District News


WRI: Allen and Janie Clark, from Selkies Artisan Soap Company in Jedburgh, spoke about the firm and how its products were made at this month’s meeting. Competition – best soap dish – 1, Janice Palmer; 2, Margaret Taylor; 3, Adele Richardson.


WRI: Moira Walsh gave a talk and demonstration on button jewellery at this month’s meeting. Most members then had a go at making something based on the styles shown. Competition – knitted hat – 1, Margaret Jack; 2, Elizabeth Bruce; 3, Janet Small. There was also a fun contest for a pretty brooch which was won by Hazel Woodsell, with Anita Rynd second. The next meeting, on March 18, is visitors’ night, so members should bring along something for the sales table.


CHURCH: The Reverend Marion Dodd again conducted morning service on Sunday and the lessons were read by Joyce Brown. In the absence of the organist, Margaret Blyth played the piano. There will be a World Day of Prayer service tomorrow in Trinity, Galashiels. After the service next Sunday in Caddonfoot, the stated annual meeting will take place. The next meeting of the vacancy committee is on March 15.


WHIST: A well attended whist drive was held in Lothian Hall for hall funds – the first for many years. Organisers are grateful to those who supported and helped on the night. Following positive feedback, another whist drive will be held in March.


WRI: Mary Douglas gave a talk on Abbotsford at this month’s meeting. Not only did members learn about the recent refurbishment to the house, but much on the life of Sir Walter Scott. Competition – photograph of a historic building – 1, Miss Black; 2, Mrs Crosbie; 3, Mrs Ramskir. The next meeting is on March 14 at 7.15pm, featuring a demonstration on hats. Competition – your favourite scarf. Potential new members welcome.


WHIST: A whist drive will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm next Friday.


PARISH CHURCH: A World Day of Prayer joint service with Earlston, Lauder and Channelkirk and Stow will be held at 7pm tomorrow in Lauder Parish Church. Sunday’s service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The spring newsletter will be available for deliverers soon.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Speaker Christine Mitchell, from Cakes By Christine, will give a demonstration on Easter cakes next Thursday at 8pm in the church hall.

Camera Club: Members enjoyed an entertaining and informative presentation on Sri Lanka by club member Allan Drummond and his wife, Eleanor, at the latest meeting. They showed a wide range of images, covering the country’s wildlife, scenery and local life. Following the presentation, club member John Smith judged the entries in the print and digital competition entitled Faces and Places. Print category – 1, Adam Drummond; 2 and 3, Roddy Beatson; digital category – 1, Dougie Oliver; 2 and 3, Angela Jewell. The next club meeting takes place on Wednesday in the community wing of the old Earlston High School at 7.30pm. Oliver Eade is the guest speaker and the competition is entitled Candid.


WRI: Margaret Jeary gave an illustrated talk about her life at RAF Changi, Singapore, during the late 1950s. Competition – three sweets – 1, Christine Tucker; 2, Alma Elliot; 3, Carol Wilson-Green. The most interesting artefacts from the Far East were brought by Joyce Eaves, Carol Wilson-Green and Alma Elliot.


COFFEE MORNINGS: Coffee mornings continue on the first Monday of the month at 10.30am – the next one takes place on March 4.

SUPPER: The next social bring-and-share supper, in the form of a games night, is to be held on March 8 at 7pm.

COMMITTEE: The next hall committee meeting takes place on Thursday, March 14, at 7pm.


Camera Club: A practical evening on “abstracts” saw members trawling the Langlee centre for inspiration followed by a sharing of results. The next meeting is the club competition, “Border Events and Festivals”, which will be judged by Curtis Welsh.

Inner Wheel: This month’s meeting attracted a near-capacity attendance as Duncan McCosh recalled, in humorous style, the adventures he had while making a four-day exploration of the Grand Canyon in United States. After refreshments, business was discussed and members heard about the gathering of tools and sewing machines for the district chairman’s chosen charity, “Tools for self-reliance”. The confectionery quiz had raised more than £100 for the national president’s charity – Brainwave – and the winner was Linda Anderson, from Selkirk. The afternoon tea and table-top sale realised in excess of £170. There was a prize draw at this event – Marylene Pate won the groceries basket. The annual charity fundraising beetle drive is on March 9 at St Peter’s Church from 7pm. The next gathering will be a business meeting to be held at St Peter’s Church on March 19 at 7.30pm.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT: During Fairtrade Fortnight (February 25-March 10), St Peter’s Episcopal Church is inviting local people to say cheers to fair trade farmers in developing countries by joining them at their Traidcraft Big Brew event on March 7 (3-4.30pm), part of a national initiative by Traidcraft.


ROTARY: There was no club meeting last week – instead members went in groups to visit other Borders clubs. Twenty teams competed in the club’s charity quiz night held in the Catholic church hall on Friday. The £550-plus proceeds were in aid of the “500 Miles” fund established by quadruple amputee Olivia Giles to fund clinics in the most deprived areas of Africa, providing and fitting orthotic and prosthetic devices for those who have suffered from land mine and other trauma, or congenital deformity. The winning team was Roy’s Rovers with a score of 80 per cent. Mairhi Trickett, junior vice-president, is organising a local collection for Breast Cancer Care Scotland. As it is Mother’s Day on March 10, during the two weeks around this date members are distributing pink collecting tins in a selection of shops in High Street.

Camera Club: The sixth monthly competition for monochrome images took place last Thursday with Bill Hume (Kelso Camera Club) judging entries – projected images – 1, “Spoked” by Bernie Gajos; 2, “Relax”, Dennis Laing; 3, “SWTC”, Mark Murdie; mounted prints – 1, “Toolshed”, Dennis Laing (best overall image); 2, “Connel Bridge”, Bernie Gajos; 3, “Puffin Cottage”, Dennis Laing. Club members are invited to the Hawick Museum in Wilton Lodge Park at 1.30pm on Sunday for the opening ceremony of Hawick Camera Club’s 75th anniversary exhibition which is open to the public from March 4-April 7.


GARDEN WORK: A small team of volunteers will be carrying out work in the garden at St Ronan’s Wells on Saturday. This is being carried out on behalf of St Ronan’s Wells Support Group who would be grateful for some extra pairs of hands to help out. 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 Saturday in the Vale Club, 10am-noon.

COUNCIL MEETING: Innerleithen and District Community Council holds its monthly meeting on Monday in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm.

PLAYGROUP: Innerleithen Playgroup will hold a coffee morning on March 9 in the Vale Club, 10am-noon.

COMMITTEE: St Ronan’s Community Centre committee meets on March 11 in the centre at 7.30pm. Representatives of user-groups and members of the public are welcome.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Tickets for the Innerleithen and District AOS production of Fiddler on the Roof (March 25-30) are available from Graham McGrath’s in Peebles until March 22 and in the Thrift Shop, Innerleithen, from March 11-29. Alternatively, ring 08452 241908.

CHURCH: There will be a service in Innerleithen Church on Sunday at 11.30am, followed by a light lunch in the hall.

ST RONAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL: Many senior pupils took a lead role in this month’s Burns lunch at which former headteacher Alastair Campbell was principal guest. Music was provided by the choir and brass group and morning nursery class, while the winners from the school’s P1-7 Scots poetry competition performed well. From time to time the school receives donations of unwanted stationery which is really useful – the school would appreciate if parents/carers and friends would keep this in mind should the opportunity to help in this way arises. The school is holding a Buzz About Books Week (February 27-March 7), with World Book Day falling next Thursday. This term’s Share Our Learning event on March 17 will take the form of a St Ronan’s Dance Festival where each class, P1-7, will share their dance with peers and parents. It will take place in the Memorial Hall from 1-2.45pm. A film night will be held on March 22 for pupils in P1-7, 5.30-7pm. The badminton team took part in their first Borders tournament at Earlston. Lucy Sked, Lizzie Bell, Jaz Swinton, Ben McSporran, Kyle McLennan, Louise Turnbull, Jayden Simmons and Jack Caven recorded some fine wins. P7 quiz teams came second and third in the Tweeddale schools event organised by Rotarians.. They consisted of Kieran Frost, Jessica Latimer, Emily McNeill, Ben McSporran, Gregor Pringle, Callum Robb, Caroline Steele and Aedan Wilson.


ROTARY: Members welcomed five visitors from Hawick Rotary Club, including president Tommy Mulvee. The speaker was Jedburgh member David Chapman, Emtelle factory manager in the town. However, his talk was mainly concerned with his earlier life as a Polaris nuclear submarine missile technician. He also found time during his Royal Navy service to take part in fundraising activities, including a sponsored cycle trip from John O’ Groats to Land’s End to raise money for an arthritis charity.

Bridge Club: February 11 – N/S – 1, J. Tait and I. Weir; 2, R. Stewart and A. MItchell; 3, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; E/W – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, B. and I. Middleton; 3, K. Jackson and S. West. February 18 – N/S – 1, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; 2, N. Porter and S. Graham; 3, J. and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2 (equal), I. Whillans and B. Miller, E. and J. Pearson.

Lunch Club: Anyone interested in finding out more about the lunch club which meets every Thursday in the community arts centre should phone 01835 862565.


BRIDGE CLUB: February 13 – Rose Bowl 6 – N/S – 1, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 2, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 3, Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 3, Lee Leeson and John Hayton. February 14 – Millennium Trophy 11 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; E/W – 1, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 2, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson. February 20 – Abbey Salver 7 – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Val Johnstone and Evelyn Erskine. February 21 – Calchou Cup 10 – N/S – 1, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart.

Thursday Group: Members were given information and advice from John Cumming on long-term care and the role of the state. Today, Peter Symms speaks on “My Life Inside” at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre. Next week Jack Jones’ topic is footpaths.

GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Church Guild met in Kelso North Church last Thursday when Margaret Aitken conducted the meeting and led the members in prayer. Speaker Di Higham delivered a talk entitled “St Andrew and all That”. Mrs Yates gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on March 7 when Margaret Mills will speak on “safeguarding”.

ROTARY CLUB: Norman Dodds, member of Kelso Camera Club, enlightened Rotarians with his presentation on the subject of photography. Rotarian John Hennessy took fellow Kelso members and guests through a slide-show trek along the high mountain ridges of Bulgaria. Anyone who wants to become involved in Rotary activities should contact rotaryclubofkelso@gmail.com, look the club up on Facebook, or call Peter Jeary (01835 850266) and arrange to come along to a weekly meeting at Ednam House Hotel at 6pm on Thursdays.

FRIENDS OF KELSO MUSEUM: The first in the March series of lectures will be held on Wednesday in the Abbey Row Centre at 7.30pm. The topic is “Cousland – never heard of it”, presented by members of Cousland Local History Project.

BLOOD DONORS: The following awards were presented at blood-donor sessions on February 17 and 18 – bronze (10 donations) – Steven McKeown, Lee Logan, Sarah Brown, Amanda Hugill, Claire Moffat, Ann Swinton, Deborah Hellawell, Caroline Townsend, Ronald Thorburn, Marion Jewels, Robert Jewels; silver (25) – Alan Wood, John Fleming, Robert Henderson, Lynsey Mathewson, Gavin Rae; silver gilt (50) – Stewart Dunbar, William Wood, Graham Easson. Alastair Martin is to receive a paperweight for 75 donations and Robert Hogarth a quaich for 100.


Accordion club: There was a good turnout of musicians and audience at the club’s February meeting in the Royal British Legion clubrooms, despite heavy snow. Compere Adam Grant introduced the guest band, led by local accordion player Eric Goodfellow who was accompanied on second box by Nicky McMichan, along with Iain Anderson on piano, both from Glasgow. Also in the band was Mark McDougal (fiddle) from Newcastleton and local drummer Robert Willens. Others who played accordion during the evening were David Dunbar of Lockerbie, George Carlyle and Willie McRoberts from Moffat, Les Hurst, Newbie Park and David Bell, all from Carlisle. Also Brian Forrest (Newtown St Boswells), Jane Meikle (Lauder), Ian Wood (Northumberland) and James Lawrie (Gilsland), along with local player Roger Dobson. Robin and Deryn Waitt from Claygate, well known as the Bon Accords, were also present. Jock Thompson of Roberton played drums with Ian Wilson (Crawford) on piano.

Adventure Festival: Countryside walks are being organised as part of the first Muckle Toon Adventure Festival (May 17-19) in an attempt to attract ramblers to the area. The walkers will be taken through the countryside by Billy Young and David McVittie. Westerkirk WRI members will be among those feeding the hungry participants. The festival also includes trail running, road cycling and mountain biking, and there will be a base camp at the Milntown rugby ground, where other activities will take place.

Diamond wedding: George and Carrie Redpath held a party for family and friends at The Mill, Kirkpatrick Fleming, to celebrate their diamond wedding, which was on St Valentine’s Day. George still lives in Canonbie, but Carrie is now in Notwen House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, and it was there that Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Stevenson presented them with a telegram from the Queen. The couple are previously from Jedburgh where they were married in St Mary’s Church. In 1973 they moved to Hogghill Farm, near Langholm. Instead of presents at the party, they asked for donations to be given to Alzheimer Scotland and Friends of Notwen, to build a summer house for residents.


Church Guild: Christine Brotherston welcomed all to the February meeting. After devotions, guild member Sheila Lowe gave an account, along with slides, of her trip to the Holy Land. May Steele proposed the vote of thanks.

WRI: Annette Holton demonstrated making of Roman blinds at this month’s meeting. Anne Strangeways gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – traybake – 1, Mary Sked; 2, Sheila Hardie; 3, Joanne Watson; cake stand – 1, Christine Brotherston; 2, Wendy Paterson; 3, Janet Laidlaw.

AGM: The Lauderdale branch of Macmillan Cancer Support will hold its annual meeting in the Lauderdale Hotel on Monday at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: The guild is holding a coffee morning in the church centre, 10-11.30am, on Saturday.

CAB: On Wednesday at 2.30pm in Lauder Church Centre, Borders Citizens’ Advice Bureau will be giving a talk to guild members.

LORRY STOP: The Blythswood lorry will be at Carfraemill Hotel, 12.30-12.45pm, on Tuesday to accept clothing, shoes, books and small items of furniture.


LITERARY SOCIETY: A large audience attended the “Evening with the Brontes” in the Ormiston Institute. The Bronte Society‘s Scottish organiser, Kathleen Shortt, spoke about Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights – its impact at the time of publication (1847), and its longer-term influence, interpretation and inspiration. Local writer and poet Bridget Kursheed explained the debt owed by the Bronte sisters to Sir Walter Scott.


Coffee Morning: Morebattle Games coffee morning on Saturday raised £300. Competition winners – number of sweets, Gail Gibson; plant, Brenda McNulty.

WRI: Members and visitors watched the film Forgotten Workers (Bondagers). Competitions – pre-1950s photograph – 1, Janette Stenhouse; 2, Nancy Anderson; 3, Helen Cessford; home-made Valentine card – 1, Lizzie Thomson; 2, Margaret Pederson; 3, Marian Dumma.

Guild: Members meet next Thursday at 7.30pm in the institute, taking the form of a visitors’ night with a talk on the refurbishment of Abbotsford.


Donations: Copshaw Common Riding committee has donated money to various deserving groups since it started in 1998. They hand over money raised from the previous year and on this occasion those who benefited were – £500, Polysport; £500, mothers and toddlers’ group; £1,000, village hall; £1,000, local school partnership. The election of the Tub takes place on May 18, with Copshaw Common Riding day July 6.


FILM NIGHT: March 15 is Oxnam Film Night from 7.30pm in the village hall. As it’s Red Nose Day, a comedy will be shown.

CAFE: The library cafe reopens its doors on March 20 at 11am.


AGM: See Lauder section.


PRAYER DAY: A World Day of Prayer ecumenical service will be held in Our Lady and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church at 2pm tomorrow.

Monday Club: At 2pm on Monday in St Joseph’s church hall, Trish and Fiona will give part two of their talk on t’ai chi and China, with photographs.

St Boswells

Drama Club: Members are grateful to those who contributed to the success of their coffee morning when tickets first went on sale for this year’s show, which will be at 7.30pm on March 13-15 in the village hall. Tickets can be bought at the post office and rehearsals are well under way for the two productions – “Cafe Ersatz” and “Lettice and Lovage”.


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


LENTEN LUNCH: A lunch in aid of Yetholm Kirk will be held at Cherrytrees on March 19 when soup and sandwiches will be served between 12.30-2pm.

PANTOMIME: The money from this year’s pantomime is all to hand and outlays settled, plus £1,000 handed over to the Wauchope Hall.

CYCLING CLUB: The Easy Rider Cycling Club has been formed in the village. Anyone interested in this way to keep fit should contact Anne whose details appear on the noticeboard opposite the shop.

HORSEMEAT SCARE!: A mother in the Bowmont Valley was bedridden and asked her daughter to go down to the village for messages. The youngster went by horseback. Undaunted, she tethered her horse outside the butcher’s shop while she made her purchases, causing much merriment among the locals.

HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: This group has prepared and is distributing a glossy brochure detailing its activities. Further information is available from Stewart McDonald, of Yewtree Bank. Membership applications should be made to Tom Broad, of Stables Cottage, Yetholm TD5 8RF.