Letters

Great local suppoprt for Jim Clark Rally

SIR, - I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Berwickshire for their support and tolerance during the Jubilee weekend when the Jim Clark Rally was running.

Again the organisers were very pleased that rally was so successful and it was particularly notable that a local driver, Euan Thorburn, had a double victory on the Saturday and the Sunday rallies.

The number of visitors to the Borders area hopefully went some way to mitigate the disturbances caused to the local population by the closed roads. Without the local support and help it would not be possible to run such a successful International Rally.

On behalf of the organising team, the competitors and all the marshals, I salute and thank you all.

DR BOB PAWSON,

Chairman and chief medical officer of the Jim Clark Rally.

Disgraceful state of Swinton churchyard

SIR, - After a visit to my parents’ grave last week I found the state of the churchyard at Swinton is nothing short of a disgrace.

I wonder if it’s the case that it is now only tended to prior to a funeral or a wedding, it certainly looks that way because the grass is over two feet high!

The grass in the new cemetery is not far behind with big clumps of coarse grass growing all over the place.

The families of those who are buried in Swinton cemetery deserve better from Scottish Borders Council.

BRENDA ALLAM,

Hawthorn Bank,

Duns.

BAAGS Care-van

SIR, - Please could we say a huge thank you to the students and staff at Earlston High School for presenting us with a cheque for £1,700.

This was as a result of the year long activities organised by the sixth year Charities Committee - clearly very well supported events and very well organised. This money will go towards the upgrading of our Carer-van, a respite/short-break static caravan based at Haven’s holiday park in Berwick which offers low cost and affordable holidays to families living with autistic conditions....families from the Borders, Scotland and the UK have all benefitted from the very needed resource. Up-grading to a newer and more economical van will mean a more comfortable furnishings as well as helping to keep the impact on the environment to a minimum when using water, gas and electricity!

Thank you to everyone who continues to show their support and encouragement to us and the very important and valued people who run fundraising events in our honour.

DEREK PURVIS,

Chairman,

Borders Asperger and Autism Group Support.

Charity darts event a great success

SIR, - Through the pages of your newspaper the Eyemouth Hospital Comforts Association would like to thank the ladies of the darts clubs who so generously supported the darts competition on Tuesday, June 5, in aid of our funds.

The excellent sum of £105 was raised.

A special thanks to Mrs Irene Aitchison who organised and run the evening.

The money will be used to continue our aim to ensure that all Eyemouth people who have spent at least one night in hospital are visited on their return home and presented with a basket of fruit. The town is covered by a group of volunteers who try to ensure that this aim is fulfilled. Should you know of anyone in hospital please notify one of the volunteers or contact myself. Again our sincere thanks.

JIM BARRIE,

Convener.

Fantastic result for RDA

SIR, - Berwickshire Group RDA would like to thank all those who supported our coffee morning in Eyemouth on June 16.

The grand total raised was £417.81p which was a fantastic result!

Thank you to all who helped on the day by manning the stalls, serving coffee and washing up. Also those who baked cakes and scones and donated prizes for the raffle and tombola.

The horses, ponies, riders, vaulters and volunteers are about to start their well deserved summer break apart from a few who will be taking part in competitions and we wish them the best of luck.

JOHANNA WRIGHT,

Buskin,

Coldingham.

Tories cannot adehere to the rules

SIR, - John Lamont MSP continues to use his column for partisan purposes.

In particular, his attack (Berwickshire News, May 24) on the parties in the new coalition on Scottish Borders Council, and his accusation that the SNP will be using the Council as a platform for furthering the case for an independent Scotland, are nothing more than scaremongering.

The coalition parties have pledged to work together for the good of all Borders residents, founded on an agreement that campaigning for the 2014 Referendum will quite properly be kept apart from Council business.

Can I suggest a more pertinent topic for the MSP’s column. It has just been reported (Herald, June 18) that Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has achieved the unenviable distinction of being the first MSP to be fined by the UK Electoral Commission. This was for failing to declare £15,000 of donations to her leadership campaign.

John Lamont, as Ruth Davidson’s campaign manager, is therefore implicated. Perhaps in his parliamentary brief he could expand on the Tory Party’s cavalier approach to electoral law.

There is a serious point in this. If the Tories cannot adhere to the rules in a small internal campaign, how are they to be trusted in the financing of the anti-independence campaign?

DAVID WILLIAMSON,

Rosebery Place,

Dunbar

Eyemouth students raise funds for Peru trip

SIR, - Those students of Eyemouth High School intending to travel to Peru with the Vine Trust in 2013, would like to express their gratitude to all those who attended their fundraising coffee morning and to those who generously donated raffle prizes.

The event, which was the first the young people had organised, raised an impressive £406.

The students look forward to welcoming supporters to their next fundraiser, a family ceilidh in Coldingham Village Hall on Friday, June 29, at 7.30pm, tickets cost £16 per family, £6 per adult, £4 per child, bring your own bottle and supper.

EHS PERU TRIP FUNDRIAISNG COMMITTEE.

Christian Aid

SIR, – On behalf of the Eyemouth and Coldingham and St Abbs Christian Aid Committees, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to raising £5,965 this year.

As well as the collections, coffee mornings and evenings and the soup and sandwich lunch held in previous years, this year saw some new events. The first of these was a sponsored walk along the coastal path from Berwick to St Abbs on a beautiful, sunny Saturday which raised £1096. The other was “Sound of Musicals” a very enjoyable evening of songs by Raymond Williams and Lynn Manderson which raised £637.

A great deal of commitment and hard work was required by many people to raise such an excellent total and the committees would like to thank everyone. This money will go to provide tools and training to help people improve their lives in some of the poorest communities in the world.

ISHBEL DORWARD.

Swimming for charity

SIR, - I hope you will allow me through your letters page to say a huge thank you to all who sponsored me this year for Swimathon 2012.

With the generous support of family and friends I managed to raise £216 for Marie Curie charity. This is my third year of completing the individual 5K challenge and each year I have managed to shave a little off my time whilst raising vital funds for this very worthwhile cause. Thanks again to all who encouraged me and a special thanks to Iain at Eyemouth Leisure Centre who timed me and does so much behind the scenes.

BRONTE FRATER (15)

Good Samaritans

SIR, - Through your column could I say a big thank you to the drivers who stopped to help and the police for their assistance on Friday night when I had a car accident on the A6105 Earlston to Gordon road. Their help was much appreciated. Thanks again.

SHEILA WILSON,

Brierydean,

St Abbs.

Can anyone help girls from Peebles?

SIR, - I have drawn the short straw to write this letter on behalf of the girls at Peebles.

We are trying to find a guy named Charlie. We know he lives in Earlston and is a blacksmith. Many years ago he used to help Willie Boyle at Halhope Stables in Galashiels.

Would Charlie know if Willie is still alive? We know through the grapevine that Willie lives or lived in Victoria in Australia, and also he kept in touch with a few people from the Borders. Charlie was one off them.

One of the girls has written a lovely sad story called “Kiswet” and the theme for that book was taken from a letter which was written to the Border Telegraph in 2010. We would like to dedicate that book to Willie. He was a very charismatic and remarkable man, but we do not know if he is still alive and well, we thought Charlie might help us, we hope so.

GERMANE STEWART

Peebles.

Motoring memorabilia sought

SIR, - We are launching an appeal to recover important pieces of motoring memorabilia related to BSM driving school.

BSM, founded in 1910, has a rich history and a unique place in the heart of the UK’s motoring story. Unfortunately over the years many branded items from BSM’s history have left the company’s ownership.

It is believed these items include original BSM ‘L’ plates and driving simulators from the early 1900’s, as well as old training manuals, documents and photographs.

Since BSM was acquired, just over a year ago now, we have worked hard to grow the brand. We’re now looking into the heritage of BSM as it’s an important part of the business and the history of the brand, so we’d like to try to recover its historic memorabilia.

Our recent research has uncovered a number of objects including an original certificate of motoring competence from 1917 as well as a 1935 driving manual. But from our photo archive we know that there are a great deal more BSM related historic artefacts and we would love to at least know where they are. If any readers can help with our appeal please email details to amnesty@bsm.co.uk

MARK PEACOCK,

Head of BSM.

Apprenticeships

SIR, - All credit to Balfour Beatty for speaking out on the issue of apprenticeships and calling for more robust clauses in public construction contracts to ensure young people are able to complete their training.

It’s one of the reasons why the construction industry has been campaigning so hard for the systematic inclusion of community benefit clauses in public contracts. These would recognise the creation of sustainable local training and employment opportunities as a key criterion for selecting a contractor. The public sector has a real opportunity here to lead by example and maximise added value to local communities by engaging companies to carry out public works that are committed to maximising the benefits of public investment to those communities by supporting jobs and creating sustainable apprenticeship opportunities for the people who live there.

Despite the impacts of the recession, it’s worth remembering that the construction industry remains the backbone of Scotland’s apprenticeship system, offering thousands of young Scots high quality training opportunities. It’s time we hardwired these benefits into the public procurement system and I look forward to the rapid introduction of new legislation promised by the Scottish Government that will address this issue directly.

MICHAEL LEVACK,

Chief Executive,

Scottish Building Federation.