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Ayton SWRI starts 2014 on Wednesday, January 22, at 7.15pm, with a visit from stained glass crafter Linda Wortley. To enter the competition please decorate a jam jar and bring along a glass item.


History Society

The next meeting is on Monday, January 20, and the subject is ‘Shipwrecks off Scotland’ told by Ian Whittacker at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

Common Good

The next meeting of Chirnside Common Good Association is on Wednesday, February 12, at 7.30pm in the community centre.


Coffee morning

The Parish of Dunglass (Cockburnspath, Oldhamstocks and Innerwick) are hosting a coffee morning in the Church Hall on Saturday, January 25, at 10am. There will be the usual tombola, cake and candy, raffle etc. Any support with these will be much appreciated


Coldingham Priory

Sunday morning service is at 9.45am in the Priory, led by Rev Andy Haddow and activities for children will be run during the service.


Coffee morning

The Presenting Coldstream Committee are holding a coffee morning in the RBLS hall on Saturday, January 18, 10.30am.


Due to unforeseen circumstances the AGM has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 5, at 7.30pm in the club hall. Any items for AOB section of the agenda should be submitted in writing to the secretary by 4pm on Wednesday, January 29 - posted through the club letterbox or handed in to the steward.

All members are encouraged to attend. Sunday and Tuesday Bingo starts at 7pm sharp while the Monday Whist starts at 1pm. Opening times for members are Sunday from 6pm, Tuesday from 7pm, Wednesday from 7pm, Friday from 7pm and Saturday from 7.30pm.

Parish Church

Morning service on Sunday, January 19, is at 11.15am,conducted by the Rev David Taverner. The next meeting of the Congregational Board and Kirk Session is on Wednesday, January 29, at 7pm in the Church Hall.


The next meeting of the Guild, a Burns Supper, is on Wednesday, January 22, at 7pm. in the church hall.


The next meeting of the SWRI is on Thursday, January 16, at 7.30pm in the Legion Hall. Speaker is Allan Malone who is doing a cookery demonstration. The competitions are three plain scones and an item beginning with ‘J’.

Boys’ Brigade

The company officers would like to record their thanks to everyone who helped with the coffee morning, to those who donated items for the cake stall and raffle and, of course, to everyone who came along! The wonderful sum of £470 was raised.

Flower Show

Schedules for the 2013 Coldstream Open Flower Show are available. New exhibitors contact Lesley on 01890 882904 or Ella on 01890 882551 for a copy. Existing exhibitors will receive a copy as normal.


Civic Week AGM

The Dunbar Civic Week Committee is holding its AGM and open meeting on Monday, January 27, in the Gibb Room, Bleachingfield Community Centre at 7.30pm, to 9pm. to gather support and ideas for this year’s event. The AGM is the formal bit - the team will briefly report on activities and finances before getting down to the fun bit: what sort of events would we like to have in this year’s programme and how can we make them happen? Already, Coast to Coast Surf School and the Dunbar Harbour and East Beach Neighbourhood Group have come up with the brilliant idea of having some surf races and a run/swim duathalon at East Beach. The Sunny Dunny Derby will be run again, but what else? Big ideas, small ideas, every one is welcome. Much of what makes Dunbar a great place to live is done by volunteers and Civic Week needs lots. Please register your interest in helping NOW. Come along and talk to us at the meeting or email or call 01368 864794.

Community Council

The next meeting of Dunbar Community Council will be held in the Council Chamber, Town House, Monday, January 20, at 7pm.

Probus Club

At the opening meeting of Dunbar Probus Club for 2014, Dr Neil Black gave a fascinating talk on kayaking entitled ‘Adventure in Water’ in which he showed how much interest could be found in this challenging sport. The next talk on January 21 will be given by Fenton Robb, a member of Eyemouth probius Club, entitled ‘The First Baron of Eyemouth’. A Burns Lunch will be held on January 28. Potential new members should contact the Hon Sec M. O’Donnell


Summer Festival

The Duns Summer Festival Committee is inviting applications for the Reivers Party 2014. The committee are looking to fill the following positions: Reiver, Reivers Lass, Right Hand Lad and Lass. Potential applicants should be 18-years-old by April 2014 and live within a three mile radius of Duns. Applications should be with the President of The Duns Summer Festival Committee no later then January 24. Please send applications to Stuart Renton, 3 Tannage Brae, Duns TD11 3EA.

Coffee morning

Duns Junior Football Club are holding a fund-raising coffee morning on Saturday, January 18, in Duns Parish Church Hall from 10am to 11.30am. There will be coffee and scones, raffle, home baking and tombola. Entry is £1.50. The club is also holding it’s Registration night in the Games Hall of The Berwickshire High School on Monday, January 20. All parents of those children wanting to play football are asked come along to be registered between 6-7pm.

Accordion Club

The next meeting of the Accordian and Fiddle Club is on Monday, January 20, in The Masonic Lodge, Newtown Streeet, at 7.30pm. The guest artiste for the evening will be John Morgan.


On January 8, president, Mike Jopling welcomed members of Duns Probus Club to the first meeting of 2014. There was a minute’s silence for recently deceased members Bill Ross and Willie Miller. Ian Turnbull gave a report on the Christmas lunch and arrangements were made for the forthcoming Burns Lunch at 12 noon on January 22.


Last Wednesday Diane Sinclair gave a most enjoyable talk about her faith, summarising it with a lovely song entitled ‘For the Joys and For the Sorrows’. The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, January 22, in the church hall. This will be the Burns’ Night celebration, with traditional supper followed by a tribute to Robert Burns by some local entertainers.

wSenior citizens

On Friday, Ann and Kevin Mills gave a very knowledgeable talk and presentation on ‘Tigers in India’. By way of some amazing illustrations, they shared with members their unique adventure in India. The next meeting is the Burns Supper, at 1pm on Friday, January 24, in Turnbull Court (please note time!).

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Inner Wheel

For the first meeting of 2014, President Linda Joplin welcomed Sheila Sim who gave an informative and interesting talk about the local Food Bank. Sheila described how the Food Bank was set up in response to help those who find themselves in crisis situations. The service is completely confidential; simply structured and non judgemental. Food Banks exist throughout the country and were set up by churches. The Berwickshire service currently operates from Duns Parish Church. Referrals are made by agencies such as Social Services, Berwickshire Housing association, CAB etc. Foodstuffs are kept at Duns Parish Church and storekeepers keep track of provisions. Recipient’s ages and specific needs are taken into account when parcels are being prepared and contain enough food for each person for a week. The service also provides emergency short term help. Donations of tins, jars and dry provisions are welcomed. The Food Bank is also grateful for cash donations as it is not possible to stock everything which may be needed. All donations can be made to the Duns Parish Church on Friday mornings.


EU Church

Tickets for the Guild Burns afternoon on Wednesday, February 12, are now in sale £6. They can be obtained from Zena Brown, Jane Johnston or at the new Guild session which resumes on Wednesday, February 5. The next Ladies Supper club is on Thursday, January 23. This is a great evening of fellowship and new members are always welcome. On Sunday Mr Jim Barrie will lead worship.

Film Night
Come and join us this Friday as we watch Dusty and his friends ‘Own the sky’ in Disney Pixar’s animated Summer hit on the big screen in Eyemouth Parish Church Hall. The film starts at 6pm and doors open at 5.45pm, entry is by donation and there will be coffee, tea, juice, popcorn and sweeties on sale during the showing.

Parish Church

Sunday morning service is at 11.15am, all are welcome. The service will be led by Rev Andy Haddow and activities for young people will be on during the service. Tea and coffee is served after the service.



The Langton branch of the SWRI held its first meeting of the year last Thursday. The meeting began with president Lady McEwen paying a moving tribute to the late Isobel Johnston, a resident of Gavinton and a stalwart member of the SWRI. The guest speaker was Ruth De La Haye who gave an interesting presentation on the Mongolian Quilt. She described her 10-week stay in Mongolia. A visit to the Mongolian quilt museum inspired a passion to become more involved. The quilt making was a means of empowering the local female population. On her return to Berwickshire Ruth started a project which resulted in a group of Berwickshire SWRI ladies making a quilt to raise funds for the museum. She ended the interesting talk by showing a picture of the founder of the museum in Mongolia holding The Berwickshire News with an article about the Berwickshire quilt. The competition winners for the evening were: Janet Shearer for ‘dessert in a wine glass’ and Helen Longmuir for ‘an item beginning with D’.



Greenlaw Guild’s meeting began with a short time of worship. Then the guest speaker, Mr Kenneth McLean, gave a most interesting talk on the ‘War Memorials of Berwickshire’. Not only was the information of great local interest, but the whole talk was well illustrated with a power-point presentation. At the end, Miss Helen Craig gave a vote of thanks to Mr McLean, and all enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea.



The coffee morning scheduled for Saturday, January 18, has had to be cancelled and will now take place on Saturday, February 22. Usual start at 10am. All welcome.


Parish Church

After the service in Ladykirk on Sunday, there was a congregational meeting to elect two people to be on the Nomination Committee to select the minister who will take over when the present minister retires in two or three years time. Mr James Greenwood and Mrs Irene Thomson were duly elected and thanked for their willingness to serve the Church in this way. At the service the minister spoke about how Isaiah had responded to God by saying “Here am I, Send Me!” The next service in Ladykirk will be on Sunday, January 26, at 11.15



Alan Malone proprietor of Granny Jean’s Bakery in Kelso gave a demonstration of how he made the currant and cherry scones and Mars Bar traybake he sells in his shop. Whilst he demonstrated, the members were busy writing down the recipes and when they were baked and eaten all agreed that they were delicious. The competition for a kitchen utensil resulted as follows: 1. Christine Thomson, 2. Mary Whitehead, 3. Georgina Jahre. The competition for Empire biscuits was won by Mary Whitehead. Hostesses for the evening were Betty Virtue and Lia Espinosa. The next meeting will be on February 12 and Dinah Iredale will be giving a talk on Bondagers.

Parish Church

At the service in Leitholm kirk on Sunday the minister preached about Isaiah’s Vision of God and also how Isaiah had responded to God by saying “Here am I, Send Me!” The next service in Leitholm kirk will be the Celebration of Holy Communion on Sunday, January 26, at 9.45.

Evergreen Club

Members and guests were warmly welcomed to the latest meeting by chairman Rob Cockburn. He introduced Katie Telford and we were well entertained and amused with her many stories and poems. Thanks were given to hostesses Betty Virtue and Marjory Cameron for providing afternoon tea and Katie recited some more before the afternoon was brought to a close with the usual raffle.


Village hall

The Community Council meets on Monday, January 20,m at 7pm. Archery on Sunday and Wednesday, badminton on Thursday at 6pm. The cafe returns at end of the month.


Parish Church

After the service in Ladykirk on Sunday, January 12, there was a congregational meeting to elect two people to be on the Nomination Committee to choose the minister who will take over when the minister retires in two or three years time. Mr James Greenwood and Mrs Irene Thomson were elected. The next service in Ladykirk will be on Sunday, January 26, at 11.15am.