District News



Bowden church fete will be held on August 15.


The next community cafe will be held on July 15 in the village hall from 11am-noon.



The churches of Trinity in Galashiels and Caddonfoot came together for a joint service on Sunday to hear Amy Ward, from Selkirk, speak – illustrated with a video – about her ministry work with boy and girl prisoners in Guatemala. The service was planned by Amy herself. Amy was thanked for the talk by minister Elspeth Harley. Shelagh Martin read a section from the Bible while James Macfarlane, from Caddonfoot, led the Prayer of Approach. Music was played by Dorothy Howden. Next week’s services at Caddonfoot and Trinity will hear Margaret Blyth speak about her visit to Malawi.



The residents’ association held a clean-up around the village, and a group of volunteers turned up at the church vestry where they were issued with hi-vis vests and gloves, litter picks and bin bags.

School fete

Wet weather forced the removal of stalls at the annual school fete from outdoors to inside. However, there was still excellent public support and £1,125 was raised. It was dry by the time the fete got under way and depute head Leona Wallace introduced Lesley Hall, who had worked in the school office for the past 25 years. Lesley officially opened the event, and thanked people for the many gifts she had received.



Members were tempted by Mrs Howieson’s baking display at their latest meeting. The cakes tasted as good as they looked and recipes were provided. There will be cream teas at the hall on July 12 (2-4pm).


Parish church

The July 12 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.


Earlston Community Development Trust AGM will be held in the church hall on July 27 at 7.30pm.


Bridge club

June 30 – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Valerie Johnstone and Richard Von Slicher; E/W – 1, Ken Auckland and Dave King; 2, Valerie MacPherson and Bob Francombe.


President Mairhi Trickett welcomed members to last Thursday’s meeting to hear a talk from artist Emma Jolly. Emma was trained at Dundee University after attending Hawick High School. She was awarded the Peacock Visual Arts Award for the Moving Image at the Royal Scottish Academy in March 2014. Emma works in many media such as pen, pencil, charcoal, oils and photography, and specialises in portraits of pets, animals and people. She showed members a selection of her portraits of animals. Emma has four exhibits in the local art club exhibition in the Scott Gallery.


Coffee morning

The kirk coffee morning was delayed due to a tree falling across the road at Sharplaw, bringing down telephone pole and wires. Despite the hold-up, £457 was raised.



The Games Week Service will be at 11.30am on July 12.


Bridge club

June 29 – 1, A. Stewart and R. Stewart; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, J. Bridger and G. Eglinton.


Farmers’ market

A farmers’ market will be held in The Square on July 11 (9.30am-1.30pm).

Bridge club

July 1 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Lee Leeson; 3, John Urquhart and Miles Browne; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson 3, Maureen Weightman and Helen Long. July 2 – aggregate pairs – 1, Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton; 2, Michael Horwood and Alison Ireland; 3, Ian Watson and Georgina Hall; 4, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart; 5, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 6, Alison Darling and Mary Logan.

Museum friends

An exhibition on Kelso’s First World War, curated by the Friends of Kelso Museum, will be open during Civic Week (July 13-18) in the Ednam Rooms of Ednam House Hotel (entrance from Havannah Court) – Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; late night opening on the Wednesday, 6-9pm. As well as the war itself, the exhibition covers how it affected life back home.

Balloon race

On the last day of term, Edenside Primary School, Kelso, held a Red Balloon Race in the neighbouring playing field. The children (and grown-ups) were very excited and couldn’t wait to release their tagged balloons. How far will they travel? Only time will tell. All the balloons and tags used were biodegradable and recycled, so as to ensure no harm comes to the environment.


Church fete

After a rather wet morning, it dried out into a fine sunny afternoon for the Langholm, Eskdalemuir, Westerkirk and Ewes church fete in the parish church grounds – £2,535 was raised. The majority of the stalls and games were held outside, and “Baptise the Minister” saw the Reverend Scott McCarthy get soaked with wet sponges. There was a barbecue in the grounds and cream teas were served in the church. Music was provided by the town and pipe bands. Duck race winner was Kathleen Coates, with the Day Centre bagging second prize and Ryan Johnstone coming third.


Prostate cancer

Scottish Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group’s latest meeting was held at the Macmillan Centre, Borders General Hospital. Speakers were Tom Wood and Alison Hore of Relationship Scotland (Borders branch). They gave an insight into how their organisation worked and how they counselled either individuals or couples on all aspects of life. This was followed by a question-and-answer session. There is no meeting in August – the next one is at the same venue on September 2 at 7pm.

Parish church

July 12 services – Bowden (9.30am), Melrose (11am).


With the arrival of July, and August on its heels, the Trimontium walks jump from one per week (Thursday) to three (Tuesday and Thursday at 1.30pm, and the short 2pm outing on Sunday afternoons from the Newstead Milestone – details from the museum leaflet or phone 01896 822651).

Brian Stobbs, of Whitley Bay, who made for the trust, from the originals, the replica brass sports helmet and the replica horse chamfron (horse face harness with leather, Medusa head and countless brass studs) has died.

Garden party

Melrose in Bloom’s annual summer garden party will be held on Sunday, July 26, at Tweedsyde, Tweedmount Road, from 2.30- 4.30pm. Music will accompany the champagne afternoon tea. Tickets are available from Melrose in Bloom members or by phoning 01896 822024.

Glitz and Glam

A Glitz and Glam night will be held at Melrose Rugby Club on Saturday, July 25, from 7.30pm to raise funds for six Borders General Hospital maternity unit staff members – Dr Magowan, Kerrie Blake, Lorraine Wilson, Margaret Davison, Morag Beavon and Dr Murray – who are volunteering to travel to Zambia in October to provide training and other help to their counterparts in the African nation. Tickets for the event are available by phoning 07463 737165 or 07753 269925.



Graeme Lang completed the Edinburgh Marathon in 4 hours, 25 minutes, realising £1,733.90 for the Brain Tumour Charity.


Caverton Mill fishing competition – 1, Drew Gibson; 2, Jeannie McNulty; 3, Jim McNulty; heavy 3, Jeannie McNulty; heavy trout, I. Borthwick; heavy 6, Drew Gibson.

Games Queen

The Games Queen is chosen annually by Morebattle Primary School and this year’s incumbent is Kym Cessford who will be sashed at a church service on July 26. Games Festival Week begins on August 1.

MSP’s surgery

John Lamont MSP will hold a summer surgery in Morebattle Institute on July 21 (3.30-4pm).

Queen’s Garden Party

Morebattle and district was well represented at the Queen’s Garden Party at Holyroodhouse last Wednesday when Mr and Mrs G. Aitchison, Mr and Mrs R. Dick, Mr and Mrs J. Mabon and Mr and Mrs D. Warren attended.


Coffee morning

There was good support for the Liddesdale Ladies’ Amenities Group coffee morning 
in the village hall. The sum of £637 was realised for the 
Nepal earthquake disaster appeal.


Gallipoli service

Oxnam Kirk is holding a special service at 10.30am on July 19 to remember five soldiers who lost their lives at Gallipoli during the First World War. The service will ask how the war affected the valley,

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sharing memories, and learning how the young men coped at the front, as part of an ongoing four-year project to mark the war’s 100th anniversary. Inside Oxnam Kirk there are 22 wooden crosses – one each for the men from Oxnam valley who died during the 1914-18 conflict and who are remembered on the memorial plaque near the entrance door to the kirk. Everyone is welcome to attend the service and bring along treasured family items from this time, such as letters, medals and mementoes. Anyone who has information about those named on the plaque should contact the session clerk either by phoning 01835 850394 or emailing colin.hogg25@btconnect.com, or speak to any church elder.



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



Village gardens are open to the public on July 12 (2-5.30pm), with cream teas in the Youth Hall.


Sunday services for the rest of this month will be in Morebattle Church only at 11.15am.