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Well, we certainly had a great response to our Oxnam Walking Group, and two wonderful walks so far.
The Jethart Justice our first and everybody seemed to enjoy it, plus a lot of walkers had never walked it which was also good.
Our second walk was from Denholm to Jedburgh and we even managed to fill the bus on our way to Denholm which was fantastic and with two late comers a total of 25 people walked back to Jedburgh which was great, especially as the sun shone. There was even a Father and Daughter from Canada, yes true. They were visiting and saw our advert in The Jed Eye so well done to The Jed Eye!
Our third walk is on 12th July and is a horseshoe walk up and around Hownam Law, meeting at Hownam at 10.00 a.m for a 10.30 a.m. start. Please come along and support us, if the sun shines it will be a great walk.
For the August walk I have looked at the end of the Pennine Way, another circular walk starting just outside Yetholm. Okay, a little strenuous but very good for the legs!! Once more a 10.00 a.m. for 10.30 a.m. start.
Come on, join us and have fun …!
November 13th 2016
This month’s walk will be the Leaderfoot Earlston circular. Meet at the main Jedburgh car park at 9.45am to arrange car sharing to starting point. All Welcome. Bring a packed lunch.
Moira & Val certainly enjoyed this walk!
Black Hill Walk – Sun 10 May 2015
Once more we enjoyed a nice walk up and around the Black Hill at Earlston good views and dry on the first half of the walk a bit damp on the way back to the cars.
Our next adventure is meeting at Pennymuir 9.45 for ten. Start a nice circular walk out past Chatto and back via Dere street, this taking place on the 14th June. Come and join us….. Kenny T
Heatherhope Walk – Sun 12 April 2015
Only the brave hearted took to the hills today, a fine drizzle to start with, and as we headed up the track to Heatherope dam it started to get rather wet, so when we finally reached the dam we found a nice dry shed to have lunch in.
While we were there it started to SNOW.! It was so heavy we had to think about our return path, so we just retraced our steps back to Hownam and warm cars.
Our next walk takes place on the 10th May meeting at carpark next to bus station in Jed at 9.45 for 10. for car sharing to Earlston where we will walk the Black hill. A beautiful place to be on a sunny day so please come along, everybody welcome…. – Kenny T
Carolside Walk – Sun 8 March 2015
Great walk today in sunshine – ok and a couple of showers! Started in Earlston and went up by the old golf course through the woods and down to the A68. Then across and along by Carolside next to the river Leader lovely little picnic in the woods then back into town, every body really enjoyed themselves.
Our next walk takes place on the 12th April meeting at Hownam for a circular walk in the hills, come and join us folks all welcome… 9.45 for 10 start – Kenny T
Walk to Mossburnford – Sun 8 February 2015
Our walk on Sunday past was from Jed up through the woods past Hunthill big house then over the fields to Coalpit cottage. Not a lot of the guys had been there before. It was like a house from a Catherine Cookson novel. From there we carried on to Mossburnford where we had a great spot for lunch at the top of Jacobs ladder. No-one would venture down – I wonder why!! Maybe it was all the steps! After lunch we walked through more woods and down by the river past Ferniehirst Castle and ended up back in Jed. The whole walk was in brilliant sunshine and we had some great views of the Cheviot hills all covered in snow.
Oxnam Valley Voices are always looking for new members to join their choir, so if you enjoy singing, or even wish to be social; We embrace vocalists of all standards, so why not pop along on a Wednesday evening to Oxnam Village Hall at 7pm, and you’ll be made most welcome.
Oxnam Valley Voices have had a busy few months. Christmas is always a busy time when carols and Christmas songs are sung in different venues. There were two visits to Teviot Smokery, singing around the tree in Jedburgh when the Christmas lights were switched on, singing at the RNLI concert in Kelso, all of which seem to be becoming regular dates, and a Christmas concert in Oxnam Kirk.
On Good Friday we sang in Ancrum Church, on 3rd May sang for the OWLs then on 11th June we embarked on a road trip which took members to Bamburgh where we sang at the wedding of Emily Martin and Matthew Debbage.
The choir continues to meet every Wednesday at 7pm in the village hall. In addition to singing, there is a chance to socialize and get to know people which is one of the aims of a community choir. There have been some social outings such as a visit to a fashion show and a ‘have a go’ session at curling. There are about 30 members now which is a good number, however, we are always on the lookout for male voices to help balance with sopranos and altos. Don’t be shy. If you enjoy singing just come along and give it a try. You will always be welcome…..and you will have fun.
Summer’s Evening of Music
Who would have thought that seven months on from October 2012, the Oxnam Valley Voices would have rocked Oxnam Kirk on Friday 10th May with our concert – ‘A Summer’s Evening of Music’. Perhaps such a title was a tad optimistic, but never-the-less, we managed to brighten a relatively ‘dour’ day!
The concerts programme incorporated a variety of songs, including a medley from the musical ‘My Fair Lady’, a selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber pieces, unaccompanied singing of ‘Laudate Dominum’ from the Taize Song collection, ‘You’re Just in Love’ by Irving Berlin as well as a few traditional and more modern pieces.
As Musical Director and local musician, I sang two solos ‘Words of Praise’ and ‘Count your Blessings’, and to finish the evening, the audience were treated to a rather short ending of ‘Kyrie’ by William Byrd from his ‘Mass for Three Voices’, before bursting into ‘Thank you for the Music’ by ‘ABBA’. We were lucky enough to have the expertise of Molly Pringle, a well-known musician and teacher within Kelso and the Scottish Borders as our accompanist.
The choir would like to thank all who attended the concert. We raised a grand sum of £540.55 from the generous donations and raffle tickets sold before the concert, which will be used for choir funds.
Seasons of Love
Friday 22 November
This was a most successful & enjoyable evening in the church. The choir sang a great selection of songs to an audience of 120 and raised about £600 which will be shared between Children in Need and the crisis in the Philipines . The soloists were Jamie MacKenzie, who was also the conductor & choir leader, Fiona Ralston & Ann Redpath. Alison Fraser accompanied the choir.
In the interval, we had a short pantomime from the Coldtream Community Theatre who did their own version of Cinderella.
We would like to thank all those who made it such a success and put in all the hard work rehearsing & learning such a variety of music.
Jamie with some of the choir this week at Teviot Smokery, entertaining shoppers with carols.
If you have not been before, do give it a try – you will not be disappointed. You do not have to belong to the library to come in. You will be assured of a warm welcome, and as much coffee/tea and cake as you like all for £2.
It’s nearly four years now since the OWLs came together and the group continues to thrive with around 35 members at present. OWLs meet on the first Tuesday of each month between March and December at 7.30pm in Oxnam Village Hall to listen to an interesting speaker for about an hour before tucking in to copious amounts of tea, coffee and home-baking! (OK, so we really only go for the goodies!)
The group’s emphasis is on enjoyment, getting together in a very relaxed atmosphere to hear enthralling stories such as Vicky Jack’s account of climbing Everest and Kathleen Macfarlane’s exploits aboard the Tall Ships. Sometimes our speakers cover more serious subjects such as midwifery in Africa and CT Scanning (absolutely fascinating by the way), but all are certainly worth a listen. Once a year, in May, the OWLs normal meeting is given over to a charity concert. This, like all other meetings, is open to all.
Profits from the group go directly to mainly Borders charities as we have minimal running costs. This year we have given over £1000 to various charities including the Lavender Touch, Midwives in Zambia and BAAGS (Borders Aspergers & Autism Group Support).
Members pay £10 per year plus £3 per meeting and visitors pay just £4 each time they come. Although we are called Oxnam Water Ladies, we often have husbands, partners and friends coming along as well. All are welcome at OWLs. If you are interested in coming, just turn up or call Elspeth Currie on 01835 869924 or Anne Davies on 01835 864122.