Selkirk’s Milly delivers a sound performance

Milly Coltherd, sponsored by Selkirk Rotary Club, was runner-up in the RBI (Rotary Great Britain and Ireland) regional heats of the Young Musician of the Year competition held at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. The photograph shows Milly receiving her award from Rotary district governor Olive Geddes.
Milly Coltherd, sponsored by Selkirk Rotary Club, was runner-up in the RBI (Rotary Great Britain and Ireland) regional heats of the Young Musician of the Year competition held at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. The photograph shows Milly receiving her award from Rotary district governor Olive Geddes.

Milly Coltherd, sponsored by Selkirk Rotary Club, was runner-up in the RBI (Rotary Great Britain and Ireland) regional heats of the Young Musician of the Year competition held at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.

She won her way through the local heat and area final, run by Selkirk Rotarians, to reach the regional stage where she competed alongside six others in the solo vocal section.

“We are delighted with Milly’s achievement throughout this competition and proud to have her represent the Rotary Club of Selkirk,” said club president Adam Borwick.

Anyone interested in joining the Selkirk club can come along to a Wednesday meeting (6pm for 6.30pm) in the County Hotel in Selkirk.

The photograph shows Milly receiving her award from Rotary district governor Olive Geddes.



Community cafe

The next community cafe gathering is at 11am in the village hall on Wednesday, April 19.


Parish church

Minister Elspeth Harley returned to Caddonfoot Parish Church on Palm Sunday to conduct the service at the start of Holy Week. The Bible reading was delivered by Catriona Bird, who also took part in a meditation, ‘Jesus, Prince of Peace’, along with Margaret Blyth and Anne Grieve. Music was played by Andy Bird, Mrs Grieve and Georgie Bird. CY (Caddonfoot Youth) held a baking sale to raise money for Water Aid, its current project. Bible study will resume on Wednesday, May 3. There will be a communion service, held jointly with Trinity, in the church at 7pm on Good Friday. On Sunday, the Easter Day service will take place after which children will be able to roll their Easter eggs.


Bowling club

The green opens on Saturday at 1pm when club president Steven Greer welcomes members at the start of a new season. The club is always looking for new members – anyone interested is welcome.

Wednesday club

Michelle Whittaker, of The Leader Body And Beauty Salon in Earlston, demonstrated putting on make-up. She made up two members. Competition: Powder compact – 1. Mrs J. Wilson, 2. Mrs G. Forsyth, 3. Mrs B. Mason. The next meeting is on April 19 and the competition is for a floral cup and saucer.

Lunch club

A game of card bingo started the final March gathering of the Thursday lunch club. After the meal, Sheila McKay entertained with music from members’ younger days, finishing with ‘The Laughing Policeman’. Last week a game of indoor golf got proceedings under way, Mrs P. Wight emerging victorious. After lunch local GP John Burns delivered a talk entitled ‘Local doctors in Earlston over the last three centuries’.



Members meet in the village hall on Wednesday, April 19, at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Borders Pet Rescue and the competitions are – a vegetable or fruit animal and an animal ornament. Competition results from the March meeting: Biscuits – 1. Irene Scott, 2. Agnes Mathison; Ring – 1. Agnes Mathison, 2. Jean Stewart.



Galashiels Burns Club’s AGM will take place in the upstairs lounge of the Royal British Legion Club in Park Street on Tuesday, April 18, at 7.30pm.

St Peter’s Church

A communion service will be held at 10am on Thursday, April 13, followed by – at 6pm – a Maunday Thursday service conducted by the Rev Tim Tunley. Good Friday, April 14 –noon, The Way of the Cross, Reverend Tim Tunley. Easter Saturday, April 15 – 2pm, Messy Church baptism, Reverend Duncan McCosh; 7:30pm, Easter Light and Sung Eucharist, Reverend Duncan McCosh. Easter Sunday, April 16 – 8.30am, communion, Reverend Duncan McCosh; 9.30am, Sunday Squad; 10.30am, sung eucharist, Reverend Duncan McCosh. Monday, April 17 – 7pm, bottle top sort.

Volunteers wanted

Veterinary charity PDSA is appealing for animal lovers to volunteer at its Channel Street shop to help raise funds for sick and injured pets. For more information, contact Robert Russell on 01896 759881.

Blood donors

At a blood donor session in Galashiels on April 2 and 3, 304 volunteers offered to give blood and 274 donations were given. There were 15 new donors.

Camera club

The annual competition was judged by Hawick-based professionals John and Sandra Parris. The turnout was a little down on previous years, however, given that the school holidays have now started, it was understandable. Nevertheless, a total of 185 images were submitted by members. Digital projected images (DPI) – general – 1, Gordon Swalwell, Spoleto Walkway; 2, Gordon Swalwell, Cyclamen; 3, Ford Renton, Yellow Brick Road. Beginners – 1, Alistair Kevan, Steel Wool Photography; 2, Emily McCulloch, Dandelion Fluff. Commended – Christine Swalwell, Alan Kennedy, Alistair Kevan. Landscapes – 1, Alan Kennedy, Night Fall; 2, Lisa Kerr, Caught in a Blizzard; 3, David Usher, Reflected Landing Stage. Beginners – 1, Lisa Kerr, Caught in a Blizzard; 2, Emily McCulloch, Mountains and Trees; (beginner Lisa Kerr also achieved second place in the standard class). Commended – Alistair Peacock, Ford Renton, Alan Kennedy. Nature – 1, Ford Renton, Hovering Tern; 2, Gordon Swalwell, Eyes on the Food; 3, Gordon Swalwell, Grazing Avocets. Beginners – 1, Lisa Kerr, Tiger Lily. Commended – Alistair Peacock, Lisa Kerr. People – 1, Alan Kennedy, Days Gone By; 2, Ron Bell, Lifelong Friends; 3, Neil McLean, Evening Stroll. Beginners – 1, Alistair Kevan, Girl in the City; Commended – David Usher, Alistair Kevan. Printed images – general – 1, Gordon Swalwell, The Gallery; 2, Alistair Peacock, The Storm Jar; 3, Ford Renton, Quarry Pool. Beginners – Lisa Kerr, Swing Bridge. Commended – Neil McLean (2), Christine Swalwell, Ford Renton. Landscape – 1, Ford Renton, Hazy Morning; 2, Alan Kennedy, Room with a View; 3, Alan Kennedy, Tranquillity. Beginners – Lisa Kerr, Spittal. Commended – Ford Renton (2), Alan Kennedy. Nature – 1, Ford Renton, Fish Supper; 2, Ford Renton, Skater; 3, Ford Renton, Face First. Commended – Christine Swalwell (3). People – 1, Alan Kennedy, Christmas is All Around; 2, Ford Renton, Slow Steam Ahead; 3, Ford Renton, Homeless. Commended – Christine Swalwell. Trophies (awarded for best images in DPI and print categories) – Black and White, Ford Renton, Hazy Morning; Colour, Alan Kennedy, Room with a View; digital, Alan Kennedy, Days Gone By; People, Alan Kennedy, Christmas is All Around; Landscape, Ford Renton, Hazy Morning; General, Gordon Swalwell, The Gallery; Nature, Ford Renton, Fish Supper; Home-processed print, Ford Renton, Hazy Morning; Overall (Burns Trophy), Ford Renton, Hazy Morning; Newcomer in annual competition, Lisa Kerr; Highest Points in Monthly Competition – Digital Image, Gordon Swalwell; Highest Points in Monthly Competition – Prints, Ford Renton; Highest Points in Monthly Competition – Beginners, Lisa Kerr. This was the last meeting of the season. The club resumes on September 20. The new syllabus will be published soon on the club website, along with images from this year’s annual competition.



Tuesday, April 4 – 1, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan; 2, George Graham and Bob Francombe; 3, Valerie Macpherson and Inez Wyse.Tuesday, April 11 – 1, Valerie Macpherson and Inez Wyse; 2, Valerie Johnstone and Malcolm Ouldcott; 3, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan.


A delegation of members went with president Jim Walker to Langholm last Thursday for the annual cross-border games night with Longtown/Brampton, Lockerbie and Langholm Rotary clubs, competing in darts, dominoes, pool and carpet bowls tournaments, while the rest of the membership met in Mansfield House Hotel for a meal. Ron Sutherland was the victor in the darts knock-out, while Scott Elliot, David Oliver, Jim Walker, Robin Mason and Andrew Suddon participated in the other games.


Coffee morning

St Ronan’s Games committee will hold a coffee morning on Saturday, April 15, in the Vale Club from 10am-noon.


The annual general meeting of Innerleithen and District Amateur Operatic Society will take place on Wednesday, April 19, at 7.30pm in the Free Library Hall, Buccleuch Street.

Standard bearer

The St Ronan’s Standard Bearer for 2017 will be introduced to the public on Friday, May 5, in the Memorial Hall at 8pm. Other introductions taking place on this date are the Standard Bearer’s Lass, Principal Guest and the Lady Busser. The town bands will play outside the hall from 7pm, with teas and coffee being served inside from that time. Immediately following the introduction ceremony the Standard Bearer’s Reel will be danced outside the hall (Leithen Road side) with music by Innerleithen Pipe Band.


The Standard Bearer’s Ball will take place on Saturday, July 8, in the marquee at St Ronan’s School. Tickets will be on sale at 8am on Saturday, May 20, from The Foresters, Wells Brae. They are priced at £35 per person and payment must be made in full on the day. Members of the Games committee will be on hand to receive applications at 8am – but none will be taken before this time. Any applications left before 8am will be considered following the public sale. Tickets will be distributed following the sale, so applicants must ensure a contact name and address is included with each application. The dress code for the ball is – gents – dinner suit or full Highland dress, black tie; ladies – full-length evening dress/ball gown.

Parish church

The service for Easter Day begins at 10.30am.


Decoration project

Cheviot Youth are looking for three people of mature years to help with an inter-generational decoration project for a couple of hours a week for five weeks based at its Youth Hub in High Street. Anyone who has craft and/or art skills they would like to pass on to younger generations can email Ian at, or ring/text him on 07958 277766 for chat and further information.

Historical society

‘Border life in the 1850s’ is the title of a talk Margaret Jeary will give to members tonight (Thursday) in the Royal British Legion at 7.30pm. This will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting.

St John’s Church

Maundy Thursday, April 13 – 6pm, holy communion and stripping of the altar. Good Friday, April 14 – 11am, Walk of Witness from Old and Trinity Parish Church, finishing at St John’s at about 12.30pm, with tea and hot cross buns in the centre; 1.30pm, time of quiet; 2.30pm, communion. Easter Sunday, April 16 – 9am, first communion of Easter; 10.30am, sung eucharist; 10.30am, Sunday school (upstairs in the centre); 11.45am, children’s Easter party and egg hunt.



An interesting and informative presentation was given by Lesley Anne Nevis, Catherine Hadshar and Coreen Knight, from Scottish Borders Council’s community learning development department. They explained the breadth of their remit, from working with families and young children through to adult learning, and the importance of working with and alongside a variety of support groups. The next meeting of the Four Border Abbeys U3A will be on Monday, May 8, at 2pm in Kelso Rugby Club when Alisdair Hutton delivers an insight into the Edinburgh Tattoo. Visitors will be made mostwelcome.

Thursday Group

Tim Usher’s description of his grandfather’s life covered military experiences in Africa and India, the Ashanti wars and First World War, ending with his appointment as Secretary to the Order of the Knights of St John. Today, Isabel Gordon will talk about the life of Mary Somerville. Next week the group will be joined by the Friends of Kelso Library for a presentation by Margaret Fox and Catherine Maxwell Stuart on the Stuarts at Traquair – 2pm, Abbey Row Centre. Visitors welcome.

Advice surgery

Councillors Tom Weatherston and Simon Mountford will hold an advice surgery at Abbey Row Centre on Saturday, April 15, from 11am-noon. No appointment needed.


Kelso Stitchers meet on Tuesday, April 25, at 7pm in Abbey Row Centre. Alma Dowle will be demonstrating ‘creative felting’. Members should remember to bring their mug and name badge. For further information, contact Rineke Sangster on 01573 229414.

Bridge club

Results from Wednesday, April 5 are as follows: BGB Spring Sim. Pairs – N/S – 1, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 2, Val Johnstone and Mary Millar; 3, Joyce Thomson and Helenor Pratt; E/W – 1, Jean McLaren and Alison Ireland; 2, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 3, Vanessa Wilson and Chris Anthony. Thursday, April 6 – Celtic Spring Pairs – N/S – 1, Jean Henry and Myra Thomson; 2, Dominic and Diana Alkin; 3, Bob Stevenson and Lee Leeson; E/W – 1, David Harris-Burland and Sheila Urquhart; 2, Helenor Pratt and Pauline Smart; 3, Lynda Douglas and Dorothy Graham.


Historical society

Members will meet at the Youth Trust Hall on Wednesday, April 19, to hear a talk and presentation by society chairman Eugene Brandeschi. Entitled ‘A Voyage of Discovery through the streets of Lauder’, it will look at the many changes in the use and appearance of properties and businesses over several decades. Visitors are welcome. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Dot Archibald chaired the regular meeting and AGM in place of Christine who was off due to illness. After business, members gave an account of their favourite items. Afternoon tea followed. The guild outing is on Saturday, May 6.


Maundy Thursday, April 13 – 7pm, supper and reflective service in the church centre. Saturday, April 15 – painted egg competition, bring a decorated egg to Lauder Church between 10-10.30am. Tea/coffee in the church centre, with the winners announced at 11am. Easter Sunday, April 16 – 8am, worship at Channelkirk Church, followed by breakfast rolls and hot drinks. From 9.30am on Chester Hill, Sausage Sizzle with the Scouts and an opportunity to roll eggs. 11.30am, worship at Lauder Church.



The start of the school summer term sees the launch

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of the 2017 Schools Photographic Competition, with the four primary schools in the Melrose area fighting it out to find the Young Photographer of the Year. The subject is ‘My favourite building from kennel to castle.’ There are two age categories – 6-9 and 10-13 – and entry forms will be available from the schools at the beginning of the new term. President Sylvia Grundy welcomed Martin Davison and Allan MacKenzie, from Victim Support Scotland, who spoke of the work their organisation does not only to support victims of crime, but also witnesses in their court appearances. Alan Smith, in giving the vote of thanks, relayed the appreciation of the club for the important work which they and their fellow volunteers carry out.

Parish church

Individual nine-inch long fibre crosses were handed out to the Palm Sunday congregation to mark the welcome Jesus received on his entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of what came to be known as Holy Week. A Traidcraft stall was in operation and there was a food bank collection. Daily services (Monday-Friday) are this week being held in Melrose Parish Church at 7pm. On Easter Day itself (Sunday, April 16), there will be worship on the saddle of the Eildons at 7.30am, followed by tea/coffee and bacon rolls in the church hall, and services at Bowden (9.30am) and Melrose (11am – donations of hot cross buns gratefully received). At 7pm in Holy Trinity, Jim Letham conducts the Abbey Consort in an Easter performance of Handel’s Messiah (tickets £10 at door or from Holmes of Melrose).


The 2017 museum season started this week, the Synton Hoard of 228 silver denarii being accompanied by the gilt bronze cavalryman’s leg and booted foot found near Milsington Farm, west of Hawick, in 1820. Although James Curle and his generation imagined that this statue piece must have come from a Roman town like York, recent research in Germany has suggested that even large cavalry fort complexes, like Trimontium, were not unknown to possess prestigious artefacts. Similar high-status finds keep being found not far away near Catterick. Nearer home it’s feet-on-the-ground time this week with the first guided Trimontium Walk of the season on Thursday, April 13, at 1.30pm from the museum in Melrose Square, returning by 5.30pm after tea in Newstead Village Hall. The first Old Melrose Monks’ Peninsula Walk is on Easter Monday (April 17) at 1.30pm (green/white notice off A68, 200 yards south of the huge roundabout at the east end of Melrose bypass. Thereafter, it’s a First-Monday-In-The -Month Walk – same time.



Morebattle and Hownam Guild held its AGM last Thursday night when the committee was elected – it stays the same as last year. Discussions followed regarding ideas for next year’s syllabus and it was agreed to change meetings from evenings to afternoons.

Coffee morning

The village hall annual coffee morning held last Saturday realised £368. Competition winners: Guess the amount of sweets - Janette Stenhouse; Flowering plant - Helen Cessford; Box of chocolates lucky number - Russ Wight; 50/50 - Shirley Robertson.


Library cafe

The next library cafe is in the hall on Wednesday, April 19 (11am-noon).



President Agnes Bell welcomed the Reverend Rae Clark who gave the March meeting a talk on her time in Zambia where she spent the summer of 2011 as part of her training for the ministry. Her time was spent in rural and urban churches where congregations are growing at a phenomenal rate. The poverty was difficult to deal with and although there are rich mining areas, working conditions are poor with no health care available. Children work long hours making mud bricks. There are thousands of orphans and street children, with no adult care or protection. However, there are mission stations which care for the elderly, orphans and also educating the children who are keen to learn. The Reverend Clark showed some of the hand-made gifts she received following her placement. She then judged the competition for a flask of home-made soup – 1, Marion Muir; 2, Denise Barclay; 3, Sylvia Thomson. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 19, at 7.30pm in Oxton Village Hall when Jules Grieve will deliver a talk entitled ‘Pets as Therapy’. Competition – an animal photo.


RNLI fair

The local RNLI branch held a spring fair in Selkirk on Saturday morning, raising £490. Local businesses donated raffle prizes and Viewfield Service Centre sponsored ‘The Lifeboat Station Draw’ which was won by S. McCabe, who picked ‘Craster’, and I. Monks (‘Great Yarmouth’).

Antiquarian society

The April meeting takes place on Wednesday (19th) at 7.30pm in Selkirk Parish Church hall when George Dalgleish will present his talk, ‘Jacobite Relics, Myths and Realities’. Wheelchair access is available.

st boswells

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday, April 22, in the village hall from 10am in aid of the Borders Multiple Sclerosis Society.



At the April meeting, Marjory Tennant talked about how she took up hat-making as a hobby. Marjory explained how she made hats using a block she had brought with her and the type of material she often worked with. She also had a selection of hats which members could try on. Lyn Anderson gave the vote of thanks. Competitions: Dress ring – 1. Lyn Anderson, 2. Meg Black, 3. Dawn Steel; Corsage – 1. Yvonne Wood, 2. Jean McDermid, 3. Dawn Steel; Three fruit marmalade – Kathy Wilkie. The raffle was won by Susan Pike and Gaynor Taylor. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 2, in the village hall. This will be a visitors’ night with musical entertainment by George Anderson and Border Folk.



There will be a Maundy Thursday communion service in Traquair Kirk (tonight) at 7.30pm.



The service in Walkerburn on Easter Sunday (April 16) starts at 8.30am in Alexandra Park, followed by breakfast at the Caberston Cafe.



A bingo and quiz night will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall, with proceeds going to the Dentaid Project in Morocco.

Nomination forms

Nomination forms are available from Susan Stewart or Natasha Gray for community council vacancies. Papers must be lodged in a sealed envelope to the village shop by noon on Tuesday, April 18.


The annual guest night is on Tuesday, April 18, at 7.30pm in the Wauchope Hall. Entertainment will be provided by St Boswells Barber Shop Choir and the competition is for a decorated paste egg.


A quiz night will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at 8pm in the Plough Hotel. This will be the last quiz of the season – they restart in September.

Live theatre

National Theatre will show a live screening of Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead on Thursday, April 20, at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall. Tickets from the village shop or Susan Stewart.

CHAS fundraiser

A bingo night with quiz in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland takes place on Friday, April 21, at 7pm in the Wauchope Hall.