25 years ago
▼ BORDER farm leaders left their two MPs- Liberals David Steel and Archy Kirkwood- in no doubt at a meeting on Monday that their industry was reaching crunch point. Bill Phillips, president of the Borders Area NFU of Scotland- accompanied by local chairmen from both lowland and hill areas- spelled out his belief that unfair discrimination within the European community was hitting prime beef production and would soon hit hill beef production and cereals might follow suit,
▼ BORDERS Regional Council seem set, at the eleventh hour, to do a ‘U’ turn and scrap their three year consultation programme on rural schools. On Tuesday, the council’s policy and resources committee, against the strong advice of chief executive Kenneth Clark, threw out the consultation procedure which was due to be completed by the summer. The survey, on the then 83 rural schools, began in the autumn of 1984 and has been carried out in three phases. Surpringly the about turn, initiated by the council’s vice convenor, George Dorward, was passed without dissent from the ruling Independent Councillors.
▼ THE ambulance service in Duns and Eyemouth should be improved rather than centralised at Chirnside say Duns community Council. In a letter to Berwickshire District Council, the community council pointed out that during the recent severe weather the roads department did attempt to keep an east-west route open but did not succeed and that an ambulance service based in Chirnside would have difficulty serving Duns or Eyemouth. The building of a station at Chirnside is currently scheduled for 1990/1.
▼ THE District Rate for Berwickshire is to be increased for the first time in three years. Berwickshire District council yesterday set the rate for 1987/88 at 9.5p in the pound, an increase of 0.5p. However, councillors also heard that the rate was likely to increase by a further 20 per cent next year as the council had agreed to overspend on their guideline figure and would face penalties imposed by central government.
▼ FOr the first time in almost a quarter of a century a house in Coldstream has been sold by public auction. The three bedroomed detached villa at The Lees, a small development at the north of the town, made £51,100. The highly unusual step had been taken to bring a particularly tragic episode to a speedy conclusion. The house had been bought by a couple for their retirement but was only partially built when Mrs Broughton died suddenly. Shortly afterwards her husband suffered a massive brain haemorrage and now requires constant nursing care.
▼ A NUMBER of residents in the Lammermuirs who currently vote in East Lothian will soon become Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituents without moving an inch. This follows a recommendation last week to change the boundary between the East Lothian and Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituencies at Monynut and Bothwell Valleys. The recommendation has been made in a report by the Boundary Commission for Scotland, and if approved by parliament, the change will take effect at the next general election.
▼ WHILE the majority of people who fly off to Crete this year will be going for a holiday in the sun, a 22 year old university graduate from Berwickshire is heading for the Greek island for something quite different. Lucinda Smout, from Coldingham is going to Crete in April with the University of Manchester’s Department of Anthropology to work on a project which will attempt to encourage the Cretan women to develop their craft and design skills.
t BORDER Region’s education committee is to pay out some £43,000 this year to Northumbria, because of school children who live in the Borders but go to school douth of the border.
50 years ago
▼ DAMAGE amounting to several hundred pounds was caused at Eyemouth on Sunday, when gale-force swinds struck the town. At the Home Arms Hotel, the gale ripped away the chimney which crashed down on to the roof and the roadway below.
t COLDSTREAM is becoming a popular centre for all kinds of horse events. Already people within its boundaries enjoy hunting, gymkhanas, common riding and Pony Club activities. Thjis year, on April 26, Lennel is the chosen site for yet another event - horse trials.
t A MEETING to test public reaction to the suggestion that a swimming pool be provided at Eyemouth is being held in the town on Thursday. This follows discussion of the possiblity at the recent meeting of the local town council.
t THE Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to visit Coldstream on July 5. Coldstream town clerk, Mr W Harper, said: “As the Queen is Colonel-in-Chief of the Coldstream Guards, it seems probable that she will want to see the headquarter of the Guards in Market Square. It will be the first time a reigning monarch has visited the burgh since King James passed through on his way to the Battle of Flodden, where he was killed in 1513. When the Queen and the Duke last came to Berwickshire in July 1956, they went to Eyemouth, Duns and Lauder.
t ALTHOUGH there are 10 houses considered to be unfit for human habitation in the burgh, Duns Town Council agreed the families displaced could be re-housed without having to build new homes.
t DRIFT-NET salmon fishermen have started landing their catches at Eyemouth as well as at Seahouses but catches have been much lighter. Over 20 boats have been landing salmon at the Berwickshire port for the past week and fewer have been going to Seahouses.
t ONE of 17 gold medals struck to commemorate service in the South African war, and presented by Duns Town Council in 1900 to those of Duns and District who served in that war, has been returned to the council for inclusion in their proposed museum.
t WHAT is normally a local ‘derby’ with great enthusiasm from players and spectators turned out to be a dull affair on Saturday when Duns met Chirnside United in the East of Scotland League at Hawthorn Park. A 2-2 draw was a fitting result.
t GRANTSHOUSE completing a double over the Eyemouth Youth Club team on Saturday are now favourites to win their section of the Berwickshire League Cup.
t DURING public worship in Greenlaw Church on Sunday, February 4, Rev A A Lawson informed his congregation that he was leaving Greenlaw to fill a vacancy in the Scottish Church in Karachi, Pakistan.
t DUNS Town Council has agreed to a scheme in connection with infiltration water in the burgh sewers. After very full consideration of the whole matter, the committee recommended the town council to approve the adoption of the scheme costing £2,850 and the engineers to be instructed to incorporate their proposals in the plans for the proposed new works.
100 years ago
▼ Madame Levante’s Orchestra of Ladies paid a return visit to Coldstream on Monday evening. The Mechanics Hall was packed to capacity to hear this popular orchestra, and all the items in the programme were well received, encores being granted to several.
t Foresters of Court Bridge of Lammermoor gave a very successful dance in Cockburnspath Hall on Friday evening, when there was an attendance of 60 couples.
t On Friday a lecture on “The Shark” was given by Capt Norman RN to the pupils of Berwickshire Huigh School. The lecture dealt with some of the habits of the shark, and of the pilot fish which accompanies the ocean species, and touched upon some of the lessons that can be learnt from them. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded on the proposal of R Wilson.
t Mr John Wood, solicitor, Eyemouth, has been appointed as Clerk to St Abbs Harbour Trust.
t A LARGE company of friends met in the school at Westruther on Saturday week to present Mr Samuel Weir with a couple of easy chairs as a token of esteem in which he is held, on the occasion of his leaving Spottiswoode. Rev Mr Silver made the presentation, and Mr Weir replied in felicitous terms and thanked all for their kindness.
t Ayton voluntary Aid Detachment Red Cross Society classes are to begin shortly.
t FOotball - Norham v Chirnside. This return match was played at Norham on Saturday, and resulted in a win for the visitors by two goals to nil. The home team (which was largely composed of fishermen who had worked all night, and were not fit to play a hehavy game) was completely outclassed, and but for the good goalkeeping of Spratt would have had several more goals scored against them. Black, at centre half, was the best of the visitors, and the outstanding player on the field. Spratt in goal, Alston at back, amd Weir at right half, were the best of the home lot.
t The annual dinner of Cockburnspath and Dunglass Curling Club was held in the Inn on Thursday evening, and 19 gentlemen participated of excellent fare served up by Mrs Nisbet in her very best style.
t Berwickshire Foxhounds - The trysting place on Friday was Ladykirk village; only a small field appeared. There was good scent, and hounds killed three foxes.
t THere was an unusually large gathering at Pedwell Fishery, Norham on Wednesday night, when the time-honoured ceremony of invoking the divine blessing at the opening of the salmon fishing was led by the vicar, Rev C .E. Green. An innovation this year was the taking of flash light photos of the picturesque scene, a representative of “The Daily Mirror” attending for the purpose.
t With the Tweed at Coldstream in good order for salmon angling and favourable weather, sport has been good.
t On Friday evening the Duns Bachelors gave a ball in the Town Hall, which was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The arrangements, which were in the hands of a capable committee, were all that could be desired.