Selkirk district news

ASHKIRK

Party time

Despite the adverse weather, there was a good turnout for the village Christmas party in the hall. The company was entertained by Master of Ceremonies Fran Selkirk, together with some special carols from across the world sung by Bruce Ogilvie, and accompanied by David Taylor on the piano. The evening included a quiz won by The Elves and the party was rounded off with community singing.

Talk

There is an afternoon talk on December 15 at 2pm by Stan Moscrop who will describe his travels across America.

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Wartime talk

Last Friday evening, Caddonfoot Hall was filled to capacity with an audience who had travelled from all parts of the Borders to hear Mary Sherrard talk about her work at Bletchley Park, the wartime decoding centre. Former Wren Mary and many servicemen and women, along with civilian specialists, were at the beginning of the computer age using secret machines to decode German wartime messages. The work at Bletchley Park was so secret that it was not until the 1970s that the public began to hear of it. It is estimated that the experts at Bletchley Park shortened the war by almost two years, saving countless lives. What made Mary’s story so special was that at the age of 92 she was able to stand for an hour to deliver her talk. Some of the audience were able to share their much more recent memories of time spent at Bletchley Park.

Parish church

The Reverend Duncan McCosh, retired minister of St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Galashiels, returned to Caddonfoot to conduct morning worship on Sunday. The two Advent calendars were lit by Sheena Birch and the Bible reading delivered by Roddy Beatson. Music was played by Margaret Blyth and Anne Grieve. It was also Gift Sunday when members of the congregation brought financial gifts for the Borders Children’s Charity. There was also a short afternoon communion service. There will be a brief kirk session meeting after the service next Sunday when minister Elspeth Harley will preach. John and Irene Bruce and Joyce Brown used their artistic talents to erect the Christmas tree and decorate the church. Members were asked to save their disused Christmas stamps for the Eden Valley Hospice charity.

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Carols

Carols in the village hall with Selkirk Silver Band takes place on December 14 (7.15pm). Tickets (£4 adults, £1.50 youngsters) available

from Linda (01750 52257), and includes mince pies and punch at half-time.

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Pantomime

Rehearsals are in full swing for the Association of Selkirk Clubs and Societies pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk which will be performed in the Victoria Halls on December 28 (7.15pm) and 29 (2pm and 7.15pm). Tickets are available from the Scott’s Selkirk shop in Market Place Square, and are priced £8 and £4.

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Service

There will be a church service, which starts at 10am, in Traquair Kirk on Sunday, December 13.