District news Southern, March 5



Joyce Charles won the beetle drive last month. Competition– Raspberry Jam 1. Nancy Douglas 2. Janet McDonald 3. Margaret Smith. Shortbread Round 1. Rachel Sinton 2. Jennie Butler.

Next meeting, Wednesday (March 11).


Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Arthurshiel Rescue Centre, will take place on Saturday (March 7), from 10am-noon, in the village hall. Entry is £2 and includes tea/coffee, home baking, sales, raffle.



The second Sunday in Lent was celebrated on Sunday when young member Hannah Birch played music, under the guidance of Mrs Margaret Blyth, before the service, which was conducted by the Rev Elspeth Harley.

The Bible was read by Mrs Catriona Bird.

Prayers were said under the auspices of the World Council of Churches’ Prayer Circle for people around the world and local people too.

Gordon Hume has agreed to collect items for Fresh Start Borders, which helps people to move out of homelessness into their first permanent residency. See Gordon for details.

Pizza and Chat nights for those aged 14 to 21 resume in the manse on Friday, March 13.


Parish church

World Day of Prayer service is in Stow Church tomorrow (March 6).

The church coffee morning is on Saturday 10am-noon. Admission £1 and scones will be served. Cake and Candy and raffle donations will be welcome from 9am on the morning. Sunday, March 15, will be a Communion Service at 10.15am.

Wednesday club

Our fortnightly meeting welcomed John Smail, the former editor of the Southern Reporter, who gave an interesting talk about the newspaper from its beginning until now. The competition winners for the small photo frame were 1st – Ms. J. Pringle, 2nd – Mrs.O.Moffat, 3rd – Mrs. Miles. The next meeting is on Wednesdeay (March 11). The competition is a bookmark.

Women’s group

Tonight in the church hall at 8pm we will have our annual quiz night.



At February’s meeting Isla Young introduced Janice Whiteford, a community nurse and midwife from Earlston. Janice gave a very informative and heartfelt talk on the Vine Trust, a Fife- based charity, with which she travelled to Peru to help with medical and dental provisions for needy villages along the Amazon river.

The competitions were: Holiday souvenir – 1st Rosemary Ogilvie, 2nd Marion McNeil 3rd Isla Young. Shortbread – 1st Isla Young, 2nd Eileen Reid, 3rd Marion McNeil.

The talk on Wednesday (March 11) will be from Emma Emerson of Woodside Garden.


Church news

As we approach Easter, the theme of the service was Carrying our Cross and how God defies our expectations. At the children’s talk, Elspeth explained how many people over the centuries have had to make sacrifices, sometimes even with their own lives, in order to be a Christian. As an example of what we can do today to make sacrifices, she said that we could buy Fairtrade goods. These are usually more expensive but we can help the poor workers as the money goes directly to them instead of the “middle man”.

Trinity was responsible for manning the food bank last week and several volunteers helped to hand out the food parcels. There were four new volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came along to help.

Inner Wheel

St Peter’s Church is hosting a beetle drive on Saturday, March 14 at 7pm. If you would like a ticket, priced £5, including a light supper, phone 01896 850356. The next meeting is the business meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 7.30pm, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Galashiels.


John Rogerson gave an illustrated talk titled, A Run Around The Borders, describing his passion for off-road motorbike riding over the Border hills, and his interest in discovering and researching the history behind many relatively unknown and unvisited historical monuments in the Borders. John has a large collection of stories of the history behind these monuments which would be of great interest to a wider audience.

The next meeting is on Thursday, March 12, at the Kingsknowe Hotel, at 10am.

Lade clearing

On Saturday (March 7) Gala Waterways Group will be cutting back bushes and trees near the lade at the back of the High Street car park (behind Iceland). Saws, loppers and secateurs would be handy. Please wear boots or wellies. Meet at 10am by the public toilets in the car park. For more info please contact Alastair Lings 01896 757861 / 07763 850087.

Studio club

The next meeting of the Studio Club takes place tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in Old Gala House. The guest speaker is professional artist, Liz Douglas, whose work will be familiar to anyone who visits the WASPS studios in Selkirk. Liz will be talking about abstract art and has asked members to bring along a picture or postcard of an abstract work which interests them. She will also be doing a brief exercise with us, and would like people to bring a brush or Chinese brush, scissors, glue stick and A4 cartridge paper. It promises to be an interesting evening. Members, free; guests welcome - £4.


Whist drive

Monday (March 9) at 7.30pm. Delicious supper. All welcome.

Lunch club

Wednesday (March 11) from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Come and try our great variety of soups followed by tea/coffee and biscuits, all for £3.

Dance class

Enjoy old time and ceilidh dancing on Thursday (March 12) starting at 7.30pm, including tutor and live music. All beginners are welcome.

Charity dance

A dance in aid of Parkinson Disease (Border Branch) will be held in the community hall on Saturday, March 14, with Gary Forrest and his Ceilidh Band. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 at the door, includes a stovie supper.


Film and Video

Former club president Henry Gray presented a practical workshop last Tuesday evening on current developments in digital movie making. The evening concluded with Scott Renwick thanking Henry for a most enjoyable lecture. The meeting on Tuesday (March 10) will be for competitions in the Holiday and Open categories.

Camera club

Last Wednesday, at the Borders Photographic Exhibition held in Selkirk, Dennis Laing won a cup for best printed colour image, Aqua Lupus. He also had several pictures judged to be first and second in their respective classes.

Bernie Gajos won a trophy for best monochrome image with Home to Roost, while former club member George Ludlow won a cup for best overall image for My Valentine.

The following night, Hawick High School art teacher Suzanne Alderson presented an illustrated talk on teaching photography to pupils. The Three-way Digital competition will take place at Newcastleton on Monday (March 9).


Past president Scott Elliot chaired last week’s meeting.

The speaker was former Rotarian Sid Huddart who talked about his time making motorcycle helmets for Kangol in Carlisle. The talk invoked an interesting discussion after which past president Tommy Mulvee gave the vote of thanks.

Bridge club

From 24 February: 1st. Ken Auckland & Dave King; 2nd. Valerie Johnstone & Helen Ouldcott; 3rd = John & Susan Law and David Usher & Malcolm Ouldcott.


Public meeting

The annual public meeting of St. Ronan’s Border Games will take place tomorrow (March 6) in the Vale of Leithen Social Club at 7.30pm. Anyone who is interested in St. Ronan’s Games Week, whether they be intending to join the committee or just to offer support for Innerleithen’s Festival, is urged to attend the meeting.

Countdown club

The Countdown Club will meet on March 11 and 25 at 10.30am, at 7 Nursery Park. These will be the last meetings of the session until a one-off meeting during Games Week, to be announced later.


The service on Sunday (March 8) will be at 11.30 am.


Historical society

The story of the Jedburgh Border Games was the subject of an illustrated talk jointly delivered by John Steede and Kenny Hogg. Owing to the many asides and extra anecdotes the account had to cease at the mid 1930s, so John and Kenny will return next year to bring the story up to date.

The society’s next meeting is on Thursday (March 12) at 7.30pm in the British Legion.


Jedburgh & District Twinning Association’s AGM will be held on Monday, March 16 at 7pm, in the Mcdonald Dryburgh Room, Canongate.

Wall stabilisation

Work to stabilise the retaining wall and restore the road surface at A68 at Lintalee, is scheduled for completion by April 10.

During the stabilisation works the A68 will remain open to single lane traffic controlled by convoy traffic control during the day. A vehicle actuated traffic light system, the same as in use at present will be re-established at night. The works and convoy system will be in operation between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Once the stabilisation work has been completed there will be a need to close the A68 at Lintalee to allow resurfacing of the carriageway adjacent to the retaining wall. The intention is to carry out this work over one or two weekends in April. Notifications will be issued prior to these works.

Bridge club

From February 23: N/S – 1. V. Johnstone & M. Miller; 2. M. Weightman & H. Long; 3. R. Oates & I. Weir. E/W – 1. M. & H. Ouldcott; 2. S. Graham & N. Porter; 3. D.Harris-Burland & I. Whillans.


Commonwealth day

There are still places left for a free pensioners’ lunch taking place on Monday (March 9) at 12.15pm for 12.30pm, organised by Cheviot Youth at The Planet, Abbotseat Road.

As part of their Cooking for the Commonwealth project, they are opening a pop-up restaurant to serve three dishes chosen from their six-week cooking course, including dessert and refreshments for 34 lucky diners. To book, please email ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk with your reservation (two per person), name and phone number confirming you are over 65. After the meal there will be musical entertainment.

Thursday club

At the last meeting Keith Hanson talked about James Hutton and the geology of Southern Scotland, illustrating it with many familiar places. Today (March 5) Isabel Gordon will speak about the plant hunter Robert Fortune. The meeting is at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre.

Next week the Peaks and Valleys of Jebel Sirwa, with John Hennessey.


The next meeting of the Four Border Abbeys U3A Group, which includes the AGM, will be held on Monday (March 9) at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club. There will also be a talk by Charles Burnett on Heraldry. All welcome.

Bridge club

Results – February 25, Rose Bowl 7 – N/S 1st Brian Saywood & Ken Ross: 2nd Alex Jeffrey & Jock Dun: 3rd Maureen Weightman & Helen Long. E/W 1st John & Marian Miller: 2nd Annie Mitchell & Bob Stevenson: 3rd Dominic & Diana Alkin.

February 26, Millennium Trophy – N/S 1st Jean McLaren & Ken Ross: 2nd Lesley Dick & Lynda Douglas: 3rd John Loudon & Annie Mitchell. E/W 1st Dominic & Diana Alkin: 2nd Georgina Hall & Ian Watson: 3rd Murray Thom & Val Fairbairn.

Church guild

On February 12, the Guild met and the speaker was Rev John Shields who gave a humorous and very interesting talk on the work and duties of the Kirk Sessions of the Church of Scotland in centuries past. Mrs Peggy Donaldson thanked him for sharing his knowledge of the subject with us. The meeting ended with the saying of the Grace.


Church studies

Wednesdays at the Manse Study/discussion groups will meet at 2pm and 7pm to continue with the theme ‘Encountering God in ordinary places’. Please feel free to come along to either session and join in the discussion.

Holiday club

The summer club will take place on August 11-13. This will be open to those in P1-P7 and those children who are due to start school in August. Places will be limited and volunteer helpers are needed. More detailed information from Rev Rae Clark on 01578 718996.


The Annual General Meeting of the Lauderdale Branch of Macmillan Cancer Support will be held in the Lauderdale Hotel on Wednesday (March 11) at 7pm. Anyone wishing to support this committee is welcome to attend.


Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society – LADS – is performing Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes For The Holidays, in the Public Hall from Wednesday, March 18-21. The drama was awarded best play in the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards.

Tickets, including first drink and cheese, are £8 and are available from the Premier Shop, Market Place, Lauder.


Church activities

Thursday March 5, 2.30pm Guild, ‘Alpacas’; Friday, March 6, 2.30pm St Cuthbert’s High Cross, World Day of Prayer; Sunday, March 8, Services, Bowden, 9.30am, Melrose, 11am; Tuesday, March 10, MHAA, ‘Doocots’; Tuesday, March 24, Kirk Session, Chapel, 7.30pm; foodbank ongoing; church mag deadline Sunday, March 8.


On Tuesday (March 10), at 7.30pm. Dr Munro Dunn of the Vernacular Buildings Working Group will present an illustrated talk on – ‘The Doocots of the Borders and Elsewhere’ – to the meeting of the Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association in the upper hall of the Ormiston, Market Square, Melrose. All are welcome. Entry free to members. £3 for visitors.


This week, after the half-term opening comes the first school Route March of the season, Trimontium will be drawing attention to the two local Roman silver coin hoards,(on show for the next two years) and the Thursday, Tuesday and Sunday afternoon Trimontium Walks (tea included), as well as the first-Monday-in-the-month Old Melrose Walks, begin on Monday, April 6.

Both Trimontium and Old Melrose are beginning their fundraising campaigns for a museum extension and an excavation respectively. Birgitta Hoffman, archaeologist and glass expert, is paying a flying visit to the museum at the end of the month and we hope to hear the latest from her before the publication of her monograph on Trimontium glass and the dating of the fort.


Coffee morning

Morebattle and Yetholm Playgroup held their coffee morning on Saturday in the Institute, when over £400 was raised for Playgroup Funds. Competition winners were Treasure Map – Owen Adams, and Sweets – Marion Scott.


Morebattle Guild will be held tonight (March 5) at 7.30pm in The Institute. The speaker is Annabel Howell from the Margaret Kerr Unit. All Welcome.


Morebattle WRI will be held in the Institute on Wednesday (March 11) at 7.15pm, with cake decorating by Cynthia Wise. Competitions cake slice and two decorated cup cakes.


The Institute AGM will be held on Tuesday (March 10) at 7pm in the Institute. All Welcome.

Coffee morning

Morebattle In Bloom Coffee Morning will be held in the Institute on Saturday, March 14, at 10.30am. Usual Stalls, competitions etc.


Holm show

The Liddesdale Agricultural Society held its AGM recently and chairman George McGimpsey thanked the secretaries, treasurer, committee and helpers for all their hard work over the past year. The chairman referred to the recent passing of Paul Davidson who had been auditor and said he would be sadly missed.

Jean Nichol, president, George McGimpsey, chairman and Robert Elliot the vice-chairman all agreed to remain in their posts. Gilly Fraser is the new agricultural secretary and Jenny Nixon is livestock secretary and treasurer, in place of Malcolm McGregor. Several new faces have joined the committee.

The fundraising events for the show have been successful and there will be several new classes in all sections.


Parish church

The Stated Annual Meeting for Channelkirk and Lauder Parish Church will be held following a joint worship service on Sunday, March 22, in the Memorial Hall. Refreshments will be served after the meeting closes.

Holiday Club

The summer club will take place on August 11-13. This will be open to those in P1-P7 and those children who are due to start school in August. Places will be limited and volunteer helpers are needed. More detailed information from Rev Rae Clark on 01578 718996.



A community event is being held in Forman Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 14. Make your own smoothie while taking some exercise – choose your flavour and pedal away on the cycle smoothie machine until it is ready. Tea, coffee and a variety of freshly made scones will also be available, as well as a baking and produce sales table.

The family ceilidh is being held in the evening, from 8-11.30pm. Tickets are £5 (under 16 have free entry) and this includes a soup and bread supper. Tickets available from Sandra on 01450 880156 or at the door. Raffle prizes and a bar will be available.


Monday club

The Scottish Fire Service will give a presentation at 2pm on Monday (March 9) at St Joseph’s Church Hall.



The service on Sunday (March 8) will be at 10am.



The next service in Walkerburn Public Hall will be on Sunday, March 15, at 10am.



After an entertaining evening at the annual whist drive, the results were Ladies – 1st Jon Kyle, 2nd Greta Middlemass 3rd Margaret Watson. Consolation Rosalin Scott. Gents – 1st Annie Coltherd, 2nd Selby Wilson, 3rd Ruth Scott. Consolation John Middlemass. Thanks to all who attended.

The next meeting is a talk on nursing on the oil rigs on Tuesday (March 10) in the hall. The competitions are tealight holder and a savoury dip.


Village choir

The choir will present its 2015 spring concert in Kelso Old Parish Church on Sunday, March 15 at 7.30pm. Also performing will be the choir’s patron, singer Kate Fish, with readings from David Hutchinson and seasonal items from the Yetholm Colliery Band, all under the baton of Geoffrey Emerson.

Entrance is free, and there will be a retiring collection for charity.

Coffee morning

The primary school will hold a coffee morning on Saturday (March 7) at 10.30am in Wauchope Hall. Entry by donation.

Advice shop

Energy Action Scotland will host an advice shop in the Wauchope Hall on Wednesday (March 11) from 9am- 3.30pm.