What we do

Here is a summary of what we do.

The Common Good Association carries out a variety of tasks and activities every year for the benefit of the village. The aim of these activities is to look after the interests of Chirnside and to work with other village organisations. The Association supports social, cultural and sporting activities and undertakes improvement projects as required.

Fundraising

  • Coffee mornings are held during the year to raise additional funds
  • Applications to grant giving bodies to raise funds for specific projects.
  • Donations

On-going activities

  • Tennis court – looking after the tennis court, making sure the net and fencing is in good repair, weeding and line marking as required
  • Festive lighting – Switch-on of the Xmas lights with carol singing and visit from Santa courtesy of Duns Rotary
  • Civic Week – sponsors of the Gala Week and crowning of the Gala Queen
  • Links with the School – working together on specific projects and awarding prizes for effort and improvement through
    1. the Frances Edgar Essay Prize,
    2. the Eric Hunter Award and
    3. the ‘Spirit of Chirnside’ Award.
  • Village enhancement – looking after various parts of the village and planting bulbs and wild flowers
  • Village cleanliness – taking part in litter picks and raising awareness with dog owners
  • Friends of the Community Centre – volunteer support for the Community Centre Development Group

Recent Projects

  • East End Viewpoint Project – erection of a plinth for the skyline information board and landscaping around the viewpoint area
  • Bicycle stands at the East End and the Crosshill car parks
  • Village Notice Board – new notice board at the centre of the village

Publications

  1. Directory of Services – updated 2014
  2. Village Information Leaflet – local history and map of the village including details of walks around Chirnside – updated 2016

Special Events

  1. Jim Clark – Chirnside’s World Racing Champion 50th Anniversary Event – an Exhibition held in Chirnside Community Centre April 6th – 8th 2018. This special event celebrated the life and achievements of Jim Clark and his close association with Chirnside. The exhibition was attended by 4,000 people from all over the world. It was part of a weekend of events held in Chirnside and Duns. This event has created a legacy of 10 information panels, a library of memorabilia and audio-visual recording of local people’s memories.
  2. David Hume Philosophy Festival – held in 2011 to commemorate 300th Anniversary of David Hume – the world famous philosopher was attended by 500 people. This event led to the annual David Hume dinner and various follow up events including an Enlightenment Conference.

The David Hume group has recently joined with the Duns Scotus group in Duns to form ‘Thinking without Borders.’

All the above activities are taken forward each year due to the dedication of a small group of committee members with support from other volunteers in the village. If you are interested in joining this committee or helping in any way – please get in touch or come along to one of our meetings which are held monthly every second Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

Please let us know if you intend to come to the meeting so we have enough chairs and tables set up.
For more information or to answer any other queries please use the contact form on our front page or e-mail info@chirnsidecommongood .org

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