District News


Camera group

Camera group members meet on Monday, September 26, at 7.30pm when photographer John Parris, the guest speaker, will give a travel documentary, including portraits.


Parish church

The Rev Elspeth Harley conducted the service on Sunday when she spoke about the need to support the mentally ill. The Bible reading was delivered by Anne Grieve and music played by Andy Bird. Bible study takes place this week in Caddonfoot Church, not Trinity. The kirk session meets in the church on Thursday, September 22, at 7 pm. A brief meeting will be held on Sunday after the service to discuss arrangements for the sale of work. It is hoped to make a visit to Iona to learn of ways to refresh one’s faith. Details are available from the minister.


Coffee morning

On Saturday, September 24, the Smith Memorial Hall will host a Macmillan coffee morning from 10am to noon. Not only will cakes, tray bakes, tea and coffee be available, but also a raffle, various guessing games and a book stall, all designed to boost the funds for the cancer charity. The village hall has disabled access at the side entrance and helpers will be available to assist anyone. Jenny Anderson is co-ordinating the event and can be contacted on 07986 644661 with offers of help, home baking, raffle prizes and donations for those who are unable to make that date.


Parish church

Saturday is Messy Church in the church hall 10.30am to 1pm. On Sunday the service at 10.15am will be conducted by Rev Julie Rennick. After the Harvest Service on October 9 there will be a soup and traybake lunch in the church hall from 12noon. Next Communion is October 16 at 10.15am.


New president Heather Smith welcomed members old and new to the September meeting. She then introduced Rachel, from Duns Kilt School, who gave a talk on the history of the kilt. Competitions: Tartan item – 1, Brenda Knox; 2, Janice Whiteford; Kilt pin – 1, Julie Rennick; 2, Isy Gillie. The October meeting features a cookery demonstration and is being held in the bowling club.

Wednesday Club

The latest gathering was hosted by Mrs A. Penman, who welcomed members, including newcomer Izzy Gillie. She also introduced Aileen Orr, who told the story of Wojtek the Bear – a Polish war hero who worked with Polish soldiers all over Europe and came to the Borders after the war. Members also welcomed William Driver – a sixth-year student from Earlston High who is helping in the community. Competition: Teddy bear – 1, Mrs W. Moffat; 2, Mrs O. Moffat; 3, Mrs A. Halliday. The next meeting of the club will be held on September 28 and the competition is for a letter opener.



Ettrickbridge SWI saw a great turn out for their open night on Wednesday, September 14. Alice Mackay and Lucy Black of Beau Boutique, Clovenfords, entertained with a product presentation and make up demonstration followed by a tester session. A good night was had by all! The Annual General Meeting is next on Wednesday, October 12, when members’ competitions are ‘Three Gypsy Creams’ and a ‘Tiered Cake Stand’.

Coffee morning

The next coffee morning and sale in aid of village hall funds will take place on Saturday, October 1 (10am-noon). Anyone with anything to sell should simply turn up, take a table and give a small donation to the hall.


Camera Club

Last Wednesday saw the opening night of Gala Camera club’s 2016/17 season at Langlee Community Centre. It was a good turnout despite a few members still being away on holidays. The club was particularly pleased to welcome three new members and hopefully they enjoyed their evening. After a welcome introduction by the chairman, members old and new got a chance to show off some the work they’d done over the summer. A good mixture of subjects was covered, both formal and fun. The club meets most Wednesdays in the Red Room at Langlee Community Centre. Treasurer Ford Renton is now collecting annual subscriptions - £20 for full membership and £15 for those who are retired, students or in full time education. A full club syllabus can be found on the website at http://www.galacameraclub.co.uk//.

St Peter’s Church

Thursday, September 22, sees Holy Communion at 10am, while on Sunday, September 25, at 9.30am, it’s Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast. Beginning at 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and chat. Tuesday, September 27 –Messy Church (5.30-7pm); Thursday September 29,10am, communion.

Trinity church

The Reverend Elspeth Harley conducted the service on Sunday morning and Andy Bird, from Caddonfoot Church, led the music. Bill Cheyne, session clerk, welcomed everyone to the service. He announced that the church is looking for a volunteer to take on book-keeping duties, which include paying in cheques, writing cheques and passing information onto the accountant. Lorna Jones read the lessons. The guild meets on Tuesday, September 27, in the church hall at 2.15pm when the speaker will be the minister on the theme of “Go in Joy”. Next Sunday sees Harvest Thanksgiving at morning service. Food items will be gratefully received for the foodbank and there will be envelopes available for donations for Christian Aid’s Food Crisis Appeal for Malawi. There will also be a Fair Trade stall at the conclusion of the service in the vestibule.



Last week’s whist drive results: Ladies – 1, Robert Ellwood; 2, Hannah Wilson; 3, Janet Rodger; booby, Chrissy Patterson. Gents – 1, Peter Hedley; 2, Christine Gibson; 3, Cath Turner; Booby, June Lyall. Bingo – Janet Rodger.

Lunch club

The lunch club was very busy and extra tables were needed. Organisers are grateful for all the support at these functions.


Rotary Club

President Jim Walker welcomed two visitors from Selkirk Rotary Club to last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club, president Adam Borwick and vice-president Ferdous Ahmed. The speaker Steven Ellins was introduced by vice-president Scott Elliot and he gave a talk on youth football in Hawick. Steven has been involved in the sport in Hawick for 30 years from player to coach co-ordinator recruiter. He started coaching all age groups from 11 to 17 which is under the SFA and coaches are certificated in age grades. Over 160 youths, boys and girls, are involved and, indeed, numbers have surpassed rugby players in the town. Training and matches are played at Wilton Lodge Park in the evenings and at the weekend and the new 3G pitch at Volunteer Park has been a great boon. He has seen players progress to age-group caps for Scotland and a few are on the books of senior Scottish clubs and it is his wish that in the near future one of his proteges will succeed in winning a full cap. Funding is essential and they are dependent on sponsorship and the efforts of parents. President Jim gave the vote of thanks and he congratulated Steven for giving of his time and effort in helping the youth of the town.

Bridge Club

Hawick Bridge Club results from Tuesday, September 13: 1. Valerie Johnstone and Marion Miller, 2. Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan, 3. 3. Kenneth Auckland and David King.


Gaelic evening

The wonderful Gaelic singer from South Uist, Gillibrìde MacMillan, will be performing at a Harvest Cèilidh in Heiton Village Hall on Friday, September 23, starting at 7.45pm. This will be an informal evening of music and Gaelic song and includes a light supper (BYOB). Fàilte oirbh uile! (Everyone welcome!).


Twenty-three members enjoyed a talk (and ice-cream!) given by Kerry Waddell from Giacopazzi’s, a family firm now in its fifth generation of ice-cream producers in Eyemouth. Competition: Three sweeties – 1, Rosie McDonald; 2, Verity Mutch; 3, Gill Harrop. Gill Harrop, president, had represented Heiton at the H&H conference in Perth. Lesley Abernethy was presented with a certificate as runner-up in the nationally-contested Warnock Trophy Competition for creative writing.


Harvest Thanksgiving

There will be a Harvest Thanksgiving service in Innerleithen Church on Sunday, September 25, at 11.30am.

Coffee morning cash

St Ronan’s School PTA raised £418.30 at a coffee morning.

Historical walk

As part of Robert Smail’s Printing Works 150th anniversary celebrations, there will be a conducted historical walk, starting at 10.30am on Saturday, September 24. It leaves from Traquair Road, opposite the old railway station. Based on a hand-written town guide composed around 1914 and discovered in the printing works archives, the tour will follow the described route, which was aimed at visitors to Innerleithen alighting at the station. Contemporary photographs will be used to illustrate and explain what has changed (and what has not) in the intervening hundred or so years since the guide was drafted. The walk will be conducted by staff from Robert Smail’s Printing Works and members of Innerleithen Community Trust. There is no set charge, but donations to the trust are welcome.

Countdown Club

The new session begins on Wednesday, September 28, at 10.30am in the Hall of Friendship of Innerleithen Parish Church. All welcome – bring pen and paper.



Last Thursday, Rotarians enjoyed an illustrated talk about the Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet Jubilee Path from Charlie Robertson of Eckford. Charlie was a former history teacher, depute head teacher at Earlston High School and, latterly, Kelso High School rector. He delivered a presentation concerning this newly-opened 12.5 to 13-mile circular walk, encompassing all three villages. There were fascinating insights into the history of the area, its topography and the beauty of Teviotdale. He fielded many questions, as well as distributing copies of the full-colour guide to the walk. Members also enjoyed a talk given by John Roberts on the charity, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. He brought his hearing dog, Widget, with him and explained how the charity works. Hearing-impaired from birth, John became aware in later life that he was losing his hearing completely. The charity was able to help him by providing a fully-trained hearing dog and Widget – a small poodle – is his third one. The charity is based at the Saunderton Centre in Buckinghamshire where it was started in 1983. There is also a Scottish centre in Morningside, Edinburgh. There are over 900 hearing dogs in the UK and, initially, the charity took rescue dogs, but now breed animals for the particular qualities required for the work. The whole training process takes 18 months, beginning at age eight. On average each dog is retired after 10 years, but this can vary. The dog then becomes a pet or is rehomed. Most users of the service keep their dogs. At another meeting, Adam Bolam-Peel, of Jedburgh Scouts, explained about the activities of the Scouts and how they are grouped according to age. Some activities include camping, adventure activities and residential visits to Hawkhirst Scout Centre at Kielder. Scouts are divided into: Beavers (age 6 to 8), Cubs (age 8 to 10½) and Scouts (age 10-½ to 14). Girls also take part in Scouting.

Bridge club

September 12: N/S – 1, J. Urquhart & V. Wilson; 2, M. Weightman & H. Long; 3, K. Sanford & A. Greenleaves; E/W – 1, D. & P. Palmer; 2, S. West & O. Whillans; 3, K. Jackson & P. Nichol.


Thursday Group

The autumn programme opens on October 6 when historical novelist Margaret Skea will speak on “The Dreaded Sequel” at the Abbey Row Centre (2pm). For more information and a syllabus, phone 01573 224753.

Dance class

The Scottish Country Dance Class restarts in Kelso North Parish Church (Bonar Room) on Tuesday, September 27, from 7.15pm–9.15pm. All welcome. Queries to J. Hewie on 01573228514.

Bridge Club

This week’s results from Kelso Bridge Club are as follows: Wednesday, September 14, Teams-of-Four - 1. John and Marian Miller and Mary and Nigel Lindsay, 2. Dominic and Diana Alkin and Brian Saywood and Ken Ross, 3. Maureen Weightman and Helen Long and Miles Browne and John Urquhart. Thursday, September 15, Calchou Cup - N/S 1. Val Johnstone and Mary Millar, 2. Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman, 3. Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W 1. Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson, 2. Vanessa Wilson and John Urquhart, 3. David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart.


The AGM of futureKELSO will be held to night (Thursday, September 22) at 7pm in the Abbey Row and will include an up-date on the Kelso Community Action Plan. All are welcome.

Farmers’ market

A farmers’ market will be held on Saturday, September 24, in The Square from 9.30am-1.30pm.

Indoor bowling

Kelso senior citizens’ indoor bowling starts on Monday, September 26 (1.30-3.30pm). New members welcome.


Fiddle Club

The accordion and fiddle club held the opening meeting of the new season last Wednesday in the Social Club, formerly the British Legion, and Adam Grant was compere. There was an enthusiastic audience to enjoy some fine Scottish music and there was a good number of musicians present. The special guest for the evening was Gordon Gunn from Wick who was on fiddle and supported by Brian McAlpine on keyboard and Mark Clement playing guitar. Among the accordion players present were Newby Park, David Bell and Les Hurst from Carlisle; Kenny Jackson from Stonehouse, James Lawrie of Brampton and Robin and Deryn Waitt from Claygate. Locals Roger Dobson and Robert Willens were on accordion and drums respectively and also on drums was Jock Thompson from Roberton. Willie McRobert from Moffat played the piano and the fiddle players were Roddy Matthews from Newcastle and Ian Wood of Alandale. Borders player Ewan Galloway will be the guest at the next meeting on October 12.

Camera Club

The Camera Club has changed its meetings this season to the third Monday of the month and they will be held in the day centre. The meetings do not always involve competitions, and members can enjoy showing their own photographs and seeing what others have been doing. Even people who do not take photos are welcome to go along and enjoy the meetings and more experienced members are available to give advice on how to get the best out of various equipment.

Special tartan

Arctic convoy veteran Irving Stuart has been presented with a special tartan. The tartan was commissioned for the Royal Navy veterans to honour their involvement of taking supplies to Russia in World War Two. Irving received the tartan on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith at a reception laid on by the Russian Consul General for Scotland for the veterans. The design was donated by the Scottish Tartans authority and researched and designed by Brian Wilton. The tartan has a single silver thread which represents the wake of a torpedo.



Worship will be celebrated on Sunday at Channelkirk (10am) and Lauder (11.30am). The Rev Rae Clark will lead worship at both services.


Lauderdale Community Choir was on song at Holy Trinity Church, Melrose, on Saturday evening and now returns to its regularly weekly rehearsal on Thursday, September 22, at 7.30pm in Lauder Public hall. Members are working hard to polish up their repertoire for the forthcoming annual concert, “Any Way The Wind Blows”, at Earlston High School on October 22, looking forward to singing a mix of popular songs from Queen to Billy Joel. New members are always welcome – there are no auditions and no need to read music. Email ContactUs@lauderdalechoir.org.uk for more information.


President Sheila Hardie welcomed members, new members and visitors to the first meeting of the season. She then introduced Isabel Gordon from Kelso. After reading botany and zoology at London University, Isabel’s two interests came together, looking at “plants that changed the world”. Her talk was entitled “A history of Tea”. Christine Brandeschi, hostess for the evening, gave the vote of thanks for Isabel’s presentation. The president thanked Christine Riddell and Jane Thomson for doing the raffle, Christine Brandeschi and helpers for supper, and all who provided raffle prizes. Isabel judged the competitions – tea caddy spoon – 1, Sheila Hardie; 2, Wendy Bryson; 3, Christine Riddell; three small meringues – 1, Wendy Bryson; 2, Liz Dalgliesh. Secretary Liz Dalgliesh intimated an invitation to members from St Boswells SWI regarding a talk by vet Nigel Brown on Tuesday, October 11, in St Boswells village hall. Any members interested should contact Liz (01578 722521). Liz also read out an invitation from Anne Clark for a flower festival in Gorebridge United Free Church of Scotland on Thursday, September 29 (1-4.30pm), Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1 (10.30am-4.30pm). The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 4, at 7.30pm in Lauder primary school, featuring “Witchcraft in the Borders” by Mary Craig. Competitions – a Halloween poem and two Halloween cupcakes.


Parish church

Sunday, September 25, services – Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).


Saturday, September 24 – Monksford Golf Day; 7.30pm, “Freedom from Torture” ceilidh, Corn Exchange, byob; October 21 – Arthritis Research musical evening, Victoria Halls, Selkirk.


Melrose is busy with visitors – and Trimontium museum and walks are having their share, including returnees from way back who are astonished at the changes. Holidays and illness occasion volunteering changes, but new people come forward to ease the load. On Thursday, September 22, a Trimontium walk will set off at 1.30pm from the Square.


Dance classes

Wednesday dance classes start again on October 5 in the village hall (8-10pm), featuring ceilidh, old-time and set dances, with live music, tea and biscuits. All proceeds go to charity.


Flower show

Flower show president Nigel Walters on Saturday unveiled a Haddon Stone flower vase donated to the village by Morebattle and District Horticultural Society to commemorate 125 years of the show. Dr Walters went on to open the show and in welcoming everyone, pointed out a few interesting changes gleaned from the old minute books. Jean Douglas presented the trophies. Prize winners – floral art, HelenCessford; most points in flower section, Wullie Bowie; roses exhibit, Mary Pringle; most points in vegetable section, Jock Cessford; vegetable exhibit, Jock Cessford; most points in industrial section, Janette Stenhouse and Jeannie McNulty (equal); industrial section runner-up, Nancy Anderson and Mary Mann (equal); rock buns, Nancy Anderson; best individual pasta, Audrey Sharp; most points in classes 85, 86, 87 and 88, Emily Edgar; garden on plate, Lucy Thomson; creation, Lottie Wilson; vegetable collection, Jock Cessford; exhibit of vegetables, Jock Cessford; playgroup plate, Lilae O’Brien; pot plant, Pat Dawson; school poster, Tilly Bourne; best hand-writing (Morebattle school), Jason Ralston; stick section exhibit, Ian McGillvaray; deer-horn stick, Cliff Worrell; photograph: Jeannie McNulty; decorated biscuits, Haidyn Thomson.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of the Macmillan cancer charity will be held in the Institute on Saturday, September 24, from 10.30am.


President Mary Pringle welcomed Steve and Tom from Blood Bikes to give a talk on their work with Blood Bikes Scotland, in partnership with the NHS. Helen Cessford gave a vote of thanks. Competitions – keyring – 1, Mary Pringle; 2, Andrea Dickson; 3, Margaret Blackmore; carrot cake – 1, Nancy Anderson; 2, Angela Cook.


Souter Quilters

Guest speaker at Souter Quilters’ gathering on Wednesday, September 28, is Joanna O’Neill. Her topic is “Bite-Sized! – art, quilts and embroidery on a friendly scale”. The Quilters meet in the Argus Centre at 7pm and visitors, or new members, are welcome.



At its recent Annual General Meeting, the officials were re-elected and the past year’s accounts, subsequently audited, were approved. Unfortunately, no budding actors had come forward so it was agreed to hold monthly meetings throughout the winter as had been started last year. The social evening which followed the AGM began with the reading of a short melodrama which raised laughs as the participants put their all into it, including booing, hissing and cheering as appropriate. After a reading entitled “Trees” by Howard Nemerov, discussions followed on various subjects including some of local interest and concern. Future meeting dates were agreed as October 27, November 17, December 8, January 19, February 16 and March 16, for which the Village Hall’s Upper Room was subsequently booked. So, if you’re interested in the written word and in socialising, please come along on October 27, whether or not you bring a reading on that evening’s subject ‘Nature’. Refreshments will again be provided by the Drama Club at no cost to participants.


Flower Festival

As part of the 900 years celebration at Traquair Kirk there is a Flower Festival of ‘Harvest Themes’ from Friday, September 23, to Sunday, September 25. The Kirk is on the B709 beyond the village. The festival is open for entry by donation on Friday 2-5pm, Saturday 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday for the morning service at 10am and from 2-5pm. 50% of the proceeds will go to the church and 25% each to The Mission Aviation Fellowship and Syrian Refugees.


Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery has been selected by ALDI for inclusion in the supermarket giant’s 10th Scottish Beer Festival. The in-store event is expected to generate sales worth more than £175,000 for the breweries involved. ALDI’s buyers have chosen 35 different beers from some of the best breweries in Scotland.



The next service in Walkerburn public hall will be held on Sunday, October 16, at 10am.


Romany Ramblers

Romany Ramblers’ next walk is on Saturday, September 24 – meet 9.30am at Wauchope Hall for car sharing. Route (10 miles) – Crailing, Brownrigg, Wooden Hill, Eckford, Kalemouth, Ormiston Mains, Nisbet.

Coffee morning

Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall.


Community councillors meet at 7pm in the Youth Hall on Tuesday, September 27.


The Scrabble club restarts on Wednesday, September 28, from 2-4pm in the Youth Hall. New members welcome.