District News



The next community cafe will be held in the village hall on November 20 at 11am.



The meeting on November 18 is to be held in the upper hall, and not the vestibule, as previously published.



A service of remembrance was held on Sunday at the war memorial at Caddonfoot Church. It was led by the Reverend Marion Dodd and wreaths were laid ahead of the two minutes’ silence by Councillor Gavin Logan, Joyce Brown, Alistair Black, Tom Brown and Dave Hartley. Royal British Legion members were in attendance. The names of the fallen in two world wars were read by Bill Birch. During the earlier service, poppies were laid on the communion table and verses read by members of CY (Caddonfoot Youth) and others. Lessons were read by Fay Brydon. There was a retiring collection for the Earl Haig Fund. On Saturday, the church held its annual coffee morning and sale of work in the Volunteer Hall, raising more than £1,000. Bible study continues today (Thursday) from 5-6pm in Trinity Church



Chris Jagger and Jenni Williams jointly conducted the service at the war memorial last Sunday morning when two minutes’ silence was observed at 11am and the roll of honour read by Paul Williams. Bandsman Kenneth Hill sounded the Last Post and Reveille, while piper Iain Bell played the Lament. Jack Smith laid the wreath for the Royal British Legion, Jim Fleming for the community council and Ronnie Mowbray for Canonbie Probus club. Wreaths were also laid for the Guides by Amy Farrer and for the Brownies by Amy Kinstrey and Kelly Green. A service followed later in the United Parish Church which was conducted by Andrew Morton. The Guides and Brownies marched to the church with their colours. A short act of remembrance was also held a few miles away at Claygate.



The Lothian Hall AGM will be held in the hall on November 20 at 7 pm.



A short service was conducted at the war memorial by the Reverend Julie Woods on Sunday morning. Piper and standard bearer were Bruce Hastie and George Goodfellow respectively. Wreaths were laid by – Royal British Legion Scotland, Robert Bell; women’s section of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Jennifer Bryson; armed forces, Lt Col. (retd) Norman Robertson MBE BEM; Scottish Borders Council, Michael Scott; community council, Brian Thorburn; Rotary, Robert Turnbull; Red Cross, Andrew Lees; Scouts, Rory Seabrook (flag bearer, Max Timoney); Girl Guides, Amy Stephens (flag bearer, Alice Fyfe); Brownies, Lara Reid.


Earlston Curling Club is holding a “come-and-try” at Kelso ice rink on November 22. To find out more, contact Bill Byers (01896 849425) or Wendy Henderson (01896 848033).


A bingo, cheese and wine evening is being held at the rugby club on November 22 at 7.30pm to raise funds for Earlston’s Christmas lights.

Craft fair

Earlston’s Christmas craft fair will be hosted by the Red Lion Hotel on November 16 from 11am.

Citizen of the Year

Nomination forms are available at Donaldson Butchers, Costcutter and Turnbull Chemists – but they must be completed and submitted by tomorrow (Friday) via boxes located in these premises.


A total of 69 shoeboxes were handed in for the Blythswood Appeal. The service on November 17 at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. On November 21 the church will be open from 11am, with a short led service at noon.

Camera club

Former press photographer and picture editor Rod Sibbald entertained members at the latest meeting. The former Galashiels Academy pupil worked for local, regional and national newspapers during his career, and gave his audience an insight into the skills required. He judged the competition, entitled “Every picture tells a story” – digital – 1, Allan Drummond; 2 and 3, John Smith; print – 1, Roddy Beatson; 2, Curtis Welsh; 3, Angela Jewell.  

Wednesday Club

Last week members and friends enjoyed a trip to The Gyle shopping centre, Edinburgh, and are grateful for an Age Scotland donation which went towards the cost of the coach. The annual coffee morning held in Hanover Close on November 2 realised £404.70. The next meeting, in the church hall, is on November 20 when the competition will be “A Country Scene Photograph”. Members should bring their payment for the Christmas lunch.



The village hall AGM is on November 21 at 7.30pm.



On Sunday afternoon the Reverend Scott McCarthy held a service of remembrance at Eskdalemuir war memorial where wreaths were laid for the community council and church.



On Sunday afternoon the Reverend Scott McCarthy conducted a short service of remembrance where wreaths were laid on behalf of the community council and church.



Members meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on November 20 for a Christmas decorations demonstration and the AGM (remember voting forms). Competitions – small autumn arrangement and a teapot. October competitions – apple tart on a plate – 1, Dorothy Small; 2, Margaret Robertson; wooden article – 1, Christine Sinclair; 2, Irene Scott.


Heart charity

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is inviting the public to a Meet the BHF event at 7-9pm on November 18 in Langlee Community Centre, Marigold Drive. Heather Gregory, fundraising volunteer manager for BHF Scotland, said: “The ‘Meet the BHF’ event is an opportunity to find out more about our local work and to meet some of the great people who are volunteering to support us. These local heroes are the power behind our life-saving research. We look forward to meeting the local community and telling them how they are helping us to fight back. You will also hear how you can become a local hero by joining the fight for every heartbeat.”



At the AGM last Wednesday, a new committee was elected and will meet on November 26 to form a new syllabus. The rural took first prize in the inter-institute section of the federation show held in Springwood Park, Kelso, last Friday and Saturday. The theme was a musical and Glendouglas chose Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.


Sandra and Harry Jeffrey held a dance in Glendouglas Hall, raising £1,020 towards tackling dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. The couple are grateful to those who supported the event, and provided raffle prizes and donations. Music was supplied by the Stuart Anderson Scottish Dance Band.


Bridge club

November 5 – SBU Autumn Pairs – 1, V. Johnstone and D. Usher; 2, K. Auckland and D. King; 3. S. White and J. Urquhart; 4, L. and T. Witten.


A business meeting was held last week when conveners gave their committee reports on future plans. Gus Neilson (foundation) said a film night had been arranged for January 17 when “Sunshine on Leith” would be featured, the proceeds going to Rotary’s “End Polio Now” programme. Mairhi Trickett (international) reported that 110 boxes of Christmas gifts had been despatched to eastern Europe, while treasurer Bob Kellet gave a satisfactory report on the club’s finances. George Rennie (vocational/community) informed members that 32 copies of a Rotary “Dictionary for Life” would be supplied next spring to P6 at Burnfoot Community School. The President’s Dinner is to be held on November 29 at Mansfield Park Function Suite.

Camera club

The second monthly competition – landscape/seascape – took place last Thursday, with John Peters judging entries. Projected images – 1, Reflections by Sel Messer; 2, Loch Morlick by Dennis Laing; 3, Poppy Field by Ali Graham. Mounted prints – 1, Smailholm Mains Folly by Ali Graham; 2, Misty Torridon by George Sudlow; 3, Berwick Lighthouse by George Sudlow. Novice – 1 and 2, Ailsa Craig and Kippford Estuary, both by Norma Graham. The November 21 meeting features the people competition, with Mark Davey judging entries.


A carer at the Buccleuch Care Centre will tomorrow (Friday) be recognised at an evening awards ceremony celebrating the independent care home sector in Scotland. Rikki Cunningham is a finalist in the Carer of the Year category at the Scottish Care Awards 2013. He will learn the result at the awards ceremony to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.



A large number of townsfolk gathered for Innerleithen’s act of remembrance on Sunday at 12.30pm at the war memorial. The service was conducted by the Reverend Janice Faris (parish church) and Father Rybka (St James’). Wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion (Jim Calder), Church of Scotland (Rita Bean), Innerleithen and District Community Council (Paul Faris), Scottish Borders Council (Graham Garvie), Guide Association (Brownies Alice Harrison and Hallie Murray) and Scout Association (Beavers Kai McTeir-Hay and Calum Bauld). St Ronan’s Silver Band, conducted by David Robb, led the praise. Steven Gibb of Innerleithen Pipe Band played the lament and the silence was broken by Douglas Couchman of the Silver Band who sounded the Last Post and Reveille.


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

Operatic society

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a general meeting for the presentation of accounts on November 27 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7pm.

Coffee morning

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


The November 17 service in Innerleithen Church starts at 11.30am, followed by a service at St Ronan’s House at 4pm



Members were given a talk by Ailsa Davey, the Rotary Young Leadership candidate from Jedburgh Grammar School, who they sponsored to attend a residential course at Ardroig, near Abernethy, on Loch Tay. She explained how the experience had benefited her in terms of confidence and skills, as well as problem-solving. Ailsa was faced with many challenges, including, mountain climbing, canoeing, abseiling, and raft and shelter building. At the end of her talk Ailsa was presented with her Rotary Youth Leadership Awards certificate. On October 31 members enjoyed a talk from Archie McLean, director of Border Toyota. He related how he had moved from a career in insurance to become an independent trainer and consultant before being offered the opportunity to take on the Toyota franchise at St Boswells. Rotary ladies held a bazaar in the British Legion Club on November 1 to raise funds for local charities. The President’s Night was held a week later in the new Jedburgh Bowling Club. During the evening members were entertained by the Oxnam Valley Choir. The evening also included presentations of Paul Harris Awards for outstanding Rotary service to Eddie Muir and Mike Brydon.


Howdenburn Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are having a Christmas fair and coffee evening on November 18 at Howdenburn Primary School (6.30-8pm).

Bridge club

November 4 – Scottish Bridge Union Autumn Pairs – N/S – 1, M. Forsythe and P. Harris; 2, N. Porter and S. Graham; 3, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; E/W – 1 (equal), M. and H. Ouldcott, R. Oates and S. West; 3, B. and I. Middleton.


Rangers fans

Borders Bears Race Day on November 23 – names to Jim Vass (01573 226240).


Kelso North and Ednam Parish Church guild members met, under the leadership of Irene Urquhart, to hear David Biddulph, of the Bethany Trust, founded 30 years ago. The trust owns a house in Leith which can accommodate 17 men, aged 18 to 65, who wish to recover from an addictive lifestyle. Mr Biddulph gave a insight into the work that this charity does.

Museum friends

Friends of Kelso Museum held their AGM on November 6 when all officers were re-elected. Charlie Robertson then gave a presentation on the first 100 years of the Border Union Show. The third talk in the November lecture series will be held on the 20th in the Abbey Row Centre at 7.30pm – Mary Craig will present “Border Lepers – the shamed and the shunned”.

WRI show

The theme for the biannual Roxburghshire federation show at Springwood Park was “That’s Entertainment”. and the exhibits were true to the theme. The Inter Group entries were entitled “Hooray for Hollywood” and the victor was Group K with a black-and-white theme. Jacqueline Bigwood (Appletreehall) won the Playfair Hannay Cup for best individual entry with a poster for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. The Inter-Institute Competition, “Musical, stage or screen”, proved to be victorious for Glendouglas, lifting the Somerville Trophy with “Joseph and the amazing technicolour Dreamcoat”. The Lilliesleaf Cup for most outstanding exhibit in the Inter-

Institute class went to Kath Gallon (Towford). The Inter-Institute Competition for four photographs was entitled “Sunset or Sunrise”, with reference to “Fiddler on the Roof”, was won by Eckford. M. C. Hornby (Towford) was awarded the Edna Young Memorial Trophy for best photograph in the individual section. Other classes which followed the theme were in floral art, where the Janet Warden Cup went to Elizabeth Jackson (Burnfoot). Other trophies awarded were the Lady Fairfax-Lucy Cup to Morebattle for their glove puppet made from recycled materials, the Inter-institute Cup(institute with 25 or more members) to Midlem, and for less than 25 members, Makerstoun. Individuals who won cups were June Robertson (Wilton Dean), who received the Mary Palmer Douglas Cup for highest aggregate in handcraft classes, and Grierson Cup for best exhibit in knitting and crochet; Isa Yeomans for her apple tart; Joan Duncan (Makerstoun) received the Brooks Cup for the highest aggregate in baking; Isobel Halliday (Appletreehall) took the Constance Gordon Cup for highest aggregate in preserves and produce; Constance Inglis Cup for best exhibit in handcraft classes, embroidery, sewing and craft, and the Maxwellheugh Salver (best embroidery exhibit) were awarded to Margaret Taylor of Bedrule; The Jean Holmes Cup (best plain sewing exhibit) was lifted by Hermitage’s Jean Elliott;.Shona Morison (Cogsmill) received the Joyce Menzies Cup for best exhibit in baking and Pickwell Salver for highest aggregate in sweets; Anderson Salver (best cooking exhibit) was won by Sheena Galloway (Midlem); silver medal best gingerbread, Rose Cameron (St Boswells); Mary B. Jamieson Trophy for best exhibit in novice handcrafts, Avril Wittering (Hermitage). Judith Zlolkowski of Makerstoun was judged to have the best exhibit in the novice baking and received the Anne Kennedy Cup, while the shield for top exhibit in the novice floral arrangement class was awarded to Sheena Nelson (Burnfoot), who also won the Shetland Trophy for best exhibit outwith the winning entries (chairman’s choice). The Junior Section Shield for under-10s was shared by Ella Penman (Midlem) and Kym Cessford (Morebattle), with the shield for 10-14 years going to Helen Clyne (Wilton Dean). The trophies were presented by Eileen Mercer.

Bridge club

November 6 – Rose Bowl 2 – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 2, Avril Ronald and Jon Bridger; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 2, Stuart Graham and Ian Watson; 3, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts. November 7 – Millennium Trophy 6 – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; E/W – 1, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger.

Thursday Group

Members heard a presentation on “Kelso High School 2013” by the head boy and girl (Calum Potts and Louise Crombie), and their deputes (Cameron Gillie and Molly Ingledew). Today, Jan Beattie will talk about the work of the Lavender Touch charity at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre.



The march to the parish church on Sunday was under parade leader Alex Maxwell, formerly of the KOSB, and headed by the pipe band. The Queen’s colours were carried by ex-Navy man Derek Nordon and the branch colours by Colin Tedham, formerly of the KOSB. They were followed by the flags of various youth organisations. The church service was taken by the Reverend Scott McCarthy, and the readings given by Irving Stuart who, during the war, had been on the Arctic convoys, and Alistair Paisley, representing the youth organisations. Langholm Town Band provided music for the service. During the act of remembrance piper Craig Irving played the Lament and bandsman Nicole Weatherstone the Last Post and Reveille. After the church service the parade marched to Buccleuch Park where a short service was conducted by Mr McCarthy at the war memorial. Among those representing the organisations who laid wreaths were – John Reid (Royal British Legion); Irving Stuart (Royal Navy); Donald Waldie (Army); Joe Donaldson (Royal Air Force). David Stevenson laid a wreath on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant and among the organisations who laid wreaths were representatives from the community council, Scouts, church, fire and rescue service, day centre, Probus and Rotary clubs, Lodge Eskdale Kilwinning, Castle Craigs Club and Pie Club.

Town Band

The Scottish Borders Brass Band Association’s entertainment contest took place in the town hall at Jedburgh, and among the competitors was the Town Band which, under the direction of Chris Shanks,

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competed in the third section, finishing seventh overall. This meant they finished third in their section. The Town Band is holding a concert in the Buccleuch Centre on December 7.

Craft fair

A good number of people from the town made the short journey to support the annual craft fayre in aid of Canonbie United Parish Church which was held in the village hall. The sum of £1,911 was raised.



The Trading Post is hosting a Christmas market on November 16 and 17 to launch its community Curiosity Shop, which will offer a market place for local independent crafters and community groups raising funds. There will also be a Santa’s grotto run by Youth 2 Day.

Historical society

Paul Brough will give an illustrated talk entitled “Flodden 1513” on November 20 at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall.



Members shared their craft-making skills regarding needlework, painting, scrapbook and card-making, dressing dolls and paper flowers. Competitions – toffee – 1, Margaret Ingles; 2, Margaret Milne; 3, Marjorie Mabon; animal ornament – 1, Grace Aitchison; 2, Margaret Ingles; 3, Janette Stott. The raffle was won by Janette Stott and Sheila Waugh. The next meeting is the Christmas party on December 5.



A wreath was laid at the war memorial by Lord Biddulph on behalf of the parish on Sunday. This was followed by a short service in Makerstoun Kirk, led by session clerk Jim Smith.

Poppy collection

The sum of £247.50 was collected from the sale of poppies in Makerstoun parish. The convener, Lady Mary Biddulph, is grateful to collectors Mrs Wilson, Mrs Fleming and Geordie Duncan, and all who gave so generously.


Sixty people turned up in the grounds of Makerstoun House on November 5 to watch the bonfire being lit by Lord Biddulph and Colin Pringle, both of whom also set off the fireworks. The guy was made by Jodie, and soup, sausages and rolls were served by Lady Mary Biddulph.



St Mary’s, Melrose, paid their by-now annual visit, marching up the brae from Leaderfoot to Newstead, and going on to see the Synton Hill hoard of silver denarii at the Ormiston, followed by the anticipated favourite – the costumes – and a little souvenir hunting. Friday morning saw museum visitors from the National Museum in Edinburgh and SBC museums and galleries Service. The Edinburgh colleagues were checking over the 2013 season’s loan of the little terracotta horse from a shrine at Trimontium as well as the copper alloy protectors from the pommels of the Trimontium saddle. Next season’s loan is to be, as usual, a surprise. The 228 silver denarii were off to Tweeddale Museums and Scott’s Selkirk, before returning to Melrose in the spring.


The service on the Weirhill was preceded by the organisations’ parade from the Market Square to the war memorial, accompanied by the pipe band. The Reverend Alistair Bennett conducted the service and the Reverend Philip Blackledge preached the sermon. The choir sang “Let there be peace on earth”, conducted by Jim Letham. Jim Marshall was at the organ.


Activities –November 14 (10am) and November 18 (7.30pm) – study group on “The Historical Jesus”; November 16 – 7.30pm, Greenwood Trio; November 17 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); church magazine deadline; November 21 – 7.30pm, kirk session; November 24 – Melrose communion at 11am (retiring offering for project fund; Food bank collection is ongoing weekly.


Coffee morning

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


Dr Ian Clark gave a talk entitled “A Pisky Cuckoo in a Presby Nest” at last Thursday’s meeting. Olive Anderson gave the vote of thanks. Arrangements were made for the annual dinner on December 4.

Folk night

A night with Kelso Folk Club will be held in the Templehall Hotel on November 23 at 8.30pm in aid of the flower show and village hall. There will also be a bottle draw – tickets from the hotel and village shop.


Burns Night

Copshaw Common Riding Burns Night was held this month in order to secure a better choice of speakers. Tub Gillian McGimpsey carried in the haggis, headed by piper Roddy McIntyre from Jedburgh. At and at the back was Left Leg Man Barry Jackson carrying the flag. The address to the haggis was given by Alan Atkinson. Chief guest was Hawick historian Ian Landles, who captured the audience with an engrossing Immortal Memory. The toast to Copshawholm was proposed by Brian Hunter from Thornhill, with Gary Cuthbert replying. John Dodd (Brampton) toasted The Lassies and the reply came from author and former TV presenter Gilly Fraser. Alan Atkinson proposed the toast to The Guests and the toast to the chairman came from Ian Landles. Tam O’ Shanter and Holy Willie’s Prayer were in the capable hands of John Tullie from Teviothead. There were also recitations from Helen Morrison. Bonchester’s Henry Douglas sang for the company and there was accordion music from Roger Dobson, with his daughter Carol on fiddle and Mark McDougal playing keyboard.



Newmill and Teviothead members enjoyed an early Christmas dinner at Mosspaul Inn on November 5. During a short business session, Sheila Gray was made an honorary member of the rural. The points cup for competitions was won by Muriel Baptie (30 points), followed by Gill Francombe (15) and Caroline Tullie (12). Two rural calendars are still available to members. The next meeting is on December 3 when the topic will be “Easy suppers by The Nutcrackers”. Competitions – a jar of homemade mincemeat and a favourite Christmas tree decoration. Subs will also be due on that date.



The next meeting is on November 20 when Mellaine Acey will give a demonstration on gift wrapping. Competition – “Something to keep you warm”.


Coffee morning

Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band is holding a coffee morning in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on November 16 (10am-noon).


Antiquarian society

The November 20 meeting at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Church hall features at talk by Walter Elliot – “Walter’s Swansong – 60 Years of Field Walking”. Details of the society’s syllabus is available on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.


The Haining Christmas fair will be held on November 16 and 17 (10.30am-4pm).



At the November meeting Lisa Haig, from the Beauty Retreat, gave a make-up demonstration, explaining the products used on Gaynor, one of the members. She also showed the art of threading to get rid of unwanted hair. June Brown gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – jar of fruit curd – 1, Erica Smith; 2, Brenda Waring; 3, Frances Rogers; decorated nail file – 1, Margaret Mitchell; 2, Frances Rogers; 3, Avril Purves. The raffle was won by Meg Black. The next meeting is on December 3 – the Christmas meal at the Cross Keys. Meet at the village hall at 6.45pm so that transport can be arranged.


A St Andrew’s Night dance will be held in the village hall on November 23 (7pm).



At an act of remembrance on Sunday, wreaths were laid by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Catherine Maxwell Stuart, Jim Calder and Norman Donald on behalf of the British Legion, community council and Church of Scotland.


The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on November 24 at 10am.


Race night

November 16 sees Walkerburn Rugby Club host a race night. Horses and jockeys can be bought in advance through players and committee members. Call Russell Blackhall (01896 831604) for more information.

Ladies’ event

Walkerburn Rugby Club is hosting a ladies’ pre-Christmas event on November 23 (2-5pm). Tickets from Jan at Dress Sense in Innerleithen, or call Paula on 01896 831604.


The service in Walkerburn Public Hall on November 17 will be at 10 am.



The Reverend Scott McCarthy conducted a short service at the war memorial where wreaths were laid for the church and community council. The group then walked up to the churchyard where a cross and poppy were set at the grave of Pte John Grieve, who was in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders No 9 Commando and buried in May 1943, aged 24.



The AGM is on November 19 at 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall. There will be a Christmas flowers demonstration. Competition – Christmas Table centre decoration (natural or artificial flowers).

Bonfire night

This event is one of the few supervised displays in the area and attracted great support from the village and further afield. Congratulations to organisers Yetholm Community Council and Daniel Gillies, who lit the fireworks, as well as to the ladies who served soup and refreshments, and to those in charge of the torchlight procession. After expenses, the evening raised just under £400. The village shop ladies who dressed up as witches at Halloween collected £30 for the fireworks.

History society

Copies of the society’s programme of events for the 2013-14 season are being distributed in the village. Of immediate interest is a trip on November 19 to Liddesdale Heritage Centre in Newcasleton where members hope to get ideas for their proposed heritage centre in the former Mission Hall.

Shepherds’ show

The show committee held a supper in the Wauchope Hall.

Coffee morning

The primary school is holding a coffee morning on November 23 in the Wauchope Hall.