District News


Parish church

The weekly service was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley, who again welcomed two female visitors on holiday from the Bridgenorth area and who had spent much of their week at Selkirk Common Riding and around the Borders. The Bible reading was delivered by session clerk Anne Grieve, and music was supplied by Andy and Catriona Bird and Anne Grieve. Georgie Bird is holding a sponsored silence this week to raise money for Riding for the Disabled. Anyone who can help patients at the BGH attend chaplaincy centre services is asked to contact Jo Lawson. There will be a meeting of the congregational board on June 25 at 7pm in the church. It was also announced that the Kirkin’ of the Braw Lad and Lass will take place in Trinity Church on Sunday at 11.15am.


Hall roof

The village hall has at last been successful in getting help to replace the roof. Langhope Rig wind farm community fund has awarded a grant of £5,000 towards the project, with the hall providing more than £2,000 more from its own fundraising efforts and St Mary’s SRI making a donation of £236 . The sale and teas event scheduled for June 27 has been postponed to a later date, to be decided once the work on the roof is completed.



Earlston community cafe is open for coffee, tea and biscuits every Wednesday (10.30am-noon) in the church hall. No charge, but donations accepted.

Parish church

The communion service on Sunday at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Bruce Lawrie. All elders should meet in the vestry at 9.45am to conduct important session business which has to be dealt with before the next scheduled meeting. June 27 is Messy Church in the church hall from 10.30am to

1pm. On June 28, the civic week service will be held in the marquee at 10.15am. There will be an evening service at 6.30pm in the church on the same day.


School exhibition

Eddleston Primary School’s World War One and farming exhibition is on display at the Royal Highland Show, within the eco-garden and cottage, located in the countryside area of the showground. Staff and pupils have teamed up with the Royal Highland Agricultural Show Society to mark the centenary of World War One and pay tribute to how it changed rural Scotland forever. The school will display a contemporary project within the cottage to show how life in a rural parish like Eddleston changed for the adults and children left at home during the conflict, in particular focusing on farming, horticulture and food production. In addition, the pupils have examined the differences that exist in agriculture between 1915 and 2015 using local farms. The children have visited properties within Eddleston parish, interviewing local farmers, and collecting other information from newspaper archives, old records such as valuation rolls and photographs. Some pupils will personally present their work to The Princess Royal when she attends the show on June 19. The Royal Highland Show runs from today (Thursday) until June 22.



The community are looking forward to welcoming Callant Raeburn and his Henchmen at Redewsire on July 4.

Clay shoot

The clay shoot held on Saturday, June 13, at Edgerston Tofts was won by Team Eildon (Sue and Ian Braithwaite, Kim Cooper) and Top Gun Andy Dunsuir.


Trinity church

Minister Elspeth Harley conducted the service on Sunday. Alistair Wilson read Bible passages, while Dorothy Howden played music for the hymns. The Braw Lad will be kirked at the June 21 service, which starts at 11.15am. Sunday morning will also see the last of the Kidz Klub meetings until after the summer holidays. Some of the children are participating in the Braw Lads’ sports in the afternoon.


As the Rotary year comes to an end on June 30, incoming president Lynda Stoddart and her committee chairs have announced plans for the coming year. The first event will be the summer fun day in August, followed by pre-Christmas events at the end of November and the Christmas Eve carol service. The senior citizens’ lunch will be held in the spring. Internationally, the club will continue to support victims of disasters such as the recent earthquake in Nepal and, to support these causes, will hold a collection at Tesco in December. Youth activities will include the primary school quiz and a greater range of work with the Academy. As usual, students will be sent to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp and Challenge Enterprise. In sport, Rotarians will send players to the Young Golfer competition and hold its own fundraising event in June. There are also plans to visit Virtual Golf again, as well as days at Kelso Races and a rugby match between Gala and Melrose. Meanwhile, club secretary Rae Hastings revisited his climb of Kilimanjaro with former Rotarian Duncan McCosh. This trip was 10 years ago and raised funds in excess of £6,000 through sponsorship for Jaipur Limb and the Macmillan MRI scanner appeal. Rae recalled the numbers of people climbing, passing through six climate zones, the effort required and the emotion felt when reaching the summit.

Charity appeal

A charity shop in Galashiels is urging locals to clear their closets of unwanted clothes and donate them to help treat sick and injured pets. PDSA at 64 Channel Street is on the hunt for ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing to sell. For more information, contact Linzi Liddle on 01896 759881.


On June 20 (10am-noon) at Langlee Community Centre, Fit Borders is hosting a Zumbathon in aid of Arthurshiel Rescue Centre, St Boswells. This event is the swansong fundraising event for Arthurshiel volunteer Sheena Chappell, who is retiring from active service in the fundraising field for the charity after having been involved with them in various categories for the last 15 years. Tickets are available from the Fit Borders website and instructors.



Winners of the whist drive held on June 8 – ladies – 1, Betty Fleming; 2, Evelyn Taylor; 3, Joan Kyle; booby, Greta Middlemas; gents – 1, Alistair Patterson; 2, Peter Hedley; 3, Izzy Brodie; booby, Alistair Cameron.

Lunch club

Last Wednesday’s gathering was well attended, with lots

of new faces from far and wide.


The new date for the SRI’s “Evening with the Callant” is June 24. Tickets are still valid and one can pay at the door.


Bridge club

June 9 – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Ken Auckland and Dave King; E/W – 1, Rob Goldie and Margaret MacLeod; 2, Helen and Malcolm Ouldcott.


At the post-common riding meeting, the club broke up into its different committees and discussed future plans and activities to be presented at the club assembly. The coffee morning realised £1,000 and this is being disbursed as £750 to the Rotary Napal Earthquake Appeal and £250 to Mr Sherpa, Selkirk, a Nepalese who lives and works there. He is raising funds to assist him in helping to rebuild his native village.



The service on June 21 will take the form of a breakfast story and song at 8.30am in the Hall of Friendship. There is also a service at St Ronan’s House at 4pm.

Games Week

Local entries for the American Cup (800 metres handicap) and the New Zealand trophy (200 metres handicap) must be made to sports secretary Sarah Lindsay (01869 833590) no later than July 12. No entries for these events will be accepted on the field on Games Saturday (July 18). Both races are for youths – 9 years to under-18s – and are confined to Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair. Anyone who would like to buy Games Week bunting should contact treasurer Norman Scott (01896) 830621. Last orders – June 26. Volunteers should blankets for the collections during the fancy dress parade on July 16 and flower parade two days later. Those willing to help are asked to contact Games committee treasurer Norman Scott (01896) 830621. The senior citizens’ social evening will be held in the Memorial Hall on July 9, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Thrift Shop, free of charge. It is hoped that as many people as possible will decorate their homes to help brighten the town for its most important week of the year. Anyone who wishes to have their house judged for the fancy dress parade must give their name to Games secretary Stewart Wilson (07912 848009) no later than 8pm on July 15. Shops and businesses will also be judged, with prizes on offer. The final committee meetings will take place on Wednesdays June 24, and July 1 and 8. All meetings will be held in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, at 7pm .



At the club business meeting last Thursday, it was agreed that £75 would be given to Jedburgh Grammar School to help pay for end-of-term prizes. The club will also give £100 to Jedburgh Karate Club towards a jerkin which competitors wear when taking part in karate exams, and £85 for crocus bulbs to be planted around the town, illustrating the club’s efforts to eliminate polio throughout the world. The Rotary Ladies plant sale raised £200 for the club charity account. All officers for the next Rotary year have been appointed and the club will meet on July 2 in assembly to confirm Tony Rae as new president, taking over from Gordon Stuart.

Holocaust survivor

Pupils from Jedburgh Grammar School assembled in the town hall to hear one of the last Holocaust survivors, Zigi Schipper, speak about his experiences in the Lodz ghetto in Poland, of Auschwitz-Birkenau and his subsequent new life in the UK. The event was organised jointly by the school and Jedburgh Rotary Club.


Book sale

Kelso Youth Project’s DVD/CD/book sale is on June 20 (9.30am-4pm) in Kelso Square. Volunteers to help run the event are needed – contact ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk or ring 07958 277766. Donations of old DVDs, CDs and books can be dropped off at The Planet (next door to Border Ice Rink) today (Thursday) from 3-9pm and tomorrow, 4-6.30pm.


Kelso Stitchers’ last meeting for this session is on June 23 – a visit to Moy Mackay’s studio in Peebles. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster (01573 229414).

Bridge club

June 7 – Kelso Bridge Congress – pairs – 1, Diana Drysdale and Ros French; 2, Maureen Weightman and Helen Long; 3, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 4, Helen MacNeil and Liz Henderson; 5, Kate Mole and Margaret Patterson; 6, Maureen McMillan and Jennifer Marshall. Swiss teams – 1, Margaret Alder, Nigel Booth, Ritchie Thompson, Liz Barr; 2, John Anderson, Tom Allison, Lesley Kydd, Alex Crawford; 3, Robin Sharp, Jan Sharp, Alastair Small, Sheila Small; 4 (equal), Alister Rae, Maurice Franceschi, Catriona Gardiner, Elizabeth Peckham and Norman Morrison, Bett Morrison, Iain Morton, Margaret Morton; 6, Bob Stevenson, Annie Mitchell. Jon Bridger, Gerry Eglinton. Club nights – June 10 – Howell movement – 1, Dominic Alkin and Diana Alkin; 2, David Harris Burland and Sheila Urquhart; 3, Jean McLaren and Alison Ireland. June 11 – N/S – 1, Michael Horwood and Alison Ireland; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2, John and Marian Miller.

Amateur drama

Kelso Amateur Dramatic Society has chosen “Cash On Delivery”, a farce by Michael Cooney, for its November production. The company will be directed by Susan Stewart, a stalwart member, with a wealth of experience on stage and behind scenes. A play reading will be held on June

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22 at 7.30pm in Abbey Row Centre. Anyone interested in being considered for a part should just turn up.



Each year, Langholm residents wait in anticipation on the outcome of the Derby – the Common Riding colours are taken from the winning owner. Golden Horn was a comfortable three-and-a-half-lengths victor with Frankie Dettori in the saddle as 13-8 favourite for trainer John Gosden, and in the black, white and red colours of owner Anthony Oppenheimer.

Town Band

The Town Band bicentenary celebrations continued as members performed at a prestigious engagement to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The band was invited by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to take part in the Eve of Waterloo extravaganza in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Under the baton of musical director Chris Shanks, the Town Band performed on its own, and in a massed band consisting of more than 300 performers, including the bands of the Royal Marines Scotland and the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the Royal Regiment of Scotland, in company with Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools Choir. The Town Band has its own close ties with the Battle of Waterloo – the first significant recorded appearance was on the return of the Scots Greys from the conflict when a recently formed band of musicians paraded the returning soldiers through the town. The officer commanding the soldiers was so impressed with the band’s performance he presented them with part of the brass from the harness of his horse, now known as the band buckle.

Probus club

President Irving Stuart welcomed 18 members to a meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. There are still seats available for the trip to Dumfries House on Wednesday, August 19. Club member Bill Jamison gave a talk on the history of Eskdalemuir seismological recording station, which opened in 1962. Its purpose was to monitor the Limited Atomic Test Ban Treaty of 1963, heralding a slight warming of Cold War politics. Eskdalemuir was chosen because of its remoteness and quietness, so continuous 24-hour monitoring there would show up any underground anomalies.

Westerhall Gardens

The gardens at Westerhall, a few miles from the town, are now open to the public. The open day was run in conjunction with Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931. It raises funds for other deserving causes by facilitating the opening of gardens throughout Scotland to the public. Head gardener Grant Moir was on hand to give advice and there was a plant sale. Westerkirk Parish Trust received 40% of the takings, with the remainder going to Scotland’s Gardens.


Historical society

Michael Middlemiss will give a presentation on the Lauder Burgesses and Burgess Acres on June 24 at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens on 01578 722559.


Duck race

A duck race will take place on June 20 at 3pm. Meet at the church car park before walking down to the burn. Ducks cost £2 and there will be cash prizes. A barbecue will follow at the village hall – bring your own food and drink. Proceeds to Borders Search and Rescue Unit.


Parish church

At the Kirkin’ of the Melrosian, the lessons were read by festival chairman James Marjoribanks and Melrosian Donald Crawford. Activities: foodbank ongoing; June 21 services, Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).


“Discovery and Excavation”, the just-published 240-page annual report of Archaeology Scotland, highlights two Borders discoveries. Not far from Galashiels there appeared a denarius of the Emperor Domitian (dated to 92-95AD) and a diamond-shaped Roman plate brooch. They were allocated, under treasure trove, to National Museums in Edinburgh. Not far from Hawick a Roman copper-bronze vessel was found, upside down and almost intact – that find went to Borders museums. Today (Thursday) at 1.30pm, there is a Trimontium walk.


Fishing club

Club competition results – 1, Stuart McNulty; 2, Jeannie McNulty; 3, Jim McNulty; heavy trout, Jeannie McNulty; heavy 3, Dave Gray; heavy 6, Stuart McNulty. A pairs competition will be held on June 20, 3.30-6.30pm – draw in Templehall today (Thursday) at 9pm. Caverton Mill fishing competition is on June 27, 7-11am – draw in Templehall on June 25 at 9pm.


Members had their summer outing on June 10 to Minto Golf Club for supper. A quiz was presented by Grace Cessford and Morag Thomson, and won by Lizzie Thomson. A vote of thanks was extended by Catherine Mabon.

Coffee morning

The institute coffee morning was held on Saturday when chairman Gilbert Elliot opened the event and paid tribute to Eileen Woodward, secretary for many years, who died suddenly last October. Catherine Mabon has taken over as secretary. The coffee morning raised £500 for institute funds. Competition winners – cushions, Margaret Pederson; treasure hunt, Matilda Hall; jar of sweeties, Anne Brown; plant, Helen Herkes; basket of vegetables, Catherine Mabon.

Trysting Tree

The Kelso Laddie and Jethart Callant meet at the Trysting Tree at 2.30pm on June 21.

Open meeting

A Morebattle Games Festival Week open meeting will be held on June 23 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Book sale

See Kelso section.



A new Spar shop which was once the Royal British Legion premises has been officially opened by Tub Jock Elliot. Irene Bell and Dave Stockell are running the business, and the first 100 shoppers were given a free bag of Spar products. The Legion building was bought at auction by Sean Turnbull and Darren Armstrong who then had renovation work carried out. They are soon to start converting the upstairs section to make it into a function room.

Fun day

Liddesdale Parish Church held a fun day with a variety of games and competitions in and outside the village hall, and despite the wet weather there was a good turnout and more than £800 was raised.


Fun day

Local residents should have an action-packed day on June 27. The activities begin at midday with a 10-kilometre run following a route through local lanes and farms. The children’s sports are at 3pm on the playpitch beside the village hall. Fun events for the adults include welly-throwing and a tug-o-war. In the evening a barbecue and hog roast will take place at the village hall from 6pm. There will be live music from the Peter Fry Group, Gale Force and Kelso High School students.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on June 28 at 10.30am.


Book sale

See Kelso section.


A village lunch will be held today (Thursday) in the Wauchope Hall at noon, with the proceeds going to Festival Week.

Festival events

Family bingo in the Wauchope Hall tonight (Thursday) from 7pm. Tomorrow (Friday) it’s ladies’ darts in Plough Hotel and fun bowling event in the Wauchope Hall. Saturday – duck race on the River Bowmont at noon, followed by a family afternoon on Kirk Yetholm Green.


There are still tickets left for the dance on June 20 in the Wauchope Hall, available from the village shop.


School sports are due to be held at 1.30pm on June 22 in the Playing Field.


The Youth Hall AGM is in hall at 7.30pm on June 25.

Shepherds’ show

Shepherds’ show organisers will hold an extraordinary general meeting on June 25 at 8pm in the Wauchope Hall.