BRIDGE CLUB: April 16: N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, J. Urquhart and S. White; 3, R. Goldie and M. McLeod. E/W – 1, K. Auckland and E. Aitken; 2, V. Johnstone and M. Miller; 3, L. and T. Witten. April 18: N/S – 1, P. Gilligan and M. Millar; 2, M. Tuson and J. Urquhart; 3, H. and M. Ouldcott. E/W – 1, V. Johnstone and P. Learmonth; 2, J. and M. Miller; 3, K. Auckland and R. Witherington.
PROBUS CLUB: Bobby Taylor and Karen Nairn visited the Club and gave a PowerPoint presentation on Radio Borders. Both joined the station in the sports team and graduated to presenters. Bobby began by outlining the history and development of the station since its opening in 1990. It covers an area in the Borders and North Northumberland with a potential listening audience of 104,000 with a 32.5 per cent top market share. Karen is responsible for commercial traffic and is charity manager for Radio Borders Cash for Kids. On the appeal day at the end of March, they raised over £7,000, which goes largely towards refurbishing the children’s corner in accident and emergency at Borders General Hospital. The charity gives material assistance as opposed to cash. Giles Passmore gave a vote of thanks.
ROTARY CLUB: Vice-president Tommy Mulvee welcomed Jock Houston, the chairman of Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee, to last week’s meeting, at which Jock, who stands down at next month’s local government elections, outlined the composition of his committee, its fields of responsibility and the means of communication with the numerous parties involved. When he took up the post of chairman his first step was to curtail members from wandering in and out of the meeting and insisted that all members must sit through the hearing otherwise their vote would be invalid. This dictum reached the national press and he said he was afraid that is how he will be best remembered. He explained the different legislation, rules and guidance necessary to negotiate the minefield that is planning and said it could be emotive, especially when it involved controversial developments and the NIMBY brigade became involved. The principal duty of the chairman is to control the meeting and speakers, ensure a fair hearing and, on occasions, exercise the casting vote. A lively question session followed, after which Jock’s colleague, Councillor Ron Smith, gave the club’s vote of thanks.