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Members visited Pirn House Interiors where they were allowed to browse round the shop before watching the making up of a Roman blind. Mrs Butler was presented with the Fete Cup by president Mrs Allan. Everyone then enjoyed a cup of tea, scones and cakes. The next meeting is on September 11.



Sea Sunday was marked in Caddonfoot Church last weekend with the service conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. There was a retiring collection on behalf of the Sailors’ Society. Lessons, including the story of “The Good Samaritan” from the Glasgow Bible, were read by Atholl Innes, and the minister recited one of her favourite poems, “On the Spirit adulterated by the Flesh”, by Henry Coleman, 1640. There will be a joint Presbytery Country Evening Worship on Sunday in Caddonfoot Church at 6.30pm. This is the first of four presbytery evening worships in country churches to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Iona Community. No Bible study meetings will be held in July. More details about Caddonfoot Church are available on the website set up by member James Macfarlane – www.caddonfootgalatrinity.org.uk



The July 21 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods with help from the worship team. The faith exploration course starts on September 5 at 7.30pm in the manse – more information from Julie (01896 849238; missjulie@btinternet.com). Beginning in September, the church will be open for quiet reflection on the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 11am-12.30pm. There will be a short period of led worship at noon. There will be a short time of worship, prayer and reflection on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from 7-7.30pm.



President Scott Elliot introduced Steven Renwick, of the Borders Railway project, to address the club at last week’s meeting. With an illustrated lecture, Steven gave a comprehensive view of the progress to date. He said that since he last spoke at the club, tremendous progress had been made and the railway was due to be up and running by 2015. In November 2012, Transport Scotland handed over funding to Network Rail who contracted BAM to deliver the project, and 400 people have been engaged in the work to provide track and eight stations between Edinburgh and Tweedbank. The heavy work has started in Midlothian and will continue into the Borders. Steven said the terminus at Tweedbank will have parking, hopefully free, for 200/300 cars. Fare costs have not yet been determined and the journey time will be 55 minutes. The hope was that single motorists would use the train as it, claimed Steven, will be more economical when taking into account cars’ running costs, fuel and parking charges. Questions and a discussion followed when the main concern was the position of Hawick. It was felt that the town would be best served by the line extending from Carlisle, the deciding factor being felled trees taken from Keilder Forest to the fuel plant at Lockerbie, thereby eliminating the use of timber wagons on roads which many considered unsuitable . Past President Bobby Cairns gave the vote of thanks. The club has donated £200 towards the cost of providing a de-fibrilator for use at Denholm.


Coffee morning

The church coffee morning raised £594.



The next service in Innerleithen Church will be on August 4 (10.30am).



Kelso Connections is holding an exhibition and series of talks in September to celebrate 900 years of the monks who built Kelso Abbey coming to Scotland. The exhibition runs from September 2-8 to coincide with the St James’ Fair. The group is looking for artefacts relating to Kelso Abbey to include in the exhibition which will be held in the Town Hall. These can range from stones in rockeries, which may be reputed to come from the abbey, to photographs, postcards, pottery, memorabilia, posters from pageants etc. The artefacts will be displayed in cases and the exhibition manned at all times. Contact Hazel Woodsell (01573 224 951) if you are able to help or for further information. Kelso Connections has created four new storyboards for 2013. The original 40 were produced as Kelso’s contribution to 2009 Year of Homecoming and were printed as “We’re from Kelso” . A few new boards about Kelso people who have made their mark in the wider world have been produced every year since and again will be displayed in shop windows until the St James’ Fair (September 7/8). The 2013 subjects are David I – who brought the monks from France in 1113, building Kelso Abbey in 1128. His board will be in the window of CBAH; farmer John Clay (senior) – served on two Royal Commissions on agriculture and fought to improve the lot of tenant farmers (in the TIC); Robert Purves –, naval surgeon, saw service in the West Indies, China and Japan (A.Hume outfitters); Hugo Jones – became MD of his uncle’s firm, Andrew Bulman Ltd builders, in 1938 and had a distinguished wartime career in bomb disposal, including V and V2 rockets. (Hector Innes). Afterwards, the boards are are put into archive at Kelso Library and are available for use/study.

Rangers fans

The AGM is on Sunday at 5.30pm – contact Jim (01573 226240) for more details.


July 10 – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2, Rena Stewart and Jean McLaren; 3, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; E/W – 1, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson. July 11 – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; 3, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun.


Party time

The Ewes community were out in force at the village hall for the party for Cornet Alasdair Cavers. This was the second time in succession that the party was enjoyed at Ewes with Andrew Elliot, last year’s Cornet, having also come from the valley. It was fine, sunny weather, so many events were held outdoors, with plenty of fun and sports. Members of the town and pipe bands entertained and then everyone enjoyed a tuck-in in the hall. On behalf of the community, the two grandfathers – Tom Cavers and John Armstrong – presented gifts to Cornet Cavers, including a decanter and glasses, and he is to receive a painting of the Derby winner at a later date. Ex-Cornet Michael Bell proposed a toast to the Cornet and a special cake made by Mabel Grant was cut by the Cornet. The Cornet’s mother, Aileen, and grandmother, Isa Cavers, received bouquets of flowers, and Elliot Cavers, the Cornet’s father, was presented with a bottle. The party was attended by Semi-Jubilee Cornet Andrew Jeffrey and Jubilee Cornet George Ellwood.

Common riding

At the latest meeting of the common riding committee in the Crown Hotel, chairman Roger Maxwell said there had still been no response from Steven Lindsay at ScottishPower in regard to sponsoring the handicap sprint at the athletic games, and it was looking unlikely that the sponsorship will be obtained for this year. A letter was read from Dumfries and Galloway Council regarding an outstanding invoice of £2,222. Treasurer Paul Davidson paid the account, but Mr Maxwell had spoken to Councillor Denis Male and he is looking into the costs of road closure and street cleaning etc. and what will be absorbed by the council. A letter had been received from Susan Parker to say the residents of Holmwood were organising a common riding for the children and wondered if they could get a donation towards refreshments and prizes. They also hoped for Cornet Alasdair Cavers to hand out prizes. It was agreed that the principle had been established in the past that the common riding committee was not in the position to financially assist in such matters. But a whip-round among the committee members present took place and the money would be passed on. Cornet Cavers said he would be able to attend. It was confirmed that photographs set in a frame would be presented to Diamond Jubilee Cornet John Paterson. Jubilee Cornet George Ellwood will be presented with a painting by local artist Billy Ewart at the concert and Semi-jubilee Cornet Andrew Jeffrey will receive a nibby made by Norman Maxwell. A meeting in the town hall with various interested parties about the shows at the Kilngreen had gone well and the situation clarified. The charge for the Kilngreen had been £730 for the last three years. The programme has gone to print and will be ready before the Benty rideout. A group of committee members met at the Castleholm to carry out preparation work. Following recent discussion about the shortage of spurs, Simon Richardson said he could get some at £250 per pair, but the committee felt this seemed expensive and the matter will be discussed further. Mr Richardson said he was going to carry out work at the top of the Kirk Wynd. It was suggested that a notice be put up at the office of the secretary to let people know that tickets for the field could be bought in advance for £6, instead of £8 on the day.


The club held its annual general meeting and 30th anniversary dinner in the Eskdale Hotel when president Jim Thomson welcomed 28 members. Secretary Andy Little said the club had gained four new members during the year, bringing the total to 37, including founder and life member Willie Friell. He was sad to report the loss of Ben Philips. There had been 14 speakers over the year, covering a wide variety of subjects. The lakes, mountains, boats and trains trip to the Lake District last August had, despite torrential rain in the afternoon, been a great success. Treasurer Charlie Edgar reported that the club was financially healthy. Retiring president Jim Thomson then invested Jack Rae with the club medallion, ribbon and bar of the presidential office. In return, the new president presented Jim with his past president’s badge, and then invited him to make his retiring address. Jim said that on taking office he had told members that Probus should be fun – and he hoped that they had all had some, as well as enjoying the club programme. He had taught for 13 years at the Academy and his invitation to some of his ex-pupils had met with a warm response that had led to some excellent talks. Following the AGM, members enjoyed a meal and founder member Willie Friell spoke about the founding of the club and its history.



July 21 – services at 9.30am (Bowden) and 11am (Melrose); 6.30pm (Caddonfoot Church), Iona Community 75 years celebration; July 24 –midweek service and lunch; August 3 – parish church fete (Bowden); August 4 – Strawberry tea fundraiser for breast cancer charity.


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


One might be forgiven for thinking that the good weather of the last fortnight would encourage visitors to spend as much time as possible out of doors, but the unusual heat has encouraged some to come indoors – the Trimontium visitors’ book has a recent comment of “nice and cool”. Considering that the trust’s efforts have been directed towards drawing people in to see the Synton Hill hoard of 228 silver denarii and the children’s Welcoming Exhibition, comments about the environment are a bonus. Nature lovers are still enjoying the Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday walks, with the occasional VIP joining in. Last week it was David Wishart, Roman crime novelist from Carnoustie and member of the trust who talked about his books in the Corn Exchange a couple of years ago.



Beautiful Scotland in Bloom judges will be in the village on July 29.



The next library cafe is on July 24 at 11am in the village hall.



Entries for the garden competitions – ornamental garden, vegetable garden, tubs and window boxes, hanging baskets – should be made by July 21. Call the secretary or treasurer on 01578 750654 or 750232. Judging takes place during the last week of this month.



The service on July 21 at Traquair Kirk will begin at 10.30am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on July 28 (10.30am).


MP’s surgery

Borders MP Michael Moore is holding a surgery in the Wauchope Hall on August 2 (9.30-10.15am).


There is still time to respond to the survey being conducted by Yetholm Community Council into the future of the pavilion in the Playing Field – answers have to be returned to the village shop by July 25.

Festival meeting

A meeting has taken place to discuss this year’s village festival. The full financial results are still awaited, and various feelings were expressed about events held during the week and ideas for the future mooted.

Coffee shop

Village shop proprietors Mr and Mrs Maltby plan to open a coffee shop on the building’s first floor. They believe that with more visitors, and in particular walkers, coming to Yetholm there is a demand for such a facility.


After several years in Kirk Yetholm, the owners of the Border Hotel, Phil and Margaret Blackburn, are selling up and held a farewell party for local residents.