News from around the district



Flix in the Stix

The 2014 film season in the community hall kicks off tomorrow night at 7.30 with a 2013 release starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Classification 15.

Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of Ayton & Burnmouth church will be held on Saturday, January 11, from 10-11am in the Ayton Community Hall. Entry by donation. Bring and buy stall.



At the last meeting of the nutrition group they looked into foods good for the wellbeing of our mental health; the essential oils group made almond oil blends that would calm and relax us; and the philosophy for fun group discussed Aristotle and the philosophy of happiness. Check up on activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on


Burns Club

Details of the programme for the 2014 Whiteadder Burns Club supper on February 3, at the Robin’s Nest in Chirnside have now been confirmed. Chairman is Walter Robinson of Allanton, who has been a member for 50 years. The ‘Immortal Memory’ will be proposed by Dave Scott of Duns, the toast ‘to the lassies’ will be given by Michael Ross of Tweedmouth and to ‘the club’ by John Home Robertson of Paxton. The toast to the chairman will come from Tim Sewell of Shilbottle. ‘Holy Wullie’s Prayer’ will be recited by Stuart Robertson of Dunbar. Musical director for the evening will be Jim Jarvis from Eyemouth.

Walk It

The Chirnside ‘Walk It’ Group starts off its fortnightly health walks for 2014 on Thursday, January 16. ‘Walk It’ is for all those who would like to become more physically active by joining a friendly group of walkers. Walks are low level and last about an hour and a half. Meet at the bus shelter at the Crosshill, Chirnside at 10am or phone Annette on 01890 818769 or email for information.


The Institute had an enjoyable visit to the pantomime in Duns in December and meets again on Thursday, January 16, for a talk by Ray Nicholson on Pets as Therapy. Ray will be accompanied by two volunteers and their dogs. The competitions are an article beginning with the letter K and a photo of your favourite pet.



At the December meeting president Rieke Hettrick welcomed members and after business was discussed Helen Hardwick supervised a floral art workshop which produced some beautiful Christmas arrangements. The competitions for a bring along item initial ‘P’ was won by Shirley Mitchell and a homemade Christmas card, by Lyn Warholm. Tea and coffee and mince pies were served and the raffle drawn, winners being Rhona Goldie, Jean St Clair, Mary Thomson, Helen Hardwick, Agnes Dougal, Rieke Hettrick and Lyn Warholm. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 7pm in Coldingham Village Hall when the speaker will be community police officer Kirsty Nash on ‘Personal Safety’. The competitions will be ‘Bring along item initial Q’ and something with connection to a uniform.


Community Council

Coldstream and District Community Council next meets on Thursday, January 16, at 7.30pm in the council chambers (above the library).

History Society

In December Mr J. Rogerson entertained with his wonderful photographs and historical anecdotes of events which happened in the area. Few will forget the tale of how the minister’s wife rose from her grave when the sextant tried to remove her wedding ring and the dire consequence of his actions that night! A big thank you to Mr Rogerson for a wonderful evening of enlightenment and entertainment. The Christmas social was enjoyed by all - thank you to the ladies of the committee for a fantastic turkey dinner. Now that 2014 has arrived members are reminded that the subs fall due on January 9, (still only £5) and on that evening they will be welcoming Mr T. Kirton who’s topic is ‘A Lifeboat Story’. The committee are looking forward to seeing old and new members/guests at 7.30pm. in the Eildon Centre.

Parish Church

Morning Service on Sunday, January 12, will be at 11.15am, conducted by Rev David Taverner.

Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade are holding a coffee morning in the parish church hall on Saturday, January 11, at 10.30am. Entry is 50p and there will be the usual stalls. Any contributions for the raffle or cake stall will be gratefully received. Everyone welcome.

Social and Literary Society

The next meeting of the society is on Monday, January 13, at 7.30pm in the Eildon Centre and is the children’s essay competition prize giving, when the young prizewinners will read their essays. A light supper will be served.


DTA meeting

The next meeting of the Dunbar Trades Association is on Tuesday, January 14, at 6.30pm in the Royal Mackintosh Hotel.


Summer Festival

Duns Summer Festival Committee are holding an Open Evening on Wednesday, January 15, in Duns Rugby Club between 7-8pm. It is an opportunity for anyone wishing to join the committee, who has an interest in helping make Reivers Week happen or potential applicants for future Reivers/Reivers Lasses to come along and find out what is involved. Everyone welcome. The Duns Summer Festival Committee is now taking applications for the 2014 Reivers Party 2014. Potential applicants should be 18 years old by April 2014 and live within a three mile radius of Duns. Applications should be with the Duns Summer Festival Committee no later than January 14, 2014. Please send applications to Stuart Renton, 3 Tannage Brae, Duns TD11 3EA.


Parish Church

At the service held in Swinton kirk on Sunday, January 5, to celebrate both Christmas and the new year, the minister spoke about the Wise Men bringing gifts from their own countries and how we can use the gifts God has given us to help the church and the world. As the present minister will be retiring in two or three years time, the congregation was reminded that there will be a meeting on Sunday, January 19, at Fogo kirk to select four people to represent Fogo & Swinton in the choosing of the next minister. This meeting will take place after a shorter Sunday service which starts at 10am. Everyone is welcome to the service and meeting.


Village Hall

The first Reston Village Hall group started back on Sunday, January 5 - archery at 2pm; Tuesday, January 7 Rainbows (seniors) 2-4pm; badminton Thursdays 6pm onwards. For more information contact Helen Jeffrey on 01890 761336.