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Langshaw WRI

David Scott-Aiton gave a talk on “Love Food, Hate Waste”, with tips on how to reduce food waste and recycling ideas, at the latest meeting. Competitions – flower brooch – 1, Ruth Scoular; 2, Margaret Fairburn; 3, Sheila Forsyth; corsage – 1, Clare Milne; 2, Ruth Scoular; 3, Margaret Fairburn. The next meeting is on October 16 when Dr and Mrs Eade will be speaking about China.


Social club

Earlston Thursday Social Club provides volunteer-led social support for older and isolated people. More information on 01835 862565.



Members next meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on October 16 for a woodwork demonstration. Competitions – apple tart on a plate and a wooden article. Competition results from September’s meeting – raspberry jam – 1, A. Mathison; 2, M. Robertson; cake slice – 1, C. Sinclair; 2, A. Mathison.



A whist drive will be held on October 14 at 7.30pm, followed by, nine days later, “A Cocobelle at Home” evening from 7pm. The open art exhibition, organised by Alan and Cath Turner, runs from November 2-6.


Last Wednesday, Margaret Tooth from Blythswood Care spoke to members about the origins and work of the charity which supports projects in the UK and overseas. Competition – knitted jumper to an Oxfam pattern – 1, Elspeth Cook; 2, Sandra Jeffrey. The raffle was won by Catriona Graham.


Camera club

“Action and Movement” was the theme of a talk given by award-winning photojournalist Mark Davey at last Thursday’s meeting. He gave tips on setting the camera at appropriate speeds and apertures. He also described the technique of panning the camera at time of exposure to achieve exciting and dramatic effects. Several examples of this technique were shown, especially effective at horse trials and cyclists in races such as the Tour de France. He also gave advice on various remote control wireless trigger devices, available for capturing rarely-seen wildlife images. Anna Lee proposed a vote of thanks. The meeting on October 17 will feature “My Hero” by Russel Turner.

Film and Video Group

A special meeting took place at the Croft Road clubrooms on October 6 with members of the Scottish Association of Moviemakers (SAM) visiting for a joint programme of films produced by both sets of club members. The Hawick programme was – Harry Stoddart’s “1645 Civil War”, a re-enactment society’s attempts at recreating the Battle of Philiphaugh; “A Roadside Scrap”, a comedy made by club members in the 1960s; “A Grand Day Out”, a pleasure cruise down the Tyne from Newcastle to Tynemouth, produced by Scott Renwick, Jim Law and Bill Neil; “Let It Snow”, a reminder of the hard winter of 2010, filmed by Scott Renwick; “Edinburgh Fringe”, several examples of street performers at festival time by Jean Tait; and “Wild Scotland”, a documentary about the wildlife of Scotland by Henry Gray. The next meeting will be a visit to Carlisle Camcorder Club on October 14.



The service on October 13 in Innerleithen Church starts at 11.30am.


Lunch club

Jedburgh Lunch Club meets every Thursday, providing a meal for pensioners. More information from 01835 862565.


Historical society

There will be a visit to Channelkirk Church on October 16 where the Reverend John Shields will give a talk about its history. Members should make their own way to the church for 7pm. Further details from Joan Stevens (01578 722559).

Coffee morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, held in the Lauderdale Hotel on September 27, raised £1,165. When added to the £1,345 raised in Oxton, this total would provide 100 hours and 24 minutes of Macmillan nursing care.



The October meeting featured an insight into starting a new business when Mags Fenner, of Smithy Cottage Cakes, told members about her new venture and shared samples of her cakes. Competitions – treacle scones – 1, Margaret Ingles; 2, Valerie Mayo; 3, Margaret Milne; hand-made paper doily –: 1, Ann Thomson; 2, Valerie Mayo; 3, Marjorie Mabon. The next meeting is on November 7.


Horticultural society

October 16 will see “Kelso’s Gardens Competition and Summer Flower Show 2012”, a film presented by Alan Thomson in the Tait Hall at 7.30pm.

Bridge club

October 2 – Rose Bowl 1 –N/S – 1, Lesley Dick & Lynda Douglas; 2, John Hayton & Lee Leeson; 3, Alex Jeffrey & Jock Dun; E/W – 1, Jean Bunyan & Val Fairbairn; 2, Annie Mitchell & Bob Stevenson; 3, Brian & Brenda Lumley; October 4 – Millennium Trophy 4 –N/S – 1, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Jim Stone & James Tweddle; 3, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, David Harris-Burland & Sheila Urquhart; 2, Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger; 3, Shirley Armstrong & Moira Ayton.

Thursday Group

Speaker today is Christine Henderson on Walter Scott’s Kelso – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Because of the Abbey Row alterations, the group will meet at the Friends Meeting House for the next three Thursdays (October 17,24 and 31). For more information, ring Isabel on 01573 224753.

Kelso library

Marjorie Gavin last Wednesday presented an account of the life of Thomas Pringle, local-born 18th/19th century writer, poet, pioneer and anti-slavery campaigner to the Friends of Kelso Library. The next talk at the library is on October 22 when Ronnie Price presents “Morgan Winner at Le Mans – The story of TOK258”.


Literary society

The society held its first meeting of the new season on October 1 when Jim Russell, of the James Hogg Society, spoke about Hogg, the “poet and enlightened Ettrick entertainer and edifier”. Members meet fortnightly in the Ormiston Institute at 7.30pm. The programme comprises 10 talks on diverse subjects, with a majority having a strong Scottish bias. In addition, there will be two members’ evenings. Non-members are welcome. The next meeting is on October 15 when John Sutherland, of the University of Edinburgh, will speak about “Science Fiction: looking to the future”. Further details are available from www.melrose.bordernet.co.uk/literary-society or Peter Hoad (01896 823852).


Fishing club

The fishing club social will be held in Templehall Hotel on October 25 at 7.30pm. Music by Night Talk. Names to Jeannie McNulty by October 18.


Morebattle and Hownam Guild met on Thursday night when president Catherine Mabon welcomed members and visitors to hear Grant Mooney talk about the St Cuthbert’s Pilgrimage 2013 when some of the church members walked the St Cuthbert’s Way. He enhanced the talk with a slide show. Helen Cessford gave the vote of thanks.


Walking group

There will be a five-mile walk from Denholm to Ruberslaw on October 13. Meet at Canongate car park, Jedburgh, at 10am to share transport.


Coffee morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, held in the War Memorial Hall on September 27, raised £1,345. When added to the £1,165 raised in Lauder, this total would provide 100 hours and 24 minutes of Macmillan nursing hours.


Channelkirk Senior Citizens are hosting a coffee morning and sale on October 12 (10am-noon) in the village hall, with a car boot sale outside – any proceeds made from the outside stalls to be kept by the stall holder. Spaces can be booked by phoning 01578 750252/330/363/684.


All are welcome to the rural’s 89th birthday bingo bash on October 16 at 7.30pm – 50p a book, raffle, nibbles,prizes and birthday cake. Refreshments will be served (byob). Competition for WRI ladies – two little ducks.



Members enjoyed a “hands-on” evening, making a bookmark in the form of a Japanese girl using only scrap material. They were led in this activity by Len McDermid. Competitions – four petit fours – 1, Frances Rogers; 2, June Brown; pencil case – 1, Frances Rogers; 2, Lyn Anderson; 3, June Brown. The raffle was won by Denise Salthouse and Avril Purves.



The service on October 13 in Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.



The 150th Yetholm Show was an outstanding success, helped by good weather and a great attendance. What must also be mentioned was the speedy clear-up on the Sunday. Normally, the tents are around until the middle of the following week. This year they were all away by the Sunday afternoon and all rubbish and litter cleared.


Kelso Art Group has held its annual Yetholm Art Exhibition in the Youth Hall, attracting a steady stream of visitors during the week. This year the benefiting charity was the Yetholm defibrillator appeal and this was highlighted by Jim Rodgers in his opening address.

Film night

This Saturday sees a showing of the comedy Quartet – starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly – in the Wauchope Hall at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm.


There will be a meeting in the Wauchope Hasll on October 15 at 10.30am. Margaret Rustad, newly-returned from a summer in Norway, will be speaking on “A Norwegian Rural”. Competition – a hand-knitted pattern scarf.


Yetholm Kirk will be the setting for an all-age harvest thanksgiving service on October 27, starting at 11 am and followed by a harvest lunch in the Wauchope Hall.