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Gala Life

A local magazine with directory of trades and businesses - 11,500 copies delivered FREE to every home and business in Galashiels, Tweedbank, Melrose, Clovenfords, Darnick, Dingleton, Newstead and Ga(onside.

April 2018

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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the April edi>on of Gala Life. Happy Easter to all our readers and adver&sers. I’m so looking forward to the longer days and being able to get back outside. Spring is here – I’m determined it is. Sheila Drummond has lots of jobs for the garden and Alan Clinch talks motivational tips in the fitness column. Whilst we have been hiberna&ng in March we have looked at some interes&ng features for the coming issues. This month we took a look at some great books, we prac&sed our Coq au Vin (very tasty) and learnt all about the very important changes to the MOT system coming in May. Make sure you have a read before going for your MOT check. Willie’s Wonky computer page looks at System Restore a neat li;le trick if your PC starts playing up. Don’t forget to enter this month’s great compe&&on A>ernoon Tea for Two at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel. As the weather is set to improve we look forward to ge?ng out and about, followed by some hearty fayre at one of our great restaurants featured in the magazine. Remember to say you saw them here. Lastly good luck to Gala Rugby Club to do well in the 7s. See you there! As always thank you for reading and for contribu&ng – we couldn’t do it without you.

Features Win! MOT Changes Easter Books

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Regulars Fitness Recipe Garden Horoscopes GRFC Vet Compu&ng

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Community Diary Get Out Community News

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Useful Numbers Index

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Adver>sing Debbie - 07545299491

Art & Eds Willie - 07906375953

Deadline for May - 13th April Gala Life is delivered to every home and business in the Galashiels, Tweedbank, Darnick, Dingleton, Melrose, Newstead and Ga;onside areas. Copies are also le> at various ‘pick-up’ points around the area allowing visitors the opportunity to join us. If you have any queries, sugges&ons or feedback, please do not hesitate to make contact and don’t forget to keep up with us on Facebook. Please Re-Cycle ....eventually!

Gala Life Ltd 57 Glen Crescent Peebles EH45 9BS Office - 01721 720129 Sales - Debbie: 07545 299491 Artwork - Willie: 07906375953

Community Events & What’s On In Galashiels Full details in the Get Out pages 30th March 1st April 2nd April 4th April 6th April

10.00am 2.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.00pm

6th April


Volunteers Open Morning - Thirlestane Castle

6th April 7th April 7th April 7th April 12th April 12th April 13th April 14th April 20th April 20th April 21st April 23rd April 26th April

7.30pm 10.00am 10.00am 7.30pm 10.00am 7.30pm 11.00am 10.00am 7.30pm 9.00pm 7.30pm 2.00pm 7.30pm

Rolling Hills Folk Club Coffee Morning - Corn Exchange BVAA Coffee Morning - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick The Suitcase Ensemble's Travelling Show - The Smith Memorial Hall Galashiels & District Probus Club Sco?sh Wildlife Trust AGM Puppet Stew Make N’ Take Workshop - Caddonfoot Hall Eildon Ramblers Rolling Hills Folk Club Declara&on Night Dance - Volunteer Hall Scary Li;le Girls - Caddonfoot Hall The Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club Pentabus Travelling Theatre - The Smith Memorial Hall

27th - 29th April


Gala Mini Walking Fes&val

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An Evening Of Boxing - Volunteer Hall

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Fun Pub Quiz - Quins Restaurant

28th April 28th April

9.15am 10.00am

Junior Taster & Open Morning Longridge Towers School Eildon Ramblers

Hope Church - Prayer For Healing Five Star Taxis Gala Sevens The Filling Sta&on - Corn Exchange Border Flower Club - Corn Exchange Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse - Caddonfoot Hall

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Borders Family History Society

Monday Monday

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Gala Town Band Junior Sec&on, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh St Langlee Community Choir at Langlee Community Centre

Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday

6.30pm 1.30pm 10.30am 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Gala Youth & Town Band, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh St. Mini Mags Toddler Group, St Margaret’s Primary School Gentle exercise for older people in Langlee Community Centre Gala Ex Serv Pipe Band - Royal Bri&sh Legion Club One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus Eildon Singers, Ormiston Ins&tute, Melrose



Borders Group of Advanced Motorcyclists

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Friday 30th March - Hope Church - Prayer For Healing - Hope Central, 1 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels - 10.00am. See page 42 for more informa&on. Sunday 1st April - Five Star Taxis Gala Sevens - Netherdale - 2.00pm. See page 53 for more info. Monday 2nd April - The Filling Sta>on - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 46. Wednesday 4th April - Border Flower Club - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. Ka&e-Jane Hermes, Newcastle upon Tyne - A walk on the Wild Side. Visitors are welcome and a sales table is on offer. Friday 6th April - Red Riding Hood’s Magic Purse - Caddonfoot Hall - 2.00pm. A puppet show for children aged 3+. A gentle show for young audiences. Tickets: Child £6, Adult £1, additional children £4 each. Available from Clovenfords Village Store or pay at the door. Supported by Clovenfords Hotel. Friday 6th April - Volunteers Open Morning - Thirlestane Castle - 10.00am. See page 39/48 for info. Friday 6th April - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. SteveTurner returns to the club fresh from his tours of Australia and Germany. He has shared stages with many other notable folk-scene names incluiding Mar&n Carthy, Mar&n Simpson and John Tams of ‘War Horse’ fame. £6/£5 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card -free. BYOB. All ages welcome. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa&on. Saturday 7th April - Coffee Morning - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 10.00 to 11.30am. Entrance £2.50. Raffle and usual stalls all in aid of Arthri&s Research UK, Melrose Branch. Saturday 7th April - Borders Vintage Agriculture Associa>on Coffee Morning - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick - 10.00am. In aid of The Lavender Touch. £2. Dona&ons of home baking/raffle prizes appreciated. Saturday 7th April - The Suitcase Ensemble's Travelling Show - The Smith Memorial Hall, Abbotsford Road, Darnick - 7.30pm. This is an experimental theatre that travels and creates stories in dialogue with the people and places it encounters. Tickets £5.00 on the door. BYOB. Contact: 01896 823002. More informa&on on the company's website at Thursday 12th April - Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose 10.00am. Our speaker will be Lady Catherine and Margaret Fox - "Traquair". Thursday 12th April – ScoFsh Wildlife Trust AGM - Langlee Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels – 7.30pm. Followed by an illustrated talk by John Robertson entitled “Lethal Lovelies “, all welcome. Friday 13th April - Puppet Stew Make N’ Take Workshop - Caddonfoot Hall - 11.00am. Make your own rod puppet to take home for more imagina&ve play. For children 4+. Numbers Limited. Child £8, addi&onal children £6 each. To book phone 07527800301 or online infocaddonfoot@b> Saturday 14th April - Eildon Ramblers – 10.00am. Circular walk: Abbey St Bathans-Edin Broch. Grade B 7miles 250m ascent OS67. Meet 10.00 Riverside Trout Farm Car Park, NT762619, WT 4hrs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leader Mar&n 07858386485 or email mar>n.bamburgh@b> Friday 20th April - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Singers and musicians welcome. BYOB. All ages welcome. Collec&on and raffle. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa&on. continued on page 10

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Friday 20th April - Declara>on Night Dance - Volunteer Hall - 9.00pm. See page 11 for more details and &ckets. Saturday 21st April - Scary Li(le Girls Present ‘The Full Bronte’ - Caddonfoot Hall - 7.30pm. A cabaret celebra&on of your favourite literary sisters, their lives and &mes. Suitable for 16+. Tickets £10 from Clovenfords Village Store. To book phone 07527800301 or online infocaddonfoot@b> Monday 23rd April - The Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club, Nether Road, Galashiels - 2.00pm. Davey Angus's subject will be MACARTS. Members of The Three Brethren and anyone interested in joining the U3A are welcome. Thursday 26th April - 'Here I Belong' Presented By Pentabus Travelling Theatre - The Smith Memorial Hall, Abbotsford Road, Darnick - 7.30pm. A funny and moving journey through sixty years of village life, with the story of Elsie, from the corona&on in 1953 to her birthday party today. There will be cake! To book: Online: www.borderevents/boxoffice. Or call 01750 725 480. Tickets in advance: £10.00 (+£1.50 booking fee) Or £12.00 on the door. BYOB. Friday 27th April - 29th - Gala Mini Walking Fes>val - See page 11 for details. Friday 27th April - An Evening Of Boxing - Volunteer Hall - 7.00pm for 8.00pm. See page 7 for info. Friday 27th April - Fun Pub Quiz - Quins Restaurant, Galashiels - 7.30pm. Part of the Gala Mini Walking Fes&val. £10 for team of 4. Chips & dips, prizes. Come along for a great night. Saturday 28th April - Junior Taster & Open Morning Longridge Towers School - 9.15am. See page 15 for details. Saturday 28th April - Eildon Ramblers – 10.00am. Circular walk: St Mary’s Loch-Captains Road. Grade B+ 9miles 600m ascent OS330. Meet 10.00 Glen Café St Mary’s Loch, NT237204, WT 5hrs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leader Margaret 01450 374392 or email Sunday 29th April - Borders Family History Society - St. Peter’s Church Hall – 2.30pm. The Witchhunt in Scotland – a talk by Roy Pugh. All welcome. Langlee Community Choir - Mondays at 7.00pm in Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels. The choir always welcomes new singers of any age or ability. If you are a shy singer, the choir will bring out your confidence. No pressure, no audi&ons, just good fun. Keep watching out in Gala Life or listen to local radio for upcoming performances. To book the choir or for any other informa&on, please visit One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus - invites you to join us most Wednesdays 7.30pm 9.30pm, plus one Saturday pm per month at Newtown St Boswells Community Hall TD6 0QX. Try free for 4 weeks. For more info call 01896 668594 or 07989461012. The Eildon Singers - Meet every Wednesday in the Ormiston Ins&tute, The Square, Melrose, from 7.30pm &ll 9.30pm. Mixed voice choir. New members very welcome. Contact Margery Inglis, Secretary, 01750 21085. Pheonix Singers - Mixed choir meets on Mondays star&ng 25th September 7:30pm - 9:30pm. No audi&ons. Try 1 or 2 sessions with no commitment. For more info contact - altro( continued on page 12

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DECLARATION NIGHT DANCE Friday 20th April 2018 Volunteer Hall, Galashiels George Inglis & Rocking Horse

9pm till 1am Tickets £5 each (Free before 10pm) From Ex Braw Lads & Lasses Committee Members Over 18’s only

Come along and meet your Braw Lad & Lass for 2018 Date for your Diary - Annual Coffee Morning, Saturday 28th April Trinity Church Hall 10.00am - 12noon

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Just Singing - We meet on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4.00pm - 6.00pm in Newstead Village Hall, to sing songs of peace and jus&ce. We welcome new singers and those who think they can’t sing. There is no need to read music, all songs are taught by ear. Contact Kath 01896 820034. Pipe Band: The Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band, Wednesday nights, 7pm at The Royal Bri&sh Legion Club, Park Street, Galashiels. Experienced players and beginners most welcome to join. Please contact the secretary, Lynn Ker on 01896 755814. The Galashiels Town Band - Mondays - Gala Junior Band, 5.00pm - 6.00pm, Tuesdays, 6.30pm Gala Youth Band and 7.45pm Gala Town Band. Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh Street, Gala. Open to experienced and inexperienced players of all ages. Instruments can be supplied, so go give it a try! ScoFsh Country Dancing - Tuesdays, 7.00pm - 9.00pm in Old and St Paul's Church Hall. All welcome. Further info 01896822354 or 01578730591. Eildon Ramblers - If you enjoy walking you’ll enjoy walking with the Eildon Ramblers. We meet alternate Saturdays at 10.00am at various loca&ons in the Borders. For general informa&on please email or phone 01896 823831 or 07590 219301. Our mo;o is friendship, fitness, fun and fresh air. Gala Windbags - We are a charitable group affiliated to chest heart and stroke Scotland with mee&ngs every Thursday 1.30 to 3.30pm in Lucy Sanderson Hall Galashiels. Contact details are Wilma Turnbull phone 01896 753493. Lindean Carpet Bowling Club - Lindean Village Hall, 7.30pm, and each following Wednesday during the season. New members welcome, tui&on given to beginners, adults £1 per night, children 50p. Our friendly Club caters for all ages so why not give carpet bowls a try! Gala Rotary Club - Meets every Tuesday at 6.00 for 6.30pm in Kingsknowes Hotel for a meal and fellowship. The Club is involved with many projects locally and interna&onally. Find out more at or on Facebook. Borders Philatelic Society - Meets Monday fortnightly from 7.30 pm to 9 pm at Old & St. Paul's Church, Sco; Crescent, Galashiels. New faces always welcome, as is any level of interest in stamps & postcards. Contact Michael Dolan, 07801 423089, for further informa&on. Galashiels Studio Club is for people who enjoy all forms of art. We meet from October to March every year, in Old Gala House, at 7.30 pm un&l approx. 9.30 pm. Members can a;end workshops, talks, and visits. Find out more by visi&ng our Facebook page! Tel 01896 820023 or email: ScoFsh Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, except January, February and August at the `Tryst`, Chaplaincy Centre, B.G.H. At 7.00pm when all men with this disease will be made most welcome. Mini Mags Toddler Group. Every Wednesday during term &me from 1.30 to 3pm at St Margaret’s Primary School, Livingstone Place, Galashiels. Its open to all preschool children and their parents/ carers. So come along with your wee one, they can have a play while you enjoy a nice cuppa and a chat with others parents/carers. £1 per adult and 20p per child. An entry in our Community sec&on is free to non-profit groups. If you would like to be included, just e-mail Willie at or phone 01721 720129 The deadline is 11th of the preceding month 12 Gala Life

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7th April

Michael Munro (Neil Diamond)

14th April

Take 2

21st April


28th April

Bobby Hunter

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S>cking to a Diet/Nutri>on/Exercise Plan I recently came across quite an interes&ng ar&cle on a respected American Fitness site, rela&ng to success in s&cking to guidelines. Most of us will read about and consider such ac&ons, but it’s easier said than done when it comes to s&cking to the plan. Here is a brief overview of that ar&cle, which contains some useful self-help ideas…. The subject challenged himself to live according to the US Dietary and Physical Ac&vity Guidelines for a full year. When he started, he weighed 111 kg (17.5 stone) and was 1.73m tall (5’8”). This gives a body mass index of 37, which is classified as clinically obese. A>er a year his health, fitness, appearance and ability to undertake physical activity had improved significantly, and he iden&fied 8 key areas which had been instrumental in the success of the project. 1. Before star ng, examine your current habits. Knowing where you are helps identify what changes you need to make. Examine your eating and exercise habits. The subject was surprised to learn that he was eating 36 more grams of fat than recommended on a daily basis, which was a clear pointer to an important lifestyle change. 2. Find people who will hold you accountable. Family and friends will be your greatest supporters and biggest cri&cs: they will tell you when you’re slipping, help you find solu&ons, and encourage you to s&ck to the plan. 3. Small changes add up quickly. A lot of people tend to take an all-or-nothing approach to ea&ng well. Some&mes it’s OK to be (a li;le) less than perfect. Can you eat a smaller por&on or subs&tute a healthier side dish? Bear in mind that the overall objec&ve is to achieve a long-term balance by establishing new habits. 4. Have daily and weekly goals. Short-term goals and a solid overall plan are important. This allows you to focus on the process rather than progress. Have a plan (and resul&ng

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sense of accomplishment) each day—a calorie limit, a nutrient goal, or a planned trip to the gym/ physical ac&vity. 5. Treat holidays as a break from the norms of work and stress rather than a break from the things that keep you healthy, happy and focussed. A daily routine needs to be maintained on holidays, but must be modified. You’re unlikely to sustain normal ea&ng or exercise habits, but doing so as much as possible will allow you to maintain progress and ease the return to normal when you get home. 6. Find ac vi es you enjoy. This changes the focus. Instead of exercising for a set dura&on in order to reach the target, find something you enjoy and do it as o>en as possible. Physical ac&vity that you don’t enjoy reduces the likelihood of you s&cking to the plan. Don’t be afraid to change things if you become bored – there’s lots of opportuni&es out there. 7. Don’t focus on "failures". When making a big lifestyle change, slip-ups will occur. Keep them in perspec&ve and consider where and why it occurred. Remember short term goals and focus on the next day. 8. Focus on progress, not perfec on. Perfec&on is pre;y hard to achieve. Knowing what an ideal day of ea&ng looks like doesn’t mean you’ll achieve it every day – it’s the same with exercise. Accept that some days are going to be be;er than others, get back on track at the next opportunity and keep moving forward. Lifestyle change is about making the best choice you can as o>en as you can. If you do that, results will follow: true lifestyle change that lasts a lifetime. As ever: if you’re thinking of making big changes which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe.

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Let’s Eat The World - Coq au Vin - France Ingredients  1½ tbsp olive oil  3 rashers (100g) dry-cured, smoked back bacon, fat trimmed, chopped  12 small shallots, peeled  2 free-range chicken legs (460g), (remove skin if preferred)  4 free-range chicken thighs with bone and skin (650g), skin removed  2 free-range, skinless, boneless chicken breasts (280g)  3 garlic cloves, finely chopped  3 tbsp brandy or Cognac

600ml red wine 150ml good-quality chicken stock 2 tsp tomato purée 3 thyme sprigs, 2 rosemary sprigs and 2 bay leaves, to make a bouquet garni  small handful chopped flat-leaf parsley For the mushrooms  1½ tbsp olive oil  250g chestnut mushroom, halved if large For the thickener  2 tbsp plain flour, 1½ tsp olive oil and 1 tsp so>ened bu;er mixed together in small bowl with back of a spoon    

1. Fry the bacon un&l crisp in 1tbsp oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Add the shallots to the pan and fry, s&rring or shaking the pan o>en, for 5-8 mins un&l well browned all over. Remove and set aside with the bacon. 2. Pat the chicken pieces dry with kitchen paper. Pour the remaining oil into the pan, then fry half the chicken pieces, turning regularly, for 5-8 mins un&l well browned. Remove, then repeat with the remaining chicken. Remove and set aside. 3. Briefly fry the garlic, then, with the heat medium-high, pour in the brandy, s&rring the bo;om of the pan to deglaze. The alcohol should sizzle and start to evaporate so there is not much le>. 4. Return the chicken legs and thighs to the pan along with any juices, Stir in the wine, stock and tomato purée, drop in the bouquet garni, season with salt and pepper, then return the bacon and shallots to the pan. Cover, lower the heat to a gentle simmer, add the chicken breasts and cook for 50 mins - 1hr. 5. Just before ready to serve, fry the mushrooms over a high heat for a few mins un&l golden. Remove and keep warm. 6. Li> the chicken, shallots and bacon from the pan and transfer to a warmed serving dish. Remove the bouquet garni. Bring the wine mixture to a gentle boil, then gradually drop in small pieces of the thickener, whisking each piece in using a wire whisk. Simmer for 1-2 mins. Sca;er the mushrooms over the chicken, then pour over the wine sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley.

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The Gala Garden April The start of spring hasn’t really been very encouraging, but things will catch up quickly once the temperatures increase, so there’s plenty to do in the garden this month. Let’s do another three-way split for this month: pruning and repair come top of the list; in the middle of the month take a moment to sow seeds and then resume work on the lawns and borders when the days should be drier and brighter. To begin with take care of any damage that has been caused by the winter. If deciduous branches have been broken by the weight of snow and high winds, then remove the broken bits with one clean cut right back to a main stem. If conifers or broadleaf evergreens have been damaged then remove those branches back to a main stem but leave trimming off any frosted bits un&l the middle of the month. These plants are suscep&ble to late frosts that can occur un&l the end of May. If you have been prevented from comple&ng other pruning tasks like renova&on pruning or pruning roses or apples then that should be the next thing to tackle. Remember to always take a branch back cleanly to a main stem and not to leave any “coat hangers” visible. Pruning concentrates growth hormone, therefore the harder you prune, the more the shrub will respond. It follows that a lop-sided shrub, perhaps crowded un&l its neighbour was 20 Gala Life

removed, should be pruned harder on the shorter side than the longer side. This sounds counter-intui&ve and it may take a couple of seasons to get back to a good shape but it can be done. Renova&on pruning of deciduous shrubs means taking out a third of the oldest stems right back to the ground before bud break. Chipping around the outside of a shrub will only accumulate lots of old dead wood in the centre and eventually weaken the plant. Always ask yourself if it is necessary to prune and if this is the right &me to do the job. Birches shouldn’t be cut until mid-summer because they will bleed in the spring and the same goes for cherries and plums. You can always check online. By the middle of April the average temperatures will have improved and the sun will be much stronger. It is &me to get started sowing seeds under cover. Magazines have advocated this since March but remember they are all about condi&ons down south. Up here we can plant seedlings out in the third week of May (and maybe later). Allow ten days for germina&on, three weeks to grow on and two weeks to harden off in a cold frame – that usually takes you back to mid-April for most things. The temperature in the glasshouse or polytunnel will rise in the day but fall at night so cover the

seed trays with clear plas&c lids. Keep some newspapers in there to put over the trays on cold nights. A south-facing window in the shed is handy but the temperature there will vary more widely. A south-facing windowsill is a good spot but take trays and pots out of the window at night. To avoid problems with damping off, always prac&ce good hygiene: wash out pots, trays, lids and labels before you start. Wipe down the bench and the window with disinfectant and sweep out the shed or the tunnel. Use fresh seed compost and water the pots before sowing. Small fine seed can be sown on the top of cells and larger seeds like courge;e can be sown individually in a three inch pot. Cover the pots or cells with vermiculite which is an inert material less likely to allow fungal disease. If you start too early you will get tall, spindly seedlings that will fall over or die from uneven condi&ons. What you are trying to do is to have the seedlings on the bench for the shortest &me possible, producing stout, strong plants which are ready to be moved on at exactly the right &me. While your seeds are growing you can get busy in the borders. By now any bulbs will be showing so there will be less chance of squashing them by mistake and new growth will have appeared on your perennials. Cut back any old growth on perennials and remove this to the compost heap. Weed the borders as required but put perennial weeds into the bag for the bin – things like bu;ercup. If you’re going to move any perennials or split any large clumps or add anything new, now is a good &me. Spli?ng old plants doesn’t mean that every part of it needs to be re-planted. The oldest bit is in the middle and this you can put onto the heap. New material forms like li;le satellites around the outside and these are the pieces you can re-plant. A>er you have removed all the winter debris take a moment to apply a scant handful of pelleted chicken manure per square metre. If you used a slow release fer&liser last autumn it will be washed out of the soil now because of

all the heavy precipita&on. But be s&ngy with it – it’s strong stuff. A good inorganic alterna&ve is Gro-More. Then refresh the bark mulch and the border should be in good shape for the rest of the season. In the last few days of this month there should be just &me enough to tend to the lawn. It will have suffered from all the snow and frost. The most important thing to do is to rake out all the thatch. If you have a small garden put on your gloves and pick up your spring &me rake and get going. It’s very sa&sfying work. Work in one direc&on and then go at it again at 90 degrees. If you have a big lawn you may need either to hire a scarifier or get a lawn specialist in to do the job. My solu&on for a shabby lawn is to mix a box of grass seed and a box of spring feed and enough compost to fill the bucket. Mix it up thoroughly and sprinkle it over the lawn at the rate of a handful per square metre. Then take a s&ff bristled broom and brush it in so the pigeons don’t hoover up the seed. Stay off the lawn &ll it starts to look be;er and then mow it with the blade li>ed so that you end up with about three-quarters of an inch long grass. Cu?ng grass too short is a fine way of reducing its vigour – only ever reduce the grass height by one-third and cut in different direc&ons to avoid ridging.

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The MOT Test is Changing Don’t Get Caught Out! There are some new MOT checks that come into force next month, with new testable items that might just catch you out. From 20th May, any diesel car that has had its DPF (Diesel Par&culate Filter) removed or tampered with (which is also illegal) will instantly fail the test, as will any diesel that emits visibly coloured exhaust fumes. A diesel DPF is a filter that captures and stores exhaust soot (some refer to them as soot traps) in order to reduce emissions from diesel cars. But because they only have a finite capacity, this trapped soot periodically has to be emp&ed or 'burned off' to regenerate the DPF. This regenera&on process cleanly burns off the excess soot deposited in the filter, reducing the harmful exhaust emission and helps to prevent the tell-tale black smoke you used to see from diesel vehicles, par&cularly when accelera&ng. When full, the DPF will trigger a warning light on the dashboard, they are very expensive items to replace, so it’s important that you look after it. The best way to maintain a DPF is to make sure it’s fully able to regenerate itself when it’s full of soot (when the warning light appears). There are two types of regenera&on: Passive Regenera>on - occurs when the car is running at speed on long motorway journeys which allows the exhaust temperature to increase to a higher level and cleanly burn off the excess soot in the filter. So, it is advised that drivers regularly give their diesel vehicle a good 30 to 50 minute run at sustained speed on a motorway or A-road to help clear the filter. However, not all drivers do this type of driving regularly – which is why some manufacturers have designed an alterna&ve form of regenera&on. Ac>ve Regenera>on - means some extra fuel is injected automa&cally, as part of the vehicle's 24 Gala Life

ECU, when a filter reaches a predetermined limit (normally about 45%) to raise the temperature of the exhaust and burn off the stored soot. Problems can occur, however, if the journey is too short, as the regenera&on process may not complete fully.

If this is the case the warning light will con&nue to show the filter is s&ll par&ally blocked. In which case it should be possible to complete a regenera&on cycle and clear the warning light by driving for 10 minutes or so at speeds greater than 40mph. You will know whether ac&ve regenera&on is taking place by the following symptoms:  Engine note change  Cooling fans running  A slight increase in fuel consump&on  Increased idle speed  Deac&va&on of automa&c Stop/Start  A hot, acrid smell from the exhaust If both methods fail, some garages can clean a blocked DPF with a process called Forced Regeneration. It is a failure to correctly regenerate that is the cause of most diesel par&culate filter issues: they become blocked, which increases exhaust emissions, s&fles engine performance and sometimes even puts the car into a restricted ‘limp-home mode’.

Other changes in the test mean a>ermarket high defini&on headlamp bulbs will also be outlawed. Reversing lights will be tested for the first &me, and your car will also fail if the brake fluid is visually deteriorated. Classic cars over 40 years old will now be exempt from tes&ng, too. Finally, the current system of advisories will be replaced with Minor, Major and Dangerous faults. Minor faults will work the same as the current advisory system and won’t cons&tute a fail. A car with Dangerous faults cannot be driven away from the test un&l the repairs have been carried out. So, how can you ensure that your vehicle passes its MOT test? Well, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) put together a 10-step checklist to help motorists out. SMMT’s checklist, called ‘Minute Or Two’, takes motorists through the ins and outs of how to check the different parts of their vehicle: 1 - Headlights and Indicators Ensure that all your lights are func&oning correctly. Check your vehicle’s headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights, indicators and those reversing lights. 2 - Brake Lights Check your brake lights work by pressing down on the brake pedal and asking a friend to stand behind your car to see if they come on. You can also reverse up to a reflec&ve surface in order to check for yourself. 3 - Licence Plate Your vehicle’s licence plate must be clean and legible, while the font and le;er spacing must be in line with legal requirements. 4 - Wheels and Tyres Wheels and tyres must be undamaged and fit for use. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm – tyres with less will fail the MOT test. 5 - Seats and Seatbelts The driver’s seat should be able to be adjusted forwards and backwards. All the seatbelts should be in good working order. Before the MOT, test the movement of the seat and inspect the full length of each belt for damage.

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John Lamont MP - Conserva ve The reac&on of everyone to the recent snow was really impressive and a great indica&on that community spirit is s&ll alive and well in the Borders. While I was trapped in Westminster and couldn’t get home to the Borders for the very worst of it, I received updates from the Council’s emergency bunker and was in touch with a number of cons&tuents while the snow con&nued to fall. The efforts of emergency workers, healthcare staff, of the mountain rescue teams and of the many hard-working council staff was truly extraordinary. There were so many stories of people going above and beyond to keep vital services going and neighbours and friends helping each other out. It was also the kindness of strangers, of taxi drivers, shop keepers and farmers who did their bit to help people stay safe. I think one of the best examples set was of 13 year old Jay Eason from Selkirk who spend his days off school clearing snow to help his elderly neighbours. The clear up remains on going as there has inevitably been damage to roads and pavements as well as flooding and loss of livestock. Businesses will have taken a hit as they had to close their doors last week, so please do your bit to support your local shops where you can. Borders Telegraph Mee>ng It was great to catch up with the team at Border Telegraph recently. Based in Galashiels, Jo and her reporters do an excellent job keeping us all up to date with local news both in the weekly print edi&on and online. We are really lucky in the Borders to have so many local papers, but they are struggling and I’d encourage everyone to do their bit to support them by buying a local paper once in a while. Even if not a regular reader, we’d all really miss them if they were gone. Our mee&ng came shortly a>er a debate in the Commons about new proposals from the House of Lords which if enacted would mean newspapers would have to pay damages even if they won a case against them. I spoke out in the debate about the importance of local papers in repor&ng the news and holding elected poli&cians, like me, to account. I am pleased that the UK Government intends to remove this proposal from the legisla&on and will be backing press freedom. Advice Surgeries As your MP, I con&nue to priori&es holding my regular advice surgeries and will be back in Galashiels and Melrose soon. Further details and &mings can be found on my website or by contac&ng my office. I’ve also started holding some supermarket surgeries, thanks to the Tesco in Galashiels for accommoda&ng me recently. If you see me when you are out to do your weekly shop, feel free to say hello and speak to me if you have an issue I might be able to help with. Out with my surgeries, you can contact my cons&tuency office in Hawick on 01450 375948 or email me via

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP With the fallout from the ‘Beast From The East’, I was reminded of one of my mother’s sayings about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. I certainly hope so as there was certainly no ‘start of Spring’ feel then! I don’t think that we have had such a large fall of snow since perhaps 2010 (I remember people skiing down the A7 in Stow to get to Gala!), and it seems to have been worse this &me. All services were severely stretched, with many working long hours in difficult condi&ons. They continued on page 36

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deserve our praise and our gra&tude. It was surprising to see how many people had s&ll travelled during the Red Warning period, despite being advised against doing so, then got stuck (less so in our area, I believe) and then looked for someone else to blame. Even during the Amber warning days following there was no public transport and many roads had s&ll not been cleared. It is disappoin&ng to see that some employers have not taken account of this when dealing with their staff. On the Friday, we had a fantas&c effort from our neighbours where almost all able people in the street got out and cleared the road for ourselves. It was not an organised event – one close neighbour started it off and everyone else gradually joined in. I felt that we should have had a ribbon-cu?ng event when we finally broke out of the street! It was about 5 hours of hard work moving tons of snow, but there was a trade-off in camaraderie, good humour, some terrible jokes (and health benefits!) as we were working. At that time I had a number of complaints from people who had their roads cleared, but not their pavements. I did pass on their comments; however, I think if anyone who was able just got out with a shovel for half an hour we could have had most of our pavements cleared and let our neighbourhoods and roads teams concentrate on keeping the roads clear. At the recent Galashiels Community Council mee&ng, the chair, Judith Cleghorn, men&oned that is was with some regret that it had not been possible yet to set up a Resilient Communi&es Team, but was hoping that this was something that could be done. This would comprise a group of volunteers willing to help out in emergencies such as adverse weather or flooding, etc. If anyone reading this feels that this is something that they would like to become involved in, please contact Galashiels Community Council, or your local community council elsewhere in the ward. Alterna&vely, you can contact me and I will pass on your details.

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conserva ve Well a few weeks ago, I didn't expect to be wri&ng in this edi&on of Gala Life about one of the heaviest snow falls in recent memory. It took us all by surprise but what didn't take me by surprise, was the way the community got together to help each other. I heard many stories of people clearing snow for elderly neighbours, going shopping for their neighbours and many other tales of good community spirt. I want to say thank you to everyone that helped out during this &me. On a lighter note as a wrestling fan, it is nearly &me for the highlight of the year WrestleMania. I don't think there is a form entertainment that can bring together both culture and sport the way professional wrestling does. It has everything you would want from an entertainment perspec&ve with compe&&on, athle&c displays, ac&ng, comedy, pantomime style heroes and villains etc. It also expands through genera&ons as every genera&on remembers their wrestling experience a li;le bit different to another. But the names of some legendary compe&tors never fade like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, The Macho Man, Stone Cold and The Rock. While this modern era will be remembered as being the most family friendly with John Cena, Sasha Banks and Roman Reigns as the breakout stars. Through the years wrestling has given me endless joy and I con&nue to make a yearly trip to London to watch Raw and Smackdown live. Wrestling has also came to Galashiels on a more frequent basis over the past few years with Sco?sh based federa&on W3L. Homegrown talents such as Mike Musso, performing in a child friendly show to the delight of the audience. I do o>en wonder if I was a wrestler what would my name and finishing move be called? Perhaps 'Tory Boy' continued on page 38

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary April Sun 1st April 9.30am Sunday Squad Easter Sunday 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev John Evans Thurs 5th 10am Communion Service Sun 8th 10.30am Sung Eucharist 6.00pm Healing service 10.00am Communion Thurs 12th Sat 14th 12.30pm Soup ‘n’ Pud Lunch good food & good company – bring your friends Sun 15th 8.30am Holy Communion 9.45am –10.15am Breakfast 10.30am Family Service, Joanna Smith th Tues 17 3.00pm A>ernoon Tea service Thurs 19th 10.00am Communion Service Sun 22nd 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Tues 24th 5.30pm Messy Church Thurs 26th 10.00am Communion Fri 27th 5.00pm Choir prac&ce Sun 29th 10.30am Sung Eucharist Hall Bookings Elizabeth Watret: mob 07780 009355 Verger Phil Todd: 07787 729639 Church web site:

Caddonfoot Parish Church It has been a month of ‘come and go’ with the weather playing a major part. One service, on March 4th, was cancelled as access to the church and parking at the roadside was ruled out due to the snow. Members, who were able to get out of their ‘drives’, attended a joint service at Trinity Church in Galashiels that day. Easter celebra&ons were the hallmark in the past month with one of the highlights children rolling their eggs a>er the service on Easter morning. The services continue to be conducted by the Rev. Elspeth Harley, who has been appointed Interim Moderator for the vacant charges at E;rick and Yarrow. Rev Harley also conducted a wedding in Yarrow Kirk. The latest newsle;er and Clovenfords Community News, biggest yet, has been published with all the latest news from the village, including ar&cles on The Vineries and the Water Research Centre in the former Caddonfoot Primary School, as well as messages from the local councillors. The next newsle;er is due ahead of the Harvest Thanksgiving in the autumn. continued on page 40

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The Church is s&ll looking for a representa&ve on the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches and also Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. Services con&nue at 9.45am each Sunday and are conducted by the Rev Harley with members of the congrega&on taking part in the Bible Readings. A bake sale was held by Caddonfoot Youth as part of its Lent Project, Jars of Change, on Palm Sunday, March 25th. An update will be published in the next edi&on. The Church is again to publish a calendar for 2019 and the annual Coffee and Cra> morning will be held in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on Saturday, October 20th. Members of the congrega&on a;ended the World Day of Prayer service in Trinity on Friday, March 9th, a week later than planned due to the weather.

Galashiels Bap>st Church We are a friendly welcoming church situated in Victoria Street Galashiels. Sundays we meet at 10.30am for morning worship, we enjoy both contemporary and tradi&onal songs/hymns. Crèche facili&es are available, Sunday Club for primary age and Youth Bible study for teenagers. Tea and coffee are served a>er the service with a fellowship lunch on the 2nd Sunday of every month. In the evening, 6.00-8.00pm there is a Youth Club for P7 upwards when they enjoy a variety of games. E.g. snooker, table tennis and board games. (not during school holidays) Tuesdays at 12.30pm there is a Lunch Club for the elderly. Enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by tea/coffee. Cost is £5. There are occasional ou&ngs throughout the year. Tuesdays and Thursdays a Parent and Toddler group meets from 10 – 11.15am. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and for children to enjoy play with others. Tuesday Prayer mee&ng 7.00 - 8.15pm. Wednesdays at 2pm a cra> group meets in the small lounge. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat whilst you do your kni?ng, sewing, croche&ng, or pain&ng. Friday Club - 6.00 - 7.30pm. For primary aged children Games, stories, craft. No club during school holidays. Thursday April 19th – Mens’ night at 6.30pm. There will be a curry meal (vegetarian op&on available). Speakers are Frances Pringle and Isobel Petrie, who will talk of their experiences as Street Pastors. Tickets £10. Further informa&on from Kenneth Hall (01896 850562). All men welcome. Good News - A>er 3 years of vacancy we look forward to welcoming our new Pastor, Chris Holden. Chris will be inducted on Saturday May 5th. The service will be conducted by Rev Mar&n Hodson from the Sco?sh Bap&st Union. This will be followed by a meal in the Church hall. For further info of all church events – www.galashielsbap> e-mail admin@galashielsbap>

Trinity Church Galashiels For the last month we have been holding our services in the church hall as there has been a problem with the hea&ng but hopefully that is being a;ended to and we will be back in the sanctuary soon. The “Beast from the East” unfortunately caused – along with many more casual&es – the continued on page 42

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World day of Prayer Service which was to be held on 2nd March, to be cancelled. By the &me you receive this magazine, we will be into Holy Week with various services taking place throughout the town at different churches. At Trinity we will be having a Maundy Thursday supper on Thursday evening 29th March and our Easter service will take place on Sunday morning, 1st April at the normal &me of 11.15am. On Sunday 11th March, at the morning service we welcomed 2 new members into Trinity – David Clark and Mhairi Lawson The Annual Stated Mee&ng of the church was held immediately a>er that service and was chaired by the minister the Rev. Elspeth Harley. At the mee&ng, the Session Clerk Mr. Bill Cheyne officially re&red from the post and Elspeth, on behalf of the church session and members thanked him for all his hard work and effort over the last few years which was very much appreciated by everyone. She was delighted to say that Bill will remain as an ac&ve elder. Mr. Ed Mar&n has agreed to take on the role of Session Clerk and he was welcomed into his new role at the meeting. Although we have not been using the sanctuary, teas and coffees have s&ll been served in the small hall before and a>er the morning services. Bible study has been held on Wednesday evenings at Caddonfoot Church in the vestry but there will be a break a>er Easter. The last guild mee&ng of the session and AGM will be held on Tuesday 3rd April at 2.15pm and there will be a flower arranging demonstra&on. We have a “flower commi;ee” at Trinity who prepare and arrange the flowers every week and then distribute them to members after the service. Choir rehearsals con&nue on Thursday evenings under the direc&on of Dorothy Howden, church musician and they have been preparing for Easter as well. Our church halls are available for let to other organisa&ons and here are some which already use our facili&es: Monday - Zumba Gold - 10 -11am, Taekwondo 5.45 – 9.15pm Tuesday - Metafit 6.30 – 7.30pm Wednesday - Pi Yo 7 – 8pm Thursday - Weightwatchers 4.30 – 8pm Friday (fortnightly) - U3AFun2Sing 10.30 – 11.30am For enquiries regarding hall lets please contact Mercy Daniels in the office on Friday between 9.30m and 3.30pm. Telephone 01896 752967 (answering machine available) or e mail A very Happy Easter to you all from everyone here at Trinity and remember that you are welcome to join us for worship any –or every-Sunday.

Hope Church We are a lively and inclusive contemporary Chris&an Church recently established and thriving in the Sco?sh Borders. We gather every Sunday to worship together and celebrate the presence of God in our lives. Our mee&ngs are lively and informal, family friendly, with a blend of tradi&onal and contemporary worship led by a great band. Everyone is welcome, whether you have a church background or are just seeking answers to the big ques&ons in life. So please join with us any Sunday at 4.00 pm at Tweedbank Community Centre, Essenside Drive. continued on page 44

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Community Drop In Our team will give you a warm welcome, we are here to listen, care and help Open Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10.00 -1.00pm. Thursdays & Fridays 10.00 - 4.00pm. Would you like prayer for healing? Come in and see us Friday 30th March. Hope Central 1-3 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DL e: t: 07377 717705 Check out details of Hope Church on our web site

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St John’s Church Hawthorn Road, Langlee TD1 2JZ We are two linked churches who want to be God glorifying and Christ exal&ng in our worship. The Word of God is faithfully preached and therefore we would like to invite everyone to come and listen to God speaking to us through His Word. Sunday Services in April: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am St Paul’s 6.30pm St John’s There are children’s and youth groups during morning services. Easter Day services (1st April) 9.30am – Breakfast and Communion in St Paul’s 9.45am – Easter worship in St John’s, followed by Brunch 11.30am – Easter worship in St Paul’s 6.30pm – Easter evening worship in St Paul’s Prayer Mee>ngs in April: 3rd , 10th, 17th at 7.30pm in St John’s 24th at 7pm in St Paul’s Other groups and ac>vi>es St John’s Bible Study – House group on Wednesday evenings Girls Brigade – Mondays from 6pm. Messy Church – Saturday a>ernoons – look out for dates Galashiels Food Bank – team involved in distribu&on St Paul’s Bible Studies – House groups on Monday & Tuesday mornings Boys Brigade – Fridays from 6.30pm Guild – Wednesdays 2.15pm Lunch Club – Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for informa&on on cost etc. Music Makers – Thursdays 7.30pm Badminton – Wednesdays 10am continued on page 46

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For further informa>on Minister: Rev Dr Leon Keller e-mail: phone: 01896 753029 websites: St John’s website is currently being re-designed.

Our Lady and St Andrews Catholic Church Ministers to a weekly congrega&on of around 200 at 11.00am Mass. There is a lively choir and &me to chat at tea and coffee, a>er. We are fortunate in having a flourishing Polish community. Mass &mes are Saturday Vigil - 6.00pm, Sunday Mass - 11.00am. All visitors are welcome.

Bowden & Melrose Church of Scotland We have two places of worship with services in both each Sunday – 9.30a.m. at Bowden Kirk and 11.00a.m. at Melrose Parish Church. At 10.00 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month we hold a Family Service in Melrose Parish Church Hall. It lasts half an hour and is a less formal style of worship. Everyone is welcome to a;end these services.

Bethel Rock Church A new Pentecostal Chris&an Church invites you to come along and see how friendly and lively we are, with contemporary and tradi&onal worship music; bible study; healing and prayer for those in need. Find out what's really going on with the world. Worship with us to welcome the Holy Spirit into your lives, come “make it well with your soul” and a>erwards join us for fellowship in our adjoining cafe with tea and cake this Sunday at 11am, the Focus Centre, Livingstone Street, Galashiels. Armchairs available for the elderly. There is a car share available for local residents. Enquiries: Douglas on 07815682027.

The Filling Sta>on The Filling Sta&on meets for regular Monday evening ‘celebra&on’ mee&ngs held in the Corn Exchange Melrose, every month on the first Monday star&ng at 7.30pm and we have seen Chris&an’s from communi&es across the Sco?sh Borders grow in depth, numbers and fellowship. The Filling Sta&on offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Our mee&ngs are designed to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those outside the church would feel comfortable. Our mee&ngs aim to be short, sharp and focused in character. We find many people meet God through these mee&ngs and faith is built up. We welcome Chris&ans from all backgrounds, denomina&ons and non, Chris&an leaders, those seeking to understand what the Chris&an faith is all about, and those just inquisi&ve.

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We meet on Monday April 2nd at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange Melrose when we welcome Rev Andy Scarcliffe as our guest speaker. Andy is someone you will want to hear. He embraced faith as a teenager, but clothes and style were important as was music. He played guitar in various bands, but when his close friend and bandmate Kenny Hyslop went professional, eventually playing drums in Simple Minds, Andy knew that this was the &me to decide what direc&on God wanted for his life. He’d always felt called to some kind of church work, He trained for Ministry in Spurgeons College, and served his first church – Granton Bap&st Church, in Edinburgh. Granton was a housing estate church to the north end of Edinburgh. He later moved to Rising Brook Bap&st Church, a mul&-congrega&on town church in Stafford, then to Barnton Bap&st Church in 1999. Barnton was predominantly a church of young professionals mee&ng in a school, and la;erly in a David Lloyd Fitness Centre. All three churches grew under his ministry with two building new premises to accommodate that growth. A>er eight years at Barnton, he le> to work for the Bap&st Union of Scotland for four years. As Mission Advisor to the Bap&st Union he travelled throughout Scotland helping churches become effec&ve in Mission. He encouraged them to be crea&ve and to speak the language of modern culture. His special remit was to pass on insights gained from the Emerging Church and Fresh Expressions of Church. He is now the pastor of Portobello Bap&st Church, a gi>ed musician, communicator and a prophe&c voice in todays church. Along with a regular &me for worship led by our own in-house worship team, we look forward to welcoming you to the filling sta&on, and if you haven’t been before then why not check us out and enjoy a &me of fellowship and ministry. In May we welcome back Allan Mackinlay well known singer songwriter and worship leader – Remember the Corn Exchange Melrose at 7.30pm Monday April 2nd.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class con&nues in the Borders General Hospital’s Chaplaincy Centre each Thursday from 5 to 6pm for pa&ents who have been through the heart rehabilita&on programme. But we had to miss two Thursdays because of the snow. It was felt unfair to ask members to ba;le through the snow and then exercise for an hour, and on the second occasion, everyone was asked not to travel unless it was really necessary. The weekly class combines an hour’s light exercise and general chit-chat. Members should note that the Chaplaincy Centre doors are locked each evening at 5pm and arrangements have been made to access and exit the Centre.

Thirlestane Castle - Volunteers Thirlestane Castle is looking to add to its enthusias&c team of volunteers. The castle in Lauder would not be able to open without the dedica&on of our volunteers - The ‘Friends of Thirlestane’ – who help our visitors get the most from their &me at the castle. If you have some spare &me, even if it’s just a half day every so o>en, and would like to join our friendly team, please get in touch. We need people to help in our shop and to meet and greet visitors so it doesn’t ma;er if history is not your passion, the &me you dedicate would be very much appreciated. If you think this might be something you could do, we’re holding an open morning on April 6th where you can have the chance to look around the castle and hear more about how you can help. Please contact the castle if you are interested in coming along by calling 01578 722430 or emailing 48 Gala Life

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For April 2018 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin Mars, the planet of courage and enterprise, starts the month in alignment with stern Saturn; reaffirming that it’s the perfect &me to be more grounded and cul&vate pa&ence and persistence. Mars connects with transforma&onal Pluto on the 26th, this is a dynamic combina&on of energies that must be handled with extreme cau&on. Globally we may see some very challenging events as both these powerful forces come together in the sky. Venus, the planet of love and romance, starts the month in sensual Taurus, enjoy this excellent placement for injec&ng more passion into new or long-standing rela&onships. Venus enters playful Gemini on the 25th bringing perfect opportuni&es to improve your social life, meet others and link up with like-minded people. Mercury moves out of the retrograde period around the 15th , a welcome release as communications and transac&ons begin to flow more smoothly. An energy boost arrives with the new moon in Aries on the 18th. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Your ruler, dynamic Mars, joins Saturn in prac&cal Capricorn, shining the light on your career and your ambi&on. Your earning ability is ripe for change so take advantage of an opportunity to meet new people who can influence your progress. The full moon on the 30th illuminates a breakthrough. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Venus, your ruler, sheds her bountiful light on your sign until the 25th. This should have you feeling at your most confident as this is your cue to shi> gear and turn up the pace. The transforma&onal Scorpio full moon on the 30th brings interes&ng rela&onship opportuni&es your way. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Finances and assets loom large during April as a reassessment becomes necessary and you take stock and review your op&ons. As Mercury your ruler turns direct on the 15th things start to flow again and the powerful new moon in dynamic Aries on the 16th brings courage and confidence to the surface again. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Relationship matters are in the spotlight as three planets occupy this sector of your chart. Proceed with cau&on as dynamic Mars and transforma&onal Pluto go head to head around the 25th. Abundant Jupiter shines a helpful light, empowering you to live your life the way you want to. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Retrograde Mars in Aries may have held you back over the last few weeks, but a>er the 15th the winds of change arrive. A much higher profile leads you to being in the right place at the right &me, par&cularly as energe&c Mars is busy in your work sector all month. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Mercury, your ruling planet, moves forward again on the 15th revitalising your mind and bringing clarity on financial issues. It’s a good &me to capitalise on professional ma;ers as people around you will be very recep&ve to your plans. The new moon in Aries brings an energy boost.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Home and family move into the spotlight during April as Mars, Saturn and Pluto highlight the domes&c sector of your chart. Some important and las&ng decisions may need to be made, be sure to proceed with cau&on. Venus in Taurus ensures that finances are posi&ve. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Jupiter in your sign con&nues to give you some long term help in building your trust and your self-confidence. Communica&on is highlighted this month as you look at new ways to connect with friends and family. The dynamic Aries new moon on the 16th brings an exci&ng opportunity your way. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Money ma;ers and new ways of earning your living are important this month. Mars and Saturn, both in prac&cal Capricorn can turn dreams into reality, providing that you build firm founda&ons. Your love life looks exci&ng, especially around the Sun Uranus Conjunc&on on the 18th. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 This is a potent month for Capricorns as Mars, Saturn and Pluto align themselves in your sign. This combina&on can give you great courage and desire to overcome any habit pa;erns that no longer serve you. Difficul&es should start to ease as Mercury goes direct a>er the 15th. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 This month bodes well for successful communica&on and transac&ons, par&cularly a>er the 15th when Mercury goes direct and the new moon gives you an energy boost enabling some major shi>s to take place. Venus shines on your home and family life un&l the 24th. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Finances are improving this month as the combina&on of the Sun and Mercury indicate some new insight. A breakthrough arrives with the Aries new moon on the 16th. Venus shines a posi&ve light in Taurus and shows you ways to earn through your own crea&vity. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. How can you turn 2018 into your best year ever? By booking a personal astrology consulta&on you can start to work posi&vely by maximizing your unique poten&al and gaining insights into the auspicious cycles during the year ahead. Consulta&ons are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Book now for a revealing personal astrology consulta&on. Please contact me for more informa&on. Chris>ne Chalklin Inspira>onal Astrologer and Life Coach, Chris> Telephone: 07813 483549

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Weather taking its toll … Since our last report, due to horrendous weather condi&ons and Six Na&ons matches, Gala have only managed one game against league leaders Edinburgh Accies, who proved on the day to be too strong for the Maroons and ran out winners by 46-7. A result which saw Gala slip down to 5th in the table. The home game against GHA and the rearranged fixture at Philliphaugh against local rivals Selkirk unfortunately fell foul of the weather and at the &me of wri&ng have been rearranged to be played in late April. Hopefully by the &me you read this ar&cle Gala will have managed to travel away to Stewarts Melville. This will be followed by a home fixture this Saturday against high flying Jedforest here at Netherdale, and the following Saturday will see Gala travel to Musselburgh which should have seen the end of the 15 a side season, but as already men&oned there are 2 fixtures s&ll on the back burner. This weekend sees the return of the 7 a side circuit when Gala will host the Five Star Taxis Gala Sevens on Sunday a>ernoon, with a 2pm kick off. 12 teams in 4 pools of 3 will compete for the trophy with the final taking place around 6.30pm. The 12 teams taking part as follows – Gala, Hawick, Melrose, Jedforest, Kelso, Peebles, Langholm, Selkirk, along with Edinburgh teams Watsonians (holders), Edinburgh Accies and Boroughmuir. A team coached by former Watsonian Paul Di’Rollo under the name of Triumph will complete the line up. Prior to the Sevens themselves, Gala Vixens will be hos&ng a ladies tournament over on the back pitches, and if all goes well, the tournament will be completed before the first &e. During the tournament there will be a free bouncy castle for the kids, this venture is being kindly supported by Gala Rotary Club. A>er the Sevens themselves, there will be the tradi&onal a>er match disco held in the Centenary Lounge, where everyone is invited to attend free of charge. Strictly 18 and over. With the following day being a public holiday, the club are looking for a good turnout throughout the day, and hopefully we’ll be celebra&ng a Gala victory later on in the evening. A>er our own Sevens, Gala will be on the road every week up un&l mid May taking part in all the local tournaments and compe&ng for the Kings of the Sevens &tle, which they last won a couple of seasons ago. Gala currently lie in 2nd place, a>er reaching the final at Peebles last August which kicked off the Kings of the Sevens table for 2017/18. So, the next few weeks are going to be fairly hec&c for all the players when they try to mix the 7 a side tournaments along with the rearranged Na&onal League 1 fixtures. Netherdale s&ll remains available for Social Func&ons where we will do our utmost to meet the individual needs of each booking. Once again all that is required is a phone call to the Club Office.

Photo: Last years winners Watsonians pictured with Kaye Niven of Five Star Taxis.

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Calling all those pets who have missed their vaccinations for a while. You can come out now! This Spring we are offering to restart your vaccina&ons for the cost of a regular Booster. What is the benefit of regular vaccination? Well firstly it protects your pet from fatal diseases. It prevents your pet from spreading disease to others and the more pets who are vaccinated in the community, the lower the risk to all our pets. This is called Herd Immunity. Most people are aware of the importance of vaccina&ng a young puppy and ki;en but the protec&on they gain will wane over &me. Regular boosters keep them protected and we recommend this is done every year. Just like for people ge?ng the flu jab, for older pets

and pets with chronic illnesses a regular booster is even more important. Another benefit of bringing your pet for their booster is that we use this important annual health check opportunity to look for early warning signs. Simply plo?ng your pet’s weight every year can alert us to poten&al problems. If you have any concerns regarding your pet’s appe&te, thirst, coat condi&on, mobility or diges&on then please feel free to discuss them too. So if you would like to get your pet protected, please call and ask for our vaccine amnesty offer. The cost of the second vaccina&on is free this month. Mel & Carla Galashiels Veterinary Surgery Office: 8.30 - 6pm Mon - Wed, 8.30-7pm Thurs & Fri Sat Gala Terrace, Galashiels. TD1 3JT

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This Month’s Easy Sudoko 4

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How to play............

Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory System Restore is a recovery tool for Windows that allows you to reverse certain kinds of changes made to the opera&ng system. Windows creates a ‘Restore Pont’ every &me you update or install something. System Restore can then use this Restore Point like a big ‘undo’ bu;on to return important Windows files and se?ngs - like drivers, registry keys, system files, installed programs, and more - back to previous versions and se?ngs. And, as it is these types of files and updates that can cause problems with Windows, System Restore is a good place to start when looking for a solu&on. For example, say strange things are happening to your computer a>er a driver update, you might find that restoring the system to a previous state before the driver install fixes the problem because System Restore will undo the installa&on. System Restore does not affect your personal files like your photos, documents, email, etc. You can use System Restore without hesita&on even if you've just imported a few dozen pictures to your computer - it doesn't "undo" the import. The same concept applies to downloading files, edi&ng videos, etc. - all of it will stay on your computer. It will however undo any updates or new programs installed since its last restore point, but will not delete any files you’ve saved using the new program. Say for example you’ve installed Photoshop, it will uninstall the program, but leave any files you created with photoshop exactly where you le> them. Just as it won‘t delete personal files, it will not restore, or undelete them either, so don’t look to System Restore if you’ve forgo;en to back something up, it just won’t happen. It will not remove viruses or malware either. System Restore is included with all versions of Windows, however Microso> doesn’t trust you with it and doesn’t want you to use it willy nilly, so it’s not switched on by default. However, if you are capable of using a computer, you are 56 Gala Life

capable of performing some basic repairs, so let’s make sure it is on, just in case you, or someone helping to repair your computer does need it one day. They will thank you, then you will thank them. In Windows 10 and 8, simply type ‘Restore’ into the search box. In Windows 7 type ‘System’ in the Start Menu search box and select System from the results, click System Protec&on in the le> panel, a System Proper&es box will appear, then select the System Protec&on tab. Once you have navigated your way, click the Configure box to switch it on, or off. It only really needs to be switched on for your System Drive (C Drive). You will also see the System Restore box in here. If you click on that, Windows will show the most recent restore points it has created (and why). If you need to use System Restore select the most recent one and let it run, if that fails to correct the problem, try going further back in &me. The process can take up to half an hour, so be pa&ent. Some serious Windows problems can prevent you from rewinding to a Restore Point with System Restore, but all is not lost. All you need to do is start Windows in Safe Mode. This barebones Windows mode only runs with the essen&al parts of Windows, which means any problema&c apps, drivers or se?ngs will be disabled. System Restore will then usually be successful. For Safe Mode you will need last month’s ar&cle :o) System Restore isn’t a cure-all, but it can fix a surprising number of problems. Unfortunately it has been downplayed somewhat in recent years amidst all of Windows’ other recovery tools. However, System Restore is almost always worth trying before you result to more dras&c measures, though. Willie

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This Month’s Tricky Sudoko 9 6


How to play............

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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!

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EASTER BOOK TIME If you are heading off to the sun this Easter, there’s s>ll >me to pick up a great read for those lazy sun-lounger days by the pool. If you worry about baggage weight… treat yourself to a Kindle and take them all !

Sophie Kinsella - My Not So Perfect Life

Cathy Hopkins Dancing Over The Hill

Ka&e Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job and a super-cool Instagram feed. OK, so the truth is that she rents a &ny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Un&l her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Ka&e's hopes are sha;ered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Ka&e sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams - or try to get her job back? Does Demeter - the woman who has everything - actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what's wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway? Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella, she writes the perfect lazy sun-lounger books.

It The hilarious and poignant new novel from the best selling author of The Kicking the Bucket List. When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it's &me to hide the remote...

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Cait and Ma; have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspira&on to others. Stuck together like glue. But Cait can't shake off the feeling that something is missing. The whole world should be their oyster now that Ma; has re&red, so why does she feel shut up like a clam? Things get more complicated when Tom Lewis, the man who broke her heart at university, makes a reappearance - s&ll as charming as ever. Her friends, widow Lorna and newly-single Debs, have their own views of what Cait should do - but she isn't in the mood to listen. When Tom makes Cait an unexpected offer, Cait feels the pull of a different life. Has she got the guts to take the plunge, or does it take more courage to give her marriage another chance? Funny and thoughdul, this is a book for anyone who ever wondered . . . what if?

Now a major film. Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life? Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun teashop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all &me. Love it? Grab the sequel ‘ASer You’ - another twisty plot that’s funny sad and wise, great characters you fall in love with. Pre;y much perfect.

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Trisha Ashley - A Good Heart is Hard to Find It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of over forty is in possession of a major defect . . Cassandra Leigh has woken as if from a bad dream: forty four, childless and twenty-plus years into an affair with a married man. Max assures her they just need a li;le more pa&ence and for his wife to die (!) but Cass is desperate for a baby and running out of &me. Maybe Max is not the only man for her? There's her friend Jason though he's perhaps a li;le too rugged, and there's something strange about the way his wife disappeared . . Or there's Dante, the mysterious stranger she meets on a dark night in his haunted manor house . . . Cass must throw cau&on to the wind and claim the life she's always wanted. Suddenly, it's a choice between Mr Right, Mr Wrong or Mr Right Now. One for the ladies on the beach I think !

John Douglas - Mindhunter, Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit The bestselling true story that inspired the major Nedlix series FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioural science, John Douglas, is a man who has looked evil in the eye and made a voca&on of understanding it. Now re&red, Douglas can let us inside the FBI elite serial crime unit and into the disturbed minds of some of the most savage serial killers in the world. The man who was the inspira&on for Special Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs and who lent the film's makers his exper&se explains how he invented and established the prac&ce of criminal profiling; what it was like to submerge himself mentally in the world of serial killers to the point of 'becoming' both perpetrator and vic&m; and individual case histories including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and the Atlanta child murders. With the fierce page-turning power of a bestselling novel, yet terrifyingly true, Mindhunter is a true crime classic.

Anthony McCarten - Darkest Hour Not seen the film yet ?? From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinema&c, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest leaders - and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership. May, 1940, Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days a>er his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, faces this horror - and a scep&cal King and a party plo?ng against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so, magnificently, before leading the country to victory. It is this fascina&ng period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched, gripping day -by-day (and o>en hour-by-hour) narra&ve. In doing so he revises the familiar view of Churchill - he made himself into the iconic figure we remember and changed the course of history, but through those turbulent and dangerous weeks he was plagued by doubt, and even explored a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. It's a scarier, and more human story, than has ever been told. Anthony McCarten is a new name to me, but is actually behind one of my favourite films The Theory of Everything. He seems to be able to take very complex stories and make them engaging and mind provoking whilst at the same &me really enjoyable.

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DW Noble


Melrose Golf Club


Ace Carpet Cleaning


Easter Books


Mike TV


Ac on for Children


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Mini Walking Fes val


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Fencing & Hedges


MOT Changes


Apollo Blinds




MT Maintenance


Bodyfix Galashiels




NS24 Accountancy


Border Brides


Gala Garden


Oven Wizard


Border Vets


Gala Rugby Club


Pest & Tree Solu ons


Borders Garage Door Co


Grants Gardens




Borders Handyman Services






Bowen Health


Home Basics




Boxing Event




SB Cares




Hutchisons Carpets


School Bell Tui on


Bri sh Legion


James Graham Roofing


Simon Porteous Bikes




John Lamont MP




Caravan Fix


Jonnie Jones Plumber



Castle Warehouse


K 2 Roofing


Tarot Reading




Keith Penny Décor


Tempest Brewery


Councillor Andy Anderson




Thirlestane Volunteers


Councillor Euan Jardine


Lifestyle Landscapes


Travelsure Ltd


CraEy Workshops


Longridge Towers School


Vapour Shop


Creme De La Creme


Luxury Lawns






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Willie's Wonky Computer


Cullen Kilshaw


Mackenzie Plumbing




Declara on Night Dance


Man with a Van


Zest Blinds


Dirty Earth PoHery


Maxwell Roofing



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Gala Life April 2018  

A local magazine with directory of trades and businesses - 11,000 copies delivered FREE to every home and business in Galashiels, Tweedbank,...

Gala Life April 2018  

A local magazine with directory of trades and businesses - 11,000 copies delivered FREE to every home and business in Galashiels, Tweedbank,...