District News


Community Cafe : The next cafe is on September 19 at 11am in the village hall.


Flower Show: The show will be on September 16 in Caddonfoot Hall, 1-4pm


Auld Earlston: Our latest slide how will be on September 18 in Church Hall, High Street, 7-8.30pm, followed by tea and a raffle. We have many more photographs for all to see. Everyone welcome. Pay at the door, £2.00 to cover costs. Anyone requiring transport, phone Sheila 01896 848240 or Anne 01896 849683.”

PARISH CHURCH: The service on September 16 will be a special Scouts’ and Guides’ dedication service at 10.15am conducted by Rev Julie Woods. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Coffee evening September 13 at 8pm in the church hall with proceeds from cake and candy going to the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal.

Camera Club: The competition at last week’s first meeting of the season was Lakeland ( in its widest sense) Curtis Welsh judged. Results: 1 Angela Jewell, 2 Adam Drummond, 3 Angela Jewell.


Dance: In Ettrickbridge village hall on September 21, 8pm-midnight, music by Ewan Galloway. Supper provided but BYOB. Tickets from Anne, 01750 52221; or Alison, 01750 23202.


Country dancing: The Scottish Country Dance Club resumes on September 18 at 7pm in the Old Parish and St Paul’s Church hall, Scott Crescent. The cllub has a qualified teacher and welcomes new members, Contact Marion Stirling, secretary, 01578 730591


SWRI: The first meeting after the summer break is in the village hall at 7.30pm on September 19. There is a change to the syllabus, the cookery demonstration will now be in October – come and see what exciting event we have for you this month. Competitions: a spectacle case and a bon-bon dish. New members and visitors are very welcome to come and join in the fun

Glen Douglas

SWRI: At the September meeting, Seonaid Brown and Anne Hardie brought some beautiful examples of quilts and other crafts that the yboth excel in. Their talk was full of interesting and amusing anecdotes that were very much enjoyed.The competition, favourite colour was won by Isobel Henderson, second Elspeth Cook. The raffle was won by Cath Turner.

Old-time dancing: Classes with live music and tutor start on September 13 (tonight) and then the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Everyone welcome, espicially beginners. Details, community hotline, 01835 863604

Sale and car wash: There will be a table top/fresh produce sale and car wash with tea or coffee and scones at the hall from 10am on September 16. Tables to hire, £5, if you have produce to sell or anything else to sell! If you can’t fill a table yourself, please donate to the hall table. Details, community hotline, as above.


Rotary Club: President Tommy Mulvee welcomed members to last week’s meeting at which the District Governor, John Barbour of the Monklands club attended. Past president Billy McWatters gave the club an illustrated talk on the cruise ship QM2, the last word in nautical opulence with 1,310 state rooms and 15 restaurants. The District Governor gave an interesting and honest address and said if membership continued to drop several clubs would have to merge to survive. Ron Sutherland welcomed, on behalf of the club, a Rotary Global Scholar, assigned to the Hawick Club. Nick Normandin, a US soldier, is on an army assignment to study for a masters degree in maths at Edinburgh University. Treasurer Bob Kellett announced that the club has given £100 to Streets Ahead, £100 to Lewis Teckham, £80 to Mary’s Meals and £80 to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.

Bridge Club: 3 September 3, N/S: 1 S.West and R Oates, 2. P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 3. S. White and J. Urquhart; E/W, 1 J. and M. Miller, 2 H. and M. Ouldcott, 3 L. and T. Witten.


Towford SWRI: On September 4, David Scott Aiton from the Scottish Borders Zero Waste Volunteers gave a most interesting talk on recycling with special emphasis on reducing food waste. His portion control quiz highlighted wide-ranging interpretations of an average adult’s food requirement! Competition, three cheese scones:1 Linda Nairn, 2 Frances Armstrong. An “entertainment half hour” has been reintroduced to meetings and the night’s offering was a quiz prepared by the entertainment secretary Margaret Hornsby.


Services: The service on September 16 will be at 11.30 am in Innerleithen Church. There is also a service that day in St Ronan’s House at 4 pm.

CIVIC ASSOCIATION: A door-to-door collection in aid of Innerleithen Christmas Lights will be carried out by Civic Association committee members and volunteers from September 17 to 22. A coffee morning in aid of the Christmas lights will be held in the Vale Club on November 10, from 10am-noon.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Fiddler on the Roof, March 25-30. Rehearsals will continue on September 19 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. New members most welcome. Information: 01896 830577 or president@idaos.org.uk.

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 starts at 10am with a coffee morning until noon. A craft fair will run 10am-3pm. There will be live music, 2.30-3.30pm, by St. Ronan’s Future Band. There will be a bouncy castle, bowls game, face painting, mini assault course, story-telling and splat the rat, 1-5pm. Ice cream, burgers and teas/coffees will also be available. Entry, 10am-5pm by silver collection. A free bus, provided by BARC Travel, will run 10am from the Co-op car park and Leithen Road car park to the school all day. There will be a musical club night, 7-10pm featuring the opera and youth section, Tweeddale Folk Group rounding off with Big H’s Disco, tickets £3 from Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, Innerleithen. A licensed bar will be available until 11pm. Information: 01896 830577 or email: president@idaos.org.uk.

FUN RUN: St. Ronan’s Border Games Committee is organising a fun run on September 16 September. It will leave Traquair Road at 10am, going to Walkerburn and back along the Tweed side. Sponsor forms available now from the Whistlestop Café, St. Ronan’s School or phone 01896 870316. This is open to all ages with prizes for winners and certificates for all entrants. Children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. All sponsorship money will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2013.

YOUTH BAND CONTEST: St. Ronan’s Silver Band is presenting a youth band contest at St. Ronan’s Primary School on eptember 22 from 10.30am. Six bands from the Borders and beyond have entered and will play short, entertaining programmes. All welcome.

FARMERS’ MARKET: A farmers’ market ais being held at the school on September 28, 1.30-4pm. There will be a large variety of producers, with lots of excellent locally sourced products. Teas and coffees will also be sold in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. All welcome.

BAND CONCERT: St. Ronan’s Silver Band is giving a concert in the Memorial Hall, Innerleithen on September 29 September, at 7.30pm. As well as the main band, the concert will also feature the Future Band. Tickets, £6 and £5 from Adam’s Bakery, Innerleithen; Robb’s KeyStore, Peebles; or phone 01896 831721.


Jedforest Historical Society: The first meeting of the new season will be held in the British Legion tonight (Thursday), at 7.30pm. The meeting will consist of the registration of members and the launch of the Society’s new book, Placenames of Jedburgh. All welcome.

Laidlaw Memorial Pool: The annual general meeting of the Jedburgh Leisure Facilities will be place at the swimming pool on September 15 at 10am. Everyone welcome.

Ladies’ Group: The first meeting of the new season is onSeptember 19 at 7.30pm in the Thistle Pavilion. The speaker is Marjorie Tennant, a milliner from Selkirk.

Scottish Country Dance Club: Classes start again on September 25 at 7.30pm in a new venue, Jedburgh Grammar School assembly hall. New members especially welcome.

Bridge Club: The 2012/2013 season of Jedburgh Bridge Club starts on September 24 in the Royal British Legion at 7pm. Beginners and Improvers are invited to classes in the British Legion on Thursday evenings at 7pm starting on October 11. For class details, contact Richard Oates 01450 860656; new members are very welcome, contact 01835 863289. Congratulations to last year’s prize winners: - Club Championship Candlesticks, Archie and Rena Stewart; Two Johns’ Quaichs, Pauline Harris and Maureen Forsythe; Bob Strachan Memorial Trophy, Denis and Anne Wilson; E.D.Simultaneous Pairs, Archie and Rena Stewart; Autumn Pairs, Archie and Rena Stewart; Easter Pairs, Richard Oates and Sheena West; Champagne Challenge, Alastair and Alison Ireland; teams of four: Richard Oates, Sheena West, David and Pamela Palmer.”


Coffee and books: A charity coffee morning and second-hand book sale is to be held at St Andrew’s Church on September 22 for the work of the Mission to Seafarers Scotland which supports seafarers arriving at Scottish ports from all corners of the globe. You have from 10am to noon to have a good browse through a wide variety of books ready for the long winter evenings while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

BOBBIN LACE GROUP: The group meets on Mondays at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre, Kelso. Come and join this friendly group. Beginners welcome. Tuition given. Contact Anne on 01573 224200.

SENIOR CITIZENS’ CARPET BOWLING: The new session starts on October 1 in Abbey Row Centre, and continues every Monday and Thursday at 1.30pm. New members welcome.

ROTARY CLUB: Rotarian John Hennessy reported on his six-day trek through the rugged grandeur of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, illustrating his talk with stunning pictures. Led by sure-footed locals coaxing laden packhorses upwards on narrow rocky pathways, his group of 16 adventurers walked steadily upwards in oxygen-depleted air and over ice-covered rocks to their destination, camping overnight along the way.

Bridge club: August 29, aggregate pairs, N/S 1 Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson, 2 Val Johnstone and Mary Millar, 3rd Mary and Nigel Lindsay; E/W, 1 Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger, 2 John and Marian Miller, 3 Archie Stewart and Billy Potts. August 30 aggregate pairs: N/S, 1 Jean Henry and Myra Thomson, 2 Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone, 3 Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington; E/W, 1 John and Marian Miller, 2 Kitty Home-Robertson and Christine McCreath, 3 Donald Swanson and Avril Ronald. September 5, match-pointed pairs: N/S, 1 Rena Stewart and Beth Stark, 2 Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson, 3 Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; E/W, 1 Ian and Eliz Ross, 2 John and Marian Miller, 3 Miles Browne and John Urquhart.September 6, Millenium Trophy 1: N/S 1 Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone, 2 David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart, 3 Alison Darling and Mary Logan; E/W, 1 Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan, 2 Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine, 3 Dominic and Diana Alkin.


Common Riding committee: Meeting in the Crown Hotel, chairman Roger Maxwell congratulated Cornet Andrew Elliot on a fantastic performance and said he was a credit to himself, his family and the townsfolk. The Common Riding had shown a profit of around £3,500. The concert had been a success and seemed well received. Vice-president Tommy Morrison said the Simmer Fair Night dance had been well attended and made a gross profit of £1,262, down on last year. The Castleholm dance on the Common Riding night raised £600. Geoffrey Ireland reported that the heather besom parade had gone well and 285,£1 coins were handed out. The athletic games had been successful, with the new track working well and there had been 74 entries for the handicap sprint. The Cumberland Wrestling which was watched by a good crowd, and the hound trail had had a very close finish. Kevin Hotson was pleased with the way things went in the refreshment tent. Steve Ellwood said 781 Common Riding programmes had been sold and 205 games programmes. Billy Young had sold 178 programmes which was slightly down on last year. There had been an excellent turnout to put up the erections and a good attendance for the clean-up. Robert Rae said the mobile toilets were a shambles as the stallholders had unplugged the electrics and moved one of the toilets to give them space. The organisation of the stances by Nigel Tweddle generally seemed to work. The stewarding of the crowds had gone well but there had been a problem at the handing in of the flag. The matter will be considered for next year. Jamie Fletcher raised the manning of the Jubilee Bridge gate, which was still a problem and will be looked into again. Simon Richardson said work was needed on the racecourse and it was agreed to wait until after the cattle show.

Bowling: Billy Currie and Elma Aitken from the host club won the Old Town mixed pairs bowling tournament, beating Willie Graham and Isabel Fraser from Eaglesfield in the final. Barton Leah and Sue Sanders and Joe and Terri Sergeant, all from Newcastleton, where the losing semi-finalists.The tournament was sponsored by Ronnie Tait, Builders, and the trophy was presented by Old Town president Colin Turk.


LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Philip Mercer will give an illustrated talk about the history and renovation of his home , Hillslap Tower on September 19 at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. All welcome. Details: Joan Stevens 01578 722559.

Flower Show: Ian Brotherston, welcomed everyone to the 2012 Flower Show. Entries were slightly down due to the terrible summer but quality was very high. May Steele opened the show and her granddaughters McKenzie and Stephanie Bell presented her with bouquet of flowers. Results: most points in vegetables, Ivor Jones; most points in flowers Ivor Jones; most points in sweet peas, David Thomson; best onions in show’ Ivor Jones; most outstanding exhibit in vegetables (leeks), D. Kellett; best exhibit in Class 83 vase of cut flowers, Anne Toms; best gladioli spike, Bill Sowman; most points in fruit section, Kate Hankey; most points in vegetables and cut flowers, Ivor Jones; best exhibit in school childrens section, Ellis Wilkinson; floral art trophy, Jane Johnston


WRI: There was a good turn out of members to hear Rosemary and Cath from the Peeblesshire Federation give a talk: Tips for Show Entries. They brought knitted,patchwork, and tapestry items, and toys, and demonstrated how to finish, select colours and so on to catch the judges eye. Competition results, three plain scones: 1 V. Mayo, 2 M. Chisholm, 3 M. Inglis; egg cosy (any craft): 1 M. Inglis, 2 S.Lamza, 3 V. Mayo. The raffle winners were G. Aitchison,E. Douglas, and M. Ewart.


Melrose in Bloom: Winners in the annual competition for local businesses and hotels has recently been judged and the winners are: hotels and restaurants: Ship Inn; other businesses: Melrose Caravan Park.Melrose in Bloom is celebrating its win in the Borders Floral Gateway competition and is looking forward to the results of Britain in Bloom to be announced in Guernsey on October 6.

Blood donors: Three people have received awards for blook donations: bronze (10 donations) Carol Oliver, silver (25 donations) Heather Rankine, silver gilt (50 donations) Alison S.L. Turnbull..

FLOWER SHOW: Melrose Flower Show takes place in the Melrose Parish Church Hall, Weirhill on September 15, 2-4.30 pm, with the presentation of prizes at 4 pm. Classes for flowers, pot plants and vegetables, baking, floral art, craftwork and children’s section, Teas with home baking. Contact the Secretary on 01835 823994.

Quiz night: Melrose Waverley Tennis Club ‘
s quiz night, planned for Saturday September 15 in Darnick Hall, has been cancelled and will be held at a later date.


Flower Show: The annual flower show will be held in the village hall on September 15. Entries to Helen Cessford by September 13. Doors open to the public 3pm.

Dance: There will be a dance in the Templehall on Saturday 15th at 8.30pm. Music by Vic James.

Scotlands Floral Gateway: Morebattle was placed second in the Wee Village category.


One Acchord: The women’s a capella group is running a six-week learn-to-sing course and is keen to welcome any women interested in joining. The free course will help you to discover your voice whether it is some time since you have sung or you are a regular singer. No need to worry about reading music, the simple teaching methods will help you to learn a song quickly.The course will running Wednesday, 7.30- 9.30 p.m, October 17 to November 21 in the Community Hall in Newtown St Boswells. Further information: Sheila, 01896 848240, mckaythistle@aol.com or Margaret, 01573 226166. Website: www.oneacchord.co.uk.


CHURCH: On September 16, there will be a special service in celebration of baptism at Oxnam Church at 10.30am. Anyone who was baptised at the church, however long ago, is invited. There will be a baptism during the service, and we hope to have lots of children present.


WRI: The first meeting of the new session is on September 19 at 7.30pm in the village hall when Denise Carmichael will give a zumba demonstration. New members and visitors are welcome.

St Boswells

DRAMA CLUB: The annual general meeting followed by a social evening Dram Jam is on September 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Please come with or without your instrument. We are looking for new members – actors, actresses, stage crew, make-up, and committee.

BOYS’ BRIGADE: There is a coffee morning on September 15, from 10am-noon in the church hall. Home baking and bric-a-brac. All welcome. The new session for the Boys’ Brigade has begun: Fridays 6-7pm for Anchor Boys and 7.15-8.15pm for junior and company section.

LUNCH CLUB: The club has started again: every Friday in the church hall, noon-1.30pm. All welcome. Please call Fiona on 822053 if transport is required.

FOODBANK: Fridays, 9.30am-1.30pm at the church hall, where gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs can be dropped off.

SCHOOL PFP: Thank you to everyone who dropped a counter in the box at Asda for our laptops fundraising. We were very close but did not win – we were awarded a £50 cheque which will go into the funds. School PFP AGM was successful. All parents are welcome to any future meetings and to help with any fundraising or PFP activities.

VILLAGE HALL: The committee has put a poster on the noticeboard outside the hall showing the final refurbishment plans which will be going for approval. If you have any questions please contact warnerkate@btinternet.com


Antiquarian Society: This year’s programme will begin with a book launch. Walter Elliot, co-president will present his latest book,Divining Archaeology in Selkirk Parish Church hall on September 19 at 7.30pm It is free and all are welcome.

Monday Club: A jubilee tea party will be held at St Joseph’s Church Hall at 2pm on September 17. All welcome.

RNLI: Selkirk Lifeboat Committee would like to thank all those who gave so generously during our recent annual RNLI flag week when £1035 was raised from door-to-door and street collections.


WRI: At the September meeting, Christine Laidlaw and Margaret Young demonstrated making sweets and chocolates which everyone was able to sample. Kathy Wilkie gave the vote of thanks.


Flower show: Results of Gala Water Horticulture Society annual flower show were: Best exhibit, vegetable section, Jim Mercer; best collection of potatoes , Jim Mercer; most points in vegetable section, Jim Mercer; best exhibit, fruit section, Janet Stirling; best exhibit, flower section, Pat McMahon; best foliage pot plant, Pat McMahon; most points, flower section, Jim Mercer; top vase flowers, Alistair Robertson; most points in floral art section, Charlotte Hendy and Janet Stirling; top tray vegetables, Jim Mercer; most points baking section, Kathleen Frame; best exhibit handicraft section, Kathleen Frame; most points handicraft section, Moira Fleet and Nettie Simm; best exhibit children eight and under, Cameron McBeath; best exhibit children nine and over, Molly Glennon; Orrock Cup, Molly Glennon; Runciman Cup, Alisdair Saunders; most points in dustrial section, Kathleen Frame; most points horticultural categories, Jim Mercer.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on September 23, harvest thanksgiving.


SUNDAY service: There will be a service on September 16 in Walkerburn Public Hall at 10am.


WRI: The next meeting ison September 18 at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall. Mrs Armstrong will demonstrate “scrummy sweets”. The competition will be a bon-bon dish.

Coffee morning: The Floral Gateway Gathering is holding a coffee morning and plant sale in the youth hall September 15, 10.30am to noon. Home baking, great plants at fantastic prices, book/DVD stall, tombola, great games with great prizes. Malt whisky draw and grand raffle. Donations needed. Please drop off at the hall September 14, 4-5pm and September 15, 9.30am onwards.

GORDON TOWNSEND: Older residents were saddened to hear of the death of Squadron Leader Gordon Townsend.For many years Gordon had been the popular landlord of the Border Hotel,Kirk Yetholm where his bushy RAF moustache greeted patrons.His Burns Suppers were legendary. He retired to Lauder and a number from Yetholm attended the funeral service.

PLOUGH LEEK CLUB: Hard on the heels of the Yetholm Leek Club annual show came the Plough Hotel Leek Club show.The winners were: 1 Raynond Yeomans, 2 Chris Mabon, 3 Jim Mallon. After the judging, an excellent afternoons entertainment was enjoyed 
by all.

NATURE HOUSE: The Nature House in Kirk Yetholm, taking the place of the former youth hostel, opens on September 16. All are invited to attend from noon onwards. The opening ceremony will be carried out by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore MP. Come and enjoy light refreshments and see how things have changed in the past 70 years!

THE WEE YET: Preparation of the autumn edition of the kirk magazine is under way. All contributions should be sent to the minister, the Rev Robin McHaffie at The Manse Kirk Yetholm by September 16.