Fishermans Choir in 1986
Fishermans Choir in 1986

25 years ago

▼ the fate of a Berwickshire primary school may be decided at a key meeting being held in Newtown St Boswells today. Borders Regional Council’s primary education sub-committee have been considering the future of 28 schools in the region including Westruther, and at today’s meeting will hear the report of the Director of Education, and then make recommendations to the full education committtee when it meets on January 22. Westruther employs just over one teacher, the roll is dropping and and the school is described as “a dismal ancient building” so it looks like a prime candidate for the axe.

t berwickshire District Council’s Industry Committee are to press for a joint meeting between various local authorities and tourism bodies to discuss the possibility of some type of tourist point on the Scotland/England border at Lamberton. Councillor Jim Evans said the council had talked repeatedly about doing something at Lamberton, commenting: “if we don’t do it now when the road is being realigned, it will not be done in our lifetime. If we can stop the tourists here instead of allowing them to speed straight up to Edinburgh, we have a chance of selling them Berwickshire, Berwick and the Borders. This is the once chance we have to do it.”

t several hundred teachers in the Borders will take part in a national one day strike today. The strike is a follow up to the E.I.S rejecting the latest Government pay offer, and over 500 E.I.S members in the Borders will be taking industrial action. Jock Houston, secretary of the Borders branch of E.I.S said all nine secondary schools in the region would be “seriously affected” by the strike, while borough primarues and some of the rural primariesw would also be hit.

t pay offs have been announced by the Eyemouth Boat Building Company. Four men are losing their jobs immediately and another 11 out of the total workforce of 38 could also be paid off because of the cancellation of an order for a new fishing boat. However, the managing director, Captain James Evans revealed strenuous efforts were being made to attract new businesses to minimise the job losses.

t pupils at Gordon Primary School are the stars of a video made by the Lego company which will be shown all over the world. The method of teaching used at the school, known as the topic approach, has aroused a great deal of interest amongst teachers and educationalists in other countries, and the video was made to show how the method is put into practice. The video has condensed a whole term’s work by the children, and parents and pupils had a chance to see the finished production at a school viewing last week.

t ayton Castle Curling Club marked their 100th anniversary with a Centenary Bonspiel at the Border Ice Rink last week. The event was sponsored by McCreath, Simpson and Prentice and approximately 100 curlers took part. All members of the Ayton Castle Club took part along with two members from every other club in the Borders region. The Bonspiel was won by Jim Tully’s rink which consisted of Ian Girvan, May Scott and Ian Mitchell.

t mark Kelly, a pupil at Dunbar Grammar School, has qualified for the British Biathlon Championships. Mark did so by finishing second in his age group (15-17 years) and 20th in a field of 50 competitors at the recent Scottish Championships held at Merchiston, setting a personal best in the swimming events and equalling his previous best time in the running.

t with just over 1000 entries for the 36th Annual Berwickshire Ornithological Society Open Show, there was keen competition in all sections. With exhibitors from as far afield as Airdrie and Morpeth, and many from the Edinburgh area, local fanciers did extremely well.

50 years ago

▼ PROPOSALS for the improvement of the Coldingham-St Abbs area with a view to making it more attractive for tourists, were reported at a meeting of Berwickshire Roads Committee held at Duns on Friday to be most helpful, but that there was no money to carry them out. It was agreed, however, that the proposals would be forwarded to the industrial and depopulation committee.

t NURSES preferred a certain degree of seclusion which discourage frivolous requests and unnecessary demands, as well as speculation and gossip, said Berwickshire’s medical officer of health Dr R s Hardie, at a meeting of the health and welfare committee held at Duns. Dr Hardie was reporting on the fact that the district nurse at Eyemouth was due to retire in December. He said it would probably be possible to find a successor for some time in the spring of 1962 if they could provide a house then.

t EYEMOUTH Youth Club have found the answer to halt the triumphant march of Chirnside in the Berwickshire Amateur League. On Saturday, they went to Chirnside and in a thrilling game drew 3-3. That means they have taken three points from the league leaders and they are the only team to check them.

t FARMERS who wish to have their roads taken over by the county council should contact the county road surveyor before carrying out repairs in order that the roads would come up to the standard required by the county, said county councillor T White.

t BERWICKSHIRE Education Committee have agreed to purchase a typrewriter at an estimated cost of £39 for use in Eyemouth Public Library.

t ENTRIES from Berwickshire figured prominently amongst the winners at Ednam Young Farmers’ Club annual show on Friday. The high standard of exhibits in the various sections was generally commented upon by members of the public, some of whom had travelled a distance to visit the show. Held annually in the Corn Exchange, Kelso, the show was the 12th organised by the club.

t LEITHOLM village has been given a grant of £250 by the National Playing Fields Association so that a playing field can be made in the village.

t AT A meeting of Berwickshire Education Committee held at Duns on Tuesday, the director of education, Mr R D Birch, intimated that the county finance committee had agreed to the purchase of a mobile library for the county. Delivery of the vehicle has been asked for early in March.

t BIRDS of all descriptions were entered for the Berwickshire Ornithological Society show which was held at the Drill Hall, Duns, on Saturday, This is the 12th annual open show which has been organised by the society, and once again it was a great success. Entires this year were very slightly down on last, but there were still over 800 exhibits in the show.

t R A A C McArthur, of Tiptoe, Cornhill, was elected chairman of Berwick and Border branch of the National Farmers’ Union at the annual general meeting in the King’s Arms Hotel last week. THE first words.

100 years ago

t With reference to the burglaries which took place at some stations a fortnight ago, Mr Wood has found in one of his fields an axe close to Burnmouth Station. The axe is said to belong to Reston, but the depredators are still at large.

t On Thursday evening the members of Dunse Lodge of Freemasons assembled in the Masonic Hall for the annual installation of office bearers.

t “The Gardener” refers to the prize Campanula pyramidalis (blue) of Mr P Lugton, Beanburn, Ayton, with ten stems; the longest bloomed stem shows 3 feet 6 inches of lovely blooms, the stem being 5 feet 3 inches long from the pot. It stood all the winter in open ground, and was brought to its perfection in a garret room underneath a skylight. The plant has been the admiration of all who have seen it. Mr Lugton this season won 38 pirzes at Ayton Show and 25 at Berwickshire Horticultural Society’s Show at Duns.

▼ On the occasion of their Silver Wedding Mr and Mrs Thomas Gray entertained a host of friends at the Cove on Saturday. The happy pair received many beautiful presents including a magnificent silver tea pot from their sons and daughters. Mr Thomas Gray is a skilful seaman, a crack shot, a capital fly fisher, and one of our best draught players. We send our congratulations.

t A FRIENDLY match was played in Home Park on Saturdaty between Coldstream and the KOSB. There was a small attendance when the KOSB kicked off against a strong wind. Play was of an even character at the commencement, the soldiers showing good combination but finishing weakly. After 15 minutes Dalgliesh scored for Coldstream, giving the goal keeper no chance with a shot from close range. With a strong attack and the wind in their favour Coldstream did most of the pressing but the Soldier’s defence put up a good fight and prevented further scoring during the first half. Their goalkeeper brought off many brilliant saves from shots by Melrose, Renton, Robertson and Cockburn. In the second half KOSB, with the wind in their favour, had a share of attacking but the home backs, Murray and Campbell, easily held the forwards, and Smith was seldom called upon to deal with shots. Half through the second half Cockburn, in a fine individual effort, scored Coldstream’s second goal in brilliant style, going through all opposition, and beating the goalkeeper with a ground shot.

t Mr Thomas White, dairyman, Cockburnspath, met with a severe accident. He was driving a cart and it upset (at a nasty piece of road) and turned over on the driver and buried his leg and ankle much. We are glad to report he is improving and to see him out again soon.

t A PAPER entitled “A chapter from Scottish History” was read by Mr James Rankineto Coldstream Fellowship Association on Tuesday. Rev D M Joss presided over a good attendance. The paper principaloly dealt with Scottish life of a century ago. How the people lived, and how they laboured, were the chief points discussed. Mr Rankine was cordially thanked.

t The two boats Ivanhoe and Maggie Fairbairn came home to Burnmouth last week from Yarmouth, after having some good shots. The Ivanhoe had for one day’s shot £150. We would like to see Burnmouth boats doing this regularly.