WRI: At the September meeting, Mrs Butler welcomed everyone back after the summer break. She introduced Caroline Green who gave a talk on the life and work of Marie Curie. Mrs Butler also welcomed the rural’s central councillor, Liz Jackson. Competitions – meat loaf – 1, J. Butler; 2, J. McDonald; 3, R. Sinton; 4, M. Goodfellow; floral arrangement in a boot – 1, E. Munro; 2, B. Nock; 3, M. Goodfellow; 4, M. Dorricott. The next meeting is a week later than normal, October 17 – meal at Borders College, meet at the village bus stop at 5.45pm.


Quiz Night: The village hall will host a quiz night on October 12. To enter teams of four and for more information, phone 01450 870506.


SALE: There will be a table-top sale in aid of the Bonchester over- 60s in the William Laidlaw Hall on October 7, 2-4pm.


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning will be held on Saturday (October 6) from 10am in the village hall in aid of hall funds.


CHURCH: The harvest was gathered in at Caddonfoot Church on Sunday, after which the many donations from the congregation were distributed to villagers of Clovenfords and others in the community. There will be a joint meeting of the kirk sessions and congregational boards of Caddonfoot and Trinity in Trinity Church vestibule on October 16 at 7pm, and a meeting of the Caddonfoot board two nights’ later.


MINTO WRI: Competition – a funny photograph of a child taken by a member – 1, Pat Jardine; 2, Chris Nicol; 3, Dee Baxter; 4, Enid Cruickshank.


SLIDE SHOW: Recently-formed Auld Earlston aims is to have a centre where people can access information about the village, both in pictorial and written form. Anyone who would like to contribute photographs, stories, etc. of village life should contact Sheila on mckaythistle@aol.com.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Malcolm de Beate, of Earlston, gave a talk on the history of his family and his own life as a young man. The trip on November 7 will be to Dobbies. At the next meeting – on October 10 – the competition will be for a pretty scarf.

PARISH CHURCH: October 7 sees the harvest thanksgiving service at 10.15am and will be conducted by Reverend Julie Woods. This will be followed by the harvest lunch in the church hall – payable at the door.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Tonight (October 4) leaving The Square at 6.15pm to go to Hawick for a glass-blowing demonstration.


WRI: Members are holding an open meeting on October 10 in the village hall when a panel of local personalities will take part in an “Any Questions” session.

Quiz Night: A family fun quiz night will be held on October 13. Phone 01835 840252 for details.


Bridge Club: Are you a bridge player, or would like to play bridge? Why not come along to club meetings in Ednam village hall on Mondays, from 1-4pm. The club caters for new players, improvers and experienced ones. There is no need to come with a partner as partners are drawn for.


ROTARY: The Borders railway is on track to arrive on time. This was the news given to Galashiels Rotarians by Jonathan Hepton, of Scottish Borders Council. A major permanent impact on the town will be the closure of Plumtree Brae to traffic when the road bridge is replaced by a footbridge.

PROBUS: Professor Geoff Palmer, from Edinburgh University, described, with great humour, the connections between Scotland and the Carribean during the 18th and 19th centuries, detailing the many well-known Scottish families who had made fortunes from owning plantations and involvement in the slave trade. One legacy of this is the fact that today the Jamaican telephone directory contains 2,500 people named Campbell. Next meeting, October 11.


dancing: The old time dancing class, from 8-10pm, meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

PARTY: Hogmanay party night tickets are available – more details from 01835 863604.


Camera Club: “Cliffs, Canyons and Claustrophobia” was the title of club president John Hill’s presentation to members at the first night of the new season last Thursday. This was a photographic record of a tour of the canyons and deserts around the Grand Canyon region of the United States. The evening concluded with Anna Lee proposing a vote of thanks to John. The meeting on October 11 will be a practical workshop.

Bridge Club: September 24 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, Goldie and M. McLeod; 3, V. Macpherson and R. Francombe; 4, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 5, K. Auckland and E. Aitken.

ROTARY: The 2009 Hawick Cornet’s Lass, Laura Peden, gave an illustrated talk on her cultural and vocational visit to Sri Lanka in April. Burnfoot Community School teacher Laura spent three months at Alutgpula Town. She visited an elephant orphanage and travelled through rain forest by train. A tea plantation staffed by women and girls was an eye-opener as failure to meet a daily harvesting quota meant instant dismissal. The same rules applied to the rice fields and rubber plantations. She bought computers and bicycles for the schools which was much appreciated.


CHURCH: There will be a service in Innerleithen Church on October 7 at 10.30am.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Innerleithen Christmas lights volunteers should assemble at the new hut beside the Leithenside units in Leithen Road at 9.30am on October 14 when work will start. The lights’ switch-on is scheduled for December 9.

ST RONaN’s band: The first youth band contest was held at St Ronan’s School on September 22, with bands from Jedburgh, Hawick, Innerleithen, Peebles, Whitburn and Kinneil in attendance. Results – preparatory – Hawick Schools Junior Band; novice – Whitburn Youth Band; development – Peebles Development Band; senior – Kinneil Youth Band. The Memorial Hall was the venue for the band’s annual Borders Festival of Brass Concert on Saturday. To round off an eventful month, three young band members tasted success at the annual Borders Slow Melody Contest held in Selkirk on Sunday. Douglas Couchman triumphed in the under-18 group, with Rebecca Lindsay coming second. Douglas was also runner-up in the open section, followed by Rebecca (4th) and Liam Orr (5th). The Future Band coffee morning is on October 27, the Borders Entertainment Contest in Selkirk on November 3 and the annual youth solo contest on November 10.


Probus Club: The club always meets on the second Tuesday in September, but this coincided with the Round Britain Cycle Race, so Probus had to be cancelled. However, members gathered on September 25 when member Chris Veitch showed a film which he had made from old films, videos, etc., highlighting preparations for the D-day landings in Normandy. Next meeting will hear Jake Coltman talk about Stobs Camp.

Historical Society: The society’s new publication, Jedburgh Place Names, was launched at the latest meeting. Norrie Mcleish spoke about the author, George Watson. His career took him from the poverty of the Castlegate to the dreamy spires of Oxford and then to Chicago University. And all the time he wrote carefully-researched historical articles on his hometown. The next meeting is on October 11, starting at 7.30pm in the British Legion when Gordon McDonald will talk on “Women’s Suffrage: A Borders Perspective”.

GUILD: The new session of Jedburgh Old and Trinity Guild began with a lunch. At the first evening meeting on September 26, guest speakers for the evening were the Reverend David Dalgleish and his wife, Barbara, who gave a talk, with slides, on their trip to the Holy Land.

PARENTS AND TODDLERS: Howdernburn primary school is holding a parents and toddlers session on October 25, 1-2.30pm, in the community room. This is an opportunity for families in the area to look around the school and have a chat with staff before children begin nursery education.


FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next open meeting will be held on October 8 at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Mary Douglas will speak on Scott’s Abbotsford.

Thursday Group: Members meet today (October 4) when Mary Douglas speaks on “Abbotsford – an Exciting Future”, 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. The following Thursday Simon Mountford will address the group on “From Newshound to Spin Doctor”. Members are retired men and women – for a syllabus, phone Isabel (01573 224753).

Abbey Quilters: On October 9 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Rineke will be showing how to make felt Christmas bear decorations. Bring red, white, tan and dark brown felt, approximately 8”x4” each as well as sewing kit and matching embroidery threads. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster 01573 229414.

BRIDGE CLUB: September 26 – Abbey Salver 1 – N/S – 1, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 2, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Ian and Eliz Ross; 2, Mary and Jim Stone; 3, Alison Ireland and Ian Watson. September 27 – Calchou Cup 1 – N/S – 1, Ken Ross and Jean McLaren; 2 (equal), Jock Dun and Nancy Porter, and Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; E/W – 1, Robert Hutchinson and Alison Darling; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, John and Marian Miller.


Probus Club: Greig Hanson gave a talk on his role in the operation of the Scottish Ambulance Service in the Langholm area. The town facility operates with a team of eight A&E personnel, with two vehicles providing a 24-hour service, 365 days of the year, and three ambulance care assistants who provide out-patient and day hospital transport. The normal area of responsibility covers some 400 square miles.


Maxton Meets: The next Maxton Meets is on October 8 when Norman Jarvis, of the Border Beekeepers’ Association, will give a talk entitled “My Honey Bees and Me” in the village hall at 7.30pm.


CHURCH: October 4 – 2.30pm, guild meeting, Reverend A. Bennett; October 6 – Monksford Golf Day, Texas scramble with teams of four; October 7 – harvest thanksgivings at Bowden and Melrose, followed by harvest lunch and presentation to Ian Douglas; Church office now open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

TRIMONTIUM: Pupils of Balmoral and Newtown primary schools were visitors last week. Balmoral had to forego the Route March from Leaderfoot to Newstead because of the weather, but did a virtual march round the museum. The weather was kinder to Newtown, but the effects of the rain were felt by the Thursday walkers who had to omit the Melrose-Newstead Middle Walk and the Broomhill-Newstead track. And Greenlaw School borrowed the Trimontium Chest with its Roman display items to complement its project.

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION: The autumn programme opens with a talk on “Fords, Ferries and Fiascos” in the Ormiston Institute on October 16 at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Peter Hoad, local historian from Gattonside, who has brought together new material on the Tweed crossing at Melrose from 1136-1826.


Guild: The Reverend R. McHaffie will talk on the guild theme, Faith to Proclaim, today (October 4) at 7.30pm in the institute.

WRI: Members meet in the institute on October 10 at 7.15pm for a presentation entitled “Wildlife Crime in Border area” by Roy Hamilton. Competitions – best piece of advice received and a tealight holder.

FLOWER SHOW RESULTS: Floral art, Linda Fox; most points in flower section, William Bowie; most points in vegetable section, Jock Cessford; best vegetable exhibit, Jock Cessford; small collection of vegetables, Jock Cessford; best pot plant, Drew Wood; most points in industrial section, Wilma Purves; most points in industrial section runner-up, Joan Duncan; best rock buns, Jean McNulty; best apple tart, Joan Duncan; novice section, Nathan and Finn McEwan, and Tamara Mallen; best gladioli exhibit, William Bowie; best decorated biscuits, Jenny Thomson; garden on a plate, Emma Thomson; best creation, Sam Johnstone; playgroup plate, Martha Ashworth; best poster, Holly Wyatt; best stick exhibit, Iain McGillivray; flower show quiz, Mrs Hay, Kelso; Big Six tattie dig – 1, George Cessford; 2, Tom Culbertson; 3, Jock Cessford.


Oxnam hall events: Singing with Jamie on Wednesdays at 7pm – a light- hearted singalong. Film nights start on November 16 with a showing of Marigold Hotel, thereafter once a month.


CAMERA CLUB: The first club competition of this session was judged last Wednesday by Ron Bell. Results – projected images – 1, M. Reynolds; 2, C. Morrison; 3, J. Davidson; colour prints – 1, J. Young; 2, J. Fair; 3, M. McKinney; black and white prints – 1, A. Johnston; 2, J. Anderson; 3, E. Nichol. Next week there will be a slide presentation by Stewart Swinton and members should bring their entries for the action/ movement competition.

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WRI: Competitions – travel poster – Irene Hume; souvenir – 1, Ann Hinton; 2, Jean Blackwood; 3, Marlyn McCall. The next meeting is on October 9, a hospitality evening with Halloween games.


service: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on October 12 at 10am.


SERVICE: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on October 21 at 10am.


WRI: Competition – six-inch knitted square – 1, Gill Kerr; 2, Hannah Young. The raffle was won by Evelyn Horsburgh and Gill Kerr.The next meeting – on October 9 – is the AGM.


EXHIBITION: Kelso Art Group is hosting an exhibition in the Youth Hall, opening tomorrow (October 5) at 7pm and continuing daily from 10am-5pm until October 12. Surplus proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer Scotland.

WHIST DRIVE: The next regular village whist drive takes place on October 9 at 7.30pm, with a change of venue from the Youth Hall to the Wauchope Hall.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING: Yetholm’s service will take place on October 21 at 10am in the parish kirk.

FILM NIGHT: The second film night of the season on October 13 features The Front Page – a 1920s gangster-style spoof set in Chicago starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

PLAYING FIELD PAVILION: Community councillors are researching grants for upgrading the pavilion. This involves establishing ownership of the playing field – part of the field is owned by SBC and the remainder by The Yetholm Estate.If grant money is to be received the council will either have to have a lease or ownership of the pavilion area.