District News



A music society social will be held at 3pm in Bowden Village Hall on July 7.



The Reverend Marion Dodd conducted the service on Sunday. Although Caddonfoot Youth has broken up for the summer holidays, she spoke to the young people present on the story of “Joy”. The lessons were read by Hamish Tennant. There is no Bible study in July. There will be a retiring collection on Sea Sunday (July 14).


Coffee morning

The Royal British Legion Scotland women’s section coffee morning on June 22 made £468.


The July 7 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods with help from the worship team. Refreshments will be served after the service. The Faith Exploration six-week course will run during the autumn. Contact Julie (01896 849236) if interested.



John Lamont MSP will be holding a surgery in the village hall on July 9 (10.45-11.15am).



There will be a cake and candy stall at the Kirkhope Hall coffee morning on July 6 (10am-noon).



A dozen gardens were open to the public on Saturday afternoon, with teas in the village hall and plants for sale. The event was part of the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and charities will benefit from the proceeds.



At the club assembly, vice-president Scott Elliot, who was in the chair, introduced assistant district governor Lindsay Craig, a member of Currie and Balerno Rotary Club. Several members had acted as stewards at the previous week’s Big Show in the High Street. Scott, who was also president in 2009/10, is next year’s president and outlined his plans for the coming year before introducing the committee convenors, who highlighted their aims. George Rennie reported that the usual community events would be held to raise money for local charities. Help will also be given to the Salvation Army Food Parcel Scheme which operates in the town. The Talking Hawick News continues to go from strength to strength and he thanked members and helpers from the community who provided that service. Under Gus Neilson, the fight to eradicate polio world-wide will continue. Mhairhi Trickett’s international committee plans to have a shoebox appeal for eastern Europe and aims to raise £600 to assist towards a Zambian Water Aid project, along with other Border clubs. Members would also look into a “lend-with-care” scheme in Africa where start-up money was donated to help people to assist themselves and eventually repay the money.


The Innerleithen Church Games Week kirkin’ service on July 14 starts at 11.30am.


Lunch club

The next gatherings are on July 4 and 11 for pensioners in and around the Jedburgh area. Anyone who knows someone who would benefit from a hot meal and weekly friendship should get in touch. Volunteers are also welcome and transport can be arranged. For more information, phone 01835 862565.


Bridge club

June 26 – m atch-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Alex Jeffrey and Helenor Pratt; 2, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 3 (equal), Dominic and Diana Alkin, John Urquhart and Evelyn Erskine, Rena Stewart and Jean McLaren; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 3, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick. June 27 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Ken Ross and Jean McLaren; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Lee Leeson andBob Stevenson.

Diamond wedding

Colin and Sheila Hood, who live in Kelso, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a party at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells. Sixteen relatives gathered at the hotel to help them mark the occasion, which also saw the couple receive a congratulatory telegram from the Queen. Mr and Mrs Hood are originally from Melrose and it was in that town’s St Cuthbert’s Church that they got married.



There was a good attendance of 29 members at the Probus Club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. President Jim Thomson welcomed everyone and reminded members that the AGM was on July 3, followed by the 30th anniversary lunch. Bookings are still being taken for the summer outing to Leith and Edinburgh on August 14, leaving from the Kilngreen at 8.30am, with members of the public welcome to join the trip. The president then introduced former Glenzier school teacher Ken Halliday, who gave a talk on his recent trek in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. With the aid of slides, he showed the geographical location of the trek that he and companion Nigel Pike, from Canonbie, had walked, with peaks rising to 4,165 metres.

A vote of thanks was given by Bobby Morrison.



A new feature was the transfer of the welcoming exhibition for the Synton hoard of Roman coins done by the children of Melrose Primary School to the Ormiston, where they would be able to see their handiwork throughout the summer. Walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August start at 1.30pm in Melrose Square.


Volunteers for summer Wednesday coffee mornings are wanted. There will be services on July 7 at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).

Coffee morning

The Amnesty coffee morning in the Corn Exchange on July 6 starts at 10am.

Garden party

Melrose in Bloom is holding a garden party at Holmburn on July 21 (2.30pm).

Border Flower Club

The June meeting demonstrator was Linda Souter with the title” Reflections”. Mrs Souter was one of the team who won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show when representing Scotland. So many of the flowers used in her designs were also used at Chelsea. Her first design was horizontal, using orange roses and the pin-cushion plant part of the protea family. A garden urn was used to reflect on spring as a pedestal design with tulips, solomon seal and blue larkspur. A large circular basket reflected a holiday in Hawai with dracena and red anthuriums. The Barrier Reef led to a seascape in a tall glass container filled with shells and material. The flowers were red lilies and peony roses. Her final design was reflected with a visit to Singapore using Thai tulips and Singapore orchids. The next meeting is the AGM on July 10 in the Corn Exchange (7 for 7.30pm).



On a sunny afternoon a convoy of cars left the village and headed for Langholm where president Irene Dunning welcomed members to the Eskdale Hotel for a traditional afternoon tea. There was a special welcome for Ellen Wylie, past president and honorary member of the village rural, and now residing in the Muckle Toon. Raffle winners – Ellen Wylie and Sue Stead. Competition – pretty handkerchief – 1, Rita Bogg; 2, Betty Cowan; 3, Jean Fraser. The next project is the Holm Show when the WRI stall will be located in the craft marquee.


Fiona’s fundraiser

Peebles woman Fiona Cowan and her family have had a tough few months with the loss of her uncle and grandad due to chest and stroke-related illness – but she’s taking it all in her stride as she prepares to run in Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s (CHSS) RoadBlock Run in Holyrood Park on September 22. The event is a 10k fun run on an obstacle-filled course. Fiona is taking part as a tribute to her Uncle George and Grandad Richard, and to help raise awareness and funds for CHSS. She explained: “Following my uncle’s stroke 12 years ago, he had relentless complications and trips to the hospital. The physical difficulties and social isolation that so many stroke victims face are enough to bring anyone down, but Uncle George laughed, smiled and thought positive through it all.” In support of her RoadBlock Run efforts, she is holding a coffee morning in MacFarlane Hall at the Old Parish Church on July 20 (10am-noon).



A special mass was held in the RC Church of Our Lady and St Joseph on Thursday, attended by parents, pupils and teachers from St Joseph’s School, as well as members of the congregation. The end-of-term service was marked by presentations of necklaces, candles and cards from Father Robert Afayori to pupils Alice Gentleman and Patricia-Belle Abrif, who are moving on to the high school.



The Traquair Kirk service on July 7 starts at 10.30am.



The next service to be held in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, July 28, at 10.30am.


Summer surgery

John Lamont MSP is holding surgeries throughout his constituency and he will be at the Wauchope Hall at 4.15pm on July 9.No appointment is required.


Despite it being midsummer, snow can still be seen on the Cheviot Hills, lying at the Hen Hole and visible from the Kelso-Yetholm road, particularly at the Greenlees crossroads.

Music night

Another music night is planned for The Plough on July 6 at 8.30pm. It will be an open session when all styles and levels of music and musicians will be welcome. If anyone wants to take part or merely enjoy the sound just turn up.

Canal turn

A group from the village enjoyed a boating holiday on the English Midlands canals. They soon became skilful in piloting narrow boats. New friends were made and now some of those are heading north for a holiday in Yetholm. It is rumoured that boating here will be restricted to Yetholm Loch!


Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club was founded in 1831 to research the flora and fauna of Berwickshire and the wider Borders. A few years ago members visited Yetholm and heard about the history of the villages. Another trip is planned for mid-July, which will include the recently-upgraded allotments and Mindrum Gardens.