District News (Thursday, August 4)


FUN DAY: The annual fun day in aid of Cappercleuch village hall takes place in Tibbie Shiel’s Inn field from 1pm on August 14.


Weather: Rainfall amounting to 4.64in fell in the village last month, exactly an inch more than the same time last year. A total of 5mm fell on the 15th, St Swithin’s Day, which would mean – if early folklore is to be believed – that a period of wet weather for the next six weeks would be in store. On the following day 36mm fell, representing nearly an inch and a half of rain. Temperatures were well into the teens and low twenties, which is normal for July, with highs of 24C on the 3rd, 14th, 27th and 30th.

Community council: The chair of the council will meet a countryside ranger about signage on public rights of way. Estimates for the renovation of the village phone box are being collected. Invoices have been received for the cost of the Hole o’ the Burn road signs, payment has been made for path clearance carried out in May, and more work is required. The annual financial report will go to Scottish Borders Council in the next week or two. Proposals for expenditure of funds are – renovating the public toilets in West Gate, adoption of the Bedrule phone box and a contribution to the school newspaper. Other business – investigation into the faded state of the road sign for Ruberslaw Drive; broken paving slabs on the pavement in Main Street; the village crossing attendant has asked that her crossing point be marked as a no-parking zone for the safety of her charges. Next meeting will be on September 28 at 7pm in the Lesser Village Hall.

Sale: A car boot sale will be held on The Green on Sunday, 9am-2pm, in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. More details from 01450 870236.


PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s 10am service will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Woods and the worship group.


ROTARY: The Red Cross is looking for volunteers in the Galashiels area to staff its new fire and emergency support vehicle. This was the message from Lindsay Wilson, services manager for the Borders, when she spoke to the club. The vehicle will be used at first to support people who have been made homeless by fire or other emergency. It will be based at the fire station and controlled by the fire and rescue service control room. The vehicle can provide somewhere to sit in comfort, hot drinks, clothing and even a phone to contact friends or relatives. Other services provided locally include event first aid; first aid training (especially for youth organisations); short-term loan of wheelchairs; and transport for hospital visits, shopping and medical appointments.


SERVICE: On Sunday there will be a service of worship in Innerleithen Church Hall at 10.30am.

AGM: At St Ronan’s Wells Support Group annual meeting, chairman Scott Smellie said visitor numbers increased by 350 on the previous year. The support of Scottish Borders Council’s Rosemary Hannay and her team for their continuing efforts in planning and staging exhibitions and events was acknowledged at the meeting. Particular thanks were given to Wells caretaker Christine Melrose for her ceaseless efforts, not only being the welcoming face of the Wells to visitors, but also for all the other jobs she does round the place. The meeting heard how there had been a number of exhibitions and events held during 2010, including the Border Family History facility, bees observation hive and a display of paintings by local artist Alison Simpson. The support group also took part in the Switched-On Innerleithen event with a presence in the High Street through Russell and Paula of RF Blackhall & Partners who allowed use of their shop for the day. The group has also been instrumental in procuring new signage for the Wells and the first of these can be seen as visitors approach from Wells Brae, and is now in the process of recruiting a garden volunteer co-ordinator. The 2011 season at the Wells will begin with an exhibition on the history of textiles in Innerleithen. Mr Smellie thanked two committee members who were stepping down – Gordon Lindsay for carrying out the role of treasurer last year and Dorothy Douglas who stood down as secretary after eight years of service. Office bearers and committee for 2011/12 – Chair: Scott Smellie; Vice-Chair: Ted McKie; Treasurer: Ross McGinn; Secretary: Dorothy McKie; Committee: Dorothy Douglas, Gordon Lindsay, Joan Hailstones and Evelyn Meikle; Advisors to the committees: Rosemary Hannay, Christine Melrose and Chris Sawers. The committee is keen to recruit more members. Anyone who is interested or who would like more details on the St Ronan’s Wells support group should contact any member of the committee, email scott.s@tinyworld.co.uk or phone 07761 574399.

OPERA: Children aged eight-15 years are invited to join the Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society youth section which will perform at the musical fun day on September 17. The first rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, 6-7.15pm, in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, Innerleithen. Ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.

GAMES COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St. Ronan’s Border Games Committee will take place on August 24 at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The next meeting of Innerleithen and District Community Council will take place on September 5 at 7.15pm in the Council Chamber, Memorial Hall, Leithen Road.

BRIGADOON: Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will be presenting Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon from March 26-31 next year. Rehearsals start on September 28 in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street, at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Ring 01896 830577 or email president@idaos.org.uk for more information.


OUTING: The annual outing of Churches Togther in Jedburgh is to Nunraw Abbey and North Berwick on August 13. The coach will leave the bus station at 9am. More details from Marion (01835 864875) or Ken (01835 862570).


CIVIC WEEK: Trophy winners from the latter half of the week – Swimming cup, Kelso Swimming Club; Best at school sports, Ewan Pettigrew; 100 yards boys, Ewan Pettigrew; 100 yards girls, Courtney Lawson; George Wright Cup, Daniel Chapman; poetry, Lorna Davenport; swimming challenge trophy, Jenny Adams; youngest Yetholm rider, Katy McFadyen; oldest Yetholm rider, Janet Munro; best decorated lorry, Benidorm; best-dressed window, Tweeddale Furnishings; darts, Ryan Hogarth; Friarshaugh winner from Kelso area, Brian Turnbull; Friarshaugh chase trophy, Laura Knox; Friarshaugh ladies, Vicky McGuinness; Floors judging of horses overall winner, Leah Cassie; Friarshaugh racing – pony racing 14.2hh, Lauren Strathdee; 13.2hh, Louise Hebdon; aged 14 and under, Katy McFadyen; senior trotting, Sarah Craik; junior trotting, Louise Hebdon; ladies’ darts, Nicola Hogarth; best-turned out hired horse Floors, Ellie White; best-turned out at Whipman’s Ride, Katy McFadyen; tennis challenge under-15, Angus Millar; over-16, Lee Brown; under-10 jumping winner, Katy McFadyen.

BRIDGE CLUB: July 27 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Nancy Porter and Pam Simpson; 2, Val Fairbairn and Jean Bunyan; 3, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; E/W – 1, Jim and Mary Stone; 2, Alex Jeffrey and Jock Dun; 3, John and Marian Miller; July 28 – aggregate pairs – N/S – 1, Val Johnstone and Malcolm Ouldcott; 2, Annie Mitchell and Pat Sloan; 3, Pauline Smart and Helenor Pratt; E/W – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, John and Marian Miller; 3, Terry Harris and David Elder.


Fundraiser:-The town band raised £2,000 at its annual sale of work in the Buccleuch Centre. The event was opened by David Calvert who was presented with gift tokens in appreciation of his work with the junior and town bands by the latest young band member, Shonagh Murray. During the evening a number of band members played at the Castle Craigs club dinner in the Crown Hotel and a collection for the band raised £217.


CHURCH: The Kirkin’ o’ the Cornet Centenary Service was held last Sunday. James J. Griggs will be ordained and inducted as the new minister for Channelkirk and Lauder church and parish on August 25 in Lauder Church at 7pm by the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles. Anyone who has not found the opportunity to sign the call to Mr Griggs as new minister should speak to the session clerk (722848) as soon as possible. A barbecue will be held at Newmills Farm on August 13 from noon and £500 from the proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Lauder Lights Group to meet the cost of electricity for the Christmas lights. Tickets are available in Mace and post office, as well as from members of the church social and fundraising team. An exhibition by Blainslie artist Bill Baillie will be held in Lauder Church Centre from August 13 for a week.


CHURCH Activities:- Life & Work available for collection; Smartie tube-filling (£12 a time) fundraising deadline 25 September; Wed 3 Aug 10am Coffee Morning; Sun 7 Aug Services, Bowden 9.30am, Melrose 11am; Sat 13 Aug Church Fete, Bowden V H 2pm, help needed with stalls; Mon 15 Aug deadline for Church Magazine; Sat 20 Aug 8 teams of 4 needed for fundraising golf tournament at Monksford (courtesy of Mr P Rooney).

TRIMONTIUM: The Trimontium walks, well-supported by the caravan site visitors, among others, are continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays with tea in Newstead village hall before the return to Melrose. The Sunday afternoon walks round the site could do with a few more participants, but this requires pre-booking to Ian Brown (01896 752429). The September 3 free walk round Old Melrose can be booked on 01896 822651.


Coffee Morning: The Guide Dogs for the Blind coffee morning raised £318 on Saturday.

Festival Week: Saturday – boys’ and girls’ five-a-side football at the school, 2pm; Sunday – family day at the school playfield, 2pm; Monday – coffee evening in village hall, 7pm; quiz in the Templehall Lounge, 8.30pm; Tuesday – camera club exhibition in the institute, 2-4pm and 6-8pm; pool competition in Templehall, 7.30pm; Wednesday, whist and dominoes in village hall, 7.30pm; August 11 – children’s egg hunt, teddy bears’ picnic and treasure hunt at school playfield, 2.30pm; pet show at school playfield, 6.30pm; August 12 – fancy dress parade at school, 6.30pm; parade to follow at 7pm and family disco in Templehall Lounge; presentation of cups and results of scarecrow competition at 8pm.

Morebattle Games: Entries for confined events close on Saturday, while those for the youths’ 800m will be taken on Games day (August 13).


LIBRARY/CAFE: The library/cafe is open on Wednesday at 11am in the village hall.


RUGBY SKILLS: Peebles RFC’s George Blair is running a rugby skills camp at the high school on Monday and Tuesday, 10am-3pm, for age groups from P1 to S2. For further information and to book places contact George on 07801 791253.

COUNCIL: The next meeting of Peebles Community Council will be held next Thursday at the burgh chamber at 7.30pm.

EXHIBITIONS: Paintings by Jane Harbottle, wildlife artist, will be exhibited at the Eastgate Theatre until Monday. The exhibition exploring the history of Peebles and the lives of the Chambers brothers, after whom the institute building is named, runs in the Chambers room of the Tweeddale Museum until August 20.


FESTIVAL: Organisers of the village’s sweet pea festival to be held next weekend (August 13/14) would like sweet peas to decorate the church from 3pm onwards next Thursday. Entries for the competition on the Saturday can be made via www.sproustonsweetpeas.com. Tickets are also available for the concert and ceilidh on August 12 and 13 respectively.


FLAG DAY: As chairman of Yetholm Community Council, David Hutchinson gave the speech of welcome on Kirk Yetholm Green to Kelso Laddie Phil Hume. David referred to the part flags play in all the Borders festivals and, in particular, the Kelso flag. He pointed out that Yetholm does not have one and now that the village festival and its rideout has expanded, it might be appropriate for Yetholm to have its own flag. The festival colours are green and yellow and could be incorporated in a new flag. He felt this is something the festival committee could discuss.

DVD: There has been a public showing in the Wauchope Hall of the new DVD, Yetholm the Finest Place. Like the private showing, the hall was packed out and copies sold briskly. They will soon be on sale in the village shop.

MEMORIAL: Yetholm Floral Gateway Gathering has produced a summer newsletter in which one of the items mentioned is future work to improve the surrounding area and paint the railings of the memorial to General Andrew Wauchope of the Black Watch who was killed during the Boer War. Volunteer help will be needed and notices about this are to be posted in the village.

ROADWAYS: There are various roadways leading to and from and also traversing the village green. Problems of maintenance liabilities arise from time to time and at a community council meeting a resident raised concerns about a leaking water pipe. There is an issue as to whether the road where the pipe is situated has been adopted by the local authority. Scottish Borders Council is to be asked to clarify the situation and advise the community as to which roads have been adopted as highways.