District News



Fellow members showed others how to make origami flowers. Competition – Salt and Pepper – 1, Sharon McKenzie; 2, Margaret Taylor; 3, Olive Hogg.


Community cafe

The next meeting of the community cafe will be held on May 20 at 11am in the village hall.


Parish church

Last Sunday’s service was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley. Bill Birch delivered a Bible reading, and music was led by Andy and Catriona Bird. The congregation was reminded of Christian Aid Week, with the local collection being co-ordinated by Roddy Beatson.


Wednesday Club

The Reverend Julie Woods gave a talk on her journey to becoming a Church of Scotland minister. Competition – flower ornament – 1, Mrs A. Falconer; 2, Mrs J. Watson; 3, Mrs W. Henderson. The next meeting will be on May 20. Competiton – pendant.

Parish church

The May 17 service at 10.15am will be conducted by Rachel Wilson. The summer edition of the church magazine will soon be ready to go to the printers.

Plant sale

Earlston Horticultural Society holds its annual bedding plant sale and coffee morning at Hanover Close on May 16. Proceeds towards Earlston Flower Show.



The next meeting is on May 20 at 7.30pm when there will be a gardening talk. Competitions – floral arrangement in a small jug and a vase. Competition winners from the April meeting – Paradise Slice – 1, Christine Sinclair; 2, Fiona Walters; holiday snap – 1, Dianne Wilson; 2, Kathleen Espie.



Galashiels Academy’s class of 1980, when they were in first year, are holding a reunion at Gala Rugby Club on May 23 from 7.30pm. For further details, contact Elaine Emond on keb23568@gmail.com or Helen Fraser on helen@fcconnect.co.uk.

St Peter’s Church

As part of Christian Aid Week, Karen Ellis told the congregation how climate change is affecting a nine-year-old girl in a small African village which has no electricity or running water. The congregation was asked to send Christian Aid postcards to our government, telling it to support the international conference on climate change later this year.

Trinity Church

Friends and members of the Church for the Deaf joined the congregation on Sunday to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Dorothy Howden led the music and Sheila Wilson read the lessons. As Sunday was the start of Christian Aid Week, minister Elspeth Harley based her service on the needs of the people in Africa, particularly Ethiopia.

Inner Wheel

Lesley Roster from Beadelicious in Kelso showed how to make a double-stringed bracelet with beads. The club held a presentation afternoon when money from the charities account was presented by president Vi Romanis to – Bill Glennie, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team; Elaine Whellans, Teenage Cancer Trust; Carol Mitchell, TUSC (Transport for Ugandan Sick Children); Iona Cruikshank, who is going to South Africa to teach maths and English. The 45th birthday dinner will be held in the Kingsknowes Hotel on May 19 at 7.30pm.



Members had an evening of gentle exercise with Denise Carmichael from Fit Borders. Competition – sundae dish – 1, Catherine Johnson; 2, Catherine Turner. The raffle was won by Elma Montgomerie. The next meeting – on June 4 – is an outing to Kelso Garden Centre.


Glendouglas Hall will host a dance in aid of Arthritis Scotland on May 16 (7.30pm). Music is by Gordon Clark, and there will be a stovie supper.


Bridge club

May 5 – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Malcolm and Helen Ouldcott; 3, Valerie Johnstone and Marion Miller.

Camera club

Starting today (Thursday) and subsequently every second Thursday of the month until September, Hawick Camera Club is having walkabout/photo-workshop evenings, depending on the weather. Meet at the clubrooms at 78 High Street at 7pm. Non-members welcome.


Anne Wright, past president of Kelso Rotary Club, explained the workings of a scheme she was involved in which helps finance small businesses in the Third World. The money can be used for anything and she gave as examples providing a sewing machine to help someone make goods to sell, or even buying a breeding animal to start a smallholding. The Rotary club, a group of members or even an individual can agree to become a lender and the money can be repaid at any time. Profits from the coffee morning on May 23 will go to the Nepal earthquake appeal.


Coffee morning

St Mary of Wedale and Heriot Parish Church is holding a coffee morning on May 16 (10am-noon) in the Macfie Hall.


Towford SRI

Due to the cancellation of the speaker, discussions for the SWI show at the end of October were held instead at the latest meeting. Competition – individual sweet – 1, Diana Tweedie; 2, Jean Douglas; sports competition – tie between Jean Douglas and Mary Towers. The next meeting is the summer outing to Teviot Smokery on June 2 – meet for 6.30pm. The annual whist drive is on May 26 at 7.30pm in Hownam Hall.


Coffee morning

Innerleithen Music Festival coffee morning is on May 16 (10am-noon) in the Vale Club.


There will be an opportunity to hear the Silver Band in concert on May 22 in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets (£6 – £5 concession) are on sale at 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”. Phone 01896 831721or email KJBelleville@aol.com for more information. If anyone in the Innerleithen area requires a lift to/from the concert, contact Elma on 01896 830577.


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


The service on May 17 will be at 11.30am. There is also a service at St Ronan’s House at 4pm.


St Ronan’s Primary School hosts a summer fair on May 28 (6-8pm).


St Ronan’s Standard Bearer’s Ball is on July 11 in the St Ronan’s Marquee. Tickets will be on sale on May 30 from 8am at Foresters, Wells Brae. They cost £32.50 and full 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”.

Family fun

Innerleithen Family Fun Day will take place on May 31, from 1-5pm, in Victoria Park. There will be a children’s pet competition, with judging at 3pm. A cricket match will be held from 10am in the Vale Park – more information from Tom Harrison (01896 833492). 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 – £10 per car. Should any local organisation wish to have a stall at this event, ring 01896 831721 or email KJBelleville@aol.com.


Fundraising dance

Kelso Accordion and Fiddle Club is holding a fundraising evening of Scottish old-time and ceilidh dancing at Kelso Rugby Club on June 5, from 7.30-11pm. Music will be provided by Gordon Brown’s Scottish Dance Band, Charlie McIntee’s Scottish Dance Band, and Bob Liddle and the Blackthorne Ceilidh Band.
Entry on the door.

Bridge club

May 6 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Jean McLaren and Alison Ireland; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Lee Leeson; 3, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 2, Diana and Dominic Alkin; 3, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart.

Best-dressed window

The winner of Kelso Races’ best-dressed shop window competition will tomorrow (Friday) be presented with a trophy and get a table for four in the Final Furlong Marquee at the course’s Ladies Day on May 24.


Boys’ night

Castle Craigs Club held its annual boys’ night in the Crown Hotel. Club president Kevan Grieve was in charge proceedings. The function was attended by Cornet Dale Irving who presented the prizes, and he was accompanied by his Right and Left-Hand Men, Alasdair Cavers and Andrew Elliot. Ryan Johnstone received the R. E. Borthwick Shield as winner of the quiz, with Sam Cottrill second and Calum Jeffrey third. The prize for the best-dressed boy went to Callum Henderson. There was a tie-design competition and the winner in the over-sevens group was Robert Wood, with Leo Aitken and Ben Borthwick second and third respectively. Ryan Warwick took the seven-and-under, with Aaron Wood second and Greg Cartner third.

Spring clean

The spring litter clean-up around the town has proved to be one of the most successful for years. The Academy pupils were heavily involved, with a group clearing rubbish from the Galaside Wood and another from the area around the Co-operative store. There had been more than 20 areas targeted in the best turnout of volunteers for years.


Historical society

Lauderdale Historical Society is organising “Lauderdale’s Rich History Open Day”, to be held on May 16 in Lauder Public Hall (10am-4pm). There will be local history books for sale. More details from Joan Stevens (joan.c.stevens@btinternet.com).



President Margaret Milne welcomed members to the

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AGM and gave a resume of an interesting year. Treasurer Margaret McKinlay presented the audited accounts which were approved. Officials elected – president, Margaret Milne; secretary, Valerie Mayo; treasurer, Margaret McKinlay; vice-president and press secretary, Marjorie Lawrie. Six other members agreed to serve on the committee. Prizes were awarded – Miss McGowan Trophy for most points, Margaret Inglis; Jess Hope Trophy for runner-up, Marjorie Lawrie; Miss Scott Trophy for most entries, Valerie Mayo. There followed a mini beetle drive which was won by Margaret Oliver with Valerie Mayo runner-up. The two least successful “beetlers” were Barbara Lothian and Margaret Inglis. Raffle prizes went to Margaret Chisholm, Sandra Todd, Janet Mitchell and Grace Aitchison.


Coffee morning

Maxton 21 is holding a coffee morning on May 23 in the village hall, starting at 10am. Proceeds will go to Maxton 21’s charity for 2015 – Border Search and Rescue Unit. This will be an opportunity to sponsor local man Tom Veitch on his charity walk.


On song

Roxburgh Singers are to perform “The Armed Man” (a mass for peace), by Karl Jenkins, on May 16 (7.30pm) in Melrose Parish Church. The work reflects on the passing of the First World War and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. The concert begins with Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester psalms. Tickets at the door.

Parish church

Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection, or contributions can be made at the coffee morning on May 16, or at church services held on May 17 at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).


Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning in the institute on May 16 at 10.30am in aid of a school working trip to Austria.


Plant sale

Oxton Horticultural Society holds its annual plant sale and coffee morning on May 16 (10am-noon) in the Memorial Hall. Schedules for the flower show on September 12 will be available.


The AGM is on May 20 and members should bring their voting sheets or hand them in to Jackie, and well as handing in their penny cup. It is also a taste-and-try evening – bring along favourite dishes/cakes or soups to sample.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session on May 10, 188 volunteers offered to give blood and there were 169 donations. There were 12 new donors.


Camera club

The camera club is holding a sale of photographic work in its High Street clubrooms on May 23 (10am-1pm), with all proceeds going towards helping victims of the Nepal earthquake.


Folk music

Shona Mooney and Friends are playing contemporary folk music at Smailholm Village Hall on May 24 (7.30pm). Tickets – 01573 460666.



Kathy Wilkie welcomed members and visitors from Broomlands, Greenlaw, Heiton, Langshaw, Morebattle, Newtown, St Boswells and Yetholm to the May visitors’ evening. She introduced Lewis, George, Mary and Gordon, of Border Folk, who stepped in at short notice to entertain with Scottish, Irish and English folk melodies, interspersed with banter. On behalf of the visitors, Grace Cessford (Morebattle) expressed her thanks to Stichill members for an enjoyable evening. Competitions: visitors – pill box – 1, Marilyn McCall (St Boswells); 2, Nancy Jerdan (Broomlands); 3, Brenda Wright (Heiton); members – pill box – 1, Yvonne Wood; 2, Brenda Waring; 3, Pam Hall; three-fruit marmalade – 1, Janine Wilson; 2, June Brown; 3, Jean McDermid. The next meeting will be held on June 2 at the earlier time of 7pm.


Coffee morning

See Heriot section.

Sound Out

Sound Out is hosting a night of ska music, starring Skababs, in Stow Town Hall on May 16. Doors open 7.30pm. This is a fundraiser for Stowed Out Festival. Tickets from Stow Post Office or on the door.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on May 24 at 10.30am.



The service on May 17 will be at 10am in Walkerburn Public Hall.



The annual guest night is on May 19 at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall when the speaker is Linda Hamilton, fundraising manager for the Macmillan cancer charity’s Lothian and Borders area. Competition – photograph which makes you happy.

Village lunch

The next lunch is on May 21, from noon, in the Wauchope Hall. Proceeds from this will go the history society.

Coffee morning

Yetholm Guild will hold a coffee morning on May 23 from 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall.

Yetholm Sinfonia

On May 24 at 7.30pm in Norham Parish Church, Yetholm Sinfonia wind soloists present a programme which will include Sir Arthur Sullivan, Iolanthe Overture; Ernö Dohnányi, Serenade; Sergei Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dance; Sir Edward Elgar, Serenade.