Harvest Supper

The Gardener’s Forum once again will be organising the Harvest Supper in the Forman Hall after the Harvest Thanksgiving service which is at 6.00 pm on Sunday 6th October. This will be the fourth year since we re-launched this Valley tradition. It is a great informal evening and probably the best value-for-money event for miles around.

All are welcome, including friends, family and guests, so let’s make it a record turnout this year!  Please spread the word to ensure that everybody has the date firmly on their calendars.

Hand in Hand for Syria

Hand in Hand for Syria is a UK registered charity (No. 1145862) whose aim is to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the uprising in Syria, this includes people still inside Syria as well as those who have fled to neighbouring countries.

Please consider helping this appeal by buying some of the following and leaving it with me.  Any of the following products below would be greatly appreciated and will be included in the next consignment to Hand in Hand for Syria.

Forman Memorial Hall Celebration

Our Hall celebrated its 90th birthday on Saturday June 29th with a BBQ and live music.  Many folk worked tirelessly behind the scenes to guarantee its success.  During the evening Pat Campbell-Fraser formally thanked Madge Anderson for her sterling work over the years as Hall Secretary. Following a champagne toast Madge was presented with a beautiful piece of art glass, flowers and vouchers from the committee and friends.  Following the BBQ there was live music and many thanks go to Stuart Anderson, Miwa Apthorp, Patrick Friell and Donald Knox.

Cream Teas

The ever popular cream teas took place during the Sunday afternoons of July 28th and August 4th and raised £469 towards Hall funds.  These teas have been fully organised ably and efficiently by Cathie Campbell for many years.  Sadly Cathie had decided that this would be her last year in this role.  We all recognise the huge commitment she has made over the years and say thank you.  I am sure that the Cream Teas will remain securely on our Community calendar.

Jessica Friell feels just Champion as Duke of Buccleuch Hunt pony club Quartet are crowned British Champions

A team of four girls from the Duke of Buccleuch pony club including local team member Jessica Friell and her pony Harry won the National Novice Team Show Jumping trophy at last weekend’s Pony Club Novice Championships in Cheshire.

Jessica and Harry arrived home late last Sunday tired but delighted to have won the prestigious trophy, a first for Scotland.

Preliminary rounds have been held this summer across the UK, with over 500 teams competing for 45 team places at the Championships. The girls were delighted to have earned their place at the Championships, but to have come away with the National Novice title was an amazing experience, they all agreed.

Free Mindfulness Taster Day: Saturday 21st September 2013

Have you heard of mindfulness and wondered what it is?

Mindfulness means paying attention to our moment by moment experience – being fully present and aware, without judgment or preference. It helps us to accept and understand who we are, so we can live our lives more fully. Based on both Buddhist teachings, and recent research in neuroscience, Modern Mindfulness is a secular movement, which uses language without religious or spiritual reference. It can bring wisdom and insight to many fields including healthcare and stress reduction.