District news, January 5, 2012


COMMUNITY PLAN: Community councillors are considering setting up a plan within the village to deal with emergencies such as severe weather, flooding etc. They are holding a meeting about this subject in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Earlston Primary School. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday sees a single service at 10am, but the following Sunday (January 15) heralds the return of two services – at 9.30am and 11am.


SERVICE: There will be a service at 11.30am on Sunday in Innerleithen Church.


BRIDGE CLUB: December 21 – match-pointed pairs – N/S – 1 (equal), Jean Henry and Myra Thomson, Miles Browne and John Urquhart; 3, Rena Stewart and Evelyn Erskine; E/W – 1, Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Nigel and Mary Lindsay. December 22 – match-pointed pairs – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood; 4, Janet Kyle and John Urquhart; 5, Alison Darling and Mary Logan; 6, Sheila Urquhart and Ruth Mackay.


WRI: At the December meeting members enjoyed a Snowman beetle drive which was won by Joan Rattray. There was also a Christmas hamper raffle and a lucky dip for Christmas presents. Competitions – wrapped parcel – 1, Clare Milne; 2, Jenny Watson; 3, Kath Runciman; table centrepiece – 1, Fiona Wilson; 2, Doreen Johnston; 3, Helen Matheson. The next meeting – on January 18 – will feature a Burns supper and quiz.


CHURCH: The watchnight service on Christmas Eve in Melrose Parish Church took the form of lessons read by church members interspersed with congregational carols (organist James Marshall) and pieces by the choir (conducted and accompanied at the piano by James Letham). It was a large congregation, but not as big as the earlier Christingle service when the kirk and the two side aisle blocks of seats were filled not only with Melrosians, but folk from farther afield. A collection was taken for the two centenary projects – the Blind School in Bethlehem and the Street Kids project in Zomba, Malawi. The retiring collection after the previous Sunday’s service to help with the care of the very ill lady in Edinburgh from Zomba raised £600.

TRIMONTIUM: As reported earlier, two hoards of Roman coins were discovered this year in the Borders. The finds were transferred for cleaning and study to the National Museums in Edinburgh. However, after the retiral of their coins expert the whole process of preparing the finds for the treasure trove process has seemingly come to a halt. The outdoor diary report for 2011 lists the take-up figures for the various types of pursuits in Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders. It is not surprising that the most popular in terms of attendees is the guided walk, with adults and families the biggest category. The most hits on the website are taken by the Trimontium Walk, perhaps because it involves 50 walks between April and October each year, not counting the school route marches. David Simon is proceeding with his canvas of the Trimontium fort and its environs in its 2nd century heyday – to be available in the spring.


WRI: Members held their Christmas dinner at Fletcher’s. Competition – hand-made Christmas bauble – 1, Helen Pearce; 2, Gweyn Williamson; 3, Anita Craig. The next meeting, on Tuesday, will be a games evening. Competitons – scotch egg and a sporting photograph.

DANCING: Old-time dance classes restart on Wednesday in the village hall, 8-10pm.Newcomers and beginners welcome. Phone 01835 870244 for more information.


WRI: Members meet on January 12 when Kate Hunter will talk about quilting. Competitions – a slice of Christmas cake and a Christmas napkin.


SERVICE: There will be a service in Traquair Kirk at 10am on Sunday.


SERVICE: The next service of worship in Walkerburn village hall will be on January 15 at 10am.


FILM NIGHT: The showing of the next film in the Wauchope Hall is scheduled for Saturday. Doors open at 6.30pm for the 7pm showing of Cassablanca.

CONCERT: The carol concert by Yetholm Village Choir virtually sold out. Another concert by the choir is promised for the spring.

SOUPER SUNDAY: This will be held in the Wauchope Hall at 11am on Sunday, taking the form of a church service followed by luncheon. It is part of a national fundraising effort by the Chuch of Scotland, the proceeds going to causes associated with HIV and Aids.