SWRI: The October meeting was held on Wednesday, October 24, in the community hall, and after the business of the meeting was concluded, president, Katharine Cousland, introduced the evening’s speaker Erica Wilkinson. She gave each member a small bag containing various items and then instructed them in making a fabric necklace with the contents the little bags. All were amazed at the results and everyone went home with a lovely necklace they had made. Moira Elliot gave a vote of thanks. The competition for a jar of homemade jam or jelly resulted as follows: 1. Sarah Woodbury, 2. Elsie Brown, 3. Lucia Drysdale. The ‘bring along’ competition of a handbag was won by Emily Bewsey, with Sarah Aitchison second and Helen Postle third.
U3A: The next Open Day of Berwick U3A is Monday, November 5, in St Aidan’s Hall at 10am for tea/coffee and biscuits and at 10.30am the speaker will be Angela Clough, from Age UK. She will wear a lapel microphone which means that everyone in the hall will be able to hear what is said. If anyone wishes to join Berwick U3A this Open Day is an ideal opportunity to do so. The next date for Maureen Raper’s creative writing group is Wednesday, November 14, at 2pm and every fortnight thereafter. Eugenics was the subject discussed at the last meeting of Beryl Wight’s philosophy group.
coffee morning: A coffee morning is being held in the village Hall on Saturday, November 3, from 10am - 11am. Proceeds to hall improvement fund. Usual cake stall and raffle.
Concert: A concert with the Podlies in aid of the RNLI will be held on Friday, November 23, in the village hall, 7-30pm. Bring your own bottle. Entry £4.
horticultural society: The AGM of the Chirnside and District Horticultural Society will be held on Tuesday, November 13, at 7.30pm in Chirnside Community Centre, to plan the flower show for 2013. Exisiting and prospective members are invited along to share ideas and suggestions. The committee has been greatly encouraged by the number of new members and people who have entered the show, and would like to encourage all gardeners to support their local flower show!
priory: Alterations have begun to Coldingham Priory to create disabled access and meet fire requirements. For the duration of this work the congregation will worship in Coldingham Village hall at the usual time of 10am on Sundays when the hall is available. On Sunday, November 11, there is a fair in the village hall. This is also the day of the annual Remembrance Service at the Coldingham War Memorial and this will take place at 9.30am with the wreath laying. It is hoped that this will be well supported and the congregation will then join with Eyemouth Parish Church for their service at 11.10am. On Sunday, December 2, the service will be at St Abbs in the Community Centre. The congregation is looking forward to the coming of the Rev Andrew Haddow to be the minister of both parishes of Coldingham with St Abbs and Eyemouth. His ordination and induction will take place in Eyemouth Parish Church on November 16 at 7pm.
POPPY APPEAL: A concert with the Reston Concert Band and Lyn Manderson is taking place on Sunday, November 4, at 2pm in Coldingham Hall. An afternoon of music and song raising funds for the Poppy Appeal. Tickets £4 from the Box Office at Coldingham PO or at http://www.coldingham.info/
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE: The fayre is being held in the hall on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, from 11am-4pm. Entry £1, children under 10 free. Stalls include baking, cut glass, jams/chutneys, chocolates, quilting, Christmas wreaths, jewellery, paintings and much, much more.
CONCERT: Real Time are in concert in the hall on Friday, November 23, 7.30pm for 8pm. Formed by Judy Dinning with Jez Love, Kenny Spiers and Tom Roseburgh, the group tour the UK and Europe and have released six albums. They are joined by Shona Mooney, former winner of the BBC Scotland Young Musician of the Year. BYOB and nibbles. Tickets £8 from the Box Office at Coldingham PO or online at http://www.coldingham.info/
ramblers: The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers is on Sunday, November 4, and will be an 8.5 mile walk from Kirknewton taking in Hethpool Linn and Old Yeavering. There will be some streams to cross and it is likely to be muddy although fairly flat. Meet at Henderson Park car park, Coldstream, at 9.30am or Kirknewton village hall at 10am. Please contact leader Martin Davison on 01835 823833 (mobile 07858386485) if you wish to go or for more information.
information day: A ‘Saving Energy at Home’ workshop by the Energy Saving Trust and Scottish Borders Council is being held on Tuesday, November 6, at Coldstream Community Annexe from 10am -12 noon. The aim is to help reduce your energy use and the money you spend on it. Information will be available on free insulation, switching energy supplier, tariffs and reducing energy use.
Church Guild: Helen Park welcomed members to the second meeting of the new session and went on to explain that the speaker for the evening, Mrs Gordon was unable to come due to illness. However, the members were treated to a musical trip round Scotland via video which prompted lots of ‘Do you remembers’ and was thoroughly enjoyed by all! After tea and various items of business, members were interested to learn that the Guild are now sponsoring a little boy called Muneeswaran at the Children’s Village and they look forward to hearing more from him in the future. The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 14, when Marianne Karsgaard will be speaking about ‘Days as a Missionary’. New members are always welcome.
Guild Rally:The Guild Autumn Rally will be held in Coldstream Parish Church on Wednesday, November 7, at 2pm. Everyone welcome.
Church Fayre:The Church Fayre is on Saturday, November 3, at 10.30am. in Coldstream Parish Church with the coffee morning in the Church Hall. In addition to the usual stalls there will be the Christmas hamper raffle, tombola and a Christmas stall. Entry is 50p. Everyone welcome. The church hall will be open from 6pm to 7pm on the evening of Friday, November 2, to enable donations for any of the stalls to be handed in.
Shoebox Appeal: The Shoebox Appeal closes this week so could anyone with a filled box please hand it in to the church hall as soon as possible.
Social & Literary Society: The meeting was opened by president Russell Kirk who welcomed everyone then introduced John Miller from The Border Mill. Four years ago John was a teacher and knew nothing about alpacas – now he has a herd of 25 and, together with his wife Juliet, has set up a micro mill in one of the units at the old school in Coldstream. This mill is one of only two in the country that specialise in processing alpaca fleeces. John talked members through the various processes involved in producing the final yarn and passed round balls of the finished product. The vote of thanks was given by Alex Bremner. The next meeting is on Monday, November 12, when the speaker will be Anne Mills with slides of Wild Indian Tigers.
SEA CADETS: Sea Cadets from Dunbar were amongst hundreds of cadets from across the country who travelled to London last weekend to take place in the annual Trafalgar Day Parade. The parade commemorated the 207th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, hailed as one of the greatest British Naval victories ever. In this year’s parade over 500 sea cadets marched from Horse Guards to Trafalgar Square to lay a wreath at the foot of Nelson’s Column.
probus club: Dunbar Probus Club heard a most interesting lecture on October 23 by David Robertson, the author of the book ‘Witchcraft in East Lothian’. He outlined the part played by country women in Scottish rural society in earlier times. Women who could provide simple remedies played an important role but inevitably some of them gained a bad reputation and were often accused of anti-social acts. There was a huge concern about witchcraft and in the late 16th and early 17th century witch trials and executions were common. One of the last to be tried was Catherine McTaggart of Dunbar who was tried in Edinburgh in 1698. She was found guilty and returned to Dunbar but Mr Robertson has found no record of her death. At the next meeting on November 6, S Fairnie will give a talk on ‘Fisherwomen’.
antiquarians: The final outing of East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society’s summer programme was to Luffness House by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs George Hope. Members were welcomed by Mr Hope who gave a brief summary of the importance of Luffness as a stronghold in the middle ages when it was considered the key to Haddington. The tower house, built by the Hepburns in the 16th century, was enlarged for the Hope family on several occasions - in 1822 by William Burn, by Thomas Brown in 1825 and 1841, by David Bryce in 1846 and 1874 and by D. and J. Bryce in 1891 and 1907. After tea the party enjoyed a tour of the principal rooms. Thanks were expressed to Mr and Mrs Hope for a most enjoyable visit. The next event will be the first lecture in the John Gray Centre on November 6, when Mona McLeod will give an illustrated lecture entitled ‘Concentrating on winning the war - A land girl’s tale’.
berwickshire art society: Gill Walton of Allanbank Arts will give a demonstration, talk and slideshow on ‘Oils’ (with influences from Caravaggio) on Thursday, November 1, at 7.30pm in Room 2 at Southfield Community Centre, Station Road, Duns. All are welcome. Enquiries to Marianne Morrison on 01361 882166.
guild: On Wednesday, October 10, the speaker was Catherine Duthie, chair of the fundraising committee for The Margaret Kerr Unit. Catherine gave members a detailed talk on this much needed facility in the Borders, from its inception right through to its development to date. The huge amount of hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the fundraising efforts to create this specialist in-patient palliative care unit, was acknowledged by members. The Church of Scotland Guild, Duns Presbyterial Council Autumn Rally, is on Wednesday, November 7, in Coldstream Parish Church, 2pm. The speaker will be from ‘Mary’s Meals’. The next meeting of Duns Guild will be at 7.15pm on Wednesday, November 21, in the Church Hall. The speaker will be Alison Angus, talking about one of the Guild projects ‘Out of Africa, into Malta’.
senior citizens: On Friday, October 19, guests were Bobby and Nancy Douglas who gave an interesting ‘historical’ talk on the area around Teviothead. Their account included some ‘hysterical’ tales from everyday local life. At the next meeting on Friday, November 2, at 2pm in Turnbull Court, Alistair Spence is the speaker and he will be presenting ‘Photos of Old Duns’.
herring quEen: Eyemouth Childrens Picnic and Herring Queen Committee are holding their 2012 AGM on Monday, November 12, at 7pm at Saltgreens Day Centre, Chapel Street, Eyemouth. Anyone with an interest in the continuation of the Eyemouth Herring Queen festival will be most welcome.
eu church: Join members for the Mother and Toddler Group on Mondays from 10am; £1 to include healthy snack for child and cup of tea or coffee for adult. Coffee time continues on Tuesday mornings at 10am. The Ladies Guild meets on Wednesday from 2pm and speakers this week are Mr and Mrs Jim Barrie. New members always welcome. On Sunday, Supt. George Shaw will lead worship.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: The Royal British Legion Scotland (Eyemouth Branch) are holding their annual Poppy Appeal coffee morning on Friday, November 2, in the Masons Hall, Eyemouth. Remembrance Sunday is the following week, Sunday, November 11, and as in previous years, the Eyemouth RBL Remembrance Day Service will begin at the parish church at 2.30pm followed by a parade to the war memorial for the laying of wreaths and tributes, after which everyone is invited to the Dolphin Hotel, North Street, for tea and refreshments. As always there will be an informal gathering at the Eyemouth War Memorial at 11am on Sunday, November 11. Anyone wishing to attend would be most welcome.
musical evening: The Eyemouth Action Research Committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the musical evening, which was held in Eyemouth Parish Church on Friday, October 26. The committee would also like to give thanks to Margaret Carey who organised the evening, when the sum of £160 was raised. A warm welcome awaits everyone at the annual coffee morning in the Masons Hall, Eyemouth on Saturday November 10.
concert: The Edrom Casals Centre gave a very entertaining string chamber concert on the afternoon of Sunday, October 28, when the accoustics and facilities in Foulden village hall were appreciated by musicians and audience alike. Pupils,tutors and friends (many had studied at Edrom House when it was the International Cello Centre) were led by Lucy Cowan. The opening was two movements from Bach’s Double Violin Concerto by soloists Alex Prentice and Frances Orde. Quartet pieces by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven followed. Lucy, with her sister Maeve, who had come especially from Vienna, played a delicate Mozart duet that enchanted all, before all the musicians joined in the rousing finale piece ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, arranged by Lucy to encompass all the abilities of all the ensemble. Chairman of the trustees Bridget Darling presented Jane Cowan Memorial Award music vouchers to Alex Prentice and Ross Hume in recognition of their excellent progress on the violin.
swri: Agnes Barrie welcomed everyone to the October meeting. Apologies for absence were sent by Joan Blaikie. Business was dealt with before the introduction of the guest speaker, Nancy Thomson, who gave a most interesting demonstration of floral arrangements. Then 12 members took part in creating their own arrangements amid much laughter and chat. Christine McBeath proposed the vote of thanks. The evening’s competition was for a flower arrangement in a cup and saucer. There were ten entries: 1. Mrs M. Orr, 2. Mrs C. McBeath, 3 .Mrs P. Baxter. The evening’s hostesses were Mrs C McBeath and Mrs J. Blaikie. The evening closed after the drawing of the raffle.
swri: Members of Reston SWRI paid a visit to the Chain Bridge Honey Farm when they were made most welcome and thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Those present enjoyed a cup of tea and cake up the stairs on the double decker bus. Thanks go to all those who contributed to the Macmillan coffee morning which raised £387. The first meeting of the autumn session saw Mrs Fowler introduce the speaker, John Robertson. John started his talk by posing the question ‘Is that cat dead?’, but this is actually the title of his book about poisonous plants. The competition for something beginning with the letter ‘Y’ resulted as follows: 1. Alison Fowler, 2. Jess Hellawell, 3. Sheila Limerick. The next meeting is on November 21, and will be a wine tasting night with expert Brian Elliot.
guild: At the October meeting of Reston Church of Scotland Guild Margaret Scott welcomed members and introduced guest speaker John Landon, who is no stranger to Reston, being an active volunteer worker with Berwickshire Youth Trust. The theme of the meeting was ‘A faith to proclaim’ an activity in which BCYT has been involved for the last 15 years through the primary schools’ assemblies and Scripture Union Clubs in secondary schools. In his talk, John spoke of the dedicated and enthusiastic work being done by Mark Bruce and Stuart Otley in the schools and their involvement in the work of the Vine Trust in Peru, in which teenagers from Berwickshire are involved, working among Peruvian street children. The forthcoming visit of the Scottish Bible Society’s bus in November was highlighted, with an open invitation for adults to visit it in Eyemouth High School car park on the evenings of November 21 and 22. Pam Oswald expressed the thanks of the members.
parish church: The harvest family service at Reston Church on Sunday, October 28, led by Rev Norman Whyte, was an uplifting service, and a reminder to be thankful. There were songs from the choir. a produce sale held by Bob Kay and delicious homemade soup provided by the Guild. The next service at Reston is the Remembrance Service at 11.30am.
christmas fayre: The groups that use the village hall are invited to take part in the Christmas fayre on December 1, from 2-4pm. If you would like to book a table please contact Helen on 01890 761336.