News from around the district



President Mrs Stewart welcomed members to the January meeting and introduced Tommy Newlands who gave an interesting slide show and talk on his year as a photographer. There were many breathtaking views of Borders wildlife and flowers which enthralled the ladies.The competition for a winter photo was won by Mrs Baillie, with Mrs Luby second and Mrs Wood third. The competition for shortbread biscuits was won by Mrs Pigg with Mrs Thomson second and the snowball was won by Mrs Stewart. Mrs Stewart thanked the hostess for the supper and reminded the ladies that the next meeting is on February 11.



Dog owners in Ayton who signed up the the WOOFS (Waste Off Our Footpaths Scheme) when the SBC warden service was running can now collect their monthly supply of dog poop bags at the Wednesday morning drop-in in Ayton Community Hall from 9.30 to 11am. Anyone not able to make that should contact community council secretary, Graham Dolan on 81411. Any dog owners wishing to join the scheme should email Kym Bannerman at for more information.


The ladies enjoyed a delightful and informative evening at which Coldingham’s Linda Wortley demonstrated the art of stained glass making. Bring along competition winners - 1 Aline Robertson, 2 Morag Higgins, 3 Margaret Carey; craft (a decorated jam jar) winners - 1 Emily Bewsey, 2 Aline Robertson, 3 Susan McLuckie.



Next Monday, February 3, is an open meeting in St Aidan’s Hall at 10am for tea/coffee and biscuits, 10.15am for an open forum, then at 10.30am Kathryn Curry will give a talk on her ‘Life and Work in Kenya’. Kathryn has kept in touch with the teaching organisation which helps hard of hearing and underprivileged children in Kenya. U3A activities can be found at


Quiz night

Get rid of the January blues and give your brain a bit of exercise. There will be a pub quiz in the Fisherman’s Arms Birgham on Sunday, February 2, at 8pm. Teams of up to four people, £10 entry per team. Quiz master is Iain Turnbull. All proceeds to Coldstream Riders Association to help fund the rideouts for Civic Week 2014.


Development Group

Chirnside Development Group is holding a meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at 7pm in the Red Lion, Crosshill, to propose that the current association be dissolved. The cevelopment group has recently been awarded charitable status, and is operating under a new constitution, hence the proposal as above.


Village Hall

On Saturday, February 22, there is an evening of tradition music featuring the Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle of Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, 7pm for 7.30pm. Andrew and Margaret have many years experience playing the pipes and fiddle and perform regularly throughout Northumberland, the north east and other parts of the Uk. Tickets from Sally on 01368 830482, at the village store in Cockburnspath, or by e mailing Adults £5 family ticket (2 adults 2 children under 12 ) £15, children under 12 £3. Licensed Bar for the evening.


Bridge lessons for beginners, and people wanting to brush up their playing skills, are held every Wednesday evening in the cafe area in the village hall at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

Herring Tour project

The help of local knitters/crafters is being sought to help create an exhibition to support the play ‘Get Up and Tie Your Fingers’ which is being performed in the village hall in May this year. The play is part of a three month ‘Follow the Herring Tour’ which begins in Musselburgh, where historically, the herring arrived in UK waters. The aim is to galvanise the whole community to become involved in some way to make this a performance to be remembered for many years to come. Set against the storm in 1881 that sent 129 Eyemouth fisherman to a watery grave ‘Get up and tie Your Fingers’ gives a fictional account of Jean, Janet and young Molly as they go about their daily lives, telling the audience of their hopes and dreams as they deal with their devastating losses. If you would like more information as to how you can become involved, email or go on to or contact Sally Carroll on 01368 830482 to express an interest.



On Friday, January 31, at 7.30pm M&M Theatrical Productions present Beauty & The Beast. You will find yourself laughing, booing, singing and clapping to this fantastic family pantomime. Children must be accompanied with an adult. Tickets £5, online at or at the Box Office at Coldingham PO.


IDEOMS Theatre Company will visit Coldingham on Saturday, February 1, at 7.30pm, bringing ‘Not Another Burns Supper’. A Burns Supper with songs and poetry with the emphasis on audience participation, and (weather permitting) features an al fresco Tam O’Shanter! Tickets £20, (must be purchased in advance for catering purposes) online at and at the Box Office in Coldingham PO. No ticket sales on the night. BYOB.

Film Night

On Thursday, January 30, Film Night at the Village Hall will show the certificate PG film adaptation of the acclaimed stage musical featuring the music of Scottish band The Proclaimers. Returning home from their most recent stint in Afghanistan, Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) have a new appreciation for life after witnessing the horrors of war first-hand. While Ally plans his proposal to Davy’s sister Liz (Freya Mavor), Davy falls for Yvonne (Antonia Thomas) and the two couples come together in time for Liz’s parent’s wedding anniversary. But not everything is plain sailing for love in Leith. February Film Night on Thursday, February 27, is the certificate 12 film based on the real life hijacking of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates. Doors open 6.30pm, films start 7pm prompt. Admission/membership £3 at the door.


Quiz night

Get rid of the January blues and give your brain a bit of exercise. There will be a pub quiz in the Fisherman’s Arms Birgham on Sunday, February 2, at 8pm. Teams of up to four people, £10 entry per team. Quiz master is Iain Turnbull. All proceeds to Coldstream Riders Association to help fund the rideouts for Civic Week 2014.


The Coldstream Royal British Legion Scotland AGM is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 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. 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 is at 11.15am on Sunday, February 2, conducted by the Rev David Taverner. The Bible Study Group meets in the church hall on Wednesday, February 5, at 2.30pm. All welcome.

1513 Club

The committee of the 1513 Club would like to thank everyone who helped at their coffee morning on January 25, and everyone who came along. The excellent sum of £330 was raised which will be distributed to local good causes in due course.


On January 22, members of the Guild and their friends enjoyed a Burns supper of traditional haggis, neeps and tatties and a wee dram to toast the bard. The toast was proposed by Chrissie Lauder who also delighted the ladies with a solo rendition of ‘John Anderson’. Isobel Johnston recited ‘To a Moose’ while Helen Park related the tale of woe of ‘Jessie’s Microwave’ which proved that microwaves and haggis don’t mix! The singing of several of Rabbie’s songs was led by Margaret Dixon on the piano and enjoyed by everyone. The next meeting is on February 12, when Russell Kirk will talk about his trip to Australia.

Burns Club

The club’s annual Ladies Night supper will be held on Saturday, February 8, in the British Legion Club at 7pm. The tribute to Burns will be given by Peter Walker of Eyemouth Clachan Burns Club. With recitations from Ian Buick and Davey Scott, along with musical entertainment of the highest quality, an excellent evening is anticipated. Tickets £12 can be purchased at Clark, Newsagents or contact John Elliot on 882176.



The Till Valley Archaeological Society welcomes Berwick archivist, Linda Bankier to the next talk, which is an intriguing one. With a Scottish colleague, Linda is leading the cross border Flodden 500 Transcription Project. Over 40 volunteers are involved. They have had training and have been transcribing both Scottish and English documents from around the time of the Battle of Flodden. The papers were written by a variety of people – not all of them kings and nobles, and they cover a range of topics. Some of these papers have never been examined before and they may give a fresh insight into the people and politics involved in all aspects of the Battle and its aftermath. Linda will be bringing some of the volunteers with her and they will explain just what it is like trying to sort out language and handwriting from 500 years ago. It will be a very interesting evening! We hope to see you at Crookham Village Hall on Wednesday, February 5, at 7.30pm. Members are free of charge, visitors £4.



At its talk on Tuesday, January 21, Dunbar Probus club had an illustrated talk on the intriguing title ‘The first Baron of Eyemouth’ given by Fulton Robb, a member of Eyemouth Probus Club. Surprisingly it was John Churchill who came to Scotland with The Duke of York to Scotland in 1680 and in 1682 was created Lord Churchill of Eyemouth in the peerage of Scotland. When James ascended the throne he was given an English peerage. Despite the favour he had enjoyed from James he supported William 3rd on his arrival and became Earl of Marlborough. His greatest glory was to come in the reign of Queen Anne when he carried out his great military campaigns. in the War of Spanish Succession. Anne made him a Knight of The Garter and he became Duke of Marlborough He was also made Prince of Mindelheim and Prince of Mellenburg in the The Holy Roman EmpireAs a result of his success Britain became a major power in Europe. Mr Robb developed his theme to include the career of Marlborough’s nephew, James, Duke of Berwick who was a son of Arabella Churchill and King James the second James was exiled to France and Berwick fought in the French army. He was so successful that he became a Marshall of France and a grandee of Spain. He also showed how Winston Churchill was inspired by his ancestor in important ways in world war. A descendant of the Duke of Berwick was ambassador to Britain and Churchill was able to influence him to our advantage during the war. They were all descended from Sir Winston Churchill born in 1620. the speaker on February 4, will be Bob Clunas who recently retired as harbour master,


Public meeting

On Tuesday, February 4, Duns Community Council will have a conversation with representatives of RES regarding a scoping exercise of a proposed new wind farm at Black Rig at 7pm in the council buildings, Newtown Street Duns. The community council invite all interested members of the public to attend this meeting.


At the January meeting, president Lucy Shiell welcomed members and introduced Moira Walsh, who produced boxes of various buttons and demonstrated how to make bracelets, necklaces and brooches from buttons. Members had great fun creating their own pieces of jewellery. The competition was ‘A Favourite Brooch’ and this was won by Jenny Ward. Raffle was drawn and tea was served. Next meeting is on February 10, when the speaker will be Ronald Richardson whose topic will be Wild Life photography.


Last Wednesday, it was the Guild Burns’ Night. Traditional food was served followed by a tribute to Robert Burns performed by various local entertainers, all much enjoyed by everyone. The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, February 5, in the church hall. The speaker will be Di Murray talking on the subject of this year’s Guild theme ‘A Fellowship to Build’.


On Wednesday, January 22, president Mike Jopling welcomed members to the Duns Probus Club annual Burns lunch. He gave a special welcome to guest, James Bowie the president of Eyemouth Probus Club and handed over to Ian Turnbull, master of ceremonies. Tom Simpson said ‘The Selkirk Grace’ and members stood for the piping in of the haggis which was addressed in the appropriate manner by the MC. The company enjoyed the traditional bill o’ fare; haggis wi’ bashed neeps and tatties, which was followed by the loyal toast. Jim Clark led the community singing, backed by Jim Gold on accordion, beginning with Rantin’ Robin. The first solo contribution was Peter Craig reciting Holy Willie’s Prayer. This was followed by Murray Henderson’s Willie Wastle. Jim Clark told the tale of ‘Tam O’Shanter’ and Ronnie Cryer told a joke about two lodgers. Jim Clark recited ‘To A Mouse’ followed by the company singing ‘Corn Rigs’. Mike Jopling told a couple of funny stories and Ian Turnbull wound up proceedings by thanking the artistes for their contributions. Members were able to frequent the open bar during proceedings. A good time was had by all.

Senior Citizens

It was the Burns’ supper last Friday, when traditional fayre was served followed by entertainment by pupils from the Berwickshire High School and various other local entertainers. A good time was had by all. The next meeting at 2pm on Friday, February 7, in Turnbull Court, is a craft demonstration (necklace making).

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The first EBU3A open meeting of 2014 was held on January 8, when the guest speaker was Canon Christopher Smith. His talk, entitled ‘Ministerial Musings’, was delivered in an amusing and caring way. Canon Smith has been an Anglican priest since being ordained in 1969. He began his ministry in Merseyside and moved to Sheffield, followed by Doncaster, before retiring to Berwick-on-Tweed. Throughout his working life Canon Smith tried to engage with the community and find the stories behind the people he worked with. In Liverpool he spent a great deal of time working with and supporting workers and customers of the many pubs, clubs and bars. His regular frequenting of these premises once led to a newspaper article headlined ‘Night Life of the Man in Black’! Although many of these people lived in terrible poverty they had great dignity, were generous and had a fantastic sense of humour. He moved on to Kirkby and Walton where again he emphasised the generosity and humour of the people, despite the hardship which resulted from the closure of the steel industries. As a Canon at Sheffield Cathedral, he and his team worked closely with the rapidly expanding number of homeless in the city. The team produced 12,000 free breakfasts per year – each one very well received! During the 1990s he moved to Doncaster and was involved in urban renewal. He summed up his ministry as being “a great privilege and great fun”.

The next open meeting is on February 12, at Eyemouth Community Centre when guest speaker will be Edward Ravenhall, Africa consultant with the charity ‘Youth with a Mission’, talking about his life and work in Africa. For information about the EBU3A phone 018907 52000 or email or visit our web site


Coffee morning

Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust are holding a coffee morning in the Mason’s Hall, Eyemouth, on Saturday, February 1, from 9.30am to 11.30am.


Robin Sinton’s talk on Edinburgh Old Town took members on a leisurely stroll up the Royal Mile, starting at the Palace of Holyrood, once site of the Abbey of Holyrood founded by David I in 1125. They paused at other interesting places to hear the stories of the people associated with them. Some of course were familiar - Burns, Scott, Boswell and Dr Johnson, Adam Smith - but there was also a variety of other characters, some rather odd, all intriguing in their ideas and experiences. New to members was William Dick, blacksmith, whose knowledge and expertise in veterinary grew apace and led him to found the college which today has his name in its title and is known informally as the Dick Vet. Then there was Professor John Gregory and his family’s association with the versatile Gregory’s Mixture, which rang a bell with some. At Lady Stair’s house members heard a story of mystery and intrigue which Walter Scott took up in one of his tales. Mr Sinton’s slides had gone astray, but he was in no way put out, and held his audience’s attention with a compelling variation of voice - sepulchral tones here, an ironic note there - so that some energetic spirits were moved to enquire about forthcoming Edinburgh tours he might be conducting. The next meeting, on Thursday, February 6, is the Burns lunch; the February 20 meeting is over to members; and on March 6, the speaker is Bryan Webster.

Bump to Baby

Come along to the Eyemouth Bump to Baby event which is an opportunity for pregnant women and new parents to meet informally with people who offer care and advice during pregnancy and beyond. Bump to Baby events provide a fun, one stop shop for pregnant women and their partners/supporters to access a range of information about a variety of topics related to their pregnancy. The event will be in Eyemouth Community Centre on February 13, from 10-12noon. Light refreshments will be provided.


Music night

Entertainment at the Alamo 1824 Country Music Night on Friday, January 31, will be provided by Lee Davis, a solo artist who has not been to Grantshouse before. However, some supporters have heard him perform elsewhere and can recommend that you go along and listen to his excellent country voice. The organisers hope to see old and new faces in Grantshouse Village Hall at 8pm. BYOB, all welcome.


Spring Bulb Show

The village is all prepared for the annual show on Saturday, February 8. This year’s show will be their 56th and the organisers are hoping for another successful show. Last year’s show was well supported and a colourful display of flowering bulbs, plants, crafts and baking met visitors as they entered the hall. This year the Mayor of Berwick, Councillor Isabel Hunter will be presenting the winning trophies. The show opens to the general public at 3pm and the trophies will be presented at 4.30pm. Refreshments will be available.


Evergreen Club

The chairman Rob Cockburn gave a warm welcome to members and guests. He introduced Robert and Fred Atkinson (musicians) and piper Andrew Sharp, who entertained us with Scottish music. The chairman also sang in his unique manner. After tea was served members were treated to more music before the chairman thanked the entertainers for a lovely afternoon, enjoyed by all. He also thanked the hostesses Chrissie Hall and Mary Whitehead. The raffle was drawn and Ms Virtue reminded everyone about the coffee morning on February 15.


Village Hall

Normal groups: badminton Thursday 6pm; archery Sunday 2pm and Wednesday 7pm. Reston Community Cafe starts back up Friday 31, 10am-12 noon; a warm friendly welcome to all. Citizen Advice fortnightly sessions start on Monday, February 3, at 9.30am-11am.


Wendy Lough entertained member of Reston SWRI and friends from neighbouring Rurals to an evening of ‘January Jollity’. Everyone enjoyed her unique poetry and a good time was had by all, with a delicious supper served. Competition winners; shortbread - 1 Elsie Brown, 2 Jean Gardener, 3 Sandra Cleghorn and Anne Knox; something beginning with ‘G’ - 1 Elsie Brown, 2 Alison Fowler, 3 Betty Campbell. The next meeting is on February 19, with a talk from Carolyn McGregor about climging Mount Kilimanjaro.