Remember the Battle of the Somme
Communities across the UK are to hold vigils to mark the centenary of World War I’s terrible Battle of the Somme, in which a total of 1.5 million men died. The Government and the Royal British Legion are inviting villages, towns and cities to organise their own remembrance events alongside national and international commemorations.
It is hoped that evening vigils will be held on 30 June or on 1 July. There were more than 600,000 British and French casualties in the battle. The Somme Offensive of July to November 1916 was meant to be a decisive allied breakthrough, but turned into a horrendous stalemate that became a byword for indiscriminate slaughter. By the end of just the first day, 1st July, the British had suffered 60,000 casualties, of whom 20,000 were dead.
Bishop Nigel McCulloch, Head of Remembrance at the Royal British Legion has been speaking about the event. The following links may be of interest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35963387 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/658112/Battle-of-Somme-centenary-appeal-to-British-communities
The Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (BAVS) is an independent organisation established in 1971 to support, advise and provide services to voluntary groups in the local area.
Eyemouth & District Initiative Group was set up in 2011 by a group of volunteers wishing to help improve and promote the area. After a series of open meetings, public consultation and an Annual General Meeting, Eyemouth & District Community Trust (EDCT) Scottish Company number SC 438595 was formed in December 2012.
Through its members, the Trust engages in practical projects to improve and promote Eyemouth & District.
The projects, identified through consultation, questionnaires and public meetings, aim to improve the town and the quality of what is on offer for the community and visitors. Many of the projects are not already provided by statutory groups or national organisations and so it is necessary to take the initiative to develop some areas. Previous and current projects include 2012 festive lights, a commemorative wall, supporting a food bank run by Berwickshire Churches ,exploring options for using the town hall and upgrading the tennis courts.
Membership of the Trust is open to everyone resident in the area.
The Gunsgreen House Trust was established under the leadership of Col. Simon Furness to restore and run Gunsgreen House (on the south side of Eyemouth Harbour) as a tourist venue. The former Eyemouth Golf Club clubhouse was almost derelict and substantial fundraising was required before it could reopen in its original historic form in 2009. Built in the 1750s, Gunsgreen was designed for and occupied by John Nisbet, a local merchant whose main source of income was smuggling tea from the Baltic states and the house contains fascinating exhibits and stories from this period. It is now part of the Berwickshire Coastal Smugglers Trail.
The House is open from March to October every day. The Merchant’s House (the top two floors) and Nisbet’s Tower are available for holiday rentals.
Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen
Superintendent Claire McIntosh