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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.

January 2018

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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the January Edi?on of Gala Life and a very Happy New Year! We hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to a great 2018. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed over the past year for helping us produce this great wee magazine. This month the Fitness column takes a look at the very significant effect even a small amount of movement can have on our health, not even exercise, just movement. Sheila looks at Winter Gardens and the use of evergreens and Willie’s Wonkey Computer is all about resolu)ons to keep you and your PC safe. We always recommend you support your local shops but if you are tempted to use the beast “ Amazon” then we have a few )ps to save some money. So Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018. May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see. May the moose ne'er lea' yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee. May ye aye keep hail an her e  ll ye'r auld eneuch tae dee. May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss ye aye tae be.

Features Amazon Shopping Win! Keeping you Mobile

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Regulars Fitness 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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Community Events & What’s On In Galashiels Full details in the Get Out pages 5th January 6th January

7.30pm 10.00am

Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall Eildon Ramblers

10th January


Business Gateway Digital Boost - Twi?er and Hootsuite

11th January


Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel

11th January


ScoIsh Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre

12th January


Melrose Music Society – Melrose Parish Church Hall

15th January


The Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club

16th January


Gala Water Singers - Fountainhall School

19th January


Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall

20th January


Eildon Ramblers

21st January


Wedding Open Day - MacDonald Cardrona Hotel

24th January


Business Gateway Digital Boost - Facebook For Business

25th January


27th January


Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel Abbotsford Volunteer Open Morning

27th January


Abbotsford Burns Supper - Ochiltree’s Dining

27th January 31st January

7.00pm 2.00pm

ABBA Mania Tribute Night - MacDonald Cardrona Hotel Borders College Open Day - Nether Road

2nd February


Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall

5th February


The Filling Sta)on - Corn Exchange, Melrose



Gala Town Band Junior Sec)on, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh St



Langlee Community Choir at Langlee Community Centre



Gala Youth & Town Band, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh St.



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



Lindean Carpet Bowling Club



Borders Group of Advanced Motorcyclists

Remember to keep us informed of all your events, there is no charge for diary entries for non profit and charity organisations. Call 01721 720129 with details, or e-mail to 4 Gala Life

Friday 5th January - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Christmas party for singers, musicians and audience.BYOB. All ages welcome. Collec)on and raffle. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa)on. Saturday 6th January - Eildon Ramblers – 10.00am. Circular walk: Peniel Heugh from Harestanes Country Park.Grade C 6.2miles 215m ascent OL16. Meet 10.00 Harestanes Country Park, NT641245, WT 3.5rs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leader Helen 077369 44413 or email Wednesday 10th January - Business Gateway Digital Boost - Twi(er and Hootsuite - Galashiels Transport Interchange, Bus Sta?on, Galashiels – 10.00am to 1.00pm. This workshop will help you develop and hone your social media strategy in order to amplify your message. You will gain a deeper understanding of where Twi?er fits into your overall plan, how it relates to other plaPorms, and the rela)ve benefits of sponsored posts, as well as how to create them. We will also go through the features of Hootsuite in order to help you manage and integrate your social media accounts. This includes learning about advanced techniques for crea)ng and publishing content, and delega)ng tasks to other team members. Legal requirements and best prac)ce frameworks will also be covered. Free, call 01835 818315 for more info and book place. Thursday 11th January - Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose 10.00am. Our speaker will be Gwen Hardie with ‘Thomas The Rhymer. All welcome. Thursday 11th January – ScoDsh Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels – 7.30pm. A member’s night where members are invited to give a short talk, show slides etc. Non-members are welcome. Friday 12th January – Melrose Music Society – Melrose Parish Church Hall – 7.30pm. Fali Pavri, piano , Naomi Boole-Masterton, cello, and Yann Ghiro, clarinet will play music by Beethoven, Brahms, and John Mayer. Tickets are on sale at the door, £14 for non-members and children accompanied by an adult are admi?ed free. Monday 15th January - The Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club, Nether Road, Galashiels - 2.00pm. Stephen Hayes' talk will be on 'Inves)ng Small Amounts'. Members of The Three Brethren and anyone interested in joining the U3A are welcome. Tuesday 16th January - Gala Water Singers - Fountainhall School - 7.15pm. Santa brought us a New Year present! The community choir of the Gala Water Valley has a new Choir Leader, Julia Campbell, when we restart on Tuesday January 16, 7.15 - 9pm, Fountainhall School. A great )me to join us. People singing together - experienced or not, skilled or not, improving together - is what we are all about and is so enjoyable. Try free for two weeks. Ring John 01578 730289 for more informa)on or just turn up. No audi)ons - you want to sing? Come and sing. Friday 19th January - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. George Machray, a legend from East Lothian who performs his own songs and amusing parodies as well as poignant ballads. George has won the audience cup at Edinburgh Folk Club’s annual song wri)ng compe))on in 2012 and 2016 and also recently won the funniest song award at Glenfarg Folk Club. Live entertainment to lighten your hearts. £6/£5 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card -free. BYOB. All ages welcome. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa)on. continued on page 10

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Saturday 20th January - Eildon Ramblers – 10.00am. Circular walk: Peel and Yair. Grade B 7miles 390m ascent OS338. Meet 10.00 Glenkinnon Community Woodland, NT437349, WT 4hrs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leader Alastair 07908 052528 or email Sunday 21st January - Wedding Open Day - MacDonald Cardrona Hotel, Cardrona - 12noon to 3.00pm. See page 13 for details. Wednesday 24th January - Business Gateway Digital Boost - Facebook For Business - Galashiels Transport Interchange, Bus Sta?on, Galashiels – 10.00am to 1.00pm. Learn how to assess whether Facebook is an appropriate medium for you, how to find and refine your audience and to target, create and op)mise posts and adverts. The event will also cover measuring the effec)veness of pages, posts and adverts, including through the use of Facebook Insights (a powerful tool that lets you track user interac)on), as well as integra)ng Facebook with websites. You will also gain valuable knowledge about e-commerce, security, compliance and privacy. Call 01835 818315 for more info and to book place. Free. Thursday 25th January - Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose 10.00am. Our speakers will be Lady Catherine and Margaret Fox with ’Traquair’. All welcome. Saturday 27th January - Abbotsford Volunteer Open Morning - Abbotsford House, Melrose 10.00am. Have you ever thought about volunteering? Meet the team at Abbotsford and find out how you can get involved. We have roles to suit all ages and interests, so why not come to our open morning to find out more! A few hours or several days a month to spare? The Abbotsford Trust is looking for enthusias)c volunteers to get involved and help make a difference. See page 43 for more informa)on. Saturday 27th January - Abbotsford Burns Supper - Ochiltree’s Dining, Abbotsford House, Melrose - 6.30pm. Guest speaker Alasdair Hu?on and music by Merlin Academy of Music. Tickets £32, which includes a three course supper. Call 01896 752043 for more informa)on and )ckets. Saturday 27th January - ABBA Mania Tribute Night - MacDonald Cardrona Hotel, Cardrona 7.00pm. See page 12 for details and )ckets. Wednesday 31st January - Borders College Open Day - Nether Road, Galashiels - 2.00pm to 7.00pm. See page 5 for more details. Friday 2nd February - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Christmas party for singers, musicians and audience.BYOB. All ages welcome. Collec)on and raffle. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa)on Monday 5th February - The Filling Sta?on - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 42.

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 continued on page 14

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Calendar of Events Saturday 27th January – ABBA Mania £34.50 per person / £64.50 per person including Bed & Breakfast Friday 16th February – Dirty Dancing Vs Grease £34.50 per person / £64.50 per person including Bed & Breakfast Friday 23rd March – Blues Brothers £34.50 per person / £64.50 per person including Bed & Breakfast Friday 20th April – Feeva “party through the decades” decades £34.50 per person / £64.50 per person including Bed & Breakfast Friday 25th May – Take That & the Boy Bands £34.50 per person / £64.50 per person including Bed & Breakfast Friday 29th June – George Michael & Robbie Williams £34.50 per person / £64.50 per person including Bed & Breakfast

To book, call 01896 833 600 Email

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WEDDING OPEN DAY – Sunday 21st January 2018 Visit us at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel to enjoy the stunning view from our wedding Suite and see it set as it could be on your wedding day, full show around the hotel including the hotel faciliƟes and the honeymoon Suite. 12 noon – 3pm

WEDDING FAYRE - Sunday 25th February 2018 Make your dream wedding a reality at the four-star Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa. 12 noon – 3pm  Local Suppliers,  Personal Show rounds  Refreshments

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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( Just Singing - We meet on the third 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! ScoDsh 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. 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: Our entries in the Get Out, Diary and Community sec?ons are free to non-profit organisa?ons. If you would like to be included, send details to Willie at by 12th of the previous month 14 Gala Life

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Leona Corio

1st January

Dynamix Duo

6th January

China Blue

13th January

Grand Central

20th January

Tizer Chiefs

27th January

Adelle Tribute

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Why should we move more? In many jobs, people spend a great deal of )me siIng down. Advice is always available: “Get up and move around a little, do some stretching, walk around the block” but it’s not always quite as easy to carry out. This is certainly good advice, but what are the specifics? How much movement is? What type of movement is best? How intense should any movement be? The importance of movement becomes more important as we get older (and spend less )me moving around). A recent university study inves)gated the health benefits of reducing the amount of )me spent sedentary (not moving). The purpose was to find out how movement might improve health in middle-aged and older adults. The study looked at middle aged or older adults who were sedentary for a minimum of six hours each day of. In addi)on, all had one or more of the following: high cholesterol, high blood glucose, or elevated blood pressure. All participants completed different programmes of movement, each of which lasted one week. Between programmes, there was a one-week rest during which they returned to their regular lifestyles. Each programme consisted of physical ac)vity movements of a fairly low intensity carried out for a specific )me (5 or 10 minutes) and a specified frequency (every 1 or 2 hours). Here are the programmes used in the research: #1: low intensity, 5 minutes, every hour, or #2: low intensity, 10 minutes, every 2 hours For example, an individual in the #1 programme would stand up every hour during their sedentary )me and perform one or more of the low intensity activities for five minutes, then sit back down. Cholesterol levels, blood glucose, and res)ng blood pressure were taken at the same day and )me each week during the experiment. The researchers compared the effects of activity at two different intensity levels— low and 20 Gala Life

moderate. They wanted to have the participants perform light-intensity ac)vity rather than “exercise”, so it made sense to have them do simple household ac)vi)es. Some found the ac)vi)es very easy, while others found them difficult, but manageable. The changes following moderate activity weren’t significantly different, so I’ve not included them here. Here are the low intensity ac)vi)es that people undertook: standing; walking at less than 2mph on level ground; standing and folding laundry/ changing a light bulb/sewing/washing dishes/ working at a computer/talking on the phone/ filing/ea)ng/reading/geIng dressed/washing/ showering. Among the 13 par)cipants, there was no significant difference in weight or res)ng metabolic rate.  HDL (“good”) cholesterol saw a favorable increase of 21.2% a@er programme #1 and 18.4% a@er programme #2.  Overall cholesterol decreased by 24.6% a@er programme #1 and by 23% after programme #2.  Blood glucose concentra)on decreased by 6.1% a@er programme #1 and 7.8% a@er programme #2. The benefits from each week of ac)vity were reversed if the par)cipants did not con)nue with the movement: therefore, if a sedentary person is capable and willing to get up and move once per hour, five minutes of low intensity movements are sufficient to result in quite drama)c improvements in levels of blood fats and blood glucose. This doesn’t not mean that regular, structured exercise is unimportant – any ac)vity focus should be on both regular exercise and reduced siIng )me.

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John Lamont MP - Conservave It's a pleasure to be able to wish all readers a very Happy 2018. This )me of year is a great opportunity to spend )me with loved ones, celebrate a new year and reflect on the one that has just passed. 2017 has certainly been an evenPul and surprising year, par)cularly in the world of poli)cs. Many people will be hoping for a more stable 2018 and I with nego)a)ons proceeding over the UK’s exit from the EU, I certainly hope that to be the case. Whatever your poli)cal views, we will achieve more by coming together rather than crea)ng yet further division. Whatever the new year has in store, I have every confidence that the UK, Scotland and the Borders have a very bright future. For myself, this year saw my elec)on as your MP for the first )me. While my commute may have changed somewhat, my role as a representa)ve of the Borders remains the same and I’ll con)nue to hold my local advice surgeries and help out any cons)tuents who get in touch with an issue. For those who are employed in our emergency services this will not be a quiet period, as they con)nue to work )relessly to keep us safe and healthy. I want to thank them for all of their con)nuing work. We should also spare a thought for the brave men and women in our armed forces and the great sacrifices that they are making for us. Gala Ci?zens Advice Bureau Visit Just before Christmas, I was pleased to pay a visit to the Ci)zens Advice team in Galashiels. While I know the team in Hawick very well, this was my first visit to the Bureau in Gala. It’s really important to me to have a good working rela)onship with the Ci)zens Advice Bureaux in the Borders because we come across very similar cases. It was very helpful to hear directly from the team what issues their clients come to them with and what their concerns are about the future. Across Scotland, Ci)zens Advice volunteers, who despite the name are very skilled and very professional people, do tremendous work suppor)ng people who have run into difficulty. I think more needs to be done to back up Ci)zens Advice Scotland and in par)cular I think funding should be provided on a longer-term basis and our local councils and health boards need to involve local CABs in their decision making. Case milestone My busy and hard-working team in Hawick have just passed an impressive milestone. My office has just started on its 1,000th case in the 6 months since I was elected as an MP. It is this work, not making speeches or mee)ng Government ministers, which is the bread and bu?er of any good Member of Parliament. And although I’m not able to provide solu)ons for everyone, it is s)ll a fantas)c feeling when you get the news that a cons)tuent’s issue has been resolved. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of digging or an official letter from an MP to get certain things moving. As always, if there is an issue you need help with, I’d encourage you to come along to one of my surgeries or get in touch with my cons)tuency office.

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP This year flown past with many highs and a few lows. I was pleased to be asked to join a working group set up to inves)gate the issue of on-street parking and enforcement of restric)ons. The execu)ve voted against my amendment to include a commitment in their vision statement to providing a solu)on to this issue, which affects all our towns to various degrees. I do not continued on page 32

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Shop Smarter Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world. As their logo indicates - they sell just about everything, A to Z. Even if you hate it, it’s inevitable that if you do shop online, you will use it at some point. So, here are some )ps to make sure you get the best deal. Use the Amazon App to find a be(er Deal The Amazon mobile app features a neat image recogni)on tool. If you spot an item you need at home or in a high street store, simply use it to take a photo of the barcode and the app will take you straight to the relevant lis)ng on Amazon. This feature is also handy for adding household items to a shopping list when you’re running low. Keep on top of Lightning Deals Every day, Amazon offers huge discounts on select items for a limited )me or un)l the alloca)on has been sold, so you have to be quick to catch them. You can sign up for the ‘Daily Deals Newsle?er’ or browse ‘Current and Upcoming Offers’. Keep an eye on the Gold Deals for some mega savings too. Shared Prime Membership Amazon allows Prime Members to share the free one-day shipping perk with one addi)onal family member, providing he or she lives at the same address. Go to ‘Manage Your Household’ and click Add an Adult. You’ll need both adults present when doing this to provide e-mail and log-in details. Track your Wish List in your browser Whenever you find a product you’d like to buy later or receive as a gi@, just click the icon to add it to your wish list. Most people think the wish lists sec)on in Amazon is only for sharing with friends/family as gi@ ideas. Although this is really convenient, there’s an even be?er reason to create lists - Amazon ul)mately wants you to 26 Gala Life

end up buying the items in your list and they will send you no)fica)ons when any of them go down in price. It ends up being a built-in price tracker helping you get the best deal available on the items you want! To setup a list is simple: in the drop-down sec)on under Account, click on ‘Your Lists’. From there you can create a new list as well as view current lists you already have. You can give each list a unique name and decide whether you want it to be public or private. Once you have a list created, you can easily add items while shopping by clicking the ‘Add to List’ bu?on found below the area where you can view ‘shipping info’ and ‘add items to your cart’. Free Prime trials

Amazon Prime – a premium service which offers next-day delivery – can be sampled for a month free of charge. The company offers a free trial where you can sign up and get a month of benefits without handing over a penny. A lot of people do this around Christmas )me to ensure fast, free shipping. Trial Prime membership also gives you access to Amazon Prime Instant Video, so if you want to blaze through an en)re back catalogue of a TV show, now’s the )me to do it.

Just remember to cancel before the month is up or you’ll be charged the £79 yearly rate. If that does happen, the company will usually refund you - if you ask nicely. Bet you end up keeping it. Get the Best Price There’s a natural assump)on that Amazon offers the cheapest prices, but how can you be sure you’re really geIng the best deal? The Camel Camel Camel website tracks Amazon prices over )me and allows you to set up email alerts when the asking price falls. Head over to their web h(ps:// to personalise your alerts Subscribe and Save on Regular Items As Amazon does a neat side-line in household goods these days, you can save money by subscribing to products you buy regularly. You can save 15% on provisions like coffee, cleaning supplies, toiletries and baby wipes. You can order them every month or every six months and benefit from free one-day delivery. There are thousands of applicable items, so look out for the savings on product lis)ngs. Just search ‘Subscribe and Save’ on the Amazon site. Refunds for Missing that Prime ‘Guaranteed Delivery’ Date When Amazon ships to Prime members it offers a ‘guaranteed delivery’. If it misses the date, the customer service people say that in some circumstances you will be offered a refund. You’ll have to be proac)ve though so make sure you voice your complaint. Warehouse Deals Amazon has a li?le known sec)on of their site where they offer products at a discounted rate because they have been returned or had damaged packaging while being shipped to the warehouse. You can o@en find items marked down by 50% or more off their brand new price. So before you buy a product on Amazon that’s new, consider if you’d be sa)sfied with buying it used, refurbished, or with a damaged box on the ‘Amazon Warehouse Deals’ sec)on. Get Cash Back on a Price Drop One of the most irrita)ng things about shopping is buying something right before it goes on sale.

Thankfully, you don't have to suffer through that on Amazon: If you end up seeing a price drop a@er you purchased something, contact Amazon customer service through live chat, phone call, or email and they'll refund you the difference. This only applies to items shipped and sold by Amazon. The official policy says it must be done within seven days of your delivery date, but many people have had luck with a refund even a@er that )me.

How to Buy Cheap "Add-on" Items Amazon offers thousands of useful "add-on" items like lip balm, toilet paper, and USB drives for prices you can’t beat. The problem is, you need a total order of £20 to qualify for these deals. You can get around this by adding a ‘pre-order’ item like an unreleased video game, movie or book to meet the minimum. Amazon does not charge you for pre-ordered items un)l they ship, so, if you were to change your mind later about that s)ll to be released Blu-Ray, you can always cancel the pre-order and keep your cheap add-on items. Amazon will also automa)cally ship your add-on items a@er you place your order, so you won't be wai)ng un)l your pre-order ships for your add-on stuff. Amazon Student Are you a college student or have children in college? Don’t miss out on geIng all of the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership Free for 6 Months through Amazon Student! All you have to do is provide an ‘.edu’ e-mail address and proof you are taking at least one class. That’s free 2-day shipping, instant access to streaming music, TV and movies all for a whopping £0. A@er that it will revert to £39 for a year, which is s)ll £40 off. Debbie

At NS24 Ltd. our goal is to enable businesses and individuals to maximise their poten?al. We relieve you of the burden and pressures of dealing with business finances, allowing you to focus on what you do best. We give you access to real-)me financial informa)on about your business, empowering you to make vital decisions whilst ensuring compliance with all statutory requirements. Joanne Turner has been the sole director of NS24 since acquiring the business in 2016. Joanne has several years of experience working with business finances, including financial management, payroll and taxa)on. She began studying with the ACCA (Associa)on of Chartered Cer)fied Accountants) in 2012, and the ICB (Ins)tute of Cer)fied Bookkeepers) in 2013. In 2017 Joanne was awarded the ICB's pres)gious fellowship status in recogni)on of the wealth of knowledge she has obtained. Over the years, she has gained many qualifica)ons from both associa)ons, including a degree from the ACCA in conjunc)on with Oxford Brookes University, and diplomas in manual and computerised bookkeeping, payroll, self-assessment taxa)on and year-end accounts. This range of qualifica)ons enables NS24 to offer you a variety of services, including bookkeeping, payroll, auto-enrolment pensions, self-assessment tax, VAT returns, CIS returns, year-end accounts, and corpora)on tax computa)ons. Each client receives a bespoke package of services to ensure that their specific needs are met. By embracing new technologies such as cloud systems, auto entry systems, and apps to capture expenses on the go, we have streamlined our processes. We can use a mul)tude of so@ware packages to suit each client’s needs and have recently obtained Advanced Cer)fica)on for Quickbooks Online. For businesses without so@ware in place, we can assist you with seIng up an appropriate so@ware package. We take compliance seriously at NS24. The ICB is our supervisory body under money laundering regula)ons, giving our clients reassurance that they are dealing with a reputable company. We understand the various deadlines set by HMRC and Companies House, and the impact that failing to meet these deadlines can have on your business. Data protec)on is of the utmost importance to us. On 25 May 2018 the new General Data Protec)on Regula)ons (GDPR) rules come into effect. We will ensure we are fully compliant with these rules, and we can help you to achieve full compliance too. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a fundamental change to the way tax is operated and will be implemented in full in the near future. Many businesses are unaware of their requirements, but at NS24 we have the exper)se to help prepare you for MTD. We have opened a new office at 11 Island Street in Galashiels, and we are now looking to take on new clients. There are special introductory offers available, as well as a refer-a-friend scheme. All our rates are fixed in advance, so there are no surprise bills, and all clients have the op)on to pay in instalments throughout the year to help cashflow. For more details please call 0333 772 0683, email or visit Joanne Turner Director 28 Gala Life

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The Gala Garden January 2017 If you look out at your garden now, is it furry with frost? Are the trees and shrubs glistening with berries and coloured bark? Do the evergreens give you any pleasure amongst dri@s of snow, even if it is pockmarked with bird tracks? If the answer is “no” then here’s a New Year’s Resolution you can keep without a doubt: let’s make the garden beautiful in the winter too. To guarantee enough winter interest, plan)ng ought to be at least 60% evergreen. Don’t worry - this will s)ll leave plenty of room for spring bulbs, summer perennials and climbers. There are two types of evergreen plants: conifers and broad leaf evergreens, some of which also flower. The broad leaves are typically a li?le tenderer than conifers so make sure you can give them some shelter, particularly from cold north and east winds. It is the combina)on of evergreens and broadleaves that creates interest in texture and form, together with any colour provided by bark and berries.

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Start at the boundaries: a well-planted and maintained hedge will define the area that is yours, seIng the tone of the garden as a whole. Beech hedging is deciduous but it keeps its leaves un)l spring and the autumn colour is a bonus.

Coniferous hedging needs to be clipped out with periods of frosty weather so don’t do it now: aim for May and September. Broadleaf evergreens like cotoneaster and holly have glossy leaves and berries and can be kept in shape with one good clip every spring. As well as these two main groups of shrubs there are also evergreen ferns for shady corners, like polys)chum and blechnum, and ornamental grasses for sunny places, like miscanthus or calamagros)s, which keep their structure all winter. So do some evergreen perennials like hellebores, bergenias and some epimediums. Evergreen climbers like Hedera Paddy’s Pride or H Sulphur Heart add colour and good form in the

late winter sun but all ivies are good if well-clipped. Add some deciduous shrubs which flower in the winter: witch hazels are a wonderful sight in January and February, and winter-flowering viburnum will carry on flowering un)l the spring. These plants deserve a place where the sun gets them in the winter. I like to put them near the house if possible. Placing these evergreen structural plants is an important part of your ground plan; corners are important places, as are the ends of borders. A conical shape like Picea alber)ana conica is a good choice for a corner since it is equally good from either end and round shapes make full stops at the end of borders. Pillars or columns are very a?rac)ve to the eye and can be used in pairs to emphasise an entry point or singly to draw the eye along to a vista. If you are keen to clip things into shape, don’t forget to contrast this clipped form with so@er, fluffier things like good grasses. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185

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expect a speedy solution to the problem but hope all members will work positively and cooperatively towards a solu)on. The first mee)ng is early in January. I was disappointed that the Waste Transfer Sta)on approval went ahead and in par)cular that none of the other members in the commi?ee would second my mo)on to refuse it. It was all the more disappoin)ng to be informed later that the Job Centre had been successful in its appeal and would be moving to Douglas Bridge. The hard decisions one has to make as a councillor were no more evident in than the recent one to allow SB Cares to transfer call services to East Lothian. This was not an easy decision, especially when jobs were involved and the people doing these jobs had been doing outstanding work, o@en going the extra mile to help their clients. They all deserve a massive thank you, and I hope that SBC makes good on its commitment to find everyone alterna)ve employment. In the end, the issue has been lack of financial investment by SBC/SB Cares in this service over many years. At the hus)ngs I made a commitment, if elected, to look at the cost of the service to clients because of the recent hikes in charges. From the information presented at the briefing, and from budgeting informa)on made available to me, there was no way to con)nue the service in its current format without increasing costs to users yet again. Call outs and Care and Maintenance with con)nue to be run from the Borders and only call services will be transferred. I will not support any further increases in charges in the execu)ve’s next budget. I am looking forward to seeing work star)ng on the site for the home of the Great Tapestry of Scotland. I think we need to start thinking of a new name for this building, as it will be a more of a cultural centre with travelling exhibi)on and educa)onal space. Perhaps a compe))on for a new name might be a possibility – Tapestry McTapestry Face is already mine…. A recent survey into use of retail space found that most of the larger chains were not interested in Galashiels because they thought it too rural and had too low a fooPall. I believe the new building, along with the plans of other groups working in Galashiels have the poten)al to change their percep)on of the central borders. I think 2018 is going to be an exci)ng and challenging year! Tel: 0300 100 0220; Mobile: 07811 976952; E-mail:; Facebook:

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservave One of my biggest loves in life is movies. A movie can help you escape and dream or it can make you laugh and cry. It can scare you so much, that you don't want to take your head from under the covers or it can make you feel so brave, that you feel you can do anything. In this day and age where movies are accessible at the touch of a remote control. I o@en wonder if my nephews and nieces, will ever understand the struggle and joy of walking around a video shop trying to find a movie to watch that night. Then geIng home to find that the last 'renter' didn't rewind the tape! When it comes to my favourite movies of all )me, I don't have a number one favourite but a selec)on sharing the top spot. I must admit that I am a Star Wars fan and by the )me you read this, I will have already been to the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels, to see the latest instalment. What is my favourite Star Wars movie? That is easy it has to be 'The Empire Strikes Back' I'm sure every Star Wars fan, will agree that is the best of them all. Before Star Wars George Lucas also directed another one of my favourite movies 'American Graffi)' a wonderful coming of age tale set in early 1960's America. Another hidden gem in the continued on page 34

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary January Thurs 4th 10.00am Communion Service Sun 7th 9.30am Sunday Squad 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev John Evans 10.00am Communion Service Thurs 11th th Sat 13 12.30 Soup ‘n’ Pud lunch Sun 14th 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev Tim Morris 6.00pm Healing service Fr Philip Blackledge Thurs 18th 10am Communion Service st Sun 21 9.45am Breakfast 10.30 Family Service, Joanna Smith Thurs 25th 10.00am Communion Service Fri 26th 5.00pm Choir prac)ce th Sun 28 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev Sarah Kilbey Thurs 1st Feb 10.00am Communion Sun 4th Feb 9.30am Sunday Squad 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Contact Informa?on Caretaker Phil Todd 07787 729639, Hall Bookings Elizabeth Watret 01750 23207 / 07780 009355 e-mail

Caddonfoot Parish Church The Caddonfoot Parish Church news is for the January edi)on due to the fes)ve holidays, so we are looking back and forward in this issue. Plans were in hand to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and we began on the first Sunday in Advent (the candle was lit by Ziva Birch) with a Christmas Gi@ service when members of the congrega)on le@ cash for Borders Children’s Chari)es. This was followed by the Na)vity play presented by Caddonfoot Youth (CY) and led by Mrs Catriona Bird and followed by sherry and mince pies. There was the opportunity to a?end church twice on December 24 with the morning service followed by the tradi)onal Christmas Eve Watchnight service, when we were joined by Trinity Church, to bring in Christmas Day, with the bell being rung, as it is done every Sunday, to mark this special day. The service, which started at 11.15 pm, was preceded by carols at 11 pm. The year ended with a service of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 31st before we wished continued on page 36

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each other a Happy New Year before entering 2018. The Christmas newsle?er, packed full of church and community informa)on, has been distributed to the village and surrounding area. Clovenfords news is also incorporated in the newsle?er. Also, the Church and Community Calendar, illustrated with magnificent photographs, made an ideal gi@ and contains a wealth of informa)on on local clubs and organisa)ons. A Happy New Year to all our readers.

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. 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 kniIng, sewing, croche)ng, or pain)ng. Friday Club - 6.00 - 7.30pm. For primary aged children Games, stories, cra@. Restarts on 12th January. Sunday Youth Cub - Restarts 14th January. Alpha Course starts on Thursday 11th January at 10.30 for 11am start. It will be held at Clovenfords. This is an opportunity to explore the Chris)an faith. For further informa)on please call 01896 850562 or email Burns Night will be held on Thursday January 25th 6-8pm. Cost is £4. All welcome. For further info of all church events – www.galashielsbap? e-mail admin@galashielsbap?

Trinity Church Galashiels A slower pace returns to Trinity in the New Year after a busy December. Another successful tree festival was held in Trinity at the end of November with 38 trees all varying shapes and sizes on display. The weekend was brought to a conclusion with a Christmas carol service on the Sunday evening. A total of £480 in donations was raised over the 2 days and this was given to Callum’s Trust, a cancer charity. Callum died in 2008 and his wife gave an extremely heartfelt and interesting talk about the charity to those attending the carol service. Other services in December included a family service complete with na)vity, a Chris)ngle service and a watch night service which was a joint one with Caddonfoot and which was held at Caddonfoot Church on Christmas Eve. Sunday services con)nue in January at 11.15am and in the mean)me the Bible study group are having a short break un)l the middle of January. continued on page 38

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The Guild enjoyed their Christmas party on Tuesday 5th of December when they were entertained by a “concert party” which consisted of members of the congrega)on. The ladies have 2 mee)ngs to look forward to in January; the first on Tuesday 9th when John Gray will be talking about the history of the Braw Lads gathering and the second one is the Scots Lunch with entertainment supplied by Stuart Anderson. We are a friendly church and would like to invite you to come along and join us in worship. Teas and coffees are served every Sunday both before and after the service which encourages fellowship so why don’t you come along and join us.

Hope Church We are a lively and inclusive contemporary Chris)an Church recently established and thriving in the ScoIsh 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. Check out details of Hope Church on our web site

Holy Trinity Church, Melrose Taizé worship is held at Holy Trinity Church, High Cross Avenue, Melrose, on the last Wednesday of every month. See 'What's On' for dates and )mes. Taizé is a form of non-denomina)onal Chris)an worship involving sung and chanted prayers, medita)on, a period of silence, and liturgical readings, with no preaching. The experience has been quoted as being "poe)c and contempla)ve." The style of prayer prac)ced is sung in an almost Buddhist style of medita)ve chan)ng. All are welcome to join in the service, which is based on the worship style of a monas)c community located in Taizé, northern France. Members of the community make a life commitment to live in joy, simplicity and mercy as a "parable of community," a sign of the Gospel's call to reconcilia)on at the heart of the world. For further informa)on visit our website at, telephone 01896 822626, or you can e-mail us at

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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 January: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am St Paul’s continued on page 40

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6.30pm St John’s There are children’s and youth groups during the morning services. Prayer Mee?ngs in January: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th at 7.30pm in St John’s 23rd 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 on 6th Dec Lunch Club – Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for informa)on on cost etc. Music Makers – Thursdays 7.30pm Badminton – Wednesdays 10am 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” continued on page 42

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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 Christian’s from communities across the Scottish 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. There is no mee)ng in January 2018 due to the first Monday being New Year’s Day but we will be back at the Corn Exchange the first Monday in February which is the 5th. Our speaker on that occasion will be Jess Polson who is the Ministry Assistant at St Paul's & St George's church, Edinburgh. Along with a regular )me for worship led in February 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 – remember the Corn Exchange Melrose at 7.30pm Monday February 5th. More informa)on in the February edi)on. Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed New Year from the Filling Sta)on Team.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class, which recently celebrated its fi@h birthday, con)nues in the Borders General Hospital’s Chaplaincy Centre each Thursday from 5 to 6 pm for pa)ents who have been through the heart rehabilita)on programme and some also a?end a monthly gym class at the Tweedbank Sports Centre. We had the use of the hospital gym on one occasion when we did not have access to the Chaplaincy Centre. Mrs Christine Wakefield, Chest, Heart & Stroke’s Project Officer, also attended our annual Christmas lunch while the annual general mee)ng was held in December (more details next month).

Gala Water Singers Santa brought us a New Year present! The community choir of the Gala Water Valley has a new Choir Leader, Julia Campbell, when we restart on Tuesday January 16, 7.15-9pm, Fountainhall School. A great )me to join us. People singing together - experienced or not, skilled or not, improving together - is what we are all about and is so enjoyable. Try free for two weeks. Ring John 01578 730289 for more informa)on or just turn up. No audi)ons - you want to sing? Come and sing. continued on page 43

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Gala Opera A@er a break of almost four weeks over Christmas, January sees us resume rehearsals for our 2018 produc)on 'Summer Holiday' which is now only about 8 weeks away. January and February will be very busy, bringing together all the dance rou)nes, musical numbers and principal cast to ensure we are ready for show week. Tickets for the show will go on sale in February and we will also be preparing for our annual coffee morning which takes place in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels on Saturday 17th February from 10am - 12 noon. Our coffee morning will give you the opportunity to hear a preview of some of the musical numbers from the show, while relaxing with a cup of coffee and browsing our stalls. Tickets for Summer Holiday will also be on sale so make sure you come along! Look out for further details of the coffee morning and how you can get )ckets in next month's issue! Also look out for the our posters with the 'big red bus' which will be appearing soon for all )cket booking details.

Abbotsford Volunteer Open Morning 27th January 2018 at 10.00am Have you ever thought about volunteering? Meet the team at Abbotsford and find out how you can get involved. We have roles to suit all ages and interests, so why not come to our open morning to find out more! A few hours or several days a month to spare? The Abbotsford Trust is looking for enthusias)c volunteers to get involved and help make a difference. Sir Walter Sco?’s Abbotsford is one of the most famous literary houses in the world. Looking a@er this 5 star-rated tourist a?rac)on is a major challenge for a small charity and volunteers are absolutely crucial to Abbotsford’s success. From welcoming visitors at the )cket desk to ensuring they have an enjoyable visit to the historic house or helping maintain the gardens, there are many varied roles. For 2018, we're also looking for minibus drivers as well as events and estate volunteers. We're par)cularly keen to hear from people with )me to spare at weekends. If you want to meet new people, get out and about or learn something new – Abbotsford is the place for you. For more informa)on call 01896 752043 or email enquiries@sco(

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For January 2018 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin A prosperous New Year to all! Saturn, the planet of responsibility and discipline, starts 2018 in Capricorn for the first )me in 30 years. The flavour of the year ahead is down to earth and focussed, even unrelen)ng at )mes. Saturn in Capricorn is a hard taskmaster and this may well be a year of belt-)ghtening. At its most posi)ve we can expect to see a refocussing on hard work and achievement. Venus, the love planet, moves from down to earth Capricorn into unpredictable Aquarius on the 18th, bringing unusual rela)onships and partnerships into focus. Mars and Jupiter are in unwavering and determined in Scorpio, highligh)ng the need to s)ck to your plans. Two full moons this month the first in Cancer on the 2nd and the second one in Leo on the 31st. The new moon is in Capricorn on the 17th, an excellent )me to set out your goals for the year ahead. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Saturn in focussed Capricorn arrives at the point in your chart concerned with higher knowledge and educa)on. This is an important year for Aries as renewed focus on top priority projects really gets underway. The full moon on the 2nd highlights family ma?ers. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Stern Saturn is at a highpoint of your chart confirming that this is another important phase for developing your career, par)cularly as further educa)on and travel play a big part. It’s a good )me to make important decisions before Mars moves into Sagi?arius on the 27th. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Serious Saturn is now in the financial sector of your chart ensuring that a close review is necessary. Knowledge gained during 2017 will assist you in making important decisions. A short term goal also needs a?en)on, for best results use the innova)ve new moon energy on the 17th. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 2018 starts with a potent full moon in your sign on the 2nd, op)mism and posi)ve thinking will make a vital difference to your current plans and help things go your way. The new moon on the 17thth highlights rela)onships, use your intui)on to make the right decisions. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Four planets light up the work and daily routines sector of your chart as planning and restructuring become a strong focus this month. Your health also takes priority as disciplined Saturn nudges you forward towards a new and innova)ve wellbeing regime. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Four planets in responsible Capricorn occupy the most crea)ve part of your chart, this is definitely the month to get new projects up and running. Energe)c Mars connects with Jupiter in Scorpio, assis)ng with innova)ve and pioneering ideas. The new moon on the 17th is ideal for new beginnings. 44 Gala Life

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Your home and family come to the forefront this month as four planets light up all things domestic. Venus, your ruler, moves into innova)ve Aquarius on the 18th crea)ng important insights for you to act on. The Aquarian new moon on the 17th brings a new sense of adventure. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Saturn, Venus, the Sun and Pluto are all crowding the communica)on area of your chart. Business plans and ideas are posi)vely highlighted now, while your mind is sharp and at its best. Jupiter is strong in your sign encouraging future plans, but do remember to keep your op)ons open. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Saturn, the planet of duty and responsibility stands firm in the financial area of your chart. You would do well to have a period of reassessment, don’t tempt fate with any risky ventures. Your ruler connects with energe)c Mars and shines on all your intui)ve and produc)ve abili)es. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Four planets occupy your sign at the start of this very important year. Energe)c Mars connects with abundant Jupiter shining a very positive light on friends and group endeavours. The Capricorn new moon on the 17th gives you a good ins)nct for new partnerships, use your intui)on for developing roman)c plans. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Energe)c Mars connec)ng with abundant Jupiter in Scorpio augurs well for your plans in 2018. The full moon on the 2nd highlights an important work opportunity, use this trend to focus on important goals. The second full moon in your opposite sign on the 31st sees the start of an exci)ng new partnership. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Mars and Jupiter, both strong in Scorpio, are making waves in the travel area of your chart. This month is perfect for planning a journey, enjoying some culture or engaging in discussion. Posi)ve breakthroughs will be sure to occur if you follow your intui)on with renewed vigour and self-confidence. 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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Results Not Going Gala’s Way Unfortunately since our last ar)cle Gala have failed to recover the form that saw them winning their opening games of the season and have in fact now lost 5 in a row. The only posi)ve from this that they have managed to pick up try and losing bonus points, which leaves them in the top half of the table at the half way stage of the season. The rot con)nues with a home defeat to Musselburgh which turned out to be Musselburgh's first ever victory here at Netherdale. The following Saturday saw the first cancella)on of the season when a frozen pitch put paid to the game against Aberdeen Grammar. And at the )me of wri)ng it looks as if the game against Dundee will probably go the same way. Prior to all this Gala made a quick exit from the BT Cup when they were soundly beaten by Boroughmuir up at Meggetland. Before the turn of the year Gala will have played host to Peebles in a Border League match and all being well should visit Melrose on Boxing Day for the annual Waverley Cup match. Normal service hopefully will resume in January when Gala host Falkirk here at Netherdale which is followed by two away fixtures against Cartha Queens Park and Selkirk, before Kelso visit Netherdale on the 27th. This game will also host the Gala RFC ex-players day which is going to be a charity day where all proceeds will go to the “Myname5DoddieFoundation” . The main speaker will be former Scotland and British Lions Captain and ex Gala coach Finlay Calder. Any ex player wishing to attend should contact the club office on 01896 755145 to book their place. It is hoped in the weeks ahead that Gala’s injury problem will clear up and the team get back to their winning ways or at least a resemblance to the side which won their first 6 league games this season. Gregor Hunter is s)ll top points scorer for this season with 109 which is almost one third of the en)re points tally this season. Craig Russell s)ll leads the try scoring table with a total of 12 but club captain Graham Speirs is hot on his heels with 11. Netherdale is s)ll very much available for Social Func)ons which we will do our utmost to meet the individual needs of each booking. The club are also offering a special Christmas Membership Deal at a very much reduced price. For more informa)on have a look at the website or contact the club office on 01895 755145. The clubs own social calendar has some interes)ng events on the horizon. The already aforemen)oned Ex Players day on 27th January which is followed by the Burns Lunch on Sunday 11th February 2018, Sportsmans Dinner on Friday 23rd February in Galashiels Academy. Details of these events are all available on the website. Come On The Maroons

Photo: Club captain Graham Speirs in ac?on during the recent game against Musselburgh.

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January Fixtures 6th 1st: Falkirk (home) 13th 1st: Cartha Queens Park (away) 20th 1st: Selkirk (away) 27th 1st: Kelso (home)


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Border Vets Healthy, Happy Pet Club Welcome to 2018! A fresh start, )me to plan for the year ahead and make those resolu)ons. The perfect backdrop for us to launch our new Pet Health Club. The idea of a Pet Health Club is to promote preventa)ve healthcare for your pets, provide access to excellent products at a discounted rate and allow you to spread the costs over the year. To help with the things that insurance doesn’t cover. You might be familiar with similar services at the Den)st. We have designed our plan to give comprehensive cover for the things that matter to our pets in this area. We have plans available for dogs, cats and rabbits. All start with the annual health check and vaccina)on and include parasite preven)on. Cats receive a new spot-on treatment that covers Fleas, Ticks, Roundworms and Tapeworms. It also helps control flea eggs and larvae in the environment (in your carpet) to stop the life cycle. Rabbits will benefit from a product called Rearguard that prevents fly-strike (maggots) in the summer months, they also get discounted nail clips and dental checks. Dogs have the choice of a monthly spot-on option or a quarterly tablet, we can advise you which one would suit you best depending on your dog’s lifestyle. Also included is a second consulta)on later in the year with a Vet. This could be used for a 6month check-up or can be used for a consulta)on at any point in the year during normal opening

hours. Health Club members can also have quarterly free checks with one of our nurses on top of free membership in our Fit Pets weight club. Then there’s discounts on microchips; £10 for Health Club members, 10% off all food including prescrip)on diet. You can doubly benefit if your pet is on Purina PVD as the sixth bag free scheme runs on top of your 10% discount! There’s also 10% off neutering and 10% off dental procedures. All the terms and condi)ons can be found on the leaflets in recep)on or please phone for more details. In order to join you only need to pay the first instalment in prac)ce and then set up a monthly direct debit for the 11 subsequent payments. Just to give you an example of the discounts, a 20Kg dog (like a Border Collie) that restarted his vaccina)ons including Kennel Cough vaccine and received 12 months of flea and worm spot-on, a )ck collar in March, a microchip, a consulta)on during the year and a nail clip with a nurse would pay £329.05. On Health Plan the same dog’s owner would pay 12 x £12.75 which is £153! That’s a saving of £176.05 before claiming any discount back for food, neutering or dental treatment. Let us simplify your pet’s preventa)ve care rou)ne by welcoming you to our Pet Health Club. Spread the cost and save. Happy New Year from all at Border Vets. Carla & Mel Galashiels Veterinary Surgery Office: 8.30 - 6pm Mon - Wed, 8.30-7pm Thurs & Fri Sat Gala Terrace, Galashiels. TD1 3JT

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open 8.30 - 1.30pm. Consulta?ons by appointment

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Keeping You Mobile The electric mobility scooter is one of the greatest developments in mobility equipment in recent years: It has quite simply revolu)onised life for many people, allowing them to regain their independence. However. There are many things to take into considera)on when choosing a mobility scooter (not just the colour, and no, they are not all maroon). So we asked Richard from Right Medicine Pharmacy in Selkirk for some good prac)cal advice on how to choose your ideal scooter. Here are his top )ps: Where it will be used? Will you be using the scooter inside the house or outside? If the scooter is going to be used inside consider the layout of your home to understand width of corridors, door frames and gates. If there are stairs, will additional ramps need to be installed? Even if you don't intend to use the scooter in the house, will it need to come indoors for storage or to be recharged? If so, you may have to re-arrange furniture etc. to allow access to a power supply. The small boot scooters are easier to charge because the ba?eries on them can be li@ed off the scooter and carried to a power supply, but the ba?eries on a bigger scooter are not intended to be removed, so the whole scooter has to go to the power supply. Your regular journeys Take a close look at the regular journeys you are likely to make on your scooter. Picture yourself on the journeys and look for any poten)al problems you might encounter. The main things to look for are steep hills and the quality and width of the driving surface. If there are steep hills, you should priori)se the weight and power of the scooter the lighter the be?er, and four wheels rather than three. If the pavements are uneven, consider the vehicle's 'ground clearance' and stability. Perhaps suspension would be good. Road or off-road use? Mobility scooters are not designed for long journeys - but you may s)ll need to use one on the road, depending on the area in which you live and the journeys you wish to make. Choosing a mobility

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scooter with a maximum speed of 4mph (Class 2) means you are restricted to using it on the pavement wherever a pavement is available. A larger scooter with a maximum speed of 8mph (Class 3) is more prac)cal for road use. You need to register these ones with DVLA, but there is no cost for this. You Your body shape and weight are important factors when making your choice. Every mobility scooter has a maximum weight capacity - which may be par)cularly significant if you are a larger person looking for a lightweight model. There are heavy duty models available which accommodate a very large body size. The size of the seat and the leg room available should also be factors to take into account. You should also consider your ability to get on and off the vehicle comfortably and, if necessary, look for a model that features a swivel seat for ease of boarding. There are also different controls available ensuring you can reach everything to steer and drive easily, safely and confidently, without pain or discomfort. Manoeuvrability If you plan to use your mobility scooter in )ght spaces, for example the home or the supermarket - then manoeuvrability is a key factor. A three wheel model will generally be a more agile scooter, but the product specifica)ons should also show a figure for the 'turning radius'. This measurement shows the space needed for the vehicle to complete a U-turn, so is a very good indicator of the scooter's manoeuvrability. Storage You need to consider where you are going to store your mobility scooter when you are not using it. Limited storage space may be another reason alongside transportability - to choose a model that can be easily folded or dismantled. If you plan to store your vehicle outside your home, you should consider an extra level of security such as a lock or a purpose-built storage unit that has lockable doors. If you wish to store your vehicle in an unsheltered area, you should consider a waterproof mobility scooter cover.

Transportability A major factor to consider is whether or not you need to take your mobility scooter away from your home - for example, if you spend long periods of )mes at homes of rela)ves, you may wish to take your scooter with you. In this case, you should opt for a mobility scooter that can be easily dismantled and transported. Larger, heavy duty models are not ideal for this kind of use - but some compact, foldable models are designed speciďŹ cally for ease of transportability. Comfort Your own personal level of mobility and the amount of )me you plan to spend using your mobility scooter will determine the level of comfort you require. The vehicle's chair is the main factor here - and these vary in terms of height, width, depth, material, quality of the cushioning and accessories. Many heavy duty models feature a 'captain's seat', which is similar to the driver's seat of a car. Other comfort features you should look for include the ability to adjust the height of the seat, the armrests and the handlebars. Choosing a vehicle with suspension will also oer you smoother, more comfortable journeys.

Ba(ery life It's important to know the maximum distance you will need to travel on your mobility scooter, because the battery life is measured by the number of miles it will last before it runs out. This can be as low as eight miles for a lightweight, foldable model - ideal for short, frequent journeys - while ba?eries for roadworthy models can last for up to thirty miles, but remember, going uphill will seriously shorten the range - It's all very well going down into town, but you will need enough charge le@ to get home again! Insurance There are many insurance companies that provide mobility scooter policies and it is important that you have insurance so that you're covered against the@, accidents and third party claims. If you would like further informa)on and advice on scooters, or any other mobility equipment, you can speak to Richard on 01786 480482 or pop into the shop in Selkirk (see page 55), where they would be delighted to see you. If you would like to do further research online is an excellent start. Go for it! Debbie Gala Life 51

Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory We all make New Year resolu)ons and they usually last less than the Christmas tree. However, here are some techy ones – no exercise or diet involved, you won’t even have to get out of your chair, but will save loads of grief in 2018. Back it Up You'll have loads of photos, videos, music files, documents and more, on your PC, laptop, tablet and phone. Not only will some of these be truly irreplaceable, but it probably took you quite some )me to gather them all together and make yourself at home on that computer. If you lose or have any of them stolen – all gone. Same if your hard drive fails – all gone. Back them up, in fact look at how you can set up an automated backup. Then back up again to a flash drive or CD/DVD just to be sure. If you run a business you will need three copies, one kept off-site. Don’t Be So Easily Fooled No doubt by now, we all have a good an)-virus, malware, spyware and a firewall running on our computer or laptop. But, there’s always one component that fails. No offence, but it is you. You are the weakest link with easy passwords, being too quick to click on a link or open e-mail a?achments without checking they are legit. It’s simple, ramp up the passwords and think, think, think before you act. Use a Password Manager Sure, one password for everything makes life so easy. Not just for you, but also for the person who either guesses, or hacks it. You can lose everything, including your money. Whether you have trouble remembering passwords or not, a password manager like 1Password or LastPass replace your easy to hack ones with seriously strong ones, then help you log in. If you have an iPad or iPhone – make sure you use Touch ID – also make sure you switch on Find My Phone. Upgrade to Windows 10 If you are not using Win 10, you have no idea that life doesn’t have to be like this. Just do it. 52 Gala Life

Rescue your Analogue Media Old printed photos or slides (usually taken by parents) won’t last forever. Scan them now and back them up. Same with old audio and video tapes. Google how to convert them to CD or MP3, the so@ware can be had for free. Mind Those Ps and Qs (Posts and Quotes) Don’t post fake news. You've got to employ a healthy level of skep)cism for what you're reading, watching, or otherwise consuming - on the internet or elsewhere. If it doesn’t sound right, or is a bit far fetched, check it out. Just Google it, or go to the likes of and learn the truth (it’s out there). Clean Up Your Act Online Applying for a job this year? Any personnel officer worth their salt will shortlist all the candidates based on their CV, then throw half out based on their Facebook page. Unless you are applying for a Club 18-30 Holiday Rep job, being a party animal is not usually a skill to boast about. Switch It Off No smartphones whilst ea)ng. Next )me you are in a restaurant look around and note the number of people engrossed in their phone (and the hapless idiot siIng opposite them). Conversa)on is a vocal art, prac)ce it, it’s actually good fun. Get Fit With Tech Ok, you will have to get out of that chair, but if you do want to get fit, or lose some weight, there’s lots of tech and apps to help mo)vate you. The most popular fitness tracker is Fitbit, they make walking fun, and unlike mul)-gyms, rowing machines and mountain bikes, they don’t fill your garage with redundant hardware. Finally – Save Trees Go paperless. Next )me you are on your bank or energy company website, )ck the box that makes it paperless. It will make you feel good. Best wishes for 2018 Willie

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS A & A Doyle Ltd Funeral Dir


DW Noble


Mark Cameron Dance


Abbotsford Volunteer Day




Maxwell Roofing


Ace Carpet Cleaning




Mike TV


Amazon Tips


Gala Garden


MT Maintenance


Apollo Blinds


Gala Rugby Club


NS Twenty Four Bookkeeping


Border Brides


Gala Squash Club


O2 Vacancies


Border Canopy Company


Handyman Services


Oven Wizard


Border Vets






Borders College Open Day


James Graham Roofing




Bowen Health


Jean Muir Student Village


SB Cares


Brish Legion


John Lamont MP


School Bell Tuion




Jonnie Jones Plumber


Selkirk Mobility


Caddon Healthcare


K 2 Roofing


Shirt Tails


Cambridge Diet


Keeping You Mobile


Slimming World


Castle Warehouse


Keith Penny Décor







Thompsons Solicitors




Kip McGrath


Travelsure Ltd


Councillor Andy Anderson


Macdonald Cardrona Hotel


Willie's Wonky Computer


Councillor Euan Jardine


Mackenzie Plumbing


Zest Blinds


Creme De La Creme


Man with a Van




Manor Ballet



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Gala Life January 2018  

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Gala Life January 2018  

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