WW1 War Memorial - Oldhamstocks Church

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).

NAME                         RANK     REGIMENT                                                   DEATH DATE  COURIER

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

Grainger/ Robert  Private   Royal Scots 12th Battalion                     11/04/1918        14/11/1919

Gray/ Thomas        U/K         U/K                                                                     Unknown          No entry

Grieve / John S      Private   Royal Scots 12th Battalion                      08/07/1916     21/07/1916

Litster/ Richard S Gunner  Royal Garrison Artillery “A” Depot     19/12/1916        22/12/1916

Robertson/ Wm B L Cpl      Black Watch “C” Co. 1st Battalion       13/10/1915        No entry

Scambler/ James Private    Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders        25/09/1915     22/10/1915

Scott/ George A    U/K        U/K                                                                       Unknown          No entry

Skeldon/ Adam T Private   Seaforth Highlanders 4th Battalion    20/09/1917      26/10/1917

Thomson/ George Private  Royal Scots 16th Battalion                       25/04/1917      18/05/1917

Thomson/ John     Private   Royal Scots 8th Battalion                        01/08/1916       29/06/1917

Coming Home Exibition for Borders Artist

RETURNING home to the Borders inspired a local artist’s work for her upcoming exhibition.

Caroline Mordue’s display, Coming Home, will open in Old Gala House on Saturday, March 28.

The paintings are abstract interpretations of the Borders landscape, influenced by Caroline’s emotions upon returning to the Borders.

Caroline said: “I’ve recently moved back to the Borders, and it’s made such a difference to my work to be living in the heart of the Scottish Borders landscape again.

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Permanent solution sought for The Village Store, Cockburnspath

Cockburnspath Post Office will close on Saturday, February 29, following the resignation of the postmaster and withdrawal of premises for Post Office use.

A Post Office service will be restored to Cockburnspath with the introduction of a new temporary Hosted Outreach Service on Wednesday, March 4.

The Hosted Outreach Service, whereby a nearby postmaster provides a service at a set time and location every week, will be operated by the postmaster from East Linton.

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Dunbar Lifeboat crew braves tough conditions to tow stricken fishing vessel

RNLI volunteers battled three-metre waves, winds of up to 60 miles per hour and darkness to tow a stricken fishing vessel to safety.

Dunbar’s lifeboat crew were called out at about 2.25am on Sunday 9th February 2020 to assist colleagues from Anstruther, Fife, to help a fishing boat stranded without power near the Isle of May.

The Ullapool-registered vessel lost its steering and then suffered engine failure after setting sail from Eyemouth at midnight for a night’s fishing.

Dunbar’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested by UK Coastguard and joined colleagues in the Firth of Forth.

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Canongate Boys’ Club Memorial, Skateraw

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 MM RHA 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” 

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Photo courtesy of Mike Byers - copyright, with permission

Consultation opens on expanded Jim Clark Rally plans

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.

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Fringe by the Sea - Line Up Announced

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.

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My Boyhood and Youth Exhibition - John Muir’s Birthplace

A new exhibition My Boyhood and Youth - exploring John Muir’s childhood in mid 1800s Dunbar has opened.

Find out what life was like for John growing up in Dunbar in the mid 1800s. How did exploring the surrounding area, including the seashore, influence his later life?

Wednesday 29 January to Sunday 23 February at John Muir’s Birthplace. Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Admission free.

Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm deploys walking platform for research

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.

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This fantastic photo was taken by David Hogg (www.davidrhogg.com) - copyright, used with permission.

The Spott Sessions - Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter Friday, 28 February 2020 from 20:00-22:00 @ Spott Village Hall

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.

Bellany Bids Boosts for Lifeboat

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.

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Japanese Taster 5 February 2020 from 19:00-20:00 @ Belhaven Brewery

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!