District News



At the September meeting Denise Scott brought along a selection of hand-made jewellery. She explained the different materials which could be used to create members’ own pieces. Competitions – decorated Swiss Roll, Mrs R. Sinton; vegetable animal, Mrs R. Sinton. The next meeting is the birthday party on October 9 when John Rogerson will give “A Border Talk”. Competitions – Selkirk Bannock and a Border photograph; visitors’ competition – a Border photograph.



President Margaret Taylor showed members how to make Christmas decorations at this month’s gathering. All made a decoration and they were judged – 1, Elizabeth Ramsay; 2, Olive Hogg; 3, Jackie Chapman.

Bonchester Bridge


There will be a quiz in the Horse and Hound on September 27 at 8.15pm in aid of the Over-60s’ Club. Caddonfoot Parish Church



Members have been saddened by the death of two worshippers – John Blyth and Robert Black. Mr Blyth’s funeral was held in Trinity Church, Galashiels, on Friday. He will be remembered for many aspects of his life, among them his work in Malawi. Mr Black, who stayed in Clovenfords for many years, served in the RAF, was an engineer and devoted railway enthusiast. His funeral was conducted in Caddonfoot Church on Monday. Both services were conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. Last Sunday, the Reverend Dodd conducted the service and the lessons were read by Joyce Brown.



Guest speaker this month was Nancy McNicol – her subject was entitled “Danish Connections”. She brought along her collection of Danish memorabilia. As her talk went along, members came to realise just how close Scotland is with Denmark. Not only Vikings and bacon, but a similar land mass and population. Competition – holiday souvenir – 1, Mrs J. Ramsker; 2, Linda Crosbie; 3, Mrs S. Crosbie. At the next meeting Mrs Waldie will demonstrate how to make chocolates. The rural needs more members and anyone is welcome to come along on October 10 at 7pm in the village hall.



Melrose Opera presents “Musical Memories” in the church at 7pm on September 28 in memory of Sheila Turnbull. Entry is by donation and proceeds will go to Borders Macmillan Centre. Refreshments will be served after the concert. The following day sees the harvest service at 10.15am and members of the congregation are being encouraged to bring along tinned or dried foods (with long use-by dates) for distribution as food parcels. The service will be followed by a soup lunch in the church hall at noon. Entry by donation at the door. On October 3 the church will be open from 11am for quiet reflection and a short led service from noon. The congregational board meets on October 8 at 7.30pm in the church hall lounge. A short service on takes place in the church on October 9 at 7pm in the church.

Camera club

Members enjoyed an entertaining talk from Galashiels Camera Club member Ron Bell at their latest meeting.

Mr Bell talked of his efforts “compleating” the Munros and tackling numerous other climbing challenges over the years, across the UK and Ireland. With images showing some of the hair-raising ascents he has tackled, Mr Bell had those members less than keen on heights looking the other way when photographs appeared of the sheer drops, overhanging rocks and precarious summits he has conquered. Mr Bell judged the competition, appropriately titled “Looking up/Looking down”. In the digital category, first place went to Adam Drummond, second to Curtis Welsh and third to Dougie Oliver. Linsey Anderson received two merits. Mr Bell judged Adam Drummond’s two prints as first and second, with Jackie Cummings picking up third and a merit. The club is competing in a three-way battle versus Duns and Selkirk on October 2, with the next club meeting taking place at the Red Lion at 7.30pm on October 16. Russell Turner will talk about his new photographic book, “Eilean Dubh” (The Black Isle). Visitors welcome.

Social club

The Thursday Social Club provides volunteer-led social support for older and isolated people in the Earlston area from 11am-2pm every week, together with a hot lunch, activities and entertainment, at Hanover House. For more information, phone 01835 862565.

Coffee morning

The annual Macmillan coffee morning will be held in Hanover Close on September 28 from 10am. All donations appreciated – either financial, or for the raffle and cake and candy stall.



Mary Thomson gave an entertaining and informative talk about her life with animals, especially dogs. She was born on a farm, learning about animal behaviour by observation. The holiday photograph competition was won by Joyce Eaves, with Gail Chandler and Chris Robertson runners-up. Three Sweets was won by Christine Tucker.


Coffee morning

The next monthly coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will be held in the village hall on October 5 (10am-noon). Anyone with items or produce to sell should just turn up, take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.


Camera club

Members are grateful to James Frost and Hazel Mason for their presentation. John Peters will be visiting the club on October 2 to speak about “Photography, Motivation and Inspiration”.


Local clergy attended a service of dedication at a Galashiels funeral home following extensive work to its premises. The Reverend Jane Howitt from St John’s Church of Scotland conducted the service at The Co-operative Funeralcare in Channel Street.

Lunch club

Lapwing Lunch Club meets on October 1. For more information, phone 01835 862565.


Beetle drive

A beetle drive will be held in the Fairbairn Hall tonight (Thursday) at 6.30pm in aid of Greenlaw Church, with prizes, raffle and a cup of tea.


Bridge club

September 16 – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, L. and T. Witten; 3 (equal), M. Tuson and R. Witherington, V. Johnstone and M. Miller. The club now meets on Tuesdays at 6.45pm in Tower Mill – new players welcome. Further information can be found at www.bridgewebs.com/hawick.

Smuggling talk

Tuesday night sees Derek Janes giving an illustrated lecture entitled “Gunsgreen House, John Nisbet and Smuggling in Berwickshire” to archaeological society members. It will cover the dangerous, but highly-profitable, exploits of the latter-named merchant and smuggler. The event gets under way in the town hall at 7.30pm. Non-members welcome.


Janice Cambridge gave a talk on social housing in the Borders for which she was previously responsible. She started her career in Edinburgh after graduation at university and moved to Tweeddale in 1999. She gave a potted history of housing from the 1800s. Social housing rents were controlled by law for tenants on low incomes and this was the case until the 1980s when the right to buy council homes was introduced and many were sold to sitting tenants at knock-down prices. The result of this was councils stopped building houses and resulting in a shortage of houses to let. A question-and-discussion session followed after which Past President George Rennie gave the vote of thanks to the speaker. A donation of £100 was made to the local Salvation Army food bank scheme.


Badminton club

The badminton club has restarted at the Memorial Hall, members meeting every Thursday from 8pm (age 16 and over). New members welcome – phone Pam on 01896 830146 evenings/weekends for more details.

South Pacific

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting “Fiddler on the Roof” from March 31-April 5. Rehearsals continue on October 2 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. New members welcome – ring 01896 830577 or email secretary@idaos.org.uk for more information.

Senior citizens’ club

The club’s coffee morning is on September 28 in the Vale Club (10am-noon).

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Primary School PTA is holding a coffee morning on October 5 in the Vale Club (10am-noon).


Sunday’s service in Innerleithen Church starts at 11.30am.



On Michaelmas Day – September 29 – in St John’s Episcopal Church in The Pleasance, the choir will sing evensong at 6pm.

Bridge club

Members are ready to begin their new season in the Royal British Legion on September 30 (7pm). New members welcome and anyone interested in learning to play should contact K. Jackson (01835 862663).

Curling club

Members started their new season with the first round of the Balfour Trophy at Kelso Ice Rink. Newcomers welcome. For further information, including coaching opportunities, contact M. Frost (01835 864226) or K. Jackson (01835 862663).


There was a poor turnout at Jedburgh Leisure Facilities Trust’s (Laidlaw memorial pool) AGM, given the importance of the pool and fitness centre to the town. Although two new candidates to join the trust were selected and the secretary’s position was filled, the role of chairperson was left vacant – it was agreed to reconsider the position in a month’s time. Anyone wishing to join JLFT or wanting more information should contact Christine (phone, 01835 840246; email, p10caw@aol.com).


Rangers fans

An evening with Bobby Parks and Carol-Ann Ratlray will be held in the rugby club on September 27 at 7pm. Tickets from Ian on 07927 501904 or Stuart Douglas hardware shop. The bus for Saturday’s game leaves The Square at 11am. Tickets from Jim on 01573 226240.

Bridge club

September 18 – Charity Plate – 1 (equal), Rena Stewart and Beth Stark, Marian and John Miller; 3 (equal), Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 5, Viv Heskett and Pauline Smart; 6, John Urquhart and Miles Browne. September 19 – Millennium Trophy 3 – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; 3, Rena Stewart and John Hayton; E/W – 1, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 2, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart; 3, Alison Ireland and Marion Miller.

Thursday Group

The group starts up again on October 3 with Derek and Doreen Philips in character as Captain William H. Wilcox of the 95th New York Volunteers and Mrs Wilcox talking about

the role of women in the American Civil War – Abbey Row Centre, 2pm. For more information and a syllabus, phone Isabel (01573 224753).

Farmers’ market

Kelso farmers’ market, featuring local honey, will be held on September 28 in The Square (9.30am-1.30pm).

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Jo Ballantyne’s climb of Mount Kilimanjaro next month to raise money for Marie Curie, Hospiscare and the Brain Tumour Charity will take place at Kelso North Parish Church on Saturday, October 5, from 10am-noon.


The next meeting of Abbey Quilters will take place on October 8 in the Abbey Row Centre at 7pm. Caroline Morrell will be demonstrating a Christmas project. For a requirements list, contact Rineke Sangster (01753 229414).


Scottish country dancing classes resume on October 1 (7.15-9.15pm) in Kelso North Parish Church’s Bonar Room. More information from J. Hewie (01573 228514).


The next Friends of Kelso Library talk is on October 2 when Marjorie Gavin presents “Thomas Pringle: writer, poet, pioneer and anti-slavery campaigner”. The event is in the library.

Fiddler on the Roof

There are a few tickets left to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, on October 2 – a trip has been organised by Kelso Youth Project in association with Yetholm Dry Bar. Email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com.


Accordion club

The new session of the Accordion and Fiddle Club got under way in the Royal British Legion clubrooms when compere Adam Grant welcomed a good turnout of musicians and listeners. The club, which started in 1967, is still going strong, with numerous musicians regularly giving their free time once a month. Guest artist for the opening meeting was accordion player Karyn McCulloch from Ayr. Other accordion players who entertained were Billy Bell, Newby Park; Les Hurst and David Bell, Carlisle; along with James Lawrie from Caldbeck. Also playing were Brian Forrest of Newtown St Boswells, Ken White from the Rigg and David Dunbar of Lochmaben. Local stalwarts Roger Dobson and Eric Goodfellow were also on accordion, with Robert Willens playing drums. Ian Wilson (Crawford) played keyboard.


The Muckle Toon Adventure Festival in May was a success, with cycle races, running and walking events, and in recognition of the help given by the Moffat mountain rescue team, a cheque was presented to members. Dawn Lamb, chairperson of the Muckle Toon event, who was accompanied by committee member Paul Gardner, presented the £1,200 cheque to mountain rescue team leader Colin Golphin from Annan. Also present from the team was Shaun Duignan (Annan) and Pete Brown (Eskdalemuir).


Food festival

A food festival will be held on September 28 (2-4pm) at the primary school. It has been organised by Lauder Parent Council members who are raising funds for the school’s new vegetable beds.

Coffee morning

Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held on September 27 in the Lauderdale Hotel (10am-noon).

Church guild

Channelkirk and Lauder Church Guild’s opening meeting is on October 2 at 2.30pm in the Church Centre, Lauder, when Dr John Burns will talk about “The Flying Doctor”. Dedication of guild members will be during morning worship at Lauder Church on October 6 at 11.30am.


Flower club

Border Flower Club’s opening meeting welcomed Rosalyn Harrison from Cumbria with a demonstration entitled “New Expressions”. She entertained members with a selection of arrangements accompanied with an amusing tale of her busy life as a florist, mum and youth leader. Her choice of colours ranged from palest cream through to peach and red, pale pink through to mauve and purple, and yellow to bronze. Her choice of flowers was a broad spectrum of carnation roses, chrysanths and roses, gerberas and anthuriums. The vote of thanks was given by Marion Hamilton. The next meeting is on October 9 at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange when Anne Buchan, Crieff, will depict “Ladies in the Garden”. Visitors welcome.

Family history

Borders Family History Society’s first talk of its new season will be held on September 29 at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange and Ormiston Institute. Oral historian Anne Reid, of SpeakingLives, will give an insight into the process of recording stories behind family trees.


The last of three Trimontium Celebrity Lectures will be held on October 31 at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange, featuring Will Murray of West Linton and the Scottish Conservation Studio at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry. Prior to that, on October 17, there is Martin Cook of AOC Archaeology, while seven days later, Ian Dalton, of Gullane, long-time member and trustee, takes

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centre stage. A Trimontium walk starts at 1.30pm today (Thursday).


Evie Iona Elizabeth Mitchell was christened on Sunday amid family and friends, and received a baptismal candle, lit from the church’s Easter candle. Services will be held at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am) on September 29.

Plant sale

September 28 sees an Arthritis Research plant sale at The Wynd (9.30am).



The September meeting was a “taste and try” evening with a selection of baking and cocktails. Competitions – fruit mousse – 1, S. Swanston; 2, S.Galloway; 3, E. Nairn; pin cushion – 1, A. Cochrane; 2, D. Wheelans; 3, H.Pearce. Four members attended the 2013 Handcraft & Housewives Conference in Elgin. The next meeting on October 1 is a guest night with a demonstration from Sainsbury’s. Competition – wedge of cheesecake.


Great North Run

Graeme Lang completed the Great North Run in 1hr, 57min and 43sec. He has raised in excess of £1,700 for his chosen charity – Supporting Sport and Mobility for Disabled Children.

Big tatties

Big Six Tattie Competition – 1, John Wight, 118lb; 2, George Watson, 85lb; 3, Hew Thomson, 81lb. There were 15 entries. Tattie in Bucket – 1, Daniel Anderson, 9lb 12oz; 2, Craig Anderson, 8lb 11oz;, 3, Kym Cessford, 6lb 2.5oz. There were 35 entries.


Marie France Taylor welcomed Apithanny Bourne to the September meeting who gave a demonstration and talk on her felt craftwork. Eileen Woodward delivered the vote of thanks. Competitions – painted pebble – 1, Eileen Woodward; 2, Sandra Redhead; ring – 1, Nancy Anderson; 2, Eileen Woodward; 3, Angela Cook.

Coffee morning

A Macmillan coffee morning will be held in the Institute on September 28 at 10.30am.

Flower show

At the flower show held last Saturday, Helen Cessford was presented with the Bob Pringle Achievement Award for services to the community. She was chosen by the community council.


Morebattle Guild meets in the Institute on October 3 at 7.30pm. The topic will be St Cuthbert’s Pilgrimage 2013, presented by Dr Grant Mooney.


Members next meet on October 9 in the Institute at 7.15pm when the demonstration will be “Gift Boxes” by Joyce Ruby. Competitions – four pieces of tablet and a fridge magnet.

Lunch club

A lunch club coffee morning will be held in the Institute on October 12 at 10.30am.


Coffee morning

The Welfare Group’s coffee morning in the village hall raised £334 – cash which will help fund pensioners’ bus trips and social car scheme.


Coffee morning

Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held on September 27 in the War Memorial Hall (10am-noon).


Blood donors

A total of 181 volunteers offered to give blood and 165 donations were given at a session on September 12. There was nine new donors.


Monday Club

At 2pm on September 30 at St Joseph’s Church, Andrew Panter will give a talk on wildlife conservation, illustrated with photographs.



Smailholm village hall hosted the latest meeting of Floors, Makerstoun, Nenthorn and Smailholm Community Council. Jill Freshwater is the new secretary, and she can be contacted at Floors North Lodge, Kelso, while the new chair is Jane Cox, of East Dalcove House, Makerstoun. Councillors next meet on January 21 at the same venue.

St Boswells


The second annual Keswick in the Borders conference takes place in St Boswells Parish Church this weekend, with a session at 7.30pm on September 27; two on the following day at 9.45am and 11.30am; and one on Sunday at 10.30am. Speaker is Gareth Bolton, an international minister with Operation Mobilisation. The conference is open to all.

Holiday club

Scripture Union is running a holiday club weekend for children of primary school age and young teenagers in the church hall on Saturday from 9.30am and on Sunday from 10.15 am. Everyone welcome.


Following on from the success of the Thursday afternoon tea shop in Teviothead Hall during the summer, it has been decided to try a soup kitchen during the winter. On the first and third Thursday of the month, everyone is welcome to drop in for a bowl of homemade soup between noon and 3pm. The first one is on October 3.



The next service in Traquair Kirk is on October 13 (10am).



There is a service on Sunday at 10am in Walkerburn Public Hall.



Romany Ramblers meet at 9am on September 28 at the Wauchope Hall for a 10.5-mile walk via Primside Mill, Woodhill, Attonburn, Wideopen Hill and Primside Mill.

Fiddler on the Roof

There are a few tickets left to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, on October 2 – a trip has been organised by Kelso Youth Project in association with Yetholm Dry Bar. Email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com.