Long service awards presented at Coldstream

Coldstream Charities Fair
Coldstream Charities Fair

Abbey St Bathans

quiz night: The hall committee hold their annual quiz on Friday, November 30, starting at 7pm. Tables of four £6. Cheese and wine, tea, coffee and raffle at half time.

Children in Greenlaw enjoyed a visit from Lothian and Borders Fire Service about Fire Safety.

Children in Greenlaw enjoyed a visit from Lothian and Borders Fire Service about Fire Safety.


scouts: Eyemouth Scout Group are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, December 1, in the Ayton Community Hall from 10am 11.30am. Admission is adults £2, children £1. There will be delicious home baking, a sales table, a raffle and a book and DVD stall. As part of the Eyemouth Scout Group, four local scouts Karen and David Fotheringham, Bruce Logan and Ben Simpson, are going to Norway in July 2013 to take part in an International Camp. Whilst the cost of the camp is being met by parents, fundraising is to cover the cost of the Scouts travelling further and seeing more of Norway.

christmas coffee morning: Ayton and Burnmouth church Christmas coffee morning is on Saturday, December 8, from 10am-11am in Ayton Bowling Club. Coffee, mince pies and shortbread will be served and the grand Christmas hamper draw will take place. There will be many luxury hampers on offer. Tickets costing £1 each will be available at the coffee morning or in advance from Aline Robertson in Ayton or Pam Oswald in Burnmouth. There will also be a produce stall selling Christmas decorations and Christmas cakes as well as the usual home baking.


u3A: Next Monday, December 3, Christmas festivities in St Aidan’s Hall at 10am when the U3A Singers will entertain with songs and Christmas carols, plus Christmas quiz. Christmas lunch is on Thursday, December 20, in the Black and Gold Club.


village hall: Burnmouth Village Hall is holding a grand opening of its refurbished toilets, kitchen and meetings room on Saturday, December 1, from 10am-11.30am and everyone is invited to view the new facilities, have a cup of coffee, sample the Christmas fare, buy from the sales tables, enter the raffle and have a muckle blether. Entry by donation. Simultaneously there will be art classes available for both children and adults. This event marks the rebirth of the hall, its management and bookings procedures; its community focus and the start of a feasibility study to determine big hall usage and requirements, together with the development of the ground at the rear.

coffee morning: Ayton and Burnmouth church Christmas coffee morning is on Saturday, December 8, from 10am-11am in Ayton Bowling Club. Coffee, mince pies and shortbread will be served and the grand Christmas hamper draw will take place. There will be many luxury hampers on offer. Tickets costing £1 each will be available at the coffee morning or in advance from Aline Robertson in Ayton or Pam Oswald in Burnmouth. There will also be a produce stall selling Christmas decorations and Christmas cakes as well as the usual home baking.


common Good Association: Christmas Lights - The lights will be switched on by the Chirnside Fairy Queen on Saturday, December 1, at 6pm at the Crosshill, followed by carol singing. Village directory - Additional funding is still needed and it is hoped to print the new directory in the spring. Jubilee project - This is still ongoing and Scottish Borders Council have offered to draw up a plan of the area to help with landscaping etc. Rainbows have started again and the association wishes them success. Beavers are hoping to restart as well. Coffee morning - The association is holding a coffee morning on Saturday, December 8, at 10am in Community Centre, Raffle, cake stall, books, DVDs, CDs, plus turkey draw - admission £1. The next meeting of the association is on Wednesday, December 12, at 7.30pm in the community centre.

bowling club: Chirnside Bowling Club darts, pool and dominoes night, is on Saturday, December 15, 7pm for 7.30pm start. The Christmas raffle will be drawn on the night, Club opens at 6.45pm. Committee please remember raffle prizes. Bingo cancelled on the night.

christmas lights: The Fairy Queen will be switching on the Christmas Lights at 6pm on Saturday, December 1, at the Crosshill, Chirnside. There will be carol singing with soup and mince pies - donations to the Lana Donaldson Trust. Everyone is welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: A Christmas Fayre will be held in Chirnside Primary School on Friday, December 7, from 6-8pm. Stalls will include home baking, tombola, face painting, reindeer food sweets and cup decorating. Entry is £1 with primary school children free. All non primary school children must be accompanied by an adult.

RACE NIGHT: Chirnside United Football Club are holding a Race Night in Robin’s Nest on Saturday, December 8, starting at 7.30pm. Horses are available from both players and committee members.


Coffee morning: Coldingham Priory Advent coffee morning is being held in Coldingham Village Hall on Saturday, December 1, from 10am -12 noon. Christmas pies, fresh cream and shortbread will be on the menu. There will be a baking stall and Christmas flower arrangements for sale, and all you need to make your own. Adults £2, children £1 (price includes seasonal activities for youngsters).

CONCERT: Irish singer/songwriter Kieran Halpin is performing on Saturday, December 8, 7.30pm for 8pm. BYOB and bites. Tickets £8 from the Box Office at Coldingham or online at http://www.coldingham.info/

SANTA’S SATURDAY BONANZA: This Christmas cracker of an event is on Saturday, December 15, and kicks off with a coffee morning including home-made scones, traybakes and mince pies, raffle and various stalls, plus Santa will be in his grotto from 10am-1pm. Entry to the event is £2, with children under 10 admitted free. A visit for the children to talk to Santa and receive a gift is £2. In the afternoon there will be a children’s film show from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Entry to the film show is £3.50 and this also includes a visit to Santa. Children must be accompanied by an adult, adults free.

christmas dinner: Coldingham Entertainment Group are holding their annual Christmas dinner on Sunday, December 2, at 1.30pm in Coldingham village Hall. If you are resident of Coldingham or St Abbs and 60 years or over you are welcome to attend. Please bring with you a soup bowl, plate and cutlery for three courses and a glass. Entertainment and a raffle will be held after the dinner.


POPPY APPEAL: The recent collection for the Poppy Appeal raised the magnificent total of £784.16. Many thanks to everyone in Cockburnspath and the surrounding district who gave so generously. Thanks also to the collectors.


Ramblers: The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers will be on Saturday, December 1, a 7.5 mile walk from Whitton taking in Whitton Edge, Beirhope and Chesterhouse. Meet at Henderson Park car park at 9.15am or Whitton Farm at 10am. For more information and to say you are coming please phone leader Helen Rabour on 01573 470361 or 07746110711.

SWRI: The president Lyn Borthwick opened the meeting and introduced two ‘weel kent’ faces, Ella Purves and Isobel Johnston, who put members through their paces attempting to make an appliqué Christmas card! A great deal of hilarity ensued but the end results were very pleasing. The vote of thanks was given by Yvonne Gilroy. The winner of a wrapped gift was Yvonne Gilroy. The next meeting is the Christmas party on December 20.

guild: Yvonne Gilroy welcomed members to the third meeting of the session and went on to introduce the speaker for the evening, Marianne Karsgaard, who spoke eloquently on her time in Nepal with the United Mission to Nepal working with the children and showed members some wonderful slides of a beautiful but very poor country. The vote of thanks was given by Yvonne Gilroy.

social and literary society: The meeting was opened by the vice-president Ken Allen who welcomed members and guests. Ken introduced The Small Hall Band under the able leadership of Liz Marroni, who went on to delight the audience with reels, jigs, hornpipes etc. An added bonus was the obvious pleasure the young people had in entertaining and the audience responded to their enthusiasm! The vote of thanks was given by John Evans. The Christmas dinner is on December 10, and the next meeting is on January 14, 2013, which will be the school essay prize giving.

parish church: All are welcome to morning worship on Sunday, December 2. Jamie McKenzie’s entertainment on the church organ last Sunday was enjoyed by the large number of people who attended and the sum of £264.25 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Care/Support. There will be a prize bingo evening in the Church Hall on Friday, December 7, at 7pm. Donations of prizes will be much appreciated.

cancer research: The Cancer Research stall at the recent charities fair held in Coldstream Community Centre, raised the excellent sum of £274.27.

victoria lodge: The Friends of Victoria Lodge are holding a fundraising dinner dance on Saturday evening, December 1, in support of their garden development. Tickets available from Craig Wood or the Corner Fruit Shop. Raffle prizes and donations can also be handed in at the Corner Fruit Shop.


village hall: Cranshaws Recreational Hall AGM was recently held to elect a new committee and office bearers. It was a quiet meeting and the new committee is now: chairman - Neil Anderson, vice chairman - David Lochhead, secretary/treasurer- Heather Borthwick, and committee - Agnes Dawson, Wullie Scott, Kath Lothian, Honor Doyle and Eddie Doyle. Hall keeper is still Honor Doyle. For future bookings please contact Heather Borthwick on 01361 890214 or email h.borthwick@scotnet.co.uk

community association: Cranshaws, Elemford and Longformacus Community Association are holding their AGM on Tuesday, December 4, at Longformacus Village Hall at 7.30pm.


probus CLUB: Dunbar Probus Club had another interesting talk by Simon Fairnie on the history of fishing in East Lothian and the part played by the women. In the first half of the 20th century huge numbers were involved all down the east coast and huge quantities of fish were landed and marketed. Living conditions were poor and life was hard. The women played a huge role both in preparing bait, gutting and packing fish and taking it to be sold in Edinburgh and elsewhere. In addition they sustained family life while the men folk were at sea. Life was undoubtedly hard but they took great pride in it and in their appearance. They were prepared to take fish to the Borders or Fife by train. Some prospered as a result of continued hard work and fish shops were established in various places. Some women followed the fleet and they worked in groups of three and offered each other mutual support. The lecture, which he illustrated partly with family photographs, was in a sense a tribute to his granny and other relatives.

RNLI: Dunbar’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews got a £900 spending boost thanks to the big hearted residents of the town’s Bell Vue Court. A gift stall at a recent open day raised £300 and then residents presented station fundraisers with a further £600 raised during raffles and coffee mornings. Dunbar RNLI souvenir secretary Kern Headley said: “The folks at Bell Vue retirement flats really are great supporters of the lifeboat and we’re grateful to them for their marvellous efforts.”


SWRI: Following the president’s welcome the minutes of the October meeting were read, agreed and signed. Members were reminded that the carol concert is being held at Duns Parish Church on Sunday, December 9, at 2pm. The Christmas meal is at Turnbull Court on Monday, December 10, starting at 7pm. The treasurer gave her report. The president then welcomed Sion Sharp who gave a demonstration on what could be done with flowers using wire as a base. The result was a posy of roses, lilies and greenery in a jar of green jelly! This was raffled and the lucky winner was Nan Bell. Elizabeth Stobie gave the vote of thanks, tea was served and the raffle drawn. The next meeting is on Monday, December 10, when the Christmas meal will be served. The competition was a jar of crab apple jelly and this was won by Ina Ramage.

guides: Recently two Duns Guides, Sarah Learmonth and Chloe Burns, held a bake sale for the Guide Friendship Fund (GFF) as part of their Baden-Powell Award. They raised £16.30. The GFF helps overseas Guide Associations by funding projects that improves the lives of girls and young women. It also helps Guide units affected by natural disasters and units in need in the UK. They would like to thank the other Guides and Leaders for buying their homebaking.

christmas lights: The Duns Christmas lights will be switched on by the Wynsome Mayde, Abigail Sullivan, on Sunday, December 2, at 6.15pm in the Square. Duns Pipe band will play from 6pm and mulled wine will be served to those who are old enough – or young enough – to cope.

christmas concert: Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual Christmas Concert is in Duns Parish Church on Sunday, December 2, at 7pm. Performances from Berwickshire High and Duns Primary Schoosl.

royal british legion: The office is open for membership renewals. A sale of items of crockery, glassware, pool table, portable film screens and electrical equipment is on every day - everything must go! All enquiries at the Legion Club Rooms.

guild: The speaker on Wednesday, November 21, was Alison Angus, who gave a very informative slide show and talk on the Guild project ‘Out of Africa into Malta’, which portrayed the plight of refugees seeking hope and help to rebuild their future. The next meeting at 7.15pm on Wednesday, December 5, in the church hall, is an ‘open’ meeting - non members welcome. This will be a demonstration on ‘Flowers for Christmas’ by Jamie McKenzie. Admission £2.


BLOOD DONOR AWARDS: The following awards were presented at the recent blood donor ssesion in Eyemouth: Silver Gilt (50 donations) - Eddie Stewart; Silver (25 donations) - Christine Aitchison; Bronze (10 donations) - Susan Crowe, Louise Foreman, Ryan Crowe and Louise Blackie.

St Ebbas church: St Ebba’s Episcopal Church Eyemouth invite you to a special Advent service on Sunday, December 2. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the parsonage after the service. You will be made most welcome.

probus club: At the last meeting, member George Horsburgh gave a remarkable account of his time in the army from just before the war started to the end of the campaign in Italy. He was called up in 1939 at the age of 21 and served in France in the early stages. There was a dramatic moment in his story as he described standing with others on the mole at Dunkirk awaiting rescue, to be taken off by a destroyer which moved slowly alongside, compelling them to jump. After leave and a further period of training, he found himself on a troopship, which took him round the Cape and north to the Red Sea and Egypt. He served then in Iraq and Syria along with the 8th Indian Division. He spent some time in Baghdad and Damascus and under canvas in the desert. He concluded by singing the ironic ‘We are the D-Day Dodgers’, composed at the time in response to a suggestion by Lady Astor that the 8th Army in Italy should be transferred to take part in the fighting in France, which seemed to contain the implication that they were having a comfortable time in the sun. Hector Sutherland had the unenviable task of following Dod offering some thoughts on names: last year’s most popular names; names which might relate to class (the “posh” as opposed to the cheerfully ordinary); and names which would be a burden to any poor soul in a school playground. Happily both talks gave rise to interesting and good-humoured contributions from members. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 6, when Fenton Robb will be introducing members to Baron Aymouth, who rose in the world and became very famous indeed.

eu church: This Sunday, December 2, at 5pm, the Herring Queen will light the Christmas tree in the Museum Square. There will be carol singing, mulled wine in the museum and also traditional hot chestnuts. Please come and celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

festive-al: This Sunday Gunsgreen House is getting all festive with its annual Christmas Festive-al. From 11am-4pm, the house will be open with a number of great stalls selling crafts and Christmas gifts. There will be entertainment throughout the day in the form of Eyemouth Variety Group at 11.30am, the Fisherman’s Choir at 1.30pm and the Border Tarts at 3pm. Refreshments will be sold throughout the day, with tea, coffee, mince pies and hot turkey rolls. There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, with craft activity, face painting, glitter tattoos and a visit from Santa between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Entry £1, under 12s free.

coffee morning: The British Heart Foundation, Eyemouth Branch, are having a coffee morning in the Mason’s Hall, Eyemouth on Saturday, December 1, from 9.30am-12 noon. There will be a raffle and a home baking stall. Everyone is welcome and donations will be greatly appreciated.


book and craft cafe: Gavinton Church Hall is the venue on Friday, November 30, from 2.30-4.30pm for a book and craft cafe. Many folk have missed the Christian Bookshop in Berwick and now it is possible to have a bookstall provided by them in a local venue. Langton and Lammermuir Kirk will host this cafe with Bibles, books, Christmas cards, calendars etc and as an added attraction Gavinton artist Hannah Longmuir will have a selection of her original artwork on sale - the chance to pick up a brooch or small textile picture or a print of her work which is inspired by nature.


community association: Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Association are holding their AGM on Tuesday, December 4, at Longformacus Village Hall at 7.30pm.


jazz night: Everyone is invited to Peter Roughead and the Tweed River Jazz Band Night in Paxton Village Hall on Friday, December 7, at 7.30pm. Tickets are only £5 with beer and wine available. The concert is in aid of Paxton Village Hall and Paxton Village Green.


COMMUNITY CAFE: The cafe is next open on Friday, November 30, 10am-12pm. Come along and help raise funds for local projects.

christmas FAYRE: There are now 22 tables booked for the Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 1, from 2-4pm, ranging from cup cakes to candle. Join in the fun, raising funds for the village hall toilet upgrade.

primary school: The children invite you to attend their Christmas preformances in the village hall on Monday, December 10, at 1.30pm and Tuesday, December 11 at 6.30pm.


christmas lights: Swinton Christmas lights will be switched on by Santa on Saturday, December 1, at 6.30pm. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available.


swri: The November meeting was an open evening with a presentation of photographs by Billy Gillie of Duns. Billy showed lovely photographs of Scottish landscapes, local scenes and wildlife and insects. The competition for ‘a photograph of a local scene’ resulted as follows: 1. Liz Walthew, 2. Grace Wilson, 3. Wendy Kinghorn. Next month’s meeting is a floral demonstration by Fiona Gourlay. Please remember your Secret Santa parcel.

christmas lights: The Christmas lights switch-on is on Sunday, December 2, at 6pm at the Whitsome Ark. Everyone is welcome along to join in with carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies. This year’s competition to find someone to “throw the switch” is in the Ark Post Office (open every morning). Guess the weight of the Christmas cake for 50p and the nearest entry picked at 1pm on December 1 will turn the lights on. Proceeds will go to Whitsome Enhancement Group who maintain and erect the lights each year.