Flix in the Stix
Tomorrow night Flix in the Stix presents a second showing of the very popular film based on the sensational stage hit featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Released in 2013, the film is PG Rated.
There is an open day next Monday, March 3, in St Aidan’s Hall when Bernard Hope is giving a talk on ‘The Lambton/Penshaw Monument’. There is tea/coffee and biscuits at 10am, the open rorum at 10.15am, then the talk at 10.30am. Rena Telfer recently gave a talk to the gardening group on flowers and butterflies that she had photographed on Holy Island. 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.
The Berwick Volunteer Information and Recruitment Day is being held today (Thursday, February 27) at the Berwick Community Trust’s William Elder Building, 56-58 Castlegate, 1.30-6.30 pm. Organisations taking part include: Alzheimers Society, Berwick in Bloom, Berwick Children’s Centre, Cittaslow Berwick, Community Action Northumberland, Friends of Berwick Parks, Great North Air Ambulance Service, Healthwatch Northumberland, Maltings Theatre, Royal Voluntary Service, Seton Care Befriending Scheme and Well Close Health Champions. Anyone interested in finding out more can drop in, find out more and have a chat over a cup of tea. It is the perfect way to find out what is going on, what is needed and where you might feel most comfortable in giving your time.
Burnmouth Village Hall is hosting a sale of delicious homemade cakes on Saturday, March 1, between 10–11am. All these fine cakes are to recipes unique to Burnmouth ladies. Come and get yours, find out the history behind the recipes, have a chat and a cup of coffee in the newly renovated tea room, and see the photographs of past herring queens and old Burnmouth. Win a raffle prize. Entry £1 and free refills.
Cockburnspath SWRI held a meeting in the village hall on Thursday, February 20, when a talk and demonstration of war time utensils in the home was given by the Berwick War Time Group. It was fascinating to see how people managed to survive during the 40s: there was demonstration of baking with dried eggs and other non rationed ingredients. The competition for the evening was for the best 1940’s costume. There was a great response to this with a variety of dresses and work related clothes. Results: 1 Jean Black 2 Ruth White.
The next meeting is on March 20, when Cathie Simpson gives a demonstration on sugar craft. This month’s competition is for a bottle of fruit juice; Mrs Wood Trophy, empire biscuits and tray bake made with oats.
Chirnside Parish Church’s millennium light sponsor for this week is Diana Higham in memory of her late step-mother, Margaret Cochrane. Continuing the theme of the unfolding mystery of Christ the theme of this Sunday’s Service (March 2) at 11.15am will be the mystery of Christ’s relationship with the church. After the service there will be an informal celebration of Holy Communion.
The season of Lent begins on Wednesday, March 5. On this day the ‘Wednesday First’ group meets in the church hall at 2pm.
The World Day of Prayer is next Friday, March 7. The service has been compiled by the Christian Woman of Egypt and is entitled ‘Streams in the Desert’ the service is at Hutton Church at 2pm and is entitled ‘Streams in the Desert’.World Day of Prayer will be celbrated at a service in Hutton Church at 2pm.
The bookshop next to Priory gates will reopen for its 11th year on Saturdays from March 1, at 11am until 3pm. Stocks have been renewed and for the first time there will be a section of fiction and non fiction old books.
Lennel Tennis club invites you to take part in a ladies’ social coffee morning, enjoying tennis, coffee, bakes and friendly company on Thursday, March 6, starting 10am.
The SWRI meeting was opened by the president, Ella Purves, who welcomed members and visitors and went on to introduce Karen Glennie whose topic was ‘Osteoporosis’. Karen gave a most interesting talk outlining the causes of osteoporosis, the tools the doctors have for diagnosis ie bone scans and the various ways in which it can be treated. She answered members’ questions fully and the ladies were left with a much better understanding of this frightening disease. Karen also had leaflets available for members with ideas for diet change etc. All in all it was a most comprehensive talk. The vote of thanks was given by Karen McKinley. The competition for the hot water bottle cover was won by Janet Campbell and the competition for an Item beginning with ‘F’ was won by Ella Purves. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 20, when the ladies will be entertained by Marjory Tennant of ‘Hats By Marjory’.
Morning service at Coldstream Parish Church on Sunday, March 2, will be at 11.15am ,conducted by Rev David Taverner.
On Saturday, March 8, a ‘Saturday Special’ Club will be held in the community centre for children of primary school age. The theme this time is ‘Jungle Tales’ and the event is being run by Stuart and Mark from Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust under the auspices of Coldstream Churches Together.
World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer Service will be held in the Parish Church Hall at 2pm on Friday, March 7. This service involves people from all the local churches and everyone is most welcome. Tea and biscuits will be served after the service.
Coldstream Parish Church social committee is presenting an Oriental evening of food, wine, music and a quiz in the parish church hall on Friday, March 14, at 7pm. Tickets are £8 each and are available now from The Corner Fruit Shop and Coldstream Crafts. Everyone is asked to wear something red as this is the Chinese lucky colour! Come along for a fun filled evening!
Duns Summer Festival’s Table Top Sale will be held on Saturday, March 1, in the Volunteer Hall, Duns, from 10am to 2pm. Refreshments will be on sale and there will be a raffle. All are welcome.
The next Duns Ex-Reivers Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5, at 7.30pm in The White Swan Hotel, Duns.
On Wednesday, February 19, minister Rev. Stephen Blakey gave a most illuminating talk (combined with a modicum of humour), on some of his experiences as an army chaplain. He shared with members a personal account of his own military career, and highlighted various aspects of the job itself, which included giving spiritual support to the troops both on a corporate and individual level. The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, March 5 in the church hall. The speaker, from Guild headquarters in Edinburgh, will give a talk on one of the Guild Projects ‘A Passage from India’.
On Friday February 21, members were entertained in first class style by David, Mary, Bryce and Marshall, who had travelled from Fife to be with them. Accompanying themselves on the accordion and harmonica, they performed a great selection of songs, recited some self-penned poems, and shared hilarious ‘true’ stories. It was a fun afternoon, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. At the next meeting, on Friday, March 7, at 2pm in Turnbull Court, the topic will be ‘The Land Army’.
Sunday, March 2, is Communion Sunday in Duns. The day starts off with morning worship in Bonkyl Kirk at 9.45am, followed by Holy Communion in Duns Parish Church at 11am, Turnbull Court at 3pm and Boston Court at 6pm. Everyone very welcome.
On Wednesday, February 19, president Mike Jopling welcomed a good turn out of Duns Probus members. Murray Henderson gave a report on behalf of the group that attended the Eyemouth Probus Club lunch. The president then introduced the guest speaker, Derek Robeson from Tweed Forum. He explained how the Tweed Forum began in 1991 as a charitable trust leading land and water management on the Tweed. Its activities include: working with land managers to bring about a healthier environment; restoring freshwater habitats including rivers, burns, riparian corridors, ponds, lochs, wetlands and peat lands; protecting and enhancing biodiversity such as otters and salmon; protecting the built heritage such as castles, follies, bridges and waterwheels; working with statuary agencies to streamline environmental legislation and cut down on red tape and raising awareness of the importance of natural assets of those living in and visiting the catchment area of the Tweed. Derek’s talk was accompanied by slides and an excellent commentary. The well deserved vote of thanks was given by John Cron. The next meeting is on March 5, with two guest speakers, Mr and Mrs Mills on the subject of ‘Tigers in India’.
President, Mrs Lucy Shiell welcomed members to the meeting and introduced Ronald Richardson who kept us enthralled with his pictures of birds and local scenes. Helen Richardson gave the vote of thanks. Winner of the competition, which was for a flower photograph, was won by Rita Bates. The next meeting is on Monday, March 11, when the speaker will be Fiona Gourlay who will give a flower demonstration. The competition will be flowers in an teacup.
Day of Prayer
Women’s Day of Prayer will be marked in St Ebba’s Episcopal Church, Eyemouth, at 6.30pm on Friday, March 7. It is an international, inter-church celebration of women’s voices from all over the world.
The February meeting was to celebrate the 82nd birthday of Langton Rural. Before introducing the speaker Lady McEwen welcomed their guests for the evening who were representatives from Leitholm and Whitsome Rural. The speaker for the evening was Pat Scott who gave an amusing and informative account of her travels in China. Pat travelled with a group of Europeans from Beijing to Hong Kong guided by a Chinese courier who advised them throughout their stay. After the raffle was drawn a vote of thanks was given to Pat and the visitors thanked us for an enjoyable evening.
World Day of Prayer
Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is extensive. An international committee works from New York and each participating country has its own national committee. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. Finally, at a church near you on March 7, women and men will gather to celebrate using a programme of worship offered this year by women in Egypt. The theme of the service is ‘Streams in the Desert’ and members are asked to reflect on the Christian role of being a ‘stream in the desert’ for those who experience spiritual ‘drought’
One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic Christians. Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious groupings. Political change affects individual lives and Berwickshire ladies pray with the women of Egypt for peace.
They envisage a great wave of prayer, rising with the sun over the island of Samoa and sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, coming to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later. By then WWDP services will have been celebrated in over 170 countries.
All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages. Ladykirk and Whitsome congregation are having their service at 7pm in Ladykirk Church.
The first meeting of 2014 was held on January 9, when member Jeannie Ellis talked and showed photos of her visit to New Zealand, an enjoyable evening for all members. The competition for the letter ‘n’ was won by Christine Stewart, second Margaret Budge and third Irene Williams. The snowball raffle was won by Carolyn McGregor. February’s meeting held on February 6, hosted by Aileen Orr who gave members a very interesting talk on her book ‘Wojtek ‘The Winfield Bear’ and took along some books which members were able to purchase. The competition was for the letter ‘o’ was won by Irene Williams, second Jeannie Ellis, and third Helen Kenny. The snowball raffle was won by Margaret Foster. Next meeting will be on March 6, and will be First Aid with Jimmy Donaldson, new members welcome.
Archery on Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. Badminton on Thursdays from 6pm onwards; Patchwork group meets on Wednesday, March 5, from 10am-4pm for five weeks: there are Citizens Advice Bureau sessions on Monday, March 3, and Monday, March 17, 9.30am-11am; Reston Community Council meets on Monday, March 17, at 7pm, discussing local issues that affect local people; Rainbows (seniors) meet on Tuesday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 18, from 2-4pm fora a good old chin wag, a game of dominoes and whist and a nice cup of tea; the SWRI’s next meeting is on Wednesday, March 19, at 7.15pm.
The next community cafe in Reston Village Hall in on Friday, February 28, from 10am - noon. All proceeds go to local projects.
The new season of the Walk It group starts on Sunday, March 2, at 2pm. Weather permitting.
If you are visiting the primary school or the village hall please feel free to feed the Ragbag bins with all your unwanted clothing, shoes, curtains as these bins raise vital funds for the school and the hall. Thank you for your support.
The February meeting of Whitsome WRI was a demonstration by one of their members, Liz Walthew. She showed everyone how to make a coiled bowl by recycling a colourful magazine. Everyone had good fun trying out this technique and the competition for the best bowl was won by: 1 Wendy Kinghorn, 2 equal Liz Walthew and June Russell, 3 Grace Wilson. Next month’s meeting is a talk on the Titanic by Christopher Ward, whose grandfather was a musician on the ship the night it went down. This is an open meeting to which all are cordially invited. Cost for non WRI members is £2 and the ladies look forward to seeing you there.
World Day of Prayer
Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. An international committee works from New York and each participating country has its own national committee. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans. Finally, at a church near you on March 7, women and men will gather to celebrate using a programme of worship offered this year by women in Egypt. The theme is ‘Streams in the Desert’ and members are asked to reflect on the Christian role of being a ‘stream in the desert’ for those who experience spiritual ‘drought’ All are welcome, men and women and people of all ages. Ladykirk and Whitsome congregation are having their service at 7pm in Ladykirk Church.