning at Bowden and Melrose; July 25 – midweek service and lunch; August 4 – church fete, Bowden Hall; church office closed, but messages will be answered; Recommendations and applications sought for the post of beadle.

Trimontium: The adventures of Trimontium walking in this weather have continued. Last Tuesday seven paddled their way along the Newstead-Melrose Middle Walk path before climbing up to Dean Road and staying on hard stand all the way to the second observation platform, within sight of the three bridges at Leaderfoot, before retracing their steps to Newstead. Thursday saw a similar group benefiting from that experience and cutting up through the Priorswalk housing scheme to reach the dry stand of the High Road, which still has views of the valley. In the Sunday afternoon sunshine Ian Brown welcomed a group of adults and children for the shorter walk round the fort site. Seats are still available for the outing to Tullie House, Carlisle, on July 21. The National Fund for Acquisitions awarded SBC museums and the Trimontium Trust half of the expected cost of £10,000 for the Synton, Ashkirk, hoard.


Church: There was a good turnout at the church ceilidh held at Springwood when music was supplied by Gordon Brown.

Holiday Club: The holiday club for primary schoolchildren will be held in the institute from July 23-27. Names to and more information from Linda Fleming. July 29 sees the holiday club service at Morebattle Church when the Games Queen – Susie Thomson – will be crowned.

DRY BAR FUNDRAISER: See Yetholm district.


GARDEN COMPETITION: Entries for the garden competition should be given to the horticultural society secretary (01578 750359) by July 28 for judging during the following week. Classes – vegetable garden; ornamental or flower garden; tubs and window boxes; hanging baskets.


SERVICE: There will be a morning service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday.


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


DRY BAR FUNDRAISER: A DVD, CD and book sale will be held on Saturday morning in the Youth Hall. Donations welcome. Money raised will fund Dry Bar activities for the next six months.