flix in the stix: Tomorrow night’s film in the Community Hall is ‘An Inspector Calls’ from 1954 starring Alistair Sim. An upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl, known to everyone present, has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious inspector and what can he want of them? This film appears on most lists of all time classic films to see in your lifetime, so now’s your chance.
Coffee morning: A coffee morning in aid of Ayton and Burnmouth church will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 10am-11am in Ayton Community Hall. Entry is by donation. There will be a bring and buy stall and hamper raffle. All are welcome.
remembrance service: A Remembrance Sunday service will be held on Sunday, November 11, in Ayton Parish Church at 10am followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial at 10.50am.
u3a: There are 36 activities to choose from including a new art appreciation group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at The Maltings. The group discussions are being led by Yvonne Parr, and the first meeting is on November 28. The Christmas lunch is on December 20, in the Black and Gold Club at Shielfield Park. The cost is £14.50 each which has to be paid to Mary Patterson. Chairman Jeff’s social club at 15B Lamberton is now open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and the occasional weekend (phone first).
swri: Chirnside SWRI met on Thursday, October 15, when president Jean Garden introduced Dr Sandra McNeil from The Abbotsford Trust. Sandra gave a most interesting illustrated talk about Sir Walter Scott and the marvellous restoration work being undertaken at Abbotsford House. Naomi Hicks gave the vote of thanks. The competition results for an article beginning with ‘B’ were as follows: 1. Hazel Gautry, 2. Margaret Greig, 3. Maureen Anderson. The results of the competition for a book mark were: 1. Jean Campbell, 2. Sheila Colvine, 3. Dawn Simpson. The next meeting is on Thursday, November 15, when Fiona Davidson will demonstrate cake decoration. The competitions are the letter ‘C’ and a decorated cupcake. The visit to the pantomime will be on Friday, December 7, tickets £8 (concessions £6.50). Members will be able to book and pay for tickets for themselves, family and friends at November’s meeting. For information contact Jean Garden on 01890 818243.
development group: Chirnside Development Group would like to thank all of the exhibitors and organisations who made the Community Centre Open Day on Saturday such a success. A big thank you to Phil Craze who brought along two rowing machines for budding world champions to try out, as well as his Olympic Torch. The photographic competition entries were once again of a very high standard, thanks to Ahlstrom for sponsoring this. The Development Group is currently in the final stage of making an application to Big Lottery for funding to carry out extensive renovations to the community centre and anyone willing to assist would be very welcome. Contact John Brown secretary on 01890 819099.
christmas fayre: A Christmas craft fayre is being held in the village hall on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, 11am-4pm. Entrance is £1, children under 10 free. Come and enjoy a large selection of stalls including quilting, handmade chocolates, jams/chutneys, soaps, handbags and jewellery, glass, ironwork and much, much more.
history society: At their meeting on November 1, Coldstream and District Local History Society had a talk delivered by Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell, their topic ‘The Lowland Clearances - Scotland’s Silent Revolution’. To most members this was an eye-opener on part of Scotland’s history of which they had little or no knowledge. Most people have some idea of what happened in the Highlands when the poor were moved from their small farms to make way for the sheep owned by the gentry and large landowners. This also occurred in the Lowlands, with cotters being evicted so the land could be ploughed and cattle raised as Scotland and the north of England became a cash-economy rather than a bartering system. Whole settlements and common land became part of big estates and there was little resistance except in Galloway. A wonderful well researched talk and thanks go to the guests. The society would like to extend their sympathy to the family of Johnny Turnbull, a long standing member, who sadly passed away last week.
Literary Society: The next meeting of the Coldstream Social and Literary Society will be held in the Eildon Centre on Monday, November 12, at 7.30pm. The speaker is Ann Mills who will be showing slides of wild Indian tigers.
Church Guild: The next meeting of the Parish Church Guild is on Wednesday, November 14, in the Church Hall at 7pm. The speaker is Marianne Karsgaard who will be speaking on ‘Days as a Missionary’.
SWRI: The Coldstream branch of the SWRI meets on Thursday, November 15, in the British Legion Hall at 7.30pm when Ella Purves and Isobel Johnston will be demonstrating how to make an applique Christmas card. The competition will be for three Christmas decorations in any craft. New members and visitors will be made most welcome.
Church Fayre: The parish church fayre on Saturday, November 3, was most successful and raised a good sum for church funds. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped, those who donated goods and all those who came along.
coffee morning: A coffee morning in aid of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity is being held at the Eildon Centre, on Saturday, November 10, starting at 10.30am, admission 50p. There will be cake and candy, tombola, raffle etc and any help or donations would be gratefully received. Contact Eleanor Moffat on 01890 882235.
HISTORY SOCIETY: A somewhat different format for the October meeting of Duns History Society last Wednesday evening - rather than a speaker, members enjoyed looking at an audio-visual presentation compiled by the late Douglas Hugonin in the late 1960s entitled ‘A Tale of Two Rivers’. The two rivers were the Whiteadder and the Blackadder and the presentation tracked their courses from their source, the Whiteadder high up in the Lammermuirs, the Blackadder in the hills above Westruther, and followed them till their union with the Tweed and on down to Berwick. While landscape and botanical interest were not ignored the emphasis was very much on the history of the river and the adjacent countryside. Members were impressed with the changing images and commentary all ably co-ordinated by society member Catherine Feeney. The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 5, when David McLean, former head of history at Berwickshire High School will give a talk entitled ‘Improvement and Land Clearance - the Lowland Countryside 1750 to 1850’.
probus CLUB: President Mike Jopling welcomed a good turnout of members to the fifth meeting of Duns Probus in the current session. The recent coffee morning had raised around £350 and Brian Cook thanked those who had manned the stalls and helped make the event such a success. After formalities, the president introduced the guest speaker, Henry Gray, whose subject was a ‘Tour of the Borders’. Henry has more than 30 years of personal and professional development in sports and sports coaching and research into both. As a sports historian he has played a major role in establishing the Borders Sports Hall of Fame and helped produce a booklet entitled ‘Border Olympians and Paralympians’. Henry did a verbal tour of Border towns naming famous sports people from each and telling interesting and funny stories that kept his audience amused. There were several questions afterwards and in response to “What makes a good athlete ?”, Henry said that a good athlete must have a natural talent for the sport combined with a strong work ethic for training. When asked what he most enjoyed about coaching, he replied that seeing his athletes improve after working hard to achieve their goals and target times and doing well in races, whether it be in Olympic trials, open athletics circuit or Border crosscountry league. In his vote of thanks, Peter Gallagher described Henry as “a walking encyclopedia of sport”. The president asked those willing to do a turn at the Christmas lunch on December 12 to give their names to Brian Cook. The next meeting is on November 14, guest speaker David Scot Aiton on ‘Environment Zero Waste’.
senior citizens: At the meeting on Friday, November 2, the guest was Alistair Spence who took members on a nostalgic, sentimental journey, with his slide show presentation of photos of old Duns and the people who lived in the town, all of which was thoroughly enjoyed by his audience. The next meeting is at 2pm on Friday, November 16, in Turnbull Court.
GUILD: Duns Guild are holding ‘The Guild Sale’, in the Church Hall on Saturday, November 10, from 10am to 1pm. Admission is by silver collection. There will be various stalls including cake and candy, gifts, white elephant, toys etc. Teas will be available in the lower hall.
parish church: Duns Parish Church’s Heart and Soul Weekend starts on Friday, November 23. A celebration of the life and work of Duns Parish Church, the programme of events centres round an exhibition of ‘Duns Past and Present’ and ‘The Church Here and Around the World’. On Friday, November 23, Duns Primary School will visit the exhibition during the day and in the evening, 7-8.30pm there will be a special presentation for church members. On Saturday November 24, the exhibition will be open to the public from 10-11.30am, then in the afternoon, 2-3.30pm a special presentation for church members. On Sunday, November 25, morning worship celebration at 10.30am and in the evening Songs of Praise at 6.30pm. This event pre-empts the imminent linkage of Bonkyl and Preston churches with Duns Parish Church early in 2013.
pudsey dance: The Duns and District Branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society are holding a dance in the Volunteer Hall in Duns on Friday, November 16, at 7pm, the proceeds going to Children in Need. Children from several dance classes are performing in the first half of the evening, including Scottish country dancing, highland, ballet, and hip hop, with ceilidh dances for everyone in between the children’s’ demonstrations. A buffet supper will be provided by members of Duns and District Branch Scottish Country Dance.
remembrance DAY: There will be a short wreath laying service at the Edrom War Memorial on Sunday, November 11, at 11am, to remember those who gave their lives in defence of our country. Everyone is invited to attend. To allow a two-minute silence to be observed at 11am it is important that everyone is in position by five minutes to the hour. All those who are driving by at 11am are asked to stop at the memorial and switch off their vehicle engines for two minutes.
remembrance sunday: The Eyemouth RBL Remembrance Day Service begins at the parish church at 2.30pm followed by a parade to the war memorial for the laying of wreaths, after which everyone is invited to the Dolphin Hotel, North Street, for teas and refreshment. As always there will be an informal gathering at 11am at the Eyemouth war memorial, on Sunday, November 11.
town council: Eyemouth Town and Community Council is holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Friday, November 9, in the Masonic hall, 10am-noon. There will be a sales stall and raffle with proceeds going towards the town’s festive lights appeal.
EU CHURCH: The Ladies Guild meets on Wednesday at 2pm. Entertainers this week are the Berwick Male Voice Choir. There will be an elders and managers meeting on Wednesday at 7pm. Please attend if you are able. The service on Sunday will start at 10.50am to observe the act of remembrance at 11am Rev Jim Watson will lead worship.
Christmas fayre: Eyemouth Parish Church Christmas Fayre is on Saturday, November 17, in the church hall between 10am and 2pm. There will be sales tables complete with home baking and a sweet stall, raffle etc. Admission is £1.50 and will include tea/coffee and a mince pie. Turkey/ham rolls with tea or coffee and mince pies will also be on sale. Come and find that special gift.
guild: Greenlaw Church Guild met last Thursday in the Fairbairn hall. Following worship, the speaker Sandy Black, home energy advisor at Scottish Borders Council, gave an interesting and informative talk on ways to conserve heat and energy in our homes, especially as temperatures fall and costs continue to rise. Sandy stressed the importance of reducing heat loss by having effective double or triple glazing and loft and cavity insulation and then answered members’ questions. Sandy was thanked and after tea members enjoyed a very productive sales table. Sincere thanks to all members for their help and support. The next meeting will be Thursday, December 6, when the speaker will be Rev Marian Dodd, who will speak on being ‘A Chaplain to the Queen’.
swri: Mordington SWRI met in Foulden Hall, Carolyn McGregor welcoming Jean Trimmer, who gave a very interesting talk, illustrated with slides, of her visits to Finland. Tea was served by M. Budge and J. Kerr. The snowball was won by I. Williams. The competition for an article beginning with the letter ‘G’ resulted as follows: 1. J. Ellis, 2. I. Williams 3. M. Budge. The next meeting will be the insitute’s 79th birthday party when there will be a finger buffet provided by the members.
Quiz Night: Everyone is invited to a quiz night in Paxton Village Hall on Friday, November 9, at 7.30pm. The evening is being hosted by Bob Boyle and there will be a bar and nibbles available. Entry for tables of four is £10 but do come along even if there are only two of you. Enquiries to 01289 386094.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: The service at Reston on Sunday, November 11, is at 11.30am. Thank you to all for the £59.60 which was raised at the harvest produce sale - this will be going to Christian Aid.
christmas fayre: The Christmas fayre and table top sale is on Saturday, December 1, from 2-4pm. To book a table ring Helen on 01890761336. Raffle tickets on sale now.
Order of St John in Scotland
AGM: At the AGM the chairman Rev Bill Paterson retired after 10 years’ service. It is happening at an auspicious time because a cheque for £26,500 is being presented to the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit by the Prior for Scotland Sir Malcolm Ross. Previously, the local branch, South East Scotland, gave £1000 to this cause and a further £1500 raised locally is included in the larger sum. The next local event is on December 19, at Duns Caste - a lunch by Jim and Judie Hettrick followed by a Christmas carol entertainment. The new chairman will be Alasdair Hutton, CBE. DL. and members are looking forward to his enthusiastic chairmanship which will be conducted with his usual charm. For tickets for the December 19 event telephone 01361 882727.