District News


CAFE: The next meeting of the community cafe will be on October 17 in the village hall at 11am.


CHURCH: The son of former Gala rugby star Richie Gray and his wife Lisa was baptised at Sunday morning’s service in Caddonfoot Church. The Reverend Marion Dodd carried out the baptism of Archie John, who was also joined by his sister Erin and godmother Ruth Bracken, who also read one of the lessons. The other was read by Richie. Plans are well advanced for the church’s sale of work on Saturday in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels. The congregational board meets in the church on October 18 at 7.30pm.


CAMERA CLUB: Members hosted a three-way battle with their counterparts from Selkirk and Duns last Wednesday. Phil Wilkinson, from the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, judged the competition. Duns won with 201 points, followed by Earlston (189) and Selkirk (183). Only one image gained maximum points – a Duns member’s shot of an osprey catching a fish. Next meeting is on October 17 at Earlston Primary School at 7.30pm.

AGM: Earlston Horticultural Society AGM will be held in the community police post, Lauder Road, at 8pm on October 23. Anone interested in joining is welcome, as are ideas to build on the success of this year’s exhibition and help to ensure the continuation of the flower show.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods, followed by the office bearers’ conference.


DANCE CLASSES: Learn old time, social and ceilidh dances at the village hall on October 12 and 19, and November 2 and 9, from 8-9.30pm.

DEFIBRILLATOR: Rod Mclntosh, senior resuscitation officer at Borders General Hospital, will give a talk on using the defibrillator planned for Ettrickbridge in the village hall on October 17, 7-8pm.


WRI: Members will meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on October 17 for a cookery demonstration. Competitions – an article made from recycled materials and a coaster. September competitions – spectacle case – 1, C. Sinclair; 2, A. Mathison; bon-bon dish – 1, C. Sinclair; 2, J. Currie.


U3A THE THREE BRETHREN: The speaker at the last open meeting was Ian Landles, who spoke about Robert Burns’ tour of the Borders. The next open meeting is on October 15 and the topic will be community policing – Lucy Sanderson Hall, 2pm.

STUDIO CLUB: The 2012-13 session resumes today (October 11) in Old Gala House at 7.30pm. The club is for artists and those interested in art. For details: 01896 757222.

ROTARY: Members are running a charity shop for three days – October 18-20 – in the former electrical shop in Channel Street, opposite the Bank of Scotland, trading from 10am-4pm. Goods on sale will include bric-a-brac, collectibles and books. Proceeds will go towards supporting the club’s community and youth work.

CAMERA CLUB: Ian Landles ensured a highly-entertaining evening when he gave his second instalment of Robert Burns’ Border tour of 1787. Next week sees the first club competition of the year which has an open theme and will be judged by Linda Sneddon. This is the hand-in night for the annual agricultural competition and exhibition. Entry forms and rules from www.galacameraclub.co.uk


WRI: David Scott Aiton, from the Scottish Borders Zero Waste Volunteers, gave a talk entitled Love Food, Hate Waste, at the latest meeting. Competition – last rose of summer – 1, Isabel Henderson; 2, Catriona Graham. The raffle was won by Marion Kingswood.


Bridge Club: October 1 – N/S – 1, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 2, J. Urquhart and S. White; 3, P. Gilligan and M. Millar. E/W – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington. October 3 – 1, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 2, A. Trueman and P. Simpson; 3, K. Auckland and R. Witherington; 4 (equal), V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth, D. Usher and I. Wyze.

FILM AND VIDEO GROUP: Former club president Henry Gray presented a practical demonstration on downloading footage from a camera to computer for editing purposes. Meeting on October 16 will be a visit from the Carlisle club.

CAMERA CLUB: With the prospect of inter-club competitions in the near future, a practical demonstration on how to mount prints for entry to these contests was given. Ian Oliver of the Galashiels club, who owns his own framing business, showed how to cut bevel apertures and display an image to its best advantage. The meeting on October 18 will be the monthly competition, with Ian Fullerton as judge.

ROTARY: Last week’s meeting featured a general discussion on the activities of Rotary in relation to young persons and the part they can play in the organisation. The Hawick club would be delighted to hear from any man or woman in their 20s or 30s interested in what Rotary has to offer in terms of character building, career planning and leadership opportunities. Visit www.rotary.org or come to a meeting – members gather in the Buccleuch Hotel at 7pm each Thursday.


TOWFORD WRI: John Marshall, chairman of the local branch of the Royal Society for the Protection Birds, gave a talk on the history and work of the organisation in Scotland. The work of volunteers to reclaim and develop the wildlife garden at Woodside Garden Centre formed part of his presentation. Competition – bird ornament – 1, M. Walker; 2, D. Tweedie. The next meeting – on November 6 – is the annual business meeting, together with the competition for the Ann Douglas Trophy. This year the contest is for a jar of lemon curd.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service is at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.


BRIDGE CLUB: October 3 – Rose Bowl 1 – N/S – 1, Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson; E/W – 1 (equal) – John and Marian Miller, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 3, Nancy Porter and Dorothy Graham. October 4 – Millennium Trophy 4 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 3, David Harris-Burland and Archie Stewart; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun.

KELSO NORTH AND EDNAM GUILD: Members began their autumn session when the Reverend Tom McDonald conducted worship in Kelso North Parish Church. The service reflected on the guild theme, A Faith to Proclaim. Sheila Yates and other members shared in the service. The guild held a social evening when members enjoyed a talk by Mrs L. Abernethy, entitled “Who do you think you are?”, which focused on past life in Yorkshire. A talk on Iona is on October 18.

FASHION SHOW: The guild and Women Together of Kelso North Parish Church are hosting a fashion show on November 14 in the church. Proceeds will be shared between church funds and the Margaret Kerr appeal. Tickets are available from members of the guild or Women Together, or from the church office. Alternatively, you can pay on the night.

DRY BAR FILM CLUB: See Yetholm section.

TABLE TENNIS: See Yetholm section.

POOL: See Yetholm section.


TOWN BAND: Band members took take part in the Selkirk Silver Band Slow Melody and Quartet Competition. The Muckle Toon Quartet of Ashleigh Calvert, Christine Calvert, Henry Jeffrey and Simon Railton – competing in the senior section – were awarded first prize and a trophy. In the 14-and-under class, Rebecca Hall played The Lost Chord on the cornet, while Ross Mabon performed Demelza in the 18-and-under section. In the senior solos, Henry Jeffrey, Simon Railton and Christine Calvert flew the band’s flag.


LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Dinah Iredale will give an illustrated talk about her book and film on the history of the Bondagers on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens on 01578 722559.

THANKSGIVING: The harvest thanksgiving will be held on October 21 in Lauder and Oxton churches. The Blythswood Shoebox Appeal will be supported and the charity’s leaflets are available at the church door, local shops and Lauder post office. Boxes – which may be donated to children or adults of all ages – should be brought to the thanksgiving service or left at Carfraemill by November 5 for collection by the Blythswood lorry.

COFFEE MORNING: Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event at the Lauderdale Hotel raised £1,268.51.


CHURCH: At the end of the service on Sunday, the congregation waited and applauded Jim Marshall’s closing voluntary of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor before proceeding to the hall where presentations were made to Richard Hill, secretary of the congregational board, and Ian Douglas, retiring after 15 years as church officer. The harvest thanksgiving lunch was provided by Elsa and her helpers.

ACTIVITIES: October 14 – morning church services at Bowden and Melrose; October 16 – Melrose historical lecture; October 19 – East Fife Male Voice Choir sings for MS and Arthritis Research.

TRIMONTIUM: The third last Trimontium Walk of the season takes place today (October 11). This will be followed at 7.30pm by Bruce Glendinning giving the first Trimontium lecture of the autumn season. Entitled Off with their Heads!, he has been digging at a Roman cemetery at Inveresk and found decapitated horsemen. Walter Elliot will be signing his latest books at the lecture.


WRI: President Edith Scott welcomed Caroline Tullie, central councillor, and members from Appletreehall, Bowden, Darnick, Langshaws, Minto, Newtown St Boswells and St Boswells to a talk, Reclaim the Romance, by Gilly Fraser. The vote of thanks was given by vice-president Sheena Galloway. Competition – an old postcard – 1, Sheena Galloway; 2, Margot Hastie; 3, Patricia Crole; visitors – Rose Cameron (St Boswells). The next meeting – on November 13 – is the AGM. It will also feature a talk on India from Patricia. Competitions – a stuffed pepper and a fancy carrier bag.


Indoor Bowling: Indoor bowling starts on October 19 at 7pm in the village hall.

Coffee Morning: Many thanks to all who supported the MacMillan Coffee Morning when around £470 was raised.

FISHING CLUB: The fishing club dinner will be held in Templehall Lounge on October 20. Names to Jeannie McNulty as soon as possible.

GUIDE DOGS: The Guide Dogs for the Blind coffee morning will be held in the village hall on October 20 at 10.30am. Donations gratefully received.

COFFEE MORNING: Macmillan coffee morning raised around £470.

DRY BAR FILM CLUB: See Yetholm section.

TABLE TENNIS: See Yetholm section.

POOL: See Yetholm section.


AUCTION: Liddesdale Heritage Association is holding its annual fundraising auction on October 13 in the village hall, starting at 1pm and featuring bric-a-brac, household goods, small items of furniture, books, pictures and tools. Late items can be brought to the hall from lOam on the day of the sale.

FAIR: £1,805 was raised for Help for Heroes at a craft fair in the village hall, organised by Linda Taylor, her family and friends. The fundraiser was in memory of her late husband, Chris.


COFFEE MORNING: The War Memorial Hall hosted Oxton’s contribution to Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising £1,276.60. In addition, a Christmas card sale made £229.20.

THANKSGIVING: See Lauder section.


MONDAY CLUB: At 2pm on October 15 at St Joseph’s church hall, Ian Gillespie will talk about his experiences as a vet.

ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY: The next meeting will be held on October 17 at 7.30pm in the parish church hall when Chris Burgess, archaeology project director, Flodden 500, will present a talk entitled Strategic Decisions at Flodden. All welcome,

CAMERA CLUB: Results of the three-way competition – see Earlston. Next week – computer night and members should bring entries for the Borders Agricultural Photographic Competition.


WRI: Margaret Riddle gave a talk on Charity Begins At Home, the proceeds of which are donated solely to local organisations and groups. Competitions – mini bunting – 1, Erica Smith; 2, June Brown; 3, Kathy Wilkie; ornament – 1, Kathy Wilkie; 2, Jean McDermid; 3, Elizabeth Topp. The raffle was won by Greta Black and June Brown. The next meeting will be in the village hall at 7.30pm on November 6.

VILLAGE HALL EVENTS: October 15, whist, 7.30pm; October 16, village hall committee meeting, 7pm; October 17, bowling club AGM, 7.30pm.

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WRI: Officials elected at the AGM were president, Christine Storie; secretary, Ena Mitchell; treasurer, Irene Dougas. The Challenge Cup for most points and Mary Mitchell Cup were won by Isobel Brown. Competition – single rose – 1, Irene Douglas; 2, Alison Brown. The next meeting on October 16 is a talk by John Rogerson – Selkirk and The Valleys. Competitions – photograph of a Borders view and fudge.


SERVICE: There will be a service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday at 10am.


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


JOINT COMMUNION: Yetholm Parish Church, October 21, 10am.

DRY BAR FILM CLUB: The new season starts on Monday night in the Youth Hall with The Hunger Games. For further information, email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com or call 01573 420703.

TABLE TENNIS: Table Tennis Scotland coaching will be held at the Youth Hall on the following Sunday afternoons – October 21, November 4 and 18, December 2 and 16. Further details, as above.

POOL: Yetholm Dry Bar’s pool cup competition starts on October 18 in the Youth Hall. For further information, as above.

WRI: Frances Armstrong gave a talk and demonstration on sweet-making. The next gathering will be on October 16 in the Wauchope Hall at 10.30am. Jane Jackson and Margaret Kenny will speak on rug rugging. Competition – homemade fabric or wool wall hanging.

TATTIE WEIGH-IN: First Michael Younger, runner-up Patrick Stenhouse.

LARGEST COFFEE MORNING: Macmillan’s annual fundraiser in the Wauchope Hall realised £532.

SIGN: A new sign has been erected on Kirk Yetholm Green for The Nature House, the reopened youth hostel at the foot of the brae.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The society held its AGM when members discussed the possible acquisition of the former Mission Hall as a heritage centre. Progress will be reported to members at a later date. Hill forts were the subject of an illustrated talk by Dr Chris Bowles, SBC archaeologist.