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LUNCH: A soup and pudding lunch, in aid of Ashkirk church repair fund, will be held in the village hall on Saturday, noon-2pm. There will also be a sales table and raffle.

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QUIZ: The quiz held in the Horse and Hound last Friday attracted 11 teams, despite the poor weather, and £221 was raised for the over-60s club.


COMMUNITY CAFE: The first meeting of 2011 will be next Wednesday in the village hall, 11-noon.


WRI: In a change to the original schedule, Monday’s meeting will now feature a talk and slide show by Janice Whiteford about her work with the Vine Trust.


Camera Club: Several members brought along up to 10 images at last week’s meeting and talked their audience through a story about them. Competition – best of British – digital images – 1, John Wilson; 2 and 3, Curtis Welsh; prints – 1, Sue Wilson; 2 Curtis Welsh; 3, Helen Pugh-Cook. The next meeting will be next Wednesday’s image battle between Galashiels, Kelso and Earlston clubs. Entry to the hall is from the High Street entrance, past tennis courts and down steps. Judge will be Bert Lancaster from Hawick.

PARISH CHURCH: Sunday’s services – all age, 9.45am; traditional, 11am. Both will be conducted by the Reverend Marion Dodd. Refreshments will be served between services. A service will be held in Hanover Close Lounge at 2pm on Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: The new session starts next week at 2pm in the church hall when the competition for will be for a pin-cushion. It is also hoped to reschedule the Christmas lunch, which had to be cancelled, for February 2.


BURNS SUPPER: Tickets are available from Christine (01835 840246) or Linda (01835 862914) for the Burns supper on January 29.


HERITAGE: The next meeting of Fala, Soutra and District History and Heritage Society will be held in Fala village hall on January 27 at 7.30pm. Speaker Richard Pont, of Fala History Society, will talk about Moubray House.


WRI: Due to bad weather, last month’s 85th birthday party was cancelled. The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the village hall when members will have a Scots night. Competition – two girdle scones and a favourite Christmas card.


Camera Club: A practical evening on the use of differential focus was led by James Frost who started the evening by explaining the principles involved and illustrated them with examples. The audience then set to to put theory into practice using a variety of props. The results may appear in the club competition on differential focus later this season. There is no meeting at Langlee next Wednesday, but members are invited to the three-way slide battle with Earlston and Kelso at Earlston.

ROTARY CLUB: Duncan Brown has been a member of the club for many years, holding many posts, including president. In recent times he has organised visits to other clubs, Christmas meals and the 40 Club which raises money for the Rotary Foundation every year. During the last few months he has stepped down from these roles, but in recognition of his work for the club Duncan has been awarded three jewels to the Paul Harris Fellowship he already held. This is a unique event in the club in recent years.


Film and Video Group: At the first meeting after the festive break, three short films with the theme of “My Music” were screened, this being an opportunity to catch up on some of the programmes previously cancelled due to bad weather. Jean Tait started the show with a pleasure cruise on Windermere to the accompaniment of Mantovani’s “Long Ago and Far Away”. This was followed by Scott Renwick’s documentary of blizzards, which turned the town into scenes of Christmas card proportions with the appropriate seasonal song, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.Jean Tait completed the programme with her film “Autumn In Colour” to another of Mantovani’s orchestral numbers, Autumn Leaves. Tuesday’s meeting will be the Scottish Night.

Camera Club: The programme for the first meeting of 2011 was a look back to the photographs taken during last summer’s day trip to St Abbs. Jimmy Anderson, Gordon Gilfether and Dennis Laing submitted their images of the visit. Next Thursday’s meeting will feature an illustrated account of the Borders Exploration Group’s 2010 expedition to Chile. Members are reminded to submit entries for the sequence competition at this time.

ROTARY CLUB: Thirteen members, accompanied by president Billy McWatters, travelled to Langholm Rotary Club for the traditional “first foot” visit last week. Billy presented host president Neil Stewart with a bottle of whisky. After a meal a domino ‘flyer’ was held.

RNLI: At a meeting of the Hawick and Denholm branch of the RNLI, treasurer Roy Veitch reported that £2,827 had been raised locally during the past year at various functions and street collections. This included monies donated in memory of branch stalwart Mary Pollitt who died recently.


BURNS SUPPER: St Mary of Wedale and Heriot Parish Church is holding a Burns supper on January 22 in Stow Town Hall, 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets available from Margaret White, clerk to the board.


CHURCH: Sunday’s services are in Innerleithen Church hall (11.30am) and St Ronan’s House (4pm).

EX-STANDARD BEARERS’ DINNER: Any member who requires tickets for the annual dinner should contact treasurer Ally Robertson as soon as possible.

GAMES COMMITTEE: The next meeting of St. Ronan’s Border Games Committee will take place on January 26 in the council chamber, Leithen Road, at 7pm.

PIPING SOCIETY: St Ronan’s Piping Society’s annual general meeting will take place in the Vale Club at 2pm on Sunday.


ROTARY CLUB: The club has resumed its programme of meetings following the festive break and any visitors from other clubs should note that members have returned to a 6pm start time. Among the activities for the new year are the start of the club eBay shop and the grayling fishing competition. The club is a registered charity and this means that it can sell items on eBay for charity without incurring any charges. Donations from the public for the eBay shop are welcome and the proceeds can be shared. Contact 01835 864160 for further information. The grayling fishing competition in December was postponed due to bad weather, but it has been rescheduled for January 29. The club website has details about entries and contact numbers.


BRIDGE CLUB: January 5 – Abbey Salver – N/S – 1, Mary and Nigel Lindsay; 2, Archie Stewart and Billy Potts; 3, John and Marian Miller; E/W – 1, Lee Leeson and John Hayton; 2, Mary and Jim Stone; 3, Lynda Douglas and Lesley Dick; January 6 - Calchou Cup – N/S – 1, Rena Stewart and Jean Gall; 2, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; 3, Jean McLaren and Robert Hutchinson; E/W – 1, Avril Ronald and Donald Swanson; 2, Evelyn Erskine and Brian Saywood; 3, Sheila Urquhart and Ken Ross.

Music Society: Kelso Music Society’s first concert of 2011 is on Sunday when the award-winning Idomeneo Quartet will play works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Schubert. The event, which starts at 2,30pm, is in Kelso High School hall.

Thursday Group: Home composting is the subject of David Scott-Aiton’s talk next Thursday at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre. For more information and a syllabus, phone 01573 224753.

ABBEY QUILTERS: The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Members will be making a fabric box and need to bring six 6.5in x 6.5in pieces fabric for the outer pieces, six 6.25in x 6.25in of fabric for the inner pieces, wadding, gluestick (Power Pritt is recommended), clothes pegs, wet wipes, normal sewing equipment, sewing thread to match outer fabric, ribbon, tassel and a string of beads or buttons. Further details from Caroline Morrell (01289 301803 or 01289 331116).

YOGA: Yoga classes are being held in Abbey Row Community Centre on Tuesday evenings. For details phone Anne Macnaughton on 01835 822557.


New Year: After the snow and freezing temperatures, conditions were much improved for revellers who brought in the New Year in dry weather. The crowd that had gathered in the ancient Market Place just before midnight were entertained by members of the pipe band who had earlier played at Gretna, the Cross Keys at Canonbie and in the Legion clubrooms. Just before 11am on New Year’s Day the town band played round the streets.


WRI: Last month’s meeting was cancelled due to bad weather, but members enjoyed a christmas meal in the black bull hotel, following which they exchanged gifts.

GUILD: channelkirk and lauder church guild’s Christmas meeting was cancelled because of bad weather. This month, however, president Christine Brotherston welcomed members to the first meeting of the year, a “songs of praise” afternoon with two short plays put on by the committee on the theme, “Called to Love Mercy”. This was followed by some Christmas fare.


WRI: The January meeting heard Colin Playfair from Borders Care and Repair give a talk on the services it provides, from changing light bulbs, fire safety checks, hanging pictures to helping with quotes for major repairs to homes. Competitions – three sultana scones – 1, M. Chisholm; 2, V. Mayo; 3, M.Inglis; favourite Christmas card – 1, M. Emond; 2, M. Mabon; 3, E. Scott. Raffle – 1, E. Scott; 2, M. Chisholm; 3, E. Robertson.


CHURCH: There were three services on Sunday – one at Bowden, followed by two on the Weirhill.

Activities: January Life and Work available for collection; today – guild, 2.30pm, A. Bennett to speak on a trip to Israel and Jordan; tomorrow – 7.30pm, Kandinsky Piano Trio, music society; Sunday’s services – 9.30am, Bowden; 11am, Melrose; Monday – 1pm, organ recital, Nicholas Wearne, music society; Tuesday – Learn Italian, 10-week course, 5.45pm beginners, 7.30pm intermediate (phone 07796 882757); Wednesday – Bowden Community Cafe, 11am; Thursday – 7.30pm, kirk session; flower ladies and lesson readers invited to join the rotas.

TRIMONTIUM: Work is ongoing to promote Allan Wilson’s recently published Roman and Native book, sponsored by the Trimontium Trust; compile the next issue of the newsletter, the Trimontium Trumpet; open the museum during the half-term week in February and prepare for the start of the 2011 season in April.


YOGA: The Community Wing is hosting yoga classes on Monday evenings. For details phone Anne Macnaughton on 01835 822557.


YOUTH CLUB: The January 27 meeting in the village hall at 6.30pm will be an interactive and fun floral workshop with Diana Cairns from Stems of Jedburgh. There will also be a brainstorming session to discuss meetings for the rest of this year. Anybody from P2 up is welcome. More information from Gillian on 01573 440538.

COFFEE MORNING: There will be a coffee morning in aid of the village hall on January 29 in the Royal British Legion, Jedburgh, from 10am. Any donations of baking, bottles, raffle prizes or help on the day would be welcome. Contact Wendy on 01853 840644.

WRI: The next meeting will be held on February 1 at 7.30pm in the village hall when Sandra Kinnoch will talk about Linus Quilts.Competition – a cosy scarf.


WRI: The first meeting of 2011 will be on Wednesday with Muriel Pate’s cookery demonstration. Competition – a flask of soup.


BLOOD DONORS: The South-East Scotland Blood Transfusion Service has issued “warm thanks for a magnificent effort” after 175 donors turned out for the session on January 2. Silver awards, for 25 donations, were presented to Richard Salmond and Janice Walter, while bronze awards, for 10 donations, went to Stephen Prince, Brian Ellis, Senga Bell, Angus Shearer and Claire Duncan. Evelyn Robertson will receive her silver gilt award, for making 50 donations, at a ceremony later this year.

MEETING: Following on from a presentation by Holly Irwin (NHS Borders) on the future of services for older people in Tweeddale and the development of Hay Lodge as a health hub, Elaine Torrance (Scottish Borders Council) will next Thursday give a presentation on changes to services for older people from a social work perspective. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session when members of the public as well as community councillors will be invited to discuss their views with representatives from SBC and the NHS. The meeting will take place at 7pm in the council chamber, Rosetta Road.

ALBUM: Guitar virtuoso Eduardo Niebla is appearing at the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday where he will present his new album, My Gypsy Waltz. The show starts at 7.30pm.

QUINTET: The Passacaglia Baroque Quintet, Annabel Knight (recorders, baroque flute), Oliver Webber (violin), Reicho Ichise (viola da gamba), Robin Bigwood (harpsichord) and Julia Gooding (soprano), will play at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday (7.30pm).


Antiquarian Society: The January meeting of the society will be held on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church Hall when Derek Stewart will present a talk on the Border Reivers. All are welcome and details of the syllabus can be found on

Monday Club: The first meeting of the year is at 2pm on January 31 when Hugh Tasker will talk about Mongolia. Entertainment at the Christmas party was provided by Young at Heart.


ART: Art classes will be held in the village hall on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Anyone interested should call 01573 460293.


BURNS SUPPER: St Mary of Wedale and Heriot Parish Church is holding a Burns supper on January 22 in Stow Town Hall, 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets available from Margaret White, clerk to the board.


SERVICE: The next service in Traquair Kirk is on January 23 at 10am.


SERVICE: The service of worship at Walkerburn on Sunday is in the village hall at 10am.


LUNCHES: The next village lunch will be held in the Wauchope Hall next Thursday, noon-2pm. Proceeds to Yetholm Primary School.

NO PANTO: There won’t be a village pantomime this year. A combination of various factors, including atrocious weather which would have made rehearsals difficult, has resulted in a lack of time to get it off the ground.

NEW YEAR: The weather relented to allow the traditional New Year’s Day hunt meet to take place on Kirk Yetholm Green.

SERVICES: Minister Robin McHaffie has had a difficult time with his services over the Christmas and New Year period as access to the churches has proved difficult with the snow and ice. Services at Hownam and Linton could not take place as planned. This included an epiphany service scheduled for Linton last Sunday. Instead, the service was transferred to Yetholm, but the duty elders came from Linton.