District News digest November 19

Bonchester bridge


There will be a quiz in aid of the over-60s club on November 21 at 8pm in The Horse and Hound.

This year’s St Andrew’s concert on Friday, November 27, sees champion accordionist Leonard Brown, from Seahouses, top the bill, along with 2010 traditional singer of the year Joe Aitken, Kirriemuir. Also making a return appearance is Janet Weatherston, Edinburgh, and supporting acts will include tenor Bobby Hanlon, of Coldstream, and comedians Ernie Coe, Scots Gap, and Davie Scott, Duns. Traditional folk band Delta, from Musselburgh, complete the line-up, while funny man Eddie Milligan, of Birtley, is compere. Tickets £10 from event organiser Henry Douglas on 01450 860351.


Parish Church

Despite the rain, there was a good attendance in Caddonfoot Parish Church on Sunday when the service was conducted by Mr Roy Owen, from Selkirk.

The Bible was read by Fay Brydon and music was played by Andy and Catriona Bird.

In the World Council of Churches’ Prayer Cycle, prayers were said for the people of the Cameroon, Central African Republic and Equatorial New Guinea, as well as those at home, remembering the tragic events in Paris.



The annual Christmas craft fair in aid of United Parish Church funds took place in the village hall and raised nearly £2,000. There were around 16 stalls with a wide variety of goods on offer. The church also had stalls with baking and jams.


Wednesday Club

On Wednesday, November 11, instead of our usual club meeting, we all grabbed our purses and shopping bags and headed off on our pre-Christmas trip to Almondvale Shopping Outlet in Livingston. All had a great time and the bus was heavier coming home with all their shopping onboard. The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 25, and the competition is for a pair of earrings, so into your jewellery boxes everyone.

RBLS Coffee Morning

The ladies of the Earlston Women’s Section wish to thank the people of the town for their tremendous support at their coffee morning, in which they raised the wonderful sum of £701.

Parish Church

On Sunday, November 22, a Traditional Hymns Service will be held at 10.15am, conducted by Rev Julie Woods. The church Christmas card will be delivered soon. The Time to Remember Service will be Sunday, December 6, at 2.30 pm for anyone who has been bereaved and finds this time of year difficult.

Women’s group

On Friday, December 4, the Christmas meal will be held at Rhymer’s Tower Coffee Shop

at 7pm. A Secret Santa gift is optional and should be to the value of £3 to £5.


Fiddles concert

On Friday, November 20, at 7.30pm, the popular ceilidh band Riddle Fiddles will give a mixed concert of music in the village hall. Tickets – adults £6, youngsters £3 – are available from Linda on 01750 52257. A bar will operate from 7pm.

Interest talk

The next talk takes place at Kirkhope Parish Hall, Ettrickbridge, on Thursday, November 26, at 7.30pm. This month’s talk – The Vine Trust – is by Janice Whiteford and she will talk about the journey they took on the Amazon. helping others who needed medical aid.


Nursery trips

Glendinning Terrace Primary School Early Learning and Childcare Centre (nursery) youngsters continued their series of out-of-school visits with a trip to the town’s war memorial where they laid a paper poppy wreath which they had made themselves. The children can often be seen in their high-visibility jackets on their travels in the town and beyond. Recently, they have been on weekly sessions to the woods, a children’s Scottish Opera interactive taster event at the Mac-Arts centre, visit to the library and a train trip to visit Edinburgh’s Waverley station. The nursery received a number of “excellent” gradings during its latest inspection from the Care Inspectorate (including one for involving children in the local community).

Clef club

This month’s meeting was held at the Lucy Sanderson Hall. The flute and strings quartet of Heidi Goodship (flute), Ann Owen (violin), Robert Fraser (viola) and Karen Moore (cello) opened with JC Bach’s classically melodic Quartet in C Op 19 No 1. This was followed by an eclectic selection of six piano pieces by Sue Wilson, ranging from Thomas Arne to Ruby Holland. Jim Letham stepped in with a pair of Old American Songs from the collection of Aaron Copland: the hymn tune ‘At the river’ and the Shaker song ‘Simple Gifts’, a tasteful and fitting tribute to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. Linda Gray performed Handel’s Sarabande and Variation, then continued the Remembrance theme with Lachrimosa, from Mozart’s Requiem. Versatile performers Robert Fraser and Sue Wilson took to the floor again, this time with Robert on violin to perform five jazz pieces, including ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘Summertime’. Finally, Jim Letham and Anne Kerr performed three dances for piano duet, by Moskowski and Dvorak, to bring the evening to a close. For a full review or to find out more about the club, phone 07780 378590 or visit www/onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub.


The latest meeting was held in the Kingsknowes Hotel last Thursday and attended by 60 members. Stuart Scott, an award-winning wildlife photographer from Blainslie, gave members an illustrated talk on Borders wildlife. He was a prize-winner in 2014, winning the UK competition for Mammal Photographer of the Year and in 2015 was a finalist in the Scottish Wildlife Photographer Awards. Stuart also gives lessons to aspiring wildlife photographers and in the summer runs classes at Woodside Garden Centre, near Ancrum. The next Probus club meeting will be on November 26 in the Kingsknowes Hotel when Professor Chris Harvey will talk on ‘Scott the Man’.

Trinity Church

Roy Owen led in worship on Sunday, Dorothy Howden led in music and the choir opened the service with an introit.

Roy began the service by remembering the people of Paris and sending thoughts and prayers to those who had suffered as a result of the terrible events which took place there on Friday evening.

The Kidz Klub had made Christmas gift tags and these went on sale on Sunday after the service as a fund raiser for their activities. They were sold out, but there will be

more available on Sunday. The tags are priced at £2 for 10.

Also, on Sunday, November 22, at 2pm in the church, there will be a rehearsal for everyone involved with the Christmas show on Friday, December 18. The show is entitled ‘Who put the X Factor into Christmas’.

The Big Sing is being held in Trinity this year on Sunday, November 29, at 6.30pm in the church.

This event raises funds for Christian Aid and there will be rehearsals for this on Tuesday, November 24, at 7pm in the church. The first rehearsal took place on 17th, but if you missed it, you can still come along to the next one. Everyone who enjoys singing is welcome to participate.


Film and Video Group

Owing to a shortage of entries for the competitions evening, due to take place last Tuesday, the event was cancelled, but in its place, club president Henry Gray presented a series of short films as follows: ‘A Foggy Day’ but as visibility was poor, its running time was only 44 seconds. Next, ‘Lightpool’ which featured the famous annual illuminations display at Blackpool. The evening continued with two 30-minute films offering spectacular aerial views of Scotland, starting at Edinburgh in the east to the Isle of Staffa in the west. This was followed by a flight from the Isle of Skye to the summit of Ben Nevis, displaying the beauty of Scotland from a birds-eye point of view.

The meeting on November 24 will be a selection of films provided by the Scottish Association of Moviemakers (SAM).


Library cafe

Thirty-seven visitors enjoyed a selection of soup and cakes with hot drinks. One lady let slip it was her birthday – she was most impressed when everyone sang to her. The next cafe gatherings are December 1 (10.30am- 1pm) and January 12.


Gill Harrop, president, welcomed 21 members to a dinner at Teviot Smokery in celebration of the institute’s 87th anniversary, and gave a report of the institute’s successful and enjoyable participation in the recent Roxburghshire Federation Show.

The silver salver for highest aggregate of competition points was awarded to Lesley Abernethy, with runners-up being Rosie McDonald and Norma Wright.


Parish Church

The service in the parish church on Sunday, November 22 will be at 11.30am.


Bridge Club

Results, November 9: N/S – 1, M. Weightman & H. Long; 2, I, Weir & S. Graham; 3=, K. Jackson & P. Nichol and P. Harris & M. Fortune.

E/W – 1, D. Cessford & D. Gray; 2, R. Oates & S. West; 3, J. Urquart &J. Kyle.


Bridge Club

Results: Wednesday, November 11, Rose Bowl 3, N/S – 1, Mary & Nigel Lindsay; 2, Brian Saywood & Lee Leeson; 3, Alex Jeffrey & Ruth Mackay.

E/W – 1, Jean Bunyan & Val Fairbairn; 2, Ian & Eliz Ross; 3, Tricia Reynolds & John Urquhart.

Thursday, November 12, Children in Need, N/S – 1, Alison Darling & Mary Logan; 2, Avril Ronald & Donald Swanson; 3, Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson.

E/W – 1, David Harris-Burland & Sheila Urquhart; 2, Lynda Douglas & Dorothy Graham; 3, Eileen Hogarth & Paul Brooks.

Friends of Museum

The AGM and first talk took place on Wednesday, November 4. Derek Robeson was elected as chairman, Ruth Lyle took on the role of vice-chair, while the positions of treasurer and secretary were unchanged.

Isabel Gordon was thanked for standing in as chairman for the previous year and was wished well.

A presentation of a 1789 print of Kelso Abbey was given to Ken Nichol, who is leaving Kelso with his wife to live nearer their family in Nottingham.

Ken has been a very supportive member for many years and has served as chairman for two terms of office. Andrew Tulloch then gave an interesting talk on General Monk, The Royalist Republican.

The second talk took place on Wednesday, November 11, when Charles Burnett presented an excellent and informative talk on The Hanseatic League.

On Wednesday, November 25, Mary Craig will present The Pilgrim Routes.

Thursday Group

Brian Coulson used the different linguistic origins of place names to range over centuries of Scotland’s history and her peoples. Today, Malcolm Ross talks about the wildlife of East Africa at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre. Next week: medieval historian Mary Craig gives Border Bonnets for French Beauties.

Trade night

Floors Castle has extended an invite to all Scottish-based tour operators and destination management companies and looks forward to welcoming more than 35 operators to the castle on the evening of December 2, from 6-8pm. It’s a chance for them to see for themselves, the stunning architecture, explore the collection of fine art, porcelain and newly-restored tapestries, together with hearing about how the castle visitor attraction will work for their individual and group clients. Floors’ famous castle-made food will be served and they will also get the chance to meet businesses and partners such as Visit Kelso, The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Club, The Roxburghe Shooting School, Chez Roux and Johnston’s of Elgin Cashmere. Contact Louise Rattray on lrattray@floorscastle.com for further information


Community council

Margaret Sanderson has again been elected chairwoman of Langholm, Ewes and Westerkirk community council. John Galloway is the new vice-chairman and George Turner remains in post as treasurer.


Youngsters at Xcel youth club enjoyed a ghostly good Halloween party in the community centre. Around 40 children from Primary 4- 7 took part in a variety of games and activities on what was a most enjoyable night. Danny Hotson won the best dressed costume prize.



Meeting in Lauder Primary School last Tuesday, president Senga Towers welcomed a large turnout of members and visitors. Member Jane Thomson, who was employed as an NHS midwife and is now a community ambassador for the Breast Cancer Now charity, explained the different research programmes currently taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, while her assistant, Mike, carried out a power-point presentation. Christine Brandeschi, hostess for the evening, gave the vote of thanks. Competitions (judged by Jane) – decorated cup cakes – 1, Annette Holton, 2, Helen Lumsden, 3, Wendy Bryson; decorated bra – 1, Janet Laidlaw;,2, Mary Sked, 3, Sheila Hardie. Annette Holton and Sheila Hardie attended to the raffle. The next meeting is on December 8 in the school at 7.30pm. It will feature Anne Clark (ex-president of Lauder SWI) with Christmas flowers. Competitions – three assorted marzipan sweets and a favourite Christmas decoration.

Pop-up shop

If you missed artist Emma Herdman’s pop-up shop, she will be back on Sunday, November 22 in the reception area of the Black Bull Hotel.


Parish Church

There was autumnal rain for the services at Bowden and Melrose, where Hollie Olivia Catherine Maclean was christened amid family and friends and received a baptismal candle,lit from the church’s Easter candle, symbolising new life.

Working for peace was not confined to Remembrance Sunday. It was an ongoing task for us all in this Guild Week (Shirley Renton read the lesson) and every week.

Activities: Thursday, November 19 – Guild 2.30pm Jim Marshall organ recital/fundraiser for ‘Street Pastors’ project; Saturday, November 21 – SBAAG coffee morning, Corn Exchange; Sunday, November 22 – services, Bowden 9.30am Baptism; Melrose 11am Communion; church magazine deadline; Wednesday, November 25 – midweek service & lunch; Monday, Novemvber 30 – Abbotsford free family fun day; foodbank ongoing.

To alleviate the refugee crisis, many people have given large amounts of clothing etc, which is much appreciated.

In addition, the Melrose Christian Aid Group had a special collection which raised £2,025 for this cause.

The Melrose and Bowden congregation of all denominations have given generously and anyone else wishing to contribute should send their donations to: Melrose Parish Church, Weirhill, St Mary’s Road, Melrose. Please mark envelope ‘Refugee Crisis’.


During the ‘close’ season the 6,000 posters for the bedroom packs for the 2016 season have been printed and delivered to the distribution centre in Invernessshire and the 22,000 ‘flyers’ for the Borders, Edinburgh and north Northumberland information racks have also been run off for distribution by our local Crescent Information. A year on from the November 2014 open day, drawings have been commissioned for a possible museum extension, if the appropriate permissions and approvals are granted, and thought is being given to the working up of funding applications. The quarterly meeting of the trust and the museum trust will be held by the end of the month to review progress. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Trimontium family enterprise – they have been for the past 25 years – and offers of such assistance, tailored to suit individual requirements as far as possible, and supplemented by training, are always warmly welcomed.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Melrose is to host an open information evening and buffet in the Kings Arms Hotel on Thursday, November 26, at 6 for 6.30pm, for friends and those who might want to know more about the Rotary, The guest speaker will be Keith Robeson, countryside ranger, who will give an illustrated talk on walking in the Borders. All are most welcome and if interested telephone Mike O’Reilly on 01896 822486. The next coffee morning will be held in the Corn Exchange on Saturday, November 28, from 10am -noon. Final arrangements are being made for the Melrose Christmas Parade and Carol Singing on Saturday, December 12.



The November meeting took the form of a taste & swap night when members brought along dishes to share with the members. Competition winners – an arrangement in a thimble: 1, Margaret Blackmore, 2, Helen Cessford, 3, Linda Nairn. Ac: 1, Nancy Anderson, 2, Scottie Wight,3, Margaret Blackmore. The overall winner for the competitions throughout the year was Helen Cessford.

Poppy Collection

A successful poppy collection was taken in the Morebattle area when £735.70 was raised. Many thanks to all who gave so generously and to all the collectors for their help.

Folk Night

A successful evening with entertainment by Kelso Folk Club was held on Saturday night in the Templehall Hotel, along with a bottle draw, which was held in aid of funds for the village hall and flower show.

Arts & Crafts Fete

A pre-Christmas Arts and Crafts Fete will be held in Morebattle Village Hall on Saturday, November 21, from 10am-3pm, in aid of the St Cuthbert’s Coffee Stop (Morebattle) CIC. Refreshments and Raffle.


Mural unveiling

The Peebles Mural was officially unveiled by Scottish Borders Council convener, Councillor Graham Garvie yesterday.

The mural, measuring more than 30ft by 8ft, depicts the history and culture of the town from early times through to the present day and was painted by artist Michel Jessing over the course of the summer. It has been painted on the wall of the Old Bakehouse in Pennel’s Close, just off the High Street in Peebles.

Project leader, Robin Tatler, chairman of Peebles Community Council said: “It has taken us three years to identify a suitable site, commission our wonderful local artist, get permission from the owners and planning permission, and finally to secure funding for this project – but the finished artwork has been well worth the wait. We are very grateful to all those who helped to fund the project – Awards for All Scotland, Peebles Common Good Fund, the Eastgate Theatre (Peebles Creative Place 2014), Royal Bank of Scotland Peebles Branch (staff and customers), Peeblesshire Agricultural Society and the Callants Club – and to those who helped with the content and historical information for the mural.

“We would like to record our sincere gratitude to all those involved.”

After the mural was unveiled, artist Michael Jessing took time to explain some of the events and individuals depicted in the painting. This was followed by a ceremonial handing over of the mural to Reverend Malcolm Jefferson representing the owners St Andrews Leckie Parish, Peebles.

An interpretive brochure about the mural is now available from Whitie’s and the Tourist Information Centre in Peebles.

Pop-up Shop

Lou Lou’s Vintage Emporium opens at 1 Bridgegate, from November 25 to December 1.


Ba’ anniversary

Rugby is set to come home after 200 years, with an elaborate re-enactment of the historic Carterhaugh Ba’ Game on the site of the original legendary match, on December 4.

Organised by The Bill McLaren Foundation and Bowhill House – the Selkirk home of the Duke of Buccleuch, whose ancestor the fourth Duke was instrumental in the 1815 game – the re-enactment will involve around 100 local schoolchildren, performers and members of the community.

It has been suggested that the famous Carterhaugh match, organised by Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg and the fourth Duke, could be the forebear of rugby. One historical account suggests the ball was at one point picked up and slung between teammates, eight years before rugby purportedly originated at Rugby School.

The celebratory event, exactly 200 years on, will include a modified version of the epic handball match which will be played by children from various Borders schools, followed by a grand narrated interpretation of the game, featuring a local re-enactment group, drummers, flagbearers, halberdiers, musketeers and jesters.

‘Sir Walter Scott’ will begin proceedings by welcoming all the players to the field and providing an explanation of the rules of the game, before the current Duke of Buccleuch follows in his ancestor’s footsteps, officially beginning the match by throwing the ball into the air.

Throughout the staging, the narrator will take spectators through the history of the original game, explaining how it involved teams from Selkirk and Yarrow and was played on the Carterhaugh peninsula between the Ettrick and Yarrow Waters on the Bowhill Estate.

The event will take place at Bowhill from 10.30am with the full re-enactment at 2pm on December 4, 2015.

For more information on parking, refreshments and facilities available on the day, visit www.bowhillhouse.co.uk.

St Boswells

Poppy collection

The poppy collection for St Boswells village this year amounted to £879.85p . Thanks go to everyone for their continued support .


Rail meeting

The Campaign for Borders Rail pledged to continue the next stage of its fight to extend the line to Hawick and then Carlisle at its annual meeting. Allan McLean has taken over as chairman after Simon Walton stood down. With experience as a former Virgin Trains employee, Mr McLean has been joined by Robert Drysdale as his vice-chairman. The Borders Community Rail Partnership, officially launched this month, is the bridge to link the railway with local communities. A paper by Michael Spencer, entitled ‘Onwards to Hawick’, is seen as the catalyst for the line extension, with plans for leaflets to be dropped into every house in Hawick and Newcastleton. Speakers were Borders MP Calum Kerr, Hugh Wark (who was the Borders Railway project manager) and Midlothian councillor Lisa Beattie.



The service on Sunday, November 22, in Traquair Kirk, will be at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, November 29, at 10am.


Poppy Appeal

This year’s Poppy Appeal for the Yetholm area realised a record sum of £955.

Floral Gateway

Floral Gateway will hold its AGM in the youth hall on Monday, November 23, at 7pm. All Welcome .

Guild meeting

The Yetholm Guild meet in the Church on Tuesday , November 24 at 2 30pm, when the speaker will be Mrs Margaret Skea – ‘Go in Peace to Kurdistan’. New members always welcome.

Community Council

Yetholm Community Council meet on Tuesday, November 24, at 7pm in the youth hall.

Quiz night

There will be a quiz in the Plough Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday, November 25. Proceeds to the Yetholm Defibrillators .

Craft Fair

The annual Christmas Craft Fair, organised and run by the community council, will be in the Border Hotel on Thursday, November 26, from 2-7pm. Local crafts, Usbourne Books mulled wine etc.