25 years ago
▼ the council house waiting list in Berwickshire has increased by nearly a quarter over the past five years according to the housing charity Shelter. But the figures revealed in a survey by Shelter on council housing in Scotland have been described as “totally misleading” by Scottish Office Minister Michael Ancrum. The survey found that 267 applicants were on Berwickshire District Council’s waiting list for April this year. This was 52 more than in 1981 and represents an increase of 24 per cent.
▼ A BERWICKSHIRE football club is in danger of folding- five years before its centenary. This was the grave warning which was issued this week by the officials of the Coldstream team which play in the East of Scotland league. It follows a sad lack of support for the club’s committee which now only has five members. Secretary John Simpson said: “Five people on the committee is not enough. It has gone on for a couple of years, but it has got to the stage where it can go no further.”
▼ traffic passing through Coldstream was diverted for over four hours after a lorry carrying a corrosive chemical shed its load. The accident happened at around 6.30pm when a Seddon lorry, owned by Maxwell Farms, Wooler, carrying barrels of an ammonia bsaed chemical used in silage making, shed its load outside Coldstream Police Station. The Fire Service attended to dispose of the liquid, road diversions were implemented and expert advice was sought from British Petroleum in Grangemouth. The chemical was transferred into sound containers and the road was re-opened at 11pm.
▼ revised plans for the proposed Cockburnspath by-pass were on display in the village this week. The plans were on display in a public exhibition organised by the Scottish Development Department in the village hall on Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 100 people took the opportunity to look at the revised proposals and question representatives of the SDD and consultant engineers on Monday, while a further 20 or so had been to see the exhibition by noon on Tuesday.
▼a SEARCH for their roots this week brought New Zealand couple Rodney and June Foster on a sentimental journey to the Berwickshire village of Hutton. Mrs Foster’s great-grandfather, William Bell Popplewell, an officer with the East India company, left his home at Sunwick Farm, bound for New Zealand in 1841. The couple were making their first visit to Britain to see their daughter and her family in surrey and were determined to spend a few days exploring the countryside their ancestors would have known 150 years ago.
▼ during the past two weeks every household in Berwickshire has received a leaflet entitled ‘Do You Need A Job?’. The leaflet explains that there are over 60 jobs available in the local fish processing industry based in Eyemouth and Duns. The design, printing and distribution of the leaflet has been arranged by Borders Regional Council in response to recruitment problems being experienced by the fish proccessors in both towns.
▼ the regular extensions to permitted hours for licensed premises is likely to come under review in March following disturbances caused by people from the north of England crossing the border to take advantage of the licensing hours in Scotland. At Tuesday’s meeting of Berwickshire District Licensing Board, the Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police said that there had been disturbances in public houses and hotels in Eyemouth and one Coldstream licensee had been assaulted.
50 years ago
▼ BORDER Television goes on the air on Friday, December 1, for its first-ever transmission throughout the Border counties.
t WHEN the planning and property works committee agreed to wood poles being used to take an electricity distribution line, it was pointed out that imported timber would be used because it was cheaper than home grown. Previously, the committee had insisted on steel towers. The Electricity Board has agreed to dismantle the line on wood poles from Eccles to Duns within a period of seven years.
t COLDSTREAM Town Council decided last week to consider further housing development on land at Cheviot Terrace and at Market Square.
t BERWICKSHIRE Civil Defence personnel took part at the weekend in an exercise named ‘Seven Pillars’ which was the first exercise in Scotland in which the five central Government controls, all but one of the civil defence group controls, and the warning and monitoring organisation took part. The Berwickshire Area Control Headquarters were at Old Berwickshire High School and were manned, coninuously during the whole of the exercise under the direction of Major J M Askew, county convener, and council civil defence controller.
t TWO members of the Berwickshire Civil Defence Corps were presented with long service medals during the course of the exercise at Berwickshire High School. The recipients were Mr J A Jamieson, MBE, Coldstream, chief warden, and Mr W Groundwater, Greenlaw district chief warden.
t AT a meeting of the executive committee of the Mid and East Berwick Area of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, concern was expressed about the availability of spare parts for agricultural machinery. Mr W B Swan, national president, said that the Union had made strong representation to the manufacturers over the delays in supplying spare parts for comparatively new machinery.
t AT their 30th annual show and sale of suckled calves held by Berwick Auction Mart Co. Ltd at Reston on Tuesday, there was another capacity entry of 3482. Before an excellent attendance of buyers, drawn from all over England and Scotland bidding throughout was keen and increased in vigour until the very end of the sale.
t DUNBAR Town Council on Wednesday agreed unanimously to support a resolution passed by Eyemouth Town Council viewing with concern the Government’s proposal to introduce legislation to abolish drift netting for salmon in Scottish waters, and urging the Government to safeguard the position of fishermen.
t THIEVES who broke into a Greenlaw grocer’s shop took a car from a nearby garage to make their getaway. They stole 50,000 cigarettes and four half bottles of whisky. Berwickshire Police are investigating.
t AT a meeting of the Berwickshire Planning and Property and Works Committee agreed that subject to the approval of the finance committee and of the site being available that the county architect prepare plans for a new two teacher school and schoolhouse at Foulden. The site selected is in the King George V Playing Field.
100 years ago
▼ Yesterday afternoon, through the benificience of Mr William Lyal, Eddington Mains, there was publically opened in the village of Gordon, a beautiful hall, which has been erected at that gentleman’s expense for the public use of that community. It was rather coincidence that the performing of this ceremony should have taken place exactly one year after Mr Lyal had intimated that he purposed erecting such a building in commemoration of his father and mother.
t Mr Thomas Clark, signalman, Reston, has secured from his plot of ground at Reston Station a vegetable marrow weighing 48 and a half pounds, and measuring 4 feet 2 inches in circumference. Last year Mr Clark had a carrot grown on the same plot of ground 16 inches long, 13 inches in circumference round thickest part. Its weight was 2 and a half pounds.
t On Saturday afternoon, Mr H J Tennant, MP, held a public meeting in the Town Hall, Duns, at which Mr Alex Lyal, Greenknowe, chairman of Berwickshire Liberal Association, presided. The object for which the meeting was called was to afford the members of the constituency an opportunity to express their views upon this most important measure, as also to extend the privilege of asking questions with regard to any difficulties that might have cropped up in the minds of those - and there are a great number in the county - more ardent voters who are always ready to take advantage of the means of gleaning in the political field.
t A MEETING of all interested in the formation of a Women’s Guild in the Parish of Longformacus was held in the Public School on October 18. There was a good representation of the ladies of the congregation.
t THe retiral of Mr J M Watson, Leitholm, is not only deeply regretted by the congregation, but by a wide circle of friends throughout Berwickshire, and all classes of the community have united in expressing their appreciation of his character and work. Mr Watson took an active interest in all the affairs of the community and was an able and enthusiastic advocate of social and educational reforms, and many advantages in the neighbourhood of Leitholm have been secured largely through his instrumentality.
▼ AN application was made by the superintending engineer of the Post Office for permission to erect an overground telegraph line from St Abbs Post Office to St Abbs Haven. The County Council gave consent so far as they had authority, but were of the opinion this was a matter for the Parish Council.
▼ AS was stated in last week’s “News”, Messrs Young, Trotter and Sons, Ltd, have engaged as their managers Mr George Rookes and Mr James Stewart. Mr Rookes, the Works Manager, has a very wide and practical experience. He is a native of Cornwall and when quite young started his career as a paper maker with his father in Portugal, where he served for three years. Mr James Stewart, the Commercial Manager, is a native of the Kingdom of Fife, having been born in the city by the sea, where he was educated.
t At Morpeth Cage Bird Show, Mr John Smith, Orchard House, Coldstream, was awarded second in Border Fancy Section.
t East Coast fishermen are meantime considering a proposal to fix a close time annually for the herring fishing, and a conference is to be convened in the near future to consider the whole question. The proposal has been brought forward, chiefly on account of the enormous quantities of immature fish which were found unmarketable and had to be returned to the sea again some months ago.