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Innerleithen-based artisan juice producer Cuddybridge Apple Juice celebrated a bumper 2015 which saw owners Graham, pictured, and Julia Stoddart press over 300,000 apples, with sales doubling in the past 12 months.
Innerleithen-based artisan juice producer Cuddybridge Apple Juice celebrated a bumper 2015 which saw owners Graham, pictured, and Julia Stoddart press over 300,000 apples, with sales doubling in the past 12 months.

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A quiz night at the Horse and Hound attracted 21 teams. It was won by the Southdean Sages and £322 was raised for the village hall.


Camera group

Camera group meetings are held in Bowden village hall (Scott Room) at 7.30pm on alternate Mondays. The next gathering is on January 11 and the topic entitled “Image adjustments in Photoshop”. Members are asked to bring three images entitled “Celebrations”. Visitors and new members welcome.


Parish church

Frances Selkirk conducted the first morning service of the year on Sunday. The Bible reading was performed by Bill Birch, while music was led by Andy and Catriona Bird. Members of the congregation were asked to save used stamps to help raise money for Eden Valley Hospice at Brampton and pass them to Atholl Innes.


Burns supper

Channelkirk and Lauder Church’s Burns supper is on January 22 at The Lodge, Carfraemill, at 7pm. Tickets available from Ian or Christine on 01578 722469.


Parish church

The January 10 service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods when the Royal British Legion flag will be dedicated. The congregational board meets in the church hall lounge on January 14 at 7.30pm.


Members enjoyed a Christmas party with Secret Santa and carol singing in Hanover Lounge. Competitions – three mince pies – 1, Heather Smith; 2, Betty Paton; Christmas decoration – 1, Wilma Moffat; 2, Barbara Greer. Betty Paton realised £162 for funds with her Christmas quizsheet and the winner was John Rutherford. The next meeting is on January 21 at 7.30pm in Hanover Lounge when Simon, from Pet Rescue, will explain the work the organisation undertakes. Donations for the animals will be gratefully received in the evening. Competitions – a knitted animal and three animal-shaped biscuits.



A soup and pudding lunch will be held on January 10 in the village hall between 11.30am- 1.30pm in aid of hall funds – £5 per head.


Trinity church

On Christmas Eve the Christingle service was well attended, with many children receiving a Christingle orange and lighting the candle while singing “Away in a Manger”. The service was led by Frances Selkirk and the music by Dorothy Howden. On the following Sunday, the “Nine Lessons and Carols” service was led by session clerk Bill Cheyne, with Dorothy Howden on the organ and piano. The lessons were read by members of the congregation – Bill Cheyne, Joyce Lewis, Marette Hose, Alistair Wilson, Dorothy Howden, Margaret Tancock, Sheila Urquhart and Margaret Lawson. Prayers were also said and they were led by Tom Lawson, Bill Cheyne and Marette Hose. It was the first time that the service has been taken by members of the kirk session and a special thank you must go to Bill Cheyne for his work in organising this. Thanks also to those people who prepared the Christingles for the service at night. The next newsletter is due out at the end of January – any material to be included should be sent to Sandra Aitchison before January 20. Frances Selkirk was welcomed back to lead worship on Sunday. Dorothy Howden was once more on the organ and the piano, while Margaret Lawson read the Bible lessons. Guild meetings resume on January 12 at 2.15pm in the church hall. Later that day – at 7pm – there will be a congregational board meeting in hall 2. Choir rehearsals start again on January 14 at 7pm.

Burns supper

The deadline is fast approaching for ticket sales for Galashiels Burns Club supper

which will be staged in the Volunteer Hall on January 22. All monies and ticket stubs need to be collected in time for the club’s next committee meeting on January 12. Sheriff Kevin Drummond will propose the “Immortal Memory”, with the toast to “The Lasses” conducted by Hawick-based lawyer Rory Bannerman.

Kevin Ryalls, rector at Galashiels Academy, will give the address to “The Land O’ Cakes – Caledonia”. Guest artistes will perform traditional Burns songs and verse. Members are asked to arrive in the hall between 6.15pm and 6.45pm, and be seated to allow the event to begin at 7pm. The wreath-laying ceremony to mark the bard’s birthday will now take place on January 22 at 2pm instead of the following Saturday morning.

Inner Wheel

The Inner Wheel Club of Galashiels enjoyed Christmas dinner at the Philipburn Hotel in Selkirk. On January 9 members host a soup and pud lunch in St Peter’s Church (noon-2pm). The next club meeting is on January 19 at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church hall when the speaker will give a talk on Nepal.



A night of dancing with Neil Hardie and his Scottish Dance Band begins at 7.30pm on January 9. (BYO supper – tea/coffee provided).


A whist drive is being held onMonday, January 11, at 7.30pm. Admission (£2) includes supper.

Lunch club

The next lunch club gathering is on January 13 (11.30am-1.30pm).


Bridge club

January 5 – 1, Mary Millar & Patsy Gilligan; 2, John & Marian Miller; 3, Bob Francombe & George Graham.



The service in Innerleithen Church on January 10 starts at 11.30am.

Countdown Club

Members will meet during January on Wednesdays 13th and 27th in Innerleithen Church Hall of Friendship at the usual time of 10.30am.



Abbey Quilters’ first meeting of 2016 is on January 12 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Various members will be sharing hints and tips, and showing different templates and gadgets. They should remember their mug and name badge. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Exercise class

Extend, movement to music for the over-60s and less able – Tuesdays (2-3pm) at the Abbey Row Centre. For more information, contact Brownie Gray (01835 824639).

Thursday Group

The spring programme opens on January 14 with Stan Yates’ video clip selection – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. The following week sees Wilma and Kenneth Gunn talking about the work of charity Scottish HART.


Probus club

The Christmas lunch in the Eskdale Hotel attracted 44 members and guests who were welcomed by president Harry Aitken. Tom Scott said grace. The president ended proceedings by reading out Christmas greetings received from Dumfries Probus Club.


It was sell-out audiences at the Centre Stage Theatre for performances of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in the Buccleuch Centre. The classic tale was directed by Glen Cavers and the majority of the cast were young people, with just a handful of adults. Producer was Chris Jones and assistant director Judith Johnson, with Christine Calvert stage manager.


Burns supper

See Channelkirk section.


Literary Society

The next meeting of the Literary Society, to be held on January 12, features a talk by Donald Smith on “Storytelling in the Borders”. He is director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, situated in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, and has written novels and non-fiction books, as well as writing and directing plays. At the centre he is involved in organising a programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events and festivals. Non-members are welcome at the meeting which begins at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Institute (£3 admission fee).


With the arrival of 2016, trust members are looking forward to the new season. It starts with a few days’ opening at the school February holiday before really getting off the mark in early March with the annual volunteers’ morning coffee get-together, followed by the opening proper on March 28, which is also the first Old Melrose walk of the month, thereafter the first-Monday-in-the-month walk season. The opening celebrity lecture is on April 21 in the Corn Exchange when chairman John Reid speaks on his excavation, with volunteers, on the top of Burnswark Hill, near Ecclefechan, last August/September. After the Second World War, some north of England archaeologists suggested that the Roman activity at this site had been that of a practice artillery range, instead of the previous centuries-old understanding that the evidence pointed to a real siege, in which local resistance to the incomers in south-west Scotland had been finally put down (before the building of Hadrian’s Wall to fix the boundary of the province). The evidence has its UK premiere when Dr Reid speaks about his findings at the Current Archaeology Conference in London on February 27.

Parish church

The £2,000 Christmas Eve offerings were shared among the projects in Bethlehem, Malawi and Aberlour; January 10 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (10am and 11am); 2.30pm, Aurea String Quartet in the church hall; foodbank contributions gratefully received.



An Auld Year’s Night party was held in the village hall when families gathered for dancing, games and refreshments to bring in the New Year.


Members meet on January 13 in the institute at 7.15pm when Lynn Young will talk about her experience at the Commonwealth Games. Competitions – favourite calendar and bottle of home-made liquor.


Morebattle Badminton Club restarts on January 11 in the village hall at 7pm. New members welcome.



Members enjoyed their Christmas dinner at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels. The first meeting of 2016 is on January 14 in Newtown Community Wing at 7pm – new members welcome.


Monday Club

Peter Pepper will be demonstrating magic to Monday Club members at 2pm on January 11 in St Joseph’s Church hall.

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The first meeting of 2016 is on Tuesday, January 12, at 7.30pm in the village hall when Alice Mackay will give skin advice and perform a make-up demonstration. Competitions – nicest compact and a beauty tip.



The service in Traquair Kirk on January 10 begins at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on January 17 at 10am.



The sum of £1,466 was made to divide between the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Leuchie House as a result of two events in the Wauchope Hall during the afternoon and evening of Hogmanay.


The first film of 2016 is “The Theory of Everything” (PG) on January 9 at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall. Doors open 6.30pm.


Rehearsals continue on January 10 at 5pm in the Wauchope Hall.


The first of the monthly planning meetings for this year’s festival will be held on January 11 at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall.


Wauchope Hall committee meets in the hall on January 12 at 7pm.


The choir will restart after the festive break on January 13 at 10.30am in the Youth Hall. New members welcome.

Burns supper

A Burns supper will be held in the Border Hotel on January 30 at 7.30pm. Contact Susan Stewart if you would like to attend.

Time for a coffee

The monthly coffee gathering in Yetholm Church on Wednesday, January 13, runs from 10.30am-noon.