District news October 6


WRI: The first meeting of the new session was a talk and cookery demonstration of wartime foods by Marlyn McColl. There was also a quiz about what Marlyn had talked about, with one or two other wartime questions thrown in. Competitions – small biscuits – 1, Elizabeth Bruce; old recipe – 1, Helen Cavers; 2, Margaret Mills. The next meeting on October 17 will be a hands-on one, with a small charge being made for the material used.


CHURCH: Frances Selkirk conducted the harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday in Caddonfoot Church. CY (the youth group) did a special presentation and the lessons were read by Roddie Beatson. The sale of work is on October 15 in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels.


Weather: Rain fell on just about every day during the month, with more than an inch falling on the 16th. A total of 3.52 inches was recorded for the month. Temperatures were also low for this time of year. Towards the end of the month a more settled spell arrived with temperatures reaching into the 20s Celsuis. The highest temperature was 26C on the 30th.

FILM: The film produced by Hawick Film and Video Club in 1975, recording the life of John Leyden, entitled The Lad o’ Pairts and shown at an exhibition in Denholm Church, will be made available to the public as a DVD at a cost of £5 each. Orders are being taken at Denholm post office and should be lodged by October 15. For further information, contact Scott Tait on 01450 870335.

Church: On Sunday services will take place at Bedrule (9.30am) and Hobkirk (11am). The service at Bedrule will be the harvest thanksgiving for the Ruberslaw congregation. On Wednesday at 7.30pm Hobkirk and Southdean Guild holds its dedication service in Southdean Church. The Big Breakfast will be served in the William Laidlaw Memorial Hall, Bonchester Bridge, 9am-noon on October 15. Organised by the Hobkirk and Southdean congregation, all are welcome. On October 16 services will be held at Denholm (9.30am) and at Hobkirk (11am).

CLASSES: Total body workout classes have started on Tuesdays in the village hall, 7-8pm. Call Janis on 07849 023376 for more information.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all-age, 9.30am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods.Communion will be held on October 16 at 9.30am and 11am. The congregational board meets on October 18 at 7pm in the church hall. The autumn fair total has now reached £1,100.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Last week members enjoyed an afternoon of quizzing prepared by Ann Thomson and Sheila McKay. Competition – a paperweight – winners, Mrs Graham, Mrs Seaton and Mrs V. Thomson. Members and guests will celebrate the club’s 41st birthday with a party next week. Competition – a souvenir spoon.


LUNCH: A three-course Sunday lunch in aid of the Borders MS society will take place on October 16, 12.30-1pm. Contact Christine (01835 840246) or Linda (01835 862914 to book a place.


Bridge Club: Bridge players and those wanting to learn are welcome to attend club meetings in the village hall on Mondays (1-4pm). For absolute beginners separate tuition is offered until such a time as they are ready to join the main group. It costs £1 per week to play and 50p for tea and a biscuit, with an annual membership of £5.


WRI: Lucile Macleod welcomed members to the start of a new season and speakers for the evening, Alex Turnbull and Jennifer Bryson, who talked about beekeeping. They explained how beehives worked and how they were put together, and also explained what they did to look after their bees, how to protect them in winter, what diseases to look out for and how to treat them. The talk concluded with photographs and questions, while members had a cup of tea and enjoyed the honey and oat biscuits that Jennifer had made for them. The vote of thanks was given by Lucile Macleod. Competition – wildlife photograph – 1, Heather Carroll; 2, Sheila Tyldesley. The next meeting will be on Tuesday when Walter Elliot will talk about the Elliots of Ettrickhead. The meeting, which starts at 7.30pm in the Boston Hall, is an open one.


Camera Club: The back-to-basics practical night was well attended. Members brought along their camera gear to compare with others and find out about some of the more in-depth intricacies on digital cameras. Wednesday is members’ showcase night – a chance to have one’s efforts applauded and constructively criticised. The hand-in for the agricultural competition is also Wednesday. Full details of the club and its activities can be found at www.galacameraclub.co.uk

50/50 DRAW: The winning ticket drawn on Sunday was 1172. Tickets for next week’s lottery are available from the Info Hub, Salmon, Quins, Auld Mill and Ladhope Inn. There is also a standing order option.

PROBUS CLUB: Speaker Isobel Gordon’s subject was her journey by riverboat from Rangoon in Burma to Mandalay. The country, its people and history were well summarised, from when the British came to Burma at the end of the 18th century to trade and build Rangoon, together with oil refineries and other industries. Isobel was born in Burma, where her father was working, as the country was administered by the British from India. When the Second World War reached Burma in 1942, Isobel and her mother managed to sail on the last boat to India and were taken in as refugees. Burma was liberated in 1945 and achieved full independence in 1948. Isobel made her return journey in 2004, accompanied by a local guide, and she illustrated her talk with slides. The president’s outing to Traquair House is today. Next Thursday’s meeting features a talk by Ken Galt on the Tweed Foundation.


ROTARY: At last week’s meeting, international convenor Sandy Bannerman reported that, from the money raised by quiz sheets prepared by him and his wife Jane, £250 was being sent to Selkirk Rotary Club to be donated to its Mary’s Meals project in the Horn of Africa Appeal. Speaker Lorraine Craig gave an illustrated talk on her travels to the outbacks of India, Cambodia and Thailand. Keeping clear of the tourist areas, she met these country’s natives in their everyday activities. Lorraine’s talk prompted many questions from the floor. Kerr Scott proposed the club’s vote of thanks.

Film and Video Group: The first night of the new season got under way last week with club president Jean Tait presenting a programme of films from SAM, the Scottish Association of Moviemakers, an organisation which assists film and video clubs around the country to promote the art of amateur film-making. The films provided covered a wide selection of subjects, ranging from the changing seasons around a Scottish loch to the strenuous and hazardous work of a lobster fisherman in the waters around Orkney. Comedy was included with film of an intelligent dog, which liked to express its opinions on the current political scene. There were also some factual documentaries in the programme. The next meeting will be a visit to Carlisle Camcorder Club on Monday.

Camera Club: The first night of the new season took place last Thursday evening in the High Street clubrooms with club president John Hill addressing a large audience of members. Traditionally, the programme for the first meeting is the choice of the president and he presented a photographic tour through the rugged fjords of Alaska. It consisted of a cruise on the 70-passenger vessel Wilderness Explorer. Next Thursday’s meeting will be an illustrated talk on photography by Pat Rafferty.

Bridge Club: September 19 – N/S – 1, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 2, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 3, J. Henderson and M. Bishop; E/W – 1, J. and M. Miller; 2, H. and M. Ouldcott; 3, M. Tuson and R. Witherington. September 26 – N/S – 1, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; E/W – 1, L. and T. Witten; 2, E. Tait and J. Veitch; 3, P. Young and J. Beedle. September 28 – 1, H. and M. Ouldcott; 2, K. Auckland and R. Witherington; 3, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 4, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth.


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

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Work on this year’s Christmas lights starts on October 16. Volunteers should report to The Hut (Leithenside units) at 9.30am.


Bridge Club: September 26 – N/S – 1, J.Tait and I. Weir; 2, A. and A. Ireland; 3, J. and M. Weightman; E/W – 1, D.Gray and D. Cessford; 2 (equal), D. and P. Palmer, and R. Oates and S. West.

SHOP APPEAL: The Jedburgh Sue Ryder Shop urgently needs donations of clothes and bric-a-brac for its October fundraising campaign. For more information, phone 01835 864662.


Thursday Group: Members meet today for Peter Symms and an eyewitness account of a naval battle. Next Thursday Pat Young will talk about jewellery and demonstrate some technques. All meetings are at Abbey Row Centre at 2pm. For more information and a syllabus, phone 01573 224753.

GUILD: Kelso North and Ednam Church Guild resumed its activities for the winter session with a service in Kelso North Church, taken by the Reverend Tom McDonald. A social evening was held in Kelso North Church vestibule last Thursday when The Chocolate Wives – a group of four musicians – entertained members. The Reverend Donald Gaddes is the speaker at next Thursday’s meeting.

BRIDGE CLUB: September 28 – Abbey Salver 1 – N/S – 1, Evelyn Erskine and Alison Ireland; 2, Rena Stewart and Beth Stark; 3, Sheila Urquhart and Sheena McPherson; E/W – 1, Annie Mitchell and Bob Stevenson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Jean Bunyan and Val Fairbairn. September 29 – Calchou Cup 1 – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 2 (equal), David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart, Rena Stewart and Jean Gall; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and Bob Stevenson; 2, Moira Ayton and Nan Cockburn; 3, John and Marian Miller.

RANGERS FANS: Tickets for the St Mirren game on October 15 are available from Jim on 01573 226240.

FOUR BORDER ABBEYS U3A GROUP: The next meeting will be held on Monday at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when the speaker is Grant Thoms on renewable energy.


Driving: Pupils from the Academy gained their first experiences behind the wheel of a car when they took part in a safe driving initiative. The 16-year-olds joined teenagers from other secondary schools in Annandale and Eskdale to take part in the scheme which was hosted by Magnox Limited, Chapelcross. The project was run by Dumfries and Galloway police in Annan, along with the council’s education service. This year it was funded by Annandale and Eskdale Safe and Healthy Action Partnership, along with the Chapelcross behavioural safety observation scheme.


Coffee Morning: £1,125.90 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at Lauder’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning last Friday in the Lauderdale Hotel. The Christmas card sale total was £311.


Maxton Meets: The next talk in the Maxton Meets series is on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall when Isabel Gordon will speak on The Scholar, The Wizard and The Seer, looking at 13th-century Scotland through the eyes of Michael Scott and Thomas The Rhymer.


Gardeners’ Question TIme: BBC Radio 4’s gardening quiz will be recorded in the Corn Exchange on October 31. Melrose in Bloom is hosting the event. The recording starts at 6.30pm and doors will be open from 5.30pm. Tickets can be bought at Mason’s Book Shop in the Square, from members of Melrose in Bloom, or by phoning Val on 01896 822758 or Pam on 01896 822024.

Ormiston Bridge Club: September 19 – N/S – 1, M. and H. Dooley; 2, J. Gall and J. Chalmers; 3, B. Birch and K. Lindsay; E/W – 1, D. and M. Swanson; 2, A. Trueman and P. Simpson; 3, A. Merry and C. Sutherland. September 26 – N/S – 1, B. Stevenson and A. Ronald; 2, L. Leeson and J. Dun; 3, J. Gall and J. Chalmers; 4, J. and Q. McLaren; E/W – 1, D. and M. Swanson; 2, M. Lang and M. Thomson; 3, V. Fairbairn and J. Bunyan; 4, B. Birch and K. Lindsay.

CHURCH: Activities – the cookery demonstration/winetasting raised more than £500 for the projects abroad; until Sunday, Guide Dog Week at Greenyards House; today, the guild meets at 2.30pm, A. Bennett; Saturday, decoration of church; Sunday, services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am).

Sundials: Dennis Cowan of Limekilns followed up his recent escorted visit round Newstead to see the sundials by producing an article for the forthcoming issue of the British Sundials Society. He compared what he saw and photographed in early August with the evidence for the sundials in the set of five-volume 1892 books by Messrs McGibbon and Ross. Ross sketched and described six sundials in Newstead, but Mr Cowan was able to locate only four and assumes that the two missing have been lost. On the other hand he was shown two others, not recorded by Ross, the remains of one of which, because of the nature of sandstone, is in poor condition. The other, the earliest, bears the date 1659. There is at least one other small non-recorded sundial in the village awaiting a little renovation. It is suggested that sundial-making was a wintertime hobby for the village stonemasons.


Coffee Morning: The Macmillan coffee morning raised £425.

WRI: The next meeting is on Wednesday at 7.15pm when Suzie Elliot will talk about Riding for the Disabled. Competitions – three drop scones and a cake knife.

Camera Club: The AGM will be on Monday in the institute at 7pm. New members most welcome.

Social: The fishing social is on October 22 in the Templehall Hotel. Names to Stuart and Jeannie McNulty by October 15 (phone 01573 440647).

Yetholm Show: In the show’s Yetholm Gypsy potato-in-pail competition, Mary Pringle came second with 3lb 5oz.

Bowling: Indoor bowling in the village hall starts tomorrow at 7pm. New members welcome.


Auction: The annual fundraising auction for the Heritage Centre takes place in the village hall on Saturday. Starting at 1pm, there will be bric-a-brac, small furniture, household goods, books and much more. Viewing starts at 10am and soup will be available from noon.Proceedings will be in the hands of Donald Inch and Mike Hall.

Fair: There will be a craft fair in the village hall on October 15 in aid of Help for Heroes. It runs from 10am-4pm.


CAFE: The library cafe will be open 11am on Wednesday.


Coffee Morning: £1,080.80 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at Oxton’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning last Friday in the War Memorial Hall. The Christmas card sale total was £219.55.


BLOOMING: More than 100 people attended the Burgh halls for the Peebles in Bloom Awards 2011 presentation night. As well as the traditional categories, three new categories were introduced this year – secret garden, best seasonal garden and best overall garden. Each new category also benefited from a trophy sponsored by W. J. Burnside, R. H. Miller and Pentland Plants. The trophies were presented by Carolyn Spray of Pentland Plants and Beechgrove Garden fame, and the winners were announced by Alasdair Stewart, of the community council. Best small garden – 1, Mr and Mrs Mason, 6 The Meadows; 2, Mr and Mrs Wilkinson, 16 Wemyss Place; 3, Mr and Mrs Thomson, 50 Eliots Park; best medium garden – 1, Mr Rennie, 51 Whitehaugh Park; 2, Mrs Thomson, 10 Violet Bank; 3, Mrs Shearer Ballochmyle, St Andrews Road; best large garden – 1, Mr and Mrs Bain, 22 Connor Ridge; 2, Mr and Mrs Jones, 52 Eliots Park; best courtyard garden – 1, Mr and Mrs Swanson Roselea, St Andrews Road; 2, Mr Davidson, 59 Glensax Road; 3, Mr Williams, 8 Dalatho Street; best business garden – 1, The Bridge Inn; 2, The Neidpath Inn; best year-round garden – 1, Mr and Mrs Barnett, 14 Cademuir Drive; 2, Mrs Mackay, 6 Walkershaugh; best street – Mrs M Dryden, Mrs R. Clelland, Mrs N. McDiarmid, Miss A .Kinnear, Mr and Mrs W. Brunton, Miss J. Bell, Mrs D. Coia,  Miss M. Forsyth, all of Rose Park; best secret garden – Mr and Mrs Syme, Westbank, Frankscroft; overall winner – Mr and Mrs Clark, 12 South Parks. More than 110 gardens were considered by the two judges, Eric Gilmour and Bob Milne.

COUNCIL: Peebles Community Council meets next Thursday at 7pm in the Burgh Halls.

DISCO: The Alec Lucas Memorial Committee will run a disco on October 15 in Peebles Ex-Servicemens’ Club. Music will be provided by Good Company, from 8pm-1am. Tickets from Carol Drummond on 07512 135742.


WRI: Members were given a cookery demonstration by Liz and Pauline from The Waterwheel. Competiton – two muffins – 1, Margaret Watson; 2, Linda Bradshaw. The next meeting – the AGM and beetle drive – is on Tuesday in the hall.


SCRABBLERS: Yetholm Scrabble Club meets on Wednesday, 2-4pm, and fortnightly thereafter, in the Wauchope Hall. Any queries should go to Audrey Gibson.

WHIST DRIVE: There will be a Youth Hall whist drive on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: The new season begins in the Wauchope Hall next week. The meeting will discuss the way forward for the club. Last year the number of members had been tailing off due to illness. However, those who attended regularly enjoyed themselves and are keen to see the club keep going

KIRK NEWS: Minister Robin McHaffie has been enjoying a holiday and when this happens he makes arrangements for someone to take the Sunday service. The Yetholm congregation was seated and wondering who would be leading the praise – and in came five people Robin had arranged for the recently-appointed new elders to be in charge. They were John Thompson, Magaret Lister, Graeme Watson, Moira Keddie and Simon Oldham.

COFFEE MORNING: The Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning held in Yetholm as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised £472.

EXHIBITION: The Kelso Art Group exhibition in aid of the British Heart Foundation in the Youth Hall runs today, tomorrow and Saturday.