Monday, 29 October 2018

Auld Earlston Show Proved a Popular Draw

Auld Earlston's recent exhibition and slide show at the Church Hall has been voted a great success by organisers of the local heritage group.

The exhibition theme of "Earlston in War and Peace:  1914-1949"   drew a large audience throughout the two days.   Visitors had the chance to browse through information panels  vintage photographs, memories and memorabilia of  life in the first half of the 20th century. Among topics featured were Earlston soldiers, prisoners of war, the German air crash of 1943, Polish troops in the village,  and the sterling efforts of the community to raise money for both national causes and local war comfort charities.  Drawing particular  interest was a table of the weekly rations available for one person in 1942. 

As a contrast, the displays on the inter-war years focused on Earlston at work and leisure, including a look at housing, wages and prices, and  the Ercildoune Pageant  held at Carolside in 1934.  

Throughout the event, four slide shows attracted capacity audiences who enjoyed a tour  around Earlston's people and places, with the history and anecdotal  commentary  sparking lively discussion. The programme ended with a unique short film of Earlston in the 1930's, showing rural life, school sports, a  hunt meeting in the Square and a society wedding at the Parish Church. 

Chairman David Lothian said "We were very delighted by the many positive comments we received and would like to thank everyone involved who contributed material to help our group keep Earlston's past alive for future generations". 

 For further information 
telephone: 01896 848240 or e-mail: 


Monday, 15 October 2018


We are  holding our  two day annual exhibition with slide shows on:
Saturday October 20th (10am-4pm)  
Sunday October 21st (12 noon-4pn)
in the Church Hall, High Street, and Earlston. 
                Entry £3 incl. tea/coffee. Children free.

              The focus of the exhibition this year is:
            "Earlston at War and Peace, 1914-1949"
with displays of vintage photographs, and memorabilia on wartime and life in the inter-war years, with much of the arterial not previously shown. Also  featured will be the recollections  of  older residents who  have  shared their memories on what it was like growing up in the village during the Second World War. 

 Four popular hour long slide shows
will be held over the two days, 
          to include a short film of Earlston in the 1930’s 
                            Saturday at 11am & 2pm

                             Sunday 1pm & 2.30pm.

You also have the chance to share your own memories and chat over tea/coffee with members of the Auld Earlston Group.  

Do come along and find out what your local heritage group is doing to keep Earlston's past alive for future generations. 

For further informaiton
Tel. 01896 848240

 A colourful patriotic certificate from World War One,

Mary Queen of Scots and her retinue, arriving at the Ercildoune Pageant of 1934  which was a celebration of local history and will form a major part of the exhibition on the inter-war years.