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A notice for all SWRI members that the first meeting of the new season will be on September 12, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Friends, visitors and new members are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening and the pot-luck supper. The ‘show and tell’ theme is based on any summertime experiences you would like to share with everyone.The competitions are a small vase of flowers and anything beginning with the letter ‘A’.


Flix in the Stix

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Friday night’s film in Ayton Community Hall tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Released in 2012 it is the film adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Rated PG-13.



Berwick U3A enrolment day is on Monday, September 16, in St Aidan’s Hall from 10am to noon. Some groups are actually starting before that date. Art Group 1 started yesterday (Wednesday) and Art Group 2 starts on September 11. Group leader Sue Handoll is also doing another ‘Drawing on the Quayside’ tomorrow, Friday, September 6, from 10am to noon. Sue is providing all the materials although you are welcome to bring your own. Sue Block has taken over as group leader from Hilary Wilson in the Homebased Book Group, while Jae Joanes is running the Maltings Book Group. At the latter book group meeting in September they will be discussing ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer. There will be no meeting of the Tapestry Group in September due to the room taken up by The Maltings Film Festival. The Bridge Group has started the new season in King James Court on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm (prompt) to 4pm. Berwick U3A are holding their tenth anniversary celebration picnic on Thursday, September 12, at St Aidan’s Hall. Members and non-members can check up on the majority of activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on


Coffee morning

Chirnside Junior Football Club are holding a coffee morning in the community centre on Saturday, September 7, from 10am. There will be a baking stall, tombola and raffle. All are welcome.

Parish Church

The next service at Chirnside Parish Church is at 11.15am on Sunday, September 8, and all are welcome. There is also a Trust House Service on Sunday, September 8, at 3pm.Prayer Tree available and Friends of Chirnside Church applications, plus the parish church continues to run the Millennium Lights project.


Senior Citizens

Coldingham Senior Citizens meet once a forthnight on Wednesdays,from 2-4pm at the Anchor Inn, Coldingham. The 2013/14 session starts on Wednesday, September 25. New members are very welcome. Call in or for more information ring 018907 71470.



The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers is on Sunday, September 8. This will be a seven mile walk in the Eildons starting from Bowsden. Meet in Coldstream at 9am or in Bowden village at 10am. For more information or to say you are coming, contact leader Martin Davison on 01835 823833 or mobile 07858386485.

Flodden Tapestry

Knit and Natter starts again this week on Friday, September 7, from 1pm - 4pm in the Connect Cafe at Coldstream Community Centre. Come along and help with the Flodden Tapestry or bring your own knitting, sewing, painting or any other project that you have on the go. For information ring Linda 01890 882542 or Elspeth on 01890 882211.

Parish Church

Morning Service is at 11.15am on Sunday, September 8, and will be conducted by the Rev David Taverner. Sunday School also resumes on September 8. The church teas raised the wonderful sum of £3410 over the summer season. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped at the teas and who supported them. Special thanks goes to Betty Williams who is stepping down as the organiser after several years.

Boys Brigade

Boys Brigade enrolment is on Thursday, September 5, in Coldstream Primary School hall at 6.15 pm. It is open to all boys in Primary 2-6.


Community Council

The next meeting of Dunbar Community Council will take place on Monday, September 16, at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Town House, High Street, Dunbar.

Public meeting

A public meeting to discuss issues relating to Dunbar High Street will be held in the Royal Mackintosh Hotel at 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 10. Dunbar Traders and East Lothian Council representatives will be in attendance.



Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust is holding its annual ceilidh this Saturday, September 7, in the Volunteer Hall in Duns. The excellent ceilidh band YooHoo will be playing and it promises to be a great night. The music starts at 7pm and tickets are available at the door.


The new session of Duns SWRI starts on Monday, September 9. All meetings are held at Turnbull Court starting at 6.45p.m. The speaker at the first meeting will be Sandra Kinnock of Project Linus. New members will be made very welcome.

Drop in evening

Berwickshire Housing Association are holding a drop in evening on Tuesday, September 10, at the Volunteer Hall where they will showcase what the whole of BHA group are doing and how they hope to improve Berwickshire communities. You are invited along between 6-7.30pm and take a look. There is food and some music and lots of stands. Some might just be of interest to you or your family!


EU Church

The Toddlers group has re-opened on a Monday, and The Wee Nippers on a Friday. Both sessions are from 10am and cost £1 weekly. On Saturday the church coffee morning is in the Masons Hall from 9.30am. Any help of baking, raffle prizes etc. would be greally appreciated. The trip on September 30, to Heighley Gate and Wallington Hall will cost £17 which includes bus fare and entrance to Wallington. Anyone wishing to go who does not already have their name down please contact Margaret on 01890 751132. Money for the trip will also be required as soon as possible. On Sunday Mr George Power will lead worship. All welcome.


EastBerwickshire U3A holds open meetings every second Wednesday in the month in the Eyemouth Community Centre, Albert Road. The first open meeting is on Wednesday, September 11, and is a talk on ‘Positive Foward planning for Older People: Six Must Dos’ by David Borrowman, senior partner of the firm of solicitors recommended by Age Scotland. The topics he will discuss are powers of attorney, wills, living wills, care cost mitigation, equity release and Legal Aid for pensioners. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. After the first talk there will be a short presentation from a representative of ‘The Elder Voice’. Doors open at 10am for refreshments before a 10.30am start. All visitors are most welcome to attend.

Children’s Club

The after-school Good News Club at the Eyemouth Baptist Church will begin again on Wednesday, September 11, from after school until 4pm for children in Primaries 1-6. Children will experience a fun programme of activities which includes crafts, games, Bible stories, and songs. All are welcome, and there is no fee. For further information, call Stephen or Marcy at 018907 51778.


Parish Church

On Sunday, September 1, there was a good attendance at Swinton Kirk for the monthly service, when the minister spoke about bells and particularly ‘The Flodden Bell’, and when and how they were rung. He also talked about how we were surrounded by a crowd of witnesses - people who have shaped our lives and others in previous generations. The next service for Fogo & Swinton on Sunday, September 15, is at Fogo at 10am, and will be the annual Fogo Communion.


Border Textile Group

Inspiration from Africa is the subject for Mary Sleigh at the Border Textile Group’s first meeting of the autumn session. Mary, a textile artist, tutor and author from Lincolnshire, has a special interest in African tribal and other cultures. She will be sharing some of their imaginative, innovative ways of working and their understanding of materials. The talk on Saturday, September 21, at Foulden Village Hall starts at 2pm prompt. Please note that this is the third Saturday of the month, not the second! Mary will describe the influence that her travels and study of African culture have had on her creative work. The group is planning its first exhibition of work since 2008, at Berwick Garden Centre on November 14-16. Full details about the Foulden meeting and much more about this very active group of stitchers on the website or call Gill Curry on 01289 381245.


Flower Show

Gordon Flower Show will be held in the hall on Saturday, September 7. Entries will be accepted between 6–6.30pm on the Friday evening and from 8am on the day of the show. Schedules and entry tickets are available from Gordon’s Little Shop. Cara Neary, Gordon Queen will open the show at 3pm. Coffees, teas, home baking and a great raffle!


Flower Show

Greenlaw Flower Show will take place on Sunday, September 8 in Greenlaw rimary School hall - a change of venue from previously advertised, due to unforseen circumstanses. Entries have to be placed by 10am on the day of the show. Any enquiries can be made to Kym Campbell-Whitton on 01361810633. or email


Parish Church

On Sunday, September 1, over 50 members of the Elliot family came to Ladykirk and joined in the worship at the church. They came from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA as well as all over Great Britain. Their visit to Ladykirk Church was part of the Flodden 1513 commemorations visit and on their way to the battle field they decided to include Ladykirk church which was built by King James IV who died at Flodden. The minister spoke about ‘Fortitude and Doing the Right’ (based on the Elliot motto) and all the hymns were connected to an Elliot. Before the service the members of the congregation shared in some refreshments. The next service at Ladykirk Parish Church will be on Sunday, September 8, at 11.15am.


Talent Show

For one night only, as part of the ‘Talents’ theme organised by the Church of Scotland ‘Reston’s Got Talent’ is being held on Friday, September 6, at 6.30pm for 7pm start. Whether you are young or old, can sing, dance, play a instrument, tell a joke or two, recite a poem, make balloon animals, do martial arts, or bellydance, Reston needs you to come and show off your talents. An audience is needed too! This is a FREE fun family event all the organisers ask is that you bring a plate of sweet or savory food to share with others and bring your own drinks. To guarantee your spot contact Margaret Fleming 01361 850208,Katharine Prentice 01361 850254 or Reston Village Hall facebook page. For more information about the village hall or to make a booking contact Helen Jeffrey 01890761336

Community events

A huge thank you is extended from organisers of the Reston Community Cafe and the Reston Community Company Riverside Barbecue, for all the support received at both of these events which were held on Friday, August 31.


Parish Church

On Sunday, September 1, there was a good attendance at Swinton kirk for the monthly service, when the minister spoke about bells and particularly ‘The Flodden Bell’. He also talked about how we were surrounded by a crowd of witnesses - people who have shaped our lives and others in previous generations. As part of the Flodden 1513 Commemorations, ‘The Flodden Bell’ is available for the public to ring. The Swinton Kirk bell, rung as a death knell after the Battle of Flodden, can be rung by anyone from Monday, September 9 to Sunday, September 15. There will be someone at the kirk to show folk how it is done between 3-4pm and 6-8pm each day. Refreshments available and a certificate for each person who rings the bell. The next service for Fogo & Swinton is on Sunday, September 15, at Fogo at 10am, and will be the annual Fogo Communion.