Yetholm News
Here is news for this week.

Cheviot Churches are holding a Sponsored Walk on Saturday 10th June starting at 10am from Caverton Mill Farm. Sponsorship forms are now avavilable in Churches and Village Shops. Please contact Carol Butler or Simon Oldham for further information

National Theatre Screening next performance - Peter Pan is on Saturday 10th June at 2pm in Wauchope Hall. Please note this is a recorded production.

Festival Week starts tomorrow (Friday 9th) with the Principals attending the school assembly at 9am. The annual Kirkin’ Service is in the Church at 10am on 11th with coffee and sandwiches in Church after the service. Stobstanes hideout leaves Town Yetholm at 5 30pm on Wednesday 14th June. All events are in the programme which is on sale at shops and pubs in village price £1 50p

Use Your Talents Craft Club meets from 2 - 4pm on Monday 12th in Yetholm Church. All Welcome

Village Lunch will be on Thursday 15th at 12noon in Wauchope Hall. Proceeds to Yetholm Festival Week.

Yetholm Village Panto
10th-11th February 2017
Hansel & Gretel
Yetholms Panto takes place in the Wauchope Hall, usually in February. This year's production was Hansel and Gretel, admirably written and directed by Susan Stewart. Oscar-winning performances came from Margaret Rustad, Liz Brown, Peter Boyd, Zoe and Jonathan Keddie-Dixon, Peter Kirwan, Rae Morris, Teresa Collins, ... and especially Megan McLaren and Caitlyn Hume as Hansel and Gretel. Stage mangement by Eddie Robertson and scenery by Clare Norris. And a special thanks to Kenny McLaren, chief curtain-puller.

Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi 2016-17
This year's Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi were revealed at a meeting in the Wauchope Hall on the 6th May - they are Jack Sibbald and Cassie Quashie.

Copies of this year's programme are available in the Village Shop - £1.50

Bari Gadgi - Jack Sibbald
I'm 22 years old and have lived at the foot of the Bowmont Valley since I was a kid. I went to Yetholm Primary School followed by a short time at Morebattle Primary then went on to Kelso High School. Once ?nishing high school. I studied photography for a couple years at Edinburgh College. Since leaving college I have moved to Kelso and now work as a gardener.

It's an honour to have been asked to be Bari Gadgi and I am looking forward to representing the village this year with Cassie and hope that its a good year for everyone.

Bari Manushi - Cassie Quashie
Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of visiting Yetholm. I will always see the beauty of Yetholm as I did in my childhood. the freedom of paddling up the Bowmont and playing along Woodbank Road. I remember festival weeks being met with great excitement, getting dressed up for the children's disco, having fun at the family day with my cousins. family and friends and cheering as the horses and riders arrived back safely from Stob Stanes. Many years have passed. but my love for Yetholm and anticipation for festival week remains.

When I was in my teens my family moved up to Yetholm, and I began attending Kelso High School, heading to Dundee in 2009 to complete my nursing degree.

On moving back to the town. I began working at the Border Hotel and later the Plough. While working in the town I enjoyed making new friends, hearing story's of 'bygone Yetholm' and taking part in village activities.

I feel very honoured, privileged (and a little nervous) to be Bari Manushi 2016. Seeing the community come together to celebrate where we live and uphold such a rich tradition is truly amazing. I am looking forward to a very special year representing the town and participating in my first ever ride out, leading the cavalcade with Jack out to the Stob Stanes and back to the village. l'm looking forward to seeing everyone thought the year. and hope we all have a fun and sunny festival week

Yetholm Post Office Closes ... and Opens
On Thursday 30th of March Sheila Jeffrey (left), Yetholm's long-serving post mistress retired. Yetholm's post office has now relocated to the village shop, overlooking the village green. The photographs below show Susan Stewart, chairperson of the Community Council, presenting Sheila with a gift from grateful villagers - and opening the new facility.

Sheila has been working for the Post Office for over 44 years. She started working part-time when the Post Office was run by the Tice family. In December 1984 she took on the role of post mistress full-time, still working in the Tice's shop, next to the present village shop. In June 1985 the post office moved to her own house, Craiglea, where it remained until the recent transfer. In 2008 she attained national prominence when a knife-wielding robber attempted to steal money. Sheila resisted the raider and was injured. The man was later caught and convicted. Sheila, her daughter Angela Lyall (who came to her assistance) and other villagers were presented with meritorious awards for helping police catch the thief.
Yetholm Border Shepherd's Show 2015
The 152nd Yetholm Border Shepherds' Show started with a misty morning this year putting back the Collie Trial by a couple of hours but the sun soon came out and we were blessed with a lovely afternoon. A great day was had by all. Sheep entries were slightly down on last year. The walking stick section had a great display of approximartely 300 sticks from exhibitors coming from north, south, east and west.

The Industrial tent entries were on par with last year and again the set recipe -this year Carrot Cake - proved popular with Experencied and Novice Bakers alike. As always the flower section brings colour to the tent with some beautiful blooms and fantastic flower arrangements. The vegetables show the hard work of those who put in the time to produce to a high standard. Needlework and handicraft classes were also well supported and the photography was of a particularly high standard.
In the afternoon we kicked of Main Ring attractions with the Junior Brae House Race and the Senior Race, which this year also had Staerough to tackle. Fifteen runners in total and now a fixture in the running calendar. The children enjoyed a variety of sports before the Bowmont Valley took on the Kale Valley in a Tug of War. The Kelso branch of Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade thrilled the crowd with a demonstration of an accident scene where they cut up a car and explained the importance of the 'Golden Hour'. This was followed by the ever popular parade of Vintage tractors and vehicles. The Duns Pipe Band provided music throughout the afternoon, giving the field a great atmosphere.
Thanks go to the Judges who faced the difficult task of judging the high standard of exhibits, thanks also go to all who put in there time to prepare exhibits. The show is also very grateful for the significant support received from its many sponsors and for the Stewards who keep everything ticking over on the day.
Fiona Veitch, Show Secretary

For more pictures of the 2015 Show click HERE.