District News



The next community cafe will be held in the village hall on June 19 at 11am.



Members completed their 2012/13 syllabus with a mystery tour which weaved its way through the Borders, ending in Peebles. This was followed by a meal at the Woll Golf Club at Ashkirk. The next meeting is in September.



The annual Caddonfoot Youth prizegiving was held at the morning service conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. The lessons were read by Bill Birch, while Catherine and Georgie Bird sang “Bridge of Light”. Members were saddened to hear of the death of elder John Gebbie.


Coffee morning

Minto WRI is holding a coffee morning in Denholm hall on June 15 (10am-noon).



The summer church newsletter will be dropping through letter boxes soon, if it has not already arrived. The service of holy communion will be celebrated on June 16 and conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The last Sunday school is on June 23 and after the service there will be a congregational walk leaving from church after coffee at about 11.30am. The civic week service will be held in the marquee at 10.15am.



Eccles/Leitholm Primary School is holding an open afternoon for prospective pupils on June 21 from 2pm. Just come along on the day, or anyone who would like further information should contact the school office on 01890 840224.



Jed Valley Community Council’s annual meeting will be held on July 2 at 7.15pm in the village hall. In May members met at the village hall for a picnic and the chance to try tractor driving.


The rural met at the village hall for a picnic and the chance to try tractor driving. Local farmer Nicol Renwick arrived with a tractor and members drove it round a field. Last Wednesday there was another gathering at the hall for a lesson in painting with colours. Helen Tyler, from Jedburgh, guided her audience and a mural was finished. A salad lunch was enjoyed and side salads were judged by Helen – 1, Maggie Greenwood; 2, Rosemary Wilkes; 3, Evelyn Grierson.



Galashiels will have its own community radio station by the end of this year. Steve Paterson, assistant manager at TD1 Radio, told the club that broadcasting on FM will begin within a few months. The Meigle Hill transmission site should allow the signal to reach up to 25 miles. TD1, broadcasting on the internet since December 2008, will continue to expand its live hours and train new volunteers to join the 25 who are already involved. The station plans to move into new premises in Channel Street this month. Steve said TD1 will have an outside broadcast from the fun day planned by Rotarians on August 18.



Members visited Woodside Plant Centre and Birdhouse Tearoom, near Ancrum, last Wednesday. They were given a demonstration of putting a plant in a pot which was then raffled and won by Doreen Waugh. After a meal in the tearoom, a further tour of the gardens was enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on September 4.



Results from the Hownam Hall whist held on May 28 – ladies – 1, Florence Dalgleish; 2, Janice Palmer; 3, Hannah Wilson; 4, Mary Fair; booby – Charlie Donaldson; longest sitter – Betty Fleming. Gents – 1, Craig Weir; 2, Keith Wilson ; 3, Christine Gibson; 4, Jimmy Douglas; booby – Angus Cameron; longest sitter – Sheena Nelson.

Towford WRI

Members enjoyed supper and shopping at the Woodside Garden Centre, Ancrum. Emma and John, from the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), gave them a tour of the wildlife garden. The next gathering is a committee meeting on August 20 at 7.30pm in Hownam Hall.



The service on June 16 will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.


Anyone who wants to contribute to the 2013 St Ronan’s Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies Patrons Scheme should contact Ted McKie (01896 830703, caerlee@yahoo.co.uk).


Tickets for the Standard Bearer’s Ball are available via stronansgames@googlemail.com or 01896 870316.


Lunch club

The club will gather onJune 20.


Bridge club

June 5 – match-pointed pairs –

N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Ian and Eliz Ross; 2, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 3, Jean Bunyan and Val Fairbairn. June 6 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Archie Stewart and Sheila Urquhart; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Val Fairbairn and Elinor Green; E/W – 1, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 2, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 3, Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton.


Alan Robertson, production manager, together with Kevin Johnston, operations director, of Forbes Technology, provided a tour of the Kelso site at Pinnaclehill for Rotarians. The production of all the customised, and technically-complex, units is carried out in Kelso from designs developed at Forbes’ HQ in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Demand for this specialised work is high worldwide. Anyone who wants to get involved in Rotary locally should email rotaryclubofkelso@gmail.com, look the kelso club up on Facebook or call Peter Jeary (01835 850266) and arrange to come along to one of the weekly meetings at Ednam House Hotel at 6pm on Thursdays.


The next meeting of Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild is at Abbey Row Centre on June 25 at 7pm when Alma Dowle will show how to make a piece of felt. Members should remember their One-Stitch Wonders for the competition and also a mug. Further information from Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).



The Common Riding colours are, by tradition, taken from the owners of the Epsom Derby – and this year they will be dark blue. The winner was Ruler of the World, trained in Ireland by Aidan O’ Brien, who gained his fourth success in the race.


The Sunday school children received their books and tokens at the morning service in the parish church. The service was conducted by the Reverend Scott McCarthy. The presentations to the children were made by Cornet Alasdair Cavers, who received a gift from Luke Bell. On behalf of the Sunday school, Callum Henderson presented flowers to supervisor Aileen Cavers. After the service the youngsters went to Hammonds Pond at Carlisle.


Charity run

Borders General Hospital nurse Jane Chalmers is going to run up the Eildons on June 19 to show her support for a colleague and raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity. The staff nurse, who will run six miles, said: “I thought it would be more interesting for people to try to guess how long my run will take. There’s 20 fantastic prizes generously donated by local businesses to be won.” Entry forms for the Eildon Hills Challenge Give ’n’ Guess are available from the Borders Dialysis Unit at the BGH.



June’s meeting was the summer outing to Traquair House, where members were given a tour, followed by a meal in the restaurant. Competition – three ideas for syllabus – 1, G. Williamson; 2, H. Pearce; 3, S. Galloway.


Advice surgery

Councillor Simon Mountford will hold a drop-in surgery in the institute from 11.15am-12.15pm on June 15.


Morebattle and Yetholm ­Playgroup is holding an enrolment session on June 17 (10.30-11.15am). Anyone who has a child who is two or will be two before the end of October can visit the group in its room at Yetholm Primary School.



This year’s event was hosted by the Scott family at Dolphinston Farm. Results – Open

Working Hunter – 1, Kirsty Redpath (Sligo); 2, Tina Edgar (Arctic Skippy); 3, Simon Manners (Joey); Equitation – 1, Tina Edgar (Arctic Skippy); 2, Shona Fairburn (Aston); 3, Lynda Mays (David’s Lass of Carn-dearg); Barrel Racing – 1, Lynda Mays; 2, Christine Drury (Ed); 3, Tracey Dick (Bob); Handy Pony – 1, Nadia Leal (Steele); 2, Christine Drury; 3, Tracey Dick; Overall Group Champion – Lynda Mays; Joint Reserve – Kirsty Redpath and Nadia Leal. 13-15 years – Working Hunter – 1, Louise Hebdon (Rock on Raffy); 2, Mel Foggon (Caramac); 3, Abby Hogarth (Freckles); Showjumping – 1, Louise Hebdon; 2, Mel Foggon; 3, Abby Hogarth; Equitation – 1, Abby Hogarth; 2, Rosie Bancroft (Spirit); 3, Mel Foggon; Barrels – 1, Louise Hebdon; 2, Mel Foggon; 3, Abby Hogarth; Handy Pony – 1, Mel Foggon; 2, Louise Hebdon; 3, Abby Hogarth; Games – 1, Louise Hebdon; 2, Mel Foggon; 3, Abby Hogarth; Overall Championand winner of The Kerr Family Trophy – Louise Hebdon (Rock on Raffy); Reserve – Mel Foggon (Caramac). 11 and 12 years – Working Hunter – 1, Ellie Meldrum (Spiderman); 2, Lucy Brown (Phantom); 3, Georgia Buchan (Golden Hill Cherry); Showjumping – 1, Georgia Buchan; 2, Abby Robertson (Mr Morgan); 3, Duncan McFadyen (Bounty 11); Equitation – 1, Lucy Brown; 2, Emma Stenhouse (Tomahawk Flyer); 3, Georgia Buchan; Barrels – 1, Emily Edgar (Millview Grey); 2, Georgia Buchan (Calypso); 3, Ellie Meldrum; Handy Pony – 1, Emily Edgar; 2, Duncan McFadyen; 3, Louis Marshall–Aille (Cross Rusty); Games – 1, Emily Edgar; 2, Ellie Meldrum; 3, Georgia Buchan (Calypso); The Bill Scott Memorial Cup for overall champion – Emily Edgar (Millview Grey); Reserve – Ellie Meldrum. 9 and 10 years – Working Hunter – 1, Emma Brown (Bert); 2, Eilidh Roberts (Zeta); 3, Alexandra Edgar (Millview Grey); Showjumping – 1, Katie McFadyen (Beauty V); 2, Alexandra Edgar (Lucky April); 3, Alexandra Edgar; Equitation – 1, Alexandra Edgar (Whitton Cup); 2, Eilidh Roberts; 3, Katie Edgar (Glenford Little Jack); Barrels – 1, Amy Ralston (Nutmeg); 2, Katy McFadyen; 3, Alexandra Edgar (Lucky April); Handy Pony – 1, Alexandra Edgar (Whitton Cup); 2, Becky Forster (CJ); 3, Alexandra Edgar (Lucky April); Games – 1, Katy McFadyen; 2, Alexandra Edgar (Millview Grey); 3, Amy Ralson; Overall Champion winning the Robert Darling Memorial Trophy Katy McFadyen (Beauty); Reserve – Alexandra Edgar (Whitton Cup). 8 years and under – Working Hunter – 1, Hamish Stenhouse (Smartie); 2, Isobel Mactaggart (Harmony); 3, Blake Hedley (Ridgehill Robina); Showjumping – 1, Blake Hedley; 2, Isobel Mactaggart; 3, Hamish Stenhouse; Equitation – 1, Isobel Mactaggart; 2, Rory McFadyen (Wendy); 3, Hamish Stenhouse; Barrels – 1, Rory McFadyen; 2, Isobel Mactaggart; 3, Emma Scott-Watson (Jim); Handy Pony – 1, Emma Scott-Watson (who also won the overall Laird of Oxnam Handy Pony Cup); 2, Blake Hedley; 3, Hamish Stenhouse; Games – 1, Rory McFadyen; 2, Blake Hedley; 3, Joanna Howlett (Winston); Winners of the Oxnam Village Hall Cup – Isobel Mactaggart (Harmony); Joint Reserve Champion – Blake Hedley (Hamish Stenhouse); Lead Rein – Working Hunter – 1, Daisy Scott-Watson (Fudge); 2, Olivia Kirk (Storm); 3, Elliot Hedley (Fudge); Showjumping – 1, Daisy Scott-Watson; 2, Grace Manners (Spirit); 3, Tom Mactaggart (Pablo); Equitation – 1, Olivia Kirk; 2, Lyall Roberts (Chloe); 3, Archie Anderson (Dondo); Barrels – 1, Amy Graham (Winston); 2, Archie Anderson; 3, Tom Mactaggart; Handy Pony – 1, Daisy Scott-Watson; 2, Lyall Roberts; 3, Archie Anderson; Games – 1, Elliot Hedley; 2, Amy Graham; 3, Daisy Scott-Watson; Overall Champion and winners of The Oxnam Shield were Daisy Scott-Watson (Iona); Reserve Champion – Archie Anderson (Dondo); Overall Champion and winners of the Logan Family Trophy for five years and under – Tom Mactaggart (Pablo); Reserve – Olivia Kirk (Storm).



At the June meeting member Erica Smith showed how to dye a silk scarf. Everyone was able to dye their own, using the various coloured dyes Erica had brought along. Gaynor Taylor proposed the vote of thanks. Competitions – dangly earrings – 1, Dawn Steel; 2, Avril Purves; 3, Brenda Waring; sunrise/sunset photograph – 1, Jean McDermid; 2, Frances Rogers; 3, June Brown. The raffle was won by Fran Redpath. The AGM was held with reports from the treasurer, secretary and president. A new committee was elected. Rosebowl for Making Competitions – 1, June Brown; 2, Kathy Wilkie; 3, Margaret Cochrane and Jean McDermid; Cup for Pick-up Competitions – 1, June Brown; 2, Kathy Wilkie; 3, Avril Purves.



The traditional French sport of pétanque takes centre stage from 7pm on Thursday, June 20, at the village primary school during Stow Sports Week 2013. Presented by Stow Parish Archive Group, a tournament has been arranged, courtesy of the Scottish Pétanque Association.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on July 7 at 10.30am.



The service on June 16 in Walkerburn Public Hall starts at 10am.


Hog roast

The annual hog roast in aid of Westruther village hall funds will be held at the hall on June 15 at 7pm. Contact Angela (01578 740633) or Grace (07817 604153) for more information and tickets.


Advice surgery

Councillor Simon Mountford will hold a drop-in surgery in the Youth Hall from at 10-11am on June 15.


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