District News


Coffee morning

The village hall is hosting a Blooming Great Coffee Morning to raise funds for the Marie Curie charity on June 6 (10am-noon).


Parish church

Sunday’s congregation heard a graphic account of the recent Nepal earthquake, which cost over 7,000 lives. Ongdi Sherpa, who was in Kathmandu at the time and now stays in Galashiels, said that his own village had been devastated. His talk was illustrated by slides. There was a retiring collection for the Nepal Relief Fund. The service was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley and a Bible reading performed by Christine Dorward. Georgie Bird, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, does voluntary work for Riding for the Disabled and is holding a sponsored silence for 48 hours this month to raise funds. Music was played by Andy and Catriona Bird. It was announced that one of the church’s elders, Margaret Black, had died. There will be an afternoon Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday at 3pm when anyone who can help with transport should contact the minister.



Members held their AGM before Dorthe Stevold provided lots of fun with gentle exercises and advice. Competition – baby’s bootees – 1, Alix Grierson; 2, Edith Cockburn. All bootees will be donated to the Blythswood charity. Competition points for the year – 1, Heather Smith; 2, Edith Cockburn; 3, Barbara Greer. The outing is on June 11 (change of date), leaving The Square at 11am with tea at the Stair Arms on the way home. The trip is to Ocean Terminal with an option to go on board the royal yacht Britannia. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Trish Grierson on 01896 822 859.

Auld Earlston

It was back to school for Auld Earlston group members, who were delighted to accept an invitation to participate in the Learning Partnership Open Day at Earlston Primary School. A photographic display was created of schooldays past, together with pictures of wartime Earlston, the railway era and Simpson & Fairbairn Mill. Visitors could also watch a lap-top slide show and browse through the albums of press cuttings on Earlston.



The following appointments were confirmed at Kirkhope Village Hall AGM – chairperson, George Jack; vice-chair, Alison Blackadder; treasurer, Alan Ross; interim secretary, Gordon Beveridge.

Coffee morning

The next coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will be held on June 6 (10am-noon). Anyone with anything to sell should come along, take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.


On July 31, the Keats Quartet will play in the village hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Linda on 01750 52257.



The meeting on June 10 will be the final night before the summer break, meeting at Herges on the Lake, Tweedbank, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Meetings will resume again on September 16. Competition winners from the May meeting – floral arrangement – 1, Agnes Mathison; 2, Fiona Walters; vase – 1, Fiona Walters; 2, Janice Currie.


Trinity church

Ongdi Sherpa – who comes from Nepal, but lives in Galashiels – was in Kathmandu when an earthquake recently hit his country. He showed slides of the devastation to the congregation at last Sunday’s service. Ongdi has decided to raise money for victims of this disaster and a retiring collection was taken for this cause. Elspeth Harley conducted the service, Andy Bird was at the piano and Marette Hose delivered Bible readings. Session clerk Bill Cheyne announced that Trinity had raised £1,113.84 for Christian Aid and that the joint guild coffee morning had realised £349.60. There will be a coffee morning in the church hall from 10am-noon on June 6. The kirk session meets on June 9 at 7pm.


Stephen Paterson of TD1 Radio, a community station broadcasting on 106.5FM – covering Galashiels, Selkirk and Stow – told the history of the station. From its birth in a room in David Henderson’s house in Galashiels, Steven took members through its various stages when the group of radio enthusiasts had to apply first for permission to transmit online only until they were able to apply for a licence to broadcast on FM. Much of the initial costs were borne by David and his team of volunteers, though eventually they were able to apply for grants, lottery funding etc. After much searching, the station found accommodation within Ladhope Golf Club and launched on FM at 6am on March 30 this year.

Waterways group

On June 6, Gala Waterways Group will be cutting back bushes and trees near the lade at the back of the High Street car park (behind Iceland). Saws, loppers and secateurs would be handy. Volunteers should wear boots or wellies. Meet at 10am by the public toilets in the car park. For more information, contact Alastair Lings 01896 757861/07763 850087.


Callant date

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of the “Evening with the Callant” has been changed from June 10 to June 24 (7.30pm).


The SRI trip is today (June 4), meeting at the town hall car park at 3pm.


A whist drive will be held on June 8 at 7.30pm.

Lunch club

The lunch club meets on June 10 (11.30am-1.30pm).

Plant sale

The plant sale on May 31 raised more than £2,500 for the Lavender Trust charity.



The club’s coffee morning, held in Trinity Church Hall, raised nearly £1,000 for those suffering from recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Bridge club

May 26 – 1, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan; 2, Valerie Johnstone and Marion Miller; 3, John and Marian Miller.


The Roxburgh federation’s spring rally was held in Hawick where a large number of members from the 23 institutes attended. Entertainment for the evening was a fashion show of hats, hatinators and fascinators by April Fleming of Teviothead, and dresses by Eden, Hawick. Members tried on the various hats before supper was served. Congratulations were extended to Joan Duncan and Caroline Tully on receiving Honours for the Afternoon Tea test, Jan Little on gaining Honours for Preserves and Shona Morrison in respect of Honours for Baking and first class for Sugarcraft.

The competitions for the evening were judged by Aileen Cavers and Isa Cavers – jar of marmalade – 1, J. Little, Newmill and Teviothead; 2, A. J. Mitchinson, Newcastleton; 3, B. J. Hopkins, Roberton. Jar of chutney – 1, A. Cochrane, Midlem; 2, N. Anderson, Morebattle; 3, K. Neasham, Hermitage. Liqueur – 1, J. Little, Newmill and Teviothead; 2, G. Francombe, Newmill and Teviothead; 3, S. Gray. Mobile phone cover – 1, H. Cessford, Morebattle; 2, S. Morrison, Cogsmill. Fresh f lower corsage – 1, J. Little, Newmill and Teviothead; 2, G. Williamson, Midlem; 3, A. Cochrane, Midlem.



The service on June 7 will be in the Hall of Friendship at 9am.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session, 137 volunteers offered to give blood and there were 125 donations, including four new donors.

Holocaust survivor

Jedburgh Grammar School students will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper on June 10 as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). This will be followed by a question-and-answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth.


Youth project

Kelso Youth Project needs donations of old DVDs, CDs and books for its sale in Kelso Square on June 20. They can be dropped off at The Planet on Wednesdays (3-5.30pm) and Thursdays (3-9pm). Contact Ian on ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk for further information or to help on the day.


Abbey Quilters’ AGM is on June 9 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. As well as the AGM, there will be a “Show and Tell” and party. Members should remember to bring their challenge squares for judging, as well as mug and name badge. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Coffee morning

The Friends of Kelso Hospital are holding a coffee morning at Abbey Row Centre on June 6 (10am-noon).


The next meeting of the Four Border Abbeys U3A group will be held on June 8 at 12.30pm in Kelso Rugby Club, taking the form of a buffet lunch and social for members and their guests.

Bridge club

May 27 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Bob Stevenson and Annie Mitchell; 3, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; E/W – 1, John Urquhart and Janet Kyle; 2, Alison Ireland and Jean McLaren; 3, Elinor Green and Caroline Sutherland. May 28 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Alex Jeffrey and Archie Stewart; 2, Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman; 3, Ian Watson and Georgina Hall; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2, Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson.


Coffee morning

The local branch of the British Heart Foundation held a coffee morning in the Buccleuch Centre and raised well over £500. It was opened by the Reverend Scott McCarthy, and chairperson Betty Edgar then handed over to Dr Bronwyn McCall who launched the training to teach people what to do if they are present when someone has a cardiac arrest. Mr McCarthy was joined by a number of volunteers for CPR training using a specially-designed pack, including 10 resuscitation mannequins and a 30-minute DVD.

The local committee of BHF is working with the Langholm Initiative to help any group or individual to train in basic CPR, and anyone who would like more information should contact Judith Johnston at the Initiative.


More than £1,000 was raised by a group of 20 runners for the Muckle Toon Adventure Festival. Starting at 7am, they took it in turns on the 24-hour run from the bottom of the hill road which leads to Newcastleton, up to the MacDiarmid memorial. The distances completed worked out as reaching the summit of Everest. The fundraiser was organised to boost the funds of the festival which will take place over the weekend of June 19-21, and involves trail running, mountain biking, guided walks and children’s activities.


Historical society

Michael Middlemiss is coming on June 24 and not June 10 as previously advertised. He will still be giving a presentation about Lauder Burgess Acres. At the AGM, the following were elected onto the committee – Eugene Brandeschi (chairperson), Pat Fairbairn (vice-chairperson), Grace Whellans (treasurer), Joan Stevens (secretary – tel. 01578 722559) and committee members Caroline Barr, Jean Landells, Elma Middlemiss, Michael Scott and Anthony Tucker. Grateful thanks were conveyed to outgoing committee members Alistair Smith (chairperson), Andy Neil (vice-chairperson), Rod and Cath Hanmer and Helen Neil for their work for the society.


Parish church

Communion at Bowden and Melrose took place on the last overcast May morning of what turned out to be a beautiful day. The sum of £3,165 has been raised for Christian Aid, plus £209 for Nepal. Foodbank contributions are still welcome and the church magazine is available. June 7 services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).


Melrose Primary School’s summer fair is today (Thursday), from 1.30-4.30pm. Organisers have hired a cave simulator which will allow up to 12 children and/or adults at a time to experience caving in the safety of the back of a lorry.


The bookstall has a range to cover most interests and aspects. Books of a more humorous nature try to provide information – with laughter. Asterix and Obelix have been known for years as principal characters in the only village in Gaul holding out against the Romans, who give them a wide berth. Now the Gauls have teamed up with the Picts, whose village leader is, as you might expect, Heidbummerix.


Coffee mornings

Morebattle fishing club coffee morning was held on Saturday when approximately £365 was raised. Competition winners – sweets in jar – Gail Gibson; lucky card – June Bell. Morebattle fishing competition will be held on June 6. Names to David Gray by June 4 for 9pm draw at Templehall. The institute coffee morning will be held on June 13 at 10.30am.


Members go to Minto golf club for their outing on June 10.

Youth project

See Kelso section.


Craft fair

The annual craft fair attracted many locals, and visitors from both sides of the border. The event is the main fundraiser for the hall committee.



The open night began with a

talk and slideshow on the his

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tory between Langholm and Hawick, given by Ian Landles and Billy Young. Competitions – home-made savoury snack – visitors – 1, Rhona Glendinning; 2, Jean Umpherston; members – 1, Muriel Baptie; old photograph on any subject of something between /and/or including Hawick and Langholm – 1, Tina Ainslie; 2, Liz Howieson; 3, Jan Little. The sales table proceeds went to the MS society. The next meeting is the annual outing – a treasure hunt on June 9, beginning at The Haugh at 6pm, and a meal at Denholm Meet at 7.30pm.


Plant sale

Newtown in Bloom held its spring plant sale in the Community Wing, attracting well over 100 local residents. Bob Johnston, of Philiphaugh Plants, provided spring bedding plants and many villagers had brought along a bewildering variety of plants, from nasturtiums to tomato plants to tree peonies. The event made a net profit of £363 and there was a donation from John Gordon towards a new water bowser. There have been further donations since from people who were unable to attend, bringing the total to more than £500. The group will be able to use most of the unsold plants at various locations around the village.



Elected – president/secretary, Agnes Bell; treasurer, Sylvia Thomson; committee – Denise Barclay, Wendy Gilchrist, Frances Dickman, Jackie Pinkerton and Margaret Smith. Following completion of business, members enjoyed a wide variety of taste-and-try dishes. The summer outing will be held on June 17.



See Newmill section.


Jumble sale

Walkerburn Community Development Trust is holding a jumble sale in the village hall on June 6 between 10.30am and 12.30pm.


The service on June 7 in Walkerburn Public Hall starts at 10.30am.


Youth project

See Kelso district.


Yetholm Church and Sanctuary will hold a rededication service on June 10 at 7pm in Yetholm Church, conducted by the Moderator of the Presbytery of Jedburgh.

Bowmont Theatre

Bowmont Theatre stages “Acting – it’s not Plumbing” in Wauchope Hall, June 12 (7.30pm).

Plant sale

Floral Gateway holds a plant sale on the village green on June 13 (9.30am).


Yetholm Sinfonia will perform on June 13 at 7.30pm in Kelso Old Parish Church.


The Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi will attend the annual kirkin’ service at Yetholm Church on June 14 (10am), followed by coffee and sandwiches in the Border Hotel.


Festival Week children’s disco and party in Wauchope Hall on June 14 at 2pm.