Bowling their way to competition final

SWRI Paxton and Chirnside carpet bowling winners
SWRI Paxton and Chirnside carpet bowling winners

Abbey St Bathans

swri: Notice for all members and visitors that the March 14 meeting ‘Do you Drive the Ambulance as well?’ with Steve Jones will take place in Preston Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a bring and buy stall for Rural funds and the competition is ‘home-made tipple’. Meantime there will be a craft evening at Beverleys at Littleburn on March 7, at 7.30pm.

Allanton

SWRI: Ladies, you are very welcome to attend the next SWRI meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 7pm in the village hall, when there will be a demonstration of quick traybakes and a cup of tea afterwards. At SWRI we aim to allow women of all ages the opportunity to learn new skills, participate in a wide range of activities and enjoy the friendship of others.

Ayton

swri: At February’s meeting, after the usual business was completed, Margaret Carey gave a musical presentation of ‘Ayton SWRI’ with a piece of music for each letter and everyone seeing if they could identify the music from its letter clue. Ann Mortimer brought along part of her teaspoon collection and all enjoyed looking at the beautiful spoons from many parts of the world. The competition for a flower display in a teacup was won by Susan McLucki, second Pam Purves and third Sue Bolton. The ‘Bring Along’ musical item was won by Liz Donald, second Emily Bewsey and third Helen Postle.

coffee morning: A coffee morning in aid of Ayton an Burnmouth church will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 10-11am in the Ayton Community Hall. Entry by donation. Bring and buy stall. All are welcome.

Berwick

u3a: The four new activities for this year are now coming along quite well. If you are interested in Art Appreciation the group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 11am in The Maltings - phone Hilary Stewart on 309104; the Monopoly Group meets on the second Friday of each month - phone Jeff on 018907 81400; the Photography Group meets on the first Monday of each month at 1.30pm - phone Jeff; and the Carpet Bowls Group, meets in St Aidan’s Hall every Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm. The Gardening Group next meets on Monday, March 11, in St Aidan’s Hall when Michael Wade will give a talk on ‘The Art of Hedge Laying’. The April meeting on April 15 is a visit to Dobbies Garden Centre in Ponteland. Contact Janet Pattinson (bus costs £9, and Dobbies are willing to put on a large finger buffet for £7.95). www.berwicku3a.org.uk.

Berwickshire

Federation SWRI: Hutton village hall was the venue for ladies attending the Housewives and Handcrafts cookery demonstration. Rhona Darling promoted the benefits of buying/cooking/freezing locally sourced meat, for this event it was cooking with lamb. Rhona produced a selection of lamb dishes that everyone enjoyed tasting afterwards. Vice convener Mrs Fowler gave the vote of thanks and reminded the meeting that the Federation AGM will take place on Saturday, May 25, in Allanton village hall at 2pm. Westruther village hall was the venue for the carpet bowling play-offs; this event was very well supported with 12 teams competing on the day. Congratulations to the winners from Paxton (team A) and well done runners-up from Chirnside (team B). Both teams will attend the final on Saturday, March 16, at Broughton Village Hall. This year there will be no Rural ramble, in its place it has been agreed to take part in “Women Walk the World for ACWW” at Ayton on Sunday, April 28. There will be a collection on the day for ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World, connects and supports women and communities worldwide).


Chirnside

swri: Chirnside SWRI met on Thursday, February 21, and enjoyed an illustrated talk on ‘The Bondagers’ from Dinah Iredale. The competition for a floral photograph resulted as follows - 1. Shirley Thornton, 2. Jean Blaikie, 3. Margaret Robertson; An article beginning with ‘E’ - 1. Sheila Colvine, 2. Jean Campbell, 3. Rhona Anderson. Rhona Anderson, Margaret Robertson.

PARISH CHURCH: Rev James Watson will take the 11am family service at Chirnside Parish Church on Sunday, March 10, celebrating Mother’s Day. This is an open invitation to all families in the area to go along. Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications. Assistance is always appreciated with the parish church’s Millennium lights project which costs £10 for a week. This week’s sponsors are in celebration of two birthdays - Anna May Watson and the 92nd birthday of Olive Bell’s mother. Anyone from church or community is welcome to be a sponsor for a week - contact Jim Watson (01890 883149) or any elder of the church. Lent Bible Study, week three, tonight, Thursday, March 7, ‘The Son who is the Way, the Truth and Life’ at 7pm in Chirnside Church Hall.

development group: Chirnside Development Group is holding its AGM on Monday, March 11, at 7.45pm in the community centre. The group will deliver an update on where they are regarding the Big Lottery funding application to refurbish and develop the community centre.It would be greatly appreciated if representatives from all community centre user groups could attend.

Coldingham

SOCIAL EVENING: Friends of the Priory are hosting a social evening in the hall on Saturday, March 9, from 7-9.30pm, with a hot/cold supper and entertainment, including memories of celebrating the 900th anniversary of the priory as filmed by Bob Thompson in 1998. All are welcome. Tickets cost £5, which includes supper, and can be purchased from Julia on 71420 or Marianne on 71116.

PUPPET ANIMATION FESTIVAL: On Friday, March 29, at 3pm the Yugen Puppet Company, which was set up in 1997 to retell Scottish Fairy Stories is hosting a puppet animation festival in Coldingham Village Hall. In the show children in the audience become courtiers, mountains and castles, with puppets moving through human forests and crocodile infested waters. For ages three plus. Tickets £4 from the Box Office at Coldingham PO or online at coldingham.info.

Coldstream

QUIZ OF QUIZZES: Tables still available for the forthcoming Connect Quiz of Quizzes to be held on Friday, March 15, in Coldstream Community Centre, reduced price for pre-booking, please come along and have fun supporting youth services across Berwickshire. Contact hotline is 07876668330 or email kyleconnect@btinternet.com for more information.

ramblers: The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers will be on Saturday, March 9. This will be a nine mile walk on the western section of Staw Road. Meet at Henderson Park car park, Coldstream at 9.30am or Halterburn at 10am. Please contact the leader Mary Stone on 01573 224223 or 07866756409 if you wish to go or for more information.

concert: On Sunday, March 17, at 2pm, the Eyemouth Fishermen’s Choir will be giving a concert in Coldstream Parish Church. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for church funds. Tea and biscuits will be served.

coffee morning: The ladies section of Coldstream British Legion are holding a coffee morning in the British Legion on Saturday, March 9, from 10.30am. There will be the usual stalls. All are welcome.

SWRI: The February meeting was opened by the president Lyn Borthwick who went on to introduce the speakers for the evening, Ann and Kevin Mills who had enjoyed an eventful holiday in India, visiting three tiger reserves. They had been extreme lucky to see wild tigers mating, something that is rarely seen even by experienced guides. They saw tigers on each of the reserves along with a host of other animals and birds and brought the warmth of the east to a very chilly Coldstream! The vote of thanks was given by Helen Park. The competition for the Valentine cupcake was won by Lyn Borthwick. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 21, and the competition is for a jar of lemon curd.

Social and Literary Society: President Russell Kirk welcomed members and guests and introduced Barbara Mellor whose topic was ‘Unsung Heroines of the French Resistance’. Barbara told the members about two French women, Agnes Humbert and Rose Valland, and the part they played in saving treasured pictures, statues etc looted from the Parisian museums by the Germans. Barbara has translated Agnes’s diary and hopes to do the same with Rose’s. The vote of thanks for a fascinating talk was given by Anna May Watson. The next meeting is on Monday, March 11, in the Eildon Centre at 7.30pm when Richard Moore will be speaking on ‘Famous Childhoods’. The Society’s outing on Monday, June 3, is a trip to the Burrell Collection in Pollock Park, Glasgow, leaving Coldstream at 9am. The cost of the trip is £14 and there are spaces available on the bus. Names and money can be given to Helen Park at Coldstream Crafts, 10 Market Street.

Church Guild: The meeting was opened by Eleanor Young who went on to introduce the speaker, Jane Bowen who had brought along some of her collection of Mauchline ware and gave a most interesting talk, illustrated with excellent photos, of the origins and subsequent spread. Some was actually manufactured in Coldstream and Jane was most interested to discover some links to the past within the Guild. There is to be an exhibition of Mauchline ware in the Coldstream Museum this summer, which will be worth a visit. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Dixon.

Church Guild:The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday, March 13, at 7pm in the church hall when the speaker Clare Fleming will take about the work of ‘Crossreach’.

Dunbar

trades association: The annual general meeting of Dunbar Trades’ Association takes place at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel on Tuesday, March 12, at 6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome and it is a great opportunity for people to find out the work undertaken by DTA members.

Duns

royal british legion scotland: There will be a meeting of the Duns Branch of the RBLS on Monday, March 11, beginning at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held in the Cygnets Room of the White Swan Hotel, when the branch will discuss the way forward, and possible fundraising activities. All members are asked to attend, and new members are very welcome.

history SOCIETY: At their monthly meeting members enjoyed a fine, if at times slightly controversial, talk from Morebattle historian David Welsh on the subject of ‘The Scottish-English Border’. The line of the border has an historical background being more or less established following the Battle of Carham in 1018 but even today it is still, in places, open to dispute. The speaker instanced some of these ‘debatable lands’ - at times the line had changed slightly over the years. Whether Yetholm Common was in Scotland or England was not resolved until the 19th century. As he led members in a visual tour along the borderline pointing out the irregularities what emerged was just what a remote, unspoiled and picturesque landscape it ran through. For the most part though there was no ‘natural’ boundary and at times the line zigzagging across country, was difficult to determine. There was no natural frontier nor was there any essential generic difference between those living north and south of a line which he argued made absolutely no sense. The view expressed that those living on either side perhaps regarded themselves as Borderers first and Scottish or English second first seemed to find favour. The next meting is on Wednesday, March 27, when Margaret Lumsdaine of St Andrews will deliver a talk on ‘Mary, Queen of Scots - Daughter of Debate’.

Berwickshire High: Berwickshire High school Parent Council is holding a fund raising quiz night at Gavinton Village Hall on Friday, March 22, from 7.30-10.30pm, to help buy things for the school that will be useful but which the school has no real chance of buying for itself in the near future. £5 per person, teams of four, contact John Hiscox 07771628127.

primary school camera club: The new P7 camera club at Duns Primary School is holding its first public exhibition at Duns Primary School on Friday, March 8, from 3.30pm.

QUIZ OF QUIZZES: Tables still available for the forthcoming Connect Quiz of Quizzes to be held on Friday, March 15, in Coldstream Community Centre, reduced price for pre-booking, please come along and have fun supporting youth services across Berwickshire. Contact hotline is 07876668330 or email kyleconnect@btinternet.com for more information.

Fogo

parish church: On Sunday March 3, the annual general meeting of Fogo and Swinton was held and the congregation accepted the draft basis of Linkage of Chirnside with Hutton, Fishwick and Paxton in deferred Linking with Fogo and Swinton with Ladykirk and Whitsome. The treasurer, Bill Purvis, presented the balance sheet for the past year, and the budget for the present year. Sir John Swinton has agreed to open the gardens at Kimmerghame on May 26, and he was thanked for this kind invitation. Both Swinton and the Fogo services are now the only services on the first and third Sundays of the month respectively, and the congregations were asked their opinion on times of the services agreeing that both Fogo and Swinton services will start at 10am (after Easter). The minister thanked all involved in ensuring that both Fogo and Swinton kirks continued by their support and by their attendance at the services.

Foulden

village hall: On Saturday, March 16, there will be an evening of live Scottish music and humour in aid of hall funds. Guest musicians include Graham Dolan and his group Shetland Fiddle in the Borders. This group of fiddle players and accompanists play a wide range of traditional tunes. Local faces will be providing the humour - be it intentionally or otherwise with comic sketches, songs and poems. The event starts at 7.30pm, tickets cost £6 including a hot supper and are available from Irene Williams tel 01289 386332. There will be a raffle and you are invited to bring your bottle.

Innerwick

horticultural society: The AGM of Innerwick Horticultural Society will be held on Monday, March 11, at 7pm in Innerwick Village Hall. This is one of the longest running shows in East Lothian and helps promote the benefits of gardening, traditional crafts and bringing the community together. This year’s show takes place on Saturday, August 3.

Reston

guild: Ann Clemit, convenor, welcomed Guild members for their February meeting. Owing to weather and other complications in December and January this was the first meeting since November. Annual subscriptions were paid, then afternoon speaker was Dr Ishbel Dorward, who gave an informative and challenging account of the Fair Trade organisation. She outlined its origins and importance and spoke of the difficulties and unfairness which handicapped poor farmers especially in remote area of developing countries, in marketing their produce under presure from big international organisations. The involvement in Traidcraft since 1979 and more recently Share Interest was vital to this work in a variety of ways. This was shown by the selection of Fair Trade goods for sale, not just coffee and tea but Easter eggs, excellent dried fruit, stem ginger cookies etc. Warm thanks for the talk and presentation were given by Margaret Deans. The next meeting is on March 25, when the speaker will be Charles Swan.

Swinton

parish church: On Sunday March 3,there was a good attendance for the shorter service followed by the AGM of Fogo and Swinton. where the congregation accepted the draft basis of linkage of Chirnside with Hutton, Fishwick and Paxton in Deferred Linking with Fogo and Swinton with Ladykirk and Whitsome. Treasurer, Bill Purvis, presented the balance sheet for the past year, and the budget for the present year. Sir John Swinton has agreed to open the gardens at Kimmerghame on Sunday, May 26, and he was thanked for this kind invitation. As both the Swinton and the Fogo services are now the only services on the first and third Sundays of the month respectively, the congregation were asked their opinion on the times of the services and it was agreed that both Fogo and Swinton services will start at 10am (after Easter). The minister thanked all involved in ensuring that both Fogo and Swinton kirks continued by their support and by their attendance. On Thursday, March 28, ‘Strum for Fun’ are performing in Swinton kirk for the congregations of ‘The Kirks of the Merse’. This will be an Easter concert and Easter bonnet competition.The next service in Swinton kirk is at 11.15am on Easter Sunday (March 31).

Whitsome

swri: Whitsome WRI recently enjoyed an evening reminscing with a 60s Memory Box from the SBC museum service collection. Members tried on items of clothing and the variety of articles led to much discussion and hilarity. The competition was a ‘Guess the Baby Photograph’, using photos of our members. The winners were: 1. June Russell, 2. Liz Walthew, 3. Maureen Stogden and Grace Wilson. Next month (March 20) is a craft evening - could each member please bring a needle, natural coloured thread and a pair of scissors.