District News December 5



The business meeting heard that members Molly Marshall, Margaret Taylor, Janice Palmer and Olive Hogg were very successful at the SWRI Federation Show in Kelso. The following office bearers were elected: President Margaret Taylor; secretary Liz Ramsay; vice-president Adele Richardson and treasurer Olive Hogg. The rock bun competition results: 1, Teela Ferguson; 2, Ann Reid; 3, Lilian Athey. The points competition for the year was won by Elaine Turnbull. New members and visitors are always welcome at any of the meetings.


Camera Club

Members enjoyed a practical session courtesy of Selkirk wedding and commercial photographer Kevin Greenfield. Kevin demonstrated the effects of increasing the number, and moving, light sources, as well as camera set up. Members were able to experiment with a range of setups and lighting. The competition – An Outdoor Event – was judged by Kevin. Digital: 1, Dougie Oliver; 2, Helen Pugh-Cook; 3, Angela Jewell. Print: 1, Helen Pugh-Cook; 2, Adam Drummond; 3, Adam Drummond.

Parish Church

Sunday’s service at 10.15am will be conducted by Reverend JulieWoods. There will be a Time to Remember Service at 2.30pm the same day for those who have been bereaved or find this time of year difficult. The Congregational Board meets on December 12 at 7.30pm inthe church hall lounge.

Lights switch-on

Earlston Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Sunday (December 8). At 5pm Santa and the band will leave from the east end of the village, arriving at the square at 5.15 where they will play for 15 minutes before the Rev Julie Woods will give a Christmas message. At 5.35pm primary school pupils will sing carols, followed by a thank you to sponsors. The Lights will be switched on by a mystery guest at 6pm.


Christmas Bazaar

The War Memorial Hall is hosting a Christmas Bizarre on Saturday, December 14, from 10am- 2pm. There will be fantastic gift ideas as well as the opportunity to purchase local crafts and fresh produce. Highlights of the day include jewellery, women’s clothing and accessories, homemade chocolates, shortbread and Body Shop goods, household/garden accessories, cards, books, and there will also be a fishmonger offering fresh local produce. There will be a raffle in aid of hall funds and the Poppy Coffee House will be open for refreshments, light lunches, scones and cakes. Entry to the event is by silver collection.

Poppy House

The Poppy Coffee House is holding a special Christmas menu evening tomorrow (December 6) from 7-10pm. Booking essential.

Welly Walk

The committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the Autumn Welly Walk in October. The sum of £361 was raised and will be split equally between Children 1st and Greenlaw War Memorial Hall. As part of this fundraising event, a design a cupcake competition was held and the winners were announced on Friday. They each had their design made into a real cupcake. The winners were: Aged five ive and under – Lexi Baxter; six to eight years – Melissa Foster and nine and over – Thomas Nairn.


Band concert

A feast of seasonal music is on offer from St. Ronan’s Silver Band at their Christmas concert to be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 14, at 7.30pm. Under the direction of Chris Bradley, the concert will feature an exciting selection of pieces from the band’s repertoire, including a host of festive favourites. The Future Band will also make a welcome appearance in the programme. Tickets cost £6 (£5 for senior citizens/under 16s) and can be obtained from Adam’s Bakery and the Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, Robb’s KeyStore in Peebles, by calling 01896 831721 or email: KJBelleville@aol.com. There will be a bar available at the concert. Anyone in the Innerleithen area who requires transport should contact Elma on 01896 830577.


The children of St. Ronan’s Primary School are about to present their annual Christmas show, Cinderella and Rockerfella. This is a musical in the style of a pantomime and will be performed in the school on Wednesday, December 11, at 6.30pm and Thursday, December 12, at 1.30pm and again at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and are available from the school office. Call 01896 830349. All welcome.

Parish Church

The morning service will be at 11.30am. For Switched on Sunday there will be carol singing round the tree at the Memorial Hall at 5pm.


Thursday Group

At the last meeting, members were given an excellent account from Mary Craig of the medieval slave trade across Europe. She told how 10-year- old children were taken in Scotland for sale in the slave markets of Constantinople – the girls for house servants and prostitutes, the boys for an elite fighting corps. Today Matilda Mitchell talks about donating one of her kidneys. The meeting is at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

Quilters meet

Abbey Quilters will have their Christmas meeting on Tuesday, December 10, at 7pm in the Abbey Row Centre. Members are asked to take their mug as usual, as well as two individually wrapped fat quarters and also items for Show and Tell. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414 or Sandra Kinnoch on 01835 850324.

Border Abbeys

An open meeting of the Four Border Abbeys U3A group is on Monday, December 9, at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club. The monthly meeting will be the Christmas Social and refreshments will be available.


Christmas fayre

There was plenty festive fun in the Buccleuch Centre last Sunday when the Christmas Fayre attracted a good crowd. Folk enjoyed browsing round a wide variety of stalls that included such things as festive cards and decorations, soft toys, photographs, paintings, jams, jewellery, plants and wreaths, make -up and hair treatment. There was a tombola stall run by the Probus Club, and the Rotary Club was selling raffle tickets for international charities.

Probus Club

Vice president Irving Stuart was standing in for president Jack Rae at the Probus Club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel. He welcomed 27 members and two guests. Speaker Mike Taudevin’s subject was Magic Squares. He explained that he would only speak for seven minutes and if hard pressed would carry on for a further seven. Mike then went on to explain that his interest in mathematical puzzles dated from when he was 15 years old. After handing out papers and pencils, the members followed his examples from his flip chart of a 9 x 9 matrix filled according to the Knights move method, to be filled to arrange the numbers so that in all directions the rows added up to nine. The speaker’s easy style coupled with anecdotes from his early days in teaching, meant he moved into his second period without anyone looking at their watches. He then proceeded to a 25 square matrix and used the parts of the Union Flag in his template, which left some of the members a bit bamboozled. In his vote of thanks, Willie Friell said it was entertainment, as much as a demonstration of mathematical puzzles, and the time just flew past, and the 14 minutes predicted were well exceeded, much to the members delight.


WRI talk

At the annual general meeting, members welcomed back pupils from Earlston High School who spoke about their time spent in Peru. Competition: a Christmas invitation card – 1, Clare Milne; 2, Ruth Scoular. The cups for most competition entries and most points collected over the year were won by Margaret Fairburn and Ruth Scoular. The next meeting is on December 11 with a talk on Christmas wreaths and table decorations by Linda Riddell, plus Secret Santa and Christmas goodies.


Christmas lights

Festive fun comes to Lauder on Saturday with the switching on of the Christmas lights. The event takes place between 5.30 pm and 7.30pm at the Town Hall and the church.Santa Claus will switch on the lights at 7pm with fun laughter and entertainment for all the family. Entertainment includes the church soloist, a magician, Oli and Gus, the Lauderdale Choir, JT Tunes and Selkirk Junior Band. There will be mulled wine and mince pies and L.A.D.S. in costume. The following shops will be open – Spotty Dog with wine and cheese; Powder Grey and Bank House. There will be competitions and a raffle – see posters for full details.


Cancer concert

The third Borders CLIC Sargent Christmas Carol Concert, which raises money for children and families affected by cancer, takes place in Melrose Parish Church on Tuesday, December 10, at 7pm. There will be a live Nativity, and the choirs of St Mary’s School and Melrose Primary School will perform, along with the Marek Was family ensemble. Mince pies will be on offer and tickets, priced £10, are available from Maid by Marion or at the door.


Liddesdale Ladies

A successful coffee morning was run by the Liddesdale Ladies Amenities Group (LLAGs) in the village hall last Saturday which raised an excellent £602. The baking stall and tombola were kept busy, and there were nearly new clothes and other items in the supper room. There was also a good raffle, and the winner of the hamper was Doris Stephen, and Billy Thompson guessed the correct birthday of the doll. The money raised will go towards the upkeep of the Christmas lights in the village.


The Old People’s Welfare Group in the village has won the Lloyds Banking Award for 2013 and will receive £3,000.The group are grateful to everyone who voted for them and the money going into the funds will enable them to continue helping the elderly people of the community to enjoy life as much as possible. Discussions will be held by the committee to consider how the money can be used for the benefit of the older generation in as many ways as possible.


Sunday service

Sunday’s service at Traquair Church takes place at 10am.



The next Sunday church service in Walkerburn Public Hall is on December 15 at 10am.


Village hall

Westruther Village Hall is hosting a Christmas Fayre on Friday, December 6, at 7pm. Entry is £1 and 20p for children under 10. Entry includes light refreshments. There will be stalls selling crafts, cakes, cards, and everything for Christmas. Santa will be there with his sack (£1 charge per child). It is all in aid of hall funds – do pop along and enjoy a fun evening.



Members of the local SWRI enjoyed a talk by Elma Hendrie on her teaching career, starting with the teachers who had inspired her through to her time teaching at Galashiels Academy and Selkirk High School. Mrs Hendrie was thanked by Evelyn Horsburgh The competitions were judged as follows: favourite necklace – 1, Linda Bradshaw; 2,Jean Scott: Hand written verse of Burns – 1,Betty Fraser; 2, Margaret Robinson. The raffle was won by Hannah Young.


Book launch

Yetholm has a new author.Roddy Murray is having a novel published by Amazon Books and the village offers its congratulations. There is to be an official launch at Yetholm Village Shop courtesy of proprietors Roy and Barbara Maltby. All are invited between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday, December 8.

Art exhibition

Once again Trish Duncan of Yewtree Bank, Yetholm, is organising an art exhibition for Christmas. It will be held at EPTAS Arts, 25 Horsemarket, Kelso. It opens at 10 am on Saturday (December 7) and will be open daily except Sunday and Monday from 10am till 4.15pm. Everyone is welcome. On offer will be original paintings by local artists and other crafts. All proceeds for each item will go to a charity selected by the purchaser.

Whist drive

Everyone is invited to a Youth Hall Festive Whist Drive on Tuesday, December 10, at 7.30pm. Apart from the whist there will be a supper with a Christmas flavour.

Ogilvie supper

Last weekend there were two supper evenings in Eckford Village Hall celebrating the life and times of poet Will Ogilvie who began and ended his life in the Borders but spent much time in Australia. The evenings were of interest to Yetholm in that there were stunning photographs of the Bowmont Valley and the Cheviot Hills including a poem and photograph of Cocklafoot. There was also a full sequence devoted to Kirk Yetholm.

Janitor plea

Yetholm Primary School is on the lookout for a winter janitor to salt the car park and school paths. Duties will begin before the start of the school day at 7.30am. Anyone interested should phone the school on 01573 420363.

Charity fundraiser

All roads led to the Border Hotel last Thursday for the Christmas Craft Fair. Locals and those from further afield enjoyed a shopping day with refreshments. More than £200 was raised for charity and organisers Yetholm Community Council would like to thank all who attended and those who helped in any way.