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Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held in Allanton Village Hall on Saturday, January 15, at 10am. Please bring more pictures of Allanton - ancient or modern. If we have snow we’ll have a competition for the best photograph taken in Allanton this winter.


Flix in the Stix

The film showing tomorrow night in the community hall at 7.30pm is an American action comedy released in 2010 starring Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis as Frank Moses - a retired CIA agent whose status is officially “Retired, Extremely Dangerous”. The 2013 sequel shown a few months ago was very popular. 12A


Floral Club

An enjoyable ‘Preparing for Christmas’ workshop night was held for Berwick and District Floral Art Club’s last meeting of 2013. Using a block of oasis, cypress greenery and a container, Mrs J Elliot demonstrated to members and guests how to make a small Christmas tree. After forming the tree outline, each one was decorated with the maker’s choice of tinsel, baubles etc, making each tree individual in appearance. If wished, fresh flowers could be used in place of Christmas decorations and the trees were suitable for a table arrangement or small space. The meeting finished with Mrs L Wortley thanking Mrs J Elliot, followed by everyone enjoying a ‘cuppa’ and chat. The club restarts on February 21, with a ‘Down Memory Lane’ club night and supper. Competition letter for February is L. Flower club material and objects will be available for members to buy.


Community Council

The picnic area at East End project is almost completed - still need the plaque for the bench and wild flower seed to be sown. Northfield bank - still not resolved the issue of grass cutting and maintenance in this area. Police – no major incidents. Green waste – concerns expressed about the removal of the green waste collection in March and what is to happen with the garden waste. A number of people will be unable to take the grass cutting to the recycling centre in Duns. Dog fouling – concerned about the cleanliness of grass areas and pavements due to some dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs. If you see anyone being irresponsible please report the incident to Scottish Borders Council on 0300-100-1800. The community council will try to get a pavement sweeper to come round the village. Any dog owners who have signed up to the Woof free bag scheme bags will be available from February. Next meeting is on Wednesday, February 19.



Cockburnspath SWRI met in the village hall on Thursday, January 16, for a Scots Night with a diet of haggis, neeps and tatties followed by clootie dumpling. The Fairbairn Dancers gave a lovely exhibition of Highland dancing along with community singing of Scots songs led by Jean Black, also a rendition of ‘To a Louse’ by Mary White. The competition for the evening was for a Berwickshire fruit loaf which was won by: 1 Barbara Russell, 2 Betty Hope. The next meeting is on February 20, when the topic is ‘War Time’ and the competition is for the best 1940s costume.



At the January meeting members were welcomed by vice-president Rhona Goldie who introduced guest speaker community PC Kirsty Nash. After the business part of the meeting, Kirsty gave a very interesting and informative talk on ‘Personal Safety’ which covered security in the home; dealing with doorstep callers; vehicle security; in the street when shopping in towns and cities; and using cashpoints. The competitions were then judged: ‘Bring along item initial Q’ - Eileen Anderson with a quid; and ‘Something connected with a uniform’ – Jean St Clair with a police medal. Tea and coffee were served and the raffle drawn, winners being May Wilson, Elizabeth Rae, Margaret Veitch, Rhona Goldie and Lorna Morrison. The next meeting will be on February 11, when the guest speaker will be Eleanor Arnold on ‘Lipreading’. The competitions will be: 1 Bring along item initial ‘R’; and 2 A heart-shaped object.


Lit Society

Coldstream Literary Society enjoyed a successful evening when the competition winners from Coldstream Primary School attended, with their parents, to read their essays and collect their prizes. The standard this year was very high and the prize winners are to be congratulated. The prize winners were: P4 Jude Turner, runners-up Michelle Milczarek and Poppy Russell; P5/6 Christiana Santos, runners-up Chloe Bolam and Macy Lunn; P6/7 Peter Lees, runners-up Reece Nichol and Daniel Hiscocks. The Shield winners were P 5/6. It was lovely to see so many family members coming along to support the winners and everyone enjoyed an evening which is always one of the highlights of the Lit season. The vote of thanks was given by Russell Kirk and then members and guests enjoyed a light supper. The next meeting of the Social and Literary Society is on Monday, January 27, at 7.30pm in the Eildon Centre. The speaker is Willie Robson whose topic is ‘Plan Bee’. Visitors welcome.


The next Coldstream Ramblers walk is on Sunday, January 26, a nine mile trek taking in Stichill, Sweethope Hill and Hume Castle. Meet 10am at the car park in Stichill by the estate gates, NT711383. All welcome. For more information or to say you are coming please phone Helen Rabour 01573 470361.

St Mary’s Church

Until further notice the services at St Mary’s and All Souls Church will be: every Sunday, Sung Holy Communion at 11.15am. The first Sunday of each month and Easter Day Said Holy Communion at 8am.


The annual general meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 7.30pm in the club hall. Any items for the AOB section of the agenda should be submitted in writing to the secretary by 4pm on Wednesday, January 29; this can be 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; Monday whist starting 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 will be at 11.15am on Sunday, January 26, and will be conducted by the Rev David Taverner. There is a meeting of the Congregational Board and Kirk Session on Wednesday, January 29, at 7pm in the church hall. The Bible Study Group meets in the church hall on Wednesday, January 29, at 2.30pm - The Book of Acts is being studied. All welcome.


The meeting was opened by the president, Ella Purves, who welcomed members and visitors, and went on to introduce the speaker for the evening, Allan Malone the owner of Granny Jean’s Bakery in Kelso. Allan demonstrated two types of scone, fruit and cherry, and gave the ladies tips on how to produce the perfect scone. While they were baking he made a lovely non-cook chocolate tray bake which will, no doubt, put in an appearance at future Rural evenings! The vote of thanks was given by Irene Howgego and the ladies enjoyed the scones with their tea. The winner of the competition for three plain scones was Ella Purves and the winner of the item beginning with ‘J’ was Irene Howgego. The next meeting is on Thursday, February 20, when the speaker will be Karen Glennie whose subject is ‘Osteoporosis’. Visitors are more than welcome.

1513 Club

The 1513 Club are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, January 25, at 10.30am in the Legion Hall. Entry is 50p and there will be a raffle and the usual stalls. Any donations for the raffle or cake stall will be gratefully received. Everyone welcome.


Chess Club

Dunbar Chess Club drew 3-3 with Hamilton in the inaugural match for the 2013/14 Scottish Chess Cup. As it was a draw, the competition was decided by a board count and Dunbar were knocked out.


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. Duns Summer Festival are also holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday, March 1, from 10am to 2pm in the Volunteer Hall. All are welcome.

Quiz Night

Quiz night is being held in the White Swan Hotel, Duns at 7.30pm on Friday, January 24, in aid of Women v Cancer. £20 per team of four with light supper included. Please come along and support this great charity.

Pipe Band

Duns Pipe Band are hosting a quiz night in The Masonic Club in Newtown Street, Duns, on Friday, January 24. Teams of four are welcome and supper is supplied. Phone Kirsteen on 0878166 346290 to book a table or come along on the night. We look forward to seeing you all there – get those quizzing hats on!!

Charity raffle

Pearsons of Duns have raised £350 for the Radio Borders ‘Cash for Kids’ charity by hosting a three week raffle for their customers and staff which has been used to help less fortunate children around the Borders. Three prizes were up for grabs in the form of hampers each filled with £80 worth of Pearsons of Duns goodies from the Garden Centre, Build Centre and Baytree Cafe. Congratulations to the winners Isabelle Mcalpine, Louise Anderson and Chris Jackson. Pearsons would like to thank all those who took part in raising these funds for such a great charity.


Coffee morning

A coffee morning in aid of the Romanian Orphans is being held in the Masons Hall, Eyemouth, at 9.30am on Saturday, February 8. Any help you can give by donating baking and raffle prizes etc would be gratefully received on the morning.


Parish Church

After the service in Fogo Kirk on Sunday, January 19, there was a congregational meeting to elect four people to be on the Nomination Committee to choose the minister who will take over when the present minister, Rev Alan Cartwright, retires in two or three years time. Jocelyn Davies-Edwards, Marlene Laing, Finlay Mitchell and Henry Trotter were duly elected and thanked for their willingness to serve the church in this way. At the service in Fogo Kirk the minister had spoken about how Isaiah had responded to God by saying “Here am I, Send Me!”


Gateway Gathering

The January Gateways Gathering family church takes place Sunday, January 26, from 3.30-5pm at Hutton Village Hall. All welcome - just come as you are and bring some food to share. More details from Ali Birkett 01289 386015.


Village Hall

Normal groups: badminton - Thursday 6pm; archery - Sunday 2pm and Wednesday 7pm; Tweed Forum - Monday, January 27, 7.30pm. Citizens advice sessions starting in February. For more detail or to book the hall contact Helen Jeffrey 01890761336.

Community Cafe

Reston Community Cafe starts back up on Friday, January 31, 10am -12 noon.


Parish Church

After the service in Fogo Kirk on Sunday, January 19, there was a congregational meeting to elect four people to be on the Nomination Committee to choose the minister who will take over when the present minister retires. Jocelyn Davies-Edwards, Marlene Laing, Finlay Mitchell and Henry Trotter were duly elected and thanked for their willingness to serve the church in this way. At the service the minister had spoken about how Isaiah had responded to God by saying “Here am I, Send Me!”



The first meeting of the year for Whitsome WRI took the form of a ‘Show and Tell’ evening. Members brought along an item to talk about and answer any questions put by other members. What a variety there was - items, stories AND questions!! The competition for an animal photograph was won by- 1 June Russell, 2 Grace Wilson, 3 Irene Thomson. Next month’s meeting is a craft demo by Liz when the ladies will be making a bowl from recycled materials. Could all members please bring a coloured magazine to the meeting. New members most welcome. The annual Country Dance, normally held in April, has had to be postponed this year but it is hoped to hold it at a later date.