District News


YOGA: Classes with David Barr restart on Tuesday February 5 in the village hall, 7-8.30pm. For more information, contact Gill on 01450 870506.


COFFEE MORNING: Bowden and Melrose Parish Church are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, 10am-noon in Bowden village hall in aid of church charity projects. Stalls will include Traidcraft, hand-made cards and more. Donations for the raffle and the cake and Candy stall will be appreciated.


Kirk: The service for the third Sunday after Ephiphany on Sunday was conducted by the Rev Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Atholl Innes. After the service, the minister chaired a meeting of the congregation at which Effie Brydon, Julie Decoteau, Jo Lawson and Atholl Innes were elected to the nomination committee and will join Trinity in Galashiels in the search for a new minister. After the service, there was a collection to mark Homeless Day.


WESTERN LINE DANCING: Classes resume on Wednesday, February 6, in the village hall, 2-3pm. Come and join in the fun while exercising gently to the music. All welcome.


Craft night: Judith Luby will give a lesson on making a necklace or bracelet for less than £2 in the Police Post on February 14 at 7pm. Open to all.

PARISH CHURCH : Service on February 3 is at 10.15am, conducted by Rev Frances Henderson. The congregational board meets on Wednesday February 6 at 7pm in church hall lounge. Note earlier time start again.

WOMEN’S GROUP: On February 7 at 8pm in the church hall, the speaker is Winnie Blair from Body Beautiful in Jedburgh, non-members welcome.

WRI: Members and visitors enjoyed a Burns supper on January 17, with music and recitations by Gwen Hardie. Barbara Greer won first prize for fingerless gloves with Edith Cockburn second and Linda Riddell’s Scottish brooch won first prize with Wilma Moffat second. Please note that the next meeting will now be Cash in the Attic with Trevor Black on February 28 in Hanover. Please bring a small antique.


Coffee Morning: The February sale in aid of Village Hall funds is on Saturday, 10am-noon. Anyone with anything to sell, turn up, take a table, and make a 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 McMillan Cancer Support. Tickets, £6, including a stovies supper, are available from Linda on 01750 52257. There will be a bar and raffle. Donations for the raffle can be handed in to any committee member.

Hall dinner: Tickets are on sale for the annual hall dinner on March 2. The speakers are Billy Young from Langholm and Sheriff Kevin Drummond with Tommy Knox, Jimmy Gibb and Henry Douglas providing the music. Tickets, £18:50, including three-course meal, are available from Linda on 01750 52257.


Rotary: The club will be collecting at Asda, Galashiels, on Saturday February 2 to raise money for international aid in the form of village water purifiers.

PROBUS Club: At the Burns lunch on January 24, the welcome and the Selkirk Grace were given by president Alex Arbuckle, the piper was Pipe Major Michael Hepburne-Scott; the address to the haggis was given by Ian Forsyth; Robert Fraser played Scots fiddle tunes, the Immortal Memory was proposed by Sandy Aitchison; Donald Cameron played Scots song on the piano, community singing was led by Alex Arbuckle and the vote of thanks was proposed by Sandy Frame.


Rotary Club: President Tommy Mulvee welcomed the speakers for the evening, the two Anns - Singleton and Cockburn. They met by chance as strangers at the exhibition in the museum for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. They found they had a deep, common interest in the subject. Ann Singleton had booked up on a commemorative cruise and was looking for someone to share her cabin and Ann Cockburn did so. They gave an illustrated talk on the trip. Club officials for next year were anounced: president, Scott Elliot; vice-president, Sandy Bannerman; junior vice-president, Mhairi Trickett; vocational, George Rennie; international, Mhairi Trickett; foundation, Gus Neilson; secretary, Iain Smith and treasurer, Bob Kellet. The club is organising a charity film showing Les Miserables in March at the Hub. Tickets, £7, are on sale there or from any Rotarian.

Camera Club: The fourth monthly competition, flora and fauna, was judged by Geoff Harrison of the Galashiels club last week. Results – projected mages: 1 Hover Tit by Kathryn Barlow, 2 Spot-On, Forget-Me-Not by Dennis Laing, 3 On The Boardwalk by Bernie Gajos; novice section: 1 Trying-Out For The NFL by Logan Kennedy; mounted pPrints: 1 Barn Owl by Kathryn Barlow, 2. Through the Window by Bert Lancaster, 3 Hauled Out by Dennis Laing; novice section: Close Encounter by George Sudlow.


Whist: A whist drive is to be held in the village hall on February 26, at 7.30pm


KIRK: The service on February 3 is at 10.30 am followed by a light Souper Sunday lunch in the church hall.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The monthly meeting is on Monday February 4 in the Council Chamber, Leithen Road at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.

PIPING SOCIETY: St. Ronan’s Piping Society will hold its AGM on Sunday February 3 in the Vale Club, Innerleithen at 1pm. All members and potential members are welcome.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: There will be a chance to buy tickets for Innerleithen Opera’s production of Fiddler on the Roof (March 25-30) on 3 February 13 in the Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, from 6.30-7.15pm and at the society’s coffee morning in the Vale Club on Saturday 16 February, 10am-noon.


COFFEE MORNING: The joint churches are holding a coffee morning at the Royal British Legion Hall, High Street on Saturday February 2 10-11.30am Entrance £1.00 Usual stalls, all proceeds to Christian Aid.

Rotary Club: At the last meeting, our guest was Alan Marshall from Sprouston who led the club in a Burns evening. After the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties Alan entertained with a selection of Burns’ songs which were much enjoyed. Between his songs club members joined in communal singing which was more or less tuneful.

Bridge Club: January 21 – N/S: 1 J.Tait & I Weir, 2 M.Forsyth & P. Harris, 3 O.Whillans & M. Purdie; E/W: 1 R.Oates & S.West, 2 D.Cessford & D.Gray, 3 B. Miller & I. Whillans


Heart Month: The Kelso contact for the British Heart Foundation, Lynn Young, will be wearing red throughout February to mark the foundation’s Heart Month and is encouraging others to do so too, or to host a coffee morning in aid of the BHF at your work or in your home? The Kelso BHF Fundraising group are holding a coffee morning at the Kelso North Parish Church on February 23, 10am-noon – all welcome. Check www.bhf.org.uk for more details.

Abbey quilters: The next meeting will be on Tuesday February 12 in Abbey Row at 7pm. Lorraine Young and Ivy Renwick will show Japanese folded patchwork. For further information contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414. Visitors welcome.

Thursday Group: £73 was donated after members heard how the Margaret Kerr Unit came to be built. Today, Roger Hemming’s talk will be Chance Encounters that Change our Lives. Abbey Row Centre. 2pm. Next week, Len McDermid and The Railway Muse.

Bridge club: January 23, Bobby Allen Mixed Pairs: N/S 1 Dominic & Diana Alkin, 2 Ken Ross & Sheila Urquhart, 3 Jean Henry & Alex Jeffrey; E/W 1 Mary & Jim Stone, 2 Avril Ronald & John Hayton, 3 Ian Watson & Lesley Dick. January 24, Millennium Trophy 9: N/S 1 John & Marian Miller, 2 John Urquhart & Janet Kyle, 3 Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson; E/W 1 Jean Henry & Jim Stone, 2 Brian Saywood & Evelyn Erskine, 3 Dominic & Diana Alkin.


Probus club: President Jim Thomson welcomed 29 members, with guests George Redpath and Brent Thomlinson to the Eskdale Hotel for the first meeting of the year. A minute’s silence was observed for club member Ben Phillips who died recently. The speakers were Natalia Bell and Gillian Mabon, students from the academy, who spoke of their experiences when visiting the sites of the Second World War German concentration camps at Auschwitz as part of their history course. They were moved and impressed by the sights and by the story as explained by the Holocaust Educational Trust, particularly the silence that overlies the sites even to this day. The girls followed the story of Jane Haining, born in Dumfries and Galloway Region and educated at Dumfries Academy, the only Scot known to have suffered and died in the camps after refusing to leave orphaned Jewish children when Hungary was occupied. A vote of thanks was given by George Turner.

Coffee morning: About £800 was raised for the youth section of the rugby club at a coffee morning in the Buccleuch Centre, opened by rugby captain Steven Nicol. There were the usual stalls – cake and candy, bric-a-brac, rugby kit, children’s games, tombola and a raffle. The organisers, coaches, helpers and young players thank everyone for their support.

Rotary: President Mark Phillips was chairman for the Burns Supper in the Crown Hotel, with a wonderful immortal memory proposed by Jane Brown, manager of the Globe Inn in Dumfries. The toast to The Lassies was given by Kenneth Pool with the reply from Aileen Armstrong. Billy Young recited Tam O’ Shanter and sang, with Marion Rodger. Henry Jeffrey was accompanist. The haggis was carried in by Robbie Trussler led by Piper Gilbert Gillanders.

Mascots: Sam Cottrill from the youth rugby group has been chosen as a mascot at the Six Nations match against Ireland at Murrayfield on February 24. Local rugby Development Officer Iain Park was asked to provide a mascot for the South under-20 match against Ireland at Netherdale on February 22 and the lucky lad from P6/7, whose name was draw out of the hat was Jay Gordon.


WRI: In January we had our Scottish Evening with Ruth Scoular providing an excellent quiz and the committee providing plenty of delicious traditional Scottish food. The kilt pin competition was won jointly by Ruth Scoular and Kath Runciman. The next meeting is Love Food – Hate Waste with David Scott Aiton on February 20.


Coffee Morning: Lauder Church Centre, Saturday February 2, 10-11.30am, all welcome.

Guild: February 6, 2.30pm in Lauder church centre, Linda Kirby-Organ will be telling us of her visit to the 2012 general assembly.

Blythswood lorry: The lorry will be at Carfraemill on Tuesday February 5, 12.30-12.45pm to collect any clothing, shoes,books, bric-a-brac, food and small items of furniture. Items may be left at the Lodge, but space is limited.


Burns ceilidh: Gaelic in the Borders is holding a Taste of Burns ceilidh in Maxton Village Hall tomorrow, Friday, starting at 7.45pm. Everyone welcome – musical or poetic contributions (in any language) welcome. £5 at the door, including supper. For information: 01835 823392.


Literary Society: At the meeting on February 5, the chairman of the Scottish branch of the Elgar Society, Paul Bassett, will speak on literary influences on the composer’s music. Because of bad weather last week’s talk by former BBC producer Katriona McEwan, Making Words Come Alive for Radio, was cancelled and will now be given at an additional meeting on February 26. All society meetings take place in Melrose’s Ormiston Lounge at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome (£3).

Kirk Activities: Saturday February 2 Bowden village hall coffee morning in aid of the Bethlehem and Malawi projects, donations requested; Sunday February 3, services, Bowden 9.30am Rev Dr R Gordon; Melrose 11am Very Rev Dr D Arnott, former Moderator; Thursday February 7, 7.30pm kirk session.

Trimontium: Although the Museum is not open in winter a party of seven visited by arrangement. a supply of the new book Newstead 1911-2011, is on sale. Walter Elliot’s book on dowsing is arousing interest.The National Museums Scotland are arranging for further finds from the Curle excavation to be brought for display throughout the 2013 season. They will also be returning the intaglios, the Roman soldiers’ ringstones.


Guild: The meeting in the institute on Thursday February 7 at 7.30pmwill take the form of a members’ night entitled Being a Christian in today’s world.

WRI: The meeting will be in the Institute on Wednesday February 13 at 7.15pm. A film entitled Forgotten Workers (Bondagers) with Dinah Iredale will be shown. This is an open meeting for non-members and gents. Competitions: home-made Valentine card and a pre-1950s photo.

Coffee Morning: The Morebattle Games coffee morning will be in the village hall on Saturday February 16 at 10.30am. Usual stalls, raffle etc.,


Blythswood lorry: The lorry will be at Carfraemill on Tuesday February 5, 12.30-12.45pm to collect any clothing, shoes,books, bric-a-brac, food and small items of furniture. Items may be left at the Lodge, but space is limited.


CAMERA CLUB: Last week Bert Lancaster judged the club competition on architecture. Results – Digitally projected images:1 G. Northey, 2 M. Reynolds, 3 M. Reynolds; Colour prints :1 M. McKinney, 2 E. Nichol, 3 B. Johnstone; Mono prints: 1 M. McKinney, 2 M. McKinney, 3 J. Anderson. The theme for the president’s competition on February 6 is Animals.

Monday Club: At 2pm on February 4 at St Joseph’s church hall, Julian Colton will give a talk and read his poetry. All welcome.


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


Service: The next service in Walkerburn Public hall will be on 17 February 17 at 10 am.


DAFFODILS: Members of the Yetholm Men’s Dining Club, known as the Daffodils, brought their partners to dinner at the Plough Hotel for a ladies’ night at their January meeting. The host of the Plough, Diane Hay, joined the party.

VILLAGE CHOIR: After the Christmas concert the village choir is now rehearsing for one in the spring. Negotiations have been taking place with the kirk authorities to use the church for the weekly meetings. A pub quiz has taken place to boost funds.

TEACHERS GALORE: On the stormiest of the winter weather days, Yetholm Primary School remained open.Under Scottish Borders Council regulations, teachers living on or near the village but unable to to work at their usual school were able to report for duty at Yetholm. On a couple of days there were more teachers than pupils. The village remained open for business during the snow although the road to Kelso was almost impassable at times. In the village volunteers helped clear snow in areas not ploughed by the council.

PANTOMIME: Cinderella comes to the Wauchope Hall on February 9 and 9 Tickets may be obtained from te village shop.

BURNS SUPPER: This is a final call for the Border Worthies’ Burns supper, tomorrow, February 1. Contact Susan Stewart of Kirk Yetholm for a ticket.