District News


Parish church

The moderator of Melrose and Peebles presbytery, Fraser Simm, plans to visit as many church services as he can during his year in office – and on Sunday he kicked off with a visit to morning worship held at Caddonfoot Parish Church. Mr Simm, a member and treasurer of St Mary of Wedale in Stow and Heriot, was accompanied by his wife, Nettie. Mr Simm is taking a year out as presbytery treasurer.

During the service, Mr Simm read from the Bible, as did Margaret Blyth, who also conducted prayers. Music was played by Andy and Catriona Bird. Starting on September 2, weekly Bible study evenings run on Wednesdays from 7.30-8.30pm at the manse in Galashiels.



The whist session which was to have been held this week has been changed to August 12 at 7pm.


RNLI award

A member of the former Hawick and Denholm branch of the RNLI – Giles Passmore, Burnside Cottage, Loaning – has received the charity’s Silver Medal.



Last Friday the village hall hosted the Keats Quartet and a capacity crowd was treated to a mixed programme of classical, show music and Beatles songs, among others. The evening reached a climax with a Scottish section which

brought the audience to their feet, demanding an encore.

Folk singer

August 28 sees the return to the hall of Kieran Halpin, an Irish folk singer. Tickets from Linda on 01750 52257.


Trinity church

The Reverend Elspeth Harley once more conducted the service on Sunday morning, with Dorothy Howden on the piano. The Bible readings were delivered by Alastair Bell. Owing to Elspeth having developed a sore throat, Marette Hose led the congregation in prayers. Session clerk Bill Cheyne announced that the coffee morning which was held in the hall on Saturday morning raised £222.


Lunch club

The next gathering will be on August 12 (11.30am-1.30pm). All welcome to come along and enjoy a bowl of soup.


RNLI award

A member of the former Hawick and Denholm branch of the RNLI – Roy Veitch, Lindisfarne Lodge, Stirches Road – has received the charity’s Gold Medal.

Book sale

Hawick Book Sale – a new event which aims to promote the works of local authors, writers and poets – will take place at the Border Club, North Bridge Street, on August 8 (noon- 3pm). There will be work by a range of people, including Alastair Redpath, Derek Robertson, Thomas Clark, Sara Clark and Iain MacIntosh. The gathering has the backing of Teviotdale Writers’ Forum. If this initial event proves a success, there are hopes to make it permanent in order to encourage people of all ages to begin their writing careers.



The service on August 9 will be at 11.30am.


St John’s Church

With the retirement of the Reverend David Dalglish after six years in September, the vestry and congregation face a period of interregnum until a new rector is appointed. St John’s will endeavour to maintain links with primary and secondary schools in the town, for visits and outreach in the community. The Messy Church annual outing, or fun day, is on August 14. During the period without a rector, four members of the congregation are authorised to administer the chalice at holy communion services. Two members able to lead services, sacristans, sidesmen and other helpers, along with visiting priests, will enable services to continue. Choral evensong will be celebrated at 6pm on August 16, and August 22 sees the annual Jedburgh Churches Together outing to Morpeth – contact any church member for details. Mr Dalglish’s last service will held at 10.30am on September 13 when the Creation Tapestry, stitched by Barbara Dalglish as a gift to St John’s, will be dedicated. After this service a celebratory lunch is being held in Glendouglas community hall at 1pm for the congregation and friends to show their thanks and appreciation of Mr Dalglish’s work. Anyone who has had an association with him during his ministry in Jedburgh is welcome to attend –contact Marion Anderson or Elizabeth Martin. The congregation will continue to welcome all to services at 9.30am and 10.30am on Sundays.


Bridge club

July 29 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Ian Watson & Alison Ireland; 2, Lesley Dick & Lynda Douglas; 3, Val Johnstone & Mary Millar; E/W – 1, Archie Stewart & Billy Potts; 2, Christine & Ian McCreath; 3, Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger. July 30 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Nancy Porter & Jock Dun; 2, James Duncan & Ged McIvor; 3, Jon Bridger & Gerry Eglington; E/W – 1, Mary & Nigel Lindsay; 2, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 3, Annie Mitchell & John Loudon.


The next meeting is on August 18 in the Planet Youth Centre (adjoining the curling rink) at 8pm. All representatives of sporting clubs in the Kelso area welcome, as are self-employed fitness professionals, coaches, sports volunteers, parents and individual athletes who may not be attached to a particular club. Contact Lynn Young for more information on 07805 034932 or yfit40@aol.com. SPORTKelso’s annual 2 Bridges race is on September 20 at 11am at Shedden Park. Registration is from 10am. Entry forms available via Lynn Young (07805 034932 or yfit40@aol.com).


Simmer Fair

It was fine and dry on the Simmer Fair Night (Thursday) and a large crowd assembled in the Market Place to be entertained by Langholm Town Band, and they were later joined by the Pipe Band to play a few selections. Cornet Fletcher and his Right and Left-hand Men, ex-Cornets Irving and Cavers, were joined early on Thursday evening by the Common Riding committee to inspect the floral crown made by Les Murray, and the giant thistle chosen from the garden of Robert Warwick. The flute and pipe bands went to the Townfoot to meet= “the last train” at 9 pm. The railway closed in 1964, but the tradition remains. They then played up the High Street and round the streets of the town, along with rows of enthusiastic followers.


Common riding sports

Sunday Fun Day Sports – Flat Races – 3 and under, Jackson Ransom; Boys 4&5, Rory Gibb; Girls 4&5, Evie Hogg; Boys 6&7, Neco Lennie; Girls 6&7, Lexie Craig; Boys 8&9, Lucas Henveld; Girls 8&9, Tilly Lakie; Boys 10-12, Kit McRitchie; Girls 10-12, Jessica Donald. Egg & Spoon – 3 and under, Jackson Ransom; Boys 4&5, Rory Gibb; Girls 4&5, Evie Hogg; Boys 6&7, Neco Lennie; Girls 6&7, Elle Lennox; Boys 8&9, Lucas Henveld; Girls 8&9, Ellyn Wilkinson; Boys 10-12, Max Lennox; Girls 10-12, Rhianan Girling. Sack Race – 3 and under, Keira Lennie; Boys 4&5, Rory Gibb; Girls 4&5, Amy Martin; Boys 6&7, Neco Lennie; Girls 6&7, Elle Lennox; Boys 8&9, Leo Lennox; Girls 8&9, Tilly Lakie; Boys 10-12, Max Lennox; Girls 10-12, Abigail Anderson. Three-Legged Race – 3 and under, Jackson Ramson & A. N. Other; Boys 4&5, Rory Gibb & Harry Brady; Boys 6&7, Neco Lennie & Lewis Robertson; Girls 6&7, Lexie Craig & Evie Lakie; Boys 8&9, Callum Baxter & Cameron Couper; Girls 8&9, Sophie Miller & Ellyn Wilkinson; Boys 10-12, Kai Lennie & Ben Hawkins; Girls 10-12, Ruby Skye Forrester & Joanne Douglas; Joint winners of Woodheads Shield, Rory Gibb and Neco Lennie.

Fancy dress

Common riding fancy dress – Boys under 5, The Kelpies - Hector Emmerson; Girls under 5, Teddy Bears picnic - Iona Ritchie; Boys 5&6, Lego man - Rory Gibb; Girls 5&6, Fairy Biker - Petra Willen; Boys 7-9, Shark - Lewis Brown; Girls 7-9, Box of Tricks - Megan Henry; couples under 10, The Princess and the Pea - Imopgen McRitchie and Theo Taylor; groups under 10, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - The Batchelors; Boys 10-15, Tot an’ Come in - Lewis Jeffs; Girls 10-15, Simpsons - Hannah & Bailey; couples 10-15, Lauder’s Got Cup Cakes - Verity McBride and Anna Mirley; best family group, Jubilee Cornet - Gail and Max Hogg; best-dressed lady, French Minion - Sandy Boa; best-dressed gent, All the Way from the Arctic - Mike Whellans; adult couples, Strictly Dancers - Linda Hogarth and Liz Coutts; adult groups, Last Chance Saloon - Pam Forsyth and Friends; best

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The Makerstoun gardens competition was held on Sunday. The judge, Mrs Michael Charles, was accompanied by Lady Mary Biddulph. Results – vegetables and cup – 1, Ian Little (the postie); 2, Nick Biddulph; 3, Geordie Duncan; 4, Kenny, Wester Muirdean. Best cottage – 1, Geordie and Joan Duncan; 2, Kenny and Pamela, Wester Muirdean; 3, Mr and Mrs Dorsett, 1 Manorhill. Best all-year-round cup – 1, John and Anne Piercy, Park House; 2, Andy and Barbara Carter, East Dalcove House; 3, Kirsty Baird, Walled Garden, Manorhill. Junior cup – 1, Jonah Wyatt, Greatridgehall; highly commended – Ian and Avril Dixon, Sucklawridge, Steward’s House. Best improver – Jamie Wyatt, Greatridgehall. Tallest sunflower – Ian Little. The presentations will be made in the village hall at the October social night.


Parish church

August 9 services – Bowden, 9.30am; Melrose, 11am.

Trimontium station

“Here then was the Roman station for which General Roy had searched,” said James Curle, describing how he uncovered the wide base of the huge rampart of Trimontium fort. The impending arrival of the railway at Tweedbank is a reminder of the description that historians and guide books of the day gave to Roman forts and installations – “Roman stations”. Perhaps that’s a link that Trimontium should have spotted earlier. The people at Wallsend and the Metro station at Gateshead seized their Hadrian’s Wall opportunity for decoration. The walkers on Tuesday last week were drookit (and the guide had to change clothes), while Thursday’s weather was kinder. The Antonine Wall trip is on August 8. Trimontium walks are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1.30pm, Sundays (from Newstead) at 2pm.

NHS meeting

NHS Borders board will hold a public meeting today (Thursday) in the authority’s boardroom in Newstead, 3-5pm.


Lunch club

Twenty members and helpers enjoyed tea at Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso, during their summer outing.

Festival Week

Festival Week kicked off with a five-a-side football tournament organised by Eric McNulty when 22 players turned up. Winners – Liam Burke, Jamie Heppell, Callum Banks, Joe Flannigan, Kyle Scott, Charlie Scott, Sam Johnstone. Runner-up – Andrew Scott, Jason Scott, Graeme Lang, Ewan Hutchison, Greg Cessford, Archie Barbour, Bradley Adams, Daniel Anderson. Games Queen Kym Cessford presented the medals. A new venture this year took place on Saturday night when a car treasure hunt, organised by Craig and Michelle Anderson, and involving 12 vehicles cars, was held. Winners – Team Minions (Tim, Denise, Sasha and Luke Jackson, and Catherine Mabon). Runner-up – Team Crap (Keith Wilson, Helen Fletcher, Drew and Gail Gibson).

Sunday Family Day

Races, side shows and boules were enjoyed by all. Results – welly throwing – girls, Kym Cessford; boys, Charles Lang; ladies, Denise Jackson; gents, Stan Scott. Penalty kicks – junior, Kyle Scott; senior, Nicole Di Lorenzo. Boules – Greg Cessford. Number of sweets – Alan Thomson. Treasure hunt – Elliot Murray.


Stock judging

Ettrick and Lauderdale JAC is hosting an open stock judging at John Swan’s auction mart on August 12 (7pm for 7.30pm). Food and refreshments will be available.


Dance day

The Fiona Henderson School of Dance and Performing Arts is holding an open day at the Eastgate Theatre on August 8 (10am-4pm).

Parking charges

New charges at three car parks in Peebles will come into force on August 1. At Edinburgh Road, the revised fees for Saturday only will see motorists pay 20p for the first two hours. Meanwhile, at the Greenside and swimming pool parks, the first four hours of a stay between Monday and Saturday will also have a 20p charge. The changes are being made after a decision at Tweeddale Area Forum in May, which followed recommendations made by the Tweeddale Area Forum Parking Sub-Group. Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “The introduction of a nominal 20p charge at these car parks has been made to avoid confusion and will ensure motorists understand that a ticket has to be displayed during charging periods.”



There will be a Songs of Praise service held in Traquair Kirk on Sunday, August 9, at 6.30pm.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be held on Sunday, August 16, starting at 10am.


Golden Ticket

Sheila Jeffrey and Angela Lyall, who come from the village, will be among the first to travel along the new 35-mile long Borders Railway in September. They were awarded Golden Tickets for their service to the community in the post office and delivering the mail.