District News



On Saturday, August 27, there will be a quiz at the Horse and Hound at 7.30pm in aid of the over-60s club.

Parish church

The church was packed on Sunday for the baptism of Alfie William Warburton, son of Robert and Laura, of Clovenfords. The service was conducted by the Rev Elspeth Harley. Bible readings were delivered by Bill Birch and Adam Young. Hamish Tennant led a prayer for the child and family, and music was played by Andy Bird and Anne Grieve. Bible study resumed this week in Trinity Church office. Copies of the harvest newsletter are in the process of being distributed.


Whist drive

A whist drive will be held in Denholm Village Hall on Monday, August 29, at 7.30pm. The event is in aid of Ruberslaw Church.


Parish church

The wedding dress exhibition in the church on Saturday (August 27) will be open from 10am to 4pm, and the following day from noon-4pm. The service on Sunday (August 28) will be a Songs Of Praise at 10.15am and conducted by the Rev Julie Rennick. The kirk session meets in the church hall at 7.30pm on Monday (August 29). The church will have a stall at the Community Day on Sunday, September 4.

Women’s group

The opening meeting of the season is on Thursday, September 1, at 8pm in the church hall when The Bank House, Lauder, and Calico Interior Design will have a stall of various gifts for sale.

Wednesday club

Chairperson Kay Brownlie welcomed members to the first meeting of the new session. After the AGM, Kay presented Wilma Moffat with the quaich for most points in competitions 2015/2016. She then handed Agnes Penman a life membership award. Competition – perfume bottle – 1, Mrs C. Seaton; 2, Mrs L. Green; 3, Mrs A. Thompson. The next meeting is on August 31. Competition – a tea towel from abroad.

Thursday lunch club

Last Thursday members enjoyed a game of dominoes. After lunch, Sue Wilson played the piano – and it wasn’t long before feet were tapping and people singing.


Fun cycle

To celebrate 30 years of the Macmillan Ettrick Valley Committee, there will be a family fun cycle and afternoon tea at the Boston Hall on Sunday, August 28, from 2-4pm. The cycle is about eight miles. For any other information, contact Marjory Tennant on 01750 62327.


Coffee morning

The next coffee morning and sale in aid of village hall funds will take place on Saturday, September 3, from 10am-noon. Anyone with anything to sell should simply turn up, take a table and give a small donation. Around 11am, a presentation on behalf of the community will be made to Jean Beattie, local postperson for many years who retired recently.


Trinity Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by the Reverend Elspeth Harley. Music was led by Dorothy Howden and Gail Marshall read the Bible lessons. Advance notice was given of the gift day coffee morning on Saturday, September 3, with the gift day service and Holy Communion celebrated on Sunday, September 4.

St Peter’s Church

Last Sunday, Duncan McCosh returned to preach and lead the service. Today (Thursday) – 10am, holy communion; 11am, study group, followed by soup lunch. Sunday, August 28 – 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist and golden wedding renewal of vows, followed by coffee and chat. Thursday, September 1 – 10am, holy communion; 11am, study group. Messy Church and the Sunday Squad won the 2016 Gala Day fancy dress.



At last week’s meeting, president Jim Walker welcomed members and past president Gus Neilson introduced the speaker, Lisa Bydon, volunteer co-ordinator of the Wilton Park project. In an illustrated talk, she described her role in the ongoing development. It has been funded over five years by a £3.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The bandstand has been refurbished and the new cafe, bridge and children’s play area will be in place in the near future. She explained the walled garden improvements and, with the help of the volunteers, the vegetable sections are in place, and produce is being harvested from it. The volunteers have contributed 3,073 hours at an estimated saving of £62,275. Lisa works in liaison with the events manager and various programmes have been held during the summer. After an excellent presentation which encoureaged many question, Gus Neilson gave the club’s vote of thanks.



The service on Sunday, August 28, will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.

Civic association

The next committee meeting of Innerleithen Civic Association will be held in the family room at St Ronan’s School at 7pm on Tuesday, August 30.

Games committee

The next two meetings of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on Wednesday, August 31, and Wednesday, September 14. Both will be in the Burgh Chambers, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road at 7pm.

Flower show

Innerleithen Horticultural Society Open Show will take place on Sunday, September 4, in the Memorial Hall from 2pm. Entry is by silver collection. The hall will be open on Saturday, September 3, from 6.30-8.00pm and on show day (7-10am) for entries. The society is highlighting the new exhibitors’ section. Music will be provided during the afternoon by St Ronan’s Silver Band.

Community council

The next meeting of Innerleithen and District Community Council will take place on Monday, September 5, at 7.15pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall,Leithen Road .

Jumble collection

St Ronan’s School is having a collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, soft toys and bedding. Items can be handed into the school in bin bags. This is then transferred into cash for the parent-teacher association which pays for many of the “extras” that enhance the experience of pupils at St Ronan’s. Jumble can be handed into the school anytime on or before next Wednesday, September 7.

Family 5k run

St Ronan’s Border Games annual family 5k fun run will take place on Saturday, September 17, on the Tweed Valley Railway Path, commencing 2pm. There willbe cash prizes for winners and medals for all participants. This will be a sponsored event with all funds raised going towards the organisation of Games Week 2017. Sponsor forms are available from the Thrift Shop or St Ronan’s School – ring 01896 490510 for more information.

Guys and Dolls

Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will present “Guys and Dolls” from March 27-April 1 next year. The first rehearsal is on Wednesday, September 21, in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. New and returning members are invited to attend. The first rehearsal will be an informal sing through the show, followed by a social evening. Ring 01896 830577 or email secretary@idaos.org.uk for more information.


St Ronan’s Band will present a concert featuring the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 24, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 (£7 concession) and are on sale from KJBelleville@aol.com, Thrift Shop, Adam’s Bakery or Robb’s KeyStore (Peebles).



Volunteers from the club, together with other local Rotarians, assisted at the Border Union Show to offer safety wristbands to younger children. The wristbands had parental mobile phone numbers written on them by accompanying parents and the children advised to seek help from an official or helper in the event of any of them becoming lost. The planters provided by the club in Jedburgh High Street have helped to make Jedburgh even more attractive and many of the hanging baskets have been sponsored by individual members. The pop-up shop run by the “Rotary Ladies” in Canongate continues to do well, all sales helping the charity funds for distribution to local causes. The club also organised its annual trip for senior citizens to Eyemouth on August 6. On Thursday, August 4, the governor of south of Scotland district 1020, Olive Geddes, visited the club with her husband, Ian. She was able to sit in on committee planning discussions and update the club on current developments within the Rotary movement. Olive was welcomed by President Tony Rae. On August 16, a number of members from the club travelled to Edinburgh for an evening at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Old and Trinity Parish Church’s annual bazaar is in the town hall on Monday, August 29, with all the usual stalls, but in the form of an afternoon tea event, beginning at 1pm through to 4pm.

Bridge club

August 15 – N/S – 1, M. Weightman and H. Long; 2, V. Johnstone and M, Miller; 3, D. and P. Palmer; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, J. Bridger and G. Eglinton; 3, S. Mclachan and J. Portch.



Sunday, August 28, sees Kelso Horticultural Society’s annual summer exhibition – including f lowers, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, floral art, photography, industrial and junior sections – in the Tait Hall. Doors open at 1pm, with the presentation of prizes at 4pm.


Kelso farmers’ market will be held on Saturday, August 27, in The Square from 9.30am-1.30pm.

Bridge club

August 17 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1, Joyce Thomson & Helenor Pratt; 2, Dominic & Diana Alkin; 3, Jean McLaren & Alison Ireland; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell & Bob Stevenson; 2, Lynda Douglas & Lesley Dick; 3, Gerry Eglington & Jon Bridger. August 18 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, John Urquhart & Miles Browne; 2, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson; 3, Jean & Quentin McLaren; E/W – 1, Eilean Hogarth & Myra Thomson; 2, Shirley Armstrong & Moira Ayton; 3, Brian Saywood & Sheila Urquhart.



Members of clan Armstrong recently met up in the town. They travelled from such places as United States, South Africa and Australia to join the gathering in the Eskdale Hotel. MSP Oliver Mundell attended the event and met up with clan chairman Fiona Armstrong and president Micheil Armstrong. Mr Mundell spoke about the vvisitors from abroad and said he was keen to promote clan tourism for Eskdale, and highlight what the area has to offer for visitors, not only in this country, but across the globe.


The local Playcare Ltd is inviting members of the public to attend an open evening and the AGM on Tuesday, August 30. The meeting will take place in the community centre, starting at 6.30pm and gives parents the opportunity to meet the team and see the play room. There will be a demonstration and discussion in regard to the benefit of iConnect and ParentZone, and how parents can use it to their full potential.


The information hub which opened just a few weeks ago is proving to be a great success, with many visitors using it. Although the hub has only moved a short distance from the old venue, it catches the eye when entering the Market Place from the south, and one can read the distinctive sign on the front saying “Welcome to Langholm”. There are numerous displays inside commemorating the town’s history.



Worship this weekend will be celebrated on Sunday, August 28, at Channelkirk (10am), Lauder (11.30am) and South Gardens (2.30pm). Services will be led by the Reverend Rae Clark. The following Sunday, September 4, a Summer Evening Songs of Praise will be held at Channelkirk Church commencing at 6.30pm.


An over-60s quiz will be held in Lauderdale Hotel on September 9, 7 for 7.30pm start – £12 entry for teams of four can be pre-booked in Millers Fruit Shop or on the night.



The first meeting of the new session is on September 1 when there will be a speaker from the Stable Life charity. Competitions – four rock buns and a horse shoe (any craft).



Warren Furman, better known as Ace, one of the stars of the 1990s TV show Gladiators, will be appearing at the Corn Exchange on September 5, at 7.30pm. Warren, who became a Christian after leaving the show, will be interviewed by Roger Simpson, the Archbishop of York’s evangelist for the Northern Province. The event is being organised by The Filling Station.

Blood donors

At a blood-donor session held in the town on Tuesday, August 16, a total of 100 volunteers offered to give blood and 80 donations were given. Two new donors attended the session.

Flower show

Melrose Flower Show will take place in Melrose Parish Church hall, Weirhill, on Saturday, September 5, with classes for flowers, fruit and vegetables, floral art, baking and craftwork. There will also be a children’s section. Schedules are available in Melrose library and local shops. Enquiries to Alison (07766 811703), Carolyn (01835 823994) or email bowercarolyn@yahoo.co.uk.


The annual Melrose and District Community Council Bookshop event will be held in the Ormiston Institute on Friday and Saturday (September 2/3) from 10am till 4pm each day in aid of local projects.

Parish church

The church fete at Bowden raised £1,322; Sunday, August 28 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (family, 10am; morning worship, 11am); church magazine available for distribution; Saturday, September 24 – golf day (823339).


It is hoped to try out the return journey of the walk to Melrose now that repairs have been made to the route down the Eddy Road and along the river bank. A group of Japanese visitors were expected this week and next week, a north of England walking club. An American went round the display the other day before confessing that he was an archaeologist. Trust chairman John Reid has gone to Burnswark, near Ecclefechan, for the second part of his excavation of this hill, which has a Roman camp on the north and south sides. The BBC has issued cameras to various excavations (including Burnswark) for a daily diary to be kept and the results to be shown in a series of BBC4 programmes in November. This weekend sees the season’s final Newstead Milestone Sunday short site walk(2pm).


Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of diabetics held last Saturday raised about £800. Competition winners – teddy bear, Eileen Todd; grocery box, Linda Henderson; fruit basket, Matilda Hall; bottle of whisky, Kenny Oliver.

Disco and raffle

A disco and raffle will be held in the Templehall on Saturday, August 27, at 8pm in aid of Breast Cancer/BGH Macmillan Centre. Raffle tickets will be on sale in the village shop and butchers. Raffle prizes gratefully received.


A Cheviot Churches fete will be held at Mainhouse on Sunday, September 4, from 11am to 4pm – worship at 11am, with barbecue and teas to follow, cake and bottle stalls, bric-a-brac etc. There will be a retirement presentation to the Reverend Robin McHaffie at 3pm.



At the last meeting before the summer break, members welcomed Joyce Luby who demonstrated fabric card making. Competition – miniature clock – 1, Lorna Dickson; 2, Margaret Luke; 3, Joan McCulloch. On August 10, four members enjoyed a quiz night hosted by Bowden SWI. The next meeting of Newtown SWI will be on Thursday, September 1, in the Community Wing at 7pm. New members welcome. The guest that evening will be John Henderson from Born in the Borders.


Library cafe

The next library cafe is on Wednesday, August 31, from 11am-noon in the hall.


All write for open mic

Fans of the written word can enjoy a special free event in Peebles this weekend. Borders Writers’ Forum (BWF) is holding an open mic on Saturday (August 27) when writers – from age eight to adult – are being given the chance to showcase their work. They will be able to read a five-minute excerpt from published or unpublished material. The session runs from 1.30-4.30pm in the Museum Room at Chambers Institution and takes place during Peebles Arts Festival. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event, which will also offer book sales and have food and drink available. Writers wishing to book a slot should call 01896 850706 or 07923 129928, or email hayleyemberey@gmail.com. The open mic event is a prelude to the new BWF season of monthly talks and workshops. These will be held at the group’s new base, St Boswells Village Hall. The first session – on Thursday, September 15 (7.30pm) – features award-winning author Jonathan Falla who teaches arts for the Open University and is director of the Creative Writing Summer School at St Andrews University.


Wellbeing fun day

The cricket club will – on Sunday, September 4 – host a wellbeing family fun day. As well as a variety of stalls, other attractions include an adults v children cricket match, raffle, face-painting and barbecue. There will also be information about a new wellbeing centre and bistro opening in Melrose, and treatments and alternate therapies available. The September 4 event is also a fundraiser for the centre and cricket club. It is also hoped to get a day club going for the elderly, with pool, cards and dominoes.

Riverside ramble

The Selkirk local committee of Cancer Research UK has organised ‘A Riverside Ramble’ which will take place on Sunday, October 2. It will see participants walking from Melrose to Selkirk rugby clubs along the rivers Tweed and Ettrick, a distance of approximately eight miles on a flat route. More information is available by contacting crukselkirk@gmail.com. The committee’s annual 20-mile sponsored walk via Yarrow, Traquair and Selkirk took place in April. This event, which started in 1989, has raised well over £140,000 for the charity to date. This year, a total of £7,099 was realised by the 80 walkers who took to the hills for this cause.


Writers’ forum

Borders Writers’ Forum’s new season of monthly talks and workshops will be held at the group’s new base, St Boswells Village Hall. The first session – to be held on Thursday, September 15 (7.30pm) – features award-winning author Jonathan Falla who teaches arts for the Open University and is director of the Creative Writing Summer School at St Andrews University.



Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council archaeologist, will give a presentation at 7pm today (Thursday) in Traquair Kirk on the history and archaeology of the Tweed Valley. All welcome. The event is being held as part of the celebrations of 900 years of recorded worship at Traquair. For more details, call 01896 833994.


There will be a service at 10am in Traquair Kirk on Sunday, August 28.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall is on Sunday, September 18, at 10am.


Comedy night

Bowmont Theatre presents ‘An Evening of Comedy’ on Friday (August 26) and Saturday (August 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.

Show catalogues

Shepherds’ show catalogues are available from the village shop and online. The closing date for entries is Friday, September 16. The show committee will meet today (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall.


Community councillors will next meet at 7pm in the Youth Hall on Tuesday, August 30.


A quiz night in aid of the pavilion will take place in the Border Hotel at 7.30pm on Wednesday, August 31.

The Outside Track

The Outside Track will perform live in the Wauchope Hall on Friday, September 9, at 7.30pm. Tickets for the event are on sale at the village shop, or by contacting Susan Stewart on 420231. The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, the musicians blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals.

Garden fete

Cheviot Churches will hold a garden fete at Mainhouse, Morebattle, on Sunday, September 4 – church service at 11am, followed by barbecue, games and stalls. There will be presentation to the Reverend Robin McHaffie at 3pm on his retirement.