District News



The May meeting was our AGM, which saw the resignation of our President for 30 years Miss Margaret Mills. Our new President will be Mrs Janet Grief, who will be supported during the next year by the existing officers and committee. Before she handed over the reins to Janet, Margaret thanked everyone for the support she has had over the years and then went on to present the Silver Rose Bowl for the most points awarded in the Cup Competition this year to Jill Freshwater, with Helen Cavers second, and third equal Elizabeth Bruce, Elizabeth Drummond and Nancy Jerdan. Helen Cavers was also the recipient of the cup given for the most points in the Fun Competitions over the year. On June 20 there will be a presentation of certificates to members of the WI who have been lifelong members. This will be in the Bonar Room at Kelso North between 2-4pm. Please pop in. Anyone wishing to go on the Mystery Tour on Saturday, June 6, please contact Mary Cron by phoning 01573 223925. Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 21, in the new meeting place at the Abbey Row Centre.


Parish church

It was a hectic morning in Caddonfoot Parish Church on Sunday when the service was conducted by the Rev. Elspeth Harley. Caddonfoot Youth (CY) thanked everyone for their support for their ‘Count Your Blessings’ Project which raised £215 and included £95 from the baking sale. In the Parish, including Clovenfords, a total of just over £887, including £95.12 for Gift Aid, was realised for Christian Aid. Georgie Bird, who, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, does voluntary work for Riding for the Disabled, is holding a sponsored silence for 48 hours in June to raise funds. James Macfarlane attended the General Assembly and gave a talk on his impressions, and said that it had been interesting and fruitful. During the service, Mrs Fay Brydon and Mrs Anne Grieve took part in a dialogue with reference to the Holy Spirit, which Mrs Harley featured in her address. Mrs Brydon also read from The Bible. Music was played by Andy and Catriona Bird. This Sunday (May 31) Ongdi Sherpa will address members and speak of the effect of the earthquakes on his village. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Nepalese people.


SWI mini show

A well-supported mini show and coffee afternoon was held by the Eskdale Group SWI in the village hall last Saturday and the hosts were joined in the various competitions by Ewes WI and Westerkirk WI. Canonbie WI provided a lovely meal and they also had considerable success in the competitions. They won the cup for overall Institute points which was received by their president Doreen Millar. In the individuals section there were also several Canonbie WI winners, with Anne Ludlam coming out top in the handicraft, Elma Aitken in the floral art and Dorothy Watson in education. There were two winners from Westerkirk WI with Catherine Tod taking the baking and Elizabeth McNeil the preserves. Ewes won the team test which was for a Children’s Book and they named it Paddington Bear visits Langholm. The Ewes team was Aileen Cavers, Kate Elliot, Maureen Brown, Liz Ewart, Joan Cubbon and Yvonne Jackson, accompanied by their president Sue Grant. Westerkirk was second and Canonbie third. Group chairman Margaret Sanderson thanked Canonbie WI for hosting the event and also praised the various people who had contributed to the success of the day. She then called on Irela Hamilton, the treasurer of the Dumfries Federation, to make the presentations to the various winners. Aileen Cavers from Ewes presented Irela with a box of chocolates. The event was well supported, with high quality entries and the day ended with a good raffle.



Members had an interesting visit to Philiphaugh Gardens in Selkirk where they were shown round the gardens and greenhouses, finishing off with supper at The Woll. Next meeting is at Cogsmill Hall on June 10 when Liz Howieson will demonstrate her baking talents.


Parish church

The service at 10.15am this Sunday (May 31) will be conducted by members of The Worship Team and refreshments will be served after the service. The Session meet on Monday night at 7.30pm in the church hall lounge. The service in Hanover Lounge on Tuesday afternoon will be at 3pm.

Coffee morning

The women’s section of the Earlston Royal British Legion Scotland branch is holding a coffee morning on May 30 in Hanover Close in aid of ex-servicemen’s charities.



We visited Border Meringues in Jedburgh where we all had a go at piping meringues, then we had a tour of the new expanding premises. Orders for cakes go as far as Stornoway, Orkney and Shetland, packed on pallets and sent on the ferry. After drinks and cakes we went home with our meringues. Chris Robertson, Margaret Linton and Annette Fraser brought the winning tea towels and the ‘cakes made from any craft but not baked’ were won by Christine Tucker, Carol Wilson Green and Chris Robertson. We all enjoyed the outing.


Cycle ride

The Ettrick Valley committee of Macmillan Cancer Support has organised a cycle ride for May 30. There is a choice of 29 or 47-mile routes in the Ettrick, Yarrow and Ashkirk areas. To enter online, visit rideettrickvalley.wordpress.com


Probus club

At Kingsknowes Hotel on May 14 Alisdaire Lockhart gave an illustrated talk on the “First British Sports Car”, describing Vauxhall Motors, who developed a sports car which won its first Reliability Trial in 1908, and was the first car to do 100mph at Brooklands in 1910. In 1912 the car won the Royal Automobile Club’s Swedish Reliability Trial. In 2011 Alisdaire built a replica sports car of the 1912 model using parts from the original cars, some of which were sourced from Australia. He took his car to Sweden in 2012 for the Centenary of the 1912 RAC Reliability Trial. The highlight of his visit was that Alisdaire had brought his sports car to the Hotel to show us. After a push start he was able to drive the car away. The vote of thanks was given by Ian Purves. The next meeting is today (May 28) at 10am.

St Peter’s Church

The Sunday Squad children celebrated the church’s birthday with small cakes with candles that they couldn’t blow out.


Plant sale

Gordon Flower Show Plant Sale will be held in the Village Hall this Saturday (May 30) 10am – 12noon.


Plant sale

A plant sale in aid of the Lavender Trust charity starts at 10am on May 31.


Bridge club

May 19 results: 1 Valerie Johnstone & Marion Miller; 2 Helen & Malcolm Ouldcott; 3 John & Marian Miller.

Rotary club

President Sandy Bannerman welcomed four visitors to the Rotary Club last week from Galashiels and District Rotary Club: Dave Romanis, John Miller, Tom Ingoldsby and Rae Hastings – all Past Presidents. They heard the speaker, Bruce Simpson, describe his role as Communications Director of the Border Chamber of Commerce. He has had wide business experience in a variety of roles. A graduate in hotel and catering he has been involved in providing tourism advice all over Britain and also ran a pub in Fife as well as owning a publishing business in Glasgow. He is a tourism consultant in Hungary and Romania where he now spends a lot of time. Locally he also serves on Denholm and district community council. When he was at Fort William he was a member of Lochaber Rotary Club when time allowed. The Board is concerned with and promotes road improvement, rail links, broadband improvement and youth opportunities in the Borders and works closely with local MPs, Councils and Youth Commissions. Many questions were raised after which Jack Swanston, Paul Harris Fellow, gave the vote of thanks. On Tuesday, May 19, Sandy Bannerman, Jim Walker and Mairhi Trickett assisted at the School’s Countryside Day at Springwood Park, Kelso.


Parish church

The service this Sunday (May 31) will be in the Hall of Friendship at 9am.


Bridge club

May 20 results: Tom Peel Quaich 1 Alex Jeffrey & Alison Ireland; 2 David Harris-Burland & Gerry Eglington; 3 Ian Watson & John Urquhart; 4 Sheena McPherson & Annie Mitchell; 5 Alison Darling & Bob Stevenson; 6 Rena Stewart & Miles Browne. Thursday, May 21 - Aggregate Pairs N/S 1 Rena Stewart & Maureen Weightman; 2 Dorothy Graham & Lynda Douglas; 3 Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson. E/W 1 Annie Mitchell & John Loudon; 2 = Chris Anthony & Marion Miller and Shirley Armstrong & Moira Ayton.

Parish church

Kelso North and Ednam Parish Church. Trinity Sunday, this Sunday (May 31) Ednam – 9.30am Morning Worship. Kelso North – 11am Morning Worship.

Plant sale

A sale of plants and wood turning is being held on the Bowmont Street side of Kelso North Church this Saturday (May 30) from 9am to 12noon, all in aid of Church funds.


Arts and crafts

A new shop of high quality arts and crafts has opened on the High Street. Extensive work has been carried out on what was once the old mini market and the name of the new shop is Cut the Mustard Gallery. It will be run by Lisa Rothwell-Young, a jeweller, and Barry Young, a photographer. There are more than 24 different exhibitors with items for sale. The business has been supported and encouraged by The David Stevenson Trust.


The Town Band are holding a concert in the Buccleuch Centre on Saturday (May 30) when the Scottish champions Whitburn Band will be the top attraction. The junior Band will also entertain during the evening, when everything kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets can be obtained by phoning the Buccleuch Centre box office on 013873 81196, or you can pay at the door.

Special service

The Academy S6 pupils attended a service in their honour, along with family and friends, in recognition of their graduation. The service was led by headteacher Jason Sinclair, who delivered a history talk on a former head teacher of the school. Depute headteachers John McFadzean and Lindsay Brown presented the pupils with certificates and hoodies.



Lauder in Bloom AGM is on June 25 at 7pm in the Lauderdale Hotel.

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History society

Borders Family History Society will be hosting a talk, “Hatches, Matches & Dispatches” by Marjorie Gavin this Sunday (May 31) in the Corn Exchange, Market Sq, Melrose, TD9 6PN. Doors open 2pm, talk preceded by the Society AGM at 2.30pm. Refreshments. All welcome.

Border Flower Club

Jean McClure was demonstrator for the May meeting, with the curious title of Strictly Jeanious. Jean brought craft and talented designs throughout, starting with a Spring nest of woven willow with large and small roses. Next she used dogwood to make a cage, as well as the unusual Easter lily and ranunculus which were all white. Her next was a colourful fan-shaped design, created by a contrast of colours, with lilac liatris, orange marigolds and yellow spray chrysanthemums. A woodland was portrayed with many different types of foliage – white cala lilies, carnations and cream gerberas with unusual white centres. A lattice fence painted pale blue was used to interlace pussy willows, while the base was blocked with blue agapanthus, with the sea holly and deep green chrysanths used to give the height. Her finale was a superb tall piece of wood, using eucalyptus, pale anthuriums, lavender roses and a lovely orchid, which was cut down to the gasps of the audience. Next meeting is on Wednesday, June 3, at 7pm in our usual venue – the Corn Exchange, Melrose, when the demonstrator will be Hetty Redwood from Linlithgow with the title Happiness in Flowers. Visitors welcome.



The Morebattle & Caverton Mill Fishing Club Coffee Morning will be held in the Institute this Saturday (May 30) at 10.30am. Morebattle Fishing Competition will be held on Saturday, June 6. Names to David Gray by Thursday, June 4 for draw at Templehall at 9pm.


The Jedburgh East Presbyterial Council Church of Scotland Guild Summer Rally will be held at Morebattle Church on Wednesday, June 3 at 7.30pm. All Welcome. Tea & Sales Table to follow in The Institute.


Winners of the competition “Something beginning with Q” – 1 Helen Cessford; 2 Wilma Horlock; 3 Mary Pringle. Powder Compact – 1 Nancy Anderson; 2 Margaret Blackmore; 3 Brenda Dixon.


Tub elected

Copshaw Common Riding this year will take place on Saturday, July 4. The unique event, which has folk on bikes instead of horses, elected the new Tub last week at the annual ball. Four candidates had forwarded their names and in a close contest John (Jock) Elliot was elected. The other three candidates were Dulcie Skelton, Mark Richardson and Mhairi Herd. The Tub’s first duty will be the Ride oot Bye on Saturday, June 20.


Community council

Nominations are invited to form a new Newtown St Boswells & Eildon village Community Council. This is a non-political group with the sole purpose of improving the village and services provided for the villagers. It is also the only collective village group with statutory rights and powers representing residents. People with different backgrounds, willingness to help and give a little of your time with one meeting each month. Your involvement would be interesting, rewarding and helpful and you’ll meet new people. Get nomination forms from the Newsagent, get proposer and seconder e.g. any friend or neighbour on electoral register, and submit to PO Box in SBC HQ building Reception by deadline 12 noon, June 5. See village website for more info. – newtowneildon.weebly.com


The next meeting of Newtown SWI will be held in the Community Wing on Thursday, June 4 at 7pm. The topic will be a talk on Guide Dogs. Members are reminded the competition will be “Fresh Flowers in a Tea Cup”. Last month members enjoyed an evening out and an excellent dinner at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells.

Seniors’ club

The last meeting of Newtown and Eildon Seniors’ Afternoon Club before the summer break will be on June 2 in the Community Wing from 2pm.

St Boswells

Pet show

The Guides, along with the Brownies, will be hosting a pet show on June 6 on The Green, starting at 11am. More information from Kirsten Forsyth (01835 823902/07795 417322).


Water singers

You can’t have lived in the Gala Water valley over the past two years and been unaware of “...the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over 100 years...” taking shape. The community choir wanted to capture and celebrate this huge and unique event. How? Step forward John Nichol, one of the Borders’ greatest creators and performers of musical theatre. Gala Water Singers commissioned John to go into our valley schools and engage the children about the Borders railway. From the children came the ideas; from John came the lyrics; from Music Director Jim Letham came the music and on June 7 at 3pm Stow Church sees the World Première of ‘The Waverley Line’, sung by the adult and children’s joint choir, in celebration of this extraordinary event. The rest of the programme keeps to the theme, sometimes flexibly interpreted, of celebrating transportation, enhanced by soloist Fraser Harris from Selkirk, currently studying music in Aberdeen plus, once again, the joy of live musicians. Tickets (nibbles included) £8 (children free), from Stow shop, from John on 01578 730507 or on the door.


Parish church

The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on June 14 at 10.30am.


Parish church

The service this Sunday (May 31) in Walkerburn Public Hall will be at 10.30am.



BBC Radio Scotland Traditional Musician of 2006 Shona Mooney and friends present an evening of old favourites and contemporary compositions in Yarrowford Village Hall this Sunday (May 31) at 7.30pm. Tickets £8, £5 (children) and £20 (family) from 01750 76212.


Coffee morning

Yetholm Guild would like to thank all who helped and attended the Coffee Morning last Saturday. £505 was raised which will go towards the Guild Projects this year.

Festival meeting

The last meeting before this year’s Festival takes place on Monday, June 1, at 7.30pm in Youth Hall. Programmes are now on sale in shops and Post Office at £1.50.

Grand auction

Yetholm Church are holding an Auction on Friday, June 5 in Wauchope Hall at 7pm. You can view items on Thursday June 4 from 7 - 8pm and on Friday from 6 - 7pm.

Live theatre

Tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in Wauchope Hall, The Man Who Left the Titanic will be staged. Entry, £10, to include refreshments.

Shepherd’s show

The Show are holding a Sheep Stock Judging Event this Saturday (May 30) from 5pm on the Haugh. There will also be a Bouncy Castle, Barbecue and Bar. Come along and guess the weight of the heaviest, wooliest sheep!