Duns Senior Citizens Club enjoys Burns Supper

Duns seniors citizens club enjoying a Burns' Supper.
Duns seniors citizens club enjoying a Burns' Supper.


flix in the stix: Tomorrow night (February 1) there is a Father Ted Night in the community hall when four of the best episodes of the 1990s comedy series, set on Craggy Island on the west coast of Ireland, are being shown. It starts at 7.30pm and anyone planning to come along is most welcome to bring along a wee drink - it doesn’t have to be Guinness though! Father Ted, Father Dougal, Father Jack and Mrs Doyle will be waiting.

Snow people Buster and Ann having a wee dram after a hard days work in Mabons Place. Sent in by Allan Brown of Duns

Snow people Buster and Ann having a wee dram after a hard days work in Mabons Place. Sent in by Allan Brown of Duns

SWRI: The January meeting was held on Wednesday, January 23, in the community hall and after the business was concluded president Katharine Cousland introduced Ingrid Munro of Kiki’s Chocolates. Ingrid told members where the cocoa beans came from and how they grew and were harvested and prepared for shipment for processing into chocolate as we know it. Until recently processing was done in Europe but now some South American countries are manufacturing chocolate themselves. Ingrid made a ganache from cream and chocolate to be used as a filling later. She demonstrated how to make the sweets in a mould and also how to hand-dip and decorate and members were able to taste all these - much to their delight! Ingrid was thanked by Margaret Carey on behalf of all present. The competition for petit fours was won by Jen Logan with Sarah Woodbury second and Helen Postle third. The ‘Bring Along’ item of a teaspoon was won by Anne Mortimer, Margaret Carey second and Liz Donald third.


U3A: Next Monday, February 4, is an open day when Steve Fuller-Shapcott will give a talk on ‘Search and Rescue’ in St Aidan’s Hall, 10am for a 10.30am start. None members welcome to attend. The community writers met at the garden centre to discuss their writing and future classes: ’Writing their Life Stories’; writing Easter stories for a local competition; and entries for the Spittal Improvement Writing Competition which runs until March. Information from Maureen Raper, or 01289 305213. The Garden Group attended a talk by Emma Emerson from Woodside Nursery near Ancrum on ’Winter colour in the garden’. Their next meeting is on March 11 at St Aidan’s Hall when Dave Holland will talk on ’Plant Collectors’. The Travel Club has visits to various venues between June to August as well as their visit to Namur in April. Three new groups starting are: carpet bowls, photography, and art appreciation. For details


coffee morning: The coffee mornings start again this Saturday, February 2, from 10-11am and the first Saturday in the month thereafter in Burnmouth Village Hall. Come and catch up on village news meet neighbours for a good old blether and see the new facilities. All welcome.


parish church: The next service at Chirnside Parish Church is at 11am on Sunday, February 3, with Rev James B. Watson, interim moderator, who asked ‘Do you know who you are?’ Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications. All welcome. Guild members are invited to Duns Guild on Wednesday, February 6, at 7.15pm in Duns Church Hall when their guest speaker will be from the Children’s Hospice Association in Scotland (CHAS), talking about the wonderful, caring work done by this organisation.

community council: The community council is holding an open session on Tuesday, February 5, between 3pm and 7pm in the community centre to allow the community to view the application for the Horn Burn Wind Farm and give their views.

swri: Chirnside SWRI met for the first time this year on January 17 for a Scotch Night with a quiz, lots of conversation and laughter. Joan Stewart joined the ladies and presented the Swinton Trophy won by Alison Paterson, Margaret Greig and Margaret Gladstone at the half-yearly meeting held last November. Competition results: Two pieces of shortbread - 1. Alison Paterson, 2. Jean Garden, 3. Jean Blaikie; An article beginning with D - 1. Rhona Anderson, 2. Jean Garden, 3. Barbara Campbell.


swri: Cockburnspath SWRI held their annual Scots Night in the village hall on Thursday, January 17. After a meal of haggis, neeps and tatties there was a delightful display of highland dancing given by the Fairbairn School of Dancing, with a selection of poems as well. The competition for the evening was for a Scottish souvenir which was won by Ann Thorburn, Thortonloch, with Ann Finlay second. The next meeting will be on February 21, when there is a talk from the community baker in Dunbar, Ross Baxter. The competition is for a fruit loaf and four gipsy creams.


parish church: Jamie McKenzie, the organist is planning to set up a regular choir. In this connection, a special fundraising lunch (for music, etc.) will be held in the church hall immediately after worship on Sunday, February 10. Following last year’s successful Italian night, a Mexican fiesta evening will be held in the church hall on Friday, February 15, from 7pm. This includes food, wine, music and a quiz. Tickets £8, are in limited supply now at the Corner Fruit Shop and Coldstream Crafts. Mexican dress is optional.

coffee morning: The Guild are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, February 2, at 10.30am in the church hall. Entry 50p. Any donations for the raffle or cake stall would be greatly appreciated. Everyone welcome.

Guild: The second meeting of the new year was opened by Isobel Johnston who welcomed members and went on to introduce the speaker for the evening, Sally Campbell who took as her subject ‘Nursing in the Community’. Sally spoke passionately about her work as part of the team who give pro-active care to those in need in Coldstream and district. The members were interested to know that her team can be contacted directly if there is concern about any person. There were lots of questions which Sally answered competently and everyone agreed that we were very lucky to have such excellent care from such a dedicated team. The vote of thanks was given by Helen Park. Arrangements for the coffee morning were discussed and the meeting closed at 8.20pm.

twinning: Coldstream Twinning Association held its AGM on Wednesday, January 23. There was a good turnout and the existing committee was re-elected with Gordon Thompson and Susan Tait joining as new members. John Fulton was re-elected as chairman. There are still places on the coach which leaves for Bennecourt on Friday, March 29, returning on Saturday, April 6. If you are interested in joining the visit for this year and haven’t already let the committee know, please ring Linda Holmes as soon as possible on 01890 882542 or e-mail There is an exciting visit planned with a trip to Paris, so come along?

social AND literary society: The meeting was opened by the president Russell Kirk who welcomed members, visitors and guest speaker for the evening, “weel kent” face, Rev Jim Watson who took the members on “An American Experience” – the three months last summer that he and Anna May spent in Scotch Plains, New Jersey where he stood in as pastor of Willow Grove Presbyterian Church. The talk was illustrated with slides of not only the church and the many friends they made, but also the places they visited - Times Square, Ground Zero, the battlefield at Gettysburg and the Amish Quilters. Helen Park gave the vote of thanks and members then enjoyed genuine American cookies handmade by Anna May. The owners of Berrydin Books at Berwick are speaking at the next meeting on February 11. If anyone has books they would like valued they are welcome to bring them along.


probus CLUB: Dunbar Probus club held the first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 8. A talk was given by Susan Smith, economic development officer at East Lothian Council, about the council’s economic strategy up to 2020. The council believes East Lothian has potentially a flourishing and dynamic economy with positive indications for tourist development and industry. East Lothian is probably the most sustainable local economy in Scotland. At the meeting on January 22, Elizabeth Williamson talked about Mary’s Meals. She gave a moving and informative account of the work of the charity which grew out of simple beginnings and now feed 600,000 children across the world. Magnus Macfarlane Barrow became concerned about the fate of children caught up in various world troubles and living in appalling situations. The charity sets up school feeding projects to enable deprived children to continue in education. To receive food they have to attend school, the charity believing education is the way out of deprivation. It started in Malawi where the son of a dying woman told Magnus that his dream was to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day. Education with no paper, pencils or other requirements, is ineffective so they now also have a backpack project supported by schools, church groups etc in Scotland. Elizabeth became involved with Mary’s Meals while working with the Scottish Government which gives money to projects in Malawi, and in retirement she became its ambassador. The charity has started an initiative in Liberia to rehabilitate former child soldiers. Fore more information go to At the next meeting on February 5, G Rutherford will talk about Cruse.


PROBUS CLUB: On Wednesday, January 23, president Mike Jopling welcomed and introduced guests to the Duns Probus Club’s Burns Lunch. He then handed over to the master of ceremonies, Ian Turnbull. The Selkirk Grace was said by Rev Donald Gaddes and members stood for the piping in of the haggis which was well addressed by the MC. Following an excellent “Bill o’ Fare” of haggis, wi bashed neeps an champit tatties, provided by Mandy, members stood for the loyal toast. The recitation artistes were introduced in turn by the MC, beginning with Jim Clark who told the dark tale of Tam o’Shanter. This was followed by George Dempster singing ‘My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose’, the company joining in the chorus. Rob Cockburn produced a pair of auld bits and recited a poem in their praise. Mike Jopling told the story of Horace. Jim Clark’s second contribution was ‘To A Mouse’ (mouse supplied by Rob Cockburn). Murray Henderson did ‘The Wife of Willie Waugh’ and Peter Craig, from Eyemouth recited ‘Scotch Drink’. Mike Jopling told the sad story of ‘The Haggis Of Private McPhee’ and Rob Cockburn recited ‘‘Man Made To Mourn. In between the recitations, members sang songs form the Burns song booklets kindly lent by Duns Burns Club and MC, Ian Turnbull kept the company entertained. Nobody “emcees” like Oor Ian! Everybody had a great time. The next meeting is on February 6, with guest speaker Rev Alan Hughes.

swri: Mrs Lucy Shiell, president, welcomed members to the meeting on January 14. Guest speaker was Caroline Macgregor who gave a talk and slide show on ‘Across the Sinai and Up the Nile’. Members were transported to Egypt where they rode camels, visited pyramids and sailed on the Nile. The tour was fascinating and was enjoyed by all. Elaine Dawson gave the vote of thanks. Tea was served and raffle drawn. The competition was for an old postcard and this was won by Lucy Shiell. The next meeting on Monday, February 11, will be a members’ night and the competition will be for three pieces of flapjack.

senior citizens: The meeting on Friday, January 25, was the Burns’ Supper. Delicious traditional fayre was served, then members were entertained by various local performers, all of which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The next meeting at 2pm on Friday, February 8, in Turnbull Court, is a talk and slide show on nature photography.

guild: Due to the snowy conditions, the Burns’ Supper Celebration evening due to be held on Wednesday, January 23, was cancelled. The next Guild meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, February 6, when the guest speaker will be Kirsten Dugan from Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).


coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning in aid of Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust on Saturday, February 2, in the Mason’s Hall, Eyemouth from 9.30-11.30am.

FRIENDS AGM: The League of Friends of Eyemouth Health Centre are holding their AGM on Tuesday, February 12, at the health centre at 7pm. Everyone is welcome and your support would be much appreciated.


festivals dates: It has been announced that this year’s Greenlaw Festival will be held from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23.


evergereen club: Chairman Rob Cockburn welcomed members to an afternoon of Robert Burns. He introduced Sandy Watson, Duncan Donaldson and Bruce Thomson from Eyemouth. They entertained the members with music, songs and recitations. The secretary, Betty Virtue, drew the raffle and thanked the entertainers and the tea ladies, Lia Espinosa and Betty Cockburn.


swri: Alison Fowler welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2013. The December meeting had been a taste and try evening, enhanced by Betty’s fun and games. Morag and Jeanna Bell of Whigmaleerie Crafts gave a card making workshop for members to try their hand and the results were much admired. Competition winners: Item beginning with A - 1. Margaraet Laing, 2. Janet Taylor, 3. Betty Campbell; Hand-made craft item - Alison Fowler and Sandra Cleghorn. This was a small meeting and was brought to a close with a cup of tea and the raffle draw. The next meeting is on February 27 when Melanie Dean from Border Links will be the speaker.


community council: Due to school holidays the next meeting of Swinton and Ladykirk Community Council will now be held in the TV lounge, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Swinton, on Monday, February 11, at 7pm.