District News


WRI: Catherine Hamilton gave a talk on the history and practice of bee-keeping, illustrated with some of her tools and products. Competition – baking with honey – 1, Ann Stewart; 2, Rita Taylor; 3, Karen Fagan.


CHURCH: The first Sunday in Lent was celebrated in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday when the Reverend Marion Dodd conducted the service. The lessons were read by James Macfarlane. This week sees the second meeting of the nominating committee appointed to search for a new minister for Caddonfoot and Trinity in Galashiels. The stated annual meeting will be held on March 3 after morning service.


FOLK CLUB: The guests tonight (Thursday) at the Cross Keys are Lander Mason.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning to raise funds for the village hall refurbishment will be held in the hall on February 23 (10am-noon). Donations welcome for the raffle and new bookcase.


WEDNESDAY CLUB: Catherine Robertson gave a talk on the work of the Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group. Competition – Valentine verse – 1, Jackie Cummings; 2, Vena Thomson; 3, Rosemary Irvine. The competition at next week’s meeting is a floral decoration in an egg cup.

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


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds takes place in the village hall on March 2 (10am-noon).Anyone with something to sell is welcome to come along, take a table, and give a small donation.

social evening: A social evening in the village hall on Saturday resulted in £400 being raised by the hall committee on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Support.

AGM: The AGM of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Ettrick Valley committee will take place on February 26 in Kirkhope village hall at 8pm.

WRI: Ettrickbridge won the Joan Dodds Trophy at the Selkirkshire federation bowling tournament at Lindean Hall last weekend. This is the first time in the competition’s history that Ettrickbridge – represented on this occasion by Joyce Bruce, Alison Blackadder, Isla Guthrie and Marjory Tennant – have come out on top.


PROBUS: Ian Gibb and Jack Jones of Earlston Paths Group gave an illustrated talk on their organisation’s work over the last seven years. The group’s latest and largest project is the Diamond Jubilee Path to be opened next month. The next meeting is on February 28 at 10am.

Camera Club: The club has been involved in two competitions away from Langlee. The 10-way print and DPI event held at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange saw members come a disappointing sixth. But in the prints the club surged back to win the DPI section and end third overall. Neil McLean scored top mark of 20 for his image “Going for it”. The second competition was the annual print and DPI battle with Midlothian Camera Club held at its clubhouse in Lasswade. This resulted in a win for Gala who took the DPI section by 162 to 158 and the prints 164-158. Top score in the prints went to Gordon Swalwell with “Neil”, and in the DPIs Ron Bell recorded a perfect 20 for “Worth photographing”. There is no meeting at Langlee on February 27, but members are invited to the Borders Exhibition at Selkirk Parish Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm.


CANCELLED: A Call My Bluff evening scheduled for February 23 has been cancelled.


ROTARY: Peter Croan of Galashiels, district membership chairman, with a slide show, outlined plans for membership and how clubs can recruit. A quiz night to assist Rotary in its “500 miles” project to provide prosthetic limbs for land-mine victims in Zanzibar is being held tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm in the Catholic Hall.

Film AND Video Group: A programme of films was on offer when the club played host to members of Hawick Camera Club. The show began with a comedy film from the club’s archives starring the late Dennis Park and Andy Reid, entitled “A Roadside Scrap.” Next on screen was Scott Renwick’s 1959 early animation, “Ben Twire”. The third film from the archives was another of Scott Renwick’s, this time featuring a camera club summer outing in 1961 to Etal and Norham Castle. The presentation continued with the following new productions – “Welsh Slate”, about the production of slate from a mountain quarry, then “The Badgers of Bellwood”, both by wildlife photographer Henry Gray. “Platform 3”, by Tony Gulvin, is a drama which begins in the London Underground and follows the adventures of a young man after he finds a woman’s bag on a bench seat. The final offering was a film by Harry Stoddart featuring a local historical re-enactment society’s account of “The Battle of Philiphaugh” in 1645. The meeting on February 26 will feature “World Cruise”, a film by Elizabeth Cumming.


BROADBAND SURVEY: Residents of Heriot risk missing out on superfast broadband if they do not complete an online survey before March 1. Broadband was highlighted as a priority in a study to see how wind-farm funding should be spent and now Heriot Community Council has appointed Cybermoor to carry out a feasibility survey to create faster, more reliable broadband in the area. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FSJNFLL.


SERVICE: There will be a communion service in Innerleithen Church on Sunday at 11.30am.

COFFEE CASH: Innerleithen Opera’s coffee morning on Saturday at the Vale Club raised approximately £600. There will be an opportunity to buy tickets for “Fiddler on the Roof” (March 25-30) from Graham McGrath’s in Peebles from February 23-March 22 and the Thrift Shop in Innerleithen (March 11-29). Alternatively, ring 08452 241908.

AGM: The annual public meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games will take place on March 15 in the Vale of Leithen Social Club at 7.30pm.


RACE NIGHT: Howdenburn primary school parent council is holding a race night on March 1 (7pm). Tickets are available from the school office, From Me To You or contact Diane Palmer (863955).


EMBROIDERERS: The next meeting of Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild will be held on February 26 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Sue Holmes will give a talk entitled “Things in Miniature”. For further information contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Thursday Group: Members were entertained by artist Len McDermid, showing images of his work inspired by railways and reminiscing about his experiences. Today Joyce Roy speaks about living in South Africa, 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Next week’s line-up is Peter Symnms and “My Life Inside”.

COFFEE MORNING: A British Heart Foundation coffee morning will be held at Kelso North Parish Church on February 23 (10am-noon).

MARKET: A farmers’ market will be held in Kelso Square on February 23 (9.30am-1.30pm).

CONCERT: One Acchord Ladies’ Barbershop Chorus will present choirs and quartets from around the Borders and beyond in the Tait Hall on March 1 (7.30pm). Tickets are available from Hector Innes, The Square, Kelso (01573 224719), Reiver Properties, 65 Bank Street, Galashiels (01896 759860 or 07971 848347).


Masonic Burns: A Nicht wi’ Burns was celebrated at the Masonic Club. David Yarrow was chairman for the evening, which was organised by Billy Young. Billy Braithwaite said the Selkirk Grace, and Stuart Fletcher carried in the haggis headed by piper Paul Mitchell, with Ann Durrant carrying the whisky. Billy gave a stirring address to the haggis and everyone enjoyed a traditional meal. The Immortal Memory was proposed by Rab Wilson from New Cumnock, who was accompanied by his wife, Margaret, and she played guitar and sang with her husband later in the evening. A witty toast to The Lassies was given by David McVittie, with Judith Johnson replying. Billy recited Tam o’ Shanter and Holy Willie’s Prayer, and there were also recitations from Grace Brown. Singers were Anne Halliday, Lesley Buchan, Colin Johnstone, Steven Milligan and Irving Stuart, with Margaret Howe the accompanist.

Probus: President Jim Thomson welcomed 27 members to the club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. Speaker Ron Addison gave a talk on the Ewes Bell which hangs on a tree in the church grounds. The bell was the work of Jacobus Monteith of Edinburgh in 1652, and he was responsible for other bells, including one at Westerkirk.

Opera: The amateur operatic and dramatic society will stage The Sound of Music from March 17-23 in the Buccleuch Centre.


PRAYER: A World Day of Prayer service will be held in Lauder Church on March 1 at 7pm. This is a joint service with Lauder and Channelkirk, Earlston and Stow churches.


PLAYS: Northumberland Theatre Company is performing “4Scene” – four new plays showcasing some of the best up-and-coming regional theatre-writing talent – at the village hall on March 11 (7.30pm). Tickets from 01835 870311 or 01835 870782, or at the door.

BA’ DAY: Two Selkirk Rugby Club bridegrooms can be proud of the way Lilliesleaf youngsters scrummed and sprinted at this year’s Ba’ Day. Ryan Crockatt and Neil Darling both sponsored ba’s to celebrate their nuptials this past year. After a change in the usual venue away from a waterlogged pitch to Bill Anderson’s relatively dry field in the Back Road, the terrain encouraged short bursts of sprinting, with the Easties ending up victors with six hails to the Westies’ five. Nathaniel Armstrong, who hailed the Darling Wedding Ba’ for the Westies, showed that he is equally at home in a grass park as he is at Tweedbank on the cinder track. Finn Douglas had an uninterrupted run at the other end before hailing the Crockett Wedding Ba’ for the Easties. The Village Ba’ for all-age participants saw brave endeavours from Emily Brannan in the middle of the park, but the ba’ was eventually hailed by Harris Macdonell for the Westies. The girls-only Ba’, sponsored by Lucy Jack, proved to be the ba’ of the day for endurance and stamina. Repeating last year’s success, Alex Turnbull again came out on top with her hail for the Easties after a well-timed dash. Results – School Ba’s – Kitchen Ba’, Nathanial Armstrong (Westies); Nursery Ba’, Florence Kulow (Easties); P1-2, Frederick Kulow (E); P3-4 Finn Douglas (E); P5-7, Harris Macdonell (W); Girls Ba’, Alex Turnbull (E); Wedding Ba’s – Golden Wedding Ba’, Frank and Caroline Forster, Harris Macdonell (E); Crystal Ba’ (15 years), David and Jane Macdonell; Florence Kulow (E); Ryan and Tasha Crockatt, Finn Douglas (E); Neil and Darling Nathanial Armstrong (W); Village Ba’, Neil and Karole Darling Ba’, Nathaniel Armstrong.


BORDER FLOWER CLUB: The first meeting of 2013 was a workshop led by chairman Margaret Plummer. The hessian pots and arrangements were a great success. The committee provided a finger supper and Marion Hamilton gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on March 6 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Lilias Hoskins with the title “Looking Back Looking Forward”. The club lunch is on April 27 and tickets are now available.

FAMILY HISTORY: On February 24 at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange, Borders Family History Society is hosting a talk by Andrew Armstrong entitled “How to research the Buccleuch Farm Rental Records”.

COFFEE MORNING: Melrose Opera is holding a coffee morning (10am-noon) on February 23 in the Corn Exchange. Tickets for “The Yeomen of the Guard” will be on sale.


WRI: This month’s meeting featured a talk about Trish and Fiona’s visits to China and t’ai chi. Competitions – gypsy creams – 1, Irene Cotter; 2, Sheena Galloway; 3, Christine Robertson; written verse from musical – 1, Sheena Galloway; 2, Sheena Combe; 3, Helen Pearce/Margot Hastie.Cathy from Granny’s Den is on the agenda of next month’s meeting. Competitions – bowl of three hyacinth bulbs and four pieces of Turkish Delight.


Guild: The guild meets on March 7 at 7.30pm in the institute. This will take the form of a visitors’ night with a talk on the refurbishment of Abbotsford.

Prayer: A World Day of Prayer service will be held in Morebattle Church on March 1 at 7pm. People taking part are encouraged to wear bright and warm colours to represent the warmth of relationships in churches and communities.


Coffee Morning: The parish guild held a coffee morning in the village hall and raised around £250.


WRI: This month’s meeting of Newmill and Teviothead rural was cancelled due to weather. The March 5 gathering includes a talk on reducing waste and recycling. Competitions – something new from old and a recipe for leftovers. The federation quiz is on February 27 at St Boswells Hall, at 7.30pm.


WRI: Secretary Elaine Thornton-Nicol gave fellow members at this month’s meeting a presentation, illustrated with photographs, on her recent visit to family in South Africa, which included a trip to a game reserve, Robben Island and Cape Town. Competition – chocolate tray bake – 1, Mary Redburn; 2, Margaret Luke. The next meeting will be on March 7.


AGM: Oxton Horticultural Society will hold its AGM at 7.30pm on March 4 at the Memorial Hall.

WRI: The meeting on February 27 at 7.30pm will hear a talk by Dr Burns on “The Flying Doctor”. Competition – anything heart-shaped.


CAMERA CLUB: Winner of the competition for the President’s Cup was Jon Fair. Last week members enjoyed a presentation on “Fun tasks for the photo Hobbyist” by Mike Reynolds, who brought along some of his home-made gadgets to prove that members can achieve different effects without expensive accessories. Preparation is under way for the Border Exhibition which will be held in the parish church hall on February 27.


QUIZ NIGHT: The village hall hosts a quiz night tomorrow (Friday), 7 for 7.30pm.


SERVICE: There will be a communion service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday at 10am.


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


ramblers: Romany Ramblers meet on February 23 (9am) at the Wauchope Hall for a circular walk – Mainside, Bughtrig, Peelinick, Mainside – of about seven miles.

COFFEE MORNING: Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup will be holding a coffee morning in Morebattle Institute on February 23 from 10.30am. Donations for the cake stall, tombola and raffle will be gratefully received.

PANTOMIME: Cinderella went down a storm in the Wauchope Hall, playing to two packed houses. There were traditional scenes, but also some Yetholm ones.

THE WEE YETT: Copy for the Easter edition of the kirk magazine The Wee Yett should be sent to Graeme Watson or the Reverend Robin McHaffie by March 3. Details of a St Cuthbert’s Way pilgrimage will appear. Lenten study mornings are being held at Otterburn House on Wednesdays at 10.30am.

FESTIVAL WEEK: Two public meetings have taken place in the village. The first dealt with the 2012 event and included the presentation of accounts by treasurer Ron Breeze, while the second saw the preliminary draft programme for this year’s festival.

WAUCHOPE HALL: The hall committee is grateful to Sainsbury’s for its donation towards buying chairs. An order is now being placed. The grant was organised through Kelso Community Council.

FILM NIGHT: Yetholm Dry Bar Film Club will present Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol at the Youth Hall on February 25. Doors open at 6pm and admission is free.