Parish church

The theme of “Love” was at the heart of the Reverend Elspeth Harley’s sermon at Sunday’s service. Prayers and hymns, including “The Lord Created Families”, were led by Mrs Harley. The Bible reading was delivered by James Macfarlane, while Margaret Blyth was on the piano. Bible study classes start in the manse at Galashiels on Wednesday, September 2, for an hour from 7.30pm. Melrose and Peebles presbytery is planning a youth visit to Malawi in July 2016. Full details from the world mission convener, the Reverend Jim Wallace, 52 Waverley Mills, Innerleithen EH44 6RH (email jimwallace@121btinternet.com).


Parish church

The service on July 26 at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods and members of the worship team. Proceeds from a concert by St Peter’s Choir, St Albans, on August 3 (7.30pm) will go to church funds.



The village hall committee is holding a barbecue on August 15 at 6.30pm, with entertainment by Riddell Fiddles. Anyone interested in attending must book in advance by contacting Christine on 01835 840246.



Gala in Bloom committee is arranging judging of residential gardens, allotments and commercial premises’ gardens and frontages in the last week of July. Members of the public should contact John Gray (01896 753785) to set up a visit if they wish their garden or premises to be judged, or to nominate a neighbour or friend’s garden. The town has again been entered for the Beautiful Scotland and Scottish Borders Council Floral Gateway competitions. Judges for the former will visit Galashiels on July 31, with Gateway judges turning up on August 4.

Trinity church

Minister Elspeth Harley started Sunday’s service by blessing the marriage of Eileen Paterson Richardson and John Dixon, who were married two days earlier. Margaret Lawson read from the Bible, while Dorothy Howden led the music. Ed Martin, who was acting session clerk, delivered a couple of pieces of good news – the sound system was working properly again, and the repair to the organ is under way. The organ has been out of use for several weeks and the repair requires special leather from South America. As this is very expensive, the money raised from this year’s Gift Day will go to the organ fund. This week it is Trinity’s turn to man the foodbank which will be carried out from the vestibule each afternoon.



Farah Rigal – French folk rock with a Moroccan twist – along with Border band High Energy are playing at the hall on August 19 (7.30pm). Tickets from P&S Dorricott, Jedburgh. More information from Paul on 01835 862423.


Bridge club

July 14 – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Valerie Johnstone and Marion Miller; E/W – 1, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan; 2, Valerie MacPherson and Bob Francombe.


President Mairhi Trickett welcomed members and their regular visitor, Harald Willner, from Kingston-upon-Thames Rotary Club, to last week’s meeting. Past president Scott Elliot, who stood in for the speaker who had to call off at the last minute, took members off reminiscing on a holiday – not to sunny climes, but to the frozen Arctic on a cruise ship. He sailed from Rosyth on the MV Boudicca which carried 800 passengers and 360 crew recruited from 30 different nationalities. They sailed via the Norwegian western seaboard then north to the North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe. He described the many sights and attractions to be seen. The Saturday film night raised £310, which is being passed to the Borders Talking Newspaper in which several Rotarians volunteer their services weekly as readers and recorders.



There will be a breakfast story and song service in the Hall of Friendship at 8.30am on July 26.


Volunteers wanted

Cheviot Youth, a local charity, has a range of volunteer positions it is seeking to fill. For more information, contact Ian Rendall Reid on 07958 277766 or 01573 420703, or email ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk



Nearly 800 visitors, from Canada to Kelso, visited “Kelso In World War One”, an exhibition mounted by the Friends of Kelso Museum. As well as the major arenas of the conflict, the event focused on its affect on the town. Organisers are grateful to Ednam House Hotel for use of its ballroom, all those who daily helped to run it, the Laddies’ Association, assistant curator Andrew Tulloch and those who researched, wrote and designed the panels.


Kelso Horticultural Society will be holding the town’s front and patio gardens competitions again this summer.

Judging will be carried out during the first week of August with results announced and prizes awarded at the summer exhibition in the Tait Hall on Sunday, August 30.

Volunteers wanted

See Jedburgh section.


Durham Gala

The town band attended the annual Durham Miners’ Gala for the fourth consecutive year. They led the Burnhope banner through the streets of the city to the rally at the sports ground. Following the parade, the musicians returned to Burnhope where the banner was paraded through the village to the miners’ memorial. After playing the miners’ hymn, “Gresford”, the band rounded the day off in Lanchester where refreshments were provided.

Memorial bench

The work of the late R.J.B. Hill, better known as Dick, Common Riding secretary for nearly four decades, was marked when a memorial bench was unveiled by Cornet Jamie Fletcher at the Castleholm cricket field. He was accompanied by his Right and Left-Hand Men, Dale Irving and Alasdair Cavers. Common Riding chairman Roger Maxwell said Dick would be remembered for the tremendous amount of work he did for the Common Riding, in particular his streamlining of communication, but also for his very entertaining minutes and great sense of humour. Roger said the Common Riding still benefitted from Dick’s organisational skills in the way the meetings are structured, and the efficient way the secretary’s office is run by his son, Kenneth, the current secretary. It was decided to site the bench at the cricket field – appropriate in that it is close to where the high jump is held, an event for which Dick was always enthusiastic.

Street party

A street party was held for Cornet Jamie Fletcher by his neighbours on the green at the back of Walter Street. Family and friends joined people from surrounding streets for what was an enjoyable afternoon, the organisers laying on a buffet. The Cornet was accompanied by his Right and Left-Hand Men, Dale Irving and Alasdair Cavers, and also present was Semi-jubilee Cornet Kevan Hotson and Jubilee Cornet David McVittie. Entertainment was provided by members of the town and pipe bands. The principals and others enthusiastically danced the polka on the green. Neil Campbell said a few words of thanks to a number of people who had helped organise things, and then presentations were made. Josh Calvert made the presentation to Cornet Fletcher, and Semi-jubilee Cornet Hotson received his gift from Will and Hughie Donaldson. Youngsters Will and Douglas Archibald made the presentation to jubilee Cornet David McVittie and a bouquet of flowers were presented to the Cornet’s mother, Jackie Fletcher, by Zoe Irving. The leading principals sang for the company.



Members’ annual outing this year was a visit to the royal yacht Britannia, stopping for lunch on the way at Brewers Fayre. On their return to Lauder, president Senga Towers thanked Sheila Hardie for organising a successful day out and Stuart, of Lauderdale Coaches, for transporting them around. The first meeting of the new season begins at 7pm on September 8 in the primary school when a representative from Jus Rol pastry, from Berwick, will be attending. Competitions – quiche (any flavour) and prettiest brooch.



Winners of Melrose Rotary Club annual schools photographic competition – overall – Elsbeth Roper, aged 11, of Melrose Primary with her picture of a “Cheeky Chicken”; Melrose Primary – ages 10-13 – runner-up, Skye Riddell; Newtown St Boswells Primary – ages 10-13 – 1, Aimee Richardson; 2, Harry Wilson; ages 6-9 – 1, Mari Henderson; 2, Hannah Turnbull; St Boswells Primary – ages 10-13 – 1, Amelia Payne; 2, Panda Pitman; ages 6-9 – 1, Ella McRae; 2, Jessica Baillie.

Parish church

Summer services continued at Bowden and Melrose last Sunday. July 26 – services at Bowden (9.30am, communion) and Melrose (11am, morning worship).


Melrose in Bloom’s summer garden party will be held at 2.30pm on July 26 at Tweedsyde, Tweedmount Road.

Blythswood Care

A collection for Blythswood Care will be made on August 3 at 1.55pm.


After 25 years of Trimontium Walks, organisers sometimes wonder if they are still doing the right thing. Last week perhaps provided a boost of an answer. On Tuesday, there were eight people and a dog under John Wood on the regular outing at 1.30pm. At 2.30pm, after a tour of the museum, a reunion group of 16, guided by Ian Brown, drove out to the Newstead Milestone to undertake the shorter site walk. Both groups met for tea in Newstead Village Hall. The reunion core group had been students at the White Fathers seminary at St Boswells 60 years ago – and they had come back from all over the world. On the Thursday another eight turned up and there were takers also for the short Sunday walk. Trimontium Walks – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.30pm from the museum; Sundays, 2pm from Newstead Milestone.


Coffee morning

The coffee morning in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind raised £288. Competition winners – guess the sweets, Heather Cadwell; 50/50 draw, Jock Minto.

Volunteers wanted

See Jedburgh section.

Games queen

The sashing of Kym Cessford as Morebattle Games Queen will be held at the church service on July 26 at 11.15am.



The new-look community council met for the first time on Tuesday after an election which saw the following elected – Gavin Dickson, Daryl du Bois, Raymond du Bois, Roger French, Barbara Graham, Veronica Lenartowicz, George Luke, Frances Mayes, Henry McLean and Elaine Thornton-Nicol.


Cream teas

Two summer cream teas are planned for the Forman Memorial Hall – July 26 and August 2 (2-4.30pm). As well as craft and produce stalls, there will be the chance to take part in a raffle. Anyone who would like to take part in the stalls should phone (01450 880256). This is an opportunity to fundraise for your favourite organisation or charity, to promote your own business or to sell excess produce.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session last Sunday, 128 volunteers offered to give blood and 118 donations were given. There was one new donor.



The next service in Walkerburn Pubic Hall will be on August 16 at 10am.



Tickets for the Robyn Stapleton concert at the Wauchope Hall on July 25 (7.30pm) are available at the village shop or on the door. The church is the venue for the Borders Pilgrims concert on August 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets at the door.


Community councillors meet on July 28 at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall.

Volunteers wanted

See Jedburgh section.