District News



Members enjoyed their Christmas meal at The Clock Tower in Jedburgh. Competition – best-wrapped present – 1, Sharon MacKenzie; 2, Teela Ferguson; 3, Janice Palmer. The next meeting is on February 19 (Craft Corners).


Pupils’ show

It was an exciting time at the village primary school last Thursday night when the P3, 4-and 5 pupils delighted their families and friends at their Christmas show– Titanic. The children had been learning about the sea disaster in class and had the stage made up like the ship, along with lifeboats.


Parish church

The December 29 end-of-year service of lessons and carols starts at 10.15am. The service on Sunday, January 5 starts at 10.15am and will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. A session meeting will be held at 7.30pm in the church hall lounge on Wednesday, January 8.

Camera club

Members enjoyed a presentation from Mike Reynolds at their last meeting of 2013. He gave money-saving photography tips, covering everything from the uses of cereal packets to making your own lightbox, with some trivia thrown in too. Mike then judged the competition – Reaction/Emotion – digital – 1, Allan Drummond; 2, Jackie Cummings; 3, Angela Jewell; print – 1, Curtis Welsh; 2, Allan Drummond; 3, Barbara Greer.



Galashiels Rotarians again had a successful Christmas collection for international projects, raising more than £1,020 over two days in Tesco. The money will be split between Jaipur Limb, a project which makes artificial legs, and Aquafilters, which provide safe drinking water for people in developing countries or disaster areas.


Volunteers are wanted for the community council clean-up of the Ladhope Burn area on Saturday, January 4 (10am-noon). They should meet at the car park at the foot of Ladhope Drive. More information is available by telephoning Rick Kenney on 01896 755275/07801 793 349, or Alastair Lings (01896 757861/07763 850087



Innerleithen Church – service on January 5 at 10.30am.


Thursday Group

At the Christmas tea, Trevor Black entertained members with anecdotes about his life in antiques. He also spoke about and valued members’ items. The sum of £72 will go towards the purchase fund for Kelso Abbey by Margaret Peach (on show at the library). Will those who took home dishes or cloths not their own ring Isabel on 01573 224753. The spring syllabus is available and will be sent to members, and starts on January 9.

Bridge club

December 18 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Jean McLaren and Alison Ireland; 2, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 3, Sheila Urquhart and Evelyn Erskine; E/W – 1, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson. December 19 – Millennium Trophy 8 – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, Pauline Smart and Helenor Pratt; 3, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson.


A service of nine lessons and carols was held last Sunday at Ednam Church, while Kelso North was well filled for all-age worship for Advent. The pews were filled on Thursday morning (S1-S3) and afternoon (S4-S6) when staff and students from the local high school held Christmas services at Kelso North. On Friday morning it was the turn of Broomlands Primary School to occupy the pews for their festive service. On December 29, there will be only one service at Kelso North (10.30am), with a single service on January 5 at Ednam (10.30am).


Accordion club

Guests at the accordion and fiddle club meeting in the Royal British Legion clubrooms last Wednesday were Garry Forrest from Jedburgh (accordion) and Roddy Matthews from Newcastle (fiddle). They were helped out for the evening by Robin Waitt from Claygate, playing second box, and local Robert Willens was on the drums. Compere Adam Grant welcomed a slightly-fewer number of musicians than usual, but there was still an enthusiastic audience. Also on accordion were Billy Bell of Carlisle, Kenny White from the Rigg, Deryn Waitt of Claygate and James Lawrie from Gilsland, who was accompanied by his brother, Murdo Lawrie, on drums. Hawick’s Jock Thompson was also present on drums, while and Ian Wilson from Crawford played piano.

Junior band

There was a good turnout of youngsters for the junior band Christmas party in the band hall. The young musicians and tutors recently played at the local primary, and also at Canonbie primary school, to encourage others to join, as regulars continue to move up to the senior band.


The Castle Craigs Club presented cheques to representatives of local causes in the Crown Hotel. The club raised the money from a “Stars In Your Eyes” night in March in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. The sum of £200 each went to the Town Band, Pipe Band, Day Centre, Christmas lights and Westerkirk Ex-servicemen’s Hall. Another £100 each went to the Archive Group and Beavers.



Christmas Day services will be held at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am), and at the same venues and times on December 29.


“Newstead 1911-2011” – the book celebrating James Curle’s 450-page report of 100 years ago and launched by the trust in January – has been nominated for “Archaeology Book of the Year”. Invitations to vote have been issued by Current Archaeology magazine – go to www.archaeology.co.uk/vote.



At the Christmas party held in the institute, Rosie Girvan and Emma Thomson performed Highland dancing, followed by games, festive tea and a sketch from The Steamie by Eileen Woodward and Catherine Mabon. A vote of thanks was given by Mary Pringle.

Lunch club

The lunch club held a Christmas dinner in the Templehall when 23 members and helpers attended.


The school concert was held last week on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon in the school.


The quiz in the Templehall on Saturday, December 28, starts at 7.30pm.


Library cafe

A Christmas special was held on Wednesday, December 18. The event was in aid of the local branch of the MS Society, with more than twice the usual number of visitors enjoying festive delicacies, accompanied by Jamie McKenzie and some of the Oxnam Valley Voices. The hall was decorated in readiness for the children’s Christmas party with the addition of table arrangements made by Cheryl Ladds. The sum realised by donation amounted to £116 and those attending were thanked by Jean Kinghorn, who is the local MS Society organiser. The next library cafe gathering will be in March.



The next Traquair Kirk service is on January 12 at 10am.


Film night

“The Woman in Black” will be shown in the Wauchope Hall on January 4 (6.30pm).