District News



It was presentation day in Caddonfoot Parish Church on Sunday when members of CY (Caddonfoot Youth) and leaders were presented with prizes. The presentation of books was made by the minister, Elspeth Harley, who thanked leader Claire Macfarlane for her work, as well as Alex Bird, Sharon Hume and Catriona Bird for their efforts. Earlier in the service, Gordon Hume and Aaron Decoteau took part in a “David and Goliath” presentation, while James Macfarlane told the story of Jesus calming the storm. Thanksgiving prayers were led by CY, music supplied by Andy and Catriona Bird, and daughters Georgie and Catherine jointly played the piano at the end following the benediction. Anyone who can help BGH patients attend chaplaincy centre services is asked to contact Jo Lawson. The service on July 5 (11.15am)will be a joint one in Trinity, where Amy Ward, from Selkirk, will speak on her work in Guatemala. There will be no service in Caddonfoot that day. On July 12, Margaret Blyth will speak about her late husband John’s project in Malawi.


Paths Group

The Paths Group AGM will be held on July 7 at 7pm in the small lounge at the Black Bull Inn.


Earlston Community Cafe will be open for coffee, tea and biscuits every Wednesday (10.30am-noon) in the church hall. No charge, but donations accepted.

Parish church

The July 5 service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods and refreshments served afterwards. On July 7, at a service in Hanover Close, holy communion will be celebrated at 3pm.



Members met at Jedburgh Jail for a visit which included the section where parties of ghost-watchers spend the night. This was followed by a meal at the Carters Rest. The next meeting is on September 16 – a visitors’ evening and a demonstration of flower arranging from Beverley Brown.


Coffee morning

The next coffee morning and sale in aid of village hall funds takes place on July 4 (10am-noon). Anyone with anything to sell is invited to turn up, take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.


Trinity church

Minister Elspeth Harley conducted Sunday’s service, with music provided by Andy Bird (piano) and his wife, Trina (flute). Jim Gilchrist delivered Bible readings. On July 5, there will be a joint service with Caddonfoot Church in Trinity at 11.15am when Amy Ward from Selkirk will speak about her work in Guatemala. The previous day, a coffee morning will be held in the church hall between 10am and noon.


Coffee evening

The SWI’s Callant’s Coffee Evening held last Wednesday was well attended, with Callant Grant Raeburn and his Henchmen helping to make the night go with a swing. Visitors enjoyed a supper and the sales table was busy.

Lunch club

The next lunch club gathering is on July 8 (11.30am-1.30pm).


Bridge club

June 16 – N/S – 1, Val MacPherson and Bob Francombe; 2, John and Susan Law; E/W – 1, Ken Auckland and Dave King; 2, Helen and Malcolm Ouldcott. June 23 – 1, Patsy Gilligan and Mary Millar; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, John and Susan Law.


Stuart Mactaggart, a director of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS), spoke about this Hawick-based business which had a strong Yorkshire connection. Stuart, after schooling, went south to Lambourne where he studied to become a trainer and got his jockey’s licence before being enticed back to his beloved Hawick by Harry Beeby, then MD of DBS. On the question of “ Why is DBS based in Hawick, when all the sales take place in Doncaster?”, Stuart explained that the late Willie Stevenson (a well respected trainer) was asked to try and resurrect thoroughbred horse sales in Doncaster, and as he was friendly with the late Kenneth Oliver, MD of Andrew Oliver and Sons of Hawick Auction Mart, together they launched DBS, with the administration carried out in Hawick and the sales in Doncaster. The club has organised a showing of the Oscar-winning film, The Theory Of Everything, at Heart of Hawick on July 11. The £8 ticket price includes a glass of wine from 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. The event is in aid of Borders Talking Newspapers.



July 5 – breakfast song and a story at 8.30am in the Hall of Friendship, with a short service starting at 9am, followed by the main service at 10.30am.

Youth races

Entries are being taken for the youths’ races at St Ronan’s Border Games on July 18. They are for runners aged nine to under-17 on the day. The New Zealand Trophy is 200 metres and the American Cup 800 metres. To enter, call 01896 833590.

Treasure hunt

The car treasure hunt organised by St Ronan’s Border Games is on July 13. Competitors should report to the entrance foyer of the Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm to collect their clue sheets. The entry is £5 per car. Afterwards, there will be a social gathering in the Memorial Hall when the answers are revealed and prizes presented. The hunt will be compiled by Adrian Keddie, with assistance from Sheila Keddie and Ted McKie.

Countdown Club

Members have a Games Week meeting on July 15 in Innerleithen Church Hall of Friendship at 10.30am.

Silver Band

June was extremely busy for St Ronan’s Silver Band. Members took part in the West Linton Whipman’s Installation Parade, then the next week travelled westwards to play at Strathaven Gala Day in South Lanarkshire. The band was also on parade for Red Letter Day at the Peebles Beltane, and official band to the Braw Lads’ Gathering on the Wednesday and Saturday. As well as all this, members turned up at Walkerburn Summer Festival parade. The band is currently rehearsing for St Ronan’s Games Week outings.


Youth project

Jedburgh Youth Project summer trips – ROCK UK, July 16 (£9); time capsule, July 24 (£9); and Coldingham Bay Beach Extravaganza (£5). More information via ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk or ring 07958 277766.


Common riding

The appeal for more committee helpers for the Common Riding has proved fruitful, and it was announced at the meeting in the Crown Hotel that Andrew Elliot and Robert Elliot had joined. A letter had also been received from Stuart Murray wishing to come into the ranks and this was accepted. G4S had offered to provide four members of staff at £12 per hour for a period of eight hours, and a further two staff members at £9.75 per hour for five hours. This was agreed. The number of ties ordered will remain the same as last year at 450 and will again be £8. The rosettes remain at £5 and the ribbon 65p per metre. Vice-chairman Tommy Morrison confirmed that the rosettes would be white for the outside ring, black for the centre and red for the inner. The plaque has been ordered for the memorial bench for Dick Hill, and Kevan Hotson will assist in its installation. The chairman confirmed that his daughter, Michaela, had accepted the invitation to be Lady Convener. John M. Little had quoted £810 for the public address system which was up £35 on last year, and was accepted. The Scottish Ambulance Service quote of £681.75, cheaper than last year, was accepted. There had been two quotes for the luncheons at The Castleholm by The Lost Chef and Food@Broadway, and after discussion the cost of £11 per head from The Lost Chef was accepted. Extra help for the children’s parade would be welcomed. David Bell is retiring as bar steward and Craig Henderson, who has assisted in previous years, will take over. Tommy Morrison raised the matter of cordoning off the athletic area and suggested that electric spike poles and white tape would be suitable, and it was agreed to buy 100 poles.

School fair

The primary parents’ partnership held a summer fair in the grounds of the school. Most of the games and competitions were held along the side of the school, with the odd event indoors. There was also football for the adults and children, along with a training session by Stewart Pool. The money raised will go towards improving the children’s playground.


Historical society

Michael Middlemiss explained who was entitled to become a burgess and own a burgess acre. A person applies to the town council, but must be resident within the Royalty Boundary of Lauder. Very few Border towns now have burgess acres, but Lauder has the majority. Honorary burgesses can be appointed if the person gives a significant contribution to the life of the town. A burgess ticket is the official document given to a burgess as their proof and there is a clause obliging them to put the community of Lauder first. Their name is then recorded in the burgh register. Burgesses have the right to graze sheep on Lauder Common.


Bridge club

June 24 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2, Maureen Weightman and Helen Long; 3, Ian Watson and Stuart Graham; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt. June 25 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger; 2, Annie Mitchell and John Loudon; 3, Alison Ireland and Michael Horwood.


Garden opening

The Borders branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a tour of Old Bewlie garden on July 5. Owners Linda and James Sugden are supporting this charity by opening their property to the public. There are hundreds of plants, shrubs and trees – many of which are lesser-known varieties. The herbaceous border alone is some 100 yards long. Among several ornamental features are two stone lions, originally stripped from China and brought to Old Bewlie when the Sugdens moved there from Elgin. The garden, situated between Lilliesleaf and Ancrum, will be open 1.30-5pm.


Border Flower Club

Demonstrator for the June meeting was Hetty Redwood from Linlithgow. This was her first visit to the club and she portrayed “Happiness In Flowers” with designs that were apt to the subject title. From holidays, educational days and her love of wood, friends and family were next, and anniversaries of all kinds. Her final design was for a wedding breakfast.Her choice of flowers, foliage and containers made her designs come to life. Vice-president Elizabeth Forster made presentations to five members who are retiring from the committee – Nancy Thomson, Edith Watson, Janice Fish, Margaret Marshall and Jacqui Cater – who have given many years of service to the club. The next meeting is the AGM – July 8 in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm.

Parish church

Foodbank ongoing, with tinned goods for preference. July 5 services – Bowden, 9.30am; Melrose, 11am.


July 6 – 1.30pm, Old Melrose walk with Ian Skinner.


The National Museums of Scotland last week added to the 3rd-century, 78-denarii Kippilaw hoard, on loan to the Melrose museum for two years, with large pictures of the finding of the hoard as it emerged from the ground. July 2 –Trimontium walk from museum at 1.30pm.

Music society

Local international pianist John Bryden delivered an unusual talk with illustrations on the piano (plus excerpts from their letters) of the relationships between Clara Schumann, her husband Robert and their friends, Mendelssohn and Brahms, at a

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society fundraiser. Martin Neilson presided and refreshments and nibbles were provided by committee members.


Poetry competition

The Robert Davidson Cup is given annually to the pupil who wins the prize for best poem written by a Morebattle School pupil. It is awarded by the Robert Davidson Committee in memory of the man commonly known as the Morebattle Poet. This year’s competition subject was “Farming in Scotland”. The cup and first prize went to Kym Cessford; 2, Minton Younger; 3, Frankie Home Mossop. There were book tokens for all three.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind is being held in the village hall on July 18 at 10.30am.

Festival Week

A meeting to arrange Morebattle Festival Week, which begins on August 1, was held last week. A new event to be added to the programme is a car treasure hunt on the Saturday night after the football.


The school held a horticultural show – the result of pupils growing their own vegetables in boxes at school. There was also a photography competition and a teachers’ Great British Bake Off, with the winner being Mrs. B. Thomson. School sports results – senior girls’ champion, Amy Ralston; senior boys’ champion, William Tweedie; junior girls’ champion, Jessie Norris; junior boys’ champion, Archie Barbour.



At the June meeting, there was a late change to the syllabus, Joyce Luby stepping in to give a talk and hands-on demonstration about paper crafting and gift-box making. A vote of thanks was given by secretary Elaine Thornton-Nicol. Competition (fresh flowers in cup) – 1, Janette Corcoran; 2, Mary Redburn; 3, Morag Sharp. The next meeting will be after the summer break on September 3.



The next Traquair Kirk service will be on July 26 (10.30am).



The May meeting was held in the hall when Sheila Clyne gave a demonstration of quick and easy meals. Competitions – three custard creams – 1, Margaret Robinson; egg timer – 1, Jean Scott; 2, Betty Fraser. The raffle was won by Betty Fraser. More recently, members enjoyed a trip to The Woll for supper.



Yetholm gardens open afternoon is on July 12 (2-5.30pm). Admission £4 – pay at Wauchope Hall.


Robyn Stapleton (BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician Winner 2014) will be performing in Wauchope Hall on July 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets on sale at the village shop or phone 01573 420231.

MP’s school visit

Borders MP Calum Kerr was at Yetholm Primary School last Friday to hear from pupils about what they would do to get the remaining 58 million children worldwide into school. Hundreds of MPs are expected to take part in the “Send My Friends to School” campaign which will involve thousands of young people across the UK. The campaign asks youngsters to “step into the shoes of world leaders” and tell their local MP how they would deliver a better future for the world’s children.