Bonchester Bridge

QUIZ: There will be a quiz and raffle at the Horse and Hound tomorrow at 8.15pm in aid of Erskine, which cares for ex-servicemen and women.


Church: Frances Pringle was confirmed as a new member of the church in front of family and friends by the Reverend Marion Dodd on Sunday. The Bible study group meets at 5pm today in Trinity Church hall, while Sunday – Remembrance Day – sees wreaths being laid at the war memorial.


WHIST: The annual whist took place in the hall last Monday night when 10¼ tables were in play.

DANCE: Ewan Galloway was in fine tune for the first dance of the season in the hall last Friday. The next dance is on November 23 when Dod Hutchinson will provide the music. Phone Mary on 373722 for more information.

AGM: The annual meeting of Cogsmill Hall will take place on Monday at 7.30pm in the hall.


Camera Club: Glynn Satterley gave a talk about his book, entitled Going to the Hill. He has taken shots of life on large estates all over Scotland, looking at deer stalking, grouse shooting etc. He then went on to judge the competition for the night – Fabulous Scotland – projected images – 1 and 2, Curtis Welsh; 3, Adam Drummond; prints – 1, Curtis Welsh; 2, Adam Drummond; 3, Barbara Greer. Some members have entered the NFU competition on November 14 run by Galashiels Camera Club. The next meeting will be on November 28 – speaker, David Kilpatrik; competition, Sticks and Stones.

PARISH CHURCH: The Remembrance Sunday service at 9.30am will be followed by an act of remembrance in the square. There will be a service on November 13 in Hanover Close at 3pm and a session meeting in the church hall lounge at 7pm.

COFFEE EVENING: A Guide coffee evening and Bodyshop fundraiser will be held on Monday in the old high school hall at 7.15pm. Proceeds in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Guide unit funds.


AGM: Kirkhope Carpet Bowling Club’s AGM is on November 20 at 7.30pm in Kirkhope Hall.


Camera Club: An old friend of the club, Ian Fullerton, returned to entertain and inform with a presentation of a series of his AV shows. Next week sees the annual agricultural exhibition and competition. Contributions to the supper and raffle will be appreciated. Helpers are also required on the afternoon to aid with setting up the hall which will be open from 2pm.

CLEF CLUB: The November meeting of Galashiels Clef Club will take place on Saturday at the Lucy Sanderson Hall, off Tweed Drive, at 7.30pm. Music will include Loelliet’s Sonata Op 11 No. 2 for piano and two treble recorders, a Handel Sonata for recorder and piano, and music for violin and piano including Bach, Smetana and Massenet’s famous Meditation from Thais. The programme will also feature music for flute and piano, including Poulenc’s Flute Sonata and a suite by Mattyas Seiber. Anyone who would like to support the Clef Club or come along on Saturday to enjoy a concert by talented local musicians should contact Elizabeth Fraser on 01896 752375 or email robertfraser@uwclub.net. The Clef Club hosts performers of all ages who like to experience playing for a small, friendly and inclusive audience, from students working towards music exams to the recently retired who want to take up music again. For more information, visit the website at onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub.


ROTARY: The ambassadorial student assigned to Hawick this year – Nick Normandin, a second lieutenant in the US army – attended last week’s meeting to give a powerpoint presentation on his background. He belongs to the rural area of Bow, New Hampshire, and is near the end of a four-year graduate course at West Point Academy. Last year he was seconded to the Pentagon where there is a staff of 44,000. He is studying for a year at Edinburgh University and is sponsored by the US army and Rotary International. On Wednesday evening Ron and Pat Sutherland attended the ambassadorial students’ international night at the Manor House Hotel, Portobello, where they met the rest of the students. Vice-president Scott Elliot gave a report on the district conference held at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, last weekend which he attended with Jack Swanston and Kathryn Stewart, and Iain and Nancy Smith.

Film AND Video Group: Member Alec Peterson presented two short films at the meeting last Tuesday evening. Both had a Scottish theme based on observing the mountains, lochs and wildlife from the air. Tuesday’s meeting will feature a programme from the Scottish Association of Moviemakers.

Camera Club: A Grand Day Oot was the theme of the programme at last week’s meeting when members Anna Lee, Edith McLean, Liz Hill, Rob Crosby, Kath Barlow, Jimmy Anderson, Dennis Laing, Gordon Gilfether, Bert Lancaster, John Hill and Kenny Baillie presented their pictures of this year’s two summer outings. Edinburgh was the first destination, followed by a visit to the Botanical Gardens at Dawyck near Peebles. Bill McDonald had pictures of his local walking group enduring a slog over the hills from Jedburgh to Hawick, tackling torrential rain and heavy, thick mud. The meeting on Wednesday will be the NFU competition at Galashiels.

Bridge Club: October 29 – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; October 31 – 1 (equal), H. Ouldcott and M. Ouldcott, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 3, P. Gilligan and M. Millar.


Remembrance Sunday: Worship in Innerleithen Church at 11.30am, followed by a service of remembrance at Innerleithen war memorial at 12.30pm.

SOLO CONTEST: St Ronan’s Future Band will hold its annual solo competition on Saturday in St. Ronan’s School at 7pm.

SAle: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold its annual craft and table-top sale on November 17 in the Memorial Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm.

christmas lights: The Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.30pm on December 9. For his 65th birthday, Douglas Barnett asked his guests to make donations to Innerleithen Christmas lights fund instead of spending the money on presents. His gesture raised £225.55. Douglas has been closely involved with putting up the Christmas lights since they started in 1986 and in the early days was the instigator of a fundraising raft sail from Peebles to Innerleithen. He invariably sells more tickets for the Grand Christmas Raffle than anybody else.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The latest meeting heard Gordon MacDonald’s talk on the activities of Suffragettes in the Borders. The next gathering is tonight at 7.30pm in the British Legion when, in a change to the published programme, Chris Veitch will give an illustrated talk entitled The Stories behind the Pictures.

Bridge Club: October 22 – N/S – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, A. Stewart and J. Henry; 3, J. Tait and I. Weir; E/W – 1, D. Cessford and D. Gray; 2, I. Whillans and B. Miller; 3, K. Jackson and D. Cairns; October 29 – N/S – 1, A. and R. Stewart; 2, R. Oates and S. West; 3, I. Weir and J. Tait; E/W – 1, A. Mitchell and J. Henry; 2, P. Harris and M. Forsyth; 3, D. Cessford and D. Gray.

ELVIS TRIBUTE: Jedburgh District Girl Guiding has benefited by £410, thanks to the Friends of Guiding Jedburgh who organised an Elvis Tribute Night in Jedburgh Royal British Legion last Saturday evening. This sum is to go towards helping with the girls’ census – it is to be split per head over the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

GUILD: October was a busy month for the guild in Jedburgh.On the 10th guest speaker, the Reverend Sheila Moir, gave a talk on her route to the ministry. The Bible reading was given by Chris Ross and vote of thanks by Janette Woods. The autumn rally for Jedburgh East Presbytery was held on the 17th, attended by 28 members from various guilds. Proceedings were conducted by Marie Munro, convener, and the guest speaker was Iain Whyte, general secretary of the guild in Scotland. The final meeting of the month, led by president Jan Fotheringham, was part two of a talk and slide presentation given by Chris Veitch on the photography of his ancestor, James Veitch of Inchbonny, showing Jedburgh and surrounding areas. The Bible reading was given by Kathleen Turnbull and vote of thanks by Chris Ross.


Thursday Group: Members heard an interesting and moving talk by Dr Cath Livingstone about her tours at the military hospital in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. £63 was donated to Combat Stress. Today (November 8) Dr Oliver Eade will talk about Children as Writers. Next week Mary Craig looks at Scotland 
and the Slave Trade – Bought and Sold for Scottish Gold. All talks start at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

Abbey quilters: Members meet at 7pm on Tuesday in Abbey Row Centre when Kay Bell will give a talk on long-arm quilting and bring along some of her work to show.

RANGERS FANS: Tickets available for the Peterhead match from Jim (01573 226240). The bus leaves The Square at 11am.An evening with Bobby Parks will be held in the rugby club on November 30. Tickets available from Ian Brown (07927 501904).

BRIDGE CLUB: October 31 –SBU Autumn Pairs –1, Ian and Eliz Ross; 2, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; 3, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 4, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 5 (equal), Dominic and Diana Alkin, John Urquhart and Miles Browne; November 1 – Calchou Cup 4 – N/S – 1, Ken Ross and Jean McLaren; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Robert Hutchinson and Jim Stone; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger.

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next open meeting is on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Isabel Gordon will talk about the town’s museum.

TALK: The Friends of Kelso Museum are presenting a talk by Mary Craig entitled Border Lepers – the Shamed and the Shunned”on Wednesday.

Kelso North and Ednam Guild: The guild and Women Together held a joint meeting in Kelso North Parish Church last Thursday. After a hymn, prayer and reading, Margaret Aitken introduced Robert Pratt who had devised a quiz night. Six teams participated and the winners donated their winnings to the renal unit at Borders General Hospital. Keith Robeson, Countryside Ranger is the speaker on 15 November. New members will be most welcome.


Soup kitchen: A number of people from the town made the short journey to Canonbie last Saturday to support a soup kitchen and table-top sale in aid of the United Parish Church in the village. The event in the village hall raised £210.

Award: Teenager Jamie Fletcher was awarded the silver medal in a national contest for apprentice electricians. Jamie works for the Buccleuch Estates and the event was run by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust.

Burns meeting: At the opening meeting of the Ladies’ Burns Club, David Calvert gave a talk on the Town Band over the years. There were also a number of old photographs on show.

WRI: Eskdale members will be holding a show and coffee afternoon in Canonbie Hall on Saturday. Doors open at 1pm and the trophies will be presented at 3pm.

BHF: There will be a table-top sale in aid of the British Heart Foundation tomorrow in the shop at 13 High Street.


AUCTION: An auction in aid of Lauder Christmas lights is being held in the Public Hall on November 23 from 7.30pm. Entertainment for the evening is being provided by Mike Whellans and Friends. Compere is Rory Macleod, with Iain Dick as master of the gavel. Tickets are available from the Premier shop.


Maxton Meets: The next gathering is on November 12 in the village hall at 7.30pm when Alastair Innes will give an illustrated talk about his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and visit to safari parks.


SALE: Traidcraft’s annual Christmas sale at Melrose Parish Church runs tomorrow, 3-7pm, and Saturday, 10am-1pm.

TRIMONTIUM: Getting a book to the printer in time to meet printing deadlines is a nerve-racking experience and Trimontium Trust members are metaphorically biting their nails while the process, which is out of its hands, speeds towards completion. The trust should soon know if the climax to the Curle Centenary will actually take place on a provisional date at the end of the month. A Roman Frontier Post and its People: Newstead 1911-2011, published by the National Museums of Scotland and edited by Fraser Hunter and Lawrence Keppie, completes the celebration of Melrose’s James Curle’s report of 1911 on his excavation at Trimontium from 1905 to 1910. Local people have also had their input. Walter Elliot contributed to the chapter on finds by fieldwalking, in which he has taken part for 50 years. The work of the late Bill Lonie on Crossing the Tweed is illustrated by his own drawings. Studies of Curle’s letters to museums and from international scholars; literary writing about Trimontium, including the poems and Conan Doyle’s short story; and the growth of the Trimontium Trust over almost 25 years have been provided by Donald Gordon. A gala night book launch is planned.

CHURCH: Saturday – African children’s choir, Old Parish and St Paul’s, 7.30pm; Sunday – remembrance services at 9.15am (Gattonside), 9.30am (Bowden); 10.45am and 11am, wreath-laying and service (Melrose); 2pm (Newstead) and 3pm (Darnick).


Harvest Celebrations: There was a good attendance at Morebattle Church for the joint harvest service. The lunch in the institute was also well attended. Guild members provided the lunch.

WRI: Members meet in the institute on November 14 at 7.15pm when there will be a hat-making demonstration by Marjorie Tennant. Competitions – home-made Christmas tag and a Christmas tree decoration.The AGM will be held after the demonstration.

Christmas Shopping: The South of Scotland Select which assists in training horses for Riding for the Disabled is holding a Christmas shopping and coffee evening in the institute on November 16 from 6.30pm.

Folk Night: A folk night and bottle draw will be held in the Templehall Hotel on November 24 at 8.30pm in aid of flower show and village hall funds.


WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed members to the AGM in Newtown Community Wing last Thursday. Voting took place for the new committee and resulted in the following office bearers being elected – president, Mary Redburn; vice-president, Mrs N. Ruthven; secretary, Mrs E. Thornton-Nicol; treasurer, Miss A. Turnbull. Winner of the Trudy Green Cup for the most competition points over the year was Elaine Thornton-Nicol. Competitions for the evening –pretty pen – 1, Mary Turnbull; 2, Elizabeth McMillan; 3, Lorna Dickson. A committee meeting is to be held on November 19 and on December 6 members will enjoy a Chistmas meal out – venue to be arranged.


ON SONG: Oxnam’s new singing group meets on Wednesdays at 7pm in the village hall. New members welcome.

LIBRARY CAFE: The next gathering is on Wednesday at 11am to coincide with the arrival of the library van. Bring your books back or join the library there.


BLOOD DONORS: Blood-donor sessions will be held in the Victoria Halls on Sunday, 10.15am-12.30pm and 2-4pm.

CAMERA CLUB: Members enjoyed an informal evening last week, guessing song titles illustrated by images. There will be no club meeting on Wednesday because that is the evening of the annual agricultural competition at Galashiels. Members attending should meet at the clubrooms at 6.45pm to arrange car sharing. November 21 sees the third club competition, Close Up.

St Mary’s

WRI: Members enjoyed a talk and slide show from John Rogerson on Selkirk and the Valleys. Competitions – photograph of a Borders view – 1, Alison Brown; 2, Miriam Lucas; 3, Ruby Johnstone; fudge – 1, Irene Douglas. There will be a whist drive in St Mary’s Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm in aid of rural funds.


KARAOKE: Following the success of the Stowed Out festival on the green at Stow in the summer, Sound Out is holding a fun karaoke night in Stow Town Hall to raise funds for BBC Children in Need on November 24. The theme for this evening is Stars in their Eyes and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favourite rock star. Allan Marr, who performed at the Stowed Out festival, will be leading the floor to the sounds of Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson, not to mention the personal choices already coming in from keen karaoke performers. There will be a prize for the best rock star outfit of the night. Anyone who would like to perform should contact Chris Wemys on 01578 730749.Tickets are available from Stow post office.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Morning worship in Traquair Kirk at 9.30am will be followed by a service of remembrance at Traquair war memorial at 10.50am.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: There will be a service of remembrance at Walkerburn war memorial at 10.40am.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Yetholm is well represented in the forthcoming production by Kelso Amateur Drama Club of the Scots comedy Cambusdonald Royal by James Scotland. Hard at work at rehearsals are Zoe Keddie, Ross Gillie, Susan Stewart and Alastair Turnbull. Anyone wanting a good laugh should hurry along to the Tait Hall, Kelso, on November 15, 16 or 17.

WHIST DRIVE: Another Youth Hall whist drive is due to take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

WALK: The latest long-distance walk involving Yetholm has been officially opened. The route runs from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath.The opening took place on a section of the walk in Edinburgh in the presence of First Minister Alex Salmond. Yetholm Community Council was represented at the event.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: The village primary school ran a coffee morning and sale in the Wauchope Hall. The children were in charge of many of the stalls. The money raised went to school funds.

FILM NIGHTS: The season continues on Saturday in the Wauchope Hall with East to West – a sequel to East is East where an immigrant father decides to take his truant son back to the old country.

PANTO: It is hoped to stage a pantomime in February. A meeting to gauge interest will 
be held in the Plough on December 4.