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Community Association

Ellemford and Longformacus Community Association’s AGM is on Tuesday, December 3, at Longformacus Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.


Flix in the Stix

Tomorrow night’s film in the community hall is the high-octane action-comedy about retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) who reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Only released on DVD this week, the film is rated 13.



Christmas panto is next Monday, December 2, in St Aidan’s Hall, 10am. The following Monday, December 9, is an open meeting, which includes a 15 minute forum for members’ suggestions for improving the U3A, followed by a talk by Mike Hall on ‘The Appalachian Trail’. The Christmas lunch is on Thursday, December 19, in the Black and Gold Club. The December outing for the Grumpy Old Men Group is on Tuesday, December 3, when they will be visiting Ahlstrom Ltd, Chirnside - contact Norman Stewart.


Christmas Fayre

A Christmas Fayre is being held in the village hall on Sturday, November 30, from 2-4pm. There will be many stalls offering gifts, cards, candles, Christmas decorations and many other items. Also on sale will be RNLI souvenirs, Fair Trade goods, and homemade baking by legendary Burnmouth bakers including speciality cakes. Win a bottle on the tombola while Santa listens to the children’s wishes for Christmas and gives each a small gift. There is a grand raffle for a Christmas hamper and other prizes. Teas, coffees, mincepies and shortbread will be served throughout, accompanied by live music. Entry is free.


Christmas lights

Chirnside Christmas light will be switched on by Chirnside Gala Queen on Saturday, November 30, at 6.30pm. Join in the carol singing, and enjoy soup and mince pies; collection for Marie Curie and the Salvation Army.

Common Good

Volunteers are needed to help plant bulbs in the Marie Curie Field of Hope at The Quarry, on Thursday, November 28, at 2.30pm. Bring a spade.

Parish church

The next service at Chirnside Parish Church is at 11.15am on Sunday, December 1 - all welcome. This week’s millennium lights are sponsored by Barbara Campbell in memory of husband John.


Village Hall

Cockburnspath Village Hall is hosting the Reston Concert Band this coming Friday, November 29, for the first time in ten years, since they played at the hall’s official opening. Tickets are £5, (family tickets available) from the Community Cafe, the village shop, or on the night. Licensed bar. Doors open 7pm. For information go on to



Coldstream Ramblers walk on Sunday, December 1, is a circular route of 8.5 miles starting at Jedburgh. Meet at Jedburgh bus station car park at 10am. For more information and to confirm attendance please contact leaders John and Heather Smith 01896 848810.

Flodden 1513 Club

The committee is reminded that a meeting is to be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 7.30pm in the British Legion.

Christmas Cakes

There will be a Christmas cake decoration demonstration by Robert Whitton in the church hall on Friday, November 29, at 7pm. Tickets £2, are available from The Corner Fruit Shop and Coldstream Crafts or at the door on the night. Proceeds go to church funds.

Parish Church

Morning service on Sunday, December 1, will be at 11.15am, conducted by the Rev David Taverner. There will be a short Taize style service in the evening at 5.30pm. The Choir for Christmas rehearse in the church hall on Mondays at 6pm and you are welcome to join them. There is a Congregational Board and Kirk Session meeting in the church Hall on Wednesday, December 4, at 7.30pm to meet a visiting team from Presbytery. A good turn-out is requested.

Literary Society

President, Ken Allan welcomed members and guests and introduced The Small Hall Band. Members were treated to a toe tapping feast of music and song from both sides of the border from these talented young people. Credit for this must go to the band’s organiser and guitarist Liz Marroni who lets each person showcase their own talent and also the older members of the band who encourage the younger ones. The vote of thanks was given by Helen Park. The society’s Christmas dinner is in the Newcastle Arms on Monday, December 9, at 7pm for 7.30pm.


President, Ella Purves welcomed members and introduced Euan McIver of mESMeRICK on Coldstream’s High Street. Euan gave some background on the origins of soap which dates from 2000 years BC and talked about the way soap has evolved from the original “sludge” to the soap we know today. He then went on to explain the processes that he uses to make his own soap: ‘cold processing, which requires pieces of soap being dried out for six weeks; ‘batch kettle boiling’ in which the soap is mixed and then poured into molds. Euan took along examples of his soaps made with natural ingredients, no chemicals or preservatives. He also took hair products and jewellery from his shop. The vote of thanks was given by Helen Park. The winner of the item of jewellery competition was Elizabeth Erskine and the winner of the item beginning with ‘N’ was Lyn Borthwick. The Rural Christmas party is on Thursday, December 19, at 7.30pm in the Legion hall.

Carol concert

Berwickshire Federation Carol Concert is in Coldstream Parish Church on Sunday, December 15, at 2pm. A warm welcome is extended to all ages to join the ladies in singing festive carols. Refreshments will be served after the singing, plus there will be a collection for ‘The Lavender Touch’ (a registered charity raising funds to support people with cancer living in the Scottish Borders).


Coffee morning

Duns and District Operatic Society coffee morning is on Saturday, November 30, in Duns Parish Church Hall, 10-11.30am. Entry £1.50, Cake stall and raffle.


It was a ‘Matter of Opinion’ evening on Wednesday, November 20, when there was a good mix of entertaining questions from Guild members and answers from the panel. This was followed by a light supper provided by the committee. The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 4, at 7.15pm in the church hall. The planned speaker is unable to attend, but two Guild members have very kindly offered to give members a Christmas floral art demonstration.


President, Lucy Shiell welcomed members and visitors from Langton and Abbey St Bathans to the November 11 meeting and introduced speaker, Cathy Burns from Sainsburys, who demonstrated mouthwatering titbits from savoury to sweet. The results were enjoyed by all. She also gave tips on the use of basic products and produced recipe sheets which were snapped up. Winner of the competition for a dessert was Lucy Shiell. The next meeting is the Christmas meal on Monday, December 9, at 7pm in Turnbull Court (£12.50).

Christmas concert

This Sunday evening, December 1, the Duns Branch of Macmillan Cancer Support will once more be hosting their popular Christmas concert in Duns Parish Church. A sparkling night of entertainment is lined up and tickets are now available from Nairn’s newsagents (includes mulled wine, fruit juice, mince pies and shortbread after the concert). Tickets will also be available at the parish church on Sunday evening. This year there is a varied line up of entertainment from Duns Primary School and Berwickshire High School to bring a Christmas sparkle to all.


On Wednesday, November 13, president Mike Jopling welcomed members to a meeting of Duns Social Club, and also welcomed Alan Turner, secretary of Portobello Probus Club. Treasurer, Bill Nairn, announced that the recent coffee morning made £655. He was also taking names for the Christmas lunch on December 11. Guest speaker, Maggie Bates was introduced and talked about Cape Horn. Its name comes from the Dutch Kaap Hoorn after the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands. Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of Southern Chile, and Maggie showed slides taken during a cruise. Terry Jones gave a loquacious vote of thanks. The next meeting is on November 27 with guest speaker, Stewart Fuller Shapcott on the subject of search and rescue.

Ex-Reivers AGM

There will be a meeting of the Duns Ex-Reivers Association on Tuesday, December 3, at 7.30pm in the White Swan Hotel, Duns.

High School

Berwickshire High School was buzzing with activity on Friday, November 22. With over 45 stalls ranging from dazzling Christmas decorations, scrumptious cakes, gorgeous crafts, recycled laptops and reflexology stalls to mystery jam jars, the whole of the ground floor of Berwickshire High School was occupied. A bustling café with hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies on the lower ground floor was accompanied by carols from the school’s brass band which added to the festivities. Family, friends and local people flocked to the school to stock up on Christmas presents and goodies. The BHS Parent Council would like to thank everyone who made the fayre such a great success and helped raise over £1,000 for school funds.

History Society

Dunse History Society recently received the donation of a large number (over 3000) of glass plates. These contain images taken between 1950 and 1962 by the late Leslie Chappell, a photographer in Murray Street. They cover a very wide range of subject matters and comprise a unique historical and social record of life in the town during this period. The society has been involved in digitalising these images and a selection are about to be published on DVD (the first of several envisaged). The DVD (price £5) will be available to purchase at the next society meeting on Wednesday, December 4, when Mr John Marjoribanks will be talking on the ‘Cockburns of Langton’.

Card deliveries

Duns Cubs and Guides hope you will support them in their joint Christmas fundraising venture by posting your local Christmas cards at Romanes Pharmacy, Nairns’ newsagents or Duns News Plus and let the Guides sort them and the Cubs deliver them. Cards only cost 20p each. Please only hand in cards for the town of Duns or the village of Gavinton. Cards for outlying farms or anywhere else can not be delivered. Post boxes will be in the above shops from Thursday, December 5, and emptied for the final time on Friday, December 20, at 5pm. Deliveries will be made during the weekend December 14/15 and 21/22. The Cubs and Guides thank you for your support.

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The next open meeting is on Wednesday, December 11, at 10.30am when Bryan Webster, former business man, Methodist minister and keen Borders historian, will talk about ‘Back then it was different- and much the same’. Groups: French conversationalists have reminisced about their childhoods and compared life in the Borders with life in France. The new craft group has relaxed by drawing many Zen Tangles and felt flowers and beads, with Christmas decorations to come. The Lunch Group have been to Paxton and Auchencrow but are taking a break in December to attend the annual Christmas lunch at the Marshalls Meadows Hotel on December 11. Please send bookings, menu selection and monies/cheque (made out to the EBU3A Social Fund) via any committee member before the end of November.



Mike Jopling, in his talk on ‘The origin of a Geordie’ took members on a lively, good-humoured excursion through Geordieland: that part of Newcastle within sight of the River Tyne; or, as some believe, the area covered by the aroma that at one time emanated from the Boneyard glue factory. The audience enjoyed his canter through the history, geography, industries, people, Geordie dialect and other oddities. A settlement on the Tyne would seem to go back to Roman times, a defence against marauders from the north. Slides showed grand Newcastle buildings and streets at different periods and the talk ended with fine views of the river and the bridges. A vote of thanks was given by a member who confessed to having been born in Gateshead. The next meeting is Thursday, December 5; Christmas lunch, December 19, at the Dolphin; the first meeting of 2014, on January 9, includes a talk by Fenton Robb.


Schools fayre

Greenlaw Primary School PTA presents its annual Christmas Fayre on Thursday, December 5, from 6.30pm. There will be a great mix of stalls, refreshments, raffle and Santa in his grotto.


Advent Praise

Gateways Church and Community Group invites you to an Advent Praise evening, at 6pm on Sunday, December 1, in Paxton Church. The evening is designed to create a little space in which to get heart and mind in the right place for the up-coming festive season. Details from Ali Birkett 01289 386015 or


SWRI Federation

Leitholm village hall will play host to the Berwickshire Federation SWRI’s half yearly meeting on Saturday, November 30, starting at 11am. After business is concluded the ladies will be served a light lunch; there will also be a raffle.


Advent Praise

Gateways Church and Community Group invites you to an Advent Praise evening, at 6pm on Sunday, December 1, in Paxton Church. The evening is designed to create a little space in which to get heart and mind in the right place for the up-coming festive season. Details from Ali Birkett 01289 386015


Christmas Fayre

Reston Village Hall Christmas Fayre is on Saturday, November 30, from 2-4pm. Includes raffle, tombola and possibly a visit from Santa. All proceeds to hall running costs.

Community Cafe

There will be no cafe on Friday but a special Christmas cafe is being held in conjunction with Reston Primary School on Saturday, December 7, from 10am-12 noon in the village hall.

Rag Bag Bins

There are two rag bag bins in the village, one at the primary school and one at the village hall, so pop your old clothes, shoes etc into them to help raise funds for the local community.


Christmas fayre

Swinton Primary School Parent Council invite you to their annual Christmas fayre on Thursday, December 5, 6–7.30pm in the school. There will be lots of stalls including: Usborne Books, Phoenix Cards, Busy Bees handmade candles, Silver Republic jewellery plus lots of handmade crafts and gifts. There will also be the usual raffle with some fantastic prizes, chocolate tombola, cake and candy and seasonal refreshments. There are lots of fun activities for the children too, and of course Santa will be there in his grotto! There is also a very special festive performance from international singer/songwriter Isla Grant during the evening.



Whitsome Rural enjoyed a taste of the Orient on Wednesday night when John Wilson of Duns gave the ladies an evening of Tai Chi and martial arts. As well as demonstrating some amazing sword work, John talked about the history of Tai Chi and also gave some of the easier exercises to try at home. The competition for ‘something oriental’ was won by Grace Wilson, second Liz Walthew and third Wendy Kinghorn.