For the Year of Homecoming 2009 Scottish Borders
Council chose to promote the wealth of history celebrated
by Civic Weeks and Common Ridings held throughout the
Scottish Borders every summer.
Funding was provided by the Scottish Government to allow the local festivals to promote a community event through a project called “Return to the Ridings”. The Kelso Laddies Association decided to base a project on the Colour Bussing which is a colourful event on the Wednesday evening of Civic Week.
Expanding this to men and women from Kelso and surrounding villages it was developed further as a community project. Several local organisations came together to create Kelso Connections under the umbrella of Kelso Community Events. These organisations were Friends of Kelso Museum, Kelso Library, Kelso and District Amenity Society and Kelso Laddies Association. Kelso Connections as well as compiling the information for the “We’re from Kelso” exhibition, biographies of 32 people with Kelso connections subsequently turned the exhibition into a book published in 2009.
Kelso Connections went on to research and create a second book, "We're From Kelso Too", published in 2015 which contains a further twenty five biographies and to develop this website where you will find a selection of biographies from the first book and a wealth of information on Kelso.
Keith Cavers is an art and theatre historian who curated the National Library of Scotland’s John Slezer exhibition in 1993. He taught at Camberwell College of Arts and was Information Officer at the National Gallery in London for twelve years.
Isabel and Peter Gordon retired to Kelso 25 years ago. Isabel soon joined the Friends of Kelso Museum and has served as Secretary and Chairman. She also started the Thursday Group and remains its secretary. Her growing interest in the history of the Borders led to her creating a number of talks which she has given to many local groups.
Christine Henderson was for many years teacher of History at Kelso High School. She is involved in various local activities such as Kelso and District Amenity Society, Kelso Community Events and the U3A History group. She is a founder member of the Kelso Connections Group.
Colin Henderson Master of Ceremonies at Kelso Civic Week for 25 years is also a trustee of Charity Begins at Home and past Chairman of Kelso Civic Week, The Kelso Burns Club and Broomlands Parents Council. Colin was Kelso Laddie in 1980.
Ruth Holmes was Kelso Librarian between 2004 and 2012. During her time at Kelso Library she started Friends of Kelso Library attracting a number of prominent writers to the town and also inspired the creation of Kelso Library Centenary Garden. She was honoured to crown the King and Queen at the 2013 St James’ Fair. Ruth is a founder member of the Kelso Connections Group.
Hazel Woodsell returned to the Borders after living and working in Edinburgh for 30 years. She worked for Lothian Health Board in Administration & Telecommunications Planning. Hazel now lives in Kelso and is Secretary to the Friends of Kelso Library, Secretary to the Kelso Heritage Society and a voluntary researcher/transcriber at the Heritage Hub in Hawick
Available from Friends of Kelso Museum and the local outlets listed below.
Friends of Kelso Museum are currently offering both books for the combined price of £9.
To purchase please contact Friends of Kelso Museum on tel. 01573 224753.