25 years ago
▼ Secretary of State for Scotland, Malcolm Rifkind, has given the go-ahead for the £1.3 million replacement for Peelwalls old people’s home to be built in Eyemouth. Mr Rifkind this week granted Borders Regional Council detailed planning permission to build the replacement home in Manse Road/Church Street despite objections from Ayton Community Council. The decision, which Mr Rifkind made after extending the period for considering the plans and observations, was warmly welcomed by the chief executive of the Regional Council, Kenneth Clark.
▼ Two Berwickshire High pupils have been selected to play for Scotland in a schools rugby international later this year. Fifteen year olds Derek Bain and Scott Spence have been chosen by the Scottish selectors for the under-15s side which will play the Welsh schools at Newport on Friday, April 3. Derek, a stand-off, is a member of the school’s under-15 side, while Scott plays left wing for the 1st XV. It is the first time that pupils from the school have been chosen for the Scottish schools under-15s team.
▼ A BERWICKSHIRE firm last week signed the contract to make the signs which are to become the recognised Bed and Breakfast sign for the whole of Scotland. The Coldstream based Screencraft secured the order with the Scottish Tourist Board to supply 800 of the signs to Area Tourist Boards throughout Scotland. From their premises on the Guard’s Road Industrial Estate, the signmaking and screen printing firm have supplied the signs for the Tourist Board since 1981.
▼ STEVE Whiteford, the London-based Scot, found his long trip north to Duns worthwhile when he won Sunday’s Jim Clark Memorial Rally. The majority of Sunday’s special stages were run through the Tweed Valley forests and Whiteford’s MG Metro 6R3 was untouchable on the slippery, rain sodden tracks. Top Berwickshire driver on the day was Dave Elder from Duns in his West Cumberland Farmers Ford Escort. A total of 69 crews left the start in Newtown Street, Duns, but only 57 reached the finish back in Duns after 42 miles of timed tests.
▼ AN emergence of a hardcore salmon poaching element who are prepared to use violence against River Tweed bailiffs is causing considerable alarm. And it was revealed that some of the culprits are armed and dressed IRA style with black face masks and combat jackets. This latest disturbing development in the perennial war with the poacher was announced at the annual meeting of the River Tweed Commissioners in Kelso on Monday. The chair said it was no longer possible for bailiffs to tackle the offenders themselves in darkness as they faced a potentially dangerous situation.
▼ A BERWICKSHIRE dog breeder has achieved his ambition of winning Best in Breed at the famous Crufts Show. Joe Macaulay of Butterlaw, near Swinton, has been breeding and showing Dachshunds for some 30 years now and has previously won five first prizes at Crufts. However, the accolade of Best in Breed has, until now, eluded him. Joe’s champion dog, five year old, Kai has been competing since last April and his prize list at Crufts was very impressive. As well as winning Best of Breed he won the titles for Open Dog and Best Dog.
▼ CONCERN was expressed this week about a lack of available factory units in Duns. At Tuesday’s meeting of Berwickshire District Council’s Industry Committee Councillor Redpath said that he felt proceedings to purchase and build units on a piece of ground in Duns should be moving quicker. He voiced his concerns when the council were discussing a report which showed that Berwickshire had the highest percentage of unemployment in the Borders towards the end of last year.
50 years ago
t A CIVIL Defence Control Centre is to be erected in Newtown Street, adjacent to the County Buildings. It was stated that 75 per cent of the cost would be met by a grant. All county councils were being urged to get ahead with such centres and the position was such that if they did not do so the Secfretary of State could order the erection and they would have to pay the costs. Mr Runciman was of opinion that the centre should be underground otherwise it was of no use.
▼ THIRTY two players from six clubs took part in a badminton tournament at Greenlaw on Wednesday and Thursday. The visitors were from Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Gordon and Leitholm.
▼ ENQUIRIES into the possibility of having Land Rovers and small vans relieved of the 30mph speed limit are being made by Berwick and Border branch of the National Farmers’ Union. It was felt that it was not fair that these vehicles should be limited to 30mph and it was agreed to refer the matter to headquarters through the county secretary.
▼ THERE will be no school children available for the potato harvest this year in the counties of Roxburgh, Berwick and Mid and West Lothian. At the annual general meeting of the National Farmers’ Union in St Boswells it was stated that the exemption scheme, which has been gradually phased out, will terminate completely in 1962.
▼ signs on the Border line at Lamberton Toll and at Paxton Toll were covered in white paint last week. Berwick Police are investigating and it is believed that Scottish Nationalist sympathisers may have been responsible. At Lamberton, on the main A1 road, the recently erected ‘England’ sign with its shield of St George had been painted over. On the Scots side of the Border, the word ‘traitor’ had been painted in white.
▼ THE need for farmers becoming aware of the necessity for and the implications of Civil Defence in time of war were stressed by Major J M Askew, county convener, at a meeting of Berwickshire County Council in Duns. Major Askew said: “It is essential that farmers should know exactly what they should do in order to protect themselves, families, employees, stock and crops from the effects of radiation.”
t The benefits which might occur if the motor racing circuit at Charterhall was brought up to scratch were stated at a meeting of Berwickshire County Council.
t AN ad hoc committee of Berwickshire County Council is to look into the question of providing either a recreational or an educational swimming pool within the county. The council were warned that they could face a minimun expenditure of £30,000, probably nearer £50,000, and there would be no substantial assistance in the way of grants.
t there was a poor attendance at the annual general meeting of the British Legion Duns Branch, which was held in the Legion Room. It was reported that there were 90 members, 10 honorary members and 20 junior members.
t The final of the Carpet Bowling Knock-out Rinks Competition was played in Grantshouse Hall on Wednesday evening when the contesting clubs were Chirnside British Legion and Allanton. The former won by one shot.
100 years ago
▼ BERWICK annual hiring market for farm servants in Berwickshire and north Northumberland was held on Saturday, falling this year almost on the earliest possible date. There was a large attendance from the country districts, but most of the people were bent on the pleasure of social re-union and the fun of the fair rather than on business, for this year the number of engagements made at home through the medium of the press showed a very marked increase. To cope with the extra traffic, special trains were run on the St Boswells, Eyemouth and Kelso lines.
t AT Scotsgate, the stance for Berwickshire farm labourers offering for employment at the Berwick Hirings, the attendance was larger than for several years. In many cases no mention at all was made of the National Insurance Act 1911 and in almost all instances where enquiries were made by the farm servants, the farmer declared his intention of continuing the present custom until the Act came into force and the of following the provisions of the Act.
t IN consequence of the coal strike the North British Railway announced their intention of restricting their trains between Eyemouth and Berwick to three per day each way. Under this arrangement the last train from Eyemouth to Berwick will be that leaving at 3.35pm. The 6.40pm Reston to Berwick is cancelled. Berwick railway officials have also received instructions that, commencing on Monday, and continuing until further notice, there will be a curtailment until further notice in the through-train service, although local trains will run as usual.
▼ col. and Mrs Brown of Longformacus, last Friday evening very kindly entertained the house servants and their friends to a supper and dance. The supper tables which were laid for 30 were most charmingly decorated with pretty baskets of snowdrops, ferns and smilax. An excellent supper was enjoyed, the company thereafter repairing to the larger hall where dancing was carried on with great spirit.
t BIRGHAM Village Hall continues to be a popular resort for members during the evenings and the membership has considerably increased, On Saturday a new miniature rifle range was opened by the president, Mr Smith, who fired the first shot. The remainder of the evening was spent by the members in rifle practice, which was very much enjoyed.
t football. Coldstream Thursday travel to Wooler on Thursday to play the Half-Holiday a return friendly. Coldstream are having out a strong team and a great game should be the result. Coldstream beat Wooler at Coldstream but they will have to go the full way to beat them at Wooler. As it is Wooler Hirings on Thursday a big gate is looked for and a rousing game.
t TWEED salmon net fishers have experienced a week of poor success. Both salmon and trout have, since the big spate, been very scarce indeed.
t A 12- a-side billiards match between Eyemouth Recreation Club and Berwick Curling Club was played at the cycling club’s headquarters, the Waterloo Hotel, Berwick, on Thursday. A keenly contested game resulted in a win for the cyclists by 143 points.