District News


WRI: Members prepared and enjoyed a Burns supper evening. Competition – Scottish tea towel – 1, Adele Richardson; 2, Kathyrn Barlow; 3, Molly Marshall.

WHIST: A whist drive and dominoes will be held in the village hall on February 4 (7.30pm) in aid of hall funds


CHURCH: The second Sunday after Epiphany service in Caddonfoot Church was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. The lessons were read by Eddie Brydon. This week’s kirk session meeting is in the church and there will be a congregational meeting after the service next Sunday to appoint a nominating committee to begin the process of finding a new minister for Caddonfoot and Trinity. Bible study continues each Thursday in Trinity Church hall (5-6pm). Atholl Innes is grateful to everyone who donated stamps for the Eden Valley Hospice at Brampton. He collects stamps throughout the year.


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

WEDNESDAY CLUB: The first meeting after the New Year was held last week. The opening item was an extraordinary general meeting to set in place a formal club constitution. Following this there was a fun singsong. Competition – favourite Christmas card – 1, Ray Murray; 2, Olive Moffat; 3, Kay Brownlie. The competition at next week’s meeting is for a comical mug.


WRI: Members held a social evening when each member brought a plate of food for a supper. Then they had a show-and-tell and items brought included a cocoa pod from Ghana, a Shetland blanket, a Jedburgh hand ba’ and a century-old Roberton Quoiting Club medal won by a member’s grandfather four times. Margaret Jeary won the Scottish souvenir competition. Isobel Henderson, Annette Fraser and Christine Tucker were second, and Myra Hope was third. The best shortbread was brought by Isobel and Annette, while Christine was runner-up.


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning will be held on March 4, from 10.30am in the village hall.

Burns supper: There are still tickets available for Saturday’s Burns supper from Evelyn Grierson (01835 863625).


WRI: The January meeting took the form of a bowling practice for the federation competition on February 17 at Lindean. Two teams will take part. The February 13 gathering will feature a talk on China by Trish Gray.

COFFEE MORNING: The next monthly coffee morning and sale in aid of village hall funds will take place on February 2 (10am-noon). Anyone with anything to sell should turn up, take a table and give a small donation to the hall.

SOCIAL EVENING: On February 16, the village hall committee is running a social evening in the form of a 70s-80s disco in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets are available from Linda (01750 52257) and raffle donations can be handed to any committee member.

DINNER: Tickets for the annual hall dinner on March 2 are available from Linda (01750 52257). Speaking at the function will be Billy Young from Langholm and Sheriff Kevin Drummond, with Tommy Knox, Jimmy Gibb and Henry Douglas providing music.


Inner Wheel: It has been a social whirl for Inner Wheel members during the past month. They enjoyed a festive meal at the Philipburn Hotel, followed by celebrating Inner Wheel Day on January 10 by meeting informally for a home-made soup, sandwich and pudding lunch. Members were welcome to bring their partners and, as a result, were joined by Rotarians. Both organisations have been encouraged to look through their cupboards and sheds to find old tools and sewing machines. This is due to Inner Wheel District 2 chairman Jenny Barker’s project this year – “Tools for Self Reliance”. This charity, providing volunteering opportunities to people of all abilities and from all walks of life in the UK – at the Garvald training centre in Edinburgh – refurbishes old tools and sewing machines. Tens of thousands of high-quality refurbished tools and sewing machines are sent annually to communities in Africa. Secretary Vi Romanis can be contacted on 01896 850356 to arrange to receive donations of old tools and sewing machines.

Camera Club: Members enjoyed a practical evening led by Ian Oliver on exploring imaging software. Next week is the club open competition which will be judged on the night by the audience.


Film AND Video Group: By way of a change to the syllabus programme, Ann Singleton presented part two of her memorial cruise DVD, which covered a service on the deck of the MV Balmoral for those who perished on the Titanic’s maiden voyage 100 years ago. In addition, Tony Gulvin showed a five-minute film he produced featuring the ruined building of old Cavers house. The January 29 meeting will be the group’s Scottish Night.

Camera Club: Members equipped with cameras and tripods ventured into the cold night last Thursday to photograph townscape scenes by street lamp light. Next Thursday’s meeting will feature a talk by Oliver Eade regarding an event which could arise when one needs to say: “Excuse me, sir, I just took your photograph”.

Rotary Club: Members held a Burns supper last week, also attended by wives and friends. Tom Elliot-Walker piped the haggis in and the address was delivered by Gus Neilson. Jock Thorburn said the Selkirk Grace. After a traditional meal the evening was handed over to MC Bobby Cairns. The evening proceeded in the form of a musical appreciation of the bard, thanks to singers Joyce Tinlin, Pat Sutherland and Michael Aitken. Tom gave recitals on his fiddle and Rosalyn Walker provided the piano accompaniment. Michael gave a rendition of Tam o’ Shanter after which Sandy Bannerman proposed the vote of thanks.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service in Innerleithen Church starts at 11.30am.


BLOOD DONORS: At a blood-donor session in Jedburgh, bronze awards for10 donations were made to Robert King, Lisa Richardson. A total of 153 attended the session and 128 donated. There were four new donors.


AGM: Kelso Ornithological Society (cage birds) will hold its annual meeting on February 12 at the British Legion in Roxburgh Street, starting at 7pm. Attendance by members involved in 
showing pigeons and poultry would be greatly appreciated. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the club should contact Linda Nairn (01573 224006) or John Connor (07871 528621).

BRIDGE CLUB: January 16 – Abbey Salver 5 – N/S – 1, Elinor Green and Alison Ireland; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; E/W – 1, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 2, Jean Bunyan and Val Fairbairn; 3, Lee Leeson and John Hayton. January 17 – Calchou Cup 8 – N/S – 1, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 2, Sheena McPherson and Ken Ross; 3, John and Marian Miller; EW – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, Sheila Urquhart and Ruth Mackay; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin.

Thursday Group: The spring programme opened with film shorts selected by Stan Yates. Today, Colin Gilmour will bring members up to date on the Kelso Heritage Initiative. Next Thursday sees Roger Hemming reliving the summer of 1970 with Following the Hippie Trail at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Montrose match on Saturday leaves the Square at 11am. For ticket details, contact Jim Vass (01573 226240).


Accordion Club: Members held a club night in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. There was a good turnout of regular musicians from both sides of the border. Adam Grant was compere. Entertaining on accordion were Billy Bell, Newby Park; Peter McCormack, Les Hurst and David Bell, all from Carlisle. Also present were James Lawrie of Gilsland, Kenny White from the Rigg, David Dunbar of Lockerbie, and Robin and Deryn Waitt from Claygate. Ian Wood (Northumberland) and Roddie Matthews (Hexham) kept things swinging on the fiddle, while Canonbie’s Iain Bell played the bagpipes, with local man Billy Little on mouthorgan. Playing drums for the various artists were Jock Thompson (Roberton) and local Robert Willens.

Dance: The sports centre was the venue for Eskdale Farmers’ Ball, attended by more than 250 people. Chairman Glen Brodie welcomed the company and music for dancing was provided by the Strangers from Selkirk, along with accordionist Buzzy Wilson.

party: The Royal British Legion clubrooms were the venue for a party for more than 60 senior citizens of the town. A number were brought in by driver Kate Turk, assisted by John Scott with the day centre bus. Entertainment was organised by Avril Grieve and Kenneth Pool was compere. The entertainers included the Centre Stage youth group, pipe band, Langholm Folk Group, Nicky Henderson, Billy Young, Simon Railton, Henry Jeffrey, Michael Turk and Jackie Beckett. Margaret Howe was accompanist for the singers.

Burns supper: President Claire Phillips welcomed everyone to the Ewes WRI Burns supper in the hall. The haggis was carried in by Aileen Cavers, headed by Piper Richard Henderson, and the address to the haggis was given by Grace Brown, who also recited Tam O’ Shanter later in the evening. The president said the Selkirk Grace. The Immortal Memory was proposed by Kenneth Pool, while the Reverend Scott McCarthy gave the toast to The Lassies, to which his wife, Jane, replied. Singers were Marion Rodger, Steven Milligan and Jackie Henderson, who was accompanied on guitar by her son, Nicky.


WRI: The festive meeting saw a demonstration by Amanda Jordan on cooking with chocolate. This month’s Scotch night featured entertainment by Billy Anderson (accordion), Anna Johnston (fiddle) and Fiona Laing (singing), along with a quiz and games.Competition – tattie scones – 1, Kathleen Thomson; 2, Sheila Hardie; 3, Mary Sked; snow photograph – 1, Wendy Paterson; 2, Anne Strangeways; 3, Kathleen Thomson.

CHURCH GUILD: 2013 began with a songs of praise afternoon, singing favourite hymns. The committee performed a sketch on the guild theme. There is a change of speaker for next month’s meeting – member Sheila Lowe will talk about her trip to the Holy Land.


AGM: At last week’s Melrose in Bloom annual meeting, the following office bearers were elected – interim chairman, Owen Rowlands; treasurer, Vivien Chisholm; secretary, Pam Rowlands. The next meeting will be held in the Lower Ormiston Room on February 19 at 7.30pm. Any new volunteers for 2013 should phone Pam (01896 822024).

CHURCH: Mack William Oliver was christened amid family and friends on Sunday, receiving a baptismal candle, lit from the church’s Easter candle and signifying new life.

Activities: Sunday, services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); February 10, 2pm, Holy Trinity Chamber Concert.

TRIMONTIUM: The trust has been awarded a Scottish Borders Council community grant to help with the cost of cleaning the verdigris-covered 2nd-century silver denarii found at Synton, near Ashkirk, in 2011. The 222 coins were purchased as treasure trove in a joint effort with the council’s museums service.


WRI: Agnes Johnston gave a demonstration on cake decoration, using ribbon and making icing flowers. Members had the opportunity to make roses. Competition – decorated cup cake – 1, Agnes Bell; 2, Anne Wood; 3, Denise Barclay; 4, Sonya Borthwick. The next meeting will be on February 27, not the 20th, as in the syllabus, when Dr Burns will give a talk on The Flying Doctort.


BLOOD DONORS: At a blood-donor session in Peebles, bronze awards for10 donations) went to Janey Cluness, Graham Kerr, Sharon Stuart, Adrian Ridley and Michael Isherwood; silver awards (25 donations) to Belinda Swan, and Alison Brown; and silver gilt awards (50 donations) to Robert Cruise and James MacKay. A total of 170 attended the session and 162 donated. There were 10 new donors.


CAMERA CLUB: The latest gathering was a practical session when Ali Johnston demonstrated how to frame images using Photoshop. Next week club member Jennifer Payne will give a presentation of travel photographs.

St Boswells

WRI: For the January meeting members enjoyed a discussion and demonstration of basic machine sewing. Competition – largest and smallest buttons – 1, Janet Irons; 2, Jean Blackwood; 3, Una Forsyth and Jean Templeton. The next meeting is the birthday night, February 12 , with “Puddings” by Susie Walker.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Rosamund Robertson will speak about forcible evictions at 7.30pm tonight at Main Street Trading. She spent three months as an ecumenical accompanier with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. The event has been organised by Borders members of Amnesty International. To reserve a place, contact felicity.burrows+amnestygmail.com.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service in Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.


Service: The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall is on February 17 at 10 am.


RAMBLERS: Romany Ramblers meet at 9am on Saturday at the Wauchope Hall (9.15am at The Knowes, Kelso) for a Coldstream to Kelso walk.