District News



At the October meeting, John Rogerson presented a film show and talk about the Borders, mostly around Ancrum. Competitions – Borders photograph – 1, C. Pringle; 2, R. Sinton; 3, H. Turnbull; Selkirk Bannock – 1, R. Sinton; 2, J. Butler. The next meeting is the AGM on November 13. Competitions – four shortbread fingers and best-dressed haggis.


Local food

Village hall funds will benefit as a result of a local food fair being held at the premises on November 3 (2-5pm). More information from 01450 870506.


A whist drive and dominoes session will be held on November 4 at 7.30pm, with proceeds going to the village hall.



Bowden village hall Christmas fair will be held from 10am-1pm on November 2.



Members had an interesting workshop making Pot et Fleur pots, being encouraged to enter the show next month. Competition for winning display – 1, Elizabeth Bruce; 2, Mary Crone; 3, Jeanette Farquhar. Competition for a small vase – 1, Mary Thomson; 2, Betty Williamson. Next month’s meeting will be held in the vestibule.



The United Parish Church started its monthly soup and sweet lunches in the hall – held throughout the winter –and made £246 for church funds. There was also a table-top sale, and the village Guides had a stall and raffle, raising £66 for a forthcoming event.


Wednesday Club

At the October 23 meeting – the club’s 43rd birthday party – members were entertained with a programme of music by “The Border Tarts”. Kay Brownlie made a presentation to Barbara Hollands for her 90th birthday. The annual coffee morning will be held in Hanover Close on November 2 (10am). Donations gratefully received. The visit to The Gyle shopping centre is on November 6 – friends can join members for this trip. The coach leaves Earlston at 10am. Competition – a coaster – 1, Bunty Mason; 2, Cynthia Sinclair; 3, Grace Forsyth. The next meeting, in the church hall, will be on November 20 when the competition is a country scene photograph.

Citizen of the Year

A combined information sheet and nomination form for the community council’s Citizen of the Year award will be available from tomorrow (Friday) from local shops – Donaldson Butchers, Turnbull Chemists and Costcutter. Return collection boxes for forms will also be located at these premises. Nominations must be submitted no later than November 15.


The service on November 3 will be conducted by members of the worship team. This is also the last day to hand boxes in for the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal. The church will be open for quiet reflection

with a short led service at noon on November 7.

Women’s Group

On November 7 in the church hall at 8pm, speaker Melanie will present gift-wrapping ideas.



Friends of Kirkhope are holding their bonfire on November 2 in aid of school funds. Tickets will be on sale at the school from 5.30pm. A torchlight procession will leave Kirkhope Primary School at 6pm. Soup and rolls will be on sale. Sparklers are no longer permitted at this event.

Hall fundraisers

The next coffee morning and sale will take place on November 2 in the village hall (10am-noon). Anyone with something to sell is welcome to turn up, take a table and give a small donation. Tickets for a concert featuring Kieran Halpin on November 16 (7.30pm) are available from Linda (01750 52257).



The club’s annual outing on October 17 was to Abbotsford House, finishing with a meal at the Kingsknowes Hotel. A joint meeting with Hawick Probus Club last Thursday at the Kingsknowes Hotel – attended by more than 80 – heard a talk by Mary Craig entitled “Border Witches”. She spoke about the 17th-century witch trials, leading to more than 200 executions. The vote of thanks was given by David Davidson, president of the Hawick club. The next meeting is on November 14 at 10am.


Camera club

The first monthly competition took place last Thursday evening with Dr Oliver Eade judging entries. Results – projected images – 1, “Wet & Wild” (dog splashing through water), Mark Hogarth; 2, “Buddha” (heavyweight oriental gentleman), Brian Marriott; 3, “Summer Visitor” (a swallow in full flight), George Sudlow. Novice category – “Riverside Reflections”, Norma Graham. Mounted prints – 1, “Catch” (bird of prey seizing a bird in mid-air), Mark Hogarth; 2, “Canyon Walls” (rock formations formed by wind and weather), John Hill; 3, “Cat Roman Theatre, Orange” (amphitheatre in France), David Fells. The second monthly competition – Landscape/Seascape – will take place on November 7, John Peters ARPS judging. A coffee morning is to be held in Trinity Church Hall on November 2. Helpers are requested to arrive at the hall by 9am.

Bridge club

October 22 – SBU simultaneous pairs – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, J. and M. Miller; 3, S. White and J. Urquhart; 4, M. Tuson and R. Witherington.


Club president Scott Elliot attended the district conference at Ayr, accompanied by Mairhi Trickett, Jack Swanston, Kathleen Stewart, Sandy and Jane Bannerman, and Robin and Margaret Mason. Last week’s meeting heard from the Probus club’s past president, Richard Nichol, who gave an interesting and emotive talk of his early family life. His father, John Bell Nichol, a Hawick man, joined the Royal Artillery just before the 1939-45 war and was posted to Hong Kong. He married a local Chinese women and, because of regulations, had to leave the army. He joined the Hong Kong Naval Police. By this time Richard and later his sister had arrived, and early in the war Japan attacked the colony and Hong Kong surrendered. Richard’s family managed to escape, but their boat was captured and they returned to Hong Kong and incarceration in a prison camp where they spent the rest of the war. In 1942 they were separated from their father who was taken by boat with 1816 other prisoners by the Japanese but, as the ship was not identified as a POW vessel, it was sunk by an American submarine and only 500 survived. His father was rescued by Chinese fishermen and handed over to the Japanese Army, spending the rest of the war in mine camps. After Japan’s defeat, the family were reunited at Liverpool before going to Hawick where they were taken in by the Nichol family.


Community council

Innerleithen and District Community Council meets on November 4 in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.

Coffee morning

Innerleithen Civic Association’s coffee morning in aid of the Christmas lights fund in the Vale Club on November 9 runs from 10am-noon.


St Ronan’s Future Band’s coffee morning held on Saturday realised £430.

Going solo

St Ronan’s Future Band will hold a solo contest on November 9 in St Ronan’s School at 7pm.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Games committee is on November 20 in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, at 7pm.

Vale Club

The Vale Club will host a St Ronan’s Border Games coffee morning on November 30 (10am-noon).

Vote plea

St Ronan’s Primary School has been shortlisted to win £3,000 from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2013. Who wins depends on votes received before tomorrow’s (Friday) deadline and the school has issued an appeal for votes which can be done via three ways – text 82332 with the words VOTE MPNA, follow the link online at http://st-ronans.org.uk/bank-of-scotland-community-fund-vote-for-st-ronans-now/ or visit the Bank of Scotland branches in Peebles, West Linton, Innerleithen, Selkirk or Galashiels (you don’t have to be a Bank of Scotland customer).



Churches Together in Jedburgh are grateful to all who attended the quiz on October 11 in Kenmore Hall. Richard Gordon was question master and £120 was raised for Christian Aid.

Tour fundraiser

Jedforest Mini Rugby is holding a Pampered Chef morning at the Riverside clubrooms on November 10 at 10.30am to raise funds for the P6/7 Easter tour next year.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Jedburgh Christmas lights raised, after deduction of expenses for hall rent, £390.75. Organisers are grateful to those who attended and local traders who were generous in their support. The most recent Christmas lights quiz sheet raised £50. Meanwhile, the community council is again selling “gift” and “memory” lights to raise funds for the town’s festive displays – they’ll be on sale at the Co-op in Jewellers’ Wynd on November 29 and 30.

Bridge club

October 21 – N/S – 1, M. Forsythe and P. Harris; 2, D. and P. Palmer; 3, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; E/W – 1, N. Porter and S. Graham; 2, R. Oates and K. Jackson; 3, B. and I. Middleton.


Ancrum Under-5 Group has organised a sale of clothes, toys and kit for little ones on November 2 (10.30am-1.30pm) at Kenmore Hall, Oxnam Road. Contact Nicola (07939 177511) for more information.



On November 2, Kelso Horticultural Society holds its autumn exhibition in the Tait Hall. Doors open at 1pm, with the presentation of prizes at 4pm.

Bridge club

October 23 – SBU sim. pairs – N/S – 1, Mary Millar and Val Johnstone; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt. October 24 – Calchou Cup 3 – N/S –1, Rena Stewart and Val Johnstone; 2,Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; E/W – 1, Archie Stewart andBilly Potts; 2 (equal), John and Marian Miller, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson.

Thursday Group

Members heard about the first 200 years of the Border Union Agricultural Society from Gareth Baird at their latest meeting. Today (Thursday), S6 pupils present “Kelso High School 2013” at 2pm in the Friends Meeting House, Abbey Row. It is hoped the group will return to the Abbey Row Centre on November 7 – for more information, phone Isabel (01573 224753). Guild - The Guild will be held on Thursday 7th @November with Dr. Ian Clark – Theme A Pisky Cuckoo in a Presby Nest in the Institute at 7.30pm.

Museum friends

The Friends of Kelso Museum’s November series of lectures begins on November 6

in the Abbey Row Centre at 7.30pm. Following the AGM, Charlie Robertson will speak on “The Border Union Show – the first 100 years”.

Youth projects

The f ilm club season continues with “Star Trek: Into Darkness” on November 7 at the Tait Hall (doors open 6pm). Puppet-making workshops with Ruffled Feathers starts on November 7 at 6.30pm at the Abbey Row Community Centre. For a booking form and more information, email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com. There is an introduction to DJ skills and rap over six evening workshops, starting on November 6 at 7.30pm in Abbey Row Community Centre. For a booking form and more information, email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com.



President Jack Rae welcomed a good turnout of 28 members to the club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel and reported on the visit to RAF Spadeadam. Jim Thomson described the arrangements for a visit to the Scottish Parliament on November 27, and the Christmas lunch menu choice slips were handed round. Speaker Kris Williams, headmaster of the James Rennie School at Carlisle, a specialist communications and interaction college founded by Dr Rennie in the 1960s, spoke of the 140 children who attend the school from northern Cumbria and southern Scotland. Their ages range from three to 19 years. Mr Williams illustrated many of the techniques used to help the youngsters overcome their disability and gain access to new experiences, both individually and as a team. Many pupils join the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which teaches independence and self-reliance. Sport, dance and drama are taught and encouraged, with pupils reaching national level in sport and putting on public performances of dance and drama. A vote of thanks was proposed by Bob McLure.


The shoebox appeal run by Samaritan’s Purse will take place in the town again this year. The rugby club has allowed the use of its clubrooms as a collection point and shoeboxes from all over south-west Scotland will be delivered to Milntown for processing before being shipped to countries with needy children. A shoebox full of small, simple gifts can mean the world to youngsters who, in most cases, have nothing. Boxes will be accepted at the rugby club from November 11-21, between 10am and 4pm, or can be dropped off at Latimer’s shop.



Dr and Mrs Eade gave a talk and slide show on China. Competitions – fan – 1, Morag McGlashan; 2, Clare Milne; 3, Kath Runciman; hand-written Chinese proverb – 1, Clare Milne; 2, Ruth Scoular; 3, Margaret Fairburn. The next meeting is on November 20 – AGM and c raft night. Langshaw members will be supporting the Roxburghshire federation show at Springwood Park, Kelso, on November 8 (evening) and 9.



Balmoral was the latest school to march from Leaderfoot to Newstead on a dry-ish Tuesday morning (and escape the downpour while inside the museum), while the Thursday walk was completed in sunshine. Saturday afternoon saw a 71-strong NTS group from Lanarkshire keen to see the coins, gems and artefacts. Trustee Ian Dalton last Thursday gave a talk on how the Roman army organised its feeding, watering and transport. A fully-engaged audience heartily endorsed Keith Hanson’s vote of thanks. Today (Thursday), Will Murray tells the story of the cleaning of the Synton Hill hoard of 228 silver denarii on display in Melrose Museum and owned by the Trimontium Trust. Today (1.30pm) also sees the final walk of the 2013 season.


November 3 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); food bank collection; Shoe Box Appeal deadline; November 4 – Blythswood collection at Melrose Rugby Club (2 .20 -2.50pm); November 8/9 – Traidcraft Christmas sale.

Books launch

On November 8, between 7-9pm, local author Oliver Eade will be in the Lower Hall of the Ormiston Rooms, Corn Exchange, for a launch of his latest two books – The Terminus, a dark time-travel, coming-of-age young adult novel and Lost Whispers, an anthology of short stories for adults inspired by the author’s travels across the globe. The event will be in aid of Edinburgh Sick Kids’ Friends’ Foundation, a charity that raises funds for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Oliver, also a retired Borders General Hospital doctor, and his wife Yvonne are Borders ambassadors for the foundation.

Border Flower Club

Anne Buchan from Crieff was demonstrator for the October meeting and her presentation was entitled “Ladies in the Garden”. She reminded members of Julia Clements who was influential at the start of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies), Lynn Collet, a Scot who was also an inspiring demonstrator, and Carol Klein of the TV Gardening programme. The ladies of Italy in ages past were also very involved in garden designs. Her designs incorporated a garden planter , willow basket and texture work with wool. Her flowers and foliage were well matched to design and containers. Next meeting is on November 6 (7.30pm) in the Corn Exchange with demonstrator Don Billington, from Liverpool, and “Christmas Grotto”.


Tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm, children from the primary school are joining in with the congregation of Holy Trinity and Greener Melrose in planting trees and bulbs as part of an eco-congregation initiative. It’s a way of using church grounds to reduce carbon footprint.

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Morebattle Rural members will gather in the institute on Wednesday, November 13, at 7.15pm to be entertained by the Border Tarts Choir. The competitions are for a jar of chutney and a Christmas candle.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held in the institute on November 16 from at 10.30am in aid of the Air Cadets.

Indoor bowls

Indoor bowls start on November 8 in the village hall at 7pm.

Folk night

A night with Kelso Folk Club will be held in the Templehall Hotel on November 23 at 8.30pm. Tickets from the Templehall and village shop.


Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup is holding an event to celebrate its 40th anniversary on February 22. A meeting at 7.30pm on November 11 in the Templehall will be held to discuss plans and anyone who has been involved with or attended the playgroup during the past four decades is welcome. Organisers are also looking for donations of raffle prizes and people’s services for the night.

Youth projects

See Kelso section.


Senior citizens

Newtown and Eildon Senior Citizens’ Club meets on November 5 (2-4pm) in the Community Wing. Any local resident over the age of 60 is welcome to turn up to enjoy the company and a game of bingo.


Library cafe

The latest library cafe was held on October 16, with Liz and Roy Spowart hosting. The next one is on November 6 when Frank and Margaret Clayton will play host. Come early for cheese scones.


Camera club

Competitions – general (judged by Allan Harkness, proprietor of The Forest Bookstore Ltd) – monochrome – 1, Tea for Two (Aileen Allan); 2, Dee (Bryan Johnstone); 3, Doune Castle (Eileen Nichol); colour – 1, Yellow Rose (Malcolm Henry); 2, Wet Sunday in Venice (Margaret McKinney); 3, Shapes & Shadows (Malcolm Henry); projector images – 1, Leadfoot (Ali Johnston); 2, Canoeist (Brian Johnstone); 3, Geezers (Ali Johnston). Windows and doors competition (judged by Judith Thompson) – monochrome – 1, Pauline Fenton (Knock Knock); 2,Falling to Bits (Jim Anderson); 3, Curved Reflections (Ali Johnston); colour – 1, John Nairn (Going Nowhere); 2, John Nairn (Blue Doors); 3, Queens Gallery Doors (Aileen Allan); projector images – 1, Fire Doors (Bryan Johnstone); 2, Wish I had a door of my Own (Margaret McKinney); 3, Virginia Creeper (Jean Foster). At the November 6 meeting, “Images of Burma” will be presented by Drs James and Hazel Frost (members should bring their monochrome entries).


Youth projects

See Kelso section.


Music night

Yarrow Feus Hall is the venue for a music night on November 9 from 7.30pm, entertainment being provided by Hawick area attractions Rag Tag Band and Humble Scribes. They perform music from the 60s and 70s. Tickets: 01750 82206.

Whist drive

The church whist drive will be held in Yarrow Feus Hall on November 6 at 7.30pm in aid of the church fabric fund.



Anne Yeomans has totted up the money raised from her collection of gnomes and sent £386 to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. Many of the gnomes are named after Yetholm residents and next year will include Karen from the village shop.

Remembrance Sunday

There will be a short service at the war memorial at 9.45am on November 10 when a piper and bugler will be present. A service in the kirk follows at 10am. The retiring collection will be in aid of Poppy Scotland. Meanwhile, house-to-house collections are taking place and collecting boxes are available at various village locations.

Charities fair

The annual village charities fair takes place this Saturday in the Wauchope Hall.

Harvest thanksgiving

A joint parish harvest thanksgiving service took place in Yetholm Parish Kirk, followed by a harvest lunch in the Wauchope Hall. Members from the villages of Morebattle, Linton and Hownam also attended

Festival Week

Yetholm Festival Week Committee is carrying out a survey in the village to ascertain views on the content of the 2014 event. Every house should have received a questionnaire and when completed should be returned to the village shop by November 4.

History society

A meeting is to be held on November 12 in the former Mission Hall at 7.30pm when Natalie Ferguson, of the Royal Scottish Museum, will speak on “Treasure Trove in the Scottish Borders”. All welcome.


Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup is holding a table-top sale in the Wauchope Hall on November 3 (11am-2pm), There will also be a box for any art and craft donations for playgroup children to use.

Youth projects

See Kelso section.