District News


Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning on Saturday, October 1, at the village hall from 10am-noon to raise funds for the new Bowden Table Tennis Club.



Lovers of Scottish traditional music were treated to a concert by Robyn Stapleton and Aaron Jones in Caddonfoot Hall last Saturday. The pair played tracks from the newly-released album, ‘Fickle Fortune’, and entertained a full house with music from Scottish and Irish roots.


Caddonfoot Hall hosts the play, ‘The Unknown Soldier’, on Wednesday, November 9. Tickets are available from 07527 800301 or jfoth@btinternet.com.

Parish church

Minister Elspeth Harley conducted the harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday at which the congregation donated to Mary’s Meals and the foodbank. The children of Caddonfoot Youth performed their own harvest presentation in words and music. At the end of the service, there was a Fair Trade sale of goods. The Bible reading was delivered by Joyce Brown and music played by Andy Bird, accompanied by Georgie Bird. Bible study again takes place this week in Caddonfoot Church. The kirk session met on Thursday. Shoe boxes were made available to be distributed by the Blythswood charity for needy people in Albania, Romania etc. Members are reminded of the concert and exhibition in sister church Trinity this weekend. Saturday sees an exhibition of art, crafts and hobbies (10am to 4pm), while on Sunday, there will be a concert at 7.30pm (‘Marvellous Music’). Both events are part of the Creative Coathangers Festival and admission is by donation.


Coffee morning

The Macmillan coffee morning held in the Smith Memorial Hall on Saturday, and organised by Jenny Anderson, raised £498 for the cancer charity. The event was well supported by the village and surrounding area, both by participation on the day and home-baking, plus raffle donations as well as monetary contributions from those unable to attend. The morning also involved local young people recruited by Jenny to assist with the many tasks needing done.


Coffee morning

The 1st Denholm Boys’ Brigade is holding a coffee morning on Saturday, October 1, from 10am-noon in the church hall.


Camera club

Members were given a presentation by underwater photographer Mike Clark. Mike, from East Lothian, showed images of his diving equipment and shots taken while diving on shipwrecks off the coast of the Borders, Northumberland and in the Firth of Forth. Following a range of questions from his audience, Mike judged the print and digital competitions, with the title ‘Wind, Water, Wet’: Print – 1, Jamie Babbington-Smith; 2 and 3, Adam Drummond; Digital – 1, Stephen Morris; 2 and 3, Adam Drummond. The next meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 5, at Earlston Bowling Club when James Christie will give a talk on ‘A Photographic Tour’. Visitors (£2) and new members are welcome to attend.

Coffee morning

The annual Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning will be held in the rugby club on Saturday, October 1, at 10am. Donations appreciated – financial or for the raffle and cake and candy stall.

Parish church

On Sunday, October 2, the service at 10.15am will be conducted by the Rev Julie Rennick. The autumn magazine will be delivered in the next few weeks. On Sunday, October 9, the harvest service will be at 10.15am, with the harvest lunch in the church hall at noon. Communion is on Sunday, October 16.

Women’s group

The next meeting is on Thursday, October 6, in the church hall at 8pm. The speaker will be Colin McIntish, the Bowhill House butler.

Rhymer ramble

Friends of Thomas the Rhymer have organised ‘Rhymer’s Ramble’, a 10-mile guided, circular walk from Earlston Square to Rhymer’s Stone, Melrose, at 10am on Sunday, October 2.


Pop-up shop

There will be a pop-up shop running on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, at Jenny Muir’s in Selkirk High Street, from 8.30am-4pm, for the Ettrick Valley committee of Macmillan Cancer Support, featuring home baking, crafts, gifts and Christmas cards, as well as a raffle. For any enquiries, contact Marjory Tennant on 01750 62327. On Friday, September 30, there will be two Macmillan coffee mornings – one at Doormouse Cottage at the top of Ettrickbridge, and the other at Yarrowford Hall.


Camera club

The club held a practical night, hosted by Alan Kennedy and Jim Paxton. Subjects covered included the exposure triangle and depth of field issues. Sample images provided by Don Lees and Paul Anderson helped demonstrate the points raised. Alan brought a range of vintage photographic equipment to show how things have moved on. To close, some members set up their cameras so one-to one instruction and sharing of information could be had. It was also an opportunity for some to show off new toys. Next week is members’ showcase night where they give a short presentation of their work on any photography-related subject. Also next week is the hand-in date for the club’s first monthly competition of the season. It is an ‘Open’ category, so any subject counts. The images, judged by Steve McGonnell, will be presented on Wednesday, October 19, at Langlee Community Centre. Members are also reminded that Wednesday, October 12, is the final hand-in date for the club’s annual agricultural photographic competition, the ‘Agri’. The event is open to all Borders clubs and comprises six digital and six printed image categories. The rules and an entry form can be found at www.galacameraclub.co.uk. Just follow the link at the top of the Agri page. All images will be exhibited on Wednesday, November 9, at Langlee Community Centre main hall.


President Hamish Reid welcomed Will Roberts as a new member at the latest meeting. When You Wish Upon A Star is a UK charity which has been operating in Scotland for 13 years and grants wishes to children aged 12-16 who have life-threatening illnesses. Margaret Rowarth, its fundraising manager north of the border, told members about its activities, including trips to Florida.One boy met the Pope, another football superstar Lionel Messi. In December, the Orient Express will be chartered to take children and their families to Glamis Castle. The next meeting, at the new venue of the Waverley Castle Hotel, is on Thursday, October 13 (10am for 10.30am) when the speaker is Jack Clark.

St Peter’s Church

Today at 10am sees holy communion, with, on Sunday, October 2, at 9.30am, Sunday Squad followed by juice and toast, then (10.30am) sung eucharist, and coffee and chat. Harvest services will be held on Monday, October 3, at Hazeldene and Wednesday, October 5, at Abbotsford Court.Both start at 2pm. Thursday, October 6 – 10am, holy communion; Sunday, October 9 – 10.30am, family harvest service.

Trinity church

Harvest thanksgiving was celebrated on Sunday. Minister Elspeth Harley conducted the service and Dorothy Howden was back to lead music. Joyce Lewis delivered the Bible reading. When members of the congregation arrived, they were given Christian Aid crisis appeal envelopes and asked to donate to help the people of Malawi. Also, many members brought along food items which were donated to the foodbank. The Sunday, October 2, morning service will be at the usual time of 11.15am, and there will be a short communion service at 3pm for those who have difficulty coming to church in the morning, but all are welcome. As part of the Creative Coathanger Festival being run by Scottish Borders Council, there is an exhibition of arts, crafts and hobbies in the church and halls on Saturday, October 1, between 10am-4pm. This will be followed on Sunday, October 2, with a ‘Marvellous Music’ concert which will be showcasing various musicians and the Trinity Church choir. Entry is by donation.


Committee meeting

A Glendouglas Hall committee meeting will be held on Monday, October 3, at 7.30pm.

Dance class

The old-time ceildh and dance class restarts on Thursday, October 13, continuing to meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Live music and tutor – 8pm; reel half-hour – 7.30pm.


Young farmers

Teviotdale Young Farmers’ Club new members’ night will be held at Jedburgh Grammar School games hall tonight ( Thursday, September 29), at 8pm. This is a chance for all 4 to 30-year-olds in the Jedburgh, Hawick and Langholm areas to have some fun by taking part in various games while at the same time getting to know like-minded people who live, work or have an interest in the countryside.


An alternative choice of cinema is again available in Hawick with the start of a new winter season of movies, screened fortnightly and starting on Sunday, October 2, at 2pm. Presented by Hawick Movielovers, the season of 12 feature films will run until next March at their Croft Road cinema and with an “agreed voluntary donation”, is open to all interested in classic cinema. Details of programmes are available from Deans and Simpson, 9 Oliver Place, or by calling 01450 374110/371212.



There is a special service in Innerleithen Church at 11.30am on Sunday, October 2, when long-service awards will be presented.


Young farmers

See Hawick district.

St John’s Church

After a colourful and well-attended harvest festival last Sunday, members are looking forward on to an autumn market on Saturday, October 1 (11am-1pm) in St John’s centre. Along with the stalls, teas, coffee, soup and rolls will be served. Any enquiries to Joan Bennett (01450 870069). An autumn concert by St John’s Choir and Friends takes place at 3pm on Sunday, October 16. On Sunday, November 13, there will be no 10.30am service at St John’s for Remembrance Sunday. Sunday, November 27, is the first Sunday of Advent when Advent carols and readings will take place at the 10.30am sung eucharist. Otherwise, all normal Sunday services are at 9am and 10.30am.

Bridge club

Results from last Thursday, September 19 – N/S – 1 (equal), M. Miller and V. Johnston, R.Oates and S. West; 3, J. Urquhart and S. Graham; E/W – 1, F. and M. Beaton; 2, M. Allen and T. Davidson; 3, R. Von Slicher and S. White.

Old and Trinity Church

The Reverend Graham Astles, minister of Old and Trinity for nearly 10 years, will be inducted to St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness on Thursday, October 20. His last Jedburgh service will be on Sunday, October 16.


Broomlands SWI

The new session began with a quiz night, Peter Small as quizmaster. Competitions – book cover – 1, Jeanette Farquhar; 2, Val Douglas; 3, Elizabeth Drummond; fancy pen – 1, Nancy Jerdan; 2, Moira Coull.

Bridge club

Results from September 21: Charity Plate – 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 3, Jean McLaren and Alison Ireland; 4, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 5, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 6, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark. September 22: Millennium Trophy 2 – N/S 1, Jean McLaren and Ken Ross; 2, John Urquhart and Tricia Reynolds; 3 (equal), Michael Horwood and Alison Ireland, Rena Stewart and Maureen Weightman; E/W 1, James Tweddle and Bill Elliot; 2, Paul Brooks and Eilean Hogarth; 3, Annie Mitchell and John Loudon.


Common riding

At the start of the latest common riding members’ meeting in the Crown Hotel, chairman Roger Maxwell praised this year’s Cornet, Simon Tweddle. The accounts had been drafted and with most of the invoices paid, the good news from treasurer John Elliot was that both the gate and bar receipts were up by £1,800 and £1,200 respectively. The attendance at the Games was 2,850, having been 2,500 last year. The income from the programmes was up by around £700 and sponsorship had increased by £2,500. This was mainly due to Ashleybank Investments and the Sons of Selkirk sponsorships. Money from the concert, dances, rosettes and ribbon sales were much the same as previous. The surplus was around £8,700 compared to £2,600 last year. It was agreed that bonuses to the bands should be made, with the town and pipe groups each receiving £400, and the flute band £200, which left a surplus of £7, 700 – a record. Given the successful financial year it was agreed some capital expenditure should be considered. The Castle Craigs Club will be refunded the cost of the last pair of walkie-talkies, which they had purchased, and another pair will also be purchased for both organisations to use. New bunting will be ordered and the dance platform is in need of replacing, and this will be looked into. Additional spurs are needed and this will be investigated, and more heras fencing would also be useful. The athletic games had went well, and after a slow start things had picked up at the beer tent. The Cumberland wrestling had been well organised, but there seemed to have been a delay in the starting of some of the horse races. It was suggested that the owners should be informed to get them to the paddock on time. It had been a great hound trail. David Pool stepped down as concert organiser and an advert will be placed in the local press for someone to fill the position. The Simmer Fair Night dance had been well attended. It had been a first year for Dennis Barker in charge of the children’s parade and he had reported that everything had gone well. He had been assisted by Duncan Johnstone. It was suggested that a steward be placed at the foot of Arkinholm Terrace to keep the procession moving along Drove Road. It was agreed that although there were still problems, putting up signs regarding horse boxes leaving the Castleholm had improved the situation, and would be repeated next year.

Coffee morning

The local Macmillan Cancer Support committee held a coffee morning in the Bucleuch Centre, realising £926. A raffle run throughout the summer brought in £1,160.


A plaque was unveiled in memory of Arthur Bell at the golf club. Club captain Gary Porteous and a group of past and present members welcomed Doreen Bell, widow of Arthur, to unveil the plaque in appreciation of the work he had carried out for the club as a long-serving member and past captain.

Young farmers

See Hawick district.



Channelkirk and Lauder Church Guild will hold its monthly coffee morning on Saturday, October 1, in the church centre from 10-11.30am. The following day sees the dedication of guild members in Channelkirk Church at 10am. On Wednesday, October 5, the opening guild meeting will take place in the church centre at 2.30pm. Speaker is Duncan Cameron, of Street Pastors. Everyone welcome. Worship will be celebrated at Channelkirk (10am) and Lauder (11.30) on Sunday, October 2, when the RevRae Clark will lead both services.


Border Flower Club

Sandra Halkett, from Elgin, was demonstrator for the start of the 2016/2017 year. Her title was ‘Autumn Joy’ and she chose a wide choice of designs, taking her audience from a woodland scene to a new design with wool and felt. Changes in designs over the 60 years of the National Association of Flower Arrangers were noted, as well as recognition that television brings all kinds of garden ideas for flowers and foliage. Her choice of flowers and foliage was from the garden to luscious orchids and roses. Next meeting is on Wednesday, October 5, in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Margaret Campbell with ‘Surprise Surprise’.

Parish church

The church choir would welcome new members. Services on Sunday, October 2 – Bowden (9.30am), Melrose (10am and 11am).


From far, and not so far, they came to Trimontium last week. The dozen walkers on Thursday from north and south of the border, and France, brought a three-month old baby and two dogs. The two dozen archaeology students on Friday came from the Goethe University of Frankfurt, with their own coach and driver. After visiting the museum, they were driven through the closed Newstead-Leaderfoot road, stopping for one of the students to deliver a paper on the site from the second observation platform. Saturday saw the railway come into its own with a Wardie church group from Edinburgh following the Ian Brown template for visiting the museum, lunching in Melrose, doing the Trimontium Walk, and having Newstead Village Hall tea before bussing and training back to the capital.



The first meeting of the season went well, even though several members were still on holiday. A minute’s silence in memory of Dot McLellan, who died during the summer, was observed before Brian McLeod, of Hawick British Legion, gave a talk on the history of the red poppy used to remember war fallen. Competition – prettiest tea plate – 1, Mary Beck; 2, Enid Cruickshank; 3, Gena Hughes; 4, Sheena Graham. The next meeting in Denholm Village Hall on October 12 will be the AGM, also featuring a taste and try session.


Coffee morning

A Macmillan coffee morning was held on Saturday when about £400 was raised. Competition winners – plant, Linda Fox; guess how many sweets, Linda Fox; how many spots on the cake, Anne Redpath.


Morebattle Guild resumes on Thursday, October 6, at 7.30pm in the institute. The speaker for the evening will be Lucy Tile from Borders Children’s Charity.



This month’s meeting of Newtown and Eildon Community Council heard, following a complaint that the path along the River Tweed from Sprouston Glen to Old Melrose is blocked, that a meeting has been held with Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) access officer. The route forms part of SBC’s Core Footpaths network and it has been agreed to cut back grass and undergrowth three times annually. The village youth c lub recorded more than 500 attendances by youngsters between October and May. Councillors congratulated Newtown in Bloom for clinching second place in the Floral Gateway competition. Chair Elaine Thornton-Nicol said villagers greatly appreciated the difference made in Newtown by the group’s floral displays and hanging baskets. The village also gained certificates in the Quality of Life and Clean and Tidy categories. Prize winners in the annual garden competition will be announced at the grand opening of the newly-refurbished Community Wing on Friday, October 21. The meeting agreed to apply for a grant to add further displays to the festive lights. The switch-on event, arranged in conjunction with Milestone Garden and Leisure, will be on Sunday, November 27. Arrangements were discussed for the remembrance ceremony, to be held at the war memorial at 1.30pm on Sunday, November 13. Residents can now contact the community council by email using newtown.eildoncc@yahoo.com and a post box is to be fitted outside the Community Wing for written submissions. The next meeting of the community council will be October 25, at 7pm.

Seniors’ club

The next meeting of Newtown and Eildon Seniors’ Afternoon Club will be held on Tuesday, October 4, in the Community Wing starting at 2pm.


At the September meeting, president Elaine Thornton-Nicol welcomed John Henderson from Born in the Borders. He explained how he had started the business, expanding it into a restaurant and local brewery operation. Competition – banana loaf – 1, Lorna Dickson; 2, Mary Redburn. The next meeting will be a guest night on Thursday, October 6, at 7pm in the Community Wing.


Monday Club

At 2pm on October 3 in St Joseph’s Hall, Morag Cockburn will talk about the First World War, using information from the archives kept in Hawick. All will be made welcome.

Coffee morning

A Macmillan cancer charity coffee morning will be held on Friday, September 30, in Connections.


Music night

Stow and Heriot Church is holding a fund-raising evening of music and song at 7.30pm in Stow Church on Friday, September 30. Taking part are Stow Pipe Band, The Galawater Singers and several talented local performers.


An exhibition of sculptures by Chris Hall will open at the Cloudhouse Gallery and Cafè on Saturday, October 1, at 3.30pm. The artist has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and his works include Eye of the Beholder at Borders General Hospital and the gravestone of Labour party leader John Smith. The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 30.



The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, October 9, at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, October 16, at 10am.


Shepherds’ show

Yetholm Shepherds’ Show will be held on Saturday, October 1, on Yetholm Haugh.

Principals’ Race

Bari Manushi Cassie Quashie will represent Yetholm in this year’s Principals’ Race at Kelso Races on Sunday, October 2.


Badminton restarts in the Wauchope Hall on Tuesday, October 4, at 1.30pm. New members welcome.

History society

The history society meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 4, in the Mission Hall when Richard Carlton gives a talk entitled ‘Exploring the Scottish army’s routes to and from Flodden’. New members welcome.


A quiz night will be held at 8pm on Wednesday, October 5, in the Plough Hotel, with proceeds going to Yetholm Defibrillator Fund.


Country dancing restarts in the Youth Hall at 2pm on Thursday, October 6.


Yetholm and Morebattle schools hold a joint ceilidh on Thursday, October 6 (6.30-8.30pm). This is a family event – contact members of the parent teacher council for further information.

Film night

The next film night is on Saturday, October 8, at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall, featuring ‘Spotlight’ (15). Admission is £5 and doors open at 6.30pm.