Just inside the front gate of Oldhamstocks Church is a memorial dedicated to the fallen of World War 1. The dedication reads “To the glory of God and in memory of (names) who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War 1914-1919.”
The names thereon are listed below (click on the names to find a link to addition information courtesy of The Scottish War Graves Project).
Bathgate/James Private Royal Scots 1st/8th Battalion 12/04/1918 17/05/1918
Coltherd/ Joseph Private Seaforth Highlander 7th Battalion 25/09/1915 29/10/1915
On the headland at Skateraw Harbour is a stone cairn topped with a wooden cross which is a memorial to the six members of the St Giles’ (Canongate) Boys’ Club who used to camp at Skateraw but lost their lives during the Second World War.
The memorial was re-erected in 1980 and it was dedicated by the Very Reverend Dr. Ronald Selby Wright, the Founder Warden of the Club.
The inscription on the slightly faded stone tablet reads
1939-1945 To the Glory of God.
In memory of David Adams RAF aged 21
William Brown Lt BY aged 23
Jack Cooper RAOC aged 22
Jimmie Dalgleish MMRHA aged 23
Jim Stewart RAF aged 19
Jim Stobbie RN aged 19
Who loved to camp here and gave their lives that others too might love it.
“When the morning was come Jesus stood on the shore”
Scottish Borders Council has launched a public consultation on the proposed expansion of the Jim Clark Rally, including a stage taking in the iconic Scott’s View.
The rally organiser has applied for a Motor Sport Order, and legislation requires the council to consider any potential impacts, both positive and negative, on local communities and businesses before a decision is taken to issue the order or not.
The legislation also requires that the public is consulted about the planning and implementation of the event. In addition to the council’s consultation the organiser will also be communicating directly with community councils and residents along the proposed routes.
THE first acts for this year’s Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick can today be revealed.
This year’s festival opens on August 7 and runs until August 16.
Headlining the opening night are Basement Jaxx, the chart-topping electronic dance duo made up of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe.
American singer/songwriter Candi Staton, whose hits include Young Hearts Run Free, and Stornoway folk rockers Peat and Diesel will perform on August 14. Also confirmed are Huey Morgan, frontman of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals (August 15); hip-hop musicians Dat Brass; and The Blues Band, who take to the stage on August 12.
AS survey works continue on the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm, visitors to Thorntonloch Beach in East Lothian may have noticed an unusual beach comber walking the shoreline.
The WaveWalker 1, one of only a few walking jack-up barges in the world, has been carrying out a geotechnical survey on behalf of the NnG project, which is co-owned by EDF Renewables and ESB.
It is drilling boreholes close to the shore and in the intertidal area, including the beach. The results of this survey will provide important information about the ground conditions on and around the beach as the NnG project team explore the best options for installing the wind farm’s offshore export cables.
Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. Although both originally from England, they were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together. Their first duo album ‘Bound’ named in recognition of this enduring connection was released in November 2016, and Jenn and LB are currently working on material for their second album
Jenn Butterworth, winner Musician of the Year - Scots Trad Music Awards, is one of Scotland’s foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved Songs of Separation, Phil Cunningham and Fiddler’s Bid.
Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.
Volunteers at Dunbar RNLI are grateful to receive news of a ‘big arted’ donation in the pipeline from local community interest company, Miixer.
Miixer, who run zero waste shops in East Lothian and Edinburgh are running an online auction of two anonymously donated prints by the late John Bellany to raise much needed funds for Dunbar RNLI.
East Lothian born Bellany, whose work was strongly influenced by the seafaring community, was known for his support of the RNLI. In 2009 one of his artworks raised £10,000 for four charities, including the RNLI, after it was auctioned by the Scottish Government having been commissioned for the First Minister’s Homecoming Christmas card in 2008.
Dunbar and Edinburgh based Japanese tutor Elly Darrah provides a brief introduction to Japanese language and culture. Learn to write your name, introduce yourself and repel demons from your home by pelting them with beans – all part of Japan’s traditional setsubun celebrations at this time of year!
All you need to bring is yourself, some paper and a pen/pencil.
This taster session will include a very speedy introduction to the Japanese language. For those interested in further lessons, keep an eye out for future classes run at Dunbar Craft Studio. This will be based on demand, so let us know if you are keen for more!