District News



Members and guests were spellbound by Isabel Smyth’s “Nun’s Story”, after which she judged the competitions – guests’ favourite scarf – 1, Margaret Rutter (Midlem); members’ favourite brooch – 1, Joyce Smith; 2, Barbara Wathen; 3, Anne Wilkie.



Members welcomed Frances Armstrong who gave them a talk about traybakes. She brought along tasters for everyone – and they went down well with a cup of tea. The competition for a muffin was won by Val Douglas, with Helen Cavers second. The other competition was won by JoanHogarth, with Jeanette Farquhar runner-up.



At the latest meeting of Caddonfoot Hall committee, arrangements were made for the AGM to be held on May 6 at 7pm at the hall. A ceilidh will be held on Saturday, June 7, with music by Paul Capaldi and Friends. There will be free return transport from the Clovenfords Hotel and Craigmyle.

Tickets can be obtained from Joan (07527 800301).


Easter chickens and eggs were the order of the day on Sunday when the service was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley. The chicks, admired by the congregation, were probably surprised to get a tour of the church, while after the hunt for Easter eggs hidden in the pews, the children and adults went outside to roll their eggs. The church was full for the service at which the lessons were read by Joyce Brown. Ecumenical services continued last week in various churches – at Our Lady and St Andrew, Stow’s St Mary of Wedale and Heriot, and Baptist churches – concluding with an informal/supper communion for Caddonfoot and Trinity in Trinity on Maundy Thursday and Communion in Caddonfoot on Friday.


Parish church

The service on Sunday, April 27, at 10.15am will be conducted by Hanna Fawcett. The deadline for church magazine articles is May 5.

Coffee morning

Earlston Bowling Club raised in excess of £300 at a Hanover House coffee morning last Saturday. Organisers are grateful to everyone who supported this event, including those who donated home baking and prizes.



Charlie Robertson gave members and visitors a talk on the history and formation of the 200-year-old Border Union Show – there is no longer a prize for the farm worker with most children! The prize winners for the farm animal ornaments chosen by Charlie were Ina Cowe, Annetter Fraser and Alma Elliot. Margaret Linton baked the best marshmallow slice and Carol Wilson-Green was runner-up.


Slide show

Chris Veitch is to give a talk and slide show on April 25 at 7pm. He will speak about recreating the Jedburgh town trail from 1913. Bring and share supper. Contact Christine for further information on 01835 840246.



Caroline Green gave a talk on the life of Marie Curie and the work that the cancer charity covers. Competitions – savoury dip – 1, Marion MacIntosh; 2, Marjory Tennant; holiday souvenir – 1, Marion MacIntosh; 2, Alison Blackadder; 3, Isla Guthrie. The next talk is on May 14 – Caldwell’s Ice Cream. The rural is running a baking stall at the village coffee morning on Saturday, May 3.



Guests from residential and sheltered accommodation around the town enjoyed a lunch in the rugby club organised by Galashiels Rotary Club. Around 80 people attended and were treated to a soup and pud lunch before being entertained by Jimmy Gold and taking part in the free raffle. Afterwards, guests were transported home by Gala Wheels.


Lunch Club

The monthly lunch club was once again well attended.


Monthly whist drive results – ladies – 1, Evelyn Taylor; 2, May Tinlin; 3, Hannah Wilson; booby, Cath Turner; gents – 1, Alistair Peterson; 2, Izzy Brodie; 3, Robert Armstrong; booby, Peter Hedley; bingo, Ann Kellet.


Glen Douglas Rural on 7th May is to be “ Salads for the Summer.” Competition is a Cup Cake.


Bridge club

April 15 – 1, R. Francombe and V. Macpherson; 2, P.Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, J. and M. Miller; 4, M. Tuson and R. Witherington.


Teviotdale Harriers stalwart Jake Coltman addressed the club at its latest meeting. A Harrier since 1956, as well as competing athletically, he has held most posts as well as co-writing the 100th anniversary book. Jake outlined the club’s history since its formation in 1889 – it is the third oldest athletics club in Scotland. Members compete annually for the oldest club trophy in the country – the cross-country races held on Hawick Moor. In 1912 a member, R. H. Burton, competed in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and several have since competed in Commonweath Games and international events. The club obtained its own home during the 1950s in Bath Street – an old air raid shelter – later moved to several other premises and since 2009 has operated from the Round Close. Jake related the occasions from 1922-24 when Olympic champion Eric Liddell competed in the amateur common riding games. Jake presented the club with a copy of his 100th anniversary book.


War centenary

The centenary of the First World War is being marked at St Ronan’s Primary School with Primary 6 pupils and their families researching their history and gathering information, artefacts and memorabilia from this time in history. Some are studying the impact of the Great War on Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn. Working with Scottish Borders Council’s community learning and development staff and freelance author/creative-writing tutor Maggie Elliott, it is hoped that lots of information will be gathered over the coming months which will be displayed for the school and the community to see. A meeting will be held in the school on April 28 at 6.30pm for anyone interested in getting involved in this project. More information is available from Jan Lister (jlister@scotborders.gov.uk or 01896 830349).


There will be a concert in Innerleithen Church of Scotland on April 26 at 7pm with St Ronan’s Future Band and Tweeddale Folk Group. Tickets can be obtained from Adam’s Bakers or pay at the door. Proceeds will be split with the two organisations and Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn Church Buildings Fund.


Inspiring Innerleithen, in conjunction with the community trust, community council, Rotary Club and St Ronan’s Primary School, aim to hold a Plantathon on April 27 (2-4pm) at the Innerleithen end of the shared pathway (Tweedside Railway Path). Everyone is welcome and should bring along gardening tools such as rakes, spades and forks and, if possible, a plant or two to plant alongside the path. The children will be creating a bee and butterfly haven with thousands of seeds provided by Thompson and Morgan. Meet at the start of the shared pathway in Traquair Road.Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Silver Band

The Silver Band will perform a concert on May 10 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. It will also feature St Ronan’s Future Band. Tickets are available from John Adam’s Bakery and the Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, or from Robb’s KeyStore, Peebles. They can also be ordered by sending a stamped addressed envelope to St Ronan’s Silver Band, 21 Miller Street, Innerleithen, EH44 6QR. Cheques should be payable to “St Ronan’s Silver Band”. Contact 01896 831721 or KJBelleville@aol.com for more information.

Community centre

Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on May 5 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.

School fair

St Ronan’s Primary School will hold a spring fair at the school on May 8 (6-8pm).

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on May 8 at 7pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall.

Introduction night

The 2014 St Ronan’s Standard Bearer will be introduced to the public on May 9 in the Memorial Hall at 8pm. Other introductions taking place on this date are the Standard Bearer’s Lass, Principal Guest and the Lady Busser. The town bands will play outside the hall from 7pm. Following the introduction ceremony, Innerleithen Pipe Band will lead the principals and townsfolk on a short parade, ending up back at the Memorial Hall forecourt where the Standard Bearer’s Reel will be danced.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association will hold its annual coffee morning on May 24 in the Vale Club, from 10am-noon.


St Ronan’s Standard Bearer’s Ball will be held on July 12 in the St Ronan’s Marquee. Tickets will be on sale on May 31 from 8am at Foresters, Wells Brae. They cost £32.50 each and payment must be handed in at this time with a note of exact requirements. Maximum of 12 tickets per table and dress is strictly formal. Cheques should be made payable to “St Ronan’s Border Games.”


The Innerleithen Church service on Sunday, April 27, starts at 11.30am.


Old and Trinity Church

The church was the venue on Good Friday for a presentation about an imaginary conversation between the two disciples of Jesus, Peter (Richard Gordon) and Judas (Rod Fay), who reflected on the events leading up to the crucifixion. The scenes were set by projecting onto a backdrop, and with singing interspersing the different sections, the whole event was dramatic, challenging and memorable.



Abbey Row Community Centre is holding its annual general meeting in the premises on April 29 at 7.15pm. All user groups are requested to send a representative, and parents of young people using the facility are particularly welcome.


A farmers’ market will be held in The Square on April 26 (9.30am-1.30pm).

Spring tea

On April 30 at 2pm, St Andrew’s Church Women’s Fellowship is holding its annual spring tea in the church and church garden. Stalls include home baking, books and plants, and there will be a raffle. Funds raised go towards the building of new disabled access and disabled toilet at the church.

Thursday Group

Members learned about the great Tapestry of Scotland project when Sally Scott-Aiton and Fiona Brown explained the processes for the two panels embroidered by the Smailholm Stitchers. Today (Thursday) is the final meeting until October when Isabel Gordon will review the past season and look to 2014-15 – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. The group lunch is on May 1 – to book, ring 01573 224753.

Bridge club

April 16 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Miles Browne and John Urquhart; 2, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; 3, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart. April 17 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Jim Stone and Annie Mitchell; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, John and Marian Miller; E/W – 1, Stuart Graham and Val Fairbairn; 2, Donald Swanson and Avril Ronald; 3, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington.


BHF fundraiser

Chairperson Betty Edgar welcomed everyone to the local branch of the British Heart Foundation afternoon tea

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fundraiser in the Day Centre which realised about£320.


The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will be at the Buccleuch Centre on May 7, from 2.30-3.45pm and 5.15-7.30pm. Blood donations wanted.



The April meeting saw both members and visitors attend a Sainsbury’s cookery demonstration when Cathy Burns showed her audience three courses and gave hints and tips. She also donated prizes for the raffle. This month’s competition was for a Victoria sponge – 1, Sheila Lanza; 2, Valerie Mayo; 3, Grace Aitchison.


Melrose Opera

Thoughts are moving on to casting The Mikado which is planned for March 2015. Prospective new members are urged to contact Melrose Opera – all voices – see www.melroseopera.com for members’ information. Auditions for principal roles will be held on June 9. Audition pieces available soon. Contact Melrose Opera by email at info@melroseopera.com or phone 01835 822425. Chorus auditions are held by individual arrangement.


Easter Sunday saw a triple celebration – 40 people on the saddle of the Eildons at 8.30am, communion at Bowden at 9.30am and morning worship at Melrose at 11am. The hillclimbers arrived at Melrose church hall afterwards for bacon rolls, while the youngsters at Melrose had a taste of chocolate and the adults Hot Cross Buns. Jim Letham conducted the choir through two anthems (with applause), accompanied by Jim Marshall, who revelled in the Easter music. Activities – April 24, 2.30pm, guild, Cameron Buttle, “From the BBC...”; May 11-17, collectors wanted for Christian Aid Week; May 5, Zimbe deadline.


Last Thursday’s trek saw an interested group – and a new trust member. After Monday’s initial Old Melrose walk of the season (the next is on May 5), yesterday (Wednesday) Galashiels’ Burgh school undertook the Route March/Museum double. Today (Thursday) at 7.30pm, the Corn Exchange is the setting for a Trimontium lecture. Dr Nick Hodgson, of Tyne and Wear Museums, will talk on “The Impact of Hadrian’s Wall”.



At Liddesdale Ladies’ Amenities Group (LLAGs) annual general meeting, chairperson Alice Forster welcomed everyone and thanked them for all their hard work throughout the year. It was a successful year of fundraising and LLAGs will be presenting cheques to three local groups at the annual coffee morning in the village hall on April 26. Proceeds from the coffee morning will be donated to the local First Responders. Committee – chairperson, Alice Forster; vice-chairperson, Marion Bogg; secretary, Helen Craven; treasurer and photography Kathryn Bell; book club, Betty Wilson, Bertha Inglis and Jeannie Oliver; history roll, Bertha Inglis and Rita Bogg.


Coffee morning

The good weather encouraged a good attendance and the scoffing of Hot Cross Buns at last Saturday’s Easter coffee morning at Newstead Village Hall. The raffle was well patronised under John Brown and Martin Neilson, and applications were invited for teams for the forthcoming quiz night.



Secretary Elaine Thornton-Nicol welcomed members and a large number of guests from local branches to the rural’s 65th birthday party. Music and entertainment was provided by Diane and Dougie, followed by supper. Competition – hand-made 65th birthday card – 1, Margaret Luke; 2, Janette Corcoran. Margaret Luke was presented with the cup for most competition points over the previous year. Four Newtown members enjoyed the hospitality of Bowden WRI as guests April 9. The next meeting is an outing on May 1 – venue and pick-up time to be advised.

Spring clean

The village spring clean/litterpick will take place on April 27 (10am-noon), meeting at the Community Wing. All adults and children welcome – supervision and equipment will be provided.



Dinah Iredale gave an interesting talk and slide show about the bondagers who worked in the Borders. Her DVDs sold well. Competition – Easter bonnet – 1, Anne Wood; 2, Jackie Pinkerton; 3, Sylvia Thomson. The next meeting is on May 21 – AGM and taste and try Commonwealth-themed night.



The next service in Traquair Kirk is on Sunday, April 27, beginning at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on May 18 (10am).


Coffee morning

Yetholm Festival Week committee staged a coffee morning in the Wauchope Hall on Saturday when more than £300 was raised. The next festival function is on May 2 when the 2014 principals will be announced and formally installed.


At Wauchope Hall’s annual general meeting, chairman Jim Cockburn reported on a busy year and treasurer Pat Young delivered a healthy financial statement. Both were re-elected, but Jim indicated this would be his final year.

Cheviot Churches

At a congregational meeting last Sunday, it was agreed to seek to change the name of Yetholm ,Morebattle, Hownam and Linton Churches to Cheviot Churches: Church of Scotland. Coffee mornings will again be held in the Upper Room at Yetholm Church from 10.30am-noon each Wednesday during the summer, starting May 7.


A new festival week CD by Garry Cleghorn has gone on sale at the village shop and other venues. Of particular interest is The Yetholm Song and a track, “Yetholm Day”, featuring the Kelso-Yetholm rideout.


The DVD of “The Border Collie Story” will be given a public showing on Tuesday, May 13, in the Wauchope Hall. Taking part are Bill Elliot and Bert Redpath, both of Yetholm. The launch of the DVD at the Maltings, Berwick, was a great success. See story on page 35.