News from around the district


By The Newsroom
Thursday, 6th March 2014, 4:44 am

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Ayton & Bournemouth Church will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 10-11am in the Ayton Community Hall. Entry by donation. Bring and buy and Fair Trade stall.


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Pat Scott told the ladies about her travels in China and while entertaining them with hilarious stories she also revealed elements of Chinese culture and lifestyle. Pat spent 21 days in China and Hong Kong travelling around by using various forms of public transport which gave her a flavour of ‘real’ China. She was very colourful in her descriptions of the more traditional tourist attractions (Pandas, Terracotta Warriors, The Three Gorges, The Wall of China and the Yanci River), and insightful in her impressions of China. Bring along: local snowy photograph - 1 Jen Logan, 2 Emily Bewsey, 3 Aline Robertson; Make: Berwickshire fruit loaf - 1 Jen Logan, 2 Susan Anderson.

Flix in the Stix

Tomorrow night’s film in the community hall is a romantic comedy released in 2013. At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his father - all the men in his family have the ability to relive their past. He can revisit any moment in his life to try things differently until he gets them perfectly right. He decides to use his special new gift to win the heart of the beautiful Mary, but finds that the course of true love can be hilariously difficult – even with the ability to try, try and try again. And even when everything seems to be going well, an unfortunate twist in time means that he never met Mary at all. While his unique gift might just help him find true love, Tim discovers that it can’t save him from the ups and downs that life brings to everyone. It stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy and is rated 15.


Archaeological society

The annual general meeting of Borders Archaeological Society will be on Monday, April 7, starting at 6.45pm at the Parish Centre, Berwick upon Tweed. Nominations for the election of officers should be with the honorary secretary by March 24.


A unique day out by train and canal boat, including a passage up the famous Falkirk Wheel rotating boat lift, is being organised by Derrick Joanes. The trip leaves Berwick station at 10am and returning at 8.47pm. You can book this trip with Derrick Joanes on 01289 309581 no later than March 31. The total cost including tea/coffee and baking during the cruise; the boat fare and the train fare (with railcard) is £39.60.

The Art Appreciation Group discussed the works of Georgia O’Keefe on February 26. On Wednesday, March 26, the group are going to look at portraiture and consider the works of artists from Renaissance to today, in The Maltings at 11am.

The Dining Group has changed its meeting date for March to the 14th when they will be going to ‘Amaryllis’.

Jim Herbert is taking the local history group on a mystery history walk round Berwick on Tuesday, March 11.


History Group

Chirnside History Group’s next meeting is on Monday, March 17, at 7.30pm in the community centre and is a talk by Michael Cullen entitled ‘Berwick between the wars’.

Parish church

Tomorrow, Friday, March 7, the annual World Day of Prayer service will be at Hutton Hurch at 2pm. Written by Christian women in Egypt, the theme is ‘Streams in the Desert’. The theme of Sunday’s service, March 9, at 11.15am, is the ‘mystery of suffering’. Also on Sunday at 3pm there will be a service at the Trust Housing. Next Thursday, March 13, the Lent Bible Study series begins in the church hall at 7pm. The theme is’Build on the Rock, Faith, Doubt and Jesus.’

Common Good

Next Wednesday, March 12, the Common Good meeting takes place at 7.30pm at the community centre.


Film Club

The next film night is on Thursday, March 27, in the village hall. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next 50 years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a world-weary political journalist who was intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin. Certificate 12, doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm prompt. Admission/membership £3 at the door.



Coldstream Ramblers walk on Sunday, March 9, cover eight miles from Kelso, River Teviot to Roxburgh. Meet at the Knowes Car Park, Kelso, at 10am. For more information contact leader Ken Prichard 01890 882107 mob 07814636876.

RB Legion

Sunday and Tuesday bingo starts at 7pm. RBLS Womens Section coffee morning is on Saturday, March 8, in The Legion Hall from 10.30am. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 19, from 7.30pm when there will be a talk on alternative therapy. If you wish to become a member then goalong on the third Wednesday of the month.

Over 60s

The Over 60 club has had some great Thursday afternoons over the last few weeks. They had Rob Bell singing Scottish songs and playing the bagpipes; Will and Trevor took along some great old photos of Coldstream and surrounding areas; Gill Lindsay took members on a trip to Canada with slides; Ailsa and Elspeth brought along slides of their trip to see the Amish Quilters; Andy Whittle had members singing along to some well known songs; and last week they had a super afternoon with Cathie Burns from Sainsbury’s doing cooking/baking. The club is having an open day on March 20, with Robert Whitton giving a cake decorating demonstration. Everyone welcome; entry £1.

Parish Church

Morning Service on Sunday, March 9, is at 11.15am, with Rev David Taverner. Lenten Studies will take place during the six weeks leading up to Easter. These start on Thursday, March 6 (tonight) from 7.15pm - 8.30pm in the church hall and the parable of the Lost Son will be studied. Everyone welcome. The Stated Annual Meeting will take place after the service on Sunday, March 16.


The meeting on February 26, was opened by Eleanor Young who welcomed members and their guests for the evening, the ladies of Eccles Guild and the ladies of St Mary’s Fellowship. She then went on to introduce the speaker for the evening Euan McIver of mESMeRICK. Euan gave a most interesting talk on the origins of soap and then went on to tell the ladies how he makes his own soap and hair products, all of which are completely free of chemical additives. He had taken along two new soaps, one perfumed with parma violets and the other smelling of chocolate, both of which were well received. The ladies were delighted to have the chance to purchase some of mESMeRICK’s products especially their goat’s milk soap which is especially good for people with skin conditions and allergies. The vote of thanks was given by Helen Park and then the ladies enjoyed a wonderful supper supplied by the Guild ladies. The votes of thanks were given by Barbara Gray on behalf of St Mary’s and Jennie Mackie on behalf of Eccles. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 12, when Andrea Drysdale will be talking about her ‘Safari in Kenya’.

Saturday Special Club

On Saturday, March 8,a ‘Saturday Special’ Club will be held in the community centre for children of primary school age and run by Stuart and Mark from Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust under the auspices of Coldstream Churches Together. The theme this time is ‘Jungle Tales’.

World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer Service will be held in the parish church hall at 2pm on Friday, March 7. This service involves people from all the local churches and everyone is most welcome. Tea and biscuits will be served after the service.

Oriental Evening

Coldstream Parish Church social committee present an Oriental evening of food, wine, music and a quiz in the parish church hall on Friday, March 14, at 7pm. Tickets are £8 and are available now from The Corner Fruit Shop and Coldstream Crafts. Everyone is asked to wear something red as this is the Chinese lucky colour!

Social & Lit Society

The meeting on Monday, February 24, was opened by the president, Ken Allan, who welcomed members and visitors and went on to introduce the speaker for the evening, Janet Hodge who took as her topic ‘An Innocent Abroad’. Janet spoke amusingly of her first trip abroad in the late 60s when, as a 17 year old, she flew to France, negotiated her way round Paris to catch a train to her destination in the south of France all the time remembering her mother’s words “Don’t talk to any strange men”! The aristocratic family that she stayed with became lifelong friends and their cook Clara started Janet off on her career in the hospitality industry – a far cry from the languages she was going to study at university. All in all it was a most entertaining evening and much enjoyed by the members. The vote of thanks was given by Peggy Helliwell. The next meeting is on Monday, March 10, when Kay Gardner will be talking about ‘The Embroidery and Tapestry of Mary, Queen of Scots’. Visitors most welcome.


The coloured tops from milk bottles are still being collected to raise funds for the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH. It takes 1,500,000 tops to make a ton and this sells for £150 so all contributions are gratefully received! Tops can be handed into Coldstream Crafts, 10 Market Street.


Art Society

The next meeting of Berwickshire Art Society is tonight, Thursday, March 6, at the Southfield Centre, Station Road, Duns (7.15 for 7.30) when Matilda Hall will be speaking to about the important 20th century Scottish artist, Joan Eardley. She is well known for her revealing and affectionate portraits of Glasgow urchins and her powerful seascapes of the coast around her home at Catterline. Visitors are welcome - there is parking at the centre.

History Society

Word of David McLean’s fine talk to Dunse History Society last winter must have got around judging by the splendid turn-out of members last Wednesday evening to hear his follow up talk. David had previously spoken of the Agricultural Revolution and its effect on the countryside. However, there was little point in producing a surplus from the land if the road system was such that it could not be transported. This, therefore, led naturally to Wednesday’s talk on road and transport and how both evolved during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Beautifully illustrated and extensively researched David described the setting up of Turnpike Trusts and toll roads, recounted how they were financed, the tariffs applied and how their establishment required the passing of an Act of Parliament. He also spoke of the opposition there had been from some sections of the populace who saw in them the deprivation of their right to travel freely on the King’s highway. He described the toll houses and the work of the toll keepers and how they were viewed – many comparisons with traffic wardens of today - and also the vehicles and carriages that were used. The process of building of the new roads and how they created employment was also described and particular mention was made of the work John Loudon Macadam, a road surveyor who invented a new process using only the smallest of stones to form a smooth hard surface more durable and less muddy than soil-based tracks. Notwithstanding popular misconception he never used tar. The road improvements however rather ground to a halt with the coming of the railways from the 1840s onwards and by the end of the century prior to the invention of the motor car they were in many cases almost back to the state of pre-toll days. Another grand talk greatly appreciated by all present. The next meeting (preceded by the AGM) will be on March 26; a talk by Margaret Fox of Innerleithen entitled ‘Someone to look over me – Kirk and Community’.

Rotary Club

Ali Kerr brightened up the Rotary Club of Duns last week when she spoke about the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. Rotary has supported CHAS in the past; this wonderful charity makes such a difference to the lives of families with terminally-ill children at Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, where they provide respite care, crisis care, end-of-life care and bereavement care to families with children who are not expected to reach adulthood. Most suffer from rare genetic disorders for which there is not yet a long-term solution. CHAS put their efforts into making the situation more bearable for families by giving the young patient as pleasant a life as possible and by creating happy memories for the family to carry with them. CHAS have 250 professional staff supported by 850 volunteers and it costs £11 million to run all their activities each year. They are having open days in April at Robin House (Wednesday, April 21, 10am-7pm) and Rachel House (Tuesday, April 29, 10am-7pm) so that anyone interested can visit to see what they do. Ali’s vote of thanks left her in no doubt that the members of the Rotary Club of Duns felt that supporting CHAS is a really worthwhile. Anyone who feels the same can find out more about CHAS on their website (


Traders AGM

Dunbar Trades’ Association (DTA) is holding its AGM in the Royal Mackintosh Hotel on Tuesday, March 11, at 6.30pm. The meeting is open to all businesses within the EH42 area. You will receive a warm welcome and this is your opportunity to learn more of the DTA activities and the exciting range of events it has planned for the coming year. For a membership fee of £30 you can be part of an association which continually works hard at promoting Dunbar and the local infra-structure. Further information is available from Pauline Jaffray on 01368 863593.


At its meeting on February 18, Dunbar Probus Club heard that the president Jack Wilson had decided to stand down, temporarily. for health reasons. It was agreed that Andrew Johnston would take over as president for 2014 and Jack would be vice president. The club offered its best wishes to Jack. The club had a very topical talk on the three key cities: Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg. He outlined their history and showed slides of their recently restored public buildings. The significance of Kiev, established by Rurik the Rus in 862, was that it was the real foundation of Russia. He gave an outline of the building of the 18th century city and recounted the brutality of the famine of 1933 imposed on it by Stalin.Having seen it in its splendour in the lecture has made recent images of the current troubles even more apalling.

He moved on to Moscow and outlined the importance of the government of Ivan the terrible and others. The Kremlin was the seat of power to both Czars and later communists. Finally he moved to St Petersburg, the incredible creation of Peter the Great who built a great city to be his window to the west on an impossible site on a swamp with no raw materials. Materials were imported from Finland, Poland, Italy and Sweden.

The next talk on March 4, will be given by David Bonnar on East Fortune Aerodrome.

The 40th anniversary lunch will be held on March 11.

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Guest speaker for the February open meeting was Edward Ravenhall who spoke about his life and work in Africa as consultant for the charity Youth with a Mission (YWM), an interdenominational organisation serving every country in the world, with representation at the UN.

Ed lives locally but spends a great deal of time in Africa. His previous experience as a civil engineer with British Rail is a great asset in helping Africans build schools, bore holes and health centres. He is also involved in teaching, training, fund raising and designing projects in partnership with Africans. His love for the continent stretches back to his first visit in the 1980s when he lived and worked for many years in Nairobi, bringing up his children there. His talk was interspersed with poems and anecdotes which made clear the life and problems of Africans. He recited a poem about the boy who had never heard the word ‘school’ but had “chosen” the life of a goat herd in order to survive. There was, of course, humour too: Africa gets into your blood - you do not donate blood in Africa, the mosquitoes take it!

In the second part of his talk, his showed slides of his projects and members saw the school in South Sudan which is linked to Eyemouth Primary school: the 500 pupils looking dignified, very happy and keen to learn as education is their route out of poverty. Members saw a YWM-designed health clinic in Tanzania which had greatly improved the mortality rate of the district; and a borehole in a village in Central Tanzania, where previously the child water carriers had the hazard of crossing a dangerous main highway.

Ed stressed that his charity worked with and through their African partners, who choose and manage projects.

The enthusiasm with which members met this talk was reflected in the range of questions at the end. Africa was compared to a medieval Britain bypassing the industrial revolution but being catapulted into the technological revolution: an extreme change to manage.

The next open meeting is on March 12 when Alan Stewart talks about his own family experiences of ‘Fraud and Scamming’. For information about the EBU3A phone 018907 52000 or email [email protected] or visit


EU Church

The coffee morning raised £488. A big thank you to all concerned. The annual AGM, an important event in the church, will be held on Monday, March 10, at 6.30pm and all are welcome to attend and will be warmly welcomed. The speaker at the Ladies Guild this week is from CHAS. Coffee time continues on Tuesdays from 10am, £1.50. On Sunday George Power will lead worship.



Valerie Bolvani welcomed everyone to the February meeting. Business was dealt with before the introduction of guest speaker, Erica Wilkinson, who gave an interesting talk and demonstration on the making of the material necklaces. Then it was the turn of the ladies to make at designing their own material necklaces - with great success. Kara Barrie propsed the vote of thanks. The evening’s hostesses were Maureen Sawers and Amanda Leith. The evening’s competition was a favourite bookmark. There were 10 entries: 1 Isabel Weallans, 2 Ruth Wallace and 3 Marguerite Orr. The evening closed after the drawing of the raffle.



Carolyn McGreor visited Reston SWRI for their February meeting and gave a fascinating and candid account of her trip to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, and members had many questions. Competition winners: something beginning with ‘H’- 1 Ada Graham, 2 Sandra Cleghorn, 3 Janet Taylor; a holiday snap - 1 Janet Taylor, 2 Ada Graham, 3 Alison Fowler. The next meeting is on March 19, an evening with the Border Tarts. This is an open meeting.

Village hall

Archery Sunday 2pm and Wednesday 7pm; badminton on Thursday 6pm onwards; Patchwork on Wednesday, March 5, 10am-4pm for four weeks; CAB will be at the hall on Monday, March 17, 9.30am - 11am. Community council meets on Monday, March 17, 7pm; Rainbows(Seniors) meet on Tuesday, March 18, 2-4pm.


If you are visiting the primary school or the village hall please feel free to feed the Ragbag bins with all your unwanted clothing, shoes, curtains as these bins raise vital funds for the school & the hall.


Primary School

Swinton Primary Schools Parents Committee invite you along to the Great Swinton Bake Off on Sunday, March 23, 2-4 pm at Swinton Primary School. It promises to be a fun event to raise some money for the school and give everyone the chance to relax with family and friends whilst enjoying a cuppa and a huge selection of delicious home baked treats. The Bake Off is open to all amateur bakers in the local area, so whether you’re a newbie to baking or have been perfecting your Victoria sponge over the years, all are welcome to enter. Taste testers are also requiredto vote on their favourite treats in each category and once the judging is over the goodies will be available to buy. If you would like an entry form or more information then contact the school on 01890 860237.