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Gala Life

A local magazine with directory of trades and businesses - 12,000 copies delivered FREE to every home and business in Galashiels, Tweedbank, Melrose, Clovenfords, Darnick, Dingleton, Newstead and Ga(onside.

June 2018

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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to June edi?on of Gala Life. Amazing what a difference a month makes. We have blossom on the trees, the leaves and flowers are out and the daylight lasts so long. My favourite *me of year. We have so much in this issue to see and do. In our regular columns this month Sheila Drummond looks at enhancing the colour in the garden, from your shed to your furniture, Alan Clinch writes about the “Flow State" and Willie’s Wonky Computer deals with problems with Mice! The recipe moves to Spain. As we are ge>ng ready for summer, I’m always an op*mist, we take a look at summer books. If you don’t fancy a diet, just buy the Tom Kerridge book and you’re half way there. Lastly Kirsty from Simon Porteous gives advice on electric bikes. I tried one last year and it really surprised me. Give it a go! We couldn’t be in June without the Braw Lads’ Gathering. Congratula*ons to Greg and Kimberley, read about them and the *metable of events on Pages 27 – 30. We wish them and you a great Gathering. Don’t forget to enter the compe**on, another really great prize this month, thanks to Melrose Golf Club.

Features Win! Braw Lads’ Gathering Holiday Books Buying an E-Bike

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Regulars Fitness Garden Horoscopes Recipe 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 July - 13th June Gala Life is delivered to every home and business in the Galashiels, Tweedbank, Darnick, Dingleton, Melrose, Newstead and GaFonside areas. Copies are also leG 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 26th May 27th May 27th May 30th May 30th May

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Book Fair - Corn Exchange, Melrose Borders Family History Society AGM and Talk Elephant Sessions – MacArts School Children’s Concert - Volunteer Hall ShaFered by In Mo*on Theatre Company – MacArts

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Burgh Primary School Sausage Sizzle

1st June 2nd June 2nd June 2nd June 3rd June 4th June 6th June 8th June 11th June 14th-17th June 15th June 15th June 17th-30th June

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Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall Car Boot Sale - Whitestone Park, Peebles Alec Lucas Memorial Football Tournament - Whitestone Park The Jensen Interceptors + Special Guests – MacArts Borders Vintage Automobile Club Classic - Thirlestane The Filling Sta*on - Corn Exchange, Melrose Border Flower Club - Corn Exchange, Melrose L7: Pretend We're Dead – MacArts Councillor Andy Anderson Surgery Baillie Gifford Borders Book Fes*val Councillor Andy Anderson Surgery Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall Braw Lads’ Gathering 2018

22nd June


Langlee Community Choir & Se Cantaben Choir from France

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Sophie BancroG : The Songs Trio with Louis Durra – MacArts

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Carolside Gardens, Earlston

2nd July


The Filling Sta*on - Corn Exchange, Melrose

Monday Monday

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

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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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Saturday 26th May - Book Fair - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 10.00am to 4.30pm. Sunday 27th May - Borders Family History Society AGM and Talk - St Peter’s Church Hall, Galashiels - 2.30pm. Poli*cal Disturbances in the Borders by Norrie McLeish. Sunday 27th May - Elephant Sessions – MacArts, Galashiels – 7.30pm. Choosing MacArts for the last night of their Sco>sh tour, the band have just won Album of the year at BBC Scots Tradi*onal Music Awards. Grearing up for loads of fes*vals both here and over the channel, and with an incredible blend of Folk and high energy beats, this promises to be THE best night out in Galashiels over the bank holiday. Or any *me. Tickets £10. Licensed bar throughout and plenty of banter! See you on the dancefloor! Monday 30th May - School Children’s Concert - Volunteer Hall - 6.30pm. A concert to kick start this years Braw Lads’ Gathering. Admission £3 payable at the door – all welcome. Wednesday 30th May - Shattered by In Motion Theatre Company – MacArts, Galashiels – 7.00pm. A brand new play by Lisa Nicoll exploring the humanity, humour and isola*on of everyday life. Tickets: £10 / £8 Thursday 31st May - Burgh Primary School Sausage Sizzle - 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Raffle, boFle stall, bouncy castle, cake and candy, games and lots more. Tickets - Adults £2.50 Children £1.50 includes sausage roll and drink. Friday 1st June - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick - 7.30pm. The John Hinshelwood Band. John is Lanarkshire-based. He plays songs with a hint of country, with guitar accompaniment and has performed with a variety of ar*sts over the years, including American singer songwriter Kathy Stewart-Kennedy and Patsy Seddon (ex Poozies). Also in the band are Tim Black on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Ed McGlone on Bass, Chapman S*ck, and Vocals. £6/£5 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card -free. BYOB. All ages welcome. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa*on. Saturday 2nd June - Car Boot Sale - Whitestone Park, Peebles - 11.00am. Saturday 2nd June - Alec Lucas Memorial Football Tournament - Whitestone Park, Peebles 11.00am to 4.00pm. 16 seven-a-side teams battle it out to win the prestigious trophy. Great family day out. Saturday 2nd June - The Jensen Interceptors + Special Guests – MacArts, Galashiels – 7.30pm. AGer their incredible gig last year, The Jensens return for another night of Blues at its finest! Not to be missed! Licensed bar throughout and a great line up! Sunday 3rd June - Borders Vintage Automobile Club Classic - Thirlestane Fes?val of Motoring, Thirlestane Castle, Lauder - 11.00am. Bigger and beFer than ever, with over 1200 vintage and classic vehicles taking part. A fabulous day out for the whole family with entertainment, attractions, live music, shopping and food. Tickets £10, £16 family. Under 16 free. Monday 4th June - The Filling Sta?on - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 40. Wednesday 6th June - Border Flower Club - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. Prac*cal night. Visitors are welcome and a sales table is on offer. Friday 8th June - L7: Pretend We're Dead – MacArts - 7.00pm. Cut from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-seen -before footage and candid interviews, this documentary film takes viewers on an all access journey into the early 1990's grunge movement that took the world by storm. Tickets £7. Licensed Bar! continued on page 10

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Monday 11th June - Councillor Andy Anderson Surgery - Cloudhouse Café, Stow - 11.00am to 12noon. See page 49 for more info. All welcome. Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June - Baillie Gifford Borders Book Fes?val - Harmony Gardens, Melrose. The Borders Book Fes*val aFracts world-class literary figures. See website for more details www.bordersbookfes? Friday 15th June - Councillor Andy Anderson Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. See page 25 for more info. All welcome. Friday 15th June - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick - 7.30pm. Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal (original gig cancelled in March due to snow!)Eilidh and Mark are a much sought aGer Sco>sh musical duo with an incredible CV, which includes backing actor/singer Ewan MacGregor, playing Glasgow Concert Hall as part of Cel*c Connec*ons, as well as playing large European venues. They u*lise influences from the West Coast of Scotland in par*cular and provide stunning performances of tradi*onal and contemporary songs and tunes, with guitar, fiddle and their incredible voices, all honed from a very early age. £6/£5 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card -free. BYOB. All ages welcome. Phone 07986 644661 for more informa*on. Sunday 17th June - Braw Lads’ Gathering 2018. This year’s Gathering picks up from here with 2 weeks of great events. See page 28 for more details. Get out and support your Braw Lad & Lass. See you there! Friday 22nd June - Langlee Community Choir & Se Cantaben Choir from France - Holy Trinity Church, Melrose - 7.30pm. Bri*sh Legion concert with visi*ng choir from France. This is certain to be a varied evening of music in the lovely acous*cs of Holy Trinity Church. All welcome. £10 at the door. Saturday 23rd June - Sophie BancroI : The Songs Trio with Louis Durra – MacArts – 7.00pm. A confident musical voice that is distinctly jazz-based, Sophie writes and performs with an inspirational folk expression, giving us hints of Kirsty McGee, Thea Gilmore, and the wit, sensuality and expressive minimalism of Peggy Lee. Tickets: £10/ £8. Licensed Bar! Sunday 24th June - Carolside Gardens, Earlston (off A68) - 10.00am to 5.00pm. In aide of Arthritis Research, Melrose Branch celebra*ng their 45th anniversary. Thanks to Mr and Mrs Foyle. Spectacular gardens and riverside walks. Teas and coffees with home baking on sale, op*on to bring picnic (no barbecues & no dogs). £6 entry (children under 10 free). Plenty of parking. Monday 2nd July - The Filling Sta?on - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 40.

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. continued on page 12

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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. 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! ScoLsh 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 moFo 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. 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, ScoF 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 aFend workshops, talks, and visits. Find out more by visi*ng our Facebook page! Tel 01896 820023 or email: ScoLsh 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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Flow - Part 1 All of us have days when things just don’t quite seem to be going right – you lack mo*va*on, you can’t seem to hit your stride when you are doing something… and on the other hand there are days when you are simply buzzing – you’re fully engaged in ac*vi*es, things are fun, *me flies by and everything just works. There is a school of thought which suggests that these different types of days don’t happen by accident, and that we can create a posi*ve and engaging mind set and improve our day to day experience. During compe**ons, athletes try to move themselves into a mental/physical state oGen referred to as ‘the zone’. When we get to this point the ac*vity becomes effortless, ac*ons happen automa*cally, and *me passes quickly. Researchers have iden*fied features of this – a state of mind also known as the flow state - and this can help you develop specific strategies to create optimal experiences for yourself and others. The Flow State Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is known for his work in the field of happiness crea*vity, and posi*ve experiences. He iden*fied specific quali*es and condi*ons of the flow state, which he described as: ‘The state in which people are so involved in an acvity that nothing else seems to maer; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost for the sheer sake of doing it.’ Ul*mately, the flow state is where maximum performance meets maximum experience to create maximum focus: a desirable state for most experiences (though it should be noted that Dr. Csikszentmihalyi was looking specifically at exercise). Achieving flow aims to remove distracting thoughts, and the world outside the ac*vity stays outside the ac*vity; the focus is specifically on the ac*vity and becoming completely immersed in the experience. Research during the last decade has iden*fied a number of characteris*cs of the flow state, star*ng with a high level of individual mo*va*on to perform an ac*vity simply because it

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is rewarding in itself. Others are: Concentra on: complete focus on your own needs with no distrac*ons. Total absorp on: a feeling of being at one with, or owning, the ac*vity. Loss of self-consciousness: aiming for a clearly defined outcome creates understanding – you know what needs to be done and get instant feedback regarding success or not in terms of the task or ac*vity. Control over performance and outcome: feeling that your ac*ons have a direct impact on the outcome is a great mo*vator. When applied to something like an exercise session, it’s likely to be a *me when you have complete control over performance and outcome, and working hard can lead to a sense of accomplishment. Time: an intense focus on the ac*vity results in a lack of awareness of *me passing, and can lead to the sensa*on of *me speeding up. Flow isn’t just about feelings; it’ll be no surprise that the body’s chemistry is affected as well. During exercise, chemicals called neurotransmiFers help the brain focus specifically on the task at hand. Dopamine s*mulates feelings of well-being, and is produced as the nervous system works to learn and repeat movement paFerns, crea*ng a pleasurable learning experience. Another neurotransmiFer dilates blood vessels to improve oxygen flow, reduces pain and increases our ability to learn new exercises. In doing so, it encourages posi*ve feelings and the good mood that oGen follows an exercise session. These are a few basic ideas related to the concept of flow, and from a knowledge point of view you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a bit ‘out there’…. So next month I’ll try and offer some prac*cal sugges*ons to help people move towards a flow state. Summer’s coming…..

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The Gala Garden June Let’s assume everything in the garden is in perfect order: the lawn has been treated and is coming in lush and green; the vegetable beds are protected from hungry birds and filling up with healthy plants; the flower borders are full of blossom. So far, so good: so what is there to do? Why not add colour? Paint the shed and the fence. Once I would have said paint them green but now I see that ar*ficial greens drain the colour out of real greens, so try something else: nearly black and light nut brown (not orange), buttery cream or sand and a darker contrast. Pick up on the colours of your property to relate the two structures. If you have raised beds made of sleepers – they can be painted too. Pergolas, arbours, arches – they can all add another punch of colour in the garden. Don’t shy away from strong colour like pure orange or turquoise; a deep saturated tone will s*ll look good in low light. Colours that advance towards you, like white, yellow and red, are strongly aFrac*ve but will seem to shorten the distance to them. This is good if you have a long garden and want to draw people down to see what is at the boFom but not so good in a small space. If you want to hide something, like the shed, don’t put a beautiful splash of colour in front of it; instead place something colourful at about 90 degrees and a few feet away so that people will look there instead. Colours that recede are mainly greens, blues and lilacs: use these and the whole place will seem much bigger, especially if you use lighter and lighter

shades towards the horizon or furthest away part of the garden. Put larger leaves in the front and smaller ones at the back to create more depth. Furniture is another place to add colour: black and white is pretty neutral but deck chairs with coloured canvas seats come in a huge range of colours and they can make a quick change easy and rela*vely inexpensively. There are also some good plas*c woven chairs in exciting colours in a range of prices. Pick up on whatever scheme you have chosen by buying pots in similar colours. A random collection of pots is nowhere near as telling as two or three in the same colour. Please buy big ones – nothing less than 16 inches in diameter. LiFle pots dry out so quickly and the plants just look a bit forlorn all by themselves. When it comes to choosing plants for containers you can create impact by s*cking to a limited range of colours but that doesn’t always mean a soGly, soGly approach. Be bold – high contrast works wonders. For example, draw the eye with orange marigolds in a purple pot. As for plants, besides tender perennials like fuchsias, geraniums, and argyranthemums, try to include some good small grasses like festuca and foliage plants. Hostas, fatsia and ferns for shady places; euphorbias, senecio or sempervivums in full sun. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 Gala Life 19

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John Lamont MP - Conserva ve NHS Excellence Awards I had the pleasure of aFending the NHS Borders’ Celebra*ng Excellence Awards at Springwood Park recently. It was a fantas*c event, and a really great showcase of how lucky we are in the Borders to have so many hard working staff in our NHS. As we all know, the health service is under huge strain at the moment and has had a par*cularly difficult winter with a worse than usual flu outbreak as well as the terrible winter weather. While many of us simply baFened down the hatches and waited out the worst of the weather, hundreds of NHS staff in the Borders fought through blizzards and snow driGs in order to make it in to work to ensure people were cared for. Our health service is in many ways being held together by staff like this, who put in extra *me, work flexibly and do more than they are strictly meant to be doing to ensure that pa*ents are cared for in the best way possible. Congratula*ons to all the nominees and winners on the night, whether they were clinical or non-clinical, primary or secondary care or to paid staff or volunteers. Each award told a different story, but all those involved were truly inspiring. In what is the 70th Anniversary year for our NHS, there was also a special Pla*num Award. The ten nominees, who had an impressive 312 years of service between them, were nominated by the health board and voted on by their peers. The award went to Jackie Brand, a Charge Nurse at the emergency department at BGH, who has worked there since 1991 and was nominated because of her commitment to her job and her professionalism in all that she does. I was so impressed with the event that I paid tribute to our NHS staff in the House of Commons shortly aGerwards. Asking the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom to consider devo*ng some Commons *me so that MPs from across the UK were able to pay tribute to their local NHS staff. She fully agreed that we all owe a debt of gra*tude to doctors, nurses and carers across the UK. It is absolutely right that we all have a serious discussion about the future of the NHS in this country. It’s clear that as our popula*on con*nues to age, there will be increasing pressure on our health service. Poli*cal par*es may differ on what should be done to ensure our NHS con*nues to be able to offer a world class, free at the point of care service and opposi*on par*es will con*nue to hold the Government in Holyrood and Westminster to account on the issue of health. What is important is that NHS staff know that none of this is a cri*cism of staff who are working *relessly to keep the NHS going.

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP This month sees the opening of a brand new des*na*on playpark for Galashiels. This started as an informal discussion around the *me of the Braw Lads Fes*val. Along with the other three Galashiels and District councillors and convenor David Parker, I have been involved in this project from concept, selec*on of contractor (who submitted plans that were head and shoulders above the other tenders, making the choice simpler than expected!) to actual construc*on. It has been great to see this develop and now we are planning, in conjunc*on with Galashiels Community Council, a grand charity opening, which will be a great family day out. Possibly, by the *me you read this it will already have taken place; in which case, hope you enjoyed it! Further informa*on is available on the SBC website and at continued on page 24

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With much less fanfare, so far, there is a wonderful new play facility in Stow. Over recent weeks, despite poor weather new play facilities and and outdoor gym equipment has gradually appeared. This is the culmina*on of many years of hard work and fundraising by a small group of very dedicated local people. They are a great example of how a small group of people can bring about a posi*ve result in their community. With the recent spell of good weather, children are already using and enjoying the new equipment, but I believe there will be an ‘official’ opening next month. With the new area partnerships funding available there is an even greater opportunity for local groups to gain funding for community projects in Galashiels and District (and throughout the Eildon locality). I think that one lesson learned from the last round was that no maFer how good an idea you have, or how well researched and planned it is, you really have to promote it and canvass the public for votes. I was as surprised as anyone that our rural communi*es did so well and our towns did so poorly in gaining funding for projects. This scheme is effec*vely a pilot for a Sco>sh Government ini*a*ve for par*cipa*ve budge*ng, which means that communi*es have a say in how part of the local budget is spent. My advice is, be ambi*ous, be bold… and get your voters out! 0300 100 0220; Mobile: 07811 976952 E-mail: Facebook: TwiFer: @AndyA4Gala

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conserva ve So the summer is nearly here and like Cliff Richard said “We’re all going on a summer holiday!” Or are we? To me summer isn’t about going abroad on holiday, it’s about embracing some free *me or doing things with friends or family. The Sco>sh Borders can offer so much during this period for all ages. During the summer months there is a wide range of ac*vi*es on offer. These range from sport to culture to comedy to heritage. I’m not saying don’t leave the Sco>sh Borders but this year maybe take *me to see what is on your doorstep. If you are like me, you will oGen take for granted the amazing things on offer here. For example Edinburgh might have Princess Street Gardens but to me Bank Street Gardens has a much beFer feel to it. This year once again Borders Buses are looking to bring back their open top bus tour. I went on this last year and it was a great way to experience some of the most iconic places around the Sco>sh Borders. If you decide to go on it you may even find yourself singing on the bus like Cliff Richard and Lauri Peters as the bus departs Galashiels! Now by the *me you read this the new Galashiels Playpark should be open. What a great asset to our town the des*na*on playpark will be. I really hope that it will endure for many genera*ons to come. I did speak about this a liFle bit in last month’s Gala Life, but I think it shows how excited I am about it coming to frui*on I can’t stop wri*ng about it! Email -

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Advice Surgeries At the following venues:

Cloudhouse Café, Stow Monday 11th June 11am – 12 noon

Tesco, Galashiels Friday, 15th June 11am – 12 noon Tel. 0300 100 0220 Gala Life 25

St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary June Fri 1st June 7.30pm Cursillo @ Coldstream Sun 3rd 9.30am Sunday Squad 10.30am Sung Eucharist Thurs 7th 10am Communion Service Sat 9th 12.30 Soup ‘n’ Pud lunch Sun10th 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev Tim Tunley 6.00pm Healing service, Rev Andrew Cooper Thurs 14th 10.00am Communion Sun 17th 8.30am Holy Communion 9.45am – 10.15am Breakfast 10.30 Family Service, Joanna Smith Tues 19th 3.00pm AGernoon Tea Service Thurs 21st 10.00am Communion Sun 24th 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev Annie Naish Tues 26th 5.30pm Messy Church Thurs 28th 10.00am Communion Service Fri 29th 5.00pm Choir prac*ce Sat 30th 8.00am Braw Lad’s Breakfast Sun 1st July 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Hall Bookings Elizabeth Watret: mob 07780 009355 Verger Phil Todd: 07787 729639 Church web site:

Caddonfoot Parish Church The Rev Elspeth Harley, took a deserved break one Sunday in April and the service was conducted by members of the congrega*on, although the Readings, Prayers and Reflec*ons were prepared by the minister. A week later, the church was well filled for the Holy Bap*sm of Lochlan Ainslie, and as it was also Lambing Sunday, Mrs Joan Mundell, of Meigle Farm, brought along three lambs, which were on their best behaviour! Members of the Kirk Session and Congregational Board, along with those from Trinity in Galashiels, met with the Rev. Pamela Strachan and Mr Andrew Campbell, who were carrying out a Melrose and Peebles Presbytery review following the previous review two years ago. Members also heard a talk from Simon Wallace on demen*a, which proved very interes*ng, and how a>tudes are changing to the illness. Our annual appeal this year is for the Audio-Visual Project Fund and envelopes and details have been distributed. Appeal Sunday was on the same day as the Sacrament to Holy Communion. On the same day, Rev Harley appealed for members to help with the open days during the summer. Chris*an Aid week was marked in May and details of our collec*ons will be in the next issue of Gala Life. continued on page 32 26 Gala Life

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RIDER’S SOCIAL In Quins Restaurant Galashiels Starting around 10pm

Music by Gary Cleghorn Admission Free

Food Available

The Braw Lass will present the winners of the various chases held earlier in the evening with their trophies during the evening. Badges are available for those who have completed the ride out @ a cost of £5


ANNUAL DINNER In the Volunteer Hall Galashiels 7 for 7.30pm

Guest Speakers & Singers Tickets £25 - EVERYONE WELCOME (For further details contact 01896 753803) SATURDAY 30th JUNE

FINAL FLING In the Volunteer Hall Galashiels Starting @ 9pm (No admission after 10.30pm) Music by

BACK GREEN Tickets £10.00 (limited to 4 per person) For further details contact 01896 754245 or 01896 752953 Come along and support the Braw Lad & Braw Lass at their final event!

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BRAW LADS’ EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BRAW LADS’ GATHERING 2018 MONDAY 30th MAY SCHOOL CHILDREN’S CONCERT - Volunteer Hall, admission £3 payable at the door – all welcome. 6.30pm - 7.30pm. SUNDAY 17th JUNE BIKE RIDE - Leaving from Galafoot 2.00pm. All welcome TUESDAY 19th JUNE SWIMMING GALA - Galashiels Swimming Pool, first race 6.30pm. Further info from Gala Swimming Pool. Admission by programme £1. FRIDAY 22nd JUNE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE - Volunteer Hall Galashiels. 7.30pm – 11.00pm Tickets £7 available at the door. Spectators welcome, £3. SATURDAY 23rd JUNE SCHOOLCHILDRENS DISCOS - Volunteer Hall Galashiels. Primary 1 & 2 11.30am. Primary 3,4 & 5 1.00pm. SATURDAY 23rd JUNE BRAW LADS’ BALL - Galashiels Academy @7pm. Tickets £45, for further details contact 01896 752814 SUNDAY 24th JUNE SPORTS DAY AT NETHERDALE. First Event at 10.00am. Schoolchildren’s Sports, Touch Rugby , Football Fives, PoFed Sports, Beer Tent & Outside Catering, Free Mini Fun Fair, Flower Parade, Pony Rides and many other AFrac*ons including Ex Service Pipe Band & Galashiels Town Band. Admission £5 Children free. Braw Lads’ Gymkhana, further details from Kirsty Mundell 07801588665. MONDAY 25th JUNE LINDEAN RIDE OUT - Leaving Netherdale Car Park at 6.00pm arriving back in the Town Centre at approx 9.30pm. WEDNESDAY 27th JUNE CEREMONIAL RIDE to TORWOODLEE - leaving Netherdale Car Park at 5.45pm arriving back in the Town Centre at 8.15pm. FANCY DRESS PARADE - Sco9 Park at 6.45pm. Parade at 7.15pm. CARNIVAL DANCE - Volunteer Hall 10.00pm. Tickets £7 on sale at the door. Admission by *cket only. *Over 18’s ONLY* THURSDAY 28th JUNE CIVIC RECEPTION FOR OVERSEAS GUESTS - Volunteer Hall, for further details contact Hazel Hunter on 01896 757888. FRIDAY 29th JUNE INVESTITURE CONCERT - Volunteer Hall 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Entry by dona*on. Braw Lad and Braw Lass Invested with the Official Sashes. Ex Braw Lads’ and Lasses Choir and local ar*sts. SATURDAY 30th JUNE MORNING CEREMONIAL RIDE - commencing at 8.00am at the Burgh Chambers when the Braw Lad will receive the Burgh Flag from the President of the Braw Lads’ Gathering. Further details and other ma(ers in connec?on with the Braw Lads’ Gathering can be obtained in the OFFICIAL BROCHURE on sale at various outlets throughout the month of June. Gala Life 29

Greg Kelly, 21 , is a Sales Assistant with Booker Wholesale in Netherdale and loves working there. He went to St Peters Primary School and then Galashiels Academy. After that he spent time gaining an HNC in Sports Coaching. He started riding about aged three, but then took a break to play rugby and football. Now horse riding is definitely back on his agenda as he looks forward to heading the Braw Lads Gathering in addi*on to riding at other Border Common Ridings and Fes*vals. He remembers the Braw Lad and Lass visi*ng his school, it was their visit that prompted him to follow on horseback. “ I admired and looked up to them, it was an ambion of mine to one day being Braw Lad myself”. Well this year it is Gregs turn and he is honoured at being given this opportunity, I am enjoying making new friendships and meeting neighbouring principles. I’ve been overwhelmed since declaraon night with the number of messages of support I have received and am looking forward to my term in office represenng the town along with my Braw Lass Kimberley and aendants and upholding the long standing tradions of the Braw Lads Gathering.” We are especially proud of Greg too, as he used to be part of our Gala Life delivery team! Kimberley O’ May, 25, is now an admin assistant with SBC having worked in various roles there since 2013. Prior to joining the council Kimberley went to Caddonfoot Primary followed by Gala Academy. Riding has always been a passion for Kimberley since she can remember. One vivid memory is coming second in the art compe**on at school where she painted the Gala day with the horses crossing the water. The visit of the Braw Lad and Lass signified the school holidays and she thought one day she would love to be a principal. She has been looking back through many old photographs of her dancing on Picking night when she was twelve and now is so excited to be privileged enough to take a leading role. She said “It’s always wall to wall people on Sco Street and to think I will be leading that with my Braw Lad Greg, I am looking forward to the whole experience but the Gala day itself will be extra special. “I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind well wishes and cards. Also a special thanks to the principals Alex, Mark, Amy and Greg, they have been so supporve and helpful! I can’t wait for the summer ahead!” Kimberley is so thankful to be chosen and can’t wait to do Gala proud. We wish them both well and hope everyone has a great Braw Lads Gathering. Picture courtesy of Alwyn Johnston -

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CraG materials are required for a new project which works with adults who have disabili*es or mental issues. Dona*ons of wool, buFons, beads and old jewellery can be leG in the ves*bule. Services con*nue to be conducted each Sunday at 9.45 a.m. by the Rev. Harley, who has been appointed Interim Moderator for the vacant charges at EFrick and Yarrow. The next Church/Community newsleFer is not due un*l Harvest Thanksgiving in the autumn, but now is the *me to put your thinking caps on. The Church is s*ll looking for a representa*ve on the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches and also Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. The Church is again to publish a calendar for 2019 – it is well in hand already - and a reminder and a date for your diary of the annual Coffee and CraG morning to be held in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on Saturday, October 20.

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 aGer 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) On Saturday 5th May we were delighted to welcome our new minister the Rev Chris Holden. Over 100 people gathered in the church for a Service of Induc*on. Members of the congrega*on were joined by representa*ves from the Bap*st Union of Scotland, fellow Bap*st Churches across the Borders and other churches in Galashiels. Chris grew up Chelmsford, Essex and first joined the ministry in 1989. He comes to Galashiels aGer 24 years serving three churches in Kintyre. While minister of his last church in Campbeltown he also worked for Macmillan Cancer Support. He is married to Andrea and the couple have five grown up children. A keen kayaker, Chris has previously helped out with the Ac*ve Schools Programme and enjoys the outdoors. He is excited to get started in the Borders and is looking forward to ge>ng involved with the local community. First Monday of each month. 2-3.00pm Prayer and Pudd for Ladies. 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. First Tuesday of each month at 11.45 am a service in the church for LAPWinG Lunch Club folk, but all welcome. Tea/coffee from 11.30am. 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 craG 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 - There will be no club un*l aGer the summer holidays. continued on page 34

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Holiday Club July 3rd – 7th the club will run throughout the week from 10 – 12 noon and caters for primary aged children. Registra*on forms will be available. Further informa*on will be available on the church website. Community Cafe – The church will be running a Community Cafe once a month. A regular date is to be confirmed but in July this will be held on Saturday 8th following the holiday club. e-mail admin@galashielsbap?

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 meetings are lively and informal, family friendly, with a blend of traditional 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. 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. Hope Central 1-3 Overhaugh St, Galashiels TD1 1DL e: t: 07377 717705 Check out details of Hope Church on our web site

Trinity Church Galashiels After a few weeks of holding our services in the church hall, we returned to worshipping in the sanctuary in May and tried a new set up of the ves*bule for people who enjoy a cuppa before or aGer the morning services. This change is only temporary un*l there has been some feedback from those using the facility. We celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the beginning of May with a few members of the Albany Church for the deaf joining us. Bible study con*nued on Wednesday evenings at Caddonfoot Church and we par*cipated in Chris*an Aid week, handing out envelopes for dona*ons at the service on 13th May. There was also a joint Guilds Coffee morning on Saturday 19th May with the proceeds going to Chris*an Aid. The newsleFer which was sent out at the beginning of May can be seen on the church website In it there is an ar*cle highligh*ng the possibility of the former St. Aidan’s Church being demolished with both WW1 and WW2 memorials s*ll in the now unsafe building. Members were asked to write to the planning department of Sco>sh Borders Council to make them aware of these very important memorials, one of which was sculpted by George Paterson Sutherland and Sons of Galashiels and so is very important to the town. During June, Sunday morning services con*nue at 11.15am but the choir and the guild are having a rest for the summer. One of our members, Mhairi Lawson has organised a concert which will take place on Tuesday 26th June. This concert is en*tled “The Cocktail Hour” and includes songs from Scotland, England and Italy. Mhairi, who hails from Galashiels is a professional soprano and she will entertain you continued on page 36

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along with Paula Chateauneuf who performs on the lute, theoboro and guitar and Dorothy Howden on piano. Dorothy is Church musician at Trinity. The concert includes cocktails and soG drinks at 4.30pm then the concert starts at 5pm. Entry is by dona*on and all are welcome.

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. Our Spring Fayre this year is on Saturday May 5th from 2 – 4pm in the Corn Exchange. The stalls will include cakes, tombola, raffle, books, plants and bric-a-brac. Tea, coffee and home baking will be served throughout the aGernoon. For more details please contact Liz Brims on 01896 755218 For further informa*on visit our website at, telephone 01896 822626, or you can e-mail us at

Old Parish & St Paul’s Church ScoF Crescent, Galashiels TD1 3JU 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 June: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am St Paul’s 6.30pm St Paul’s There are children’s and youth groups during morning services. Prayer Mee?ngs in June: 5th 12th, 19th at 7.30pm in St John’s 26th 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 aGernoons – look out for dates continued on page 38

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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 restarts September Lunch Club – Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for informa*on on cost etc. Music Makers – Thursdays 7.30pm restarts September Badminton – Wednesdays 10am restarts September 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, aGer. 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 – 9.30am at Bowden Kirk and 11.00am 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 aFend these services.

Bethel Rock Gateway Church We are a new Chris*an church mee*ng in the Focus Centre, Galashiels TD1 1DQ at 11am each Sunday. We believe the whole Bible is absolute truth and is relevant for today. Our worship is in contemporary style. We exercise the giGs of the Holy Spirit (eg. prophecy and healing) in church ministry and in our Chris*an living. We have a children's church during the main service. We have regular Communion/Eucharist in the usual Chris*an style. We have a relaxing *me of fellowship aGer each service. We don't have all the answers - but we know who does! Contact - Douglas Renton, Pastor on Mobile 07815 682 027 Everyone is welcome. continued on page 40

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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. We meet on Monday June 4th at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange Melrose when we welcome Josh Gilbert who has been a regular Filling Sta*on speaker. Josh is the Prison Development Manager for Alpha Interna*onal in Scotland and is involved with Student ministries at P&G’s in Edinburgh. Along with Josh our own Naomi with her team of musicians and singers will be leading the worship and this should be a Fantas*c night of worship, teaching and Ministry. At the Filling Sta*on on July 2nd Andy Hall will be our speaker. Andy is the founding director of the Equipped to Live Network (ETLN). ETLN aims to equip, encourage and mobilize Chris*ans to be an effec*ve mission force in their communi*es. He travels widely in the UK and interna*onally in this teaching and training role. Andy is also the chairman of Leaders Together for Scotland – a gathering of key Charismatic & Pentecostal leaders in Scotland. Along with Yvonne he serves as Sco>sh Coordinator for Love AGer Marriage a new ministry to strengthen Chris*an Marriages. Andy is a very popular Filling Sta*on speaker. There will be no Filling Sta*on in August but in September Rob White from Manchester has been booked for a return visit, and for those who remember him from last year you won’t want to miss his return visit. 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 June 4th.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class 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. There was a special visit at one of the sessions from Mrs Chris*ne Wakefield, Peer Group Support Worker (South-East), Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, who took part in the exercise session. Members are being encouraged to take part in the ‘One Billion Steps for Health’ project. A reminder, too, that the Chaplaincy Centre doors are locked each evening at 5pm and arrangements have been made to access and exit the Centre. 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 11th of the previous month 40 Gala Life

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For June 2018 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin June starts with a brilliant aspect between love planet Venus and Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance. The mys*cal planet Neptune is also involved, offering the opportunity to use visualisation and intuition for all creative projects. Relationships are positively favoured this month, ushering in a sense of the drama*c as Venus moves into Leo on the 14th. Mars remains in Quirky Aquarius all month, but be aware that Mars is entering a long retrograde phase on the 27th, this could seriously slow things down, so do try to get any important projects that must be finished off the ground before then. The potent Gemini new moon on the 13th stirs up some motivating energy; communica*ve Mercury is also in Gemini offering excellent opportuni*es for brilliant new ideas. A challenge between home and career is possible with the Capricorn full moon on the 28th. ARIES MARCH 21 – APRIL 20 Mars, your ruling planet, is in eccentric Aquarius all this month offering you the perfect opportunity to sweep out the old and create space for the arrival of exci*ng new energy. Romance and friendship look lively as Venus moves into passionate Leo on the 14th, take advantage and make sure that socialising is your top priority. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Unpredictable Uranus, newly arrived in your sign and in challenging aspect to Mars is demanding that you con*nue with the changes that now have to be made. Take posi*ve ac*on to expand your ambi*ons and be sure to take advantage to meet new people who can in turn influence your work progress. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 It’s your birthday month and it starts well with the Sun in close alignment with Mercury, your ruler. It’s time to be absolutely clear about what you want, what’s best for you and not for others. Make the most of partnerships and rela*onships, par*cularly around the new moon on the 13th CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Venus the love planet is in brilliant aspect to mys*cal Neptune, offering the perfect opportunity for a new roman*c encounter or the chance to vamp up an exis*ng one. AGer the 14th your finances come into focus and you should be in the right frame of mind to make some important decisions. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Keep an open mind if you have any set plans around the *me of the Gemini new moon on the 13th. The social sector of your chart is in the spotlight offering new friends and exci*ng new experiences. Venus moves into your sign on the 14th, maximise your poten*al and put your powers of judgement to the test. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Abundant Jupiter is strong in your communica*on sector at the moment and urges you to take a different viewpoint on things have been bothering you lately. This could be the most important month of the year for new developments and radical change. The new moon on the 13th suggests a rapidly-changing work picture. 42 Gala Life

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 The Sun and Mercury are highligh*ng the sector of your chart that loves faraway places, this is emphasised by the new moon on the 13th. Making travel plans will be fun this month, particularly those involving the one that you love. New friends appear as Venus moves into playful Leo aGer the 14th. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 The Sun, Mercury and the new moon all gather in your financial sector around the middle of the month. A review is overdue and this is a good *me to check your investments and resources. Jupiter in your sign indicates that a bold approach might pay off when it comes to making money. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Close relationships are the focus of the month for freedom loving Sagittarians. You might be asking yourself if you are giving enough *me to family and to your loved one. The new moon on the 13th has the poten*al for new beginnings, but take care that you are not insensi*ve to those close to you. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 June brings your working life into the spotlight, it’s *me to banish fears and allow yourself to consider what you really want before leaping into a new job or taking on a new posi*on. Working with the inspira*onal Gemini new moon on the 13th opens up some exci*ng possibili*es that you don’t to want to miss. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Make the most of the love planet Venus in the sensi*ve sign of Cancer un*l the 13th. It’s perfect for a new romance or the revival of an established one. Mo*va*onal Mars in your sign favours ge>ng out and about and doing your own thing, but as the retrograde phase begins things will slow down to a more steady pace. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Your home and family life are top priority this month and it looks as if things could get rather hec*c! Important planetary movements in restless Gemini s*r up the way you communicate your ideas and feelings. Take the opportunity to fulfil several different task simultaneously as you need to be prepared for inevitable change. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into posi*ve and produc*ve planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. I offer a full mo*va*onal and transforma*onal coaching programme using astrology, coaching and the Bach flower essences. My client base is interna*onal, all my consulta*ons are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more informa*on. Intui*ve Tarot card readings for wisdom and guidance are also available. Chris?ne Chalklin Inspira?onal Astrologer and Life Coach, Chris? Telephone: 07813 483549

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Let’s Eat The World - Tortilla de Patatas - Spain Tor?lla de Patatas – Spanish potato omeleFe. I can quite happily eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Serves 4, apparently. Oops. Ingredients  500ml sunflower oil  1kg waxy potatoes, such as desiree, peeled, halved and thickly sliced  1 onion, finely sliced  6 medium eggs  ½ tsp salt  Olive oil, for frying 1. Heat the sunflower oil in a deep-sided pan for 5-10 minutes over a medium to high heat. Drop the potatoes and onion into the oil and cook un*l they start to brown, but not burn. You are essen*ally boiling the potatoes and onion in the oil, which should be gently bubbling. Keep moving the mixture to prevent it from s*cking, then remove from the heat aGer around 30-40 minutes and drain. You can keep the oil and use to make tor*lla another *me. 2. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and the salt, then add the drained potatoes and onion, mashing slightly but retaining a lumpy texture. 3. Heat a glug of olive oil in a heavy based frying pan un*l smoking, then pour in the potato and egg mixture. AGer 30 seconds or so, turn down the heat. Cook un*l the tor*lla starts to come away from the sides of the pan slightly and is golden underneath – around 3-5 minutes. 4. To turn the tortilla, slide it onto a big plate, without tipping it – the cooked side of the tortilla should be against the plate. Now turn the tor*lla back into the pan so the uncooked side hits the boFom. Cook for a minute or so, then *p back on to the plate and serve. The best way to serve a Spanish omeleFe is to slice it like a cake. It’s great on its own, but makes a fabulous light lunch served with fresh bread and a salad. The Spanish some*mes like to eat it stuffed into a bagueFe, too. If you think that sounds like a carb overload, well you’d be right, but it tastes really, really good! 44 Gala Life


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Let’s Bag It and Bin It! Here in the Sco>sh Borders we are so lucky to live in one of the most beau*ful places in the world. We’re surrounded by wonderful views, fresh air, rolling hills and endless green fields. For dog lovers in particular the Borders is a perfect place with so many brilliant dog walks available. Most of us appreciate our environment and do our best to look aGer it. But there are s*ll some folks who just won’t pick up their dog’s poo. These people are spoiling things for the rest of us and giving our lovely Sco>sh Borders’ dogs a bad name. Dog poo is top of the list of complaints made to MPs and local councils and here at Border Vets we no*ced that some of our local communi*es have started “pick up your poo” campaigns so we thought we’d add our tuppence worth; Dog poo can contain roundworm eggs and these can cause a disease in humans called Toxocariasis which will make you very unwell and in extreme cases can cause blindness. Young children are especially vulnerable. Every parent knows how children love to roll about on the grass so they can easily pick up these eggs on hands or clothes. The canine disease parvovirus can be transmitted from dog to dog through dog poo and can make your beloved pet very sick indeed. Dog poo is disgusting! If you get it on your shoe, or on the wheels of your bike or your baby’s pram it can be a nightmare to clean off and even worse if you don’t no*ce it un*l you’ve trailed some into your house! And don’t you just hate it when you park your car outside your house

only to discover when your foot goes splat that some kind person’s leG you a wee present. Contrary to popular belief, dog poo is not a good fer*liser. In fact it can contain toxins which burn grass and cause damage to plants. These are just a few good reasons why we should all “pick up the poo”. And please don’t pick it up then leave the bag lying on the ground or hang it on a tree or a hedge. That par*cular prac*ce is not only spoiling our countryside it’s also dangerous. There was a case in England last year where a poor horse died and when they did the post mortem the horse’s stomach was full of bags of dog poo people had thrown into the field where the horse grazed. So when you’re out walking your dog please remember to stop and think about our beau*ful Scottish Borders countryside and all of the people and animals who share it with us – Bag It And Bin It!

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Some things are just sent to irritate us. A computer mouse can work brilliantly one day, all the buFons work as expected, it scrolls smoothly and accurately and feels just like an extension to your hand. Next day it’s all over the place, jumpy, lags behind, disappears completely, just won’t move at all and prompts all sorts of explicit sweary words.

top ribbon. Type the capital leFer (using shiG key) to access the tab, where all the op*ons will again show a capital leFer(s) shortcut. Finish what you have to, then press the combina*on Control+Alt+Delete and a blue screen will appear. Navigate with the Tab key (next to the leFer Q) down to the power buFon symbol at the boFom right of the screen, press the Enter key and switch off/restart from there. If pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete has no effect, your computer has frozen, not the mouse, the wee soul is innocent, so stop swearing at it and hold down the power buFon on the computer for a few seconds un*l it switches off. You will probably lose what you were working on, at least back to the last *me you saved your work, or sometimes Microsoft Office will offer a recovered document when you restart. A blessing.

Is it cordless? Well remember you put baFeries in it 6 months ago? They have died. Is it connected by a USB cable? Shut the computer down and restart it, some*mes that’s all it takes. Is it connected by a cable that goes into the PS2 port and has a rubber ball underneath? Throw it away. (If connected to a computer running XP – throw that away as well) If changing baFeries or restar*ng doesn’t work, flip the mouse over and use your fingernail to scrape off built-up gunk that grows on the liFle pads it slides about on, or wipe off the laser hatch with a Q-*p dipped in isopropyl alcohol (vodka works just as well). OK you say, but if the mouse won‘t move, how do I save my work and shut the computer down? Well, the shortcut ‘Ctrl+s’ should save whatever you are working on. In later edi*ons of MicrosoG Office you can press the Alt key and series of handy capital leFer icons will appear corresponding to the different tabs along the 48 Gala Life

If the mouse s*ll misbehaves aGer a restart it can (rarely) be caused by a corrupted driver. Mine works on a MicrosoG driver released in 2006, so they’ve not found a beFer one in over 12 years. To reinstall the driver search for Device Manager and select the first result. Browse down to Mice and other poin?ng devices, select, then right click your mouse input and select Proper?es. Select the Driver tab, then Update Driver. Let windows search automa*cally. If it finds an updated driver it will install it for you. If s*ll not winning, select Uninstall Device and restart the computer, windows will install the driver again from fresh. If you have a fancy gaming mouse then go to the manufacturers website and download the latest driver from there. Install as above but select Browse my computer for driver soIware and direct it to the one you downloaded. If aGer all that your mouse s*ll misbehaves – throw it away. Mice are cheap.


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HOLIDAY BOOK TIME Now’s the ?me to pick up a great read for those lazy sunlounger days in the garden or by the pool. If you worry about baggage weight on holiday … treat yourself to a Kindle and take them all !

James Pa(erson - NYPD Red Book 5

Juliet Ashton The Sunday Lunch Club

The one who knows the secrets is the one who holds the power. The richest of New York's rich gather at The Pierre's Co*llion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. The mayor is present, along with Detec*ves Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD Red task force providing security. The night is shaFered as a fatal blast rocks the room, s*rring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act of terrorism - or a homicide? A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die, in a desolate corner of New York City. The crimes keep escala*ng, and the perpetrators may be among the A-list New Yorkers NYPD Red was formed to protect. Zach and Kylie track a shadowy killer as he masterfully plays out his vendeFa - and threatens to take down NYPD Red in the bargain. These are great and easy to read. James PaFerson has wriFen other series including the Alex Cross books and Women’s Murder Club, both favourites of mine. PaFerson is a great storyteller.

Not a murder mystery but a brilliant feel good book for the summer. This will bring a smile to your face. It’s all about family and rela*onships in this complicated world we live in. The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is ... don't make any aGernoon plans. Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Some*mes the important stuff is leG unsaid, other *mes it's said in the wrong way. Si>ng between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate. Un*l, that is, a leFer arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future? Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. I thoroughly enjoyed this, I’m a cloak and dagger suspense fan normally so this made a great change.

Lynda La Plante - Good Friday

Lynda La Plante was an actress before a famous writer. She got her break through with Widows and then Prime Suspect. Every legend has a beginning . During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at loca*ons across central London. Some were defused - some were not. Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detec*ve. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground sta*on and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assis*ng the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retalia*on. 'Good Friday' is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner, due to take place at St Ermin's Hotel. As Jane arrives for the evening, she realises that she recognises the parking aFendant as the bomber from Covent Garden.

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Michael Connolly The Late Show This book is said to be crime novel of the year as chosen by the Daily Mail. It’s so scary you won’t sleep at night. So you have been warned. Detec*ve Renée Ballard works 'The Late Show', the notorious graveyard shiG at the LAPD. It's thankless work for a once promising detec*ve, keeping strange hours in a twilight world of crime. Some nights are worse than others. And tonight is the worst yet. Two shocking cases, hours apart: a brutal assault, and a mul*ple murder with no suspects. Ballard knows it is always darkest before dawn. But what she doesn't know - yet - is how deep her inves*ga*on will take her into the dark heart of her city, the police department and her own past... It’s been ten years since Connolly created a new character. My favourite has always been Harry Bosch (now seen on Nedlix), however I think with this new heroine there will be plenty more to come.

Erin Kelly - He Said She Said Richard & Judy must read book of 2018. Don't be leG in the dark. Kit and Laura, young and in love, pledge to travel the globe and see as many eclipse as possible. They have no idea of the darkness that will follow. At a fes*val in Cornwall, in the hushed moments aGer the first eclipse they share, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows she saw something terrible. But the man denies it. Later, in a panic, Laura tells a liFle white lie – which changes four lives irreparably. When the victim turns up on their doorstep, the truth seems to vanish ever further into shadow. As gra*tude spills into dangerous obsession, Kit and Laura simply have to run. FiGeen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden . . . something she never could have guessed. The plot grips you and there are twists and turns. You can’t stop reading it. Authors are saying this is the book they wanted to write. High praise.

Tom Kerridge - Lose Weight for Good If you are going to go on a diet then you are going to need some proper nosh. Lamb doner. Chicken tikka masala. Turkey burger. Doughnuts. If you think this doesn't sound like diet food, then think again. Featuring ALL the recipes from his BBC2 TV series, Tom Kerridge shows how you can enjoy all your favourite foods and s*ll lose weight with his lower-calorie diet with a difference. Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has been developing top recipes for nearly three decades and knows how to make things taste good. He also understands how much willpower it takes to shiG unhealthy excess weight, because he has lost over 11 stone in the last four years by following a low-carb diet. Now Tom is turning his aFen*on to helping food-lovers who have chosen a lower-calorie diet as their own route to weight-loss. This is a lower-calorie diet with a difference - it's based on hunger-sa*sfying por*ons of delicious, lower-calorie dishes that taste amazing. The focus is on the food that we can and should be ea*ng to lose weight, which is easy to make and won't make you feel as though you are missing out. As Tom says: `It's impossible to s*ck to a diet if the food you're expected to eat is boring and doesn't fill you up. So I've developed lots of tasty and sa*sfying recipes that people will love to cook and eat, but that will also help them lose weight. I truly believe that this a>tude works. I've been there myself and now I want to help others get there too.' Nothing to lose but weight then!

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So, You Are Thinking About Buying an E-Bike but don’t know where to start……. People have been dabbling with building electric bikes since the late 1800s, but it wasn’t un*l 1993 when Yamaha succeeded in building a crank drive pedelec motor, that mass produc*on of e-bikes began. By 2013, Bosch had become the market leader in e-bike technology in Europe, with around 50 brands using Bosch systems in their e-bikes. Today the most popular systems are produced by Bosch, Yamaha and Shimano. Pedelecs, or pedal assist bikes which rely on the cyclist pedalling to ac*vate the motor, are the only legal e-bikes allowed on UK roads. Those powered by a throFle are deemed to be motorised vehicles and as such require a licence, road tax and insurance to be legally ridden on the road. Pedelecs can be ridden by anyone over the age of 14. Motors are restricted to 250W and limited to 25 kph (15.5 mph) which is fast enough for most journeys. It is possible to cycle the bike at higher speeds, but the motor will disengage once 15.5 mph is reached. Motors can be either hub drive (fiFed to the front or rear wheel) or frame mounted, where the motor is fiFed at the pedal cranks. Frame mounted motors are more efficient, especially when going up hills, which means you get more miles to a baFery charge. BaFeries are now mainly Lithium ion, making them a lot lighter than the lead acid baFeries used on the earliest models. It is possible to get 25 – 75 miles from one charge, depending on the baFery capacity,

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terrain, head winds, rider weight, and how much effort you are willing to put in to cycling. BaFeries have approximately a 1000 charge life span before they are spent (approx. 2 ½ years if you charge the baFery fully every single day). It is a common myth for people to say that e-bikes are chea*ng and only lazy people use them. You still need to pedal an e-bike to engage the motor, therefore you are still getting exercise and so the more effort you put in the more exercise you will get. E-bikes are a fun way to exercise and ease yourself back into cycling. It is a safe type of exercise for those with joint and mobility problems; for those less fit than they would like to be and for older people who enjoy cycling but are finding the hills more challenging than when they were in their youth. E-bikes are fun – have I said that already? With a full range of e-bikes from MTBs to low step through bikes, and even road bikes there is something for everyone. Whether you think you are ready for one or not, why not come for a test ride and see what all the fuss is about. You won’t regret it and you’ll come back with a big grin on your face! Kirsty Simon Porteous Cycles Kelso

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS A & A Doyle Ltd Funeral Dir




Manor School of Ballet


Maxwell Roofing


Ace Carpet Cleaning


DW Noble


All Awards




Mike TV


Apollo Blinds


Fencing & Hedges


MT Maintenance


Bella Aesthecs




NSA 24 BookKeeping


Bodyfix Galashiels




Oven Wizard


Border Buses


Food Train Volunteers


Party Carousel


Border Vet Health Club


Gala Garden




Border Vets


Grants Gardens




Borders Handyman Services




SB Cares


Braw Lad & Lass




School Bell Tuion


Braw Lads' Gathering


Holiday Books


Simon Porteous Bikes


Braw Lads' Gymkhana






Braw Lads' Sports Day


Iain Smith & Partners WS



Brish Legion


James Graham Roofing


Tarot Reading

Buying an E-Bike


John Lamont MP


Tempest Brewery




Jonnie Jones Plumber


The Gentle Touch Denst


Caravan Fix


K 2 Roofing


Tom Buler Furniture


Castle Warehouse


Keith Penny Décor


Travelsure Ltd


CG Cleaning Systems




Vapour Shop




Kiri's Laser Clinic


Willie's Wonky Computer





Zest Blinds


Councillor Andy Anderson

22,25 Lifestyle Landscapes

Councillor Euan Jardine


Mackenzie Plumbing


CraKy Workshops


Major Pest & Tree Soluons


Creme De La Creme


Man with a Van


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

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