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Ladies! The first meeting of the new season is on Thursday, September 12, at 7.30 in the village hall. Friends, visitors and members, new and old are welcome along to enjoy a pot-luck supper evening. Bring along news of your summertime experience, a small vase of flowers or something beginning with ‘A’, or just yourselves.


Resilient communities

All households in Ayton recently received a Resilient Communities pamphlet from Ayton Community Council which included a questionnaire asking if villagers might be willing to help during an emergency or a period of severe winter weather. Completed questionnaires should be returned to the special box attached to the gate at Ayton Community Hall by Sunday, September 22. A meeting for those offering help and anyone else interested in the Resilient Communities initiative will be held in the near future. If anyone needs another questionnaire or more information, please phone (018907) 81411.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Ayton and Burnmouth church will be held on Saturday, September 14, from 10-11am in Ayton Community Hall. This is the Stewardship Season for Talents so if you can bake, grow plants or do craft etc. and would like to sell it in aid of the church please bring it along for the bring-and-buy stall. All are welcome. Entry is by donation.



The group is holding its 10th anniversary celebration lunch today, Thursday, September 12, in St Aidan’s Hall from noon to 2pm. There will be just a nominal charge. The enrolment day for Berwick U3A is on Monday, September 16, from 10am to noon in St Aidan’s Hall. The subscription stands at £12 and covers all 30+ activities. If you cannot make it just fill in the enrolment form and send it to Mary Patterson, 62 Sunnyside Crescent, Spittal, TD15 2DL with the money. At the moment there is the opportunity to join one (or all!) of 35 different groups. If any group leader is unable to attend enrolment day it is essential that they give webmaster, George Martin, all the details of their group for the website. Members and non members can check up on the majority of activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on

Archaeological Society

The 2013/14 Border Archaeological Society 2013-14 lecture season started on September 2. Professor Maria Chester, Professor of Fine Art in Buenos Aires and MA in Archaeology, talked on her subject ‘A Brief Introduction to Ancient Peruvian Civilisation’. The next talk will take place in the Parish Centre, Wallace Green, Berwick on Monday, October 7, at 7.30pm. The speaker is Dr Richard Tipping and the subject ‘Into the glare of history: palaeoecology, archaeology, and the written record in the Northern Cheviot Hills.’


Prostate Cancer Group

Wednesday, September 4, was the second meeting of the new session of the group. Unfortunately the speaker for the night had to cancel due to illness but Alan McLaren stepped in at the last minute. He reported on Prostate Cancer UK’s developing a quality checklist for men with this illness. It is designed to help men seek the best possible care and for health boards to aspire in the delivery of the standards. Transforming Care After Treatment. The Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support will be working in partnership with the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector to support a redesign of care following active treatment for cancer. Alan gave out a questionnaire to the group seeking opinions on how people would like to see a service that is provided for care after treatment. Afterwards the usual tea/coffee and chit-chat followed. The next meeting will be held at the Chaplaincy BGH on Wednesday, October 2, at 7pm.


Community Council

The next meeting of Burnmouth Community Council will be held in the village hall at 7pm on Wednesday, September 25.


Parish Church

The next service at Chirnside Parish Church is at 11.15am on Sunday, September 15, and includes Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. All welcome. Prayer Tree is available and as are Friends of Chirnside Church applications. The parish church continues to run the Millennium Lights - this week it is in memory of Rena Lambert.


Chirnside Parish Church Guild is holding an open meeting on Wednesday, September 18, at 2pm in the Church Hall. The speaker will be Rev Bill Landale and all are welcome.

Chirnside Development Group

Chirnside Development Group is holding a public meeting on Saturday, September 14, at 2pm in the community centre. Please come along and give your views on the plans for the re-development of the community centre to the architects and business consultants who will be present on the day. Please contact Delia Nimmo, chair, on 01890 818983 for further information.


Chirnside SWRI gather for their first meeting of the new programme on Thursday, September 19, in the community centre at 7.15pm. The committee is unchanged as is the subscription of £13. Lesley, from Beadelicous in Kelso, will be joining the ladies to demonstrate making bracelets. For those who would like to take part and make a bracelet themselves the cost will be £5. The competitions are an article beginning with ‘H’ and your favourite bracelet. The committee is looking forward to seeing the members again and newcomers will be very welcome, so do go along and join the ladies for the evening.

Civic Week

Chirnside Civic Week AGM will be held on Sunday, September 22, at 7.30pm in the Red Lion. Everyone welcome to come along and join the committee.

History Group

The first meeting of new season is on Monday, September 16, at 7.30pm in Chirnside Community Centre, and includes a talk By Rosie Letts on Polwarth Kirk. All welcome.


Dyslexia meeting

Dyslexia Scotland Borders Branch are having a open meeting tonight (Thursday) in The Leet Room at Coldstream Community Centre from 7-9pm when speaker Rose Reed with talk on ‘Supporting dyslexics with practical self help ideas’. There will be tea and coffee and a raffle.

Parish Church

Morning Service will be at 11.15am on Sunday, September 15, conducted by the Rev David Taverner. Volunteers are needed to help with the after service tea and coffee. If you can help, please add your name to the list.


The new session of the Coldstream branch starts on Thursday, September 19, in the Legion Hall at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Barbara Berkowitz whose topic will be ‘Isabella Hoppringle’s drama and her Coldstream Priory, September 1513’. The competitions this month are ‘A local photo’ and an item beginning with ‘S’. These competitions are judged separately and entries can be for either or both. Subs of £13 will also be due at this meeting. New members will be made most welcome so go along and join the ladies. The SWRI are still collecting plastic milk bottle tops which are sold in aid of the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH. These can be handed in to Helen Park at Coldstream Crafts in Market Street.

British Legion

The women’s section of the British Legion started in Coldstream 37 years ago and still have one founder member. Over the years the women have raised thousands of pounds that go directly to support Scottish service veterans. The women meet on the third Wednesday of each month during the winter. The first session will be on Wednesday, September 18 at 7.30pm in the Legion and the syllabus includes crafts and outings as well as meetings. Fresh ideas and new members are always welcome.

Afternoon Tea

Coldstream & District Community Council is holding an afternoon tea on Sunday, September 29, 2.30-4pm to raise funds for the pensioners’ Christmas party.


Probus Club

Last Wednesday, president Mike Jopling welcomed members of Duns and District Probus Club to the first meeting of the 2013/14 session. There was a minute’s silence in remembrance of recently deceased member, Ian White. The president welcomed five new members to the club. It was announced that the committee had decided to make two local charities, The Kilimanjaro Project (It’s Good To Give) and Duns Scout Group the beneficiaries of this year’s donations. Jim Clark gave an amusing and stimulating report on the recent visit to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune. The president introduced guest speaker, Paul Hodgson. Paul gave an interesting and technical presentation on his work with the police which involved geographical profiling of criminals. With the aid of video projections, he illustrated how links between the scenes of crimes could be linked to where the perpetrator lived thereby narrowing down the area of investigation. He answered lots of questions from his interested listeners. The vote of thanks was given by Mike Jopling. The next meeting will be on October 18 with a talk on the Life of Walter Scott.


The Duns Parish Church Guild Dedication Service will take place on Sunday, September 22 at 11am in the church. The first meeting of the new session of the Guild will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at 7.15pm in the Church Hall. This will be a coffee evening with a novelty cake demonstration by Robert Whitton. All are welcome. Entry £3. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). New members are always welcome at the regular meetings held on alternate Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm.

Accordion and Fiddle Club

The new season of the Accordion and Fiddle Club starts on Monday, September 16, in the Masonic Lodge, 41 Newtown Street, at 7.30pm. The guest artistes for the evening will be Robert Whitehead S D Band.


The Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (BAVS) is holding its AGM in Duns Parish Church on Thursday, September 26, at 7pm.


Probus club

The new session begins on Thursday, September 19, 10.30am for 11am, at the Dolphin Hotel, which provides coffee and biscuits at a generous price. Meetings finish at 12 noon. The club’s first speaker is member Jim Morton, and his subject is ‘Fairm House Langsyne’. The membership card with the year’s programme will be available at this meeting, and guests and others interested in the subject or in becoming members are welcome. The chairman this session is Jim Bowie, and the vice-chairmen are John Reid and Fenton Robb. The treasurer is Brian Ulyatt, and the secretary, Ian Goldsack, who will be happy to provide further information.

Great Pink Bake-Off

There will be a bake-off in aid of Breast Cancer Research in TEDDA Hut on September 21. Bring along your entries to be judged by ‘Celebrity’ judges Mary Raspberry and Paul Holyrood (and friends). All entries will be anonymous - names to be on a label underneath the plate. Categories are: special occasion cakes, sponge cakes and cupcakes (limit of four cupcakes) and miscellaneous section. All entries to be at the venue by 1.30pm. There will also be a pink raffle, baking stall, Avon, face painting and glitter tattoos, Entry by donation. For more information contact Dawn Matthews on 01890751629.


Parish church

You are invited to join Country Evening Worship at Legerwood Kirk this Sunday, September 15. It will start at 6.30pm and will include old favourite hymns as well as newer ones.


Reston’s Got Talent

Thank you for the huge turn out on Friday, September 6, for Reston’s Got Talent. What a great night with Rev Norman Whyte as the master of ceremonies It was quite an eye opener - story telling, poetry, accordion and fiddle playing, some wonderful singing from Miriam, Georgia and wee Alex. A wonderful Scottish version of David and Goliath, a quirky email and an amazing supper - it would appear that there are some very talented people in the Borders. The Talents Exhibition takes place on September 28, at Burnmouth Hall, All welcome.

Community Council

Reston Community Council next meets on Monday, September 16, at 7pm sharp to discuss local issues. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Coffee morning

Reston Community Cafe and SWRI are joining together to make this year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning the biggest and best ever, on Friday, September 27, at 10am. There will be the usual sales table, raffle and of course delicious cakes, scones and traybakes provided by the community cafe. Entry is £2, with all proceeds going to Macmillan Nurses.