Parish church

Caddonfoot CY presented its nativity play on Sunday under the direction of Sharon Hume and Claire Macfarlane. Music was played by Margaret Blyth and Anne Grieve. One of the Bible stories was read by James Macfarlane. More than £300 was raised in the Borders Children’s Charity appeal, while so far £200 has been realised for the church roof with the sale of home-made reindeer. Next Sunday will see the Nine Lessons and Carol Service at 9.45am.


Parish church

The service on December 28 at 10.15am will be conducted by members of the worship team.



Motorists are reminded that the final phase of Borders Railway works at Ladhope Vale is to be undertaken from January 5-26. The temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre will be reinstated during this time.



Carol singing around the Christmas tree was enjoyed by those who came along, with Jedforest Instrumental Band once again much appreciated, as was the mulled wine and mince pies.

Floral art

The floral art demonstration and workshop run by Gail Watson of Border Blooms

was well attended.


A family games night will be held on December 29 at 6pm. Bring your own eats and refreshments. Prizes for the winners.


Rotary club

President Sandy Bannerman welcomed a full house of members with their wives, partners and guests to a Christmas night celebration in the Buccleuch Hotel on Thursday. After the meal, past president Bobby Cairns introduced an array of talented artistes from the company, ranging from a magician, singers and reciters (both humorous and seasonal), to timbrellists and all, where appropriate, accompanied on the keyboard by Rosalyn Walker. The president proposed a vote of thanks which was warmly accorded. Before the evening concluded, it was anounced that the club had sent more than 140 shoeboxes full of “goodies” to deprived families in eastern Europe, thanks again to the generosity of the people of Hawick and endeavours of local Rotarians.


Bridge club

December 8 – N/S – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, D. and P. Palmer; 3, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; E/W – 1, M. Forsyth and P. Harris; 2, G. Hall and I. Watson; 3, S. McLachlan and J. Portch.


Bridge club

December 17 – Rose Bowl 4 – N/S – 1, Richard Oates and Sheena West; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 2, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin. December 18 – Millennium Trophy – N/S – 1, Russell Watt and Brian Saywood; 2, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Georgina Hall and Ian Watson; 3, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart.

Passing out

Second Lieutenant Archie Balfour, 26, from Kelso, joined more than 200 officer cadets in a graduation ceremony at the Army’s Royal Military Academy earlier this month. Passing out from Sandhurst marks the completion of 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training. Second Lieutenant Balfour, who will be joining the Royal Engineers, said: “Graduating from Sandhurst as an officer in the British Army makes me extremely proud. It’s one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken, but also one of the most rewarding.”

Broomlands PS

P4 pupils, working on a topic about enterprise, visited Tesco in Galashiels to learn about healthy foods. The store giant gave the youngsters colourful tasty fruit to take back to school. P4 decided to make healthy smoothies with this fruit and also produced a smoothie recipe book. The young entrepreneurs then sold these items to raise £170 for The Borders Children’s Charity.



The firefighters of the town rowed the equivalent of crossing the Channel when 10 of them took up the challenge in the Co-operative car park. Each firefighter on the rowing machines covered 42 miles. The effort raised over £1,000 for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service family support trust.

Old drum

An old drum thought to have been used by town drummer Bauldy Beattie more than 200 years ago has been restored after being rescued and then researched by local enthusiast Bill Telfer. Donations of £1,300 helped restore the drum and when the full cost emerged as £1,440, the community council agreed to make up the other £140 from the Minsca wind farm community benefit fund. There is now the matter of where the drum is going to be kept and what type of case it should be in, which the community council and Mr Telfer are discussing, and they agreed that upstairs in the town hall was not suitable as it was not easily accessible.



The churches at Bowden and Melrose were decorated for the last Sunday in Advent. At Melrose the giant advent calendar had more doors opened. Jim Marshall presided at the organ and Jim Letham, with a wealth of accompaniment, led the choir in two jolly anthems. Services – Christmas Day –

Bowden, 9.30am; Melrose, 11am; December 28 – Bowden, 9.30am; Melrose, 11am.


Although Newstead: 1911-2011 was published in January 2013 to celebrate James Curle’s 450-page report of a century ago, only now are the big reviews of the new book coming out in the major periodicals. With the possibility of the so far unwritten Bradford Report being seriously promoted by Historic Scotland, a Harvard reviewer speaks of Newstead:1911-2011 as acting as “the prologue” to the long-awaited report. A welcome touch in the reviews is the praise accorded to the work of local contributors, including Walter Elliot’s finds over 50 years, the late Bill Lonie’s “hand-drawn field maps – a stimulus to future research” and the “passion” with which the task of the Trimontium Trust is described.


Lunch club

Twenty-four members and helpers attended the Christmas dinner at the Templehall Hotel. Entertainment was supplied by June Bell (recitations) and Catherine Mabon (songs).

School nativity

Primary 1-2 performed a nativity play, while P3-7 sang. Hot chocolate and mince pies were enjoyed by all.

Church nativity

A joint service with Yetholm was held at Morebattle Church on Sunday when Yetholm and Morebattle Cool Club acted out the nativity play.


There will be a quiz in the Templehall Lounge on December 28.


There are places available at pilates classes being held in the village hall – contact Ian Ferguson (07929 618936).


Automobile club

Borders Vintage Automobile Club just managed to find enough space for their 20-plus members at the Milestone Garden Centre, where they gathered for their third-Sunday-in-the-month Brunch and Blether meeting. Getting to know new members – and catching up with old ones – among the families and small children who had gathered to meet Santa and the guest donkeys made for a happy visit.


Top seller

Rosetta Holiday Park has been named by outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com as its top-selling site in Scotland for 2014. The figures, compiled from Pitchup.com’s bookings for 1,050 camping and caravan sites throughout the UK and Europe, show Rosetta Holiday Park led the way for visitors, bringing 293 bookings to the country between January and December. The figure far outshines its nearest competitor by 58 per cent.