District News


Community cafe

The next community cafe will be on Wednesday at 11am in the village hall.


Parish church

The morning service at Caddonfoot Church on Sunday was led by the Reverend Marion Dodd, while session clerk Anne Grieve read the lessons. The new book trolley is now in place and will be dedicated on Sunday. Bible study has resumed in Trinity Church hall on Thursdays from 5 to 6pm.


Parish church

The August 18 service is to be conducted by the worship team and Sunday school will resume. Refreshments served after the service. The community day on August 25 starts with a service at 10.15am in the church, followed by stalls manned by various organisations at the rugby club and field from noon.


Charity lunch

Team Martin will host a ladies’ charity lunch with a guest speaker at the village hall on August 24, with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Contact Christine (840246), Linda or Kath for tickets.


Flower show

Ettrick Flower Show will be held on August 24 in the Boston Hall, starting at 2pm, with the prizegiving at 4.30pm. Schedules are available from Roxy (01750 62217) or Maureen (01750 62285).



An evening of musical entertainment entitled “Itchy Feet” is being held in Kirkhope Hall on August 25 at 7pm. Featuring Jenny Logan, tickets for the event can be obtained from Alison (01750 52263) or Caryl (01450 363982). There will also be a raffle – proceeds for church fabric funds.



Gala Opera rehearsals for the 2014 production of “Half a Sixpence” begin on August 26 at 7pm in the Burgh School hall. Anyone interested in getting involved, either on or off stage, is welcome. Last performed by the society in 1990, this latest production is a new version of the show – the one which toured the UK in 2007/8. While all the familiar storylines and characters of the original show remain, it has been reworked and updated with additional scenes, humour and new numbers included. Production and musical direction will once again be in the hands of Jeff Thomson, now in his 22nd year with the society. There are roles for children (boys and girls aged eight- 12) and auditions are being held in the Burgh School hall on September 11 from 7pm. The show will be performed in the Volunteer Hall, from March 3-8.



The club was under the convenership of vice-president Sandy Bannerman at the latest meeting when guest speaker Gordon Jackson MBE gave an update on the Jumbulance Trust, which he is involved with via the Borders Holiday Group. This group takes a party of sick and disabled people (known as VIPS) from the Borders and other parts of southern Scotland on European holidays every two years. It started in 2005 and 64 people have enjoyed a holiday since then. Coaches are specially-constructed to take eight VIPs and 10 carers. Medical staff also accompany trips. VIPs are collected from home and travel to Hull to sail to the Continent, and favourite destinations are Germany and Austria. Each holiday costs £27,000 and VIPs contribute towards it, plus there is local fundraising and support from many businesses and organisations. The group is now the only one operating in Scotland and has arranged a break to Austria next month. After past president George Rennie gave the vote of thanks, Mr Bannerman presented Mr Jackson with a £250 cheque from the club towards costs of the group’s latest trip.



The August 18 church service starts at 11.30am, followed by one at St Ronan’s House at 4pm.

Coffee morning

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


Rehearsals for the opera youth group performance at the Musical Fun Day on September 14 will take place on August 20 and 27, and September 3 and 10 between 6-7.30pm in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street (not at the community centre). The group is open to those aged between eight and 14. More information is available from Elma Belleville (01896 830577).


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

Open evening

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific from March 31-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 secretary@idaos.org.uk for more information.


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

Youth band

St Ronan’s Silver Band is presenting the second Innerleithen Youth Band Contest at St Ronan’s Primary School on September 7 from 10am.

Fun day

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a Musical Fun Day on 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 live 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 game, face painting and mini assault course, plus other attractions. From 7-10pm, there will be a musical club night featuring the opera youth section, Tweeddale Folk Group and rounding off with Spoonthrift. Tickets for the evening event are available from Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street. Phone 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. Sponsor forms are available from The Thrift Shop, St Ronan’s School or phone 01896 870316. P4 children and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. Proceeds will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2014.



Kelso and District Twinning Association is holding a meeting on August 28 in room four of the town’s high school at 7pm. All previously involved are invited to attend.

Bridge club

August 7 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, John Hayton and Lee Leeson; 2, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington; 3, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar. E/W – 1, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 2, Stuart Graham and Ian Watson; 3, Ian and Eliz Ross. August 8 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, Ruth Mackay and Sheila Urquhart; 3, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington. E/W – 1, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 2, Jean Henry and Alex Jeffrey; 3, Glynise Horsburgh and Rosemary Clark.


A crafters’ market will be held in the Abbey Row Centre on August 24 (9.30am-3.30pm).



Art student Lewis Miller has finished his third year of a four-year degree course at Glasgow School of Art, studying fine art painting and print making. Earlier this month Lewis opened a second exhibition in his hometown, his sister Cara, who works at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, helping to welcome viewers. Called The Mask and the Monolith, Lewis was inspired after reading Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel Heart of Darkness, which recounts the journey of an English ivory trader into the African interior. It deals with issues such as racism and slavery. The 21-year-old student has 18 pieces of oil paintings, screen prints and a small etching on show.

Breast feeding

An international attempt to break the record for the most women breast feeding simultaneously was joined by a group of mothers in Annandale and Eskdale. This was to raise the profile of breast feeding in the area and at the same time contribute to the record attempt. The official regional venue for the Big Latch On was the cafe at the Blue Moon Crafts shop, High Street, owned by Laura Ellis. The event was organised by the Bump and Baby Friends group.

Blood donors

Landlord Norman Gormley, of the Buck Hotel, encouraged people to go along to blood-donor sessions in the Buccleuch Centre by offering a free drink to anyone who gave a donation with his pint-for-a-pint promotion.


The amateur operatic and dramatic society held an exhibition in the Buccleuch Centre which covered the organisation’s history, which started in 1923 with The Mikado. There were numerous photographs – black and white and colour – along with costumes and memorabilia which included old programmes.



Second prize in the garden competition’s Best Cottage Flowers Cup section went to Pamela and Kenny at 1 Westermuirdean.



August 18 services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am). The church office reopens on August 20.


August 18 – Newstead site walk (2-4.30pm) from Milestone. Trimontium walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays (1.30-5.15pm) till the end of August.


The Synton Hill hoard of more than 200 silver denarii has been attracting attention at the Ormiston. Walkers from this country and abroad have been putting on their stout shoes on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons to look up and take in the details of the Square, Abbey Street and the South front of the abbey en route to Newstead Roman Fort site.



The kirk was the setting for the second of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery’s Country Evening Worships on Sunday. The service, organised by the Reverend Marion Dodd, who was at the organ, was well attended amid the grounds of Mertoun Estate. Paul Goode, of Earlston, led the service, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Iona Community, with the antiphon sung by Mhairi Lawson and Naomi Fawcett on the guitar. Others taking part were Elvira Denoon and Ann Smith (Mertoun and Maxton), Hanna Fawcett (Lauder), Graeme Cowe (Earlston) and Atholl Innes (Caddonfoot). The offering was for the presbytery’s Malawi project and dedication by local minister and moderator of the presbytery, the Reverend Sheila Moir, during which Naomi sang “Mountain Top”. The third worship is at Heriot Church on September 1, with the final one at Legerwood on September 15.



Music will feature highly at this year’s Smailholm Village Fete at the hall on August 18 (11am-4pm). “Five In A Bar” will perform, along with music from David Lowrie, local singer and guitarist. Singers Jude Glendinning, Anne Green, Val Macconnell, Diane Sammons and Carole Wood formed “Five In A Bar” in 1998 and have performed across north-west England. They sing a wide variety of music – from folk and traditional to contemporary classics and blues, improvising harmonies and arrangements. Piper Jim Brown opens the fete and another attraction is the children’s song and story-telling tent with guitarist Mary Thomson.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on August 25 at 10am.



The rugby club hosts training nights every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm led by Keith McCudden and Andrew Johnson. Prospective players wanted. Further details from the club secretary on 01896 831 726.

Ladies’ day

The rugby club is launching the 2013/14 season with a ladies’ day on September 14 when Walkerburn play their first home game of the season. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed ladies. For more details call Paula Ketterer on 01896 831604.


There will be a service in Walkerburn Public Hall on August 18 at 10am.


Flower festival

With regard to the Flodden 1513 flower festival, request for support forms are being distributed in the village and donations sought from individuals and organisations. On board so far are Yetholm School, a Morebattle group, the churches, allotments association, Yetholm WRI, guild and choir. Donations can be left at the kirk where the festival takes place from September 5-8.


Following changes throughout the Borders, a new bus company has taken over the Yetholm-Kelso route. The service is now provided by Perryman’s of Berwick and older residents recall another Northumbrian bus company which served the village – United ran a twice-weekly service to and from Wooler.

National park

The Youth Hall was last night (Wednesday) due to host a meeting to discuss the formation of a Borders national park. It was organised by the Southern Uplands Partnership.

Soddin’ Flodden

Ideoms Theatre Company will be presenting Soddin’ Flodden in the Wauchope Hall on September 28. Tickets are available from the village shop or at the door.


The midweek afternoon service has now shifted to Morebattle Church at 2.30pm on Thursdays. The Space Academy Holiday Club for primary school age children has been running this week in the Wauchope Hall and the Holiday Club service will take place in Yetholm Church on Sunday, August 18, at 10am. It will be the only service held that day.