District News


WRI: Members enjoyed their Christmas party and were entertained by accordionist Robert Clelland. The was followed by carols. Competition – Christmas table decoration – 1, Mrs Waldie; 2, Mrs Ramsker; 3, Mrs Crosbie. The next meeting is a meal in Quins, Galashiels.


POST: Denholm Boys’ Brigade’s Christmas postal service raised £88 for funds.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s 10.15am service of lessons and carols will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.


Burns supper: Tickets for the Burns supper on January 26 can be reserved by phoning Evelyn (01835 863625).


RESILIENT: Following the meeting about Scottish Borders Council’s Resilient Community initiative, more than 30 local residents have signed up to take part. Anyone still with completed forms to hand in, or would like a form, is asked to contact George on 01750 52243.

CAROLS: A capacity crowd with standing room only enjoyed an evening of carols with Selkirk Silver Band in the village hall. Mince pies and punch at the interval helped add to the evening’s success.


bLOOD DONORS: The following awards were made at blood-donor sessions in the town – bronze (10 donations) – Emma Brownlee, Karen Ballantyne, Rebecca Egan, Liam Gillie, Iain Montgomery, Christine Munro, Paula Glanville; silver (25) – Pamela Wight; silver gilt (50) – Julie Cleland, Esther McLaren, Stephen Ervine; paperweight for 75 donations – Ian Mascall.


BLOOD DONORS: The following awards were made at blood-donor sessions in the town – bronze (10 donations) – John Gray, Hayley Thomson, Laura Douglas, Kirsty Tait; silver (25) – Jean Kennaway, Donna Connelly, Diane Nichol, Eric Webster, John Rafferty, Mark Szoneberg; silver gilt (50) – James Grieve, Hazel Cameron; paperweight for 75 donations – Ian Matthews.


CHURCH: The next service in Innerleithen Church will be on January 6 at 10.30am, followed by a light lunch in the hall.


POOL: The Laidlaw Memorial Pool will be open from 7am-3.30pm on Hogmanay, but closed on January 1 and 2.


BRIDGE CLUB: December 19 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Lesley Dick; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 3, Nigel and Mary Lindsay. December 20 – Millennium Trophy 8 – N/S – 1, Sheena McPherson and Archie Stewart; 2, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington; 3, Robert Hutchinson and Miles Browne.


Accordion club: The accordion and fiddle club held its December meeting in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. Compere Adam Grant welcomed a good turnout and introduced the guests from Rothbury, Ronnie Mathews (fiddle) and Gary Forest (accordion). Joining them for the evening was Robin Waitt from Claygate, playing accordion, and Donald Graham from Corrie on drums. Among the regulars who entertained on the accordion were Billy Bell, Newby Park, and Les Hurst from Carlisle, Jim Lawrie from Gilsland, Ken White of the Rigg, Deryn Waitt from Claygate, who played with husband Robin, David Dunbar of Lockerbie and local Roger Dobson. Ian Wilson from Crawford played the piano and Robert Willans from the town was on drums.

Pantomime: The Centre Stage Youth Theatre in the town held its annual pantomime for the sixth time in the Buccleuch Centre, and Aladdin proved to be a big hit with the audiences. It was again directed by Judith Johnson and produced by Christopher Jones, and they were delighted with large enthusiastic audiences over the four nights and Sunday matinee. This was the largest cast for Centre Stage, with a few old members among the young talent, and a number of new faces joined the familiar performers.


Question time: There was a large turnout in the village hall for BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time with Eric Robson in the chair. The event was hosted by the local floral group, and Eric and his panel of experts – Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew and Matthew Biggs – answered a large variety of questions from gardening enthusiasts. The recording can be heard tomorrow at 3pm, with a repeat on Sunday at 2pm.


MAXTON MEETS: The first Maxton Meets of the new year is on January 7 (7.30pm) in the village hall when Bobby Douglas will give an illustrated talk entitled “Border Memories”.


BLOOD DONORS: The following award was made at a blood-donor session in the town – silver gilt (50 donations) – Ann Green.


Guild: The guild’s Christmas dinner was held at the Templehall Hotel, followed by carol singing, accompanied by Rita Purves on the keyboard.

WRI: Marie France Taylor welcomed everyone to the December meeting at which four members did corners – Helen Cessford, festive decorations; Janette Stenhouse, sweeties; Marian Dumma, card making; Julie Johnstone, hand massage. Supper was served by the committee and three members read their poems from the Reading Aloud competition. Nancy Anderson was winner of the points cup for the year; 2, Marian Dumma; 3, Lizzie Thomson.

Carol Singing: Owing to the wet night, the carol singing had to be held inside. Games Queen Susie Thomson switched on the lights. This was followed by refreshments, mince pies and shortbread, and £60 was raised for the Langlee Primary School special needs department.

Lunch Club: Twenty-five people attended the lunch club meal in the Templehall Hotel. Afterwards, there were recitations from Eileen Woodward, June Bell and Cyril Taylor.


KEEP FIT: Galawater Health and Fitness Club classes resume in the Town Hall (1-2pm) on January 23.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on January 13 at 10am.


service: There will be a service in Walkerburn Public Hall at 10.30am on Sunday.