District News

Bonchester Bridge

CONCERT: At the annual concert in the Laidlaw Hall on November 30, comedians Ernie Coe and Eddy Milligan from Northumberland will head a cast including Newcastle clog dancer Shona Harper, piper Matt Seattle and Carlenjig.


WRI: Following an abbreviated AGM, members and guests were treated to a talk by artist Chris Rose on his trip to South Georgia, where he and John Gale made preparatory sketches for their London exhibition, “Artists for Albatrosses”, helping to save these endangered birds. Chris also judged the landscape photograph competition – 1, Sue Dodds; 2, Kathleen Hughes; 3, Babs White.


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd “entertained” her congregation in Caddonfoot Church as a follow-up to her stage presentation the previous night. She then led worship and the lessons were read by Jo Lawson. The weekly Bible study class meets in Trinity Church hall on Thursdays, 5-6pm. A family service wIll be held on Christmas Day, following the watchnight service the previous evening.


COFFEE MORNING: A Christmas coffee morning in aid of hall funds takes place in the hall on Saturday, starting at 10am.


WRI: Members were saddened by the recent sudden death of president Nita Weatherly. The November meeting was the AGM. Mrs Vine gave a talk on table decorations. Competition – a ladies’ spray – 1, Mrs Crosbie; 2, Mrs Ramsker; 3, Mrs Arthur. A new committee was elected – president, Mrs A. Waldie; vice-president, Mrs B. Grant; treasurer, Mrs S. Garrett; secretary, Mrs S. Crosbie, plus six other committee members. The next meeting – on December 13 – is the Christmas party in the hall.


BLOOD DONORS: The following awards were made at a blood-donor session held in Earlston – silver (25 donations) – Lena Hutton; bronze (10) – Brian Mounsey, Fiona Turner, Ann Reid, Alexandra Blaikie, Sheila Wood, Thomas Wood.

CAMERA CLUB: Galashiels Camera Club hosted the annual agricultural photographic competition last Wednesday. Members of Earlston Camera Club were among the prize winners. Curtis Welsh gained a first and two seconds, while Doug Oliver, Adam Drummond and Linsey Anderson received commendations. The next meeting of the Earlston club is on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The usual room in the school is unavailable, so enter from the main door at the primary school.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s 10.15am service will be conducted by Tom Burnham.


FAIR: Eccles/Leitholm Primary School will be holding a Christmas fair in Eccles Village Hall on December 8, 10am-noon.


WRI: At the AGM, officials elected were – president, Rosemary Wilkes; vice-president, Joan Stafford-Badger; business and syllabus secretary, Marion Anderson; minute and press secretary, Evelyn Grierson; treasurer, Mary Upton. Competition – Christmas poem – 1, Evelyn Grierson; 2, Marion Anderson; 3, Maggie Greenwood, who also won the raffle. The rural celebrates its 85th birthday on December 5.


COfFEE MORNING: The next monthly coffee morning and sale will be held in the village hall on December 1, 10am-noon. Anyone with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.

AFGHANISTAn experiences: The Interest Evening on November 29 in the village hall features a talk by Dr Cath Livingstone on her experiences in Afghanistan, starting at 7.30pm.


HALL EVENTS: The hall has been busy this month. Farm Africa hosted a charity lunch on November 4, raising £1,200, and there was a dance six days later with James Coutts playing. The next dance is on January 12 with Stuart Anderson and his Scottish Dance Band. Next month is just as hectic, starting with a ceilidh on December 1, followed two days’ later by the hall AGM (7pm). Carols round the Christmas tree, a whist drive and festive flower arranging will be held on December 17, 18 and 19 respectively. In between Christmas and New Year, there is a games night. More information from Lucy Tile (01835 840389).


ROTARY: Joyce Tinlin talked about “Hawick’s bright-eyed daughters” at last week’s meeting. Joyce, as well as being president of Wilton Dean WRI and chair of Hawick Saxhorn Band, is heavily involved in the group which was formed in 2008 to promote the Common Riding among teachers and primary schoolchildren. She outlined the work her group are undertaking at Hornshole monument for the 2014 celebrations. Ron and Pat Sutherland, and Ron and Eileen Smith attended Selkirk Rotary Club’s quiz night last weekend. A donation of £250 is being made to The Border Holiday Group towards the cost of its trip next year to Austria.

Film AND Video Group: Club president Jean Tait presented a series of films from the Scottish Association of Moviemakers at the latest meeting. The gathering on November 27 will be an evening with Ann Singleton recalling her cruise to the site of the Titanic disaster.

Camera Club: At the NFU agricultural competition held in Galashiels last Wednesday evening, club member Dennis Laing was awarded a first, second and a third, as well as five commended certificates. He also won best black and white picture. Kathryn Barlow was awarded a commended certificate in the nature category. The meeting next Thursday will be a programme about the John Muir Trust by John Thomas.


Whist Drive: There will be a whist drive in the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm in aid of the children’s Christmas party.

COLLECTION: The Kalewater Poppy collection raised £232.78.

Towford WRI: A Christmas card-making session took place prior to the annual business meeting. Winner of the Ann Douglas Trophy for a jar of lemon curd was Frances Armstrong. Competition – flower arrangement in a cream jug – 1, J. Douglas; 2, M. Towers. The winner of the Annual Points Trophy was Jean Douglas, with runner-up Mary Towers. Items for donation to the Mary’s Meals Backpack Charity programme were collected. The next meeting is the Christmas night out at the Glenbank Hotel, Jedburgh, on December 4.


CHURCH: Sunday’s service will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church. Bruce Davies, award-winning singer songwriter, is making a return to Innerleithen on December 7 to perform “Songs for the Season” in the church at 2pm. For more information or to book a ticket, call 01721 721175.

FAIR: St Ronan’s School PTA will hold its Christmas fair on Tuesday in the school, 6-8pm.

OPERATIC SOCIETY: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society’s craft fair raised approximately £700. This money will go towards the production of the society’s 2013 show, Fiddler on the Roof, which will run in the Memorial Hall from March 25-30.


Bridge Club: November 12 – N/S – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, J. Henry and A. Mitchell; 3, J. Tait and I. Weir. E/W – 1, B. Miller and I. Whillans; 2, N. Porter and S. Graham; 3. A. and R. Stewart.


BOOK SALE: Nearly 200 books – many priced at £1 – from a private collection go on sale at the Abbey Row Centre on Saturday, from noon to 3pm, to raise money for the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal.

BRIDGE CLUB: November 14 – Rose Bowl 3 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark. E/W – 1 (equal), Dominic and Diana Alkin, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Stuart Graham and Ian Watson. November 15 – Children in Need – N/S – 1, Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone. E/W – 1, Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan.

Thursday Group: Oliver Eade’s talk about children as authors was wide ranging. Today, John Inglis gives A Piper’s Lament. There will be a pot for SSAFA, 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Next week Captain Mike Perry will talk about Trinity House.

MARKET: Kelso farmers’ market will be held in The Square on Saturday, 9.30am-1.30pm.

Friends of Kelso Museum: The second talk in the November series was held last Wednesday. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled programme had to be cancelled and Isabel Gordon stepped in at short notice. She delivered “The scholar, the wizard and the seer”, leading the audience round 13th-century Borders through the lives of Duns Scotus, Michael Scott and Thomas the Rhymer. The next talk – on November 28 – features Dr Lindsay Lennie on “Historic Scottish Shopfronts”, of which Kelso has several.

GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Guild met last Thursday when Keith Robeson, countryside ranger, took members on many walks round the Borders, giving information about the countryside, rivers and wildlife.His accompanying photographic presentation showed colourful scenes, and shots of flowers, bird and insect life. The next meeting is a Christmas party night with Molly Pringle in Kelso North Church on November 29.

ROTARY: The full range of projects and opportunities for young people was illustrated for Kelso club members by Theresa Douglas, chair of the New Generations Service Committee of Rotary District 1020. Throughout Scotland, high and primary schools are working with local Rotary clubs to set up scholarships to the US, organise schools quizzes, plus young chef, young golfer and young musician competitions. Anyone who would like to help Kelso Rotarians deliver more for local youngsters should turn up at meetings at 6pm on Thursdays at Ednam House Hotel.


Probus: Billy Steele, the former Milntown rugby player who was capped 23 times for Scotland and a member of British Lions tours to South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina, spoke about his sporting life at the latest meeting.He told of his involvement as choirmaster in the adoption of the song Flowers of Scotland and of his memories of The Corries folk group, as well as his participation in a BBC awards ceremony.

WRI: Eskdale group held a mini show in Canonbie Hall. At the end of an afternoon of keen competition, the winners were announced by group chairman Margaret Sanderson, who called upon federation chairman Betty Burns to present the prizes. Overall winners were Canonbie and the cup for most points in the team test also went to Canonbie, with Westerkirk second and Ewes was third. Individual winners – baking, Elizabeth Kinstrey (Canonbie); handicraft, Anne Ludlum (Canonbie); preserves, (equal) Hazel Johnstone (Westerkirk) and Sarah Smith (Canonbie); floral, (equal), Carol Packer (Westerkirk) and Aileen Cavers (Ewes); education, Carol Packer and Anne Ludlam.


FAIR: A Christmas craft and gift fair in aid of The Lavender Touch charity will be held from 11am-4pm on Sunday the Lauderdale Hotel.

GUILD: Channelkirk and Lauder Church Guild heard Caroline Green from Melrose give a talk on Marie Curie, her life, her work and the role the charity plays today.

WRI: President Janette Waldie welcomed a large turnout of members at the November meeting when Roy Scott from Ancrum, accompanied by his wife, talked about his hobby of metal detecting. Competitions – old coin – 1, Elizabeth Stevenson; 2, Joanne Watson; 3, Wilma Sinton; cinder toffee – 1, Anne Strangeways; 2, Mary Sked. The next meeting is on December 4, with an exchange of gifts.


SHOPPING NIGHT: The primary school is holding a Christmas shopping evening tonight (Thursday), 7-9pm, in the school.


WRI: Marion Stephen and Jean Stewart showed the hand-knitted adults’ and children’s jumpers they had made, plus pictures in cross stitch, at last month’s meeting. Competition – painted stone – 1, V. Mayo; 2, D. Murray; 3 (equal), M. Mabon and M. Inglis. Raffle – E. Scott, M. Chisholm, M. Ewart. The two Kathys demonstrated the art of jewellery making, showing necklaces, bracelets and earrings made in chain mail, beading and wirework at this month’s meeting. Competition – plain carrot cake – 1, M. Inglis; 2, M. Mabon; 3, V. Mayo. Raffle – M. Mabon, E. Gardiner, M. Chisholm.


LITERARY SOCIETY: Dr Sarah Carpenter, of Edinburgh University’s Department of English Literature, discussed the 16th-century writings of Sir David Lyndsey at a meeting on November 6. The following week, members joined with Melrose Historical Association to hear Dr Sandra McNeil, learning and engagement officer at Abbotsford, discuss Sir Walter Scott’s influence, through his books and expressed in the buildings and furnishing of Abbotsford itself, on Scottish history and world literature. At the society’s next meeting, on November 27 at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Institute, honorary president, Professor Ian Campbell, will discuss how the Bible is read – and misread – in Scottish literature.

Family History: Borders Family History Society is – at 2.30pm on Sunday, in the Corn Exchange and Ormiston Institute – hosting a talk by Marjorie Gavin on Thomas Pringle, of Roxburghshire, who was a poet, traveller and anti-slavery campaigner.

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION: Association and literary society members, at their joint meeting, heard Dr Sandra McNeil speak on “Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott: History and Literature”. She covered Sir Walter’s life from his childhood up to his death in 1832. Her talk was illustrated by pictures. The next meeting of the historical association will be in the Ormiston Lounge on December 4 when Gordon Gilfether will give a talk on “Stobbs Camp – 1902-1959”.


WRI: President Sheena Galloway welcomed members to the AGM. Christine Robertson, secretary, read out an account of the year’s affairs, followed by the treasurer’s report. Points secretary Joan Jamieson announced the winners of the most points gained at competitions throughout the year – 1, Helen Pearce; 2, Anne Cochrane; 3, Sheena Galloway.Office bearers elected for the coming year – president, Sheena Galloway; vice-president, Irene Cotter; secretary, Christine Robertson; assistant secretary, Sheila Swanson; treasurer, Dilys Wheelans; magazine and points secretary, Joan Jamieson; press secretary, Gweyn Williamson. Committee – Helen Pearce, Edith Scott, Sheena Combe, Eleanor Scott, Anne Cochrane, Margot Hastie. Competitions – stuffed pepper – 1, Sheena Galloway; 2, Sheena Combe; 3, Ella Nairn; fancy carrier bag – 1, Anne Cochrane; 2, Ella Nairn; 3, Gweyn Williamson. Mrs Galloway then welcomed Patricia Crole who gave a slide show on India. The next meeting is the Christmas night out at Fletcher’s on December 11 (7pm). Competition – best wrapped Santa parcel.


Armistice Service: There was a good turnout at the war memorial for the Armistice Service which was conducted by Dr Clarke. Douglas Hall and Dan Gold laid the wreath, and Alison Fleming played the pipes. The Reverend Robin McHaffie took the service in the church.

Coffee Morning: The Sick Children’s Coffee Morning will be held in the institute on December 1 at 10.30am.

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

Guild: Yetholm and Morebattle and Hownam guilds are holding a joint party in the Wauchope Hall to celebrate 125 years of the guild tonight at 7pm when Iain Whyte, general secretary of the guild will speak and entertain.


EXHIBITION: Sky, Sea and Cheeky Smiles is the title of an exhibition of paintings by Joan Eardley (1921-1963) currently on at The Gallery, Tweeddale Museum, Chambers Institution, until December 1.


CAMERA CLUB: In the prints/ landscape category of the annual agricultural competition, Jim Anderson’s monochrome, Plas-Newydd, was placed second, while Ali Johnston’s The Kids was commended in the people category. In the digitally-projected images section, Ali also had a commended, with Lola, and Margaret McKinney’s Some like it Hot was commended in the open category. Next week will be a computer session and it would be helpful if members could bring in contributions for the raffle on December 5.

BLOOD DONORS: The following awards were presented at a blood-donor session in Selkirk – silver gilt (50 donations) – Ian Johnstone, William Archibald, Margaret Hughes; silver (25) – Dianne Manson; bronze (10) – Rosemary Mackenzie, Margaret Davidson. Ivan Hogg is to receive a 75th award at next year’s annual ceremony.

GIRLGUIDING: Tweed Valley Girlguiding’s annual review was held at Selkirk earlier this month when county commissioner Eileen Martin presented Selkirk leaders Rosie, a Rainbow leader, with her Young Leaders’ Qualification; Jenny with her certificate for 10 years’ service to Guiding and Gill, district commissioner, with a Good Service Brooch. Selkirk Guides will bid farewell to two leaders, Dina and Laura, at Christmas. A new leader is needed to join the team – anyone interested in the position should turn up at the Guides’ coffee morning on Saturday (November 24) at Selkirk Parish Church, 10am-noon, or give Gill a phone call on 01750 32242.

Monday Club: At 2pm on Monday in St Joseph’s church hall, Eric Middleton will give a talk, illustrated with photographs, on wildlife.

St Boswells

WRI:The November meeting was the AGM. There was a have-a-go felting session with Janet Irons. Competition – thimble – 1, Jean Templeton; 2, Carol Dawson; 3, Maisie Hope. The next meeting – on December 11 – will feature a floral art demonstration with Linda Riddell.

APPEAL: The St Boswells Royal British Legion Scotland Poppy Appeal raised £484.18.


FAIR: The church Christmas fair will be held in Stow Town Hall on December 1.


WRI: The Woll Restaurant at Ashkirk was the venue for the November meeting of Newmill and Teviothead WRI when 24 members and friends enjoyed a meal. The new committee and office bearers were announced – president, Trish Kirkpatrick; vice-president, Mary Irving; secretary, Gill Francombe; treasurer, Tina Ainslie; raffle, Carol Valentine; press and minutes, Caroline Tullie; points, Muriel Baptie; committee – Sheila Purdie, Pat Douglas, Anna Hislop, Liz Howieson and Jan Little. The trophy for most points throughout the year was won by Jan Little, with Muriel Baptie runner-up and Trish Kirkpatrick third. The team of Elsie Crouch, Gill Francombe, Caroline Tullie and Jan Little were congratulated in coming fifth at the National Rural Olympics at Perth when they represented Roxburghshire federation. Jan and Caroline also showed members their photographs which they had entered in the rural proficiency test. The December 4 meeting at Teviothead Hall will be a musical evening with Pat Douglas and Humblescribes. Members were asked to add a bit of festive sparkle to their dress and bring a secret Santa gift to the value of £3. Competitions – four rum truffles and a favourite CD.

QuIngo: There will be a quingo (cross between quiz and bingo) evening at Teviothead Hall on November 30 for teams of four, to made up on the night. Those attending should bring their own refreshments, but tea/coffee and stovies will be provided.

Coffee morning: Teviothead Church is holding a coffee morning in the hall on December 1, 10am-noon.


CHURCH: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be at 10am on Sunday.


SERVICE: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on December 16 at 10am.


BOOK SALE: Jean and John Weatheritt, from near Yetholm, have run out of shelf space for their books and are holding a sale of about 200 biographies, fiction and classics to raise money for the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal at Kelso’s Abbey Row Centre on Saturday, noon to 3pm, with the help of the Four Border Abbeys U3A.

HISTORY SOCIETY: Yetholm History and Archaeological Society is holding a Christmas dinner in the Border Hotel on December 4. Application forms are available at various village outlets.

COLD CALLING: Yetholm is now an official No Cold Calling village. This has been set up by Yetholm Community Council, the police and other agencies.

GUILD PARTY: This open event takes place tonight in the Wauchope Hall at 7pm. Anyone interested should just turn up then.

SHOPPING: A Christmas shopping afternoon and evening is to take place in the Border Hotel on November 29, 2-8 pm. Local crafts will be among the items for sale.

CHOIR: Yetholm Ladies Choir is to sing Christmas carols in Wooler, performing the same programme in Yetholm Kirk on December 23.

CHRISTMAS AND THE CHURCH: A programme of Christmas events being celebrated by the church is available.

YETHOLM GNOMES: Anne Yeoman’s gnomes have now gone to bed for the winter. Despite the poor summer weather, the garden display of gnomes attracted much attention and a record cheque has been sent to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.