25 years ago
▼ THE provision of an ambulance station in Chirnside took a step nearer last week when Berwickshire District Council’s Housing Committee agreed to recommend to the full District Council negotiations concerning the sale of an area of land in the village to the Scottish Ambulance Service should take place. The District Council, which agreed to sell the land to the Scottish Ambulance Service for a ten-bay ambulance station in April 1985, will consider the recommendation next week.
▼ The loss of development area status in the Borders has resulted in an increase in the region’s unemployment total of 150 per cent over the past six years and has stifled expansion plans of local companies, it was claimed this week. And Border Region’s Planning Committee made it clear that they, on behalf of the people of the borders, were not just going to go away and quietly forget it. Councillor Tom Hunter said the Government did not seem to be bothered about the Borders. He recalled the days of 20 years ago when the burgh could make its own financial decisions without the Government telling it what to do.
▼ A HOUSING development which may be built on a site in Eyemouth would probably cost over £1 million, Berwickshire District Council’s Housing Committee heard last week. The committee was told by the chairman, Councillor Gilbert Millican, that a development at Marine Parade would not be the same type of scheme as those the council were building just now in Chapel Street, Eyemouth and in Leitholm. “If and when the development comes off,” he said. “It could be in the £1 million plus category.”
▼ DUNS Community Council maintain that the majority of residents in the town are still against any building in Duns Park following “a referendum” which they have recently carried out. The community council again sought the opinion of Duns residents on the proposed Boston Court sheltered housing development by sending out a questionnaire and the results were as follows: for preserving Duns Park with no housing on the Boston Hall site (75), preserving Duns Park but with housing on the Boston Hall site (250) and for housing in Duns Park and on the Boston Hall site- 37.
▼ A BERWICKSHIRE girl has been selected for the trip of a lifetime this summer. Caroline McColl, a member of Reston Junior Agricultural Club for the past nine years, has been chosen to represent the Scottish Association of Young Farmers on an international exchange trip to Canada. Caroline, the club’s immediate past chairman and now district secretary, will fly to Canada in June for three months.
▼ COUNCILLOR Brian Fallon, chair of Lothian Regional Counci’ls general purposes committee has called for an immediate halt to the commissioning of Torness nuclear power station following the disturbing revelations this weekend of a serious design fault.
▼ BERWICKSHIRE District Council’s director of finance has expressed concern about the way the Citizens Advice Bureau is operated in the Eastern Borders. The director, David Dewar, told the council’s Finance Committee that most of the bureau expenditure in the Eastern Borders was in Berwick and of a £20,000 grant given to the Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, nothing had been directed to this area.
t THE Borders Health Board will now not be forced to close the maternity unit at Coldstream’s Cottage Hospital.The Board thought they would have to close the unit for a spell owing to staffing difficulties but these have now been resolved and the unit is to remain open.
50 years ago
▼ TO the accompaniment of cheers from its passengers and the crack of detonators on the track engine 64917 and its single coach steamed out of Burnmouth Station last Saturday - to extinction. It was the last run over the three miles stretch of railway linking Burnmouth and Eyemouth for nearly 71 years.
t INSHORE fishermen, including those from Eyemouth and Burnmouth, have made a profitable start to the salmon drift-netting season which opened on Thursday. Already catches have been far above expectations. Eight drift net boats landed closed on 500 salmon on the first day. The start of the drift-netting was delayed by a month to coincide with the official opening of the rod fishing season. Netting on the Tweed does not begin until February 14.
t EYEMOUTH Town Council would like an area dental officer appointed and based in Eyemouth. Provost Mrs J Jackson, said the county had tried to get an assistant but there had been no response so far. She thought, however, that the county should have advertised for an area dental officer rather than an assistant dental officer.
t GREENLAW was like a scene from a wild west film last week when about 40 mounted followers of the Duke of Buccleuch hunt clattered through the village at a gallop on the scent of a hunt.They had met previously that day at Middlethird.
▼ while a food processing firm had intimated they were not going to expand their business further this year, members of the Mid and East Berwick Area Branch of the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland at their annual general meeting held in Duns on Tuesday, agreed they should give the firm every support in the future to try and attract the industry to the county.
▼ GIVING their best display of the season, Chirnside United more than earned their draw with East of Scotland League leader, Gala Fairydean in the first round of the King Cup at Comrades Park on Saturday.
▼ Greenlaw Curling Club have once again won the Border Bonspiel competition which was held on Edinburgh ice rink on Wednesday. This is the third time the Greenlaw Club has held the trophy.
▼ TWO special trains, carrying men of the 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers and a few families, left Edinburgh on the first leg of a trip that will take them thousands of mile to Aden. The first train stopped at Berwick to pick up several families, en route for Southampton, where they sail for Aden in the troopship ‘Oxfordshire’. On arriving at Aden the Battalion will be employed in internal security duties in the colony, but will have a company detachment at the small Arab village of Mukeiras, a village three miles south of the Yemini/Aden protectorate border.
▼ SIR William Anstruther-Gray, Unionist Member of Parliament for Berwick and East Lothian, has been unanimously elected chairman of Ways and Means in the Commons, a post involving the Deputy Speakership of the House.
t a LARGE representation of Lodges attended Lodge Duns 23 annual Masonic Ball which was held in the Drill Hall, Duns, on Friday. About 300 people attended.
100 years ago
▼ Ladykirk Church Choir gave a very successful and enjoyable concert in the School on Friday. The weather unfortunately was very unpropitious, still there was a good audience.
t An esteemed correspondent writes: At any social gatherings, Swinton more and more realises how much they require a suitable hall. If this should “catch the eye” of any wealthy Swintonian abroad, or elsewhere, by presenting such to the village, his memory would be prepetuated in his old district for generations.
t Owing to the severe weather there were numerous burst pipes in Eyemouth last week, and much difficulty was experienced with the heating apparatus at the school.
t A CASE of anthrax was discovered at Kames West Mains last week, the affected animal being a bullock belonging to Mr George Aitchison. The carcase was cremated.
t On Monday, Coldingham Literary Society had the pleasure of hearing a lecture by Mr Jas. Craw, West Foulden, on “A visit to Greece and Egypt.” There was a large audience and Rev J T Dean was in the chair. The lecturer gave a vivid description of the various places that he visited - Delphi, Corinth, Athens, Cairo, the Pyramids etc. Weaving into his narrative historical and literary allusions which made the lecture both instructive and interesting. The lecture was illustrated by a series of beautiful slides. On the motion of Mr Whyte, a vote of thanks was heartily accorded to Mr Craw.
t Ayton Reading and Recreation Club have been busy this year with billiard handicaps and domino tournaments.
t Miss Bishop has given up her situation in the Board School at Cockburnspath as she has secured a more lucrative appointment as a teacher at Cupar Angus. We are sorry to lose her as she is a good teacher and a very nice neighbour.
t Cove yawls have done very little at sea this week because of the poor weather.
t Securing a replay in the second round Border Cup tie against Duns, on the grounds of the ineligibility of Watson, the Duns back, whose transfer from Coldstream the BFA had refused to confirm, Spittal Rovers on Saturday were unable to take any benefit from their advantage, and for the second time of asking Duns returned home victors.
▼ On Friday a most successful whist drive, attended by upwards of 60, was held in the Coronation Hall at Abbey St Bathans.
t Mr and Mrs Nicol, Schoolhouse, Edrom, entertained the evening class pupils and their choir members to a social on Friday. To a number of about 40 the company assembled in the school. Dances and games followed alternatively, and several songs were sung. About 10pm tea was served, Mr and Mrs Nicol sparing no pains to make the entertainment the great success that it was.
t At a meeting of School Board, Gordon, on Saturday, Mrs Henrietta Burns, at present assistant in Greenlaw School, was appointed assistant in Gordon School at an initial salary of £64. The clerkship, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr H D Hunter, was considered. Mr Garrioch, Earlston, was proposed by Mr Hogg, and seconded by Mr Lyal, and as there was no other candidate proposed he was accordingly appointed. The salary is £10.