Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust is now benefitting from the financial support given towards a walk around the periphery of Berwickshire District.
Undertaken by the Rev Bob Higham and his daughter Shirley McColm, the ‘beating of the bounds’ was completed in eight stages, the final stage being on Saturday, July 6, from St Abbs to Marshall Meadows.
The first stage was on March 30. It began at Marshall Meadows and followed the border over to Mordington with distant views of the snow-clad Cheviots and Lammermuirs. Then it was on to Norham via Paxton and Horncliffe.
The second stage on April 6 took them to Eccles, still with the snowy backdrop of the Cheviots. Stage 3 on April 20 ended at Huntleywood after a boggy encounter with Gordon Moss.
Stage 4 on May 25 marked the beginning of the warm weather for the ascent into the Lammermuirs through the Spottiswood Estate then up the Brunta Burn to the Southern Upland Way, Twin Law Cairns and Scarlaw.
The fifth stage was tackled in reverse on June 8, starting at Cranshaws and walking over to Byrecleugh and finishing again at Scarlaw.
Stage 6 began at Cranshaws and ended at Cockburnspath taking in Nether Monynut, Oldhamstocks and the Dunglass Estate and stages 7 and 8 on June 22 and July 6 were on the Berwickshire coastal path via Pease Bay to St Abbs and then via Eyemouth and Burnmouth to deserved refreshments at the Marshall meadows Hotel.
Bob and Shirley were joined on the final stage by Mrs Olive Bell (Allanton), Mrs Margaret Mitchell (Chirnside) and Dr Donald Macallister (Duns) but Shirley’s dog, Amber, distinguished herself by accompanying them on seven of the stages.
Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust is an independent local charity that shares ‘Christian hope with a new generation’ through the support of many churches in the area. It is run by five trustees and a group of 11 people from local churches, including church leaders’ who form the management committee.
The trust employs two youth workers - a full time area worker in schools, churches and the community, and a second worker who combines administration with primary schools work.
Sponsorship support is still coming in, so a final figure cannot be stated yet. It is still possible to give financial support to BCYT in recognition of the round Berwickshire walk and the important work that the trust does for the younger generation in Berwickshire through BCYT Office, Platform one, Station Road, Duns TD11 3HS. Telephone 01361 883063.