District News



Members enjoyed their summer outing to Minto Golf Club for a meal. Competition – earrings – 1, Teela Ferguson; 2, Susan Govan; 3, Adele Richardson.


Parish church

The Reverend Elspeth Harley conducted morning service on Sunday before going to the kirkin’ of the Braw Lad and Lass in Trinity Church at Galashiels. Music was supplied by Andy and Catriona Bird, and daughter Georgie, who has raised more than £460 for Riding for the Disabled with a two-day sponsored silence. Anyone who can help BGH patients attend chaplaincy centre services is asked to contact Jo Lawson. There will be a meeting of the congregational board on June 25 at 7 pm in the church. Members should note that the service on July 5 will be a joint one in Trinity where Amy Ward, from Selkirk, will speak on her work in Guatemala. This service will be at 11.15am and there will be no service in Caddonfoot that day.



The village hall hosted local Guides celebrating the movement’s 100-year history with afternoon tea. Former and current Guides from Langholm and the village, along with ex-leaders and helpers, attended. The event was also to thank people from the community for their support over the years. There is no longer a Guides group in Langholm, but young people from the town are members of they village group.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care lorry will be making its monthly visit to the Borders on July 6 to receive donations of clothing, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. Timetable – The Lodge, Carfraemill, 2.45-3pm.


Parish church

Messy Church will be held in the church hall on June 27, from 10.30am to 1pm. The following day’s service is in the marquee and will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. There will be a service in the church that night at 6.30pm.



The village hall is staging a strawberry fair on July 5 (11am-3pm).



The Zumbathon held on Saturday at Langlee Community Centre in aid of Arthurshiel Rescue Centre raised in excess of £1,000.

Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care lorry will be making its monthly visit to the Borders on July 6 to receive donations of clothing, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. Timetable – Asda, Galashiels, 12.50-1.10pm.

Trinity church

A packed church welcomed the family of Sophie Grace Swatton who was baptised during Sunday’s morning service, conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley. Also in attendance was Braw Lad Cameron Pate, Braw Lass Abbie Frankland, their attendants, parents, members of the Braw Lads’ Executive Council, life members and Galashiels councillors. Jim Letham played the piano because Dorothy Howden was on holiday. The Braw Lass presented rosettes to Sophie and Ryan, the baby’s four-year-old uncle. Katie, from the Kidz Klub, gave Sophie’s mother a posy of red and white roses, and the minister gave her a children’s Bible from the congregation. David Romanis, president of the Braw Lads’ Gathering, read the story of David and Goliath, before the minister invited the Braw Lad and Olivia, from the Kidz Klub, to help her demonstrate how David was able to overcome the giant. Sunday was also the last day of the Kidz Klub for this session and Cameron agreed to present the children with books.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care lorry will be making its monthly visit to the Borders on July 6 to receive donations of clothing, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. Timetable – Morrison’s, Hawick, 11.15-11.40am.



Breakfast song and a story at 8.30am on June 28 in the Hall of Friendship, with a short service from 9am.


Farmers’ market

A farmers’ market will be held on June 27 in Kelso Square from 9.30am-1.30pm.


Charity Begins At Home this week received a £105 donation from the sale of 5p carrier bags from Karen and the staff at Brown’s Newsagents.

Bridge club

June 17 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Maureen Weightman and Helen Long; 2, Caroline Sutherland and Elinor Green; 3, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; E/W – 1, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick. June 18 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; 2, Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman; 3, Ian Watson and Georgina Hall; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Annie Mitchell and John Loudon; 3, Brian Saywood and Sheila Urquhart.

Youth project

Kelso Youth Project’s GetAway Friday trips are now being booked and places going fast. Booking forms should be returned to The Planet as soon as possible. Forms are available from The Planet or by emailing ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk. The MFA Bowling/WetNWild trip is fully booked.



After president Irving Stuart had extended a welcome to 24 members at the latest meeting in the Eskdale Hotel, club business was discussed and it was noted that there were still some spare seats for the trip on August 19 to Dumfries House, and anyone wishing to book should contact Harry on 80873. The president then introduced member Jack Rae, who spoke about the Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser (E&L) talking newspaper. He took the gathering through the history of talking newspapers and into the modern era. They started in the UK when a librarian from Aberystwyth went on a study visit to Sweden where libraries issued reel-to-reel taped copies of their local newspaper. When he returned home he persuaded his Round Table to raise funds to set up a talking newspaper for the town’s blind residents. In 1974 the Talking Newspaper Association UK was set up. Twenty-two years later the late Arthur Bell, along with the late Alex Pool, got permission to produce audio copies of the E&L and they produced the first E&L talking newspaper which now involves four teams of six volunteers on a four-weekly rota for an hour each Friday morning. The Royal Mail deliver articles for the blind free of charge. Anyone wishing to make use of this service should contact the E&L Talking Newspaper, c/o Town Hall, Langholm DG13 0JQ.


The new public library has opened for business, having been moved into the former gallery in the town hall, where it has become part of the customer service centre and registration service. There are a number of services other than book lending – free access to computers, council tax enquires and registration of births, deaths and marriages, and conducting of civil marriages, civil partnerships and citizen ship ceremonies.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care lorry will be making its monthly visit to the Borders on July 6 to receive donations of clothing, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. Timetable – Melrose Rugby Club, 1.55-2.20pm.

Flower show

Melrose Flower Show schedules are available from the library and local shops.

Parish church

June 25 – 7pm, John Bryden concert (refreshments 6.30pm); foodbank ongoing; June 28 – services at 9.30am (Bowden) and 11am (Melrose).


Volunteers continue to man the museum and guide the walks (and welcome additional help). Preparations are ongoing for the outing on August 8 to the Antonine Wall. The trust’s contribution to the Melrose Festival lay in dressing the Roman soldier who greets the Melrosian over the centuries at the Trimontium Stone on the Saturday morning – and Scott Marjoribanks paraded in style (with help from museum valet staff). The return of trains to the central Borders at the beginning of September coincides with Borders Heritage Month, and a Roman soldier on the Tweedbank platform has been requested. June 25 – 1.30pm, Trimontium Walk.



Morebattle Fishing Club held a pairs competition on Saturday – 1, Jeannie McNulty and George Cessford; 2, Drew Gibson and Gilbert Elliot.


Kelso Laddie Fraser Hastie and Jethart Callant Grant Raeburn met at The Trysting Tree in Morebattle on Sunday. Councillor Simon Mountford acted as master of ceremonies and introduced David Welsh, who gave the address. After the singing of the principals’ songs and the laying of a wreath at the war memorial, the dancing of the reel took place with four girls from Morebattle school – Josie Schaeli, Christie-Jean Lynn, Lucy Thomson and Kym Cessford.


Craft fair

A week-long craft fair in the village raised more than £4,000 for the hall fabric fund. This is the main fundraiser for the hall committee who are grateful to the volunteers for their help in the kitchen and tea room, and the work of Kirsty Murray who played a main role in organising the event.


Blythswood Care

The Blythswood Care lorry will be making its monthly visit to the Borders on July 6 to receive donations of clothing, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. Timetable – West Port car park, 12.10-12.30pm.


Fun day

The 10k run starts at noon on June 27, but there is the option of walking the course, leaving Stichill at 11.15am. Or just come along and give runners and walkers support and encouragement. Entry is available on the day, or you can email Ian Stewart at bordercookware@gmail.com. ‘Like’ the ‘Stichill 10k Run’ on the Facebook page for updates. Mark Rutherford, from Kelso Sports Massage Clinic, will be on hand to offer pre and post-run treatment for anyone taking part. He has also donated sports massage vouchers to the first male and female finishers. There will be an opportunity to buy burgers after the run. The village family sports day kicks off at 3pm on the playpitch beside the village hall. A barbecue and hog roast will take place at the village hall from 6pm. Tickets for the barbecue are available on the gate.



There will be a service in Traquair Kirk at 10.30am on June 28.


Art club

Tweedbank Art Club’s annual exhibition runs from June 26-30 (10am-5pm).

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The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on July 19 at 10.30am.


Epilepsy fundraiser

The Stella and Dot Trunk Show and coffee morning held at Yarrowford raised £337.62 for Epilepsy Scotland.



The Youth Hall AGM is tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall.

Shepherds’ show

A shepherds’ show EGM will be held tonight (Thursday) at 8pm in the Wauchope Hall.


Yetholm village choir will be performing in Norham Church at 7.30pm on June 28.

Festival Week

The last meeting of the session will take place on June 29 at 7.30pm in theYouth Hall – the public is welcome to attend and give feedback on how Festival Week went.


Community councillors meet on June 30 at 7pm in the Youth Hall.

Coffee break

Coffee in Church from 10.30am-noon on July 1.