Berwickshire Girlguides’ Thinking Day

Girlguiding Berwickshire
Girlguiding Berwickshire


flix in the stix: The PG film tomorrow night at 7.30pm in the community hall is a highly rated 2012 animated masterpiece. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life - with just a few minor adjustments.

coffee morning: On Saturday, March 16, the SWRI are having a coffee morning in the community hall starting at 10am. As well as fresh coffee with scones and biscuits there will be a raffle and sales table.


u3a: At the open meeting last week Hazel Edwards gave a talk on The Discovery Museum in Newcastle. In a photo presentation Hazel detailed the various halls in the museum with their exhibits and she told members about the history of this large building, before conversion, when it was the headquarters of the Co-op. The next open meeting is on Monday, April 8, when Bernard Hope is talking on ‘The Great Escape’. The next meeting of the luncheon club is on Thursday, March 21, at The Brown Bear. Contact Jill Dudgeon on 01289 302830 no later than the previous Monday. U3A details are on


COFFEE MORNING: Coldingham WRI are holding a coffee morning in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care on Saturday, March 16, 10am–12 noon in the village hall. There will be a cake and candy stall and a raffle. Please come along and have a cuppa and a blether and support this worthy cause.

FILM CLUB: Next up on the Big Screen in the hall for Red Nose Day, Friday March 15, a classic black and white comedy night, with two films, one starring Laurel and Hardy and one starring lots of whiskey! Both films are suitable for the whole family. Come along and help us raise funds for Comic Relief and local older folk. Membership/pay at door £3. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

PUPPET ANIMATION FESTIVAL: On Friday, March 2, at 3pm the Yugen Puppet Company, set up in 1997 to retell Scottish fairy stories, is hosting a puppet animation festival in Coldingham Hall. In the show, children in the audience become courtiers, mountains and castles, with puppets moving through human forests and crocodile infested waters. For ages 3 and over. Tickets cost £4 from the Box Office at Coldingham PO, or online at


history society: Chirnside History Group’s next meeting is on Monday, March 18, at 7.30pm in the community centre and includes a talk on ‘Bishop Wars’ by Oli Hofer. All welcome.

swri: Chirnside SWRI meets again on Thursday, March 21, in the community centre at 7.15pm when Fiona Gray will be giving a cookery demonstration on party food with an Easter theme. The competitions are a decorated egg and an article beginning with ‘F’ as well as four gipsy creams using the recipe supplied by HQ for the Anne Wallace Sugar Sifter Competition. If a member does not have the recipe please contact Jean Garden or Naomi Hicks. Visitors are always welcome so if you are new to the area and would like to find out more please come along.


LitERARY Society: The Social and Literary Society’s outing to the Burrell Collection will take place on Monday, June 3, and is a trip to the Burrell Collection in Pollock Park in Glasgow. The bus leaves Coldstream at 9am and returns about 6pm. Non-members welcome. The cost is £14 and there are spaces available on the bus. Names and money can be given to Helen Park at Coldstream Crafts, 10 Market Street.

concert: The Eyemouth Fisherman’s Choir will be singing in the parish church on Sunday, March 17, at 2pm. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for church funds. Tea and biscuits will be served.


probus CLUB: Dunbar Probus Club had a most interesting account by Nigel Blair, the local works’ manager on the making of cement in Dunbar by Lafarge Tarmac and its predecessors. He gave a full account of both how cement is made and how steps have been taken to reduce the huge cost of production by introducing new methods of fuel. One huge change is in manpower - in 1960 there were over 600 employees, now there are 130 and the works can run with a control team of five. Members, many of whom are former employees, asked a number of questions and made points. The next meeting on March 19 will hear a talk by John Johnston on the Eyemouth Boat Project.


Probus CLUB: President, Mike Jopling welcomed members and said that some tickets were left for the club social night on Friday, March 14, 6.30 for 7pm. He announced that Jim Clark will be leaving the committee at the end of the current session and that nominations for his replacement should be in before the AGM on April 17. He then introduced the guest speaker, Russell Wilkie, whose subject was long term care and money management. He began by saying that people living longer was a good thing, but there are implications for future long term care as increasing age is often accompanied with health problems. The audience were surprised when he told them there are 121 people aged over 100 in the UK with current driving licences - two at 105 and one at 106. Russell stressed the importance of making a will with a power of attorney. He covered a complex subject in an interesting and entertaining manner which was appreciated by the audience. The well deserved vote of thanks was given by George Burchick. The next meeting will be on March 20 with speaker John Bonar from East Fortune Airfield.

accordion and fiddle club: The next meeting for the club is on Monday, March 18, in The Masonic Lodge, Newtown Street, Duns, at 7.15pm. The guest artistes for the evening will be Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band. Everyone welcome!

guild: On Wednesday, March 6, by way of a slide show and narrative, Arthur Wood from Berwick gave a very interesting insight into his Pilgrim Walk to Santiago de Compostella, which was much enjoyed by members. The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, March 20, in the church hall, and will be the AGM followed by a pie and pea supper, then entertainment by the committee.

senior citizens: At the meeting held on Friday, March 8, the planned speaker was unable to attend, so Gregor Gowans from SBC Bordercare Community Alarm Services, very kindly stepped into the breach. He gave members a very informative talk and demonstration on what devices were available to support and assist older people to stay safe in their homes, whilst still being able to remain as independent as possible. The next meeting is at 2pm on Friday, March 22, in Turnbull Court, when the topic will be ‘Managing your Prescriptions’.


scouts: Eyemouth Scouts recently swam a total of 980 lengths of Eyemouth Swimming Pool to raise funds for their trip to an international camp in Stavanger, Norway in July. Fourteen scouts and one cub took part with 12 of the scouts swimming an amazing mile each - one scout even managed to swim 1.5 miles! Many thanks to Henry Gray and staff for the use of the pool, the parents who helped on the day and sponsors who donated £335 to date to support the fundraising efforts. Many thanks to Coastal Marine Boatbuilders, Eyesleepinn, Portbrae Wealth Management, P. Straker-Smith, Ahlstrom, Burgons and Giacopazzis for responding to the scouts’ letters.

eu church: At the recent AGM three new managers were elected - George Power, Janet Cochrane and Jennie Nixon-Heron - who will be welcomed to the next elders and managers meeting. Next Wednesday the speaker at the Guild will be Netta Rae. Anyone wishing to book the church, please contact Marion on 01890750518. On Sunday the service of memories will be held in the church at 2.30pm. Sunday morning worship will be led by Superintendent George Shaw.

probus: Bryan Webster’s talk, ‘Back then we were all poor’, dealt with people living on the land in south-east Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries, for the most part at the lowest levels of society, and often barely managing to exist at all. His talk contrasted neatly with - or perhaps complemented - Fenton Robb’s earlier one on the same period, which covered national and international affairs - the manoeuvrings of monarchs, politicians, and great armies. Bryan’s information was taken from the diary of George Home, a landowner whose tenants rented their land in the form of scattered riggs, paying their rents in service and produce. For many, life was at subsistence level, the land was poor and unproductive, and they were vulnerable to the vagaries of the climate and sickness. Times change, and we have progress of a kind: that area then worked by a number of families is now one farm run by one man, and vastly more productive. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 21, when Margaret Renstead will be showing some of her ‘Border Photographs’; 10.30 for 11am at the Dolphin.


guild: Greenlaw Church Guild met in the Fairbairn Hall on Thursday, March 7, at 2pm. Team 2 led this meeting and following worship, Elizabeth Leckie welcomed Bea Nicholson, who gave the members a most interesting update on the Guild projects, with projected illustration, and then finished in a lighter vein with some lovely views from ‘Solway to Tyne’, reminding members of the vast amount of history in our region. Bea received sincere thanks for such an informative and enjoyable afternoon. The next meeting is the AGM and planning meeting on April 4, at 2pm. Everyone is most welcome.


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning and ‘fun’ raiser in aid of Comic Relief is being held in Paxton Village Hall this Saturday, March 16, at 10.30am. During the morning there will be a bake sale, tombola, penalty shoot-out and cake decoration demonstration. The event is being planned and run by the young people in the community.

palm sunday: The Gateways Palm Sunday procession from Paxton to Hutton takes place on Sunday, March 24, departing from Paxton at 11am (note the new time) and walking to Hutton with Yorvik the donkey. On completion of the walk soup, roll and refreshments will be served at Hutton Village Hall (suggested donation £2) More information is available from Alistair Birkett 01289 386015.


PARISH church: On Sunday, March 10, there was a good attendance for the shorter service followed by the AGM of Ladykirk and Whitsome. The minister spoke about Jesus saying “I am gentle and humble in heart,” and linked it with the gentleness of mothers. At the AGM the congregation accepted the Draft Basis of Linkage of Chirnside with Hutton, Fishwick and Paxton in Deferred Linking with Fogo and Swinton with Ladykirk and Whitsome. The treasurers, William Hamilton and Carol Ramis, explained to members the balance sheets for the past year of Ladykirk and Whitsome respectively, which were noted by the congregation. The budget for the present year for Ladykirk and Whitsome was discussed and noted. The congregation were pleased to hear that various activities were planned for this coming year. These include a flower festival from Friday to Sunday, August 16-18, linked with the Battle of Flodden commemorations. The next service at Ladykirk is on Sunday, March 24, at 11.15am. On Thursday, March 28, ‘Strum for Fun’ are performing Swinton kirk, and Easter concert for all the congregations of ‘The Kirks of the Merse’, which includes an Easter bonnet competition for all ages.


evergreen club: Leitholm Evergreen Club met on Wednesday, March 6, with a slightly better attendance. Rob Cockburn, chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone, asking Jimmy Mitchell to entertain members with a selection of tunes on his accordion. After tea Jimmy had everyone’s feet tapping for another wee while. Rob thanked Jimmy for a grand afternoon’s music. He also thanked Betty McLeish and Glynis Dickinson for the tea. Betty Virtue dealt with the business then drew the raffle and closed the meeting.

parish church: On Sunday, March 10, there was a good attendance for the shorter service followed by the AGM of Leitholm Church. The minister spoke about Jesus saying “I am gentle and humble in heart,” and linked it with the gentleness of mothers. The treasurer, Logan Forrest, took members through the balance sheet for the past year, and the budget for the present year. The congregation thanked all those who were involved in planning and carrying our the improvements to the kirk at Leitholm last year. The next service at Leitholm is on Sunday, March 24, at 9.45am. On Thursday, March 28, ‘Strum for Fun’ are performing in Swinton kirk at the Easter concert for all the congregations of ‘The Kirks of the Merse’. There will be an Easter bonnet competition for all ages


theatre: Northumberland Theatre Company is presenting ‘4 scene’ in Longformacus Village Hall on Wednesday, March 20, from 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). The presentation is four plays, from four talented writers, reflecting how four words - passion, power, politics and pleasure - have impacted on four different lives. The production is directed by Gillian Hambleton and designed by Michelle Huitson and is suitable for anyone aged 13+. Tickets are £8 adults and £6 under 18s and to book contact Aileen Gilholm on 01361 890648, or email


swri: The March meeting was held in Foulden Hall, when president, Mrs M. Renton welcomed the members. Local lady Janet Gray gave an interesting talk on homemade bread and she took along a lovely selection of bread she had made, which members enjoyed tasting. The raffle was won by J. Ellis and the competition for an item beginning with the letter ‘J’ was won by K. Stoneley, with J. Ellis second and C. Stewart third. The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 4.


Coffee Morning: A coffee morning and ‘fun’ raiser in aid of Comic Relief is being held in Paxton Village Hall on Saturday, March 16, at 10.30am. It includes a bake sale, tombola, penalty shoot-out, cake decoration. The event is being planned and run by the young people in the community.

palm sunday: The Gateways Palm Sunday procession from Paxton to Hutton takes place on Sunday, March 24, departing from Paxton at 11am (note the new time) and walking to Hutton with Yorvik the donkey. On completion of the walk soup, roll and refreshments will be served at Hutton Village Hall (suggested donation £2). More info from Alistair Birkett 01289 386015.


swri: Melanie and Alice from Border Links were the speakers at the February meeting, talking about their project and the various activities involved. Competition winners: something beginning with ‘B’ - 1. Sandra Cleghorn, 2. Alison Fowler, 3. Margaret Laing; a small jar of marmalade - Debs Hallawell. The next meeting is on March 20, when Rachel Hammond, the ‘Greedy Reiver’, will be the speaker.

COMMUNITY CAFE: Organisers would like to thank everyone for the support at the last Community Cafe. The event is normally the last Friday in the month but this month we will be opening our doors a week early Friday, March 22, with mouthwatering delicious cake and tray bakes. All proceeds to local projects.

SPRING FAYRE: The fayre takes place on April 6, 2-4pm, and if you are spring cleaning and find things in the cupboard you no longer need please donate them to the hall for raffle prizes. A selection of stalls, raffles and maybe some of the stallholders from the St Abbs market. All monies raised go towards running costs. For more information or to book a table or the hall please contact Helen Jeffrey 01890761336.

RESTON VILLAGE HALL: The hall committee’s AGM is on Tuesday, April 16, at 7pm.


Prostate Cancer Support Group: The March meeting of the group was held in the Chaplaincy Centre, at Border General Hospital when the crew of the Blue Watch from Galashiels Fire Station were welcomed, fireman Robin Dalgleish giving a talk on home safety. He emphasised that the first and most important thing to do was to safely get everyone out of the house before requesting the Fire Brigade’s attendance. He also made the point of closing all doors on the way out. Members were reminded that fire needed three things - heat, fuel and oxygen, getting rid of one meant no fire. If one was trapped in an upstairs room seal the bottoms of doors with mats, rugs and if in the bedroom the duvet off the bed, open the window and shout fire, not help. He also reminded members about the importance of having working smoke/heat detector and that the Fire Service would come, free of charge at a time convenient to you, to give advice on fire safety and fit, again free of charge, an appropriate smoke alarm. The number to call is 0800 1690 320 or call in to your nearest fire station. After he took questions from the group and gave full answers to queries members showed their appreciation to the crew. Coffee/tea and biscuits followed and the usual chit chat. The next meeting will be held at the Chaplaincy Centre on Wednesday, April 6, at 7pm.