News from the district


Flix in the Stix

Tomorrow night’s film in the community hall is based on the sensational stage hit featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Released in 2013, this is one not to miss. PG Rating.

Coffee morning

Ayton and Burnmouth Church coffee morning will be held on Saturday, February 8, from 10-11am in Ayton Community Hall. There will be a bring and buy sales table with home baking and a Fair Trade Stall. Entrance by donation. All are welcome.



At the last meeting of the Art Appreciation Group they viewed and discussed some of the works of JWM Turner. The next meeting of this group is on Wednesday, February 26, when they will consider the works of 20th century American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Art Group 2 has two vacancies; they meets every fortnight on a Wednesday at Sue Handoll’s house, 86 Sea View. Please contact her if you wish to join this group. The next meeting of Club 55 Lunches, after today (Thursday, February 6) at the Magna Tandoori is at the Chinese Royal Garden in Marygate on Thursday, February 22. Contact Jill Dudgeon if you wish to go. The group is looking for a volunteer to take over the Keep Fit Group - contact Joan Whatling. The summer outing is planned for Wednesday, June 18, to Scotland’s Secret Bunker near St Andrews.


Burns Supper

A Burns Supper in aid of Ayton and Burnmouth Church will be held in Burnmouth Village Hall on Friday, February 21. A three course meal will be served with entertainment by Jim Barrie and friends. Raffle on the high and bring your own bottle. Entry by ticket only as numbers are restricted. Tickets will be available from Jim Barrie 018907 50232 or from Pam Oswald 018907 81419.

RNLI Awards

Seven members of the Burnmouth RNLI committee are being recognised by the RNLI for the service they have given over many years. Silver badges will be presented later this year to Eric Addy (branch treasurer who joined in 2000), and Hilda Johnston who has held vice president and treasurer positions and joined in 1984. A bronze medal will be presented to Janet Rae (joined in 1994 and has been vice president and president). Certificates of thanks are to be presented to Irene Addy (committee member since 1991) Pam Oswald (committee member since 2000) and Elizabeth Rae (committee member since 1983).


Burns Supper

Members of the Whiteadder Burns Club welcomed their new president Walter Robertson (a member for 60 years) and listened to a remarkable performance of Tam O’Shanter. At the club’s annual supper which was held in the Robin’s Nest, Chirnside, on Monday, Mr Robertson from Allanton, the oldest member of the club, was unanimously elected and he chaired the function. The rendition of Tam O’Shanter was outstanding. The nine taking part - Peter Craig, Ken Taylor, Peter Walker (Eyemouth), Rob Cockburn, Jim Clark, Davie Clark (Coldstream), David Scott, Sandy Watson (Duns) and Grant Lees (Gala) - each took short sections and were flawless. Peter Craig from Eyemouth said: “We have done it with four or five, but to have nine and to perform it without a hitch was something special.” The Selkirk Grace was sung by The Podlies and the haggis, piped in by Pipe Major Andrew Ainslie, was addressed by the Rev Stephen Blakey. An impressive immortal memory was proposed by David Scott of Duns; the toast to the club was proposed by John Home Robertson of Paxton; to the lassies by Michael Ross of Berwick; and to the chairman by Tim Sewell of Shilbottle. ‘Holy Wullie’s Prayer’ was recited by Peter Craig, musical director was Jim Tarutt and accompanist Bruce Thomson. The excellent programme included Ian Buick, Ken Taylor, Gary Smith, Ronnie Simpson, and Rob Cockburn, Grant Lees, Alistair Lindsay (Ayton). In his vote of thanks Mr Robertson paid tribute to club secretary John Gardiner.

Dog owners

Dog owners in Chirnside village who have signed up for the WOOF’s free doggy bag scheme free bags will be available for collection from the community centre (in entrance hall) on Wednesday, February 19, between 6.45-7.30pm.

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 development group has recently been awarded charitable status, and is operating under a new constitution, hence the proposal to dissolve the current association.


Bluebell Day

The Bluebell Day of Mindfulness takes place at Cockburnspath Village hall, on Saturday, March 8, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The Bluebell Meditation Group, which is held every Monday evening in the hall at 6.30pm, is organising the day of ‘Mindfulness’ facilitated by Ajahn Candasiri. Everyone is invited and welcome, whether you have practiced with them in the past or not. The day is free; tea and coffee will be provided, with soup for lunch. And if you would like to bring something vegetarian for lunch, that would also be gratefully received. Donations of £5 welcome for the hire of the hall. Things to take along: a cushion for meditation (there will be chairs if you prefer); wear comfortable clothes for sitting and doing mindful movement; a blanket or yoga mat to lie on would be useful. The group hope to do walking meditation in the nearby woods, so take along appropriate footwear (and rainwear). Please let Pete and Elspeth know if you intend to go, or have any queries, by emailing

Village Hall

On Saturday, February 22, there is an evening of traditional music featuring the Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle of Andrew and Margaret Watchorn, 7pm for 7.30pm. Andrew and Margaret have many years experience 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 (two adults and two 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.



Coldstream Ramblers next walk is on Saturday, February 8 - a seven mile walk to Yetholm, Yetholm Law, Primsidehill, Halterburn, Yetholm Main. Meet at Yetholm Wauchope Hall at 10am. To confirm attendance or for more information contact Mary Stone 01573 224223 mob 07790469290.

Parish Church

Morning service at Coldstream Parish Church is on Sunday, February 9, at 11.15am and will be conducted by the Rev David Taverner. The Bible Study Group meets in the church hall on Wednesday, February 12, at 2.30pm. The Book of Acts is being studied and all are welcome.


The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday, February 12, at 7pm in the church hall. The speaker for the evening is Russell Kirk and his topic is ‘A Trip to Australia’.

Literary Society

The next meeting of Coldstream Social and Literary Society is on Monday, February 10, in the Eildon Centre at 7.30pm. The speaker for the evening is Di Higham whose topic is ‘Life on the Isle of Tiree’. The last meeting was opened by president, Ken Allan, who introduced the speaker for the evening, Willie Robson from Chainbridge Honey Farm. Willie gave members an eloquent account of how his father started the honey farm and the trials of the early days before it grew to the large enterprise that it now is, employing several generations of the Robson family. He told of the diversification into cosmetics and candles to use the bees wax that was produced and the development of the cafe and shop on site. It was a fascinating account of one man’s life and work and much enjoyed by the members. The vote of thanks was given by Alex Bremner.



Woodworking workshops will be held at Lochend Woods, Dunbar, on Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16, in the Gathering Area on the corner of Kellie/Middlemass Roads from 10am to 4pm. to book contact Isobel Knox on 01368 863239 or Information at or Facebook https:/

Winter Carnival

Foxlake Adventures, near Dunbar, held the inaugural John Muir Winter Carnival on Sunday, an event co-organised by the Tri-Centre Edinburgh and supported by East Lothian Council. Spectators watched 450 competitors take part in a number of challenging events from a cyclocross race, tri-trail running race, East Lothian Coastal Rowers team drag race, Wakeboarding BigAir and a CrossFit ‘strong man’ style event amongst others. The packed event schedule was supplmeneted by several local traders, among them Knowes Farm shop who held live bird plucking demos and Lockett Brothers who hosted whisky tasting throughout the day.


History Society

Members at the well attended meeting of Dunse History Society last Wednesday enjoyed a slide presentation with commentary compiled by the late Douglas Hugonin, probably from the 1970s. The presentation entitled ‘A Castle in Berwickshire’ was based on Duns Castle and policies, and contained interesting and unusual shots of both the interior and exterior of the castle and of the grounds. The commentary gave background information on the history of the castle and the families who occupied from the earliest days. Since it was compiled the audio tape had been separated from the slides, which in turn had become completely mixed up, and all credit to society syllabus secretary, Catherine Feeney, for the time-consuming and challenging work sorting these out and putting everything back in order. Catherine also made the presentation on the evening and very ably chaired the meeting. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 26, when the society welcomes back David McLean talking on ‘Roads and Travel in Berwickshire 1750 to 1900’.

Wildlife Trust

Tonight (Thursday) Ron McBeath and Stan Da Prato are giving a slideshow on ‘Travels in Tibet’. Members meet at 7.30pm in the Duns Parish Church Hall, entry is £1.50.

Rewind Disco

Duns Football Club are holding a Rewind Disco Night (70s and 80s music) in aid of club funds. The disco will be held in the Volunteer Hall, Duns, on Saturday, March 15, and tickets, priced £10, are selling fast. Last year’s event proved to be a sellout. Tickets are now available from Nairns Newsagents, Cool Cuts and Aichison’s Garage.

Duck Race

Duns RFC are holding a Duck Race this Saturday, February 8, a fundraising effort to convert the former gymnasium building at the old Berwickshire High School into new clubrooms. Sponsor forms were distributed to committee members, senior players, Colts, Under 16s and Minis, and forms must be returned as quickly as you can.


Coffee morning

The recent Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust coffee morning raised £550. Thanks to all who helped or supported the event.

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 10-12 noon.


Bingo night

Come along to the bingo night in Hutton Village Hall starting at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 13. Pie and pea supper also provided.


Community Cafe

Thank you to everyone who visited the community cafe on Friday, January 31. The next cafe is on Friday, February 28. All the proceeds go to local projects.

Village Hall

Reston Community Council meets on Monday, February 17, at 7pm; archery on Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 7pm; badminton on Thursdays from 6pm; Rainbows(seniors) on Tuesday, February 18, from 2-4pm; SWRI next meets Wednesday, February 19, at 7.15pm. Berwickshire Citizens Advice Bureau representatives will be at the hall every fortnight (starting Monday, February 3) from 9.30am-11am; Tweed Forum meeting on the village hall on Monday, February 24, at 7.30pm.'