The "Why Knot" sets sail out of Eyemouth Harbour.
The "Why Knot" sets sail out of Eyemouth Harbour.
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Congratulations - we did it

SIR, - Congratulations and thanks to all of you who put pen to paper to support Post Office’s bid to maintain the very large DVLA contract.

It has been announced that our bid was successful and that we swept away some very influential competitors who were trying to take this business away from us.

The DVLA contract is now secure for seven years and will certainly lead to more vital government business for Post Offices in the near future.

A special thanks to our own community council who also took up this project on our behalf. Their comments in the Berwickshire News a few weeks ago reflect their total commitment to maintaining the Post Office as a vital service in the community.

We must also give thanks to the Rt Hon Michael Moore MP, who has always supported the Post Office in the halls of government. Each and every card submitted by you was forwarded to Michael Moore (over 500 cards from Eyemouth alone) and I believe that he has replied to all of them.

With over 11,000 post officies throughout the UK all sending cards to their MPs, the government simply had to listen to us and the result is a very clear indication that ‘The Pen is mightier than the Sword’.

Once again a very sincere thank youn to all concerned.




Fantastic support for group’s Peter Pan

SIR, - On behalf of Eyemouth and District Community Youth Theatre Group I would like to once again thank all the people of Eyemouth and the surrounding area for their fantastic support of our recent production of “Peter Pan”.

The fantastic audience participation helped the young people deliver four amazing shows. Our thank yous would be too numerous for your column but a special mention must go to the fantastic team of mothers who supervised and helped the young people change, many of whom willingly gave up more than one night …. hope your ears have recovered!

Special mention must also go to those who came to help put up and take down scenery, those who helped us tidy up after the show and anyone who has helped in any way with this production - you know who you are - thank you!

All the support including lights, costumes, make-up, hair, backstage, front of house etc. is undertaken by volunteers and a huge thank you must go to them for their time and effort, without whom, the show would not have been possible. They literally put their life on hold for “panto week” and it is much appreciated.

Special thanks are also due to the three adults - Karen Short, Craig Rosie and Campbell McNeil - who supported the young people on stage and also to Steve Sadler for the fantastic posters and programmes.

We are very grateful to Simon and Kimberley at The Berwickshire News for all their help. We are also very grateful to Ms Stewart and everyone at Eyemouth Primary School for being so accommodating (especially James Gillie for his patience and help).

Last but not least a very special thank you must go to Andrea Thacker and Campbell McNeil who produced the show and Pauline Greive who advised and assisted.

Some of the young people are now looking forward to auditioning for Eyemouth Variety Group’s production of “The Sound of Music” which will be performed on April 24-27, 2013, and hope to see you there.

Eyemouth Variety Group will also be performing “The Steamie” on January 17 and 18 and tickets will be on sale for this shortly.

Until our next show - thank you everyone!



Co’path raises cash for Children in Need

SIR, - Can I express a huge thank you to everyone that helped to make the Cockburnspath Village Nursery coffee morning at the Church Hall such a success.

We raised a fantastic £435 for the Cockburnspath Village Nursery which will be used to update the nursery resources and benefit the children.

The nursery would also like to thank the rescue services that donated a further £300 on the day, raised from the 999 Dance held at the British Legion in Dunbar.

During the morning, Cockburnspath Village Nursery raised £28 from selling Pudsey Bear biscuits, and Cockburnspath Primary raised £105.65 from selling cakes, a PJ Day and a Pudsey Bear raffle all in aid of Children In Need. Well Done Cockburnspath!

Personally I would like to thank everyone that has sponsored me for “Chop My Locks” for Children In Need. Due to the amazing generosity, I have raised £2,063 so far. It goes to show that a small village can have a big heart, thank you everyone.




Soup and pudding lunch success

SIR, - May I, through your column, say a huge thank you to all who supported the Soup and Pudding Lunch for Duns Summer Festival in the Parish Church Hall.

The ethos of the event was like the weather, sunny and bright, and the aroma of home-made soup was very welcoming. Thanks go to members of the committee and any others for supplying the sweets and items for the raffle and to committee members who were there for all their help. Grateful thanks must go to Mandy Patterson for making all three varieties of soups, which were very well received by our customers.

The wonderful and gratifying sum of £443 was raised for Summer Festival funds. Many thanks to all concerned for making the event such a success.



Duns Summer Festival.

Eyemouth fundraiser

SIR, - Through your paper, we would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped with and supported our fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. Special thanks to Douglas and staff at The Tavern, Occasions, Eyemouth Pipe Band, Heather (EHQ) and her maids for leading the Pink Parade, Huge thanks to our families and friends who helped with raffle tickets, facepainting, lucky dip and cake stall. Also to other stallholders who gave up their time. The grand total raised was £560. Thank you everyone.



Connor’s rainforest plea

SIR, - I am writing to you because you could write an article about the rainforest.

Last term we have been learning about the rainforest and how important it is to the world. Did you know that every four seconds part of the rainforest the size of a football pitch is destroyed? You can put the ideas I give in the article.

Firstly, let me tell you abut some problems. This first one is water. Half of the world’s water comes from the rainforest so if you don’t save the rainforest we will all die.

The second one if oxygen. Did you know that the rainforest is the lungs of the world because it provides the oxygen?

There are lots of ways you can help like have a shower more than a bath, eat more local beef, recycle paper, bottles and old clothes, reuse plastic bags, shop local, use less power like turn off lights when away. There are lots of other ones.

Please can you help?

CONNOR McLEOD (aged 7),

Westruther Primary School.

Poppy Appeal thanks

SIR, - On behalf of the Coldstream and District annual collection for the Poppy Scotland Appeal, I would like to thank all the collectors for their help in this year’s fund raising.

I would also like thank the town’s folk who again gave generously to raise the total to £2,175.

A special thanks should go to Anne Marie McColl who, through her Poppy Quilt Raffle, raised a splendid £220.

Again, well done everybody.


OrganiserRBLS Poppy Appeal.