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By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13th February 2014, 5:02 am


A notice for all members that this month’s meeting will be an Austrian cooking demonstration held at the Preston Village Hall on Thursday, February 13, at 7.30pm.The competitions are the best use of a square metre of fabric and something beginning with ‘E’.


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The Grumpy Old Men Group, on a visit to Boulmer Air/Sea Rescue Station, missed out the open day when Kathryn Curry gave a very interesting and entertaining talk on her Life in Kenya. She spent more than four years over there teaching underprivileged children, and told of her experiences with that life, and how she was able to visit all the wild game parks in Kenya, and the animals that she came across. The dining group meet tonight, February 13, in The Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, then on February 27, they meet at Limoncello at The King Arms Hotel for an Italian night -contact Hazel Allan. Club 55 have embarked on a ‘foreign culinary experience’, and their next lunch will be at the Chinese Royal Garden in Marygate. Kay Gardiner has taken over the Busy Bees Craft Group while May Wilson is indisposed. The next open day is on Monday, March 3, when Bernard Hope is talking on ‘The Lambton/Penshaw Monument’. There are still two places available in Art 2 Group which meets every Wednesday fortnight.


Burns Supper

A Burns Supper in aid of Ayton & Burnmouth Church will be held in Burnmouth Village Hall on Friday, February 21, from 6.30-10pm. A three course meal will be served with entertainment by Jim Barrie and friends. Raffle; bring your own bottle; entry by ticket only as numbers are restricted. Tickets,£12.50 available THIS WEEK ONLY from Jim Barrie 018907 50232 or Pam Oswald 018907 81419.


History Group

Chirnside History Group’s next talk is on Monday, February 17, at 8pm (NOTE LATER START TIME). The talk is by David Welch entitled Rev Ninian Home of Billie (Saint or Sinner).

Community council

Reminder for dog owners who have signed up to the WOOF’S scheme, free bags will be available for collection on Wednesday, February 19, from the front entrance of the big hall at the community centre. Delivery to individual home addresses cannot be done.


Chirnside SWRI met last month for a very interesting evening with Ray Nicholson from Pets as Therapy. Ray gave a talk on the great work done by the charity and was accompanied by one of his visitors with her dog. Following the talk institute business was dealt with president, Jean Garden, congratulating Alison Paterson on winning the competition for a decorated candle at the half-yearly meeting and Maureen Anderson for gaining first class for knitting in the Proficiency Tests held in the autumn. Competitions: favourite pet photograph - 1 Jean Blaikie, 2 Alison Paterson, 3 Julie Hall; an article beginning with K - 1 Naomi Hicks, 2 Agnes Anderson and 3 Sheila Colvine. The institute next meets on Thursday, February 20, at 7.15pm in the community centre when Caroline McNiven from Moss & Wood will give a spring flower demonstration. The competitions are an article beginning with L and a small spring flower arrangement using fresh or artificial flowers. If you are new to the area and would like to join us for the evening please do.


Film night

The next film night at Coldingham Village Hall is on Thursday, February 27. Tom Hanks stars in this Academy Award-nominated drama based on the real life hijacking of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates in April 2009. As commander of the ship, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) inevitably found himself at the heart of events. Certificate 12; doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7pm prompt. Admission/membership £3 at the door.


Parish Church

Communion will be celebrated by Rev David Taverner at the morning service on Sunday, February 16, at 11.15am. The Bible Study group meet on Wednesday, February 19, at 2.30pm in the church hall.


The ladies of the Guild would like to thank everyone who contributed to the cake stall and raffle and those who came along to their coffee morning and made it such a success. The excellent sum of £285.50 was raised.


The next meeting of the SWRI is on Thursday, February 20, 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.

Royal British Legion

Thank you to all our members who attended our AGM on February 5. The chairman, vice-chairman and treasurer reports gave a good summary of what had happened over the year and laid plans to be achieved during this year. Membership has risen to 167 and if anyone wishes to join the RBLS then please pop in and pick up a membership form. The minutes will be posted on the foyer noticeboard by the beginning of March. Sunday and Tuesday bingo starts at 7pm sharp. RBLS Womens Section’s next meeting is Wednesday, February 19, from 7.30pm when Mrs A. McCall will be giving an interactive talk on post traumatic stress disorder. The coffee morning is on Saturday, March8, in the Legion hall and members are encouraged to help out. If you wish to become a member then come along on the third Wednesday of the month.


Coldstream Guides held their bi-annual Susan Maxwell competition on Tuesday, February 4. Entries varied from baking, posters, music and hobbies such as netball, dancing, swimming and art, to knowledge of different cultures and pet care. The standard of entries was very high. Each zone convered global awareness, health lifestyles, discovery, skills and relationships, and nature and animals and each produced a winner. Overall competition winners were: 1. Charlie Birkett, 2. Rosie Russell, 3. Georgie Murray-Zmijewski. Many thanks to the four judges, Betty Scott, Catherine Lillico, Caroline Robison and Rosalyn Savage. Also a big thank you to all the girls for their hard work. Congratulations to all concerned.



At its meeting on Tuesday, February 4, Dunbar Probus Club remembered member Alastair Brown whose funeral was taking place that morning. Bob Clunas, the recently retired harbour master in Dunbar gave an illustrated talk on his experiences as a boatman/handyman employed by the British Antarctic survey based in South Georgia. Bob was born in Orkney and at the age of 21 applied for this position and went on a two year assignment in 1972. On the long journey south, close to South America they took on board the wife of a radio operator on another ship who needed hospital treatment. Her ship was was bound for Europe and it was easier to divert the the ship bound for the Antarctic. They took her to hospital in Montivideo then went on and spent a week or so in the Falkland islands dealing with stores. Bob found life on the Falkland islands, with its colonial way of life, a fascinating experience. They found South Georgia deserted because the whaling industry had come to an end but there were still buildings and equipment there which had belonged to the companies. The survey was a close knit group of scientists and back up staff like Bob but it was an isolated and cut off way of life with little entertainment. Bob found the polar landscape and the wild life very interesting and showed slides of both. One slide was a memorial to Sir Ernest Shackleton who died there in 1922. At the end of his tour the long journey home took a month. At the next meeting on February 18, C. Porteous will give a talk on Moscow and Kiev. Dunbar Probus Club is celebrating its foundation in 1974 by holding a celebratory lunch on March 11. The club was founded on the initative of Dunbar Rotary Club and some members of the set-up sub committee of 1974 will be present as will guests from the current rotary club. The club is treating the event as a ladies day and looks forward to welcoming wives and partners of members. Photographs from 1974 will be on display.


Dunbar Twinning Association is holding its AGM on February 25, at 7.30pm in the town’s day centre to which there is an open invitation to residents in the district to attend. Applications are also sought from young people in the Dunbar area for a scholarship to enable them to visit Dunbar’s existing twin town of Lignieres this summer and there is a call to local people who would like to visit the French town from June 6-9 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dunbar-Lignieres link. Contact details are: Richard Smeed on 01368 862502 or [email protected]


At their meeting on Monday, Dunbar Rotary members welcomed Fr Lawrence Lew, a Dominican Friar currently based at Blackfriars Edinburgh who gave a talk on his passion for photography. Fr Lawrence showed many of his well-known photographs some of which have adorned book covers and other published works. Club vice president, Thelma Band, thanked Fr Lawrence for travelling to Dunbar and giving such an inspirational talk. She wished him luck in his next posting to Switzerland later this year. At a recent meeting of Dunbar Rotary Club, donations of £5500 were agreed to a variety of local causes.


Accordion Club

The next meeting of Duns Accordion and Fiddle Club is on Monday, February 17, in The Masonic Lodge, 41 Newtown Street, Duns, at 7.30pm. The guest artistes for the evening will be the Charlie Kirkpatrick Trio. Everyone will be very welcome!

Coffee morning

A coffee morning being held in Duns Parish church hall on Saturday, February 15, is in aid of ‘women v cancer’. Please support this great charity - 10-11.30am.


At the meeting last Wednesday, Di Murray gave an excellent talk on this year’s Guild theme ‘A Fellowship to Build’. She read several passages from the Bible and explained in detail her interpretation of the meaning of ‘Fellowship’. The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Wednesday, February 19 in the church hall. The speaker will be minister, Rev Stephen Blakey, sharing some of his experiences as an army chaplain.

Senior Citizens

At the meeting last Friday, Erica Wilkinson gave a craft demonstration. Members enjoyed taking part in this, and made some lovely necklaces. The next meeting is at 2pm on Friday, February 21, in Turnbull Court, and will be the club’s 48th birthday party.


On Wednesday, February 5, president Mike Jopling welcomed a large turnout of Duns Probus members to their fortnightly meeting. He invited Ian Turnbull to give a report on the club’s recent Burns Lunch. John Cron also gave a report on behalf of the delegation who attended the Dunbar Probus Club’s Burns celebrations. The president then introduced the guest speaker, Stewart Fuller-Shapcot from Borders Search and Rescue Unit. The unit is based in Selkirk and has a team of 25 members, all of whom are volunteers and on call 24/7. They are all at least basic first-aiders and some are more qualified. The unit has a Land Rover and a four-wheeled vehicle. Stewart has been 28 years in rescue work and was involved in the aftermath of the Lockerbie tragedy. Searching takes up over 90% of the unit’s work. This can be looking for missing people or sometimes finding bodies. The unit helps emergency services with stranded motorists and in flood situations. Volunteers occasionally have to go in a helicopter to search for missing people. Hill walkers should not wear clothes that blend in with the local scenery. Stewart showed some of the clothing and equipment that the unit uses. The talk was accompanied with excellent slides and a pithy commentary. Members asked some questions which were expertly answered. Ian Turnbull gave the well deserved vote of thanks. The next meeting is on February 19, with guest speaker, Luke Cummings from Tweed Forum.

Parish Church

Services on Sunday, February 16, are as follows: 9.45am Bonkyl Kirk, morning worship; 11am Duns Parish Church, morning worship with crèche and Sunday Club; 6.30pm Sunday evening fellowship with informal worship and fellowship in Duns Church Hall. Everyone warmly invited.

Hear to Help

The Hear to Help service run by charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland is urging NHS hearing aid users in Duns to get essential support at an upcoming community drop-in session. The charity’s trained volunteers will be showing people how to get the best performance from their NHS hearing aids at a drop-in in Turbull Court, Langton between 2-4pm on Monday, February 17. Hear to Help Project Coordinator, Lesley Stewart, said: “With days getting a bit lighter, it’s the perfect time for people in Duns to drop-in to our local Hear to Help support session to get their NHS hearing aids re-tubed, adjusted or cleaned to ensure they can follow conversations with their friends and family more clearly.” For information about Hear to Help, contact Lesley on e-mail: [email protected] or visit



The annual general meeting of Eyemouth Museum will take place in the museum on Wednesday, February 26, at 7pm.


Evergreen Club

The Evergreen Club chairman, Rob Cockburn, welcomed a poor turnout of memebers. He gave a very warm welcome to Bobby Douglas and his wife Nancy, Bobby going on to tell members about how he first got started in championship ploughing. He showed a DVD of his first trip to Holland when he represented Scotland in the World Vintage Ploughing Championships. After tea Bobby gave a short talk on his return to Holland, helped along the way by his wife Nancy. The chairman thanked them both for coming. He also thanked the tea ladies Lia Espinosa and Betty Cockburn. Secretary, Betty Virtue reminded members of the coffee morning on Saturday, February 15, at 10am and asked members for ideas for the annual trip in May. The raffle drawn and the meeting closed.



At their last meeting members enjoyed an annual Scottish lunch where they ate their fill of haggis neeps and tatties as they celebrated the birthday of Rabbie Burns in style. Stories were told, songs were sung, and everyone agreed it had been a very entertaining afternoon. For their next get-together they are looking forward to a Taste and Try afternoon where, along with the usual cup of tea, they can enjoy some tasty treats and exchange recipes. This meeting will also be the AGM. So, if you live in or around Swinton please go and join them, you would be most welcome. They meet in the Church Rooms (behind the manse ) on Thursday, February 20, at 2pm.


Village hall

Citizens Advice Bureau on Monday, February 17, from 9.30am-11am; once a fortnight. CAB are there to help so just turn up.

Reston Community Council meets on Monday, February 17, at 7pm. Rainbows(Seniors) meet on Tuesday, February 18, 2-4pm for dominoes, whist and a nice cup of tea. Archery on Sunday at 2pm and Wednesday at 7pm. Badminton on Thursday, from 6pm. The SWRI meets on Wednesday, February 19, 7.15pm.

Tweed Forum

There is a Tweed Forum meeting in Reston Village Hall on Monday, February 24, at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to everyone and has been called to discuss land issues.

Community cafe

Reston Community Cafe will be open on Friday, Feburary 28, 10am - noon. All proceeds from the monthly cafes go to local projects.


If you are visiting the primary school or the village hall please feel free to feed the Ragbag bins with all your unwanted clothing, shoes, curtains as these bins raise vital funds for the school and the hall.