News from the District


Archaeological Society

Border Archaeological Society reconvenes on Monday, September 2, with a lecture from their chair, Maria Chester on ‘The Moche Culture and the Mysterious Lady of Cao’ - a brief introduction to ancient Peruvian civilization. Maria is in contact with archaeologist, Dr Regulo Franco, head of the El Brujo project who discovered the ‘Lady’ in 2006. This will be a rare and exciting opportunity to learn about the discovery. The lecture starts at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre, The Parade, Berwick. As ever, the event is free to members and there is a £2 charge for visitors.


No Cold Callers

Residents who have not yet returned their response to the ‘No Cold Callers’ survey are asked to do so asap. If responses need to be collected, then please contact Joan on 018907 81231.


Parish Church

The next service at Chirnside Parish Church is at 11.15am on Sunday, August 18, and includes a baptism. Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications. The church continues to run the millennium light’s project and this week’s sponsor is for Ruby Rebecca Jess.


Flower Show

Cockburnspath and Dunglass Estates Horticultural Society Flower Show 2013, cup winners: Jubilee Challenge Cup - T Kerr; Flower Show Cup - T Kerr; Merse Lodge Trophy - C Bertram; James Glass Memorial Trophy - T Kerr; Hawthorn Trophy - Alan Paterson; Novices Trophy - H Bolton; Flower Show Cup (baking) - Mary Mitchell; School Cup - Rebekah McArthur/Lewis Hardie; Nursery Cup - Sandy Russell; Armatage Trophy - Thomas Clubb; Hope Sunflower Cup - Grace Scobie; Flower Show Cup (Industrial) - Joan Gallimore; Frankie Braiding Memorial Trophy - Tom Kerr;


Community Centre

Coldstream Community Centre management committee is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday, August 21, to discuss possible changes to the constitution and everyone is welcome to come along. The main purpose of the meeting is to consider whether or not to create a membership for the community centre - possibly 200 Club members becoming members - which will assist with grant applications to help with sustaining and improving the centre.

Flodden 1513 Club

Club members are reminded to send their dinner (September 14) ticket money to Richard Melvin. A committee meeting is being held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 20, in the British Legion. The club has various events planned for September and wants to make it clear that these are not private events (except the dinner) and members of the public are encouraged to attend. On Thursday, September 5, the Borderers Return (horse relay between nine border towns) starts at 8am at the Branxton Memorial when a specially-commissioned flag will be handed over to Kelso horse riders by 1513 club committee. On Sunday, September 8 - after the flag has been carried on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Melrose and Lauder - Duns horse riders will be handed the flag at Duns Market Square at about 2pm, after which Coldstream riders bring it to Coldstream (via Swinton) for 5pm. At 6pm an open-air parish church service will be held on the Tweed Green after the pipe band has piped the horse riders along the High Street. At 7.30pm there will be entertainment at the St Cuthbert’s Centre in the form of ‘Soddin Flodden’ and a stovie supper. Tickets are £10 and are on sale at Clark’s newsagents. Tables of 12 can be booked through Elspeth Bell (01890-882211).

Garden competition

The winners of the annual Gateway Garden Competition are: best floral display - Mr & Mrs Roberts, 4 Cheviot Terrace; best patio/pavement display - Mr & Mrs Lees, 100 High Street; best garden - Mr &Mrs Roberts, 4 Cheviot Terrace; best business - The Besom Inn, runner up - Clark Newsagents. Thank you all for taking time to make your gardens beautiful and good luck for next year - Coldstream Gateway Association.

Parish Church

There will be no service in the Parish Church on Sunday, August 18. Instead the congregation has been invited to join the congregation of St Mary & All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Lennel Road for their morning service at 11.15am to celebrate their Patronal Day. Refreshments of cake and wine will be served after the service.


EU Church

Advance notice that the new Wednesday Guild session will commence on Wednesday, October 2, at 2pm and will be opened by Supt. George Shaw. Copies of the syllabus are now available from Zena Brown, Barbara Fleming and Jane Johnston. Membership is £3 and £1 weekly. You do not have to be a church member to join, and any new members will be welcome. Coffee time continues on Tuesdays from 10am with Zena and Barbara. On Sunday Jim Barrie will lead worship. All welcome.



East Lothian Antiquarians had a most enjoyable outing in July to Garvald village. Stephanie Leith, an archaeologist with East Lothian Council archaeology service and a member of the society led the group through the village and outlined the history and architectural features of the historic properties in this important conservation village. The tour ended in the historic church and was followed by tea in the Manse stables.


Community council elections

There are currently three seats available on Grantshouse Community Council and nominations close on August 18. Forms can be downloaded from community website or from Grantshouse Inn.


Flower Show

Oldhamstocks Flower Show will be held on Saturday, August 17. There will also be a hill run in the morning starting at 11am. Enter between 9.30 and 10.45am or come to the show and see the flowers and knitting and cakes at about 1.30pm. There will be a baking stall, face painting, seated massage, and a bar and cafe set up in the hall, plus a tombola, various stalls selling plants, crafts, pictures and aloa vera products, kids races and a dog show and a park for kids to play in. In the evening there is a ceilidh held in the big tent.


Gateways Gathering

The next Gateways Gathering Family Church is on Sunday, August 25, at 3.30pm in Paxton Village Hall. For details contact Alistair Birkett 01289 386015.