District News


Keep fit

Keep-fit classes have restarted and meet in the village hall every Thursday from 10-11am.


Parish church

The Reverend Warner Hardie conducted morning service on Sunday. Jo Lawson gave a Bible reading, while music was played by Andy and Catriona Bird. A short meeting was held after the service to discuss plans for the annual sale of work on October 31. A hamper will be available in the church for donations from next Sunday. From September 2, Bible study evenings run every Wednesday from 7.30-8.30pm at the manse in Galashiels.


Village hall

Thanks to help with partial funding from the Langhope Rig Community Fund and work by Paul Hermiston Builders of Selkirk, the village hall now has weatherproof roofing and a much-needed repaint. On August 23 it served as a refreshment stop for participants in the inaugural “Ring of the Loch” walk round St Mary’s. With more than a third of the necessary funding for the refurbishment to be found from the hall’s own reserves, money-raising efforts will continue with a coffee morning and sale, 10am to 2pm, on September 5. Stalls include home baking, preserves, local hand-made gifts, books and bric-a-brac, and Steve Kendal will entertain on the accordion.



The Ruberslaw church whist realised £167.


Horticultural society

The annual show will be held in the primary school hall on August 29. It opens to the public from 2pm, with the presentation of prizes by Trish Grierson at 4.15pm. Entries are still open and schedules available from the Costcutter and Evergreen Florist shops.

Wednesday club

The new session started on August 19. Hostess K. Brownlie welcomed members, as well as Mrs A. Todd, Mrs A.Halliday and Mrs N. Greenshield to the club. Winners of the most competitions over the year were Mrs A. Falconer, Mrs G. Forsyth and Mrs W. Henderson who will share the quaich over the next year. Mrs S. McKay gave a slide show of club memories. Scarf clip/pin – 1, Mrs A. Graham; 2, Mrs A. Penman; 3, Mrs A. Falconer. The next meeting will be on September 2 and the competition is for a doll.

Community day

Earlston is coming together to enjoy another fun-filled, action-packed community day on August 30. This year will feature a railway theme in celebration of the opening of the Borders line next month. Activities start with a service at 10.15am at Earlston church, followed by the rugby club from noon where events will start off with the community bike rideout. Trevor Bryant is bringing cycle speedway. Bikes will be provided, as will helmets. There will also be a bicycle obstacle course. If anyone is interested in helping to establish cycle speedway in the Borders by organising a session for their group or community, indoors in a games hall, or outdoors on a 3G pitch or grassy area, get in touch with Trevor at trevorgordonbryant@hotmail.co.uk. Other community day activities include tug of war, smoothie bike experience, live music, bouncy castle, messy arts and crafts, pamper sessions, tombola and refreshments.

Parish church

The next service in Hanover will be on September 1 at 3pm.

Women’s group

Members next meet on September 3 at 8pm in the church hall when Elaine Robertson, from “Daisy Boo Accessories”, will have a stall selling baskets, handbags, jewellery, watches and scarves.


Flower show

Ettrick flower show will be held in Boston Hall on August 29, opening at 2pm, with the prizegiving at 4.30pm.



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Despite thunder, lightning and torrential rain on Saturday night, Sunday dawned bright and beautiful for the Family Fun Day in the Public Park. A good crowd were entertained by Selkirk-based Bogie’s Close Stompers, while children enjoyed bouncy castles and ice creams. In the middle of the field there was a chuck-the-wellie competition. There were tombola, books and jumble stalls. Inner Wheel had a selection of home baking and their hot crêpe machines. Guide Dogs, Borders Healthy Living Network, TD1 Youth Hub and Walk it were there, raising funds or giving out information on their work.

Trinity church

Sunday’s service was conducted by the Reverend Warner Hardie and music led by Dorothy Howden. Session clerk Bill Cheyne welcomed Mr Hardie to Trinity, but he is a familiar figure in Galashiels as he was brought up in the town and is the son of member Betty Hardie. The minister spoke about memories of his youth – going to Ladhope Church, being a member of the Boys’ Brigade and choir, and attending the Sunday school. There is to be a coffee morning in the church hall between 10am and noon on September 5. That is also Trinity Church gift day and envelopes can be handed in at the coffee morning or at the following day’s communion service.



Members meet on September 2 at 7.30pm. The demonstration is bread-making by Gill Evans. Competition – jar of chutney. Hostess – Marion Kingswood.



A business meeting was held with president Mairhi Trickett in the chair. The various conveners gave their reports and the club was reported to be in a sound financial state. It was agreed to donate £300 to Elle Bunyan, Selkirk, who is involved in the management of an establishment for homeless youngsters in Uganda and who addressed the club recently on this. The proceeds of the recent film night – nearly £500 – were donated to the Borders Talking Newspaper in which the club is deeply involved.

Bridge club

August 18 – 1, Mary Millar & Patsy Gilligan; 2, Marian Miller & Susan Law.



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Coffee morning

Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn Parish Church of Scotland is holding a coffee morning in Innerleithen Church on August 29 (10-11.30am). Money raised will go to Thondwe in Malawi where there has been severe flooding.

Community council

The next meeting of Innerleithen and District Community Council will take place on September 7 at 7.15pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on September 2 in the burgh chambers, Memorial Hall, at 7pm.

Jumble collection

St Ronan’s school is having a collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, soft toys and bedding. Items can be handed into the school in bin bags. This is then transferred into cash for the parent-teacher association which pays for many of the “extras” that enhance the experience of pupils. Jumble can be handed into school any time on or before September 9.

Family 5k

St Ronan’s Border Games committee is organising a family 5k run to be held on September 19. It will leave from the first gate on the Tweed Valley Railway Path at 2pm and follow a 5k route up and down a section of the path. Sponsor forms are available from The Thrift Shop, St Ronan’s school or email stronansgames@googlemail.com. This is open to all ages with prizes for winners and certificates for all entrants. Children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. All sponsorship raised will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2016.


The St Ronan’s Silver Band autumn concert is on October 25 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.



Old and Trinity Church’s annual bazaar will be held on August 31 in the Town Hall from 10am till 3pm.

St John’s Church

A family fun day was held in Kenmore Halls in conjunction with the Old Parish Church. Twenty-two youngsters, with their attendant “grown-up”, enjoyed various indoor activities, including craft work, games and face-painting, followed by barbecue food. The next Messy Church will take place in Kenmore Halls on September 4, from 1-3pm, when all children will be welcome for Christian-based activities. St John’s congregational breakfast takes place on August 30, between the 9am communion service and 10.30am sung eucharist. Later, at 6pm, sees the monthly healing service. The autumn fair is on September 19 in St John’s Old School (11am-1pm).


Musical afternoon

Kelso-based choir Mosaic and friends, plus Harris Playfair and Heather Cattanach, present an afternoon of music in Kelso Old Parish Church from 3pm on August 30. Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection for the Meningitis Help Charitable Trust.

Horticultural society

The annual summer exhibition will be held in the Tait Hall on August 30. Doors open 1pm – presentation of prizes 4pm.

Bridge club

August 19 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Ian Watson & Stuart Graham; 2, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 3, Alex Jeffrey & Jock Dun; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell & Bob Stevenson; 2, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 3, Joyce Thomson & Helenor Pratt. August 20 – teams – 1, John Urquhart & Janet Kyle and Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Jean McLaren & Ken Ross and Michael Horwood & Alison Ireland; 3, Dominic & Diana Alkin and David Harris-Burland & Sheila Urquhart.

Museum friends

Friends of Kelso Museum are hosting Reminiscence Sessions and a small exhibition in the coffee room of the Abbey Row Centre on September 4 and 5 where people are invited to come along to talk about their memories of the Second World War, as well as bringing artefacts, pictures etc. Opening times for both days – 10am-noon and 2-4pm.


Tourist office

Having previously been based in a building at the Kilngreen, volunteers at the new tourism venue in High Street have been delighted with the number of visitors since it opened on June 20.

Annual show

A large number of people from the town enjoyed a day out at the village show at Canonbie in fine sunny weather. The pipe band were down for the occasion and led the vintage vehicles and fancy dress parade from the Cross Keys to the playing field. Committee member Barbara McGimpsey presented the trophies at the end of the afternoon. There was a bouncy castle and kiddies’ rides on the field, along with children’s sports and other attractions, and the penny pitching for the Danny Tweddle Memorial Cup was won by his great grandson, Scot Tweddle. Landles Irving, from near the village at Caulside, dominated the vegetables section. He walked away with five pieces of silverware, including the Billy Norman Trophy for most firsts in the show. Andy Warwick and his wife, Kathleen, from the town, took a brace of cups home, for best exhibits in begonias and fuchsias. Maurice Wear, of Hawick, received three cups, for most points in the cut flowers and dahlias, plus best exhibit in the sweet peas. Kate Elliot, of Ewes, had most points, along with best exhibits, in the sticks.

Pet show

The annual pet show run in conjunction with Canonbie flower show took place in fine weather. Children took their pets along and Charlie Foster, of Border Vets, was on hand to give advice. There were a number of different breeds of dogs, along with rabbits, guinea pigs and a horsefield tortoise. At this show everyone is a winner and they all received certificates for the best turned out, fluffiest, best behaved and so on. All the youngsters who took along pets received a bag of sweets.


Blood donors

At a blood-donor session in Melrose on August 18, 101 volunteers offered to give blood and 94 donations were given. There were four new donors.


Classes in the Ormiston Institute will recommence on September 2 at 2pm and 6pm. New students welcome to both classes. Further information from Kath (phone 01896 820034, email kath2@kathmcdonald.plus.com).

Border Flower Club

Members old and new are invited to the first meeting of the 2015/16 season in the Corn Exchange on September 2 at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Wendy Smith from Durham and the title of the demonstration is “Travels with my Aunt”. Visitors welcome.

Parish church

Special projects benefited from £1,310.43 raised at the Bowden fête.


Saturday morning saw a surge of Japanese visitors en route to tour the Newstead site. As if keeping Trimontium on the simmer was not enough, chairman John Reid is involved at Burnswark, near Ecclefechan, in a dig to try to establish whether the Roman camps on either side of the hill really meant business in a real siege, or were just for practice. On Friday, it was farewell to the oldest Trimontium Trust member, Jean Jamieson, who died at 103 in St John’s Home. She was a former teacher, well known at the parish church and at Ashkirk and Lilliesleaf, her late brother Harry’s last parish, after his RAF chaplaincy. Trimontium Trust Walks – Sunday (2pm) from Newstead Milestone; Tuesday and Thursday (1.30pm) from the museum in The Square.


Flower show

The annual flower show took place in the village hall. Although vegetable entries were down, the children’s section has gone from strength to strength. The day finished off with a barbecue. Results – flowers – Vase of French Marigolds, S. Scott; 1 Dahlia, S. Scott; Clematis flower on saucer, P. Hunter; Vase of mixed flowering shrubs, L. & D. Bell; 4 Roses Floribunda, W. Young; Vase of sweet peas of mixed colours; A. & G. B. Scott; 2 Roses, J. Harrison; Vase of sweet peas of one colour, J. Harrison; 4 Roses Hybrid teas, S. Scott; 3 Herbaceous Spikes, P. Hunter; 4 Spikes Phlox, A. & G. B. Scott; 4 heads pansies, S. Scott; Vase mixed perennials, S. McGurk; Vase Antirrhinium, G. Dalton; Arrangement “Shaes of Green”, P. Johnson; Flower arrangement in a teapot, A. & G. B. Scott; Ladies’ Buttonhole, A. & G. B. Scott; Any pot plant flower, J. Mackay; Fuchsia, J. Harrison. Vegetables – Basket home produce, C. Hay; 1 cucumber, C. Hay; 3 onions, S. Elves; Heaviest tomato, S. Scott; 6 Pods Broad Beans, J. Macdonald; Selection of Herbs, S. Elves; 1 Lettuce, J. Harrison; 3 Beetroot, S. McGurk; 3 Sticks Rhubarb, C. Hay; 3 Carrots, J. Macdonald; 3 Courgettes, J. Mackay; Collection of 5 unspecified vegetables, S. Elves; 5 Potatoes, C. Hay; Children’s section – Painted Stone, 4 and under, P. Kennedy; Painted Stone, 5 and upwards, J. Frances; Wild flowers in a Vase, 6yrs and under, C. Frances; Lego vehicle, 4yrs and under, R. McGurk; Farm in a Shoebox, 5yrs and upwards, G. Kennedy; Animal made with flowers and vegetables, J. McLauchlan; Edible necklace, F. & E. Harrison. Baking – 1 piece of tray bake on a plate, H. Frances; Coloured Drawing of a Butterfly, 4yrs and under, R. McGurk. Industrial – Victoria Sandwich, P. Hunter; Jar of home-made jam, A. & G. B. Scott; 3 cheese scones, C. Hay; 1 Loaf Bread, oven-baked, W. Young; 1 Loaf Bread, machine-baked, P. Johnson; 4 Shortbread Fingers, L. & D. Bell; 1 Jar Marmalade, L. & D. Bell; 1 Gingerbread, C. Hay; Fruit Cake, P. Hunter; Wedge of cheesecake, A. Power; Snapshot of sporting event, S. Scott; Snapshot of bird, S. Scott.


Seniors’ club

The first meeting of Newtown and Eildon Seniors’ Afternoon Club after the summer break will be in the Community Wing on September 1 at 2pm.



Roxburgh Church is the venue for Oxnam Valley Voices community choir’s autumn concert on September 4 (7.30pm). Entry is by donation which will go to choir expenses.


Lucy Porteous

Stichill Village Hall – August 31 (7pm) – presentation evening to celebrate the success of Lucy Porteous. Lucy, representing GB, won a gold medal at the tennis mixed doubles, along with a bronze in the singles, at the Los Angeles Special Olympic World Games.


The first meeting of the new session is on September 1 at 7.30pm in the village hall when Sandra Kinnoch will talk about Linus Quilts. Competitions – knitted baby blanket and a thimble.



Gala Water Singers, community choir of the Gala Water Valley, starts its new singing year on September 1 at Fountainhall school from 7-9pm. This season will include songs from the composer of Zimbe! Anyone interested in joining should just turn up – no auditions and you don’t have to be able to read music. More information from John (01578 730289) or email secretary@galawatersingers.org.uk.

Music festival

Stowed Out Music Festival – August 28 (7pm) and August 29 (1.30pm). Volunteers should meet on the quoiting green today (Thursday) at 7pm to put up marquees.


Pub quiz

The pub quiz season restarts on September 2 at 8pm in the Plough Hotel. Proceeds from this event will go to the Wauchope Hall.


Yetholm Sinfonia perform on September 5 at 7.30pm in Kelso Old Parish Church.


This event will take place on Yetholm Haugh on September 6 from 9am.


Members will host a live link to the Guild Annual Gathering in Dundee on September 5. All are welcome to join this event which runs from 10.30am-3.30pm. Contact Sheena Sangster for further information.