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BURNFOOT: WRI vice-president Ann Wilson welcomed members to the February meeting, and introduced Tracey from Fun2Do, who gave an excellent description of the various wools from thread-thin to chunky. She also explained the lengthy time from design of patterns to actually being ready to sell, and had many examples of her work using up leftovers. Jean Welsh gave the vote of thanks. Various items of business were dealt with and dates noted for future events within the federation. Competitions: Baby hat – 1, M. Falconer; 2, J. Welsh; 3, S. Nelson. Valentine verse – 1, S. Nelson; 2, A. Wilson; 3, J. Welsh. Snowball raffle – A. Gobby.

COGSMILL: On a very wet and windy night, the star of Robbie Burns was shining bright above the hall on Saturday, with 87 guests awaiting the annual Burns Supper to commence. A warm welcome was given by chair for the evening, David Mactaggart, after which Derek Lammie on the bagpipes escorted the warm, reeking haggis, carried by Malcolm Lockie, to the top table, to be addressed by Michael Aitken. A home-made supper of broth, haggis, tatties and neeps, and then cheese, oatcakes and shortbread was enjoyed by all.

The entertainment got under way with a song from Pat Douglas. The Immortal Memory was given by Gordon Jackson, who told of the life and loves of Burns. John Tait then sang The Star o’ Robbie Burns.

After a short break, Derek Lammie hit the high notes with a bagpipe medley, which was followed by a humorous toast to The Lasses by Graham Nichol, and an amusing reply from Caroline Tullie.

Michael Aitken gave a word-perfect Tam o’ Shanter after a few more songs from Pat and John. John Tullie, wearing nighshirt and cap, recited Holy Wullie’s Prayer, after which Michael delighted with another song.

Ron Swinton, vice-chair of Cogsmill Hall, gave the vote of thanks. A first class evening then drew to a close with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.– CL

denholm: Line dancing begins again on Wednesday in the village hall from 2pm-3pm. Former and new pupils welcome. Come along and join in the fun while exercising gently to the music. Enquiries to 870042.

WILTON DEAN: WRI president Joyce Tinlin welcomed members to the first meeting of the new year, and opened the evening with a poem. She then introduced Lesley McFarlane and members of her dancing school who gave a superb display. Lesley explained that there were three types of dancing: Highland, tap and modern. Most of her students start from the age of three and progress through the different dances as they get older. All their dancing and hard training finishes with a performance in the town hall every year. All the members enjoyed the dancers’ display, and the vote of thanks was given by Sheila Armstrong. Afterwards, members enjoyed a supper of haggis neeps and tatties. Raffle winner was Ann Robson. Sales table £14.60. Competition for Christmas photo – 1, Joyce Tinlin; 2, Lyn Walker. Next meeting is Tuesday, with Andrew Robinson’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Competition: two hand-made decorated biscuits. Members old and new welcome.