25 years ago
▼ PROTECTIVE sea gulls are causing an unusual problem in and around Eyemouth. During the current nesting season, several incidents have been reported of gulls attacking people. And they are also causing problems for television engineers in the town, who have found themselves in danger of being attacked when installing or adjusting aerials.
▼ BERWICKSHIRE is about to welcome its first lady Minister when Rev Geraldine Hope is ordained on August 19, as Minister at Foulden, Mordington, Hutton, Paxton and Fishwick.
▼ DESPITE the damp and cold weather on Saturday, the Berwickshire County Show proved to be as successful and friendly an event as ever.
▼ A CROWD of several hundred people, both locals and holdiaymakers watched the 1986 Coldstreamer, Michael Shepherd, receive his sash and the town banner on Sunday afternoon. Warm sunshine added to the festive atmosphere at the sashing ceremony in Henderson Park which launched this year’s Presenting Coldstream Civic Week.
▼ THE Castle Kings are to return again. Their comeback last summer was such an outstanding success that they have agreed to get together and it will be a nostalgic occasion fo they will pay tribute to Harry Smith, the band’s founder and bass guitarist.
▼THE inaugural D S Thorburn Two Bowl Pairs at Eyemouth has been won by Alistair Rennie and Tom Bell. Played over two days, the competition was for a new trophy presented by life member Sonny Thorburn as a token of friendship.
▼ GROUSE shooting on the Roxburghe Estate in Berwickshire has been ravaged by a disease which has killed hundred of birds this year. With only day to go before the Glorious Twelfth, one of the estate’s grouse-beat keepers has revealed how strongylus (a minute worm) has devatsted the birds so badly on Rawn Moor that shotting has been cancelled.
t COLDINGHAM’S new look gala festivities proved to be a big hit with both lcoals and visitors to the village. Changed for the first time from a gala day to a gala weekend, the festivities were very well supported and there were numerous highlights.
t DOG licences are to be abolished throughout Great Britain, following a Government announcement on July 23. Local authorities are being urged instead to fund measures to deal with dog nuisance problems in their own areas.
t “WE do not know yet when work will start on the ground on this project,” Mr Ian McKenzie, the region’s building control officer, told his committee on Monday, when they came to consider the £1.5 million Marchmont House project. The Sue Ryder Foundation Ltd proposes to alter and adapt the house for their purposes.
t THE rain last week and subsequent spates have done a lot of good to local rivers flushing otu much of the slime and algae that had accumulated over the dry spell. By the weekend fresh run salmon and sea trout had moved well upriver on the Tweed giving anglers a long awaited chance of getting into fish, although no great quantity were reported taken.
t BERWICKSHIRE Ladies Bowling Association have selected a strong team to take part in the Torrance Purvis Trophy games this month. The ladies, from Coldstream, Eyemouth, Earlston, Chirnside, Greenlaw, Berwick and Spittal, have fixtures on August 8, 15, and 29 and September 5.
50 years ago
▼ BERWICKSHIRE High School is to be asked if they can make a Coat-of-Arms to adorn the wall behind the bench where the Sheriff dispenses law in Duns Sheriff Court.
▼ BERWICKSHIRE County Council, at its meeting in Duns on Wednesday, suspended Standing Orders and unanimously agreed not to go ahead with their previous plan of building new County Council offices at Lanark Lodge, Duns. Instead, a meeting will be called of chairmen of the various committees to see what adaptations can be made to the present buildings.
▼ THE County is going all out to try and arrest the depopulation in their midst, said Major J M E Askew, convener, at a meeting of the Berwickshire County Council.
▼ SALMON fishermen at the Crab Water Fishery on Berwick Pier had a catch of 85 salmon and grilse in a single haul on Wednesday morning. This is the Fishery’s best single catch for 30 years. This has meant that twice in the past five days, the previous best of 67 for a single haul at Crab Water has been beaten for on Saturday the men fishing on the opposite side of the river at Spittal, brought in 81 and ended with a total for the day of 199.
▼ BERWICK and Border branch of the NFU are not likely to have any objection to the closing of Mindrum Railway station as a goods depot if they can get an assurance that sugar beet can be loaded there. Under the change Mindrum would become similar to Velvet Hall and sugar beet could be loaded from this station. It was agreed to obtain an assurance from British Railways that farmers would be able to load sugar beet from Mindrum after the change.
▼ MR & MRS Liddell Grainger have kindly agreed to show visitors round their home, Ayton Castle, as part of the Unionist Fete which is being held there. Teas and a produce stall, side shows and a children’s corner will be other attractions at this, the third in the series of six garden fetes arranged by Berwickshire Unionist Association.
t AT a meeting of the planning and property and works committee held at Duns last week it was agreed that a sub committee look into the application by Mr James Middlemiss for permission to lay out and erect a petrol filling station near the old railway crossing at Greenlaw.
t MANDERSTON had no difficulty in defeating Crieff when they met at Manderston last week. Thanks to the bowling of G A Brown, who took eight wickets for 15 runs, they defeated their visitors by 69 runs.
t A REDUCTION of 3/8d over last year on the County Rate bringing the rate to 15/- in the pound was agreed to at a meeting of Berwickshire County Council in Duns. Beside the County rate other special rates were fixed and the highest total reductions announced were 5/10d for Reston and Hutton District.
t THE Eyemouth boats re-commenced fishing operations on Monday following the Herring Queen holiday week. Landings were good on Monday and Tuesday, but the fishing from then till the end of the week was interrupted owing to the adverse weather conditions. Supply was mainly small whitings and demand reasonably good throughout the week.
t SPEED, skill and excitement. All three were lacking when the Wheatsheaf Strollers met Chirnside in the last game of the quarter finals of the Duns Summer Cup.
100 years ago
▼ A GREAT attraction for Coldstream Sweet Pea show will be the exhibit by Mrs Fraser, Sprouston Manse, of sweet peas which won ‘Daily Mail’ £1000 prize at Crystal Palace. This adds great interest to what is likely to be a very popular and excellent show.
▼ in conjunction with the County Agricultural Show Berwickshire Beekeepers Association held their annual show in a marquee on the ground. The entries which compare favourably with those of previous years, were neatly staged and the arrangements generally reflected great credit on the Hon secretary and treasurer Mr R Greig, Westwood House, Reston.
▼ THE fourth annual individual competition of Preston Quoiting Club took place on Saturday week, when 34 competitors took part. In the earlier rounds, the most consistent game was that between two young players of Preston Club - J Oliver and J Martin, the former winning 21-20.
▼ favoured by Mr Hay of Duns Castle, the members of Berwickshire Agricultural Society held their 29th show in the Maines Gate Park, Duns Castle on Thursday. The weather conditions were all that could be desired by the most exacting of committees for the holding of such an important function. There was a marked improvement in the quality of the exhibit in the classes, set apart to butter-makers the farm servants’ class in particular.
▼ THE annual Westruther annual rifle shoot took place on Friday. There were 33 entries, but on account of the variable light, scoring was comparatively low. Major and Mrs Fraser Bate, Bassendean House, visited the range during the afternoon.
▼ A SPECTACLE almost without precedent in the memories of the oldest frequenters of Berwick harbour was presented during Friday. An unusually large number of herring boats made for the harbour with their catches, and with an unsuitable tide and the prospect of losing a shot many tried to enter the river at almost low water. The result was that quite a number of boats were shore in a short time and when the tide began to flow, and the other boats commenced to enter the river, the total was gradually increased until there were no less than 40 boats on the ground between Spittal point and Berwick Quay.
▼ ON Saturday week the scholars of Langton were entertained to their annual treat, through the kindness of Hon Mrs Baillie Hamilton of Langton. Pies were served before starting from the school, and during the afternoon a lengthy programme of sports was successfully carried through before Mrs Baillie Hamilton, Lady Harvey, and others.
t ON Saturday week the library at St Abbs was comfortably filled to enjoy a concert organised by Mrs Douglas and Miss Watt, on behalf of the Lifeboat fund.
t about 300 visitors made their home at St Abbs for July, while 500 are booked for August.
t Chirnside West UF Church Sabbath School held their annual picnic on Wednesday to Coldingham Sands.