District News


Coffee morning

A coffee morning held on Saturday in aid of Ancrum Fete raised £392.



Sunday’s service was led by the Reverend Marion Dodd and the lessons read by Atholl Innes, including the gospel from the Glasgow Bible. Next Sunday homage will be paid to the fallen at the war memorial after the service. There will be a retiring collection for the Earl Haig Fund. The annual sale of work and coffee morning will be held in the Volunteer Hall on Saturday (10am-noon). Donations for the cake and candy, raffle and book stall welcome.


Craft and coffee

A craft and coffee morning organised by Scottish Borders Wood Turners in Lothian Hall on November 9 runs from 10am-2pm.


Coffee morning

The women’s section of Earlston Royal British Legion branch is holding a coffee morning in Hanover Close on November 9 (10am-noon). Homemade Christmas mince pies and scones will be served.


Earlston Community Council is able to offer grant funding up to a maximum of £200. The closing date for the next round of funding is November 20. For further information contact karen.scott1@sky.com or any councillor.

Parish church

Today (Thursday) the church will be open from 11am for quiet reflection with a short led service at noon. The Remembrance service in the church on November 10 starts at 9.45am, followed by the Act of Remembrance in the square at 11am. On November 13, Bible study is at 10am in Hanover Lounge. Later in the day, there will be a short service in the church at 7pm. There will be a Traidcraft sale in Melrose Parish Church on November 8 (3-7pm) and 9 (10am-1pm).

Women’s group

The Christmas meal is at Rhymers Tower Cafe on December 6 – names to Lesley Cowe.


Earlston Twinning Group holds its AGM on November 18 at 7.30pm in the Black Bull.


Food fair

The village hall is the venue for a Christmas food fair, featuring local suppliers, on November 17 (11am-3pm). Further information is available from Sheila Campbell (sheilaeckford@hotmail.com; 01835 850219).


Evenings featuring the work of Borders poet Will H. Ogilvie will be held in the village hall on November 29 and 30 (7pm). Tickets from Norrie Fraser (01835 850213), Charlie Robertson (01835 850203) or Bruce Kinnoch (01835 850324).


Rotary club

Gala Works is a new charity which helps young Borderers learn skills needed to find employment, members heard. Mark Timmins, local manager of the charity, explained how it worked with 16 to 24-year-olds.



An art exhibition was organised by Alan and Cath Turner, with lots of entries from local artists.


Old-time and ceildh dancing classes will be held today (Thursday) from 8pm. On November 9, there will be an old-time dance with James Coutts and his Scottish Dance Band, starting at 7.30pm.


The monthly whist drive is on November 11 at 7.30pm.

Lunch club

The lunch club meets on November 13 (11.30am-1.30pm).


Bridge club

October 29 – N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 3, S. White and J. Urquhart; E/W – 1, V. Macpherson and R. Francombe; 2 (equal), V. Johnstone and D. Usher, L. and T. Witten.


Head boy and girl, Hamish Marshall and Kristie Waugh, spoke about their days at Hawick High School where both are in their sixth year and awaiting places at university. Kristie, a former pupil of Denholm Primary School, found the move up to high school rather daunting, but had settled in to a successful period of her life. As well as the educational aspects, she shone at sport, especially swimming, where she reached national finals. She found the extra-curricular activities rewarding and went on school trips to the battlefields of Normandy, a jungle experience in Brunei and went with the school to Sierra Leone. She hopes to teach geography. Hamish, who attended Wilton Primary School, also undertook school trips which he found character-building experiences. His non-academic interests lay in music and he has applied this in being a member of the town’s Saxhorn Band. Questions from members followed and Ron Sutherland gave the vote of thanks.

Film and Video Group

Jean Tait presented a second evening of films produced by fellow member clubs within the Scottish Association of Moviemakers (SAM). The meeting on November 12 is entitled “My Kind of Music” when members submit their films featuring their favourite type of music.

Craft fair

Borders Exploration Group is running a ladies’ Christmas craft fair in the Evergreen Hall on November 15 (7-9.30pm). Tickets are available from The Flower Pot in High Street or Lorna Farquharson (07960 522010).



Morning service at Innerleithen Church at 11.30am on November 10 will be followed by a Remembrance service at the war memorial about 12.30pm.


Innerleithen and District AOS is holding a craft fair and table-top sale in the Memorial Hall on November 16 (9.30am-12.30pm).

Enrolment week

Parents of children who are due to start Primary 1 in August 2014 (age five by February 28, 2015) must enrol during the week beginning November 18. Forms will be available from the St Ronan’s school office that week – birth certificate and proof of address should be produced. Even if parents are considering applying for another year in nursery, they must still enrol their child for P1 at this stage.


St Ronan’s Bowling Club AGM will be held on November 25 in the Union Club at 7pm.


St Ronan’s Primary School’s Christmas fair is on November 28 in the school from 6-8pm.


Historical society

A large audience was captivated by author Alistair Moffat’s talk on “Scotland’s DNA”. He outlined the project, which is creating a historical gene map of Scotland’s people, and explained how DNA mapping worked. The range of contributions to Scotland’s people included markers from North African desert tribesmen whose DNA had shown up in Scotland. The next meeting is on November 14 when Paul Brough, from the Heritage Hub in Hawick, will talk about the work of the Hub and Border Archives, with particular reference to Jedburgh. The event starts at 7.30pm in the British Legion.


Howdenburn Primary School’s Christmas fair tomorrow (Friday) runs from (7-9pm).

Bridge club

October 28 – N/S – 1, R. Stewart and V. Johnstone; 2, R. Oaters and S. West; 3, D. and P. Palmer; E/W – 1, M. Forsythe and M. Miller; 2.M. and H. Ouldcott; 3, S. McLachlan and J . Portch.


Bridge club

October 30 – SBU Autumn Pairs – 1, Brian and Brenda Lumley; 2, Mary Millar and Val Johnstone; 3, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 4 (equal), Brian Saywood and Ken Ross, and Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 5, Jim and Mary Stone. October 31 – Calchou Cup 4 – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and John Hayton; 2, Pauline Smart and Helenor Pratt; 3, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin.

Thursday Group

Members were urged to head for the countryside by Fiona Martynoga and collect Scotland’s wild harvest of herbs, berries, nuts and fruits. Today Lady (Bridget) McEwen speaks about Polish soldiers in the Borders during the Second World War at the Abbey Row Centre (2pm).

Amateur dramatics

Kelso Amateur Dramatic Society is staging Post Horn Gallop – a three-act farce – in the Tait Hall on November 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are available from Hector Innes, cast members or at the door. There is also a two-course, pre-theatre meal at the Waggon Inn on the Saturday.


The next meeting of Abbey Quilters will be on November 12 at 7pm in Abbey Row when Sandra Kinnoch will demonstrate foundation piecing. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414) or Sandra Kinnoch (01835 850324).

Museum Friends

The second talk in Friends of Kelso Museum’s November series of lectures will be held on the 13th in the Abbey Row Centre at 7.30pm when Chris Burgess will present “Flodden 500”.


FutureKelso meets tonight (Thursday) to hold an EGM and business meeting in the Abbey Row at 7pm.

Open meeting

Dyslexia Scotland Borders has organised an open meeting from 7-9pm tonight (Thursday) in the Cross Keys Hotel. Ruth Holmes, Scottish Borders Council community librarian, and Alison Tayor, who specialises in supporting children through information and communications technolgy, will be in attendance.


Kelso Rotarians presented their Citizen of the Year Award to ex-provost and current community councillor Fiona Scott for her work on behalf of the town and its people over the last 12 years. The honour particularly recognises her involvement as civic leader and secretary of FutureKelso in the Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is bringing about the renewing of pavements and development of a traffic management scheme. In addition to Fiona’s work in the setting up of Kelso Allotment Society, she acted for four years as honorary president of Kelso Laddies’ Association and was to the fore in the campaign to bring a supermarket to Kelso, culminating with Fiona, along with her predecessor, Margaret Riddell, being asked to open the Sainsbury’s store in October 2011.


The next Four Border Abbeys Group open meeting is on November 11 at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club featuring a talk by Emma Emmerson from Woodside Gardens.

Bingo night

Seasons is staging a Chocolate Bingo Night on November 15. For further information about this and other Kelso Youth Project events, email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com


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Art exhibition

The gallery at the Town Hall is currently showing an art exhibition by Vi Graham and day centre friends. The event was opened by Alan Weatherstone, who was presented with a bottle of whisky by young art class member Emma Robertson. Vi and her husband, Charlie, along with Alan, sang for the company. The art class members meet up on an irregular friendly basis – usually only a couple of times a month – to share their knowledge and develop their painting skills.


The mothers and toddlers group organised a fundraiser in the Buccleuch Centre last Saturday morning under the name of “Bump, Babies and Beyond”, realising more than £600. The money will be used to buy toys.



Gaelic in the Borders is hosting a “Ceilidh House” on Friday, November 15, at 7.45pm in the village hall. The event features informal entertainment with music, song and story in Gaelic and English. Vocal or instrumental contributions welcome. A soup and pudding supper will be provided.



Activities – today (Thursday), guild, Jim Marshall, celebration tea; tomorrow and Saturday – Traidcraft sale; November 10 – Remembrance services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10.45am); 7.30pm, Abbey Consort; Poppy appeal this week; Food bank donations received every week.


Will Murray, of West Linton and the Scottish Conservation Studio at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, delivered the third and final lecture of the Trimontium autumn series last Thursday. He set conservation in the wide context of textile and paper, as well as that of coins and metal. He gave instances of recent work, including at Abbotsford. The treatment of the coins in the lab involved not only the use of formic and other acids, but also more than 1,000 photographs of the coins in the various stages of cleaning. At Provost William Windram’s invitation, Ishbel Gordon proposed a vote of thanks. The final walk of the season took place last Thursday, probably the first ever undertaken after the clocks went back. Fortunately it was a good afternoon, but the party turned back for tea after visiting the Leaderfoot Viaduct and reached Melrose in the gloaming. The museum closed on Friday, unless for parties which make a special arrangement on 01896 822651. The museum opens again in April.

Literary society

Professor Ian Campbell, from Edinburgh University, last week talked about “David Masson and Thomas Carlyle: a great friendship”. He spoke of Carlyle’s early life, the 12,000 letters he wrote which are being published, and read extracts from some of Masson’s books. The next gathering is a joint meeting of the society and Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association in the town’s parish church hall on November 12 (7.30pm) when Catherine Maxwell Stuart (Lady Laird of Traquair) and archivist Margaret Fox present a talk based on their book, “The Stuarts at Traquair: 1491-1875”. Further details are available from Peter Hoad (01896 823852).



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garden fete in July, and flower festival to commemorate the Battle of Flodden, realised £1,035 and £772 respectively.


Guild members will gather today (Thursday) in the institute at 7.30pm when Dr Ian Clark will speak on the theme of “A Pisky Cuckoo in a Presby Nest”.


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Pupils from Our Lady and St Joseph’s School attended mass in St Joseph’s Church on Thursday. There will be a presentation to Father Robert Afayori, who has moved to Berwickshire, in St Joseph’s Church hall on November 17 at 2.30pm.


Parish church

On Sunday, November 17, at 10.30am, morning service at St Boswells Parish Church will take the form of a celebration to mark the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the Church Guild in the village. Any former members who live elsewhere in the Borders are welcome to attend.


St Boswells Church Christmas fair in the village hall starts at 2pm on November 16.


Members enjoyed their hospitality night which featured a talk and demonstration from Emma Emerson of Woodside Gardens. The next meeting is on November 12 and will include a craft demonstration by Margaret Wintrop.



On November 10, morning service at 9.30am will be followed by a Remembrance service at the war memorial at 10.50am.



A recycling-inspired entry created by Tweedbank Rainbows was crowned winner of Bowhill House and Country Estate’s best-dressed scarecrow competition as part of its annual harvest fun celebrations. The estate, near Selkirk, set a green theme in this Year of Natural Scotland, inspiring those who entered to become more eco-friendly. All of the straw effigies put forward to take part in the contest were displayed along the estate’s walking trail where the winner was decided by public vote. “Olivia”, created by Tweedbank Rainbows, adopted a waste-not, want-not attitude. The Rainbows received a £100 prize.


Shopping night

The primary school’s parent council is holding a ladies’ Christmas shopping evening on November 21 (6.30-8.30pm) in the school.


The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, November 17, starting at 10am.



At the AGM, the following were elected – president, Margaret Robinson; vice-president, Evelyn Horsburgh; treasurer, Hannah Young; secretary, Margaret Watson. Committee – Linda Bradshaw, Annie Coltherd, Betty Fraser, Gill Kerr, Jean Scott and Jane Telfer. The cup for most points over last season was shared by Annie Coltherd and Hannah Young. The points for most entries was won by Linda Bradshaw. Monthly raffle – Norma Stuart. The meeting also heard tales from Zippy Nomad – a WI member who is travelling the country by campervan, visiting as many WI meetings as possible and writing a blog. The next meeting is on November 12 and will feature a talk on “My life in Teaching”.



The Borders Pool Cup for under-18s starts on November 14 at 7pm. To enter, bring £1 to the Youth Hall on the night. Further information – ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com.


The village charities fair took place in the Wauchope Hall last Saturday. Sadly, the number of participating charities were fewer than in the past. But this was more than made up for by the numbers attending for the social side. There was a brisk demand for coffees and light lunches.


A Youth Hall whist drive is to be held on November 12 (7.30pm).


Yetholm will be well represented in Kelso Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of the farce Post Horn Gallop in the Tait Hall on November 14, 15 and 16. Tickets can be purchased from Hector Innes in The Square. Villagers taking part are Zoe Keddie, Susan Stewart,Alastair Turnbull and Patrick Griffen.


Scottish Borders Council has installed a clothes recycling depository next to the bottle bank which is adjacent to the Playing Field.


There is a possibility that a Pilates group can be formed to serve Yetholm, Morebattle and the surrounding areas. Further information is available from the village shop.

Film night

The latest film night is on November 9 (7pm) when Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown in the Wauchope Hall.


See Morebattle section.