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By The Newsroom
Saturday, 24th December 2011, 6:56 am

▼ POLICe will be “especially vigilant” in trying to curb drink drivers over the festive period, after 57 motorists in the Lothian and Borders area failed roadside tests, or refused to be breathlysed in the first week of December. According to Inspector Gordon Legge of Hawick, the number is particularly disappointing in light of the massive publicity campaign, both nationally and locally, warning motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving. “The message just doesn’t seem to be getting through,” he said, “and 57 motorists is higher than the normal weekly average.”

▼ BORDER Region’s planning and development committee have been told that appeals have been lodged with the Secretary of State against two of their rulings. Coldstream Bowling Club, of Home Place, Coldstream, have appealed against the council’s decision to refuse planning permission for an extension to their premises and a Melrose building firm has appealed against their decision to restrict the number of houses in an area at Collingwood, in Waverley Road, Melrose.

▼ FOr the first time, two individuals have shared the Eastern Borders Development Association Award. At the ceremony in Berwick Town Hall on Wednesday it was revealed that the two winners, Alex Moor of Spittal Variety Group and Eyemouth business man John Veitch were of such high calibre it was not possible to choose between them. The Chairman, Colonel J.I.M Smail said they were delighted to have two outstanding recipients and it was most appropriate on the 10th anniversary of the award that they should be from both sides of the Border.

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▼ An agricultural student from Greenlaw has been presented with an award for Best Student in a one year general agriculture course at the Elmwood Agricultural and Technical College in Cupar, Fife. He is 17 year old John Mitchell of Rumbletonrigg Farm. The award was a Scotvec National Certificate for General Agriculture. Second in the competition was W.Alan Scott of Whitelaw Farm, Duns. Both are former pupils of Berwickshire High School.

▼ two Berwickshire darts players were in top form at the weekend to help the Borders area defeat their Lanarkshire counterparts by three victories to nil at Kelso, with one match tied. In the Ladies ‘A’ team, Coldstream’s Linda Dickson won the lady of the match award for her part in her side’s crushing 5-0 victory of the Lanarkshire Ladies ‘A; team. The up and coming Robin McLay, also of Coldstream, continued his fine run of success with a 3-1 win over Jack Short in the Men’s ‘A’ match, taking his dart average for the season to a creditable 31-21.

▼ while most of us will be heartily bringing in the new year on January 1, Whitsome farmer Andrew Cowan will be setting off on yet another gruelling 7,700 mile long Paris-Algiers-Dakar Rally. Andrew will once again be driving for the Sonauto-Mitsubishi Team of Pajero prototypes which finished first and second overall in the event in 1985. The team are determined to repeat this victory. A new team strategy sees Andrew, Scotland’s most successful rally driver, as the lead driver being backed up by two identical cars for Frenchman Jean Da Silva and Hubert Rigal.

▼ BORDER Regional councillors would not like to see themselves being paid wages for ther council work. They decided unanimously that they would rather see attendance and financial loss allowances retained “increased to a realistic level” and regularly reviewed. A government committee is inquiring into the conduct of local government- and the question of salaries versus allowances was one they raised. One of the points they suggested was that salaries for councillors could range from £8000 for those in the largest authorities to £3000 a year for those on the smallest.

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▼ berwickshire County Council is greatly disturbed about the increasing amount of vandalism in the county and has called upon people in the area to try and check it. County Cleark, Mr J.Smith told ‘The Berwickshire’ this week: “Despite the vigilance of police vandalism appears to be increasing and while most of the acts of vandalism are of a minor nature it mounts up and is costly not only to the ratepayers and taxpayers, but the people involved. A recent incident took place in Coldstream where during three successive weekends a party of young people caused damage to an uninhabited house. They were subsequently traced by the police and the local court took a serious view of the offence.

▼ the admission to the Freedom of Dunbar of Mr William Chapman, a former town councillor, at the request of Mr Chapman will be made in public. This was agreed at a meeting of Dunbar Town Council on Wednesday. The ceremony is to take place in the Corn Exchange at a date in January to be arranged. It will be followed by a reception in the Burgh chambers. Mr Chapman will be presented with the Burgess’ ticket in a silver frame.

▼ COLDSTREAM Town Council are faced with an accumulated deficit on the Housing Revenue account of approximately £9000. To reduce this amount and prevent any further defecit, rents of council houses will be raised by £2 per apartment per year. These increases are expected to take place in March, Councillor Anderson moved that the rents not be incressed until next financial year but there was no seconder to this motion and it was agreed that the increase be made as soon as practicable.

▼ CHIRNSIDE Secondary School held a Christmas party for their senior pupils on Friday in the gym where they gave vent to their feelings, in true Christmas fashion. The programme had a full variety of real Christmas fare, the youngsters enjoyed every single minute of it, dancing, carol singing, party games, with plenty eatables.

▼ THe children of Hutton Primary School presented their annual concert in the village Hall to a large audience of family and friends last week. The programme was in the form of a variety show of singing, dancing, sketches, recorder playing, piano playing, poetry and singing games. A short playlet of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ showed most of the young ones off in costumes and was very popular. The Rev. D S Leslie, School Chaplain, thanked the headmaster, Mrs T.French and the children for the excellence of the performance. The children closed the evening with two carol carols and the hymn ‘God be with you till we meet again’.

▼ JIm Clark (Lotus), the Berwickshire farmer, won the Natal Grand Prix on Sunday, with the Stirling Moss second and Sweden’s Jo Bonnier (Porsche) third. Clark averaged 89.59mph, 0.43mph faster than Moss. Bonnier’s team mate Edgar Barth was fourth. It was the Berwickshire farmer’s second victory in a motor racing Grand Prix in South Africa. A week ago he won the Rand Grand Prix at Johannesburg.

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▼ In an article on Reading and Recreation Rooms, ‘Edinburgh Evening News’ says: The experience of Eyemouth, the Berwickshire fishing town, has been distinctly encouraging. The recreation club there was started in October 1908 by a meeting of young men., gathered to consider generally what could be done for the youth of the town. In the first year there was a membership of 50, and there was an income of £40 and an expenditure of £22. In the second year the membership was 60, with income of £44 and expenditure of £24.; but the third year saw the resource more than doubled, the membership becoming 135, income £99 and expenditure £87. The progress of the club is especially interesting for it shows what can be done in any small town with a little push and co-operation. A beginning was made with a small billiard table and with the profits a second one was got. These in turn paved the way for the acquisition of two large tables. This meant more accommodation and today the club are in possession of the old library buildings for meetings, games etc.

▼ From November 15 to December 19, Nurse Denholm of Chirnside and District Association has attended 15 cases and paid 293 visits, being three nights on duty. During the past month the nurse has been unusually busy.

▼ As a result of exceptionally heavy rainfall which prevailed during the most of Thursday, much flooding resulted at night in the western part of Lothians and Berwickshire. Between Cockburnspath and Grantshouse numerous fields were partially flooded , and in Wentford quarter a stretch of road embankment to the extent of 50 feet collapsed and fell over onto the roadway.

▼ A MEETING of fishermen and others interested in the fishing industry was held in Eyemouth Town Hall on Saturday , Mr T Collin, Harbour Master, presiding. The chairman said a strong agitation had been started to form a Federation of Scottish Fishermen, with a view to remove some of the grievances they were at present labouring under. He was keen to see such a keen interest displayed in trying to get themselves into an organised body, as some of the questions on the programme could not be improved except by the action of the North Sea Convention. Free expression of opinion was invited.

▼ Mrs McNab of Swinton has caused large quantity of tea in beautiful ornamented boxes to be distributed amongst the deserving poor of the village. Her kind remembrance of them at this festive season is greatly appreciated.

▼ In the Presbyterian Church, Rangoon, Rev P Wilson and Mrs Wilson (of Greenlaw) have been presented with an illuminated testimonial, mounted in a handsome Burmese carved teak wood frame. , together with a purse of sovereigns as a token of esteem from the Presbyterian Community in and around Rangoon.

▼ We would once again bring before the notice of our readers the Coronation Recreation Hall of Abbey St Bathans, which has now been completed., and publically opened on Wednesday evening. Constructed entirely of wood on a brick and concrete basis, it stands on the public roadway on the right bank of the River Whitadder, some 600 yards north of the village of Abbey. It is seated for some 250 people, the building being surrounded by a neat wooden fence, , at one end of which a gateway opens on a cinder path leading to the entrance.