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Community Cafe: The next community cafe will be on February 20 (11am-noon) in the village hall.


CHURCH: Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday and the Reverend Marion Dodd conducted the service in Caddonfoot Church. The lessons were read by session clerk Anne Grieve. There will be a meeting of the nomination committee to fill the ministerial vacancy this week and a second meeting on February 20, both in Trinity Church hall. Caddonfoot congregational board meets today (Thursday) in the church at 7.30pm. £46 was donated on Homeless Sunday.


BURNS SUPPER: The star of Robbie Burns was shining bright above Cogsmill Hall at the Burns supper. After guests were welcomed by chairman David McTaggart, the haggis was piped in by Robert Scott and carried aloft by Malcolm Lockie to the top table where it was addressed by Billy Young. After a home-made supper of broth followed by haggis, neeps and tatties, donated by Peter Lang and Ivan Young, then cheese, oatcakes and shortbread, the entertainment got under way with Stuart Anderson from Stow singing and playing the accordion and a song from Mhairi Mitchell of Denholm. The toast to the Immortal Memory was delivered by Billy. After a short break, Robert Scott entertained with a set of tunes on the pipes. A humorous toast to the Lassies was given by Hawick News reporter Gavin Gibbon, followed by an amusing reply from Gillian McFadyen of Kelso. Piper Robert also showed his talents as a singer, while Mhairi and Stuart continued to entertain. Billy recited Tam o’ Shanter and Stuart finished the evening off by singing The Star o’ Robbie Burns. Lou Godfrey proposed the vote of thanks.

DANCE: An old-time Scottish country dance will be held in the hall on February 22 with music by Gordon Brown. Phone Mary on 01450 373722 for more information.


WHIST: A whist drive will be held in the village hall tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm in aid of hall funds.


PARISH CHUrCH: The service on February 17 at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Admission for the Berwick Male Voice Choir concert in the church at 7.30pm on February 22 is free, but donations for church funds will be taken.

Camera Club: Members gained an insight into the world of a football club photographer when Kimberley Powell gave a presentation. Now a staff photographer for the Tweeddale Press Group at Berwick, she previously worked at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. As well as giving members an idea of her role on match days, Kimberley showed a variety of her own images and those of photographers she has been inspired by. She also showed a documentary extract about the work of Stuart Roy Clarke, who has captured images around the country’s football grounds in his work, The Homes of Football. Following her presentation, Kimberley judged the members’ images in the competition category “sport” – digital – 1, Curtis Welsh; 2, Dougie Oliver; 3, Adam Drummond; print – 1, Curtis Welsh; 2, Curtis Welsh; 3, Adam Drummond. The previous week the club finished second in a three-way club battle. The evening was hosted by Kelso Camera Club, with Galashiels the other club taking part. Despite a total of 237 from a possible 300, Earlston lost out to Galashiels, who scored 257, with Kelso third on 232.The next club meeting takes place at 7.30pm on February 20 at the community wing of the former Earlston High School, when Allan and Eleanor Drummond will give a presentation on a trip to Sri Lanka. Competition category is “faces and places”.


HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be held in Fala Village Hall on February 28 at 7.30pm. Dr Fraser Hunter, principal curator, Iron Age and Roman collections, National Museum of Scotland, will speak on “Life on the Roman Frontier: new light on Roman Inveresk”.


WRI: Members will meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on February 20 for a talk about Abbotsford. Competitions – hand-written quotation from Sir Walter Scott and paperweight. January competition results – Highland shortbread – 1, D. Wilson; 2, C. Sinclair; brooch – 1, J. Stewart; 2, M. White.


Camera Club: A series of images from his collection of wildlife and landscape photographs ensured that Jim Wilson from Duns Camera Club kept members enthralled throughout his presentation. The next meeting – on February 20 – is a practical evening tackling abstracts, so members should bring along cameras, tripods and plenty of ideas. This is also the hand-in for the next club competition, entitled Border Events and Festivals.


BURNS SUPPER: Hall committee member Bill Whillans recited the Selkirk Grace to start the 13th Burns supper. The haggis was carried in by committee member Harry Jeffrey and piped by Tam Rayburn. It was addressed by local butcher Alan Learmonth. Chairman Len Wyse introduced the other guests, including David Poole who proposed the Immortal Memory. John Tully recited Tam o’ Shanter, Iain Smith proposed the Toast to The Lassies, with Caroline Tully replying. Entertainers included Kim Brown and Graham Gregg, Drew Johnson, Bernie Armstrong and Stuart Anderson, with Derek Inglis reciting Wullie Wastle and Holly Willie’s Prayer. Hall secretary John Currie gave the vote of thanks.

DANCING: The old-time dancing class meets tonight (February 14) at 8pm.

CABARET: Tomorrow (February 15) sees is the return of the Vintage Cabaret Show, followed by a Call my Bluff evening. More details from the community hotline (01835 863604).


Camera Club: The annual sequence competition took place last week with Jean Tait of the Hawick Film and Video Group judging – 1, Lewis and Harris by Edith McLean; 2, Clovelly (Devon village) by Gordon Gilfether; 3, Bratislava by Day and Night by Bert Lancaster. Print sequences – 1, Jethart Hand Ba’ by Bernie Gajos; 2, Running Late by Dennis Laing. The meeting on February 21 will be a monochrome competition with Bill Hume judging entries.

ROTARY: At last week’s business meeting, treasurer Bob Kellet reported that the club was solvent and various convenors gave their reports and plans for the future. Sandy Bannerman (international committee) outlined details of a quiz night to be held in the Catholic Halls on February 22 in aid of a charity to provide prosthetic limbs for landmine victims in Zanzibar. Tickets for the film night in March when Les Miserables will be shown are available at the Hub box office. A donation was approved to a senior high school student who is going to Tanzania in the spring/summer to assist a medical team there – she hopes to study midwifery as a career. The club is holding the usual literary high tea on the Sunday of the Reivers weekend in the rugby club when Professor Douglas Gifford will give a talk: Walter Scott and the Border Ballads.


Towford WRI: The family night was held last week. Due to the weather conditions, the original guest was unable to attend, but Sandy Ramage (accordion) and Frazer Towers (bagpipes) entertained. A cryptic quiz on insects was won by Sue Aitchison and the competition for a jar of Seville marmalade resulted in – 1, Frances Armstrong; 2, Mary Towers.


SERVICE: The service on February 17 in Innerleithen Church starts at 11.30am.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a chance to buy tickets for Innerleithen Opera’s production of Fiddler on the Roof (March 25-30) at its annual coffee morning in the Vale Club on February 16 (10am-noon).

AGM: The annual general meeting of Innerleithen Horticultural Society will be held in St Ronan’s Hotel on February 19 at 7.30pm.

GARDENING WORK: A small team of volunteers will be carrying out work in the garden at St Ronan’s Wells on February 23 and March 2, on behalf of St Ronan’s Wells Support Group who would be grateful for some extra pairs of hands to help. For further details, contact Di Bennett (07908 098026) or Ted McKie (07847 426879).

COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s School PTA will hold a coffee morning on March 2 in the Vale Club (10am-noon).

MEETING: The annual public meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games will take place tomorrow (March 15) in the Vale of Leithen Social Club at 7.30pm. Anyone who is interested in St Ronan’s Games Week is urged to attend.


Bridge Club: February 4 – 1, P. Harris and M. Forsyth; 2 (equal), N. Porter and S. Graham, R. Oates and S. West; 4, I. Weir and J. Tait.

Historical Society: John Rogerson enthralled a large audience with an illustrated talk entitled Around the Jed at the latest meeting. It featured Viking grave markers in Ancrum, the interior of Penielheugh, forgotten graveyards and the sites of Iron Age forts. The next meeting today (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the British Legion will hear Norrie McLeish on Big Scandal at Doorpool.


GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Church Guild held its first meeting of 2013 on February 7. The meeting was led by guild secretary Sheila Yates and, following devotions, she introduced guest speaker Fiona Punton, information officer at guild office, who introduced the organisation’s projects for 2012-2015. She gave an account of each of the six proposed charities from which the guild will make its choice. The next meeting takes place on February 21 when guest speaker Di Higham will give a talk entitled “St Andrew and All That”.

Thursday Group: Roger Hemming gave a talk about chance encounters which changed his life. Today (Thursday), John Cumming will give advice about long-term care and the role of the state at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre. Next week Joyce Roy will tell about her years of living and working in South Africa.

quilters: Abbey Quilters will be celebrating their 25th birthday on March 16. Current and past members are welcome to turn up, 10am-4pm at the Abbey Row Centre. Members are asked to bring a plate of food to share.

BRIDGE CLUB: February 6 – Abbey Salver 6 – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Bob Stevenson; 2, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 3, Mary and Jim Stone; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 2, Myra Thomson and Jean Henry; 3, Avril Ronald and Jon Bridger. February 7 – Millennium Trophy 10 – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, Myra Thomson and Jean Henry; 3, Rena Stewart an Val Johnstone; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2, Dominic Alkin and Diana Alkin; 3, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson.


Day Centre: Members and staff toasted the national bard with a Burns lunch. The haggis was led in by piper Gilbert Gillanders and carried aloft by Willie Friell, with the address by Irving Stuart. Whisky bearer was day centre manager Kate Turk and the meal was served by the staff. Michael Bell, chairman, said the Selkirk Grace and entertainment of verse and song was provided by Betty Little, Betty Edgar, Jackie Beckett, Marion Rodger, Billy Young and Irving Stuart.

Neil Armstrong: The town is planning events to celebrate the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the moon was made a freeman at a ceremony in the parish church when he came to the town in 1972, three years after his great achievement. To mark this event, organisers want photographs and other memorabilia for an exhibition in the town hall June 3-16. Other events will include a school competition, space science activities and a church service. Armstrong died aged 82 in Ohio last year.

Rotary: The annual umbrella walk organised by the club which helps many organisations in the town and Canonbie to raise money will take place on March 23.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Committee member Eugene Brandeschi will give a slide show of Bygone Lauderdale on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens (01578 722559).


WRI: Keith Hendrie showed slides and talked about his walking holiday in the Himalayas. He was supported by Jim McPherson on the computer. Competition – mountain scene postcard –1, M. Milne; 2, M. Mabon; 3, J. Mitchell. Raffle – J. Roden, K. Hendrie, J. McPherson.


Literary Society: Last week’, Paul Bassett, chairman of Elgar Society Scotland, spoke about the varied sources of the texts the composer used to complement his music. His talk was enhanced by pictures and a range of musical examples, ending with an extract from the masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius. At the meeting on February 19, Kathleen Shortt, from the Bronte Society, and literary society member Bridget Kursheed will present An Evening with the Brontes. And a week later – on February 26 – Katriona MacEwan draws on her long experience at the BBC to talk about Making Words Come Alive for Radio”. Non-members (£3) are welcome to attend society meetings, held at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Room.

CHURCH: Clara Shirley Bryce was christened on Sunday. Activities – the Bowden coffee morning raised £327 for the Bethlehem and Malawi projects; February 22, Robin Sloan talk, fundraiser for PND Borders, 7.30pm; services for February 17 at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).


Coffee MorningS: Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup’s coffee morning will be held in the institute on February 23, while the village hall is the venue for the Morebattle Games coffee morning on February 16. Both start at 10.30am.


Show time: The welfare committee held a variety show in the village hall to boost its funds. Gary Cuthbert was compere and he introduced musicians, singers and dancers, and kept the audience amused with numerous jokes. Roger Dobson and his daughter Carol got things going with a selection of Scottish music on accordion and fiddle. There were songs from Diane Adamson and Billy Thomson, and a number of the dancers who had taken part in the Strictly Dancing competition last year gave a demonstration of their talents.

Coffee morning: Liddesdale Agricultural Society committee raised nearly £500 at a coffee morning in the village hall in aid of the Holm Show.


OXNAM OWLS: The first 2013 session of Oxnam Owls will be on March 5 (7.30pm) in the village hall.

Library Cafe: The first meeting of the Library Cafe’s new season will be on March 20 (11am) in the village hall.


WRI: This month’s meeting will be on February 27, not the 20th, as in the syllabus.


Monday Club: At 2pm on February 18 at St Joseph’s 
Church hall, Miss Brown, helped by puppy Rosie, will give a talk 
on training guide dogs for the blind.

Antiquarian Society: On February 20 at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church hall, Alistair Moffat will present a talk entitled The DNA of the Scots – A Genetic Journey. All welcome.

CHARITY MARATHON: Selkirk joiner Philip Hermiston is running the Virgin London Marathon in April to raise money for children’s charity NSPCC. To help boost sponsorship for this, he is holding a charity race night on Saturday, February 23, at O’Malleys Bar, starting at 7.30pm, followed by a disco.

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COFFEE MORNING: The drama club is holding a coffee morning from 9.30am on February 16 in the village hall. Tickets will be on sale for its 2013 production, Lettice and Lovage, a comedy by Peter Shaffer.


WRI: At this month’s meeting, member Erica Smith showed how to make paper flowers. Then, under her guidance, everyone had a go at making their own. Competitions – flower made on the night – 1, Margaret Cochrane; 2, Margaret Dutton; 3, Brenda Waring; flower-shaped soap – 1, Yvonne Wood; 2, Margaret Cochrane; 3, Kathy Wilkie. The next meeting is on March 5 at 7.30pm in the village hall.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on February 24 at 10am.


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


QUIZ NIGHT: The village hall is the venue for a quiz night on Saturday (February 16) from 8pm.

WRI: Members will hold a whist drive on February 19 from 7.30pm.


BURNS SUPPER: The Border Worthies Burns Club held their supper in the Border Hotel. Paul Freeland Cook was in the chair and he welcomed the Reverend Robin McHaffie who proposed the toast to the Immortal Memory. The toast to the Lassies was delivered by Alastair Turnbull, with Eileen Woodward replying. Netta Harvey was in charge of the music, with songs and poems from many of the regulars. Susan Stewart organised the evening.

HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Michael and Margaret Rustad, one of whose Norwegian ancestors was an artillery officer in the army of Napoleon Bonaparte, gave a talk to the society about their forebear’s life. Hans Rustad (1759-99), born and brought up on a farm, became a well-educated professional soldier and intelligence officer.

FILM NIGHT: The next film night will be in the Wauchope Hall on February 16 at 7pm, with Doubt (15) to be shown.

PANCAKES: The local Macmillan committee held a pancake morning in the Youth Hall.

DIARY: Yetholm Community Council is behind the new electronic diary of village events situated in the village shop. To use it, contact Susan Stewart.