Thank you to everyone that came along to our Christmas coffee morning, a fabulous £127.70 was raised and thanks also to everyone that donated in any way to this popular festive hall event.
President Mrs Stewart welcomed the members to the annual Christmas dinner, held for the third time at Robin’s Nest, Chirnside. The meal was delicious and served by pleasant and charming waitresses. Everyone enjoyed the good food and cheerful company and afterwards exchanged gifts before wishing each other merry Christmas. Mrs Stewart reminded the ladies that the next meeting is on January 14, 2014, and includes a slide show by Billy Gillie.
Ayton and Burnmouth Parish Church is holding a Christingle service in Ayton Church at 4pm on Sunday. On Christmas Eve there is the Watchnight service at 11.15pm and on Christmas morning there is a short service at 10.30am.
On Monday of last week Berwick U3A had a very interesting and informative talk by Mike Hall on his trek through the Appalachian Trail. Mike, who came from Gateshead, has glaucoma and passed as semi-blind, was helped by his daughter who told him what particular picture of the trail had come up on the screen. Mike was then able to describe perfectly all the details about that particular scene. The actual trek, taken several years ago, took him five months to complete. Joan Whatling is retiring from being group leader of Keep Fit at the end of May and is hoping that this will give plenty time to find someone who will volunteer to step into her shoes. They are a very friendly group who, after exercising, put the world to rights at the coffee shop afterwards! The Nutrition Group meet every third Monday in the month starting on January 20, 10.30am at the home of group leader Beryl Wight at 4 The Estuary, Tower Road, Tweedmouth. The group will be looking into foods that contain the vitamins and minerals for mental health as well as physical. The same applies to The Essential Oils Group who meet every third Wednesday in the month starting on January 15, 2pm, again in Beryl’s home. Philosophy meet every third Thursday, 2pm, at Beryl’s, the next being on January 16, to discuss ‘what we mean by freedom and justice’. Sue Handoll’s Art Groups, meeting January 8 (Art 2) and January 15 (Art 1), will be trying out acrylic techniques. Members and non members can check up on the majority of our activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on www.berwicku3a.org.uk.
Ayton and Burnmouth Parish Church is holding a carol service in Burnmouth Church on Sunday morning commencing at 9.45am.
Burnmouth carol evening this year is being held in the village hall on Monday, December 23, at 7pm. It will be led by the Rev Norman Whyte and the church singing group. This is an informal affair and a fun evening of entertainment for all the family and is an opportunity to sing your favourite carols and Christmas songs. Festive refreshments will be served in the interval and there will be a raffle. Entry is by donation.
The results of Chirnside Common Good Association’s Turkey prize draw are as follows: 1st prize (turkey) - Moira Pollock,Chirnside; 2nd prize (bottle wine) - George McMullan, Chirnside; 3rd prize (Christmas cake) - Cathie Allman, Duns. Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition.
The service at Chirnside Parish Church on Sunday, December 22, is at 11.15am. This week’s Millennium lights sponsor is Agnes Anderson and family in memory of husband Peter and also the birthday of Leoni Kell; and Julie Hughes in honour of so beloved friends. On Saturday, December 21, all are welcome to the ‘Churches Sing event in Duns Square at 10.30am.
The Sunday morning service will be at 9.45am, all are welcome. The service will be led by Rev Andy Haddow and activities for children will be run during the service. On Christmas Eve the watchnight service will be held at 11.30pm in the Priory - bringing in Christmas with traditional carols and readings and the bells at midnight. The service will be led by Rev Bruce Neill.
Morning service is at 11.15am on Sunday, December 22, and will be conducted by the Rev David Taverner. This is the children’s nativity service and will also have contributions from the Choir For Christmas. On Christmas Eve there is the popular Christingle family service at 6.30pm and the watchnight service is at 11.30pm, preceded by community carol singing at 11.15pm. On Christmas Day there will be a short family service at 11am. On Sunday, December 29, there will be a service of lessons and carols at 11.15am.
Canon Tim Morris will take the Holy Communion and carol services at 8am and 11.15am on Sunday, December 22. Rev Gordon Tams is at the helm for midnight mass on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, at 11.15pm. The Christmas Day service is at 11.15am with Canon Tim Morris.
The adults Christmas party is on December 21, from 7.30pm - music, fun and games. In the Christmas spirit this event has been changed, entry is now by donation and no food will be served. Tickets for the Hogmanay party on December 31, starting at 7.30pm, are £10 (includes buffet) from The Corner Fruit Shop and Clarks Newsagents. To book a table in advance call 883886 or speak to Sonia. Only a few tickets left. On January 1, 2014, Rob, Kenny and Kenny will be playing music and leading the sing-along in the Legion club on new year’s day from 2pm onwards. Entry is FREE! Come along, bring your instrument (even just your voice) and join in the fun and celebrations.
Coldstream Parish Church was the venue for this year’s carol concert with over 60 in attendance. Many thanks to everyone that recited, donated refreshments and helped in any way. The collection raised a magnificent £242.40 for The Lavender Touch Charity who provide complementary therapies for cancer patients living in the Borders area.
It has been another busy year for the Dunbar Community Woodland Group, secretary Isobel Knox reported to its annual general meeting. The group’s community involvement continued to grow. New office-bearers are David Bates who replaces Simon Bell as convenor, and Craig Stebbing replaces Isobel Campbell as treasurer.
On Wednesday, December 11, president Mike Jopling welcomed members and guests to the Duns Probus Christmas lunch at the Black Bull Hotel. After an excellent three course meal, he handed over to the master of ceremonies, Ian Turnbull. In his usual flamboyant style, he introduced the guest entertainer, Tommy Grieve. Accompanied by his guitar and electronic backing, Tommy performed a mixture of country and western and Scottish songs with a wee touch of Irish. His rendition of The Fields of Athenry received a standing ovation. He also told some cracking stories which had his audience roaring with laughter. There were also amusing contributions from members, Raymond Lillie, Mike Jopling and George Burchick; one of them even attempted a song. There was a large raffle with prizes contributed by members. The president ended proceedings by thanking everyone and announced that the first meeting of 2014 would be on Wednesday, January 8 at the usual venue.
On Friday, December 13, it was the club’s Christmas Lunch. Delicious traditional Christmas fayre was served followed by entertainment from Duns Primary School, all thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. On Friday, December 27, leaving the Square at 12.30pm the club is going to the pantomime in Berwick. The next meeting is at 2pm on Friday, January 10, 2014, in Turnbull Court, the topic will be Tigers in India. Merry Christmas and happy new year to all.
The churches of Duns and District Parishes invite everyone to join them at the Christmas services on: Thursday, December 19, at 6pm, Edrom Christingle service; on Sunday, December 22 at 9.45am, Edrom Kirk Christmas service and Duns Parish Church, Christmas service at 11am; Christmas Eve, Duns Christingle service at 6.30pm; Watchnight Service at Duns Parish Church at 11.30pm, December 24; Christmas Day, 11am Christmas morning service.
All are welcome at the Sunday morning service at 11.15am, led by Rev Andy Haddow. Activities for children will run during the service. Tea and coffee is served afterwards in the church hall. On Christmas Eve, carols on the steps will be held at 4pm, followed by soup in the church hall. The watchnight service will be held at 11pm for 11.30pm. Bring in Christmas with traditional carols and readings. The service will be led by Rev Andy Haddow. On Christmas day, an informal joint Christmas morning family service will be held at 10.30am in the church hall. Bring a present to show off! The service will be led by Rev Andy Haddow.
Last Monday the Guild had a shopping trip to The Gyle and Ocean Terminal, rounding the day off with a wonderful afternoon tea at The Kings Manor Hotel. Wednesday saw the last Guild meeting of the year and during the Christmas party members were entertained by the Fishermen’s Choir who were joined by Celia Lough who came out of retirement for the day to lead them. A sumptuous buffet was provided by Sue Howes and a great afternoon of fellowship was enjoyed by all. Tonight (Thursday) the ladies supper club is holding their Christmas dinner, 6.30 for 7pm. Tomorrow, Friday, December 20, come along to the church fete and Santa’s Grotto, 2-4pm. On Sunday, Bryan Webster will lead worship. All are welcome.
Eyemouth Baptist Church will hold its annual carol service this Sunday evening, December 22, at 6pm. All are invited to come and share in this special service of music and carols. Light refreshments to be served following the service.
The service on Sunday, December 15, at Fogo, was led by Christine Taylor from Gavinton. The minister is hoping to be back to work for the Christmas services. The Swinton School Christmas service will be held in Swinton kirk on Friday, December 20, at 10am. All are welcome - not only parents. The Christmas Eve family service this year is at Swinton at 6pm. Refreshments will be served so that people of all ages can celebrate together. There will be a joint family service for the Kirks of the Merse on Sunday, December 29, in Fogo kirk, at 10am to celebrate Christmas and to look forward to the new year.
There is a carol service in Foulden Church on Sunday. As has been done for some years now, the service on this Sunday is at 6.30pm rather than the normal morning service time. Come along and enjoy singing carols together.
A short Christmas day carol service will be held in Gordon Parish Church at 11.30am on Christmas morning. Both children and adults might like to bring along one of their favourite presents of the day!
Greenlaw SWRI went to the Gordon Arms, at Gordon for their Christmas night out, and enjoyed a delicious meal and an entertaining evening, which was completed with the giving and receiving of Christmas gifts.
The minister is hoping to be back to work, after his operation, in time for the Christmas services. There is a service on Sunday, December 22, in Ladykirk at 11.15am. The Christmas day service is at Ladykirk this year, at 11am. This will be a family service when all ages are welcome and people are invited to bring along the gifts they received to thank God for them. It will finish about 11.45am (in time to get home for Christmas lunch).
There is a service on Sunday, December 22, in Leitholm Kirk at 9.45am. The watchnight service is at Leitholm Parish Church this year, starting at 11.30pm and finishing at 0.05am on Christmas morning. Carols are sung from 11pm to 11.30pm and people are welcome to come any time before 11.30pm.
Reston Community Cafe and Reston Primary School would like to thank everyone who attended the special Christmas Cafe on Saturday, December 7, and the primary school children’s Christmas performances at the village hall on December 11 and December 12 at 6pm. Thank you to all who attended.
Rag Bag Bins
Don’t forget to feed the rag bag bins in Reston village, one at the primary school and one at the village hall. So pop your old clothes, shoes etc into one of the bins. This is a great way to raise funds for your local community.
Reston school end of term carol service at Reston Church is on Thursday, December 19, at 9.15am. The parish church carol service is on Sunday, December 22, at 11am. On Tuesday, December 24, the Christingle service is at 7pm. Church calenders now on sale at £5 each.
The service on Sunday, December 15, at Fogo, was led by Christine Taylor from Gavinton. The minister, Rev Alan Cartwright, is hoping to be back to work for the Christmas services. The Swinton School Christmas service will be held in Swinton kirk on Friday, December 20, at 10am. All are welcome - not only parents. The Christmas eve family service this year is at Swinton at 6pm. Refreshments will be served so that people of all ages can celebrate together. There will be a joint family service for the Kirks of the Merse on Sunday, December 29, in Fogo kirk, at 10am, to celebrate Christmas and to look forward to the new year.
On Christmas Eve, a family carol service will be held in the St Ebba Centre at 6.30pm led by Rev Bruce Neill.