Golden moment for live music fans

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BORDER FLOWER CLUB: Kath Gibson, from Tyne and Wear, was the demonstrator to start the new season, and her title, “Inspirational Moments”, took members from the Olympics to Egypt and then to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with her red shoes, and on to the superb Diamond Jubilee. Her varied choice of containers and choice of flowers and foliage made the evening a big success. Marion Hamilton gave the vote of thanks.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 3, in the Corn Exchange, Melrose, at 7 30pm, when the demonstrator will be Margaret Earl with the title “ Just You”. New members and visitors welcome.

BRIDGE CLUB: September 10: N/S – 1, M. Tuson and R. Witherington; 2, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 3, M. Ouldcott and M. Miller. E/W – 1, S. West and R. Oates; 2, S. White and J. Urquhart; 3, L. and T. Witten. Play resumes on Wednesdays from September 26. New players are very welcome on Mondays and Wednesdays and more information is available at

50+ WALKERS: Sunday saw 14 members leaving Hawick for a ten-mile walk from Holy Island to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, stopping first at The Barn at Beale for a quick coffee. After leaving the cars at the beginning of the causeway, the group followed the path through the nature reserve and after taking a peek at the bird hide made their way across the sluice and onto the path towards Goswick Golf Club. From here they crossed onto the expanse of Goswick sands where lunch was enjoyed. It was then onto the tree trunk-strewn sands at Cheswick where there were the remains of an old lime kiln. Next was Cocklawburn with its golden sands where a few hardy souls had a paddle during the banana stop. After enjoying views back south to Holy Island and admiring the driftwood carved into weird shapes by the sea, the walkers made their way along the cliffs to Spittal promenade, before reaching Berwick Docks after getting caught in the first heavy shower of the day and their final destination and a delicious fish and chip tea.

Next walk to Water of Leith (9am start).

HAWICK MUSIC LIVE!: The first concert of the season sees The Golden Piano Trio – comprising Valtie Nunn, violin; Dan James, cello; andManuel Lopez Jorge, piano – taking centre stage at Tower Mill on Sunday, September 30, at 2.30pm. Valtie, as a former student at Trinity Music College, London, has played with Trinity Belles at Beanscene on their annual visits, and the highly talented violin student will lead this newly-formed ensemble through trios by British composer Frank Bridge, evocative South American composer Astor Piazzola, and Johannes Brahms – for what promises to be an afternoon of polished and exciting playing. Tickets: adults £10 and students £2 from Tower Mill box office on 360688 and, if available, on the afternoon of the concert.

PROBUS CLUB: Sandra McNeil opened the autumn season with an impressive PowerPoint presentation on “Abbotsford – an exciting future”. Sandra is learning officer with the Abbotsford Trust, and is responsible for promotion, particularly to schools and social groups.

Walter Scott , now a global celebrity, was born in College Close, Edinburgh, the son of a lawyer. He followed his father into the profession and later, due to ill health, was sent to Smailholm to recover. This began his life-long love for the area. He started writing, all in longhand, and his library at Abbotsford comprises some 7,000 books. Scott actually met Robert Burns once in 1786.

Following an extensive refurbishment, Abbotsford now has a modern visitor centre featuring a museum and restaurant.

Billy McWatters gave a vote of thanks.

ROTARY CLUB: President Tommy Mulvee welcomed six members of the Kelso club, four of whom were competing in the district quiz against Hawick. The visitors’ team comprised Anne Wright, Sandra Craig, Blair McDonald and Gordon Euman, with Hawick represented by Tommy Mulvee, Sandy Bannerman, Ron Sutherland and Gus Neilson. After four rounds of questions, Hawick emerged victorious by 22 points to 18 points to go forward to the next round. The president thanked Allan McCredie for his duties as quizmaster.