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BEDRULE: Margaret Taylor welcomed SWRI members to the first meeting of the year which took the form of a Burns supper evening. Competition for Scottish tea towel – 1, Adele Richardson; 2, Kathyrn Barlow; 3, Molly Marshall.

COGSMILL: January saw WRI members meet at president Christine Laidlaw’s home for the annual Burns supper, at which Morgan Grieve piped in the haggis, which was served with ginger, and followed by cheese and biscuits. Various members read out poems that they had written for the evening’s entertainment, after which there was a game of beetle, won by top points scorer Isobel Russell. Competition for table mouse – 1, Sheena Morrison; 2, Christine Laidlaw; 3, Sylvia Grieve. There was no business. Next meeting on February 13 will feature a talk by Laura Peden.

WILTON DEAN: WRI president Joyce Tinlin welcomed members to the January meeting, at which Gordon Gilfether gave a slide show entitled ‘Hawick Past and Present’, on how Hawick has changed over the years, and this brought back many memories of places that now look different or have disappeared. An enjoyable evening was had by all. The vote of thanks was given by Susan Thomson. Competition for a cream jug – 1, Joyce Tinlin; 2, Susan Thomson. Raffle – Mrs Pringle. A supper of haggis, tatties and turnip was served, and special thanks to E. Mercer for the tatties and turnip. The next meeting is on February 12, with ‘Gentle Exercise’ by Mary Irvine. Competition: four pieces of coconut ice. Everyone welcome.