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Callants Jerseys and blazer badges are now available. See Scott Crittell.


Callants Annual Supper 2016

Tickets for the Callants Annual Dinner held on Monday on 20th June 2016 in the Tontine Hotel at 7pm will be on sale to members only at McGraths Ltd. Eastgate Shop from Monday 6th June in normal business hours. Price £24

The Callants next project is the tidy up of the main streets in time for the Beltane Celebrations. Members are asked to meet outside the Tontine Hotel on Sunday 12th June at 10am. Please bring appropriate tools, bags will be provided.

Diary Date - This year’s Coffee Morning will be held in the Burgh Hall on Saturday 10th September – more information to follow

The next meeting of the Callants’ Council will be held on Tuesday 5th July

Kenny Wilson (Secretary)

Beltane Festival Inaugural Service 2016

The Beltane Festival Inaugural Service will be held at the Old Cross Kirk at 6 pm on Sunday 19th June.

On behalf of the Beltane Festival Committee, I invite the members of the Callants’ Club to attend this non-denominational service, and also to participate in the Parade to and from the venue.

Additionally, I would like to ask the Callants to continue to provide a number of Collectors to uplift the Offering during the Service. I expect you have already made some provisional arrangements in this regard but would like to ask that you try to have preferably 16 if possible, but at least 14 Collectors. This should enable the whole area to be covered more expeditiously and effectively, without too great a delay. (I always arrange extra collection plates, - but don’t have enough collectors to use them.)

As in previous years, the Callants should assemble for 5.35 pm. at the usual town centre venue, with the procession departing from Chambers Quadrangle at 5.45 pm.

Kenny Wilson (Secretary)


The Annual Peebles Callants’ “Star O’ Burns” Poetry Competition for Peebles’ Primary Schools was held in Kingsland School on the evening of Thursday 4th February in front of over 60 family and friends giving their enthusiastic support. The 18 participants had won their own school Burns competitions and proudly took to the stage to entertain the audience.

No one envied the judging panel their task of deciding the results and Chief Callant Craig Lusk supported by John Falla and Hendry White scored independently to choose section winners and runners up after scores were scrutinised by Honorary Club President Sandy Craig and Callant Dougie Millar.

All 18 pupils scores contributed to deciding the overall champions and eventually Kingsland came out on top for the second year running.

Thanks and congratulations from the Callants to the very talented performers, their teachers and families for the amazing recitations so enthusiastically delivered. Medals and certificates will be presented at Halyrude, Priorsford and Kingsland in the near future.

















Callants’ Council Meeting December 2015

The next major Callant Event is the local primary schools Star O’ Burns Poetry competition to be held in Kingsland Primary School on Thursday 4th February 2016 to which Callants are invited, please contact me if you wish to attend.

The possibility of a new bridge at Dalatho was progressed and on Saturday 4th December 10am - 2pm, a stall will be manned on the High Street to give members of the public an opportunity to register their opposition. Copies of a standard letter of objection will be signed individually for delivery to SBC at a later date. Richard co-ordinating this.

It was decided to assess the condition of the daffodils in Hay Lodge Park when they flower next year and pinpoint where new planting would be beneficial. Possible planting in Victoria Park was held over until the Park’s future is resolved.

The Callants’ Parlour Derby fund raiser on Friday 20th November in the Rugby Club had been a great success raising well over £1200 for funds.

Recent fund raisers have led to a healthy balance and members are asked for suggestions for new projects. Please email me or any Callant Council member if you have an idea. This led to a discussion on how Callant Funds were used and it was clarified that the Callant Council considers requests for financial support but does not suggest possible beneficiaries.

Notes from Callants' Council Meeting September 2015

One of the main issues discussed at Callants' Council meetings recently has been the possible construction of a new bridge at Dalatho Crescent leading onto Edinburgh Road. This proposal is unanimously condemned by your club's council.

Ways to raise this concern have been considered and originally it was thought a petition could be organised, however, Scottish Borders Council deem a petition as one objection no matter how many signatories are on it.

Consequently we suggest if you feel strongly about this, individuals should send in their own letter of objection to SBC Planning Department, Council HQ, Newtown St.Boswells, Melrose, TD60SA, to register a strong protest.

The second phase of the repairs and improvements to paths between Hay Lodge and the viaduct have been completed, leaving a final phase to tackle once vegetation has died back. Sincere thanks to the Callants who have turned up on the two Sundays so far. Watch this space for the final push.

The Coffee Morning was a great success due to the commitment shown by Callant members yet again, not only on the day, but by selling tickets which ensures a large turnout of the general public. Over £1200 was raised. Good to see new members turning up as well.

Your club is running a new fund raising venture and a Race Night / Parlour Derby is being held in the Rugby Club on Friday 20th November. Tickets priced £5, including food, are available from council members, as are jockeys and horses at £5 each with fantastic prizes for the winners of each race. We hope for a good turnout of members and friends to support this event.

Next Callant Council Meeting is Tuesday 27th October 7.30pm



Royal Burgh of Peebles Callants’ Club Annual Dinner will be held in the Tontine Hotel on Monday 15th June at 7pm.Tickets priced £23.00 can be obtained on Monday 1st June 10am - 12 noon at the entrance to the Masonic Halls in the Northgate and thereafter from John Falla at the Old Town Castle Warehouse Soft Furnishings department.
Any items for raffle prizes gratefully received on the night. Please note tickets are for members only.

Annual Membership Fees of £5 can also be paid at the same time. It would be appreciated if you have the correct cash amount.

Volunteers are also requested for a main streets tidyup for Beltane Week involving removing weeds. Please meet at Callants’ Corner (next to the Bridge Inn) on Sunday 7th June at 9am and bring hand tools, eg. A scraper, and a plastic bag.

Sunday 14th June, Callants are asked to help get the Beltane off to a great start by taking part in the parade to the Cross Kirk. Please meet at the quadrangle at 5.30pm.

If you are available, please make your way to Tweed Green to help with lifting children down from their lorries after the Saturday morning parade, usually around 1.15pm

PROJECTS - Hay Lodge Park

A project to repair parts of the pathway on either side of Tweed from the Viaduct to Fotheringham Bridge is underway. Work started on Sunday 24th May, thanks to the 12 volunteers who turned up. Callants are invited to help out with this work later on in the year. Dates will be notified by email and the Peeblesshire News community section. Callants coming along should bring either a spade, shovel or pick and if possible a few buckets wouldn't go amiss for carrying gravel from the riverbed. This will involve manual labour and lifting so the more hands the better, sturdy footwear would also be advisable.

Callants are invited to suggest other possible projects for your council to consider.

An application for membership from Mitchell Johnston was approved at the last Callants’ Council meeting. There are still a few places available for new members

Regrettably news has reached us that long time Callant Joe Brown has sadly died recently, our thoughts go out to his family.

The Callants Club next meeting is on Tuesday 27th Jan 2015, 7.30pm in the Tontine Hotel.

The Royal Burgh of Peebles Callants Club AGM is on Tuesday 17th Mach 2015 at 7.30 in the Masonic Halls

The Callants’ Council asks you to support your club by attending this meeting . A proposed alteration to the constitution will be considered.

In the past year the Callants have continued to monitor the condition of Hay Lodge Park and engaging with SBC to keep the park fit for purpose and a credit to Peebles. We carried out repairs to various footpaths, cleared fallen trees and highlighted the need to renew the path which is beside Campbell’s Dyke alongside the rugby pitches. SBC was also asked to inspect the general condition of Campbell’s Dyke as we have concerns about its safety and we will continue to monitor this.

Currently we are assessing the possibility of improving the footpath alongside Tweed below Hay Lodge Health Centre with SBC.

SBC has been made aware of the flooding which is taking place on the footpath behind the cemetery between Wemyss Place and the Public car Park. Also at the pedestrian crossing on Neidpath Road.

SBC has also been asked by us to assess signage for public conveniences for visitors which we feel is inadequate.

In June squads of members weeded the main streets in preparation for the Beltane Parade and of course the financial support given to the Beltane continues as an important source of funds for our Annual Festival.

Our 3 Primary Schools and Peebles High School now have digital copies of the archives of the Peeblesshire News which they greatly appreciated. This was the fifth year of the Callants’ Star O’ Burns poetry competition which produces an extremely high standard of children’s performances and Kingsland won the trophy for the third time in an exciting finale at Priorsford, judged by a panel of Callants, who then go to the schools to present much sought after medals and certificates at assembly.

Your Club’s greatly valued contribution to Peebles Christmas Lights not only includes the voluntary manpower for erecting and dismantling the display, but financially paying for the electricity used.

The Coffee Morning was a success again, thanks to the stalwarts who turn out in numbers each year, but we mustn’t rest on our laurels and would welcome suggestions for freshening up this event which is the major annual fund raiser.

An excellent Callants’ Supper was held in the Tontine Hotel in June 2014 and was greatly enjoyed and all members are encouraged to attend this long standing traditional Beltane event.

The AGM of 2014 was poorly attended with less than 30 turning up. There were more apologies than attendees. Please make the effort to come along on the 17th. The current Callants’ Council membership is:-Chief Callant R.McCurdie, Vice Chief Callant C.Lusk, President S.Craig, Treasurer J.Falla, Secretaries K.Wilson & K.Howitt, Councillors D.Millar, A.Crittell, K.Brunton, P.Blaikie, D.Elder, R.Copeland, standing down and available for re-election:- A.MacKenzie, G.Gilmour(co-opted) one vacancy

The Callants’ Council met at the Tontine Hotel on Tuesday 9th December 2014

Contact with SBC regarding concerns about “Campbell’s Dyke” at Hay Lodge Park elicited a response from SBC’s Property Maintenance Department stating; ” the condition of the wall had been surveyed in August and the wall is not in imminent danger of falling down and any work being considered is cosmetic and could be programmed accordingly.”

It was decided to order a printed Callants Logo to be included in the Remembrance Day wreath for future years.

It was agreed to supply funds to the Christmas Light Association to pay the electricity bill which would be @ £120. D.Elder thanked all the Callants who had turned out in good numbers to put up the lights and asked for assistance in dismantling the displays on Sunday 4th January 2015.

The Treasurer asked agreement to send the Callants’ donation to the Old Folks Treat committee and it was agreed to donate £150.

The suggestions for Speakers for the Callant Supper were discussed and two nominated to be approached.

The suggested improvements to the footpath alongside Tweed below Hay Lodge Health Centre are ongoing and an update will be given at the next meeting. Callants can submit any ideas for future projects to the secretary or members of the Council.

The condition and validity of the information noticeboards at Port Brae and Buchan’s Corner will be assessed and a decision taken on how to upgrade them.

The Callants had entered a team in the recent Beltane Sports Quiz, and had an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

Arrangements for the popular Start O’ Burns Primary Schools’ Poetry competition are underway and it is proposed to hold the finals in Priorsford Primary School on the evening of 6th February 2015./ Three Callants’ Council members have volunteered to be judges. More details nearer the time.

The membership list is being brought up to date to clarify membership categories, change of address and lapsed members. This will be done in time for the AGM. Suggestions for the next Vice Chief Callant should be made before the AGM.


Callants Burns Supper 4th Feb 2017
Tickets still available (£24)
contact Dougie Millar or Arthur Crittell


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