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Eckford War Memorial

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eckford war memorial 2On Wednesday 11 November, a ceremony was held to re-dedicate the refurbished Eckford War Memorial, thus fulfilling a project undertaken by Charlie Robertson and Margaret Jeary – one not without its challenges! – partly funded by Charity Begins At Home, to ensure that six local servicemen who died during World War 2 are properly recognised.

The grey skies cleared just in time, and the ceremony was well attended, including representatives of the Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion, the local communities, and the families of the servicemen. Wreaths were laid by Lt-Col Jeremy Moon, Mr Colin Dumma [representing Kelso], and Jane, the grand-daughter of William Anderson Brown.

The six servicemen whose sacrifice is now acknowledged are :

William Anderson Brown, from Marlefield, 4th Scottish Border Battalion Home Guard. Son of John Anderson Brown and Isabella Thomson Brown, husband of Catherine Sked of Kelso. Died 2 September 1940, aged 28, as a result of a Home Guard training exercise. Buried at Kelso.

Charles Edward Ashton Buist, Lieutenant, Royal Navy. Died February 21, 1944, aged 22. Son of Alexander Allardice Buist and Margaret Eileen (nee Ashton) of Kelso. Commemorated Biguglia War Cemetery, Corsica
James Robertson Inglis. RAF Sergeant 979322, RAF Newmarket, 75 Squadron Bomber Command. Flight engineer. Died 11 April 1943, shot down in Stirling BF 456 – target Frankfurt. Crew killed. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Alexander Sherriffs Scott, RAF Sergeant 1567205, Volunteer Reserve,166 Squadron, RAF Kirmington. Died 1 February 1945 age 22. Lancaster PD 385. Crash site unknown. 6 Lancasters crashed that night. Buried in Durnbech War Cemetery, Ludwigshafen.

Ronald Moscrop Smith. Private. Durham Light Infantry 6th Battalion, service no.2987018. Died 7 February 1941, aged 21. Accidentally shot in the UK. Buried at Eckford, by the wall next to the road, beside grave of : Isabella Moscrop, d. 27 January 1974, and Robert Smith, d. 4 April 1974

James Alexander Jackson. Pilot Officer RAF based RAF Lakenheath. Died 16 February 1944 when Stirling EF271 crashed near Grun-Bordas in the Dordogne while dropping supplies to resistance fighters. The crew members are commemorated on a memorial at Grun-Bordas where local people remember their sacrifice in an annual wreath-laying ceremony.

Eckford Carol Service

Friday 21 December, – Carol service in Eckford Village Hall, followed by refreshments. All welcome

Eckford Strawberry Fayre

Sunday 1st July 2012
(11:00 – 3:00)

Eckford Village Hall
Registered Scottish Charity No SC001372

Strawberry Fayre
Annual fund raising event for Eckford Village Hall

Strawberry Teas, Plants, Baking, Produce, Crafts, Raffle, Books, Lotto etc.

Entrance is only £2.50
includes tea and scones/cake
(primary school children free).

We invite you to come along and bring your friends.

Eckford Village Hall – Spring 2012 events

Eckford Village Hall
(Registered Scottish Charity No SC001372)

Sunday 15th April – 1:00 Lunch & Landscapes, with Keith Robeson,
Countryside Ranger (since 1986) and Landscape Photographer. Keith has a keen eye for capturing the area’s natural beauty. He will give a presentation of some of his work and share, with us, his hints and tips for taking scenic shots.

BYOB and a plate to share. We look forward to welcoming old and new faces.

Photographic Competition: Scenic Views of Eckford The Village Hall Committee are keen to receive digital photographs of scenic views taken in and around Eckford, which will be entered into a competition at our next AGM (January 2013). The winner will receive a meal for two at The Caddy Mann Restaurant. So get snapping! Please email your images to by Sunday 16th December 2012.

Tuesday 10th & Tuesday 17th April (6-7) Last Chance to try Zumba Gold

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective exercise routine. It is aimed at people who think they can’t dance or haven’t exercised in a while. It’s easy to follow and strives to improve balance, strength, flexibility and the heart. You take it at your own pace – so it’s a fun way to work out.

Coming Soon: Monday Movie – The King’s Speech provisional date 19th June tbc.

The Loss of the Lancastria (date to be confirmed). This is an hour long film followed by a 30 minute presentation by the film’s maker, Mark Hirst, who is also the grandson of one of the survivors and has made 4 documentaries on the subject.

Eckford Carol Service

Wednesday 21 December : Carol Service : Eckford :

Fun event in Eckford Village Hall, followed by coffee, mulled wine and mince pies. For more details, please contact Annette Fraser [850213].

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