District News


Chinese cookery

Evonne Weilun Eade gave a demonstration of Chinese home cooking at the village hall, realising £306 for the Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group.



Fran Selkirk, from Ashkirk, conducted morning service on Sunday in Caddonfoot Church. Jo Lawson read the lesson.



Running alongside the Border Bogie Challenge at Denholm on Saturday is the May fair on the green and car boot sale. Vehicles welcome from 8am at the car boot sale, although advance bookings can be made through Gwen Crew (01450 870236).


Parish church

The May 25 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods and, from noon, there will be a soup lunch in the manse in aid of Christian Aid. The kirk session meets in the church hall at 7.30pm on May 29. The summer edition of the church magazine will be delivered in early June.

Women’s group

The outing on May 24 to Floors Castle will leave from The Square at 1pm. Any suggestions for next season’s syllabus should be given to committee members.



A social evening and presentation will take place on June 4 (7 for 7.30pm) for 2014 Jethart Callant Jack Fraser and his henchman. There will be a buffet meal and entertainment by Jedforest Junior Instrumental Band. Anyone who wants to attend, or for more information, contact Christine (01835 840246 or p10caw@aol.com).


Coffee morning

A coffee morning and table-top sale will be held in Trinity Church on May 31 (10am-noon), with the proceeds going to Bright Stars Under-5s Playgroup. Individual tables are available for selling – contact 07599 278320.



Monthly whist drive – ladies – 1, Maureen Gibson; 2, Jenny Blakie; 3, Greta Middleton; booby, Melissa Brodie; gents – 1, Alistair Hogey; 2, Dorothy Corrie; 3, Angus Cameron; booby, Irene Millar. The bingo was won by Christine Ballantyne.

Lunch club

Visitors this month had a choice of soups and were able to buy plants donated by Mary Beaton and Ena Lunn.



There was no meeting of the Rotary club last week due to the Homecoming Parade and unveiling of statues. The next club event is a coffee morning in Trinity Church Hall on May 24 (10am-noon). The proceeds will be donated to two international projects– Go-go Olive which helps women in Zimbabwe develop business outlets to help support themselves and their families; and Roll out the Barrel which supplies aquaroll barrels to African villages for carrying water from well or spring.

Bridge club

May 13 – 1, Marian and John Miller; 2, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan; 3, Mike Tuson and Bob Witherington.



The visitors’ night was also the group K rally, which the rural shared with Makerstoun who took over as lead institute in March. Entertainment was provided by accordionist Stuart Anderson. Heiton members served a finger-buffet supper, while Makerstoun ladies looked after a raffle and sales table. Competition – ornament with a Scottish connection – visitors – 1, Lesley Stewart (Makerstoun); 2, Dot Lee (Yetholm); 3, Cathy Wilkie (Stitchill); members – 1, Evelyn Gillespie; 2, Lesley Abernethy; 3, Jan McDonald.


Plant sale

Innerleithen Civic Association will hold its annual plant sale on the forecourt of the Memorial Hall on May 24 (7am-noon), with proceeds going towards the 2014 Christmas lights.

Family fun

The annual Family Fun Day is on June 1 in Victoria Park. Running from 1-5pm, attractions feature stalls, roundabouts, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, sports, balloon race, cake and candy, books, CDs and bric-a-brac, as well as raffles and tombola. There will be a cricket match in Vale Park, starting at 10am, with Commonwealth Passport sports sessions during the afternoon. Live music will be provided by the Silver, Pipe and Future bands. A car boot sale has been organised in the small car park. To book a place, take a stall, or make any other enquiry about the Fun Day, phone 01896 831721.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association’s annual coffee morning is on May 24 in the Vale Club ( 10am-noon).


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


The annual general meeting of Innerleithen Senior Citizens’ Club will take place on May 28 in Vale of Leithen Social Club at 2pm. There will be a bring-and-buy sale and raffle after the business part of the meeting. There are places available for the trip to Hexham on June 3 – contact Margaret McDermott (01896 831249).

Community council

Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on June 2 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.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on June 11 at 7pm in the council chamber, Leithen Road.


Sunday’s Innerleithen Church service begins at 11.30am.


Blood donors

At the blood-donor session on May 11, 142 volunteers offered to give blood and 124 donations were made. There were nine new donors.


Bridge club

May 8 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman; E/W – 1, Jon Bridger and Gerry Eglington; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, Miles Browne and Richard Oates. May 14 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Alison Ireland and Russell Watt; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; E/W – 1, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; 2, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Mary and Nigel Lindsay. May 15 - pairs – 1, Annie Mitchell and Lynda Douglas; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, John and Marian Miller; 4, Rena Stewart and Myra Thomson; 5, Brian Saywood and Russell Watt; 6, Sheena McPherson and John Urquhart.


A quiz night is being held on May 28 at the White Swan, with proceeds going to the Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group. Teams of four (entry £10) should clock in soon after 7.30pm, with the quiz starting at 8pm.


The next meeting of Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild is on May 27 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre when Mary Lock will give a talk and slide show entitled “Inspired by Italy”. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).

Charity choice

Sainsbury’s Kelso is calling on customers to cast their votes and help a registered local charity receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support. From May 28-June 8, they will be able to vote for their favourite local cause either in store or by visiting www.sainsburys.co.uk/localcharity. The retailer’s Local Charity scheme is now in its sixth year.

Plant sale

A plant and paperback book sale is being held at Kelso North Church on May 24 from 9am-noon. There will also be a display and sale of wood-turning, as well as tea, coffee and home baking. Proceeds to church funds.


A farmers’ market will be held on May 24.



The Rotary club made its annual presentation of cheques in the Crown Hotel to the organisations who took part in the sponsored umbrella walk in the town and Canonbie in March. Rotarians also made awards for community service and young citizen of the year. The winner of the community service award was Jake Little, who had been nominated by Neil Stewart, and has been involved with the rugby club for more than 40 years. He played for the 1stXV until 1987 and was captain in the 1984/85 season. Jake has been on the committee for the last 26 years and has covered a number of roles at Milntown, including Colts coach, 1stXV coach, president 2011-13 and director of rugby. Such was the quality of the candidates for the young citizen of the year award that two were chosen. Adam Hogg and Alasdair Phillips joined the Scouts at a young age and have progressed through the various sections. During their time with the group they have taken part in various camps and activities, and the experience they have gained has led to them being selected for the world jamboree in Japan. It is a great honour for the group to have two Scouts selected from the town, as only one other person has been chosen from Dumfriesshire. They have also worked closely with the moorland officer as part of their badge work. During this time they have helped out at far more events than was necessary to complete the badge. The total raised by the 29 organisations doing the walk was £9,066 – and £4,500 was added by three local trusts, making it the sixth consecutive year that more than £10,000 has been raised and is the highest individual year. The trusts supporting the walk were David Stevenson, Arthur Bell, and John and Mary Elliot Memorial. The umbrella walk was first held in 1998 and, with the exception of 2000 and 2001, has featured annually since. In total, over £90,000 has been raised by walkers and £40,000 donated by the trusts.

Sponsored walk

The young riders’ club held its annual sponsored walk up to the monument and back. After early rain, it was dry for the event and £1,535 was raised for funds. The trek was led by newly-elected Cornet Dale Irving, along with his Right and Left-Hand Men, Alasdair Cavers and Andrew Elliot. The club, which has over 60 members, has been running 12 years and Dale is the first to come up through the club to be elected Cornet.


There was a surprise at the pipe band concert in the Buccleuch Centre last Sunday. Depute Lord Lieutenant David Stevenson stepped out in front of the audience just after the interval to make a toast to drummer Lennie Bell, and several gifts were presented by band members. Lennie joined the pipe band in 1954. He has committed four nights a week to drumming and training young drummers. He became the band’s leading drummer in 1960 and continues to hold that position today. Mr Stevenson gave a short history of the band which was formed in 1900 and played at around 25 community and charity events a year. He mentioned some of the most prestigious occasions, such as when Neil Armstrong was made Freeman of the Burgh of Langholm in 1972, for the Queen of Denmark when on an exchange visit in 1978 and at the Lord Mayor’s parade in London in 1988. Mr Stevenson said that perhaps the greatest achievement was winning the Braemar Gathering Shield in 2009.



At the Berwickshire Federation Show, Lauder members Janette Waldie, Kathleen Thomson and Liz Dalgliesh – entering the “Back to Basics” competition for four queen cakes, four oven scones and four ginger snaps – took second place. Janette, Liz and Christine Riddell were awarded prizes for their individual entries.


Book signing

Australian author Jeanette Harvey will be signing copies of her book, Sisters of The Bruce, at Mason’s Bookshop on May 31 between 11am and 3pm. The publication, though a work of fiction, follows the lives of Robert the Bruce’s five sisters. More about Jeanette and her passion for Scottish history is available via her blog, sistersofthebruce.wordpress.com.

Parish church

May 22 – church magazine deadline; May 25 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); May 28 – midweek service and lunch; May 31 – 7.30pm, Holy Trinity concert for organ appeal.

Family history

Borders Family History Society is to hold its AGM and a talk on the Guild of One Name Studies by Lorna Kinnaird on May 25 at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange. Lorna will be sharing her experience of genealogy, in particular benefits guild membership can offer.


Last Thursday’s Trimontium walkers were the first to see the new coloured and updated information panels on the two observation platforms on the Newstead-Leaderfoot road. The trust is grateful to Stuart Cochrane and Murray Wellwood, of Clear Colour, for undertaking the work. After the walkers had had their tea in Newstead village hall and departed, their buzz of conversation was replaced by a continuous, loud “cheep, cheep” of a bird in distress. It had apparently fallen from a nest in the hall roof and was found on the floor behind the ventilator in the blocked-up fireplace. It was transferred to hall chairman John Brown’s shirt pocket and, after some overnight TLC from Sandra Brown, was due to be collected by the SSPCA next morning.



A sociable evening in Denholm

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village hall was enjoyed by members and guests from seven neighbouring rurals (Appletreehall, Bedrule, Burnfoot, Eckford, Edgerston, Glendouglas, and Newmill and Teviothead). Jo Hanson demonstrated sewing and embroidery, ranging from applique tapestry, patchwork quilts, dresses from her student days to a dress for a child taking part in the Hawick Hornshole gathering. A supper of home-made scones and cakes followe. The vote of thanks to Jo was proposed by Janice Palmer (Minto WRI), and the vote of thanks from the visitors by Liz Jackson (Roxburghshire federation chair). Competition – unfinished article – visitors – 1, Gil Francombe; Minto members – 1, Ann Reid; 2, Anne Joyce; 3, Brenda Hanson; 4, Sheila Marshall.



Drew Gibson won the fly-fishing competition on Friday night. The fishing club coffee morning will be held in the institute on May 31 at 10.30am.


Mary Pringle, president, welcomed Lesley from Beadelicious who showed how to make a bracelet. Sheila Elliot gave the vote of thanks. Names were taken for the outing to the smokery. Competitions – edible necklace – 1, Brenda Dixon; 2, Angela Cook; 3, Helen Cessford; key ring – 1, Lizzie Thomson; 2, Brenda Dixon; 3, Grace Cessford.

Festival Week

An open meeting to discuss Festival Week will be held in the village hall on May 28 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and put forward ideas.


Coffee morning

The floral group held a coffee morning and plant sale in aid of funds in the village hall, raising £624. As well as plants, there was a white elephant stall, raffle and children’s planting corner where youngsters were shown how to fill pots etc. The money will be used for various things, including looking after the flower beds which the group have now taken over from the council.



The Forman Memorial Hall has received funding for insulation from the Climate Challenge Fund and there is to be a showcase day at the premises on May 25 (11am-4pm). Featured will be energy-saving ideas and a display from the groups who use the hall.



Sunday’s services were conducted by the Reverend Jim Wallace who spoke about the five-year review by presbytery which he and his team had been conducting at Heriot and Stow. This Saturday sees the annual coffee morning in the MacFie Hall, Heriot (10am).


Nixiwaka Yawanawá, a 27-year-old Yawanawá Indian from Brazil, is to give a talk at the primary school on May 23 at 11am. He is currently undertaking a tour of schools and universities in the UK to raise awareness of the plight of Amazon Indians in Brazil on behalf of tribal rights organisation Survival International.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on June 15 at 10am.