Duns Community Planting Event

Jeanna Swan, Lord-Lieutenant of Berwickshire, will officially open the community planting area and polytunnel at the Volunteer Hall today. The event will run from 2.00–4.00pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, with a produce ‘swap shop’ (bring along your excess vegetables, fruit, jam and pickles), gardening demonstrations and children’s activities. Enjoy stovies made using our own grown potatoes and onions! Tea/coffee will also be provided. Find out how you can enjoy working in the Community Garden, producing plants for your own garden or for display around our town. £2 entry at the ‘gate’.

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October films at the Volunteer Hall

Duns Community Cinema will present two new films at the Volunteer Hall on Friday 13 October:

5.30pm  The Jungle Bunch
In their first big screen adventure, the Jungle Bunch’s tiger striped Kung Fu penguin leader Maurice and his comrades — a goldfish, tarsier and gorilla — fight to protect the jungle from a gang of silly baboons led by Igor the evil koala. Run time 97 minutes (U).

8.00pm  Victoria & Abdul
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s reign. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As she questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. Stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Simon Callow, Eddie Izzard and Michael Gambon. Run time 96 minutes (PG).

Adults £6, Children £5 (free for 3 years & under), Family £20 (two adults & two children). Tickets at the door or in advance from 01361 884 935 or


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Scottish Land Fund cash secures future of Duns Volunteer Hall

The future of a thriving community hub in Duns has been secured, thanks to Scottish Land Fund cash announced today.

A Heart for Duns manages the town’s Volunteer Hall on behalf of the community and has leased the building since 2014. Now, thanks to a Scottish Land Fund grant of £206,000, the group will be able to purchase the building, which will empower local people to be involved in its future development.

Welcoming the news, Derek Janes, Convenor of A Heart for Duns, said: “The trustees are very excited by the investment from the Scottish Land Fund into the community of Duns and district. We are delighted at the level of support we have received from community groups, strategic partners and funders, and we look forward to the next stages of development that will follow once we own the venue. Working with the community, we plan to transform this key asset for the town, making it even more fit for purpose, energy efficient, equipped with digital technologies, and with more flexible performance and work spaces. There’s a lot of work ahead but this grant gives us a solid base on which to build.”

Announcing the funding, John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “I am delighted to see another enterprising community take control of its own future with Scottish Land Fund assistance. When considering this project for funding, the committee was very impressed with the community consultation that has brought A Heart for Duns to this point. It is clear from the popularity of the building that there is a great desire to continue developing and enhancing the hall’s facilities and in doing so ensuring that it remains a thriving community hub for people now and in the future.”

Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham, said: “I warmly welcome this award from the Scottish Land Fund for Duns. It shows that there are a number of routes open to local groups who want to realise the potential of key community facilities – in this case, a leasing arrangement allowed the group to manage the facility, build their capacity to take on the challenges, and then put together a successful application for support to buy outright. It shows that groups who are already involved with assets at some level can still go on and achieve outright ownership if they wish.”

Ailsa Raeburn, Head of Community Assets for HIE, said: “More and more communities are taking control of their future by purchasing land and assets that matter to them. A Heart for Duns now has a great opportunity to take the hall and create a place where the real spirit of their community can flourish.”

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Silver Sunday

On Sunday, 1 October, from 10.30am, the Volunteer Hall will be the venue for a full day of free, fun activities to celebrate the contribution older people make to society.

Presentations and entertainment include: “The Old Duns” talk, FitBorders fun demonstration, The Jockuleles, Duns Players and BHA Tea Pot Tour.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, with a tasty lunch provided by the White Swan (please note that lunch is free but booking is essential — tickets available at Nairn’s Newsagent until Monday 25 September). Transport can be arranged.

For more information please contact Juliana Amaral on 07917277139 or email

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s — Duns Film Club

This Sunday at 4pm the Duns Film Club opens its first season with a screening of the iconic 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Based on Truman Capote’s novel, this is the story of Holly Golightly, a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with a wealthy older woman, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry. Starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Mickey Rooney, and directed by Blake Edwards, the film won numerous academy awards including Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn. Run time 115 minutes.

This feature will be accompanied by Presto, a 2008 short film about a magician trying to perform a show with his uncooperative rabbit. This Pixar animation is a gag-filled homage to classic cartoons such as Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes.

The season runs from this Sunday, 17 September, to next April with a programme of film classics, short films and speakers. Tickets are £6 each showing; a discounted subscription for seven film shows is £35. Refreshments are also available.

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September films at the Volunteer Hall

Duns Community Cinema will present two new films at the Volunteer Hall on Friday 15 September:

5.30pm  The Emoji Movie

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence. Run time 91 minutes (U).

8.00pm  The Beguiled

An atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the American Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. Stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell. Run time 94 minutes (15).

Adults £6, Children £5 (free for 3 years & under), Family £20 (two adults & two children). Tickets at the door or in advance from 01361 884 935 or

On Sunday 17 September, at 4.00pm, Duns Film Club will screen the first classic film in its inaugural season, which runs until April 2018. For full details see the Film Club web page

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Beer & Food Festival 27 August

The Beer & Food Festival will return to Duns Volunteer Hall this Sunday, 27 August, from 1.00–7.00pm. See the Provisional programme.

This popular family event brings together live music throughout the day, beers and cider, street food, and cookery demonstrations.

The 17 or so beers on tap are from Allendale, Born in the Borders, Broughton, Campbell’s, Kelburn, Knops and Tempest. Food stalls include African street food (from Knights Kitchen in Edinburgh) and a selection of the award-winning Mr C’s handcrafted pies.

The bands are David Faill ( finger-style blues trio: acoustic guitar, electric guitar and harmonica), the Kazmiranda Jam Band (jamming with a bluesy, jazzy, souly feel) and The Killer Cats (a mix of 50s rock n roll, fronted by Robbie Reay on vocals). 

Organised by A Heart for Duns and supported by the Black Bull Hotel and Fish & Fine Foods.

Admission £2 (children under 16 free).  

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August films at the Volunteer Hall

Duns Community Cinema will present two new films at the Volunteer Hall on Friday 18 August:

5.30pm  Despicable Me 3

This animation continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions.  Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in this sequel is Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Run time approx. 90 minutes (U).

8.00pm  Dunkirk

The film opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy. Run time 106 minutes (12A). Licensed bar.

Adults £6, Children £5 (free for 3 years & under), Family £20 (two adults & two children). Tickets at the door or in advance from 01361 884 935 or

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A Heart for Duns appoints Development Manager

A Heart for Duns, which manages the town’s Volunteer Hall on behalf of the community, has appointed Lindsay Wood as its first full-time Development Manager. This new post was advertised in April and is funded for three years by the Big Lottery Fund. Mr Wood has a range of experience and qualifications in project management and economic development.

Derek Janes, Convenor of A Heart for Duns, said: “We are very pleased that Lindsay has been able to join us, particularly at this time: the charity has recently become a Development Trust and we are looking to buy the Volunteer Hall from its owner, the Ministry of Defence. The experience Lindsay brings to the role — including over 25 years working with the principal economic development agencies in the Borders and as an active volunteer in many local groups — should prove invaluable as we develop a business plan for the sustainable future of the Hall.”

Lindsay Wood said: “A Heart for Duns is a dynamic institution and I look forward to working with the trustees, volunteers and staff, as well as the Hall users and community members and groups. I think the power of an organised community linked to the right motivation can enable a small group of enthusiastic people to change their world.”

Contact Lindsay Wood at the Volunteer Hall on 01361 884 935 or

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Duns Community Challenge Quiz

You are warmly invited to our annual community quiz on Friday 26 May — now in its third year! Trophies and prizes are to be won, as well as bragging rights. You can enter as a team or as an individual (to join an ad-hoc team): please email

The £16 entry fee (for a team of four) can be paid on the night. Doors open at 6.30pm for registration; the quiz starts at 7.15pm. Licensed bar.

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