District News - September 29


CONCERT: The Abbey Consort choir will present work by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi at Monteviot House at 7.30pm on Saturday.


WRI: President Molly Marshall welcomed members to the September meeting. She introduced Sandra Smart from Chest, Heart and Stroke (Scotland) who gave a talk on the work done by this charity. Competition – fresh fruit salad – 1, Lillian Athey; 2, Olive Hogg; 3, Teela Ferguson.

WHIST: There is a whist and dominoes night in Bedrule Hall on Monday at 7.30pm.


CHURCH: The Reverend Rachel Dobie, former minister and now retired, of Upper Tweed, travelled from Biggar to take the morning service in Caddonfoot Church. Mrs Dobie thanked the congregation for her welcome and hoped that the church would fill the vacancy after the Reverend Morag Dawson moved to a new charge in Dumfries and Galloway. Mrs Dawson will be inducted to her new parish this week. Mrs Dobie reminded parishioners of the harvest thanksgiving service to be held in the church on Sunday and invited members to bring along gifts for the community.


PARISH CHURCH: There will be a harvest service at 11am on Sunday, conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods. This will be followed by a soup and bread lunch, with traybakes, in the church hall. The all-age service on October 9 will start at the new time of 9.30am, with the traditional service remaining at 11am. The autumn fair has so far raised £1,030.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Members meet next Thursday at 8pm in the church hall. Derek Inglis (Earlston PO), from the Border Holiday Group, will talk about the Jumbulance, the bus- turned-ambulance that takes disabled and sick people on holiday.

BookLET: Earlston Paths Group will formally launch its booklet, Country walks around Earlston and Redpath, on Sunday at 2pm at the rugby ground in Mill Road. To celebrate the event, the group is hosting a stilt walking competition, a bike ride-out organised by the Leader Bike Club and active display about fruit-pressing supporting the Community Development Trust Orchard Town project (bring your own fruit and cartons). The booklet will be on sale and stilts of various sizes available for those who wish to take part in the competition. Doors to the rugby ground open at 1.45pm for stilt registration. For further information about the booklet, call 01896 849663; for bike ride- out and fruit pressing, call 01896 848869.


WRI: Members enjoyed a talk and slide show by Mary and Keith Hanson about The Rules of Genteel Behaviour. Mary told how classical dance from royal courts long ago influenced the manners and behaviour of the upper classes and explained why ladies and gentlemen posed in specific ways for portraits. Competitions – posy – 1, Chris Robertson; 2, Alma Elliot; 3, Carol Wilson Green; prettiest lace hankies – 1, Joyce Eaves; 2, Alma Elliot; 3, Jean Kinghorn.


COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning in aid of the Macmillan cancer charity will be held tomorrow in Fountainhall village hall, 10am-noon.


Camera Club: The opening night of the new season saw chairman Dave Ritchie welcome existing and new members to an evening of reviewing members’ summer activities through a series of prints and projected images. On Wednesday, Mike Reynolds will give a talk entitled Can You Enjoy Doing Photography Badly? This is also the hand-in for the first club open competition. The hand-in date for the agricultural competition is October 12.

BORDERS 50/50 DRAW: The winning ticket drawn on Sunday was 1066. 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.

ROTARY: The club is donating £500 to Mary’s Meals which is providing life-saving food for children and families affected by famine in Somalia. This will buy 12,500 meals. Mary’s Meals is appealing for public donations to buy food – these can be made to www.marysmeals.org.uk/ or the club.


DANCING: Old-time dancing classes start tonight in Glendouglas Hall at 8pm and will continue to meet on the first and third Thursday of the month.


PROBUS CLUB: Jed Renilson from Jedburgh spoke to members on the Special Olympics and sport for the disabled in general. On October 30, Jedburgh will host an elite wheelchair race over 10 km – from Jedburgh to Eckford and back. The event starts at 10.30am and will be followed by the Jed half-marathon.

ART CLUB: Hawick Art Club starts its new season next Thursday in the high school at 7.30pm when Borders artist Gary Bayne will lecture on figure drawing and oil painting. The club’s Thursday afternoons in the Catholic church hall also begin next Thursday, 1-4pm. On October 13 and 20, Alma Dowl will be introducing members to the art of charcoal and chalk drawing. Charcoal and paper will be available to buy on the day, so no equipment is necessary. For further information, contact Eliz on 01450 372511.

ROTARY: President Liz Wood welcomed two guests to the Rotary Club at last week’s meeting in the Buccleuch Hotel. Keith Rennie was the guest of his father, George, and Helen Boles was hosted by Gus Neilson. The speaker was John Elliot, twice president of Langholm Rotary Club, who spoke of his great love – the owning and breeding of racehorses. John has attended all the races, including the Grand National, Kentucky Derby, English Derby, Royal Ascot, the Melbourne Cup, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and, of course, his favourite – Hawick Moor. This led to him taking a deeper interest and he part-owned and owned many horses with varying degrees of success and two favourites, Thorterdykes Lass and Smokey, brought some success. He has now turned to breeding horses and his latest venture is Wild Child Lucy.


FUN RUN: The fun run organised by St Ronan’s Border Games attracted 43 runners. Standard Bearer Steven Notman put the competitors on starter’s orders before they made their way on a muddy riverside route to Walkerburn and back. Result – 1, Darryl Hastie (Kelso); 1st lady, Sarah Birks (Traquair); 1st juvenile, Joseph Tipper (Innerleithen).

SWITCHED ON SUNDAY: Plans are under way for this year’s Switched-on Sunday – an afternoon of shopping, events and fun, culminating in the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights on December 11. Anyone who wants to get involved in any way should get in touch by emailing innerleithenevents@hotmail.co.uk, seeing Debby at the Whistle Stop Cafe, 12 High Street, or coming to the Switched-on Sunday meeting at the Union Club next Thursday at 7.30pm. In addition, a fundraising social evening of dancing, fun and games is being held on October 21 at the Union Club from 7.30pm until midnight. Tickets are available from the Tweeddale Thrift Shop, Smail’s and the Whistle Stop Café.

CLEIKUM KIST: Ted McKie will launch his new local history volume, The Cleikum Kist, next Friday in Robert Smail’s Printing Works at 7pm. This 50-page booklet of text and photographs is being published by Innerleithen Community Trust and will be on sale at £7, with all proceeds going towards trust funds. Free copies are being made available to St Ronan’s Primary School and Innerleithen Library.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Innerleithen and District Community Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday in the council chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, at 7.15pm.

COFFEE MORNING: St Ronan’s Tattoo committee will hold a coffee morning on October 22 in the Vale of Leithen Social Club, 10am-noon.

SERVICE: Sunday’s service in Innerleithen Church starts at 10.30am, followed by a light lunch in the hall. There will be an update on leprosy work in Ethiopia at 1pm in the upper hall.


Bridge Club: The 2011-12 Jedburgh Bridge Club season began on Monday in the Royal British Legion. The 2010-11 season prize-winners – club championship candlesticks, Richard Oates and Sheena West; Two Johns’ Quaichs, David Cessford and Dave Gray; autumn pairs, Ian Weir and Richard Oates; E. D. simultaneous pairs, Rena and Archie Stewart, and Diana and Dominic Alkin; Bob Strachan Memorial Trophy, Richard Oates and Sheena West; members’ charity choice, Archie and Rena Stewart; Easter pairs, David and Pam Palmer, and Bryson and Isabel Middleton; champagne challenge, Richard Oates and Sheena West; teams of four, John and Maureen Weightman, and Richard Oates and Sheena West. Lessons for beginners and improvers will be held on Thursdays at 7pm, starting next week, in the Royal British Legion. For more details on club activities, phone 01835 863289.

COLLECTION: The annual street collection on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Borders branch) held in Jedburgh on September 23 raised £317.

COFFEE MORNING: Last Saturday’s coffee morning in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research raised £814.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: A Christmas fair will be held in Howdenburn primary school on November 4, 7-9.30pm, in aid of the parent council to provide funds for the benefit of pupils. Anyone who would like a table to sell their products should contact Diane Palmer on 01835 863955.

St John’s Church: The harvest supper will take place on Saturday at 7pm in St John’s Centre, followed by a quiz organised by Sue Bennett. The harvest festival service is on Sunday at 10.30am – dried goods and tins may be brought to provide help for the new food bank which is being established in Jedburgh to help those in need.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm section.


ROTARY: The Rotary Club of Kelso is holding a murder mystery night next Friday in Coldstream British Legion Hall, starting at 6pm. Tickets are available from Jim Watson (01890 883149).

RANGERS FANS: The bus for the Hibs game leaves The Square at 11am. Tickets available from Jim (01573 226240).

BRIDGE CLUB: September 21 – Charity Plate – 1, Beth Stark & Rena Stewart; 2, Malcolm & Helen Ouldcott; 3, Elinor Green & Alison Ireland. September 22 – Millennium Trophy 3 – N/S – 1, Jean Gall & Rena Stewart; 2, Val Johnstone & Marian Miller; 3, John & Maureen Weightman; E/W – 1, Alison Darling & Mary Logan; 2, Lee Leeson & Bob Stevenson; 3, Billy Potts & Archie Stewart.

ST ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Di Higham will be talking about her life on Tiree at an open meeting in the church on Monday at 7.30pm.

ICE RINK BRIDGE CLUB: Border Ice Rink Bridge Club resumes on Monday at Ednam village hall at 1.15pm. New members welcome – enquries to Helen Payne on 01573 223010.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm section.


Accordion club: There was good attendance at the first meeting of the new session of the accordion club in the Royal British Legion clubrooms. Adam Grant was back as compere and he introduced the Matthew McLennan Trio from Glasgow as main guests for the evening. A number of regulars were back to provide music and among those on accordion from over the border were Newbie Park and Les Hurst from Carlisle, Billy Bell of Penrith and Jim Lawrie from Gilsland. Also on accordion were Tony Dalton of Lochmaben, Robin and Deryn Waitt from Claygate and locals Roger Dobson and Eric Goodfellow. Stuart Adamson from Newcastleton entertained on both accordion and piano, while Ian Woods of Allandale was on fiddle.

Coffee Morning: The local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support raised £383 at a coffee morning in the day centre. An extra £1,000 was raised from a raffle, with the tickets having been on sale throughout the past few months.

Donation: Local Royal British Legion branch chairman Billy Scott and the members have been thanked by Major General Peter Currie, Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea , for a donation of £800. This was handed over by John Maxwell who was a resident in the town but now lives in the hospital.

Fundraiser: Crew manager Roddy Innes, watch manager Ali Bell and firefighter Stuart Mabon were kept busy with sponges and hoses when they raised money at a car wash for the firefighters’ charity. This was part of the fire and rescue service national car wash. The charity helps fire service personnel during their times of need with treatment and support services.


WRI: Members were given a cheese-making demonstration by farmer Jim Shanks of Standhill Farm before he handed out samples of the cheeses he makes for various outlets in the Borders. Competitions – chutney scones – 1, Margaret Fairburn; 2, Jennifer Dun; 3, Isa Riddell; cheese – 1, Doreen Johnstone; 2, Cath Runciman; 3, Jennifer Dun.


COFFEE MORNING: The Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held in the Lauderdale Hotel tomorrow, 10am-noon.

CHURCH: The manse telephone number is 01578 722616, while session clerk Billy Anderson is on 01578 722848. The manse/minister’s email address is: clcminister@gmail.com and that of Billy Anderson: wanderson456@hotmail.co.uk. The kirk session is inviting anyone with an interest, time or talent in any of the sesion’s working groups (teams) to speak with the session clerk about joining any of the teams – finance and stewardship, social fundraising, property and fabric, worship and mission, publicity and publications, and youth work. The Sunday service creche and the Sunday club (junior and senior) meet in Lauder Church Centre from 11.20am; the prayer group on Thursdays from 1pm; the art class on Thursdays from 9.30-11am; the youth cafe continues to meet on Mondays from 7-9pm. Contact Debbie Clark for details (722007). The Christian Union group meets in Earlston High School weekly on Friday lunchtimes. Isobel Petrie, who collates and publishes the monthly prayer dairy, wants members to suggest prayers in general or for a specific occasion/person. She can be contacted on 01896 860639). The prayer box is in the front porch of the church for all requests. A prayer meeting is held on Thursdays in the Church Centre from 1-2pm.


COMEDY: Northumberland Theatre Company is performing the comedy Tartuffe at Lilliesleaf village hall on November 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets available via 01835 870311 or on the door.


Border Flower Club: The new session began with Ada Paul’s demonstration entitled Something Old, Something New. Her choice of containers included a shopping bag, crown and a piece of wood like a pew end. The flowers ranged from a supermarket bunch to exquisite roses and anthuriums. The next meeting is on Wednesday in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be Valerie Guest on It’s in the Frame.

LITERARY SOCIETY: October 11 sees the first society meeting of the season featuring Marjorie Gavin (local historian) and John Leyden (poet and orientalist) – in the Ormiston Lounge at 7.30pm. This is the society’s 126th year and its programme includes local, national and internationally published speakers and subjects. There is a celebration in February of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The popular joint meeting with Melrose Historical Association takes place in November and in January last year’s successful panel discussion will be repeated. Twice-monthly meetings are held in the Ormiston Institute on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm, and new members and guests are always welcome. Details of dates and speakers are on the society’s webpage at www.melrose.bordernet.co.uk/literary-society/ or from secretary Peter Hoad (phone 01896 823852 or email peterhoad@aol.com).

CHURCH Activities: £475 was raised for Malawi and Bethlehem projects at a Chinese cookery/winetasting evening run by Yvonne and Oliver Eade and Joanna and Susan Gribben; Life & Work available for collection; Smartie tube return time; Sunday – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am); October 8 – church decoration; October 9 – harvest thanksgiving and lunch.

TRIMONTIUM: With the holiday season still ongoing, the Trimontium Walks are almost at the end of their penultimate month and the whole of October, with its spread of mid-term weeks, is yet to come. Walk 35 started last Thursday with 11 people at the Mercat Cross – this had and risen to 14 by the time Newstead was reached. The trust party is looking forward to the visit to Rome in October and after that the series of three lectures on November 3, 10 and 17 – billed as the climax to the Curle centenary, celebrating his excavation of 1905-10 and the publication of his 450-page book in 1911. First speaker – on Searching for Trimontium – is Professor Lawrence Keppie of Glasgow, a trustee and guide for the Rome trip. Nicholas Holmes, the recently-retired coin expert from the National Museums of Scotland, will be talking on November 10, subject Cash or Cache, while Fraser Hunter, Roman curator at NMS and an old friend of the trust, appears a week later. He will feature the forthcoming book, James Curle and a Roman Frontier Post and its People, 1911-2011.


WRI: President Sheila Marshall welcomed members to the September meeting and introduced Lorraine Douglas, who demonstrated how to make marzipan fruits. Members were able to make their own petits fours by adding food colouring to marzipan, shaping and painting the fruits to make realistic apples, pears and bananas etc. Competition – three peppermint creams – 1, Marion Miller; 2, Zilla Oddy.


WRI: President Marie France Taylor welcomed Jason Hedley, Scottish Borders Council parks manager, who gave a talk on Scotland’s Floral Gateway competition and showed slides of participating towns and villages. Mary Pringle gave the vote of thanks. Competitions – paperweight – 1, Lizzie Thomson; 2, June Bell; 3, Marian Dumma; flower photograph – 1, Helen Cessford; 2, Mary Hall; 3, Mary Pringle. There were guests from all the other rurals in Group K. Visitors’ competitions – floral photograph – Joan Duncan, Makerstoun; paperweight – 1, Jean Douglas, Towford.

Keep Fit: Keep-fit sessions restart on Tuesday at 10am in the institute.

Tattie Dig: Results of this year’s tattie dig (from six shaws) – 1, George Cessford (96lb); 2, Tom Culbertson (87lb); 3, Jock Cessford (69lb). Fourteen took part in the competition.

Guild: Members meet next Thursday at 7.30pm in the institute when Jean McDermid will talk on her visit to China.

ARCHERY: See Yetholm section.

DRY BAR: See Yetholm section.


HERITAGE: Liddesdale Heritage Association is holding an evening with Derek Stewart tonight, starting at 7.30pm, in Newcastleton village hall. The theme is Kinmont Willie Armstrong and Derek will be joined by members of the the Border Clansmen re-enactment group.Liddesdale Heritage Centre is open until the end of October, every afternoon from 1.30-4.30pm, except Tuesdays.


YOUTH CLUB: Oxnam Youth Club will meet next Thursday at Langlee Stables, Jedburgh, at 6.30pm. Please wear warm clothing, boots and bring a riding hat if you have one. More details from Gillian (01573 440538).


WRI: President Denise Barclay welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year which featured a slide show about the Borders from Barbara Greir. The next meeting is on October 19 when members will be celebrating the rural’s 87th birthday.

Church: A harvest thanksgiving service will be held in Channelkirk on Sunday at 10am. The custom of supporting the Blythswood Care Shoe Box Appeal will again form part of proceedings. Standard size shoe boxes may be delivered to the church at any time before Sunday.

COFFEE MORNING: The Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held in the War Memorial Hall tomorrow, 10am-noon.


NEW HEAD: The new head teacher of Peebles High School is Campbell Wilson. Mr Wilson was previously deputy head at Dumfries for five years. He replaces John Brown who retired at the end of last term after holding the post for eight years.

BREAKFAST: On Saturday Peebles RFC mini section will be putting on breakfast from 8am with the Scotland v England World Cup game on the big screen.

EXHIBITION: Leaving Your Mark, an exhibition inspired by abandoned communities and memorabilia of family life interpreted through collage, textile, drawing and painting, featuring artists Rosemary Campbell and Alison King, will run from Saturday to November 12 at the Tweeddale Museum.


Monday club: A member of the Scottish Borders Aids Group will talk about its work in Africa and show photographs at 2pm on Monday.


SERVICE: The next service of worship in Traquair Kirk will be on October 9 at 10 am.


SERVICE: The next service of worship in Walkerburn village hall will be on October 16 at 10am.

HARVEST MARKET: Various stalls including cake, toy, book and games. There will be homemade stovies, a raffle, plus produce grown by Walkerburn Primary School children in their garden. Event is on October 1, from 11am-1pm.


ARCHERY: Yetholm Upland Roving Archers meet on Saturday, 1-5pm, at the playing fields.

DRY BAR: The dry bar will shortly be starting film nights. So it shows what film-goers want to see, list 10 perferred movies by going to the dry bar Facebook page or email ireid@yetholmtown.plus.com for a copy of the film table.

VILLAGE CHOIR: During village festival week this year a ladies’ choir made an appearance, filling a slot during an entertainment evening. Such was the enthusiasm of the members this has now progressed to the Yetholm Village Choir. The conductor is Geoffrey Emerson, well known as the inspiration behind Yetholm Sinfonia Orchestra.The choir is currently all female and members rehearse on Wednesdays in the church at 10 30am. New members welcome and an ability to read music, while not essential, is an advantage.The choir hope to put on a Christmas concert. Further details may be obtained from Geoffrey by phoning 01573 420279.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The local history society kicks off its new season on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Youth Hall.The evening will start with a short AGM, followed with a talk by Dorothy Sharpe entitled Making the Yetholm DVD – its production and technical issues. Non-members will be welcome to attend the event.

EXHIBITION: Tomorrow evening sees the opening of the exhibition by Kelso Art Group at 7pm in the Youth Hall. lt will run all next week, 10am-5pm. The British Heart Foundation will benefit from the proceeds.

EARLY BIRTHDAY PARTY: One day last week those up and about early had to wonder what was going on. About 8am around a dozen people wearing dressing gowns were seen approaching the Plough Hotel from various directions, then posing for photographs before entering the hotel. What was it all about? – Roy and Barbara Maltby were hosting a birthday breakfast party for one of their friends.

ROWAN TREE THEATRE: This company will be presenting its latest production, Sins of the Father by Tom Murray and directed by John Carnegie, in the Wauchope Hall on October 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at the village shop.

YETT EVENT: About 50 people took part in a fundraising run, hike or horseride at the Yett in the Cheviot hills above Hownam, raising £600 for the Great North Air Ambulance and the Borders branch of the Multiple Sclerosis charity.