News from the district

abbey st bathans

SWRI

The next meeting in Abbey St. Bathans village hall at 7.30pm will be on Thursday, October 10, and includes a Peru Talk from the Vine Trust. The competition is ‘a treat for Paddington using marmalade’ and something beginning with ‘B’. There’s a crafts evening at Ann P’s – Cockburn Mill on Thursday, October 3, at 7.30pm.

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Flix in the Stix

Tomorrow night’s film in the community hall is set in the near future. Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown children who are concerned he can no longer live alone. Against the old man’s wishes, his son buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is a hilarious and heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. This film was released in 2012 and has a PG13 rating.

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U3A

U3A singers start their new season on Tuesday, October 8, in St Aidan’s Hall from 2pm to 3.30pm. The Tapestry Group missed their first meeting due to the Film Festival you can catch up on Friday, October 25, at The Maltings, 10am with group leader, Sue Handoll. Sue is doing another ‘Drawing on the Quayside’ at 10am on Friday, October 4. If you missed enrolment day you can still join: membership is £12 for the year; if you are a member of another U3A in the district membership is £8.50. An Open Day is being held on Monday, October 7, at 10am in St Aidan’s Hall when Jim Herbert will give a talk on ‘Berwick Castle’. You can join the U3A at this event or get the enrolment form from the website; the library; or The Maltings. Members and non members can check up on the majority of our activities, and details of group leaders on www.berwicku3a.org.uk.

Floral Art Club

At the first meeting of 2013/14 chairman Mrs L Wortley welcomed demonstrator Mrs I Clark from Hexham. Her subject was ‘Passion and Flowers’. She began by using a variety of foliage, green chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbages arranged to complement the green containers. The second design consisted of a horizontally placed palm spathe which set off a low arrangement of ivy, hypericum berries, magenta carnations, pink gerberas and cala lilies. Next a strong line of red carnations and roses stood out against black tie leaves. Then using a toffee coloured container, red hot pokers, orange carnations and lime green anthuriums were intermingled with a variety of greenery. Finally two placements were made using palms, ferns, laurel and fatsia leaves as an outline. Carnations and roses were arranged among these then a beautiful orchid was placed as the piece de resistance! Mrs J Elliot gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on October 18, at 7pm in St Aidan’s Hall. The competition begins with the letter J. All are welcome.

burnmouth

Coffee morning

The regular coffee morning at Burnmouth Village Hall on Saturday, October 5, from 10am-11am will include all the usual fine baking, raffle and a chance to catch up on all the news in the village. Entrance £1 and free re-fills.

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Parish Church

The next service at Chirnside Parish Church is at 11.15am on Sunday, October 6, with preacher, Elizabeth Findlay. Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications. The sponsor for the Millennium Light’s this week is Olive Bell for family birthdays.

COCKBURNSPATH

Coffee morning

A Macmillan coffee morning was held in the village hall in Saturday, September 28 and £450 was raised. Many thanks to all who came along, everyone who helped on the day and donated prizes and baking.

Wee Stories

On Saturday, October 12, at 7pm, the Wee Stories Theatre for Children, are performing ‘One Giant Leap’ in Cockburnspath Village Hall. For more information about the performance please go on to www.onegiantleapscotland.org.uk. Tickets are £5 available from the village shop, the community cafe, any committee member or by e mailing cockburnspathvillagehall@yahoo.co.uk. Also available by phoning 01368 830482. The play is: ‘funny and serious, intelligent and silly, theatre and lecture, cosmic and personal - a true story about what we take for granted and what we choose to ignore. Miss is at your peril!’

Toddler Group

A new Mother and Toddler Group is being held in the village hall on a Tuesday morning at 9.30am, and the communtiy cafe is open every Wednesday from 9am-2.30pm.

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Literary Society.

The first meeting of the new session of Coldstream Social and Literary Society is on Monday, October 7, at 7.30pm in the Eildon Centre when the president, Ken Allan will give his president’s address entitled ‘Grocer’s Lad, Running Dogs and Lockups!’ Subs of £7.50p are due at this meeting. New members will be made most welcome.

Parish Church

A service of harvest thanksgiving will be celebrated by Rev David Taverner on October 6, at 11.15am. This will be followed by a harvest lunch in the church hall. The first meeting of the Bible Study Group will be in the church hall on Wednesday, October 9, at 2.30pm.

Body Shop Party

There will be a Body Shop party in the church hall on Saturday, October 12, at 2pm. There will be a raffle and tea and biscuits will be served. Come along and start your Christmas shopping!

Guild

The first meeting of the new session is on Wednesday, October 9, in the church hall at 7pm when the speaker will be the Rev Marion Dodds whose topic is ‘My Weekend at Balmoral’. New members most welcome!

Ramblers

The next walk planned by the Coldstream Ramblers will be a 10 mile one on Sunday, October 6, taking in the Watchwater and Twin Cairns. Meet at Henderson Park car park, Coldstream, at 9am or Watchwater Reservoir fisherman’s hut at 10am. Please let Dave Byrne (01890 860728 or mobile 07969159273) know if you wish to go.

Fun and Frolics

Following the success of last year’s event there will be another ‘Fun and Frolics’ mindbender (a quiz night with a twist!) this Saturday, October 5, at 7pm in the Coldstream Community Centre. Entry is £3 per person or £20 for a table of eight, price includes stovie supper and there will be a bar available. All proceeds will go to Coldstream Riders Association and Guide Dogs UK.

Legion Ladies

The women’s section of the British Legion at Coldstream are having a trip on Wednesday, October 9, leaving from the Besom Inn at 10am and returning at 6pm. The bus will drop off at Heighleygate Garden Centre then go on to Morpeth, returning via Seahouses. There are places left and anyone interested please contact Mary on 01890 883507. The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 16, when Joyce Luby will demonstrate how to make Christmas decorations. Everyone welcome.

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Senior citizens

A reminder to members of the Duns Senior Citizens Club that the first meeting of the new session will take place on Friday, October 4, at 2pm in Turnbull Court. This will be the annual general meeting followed by a cream tea afternoon. Joining fee is £3.

Guild

The first meeting of the new session was held on Wednesday, September 25. This was an open evening, with proceeds donated to The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). Members and visitors were entertained by Robert Whitton, who gave a very impressive novelty cake demonstration. Robert’s talent and expertise in this field was obvious, and the end-product was excellent. The sum of £218.10p. was raised for CHAS, a great team effort by all concerned, thank you. The next meeting will be held at 7.15pm on Wednesday, October 9, in the church hall, and will be a Bible Study meeting, led by Rev. Andrew Haddow, Minister, Coldingham/St. Abbs/Eyemouth Church of Scotland. New members always welcome.

History Society

Over recent weeks and months there have been many events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden and remembering those of both nations who fell. For many, Flodden immediately brings to mind that haunting melody ‘The Flowers of the Forest’. At the opening meeting of Dunse History Society last Wednesday evening the speaker, society member, Isobel Candlish, chose as her subject not the battle but the song/poem itself and the tune. Immediately though she dismissed any direct connection, the tune while old only traceable back to 1615 over 100 years after the battle. Of the words there were in fact, not one, but three compilers, the first and probably best known of these being Alison Rutherford Cockburn (1712 to 1794).

The speaker argued that this work, probably first written in 1731, had nothing directly to do with Flodden. The Forest referred to was Ettrick Forest and the poem a lament for those from the area who had died in various disasters over the period, referring specifically perhaps to the many who had lost their lives under the ill fated Darien Scheme.

Alison Rutherford had been born in Fairnilee House near Galashiels and in due course married Patrick Cockburn, an Edinburgh advocate. A fervent Whig she moved in the highest intellectual and artistic circles and was a friend of David Hume, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

The theme was taken up by Jean (Jane) Elliot (1727-1805) who wrote her version of the song in 1746 and this is probably the only one of the three that relates specifically to Flodden. The speaker recounted how Jean, the daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto, was a shy retiring lady and that this is her only work which seems to have survived,

The third writer was Anne Hunter (1742 - 1821) daughter of Robert Boyne Home of Greenlaw Castle probably in 1765 following the death by drowning of her lover. The quality of this work is generally regarded as of a lesser standard than the others. She did however, lead a most interesting life, moving to London, marrying the well known anatomist Dr John Hunter (tales of skeletons in the hallway). She also wrote quite a number of poems including texts for the work of Joseph Haydn who resided with the family and who set a number of her works to music. She also met and became a close friend of Prime Minister Robert Walpole and later Nelson’s mistress Emma Hamilton.

Three very different ladies, three poems/songs with a common theme although not always a direct link to Flodden. A most interesting insight into the song and its authors. The next meeting is on October 30, when Fenton Robb will be delivering a talk entitled “The Baron of Eyemouth - his descendants”.

Onion Show

Duns Onion Club will stage its annual show in Duns Rugby Club on Sunday, October 6. Doors open to the public at 1pm. All are welcome, entry by silver collection.

Coffee morning

Duns Park Bowling Club are holding a coffee morning in Duns Parish Church Hall on Saturday, October 12, from 10am to 11.30am. Entry is £1.50 and tickets will be available from members. All members are asked to support this final event of the bowling season. All are welcome.

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EU Church

The new session of the Ladies Guild has started on Wednesday afternoons at 2p.m. This week the speakers are Sina and Anne from Eyemouth Initiative and it should prove to be an interesting afternoon. New members are always welcome. Contact Marion on 01890750518 for hall bookings. Anyone wishing to arrange a wedding or funeral, please contact Margaret on 01890751132 or Ena on 01890751356. On Sunday the church celebrated harvest thanksgiving and the congregation donated food items which will be given to the Berwickshire Food Bank. On Sunday Bryan Webster will lead worship. All welcome.

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Parish Church

Swinton Kirk played its part in the commemoration of the Battle of Flodden as over 200 people rang ‘The Flodden Bell’ in the week of the battle. The bell was placed in the kirk in 1499, and it was rung as a death knell after the battle. Folk from all over the Borders and northern England, as well as people from Australia and France, rang it, and received a special certificate. The Kirk Session wish to thank all who helped to make it such a success by welcoming the visitors and providing the refreshments.

The next service for Fogo & Swinton will be the harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday, October 6,in Swinton Kirk at 10am. Donations to help decorate the kirk for the harvest will be received on the Saturday morning. Refreshments will be served after this service which is for all ages.

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Flower Festival

Langton and Lammermuir Kirk are holding a Flower Festival in aid of church funds in Gavinton Church from Friday, October 11, until Sunday, October 13, from 11am to 7pm each day. The theme of the Flower Festival is ‘Creation’ and also includes the harvest thanksgiving. One of the displays will give an opportunity to support this year’s harvest project. The weekend will culminate in a Songs of Praise service at 7pm on Sunday, October 13, to which all are welcome. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend in the church hall at a cost of £2.50.

Musical evening

Berwickshire Group Riding for the Disabled are holding a fund-raising musical evening at Gavinton Village Hall on Friday, October 4, at 7pm. The entertainment will be provided by singing group The Border Tarts. Tickets are priced £8 which includes a glass of wine and finger buffet. Tickets are available from Nairns Newsagents, Romanes Pharmacy, Berwickshire Group RDA and at the door on the night. All welcome and all proceeds to Berwickshire Group RDA.

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Parish Church

All are welcome to the annual harvest thanksgiving service being held in Gordon Parish Church this Sunday, October 6, at the usual service time of 11.30am, when the traditional harvest hymns will be sung.

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Bondagers

Come along to Hutton Village Hall on Friday, October 4, at 7.30pm to view a film entitled ‘The Bondagers’. There will be a bring and buy stall, plus raffle and refreshments.

ladykirk

Parish church

On Sunday, September 22, at Ladykirk Parish Church the minister explained how ‘Science and Religion Do Mix!’ The next service in Ladykirk will be on Sunday, October 13, at 11.15am and will include a baptism as well as the annual harvest thanksgiving service.

legerwood

Parish Church

All are welcome to the annual harvest thanksgiving service to be held in Legerwood Parish Church this Sunday, October 6, at the usual service time of 10am, when the traditional harvest hymns will be sung.

leitholm

SWRI

Leitholm SWRI held a MacMillan coffee morning in the village hall on Friday, September 28, and the members would like to thank all who attended and helped to raise a large donation for the charity.

The first meeting of the year was held on Wednesday, September 11, when the ladies welcomed members from Coldstream, Langton and Whitsome who joined them for a fun quiz and supper. Each of the members also invited a friend along so they could experience a meeting and maybe decide to join. Everyone enjoyed the evening and the winners of the quiz were the team from Coldstream. Thanks were given to Julie Plunkett who devised the quiz and her assistant Emma Gardner. The competition for a jar of marmalade was won by Betty Virtue, second Betty Mcleish third Lia Espinosa. The Vi Smith Trophy for a single rose was won by Val Robertson. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 9, when the lady from Beadelious will demonstrate and help member make a Christmas star decoration.

Parish church

The Annual Joint Communion service for the Kirks of the Merse was held in Leitholm Kirk on Sunday, September 29, when the minister spoke about ‘The Family of the Church meeting around the Communion Table’. The next service in Leitholm will be on Sunday, October 13, at 9.45am.

paxton

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the recent coffee morning in aid of Macmillan’s ‘The Biggest Coffee Morning in the World’. The event raised £360.50 towards this good cause.

Jazz Night

The Village Hall and Village Green Committees would like to extend a thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Jazz Night with Peter Roughead and the Tweed River Jazz Band. Great fun was had by all and £208 was raised for these two causes.

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Dance

The annual ploughing fundraiser dance is on Friday, October 4, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets £6 from Bill Wood. Music by Ewan Galloway and the lads. Bring your own drinks.

Concert Band

Reston Concert Band will be playing in the village hall on Saturday, October 5, at 7.30pm, tickets £5. They are still belting out tunes 10 years after they played their first concert at Reston Village Hall so to mark the occasion they are doing a series of concerts in the Borders. With a huge repertoire from Dambusters to Jungle Book there’s something for everyone. Maybe you played in the band at one time. Come along and support them.

Macmillan coffee morning

Reston Community Cafe and SWRI joined forces for the Macmillan Coffee Morning. on Friday, September 27, and were thrilled with the turnout. Thank you to all the bakers and all who attended, making it a special morning, All proceeds going to Macmillan.

Talents Exhibition

The Talents Exhibition took place September 28, at Burnmouth Hall, and while it wasn’t hugely attended there were some great talents on show including: cake decorating by Rory Fairbairn; painting by Katharine Prentice and Margaret Laing; a collection of old lamps; cross stitch; the art work by children made at Reston Village hall; photos of the Ayton Summer Holiday club; and a lot more.

Barbecue

The sun shone and those at the Riverside barbecue on 29th September 9, spent a lovely evening. Logan, Stevie and Barrie would like to thank all those who attended. The Community Company are looking for new members, but if you would like to help with planting bulbs, cutting grass or the odd job without becoming a committee member then please contact Logan Inglis.

Christmas Fayre

Booking are now being taken for tables for the annual Christmas Fayre held in Reston Village hall on Saturday, November 30. All proceeds will go towards the up keep of the hall. For more information or to book a table please contact Helen Jeffrey on 01890 761336.

Walk It

The October walk has been cancelled so the next event is on November 3.

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Parish Church

Swinton Kirk played its part in the commemoration of the Battle of Flodden as over 200 people rang ‘The Flodden Bell’ in the week of the Battle. The bell was placed in the kirk in 1499, and it was rung as a death knell after the battle. Folk from all over the Borders and northern England, as well as people from Australia and France, rang it, and received a special certificate. The Kirk Session wish to thank all who helped to make it such a success by welcoming the visitors and providing the refreshments.

The next service for Fogo and Swinton will be the harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday, October 6, in Swinton Kirk at 10am. Donations to help decorate the kirk for the harvest will be received on the Saturday morning. Refreshments will be served after this service which is for all ages.

whitsome

Parish church

On Sunday, September 22,in Ladykirk Parish Church the minister explained how ‘Science and Religion Do Mix!’ The next service in Ladykirk will be on Sunday, October 13, at 11.15am and will include a baptism as well as the annual harvest thanksgiving service.