News from around the district


By The Newsroom
Friday, 13th December 2013, 8:17 am

Coffee morning

The Ayton and Burnmouth Parish Church Christmas Coffee Morning will be this Saturday, December 14, from 10-11am in Ayton Bowling Club. Coffee, mince pies and shortbread will be served and the Grand Christmas Hamper draw will take place. There will be many luxury hampers on offer. Tickets costing £1 each will be available at the coffee morning or from Aline Robertson in Ayton and Pam Oswald in Burnmouth. There will also be a produce stall selling Christmas decorations and Christmas cakes as well as the usual delicious home baking.

Flix in the Stix

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The film tomorrow night in the community hall is the classic 1951 version of Charles Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol starring Alistair Sim as Ebeneezer Scrooge. This is still regarded as the definitive big screen version of the story and has been digitally remastered for better viewing. U Certificate. 7.30pm start.

Community Hall

Ayton Community Hall Association is holding a special Christmas Drop-In next Wednedsay morning (December 18) from 9.30-11am. Please come along if you are free for tea, coffee and Christmas treats. All welcome.


U3A Panto

Angela Winson, producer of the “Berwick U3ABC of Pantomimes”, held in St Aidan’s Hall on Monday, December 2, must be congratulated on a very entertaining show. To a full house the opening scene, ‘Widow Twankey’s INNcredible Laundry’, showed our chairman, Jeff Armstrong, as lead in a hilariously dressed outfit. This was followed by ‘Robin Hood’ (Dorothy Dickinson) in an entertaining role with the cast giving witty responses. The finale was extremely funny with a group of “joined up” dancers, all dressed in black and white, dancing to “The Lambeth Walk”. As the final chorus was sung Widow Twankey burst into the hall to finally discover Aladdin (Joan Buchan) amongst the dancers. “She” and Aladdin then invited the audience to join them for refreshments immediately after Angela had been presented with a festive bouquet by the White Rabbit (Sue Handoll). The audience fully appreciated all the effort made by the cast through prolonged applause! Members are looking forward to their Christmas Lunch on Thursday, December 19, in The Black and Gold Club. Roger Daniel is taking over and organising the Music Group. They will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 2pm. The meetings will be homebased but if you are interested in joining this group please contact Roger on 330614. If you are into Cryptic Crosswords then a joint venture with Berwick Academy is suggested under the guidance of the head, Alexis Widdowson. However, please contact Jeff Armstrong in the first instance. Members and non members can check up on the majority of the U3A activities, and details of the various group leaders, on


History Group

Come and enjoy Wilson’s Tales of the Borders as told by Andrew Ayres, at the Chirnside Community Centre on Monday, December 16, at 8pm (please note later starting time). If you have a copy of any of the tales please bring it along.


Village Hall

Cockburnspath Village Hall is hosting Northumberland Theatre’s ‘Once Upon A Time in the North’, on Friday, December 13, at 6.30pm. Suitable for all ages, this collection of quirky, scary, and funny and brave stories from Northumbrian folklore including ‘The Cauld Lad of Hylton Castle’, is told in NTC’S inimitable style of imaginative storytelling using music, dance, and puppets to create bold knights, fairies, evil queens and dragons and will entertain all ages. Tickets are available from the Village Shop, or by telephoning Sally on 01368 830482, or by e mail to [email protected], [email protected], or on the door. Doors open at 6pm. Family tickets are priced £20 for two adults and two children (U12). Adult tickets are £7, and tickets for under 12 are £4.

Community Cafe

Cocburnspath’s community cafe is having their Christmas menu on Wednesday, December 18, from 9am-3pm. Usual cafe prices apply. A selection of festive dishes will be available including turkey soup, prawn cocktail, smoked salmon, potato and dill quiche, individual vegetable filo parcels, turkey, brie and cranberry toasties and for sweet, Yule log, trifle and chunky mincemeat slices and much more! Come along and have a great time with your friends. BYO wine etc.


Coldingham Priory

Messy Christmas is on this coming Saturday, December 14, 4-6pm in Coldingham Priory. This is an all-age fun packed event with something for every generation. There will be Christmas crafts, games, toys and fun for all the family, followed by a celebration time including a nativity, songs, carols, stories and finished all off with food and cake! Come and join in for a chance to take time out with your family and enjoy doing some Christmassy things! Entry is by donation and all children need to be accompanied by an adult. Sunday morning service is at 9.45am in the Priory, all are welcome. The service will be led by Rev Andy Haddow and is a special family service which will include a nativity, so come ready to join in! Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. Sunday evening service is Carols by Candlelight in the Priory, 6.30pm featuring the Eyemouth Community Choir ECHO to get us into the Christmas spirit, followed by traditional carols and readings for Christmas, and all followed by mulled wine and nibbles.

Ring found

A ring found on Coldingham beach has been handed in to Eyemouth Police Station.


Parish Church

Morning Service on Sunday, December 15, will be at 11.15am and will be conducted by the Rev David Taverner. The Choir For Christmas meets at 6pm on Monday, December 16. New readers are required. If you would like to volunteer please contact Craig Wood. Next year’s tea rota is now available so please sign up!


The SWRI Christmas Party is on Thursday, December 19, at 7.30pm in the Legion Hall.


The next walk planned by Coldstream Ramblers is on Sunday, December 15, and will be an 8.5 mile walk from Galashiels taking in part of the Southern Upland Way, Yair and Boleside. Meet at the Focus Community Centre, near swimming pool, at 10am. To confirm attendance contact leader Susan Taylor on 01896 820004 or mobile 07929906678.

British Legion

There’s a real blast from the past appearing at Coldstream British Legion Club this Saturday, December 14. Rob Bell and Kenny Brodie, former members of the popular function band ‘Cody’ are reforming for a rare public appearance in aid of Club funds. The band will be playing an eclectic mix of pop, rock n’roll and ballads from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s including hits from Chuck Berry, Cliff Richard, Beatles, Stones, Rod Stewart and many more. The gig starts at 8pm. Charge of £5 on the door includes supper. All welcome. On December 20 the under 12’s Christmas Party is from 6-8pm. Tickets at £5 are available from The Corner Fruit Shop. Come and meet Santa, play games with the elves and much more. Children must have an adult with them. There will also be music, fun and games at the adults’ Christmas Party on December 21 from 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (includes buffet) available from The Corner Fruit Shop and Clarks Newsagents. Call 883886 to book a table in advance or contact our Stewardess Sonia. There will be a Hogmanay Party from 7.30pm music and fun. Tickets £10 (includes buffet) available from The Corner Fruit Shop and Clarks Newsagents. To book a table in advance call 883886 or talk to Sonia.


Probus Club

At the AGM, president Robert Halpin presented a report for the year which had been very successful both in terms of meetings and visits. He thanked the office bearers, committee members and members for their support. He made a presentation to the ladies who provide coffee etc for meetings which is greatly appreciated. He then handed over to the secretary and treasurer Michael O’Donnell. The minutes of the AGM 2012 were read and approved and the accounts were presented and accepted. The following office bearers were elected: President - Jack Wilson, vice-president - Andrew Johnston, secretary/treasurer - Michael O’Donnell, syllabus secretary - David Mcleod, committtee - Stephen Bunyan (press and publicity), James Thorburn (hall set up etc), Alexander McCraw, Kenneth Campbell, Walter Cowan (auditor). The Christmas Lunch will be held on Monday, December 16. The first meeting of the new session will be on January 7 and a Burns Lunch is to be held on January 28. New members are welcome. If interested please contact 862564.


Bowling Club AGM

Duns Park Bowling Club will hold its AGM in the clubrooms on Sunday, December 15, at 10.30am. Members are asked to please make an effort to attend. Apologies can be sent to the secretary (telephone 01361 882654).

Fiddle Club

The next meeting of the Accordian and Fiddle Club is on Monday, December 16, in The Masonic Lodge at 7.30pm. The entertainment for the evening will be provided by the local players, everyone is very welcome, please come along and support the local players this month.


At the meeting on December 4, Guild members Ann and Shiela gave an excellent Christmas floral art demonstration, which included ‘audience participation’, much enjoyed by everyone. The next meeting at 7.15pm on Wednesday December 18, in the church hall, is the Christmas Social evening, with supper, carol singing and entertainment by some singers from the Church.

History Society

Mr John Marjoribanks delivered a talk on the history of the Cockburns of Langton. The family is likely of Norman descent, but the family probably originated from the area around Cockburn Law. He had found seven references to the family prior to Bannockburn and shortly afterwards the lands of Langton through marriage. These lands remained in the hands of the Cockburns until transferred to William Gavin in 1746. The speaker went on to mention some of the family and their achievements over the centuries. Sir Alexander Cockburn was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland by Robert II in 1390 and his son, also Alexander, Hereditary Great Usher of Scotland, an appointment which remained in the family for 500 years. Later a Sir William Cockburn had died at Flodden leaving five sons, one of whom, Adam, took service as body guard to the French King, Francis II (first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots) and in 1671 Sir James Cockburn was created a baronet for his services to the Crown at the Battle of Worcester. The second wife of the sixth baronet was the subject of Sir Joshua Reynolds’ highly acclaimed portrait ‘Lady Cockburn and her three eldest sons’ now in the National Gallery while the seventh was involved in British military action against the USA and the burning down of the White House, and later transported Napoleon into exile in St. Helena. The next meeting will be on January 29 when there will be a showing of Douglas Hugonin slides in a presentation entitled “A Castle in Berwickshire’.


Christmas Fayre

Eccles and Leitholm Primary School Community Group would like to thank all the stallholders, parents and everyone who came along to Eccles on November 30 to make the Christmas Fayre such a success. With your support the event raised an amazing £413.79 towards school funds.


Eccles ladies were treated to a lovely evening of Christmas decoration making courtesy of Lesley Rocher of Beaddelicious in Kelso. Lesley brought a great selection of her beads along and showed the ladies how to make Christmas stars. After some patience and perseverance some beautiful stars were made and all the ladies got to take them home to hang on their Christmas tree. A lovely evening was had by all and members look forward to welcoming Lesley back in the future to show them some more of her work. The competition for a gift wrapped parcel was won by Wilma Craig. The next meeting is a games night and will be held on Tuesday, January 7, at 7pm.


Scout Group

This Saturday, December 14, Eyemouth Scout Group will be holding a coffee morning in the Mason’s Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am. There will be a cake and candy stall and raffle. Scouting is all about having fun, making friends and learning new skills. We aim to help young people reach their full potential as active members of the community who are self reliant, caring, responsible and committed. Please come along and support us as you will be directly supporting the young people of Eyemouth and surrounding villages. We also have waiting lists for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts so if you would like to become an adult leader we would love to hear from you - why not come along to the coffee morning for an informal chat with one of your existing leaders.

Parish Church

Sunday morning service is at 11.15am, all are welcome. The service will be led by Rev Andy Haddow and is a special family service which will include a nativity, so come dressed as your favourite character! Tea and coffee is served afterwards in the church hall.


Woodland Trust

The Annual Christmas Tree sale is being held on December 14 and 15 in the main car park between 10am and 3.30pm. The car park is on the A6105 Gordon to Greenlaw road. Come along to choose and cut your own special tree


Parish Church

Sunday sees Christmas coming to Grantshouse. There will be a carol service in the village hall at 9.45am. This is an event open to people of all ages to join together to enjoy a real Christmas celebration.



Greenlaw Chuch Guild met a week early in the Fairbairn Hall. After opening devotions, the Guild was very pleased to welcome Mrs Kath Runciman, the speaker for the afternoon. Mrs Runciman, an experienced and gifted crafter, showed the members many pretty hand-made Christmas decorations. She clearly demonstrated the steps involved, and kindly provided written instructions as well! Mrs Robertson gave a hearty vote of thanks. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 9, in the Fairbairn Hall at 2pm, when the speaker will give a presentation on local War Memorials.



Gateways Community Carol Singing will be held on Thursday, December 19, at 6pm, meet at Knowehead bus shelter, followed by refreshments in Paxton Village hall. In the event of bad weather meet in Paxton Village Hall, at 7pm. More details from Ali Birkett 01289 386015 or at


Evergreen Club

Members gathered for their Christmas meal at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Swinton. After the meal the usual Christmas presents were presented to the members by secretary Betty Virtue. Each year Mr and Mrs Neil Cameron from Leitholm donate four grocery parcels and the lucky recipients, whose names were draw from a hat, were Jeanie Anderson, Jock Hall, Verna Hebdon and Christine Thomson. The chairman, Rob Cockburn, thanked Betty Virtue for organising the whole event.

Christmas Fayre

Eccles and Leitholm Primary School Community Group would like to thank all stallholders, parents and everyone who came along to Eccles on 30th November to make the Christmas Fayre a success. With your support the event raised an amazing £413.79 towards school funds.



Gateways Community Carol Singing will be held on Thursday, December 19, at 7pm, meet at the Cross, followed by refreshments in Paxton Village hall. In event of bad weather meet in Paxton Village Hall, 7pm. More details from Ali Birkett 01289 386015 or at