25 years ago
▼ shopkeepers in Coldstream are up in arms following announcements about roadworks in the town causing their takings to fall drastically. The slump in trade has led from the town’s community council being informed early last month by Borders Regional Council that the High Street was due to be resurfaced during the next two months. This was subsequently reported in the press, and people were advised to acquire enough shopping in the town so they would not have to buy provisions during the disturbance caused by the resurfacing
▼ THE proposed Peelwalls old folks home replacement is not suitably sited in Eyemouth’s industrial area say the town’s Chamber of Trade. At an emergency meeting held in the Home Arms Hotel on Monday evening, the Chamber of Trade felt that the Peelwalls replacement is not suitably sited in the Eyemouth Car Park at the centre of an industrial area, namely the harbour with fish workers commencing duty every morning at first light. A spokesperson for the Chamber of Trade said “Access to the town centre would be by Chapel Street- a very narrow thoroughfare with no pavements- most unsuitable for old folks.”
▼ glorious sunshine greeted the start of this year’s Civic Week celebrations in Ayton. The village’s 1986 Civic Week got underway on Sunday with the annual Gala Day- the highlight of which was the crowning of the Gala Queen, Fiona Chisholm, by the retiring Queen, Lisa Auld. Lisa also presented Fiona with a locket to mark the occasion. During the course of the afternoon a large crowd was entertained by Eyemouth Pipe Band and Wilma Miller and her Country Dancers. Quoits, five-a-side football and a tractor obstacle proved as popular as ever, as did various stalls.
▼THE South Lammermuir Riding club Horse Show held this year at its new venue, Marchmont, Greenlaw, attracted a large entry of top class exhibits from both sides of the border. The new classes for Hunter ponies were exceptionally well filled and and next year will be split into the three height sections. Fiona Cameron judged this year’s entry whose champion E.Aitken’s ‘Turton Velveteen’ was beautifully ridden by Gillian Aitken. Hunters came before Malcolm Harris from Aylesbury, who was very impressed with the quality, especially in the ridden classes.
▼ALEXANDER Gibson of Eyemouth High School set a new record in the hammer at last weekend’s Scottish Schoolboys’ Championships in Edinburgh. Competing in the Group C competition at Goldenacre, Alexander set a new record with a throw of 43.98 metres. Alexander wasn’t tasting success in the championships for the first time, however, as he won the hammer for the boys under-15 at last year’s event.
▼ ONCE again the pupils and staff at Berwickshire High School excelled themselves with their performance of ‘Viva Mexico’. With magnificent scenery and costumes, the audience were transported to the heat and dust of Mexico in this highly convincing performance. The overall performance was excellent and the singing and dancing were well up to the school’s usual standard. The topical note was made by the very experienced Ron Guthrie as a drunken Scotsman trying to find his way home from Mexico after the World Cup.
▼THE project to adapt Mount View, Duns, for use by the mentally handicapped, is proceeding on course, Bill Anderson, general administrator of Borders Health board told the local Health Council last week. Mr Anderson said that the Board still anticipated a completion date of August 16, and following a short period of commissioning, the building would be brought into use in September or October.
50 years ago
▼ THIRTEEN farm workers from Berwickshire and the eastern Borders, with an aggregate of 663 years at work in agriculture, were presented on Thursday, with long service medals at the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society’s show at Ingliston. Making it a memorable day for the recipients was the show’s president, Princess Alexandra, for she handed over the awards, congratulating them on their loyalty over the years.
▼ THE arrangement for children helping in the potato harvest, which was agreed to last year is to be continued in Berwickshire for another year. This was agreed at a meeting of the Education Committee held at Duns on Tuesday. It was agreed that the arrangement whereby a number of the pupils over 13 years were released for harvest help by the grant in that of exceptions for a period of 15 school days be continued for another year.
▼ BECAUSE of the electrical appliances used in connection with the service for school meals, and the subsequent increase in charges, Berwickshire Education Committee has raised its payment for the use of Eccles Hall. It was agreed that the payment be increased from £50 to £66 for the use of the village hall as a school meals dining room in view of the increase in the electricity charges which the hall committee has to pay due mainly to the use of electrical appliances in connection with the service of the school meals.
▼ at Coldstream on Friday evening the Eyemouth Bowling Club rink defeated Galashiels 24-12 in the final of the SBA Border Counties Championship. They now meet Gifford, the winners of the East Lothian District, to decide who goes forward to the SBA Championships at Queen’s Park.
▼ THERE was a large gathering of spectators at the sports of Chirnside Junior Secondary School held in the playing field on Wednesday afternoon. The weather conditions were ideal following a rather dull forenoon.
▼ THE bridge over the River Blackadder at Greenlaw, is at the moment undergoing extensive alterations. It is being altered from the south to the north of the country for the passing heavy loads.
t a 17 year old Duns youth was sent to a Detention Centre at Perth for three months when he appeared before Sheriff Subsitute Charles de Bois Murray at Duns Sheriff Court on Friday. He and a 16 year old boy were charged with driving away a car from a car park in Coldstream without the owner’s consent.
t at a meeting of the Berwickshire Education Committee held in Duns on Tuesday, the director of education made a report on the staffing of schools in the county. Mr R D Birch said that staffing in primary schools should be reasonably satisfactory but in secondary schools it appeared that one or two important posts would be unfilled. In particular the county were short of teachers for home-craft. Despite repeated advertising in the national press no enquiries of applications had been received.
t thanks to the courtesy of Lady Aitchison, Capt Hall Watt-Purves, and Mr H Wardale, members of the North Northumberland Hunt Supporters’ Club were enabled to enjoy an afternoon’s fishing on Saturday on stretches of the Blen and Bowment. Over 20 members enjoyed good sport and at the weigh-in Mr J Macgregor of Moneylaws, had the heaviest trout.
t in a 25 overs match at Manderston on Thursday, the home team beat Coldstream. After 25 overs had been bowled, Manderston were 90 for nine wickets, but Coldstream fell short of this total when they were all out for 74.
100 years ago
▼ The competition for Astor Cup has taken place in Berwickshire; 10 clubs affiliated to the National Rifle Association took part. These were Westruther, Leitholm, Longformacus, Oxton, Foulden & District, Whitadder, Nenthorn, Eccles, Cockburnspath and Chirnside Bridge. Weather conditions were very unsatisfactory at most ranges, otherwise much higher scores would have been made by many Merse marksmen, who usually give good account of themselves. As the distances are great between several of the clubs, it was arranged this year to get the President of the club, or his representative, to superintend the competition and see the conditions carried out.
▼ Tuesday was Midsummer holiday here. Many people took advantage of the excursion from Eyemouth to Glasgow, for the exhibition, and there were a number of picnic parties to Peas Bridge and other beauty spots in the district.
▼ Wm. Duncan Clark, son of Mr James Clark, cattle dealer, showed early promise as a scholar in Greenlaw School, and passing the qualifying examination at the early age of 10, he proceeded to Berwickshire High School, where he has always taken a high place at the class examinations. He has now obtained the honour of gaining first place in the Border Counties Bursary Competition, thereby obtaining a £10 bursary tenable for three years.
▼ Farmers in the district have been busy with the hay harvest, and the crop is bulking much better than was anticipated, clover being fairly plentiful. Mr R. Douglas, Greenlaw, dug potatoes of the early variety on Thursday week. The quality was excellent and they were of a fairly large size. This is one of the earliest cases of lifting in this district. This gentleman a few years ago had potatoes on June 28.
▼ The River Blackadder has been in splendid order and several good baskets have been got by Greenlaw anglers. On Thursday, Mr J Hewat, Howlars, had 12 lbs of beautiful trout, ranging from a quarter to three quarters of a lb.
▼ Thos. White, a pupil of Cockburnspath School, has gained the John Wilson Bursary at the recent Border Counties.
▼ An old adage has it that “patience and perseverance” overcome great difficulties”. To the truth of this statement the good folks of Swinton can testify, the successful climax to their Coronation festivities taking place on the Village Green on Saturday afternoon. The weather of the previous Saturday had been quite overcome by those kindly dwellers in the Merse, and as the award of their patience, King Sol delighted to smile in his July splendour on the happy assembly that gathered round the Green to witness a long and friendly programme of athletic sports.