25 years ago
▼ CONCERNED residents of two Berwickshire villages have vowed to use all means at their disposal to prevent a poultry development being built on their doorstep. Villagers of Leitholm and Eccles are up in arms over plans by poultry farmers Hamish Morrison Ltd, to build chicken units on the outskirts of the two villages. One would be just outside Eccles at Crosshall and the other at Ornage Lane. But residents believe that the development would: totally alter the character of the surrounding area; create a smell which would be all-pervasive and effect the pleasantness of a rural site; damage the local tourist industry; be practically unsuitable given the number of previous accidents at Organe Lane and lead to asthma sufferers in the two villages being badly affected.
t BORDERS Region are to offer £2500 to Northumberland County Council as part of a share into a feasibility study for tourist facilities on the A1 road at Lamberton Toll/Marshall Meadows. Planning director Paul Gregory told his committee that an improvement scheme involving 1000 metres of dual carriageway, almost entirely in Northumberland, will start in the autumn. Two lay-bys were proposed, one on the northbound and one on the southbound carriageway.
t SWINTON Kirk was almost bursting at the seams on Sunday when there was a very large congregation at a special Cradle Roll Service. Around 200 people attended the service with many former Swintonians travelling from Duns, Berwick, Eyemouth and even from as far as Edinburgh. The minister, Rev Alan Cartwright, invited all those who had been baptised in the Kirk during the past 30 years and whose names appeared on the Cradle Roll which was started in 1957. Approximately 80 of the 200 plus people who appear on the Roll attended Sunday’s service and there was a good representation of all age groups.
t THE controversial plan to allow Midlothian District Council to join the Scottish Borders Tourist Board has been scrapped. For members of the board’s executive committee overwhelmingly agreed last Wednesday that any move to extend its tourist interest in that direction would be a bad one. Leading the oppopsition was Provost Drew Tulley of Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council. He said that Midlothian was looking for “a cheap way” into tourism when in fact it had little to offer.
t A SCOTTISH Office minister has denied that the A1 road in East Lothian is a dangerous road. In a reply to a letter from the Prospective Alliance Candidate for East Lothian, Andrew Robinson, expressing concern about the present condition of the road, Michael Ancrum, Minister for Local Government and the Environment, said that he did not agree that the accident statistics supported an assertion that it was a dangerous road, adding that the accident rate on the A1 in the rural area of East Lothian was nearly half the national figure of that for similar areas.
t BRYAN Douglas of Tweedmouth has taken over as manager of Coldstream Football Club until the end of the season. The news was announced by the Coldstream club at the weekend and Bryan was at the helm for the Streamers’ match against Pencaitland on Saturday. The Berwickshire side lost 2-0- they are still without a point in the East of Scotland league- but players and officials were impressed by the way Bryan handled the technical side of the game. A well known business man, Bryan played professional football for Morton and also for a short spell with Berwick Rangers.
t ONCE again Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club have hit the headlines, with two of their young boxers gaining success in Eastern District Boxing Championships. Fifteen year old Scott Robertson won the 44 kilo Class A Division Championship when he was given the decision over Robert Shepherd from the Edinburgh Sparta Boxing Club in the final. Derek Lyall, also aged 15, won the 57 kilo Class A Division Championship when he triumphed over Sean Orr, also from the Sparta Club.
50 years ago
▼ THE Border Burgh Convention decided to request an immediate meeting with the Secretary of State for Scotland and local Members of Parliament with a view to demanding a new general hospital for the Borders. If no satisfaction is obtained at that level, the fight for a new hospital to replace Peel will be taken further - “to the Chancellor of the Exchequer or the Prime Minister if need be”.
t IN association with the Scottish Committee of the Arts Council, Duns and District Arts Guild presented the last programme of this season last Monday, with a performance in The Berwickshire High School Hall, Duns, by the Harlequin Ballet Company, from London.
t A SURPRISE lay in store for the members of the Berwickshire County Orchestra when they visited Longformacus recently. A conductor’s rostrum, beautifully constructed, painted and fitted with steps was presented to the orchestra.
t THE ‘King’ of wild bird life made one of his rare appearances in the Borders last week when a golden eagle was spotted by three shepherds in the heart of the Cheviot Hills. It was a coincidence that when first seen the eagle should perch on a fence at the summit of a hill known as ‘King’s Seat’ near Yetholm.
t eight farmers, members of the Berwick and Border branch of the NFU joined the Ladykirk Estates Rabbit Clearance Society, had the rabbits on their farms killed for a spell of two years, but now refuse to pay the society’s subscription. This was the allegation made at Friday’s meeting of the NFU Committee in Berwick. President of the Mid and East Berwickshire branch of the Union said that the eight farmers owed a total of £55 and the committee were asked to put pressure on them in an effort to see the money was paid.
t COLDSTREAM put up strong opposition when they met Duns in East of Scotland League fare at Hawthorn Park, Duns, on Saturday. It was not a really inspiring encounter and a draw was a fair result for the 90 minutes play. Duns 3 Coldstream 3.
t WITH the 1962 fishing season already a month old, net fishermen on the River Tweed are saying that this has been one of the most disappointing starts on record. Only on occasional days have the total catches come into the three-figure mark, and at most stations, the daily average has been small.
t JOE Davis, the undefeated world billiards and snooker champion, delighted the spectators in the Tillmouth Village Hall last week when he gave an exhibition of billiards and snooker. Joe, who is at present on a fishing holiday and is a guest at the Tillmouth Park Hotek, kindly consented to play the local Tillside Billiards League ‘experts’ R Foreman and W Morgan of the Norham Billiards Club.
t AT a sitting of Eyemouth Burgh Court on Thursday a local man was fined 7s 6d for allowing a chimney to be on fire.
t CHIRNSIDE United FC Committee and volunteers have been busy repairing barricading and other damages caused by the recent gales. The committee have lined up a very large and full programme of functions to follow from now and right through their close season.
100 years ago
▼ IN order to carry out efficiently the supplementary training of pupils 12 years of age and over, in accordance with the requirements of the Scottish Education Department, the school board of Greenlaw have just added to their present school buildings a secondary technical school.
▼ on account of the continuance of the coal strike, Messrs Young Trotter and Sons, Ltd., have been obliged to shut down their works again. The management have wisely decided to do their annual repairs, thus saving a close time during the summer.
▼ UNDER the auspices of Berwickshire Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (Non-Militant), Mrs Philip Snowden, the wife of the well-known Labour MP was to have addressed a meeting in Eyemouth Town Hall on Friday night. Mrs Snowden has spoken during the past year at Duns and Ayton, and there was a large attendance to hear her at Eyemouth.
▼ FOR the purposes of inaugurating a branch of the Scottish Rural Workers Friendly Society in Duns and District, one of the organisers of the scheme, held a meeting in the Town Hall on Monday evening. Mr Campbell said he was not there under the auspices of any political party. He was there as organiser of the Scottish Rural Workers Friendly Society, which embraced all shades of politics. We have some 7,000,000 people who have made provision against sickness. Under the Insurance Act another 14,000,000 will be brought into the scheme either compulsorily or as volunteers.
▼ WE have seen Border auctioneers and farmers regarding the conspicuous rise in the prices of grass parks, within the past or two. Last year’s prices were in general rather below the average, but this year’s have more than made up the differences, the rise in many cases being exceedingly great. This is due to the scarcity of keep in the district and the shortage of the turnip crop. Hirsel Grass Park, Coldstream were submitted to public auction by Penny and Kav, Kelso, on Thursday. There was an animated demand, and an advance of 23 per cent over last year’s rental.
▼ SHOPS in Reston village are going in for a weekly half holiday and also for earlier closing at nights.
▼ SANITARY Inspector’s Report - special scavenging districts, Ayton. The contens of ashpits are removed three times a year. This might meet the case if all ashpits were of good sanitary construction. Many are simply holes in the garden, some with enclosing walls, few have cement bottoms, and few still have outlet drains. They are usually associated with an open privy midden. Unless the introduction of waterclosets is to be insisted on, I cannot well consider the present cleansing arrangements sufficient.
t EYEMOUTH Choral Union made a great hit on Friday, when to a crowded audience they gave a very fine rendering of Handel’s Messiah in the Town Hall. It was their eighth concert, and it gave further proof of the steady improvement which has been manifest during the previous years of the society’s existence.
t MR Courtney King, auctioneer, held on Saturday the first of a series of horse sales in the Brown Bear Yard, Berwick.