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Bowden and Melrose Parish Church is holding its annual fete at Bowden Village Hall from 2-4pm on Saturday (August 3).



The 10th Sunday after Pentecost was celebrated in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday when the service was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. The lessons were read by Roddy Beatson.The congregational board met after the service and agreed that the doors of the church should be painted in the same blue as the Church of Scotland colour. The church has a new bookshelf and members are able to borrow and return books to raise funds. It will be dedicated on Sunday. It was announced that the second of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery’s Country Evening Worships will be held in Mertoun Kirk on August 11 at 6. 30 pm. The services commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Iona Community.



The August 4 service, which begins at 10.15am, will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods and members of the worship team. The congregational board meets on August 6 at 7.30pm in the church hall



Fun day

Eildon Ramblers are inviting Borderers to join them for a family fun day on August 11 (Bowden, 11am) featuring a guided walk in the Eildon Hills and other activities. The walk will be a four-to-five mile route, and this will be followed by a countryside quiz, raffle, tea and home baking at Bowden Village Hall. Non-members are especially welcome. People need to register for the walk by August 4 – call Martin Davison on 07858 386485 to do this and for more information. The event is free, but donations are welcome for the refreshments.


Bridge club

July 22 – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, J. and S. Law; 4 (equal), K. Auckland and D. King, M. Tuson and R. Witherington.


Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Silver Band will hold a coffee morning on August 17 in the Vale Club (10am-noon). The band will entertain outside the club before going on to play around the town during the afternoon.


The annual general meeting of St Ronan’s Silver Band will be held on August 24 in the Vale Club at 6.30pm. This will be followed, at 7pm, by the St Ronan’s Tattoo Committee AGM.

Open night

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific from March 31 to April 5 next year. The society is holding an open night on August 28 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. Potential new members, particularly men, welcome. Ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.

Games committee

The next meeting of the committee of St Ronan’s Border Games will take place on September 4 in the Burgh Chambers, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, at 7pm.

Sounds fun

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a musical fun day on Saturday, September 14, in and around the Memorial Hall. The event starts at 10am with a coffee morning until noon. A craft fair will run from 10am-3pm, with music (2-3.30pm) from St Ronan’s Future Band and Tweed Valley Male Voices. From 1-5pm there will be a bouncy castle, bowls, face painting, mini assault course, etc. Entry between 10am and 5pm is via silver collection. There will be a musical club night (7-10pm) featuring the opera youth section, Tweeddale Folk Group and rounding off with local band Spoonthrift. Tickets are available from the Tweeddale Thrift Shop. Telephone 01896 830577 or email secretary@idaos.org.uk for more information.

Fun run

St Ronan’s Border Games Committee is organising a fun run to be held on September 15. Participants will leave from Traquair Road, Innerleithen, at 10am, going to Walkerburn and back. Sponsor forms are available from the Thrift Shop, St Ronan’s School or by phoning 01896 870316. Children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. All sponsorship raised will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2014.


A service will be held on August 4 at 10.30am.

Children’s sports

St Ronan’s Border Games children’s sports were held in Victoria Park, Craig Angus emerging as boys’ champion while last year’s joint girl winner – Bryony Patterson – got the trophy all to herself this time. The Olympic Legacy Cup, for the winner of the obstacle race (boys and girls of P6 and 7), was awarded to Lewis Swan.



Nominations are being sought from people to serve on the community council. Their names must appear on the current electoral register for the Jed Valley Community Council area. Nomination forms can be obtained from Sandy Scott, Dolphinston, Jedburgh TD8 6RL (phone – 0300 100 0220; email – sandyscott@scotborders.gov.uk). Final date for return of completed forms is August 22 (by noon).


Lunch club

The club for pensioners meets on August 8. Transport can be arranged. For more information, phone 01835 862565.


Bridge club

July 24 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Alison Ireland and Evelyn Erskine; 2, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 3, Jean McLaren and Rena Stewart; E/W – 1, Archie Stewart and Alison Darling; 2, Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; 3, John and Marian Miller. July 25 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; 3, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; E/W – 1, Ged McIvor and James Duncan; 2, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 3, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun.


Band sale

The Town Band held its annual sale in the Buccleuch Centre on the Castle Craigs day, and raised just over £1,700. The band played and the sale was well supported, with a wide variety of stalls. Some members of the band played in the evening at the Castle Craigs club dinner and a collection realised £306.


The road up the valley to Eskdalemuir was busy last week with cyclists travelling from London to Edinburgh and back . The event proved popular four years ago and the same appeal went out this time for the villagers to help out. The Hub at the old schoolhouse was the main arrival point for around 1,000 cyclists.


Health centre

The new health centre for Lauderdale, situated adjacent to the public park, will be formally handed over to the Stow and Lauder medical practice on August 9. As part of Lauderdale Community Council’s health and wellbeing project, centre staff have arranged public open sessions later that day (3-5pm and 6-7.30pm). The new centre will open to patients on August 19. The health project’s eight-week programme embraces physical, emotional/mental and spiritual wellbeing. Events include activities, demonstrations, competitions, taster sessions and information exhibitions for all ages. A booklet with full details will be delivered with the Lauderdale News towards the end of August. Posters and leaflets will be available in Oxton and Lauder next week.



August 3 – church fete, Bowden Village Hall; August 4 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am)

Old Melrose walk

August 5 – Old Melrose site guided walk, 1.30pm (off A68 en route to Newtown St Boswells).

Blythswood Care

On August 5 at 2.20pm, the Blythswood lorry calls at the rugby club.


August 6 and 8 – Trimontium walk (1.30-5.15pm) from Roman Heritage Centre, Melrose Square. The Synton Hill hoard of 228 silver denarii, ownership of which is shared between Scottish Borders Council and the Trimontium Trust, has been on show in the museum in the Ormiston for the last month, in the bottom of the central case, with the annual loan from the National Museums of Scotland (saddle horns and miniature horse), on the shelf above. Arranging the coins, fronts and backs alternately in a piechart formation, was tricky to install. However, two NMS staff members have managed to insert a couple of plinths under the piechart and raise the whole display to a better level for visibility by the public. At the same time the trust has been represented among the volunteers at the geophysics week at Old Melrose where traces of the previous occupants of this mediaeval and pre-mediaeval site are eagerly anticipated.


A garage sale of household and garden goods at 53 High Cross Avenue will be held on August 3 (10am-4pm) in aid of Holy Trinity Church.


Coffee morning

The coffee morning in aid of Guide Dogs for Blind raised £284. Competition winners – guess the amount of sweets, Janette Stenhouse; lucky number – plant, Alice Thomson; lucky number – wine, Anne Brown.

Festival Week

August 3 – boys’ and girls’ football five-a-sides at the school playing field at 2pm. Names to Eric McNulty by today (Thursday). August 4 – family day at the school playing field at 2pm (races, competitions, penalty kicks etc.). August 5 – coffee evening in the village hall at 7pm; quiz in Templehall at 8.30pm. August 6 – camera club exhibition in the institute (2-4pm, 6-8pm); pool competition in Templehall (7.30pm). August 7 – whist and dominoes in the village hall (7.30pm). August 8 – children’s egg hunt and teddy bears’ picnic at the school playing field at 2.30pm for under-6s, and treasure hunt for 6-12years at 2.30pm; pet show at the school playing field at 6.30pm. August 9 – fancy dress at the school playing field at 6.30pm, with disco to follow in Templehall and presentation of cups etc. During the week there is a scarecrow competition – names to be put on list in village shop. August 10 – Morebattle Games at Morebattle Tofts at 1.30pm.


Health centre

See Lauder section.


Open meeting

A community meeting is being held in the village hall on August 19 to discuss future developments. It is being hosted jointly by the community council, business forum and Buccleuch House trustees, and is open to everyone. The aim is to improve the village’s assets to benefit everyone, and locals’ comments and ideas are welcome.


The latest library cafe gathering was the best attended yet with 34 visitors. Hosts for the day – the Reverend Anna Rodwell and Jan Scott – were hard pressed to keep up the usual slick service. The next library cafe will be on August 14 when Linda Johnson hosts the event.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session on July 21, a total of 197 volunteers offered to give blood and 176 donations were given. There were 16 new donors.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on August 1 at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on August 18 at 10am.


Yew tree

When the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club visited the village allotments recently, members expressed great interest in the yew tree situated in one corner. After examining it the consensus was that it is at least 500 years old. No one seems to know why it was planted there.Yew trees were often planted in policies attached to a mansion or monastery. Perhaps it has Flodden connections as 2013 is the battle’s quincentenary.

Talent show

The village festival ex-principals are holding a talent competition to raise money for festival funds. Auditions will be held on August 17. Anyone of any age who is interested should contact Zoe Keddie or Jonathon Dixon. The final show will take place in the Wauchope Hall on September 21.

Laddie’s visit

As always, this was one of Yetholm’s busiest days of the year. Visitors have been arriving earlier and earlier to secure the best places on the Green. This year, instead of heading back to Kelso when

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the riders left the village, they stayed on to continue their parties. The great summer weather was the reason and much appreciated by village traders.

New officials

There are to be new Yetholm Festival Week officials for next year. Standing down as chairman is David Hutchinson, to be replaced by Susan Stewart, a former festival secretary. Also retiring is secretary Amy Lyon – ex-Bari Manushi Zoe Keddie will take over her duties.

Yetholm Sinfonia

There is no holding back Geoffrey Emerson and his musicians in the Yetholm Sinfonia when it comes to paying tribute to the Battle of Flodden 500th anniversary. They will be appearing in a Flodden concert in Wooler Parish Church on Saturday, September 28. Taking part will be soloists and local choirs, with music from Beethoven and Mozart. Tickets are available from the usual outlets.