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President Mrs Stewart welcomed members and after the minutes of the previous meeting were read and agreed a member of Allanton Rural gave a wonderful demonstration of traybakes and had samples for the ladies to taste. All agreed that they were delicious and were delighted to see that more had been provided for the supper. The competition for a Valentines Card was won by Mrs Luby with Mrs Feeney second and Mrs Jackson third. The Snowball was won by Mrs Luby and Mrs Wood. Mrs Stewart thanked the hostess and the demonstrator for the lovely supper and reminded the ladies the next meeting is on March 11, and the subject will be the Honey Farm.



On Wednesday, February 26, the SWRI will be welcoming Pat Scott to tell them about travelling in China. The bring-along competition is a seasonal one, a local snowy photograph. For the baking competition, members are getting the opportunity to attempt the Federation Berwickshire Fruit Loaf (recipe as on schedule) in preparation for April’s Show. Meeting starts at 7.15pm.

Fix in the Stix

Tomorrow night’s film in the community hall is a classic American thriller from 1948, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The movie stars James Stewart in a version of a play inspired by the Leopold-Loeb murder case. In the play, two homosexual college students become fascinated by their philosophy professor’s ideas about the “innate superiority” of some people over others. Convinced they have found a victim who is inferior to them, they murder him, conceal his body in an unlocked trunk in their apartment, and then throw a dinner party with the trunk as the brazen centrepiece of the living room. It was Hichcock’s first technicolour film and is rated PG.


The next supply of WOOFS dog poop bags has arrived. Subscribers can pick up their bags at the Wednedsday morning village Drop-In in the community hall between 9.30 and 11am or by phoning (018907) 81411.



The Border Archaeological Society Lecture Series continues on Monday, March 3, when the hugely entertaining Jeremy Paterson – with 40 years of research under his belt! – presents ‘The Circus Comes to Town: Roman Wild Beast Shows’. The lecture starts at 7.30pm at the Parish Centre, Parade, Berwick upon Tweed; free to members, £2 for visitors.


The next open day is on Monday, March 3, when Bernard Hope is talking on ‘The Lambton/Penshaw Monument’. The Creative Writing Group meets every second Wednesday from March 12 in the library. Lessons from Maureen Raper from 3.30-4.30pm. Contact her for booking at 01289 305213 or Book Group 2 will be discussing ‘The Return of the Native’ by Thomas Hardy at their next meeting on March 6. Their April book is ‘The Garden Party’ by Katherine Mansfield. The next meeting of the Tapestry Group is on Friday, February 28, 10am to noon, sewing and chatting. Just go along to take part.

Floral art

A club night “Down Memory Lane” (a must see) see’s the restart for Berwick and District Floral Art club on Friday, February 21. After the entertainment there will be a supper provided by the committee, also flower club material and objects available for members to buy. A special lunch for the Emerald anniversary is on Sunday, June 29. All past members will be welcome. Please contact L Worthey (chair) on 018907 71731. Further details to follow.


Family History

The next Borders Family History Society talk is on Sunday, February 23, at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange and Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, The Veitch Archives - the stories behind the pictures by Chris Veitch. This is the second of a series of talks based on the archive of materials collected by the Veitch family over more than 200 years.


Parish Church

Rev Bob Higham has taken over as locum from Rev Jim Watson. The theme of Sunday Morning worship leading up to Easter is ‘The unfolding mystery of Christ!’ On Wednesday the Guild entertains the residents at the Trust Housing. Lent is approaching during which Rev Jim Watson will lead a series of studies, ‘Build a Rock’ beginning on Thursday, March 13, at 7pm in the Church Hall. Let him know if you intend to come. This week’s Millennium Lights were sponsored by Margaret Martin and family in memory of Alistair. Service on Sunday at 11.15am.



On Saturday, February 22, Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle, featuring Andrew and Margaret Watchorn will be playing in Cockburnspath Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm. An evening of traditional music in the company of Andrew and Margaret who have many years experience playing the pipes and fiddle. An evening not to be missed. Tickets are available from the village shop, the community cafe, by telephoning 01368 830482, by email or on the door.

Community Cafe

The Community Cafe is open every Wednesday in the Village Hall from 9am to 2.30pm. Locally sourced produce, made by the villagers, come along for a coffee, cake, or lunch and enjoy good quality home-made food and great company, Run by volunteers, they are always looking for more help, contact

Hall events

There are two events in the hall in March; on Saturday, March 29, at 4pm, as part of Puppet Animation Scotland Festival 2014, ‘My City’, presented by Jabuti Theatre, and on Sunday, March 30, at 7pm, Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’, is presented by Rocket Theatre. For more information please visit



New Strides Theatre presents ‘Letters to Aberlour’ on Saturday, February 22, at 7.30 and Sunday, February 23, at 3pm. Most soldiers in the trenches in the First World War wrote letters home, but to whom do you write if you have no family? More than 200 ‘Old Boys’ from Aberlour Orphanage joined the war and more than 60 of them were killed. This is a new production which draws extensively on the letters these soldiers wrote back to the orphanage which for many was the only family they had ever known. These forgotten voices deserve to be heard. Tickets £7 and can be purchased online at or at Coldingham PO


At the February meeting president Rieke Hettrick welcomed members and introduced guest speaker Eleanor Arnold. Eleanor has taught lip-reading for over 20 years and her talk on this and allied subjects was both interesting and entertaining. She explained that in the UK one in seven people are affected by some degree of hearing loss and how this can impact on their everyday life. Members then took part in lighthearted, practical exercises which highlighted various ‘homophenes’, words which look the same when spoken such as peas and beans, 13 and 30. Eleanor has free classes on lip-reading in Eyemouth Community Centre on Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm and Chirnside on Tuesdays 10am-12 noon, so anyone affected by hearing loss can just go along. The competitions were judged and the winners were: ‘Bring along item initial R’ (a longcase clock rack), Lyn Warholm; and ‘A Heart shaped object’, a brass trivet by Frankie Taylor. The business part of the meeting was followed by tea and coffee and the raffle was drawn. The next meeting will be on March 11, a craft workshop by Marcy Bender. Members should bring a rolling pin and a baking sheet. Competitions will be ‘Bring along item initial S’ and ‘a home-made craft item’. Money will also be collected for the outing to ‘Hello Dolly’ on March 13.


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



The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers will be on Sunday, February 23, taking in Smailholm and Smailholm Tower, a total of 8.5 miles. Meet at Smailholm Village Hall at 10am. Please contact leader Keith Ackerman on 01896 849592 or 07790756409, if you wish to come.

Soup & Sweet Lunch

Presenting Coldstream’s soup and sweet lunch will be served in the British Legion hall on Saturday, February 22, from 11am to 1pm.


The next meeting of the SWRI is on Thursday, February 20, (tonight) at 7.30pm. in the Legion Hall when the speaker will be Karen Glennie whose topic is “Osteoporosis”. The competitions are a Hot Water Bottle Cover and an item beginning with ‘F’. Would members please remember to bring their own cup/mug to the meeting.

Parish Church

Morning Service on Sunday, February 23, at 11.15am and will be conducted by Rev David Taverner. The Bible Study Group meets in the church hall on Wednesday, February 26, at 2.30pm. The Book of Acts is being studied.

Oriental Evening

Coldstream Parish Church social committee present an Oriental evening of food, wine, music and a quiz in the parish church hall on Friday, March 14, at 7pm. Tickets £8 each available from The Corner Fruit Shop and Coldstream Crafts. Everyone is asked to wear something red as this is the Chinese lucky colour!


Duns Players are presenting ‘An Evening with Alan Bennett’ at the Eildon Centre on Saturday, February 22, at 7.30p.m. The three pieces being showcased are ‘A Cream Cracker Under the Settee’, ‘Her Big Chance’ and ‘A Visit From Miss Protheroe’. Tickets are £6 each available on the door.

Literary Society

The Social and Literary Society meeting on Monday, February 10, was opened by president Ken Allan who welcomed members and visitors and introduced the speaker for the evening, Di Higham. Di was on top form and gave an interesting and amusing talk on the seven years that she and her husband spent on the Isle of Tiree when he was minister there. The descriptions of island life and the various people that she encountered had her audience in fits of laughter and the whole tone of the talk was “feel good”. Di didn’t shirk from pointing out the downside of living so far from ‘civilisation’ – the long boat trips etc – but the sense of community and friendliness obviously outweighed the isolation. A lively Q&A session followed the talk and the vote of thanks was given by Alex Bremner. The next meeting is on Monday, February 24, in the Eildon Centre at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Janet Hodge whose topic is ‘An Innocent Abroad’. Visitors most welcome.


The meeting on February 12 was opened by president Margaret Dixon, who welcomed members and went on to introduce a weel kent face, Russell Kirk. Russell gave a most interesting description of the holiday he and Lorna took to the Far East and Australia. This talk was illustrated with excellent photographs which showed the diversity of terrain in Australia from rain forest to arid desert. There were lovely photos of koalas in the wild which delighted everyone. The photos of Hong Kong showed the towering skyscrapers and the bustling streets and gave a real feel of the orient. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Dixon. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 26, when Euan McIver from mESMeRICK will be talking about soap making. The Guild look forward to welcoming their friends from Eccles Guild and St Mary’s Fellowship to this meeting.


Sketch competition

Primary schoolchildren can get creative in a sketch competition to celebrate the life of Dunbar-born conservationist John Muir. Launched by the North Berwick-based Scottish Seabird Centre, the closing date for entries is February 28. Using only one pencil, and with the theme of nature, youngsters are being encouraged to be inspired by Muir, an inventor and author, who sketched the great outdoors. The competition is part of the centre’s support of the forthcoming John Muir Festival and the opening of the John Muir Way. There will be one winner selected and the winning class will be entitled to a John Muir-themed day at the centre on April 22, when day two of the John Muir Walk starts at the centre at 10am.


Volunteer hall

Due to circumstances outwith their control, A Heart for Duns wishes to announce that the proposed Big Spring Clean of the Volunteer Hall in Duns, will not now take place. The committee would like to thank everyone who offered to help and to provide paint and cleaning materials.

Coffee morning

The Royal British Legion Scotland will hold a coffee morning on Saturday, February 22, in the parish church hall from 10am to 11.30am. Please come and support the Legion and the ex-Services community. There will be a raffle and a home-baking sales table.

Parish Church

Services on Sunday, February 23, are as follows: 9.45am Edrom Kirk, morning worship with infant baptism; 11am Duns Parish Church, morning worship with Sunday Club and Crèche. Everyone warmly invited.

Rotary Club

Sue Hope returned to the Rotary Club of Duns last Thursday to bring members up to date on the progress made by the Freedom from Fistula Foundation in its work to help pregnant women in Africa to avoid the severe problems that can be caused by damage in childbirth. As a result of Sue’s previous visit to Duns Rotary in 2012, the club gave £1,300 to the FFF Foundation, specifically for midwife training in Malawi. The idea was to train local midwives who could help stop injuries happening in childbirth. Sue was able to tell the club that money donated by Duns and other Scottish Rotary Clubs had been supplemented by a global grant from the Rotary Foundation, providing enough money to get the programme going. The first 75 midwives are 18 months into their training and another 70 are currently being recruited. The programme is being run in conjunction with the Government of Malawi. The Scottish businesswoman who set up the FFF Foundation, Anne Gloag, has guaranteed that she will make up any shortfall in funding if support from the Government of Malawi should for any reason be curtailed. A Scottish midwife, Ruth Holden, has now been appointed to head up the programme. A lively question and answer session followed Sue’s talk. Every woman saved from the lifelong physical and social problems that can arise from incontinence caused by a badly-managed childbirth is a victory for Ann Gloag’s Freedom from Fistula Foundation and the Rotary Club of Duns is glad to be a small part of it.


EU Church

Tonight (Thursday) the Ladies Supper Club meet at 6.30 for 7pm. On Saturday the church coffee morning is in the Masons Hall from 9.30am. Any help of home baking, raffle prizes etc. would be much appreciated. Last Wednesday 39 ladies and gentlemen attended the Guild Burns afternoon. Entertainment was courtesy of Jim Barrie and friends and the delicious meal was made by Marion. A great afternoon of fellowship was enjoyed by all. Coffee time continues on Tuesdays from 10am where a warm welcome awaits you. On Sunday Elders and managers will lead worship. All welcome.

Family Film Night

You are invited along to the computer animated hit film by Disney about Ralph a computer game villain who tries to be good and his quest for a gold medal 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 Eyemouth Parish Church 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.



Bingo night in Gordon primary school on Friday, February 28. Doors open at 7pm first game 7.30pm, tea and coffee available but bring your own booze and nibbles. Free entry.


Community Council

The next meeting of Foulden Mordington and Lamberton Community Council will take place on Wednesday, February 26, at Lamberton Hall, commencing at 7.15pm prompt.



Dinah Ireland gave a talk and a slide show on Bondagers. These were women who were bonded to work for a farmer. What was really interesting about these women were the brightly coloured clothes and large decorated hats they wore whilst working in the fields. Dinah was able to show photographs of these women in their glory as the practice of bondaging did not die out until the 1930s. It was a very interesting glimpse into another world and all the members thoroughly enjoyed the talk. The competition for rock cakes was won by Margaret Letham, second Moira Matthewson and third Lia Espinosa. The most interesting object begining with B was won by Georgina Jahre. The next meeting will be on March 12. Dr John Burns will give a talk on ‘The Flying Doctor’.



The next Gateways Gathering takes place this Sunday, February 23, from 3.30-5pm at Paxton Village Hall. The group will be investigating the theme of love (Valentine’s Day and all that!) and there will be the usual mix of music, art and crafts, a chance to look at the Bible together and of course eating together! Everyone welcome, just turn up and bring some food to share. More details from Ali Birkett on 01289 386015.


Village hall

Archery on Sundays, 2pm, and Wednesdays at 7pm; badminton on Thursday from 6pm onwards. CAB representatives will be at the hall on Monday, March 3, and March 17, 9.30am - 11am. New lottery funding awarded to CAB (Citizen Advice) to go out to outlining areas to help those dealing with debt, consumer issues, utility problems etc. Just turn up.

Tweed Forum

The Tweed Forum are hosting a meeting in the village hall on Monday, February 24, at 7.30pm, to discuss land issues.

Community Cafe

The next community cafe in the village hall in on Friday, February 28, 10am-noon. All proceeds to local projects.

Walk It

The Walk It season starts on Sunday, March 2, at 2pm (weather permitting).


The Rainbows (Seniors) group meets in the village hall on Tuesday, March 4, and 18, 2-4pm. (dominoes, whist and a nice cup of tea).


Reston SWRI meets on Wednesday, March 19, at 7.15pm.


If you are visiting the primary school or the village hall please feel free to feed the Ragbag bins with unwanted clothing, shoes, curtains as these bins raise vital funds for the school and the hall. Please donate before February 28 when the bin will be emptied.


Horticultural Society

The Flower Show AGM will be held at Whitsome Ark on Wednesday, February 26, at 7.30pm. All are welcome


Variety Show

On Saturday, March 1, at 7pm, the entertainers come to Whitsome, when the Ark will be the venue for an Old Time Variety Show. Come and be entertained by a host of local talent, including the Busking Bowlers, Whitsome’s ‘Pavarotti’, the Batty Poets, Rag Bag Morris, The Married Musicians and much more. Tickets £5, schoolchildren £3, includes a light supper. There will also be a licenced bar.

Grow Your Own

The community council are holding a meeting for anyone who wishes to grow their own food, maybe by having an allotment or by sharing ground that someone else may not be able to use. If you are interested in this in any way please come along to a friendly open meeting on February 24, at 7.15pm in the Whitsome Ark. Anyone with some space they could share would be particularly welcome.

Flower Show AGM

Swinton Horticultural Society AGM will be held at Whitsome Ark on, February 26, at 7.30pm.