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Parish church

The June 1 service begins at noon. Anyone who needs a lift should ring 01750 32257.



Members enjoyed their open night where representatives of other rurals were invited along to hear how Liberty Star Trading started, and also had a chance to buy some items. The ladies also enjoyed a demonstration on the many different ways to tie a scarf. Rochester WRI members, who were recently twinned with Bedrule, also attended. Competition – bracelet or bangle – visitors – 1, Eileen Law (Glendouglas); 2, Esmie Brown (Rochester): Bedrule – 1, Jackie Chapman; 2, Kathryn Barlow; 3, Lilian Athey. The next meeting is on September 17 at 7.30pm to hear about “A Serial Procrastinator”.



At the May meeting, Augusta Greenlees’s talk, “Saddlesore in Madagascar”, provided interesting information, gleaned from a horseback and rough camping tour, about a most unfamiliar country. In June, an outing will take members to The Woll for a meal and putting. Kathleen Hughes is collecting names for that event.



The May meeting was the AGM. Margaret Mills, president, thanked her office bearers and committee for having organised a syllabus which was varied, with a good selection of speakers and demonstrators. Office bearers for 2014/15 – Margaret Mills, president; Janet Grief, vice-president; Mary Cron, secretary; Joan Turnbull, treasurer. The Rose Bowl awarded for most points in the handicraft competition was won by Helen Cavers, with Val Douglas and Jeanette Farquhar joint second. The fun competition overall winner was Mary Thomson. The next meeting is on June 7 – mystery tour. Bus pick-up point – opposite Kelso North, Bowmont Street, at noon. Contact Mary Cron for seat availability.



The church opened its doors on Friday as part of an open day to allow visitors and others to visit the building and kirkyard, which is presently undergoing work to improve the state of dangerous headstones. Scottish Borders Council, which maintains the kirkyard, initiated the move after an approach by the congregational board. “It was a very successful venture,” said board clerk Atholl Innes. “We had several visitors, who were also able to see the record books. The council was very helpful.” Among the visitors was local councillor Gavin Logan, who said: “This is a huge undertaking by the council and is very much appreciated by the community. These improvements will be evident for many years and will demonstrate a commitment by all to look after our church in its beautiful setting.”

Work is expected to continue for several weeks. On Sunday, the Reverend Elspeth Harley returned from the General Assembly and, along with Trinity (Galashiels) presbytery elder Ed Martin, gave reflections about the event. The Bible was read by Mr Innes, and the congregation said farewell to Jim and Grace Hayes, who are leaving to live in Fife. It was reported that the Christian Aid collection in the district raised £800. The church is looking for new leaders for the Caddonfoot Youth (CY) Group and anyone interested should contact Mrs Harley.



Tweeddale MP David Mundell has donated £200 – cash he received for taking part in surveys – to Cardrona Scout Group to help with the costs involved in sending three of them to Japan for the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015. The Scouts will attend a camp with more than 40,000 other Scouts. The cost of attending is £3,300 per participant. The Scouts and their parents are busy making plans for fundraising events such as bag packs, coffee mornings and bake sales.


Coffee morning

The horticultural society held its plant sale and coffee morning on May 17, raising £637.74. The money will be used to help subsidise the annual show on August 30.


The rugby club stages Earlston Border Games on May 31. As well as the athletics, there is entertainment in the form of bouncy castles, stalls and children’s races. Local events start at 11.30am, with the open ones at 1pm.

Wednesday Club

Last week members enjoyed a demonstration by Donald Ross, showing his skill as a make-up artist. Competition – powder compact – 1, Wilma Moffat; 2, Bunty Mason; 3, Margaret Melrose. The next get-together is the summer trip – a visit to New Lanark on June 4. The coach leaves Earlston Square at 9.45am.

Parish church

The June 1 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The service a week later is the last one for Hanna Fawcett to serve with the congregation as a trainee. A summer worship planning meeting will be held in the manse on June 16 at 7.30pm.



Members enjoyed a beauty therapies evening with Lorna Louvain of Kelso. One volunteered to have her face made up and the others had a hand massage. Competition – small item for a sale of work – 1, Gail Chandler; 2, Alma Elliot; 3, Annette Fraser. The best scarves were brought by Margaret Linton, Margaret Jeary and Chris Robertson. The evening out on June 18 will be a plant demonstration and meal at Woodside, Monteviot.



Galashiels and Langlee Community Council’s AGM will be held in the Burgh Chambers at 6.30pm on June 4.


Galashiels Rotarians opened their own pop-up shop in the town. Over the four days’ opening, more than £1,000 was raised, a total which will let the club support projects both locally and internationally. Goods were donated mainly by members and friends.


This year’s Scottish Borders LGBT Pride Barbecue will celebrate 30 years of the Borders Gay Group. It is being held on June 7 from 2-5pm at St Monan’s (by the post office), Tweed Road, Barbecueing facilities and basic food provided. The event is free, but participants are asked to bring meat to eat and something to drink. Social activities will continue until 8pm. For more information, contact Alastair Lings (07763 850087 or alastairlings@yahoo.co.uk).



Members are going to the Teviot Smokery on June 4 for their summer outing, meeting at 2.45pm outside the town hall. They will visit the garden and then have afternoon tea.


Bridge club

May 20 – 1, John and Marian Millet; 2, Valerie Johnstone and Marion Miller; 3, Bob Witherington and Sam White; 4 (equal), Moria Bowie and Jennifer Henderson, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan.


President Scott Elliot presided over the AGM last week. He reported on his second term of office – all targets had been met and objectives achieved. The various conveners and officials reported on their activities. A satisfactory balance sheet was presented and among the highlights were donations to the Shoe Box appeal (£100.80), primary school swimming medals (£100), Denholm defibrilator (£200), Border Jumbulance holiday group (£250), Salvation Army food bank (£100), Philippines Disaster (£250), Mary’s Meals (£500), Foundation End Polio Now (£1,160.96), high school art department (£60), Olivia Giles 500 miles (£1,200), Dictionary 4 life (£112) and various other good causes, making a total of £4,283.96. The Dictionary 4 life project was supplying a dictionary to all P6 pupils at Burnfoot Community School – and it is proposed to extend this to all P6 pupils in the Hawick and landward area. The president attended the primary schools’ annual swimming gala and presented the medals which were supplied by the Rotary Club. The quiz team of Ron Smith, Ron Sutherland, Gus Neilson and Jim Walker were narrowly defeated in the plate final of the district competition held last weekend. A golf tournament was held at Monksford Golf Club, arranged by Brian Beattie, when £1,005 was raised. This will go to End Polio Now and local charities. The hamper in the prize draw was won by Bette McLaren. Rotarians helped at stewarding the Schools Out Day at Kelso and also the High School Art Display at a shop opposite the Town Hall. Anyone interested in Rotary is welcome to come along to the Buccleuch Hotel any Thursday evening at 7pm to learn more.



Tweed Valley Walking Weekend has organised a ceilidh for locals and visitors on May 31 in the Union Club at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked at http://www.tweedvalleywalking.com/ or via Ruth Kerr on 01896 833994/07845 122356.


Every year there is a quiz contest between the 60-plus Rotary clubs in the south of Scotland district – and for 2014 the semi-finals and final were held on May 18 in Larkhall. The Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair (IWT) club had qualified after beating clubs from Melrose, Langholm and Dumfries. In their semi-final, they were pitted against Biggar and saw them off, winning by a 27-17 margin. Penicuik awaited IWT in the final – and the latter scorched to 21-7 victory. This is the first win for IWT in the quiz, although they have reached the final on two previous occasions.

Coffee morning

Innerleithen Horticultural Society will hold a coffee morning on May 31 in Vale of Leithen Social Club from 10am-noon.

Ex-standard bearers

There will be a meeting of St Ronan’s Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association on June 2 at 8pm in the Union Club function room.

Duck race

St Ronan’s Silver Band’s duck race is on June 3 – from Cuddy Brig to the top of the Batty at 6.30pm. There is a first prize of £100. Ducks can be purchased from the Thrift Shop, any band member or at the Family Fun Day on June 1 (1-5pm) in Victoria Park.

Pipe band
Innerleithen Pipe Band is holding a coffee morning on June 7 in Vale of Leithen Social Club (10am-noon).

Football fives

Entries for the Games Week football fives tournament are being accepted – contact Steven Notman by phoning 07792 092118.

Overseas guests

St Ronan’s Border Games committee tries to accommodate visitors from overseas who are staying in the town during Games Week as guests at the Cleikum Ceremonies (July 18). Applications for overseas guest invitations are being accepted in writing to: The Secretary, 67 Galashiels Road, Walkerburn EH43 6AD (or email stronansgames@googlemail.com). Applications close on June 13.


The service on June 1 starts at 10.30am.



Howdenburn primary school is holding a spring fair on May 31 (10am-noon), featuring pony rides and stalls.


Bridge club

May 21 – Tom Peel Quaich – 1, Joyce Thomson and Caroline Sutherland; 2, Jim Stone and Alex Jeffrey; 3 (equal), Val Johnstone and John Urquhart, and Rena Stewart and Russell Watt; 5, Bob Stevenson and Mary Stone; 6, Elinor Green and Sheena McPherson.

Dramatic society

Kelso Dramatic Society is having problems with casting its choice of play, “Men Should Weep”, as the November production, therefore other options are being explored. A further reading will be held on June 5 at 7.30pm in the Abbey Row Community Centre when other plays will be available to read and discuss. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.


Kelso Youth Project (KYP) has organised a DVD/book sale on June 14, from 10am-1pm, at the ACE Centre (next door to the Border Ice Rink). Money raised will go towards the KYP summer programme of trips, movie-making and surprises. Donations can be left at the Ace Centre on Wednesday (3-5pm) and Thursday (3-9pm), or in donation boxes at primary and high schools. For further information, email Ian on ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com.

Paint plea

Kelso Youth Project needs unwanted, half-full tins of paint for a project at its new Ace Centre home. Paint tins can be brought to Ace Centre any Thursday (3-9pm). More information from beckikelsoyouthproject@gmail.com.

Tea party

On June 4, the Friends of Kelso Library are holding a tea party in the Centenary Garden from 2.30-4.30pm. Tickets are available at Kelso Library Contact Centre or at the door on the day.


Baton parade

In the build-up to the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s baton journey in the town on June 19 will start off being carried by Cornet Dale Irving on horseback from the monument, accompanied by his Right and Left-Hand men, Alasdair Cavers and Andrew Elliot, at 7.45 am. Several hundred children from the primary and Academy, along with pupils from Canonbie, will be waiting for them in the Kirk Wynd with the flags of the 70 nations taking part. The pipe and town bands will lead the riders along High Street to the sawmill bridge where the baton will be handed to the first of the six baton bearers. They will carry it along the street on the A7 as far as the junction to Glenesk road. On the way there will be a halt at the town hall where the baton will be welcomed to Dumfries and Galloway by Councillor Colin Smyth, and the two bands will play “Highland Cathedral”. As the public await the Cornet arriving with the baton from the hill, members of Langholm Sings, LAODS, Centre Stage Youth Theatre and the church choir will sing “Here’s To All Our Commonwealth” outside the town hall. There will be a festival of sport from 9.30am-1.30pm.


The Castle Craigs Club held its annual general meeting in the Crown Hotel. Outgoing president Andrew Johnstone welcomed Cornet Dale Irving, along with his right and left-hand men, Alasdair Cavers and Andrew Elliot, and then gave a review of the club over the past year. Kevan Grieve was elected as the new president, with Lee Earsman vice-president. Dougie Beattie remains secretary and Kenneth Pool the treasurer.



The all-age service at Lauder church on June 1 will include the dedication of the old common riding flag donated by Lauder Common Riding Committee.


President Janette Waldie welcomed a good attendance at the AGM. Sheila Hardie organised bingo, and Joan Stevens, Ann Millar, Nancy Anderson and Elizabeth Stevenson all received a prize for their winning cards. Kathleen Thomson and Sandra Fullerton were thanked by the president for counting the voting slips completed by members electing the new officials – president, Senga Towers; vice-president, Sheila Hardie; secretary, Liz Dalgliesh; treasurer, Annette Holton. Committee – Christine Brandeschi, Wendy Bryson, Janet Laidlaw, Helen Lumsden, Christine Riddell and Janette Waldie. Senga thanked Janette for her work during her term of office as president. Thanks also went to Sheila Hardie, hostess for the evening, for entertaining members with bingo and Joan Stevens for designing and detailing the monthly meeting posters. Competition – perfume bottle – 1, Annette Holton; 2, Elizabeth Stevenson; 3, Joanne Watson. Wendy thanked Sandra Fullerton for judging the large selection of perfume bottles. Thomson Trophy and SWRI Spoon – 1, Wendy Bryson; 2, Joanne Watson; 3, Anne Strangeways. The is an outing to Heighley Gate on July 13. Members and friends welcome – names to Liz Dalgliesh (01578 722521) as soon as possible.


At Lauderdale Historical Society’s AGM, the following were elected onto the committee – Alistair Smith, chairman; Andrew Neil, vice-chairman; Grace Whellans, treasurer; Joan Stevens, secretary (tel. 01578 722559); Eugene Brandeschi, Catherine and Rodney Hanmer, Jean Landells, Helen Neil and Anthony Tucker.


Parish church

Christian Aid Week has so far raised £3,898.74. May 31 – 10am, Amnesty coffee morning, The Ormiston; 6pm (note time change), Holy Trinity concert for the organ fund by the Decanter choir from Edinburgh. June 1 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); 3pm, Zimbe concert, Stow. June 3 – Zimbe concert, Melrose PC, 7pm.


The use of Newstead village hall as a polling station for the European Parliament elections transferred the “tea stop and chat” on the Trimontium walk to a member’s kitchen. In the evening the quarterly meetings of the Trimontium and museum trusts were held in the Ormiston. The main item was the next step in the museum development project – the approval of a brief for a consultant on the content, interpretation and space that would be required for the crea

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tion of a Roman museum for the whole of Scotland, with an emphasis on Trimontium.

Lunch date

A Big Lunch community day is to take place at Melrose Rugby club and the adjoining green space, Greenyards Triangle, on June 1 (noon-2.30pm). The “A Healthier Me Project” (hosted by Brothers of Charity Services Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Borders Learning Disability Service and NHS Borders Health Improvement Team) funded by the Scottish Government Health Inequalities Fund, have groups throughout the region promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The Big Lunch will tie into these themes. It will be a “bring your own healthy picnic lunch” with activities on offer, including fun games and exercise taster sessions.

Border Flower Club

The title of the latest demonstration, by Vanessa Wellock from Ilkley, was “The Three Rs” – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. From her Beechers Brook with birch twigs, she continued to use recycled coco, spades, driftwood, sisal and plastic juice bottles. Her choice of flowers were very apt to her designs. Next meeting is on June 4 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Marie Rutherford from Polmont, with the title “Travel Memories”.

Book fair

A Blaeu map of Tweeddale is one of the attractions at Melrose Book Fair in the Corn Exchange on May 31. Although the map was published around 1650, it was surveyed some 60-70 years before. The fair will draw dealers from all over Scotland and the north of England, and as well as books and maps, there will be photographs, stamps and postcards. The event runs from 10am-4.30pm.

Music society

Melrose Music Society’s tackling of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and two motets by Bruckner on Saturday afternoon and evening attracted some 50 enthusiastic participants, some of whom came very long distances. Neil Metcalfe from Edinburgh, a conductor new to these parts, was taken to their hearts with his boundless energy and activity as he jollied his charges along and revelled in his partnership with John Bryden at the organ. Melrose’s own Blackledge soloists featured.


School fair

Morebattle primary school summer fair and car boot sale takes place tonight (Thursday) in the school grounds from 6-8pm.


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Paint plea

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Three candidates put their names forward for the honour of being Tub at this year’s Copshaw Common Riding and Peter Irving, better known as Pee Wee, was elected after a close vote. He has followed the Tub for many years and is a former captain of the village golf club. The other candidates were Mark Richardson and Fiona Bell.

Craft fair

Locals and visitors have been heading to the village hall for the annual craft fair – the building’s main fundraiser.

The event is open each day (11am-5pm) until May 31. There are 38 stall-holders with a variety of items such as jewellery, horn craft, cushions, cards, plants, honey, soaps, chocolates, preserves and a wide range of plants.


Coffee morning

The latest village hall coffee morning brought out favourite images of Newstead – Nancy Rome’s painting of Main Street by W. G. Challis winning the prize. The late Karin Wood’s album of photographs of changes in the village over many years was a reminder of how short memories can be and how necessary it is to keep track of what has actually gone.



In place of the usual meeting in May, members invited friends to join them for an evening meal at The Pirns, Charlesfield, St Boswells. Secretary Elaine Thornton-Nicol thanked The Pirns staff for opening specially. The next meeting is on June 5 in Newtown Community Wing. New members welcome.

Seniors club

The Seniors’ Afternoon Club will meet on June 3 in Newtown Community Wing from 2pm.



The next library cafe is on Wednesday, June 4, with Val Hunter hosting.

For the kids

Oxnam Kirk is the venue for a “Children’s Event” on June 8 at 2.30pm, featuring the Tamtastic Magic Show and Circus Skills. Entry is £5.



At the AGM held last Wednesday, Agnes Bell was elected president/treasurer, with Jackie Pinkerton secretary. Committee – Sonya Borthwick,Francis Dickman and Sylvia Thomson. Taste and try – 1, Agnes Bell (strawberry cheese cake ); 2, Denise Barclay (rum punch); 3, Evelyn Cramer (cheese and bacon muffins). The outing to Clovenfords Country Inn is on June 21.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session on May 18, a total of 145 volunteers offered to give blood and 131 donations were received. There were 11 new donors.

St Boswells

Village hall

The main phase of the village hall refurbishment has been completed at a cost of around £350,000. The official opening starts at 6.30pm this evening (Thursday) and will be conducted by Roy and Christine

Lawrie, long-time supporters of the building. The final phases of the project, such as curtains, stage lighting and flooring, will be tackled as soon as there are funds to do so.


Members enjoyed an evening of crafting with Carol Lawson, who demonstrated her many ideas for making small gifts.


A whist drive will be held on May 30 in the newly-refurbished village hall (7.30pm).


On song

The heart of Gala Water Singers’ summer concert this year, “Songs of Africa!”, is the suite of music Zimbe. It’s performed by Gala Water Singers, the Gala Water Singers’ Children’s Choir, guest choirs and a jazz quintet. The event is on June 1 at 3pm in Stow Church. Tickets from Stow Shop, on the door or by phoning 01578 730289.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on June 8 at 10am.



The festival kirkin’ service will be on June 22 at 10.30am.



Members enjoyed a talk by Emma Emmerson, of Woodside Garden Centre at Ancrum, on the garden in May, plus hints and tips on perennial plants. Competitions – six daffodils – 1, Margaret Glendinning; 2, Evelyn Horsburgh; largest button – 1, Jane Telfer; 2, Margaret Glendinning. The raffle was won by Norma Stuart.


Romany Ramblers

Meet at 9am on May 31 at Wauchope Hall for car sharing before setting off on a 10-mile walk – Newton Tors from Hethpool via Hethpool Linn, Easter Tor, Southernknowe, returning along the east bank of the College Burn.


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Paint plea

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