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Folk band

Folk band North Sea Gas will play in the Laidlaw Hall on October 20. Recording some 15 albums over the last 30 years and touring regularly in America, Canada and Europe, these Scottish performers have received gold and silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and this year once again sold out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tickets from Henry Douglas (01450 860351).



Following a coffee morning last Saturday for Arthritis Research UK as well as the rural’s own funds, members enjoyed a demonstration by fellow member Angela Sulo of Cypriot Cookery. Competition – holiday souvenir – 1, Joyce Smith; 2, Maggie Magee; 3, Irene Armstrong.



Caddonfoot Hall committee is screening “The Forgotten Workers”, a docudrama produced by Northumbrian writer Dinah Iredale featuring the 19th century farming labour system known as bondaging. This system was used widely in the Borders until the 1930s, and in some cases beyond. The film will be shown on October 25 (7.30pm) and there will be an opportunity to meet Dinah afterwards and purchase a copy of the book or film on DVD. She would be pleased to hear from anyone who can add to the bondaging story from their family history Dinah.


Frances Selkirk, from Ashkirk, conducted the morning service on Sunday when the topic of her talks was “Daniel”. Lessons were read by Bill Birch. There was a meeting to finalise plans for the sale of work on November 9, and boxes for donations for the raffle and bottle stall will be available at the door. 
The harvest thanksgiving service is on October 27 and gifts (see notices issued at the church) will go towards the Galashiels Food Bank. There will be no Bible Study this week.



The first old-time Scottish dance of the season gets under way on October 25 when Ewan Galloway will be playing. Contact Mary (363722) or Christine (372921) to reserve a place. The evening starts at 8pm in Cogsmill Hall. New members welcome.



Community councillors will meet on October 24 in the primary school at 7pm and not October 17 as previously stated.


Earlston Horticultural Society’s annual meeting is in the Red Lion Hotel on October 22 at 7.30pm. The society is appealing for members of the general public to attend to help ensure the continuation of the annual flower show and plant sale.


The Friday classes at the church hall are having a night off, but will be back as normal from October 25.


A bus will depart at 8am from Earlston on November 2, heading for Tyneside’s Metro shopping centre, leaving for the return trip at 5pm. Tickets can be obtained from Ruth Scoular (01896 849539) or Lena Hutton (01896 849080).

Parish church

The church will be open from 11am today (Thursday) for quiet reflection with a

short service at noon. The October 20 service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods, with an evening service at 7pm in the church three days later. The last

day for handing shoeboxes in for the Blythswood Appeal is November 3.

Wednesday Club

Members enjoyed a quiz presented by Ann Thomson at their latest meeting. Names are being taken for the visit to The Gyle shopping centre on November 9. Competition – a lavender bag – 1, Marjory Murray; 2, Wilma Henderson; 3, Kay Brownlie. The next meeting, which will be the 43rd birthday party, is on October 23. Competition – a coaster.



Members, husbands and visitors enjoyed an evening of entertainment supplied by the Dolly Birds from Wilton Dean.Their leader was Joyce Tinlin and they sang a variety of songs, interspersed with humorous readings. A supper was then enjoyed by all, the raffle drawn and a vote of thanks given by Roxburghshire federation president Elizabeth Jackson.


Camera club

Les Miller gave a talk about the theory of portraiture last week and will be returning on October 23 to follow this up with a practical session on 
the same subject. The club meets on a Wednesday at 7.30pm in Langlee Community Hall.

Flower show

Galashiels Flower Show committee has decided that, after the success of its recent show, to hold a similar event next year. The show AGM is on October 22 in the Woodcutter Lounge at 7.30pm.

Lunch club

Lapwing Lunch Club meets every Tuesday, providing a meal for pensioners in and around the Galashiels area. More information on 01835 862565.


The latest meeting at the Kingsknowes Hotel was chaired by president Sandy Frame and 45 members attended. A talk entitled “Behind the Scenes” was delivered by Bob McFarlane, dealing with his wartime experiences as a member of the Special Operations Executive and his adventures with the partisans in Yugoslavia. The vote of thanks was given by Sandy. The next gathering is on October 24, featuring “Border Witches”, by Mary Craig.

Studio club

On October 10 at Old Gala House, Borders-based artist Helen Tabor gave members an inspiring talk and demonstration of her paintings, prior to her forthcoming exhibition in Devon. Helen uses a combination of light and colour to create dramatic effects in her work. Today (Thursday) in St Paul’s Church hall, the club’s afternoon craft session starts at 2pm when Sheena Leslie will be showing how to create boxes and bags from card. Materials provided, but bring a small pair of scissors.


The next meeting of The Three Brethren (U3A) will take place on October 21 at 2pm in Lucy Sanderson Hall, Tweed Crescent. The Reverend Ron Dick, a retired hospital chaplin, will give a talk.



A lunch club will be run on November 13 (11.30am-1.30pm). There will be an opportunity to start Christmas shopping with a “Cocobelle at Home” evening on October 23 at 7pm. Back by popular demand is the open art exhibition organised by Alan and Cath Turner – November 2-6, with a private viewing on November 1.


Craft fair

The War Memorial Hall is staging a craft fair and pop-up market on October 19 (10am-4pm), featuring local crafters and St Abbs market stallholders. Attractions include jewellery, ladies’ accessories, books, candles, home and garden accessories, fishmonger, home baking, preserves and crafts.


Camera club

The first members’ practical night of the season took place last Thursday with club president Anna Lee opening the first part of the meeting with the theme of “Creating an Image”, followed by Bert Lancaster and Dennis Laing adding their ideas and opinions. Anna’s segment of the lecture concentrated on the similarities associated with photography and art, especially the use of composition, shapes and light. Bert displayed pictures of some well-known painting artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh, including famous examples of portraiture and architecture. Dennis introduced the concept of good versus bad in his section of the talk. This took the form of scenes photographed at different times of the day. The meeting concluded with Bernie Gajos proposing a vote of thanks. The meeting on October 24 will be the open competition with Dr Oliver Eade judging the entries.


Livia Siripom, of Thailand, but now living in Munich, was Billy McWatters’ guest. Billy met her father, Preecha Siripom, in Thailand in 1988 when he had a party of Duke of Edinburgh Award students there. Speaker Kerr Scott talked about of his career in the police traffic department. He explained how officers are selected and trained.



A varied range of talks were enjoyed by members during September and October, including a presentation by the Borders Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU) when team leader Seymour Haugh and team member Damon Rodwell gave an account of their work rescuing people in the Border hills and on the Pennine Way. There are two teams in the Borders, divided by the A68. The east team is BSRAU, based in Kelso, while Tweed Valley covers the west. At the club business meeting on October 10, decisions were made to make regular contributions to Jedburgh Food Bank, assist with the installation of a stair lift at the Jedburgh Royal British Legion Club, donate money to the Borders Children’s Charity, improve and maintain the Jedburgh Grammar School memorial garden (in memory of pupils who have lost their lives) and give financial assistance to the breakfast club at Howdenburn Primary School. President Gordon Stuart will take breakfast there on the invitation of school staff on October 25. On the international front, Rotarians have pledged to set a target of regular giving to the campaign to end polio throughout the world.



Kelso Laddies’ Association AGM takes place on October 25 in the Dickson Room, Cross Keys Hotel, at 7.30pm. There may be vacancies on the committee and it is hoped that if they do arise they may be filled by members of the public who are willing to assist in the organising of Kelso Civic Week.


A concert in St Andrew’s Church on September 25 raised £630 towards restoration work at St Aidan’s Church, Morebattle.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The meeting scheduled for October 22 has had to be cancelled as Abbey Row Centre is shut for refurbishment. Any queries, contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).

Thursday Group

Derek and Doreen Philips described the role of women in the American Civil War at the latest meeting. Today, and for the next two Thursdays, members meet at the Friends Meeting House, Abbey Row, while the new kitchen is being installed at the centre. Gareth Baird will be talking about 200 years of the Border Union Agricultural Society at 2pm. More information from Isabel (01573 224753).

Bridge club

October 9 – BGB sim. pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone & Mary Millar; 2, John & Marian Miller; 3, John Hayton & Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, Brian Saywood & Ken Ross; 2, Sheena McPherson & Sheila Urquhart; 3, Mary & Nigel Lindsay. October 10 – Calchou Cup 2 –N/S – 1, Rena Stewart & Val Johnstone; 2, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 3, John & Marian Miller; E/W – 1, Archie Stewart & Billy Potts; 2, Viv Heskett & Helenor Pratt; 3, Shirley Armstrong & Moira Ayton. Players should note that the club will be playing at Kelso Rugby Club for the next few weeks due to refurbishment at Abbey Row Centre.

Youth project

Kelso Youth Project is presenting a film, “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”, at the Tait Hall on October 24. Doors open at 6pm, film starts at 6.30pm and entrance is free. The project is taking bookings for a set of six craft nights at the Abbey Row Community Centre, starting on October 28. Email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com.


The guild began its autumn programme when the Reverend Tom McDonald conducted a dedication service with c ommunion in Kelso North Parish Church. The second meeting – on October 10 – was a musical evening when members were entertained with singing by the group Schiehallion. The committee provided supper for the occasion. The next gathering is on October 24 when a representative of the Bethany Trust will speak to members. Meetings are held in Kelso North at 7.30pm.


New head

The new head teacher for both the Academy and primary schools in the town, and also Canonbie primary, is Justin Sinclair, who is currently teaching at Dumfries. He starts his new job on December 6. A new primary school is presently under construction just next to the Academy.


A synthetic sports pitch may be built on the school field if planning approval is given. An application has been submitted by Dumfries and Galloway Council which also comprises six floodlighting columns and spectator railings.



President Janette Waldie introduced Andrew Caldwell and his wife, Ann, of Caldwells Luxury Ice Cream, Innerleithen. Andrew is the third generation of the family whose business was established in 1911. Members were told about the procedure of producing cream making. The couple brought a selection of their ice cream and members enjoyed generous helpings. Hostess and vote of thanks – Liz Dalgliesh. Ann Caldwell judged the competitions – dessert in wine glass – 1, Wendy Paterson; 2, Lil Millar; 3, Joyce Black; prettiest sundae dish – 1, Anne Strangeways; 2, Janet Laidlaw; 3, Wendy Paterson. The next meeting is in the primary school on November 12 at 7.30pm featuring Dr David Long, Spottiswoode, on “Plant hunting in China”. Competitions – pot plant and jar of chutney.


Lauderdale News AGM will be held at 7pm in the Town Hall on October 23.


Social evening

Last Wednesday a social evening was held in Makerstoun Hall when Lady Mary presented the gardens cups to Ian Little, best vegetables; Ann and John Piercy, best all-year-round garden; Geordie and John Duncan and Cameron Pringle, best junior garden. Sucklawridge Cottages received a prize for best community gardens. Competitions on the night results – best basket of vegetables – 1, Ian Little; 2, Nicolas Biddulph; 3, Graham Easson; best three blooms – 1, Jim Wilson; 2, Sybil King; 3, Ian Little; best pot plant – 1, Pamela Jeffrey; 2, George Duncan; 3, Joan Duncan; juniors cup cake – 1, Adele Femenias; 2, Clement Femenias; 3, Rebecca Easson. A light-hearted evening was enjoyed by all and resulted in £133 being raised for hall funds.



See Kelso section.

Coffee morning

The coffee morning for Kalewater Lunch Club raised £315.


Marie France Taylor introduced Joyce Luby who demonstrated making gift boxes. Most of the members went home with a gift box they had made. Brenda Dixon gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – fridge magnet – 1, Wilma Horlock; 2, Mary Pringle; 3, Margaret Blackmore; tablet – 1, Lizzie Thomson; 2, Libby Thomson; 3, Margaret Blackmore.


The badminton club resumes on October 21 in the village hall at 7pm.


Welfare group

The group, which looks after elderly and disabled people in the village, has been nominated for the Lloyds Banking Group and Bank of Scotland Community Fund award – and out of thousands of entries has been shortlisted to the final four. The decision on the final award is judged by the number of votes each group gains – closing date is November 1. Vote online at www.bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund or text VOTE VKQD to 82332. People can also go to a Bank of Scotland branch and get a voting form, placing it in the box labelled Newcastleton Old People’s Welfare Group. Members hold coffee mornings and raffles to raise money, and also run the welfare car scheme free of charge, taking people for hospital appointments, visits, shopping, surgeries and clinics. Two bus trips are organised by the group each year and there is an afternoon tea with entertainment which helps to brighten up the winter months. There is also a monthly lunch club.


A craft fair in the village hall in aid of Help for Heroes raised more than £1,500. This was the third event of its kind organised by Linda Taylor in memory of her ex-soldier husband.


Coffee morning

The senior citizens’ coffee morning held on October 12 in the village hall raised in excess of £600.


Tea dance

October 18 sees the latest fortnightly tea dance held in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club (2-4pm). More information on 01835 862565.

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Tweedbank Playgroup has organised three fundraising events – a Coco Belle shopping evening on October 25 (7.30pm) at Herges; Halloween party for under-fives on October 27 (1-3pm) at Tweedbank Community Centre (tickets on the door); table-top sale on December 1 (11am-2pm) at Tweedbank Community Centre. To hire a table, phone/text 07841 757970 or email vicechairtwdbnkplaygroup@outlook.com.


Film club

The club begins its 13th season on October 18 with the Japanese film “I Wish”. On October 26, it is screening a fundraiser for UN International Day Of The Girl – “Girl Rising” – at the County Hotel (7.30pm). More information about both events on 01750 21697.


Yarrowford’s contribution to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Care realised £1,021.55.


Flu jabs

Kelso Health Centre is providing flu jabs at the village surgery on October 24 (8.30-10.30am).


Work has already started on building the November bonfire at its usual site on the Playing Field. Once again the evening, including firework display, will be run by Yetholm Community Council. Further details will appear on the noticeboard for village events.

Coffee morning

Yetholm’s participation in the Macmillan World’s Largest Coffee Morning raised £500 for the cancer charity.


Long-standing community councillor David Edgar, of Kirk Yetholm, has retired. He will be missed, particularly for his efforts in providing village Christmas trees and festive lights.


The annual charities fair will take place in the Wauchope Hall on November 2 (10 30am- 1 30pm).


The village Scrabble club now meets in the Youth Hall on Wednesdays (2-4pm). Anyone interested is welcome.