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At the village hall on August 24, a baguette lunch (noon-2pm) will be held in aid of Ashkirk Parish Church.


The parish church has organised a barbecue outside the village hall on August 25 (5.30-6.30pm).



There were several visitors at the morning service led by the Reverend Marion Dodd in Caddonfoot Church on Sunday. The lessons were read by Fay Brydon. Bible study continues from 5-6pm in Trinity Church today (Thursday). The third Country Worship will be held in Heriot Church on September 1 at 6.30pm.



The Lothian Hall committee held a barbecue in the village on Sunday and were joined by their neighbours from Nisbet. The next planned event is an autumn craft fair to be held on September 22 in aid of hall funds, featuring demonstrations by the Scottish Borders Wood Turners and various craft stalls.


Parish church

The August 25 service at 10.15am will be conducted by members of the worship team. This service marks the opening of Community Day when stalls from various clubs/organisations will be run at the rugby club/field from noon-4pm.


Charity lunch

Team Martin will host a ladies’ charity lunch (12.30pm for 1pm) 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.


T’ai chi

T’ai chi and qigong classes restart in the Lucy Sanderson Hall on September 3 (1.30pm). Call Pat on 07926 302822 for more information.



Rotary club president Scott Elliot welcomed the first female district governor, Kate Keter, to the latest meeting. Kate, of Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club, was accompanied by fellow members Jim Gillespie and Tom Riddell. She addressed the host club on this year’s Rotary message, “Engage Rotary, change lives”, and highlighted how this could be applied to enhance humanity and enrich the lives of Rotarians and people they became involved with, especially those who needed help and assistance both in local communities and world-wide. She has twice visited India to assist in Rotary’s Polio Plus project and said they were within touching distance of eradicating polio. Three club members then gave their experiences of what Rotary meant to them – past president Gus Neilson, vice-president Sandy Bannerman and Mairhi Trickett, junior vice-president and past president of Orkney Rotary Club.

T’ai chi

T’ai chi and qigong classes restart in Burnfoot Community Centre on September 2 (9.30am). Telephone Pat on 07926 302822 for more information.



The service on August 25 starts at 11.30am.

Flower show

Innerleithen Flower Show will take place on September 1 in the Memorial Hall at 2pm. Items for the show should be handed in to the venue on the Saturday evening or before 10am on the Sunday.

Community council

The next meeting of Innerleithen and District Community Council will take place on September 9 at 7.15pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall. This will include the annual general meeting.


Old and Trinity Church

The church’s annual bazaar will take place on August 26 in the Town Hall (10am-3pm).

T’ai chi

T’ai chi and qigong classes restart in the Kenmore Hall on September 2 (1.30pm). For more information, call Pat (07926 302822).


Jedburgh Badminton Club’s season begins with the adult section on September 4 (7-10pm). The junior section and coaching begins on September 10 (7-8pm) for P5-7 and for secondary pupils in first-fourth year (8-9pm). Primary 2-4 children can come along on September 11 (6-7pm). For information regarding adults, contact Christine on 01835 840246 or email p10caw@aol.com. For juniors it’s Myra on 01835 863160 (evenings) or email myrayounger@aol.com.

Highland dancing

Highland dancing classes resume on August 27 at Denholm primary school – enquires to 01450 870042.

Lunch club

Jedburgh Lunch Club will be held on August 29, providing a weekly nourishing meal for pensioners in and around the Jedburgh area. New members and volunteers welcome. Transport can be arranged. For more information, telephone 01835 862565.



A farmers’ market will take place in the Square on August 24, starting at 9.30am.

T’ai chi

T’ai chi and qigong classes restart in the Quaker Meeting House on September 5 (7pm). For more information, call Pat (07926 302822).

Bridge club

August 14 – aggregate pairs –N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 2, Jim and Mary Stone; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Stuart Graham and Ian Watson; 2, Viv Heskett and Pauline Smart; 3, Miles Browne and John Urquhart. August 15 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; E/W – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, James Duncan and Ged McIvor; 3 Rosemary Clark and Glynise Horsburgh.


Flower show

Heavy rain put paid to most of the events on the playing field at the annual village show at Canonbie. However, the pipe band from the town played the children’s fancy dress parade and floats down to the field. There was a bumper entry of exhibits in the hall which included a record in the children’s section. A number of people from the town had entries in – and Andy Warwick, showing for the first time, was presented with the trophies for best exhibits in both the begonias and fuchsias. Sandy Gill and Tom Hutton picked up prizes in the photographic section. Maurice Weir from Hawick was presented with the McGlasson cup for most points in the pot plants and cut flowers section. Local man Landles Irving received the trophy for most firsts in the show, having dominated the vegetable section.


T’ai chi

T’ai and qigong classes restart in the chaplaincy centre, Borders General Hospital, on September 3 and 6 (6.30pm). For more details, call Pat on 07926 302822.


Classes in the Ormiston Institute will restart on September 4 (2pm and 6pm) and September 5 (6pm). New students are welcome. Further information from Kath (01896 820034; kath2@kathmcdonald.plus.com).


The annual bookshop event for local projects will run tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, from 10am-4pm, in the Ormiston.


August 25 services – Bowden (9.30am), Melrose (11am).


At the quarterly meetings of the Trimontium and museum trusts, maintaining accredited museum status was discussed. This involves being inspected every two or three years and the approval by the trustees of sheaves of policies and a costed forward plan, in detail, of everything that needs to be done over the next couple of years. It was agreed to implement modest increases in season 2014 for museum entrance and walk tickets, which have remained unchanged for several years. Offers of administrative assistance in running of the trust’s activities would be welcomed. The lectures for October 17,24 and 31 have been arranged, as have the three in April/May 2014. The 2013 season has picked up due to the good weather, after a slow start, and the arrival of the Synton Hill hoard of 228 silver denarii (ownership shared with Scottish Borders Council) has proved a big attraction. A local man has handed in for identification a miniature head-and-torso from the Tweed and Walter Elliot thinks he has found a Pictish shield boss.

A date with Bach

Bryden and Bach (John of Melrose and the late Johan) have been long acquainted and last Saturday in Melrose Parish Church hall there was another encounter, spread over morning and afternoon, the former playing the latter’s preludes and fugues from Book II of the Well-Tempered Klavier as a fundraiser for Melrose Music Society.


Flower show

Entries were up at this year’s Midlem Flower Show which was held in the hall on Sunday. The children’s section was the star of the show, featuring imaginative and creative exhibits, especially in the making of an animal from flowers and vegetables. The day was finished off with a barbecue cooked by Tom Cotter. Results – Flowers – Vase of mixed annuals, C. Hay; Dahlia, G.B. Scott); Clematis flower on saucer, T. and I. Cotter; Vase of mixed flowering shrubs, G. B. Scott; Vase of sweet peas of mixed colours, J. Macdonald; 2 Roses, G. B. Scott; Vase of sweet peas of one colour, J. McDonald; 3 Herbaceous Spikes, W, Young; 4 Spikes Phlox, G. B. Scott; Vase of Asters, S, Scott; 4 heads pansies, T. Hunter; Vase mixed perennials, T. Hunter; Flower arrangement in wine glass, J. Macdonald; tidiest garden, R. and B. Pavey;) tallest sunflower, J. McKay; Any pot plant – foliage, S. Scott; Any pot plant–flower, M. Macdonald; Geranium. T. and I. Cotter); Begonia, J. McKay. Vegetables – Basket of home produce, C. Hay; 1 cucumber, C. Hay; 3 onions, A. Scott; 3 tomatoes, S. Scott; 1 cabbage, S. McGurk; 6 Pods Broad Beans, T. and I. Cotter; 5 Pea pods, S. McGurk; 1 Leek, S. McGurk; 6 French beans, J. Macdonald; Selection of Herbs, J. Harrison; 1 Lettuce, J. Harrison; 6 Onion Sets, T. and I. Cotter; 3 Carrots, A. Scott; 6 Pods Runner Beans, J. MacDonald; 3 Courgettes, J. Macdonald; Collection of 5 unspecified vegetables, A Scott; 5 Potatoes, A. Seggies). Children’s section – Painted Stone – 4yrs and under, C. Frances; 5yrs upwards, H. Frances; Wild flowers in a Vase – 6yrs and under, F. Harrison; Pencil drawing – 4yrs and under, F. Harrison; 5yrs and upwards, I. McGurk; animal made with flowers and vegetables, all entrants as the judge felt they were so good they all received first; Edible necklace, J. Northcott. Baking – 1 piece of tray bake on a plate, S. McKinnon; knitted square, C. Forbes Walker. Industrial – Victoria Sandwich, C. Forbes Walker; jar home-made jam, J. Forbes Walker; 3 Scones plain, I. and T. Cotter; Loaf of Bread – oven-baked, C. Hay; Loaf of Bread – machine-baked, J. Harrison; 4 Shortbread Fingers, I. and T. Cotter; Jar of Marmalade, J Forbes Walker;) 4 Meringue Shells, T. Hunter; Snapshot of local landmark, G. B. Scott); Edible Necklace, C. Hay; Border Tart, T. and I. Cotter).


Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Diabetes Scotland UK will be held in the village hall on August 24 from 10.30am.


Camera club

The club meets every Wednesday (September 4-April 9) from 7.30-9pm at 64 High Street. Anyone interested in photography – from the complete beginner to the most skilled – is welcome. For more information, visit www.selkirkcc.blogspot.co.uk or email selkirkcameraclub@gmail.com.

St Boswells

Village hall

All households in St Boswells will this week receive personally-delivered packages about

the refurbishment of the village hall. These packages explain the need for the work and what has to be done. They will also include requests for financial help. The village hall was built in 1896 by public subscription.

Flower festival

A flower festival and exhibition of art, crafts and photography will be held in St Boswells Parish Church and hall on August 31 (10.30am-4.30pm) and September 1 (noon-4.30pm), with refreshments served in the church hall both days. There will be music in the church during both afternoons and a model of part of St Cuthbert’s Way, which has been made by children from the primary school, displayed.



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



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on September 8 at 10am.

Messy Church

Messy Church is coming to Walkerburn Public Hall on August 24 (4-6pm), featuring stories, drama, crafts, songs that you can choose and food for all the families together. There is no charge – just give a donation.


Flower show

Westruther Flower Show will be held in the village hall on Saturday, August 24. Entries are being accepted from 9.30-11.30am. Doors open to the public at 2.30pm, with the presentation of cups at 3.30pm. Youth sports take place at 1.30pm.