District News


QUIZ NIGHT: A quiz in aid of village hall funds will be held in the hall on February 15 (7.30pm). Cost is £10 per team of four – contact 01450 870506 to book a table.


WRI: The January meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. This month’s gathering will be held on February 18 and everyone should bring their button boxes as members will be making button jewellery.


CHURCH: Sunday’s service was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Jo Lawson. The minister announced that it was “all systems go” for the appointment of a new minister, and the vacancy committee of Effie Brydon, Julie Decoteau, Jo Lawson and Atholl Innes would join the committee at Trinity to proceed in the near future. There will be a meeting of the congregational board next Thursday at 7.30pm in the church. Bible study continues every Thursday (5-6pm) in Trinity. The Homelessness Sunday collection raised £46.


AGM: An appeal for local support to keep the village hall open has been made just days before the hall AGM on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the premises.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s 10.15am service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Berwick Male Voice Choir will give a concert in the church on February 22 at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Members meet tonight (8pm) in church hall and the speaker is Winnie Blair from Body Beautiful.

KARATE: Tomorrow – junior class, 6-7pm; intermediate/senior class, 7-8pm.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Members enjoyed a light-hearted quiz by Ann Thomson at last week’s meeting. Competition – comical mug – 1, Wilma Moffat; 2, Agnes Penman; 3, Agnes Graham. The club has a new PA system, purchased with the aid of a grant from Earlston Community Council. Next week’s meeting features a Valentine verse competition.

WRI: A craft night, open to all, will be held in the police post next Thursday at 7pm when Joyce Luby will show how to make a necklace or a bracelet for £2.


Growing Knowledge: John Chisholm will deliver an educational and participation evening of his knowledge of planting and propagation at 7.30pm tomorrow in the village hall – bring and share supper.

Burns Supper: MC David Wylie introduced Bob Burgess (Immortal Memory), Matthew Burgess (Tam O’Shanter), Ken Fotheringham (Toast to The Lassies) and Nancy McNicol (reply). Entertainment was provided by the Lead yer Footers and the Oxnam singing group.


Camera Club: A break from convention saw members judge the open club competition. Results – prints – 1 and 2, Christine Swalwell; 3, Linda Ormiston; commended, Linda Ormiston, Christine Swalwell and Geoff Harrison; DPIs –1, Alan Kennedy; 2, Linda Ormiston; 3, Alan Kennedy; commended, Ian Oliver, Geoff Harrison and Fiona Cadger; beginners’ DPIs – 1, Alan Kennedy; 2, Linda Ormiston; 3, Alan Kennedy; commended, Fiona Cadger (2) and Caroline Grant. There is no meeting next Wednesday, but members are invited to the print and DPI competition with Midlothian Camera Club on Tuesday at its clubhouse in Lasswade (7.30pm).


Film AND Video Group: The annual Scottish Night took place last week with a programme consisting of a short film featuring the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra playing the music and songs of Robert Burns. This was followed by a traditional supper of haggis, neeps and tatties provided by club members. Tuesday’s meeting will see a visit to the clubrooms by members of Hawick Camera Club.

Camera Club: Street-life photography was the subject of an illustrated talk by Dr Oliver Eade (Selkirk Camera Club) to members last Thursday evening.The meeting concluded with Edith McLean thanking Dr Eade for his presentation. The meeting on Tuesday will be a visit to Hawick Film and Video Group.

ROTARY: The Reverend Michael Scoular, Trinity Church, addressed the club on the life of an army chaplain, a role he served for four years about 20 years ago. Among high-profile postings attended was the Lockerbie disaster and the first Gulf War.


HALL events: The Burns supper will be held on Saturday, with a committee meeting two days later. The committee has arranged a Call My Bluff for February 23.


CHURCH: Sunday’s service starts at 11.30 am.


Bridge Club: January 28 – N/S – 1, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; 2, B. and I. Middleton; 3, J. and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, A. and R. Stewart; 3, D. Cessford and D. Gray.

ROTARY: At the latest club meeting, members welcomed Rotary ambassadorial scholar Alanna Ford, accompanied by past District Governor Steven Henderson. Alanna comes from the United States and is studying for a master’s degree at the Edinburgh University Business School. She explained that she is a qualified artist who has exhibited in the USA, but is increasingly drawn to social enterprise projects designed to assist groups of people, usually women, living on the edge of poverty.


BRIDGE CLUB: January 30 – Rose Bowl 5 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Rena Stewart and Jean Henry; 3, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin. January 31 – Calchou Cup 9 – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and John Hayton; 2, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 3, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 3, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart.

CBAH: Charity Begins At Home (CBAH) is inviting organisations, clubs and societies in the TD5 area to apply for funding for projects that will benefit people in the area. Requests must be made in writing to Eilean Hogarth (trustees’ secretary), Orchies, 24 Broomlea, Kelso TD5 7RB, no later than March 15. They should include a brief description of the project. Do not hand requests in at the charity’s shop. Individual requests will not be considered.

HORTICULTURE: Next Wednesday sees Growing Sweet Peas, a presentation by Tom Atherton, in the Tait Hall. The Kelso Horticultural Society-organised event starts at 7.30pm.

Thursday Group: Members were given the latest on the Townscape Heritage Initiative by project officer Colin Gilmour as well as a preview of events planned for 2013, centred round the abbey. Today, Len McDermid talks about his love of railways at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre, while next week John Cumming speaks about long-term care and the role of the state.

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next open meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Karen Paterson will speak about The Red Cross.


Award: The Buccleuch Centre has been awarded four stars by national tourism organisation VisitScotland. Six years ago, what was then the Buccleuch Hall was refurbished and made into a multi-purpose arts venue and reopened in 2007 as the Buccleuch Centre. The award recognises businesses which consistently achieve the highest levels of excellence in the VisitScotland star grading scheme.

Burns supper: The company at Gilnockie’s Burns supper was welcomed by the chairman for the evening, Alan Atkinson from Newcastleton. He addressed the haggis which had been piped in by Iain Bell and carried aloft by PS Dehsi. Chief guest was former primary school teacher Tom Hutton who gave a fine Immortal Memory. The toast to agriculture was delivered by Andrew Elliot of Ewes, with Tom Gifford replying. The toast to The Lassies was given by David Gillies from Annan, with the reply by Nancy McLure. Alan Atkinson toasted the chief guest and he in turn toasted the chairman. Grace Brown delivered Tam O’ Shanter in marvellous fashion, and the singers were Jennifer Warwick from Hawick and Bob McLure, with Margaret Howe the accompanist. There was an accordion selection from Robin Waitt. The evening ended with the singing of Auld Lang Syne, and with heavy snow continuing, it was decided not to hold the late dance and let everyone head for home.

Ladies’ Burns: Nancy McLure, president of the Ladies’ Burns Club, chaired the anniversary dinner in the Masonic clubrooms. Billy Young proposed the Immortal Memory and the toast to The Lassies was given by Kenneth Pool, with Aileen Cavers replying. Rena Liggins carried in the haggis, led by piper Jackie Fletcher, and the meal was prepared by Linda and Kenny McQueen. There were recitations from Grace Brown, and the singers were Jackie Beckett, Steven Milligan and Billy Young, with Mary Davidson the accompanist. Vice-president Alison Aston gave a vote of thanks.


Maxton Meets: The next gathering is on Monday when architect Gavin Yuill will give an illustrated talk entitled “Architecture and Place”. The village hall event starts at 7.30pm.


Flower Club: The club begins 2013 with a members’ fun night on February 13 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm. This is a hands-on evening and visitors are welcome. Chairman Barbara McLean is stepping down as she is leaving the area. Her place will be taken by Margaret Plummer, vice-chairman.

CHURCH: today – 7.30pm, kirk session; Sunday – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (family 10am, morning worship 11am); 2pm, Andante Chamber Choir at Holy Trinity.

Schubert: In a fundraiser for Melrose Music Society on Sunday afternoon, pianist/concert manager John Bryden played three Schubert sonatas in the parish church hall on the newly-purchased Petrof piano to a large audience of members and friends. John will play Schubert again on Sundays March 24 and April 14 at 3pm in the same venue. The society’s next concert is on February 21 at 7.30pm when the Gildas String Quartet play Haydn, Brahms and Britten.

TRIMONTIUM: The trust’s spring series of lectures, held in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm, starts on April 18 with “Sol and Mithras: The Lewisvale Park Altars Project ” by Dr Ciara Clarke, depute managing director, AOC Archaeology, Edinburgh. A commercial archaeologist for over a decade, particularly in post-excavation work, Dr Clarke is also interested in the Scottish wetlands and pollen and grain analysis.


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning for the Friends of Kelso Hospital and The Raphel Centre, South Africa, to help towards posting parcels of knitted jumpers, hats and dolls – which a group of Morebattle ladies knit – raised £370. Any spare balls of double knitting wool will be gratefully received.


CAMERA CLUB: Member Jennifer Payne gave an illustrated talk on her travels in Vietnam. “Fun topics for the photo hobbyist” will be the subject of Mike Reynolds’ presentation next week. Members should bring their entries for the Border Exhibition.


SERVICE: Traquair Kirk will host a service at 10am on Sunday.


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


WRI: The January meeting featured a demonstration of doll-making by Suzi Allison. Competitions – jar of marmalade – 1, Evelyn Horsburgh; 2, Annie Coltherd; photograph – 1, Annie Coltherd; 2, Evelyn Horsburgh. The raffle was won by Linda Bradshaw. The next meeting is the annual whist drive to be held in the hall on February 19 (7.30pm).


WRI: Last month’s meeting fell victim to the snow when the speaker was unable to attend. The rest of the gathering went ahead with business and coffee. The next meeting will be on February 19 at 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall when Sarah Emmerson will talk about wildlife. Competition – wildlife ornament.

Whist drive: The Youth Hall is the venue for a whist drive on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

borders shepherds’ show: The AGM takes place in the Wauchope Hall at 7.30pm on February 21, followed by, two days later, the annual show dance in the same venue. Tickets are on sale at the village shop.

Cinderella: There are tickets available for Cinderella tomorrow and Saturday night in the Wauchope Hall. They can be obtained at the village shop or just before 7.30pm on the door.

Coffee morning: A coffee morning to raise funds for a village defibrillator was a great success. Other fundraising will take place and the organisers, Yetholm Community Council, have sufficient funds to ensure the project will go ahead.