District News


Christmas Market: A local food sale will be held at the village hall on Sunday, November 4, 2-5pm. Order all your food and gifts for collection from the hall just before Christmas. Proceeds to hall funds. For more information, contact Gill on 01450 870506.

WRI: President Molly Marshall welcomed members and visitors and introduced Dee Woodjer, a lecturer at Borders College, who gave an interesting talk on dyslexia. Competition: hand-made pincushion, won by Teela Ferguson, 2 Ann Reid, 3 Elaine Turnbull.


WRI: Mrs Weatherly welcomed jewellery maker Caroline McKendrick to the October meeting. Competition, a beaded necklace: 1 Mrs Weatherly, 2 Miss Crosbie, and 3 Mrs Arthur. The AGM is on November 8. The competition will be a ladies’ spray.


METRO VISIT: A coach trip will be running from Earlston Square to the Metro Centre Gateshead on November 3, leaving 8am returning 7pm, £11.50 per person. All tickets are entered into a lucky dip. Contact Lena Hutton 01896 849080 or Ruth Scoular 01896 849539 for information and booking. Any surplus on tickets goes to the church.

Guide Dogs: A coffee morning is being held at Hanover Place on Saturday (October 27) at 10am in aid of Guide Dogs.

PARISH CHURCH: The service on Sunday at 10.15am will be conducted by Rev Julie Woods and refreshments will be served afterwards.

WOMEN’S GROUP: The speaker will be Katriona Goode on her Poetry Book, A Garland of Poems, at the meeting on November 1, in the church hall at 8pm.


WRI: At the AGM, Annette Fraser was re-elected president. Members were entertained with hilarious stories and jokes from Kate Telfer. Competitions: knitted square in two colours, 1 Chris Roberstson, 2 Alma Elliot, 3 Joyce Eaves; limericks 1= Joyce Eaves and Annette Fraser, 3 Margaret Jeary.


Halloween: The Jedvalley children’s Halloween party will be in Edgerston village hall on Saturday (October 27), 4-6pm, fancy dress optional. Party food and games and turnip lantern competition. All Jedvalley children up to 10 welcome. Contact Christine on 01835 840246 for further information.


Coffee Morning and Sale: The next monthly event will be held in the village hall on November 3, 10am-noon. Anyone with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation. All profits will go towards buying a defibrillator for community use.


QUIZ NIGHT: The village hall will be holding a Halloween quiz night on Saturday at 7pm. £5 per team, maximum four people. Free drink for those in full fancy dress.


CAMERA CLUB: The first club competition of the year was judged by Linda Sneddon. Prints: 1 Neil McLean, 2 Gordon Swalwell, 3 Christine Swalwell, commended Neil McLean(2), Jim Paxton. Projected Images: 1 Christine Swalwell, 2 Richard Lillico, 3 Neil McLean, commended Gordon Swalwell, Ron Bell, Linda Ormiston. Beginners, projected images: 1 Linda Ormiston, 2 Carolyn Grant, 3 Katrina Slater. Our next meeting is an AV Evening with Ian Fullerton.

INNER WHEEL: The meeting on October 16 was smaller than usual, as the speaker from “Refugee Trust” was unable to attend. New member, Moira Shanks, was warmly welcomed and badged up by President Rosemary McCosh. The main business discussed was the fundraising afternoon tea and table-top sale in St Peters Church on November 10. The next meeting, on November 20 in St Peter’s Church will see a practical demonstration on wrapping Christmas presents. Members should bring paper scissors, if possible.


Farm Africa Lunch: The lunch will be in Glendouglas Hall on November 4. Tickets, £12, from Jan Scott 01835 840 225 or Christian Curtis 01450 860 635

DANCE: The dance on Saturday raised £1,100 for Dystonia Society Scotland. Thanks to the band and all who contributed in making this a very successful evening.


OPEN HOUSE: At Grahamslaw near Kelso on Tuesday, November 6 from 6-8.30pm; November 7, 10am-4pm. Decoupage & Dining, Itzy Bitzy and Jeanie Bags invite you to shop and benefit Borders Children’s Charity. For travel directions or any other information contact Caroline Stewart 01573 850 237or Barbara Eggo 01361 882845, Email: rmeggo@yahoo.com


Rotary Club: President Tommy Mulvee welcomed Borders Area assistant governor Robin Tatler, Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair Rotary Club and two guests from Lauderdale Rotary Club, Trudi Jack and Ian Hepburn. Ron Sutherland deputised for the speaker who had to call off and told the members of the Borders Exploration Group’s trip to Cuba with slides. Robin Tatler addressed the club on the proposed changes to Rotary district boundaries and what effect it will have.


Borders Family History Society: The meeting is on Sunday at 2.30pm in Innerleithen Parish Church Hall when Catherine Maxwell Stuart and Margaret Fox will talk on the Stuarts of Traquair, 1491-1875.

FINANCIAL MEETING: A general meeting of Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be held on November 7 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street at 7pm to present the audited accounts for the year 2011/12.

COFFEE MORNING: The Future Band coffee morning will be on Saturday in the Vale Club, 10-noon. There will be a stalls, teas and coffee as well as live music. Please support this fund-raising effort by the hard-working youngsters.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The community council will hold its monthly meeting on November 5 in the Council Chamber, Leithen Road at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.


Arty Farty Fayre: Family friendly day at Sharplaw Cottage on Thursday, November 8, 10am-6pm. Do your Christmas shopping while the kids are occupied with fun and games. Money raised Borders Children’s Charity. For details or directions call 01835 830371.

Bridge Club: October 15. N/S 1 A. & R. Stewart, 2= J.Tait & I.Weir, P.Harris & M. Forsyth; E/W 1 A. Mitchell & J.Henry, 2 D.Cessford & D.Gray, 3 I Whillans & B.Miller.


Thursday Group: As well as working at the BGH, today’s speaker Dr Cath Livingstone will describe her second job as an RAMC major running the field hospital at Camp Bastion. 2pm. Abbey Row Centre. On November 1, Ian Corsie will talk about the growth of the Church in China.

Laddies’ Association: The association’s AGM is on October 26 in the Dickson Room, Cross Keys Hotel at 7.30pm, all patrons, members and the public are invited. There may be vacancies on the committee and if so, it is hoped they will be filled by members of the public who are willing to assist in the organisation of Civic Week.

KELSO NORTH AND EDNAM PARISH CHURCH: Sunday: Ednam, 9.30am, morning worship; Kelso North, 11am, morning worship, with baptism. Junior church and crèche meet as usual. Refreshments in the front vestibule after the service. The congregational board meets in the vestibule of Kelso North on Monday at 7pm.

Fashion show: The Guild and Women Together of Kelso North Parish Church are hosting a fashion show by M&Co on Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm, in Kelso North Parish Church. Proceeds will be shared between church funds and the Margaret Kerr Appeal.  Tickets, £5, available from members of Guild or Women Together or from the church office, or at the door.  Refreshments will be served at the interval.

Guild: Kelso North and Ednam Church Guild met in Kelso North Church on October 18. Mrs Currie presided and after a reading and prayer introduced Sylvia Marchant, who recounted her experiences of living and working in Jerusalem. On November 1 the Guild and Women Together join for a quiz night.

Bridge club: October 17, Abbey Salver, 2: N/S 1 Sheena McPherson & Evelyn Erskine, 2 Mary & Jim Stone, 3rd Nigel & Mary Lindsay; E/W 1 John & Marian Miller, 2 Elinor Green & Val Fairbairn, 3= John Hayton & Lee Leeson and Brian & Brenda Lumley. October 18, Millennium Trophy 5: N/S 1 Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson, 2 Annie Mitchell & Pat Sloan, 3 Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; E/W 1 Archie Stewart & Billy Potts, 2 Evelyn Erskine & Brian Saywood, 3 Elinor Green & Val Fairbairn.


WRI: At the October meeting, Alasdair Hutton spoke about his involvement with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and his experiences from his travels abroad. Competitions: string of dunting: 1 Fiona Wilson, 2 Clare Milne, 3 Ruth Scoular, military memento: 1 Kath Runciman, 2 Fiona Wilson, 3 Margaret Fairburn. The AGM and craft evening on November 21.


COFFEE MORNING and CRAFT FAIR: Maxton 21 are holding a charity coffee morning and craft fair on November 3 in Maxton Village Hall from 10am. All proceeds will go to Maxton 21’s charity for 2012, the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at Borders General Hospital. There will be craft stalls and a special grand prize raffle. Admission: adult £2, child £1 (inc coffee). All welcome


Melrose Historical Association: At the meeting on October 16, Dr Peter Hoad spoke to a capacity audience on the river Tweed crossings between Melrose ansd Gattonside. In the Monastic period the only crossings were fords. During the Reformation boats were used for people and animals. From the mid 1700’s Lowood bridge was in use, with the Chainbridge for pedestrians constructed in 1826. The vote of thanks was given by James Annand. The next meeting will be in the Parish Church Hall on Tuesday, November 13, when Sandra McNeil will speak on Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott.

Charity concert: MS Society and the Melrose branch of Arthritis Research UK thank the almost 120 people who attended our joint concert with the East Fife Male Voice Choir in Melrose Parish Church on Friday. The event raised more than £1,100 for the two charities, for which we are both most grateful.

Tennis club: The annual presentation of trophies at Waverley Tennis Club will be in the clubhouse, Gibson Park on Monday at 7pm, followed by the AGM at 7.30pm. All wecome.

CHURCH Activities: Today (October 25) 1.30pm for the last Trimontium 
Walk of Season 2012; Church office open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; Sunday’s services – Bowden Communion 9.30am; Melrose, Baptism 11am.

Sir Walter and the Celts: Colin Wallace of Liverpool University will speak on today (October 25) at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange on the gathering together of Iron Age decorative items by collectors such as Sir Walter, their identification, and their linking with the early history of Scotland. What did they make of the Torrs Chamfrein? All welcome to the third and last Trimontium Autumn Lecture.

Border Flower Club: Margaret Earl from Tyne and Wear was the demonstrator. Her first design was a harvest festival with all the golden hues with the foliage and flowers. Her next used anthuriums for umbrellas. Halloween was next with hand-crafted spiders and orange gerberas. Her final design, for the Diamond Jubilee, was in the shape of a water lily the petals encrusted with diamante. The next meeting is on October 31 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm, in place of the November meeting. The demonstrator will be Dawn Weaver from Chester with the title “Sources of Inspiration”. Visitors Welcome.


Lunch Club: A senior citizens’ lunch club is held in the institute every Tuesday during the school term from noon. New members welcome.

Camera Club: The club now meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the institute, 7-9pm. New members welcome.

Badminton: The ladies meet again from October 29, 7-9pm in the village hall. New members welcome.

Guild: The next meeting is a members’ formal evening in the Institute on November 1 at 7.30pm. The forthcoming 125th anniversary of the guild along with other items of business will be discussed.


Auction: The Liddesdale Heritage Association raised £1,700 at its annual auction in the village hall, with some expenses still to be deducted. Donald Inch and Mike Hall were the auctioneers, and assisted as cashiers by former Harrison & Hetherington workmates Rosie Mitchinson and Lorraine Phillips. The money raised goes towards the running costs of the Heritage Centre.

Guild: The Liddesdale parish Guild celebrated 80 years with a delicious high tea in the Copshaw Kitchen. Most of the Guild’s 25 members were there, including longest serving member Bertha Inglis who joined in 1947. The Rev Steve Fulcher and his wife Christine were also present. President Corrine Garland-Collins thanked all the members for their support. A special cake baked for the occasion by Betty Cowan was cut by Corrine, secretary Dorothy Kennedy and treasurer Helen Scott.


Newtown in Bloom: 
The coffee morning and table-
top sale last Saturday raised £855.24. Co-ordinator Daryl du Bois thanked the volunteers who put in a lot of hard work, the villagers who donated items to sell, local businesses who gave raffle prizes and the many Newtonians who came along. The funds raised will buy flowers, bedding plants and hanging baskets and help fund projects in 
the village centre and other areas. An estimated 200 people attended. There will be a mini-table top sale when the Christmas lights are switched on in December.


WRI: Vivien Dempsey showed new and exciting items from the body shop,with a test-and-try if you want a buy. Competition, a favourite scarf: 1 Agnes Bell, 2 Sonya Borthwick, 3 Alice Telford. Next meeting is on November 21.


In the pink: Selkirk Sheriff Clerk’s Office would like to 
thank everyone who contributed so generously towards their Wear It Pink campaign for breast cancer, which raised £382. The winner of the Guess the Twins’ Birthday”was Joan Pringle, and joint winners of guess the number of sweets in the jar were Betty Ross and Cathy Cook.

Monday Club: Freda Petts will explain what is happening at the Haining at 2pm on Monday (October 29) at St Joseph’s church hall.


PLOUGH HOTEL LEEK CLUB: Following the success of the recent show a committee meeting has taken place planning the future. After years in the job organisers Ian Angus and John Thompson are standing down They have been thanked for their hard 
work and in their place come Raymond Yeomans and Jock Todd. New members welcome.

CHARITIES FAIR: The annual charities fair will be on November 3 at the Wauchope Hall, 10.30am to 1 30pm.There will gift stalls and refreshments.

Romany Ramblers: Meet 9am on October 27 at the Wauchope Hall Yetholm for a medium walk to Cheviot from Harthope Valley, about 10 miles .

HORSE RACE: At the recent Kelso Races, a special race 
involving principals from the 2012 Borders Festivals was run.Yetholm was represented by Barri Manushi Zoe Keddie.

CARDBOARD COTTAGE: Yetholm Community Council has had been asked by Scottish Borders Council for their views on the proposed demolition of a house and the erection of a bungalow in its place, at 
Cardboard Cottage, Kirk 
Yetholm. In the late 1940s, two 
brothers had bought Kirk 
Yetholm Mill Farm and a house had to be quickly built for one of them. It was built of wood and was named Cardboard Cottage.The council backed the present proposals.