Members were treated to a cookery demonstration by Sainsbury’s. They were shown how to prepare two savoury dishes, meatballs made with minced pork and a salmon dish with a lemon dressing. Members were also shown how to prepare two puddings and went home inspired to try these dishes at home. Competitions – drop scones – 1, Moira Coull; 2, Margaret Jack; spoon rest – 1, Hazel Woodsell; 2, Helen Cavers. The next meeting on May 20 will be the AGM. The June gathering is a mystery tour – names to Mary Cron.



The Reverend Marion Dodd was back in the pulpit for the morning service on Sunday in Caddonfoot Church, where the lessons were read by Effie Brydon. There will not be any Bible study this week as the nominating committee to select a new minister for the vacancy with Trinity meets on the usual evening. Members are invited to join the Songs of Praise in Trinity on Sunday at 6pm.



On April 21 a joint service will be held in Lauder Church at 11.30am. The presbytery plan for Lauderdale and Channelkirk has not been approved, meaning another minister cannot be called at this time. There will be a meeting after the aformentioned service at 12.30pm to discuss a proposed solution – a possible linkage with Earlston Church. All church members are encouraged to attend.


Minto WRI

Sandra Kinnoch from Lynus Quilts (which are given to babies and children at Borders General Hospital, and other organisations which care for youngsters) showed a selection of the patchwork quilts and knitted blankets. Competition – knitted hat for a premature baby – 1, S. Graham; 2, A. Reid; 3, A. Forrest; 4, L. Johnston. The hats were donated to Borders General Hospital.



The April 21 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the worship team. The congregational board meets on April 25 at 7.30pm in the church hall. For the Spring Fling, to be held on May 11 in the church hall (10am-2pm), organisers are looking for items of new and nearly-new clothes, household goods (no electrical or heavy furniture) or unwanted gifts. Contact Ruth Scoular on 01896 849539.

Wednesday Club

At last week’s meeting, member Connie Seaton entertained with reminiscences of her days in the Land Army during the Second World War. Competition – a wedding cake favour – 1, Sheila McKay; 2, Jan Pringle; 3, Grace Forsyth. The next meeting is on April 24. Competition – a wartime souvenir.



Members heard about White Witchcraft from Maria Termaat. She described how she can help people by using oils and crystals. The winning lucky charms were brought by Chris Robertson, Gail Chandler and Christine Tucker.Best spells were created by Carol Wilson Green, Chris Robertson and Christine Tucker.



A lunch in aid of the Lavender Touch charity will take place on April 21. Tickets from Christine on 01835 840246 or email p10caw@aol.com.


Eight members and three visitors visited the donkey sanctuary at St Boswells last Wednesday, calling into the Milestone Garden Centre for tea and shopping afterwards.


African experiences

Earlier this year Alan and Kay Ross visited Tumutumu in Kenya and they will tell of their experiences in Kirkhope Hall on April 25 at 7.30pm.



The latest meeting was chaired for the first time by new president Sandy Frame. Author Norrie McLeish delivered a talk about his latest book, Broken Promises, dealing with breach-of-promise of marriage cases in Scotland and the women who took legal action. The next meeting is on April 25 at 10am.


Film and Video Group

The following were elected at the AGM – president, Jean Tait; vice-president, Scott Renwick; secretary, Bill Neil; treasurer, Peter Horne; syllabus secretary, Jean Tait; committee – Henry Gray, Irene Hope and Jim Law. President Jean Tait presented trophies to the competition winners – Henry Gray, silver salver for the holiday category with his film The Great Orme Copper Mines; Tony Gulvin, Gaylor Cup for the open category with Recurring Dream. The next meeting on May 28 will be a walk in the park (weather permitting), so members should remember to bring their cameras.


Alan Lawson spoke about his role as Scottish Rugby Union president, but concentrated on the “positive coaching project” for teenagers in which the SRU has invested £100,000 over three years.



Members of St Ronan’s Silver Band are on the competition trail again on April 20 when they travel to Dunfermline to take part in the Fife Brass Band Festival in the Carnegie Hall.

Civic association

Innerleithen Civic Association will hold its AGM in the Quiet Room, St Ronan’s School Community Centre, at 7pm on April 23.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Wells Support Group will hold a coffee morning in the Vale Club on April 27 (10am-noon).


Primary 4 pupils at St Ronan’s school have arranged a town clean-up day for April 28. The youngsters have targeted the area around the Dam in the Damside/Factory Lane/Leithen Road, Leithen Road car park and Memorial Hall as their focus for this particular day. The event is being arranged with the support of Inspiring Innerleithen and other local groups. Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to meet at the Memorial Hall play area at 12.30pm and should wear old clothes and gloves. Bin bags will be provided and children must



be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Open day

Pirn Wood (The Backs), formerly part of Horsburgh-Porter estates, is now held in trust on behalf of the people of Innerleithen by the town’s community trust. To celebrate the acquisition, an open day will be held at the picnic area by Cuddy Bridge on May4 (2-4pm). There will be an opening ceremony, musical entertainment, an explorer trail and mementoes for children.


There will be a service on April 21 at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.


Bridge club

April 8 – N/S – 1, J. Tait and I. Weir; 2, B. and I. Middleton; 3, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, P. Harris and M. Forsythe; 3 (equal), E. and J. Pearson, I. Whillans and B. Miller.

Blood donors

Sunday’s blood-donor session attracted 156 volunteers and 127 donations were given. There were 13 new donors.



The declaration of this year’s Kelso Laddie will take place tomorrow (Friday) in the Square at 7.30pm. The lady bussers will also be named and the pipe band will play from 7pm.

Bridge club

April 10 – British Spring Pairs – N/S – 1, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, John Hayton and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Helen and Malcolm Ouldcott; 3, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross. April 11 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Pauline Smart and Helenor Pratt; 2, Sheena McPherson and Ken Ross; 3, John and Marian Miller; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 3, Diana and Dominic Alkin.


The next meeting of Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild is on April 23 at 7pm in Abbey Row when Nila Monckton will give a talk entitled North Korean Embroidery. Further information from Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).

Thursday Group

George Moffat gave a talk on the Border Forest Trust’s Wildwood Project to regenerate ancient woodlands in the Moffat Hills. Malcolm Ross described the work of his volunteer group planting trees in the Carrifran Valley. Today Elise and Malcolm Ross talk about the changes they have seen in Israel – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Next week’s is 
the final meeting of the season.


Kelso North and Ednam Guild members met in Kelso North Church for the annual business meeting. The accounts were presented and passed. A discussion was held on the future pattern of guild meetings and two new projects were chosen to support over the next three years. Miss Aitken led the meeting in worship and agreed to continue as treasurer and co-ordinator for the next session.



On April 21 a joint service will be held in Lauder Church at 11.30am. The presbytery plan for Lauderdale and Channelkirk has not been approved, meaning another minister cannot be called at this time. There will be a meeting after the aformentioned service at 12.30pm to discuss a proposed solution – a possible linkage with Earlston Church.



Members visited Smailholm Pottery where they enjoyed a demonstration of pot-making and decorating before looking round the gallery. Competitions – decorated cupcake – 1, Alison Easson; 2, Judith Ziokowski; 3, Jessie Cunningham; cake slice – 1, Alison Easson; 2, Sybil King; 3, Jessie Cunningham. Annual whist drive results – ladies – 1, Jean Rae; 2, Hannah Wilson; 3, May Tonkin; gents – 1, Kenneth Tait; 2, Christine Gibson; 3, Gary Kirkwood.



At examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Alice McBrayne, Melrose, passed grade three piano with merit. She is a pupil of Elsie Walter, Lilliesleaf.

Tennis club

Melrose Waverley Tennis Club’s season will open with an American tournament for juniors and seniors on April 21, starting at 12.30m and 2pm respectively. Anyone interested in tennis is welcome.


Some members set off last week for London and the Herculaneum and Pompeii Exhibition at the British Museum, featuring a considerable amount of new information about the disaster. The abiding memory for visitors is the record of ordinary life – from the 10 per cent wealthiest to the humblest. The ordinary Roman arrangements for housing, working, cooking, sleeping, toileting are side-by-side with painted marble statues, tall bronze figures, the gardens in the midst 
of houses and decorated 


Coffee morning

The village hall coffee morning raised £328. Winners of the competitions were – plant, Annie Smith; whisky, Yvonne Parker; sweets, Neil Mallen.


Owing to a misunderstanding, there was no demonstrator at the April meeting, but members had a singalong with choir members. Competitions – knitted square – 1, Mary Pringle; 2, Eileen Woodward; 3, Lizzie Thomson; small plant pot – 1, Mary Pringle; 2, Marion Dumma; 3, Helen Cessford. Nancy Anderson was the winner of the Anne Wallace competition for gypsy creams and goes forward to the next round at the federation rally. Lucky syllabus number next month.

Helping heroes

A coffee morning for Help for Heroes will be held in the institute on May 4 at 10.30am.


Morebattle Badminton Club held its annual dinner in the Cross Keys. For the first time the club has two male members.



The April meeting of Newmill and Teviothead WRI heard member Ann Pennington give a talk on Oxfam. Manager of the charity’s shop in Hawick, Ann highlighted its work at local and worldwide level. Competitions – three decorated cupcakes – 1, Muriel Baptie; piece of bling to be donated to Oxfam – 1, Julia Templeman; 2, Sheila Gray; 3, Anna Hislop. The outing to Cragside is on June 15 – names of members and friends wishing to go should be given to Gill. The May meeting will feature a talk and slide show by Teviothead Trekkers and is an open night. There will also be a sales table and competitions for gypsy creams, hikers’ sandwiches and Scottish souvenirs.


Oxnam Owls

Members were entertained by Sprouston jeweller Pat Young who explained how she made silver and gold items. Her proposed 60-minute talk was so well received that she was kept busy answering questions for almost a second hour. The next meeting is on May 7 at 7.30pm.


Oxnam Water Community Council’s AGM will be held in Oxnam Hall on May 2 at 7.30pm.


The next library cafe meeting will be on May 1 at 11am.

St Boswells

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held in the village hall on April 20 from 10am in aid of the Borders MS branch.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on April 28 at 10am.



There will be a service in Walkerburn Public Hall on April 21 at 10am.



Wauchope Hall AGM will take place in the premises on April

29 at 7.30pm.

Coffee mornings

The church coffee mornings restart on May 1 (10.30am-noon) in the Upper Room and are held every Wednesday.


Yetholm Archery Club is 
under new management and sessions will now take place every Sunday (noon-3pm). Further details can be had from the village notice-
board or the shop’s electronic diary.


Walkers will have noticed the

new fencing on the haugh below the caravan park. This relates to a conservation project being undertaken by Yetholm Floral Gateway Gathering.


The village choir has received a donation from Charity Begins at Home and, coupled with their own fundraising, has been able to buy a keyboard.