FLOWER SHOW: Earlston Horticultural Society’s annual show will be held in the primary school hall on Saturday, with the presentation of prizes by Felicity Peto of Cowdenknowes. Show entries are still open and schedules available from the butcher’s and post office in the Spar shop.
PARISH CHURCH: Sunday morning’s service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The autumn fair is on September 8.
Badminton Club: The new session starts on September 10 at 8pm at Earlston High School games hall. Participants must be 16 years plus.
ROTARY: It was an evening of nostalgia at last week’s meeting when David Oliver showed a DVD of a golf outing to Minto in 1988 when Rocky Richmond was president. The sound of iron quoits reverberated round the green at Denholm last Sunday afternoon when the annual quoiting competition was held. The final was contested between Kenny Speirs and Frank Armstrong – a 79-year-old from Kelso. The profits raised from the event were presented to a Rotary charity. Sandy Bannerman and Gus Neilson represented the club at a district meeting in Galashiels last week.
COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Silver Band’s coffee morning realised approximately £500 towards the upkeep and development of the training group, future band and main band.
MUSICAL FUN DAY: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a Musical Fun Day on September 15 in and around St Ronan’s School. The event features a coffee morning, craft fair and live music. A free bus will run to/from the school all day, leaving from the Co-op car park and Leithen Road car park. The evening will see a musical club night featuring the opera and youth section, with Tweeddale Folk Group rounding off with Big H’s Disco. Tickets for the evening event are available from Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street. More information from 01896 830577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STREET COLLECTION: The Jedburgh branch of Arthritis Research UK raised £360 from a street collection. Organisers are grateful to all those who volunteered as collectors and everyone who made donations.
Quiz: The closing date for entries to the Kelso Connections Quiz is August 31. Quizsheets can be obtained from Seasons, Kelso Library and Brown’s, and the answers found by reading the seven 2012 “We’re from Kelso” storyboards in the windows of Brown’s, Hector Innes, Town Hall, Swan’s, Kelso Blooms, Seasons and Blair’s. The winner will be announced at the St James’ Fair.
BRIDGE CLUB: August 15 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 2, Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson; 3, Jim and Mary Stone; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 3, John and Marian Miller. August 16 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 2, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan.
MARKET: Kelso Square will host a farmers’ market on Saturday morning.
MUGS: Artist Phil Gunn, owner of the High Street Gallery, has painted special mugs depicting scenes of the Malcolm monument, Langholm bridge, old distillery and Townhead church. The mugs mark the 130 years Latimer’s store has been in business.
Production: Youth group Centre Stage is entertaining in the Buccleuch Centre with a production of “Through the Looking Glass, Alice the Musical”. It runs until Saturday. The musical is based on the book by Lewis Carroll.
Exhibition: An exhibition of sketches and portraits by Sandy Moffat are on show in the town hall gallery until September 14.
Display: The parish church is currently hosting a display of christening gowns – some more than a century old, having been handed down through families.
SERVICE: A special service is being held in the parish church on Sunday when families whose children have been christened since 2000 are being invited. Anyone who has been christened in the church is also welcome.
scouts: Lauder Scout Group is inviting the public to an open night on Monday at 7.45pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall, West High Street. Whether you’re a young person who wants a taste of adventure, a parent who’s looking for new interests for their child, an adult who wants to volunteer or help out in some way, Scouting is an inclusive organisation. If you’re interested in volunteering with the Scout Association, contact www.scouts.org.uk/join or call 0845 3001818.
WRI: Members will meet on September 6 for a talk entitled “Presentation tips on how to display your show entries”. Competitions – three plain scones and an egg cosy (any craft). New members welcome.
CHURCH: September Life & Work available for collection; there are Sunday morning services at Bowden and Melrose; pastoral care to September 7 from the Reverend M. Dodd.
Trimontium: Tuesday afternoon – lovely sunshine in Melrose Square for the start of the Trimontium Walk, but no walkers. Thursday afternoon – lovely sunshine, same place – but 10 walkers and a dog, two becoming trust members, compliments on the dedication of the volunteers. A Trimontium Trumpet reader from north-west England has written, in connection with the third century Bowden hoard of 79 coins and the second century 222 denarii hoard from near Ashkirk, which it is hoped to display in Melrose after cleaning, to say that finding hoards of Roman coins is suddenly all the rage down the Cumbrian coast. Four have been found recently, including one at Beckfoot,north of the big Roman base at Maryport.
Coffee Morning: The coffee morning held in the village hall on Saturday in aid of funds to tackle diabetes raised £850. Competition winners – cake – June Bell; soft toy – Olive Anderson; grocery box – Helen Herkes; bottle of whisky – Braxy.
PIGEON RACE: The Great Rotary Pigeon Race came to a head at Peebles Agricultural Show when six of Lawrie Raeburn’s homing pigeons were released 60 miles away at Ridsdale, Northumberland. Peebles Rotarians have been busy over the past few weeks raising money for Up2U, a peer education group charity in operation in local schools, and other local Rotary charities. Members of the public were asked to guess which bird would win the race and estimate the time it would take it to fly from Ridsdale. Funds were also raised from local businesses sponsoring the birds. Top prize was won by Nicola Herd who guessed that Lewis Lightning, sponsored by electrical contractors D. M. Jackson, would be first home and was nearest the winning time of 1hr, 1min and 11sec. The event raised £1,420.
OPEN AFTERNOONS: Soutra Research Project is hosting open afternoons (2pm) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The theme of the sessions will be the exotic drug plants that persist on site, since the dyke was erected and sheep excluded. They closely match what was found in the Soutra Aisle medieval hospital drains. Either seeds have been long dormant or the plants have hung on unnoticed, or some combination of the two.
COFFEE MORNING: The kirk’s late summer coffee morning will take place in the Wauchope Hall on Saturday. Any donations for the stalls will be gratefully received.
LEAVING: Pat and Jenny Angel, of Mount View, are moving to New Zealand to be nearer their family. They were involved in several village organisations, including the history society which has bid farewell by presenting the couple with a quaich.
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: First to get under way for the new term was Yetholm and Morebattle Playgroup, followed by the primary school restarting with three new pupils. That might not seem good news, but prospects for next year are encouraging.
GARDENS: Village gardens opening organiser Fraser Nimmo has revealed that this year’s event raised the record sum of £1,605, to be distributed between Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and the local Riding for the Disabled charities. A record 216 people attended, including a coach party from Dalston Gardening Club near Carlisle. The opening next year will be on July 14.
NO COLD-CALLING ZONE: Yetholm is likely to become a no cold-calling zone. This project is being undertaken by Yetholm Community Council and the police.