District News September 11

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On Sunday (September 14)at Bowden Parish Church at 9.30 am.


Country worship

The last of four Country Evening Worships was held on Sunday in Broughton Kirk.

Arranged by the Rev Marion Dodd, under the auspices of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery, the service theme was Joining together in Harmony rather than Conflict.

The Rev Bob Milne, moderator of the Presbytery, welcomed the congregation and later concluded the service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The collection again went towards training ministry students. Afterwards, coffee, tea and cakes were enjoyed by members of the congregation.



Mr Roddy Beatson was ordained as a new Elder at the service on Sunday in Caddonfoot Parish Church.

The Rev Elspeth Harley, who carried out the ordination and admission to the Eldership and the Kirk Session, welcomed Mr Beatson before he was congratulated by members of the congregation.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion was also fulfilled.

A box for donations for the sale of work on October 11 will be available in the church from Sunday.

There will be an open afternoon at the manse in Galashiels on Saturday, when members of the congregation are invited to attend.



The service on Sunday, September 14, will take place at 10.15am and will be conducted by Reverend Julie Woods.

Quiz night

It’s not too late to enter a team for the fun quiz to be held on Friday, September 19, in the church Hall. Names to Clare Milne on 01896 848288.

Hobby day

This takes place on Saturday, September 20 in the church hall from 10.30am until 4pm. Come along and see what talents people get up to in their spare time.


Edgerston Show

This will be held in the hall on Saturday (September 13). All welcome. There will be afternoon tea, raffle and auction of leftover entries.

Doors open to public 2pm, all entries to be displayed before 11am. Entry – adults £1, children under-12 free.

Please contact Kath for a schedule on 01835 864371.


Raft race

This year’s Ettrick River Raft Race will take place on Sunday, September 21. The first raft will leave Honey Cottage Caravan Park at 2pm, ending at Tushielaw Bridge.

People should register with Marjory Tennant on 01750 62327 . There will be a raffle and refreshments at the finishing line.


The next meeting is an open night on Wednesday (September 17) with Joyce Tinlin and is entititled, Sing it with Flowers. The event starts at 7.30pm in the village hall. All welcome. Entry for visitors £2 and there will be a raffle.



The WRI will meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 17, when there will be a talk on the Stow Archive.

Competitions: (1) Strawberry Jam (2) a Jam Dish.

New members welcome – come along and see what we get up to.

Horticultural show

Galawater Horticultural Society held its 20th anniversary flower show on September 6.

There was a good number of flowers and vegetable entries and a lot of really good entries by the children of Fountainhall, Stow and Heriot schools.

There was also a special appearance by Alistair Moore, who spent his childhood in Stow during the Second World War and who came along to share his memories with us and who very kindly donated a copy of his book, A Stow Story.


Murray & Burrell Cup Best Exhibit, Vegetable section, Jim Mercer

Malcolm Stirling Cup Best Collection of Potatoes, Jim Mercer

Williamson Cup and £5 Most Points in Vegetable Section, Jim Mercer

Fruit Trophy Best Exhibit, Fruit section, Victor Crawford

Dr Simpson Cup Best Exhibit, Flower section, Jim Mercer

Graham Steel Trophy Best Foliage Pot Plant, Christine Davidson

Ramsay Cup and £5 Most Points, Flower section, Jim Mercer

Top Vase Awards Flowers £10, Jim Mercer

Floral Art Cup Most Points in Floral Art Section – Joint Prizewinners: Nettie Simm and Carol Kellett

Top Tray Awards Vegetables £10, Jim Mercer

E.G. Brown Cup Most Points in Baking Section, Margaret Robertson

Craft Trophy Best Exhibit, Handicraft Section, Pat Wei

Pringle Cup Most Points in Handicraft Section, Nettie Simm

Medal + £2.50p Best Exhibit Children age 8 and under, Leah Rochester

Medal + £2.50p Best Exhibit Children age 9 and over, Iain Houston

Orrock Cup+medal+£5, James Steele

Runciman Cup, James Steele

SWRI Cup Most Points in Industrial Section – Joint Prizewinners: Margaret Robertson and Nettie Simm

I.G.Mitchell-Innes Cup Most Points Horticultural Categories, Jim Mercer.


Galawater Horticultural Society will hold its AGM on Wednesday, October 22, 7.30pm in Stow Town Hall. All are welcome to attend.



Members held their first meeting after the summer break.

Lisa Dove and Rhona Murray from the Red Cross gave a very informative talk on various ways to cope with emergencies, such as strokes and heart attacks.

Members also learned how to cope with accidents when out and about with whatever was at hand at the time. Competition – an old-fashioned remedy, was won by Elma Montgomerie, second was Cathy Johnson. The raffle was won by Marion Armitage.



The meeting of Hawick Rotary Club took the form of a business meeting last week.

President Sandy Bannerman invited convenors to report on their committees’ activities to date and future projects in the pipeline.

A healthy report on the club’s finances was given by treasurer Bob Kellett.

Anyone, male or female, who would like to know more about Rotary International is invited to come along to a meeting at 7pm every Thursday in the Buccleuch Hotel.


Horticultural show

See Fountainhall for Galawater Horticultural Society results.



The service this Sunday (September 14) will be at 11.30am.

Multi-purpose path

Since the last meeting of the community council, SBC had trimmed the overgrowth either side of the shared pathway.

This made it much easier for the voluntary workforce, organised by Innerleithen Community Trust, to maintain the edges. SBC had also provided funds for maintenance equipment to be purchased. Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair Rotary Club were also contributing to the purchase of equipment.

Volunteers are always welcome to join regular work parties maintaining the path and should contact Ross McGinn for details, by emailing: community@innerleithen.org.uk or calling him on 01896 830853.

Post Office move

Details of the proposal to move the Post Office branch from 53 High Street to The Village Store, 23-25 High Street are available from the existing Post Office.

The consultation period ends on Wednesday (September 17).

Proposed changes, subject to this consultation, will be made in November/December 2014.

Members of the local community have an opportunity to express their views during the consultation period.

Christmas lights

The annual door-to-door collections taken in aid of the Innerleithen Christmas Lights will be carried out between Monday (September 15) and Saturday (September 20). The collectors will be committee members of Innerleithen Civic Association and volunteers, each in possession of a signed authorisation card. Donations to the Christmas Lights fund can also be made using the yellow collecting tins found in retail and social premises in the town. The lights will be switched on on Sunday, December 7.

Family run

St. Ronan’s Border Games Committee is organising a Family 5k run to be held on Sunday, September 21.

The run will leave from the field behind the Health Centre at 10am and follow a 5k route up and down a section of the Tweed Valley Railway Path. Sponsor forms are available now from the Thrift Shop, the primary school or call 01896 870316. This is open to all ages, but children in P4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the run. All sponsorship raised will go towards the organisation of next year’s Games Week.


Bridge club

September 3 – Match-pointed Pairs – N/S 1st Val Johnstone and Mary Millar: 2nd Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan: 3rd Lesley Dick & Lynda Douglas

E/W 1st Ian and Eliz Ross: 2nd Stuart Graham and Ian Watson: 3rd David Harris-Burland and Ruth Mackay.



A Songs of Praise evening will be held in Lauder Church, on Sunday, September21, at 7pm. Refreshments will be served after the service. Everyone welcome.

Prayer group

The Lauder church prayer group would like to encourage new members to attend their meetings on Friday afternoons at 3pm, in the church centre. Everyone is most welcome.



The new season got under way last Thursday (September 5) with a good turnout of members who enjoyed a talk on Fair Trade. Heather Sceats and Myra Ward gave members an update on new schemes abroad and ways in which we could help locally. Jeremy Sceats helped set up the stall and members purchased a variety of goods.

Competitions were: Coconut tart – 1) Margaret Inglis 2) Janet Mitchell 3) Diana Murray; Unusual earrings: 1) Margaret Milne 2) Margaret Inglis 3) Jean Roden.

The raffle prizes were won by Jean Roden, Diana Murray and Jackie Johnstone.



On Sunday (September 14)at Melrose Parish Church at 11am.

Church activities

Church magazine now available for distribution; tinned goods are being collected for the foodbank.


The Music Society Supper is being held on September 20 at 6pm.


On September 22 at 2.15pm, the Guild is holding its rally, ‘Golden Age Project’

Flower Festival

The festival and Harvest Thanksgiving, will take place over the weekend of September 26-28. Contributions welcomed.


Today at 1.30pm, Trimontium Walk £4. On Saturday (September 13) at 1.30pm Old Melrose Walk, £2.


On Sunday (September 14)at Melrose Parish Church at 11am; tinned goods for foodbank; Sat 20 Sept Music Socy Supper 6pm; Mon 22 Sept 2.15pm Guild Rally, ‘Golden Age Project’; 26-28 Sept Flower Festival and Harvest Thanksgiving, contributions welcomed.


October sees the usual trio of Trimontium celebrity lectures on Thursday evenings in the Corn Exchange. This autumn’s general title is Provincials, Praetorians and Propaganda.

Ian Haynes, Newcastle University Professor, speaks on October 2, on the lightly-armed auxiliary soldiers of the Roman army, usually former tribesmen, who were sent into battle first and were expected to make it easier for the legionaries to ‘finish the job’.

Dr Sandra Bingham of Edinburgh University analyses the elite corps of Praetorians, the bodyguard which could make or unmake Emperors, on October 23.

Nick Holmes, retired ‘coin man’ from the National Museums, Edinburgh, well-known to Melrose audiences, describes, on October 30, the ‘spin’ that Emperors put on their coins – back and front – to persuade their citizens that ‘the Emperor knows best – and does his best – for everybody. Therefore – stick with me!’

All are welcome, and a donation is requested to help defray expenses.


Flower Show

The show will be held in the village hall on September 20. Doors open to public at 3pm. Entries to Helen Cessford, please, by Thursday, September 18.

Coffee Morning

The Annual MacMillan coffee morning will be held in the Institute on Saturday, September 27, at 10.30am. Admission £1. Donations welcome.


Congratulations to Morebattle who won the Wee Village Category of the Scotland Floral Gateway Competition. Second was Whitsome and third, Gavinton. Many thanks to everyone for their efforts.


Library cafe

The last library cafe hosted by Bob McKeand, who did a splendid job with his baking, was a lively event.

The next cafe is at Oxnam Village Hall, on Wednesday (September 17) at 11am, and hosts will be Mr and Mrs Taylor of Swinside. Come along for the three c’s, coffee, cake and chat.



The Selkirk Lifeboat Committee would like to thank members of the public in and around Selkirk for their generosity during their recent house-to-house and street collections.

A total of £1,042 was raised for the RNLI, which relies totally on public support.


Flower show results

Rulewater Flower Show Cup and trophy winners were as follows: The Ruberslaw Challenge Rose Bowl for most points in flower classes: Thomas Herdman.

The Rulewater Horticultural Society Challenge Cup for most meritorious entry in flower classes: J. Coltman.

The Joe Morrow Memorial Rose Bowl for best pot plant: Jean Umpherston.

The Harold Jeffrey Cup for most points in vegetable classes: W. Wilson.

The Gilbert Elliot of Stobs Challenge Cup for most meritorious exhibit in vegetables: D. Oliver.

The Andrew Amos Cup for best exhibit of pot leeks: D. Oliver.

The Challenge Cup for the girl with most points in children’s classes: Ashleigh Glen.

The Challenge Cup, presented by Carol Phillips for the boy with most points in children’s classes: Ernie Dunningham.

The Challenge Cup, presented by Stephen Smith for the most meritorious entry in all children’s classes: Nancy Campbell.

The G&G Douglas Trophy for most meritorious entry in children’s photography: Ashleigh Glen.

The Tancred Cup, presented by Mrs. C. Curtis for most points in jams and wines: Clare Morrison.

The Rulewater Challenge Cup for most points in baking: Shona Morrison.

The Silver Challenge Vase for most points in the industrial classes: Shona Morrison.

The McNichol Challenge Cup for the most meritorious entry in baking: Stephen Smith.

The Rulewater Horticultural Society Centenary Cup for most points in handicraft classes: Grace Shiel.

The Fawcett Rose Bowl for most meritorious entry in floral art: E. Richardson.

The WRI Challenge Cup was won by Cogs Mill WRI.

The Masson Cup for the individual member for best exhibit in WRI classes was won by Sylvia Grieve.

The Southdean Cup for the most points in floral art: won jointly by Grace Shiel and E. Richardson.

The Hawick News Cup for most points in photograhy: Heather Russell.

The Shield for most entries: Tom Herdman.

The Cathy Hedley Cup for most meritorious entry in children’s baking: Ashleigh Glen.

The Springfield Shield for most meritorious exhibit in children’s handwriting: Ta Mains.

The Fernbank Cup for most points in the wood section: Keith Taylor.

The Wiegold Trophy for most meritorious entry in the wood section: John Fraser.


Horticultural show

See Fountainhall for Galawater Horticultural Society results.



The service in Traquair Kirk on Sunday (September 14) will be at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, September 21, at 10am.



The WRI resumes for the season on Tuesday (September 16) with a talk in the hall on ice-cream by Andrew Caldwell from Innerleithen.

The competitions are jelly in a glass and fridge magnet.