I write on behalf of the Borders Vintage Agricultural Association (BVAA) to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who came to our successful coffee morning at the Sprouston Coronation Hall.

We were astonished and delighted to see such a large turnout of people, with particular thanks to the residents of Carham Hall who added a little special something to the occasion.

The baking stall more or less sold out, the raffle went very well, and we were pleased to see so many folk spectating our working machinery demonstration. At the end of a fine day, we had raised £410 for the Margaret Kerr Appeal Fund to which we will add much more from our other activities.

Our success was mainly due to some hard work and generosity from BVAA members and friends, for which we are most grateful. We sincerely hope we can hold this event again in 2013 and beyond.

Jim Bradley


We would like to thank everyone who supported the 84th Selkirk Scout and Guide concert, and helped to make it such a success.

This excellent production would not be possible without the hard work of the leaders, helpers and, of course, the talented young people. What great ambassadors they are for Scouting and Guiding here in Selkirk.

Particular thanks go to the enthusiastic audiences, Rodgersons newsagents for selling the tickets and providing the tuck-shop, the hall staff, stage crew, musical accompanists, local press and the many volunteers of both organisations who gave freely of their time and worked hard behind the scenes.

Selkirk Friends of Guiding

Selkirk Scout Group parents’ committee

Local Marie Curie Nurses and fundraisers wish to thank everyone in the Borders who played a part in making the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal a success this year.

An enormous amount of fundraising activity has taken take place up and down the country since the month-long appeal launched on March 1. Volunteer collectors were out across the region to encourage people to wear a daffodil pin and make a donation to support Marie Curie Nurses. Money raised from the appeal helps Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes.

Maureen Stevenson

(community fundraiser, southern Scotland)

Marie Curie Cancer Care

As a pensioner living in Melrose, I recently, and most unexpectedly, required help from paramedics, and then investigations carried out at Borders General Hospital. Subsequently, I had to be kept in for two short stays.

I would like to say how impressed I have been, and how grateful I am to everyone with whom I came into contact for all the care, concern and kindness.

How very lucky we are to have the BGH and all the dedicated staff who work there.

Mary Strathmore