Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Window on Flodden

The Flodden window, Middleton Parish Church of Saint Leonard, Rochdale, Lancashire.

The window depicts The Middleton Archers and their leader Sir Richard Asheton who helped the English to victory at Flodden. The church was built in 1524 by Sir Richard, in celebration of the knighthood granted to him by Henry VIII for his part in the battle.

The window is thought to be the oldest war memorial in the UK. It provides in detail the names of the archers, their leader Sir Richard and his wife. Following his safe return, Sir Richard hung his battle armour as well as the sword of Sir William Foreman, a Scots Knight he had captured. (Information from the Rochdale Company of Archers).

Piping music site

A very useful website has been launched for those hard to get, Willie Kinghorn, style 6/8's: http://www.ceolsean.net/

It might have drumming music; if there is such a thing......

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Flodden ride-out (2)

Pictures from Grant Kinghorn, a sports, events and common ridings photographer based in Selkirk. We are grateful to him for supplying these images.

Monday, August 15, 2011

World Pipe Band Championships

Several members, families and friends of the Band attended the World's in Glasgow this year. A great day out.

The Grade 1 Championships were won by the Field Marshall Montgomery from Northern Ireland.

Grade 4a was won by the Scottish Borders band, which contains players from Hawick and Stow. Many congratulations to them.

Flodden 2011

The Flodden ride, 2011 version. It rained!

With many thanks to Linda Holmes for the pictures.

Report in the Berwickshire News. Other pictures are also available on the Civic Week web site and from photographer Grant Kinghorn.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Civic Week 2011

This year's Civic Week was another great success for the Band. Good numbers meant that the Band was always well represented and the new look uniform won approval.

We were delighted and honoured to receive the Jim Patterson Memorial Rose Bowl. The award is made each year to an organisation active in the town.

Picture is of the Band from the Sunday Sashing Ceremony at the beginning of the week and the attached video is from the Monday evening return of the ride-out to Norham; it confirms many rumours!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Kelso 23 July 2011

Kelso Civic Week ended on Saturday 23rd July with the annual fancy dress parade. As ever, we joined the Kelso Pipe Band for a massed band into the Town Square.

Coldstream had a big band out - 10 pipers! A great blend of experience and youthful enthusiasm; well, that's one way of putting it!

Monday, July 18, 2011


Interesting to see how the bands uniform has changed over the years:


The photograph of the Band taken in Eyemouth is next to the memorial to Scotland's worst fishing disaster, which affected many coastal communities in South East Coast Scotland, but which had a devastating effect on Eyemouth.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Eyemouth Herring Queen 2011

We played on 17th July at the Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival.

As guests of the Berwick & Eyemouth Royal British Legion Band we performed in a massed bands with B&E RBL and the Kelso Band.

And the sun was shining and all was well with the world.

Eyemouth 17th July

What could disturb a Band photo more than the search and rescue helicopter? Prince William driving it that's what! (Only joking)

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 World's

The 2011 World Pipe Band Championships take place later than usual this year on 13th August, which means that with Civic Week starting on 31st July we can go.

Ian is looking for numbers for what is a great day out, lots of good music and the added delights of Glasgow.

The 2010 World's were won by St Laurence O' Toole from Dublin and mighty fine they were.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Installation of the Coldstreamer 2011

Late news, but here is a video of the Band at the Installation of the Coldstreamer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bad Lot

From 50 years ago in the Berwickshire News:

"WITHIN a month of being opened, the new Henderson Park has been the target for vandals, and at Tuesday’s meeting of Coldstream Town Council it was suggested the park might be put out of bounds to school children during their lunch break. Councillor W A Anderson said that children had been running over flower beds, destroying things. Councillor J M Davidson thought a ban on the use of the park by the children during their lunch break might help. Councillor I C Jack said that if this sort of action continued, they must consider taking serious action in the future."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pipeline: BBC Radio Scotland

Sunday 18th June

The always excellent Pipeline programme on Radio Scotland (7pm every Sunday) featured Chris Waite of Chirnside on the small pipes. More to come from Chris soon as a CD of young Border pipers is due to be released.

Listen again on BBC i-player.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

80th Birthday weekend

Celebrations of our 80th Birthday were a huge success; a packed Town Hall enjoyed the evening concert and we even packed the Parish Kirk on the Sunday!

Our friends from Wales, England and France thoroughly enjoyed themselves: pictures to come.

Parade of Colours; 18th June

Next engagement for the Band are the Parade of Colours on 18th June and Chirnside Gala on the 19th.

The trusty Berwickshire has covered the preparation for the Parade of Colours.

Cameron kilts...found safe and well

The missing kilts, which many of us rememebr well, have been found safe and reasonably well. As reported in the Berwickshire News.

Good news that small boys are being weighed down by heavy-duty kilts that have now been in existence almost as long as Bob Lillie!

Getting ready for our 80th Birthday

The Berwickshire News ran a short piece on the Band's preparations for the 80th Birthday weekend.

The lost Cameron kilts

Bob Lillie made the headlines in the Berwickshire back in April.

Were the kilts that were originally the band's uniform ever found?

Thursday, February 03, 2011

80th Anniversary Concert

As part of the 80th anniversary celebrations, the Band is planning a concert on 28th May in the Community Centre.

Invited guests will include the Brymbo Male Voice Choir, the band from Mondrepuis in France and the Old Coldstream Core of Drums.

More news as the Concert planning develops.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Burns Day 2011

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that)
That Sense and Worth, oe'r a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.

Go here for a new archive of the Bard's work

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

1931 - 2011: 80 years of being awesome

The band celebrates its 80th Birthday this year. Announcements will be forthcoming on how we will mark the occasion. We will try and keep the blog a bit more up to date is our New Year resolution.