District news 18-9



It’s the 100th anniversary of the renovation of Bedrule Church. To mark the occasion there will be a flower festival in the church this weekend – 11am-4pm (Saturday) and noon to 4pm (Sunday). There will be an exhibition of memorabilia at the same times in Bedrule Village Hall.

Teas, coffees and light lunches will be available in the hall on both days, and a special Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday at 11am.

Admission to everything is free and all are welcome.

Bonchester Bridge

Flower show

Last week, the results for Rulewater Flower Show were publicised under Southdean. They should have been under Bonchester Bridge. We apologise for the error.


Country church

The final service was in Broughton Kirk, led by the Rev Bob Milne, minister and Moderator of the Presbytery. The theme of the services was Joining Together in Harmony Rather than Conflict.

Commenting on the success of the services, Rev Marion Dodd, who organised the services under the auspices of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery, said: “The most important thing for me about the services has been the coming together of talented lay people across the Presbytery, many of whom didn’t know each other at the start, to create and lead four excellent worships.”

The four services held over the summer gave a boost to the training of ministers, raising more than £500, with Gift Aid still to be added.



The Reverend Elspeth Harley conducted the service in Caddonfoot Parish Church on Sunday. The Rev Harley spoke to the children about forgiveness, and called for prayers for guidance in the referendum vote.There is a box in the vestibule for donation for the sale of work on October 11.


Songs of praise

See Lauder.

Church guild

See Lauder.


Flower show

The flower show will be held in Caddonfoot Hall on Sunday (September 21). The event is open 1pm-4pm.



Darnick Village Trust held its seventh AGM in the Smith Memorial Hall on September 8.

A report on the trust’s activities was presented by its new chairman Ron Anderson, outlining plans for the creation of a film club, an application to Awards For All for a computer and printer for the hall to develop an online presence and newsletter, and for future discussion regarding green energy technologies for Darnick.

Following the meeting the Melrose and District Fairtrade Group presented an illustrated talk on its current work. Group members Dave Potts and Jenni Young gave an illustrated talk about their visits to India, Bangladesh and Chile. They brought many examples of fairly traded goods. The Fairtrade group hope to present their illustrated talks around the Borders’ village halls and Dave Potts can be reached on 01896 823002.



Tomorrow night a quiz will be held in the church hall, starting at 7.30pm. Phone Clare Milne to enter a team.

Camera club

The opening meeting of the new season kicked off with a slideshow of images from last year’s Border Digital Challenge. The opening competition – Sunrise/Sunset – was judged by Brian Sutherland.

Prints: 1, Curtis Welsh; 2, Stephen Morris; 3, Curtis Welsh. Digital: 1, Curtis Welsh; 2, Curtis Welsh; 3, Allan Drummond.

Details of club meetings and syllabus is at www.earlstoncameraclub.co.uk

Hobby Show

This will be held in the church hall on Saturday (September 20) from 10.30am-4pm.


On Sunday the service is at 10.15am and will be conducted by Rev Julie Woods. There will be a photographic exhibition by Christian Aid on Haiti. The exhibition will be in the church hall on September 23, the church on September 25 and will be part of the Harvest Service on September 28. After the harvest service you are invited to join us for a lunch in the church hall from noon.

Wednesday club

On September 10, Ms Lorna Milligan gave an interesting talk – A nurse on an oil rig. The competition winners for a bracelet were: 1 Mrs Vera Scott, 2 Mrs Nancy Anderson and 3 Mrs Sheila McKay. Next meeting is on September 24, and the competition is an animal ornament.


Coffee morning

The Focus Centre Crochet Group will hold their Big Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday, September 24, from 9.30-11.30am. Please come to support a good cause.


The first meeting of the new season was held in the Kingsknowes Hotel on September 11. The event was chaired by President Bob McKendrick and 52 members attended. Speaker was Dr Mark Nixon, who was recently awarded an honorary postdoctoral fellowship by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. His talk was about the extensive local political agitation in Scotland, and particularly in Galashiels, resulting from the struggles to pass the 1884 Reform Bill – which eventually resulted in 60 per cent of UK adult males being enfranchised. The 20,000 people that marched in Galashiels ensured that it became one of the best known political demonstrations in the country.

The next meeting will be in the Kingsknowes Hotel on September 25 at 10am, when Mary Craig will talk about the Black Death.


Whist drive

The September 8 event was well attended and the prizes were as follows. Ladies – 1 Cath Turner, 2 Betty Fleming , 3 May Tinlin, Booby Pat Lindsy. Gents – 1 Ray Buchanan, 2 Bill Millar, 3 Jean Mabon. Booby, Marion Thompson. Bingo, Pat Lindsy, Sweep, Christine Gibson, Ralph Ramskir, Greta Middlemas.

Lunch Club

Thanks to all who attended and many thanks to the girls in the kitchen. Without their work it would not happen.

Parent council

The annual general meeting of St Margaret’s Parent Council will take place in the Livingstone Place school on Wednesday, September 24, at 6.15pm. All parents, carers and friends of the school are invited to attend.


Fun day

A family fun day will be held on Saturday (September 20), at Gordon Primary school from 11am-3pm, with games for all the family, face and nail painting, tombola, sales tables and refreshments.


Beetle Drive

The evening will be held in the Fairbairn Hall on September 25, starting at 6.30pm in aid of Greenlaw Church. It will include prizes, raffle and a cup of tea. Fun for all the family.



President Sandy Bannerman welcomed members to last week’s meeting and introduced Selkirk president Jim McPherson and four members of the club, who were visiting. They heard an illustrated address by Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, outlining his party’s views on the referendum. His talk resulted in many questions which made for a lively session, after which Sandy gave the vote of thanks.

Jim McPherson presented a cheque for £100 to the club as a share of the money raised at a walk in May in which Ron and Pat Sutherland, who attended the meeting, took part.

A cheque for £68 was also received from Kelso Rotary Club through the Border Union Show for assistance rendered by Sandy Bannerman and Scott Elliot at the Countryside for Kids Project, held at Springwood Park, Kelso, earlier in the year.

The club will again be filling shoeboxes to send to children and families in Eastern European countries, often the only Christmas present these families receive and the joy a small box can give is worth all the effort.

Our boxes have instructions of what is suitable to put in them. Northport in the High Street will have the boxes available and offer a collection point for those willing to help fill them. If you have problems picking the boxes up ring organiser Mairhi Trickett on 01450 218519.

Bridge club

Results for September 9: 1 John and Marian Miller, 2 Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan, 3= Bob Witherington and Mike Tuson and Rob Goldie and Margaret MacLeod.



A large turn out of members and guests enjoyed demonstrator Marjorie Tennant’s talk on making hats and fascinators, with several of her lovely creations to view and try on. Competition: A hat pin – 1 Hazel Nisbet, 2 Gill Harrop, 3 Brenda Wright.

Flower show

There were 408 entries, including 32 in the children’s section of Heiton and District Horticultural Society Show, with a splendid turnout of flowers, vegetables, fruits, floral art, baking, handicrafts and children’s entries. A

The committee wishes to thank all sponsors, patrons and attendees.


Coffee morning

Lodge St Ronan’s 856 will hold a coffee morning on Saturday (September 20) from 10am-noon in 856 Social Club, Chapel Street. There will be the usual stalls, books, bric-a-brac, cake and candy and bumper raffle. Entry £1.


The service will be at 11.30am on Sunday (September 21). There is also a service at St Ronan’s House at 4pm.

Fun run

A family 5k runis being held on Sunday (September 21), leaving from the field behind the health centre at 10am and following a section of the Tweed Valley Railway Path. Sponsor forms are available from the Thrift Shop, St Ronan’s School or call 01896 870316. This is open to all ages but children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All sponsorship will go to Games Week 2015.

Senior Citizens’ Club

The first meeting of the 2014/15 session will take place on Wednesday, September 24, in Vale of Leithen Social Club at 2pm. The speaker will be John Taylor, who will be talking about the InChorus trip to New York for the anniversary of 9/11. Memberships will also be taken. New members welcome. The annual coffee morning takes place on September 27 in the Vale Club and any donations can also be handed in at the meeting.



The club continues to pursue new forms of fundraising, with the ladies group organising car boot sales at St Boswells and other locations. Ebay sales are also healthy, constituting the backbone of the club’s charity account to help good causes throughout the Jedburgh area and beyond. Our thanks to the people of Jedburgh for their contributions. Special thanks to the Starrett’s factory for all the items they have passed on to us for sale.

The club recently welcomed Alistair Marquis, this year’s district governor of District 1020, covering the south of Scotland. He gave a speech praising the wide range of activities the Jed club enjoys as well as the financial help it has been able to give to local causes and individuals. The list of these includes help for a disabled local athlete to buy a racing wheelchair, support for a young swimmer to compete in the Commonwealth Games, the annual pensioners’ outing and the Christmas Festival which we hope will be a spectacular event for the town and will brighten up Christmas in Jedburgh. Governor Marquis remarked that club members’ passion for helping others, was exemplary.

Rotarians will be competing in the district quiz, beginning with a contest with the Hawick club on September 25. If successful, they will go on to play other clubs in the district.

Bridge club

The new season starts on September 29 in the British Legion. Play begins at 7pm prompt. New members are welcome.

The office bearers for the new season are Trudi Davidson Card master, Diana Cairns deputy card master, Margaret Allen, treasurer, Kate Jackson, secretary, Richard Oates match point Secretary, Alison Ireland assistant match point secretary and Jeremy Potach committee member.

For any further information please contact Kate Jackson 01835 862663.



Yetholm Sinfonia are holding a concert in Kelso Old Parish Church on Saturday (September 20) at 7.30pm.

Come and try

New group Kelso Stitchers is holding its first meeting on Tuesday, September 23, in Abbey Row at 7pm. Membership is £22, visitors £3.

Kate Allport will be demonstrating how to marble fabric using shaving foam. Please bring protective clothing and a bit of fabric approximately 20x25cm (8x10”).

The group is also holding a Come and Try morning at Abbey Row Centre on October 4, from 10am- noon. Members will be demonstrating various stitching techniques and you will be able to try yourself. There will also be refreshments. For details call Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Summer show

Winners of the front garden competition were: 1,Mr I Paterson, 77 Queens Croft; 2, Mr & Mrs R Darling, 8 Springwood Terrace; 3, Mr W Nichol, 13 Queens Croft; highly commended, Mr R Thomson, 12 The Tofts; commended, Mrs M Nisbet, 5 Queens Croft.

Patio gardens: 1, Mrs O Smith, 37 Abbotseat; 2, Mr T Liddle, 5 Station Road; 3, Mrs A Scott, 17 Pinnaclehill Park, highly commended; Mr W Robertson, 12 The Linn; commended, Mr & Mrs R Welsh, 38 The Linn.

The Sunlaws Perpetual Challenge Cup for Most Points in the Flower Section, Jean Wood; The Duchess of Roxburghe’s Challenge Cup for Three Vases of Sweet Peas, Moira Land; The Ian and Judith Easton Challenge Cup for Most Points in the Rose Section, William Bowie; The TSB Border Dahlia Championship Trophy for Three Vases of Dahlias, Bill Cockburn; The John and Elizabeth Murray Trophy for Six Single Gladioli, Bill Sowman; The Dr Goudielock-Hood Trophy and £5 for Most Points in the Pot Plants Section, Jean Wood; The Sprouston Sweet Pea Trophy, Jim Kirkness; The Countess of Haddington’s Silver Challenge Cup for Most Points in Vegetable Classes, Jim Williams; The Douglas Challenge Cup for Collection of Potatoes, Jim Kirkness; The John Anderson Memorial Trophy for Most Points in the Photography Section, David McLear; A Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Kelso Section, William Bowie; The Major Cox Memorial Cup for Most Points in the Floral Art Section, Isabel Hogarth; A Plaque for Most Outstanding Exhibit in the Floral Art Section, Isabel Hogarth; A Special Prize for Winner of Class 218 – Rich Jamaican Loaf, Stuart Young; The Francis Telford Memorial Trophy for Most Points in the Baking Section, Jane Bell; The Cup for Most Points in the Industrial Section, Jane Bell; A Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Junior Section Under 5 years, Harry Fleming; A Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Junior Section -5 to 10 years, Zoe Young; A Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Junior Section – 11 to 16 years, Ellie Donaldson; Best Exhibit Cash Prize Winners: Flower Section, Bill Cockburn; Vegetable Section, Jim Williams; Floral Art Section, Isabel Hogarth; Preserves & Other Produce Section, Jane Bell; Baking Section, Maureen Cranston; Handicrafts Section, Joanie Guthrie.



The local Centre Stage Youth Theatre were the talk of the town after their wonderful production of Back To The 80s in the Buccleuch Centre. The acting and singing were magnificent and highly praised by both young and old, who attended in large numbers.

Probus club

President Irvine Stuart welcomed 26 members last Wednesday to the first morning meeting of the new session of the Probus club.

The president then called for a minute’s silence for the passing of Willie Friell, the last of the founder members of the club, and a friend who will be sadly missed by all.

He then awarded Ronnie Mowbray life membership of the club –Ronnie has been a member since 1991. He responded by thanking the club for the honour.

The president reported on the recent summer trip to the Southport Flower Show. Two local visits were suggested for the new session – the Annan Distillery is a new venture to bring the old distillery into production and The Devils Porridge exhibition is now open in its new home at Eastriggs.

Next month’s speaker will be Bill Braithwaite.


The Academy held a Celebration of Success ceremony in the parish church. John McFadyen the depute head teacher welcomed everyone, and during the evening musical items were slotted between the award’s presentations.

Luke Tolson played Autumn Leaves on the flute and Sadie Cooper entertained with Celtic tunes on the harp. Nicky Henderson, on the guitar, performed his own composition, My Town.

Head teacher Justin Sinclair gave his report, and also a vote of thanks at the end of an enjoyable evening of presentations.


Coffee morning

AMacmillan Cancer Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held in the Lauderdale Hotel from 10am-noon on September 26.


The first meeting of the season was at the primary school on September 9. President Senga Towers welcomed a large turn out of members and visitors before introducing Sheila Clyne from Hawick.

Sheila made eight different supper dishes – easy Salmon Pate; Californian Avocado Salad; Grilled Cheese Pesto and Sardine Sandwich; Goats Cheese and Cranberry Toast; Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan with Tomato and Basil Sauce; Sole St Germain; Chicken Mumbai; and Tuna Curry. The ladies enjoyed sampling them all. Senga gave the vote of thanks.

Competitions: Tray Cloth – 1 Joan Stevens,2 Janet Laidlaw, 3 Mary Sked.

Two cheese, sultana, and paprika muffins – Wendy Bryson.

Janette Waldie thanked Senga, hostess for the evening.

The next meeting is on October 2 at 7.30pm in the school, when the speaker will be Jane Thomson on Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Competitions: small pink floral arrangement in teacup, and four pieces of pink coconut ice. All welcome

Songs of praise

There will a Songs of Praise in Lauder Church on Sunday (September 21) at 7pm. Refreshments will be served after the service. Everyone welcome.

Church Guild

The dedication of the Guild members will be during the service on September 28, in Lauder Church at 11.30am. The opening meeting will be on October 1, at 2.30pm in the church centre, Lauder, when Heather Jeffrey and Nicola Pringle will talk about their recent trip to Peru. Old and new members very welcome.



Tom Veitch will give an illustrated talk about his 500 mile walk from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostella, which he completed in only 21 days, on Monday (September 22) in Maxton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Admission £2 (inc. tea/coffee and biscuits). All proceeds to The Border Holiday Group.


Street Dance

The Friends of the BGH will offer an open-air dance experience in aid of their ultrasound scanner appeal, at Bang Goes The Borders, St Mary’s School in Melrose on Saturday from 1.30-4pm. Visitors can take part in a hip-hop street dance with Michelle Douglas and zumba with Angie Neil, by donating £5.

If it rains, dancing will be at Melrose rugby club.

For further information, please contact Sandra Henwood on 01896 826564 or email sandra.henwood@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Church activities

Collection of tinned food for foodbank.

Today: 1.30pm Trimontium Walk; Saturday, September 20, Music Society Supper 6pm, concert 8pm; September 21, Services – Bowden 9.30am and Melrose 11am; September 22, Guild Autumn Rally 2.15pm ‘Golden Age Project’; September 26-28, Flower Festival and harvest lunch; October 1, 2.30pm, Columbia slide show in aid of Arthritis Research; October 31, Welsh Bro Aled Male Voice Choir, 7.30pm, Victoria Halls, Selkirk.

Old Melrose

The contribution to this year’s Borders Heritage Festival was a special walk around the peninsula led by Ian Skinner, the first-Monday-in-the-month guide, and Dr Chris Bowles, SBC archaeology officer, expert archaeological witness.

On the walkers’ return to the steading tearoom, Edinburgh University student Jessica Bennett of Darnick, fresh from the Edinburgh Tattoo, accompanied by piper David Sanderson, performed to round off the afternoon in splendid style. Jessica and friends have been performing since they were at primary school to the delight of people attending Trimontium’s Scottish Archaeology Month Walks over the years.

The Trimontium Walks continue till the end of October each Thursday at 1.30pm from the Museum in Melrose Square. The last Old Melrose Walk of the 2014 season is led by Ian Skinner onMonday, October 6.



At the September meeting a minute’s silence was held for the late Ena Pow who died in the summer at Teviothead.

Margory Gavin entertained with a tale of rags to riches, relating the saga of the Balmer family. Enid Cruickshank gave the vote of thanks.

Competition for best Common Riding photo: 1. Chris Nicol, 2. Ann Reid, 3. Pat Jarvis, 4. Margaret Armstrong.



There was a good turnout of members and visitors at the September meeting when Becky Thomson talked on her visit to the Wall of China and her sister Kate spoke about a visit to Malawi. Linda Fleming gave the vote of thanks.

Competition winners were: Visitors Truffles – 1st Nancy Jardine, Broomlands, 2nd Isobel Cockburn, Yetholm. Foreign Post Card 1st Betty Mallen, Yetholm, 2nd Nancy Jardine, Broomlands and 3rd Dianna Tweedie, Towford. Members Truffles – 1st Nancy Anderson, 2nd Catherine Mabon, 3rd Margaret Blackmore. Post Card 1st Margaret Blackmore, 2nd Nancy Anderson, 3rd June Bell.

A committee meeting is arranged for September 30 at 7pm.

Tattie Dig

Thirteen people took part in the tattie dig competition – 1st Hugh Thomson, 96lb, 2nd Jock Cessford, 94lb, 3rd Tom Culbertson, 63lbs. Tattie in pail – 45 pails weighed in – 1st Greg Cessford, 9lbs 6oz, 2nd Bruce Burton, 8lbs 13oz, 3rd Sheila Fox, 6lbs 8oz.

Flower Show

This will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday (September 20). Doors open to public at 3pm. Entries to Helen Cessford by today.

Coffee morning

The annual Macmillan coffee morning will be held in the Institute on Saturday, September 27 at 10.30am. Admission £1. Donations welcome.


Coffee morning

The Old People’s Welfare committee held a successful coffee morning in aid of the elderly folk of the village, with £470 raised.

The money will be mainly used to fund the welfare car service on the many trips to hospital appointments and social visiting. The committee have had a huge increase in demand lately, with as many as 34 requests in one month.

The group also fund two outings a year which are very popular, and the committee would like to thank everybody who helped.

Beautiful Scotland

The floral group has won the small village trophy at the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards. Sabet and Norman Anderson from the village group attended the ceremony and were presented with the trophy and a silver gilt medal certificate.



At the September meeting, Ian Oliver presented an inspiring display of his photographs of Teviotdale and beyond. He also shared some useful tips on how to achieve the best from whatever cameras members had, from mobile phone camera to the more sophisticated SLR models.

Competitions: Photograph (View of Teviotdale) – 1 Caroline Tullie, 2 Julia Templeman 3 Mary Irving. Jar of Chutney – 1 Trish Kirkpatrick 2 Julia Templeman 3 Betty Rennie.

The next meeting will be the AGM on October 7, when Debbie Lyons will be demonstrating skin care by Neil’s Yard. Members are reminded to bring their voting papers for the 2015 committee.

The competitions will be Ideas for the Syllabus and Painted Nails.



At the September meeting President Mary Redburn welcomed members before introducing guest, Marjory Ten nent, of Gilmanscleuch Farm, Ettrick, who specialises in making hats and fascinators.

Lorna Dickson gave the vote of thanks. Members then enjoyed their supper and the monthly competition was judged. Competition winners: Funny Postcard –1 Janette Corcoran, 2 Mary Redburn, 3 Morag Sharp.

The next meeting will be on October 2 at 7pm in Newtown Community Wing.New members welcome.


Film Night

The film on show this month is the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovitch. The film is rated 12.

The event is is being held at the usual time of 7.30pm, tomorrow night (September 19). Bring a cushion.


Flower show results

Gardens: vegetable garden – Jim Kirkness, ornamental garden – Derek and Ann Wood, hanging baskets – William Hill. Vegetables: most points, potatoes, best collection – Jim Mercer. Cut flowers: most points, dahlias – Jim Mercer, roses – Jim Kirkness, chrysanthemums – Joan Wilson. Floral Art – Sandra Fullerton. Baking, preserves – Margaret Smith. Handicrafts – Pam Anderson and Joanna Kent. WRI – Anne Wood. Juniors: High school – Caitlin Donaldson and Maya Thomson, Channelkirk School – 
Ella Hamilton, nursey– 
Cobey Burne, children’s handicrafts – Rory Gibb. Family trophy –Anderson. Best in show – Kate Hankey (basket 
of vegetables for kitchen 

Coffee morning

Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held on September 26 in the War Memorial Hall, from 10am-noon.


Coffee morning

Coffee @ the Kirk will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at 10.30am -11.30am. Tea, 
coffee and delicious home baking are on offer. All welcome.
St Boswells

Climate change

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets worldwide on Sunday (September 21) to pressure world leaders into taking urgent action on global warming.

As a small act of support for this march whose goal is to mobilise the largest climate change gathering in history, there will be an event on the Green at 2.30pm on Sunday – a big drum stramash – to which all are invited – bring your own drum. The film, Disruption, will be shown in the church hall at 3.30pm.



See Newmills.



The next service at Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, September 28.



The service on Sunday will be at 10am in Walkerburn Public Hall.



Yarrowford Village Hall is holding a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of the cancer charity on Friday, September 26, from 10am-4pm. Soup, homebaking, tombola, and sales table will be on offer.



The defibrillator in Town Yetholm is now situated at Gibson’s Garage.


The community council is looking for a new secretary. Anyone interested should contact Susan Stewart for more information (email: j.stewart134@btinternet.com).


Prelude Music Group will hold a concert in Wauchope Hall on Saturday (September 20), at 7.30pm. Entry £6.

Quiz Nights

The season starts on Wednesday, September 24, at 8pm. Proceeds to NSPCC and Caroline Raw’s Great North Run.

Village lunch

On September 25, at noon in Wauchope Hall. Entry £3 50. in aid of playgroup