News from around the district


Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held in Allanton village hall on Saturday, December 14, starting at 10am, admission £1.50. There will be a raffle, sales table, and home baking. Santa is unable to come as he is busy in Greenland, but he has asked for some of Joan’s fabulous cakes to be put aside for him to collect later.



Next Monday is an open meeting in St Aidan’s Hall, the open forum at 10.15am for discussion on improving the U3A followed by a talk by Mike Hall on ‘The Appalachian Trail’. At the next open meeting on January 6, there will be a suggestion box for ideas. The next Gardening Group meeting is on Monday, January 13, St Aidan’s Hall at 10am when Bill Devonshire will talk on ‘Gems of British Gardens’. The Art Appreciation Group will next meet on Wednesday, January 22, for a discussion on JWM Turner. The Christmas Party for the Bridge Group is Tuesday, December 17, at Berlino’s, 12 noon. U3A carols singers will be at Berwick Garden Centre on Saturday, December 7, at 2pm.


Common Good

Chirnside Common Good Association would like thank the Chirnside Tartan Army and their helper who once again gave up their time to make sure the village had Christmas lights up thanks to Selena the Gala Queen for switching them on. Also member of the Common Good committee who help by providing refreshments The Beacon for the use of their facilities and providing the music for Carol singing all who attended on the night the sum of £93.59 was collected Thanks again for supporting the Common Good Association and everyone who helped to make the evening a success.

Parish Church

All are welcome at the next service at the parish church at 11.15am on Sunday, December 8.

Christmas Fayre

Chirnside’s School’s Parent Council are holding a Christmas Fayre on Friday, December 6, in the school hall at 6pm. Santa will be the special guest. Entry is £1 for adults and kids go free (£2 to see Santa).


The bus for the outing to Duns panto will stop at Crosshill and Market Road at around 6.30pm, tomorrow (Friday, December 6).


Poppy collection

The recent door to door collection for the Poppy Appeal in Cockburnspath and the surrounding district raised a grand total of £718.25. Sincere thanks go to all the collectors and also the public for their continued generosity.

Coffee morning

Cockburnspath Wednesday Club and the Fairbairn School of Dance raised the magnificent sum of £800 at their recent coffee morning. The dancers gave a first class dancing display which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Grateful thanks for the support and to everyone who produced items for the stalls and raffle.

Shopping evening

This year’s gala shopping evening is on Friday, December 6, at 6.30pm in Cockburnspath Village Hall. A variety of stalls including Busy Bee Candles, Beauty from Above, Jamie at Home, Bodyshop and Stenhouse Flowers will be there on the night, along with children’s activities. Santa will be in his grotto to see the children, £3 per child. Donations for tombola, raffle, and home baking are very much appreciated and can be handed in to any committee member or the village shop. Entry is £2 per adult, including tea/coffee and a piece of cake. Children £1 including juice and a piece of cake.

Village hall

A huge thank you to the Reston concert band for a great performance at the village hall on Friday. Over 40 people were there and a good time was had by all! ‘Once Upon a time in the North’ comes to the hall on Friday, December 13, at 6.30pm. A wonderful play performed by the Northumberland Theatre Company, which is suitable for all ages. Northern myths, legends and stories are brought to life by puppetry, music and dance. Tickets available now, please go to



Coldingham Priory is hosting an open day and coffee morning on Saturday, December 7 between 10am and 1pm. The Priory will be decorated for Christmas and there will be live music throughout the morning and sales tables with home baking, Fair Trade goods and Christmas gifts.


Coffee morning

Crookham village hall is holding a special charity coffee morning on Saturday, December 14, 10am–12 noon in aid of The Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the Borders General Hospital.


Parish Church

Morning Service on Sunday, December 8, will be at 11.15am, conducted by Rev David Taverner. The Choir for Christmas meets at 6pm on Monday, December 9.


The Guild meeting was opened by Helen Park who welcomed members and visitors and went on to introduce Allan Greenshield who spoke about ‘Living Behind the Berlin Wall’. He spoke about his time as a diplomat in East Germany and the differences in the lives of those in the Diplomatic Service and ordinary East Berliners. Many parts of his talk were amusing but there was a sinister undercurrent of secret police and being on your guard. The next item on the agenda is the Christmas party on Wednesday, December 11.

Cake demonstration

Over 60 people gathered in the church hall on Friday, November 29, to enjoy Robert Whitton’s Christmas cake demonstration. Robert took a 12” square of sponge cake and transformed it into a delightful little shepherd boy carrying a lamb, and kept the audience amused with his stories of people he had met and places he had been. Robert’s cake was the star prize in the raffle and was won by Anne Coltherd. The evening raised £154 for church funds and the organisers would like to thank everyone who came along.


Live music on Saturday, December 14, with Bell and Brodie from 8pm, entry £5 on the door includes supper. The under 12s childrens Christmas party in on Friday, December 20, 6-8pm. Tickets £5, from The Corner Fruit Shop. Come and meet Santa, play games with the elves and much more. Children must have an adult with them. The adults Christmas Party is on Saturday, December 20, from 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (includes buffet) available from The Corner Fruit Shop and Clarks Newsagents. Call 883886 to book a table in advance or contact Sonia. The Hogmanay Party on Tuesday, December 31, is from 7.30pm, tickets £10 (includes buffet) available from The Corner Fruit Shop and Clark’s Newsagents. To book a table in advance call 883886 or talk to our stewardess Sonia.

Coffee morning

The coffee morning to raise funds for the Old Folks Outing raised £480. Thanks to everyone who supported the event in any way.



Sandy Mitchell gave the last talk of the programme the club; his subject, First Responders. This vital service is provided by a dedicated self-funding group who in an emergency are usually the first ones there and the hold the fort until the emergency service arrives. It was good to know that defibrillators are now located in several premises in the town and an increasing number of people are familiar with their use. The AGM was held on December 3. Enquiries about membership to the Hon Sec M. O’Donnell.


Youth Club

Open Doors extends a warm welcome to the many people that support their fundraising efforts to join them for a festive coffee morning on Thursday, December 12, at 10am in the youth centre. Connect Berwickshire Youth Project (based at the youth centre) has donated a festive hamper as a thank you for all the much needed and appreciated funds that this group continues to raise with their weekly coffee mornings.

Probus Club

On Wednesday, November 27, president, Mike Jopling welcomed members and guest visitor, Bruce Maclachlan. The treasurer, Bill Nairn announced that there were a few places left for the Christmas lunch. In welcoming the guest speaker, the president expressed his appreciation that Ronnie Richardson had filled in at short notice for the scheduled speaker who was unable to attend. Ronnie is well known to members as he retired a year ago as community policeman and he gave a knowledgeable and entertaining commentary to the wide selection of photos of birds animals and fish. He gave some useful advice on how to compose a photograph and came out with some amusing one-liners. He also takes photos of aircraft which was his original interest and he showed a few examples. Murray Henderson gave a couthy vote of thanks. The next meeting is on December 11, the Christmas lunch at the Black Bull Hotel, 12 noon for 12.30pm.

Senior Citizens

At the meeting on November 29, Shirley McColm gave an excellent Christmas floral art demonstration. The next meeting is on Friday, December 13, in Turnbull Court, and is the club’s Christmas dinner, starting at 12.30pm - please note time.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Duns welcomed Anne Wright, international service chairman for Rotary District 1020. The club’s recent bucket collection in Duns for the victims of the hurricane disaster in the Philippines raised over £500 which has gone to Shelterbox for the disaster relief effort. Anne told the club that 436 Shelterboxes, 3,240 tents, 1,500 single-skin mini-tents and 600 water survival boxes have already been sent by Rotary to the Philippines. Anne briefed Rotarians on the many ways in which they can help people overseas, focusing particularly on The Mary’s Meals Backpack scheme (secondhand backpacks filled by donors with the things a schoolchild needs) and the micro-finance project Lend With Care (which recycles finance to small businesses in developing countries).


Coffee morning

The British Heart Foundation, Eyemouth Branch, are having a coffee morning in the Mason’s Hall, Eyemouth, this Saturday, December 7, from 9.30am - 12 noon. There will be a raffle and a home baking stall, and the drawing of the grand Christmas raffle will also be made. All welcome and donations greatly appreciated.

EU Church

The Guild Christmas party is on Wednesday, December 11, the last session until the new year. On Monday the Guild trip leaves for Edinburgh shopping, rounding off with afternoon tea at The Kings Manor Hotel. The Christmas fete is on Friday, December 20, 2-4pm. Santa will be in his grotto with gifts for the children. On Sunday Supt George Shaw will lead worship.



Mrs Barrie, president, welcomed everyone to the November meeting. Business was dealt with followed by a talk and demonstration by Winnie Strachan from ‘Chic’ in Greenlaw, who gave a talk about starting up her jewellery business. She got everyone involved in making their own ‘designer’ jewellery. Maureen Sawer gave the vote of thanks. The evening’s hostesses were Carol Quinn, Janet Grieve and Kerrie Constable. There were 12 entries in the evening’s competition for a favourite pair of earrings. Results were as follows: 1. Greta Chisholm, 2. Elizabeth Leckie, 3. Kerrie Constable. The meeting closed after the drawing of the raffle.

War Memorial Hall

The hall is hosting a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 14, from 10am-2pm. Highlights of the day include jewellery, women’s clothing and accessories, home-made chocolates, shortbread and more, Body Shop goods, household/garden accessories, cards, books and fishmonger with fresh local produce and lots more. There will be a raffle in aid of hall funds and the Poppy Coffee House will also be open for refreshments, light lunches, delicious scones and cakes. Entry by silver collection. The Poppy Coffee House is holding a special Christmas menu evening on Friday, December 6, from 7-10pm. Phone 01361 810495 to make a reservation.

Autumn Welly Walk

The War Memorial Hall committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the autumn welly walk in October, the fantastic sum of £361 was raised - it will be split equally between Children 1st and Greenlaw War Memorial Hall. The design a cupcake competition winners each received their design made into a real cupcake. The winners were as follows: age five and under - Lexi Baxter; age six to eight - Melissa Foster; age nine and over - Thomas Nairn.


Christmas bazaar

Leitholm Village Hall is holding it’s Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, at 10am. There will be various stalls, plus coffee and mince pies.

Evergreen Club

The meeting on November 13 took place with a good attendance. Jimmy Mitchell provided the entertainment on his accordion which was very much enjoyed by all present. Betty McLeish and Glynis Dickinson provided the tea which was, as usual, enjoyed by all. On November 27, there was a good attendance for a few games of dominoes. Helen Renton and Lesley Brown provided a lovely tea. Rob Cockburn, chairman, thanked the tea ladies for both meetings. Meetings begin again on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.



Results of the mini show: Rose Bowl for most points in baking, preserves and crafts - 1st equal Sandra Cleghorn and Ella Aikman; posy bowl for most points in crafts - 1st equal Sandra Cleghorn and Alison Fowler; best exhibit in show - Ella Aikman (butterfly cakes); Cormack Shield - Sandra Cleghorn; Country Store Trophy - Alison Fowler; Cup for most points overall - Sandra Cleghorn. Reston SWRI enjoyed a craft evening in November, Joyce Luby introducing the ladies to a Christmas cracker workshop. The ladies worked under the watchful eye of Joyce and the finished results were much admired. Competitions: something beginning with G - 1. Alison Fowler, 2. Margaret Laing, 3. Bev Marsh; wrapped parcel - Sandra Cleghorn and Alison Fowler. Next meeting is on January 15, 2014.

Christmas fayre

Thank you to everybody for supporting the Reston Village Hall Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 30.

Community Cafe

Reston Community Cafe and Reston Primary School invite you to a special Christmas Cafe and sales table on Saturday, December 7, 10am-12 noon, in the village hall. The primary school children’s Christmas performances at the village hall are on Wednesday, December 11, at 1pm, and Thursday, December 12pm at 6pm. All welcome to go along.


Parish Church

Visiting minister, Bruce Neil, conducted an excellent Communion Service, giving an interesting and appropriate sermon based on St Andrew and parable of feeding the 5,000. The service was followed by a short Session meeting resulting in two new members being accepted into the congregation. The next service is a family carol service which will be held on December 24, at 6pm. All will be made very welcome.


Christmas fayre

Westruther village hall is hosting a Christmas Fayre on Friday, December 6, at 7pm. Entry is £1, children under 10, 20p, this includes light refreshments. There will be lots of stalls selling everything for Christmas. Santa will also be there with presents (£1 per child). All in aid of hall funds - come and enjoy a great evening.


Christmas lights

Martin Vernon winner of the ‘Find Santa’s Secret Store’ competition switched on the Christmas lights on Sunday. Carol singing was led by Mary Jarvie and Jennifer Rimer, aided by mulled wine and mince pies. A collection raised over £90 for Borders Women’s Aid Ltd. Whitsome Enhancement Group fund, maintain, engineer the equipment and lights throughout the year and put it all up over two weekends in November with the help of many local volunteers. LED lights have greatly reduced the electricity costs from £300 to about £50.