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BURNFOOT: at the first meeting of 2014, WRI president Mary Johnson welcomed members and introduced Ann Cockburn and Ann Singleton, both of whom had been on the SS Balmoral for the Titanic memorial cruise. There were many tearful moments about some of the dreadful accounts of the tragedy, and also some of the mememtoes, one of which was a photo of a pair of baby’s shoes. Jean Welsh thanked the ladies for their wonderful talk. Competitions: best use of a Christmas card – 1, M. Johnson; 2, Ann Wilson; 3, E. Jackson. Seascape snap – 1, M. Johnson; 2, J. Welsh; 3, M. Falconer. The sales table realised £4. Snowball raffle – R. Anderson. The ladies all agreed what a successful evening the Christmas dinner had been. Thanks to the stafff at the Tower Inn.

COGSMILL: The next old time Scottish country dance will be on Friday, January 24, at 8pm, with Gordon Brown playing. Booking advisable – phone Mary on 373722 or Christine on 372921. New members most welcome.

THE annual Burns supper is on Saturday, February 1, when some of Hawick’s top entertainers will be performing at this mixed event. Only a few tickets left – phone Christine on 372921 if you would like to attend. Entry by ticket only.

THE next WRI meeting takes place on Wednesday, February 12, at 7.30pm. The demonstration is hair care by Lisa Donaldson. New members welcome.

MINTO: The SWRI Christmas lunch in the Cross Keys, Denholm, was a great success, with 22 members enjoying both the meal and Secret Santa while gathered around the large, beautifully-decorated table. Prize for favourite Christmas ornament – 1, Geena. Hughes; 2, Liz Johnstone; 3, Dee Baxter; 4, Chris Nicol. The quick business meeting warned of the imminent rise in subscription to £16. This fee was due at the next meeting on January 8 in Denholm’s lesser village hall, where 31 members and visitors were given an enlightening talk by Alan Bailey on the Ruberslaw Wild Woods camping site in the grounds of Spittal Tower. Designed as part of an agricultural diversification scheme, it is the Borders’ sole tents-only facility and excludes all camper vans and caravans. It has proved extremely popular with campers as even cars are only allowed at the base part of the site. Wild Woods is within walking distance of Denholm, and campers use the village regularly which has been good for the local economy. Following the natural history theme, prize for insect jewellery (dominated by butterflies) – 1, Dot McLennan; 2, Gena Hughes; 3, Pat Jardine; 4, Pat Welsh.

ROBERTON: WRI members enjoyed an excellent Christmas dinner in the Buccleuch Hotel. Competition for a decorated parcel – 1, Jean Riddell; 2, Alison Riddell. All the parcels were then put into a lucky dip for members. 200 club (December) – 1, Darren Thomson; 2, Susan Hobday; 3, Wendy Perry.

PRESIDENT Alison Riddell wished members a happy New Year and introduced a well-known face from the Borthwick Valley, Kay Bell, Burnfoot Farm. A very talented quilter, Kay showed members all the different quilts she had brought with her, and gave a lot of tips and information about quilting. Kay has won lots of competitions with her craft, including the Blue Ribbon Award, the most coveted and sought after accolade for quilting in America. The vote of thanks was given by Ann Angus, who also won the competition for a salt and pepper set; 2, Jean Riddell. Raffle winners was Betty Hopkins. The sales table realised £11.80. 200 club (January) – 1, C. Plumbe; 2, Stuart Anderson; 3, Ian Robson.

The next WRI meeting will feature Mrs R. McMillan on patterned soap. Could members please bring cake soap, old towel or tea towel, and old pair of stockings or tights.