District news


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.


PARTNERSHIP APPROACH: Pip Tabor gave the local branch of the Scottish Wildlife Trust a talk on how the Southern Upland Partnership creates employment and better community activities, while at the same time protecting the rural environment across southern Scotland. The next trust meeting – on January 10 at 7.30pm in the Langlee Centre – is a members’ night when they will show some of their photographs, slides etc. Non-members are welcome to attend.


CAROLS: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society and St Ronan’s Silver Band gave a performance of carols at St Ronan’s House and Mercer Court on December 18.

SERVICE: There will be a service at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church, followed by a light lunch in the hall, on Sunday.


YOUNG ARTISTS: The Art House Gallery unveiled the winners of their Young Artist Competition. The subject for A4-sized entries was “What Christmas means to me” and all entries were divided into three age brackets – up to 7 years, 8-12 years, 13-18 years. Up to 7 years – 1, Jocelyn Jupp, 6, “Jolly Snowman”; 2, Zac Bridgewater, 5, “Xmas Moto X”; 3, Honey-Rose Fellowes, 5, “My Christmas Special”. 8 to 12 years – 1, Victoria Bridgewater, 11, “Winter Sailing”; 2, Rory Wilson, 9, “Parcel of Love”. 13-18 years – 1, Jenni Bell, 16, “Christmas Dinner”.


Guild: See Oxton section.

LORRY: See Oxton section.


TRIMONTIUM: Members of the trust who are looking forward to the launches – at lunchtime in the Corn Exchange (by Lord Polwarth) and evening (Lord Lieutenant Gerald Maitland-Carew) – of “Newstead: 1911-2011” on January 10 will have the opportunity to buy copies of the book, celebrating James Curle’s centenary, for £20 on that day. The retail price from the National Museums’ online shop is £30, plus £6.50 for postage and packing.


WORSHIP: Morning worship at Channelkirk from Sunday until March 31 inclusive will be held in Oxton War Memorial Hall at 10am.

Guild: There will be a coffee morning (10-11.30am) on Saturday and the guild meets on Wednesday at 2.30pm for songs of praise and drama. Both events are being held in the Church Centre, Lauder.

LORRY: The Blythswood lorry will be at Carfraemill at 12.30-12.45pm on Tuesday – all kinds of goods are desperately needed.


Camera Club: The next meeting of the club is on January 9 when Don Lees will be showing some of his underwater photography. It is also the evening when members should bring entries for the architecture competition.


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


SERVICE: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on January 20 at 10am.


SCHOOL: The village school staged a Christmas play, putting on two performances.

CHOIR: The village choir performed two Christmas concerts – one in Wooler and the second in Yetholm Parish Kirk.

BURNS SUPPER: Border Worthies’ Burns supper will be held on February 1. Those wishing to attend should telephone Susan Stewart on 01573 420231.

FILM NIGHTS: Kidnapped will be shown on Saturday and Brave on January 26. As usual they will be on in the Wauchope Hall, starting at 7pm.