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Welcome to the March edition of Peebles Life, this is the month that should see us leaving the EU following the referendum of 2016, at the time of writing we have no idea of what type of exit we will have. All we know is that the referendum has had a huge impact on the body politic of this country, unleashing the dark forces of racism and xenophobia, and turning former friends and colleagues against each other, this is a tragedy, we all need to combat. Whether you were a leaver or remainer we need to rise above the political vacuum our Politicians have created and start to put our fractured society back together again.

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PEEBLES CONTENTS

Issue 1

Big Issue

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What’s on in March

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Peebles Pensioners Association

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One of the benefits of running a magazine is that occasionally we can turn our focus on national topics which we care deeply about, and we have produced an article on Brexit looking at the abject failure of our politicians to deal with an issue that they created.

School Brae Hub Draws the Crowds

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Peebles Civic Society - Bridgescapes

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News

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Our Big Issue also highlights in our opinion a failure of politicians, but this time at a much more local level. The decision by Scottish Borders Council to allow people on one side of the river to have 1140 free hours of childcare while restricting those on the other side to 600 seems bizarre in the extreme. It has caused outrage amongst the parents affected, and we completely understand why.

The Peebles Garden

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Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society

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Recipe from Val @ The Peel Café

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The Biggest Issue - Brexit

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We are covering a much happier story, where the community Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell 40 has come together to solve a problem, and potentially create a superb new asset for the town. Many were disappointed Political Page from Stuart Bell 42 when the Ex Servicemen’s Club closed its doors and went out of business. However, the Peebles Community Trust has Borders Brake-away Cycle Group 44 been working hard behind the scenes to take the building over and create a hub in the centre of town for voluntary A community magazine residents The Zombie Knightsserving of the the Eildon Hills of Peebles 47and Cardron Delivered FREE to every home in the area groups like the Men’s Shed who have been homeless for a March 2019 couple of years. They now have occupancy of the building, and Peebles CAN Skill Sharing 48 we wish them well with the project. Our notes on section this month looks at the Romans, and their impact on the Tweed Valley, many will not be aware of the rich Roman heritage in the area, which contains some of the best preserved Roman forts in Scotland. Continuing the Historical theme we have an excellent article from the Peebles Archaeology Society, promoting their talk this month on the history of Shielings. There is an announcement from the Peebles Players of their latest production the ‘Zombie Knights of the Eildon Hills’ which tells the story of the legend that King Arthur and his knights lie sleeping under the Eildon Hills and their rising. The annual Book Sale that will take place in the Burgh Hall on the 9th and 10th March, this is the 33rd year of an event that will always be associated in my mind with Peter Norris, who did so much for this community, and who is sadly missed. We also have all our usual columns, and of course the diary of events, if you have an event you would like us to publicise please email and let us know. Charles

Books for Peace

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Peebles Silver Band

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Notes on Romans

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Music in Peebles

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Peebles Community Centre

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Peebles Rugby Club News

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Index

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Big Issue By Steve Dubé ------------------------------------------------Daytime child care has become increasingly important since our society became one where many families need two incomes to survive. Someone has to look after the kids and not all parents have relatives willing and able to help. So it’s sad to find that Scottish Borders Council has managed to make a big issue of the Scottish Government’s laudable policy to help out by increasing the current 600 hours a year of free childcare to 1140 hours. The extra hours and associated infrastructure require considerable investment into staff, and some premises will need kitchens, food storage areas and other amenities. The government says that moving to the additional hours of provision overnight would be “challenging” so it should be phased in, using the 2016 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD.scot). This relies on postcodes to identify areas most in need, which should receive extra hours in August this year, 12 months ahead of “wealthier” areas. SBC has managed to concoct controversy in Peebles by the way it is interpreting the government’s guidelines. These give local authorities “flexibility to determine the most appropriate way to phase entitlement in their local area as they build the necessary capacity to deliver 1140 hours.” The guidelines continue: “We have made clear…….that the families and communities who stand to benefit most from the expansion also benefit first.” So as long as a local authority uses SIMD.scot as a measure to help

families and communities most in need it can phase in the extra hours as it sees fit.

olds) in Peebles has cost implications for a cash-strapped local authority like SBC.

Peebles is clearly one integrated community, but SBC has decided it is “appropriate” to introduce a border in the town: the River Tweed. Parents whose children live in the catchment areas of schools north of the river will get the extra hours this year. Those to the south will have to wait.

But money is not the only measure of whether a policy is right. It cannot be good for children, families or Peebles itself to make the river into a social boundary. And it can’t, surely, be beyond the wit of the officials who thought this up and the councillors who backed it, to think up a system fair to everyone in Peebles.

From this August, parents in Priorsford catchment area can receive 600 hours free childcare in the year – about 16 hours per week during school term time – while those in the Kingsland and Halyrude catchment areas receive nearly twice as much – 1140 hours or about 30 hours a week. Not surprisingly this has not gone down well, and not only with those who stand to lose out. The SMID. scot map shows the worst area of deprivation straddles the river. In any case, the government has advised that its guidelines are anyway flexible. Why divide the town? One parent, Christine Irvine, says the decision amounts to discrimination and has raised a petition which by mid-February had been signed by more than 250. Christine says dividing a small town like this is detrimental to people living here, and points out that SIMD.scot itself records that the north of the river accommodates some of the more affluent families in the town. Obviously moving from 600 to 1140 hours a week for every three and four-year olds (and some two year

They’ve had plenty of time to work it out. The new provision was announced on Christmas Eve 2015 so the council had nearly four years to make sure schools and nurseries were ready. SBC launched its consultation on the changes in October 2016, but nowhere in the document did it ask for parents’ views on dividing Peebles into two. Christine’s solution sounds reasonable. She suggests phasing in the new provision across the town. If the council can’t afford to go straight to the full 1140 hours this year it should increase free childcare hours both sides of the river to 850 hours or a similar level this year and step up to the full 1,140 hours in line with government policy next year. The council is expected to consider Christine’s petition, which is available to sign online by copying Nursery place discrimination in Peebles 2019 petition into your search engine. It will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s audit and scrutiny committee on March 11. Councillors will have the opportunity then put to matters right.

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What’s on in March? A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com.

Sunday 3 : 9am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Norham Bridge and Milne Graden Circular. A moderate walk from Norham Bridge Car Park, walking south beside the River Tweed to Milne Graden and returning by the same route. Ladykirk Church and Norham Castle are nearby. 6.2 miles/10 km, ascent 164 feet/50m.

Wednesday 6 : 7p.m. Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Wednesday 6: 7:30pm Peebles Camera Club at Galashiels Camera Club The Red Room, Langlee Centre, Galashiels, TD1 2LP Photosnap Competition Peebles Camera Club travels to Galashiels for a light hearted (though intensely fought) joust in which images are set as challenges and the opposition has to try to match them. There are points to be won, and considerable audience participation.

Our judge and referee for the evening is Ken Sharp from Musselburgh Camera Club. Wednesday 6 : 2 - 4pm Painting and Drawing Workshop - Peebles Art Group meets fortnightly in the Peebles Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Tweed Green. New members welcome. Details from Richard J Digance 01721 723 676 mobile 07432 234 759. Saturday 9 : 10am - 4pm Peeblesshire Federation of Scottish Women’s Institute will hold their Spring Bulbs and Crafts Show in the Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Peebles. Their will be a Community Effort entitled “The Jungle”, Floral Art, Spring Bulbs, and Craft Demonstrations, with teas, coffees with home baking, Tombola, Raffle and Sales Table. Admission £2.00.” Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March Second Hand Book Sale, Burgh Hall, see page 50

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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13 Sunday 10 : 10am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Peebles to Innerleithen South route linear. A strenuous walk from Kingsmeadows car park, via Gallow Hill to the Drove Road, Kirkhope Law, Yellow Mire Hill, Little Craigie side, Beards Hill, Young Bush Wood, Slacks Wood, Traquair Bear Gates and grounds, then on to the B709 and Innerleithen. Return to Peebles by bus. 9.3 miles/15 km, ascent 1312 feet/400m. Sunday 10 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Monday 11 : 7pm Tweeddale Amnesty International Group meetings in St. Andrew’s Leckie Bakehouse (upstairs). A warm welcome is extended to all concerned about human rights. Tuesday 12 : 7.30pm Tweeddale Society at the Eastgate with Singing in the Borders - Traquair Choir will perform an eclectic programme of songs with a flavour of the Tweed Valley. This will be followed by the AGM. Check our web site www.tweeddale-society.org.uk for more information. Wednesday 13 : 7.30pm Peebles Wildlife Talks: Stan da Prato an eminent naturalist will give an illustrated talk in the Leckie Memorial Church Hall on “The Changing Wildlife of the Coasts of South East Scotland”. He will look at the many plants, mammals and birds ranging from butterflies to whales, that live along the coast between Edinburgh and the English border. Some can be seen all the year round while others travel enormous distances, coming here from Greenland, Russia, Morocco etc. Stan has lived on the coast all his life and will discuss how and why so many changes have affected its wildlife. Entry £3:00 includes refreshments. Thursday 14 : 7.30p.m. Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www.peeblescommunity.org. Sunday 17 : 10am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Manor Bridge Circular. A leisurely morning walk through South Park, ascending to the Sware, descending to Manor Bridge, and returning by the Tweed. 4.7 miles/7.5 km, ascent 295 feet/90m. Tuesday 19 : 7.30pm Peebles Civic Society “Bridgescapes”, A personal journey through history celebrating Scotland’s bridge-building heritage by L. Bruce Keith, St Andrews Leckie Church Hall. All are welcome to the free final event in the civic society’s annual Winter Programme. Wednesday 20 : 2-4pm Peebles Art Group - Painting and Drawing Workshop - see Wed 6 for detail. Wednesday 20: 2pm – 4pm Tweeddale Textile Group This month’s meeting will take the form of a workshop led by Margaret Dalling. A requirements list will be circulated nearer the time. The afternoon meeting will also include an exhibition of figures made by Anne Mackenzie. Refreshments will be available so please remember to bring mugs. Visitors are welcome as always at a charge of £5.

Wednesday 20 : 7:30pm Peebles Camera Club. Studio Night: Dave Cameron Back by popular request we have an evening with Dave Cameron and his Studio Setup. Dave will lead us through details of lighting and posing, and perhaps even the use of makeup, as he creates stunning portraits with a live model. Dave brings expertise and enthusiasm to the evening and invites us to ask questions and try our hand at capturing that perfect image, so bring your camera along. Everybody welcome. This is also the last chance to enter your best images for Competition 3 in April. Thursday 21 : 10am- 12noon Tweed Brae Kitchen Coffee Morning will be held in Peebles Evangelical Church Centre entrance from Tweed Brae or Walkershaugh. Freshly brewed coffee and tea served with home baking, scones, pancakes etc. The produce table is always very popular. All welcome. Thursday 21 : 7.30pm Peebles Flower Club The next meeting of Peebles Flower Club will be held in St Andrews Leckie Bakehall, Peebles. The demonstrator will be Alyson Christie, from St. Andrews with her flower demonstration entitled “A Touch Of ??????” Visitors old and new are very welcome, non-members can pay at the door, £5. The evening will be rounded off with tea and biscuits. Thursday 21 : 7.30pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society - talk by Cathy MacIver (AOC Archaeology) “The Shieling Project” Meeting held in Community Centre Peebles. Guests/non-members welcome (charge of £4). Sunday 24 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. The Three Brethren Linear. A strenuous walk starting at Traquair Village Hall and taking the Southern Upland Way to the Three Brethren. Return the same way or by Broadmeadow and Minchmoor if conditions allow. 13.7 miles/22 km, 1640 feet/500m. Sunday 24 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Sunday 24 : 11am Jim Carruthers Memorial Walk. This is open to anyone including children, leaving from the Millennium Cairn (9th tee) after a short ceremony to mark the opening of Peebles Golf Club’s 2019 season. The basic walk, about 3.5 miles/2 hours, will go from the cairn past Neidpath Castle to Manor Bridge, returning via The Sware and South Park Wood. Groups, families or individuals may wish to take any other route of their choice according to their needs. Since we may be walking through farmland, dogs won’t be allowed. All walkers would be responsible for their own safety. Further information from Gordon (720511) or Dave (721680). Sunday 31 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Hillend Circular. A strenuous walk from Hillend lower car park, ascending Hillend Hill, Caerketton Hill, Allermuir Hill, Capelaw Hill, Bonaly Resevoir, Bonaly Park, Dreghorn Mains and back to start. 7.5 miles/12 km, 2214 feet/675m.

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Peebles Pensioners Association Our Guest Speaker for the March meeting will be Dr Bruce Ball from Roslin. He has recently retired from Scotland’s Rural College, having spent 40 years working in soil science and agriculture. He is a lifelong railway enthusiast with particular interests in the environmental and community benefits of railways and in the Waverley Route. He has recently written a book entitled ‘The Spirit of the Borders Railway’ that also forms the title of his talk and his book will be available to purchase at the meeting.

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The Community Bus will operate as usual. Please remember that all members who require the Community Bus must phone and leave a message / text / email the Secretary (all details below) to book your seat.

Important Notice: Membership of Peebles Pensioners Association is now closed and all meetings are for members only. There will be no ad hoc admittance to nonmembers. If you are interested in joining Peebles Pensioners Association at the next available intake, Membership Application Forms are available by contacting the Secretary (details below).

We will be holding a Table Sale in the Burgh Hall on Saturday 4 May 2019 from 10am – 3pm. Tables are on sale now at the cost of £10 per table, bookable by contacting the Secretary, details below. This is a great opportunity to have a clear out and make some money for the summer holidays! Crafters, artists and small home businesses are also

Peebles Pensioners would be delighted and very grateful to receive donations of items for our Grand Tombola at our Table Sale on Saturday, 4 May 2019. These can be dropped off at The Super Store is on the corner of the Northgate and the Bridgegate, Peebles, just around the corner from Costa on Veitch’s Corner. Members are invited to bring their items to one of our monthly meetings in either March or April.

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Holy Communion

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Matins

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Mothering Sunday 31st 10.30am Holy Communion Ash Wednesday 6th 7.30pm Holy Communion

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School Brae Hub Draws the Crowds -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------By Steve DubĂŠ Hundreds of people turned out to explore the potential of the new School Brae Hub as Peebles Community Trust (PCT) threw open the doors last month. "This is a new community space for Peebles, and we had tremendous feedback on the day and were flooded with suggestions from interest groups and individuals," said PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth. "We are already happy to host the Peebles pipe band back home in their old headquarters and the Men's Shed finding a base at last after nearly two years of searching. We are also discussing a range of other ideas, and we want to hear more from the community. Get in touch with us. Our doors are open." The level of support for PCT's efforts to provide an umbrella to enable community groups to achieve their goals can is shown in the figures collated on the day by the trust's part-time administrator Alex Wilson with more than 220 people through the doors, and 77 new members signed up to join. The trust now has more than 1,000 members. On the Open Day, PCT directors and volunteers offered tours of the building to visitors, Pipe Band members offered refreshment and Peebles and District Men's Shed

(PDMS) had demonstrations of their workshop and plans. PDMS also signed up 15 new members. On social media, PCT had a reach of 725 hits on two separate posts with a total of 230 engagements, including "likes" and "shares". The Men's Shed had a reach of more than 300, and the Peebles W4 site had 103 "likes", 20 "shares" and seven comments of support. "It was a fantastic Open Day and a good demonstration of the community working together, and we're delighted with the community's support for what we are trying to do," said Alex. The Scottish government has agreed over ÂŁ5,000 to enable the PCT to work up a full proposal for the outright purchase of the former Ex-Servicemen's Club through the Scottish Land Fund. The process could be finalised by the summer, and the PCT has been granted full control of the premises until then. Meanwhile, the trust is continuing to collect signatures to a petition for a Right to Buy of the former March Street Mill site. Lawrie said there had been an excellent response from the community as more than 20 volunteers have been busy canvassing support. The Open day saw 108 people sign petitions. Lawrie said, "As well as the Open

Day signatories, there was a great buzz when we set up our stall on the High Street. We now have hundreds of signatures, but we're still asking people for their support. The more signatures we have, the stronger our application will be for the right to buy should the site be placed on the open market." "We're urging everyone over the age of 16 whose names are on the Electoral Register to support us in our bid to make sure Peebles can safeguard the allotments and develop facilities and amenities that Peebles needs rather than see a commercial developer build highpriced houses that we don't need." Petition forms are available to sign on request at the Eastgate Theatre, Villeneuve Wines, the Orange Grove store, the Super Store (next to Costa's) and Elmbank Print. Petition forms can also be delivered on request by contacting Alex by email at admin@ peeblescommunity.org. Sign up your family and friends! February also saw the launch at the East Gate Theatre of a Reuse project in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to change how we throw things away. The aim is to develop a community consciousness that re-uses items rather than burying in landfill sites. A pilot scheme for garden tools is already operating.

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Peebles Civic Society Bridgescapes

Bruce Keith is a retired bridge designer and active bridge admirer who calls himself the “Happy Pontist”. His interest in Scottish history and in promoting Scotland's rich centuries of engineering achievements drove him to write and produce a book celebrating Scotland’s bridge building heritage which forms the backbone of Bridgescapes, the last of Peebles Civic Society’s free Winter Programme at the Leckie Church Hall on March 19 at 7.30pm. The opening of the Queensferry Crossing in 2017 drew attention to the long and illustrious history of bridges within Scotland and the contribution Scottish engineers have made to bridges around the globe. Many of these are not just significant engineering achievements; they also make important statements of architectural design and contribute uniquely to Scotland's cultural, historic and landscape heritage. Bruce says he aims to be interesting, informative and entertaining and will be illustrating his talk with several of the images from his book, which he says also is not an engineering book, per se, and definitely not intended solely for anoraks. Bridgescapes will be on sale at the event and Bruce has indicated that he will be happy to sign copies afterwards. The book is illustrated by the young Scottish photographer, Lewis Matheson, supplemented with archive material. Nicola Sturgeon has contributed the Foreword.

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PEEBLES HYDRO 27.04.19 Peeblesshire Youth Trust is hosting its third fundraising ball, “Achieve-a-Ball”, on Saturday 27th April, at Peebles Hydro. Tickets are now on sale at £45 per person; this includes a glass of fizz on arrival, a three-course dinner and a fantastic night of dancing and entertainment by the hugely popular local group, “The Back Green Band”. There is a fabulous range of raffle prizes to be won on the night, as well as an exceptional auction, which includes the opportunity to bid for cuisine by local chef Ally McGrath of Osso, pieces of art by local artists, or a day’s fishing, amongst others. The proceeds of the auction will all support this great charity. All monies raised will go to Peeblesshire Youth Trust to continue supporting children across Tweeddale, raising confidence and self-esteem during the transition period from primary to secondary school. PYT is currently working with more children than ever before, so it is necessary to continue its vital fundraising activities to support this. Young people engaged with PYT are taught how to build resilience, to deal with the ups and downs

of everday life; this is a prevalent topic, welldocumented in the media, whereby the challenges of life for young people have the potential to lead to poor mental health. Indeed research indicates that 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder, half of which manifest by the age of 14. One of the main aims of PYT is to deliver early intervention work, which can minimise poor mental health and its effects on young people and their families. PYT works across Tweeddale to support children aged 10-14 years. 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, workshops, peer mentoring, group activities and training; local volunteer mentors work with children to achieve tasks together, raising their confidence and self-esteem. Please help us to keep this essential work going by supporting our fundraising efforts. To secure your Achieve-a-Ball tickets, contact Sarah Keen by email ‘info@peeblesshireyouthtrust.org’, or find @achieveaball on Facebook.

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March is tricky: it’s either shirt sleeves or snow shovels and I can’t tell which right now. The weather ought to improve as the month progresses but that sometimes isn’t how it happens. There are a lot of things to do and I’m going to sort them out according to conditions, rather than weeks. It may be that the ground is covered in snow and that, although the days are longer, it’s still as cold as winter. In that case, about the only thing you can get on with is any pruning left over from January and February. If you have fruit trees you can prune apples, pears and crab apples but leave the plums and cherries to mid-summer to avoid fungal disease. Apples and pears fruit on one-year-old wood so don’t snip off all around the tree: first look for any wood that is dead, diseased or damaged and remove that, making a clean cut back to a main stem. Then remove any branches which are crowded or crossing, especially the ones which are rubbing against another stem. That will do until mid-summer. If you haven’t finished the roses you can do that now: reduce floribundas overall by about a third and hybrid teas by about twothirds, but always remove any dead, brown wood to encourage new growth. Always cut back to just above a new bud on a slant with the bud at the top of the cut. Ramblers that flower once at the end of their branches should be cut back hard to the main structure. Climbers need the old flowered shoots removed as well as any old wood. Check their ties while you are there so that the spring gales won’t pull them down. Please use soft green string and not wire or cable ties. If the ground is clear and thawed out, get on with planting any bareroot deciduous trees or hedges and any new bare root roses. Try to get this done before bud break in early April. Stake new trees and fasten the stakes to the trees with wide black rubber ties. Usually I stake to windward which is westerly but nowadays, especially in any exposed position, I double stake to east and west. Supposing conditions have really improved, give the vegetable beds a dig over and then clean up the herbaceous borders, cutting back old top growth and putting that on the compost heap. Weed as you go along but don’t put perennial weeds like buttercup onto the heap, burn them instead. If it stays dry there are two hard jobs left to do: dig new beds if you need them and start working on the lawn. Digging new beds by hand is very hard work so maybe just do a couple of hours and then do some raking on the lawn. Try to get out all the thatch and winter-killed grass as well as any moss. If it looks like spring has sprung apply a spring weed and feed, otherwise it can wait till early April. Look after your back and hands and, if it rains, go get some seed catalogues to look at but leave sowing until next month. Sheila Drummond

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‘Past the shielings…’ Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society Over hill-ways up and down, Myrtle green and bracken brown, Past the shielings, through the town (Mairi’s Wedding) Many readers will be familiar with the term ‘shieling’, often evoked in song or in poetry and denoting the simple bothy-like dwellings of turf or stone and the upland pasture in which they lay, which were once associated with the seasonal movement of livestock between fixed summer and winter pastures. On Thursday 21 March, our speaker will be Cathy MacIver (AOC Archaeology) who will be talking about recent archaeological work undertaken as part of the ‘The Shieling Project’, an innovative and award-winning outdoor learning and social enterprise project in the Highlands. The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre based in Glen Strathfarrar, to the west of Beauly in the Highlands. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after livestock to making real buildings, from weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat raised there. The tradition of the shieling, where folk lived outdoors all summer herding the cattle, gives us a window onto the past, but also helps us look forward to a sustainable future. AOC Archaeology were contracted by Dr Sam Harrison, the director of The Shieling Project to deliver an archaeological survey and excavation of a shieling site at Allt Mòraig to better understand the construction of the structures and their chronology and to give a more detailed insight into the use of the site. The excavation data has been used as part of the learning centre resources and is being used to inform reconstructions of the shieling, both digital and hopefully eventually physical.

Cathy MacIver joined AOC Archaeology in 2015, having previously worked as a freelance archaeologist on a wide range of commercial and research projects. In particular, she was closely involved in SERF, a decadelong major University of Glasgow project researching the archaeological origins of Strathearn and the early medieval royal centre at Forteviot. There, she was responsible for student training and coordinating community participation at the annual field school and latterly she also worked as Co-Director of the SERF Hillfort Programme. An experienced field archaeologist and surveyor, Cathy has managed or directed a significant number of watching briefs, evaluations and excavations around Scotland – ranging, for example, from the Pictish fort on the precipitous sea stack at Dunnicaer near Stonehaven on the east coast to 18th/19th century charcoal-burning platforms at Ardmolich in Moidart over in the west. She has a strong interest in community archaeology, especially in teaching and training students and volunteers, and has designed and delivered workshops on the use of opensource GIS in community research. As usual, the meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in the Community Centre (Room 1), Walkershaugh, Peebles (non-members/guests attending talks, £4). As always, new members will be very welcome. Illustrations (all © AOC Archaeology) 1. Volunteers helping to survey shieling structures at Allt Mòraig, 2. Views of excavations in progress. 3. Cathy MacIver holding a pot found within one of the structures.


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A Free Pre Sale Valuation, No Strings Attached! If you believed everything you see on the telly, you would think you could sell your house quickly and easily on the web, and that it would cost you nothing these days. There are now loads of internet providers, all competing with one another to advertise your property on the web along with thousands of other houses all across the country for a knock-down fixed price. So where is the catch? What the larger web based agents don’t tell you, of course, is that if you want to use your own local solicitor to carry out the legal work, you need to pay the Home Report, the estate agency fees charged by the internet agent and all advertising costs up front before your house is even on the market, and even if your house doesn’t sell, they still keep their almost £1,000 fee. What you might not know is that the average distance that people travel when they move house is 9 miles. It is really difficult then to see the attraction of giving your house which is after all your most valuable asset to a UK wide internet agency to sell, particularly when an excellent service is available right here in the Borders and without having to pay estate agency fees and costs up front. With seven estate agency shop fronts spread throughout the Borders, Cullen Kilshaw provide a FREE VALUATION, and a fixed fee service for selling and buying your next property, delivered locally by people who know the Borders market and who you can reach simply by contacting or calling into your local office. We also carry the costs of preparing your Home Report, and the cost of advertising on Rightmove, OntheMarket.com and in the local Solicitors Property Guide until your house is sold. If your house does not sell for any reason, all we ask is that you refund the cost of the Home Report and any advertising costs paid out on your behalf, a genuine no sale, no fee service. At each of our offices we employ local experts who handle both the estate agency and the legal work in selling and buying, from organising your Home Report right through to the point at which you pick up the keys to your new home. So what does all that cost? You may be surprised to know that in the majority of cases, it costs no more than the internet agents, and the good thing is that you don’t have to pay until your house sale is completed and you have received the sale proceeds. So what should you look out for when you choose your sales agent? Don’t believe for one moment the slick TV adverts which suggest that you pay no sales commission, all they have done is changed the name of their upfront cost to a product fee. What you ought to look out for is a local office with friendly and helpful staff who know the Borders market like the back of their hand because they live in the area, a good online presence including Rightmove and other national providers, and someone whom you know and you can trust to look after your best interests. The sale of your home is a pretty big deal, and one thing which has not changed is that your local solicitor estate agent is best placed to keep you right. Contact Cullen Kilshaw for your free pre-sale valuation and property appraisal. Happy house hunting.

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Recipe from Val @ The Peel Café Sweet Potato and Butter Bean Burgers Ingredient

Method

Makes 5/6 burgers depending on size

Place the onions and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Heat 1tbsp of the oil and fry the onions and the sweet potato for a few minutes, then add the chopped herbs and the smoked paprika stir for a minute then remove from the heat to cool.

Place half the butter beans into the food processor and pulse place in the pan with the onions.

Add the pesto, chick pea flour and the seasoning and bind together, place in the fridge to allow them to firm up.

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• Salt and pepper

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The Biggest Issue

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-----------------------------------------------By Steve DubĂŠ It's March, and you know what that means: it's nearly Brexmess Day. Only a couple of weeks to go before we finalise a process that the UK trade secretary, a Mr Fox, assured us back in July 2017 would be "one of the easiest in human history". It's not exactly worked out that way.

rough sketch of a plan about how to exit the EU or any insight into the issues, she appointed some of the loudest advocates to key cabinet positions to see what they'd do. It turned out they couldn't do anything, so she took on the job herself.

But will it be the final act, or as some might put it, the last straw? Canny Mr Fox also asserted that he would be signing 40 free-trade deals one second after Brexit at midnight on March 29. It's got a Biblical ring, forty! Good luck with that Mr Fox.

Observing that doing nothing had done her Brexit ministers no harm, she adopted that approach. In the event of nothing still adding up to nada, she kicked the issue into the long grass and opted for a game of chicken. Surely someone somewhere, perhaps even in Europe, would eventually come up with something. After all, it wasn't her idea. The ones who thought it up were saying that we held all the cards and could choose the way ahead. Hadn't Boris assured everyone there was no plan for a no deal because we were going to get a good deal! He forgot to mention he had no idea how to get one. But then clowns are buffoons, not brokers.

Deadlines dictate that this is written two weeks before the beginning of March so we'll still have most of the month to find out the outcome – if there is an outcome. Experience of the Brexmess season indicates that this could go on for a long time yet; perhaps forever. Unable to look into the future, let's indulge ourselves with the past. It all began with that nice Mr Cameron. Worried that his party was losing votes to Ukip, and sensing his divided party beginning to fragment, he set up his cunning plan: to put Ukip to sleep by exporting the division in his party to the whole of the UK and hopefully into the other parties too. It worked a treat. The minority parties are not playing ball, but they don't count. Baldrick would have been proud. Job done, Cameron made a dash for his posh man-shed. Up stepped Mrs May. Realising that no one, let alone she, had even a

Mrs May's insistence on honouring the referendum result as if it was sacred, even though it was a devilish business from the start, won her some brownie points among the be-leavers, even as they set up a party within their party to undermine and plot against her as the clock ticked. Who knows what the outcome will be. We're no nearer to a deal that we were before this stramash began. The Brexiters now tell us, despite Boris's assertion and contrary to most predictions, that no deal will

be better than staying in the EU. Everything will sort itself out in time, and the UK will eventually be able to stand tall and proud, independent and free. But when was the UK independent? Even Empires depend on their colonies, and we will remain dependent on others while we rely, for instance, on the US for our nuclear deterrent and the rest of the world for 40% of our food. Will swapping EU trade rules for those of the World Trade Organization somehow spell freedom and the return of "lost" independence? Will pigs fly? And we haven't mentioned the stuff on the side of a bus, the financial shenanigans and secret illegalities of the referendum campaign or, ahem, the island of Ireland. In the words of Sir Walter Scott, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Whatever happens, the happy band of Brexiters will be able to retain their freedom and independence. Unlike the rest of us, they'll have their homes abroad, their off-shore accounts and lavish pensions to salve any possible problems. All we can say is that the country is divided like never before. Brexmess is the outcome of narrow thinking, mismanagement, misinformation, and self-interest. Britain's status in the world is drastically diminished. They're laughing at us across the oceans; we're shaking our heads at home. Happy Brexmess!


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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell What helps hold you all together? Answer- Fascia. In past articles I have covered how your bones form the structure of your body and muscles work in pairs to cause movement of bones and joints. But it is your fascia that forms a continuous structural support around organs, muscles, joints and bones. It can also help disperse stress around the body when a particular muscle, joint or bone is overloaded. It has been described as a spider’s web suit that covers your entire body. It is made up of cells, collagen fibres and is roughly 70% water. The word comes from the Latin word for band or bundle. When your fascia is healthy it is flexible, supple and glides, and you

can move freely. When it is not so healthy it can become sticky and tight and therefore restrict mobility. So, what can help cause problems with the function of your fascia? Some reasons are…. •

A sedentary lifestyle

Repetitive movements.

Dehydration

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Stress/tension and even you overall mood.

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Exercise, especially a form that causes the body to move in different planes dancing, Yoga, Pilates, aerobics as well

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Stretching, specific, slow stretches, using the whole body.

Plenty of sleep so your body can restore and repair.

Keeping hydrated, many people still don’t drink enough water.

Massage, a qualified therapist can help with a technique called myofascial release.

These are few things for you to think about but as ever if you need any further information contact a qualified professional who can help. Lesley

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Stuart Bell Councillor for Tweeddale East 0300 100 0220 stuart.bell@scotborders.gov.uk I know it’s tempting to switch off every time the subject turns to Brexit. It all seems too complex and confusing, but also there seems to be very little the ordinary citizen can do or say to fix the mess. But it really does matter. We are possibly all going to be affected by Brexit – some of us are being affected now. Some people argue this is not a subject which Scottish Borders Council should concern itself with – I disagree. I was supportive of the Council setting up a Brexit Response team in 2016 with the intention that this focussed on anticipated and immediate impacts of Brexit, principally in respect of how they affect the Council’s business and its capacity to carry out its responsibilities; but also in areas where the Council has a duty of care. It is a significant worry that this Response team now needs to meet on a weekly basis as they try to follow all the twists and turns of how we might leave the European Union; and as they try to anticipate what precautions the Council ought to take. These extend from the mundane - like ensuring thought is given to the practicalities of procuring materials needed for construction contracts and ensuring there will be continuity of supply of ingredients for school meals. Through to the very personal – there are a not a large number of Council staff who are non-UK EU nationals living and working here; but it is important that they feel reassured that we really want them to stay. It is great that our Council has talented and flexible staff that can turn their attention to working through the details of all the potential contingencies. But it is desperately sad that we have got here; and in my personal opinion it is downright unacceptable that after over two and a half years to prepare for leaving the European Union we are now possibly within a few weeks of leaving and no-one really knows what is going to happen.

There were accusations at the Referendum in 2016 that those advocating we should Remain in the EU were peddling a “project fear”. There is now such antipathy that if you start to talk about the facts of Brexit uncertainty you get accused again of fearmongering. Well I think we are dealing now, not with “project fear”, but with “problem facts”. The pound is now sitting at a level that is 12% below its level against the dollar just before the European Referendum and there has been a similar fall against the Euro. Quite apart from stories about countless businesses setting up European offices to be able to register and trade after we leave the EU - thus moving jobs abroad. The stark fact is that Brexit uncertainty is now impacting the UK economy just as world trade conditions have become difficult; as the Guardian says “UK economic growth slowed in the three months to November… with the broadest drop in industrial production since 2012.” I think a day of reckoning will come for whoever has brought the UK to the edge of a national crisis and made this country the ridiculed laughing stock of Europe. I think the growing crisis matters to us all and is a situation where Scottish Borders Council should not just be preparing contingency plans but we should be calling on Westminster to sort themselves out. Unfortunately I cannot persuade the ruling Council administration to take any action. So for now – I fear that all we can do is to hang on tight and hope for the best!

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Borders Brake-Away Cycle Group

Want to get out on your bike more in 2019? Fancy some leisurely riding with other like-minded folk, but don’t want to join a huge sportive? Can comfortably cycle at least 20 miles? Then Borders Brake-away Cycle Group might be just what you are looking for. This group has been organising leisurely and sociable cycle rides across the Scottish Borders and further afield since 2004. Although based in Peebles, we also have rides from other start points throughout the year. Mileage varies from 20 miles up to maybe 60 miles using quiet roads or good tracks whenever possible, with the occasional gravel ride. Our average pace is 10-11 mph so noone gets left behind and we have time to enjoy the scenery and company. There’s usually a cafe for a coffee/cake or lunch stop en route. Lycra is not essential and all bikes are welcome eg: road, MTB, hybrid, tandem, e-bikes. Some rides are programmed during April to October and others are offered just a few days in advance to make the most of weather conditions. Rides are organised mid-week as well as at the weekends. We also organise a few social events and occasional overnight trips to more distant locations. Please email us if you have any questions or ask to join our Facebook group so that you receive information about our rides.

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Peebles Players have had an exciting season so far, devising their own interpretation of the legend of the Zombie Knights. It is said that beneath the Eildon Hills lies a hidden cave, the most northerly claimant for the site of King Arthur’s everlasting sleep. The King, surrounded by his knights, cannot be woken; ‘Until the day a man is born, Who will draw the sword or blow the horn’ …. and of course – unleash the Zombie Knights! The Players tell the story in song and percussion with action and dance. Over forty members with carers attend the weekly sessions to rehearse the production, proving that disability is no bar to creating quality, original music. There are a wide variety of percussion instruments suited to each player’s capability, varying from tinkling bells to loud drums. Some players enjoy taking over with their own solos, while others are more comfortable within a group. Everyone has their own space, but the ensemble comes together as a whole, co-ordinated production for which every Player has worked hard over many weeks. The show is enhanced by a band of local musicians, dance devised by Alex Saunders of the Eastgate and costumes by Celia Buchan. Performing in the Theatre is a wonderful opportunity many have never dreamed of and as usual, the Players can’t wait to share the fun with their audience. ‘The Zombie Knights of the Eildon Hills’ is at 2.00 p.m. in the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday, March 19th - tickets at £6 are available at the Eastgate Box Office. Phone: 01721 725777.

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Peebles CAN Skill Sharing The Peebles CAN community garden is hosting skill sharing sessions in the yurt. Everyone is welcome to attend, sessions are free, friendly and informal. Refreshments are provided. Beginners and experts alike are welcome. If you have a skill you would like to learn, or have something you can offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Skill sharing events cover all themes, from recipe swapping, photography, arts and crafts, upcycling, chicken care, DIY and IT skills.

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Books for Peace

As final preparations get underway for the 33rd Peebles Peace and Justice Group Book Sale the volunteer organisers say thousands of good quality books will be on sale once again this year when the two-day sale opens on March 9. "People have once again been very generous with their donations, hopefully making space on their bookshelves for more bargains this year," said a spokesman. Friday March 1 this year is the deadline for delivering books to the sorting shed on Tweed Green, which has been open every Friday between11am and 4pm for months. "The Book Shed will be closed on Friday March 8 as all our volunteers will be busy collecting books from our store and setting them out in the Burgh Hall ready for the following day," said the spokesman. "Please don't leave any books at anyone's door. If you'd like us to collect books from you, please phone 01721 720984 to arrange a convenient time and we will come and pick them up." The annual sale began with a few boxes of books and a handful of people from the Tweeddale Peace Group. It lasted half a day and raised £250. This year there will probably be close to 20,000 books, some 80 volunteers and organisers expect to gross thousands of pounds. The lucky charities are chosen every year by the volunteers and have ranged from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Unicef to Borders Women's Aid. The main focus is on groups that work to end conflict and help those affected by war and violence like Médecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders and Medical Aid for Palestinians. Any unsold books are collected and sold by the Bookdonors Community Interest Company in Galashiels. The sale opens at 10am on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. Pic caption: Volunteers sort donations in the Book Shed.

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Peebles Silver Band By the time you read this article the Senior Band will have just under 2 weeks left before they play at the Scottish Brass Band Championships in Perth Civic Hall on 10th March. This year’s test piece is Stantonbury Festival by Ray Steadman-Allen. It was originally used as a test piece way back in 1987 and some of us are old enough to remember playing it first time around.

Fourteen bands in our section will dissect the same 10-minute piece of music for weeks on end to test ourselves against each other and against 2 adjudicators who will mark our performance on the Contest Day. We can only hope that we share the same interpretation of the music as the adjudicators and don’t let nerves stop us from performing up to our rehearsal standard. No matter the result we will all be better players for the regular practice over the last 2 months. The only downside is that it is an early start leaving Peebles around 7.00 am but we should be finished by 11.00 am to enjoy the rest of the day together in Perth until the results are announced in late afternoon. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our existing and new Patrons for their generous donations to the Band towards our annual running costs. Thanks also to those who are able to Gift Aid their donation.

Whilst not overly difficult to play, there are some subtle nuances to watch out for. That said all sections of the Band are fully employed throughout making it enjoyable in rehearsals and hopefully also on stage. Contesting is an integral part of playing in a brass band but whilst some of us love it, others find it a necessary evil. It is however a tried and tested method of keeping all band members together and playing as one ensemble over the winter months.

A list of our Patrons is displayed on our website www. peeblesburghsilverband.com. If you would like to make a donation to the Band, no matter how small, please phone our Treasurer, Martin Brown on 07942 818529 for details. Alternatively, why not consider joining our “100 Club” which we are launching this month. At a cost of just over £1 a week you will have the opportunity to win one of three monthly cash prizes – namely £100, £75 or £50 – all at great odds, whilst helping the band to supply instruments and music tuition, free to all, no matter their age, ability or experience. Again, please phone Martin for more details on 07942 818529 or email the Band Secretary on secretary.pbsb@gmail.com. As always, thank you all for your continued support – it is very much appreciated.

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Notes on Romans

By Steve Dubé ________________________________________________ You wouldn't think the Romans had ever been anywhere near Peebles, or anywhere else in the Borders, if you relied on the evidence of your own eyes. Most of us know that the Romans never succeeded in colonising Scotland, and that's one reason why there's such a contrast in the visibility of Roman remains north of Hadrian's Wall compared with the south. But it's not that the Romans were never here; they came, they saw, they all-butconquered, and then they went away again – twice. Only in the region of the Votadini (Gododdin) tribe in south-east Scotland and north-east England did the Britons seem to have done a deal and accepted Roman ways. In that area, the Pax Romani or Roman Peace, together with a shower of silver coins to lubricate the arrangement, seemed to them a

better deal than a fight. Elsewhere they were given a hard time. The people of the Selgovae tribe, who lived here and in other parts of the middle and upper Tweed Valley, were among those who resisted, although not at first. It's thought that the Selgovae may have included Britons who refused to accept Roman taxes and culture in the new Roman province of Britannia to the south – refugees who had migrated north into unconquered parts of the island of Britain. Their fierce and uncompromising attitude might have helped to persuade their neighbours to the east to accept Rome and the protection of its army. Like their fellow Britons in most other parts of Scotland, the Selgovae were defeated in battle, but they never gave up.

A recent excavation at Torwoodlee Broch and hill fort near Galashiels offers us a hint of the nature of contact between the Selgovae and the Romans. The broch, one of only three in southern Scotland – all in the Borders – was built within an earlier Iron Age fortress soon after the Romans withdrew from southern Scotland for the first time around the year 100. The excavation uncovered much Roman pottery, glass and coins, which suggested a link with the Romans at nearby Trimontium at Newstead, Melrose. The material may have been exchanged during initial good relations or looted later. But the broch was short-lived. It seems to have been systematically destroyed and burnt by the Romans soon after they reoccupied the fort at Trimontium around AD 150. The invaders, led by Gnaeus Julius Agricola, first arrived in Scotland for the first time in AD 81. They built what became a major fortress at Trimontium near Melrose, in the shadow of an important Selgovae city on the North Eildon hill and established forts and marching camps across much of the Lowlands as they marched northwards in the land they called Caledonia. One of the routes, strung with forts and camps a day's march apart, headed west along the Tweed valley past Peebles to Lyne. They would have been the first Roman soldiers to be seen in this area. But they didn't stay for long, and never succeeded in imposing Roman ways on the Selgovae, which is one reason why there is little to be seen in the landscape today. The sites of the huge military centre at Trimontium and the forts and clustered


around Peebles are now, with one exception, little more than flat farm fields. Only at Lyne, where a large fort was built next to a significant Selgovae meeting place, can much of the earth ramparts still be seen. There are also several marching camps and practice ramparts – including one of nearly 50 acres surrounding Lyne farm. What remains of the fortress reveals the typical outlines of a Roman fortress with an outer earthwork and defensive ditch in plain sight around what was once the typical playing-card shape. It's thought that the fort was built around AD 158 and was probably only occupied for a decade or so. It served as sort of police headquarters controlling the area and protecting the Roman road from Trimontium. This route roughly followed the present A72 through Peebles y until it reached Neidpath where it turned right over the hill past Jedderfield to regain the modern A72 at Edston. From Lyne it continued north-west through Castledykes near Lanark and Bothwellhaugh near Motherwell towards the Antonine Wall. Other camps near Wester Happrew, Romano Bridge (a suggestive name if there ever was one) and West Linton mark another route up Lyne Water. The fortress at Lyne probably housed both infantry and cavalry and could have accommodated up to 1,000 men. Excavations showed a series of red sandstone buildings ranged round a courtyard. These comprised the principia (headquarters) in the centre with a granary and the commandant's house to the south. A large square building, perhaps a store or workshop was to the north. Sandstone is not found locally and must have been imported to make an impressive statement to the local inhabitants. The rest of the buildings were wooden, including two barracks and a possible stable identified in the north-east corner. Annexes, both of which were enlarged at some point, were attached to the north and south sides of the fort.

No inscriptions have been found, but the wider than usual streets and a Roman horseshoe found in 1901 suggests that it accommodated horsemen ready to respond quickly in an emergency and conduct mounted patrols in the surrounding countryside. Excavations in 1900, and later years have shown that this fort covered about 2.66 hectares (6.6 acres) within an earth bank topped with a timber palisade. The rampart is still mostly traceable on the ground, particularly along the west side, where it is still 2.5m (8ft) high, and at the north-east corner. There were up to three ditches outside the palisade, up to 2.7m (9ft) wide, and 1.4m (4ft 6ins) deep. The excavations uncovered some Samian pottery, glass, nails, and two coins, a denarius of Titus (A.D. 79) and a brass sestertius of Trajan (A.D. 104—110), which help to tell us when the fortress was occupied. It was not the first fortification that the Romans built as they marched into this area. We know from aerial photographs that there were temporary camps at Innerleithen, where very little remains, and at Eshiels, where the 17-acre site straddles the present A72 and where there is nothing to be seen at all. The complex of forts around Lyne includes Easter Happrew, which again was discovered by aerial recognisance and excavated in 1956. It was probably built around AD 86 during the first invasion of Scotland by an infantry regiment of 500 men, who constructed wattle and daub buildings on a timber framework. Nothing now remains of what was a turf rampart 7.7m (25ft 6ins) wide with the front resting on a stone foundation and a single ditch 12ft wide and 5ft deep. It was probably never finished. Its construction was a defining statement to the Selgovae, occupying a strategic and militarily important plateau that controlled the junction of four traditional routes, the Tweed valley to the south and east, the Lyne Water to the west and the gap

between the two Meldon hills to the north. The Selgovae used to meet up here before the Romans came and the site remained strategically crucial through the centuries: William Wallace and his last faithful companion Simon Fraser of Oliver and Neidpath narrowly escaped capture here during the Wars of Independence; there was another skirmish during the mid-15th century Border Wars; it was used to muster the Tweeddale militia in the 16th century; and it was a training ground for troops during World War One. The excavation found pottery, glass and a single sestertius of Vespasian, who reigned from AD 69-79. Easter Happrew may have been abandoned shortly after its construction when the Romans withdrew for the first time and was eventually replaced by the fortress at Lyne, where more forts, including practice forts, may subsequently be discovered within the complex. There are already two forts and three temporary or practice camps – one only discovered by aerial survey last July. It's invariably treasure that captures the imagination as well as enabling archaeologists and historians to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of the past. A metal detectorist found a hoard of 290 silver denarii, ranging in date from AD 32-31BC to AD 218-222 in a quarry at Edston, close to a large rock near the site of a British hillfort in February 1994. It may have been a bribe to a local chieftain or a cache hidden in a hurry by someone who never returned. Also in the local museum is a tiny bronze statuette of Jupiter, the king of the gods in ancient Roman mythology. This is the only known Scottish figurine of the deity and shows him standing with a thunderbolt in his right hand and pointing with his raised left arm and was reportedly found in the 1960s at Kingsmeadows. The find, together with the story of its disappearance and rediscovery, has been well recorded by Trevor Cowie of Peeblesshire Archaeological Society, who suggests it might have come from a small roadside shrine. There have been few other discoveries in the area: a larger-than-life marble Roman head was ploughed up at Hawkshaw near Tweedsmuir; a single sesterce coin dated AD 145 was found in 1910 at Bellanrig in the Manor Valley; and some coins, now lost, were recorded as found in Skirling around 1825. The Romans were indeed here, and some of what they built and some of the things they brought have never gone away.


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The Quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, Jamie Smith, tenor horn, Jonathan Bates, baritone, Michael Cavanagh, and euphonium, Chris Robertson, creating an exclusive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. With this unusual instrumentation, A4 Brass has actively developed their repertoire, commissioning new music, and composing and arranging music themselves. On Tuesday 26 Match 2019 7.30pm in Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, this concert programme is:

RED PRIEST The Baroque Bohemians Red Priest comprises recorder player Piers Adams, violinist Adam Summerhayes, cellist Angela East and harpsichordist David Wright. These musicians have redefined the art of period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their creative arrangements, performing from memory with swashbuckling virtuosity, heart-on-sleeve emotion and compelling stagecraft. Their repertoire ranges from obscure 17th century sonatas to the most famous works of Bach and Vivaldi. On Tuesday, 5th March 2019 at 7:30pm in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, we will hear Baroque music by Biber, Byrd, Campra, Handel, Mielczewski, Richard Nicholson, Telemann & Vivaldi, played as never before with virtuosity and attitude.

Jonathan Bates

Toccata 4

Oliver Waespi

South Uist Variations

Percy Grainger

Shepherds Hey

Kentaro Sato

Mae-e (Forward)

Alexander Goedicke

Concert Etude

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Loch Lomond

Mendelssohn

Saltarello

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‘Alone at the Opera’ (arr. Jonathan Bates)

Music in Peebles is delighted to have been successful in securing this concert, by these 2017 winners of the prestigious Tunnell Trust Award for Young Musicians, enabling their 5 date Scottish tour. Both concerts are subsidised by Enterprise Music Scotland through funding provided by Creative Scotland.

In 2008 Red Priest launched its own record label, Red Priest Recordings, which is now the home for all of the recordings of the ensemble and its members, and has attracted much attention in the music press worldwide. The label is distributed worldwide by Nimbus. To find more about this dynamic, adventurous group, please visit redpriest.com/home.

A4 Brass Quartet A4 Brass Quartet are principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands, including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s. With “technical virtuosity in abundance” (Brass Band World), these four astonishing musicians come together to perform both lyrical and high-octane works, forming a distinctive and new take on chamber music.

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As well as the activities organised by the many user groups, the Centre Management Committee also promotes various activities for older people in partnership with other organisations. On a Tuesday morning the Community Learning Team run a computer class which is followed by a soup and sandwich lunch which is open to the public. This is followed by Walking Hockey Thursday morning sees the Community Capacity Team running a walking netball session. Fridays are the busiest day of the week when we start with a gentle exercise class run by a qualified Fit Borders coach. This is followed by another soup and sandwich lunch which is again supported by Community Capacity and Tesco and is also open to the public. From 1 o’clock, there are various games available including Table Tennis, Indoor Curling, Pool, Indoor Bowls and two walking football sessions – one gentle and one slightly more intense. Also on a Friday, with the help of Red Button Art, there is a fortnightly art and craft club for dementia sufferers and their carers, run with assistance from Peebles Parish Church. Centre main features and facilities:·

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Peebles Rugby Club Still a bit quiet on the domestic front at the moment, between frozen pitches and the Guinness Six Nations Championship. Despite this, the “So Stobo” sponsored 1stXV maintain fifth place in Tennent’s National League Two after a narrow loss away to Dumfries Saints (28-29), followed by a confidence boosting home win against Stewart’s Melville FP (2517). Matches coming up in March include away trips to Howe of Fife and Whitecraigs, with home fixtures against Falkirk (16th) and neighbours Biggar on 30th March. Biggar have a fair lead at the top of the league having lost only one game – against Peebles, which makes for a great rematch at the Gytes. A good crowd is therefore expected.

website or Gytes Gossip in the Peeblesshire News for details on kick off times and venues.

The 2ndXV, ‘Peebles Reds’ now proudly sit at the top of Tennent’s East Reserve League Two, with a played 13, won 13 record. Home matches this month include Ross High (2nd March) and Corstorphine (23rd March). Please refer to our

The ‘Piranhas’, the primary school aged section of the club, are by now starting to enjoy better weather (hopefully)! Parents should contact the appropriate coach for details, while anyone who wishes to bring their child along for the first time,

The town’s youth teams having mostly completed their various competitions are now taking part in ‘across the board’ friendly fixtures. These include fixtures against George Watson’s College, North Berwick and Edinburgh Academy, where the High School’s S1, S2 and Under 15 sides, and the club’s Under 16 and Colts squads are all in action against the same opposition on the same day. I great challenge for the players concerned. Thoughts are also turning towards the youth sevens season, which kicks off towards the end of the month.

can contact myself and I’ll be delighted to pass your details onto the appropriate coaching group. 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.

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

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