District News


Toddler Group: Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome, Tuesdays 10-11:30am, Ancrum Village Hall.


parish church: A flower festival will be held at the church on September 29, 11am-3pm. A soup and pudding lunch with stalls will take place the same day in the village hall, noon-2pm. The church’s harvest thanksgiving service is on September 30 at noon.


WHIST: There will be a whist and dominoes in Bedrule Hall on October 1 at 7.30.

WRI: Prresident Molly Marshall welcomed members and several visitors to our September meeting. She introduced Jillian Haldane from Baked with Love who explained the popularity of cup cakes. She showed us how she decorates her cakes then we decorated our own. Competition, best cup cake: 1 Elaine Turnbull, 2 Abbie Wiaczysty, 3 Janice Palmer.


WRI: The first meeting of the new session was an enjoyable discussion of hats with Marjorie Tennant. Marjorie showed members how hats were formed and trimmed and entertained us with how she started hat-making. Marjorie chose the winning corsages in the competition: I Moira Patterson, 2 Helen Quarrie, 3 Hazel Woodsell. The hatpin competition was won by Hazel, with Margaret our president second. The next meeting is on October16 in the Upper Hall.


Flower Show Results: Most points classes 1-3a, Bill Anderson; best exhibit class 4, Barbara Campbell; best bloom, classes 6-6a, Bill Anderson; most points classes 7a-9a, Angus McLean; best vase in class 11 or 12a and best vase in class 12, Mo Wear; winner, class 14, Alan Porter; most points classes 15-18 and best dahlia, D Rodgerson; best exhibit classes 1-18, Angus McLean; most points in classes 1-18, Mo Wear; best pot plant, classes 19-20, Sheena Crosbie; winner, class 40, Allan Porter; most points in classes 25-44, D.R. Oliver; most points in preserves, classes 45-48 and most points classes 45-63, M. Brodie; most points classes 49-56 (Caddonfoot parish) and most points 49-56 (open): Jean Porter; most points classes 57-63 Kate Dalgleish; most points classes 49-63, Jean Porter; best exhibit in show, vegetable, D.R. Oliver; most points 8 years and under, Codie Stewart; most points 9-12, Courtney Stewart.


WRI: Members heard a very interesting and informative talk by Caroline Green, ambassador for Marie Curie, Cancer Care. Competition winners : wooden ornament: 1 Jennifer Bryson, 2 Anne Black.; prettiest earrings: 1 Linda Riddell, 2 Trish Cessford. Winner of Jubilee quiz was Nella Fenney, Duns. The next meeting, on October 25 is a Halloween party at 7.30 in Hanover Court with ghost stories and dookin for aipples.

PARISH CHURCH: The total raised so far at the autumn fayre is £1,053, thank you to all who helped and contributed. The stewardship events are under way and on September 28 we are serving tea and coffee with traybakes in the church hal, 10am-8pm, with an opportunity to see an exhibition of photographs of events held for the church over the years. The BIG Supper on September 29 will be in the primary school hall at 6pm – a fun evening for members and their families. The service on Sunday will be conducted by Rev Julie Woods. The congregational board meets on October 1 at 7pm in the church hall lounge. The harvest service of fhanksgiving on October 7 at 10.15am in the church will be followed by lunch in the church hall.

SHOE BOX APPEAL: We are collecting shoe boxes again this year for Blythswood Care so look out for the leaflets in church or some shops, follow the instructions and return your filled box to the church by November 4.

AULD EARLSTON: More than 80 people enjoyed a nostalgic slide show on Tuesday evening in the church hall, which gave Earlston folk, past and present, an idea of what the Auld Earlston group is trying to achieve in preserving the heritage of the village. The show was presented by Sheila McKay with Olive Moffat projecting the slides. We will have another show very soon and are still asking people with Earlston photographs and stories to get in touch.

Big coffee morning: The Earlston section of Macmillan cancer care charity is joining in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Hanover Court on September 29 at 10am. Everybody welcome.


WRI: The speaker didn’t come so three members gave impromptu talks on their travels abroad this summer: a cruise down the Rhine, a visit to Alsace to see a quilting exhibition in five villages and a calamitous car journey to Carcassonne. Competition winners: flower arrangement in a teapot: Kathleen Borthwick, Chris Robertson and Jean Kinghorn; prettiest flower brooches: Jean Kinghorn, Kathleen Borthwick and Margaret Jeary.


Raft race: The winner from the 10 rafts that sailed down the Ettrick River at the weekend was Alan Grieve’s team, Cross Keys Resurrection, in 26 minutes 10 seconds. Second was Wullie Muirhead’s Team Pie (Preparation is Everything!!) just a minute longer and third, Will Smith and his Tweedside Paddlers. A super turnout of supporters cheered the rafters home. All proceeds go to the Ettrick Vally Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support.


Coffee morning: The next monthly coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will be in the village hall on October 6, 10am-noon. Anyone with something to sell should turn up, take a table, and give a small donation to the hall.

Defibtillator fund: The dance on September 21 raised £330 which is being used to start a fund for a defibrillator for the village. Many thanks to all who supported the dance.


History and Heritage Society: Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society meets in Fala village hall on September 27 at 7.30pm. Dr Simon Green, of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, will speak on Sir Robert Lorimer and the Celebration of the Scottishness of Scottish Architecture. All welcome.


Inner Wheel: At the September meeting, the first meeting of season, members brought items for the sales table, as a kind of “swap shop” for unwanted presents, books and magazines The District 2 chairman, Jenny Barker from the Inner Wheel Club of the Eastern Borders, gave a super talk on her experiences of chairmanship so far, and her plans for the coming year. She spoke of the possibility of reducing business at meetings, and encouraged us to take up the call to recruit new members – Inner Wheel groups may now invite women with no Rotary connections to join. We introduced new members Cathy Thomson and Alison Brown. The new club president, Rosemary McCosh performed the badging up. The major planning and discussion was for the table-top sale and afternoon tea, 2pm-4pm on September 29 at St Peter’s Church. This would be an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in joining Inner Wheel to meet members and find out more. Our next meeting will be in St Peter’s Church hall 7.30pm on October 16 with a talk from Refugee Trust.


Rotary Club: President Tommy Mulvee welcomed back past president Bobby Cairns who had been indisposed by ill-health. He introduced Graeme Cockburn, teacher and pupil support manager at Hawick High School, who explained the link set up between the high school and Rugby School, Warwickshire. Rugby’s headmaster Patrick Derham, whose mother lives in Hawick, made the contact and through the Arnold Foundation Trust offered places at the boarding school to Hawick pupils. The foundation meets all costs. The project was launched in 2011 and 25 fourth-year pupils showed an interest, of whom three were offered a place at the school. In 2012, two girls were offered places. On September 28, Rugby School 1st XV will play a rugby match at the famous Close against the resurrected South of Scotland Schools XV. Ron gave the club’s vote of thanks to Graeme for all the work and effort he, the Rector Alan Williamson, the school and Patrick Derham have put into an excellent project.

Bridge Club: September 17, N/S: 1 S. West and R Oates, 2 P. Gilligan and M. Millar, 3 M. Tuson and R. Witherington; E/W: 1 J. and M. Miller, 2 V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth, 3 H. and M. Ouldcott. Play has resumed on Wednesdays. New players are very welcome on Mondays and Wednesdays and more information is available at www.bridgewebs.com/hawick


CHURCH: The September 30 service will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.

BADMINTON CLUB: The club has re-started at the Memorial Hall every Thursday, 8-11pm. Anyone aged 16 and over with some badminton experience is welcome. Details: Pam on 01896 830146.

FARMERS’ MARKET: There is a farmers’ market at St Ronan’s Primary School, September 28, 1.30-4.00pm. There will be a large variety of producers with lots of excellent local products. Teas and coffees will be sold in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. All welcome.

BAND CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band is to perform in the Memorial Hall on September 29, from 7.30pm. As well as the main band, the concert will feature the Future Band. Tickets, at £6 and £5, are available from Adam’s Bakery, Innerleithen; Robb’s KeyStore, Peebles; or pay at the door.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The monthly meeting is on October 1 in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The club’s new session starts on October 10 at 10.30am in the church hall. The organisers looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones. All you need is some paper and a pen!


ST ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: An open evening is being held on October 1 at 7.30pm in the church. Robert Dick will give an illustrated talk on the visit to the Holy Land by St Andrew’s and other churches earlier this year. Refreshments. All warmly welcome.

Bridge club: September 19 – Charity Plate: 1 Rena Stewart and Beth Stark, 2 Val Johnstone and Mary Millar, 3 John and Marian Miller, 4 Brian Saywood and Ken Ross, 5th= Alison Ireland and Elinor Green and Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan. September 20 – Millennium Trophy 3: N/S 1 John and Marian Miller, 2 Dominic and Diana Alkin, 3 Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W 1, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts, 2 Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan, 3 Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger.


Accordion club: The accordion and fiddle club opening session in the Royal British Legion clubrooms was well supported. Regular compere Adam Grant was unable to attend and the musicians were introduced by Robin Waitt. The guests were the Alan Gardiner Trio from Biggar, with Alan on accordion with his brother Kevin, and Billy Goodfellow on drums. Newbie Park, Les Hurst and David Bell from Carlisle, James Lawrie of Gilsland, Robin Waitt from Claygate and local player Roger Dobson played the accordion during the evening. Ian Wilson from Crawford was on the piano, with Ian Wood from Northumberland playing the fiddle and Robert Willans from the town on the drums.

Fire Brigade: The retained firefighters in the town and in the village of Newcastleton were kept busy last Saturday raising money for the Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund, rolling out the hoses for their annual car washes.

Rotary: The club held a blood pressure event at the Co-op last Saturday. Dr Mark Phillips, the Rotary president, ran the two-hour session with his wife Dr Claire Phillips, doing blood pressure checks and giving advice on stroke awareness to members of the public.


WRI: At the September meeting members were given a talk by Jennifer Thompson on costume design. Jennifer spoke about courses she has attended and the work involved. She had two helpers to model costumes she had made for school shows and amateur operatic groups and showed us how, with a few clever changes of accessories, you can create several outfits from one piece. It was an entertaining and informative talk mixed with a good sense of humour. Competitions: three cupcakes: 1 Isa Riddell, 2 Clare Milne, 3 Sheena Hume; fancy dress photo: 1 Ruth Scoular, 2 Clare Milne, 3 Margaret Fairburn. The next meeting is on October 17 when the speaker will be Alastair Hutton.


Gaelic in the Borders: Gaelic singer James Graham will talk about his life with Gaelic and sing some of his favourite songs in Maxton Village Hall on September 28, starting at 7.45pm. James was BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2004, is a Mod gold-medalist, has a stunning singing voice and delivers his songs with great feeling and sensitivity. Members and non-members are very welcome.


Literary Society: The season of talks starts on October 9 at 7pm in the Ormiston Institute when Professor Douglas Gifford of Glasgow University will speak about John Buchan’s historical novels. Other works to be examined between now and Christmas will be writings of Sir David Lyndsay, Sir Walter Scott, John Leyden, and George Mackay Brown. In November, Professor Ian Campbell of Edinburgh University, honorary president of the society, will give examples from Scottish literature of how the Bible has been read and mis-read.Information about the society and its programme is available at www.melrose-bordernet.co.uk/literary-society.

Borders Family History Society: The season kicks off on September 30 at 2.30 pm with a talk by Dr Sandra McNeil, learning and engagement officer with the Abbotsford Trust. This is a chance to find out abaout the refurbishment work at Abbotsford and the new visitor centre. Get to know your Borders past and meet others interested in genealogy. The meering is free, at the Corn Exchange and Ormiston Institute, Market Square.

Church Activities: September 26, midweek service and lunch; September 27, 7.30pm, kirk session; September 30 services: Bowden, communion 9.30am; Melrose, morning worship 11am; October 7, harvest thanksgiving plus harvest lunch (contributions to Elsa Barker) and presentation to retiring church officer Ian Douglas. The church office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 1pm.

Curle Centenary Lectures: The first lecture is on October 11 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm – Bruce Glendinning: Off with their Heads, about recent work on Inveresk cemetery that revealed bodies with severed heads between their legs. On October 18, Professor Alastair Small will give an overview of recent work at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Bill Lonie lecture on October 25, by Colin Wallace of Liverpool University, returns to his theme of Sir Walter Scott as a collector. Why did such people think they were harking back to the “Celts” and how did they mis-identify objects and, in some cases, “loose” them?


WRI: Marie France Taylor welcomed all to the first meeting of the new season when Wendy Underhill gave a scrapbook demonstration. Brenda Dixon gave the vote of thanks. Competition winners: pen, 1 Lizzie Thomson, 2 Grace Cessford, 3 Marian Dumma; bookmark 1 Nancy Anderson, 2 Margaret Blackmore.

Guild: The next meeting will be in the institute on October 4 at 7.30pm.

Coffee Morning: The Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning will be in the Institute on September 29 at 10.30am. Admission £1.


WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed members to the September meeting in Newtown Community Wing . Dr Sandra McNeil gave a talk on Abbotsford House and details of the new free exhibition and visitor centre, and a very interesting insight into the life of Sir Walter Scott and the restoration of Abbotsford House. Compeition winners: wild flower arrangement: Margaret Luke and Elizabeth McMillan. On September 22, 11 members enjoyed an outing to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh to see the Susan Boyle story I had a Dream. The next meeting will be on October 4.


WRI: Denise Carmichael and her mum gave those of us who were willing and able a jangly scarf to tie round our waist while we did the zumba gold exercises. Our co-ordination may not have been the best but what fun we had. The rosebowl for the most handicraft points in the 2011-12 season went to Sylvia Thomson, runner-up Sonya Borthwick; the cup for the most overall points: Anne Wood, runner-up Sylvia Thomson. Competition, flapjacks: 1 Alice Telford, 2 Agnes Bell, 3 Sylvia Thomson.


Monday Club: Dr Chris Sharpe will give a talk with slides about trekking in India at 2pm on October 1 in St Joseph’s church hall. All are welcome.

Camera Club: There will be no club meeting on October 3, as that is the evening of the three-way digital image battle with Duns and Earlston, at Earlston. Members intending to go to the competition should meet outside the club rooms at 6.45pm to arrange car-sharing. On October 10 there will be a presentation of slides of New Zealand by Stewart Swinton.


Kirk: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on October 9 at 10 am.


Service: The September 30 service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be at 10am celebrating 150 years of the primary school


FLU JAGS: Yetholm Surgery will be open for flu jags this year, on November 13, 8.30-10.30am. The slogan of the Save the Surgery committee is ”use it or Lose it “so hopefully we should see a good attendance.

VILLAGE CHOIR: The all female village choir is on the lookout for new members. They meet every Wednesday at 10.30am and bill themselves as a friendly lot. Anyone interested should contact Geoffrey Emerson on 01573 420271. Their next concert will be in the village at the end of October and will have an autumnal theme.

VILLAGE FUNCTIONS: On September 29, the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning starts at 10.30am and the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starts at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm). Both will be held in the Wauchope Hall,and everyone is welcome.

VILLAGE FLAG: Plans by the Festival Week committee for a village flag are at an advanced stage. A design featuring a gypsy horse against a backdrop of the Cheviot Hills has been approved. Hopefully it will be ready for the 2013 week and other village events.

BORDER SHEPHERDS’ SHOW: The 149th show to be held in the The Haugh on October 6 once again will feature the walking sticks competition for the Scottish Champion of Champions. The organisers hope good weather will ensure a good turnout.

BOWMONT THEATRE: The village drama group is hoping to put on an evening of short plays at the beginning of December. Anyone interested should contact Barbara Paul at Garrabost Yetholm.