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Can I start by wishing all our readers and advertisers a very happy New Year, as I write this Theresa May has just managed to survive a no-confidence motion from her own MP’s and we seem set on following her dogmatic path to BREXIT and the potential damage that will cause. Who knows what happens between now and March the 29th, but it is safe to say we live in interesting times!

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Big Issue

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In November the Council held a meeting in Peebles to launch their Main Issues plan, which outlines their strategy for the development of housing in Scottish Borders. The Council says it needs to allow for the building of around 1000 houses in the Borders to meet its obligations from the Scottish Government, and in its wisdom has decided that over 900 of them should be in Peebles, compared with 45 in Gala and 60 in Hawick.

What’s on in January

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Peebles and Plastic

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Peebles Pensioners Association

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Peebles Concert Band News

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News

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Peebles Resilient Community Group

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This will see 240 houses go into Eshiels, a development that will stretch from Nether Horsburgh to Horsburgh Castle, taking in the new Peebles Show Ground (now we understand the massive investment at Dirtpot Corner), and other developments across the town. Most surprisingly the Council says these extra houses will not put too much pressure on the infrastructure of the town, and that there is no need for further investment in these.

Recipe from Val at the Peel Cafe

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The Peebles Garden

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Peebles Silver Band

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The Post Christmas Debt Hangover

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Dance Matters... For Adults

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We understand the town needs to grow, and we are delighted people want to move here and bring up their children, however, the focus on Peebles seems completely disproportionate, and I have to wonder what our councillors are doing to represent us in these decisions? The Council are looking for responses to their plan by the 31st January, and you can find further details on the SBC website, or alternatively speak to your councillor.

Peebles Archaeological Society

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Tweeddale Youth Action

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We also have a great article on local author Dr Clement Gunn, many will be aware of him, he was the doctor in Peebles from 1885 until 1933, and became a well-known local historian, though is best remembered now for his diary, “Leaves from the life of a Country Doctor”. If you would like to understand what life was like in the town over the Victorian and Edwardian periods, there is no better place to start. Steve also attended an academic lecture given at Queen Margret University in Edinburgh, which reported on some recent excavations at Cardrona, which shows there were people living in a settlement there from the Middle Bronze Age, meaning as a settlement it could predate Peebles. The magazine also has all our usual features, including columns on Gardening, advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Music in Peebles, and of course our calendar of events. Charles

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Message from Councillor Shona Haslam

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Notes on Peebles and its Writers

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Serenata

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New Evidence for Prehistoric Settlement at Cardrona

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell

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Peebles Rugby Club News

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Index

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Big Issue By Steve Dubé

Big Issue takes a look at the Main Issues Report this month and begins by totting up the housing proposed for Peebles and the villages in our immediate vicinity. The report has been published by Scottish Borders Council for public consultation, with responses to be received by 31 January, before becoming the basis for the county's next Local Development Plan, mapping out the way ahead from 2021. This is not a friendly document to examine. There's no helpful index to enable you to see at a glance anything that directly affects your immediate locality, so it's a bit like wading knee-deep through treacle. Fortunately those who attended a pre-Christmas public meeting at the Burgh Hall Peebles were guided through the main points by SBC's Lead Planning Officer Charles Johnston. Not many were happy with what they heard. A group from Eshiels, who heard about the event through social media, were particularly disgruntled by proposals that could effectively surround their small settlement with an estate of 240 new homes with some business provision on more than 26 hectares – that's nearly 64.5 acres – spreading to the boundary of Glentress. One proposal that caught the eye straight away was the long-term allocation of Peeblesshire Agricultural Society's showground for an unspecified number of houses on a 23.8-hectare (59-acre) mixed-use site. The land stretches ribbon-like along the main road from Horsburgh Castle farm to Nether Horsburgh. When built it might benefit Nashy's, but the idea is not likely to please many, especially show officials who have only recently adopted the site for their event.

not-too-distant future. The Main Issues Report accounts for 482; the current Local Development Plan has 70; current applications show the Persimmon proposal at South Park with 71, Tweedbridge Court with 40, another 69 at the March Street Mill site, 216 at Kittlegairy and a proposed 130 on Rosetta Road. Peebles could be swamped with new developments. Is it reasonable to support so many additional homes without considering the capacity of the road network, education and health services? Why doesn't SBC produce a development plan that takes account of all these matters before deciding on more housing – or at the very least take heed of the issues highlighted in the Peebles Town Action Plan? Mr Johnston said local health practitioners and the council's education department had assured him that there was spare capacity in Peebles to cater for the expanded population. Parents and a Peebles GP at the event immediately disputed his claims. Residents also know that he is wrong. The key word in all this is infrastructure. It's a word that almost dominates the responses from local people who take time out from their lives to attend the regular local partnership sessions organised by SBC. These people are not nimbys – people whose reaction to development is to say, "not in my back yard". They know what they're talking about.

Interestingly, SBC councillors raised the issue of infrastructure at last month's planning committee. At issue was a planning application for 64 homes at St Boswells. The committee asked for a breakdown of the effect on the local school and other services. Amazingly this information is not given to councillors as a matter of course and planning New housing is not generally welcomed by those of us lucky officials seemed reluctant to start now. In fact during the enough to live here. Peebles, as we know and Mr Johnston subsequent discussion, when councillors asked for an reminded us, is popular with house-buyers from young assessment of the effect of all the new homes outlined in families to retired people. The council has to find sites the new LDP they were told it was too late to ask for that for 900 new homes to meet the demands of the Scottish because the council had already agreed to have them built. Government, and SBC says there's only room for 45 in Galashiels and 60 in Hawick, neither of which are popular It's not too late and a commitment to managed destinations for potential purchasers. development instead of piecemeal responses to commercial interests motivated only by profit is overdue, So the Main Issues Report posits 150 new homes on either both for the Borders in general and for Peebles itself. side of the back road between the new Standalane estate and Chapelhill Farm and in the longer term an unknown Peebles is open for business and for expansion which is additional number at South Park (with an extended properly managed, and it's part of SBC's duty to act as industrial estate) and an estimated 132 houses on 13.2 managers. Meanwhile, unless and until infrastructure needs hectares on Bonnington Road. are met there should be no significant development in Peebles. It is important that residents of our beautiful town When you add it all up, it means that a total of 948 new make their views known to planning officials by January 31. homes could be built in Peebles and its environs in the


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What’s on in January?

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A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com. Sunday 6 : 9.30am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. “Over the tops” linear. A strenuous walk from Peebles to Innerleithen via Dunslair Heights, Leithen Doors and Lee Pen Summit. Return by service bus. 10.3 miles/16.5 km, ascent 2,100 feet/640m.

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Tuesday 8 : 7.30pm Tweeddale Society talk at the Eastgate on Monday 7 : 7pm Managing a Borders Rural Estate, Philiphaugh, Tweeddale Amnesty International Group meetings Selkirkshire, tracing the history of the Estate from in St. Andrew’s Leckie Bakehouse (upstairs). A warm Roman times through the 400 years of the Murray welcome is extended to all concerned about human family’s ownership to 1888, when the land was rights. sold to William Strang Steel, who traded in rice and teak in Burma, also covering the civil war battle of Tuesday 8 : 2-4pm Philiphaugh 1645 and coming up to date. Check our The University of the Third Age open meeting in web site www.tweeddale-society.org.uk for more St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall with a talk from Mikunu Uehara about Living in Japan. All members information. Regular Events Tuesday and Friday : 10am - 12noon Peebles CAN community garden, behind Victoria Park Centre, Kingmeadows Road. All welcome to volunteering sessions, 10-12 Tuesday mornings. Tea and coffee provided. Wednesday : 2 - 4pm Peebles Stroke Group - An invitation to anyone living with stroke to join us for a chance to socialise and chat with others in similar circumstances at Haylodge Day Hospital in the dining room. For more information phone 01721 730233. Thursday : 6.50pm for 7pm start Peebles Bridge Club meet every Thursday throughout the year and on Mondays from September to May. We play at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, Innerleithen Road. Visitors are most welcome but should contact the secretary first. We run lessons over winter starting in October. Contact Gordon Milne (secretary) 01721 721167 or peeblesbridgeclub@gmail.com. Thursday : 7.30pm Peebles Singers - Meet in Dovecot Court. New members made most welcome, no audition. Further information available from Isabel 01896 831924. Fortnightly - Friday 2.30-4.30pm The Peeblesshire Twin and Multiple Club are now meeting up fortnightly at Gytes Leisure Centre. The club offers support, advice and an opportunity to socialise with other twin/multiple families. All welcome. Join our FB page for more info or contact Jenna Telford jennareid80@yahoo.com. Saturday : 9am Peebles Local Food Market, Eastgate, High Street. Check Peebles CAN Facebook page for further details. Saturday : 9.30am Haylodge parkrun starts in Hay Lodge Park, Peebles. We will be there every Saturday thereafter (aside from Beltane and possibly the Highland Show). www.parkrun.org.uk/haylodge Weekday evenings and at Weekends Peebles Curling Club plays at Murrayfield Ice Rink from September to March. We extend a warm welcome to new members of all ages, experience and ability. Inexperienced newcomers usually start in the reserves when playing can fit in with your availability. The Club arranges occasional beginner sessions and regular coaching for novices is available through the Edinburgh Curling School. For more information contact Tom Hardie (club secretary): thomashardie@btinternet.com *Peebles Camera Club. Meet in the Community Centre, Walkershaugh. Come and join us, all are welcome. Details and much, much more from www.peeblescameraclub.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @PeeblesCamera **Tweeddale Ramblers. All walks meet at Kingsmeadows car park unless otherwise stated. For further information please phone Eleanor, 01721 722532, Mobile 07736 369336, or visit www.ramblers.org.uk/tweeddale

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Thursday 17 : 7.30pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society - talk by Dr Melanie Johnson (CFA Archaeology Ltd) “Kings and Castles: recent community excavations at Lochmaben Castle and Dundonald Castle” Meeting held in Walkershaugh Community Centre Peebles. Guests/non-members welcome (charge of £4).

Thursday 10 : 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www.peeblescommunity.org.

Saturday 18 : Tweedgreen collecting plastic waste for the sculpture being built by the local Tweeddale Youth Action group Craft Punks outside the Eastgate. See page 14.

Saturday 12 : 9.30 am – 11.30 am Peebles Senior Citizens’ Social Evening (Old Folks’ Treat) Ticket Distribution - in the Bakehall at The Leckie Memorial Church, Eastgate, Peebles. Distribution of Tickets for the annual function to be held on 23 January 2019 at Peebles Hydro Hotel. Applicants for Tickets must be aged 60 years or over and resident in Peebles.

Sunday 20 : 10am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Witchie Knowe Circular. A strenuous walk from Ettrickbridge School, following the Brockhill path to Bowhill and joining the Duchess’s Drive toward Fauldshope Hill where we take the riding route to Witchie Knowe. We then follow the road to Old Kirkhope and return via Kirkhope Tower. 9.3 miles/15 km, ascent 1050 feet/320m.

Sunday 13 : 10am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Soonhope Venlaw Circular. A leisurely morning walk via Soonhope, Shield Green, Venlaw and return. 5.6 miles/9 km, ascent 656feet/200m. Sunday 13 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Tuesday 15 : 7.45pm-9.15pm Peebles Community Centre, Tweeddale Astronomical Society will be holding its monthly meeting. Our speaker this month will be Prof Martin Hendry from the University of Glasgow who will be giving us a presentation entitled “Ripples of Gravity, Flashes of Light: the Dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy”. Entry £2 for adults, Accompanied U18’s no charge. Everyone welcome. Wednesday 16 : 7:30pm *Peebles Camera Club - Eclipsed in the USA. For our first meeting of the New Year we have our very own Brian Henry to take us on a trip through some National Parks in the US of A, on the way to the Dark Sky area of Utah where he observed the Total Eclipse of the Sun in 2017. Brian will also share some tips on how he processed his images. This is also the deadline for sending in your entries for the second competition on the topic “Colours of Autumn”.

Wednesday 23 : 2-4pm Peebles Art Group - Painting and Drawing Workshop - see Wed 9 for details. Wednesday 23 : 6.30 pm Peebles Senior Citizens’ Social Evening at Peebles Hydro (admission by ticket only). - Tickets available on 12 January at Leckie Memorial Church Bakehall. Saturday 26 : 7pm Burns Supper and Promises Auction at Neidpath Castle (in aid of Lyne and Manor Church). Tickets (price £15) available from Lucy Woodd, Glenternie House, Kirkton Manor (Tel: 01721 740278 or email: lucy.woodd@me.com). Sunday 27 : 10am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Abbotsford and River Tweed Circular. A moderate walk starting at Abbey car park, Melrose and walking to Abbotsford and back utilising parts of the Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbey Way, paths and minor roads. 6.2 miles/10 km, ascent minimal. Sunday 27 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Thursday 31 Tweeddale Unwrapped: Tweedgreen - a panel will discuss recycling and how we can improve it. See page 14.

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Peebles and plastic Steve Dube’s recent editorial described the international crisis of plastic in our natural environments and oceans. Tweedgreen invites you to events in Peebles which will highlight the issue locally and get you thinking about what we can do. Think global, act local. On Saturday 18th January, there’s the opportunity to contribute to a plastic waste sculpture being built by the local Tweeddale Youth Action group Craft Punks outside the Eastgate. During the week of 11th to 18th January, save all the unnecessary plastic wrapping in your shopping and bring it along between 10 and 11 on the 18th. Your plastic waste could be part of Peebles’ first community waste plastic sculpture! Photos of the sculpture will be in the press and at our stall at the Eastgate wild film festival on the 25th-27th January. Tweeddale Unwrapped: On Thursday 31st January in the Eastgate, a panel will discuss recycling and how we can improve it. Are you confused about what you can recycle? Dominic Hodgkiss from SBC is going to tell us, and Miriam Adcock from Zero Waste Scotland and Kathleen Vaughn from Changeworks will address what’s happening nationally. There will be lots of time for discussion so come along with your questions......and examples of your confusing plastic wrappings! Looking forward to seeing you at one or all of our events! For more information email tweedgreenpeebles@googlemail.com

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Peebles Pensioners Association 2018 was a very busy year for Peebles Pensioners Association, concluding in early December with our Christmas Lunch at the Green Tree Hotel, with 60 members in attendance. After lunch, Frances Taylor and Robbie Tatler made a very welcome return as they entertained us with Christmas songs and it was so lovely to see the members joining in with some community singing! On behalf of the members, I would like to thank the Green Tree staff, who look after us so well and a special thanks to Frances and Robbie for the very enjoyable entertainment. This was yet another lovely day, which was enjoyed by all present, evident by so many happy, smiley faces and positive comments as the members were leaving.

In July, for the first time in 4 years, the sun was shining for our annual summer day trip, which this year took us back to North Berwick. We all had such a lovely day in the sun and fingers crossed that our summer trip in 2019 brings the same good weather. In August, we met at the Green Tree for our fourth afternoon tea. This has become a much loved tradition, with members really enjoying a lovely, relaxed afternoon tea. We are conscious that it is a long break from the (earlier than usual) June meeting to the September meeting, with the summer trip and afternoon tea helping to break up the long summer and we hope to not only continue with both of these events, but we are looking at the possibility of adding another summer get-together in early July in 2019. The autumn session began in September with a very interesting talk on the renovation of Hallyards House and garden from Mike Gush and Sue Holden. In October, we welcomed Dr Lynn McCallum who is a Consultant in Acute Medicine and Clinical Director for Unscheduled Care at NHS Borders, with an interesting and comprehensive talk on her work. Our last

speaker of the autumn session in November was Iain Coates, who volunteers at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project. I would like to thank each and every one of our Guest Speakers who took time out of their busy lives to come to talk to us – we are grateful to you all! We have now been in the Burgh Hall for three years and we continue to enjoy the bright airiness and space that we have there and we are very grateful to Stephen Riley, the caretaker at the Burgh Hall, for his continued help and support over the past year. As I said to the members at our Christmas lunch, behind every effective Secretary, there has to be a strong committee and I couldn’t do this without the incredible support of Enid Crerie, Fran Price and Pauline Silk, who all work extremely hard for our members. On behalf of the members, I would also like to thank the very special “Kitchen Ladies” – Irene Howie, Doreen Motion and Joyce Scott who set up the tables, serve the tea and coffee and do the dishes. As I conclude my 9th year as Secretary, Peebles Pensioners Association continues to be a vibrant, well attended group with an average of 60 members attending each meeting from a membership of over 80. As previously intimated, membership was closed to new members during the summer of 2018 and whilst we are still accepting completed membership application forms, we are operating a waiting list, which currently sits at around 20. The first meeting of the New Year (to include a short AGM) will be on Wednesday, 20 February 2019, full details in February’s Peebles Life. If you need any information, please contact Laura Scott (Secretary) 07484 663518 or email: Peeblespensioners@ btinternet.com

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Peebles Concert Band News What an amazing year it has been for the band as our 10th anniversary year draws to a close. We were delighted to perform our anniversary concert back in May to a wonderful crowd in the Burgh Hall in Peebles. Thanks to all those who came and celebrated with us. Throughout the autumn months we were busy rehearsing not only for our autumn concert this time at the Eastgate Theatre but also for representing our wonderful town of Peebles in the regional heats of the Scottish Concert Band Festival in Livingston. We were playing in the community band section of the festival. After a nerve wracking warm up we took to the stage and played 3 pieces expertly chosen by our musical director Vaughan Fleischfresser. We were sitting on the edge of our seats while the feedback and results were given and we couldn’t help but give a loud cheer when we were given a Gold award! We are absolutely thrilled with the results and the feedback given stated for a relatively small band we gave a big sound! This result totally surpassed our expectations. Receiving a gold award allows us the amazing opportunity to play in the finals alongside

some of the best concert bands in Scotland in one of Scotland’s finest concert venues, the Perth Concert Hall in March 2019. Our rehearsals for our up and coming performance in Perth and our summer concert will begin in earnest in the New Year. If you fancy joining in you will be assured of a warm welcome. The concert band is made up of a wide selection of brass, woodwind and percussion players ranging in age from 12 to 85. Our Mantra has always been ‘any age and at any stage’ and another motto of ours is ‘just come along and play what you can play’. We rehearse every Wednesday 1915 to 2115 in the Silver Band Hall in Peebles. If you fancy coming along and giving it a go then please contact Jenny on 07809 480283 or alternatively email Jenny. haywood@gmail.com If you would like to keep up to date on news of the concert band then you can follow us on twitter @ peeblesconcert or find us on Facebook you can search for Peebles Concert Band and give us a like. We wish you all a very happy new year and we look forward to seeing you sometime in 2019.

New Year … New Hobby? Fancy dusting off that musical instrument In the back of your cupboard and embracing a new challenge for 2019? Peebles Concert Band are a community band who are on the lookout for Brass, Woodwind and Percussion musicians who are any age and at any stage in their music playing career. Come along and join us at our weekly rehearsals where you will be guaranteed a very warm welcome. We meet every Wednesday from 1915 to 2115 in the Silver Band Hall along the high street in Peebles starting back on the 9th January. For more information please contact Jenny Haywood on 07809 480283 / email Jenny.haywood@gmail.com

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News Peeblesshire Youth Trust was delighted to finish 2018 on a high with national recognition of our work with young people. At the Scottish Mentoring Network National Recognition Awards, we scooped both Youth Project of the Year 2018 for our Achieve Your Potential programme, as well as the Outstanding Contribution to Mentoring award, won by one of our long-standing exceptional volunteers, Anne Scott, for the amazing one-to-one work that Anne does with her mentee. Peeblesshire Youth Trust (PYT) supports 10-14 year olds across Tweeddale to build their confidence and self-esteem and to improve emotional wellbeing. Our vision is to nurture, support, engage and encourage these young people to feel valued and reach their aspirations. Our project began in 2009 when a local father asked for help to guide his son through the difficult transition years from primary to secondary. It was felt that a mentor figure in his life would be a perfect way to do this. It was soon realised that this boy couldn’t be the only young person requiring such support, and so PYT was born! There is a two-step approach to the work that PYT and our volunteers do to support our young people: 1. Achieve Your Potential programme - This 7-week programme runs twice a year,

delivered by staff and adult volunteers, using activities and challenges linked to the Curriculum for Excellence to help children build confidence in a group setting. Each week has a theme such as forming and expressing opinions, decisionmaking, friendship, team work etc. The adult volunteers then go on to become one-toone mentors to the children upon completion of the AYP programme. 2. Mentoring - We work closely with the young people, their families and our volunteers, to suitably match each child with an appropriate mentor to develop a one-to-one mentoring relationship. This mentoring process is a key part of our support to young people. By meeting with their mentee on a monthly basis, our mentors help our children to build resilience, believe in themselves and follow their dreams. We are always keen to recruit volunteer mentors, so that we can make a difference to the lives of more young people across Tweeddale. If you can spare a couple of hours’ a month and would like to find out just how rewarding it can be to mentor a young person, to see them achieve their potential, please contact Sarah at PYT, email ‘info@ peeblesshireyouthtrust.org’ or

tel 07957 383663. We would be delighted to meet you for a cuppa to tell you more about the work of the Youth Trust, our mentors and our volunteering opportunities. PYT works across Tweeddale to support children during the transition years from Primary to Secondary School. The charity engages with all nine primary schools in the area, and with Peebles High School. The Trust aims to provide support and guidance to young people with a view to realising their full potential. This is achieved through individual mentoring, peer mentoring, group activities and training; local volunteer mentors work with children to achieve tasks together, raising their confidence and selfesteem. To find out more about Peeblesshire Youth Trust, or our volunteering and mentoring opportunities, please contact Programme Manager, Sarah Keen, Tel. 07957 383663 or email ‘info@ peeblesshireyouthtrust.org’.

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Peebles

Resilient

Community

Group Who are we?

Started as a response to the floods of 2015. Instigated by Peebles Citizen of the Year 2015, John Swanson, and Tweed Avenue resident, Graham Lumb. They, along with other members of the Community Council, realised that Peebles needed an organised structure to enable residents to respond to future adverse situations. A request for resilience volunteers was sent out via leaflets and via Peebles Life to our community. That request and the subsequent voluntary response has resulted in the development, with support from Scottish Borders Council, of the Peebles Resilient Community Group, or PRCG. Ours is one of about 40 such resilience groups across the Borders. The PRCG role is NOT to replace Emergency or Council services. It is to supplement and support their effectiveness. What we will do? The PRCG volunteers will help with many aspects of support, including but not limited to, sandbagging, Flood defences, clearing snow, road closures, evacuated residents support, and any other duties the council or emergency services require. We only act upon requests from the council or emergency services. We work closely with the council to monitor situations so that we can act as quickly as possible based on their professional skilled assessment. Please make the SBC your first

point of contact if you require assistance. Emergencies should be of course dealt with in the normal manner:999 - only when urgent attendance by the emergency services is required. 111 - for non-emergency medical enquires 101 - for non-emergency Police enquiries Scottish Borders Council - 0300 100 1800 What else do you need to know? The PRCG currently has two town coordinators, Bob Kibble, and Paul Spence and a local area contact group of nine people.  For major incident such as expected floods, we operate a call tree. If you have recently asked to join this FB and wish to be part of the volunteer callout database please reach out to the email address below for further details.  Our volunteer database currently has about 140 Peebles residents that are available to assist in a variety of ways. There are no expectations that a volunteer is on stand-by in any sense. We all have lives to lead, work and home priorities. However the more names we can contact the higher the chance that a significant show of helpers will be able to respond. We are looking to grow this database. Being on the database does

not mean you are compelled to respond. It only means you are available to be contacted if and when required. When contacted again you do not have to partake in the callout. The database also contains the types of skill you can take on as a volunteer. Not everyone can lift heavy sandbags. If you can provide comfort and tea to displaced residents, this is a skill just as much sought after. It is our intention that the PRCG will arrange an occasional training exercise approx every 18 months, in conjunction with the Scottish Border Council and the Emergency Services, to improve the experience, and to test our capacity to respond. But we need your help and would like more of the community to be involved. Another method of communication to request support will be via FB. This has worked well to get numbers together quickly for the likes of snow clearing. FB does not work so well for larger scaled call outs.  Our Facebook page is www. facebook.com/groups/ PeeblesResilience/ We are always looking out for more support, if you wish to become involved, please feel free to email PeeblesRCG@ outlook.com or contact Paul Spence  on 07501 500656 for more information.

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Recipe from Val @ The Peel Café

Sweet Potato, Lentil and Chick Pea Curry

• 1 tsp mustard seeds

• 1 tsp coriander seeds • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 4 cardamom pods • 1 thumb grated ginger • 4 cloves crushed garlic • 2 red onions sliced • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil • 1 tsp turmeric

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• 2 sweet potatoes diced • 200g red lentils • 400g chick peas • 200g halved cherry tomatoes • 200g coconut milk • 50g fresh coriander

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Heat all the dried spices until they pop, cool and grind. Heat the oil, sauté the onion and add the spices along with the turmeric, garlic and ginger. Add the sweet potato and cook for a few minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, lentils and pour in the stock and simmer for 30minutes, keep stirring. Add the coconut do not allow it to boil, stir in the coriander. Enjoy with rice or flatbread.

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An exciting dance fitness workout with a twist. Based on ceilidh and highland dance movements, this class makes working out fantastic fun.

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Some people think that January is the coldest, longest, most boring month of the year. The same people generally don’t think much of February either. But I’d like to try to put a little shine on January if I can. Winter defines the climate in the cool temperate latitudes. The mainly deciduous forest, stretching around the globe at the midlatitudes in both hemispheres, is one of the richest, most fertile habitats on the planet.

The Peebles Garden: January

In winter decayed vegetation breaks down to feed the soil, creating rich ground. There are about 150 to 200 growing days and enough rain to grow crops intensively. When spring comes, plants receive cues to come into growth and the food they produce supports us all. Nothing would be the same without winter: it’s the cold that encourages flower buds and germination. Without it, food production is reduced or irregular in both quantity and quality. This particularly affects nuts and fruit like apples, cherries, strawberries and pears, and cereals like wheat. There is already evidence that winter chill has declined in Britain and that this has affected our output of certain crops. Maybe this has affected your fruit trees; lack of winter chill is one cause of irregular or poor fruiting. The garden is often put to bed in late November and disregarded until March but there is pleasure to be had from good structure and plenty of evergreen plants and shrubs. Wellclipped evergreen shrubs and hedges make a good contrast with the bare branches of deciduous trees and shrubs, especially if it snows. You can still work when the weather permits. Carry out late winter pruning of apples and pears by reducing the past year’s growth to about 4 or 5 buds, removing any dead or damaged wood and branches which either cross or crowd the middle of the tree. Make clean cuts just above a bud or back to a main stem. You can also do some restorative pruning of established deciduous shrubs, removing one-third of the thickest growth to the base. If you do this every winter for about three or four years you will have an entirely new shrub with healthy vigorous wood. Remember to knock heavy snow off conifers with the back of the broom and avoid getting salt from paths onto the grass or other plants. If you’re feeling restless you can always turn over the compost heap, incorporating some brown material like newspaper or egg cartons. If you keep it well made up during the winter it will heat quicker in the spring. Whether the winter is Narnia or nuisance, remember we are lucky to have it. By the end of January, the sun will be stronger and the days will be longer. The bulbs are growing and the buds are fattening on the trees; remember “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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Contact your MP David Mundell Working hard for Tweeddale all year round 6 easy ways to contact David: Write to: Monro House, Duncan Drive, Moffat, DG10 9JW Telephone: 01683 222 746 E-mail: David@davidmundell.com Website: www.davidmundell.com On Twitter: @DavidMundellDCT On Facebook: Facebook.com/DavidMundellDCT

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Peebles Community Trust

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• PCT is buying 7 hectares (17.3 acres) alongside the River Tweed • Special Area of Conservation • Biodiversity + Sustainable Management + Education + Leisure • Official Opening in May (see P Life & press for details)

ESHIELS RECYCLING

• To increase reuse and recycling and reduce landfill • Secure funding to run a feasibility study • Hold Upcycling Workshops

ALLOTMENTS for PEEBLES

• Save the March Street Mill Allotments • Bring council allotments under community control • Create new allotment areas

RAILWAY HERITAGE

Celebrate the rich railway heritage of Peebles by saving the former weigh bridge in the Edinburgh Road carpark. Plans include: • Seeking asset transfer of the weigh bridge from SBC to PCT • Source funding to develop the building for community use • Provide extra information/education for local people and visitors

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MARCH STREET MILL

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EX SERVICEMEN’S CLUB

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town band in the Scottish Borders and Langholm was represented.

The Band Office Bearers were re-elected for another year at the band’s recent Annual General Meeting with Colin Napier as Band Chairman and Davy Cornwall carrying on his good work as Band Secretary. Colin confirmed that the Band’s Youth Section was growing from strength to strength and all band members were grateful for the hard work put in with the youngsters by Davy Robb and Caitlin Riley. If any youngsters wish to learn to play an instrument or to join our Youth Band, please email Davy Cornwall on secretary.pbsb@gmail.com or phone him on 07976 242433. Colin has also subsequently expressed his delight at the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band being crowned in Perth Civic Hall as Scottish Youth Brass Band Champions for a third consecutive time. This Band which comprised of 40 brass and percussion musicians from across the Borders, aged between 11 and 18 were under the direction of Selkirk-based conductor, arranger and teacher Alan Fernie. Every

Drawn to play first in a field of three bands in their section, the SBYBB performed a programme opened by our own aspiring conductor Sophie Ward-Murray; Barnard Castle by the great Goff Richards. Under the baton of Alan Fernie, the band continued with a movement from Philip Sparke’s test piece; The Celtic Suite, My Bonny Boy with euphonium soloist Thomas Brydon, a new piece of music written for SBYBB called Reivers by Iain Mundy and finally The Creel, the Reel and the Peat Fire Flame by Alan Fernie.

in each half of the concert and despite the look on some of our faces in the attached photo, it was a joy for the Band to sit back and listen for a change. Our own youngsters opened the Concert and their conductors Davy Robb and Caitlin Riley must be commended for their hard work in having the ensembles entertain the large crowd. The youngsters all played well and must be congratulated on their performances.

A thoroughly enjoyable day of music-making was had by all and the achievement of being crowned Scottish Champions for the third consecutive time was a testament to all the dedication and hard work put in by all the young players, their support teachers and their Conductor, Alan Fernie.

As for the Senior Band we started off with “Joy” arranged by Alan Fernie and went on with a duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” played by Rhona Musgrave on Euphonium and Ian Aitchison responding on Cornet. Further Christmas music followed and included Solos by young Phoebe Hibbert on Cornet and Kevin Smith on Horn – very well played both of you. The Concert concluded with our traditional rendition of Jingle Bells.

Another success was our annual Christmas Concert held in the Burgh Hall in December. We were delighted to welcome once again the Kingsland Primary School Choir under their conductor Caroline Belleville. The members of the choir not only sang beautifully but added in some well-rehearsed moves and jingle bells. The Choir sang 4 pieces

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely all our loyal supporters, patrons and the people of Peebles for supporting the Band throughout the year – it is very much appreciated by us all. We trust you had a lovely Christmas and offer you all Very Best Wishes for 2019 from Peebles Burgh Silver Band.

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The Post Christmas Debt Hangover that you will be paid. •

It is interesting to be writing this article in December, in the expectation that people will wake up in January and discover that Christmas cost them more than they could afford and that the New Year looks like a struggle. Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, has been urging people on the run up to Christmas to not get pulled into the traps of the festive period. Yesterday, I heard him encouraging people to get debt advice from the CAB and other voluntary organisations before Christmas, as he knows how busy it will be after Christmas! He has called his campaign, “Going Cold Turkey for Christmas” but I’m sure that many people will carry on regardless and hope that something will turn up in the New Year. Anyway, if you are waking up with post Christmas debts and you’re not sure how you’re going to make ends meet, here are some ideas for you. •

Firstly, make a list of all of your normal outgoings and the date that they will need payment.

Then make a list of your debtors, together with the minimum amount of repayment they require and the date they will seek payment.

Check your bank statement or other payment slip to make sure that you know the date that you can next expect any income and the amount

Prioritise payment to those organisations who provide the essentials of life such as your landlord, mortgage provider or energy companies. It isn’t necessarily the right thing to pay those people who shout the loudest or make threats The worst thing you can do is ignore the situation and wait until you receive threats or final demands, it is always better to be proactive and face the problem head on; You may be able to negotiate a payment plan over a longer period of time if you go to creditors proactively.

Look around to see whether there are any unwanted gifts from this year, or things that haven’t been used since last Christmas, that you could sell on sites like EBay or Peebles Sales and Wants to get some cash.

Do not take on more debt from payday loan providers or other people who will soon be adding to your worries by adding interest to what you owe them.

If things are really bad and you need help we are always there for you, just make an appointment and bring in as much detail as possible that lets us know who you owe money to, how much and any correspondence that you have had from them. We may then help you to complete a debt pack, look at where you may able

to reduce outgoings and negotiate agreements with your creditors. Where people are in extreme difficulty we can help by referring clients to Peebles Food Bank for temporary help or help by applications for crisis grants. Sometimes it is hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel, when you afraid of the postman arriving or the telephone ringing, but sharing the situation with one of our advisers can help you get some order and perspective to the situation and enable you to make a plan to get back to a stable financial situation, even if it takes some time. In addition, we will be introducing the Financial Health Checks Initiative early in 2019. This is an approach agreed by Citizens Advice Scotland with the Scottish Government for the delivery of financial health checks for people within a number of target groups. The financial health check will provide information on benefit entitlement and income maximisation and clients will be offered holistic advice tailored to their circumstances. More information will be made available in the New Year. If you would like to support Peebles CAB we are in need of funding to be able to continue to offer our services to you. We have a “Mydonate” page available and all donations would be gratefully received. mydonate.bt.com/charities/ peeblescab Adrian Dunn

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Tweeddale Councillors Bell and Anderson

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Dance Matters…for Adults It’s almost impossible to turn on a TV or open a magazine without coming across yet a feature on health and well-being in adults; and being a ‘lady-of-a certain-age’ and a dance teacher I’m always interest in what they have to say. If you begin dancing as a child, you grow up being very aware of your body and its capabilities – and as young women we tend to take our bodies for granted and expect our bodies will continue to serve us well and we will be able to do anything. However, we reach a point in life when our body begin to remind us that we’re getting older and we realise that we will need to take better care of ourselves going forward. Everyone will find their own way – for some it might be running, swimming or cycling, and for others they discover the joy of Dance and begin to experience all its associated health benefits. Every article you read will tell you that Adult Dance is good for the Body and good for the Soul. So, let’s start with the Soul……….. I want all the adults that attend my classes to believe that they can still learn a new skill; believe that they can remember steps; believe that they can improve their muscles tone and balance; believe they can improve their posture and believe that they can be coordinated, graceful, strong and light on their feet. As we get older many adults start to doubt their capabilities. Our memories aren’t as good as they used to be – we tend to become more forgetful and some of us feel the need to write things down more often. Our sense of balance isn’t as good as it used to be – we get more concerned about slips, trips and falls, or if we’ve already experienced a fall, we worry it could happen again. Our ability to learn quickly and retain information isn’t what it once was, so we worry that we can’t try new things and keep up with the rest of a class. If any of this sounds familiar, please don’t worry…we are all in the same boat – try a Dance class and experience what a difference it can make. A great dancer teacher’s job is to make their pupils leave their class feeling good about themselves, it should be uplifting, give you a spring in your step, give you confidence and most of all it should be fun!

The health benefits of Dance are numerous and well documented: For ladies there is a reduced risk of osteoporosis as dance gives a low impact workout for the skeleton which helps strengthen bones. Ballet, in particular, is very good at improving posture and balance. Dance will help anyone trying to lose weight (particularly post-Christmas) – it doesn’t feel like going to the gym, swimming lengths, running or walking for miles, because your brain is occupied at the same time, so no-one is counting repetitive movements – before you know it you’re at the end of a class – where has the time gone! As we get older there is a natural decrease in muscle tone. Dance keeps those muscles working which ultimately keeps us all moving whilst improving our balance. The worst thing you can do for the creaky, achy, arthritic joints is to keep them still – you’ve got to keep them moving. We also must keep our brains active. Whilst dancing you are thinking all the time – which leg moves next, which arm goes where, what direction am I moving in, am I in time to the music? So with all that thinking going on, mental agility, concentration and memory are improved. Oh, and finally, I mentioned ‘fun’ earlier. The social aspects of Adult dance classes are great – you’re all learning together, lots of laughter and fun together, and there’s always the social side of dance classes as well – coffees and chats after classes and the end of term lunches, so it’s a wonderful way to make new friends at whatever age. So, if you want a physical and mental boost to kickstart your 2019 I suggest you get dancing. Fiona Henderson has been teaching dance for over 33 years and runs the Fiona Henderson School of Dance in Peebles teaching pupils from 18 months to 80 years old. She is an exchampionship dancer, danced professionally, and is a Fellow of the BATD, a Fellow of the UKA Limited, a Member of the SDTA, and an experienced judge at dance competitions.

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The word January derives from Janus, the Roman god who presided over beginnings, gates, doorways and passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks both forward to the future and back into the past. Looking back to 2018, we had an excellent set of autumn meetings at which our invited guest speakers explored topics which included the development of ironworking technology in prehistoric Scotland, the excavation of spectacular Dun Deardail fort in Glen Nevis, and a review of current work in the field of maritime archaeology. Then in December at our joint meeting with the Tweeddale Society, a large audience heard about the wonders of the stunning Early Medieval treasure known as the ‘Galloway Hoard’. Now we are looking forward to our spring programme of talks. Our invited guest speakers will once again be ranging widely in space and time - from prehistoric rock art (and we don’t mean iconic Rolling Stones’ album covers!) to the archaeology of Highland shielings. However, one common thread runs through all the projects we will be hearing about over the coming three months, and that is the strong input from local communities. On Thursday 17 January, our first speaker in the new series will be Dr Melanie Johnson (CFA Archaeology) who will be giving a presentation entitled Kings and Castles: recent community excavations at Lochmaben Castle & Dundonald Castle. CFA Archaeology currently holds Historic Environment Scotland's call-off contract for all archaeological work undertaken at their Properties in Care. This means working at some of the most high-profile monuments in Scotland, covering all kinds of work from routine maintenance to survey, building recording, geophysics, research and community excavations. This talk will provide an outline of some of the work undertaken through the call-off programme and will focus especially on recent work at two sites - Lochmaben Castle in Dumfries & Galloway and Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire, where community archaeology was a key element. Dr Melanie Johnson works for CFA Archaeology Ltd, based in their head office in Musselburgh. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 with a degree in archaeology and two years later returned to complete a PhD on the Iron Age pottery of the Western Isles. Apart from a brief stint working at Historic Scotland after graduating, Melanie has been employed in commercial archaeology as a pottery specialist, fieldworker and a project manager, and has worked full-time at CFA Archaeology Ltd since 2002. As usual, the meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in the Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Peebles (non-members/guests attending talks, £4). As always, new members will be very welcome. We would like to end by wishing Peebles Life readers all the best for the year ahead: for the Peeblesshire Archaeological Society, this is going to be a significant year because 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the society’s formation! To celebrate this milestone, we have organised a one-day conference devoted to the Archaeology of Upper Tweeddale which will be held in Peebles on Saturday 19 October. For further information, watch this space!

Illustrations (all © CFA Archaeology) 1. Dundonald Castle: the huge 14th century tower house - the third medieval castle to be built on the site. 2. Dr Melanie Johnson 3. Diggers of all ages welcome!

Looking back… and looking forward! Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Tweeddale Youth Action As per usual it’s all go at TYA and we’ve had a busy month with trips away to Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, Murrayfield Ice Rink and Edinburgh Christmas markets, among others. Closer to home and both youth clubs have been in the festive spirit with plenty of decorating, Christmas discos and mince pies as far as the eye can see! Food Punks have once again been part of the Peebles and Innerleithen Christmas Lights Switch Ones, with a stall at Peebles Christmas market and the opening of our youth club during Innerleithen’s switch on. Huge thanks to everybody who supported us at these events. By the time this article goes to press, Food Punks will also have done the catering at the TYA fund raising meal at Innerleithen Church and Peebles CAN’s Christmas lunch. Food Punks have a wealth of experience, including outside and event catering, ranging from canapes for intimate get-togethers to barbecuing for a thousand people (thank you joint churches of Peebles!) two years running. We

would welcome the opportunity to offer a quote and help support any catering needs so please feel free to get in touch if you have any catering requirements.

Craft Punks have also been busy and thanks go to Morag Cockburn from Change Works for including Craft Punks and allowing us to make the advent calendar for their window display. We also learnt some great energy saving tips from Morag and we might even see some lights getting turned off at the youth club! Craft Punks will shortly turn their attention to working with Tweed Green around creating art from supermarket packaging as part of Tweed Green’s drive to encourage supermarkets to stop using unnecessary packaging that damages the environment. Bike Punks continue creating their commissioned cycle route signs but there is also a 3 metre gorilla under construction in the workshop! Young people interested in getting involved should come along to the workshop at our Innerleithen Youth Club on a Tuesday evening from 6-8pm where they can learn a wide array of metal work skills, including welding. It’s completely free and the workshop is a relaxed environment with decent music on

the go, so well worth poking your head around the door. Drop-in sessions at both youth clubs are continuing to get busier and busier and we have focused our inputs on relationships for the past couple of months. Moving forward we are looking at risk taking and anti-social behaviour and look forward to welcoming CREW 2000 to our Innerleithen Youth Club next year. This month we are particularly grateful to TYA Manager, Big Dave and his wife and local legend Jill McKean for the incredible £1,000 they raised through their Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September. Thank you all. Finally, we are now recruiting for two more Trustees and would be delighted to receive applications from people who share our passion for supporting and nurturing young people. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have legal, insurance, HR and accountancy backgrounds as well as people with practical skills and knowledge. If you would like to learn more about the work we do and the difference we make or would like to support us, please get in touch on 01721 724779 or e-mail info@ tweeddaleyouth.co.uk Donations can also be made to www.totalgiving.co.uk/donate/ tweeddale-youth-action-scio


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Music in Peebles welcomes

The Navarra String Quartet Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra String Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. The NAVARRA STRING QUARTET are Magnus Johnston, violin; Marije Johnston, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Brian O'Kane, cello. On Sunday 13th January 2019, they will play an afternoon concert starting at 2.30pm in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Programme Pēteris Vasks - String Quartet No.4 Ravel - String Quartet in F major Schubert - String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 ('Death and the Maiden') Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet was selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010. They have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship,

a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions. The Navarra Quartet has appeared at major venues throughout the world from Wigmore Hall to Sydney Opera House, from Russia to USA, and in China and the Middle East. They have been broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3 and equivalent radio stations in Germany, Italy, Holland, and Australia. In their recording work they collaborated closely with Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks for their recording of his first three quartets, a recording described by critics as ‘stunning’, ‘sensational’ and ‘compelling’ which was nominated for the prestigious German Schallplattenkritik Award. More recently, the Navarra Quartet recorded a disc for NMC Records featuring the music of Joseph Phibbs and future recording plans include the three great quartets of Schubert and Britten.

This recent announcement, September 2018, appears on the Navarra Quartet website “We will FINALLY be realising our dream of recording ALL Peteris Vasks quartets. They are very close to our hearts and we always get such positive feedback wherever we play them. We can’t wait to put the last 2 quartets (4 and 5) on a disc.” Music in Peebles is grateful for ongoing support from Enterprise Music Scotland to enable them to bring such high class chamber music to Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Subscription Membership is vital to our enterprise – over 100 members have subscribed since July 2018 for a fee of £75 for eight concerts. We offer a half year membership from January 2019 for four concerts for a fee of £40 – a considerable saving of £5 per concert which otherwise costs £15 per adult ticket. Please see the website www.musicinpeebles.org. uk or telephone the membership secretary 01721 722788 to take advantage of this offer.

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Peebles Community Centre Walker’s Haugh, Peebles T: 01721 720975 The calendar for January is as follows:Frequency Daily

Weekly Monday

Weekly Tuesday

Weekly Wednesday Weekly Thursday

Weekly Friday

Weekly Saturday Weekly Sunday

Fortnightly

Group/Activity

Time

Schools Out - Please call 07575 857585 or email admin@schoolsoutpeebles. com for more details. Sporty Kids

9:30am - 11:15am and 1pm - 2:45pm

Mum & Baby Yoga

10am – 11:15am

Peebles and District Men’s Shed

11:45am - 2:45pm

Youth Club

6pm - 7:30pm

Brownies

6:30pm - 8pm

Spanish Classes

6:30pm - 8:30pm

English for Speakers of Other Languages Class

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Volleyball

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sporty Kids

9:30am - 10:15am

Open Doors Computer Drop-In

10am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

Walking Hockey

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Red Button Art Club - for P1s - P7s

4pm - 5pm

Dog Training

7pm - 9pm

Carpet Bowling

7pm - 9pm

Over 60s Badminton

2pm - 4pm

Art Group

7pm-9pm

Kirklands Badminton

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Walking Netball

11:30am - 12:30pm

Over 60s Badminton

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Sporty Kids

9:10am -9:55am and 10am - 10:45am

Art Group

9:30am - 11:30am

Gentle Exercise Class

11:15am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

Social Activities (incl: New Age Curling, Bowling, Table Tennis, and ‘Gentle’ Walking Football

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Over 50s Walking Football

2:30pm - 4pm

Yoga

6pm - 7pm

Fun French

9am - 10:30am

CG Elite Football Coaching

10am - 11am

Peebles Baptist Church

11am - 1pm

U3A

Tues 10:30am-12:30pm

Embroidery

Tues 4pm - 5pm

Art Group

Wed 2pm - 4pm

Camera Club

Wed 7pm - 9pm

CraftBox - free craft class for Senior Citizens'

Fri 2:30pm - 4pm

Peebles Archaeological Society Mary Allen Lunch Club Monthly

Peebles Bee Keepers Club

For specific dates call 01721 720975

Meet & Make - free craft class for people living with dementia

For further information on any of the above or any activity, please pop into the centre or phone 01721 720975. Also now find our official presence on Facebook - just search Peebles Community Centre to find our group pages easily.

Group Focus Sporty-Kids Sporty-kids is delivered by Laura Chrystie who is a fully qualified PE Teacher. Originally set up by Lydia Brown 10 years ago, then run by Kate Thomson, Laura took over the reins in August 2017. Laura has been lucky to have support for Monday classes from Pauline Weir, the Tesco Community Champion. Classes take place at the Drill Hall (Peebles Community Hall) in Peebles at the following times: Monday 9.30am -10.15am Parent-Child 10.30am-11.15am Pre School 1pm-1.45pm Pre School 2pm-2.45pm Pre School Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am Parent-Child Friday 9.10am-9.55am Pre School 10am-10.45am Parent-Child The Parent-Child classes are for children aged 18 months- 3 years and the Pre school classes for aged 3-5 years. Each class is 45 minutes long and costs £3.75 per class (usually in blocks of 6 weeks). Sporty-kids is delivered in a friendly manner and classes are fun and enjoyable, whilst developing co-ordination, balance, hand-eye co-ordination and movement skills. The classes are delivered through a variety of fun activities using different types of equipment, music and apparatus. This allows the children to explore and develop skills in various ways and gain confidence in a positive manner through sport. Classes also encourage the children socially as they learn to work together, to co-operate, make new friendships, teamwork and basic sportsmanship. If you feel Sporty-kids is for you and your child we would love to hear from you by contacting Laura through the Sporty-Kids Facebook page.


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Cllr Shona Haslam Conservative

Tweeddale East

shona.haslam@scotborders.gov.uk 07811 976949

Much Done…… With so much going on in UK politics at the moment it is quite easy to be bamboozled with the machinations of process and intrigue. But on the ground the basics still need to be delivered. Bins need to be emptied, roads need fixed and the winter is just beginning to bite. Over the last two years my focus as a councillor and as Leader of the Council has been firmly on delivering for our communities. And much has been achieved. We have seen Dirtpot Corner finally being addressed after years and years of delay, we have counsellor in every High School of the Borders, a new play park and skate park coming to Peebles, investment in our school estate with new classrooms at Priorsford. We have put a brake on development in Peebles by cancelling the second bridge and giving space and time for our services to catch up after the rapid development under the previous council. Major sections of roads have been completely resurfaced, Innerleithen High Street, Cross Street in Peebles and sections of the A701. Patching with cold tar has been greatly reduced with potholes fixed properly, the first time. There is to be no change to the frequency of bin collections in the short term, and we are working hard to protect services to the most vulnerable in our communities. Few decisions are easy, changes to some of our services like how often we cut grass in low amenity areas and our graveyards have been well documented and debated, and even featured in the Beltane fancy dress parade. It is our job as Councillors to try and find the ways of saving money that protects our most vulnerable, supports those who need the support and delivers services in our local communities. This is an impossible challenge, there are always going to people calling for more money for this or that, that think that the priorities

that we have set out are wrongly balanced. I will always listen to those views and am grateful for those who contact me to discuss these matters with me, in a constructive way. This years budget will be no different. Costs are rising and income is falling. Again as councillors we are called to rob Peter to pay Paul. It is by far the most difficult part of the role of councillor, all I can do is promise to listen, to consult and to take the decision that I believe uphold the three principles above. To protect the most vulnerable, to support those that need support and to deliver local services as best we can. So much done……. much still to do. My priorities for the next three years are to continue to bring resources to Peebles and Tweeddale (and the wider Borders). I am continuing to push the Government (both governments) to move forward with the Borderlands Deal that will bring a multi-million pound investment to Innerleithen in the Mountain Biking Innovation Centre. I will continue to work with our community and parents to bring a new High School to Peebles, invest in our wider school estate and deliver increased investment in our town. We are very lucky to live here, and I am very lucky to represent this area. That is not something I take lightly and will continue to work hard to finish the jobs that are started and prioritise council services to those who need them most.


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Notes on Peebles and its Writers Dr Clement Gunn

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------By Steve DubĂŠ

"I would rather go back to Africa than practice again in Peebles," said the physician and explorer Mungo Park, who worked from a surgery in Northgate for two years from 1801. He went back to Africa, where he drowned while trying to escape hostile natives in 1806. In contrast, Dr Clement Bryce Gunn, born 17 Dec 1860, was not yet 25 years old when arrived in Peebles in October 1885, set up a doctor's surgery, and never left. As well as traipsing the streets and hills on foot or horseback, pony and trap and latterly motor tricycle to minister to the sick and deliver babies, at all times of day and night, Gunn researched wrote and published quite a library of history books. He continued to work as a doctor until a few weeks before his death, aged 73, on Christmas morning, 1933 in the Edinburgh nursing home he reluctantly resorted to for the last month of his life. Many years before he had written in his diary: "I should not wish, if the choice were given me, to die in summer, when all is green, joyous and pleasant; in winter one's regrets would be fewer."

He seems to have been given a choice. Writing a valedictory essay that night, his bereaved friend Walter Buchan, Town Clerk of Peebles from 1906 to 1948 and a fellow historian of Peeblesshire, described him as Great-Heart, after the faithful man-servant in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and wrote that "it seems as if a brightness had gone from the air." Two days later, as Gunn's own choice of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus rang out from the church, the robed Provost and magistrates led a procession accompanying his coffin, borne on a farm cart garlanded with holly, through streets crowded with weeping people. On the way to the graveyard at St Andrew's Church, it passed the house he built in the former marketplace of Old Town, which he named Lindores, named after Lindores Loch, near Fife, where he first noticed his future wife Margaret skating among a crowd of young people.

were expected to visit people in their own homes as well as hold regular surgeries. That meant saddling up his horse, or hitching it to his cart at whatever time of day or night he was needed – perhaps to attend to a woman giving birth somewhere in the Manor Valley. In 1900 he retired his horse and acquired a motor tricycle. He began writing his first books in his early thirties, transcribing page after page of the Burgh records, with the observation:

Gunn's literary output was prodigious, especially when you remember that he was a family doctor in pre-motor transport days when medical practitioners

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Gunn at Cross Kirk

"My natural inclination has always tended towards antiquity, and I find great pleasure in revealing the past life of this old town, which lies buried in these ancient documents like some lava-strewn Roman city." Dr Gunn's enthusiasm for telling the tales of the past shines through his many books. He researched and "rendered from the Ancient Scots Vernacular into Modern Scottish" the poem Peebles to the Play, written by King James I of Scotland in the first decades of the 15th century and first mentioned in a book published in 1521. In 1894 he translated another early classic of Peebles, The Three Tales of the Three Priests of Peebles, probably written around 1460 when St Mary's Chapel stood at the end of the north row of buildings at the west end of the High Street with the Virgin Inn nearby. Peebles to the Play memorably describes a medieval Beltane festival, when everyone scrubs up and turns out bedecked in their finery for fun and games, with "Hope-Kailzie and Cardrona/ Gathered out thickfold". Gunn retains the

spirit, and much of the early English and Anglo-Saxon, of the original as the poem describes the fun and games, petty quarrels and domestic upheavals of a country fair. The tales told by the three priests as they sit around eating and drinking "in a private place" explore mediaeval Scottish society with a humorous as well as ethical style, focussing on the deficiencies of three authorities of the age – the burgesses, nobles and clergy. Gunn embellished the book with delightful anonymous line drawings of the priests and local landmarks such as Neidpath Castle, Barns Tower, the Cross Kirk, the town walls and Mercat Cross. It's a fine little volume, published in 1894 by the publisher James Lewis in Selkirk. Gunn turned to a Peebles publisher, the Neidpath Press, for what might be described as his most exceptional achievements as a historian. The remarkable 12 volumes of his "Books of the Church Series" were published between 1908 and 1931, a period that also saw his momentous three volume Books of Remembrance

Like many of us, he was fascinated by Neidpath Castle, and wrote and self-published a 40-page guidebook in 1931, describing himself as Honorary Warden. He was the first choice to occupy this Beltane role after he initiated the outdoor church service at the Cross Kirk that opens every Beltane – as well as the ceremony at Neidpath Castle that takes place during the week-long festivities. He was also the central figure in saving the Cross Kirk from further destruction and preserving it for future generations. Gunn's 1914 book The Manual of the Cross Kirk was a distillation of his two previous volumes of the former monastery of the Trinitarian friars, published in his Books of the Church series. Of particular interest to local readers is Leaves from the Life of a Country Doctor, edited by Rutherford Crockett with a foreword by John Buchan and published by the Ettrick Press in 1935. Most of it is Gunn in his own words, tracing his life's work and offering glimpses of Peebles 100 and more years ago with his distinctive warm, humanistic perceptions. "They provide a record of a fast-disappearing Scotland and a picture of a most vigorous, idiomatic and endearing character," wrote Buchan. "Few men have lived a more full and useful life, and I welcome the story of it because it recalls for me many memories of Tweedside, and above all the figure of an old and muchesteemed friend."

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SERENATA The final Serenata Concert of 2018 was full of festive spirit. An excellent Clarinet Duo started the programme followed by seasonal songs for Contralto and Piano. The audience was in great voice for a set of songs with a snowy theme, belting out White Christmas and Winter Wonderland with great enthusiasm while the two gentlemen who took on the role of Good King Wenceslas with strong, royal voices were wonderful. There are three Concerts planned for the New Year – January 20th , February 17th and March 17th – all at 2.30 in the Eastgate Studio. These popular concerts offer a friendly platform for musicians of any age and any standard to perform music of their choice to a small, sympathetic audience. You can play for 5 minutes or half an

hour – solo or ensemble – classical, folk, jazz, world music – whatever you play we want to hear it! With a date to aim for, practice becomes much more meaningful, whether is just for fun or with an exam looming. What better reason to get together with friends to play duets, trios or a larger group. If you need accompaniment we have several pianists who would be able to play. And of course we need an audience so members of the community are warmly invited to come along – entrance is by donation at the door and refreshments by the wonderful Eastgate Café. The Convener, Claire Garnett, is now making up programmes for the New Year and would like to hear from anyone interested in playing or singing. Contact Claire on 01721 740256 or rc.garnett@ btopenworld.com


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New Evidence for Prehistoric Settlement at Cardrona ----------------------------------------------By Steve DubĂŠ

Peebles is a young upstart compared to Cardrona. The evidence has been revealed in an archaeological exploration of a site being developed by Renwick Country Properties on the north side of the river Tweed. The dig produced evidence that people settled there around 3800BC, and began farming the fertile river valley and using the river to connect with trade routes and other settlements. Alex Wood of AOC Archaeology told the annual conference of Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Archaeology at St Margaret's University, Musselburgh, that excavation of the site began after the discovery of 37 broken pieces of what turned out to be three pots dated to the Neolithic Age. Evidence of a small settlement was revealed from the post hole remains of two roundhouses, one six metres in diameter and the second nine metres across. These were thought to be all that was left of timber-built homes that were re-used and occupied for hundreds of years from the Mid Bronze Age to the late Iron Age. Mr Wood said this was a tentative interpretation based on the "sheer density" of the features on the site, which

included many rim or body shards of Neolithic carinated bowls. This is the earliest type of pottery yet discovered in the British Isles and is associated with small farming groups who migrated from the far north of France to large parts of Britain and Ireland between the 41st century and c 3800 BC. Carinated bowls were formed by joining a rounded base to the sides of an inward sloping vessel. They were often made from very coarse natural clay and were used for cooking. The excavations uncovered a total of 119 pieces of Neolithic carinated bowl shards and 83 pit and post holes of two circular structures tentatively identified as prehistoric roundhouses. The evidence suggested that they had been repeatedly rebuilt and reused for hundreds of years. The same conference was told that we might soon be able to look into the face of a woman who lived near Galashiels during the Roman occupation. Gala Girl's skeleton was discovered in an Iron Age burial cist during excavations carried out in 1950 at Torwoodlee Broch and hill fort by Stuart Piggott under the auspices of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Scottish Field

School of Archaeology. The broch is one of only three in southern Scotland, all in the Borders. The others are Bow Castle Broch about two miles to the north and Edin's Hall Broch near Duns. Torwoodlee Broch was built soon after the Romans withdrew from southern Scotland around the year 100 within an earlier Iron Age fortress and destroyed by 150AD. The excavation uncovered much Roman pottery, glass and coins, which suggested a link with the Romans at nearby Trimontium fort at Newstead, Melrose. One theory is that the material was looted and the broch systematically destroyed by the Romans after they reoccupied their fort at Newstead, Trimontium Trust chairman John Reid said no one knew for sure whether the contact between the native Britons and the Romans was friendly or hostile. And no one yet knew much about the skeleton. "DNA analysis will tell us the colour of her skin and hair and whether she was a Gala girl," he said. And face reconstruction will give us an idea of what she looked like.

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Happy New Year to you all, I hope you had a great time over the festive period and are looking forward to the year ahead. Although you can change your habits at any time, the start of the year is popular with many people. Perhaps because over the holidays they have had time to think or perhaps they have overindulged and need to improve their shape/ lifestyle/health. Quite often they don’t know where to begin and make a list of changes they want to make but find after a few weeks they are struggling. The trouble is the changes are too radical or not sustainable. I personally think the answer is to stick to only one change but do it well.

Just making one small change can lead to others without even trying. For example, if you start exercising regularly you may find you drink more water, want to eat healthier food and may sleep better. One small change may naturally lead to others. Another example, if you plan to set a regular sleeping pattern you may feel better, be less stressed and have more energy. One thing leads to another I think everyone should focus on being the best they can be not just physically but mentally. My top 5 changes that can lead to you achieving a happy healthy 2018 1. Relax - Give your body time to relax and rest, do something you enjoy doing not

what you think you should be doing. 2. Food - Have a wee check over your eating habits try to eat freshly prepared food and a selection of food types, also look at portion sizes, they may be larger than you need. 3. Water - Drink plenty of fresh (not bottled if you can help it) your body needs it. 4. Sleep - This is when your body recovers and repairs, find your optimum. 5. Exercise - Need I say more! They are all simple, they just take a bit of determination. Lesley

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Peebles Rugby Club

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Peebles Rugby Club The up and down season of “So Stobo” sponsored Peebles 1stXV continues, with narrow losses to Glasgow Accies (2022) and Preston Lodge (22-24) sandwiching an impressive 34-7 home win against Lasswade. While Biggar and Highland now seem to be moving clear of the pack in Tennent’s National League Two , Peebles sit in the next group of four teams, separated by only eight points. Unfortunately, November also saw the ‘Firsts’ miss out on a quarter final place in the National League Cup, being defeated by Newton Stewart (2035). Home matches in January include Highland on the 12th and Stewart’s Melville on the 26th. The “Crown Hotel” sponsored 2ndXV, now adopting the name ‘Peebles Reds’ are having a stellar season so far, now sitting four points clear at the top of Tennent’s East Reserve League Two, having defeated Edinburgh Accies Blues (36-22) and Edinburgh Northern (38-17). The Reds only have one scheduled home fixture in January, with a visit from Leith an the 12th, at Hay Lodge Park.

With the Mitsubishi Motors Schools & Youth Conferences now completed, it looks like Peebles have finished in third place in the ‘Warrior’ (Borders) Conference, just behind winners Hawick and runners up Melrose/Earlston. This is a very encouraging result for the youth sections of the club/ high school, given that the priority in Peebles is to ensure everyone wanting to play rugby, gets their opportunity, rather than simply selecting the best team week in, week out. This ensures more players both stay in the game and improve their skills/abilities.

As ever, the Club is open to anyone – player, supporter, volunteer, spectator, family member. Information on club membership can be found on the club’s website, or by emailing membership@peeblesrfc.org. Alternatively, please contact myself on any of the routes below for further details on the club.

Meanwhile, the training pattern for the ‘Piranhas’, the primary school aged section of the club, continues in ‘Winter Mode’, with the younger agegroups either indoors or on the 2G at the high school, while the older ones brave the rain, cold and mud. Parents should contact the appropriate coach for details, while anyone who wishes to send their child along for the first time, can contact myself and I’ll be delighted to pass your details onto the appropriate coaching group.

George Blair Peebles RFC Development Officer Tel – 07801 791253 Email – youthrugby@peeblesrfc.org Web – www.peeblesrfc.org Twitter - @PeeblesRugbyDev

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Guitar and Bass Tuition

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Harrisons Ford Centre

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Adams Boiler Maintenance

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High Street Opticians

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RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer

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Alexander Technique

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Red Circle Locksmith

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Armac Vet Group

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Relationships Scotland Borders

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Holistic Therapies by Lesley

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Remax

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Blackwood & Smith

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Rogersons Footwear

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