District News


Parish church

Morning service on Sunday was again led by the Reverend John Smith, former minister at Morningside in Edinburgh and now living in Peebles. The Bible reading was delivered by elder Roddy Beatson. Music was played by Margaret Blyth and Anne Grieve, accompanied by Hannah Birch. A church community event is being held at Glenkinnon on Sunday, August 14, from 1pm to 4pm – Gordon Hume has details. Bible study has been suspended until August, but the church is open on certain days – contact John or Irene Bruce for details.


Parish church

The service on Sunday, July 31, 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

The 96th birthday of member Nancy Anderson was celebrated last week. After lunch, everyone had a piece of her birthday cake with a cup of tea. The gathering was then entertained by the Reverend and Mrs John Shields. He sang and read Scottish songs and poetry, with his wife accompanying him on the piano. Members meet every Thursday in Hanover Close – anyone interested is welcome to turn up.


St Peter’s Church

On Sunday, July 24, the congregation welcomed visiting organist Francis Bostrom. Thursday, July 28 – 10am, holy communion; 11am, study group, followed by lunch; 7pm, ACAT letter-writing in hall; Friday, July 29 – 5pm, choir practice; Sunday, July 31 – 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and a chat.


Bridge club

July 19 – 1, George Graham & Bob Francombe; 2, Mary Millar & Patsy Gilligan; 3, Inez Wyse & Bob Witherington.


President Jim Walker, in the chair at last week’s meeting, welcomed district governor Olive Geddes, of Edinburgh Rotary Club, who congratulated the Hawick club on celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. This year’s Rotary motto is “Rotary Serving Humanity” and she explained what it meant to different people and how it has evolved through the years, now incorporating ‘E’ clubs who operate through digital media. Rotarians are deeply involved in the “End Polio Now” campaign and this year, to herald this, purple crocuses are being planted in towns and villages all over the UK. Past president Robin Mason gave an account of Borders Talking Newspapers and Hawick’s involvement through the Talking Hawick News for blind and partially-sighted people. There are more than 200 listeners in the Borders, 50 of whom are in Hawick, and he thanked the members and friends who are involved weekly as readers and recorders.



On Sunday, July 31 – breakfast a story and a song, starting at 8.30am.


Bridge club

July 18 – N/S – 1, M. Weightman & H. Long; 2, V. Johnstone & M. Miller; 3, S. Mclachan & J. Portch. E/W – 1, D. & P. Palmer; 2, J. Louden & S. Graham; 3, R. Oates & S. West.


Gardens competition

Kelso Horticultural Society is holding the town’s front and patio gardens competitions again this summer. Judging will be carried out during the first week of August, with results announced and prizes awarded at the summer exhibition in the Tait Hall on Sunday, August 28.

Bridge club

July 20 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Maureen Weightman & Helen Long; 2, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 3, Mary & Nigel Lindsay; E/W – 1, Ian & Eliz Ross; 2, Aziza Taylor & Alison Ireland; 3, Vanessa Wilson & Alex Jeffrey. July 21 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Jean Henry & Myra Thomson; 3, Dominic & Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger; 2, Lynda Douglas & Vanessa Wilson; 3, Annie Mitchell & John Loudon.

Mountain biking

Cheviot Youth is running a free introduction to mountain biking course at the Angraflat Road Bike Trail, starting on Friday, July 29, at 6.30pm. To get one of the remaining places, email ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk and get a registration/consent form to bring with on the night. For any more information, ring 07958 277766.


Members’ meeting

At the Common Riding members’ meeting in the Crown Hotel, it was agreed that the 90 metres sprint handicap at the athletic games will be sponsored by Ashleybank Investments and called the Ashleybank Thousand Guinea’s Handicap Sprint. This was recently arranged between Common Riding chairman Roger Maxwell and David Stevenson, and approved by members. The donation will be £1,050. Dennis Barker had agreed to act as Children’s Marshall and Becky Devlin will be available to work as cashier on Common Riding day. The chairman had managed to arrange for an ebony cane for Jubilee Cornet Ronnie Hudson. It was agreed that 20 new plastic tables would be ordered at a total of £737.76, and there would be a delivery cost. The chairman had contacted G4S for a quote on personnel, and with shortage of time, if it was a similar rate as last year, he would go ahead and instruct them. The quote for ambulance hire was £692.39 – the same as last year – and was accepted. The Castle Craigs Club are ordering more walkie-talkies and the meeting agreed they should offer a contribution towards the cost if they were intending to borrow them, and this will be discussed at the next meeting when the cost is obtained. The chairman and vice-chairman Tommy Morrison had met with the police and gone over details for the roads closures. They had expressed the requirement to have the road closed until all the horses had returned from the Castleholm following the crossing of the water.


It was fine and dry as Cornet Simon Tweddle and his right and left-hand men, ex-Cornets Jamie Fletcher and Dale Irving, headed out of the town and over the hills to Bentpath, followed by more than 60 horsemen, which included semi-jubilee Cornet Alan Donaldson, on the latest Castle Craigs Club rideout. Large crowds turned up at the village to welcome them, and Westerkirk SWI members treated the riders to tea in the hall. Prior to leaving the Kilngreen on the outward journey, Stewart and Sarah Pool judged the ponies, and later in the afternoon the Cornet presented the W. H. Harkness jubilee shield to Thomas Coates. The company enjoyed various toasts and songs in the hall, including the toast to the Cornet by Stephen Devlin, and prior to leaving Bentpath the leading principals received a dram. It was still dry for the return journey and riders headed back through Westerhall Estate – home of Mary Buckley – and returned to the town by way of the Castle Hill. They were greeted by crowds at the Lodge Walks and Kilngreen. The Cornet and his right and left-hand men had 41 mounted followers for the rideout to the Craig. The weather was dry as they headed up Jimmy’s Brae. Before leaving the Kilngreen, the ponies were judged by the Cornet’s parents, Stephen and Maureen Tweddle. At the Craig the James Harkness trophy for best turned out pony ridden by a girl studying at the Academy went to Nicole Beattie, while the Craig Quaich for best turned out pony went to Cree McGarva. The riders returned to town by the Galaside to the Kilgreen.


The Rotary Club held its Cornet’s night in the Crown Hotel. Main guests were Cornet Simon Tweddle, right and left-hand men Jamie Fletcher and Dale Irving, semi-jubilee Cornet Alan Donaldson, jubilee Cornet Ronnie Hudson and diamond jubilee Cornet Joe Donaldson, along with Castle Craigs Club president Lee Earsman. Guest speaker was Kenny McCartney, a former acting father at Hawick Common Riding.



Worship will be celebrated at Channelkirk on Sunday, July 31, at 10am when the Reverend Rae Clark will lead the service.

The kirkin’ of Cornet Greg Scott will take place at Lauder Church at 11.30am on Sunday, July 31. The service will be led by the Reverend Rae Clark. Channelkirk and Lauder Church’s summer barbecue raised £2,547 for church funds. Organisers are grateful to all who came or helped in any way, and in particular to Mr and Mrs D. Waldie who welcomed all to Newmills.


Parish church

Sunday, July 31 – services at 9.30am (Bowden) and 11am (Melrose). Saturday, August 13 – fete, Bowden Hall. 2pm. August 26/27 – community council bookshop, Val Miller (822758).


Trimontium guided walks have coped with all sorts of weather over the last 25 years, and the torrid conditions of Tuesday last week – involving moving from shade to shade (95 degrees in one Newstead garden) – were just one more problem to solve. Of the half-dozen walkers, four had experience of living and working in Libya and South Africa, while the two Scots ‘stuck’ to their task. The temperature on the Thursday was fresher and life much easier, but teatime was much appreciated on both occasions. The Sunday walkers ‘enjoyed’ a little rain (sometimes a lot), but had the satisfaction of completing the course. The museum was busy, and organisers are still trying to work out how/why a photoprint of the reconstructed fort disappeared from the front door.

Music society

Handel’s Water Music wasn’t played at Gattonside Village Hall for the (indoor) garden party on Sunday, but an entertaining time was had by all, with drinks, nibbles and a Borders buildings quiz to stir the little grey cells. Details of the coming 2016-2017 concerts were available (2017-2018 coming up too), and committee members were warmly thanked for their hard work and in anticipation of the delights to come.


Cheviot Churches

A joint service with all parishes was held on Sunday when the children of the holiday club took part. With songs, drama etc., along with hymns, the children depicted their theme of “Guardians of Ancora”. Helpers throughout the week were presented with books entitled “The Servant Queen” (tribute book published for the Queen’s 90th birthday). During the service Morebattle Games Queen Lucy Thomson was sashed by last year’s incumbent, Kym Cessford, and then Lucy presented Kym with a goblet in appreciation of her work last year.

Festival week

Morebattle Festival Week begins on Friday, August 5, with a Kurling competition in the village hall – this is a new venture and is open to all children and adults, starting at 7pm – free entry. The draw will be made on the night and there is a cup for the winner. Saturday, August 6 – car treasure hunt, starting from the Templehall, register in the shop. Sunday, August 7 – family day with picnic and five-a-side football on the school playfield at 1pm. Monday, August 8 – coffee evening in village hall at 7pm, bingo to follow in the Templehall at 8.30pm. Tuesday, August 9 – camera club exhibition in the institute, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Pool competition in the village hall at 7.30pm. Wednesday, August 10 – whist and dominoes in the village hall at 7.30pm. Thursday, August 11 – children’s egg hunt and teddy bears’ picnic at the school playfield for under-sixes at 2.30pm. Treasure hunt for six-12s, also 2.30pm. Pet show at the school playfield at 6.30pm. Friday, August 12 – fancy dress with judging to be held at the school at 6.30pm. Parade to follow at 7pm, over to the Templehall for disco and presentation of all cups etc. Saturday, August 13 – Morebattle Games at Morebattle Tofts, 1.30pm.

Floral Gateway

Judging for the Scottish Borders Floral Gateway competition will take place in Morebattle on Tuesday, August 2. The clean-up will be ongoing throughout the week from Wednesday, July 27 – any help will be gratefully received.


Blood donors

At a blood donor session which was held in Selkirk on Sunday, July 17, a total 143 volunteers offered to give blood and 128 donations were given. There were of six new donors.



There will be a service on Sunday, July 31, at 10.30am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, August 21, at 10am.



Members are organising a trip to the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies on September 7.

Fun day

Community councillors are organising a family fun day, with a car boot sale and five-a-side football on Saturday, August 20, from 10am on the playing field. Contact Sahne Black for further information.