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Members of Chirnside Common Good Assoication plus volunteers planting daffodils in the Marie Curie Field of Hope at Chirnside.
Members of Chirnside Common Good Assoication plus volunteers planting daffodils in the Marie Curie Field of Hope at Chirnside.
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swri: President Mrs Stewart welcomed the ladies and introduced speaker Billy Gillie with his natural history slides. The stunning pictures were of the Scottish landscape and its wonderful wildlife. The ladies were entranced by the beauty of the countryside and the outstanding photos of the wildlife captured in all their magnificence. Billy also had cards made with the photos as well as the actual pictures themselves and the ladies bought quite a few of each. The competition of a heart-shaped biscuit was won by Mrs Hutchison and the competition of an animal photo was won by Mrs Jackson, second Mrs Luby and third Mrs Barber. Mrs Thomson won the Snowball. Mrs Stewart thanked the hostess and reminded the ladies that the next meeting is March 12 and will feature Mrs Thomson on home baking.

Berwickshire High School hockey girls supporting 1 billion rising

Berwickshire High School hockey girls supporting 1 billion rising

community council: The closing date for nominations to the Community Council for Edrom Allanton and Whitsome is this Saturday, February 23, at midday. Nomination forms can be completed and left at the Whitsome Ark. Please consider representing your community.

village hall: The village hall committee would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended, donated to and helped in any way with the recent coffee morning. A much needed and appreciated £195 was raised on the day. Thanks to all as your continued support, it makes a huge difference to the maintenance and upkeep of the hall. The next fun packed event will be an Easter coffee morning on Saturday, March 30, with hot cross buns and chocolate eggs for all, plus an activity table for children, various stalls and a raffle.


swri: February’s meeting on in the community hall at 7.15pm has been changed. The planned event for February will now take place in April and the competitions will move also to that date. This month will be a musical programme by Margaret Carey, and Ann Mortimer will bring along part of her teaspoon collection. This month’s competition is a flower arrangement (real or artificial) in a teacup. The ‘Bring Along’ item is something musical. There will also be the branch competition which is for the ‘Gardening Scotland’ Seville orange marmalade.


u3a: The next open day is on Monday, March 4, and includes a talk by Hazel Edwards on ‘The Discovery Museum’. This will be held in St Aidan’s Hall, Berwick, at 10am for tea/coffee and biscuits, with the talk at 10.30am. Computer Instruction at the Berwick Academy is going well, with the involvement of some of the pupils. The four new groups are all progressing - art appreciation; carpet bowls; digital photography; and IT computer training. Other groups that are at an embryo stage are geography; TV and Monopoly. If any of them are of interest to you then contact Jeff Armstrong. You can check up on all U3A activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on www.berwicku3a.org.uk.


parish church: Interim moderator Rev Jim Watson is preacher at the next service at Chirnside Parish Church at 11am on Sunday, February, his subject ‘Take heart - the foxes will fail’. Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications. The parish church continues to run the Millennium Light’s Project. Assistance is always appreciated - it costs £10 a week to run and anyone from church or community is more than welcome to be a sponsor for any particular week - contact t, Jim Watson (01890 883149) or any elder of the church. A series of non-threatening Bible studies will run for five weeks commencing tonight, Thursday, February 21, at 7pm in Chirnside Church Hall; theme: Glimpses of God: Hope for today’s world.


swri: At the February meeting in Coldingham Village Hall members enjoyed a cardmaking workshop run by Gina and Morag Bell of Whigmaleerie Crafts from Eyemouth. All materials were provided and much fun was had producing a decorated card with a removable felt flower brooch. The competitions were judged and the bring along item initial ‘J’ was won by Jean St Clair with a jigsaw; Shirley Mitchell won the second competition with her beautifully painted paper plate. Members were thanked for their generous contributions to the Mary’s Meals Backpack Appeal. Names were taken for the group’s trip to The Sound of Music in Eyemouth on April 25. The next meeting is on March 12, when Marilyn McColl will speak about wartime cookery; the competitions will be item initial ‘K’ and a decorated hardboiled hen’s egg.


quiz: Tables for this year’s Connect, Berwickshire Youth Project quiz which is taking place in Coldstream Community Centre’s Tweed Room can be pre-booked now by telephoning or texting Joan on 07876668330. The fundraising quiz is on Friday, March 15, at 7pm. Thank you in advance, your support is very much appreciated.

ramblers: The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers is on Saturday, February 23; an eight mile walk starting at Scremerston, taking in Scremerston Farm and ending at Cheswick. Meet at the Henderson Park car park, Coldstream, at 9am or near the church at Scremerston at 10am. Please contact leader Keith Ackerman on 01896 849592 or 07790756409 for more information or to confirm attendance.

coffee morning: A coffee morning to raise money for the Old Folks outing is being held in the Royal British Legion, this Saturday, February 22, starting at 10.30am.

Guild: The next meeting of Coldstream Church Guild will be on Wednesday, February at 7pm in the church hall when the speaker will be Jane Bowen who will be talking about Mauchline Ware.

SWRI: The next meeting of the SWRI is on Thursday, February 21, at 7.30pm in the Legion Hall (tonight) 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, and June 1 and 2. This competition is open to all Federations but only the Federation winner competes at Gardening Scotland. If you wish to enter this competition (bring your jar to this meeting and it will be entered into the Berwickshire Federation eliminations at the H and H Meeting on Saturday, March 2, at Hutton Village Hall.

Social AND Literary Society: The next meeting of the Social and Literary Society is on Monday, February 25, in the Eildon Centre at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Barbara Mellor whose subject will be ‘Unsung heroines of the French Resistance Agnes Humbert and Rose Valland’. Visitors most welcome.

Guild: The meeting was opened by Yvonne Gilroy who went on to introduce the speakers for the evening, Ailsa Dickson and Elspeth Bell who gave the members a most interesting talk, illustrated with excellent pictures, on their quilting trip to the Amish part of Pennsylvania. Apart from the quilting aspect there were insights into the way the Amish manage their farms and their way of life. The vote of thanks was given by Pauline Bryson an members admired the beautiful examples of her quilting that Ailsa had brought along.

Mexican Night: The Mexican Night held in the church hall on Friday, February 15, certainly had the air of a fiesta with everyone entering into the spirit of the evening. The decorations had turned the church hall into a cantina; the atmosphere was wonderful and the food and drink much enjoyed! The quiz was won jointly by the Bennecourt Four and a table of suspicious looking banditos! The social committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and made it such an excellent night!


rotary club: Honorary member Jack Cameron last Thursday regaled members of the Rotary Club of Duns with tales of his time as a veterinary officer with the 45th Division in the Burma Campaign in World War 2. The mule, a cross between a donkey and a horse, was the army’s key pack animal, hauling arms and equipment across the razorback mountain slopes of the Burmese jungle. Mules were vital to the success of the Allied campaign and Jack had the job of keeping them alive and in good health in very tough conditions, with anthrax, biting flies that spread paralysis, shortage of water on the mountain tops, and rough wear on hooves and hides to contend with. The mules could do 15 miles a day under a full load of one third of their own body weight, but to do this they needed at least 6 kg of food and 23 litres of water plus a lot of looking after. Each mule company had two farriers and two saddlers supporting 325 mules and 16 horses. 30,000 mules were brought from India, South Africa and Argentina to serve in Burma. After victory over the Japanese, Jack had the job of getting them back to India in a very short time. He recalled a train journey in a temperature of 51 degrees Celsius followed by a 70 mile march in which they had to march at night to avoid the worst of the heat. The mules were left in India, where the Indian Army has several Mule Companies to this day.

youth project: Connect Berwickshire Youth Project would like to remind Quiz of Quizzes supporters that tables for this year’s quiz can be pre-booked now by telephoning or texting Joan on 07876668330. The fundraising quiz will take place at Coldstream community centre on Friday, March 15, at 7pm. There will be a bar, raffle and supper on the evening, if you could spare some time to help at the quiz or would like to donate to the raffle, please call into Duns youth centre for more details. Your support is very much appreciated.

swri: On Monday, February 11, president Lucy Shiell welcomed members and introduced Hazel Smith from Neighbourhood Link who gave a most informative talk on facilities provided by the Red Cross. Taste and Try samples were served along with tea. The raffle was drawn and competition for flapjacks was won by Ina Ramage. The next meeting on March 11 will be making an Easter Card with Joyce Luby. Cost for materials will be £1.

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U3A: Despite the deteriorating weather over 60 members and guests gathered to hear Genni Poole of the Berwick Film Society speak about her life growing up in cinema. She evoked some happy memories amongst the audience as she described the development of cinema in Edinburgh and Scotland. Her grandfather and father were pioneers of film and as a child she was able to spend many happy hours watching films, eating free ice lollies and meeting celebrities. She described many of the changes that have occurred in the industry from silent movies to today’s multi-plex cinemas. Members were reminded that nominations for committee membership is encouraged prior to the AGM in May. Anyone willing to stand for election should contact the chairperson or any member of the committee. EBU3A is run by members, for members. The next Open Meeting is on Wednesday, March 13, at 10.30am when the speaker will be Dr Chris Burgess who will speak on Berwickshire archaeology from Medieval times to the present. Non-members are very welcome to attend this talk at Eyemouth Community Centre. Coffee is available from 10am. New members are always welcome; further information about EBU3A can be found on our website www.eastberwickshireu3a.org.uk or by phoning the membership secretary on 0189075200.


community council: The closing date for nominations to the Community Council for Edrom Allanton and Whitsome is this Saturday, February 23, at midday. Forms can be completed and left at the Whitsome Ark. Please consider representing your community.


eu church: Last Wednesday a great afternoon of fellowship and entertainment was shared at the Guild’s Burns afternoon. Jim Barrie and friends supplied the entertainment and the lovely meal was cooked by Marion and served by Zena, Barbara and Ena. This Wednesday there is a musical afternoon, courtesy of Walter Hay. New members always welcome. Tonight ( Thursday ) the Ladies Supper Club is at 6.30 for 7pm. There is an elders and managers meeting on Wednesday, February 27, at 7pm. The church AGM is on Monday, March 4, starting at 6.30pm. Please come along, you don’t have to be a member to attend. On Sunday elders and managers will lead worship


swri: Lady McEwen welcomed members and visitors from Greenlaw, Westruther and Duns toLangton’s 81st birthday party. She then introduced Jim Wilson, a photographer from Duns, who gave a very interesting, illustrated talk on wildlife (wild birds, red squirrels and deer) and then on Scottish landscapes (Highlands and Islands) which was enjoyed by all. Lady McEwen thanked Jim for the interesting presentation. The birthday cake was made by Janet Shearer and cut by Lady McEwen and everyone enjoyed a lovely supper provided by the committee to whom grateful thanks are extended. The next meeting will be on March 14, at 7.30pm, with a talk by Yvonne Gilroy on being a store detective.


GUILD: Greenlaw Church Guild met in the Fairbairn Hall and after a welcome to members and visitors, and the opening worship, the speaker for the afternoon, John McConnell, was introduced. He shared with those present that, through his work as an educator stationed abroad, he had stopped to speak with a beggar woman with leprosy, who had her baby with her. This first encounter led to a significant project to educate some of the poorest and most disadvantaged street children in Burma. It was an amazing story of very small beginnings leading to a ray of hope and transformed lives portrayed through a series of photographs and film clips which Mr McConnell explained to the members. The UK registered charity, is called Scholarships for Street Kids (S4SK), and can be found on the internet. The Guild gave a hearty vote of thanks to this most inspiring speaker, and after closing with prayer, were able to continue to learn more over a cup of tea. The next meeting will be at the same venue and time on Thursday, March 7, to which all are welcome.


community council: The Foulden, Mordington and Lamberton Community Council will next meet on Wednesday, March 6, at Lamberton Hall, 7.15pm, commencing with an Open Forum.


swri: President Erica Wilkinson demonstrated how to make fabric jewlery, and as she had prepared colourful fabrics for the members to choose from and along with beads they made some wonderful necklaces. The competition was a holiday souvenir: 1. Phil Westland- Garnett, 2. Julie Plunkett, 3. Mary Clark. The hostesses were Erica Wilkinson and Margaret Letham. The next meeting will be on March 13, and Marilyn McCall will be demonstrating wartime cookery.


village hall: The communitty cafe opens its doors on Friday, February 22, from 10-12 noon, mouthwatering home baking by local people to raise fund for local projects. Spring Table top sale Saturday, April 6, 2-4pm to book a table - Helen Jeffrey 01890761336.


community council: The closing date for nominations to the Community Council for Edrom Allanton and Whitsome is this Saturday, February 23, at midday. Forms can be completed and left at the Whitsome Ark. Please consider representing your community.