Parish church

Frances Selkirk conducted morning service on Sunday. The Bible reading was delivered by Catriona Bird, and music played by Andy Bird and Anne Grieve. There will be a meeting after the service on August 23 to discuss plans for the annual sale of work on October 31 – anyone who can help on the stalls should attend. The church was packed for the funeral last week of Arthur Dorward. The service was conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd and Peter Fenton O’Creevy gave a tribute. After the service, the interment took place in the churchyard. There was a retiringz collection for Alzheimer Scotland.


Parish church

The August 23 service at 10.15am will be a praise gathering – lots of singing and time for reflection. Refreshments will be served afterwards before the parish walk and picnic, heading for Anne and Gerry Crighton’s house at West Carolside where lunch will be provided. August 30 is the community day and after the service at 10.15am, there will be Messy Church in a tent at the rugby field. The St Peter’s Concert raised £425.

Plea for musicians

Are there any budding musicians who would like to entertain Borders Voluntary Older People’s Services’ elderly clients on a Thursday between 1-2pm? If so, call 01835 862565.


Earlston Community Council’s next meeting is in the primary school staffroom today (Thursday) at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to come along to raise local issues.



T’ai chi and qigong classes reopen in the Lucy Sanderson Hall on September 1 at 1.30pm and Complete Health Borders on September 4 at 9.30am. Contact Pat (pat.weedall@live.co.uk or call/text 07926 302822).

Trinity church

Frances Selkirk, from Ashkirk, conducted the service on Sunday and Dorothy Howden led the singing. Bible readings were carried out by Margaret Tancock.



Four visitors appeared at the latest club meeting – Harald Willner (Kingston-upon-Thames), and Jim McPherson, Alison Bayles and Alan Hall from the Selkirk club. Speaker Colin Donnelly gave an insight into his sport of hill/fell running. He described venues, races and competitions he had taken part in, as well as running for personal enjoyment. He has won many races and trophies, came first in the Ben Nevis challenge in a record time of 1 hour 25 minutes.


T’ai chi and qigong classes reopen in Burnfoot Community Centre on August 31 at 9.30am. Contact Pat (pat.weedall@live.co.uk or call/text 07926302822).



T’ai chi and qigong classes reopen in Kenmore Hall on August 31 at 1.30pm. Contact Pat (pat.weedall@live.co.uk or call/text 07926 302822).


The club held a members’ quiz in the Carter’s Rest. The event was organised by president Tony Rae and played in teams of four. Community committee chair Anthony Armitage organised the annual club barbecue, together with his wife, Marion. Members’ donations helped swell the club’s coffers. At their latest business meeting, members heard that polio has now all but disappeared from Africa – thanks to the efforts of Rotarians organising and financing mass vaccinations over many years. Follow-up work still needs to be done, but this effort has left only two countries in the world where polio has yet to be eliminated. The club charity account remains in a healthy condition and it was agreed to give a further £1,500 to the Rotary Foundation – Rotary’s own charity for international projects and disaster relief. Local Rotarians will be playing their part in the Jedburgh Winter Festival, planning a whist/beetle drive and supporting two candidates from Jedburgh Grammar School to attend the Rotary Young Leadership residential course in Perthshire. The club continues to support the Vision Aid project in Zambia as well as the Lend with Care scheme to help struggling families in poor countries. Locally, Rotarians are continuing their support for the Jedburgh food bank, the young writers and young musicians projects at the town’s Grammar School and Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity (which has a Jedburgh branch) whereby children from Belarus, still affected by radiation leaks from the nuclear plant disaster, can be brought to this country and helped with the fitting of new shoes as well as experiencing a holiday in the region.


Farmers’ market

Kelso farmers’ market will be held in The Square on August 22 (9.30am-1.30pm).

Bridge club

August 12 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart & Beth Stark; 2, Joyce Thomson & Helenor Pratt; 3, Bob Stevenson & Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger; 3, Stuart Graham and Ian Watson. August 13 – teams – 1, Ian Watson & Georgina Hall and Annie Mitchell & John Loudon; 2, Jean McLaren & Ken Ross and John Urquhart & Janet Kyle; 3, Rena Stewart & Maureen Weightman and Jon Bridger & Gerry Eglington.


Ice surprise

Three friends got a surprise during conversation near the playcare area at the bottom of Rosevale Street. John Smith and Ronnie Stewart were chatting to John Armstrong from Newcastleton, who is originally from Langholm, when the incident happened. Ronnie shouted, “What’s that!”, and pointed to the sky. Suddenly the object hit the tarmac a few yards from them, on the other side of the wire fence in the old tennis court area. On impact it burst into pieces and much to the trio’s amazement turned out to be ice. The three men could only assume it had dropped from a plane, but dread to think of the consequences if it had hit anybody – and fortunately no youngsters were in the play area.

Charity cycle

Local minister Scott McCarthy took part over a 100-mile 2012 Olympics cycling route to raise money for charity – the Prudential Ride London event – and raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK. Entrants started from the Lee Valley Velopark in east London and past several of the city’s famous sites and into the Surrey countryside before returning to London and finishing on The Mall.



The new season starts on September 3 at 7.15pm when Cadden Design will give a talk. Competitions – whisky cake and decorated photograph frame. New members welcome.



Riddell Fiddles will perform in the town square on Saturday, August 22.


The Royal Archaeological Institute, based in London, has just published a 50-page summary of its week-long study of the Tweed Valley in May this year, when a coach-load of its members, staying west of Peebles, assisted by a number of experts on the way, dipped into every aspect of the history and geography of the Tweed Valley from the prehistory of the Manor Valley all the way to Holy Island, taking in the Romans, abbeys and walls of Berwick. Trimontium contributed 1,000 words on the Romans on the route down the valley from Lyne to Newstead and the camps going east. Trimontium walks are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (1.30pm) from Melrose Square, and Sundays (2pm) from Newstead milestone


T’ai chi and qigong classes reopen in the chaplaincy centre, Borders General Hospital, on September 1 at 6.30pm. Contact Pat (pat.weedall@live.co.uk or call/text 07926 302822).

Volunteers wanted

Can you spare two hours a week on a Thursday to help serve lunch and wash up for the elderly in your community? If so, then call 01835 862565.


Cheviot Churches

A good congregation turned out for the joint service at Yetholm Church on Sunday as a finale to the holiday club week.



The village choir restarts rehearsals on August 26 at 10.30am in the Youth Hall. New members welcome.


Kathryn Joseph (winner of Scottish Album of the Year) will be performing in the Wauchope Hall on August 27 at 7.30pm. Contact Susan Stewart on 01573 420231 for tickets or reservations.


The next meeting of the community council will be held on August 25 at 7pm in the Youth Hall. This gathering will also include the first festival meeting of the new season.


Cheviot Churches will be holding a table-top sale and barbecue at the manse on August 29 (11-3pm).

Show committee

The committee meeting for this year’s show will be held on August 27 at 8pm in the Youth Hall (not Wauchope Hall as noted in the minutes). The catalogue for this year’s event is now available at outlets around village. All entries must be with the secretary by September 18.

Ministerial visit

Marco Biagi, minister for local government and community empowerment, visited Yetholm to speak to community councillors and other villagers about local issues.