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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.

March 2018

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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the March edi>on of Gala Life. Spring is just around the corner and in this issue we look at the Spring Market, which o0en means a home move, a decora&ng project or just a good spring clean. We take a look at what colours and styles will be popular for 2018, Sheila Drummond looks at plan&ng bare root stock and other March jobs, Willie’s computer page is all about Safe Mode, the way to start your PC if it is playing up and the Alan Clinch fitness regime kicks up a gear with AMRAP. So plenty to keep you busy. Don’t worry though – the clocks go forward on March 25th so lighter nights are back! Rugby has been all the rage in my house, a nice win for Scotland at Murrayfield. Will we be able to beat the team from south of the border? Gala Rugby are doing well with a return to form, don’t forget not long now un&l the 7’s. We have an interes&ng ar&cle on ge ng yourself on-line. There are several genera&ons that don’t “snap chat” – so how do you reach them? Whilst it’s been snowing we have been in the kitchen and the Turkish Meatballs are a must try dish. Don’t forget to enter the compe&&on on Page 5 to win a sharing pla?er for two at Marmion’s Brasserie. Welcome to our many new adver&sers this issue – may we wish you all the best of success for 2018.

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Regulars Fitness Recipe Garden Horoscopes GRFC Vet Compu&ng

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Community Diary Get Out Community News

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Useful Numbers Index

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Art & Eds Willie - 07906375953

Deadline for April - 13th March Gala Life is delivered to every home and business in the Galashiels, Tweedbank, Darnick, Dingleton, Melrose, Newstead and Ga?onside areas. Copies are also le0 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!

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

7.30pm 2.00pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Illustrated Talk The 2018 World Day of Prayer Service - Trinity Church

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Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall

3rd March


Longridge Towers School Junior Taster Morning

3rd March


Eildon Ramblers

4thy March


Gala Amateur Opera&c Society - Summer Holiday

5th March


The Filling Sta&on - Corn Exchange

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Borders Flower Club - Corn Exchange, Melrose

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Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel

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Sco sh Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre

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Councillor Euan Jardine Surgery

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Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall Galashiels Trinity Church Guild Coffee Morning Eildon Ramblers

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The Inner Wheel Galashiels Beetle Drive

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Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall The Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club

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Jazz In The Village - Caddonfoot Hall

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Lindean Carpet Bowling Club Party Night

25th March


Borders Family History Society - St. Peter’s Church Hall

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Eildon Ramblers

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Coffee Morning - Corn Exchange



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.



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



Lindean Carpet Bowling Club



Borders Group of Advanced Motorcyclists

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Thursday 1st March - Galashiels Studio Club - Illustrated Talk - 7.30pm. Borders ar&st Rich Johnson will talk on ‘Pen & Paint.’ Rich works in a variety of mediums and styles, ranging from near abstract and impressionist oil landscapes to detailed pen and ink and pencil illustra&ons. Friday 2nd March - The 2018 World Day of Prayer Service - Trinity Church - 2.00pm. All welcome. Friday 2nd March - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal, a much sought-a0er Sco sh musical duo with an incredible CV, which includes backing actor/singer Ewan MacGregor, playing Glasgow Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections, 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. Saturday 3rd March - Longridge Towers School Junior Taster Morning - Longridge Towers School, Berwick-upon-Tweed - 9.15am. See page 19 for more informa&on. Saturday 3rd March - Eildon Ramblers – 10.00am. Circular walk: Denholm-Dene-CaversHornshole & River Teviot. Grade B 8miles 190m ascent OS331. Meet 10.00, Denholm Village Green Bus Stop, NT567195, WT 5hrs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leaders Brian & Lynn 07400 061770. 4th - 10th March - Gala Amateur Opera>c Society - Summer Holiday - Volunteer Hall - 7.30pm. Sunday preview ma&nee 2.30pm. For more details and &ckets see page 37 and Monday 5th March - The Filling Sta>on - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 44. Wednesday 7th March - Borders Flower Club - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. Gill Garrow, Elgin - TBA . Visitors are welcome and a sales table is on offer. Thursday 8th March - Galashiels & District Probus Club - Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose 10.00am. Our speaker will be Charles Burne? - "A forgo?en Sco sh Queen and her vanished Church". All welcome. Thursday 8th March – ScoDsh Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels – 7.30pm. Douglas Methven will give an illustrated talk en&tled “ Wild Borders “ . Non-members are welcome. Saturday 10th March - Councillor Euan Jardine Surgery - Born in the Borders Café, Galashiels Interchange - 10.00am to 12.00pm. If you have any concerns or issues you would like to raise please come along and have a chat. Friday 16th March - 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 March 17th - Galashiels Trinity Church Guild Coffee Morning - 10.00am to 12noon. With scones and home baking stall. Saturday 17 March – Eildon Ramblers – 10.40am. Linear walk: Norham to Coldstream along the River Tweed. Grade B 7miles Negligible ascent OS339. Meet Norham Village Green, NT899474 to catch No67 bus leaving from Coldstream at 10.15, WT 4-5hrs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leader David 07876 134984 or email continued on page 10

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Saturday 17th March - The Inner Wheel Galashiels Beetle Drive - The Focus Centre, Livingston Place, Galashiels - 7.00pm. Entry £5 includes refreshments. Money raised to be donated to Demen&a Research. Contact: Cathy Thomson on 01896 757254 to reserve a place. Saturday 17th March - Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall - 7.30pm. Tim Kliphuis Trio (violin , guitar and bass) will play a high energy blend of classical , gypsy , jazz and folk music. The sound is totally new and has popular appeal. Think of Stephan Grappelli. This is a new venture for Melrose Music. Tickets will be on sale at the door: £14 for non-members; school children accompanied by an adult will be admi?ed free! Monday 19th March - The Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club, Nether Road, Galashiels - 2.00pm. Bob Mitchel will talk on his specialist subject Botany. Members of The Three Brethren and anyone interested in joining the U3A are welcome. Friday 23rd March - Jazz In The Village - Caddonfoot Hall - 7.30pm. With Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer. Tickets £10. Available from Clovenfords Village Store or phone 07527800301. Book online at infocaddonfoot@b> Friday 23rd March - Lindean Carpet Bowling Club Party Night - Lindean Hall - 7.30pm. Fun for everyone, Standup Bingo, live music from The Virginians & local ar&sts. Entrance £5, including Bingo &cket. Bar available, please bring your own food. This event is extremely popular, so get your tickets early by contacting Neil on 01896755316 or e-mailing him at Sunday 25th March - Borders Family History Society - St. Peter’s Church Hall – 2.30pm. A talk by Margaret Fox, archivist at Traquair House on The deid’s le?erwills and legacies – li0ing the veil on past lives. All welcome. Saturday 31st March – Eildon Ramblers – 10.00am. - Circular walk: Minto - Minto Hill-Bu?erhall Fatlips Castle. Grade B 7miles 276m ascent OS331. Meet Minto Phone Box NT567202, WT 4-5hrs. Visitors/new members welcome. Sorry no dogs. Contact walk leader Elizabeth 01896 823831 or email Saturday 7th April - Coffee Morning - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 10.00 to11.30am. Entrance £2.50. Raffle and usual stalls all in aid of Arthri&s Research UK, Melrose Branch. Langlee Community Choir - Mondays at 7.00pm in Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels. The choir always welcomes new singers of any age or ability. If you are a shy singer, the choir will bring out your confidence. No pressure, no audi&ons, just good fun. Keep watching out in Gala Life or listen to local radio for upcoming performances. To book the choir or for any other informa&on, please visit One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus - invites you to join us most Wednesdays 7.30pm 9.30pm, plus one Saturday pm per month at Newtown St Boswells Community Hall TD6 0QX. Try free for 4 weeks. For more info call 01896 668594 or 07989461012. The Eildon Singers - Meet every Wednesday in the Ormiston Ins&tute, The Square, Melrose, from 7.30pm &ll 9.30pm. Mixed voice choir. New members very welcome. Contact Margery Inglis, Secretary, 01750 21085. Pheonix Singers - Mixed choir meets on Mondays star&ng 25th September 7:30pm - 9:30pm. No audi&ons. Try 1 or 2 sessions with no commitment. For more info contact - altro( continued on page 12

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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! 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. Gala Windbags - We are a charitable group affiliated to chest heart and stroke Scotland with mee&ngs every Thursday 1.30 to 3.30pm in Lucy Sanderson Hall Galashiels. Contact details are Wilma Turnbull phone 01896 753493. Lindean Carpet Bowling Club - Lindean Village Hall, 7.30pm, and each following Wednesday during the season. New members welcome, tui&on given to beginners, adults £1 per night, children 50p. Our friendly Club caters for all ages so why not give carpet bowls a try! Gala Rotary Club - Meets every Tuesday at 6.00 for 6.30pm in Kingsknowes Hotel for a meal and fellowship. The Club is involved with many projects locally and interna&onally. Find out more at or on Facebook. Borders Philatelic Society - Meets Monday fortnightly from 7.30 pm to 9 pm at Old & St. Paul's Church, Sco? Crescent, Galashiels. New faces always welcome, as is any level of interest in stamps & postcards. Contact Michael Dolan, 07801 423089, for further informa&on. Galashiels Studio Club is for people who enjoy all forms of art. We meet from October to March every year, in Old Gala House, at 7.30 pm un&l approx. 9.30 pm. Members can a?end workshops, talks, and visits. Find out more by visi&ng our Facebook page! Tel 01896 820023 or email: ScoDsh 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. 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 12 Gala Life

3rd March

Red Hot Rhythm

10th March

China Blue

17th March

Grand Central

24th March

Tizer Chiefs

31st March

Dynamix Duo

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AMRAP I’ve wri?en before about High Intensity Interval Training – here’s a different version which has recently gained some popularity: AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) is a short, challenging condi&oning session, though it should only be done if you’re already at a rela&vely high level of fitness and don’t have any lingering injury issues. This last is par&cularly important, as mul&ple repe&&ons of the same movement may contribute to overuse injuries. An AMRAP session is very basic – it involves choosing one exercise and a &me. For example, you might go for doing as many crunches as possible in two minutes. The idea can also be adapted into a circuit type format: this &me select a series of exercises and a specific number of repe&&ons for each. Then do the sequence as many &mes as you can. This type of session has become popular for many reasons – for a long &me in team sport environments, a similar approach has been used for conditioning sessions. People like a challenge, and if there is a group of you there’s always the possibility of an element of compe&&on (though that shouldn’t come at the expense of good technique and an awareness of things such as hydra&on and safety). Any exercise may be appropriate based on your ability level, and you have control over the pace of the session. It can also be used as a measuring standard to see how much you’ve improved over &me. Here is a sample session, which uses a combina&on of func&onal strength and power movements. It’s essen&al to warm up properly before you start, and cool down appropriately at the end – there are ar&cles on warmup and cool down in previous issues. The total &me for the session (excluding warm up and cool down) should be 15 minutes. 1. 15 Dumbell Plank Rows Begin in a plank/press up posi&on with feet wide enough for support. Don’t rotate the body when li0ing the dumbells. If it’s too hard to keep the posi&on you could always put the knees on the floor

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3. 15 Push-ups As for the rows (exercise 1), do the exercise at a speed which keeps the body in line – if the hips are moving up/down independently from the rest of the body you’re going too fast. This can be made easier as men&oned in exercise 1, or harder by li0ing one leg up.

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Turkish Lamb Meatballs in Yogurt Sauce I love Turkish food and this is a must try. There are a few steps, but it is really quite simple. For the Yoghurt Sauce: For the Meatballs:  500gm of lamb mince  700g of Greek yoghurt  1 egg lightly beaten  1 large egg, lightly beaten  170g of breadcrumbs  2 cloves of finely minced garlic  1 brown onion, finely minced in a processor  2 tbs of chopped fresh dill and any liquid drained  1 tbs of chopped fresh mint  1 tsp of dried oregano For the Red Pepper Bu(er:  1 tsp of toasted cumin seeds, pounded in a  1 tbs of unsalted bu?er mortar and pestle*  1/2 tsp of toasted cumin seeds* can use  1 tsp of sea salt ground cumin  Freshly ground pepper  1/2 tsp of paprika  2 tbs of chopped fresh parsley  1/2 tsp of chilli flakes  10 fl oz of chicken stock  Sea salt and pepper  85g of toasted pine nuts and chopped dill for garnish 1. Toast the cumin seeds in a dry fry pan un&l they are aroma&c and just start to change colour. Set aside to cool and once cooled, grind to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. 2. Place the lamb mince, egg, breadcrumbs, 1 tsp of cumin, oregano, sea salt, pepper, parsley and onion in a large bowl and mix with slightly damp hands un&l well combined. Dampening your hands again, roll the mince mixture into small, bite sized balls. 3. Heat a large frypan and add a li?le olive oil (you won’t need a lot as lamb mince is quite fa?y) and when the oil is nice and hot, fry the meatballs on either side un&l golden. It is quite a so0 mixture so be gentle when turning. Once cooked, transfer the meatballs to a plate and drain off any excess fat. 4. Return the pan to the heat and add the chicken stock. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the 22 Gala Life



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bo?om of the pan and once simmering add the meatballs back to the pan. Cover with a lid and cook for approximately 10 minutes before removing them again with a slo?ed spoon before you add the yoghurt mixture. While the meatballs are cooking, combine the yoghurt, egg, garlic, dill and mint with a whisk un&l nice and smooth. Ladle out about 1/2 a cup of the hot broth and slowly whisk it into the yoghurt mixture, this will prevent it from curdling when the yoghurt is poured into the pan. Pour the yoghurt mixture into the pan, s&r to combine and allow the mixture to come to a simmer un&l it thickens slightly. Return the meatballs to the pan and spoon the sauce over, cover with a lid for 5 minutes. Melt the bu?er in a small saucepan and once bubbling, add the cumin, paprika and chilli. Swirl the bu?er around to combine and season with a li?le salt and pepper. To serve, divide your choice of rice between 4 serving bowls. Top with meatballs and yoghurt sauce and then drizzle over the hot bu?er mixture. Sprinkle over the toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh dill and serve with your choice of brown rice & quinoa blend (op&onal, you can use any rice you like, but this was the perfect combo and you can buy the 2 minute microwave version in supermarkets) or try cous cous, steamed greens or green salad.

I always think that any dish that has a delicious sauce or gravy needs a piece of bread to mop it up! Well so do the Turks, and here is the simplest , easiest recipe for Turkish Flatbread. There are only two main ingredients - self -raising flour and Greek yogurt. This has to be the easiest bread you will ever make - no rising, proofing or res&ng. Ingredients:  3 1/3 cups self-raising flour  1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt  1 teaspoon sea salt  2 tablespoons water (if required) 1. In a large bowl mix the self-raising flour and salt. 2. Add the yogurt and mix un&l the dough starts to form. If the dough is dry, add 1 tablespoon of water. Continue to knead and bring the dough together. If it is still barely holding, add the second tablespoon of water. 3. Place the dough on a large, lightly floured surface. Kneed the dough for a few minutes un&l it feels smooth and elas&c, then roll into a long log. Divide into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece out un&l it is about 1/3 inch thick and has a 6 inch diameter. Flouring the rolling pin will help. 4. Place a griddle pan on high heat and let it get very hot. Cook the bread on each side for 2 minutes, it should puff up and have a light char from the griddle. 5. At this point you can brush one side with garlic or herb bu?er and quickly turn back over for a few seconds to seal in the flavour. 6. Remove to a pla?er and wipe the hot pan with a paper towel to remove any excess flour. 7. Repeat for the remaining pieces. Serve immediately or cool and wrap in a bag or plas&c wrap. Will keep for about a day. Gala Life 23

John Lamont MP - Conservave The closures of RBS branches across the Borders con&nues to be a huge issue for many of you. While Galashiels is lucky enough to be keeping its branch, Melrose is looking at a future without any bank at all. The recent RBS announcement was enthusias&cally welcomed by the SNP leader in Westminster but has gone down like a lead balloon with customers. It’s hardly surprising. While the Melrose branch has been given a temporary stay of execu&on, no one expects it to remain open next year. The branches in Jedburgh, Selkirk, Eyemouth, Duns and Hawick will close as planned. We all acknowledge that banking habits are changing and that branches are less well used than they used to be. However, what banks are failing to appreciate is that for those who do use them, they remain more vital than ever. And the Borders is being par&cularly hard hit not just because of the sheer number of closures, but because of issues which affect rural areas. Alterna&ve services are stretched, our Post Offices are expected to take on extra banking services, but are already very busy. Connec&vity in rural areas remains a huge challenge. When so many people are unable to receive a decent connection, how can people rely on internet banking? There have been calls from some for the UK Government to intervene. I have sympathy with this wish but taxpayers’ share in RBS are not managed by the UK Government, they are controlled by an arms-length organisa&on, UKFI whose role is to manage the public investment not to manage the bank. The campaign to save branches will continue to be led by the cross party Scottish Affairs Committee, of which I am a vice chair. We’ve already grilled senior execu&ves about their plans and are now calling the bank’s CEO Ross McEwan to come to the commi?ee to explain their decisions. Keep Britain Tidy I hope that Galashiels can get involved in the Great Bri&sh Spring Clean, which is taking place next month on 2-4th March. Organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, this annual na&onal clean up last year saw a staggering 70,000 wheelie bins of rubbish collected over one weekend. This is a great ini&a&ve, which not only will it help remove a huge amount of rubbish from our environment, it’s an opportunity for us all to stop and think about the importance of looking a0er our beau&ful countryside. And there is no place more beau&ful than in the Borders. There are currently only a couple of events registered in the Borders but I’m sure that will change soon and people will have the opportunity to get involved in their local area. Please take a look here: www.keepbritain>

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP It has been a busy &me over the last few weeks as a member of the group preparing an Opposi&on Par&es Budget (SNP and Liberal Democrat). This will be published at the same &me as the conserva&ve-led Administra&on’s budget on the 13th of February, so by the &me you read this the full Council will already debated these, voted on them, and the spending and savings to be made next year will have been approved. It has been an interes&ng process where we have had the opportunity to ques&on the heads and continued on page 34

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The Gala Garden March At this point, frost does not so much sparkle as glint menacingly and the merest hint of snow is enough to make you cross! To get started this month let’s divide the jobs into ones you can do at the beginning, the middle and the end of March. If you are plan&ng new bare-root roses, try to get that done early in March. Roses should be in the ground before the shoots break out. While you are wai&ng for new stock, make a slit trench as a temporary home for the plants in case bad weather prevents you from pu ng them directly into their final posi&ons. Turn over the soil in the vegetable patch as soon as you can, exposing any grubs to hungry birds; only turn over the clods and leave them to be broken down by the frost. You could also turn over the compost heap. Cover it up again to keep heat in. Any newly added kitchen waste needs to be mixed in with old growth from last year’s perennials. You can dig new beds for flowers or vegetables about the middle of March. Dig in short spells and do other jobs in between to prevent straining cold muscles. When you have loosened the top six to eight inches of soil, spread garden compost and grit over and dig in. This will improve structure and drainage. It’s always warmer in the greenhouse or tunnel as the sun becomes stronger and there is plenty of prepara&on to carry out in there: cleaning and reorganising, ge ng in supplies and checking your propagators.

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Forma&ve winter pruning of apples and pears can be done from mid to late March. It will be safe to transplant established trees and shrubs towards the end of this month if it is mild or early in April. The ground is much too cold in early March and the roots will be fragile. It is, however, a great &me to plant new bare root stock as long as the ground is not frozen or under snow. A tree shelter would help a newly planted whip for the first year or two. Broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs may have suffered frost damage but don’t be too quick to cut them back. If you see new shoots wait a bit longer before cu ng away the dead material. There can be further frosts and there can be further growth too so pa&ence is the best prac&ce. If the shrub turns out to be completely dead and needs to be replaced, do this work in warmer weather. There will be plenty of new material to choose from available around the beginning of April with larger specimens arriving in early May. Conifers should only be planted when the risk of frost is over. If it is s&ll winter and you can’t get much of this done this month don’t worry. When it warms up give priority to any jobs that should be done before the leaves come out: we’ll tackle the rest in April. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185

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managers of services on their departmental budgets and discuss officer’s proposals. We have been made aware of financial constraints and the need for some tough choices. I am not from a finance background, but some&mes the occasional seemingly ‘da0’ ques&ons have raised some interes&ng issues! Our budget has sought to build on our SNP Local Government Manifesto for the Borders, which we published before the council elec&ons last year, and put the people of the Borders at the heart of our proposals. The details will be available when the budget is published shortly a0er the Administra&on’s budget proposals, but we have sought to use the extra money found in the Sco sh Government’s budget to fund new ini&a&ves to tackle an&social behaviour such as li?ering and dog fouling, and on-street parking issues that cause problems in our towns and villages. We propose a new ini&a&ve aimed at improving fairness and equality for all Borderers. We also have a proposal that might allow us to plan two new High Schools in the next 5 years. As we are in opposi&on, our budget will likely be defeated at Council. However, we believe that we have proposals that the Administra&on might choose to adopt for the benefit of all people, young and old, living in the Borders. Watch this space…

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservave

I stated a few months ago a0er the fes&ve season, my New Years goal was to lose some weight and live a healthier lifestyle again. Well I can advise I’ve dropped 4lbs of weight so far in six weeks. Mostly through swapping snacks for fruit and also due to adding more exercise to the daily rou&ne. I’m hoping for a few more lbs to vanish soon! I also hope all your resolu&ons are going just as well. Now for a bit of glamour and with Oscar season approaching most people will be thinking and talking about the top movie performances and fashion from the land of Hollywood. Galashiels as you will know is a world renowned fashion and tex&les industry. So I wouldn't be surprised if one of the alumni from Heriot Wa? helped design some of the fashion on display at the Oscars. Also how long before an actor or filmmaker from Galashiels steps on stage and receives an Oscar? I truly believe that isn't too far off a dream for anyone from our area to achieve. So if you dream of Hollywood stardom remember it can all start with you talking part in a local play set in the Volunteer Hall or MacArts Centre! The past few months I have also been working with Live Borders to look at poten&al of bringing a Park Run to the area. This is a very exci&ng proposal as just last weekend 132,000 people took part in this event all over Great Britain. Including 8,000 new runners. It would be great to get one in the borders area. So if you are interested in volunteering to help with this project please do get in touch. Lastly, I will be holding my first surgery on Saturday 10th March at the Born in the Borders Cafe in the Galashiels interchange from 10am - 12pm. If you have any concerns or issues you would like to raise please come along and have a chat. As always you can also contact me by email on or by telephone on 0330 100 0220 .

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Councillor Euan Jardine Will hold

An Advice Surgery At Born in the Borders CafĂŠ Galashiels Interchange On Saturday 10th March From 10.00am - 12.00pm Tel. 0300 100 0220

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary March 10.00am Communion Service Thurs 1st Sun 4th 9.30am Sunday Squad 10.30am Sung Eucharist, th 10.00am Communion Service Thurs 8 Sun 11th 10.30am sung Eucharist, Rev Bill Elliot 6.00pm Healing Service, Rev Andrew Cooper Wed 14th 7.30 Lent Study group th Thurs 15 10am Communion Service Sat 17th 12.30 Soup ‘n’ Pud lunch Sun 18th 9.45am – 10.15am Breakfast 10.30 Family Service, Joanna Smith th Tues 20 2.00 – 3.30pm Gala Fellowship of Churches @ St Peter’s Wed 21st 7.30 Lent Study group Thurs 22nd 10.00am Communion Service Fri 23rd 5.00pm Choir prac&ce Sun 25th 10.00am Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist, Rev Tim Tunley Tues 27th 5.30pm Messy Church Thurs 29th 10.00am Communion Service 11.00am St Peter’s School Easter service 6.30pm Maundy Thursday service, Rev Annie Naish th Fri 30 Good Friday noon service Sun 1st April Easter Sunday 9.30am Sunday Squad 10.30am Sung Eucharist, Rev John Evans Contact Informa>on Caretaker Phil Todd 07787 729639, Hall Bookings Elizabeth Watret 01750 23207 / 07780 009355 e-mail

Caddonfoot Parish Church Easter is fast approaching and the church is gearing itself up for a busy schedule. Easter celebra&ons begin with a Maundy Thursday service and supper in our sister church, Trinity, on March 29. This will be followed by a Good Friday Holy Communion in Caddonfoot at 7pm and then by our Easter Day service on April 1 (no April Fool!) at 09.45am a0er which children – and adults if they wish – can roll their Easter eggs. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Elspeth Harley, who has been appointed Interim Moderator for the vacant charges at E?rick and Yarrow. Rev Harley will conduct worship twice there in March and April. Ahead of Easter, the latest newsle?er and Clovenfords Community News will be published with all the latest news and messages from the local councillors. continued on page 38

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The Church is s&ll looking for a representa&ve on the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches and also Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. In the last edi&on, we said that we had so far not cleared the drive of snow although we had to spread salt on one weekend. But on one weekend, there was so much snow that all cars had to be parked at the roadside. Services con&nue at 09.45am each Sunday and are conducted by the Rev Harley with members of the congrega&on taking part in the Bible Readings. A bake sale is being held by Caddonfoot Youth as part of its Lent Project, Jars of Change, on Palm Sunday, March 25. Members of the congrega&on were invited to a?end the World Day of Prayer service in Trinity on Friday, March 2, at 2pm.

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 a0er the service with a fellowship lunch on the 2nd Sunday of every month. In the evening, 6.00-8.00pm there is a Youth Club for P7 upwards when they enjoy a variety of games. E.g. snooker, table tennis and board games. (not during school holidays) Tuesdays at 12.30pm there is a Lunch Club for the elderly. Enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by tea/coffee. Cost is £5. There are occasional ou&ngs throughout the year. Tuesdays and Thursdays a Parent and Toddler group meets from 10 – 11.15am. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and for children to enjoy play with others. Tuesday Prayer mee&ng 7.00 - 8.15pm. Wednesdays at 2pm a cra0 group meets in the small lounge. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat whilst you do your kni ng, sewing, croche&ng, or pain&ng. Friday Club - 6.00 - 7.30pm. For primary aged children Games, stories, craft. No club during school holidays. For further info of all church events – www.galashielsbap> e-mail admin@galashielsbap>

Trinity Church Galashiels At Trinity we are presently worshipping in the church hall whilst hea&ng problems in the sanctuary are inves&gated. This has been nice and cosy during the recent cold weather and the singing has certainly been enhanced. March starts off with the World day of Prayer Service on Friday 2nd which is being hosted by Trinity. This year the service will take place in the a0ernoon commencing at 2pm. The theme is “Stewardship of the earth” which is very topical at the moment and is wri?en by church members in Suriname. Everyone is invited to a?end and although this service has always been thought to be for women only, men are very welcome to come along too. On Sunday 4th there will be a short communion service in the a0ernoon and the following week continued on page 40

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the Annual Stated mee&ng will be held immediately a0er the morning service. The Guild has 2 mee&ngs and 1 coffee morning in March and Bible Study has resumed on Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks, then there will be a break at Easter. Easter is earlier this year and Holy week starts on Saturday 25th March. Here are the dates for what’s happening at Trinity this month: Friday 2nd Wold Day of Prayer Service 2pm Sunday 4th Short Communion Service 3pm Tuesday 6th Guild Mee&ng at 2.15pm – “Feed the Minds” Sunday 11th Annual Stated Mee&ng a0er morning service Saturday 17th Guild Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon Tuesday 20th Guild Mee&ng at 2.15pm – “Sailing on Tall Ships” Easter Holy week commences Saturday 25th Thursday 25th Maundy Thursday Friday 30th Good Friday Details of Ecumenical Services during Holy Week will be available at a later date and will be in the local newspaper Sunday Morning services con&nue at 11.15am every week and everyone is welcome to come along, join us in worship and enjoy a “cuppa” either before or a0er the service – or both!

Hope Church We are a lively and inclusive contemporary Chris&an Church recently established and thriving in the Sco sh Borders. We gather every Sunday to worship together and celebrate the presence of God in our lives. Our mee&ngs are lively and informal, family friendly, with a blend of tradi&onal and contemporary worship led by a great band. Everyone is welcome, whether you have a church background or are just seeking answers to the big ques&ons in life. So please join with us any Sunday at 4.00 pm at Tweedbank Community Centre, Essenside Drive. 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 continued on page 42

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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 March: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am St Paul’s 6.30pm St Paul’s (except 25th) There are children’s and youth groups during morning services. Prayer Mee>ngs in March: 6th, 13th, 20th at 7.30pm in St John’s 27th at 7pm in St Paul’s Holy Week services 25th – Palm Sunday – 6.30pm in St John’s 29th – Maundy Thursday – 7pm in St John’s, with Communion 30th – Good Friday – 7pm in St Paul’s Easter Day services (1st April) 9.30am – Breakfast and Communion in St Paul’s 9.45am – Easter worship in St John’s, followed by Brunch 11.30am – Easter worship in St Paul’s 6.30pm – Easter evening worship in St Paul’s Other groups and ac>vi>es St John’s Bible Study – House group on Wednesday evenings Girls Brigade – Mondays from 6pm. Messy Church – Saturday a0ernoons – look out for dates Galashiels Food Bank – team involved in distribu&on St Paul’s Bible Studies – House groups on Monday & Tuesday mornings Boys Brigade – Fridays from 6.30pm Guild – Wednesdays 2.15pm Lunch Club – Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for informa&on on cost etc. Music Makers – Thursdays 7.30pm Badminton – Wednesdays 10am For further informa>on Minister: Rev Dr Leon Keller e-mail: continued on page 44

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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, a0er. We are fortunate in having a flourishing Polish community. Mass &mes are Saturday Vigil - 6.00pm, Sunday Mass - 11.00am. All visitors are welcome.

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

Bethel Rock Church A new Pentecostal Chris&an Church invites you to come along and see how friendly and lively we are, with contemporary and tradi&onal worship music; bible study; healing and prayer for those in need. Find out what's really going on with the world. Worship with us to welcome the Holy Spirit into your lives, come “make it well with your soul” and a0erwards join us for fellowship in our adjoining cafe with tea and cake this Sunday at 11am, the Focus Centre, Livingstone Street, Galashiels. Armchairs available for the elderly. There is a car share available for local residents. Enquiries: Douglas on 07815682027.

The Filling Sta>on The Filling Sta&on meets for regular Monday evening ‘celebra&on’ mee&ngs held in the Corn Exchange Melrose, every month on the first Monday star>ng at 7.30pm and we have seen Chris&an’s from communi&es across the Sco sh Borders grow in depth, numbers and fellowship. The Filling Sta&on offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Our mee&ngs are designed to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those outside the church would feel comfortable. Our mee&ngs aim to be short, sharp and focused in character. We find many people meet God through these mee&ngs and faith is built up. We welcome Chris&ans from all backgrounds, denomina&ons and non, Chris&an leaders, those seeking to understand what the Chris&an faith is all about, and those just inquisi&ve. We meet on Monday March 5th at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange Melrose when we welcome back to The Filling Sta&on popular prophe&c speaker Dr Barbara Jenkinson of Light and Life continued on page 46

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ministries. Barbara has served in Chris&an leadership and ministry for over 20 years and has a strong passion to see people grow in in&macy with Jesus and be raised up to walk into their full des&ny and calling. Barbara was formally on the Sco sh board of Aglow Interna&onal. She has served with Youth with a Mission and worked in missions in Africa, Romania and Portugal. She now lives in Ayrshire with her husband Colin and young family. A passionate evangelist, worship leader and pioneer, she carries a strong prophe&c and pastoral anoin&ng. Prior to founding Light & Life she enjoyed a successful business career as a corporate strategist, and s&ll occasionally teaches in Sco sh universi&es. Along with a regular &me for worship led by our own in-house worship team, we look forward to welcoming you to the filling sta&on, and if you haven’t been before then why not check us out and enjoy a time of fellowship and ministry. In April our speaker will be Andy Scarcliffe who is a Bap&st minister as well as a singer songwriter and a very gi0ed communicator who is well known across Scotland and in May we welcome back Allan Mackinlay well known singer songwriter and worship leader. Remember the Corn Exchange, Melrose, 7.30pm Monday March 5th.

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. But we had to miss one Thursday because of the snow. It was felt unfair to ask members to ba?le through the snow and then exercise for an hour. The weekly class combines an hour’s light exercise and general chit-chat. Members should note that the Chaplaincy Centre doors are locked each evening at 5pm and arrangements have been made to access and exit the Centre.

Gala Opera It's Show&me!! A0er months of rehearsing, learning the musical numbers, prac&sing the choreography and principals learning their lines, it is &me to bring our 2018 produc&on of 'Summer Holiday' to the general public. Our producer/musical director, Jeff Thomson, and Choreographer, Marie McCullough, have worked &relessly for six months to make this a production which will entertain our audiences and send them home smiling. Our first performance is our preview ma&nee on Sunday 4th March followed by 6 evening performances from 5th to 10th March. Get your &ckets and come along to support us. Summer Holiday is a light hearted, funny show full of songs which were made famous by Cliff Richard in the 60s - a real feel good show guaranteed to get your feet tapping and to get you singing along. We will be taking a break a0er 'Summer Holiday' for a few months but keep a look out for our announcement of our 2019 produc&on when we will start all over again.

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

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For March 2018 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin March moves the mys&cal sign of Pisces to the forefront. Whether you are a Pisces or not you too can connect with the collective stream of creative imagination and bring your visions to fulfilment. This is par&cularly relevant during the first week of the month as no less than five planets occupy this intui&ve sign. It’s all change a0er the 6th as Mercury and Venus move into dynamic Aries when achieving your own posi&ve goals becomes a reality. Mars, the warrior planet, moves into level headed and down-to-earth Capricorn on the 18th, bringing a much welcome boost of practical energy. Health reviews and lifestyle change are also on the cards, be?er nutri&on and fitness regimes will both help to improve your drive and vitality, so that you can make the most of the change in season a0er the Spring Equinox on the 20th. There are two full moons this month – the first in Virgo on the 2nd and the second in Libra on the last day of the month. The new moon falls in Pisces on the 17th. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 March is an introspec&ve month for usually extrovert and passionate Aries. Normally fiery and dynamic, this month you will need to step back, take stock and reflect. You should feel the energy shi0 as Mercury and Venus move into your sign around the 7th, as they both bring an abundance of crea&ve energy. TAURUS APRIL 21 – MAY 21 Venus, your ruler, is in soft and dreamy Pisces for the first week of March, opening up opportunities for social ac&vity, new friends, and even a new romance. The energy shi0s on the 7th as fiery Aries energy begins to build. The new moon in Pisces on the 17th brings an opportunity your way. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 March gets off to a good start with five planets occupying the most pivotal point of your chart. Career expansion, particularly on a creative level is at its best as your goals and ambitions continue to be favoured. The Pisces new moon on the 17th is par&cularly rewarding. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Five planets in mystical Pisces open up your need to go out and broaden your horizons on all levels. Intui&on and crea&vity are both favoured and the new moon on the 17th is pivotal as you begin feel a restored sense of courage and confidence to reach for what you want. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 This month puts your financial dealings, legacies and resources firmly into the spotlight; you may ques&on if everything is as it should be as a review looks more than likely. Dynamic Mars leaps into down-to-earth Capricorn on the 18th, bringing your health and wellbeing into focus. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 March looks all set to bring your undivided a?en&on to your personal rela&onships. With the planetary emphasis in Pisces you’ll need to examine your feelings and beliefs. It’s important to consider what may no longer be working for you; the new moon on the 17th may give you the courage to change things.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 March highlights your work, your health and your daily routines. Look for the chance to reschedule and reorganise workday responsibili&es so that you get more &me and space for own personal interests. Your ruler and four other planets in Pisces allow you to be more pa&ent with yourself. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 March brings a drama&c shi0 to your personal energy as crea&ve and innova&ve ideas come to the surface. A0er the 7th Mercury and Venus in Aries ensure that your self-esteem is an all-&me high giving you the courage to take risks in areas you wouldn’t normally consider. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 This month turns your a?en&on to your home and family. The concentrated energy of five planets in your domes&c area leave you no choice as you feel compelled to improve or even extend your accommoda&on. The heat is on as Mercury and Venus arrive in Aries around the 7th. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 March brings a reassessment of your life and career goals as five planets highlight the communica&on and learning sector of your chart. The powerful new moon on the 17th moves you to broaden your intellectual horizons. Open your mind to inspira&on and develop faith and gra&tude. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 March beams the spotlight on financial arrangements and new and crea&ve ways to expand your income. It’s all change as Mercury and Venus both move into energe&c Aries around the 7th; you could well discover a real talent that will become the founda&on of future abundance. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Happy birthday Pisces! Five planets in your sign are poin&ng to the fact that this is likely to be your best month ever! Prepare your crea&ve insights and focus on your goals and ambi&ons. The powerful new moon in your sign on the 17th brings deeper understanding to many areas of your life.

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.

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Season Back On Track Although Gala suffered a very narrow defeat to the hands of Aberdeen Grammar by 36 points to 32 early in February, the team had already registered two fine wins against Kelso at home by 14 points to 10 then an away win in Dundee by 14 points to 10. These wins along with the bonus points gained against Aberdeen saw Gala retain third place in B.T. Na&onal league 1. behind Jedforest and league leaders Edinburgh Accies. The game against Kelso coincided with the Ex - Players Day which proved very successful where a very fine total of £1000 was raised to go towards the Doddie Weir Trust. With the Six Na&ons now in full swing games for the “Maroons” are spasmodic over the next few weeks however at the &me of wri&ng Gala will have played League leaders Edinburgh Accies. away and will look forward to two fixtures early in March when G.H.A. will visit Netherdale followed up by the rearranged game against Selkirk at Philliphaugh, whilst towards the end of the month Gala will travel to Edinburgh to take on Stewarts Melville, concluding with a home game against Jedforest. Gala however are very pleased to announce that they will play hosts to the Club Interna&onal between Scotland and Ireland on Friday 16th March with a 730pm kick-off. Tickets for the match are available from the Club-Office. On the scoring front Gregor Hunter although absent from recent matches s&ll leads the points table with 142 points whilst Club Captain Graham Speirs s&ll remains as leading try scorer with 16 giving him a total of 80 points. Graham unfortunately will have very few opportuni&es to add to this total as he is shortly leaving the Club to take up new employment down south. Gala YM have not had the best of results in recent weeks however they are s&ll comfortably placed mid-table in East League Division 2. Gala wanderers on the other hand are s&ll ba?ling away in the top five of the Border Semi-Junior League. Prepara&ons are now well in hand for the Five Star Taxis Annual Sevens which shall take place on Sunday the 1st of April commencing at 2pm. The format shall be the same as previous years with 12 teams compe&ng in pools of three with the winners going forward to the cup compe&&on, whilst the remaining two teams compete for the bowl and plate. Once again there will be entertainment in the Centenary Lounge a0er the sevens where everyone is welcome and with the following day being a public holiday it is hoped for a good turn out throughout the day. Hospitality packages are available for the day itself and anyone requiring further informa&on should once again contact the Club Office (01896 755145). Netherdale s&ll remains available for Social Func&ons which we will do our utmost to meet the individual needs of each booking. Once again all is required is a phone call to the Club Office. Come On The Maroons Terry Logan crashes over for a try in the recent game against Aberdeen Grammar.

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3rd 1st: G.H.A (home) 10th 1st: Selkirk (away) 24th 1st: Stewarts Melville (away) 31st 1st: Jedforest (home) March - Club Interna>onal: Scotland v Ireland

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The Trouble with Ticks Spring has sprung which will hopefully mean rising temperatures. Unfortunately, once the average temperature reaches about 7-8 degrees C, which is roughly when the grass starts to grow, we will start to see &cks waking up hungry from their hiberna&on. In some mild winters we have seen &cks bi&ng all year round but I have to say this year I haven’t seen one since about October. No-one would want to be bi?en by a &ck. Firstly their bite can be sore and cause irrita&on. They can introduce germs to their bite wound causing it to become infected. Then more worryingly is their ability to act as a vector and transmit viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases. The most important of these in our area is Lyme Disease which is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi followed by Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis. Around 3000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year which might be the &p of an iceberg as it is quite hard to diagnose. Bearing in mind far more dogs get bi?en by &cks and around 17% of UK &cks carry Borrelia bacteria, there could be many more dogs out there with undiagnosed Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease can cause a variety of symptoms and might mimic other diseases so diagnosing it is not straight forward in people or dogs. Following an incuba&on of perhaps 4-6 weeks a0er being bi?en, some of the symptoms that might make us suspicious include fever, lethargy and poor appetite. A shi0ing lameness with swollen joints, le0 untreated this might progress in to problems with heart and kidney func&on. Thankfully preven&on of Lyme Disease is

straighcorward. Firstly, we advise regular grooming and &ck checking a0er walks especially if your dog loves to rummage around in long grass and bracken or if you walk across land grazed by sheep. Use a &ck hook to remove &cks safely and without squeezing their contents back in to your dog. Please don’t burn them or squeeze them with tweezers. The quicker you remove them the lower the chance they will pass on the Lyme disease bacteria. Secondly we recommend using an effective product to control &cks. We suggest monthly spot-on or 8 month las&ng collars that repel and kill &cks. Products that repel don’t allow the &cks to bite. As an alterna&ve to these we also sell a tablet that kills &cks for 3 months. The &cks must bite to die but this product kills them very quickly. In summary, preven&on is be?er than cure when it comes to Tick-borne diseases – be?er to be confident your pet is protected than worry about the difficul&es and cost involved with diagnosing and trea&ng. If your pet is a member of our Pet Health Club then &ck protec&on is built in. Cats get a monthly spot-on that covers fleas, &cks and worms. Dogs are either on the quarterly tablet option or spot-on plus collar combina&on. If you opted for the la?er then please arrange to pick up your collar on or around the 14th March. You can join our Pet Health Club at any &me and we would encourage all our clients to ask our vets about &cks and other parasites any &me you visit. Mel & Carla Galashiels Veterinary Surgery Office: 8.30 - 6pm Mon - Wed, 8.30-7pm Thurs & Fri Sat Gala Terrace, Galashiels. TD1 3JT

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory You will o0en read, or hear people talking about ‘Safe Mode’ when troubleshoo&ng a PC. Windows Safe Mode is an essen&al tool when dealing with computers infected with malware, or crashing because of buggy drivers as it may be the only way to start the computer. When Windows starts normally, it launches startup programs, services, hardware drivers and all sorts of stuff. If you start in Safe Mode, Windows loads the bare bones that it needs to run on and displays a low res screen using generic video drivers. The screen will have the words ‘Safe Mode’ in each corner and your shortcut icons will be all over the place (don’t worry, they will go back to normal when Windows is repaired). This then makes a good place to start troubleshoo&ng most poten&al problems. If your computer is infected with malware, crashes a0er installing a new App or has unstable hardware drivers that cause blue screens, Safe Mode can help you fix it because those things aren’t loaded the way they are when Windows starts normally. Your Windows PC should automa&cally start up in Safe Mode if it crashes more than once while trying to start normally. However, you can also boot into Safe Mode manually: Windows 7 and earlier: Press the F8 key while the computer is boo&ng (a0er the ini&al BIOS screen, but before the Windows loading screen), and then select Safe Mode in the menu that appears. Windows 8: Hold Shi0 while clicking Restart on the Power menu on either the login screen or through the Charms bar menu. Windows 10: Hold Shi0 while clicking Restart on the “Power Op&ons” submenu off the Start Menu. Always select Safe Mode with Networking from the menu that appears, that way you can s&ll connect to the internet for further help, or to download an updated driver. If your computer is unstable normally but works fine in Safe Mode, it’s likely that there’s a 54 Gala Life

so0ware problem causing your computer to crash. However, if the computer con&nues to crash in Safe Mode, this is o0en a sign that there’s a hardware problem with your computer. (although stability in Safe Mode doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a hardware problem. For example, your graphics card may be faulty and causing crashes under load. However, it may be stable in Safe Mode because your computer isn’t performing demanding opera&ons with it.) Now try to determine what has changed on your system that could have caused Windows to fail to boot properly, or crash. If you have no recent changes, start by running a deep scan with your ant-virus and malware programmes. If you have added any kind of hardware, go to the Device Manager and remove it and uninstall the so0ware driver for that device. Then a?empt a reboot. If Windows boots properly, you can be reasonably certain that there was some type of conflict with the device and try to resolve it. Google may provide the answer from other users having suffered the same problem. Video card drivers are most common source of trouble, especially a0er a Windows update. Rather than allowing Windows to search for an updated driver, take note of the make and model from the lis&ng in Device Manager and then download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website – par&cularly with NVidia graphics cards. Use this same method if you have loaded a new game or applica&on some&me recently. Go to the Control Panel, click on Add/Remove Programs and remove the so0ware. Try a reboot and hopefully you will get a normal Windows boot. Again Google might provide an answer from a forum that discusses that par&cular App, or the manufacturer might have a troubleshoo&ng page on their web. Another op&on for repair is by using System Restore and we will look at that next &me. Willie

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GeDng You If you run your own business, a club, group, society or indeed anything that needs to let others know you exist, then you need an online presence. Whilst there is now a younger genera&on that swears by Facebook and Instagram, there is s&ll one, if not even two genera&ons that will never look at it. If they do go online however, they will look at a website, that in turn may direct them to other social media, but it’s the website that provides all the informa&on they really need in a nice, formal, well-structured layout that includes direc&ons and contact details that are all easy to find. Most web hos&ng companies provide easy to use online templates, specifically tailored to your business/interest and are free to use. The process simply involves subs&tu&ng your own text and pictures and deciding on a colour theme. Website hos&ng starts at around £4 per month and provides you with your own e-mail address, which looks a lot more professional than the likes of The first step is the most important and probably the hardest – choosing a domain name. Your choice will need to speak volumes and be memorable. The problem there is that if you are looking for a .com or address it can seem impossible to find anything obviously suitable that is s&ll available. Here are some &ps to get you started: Get everyone brainstorming name ideas. Get friends, family and staff to scribble down all the domain name ideas they can think of; anything that seems even remotely relevant. You never know where that killer idea will come from. Some&mes it’s the person who has no connec&on to you that will provide a fresh, original perspec&ve on things! Think about your values and loca>on. Your domain name doesn’t have to contain your 56 Gala Life

brand name. You can include your loca&on, or things important to you as a business. Put your sugges>ons into a thesaurus. Go to and enter your ideas, then try business a?ributes, values, unique selling points, product benefits, the sector you operate in and more. You just might find a be?er idea. Invent new words by combining exis>ng ones. Think up a portmanteau (that's two words combined to make one) that nobody else has come up with, and it could be your new domain name. Experiment with the ideas you've got to see if any of them work together. Exis&ng brands that have done this successfully include Groupon ('group' and 'coupon'), Accenture ('accent' and 'future') and Travelocity ('travel' and 'velocity'). Be cau&ous though - not all portmanteaus sound as good as these. Be clever with a less-popular extension. New extensions are being added all the &me, so if isn’t an easy op&on look at the likes of .scot or .uk or be clever with .it or .me – Google for domain extensions to see what’s available. Once you have decided on your new domain name, there are a few checks you should make before buying it: Search for trademarks. To avoid possible trouble later, it’s best to make sure your domain doesn’t contain any trademarks. You can search for trademarks easily online, try : Check other company names. Don’t register a domain that’s similar to another company’s name, par&cular if they are one of your compe&tors. Search other domain extensions. Let’s say

you’re buying the domain, is anyone else using the .com version? If so, is there scope for your customers to get confused? If not, it might be worth considering buying it too.

h(ps:// to view any old websites at that address. If they contained illegal or adult content, this could affect your rankings.

When ready to buy the domain and go online, Say it out loud. Saying it aloud can reveal get the best deal: problems you hadn’t no&ced before. Does it  You can buy the domain name and not use it sound ok? If you tell someone your domain un&l you are ready, name, will you have to spell it out every &me, so  Look for first year special discounts, many they get it right? web hos&ng companies will throw in the doReview for uninten>onal words. If your domain main for free with a hos&ng plan, but always consists of two or more words run together, check the renewal price for the second year. this can occasionally create embarrassing  Ensure it is registered in your name, you don’t words. For instance:, want the company holding you to ransom next year when the renewal is due. Avoid hyphens and under_score. If you use  Look for a hos&ng company that offers good hyphens you will have to spell it out every &me. support, e.g. 24/7. If you use underscore it will be lost online as all  Read the reviews; see how others rate the web addresses are underlined by default, making company you intend buying using. the underscore impossible to see.  Save by paying up front, some offer great Google it. If you use a phrase, Google the deals if you register for 5 or more years. words. You might find other companies using it  Happy? Then go ahead and buy your name in ways you were unaware of! before someone else does! Check past reputa>on. Has your domain been used recently for another website? Use Willie Gala Life 57

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This Month’s Tricky Sudoko 7

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

8 6


9 4

1 5



6 7

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

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Ready or not, 2018 is here.. And it's not come quietly, either. Home decor will be bolder than ever, with vivid jewel tones, luxe velvet and brass balanced out with organic accents. So, if your New Year's resolu&on is to refresh your home here are the top trends to try... Rich Pigments. Grey will s&ll be the colour of choice but colour will be making a comeback. Walls and furniture is making a statement with a moody tone. Look for brooding violet, navy and emerald green. Furniture is going over to the dark side. No more white shiny plas&c back to the retro glamour of the old days. So go for modern retro lux not scandi blond. To go modern with old furniture look for metallic handles and shiny legs. Compliment with a very bold chair Global travel comes to john Lewis – they have the Fusion collec&on of the palaces of 60 Gala Life

trending in a home near you!

and splendour. Best seen in lamps and light fi ngs. Botanicals, Plants, Floral and Tropical …there were several themes here. We combined them as they are quite “high impact” and striking. Pineapples have taken over the planet alledgeldly … so look out for pineapples making an appearance near you.

Rajasthan. The look is Earthy shades with terraco?a and pa?erns – yes, it’s the 80’s all over again! Texture and Ar>san. Luxury throws, blankets, cushion covers all say relax you’re home. Mox woven wickers, wools and rugs there really is no limit Metallica – the idea is metallic hints. Copper is out and brass is in, good I’ve got loads from my Nan. Combine Brass with pink and emerald green, this is the height of luxury

Scandi. Do not despair if your home is a homage to IKEA. Modern Scandi is set to be just as big as ever in 2018. With clean lines, neutral tones and sheer fabrics. The latest Swedish theme is white floor boards, opaque white curtains and simple chairs pared with lush rugs and snappy copper lights. Refined Coastal. If like me, blue is your colour, then Spring/Summer 2018 sees a fresh and more stylish take on the seaside trend. Look for deep indigo contrasted with nau&cal hues, textured finishes and marble. You don’t need the dri0wood. Debbie

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Gala Life March 2018  

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

Gala Life March 2018  

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