District News


WRI: Members enjoyed a Christmas supper at last month’s meeting. Competitions – box of marzipan fruits – R. Sinton; best-wrapped parcel – 1, E. Munro; 2, M. Dorricott; 3, D. Canby. The next meeting – on February 13 – will see David Scott-Aiton on Love Food – Hate Waste. Competitions – three peppermint creams and an item made from recycled materials. Hostessess – Mairi Wight and Margaret Smith.

SUPPER TIME: A Burns supper is to be held in Ancrum Village Hall on January 19. Tickets are only available until Saturday from the Ancrum Pantry shop and Cross Keys pub.


WRI: Members enjoyed a night out and Christmas meal at the Clock Tower, Jedburgh. Competition – best-wrapped Christmas present – 1, Elaine Turnbull; 2, Adele Richardson; 3, Teela Ferguson.


CAFE: Next Wednesday’s meeting of the community cafe has been postponed until January 23.


Parish Church: A retiring collection for the Margaret Kerr unit at the BGH raised £235 at the joint watchnight service with Trinity, Galashiels. The previous weekend’s gift donations at Caddonfoot raised £275 for Borders children’s charities.


WEDNESDAY CLUB: The new session will begin on Wednesday in the church hall at 2pm. Competition – favourite Christmas card.

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

WOMEN’S GROUP: Members meet tonight in the church hall at 8pm and the speakers will be from Earlston Paths Group.

WRI: At the last meeting of the year, members enjoyed carol singing with Rosemary Armstrong on piano and Jennifer Bryson’s film show of the Holy Land, assisted by Ian Gibb. Competitions – Christmas biscuits – 1, Betty Paton; 2, Barbara Greer; Christmas limerick – 1, Heather Smith; 2, Trish Grierson. The next meeting will be a Burns supper in Hanover Close at 7.30pm on January 17.


Burns supper: A Burns supper will be held on January 26. Tickets from Evelyn (01835 863625).

SOCIAL: A family social evening (new age curling, bring and share supper, donation at the door) will be held tomorrow from 7pm.


RESILIENT COMMUNITY: Following the recent meeting on 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 who would like a form, is asked to contact George (01750 52243) before these are returned to the council.

SOUP AND SWEET: The next village hall fundraiser will be held in the hall on Sunday (11.45am-2pm) and takes the form of a soup and sweet lunch.

BURNS SUPPER: The Ettrick Valley committee of the Macmillan cancer charity is holding a Burns supper on January 26 in Kirkhope Village Hall. Tickets are available from Marjory Tennant (01750 62327) or any committee member.


HISTORY: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be held in Fala Village Hall on January 31 at 7.30pm. Speaker – Arran P. Johnston, executive trustee of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust, on the Prestonpans Tapestry.


WRI: Members will meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday for a games night. Competitions – two pieces of Highlander shortbread and a Scottish brooch.


HEADSHAVE: Amy Brown, a student at Borders College, Galashiels, will be having her head shaved this morning (11.30am) to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. The event will take place on the town’s Scottish Borders Campus. As part of the NC business management course that Amy is on, she has to complete an enterprise project and decided to raise money for a charity. Amy said: “I decided to do a sponsored headshave to support all the soldiers who are currently serving overseas – one of which is my brother, Craig Brown.” To sponsor or support Amy, come along to the main lecture theatre on campus.

Studio Club: The first meeting of 2013 is on January 17 at 7.30pm in Old Gala House when professional artist Joy Parker will be demonstrating portrait painting using oil paint. New members welcome. For more information, phone 01896 757222.


FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS: Christmas and New Year celebrations at Glendouglas Hall started with carol singing around the Christmas tree with Jedforest Instrumental Band and was led by the Reverend Anna Rodwell, followed with mulled wine and mince pies. The Christmas whist drive was well attended with Jock Middlemass winning the highest overall score. Ladies – 1, June Lyle; 2, Hanna Wilson; 3, Joan Kyle. Booby, Christine Ballantyne.Men – 1, Angus Cameron; 2, Stuart Runciman; 3, Izzy Brodie.Booby, Jean Mabon. A Christmas floral art workshop with Beverly Brown was enjoyed by all budding floral art enthusiasts. The family games night saw Robert Bathgate winning the trophy. A full house of revellers brought in 2013 at the hall’s Hogmanay party with Gordon Brown’s Scottish Dance Band.

DANCE: A dance with Stuart Anderson on Saturday begins at 7.30pm.

CLASS: The old time/ceilidh dance class starts on January 24, continuing to meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

BURNS: The Burns supper will be held on February 9 – tickets available from hall committee members and the community hotline (01835 863604).


ROTARY: President Tommy Mulvee took 13 members to Langholm to traditionally first-foot the Rotary Club there. After a convivial meeting and meal, the clubs met in a round of the Rotary District quiz. Representing Langholm were president Mark Phillips, Kenneth Pool, Paddy Sherman and Graham Weatherston who faced the Hawick team of Tommy, Ron Smith, Ron Sutherland and Sandy Bannerman. In a closely-fought contest, the visitors were victorious by 21-20.


service: Sunday’s service will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.


Historical Society: At the December meeting, John Wood gave a talk on John Younger, the St Boswells shoemaker. Mr Wood took members through the life and thoughts of a man who compared himself to Robinson Crusoe, but stranded in the cultural desert of St Boswells rather than an inhospitable pacific island. The next talk is tonight at 7.30pm in the British Legion when John Rogerson will be taking his audience “Around the Jed”.


FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next open meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club. There is a change of speaker for this meeting – it will be Matilda Mitchell and her topic is Joan Eardley.

Thursday Group: Meetings resume today with archive film shown by Stan Yates in the Abbey Row Centre at 2pm. Next Thursday sees Clare Oliver talking about the Margaret Kerr Unit. For more information and a copy of the spring syllabus, telephone Isabel on 01573 224753.

ABBEY QUILTERS: The next meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7pm in Abbey Row when Sandra Kinnoch will be showing how to make a quickie bag.

AGM: Kelso Horticultural Society’s annual meeting will be held in the Tait Hall on Wednesday at 7pm.

EMBROIDERERS: The next meeting for Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild will take place on January 22 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Speaker Carol Evans’ talk is entitled How it All Began”.


Hogmanay: It was a dry night for the celebrations to bring in the New Year, with a good crowd of all ages gathered in the Market Place. Members of the pipe band played prior to midnight and as the clock struck 12 everyone cheered and then wished each other the customary Happy New Year. The town band played round the streets during mid-morning on New Year’s Day and on their march stopped to perform a short while in the Market Place – much to the delight of the runners who had just completed the whisky run.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Member Michael Scott will give a presentation about HMS Lauderdale on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens (01578 722559).

LIBRARY: Lauderdale Library will hold a special general meeting at the Lauderdale Hotel at 12.15pm on Saturday.


PIANO PASSES: At examinations held locally for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, pupils of Elsie Walter ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) of Lilliesleaf – Ruby Tabor, Chester Knowes, and Sophie MacBrayne, Melrose – passed piano grade five with merit.


CHURCH: today, 2.30pm, guild, speaker Rae Hastings on Tom Scott’s paintings; Sunday’s services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10am and 11am); Tuesday, 10am, Upper Room meeting to prepare for the forthcoming World Day of Prayer service.

TRIMONTIUM: The gathering together of material for the 19 chapters in the Curle Centenary volume being launched in the Corn Exchange today at lunchtime and in the evening has been a good excuse for people to stop and have a fresh look again at the familiar. Chapter five of the new book is entitled “Newstead and environs from the air” and deals with the cropmarks that have shown up in aerial photographs of the site since the 1970s. During another careful look at the marks in the 2006 shots, taken during a very dry summer, part of the ditch of probably the earliest temporary camp on the site were spotted. More research showed that a Bradford student on the last dig in the 1990s had included it in his dissertation after his good look at a Colin Martin photograph.

AGM: Melrose in Bloom’s AGM will take place in the Lower Ormiston Room on Tuesday at 7.30pm.


WRI: The first meeting of 2013 will be on Wednesday when Agnes Johnston gives a demonstration on cake decorating. Competition – decorated cup cake.

WORSHIP: Sunday morning worship at 10am will be in Oxton War Memorial Hall. Sunday services continue there until March 31.


CAMERA CLUB: This month’s programme started with an informal evening, and the next meeting will see Ali Johnston will demonstrate how to frame images. The final club competition, on the theme “Architecture”, takes place on January 23 when the judge will be Bert Lancaster. A week later, member Jennifer Payne will give a presentation based on her travel photographs. More information about the club can be found at www.selkirkcc.blogspot.co.uk.

Antiquarian Society: The January meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Sandra McNeil will present a talk on Abbotsford. Details of the society’s syllabus are available on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.


BURNS SUPPER: The Teviothead Church Burns supper will be held in Teviothead Hall on February 1. Tickets from Caroline Tullie or Bill Hindmarsh.


SERVICE: The service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday starts at 10am.


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


HOTEL COMPETITIONS: A curry night followed by competitions was been held in the Plough. The dominoes were won by Helen Younger, with Nicky Cockburn runner-up. Jimmy Moscrop lifted the darts title, with Paul Downie second. Paul also won the darts, followed by Michael Yeomans.

NEW YEAR: There was a College Valley Foxhounds meet in the morning, while the afternoon saw a pub quiz in the Border Hotel.

PANTOMIME: Rehearsals for Cinderella have started, taking place in the Wauchope Hall at 5pm Sundays and 7.30pm Wednesdays.