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WRI: Mrs Blacklock decorated a Christmas cake made by Joan Taylor. It was raffled and Betty Williamson won it. Competitions – three decorated cup cakes – 1, Chloe Purves; 2, Elizabeth Bruce; 3, Margaret Jack; Christmas cake decoration – 1, Barbara Maclean; 2, Margaret Jack. The next meeting, on Monday, will be the Christmas party.


POPPY COLLECTION: The Poppy Appeal collection in the Crailing and Nisbet areas raised £266.40.


CHURCH: For the first time the Caddonfoot Church service was called off on Sunday for the second week in a row as the cold snap started to bite. “No-one can recall this ever happening before,” said kirk treasurer Andy Bird. “But with the weather and parking problems, and after discussion with Morag (the Reverend Morag Dawson), we called it off on Friday.”


PARISH CHURCH: The congregational board meets today in the church hall lounge at 7pm followed by the kirk session. Volunteers welcome on Saturday at 9.30am to decorate the church for Christmas. Sunday sees a family Christmas service at 10am. During Advent and Christmas services, all offerings in the open plate will be donated to the Borders branch of the Red Cross.

BIKES APPEAL: The Leader Bike Club, based in Earlston, is looking to raise money to get its finances off the ground. Members are asking the public to donate old and unloved bikes to the club. David Kennedy, club chairman, said: “We often go to the dump and see perfectly good bikes being scrapped. With Christmas nearly here and children and adults always out-growing their current bikes, it seems a great opportunity to offer a bike recycling service, with proceeds going to help us get started. We can then fix them up, check them over, swop bits and pieces, and resell them at a modest price.” Bikes can be handed in at Leader View Croft, Station Road, Earlston (phone evenings 01896 848869, or email earlstonmtbclub@btinternet.com for more information).


CAROLS: On Monday at 7.30pm Hawick Saxhorn Band will be providing music for an evening of Christmas carols in the village hall.Tickets are available from Linda on 01750 52257.


SERVICE: There will be a community Christmas carol service in the church at 6.30pm on Sunday after the lighting of the community Christmas tree.


CHURCH: There will be a morning service at 11.30am on Sunday in Innerleithen Church. At 6.30pm the Innerleithen town carol service is in the Memorial Hall after the switch-on of the Christmas lights. On Tuesday there will be a Christmas service in Mercer Court at 2pm. Tea and chat is on Thursday, 10-11.30am. The quiz for the drop-in centre raised more than £150. Winner was Betty McLeod of Walkerburn.

CONCERT: St Ronan’s Silver Band and Future Band will hold a Christmas concert on Saturday in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the door. If anyone in the Innerleithen area is likely to have difficulty getting to or from the concert, contact Elma on 01896 830577 to arrange a lift.

TREASURE TRAIL: A walking treasure trail for Innerleithen’s Switched-on Sunday event this weekend has been prepared by the compilers of the Games Week car treasure hunt. Clue sheets can be obtained from the reception at Caerlee Mill from 1.30pm onwards, the proceeds of which will go to Innerleithen Christmas Lights fund. The trail encompasses Chapel Street, High Street and Peebles Road, finishing at the Whistle Stop Cafe, where sheets may be handed in for marking. Prizes will be awarded for the three highest scores and the names of the winners will be announced just before the Christmas lights switch-on at 6pm.


ROTARY CLUB: The club had to cancel its most recent meeting because of bad weather. However, planning and preparation for events on Saturday are going ahead. As participating in the Jedburgh Christmas fair, the club is running its annual grayling fishing competition which attracts anglers from north and south of the border.


RETIRAL: Charlie Robertson retires at the end of this term after 11 years as rector of Kelso High School. The parents’ council is holding a Scottish Evening to mark his retiral at Kelso Rugby Club on January 14 from 7.30pm.Tickets for this event are on sale at Itzy Bitzy.

MARKET: Kelso farmers’ market will be held in the Square today, 4-8pm.

ABBEY QUILTERS: The December meeting of Abbey Quilters will be held on Tuesday at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre. There will be a show-and-tell of members’ work so far and festive nibbles. Members are asked to bring a wrapped, quilt-related gift to the value of £3. Further details from Caroline Morrell on 01289 301803 or 01289 331116.


FASHION SHOW: The Academy hall hosted a fashion show when S6 pupils raised money for their Christmas dance and the teenagers dressed up as famous people. There was an array of stars on the catwalk, who were introduced by compere Glen Cavers, and included Marilyn Monroe, The Saturdays, Sherlock Holmes, the Wizard of Oz, Westlife, Jedward, Britney Spears and Elvis.

Church fundraiser: More than 700 coloured balloons were released by children and adults from the congregation after the church service conducted by the Reverend Scott McCarthy last Sunday morning. All the balloons had labels attached with a number and other details and had been sold to raise money for the new church heating fund. There will be prizes for returned balloons which have travelled the furthest distance.

Panto: Rehearsals for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are well under way as the cast prepare for their show at the Buccleuch Centre which runs from Tuesday to Saturday. Recently the group received a grant from Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s award-winning Community Pride Fund. This has enabled the purchase of scenery, backcloths and special paint for this and future productions. Director: Judith Johnson, producer: Christopher Jones, choreography: Hannah Cumming, music coach: Clare Smeaton, costume supervisor, Tricia Little.


CHURCH: With Bowden church again difficult to access, the family gift service and morning worship went ahead at Melrose. Activities – December Life and Work and church magazine available for distribution; today, 7.30pm, congregational board; Sunday’s services, 9.30am Bowden, 11am Melrose, 7.30pm Eildon Singers’ carol concert; December 19, following the service (please wear something red) there will be a celebration lunch to mark Alistair’s chaplaincy to the Queen (food donations to Elsa, 01896 822063, or Joyce, 01896 823339).

Step into Christmas: On Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, noon-6pm, at Townhead Way, Newstead. Gifts by local craftspeople, mulled wine and mince pies. Entry by donation for REACH and the BGH special care baby unit.


CANCELLED: Severe weather conditions forced the cancellation of the folk night scheduled for November 27. However, the bottle draw took place in the Templehall and £250 was raised for flower show and village hall funds.


Coffee morning: Liddesdale ladies’ amenities group (LLAG) held a coffee morning in the village hall to raise funds for the Christmas lights, realising £440. There was also a raffle – the Christmas hamper was won by Hazel White and £25 voucher for the Grapes hotel went to Marilyn Rowan. LLAG has organised the Christmas lights switch-on in the village by the Reverend Stephen Fulcher and his wife, Christine, today at 6pm. The group will be providing, free, juice, mulled wine, mince pies and shortbread.


Bazaar: Newtown Church Christmas bazaar raised £1,404.59. Organisers are grateful to those who supported the event, including people who manned the stalls.


GRANT BID: Peebles Scout Hut is in the running for a £3,000 grant from the Royal Bank of Scotland Community Fund. The building, which is in need of renovation, is used four nights per week by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Redgauntlet and Change: A presentation by Professor Ian Campbell about changes to life in the Borders will take place at the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

EXHIBITIONS: Neat, Airy and Commodious, an exhibition about the story of a small Victorian school, continues at the Tweeddale Museum until December 18. The Seeds of Time exhibition featuring paintings of the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys by Liz Douglas continues in the Tweeddale Museum until Wednesday.


ACCORDION AND FIDDLE CLUB: December’s meeting at the cricket club has been cancelled due to weather conditions.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service at Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.


SERVICE: Walkerburn Primary School’s Christmas service will be next Friday at 9.15am in the village hall.


FAIR: Yetholm Christmas fair is on Saturday at 10.30am in the Youth Hall. Organisers are appealing for donations of soft toys, DVDs, bottles for the tombola and anything that will help reach a target of £500. All children under ten will receive a present from Santa Claus.

DRY BAR: The dry bar Christmas disco party will be held next Friday at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall. Entrance by ticket available from Yetholm and Morebattle village shops and Seasons of Kelso. The bar is open tonight at 7pm, featuring the darts competition second and third round matches.

SNOWBOUND: Snowploughs did a sterling job to ensure that the main road to Kelso was kept open, but otherwise the arctic weather caused havoc in the village and surrounding farms. There was national publicity in that one local photographer had a picture of the village under snow shown on television and then an ITV outsjde broadcast unit arrived on one of the worst days and live news reports were broadcast. A number of locals appeared. Volunteers did a great job clearing streets and pavements, and local shops, garage, post office and pubs were great centres of help,

WHIST: A Christmas whist drive is planned for Tuesday, run by the Youth Hall committee. It will take place in the Youth Hall, starting at 7pm. There will also be a festive supper. Regulars are asked to bring a friend. If the weather is too bad, postponement notices will be put up and the event will be held on a date in January.

LUNCH: A village lunch raised £200 for Alzheimers Scotland.

CANCELLATIONS: Two events have fallen victim to the snow and were cancelled. One was a quiz night at the Plough and the other a ceilidh in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Village minister Robin McHaffie attended the latest meeting to explain developments and alterations to the kirk. These might include an area to promote the village as a tourist centre. The council offered its support, including a willingness to be involved in future planning.