District News


WHIST: There is whist and dominoes in Bedrule Hall on Monday at 7.30pm in aid of Marie Curie, Scotland.


COFFEE MORNING: There will be a joint hall and village committees coffee morning on Saturday in the village hall.


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd returned from holiday to take the morning service in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday when the lessons were read by Christine Dorward. A meeting was being held this week with the joint kirk sessions and congregational boards of Caddonfoot and Trinity in Galashiels to discuss plans to call a new minister to replace the Reverend Morag Dawson, who has moved to new charges in Dumfriesshire. Members are reminded of the holy communion services on Sunday in both churches.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday morning’s service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The autumn fair is on the morning of September 8.

Camera Club: Members meet on Wednesday in the community lounge at Earlston Primary School at 7.30pm for enrolment night. Competiton – Lakeland (in the wildest sense).


Heritage Day: The Infohub has organised a heritiage day at Channel Street on Saturday (11am-2pm). Questions answered: In which year did a local cinema hold a snoring competition in the lead-up to showing a certain film? Which local product was featured in Whisky Galore? Where in 1922 would the charabanc Braw Braw Lad take you for five shillings? What’s the name of the headteacher who rescued a drowning child when on holiday at Portobello? Also featured will be a children’s photograph heritage hunt and storytelling. For more information, go to infohubgala@yahoo.com.

School Fair: Galashiels Academy’s school fair will be held on the afternoon of September 15. Also, there will be a car boot sale which can be set up from 1.15pm.


FLOWER SHOW: Gordon Flower Show is on Saturday in the village hall. Doors open at 3pm.


ROTARY: George Brown, treasurer of the Evergreen Club, gave members an insight into its origins and operations to the present day. Started in 1951 as Hawick Senior Citizens’ Club, its aim was to cater for the health, happiness and wellbeing of the town’s elderly, providing social services, including meals-on-wheels for the housebound. A site in Laidlaw Terrace was purchased for £9,000 in 1962 via cash raised by the committee and the hall opened on December 11, 1965. Since then Lottery funding of £50,000, along with another £30,000 raised, saw upgrading work carried out. The hall is busy and each day sees an activity taking place. George answered and discussed members’ questions afterwards.


CHURCH: Stow and Heriot Church has organised special events in September as part of its stewardship month – September 7 – family fun quiz in Stow Church; September 22 – exhibition about Stow and Heriot Church in Heriot Church; September 28 – celebratory concert in Stow Church; September 29 – exhibition about Stow and Heriot Church in Stow Church. For the exhibition, organisers are looking for people to loan photographs from events in the church (weddings, baptisms, shows, etc.). They can be brought or sent to the church by Sunday. More information from the minister, Victoria Linford, on 01578 730237.


FLOWER SHOW: Innerleithen Flower Show will take place on Sunday in the Memorial Hall at 2pm. Items for the event should be handed in to the hall the previous evening or before 10am on the day.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The next meeting of Innerleithen and District Community Council will take place on Monday night in the council chamber, Memorial Hall.

CIVIC ASSOCIATION: The next committee meeting of Innerleithen Civic Association will held in the community centre at 7pm on Tuesday. A door-to-door collection in aid of Innerleithen Christmas lights will be carried out by association committee members and volunteers, September 17-22. A coffee morning in aid of the Christmas lights will be held in the Vale Club on November 10.

GAMES COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on September 12 in the Burgh Chambers, Memorial Hall, at 7pm.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Fiddler on the Roof, March 25-30 next year. Rehearsals start on September 12 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street. New members welcome. Ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.

FUN RUN: St Ronan’s Border Games committee is organising a fun run to be held on September 16. Sponsor forms and more information available from the Whistlestop Café, St Ronan’s School or by phoning 01896 870316.

CHURCH: Sunday’s service starts at 10.30am.


Bowling Club: Jedburgh Bowling Club has received a grant of £272 from Roxburgh Sports Council to assist with costs relating to travel and accommodation for the Jedburgh ladies rink which qualified for the national championships at Ayr.


BRIDGE CLUB: August 22 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, John Hayton and Lee Leeson; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; E/W – 1, Nigel and Mary Lindsay; 2, Annie Mitchell and Ian Watson; 3, David Harris-Burland and Ruth Mackay. August 23 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 2, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 3, Alex Jeffrey and Robert Hutchinson; E/W – 1, Stella Fraser and Nan Cockburn; 2, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 3, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun.

ROTARY: Dr Derek Robeson, of the Scottish Agricultural College, described the revised structure of the European Common Agricultural Policy at the latest meeting. He said there is now grant aid available to the farming community to put in place specific measures to ensure that wildlife species can thrive in the countryside. A critical aspect of this is the security of the bee population, without which crop pollination cannot take place, and less food is therefore available for sale.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Elgin City game on Sunday leaves The Square at noon. More information and tickets from Jim (01573 226240).

FILM CLUB: See Yetholm.


Probus club: It was mixed weather for the club’s summer trip, but members and friends still had an enjoyable day. The bus travelled to Pooley Bridge, arriving at the pierhead on Lake Ullswater for the first sailing of the day. Back on the bus, it was over Kirkstone Pass and wonderful views of the surrounding fell tops as members descended towards Lake Windermere and lunch at Hayes Garden World. The group continued the journey along Coniston Water and round the south-west of Cumbria, past Muncaster Castle, to Ravenglass and the terminus for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Narrow Gauge Railway Afterwards the driver took the road north through West Cumbria en route home.

Show winners: The pipe band entertained at the village flower show at Canonbie, and Stan Wilson, Sandy Gill and Tom Hutton made the short journey to pick up their prizes, having dominated the photograph section.The trophy for best exhibit with his sweet peas headed back to Eskdalemuir in the hands of John Dalgliesh. Joyce Forster from Newcastleton had most points in the baking and won best exhibit with her quiche.


THEATRE: Northumberland Theatre Company returns to the village hall on September 7 to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Call 01835 870311 to reserve tickets and for more information.


CHURCH Activities: Church magazine available for distribution; Innerleithen Church Flower Festival next weekend, Friday to Sunday, 1-4pm; Sunday, morning services at Bowden and Melrose; St John Passion, given by Abbey Consort; Monday, Blythswood Care uplift at the Greenyards, 3-3.30pm.

TRIMONTIUM: The trust had Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, as a visiting walker last week. Having trekked across Afghanistan and written a book about it, walking across his constituency from east to west in order to get to know the people was something he was used to. On this occasion he was walking Dere Street from south to north and could hardly avoid encountering Trimontium, particularly at the Leaderfoot end (where on Saturday ‘Horatius’ will be staged during the trust’s walk to mark Scottish Archaeology Month). After a visit to the Melrose Museum, where he was greeted by Ian Skinner, he was making his way to Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott being a “great life” about which he was talking the other day on Radio 4. The National Museums book honouring James Curle should appear by the end of the year. Although accreditation had been granted to the museum in 2010, an inspection would be held in 2013 to gauge how things were operating.

TENNIS CLUB: As part of the 2012 East of Scotland Festival of Sport, Melrose Waverley Tennis Club is hosting an open night on September 6 at the Gibson Park courts from 7pm. The club championships are progressing well and finals’ day will be on September 15, with juniors starting at 1pm and seniors an hour later. This will be followed in the evening with a quiz at Darnick Hall. For further details, phone 01835 823924.


FLOWER SHOW: Although the weather has not been too kind to gardeners, Midlem Flower Show was surprisingly well attended, with the industrial section attracting more entries than usual. The day finished off with a barbecue cooked by Tom Cotter. Results – flowers – vase of mixed annuals, G. B. Scott; clematis flower on saucer, S. Scott; vase of mixed flowering shrubs, J. McKay; four roses floribunda, G. B. Scott; vase of sweet peas of mixed colours, W. Young; two roses, C. B. Pflug; vase of sweet peas of one colour, J. McDonald; four roses hybrid teas, J. Raine; three herbaceous spikes, G. B. Scott; four spikes phlox, J. Forbes-Walker; four heads pansies, G. Dalton; vase mixed perennials, G. Dalton; vase antirrhinum, J. Forbes-Walker; flower arrangement in cup and saucer, T. Hunter; any pot plant flower, G. B. Scott; geranium, T. and I. Cotter. Vegetables – basket home produce, Camilla and Jane; cucumber, B. Pflug; three onions, B. Pflug; three tomatoes, S. Scott; cabbage, C. A. Scott; six pods broad beans, Camilla and Jane; leek, J. McKay; selection of herbs, G. Dalton; lettuce, I. and T. Cotter; six onion sets, A. Scott; three carrots, I. and T. Cotter; six pods runner beans , J. MacDonald; collection of five unspecified vegetables, T. and I. Cotter; five potatoes, T. and I. Cotter. Children’s section – painted stone (four and under), M. MacDonald; painted stone (five and upwards), C. McDonald; wild flowers in a vase (six years and under), M. MacDonald; pencil drawing (four years and under), M. MacDonald; pencil drawing (five years and upwards), C. MacDonald; animal made with flowers and vegetables, J. Northcott; edible necklace, Katie Francis; piece of tray bake on a plate, K. Northcott; knitted square, J. Northcott. Industrial – Victoria Sandwich, C. Robertson; jar homemade jam, J. Raine; three plain scones, I. and T. Cotter; loaf oven-baked bread, Camilla and Jane; loaf machine-baked bread, Camilla and Jane; four shortbread fingers, I. and T. Cotter; jar marmalade, V. Laub; four meringue shells, W. Young; snapshot of local landmark, T. Hunter; edible necklace, W. Young.


FILM CLUB: See Yetholm.


Presentation: The popularity of Jim and Moira Rowan was evident when, despite a wet morning, there was a large turnout at the village hall to wish them a happy retirement. Jim has just recently called it a day after running the post office in the village for the past 38 years, and as a token of appreciation presentations were made on behalf of the community. Community council chairman Terry Murphy called upon three former post workers to present the gifts. They were Anne Jeremiah, who had delivered the mail for more than 40 years, Billy Thomson (nearly 40 years) and Betty Wilson (18 years).They presented Jim with a cheque and an inscribed shepherd’s crook, and Moira received a bouquet of flowers. There was a collection at the door for Jim and Moira to give to local charities, and they decided the money would go to the school and the First Responders group.


Flower Show: The flower show will be held on September 8 in the Memorial Hall. Schedules from Oxton Shop, Lauder Fruit Shop or the show secretary (01578 750359).


CAMERA CLUB: The new session will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the clubrooms at 64 High Street. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome. There will also be a display of photographs taken by members during the summer break (these should be brought along at 7pm). For further information, go to www.selkirkcc.blogspot.co.uk, phone June Morrison on 01835 823561 or email selkirkcameraclub@gmail.com.

St Boswells

FLOWER SHOW: Jean Laing won first prize and best exhibit for her Chilean landscape, while Geoff Highley clinched third for his Monument Valley landscape in the Newtown St Boswells Flower Show on Saturday. Both are members of St Boswells Art Group which meets on Monday afternoons in St Boswells Church Hall. New members welcome. More information from Dolly on 01835 822695.

ST BOSWELLS LIVE!: Gren Bartley will play in the village hall tomorrow night, supported by Fiona Laing and Katherine Watson.

AGM: The School Parent and Friends Partnership AGM will be held in the school on Tuesday at 7pm. All parents and carers welcome.

DONKEY SANCTUARY: Sunday afternoon sees Knights of the North Jousting, Les Amis d’Onno.

CHURCH: The strawberry tea held last month raised £465 for Maxton and Mertoun Church funds.


WRI: The first meeting of the new session will be held in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Mrs Laidlaw and Mrs Young will be talking about chocolate and sweet making. Competitions – four chocolate truffles and a sweetie dish.


CHURCH: Stow and Heriot Church has organised special events in September as part of its stewardship month – September 7 – family fun quiz in Stow Church; September 22 – exhibition about Stow and Heriot Church in Heriot Church; September 28 – celebratory concert in Stow Church; September 29 – exhibition about Stow and Heriot Church in Stow Church. For the exhibition, organisers are looking for people to loan photographs from events in the church (weddings, baptisms, shows, etc.). They can be brought or sent to the church by Sunday. More information from the minister, Victoria Linford, on 01578 730237.


CHURCH: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on September 9.


SERVICe: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on September 16.


APPEAL: The Floral Gateway Gathering is appealing for donations of plants prior to its annual autumn coffee morning and plant sale. For further information, ring Kate (01573 420522) or Ian (01573 420703).

FILM CLUB: Yetholm Dry Bar Film Club is looking for an audio amp 4-8ohm impedance O/P. Anyone who can help should call Ian (01573 420703).

WHIST: There were eight tables at the Youth Hall whist in aid of the Border Shepherds’ Show – more than £100 was raised.

VANDALISM: Vandals have been at work in the playing field. Windows have been broken at the pavilion, fires started in corners of the field and litter dropped all over.

AJS AND MATCHLESS OWNERs’ CLUB: There has been a rally of classic bikes, from the 1920s through to the 1960s, made in the Plumstead Works, London. The main rally was based at Spingwood Park, Kelso, but there was a run taking in Yetholm, including a lunch stop at The Plough.

YETHOLM GYMKHANA: This event in the Venchen Haugh saw riders of many ages taking part. All went well until late afternoon when the heavens opened and sent everyone sheltering from the rain. Various local and national charities are set to benefit from the takings.

FAREWELL PRESENTATION: The presentation of a quaich by Yetholm History Society to Pat and Jenny Angel on their leaving the village for a new home in New Zealand was a moving occasion. Bill Rae paid tribute to their expertise, reliability, commitment and kindness in their efforts in advancing the work of the society.