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Welcome to the pril issue of Kelso ife. Floors Castle & Gardens


Well, what a challenging time Border Events Centre we find ourselves in, Coronavirus is creating havoc Gardening Tips from Woodside EMMA EMMRSON and difficulties for us all.


What’s on


ow that the schools are closed it presents even more challenges with the worry for our children who are all focussed on the exams that could decide their future.

Kelso Blogger ON HASTINGS Kelso Heritage Society ILSTONS Kelso Farmers Market


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We need to try our best to be Morebattle Primary School positive, difficult though it may seem. Kelso Curling Club Hopefully this months Kelso ife will help cheer you up a bit allowing you to catch up with what’s going on in our fantastic community. We’ve got the updates from the schools, the Borders earch & escue eam as well as all of our regular excellent articles to hopefully take your mind off all the turmoil.  word of warning regarding the What’s n page, due to the situation we find ourselves in  would suggest that if you are thinking of attending any of the events/ activities that you call beforehand to make sure they are still taking place. ll that remains is for me to wish that you all keep safe and stay in the very best of health.


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Kelso Men’s Shed


The Provost Report


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Gardening Tips from Woodside Well, how the world has changed since my last article for Kelso Life. If you remember I was gearing up for a busy season in the plant centre and tearoom. The good news is that as I write this it is still very much “business as usual” here at Woodside, with both tearoom and plant centre being open every day. Of course, this may change but we are busy coming up with ways to keep you all gardening and eating cake!

Panic buying has not been restricted to loo roll and pasta – we are experiencing a greater demand than usual for seed potatoes and vegetable seeds, so much so that we are getting in extra deliveries. Growing your own veg is a really good way of keeping busy during self isolation and gives us all something to do when we can’t go to sporting fixtures, the theatre or the pub. Of course it will also be rewarding when we can harvest our food and will save the supermarket queues. Imagine the pleasure of picking your own salad this year rather than buying soggy salads in plastic bags! We’re still propagating lots of plants for you to grow, including onions, leeks, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, peppers, aubergines and sweetcorn, as well as a whole host of ornamental plants too. And if you can’t come to us, we’ll deliver to you, with free delivery to Kelso for all those unable to visit us. Ask to be added to our emailing list to find out what is available, or you can phone in on 01835 830315 to discuss your requirements. We’re here to help you, and between us we’ll all help each other. Sales of compost are also high, as lots of gardeners are getting ready for planting pots and sowing seeds. A new delivery of organic, peat free Wool Compost has just arrived and is already selling well. If you haven’t tried this great product it comes as potting compost, seed compost, tomato compost, veg and salad compost, double strength (to mix 50/50 with spent compost) and claybreaker. All are highly recommended by our customers, with one customer telling me today she’s had her best ever seed germination rate using the wool seed compost. If we’re going to be stuck at home gardening is a great way to keep you sane, and will do wonders for your physical health too. Even in “normal” times the health benefits of gardening are obvious, so hopefully we can now encourage a whole new wave of converts to the pleasures of gardening. Happy gardening, and keep safe, Follow us on Facebook


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WT’S  WERE & WE Scottish Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group. The group holds its meetings at 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month except February & August, at the`Tryst`Chaplaincy Centre B.G.H QIGONG classes EVERY W ednesday - Quaker Meeting House, Kelso at 6.15pm. Learn Qigong with Live Lessons Online. Call Jane 07962 162 464 for information on joining and setting up. Piladdies (Pilates for men) - EVERY Wednesday- 7.15-8.15pm @ M-Pulsive Dance. Studios Call Lynn - 07805 034932 Border Flower Club- Kelso Rugby Club@ 7.30pm. Demonstration- ‘Celebrating in Style’’ -Derek Armstrong

Thurs 2nd

Kelso and District Probus Club. Meeting at Ednam House Hotel, Bridge Street, Kelso at 10.00 for coffee, 10.30 start. AGM followed by a talk from a club member. All retired professional and business people welcome. 01835 850266. QIGONG classes EVERY Thursday - Smailholm Village Hall at 10.00am. Learn Qigong with Live Lessons Online. Call Jane 07962 162 464 for information on joining and setting up. Kelso Camera Club – digital camera enthusiasts (and beginners) – come and join us. We meet EVERY Thursday in the Abbey Centre at 7pm & would love to welcome you. www.kelsocameraclub.co.uk Piyo - EVERY Thursday - 7.15-8pm @ Abbey Fitness in Kelso. Call Lynn - 07805 034932

Fri 3rd

Walk It Walks - EVERY Tuesday & Friday at 10am. M eet outside Tourist I nfo, Kelso. Call Walk Leader - Ray on 01573 226261 for Tuesday & Judi 07762 967623 for Friday "Painting for Pleasure" with artist Penny Crichton-Seager. EVERY Friday morning. 10-12. Yetholm Youth Hall. All welcome. Contact: penny@crichton-seager.com Tel: 07919 525898 or 01573 420545 Yetholm Indoor Bowling Club meet EVERY Monday and Friday, 2pm and 7pm at the Wauchope Hall, Town Yetholm. New members/beginners very welcome. Kelso Music Society presents medal winning young pianist Yeol Eum Son playing Schumann and Chopin at 7.30pm in Kelso Old Parish Church Kelso Folk & Live Music Club’s early session the Oak Room, Cross Keys EVERY Friday 8pm. Folk & Live Music Club’s session - The Cobbles. EVERY Friday from 9.45pm approx.

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Christian service (open to all whatever their religious belief or none) EVERY Sunday in the BGH Chaplaincy Centre starting 11.00am. VU U   47  

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Pilates - EVERY M onday 9-10am and 7-8pm @ M-Pulsive Dance Studios in Kelso. Lynn - 07805 034932 Kelso Lipreading Class - Kelso Hospital EVERY Monday 10am - 12noon. Free & Fun!! Liz on 07777 699461. Ednam Village Hall - Bite and Blether EVERY Monday from 10.30 - All Welcome. Kelso Senior Citizens Indoor Bowling Club. EVERY M onday & Thursday. Room 4, Abbey Row Centre 1.30—3.30pm. New members welcome, come and give it a try. Zumba Gold Class - EVERY Monday at 2pm - £4. Kelso North Parish Church. Call Denise on 07713 357450

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Walk It Walks - EVERY Tuesday & Friday at 10am. M eet outside Tourist I nfo, Kelso. Call Walk Leader - Ray on 01573 226261 for Tuesday & Judi 07762 967623 for Friday Kelso Walking Football - We meet EVERY Tuesday at Kelso High School Games Hall 6.15 - 7.15. New members welcome. Contact Allan Dorward on 01576 219155/ 07818 288744 or email - atd2206@aim.com

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Thurs 16th Kelso and District Probus Club. Meeting at Ednam House Hotel, Bridge Street, Kelso at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. Speaker - John Thornburn – “Voice of Rugby”( Bill McLaren). All retired professional and business people welcome. 01835 850266. Fri 17th

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Broomlands S.W.I.Kelso We continue to meet in the Bonar Room, Kelso North Church at 7.30pm Visitors are welcome. For further information please contact Jeanette Duncanson 07802709309.

Fri 24th

Alzheimer Scotland Borders Services ‘D-Café’ - a space for people living with dementia and their family & friends to meet for peer support & a cup of tea & cake. Café , 45-47 Roxburgh St, Kelso. 10 - 11.30am

Sun 26th

Borders Family History Society will hold a Society meeting at 2.30pm. Venue - St Peters Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels. Speaker - David McLean will give a short talk on ‘Poaching and the Game Laws in South-East Scotland’

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Challenging Times and Keeping Calm With the news dominated by the spread of Covid-19 it’s easy to get dragged down into a negative mind set where all is doom and gloom. At times like these it’s important to be diligent and aware but keep a sense of proportion and balance. We have seen what happens in the shops when panic buying sets in with people driven by fear of the unknown and the sight of empty shelves. Likewise falling stock markets have sent shock waves round the world as the effects of measures designed to control the virus impacts on economic activity and everyday life. So what about the local property market and how is this faring in all this and the other issue of our times Brexit. Well to the surprise of some the year has got off to a good start with more buyers around than previous years partly due to the relatively mild winter and while the impact of the coronavirus and possible restrictions on movement may have an economic impact in the months ahead thus far it’s been business as usual. Indeed if anything we have seen an increase in buyers from the cities and the south moving to the Borders and apart from other attractions we are fortunate to live in a less populated area with plenty of fresh air. Sales of mid-range and higher value properties have significantly increased and detached houses both in town and in the surrounding country have achieved the full asking price. Sellers from Edinburgh are tending to buy first and sell quickly due to their favoured position and are content to pay over home report valuation to secure the right property. With increased demand across the price range and properties selling well in a shortened time frame the demand is pushing up prices and stock levels are at their lowest for years. Looking ahead we see positive signs for sellers who should be encouraged and able to take advantage of the current levels of demand and continued growth. There is no need to panic or put your life on hold frozen like some rabbit in the headlights. Surely if ever there was a time to hold the nerves it is now. That old saying from times of past adversity still rings true and remember life is for living. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON Ron Hastings Director

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An old milestone on the road to Yetholm

Milestones The Romans were the first to lay proper metalled roads for moving soldiers across the countryside. After the Romans left, roads developed to meet local needs. Around 1500 local parishes became responsible for their management and boundary markers became important. By the early 1700’s travel by road had become so uncomfortable that Tolls were set up to repair and maintain them. Toll roads (and their associated Toll houses) created a network across the land, up to around 1875.There are still examples of Toll houses around Kelso (at Skinlaws Toll and Ferneyhill Toll). Toll keepers extracted money from travellers who would stop at the Turnpike (a spiked gate across the road). The gate would be lifted on payment. Stone markers were placed at mile intervals along these turnpike roads as indicators to travellers. This was of particular interest to mail coach drivers who charged by the mile. Although many of these stones have been removed or damaged over the years (some during WW2, so as not to assist the enemy), several can still be found, dating back to the very earliest days of travel by coach and horses. The speakers programme will now be postponed until September 2020. Further information at a later day. We would like to thank Kelso Life, for the continued encouragement and opportunity it has afforded us, for community engagement. Dr Derek Robeson (Chairman, Kelso Heritage Society) richard@kelsolife.co.uk richard@kelsolife.co.uk

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Throughout this session we will continue to embed our vision and values: In our selves In our School In our Community

This month’s edition we showcase #PRIDE in action

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Final Within our February update we shared the details of The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), an active citizenship programme which empowers #generationchange to make a difference in their local communities while developing a host of skills. Our young people within S3 worked within small groups to champion their chosen local charity. Their work involved research and meeting with key representatives from their charity to gain a detailed understanding of what they do, how they operate and their positive impact on local community. Following presentations within their classes, each class champion team presented to an audience made up of our young people in S1 and a panel of invited judges. The winning charity was – Kelso Heart Beat, congratulations and well done to the winning team.

Kelso High Careers Fair At this time of year, we work closely with our young people and families to support their subject choices and shape their individual learner pathways. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all businesses, parents, young people and @DYWBorders who made this year’s KHS Careers Fair a huge success. Feedback received from businesses & employers was all very complementary of our young people and support of our local community was also very much appreciated.


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World Book Day KHS celebrated World Book Day 2020 in style! Thank you to our young people within S6 who went ‘above and beyond’ in their efforts for the S6 World Book Day Fancy Dress competition. After watching the final of the S1 World Book Day Quiz, our S1s used their ipads to vote for their favourite fancy dress. A huge well done to all the finalists and winners.

Kelso High School Senior Equestrian Team Congratulations and well done to the team consisting of Alex Edgar, Vicky Edgar, Katie Edgar and Katy McFadyen. At the National Equestrian Awards 2020, an event to celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of Scottish equestrianism, held at Doubletree, Dunblane #Hydro, our girls were presented with the award of Team of the Year.

#INSPIRE Café Last month we invited parents/carers from across our cluster to participate in our first INSPIRE café event. This was an opportunity to learn more about the use of our ipads for learning within the classroom and at home. This real hands on experience was kindly led by members of school staff, Mr Connell and Mr Graham. Initial feedback from all was very positive. #PRIDEKHS In Action

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For further information please contact Trevor on 01573 228583 or 07760 660556 Kelso Curling Club The annual Skins compe��on final took place on �th March . The Skins format differs from regular curling , as it is all about individual ends. The final saw John Sinton's rink against Jim Blain's rink which was an excellent game to watch , evenly matched with some brilliant shots to win individual ends. However , Jim Blain's rink were the individual winners. Grateful thanks to our sponsor since 2014 - Roger Lynn RTS landscapes. Jim Blain - Sheila Macnab - Roy Walsh Colin Carruthers & Roger Lynn - RTS Landscapes

The annual invita�onal bonspiel was held on 14th March which saw 32 curlers enjoy an evening of curling followed by dinner upstairs at Border Ice Rink. The rinks comprise of both Kelso and invited curlers which promote the social aspect of curling , the eventual winners were John Sinton's rink with Colin Mar�n's rink in 2nd place. John Sinton - Ian Douglas - Alyson Brooker - Colin Carruthers with Andy Adams, Kelso Curling Club President

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20 Edenside Primary School and Nursery Learning, Laughter and Love Here at Edenside, we have a vision to enable every child and every adult to #be the best that they can be’, to be the best version of themselves possible. This vision is underpinned by our 3 values, the things that matter the most to us; learning, laughter and love. We value learning Education is about life chances, about providing knowledge, understanding and skills to succeed. We are incredibly fortunate in Scotland to have an education system that is free and high quality. Our families are lucky to be schooled at Edenside because they are getting a good education. In and out of the classrooms, our pupils, staff and parents are given opportunities to flourish and grow as individuals. We value learning.

We value laughter When you walk around our school and playground, you see children enjoying their learning and their play. They enjoy being here with their friends and with the adults that support them. You will also see the adults smiling as they deliver engaging learning experiences to childen who are keen to learn. As children and adults, we have fun as we work together to be the best we can be! We value laughter. We value love At times, there have been and will always be issues and concerns that dampen our spirits or challenge our thinking. There are events in our personal lives that make school life seem unimportant. When these things happen, you will see compassion and care as pupils show patience towards a peer, as staff go the extra mile to get it right for a child or as the team rallies to look after a colleague. We value love.

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TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Well this is not an easy topic for discussion this month, but I will try my best to put it in a way that will not upset people. We all dread they day we have to say goodbye to our beloved best friend, clients will sometimes ask me when is the best time to make that heart breaking decision. There is no best time, it is trying to make the right decision that suits you as the owner and your pet. It is so hard to look at your beloved pet and know they rely on you to make that decision, if you are really lucky they just slip away quietly in their sleep. This is so often not the case, we have to make that decision for them. It is easy to say but oh so hard to do, they rely on us to do that for them. My opinion is that they have given you all the best years of their lives and have relied on you for their health, happiness and well being. I don’t believe that our dogs have an expectation of life quantity, only quality. I don’t think they have an expectation of living 10, 12 or 15 years, they either feel fit and well or they don’t. That is the hard part, when do we know their life quality has gone? I may be wrong but when they are eating and their tails are wagging and they look forward to their walks is a really good indicator, they feel good. I had to make the heart breaking decision with Grizzly Bear; my beloved boy. I had the option to give him some drugs and have him for another week or so or let him go that night; I had to let him go, I could have kept him another few more days but who was I keeping him for, him or me? I believe people know their best friend and know what is best for them and will, when the time is right make the decision that is right for their dog. There isn’t really anymore I can say on this subject, it is a really personal decision. On a easier note, please start to check your best friend for the dreaded ticks’ I have already taken quite a few of unsuspecting dogs. I can only assume as we haven’t had any bad frosts that the tick population is up and running and looking for fresh blood !!!!. Speak next month, have fun.



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The Borders Pet Crematorium is ideally situated in Melrose and can be reached within an hours drive by most of the Border towns. Borders Pet Crematorium guarantee that your beloved pet is cremated in an enclosed chamber on its own in a caring, dignified, courteous and professional manner. The ashes will be removed and presented to you in the casket or urn of your choice along with a certificate confirming the individual cremation, this process is the same as a human cremation where you are assured of a genuine individual cremation. We only carry out genuine individual cremations, we do not take part in mass cremations or the incineration of any veterinary clinical waste. Borders Pet Crematorium have fully trained, compassionate and caring employees who are animal lovers. We respectfully look after all of the beloved pets entrusted into our care, all pets are laid to rest in their own special basket and are individually cremated within 24/48 hrs here in Melrose. We offer a more compassionate and dignified service for your beloved pet when they pass, gone are the days when you have to leave your pet at the vets to be stored until they are collected and transported to a crematorium or waste site out with the Scottish Borders. We are far more competitively priced as well, please visit our website www.borders-pet-crematorium.co.uk to download our prices and different services. Borders Pet Crematorium have a very large selection of keepsakes, urns, caskets, scatter pouches and some beautiful remembrance jewellery on display for the return of your beloved pet’s ashes. Advanced Payment Plans Borders Pet Crematorium offer Advanced Payment Plans that suit your specific requirements, you can organise your beloved pet’s funeral/cremation knowing that there will be no price increase unless you would like to add to your arrangements which you can do at any time. When, unfortunately the time comes for your beloved pet’s funeral/cremation you will be able to say your fond farewells and grieve without having to cope with the stress and worry of arranging the funeral/cremation or its costs. Book a No Obligation Appointment today call 07903 557 479 or email info@borders-pet-crematorium.co.uk

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• Achievements of children/classes/the whole school. P4/5 delivered a brilliant assembly with a focus on their learning about the reintroduction of Golden Eagles in the Scottish Borders, and our responsibility to protect and care for them on the years to come. P7 are taking learning outdoors, making brilliant maps of Scotland with loose parts play equipment and natural materials. P1 have a new outdoor play area keeping their outdoor learning safe and secure. They have also worked with P7 to plant bulbs along our entrance path to brighten up the school for spring.

Children from Broomlands were involved in the Great Borders River Clean on 1st March, volunteering their time to help clear and tidy litter from the Tweed riverside.

• Examples of the great learning that has been going on. P7 are enjoying their IDL (Inter-disciplinary learning) comparing life in France an Scotland. They have also been learning more about collage. P1 have been learning about road safety which has pleased our Junior Road Safety Officers. There has been some good independent learning about Coronavirus, with a group from P7, promoting good hygiene through a well-designed, clear poster that is now displayed around the school. P6 have been learning about persuasive writing and have led a brilliant campaign for Fair Trade uniform options, which school have taken on board. We will shortly have a fair trade polo shirt option as part of the uniform, ensuring farmers growing the cotton receive a fair price for their efforts. P5 have been learning about how to create great settings in writing, particularly using alliteration to help.

• School news or changes. The school are planting a small woodland in our school grounds, partly to help offset our carbon footprint, and also to encourage wildlife. We have a brilliant new sensory area in nursery with lots of little challenges, lights, textures, sounds, puzzles, hand control and glittery tubes!

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• Events we have had or are going to have. As always, we are super-busy as a school. We have a 5k Race for Life planned for the end of April. The school will compete in a basketball tournament at Kelso High during March. We have a visit from a real Golden eagle to the P4/5 class, from Philip from the South of Scotland Golden Eagle project. The children are very excited! P7 are planning a hike for later in the school year, from Kelso to Roxburgh and back. We celebrated World Book Day with readings from favourite books from all the teachers, allowing children to sit back and enjoy really good stories from really good writers! By Ally, Kenny, Anna & Adam


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Covid-19 Rugby 0 It looks like we are in for hard times as we come up to the business end of the season! With the onset of Coronavirus, rugby is about to be wiped out. In initially, a close down of 2 weeks was set by Scottish Rugby but, by the time you read this, I am sure that will be extended. What it means for Kelso, however, is probably no Annual Dinner, no Quins Sevens, no John Laing Sevens and, although, they are not due to be held until the first Saturday in May, there has to be as serious threat to our annual Sevens. The league has not finished yet and, although, we are 12 points clear of Boroughmuir and sitting in 9th place, both Muir and Ayr are able to catch us. But will the games ever be played? How will the SRU Championship Committee resolve the situation? Watch this space! We have 2 games to play against Ayr at home and against, the already relegated, Dundee High in Dundee. The international scene came to a disappointing end and just when Scotland had started to find some form. To be fair, they were competitive against both Ireland and England and beat a poor Italian side and played some good rugby against a 14 man France. Just as well Jamie Ritchie has a titanium plated fitted in his cheek or that punch might have hurt! How the judges could come up with only 3 weeks for that is beyond my comprehension. Had that happened in a Kelso game, somebody would have been having an extended break from the game. Of course, the Tartan Hordes set off for Cardiff for the only game in town and it was called off at the last minute. How annoying is that? Club members who have tickets will be able to use them at the rearranged game whenever that may be. The Seconds who have had a good season just failed to return from Ponty with the Tom Owen Cup. There was, apparently, some debate about the actual score in the game. There is of course a great deal of doubt in the conclusion of all the rugby activities. The Ladies team still have games to play to give them a chance of playing at the Cup Finals. The Quins have their Sevens as well as a few fifteens games to go. The Under 16 tour to Holland is in grave doubt and the Cougars who set off for Ayr annually may just not be going. It’s not just rugby which is being affected, however. We are coming up to Common Riding season and it would have to be assumed that some of these will also be in jeopardy. Roy Maxwell has taken over as Clubhouse Steward and he can be contacted on clubrooms@kelsorfc.co.uk. We launched our new website a few years ago now and you may check up on what is going on by visiting www.kelsorfc.co.uk . Gavin Horsburgh is the new webmaster. 1980gwh@gmail.com will catch up with him if you want to get anything related to the club put up on the website. Reports on the 1sts games will generally go up on the site on the Sunday or later if I do not feel inspired! The clubrooms have been busy with functions but it is never too late to book the premises. Both upstairs and downstairs may be booked as well as the kitchen. Any members who wish to hold an event in the clubrooms should arrange a booking through Roy Maxwell on 01573224300 or 01573-223773. In some cases, we may have to apply for an extension to our l icense depending on how many members are at an event. We do let the clubrooms out for regular events like Kelso Accordion Club, held on the last Wednesday of the month, Bingo and University of the 3rd Age, which meets on the 2nd Monday of each month, with some interesting speakers. There is also a Gentle Exercise class you can attend on the Friday morning as well as several Pilates classes spread throughout the week We regularly hold Scotch Night dances. These are most popular events and are held on the 3rd Friday of most months. All of this is dependent on decisions made a whole lot higher up the tree by SRU and the Scottish Government. For me, I have to wonder if I am likely to get my money back from Sky as I am currently watching Sky Sport without the sport. However, Great Railway Journeys of the World and Masterchef might keep me going for the next few months as I self-isolate according to the edict from on high!

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Kelso Wheelers Cycling and Triathlon Club Something for everyone in a very friendly and welcoming club accommoda�ng cycling disciplines from youth to senior level, par�cipa�ng in a variety of cycling related events. Time trials take place on a Thursday evening throughout the season. We have weekend club runs, regular MTB sessions and Junior sec�on mee�ng on a Wednesday. We now have a growing triathlon sec�on a�liated with Triathlon Scotland. Club Ac�vi�es; Monday - MTB fun on local trails, leaving Abbey Fitness Centre at 6pm. Tuesday - Triathlon Swim Session, Juniors 7-8pm, Seniors 8-9pm, Kelso swimming pool. Wednesday - �outh Sec�on Cycle, 6.30-7.30pm during term �me at Angra�ats Woods. Thursday - Club Time Trial - April to September, Time and loca�on as per calendar. There is a £1 entry fee. Saturday - Triathlon Swim Session 7.30-9am, Kelso swimming pool. Sunday - Steady Club Bike Ride, no-one gets dropped, 9am from Coldstream and 9:30am, from the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso, check Facebook for details. �ther club ac�vi�es and events are regularly posted on the Facebook group page. Not on Facebook? Don't worry, we can add you to a mailing list and you will receive Facebook posts via email! Membership is payable via the Entry Central website, search Kelso Wheelers. Contact; rupert.norris@gmail.com

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KELSO ANGLING ASSOCIATION In last month’s ar�cle I stated that our final ou�ng of the season would be to “The Lake”. Most anglers would know the venue I am referring to. I have been asked where “The Lake” is by some interested readers. “The Lake” is the Lake of Menteith which is situated in a scenic part of S�rlingshire. The 700 acre Lake of Menteith is the main venue for the �a�onal Fly fishing Championships in Scotland. The low lying situa�on and indented nature of the Loch and islands mean that shelter is available from most wind direc�ons. The Lake is a natural and mesotrophic body of water and is also a site of special Scien�fic Interest due to the excep�onal flora and fauna. Historically the Lake has much to offer, with the impressive and peaceful ruins of the 13th century Inchmahome Priory on the largest of the Lake’s three Islands. The RTC organise counts of Goosanders and Cormorants four �mes a year to monitor numbers in the main river. Tweed Founda�on staff, along with volunteers, were out on the river in mid January carrying out bird counts. 182 Goosanders were counted between E�rickmouth and Berwick, the fourth lowest total on record since counts were started in 1994. Cormorant numbers have returned to the long-term average, with 65 counted, most of which were in the Lower Tweed. High river levels have reduced fishing opportuni�es for our salmon anglers. SEPA have meters on the tweed system to record river levels which allows them to give flood warnings. The nearest gauge to our beat is the Roxburgh gauge which is situated at Ormiston Mill. This automa�c meter was installed in January 1990, 30 years ago. The peak river revel so far this year was 15 feet 3 inches on 9th February. The highest level since records began in 1990 was 16 feet 3 inches on 6th December 2015. Despite the reduced opportuni�es I am pleased to report that our first spring salmon was caught by Jim Smail on 4th March, a nice 8lb fish. Jim wins the trophy given by Fin & Game for the angler catching the first spring salmon. Our first sea trout, a 7lb fish has been caught by Dave Simpson. The Brown Trout season starts on 1st April. The RTC report that a�er disappoin�ng catches of “oversize” (10”+) Brown trout on the main stem of the Tweed during 2018 Brown trout fishing season, last season was much improved with catch rates in the Upper, Middle and Lower Tweed that were well above average and over double the catch rate of the previous season. The main reason for the above average catches of oversize Brown trout was as a result of well above average catches of Brown trout between 10” and 16”. These were the parr and small “oversize“ trout from the 2018 season, the catches of which were actually quite good, despite the poor catches of larger trout. More on this next month. I can also remind members that we have been granted exclusive rights to fish for trout on Sundays on Teviot. This is restricted to Town Members and not available to visi�ng anglers. Members should be aware that Tweed Bailiffs have been checking anglers on the Teviot and as such should remember to carry their permits whenever they are fishing whether for Trout or Salmon. Our partnership with �ewtown & St Boswells Angling Associa�on in the management of the Watch Reservoir started this year with our opening day on 15th March. The weather condi�ons made things difficult with strong winds. One keen angler reported 16 fish on his catch and release permit including one overwintered fish of 5 lbs. We con�nue to seek members who are willing to volunteer for warden duty on an occasional basis. Please contact me if you can help. Informa�on is available at the Watch website and its Facebook page. Finally, members are reminded that the “Black Loch” ou�ng is on Sunday 31st May, details of which will be in the May issue of Kelso Life. This will be dependent on what stage we are at with the Coronovirus epidemic. Tight Lines! Roy Adam, Hon Secretary, kaasecretary1@gmail.com 01573224001 or 07962152780


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Many of us, by now, will be confined to barracks. I am awakened every morning by the birds who s�ll sing and the sun which keeps rising. These are indeed uncertain �mes and our lives will change significantly in the weeks and months ahead. It is so hard not to reach out a hand, so difficult not to hug a friend. How we behave now though, will define us. We do not have to stop loving. We do not have to stop caring. The words of a hymn keep going through my head: ‘When I needed a neighbor were you there, were you there? All extensions, new builds & re When I needed a neighbor were you there?” All slate and til �o we can be inven�ve with our care. We can s�ll look out for one another. �la�orms will soon be appearing where we can Kelso Churches Together roofing (2 coordinate help for those who need it. We can support each other in many ways, we can Grp help to keepFibreglass the local economy going. withallyou We can remember, inNew our prayers those on the front line: doctors and nurses and all in the caring professions, who work tostone wa Dry help and support people as best they can. felling, hedge clear We can remember those working behind the scenes. tes�ng samples, confirming results, Tree giving informa�on to pa�ents. We can remember those trying to understand this virus be�er, working to create an e�ec�ve remedy. Driveways, gravel, slabbed We can remember our Governments in Westminster and Holyrood, as they work with the best medical advice. to guide us on All drainage , ground works & how we should respond. and what ac�on we should take. We can remember all whose jobs and livelihoods are now on the line, because of the virus. Digger & dumper hir May this crisis bring out the best in us, not the worst. May we not forget our responsibility to one another, And for our churches and congrega�ons let�s try to find new ways of living though this �me. May we not forget our faith, but draw strength from it. 09247 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me.” �Ma�hew ��:���


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Yetholm Primary School News Curling We are very excited to have two teams qualify for the Curling Finals. Both of our teams won both games and everyone played really well, especially Max who got a stone in the middle and right next to it. Edinburgh Castle P1-7 had a fantastic trip to Edinburgh Castle. The sun was shining and we learned so much. P1-4 explored most of the castle in search of important features and went to a Wars of Independence exhibition. P5-7 spent a long time at The War Museum which was very very interesting. In ELC, we have been celebrating World Book Day with lots of activities to celebrate books. We had storybook related snacks including a tea party for The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Porridge for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We created Elmers and planted beans to grow our own Beanstalks. Primary 1-4 have been doing a mini project on money. We were planning our snack for a week and then given the challenge of a ÂŁ5 budget for each group. It was very interesting to find out how to shop sensibly. Primary 5-7 are learning how to use Glow Teams and various other online learning tools. They are enjoying using digital technologies. World Book Day The whole school enjoyed celebrating books and spent a week engaging in different book related activities. On the last day of our Book Week we were able to dress up as a character.


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Maybe like me you are wondering what’s going on in our troubled world at the moment ? It seems clear we are entering a period of uncertainty. Many people will be fearful of what lies ahead. As we approach Easter we are reminded that Almighty God sent Jesus Christ into this world to pay the ul�mate sacrifice for us all. The fact that he would willingly give up his life is a wonderful expression of the love that God has for us.(John 3:16) As we consider our lives and our future we need to ask ourselves am I right with God ? If your answer is no, then you need to look at the cross of Christ to heal and restore. Easter brings hope. Death has been defeated and Jesus will return to earth as he promised (read Ma�hew chapter 2�) We need to be prepared. Here is a prayer for ourselves and our na�on. A prayer for a new life Almighty God and Loving Heavenly Father I come to You now to pray Your blessing and assurance at this �me of trouble for our �a�on and for each one of us. Forgive me I pray for I am now aware of my need for You in my life. As Jesus Christ is known as the Lamb of God and as You passed over Your people in Biblical �mes so in this current crisis I pray for Your Passover of me today as I call upon You in the name of Jesus Christ, who died for me that I may live with You. Lord God I do not know where this will lead me in rela�on to Your plan for me but I put my trust in You right now and pray that You would guide my path from this point onwards This I ask in the precious name of Jesus Christ who shed his blood for me that I may live for You. Amen (If you can find a Bible read from 2nd Corinthians Chapter 1 verse 8 through to verse 11) David & Gavin Currie


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Unfortunately a result of Government advice regarding theon On Wednesday 27thas November at 2.15pm Friends of Kelso Library will presentthe a talkCorona by CharlieVirus, Robertson Will H. Ogilvie. For information call 01573223171 or Email libkelso@scotborders.gov.uk decision has been taken to close �elso Men's Shed un�l it has been deemed safe Bookbug Sessions to ourfortnightly ac�vi�es. Theresume sessions run during term-time only.


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The Provost Report We’ll what do I write this month………this is all very surreal. As I write this almost everything has been cancelled and from what I’m hearing much more will be cancelled un�l the end of July. I personally took the decision to cancel all community council mee�ngs and public events we have had planned un�l the end of July. We really are in uncharted waters and it’s hard to predict what measures will take place next to control this coronavirus. A few years ago a group of us set up a community ac�on group called Kelso Resilience Group that could have in place a plan of ac�on in the event of an emergency in Kelso. This included things like, fires, floods, power cuts and heavy snow. One thing we didn’t consider was a worldwide pandemic. However, by having a plan in place we already had something to go on, a bank of volunteers and access to informa�on and contacts for a variety of different subjects. At this �me I’d like to appeal for more volunteers to see us through this na�onal emergency. In Kelso we have about 2000 people of pensionable age. Per head of popula�on we have a higher percentage rate that both the Sco�sh �orders average and the Sco�sh na�onal average. As well as our elderly ci��ens being at risk other vulnerable groups are at risk including pregnant women and those with underlying health problems. In order to help these people during self-isola�on we need help with collec�ng and delivering prescrip�ons, shopping, walking dogs, riding out horses or having a phone conversa�on with someone who is lonely. To join us all you need to do is provide your Name, Address, Contact Number, Availability and a note of any skills you may have that you think would be useful. Our preferred contact method is by email on kelsoresiliencegroup@gmail.com but you can call Colin and Lisa on 01573 225800. The above contact points can also be used by those who need access to support. We would encourage neighbours to all look out for each other. This will be most effec�ve and some areas have already adopted this strategy which is great. On Facebook Kelso Shopping will be dedicated to providing informa�on on businesses who change their prac�ses during this �me including private shopping, change in opening �mes and delivery services etc. We will also be ge�ng informa�on up around the town for those who don’t have access to social media. I would encourage people to get their informa�on directly from the following sources as it already clear there is a lot of misinforma�on circula�ng. Sco�sh �orders Council, NHS Scotland, Sco�sh Government and UK Government. Together as a community we will all get through this, support each other, and support our local businesses so when we come out the other side we will be even stronger for it. Shirley Redgrave Secretary 01573 219111 kelsocommunitycouncil@gmail.com


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www.drinkaware.co.uk Now then my fellow whisky travellers how about we go on a wee jaunt? Its not far, certainly not as far as Campbeltown or a run up the A9 like last month but the rewards are just as sweet, literally as sweet in fact. This month we’re off to local lowland dis�llery Glenkinchie. If you point your nose towards Edinburgh you can be there in 45 minutes, basically when you pass the cafe at Soutra it’s a right turn (any right turn actually, there are brown signs to guide you) and you’re almost there. When I first went it was the summer of 1989, I went on a bus from Edinburgh (the Pencaitland bus) but I’m not sure if the service s�ll runs past the door anymore. If not you could always get a taxi from Pencaitland, it really isn’t far and if you do their tour, you can neck the couple of complimentary free drams too - winner. The dis�llery dates to the 18�0’s and it’s set in stunningly beau�ful countryside. As it’s name suggests it lies in the Glen of the Kinchie burn, and local lore suggests that the name Kinchie derived from De Quincey a local and presumably Norman landowning family. The whisky they produce is a 12YO single malt that is well known for its sweet liquorice like taste. I would say this is a perfect pre-dinner aperi�f. This is one of Lady Caroline’s favourite whiskies because it is both light and sweet. There’s nothing scary about this whisky and If you are just learning about scotch, this is a great place to start. Glenkinchie is definitely a floral whisky; and by that I mean it has a pleasant floral aroma. I had a friend who would some�mes describe these type of whiskies as “grassy” don’t worry, he was being complimentary, because he meant fresh smelling, like new mown grass or green apples, and you definitely get that aroma with this expression. You also get a dis�nct malty top note which I put this down to the local East Lothian barley they use in the dis�lla�on process. I think the barley also gives the whisky.a slight hint of diges�ve biscuit and sweet toffee


on the palate, I know, it sounds odd but it’s definitely there. �y only cri�cism of this lovely whisky is that the a�ertaste - which we call the “finish” disappears too quickly. I wish it would linger just a li�le longer because this is a whisky to savour. A bo�le will cost you ��5 so it’s dram good value and it won’t break the bank. You can get it on the op�c in some Kelso pubs. The supermarkets do stock it too, but unfortunately, only at Christmas, which is a shame. We’re packing boxes for a house move and I keep coming across whisky glasses.... I’ve literally dozens, all boxed and all reminders of dis�llery days in the last 10 years and they are all different. You can’t imagine the variety, a glass is a glass a�er all isn’t it? ... but they range from shot glass single measures to big, chunky lead crystal numbers that Popeye would have a job li�ing. I have found a couple of rocking glasses (round bo�omed, wobbling glasses) from Talisker that are great fun and a I’ve rediscovered a few “Cairn” type glasses which are designed for nosing (aroma) oneifehich has a silver cowl cover but my personal favourites are a pair of “Father of the Bride” cut crystal half-barrels that my youngest got me for walking her down the aisle in 2016. I’m a sen�mental old �ector you know. I’ve also found some “whisky stones” I didn’t know I’d got. They’re an odd purchase for me, so I reckon some kind soul must have bought them for me as a gi�. These ones are made of a material that looks like a black pebble but I’ve seen others that are like metal dice. The idea is you pop them in the freezer (they have a gel inside I think) and they are used to chill your whisky without adding ice and watering�dilu�ng the spirit. It’s a great theory, I’ve never used them to be honest because I prefer to warm the scotch, which is why I reckon they were a gi� ... or a freebee. I might just try them one day, only fair as someone took the trouble to buy them for me!! Anyhow, that’ll do for now, we’ll chat again next month, keep safe. Cheers!!

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Kelso Sports/ CLUBS KELSO BOCCIA CLUB was formed just over three years ago for those with any disability. The Group hires 2 rooms at the Abbey Row Centre each Monday for fun and competition from 12.45 till 2.45 pm at £3 per session including refreshments. We welcome new members at any time. Introductory session is free. Just come along and give it a try. We get between 14-20 players on a weekly basis. Kelso Gliders won their first league game on Friday 13th by beating Peebles Bears by a large margin. However, sadly, due to Covid-19 precautionary measures the Club rightly unanimously decided to close down until further notice as from Monday 23rd March. There will be no Boccia at Kelso for some time. We also took the decision to withdraw from the Borders League, all coaching, training and competitions held away from home too. The Dumfries Doubles Tournament had already been cancelled and I would expect Glasgow to do the same for the 18th April. We hope other Borders Clubs will follow suit and that the Borders League games will be postponed. davidlaing@tiscali.co.uk KELSO SWIMMING CLUB - EDAG Finals took place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool with Anna, Stef, Jessie, Bronwen, James, Daniel, Sam & Alex competing. Tough competition as expected with several PBs being made. Highlight of the day was James making the 100 Breast final finishing fourth narrowly missing out on a medal. Sam also making the 100 breast & 200 IM Final and Bronwen the 100 breast. Midlothian Spring meet was next at Prestonpans , Kirsty, Anna, Jessie, Bronwen, Jasper, Daniel and Alex all competing. Again a good meet with the PBs tumbling, Alex winning gold in the 100IM , silver in the 200 Breast. Bronwen winning gold in the 50 Breast, silver in the 200 Breast. Daniel won bronze in the 50 Fly. Back to Gala for the Border Champs. Sam, Anna, Stef, Kenzi, Daniel, Jessie, Bronwen, Cerys & Alex making for once a short trip. Numerous PBs set. With 4 of the older swimmers doing the 1500m for the first time. Sam winning the 100 Breast and 1500 mtrs and silver in the 400 Free. Daniel winning the 100 Fly. Stef silver in 100 Fly. Alex bronze in 100 Breast & 1500 Free with Bronwen getting bronze in 400 Free. KELSO HOCKEY CLUB - won the East District Indoor League at Haddington recently for the first

time ever, with a decisive 12-2 win over Liberton HC in the Play-off final. Goals from Victoria Stewart(4), Kirsty Hope (3), Rachel Burgher (2), Linsey Young(2) and Emma Mack (1) were scored from both penalty corners and open play in a fantastic display of indoor hockey. The league was split into two groups and despite losing to Peebles HC, Kelso 1s enjoyed wins over Cala, Preston Lodge, Grange and Dunfermline 1s to top their section and so qualify for the final. Special mention to young goalkeeper, Amy Burton for stepping up to play for the team in her first ever games of indoor hockey. Kelso also had a second team in the other section, mainly made up of young players and they narrowly lost to Preston Lodge Development team in the 7/8 place play-offs, but benefitted greatly from the experience of playing indoor league hockey. The three ladies teams in the outdoor leagues have all been struggling at the bottom of their respective divisions and all were needing a strong finish to ensure they stayed up. This obviously will now not be possible, but no decisions have yet been taken by East District regarding the leagues. The U16s have had a successful season in the third division, only losing one game, but no league positions have actually been published and certainly teams still had unfinished games to play. The U14s Cougars team had mixed results this term with four wins, three draws and three losses taking them to third place in their league. They finished well, however, with three wins in their last four games, against Fidra, Watsonians and Fjordhus Reivers, only losing to League leaders Falkirk and Linlithgow. The U14 Coyotes did well to finish runners up in their league with four wins, five draws and one loss, the loss again to Falkirk and Linlithgow, who topped their table. The U12s had two teams in the league ‘this term and both improved greatly after a slow start, gaining in confidence and composure. They also attended a festival at Tweedbank along with the U10s, who enjoyed two other festivals at Cala and Haddington, both proving to be great experiences for our young players. Boys Hockey - The U12s played a friendly game up at Watsonians in Edinburgh in January and then in February hosted a mini festival at Kelso, with one team from Fjordhus Reivers and two from Watsonians and playing some great hockey, they were unbeaten on their home turf. The U14 boys played their first game ever against Reivers and although well beaten, worked really well together and made great effort against their more experienced rivals. There should have been many more opportunities for competitive hockey at all levels in the coming weeks, but unfortunately, like everyone else we have had to cut short our activities for the time being. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we are all back in action again! KELSO COMETS NETBALL CLUB - Mondays 7pm till 8pm Kelso High School £3 KELSO SCOUT GROUP - Try new things, make friends, master new skills, have adventures, explore the world, challenge yourself! Scouts is a uniformed organisation, we welcome boys and girls from ages 6 to 14 and a half. Beavers meet Tuesdays from 6.00 to 7.00, Cubs meet Tuesday from 6.30 to 8.00 and Scouts meet Thursdays from 7.00 to 8.30. New members welcome. We are also actively recruiting adult volunteers for all sections. For all enquiries please contact Elizabeth McIntosh by email to emc.bonniekelso@gmail.com or send a text message to 07565218992


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Kelso Sports/ CLUBS SCOTTISH BORDERS PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - The group holds its meetings on the first Wednesday of the month except January, February and August, at the `Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre B.G.H at 7pm. KELSO WRITERS' WORKSHOP - Focusing on creative writing of all kinds and using writing exercises, these workshops are designed to help all writers to perfect their skills. Beginners welcome. Tuesday every fortnight, Abbey Row Centre - 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Email edithcritchley181@btinternet.com or call Edith Harper on 01573 219377. http://kelsowritersworkshop.blogspot.co.uk ROTARY CLUB OF KELSO – We are part of an international organisation for business and professional men and women who want to help people at home and abroad whilst enjoying great fellowship. We meet every Thursday at Cross Keys Hotel at 6pm. For info email John Lafferty on jglafferty@aol.com KELSO & DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB - Members are retired professional and business people. We meet on the first and third Thursday each month from September to April at 10.00 in Ednam House Hotel for fellowship and to hear guest speakers. Contact Peter Jeary on 01835 850266 or email peter@kalemouth.com KELSO CHESS CLUB - Meets every Tuesday, 7.30 p.m. Royal British Legion, Roxburgh St. Players of all strengths welcome. Call Martin Keen 01750 22965 / 07392 342923 or email martinkeen@uwclub.net KELSO CAMERA CLUB - We are lovers of photography from beginners to professionals and those shooting the latest digital cameras to those enjoying film and alternative photography processes. We meet most Thursdays at 7pm in the Abbey Row (we have a break over the summer & Christmas), and we welcome visits from anyone interested in trying us and hopefully joining; first three nights are free. Annual membership is only £27 and a weekly contribution of £1.50 when attending. See our wide range of talks, workshops and competitions www.kelsocameraclub.co.uk KELSO BRIDGE CLUB - Do you play duplicate bridge (or have you in the past played)? Would you like to join us at the Kelso Club? We are currently looking for new members. We are a friendly club and you would receive a warm welcome. We are affiliated to the SBU. Our hands are computer dealt and marked with instant results. We meet throughout the year on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for three hours at the Abbey Row Centre. Partners can be arranged. If you are interested call our Secretary Vanessa Wilson tel: 01573 226064 KELSO MUSIC MAKERS - invites you to join them in Abbey Row Community Centre on our very varied musical evenings. Our informal atmosphere offers opportunities to play and enjoy music across a variety of acoustic styles: contemporary, classical, jazz, traditional. We enjoy short performances ranging from classical sonatas, items on piano, harp, strings, wind instruments and song. You can perform solo, with friends, duets, in small groups, choral, song or instrumental, irrespective of age, musical advancement or style. Music Makers provides a broad musical platform plus an opportunity for some to play pieces which they may be preparing for an exam or other performance. We welcome visitors as both performers, listeners and supporters. We meet upstairs in Abbey Row Community Centre at 7.30pm & usually finish about 9.30pm, including refreshments. Dates are :- Fri 3rd April & Fri 15th May Donations are welcome, or you may take out a small subscription for the year. We look forward to seeing you. Contact 01573 224920 for information. ONE ACCHORD LADIES A CAPPELLA CHORUS - You are invited to join us. We meet most Wednesdays 7.30-9.30, plus one Saturday 12.30-4.30 per month at Newtown St Boswells Community Hall. For more info contact - 07710 699619 or email - oneacchordchoir@gmail.com KELSO PIPE BAND - Meets every Wednesday evening at Kelso High School: Pipes 6.30pm; Drums 7.00pm. More info contact Secretary, Alison McGlasson, Tweedsyde Lodge, Shedden Park Road, Kelso, TD5 7PX. 01573 224389 / Mobile: 07854 616 912. KELSO AIR CADETS - We meet every Monday and Wednesday evening at 7pm in the ATC hut (Opposite the Tait Hall, next to Grove House) Boys & Girls welcome between 13yrs & 18yrs. We go flying, gliding, shooting, fieldcraft, climbing, D of E, camps and much, much more! Call Robert 01573 225620 or 7738694567 KELSO SUB AQUA CLUB - Kelsac dive club meets at Kelso Swimming Pool at 7.30pm every Thursday, we welcome existing divers and anyone over the age of 15 who wants to learn to dive, for more detail please contact (Andrew Booth on Tel no 07979 365226) SOUTHERN UPLAND ROVING ARCHERY SHOOT - We meet at least once a week. Special events and archery displays in and around the Scottish Borders. For more info call 01578 740205 or visit www.southernupland.com BORDER ICE SKATING CLUB - The skating club meets at Borders Ice Rink every Sunday from 12.15pm - 2.15pm. We welcome children aged 15 and under of all abilities. Entry fee £5.50 plus £1.50 skate hire. For more information please contact Alison Dagg 01573 223347 KELSO CURLING CLUB invites new curlers to join our friendly sociable club. Contact club secretary: Dena Walsh - email denawalsh@btinternet.com or call 01573 223615 YETHOLM INDOOR BOWLING CLUB - meets on Mondays and Fridays, 2pm and 7 pm in the Wauchope Hall. New members/beginners very welcome.

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