District News, February 24 2011

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Handba’ RESULTS: 12 and under – village ba’, thrown by Lizzie Smart, hailed down by Elliot Stewart; Layla Hall birthday ba’, thrown by Linda Heard, hailed up by Craig Cowan; Ancrum Pantry ba’, thrown by Lizzie Smart, hailed down by Lochie Webb; 16 and under – Iain and Ivor Heard Ex-captains’ ba’, thrown by Linda Heard, hailed up by Grant Paxton; Amy Heard birthday’ ba, thrown by Graeme and Cody Heard, hailed up by James Rowley; Alistair Maxwell ba’, thrown by Kay Bell, hailed down by Craig Adamson; adults – Graham McDonald (painters and decorators) ba’, thrown by Kay Bell, hailed up by Lee Notman; Callum Paxton (plumbing) ba’, thrown by Ryan Clarkson, hailed down by Shaun Paxton; Cross Keys (Ancrum) ba’, thrown by Iain Heard, hailed down by Shaun Paxton; Bonjedward Garage ba’, thrown by Linda Heard, hailed up by Lee Notman, David Jeffrey (Countyside Alliance) ba’, thrown by Carol Johnston, hailed down by Matthew Wilson; Jean and Jock Moffat Golden Wedding ba’, thrown by Georgie Ann, hailed up by Grant Sandilands; Ancrum Bowling Club ba’, thrown by Kelly Johnston, hailed down by Jonathon Field; Ancrum Football Club ba’, thrown by Kelly Johnston, hailed down by Graham Slorrance; Selena’s ba’, thrown by pilar; hailed down by Graham Slorrance.


WRI: President Molly Marshall welcomed a large turnout of members to the February meeting which took the form of a Burns supper. Competition – a Scots verse – 1, Susan Govan; 2, Teela Ferguson; 3, Margaret Taylor.


St Mary’s Hall: At the AGM, several new faces joined the committee and office bearers were elected – chairman, Doreen Davies; secretary, Richard Newman; treasurer, Lisa Stephenson. Concern was expressed about problems with the roof, floor and heating system, and it was agreed that these be a priority for 2011. The first fundraising event of the year will be a quiz in the hall at 8pm on March 18, followed by a coffee morning on May 29 and the annual fun day on August 7.


JAZZ: Swing jazz from the 1940s and 1960s at Denholm Meet tomorrow – the Leif Juul Jazz Trio, with Leif on clarinet, Lachlan McColl on guitar and Brian Shiels on bass.

CHURCH: Ruberslaw Church lunch will be held tomorrow between noon-1.15pm. Services on Sunday will be conducted by the minister – 9.30am, Bedrule; 11.30am, Hobkirk. Denholm church refurbishment fund can be contributed to by purchasing seeds and plants from a fundraising catalogue being run by Helen Howden (01450 870729).


Parish Church: Tomorrow sees the induction of the Reverend Julie Woods at 7pm. Sunday’s services – all-age, 9.45am; traditional, 11am – will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. The World Day of Prayer service is next Friday at 7pm in Earlston Parish Church.

WOMEN’S GROUP: A speaker from The Anthony Nolan Trust will address members next Thursday at 8pm in the church hall.


WRI: John Hennessey showed slides of his trip to Istanbul and trek to the summit of Mount Ararat, with a look at the supposed site of Noah’s Ark on the way down. The winning muffins were baked by Amelia Leslie, Alma Elliot and Christine Tucker, while the best bird ornaments were brought by Margaret Linton, Gail Chandler and Isobel Henderson.


Macmillan Committee: To celebrate 25 years of the Macmillan Committee in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys, there will be a dinner dance on March 19 in Selkirk Rugby Club.Music is by the Jock Thomson Experience and tickets are available from Marjory Tennant on 01750 62327 or any committee member.


COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning and sale in aid of hall funds will take place on March 6 between 10am-noon in the village hall. Anyone with items to sell should just turn up and take a table for a small donation to hall funds.


ROTARY: Soldiers of 2 Scots serving in Afghanistan were able to make extra phone calls home on Valentine’s Day thanks to the efforts of Rotarians and funds raised locally. Galashiels and District Rotarians collected more than £1,500 from customers at Tesco and elsewhere during December. This was part of the £11,000 total now raised by this initiative from the Rotary Club of Carluke. The money buys extra phone cards at a discount from Paradigm, the supplier of satellite phones to the army. Each £10 buys 90 minutes of call time.It is hoped that the Calls for Heroes project will now spread across the UK.


BOOK CLUB: The first meeting of Glendouglas Book Club will be held tomorrow at 7pm in Glendouglas Hall. For more information phone Vikki on 01835 862824.


GUILD: Greenlaw Church Guild met in the Fairbairn Hall. After opening devotions guest speaker, the Reverend Bruce Neill, gave a talk covering an interesting and varied time of service within the church. He also talked about the history of the Church in Scotland. After tea the group were reminded of the World Day of Prayer service on March 4 at 7pm in Westruther Church. The next meeting of Greenlaw Guild will be at the changed time of 7pm next Thursday when Lesley Donaldson will be speaking on the work of Tear Fund.


ROTARY: President Billy McWatters welcomed a regular visitor, Harold Wilner of the Rotary Club of Kingston-upon-Thames.Speaker Helen MacFarlane, accompanied by Sandra Mitchell, represented The Butterfly Trust which gives support to sufferers of cystic fibrosis. Two Rotarians, past presidents George Rennie and Robin Mason, help the trust by ferrying patients to the nearest treatment centre at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Main speaker at the Rotary High Tea at the Reiver’s Festival on March 27 is historian John Sadler of Belsay, Northumberland.

Film and Video Group: Members of Hawick Camera Club were guests last week when club president Henry Gray introduced a programme of recently-produced members’ films. The meeting on Tuesday will be the Competitions Night (see syllabus for details) with members judging the entries.

Camera Club: The meeting on Tuesday will be the black and white print evening. Members are reminded to submit entries for the print and projected image of the year competition at this time.

COFFEE MORNING: The Hawick committee for Macmillan Cancer Support is grateful to everyone who braved the wintry conditions to support its coffee morning in the Congregational Church Hall on Saturday – more than £400 was raised. The hamper was won by Christine Laidlaw.


SERVICE: Sunday’s service of worship is a celebration of communion in Innerleithen Church Hall at 11.30am.

TICKETS: Tickets for Innerleithen and District Opera’s spring production of My Fair Lady will be on sale on Saturday in Tesco, Peebles, from 10am-4.pm. They will then be on sale from Graham McGrath, Eastgate, Peebles, from Monday to March 25 and in Tweeddale Thrift Shop, High Street, Innerleithen, from March 14 April 1. To book by phone – 0845 224 1908.

PUBLIC MEETING: The annual public meeting of St Ronan’s Border Games committee will take place on Wednesday in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7pm.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on March 7 in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm. The first item on the agenda will be the open forum where residents are invited to raise local issues.

COFFEE MORNING: Innerleithen Scout Group will hold a coffee morning on March 12 in the Vale Club from 10am-noon.


Bridge Club: February 7 – N/S – 1, A. and R. Stewart; 2, A. and A. Ireland; 3, M. Forsyth and D.Wilson; E/W – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, I. Whillans and B.Miller; 3, D. Gray and D. Cessford; February 14 – N/S – 1, R. Oates and S. West; 2. M.Purdie and O.Whillans; 3, M. Forsyth and D. Wilson; E/W – 1, M. and H. Ouldcott; 2, I. Whillans and B.Miller; 3, B. and I. Middleton.

Rotary Club: At Jedburgh Ba’ Day the Rotary club sponsored a ba’. That evening, at the regular club meeting, members welcomed four members of the Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair club who were competitors in the Rotary district quiz which the visitors won. They now go on to play Edinburgh (Murrayfield) in the next round. Using some of the money raised from the Scottish Rotary National Grayling Fishing Competition, Jedburgh Rotary Club purchased an Emergency Aid Aquabox. Members all donated items to go into the Aquabox. These boxes are filled with essentials that can help in a disaster area, for example, tools, rope, soap, bandages, wire, a bucket and lots of other things. Once emptied, they work as water filters using special cartridges supplied with the boxes. Up to 6,000 litres of water can be purified into drinking water. The box was packed up and taken to Jedburgh Post Office for collection.


Library: The Friends of Kelso Library last Wednesday held an afternoon poetry reading by Laurna Robertson, who has been based in the Borders for the past 20 years. She read from her Milne Garden poems about her life in the region and then told of her family history which originated in Shetland. At the next meeting, at 2.30pm on March 23 in the library, Marjorie Gavin will talk about the life and times of Dr John Leyden, the Denholm-born orientalist and naturalist.

FRIENDS OF KELSO MUSEUM: The FKM lectures are on the four Wednesday evenings in March. The first one features John Dent, former regional archaeologist, who will be speaking about the Charlesfield munitions factory near St Boswells on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Abbey Row Centre. All welcome.

MARKET: Kelso Farmers’ Market will be held this Saturday, 9am-1.30pm, in the Square, featuring an Indian cookery demonstration.

Thursday Group: Len McDermid brought along a small printing press to illustrate a talk on the history and art of letterpress printing. Members had a go at printing a bookmark. Today, John Hennessey will speak on Mount Ararat and Noah’s Ark at 2pm in the Abbey Row Centre.

BRIDGE CLUB: February 16 – Abbey Salver 7 – N/S – 1, David Harris-Burland and Evelyn Erskine; 2, Alison Ireland and Elinor Green; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 3, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; February 17 – Calchou Cup 10 – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Jean McLaren and Colin McGrath; 3, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood.

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

Music Society: Kelso Music Society presents pianist Nikolai Demidenko – who will play works by Schumann, Bach and Liszt – next Friday. The concert begins at 7.30pm in Kelso High School hall.


Accordion club: There was an excellent turnout at the meeting in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. Compere Adam Grant introduced guests the Ian Anderson trio from Glasgow, with Ian on accordion, Ian Cathcart (piano) and Gus Millar (drums). Among the other entertainers on accordion were Billy Bell, Peter McCormack, Newbie Park, Les Hurst and David Bell, all from Carlisle; James Johnstone from Annan, Jamie Lawrie of Gilsland, Rachel Oliver of Bonchester, and Deryn and Robin Waitt from the Claygate, along with Stuart Adamson of Newcastleton. Among the locals were Eric Goodfellow and Roger Dobson, who played accordion, with the former also having a session on the drums and Billy Little entertained on the mouth organ. Canonbie’s Ian Bell played a selection on the bagpipes. Ian Wilson (Crawford) was on the piano and Ian Woods from Northumberland played fiddle.


WRI: There was a demonstration of army catering by Wendy Lyle who also gave insights into her career in the army, and the training she undertook to achieve her ambition to qualify as a chef. She demonstrated her skills on desserts with the help of trainee Emma Archibald. Competitions – bowl of bulbs – 1, Kathleen Runciman; 2, Sheena Forsyth; 3, Margaret Fairburn; small pasta dish – 1, Margaret Fairburn; 2, Isa Riddell; 3, Sheena Forsyth; kitchen utensil – 1, Lesley Fitchett; 2, Ann Runciman; 3, Kath Runciman.


Village Hall: A craft evening will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm. On Sunday at 2pm there will be a Pampered Chef Show where kitchen equipment will be demonstrated and a New Age curling evening next Friday at 7.30pm.


FAMILY HISTORY: Borders Family History Society members will be meeting at the Corn Exchange at 2.30pm on Sunday when Laragh Quinney from the map library of the National Library of Scotland will be talking about old maps and how they can be used by the local and family historian.

OPERA: Rehearsals are well under way for Melrose Amateur Operatic Society’s production of The Sorcerer at the end of March. Tickets available from members of the society or Cullen Kilshaw in Melrose. Ring 01835 822425 for further information.

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION: Fenton Robb from Eyemouth spoke about Edinburgh-born David Hume, the philosopher who spent his childhood in Chirnside three centuries ago, at last week’s meeting. The next meeting of the association will be the AGM and members’ evening on April 12.

BRIDGE: Ormiston Bridge Club – February 14 – N/S – 1, J. Bunyan and V. Fairbairn; 2, M. Lang and M. Thomson; 3, Q. and J. McLaren; E/W – 1, J. Russell and J. Dun; 2, S. Frame and S. Urquhart; 3, B. and J. Redshaw; 4, A. Trueman and P. Simpson. February 21 – N/S – 1, D. Usher and A. Merry; 2, G. McIvor and L. Taylor; 3, J. Kyle and K. Ross; 4, E. Hopkins and M. Moore; E/W – 1, B. Birch and K. Lindsay; 2, J. Muir and M. Thom; 3, B. and J. Redshaw; 4, C. Sutherland and R. Gordon.

CHURCH: Activities – today, 2.30pm, guild, Debi Crawford on the benefits of alternative therapy; tomorrow, Bowden Village Hall, 7-10pm, Motor Neurone fundraiser, phone D. Smith, 01835 822507, or D. Donaldson, 01835 823210; Sunday’s services, 9.30am Bowden, 11am Melrose; March 4, 2.30pm, World Day of Prayer, Melrose Parish Church chapel; March 5, Age Scotland coffee morning, Corn Exchange – donations appreciated.

TRIMONTIUM: The Trimontium museum’s opening for the half-term week produced different results on different days. The two Sunday afternoons drew blanks while the two Saturdays, supervised by the youngest volunteer, showed an excellent response. The beginning and end of the working week were patchy, but the three days midweek were busy The film The Eagle is to be shown in cinemas in March. It is the film of the best-selling book by Rosemary Sutcliff (The Eagle of the Ninth) which deals with the disappearance of the Roman Army’s Ninth Legion early in the 2nd century.


Guild: Margaret Lees welcomed all to the February meeting and the Reverend Robin McHaffie showed slides of the project, International Justice Mission. This was followed by the choir singing hymns.

Coffee Morning: The coffee morning in aid of Morebattle Games raised £320.

WRI: The February meeting took the form of a Matter of Opinion. Marie France Taylor welcomed everyone and Helen Cessford, who chaired the event, introduced the panel of Matilda Hall, Grant Mooney and Neil Thomson. Competitions – letter opener – 1, Helen Cessford; 2, Eileen Woodward; 3, Janette Stenhouse; oven scones –1, Janette Stenhouse; 2, Nancy Anderson; 3, Angela Cook.

Coffee Morning: Yetholm and Morebattle playgroup’s coffee morning will be held in the institute on Saturday from 10.30am.


Coffee morning: The parish guild held a coffee morning in the village hall last Saturday which raised £294. Beth Slater won the sweets when guessing the number in the jar, and the guess the weight of the cake contest victor was Etta Armstrong. There was also a photograph of the Liddesdale Voices choir from which people had to guess their overall weight, and the winner was Freda Ward.


WRI: President Mary Redburn welcomed members to the February meeting in Newtown Community Wing. Guests for the evening were Susan Taylor and Judith Hedges, from the BGH infection control team, who gave a talk on the work involved to keep infection at bay in hospitals and how basic hand washing was the most important thing one can do to help to reduce the spread of infection. Competitions – filled lavender bag – 1, Nan Ruthven; 2, Janette Corcoran; 3, Cath Park; perfume bottle – 1, Mary Redburn; 2, Elaine Thornton-Nicol; 3, Lorna Dickson. The next meeting is on Thursday.


WRI: Members were interested to hear about Linus Quilts from Sandra Kinnock who is Borders co-ordinator of this project. On Tuesday Liz Parkes and Claire Hood will talk about creative fashion. Competition – a posy bowl. The tickets for Gala Opera can be collected at this meeting.


WRI: An interesting, humorous and informative talk was given by Hamish Reid at a well-attended meeting – members may be going on cruises for their holidays. Competition – 1, Agnes Bell; 2, Jackie Pinkerton. The next meeting is on March 16.


AWARD: The Rosetta playgroup has been awarded £1,000 which should ensure it stays open for the rest of the school year. The grant is from a council fund for vulnerable playgroups. Peebles Scout Group has also agreed to forego the rent for the premises.

BUS: Locals are now able to get a bus direct to Hay Lodge after First Bus obtained a new lower-floored vehicle with a smaller turning circle which can now turn in Neidpath car park. Previously passengers had to get off in Young Street.

SHOW TIME: Peebles JAC Variety Show, featuring young farmers, goes on at the Eastgate Theatre today, tomorrow and Saturday, starting at 7.30pm.

QUARTET: The Hanlon Quartet, featuring Angus Lyon, Ruaridh Campbell, Adam Bulley and Chas McKenzie, will appear at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday

MUSIC: Peebles Accordion and Fiddle Club will meet in the Eastgate clubrooms today when guest performers are Gavin Piper and Rory Smith, and on March 31 with Alan Small and Yvonne MacLeod.


AGM: The Conservative club annual meeting will be held in the clubrooms tomorrow at 7.30pm.

St Boswells

Federation WRI: Members held a quiz night in St Boswells. The hall was packed and extra tables had to be brought in to accommodate everyone. The evetual winners were Oxnam, with Morebattle second and Southdean third. The booby prize went to St Boswells. The proceeds of the evening, £250, were donated to Callum’s Trust which provides resources and services to residents of the Borders who have been diagnosed with lymphoma, leukaemia or myeloma.


SERVICE: There is a communion service at Traquair Kirk on Sunday at 10am.


SERVICE: The next service of worship at Walkerburn will be on March 13 in the village hall at 10am.


CROSS-BORDER CLUB: The club meets today in the Wauchope Hall at 12.15pm when lunch will be followed by a talk from former Daily Mirror editor David Banks.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning in aid of the Medical Foundation, which helps people who have been tortured, raised £410.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The next meeting of Yetholm History Society will be on Tuesday in the Youth Hall at 7 30pm. Speaker is Rachel Hasker of the Heritage Hub in Hawick.

TREE ACTIVITY: David Hutchinson, chairman of Yetholm Community Council, heard of plans by Scottish Borders Council to fell and prune trees on the village green and playing field. He got details and posted them on the village noticeboard so that when the contractors arrived with their machines at least their intentions were known. The work has been carried out and the end result seems to meet with approval.

EXHIBITION: Bill Rae of Yetholm History Society has come up with the idea of holding an exhibition with a difference during the village festival week in June. The society will use its collection of historical photographs, many of which show former residents well known in their time, but whose identity is now uncertain or unknown. It is proposed to show the photographs and ask people to try to identify the characters and places.

Romany Ramblers: see Country Diary on page 40.