District News



Several men attended the open March meeting at which John Thomas, of the John Muir Trust, gave an illustrated talk on the organisation’s work. Competition – photograph of sunrise or sunset – 1, Pam Boyd; 2, Gill MacIntosh; 3, Betty Doyle.



Passon Sunday was celebrated in Caddonfoot Church when the service was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and lessons read by Roddy Beatson. There will be a service on Good Friday at 7 pm in the church, and a special meeting of the congregational board after the morning service on April 7 to discuss the manse.


Comic Relief

Despite wintry conditions, the village hall, Red Nose Day Challenge raised £105 for Comic Relief.

Lights out

On March 23 everyone concerned about the environment is invited to bring a candle and drink to the hall from 8pm to join millions across the world observing Earth Hour. At 8.30pm the lights will go out for an hour in a symbolic gesture of energy saving. Further details from Barbara (01750 42255).



A whist drive will be held in Lothian Hall on March 29 at 7.30pm in aid of hall funds.


Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held on March 23 in the village hall (10am-noon).


Coffee morning

Earlston WRI is holding a coffee morning in Hanover Close at 10am on March 23.

Parish church

The Palm Sunday (March 24) service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods, followed by, at 6.30pm, a similar event to mark the Passion of Jesus. There will also be services on March 27, Maunday Thursday and Good Friday, all starting at 7.30pm. Easter Sunday’s early-morning service begins at 8.30am, followed by breakfast. An all-age service starts at 10.15am, including an Easter egg hunt for children. There is communion in Hanover Housing on April 2 at 3pm.

Jubilee Path

Earlston Paths Group is encouraging the community of Earlston and Redpath to share in the Diamond Jubilee Path opening event starting at 1pm on March 24 at Cowdenknowes. This 4km route goes to Leaderfoot, creating the potential to return on the Leader Water path back to Earlston. Minibus transport is available from The Square from12.15pm for those who need a lift to the start point. Planting of 200 native trees is being carried out the previous day at Redpath from 10 am.



Alan Thompson gave an account of life on St Helena, which sits isolated in the middle of the south Atlantic. Members had knitted scarves for the Seamen’s Mission and these were judged as follows – 1, Anne Steede; 2, Maggie Greenwood; 3, Mary Upton. Competition – my favourite piggy bank – 1, Maggie Greenwood; 2, Mary Upton; 3, Jean Broene. The raffle was won by Marion Miller.


Interest evening

The village hall is the venue for an interest evening on March 28 (7.30pm) when Sandra McNeil, education officer at Abbotsford House, will be speaking about the property.



John Cleland gave a talk on his experiences as a rallying and touring car racing driver. The next meeting is the AGM on March 28 at 11.30am.


Clients at the Memory Café in Melrose now have a set of items to help them when they reminiscence about events in their lifetime after the club presented a memory box to the NHS-funded café. It contains memorabilia from wartime to the 1960s, as well as local books and CDs of Scottish and contemporary music. The café is held on the last Thursday of each month in the Ormiston Institute (1-3.30pm).

Family history

Peter Munro will give a talk and demonstration on how to use websites to help broaden research at a Borders Family History Society meeting in the Volunteer Hall on March 24 at 2.30pm. There will also be a small exhibition of 19th-century family photographs.


Film and Video Group

Two film competitions took place – the holiday and open categories – with the audience as judges at the latest meeting. Results – holiday category – Henry Gray, Great Orme Copper Mine; open – Tony Gulvin, Recurring Dream. The March 24 gathering at 2pm will be the 50th annual Borders Inter-Club Competition.

Camera Club

A three-way digital competition took place at Kelso last Thursday, between clubs from Kelso, Newcastleton and Hawick, with doctors James and Hazel Frost of Galashiels as judges. The hosts triumphed, with Hawick and Newcastleton runners-up and third respectively. The top image in the competition was awarded to The Cat’s Whiskers, by Hawick member Kathryn Barlow. The Borders Digital Challenge will be held in Hawick High School lecture hall on March 24. Doors open for a buffet at 6.30pm, with the photographic competition starting an hour later.


While the ladies dined downstairs, the Rotarians held their meeting upstairs last week. David Richardson, asset manager of Scottish Borders Council’s engineering and infrastructure department, gave a presentation on 
how the local authority 
dealt with winter road ­conditions. The region has 3,000km of roads which SBC is responsible for. Of this, 1,090km are priority routes and they are serviced from seven depots at St Boswells, Peebles, Hawick, Newcastleton, Galashiels, Duns and Kelso. The council also supplies and stocks 850 salt bins in towns, villages and rural areas and, in doing so, uses 19,000 tonnes of salt each winter. SBC is advised at 11am and 9pm each day by the Met Office.


St Ronan’s Wells

St Ronan’s Wells will be open



to the public from Good Friday. On April 6, Garden Volunteer Day at St Ronan’s Wells runs from 10am-4pm. For more information, 
phone Di Bennett on 07908 098026. The support group annual public meeting is at St Ronan’s Wells on April 15 from 7.30pm. On April 27, a coffee morning will be held in the Vale Club in aid of support group funds.

Countdown Club

The club meets on March 27 in the church hall, Leithen Road, at 10.30 am. Just bring pen and paper.


The service in Innerleithen Church on March 24 starts at 11.30 am. A Good Friday reflection service begins at 6 pm.


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 tomorrow (March 22) and in the Thrift Shop, Innerleithen, until March 29. Alternatively, ring 08452 241908.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Border Games’ annual coffee morning will be held on April 6 in the Vale Club (10am-noon). Donations of cake and candy and raffle prizes would be gratefully received on the day.


Bridge Club

March 11 – 1, J. and M. Weightman; 2, S. Graham and M. Miller; 3, D. and A. Wilson; 4, R. Oates and S. West; 5, B. and I. Middleton.


Bridge club

March 13 – Rose Bowl 8 – N/S – 1, Marian and John Miller; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; E/W – 1, Colin McGrath and Val Fairbairn; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, Viv Heskett and Pauline Smart. March 14 – Millennium Trophy 13 – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3 Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; E/W – 1, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 2, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; 3, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington.

Farmers’ market

A famers’ market will be held on March 23 (9.30am-1.30pm) in The Square, featuring a new fish stall and Red Squirrel Watch .

Embroiderers’ Guild

The next meeting is on March 26 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre when Pat Ashton-Smith will talk on A Sense of Place: Interpreting Landscapes in Textiles. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).

Thursday Group

Ian Gibb and Jack Jones gave a presentation on the new footpath network created by

volunteers around Earlston. Today, Di Higham makes a return visit with St Andrew an’ a’ That, 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Next week Isabel Gordon will address the group on “Smallpox – winning the battle”.

Kelso Museum

The Friends of Kelso Museum enjoyed a talk by Trevor Cowie, curator of Scottish history and archaeology at the National Museum of Scotland. The talk centred on Bronze Age spears, and in particular the weapon found near Yetholm a few years ago. The fourth and final talk in the March series of lectures will be held on March 27 in the Abbey Row Centre at 7.30pm when Catherine Ross presents “The history of Thirlestane – a small estate in Yetholm parish”.

Rangers fans

The bus leaves The Square on Saturday at 8am. Contact Jim (01573 226240).



Civil engineer Jill Irving, a former Academy pupil whose family live in Canonbie, was speaker at the latest meeting. With the help of slides, she gave an oversight of her career, from Glasgow University, working on Tay rail bridge maintenance, upgrading the Edinburgh city bypass and the early surveys for the reopening of part of the Waverley rail line to the Borders . She also worked on the Glasgow subway upgrade for the Commonwealth Games and on roads in Northern Ireland. Jill is currently tackling problems caused by the recent Stromferry avalanche.


The Eskdale Hotel has been awarded three stars

by VisitScotland. It was taken over less than a year ago by John Galloway and John Noonan, and since then has undergone a major refurbishment.

Historical talk

Billy Young and Ian Landles, from Hawick, gave a talk in the Buccleuch Centre, The Reivers of the West March. Their presentation included recitations of Border ballads and Will Ogilvie’s poems, and there were extracts from the Hawick production Reiver’s Moon – much of the script was written by Ian.



The Palm Sunday service will be led by John Mackay at 11.30am in Lauder Church. On Maundy Thursday there will be an informal communion service followed by supper in the church centre. The Good Friday vigil will be held in the church centre from 7pm. A messy Easter egg painting workshop will be held in the church centre on March 29 .



President Mary Redburn welcomed members to the March meeting in Newtown Community Wing. Guest for the evening was Annie Shanks, from Standhill Cheesery at Standhill Farm, Minto, who explained how she and her husband had established the cheesery 
and created a range of cheeses using milk from their pedigree dairy herd. She brought along a range 
of cheeses for members 
to sample and said they 
could be purchased at the farm or local farmers’ ­markets. Competition – cheese straws – 1, Margaret Luke; 2, Elaine Thornton-Nicol; 3, Janette Corcoran. The next meeting will be on April 4.



The parent and toddler/baby group is hosting a fundraiing table-top sale and coffee morning on April 27 (10am-noon) at the village hall.



The Palm Sunday service will be led by John Mackay at 10am in the Memorial Hall, while Dr Guthrie will do the same for the Holy Week service on March 27 in Channelkirk Church at 7pm. Easter Sunday’s 8am sunrise service will be held at Channelkirk Church, followed by a bacon roll breakfast.



A youth group from Joppa was welcomed at Sunday’s service. March 21 – 2.30pm, guild speaker Reverend A. Bennett on Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Palm Sunday services – Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10am and 11am); March 27 – midweek service (11.45am) and Easter-themed lunch (12.15pm). The guild is grateful for the £451.35 raised on March 7 at its projects fund­raiser, led by Jim Letham.


Primary 4 at Melrose were hard at it again one afternoon last week in preparing their

Welcoming Exhibition for the 228 silver denarii – the Synton Hoard – which, it is hoped, will

be displayed in the Trimontium Museum before the school holidays begin. The clay coins had dried and were to be painted and varnished, then it was on to creating

coins in various fabrics for a collage.



President Mary Beck welcomed members to the March meeting and introduced Sheila Clyne, who demonstrated a variety of supper dishes which members had the opportunity to sample. Mrs Clyne provided recipe sheets so that they could try the dishes at home. Competition – three drop scones – 1, Anne Reid; 2, Margaret Armstrong; 3, Mary Beck; 4, Win Nichol.


Clay busters

Morebattle Gun Club enjoyed a successful season in 2012. A £500 cheque was presented to Linda Hamilton of Macmillan Cancer Support at the annual dinner dance in The Templehall Hotel. The new season opens on March 31 at Old Graden.



The social evening on March 6 saw president Alison Riddell welcoming members and visitors from rural institutes in Group H for the handing over of the books. Joyce Tinlin, president, accepted them on behalf of Wilton Dean WRI. To start the evening, the Golden Girls performed a sing-along, with members happy to join in. A buffet supper was much enjoyed. Visitors’ competition – side plate – 1, Margaret Falconer (Burnfoot); 2, Kate Neasham (Hermitage). The sales table realised £40.35 and the raffle £49. At the monthly meeting on March 13, joint president Cathy Campbell welcomed Frances Armstrong, cookery demonstrator for the evening, who showed how to make traybakes. Every­one enjoyed a taste of them, with members going home with a bag of goodies. Cathy Campbell gave the vote of thanks. Competition – sweet necklace – 1, Jean Riddell; 2, Kathleen Jackson. Raffle, Alison Riddell. The next meeting, on April 10, will feature a talk by Marjory Gavin on Thomas Pringle. Competition – spring flowers in a teacup.


Blood donors

The following awards were made at a blood-donor session in the town – bronze (10 donations) – David Scott; silver (25) – David Forster; silver gilt (50) – Robert Clyne, Gordon Hislop. Kenneth Bolson 
and John Bradshaw received a paperweight for 75 
donations. Adam Skeldon and George Turnbull are to 
collect awards marking 75 and 100 donations respectively at the annual awards 

St Boswells

Comic Relief

The bake sale raised £600 at last Saturday’s Comic Relief event in the church hall.



There will be a Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 pm.



On March 31 at 8.30 am in Alexandra Park, an early-morning service and egg rolling will be followed by breakfast at Caberston Coffee Shop.



Yetholm Allotment Association’s AGM heard finances are good and office bearers were re-elected. Berwickshire ­Naturalists’ Club will be

­making a visit in July.


Yetholm Kirk held a service celebrating the christening of children in the village over many years. The christening roll book was on display


There is a lunch in the Wauchope Hall today (March 21) noon-2pm.


A Time to Dye is the title of a new play to be performed during 2013 Village Festival Week. Rehearsals by Bowmont Theatre are taking place.


Two retiring collections are to take place at Sunday services in Yetholm Kirk to boost funds being collected for the proposed village defibrillator. A ceilidh, for the same cause, will be held in the Wauchope Hall on April 13. Tickets are available from the village shop.


Romany Ramblers meet at Wauchope Hall at 9am on March 23 for a circular walk – Yetholm, Hayhope, Clifton, Woodhill, Kame Rig, Sunnyside Hill, Hayhope, Yetholm.


The Linton, Morebattle, Hownam and Yetholm churches’ St Cuthbert’s Way parish ecumenical pilgrimage over five Fridays starts on April 5. Details in leaflets at shops and churches, and from walk administrator Linda Fleming (01573 440396).