District News June 27



The ladies of the Rural enjoyed a lovely meal at Lilliardsedge Caravan Park as part of their summer outing. Loveliest pendant: 1st – Sarah Ramsay, 2nd – Teela Ferguson, 3rd – Elaine Turnbull .


Sunday Service
Bowden Communion 9.30am


History project

Pupils from Clovenfords Primary Sc hool have been working with the local community council on a project to create a booklet on the village’s history.

The P4/5 class have been researching different parts of the area, including the Clovenfords Hotel, which Sir Walter Scott stayed at in 1779; Tweed Vineyards, whose grapes were delivered by rail as far south as Covent Gardens and Harrods of London; Meigle Farm, which can trace its history back 450 years and once housed Buffalo Bill’s animals during his tour of Scotland in the early 20th century; and the village’s earliest recorded school, known as the Luggie, where the esteemed Dr John Leyden taught for a term. To learn more visit www.clovenfords.net/history.

Community clean up

Clovenfords and Caddonfoot residents were out last weekend, helping to tidy up the local area as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual litter pick.

Trainees from Grow to Work, a land-based education programme from Thornylee, gave their time to clear away rubble from the footpath passing through the old Tweed Vineries. The community council would like to thank everyone who got involved and hopes to see you again next year!


Redpath teas

There will be a pop-up tearoom in Redpath Village Hall, on Sunday, and every Sunday in July, from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome, whether you’re walking the Jubilee Path, or just coming for tea, coffee, scones and cake. Donations will be towards Hall funds.

Shopping trip

WRI members and friends enjoyed a shopping trip to Gretna Gateway on June 20 and tea at the Gables Hotel Gretna was splendid. Thanks to all our members and supporters for a wonderful year and if anyone is interested in joining us, our first meeting of the new schedule is in Hanover at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 19.


Sunday’s Civic Week service will be held in the marquee at 10.15am. There will be an evening service in the church at 6.30pm.


Coffee morning

A coffee morning and sale in aid of village hall funds will be held on July 6, 10am-noon. Anyone with something to sell is invited to take a table and give a small donation to hall funds.


Golf competition

The Rotary Club held its annual sponsored team golf competition at Torwoodlee Golf Club, Galashiels, recently in which 21 teams of four took part. About £1,500 was raised for local charities, but the main beneficiary will be the Dementia Care in the Borders, based at Borders General Hospital. The Rotary Club would like to thank the captain, committee and members of Torwoodlee Golf Club for allowing them the use of their course. They would also like to thank the green staff for the excellent condition of the course and to the catering staff for their excellent service throughout the day.

The Rotary Club would also like to thank the many firms and individuals who sponsored holes or prizes which greatly contributed to the success of the day. President Andrew Brown presented the prizes to the winners.

Polish service

A new service has launched in Galashiels for Polish victims of crime. Volunteer Izabella Lipok is using her native language to help Polish people who are affected by crime or who might be called to court as witnesses.

She is running drop in sessions every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm, in the Victim Support offices at 72 High Street in Galashiels. At these sessions, people can speak to Izabella in their own language about the ways they are affected by crime or anti-social behaviour and any worries they might have about these.

Izabella can support victims from the incident, through court to any follow up they might need. She has also used her skills to translate Victim Support leaflets into Polish.

Victim Support is an independent charity offering a free, confidential service to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. Most of the work is done by volunteers who work across the Borders. There are also two part-time staff members based in the Borders. Izabella and others in the team can be contacted on 01896 751212 or by email at victimsupport.scottishborders@victimsupportsco.org.uk and the office at 72 High Street is open from 9am to 3pm every day.


Open Gardens

In the village, this Saturday, 2-6pm, including teas and stalls.



President Tommy Mulvee chaired last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club and welcomed old friend and regular visitor Harold Wilner of the Rotary Club of Kingston-upon-Thames. Harold gave a short address on their activities. His club were the instigators of the charity Kids Out, which has now been rolled out nationwide, giving under-priviledged children an enjoyable day out to a major local attraction, in Kingston’s case to Thorpe. Their other big project is an annual Dragon Boat Regatta. It attracts huge crowds of spectators and last year’s event had 54 teams competing and £15,000 was raised for charity from the event. Tommy thanked Harold and said it was enlightening to learn what Rotary was doing elsewhere.



The service on Sunday will be at 10.30 am.

Community council

Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday in the Council Chamber, Leithen Road at 7.15pm. All welcome

Race Entries

Local entries for the American Cup (800m handicap – Youth nine to Under-18 on Games Day) and the New Zealand trophy (200m handicap) must be made to Sports Secretary Sarah Lindsay (tel. 01869 833590) no later than July 13. No entries for these events will be accepted on the field on Games Saturday (July 20). Both races are confined to Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair.


Games raffle tickets are now available from various shops around the town or from any committee member. The raffle will be drawn at the Standard Ball on July 13. Prizes include vouchers for McDonald Cardrona, Coltman’s, Stobo Castle, Saffron, Luxury Lawns, Go Ape, Tiger Lilly, Number Six Hair Design. Tickets will also be on sale alongside the official Games Week programme.


Anyone who would like to purchase Games Week bunting should contact Norman Scott on (01896) 830621. Strings of flags cost £15 each.


Volunteers are required to carry blankets for the collections during the Fancy Dress Parade on July 18 and the Flower Parade on July 20. Those willing to help are asked to contact Games committee Treasurer Norman Scott on (01896) 830621.

OAP Social Evening

The Senior Citizens’ Evening will be held in the Memorial Hall on July 11. Tickets are free and available at the Post Office. Entertainment will be provided by St. Ronan’s Future Band, a light supper will be served followed by dancing. A bar will be provided. Those who have already collected tickets are asked to please note the correct date.


Anyone who wishes to have their house judged for the Fancy Dress Parade must give their name to Games secretary Stewart Wilson (tel: 870316) no later than 8pm on July 17. Shops and businesses will also be judged and the Games Committee would encourage all to get involved.


The final meetings will take place on July 3 and 10. Both meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall at 7pm.



Wildlife officer PC Colin Heath of the Northumbria Police spoke about his work and his life-long interest in animals and their welfare. Among his duties he has to liaise with partner organisations such as the RSPCA which leads to visits and inspections, and following up reports from concerned members of the public. He also has to enforce the law when required but a great deal of his work has to do with advising individuals and organisations. Bats cause him quite a bit of work because most of the public do not realise that they are protected by law. Failing to obey can lead to hefty fines of up to £6,000 per bat affected! In Northumbria there are particular problems concerning badger-baiting, cock-fighting and dog fighting. This was a fascinating talk which naturally led to a lively question and answer session.

We were also told at the meeting that the ladies who sell items at local car-boot sales on behalf of Jedburgh Rotary had raised a welcome £92 for charity funds at the recent Denholm sale.


Bridge club

Match-pointed Pairs for June 19: N/S 1st Val Johnstone & Mary Millar :2nd John & Marian Miller :3rd Jim & Mary Stone; E/W 1st Nancy Porter & Ian Watson :2nd Richard Oates & Sheena West 3rd Sheena McPherson & Sheila Urquhart.

Match-pointed Pairs for June 20: 1st John Urquhart & Lee Leeson :2nd Rena Stewart & Val Johnstone :3rd Nancy Porter & Jock Dun :4th Dominic & Diana Alkin .

Eco schools

The Eco Committee at Broomlands Primary School has been rewarded with an Eco-Schools Silver Award for all their hard work. They have focused this year on how to use compost bins correctly, reduced litter, promoted recycling, found ways to save electricity and have helped to keep the school garden tidy. They have taken real pride in our school grounds and encouraged everyone in the school to do the same. They have met every week and spoken at assemblies to make sure the important messages get passed on. We, at Broomlands, are very proud of our eco committee and wish them good luck as they aim for the Green Flag.

Abbey Quilters

The group is hosting Gail Lawther, a well-known British quilt artist on July 5 at Abbey Row Centre, Kelso. She will be giving a talk entitled ‘New Zealand’ which starts at 7pm. Visitors are welcome. Tickets will be available on the door at £5 each. Members are reminded to bring a plate of eats as well as their mugs.


Common Riding

At the Common Riding committee meeting chairman Roger Maxwell brought up the subject of the shows at the Kilngreen. He read out an email which Councillor Denis Male had sent to Alex Haswell of Dumfries and Galloway Council. This was in regard of the ownership of the Kilngreen and the fees charged by the council for its use. In response, the council had made it clear that they considered the Kilngreen belongs to the council under Langholm Common Good.It was decided that a meeting be held with various interested parties.

There has been no reply from Steven Lindsay of Scottish Power in regard to the sponsorship for the 90 metres handicap and this will be chased up.

Jubilee Cornet George Ellwood has chosen a Billy Ewart painting for his presentation.

After vice-chairman Tommy Morrison had consulted with the family it was agreed that John Paterson the diamond jubilee Cornet would be presented with a print at the nursing home.

The quote of £735 by John Little for the public address system was accepted, as was the charge of £787 by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Country Kitchen has provided a menu for the Castleholm lunches and the price is £11 per head.

A total of 450 ties will be ordered and the price will remain at £8, with £5 for a small rosette and 65p a metre for ribbon.

A letter was read out from the Town Band requesting the collection at the dance at the Castleholm on the Common Riding night and this was approved.

Arrangements will be made to have any rubbish cleared on the days following the Common Riding following complaints .

There had been an enquiry made about the jockeys getting their own toilet facilities nearer the container and a quote will be obtained for a single toilet unit.

Primary concert

The annual Common Riding concert for local primary children and Canonbie, took place in the parish church. Families and friends packed into the church to hear the choirs of the two schools sing Common Riding favourites.

Ex-Cornet Michael Bell was compere and Cornet Alasdair Cavers was in attendance along with his right and left- hand men Andrew Elliot and Lee Earsman. The winners of the Langholm primary art competition were presented with their prizes by Craig Rodgerson vice-president of the 1514 club in Hawick. He handed over the 1514 trophy to the overall winner Shannon Jardine from P3.

A number of other trophies and prizes were presented during the evening for sport and academic achievements.

Bouquets of flowers were presented to retiring teachers Joan Cubbon and Ada Bell. Probationer teachers Alana McArdle and Eve Dickson who are moving on, also received bouquets. Art results: P7: 1 Laurene Graham, 2 Ruari Hotson, 3 Carly Blaikie; P5: 1 Cerys Gough, Katrina Jackson, 3 Juliet Weatherstone; P3: 1 Shannon Jardine, 2 Leo Aitken, 3 Iona Aitken.


Coin Party Time

The Melrosian paid his annual visit to Melrose Primary School onJune 21 as the Synton Hoard was being installed in the Ormiston. In the afternoon the P4/5 classes produced for parents and friends the Welcoming Exhibition they had been preparing for the arrival of the coins.

The 52 children each had a sentence to say of how Mrs Colton’s ‘eureka’ idea had grown into clay coin work with Mrs Hargreave, fabric coin work with Mrs Purves, ‘Junior Curators’ with Phoebe Stewart, welcoming posters and ‘flipchart’ coin heads and ‘reverses’. Dr John Reid and Ian Skinner of the Trimontium Trust saw and appreciated the cooperation that had been extended to the project from the headteacher down to the children. The exhibition will be on show in the Ormiston till the autumn.

Trimontium Walk

Today in the town from 1.30 – 5.15pm

Open Gardens

Lowood House Gardens, 2-6pm, £4, £3, children free.

Sunday Service
Melrose Morning Worship will take place at 11am this Sunday.

Garden Party

Melrose in Bloom’s annual summer party will take place on July 21 from 2.30-4.30pm in the garden of “Holmburn”. Ormiston Terrace, Melrose. Tickets can be bought from any of the Bloomers, priced £7.50, or by phoning Val on 01896 822758 or Pam on 01896 822024. There will be champagne, cream teas , the Pipe Band, fiddle music and a raffle.


Poetry competition

Every year Morebattle School pupils compete in a poetry competition with prizes being given by the Robert Davidson committee in memory of the Morebattle Poet who lived from 1778 to 1855.

This year the standard was exceptionally high. Prizes were awarded as follows: 1st prize: Silver cup to be retained for one year plus book token – Emma Thomson with her poem, Seasons; 2nd prize equal (Book token) – Alison Little with Family, and 2nd prize equal (Book token) – Holly Wyatt with The Midnight Fox; 4th prize: (Book token) – Oscar Rodwell with Fishing. The winning poems will be on show at the Morebattle and District Horticultural Society Show on September 21.


The group had a lovely evening at the Woodside Walled Garden near Ancrum, with high tea in the cafe and a guided tour of the garden by Emma.

Coffee Morning

The church coffee morning will be held in Hownam Hall on Saturday, July 6 at 10.30am. All welcome.

Fishing competition

The Pairs Fishing Competition was held on Saturday. Stuart and Jeannie McNulty were the winners. Jim McNulty and Danny Swan, 2nd and Drew Gibson and Colin Cessford were 3rd.

Trysting Tree

There was a good turnout of riders and followers at the meeting at the Trysting Tree in the village despite the very wet conditions. Alec Nicol was Master of Ceremonies. Archie Hunter gave the address. The dancers were Emma Thomson, Susie Thomson, Robyn Gold and Holly Wyatt. Teas were served in the Institute.

Games Queen

This year’s Morebattle Games Queen has been chosen and is Holly Wyatt.

Guide Dogs

The Coffee Morning for Guide Dogs for the Blind will be on July 20 at 10.30am in the Village Hall. Usual stalls, competitions, raffle etc.

School Sports

The results are as follows: Junior Girls – 1st Amy Ralston, 2nd Minta Younger, 3rd Katie McFadgen. Junior Boys – 1st William Tweedie, 2nd John Girvan, 3rd Sam Johnston.

Senior Girls – 1st Emma Thomson, 2nd Emily Letts, 3rd Alice Little.

Senior Boys – 1st Angus Bryce, 2nd Dan Gamble, 3rd Neil Mallen.



At a special coffee morning in the village hall last week the Quilters presented the village with a wall-hanging illustrating past and present village life. Mrs Elmi indicated the 
Borders-wide area from which the quilters came and how they had faced up to the challenge of completing their salute to the village. John Brown, hall chairman, thanked the ladies for their hard work and artistry. The first visitors to appreciate it were the Trimontium 
Walkers on the Thursday afternoon.


Library cafe

The next event is on Wednesday, July 3, in the village hall, at 11am. Join us for coffee, cake and chat – all for £1.


The next service in Traquair will be on July 7, at 10.30am



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, July 28, at 10.30am


Kirk summer dance

The church summer ceilidh and supper has been cancelled due to lack of interest. However the grand raffle is still going ahead.

Gardens of Scotland

Yetholm village gardens are being opened to the public on Sunday, July 14. Posters are on display detailing the additional activities such as teas, plant sales and Bric a Brac stall.

Vintage tractor run

This year’s event takes place on July 14, and because it coincides with the open gardens day, instead of a village green base, the start and finish will move to Kirk Yetholm. The centre will be Doug Gibson’s Sheep Shed. All welcome.

Flodden 500 concert

This took place recently in Coldstream Parish Kirk, and included eight ladies from the Yetholm Village Choir.

Plant sale

The Floral Gateway Gathering held a plant sale on Town Yetholm Green, coupled with the preparation of hanging baskets. Thanks to all who took part.

Fitness class

A free 45-minute outdoor fitness class for all abilities will take place at the playing 
fields from noon tomorrow (Friday). All welcome.