What’s on in the Borders


August 13

Minions: Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Before Gru, the cute wee yellow fellows from the Despicable Me films had a history of bad bosses. Certificate U. Tickets and contact info: see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

August 14

Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s

Legend of the Lost Treasure, Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm.Surprises await Thomas and his friends as they dig up their most daring adventure yet. Unearthing an old pirate ship, Thomas is on the hunt for Sodor’s lost treasure. Cert U. tickets as before.

August 15

Double screening at the Maltings, Berwick – Enemy, My Friend? at 6pm and The Railway Man at 7.30pm.

A special screening for the 75th anniversary of V-J Day, with 50% proceeds going to Combat Stress. The Railway Man is a powerful tale, based on the autobiography of the late Berwick resident, Eric Sutherland Lomax (May 30, 1919-October 8, 2012). Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Cert 15. The documentary “Enemy, My Friend?” (optional) explores the real events surrounding Eric Lomax’s notorious meeting with one of his Japanese torturers, Takashi Nagase, more than 40 years after the brutal events in Japan. Tickets for the 6pm double screening from The Maltings box office : www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or 01289 330999. All tickets are £7.50, with 50% going to Combat Stress.

August 21

Presented by Beyond Borders International Festival, Pray the Devil Back to Hell screens a the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, at 7.30pm. The film – part of a five-part documentary series called Women, War and Peace that challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace is the sole domain of men – will be introduced by executive producer Pamela Hogan, with an audience Q&A after. Tickets are £9 available now from Box Office on 01721 725777, or online at www.eastgatearts.com


Till August 14

Lowick Art Group exhibition at Heatherslaw Mill, Cornhill. Situated in the old bakery office opposite Heatherslaw Mill, the exhibition displays a wide range of paintings, drawings and sketches by the members of Lowick Art Group, a local group of talented amateur artists. Open daily, with some of the artists on hand to chat while you visit. Work is also available to buy. Admission is free – donations welcome – proceeds to Berwick & District Cancer Support Group.

Till August 31

Peel – the Hospital and the People, Borders Family History Society, Archive & Research Room, Galashiels, 10am-4pm. An exhibition of photographs, artefacts and the recollections of the people who worked at Peel Hospital.

Till September 5

Mad Nomad Gallery in Hawick is officially opening in style with the launch of its exhibition of Folk Tales illustrations by artist Katherine Soutar. Breaking from the preview night tradition for an art show, Mad Nomad Gallery has brought together a line-up including famous authors, storytellers and a legendary folk singer/songwriter to make this exhibition launch a weekend event.

Katherine, the cover illustrator for the History Press ‘Folk Tales’ book series, will be presenting her work in the exhibition. She will be in the gallery working on her next commission over this weekend (August 14-16), joined by local author and storyteller James Spence tomorrow from 5.30-6.30pm, Cumbrian storyteller Taffy Thomas at 2pm and 6pm on Saturday and Bill Caddick, songwriter, folk singing legend and husband to Katherine, on Sunday at 7.30pm.

Till September 6

Textiles and Photography in Harmony, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Images inspire changing colour palettes, distortions and an infinite range of designs that textile artist Shirley Ann Sherris then translates into embroidery, wall hangings and sculptures. Admission free. Contact 01450 377615 or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk.

Till September 13

Space Cadets – Generation Air, Gymnasium Gallery, Maltings, Berwick, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Generation AIR is inspired by human biology and the cells and organisms inside us. Be transported into an exciting, mysterious world. Contact details as before.

Till September 13

Drafted to the Dardanelles, Halliwells House Museum, Selkirk, 11am-4pm (Mon-Sat), 12-3pm (Sun). Exhibition commemorating the Battle of Gallipoli. Admission free. Call 01750 20096 / 20054 for more details.

Till September 17

Catherine Rayner, the Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder. Award-winning illustrator. Gallery open 7 days, 9.30am-5pm Mon to Sat and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. Call 01578 722808 for further details. Admission free.

Till September 28

James Hogg Exhibition, Ettrick School, Selkirk. Exhibition celebrating the life and works of the author of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Open 2-5pm, Wed, Fri, Sun. Call 01750 62259 for further details. Admission free.

Till October 11

Wish You Were Here, Granary gallery, Maltings, Berwick, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Artists’ postcards from 1960s to today selected from art writer and novelist Jeremy Cooper’s remarkable collection. Contact details as before.

Till December 7

‘Spaical Folk wi Spaical Stories’ – Ian Landles Oral History Archive Exhibition, Tower Mill, Hawick. An exhibiton centred around retired teacher and local historian Ian Landles’ vast collection of oral histories, now part of Heritage Hub collection. Free admission.


August 16

The Big Sunday Festival, organised by the churches in Peebles, returns to the town’s Tweed Green following its hugely successful debut last year. Organised by Peebles Churches Together, with the help of a small army of volunteers, the free festival combines fun and faith. This year, it will focus on the community – getting to know each other better – while shedding a little light on the activities of the churches in Peebles. The day will kick off with an informal open-air service at 11am, followed by a day of family fun, team games, sports, crafts and a host of other activities. There will be inflatables, mountain biking displays, a tug-of-war competition, a well-stocked tea tent, face-painting, a book stall, a free barbecue (which proved hugely popular last year), and live music. There will also be space set aside for quiet contemplation and a Talk Tent, where guest speakers will talk about what their faith means to them.


August 14

The Counterfeit Sixties present a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time at the Maltings, Berwick – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees to name but a few. Their show encompasses everything from that period, the clothes, flashbacks from television history, including programmes and adverts. 7.30pm.Tickets – box and circle £19 & £17, stalls £16.50 and £15 (£15.50 and £13.50 concs).

August 15

Riddell Fiddles resume their frenetic programme of activity after a summer break and kick off with a performance at Edgerston Village Hall’s barbecue at 7pm.

August 20

Borders Music and Arts Society: The Cameo Clarinet Quartet will perform in the Music Room at Mellerstain House at 7.30pm. Their programme includes pieces from Paganini to Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla and George Gershwi, as well as Scots composer Eddie McGuire and French composer Pierre Max Dubois. For further information and application for tickets, please contact concert secretary Isobe Lafferty, on 01835 864153. Tickets, £13.50 for members and £17.50 for non-members – under-18s are half price. 
Supper – finger buffet, fruit, wine and soft drinks – at the close of the recital, with the opportunity to meet the artistes, is optional but must be pre-booked and costs £7.50 per person. 
Full details of the society’s summer programme can be viewe at www.bordersmusicandartssociety.co.uk

August 22

Riddell Fiddles’ annual community performance in Melrose Square.


August 16

Coldstream Ramblers B-graded walk, nine miles. Earlston, Black Hill circular. Meet at Earlston Rugby Club at 10am.


August 14

Play-in-a-week: Henry Travers Studio, Maltings, Berwick, 10am-3.30pm. Wendy Payn and Ross Graham present the end of another fun-packed week. On the final day, kids will perform their brand new piece of theatre in front of friends and family. Ages 8-13.

August 16

The percussion workshop series continues at Wilton Lodge Park’s bandstand, Hawick, from 1-3pm, with James Mackintosh returning to do one more workshop before the end of summer.

The park’s events manager, Gordon Webber, said: “We thought of just having an open drum jam on this date, but the workshops have proved to be so popular we thought we would fit one more in. At past percussion workshops in the bandstand we have had ages ranging from one to 80, with everyone getting involved in drumming, rattling, thumping and even a bit of singing.” The workshops are free and lots of instruments are provided.