District News

Melrose in Bloom (MiB) organised an art competition for the town's primary and St Mary's schools, with the subject being either Beautiful Scotland or Melrose in Bloom. The winning paintings will be displayed in Melrose when the 'Bloom' judgings take place in August.  Primary school winners, from left, Romilly Marshall, Liva McGillivray, Euan Bond and Zoe Wight, plus highly-commended certificate recipients, with competition organiser Marion Neilson and Kathleen Buchanan of MiB.
Melrose in Bloom (MiB) organised an art competition for the town's primary and St Mary's schools, with the subject being either Beautiful Scotland or Melrose in Bloom. The winning paintings will be displayed in Melrose when the 'Bloom' judgings take place in August. Primary school winners, from left, Romilly Marshall, Liva McGillivray, Euan Bond and Zoe Wight, plus highly-commended certificate recipients, with competition organiser Marion Neilson and Kathleen Buchanan of MiB.



Due to a funeral, this month’s community café will be held a week later on Wednesday, July 27.


Parish church

There was a change at morning service on Sunday when session clerk Anne Grieve conducted proceedings, while minister Elspeth Harley read out the intimations and led one of the prayers. The Bible reading was performed by Joyce Brown and Dorothy Howden played music. James Macfarlane sang “Focus My Eyes”. There will be a short congregational board meeting next Sunday after the service to discuss a proposal for a church picnic on August 13. Bible study has been suspended until next month, but the church is open on certain days. Contact John or Irene Bruce for details.



Computer classes are being held fortnightly at 10.30am in the community cafe at the church. The classes are supported by Canonbie and District Residents’ Association and will be tutor-led for beginners and can help with specific problems. There is a £2 charge which includes tea or coffee. All are welcome and tablets and iPads are available to use.


Parish church

The service on Sunday, July 17, will be conducted by members of the worship team. A wedding dress exhibition is to be held in the church on August 27 and 28.

Thursday lunch club

Members enjoyed a bus trip on June 30, lunching at Magdalene Fields Golf Club in Berwick. Last Thursday, proceedings began with a game of indoor golf, Mary Scott emerging the winner. After lunch, there was karaoke and all the music was Scottish, encouraging much singing and tapping of feet. Some members even had a dance.


Cancer group

Scottish Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group’s July meeting was held at the Macmillan Centre, Borders General Hospital, last Wednesday. Guest speaker was Alan McLaren, prostate cancer specialist nurse at the BGH. Aided by slides, he took members from the time he left the Royal Navy to join the NHS, first at the Western General in Edinburgh, then the BGH urology department in 2004. He was assigned to run and expand the department, which now includes doing biopsies, saving men having to travel to Edinburgh for this procedure. He told how the department now includes several consultants and nurses for different illnesses. After his presentation, he took questions from the floor. After this, it was announced that the group had been given a laptop and projector from Prostate Cancer UK, and also an anonymous donation of £220 and also £50 from the endoscopy suite’s charity book sales. The usual tea/coffee and chat followed. There will be no meeting in August – the next one being held in the Macmillan Centre on Wednesday, September 7, at 7pm when the speaker will be a representative from Border Care and Repair.

Trinity church

Sunday morning’s service was led by Anne Grieve from Caddonfoot and the minister, Elspeth Harley, was in attendance. Dorothy Howden not only led the congregation in music, but she sang “Focus My Eyes” as a solo and delivered readings. Elspeth made a presentation on behalf of the kirk session and the congregation to the three Kidz Klub leaders – Fay, Sandra and Alistair – who retired after 30-plus years of service each. They received long-service certificates and gifts, and a presentation was also made to Muriel Robertson who has retired as gift aid convener. This was received on her behalf by her husband, Russell. Saturday’s coffee morning raised more than £160. There will be no further Bible study until August.

St Peter’s church

Thursday, July 14 – 10am, holy communion; 11am, study group, followed by lunch. Sunday, July 17 – 8.30am, holy communion; 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by tea and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and a chat. Monday, July 18 – 7pm, bottle top sort. Tuesday, July 19 – 3pm, afternoon tea service.


Bridge club

July 5 – 1, Valerie Johnstone and Marion Miller; 2, Valerie Macpherson and Bob Witherington; 3, Mary Millar & Patsy Gilligan.


Borders Talking Newspapers’ AGM and social gathering will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at 4pm in Teviot Church Hall.



The next service in Innerleithen Church will be on Sunday, July 24, at 10.30am. There will be a service at St Ronan’s House on Sunday, July 17, at 4pm.


Bridge club

July 4 – 1, K. Jackson & O. Whillans; 2, S. Mclachan & J. Portch; 3, V. Johnstone & M. Miller.


Farmers’ market

On Saturday, July 16, in The Square, in addition to the farmers’ market, regular stallholders will be joined by the Friends of Kelso Museum to celebrate the bicentenary of the town hall. There will be craft stalls in the Square’s small car park, as well as singing, dancing, music groups, busking, pipe bands and face-painting. The event runs from 9.30am-4pm.

Flower festival

St Andrew’s Church in Belmont Place will host “A Festival of Flowers for Civic Week”, running from 10am-4.30pm each day. Entry by donation. Teas available.

Strawberry tea

A strawberry tea will be held at Kelso Old Parish Church on Saturday, July 16 (1-4 pm), in the church grounds. Attractions also include baking stalls and music – viola, guitar and Northumbrian pipes.

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Bridge club

June 30 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson; 2, John Loudon & Annie Mitchell; 3, John Urquhart & Janet Kyle; E/W – 1, James Tweddle & Bill Elliot; 2, Alison Darling & Mary Logan; 3, Jon Bridger & Gerry Eglington. July 6 – match-pointed pairs – 1, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Jean McLaren & Alison Ireland; 3, Rena Stewart & Alex Jeffrey; 4 (equal), Brian Saywood & Ken Ross, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 6, Annie Mitchell & Bob Stevenson; 7, Miles Browne & John Urquhart. July 7 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson; 2, John & Marian Miller; 3, Rena Stewart & Maureen Weightman; E/W – 1, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 2, Paul Brooks & Eilean Hogarth; 3, David Harris-Burland & Sheila Urquhart.


Young riders

Cornet Simon Tweddle was presented with his bowler hat by the young riders’ club. The function was held in the Masonic Social Club with around 70 past and current riders present, along with invited guests. Members of the town band played a number of Common Riding tunes for the company. Ex-Cornet David Pool was chairman, and after an enjoyable meal had been served up by the Crazy Gang, with everything having been donated, he got things under way. The honour of presenting Cornet Tweddle with his hat went to Emily Donaldson, who is the daughter of Semi-Jubilee Cornet Alan Donaldson. Toasts to “The Common Riding” and “Young Riders” were made by Ellie Hotson and Stuart Murray respectively. Emily Beattie toasted the Cornet, with Simon replying. There were songs from Shonagh Murray and Christopher Tait, who also cried the fair, and Jackie Fletcher played the bagpipes. Bottles of whisky were presented to the Diamond Jubilee Cornet Joe Donaldson, Jubilee Cornet Ronnie Hudson and Semi-Jubilee Cornet Donaldson. A vote of thanks was proposed by Ross Mabon and an enjoyable evening ended with the company singing “Auld Lang Syne”.


The district art club exhibition, which opened on Friday, July 8, in the information hub, continues until Friday, July 22. The opening hours are – Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-4pm. There is an array of paintings by local artists, with some for sale.



A community family barbecue is being held on Saturday, July 16, at Newmills Farm, from noon-4pm. Attractions include games, duck race, crafts and auction. Tickets are on sale from Lauder post office or pay on the day.


Parish church

The good news at the Bowden and Melrose services was the baptism of baby Martha Mary Cook amid family and friends. Sunday, July 17, services – 9.30am, Bowden; 11am, Melrose.


The gradual in-gathering of material continues towards forming an archive about the life, writings and work of James Curle, excavator at Newstead 1905-10 and author of the 450-page report in 1911, entitled “A Roman Frontier Post and its People”. Many of the reference books he used in training himself in archaeology and writing up his book had apparently been given to the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University. Now that it was moving to the Kelvin Hall and concentrating on the Antonine Wall, it seemed a good idea to bring the Curle books nearer home, as part of the archive. On Wednesday, July 6, a safari to Glasgow brought back 56 books and pamphlets, some with the Curle bookplate of the south front of the abbey, a framed picture of which was purchased for the museum some years ago and is displayed there. Many were in French and German, the premier languages of archaeology in those days, and a reminder of Curle’s determination to master his craft. Trimontium walks are held in July/August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Melrose, and on Sunday afternoons from the Newstead milestone.


Holiday club

Cheviot churches holiday club – Guardians of Ancora will be held in Morebattle Institute from Monday, July 18, until Friday, July 22, from 10am-noon. Any primary school child wishing to attend should contact Linda Fleming.


A joint service in Morebattle Church at 11.15am on Sunday, July 24, will include the sashing of Lucy Thomson, this year’s Morebattle Games Queen.

Coffee morning

The Guide Dogs coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday, July 16, at 10.30am.


Library cafe

The next library cafe gathering will be held on Wednesday, July 20, from 11am-noon in the hall.


Cream teas

On Sunday, July 31, and Sunday, August 7, in the Forman Memorial Hall, cream teas will be served from 2-4.30pm.


Comedy drama

Residents of Stichill and surrounding district are in for a treat on Saturday, July 16, at 7.30pm in the village hall when MsFits Theatre perform “Women on the Verge of a T­Junction”, a new comedy drama by Rona Munro. The production is supported by Live Borders. The box office telephone number is 01573 470707.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, July 31, at 10.30am.



There will be a service in Walkerburn Public Hall on Sunday, July 17, at 10.30am.


Strawberry tea

There will be a traditional strawberry tea afternoon staged in the Wauchope Hall on Sunday, July 24, running from 2-4pm. All proceeds will go towards the festival week funds.


Tickets are on sale in the village shop and from Susan Stewart(01573 420231) for the Robyn Stapleton concert which is being held on Saturday, July 16, at 7.30pm.