District News

Rob Bell pipes in the haggis, carried by Bobby Hanlon, on Coldstream Burns Club ladies night
Rob Bell pipes in the haggis, carried by Bobby Hanlon, on Coldstream Burns Club ladies night

Round-up of news and events from Berwickshire’s clubs and societies.

swri: A reminder for members that the meeting this Thursday, February 14, will take place in Preston Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be an Austrian cookery demonstation and the competition is for a Valentine card.


village hall: This Saturday (February 16) the hall will be open for a coffee morning from 10am, various stalls and a raffle; all welcome to attend.


FLIX IN THE STIX: In tomorrow night’s film in the community hall, Bill Forsyth displays some of the quirkiness that would distinguish his later, better-known directorial efforts. This 1979 film details the misadventures of four aimless Scottish youths, who impulsively steal a shipment of stainless-steel sinks. Once they’ve made off with their booty, the boys have quite a time unloading it on prospective buyers. Classified 12. Starts at 7.30pm.


concert: The RNLI SOS concert with the Eyemouth Fishermen’s Choir and the Eyemouth Lifeboat Crew is on Friday, February 22, at 7pm in the village hall. Bring your own bottle. Entry is £4 and there will also be a raffle. Come along and enjoy a great night.


parish church: All are welcome to the next Sunday service at Chirnside Parish Church, on February 17 starting at 11am. Preacher will be interim Moderator Rev James B. Watson whose subject is ‘Journeying with our eyes on Jesus’. Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications.The parish church continues to run the millennium lights project; assistance is always appreciated and costs £10 for a week. Anyone from church or community is more than welcome to be a sponsor for any particular week. If interested contact Jim Watson (01890 883149) or any elder of the church. Lent Bible Study - a series of non-threatening Bible Studies will run for five weeks commencing Thursday, February 21,at 7pm in Chirnside Church Hall, theme ‘Glimpses of God: Hope for today’s world’. All welcome.

history society: Chirnside History Group’s next meeting is on Monday, February 18, at 7.30pm in the community centre. It involves a talk by David Heywood entitled ‘Sir William Burrell of Hutton Castle’. All welcome.

common good: Do you have some spare time? Chirnside Common Good needs volunteers within the next 10 day to help plant daffodils at the Marie Curie Field of Hope at the Quarrie Corner. If you can help please telephone the secretary, Linda Gray on 0189081847.

swri: Chirnside SWRI next meets on Thursday, February 21, at 7.15pm in the community centre for a talk on the bondagers by Dinah Iredale. The competitions are for an article beginning with E and a floral photograph. Visitors and new-comers are very welcome to join us for the evening.


COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday, February 23, from 10am-12noon, Coldingham Accordian & Fiddle Club are hosting a fund raising coffee morning with a cake stall & raffle in the village hall. All are welcome for a cuppa and a blether. Entry £2.

FILM CLUB: On the BIG SCREEN in the hall on Thursday, February 28, is the latest James Bond Blockbuster, starring Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. Not to be missed!! Membership/pay at door £3. Doors open 6.30pm - 7pm start.

SOCIAL EVENING: Friends of the Priory are hosting a social evening in the village hall on Saturday, March 9, from 7pm-9.30pm, with a hot/cold supper and entertainment, including memories of celebrating the 900th anniversary of the priory as filmed by Bob Thomson in 1998. All welcome. Tickets cost £5 at the door and include supper.


soup AND sweet lunch: The Presenting Coldstream committee are holding a fund raising soup and sweet lunch in the British Legion, from 11am - £3. The committee is also looking for someone to help collate articles and photographs for the Civic Week programme and anyone interested in assisting should contact Fiona Shepherd on 01890 882103.

SWRI: The next meeting of the SWRI will be on Thursday, February 21, when Ann Mills will be giving an illustrated talk on ‘Tigers in India’. The competition is a Valentine cup cake. Members may also be interested in the orange marmalade competition at Gardening Scotland on May 31, June 1 and 2, which is open to all Federations but only the Federation winner competes at Gardening Scotland. If you wish to enter this homemade Seville orange marmalade competition (no mixed fruits), please bring your jar to the February meeting and it will be entered into the Berwickshire Federation eliminations at the H & H Meeting on Saturday, March 2, at Hutton Village Hall.

Social AND Literary Society: The President Russell Kirk opened the meeting by welcoming members and introducing Caroline and Roddie Henriques of Berrydin Books, Berwick. Roddie spoke about the various aspects of bookselling, including how to tell the age of a book; how to set a value on a book depending on its scarcity; and the difference the internet had made to bookselling. He then looked at the books that members had brought along and gave his opinion. The vote of thanks was given by Val Howard, then members browsed through the books Caroline and Roddie had brought along. The next meeting is on Monday, February 25, when Barbara Mellor talks about ‘Unsung Heroines of the French Resistance’.

Milk Bottle Tops: The SWRI are collecting the plastic tops from milk bottles to raise money for the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH. These can be handed in to Helen Park at Coldstream Crafts in Market Street. Please make sure you only hand in milk bottle tops as any others have to be discarded. The response so far has been amazing !


PROBUS CLUB: At its meeting on last Tuesday Dunbar Probus club had an illustrated talk by Tom Anderson on the history of swimming in Dunbar and in particular of the outdoor safety swimming pool which was, in its day, the finest complex in Scotland. It included a paddling pond, boating pond, ballroom and café. It was completed c1930, renovated c1960 but had its last season in 1982 and was demolished in 1985. Over the years it was of immense importance in Dunbar life both for swimming activities and for other events which took place there. In its early days expeditions came by train from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and its beauty contests attracted contestants from afar. The talk encouraged members to reminisce. The next talk, on Tuesday, February 19, will be by S Sinclair on ‘Fire and Rescue’. There will be a Burns lunch on Friday, February 15.

st anne’s church: The penultimate talk in the St Anne’s series of talks and discussions entitled ‘Faith in Everyday Life’, exploring being human today; responsibility to our neighbours, community and world, was given on February 3, by the Rev Marion Chatterly. She talked bout ‘Preparing for our final appointment - living with the reality of dying’ and gave an insight into the challenge of helping people facing death, and their families, to come to terms with their situation. The final session will be by Richard Holloway, former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and former Bishop of Edinburgh at 6pm on March 3, on the theme ‘Religion - neat or with a ton of salt’.


probus CLUB: On Wednesday, February 6, president Mike Jopling welcomed members after which Ian Turnbull, vice-president, gave a short report on the recent Burns lunch and thanked all those who contributed to its success. The president introduced guest speaker, Derek Janes from Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth. His topic was smuggling around the Berwickshire coast in the second half of the 18th century. Heavy excise duty made smuggling a profitable activity. The main items were alcohol, tobacco and tea. There was a chain of farms near the coast involved in the nefarious business ,acting as temporary storage places for the contraband. The smugglers had a list of regular customers were willing to buy at cut prices. Duns was involved with several merchants, landlords of inns and a minister making regular purchases of alcohol and tobacco. Derek gave examples from customs records about fines for those who were caught. Sometimes a deal was done and a few backhanders for corrupt officials. A customs officer was a steady job with a pension. Entry was mainly on ‘Who you know’. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 20 with guest speaker, David Banks.

QUIZ NIGHT: The next fundraising venture for the Duns Macmillan Cancer Support Committee is a quiz evening on Friday, February 22, in the White Swan, Duns, at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of four (maximum),£10 per team (includes stovie supper) – to reserve a place call Caroline on 07817 473 339 or emailing her at caroline.prentice@btinternet.com. There will also be a bar and raffle.

senior citizens: On Friday, February 8, Phil McLean, nature photographer from Chirnside, gave a very knowledgeable talk and beautiful slide show on some of his work, the stunning display of images had members captivated. The next meeting on Friday, February 22, at 2pm in Turnbull Court is the club’s birthday party.

guild: On Wednesday, February 6, members from other local Guilds were welcomed, as was guest speaker, Kirsten Dugan, fundraiser from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), who gave an excellent talk on the wonderful work of this organisation. The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, February 20, in the church hall. The speaker will be Rev Stephen A Blakey talking on the subject of this year’s Guild theme ‘A Faith to Proclaim’.

DUNS ACCORDION AND FIDDLE CLUB: The next meeting for the club is on Monday, February 18, in The Masonic Lodge, Duns, at 7.15pm. The guest artistes for the evening will be Nicol McLaren S D Band.


eu church: Toddlers on Mondays from 10am, £1 weekly; coffee time continues on Tuesdays at 10am. The guest speaker at the ladies guild on Wednesday is Derek Janes from Gunsgreen House. New members always welcome. Anyone wishing to discuss a wedding or baptism, please contact Margaret on 0180751132 or Ena on 01890751356. On Sunday Rev. Ranald Wylie will lead worship.


Country music night: Unfortuately the January Alamo 1824 country music night had to be cancelled due to bad weather but the Friday, February 22 event will go ahead with music provided by Dave Inglis, a talented entertainer who sings a good variety of country music to dance and listen to. New and old faces very welcome in the village hall at 8pm. BYOB.


parish church: At the service on Sunday, February 10, the minister spoke about love being in the heart of the whole Bible and how we all should follow Jesus’s Commandments to love our neighbours and even our enemies. The next service at Ladykirk is on Sunday, February 17, at 2.30pm when the Presbytery of Duns will meet to unite the congregations of Ladykirk and Whitsome. Refreshments served after the service. The annual general meeting of Ladykirk and Whitsome will be on Sunday, March 10, after a shorter kirk service.


parish church: On Sunday, February 10, at the service in Leitholm Kirk the minister spoke about love being in the heart of the whole Bible. The next service at Leitholm will be on Sunday, February 24, at 9.45am. The annual general meeting of Leitholm Church will be on Sunday, March 10, after a shorter kirk service.

evergreen CLUB: Due to the absence of the chairman, Betty Virtue welcomed all to the latest meeting. Unfortunately, the entertainers for the afternoon were unable to make it so an afternoon of music and card bingo was enjoyed by all. Betty Virtue and Marjory Cameron were thanked for providing a lovely afternoon tea. Tthe raffle was drawn to mark the end of the meeting.


performance: Northumberland Theatre Company presents ‘4Scene’, four new plays by four talented writers with a central theme of four lives affected by four words - passion, power, politics and pleasure. The four plays are directed by Gillian Hambleton and designed by Michaelle Huitson. The play, for ages 13+, is on in Longformacus Village Hall on Wednesday, March 20, starting at 7.30pm, tickets £8, under 18s £6. To book contact Aileen Gilholm on 01361 890648 or email aileeen.gilholm@mail, com . For more information bo to www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk


swri: The February meeting was held in Foulden Hall and after president Mrs M Renton welcomed everyone, member Carolyn McGregor showed film and gave a talk about her holiday in Mexico, kyaking and visiting local sights. After the talk the raffle was drawn, won by C Stewart. The competition for an items beginning with the letter I was won by M Deans, second K Stoneley and third C Stewart. The next meeting is on March 7, and new members will be welcomed.


parish church: On Sunday, February 3, the minister spoke about the call by Jesus to the fishermen of Galilee, and how they took the message of the Gospel out into the world. The next service at Swinton will be on Sunday, March 3, Holy Communion, followed by the annual general meeting of Fogo & Swinton when the finances of the last year will be discussed and also the proposed deferred linking of Fogo & Swinton with Ladykirk and Whitsome with Chirnside with Hutton, Fishwick and Paxton.

flower show: Swinton Flower Show are holding their AGM on Monday, February 25, at Whitsome Village Hall at 7pm.

village hall: The communitty cafe opens its doors on the last Friday in the month 10 -12 noon, the next one on February 22. Monday, February 18, BOKWA at 9.15am; archery Mondays 7pm; badminton Thursdays 6-7pm, 7-8pm, seniors 8pm onwards. walking group meets on the first Sunday of the month at the hall 2pm; patchwork group, beginners and experienced, February 27, March 6, 13 and 20, 10am-4pm; community council meeting, Monday, February 18, 7pm; SWRI, Wednesday February 27, 7pm; Rainbow club (seniors), February 20, dominoes, whist and chat; Spring Table top sale on Saturday, April 6, 2-4pm, book your table quickly. Contact Helen Jeffrey on Reston 01890761336 to book a table or for more information about the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES: The next service at Reston Parish Church is on February 24, at 11am, Sunday school available. On Sunday, February 10, a great time was had making crafts and learning about Shove Tuesday, the beginning of Lent, the Chinese new year, and Valentines. On February 24 and March 10 and 24, the focus will be on Lent, Easter and preparing items for the Easter garden display.


flower show: Swinton Flower Show are holding their AGM on Monday 25th February at Whitsome Village Hall at 7pm all welcome.