Coldstream RBLS ladies’ Haddington Cup success

Lieutenant Colonel Vernon presenting the Haddington Cup to Sheila Henderson with her winning cushion at Coldstream RBLS's Waterloo Dinner.
Lieutenant Colonel Vernon presenting the Haddington Cup to Sheila Henderson with her winning cushion at Coldstream RBLS's Waterloo Dinner.

Coldstream RBLS Women’s Section are the proud custodians of the Haddington Cup after a 25 year wait for its return to the Borders.

The Haddington Cup was gifted to the Royal British Legion Scotland Women’s Section in 1928 by the Countess of Haddington to be awarded to the branch that wins the annual Central Council competition.

This year the competition was for a knitted cushion cover with both a poppy and the new Legion Scotland logo incorporated and for the first time in the cup’s history Coldstream branch was announced as winners at the National Women’s Conference in St Andrews, courtesy of the cushion made by branch member Sheila Henderson.

“I never thought I would win, I thought I would get the wooden spoon,” said Sheila.

“I am so pleased for both my branch and the Borders area.”

Mary Common, chairwoman of RBLS Coldstream Womens Section, congratulated Sheila and said: “It is a great honour to win the Haddington Cup and it has been such a long time since a branch in the Borders has won.

“We are all so proud of Mrs Henderson for winning the Cup for us.”

Jean Doogan, chairwoman RBLS Borders Area Womens Section, said: “We are delighted that after 25 years Mrs Henderson has brought the Haddington Cup back into the Borders area with her beautiful work and well done to Coldstream Branch”.

The silver Haddington Cup has been presented annually since 1928 - with an interruption during the war years 1940-47 - and in the past it has been won by Kelso branch in 1935 and the Earlston branch in 1990.

The Coldstream ladies were presented with the cup at the special Waterloo anniversary dinner held in the Coldstream RBLS rooms at the weekend, guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Vernon, (Retired Coldstream Guards) doing the honours and presenting it to the Women’s section chair Mary Common and the certificate to Linda Mackenzie, and of course congratulating Sheila on her success.