Kirkhope ‘A’ team’s successful dancing mission

Kirkhope primary school wowed judges at the Selkirk Scottish Country Dance Festival held at the Victoria Halls. 'The school's A and B teams, made up of P3-7 pupils, performed a jig. Their efforts resulted in the A entry winning the J.B. Fleming Cup for the junior section.
Kirkhope primary school wowed judges at the Selkirk Scottish Country Dance Festival held at the Victoria Halls. 'The school's A and B teams, made up of P3-7 pupils, performed a jig. Their efforts resulted in the A entry winning the J.B. Fleming Cup for the junior section.

Kirkhope Primary School wowed judges at the Selkirk Scottish Country Dance Festival held at the Victoria Halls.

The school’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, made up of Primary 3-7 youngsters, performed a jig.

Their efforts resulted in the ‘A’ entry winning the J.B. Fleming Cup for the junior section. Seven schools from the Selkirk and Galashiels areas competed at the festival.



Film night

Friday saw the continuation of film nights at Ashkirk Village Hall with a screening of Bridget Jones’ Baby, accompanied by popcorn and all the usual experience of a night at the cinema.


On Monday, April 3, at 2pm, there will be two craft demonstrations and the opportunity to take part in an Easter bonnet competition. Admission, £10, includes tea-time treats.

Tuesday talks

The Tuesday talks continue next week at 2pm when Sandra Cram, from the RNLI, is welcomed. There will also be RNLI gifts on sale.



Brian Chilton, from Borders Pet Rescue, gave members an interesting and informative talk about work the charity does at this month’s meeting. Competition: Two pieces of traybake – 1, Liz Ramsay; 2, Janet Morrison; 3, Teela Ferguson.


Parish church

Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, was celebrated with a good turn-out of young people when minister Elspeth Harley spoke of ‘Mothering God’. A Bible reading was delivered by Bill Birch, while music was played by Andy Bird and Anne Grieve. Bible study continued this week at the manse in Galashiels and the prayer circle meets next Tuesday. The church is still looking for a member to co-ordinate the Christian Aid collection in the village (Christian Aid Week starts on May 14) and helpers for Caddonfoot Youth (CY). Copies of the Easter newsletter, which also incorporate Clovenfords News, are expected to be available soon and ready for distribution.


Wednesday club

Mrs A. Penman welcomed John Nichol to last week’s meeting. He delivered a talk and slide show on his visit to Saudi Arabia. John had been invited to the British embassy in Riyadh to entertain at a Burns supper. Competition: Theatre or concert programme – 1, June Wilson; 2, Ms K. Brownlie; 3, Mrs W. Moffat. At the next meeting on April 5, the competition is for a compact.

Thursday lunch club

A game of dominoes began last week’s gathering, followed by lunch and Andy Wittle on guitar. At another meeting, card bingo and a meal preceeded Sheila McKay’s musical quiz.

Parish church

The spring coffee morning will be held in the church hall on Saturday, April 1, from 10am to noon. There will be a decorated boiled egg competition for children and adults. Donations for the cake and candy stall are welcome and can be handed into the hall on the morning of the sale from 9am. The service on Sunday, April 2, at 10.15am will be conducted by the Reverend Julie Rennick. Communion will be held in Hanover Lounge at 3pm on Tuesday, April 4. The early 7.30am service of reflection and communion is on Wednesday, April 5, in the church.

Women’s group

The next meeting is on Thursday, April 6, at 8pm in the church hall and the speaker is David McLean on ‘The History of Women in the American West’.


Spring clean

Volunteers are wanted to help with Galashiels Community Council’s spring clean on Saturday, April 1, from 10am-noon, meeting at the overspill car park behind Carpet Right and Currys in the Comely Bank Retail Park. Gloves, litter-pickers and bin-bags will be provided. For more information, contact Claire Howden on 01896 756616 or email

Camera club

Last Wednesday was syllabus night and attracted a good turnout of members. There was no shortage of ideas and suggestions for the content of next season’s meetings and outings. The syllabus will be published on the club website in the coming weeks. The club’s interim competitions will consist of the usual two ‘Open’ or ‘General’ categories and two themed categories – ‘Action!’ and ‘Birds, Bugs and Buds’. The summer outing has been provisionally set for Sunday, June 4, to Dawyck gardens and possibly Portmore gardens. Other evening meets will be on May 3, Smailholm Tower; July 5, Stow; August, Fatlips Castle – all at 7pm. The annual competition and prizegiving is on Wednesday, April 5.

St Peter’s Church

Thursday, March 30 – 10am, communion service; Sunday, April 2 – 9.45am, breakfast before 10.30am family service; Thursday, April 6 – 10am, communion service.


In February 2014, during a Rotary awareness day at Borders General Hospital, Amjad Gulzar Shaikh, a locum consultant orthopaedic surgeon, explained that he undertook corrective surgery on children with polio in Pakistan. He agreed to attend a club meeting and give a talk on the work he was involved in through his charity, Rehabilitation Response. Members discussed the needs of his charity and the possibility of securing ex-medical breast-screening units that might help the cause. The Scottish NHS made available to Galashiels Rotarians 10 trailers that were no longer used for breast-cancer screening due to the introduction of digital technology. Amjad advised that they could still be used in Pakistan and other parts of the world where analogue equipment is still in operation. The costs were by no means small – £133,000 to ship the units from the UK to Karachi in Pakistan. The club organised and paid for the transportation, thanks to a very generous donation from a businessman in Pakistan. The medical units arrived last year, Rotarians Tricia Paterson (club president) and Peter Croan attending the donation ceremony. Now Rotarians are looking at several small projects and discussions have taken place with Karachi Rotary Club – several of these would be excellent for Rotakids projects. Rotary is also exploring the relative cost for investment in digital mammography and architecture on the mobile units.


Bridge club

Tuesday, March 21 – 1, Morag & Fraser Beaton; 2, George Graham & Bob Francombe; 3, Sam White & Richard von Slicher. Tuesday, March 28 – 1, Ken Auckland & David King; 2 (equal), Sam White & Richard von Slicher, Michael Tuson & Bob Witherington.


There was no speaker at last week’s meeting when members held a hat night. Three members – past presidents Jack Swanston PHF, Ron Laidlaw and Andrew Suddon – each gave an informative, instructive and interesting talk on Rotary visits abroad, the value of intelligence and blunders in life. President Jim Walker gave the vote of thanks.


Bridge club

March 20 – N/S – 1, J. Urquhart & J Loudon; 2, R. Stewart & K. Jackson; 3, M. Purdie & O. Whillans; E/W – 1, R. Oates & S. West; 2, M. & F. Beaton; 3, D. Harris-Burland & I. Whillans.


Broomlands SWI

Members enjoyed a flower-arranging evening with Gail, of Border Blooms, at their latest gathering. She showed how to create a buttonhole and also made three other arrangements which were raffled off later. Gail also judged the competitions: Decorated cake – 1, Val Douglas; 2, Helen Cavers; 3, Nancy Jerdan; Easter card – 1, Hazel Woodsell; 2, Val Douglas. Members are being asked to make a traybake for the AGM in May. The winner of the taste test will be asked to make the traybake for the show entry. The June coach trip destination is Peebles, with high tea at The Woll, Ashkirk. Anyone wishing to go – and also any friends they wish to take –should contact Mary Cron (01573 223925).

Thursday group

Local author Janet O’Kane spoke about the help she has received from experts in getting the facts right in writing murder mysteries. Today, Charles Burnett talks about ‘Mary of Guelders: a forgotten Scottish Queen’ at 2pm in Abbey Row Centre. Next week sees Tim Usher with his presentation, ‘My grandfather: a warrior’s life remembered’.


Coffee morning

South Garden Tenants are holding a fund-raising coffee morning, with children’s Easter egg hunt, in the lounge at South Garden, Crofts Road, on Saturday, April 8 (10am-noon).


Worship will be celebrated by the Reverend Rae Clark on Sunday, April 2, at Channelkirk (10am) and Lauder (11.30am). Services will return to Channelkirk church on April 2. St Cuthbert’s Walk (Saturday, June 10) registration is now open – for further information, go to


The monthly coffee morning will be held on Saturday, April 1 (10-11.30am) in the church centre. The April meeting is on Wednesday, April 5, in the same venue at 2.30pm. This will be the AGM and afternoon tea. Members should bring along a favourite item to talk about.


Musical night

The sounds of disco, karaoke and a live band – The Friendly Monsters – will fill the Currie Memorial Hall from 8pm-midnight on Friday, March 31. Bring your own bottle. Raffle. Contact Molly MacLean for details. All proceeds will go to the Borders Exploration Group’s expedition to Bolivia in June.


Carpet bowling club

The club staged an open single-handed tournament when, from an entry of 76 players, Bill Hedley (Westruther) emerged victorious, beating Stuart Coltherd of the hosts in the final. Losing semi-finalists were Bruce Jeffrey (Lindean) and Alastair Sloan (Wamphray).The club held a party night in the hall the following week. Some 60 people enjoyed live music from The Virginians, the voice of Milly Coltherd and piper Aaron Henderson. A couple of rounds of stand-up bingo and a raffle rounded off proceedings.


Border Flower Club

The first meeting of the year featured a demonstration by Linda Harman, from Preston, titled ‘What’s your Opinion’. With a great selection of flowers, from the common garden grape hyacinth to the exotic cymbidium orchids, her choice of containers led Linda to ask opinion about her designs. The first was of the Stag’s Head, her local pub, including large antlers. A spring garden included an interesting piece of driftwood and many flowers. A visit to Lancashire was next up and this portrayed the red rose of the county. Her tropical design had the bird of paradise flowers and curly bamboo in a large copper pot. A brass lantern was the container which had orchids and cala lilies. The final offering was a country garden herbaceous border with blue delphiniums and a blue clematis. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 5, in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm when the demonstrator will be John McDonald, from Auchterarder.

Parish church

Tonight (Thursday) at 7pm sees the induction of the Reverend Rosemary Frew, followed by a social and presentations. Saturday, April 1 – Arthritis Research coffee morning; Sunday, April 2 – services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am) with the Reverend Frew.


Last Friday was ‘handover day’ at the museum when the 80 denarii Kippilaw hoard was checked and enveloped coin-by-coin for transfer back to the National Museums. In their place came one of the most remarkable finds from Roman Scotland – the gilt bronze statue leg from Milsington Farm, near Hawick. It comes from an equestrian statue of an emperor or governor.

Melrose in Bloom

The planters in the town are beginning to show their spring colours, and the Bloomers are beginning to get down to the hard work of cleaning up after winter. Melrose in Bloom is grateful to those shopkeepers who are keeping their frontages tidy. The chairman’s letter has been delivered, outlining the group’s plans for the coming season, and inviting help with work parties, watering or donations towards the cost of the summer planting. If anyone has a problem with donating via online banking, phone the treasurer on 01896 209183, as there has been an error in the sort code. The group has just set up a community Facebook page.


Sylvia Grundy, president, reported on what had been a busy session for the Melrose club. Among the recent speakers were Duncan Cameron from the Street Pastors who was presented with a cheque for £200 by treasurer David Dalglish in appreciation of the work being done in Galashiels and Hawick. Dave Potts from the Melrose Fairtrade Group visited again to bring members up to date with the organisation’s work in local schools and the club hopes to continue to support this work financially. In response to the appeals to alleviate problems caused by famine and warfare, a further £200 was sent to Water Aid and the club also supported initiatives in Malawi with a similar amount. Members and friends of Melrose Rotary enjoyed an outing to Pitlochry, courtesy of Scotrail, as an acknowledgement of the work members have done in maintaining and enhancing the gardens at Tweedbank station. Highlights of the day were lunch at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and a visit to the charity bookshop based at Pitlochry station. Rotarians continue to meet every Thursday (6-6.30pm) at the King’s Arms Hotel, Melrose – all those interested in the work of Rotary are welcome.



Morebattle and Hownam Guild coffee morning was held on Saturday when about £660 was raised for guild and church funds. Competition winners – plant, Kerry Dixon; tray of fruit, Diane Gittus; bottle of whisky, Jenny Flannigan. The guild AGM will be held on Thursday, April 6, at 7.30pm in the institute.

Coffee morning

The village hall coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Saturday, April 8, at 10.30am.


Dog-friendly fun day

A dog-friendly fun day is being held in the Community Wing on Saturday, April 1, from 11am-1pm. It is open to all four and two-footed Newtonians, featuring light-hearted competitions for pets and owners, raffle, tombola, face-painting and refreshments. Owners will be able to join the Green Dog Walkers scheme which has a growing membership in the village. Greenside vets will be present to offer canine health and care advice, while Keep Scotland Beautiful representatives are also to attend, lending support to this project.

Seniors’ Club

The next meeting of Newtown and Eildon Seniors’ Afternoon Club will be held in the Community Wing on Tuesday, April 4, from 2pm.



Yetholm Village Choir’s spring concert is at 7.30pm on Sunday, April 2, in the village church.

Festival committee

The festival committee meets at 7.30pm on Monday, April 3, in the Youth Hall to discuss this year’s event and installation on May 5.

History society

Members – and anyone interested – meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 4, in the Mission Hall to hear Sasha Devine talk about the Reverend John Baird and the Yetholm Gypsies.

Quiz night

There is a quiz night on Wednesday, April 5, at 8pm in the Plough Hotel.


National Theatre Live comes to the Wauchope Hall on Thursday, April 6, with a live screening of Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig. The performance starts at 7.30pm – doors open 7pm. Tickets/further information available from Susan Stewart on 01573 420231.


The Wauchope Hall – on Saturday, April 8, at 7 30pm – stages a concert by Katee Cross and Amberjax. Tickets available from the village shop.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning on Saturday, April 8, in the Youth Hall from at 10am will see all proceeds going to the Border Exploration Group trip to Bolivia.


Wauchope Hall’s AGM is on Tuesday, April 11, at 7pm in the hall.