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Parish church

The Reverend Elspeth Harley conducted morning service on Sunday. Along with Anne Grieve, session clerk, she read “A Love Song for the Vineyard”, by F.J. Gaiser, with music to the tune of “Home on the Range”. The Bible reading was delivered by Catriona Bird, and music played by Andy and Catriona Bird. A church community event (games, music, picnic) was held at Glenkinnon on Sunday in fine conditions. There was a barbecue and children played in the burn. Gordon Hume and family organised the event. Bible study will resume on Wednesday, August 24, at 7.30pm in Trinity Church office. Members were saddened to hear of the death of Jessie Johnston, who was remembered in the prayers. Her funeral this week was private.


Parish church

The service on Sunday, August 21, will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Rennick. The following weekend is the wedding dress exhibition which is in the church and open on August 27, from 10am to 4pm, and August 28,from noon to 4pm. Entry is by donation for church funds and refreshments will be served. The Kirk Session meets in the church hall lounge on Monday, August 29, at 7.30pm.

Flower show

Earlston Horticultural Society will hold its annual flower show in the primary school hall on Saturday, August 27. The hall will be open to the public from 2pm, with the presentation of prizes by headteacher Susan Graham at 4.15pm. Entries are still open and show schedules are available from the post office and Donaldson (Butchers), Earlston.


Depressed Cake Shop

The Depressed Cake Shop – a volunteer-led movement which seeks to break down the stigma around mental health issues and raise money for mental health charities by baking and selling grey cakes, signifying the depression that can cover up and dampen life – is planning to hold an event in the Volunteer Hall on Saturday, September 3 (11am-4pm). Funds raised will be donated to the Scottish Association for Mental Health and Inspiring Life: Evie Douglas Memorial Fund, a group who are raising money to climb Kilimanjaro in July 2018 as a tribute to Evie, who completed suicide in 2014 at the age of 21. This event will be joined by Walk A Mile (https://letswalkamile.org) to bring people together for a friendly conversation while strolling around Galashiels. The walk begins at 1.30pm. Contact Freda Douglas (01721 723244 or freda.douglas2@btinternet.com) for further information.


Gala Rotarians’ Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, August 21, in the Public Park (11am-4pm). This year’s event includes bands, inflatables, charity stalls and competitions. Gala Town Band and Ex-Service Pipe Band will be playing and will join forces for a musical finale. There will be fun activities such as welly-boot throwing and, new this year, a version of the French bowling game of petanque. The event is in aid of local charities, including the Rowan Boland Trust and guide dogs.

St Peter’s Church

Las Sunday, the Reverend Tim Tunley, of Mission to Seafarers, preached. Thursday, August 18 – 10am, holy communion; Sunday, August 21 – 8.30am, holy communion; 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and a chat; Tuesday, August 23 – 5.30-7pm, Messy Church; Thursday, August 25 – 10am, holy communion.

Trinity Church

On Sunday morning, minister Elspeth Harley conducted the service and Dorothy Howden led praise. Friends and family of two-month-old Ava Rose Swatton were in attendance to see her being christened. Her sister, Sophie, was baptised last year. The minister presented her with a DVD of Bible stories. After the baptism, Annabelle Lugton said a prayer for Ava and her family. The children in the christening party left the service after the baptism and were entertained in the crèche by Gwen Croan and Cathy Thomson. Margaret Tancock read the lessons. Bible study resumes on Wednesday, August 24, in Trinity at 7.30pm.



To coincide with Wilton Parish Church annual fete in the church hall on September 3, an exhibition of hats and shoes will take place within the church. Anyone who has been to a garden party, wedding, colour bussing or other special event and would be prepared to lend items, they should contact the Reverend Lisa-Jane Rankin (email LRankin@churchofscotland.org.uk) with their name and contact details.

50+ Walk

Thirteen walkers last Sunday went for a tough climb in the Eildons and a riverside. Starting from the fishing loch on the Bowden road, they climbed the small “fourth” E ildon first, then the third one, missed out the biggest, and then on to the second highest. Fine views all around were enjoyed in a bright, but coolish breeze. Half-way down the last hill, a leisurely lunch was taken and a lively discussion took place on where certain areas of interest were. Nature’s fruits were enjoyed in the way of bluberries and raspberries on the way down. The party then made its way down to the Tweed by way of the bypass tunnel and Newstead. A herd of cows watched the walkers on the way upstream and soon they reached the ‘wall’, when some took the ‘adrenalin’ route and others the easier new path through the undergrowth. Melrose was reached in record time and ice cream was relished in the square, waiting on the cars returning. Next walk is in the Peebles area on Sunday, August 28. – I.C.



The service on Sunday, August 21, will be at 11.30am, followed by one in St Ronan’s House at 4pm.


Bridge club

August 8 – N/S – 1, R.Oates & S. West; 2, V. Johnstone & M. Miller; 3, R. Stewart & D. Graham; E/W – 1, D. & P. Palmer 2. J. Urquhart & S. Graham; 3, K. Jackson & O. Whillans.


Jedburgh Rotarians have decided to help with an initiative aimed at disabled passengers on the Borders Railway. A local woman – herself disabled – has created a guide for travellers to make it easier for them to access information they need about the help available for disabled people using the line to Edinburgh. The club will pay for 1,000 copies of the leaflet to be produced.


At the grammar school sports hall – adults – Wednesdays, 7-10pm (starts September 7). For further information, contact Christine Wylie (p10caw@aol.com; 07989 584968 or 01835 840246). Juniors – Primary 2-4, Wednesdays, 6-7pm (starts September 7); Primary 5-7, Tuesdays, 7-8pm (starts September 6); secondary school, Tuesdays, 8-9pm (starts September 6). For further information, contact Myra Younger (01835 863160; myrayounger@aol.com).


Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning in Kelso North Church Hall on Saturday, August 20, 10am-noon, to raise funds for cancer charity Marie Curie.

Bridge club

August 10 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Lesley Dick & Lynda Douglas; 2, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 3, Rena Stewart & Chris Anthony; E/W – 1, Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger; 2, Brian Saywood & Ken Ross; 3, Christine McCreath & Kitty Home-Robertson. August 11 – teams – 1, Dominic & Diana Alkin and Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger; 2, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson and Paul Brooks & Eilean Hogarth; 3, Michael Horwood & Alison Ireland and Helenor Pratt & Pauline Smart.


Bugsy Malone

The Centre Stage Theatre is bringing another production to the Buccleuch Centre – and Bugsy Malone should prove popular. The community group, mainly made up of young people, was co-founded by Chris Jones and Judith Johnson, and has always attracted appreciative audiences to productions over the years. The director of the show, which runs from Wednesday, August 24, to Saturday, August 27, is Hannah Cumming, who has appeared in past shows for Centre Stage and has now completed a degree in performing arts at Queen Margaret University.


Eight projects have received cheques from the Minsca wind farm community benefit fund. The fund, worth around £2,000, is distributed to community groups by Langholm, Ewes and Westerkirk Community Council. The total amount applied for amounted to £4,799 and the main beneficiary was the Buccleuch Park playground project which received £500 towards getting a ground survey carried out. Ewes Hall landed £300 towards a new heating system and the New Town Bowling Club got £225 towards a flat roof for an extension. The town band received £300 which will be used to pay for tuition and sheet music, while the Youth Rugby Trust was awarded £300 for the junior sevens tournament and the information hub £150 to build a cupboard. The Christmas lights committee and A7 Action Group received £235 and £100 respectively.

Charity fundraiser

A charity event will take place in aid of Cancer Research UK in the Buccleuch Centre on Friday, November 11. The Grease charity movie will start at 7.30pm, with the showing of the film at 8pm. The centre will be open from 6.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10.


Historical society

One of the few remaining women who served at Bletchley Park codebreaking centre during the Second World War, Mary Sherrard, will share her memories with members at their meeting in the Youth Trust Hall, opposite the Lauderdale Hotel, on Wednesday, August 24, at 7pm for 7.30pm.


At 6.30pm on September 4, a summer evening songs of praise will be held in Channelkirk Church, followed by refreshments. All welcome.


On song

Melrose Amateur Operatic Society went out in a blaze of glory some two years ago with a wonderfully-inventive performance of The Mikado. However, the singing spirit is still alive and a new group – The Phoenix Singers – has been formed to carry on and broaden the tradition. Rehearsals begin on Monday, October 17, in the Ormiston Lounge at 7.30pm for five consecutive weeks. It is hoped to have two concerts per year, the first being on Saturday, November 19, in the Corn Exchange. As many former members of the company as possible have been contacted – all are welcome. The programme is to be arranged by new musical director and group chairman J. Holmes Wilson.

Parish church

It was fair for worshippers at Bowden and Melrose where the interim moderator in the vacancy took the services. The Traidcraft stall did good business. The church fete at Bowden raised more than £300, an excellent result. Sunday, August 21 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); church magazine deadline; September 2 and 3 – Val Miller’s bookshop event; September 24 – Monksford Golf Day.


“A picture is worth a thousand words” never rang truer than on the museum corridor monitor. Last week’s report of the trust’s Antonine Wall outing tried to paint a word picture of an enjoyable and informative day out. The real thing, taken by chairman John Reid’s aerial drone, showed the mound of the wall and its straight-as-a-ruler ditch running away into the distance. Then come, in rapid succession, clips of the Eildons, the Trimontium Trust Trailer in Youtube, last summer’s dig at Burnswark and back to the impressive 14ft-wide stone base of the wall and Bar Hill fort well. The penultimate Sunday Trimontium site walk (2pm) is this weekend.


Festival week

On the Monday night at the coffee evening, Marion Dumma won the box of sweets and £227 was realised. Bingo followed with caller Sarah Barbour being assisted by Grace Cessford. Tuesday saw a display of camera club members’ photographs when the public voted for the best group of pictures. Overall winner was Gloria Wilson. The sum of £227.50 was raised. This was f ollowed by the pool competition from which Andrew Scott emerged triumphant. Wednesday – whist and dominoes night when £188 was raised. Ladies – 1, Greta Middlemas; 2, Hannah Wilson; 3, E. McCreadie; 4, Lizzie Thomson; booby, Betty Fleming; longest sitter, Mary Tait. Gents – 1, Christine Gibson; 2, Jock Middlemas; 3, Scottie Wight; 4, Dorothy Currie; booby, Sheena; longest sitter, Mary McTaggart. Dominoes – 1, Lucy Thomson; 2, Dale Adams; 3, Brenda Burke; 4, Morag Thomson. All prizes were presented by Games Queen Lucy Thomson. On Thursday, the teddy bears’ picnic, along with beetle drive for the older children, was held in the institute, owing to wet weather. Teddy bears – 1, Ewan McIntosh; 2, Logan O’Mara; 3, Evie Anderson-Adams – entries judged by Helen Cessford and Mary Pringle. Beetle drive – 6-12yrs – 1, David Douglas; 2 (equal), Megan Douglas and Dale Adams; 3, Emily Anderson-Adams. The pet show was held at night in the school playfield – most gorgeous dog – 1, Wilma Soutar with Maddie; 2, Georgia Thomson with Callie; 3,Lucy Thomson with Robbie; best trickster – 1, Sarena Cook with Gunner; 2, Lucy Thomson with Robbie 3, Alfie Stevens with Suzie; waggiest tail – 1, Sarena Cook with Gunner; 2, Tamara Cook with Patch; 3, Archie Barbour with Freddie; dog

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most like its owner – 1, Beth Thomson with Callie; 2, Wilma Soutar with Maddie; 3, Ellie McBlain with Lola; most exciting small furry – 1, Matthew Little with Gingerbread the Hamster; 2, Emma Thomson with Tigger the cat. A vote of thanks was given to the judge, Sabine from Cheviot Vets. Games Queen Lucy Thomson presented the rosettes. Friday night saw the fancy dress – due to wet weather, judging took place in the village hall by Mr and Mrs Roger Henderson. Children 7 & under – 1, Morebattle in Bloom Scarecrow (Alfie Stevens); 2, Larry the Cat (Evie Leonard); 3, Anna from Frozen (Jessica Brown); Children 8-16yrs – 1, Zika virus (Sam Johnstone); 2, Vinicious the Rio Mascot (Sasha Jackson); 3, Avator (Paulina); Children’s Groups 0-16yrs – 1, Lion, Witch & Wardrobe (Emma, Lucy & Jenny Thomson); 2, Pringles (Ellie & Paige McBlain); 3, Tom & Jerry (Archie & Logan O’Mara); Individual adults – 1, Whittons Garden of the year (Tamara Cook); 2, Mr Blobby (Lizzie Thomson); Mixed groups – 1, Olympic Swimming Team Float (Barbour Family and Kym Cessford); 2, Morebattle 125yr Flower Show (Helen Cessford and Mary Pringle); 3, Three craws sat upon a wa’ (The Village Shop). A disco followed in the Templehall Lounge when the cup presentation took place. Best Overall Cup for fancy dress was won by Emma, Lucy and Jenny Thomson (Lion, Witch & Wardrobe). The pool cup was won by Andrew Scott; Kurling cup, Graeme Lang; shield for best scarecrow, Oyen (Main Street) which was Rapunzel; 2, Fiona Brownlee (Oor Wullie); 3, Helen Cessford (Rio).

Coffee morning

The coffee morning in aid of diabetics will be held in the village hall on Saturday, August 20, from 10.30am.



Moorbrook Textiles has announced a revised date for the second exhibition to update local residents and community groups in Peebles on proposals for the future development of March Street Mill. The event will now be held at the mill on Friday, September 2, from 1-7pm, a change from the initial date which had been planned for the afternoon of August 19. The September event follows the first public exhibition in June at which owners Moorbrook shared the findings of technical and environmental assessment work for the site, and received feedback from the local community. Moorbrook is proposing a mixed redevelopment of the site which would include primarily residential and retirement accommodation, some of which would be affordable housing, potential community/commercial uses, and the continued use of part of the site by local allotment-holders. Andrew Menzies, finance director of Moorbrook Textiles, said: “Our initial intention had been to hold the second exhibition in mid-August, but we believe the sensible approach is to set aside sufficient time to assimilate all the contributions we have received and, for that reason, the follow-up event will now be held on Friday, September 2. Our intention is to present updated proposals at the exhibition which will provide all parties with the opportunity to see refined options for the future of the March Street site. We have already had some discussions with the planning department at Scottish Borders Council and, following completion of the second exhibition and consideration of feedback, our intention is to lodge a formal planning application.” For anyone who was unable to attend the original exhibition, the presentation materials can be accessed at www.marchstmill.co.uk. The site also includes a facility to provide feedback on the proposals.


Camera club

The first meeting of the new season will be on Wednesday, September 7. As well as members, anyone who is interested is welcome. The club meets on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the clubrooms at 64 High Street. There will be a short general meeting at the start of the first evening.

Holiday club

Light filled the city of Ancora as around 50 youngsters met daily in Connections, Back Row, for the annual Churches Together in Selkirk and the Valleys Holiday Club. Great fun was had in the playing of games, making of different crafts from get-well cards to the weaving of mats and in the discussion times when they munched healthy snacks.

st boswells

Whist drive

A whist drive to raise money for cancer sufferers is to be held in St Boswells Hall on Friday, August 26, at 7.30pm. Entry (£2) includes supper.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, August 28, at 10am.



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


Family fun

A family fun day – car boot sale, classic cars, seven-a-side football, children’s sports, music, barbecue – is on August 20, from 10am on the Playing Field. This event also includes an auction and raffle. Proceeds go to cancer charity, Great North Air Ambulance and pavilion upgrade funds. The community council is grateful to all who put time and energy into this event.


Yetholm Gymkhana will take place on The Haugh on Sunday, August 21, from 9am. Check Yetholm Gymkhana page on Facebook for further updates and schedule.

Shepherds’ show

Catalogues are available from the village shop and online. Closing date for entries is Friday, September 16. The show committee will meet on Thursday, August 25, at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall.


The choir restarts after summer break on Wednesday, August 24, at 10.30am in the Youth Hall. New members always welcome.

Comedy night

Bowmont Theatre presents “An Evening of Comedy” on Friday and Saturday, August26 and 27, at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall. Tickets (£5, including refreshments) are available from the village shop or at the door on the night.