Sweet-making demo hits the spot

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BURNFOOT: Members enjoyed a wonderful evening of sweet-making with Margaret Young and Christine Laidlaw, from Cogsmill WRI, and were delighted to taste the selection handed round. Margaret Falconer thanked the two ladies for their demonstration. A recent committee meeting cofirmed Jean Welsh as president; Margaret Falconer, treasurer; and Mary Johnston and Aileen Gobbie, shared secretarial duties. Various business matters were discussed and booking for the Christmas dinner confirmed at the Fox and Hounds, Denholm. Competitions: two drop scones – 1, Ann Wilson; 2, Liz Jackson; 3, Sheena Nelson. Cake knife – 1, Helen Scott; 2, Mary Findlater; 3, Sheena Nelson. Sales table realised £5.80. Snowball raffle won by Sheila Rutherford, plus several bags of sweets for a few lucky members.

NEWMILL & TEVIOTHEAD: The Woll Restaurant at Ashkirk was the venue for the November meeting of Newmill & Teviothead WRI when 24 members and friends enjoyed a lovely meal. The new committee and office bearers were announced: President, Trish Kirkpatrick; vice-president, Mary Irving; secretary, Gill Francombe; treasurer, Tina Ainslie; raffle, Carol Valentine; press & minutes, Caroline Tullie; points, Muriel Baptie; committee, Sheila Purdie, Pat Douglas, Anna Hislop, Liz Howieson and Jan Little. The trophy for most points throughout the year was very convincingly won by Jan Little with Muriel Baptie runner-up and Trish Kirkpatrick third. A huge thank you to previous secretary Liz Howieson and treasurer Anne Pennington for all their hard work. Everyone wishes Liz a speedy recovery from her operation. The team of Elsie Crouch, Gill Francombe, Caroline Tullie and Jan Little were congratulated in coming fifth at the National Rural Olympics at Perth when they represented Roxburghshire Federation. Jan and Caroline also showed members their photographs which they had entered in the rural proficiency test.

The December 4 meeting at Teviothead Hall will be a musical evening with Pat Douglas and Humblescribes. There will be festive refreshments and members were asked to add a bit of festive sparkle to their dress and bring a secret Santa gift to the value of £3. Competitions are 4 Rum Truffles and Favourite CD.

There will be a quingo evening at Teviothead Hall on Friday November 30; this is a cross between a quiz and bingo and great fun. Teams of four are welcome and teams will also be made up on the night. Bring your own refreshments but tea/coffee and stovies will be provided. £3 per head. All welcome.

Teviothead Church is holding a coffee morning in the hall on Saturday December 1 from 10am–12pm. There will be a stall for home baking etc. All welcome.