The autumn series of whist and dominoes continues on October 5 (7.30pm) with a fundraising event for the Bedrule defibrillator.


Sheila Clyne created a variety of cold sweets, which members got to taste, at the latest meeting. Competition – rose from the garden – 1, Teela Ferguson; 2, Janice Palmer; 3, Janet Alexander.


Camera group

Bowden Digital Camera Group is holding a coffee morning and exhibition of members’ photographs in the village hall on October 3 (10am-noon).


Parish church

The Reverend Elspeth Harley returned on Sunday as a member of the congregation following her fall while on holiday in Germany. Mrs Harley, with the aid of crutches, was given a rousing welcome, along with husband Ewen. The service was taken by Fran Selkirk. A Bible reading was delivered by Catriona Bird and music played by Margaret Blyth. There is a hamper in the vestibule for gifts for the annual sale of work in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on October 31. More volunteers are needed for the BGH chaplaincy team to ensure that church services continue – contact Mrs Blyth for more information. Today’s meeting of the kirk session has been cancelled.



The Friends of Thomas the Rhymer Group is unveiling a bronze bust of Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov in Earlston Square on Saturday, October 3, at 2pm. An afternoon of music, song and dance will follow. Lermontov, born in Moscow in 1814, was descended from 17th-century Scottish mercenary George Learmonth. He was proud of his Scottish ancestry, so much so he claimed it right back to a 13th-century laird, Thomas Learmonth from Earlston – the bard and prophet Thomas the Rhymer.

Parish church

Messy Church is on Saturday in the church hall from 10.30am to 1pm. The service on Sunday at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. Holy communion will be celebrated on October 18.

Women’s group

Tonight (Thursday) at 8pm in the church hall, Augusta Greenlees will talk about riding holidays. It is entitled “Saddle Sore in Madagascar”.

Civic week

The leadership of Earlston Civic Week organising committee has changed. At the AGM last Friday, Steven Cessford took over the chair, with Shannon Elliot as depute. The remainder of the committee remains unchanged.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held at Hanover Close on Saturday, October 10. The event begins at 10am and is in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.



Mary Sherrard spoke about her wartime experiences at Bletchley Park at last Thursday’s meeting. Her work involved decoding German Enigma machine signals. It was top secret and those involved were not able to talk about it until 1974. Mary married John Sherrard who was involved in similar war work and they were both well known locally when John was minister of what is now Trinity Church in Galashiels. The next meeting of the club is on October 8 when Margaret Skea will talk about “Scottish Tapestry”.

Quiz night

Borders Samaritans are holding a fundraising quiz night on Friday, October 2, in Quins, Market Street. With chips and dips included, a table of four costs £10. The event begins at 8pm.

Trinity church

Last Sunday’s service and music were led by Frances Selkirk and Dorothy Howden (organ and piano) respectively. Joyce Lewis read the lessons. At the beginning of the service, Marette Hose updated the congregation about the needs of the foodbank. She said that there were good supplies of tins etc., but there was a shortage of long-life milk, coffee, jam and tinned steak pies. Cash donations would also be welcomed. In the evening there was a “Songs of Praise” in the church. This was organised and led by Dorothy Howden. Marette Hose opened the service with a prayer and everyone recited the Gaelic Blessing at the end of the evening. A cup of tea was served at the interval. On Sunday, October 4, there will be a short communion service for those who cannot manage to get to the normal one, or who just wishes to come along. The service is in Trinity at 3pm and will be led by the Reverend Marion Dod. If anyone needs a lift, speak to session clerk Bill Cheyne.



The next meeting is on October 7 at 7.30pm when Marion Termaat will give a talk on witchcraft. Competition – a witch’s hat. Hostess – Marylynn Farquaharson.



Several members’ wives were in attendance to hear Amy Ward, Selkirk, give an illustated talk on her spell working in Los Garionnes Women’s Prison, Guatemala, Central America. She related how she had been suffering from a serious and debilitating illness for seven years and, when she recovered in 2013, felt a calling to offer her services to a needy organisation well out of her comfort zone. As a result, through the Volunteer Latin-link Christian Group, she was posted to Guatemala to teach in the women’s prison. There were 146 inmates and only eight guards.



The service being held on Sunday, October 4, begins at 10.30am, It will be followed by a light lunch.


Bridge club

The club has begun its winter season in the British Legion on Mondays at 7pm. New members welcome. A come-and-try evening took place last week and it is proposed to begin lessons in October on a Thursday night. Contact Richard Oates on 07812 209216 for further information.

Historical society

John Elliot, of Coldstream, spoke about “Memories of a Scottish photographer”, the photographer being his great uncle, Nichol Elliot. Nichol lived in Coldstream from an early age where he learned the carpenter’s trade. He sang in a local church choir as well as being a Sunday school teacher. He took an early interest in photography, using his woodworking skills to make his first camera. Nichol won a photographic competition and decided to make a career in photography, opening a studio and shop in Coldstream. He realised he would have to be properly trained, so attended a college in Austria, eventually settling in Canada. Although he was over 40 at the outbreak of the First World War, he returned to the UK where he lied about his age and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant. He fell on July 10, 1917, aged 44. The next meeting is on October 8 when Derek Rae will speak on the history of the North British Rayon factory in Jedburgh.


Thursday Group

The Thursday Group opens its autumn programme today (Thursday) with a talk by John Stuart Murray entitled “Reading the Gaelic landscape”. Mr Murray’s book of the same title will be on sale. The meeting starts at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre (room 4). Subscriptions (£7) are due. Next week, Len McDermid will speak about the Greenock poet, W. S. Graham.

Gardens contest

Kelso Horticultural Society gardens competition – front – 1, Mr I. Paterson, 77 Queens Croft; 2, Mr R. Thomson, 12 The Tofts; 3, Mr W. Nichol, 13 Queens Croft; highly commended, Mr and Mrs R. Darling, 8 Springwood Terrace; commended, Mrs J. Mooney, 1 Pinnaclehill Park. Patio – 1, Mr T. Liddle, 5 Station Road; 2, Mrs A. Scott, 17 Pinnaclehill Park; 3, Mr and Mrs Utterson, Linden Bank, Maxwell Lane; highly commended, Mrs H. Sanders, 6 The Linn; commended, Mr W. Grieve, 50 The Linn.

Bridge club

September 23 – Abbey Salver – N/S – 1, Lesley Dick and Lynda Douglas; 2, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, Maureen Weightman and Helen Long; 2, David Harris-Burland and Ruth Mackay; 3, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger. September 24 – Calchou Cup – N/S – 1, Dorothy Graham and Lynda Douglas; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Alison Ireland and Michael Horwood; 3, Gerry Eglington and Jon Bridger.


Border Flower Club

Wendy Smith, from Durham, was the first demonstrator of the season. Her presentation was titled from the book, “Travels with my Aunt”. She took her audience to Brighton Pavilion, Paris in the spring and on a trip on the Orient Express. This was followed to Istanbul spice markets and the Rio de Janeiro carnival. Her choice of containers, foliage and a selection of flowers complemented the travel venues. The next meeting is on October 7 in Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Elizabeth Paterson, from Carluke, and her title is “Design by Nature”.

Parish church

There was autumn sunshine for the services at Bowden (communion) and Melrose where, at the beginning the Eco-Baton was presented by the Reverend Trevor Jamison of the Eco-Congregation Scotland, symbolising the concern of churches about climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and the safety of the planet – and showing that concern to the International Conference in Paris this December. The baton went on to Holy Trinity Church escorted by youngsters. October 4 – harvest thanksgiving and lunch. October 23 – Big Band Bash.


An Aberdeen to Tweedbank railway day return for a family group was among the latest addition to the ways of coming to see the coin hoards at the museum, with local buses providing the last link to and from Melrose. The steam train specials have also brought the independent visitor. On the subject of walking, the Indian summer is still encouraging the active to step out on Thursday afternoons to see the world from the Leaderfoot viaduct, enjoy their tea in Newstead village hall and stroll back to Melrose via the stonemasons’ path to the abbey or the monks’ riverside wall to the end of the Annay road. After today’s (Thursday) walk, Dr Patrick Ottaway, all the way by train and bus from York, will be throwing new light on that ancient city in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm in the first of this autumn’s three celebrity lectures.



The first night of the new season will be held today (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the institute when Adam Flannigan will tell of his expedition to an orphanage in Peru with The Vine Trust. Visitors welcome.

Cheviot Churches

A harvest dance will be held in the Wauchope Hall, Yetholm, on October 10. Tickets from village shop.

Coffee morning

The Macmillan coffee morning raised about £450.


About 60 people took part in the CPR and defribillator training programme held in the institute, with tuition from Jayne Horton, assisted by Dot Halliday who organised the event. There are defribillators situated at Morebattle, Linton, Cessford and Hownam.


Seniors’ Club

The next meeting of Newtown and Eildon Seniors’ Afternoon Club, including a talk entitled “Hatches, Matches and Dispatches”, will be in Newtown Community Wing on October 6 from 2pm.

st boswells

Drama club

The drama club, affectionately known as St Boswells AmDrams, has formed a splinter group to which all are invited to share social evenings of prose/poetry, music, chat, laughter or whatever transpires on the night. The first get-together’s readings included some from members themselves, a local published poet, T. S. Eliot and Anthony Booth. It is planned to meet monthly with a specific topic. The next gathering is in the village hall’s upper room on October 29 (7.30-9.30pm). The subject is wine.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on October 11 at 10.30am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, October 18, at 10.30am.



Country dancing today (Thursday) in Youth Hall from 2 -4pm.

Youth theatre

Borders Youth Theatre present “I Mind O’ That Project” in Wauchope Hall from 10-11.30am (Friday, October 2, and Friday, October 9). Locals are invited to come along along and share their memories with Yetholm Primary School children.


Yetholm Shepherds’ Show will be held at The Haugh on October 3.


Badminton will be held in Wauchope Hall on October 6 (1.30pm).

History society

The history society meets in the Mission Hall on October 6 at 7.30pm when archaeologist Chris Jones gives a talk on the Northumberland National Park.

Cheviot Churches

A harvest ceilidh will be held in the Wauchope Hall on Saturday, October 10. Tickets are available from the village shop and the event gets under way at 7.30pm.