District News


WRI: At the latest meeting, David Scott-Aiton gave a talk entitled “Love Food Hate Waste” in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Competitions – peppermint creams – 1, R. Sinton; 2, R. Walker; 3, J. Butler; item from recycled materials – 1, M. Dorricott; 2, D. Canby; 3, R. Walker. The next meeting is on Wednesday – Crookedshaws Pate by Amanda Withall. Competitions – a ramekin of pate (any variety) and a hand-made Easter card.


VILLAGE HALL: Two new committee members were recruited at the recent vAGM and 2013 events will start with a Red Nose Day baking challenge on Saturday March 16, 10am to 12 noon. Bring utensils and ingredients – all ages welcome.All proceeds to Comic Relief. Full details from Barbara, 01750 42255 or 07873 157752


CHURCH: The stated annual meeting was held in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday when it was agreed that the annual minutes would be submitted to the congregational board for approval. Andy Bird (treasurer) gave his report and the financial statement was available to the congregation. Roddy Beatson and Julie Decoteau were re-elected to the board after serving three years as members. The Reverend Marion Dodd chaired the meeting as moderator and gave an insight into the process of appointing a new minister for Caddonfoot linked with Trinity in Galashiels. Earlier, Atholl Innes read the lessons. Mothering Sunday will see CY (Caddonfoot Youth) hold a baking stall to raise money for Christian Aid.

ON SONG: Caddonfoot Hall will host Rob Nicholson’s “School Night Tour” on Tuesday from 7.30pm. The local singer/guitarist will perform a mix of folk and Borders songs and ballads.


Walk-it Group: Members are holding a coffee morning on Saturday in Hanover Housing, The Square, from 10am. Money raised will be given to the local paths group.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s service (10.15am) will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The kirk session will meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the church hall. The annual stated meeting will be held on March 17.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Hostess for the afternoon, Connie Seaton, introduced a slide show of views showing how Earlston had changed during the past century. The Auld Earlston Group is hoping to have a slide show in the spring. Competition – floral decoration in an egg cup – 1, Cynthia Sinclair; 2, Wilma Moffat; 3, Kay Brownlie. The next meeting is on March 13 when the competition is “An Animal Photograph”.

WRI: Members enjoyed ‘Cash in the Attic’ with Trevor Black from Kelso and learned much about the value and history of their antiques. The competition winners were: cup and saucer, 1 Mrs T Grierson, 2 Mrs R McKenzie; postcard, 1 Mrs Penman, 2 Mrs Keddie. Trevor’s competition winners were: Mrs M Scott Mrs W Moffat and Mrs J Bryson. The next craft night in the Police Post is Spirelli crafting on March 14 at 7pm, £2 each. The next WRI meeting is women’s health on March 21 in Hanover Close at 7.30. Please note the competitions will now be a sewn peg bag and three gypsy creams. Visitors are very welcome to attend both meetings.


SUPPER TIME: A social bring-and-share supper, in the form of a games night, is being held tomorrow from 7pm.


WRI: At the February meeting Trish Gray from Bowhill gave a talk on her travels in China and then demonstrated t’ai chi, along with Fiona. Competitions – china cup and saucer – 1, M. Cumming; 2, I. Guthrie; 3, J. Guthrie; dropped scones – 1, M. Tennant; 2, A. Blackadder. The next talk is on health and beauty on Wednesday.


CONCERT: “My School Night”, starring Rob Nicholson, is coming to Fountainhall Village Hall on Monday from 7pm. It includes songs from his albums, plus cheese and wine.


PROBUS: “Walk Around Mellerstain House” was the title of an illustrated talk given by Ford Patterson and Gill Harrap, describing the history, architecture and the interior of the property designed by William and Robert Adam, and the furniture and pictures on show. The next meeting is on March 14.

Rotary quiz: St Margaret’s primary school won a close battle with four other local schools in the Galashiels heat of the Rotary Primary School Quiz. The team members were Christopher Louth, Imogen MacKinnon, Martyna Maciejewska and Liam Marshall. The five P7 teams met in the Eildon Youth Hub to answer questions ranging from language through health and science to general knowledge. They all showed a depth of knowledge of the various subjects and a keen competitiveness across the town. St Margarets were followed by Langlee, St Peters and the Burghand will go on to the semi final heat which will be held before Easter. Club President, Andrew Brown, thanked the Eildon Youth Hub for use of its premises.


Camera Club: The 10 images per member evening was brought forward to last Thursday. Projected digital images: Bill McDonald showed a sometimes humorous range of pictures of a local walking group. Bert Lancaster had a series of dramatic images highlighting the powerful cascading water leaving the sluice gates at Pitlochry dam. Brian Marriott’s contribution consisted of colourful carnival dancers in the Philippines. Jimmy Anderson produced a short movie sequence filmed from the cab of his tractor as he cleared deep snow from the road to his isolated farm house. David Barkershowed a travel documentary featuring images of Bruges, the French Alps, the Rhine valley and elsewhere. Prints: David Fells provided the only prints, a fine series of scenes in and around Norfolk. At the Selkirk photographic exhibition on February 27, Dennis Laing was awarded one first, one third and two highly commended places; Bernie Gajos wone two seconds, a third and two highly commendeds; and Mark Murdie was awarded one highly commended place. The meeting on March 14 will be an inter-club competition at Kelso.

Film and Video Group: Last week’s meeting took saw a DVD from member Elizabeth Cumming featuring a luxury world cruise providing a sample of life aboard the MS Black Watch as it negotiated the Panama Canal before heading into the Pacific and towards Australia. The meeting on March 12 will be a competitions event for members entries in both holidays and open categories.

Rotary Club: President Tommy Mulvee introduced the speaker, well-known Teri Jim Wallace, who related the part he played in the Suez Crisis in Egypt in the 1950s, which caused a rift between Britain and her allies especially America. Jim was in the RAF and found himself in the middle of the action at Port Said. He spent 18 months clearing bomb dumps into the Red Sea where they lie to this day in deep water. He was in Aden for six months before he was demobbed and returned to his trade as a painter and decorator. Fifty years later he received a medal for his part in the conflict. Jim, an accomplished artist, compiled a journal and diary of the event which he had on display. Past president Billy McWatters gave the vote of thanks.

Bridge Club: February 25 – teams of four for the Margaret Burgon Quaich – 1, M. Tuson, R. Witherington, S. White, J. Urquhart; 2, K. Auckland, J. Simpson, R. Goldie, M. McLeod. February 27 – 1 (equal), M. and H. Dooley, P. and J. Simpson; 3, K. Auckland and R. Witherington; 4, P. Gilligan and M. Millar.


Service: The service on 10 March 10 will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church

PTA COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s School PTA thanks everyone who contributed to the recent coffee morning when £553.52 was raised. All monies raised by the PTA goes towards the work of the school.

COFFEE MORNING: Innerleithen Playgroup will hold a coffee morning on Saturday (March 9) in the Vale Club, 10am-noon. Entry costs £1 and there will be various stalls plus face painting and tattoos for the children and an extensive raffle.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: There will be a meeting of the St. Ronan’s Community Centre committee on Monday March 11 in the centre at 7.30pm. Representatives of user groups and interested members of the public are invited.

COUNTDOWN CLUB: The club will meet on March 13 and March 27 in Innerleithen Church Hall, Leithen Road at 10.30 am. Just bring pen and paper.

BORDER GAMES: The annual public meeting of St. Ronan’s Border Games will bce on March 15in the Vale of Leithen Social Club at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the games week is urged to attend. The management would warmly welcome members of the public to the meeting, whether intending to join the committee or just to offer support.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Tickets for the Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Socoety production of Fiddler on the Roof (March 25-30) are available from Graham McGrath’s in Peebles until March 22 and then in the Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, March 11-29. Alternatively, ring 0845 224 1908 to book.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Norrie McLeish used the ancient and picturesque farmhouse of Doorpool as the setting for a 19th-century tale of drunkenness and sexual scandal taken from the civil court records of a breach of promise of marriage case. The talk was based on a chapter of his new book, “Broken Promises – Scottish Breach of Promise Cases”, which has been published on Kindle. The next meeting is on March 14 in the British Legion when Christopher Bowles, archaeology officer for Scottish Borders Council, will talk on “Digging up Jedburgh’s Past – Recent Developments” from 7.30pm.

Rotary club: Members welcomed four visitors to its latest meeting – Josh Cressey and Karen Maxwell (head boy and girl at Jedburgh Grammar School), the school’s rector, Kevin Ryalls, and Robin Tatler, a member of the Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair club who is also an assistant district governor. Josh and Karen spoke to the club about their individual plans and ambitions, and they also described some of the community and charity work being carried out by pupils.

Bridge Club: February 25 – N/S – 1, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; 2, J. Tait and I. Weir; 3, N. Porter and S. Graham; E/W – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, I. Whillans and B. Miller; 3, E. and J. Pearson.


COMIC RELIEF: A coffee morning and bake sale in aid of Comic Relief will be held on Saturday in St Andrew’s Church (10am-noon).

Thursday Group: Members enjoyed Joyce Roy’s reminiscences of emigrating to Cape Town during the 1950s. Today, Jack Jones and Ian Gibb, of Earlston Footpaths Group, will give a joint presentation on footpaths. Next week’s agenda features John Hennessey with Sophia and the mountains of Bulgaria – Abbey Row Centre, 2pm.

BRIDGE CLUB: February 27 – Rose Bowl 7 – N/S – 1, Jon Bridger and Avril Ronald; 2, Ian and Eliz Ross; 3, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; E/W – 1, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson. February 28 – Millennium Trophy 12 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 3 (equal), John and Marian Miller, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Miles Browne and John Urquhart.

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next open meeting will be on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club. This will include the AGM, followed by the speaker, Stuart Fuller-Shapcott from Border Search and Rescue.

QUILTERS: The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre, featuring a video on stained glass patchwork technique. For further details, contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).


Soup kitchen: A number of townsfolk made the short journey to support the Canonbie United Parish Church soup kitchen and table top sale in the village hall which raised £350. About 95 people enjoyed a good tuck in, with a choice of six hot soups and 11 mouthwatering sweets. There was a collection of clothes for the Great North Air Ambulance.Gilliam Lamont held a stall in aid of Macmillan cancer support and the church youth group had a baking stall which raised around £80 for their trip to Malawi. The Adamson ladssold their kindlers. The last soup kitchen before the break is on Saturday March 30.

School quiz: The Rotary club annual quiz for the local primary school along with Canonbie primary took place recently. The winners were the Langholm team of Katy Jo Smith, Jenny Samuels, Ciaran Jackson and Matthew Grieve. The prizes were presented by Rotary member Howard Ashton-Smith.


MAXTON MEETS: The next Maxton Meets is on Monday when Donald Gordon, of the Trimontium Trust, will give an illustrated talk, “Trimontium up to Date”. The event is in the village hall at 7.30pm.


CONCERT: Kosmos musicians come to the parish church hall on March 15 for a concert of music inspired by folk traditions from around the world. Performing their own compositions, arrangements and improvisations, classical violinists Harriet Mackenzie and Meg Hamilton, and accordionist Milos Milivojic will take the audience on a unique musical journey. Tickets are available at the door and the event begins at 7.30pm.

TRIMONTIUM: The 222 Roman silver denarii in the Synton, Ashkirk, 2nd-century hoard, found in 2011 and secured as treasure trove through purchase by the Trimontium Trust in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, are now at the cleaning stage, after yet more fundraising, in a specialist studio in Edinburgh. The process is to be filmed for showing at a Trimontium lecture. The coins are to be installed in the Trimontium Museum.

CHURCH: Today – 2.30pm, guild fundraiser, Jim Letham, “Welcome to Spring”; Sunday – services at Bowden (9.30am); Melrose (11am).


COFFEE MORNINGS: Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup’s coffee morning raised £430. A similar event for Morebattle In Bloom will be held in the institute on Saturday from 10.30am.

WRI: Members meet on Wednesday at 7.15pm for gentle exercise with Lynne Young. Competitions – individual fruit salad and a pill box.


Coffee morning: Liddesdale camera club held a coffee morning in the village hall which raised over £250. Photographs of local scenes were shown and there was a baking stall a tombola and a raffle.


WRI: Dr John Burns gave us a very interesting and amusing talk on his experiences of being a flying doctor. Competition, anything heart shaped: 1 Denise Barclay,..2 Anne Wood, 3 Marion Muir. Next meeting: March 20.

St Boswells

DRAMA: St Boswells Drama Club is presenting Lettice and Lovage and by Peter Shaffer and Cafe Ersatz, devised and written by club members, at the village hall, March 13 to 15, at 7.30. Tickets from St Boswell’s post office.


WRI: The Selkirkshire federation is holding a spring show of crafts, art, baking and industrial on Saturday in the Victoria Halls. Doors open at 2pm.


Service: The service on March 10 will be at 10am in Traquair Kirk


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


FILM NIGHT: The next Yetholm Film Night will be on Saturday (March 9), in the Wauchope Hall commencing at 7pm. The film is Skyfall.Everyone welcome.

BORDER SHEPHERS, SHOW: The recent annual meeting heard good news on the financial front as the 2012 Show made a healthy profit. Plans for the 150th show tin October were discussed and some surprises are in store.The annual dance and stovie supper in the Wauchope Hall was a good gathering.

WHIST DRIVE: There will be another Yetholm Youth Hall whist on Tuesday March 12 at 7 30pmwith an enticing Supper and a raffle.

ST.CUTHBERT’S WAY: Yetholm Kirk is organising an ecunemical pilgrimage over five Fridays and a Saturday, starting on April 5. This will encompass the full route of the walk. A full pigrimage journal is being produced and response sheets are available through the Kirk. People are invited to walk the whole route or parts only.There will be opportunities for worship but the event is open to all whether kirk members or not. Volunteers to help with the organisation are also sought.

VILLAGE CHOIR: Posters have gone up advertising a spring concert on March 23 featuring the village choir and the Yetholm Colliery Band. The theme is a celebration of spring in music and words. It starts at 7.30pm.Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection.