District News


Parish church

The service on November 15 at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The kirk session meets on November 16 at 7.30pm in the church hall lounge. November 22 sees a traditional hymns service at 10.15am. Following the Remembrance Day church service and parade to the war memorial, a short service was conducted at the memorial by the Reverend Woods. Piper was Bruce Hastie and Standard Bearer George Goodfellow. Wreaths were laid as follows – Lord Lieutenant’s, Disney Barlow; Royal British Legion Scotland, Robert Bell; Women’s Section Royal British Legion Scotland, Jennifer Bryson; Armed Forces, Kay Brownlee; Scottish Borders Council, Jim Torrance; Community Council, John Paton-Day; Rotary, Jan Connell; British Red Cross, Andrew Lees; Explorers/Scouts/Cubs/Beavers Group, Ryan Smith (flag bearer, Ellie Holley); Girl Guides, Chelsea Elliot (flag bearer, Kady Lees); Brownies, Kate Horan (flag bearer, Kirsten Redpath); Earlston High School, Sophie MacBrayne.

Paths Group

A 2016 CD-size calendar, celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary, is on sale in the village at Turnbull Chemists, Tom Davidson Gallery, Border Chainsaw and Harbro. See noticeboard for more information.


Remembrance Sunday

Locals braved the elements on Sunday to pay their respects to The Fallen at the war memorial. Also a thank you to all those involved in preparing the Hall and the food for the light lunch afterwards.

Folk night

Real Time folk group, led by Kenny Speirs, will be entertaining on November 13 at 8pm.

Quiz night

A quiz night will be held on December 11 at 7.30pm.


Coffee morning

There will be a Christmas coffee morning and sale in the village hall on December 5 in aid of a bit of fun as well as hall funds. Anyone with anything to sell is asked to contact George on 01750 52243 to book a table.



The next meeting is on November 18 at 7.30pm. It’s the AGM (remember voting papers) and there will be a “taste and try”. Competitions – winner of “taste and try” and a pretty plate. Last month’s competitions – knitted toy – 1, Christine Sinclair; 2, Agnes Mathison; dog ornament – 1, Janice Currie; 2, Fiona Walters.


Camera club

Open competition, judged by Bill Hume from Kelso – Prints – 1, Janet Kennedy; 2, Janet Kennedy; 3, Christine Swalwell; Commended – Ron Bell, Alan Kennedy (2), Ford Renton (2). Digital Print Images – 1, Gordon Swalwell; 2, Paul Anderson; 3, Alistair Peacock; Commended – Paul Anderson (2), Alan Kennedy, Christine Swalwell (2). “Red Domination Prints and Creative Digital Projected Images” – 1, Ford Renton; 2, Alistair Peacock. In a change to the syllabus, Murray Dickson, from the Old Gala Club, gave a talk entitled “My Grandfather’s Gala”. This was both a historical and visual presentation. Murray then proceeded to take members on a tour of the archive room. Phil McLean (Duns) was another visitor to the club who gave an interesting visual display relating to his passion for nature photography. The club’s next talk – November 18, Langlee Community Centre, 7.30pm – will be given by members Alan Kennedy and Steve Currie. Entitled “Their journey to obtain Royal Photographic Society Distinctions”, this is a change from the original syllabus.

Trinity church

Session clerk Bill Cheyne welcomed the Reverend Marion Dodd and Dorothy Howden back to take the Remembrance Sunday service and lead music respectively. Alistair Bell placed a wreath of poppies in front of the altar. May Montgomery read the Bible lessons. There will be a guild coffee morning on November 14 (10am-noon) in the church hall and after morning service the following day, there is to be a quick meeting with Dorothy Howden of all the people participating in the Christmas show.


Collection day

November 12 is collection day for art exhibition artists – 1.30-2.30pm and 5-7pm.


Old-time and ceilidh dance classes on November 12 at 8pm. There is a Reel Half Hour starting at 7.30pm for learning

new set dances. Beginners welcome. On November 14 there is dancing to a Scottish dance band (byo supper).



An exhibition will be launched at Cafe Obrigado on November 15 (2-6pm), displaying images of the Borders by local photographer Gavin Liddle. There will be a selection of framed prints and canvases for sale. The exhibition runs until spring 2016.



A big turnout of members, wives, guests and visitors appeared at last week’s meeting chaired by vice-president Jim Walker. Speaker was David McLeod, nephew of past president Bobby Cairns’s wife Ina and he gave a talk about his life on a luxury cruise liner. Formerly director of music with Midlothian Council, he took early retirement 18 months ago and now takes six-month contracts as music and entertainment director with Royal Caribbean Cruises. David’s parents were present at the meeting to hear his address when he gave a tune on his trumpet, accompanied on keyboard by Grace Jack.

Rugby Memories Club

Jim Telfer was the special guest at the November session held at Mansfield Park. The former Lions and Scotland coach talked wittily and perceptively about World Cup rugby, great players past and present, the arrival of professionalism and the important role played by Borders rugby clubs and players in the development of the game. The next session takes place on December 3 at 2.30pm with Jim Renwick as special guest.



There will be a whist drive in the village hall on November 24 at 7.30pm in aid of the children’s Christmas party.



St Ronan’s Future Band’s solo contest has been postponed.


Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will hold a craft fair and table-top sale in the Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, on November 14 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Games committee will take place on November 25 in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall, at 7pm.


St Ronan’s Primary School Christmas fair will take place on November 24 in the school from 6-8pm.

Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Border Games will hold a coffee morning on November 28 in the Vale Club from 10am to noon.


Innerleithen Music Festival AGM will take place on November 17 in the Traqs Bar, Traquair Arms Hotel, at 7.30pm.


A feast of seasonal music is on offer from St Ronan’s Silver Band at a Christmas concert to be held in Innerleithen’s Memorial Hall on December 12 at 7.30pm. Under the direction of Chris Bradley, the event will feature a selection of pieces from the band’s repertoire. The Future Band will also make an appearance during the programme. Tickets can be obtained from Adam’s Bakery and the Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, Robb’s KeyStore in Peebles, by ringing 01896 831721 or emailing KJBelleville@aol.com. Anyone in the Innerleithen area who requires transport should contact Elma on 01896 830577.


St Ronan’s School PTA held a coffee morning, raising £420 towards extras for the pupils.

Christmas lights

The 2015 Innerleithen Christmas lights will be switched on on December 6.

Countdown club

The Countdown Club will meet on November 25 at 10.30am in Innerleithen Church Hall of Friendship.


The church service on November 15 will be at 11.30am. There is also a service at St Ronan’s House at 4pm.



The Rotary Club of Jedburgh is to host the Scottish National Grayling Fishing Competition on December 5 on the River Teviot. Entry fee is £10 and there will be opportunities to win trophies and prizes. The event was started by the club in response to tsunamis which devastated many coastal communities in the Indian Ocean region during 2004. It has continued since and is used to raise funds for similar good causes. To enter, contact, www.jedburghrotary.co.uk or call Ian Davis on 01835 850788.


See Kelso section.

Bridge club

November 2 – N/S – 1, R. Oates & I. Weir; 2, M. Weightman & H. Long; 3, D. & P. Palmer; E/W – 1, K. Jackson & P. Nichol; 2, D. Harris-Burland & I. Whillans; 3, B. & I. Middleton.



Kelso North and Ednam Parish Church host an evening of traditional music on November 13 at 7.30pm in Kelso North Church. Artists are Highline, Small Hall Band, Liz and Martin Marroni, and Carly Blain and Graeme Armstrong. Tickets available from the church office or pay at the door.

SWI show

The SWI Roxburghshire Federation Show was held in Springwood Park. The following cups were presented by Davina Morrison, from the Shetland Isles – Roxburghshire Federation SWI Inter-Group Cup-Group J, leaders Ancrum; Somerville Trophy (winner inter-institute comp.), Minto; Lady Fairfax Lucy Community Cup (community work comp.), Makerstoun; Inter-Institute Cup (over 25 members), Newmill & Teviothead; Inter-Institute Cup (under 25 members) Midlem; Mary Palmer Douglas Cup (highest aggregate , handcraft class), Joan Duncan,

Makerstoun; Brooks Cup (highest aggregate, baking class), Janette Stenhouse, Morebattle; Constance Gordon Cup (highest aggregate, preserve and produce), S. Richardson, Cogsmill; Janet Warden Cup (highest aggregate, floral arrangement), Molly Marshall, Bedrule; Courtney Clarke Memorial Cup (under 60 years) Jan Little, Newmill & Teviothead; Playfair Hannay Cup (best individual in inter-group), Kath Runciman, Langshaw; Lilliesleaf Cup (most outstanding in inter-institute), Lesley Abernethey, Heiton; Grierson Cup (best exhibit, knitting and crochet), Joan Duncanson, Makerstoun; Constance Ingles Cup (best exhibit handcraft), Marion Miller, Edgerston; Jean Holmes Trophy (best exhibit plain sewing), Joan Duncanson, Makerstoun; Maxwellheugh Salver (best exhibit embroidery), Susie Finlayson, Wilton Dean; Joyce Menzies Cup (best exhibit housewives), Janette Stenhouse, Morebattle; Isa Yeomans Memorial Trophy (best Bakewell Tart), Joan Duncan, Makerstoun; Anderson Salver (best exhibit, cooking), Jan Little, Newmill & Teviothead; Silver Medal (best gingerbread), Rose Cameron, St Boswells; Pickwell Salver (highest aggregate, sweets), Nan McKellar, Wilton Dean/Sheena Galloway, Midlem;

Edna Young Memorial Trophy (best exhibit, photography), Evelyn Grierson, Edgerston;

Anne Kennedy Cup (best exhibit, novice baking), Margaret Armstrong, Minto; Shield (best exhibit, novice floral arrangement), Kimberley Bone, Makerstoun; Shield – Junior under-10, Marion Hastie, Hannah Third, Alexander Hastie, Midlem; Shield – Junior 10-14, Lily Towers, Towford; Shetland Clock (chairman’s choice), Susie Finlayson, Wilton Dean; Ness Trophy (inter-institute baking), Towford.


Kelso Stitchers will meet on November 24 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. It is a UFO evening, so bring along something to work on. Members will also be putting finishing touches to their wallhanging and should remember to bring mug and name badge. For further information, contact Rineke on 01573 229414.

Thursday Group

Members heard about the life of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, an Austrian portrait painter whose life spanned much of the 20th century and

who fled to England from Nazi Germany. Today, Brian Coulson presents “What’s in a Name: placenames in Scottish History” at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre. Next week it’s Malcolm Ross and “The Wildlife of East Africa”.


Cheviot Youth’s Employability Club is running its first workshop, entitled The Job Search, on November 12 from 6.45pm at The Planet (next door to the Border ice rink) for 15 to 25-year-olds. It will cover searching online and offline newspapers, word of mouth and referrals, online job boards, Facebook and LinkedIn. This service is free. For further information, email Ian at ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk or ring 07958 277766.

Bridge club

November 4 – Rose Bowl – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone & Mary Millar; 2, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 3, Val Fairbairn & Jean Bunyan; E/W – 1, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Lynda Douglas & Chris Anthony; 3 (equal), Sheena McPherson & Sheila Urquhart, Jean & Quentin McLaren. November 5 – Calchou Cup – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson; 2, Avril Ronald & Donald Swanson; 3, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, David Harris-Burland & Sheila Urquhart; 2 (equal), Shirley Armstrong & Moira Ayton, Maureen Weightman & Jon Bridger.



A celebration of all things moorland is being organised for March by the town’s Making the Most of Moorlands project. There will be guided activities, talks and exhibitions. Anyone who wishes to participate in the festival should put forward their names. The area of interests include outdoor activities, art, music and creative writing.

Christmas lights

A Santa Dash is being organised for December 5, which is the day the town’s Christmas lights will be switched on. Eskdale Community Sports Hub hosted an open meeting to generate interest and discuss organising things.

Men’s Shed

A relatively new movement – the Men’s Shed – has been establishing itself all over the country and is coming to Langholm. A shed is known as a place where men potter or mend things, or just fill in time – and the movement has capitalised on this tradition. Premises do not need to be sheds, and can be rooms or halls where members – both men and women – take part in activities. They can also call in for a blether and a coffee, and find out information about services, or help their community. Anyone in the town interested in joining a Men’s Shed which is being set up in the British Legion clubrooms should contact Avril Grieve on 013873 80529.

Remembrance Day

It was a wet, miserable morning for the Remembrance Day parade organised by the Royal British Legion in Langholm. The pipe band led the march to the parish church under parade leader David Patterson, formerly of the RAF. The Queen’s colours and the branch colours were followed by the flags of the various youth organisations. The church service was taken by the Reverend Scott McCarthy and music during the service was provided by Langholm Town Band, under conductor David Calvert, and during the act of remembrance piper Craig Irving played the Lament and Town Band member Nicole Weatherstone played the Last Post and Reveille.

After the church service the parade marched into Buccleuch Park where a short service was conducted by Mr McCarthy at the war memorial and wreaths were laid for the Royal British Legion, Royal Navy, Army and RAF. Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the community council and a number of other organisations and clubs. Mr McCarthy conducted short services of remembrance in the afternoon at Eskdalemuir, Westerkirk and Ewes where wreaths were laid for the church and community council. Canonbie paid tribute to The Fallen with a short service at the war memorial on Sunday morning when the roll of honour was read and two minutes silence was observed at 11am. Wreaths

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were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion, community council and Probus club. Wreaths were also laid by the Guides and Brownies. A service followed later in the United Parish Church. There was also a short wreath-laying service at Claygate.


Historical society

Member Malcolm McVittie will give a presentation about the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders at the Battle of Balaclava on November 18 at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. Further details from Joan Stevens (01578 722559).


Bonfire Party

The children and Heather raised £147 by guising at Halloween in aid of funds for the fireworks. Aaron made the guy and Barbara the soup. Graham and Ross built the bonfire, which was lit by Lord Nicholas Biddulph, and Lady Mary Biddulph is grateful to all who helped her.

Remembrance Sunday

A Service of Remembrance was held at Makerstoun war memorial on November 8. Crosses were placed and a wreath was laid by Lord Biddulph on behalf of the parish. This was followed by a service at Makerstoun church, taken by Jim Smith, session clerk.

Poppy collection

The poppy collection in Makerstoun parish raised a record £310.19p. Lady Mary Biddulph is gratefull to all the collectors, Mrs Fleming, George Duncan and Peter Wilson, and all those who gave so generously.



November 27 at 7pm will see the presentation of the Borders Challenge cheque to Arthritis Research UK at the rugby club.

Parish church

The church office needs material for the next church magazine asap. Services on November 15 – 9.30am, Bowden; 11am, Weirhill.


“Britannia”, the annual journal of Romano-British studies, arrived this week with a new study of the Hawkshaw Head, found near Tweedsmuir in the 18th century. It is carved from a white, crystalline marble and is part of a Roman statue, presumably ‘head-hunted’ and looted from a prime location and buried as a trophy. The Hawkshaw Head may well have started life as that of the Emperor Domitian (a nasty piece of work) and ended up re-carved as the head of the popular next but one Emperor Trajan, the extender of the empire.


Melrose Scout Group

will be delivering cards to Melrose, Darnick, Gattonside, St Boswells, Tweedbank and Newstead for 20p each. Collection points are Spar, Martin Baird Butchers, Williamson’s Fruit Shop and Boots the Chemist from November 15.

Delivery – December 19.

Greener Borders

Earlston Orchard Town will be giving a talk entitled “An Abundance of Food from a Small Area” on November 19 in the Ormiston Institute at 7.30pm. Speaker Graham Bell, local author and permaculturist, will talk about his own garden in Coldstream where he grows an incredible diversity and volume of food. He will be showing how to become more self-sufficient, eat well and save the planet at the same time. There will also be news about the Climate March in Edinburgh on November 28.


On song

Under the auspices of Voices for Hospices, Roxburgh Singers, with their conductor Marion Dodd and pianist Anne Kerr, sang Vivaldi’s Gloria and Faure’s Requiem to an appreciative audience in Morebattle Church on November 1. As a result, £1,134 has been donated to the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.


President Catherine Mabon welcomed members and visitors to the guild meeting last Thursday night when a talk, highlighted with photographs, from Stuart and Damien showed how Border Search and Rescue Unit covered all eventualities, from people getting stranded in the hillside to stewarding local festivals. A vote of thanks was given by Catherine Mabon.

Show winners

At Kelso Horticultural Show on Saturday, winners from Morebattle were – Jock Cessford (vegetable section), Neil Paterson (honey), Jeannie McNulty and Janette Stenhouse (baking).

Remembrance Sunday

The Reverend Robin McHaffie took the service at the war memorial on Sunday when Joe Scott-Plummer laid a wreath on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant. Andrew Bell, assisted by Greg Cessford and Rhaidan Scott, who had been to battlefields recently on a Kelso High School trip, also laid a wreath.

Folk night

Kelso Folk Club entertain in the Templehall Hotel on November 14 at 8.30pm. This evening, which includes the annual bottle draw, is a fundraiser for the village hall and flower show. Tickets available from committee members, the Templehall or by phoning John Mabon on 01573 440329.



Thirty members and friends met at The Woll for a meal. Afterwards, Mary Irving gave her report for the year which saw Newmill and Teviothead gain the trophy for most points for the institute with over 25 members at the federation show in Kelso. Individual members also did well, notably Jan Little gaining the Courtney Clare Memorial Cup and Anderson Salver. The new committee was introduced – president, Liz Howieson; vice-president, Sheila McLaren; treasurer, Betty Rennie; secretary, Gill Francombe; press secretary, Alison Barker; points secretary, Muriel Baptie; committee – Larraine Lord, Pat Douglas, Jan Cheytwyn, Sheila Purdie. Membership remains at £18 and visitors pay £3. Meetings in 2016 will start at 7pm and members are asked to bring their own mug. Points for Year – 1, Muriel Baptie (24); 2, Mary Irving (12); 3 (equal), Julia Templeman and Caroline Tullie. The December meeting will see Hilary Bell from Yarrow entertaining. Competitions – home-made liqueur and doggy treats in a stocking (to be donated to Beagle Welfare and anyone wishing to donate treats can). Mulled wine and festive treats for supper.



The latest meeting was a celebration of the group’s 91st birthday. A lively beetle drive was enjoyed by members and guests. This was followed by a buffet supper and birthday cake. Members’ competition – small candle, won by Alice Telford; visitors competition – pill box, won by Joanne Watson from Lauder SWI. The next meeting is on November 18 when Emma Emmerson from Woodside Gardens will give a talk and demonstration. The competition is for an evening bag.

Coffee morning

Channelkirk Senior Citizens’ coffee morning in the War Memorial Hall on November 14 runs from 10am- noon.


Antiquarian Society

The joint meeting with Old Gala Club takes place on November 18 at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church hall. Isabel Gordon will present her talk, “Bruce’s Legacy: The Stuart/Douglas Rivalry – A gallop through 700 years of Scottish history”. All welcome. Throughout the season the society offers many different topics in an informal setting and further syllabus information can be found at www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk.



A Christmas gift fair will be held on November 14 (10am-3pm) in Southdean Hall.

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Drama club

At its latest meeting, St Boswells AmDrams had an enjoyable get-together on the subject of ‘wine’ and readings included some members’ own works, plus some from Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Shakespeare, R. L. Stevenson and a short comedy by James Scotland. The next meeting will be held from 7.30-9.30pm in the village hall’s Upper Room on November 19. The subject is ‘potatoes’ and a one-act Irish comedy will be included in the readings. The December meeting, in the same venue, is on the 10th.



At the November meeting, Sue Alder Bateman demonstrated willow weaving. Competitions – item made on the night – 1, June Brown; 2, Yvonne Wood; 3, Margaret Cochrane; Christmas decoration – 1, Yvonne Wood; 2, Margaret Cochrane; 3, Gaynor Taylor. The raffle was won by Jean McDermid. The Christmas meal will be held at Teviot Smokery on December 1. Meet at the village hall at 12.30pm so that transport can be arranged.



Sound Out community music group is holding its AGM on November 18 at 7pm in Stow Town Hall. There will be the opportunity for the public and committee to discuss the future of the group and Stowed Out Festival.



See Newmill section.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on November 22 at 10am.



There will be a communion service in Walkerburn Public Hall at 10am on November 15.



Yarrowford Public Hall AGM is on November 15 at 7pm in the premises.



The gnomes at the far end of the village have once again been busy collecting money all summer and to date have raised £750 for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.


Members hold their AGM on November 17 at 10.30am in Wauchope Hall when Claire Edgar will talk about guide dog training. Members are reminded to bring their voting sheets to this meeting.


A village lunch will take place on November 19 at noon in Wauchope Hall – proceeds to Border Search and Rescue.


There will be a panto in the village in the New Year. Anyone interested in taking part or helping out is welcome to attend a meeting on November 19 at 7pm in Wauchope Hall.