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▼ A PROPOSAL to reduce Coldstream Cottage Hospital’s beds by four has been approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Malcolm Rifkind. The proposals by the Borders Health Board will mean that the beds will be lost at Coldstream once services have been transferred to the new £30 million District General Hospital currently under construction at Huntley burn and due to open in 1988. The Secretary of State has also agreed to plans to close six small hospitals in the Central Borders and G.P beds being withdrawn from two others.
▼ A FIRM of Eyemouth crab processors has asked Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee to back its proposals that the minimum size of crabs should be increased to 125 millimetres. On Tuesday, the Northumberland members agreed, providing the marketing size keeps step. The Committee also agreed to make no comment on a proposal that the size of bass should be increased from 32 to 36 mms but will abide by the views of the National Fishermen’s Federation over the more controversial proposal that gill net mesh size be increased by 100 mms.
▼ SUPPORT has increased for the evacuation zone around Torness nuclear power station to be extended. The support has been declared by Lothian and Borders Fire Board, which plans to ask the South of Scotland Electricity Board, Borders Regional Council, HM Coastguard, Lothian Health Board and Borders Health Board to consider extending the local emergency plans from the existing 3km evacuation zone up to 10km.
▼ MORE than 100 families in Berwickshire have applied to buy their council houses since the beginning of this year, according to figures revealed last week. A report, compiled by James Collin, depute director of housing, and presented to the housing committee last week, shows that 107 applications to buy council houses have been received since December 31. In the last two months alone, 15 applications have been received.
▼ a FURTHER £1 million is still needed before Marchmont House can be opened as a Sue Ryder Foundation Home it was announced last week when Lady Ryder visited local charity shops in the area. Lady Ryder said it would be several months before the new home could be opened as work has been held up by the discovery of dry rot on the site which will need serious attention in order to comply with health authority standards.
▼ cHIRNSIDe boxer Ian Duff has been selected to fight for Scotland in two internationals later this year. Ian, who has twice been beaten in the final of the heavyweight class in the S.A.B.A championships, will be in action against Wales at the Grovesnor Hotel in Glasgow on October 27. And on Thursday, December 4, he will gain a further cap against England at the Dragonara Hotel in Edinburgh
▼ GREENLAW 1 - Chirnside 7. Chirnside hit the goal trail in their South of Scotland tie against Berwickshire rivals Greenlaw. Both side were evenly matched during the opening 20 minutes but Chirnside moved well and truuly into the driving seat during a 15 minute spell which saw Peter Tait find the back of the net twice and Mark Butler beat the Greenlaw keeper with a flicked header. Further goals for the away side came courtesy of a second from Butler, two from Barry Guthrie and one from player/manager Keith Haigh. Greenlaw scored a consolation goal through Dan Foster.
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▼ Duns Town Council at its monthly meeting held in the Burgh Chambers, Duns, last week, agreed to join the Eastern Border Development Association for at least one year. The Town Clerk, Mr W Renton, submitted a report in regard to the setting up of the Association and a copy of the constitution.
▼ A SALE of work held by the Ladies’ Guild of Hutton with Paxton Church in the Paxton Hall on Saturday was opened by Mrs J I M Smail. The sale raised £121 for the heating system fund. Mrs Smail was introduced by the Minister, Rev D S Leslie, who said that it was a great pleasure to have a stranger from across the Border open the sale. “Mrs Smail is a great church worker,” said the Minister.
▼ THE Coldstream Guards are to pay another visit to Coldstream. A contingent will arrive next Wednesday and stay overnight. A meal and entertainment will be laid on by the Town Council and it is expected that the men will cap on the Tweed Green. They will march out on Thursday morning. In 1960, on the occasion of the Tercentenary of the Restoration, a large number of Guards officers and men visited the town. They were so impressed by the hospitality extended to them that they promised to return as soon as possible.
▼ Building of the main walls has been completed on 20 houses in Eyemouth Town Council’s housing scheme. This was reported by the Burgh surveyor. Mr J D Cunningham, at a meeting of Eyemouth Town Council last week. Mr Cunningham reported that 16 of thesd houses had been roofed and roughcast and roofing was in progress with the remaining four.
▼ Owing to the present economic situation, Duns Town Council, at its monthly meeting held in the Burgh Chambers last week, agreed to delay further consideration of the provision of a public convenience.
▼ A COLDSTREAM bride and her bridegroom paid a special visit to the Cottage Hospital to meet the patients in the different wards after their wedding last week. The bride, Miss Marion Spence, daughter of Mr and Mrs A Spence, Home Place, Coldstream, is a Sister at the Cottage Hospital. Her Bridegroom, Mr J Alastair Marjoribanks, younger son of Mr and Mrs J W Marjoribanks, of Ellesmere, High Street, is a former “Coldstreamer”. Their visit to the hospital thrilled the patients.
t Despite advertising both sides of the Borders, and the added attraction that a house is available, Berwickshire Education Committee have only had one application for the post of principal teacherof home-craft at the Berwickshire High School.
t A SPECIAL meeting of East Lothian Education Committee was held in the County Buildings, Haddington on Wednesday, for for the purpose of appointing a headmaster of Dunbar Grammar School in succession of Mr H Cowan, BSc, who left East Lothian on Friday.
t The opening game between Chirnside and Eyemouth in the Berwickshire Amateur League was played at Comrades Park on Saturday, where Chirnside beat Eyemouth eight goals to five., in a keen tussle, with goals galore, the spectators left well and truly satisfied.
t After their wedding in Chirnside Old Parish Church on Saturday afternoon, a Berwickshire bride and her groom set off for a honeymoon tour of Parish, Rome, Athens, Singapore and Hong Kong en route to Manila where they will be living for the next two years.
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▼ THE annaul general meeting of the Ayton Choral Union was held on Monday. There was a large turnout of both old and new members, over 20 being enrolled.
▼ A MOST successful concert in aid of the Women’s Guild and Work Party took place in Ladykirk on Friday, when the school was packed to its upmost capacity.
▼ Duns Ladies’ reading circle has resumed its weekly meetings with a considerable accession of membership. The subjects chosen for study this winter are Bacon’s Essays and a selection of the poems of Matthew Arnold, with a monthly reading from Shakespeare. Points of keen and permanent interest come up in works under consideration, and an interesting session is assured. As formerly, the duties of leading the meeting will be taken in rotation.
▼ THE bullock and sheep used at Northumberland and Berwickshire Border Sheperds’ show at Coldstream were weighed in the presence of several members of the committee. The correct weight of the bullock was 41st 2lbs. Mrs Cowe, Hassington, won first prize with 41st 6lbs.
▼ THEre has just been lifted from a farm in Gordon Parish potatoes of abnormal size and weight. Forty potatoes have weighted five stones, some of these scaling fully 3lbs. The crop however is a light one and thin in the ground.
▼ Peebles Rovers 3 Coldstream 0 - Coldstream fielded an extremely weak team, some five reserves appearing in this eleven. The Rovers, too, were shorthanded, the veteran Yellowlees being called upon to fill a vacancy in the attack, and right well did he fill the position. The Coldstream young blood performed capably, but the experience of the Rovers told, and but for the sound defensive work of Smith, Muarray, and Watson, the Rovers total would probably have been augmented.
▼ A NEW villa is being built at the foot of Coldingham village, near the junction of the St Abbs and Coldingham Shore roads. It is the intention of the propietrix to make it a boat house.
t A SCHEME for the medical inspection of school children under Berwickshire Education Committee was inaugurated at Reston on Wednesday, when Mr D H W Askew of Castlehills, Sheriff of Berwick, and chairman of the County Education Committee,was present along with Mr Logan of Coldingham School Board. In addition to a start being made with the formal work of the medical inspection, an interesting demonstration of Swedish gymnastics was also given by the senior boys of the school, under the supervision of Mr Brown, instructor of physical training under Coldingham School Board.
t An address on Hoe Rule was delivered in Swinton School on Saturday week, Dr James MacWhir in the chair. THe Women’s Unionist Association, under whose auspices the meeting was held, were fortunate in securing the services of Mrs Weatherall, an Irish lady, intimately acquainted with the problems confronting the distressful country.
t THe report from our local boats at Yarmouth herring fishing is not generally encouraging, but a few have done well, such as the Faithful on Tuesday, with £130 shot, and on Wednesday the Daisy Primular with a £113 shot.