District News, February 10, 2011


Community Cafe: Meets on Wednesday in the village hall from 11am-noon.


AGM: Denholm Horticultural Society’s annual meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7pm in the church hall.

Weather: Rainfall during January amounted to 2.76in, slightly more than the same time last year when 2.2in was recorded. Two inches of snow fell on the seventh, but did not last long as the temperature remained above freezing. Highest temperature recorded during the month was 11C on the 15th.

COFFEE CASH: The Boys’ Brigade coffee morning held last Saturday in the church hall raised £252.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all-age, 9.45am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. Choir practice at 6pm in the church. The induction for the Reverend Julie Woods is to be held on February 25 at 7pm in Earlston Parish Church.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Members, together with friends from Earlston guild, enjoyed their Christmas lunch at the Lauderdale Hotel – the event had been postponed in December due to bad weather. Next week’s meeting is in the church hall at 2pm when the competition will be for a condiment set.

Camera Club: Members of the public were invited to enjoy a show of images taken by the late George Crooks, a former member of the club. They featured changes that have taken place in and around Earlston from about 1960 onwards. Curtis Welsh had a busy time converting slides to digital images. The next meeting is a week later than previously advertised. February 23 will see Helen McDonald showing images from her year-long trip from London to Sydney. Competition – holidays.


DINNER: The annual dinner in aid of village hall funds takes place in the hall on March 5. Speakers are Robin Scott and Professor David Purdie, fresh from a couple of appearances recently on television, along with a supporting cast of Tommy Knox, Viv Sharpe and Henry Douglas. There are a few tickets left from Linda Elmitt (01750 52257).


HERITAGE SOCIETY: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be held in Fala village hall on February 24 at 7.30pm. A talk – entitled The Hated Minister of Appin and his Descendants, Five Generations of Macaulays – will be delivered by Dr Lindsay Errington of Fala History Society.


WRI: Members had a Scots night for their latest meeting. Competition – two girdle scones – 1, C. Sinclair; 2, D. Wilson; Christmas card competition – 1, N. Muncaster. As the December meeting was cancelled, the points cup prize for the year was handed out – 1, C. Sinclair; 2, M. Donaldson. The president’s prize was won by C. Sinclair. The February meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday and features a jewellery demonstration. Competitions – macaroon bar and a necklace.


INNER WHEEL: President Gwen Croan welcomed speaker Jackie Waugh to the latest meeting. Jackie spoke about her flock of llamas, which are kept at Darnick, answered members’ questions and showed samples of fleeces and hats made from them. Following supper, Gwen presented Inner Wheel badges to Edith Millar, who has rejoined, and Moira Shanks, who has become an honorary member. Members were reminded that the next meeting is on Tuesday when Cheryl Waters will demonstrate jewellery making. There will also be a sales table.

Camera Club: Chairman Ian Oliver delved into colour management for digital users with a tutorial on the subject. This was followed by a guide to turning photographs black and white in Photoshop. There is no meeting at Langlee on Wednesday, but members are invited to Midlothian Camera Club at Lasswade on Tuesday at 7.30pm for the annual print and slide battle.


WRI: This month’s meeting was a members’ evening when they brought along a selection of crafts and cookery. Competition – prettiest earrings – 1, Isobel Henderson; 2, Iris Willacy. The next meeting will be on March 2, the 61st birthday party of the branch.


Film AND Video Group: At this month’s meeting members were entertained with a programme of prize-winning films from the Scottish Association of Moviemakers, an organisation made up of amateur camcorder clubs. Next Tuesday’s meeting will feature a visit from Hawick Camera Club.

Camera Club: The annual sequence competition took place last Thursday evening with Jean Tait of the Hawick Film and Video Group judging entries. Members submitted a total of 12 entries each with a running time of around seven minutes and with a list of subjects ranging from foreign travel destinations to the natural beauty of cloud formations. Projected images – 1, Clouds, by John Hill, a production made using time-lapse photography recording the changing weather patterns over the Borders countryside; 2, Nepal, by Edith McLean, an account of a mountain trek in the Himalayas; 3, Petra, by Gordon Gilfether, a photographic record of a visit to the ancient red-coloured, rock-carved buildings of an ancient city in Jordan. Mounted prints – 1, Secret Glen, by John Peters, produced as a series of prints with a theme of a steep-sided glen in the vicinity of Loch Lomond. Tuesday’s meeting is a visit to the Hawick Film and Video Group in Croft Road.

Bridge Club: January 31 – N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, P. Young and J. Beedle; 3 (equal), K. Auckland and E. Aitken; M. Tuson and R. Witherington; E/W – 1, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 2, S. White and J. Urquhart; 3, M. McLeod and R. Goldie. February 2 – 1, P. Young and J. Beedle; 2, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 4, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth.


Towford SWRI: Jamie Wood told the family night about his North Polar Challenge Race he completed to raise funds for the North East Air Ambulance Service. Competition – bygone days photograph – 1, Mary Towers; 2, Jean Douglas.


CHURCH: Sunday’s service at Innerleithen starts at 11.30am. On February 19 there will be a ceilidh in the Memorial Hall to support Christian Aid. Tickets – 01896 831152.


GUILD: Members met at Kenmore Hall last Wednesday when the speaker was Mrs M. Jeary whose subject was a book entitled From Kelso to Kalamazoo. It tells of a Kelso gardener who went to America in the early 1800s.


Thursday Group: News of unrest in Egypt gave Christine Henderson’s Along the Nile talk added interest. Len McDermid will today demonstrate creative letterpress printing. Next Thursday Tom McDonald will speak on Kalimpong at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

RANGERS FANS: The bus for Saturday’s Motherwell game leaves The Square at 11am. Tickets from Jim 01573 226240.

FRIENDS OF KELSO LIBRARY: The Friends were given a talk by Ronnie Price based on his book, Man Made Magic. He took the meeting on a journey during the past 60 years into the world of man-made fabrics. The next talk will be on Wednesday at 2.30pm when Laurna Robertson, an award-winning local poet, will present Milne Graden and other Poems.

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Richard White will speak on Artefacts of Hawick Museum – Egypt.

QUIZ AND BINGO: Kelso Horticultural Society will on Wednesday hold a quiz night and Irish bingo in the Tait Hall. Entry on the night – £10 per team of four, includes supper. The event starts at 7.30pm.

Bridge Club: February 2 – Abbey Salver (6) – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, Dominic and Diana Alkin; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 3, Alison Ireland and Elinor Green; February 3 – Millennium Trophy (10) – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Jean Gall; 2, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; 3, Pam and David Palmer; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart.


Day Centre: A Burns lunch for senior citizens was held in the day centre. The Selkirk Grace was said by Kate Turk, and the haggis piped in by Gilbert Gillanders and carried aloft by George Falconer, with John Scott as whisky bearer. The address to the haggis was delivered by Michael Bell who was chairman for the occasion. Irving Stuart proposed the Immortal Memory and Tam o’ Shanter was in the hands of Billy Young. There was also a recitation from Betty Little, and songs by Jackie Beckett, Irving Stuart and Michael Bell, with Isabel Connelly the accompanist.

Burns supper: A number of folk made the short journey from the town for the Gilnockie Burns supper, including chairman Kenneth Pool who said the Selkirk Grace and addressed the haggis. The haggis was carried aloft by P. Dhesi and led by piper Ian Bell. Chief guest Rae Elliot from Langholm, but now based in Edinburgh, gave the Immortal Memory. The toast to agriculture was proposed by David Pool, with local farmer Ian Imrie replying. Stevie Ellwood delivered a humorous toast to The Lassies, to which Aileen Cavers replied. Kenneth Pool toasted the chief guest and he, in turn, toasted the chairman. Jim Sutherland recited Tam o’ Shanter and the singers were Jackie Beckett and John Lawson from Dumfries, with Margaret Howe the accompanist. The Bon Accords, Robin and Deryn Waitt, played an accordion selection and provided music for the dance which followed.


LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY:Henry Borthwick will be speaking about his new book, Channelkirk Talks, on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Lauder Youth Trust Hall. He will be selling signed copies of the publication. Further details from Joan Stevens on 01578 722559.


WRI: Dr Oliver Eade gave a talk and slide show about his visits to family in China. The slides were varied and showed parks, temples, and the Chinese people going about their daily business. He spoke about the food of the country and how Chinese were preparing to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Competitions – photograph of a winter scene – 1, Jenny Davis; 2, Edith Scott; 3, Margaret Inglis; home-made bookmark – 1, Margaret Inglis; 2, Valerie Mayo; 3, Edith Scott. Raffle – 1, Jenny Davis; 2, Eileen McMillan; 3, Barbara Lothian.


Maxton Meets: At the next Maxton Meets gathering on Monday in the village hall at 7.30pm, retired head teacher Ian Brown, from Galashiels, will give an illustrated talk on a visit to Siberia. Admission is £1.50.


Ormiston Bridge Club: January 31 – N/S – 1, A. Merry and D. Usher; 2, J. Kyle and K. Ross; 3, M. Thomson and M. Lang; 4, J. Russell and J. Dun; E/W – 1, J. and Q. McLaren; 2, D. and M. Swanson; 3, B. and L. Lumley; 4, J. Muir and M. Thom.

CHURCH: Activities – today – 2.30pm, guild, Mrs Fraser, Western Isles. Sunday’s services – Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am). Monday – deadline for church magazine; Tuesday – Melrose Historical, 7.30pm, Fenton Robb on David Hume; March 5 – Age Scotland coffee morning, contributions welcome.


Coffee Morning: The coffee morning for the Sick Children’s Hospital raised £760, including £180 which Rosie Girvan contributed via a treasure hunt she organised herself.

Camera Club: Members meet on Monday at 7pm in the institute. New members welcome.

Coffee Morning: The games coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday at 10.30am.


Coffee morning: The Mothers and Toddlers Group held a coffee morning in the village hall which raised £530. Gordon Brough had the winning raffle ticket for a hamper of household cleaning goods. Money raised goes towards parties and trips for the children.

Welfare group: The committee of the old people’s welfare group held an afternoon tea and entertainment in the village hall. There was a good turnout of senior citizens who enjoyed sandwiches, scones and cakes. Entertainment was provided by singing from the Liddesdale Voices while Jim Turnbull showed a selection of slides of local people and events going back over the years.


COFFEE MORNING: Oxnam Kirk is holding its annual coffee morning on Saturday in Jedburgh British Legion from 10am. Any donations to stalls will be gratefully received.


WRI: Hamish Reid will talk about his life on cruise ships at 7.30pm on Wednesday.Competition – a cup cake.

AGM: Oxton Horticultural Society’s annual meeting will be held at 7.30pm on February 23 in the Memorial Hall.


DAMAGE: Piledriving work at the Dovecot Road housing development is being blamed for causing damage to surrounding properties. Several internal and external cracks have appeared and work has been stopped while an investigation is carried out.

CAMPAIGN: A campaign has been launched by parents against the closure of the Rosetta Playgroup in Peebles after staff were told that the facility would close in June.

ACCORDION CLUB: Peebles Accordion and Fiddle Club meets in the Eastgate clubrooms on February 24 when guest performers will be Gavin Piper and Rory Smith, and on March 31 with Alan Small and Yvonne MacLeod.

TALK: Tweedgreen presents a talk by Alistair Macintosh on human ecology – the study of relationships between the natural and social environments at the Eastgate Theatre today at 7.30pm.

SCOUTS APPEAL: This year Peebles Scouts group is 100 years old. The organisation is calling on all ex-leaders, explorers (Venture Scouts), Scouts, Cubs and Beavers for memorabilia – i.e. photographs, uniforms, badges or stories of times in Scouting – for an exhibition in Peebles Museum over the Easter period. Contact Liz White on 01721 720848.


Antiquarian Society: The February meeting of the society will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Phoebe Lowe will present a talk on museum collections. All are welcome and details of the syllabus can be found on www.selkirkshireantiquariansociety.co.uk

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Drama Club: A coffee morning is to be held in village hall on February 19, from 9.30-11.30am, when tickets will be available for the club’s production, Out of Sight ... Out of Murder, which runs from March 16-18 in the village hall. Performances start at 7.30pm. Rehearsals are well under way and the cast includes three secondary school pupils.

COFFEE MORNING: St Boswells Parish Church’s coffee morning will be held in the church hall on Saturday, from 9.30-11.30am.


WRI: Michael Patterson of Borders Care and Repair gave a talk on the range of services which can be provided by the organisation.Competitions – jar of marmalade – 1, Elizabeth Topp; 2, June Brown; 3, Erica Smith; needle case – 1, Kathy Wilkie; 2, Mary Thomson; 3, Jane Charles. The raffle was won by Lynn Anderson.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service at Traquair Kirk starts at 10am.


SERVICE: The next church service in Walkerburn will be held in the village hall at 10am on February 20.


WRI: The postponed Christmas lunch was held in the Plough Hotel. Retiring president Mrs Gregory presented the cup for most points for the year to Mrs I. Cockburn. The last meeting featured a talk and slide show by Mrs Watson on the Calabria the area of southern Italy. Competition – toy in national costume – 1, Pat Gregory; 2, Betty Mallen. This month’s meeting is on Tuesday at 10.30am in the Wauchope Hall when Marilyn Bridger will demonstrate silk flowers.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The story of Agnes Humbert, a heroine of the French Resistance during the Second World War, was told by Barbara Mellor at this month’s meeting. At the oubreak of war Agnes was a middle-aged art historian in Paris. She became a clandestine leader of probably the first resistance group in France, but within two years the group had been infiltrated and many colleagues were executed. She was deported to Germany for imprisonment including hard labour. She survived and her memoirs were published in France in 1946. They have now been translated by Miss Mellor.

ON SONG: A group of Yetholm women are looking for like-minded singers to join them with a view to forming a barbershop chorus. Any lady from the village or further afield who enjoys light music will be welcome. An ability to read music would be an advantage, but not essential. The group will meet on Mondays at 10am. For more information phone 01573 420313 or 01573 420377.

COFFEE MORNING: Saturday sees a coffee morning (10.30am start) in the Youth Hall in aid of the Medical Foundation. Contributions welcome on the day or by collection in advance by phoning 01573 420214.