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L-R Helmsman Darren Crowe with President of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society Admiral Sir Peter Abbott GBE, KCB
L-R Helmsman Darren Crowe with President of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society Admiral Sir Peter Abbott GBE, KCB


BOOK SALE: Book sale this Friday, October12, in the village hall from 6pm, new stock, raffle, bric-a-brac and plenty bargains for all. All welcome, refreshments available, book sales are part of the hall’s ongoing fundraising efforts; thank you in advance.


SWRI: The first meeting of the new session was held on Wednesday, September 26, in the community hall. President, Katharine Cousland welcomed old and new members and visitors and after the monthly business was concluded she introduced guest speaker Ed Ravenhall. In 1987 Ed resigned from his job as an engineer with British Rail and joined ‘Youth with a Mission’(YWAM), a Christian organisation in partnership with UN, which teaches and trains Africans in community development programmes. In the early 90s Ed, his wife and two young daughters lived in Kenya. Now he covers the whole of Africa. Ed then told and showed pictures of some of the projects: building a clinic in Tanzania where malaria is rife;. drilling boreholes in Zambia to give the villages fresh water. His latest trip to South Sudan where the provision of two male oxen and a plough and the repair of a borehole allows the village to grow more food. After question time Ed read several poems which he has written, inspired by Africa. The competition for three scones was won by Helen Postle, 2 Anne Lenz-Young and 3 Lucia Drysdale. The ‘Bring along’ competition was won by Elsie Brown, 2 Katharine Cousland and 3 Moira Elliot.Raffle winners Jen Logan, Aline Robertson, Sue Barker, Camilla Bailey, Sarah Woodbury.

Flix in the Stix: Tomorrow night (Friday, October 12) sees something new from the Ayton Flix group - a mystery film. Only the film selection group know what will be showing. It’s certainly not one that has been shown in the hall before but there’s only one way to find out what it is - by going along to the community hall for a 7.30pm start. Bring a wee drink along if you fancy.


Coffee Morning: The Elder Gems have been meeting every Tuesday morning at the William Elder Building on Castlegate in Berwick, tackling a wide range of activities, from bingo to Nordic walking, plus day trips to Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens and Heighleygate in Morpeth. The Gems are now looking to plan their next round of activities and are raising funds to facilitate their new wish list, which includes a wine tasting evening and a race night. To kick start their fundraising they are hosting a coffee morning on Tuesday, October 16, 10.30am-12 noon at the William Elder Building, Castlegate. There will be crafts on sale, refreshments, home baking, tombola and raffle.


FILM CLUB: On the Big Screen on Thursday, October 25, the film is a comedy/drama. New dad Robbie narrowly avoids jail and vows to turn over a new leaf. Stars Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw and Gary Maitland. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm. Membership/pay at door £3.

POPPY APPEAL: A concert of music by the Reston Concert Band and Lyn Manderson on Sunday, November 4, is taking place in the village hall at 2pm to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Tickets £4 from the Box Office at Coldingham P.O. or online at http://www.coldingham.info/.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE: On Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, the annual Christmas craft fayre is being held, 11am-4pm. A large variety of stalls include gifts in glass, wrought iron, embroidery, cakes, chocolates, quilting, jewellery and much, much more. £1 entry, children under ten free.

SANTA’S SATURDAY BONANZA: The event takes place on December 15, starting with a Christmas coffee morning and stalls 10am-1pm, entry £2 which includes coffee/tea with scones and traybakes (children free). Children, come and visit Santa in his grotto - £2 which includes a gift from Santa. Children’s Christmas films 2.30pm - 4.30pm.


history group: The next meeting of Chirnside History Group is on Monday, October 15, at 7.30pm in Chirnside Community Centre when Derek Stewart will talk about ‘Border Reivers’.


riders association: Coldstream Riders Association AGM is being held in the Newcastle Arms Hotel on Monday, October 29, at 7pm. All welcome especialy new members.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: The AGM of the Coldstream Community Centre management committee is on Wednesday, October 17, in the community centre at 7.30pm. As a number of members are stepping down new members are needed, and everyone from the town and surrounding area is invited along to the AGM to support the centre.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The first meeting of the autumn/winter meetings of the society is this evening, Thursday, October 11, at 7.30pm in the Eildon centre.All members and visitors welcome. (£1 for non-members), tea and coffee provided. Speaker for the evening is Isobel Gordon and the topic of her talk is ‘Bruce’s Legacy’.

COLDSTREAM ART GROUP: A big thank you to all the people who visited the art exhibition during Civic Week and put change in the dish. A donation of over £200 has been given to Macmillan Nursing.

parish church: All welcome to the harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday, October 14, at 11.15am,followed by a light lunch in the church hall, with proceeds of the lunch divided between the Friends of Victoria Lodge and Lennel House. The minister is on holiday and pastoral emergencies are being dealt with by Rev. Tom Nicholson (01361 810316). Next Sunday’s service will be conducted by Rev David Burgess. The church fayre is on Saturday, November 3 at 10.30am.

pumpkin club: This year’s pumpkin extravaganza takes place in the Castle Hotel on October 25, at 7.30pm. It’s been the worst sort of weather for growing pumpkins this year but according to the grapevine there are a few lurking in gardens round the town, and there could be a few surprise winners as the recent champions are all complaining that their plants have failed. Would all entrants please remember to bring a bottle of spirits for the raffle. Prizes for best newcomer, most improved on last year, bonniest and first, second and third for the heaviest in show. All proceeds go to a local organisation picked by the winner.

Body Shop Party: There will be a Body Shop Party in the parish church hall on Saturday, October 13, at 2pm. Everyone welcome.

Shoebox Appeal: The Shoebox Appeal is now underway and boxes are available from the church hall. Leaflets are available from the church, the Corner Fruit Shop and Coldstream Crafts. The deadline for boxes is October 30, so please help if you can.

Social & Literary Society: The next meeting of the Social & Literary Society is on Monday, October 15, in the Eildon Centre at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Matthew Rooke who will take members ‘Behind the Scenes at The Maltings’. New members and visitors will be made most welcome.

swri: The next meeting of the SWRI is in the British Legion Hall on Thursday, October 18, at 7.30pm when the speaker will be a representative of ‘Heart Start’. The competition is for ‘Something in Miniature’.


probus club: At the meeting of Dunbar Probus Club on September 25 Duncan Currie gave an interesting illustrated talk entitled ‘Glorious Greenland’. Members enjoyed hearing about and seeing images of this less well known country.

ANTIQUARIANS: On Saturday, September 22, members of East Lothian Antiquarian Society made a most enjoyable visit to historic Inveresk. The tour was led by Stephen Edwards who gave a comprehensive account of the history of the most significant buildings. At the conclusion of the tour members were entertained to tea by Mr and Mrs G Burnet. The next outing on October 13 is to Luffness.

coffee morning: A coffee morning organised by Dunbar Rotary Club raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event took place at the Community Cafe at the Bleachingfield Centre on Saturday. A cake for the raffle was donated by the Dunbar Community Bakery which has been taking part in a television competition to find Britain’s best bakery.


VINE TRUST CRAFT FAIR: The Vine Trust is holding an autumn craft fair at Duns Primary School on October 19, from 6.30-9pm. A variety of local crafts, kids tombola, raffle, home baking, refreshments and more. The event is being held to raise funds for the 2013 Berwickshire High School trip to Peru.

BLOOD DONORS: A mobile blood donor session will be held at Duns Primary School today (Thursday, October 11), from 2-4pm and 5.15-7.30pm.

PROBUS CLUB: On Wednesday, October 3, president Mike Jopling welcomed members of Duns Probus Club to the third meeting of the current session. Bill Purves, George Burchick, Mike Jopling and Ian Turnbull made up the team for the recent Inter-Probus Quiz in Berwick, and gave a short report. The Duns team came third, one point behind joint winners Berwick and Warkworth. Warkworth won the sudden death decider. Next year’s quiz will be hosted by Seahouses Probus Club. Tom Simpson introduced guest speaker, Bobby Douglas from Ancrum. After over half a century in farming, Bobby took up vintage ploughing and won the Scottish title five times, the UK three times and the European once. He spoke in a broad Borders dialect and spiced his presentation with some cracking jokes and anecdotes. He answered several questions from members. The president reminded members about the coffee morning in the parish church hall on Saturday, October 20, from 10am to 11.30am and asked for volunteers for various stalls. The next meeting is on October 17 with guest speaker Barclay Forrest giving his ‘Memories of China’.

accordion & fiddle club: The next meeting for the club is on Monday, October 15, in The Masonic Lodge, 41 Newtown Street, at 7.15pm. The guest artistes for the evening will be The Brandon McPhee Trio.

senior citizens: It was the club’s first meeting of the new session on Friday, October 5, this being the AGM followed by cream teas. Hans Waltl from ‘Callum’s Trust’ talked on the history behind this local charity, and gave a personal, moving account of how Callum’s Trust is dedicated to making a real difference to cancer patients in the Scottish Borders. The winner of the bird quiz sold during the summer to raise funds for the club, was Betty Tait from Ednam, near Kelso. At the next meeting on Friday, October 19, at 2pm in Turnbull Court, the speakers will be Bobby and Nancy Douglas, talking on ‘Tales of the Borders’.


Eyemouth museum: The Auld Kirk Bicentenary 1812 - 2012 exhibition includes memorabilia illustrating 200 years of church life in Eyemouth including some stunning wedding dresses and exquisite christening gowns. It is on until October 31, Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm. There is also a Halloween treasure hunt for children during October where they can see if they can find all the ‘Halloween Horribles’ hidden in the museum! £1 entry with a prize on completion for every child.

probus: Dr Brian Moffat’s reports on the archaeological research at Soutra Aisle, the site of the great medieval monastic hospital run by the Augustinians, always provide a great deal of interest and on this occasion he brought with him samples of the plants the brothers used in their ministrations, some local and familiar, others more exotic, from distant parts. The hospital was part of a network of Augustinian establishments with their centre at the St Bernard Hospice in Switzerland. Soutra monastery offered care not only to the rich, but also to the sick and injured poor, and shelter to the weary traveller and the distressed. The medicinal plants, the virtues of which Dr Moffat described, and in some cases, extolled, attracted the attention of gardeners in the audience, who presumably took up the offer of packets of seeds. For the gardeners at least, it was heartening to learn that, in hard times, those who knew their plants tended to survive. The next meeting is on Thursday, October 18, 10.30am for 11am start, when Maria Chester will talk about ‘Freedom and Slavery in South America’.

eu church: The Ladies Guild resumed last Wednesday, with 22 members attending. The session was opened by Supt. George Shaw and Margaret Shaw and a great afternoon of fellowship was enjoyed by all. Next week Marjorie Leithead will be the guest speaker.New members always welcome on Wednesdays at 2pm; membership £3 and £1 weekly thereafter. The next ladies supper club will be held on Thursday, October 18. This Sunday Bryan Webster will lead worship. On Sunday, October 21, Rev Keith Osborn from Berwick Methodist Church will lead worship


parish church: On Sunday, September 30, in Fogo Kirk there was a special joint Communion service attended by people from each of the parishes of ‘The Kirks of the Merse’. In 1662 (350 years ago) the Trotter family presented the Fogo Kirk with two lovely silver Communion cups and to commemorate the gift, Rupert Trotter (on behalf of the Trotter family), ceremoniously handed over the cups again, and the minister (on behalf of the parish of Fogo) accepted them and re-dedicated them as Communion chalices. It is believed that these chalices are the oldest in regular use in Scotland. During the service the minister spoke about cups and how important they are not only in the life of the church but also in all our lives. The next service at Fogo will be on Sunday, October 21, at 11.15am.


GUILD: After a summer break, Greenlaw Church Guild resumed its meetings for the new session. The year’s syllabus and the first of the new session’s guild’s newsletters were given to members. After a time of worship and prayer, Rev Tom Nicholason was introdcued as the guest speaker, his talk based on this year’s theme ‘A Faith to Proclaim’, and he encouraged members to be ready to speak of their faith. After this inspiring talk, tea was served, during which members heard news of their mission partners in Nepal, Malcolm and Cati Ramsay. They also discussed which new guild projects to support this year. The next Guild meeting will be Thursday, November 1, at 2pm, when the speaker will be Sandy Black from The Home Energy Advice Service. The Guild will also have a bring & buy stall to raise funds for the Guild’s projects.


parish church: At the recent Ladykirk session meeting the elders discussed the proposed union with Whitsome Kirk. A congregational meeting has been arranged for Tuesday, October 16, at 8pm in Ladykirk to discuss the draft basis of union of Ladykirk and Whitsome congregations.


macmillan coffee morning: Leitholm’s Macmillan coffee morning is later than usual as they had to wait until the work on refurbishing the hall had been completed. Leitholm SWRI have organised the coffee morning in the village hall for Friday, October 12. There will be a sales table and a raffle.


SWRI: President Mrs M Renton welcomed members and Faith Robertson to the meeting in Foulden Hall. Faith showed members how to make kimerkomiballs, used as Christmas decorations. The snowball was won by M Donoghe. Competition for an article starting with the letter F - 1 C Stewart, 2 M Forster, 3 B Burge. The next meeting is on November 1, all welcome.


parish church: At the kirk service on Sunday, October 7, the minister spoke about ‘How our faith can be tested’ and ‘How to pass on the message of our faith’. The next service at Swinton kirk on Sunday, November 4, 11.15am, will be the annual harvest thanksgiving service, and it will include a baptism. Gifts and decorations for the harvest can be brought to the kirk on Saturday afternoon (November 3).


parish church: At the kirk service on Sunday, October 7,the minister spoke about ‘How our faith can be tested’ and “How to pass on the message of our faith’. The next service at Whitsome is on Sunday, October 21, at 9.45am and the harvest thanksgiving service will be held that evening at 6pm followed by an auction of the harvest gifts and decorations. Refreshments will be served during the auction. At the recent Whitsome Kirk session meeting elders discussed the proposed union with Ladykirk. A congregational meeting is being held on Tuesday, October 16, at 7pm in Whitsome Kirk for approving the draft basis of union of Ladykirk and Whitsome congregations.