Ladies feel the zumba beat at Newmill and Teviothead

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DENHOLM: Western line dancing classes resume on Wednesday, September 26, in the church hall, from 2-3pm. Experienced and new dancers welcome. For more info, contact Molly on 870042.

Newmill and Teviothead: Anyone who thought “the rural” was only about baking scones and tweed skirts should have come along to September’s WRI meeting, at which keep fit, including Zumba, was on the programme. Members had great fun being put through their paces by instructress Christine Gray who runs classes throughout the Borders for all abilities and ages, so everyone was able to join in and by the end of the session they were more than ready for a cup of tea! Competition results: Smoothie – 1, Jan Weir; 2, Pat Douglas; 3, Trish Kirkpatrick. Favourite T-shirt – 1, Carole Valentine; 2, Muriel Baptie; 3 Jan Weir.

The next meeting is the agm on October 2, with the annual dinner on November 6.

WILTON DEAN: Joyce Tinlin, WRI vice-president, welcome everyone to the September meeting, and after intimating the necessary apologies, the Rural Song was sung. The speaker for the evening was Allan McGee, of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, who have a slideshow, combined witha comprehensive and informative talk on the invaluable work and commitment of the team’s many volunteers, who are highly skilled and trained in all aspects of rescue. Eileen Mercer proposed a vote of thanks, and a donation was presented to Allan for team funds. Tea was served and the sales table well supported. The raffle was won by Eileen Mercer. Competition for a flask of soup – 1, Joyce Tinlin; 2, Eileen Mercer. Relevant business was discussed.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 9, when there will be a demonstration on marzipan fruits by Elaine McKellar. Competition is for a turnip lantern. Voting papers will be distributed in preparation for the business meeting.