District News - August 18


fundraiser: A village hall fundraiser will held on Saturday from 3pm – afternoon teas followed by raffle draw.


CHURCH: Sunday’s morning service was conducted in Caddonfoot Church by the Reverend Morag Dawson, and the lessons read by session clerk Anne Grieve. There are plans for a flower festival in the kirk on August 27 as part of the building’s 150th anniversary celebrations.


OPEN DAY and FUN DOG SHOW: Borders Animal Welfare Association is having its annual open day at Meadow Mill Park on August 28, noon-4pm, featuring guided tours around the rescue centre. Dog show categories include waggiest tail, prettiest bitch and best rescue. More details on www.bawa.org.uk or 01896 849090.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s 10am service will be conducted by the worship team. The congregational board meets on Monday at 7pm in the church hall lounge. The Reverend Julie Woods will preach at the induction of the new minister at Lauder next Thursday. Used stamps can be brought to the church for The World Mission Stamp 2011 Appeal, or give them to Jennifer Bryson.


SHOW: Edgerston Show will take place in the village hall on September 10 – doors open at 2pm. Entries will be accepted the previous evening and up to 11.30am on the day. Schedules are available in Dorritotts or from Kathryn Wylie on 01835 840246.

COMMITTEE: The village hall committee meets on September 1 at 7.30pm.


ROTARY: President Liz Wood welcomed members to last week’s meeting. In the absence of a speaker members broke up into their respective committees and discussed prospective plans. The foundataion committee of Gus Neilson will concentrate on Rotary’s End Polio Plus project and hold a film night at the Hub. Tommy Mulvee’s community and vocational committee will hold its annual Christmas draw at Morrisons in late November, continue with the Talking Hawick News for the blind/partially sighted, mock interviews at the high school, a St Andrew’s lunch and support the PSA concert programme in aid of Combat Stress. The international committee, under Sandy Bannerman, is holding a coffee morning next May, a quiz sheet would be distributed in September/October, a cheese and wine evening for the high school art and fashion department’s aim to provide a photocopier, and a long-term project to provide aqua-roll water barrels for Third World countries would be investigated. Members are to participate in the Come and Try exhibition in Wilton Lodge Park, with the emphasis on disaster/shelter/boxes on August 28.


COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Silver Band will hold its annual coffee morning on Saturday in the Vale Club, 10am-noon. The band, as well as performing outside the club, will undertake a 12-hour sponsored musical marathon on the same date, playing at various venues around the town.

HISTORIC WALK: Discover why some Innerleithen streets have famous London counterparts. Learn about the first purpose-built textile mill in the Borders. Visit the spa noted by Robert Burns and made famous by Sir Walter Scott. Catch glimpses of the power source that was once at the heart of industrial Innerleithen. Anyone interested can join guides from Innerleithen Community Trust at 2pm on Saturday outside the Memorial Hall and spend a couple of hours learning about the town’s past during a leisurely stroll.

OPERA YOUTH SECTION: Children aged eight-15 years are invited to join Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society youth section which will perform at the Musical Fun Day on September 17. The next rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, 6-7.15pm, in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street. Ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information. The fun day will be held in and around the Memorial Hall. The event starts at 10am with a coffee morning until noon and a craft fair will run from 10am-4pm. There will be live music from 2-3.30pm by the opera and youth section, plus St Ronan’s Future Band. From 1-5pm, there will be a bouncy castle, inflatable climbing wall, bowls, face-painting, mini assault course and story-telling. A musical night featuring the opera and youth section, Tweeddale Folk Group and Spoonthrift runs from 7-10pm. Tickets are available from Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street. Phone 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.

GAMES COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on Wednesday at 7pm in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road.

AGMS: The annual meeting of St Ronan’s Silver Band will be held on August 27 at Innerleithen Mains at 6.30pm. This will be followed 30 minutes later by the St Ronan’s Tattoo Committee AGM.

FLOWER SHOW: Innerleithen Flower Show is on September 4 in the Memorial Hall at 2pm. Items for the event should be handed in to the Memorial Hall the previous evening or before 10am on the day.

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

FUN RUN: St Ronan’s Border Games committee is organising a fun run to be held on September 18. Participants will leave from Hall Street at 10am, going to Walkerburn and back in a circular route. Sponsor forms are available from the Whistlestop Café, St Ronan’s Primary School or by phoning 01896 870316. The event is open to all ages with prizes for winners and certificates for all entrants. Children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. Proceeds will go towards the organisation of Games Week 2012.

BRIGADOON: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon from March 26-31. Rehearsals begin on September 28 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.15pm. New members welcome. Ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.

CHURCH: On Sunday there will be services in Innerleithen Church Hall (11.30am) and St Ronan’s House (4pm).


St John’s Church: It was a busy weekend for the congregation, with several members venturing out on the Jedburgh Churches Together outing to Nunraw Abbey and North Berwick. The bus broke down, but a relief vehicle was provided with only an hour’s delay. The day finished with a short service in the Abbey Church, North Berwick, led by the Reverend Astles, with Ken Fotheringham mastering the organ. On Sunday it was the 167th anniversary of the dedication of St John’s Church, together with the Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the rector leading the worship.

Church Bazaar: This annual event in the town hall will take place on Bank Holiday Monday (August 29), 9.30am-3pm.

Rotary: A major undertaking will be the funding of a talking book for the blind. This will require a substantial sum of money which led members on to consider fundraising. The eBay shop continues to raise revenue and the club is encouraging people to continue to make donations for the shop. Members have bought another Aquabox and will begin to fill it with items for emergency use, such as hand tools and cleaning stuffs. However, the main use of the Aquabox is to provide large amounts of filtered water safe for drinking by people in disaster zones.

DANCING: Enrolment for Highland dancing classes takes place on Wednesday, 5-6pm, in the Kenmore hall, the same venue hosting western line dancing classes which resume on August 31, 2.15-3.15pm. Enquiries to Molly on 01450 870042.


ROTARY: Members were inspired last week by the fundraising activity of the Reverend Duncan McCosh of Galashiels. His collection of recyclable milk bottle tops from primary schools are sold to a local company. The funds received provide a flow of income towards the provision of equipment for the planned palliative care unit to be located at Borders General Hospital. The final product from the bottle tops becomes the outer casing for fibre optic cables, and the diversion of the bottle caps to this end – rather than being thrown away with household waste – can also help to reduce the landfill taxes paid by Scottish Borders Council. Assistant district governor Adam Borwick provided a motivational overview of the plans set by Kelso, with feedback from all of the committee chairs on current activity.

BRIDGE CLUB: August 10 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Brian Saywood and Ken Ross; 2, Helen Eccles and Mary Lindsay; 3, Lee Leeson and Alastair Ireland; E/W – 1, Beth Stark and Rena Stewart; 2, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 3, Ian Watson and Jack Moffat. August 11 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Alison and Alastair Ireland; 2, Diana Alkin and Lynda Douglas; 3, Brian Saywood and Evelyn Erskine; E/W – 1, Christine McCreath and Kitty Home-Robertson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jean Gall and Rena Stewart.


Church: James Griggs will be ordained and inducted as the new minister for Channelkirk and Lauder next Thursday in Lauder Church at 7pm.


CHURCH: Activities – the church fete raised more than £1,000 for projects; Saturday sees the charity golf tournament (details from church office); Smartie tube fundraising is ongoing; shoebox appeal details available; Sunday’s services are at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).

Trimontium: The Tuesday Trimontium walk had a jolly half dozen taking part on a dry day, while the Thursday walkers (a Belgian family) faced up to the elements and certainly enjoyed their tea. Ian Brown’s shorter Sunday afternoon walk round the site, with a Dutch family and some locals, encouraged two people to take out membership of the Trimontium garrison. He has two more Sundays to go (the longer Tuesday walks also stop at the end of the month) and will be at the Newstead milestone at 2pm on Sunday and August 28 for anyone who cares to turn up. members went to Sprouston on its sweetpea centenary day and met up with Colin Martin, the famous Sprouston minister’s grandson, a distinguished archaeologist now retired from St Andrews University, whose aerial photograph of Trimontium fort in the summer of 1984 adorns the back cover of Walter Elliot’s award-winning The Trimontium Story. Mr Elliot is working on Divining for Archaeology, which will let members into many hidden gems, including a settlement, beside a Borders village, of ‘earth houses’ with underground storage spaces for food, the equivalent of the ‘root cellars’ in the American mid-west before the days of refrigeration.


Festival Week: The coffee evening held in the institute raised about £280. Winner of the number of sweets in jar contest was Brenda McNulty and the lucky number winner for a box of sweets was Dorothy McNulty. There was a quiz in the Templehall Lounge on the same night when runners-up were Edwin, Jane, Matthew and Kirsty Farr, while Danielle McNulty, John Wight, Ben Stenhouse and David Lang emerged triumphant. From the proceeds of the quiz a donation of £100 is to go to the festival week. A camera club exhibition made approximately £210. The overall points trophy for the year was presented to Dick Warren. Winner of the Tuesday night pool competititon held in the Templehall was Ben Stenhouse, with the runner-up Garry Mabon. Wednesday – whist – ladies – 1, Jenny; 2, Ruth Tokely; 3, Dot Lee; 4, Betty Fleming; 5, Florence Dalgleish; gents – 1, Violet Lesenger; 2, M. Hogg; 3, A. Hogarth; 4, Ella Young; 5, R. Buchanan. Dominoes – 1, Sarena Cook; 2, Amber Goodall; 3, Leona. Thursday – teddy bears’ picnic – 1, Issac Girvan with Ted; 2, Tilly Bourne with Belle; 3, Jenny Thomson with Snookie. Egg hunt – 1, Tilly Bourne; 2, Issac Girvan; 3, Jenny Thomson. Beetle drive – 1, Robyn Gold; 2, Amber Goodall; 3, Kym Cessford. Pet show – large dog – 1, Sarena Cook and Flash; 2, Alice Little and Savage; 3, Callum Banks and Minskie; small dog – 1, Giulliana Di Lorenzo and Holly; pet other than dog – 1, Matthew Little and two chicks; 2, Lucy, Emma and Jenny Thomson and Tigger the cat; 3, Angela Cook and Snowflake the rabbit; rescued pet – 1, Collan McCallum and Mythos (cricket); 2, Agnela Cook and Rusty (rabbit); 3, Emma, Lucy and Jenny Thomson and Tigger (cat); owner most like pet – 1, Callum Banks and Milly (dog); 2 (equal), Celia Kimber and Tina (dog), Tamara Cook and Softy (rabbit); 3 (equal), Sarena Cook and Flash (dog), Stuart Banks and Minskie. Friday – fancy dress – children seven and under – 1, Matthew Little (Dalek); 2, Sasha Jackson (Mr Tickle); 3, Sam Johnston (Harry Hill); children eight-16 – 1, Robyn Gold (Sunflowers); 2, Dan Gold (The Wanted); 3, Emily Savage (Disco Diva); children’s groups – 1, Thomsons and Mallen (Oor Wullie); 2, Girvan Family (One Man and his Dog and a Sheep); 3, Alice Little and Suzy Thomson (Chalk and Cheese); individual adults – 1, Helen Cessford (Miss Sweet Pea); 2, Louise Bryce (Supermum); 3, Lucy Savage (Bookworm); mixed groups – 1, The Village Shop assistants (Morebattle Shop and Post Office); 2, Cessfords and Johnston (Big Fat Gypsy Wedding); 3, Cook family (Morebattle St Trinian’s hockey team); best overall – Morebattle Shop and Post Office. Scarecrow competition – 1, Fiona Brownlee (Nice Girl where’s my Sailor); 2, Helen Cessford (Miss Sweet Pea); 3, Margaret Blackmore, Emily and Lucy (In the Dog House).

Coffee Morning: The diabetic coffee morning will be held in the institute on Saturday at 10.30am.


MARKET: Lyne and Manor churches’ annual wayside market will take place at Meldonfoot House on Saturday. The event starts at 2pm.

OPEN DAY: Saturday sees an open day with taster sessions at the Gytes Centre. The event also includes a car boot sale and runs from 11am-3pm. Phone 01721 723688 for further details.

EXHIBITION: Buildings and Booty, an exhibition looking at local history through architecture and treasures, runs in the Chambers Room of the Tweeddale Museum from August 27 to March 19.

DISCUSSION: The Lowland Clearances, a discussion with journalist and broadcaster Andrew Cassell, takes place at the Eastgate Theatre on August 29, startIing at 7.30pm.


SUMMER FETE: The village’s annual summer fete will be held on Sunday at the village hall,11am-5pm. In conjunction with this event, Smailholm Tower is offering 20 per cent discount on entry.


SHOW: Southdean Show is on Saturday from 2pm.


GALAWATER HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Classes have resumed in Stow Town Hall on Wednedays, 2-3pm. Details on community website.


service: The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on August 28 at 10am.


SERVICE: There will be a service of worship in Walkerburn village hall at 10am on Sunday.


SHOW: Westruther Flower Show will be held at the village hall on Saturday, with entries to be submitted from 9.30-11.30am. Doors open to public at 2.30pm and presentation of cups at 3pm. Weather permitting, a bouncy castle and youth sports take place at 1.30pm.


SALE: There will be a table-top sale in the Wauchope Hall on Saturday, from 9am-4pm.Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Lynda by phoning 07787 778234. A raffle will also be run, the proceeds of which going to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

BOTTLE BANK: The village bottle bank at the entrance to the playing field is well used by village residents and others from further afield. But some are misusing it by dumping boxes and other debris alongside it. The community council is appealing to users to dispose of bottles and glass only, and a sign has been erected emphasising this.

THE FINEST PLACE: DVD sales of Yetholm The Finest Place have been going well and there has been another public showing. This time it was over the border at Kirknewton, near the home of the film’s director, Dorothy Sharpe. A few years ago she made a film of the area around Kirknewton and, in particular, the College Valley. The concerns raised in that production were almost identical to those in the Bowmont Valley.

GYMKHANA: The Yetholm Gymkhana is scheduled to start at 10am on Sunday at the Venchen Haugh. The event is being sponsored by Frank Gibson, The Garage, Yetholm. Proceeds from the event will go towards boosting the Great North Air Ambulance and village funds.

MYSTERY POST: An unusual wooden post painted yellow at the top has appeared on the Lower Village Green in Town Yetholm.Nobody seemed to know what it was – but all was revealed when Scottish Water workmen were in the area. lt appears a drain was blocking and it was thought the problem was being caused by tree roots. The investigation continues as the post marks the spot of a newly-installed underground camera.