St Cuthbert lecture
In Tuesday night’s lecture the members explored Old Melrose, St Cuthbert’s first monastic home. Dr Margaret Collin of the Melrose Archaeological and Historical Association gave an Illustrated lecture on rediscovering, interpreting and accessing what has long been known as the probable site of one of the most important early Christian monasteries, dating from the 7th century AD. It was where St Cuthbert first entered monastic life.
Using documentary, photographic, cartographic and archeological evidence, Dr Collin gave a detailed history of the site of what was called Mailros Abbey, and also the later medieval pilgrimage chapel built in St Cuthbert’s honour by the Bishopric of Durham in the 11th century.
The geophysics investigations carried out in 2013 were described when a team of volunteers along with professional archaeologists conducted a gradiometer and resistivity survey over rough pastureland, through flocks of sheep, entangled undergrowth and myriads of insects in some of the highest temperatures and humidity that summer, with the threat of thunderstorms ever present – despite that they all came out of it saying they had enjoyed themselves!
The vote of thanks was given by past president Ian Lowes.
December 1: 1, John and Marian Miller; 2, Mike Tuson and Bob Witherington; 3, Mary Millar and Patsy Gilligan.
SWI in festive mood
There was a festive party feel to Teviothead Hall, with ladies wearing Christmas jumpers and hats with flashing lights, and the hall decorated with lights for the December meeting of the rural.
Members sampled glogg or mulled wine and settled down to be entertained.
Pat Douglas introduced Hilary Bell and her choir SIN (Safety in Numbers) sang for us.
Competition winners were:
Doggie Stocking: 1, Muriel Baptie; 2, Jan Cheytwyn; 3, Larraine Lord (these along with others were donated to Beagle Welfare). Liqueur: 1, Kirstie Duncan; 2, Jan Cheytwyn; 3, Jan Little.
The January meeting will start at 7 pm, when Eileen Roe will talk about her collection of Gizmos, Gadgets and Small Antiques. Competitions are: Slice of Christmas Cake, Small Interesting Gizmo.
There will be a gathering in the hall on Sunday, December 20 at 2pm. All are invited.
High School night
In conjunction with Hawick Rotary Club, the art, music and technical drawing departments of the High School held an open night in the school hall last Thursday evening, which despite atrocious weather, was well attended by pupils, parents, friends and Rotarians. Refreshments were provided by the Rotary Club, and those attending were greatly impressed by the talent on show.
The artwork was of the highest standard, and visitors enjoyed the many exhibits by so many obviously gifted students. The technical department’s woodwork and practical drawings were also of obvious quality.
Throughout the evening the music students gave a selection of songs and instrumental pieces, adding greatly to the evening’s entertainment.
Christmas Food Fair
The Christmas Food Fair will be held on Sunday, December 13, 10am-3pm, in Southdean Hall. There will be cakes, bakes, drinks, preserves, edible gifts and much more.
Also don’t miss out on wonderful hot soup, bacon rolls, mulled wine and mince pies.
Five sheets each
The diversity of what members collect was once again evident when the theme was: Show five sheets or pay a fine of 50p! The subjects included modern postcards advertising well-known films; booklets from Royal Mail giving the background to various issues and the images chosen; forged postmarks on Ascension stamps 1912-1938, done because used ones were more valuable than unused; a selection of Penny Blacks with two on cover, one to Hawick, the other from Hawick; stamps of the German inflation period 1921-22; and those of DDR, the German Democratic Republic, East Germany, 1946-1986.
Five covers dated 1806-1841 all related to a Daniel Macpherson who resided in Gibraltar, the collector seeking information on this man; a selection of carte de visite cards of the American Civil War dated 1864-66 had stamps affixed to show the tax had been paid; and a display of stamps issued between 1892 and 1909 were those for the British South Africa Company, later named Rhodesia.