District news December 16


Weather: Rain fell on just about every day during the first part of November with the highest level of 15mm recorded on the 11th. The 24th saw the first snowfall which continued most days up to the 30th, with the total amounting to 14in. For the month the total rainfall and snowmelt amounted to 5.24in.


PARISH CHURCH: On Sunday there will be a service at 10am, conducted by the Rev Marion Dodd. The church will also be open from 11am-6pm for quiet reflection. Lifebuilder will take place in church at 7pm. A carol service will be held on Wednesday at 2pm in Hanover Close.

CHURCH VACANCY: The nominating committee has invited the Rev Julie Woods as sole nominee for the vacancy of Earlston. It is proposed that she will preach in the church at 10am on January 9.


SOCIAL: Mulled wine and mince pie Christmas social evening on Tuesday from 7.30pm – donations at the door.


ROTARY: A smaller than usual group of Rotarians turned up at the Kingsknowes Hotel last week when snow was making travel difficult. The speaker was Brian Lawson, captain of the 3rd Galashiels Boys’ Brigade which is attached to St Peter’s Scottish Episcopal Church while most companies are attached to the Church of Scotland. Plans are continuing for the club’s Christmas dinner and Christmas Eve carol service at 7.30pm round the tree in Bank Street Gardens. A collection will be taken for Mary’s Meals.

PROBUS: Members enjoyed a talk from sports journalist David Ferguson, covering his career starting at the Berwickshire News, via The Southern Reporter to the Scotsman where he now reports on Scottish rugby. He gave us an insight into the PR of the SRU. He lamented the decline in interest in club rugby and made a strong plea for more resources to support the grass roots. Emphasising the need for trust and relationships within communities, he warned about the future effects of the internet and the current recession hitting all sports. The next meeting will be at 10.30am on January 13 in the George and Abbptsford Hotel, Melrose.


OLD TIME DANCING: Tonight is the old time dancing party with Neil Hardie, starting at 7.30pm. Bring and share supper with mulled wine.

Carol singing: There will be carols round the Christmas tree with Salvation Army Captain Carol Skenc and Jedforest Instrumental Band on Monday at 7pm.

Games Night: A family games night will be held on Wednesday December 29 at 6.30pm.

Hogmanay: Tickets for the Hogmananay Party with Gordon Brown are on sale until tomorrow. More details from the community hotline 01835 863604


PROBUS: Ladies were invited to the meeting at Spinners preceding the club’s Christmas lunch. The speaker was Michael Patterson from Borders Care and Repair in Selkirk, a service provided by Eildon Enterprise and Scottish Borders Council to assist homeowners over 60 with everyday problems of maintenance on the domestic scene.

ROTARY: The Christmas draw was made for the £100 Morrison’s voucher and was won by Heather Taylor who, by coincidence, was dining in the hotel, so came to accept her prize. The sum of £480 was raised at the event for local charitable causes. Speaker for the evening was Mark Graham, Hawick, who told of his trip to Chile in July with the Borders Exploration Group, assisted by Ron Sutherland who was a team leader. The educational trip, for people aged 16 to 25, was to Santiago then out to Los Coipus where they renovated community buildings damaged in earthquakes. Next stop was the Atacama Desert and Moon Valley where American astronauts trained for their moon landing. Death Valley was visited for the geysers and hot springs. They also visited the Lascar volcano at 18,000 feet. It was onwards to Valparaiso and then home. Next year’s president is Liz Wood, with Tommy Mulvee vice-president.


CHURCH: A family service will be held on Sunday in Innerleithen Church at 10.30am.At 2pm, E-Notes will be performing their Christmas production, The Angry Hotel Lady, in Innerleithen Church. Admission will be by collection and all proceeds donated to the children in Thondwe, the twinned parish in Zomba, Malawi. St Ronan’s House Christmas service will take place at 4pm.

QUIZ NIGHT: A fun quiz night will be held in Innerleithen Union Club on Wednesday 29 December 29 at 7pm. Organised by the Ex-Standard Bearers Association the event is open to all over 18 and teams of four are invited to enter. There will be cash prizes.


CAROLS: The Christmas carol service supported by Jedburgh Rotary Club will take place in St John’s Church on Sunday at 3.30pm.Among those reading will be Provost Harvey Oliver and club president Ken Fotheringham.The service will be conducted by the Rev David Dalglish, the rector. Organist is Ted Ferguson. Transport from Milfield will be arranged by Rotarians. The final carol service will be for Epiphany on January 9 at 10.30am.

Rotary Club: The grayling fishing competition scheduled for last Saturday was postponed because of dangerous underfoot conditions. It will be rescheduled as soon as the weather permits. – watch the club website www.jedburghrotary.co.uk. The club has an eBay shop and will sell items on behalf of individuals. Receipts will be shared by agreement and any profits made by the club will be added to its charity account. Phone Jedburgh Rotary eBay shop. In the next round of the Rotary district quiz, the club looks forward to meeting its Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair counterparts at home. Starting from the January 6, meeting, the club will revert to a 6pm start .

Bridge Club: November 22 – N/S – 1, A. and R. Stewart; 2, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; 3, M. Forsythe and P. Harris; E/W – 1, D. Gray and D. Cessford; 2, G. Young and N. Porter; 3, D. and A. Wilson. December 6 – N/S – 1, J.Tait and I. Weir; 2, M. Purdie and O. Whillans; 3, D. and A. Wilson; E/W – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2, K. Jackson and D. Cairns; D. Gray and D. Cessford.

Disco: The pool Christmas disco, a fun evening for children, is tomorrow, 6.30-8.30pm. All under-eights must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Tickets on sale at the pool.

Christmas Card Competition: Pupils from Howdenburn and Parkside Primary Schools entered the Ccompetition to design the Jedburgh Churches Together Christmas card, which is distributed to all Jedburgh homes with details of all the Christmas services. The judges, led by Helen Tyler, were most impressed with the high standard of the entries and thanks are due to all who took part. The winner was Cameron Clamp, primary six, Howdenburn School, who edged in front of Fraser Jack, primary four, Parkside School. .

Messy Church: Messy Church, which was postponed from December 11, will now take place on Saturday at 10.30 in the St John’s Centre in the Pleasance. This month’s theme is Messy Christmas and we welcome all primary age children accompanied by an adult. After the family meal, a short crib service will be held in St John’s Church and the children will help to decorate the Christmas tree.

winter weather: The Rector of St John’s Church, the Rev David Dalglish, would like to pay tribute to the small band of dedicated members who kept the church open daily for prayer. During the past couple of weeks, candles have been lit and prayers said daily for the elderly, frail and those confined to home through illness. Prayers have also been said for the emergency services, council and health workers and all who have ensured that life has been able to do on in Jedburgh and surrounding areas. Not forgetting all those good neighbours.


MARKET: Kelso farmers’ market will be held in The Square on Saturday, 9.30am-1.30pm.

THURSDAY GROUP: The group meeting was cancelled for the third week running. The spring session opens on January 13. Syllabuses are available and will be sent to all members. For more information, phone Isabel on 01573 224753.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the St Mirren game leaves The Square at 11am. Tickets available from Jim on 01573 226240.

PARTY: Tomorrow sees the Yetholm Dry Bar Christmas disco party at 7.30pm (doors open 7.15pm) in the Youth Hall. Tickets available on the door.


Probus: President George Turner who informed the 25 members at the Eskdale Hotel meeting that all the arrangements were in place for the Christmas lunch at Craigburn Farmhouse. Guest speaker Jack Rae talked on the Remap charity which designs and constructs aids for handicapped people, and promotes closer liaison between the engineering and caring professions. He illustrated his talk with pictures of case studies, and explained that Remap costs were kept low at approximately £250,000 and it had more than 2,000 active volunteers. The charity deals with about 4,000 cases a year – about 75 per cent are for clients under 18.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Crowds braved the cold to gather in the Market Place for the Christmas lights switch-on. After the Christmas tree had been blessed by the Rev Scott McCarthy, the countdown began. As Santa hit the plunger, the tree burst into light. Billy Young was compere before the switch-on there were Christmas songs from the local Stage Youth Theatre. The town and pipe bands played earlier. The afternoon entertainment began with the Barracudas steel band leading Santa round the town in his sleigh. There was a Christmas market with fundraising stalls and crafts in David Street, but most of the dancing entertainment was called off because of ice. Lights committee chairman Betty Harkness praised the committee and volunteer helpers, and made special mention of Chip Grieve who had turned up with his digger to clear large areas of snow and ice.


Lauderdale Library: The library will be closed over Christmas and New Year. The last opening will be 2-4pm on Tuesday and it will re-open 10am -12 on January 8


TRIMONTIUM: The forthcoming Allan Wilson book on finds in the central Borders has interesting sidelines on life under the Romans, for example, animal remains. In particular four types of horse were identified. There were forest ponies, like modern Exmoor and Shetland types; Arab-like ponies, possibly imported from Spain or North Africa; horses comparable to modern racehorses and cross breeds.

CHURCH: Bowden Kirk was closed for the third Sunday in a row, snow this time having affected the heating. The baptism of Louisa Dickson was transferred to Melrose, despite water coming in there.

Activities: Today – choir practice and church decoration; Saturday – 3pm, Bowden village gathering; Sunday: – services at Bowden at 9.30am and Melrose at 11am (wear something red) followed by a celebratory Queen’s Chaplain’s lunch; 6.30pm, Bowden carol singing; Tuesday – Melrose PS Christmas service at 9.30am and coffee/mince pies after; Christmas Eve – Christingle service at 6pm with, at 11.15pm, a watchnight service (volunteer readers, 01896 823339).


PARTY: Yetholm Dry Bar Christmas disco party is tomorrow at 7.30pm (doors open 7.15pm) in the Youth Hall. Tickets available on the door.


CHRISTMAS FAIR: Stow and Heriot Churches’ postponed Christmas fair will be held in the Town Hall on Saturday, 10am-noon.

St Boswells

Poppy Appeal: St Boswells Royal British Legion branch thanks all the commercial premises and the primary school for displaying the Poppy appeal collection tins. The total raised was £669.95.


SERVICE: Traquair Kirk will host a traditional carol service at 7pm on Christmas Eve.


CAROLS: Sunday’s carol singing round Walkerburn starts at 5.30pm, arriving at the rugby club at 7pm for A Christmas Thought and Reflections.


PARTY: Tomorrow sees the Yetholm Dry Bar Christmas disco party at 7.30pm (doors open 7.15pm) in the Youth Hall. Tickets available on the door.

HISTORY SOCIETY: ln spite of a bitterly cold evening there was a reasonable attendance at the Border Hotel for the Christmas dinner. After the meal, guest speaker David Grant from Sprouston recited poems and ballads to an enthusiastic audience.

CHRISTMAS TREES: Yetholm Community Council has organised Christmas trees for the village greens in Town Yetholm and Kirk Yetholm. With their blue and white lights they look particularly attractive in the wintry conditions.

CHILDRENS PARTY: There is still time to get tickets from the Village Shop for the Christmas Party in the Wauchope Hall on Sunday, 4- 6pm. Father Christmas is due to appear so it get there in good time!

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Carols will be sung around the Christmas Tree on Town Yetholm Green next Thursday at 7pm. Perhaps there will be mulled wine to add to the occasion. There will also be carols at the kirk service at 10am.The Christmas Day service will be at Yetholm this year at 11 am.