Clubs and societies

BORDER FLOWER CLUB: ‘Looking Back Looking Forward’ was the title chosen By Lilias Hoskins. Having been a demonstrator for many years, her talent showed through with her varied choice of containers and flowers taking members back to the days of traditional triangles in an old-fashioned urn. Driftwood was her next choice which took on the mantle of a dancer. Forward then to a modern horizontal design using perspex trays. Large and small glass bowls were used for her green and white design. The final design was in two tall baskets with the influence of spring and Easter, with spring flowers and Easter eggs, rounding off what had been a superb evening of designs and chat.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 3, in Corn Exchange Exchange, Melrose, at 7.30pm, when the demonstrator will be Fiona Watt with the title ‘Garden Themes.’ Visitors welcome. Members are reminded that tickets for the club lunch in Melrose Parish church Hall on Saturday, April 27, are available at the meeting.

CAMERA CLUB: A three-way digital competition took place at Kelso last Thursday, between clubs from Kelso, Newcastleton and Hawick, with doctors James and Hazel Frost, of Galashiels, as judges for the event. In a display of very high standard photography, the result was a win for Kelso, with Hawick and Newcastleton following in that order. The top image in the competition was awarded to ‘The Cat’s Whiskers’ by Hawick’s Kathryn Barlow.

The Borders Digital Challenge will be held in the high school lecture hall on Sunday. Doors open for the buffet at 6.30pm, with the photographic competition at 7.30pm.

FILM AND VIDEO GROUP: Two film competitions took place at last Tuesday’s meeting, namely the Holiday and Open categories, with audience members acting as judges. The results were: Holiday – 1, Henry Gray with ‘Great Orme Copper Mine.’ Open – 1, Tony Gulvin with ‘Recurring Dream.’

Sunday’s meeting at 2pm will be the 50th annual Borders Inter-Club Competition.

PROBUS CLUB: Bill Mackenzie, a member of Jedburgh Probus Club, gave a talk on the Street Boys of Peru. Speaking as a member of the Scripture Union of Scotland, he explained how poor families simply abandon their boys at the age of four. These little souls are forced to live in the most squalid conditions and do anything to survive. The organisation gathers them and transports them to their rehab centre to teach the pattern of normal life. Thereafter, they are able to offer gainful employment in the various company enterprises. Jack Middlemas gave a vote of thanks.

ROTARY CLUB: While the ladies dined downstairs, the Rotarians held their meeting upstairs last week. President Tommy Mulvee introduced David Richardson, Asset manager of Scottish Borders Council’s engineering and infrastructure department, who gave a Powerpoint presentation on how the council deals with wintry conditions on the region’s roads. The Borders has 3,000kms of roads which David’s department is responsible for keepting safe from November to March. Of this total, 1,090 kms are priority routes and they are serviced from seven operational depots at St Boswells, Peebles, Hawick, Newcastleton, Galashiels, Duns and Kelso. The department also supplies and stocks 850 salt bins in towns, villages and rural areas and, in doing so, use 19,000 tonnes of salt each winter. The department is advised at 11am and 9pm each day by the Meteorogical Office to apply salt if conditions require it. An interesting question and discussion session followed, after which Ron Smith gave the vote of thanks.