News from the district


Village Hall

A fund raising event with books, bargains and raffle, will be held in the hall this Friday night from 7pm. All are welcome.

RagBag AGM

RagBag Morris, the Allanton based Morris dance side, had their AGM in the village hall. Rag Bag Morris perform a range of Morris dances ranging from dances of a traditional nature to original choreographed dances. RagBag Morris are keen to recruit new dancers and musicians. RagBag Morris meet every Tuesday night at 7pm in the village hall in Allanton. Contact Charlie or Pauline on 01890 818073.



SWRI had it’s first meeting of the year when members were joined by Caroline Green, the Borders Community Ambassador for the cancer care charity Marie Curie. Caroline explained how her personal journey led to her working in this role and what her role actually entails. She described the remarkable (and rather colourful!) life of Marie Curie and how the charity came to be founded after her death. It was interesting to know how Marie Curie differs in the work it conducts compared to other cancer care charities and to discover that Marie Curie not only works with cancer patients but also those suffering from other terminal illnesses. Some of the members have benefitted from the care of Marie Curie nurses who will assist families whatever their needs, often caring for a patient throughout the night. Members were keen to learn how donations are spent and to hear of some local fund raising initiatives. Sue Edgar gave the vote of thanks and Caroline was presented with a donation for Marie Curie. The competition results were: something yellow - 1. Sue Anderson, 2. Sarah Woodbury, 3. Jen Logan. A daffodil item - 1. Aline Robertson, 2. Jen Logan, 3. Elsie Brown. Raffle prizes were won by Katharine Cousland, Margaret Carey, June MacKay, Sarah Woodbury, Jen Logan, Susan McLuckie, Elsie Brown.

Church Gift Day

A coffee morning and Gift Day in aid of the church will be held in Ayton Community Hall on Saturday, October 12, from 10-11am. There will also be a bring and buy stall. Entry by donation. All are welcome.



Chirnside SWRI gathered on September 19 for the first meeting of the new session. President, Jean Garden, welcomed the members and two new ladies before introducing Lesley Rosher from Beadelicious in Kelso, who told us how she became interested in beads and the jewellery to be made with them. She then assisted some 20 members make a three row bracelet with pearls of many different colours. The vote of thanks was given by Dawn Simpson. The results for the competition for your favourite bracelet was: 1. Jean Garden, 2. Alison Paterson, 3. Rhona Anderson, and for an article beginning with ‘H’ was: 1. Sheila Colvine, 2. Julie Hall and 3. Maureen Anderson. The next meeting is on Thursday, October 17, when Stephen Barrett will give a talk entitled “What causes those on your feet?” The competition is how many words with three or more letters can be made from ‘Chiropodist’ and an article beginning with I.

Parish Church

Harvest Thanksgiving will be held at Chirnside Parish Church at 11.15am on Sunday, October 13, followed by Informal Communion and a Stewardship Meeting. The retiral collection is for the gift of a cow. All are welcome. Prayer Tree available. The Parish Church continues to run the Millennium Light’s - this week’s sponsor is Olive Bell to mark birthdays for Flora, Alastair and Gracie. Bible Study starts on Monday, October 14, from 1-3pm and the church is open for Prayer on Friday, October 18, from 10–11am.


Christmas Fayre

This year’s Christmas Craft Fayre with Santa’s Grotto is on Saturday, November 23, and there are a few tables still remaining. Anyone interested in booking a table should contact Denise on 018907 71852 or 07792853567.

Village hall film night

Before Elvis, before Elton John, there was Liberace, infamous pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship and extravagance, he lit up every stage he performed on, as bright as his candelabras and with a unique flair that gained him millions of devoted fans across the globe. In the summer of 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into Liberace’s dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. To the outside world Scott was an employee, at most a friend, but behind closed doors his life with Liberace was an intense rollercoaster of hedonistic fun, flamboyance and excess. This month’s film tells the fascinating true story of their glamorous life together and their tempestuous relationship, from the glitz and glamour of the early days in Las Vegas to their very bitter and public break-up. Starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson. Certificate 15. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm prompt. Admission/membership £3 at the door.


Pumpkin Show

Coldstream giant pumpkin show is being held in the Castle Hotel on October 17. Prizes are for biggest, best newcomer, most improved on last year, bonniest and booby prize. Can all competitors please remember to bring a bottle of spirits for the raffle. All proceeds from raffle go to local organisation chosen by winner. Members of the public are welcome to come along and be amazed!

Riders AGM

Coldstream Riders Association are holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 28, at 7pm in the Newcastle Arms Hotel, Coldstream. All welcome. The Association is actively seeking new members to join the committee - no equestrian experience is necessary.


The Guild are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, October 12, in the Church Hall at 10.30am. Entry is 50p. Donations for the raffle and cake stall will be gratefully received. Everyone is most welcome.

Parish Church

The Rev David Taverner is on holiday this week so the Service on Sunday, October 13, at 11.15am will be conducted by members of the congregation. The Bible Study Group meets in the Church Hall on Wednesday, October 16, at 2.30pm.

Body Shop Party

There will be a Body Shop Party on Saturday, October 12, in the Church Hall at 2pm. Tea and biscuits will be served. Everyone welcome.

Shoebox appeal

The Church is running its annual Shoebox Appeal to provide a Christmas gift for less fortunate children. If you would like to take part the shoeboxes need to be handed into the Church by the end of October. Leaflets detailing what can be put in the boxes are available. If you wish to hand in a few items to be included in a box, this is also most welcome as these can be combined with others to fill a box.

Literary Society

The first meeting of the new session of the Coldstream Social and Literarty Society was opened by the president, Ken Allan, who went on to welcome members, both old and new. He asked for a few moments silence in memory of Mary Sim and Margaret Elliot. The President’s Address – entitled “Grocer’s Lad, Running Dogs and Lockups” – followed the course of Ken’s life from his birth in Coldstream and his first job as a “Grocer’s Lad” for Carmichaels, through his National Service in Malaya where as a member of the force for law and order he was a “Running Dog”, to his eventual entry into the Police force and his career there – obviously “Lockups”! Ken spoke eloquently about his National Service and his Police service remembering both amusing incidents and those that were less so. It was an excellent insight into the career of the new president. The vote of thanks was given by Peggy Helliwell and the meeting ended with tea and biscuits at 8.30pm. The next meeting is on Monday, October 21, when the speaker will be John Robinson who will be giving a talk about the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle entitled “Lethal Lovelies”!


The next meeting of the SWRI is on Thursday, October 17, in the Legion Hall at 7.30pm when Gail Watson will be giving a Floral Art demonstration. The competitions are a ‘Floral Buttonhole’ and an item beginning with “O”. New members will be made most welcome.


Probus Club

Fourteen members of Dunbar Probus Club visited Glenkinchie Distillery last week. They went to The Pine Martin in Dunbar for lunch, which was excellent and served by most friendly staff, then on to Glenkinchie where John, the guide for the tour, firstly talked the group through the distilling process from the growing of the barley to producing “The Golden Water” known as Malt Whisky. They were then taken on a tour, throughout the entire plant, stopping at each process stage and given a most detailed explanation. The final and highlight, for those who drink whisky, was a sample of three types of the spirit, with a invitation to sample further on personal choice. The visit was voted a great success with the bonus of perfect weather and good company. All agreed that it was a perfect day, Probus at it’s best. The next meeting will be when E. Robb will talk about the Rhodesian Police Service.



There will be a meeting of the RBLS Duns Branch at 7.30pm in the White Swan, on Wednesday, October 16. Items for discussion will include the Poppy Appeal collection arrangements, the future of the club building, Remembrance Sunday, and it will also be a joining night. It would be appreciated if all members could make the effort to attend. New members willl be very welcome.

Probus Club

President Mike Jopling opened the meeting with the introduction of a new club member. Two members, Gordon Fair and Brian Cook, gave a report on the excellent reception and fellowship the two teams received at a recent Probus Inter Club quiz at Seahouses. The president then introduced our guest speaker, Rev Stephen Blackey from Duns Parish Church. Reverend Blackey is an Army Chaplain covering the middle areas of Berwickshire. He informed the members that he was born in the actual house that Robert Burns died in over in the west coast. He started his presentation by showing a short video of the work carried by the Army Chaplaincy. His Padre and soldier training started at Sandhurst and then a position within the Guards Chapel in London. Other units were the Coldstream Guards and Royal Scots. It was very interesting to learn that Army Chaplains do not carry arms during conflict as their important role is to provide moral guidance and spiritual support. He joined the Chaplaincy when he was 20, and was in action in the first Gulf war. John Davidson gave a worthy vote of thanks on behalf of the club. Members were informed of the club’s forthcoming coffee morning to be held on Saturday, October 19, within Duns Parish Church, with all proceeds to be given to local charities. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16, when the guest speaker will be Alan Fendly whose topic will be Lord Armstrong of Cragside, Rothbury.

Senior Citizens

It was the club’s first meeting of the new session on Friday, October 4, this being the AGM followed by Cream Teas and a Quiz, all of which was thoroughly enjoyed by members. The winner of the TV Adverts/Jingles quiz sold during the summer to raise funds for the club, was Rebecca Kinghorn from Greenlaw. At the next meeting on October 18, at 2pm in Turnbull Court, the topic will be ‘Border Athletes’.


Special service

‘Hymns of The Sea’, a special service on the anniversary of the Eyemouth Disaster, will be held at the Eyemouth Baptist Church this Sunday evening, October 13, at 6pm. The Eyemouth Herring Queen and her court will be honoured on this occasion. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served following the service.


Welly Week

Greenlaw War Memorial Hall Committee are holding a sponsored charity welly walk on Friday, Octo0ber 11, to raise funds for the final redevelopment stages of the hall and for Children 1st, proceeds will be split 50/50. Registration is at 12.30pm at the hall and the walk commences at 1pm. Sponsorship is not mandatory and any donation will be gratefully received. Everyone is welcome including dogs on leads, and refreshments will be available at the Poppy Coffee House (in the hall) following the walk and please remember to bring your wellies. The organisers look forward to seeing you there.

Harvest Festival

All are welcome to the annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service to be held in Greenlaw Parish Church this Sunday (October 13) at the usual service time of 10am, when the traditional harvest hymns will be sung to the congregation.



Reston SWRI holds its first meeting of the new session on Wednesday, October 16 at 7.15pm in the Village Hall. Guest for the evening will be Rachel Hammond, “The Greedy Reiver”. This is also the night members hold their mini show. New members are always welcome. Reston SWRI and the girls of Reston Community Café would like to thank everyone who helped contribute raffle prizes and gave donations to our MacMillan Coffee morning. The magnificent sum of £711 was raised. Thank you all very much.


The ploughing fundraiser dance - what a cracking night, the Music was braw and the dancing, well you sure can dance. Very complicated steps it was great to watch but even better if you can take part. Thank you to all who attended, for the raffle donations and the refreshments. It was a great night.

Concert band

Ten years on and Reston Concert Band are still belting out tunes. At the concert on October 5 they performed a medley from Nat King Cole and ABBA, We were all tapping our feet to The Great Escape, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Boardwalk, Somewhere over the Rainbow to name but a few. It was a Clarinet of a night. With Dave Jones as compere, comedian and conductor. He’s so funny. The Band consists of some young high school students through to possibly the oldest member Reston’s very own Iain Walker (King of the Road) Trombone player. Dont worry if you missed this concert because you can catch them at Coldingham Hall October 25, 7.30pm.

Community Council

The next meeting of the Reston and Auchencrow Communuity Councill will be held on Monday, October 21, 7pm sharp. all welcome.


Reston Community Cafe will be back to tantalizing us with light and fluffy sponges on Friday, October 25, 10am-noon. All proceeds to local projects. Thank you for your support.

Community Company

The Community Company is looking for new members. You might not be big on committees but you wouldn’t mind planting a few bulbs, cutting the grass or the odd job. Please see Logan Inglis. Thank you for your support.

Walk It

Thank you to all who attended the September Walk It, we hope to see you on November 3.


Harvest Thanksgiving Services at Foulden, Sunday, October 13, at 11.30am; Sunday, October 20, at Ayton 11am; and Sunday, October 27, at Reston 11am. The normal Sunday Service at Reston on October 13, starts at 11am.


Harvest Festival

All are welcome to the annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service to be held in Westruther Parish Church this Sunday (October 13) at the usual service time of 11:30am, when the traditional harvest hymns will be sung.