District News June 19


Church times

The service will be held each Sunday from noon to 1pm.


Whist drive

An evening of whist and dominoes will be held in Bedrule Hall on Monday (June 23), at 7.30pm in aid of Alzheimers. All welcome.



Our summer outing took us to The Woll on a beautiful evening for a very good meal, followed by a putting competition. The prize, a meal for two at The Woll, was won by Sarah Gant. There will be an informal meeting on July 9, when members and friends are invited to bring any handcrafts currently in progress.



The annual CY (Caddonfoot Youth) prize-giving was held in the parish church on Sunday when the service was led by Mrs Catriona Bird on her last day as CY leader.

Mrs Bird is stepping down after between 35 and 40 years’ involvement with the church youth, including 12 years at Caddonfoot, eight as leader of the Sunday school and then the renamed Caddonfoot Youth.

The theme of the service was Faith in God, and the youngsters were presented with books to mark the end of the summer term.

Mrs Bird received a bouquet, a cake and a card from CY and a further card and Marks & Spencer vouchers from the congregation in recognition of her contribution.

The minister, the Rev Elspeth Harley, who made the presentation, said that Mrs Bird had made a ‘huge contribution’ to the church and thanked her for all of her efforts as everyone was very grateful for what she had done over the years.

The church is now looking for a replacement youth leader to take on the teaching and mentoring of the children. It does not have to be every week. Please contact the minister if you can help in any way.

Members should note that the service on Sunday, August 10, will be held at 6.30pm to avoid clashing with a major cycle race, which will mean part-closure of the road past the church.


Next Sunday, the Kirkin’ of the Braw Lads’ Gathering principals will be held at the morning service at 9.45am. This is always a special occasion for the church and will be followed by tea, coffee etc.


Members were saddened to hear of the death of elder, Mr Ian Hislop. His funeral service was held in Caddonfoot Church.


Open gardens

An Open Gardens event will be held in Denholm on Sunday, June 29, from 2-4.40pm in aid of Ruberslaw Church. Twelve gardens will be open. Entry will be by ticket in the form of a map showing the location of the gardens. Cost is £5 per person (£2.50 under-12s, under-5s free), including tea in Denholm Church Hall. Tickets are available from Denholm Post Office prior to the event and from the door of Denholm Church on the day. All welcome, but, please, no dogs.


Parish church

Messy Holidays on Saturday takes place in the church hall and anyone wishing to attend this with their children please contact Julie on 01896 849236.

The service on Sunday at 10.15am will be conducted by RevJulie Woods.

The Civic Week Service on June 29 will be held in the

Marquee at 10.15am.

Wednesday club

On June 4, many of our members and friends enjoyed our summer outing to New Lanark. Although the weather was rather disappointing it did not spoil the day.

The date of the first meeting of our next session after the summer break will be advertised.


Open gardens

There will be an Open Gardens Weekend on June 28 and 29, including the Floral Festival in Ettrick Church, a plant stalls, craft stalls, as well as a Find the Gnomes for the children. There will be afternoon teas on Saturday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and lunches and teas on Sunday from 12.30pm to 5.30pm in the Boston Hall. Tickets for the gardens are available from Ann Blundell on 01750 62267 or at the Boston Hall on the day. It will be a great day out for all the family and everyone is welcome. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support and Ettrick and Yarrow Parish Fabric Fund.



Volunteer Centre Borders works with many types of organisations to promote volunteering and find volunteers to work with the organisations, said Susan Swan who is their executive officer.

This can be a useful way to help people to occupy their time or to get back to work after illness. VCB is encouraging young people to volunteer, in ways that fit their lives, as well as working with NHS Borders on the Small Change Big Difference project to encourage healthier lifestyles and a number of other projects.

A recent success has been the Men’s Shed, based in Langlee.

More members are always welcome and should contact VCB to find out more about the Men’s Shed and other opportunities on 0845 602 3921.

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Whist Drive

Held on Monday, June 9, it was won by Ladies: 1st Marion Thomson; 2nd Catherine Turner, 3rd Maureen Gibson, Booby, Chrissie Paterson. Gents, 1st Angus Cameron, 2nd Sheena Nelson, 3rd Jean Mabon, Booby Mary Mctaggart.

The Bingo was won by Irene Millar. Next whist Drive is in September.

Lunch Club

Held on the June 11, it was so successful, it was decided to keep going throughout the summer. Next date is July 9.


Glen Douglas Rural had their summer outing on June 4, visiting Teviot Smokery for afternoon tea. On the 11th they held an Evening with the Callant, where everyone had a chance to talk to the Callant, followed by a delicious supper. A really busy evening which was very successful.



President Scott Elliot welcomed members to last week’s meeting. After the meal the club broke up into its various committees and the evening was spent planning and outlining various projects for the new Rotary year which commences next month.


June 10, Teams of Four: 1st John Miller, Marian Miller, Mike Tuson, Bob Witherington; 2nd John Law, Susan Law, Helen Ouldcott, Malcolm Ouldcott.


Film project

Kelso Youth Project is offering youngsters over 12 years of age a chance to work on a short film project as a director, actor, camera person or any of the many other jobs vital to the making of a film.

Working on July 22, 23 and 24, and July 29, 30, 31, those involved will develop an idea into a story, script it, cast it and then shoot it over a period of three days using locations in and around the town of Kelso and beyond. After editing and adding a soundtrack, the film will be shown at the Berwick International Film Festival. For a booking form and further information please email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com


St John’s choir will sing Evensong on St Peter’s Day, June 29, at 6pm. Organist will be Ted Ferguson, Cantor, Paul Beck and David Dalglish, Vicar.


A guided walk by Plantlife is taking place in Langlee Park on Saturday, June 28, from 10.30am to 1pm.

The charity works to protect wild plants and their habitats, and to build an understanding of the vital role they play in everyone’s lives.

There will be a chance to meet a landowner who created her own meadow, and to take a walk through this now colourful part of the Borders.

Accompanied children will be welcome. There is no charge for the event but donations are welcome.

To find out more telephone 01786 478509 or email: scotland@plantlife.org.uk


Race Entries

Local entries for the American Cup (800 metres handicap – Youth: 9-18 on Games Day) and the New Zealand trophy (200 metres handicap) must be made to Sports Secretary Sarah Lindsay (01869 833590) no later than July 12. No entries for these events will be accepted on the field on Games Saturday (July 19). Both races are for youths: nine to under 18 years on Games Day and are confined to Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair.


Anyone who would like to buy Games Week bunting should contact the Treasurer Norman Scott on 01896 830621. Strings of flags cost £15 each, are of good quality and can be re-used year after year.


Volunteers are required to carry blankets for the collections during the Fancy Dress Parade on July 17 and the Flower Parade on July 19. Those willing to help are asked to contact Games committee Treasurer Norman Scott on 01896 830621.

Social Evening
The Senior Citizens Evening will be held in the Memorial Hall on July 10, with doors open at 7pm. Tickets are now available at the Post Office free of charge. Entertainment will be provided, a light supper will be served followed by dancing. A bar will be available.

Social evening

The Senior Citizens evening will be in the Memorial Hall on July 10. Free tickets are now available at the Post Office. A light supper will be followed by dancing. A bar is available.


It is hoped that as many people as possible will decorate their homes to help brighten the town for its most important week of the year. Anyone who wishes to have their house judged for the Fancy Dress Parade must give their name to the Games secretary Stewart Wilson – call 01896 870316 no later than 8pm on Wednesday July 16. Shops and businesses will also be judged, with prizes on offer, and the Games Committee would encourage all local businesses to get involved.

Fancy dress parade

The classes for the Fancy Dress Parade on July 17 have been revised for this year and a full list will be available in the Games Week programme which will be out at the end of Jun/beginning of July.

Committee meetings

The final meetings will take place on June 25, July 2 and July 9. All meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall at 7pm.



The FutureKELSO AGM will be held on Monday, June 23, at 7pm in the Abbey Row. Colin Gilmore will highlight the many projects which have run along with the Streetscape works and Heritage schemes. All welcome.

Rezz Youth Garden

On Monday (June 23), the Rezz Youth Garden Project at the former ACE Centre, Kelso (next to Border Ice Rink) marks an important milestone in the development of its Rezz Youth Garden Grow Wild site.

The young people aged between 13-19 years, have completed the clearance and hard landscaping at the site, with local business support and volunteers, and are now just starting to plant and sow seeds .

Volunteers and visitors are being invited to the ACE Centre at 7.30pm tohelp the youngsters with the planting. Gardening gloves will be useful but tools will be provided. Young people from The Rezz Youth Project will also be providing a tour of the site and will be serving refreshments.

Film project

Please see Jedburgh

Bridge club

June 8 – Kelso Congress held at Kelso Racecourse. Match-pointed Pairs: 1st Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson (Kelso):2nd Jim and Alison Pilley (Dunbar):3rd Reg Drysdale and Jean Mole (Berwick).

Swiss Teams: 1st Dilys Gellatly, Marjorie Murray, Moira Murray and Irene Scott:2nd= Moira Brown ,Evelynne Morley, Margaret Forrest and Marjorie Gracie and Marian Miller, Valerie Johstone, Reg Drysdale and Jean Mole

June 11 – Match-pointed Pairs : N/S 1st John and Marian Miller :2nd= Val Johnstone and Mary Millar and Jean Henry and Myra Thomson.

E/W 1st Brian Saywood and Ken Ross :2nd Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson: 3rd Elinor Green and Caroline Sutherland. June 12 – Aggregate Pairs: N/S 1st Jean Henry and Myra Thomson: 2nd Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson :3rd Jean McLaren and Ken Ross.

/W 1st Nancy Porter and Jock Dun: 2nd Lynda Douglas and Michael Horwood: 3rd Shirley Armstrong and Moira Ayton.

Embroiders’ Guild

The next meeting of the Kelso Embroiderers’ Guild is on June 24 at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Lindsay Roberts will give a talk entitled Indian Travels and Textiles. Visitors welcome. Members, remember your competition entries. For further information contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.



A table top sale at Greenbank Court recently raised £227, which will be used to take the elderly residents on special trips and to help with the garden. Catherine Lithgow had a stall to raise money for MS, and also a sale of books for the Ranger Guides.

Queen’s baton

The baton bearers who will carry the Queen’s baton through the town today (June 19) ahead of the Commonwealth Games have been named. Cornet Dale Irving will head off from the monument with the baton at 7.45am, come down the Kirk Wynd, before heading up the High Street to the Sawmill bridge. David Stevenson, Dayne Massey, Jeff Brown, Shelby Watson and Duncan Lowery will then have their turn at carrying the baton along the A7 back through the town as far as the junction with Glenesk Road, before it is taken on to Gretna.

Probus Club

At the club meeting in the Eskdale Hotel, president Jack Rae welcomed 29 members and one visitor. Reports were given on the successful visits to Chariots of Fire at Boreland and Chris Harrison’s Cider Brewery at Bentpath. Irving Stuart the vice-president informed the members that tickets for the visit to the Southport Flower Show in August were now available.

The president introduced the speaker, Hayden Goodfellow, who is a final year student at St Andrews University, reading Astrophysics. The subject of his talk was The International Space Station.

Anyone visiting the Dark Sky Park at Kielder this summer might find him giving the lecture, which will certainly be a real treat. Jim Thomson gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the members.


As is tradition, the Common Riding colours are taken from the owner of the winning Derby horse, and this year will be purple and white.

There was the usual great interest in the town as to who would win the Derby at Epsom, and Australia the 11-8 favourite took the honours with jockey Joseph O’Brien in the colours of owners Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Teo Ah King.

Aidan O’Brien is the first trainer to saddle the winner three years running and it was extra special for the Irishman that his son was riding.


Festival launch

Melrose Festival Week was launched on Sunday to the skirl of the pipes, with the wreath-laying on the Weirhill, the congregation’s congratulations to George Bunyan on being awarded a British Empire Medal, and the service of Kirkin’ the Melrosian, Fraser Anderson.

The quiz between the ex- Melrosians and Queen Charlie Hume and her Court was won by the latter. The theme was community, from the sharing of the early church to today.

Site maintenance

Getting ready for the Tour of Ceremonies on Saturday morning involves (as in so many aspects of festival life) the right amount of background work – and sometimes from unexpected quarters.

The gardening round the Millennium Milestone and the Trimontium Stone was done by members from Manchester (who happened to be here on holiday) and the painting of the observation platforms by a member from Morebattle – both being examples of an extended community.

Upside down

The design on the ringstone found by Walter Elliot in 1998, of the Emperor Caracalla, is cut into the red semi-precious stone – a concave ‘intaglio’ – for pressing into sealing wax on a document.

The museum postcard, however, by the late Jack Cruickshank of Selkirk shows the Emperor’s head in relief ie coming ‘out’ of the stone.

It was recently discovered – and has now become the museum’s ‘party piece’ – that if you turn the postcard upside down the image reverts to ‘concave’/intaglio again.

It has become a real talking point (if not a talking head) for visitors.


Coffee morning

Help for Heroes coffee morning will be held in the Institute on June 28 at 10.30am.

Many thanks to all who 
supported the Institute 
coffee morning which raised £427.


The Kelso Laddie and Jethart Callant meet in the village at the Trysting Tree on Sunday, June 22 at 2.30pm.


The Morebattle School Sports were held on Monday when Junior Girls results – 1st Jasmin David McDonald, 2 equal Lucy Thomson and Christie-Jean Lynn. Senior Girls 1st Emma Thomson, 2nd Amy Ralston, 3rd Katy McFadyen. Junior Boys – 1st Archie Barbour, 2nd William Tweedie, 3rd John Girvan. Senior Boys - 1st Angus Bryce, 2nd Oscar Rodwell, 3rd Toby Rodwell.


New minister

A service of induction took place in the parish church for the Rev William Jackson, to welcome him into the congregations of Liddesdale Parish Church and Canonbie United Parish Church. Mr Jackson has now moved into the manse with his wife Linda. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

Hall boost

The recent annual craft fayre in aid of hall funds raised £4,500.



Newmill & Teviothead WRI had their summer outing to the Donkey Sanctuary at St Boswells. It was a lovely sunny evening and we wandered round the estate and fed the donkies under the watchful eye of the volunteer helpers.

We then went onto Lilliardsedge for our supper, which we were more than ready for.

Trish Kirkpatrick was the runner up in the Roxburgh Federation golfing tournament and will join Mary Towers the winner at Buchanan Castle Drymen in September.

The WRI resumes on September 2 when the speaker will be Ian Oliver, who will discuss photography.


Library cafe

The next library cafe will be on June 25, with Frank and Margaret Clayton hosting. The last library cafe was hosted by Val Hunter and Moira Land when 28 visitors attended.

The one is on July 16 will be in aid of the Marie Curie Big Coffee Morning Appeal.



A fun day and barbecue will be held on Saturday (June 21), starting at noon with a 10k run. The children’s sports follow at 3pm on the new playpitch beside the village hall.

Fun events for the adults will include welly-throwing and a tug-o’-war.

In the evening the village barbecue and hog roast will take place at the village hall from 6.30pm, with live music.

Tickets for the barbecue cost £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 11 to 16 years.


Hog roast

The annual get together in aid of funds for Westruther Village Hall, will be held at the hall on Saturday, June 21, at 7pm. Please come along and support us. There will be excellent food, good company, and a raffle. BYOB. Tickets are adults £10, under-10s £5. Contact Angela 01578 740633 or Grace 07779 908159.



Members recently had 
their summer outing to the Woll Clubhouse for a meal, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.



The new C.P.R. and defibrillator training session will be held on Thursday, June 26, at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall. Anyone who would like to attend, please call Barbara Paul on 420582.