District News



Keep-fit classes are held in the village hall every Tuesday (1-2pm). Scottish country dance classes will restart at the same venue in on September 11 (2-3.30pm).


Parish church

It was a family occasion at the morning service on Sunday when there were 100 extra ‘guests’ to celebrate the baptism of Lotte Alexandra Kemp, conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. They were joined by parents Alex and Sally, godparents Natasha, Paul, Nicky, Brian and June, as well as their family and friends. “We had 30 young children and there was a very happy atmosphere,” said the Reverend Dodd. The lessons were read by Nigel Stock and Alison Burrell. Michael Burrell recited “Forever Young”.CY resumed after the summer break. Next Sunday, the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be led by the Reverend Dodd at 9.45am.


Flower show

Denholm Flower Show is in the village hall on September 7. Entries will be accepted between 7-9pm the previous day and from 7.30-10am on the Saturday. The show will be opened at 2.30pm by Bob Neil, former village postmaster. Copies of the schedule are available from local shops and committee members.


Denholm Drama Group’s AGM will take place on August 26 at 7.30pm in the church hall. Everyone welcome, especially prospective new members. Chair Alan Dowler-Smith is standing down after three years in office. R emember to keep the treasurer happy and bring £5 membership fees for the forthcoming year.


Camera club

Earlston Camera Club restarts on September 4 at 7.30pm in its new home at the Red Lion. Open to all, no matter what skill level or equipment, the club offers guest speakers, presentations, workshops and competitions. Season membership is £15 and visitors are welcome to attend club meetings for £2. A syllabus is available on the club’s website – http://earlstoncameraclub.wix.com/home. The opening competition is titled “A Grand Day Out”, with up to five entries per member (three digital and two print). For more information about the club, how to join or to get in contact with a committee member, visit the website or come along to a club meeting.

Flower show

Earlston Horticultural Society will hold its annual show in the primary school hall on August 31. The venue is open to the public from 2pm, with the presentation of prizes by Elspeth Watson at 4.15pm. Entries are still open and schedules available from the Spar shop post office.

Parish church

September 1 – morning service starts at 10.15am and will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. A short evening service in Heriot Church begins at 6.30pm. September 5 – the church will be open for quiet reflection from 11am,

with a short period of led worship at noon. The Faith Exploration course starts at 7.30pm in the manse. September 7 – the autumn fair runs from 10am-noon in the church hall, which will be open the previous night for donations to the stalls.

Women’s group

The group’s opening night on September 5 features Coco Belle at Home (gifts and homeware) in the church hall at 8pm. Tickets from committee members, or can pay at the door.


Coffee morning

The next monthly coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will be held in the village hall on September 7 (10am-noon). Anyone with anything to sell should turn up, take a table and give a small donation to the hall.

Soddin Flodden

September 27 will see a performance of Soddin’ Flodden in the village hall. After a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ideoms Theatre – in the shape of John Nichol, Hilary Bell and Lucy Cowan – bring the events leading up to the Battle of Flodden up the valley. Tickets from Linda Elmitt (01750 52257).



Callum’s Trust was founded in memory of Callum Finney by his wife, Audrey, and their friends on the night of his death from lymphoma, members were told. In an emotive talk, Audrey explained how the disease had affected him over a two-year period and how the trust has helped others. The aims of the organisation are to raise funds to provide equipment and resources to patients who are receiving treatment for lymphoma, leukaemia or myeloma within the Borders, receiving end-of-life cancer care at home in the region, provide resources for the siderooms in Ward 6 at Borders General Hospital and give funds to any charity involved in the development of a Borders hospice. The trust also raised £46,000 towards the BGH’s Margaret Kerr unit. In total, around £70,000 has been raised over the years. The next trust fundraisers are a ceilidh on September 21 and the Big Cycle on September 28. More details of these can be found at: http://www.callumstrust.org/category/events/.


Parents and carers of pupils at St Margaret’s RC primary school are invited to the parent council’s annual general meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 4, at 6.30pm in the school hall. As well as electing a new committee for the 2013-14 school year, details will be given of plans to paint the railings in Livingstone Place.



The community hall family barbecue is on August 31 from 6pm. Bring your own food and refreshments, and there will be children’s games.



President Scott Elliot welcomed an old friend to last week’s meeting – Dr Peter Paterson-Brown – who reminisced on his life as a GP serving the town. He arrived in Hawick in 1957 at the practice of Dr Ross Haddon in the midst of a flu epidemic. He later took a partnership in the practice and remained in the town until retiring in 1991. He later took up locum work in the Highlands and served CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) for 12 years. An interesting question and discussion session followed, after which past president Ron Laidlaw thanked the doctor.



On September 1, the third Melrose and Peebles Presbytery Evening Worship will be held at 6.30pm in Heriot Church to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Iona Community.



The service on September 1 will be at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church.


Coffee morning

Owing to a clash of dates over which the organisers had no control, the coffee morning in aid of Jedburgh Christmas Lights has had to be rescheduled from September 14. It will now be held in the Royal British Legion on October 26 at 10am. Tickets already sold for the September date will be honoured and new tickets for the revised date will be on sale in due course.

Coffee evening

The Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group is holding a fundraising coffee evening on September 4 (7-8.30pm) at the

Royal British Legion Hall in Jedburgh.


Bridge club

August 21 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2, Jean and Quentin McLaren; 3, John and Marian Miller; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 2, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt. August 22 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; E/W – 1, Kitty Home-Robertson and Christine McCreath; 2 Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 3, Nancy Porter and Jock Dun.


The Kelso Abbey 900 Exhibition and Events programme is – September 2-8 – exhibition in Town Hall (Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 10am-4pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-6pm). September 3 – 7pm, talk in Abbey Row Centre on the abbey architecture by Mark Douglas. September 4 – 2pm, talk in Abbey Row Centre on England’s Rough Wooing by Isabel Gordon; 8pm, Kelso Ghost Walk (£5, children under-15 must be accompanied), meet in Kelso Square. September 5 – 7pm, talk in Abbey Row Centre on The French Connection by David Welsh. September 6 – 7pm, talk in Cross Keys Hotel, “Kelso Abbey – Picture Perfect”, by Keith Cavers. Tickets available from Hector Innes Photography. September 7 – 2pm, artful illumination junior activity

for children eight and over in the Town Hall. September 7 and 8 – 1pm, abbey tours, meet at Town Hall.


Abbey Quilters will have their first meeting of the new season on September 10 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre when Rineke Sangster will give a workshop on Sashiko. Kits will be provided for a small charge. Remember to bring mug,registration form and money. Visitors welcome. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Cup match

September 1 sees the Yetholm Challenge Cup – a football match between Kelso FC Under-15s and Berwick Juniors Under-15s at Woodside Park (2.30pm ko). Kelso Pipe Band will be in attendance.

Animation workshops

Animation workshops for ages nine-18 years begin on September 7 (10am-12.30pm) in the Abbey Row Centre for four weeks. Participants make their own animated film, see it on YouTube, receive a personalised DVD and then view it on screens around Kelso as part of the Animated Film Roadshow. For a booking form, email ireid@yetholmtown.plis.com.



Irving Stuart has been formally presented with his Arctic Star medal by Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland, at the day centre in the town which he attends regularly. He is the town’s only surviving veteran of the Second World War Arctic convoys. Mr Moore was accompanied by his parents, Haisley and Jill, who are close friends of Irving. Haisley was minister at the parish church and Irving was church officer for many years.

Open meeting

The Playcare is holding an open evening, along with the annual general meeting, on September 3 in the community centre. The meeting starts at 6.30pm.


Flower show

Lauder Flower Show will be held on August 31 in the primary school (note change of venue). Dr Cath Cormie is to open the event at 2.30pm when cups and prizes will be presented. Show entries to Christine Brotherston, 2 Smithy Croft, Lauder (01578 722469).



Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk, Midlem and district flower and vegetable show takes place on September 7, raising funds for local causes. Entries should be dropped off between 10am and noon at Lilliesleaf village hall. The show runs from 3-7pm, with the prizegiving and auction at 5.30pm. In addition, there will be cricket from noon, with cream teas, duck race and prettiest pooch competition about 2.30pm. Riddell Fiddles are to play at 4pm, with a barbecue rounding the day off.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session on August 22, 122 volunteers offered to give blood and 103 donations were given. There were seven new donors.

Road race

A road race held in Melrose on Sunday and organised by Chris Renton, of Priors Walk, raised £217 for the Brathay Trust charity, which helps vulnerable children and young adults.


September 1 – services at Bowden (9.30am),Melrose (10am and 11am). Church magazine is available. September 2 – the Blythswood lorry will be at the rugby club at the new time of (2.20-2.50pm)


September 1 sees the last of this season’s round-the-Newstead-site afternoon walks at 2pm with Ian Brown from the East Newstead Millennium Milestone. From then to the end of October, the full Trimontium walk is available on Thursday afternoons only at 1.30pm from the Heritage Centre in Melrose Market Square. September 2 (1.30-3.30pm) sees the penultimate Old Melrose monastic peninsula walk for the season, starting from the tearoom off the A68, first exit going south after the end of the Melrose bypass. At 1.30pm on September 7, rendezvous at the south end of Old Drygrange Bridge, Leaderfoot, to start the Scottish Archaeology Month free walk to the top of Easter Hill, across the Tweed



Wednesday dance classes start again on September 4 (8-10pm) in the village hall. On September 14 there is a dance – proceeds to charity – to Robert Whitehead’s Band (7.30-11.30pm). Phone Gracie Belle Scott (01835 870244) for more information and tickets.


Coffee morning

The coffee morning held on Saturday in aid of Diabetes Scotland UK raised £735. Competition winners – pot plant – Hazel Laidlaw; bottle of whisky – Janette Lothian; cake – Vera Kelly, Yetholm; hamper – Claire Thomson; quiz – Mrs. M. Little, Kelso.


Morebattle Games Hill Race – men’s seniors – Darrel Hastie, Kelso, 31.38.50min; ladies’ seniors – Dianne Lauder, Gala Harriers, 34.20.80; juniors – Joe Agnew, Gala Harriers, 35.18.50min.


Members will meet in the institute on September 11 at 7.15pm for a f elt craft demonstration by Apithanny Bourne. Competitions – painted pebble and a ring.

Cup match

See Kelso section.

Animation workshops

See Kelso section.


Senior citizens

A new group for older residents – Newtown and Eildon Seniors’ Afternoon Club – meets for the first time on Tuesday, September 3, (2-4pm) in the Community Wing. Refreshments will be available and admission is £1. All welcome. The club will meet on the first Tuesday of each month.



The last library cafe, hosted by Linda Johnson, Sharne Delabeque and Carrie Scott, was well attended – the cheese scones all went in the first five minutes! The next library cafe will be on September 4, hosted by Bob McKeand.



The Our Lady and St Joseph’s congregation celebrated Mass on Sunday with Father Robert Afayori. Parishioners are holding a coffee morning in the hall on Saturday.



The first meeting of the new session is in the village hall at 7.30pm on September 3. Phil

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McLean will talk about his award-winning wildlife photographs. Competitions – wildlife photograph and a coaster showing an animal, plant or flowers.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on September 8 at 10 am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on September 15 at 10am.


Film nights

Brochures detailing the film nights for 2013-14 are available from village outlets. They include Lincoln, Quartet and Les Miserables. The season opens on September 7 with Lincoln.


A service has taken place celebrating the efforts of the Holiday Club enjoyed by village youngsters. It was entitled Space Academy and showed a wealth of talent. The kirk has a new treasurer – Brian Kelly of Morebattle Road.

Cup match

See Kelso section.

Animation workshops

See Kelso section.

Flodden banner

A peace and reconciliation banner has been completed to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. It features the Cheviot Hills, St Cuthbert’s Cross and peace symbols of doves and olive branches. The initial design was by Judi Elliot of Yetholm and it was worked by other local women – Pat Gregory, Anna Grey, Dorothy Price and Jan Rae.

Defibrillator appeal

The target is £3,000 and so far £2,000 has been raised. Posters are up in the village exhorting people to close the gap in this cause.

Shepherds’ show

The 150th Yetholm Border Shepherds’ Show is to be held on October 5. Apart from sheep classes, there will be a craft tent, exhibition of vintage machinery, Champion of Champions’ Crook competition and youth Brae House race.Entry forms and the prize list are in circulation. Entries close for all classes on September 13 and must be submitted to show secretary Sarah Little at 5 Caverton Mains by that date. More details can be had from her on 01573 440675.


With regard to a planning application for a turbine on Yetholm Law, a notice of review has been received by Scottish Borders Council concerning its alleged failure to determine the bid within a presribed period. The local review body will consider the case at a public meeting to be held at council HQ on September 16 at 10am.


Yetholm Gymkhana took place on the Venchen Haugh, thanks to farmer David Robson. Funds were raised for charity – the local Riding for the Disabled group and various village organisations.

Bus timetable

A new timetable showing the services to and from Town and Kirk Yetholm is available from the village shop.

Fringe appearance

Taking part in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe was singer Anne Renshaw, now based in Edinburgh but who grew up in Yetholm. She returned to the village this year to perform in the Festival Week opening concert. Joining her at the Edinburgh folk event was Muckle Flugga.


The upgrading of Yetholm electricity sub-station is nearing completion. For many months a group of workers from Wales have been carrying out the job, including the building of a new perimeter wall.