District News



A whist drive and dominoes will be held on May 4 at 7.30pm in the village hall.


Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held on May 2 (10am-noon) in the village hall to raise funds for the community cafe.



Members enjoyed an evening with Angela, a chef who made lots of tasty canapés. The oatcakes competition was won by Elizabeth Drummond, with Helen Cavers and Nancy Jardin being prize winners for a cheese knife. Get in touch with Mary Crone if you want to go on the mystery tour in June. Next month’s meeting will be the AGM and the last at the present venue as members are moving to the Abbey Row Centre in September.


Parish church

Election talk, not surprisingly, featured at the Sunday morning service conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley, ahead of a hustings held by the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches that evening. Session clerk Anne Grieve, Joyce Brown and Roddy Beatson took part in a presentation from the New Testament. Music was led by Margaret Blyth and Mrs Grieve. The congregation was reminded of the forthcoming Christian Aid Week, with the local collection being co-ordinated by Mr Beatson.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care collection lorry will visit The Lodge from 2.45-3pm on May 4.



Clovenfords Community Council is up for re-election and nominations are invited for new members. Forms are available at www.clovenfords.net/CCElection2015 and by the village’s millennium noticeboard.



A whist drive will be held in the Lothian Hall on May 1 at 7pm. For further information, contact Donald Linton on 01835 850305.


Wednesday club

The latest meeting was hosted by Mrs M. Kirk who introduced Graeme Wilson, wildlife information centre manager from Vogrie County Park, who gave a talk on garden wildlife. The trinket box competition was won by Mrs W. Henderson; 2, Mrs A. Stewart; 3, Mrs W. Moffat. The next meeting is on May 6. Competition – a flower ornament.


Members and guests enjoyed a hostess supper and bingo session called by Bob Austin. The next meeting is the AGM in Hanover Close on May 21 at 7.30pm. Dorthe Stevold will demonstrate gentle exercises. Competition – knitted bootees (which will be donated to the Blythswood charity).

Parish church

The May 3 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The community café continues on Wednesdays from 10.30am in the church hall. On May 10 there will be a talk by Tearfund during the service and a retiring collection for the organisation.


Auld Earlston Group’s AGM will be held in the church hall at 7pm on May 5.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care collection lorry will visit Asda from 12.50-1.10pm on May 4.


The latest meeting featured a talk entitled “Rotary Moments”, given by Rotarian and Galashiels Probus club member Tom Ingoldsby. It was primarily to do with his personal experiences in Rotary, but the audience also learned about the wide range of charitable works sponsored and supported by Rotary. Locally, Gala Rotarians help with the Borders Walking Festival, arrange senior citizens’ Christmas lunches, have links with Gala in Bloom, organise car parking at the Selkirk and Thirlestane vintage rallies, run summer fun days in August and many other events. The next meeting will be in the Kingsknowes Hotel on May 14, when Alisdaire Lockhart will speak on “Vauxhall – First British Sports Car”.



Members meet on Tuesday, May 5, at 7.30pm when Denise Carmichael, of Fit Borders, will be giving a gentle exercise class.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care collection lorry will visit Morrison’s from 11.15-11.40am on May 4.

Rotary club

Mags Powell and Lesley Hogg spoke about Stable Life, a charity based at Dryden Riding Centre, Ashkirk, at the latest club meeting. Stable Life caters for 40-50 young people per week, from the age of 10 to 18, who are experiencing personal challenges and problems in their lives. Working with horses brings some stability to their lives. The charity works with other agencies such as schools and social work departments who refer the young people to it.


Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on May 6 at 7pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall.


The service on May 3 begins at 10.30am.

Introduction night

The 2015 St Ronan’s Standard Bearer will be introduced to the public on May 8 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, with tea and coffee being served inside from that time. 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

Innerleithen Music Festival will hold a coffee morning on May 16 in the Vale Club from 10am-noon.


There will be an opportunity to hear the Silver Band in concert on Friday, May 22, in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. It will also feature St Ronan’s Future Band. Tickets are on sale 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 made payable to “St Ronan’s Silver Band”. Phone 01896 831721 or email KJBelleville@aol.com for further information.

Craft fair

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society is holding a craft and table-top sale on Saturday, May 23, (9.30am-12.30pm) in the Memorial Hall. To book a table, ring 01896 830577 or email secretary@idaos.org.uk.


St Ronan’s Standard Bearer’s Ball will be held on July 11 in the St Ronan’s Marquee. Tickets (£32.50) are on sale on May 30 from 8am at Foresters, Wells Brae. Full payment must be handed over at this time with a note of exact requirements – maximum 12 tickets per table and dress is strictly formal. Cheques should be made payable to “St Ronan’s Border Games”.

Fun day

Innerleithen Family Fun day will take place on May 31 (1-5pm). There will be a car boot sale and anyone who would like to book a place should call 01896 831721 or email KJBelleville@aol.com. A cricket match will be held from 10am in the Vale Park – more information from Tom Harrison on 01896 833492.


Cake sale

The Help for Heroes charity will benefit from “Bake for Heroes” – a cake sale to raise funds for injured service personnel – on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm, in Kelso Square. Donations of cakes, biscuits or tray bakes will be gratefully received at the official gazebo on the morning of the sale.


Abbey Row Community Centre’s AGM is on May 5 at 7.15pm in the centre.

Bridge club

April 21 – Celtic simultaneous pairs – N/S – 1, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Alex Jeffrey and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2, Lynda Douglas and Annie Mitchell; 3, Maureen Weightman and Helen Long. April 23 – Howell Movement – 1 (equal), Jean Henry and Myra Thomson, Ian Watson and Georgina Hall; 3, Val Fairbairn and Ken Ross; 4, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; 5, Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman; 6, Marion Miller and Chris Anthony.

Thursday Group

Retired Berwick GP Chris Jary spoke about his two years in Masindi, Uganda, with Voluntary Service Overseas. Today sees the last meeting before the summer break – “Looking Back-Looking Forward”. The lunch will be on May 11. For

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Historical society

The historical society is organising “Lauderdale’s Rich History Open Day” on May 16 in Lauder Public Hall, 10am-4pm. Members will give details of local history and there will be books on the subject for sale. Other Lauderdale clubs and organisations are taking part by having a table in the hall to promote their activities. These include the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows and Lauderdale Scout Group, plus art club, bowling club, church guild/Guid Fettle, curling club, golf club, Initiative Group, Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society, Limpers, Over-60s Club, Rotary, tennis club and the WI.

There will be a quiz for primary schoolchildren, based on information to be found from the groups in the Public Hall. The historical society wants information/photographs of Polish servicemen stationed in Lauder and prisoners-of-war held here during the Second World War – contact Joan Stevens, 12 South Garden, Lauder TD2 6RJ (joan.c.stevens@btinternet.com) if you can help.


Speaker at the latest meeting was Emma Emmerson. Emma, along with her husband, Stephen, are owners of Woodside, a business near Ancrum consisting of a plant centre, tearoom and garden. They also have their own nursery which is located just outside Kelso. Emma gave a talk on gardening in containers and showed us how to plant a container, as well as speaking about plants suitable for container gardening. Competitions – decorated plant pot – 1, Christine Riddell; 2, Joan Stevens; 3, Annette Holton; leek and potato soup – 1, Sheila Hardie; 2, Wendy Bryson; 3, Annette Holton; three shortbread biscuits – Wendy Bryson, who will compete at the Berwickshire federation final in May. Sheila Hardie announced details of the annual outing on July 12 to Britannia. Members and friends from other institutes would be welcome to join Lauder members – contact Sheila Hardie on 01578 718657. The next meeting is at Lauder Primary School on May 12 at 7.30pm – AGM and fun night. Members should bring their voting papers. Competitions – bird ornament and rhubarb tart.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care collection lorry will visit Melrose Rugby Club from 1.55-2.20pm on May 4.


Holy Trinity Church is holding a spring fair on May 2 in the Corn Exchange (10am-noon).

Parish church

At the end of the Melrose service, Jean Jamieson, who worships there each Sunday, was presented with a bouquet to mark her 104th birthday. May 3 services – Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); May 16 – Christian Aid coffee morning (volunteers needed for house-to-house collections from May 10-16).


The third and last lecture – by Dr Fraser Hunter, of the National Museums – is on April 30. It sheds “New light on old silver” (that of the Traprain Law Treasure, found by Alexander Curle in 1919). Reproductions from Newstead, Musselburgh, Melrose and Bonchester Bridge will be on view.



Dave Burns gave a talk and slide show on his trip to the Himalayas and K2 expedition in 2013. He explained he had visited the south side in 1991, but had always wanted to go back and do the north – a very mountainous area.

Dave, accompanied by four friends, lived in yurts and their mode of transport was camels who carried their food and equipment, travelling up mountainsides that were sometimes only 3ft wide.

Competitions – garden photograph – 1, Edith Scott; 2, Irene Cotter; 3, Anne Cochrane;

lemon curd – 1, Sheena Galloway; 2, Dilys Wheelans; 3, Margot Hastie. The next meeting, on May 12, is an upholstery demonstration by Katie Mills.



Nominations are being sought from members of the community, aged 16 or over, whose names appear on the electoral register for the Kalewater Community Council area. The council consists of a maximum of 12 members and is seeking to fill five vacancies. Nomination forms can be obtained from Mrs J. Flannigan, Parnassus, Morebattle TD5 8QG (01573 440234).



Gill Harrop, recently retired to the Borders, gave a talk about her life as a police officer in Yorkshire. Elaine Thornton Nicol proposed the vote of thanks before asking Gill to judge the competition – wrapped parcel – 1, Morag Sharp; 2, Mary Redburn; 3, Cath Park. During the past month members have enjoyed hospitality at Ancrum, Heiton and Langshaw guest nights. The next meeting will be the outing for dinner on May 7 – transport to be arranged.

Seniors’ club

The next meeting of the seniors’ afternoon club will be in the Community Wing on May 5 from 2pm.


Oxnam Quilters

The biennial quilt show will be held in the village hall on May 2, 3 and 4 – Saturday and Monday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, noon-3pm.

Resilient community

Oxnam Resilient Community Group last Saturday carried out a successful first exercise in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council emergency planning, Scottish Power Networks and Police Scotland representatives. Following training the previous week, the exercise centered around a major power outage and volunteers were tasked with searching for and identifying markers representing faults in the electricity network. Representatives from other communities also attended as observers. New volunteers from the Oxnam area are welcome to join the group – contact Bob McKeand (mckeand13@btinternet.com).



Peebles Motorcycle Show and Autojumble will be held on May 3 (10am-4pm) in the Drill Hall. For further information, contact Dennis Belleville (01896 830577).


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care collection lorry will visit West Port car park from 12.10-12.30pm on May 4.

Spring fair

Philiphaugh Community School’s spring fair takes place on May 16 (10am-noon). Donations for raffle will be gratefully received at the school. Donations of home baking can be handed in on May 15 or the morning of the fair.

st boswells

Plant sale

A plant sale in aid of Maxton and Mertoun Church funds will be held in St Boswells village hall on May 9, from 10am-2pm.

Coffee cash

A coffee morning held in the village hall in aid of Borders MS sufferers raised £775.25.



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



There will be a presentation to Angela Lyall, postie in Town Yetholm for 25 years, at the Installation Night celebrations on May 1st (7pm) for this year’s Bari Gadgi and Baru Manushi in the Wauchope Hall.


A festival meeting will take place on May 4 at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall.

Coffee morning

Borders Youth Theatre holds a coffee morning from 10.30am on May 9 in Wauchope Hall.


Five of the senior girls lifted the plate at the curling competition hosted by Kelso ice rink. Susanna Robson won the competition to design an eco-friendly house and was presented with an iPad and £250 for the school. The children ran a French café in the school to support pupils who are learning French.