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Church stewardship

The Churches of Scotland in Ayton and Burnmouth linked with Foulden and Mordington, linked with Grantshouse, Houndwood and Reston start their combined stewardship campaign this weekend. This is the second year of a three year rolling programme concentrating this year on the people skills or “Talents” of parishioners, for the benefit of all through the work of the church. The programme starts with “Jungle Talents” on August 31 in Reston Village Hall from 10am-12noon for primary school children. There are then a series of “talent themed” events throughout September; a Talents Supper in Reston Village Hall on September 6; a Talents Festival in Burnmouth Village Hall on 28th; culminating in a Combined Service of Worship in Foulden Church on 29th. During the month there are opportunities to get involved in the Reston Guild in the portacabin on the 25th at 2pm, Bible Studies in the Manse in Ayton on Wednesdays at 7pm, the Wednesday Club in Grantshouse on the 4th, 2-4pm, the Coffee Mornings in Ayton on 14th and in Foulden on 21st at 10am, all held in the Village Halls.


Parish Church

On Sunday, August 25, a Cross fashioned from local wood by Cameron Watson was dedicated. All are welcome to the service at 11.15am on Sunday. Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications. The Parish Church continues to run the Millennium Light’s Project.



Cockburnspath Village Hall are pleased to welcome The Keats Quartet for a concert as part of their Border Tour on Thursday, October 29, at 7.30pm. This highly acclaimed and regarded London based Quartet will play a range of work from Corelli, Schubert and Vaughan Williams, as well as music from West End shows. Tickets are £7 and are available from the Village Shop, via e-mailing or on the door on the night.


BAVS day out

The Borders Association of Voltary Services (BAVS) are holding their Day Out event in Coldstream Community Centre on August 31, from 10am-2pm. It will be a fun family day out with live entertainment at 10am from Swing Street (Alex Young and Ken Pritchard Duo), followed at 11am by Fiddlers from the Borders Shetland

Fiddle Group. From noon the Children’s class from the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society will be performing. There will be community stalls selling home-made produce, jewellery, accessories, bric-a-brac, tombolas, raffles, games and face painting.


Coldstream Playgroup and Toddlers are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, August 31, in the British Legion, Coldstream at 10.30am.

Parish Church

On Sunday, September 1, Morning Service will be at 11.15am and will be conducted by the Rev David Taverner.

Boys Brigade

Boys Brigade enrolment is on Thursday, September 5, in the primary school hall at 6.15pm. It is open to all boys in Primaries 2-6.

Flower Show

The Open Flower Show will be held in the Community Centre on Saturday, September 7.


Flower Show

Berwickshire Horticultural Society’s annual flower show is on Saturday, September 7. This year the show will be held in Duns Masonic Club (41 Newtown Street) and everyone is welcome to see the variety of flowers, vegetables, baking and handicrafts which will be on display. The show opens its doors to the public at 2pm.

Rotary Club

Immediate Past President Robin Hamilton of the Rotary Club of Dunbar visited the Rotary Club of Duns last Thursday to speak about the project which they are developing in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kalimpong in Northeast India. The Rotarians of Duns were offered the chance to become involved in this project, which is already supported by the Rotary International Foundation, by 13 clubs in Scotland plus others.

Probus Club

The 2013/14 session of Duns and District Probus Club begins on Wednesday, September 4, at Duns Masonic Social Club, Newtown Street. Refreshments available from 10am with the meeting due to start at 11am prompt. The guest speaker for the opening meeting is Paul Hodgson. Annual subs will be collected.


Fit and Happy

Weekly sessions of Yoga, Exercise for Fun or Tai Chi are run by Eyemouth Healthy Living Group in the Eyemouth Community Centre and new members are most welcome. The classes are held during the day and are very reasonably priced. The sessions begin on Friday, September 6, with Exercise for Fun at 10-11am and Tai Chi 3-4pm. Monday, September 9, sees the start of Yoga from 9.30-11am. For more information ring Joan on 018907 812231 or Jackie on 01289 304 224.


Parish Church

On Sunday, August 19 at the service in Fogo kirk the minister spoke about Mount Sinai and other special places and items associated with God and faith. He reminded the congregation that we can meet with God anywhere and that even ordinary things can help us think of Him and our faith. The next service for Fogo and Swinton is on September 1 in Swinton at 10am.


Parish Church

This week’s service is in Paxton Parish Church at 9.45am - Rev Bill Landale.


Community cafe

Friday, August 30 10am-12 at Reston Village Hall. A warm friendly welcome to all. £2 is all you need for a cuppa and a couple of pieces of delicious mouthwatering homebaked goodies. Please bring your friends and family. Get there early for the best seats. All proceeds will help benefit local groups.

Riverside BBQ

The next BBQ is on Friday, August 30, from 5pm-7pm and if it’s nice stay as long as you want. Great play equipment for the kids. £2 for a burger or sausage or bring your own and they will cook it for a small charge. Bring your own liquid refreshments and your friends and family too.

Walk It

Sunday, September 1, 2pm outside village hall. Walk It aims to help people become more physically active by attending low level and friendly social walks. It’s free, just turn up or phone Ruth 07806765216 or email