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Anyone coming into Galashiels from Edinburgh ' by rail or road ' will be treated to a blanket of purple in the spring.'The Gala in Bloom Volunteer Gardening Group has planted more than 7,000 purple crocuses, donated by the town's Rotarians.
Anyone coming into Galashiels from Edinburgh ' by rail or road ' will be treated to a blanket of purple in the spring.'The Gala in Bloom Volunteer Gardening Group has planted more than 7,000 purple crocuses, donated by the town's Rotarians.

Anyone coming into Galashiels from Edinburgh – by rail or road – will be treated to a blanket of purple in the spring.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary International’s fight to eradicate polio throughout the world.

To show that children have taken part in the immunisation programme, they have their pinkies dipped in purple dye. Rotary, working with the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has succeeded in making the world 99% polio free – but in August, the World Health Organisation confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 in Nigeria. These are the first cases in the country since July 2014. This shows the need to redouble efforts to help Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria to retain strong immunisation coverage and, hopefully, to rid the world of this infectious and disabling disease which can be fatal.

To mark World Polio Day on Monday, October 24, Galashiels Rotary Club is giving £500, raised at its recent collection in the town, to the End Polio Now campaign. This will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As each immunisation costs about 40p, this money will save 3,750 children across the world from the risk of being paralysed by polio.


Camera group

Members next meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on Monday, October 10, when Oliver Eade will talk about “Unusual Angles in Photography”. Members should bring three images in black and white on their pendrives for the second half. Visitors welcome.


Parish church

Margaret Blyth gave a talk on her Church of Scotland visit to Hungary at Sunday’s morning service, conducted by the Rev Elspeth Harley. The Bible reading was performed by Atholl Innes, and music played by Mrs Blyth and Anne Grieve. Thanks to everyone who donated cash to Mary’s Meals or gave to the foodbank at the harvest thanksgiving service. Plans are in hand for a joint kirk session/congregational board social in Kingsknowes Hotel on Friday, November 4, at 7pm. Bible study takes place in Caddonfoot when David Bethune leads the group on “Climate Conversation”. Blythswood boxes should be returned to Mrs Blyth by the end of October.


Birthday party

On Friday, October 7, the Rolling Hills Folk Club is holding a 10th birthday party in the Smith Memorial Hall. Over those years, the club has brought a wide range of live music to the Melrose area, with more than 150 guests since its inception. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. BYOB. Please bring nibbles/ snacks to create a sharing supper. All ages welcome and there is no pressure to participate in singing or playing. There will be a donation collection during the evening to fund the venue and future guests, as well as a raffle. Phone 07986 644661 for more information.


Parish church

Sunday, October 9, is the date of the harvest service, which begins at 10.15am and will be conducted by the Rev Julie Rennick. There’s also a harvest lunch at noon in the church hall. The harvest offerings will be donated to Mary’s Meals. Holy communion will be celebrated on Sunday, October 16, at 10.15am. Blythswood Shoebox Appeal leaflets will be delivered with church magazines and the last collection date is Sunday, November 6. Additional Leaflets can be obtained from the church, Ruth Scoular (13 Station Brae) or Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Services (Unit 4, Station Road Industrial Estate). Filled shoeboxes can be delivered to all these places, as well as the manse.

Women’s group

Tonight (Thursday), in the church hall at 8pm, the speaker will be Colin McIntosh, The Butler from Bowhill.

Lunch club

Thursday lunch club members’ autumn trip featured a bus run to Haddington where they had a meal before returning home via the coast. The latest gathering started with a game of card bingo and after lunch there was entertainment in the form of Fifties and Sixties music by Sheila McKay. The club’s next meeting is today at the later time of noon.

Wednesday club

Hostess Ms K. Brownlie opened the latest meeting, welcoming members before introducing Stephen Fairfield from The House Of Hearing in Galashiels. His talk was both interesting and amusing. Competition: Letter opener – 1, Mrs G. Forsyth; 2, Mrs R. Murray; 3, Mrs D. Cannon. The next meeting, on October 13, is the club’s 46th birthday party and the competition is for a small bell. November 9 is the date of the autumn outing.

Coffee morning

The annual Macmillan coffee morning held at the rugby club last Saturday raised £1,915.



Members enjoyed an evening of handbags and accessories with the girls from Liberty Star Trading in Selkirk. The competition for a jar of jam was won by Christine Tucker and the prettiest plates were brought by Chris Robertson, Annette Fraser and Gail Chandler. The next meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 19, when John Hennessey will give a talk and show photographs of Cuba.


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 further enquiries, contact Marjory Tennant on 01750 62327.


Camera club

Last Wednesday’s meeting consisted of a members’ showcase night. Presentations included a selection of “Landscapes and other favourite shots over the years” by Adrian Kentleton, “A Baltic Cruise” by Alistair Peacock, “Birds of the Farne Islands” by Ford Renton, “Western Isles Landscapes” by Ian Oliver and “A Weekend in Krakow” by Ron Bell. The club welcomed two new members, with an additional two returning after a break. The next gathering, on Wednesday, October 5, will welcome Ken Sharp from Musselburgh Camera Club. He’ll deliver a presentation entitled “Impressions of Kenya”. Then on Wednesday, October 12, it’s Ford Renton and “Photographing the Night Sky”. The October 5 meeting is the final hand-in date for entries in the first club completion of the year, and the following week’s gathering is the final hand-in date for the club’s annual “Agri” competition. Submissions are open to all Borders clubs. An entry form and rules can be found on the club’s website – www.galacameraclub.co.uk.

Clef Club

The next meeting is on Saturday, October 8, at the Lucy Sanderson Hall, Tweed Crescent, at 7.30pm. The musical entertainment includes a Mozart sonata, piano music by Bach, Handel and Elgar, music for string quartet and a selection of favourites from the Palm Court Players. If you play an instrument or sing, why not come along to meet us and support local music making? New members are always welcome – contact 07780 378590, or visit www.onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub for more information.

Trinity Church

The Rev Elspeth Harley conducted the service on Sunday. Dorothy Howden led the music and Sheila Wilson read the Bible lessons. Margaret Blyth, from Caddonfoot Church, spoke about her interesting visit to Hungary with others from the Church of Scotland. In the afternoon, a short communion service was held and a busy Sunday was concluded with a “Marvellous Music” concert in the evening, organised by Dorothy Howden. The kirk session meets on Tuesday, October 11, at 7pm. Session clerk Bill Cheyne announced that the Fair Trade stall had raised £68.69 last week and he thanked everyone who had donated food items for the foodbank at harvest thanksgiving. He also thanked those who donated to the Christian Aid Malawi Food Crisis Fund.

St Peter’s Church

Today (Thursday) at 10am sees holy communion, while on Sunday, October 9, at 10.30am, it’s the family harvest service followed by coffee and chat. There is no 9.30am service, but there is a 6pm healing service. Monday, October 10 – 11am, communion at Oakwood Park. Thursday, October 13 – 10am, holy communion. Sunday, October 16 – 8.30am, holy communion; 9.30am, Sunday Squad, followed by juice and toast; 10.30am, sung eucharist, followed by coffee and chat. Monday, October 17 – 7pm, bottle top sort.



A whist drive, including supper, will be held on Monday, October 10, at 7.30pm.

Lunch club

The club next gathers on Wednesday, October 12, (11.30am-1.30pm).

Dance class

The old time and ceildh dance class starts on Thursday, October 13, and will continue to meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. It starts at 8pm, although preceded with a reel half hour (7.30pm). Beginners welcome.



President Jim Walker welcomed a special guest to last week’s meeting. Gale Willner – wife of Harald Willner, Paul Harris Fellow and honorary member of the Hawick club and member of Kingston-upon-Thames Rotary Club, who died recently – thanked members for their thoughts and condolences. She said he thoroughly enjoyed his visits to the Hawick club. Jim thanked her and said she was welcome at the club when she visited her Hawick holiday flat. Members will be involved in planting 5,000 purple crocuses at the Homebase roundabout on the A7 on the north side of the town so that when they bloom in the spring, people will be reminded of the Rotary International project, End Polio Now.

Bridge club

September 20 – 1, Fraser & Morag Beaton; 2 (equal), John & Marian Miller, Valerie Johnstone & Marion Miller. September 27 – 1, George Graham & Bob Francombe; 2, Bob Witherington & Malcolm Ouldcott; 3, Valerie Johnstone & Marion Miller. October 4 – 1, John & Marian Miller; 2, Morag & Fraser Beaton; 3, Mary Millar & Patsy Gilligan.



There’s a chance to buy early Christmas gifts and Cushions for Cancer, raising funds for Borders General Hospital’s Macmillan unit, at a craft and gift fair in Heiton Village Hall on Sunday, October 16 (10am-3pm).



The service on Sunday, October 9, will be at 11.30am in Innerleithen Church.


Historical society

The next meeting is on Thursday, October 13, at 7.30pm in the Royal British Legion. There is a change to the published programme – Chris Vetch will give an illustrated talk on the history of Jedburgh Grammar School. At the last meeting Gordon McDonald introduced members to James Wilson (1805-60), “lad o’ pairts” from a prominent Hawick Quaker family. He moved to England, established himself as a businessman and journalist before entering the House of Commons. In 1843 he started The Economist as a newspaper to campaign for free trade. In 1859 he resigned his seat in parliament and went to India to help restructure its taxation system. He was there less than a year when he died.

Bridge club

September 26 – N/S – 1, V. Johnstone & M. Miller; 2, P. Harris & M. Forsythe; 3 (equal), R. Stewart &M. Weightman, J. Urquhart & S. West; E/W – 1, J. Louden & S. Graham; 2, D. Cessford & D. Gray; 3, C. Taylor & Y. Sharrat.

Glass act

The Borders Children’s Charity will benefit from a hands-on glass-engraving event on Friday, October 14, from 7-9.30pm at Middleton Mill, Bongate. Earlier in the day, at the same venue, from 1.30-3pm, and 3-4.30pm, there are afternoon tea sessions. More information about these events is available by ringing Pauline on 01835 862719.


Thursday Group

The Thursday Group starts again today with local author Margaret Skea and “The Dreaded Sequel” – 2pm, Room 4. Abbey Row Centre. Next week sees “The World of Arthritis Research UK”. Annual subscriptions (£7) are now due. For more information and a syllabus, phone 01573 224753.

Bridge club

September 28 – Abbey Salver 1 – N/S – 1, Jean McLaren & Alison Ireland; 2, Caroline Sutherland & Elinor Green; 3, Rena Stewart & Beth Stark; E/W – 1, Maureen Weightman & Helen Long; 2, Annie MItchell & Bob Stevenson; 3, Lynda Douglas & Lesley Dick. September 29 – Calchou Cup 2 – N/S – 1 John & Marian Miller; 2, John Urquhart & Janet Kyle; 3, Dominic Alkin & Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell & John Loudon; 2, Gerry Eglington & Vanessa Wilson; 3, James Tweddle & Allison Long.


On Friday, October 7, at 7.30pm in Kelso Old Parish Church, a string quartet from Italy, the Quartetto Di Cremona, play Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets on the door, or online from www.kelsomusicsociety.com

Abbey Quilters

Abbey Quilters meet on Tuesday, October 13, in Abbey Row at 7pm when Debbie Renton will talk about “Threads”. Members should remember to bring their mug for tea. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster by phoning 01573 229414.

Music Makers

Kelso Music Makers’ first event of the season at Abbey Row last Friday attracted a large audience who enjoyed a varied programme of classical, traditional, contemporary music and song from a wide age range of performers. Among the items were individual and group pieces from “Highline” with Carly Blain; two piano serenades; two piano and baritone horn duos; two movements of a Bach sonata with piano, baritone, flute, and mandolin; three contemporary songs, two with guitar and tenor ukulele; two Scottish traditional songs with guitar and mandolin; and a few short piano selections from some young players. The next event in Abbey Row is on Friday, October 28. Performers and listeners welcome. Contact 01575 224920 for further information.


Drum major

The local pipe band drum major has been picking up a number of trophies lately – but with another band. Ricky Henderson, who lives up Ewes a few miles from the town and works for Scottish Water, has been travelling throughout the country to compete in drum major competitions. He has won at Ardrossan, Gourock, Girvan and Innerleithen, and also been runner-up at Ayr and Peebles – and all this has been achieved competing for Lochmaben Pipe Band. The reason for this is that the Langholm musicians are not registered with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, but Lochmaben are. He was the highest-placed Scottish drum major at the Scottish championships and second highest at the British and European competitions. The competitors are judged on their dress, flourishing (spinning of the mace), marching and deportment.


Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie, visited the Academy, bringing her Tennis on the Road programme. She set up the initiative three years ago to take tennis all over Scotland to young people, and she had the coaches and pupils at the school involved in a variety of exercises to improve their skills and enjoyment of the game.



Harvest thanksgiving will be celebrated at Channelkirk (10am) and Lauder (11.30am) on Sunday, October 9. Both services are to be led by the Rev Rae Clark. Donations for local foodbanks will be welcome at both services. Filled shoeboxes will also be accepted during both services for this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal. If you would rather contribute individual items, please bring them along on Sunday too. Blythswood will collect the shoeboxes on Tuesday, November 8.

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A Halloween ceilidh will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 7-10.30pm, in the Currie Memorial Hall. It is a fundraiser for four Selkirk High School pupils who are going to Bolivia next year with the Borders Exploration Group. Tickets – 01835 870348, or on the door.


Coffee morning

On Saturday, October 8, there will be a coffee morning in aid of Maxton and Mertoun Church funds. The event is in the village hall, starting at 10am.

Maxton Meets

The next talk in the Maxton Meets series is on Monday, October 10, when Charles Strang will give an illustrated talk on “The Architectural Heritage of the Scottish Borders”. The village hall event starts at 7.30pm.


Parish church

Organist Jim Marshall’s endof-service voluntary – Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and popularised by Albert Schweitzer – was a fitting prelude to his presentation party on Tuesday for 50 years at the parish church organ (and several years before that in other churches). The Monksford golf competition raised £600 for special projects. Members are needed for the church choir (Sunday practices at 10am) and volunteers for reading lessons. Sunday, October 9 – harvest thanksgiving at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am – aid envelopes for Malawi, with lunch at noon). Sunday, October 16 – 7.30pm, music society, Jessica Leary. Friday, Octobr 21 – Arthritis Research musical evening, Selkirk. Shoebox appeal and foodbank ongoing.


The museum (six days) and Thursday afternoon walks season enters its last month for 2016, the last Old Melrose outing having taken place on Monday. However, the triple lecture season begins today (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange when Stratford Halliday (ex-Edinburgh University and the Royal Commission) talks about the huge project of collating an atlas of all the hillforts in the UK (including for us, Eildon Hill North). Trust chairman John Reid is off to Masada in Israel this week to meet with archaeologists to discuss possible similarities with his Burnswark investigation, and to report back at the second lecture on Thursday, October 13. Professor Ian Armit, of Bradford University, is the final speaker on Thursday, October 27. His subject is the 800-year-old hillfort of Broxmouth in East Lothian. The site was excavated in the 1970s, but not written up till he raised the money and the people, and had it published last year.



On Wednesday, October 12, at 7.15pm in the institute, Diane Mackay will be demonstrating savoury dishes. Competitions – individual sweet using chocolate and a trinket box.


Councillors Simon Mountford and Tom Weatherston are holding a surgery in Morebattle Institute on Saturday, October 15 (11am-noon).


Badminton restarts on Monday, October 17, in the village hall at 7pm. New members welcome.


The lunch club AGM will be held on Tuesday, October 18, at 1.30pm in the institute. The club meets every Tuesday at noon – new members welcome.


Library cafe

The next library cafe is in the hall on Wednesday, October 12, from 11am-noon.


Geologist talk

David Adamson, of Galashiels, will give a talk about the life and work of Charles Lapworth, at the Osprey Centre, Kailzie Gradens, on Wednesday, October 12, at 7pm. Lapworth was a late Victorian geologist who made most of his remakable discoveries locally and transformed geolgical thinking at the time. He was also a teacher at Galashiels for 11 years. Donations on the night will go to Friends of Kailzie Wildlife and help towards their ongoing educational nature projects.


Pop-up shop

See Ettrick district.



The first meeting of the winter session was held in the village hall when Carol Lawson, of Foulden, conducted a hands-on class in making marzipan fruits. Wilma Morris gave Carol a vote of thanks. Competitions: Four pieces of tablet – 1. Sadie Ainslie, 2. Marilyn McCall; A yellow item – 1. Rose Cameron, 2. Marilyn McCall, 3. Briony Hawthorne. Members will be attending hospitality evenings at Midlem SWI and Newtown St Boswells later this month. The St Boswells hospitality night will be on Tuesday, October 11, when retired vet Nigel Brown gives a talk. Competitions are for an amusing four-line poem and/or an animal ornament. This will be held in the large village hall and begins at 7.30pm. There will be supper and a raffle.



At the October meeting, Isabel Gordon gave an interesting and informative talk on a history of tea, tracing its origins in the Far East to its introduction to Europe in the 17th century through trading companies and to the national drink we enjoy today. Avril Purves gave the vote of thanks. Competitions: Three slices of tea loaf – 1. Margaret Dutton, 2. Kathy Wilkie, 3. Frances Rogers; Tea towel – 1. Margaret Dutton, 2. Frances Rogers, 3. Pam Hall. The next meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 1.



There will be a service at 10am in Traquair Kirk on Sunday, October 9.



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


Village hall

Gordon Cree – “The Master of Music and Mirth” – is appearing at Yarrowford Village Hall on Saturday, October 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets – 01750 76204.


Members had a demonstration of sweet making by Carol Lawson which ncluded hints and tips on showing sweets. Mrs Lawson judged the competitions: Loaf of bread – 1. Shirley McDonald, 2. Linda Bradshaw; Bread knife – 1. Betty Fraser, 2. Margaret Robinson. The raffle was won by Linda Bradshaw. The next meeting is the AGM and Taste and Try on Tuesday, October 11.



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


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

Film night

Film night on Saturday, October 8, at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall features “Spotlight” (15). Entry is £5 and doors open at 6.30pm.


A whist drive takes place in the Youth Hall on Tuesday, October 11, at 7.30pm, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

Coffee morning

The Macmillan coffee morning realised £415.