District News



President Rachel Sinton welcomed Shona Morrison who gave a cake-decorating demonstration. The Fete Cup was won by Jeanie Butler for a French apple tart; 2, Joyce Charles; 3, Janet McDonald; fingerless mitts – Margaret Dorricott. The summer outing – to Denholm – was yesterday (Wednesday).



The next meeting of the community cafe will be on June 17 from 11am-noon in the village hall.


Parish church

There were two services on Sunday, when several visitors joined the congregation. The morning one was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley, who held a short special communion service in the afternoon for those unable to attend on a regular basis. A Bible reading was delivered and a prayer led by Jo Lawson. It was reported that a retiring collection at the service the previous week had raised £187 for victims of the Nepal earthquake. It was also announced that the kirkin’ of the Braw Lad and Lass will take place in Trinity Church on June 21.


Open-air service

Hawick Salvation Army Band returns to Denholm this Sunday (June 14) for an open-air service at 6pm on the green. All attending are advised to bring a chair or rug. Tea and coffee will be available after the service in the church hall. Should the weather be unsettled, the service will be held in the church.


Coffee morning

The women’s section of the Earlston branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland is grateful to the people of Earlston for supporting its coffee morning – also a special thanks to Anne, Elsie and Mary for their help. The event realised £605.61.

Parish church

This Sunday’s service (June 14) is at 10.15am and Holy Communion will be celebrated on June 21 at 10.15am.



Callant Grant Raeburn and his henchmen received a warm welcome at Edgerston last Wednesday evening where he was presented with cufflinks.

Tweed tale

Well Road Productions will present “Tale O Tweed” in the hall tomorrow (June 12) 7 for 7.30pm. Contact Christine on 01835 840246 or p10caw@aol.com for more information.

Clay pigeons

A clay pigeon shoot in aid of Edgerston Village Hall funds will be held this Saturday (June 13) – contact Doug Shanks on 01835 840332 for more details.



Due to illness, the speaker had to cancel, but there was lots to discuss regarding the forthcoming federation show and 90th birthday plans. Competitions – quiche – 1, Ann Davies; 2, Marion McNeil; 3, Celia Wilson; a childhood memory – 1, Isla Young; 2, Celia Wilson; 3, Marion McNeil. The outing was to Woodside Garden Centre where members had a tour around the Victiorian walled garden and enjoyed supper in the cafe.


Camera club

The club is holding its annual summer outing this Sunday (June 14) – this year to Culross. Member Alan Kennedy has been awarded an L.R.P.S. Distinction in photography by the Royal Photographic Society. He was presented with the award by society president Derek Birch at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. More than 1,000 applications for licentiateship, associateship and fellowship are received each year. The society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers, with more than 10,000 members in the UK and abroad.


The latest meeting of Galashiels and District Probus Club was held in the Kingsknowes Hotel and attended by 58 members. John Clithero – one-time GPO engineer turned sports journalist and broadcaster, and now guest speaker on cruise ships – talked on “Treading the Boards and Sailing the Seas”. This was largely reminiscing on his times at sea. This was the last gathering of this session and the next meeting is not until September 10 in the Kingsknowes Hotel when Henry Borthwick addresses members on “Soutra Revisited”.

Trinity church

On Sunday, Dorothy Howden was back leading the music and minister Elspeth Harley conducted the service. The Bible reading was delivered by Ed Martin. Session clerk Bill Cheyne announced that the collection for Nepal taken at the end of the previous week’s service had amounted to £305 and the coffee morning on Saturday raised £210.


Bridge club

June 2 – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Bob Witherington and Mike Tuson; 3, Helen Ouldcott and Marion Miller.


Towford SWI

The summer outing on Tuesday, June 2, was to Teviot Smokery. The committee meets on Tuesday, August 25, at 7.30pm. Results of the Hownam Hall whist – ladies – 1, Joan Kyle; 2, Robert Ellwood; 3, Christine Gibson; 4, Anne Redpath; booby, Margaret Jeffrey; longest sitter, Evelyn Taylor; gents – 1, Gil Telfer; 2, Brian Wilson; 3, Keith Wilson; 4, Selby Wilson; booby, Kenny Tait; longest sitter, Alistair Hogarth.


Parish church

Sunday’s service (June 14) will be held in the hall of friendship at 9am.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on June 24 at 7pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall.

Football fives

Entries for the Games Week Football Fives (July 11) are now being accepted – contact Steven Notman on 07792 092118.

Overseas guests

St Ronan’s Border Games committee tries to accommodate visitors from overseas who are staying in the town during Games Week as guests at the Cleikum Ceremonies. This year’s ceremonies will take place on July 17 and applications for overseas guest invitations are now being accepted by email – stronansgames@googlemail.com


Anyone who has not already done so and wishes to contribute to the 2015 St Ronan’s Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies Patrons’ Scheme should contact Ted McKie on 01896 830703, or email caerlee@yahoo.co.uk

Treasure hunt

St Ronan’s Border Games Week car treasure hunt is on July 13. Competitors are invited to report to the entrance foyer of the Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on that day to collect their clue sheets. The entry fee is £5 per vehicle.


Disco party

Tomorrow (June 12), Jedburgh Youth Project (JYP) hosts a disco party night in the Town Hall, 6.45-8.45pm. It is open to primary schoolchildren over the age of nine. For further information and to be put on the JYP mailing list, email Ian at ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk


Bridge club

June 3 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; 2, Mary and Jim Stone; 3, Richard Oates and Sheena West; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2 (equal), Beth Stark and John Urquhart, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson. June 4 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; 2, Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton; 3, Miles Browne and Brian Saywood.

Quiz night

Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group enjoyed an entertaining quiz night at the White Swan which raised more than £130. Quizmaster was Gavin Horsburgh.



The Town Band welcomed Whitburn Band as part of the former’s bicentenary commemorations. Whitburn members were invited to lead a workshop day, rehearsing with the youth and town bands. The youngsters were put through their paces by Caroline Farren, musical director of the current Scottish youth development section champions, Whitburn Youth Band. Afterwards, the Town Band rehearsed items for the second half of the year directed by guest conductor Charlie Farren. The day came to a close with a concert, held in the Buccleuch Centre, by the Scottish and Scottish open champions, Whitburn, directed by John Boax. The local youth band also performed as part of the event. During the evening, Councillor Ted Thompson, civic head of Dumfries and Galloway Council, presented band president David Calvert with a gift to mark the bicentenary, and Charlie Farren, from Whitburn, presented David with an engraved quaich and banner.

Accordion club

There was a good turnout for the accordion and fiddle club open afternoon in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. Around 20 musicians from both sides of the border were introduced by compere Adam Grant.

Common Riding

At the outset of the Common Riding committee meeting in the Crown Hotel, chairman Roger Maxwell congratulated Jamie Fletcher on being elected Cornet and assured him of the committee’s full support. A letter was read out from cricket secretary Graham Park confirming there were no objections to a bench with an inscribed plaque being erected at the side of the pitch in memory of former secretary Dick Hill – the instalment will take place on July 12. The public meeting night had gone well with no complaints about the way the Common Riding was being run. It was brought up at the meeting that 2016 would be the bicentenary of the first riding of the marches on horseback, and the committee will discuss about having some sort of commemoration. The cost of the marquee was up £20 to £798, and this was accepted. It was agreed that the allowances for the Cornet and Right and Left-Hand Men would remain at £850 and £425 respectively. Following the retirement of David Pool, Billy Young will again be Fair Crier this year. There had been two applicants for concert organiser and following a vote David Pool was appointed. A letter of resignation was read out from Marion Pool, the Lady Investor, and it was agreed the chairman would would approach his daughter, Michaela, to see if she was willing to to take over. Andrew Johnstone and Alan Currie

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committee, but Andrew Elliot and Robert Elliot were accepted as new members. It was agreed that the collection at the Castleholm dance will be divided equally between the town and pipe bands.


Parish church

Tomorrow (June 12) – Trinity Centre, Melrose Primary School Fairtrade Cafe (9.45-10.30am); foodbank contributions welcome, including tins and tea; Saturday (June 14) – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10.45am, wreath laying; 11am, kirkin’ of the Melrosian); June 16 – SBAAG, The Ormiston, 7pm, Dr Logie.

Border Flower Club

Border Flower Club, which meets in the Corn Exchange, is celebrating the news that two members – Alison Aitken and Yvonne Young – won a silver medal at Gardening Scotland’s floral art competition in the world of entertainment class. Their chosen title was “Pyrotechnics”. They were also medal winners last year.


Ten people took advantage of Ian Skinner’s first-Monday-in-the-month Old Melrose walk. The Trimontium walk on the Thursday had a good number and on the previous evening, at the first trustees’ meeting of the season, tribute was paid to the popular and deeply-missed treasurer, Bill Whittaker. Fundraising efforts towards the museum extension were reported – never an easy task. It was agreed to press on with the arrangements to hold the Antonine Wall (central section) trip on August 8. Thanks were expressed to the corps of walk guides at this testing time; to Geraldine Rowley, likewise, for her organising of the museum supervisors; and to the dresser of the Roman soldier at the Trimontium Stone on the Saturday morning of the forthcoming Melrose Festival tour of ceremonies.


Coffee morning

The institute coffee morning will be held this Sunday (June 13) at 10.30am in aid of institute funds.


Morebattle Guild hosted the Jedburgh East Presbyterial Council Summer Guild Rally in Morebattle Church on Wednesday night. Guest speaker was the Reverend Ian Clark. After hymns, prayers, readings and the church choir entertaining, refreshments and a sales table was held in the institute.



Borders Samaritans are holding a volunteering information event on June 18 (7-9pm) at 21 West Port, Selkirk. Call or text 07857 09 81 86, or email borders@samaritans.org to register an interest, or simply turn up on the night.



The AGM was held with reports from the president, treasurer and secretary. A new committee was elected. Competitions – small vase of flowers – 1, June Brown; 2, Yvonne Wood; 3, Frances Rogers; miniature animal ornament – 1, Margaret Mitchell; 2, Kathy Wilkie; 3, Anne Stoker. The raffle was won by Anne Stoker. Results for competitions held throughout the year – Rosebowl for Making Competitions, June Brown; Cup for Pick-up Competitions, Kathy Wilkie.



There will be a service at 10.30am this Sunday (June 14) in Traquair Kirk.



The Walkerburn Festival service will be held in the Public Hall at 10.30am on June 21.


Hog roast

The annual hog roast, in aid of the village hall, will be held at the hall this Saturday (June 13) at 7pm. Contact Angela (01578 740633) or Grace (07779 908159) for more information.


Festival Week

The Le Boule competition will be held on June 13 from 1pm at The Plough. The principals visit the school tomorrow (June 12) and will be inviting pupils to come along to the many events taking place throughout the week. The kirkin’ is on June 14 at 10am, followed by a children’s disco at 2pm. Beetle drive in the Youth Hall on June 15 at 7pm. The quiz will be in the Border Hotel at 8pm on June 16 and one of the highlights of the week – the Stobstanes Ride – takes place on June 17, leaving Town Yetholm at 5.30pm.

Coffee mornings

Yetholm Church restarts its weekly coffee mornings downstairs in the newly-refurbished church from June 17 (10.30am-noon).


The village lunch will take place on June 18 from noon in the Wauchope Hall – proceeds to Festival Week.


Yetholm groups were present in the Cross Keys, Kelso, on Sunday to receive donations from local fundraising group Charity Begins At Home. They included the church, film group, primary school, dry bar and playgroup.


New bunting has been purchased this year and will be on display during Festival Week, the organisers of which are grateful to those who put it up and the householders who allow bunting to be attached to their properties.