Dunbar Sea Cadets at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall

On Wednesday 5th December to finish their topic on WW2 P6/7 pupils at Gordon School organised a Tea Dance for the local community.
On Wednesday 5th December to finish their topic on WW2 P6/7 pupils at Gordon School organised a Tea Dance for the local community.

Ayton

parish church: On Sunday, December 23, there will be a Carol Service at Burnmouth Church at 9.45am. There will also be a Carol Service at Reston Church at 11 am. At 4pm at Ayton Church a Christingle Service will be held and there is a Carol Service at Foulden Church at 6.30am. On Christmas Eve there will be a Christingle service at Reston Church at 7pm and a Watch night service at Ayton Church at 11.15pm. On Christmas Day the morning service will be at Ayton Church at 10.30am.

Dunbar Sea Cadets. Photo of cadets at Seafarers UK band concert

Dunbar Sea Cadets. Photo of cadets at Seafarers UK band concert

COFFEE MORNING: Ayton and Burnmouth Church held their Christmas coffee morning in Ayton Bowling Club on Saturday. There was a sales table with Christmas cakes and decorations as well as home baking. Mince pies and shortbread were served with the coffee and the annual Grand Hamper Raffle was drawn. There were ten very attractive hampers filled with all sorts of Christmas fayre, all of which had been donated by members and friends of the church. The first three were very large luxury hampers containing bottles of alcohol as well as Christmas cakes, puddings, sweets and all manner of Christmas luxury foods. Winners were: Moira Elliot, Ayton, Billy Pollock, Grantshouse, Rory Ballantyne, Essex, Steven Purves, B. Ritchie, Grantshouse, Ian Logan, Alemill, A. Wright, Bilsdean, Helen Black, Kelso, Elizabeth Walker, Ayton, and M. Cavanagh, Ayton. The sum of £701 was raised for the church. Thanks to all those who contributed and those who helped to make this such a successful event.

Burnmouth

parish church: On Sunday, December 23, there will be a Carol Service at Burnmouth Church at 9.45am. There will also be a Carol Service at Reston Church at 11 am. At 4pm at Ayton Church a Christingle Service will be held and there will be a Carol Service at Foulden Church at 6.30am. On Christmas Eve there is a Christingle service at Reston Church at 7pm and a Watch night service at Ayton Church at 11.15pm. On Christmas Day the morning service will be at Ayton Church at 10.30am.

singalong: The Burnmouth Christmas Singalong will be held in Burnmouth Village Hall on Monday, December 17, at 7pm. The evening will be led by Rev Norman Whyte and the church singers. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served during the interval. This is a fun evening of Christmas readings and songs to get the Christmas season started. Why not come along with your family and friends. All are welcome.

Chirnside

HISTORY GROUP: The next meeting of the History Group will be on Monday, December 17, at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. There will be a talk by Ronald Morrison entitled ‘Fast Castle and the Contact of Magic’. All welcome.

community council: Chirnside Community Council are looking for four more members. The community council acts as a link between the local community and Scottish Borders Council so if you are interested in joining and being involved in trying to resolve village issues please contact the secretary, Linda Gray, on 01890-818-474.

Coldingham

SANTA’S SATURDAY BONANZA: This Christmas cracker of an event is on Saturday, December 15, and kicks off with a coffee morning from 10am-1pm, with homemade scones, traybakes and mince pies, raffle and various stalls, plus Santa will be in his Grotto. Entry is £2, with children under 10 free. A visit for the children to see Santa in his Grotto and receive a gift is £2. In the afternoon there will be a children’s Film Show from 2.30pm-4.30pm - entry £3.50 includes a visit to Santa and a gift. Children must be accompanied by an adult, adults free.

film CLUB: This month’s film on The Big Screen in the Hall is on Thursday, December 27. It follows the heroic and hilarious journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) a Scottish Princess and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connelly), plus voices also from Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane. From the Disney and Pixar Studios with a PG rating, it promises to be a fun film for young and old. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm. Membership/pay at door £3. For details check the Hall website on http://www.coldingham.info/.


Coldstream

ramblers: The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers is on Sunday, December 16. This will be an eight mile walk from Greenlaw taking in the old railway and Polwarth Church. The walk will use good tracks and will be fairly flat. Meet at Henderson Park car park, Coldstream, at 9.30am or Greenlaw chicken farm at 10 am. For more information and/or to say you are coming, please phone leader John Dempsey on 01573 410709.

parish church: This Sunday, Morning Worship will start at 11.15am, all welcome. A short service of quiet and reflective worship in the Taize style will take place at 5pm in the Church on Sunday evening. This will be led by members from all the Christian denominations in Coldstream. There is a new Tea List on the table next to the organ. Please add your name if you are willing to help with the teas after a Sunday morning service. Craig Wood is currently drawing up a list of readers for next year. At present there are 15 readers.

LEGION SUPPER DANCE: The Royal British Legion are holding a Supper Dance on Saturday, December 22, in the club. The music will be supplied by Gordon Brown. All members are urged to please come along and bring a friend.

Dunbar

sea caDets: During the last few weeks the Dunbar Sea Cadets have been keeping busy with a range of fundraising activities and helping out in the community. A race night and raffle was held recently for staff and parents, carers and friends in Dunbar’s Masonic Lodge raising over £700. The unit also received a donation of £250 from the Merchant Navy Association to be used as a bursary for a cadet to attend an offshore training course on the charity’s flagship, the sailing brig TS Royalist, this summer. Cadets participated in the Remembrance Day services in both Dunbar and West Barns and helped out at the recent trial of the Igloo cinema on Dunbar’s Lamer Street. A group of cadets from Dunbar also provided support staff at the Seafarers UK band concert and reception in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Whilst water based activities are less frequent in the winter the cadets keep fit and active in other ways and the Dunbar cadet girl’s football team qualified at the District heats in Craigroyston a few weeks ago, to take them through to the Area heats early next year. New members are always welcome; juniors age 10-12; seniors age 12-18. The cadets meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.50pm to 9pm in Castlepark Barracks, North Road, Dunbar.

Duns

history SOCIETY: At their meeting last Wednesday evening members of Dunse History Society heard a fine talk, handsomely delivered, by Mr David McLean, for many years a teacher of history at Berwickshire and Earlston High Schools on “Improvement and Clearance in the Lowland Countryside during the period of 1750 to 1850”. The speaker opened his talk by describing the conditions which prevailed around the beginning of this period, describing the fermtouns, the runrig system of agriculture and a treeless landscape. He illustrated how the system operated, explaining how the rural society was divided into different classes, explaining the difference between tenants and cottars, showing slide reconstructions of fermtouns and pointing out still visible markings on the landscape. He then went on to describe how and why the improvements had come about, propelled basically by a rapidly increasing population with resultant increased demand and made possible by technical advancement, instancing in particular the invention by local man James Small of the rotating plough and stressing the savings in manpower which resulted from this. This in turn resulted in a great many having to leave the land, some to be accommodated in new towns, established by the landowners where they earned a living in trades such as weaving and spinning, others to move off to the cities to work in the newly established mills and foundries and yet others to move abroad to seek work. Of course there was a downside to all this with immediate hardship and destitution for many; more being dispossessed than in the notorious Highland Clearances. However, taken in conjunction with the simultaneous industrial revolution and coinciding with the years of ‘Enlightenment’ over the period the lot of the agricultural worker improved considerably, production soared and the landscape was shaped to something very akin to what we know today. A most interesting and thought provoking talk, greatly appreciated by the members. The next meeting is on January 30 when Chris Burgess will be talking on “Strategic Decisions at Flodden”.

guild: At the meeting on December 5, Jamie McKenzie gave an excellent entertaining demonstration on ‘Flowers for Christmas’. The next meeting at 7.15pm on Wednesday, December 19, in the Church Hall, is the Christmas Social Evening, with supper and entertainment by members of the Duns Operatic Society.

SWIMMING POOL: The ladies and gentlemen who have attended the over 50’s Aquarobics class in Duns over the last year were treated to a festive party in the Guy Roberts Room at Duns Swimming Pool. Over 30 people attended after their class and enjoyed a buffet lunch and entertainment from pool staff member Matthew Taylor, the singing aquarobics teacher, followed by a presentation of awards by the pool’s own Aqua Queen, Alison Affleck. Aquarobics and other regular activities will restart the week beginning January 7, 2013. Also starting, and new for 2013, are Tiny Tadpoles for children aged three months to three years on Thursdays from 9.30-10am and Fridays 9.20-9.50am and Table Tennis (Over 25’s) on Mondays 10.30am- 12noon. Look out for children’s Table Tennis starting after the February holidays. For any more details just phone 01361 883397 or email kirsty@dunsswimmingpool.co.uk or visit www.dunsswimmingpool.co.uk.


Eyemouth

PROBUS CLUB: Fenton Robb’s “Baron Aymouth” was of course the famous Duke of Marlborough, both titles, among others, bestowed upon him at different times, by grateful monarchs for military services rendered. “Aymouth” came early in his career when he was plain John Churchill. Thus Fenton launched into the life and times of the great commander, victor at Blenheim and in three other battles in the war against Louis XIV and his ambitions. Before that, there were the political manoeuvrings at home, culminating in the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688 when James II was deposed and William of Orange and Mary invited to replace him. It was a time when one who sought to rise in the world had to tread warily, choose the right side, and keep one’s options open. Marlborough was adept at this, and though he twice lost favour, was able to bounce back up again. The members were offered a rich pictorial display of many of the leading personages of the time (some of them legitimate), cunningly arranged. Prominent among them was Marlborough’s formidable wife and great ally, Duchess Sarah, confidant of Queen Anne - until they fell out. With this came a relaxed and entertaining commentary. Marlborough himself was a complex character, politically tricky and sometimes duplicitous, but, as commander of armies, considerate of his men, skilled in tactics and movement, depending rather on intelligence and deception than on pitched battles involving heavy casualties. The talk ended with an interesting account of how Winston Churchill, learning from his illustrious ancestor, used deception to mislead the enemy, notably in the period before D-Day. At the very end, there came what some might think a sad note: apparently the Barony of Aymouth no longer exists. The next event is the Christmas Lunch and the first meeting of 2013 is on Thursday, January 3, when two members will speak on aspects of family history.

Coffee morning: Eyemouth Scout Group are holding a coffee morning in the Masonic Hall on Saturday, December 15, from 9.30am-11.30am to boost Group funds. Raffle and cake and candy available too. The Group looks forward to seeing you for a cuppa and a blether.

eu church: Last Wednesday, 22 members of the Ladies Guild celebrated with a Christmas Party. Entertainment was provided by members of the Fishermens’ Choir accompanied by Mrs Cecilia Lough. A wonderful afternoon of fellowship was enjoyed by all. This was the last session for this year and meetings resume again on the first Wednesday in February. New members are always welcome. There will be a fete in the hall on Friday, December 21, from 2pm. Santa will be paying a visit too. On Sunday Supt George Shaw will lead worship. All welcome.

parish church: Join the congregation on Christmas Eve at 6pm for Carol singing on the Church steps. This will be followed by a Carol Service in the EU Congregational Church at 6.30pm. There will also be a Watch night Service in the Church 11pm for 11.30pm. On Christmas Day a family service will be held in the Church Hall at 10.30am.

st ebbas episcopal church: There will be a service on Christmas day at 11am.

carol concert: Come along to the Carol Concert on Sunday, December 16, at 8pm in the Mission Harbour Road, Eyemouth. All welcome.

Fogo

CHURCH REPAIRS: Urgent repair work had to be done at Fogo kirk as the keystone of the south window fell down, causing a bit of damage. The building work has now been completed, but it still requires painting, and a great deal of tidying up, and so it has been decided that there will be no service on Sunday, December 16. The kirk session apologises for this inconvenience and have organised that there will be a service in Swinton kirk that day at 11.15am. It is hoped that there will be a service on Sunday, January 20, in Fogo kirk.

Foulden

parish church: On Sunday, December 23, there will be a Carol Service at Burnmouth Church at 9.45am. There will also be a Carol service at Reston Church at 11 am. At 4pm at Ayton Church there is a Christingle Service and a Carol Service at Foulden Church at 6.30am. On Christmas Eve there is a Christingle service at Reston Church at 7pm and a Watch night service at Ayton Church at 11.15pm. On Christmas Day the morning service will be at Ayton Church at 10.30am.

Gordon

christmas tree competition: For a bit of fun Gordon Kirk are holding a Christmas Tree competition in the Kirk this Friday in parallel with the Carol Concert in aid of Shelter. Gordon Community Woodland have very kindly donated 10 trees which are to be decorated by local clubs, farms, firms, organisations. Attendees to the Carol Concert (which is at 6.30pm on Friday, December 14) are being invited to vote for the best tree. Samantha Kinghorn, the athlete, has very kindly agreed to present the prize (a Hardiesmill Hamper) to the winners at the 10.45am Service on Sunday, December 16.

Grantshouse

carol service: Grantshouse, Houndwood and Reston Church are holding a Carol Service in Grantshouse Village Hall on Sunday, December 16, at 9.45am. There will be a selection of carols and readings and the Church welcomes all in the community to attend in preparation for the big day.

Hutton

Carol singing: Gateways Community Carol Singing on Thursday, December 20, at 6pm in Hutton, meet at Knowehead bus shelter, and 7pm in Paxton, meet at the Cross. This will be followed by refreshments by donation at Paxton Village Hall. If weather is too bad meet 7pm at Paxton Village Hall. More details are available from Alistair Birkett 01289 386015.

Ladykirk

CHURCH SERVICES: The services for “The Kirks of the Merse” at Christmas time are: Christmas Eve at Leitholm at 6pm and Watchnight at Ladykirk at 11.30pm (carols from 11pm); Christmas Day at Whitsome at 11am (bring your new gifts to thank God for them); Sunday after Christmas (30th) Swinton at 11.15am. All ages from all the parishes are welcome to each and every service.

PARISH CHURCH: The annual collection for the Earl Haig Fund raised £205.15. Thanks go to all those who donated either from the house to house collection or on Remembrance Sunday in the kirk. Their generosity helps those who have suffered whilst serving our country. At the kirk service on Sunday the minister spoke about “Expectations for Christmas and for our whole lives”. The next service in Ladykirk will be on Sunday, December 23, at 11.15am. It will be a Service for all the Family - young and old - and refreshments will be served after this service. This year the Christmas Eve Watchnight service (Monday, December 24) for “The Kirks of the Merse” will be at Ladykirk. People are welcome anytime between 11 and 11.30pm for the carol singing. The service itself starts at 11.30pm and will finish at 12.05am (on Christmas Day)

Leitholm

CHURCH SERVICES: The services for “The Kirks of the Merse” at Christmas time are: Christmas Eve at Leitholm at 6pm and Watchnight at Ladykirk at 11.30pm (carols from 11pm); Christmas Day at Whitsome at 11am (bring your new gifts to thank God for them); Sunday after Christmas (30th) Swinton at 11.15am. All ages from all the parishes are welcome to each and every service.

Paxton

Carol singing: Gateways Community Carol Singing on Thursday, December 20, at 6pm in Hutton, meet at Knowehead bus shelter, and 7pm in Paxton, meet at the Cross. This will be followed by refreshments by donation at Paxton Village Hall. If weather is too bad meet 7pm at Paxton Village Hall. More details are available from Alistair Birkett 01289 386015.

Reston

church services: On Thursday, December 20, Reston Primary School’s Carol Service will be held in Reston Church starting at 9am.

santa visit: Santa is coming to Reston! Yes children Santa and his sleigh will be popping into Reston on Saturday, December 15. He will be at Ladeside at 5.50pm and Yummleys at 6pm before he goes off on his busiest night of the year. He is friends with the Eyemouth District Rotary Club and he is also visiting Ayton, Grantshouse, Coldingham and St Abbs too.

Whitsome

kirks of the merse: The services for “The Kirks of the Merse” at Christmas time are: Christmas Eve at Leitholm at 6pm and Watchnight at Ladykirk at 11.30pm (carols from 11pm); Christmas Day at Whitsome at 11am (bring your new gifts to thank God for them); Sunday after Christmas (30th) Swinton at 11.15am. All ages from all the parishes are welcome to each and every service.