Community cafe

The next community cafe will be held in the village hall at 11am on October 21.


Parish church

Parents Alistair and Christine Fisher joined the Reverend Marion Dodd for the baptism of Evie Davina May Fisher on Sunday. The Bible reading was delivered by Joyce Brown, while Ashleigh Doctor and Dorothy Howden played the organ. There is a hamper in the vestibule for gifts for the annual sale of work in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on October 31 – see Christina Bird for more details. It was reported that more volunteers are needed for the BGH Chaplaincy Team to ensure that church services continue – contact Margaret Blyth for more information. There will be a choir social in Trinity on October 30 at 7pm – tickets are available from choir members. The previous week, the service was conducted by the Reverend Duncan McCosh, retired minister from St Peter’s Church in Galashiels.



The October meeting was the AGM. After the annual reports from the treasurer and president, the election of the new committee was held – Mary McTaggart, president; Morag Forsyth, secretary; Elizabeth Calcroft, treasurer. Letters were read and arrangements made for the upcoming rural show on October 30 at Kelso. Louise Graham was thanked for coming along to count votes. After a supper and short quiz, the meeting came to a close. The November 11 meeting features Christmas decorations with M. Main. New members welcome. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the hall.


Monthly old-time Scottish Country Dances start on October 30 with the Roger Dobson Band playing in the hall. The night starts at 8pm and a home-made supper is available. Phone Mary (01450 373722), Christine (01450 372921) or Margaret (01450 375064) to book or for more information, or visit the Cogsmill Hall Facebook page.


Parish church

On October 18 the service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. A traditional hymns service will be held on November 22. Pass on requests to Julie.


Earlston Horticultural Society will hold its AGM at 7.30pm on October 20 in the Red Lion. The society appeals to residents to come along and support it in ensuring the continuation of the annual flower show.



The next meeting is on October 21 at 7.30pm when there will be a talk about Guide Dogs. Competitions – knitted toy and a dog ornament. Last month’s competition winners – small quiche – 1, Dorothy Small; 2, Agnes Mathison; travel first aid box – 1, Dorothy Small; 2, Christine Sinclair.



The latest meeting was held in the Kingsknowes Hotel last Thursday and attended by 61 members. Margaret Skea spoke about the Great Tapestry of Scotland. The tapestry project produced some impressive statistics – more than 1,000 stitchers were involved, aged from 3 to 94, producing a conservative estimate of 55,000 hours of work and using 300 miles of yarn, resulting in 160 panels stretching for 140 metres and covering 12,000 years of Scottish history. The next meeting will be on October 22 in the Kingsknowes Hotel when Nigel Miller will talk on “NFU Farming”. The club will also be playing host to its Hawick counterpart.

Studio club

October 15, Old Gala House, 7.30-9.30pm, pastel flavours workshop with Iain McCann. Enquiries – 01896 820023.

October 22, Old Gala House, 7.30-9.30pm, illustrated talk by professional artist Morris Manson on his contemporary and traditional artwork influenced by “Impressionism” through to “Pop”. Enquiries – 01896 820023.

Trinity church

On Sunday, the Reverend Marion Dod was back to lead worship. Music was led by Dorothy Howden and the lessons read by Jim Gilchrist. Any articles for the November newsletter should be forwarded to Sandra Aitchison ASAP. On October 18 there will be a soup lunch after the service. There is to be a choir social on October 30, starting at 7pm. Tickets can be bought from choir members. There is also a reminder to those people who took away a shoebox to fill for the Blythswood appeal that they must be returned by October 25.



Old-time and ceilidh dance classes start on October 22 and will then meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 8pm. In addition, A Reel Half-Hour starts at 7.30pm for learning new set dances.



President Mairhi Trickett introduced Colin Purvis, a local man of many parts – boxer (now coach), scribe (local news reporter, would-be author, poet) – who spoke on the art/craft of drystane walling and dyking, at which he is an expert. He explained how dyking was at its most popular in the period from 1770 t 1870 when, as a result of the agricultural revolution, it became necessary to define owners/tenants’ smaller farms and, while ploughing fields for arable farming, stones were unearthed, so two needs were fulfilled at the same time – dykes built and fields cleared. Records show that in 1910 there were 30 dykers in Hawick. Colin said although new dykes are being built, he is usually employed repairing them. He also runs courses for the Drystone Wall Association as well as attending dyking competitions.

Camera club

Last Thursday’s meeting was a club practical night with Bernie Gajos doing a presentation about macro photography, using his own images along with on-screen videos. Also doing presentations were president Dennis Laing, who was in the studio taking macro images, while Gordon Gilfether and Kenny Baillie showed how to resize images using Photoshop so members can present their images correctly for club competitions. The October 15 meeting sees members viewing and judging last season’s Borders Digital Challenge images.


Library cafe

The latest library cafe saw 24 visitors enjoy various choices of soup and cake. The next gathering is between 10.30am and 1pm on October 20 in the meeting room of Heiton Hall.


Countdown Club

Members next gather on October 28 in Innerleithen Church meeting room at 10.30am – bring along a pen and paper.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Future Band will hold a coffee morning on October 24 in the Vale Club from 10am-noon, featuring live music from band members.


St Ronan’s School Parent-Teacher Association will hold a coffee morning on October 31 in the Vale Club from 10am to noon.

Civic association

Work to put up the 2015 Innerleithen Christmas lights starts on October 18, and from then on every Sunday until December 6 when the lights are switched on. The Lights Gang volunteers are asked to be at the Hut up Leithen Road at 9.30am. The next association meeting will be held at St Ronan’s Community School on October 20, starting at 7pm. All committee members are requested to attend. The association’s annual coffee morning in aid of the Christmas lights will be held in the Vale Club from 10am till noon on November 7.


Ladies Group

The speaker for the meeting in the Thistle Pavilion will be Emma Emmerson, from Woodside Nursery. Her talk is entitled “Spring Planting”. Programmes for this year are available and new members and visitors are welcome. More information from Evelyn Grierson (01835 863625).


A concert will be held in St John’s Church on October 18 at 3pm, featuring clarinetist,Joanna Nicholson. Music from Bach to Burns and Gershwin.Refreshments will be served. Entrance by donation.


Jedburgh Leisure Facilities Trust’s AGM for the Laidlaw Memorial Pool is on October 31 (10am) at the facility. Anyone interested in getting more involved with the trust should contact Christine Wylie (01835 840246/p10caw@aol.com) or chairperson John Sharratt for further information.


Youth project

Kelso Youth Project is looking for help to run pool and darts cup competitions on a Thursday evening at The Planet (next door to Border Ice Rink) – email Ian at ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk or give him a call on 07958 277766 for further information.

Bridge club

October 7 – B.G.B. sim. pairs – N/S – 1, Jean McLaren & Alison Ireland; 2, Lynda Douglas and Jim Stone; 3 (equal), Mary Millar & Val Johnstone, Bob Stevenson & Annie Mitchell; E/W – 1, Ian Ross and Eliz Ross; 2, Jon Bridger & Gerry Eglington; 3, Sheila Urquhart & Sheena McPherson. October 8 – Millenium Trophy 5 – 1, Jim Stone & Keith Ackerman; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Annie Mitchell & John Loudon; 4, Maureen Weightman & Lynda Douglas; 5, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 6, Shirley Armstrong & Moira Ayton.

Music Makers

At the first meeting of the season, participants provided a wide variety of musical contributions, including songs, guitar ragtime, Telemann Trio Sonata and piano. The next event in Abbey Row on October 30 will offer an evening of music making in a variety of acoustic styles – classical, traditional, contemporary. Contact 01573 224920 for more infromation.


Kelso Laddies’ Association AGM takes place on October 30 in the Dickson Room, Cross Keys Hotel, at 7.30pm.


Kelso Stitchers will meet on October 27 in the Abbey Row Centre at 7pm when Irene McFadzean gives a talk entitled “Cottage Dolls”. Members should remember their mug and name badge.


Junior band

The junior band came away with a silver award from Innerleithen Youth Band competition. The band was under the baton of Christine Calvert, who teaches the young players each Tuesday evening.

Head teacher

Staff, parents and pupils have been informed that their cluster head teacher, Justin Sinclair, is leaving Eskdale to take up a new post – head at Earlston High School. Mr Sinclair became head of the Academy and primary schools in the town, along with Canonbie primary, two years ago.


Historical society

Ian Brotherston, Douglas Scott and David Wilkinson will look at the history of Lauder Scout Group by showing archive slides and memorabilia on October 21 at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. This is an open event. Further details from Joan Stevens on 01578 722559.


President Senga Towers welcomed a good turnout of members and visitors to the meeting held in Lauder Primary School before introducing Caroline Patey, a home economics teacher, also a “Fit 4 Fun” nutrition leader employed by the NHS. Her topic was “Healthy Eating”. She drew members’ attention to the manufacturers’ food package labels showing the sugar, salt and fat content levels. Helen Lumsden gave the vote of thanks. Caroline also judged the competitions – glass ornament – 1, Sandra Fullerton; 2, Christine Riddell; 3, Joanne Watson; celery soup – 1, Wendy Bryson; 2, Liz Dalgliesh; 3, Sheila Hardie. Helen Lumsden, hostess for the evening, provided members with supper. Sheila Hardie and Christine Riddell organised the raffle. The next meeting will be held in the same venue on November 10 at 7.30pm when the speaker for the evening is Jane Thomson on Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Competitions – decorated bra and two cup cakes.



Irene Cotter gave the October meeting a talk about her walking holiday in Shetland in company with SWI members from all over Scotland. Her photographs gave a great impression of the wild scenery, despite the mist and rain. Competition – artificial corsage – 1, Valerie Mayo; 2, Edith Scott; 3 Margaret Inglis. Raffle prizes were won by Jennifer Barrie, Margaret McKinlay, Evelyn Douglas and Marjorie Mabon.


The badminton season will get under way on October 26 at 7pm in the village hall.

Indoor bowls

Indoor bowls start on Friday, October 30, at 7pm in the village hall.


Parish church

Refugee camps appeal still ongoing; October 18 services – Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am; October 23 – Arthritis Big Band Bash; October 25 – Macmillan coffee morning after church; October 28 – midweek service and lunch; shoebox appeal deadline November 1; foodbank contributions welcomed.


Old Melrose saw its last “first Monday” walk for 2015 under Ian Skinner, bringing a decent contribution plus last year’s Gift Aid to the funding of the hoped-for 2016 dig. Brian Mahler took a magnificent seven (and two dogs) on the Trimontium Walk, with three more Thursday walks and three museum weeks to go. The first lecture of the autumn season, on Roman York, was given by Dr Patrick Ottaway After many questions from the audience, Provost William Windram’s vote of thanks was warmly endorsed. On October 22, Peter Berridge, from Colchester, will speak about that first UK Roman town, and on October 29 Dr Reid rounds off the series with his adventures in Rome.


On October 20 at 7.30pm, the first lecture in the winter programme of Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association will be held in the upper hall of the Ormiston. Alasdair Hutton, writer and storyteller, will present a talk on The Reivers and their lifestyle of stealth, treachery and deceit during one of the most intense periods of warfare and disorder in the Anglo-Scottish borderlands.



Roxburgh Singers’ concert in conjunction with Voices for Hospices in Morebattle Church on November 1 (3pm) features Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria. It is in aid of the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital. Tickets (£8) at the door – accompanied children free. Contact – Margaret Moyes (01750 22418/ mmoyes2@gmail.com).


Coffee morning

The village hall was the venue for a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and along with donations, £520 was raised.



The AGM began with Dorothy Grierson – a founder Newmill member – giving a talk on the history of the SRI. She also brought along old books and syllabuses. Caroline Tully concluded the talk with proposed ideas from the federation for modernisation of the SRI. Competitions – ideas for syllabus – 1, Julia Templeman; 2, Muriel Baptie; 3, Jan Chetwynd; old recipe book – 1, Muriel Baptie; 2, Elsie Crouch; 3, Gill Francombe; poem about our rural – 1, Julia Templeman; 2, Muriel Baptie; 3, Gill Francombe. A new committee was elected and a meeting is to be arranged later this month to decide members’ positions and the new syllabus content. Members were delighted to win the Pringle Cup at Roberton Show, thanks to hard work on the “Royal Highland Show Picnic”. As part of this, Jan Chetwynd also won a trophy for handicraft in respect of a hand-painted tablecloth. Jan Little is organising a “clean-up Teviothead” day in honour of George Rennie. Members who have donations for the sales table at Roxburgh Show (October 30 and 31) should contact a committee member. It was agreed that this year’s November meal (on November 3) will be at The Woll.


Plant sale

Newtown in Bloom coffee morning and plant sale will be held on October 17 (10am-noon) in the Community Wing, Sprouston Road.



The next meeting is on October 21, celebrating Oxton SWI’s 91st birthday. There will also be a beetle drive and sales table. Members’ competition – small candle holder; visitors – pill box. At the last meeting points prizes were awarded, with Jackie Pinkerton winning the Mrs Mitchell Cup. Runner-up, Agnes Bell. The Rose Bowl was won by Margaret Smith. Runner-up, Jackie Pinkerton.


Coffee morning

Selkirk Ex-Soldiers’ Association has organised a coffee morning on October 17 (10am-noon) at St Joseph’s Church Hall. There will also be a sale of military cap badges and display of First and Second World War medals that the association need help in identifying relatives of the recipients. All funds raised will go towards mounting and presenting the medals to the recipients’ family.

Antiquarian Society

Members meet on October 21 at 7.30pm in the parish church hall when Ian Landles and Billy Young will present their talk, “Throuw tha Tunnel – A journey through Teviotdale”.



Lady McEwen gave a talk about Polish soldiers in the Borders during the Second World War. After the invasion of Poland in 1939, many had managed to escape by various

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routes. Competitions – Polish headdress – 1, Brenda Waring; 2, Lyn Anderson, 3, Gaynor Taylor; red and white scarf – 1, Frances Rogers; 2, Pam Hall; 3, Kathy Wilkie. The next meeting will be in the village hall at 7.30pm on November 3.



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Members meet on October 20 at 10.30am in Wauchope Hall when a DVD – “Village Praise in Yetholm” – will be shown. This is a change to the published syllabus. Competition – four pieces of shortbread


Yetholm Village Choir will be singing in Kelso Old Parish Church on Saturday, October 24, at 7.30pm. The theme of the concert is entitled “Golden Oldies”.

Yetholm show

The show committee will meet on October 22 at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall.

Bonfire night

Planning is well in hand for the November 5 bonfire (from 6pm) on the Playing Field. The public should not leave furniture, electrical goods, plastics or paint cans. If in doubt, ask a community councillor.


Councillor Simon Mountford will hold a drop-in surgery in the Youth Hall from 10-11am on October 24.