District News October 29


Parish Church

The Rev Barry Hughes, from Cardrona, conducted the morning service on Sunday in Caddonfoot Parish Church. It was the first time that Mr Hughes had been inside the church and said he was very impressed by the building and the congregation. Mr Hughes, who formerly was a bank employee, had given up his work there to concentrate on his final studies for the ministry. The Bible was read by Bill Birch and Mrs Dorothy Howden played the organ. In the World Council of Churches’ Prayer Cycle, prayers were said for the people of the Indian Ocean islands, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives as well as those at home. The annual sale of work will be held in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on Saturday, October 31. If you have any donations, please bring them to the hall between 9 and 9.45 am. There will also be a plant stall. There will be a choir social in Trinity on Friday, October 30, at 7pm. It is hoped that Caddonfoot members will attend. Tickets, priced £4, are available from choir members. Next Sunday will mark the Sacrament of Holy Communion at 9.45am.


Parish Church

On Sunday, November 1, the service at 10.15am will be conducted by Rev Julie Woods. This will also be the last day for handing in filled Shoeboxes for Blythewood. The Congregational Board meet on Monday, November 2, at 7.30pm in the church hall lounge. Tuesday, November 3, is the Grangehall service at 2pm and Communion in Hanover at 3pm.

Women’s Group

The next meeting is on Thursday, November 5, at 8pm in the church hall and the speaker is from Border Blooms in Kelso.


Earlston rural are hosting a Craft Fair in Hanover Close on Saturday, October 31, from 10am-3pm, admission £1. A variety of beautifully hand crafted items will be on sale so if you’re looking for something different for Christmas you’re sure to find it here.


Lauderdale Community Choir is presenting a ‘Concert of Peace and Remembrance’ in Earlston High School on November 7 at 7.30pm. The programme includes Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ and will feature guest musicians. The event is in support of Legion Scotland and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Tickets are available from choir members, Woodside Garden Centre, Lauder Bakery and Rhymers Tower Coffee Shop or by calling 07777 622869.



Liz Jamieson gave us a talk on the varieties and care of orchids and held a ‘clinic’ for our own sickly orchids. Keep them in clear plastic pots and check that the roots are green, not brown and dead. We are now much wiser about the care of these delicate plants! Liz started her hobby when living in Zimbabwe and told us about her interesting life there. The competition for a garden on a plate was won by Gail Chandler and the prettiest floral mugs were brought by Margaret Jeary, Margaret Linton and Annette Fraser.


Village Hall

The next Coffee Morning and Sale in aid of Village Hall funds takes place on Saturday, November 7, from 10am-12 noon. As usual anyone with anything to sell should just turn up, take a table and give a donation to Hall funds. The next musical event in the Village Hall takes place on Friday, November 20, at 7.30pm with the visit of Riddell Fiddles and friends. Tickets are now available from Linda on 01750 52257. Adults £6; youngsters £3; Family of four £15. There will be a bar from 7pm.


Clef Club

Gala Clef Club’s ‘Bring a friend night’ was an enjoyable evening of great music and some new faces. Margaret Lang opened the programme with ‘December’, from Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Seasons’, then Sue Wilson accompanied cellist Mark Warnes with a programme of short pieces. Next up was Heidi Goodship (flute) and Jim Letham (piano) who played music by Danzi and Kreisler. After the break Margaret Dick resumed with a menuet by Bach, a Mazurka by Chopin, and a slow dance by Vaughan-Williams. Next, Dorothea and Kenneth Hall performed a Loeillet sonata for treble recorder and harpsichord. Finally, flautists extraordinaire John Harris and Lis Dooner performed a dazzling Mozart Duo. You can find out more about Gala Clef Club on 0778 037 8590 or see a full review at www/onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub

Probus Club

Galashiels and District Probus Club with guests from Hawick Probus Club met on Thursday, October 22, and welcomed as guest speaker Nigel Miller of Stagehall Farm Stow who had been president of NFU Scotland until February this year. Nigel gave a comprehensive overview of farming in Scotland to-day illustrated with many statistics showing among others, the fall in numbers of tenancies, the rise in short term lets and the trend towards larger units which are much more productive, the fall in livestock numbers, the reliance on direct support to maintain incomes and the importance of farming in sustaining the food and drink sector which is 21% of Scottish manufacturing output. Members were fully appraised of the Scottish farming scene from someone who had been at the heart of it as an office bearer and then president of the NFU and he was warmly thanked for his talk after a vote of thanks proposed by the president of Hawick Probus, Ray Klopas. The next meeting of the club is on Thursday, November 12, when Stuart Scott will talk on Borders Wildlife Photography.

Trinity Church

Bill Cheyne, session clerk, welcomed the Rev Barry Hughes to Trinity on Sunday. He was leading the service and introduced himself as an ordained minister from Cardrona. He is also a scout leader and he had with him a scout ‘neckie’ which led him to talk to the children (and adults) about the promises we make when we join organisations like the scouts, guides etc. After Annabelle recited the Guide Promise to him, he spoke of how easy it is for all of us to break the promises we make. Dorothy Howden led the music and Sheila Urquhart read the Bible lessons from Psalm 8 and Luke Chapter 16. This week it is the turn of Trinity to ‘man’ the food bank and food parcels will be handed out to those people referred between 2-3pm each afternoon. On Friday 30th, the choir are having a social in the church hall starting at 7pm and tickets cost £4. On Sunday, November 1, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the morning service at 11.15am.

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Art exhibition

Just a reminder to those wishing to put work into the exhibition that handing in day is Monday, November 2, from 1.30pm-2.30pm afternoon then 5pm-7pm in the evening. The private view is on Friday, November 6, from 6pm onwards.


The next meeting of the SWI is the AGM on Wednesday, November 4, at 7.30pm.


Camera Club

Last Thursday it was the Open competition and judging was Sam Cornwell, from The Taxi Office, who had the unenvious job on whittling down the 70 images, from both digital and printed sections, to get to his top 3’s and overall winner. Results were: Digital section - 1st Margaret Lancaster (Near Glencoe), 2nd Dennis Laing (Breakfast at Rothiemurchus), 3rd Ian Bell (Hanging around), HC Gordon Gilfether (Red on Blue); Print section - 1st Bert Lancaster (The Restaurant in the Mirror), 2nd Dennis Laing (Come on baby light my fire), 3rd Bert Lancaster (Water Lily), HC Ali Graham (Bird’s Eye). Overall, for the Open cup, was a true Mr and Mrs battle with Margaret taking the honours. This Saturday is the club coffee morning in Trinity Church Hall and next Thursday’s meeting is images from the Club outing to Hexham and Corbridge.

Film Group

The Hawick Film and Video Group meeting last Tuesday evening consisted of a series of films by Eric Parr, a member of the Tyne and Wear club. Mr Parr was not present at the meeting but submitted a DVD sample of his work; a collection he labelled “Looking Back” at his videos over the years. The programme began with a short documentary entitled ‘Metal Art’, which featured a young artist Peter Collinson, making wonderful sculptures by welding old parts of machinery and bits of scrap metal to form stylised birds and animals. Other titles included a boat trip ‘Cruising’ from Newcastle to the Tynemouth, and a handful of short comedy sketches which hit the mark with their brief and to-the-point punch lines. These involved members of the Benton Bird Club and a game about a pigeon picture. Next came ‘Long In The Tooth’ about false teeth placed in glasses at bedtime. ‘James Bond’ appeared in a well-acted fashion show spoof, incorporating fast cars, boats and beautiful women. Next came a mix up when an undercover spy whispered a password to Jones the Butcher instead of Jones the Spy. Other films followed more normal pursuits eg young people abseiling from a very high bridge in order to raise funds for charity, and by way of a complete contrast, we were taken to a flower festival in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The final film featured a choir of enthusiastic pensioners singing in the pedestrian tunnel under the river Tyne at North Shields, where the acoustics are particularly good. The films were greatly appreciated by our members and our thanks go to Eric for allowing us to see them. The meeting on November 10, will be our ‘Five-Minute’ and ‘Jean Tait’ competitions.

Music Club

Paying another, very welcome, return visit to Hawick on Sunday were Paul Chamberlain and Michael Haywood. Their programme began quietly, evocatively, with a typical, eleven beat in the bar Balkan wedding dance. Performed on soprano saxophone and accordion in a lively manner, the scene was set for an afternoon of excellent music. There followed three more pieces portraying different styles of tango, the first, jazz like, celebrating the end of slavery, the second incorporating the sweet sound of the violin, and the third, another Balkan piece, this time with seven beats in a bar. The duo then performed an exquisite composition by Paul Chamberlain depicting an Orcadian Sunrise, with the Sound of Hoy, shipwrecks and the play of light on the water. The accordion this time was accompanied by the low six holed whistle, providing a soulful timbre to the piece. Monti’s well known lively, toe tapping Czardas for gypsy violin preceded a quiet, reflective solo on accordion, a Romance by Angelis, which was slow and haunting. Michael Haywood then played a composition of his own depicting the Lewis Chessmen, which was an imaginative and dramatic three part piece. Introducing the wee whistle, we were shown how versatile a ‘simple’ instrument can be, using techniques of breath control and finger vibrato. Modern, jazzy tango with a big sound opened the second half of the programme and then, in contrast came a calm, serene Ave Maria by Piazzolla. Two Hungarian Dances by Brahms and the second movement of Mozart’s clarinet concerto followed, showing the versatility of these two players. Russian composer, Zolotariev, who studied under eminent tutors at St. Petersburg Conservatoire, wrote a Sonata for free bass accordion and was the highlight of the concert, receiving enthusiastic applause. Bringing an end to the afternoon of music were very rhythmic, lively and exciting Troikas, from both Russia and Israel, and as a final encore we were treated to a jig and reel - Russian style! Both musicians, in excellent form , showed how versatile they and their instruments were and the audience, sensing this, reacted appreciatively and warmly. Next concert - Harp and Flute duo ‘Hoot’ at Tower Mill, Novovember 15, at 2.30pm. Non-members welcome.


Future Band

St Ronan’s Future Band held a coffee morning recently, raising £450. This money will go towards running the Future Band and the youth development programme. The Band would like to thank everyone who supported the event. St Ronan’s Future Band will hold a solo contest on Saturday, November 8, in St Ronan’s School at 7pm. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.


St Ronan’s School Parent-Teacher Association will hold a coffee morning on Saturday, October 31, in the Vale Club from 10am to 12 noon. As well as coffee, teas, biscuits, cake and candy and a raffle, there will spooky Hallowe’en fun for the children.

Community Council

Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monda, November 2, 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.

Christmas lights

Innerleithen Civic Association will hold its annual coffee morning in aid of Christmas Lights funds from 10am till noon on Saturday, November 7, in the Vale Club. The 2015 Innerleithen Christmas Lights will be switched on on December 6.

Craft Fair

Innerleithen and District AOS will hold a Craft Fair and Table Top Sale in the Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, Innerleithen on Saturday, November 14, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. There will be teas/coffees and bacon rolls, cakes, soft goods, gifts, photos, crafts, cards, jewellery and lots more. Get your Christmas gifts here! Entry by donation.

Games committee

The next meeting of St Ronan’s Games Committee will take place on Wednesday, November 25, in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road at 7pm. A coffee morning on Saturday, November 28, in the Vale Club from 10am to 12 noon.

Church service

The service on Sunday, November 1, in Innerleithen Church will be at 10.30am.


Food event

The ‘Local food for Christmas’ event at Jedburgh Town Hall is on Sunday, November 1, from 11am-4pm, admission free. Try, buy, or order all your Christmas food from local producers or suppliers, then collect the weekend before Christmas in one convenient trip. Enjoy home-made soup and bread for lunch, or mince pies and a cuppa while you decide, and get in the mood with a glass of mulled punch! Run by Bedrule Village Hall Trust. Call 01450 870506 for more information or to book a table.

Historic society

Derek Rae delivered part one of his ‘History of the North British Rayon Mill’ to 45 members. He was an apprentice draughtsman at the ‘Silk Mill’, as it was commonly known, from 1949 to 1954. It started when a local mill owner, whose business was struggling. His premises were roughly opposite the south end of Richmond Row, this being a relatively-new building. Also available was the Abbey Mill building which was across the river from the swimming baths. Ernest Walls, managing director of Lever Brothers, resigned his position to set up the North British Rayon (NBR) factory in Jedburgh. Derek described the setting up of the business, why viscose rayon as chosen, the share floatation and the building of the factory which finally went into production in 1929. The reception of this vast chemical works in the centre of the town was mixed, to put it mildly. There were constant legal and other wrangles between NBR and the town council, sometimes resulting in the High Court in Edinburgh getting involved. Many new houses had to be built to accommodate the influx of families of the eventual 900 or so employees. The final part of this talk was a review of photographs of people who had worked at the Silk Mill and also long lists of employees’ names – many of the audience were able to identify relatives. Part two will be delivered on February 11. The next society talk is on November 12 at 7.30pm at the Legion. The topic is ‘Jed’s Lost History’ by Chris Veitch.


Bridge Club

Here are the results from the Club for this week. SBU Sim Pairs - N/S 1st John Urquhart & Mary Logan,2nd Val Johnstone & Mary Millar, 3rd Bob Stevenson & Annie Mitchell. E/W 1st David & Sue Dunwell, 2nd Sheena McPherson and Sheila Urquhart, 3rd Brian Saywood & Ken Ross; Millennium Trophy

N/S 1st Jean McLaren & Ken Ross, 2nd Marion Miller & Chris Anthony, 3rd Bob Stevenson & Lee Leeson. E/W 1st Alex Jeffrey & John Loudon, 2nd Mary & Nigel Lindsay, 3rd Helenor Pratt & Pauline Smart.


Baking demonstration

A growing interest in baking and crafts has been fueled by television shows like the Great British Bake Off and Sewing Bee, and an example of what can be achieved by local talented ladies will be on display next week at Kelso. Ladies from throughout the district will be competing at the bi-annual show organised by the Roxburghshire Federation of Scottish Women’s Institutes at Springwood Park, Kelso on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31. Judging takes place on Friday afternoon and it is open to the public at night from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday 10am to 4pm. The Federation have an exchange with Shetland SWI and are delighted Davina Morrison is travelling down from there to present the trophies on the Saturday afternoon.

Broomlands SWI

For the October meeting members enjoyed a very interesting talk by Kenneth and Wilma Gunn about the charity Scottish HART. The charity raises funds to supply defibrillators to communities to be used in emergency situations should any member of the public suffer a heart attack. These machines can be used by anyone and could be life saving until an ambulance arrived. Competition winners for a bookmark were 1st Sarah Blacklock, 2nd Moira Nicholson and 3rd Val Douglas. The fun competition for decorative plate was won by Elizabeth Bruce with Jeanette Farquhar second.


Pop Up Shop

Emma Herdman will have Pop Up Shop at the Black Bull on Friday, November 6, from 6pm. Emma is a local artist creating original visual art.

Historical Society

Last week guest speakers were Ian Brotherston and David Wilkinson. They gave a detailed history of Lauder, which later became Lauderdale, Scout Group, bringing along memorabilia including Scout uniforms from a bygone era, achievement badges and photos. Then David, the Scout Leader, gave a slideshow of himself as a lad, together with the other young scouts in the group, taking part at some of the summer Scout Camps. This was most amusing and very entertaining, despite the need for health and safety precautions. However, they are still here to tell the tale. Afterwards, Alistair Smith was presented with an official scroll making him our Honorary President. Eugene Brandeschi thanked Alistair for his endeavours in starting the Society in February 2003 and becoming Chairman, the post he held for 12 years until May 2015. Without Alistair’s valuable input, dedication and hard work the Society would not have achieved its objectives and become the success it is today.


Parish Church

Florence Philippa Elizabeth Norman was christened amid friends and family and received a baptismal candle lit from the church’s Easter candle, signifying new life. The OT lesson continued the story of Job’s exploration of what God was about and in the NT the blind Bartimaeus likewise persisted till he achieved what he wanted. Activities: Thanks for the £2025 support of Christian Aid’s work with refugees in Syria (to be increased through Gift Aid); Thursday, October 29 - last Trimontium Walk 1.30pm, ‘Rome’ lecture 7.30pm; Saturday, October 31 - British Legion Coffee Morning (Dardenelles). Poppy collectors wanted tel 822349; Sunday, November 1 - Services, Bowden 9.30am, Melrose Family Service 10am; Morning Worship 11am; shoebox appeal deadline; Thursday, November 5 - Guild 2.30pm J Westwood ‘Antarctica’; Sunday, November 8 - Abbey Consort Holy Trinity 7.30pm; foodbank ongoing.



Ian Cruickshanks from Kirriemuir and his band play for the first Old Time Dance in Midlem Village Hall on Saturday, November 7, 7.30-11.30pm. Bar, tea, raffle. Bring your own supper. All welcome.



The Guild will take place in Morebattle Institute on Thursday, November 5, at 7.30pm when the Border Search and Rescue Unit will give a talk on their work. This is an open meeting – all welcome.


Dyslexia awareness

A Pop Up Shop will be held at Selkirk Tower Streeton Tuesday, November 3, from 10am-4pm to raise awareness about Dyslexia and to reach out to people who have literacy difficulties. A chance to drop in and chat about what help is available.


Church service

The next service in Traquair Kirk will be on Sunday, November 8, at 10.30am.



Romany Ramblers will meet at Wauchope Hall on Saturday, October 31, at 9am for their monthly walk.

History Society

Meet in Mission Hall on Tuesday, November 3, at 7 30pm. Speaker is Matilda Mitchell - The early manuscripts of Lindisfarne and local connections. New members welcome.

Bonfire night

Meet outside Village Shop at 5.30pm when torches for Bonfire Night will be on sale. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm with Firework Display to follow. Hot Dogs and Soup on sale at Pavilion.

Charities Fair

The Annual Christmas Fair will be held in Wauchope Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Refreshments available.

Film Night

The Imitation Game (12) is the November Film which will be shown on Saturday, November 7, starting at 7pm in Wauchope Hall. Doors will open at 6.30pm.