Here is news for this week
Yetholm Village Choir will hold their Spring Concert at 7 30pm
on Sunday 2nd April at 7 30pm in Yetholm Church. All Welcome
Festival Committee meet at 7 30pm on Monday 3rd April in Youth
Hall to discuss this years Festival and Installation on May
History Society meet at 7 30pm on Tuesday 4th April in Mission
Hall. The speaker will be Sasha Devine who will give a talk
on Rev John Baird and the Yetholm Gypsies. All Welcome
Quiz Night on Wednesday 5th April at 8pm in The Plough Hotel.
National Theatre Live - this new event comes to the Wauchope
Hall on Thursday 6th April with a live screening of Twelfth
Night with Tamsin Greig. Performance starts at 7 30pm but doors
open at 7pm. Tickets £12 and to book or for further information
please contact Susan Stewart on 01573420231
Live Music Concert in Wauchope Hall on Saturday 8th at 7 30pm
with Katee Cross and Amberjax. Tickets £8 and are available
from Village Shop.
Coffee Morning on Saturday 8th in Youth Hall at 10am. All proceeds
to Border Exploration Group trip to Bolivia
Wauchope Hall will hold their AGM on Tuesday 11th April at
7pm in the Hall. All Welcome
Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi 2016-17
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.
|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
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
Yetholm Post Office Closes ... and Opens
Yetholm Border Shepherd's Show 2015
||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.
|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
||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.