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We’ve covered a double decker bus in tartan in support of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, a charity founded by the former rugby star Doddie Weir OBE. My Name’5 Doddie Foundation raises awareness and funding for Motor Neurone Disease. Spot the Doddie bus on our X62 Peebles - Edinburgh service. Share your snaps using #SpotTheDoddieBus To donate £5 to My Name’5 Doddie Foundation text Doddie to 70970.

Welcome to the April Edition of Peebles Life, I am writing this introduction in mid-march, sat in a hotel room in Riga Latvia, where it has snowed heavily for two days. The locals are surprised to have this much snow so late in the winter. Last week I was in Zagreb in Croatia, where it was 20 degrees, and Linda and I were able to sit outside for our lunch and enjoy the sunshine, again the locals were surprised by the good weather, saying it had come a month earlier than normal. It must be time for all of us to now accept that the climate is changing, and this change poses huge risks for the future of this planet. Our Big Issue focuses on climate change and applauds the young people who are protesting and saying to the current generation in power that they need to act and act now to try to curb it. Also, I am depressed to say that we still have not got any idea what is going to happen on the 29th March. Whichever way you voted in the referendum it is deeply depressing that CAB Scotland are having to highlight what EU citizens who live in Peebles and who are our friends and neighbours must do to register and preserve their right to contribute their talents and hard earned taxes to our country. I wonder if by the time we put the May edition of Peebles Life to bed we will have any clearer idea of what is going to happen? On a more positive note, the magazine is as usual full of interesting articles on what is happening in the town over the coming month. I am intrigued to attend the Tweeddale Archaeology Society talk on the 18th April, where there will be a presentation on recent excavations at Cardrona which show that there was a sizable settlement there in the Neolithic period and Iron Age. Continuing the historical theme our Notes On Peebles and its Writers feature focuses on Robert Renwick a prolific local historian who was a lawyer in Peebles, before moving to Glasgow he wrote many books on the town and other parts of Scotland.



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Big Issue


What’s on in April


Book Sales Raises £8,300


Peebles Community Trust AGM


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Advice from CAB


Light up your life!


Peeblesshire Paths Group


Notes on Peebles and its Writers


The Peebles Garden


Peeblesshire Youth Trust


Political Page from David Mundell MP


Easter Services


Tweeddale Youth Action


Political Page from David Mundell


Peebles Community Centre


Peebles Pensioners Association


Peebles Silver Band


Peebles Rugby Club News




We also have all our usual columns and updates from groups in the town, and of lists of the Easter Church Contact Linda about advertising or events. services, and of course our calendar of events. Phone 01896 831011 07595 847335 A very happy and peaceful Easter to all our readers Email linda@peebleslife.com and advertisers. Post 14 Fawnburn Crescent Charles Cardrona, Peebles, EH45 9LG

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Big Issue By Steve Dubé ______________________________________________ I’m old enough to remember the stir caused by the publication of Silent Spring, an environmental science book by Rachel Carson. Published in 1962, the book documented the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly.

months ago to go on strike in protest at the lack of action over climate change. She ignored those who told her that sitting outside the Swedish parliament every Friday was a waste of time. Her parents told her not to bother; everything would turn out all right. Now they say they’ve run out of arguments: “She changed us and now she’s changing a great many people.”

She wrote: “Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species – man – acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” She argued that such power brought with it great responsibility; otherwise it could upset the web of life, the delicate balance of all living things, and could do so irrevocably.

Greta Thunberg’s one-day-a-week school strike asks a simple question: why bother to learn anything in school if the authorities won’t pay attention to the facts? Her protest spread last month to schools across the UK, and it was sad to see Scottish Borders Council responding to Peebles High School students who joined an Edinburgh protest during school hours by stripping families of education allowances. The council has acknowledged its mistake and restored the payments.

Governments – eventually - listened. The environmentally lethal DDT was banned. But the chemicals industry created new poisons. Glyphosphate is an example. Expert opinion appears divided, but the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic in humans". The cautionary principle does not apply. The poisonous chemical seems subject to what appear to be dodgy dossiers. It’s an essential part of GM practice in agriculture and is widely used by amateur as well as commercial growers. Also in the early 1960s scientists first identified a “greenhouse effect” from rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They were ignored. In 1975 the geophysicist Wallace Broecker coined the phrase “global warming”. In 1988 climatologist James Hansen’s evidence to a US Senate committee led to the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has issued repeated warnings. Things looked promising when 100 heads of state gathered in Rio de Janeiro for 12 days of talks in the first Earth Summit of 1992. But the outcome was a fudge of non-binding resolutions, including “Agenda 21”, which left it to local governments to construct their own approach. Meanwhile a legion of deniers appeared, disputing the science. They are everywhere. There’s one in the White House. The deniers are united by a common intent: how to achieve maximum short-term advantage for themselves and their organisations, whether commercial or political. For them, the future is another place, off the balance sheet. They seem to be effective because, on the whole, very little is done. Ask a politician and they will tell you that climate change is not an issue they hear very often on the doorstep. And it’s what they hear on the doorstep – and in populist media – that determines their party policies. More than 50 years since we first heard about the greenhouse effect there is still only one Green MP, and in the face of dire warnings of environmental collapse, we often look away, stuck fast in a sort of Brexit Groundhog Day, irrelevant by comparison. It’s a pattern repeated across the world. So we should be pleased that a 15-year-old Swedish schoolgirl thinks enough is enough. Greta Thunberg decided eight

Young people are reminding us that climate change is the biggest issue bar none and it’s time we persuaded those we choose to manage our affairs to do something about it. We can see what’s happening and it’s obvious something is wrong. Insects are dying, glaciers melting, icebergs collapsing, wildfires ravage the countryside, and habitats are destroyed. The last 22 years have included 20 of the hottest years on record. The least five were the hottest yet. What are the odds on this year being hotter still? Yet the UK government continues to allow companies to drill for oil that our wilting planet can’t afford for us to use. One tenth of the government’s UK Export Finance budget of £1.5bn is given to oil and gas projects abroad, some to countries that are already very rich. And the UK government tells local authorities to ease planning regulations on fracking (at least Scotland has banned on the technique). The constant scramble for carbon fuels is a race to disaster. Incredibly, the world is now burning 80% more coal than in the year 2000. It is truly madness. We know we live on a rocky sphere suspended in an abyss of emptiness. Our planet gives us, and the creatures who share our world, everything we need. But once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Whatever the ludicrously wasteful Space industry and Richard Branson might suggest, there is no planet B. No wonder young people are speaking out and joining what has been called the Extinction Rebellion. We might not want to think about it, but we know that they are the ones who will have to endure the consequences of a changing climate. There are things we can do to shake off the global straitjacket of the carbon industries. Change is possible. A New Zealand supermarket that stopped wrapping fruit and vegetables in plastic, found veggie sales increase by 300%. It’s conducting trials of recyclable food trays and Bring-Your-Own containers for meat and seafood purchases. Single-use plastic bags become illegal in New Zealand this year. Why only New Zealand? Why not recycle all packaging? Why no packaging tax? Why no carbon tax? It’s time we all joined the Extinction Rebellion.

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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. Wednesday 3 : 7p.m. Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Wednesday 3 : 7:30pm * Peebles Camera Club Two for the price of one. We will have our two of our own members giving some insight into taking candid images of people. Chairman David Graham will give an illustrated talk about his experiences of photographing people, and how his approach has changed over the years. He is calling his talk “People Power”. Secretary Kathy Henry will give a show us some of the fun and pitfalls of capturing images at the Edinburgh Fringe in her talk “At the Fringe”

Sunday 7 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Traquair and Minchmoor Circular. A strenuous walk from Traquair Village Hall, following the Southern Upland Way towards Minch Moor and descending through Elibank Traquair Forest and the valley of Bold Burn. Return along a quite road, partly beside the Tweed. 9.9 miles/ 16km, ascent 1312 feet/400m. Monday 8 : 7pm Tweeddale Amnesty International Group meetings in St. Andrew’s Leckie Bakehouse (upstairs). A warm welcome is extended to all concerned about human rights. Wednesday 10 : 7.30pm Friends of Kailzie Wildlife Committee – Talk on Butterflies of the Scottish Borders A warm welcome is extended to all to attend a talk on Butterflies of the Borders by local enthusiast, Malcolm Lyndsay. Find out more about these beautiful insects and the different types found in the Scottish Borders. The Osprey Centre, Kailzie Gardens, Near Peebles. Free but donations welcome. Wednesday 10: 7:30pm Peebles Wildlife Talks : Charles Everitt will give an illustrated talk in the Leckie Memorial Church Hall entitled ‘A Reflection on Bird Crime.’ He is a highly respected and knowledgeable member of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, and is employed as their Scottish Investigation Officer. He is also an award winning photographer specializing in wildlife, which

will provide us with two elements to enjoy. Entry £3:00 includes Thursday 11 : 12noon Tweed Brae Kitchen Easter Meal will be held in Peebles Evangelical Church Centre entrance from Tweed Brae or Walkershaugh. All welcome. Thursday 11: 7pm Tweeddale Quakers invite you to join them for a midweek time of stillness in the Studio at the Eastgate. Tea/coffee at 7.45pm. To find out what to expect, visit www.quaker.org.uk. Thursday 11 : 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www. peeblescommunity.org. Saturday 13 : 10 am - 12 noon Peebles Gutterbluids Society Coffee Morning - in the Peebles Rugby Social Club, Eastgate. Usual stalls, – to support the Society’s practical projects in and around Peebles for the benefit of the local community. Entry only £1.50. Sunday 14 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Two Donalds (Stob Law and Glenrath Heights). A strenuous walk from Hundleshope Farm, climbing the west side of Canada Hill and continuing to Glenrath Hill and Stob Law. On to Broom Hill and return by Middle Hill and Hundleshope Hill. 9.3 miles/15 km, ascent 2133 feet/650m. Sunday 14 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Wednesday 17 : 7:30pm Peebles Camera Club. Competition Night. Karen Berry will be our judge for the third competition. This is an open subject, so we would expect to see some stunning images, and we can all learn from the comments that Karen makes. Thursday 18 : 7.30pm Peebles Flower Club in St Andrews Leckie Bakehall, Peebles. The demonstrator will be Valerie Guest from Darlington with her flower demonstration entitled “Just Around the Corner”. 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.

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Thursday 18 : 7.30pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society AGM and Members evening including talk by Alex Wood (AOC Archaeology) “Recent Excavations at Cardrona : New Evidence for Prehistoric Settlement” Meeting held in Walkershaugh Community Centre Peebles. Guests/ non-members welcome (charge of £4). Wednesday 19 : 2.00 - 4.00 pm Tweeddale Textile Group - This Month’s meeting at St. Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road, Peebles will be an illustrated talk by Sheila Mortlock from Dundee entitled ‘The ‘D’ word – design for textiles’. Visitors are welcome as always at a charge of £5. Sunday 21 : 10am - 4pm Motorcycle Show & Auto Jumble, by Lothian & Borders Classic & Vintage Motorcycle Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh.


Sunday 24 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Sunday 28 : 9am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Kirkcaldy to Aberdour linear. A strenuous walk from Kirkcaldy to Aberdour along the Fife Coastal Path. Catch the 10.40 am bus from Aberdour to Kirkcaldy, where the walk begins. 10.6 miles/17 km, ascent negligible. Sunday 28 : 10am - 3pm Carboot and Craft Fair at Cavalry Park. Free entry. Tombola, bake sale with teas and coffee. Drinks from the thirsty stag, live music from noble mischief with more acts to be announced. £12 per pitch, contact Sara on 07943228486 to book a place.

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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Book Sale Raises £8,300 The 33rd annual Peebles Peace and Justice Book Sale attracted nearly 1300 people who spent a total of £8,300 on books.

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The book sale, founded by the late Peter Norris in 1987, has now raised nearly £200,000 for charities that work to end conflict across the world or provide aid and recovery to people in countries torn apart by war.

The first one-day sale was organised by the Tweeddale Peace Group and raised £250. The sale is now organised by a separate group of volunteers, who have announced that they will be staging a Children's Book Sale in the autumn on a date to be confirmed.

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Peebles Community Trust AGM


Members of Peebles Community Trust (PCT) will be able to receive up-to-date information on the range of projects currently underway when the trust holds its annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 7. A short business section of the meeting in the School Brae Hub, the former Ex-Servicemen’s Club, will be followed by an outline of the building’s continuing role in the community and details of a wide range of other initiatives taking place under the PCT umbrella. These include the Eshiels Community Wood, which is now owned by PCT, an all-Peebles Allotments Association, a Peebles Railway Heritage Centre/Museum, a Recycling/ Upcycling enterprise, a community buy-out of

the March Street Mill site, and completing the purchase of the School Brae Hub. It’s been a busy year since the current board took over control of the PCT in February 2018. Membership now stands at more than 1,000 and the future has never looked more promising. All members of the PCT are encouraged to attend the meeting, which opens at 7pm, Refreshments will be available.

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The next meeting of the Society will be held on Thursday 18 April. As in previous years, our April meeting will take the form of short illustrated talks on local archaeology, preceded by a brief AGM and followed by refreshments.

From pits and pots to eyes in the skies Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society

Usually our speakers on these occasions are drawn (or cajoled!) from our own membership; however, as one of our speakers this year, we look forward to welcoming Alex Wood of AOC Archaeology to talk about ‘Recent excavations at Cardrona: new evidence for prehistoric settlement in the Scottish Borders’. Attentive readers of Peebles Life may recall an article by Steve Dubé published in the January issue; under the heading ‘Prehistoric settlement at Cardrona’, Steve summarised a presentation given by Alex at the annual Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeological Conference held each November at the QMU in Musselburgh. Given the interest of the results, we are delighted that Alex has accepted the Archaeological Society’s subsequent invitation to give the talk to a local audience. In his talk, Alex will describe the results of fieldwork carried out at Cardrona by AOC Archaeology Group in 2017. Excavation unveiled a suite of prehistoric features dating from the Neolithic period and possibly also to the late Iron Age. In particular, two possible structures form the centre of a wider pit cluster and will be discussed in the context of their immediate, and wider, landscape. Alex Wood has worked as a field archaeologist since graduating from the University of Edinburgh; he is currently a Project Supervisor at AOC Archaeology Group. He has a passion for the practical aspects of field excavation, with a particular interest in the prehistory of Scotland and wooden artefacts.

Following on from Alex, two of our own members, Stephen Scott and Neil Crawford, will be talking about the progress of their exciting fieldwork project, using a drone as a camera platform to carry out archaeological survey and recording. In ‘More aerial adventures’, their talk will reveal more about their use of the drone to survey local archaeological sites, illustrated with examples from their work over the past year. They will show how they deploy the drone to take images and how software is then used to produce landscape models for analysis. In particular, the dry conditions of last summer gave an opportunity to investigate sites near Eddleston first identified by HES during conventional aerial survey. At Wormiston Rings, for example, Stephen’s drone survey revealed probable archaeology which is simply not visible under normal moisture conditions and not otherwise discoverable using conventional on site survey techniques. Once again, our talks at the AGM & Members’ Evening will combine to reflect several of the core aims of the Archaeological Society stimulating interest in Tweeddale’s archaeology and history; encouraging the preservation of features of general historic and archaeological interest and promoting archaeological recording, excavation and wider awareness of the past. As usual, the meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in Room 1 at the Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Peebles (nonmembers/guests attending talks, £4). As always, new members will be very welcome. Acknowledgement: the Society is extremely grateful to local landowners for granting permission to carry out fieldwork.

Illustrations (all © AOC Archaeology) 1. Fragments of Early Neolithic pottery found at Cardrona – dating from nearly 6000 years ago (Photo: Alex Wood, AOC) 2. Stephen Scott & Neil Crawford at the controls of the drone (Photo: Trevor Cowie) 3. Lift off! Deploying the drone to survey the Iron Age fort on Milkieston Hill (Photo: Trevor Cowie)

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BREXIT and the Impact on EU Nationals in Scotland As we get closer to March 29th, the planned date for Brexit, people are totally unclear as to what the impacts will be on all of us, but at least as UK citizens we know that we will be able to remain living in Scotland! For EU citizens, there has been a period of uncertainty and concern, but help is at hand! If you’re from the European Union (EU), Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland and living in the UK, you can apply to stay after Brexit. You can apply now but will need to use an Android phone or tablet and have a passport with a biometric chip. Or you can wait until 30 March 2019 when there will be more ways to apply. You’ll have until 30 June 2021 to apply. This will change to 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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The Peeblesshire Paths Group (PPG) is a group of local volunteers who assist in the maintenance of a number of paths in the Peeblesshire area including the Tweed Valley Railway path. The first section of the Tweed Valley Railway Path path was opened in 2013 and follows the old railway track bed linking the towns of Walkerburn, Innerleithen and Peebles, passing through the village of Cardrona. The path follows the picturesque River Tweed for much of the way and is almost entirely traffic free. A new section of the path opened this year linking Walkerburn to Innerleithen. Planning permission and funding has been granted to create a new path from Peebles to Eddleston which is due to start in 2019 and it is anticipated that the PPG will also take responsibility of the maintenance of this path. Scottish Borders Council have responsibility for the paths in conjunction with local volunteers who help to keep the pathways clear of litter, cut back vegetation and report any defects to Scottish Borders

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Notes on Peebles and its Writers Robert Renwick ------------------------------------------------------------------------By Steve Dubé

Anyone interested in Peebles and its history will sooner or later come across the work of Robert Renwick. He was simply devoted to historical research and his home of Peebles and spent much of his spare time scouring ancient burgh ancient records and making them readily available. This work, painstakingly undertaken in his spare time, places Renwick in the front rank of Scottish antiquarians and historians. Renwick took the trouble to edit the records, presumably cutting much of mediaeval (and later) bureaucratic dross while preserving shafts of colour that bring the history of Peebles to life. For instance, preserved forever in libraries across Scotland, can be found the fact that in 1680 John Stewart was called before the Provost for describing William Williamson as “a false beefheaded knave”; and in 1695 James Sheill fell upon the Provost at 10pm one evening, knocked off his hat and wig and called him “a daft drunken dog”. Sheill was imprisoned for eight days and stripped of his status as a burgess. “Burgh court records illustrate the saying that men’s evil manners live in brass, their virtues we write in water,” Renwick observed in 1910 in a preface to the publication of a new volume of burgh records. “That in the main townsmen of former days lived honest and peaceable lives need not be doubted, but the good deeds performed and the neighbourly attentions regularly practised by individual members of the community are beyond the province of the court clerk to chronicle, while, on the other hand, any offence against person or property involving liability to punishment was apt to result in the transmission to prosperity of the name of the perpetrator, all his good qualities unrevealed and only his little delinquencies

remembered.” It was, as they say, ever thus! Renwick was born on 4 March 1841, to Robert Renwick and his wife, Janet Alexander, at Torbank, a cottage that no longer exists, that once overlooked the Lyne Valley. His great-grandfather, William Renwick, was a cooper and burgess of Peebles, whose widow, Barbara Smith, died in 1739. His grandfather lived at Skirling, Peeblesshire; and his father, Robert Renwick, was born there in 1812. At the Burgh School in Peebles, he finished his education there as Dux in 1856 and joined the office of Stuart and Blackwood, a law agency that chronicled much of the public affairs of Peebles. In 1865 he became an assistant to the town clerk of Edinburgh, Sir James Marwick, who happened to be secretary of the Burgh Records Society. The connection was dynamic. In 1872 the Burgh Records Society published Charters and Documents relating to the Burgh of Peebles, 1165-1710, with a preface and introduction by William Chambers, the Biggiesknowe-born writer, publisher and Peebles benefactor whose history of Peeblesshire had appeared in 1864. Chambers made it clear that Renwick’s “unremitting zeal and painstaking industry” was behind the successful search and recovery of centuries of records of the Burgh. Charters and Documents is therefore

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35 properly credited as Renwick’s first achievement – a sort of autobiography of Peebles composed of original written records selected by someone with an intimate knowledge of the area. Many of these records were believed to be lost. When Chambers published his History of Peeblesshire in 1864 he was only able to access documents relating to the years 1456-83 and 1652-78. It took many years of work, and a series of separate volumes, to transcribe records that subsequently came to light.

Few people were surprised in 1897 when the Town Council of Peebles honoured Renwick with the Freedom of the Burgh "in recognition of his services in historical research, particularly in connection with the Records of the Burgh of Peebles." Making the presentation, Bailie Ramsay rightly observed, “For centuries to come Mr Renwick’s books will be reckoned interesting and instructive.” Renwick’s talents included the ability to transcribe the curious writing of early charters and documents and render into accessible English papers written in Latin or Scots. You get the impression that he hardly stopped his painstaking research and sending manuscripts for Victorian and Edwardian printers.

Meanwhile Renwick was busy attending law classes Edinburgh University, which led to his becoming a Notary Public in 1874, a year after he moved to Glasgow, in tandem with Sir James Marwick, to take charge of the Conveyancing Department of the Town And it wasn’t just Peebles. There were three volumes Clerk's office in Glasgow. In 1885 he was appointed a of Stirling Charters and Records between 1884 and Depute Town Clerk, and became Keeper of the Burgh 1889; Lanark Charters and Records, 1893; 11 volumes Register of Sasines, which recorded all transfers of of Glasgow Protocols between 1894 and 1900; property in Glasgow. Renwick Historical Glasgow, later published abstracts For instance, preserved forever a handbook for the of the city’s 16th century British Association in in libraries across Scotland, can 1901; The Barony of Protocol Books Gorbals, 1900; and be found the fact that in 1680 From 1871-72 Renwick wrote Records of Glasgow a weekly column in the John Stewart was called before from 1663 to 1690. He Peeblesshire News composed also effectively curated the Provost for describing of extracts from Peebles an Old Glasgow records between 1652-1714, William Williamson as “a false Exhibition at the later published in an edition city’s Institute of the beefheaded knave”; and in of 100 as a single volume in Fine Arts in 1894 and 1892 by the Peebles printers 1695 James Sheill fell upon the Glasgow’s International Watson and Smyth. “Gleanings Exhibition of 1901. Provost at 10pm one evening, from the Records of the Royal He became known as Burgh of Peebles, 1604-62 knocked off his hat and wig and Glasgow’s greatest provided a commentary on called him “a daft drunken dog”. chronicler. the burgh’s history in a form that was completely new. Sheill was imprisoned for eight The Peebles historian It was a marked success and family doctor days and stripped of his status that encouraged Renwick to Clement Bryce continue his work. Gunn, who was one as a burgess. of Renwick's oldest There followed frequent friends, described a newspaper and magazine "rubicund boyish and articles and the series of history books that have left buoyant personality" who tended to take his holidays students and subsequent historians such rich and at home in his native Tweeddale. Dr Gunn spoke reliable source materials. of a keen rambler and an ardent angler who was particularly fond of burn fishing. It was a theme that In sequence of their publication, Renwick’s other was taken up by Renwick’s brother: “He had a keen books relating to the burgh and shire of Peebles are sense of humour, and was a racy talker. He was a keen Historical Notes on Peeblesshire Localities published angler, and as he swung over the hills to the burns by Watson and Smyth in 1897; Aisle and Monastery: with creel and rod he could keep up the conversation St. Mary of Geddes Aisle in the Parish Church and the with a constant flow of illuminating talk." Church and Monastery of the Holy Cross of Peebles, published in Glasgow 1897; Peebles: Burgh and Parish Renwick who married in 1868 Agnes Wallace of in Early History, published by A Redpath, Peebles, Mauchline, Ayrshire, died in 1920 and was survived in 1903; and Peebles during the Reign of Queen by his widow, two sons and four daughters. Mary, also published in 1903 by the Neidpath Press, Peebles.

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It’s hard to know where to start if you want to grow some vegetables for the first time: why isn’t there a beginner’s carrot? First, the technicalities: how to make a vegetable bed, how and when to sow, and which vegetables will work? Lay out a vegetable bed east-west so that the rows go in northsouth; that way the sun will strike the rows evenly. If possible, raise the bed to improve drainage and keep anyone from walking on the ground. Allow about 1 square metre per person in your family. Make the beds about 1 metre wide so you can reach across them easily and allow 2 feet in between so light and air will circulate freely. Sowing under cover in a glasshouse or poly-tunnel can start midApril. Sow salad leaves and lettuces thinly in trays, peas and beans singly in cells and courgettes one to a 3 inch pot. You can also start onion sets in single pots or large cells. Always use clean 3 inch pots or trays and fresh seed compost. Water the filled pots or trays before sowing by putting them into a basin of water to soak up. Then sow seed thinly and cover with vermiculite, an inert material to prevent fungal disease like damping off. Cover trays with clear lids. Save seed for another batch sown direct next month for succession. Most seeds will germinate within 2 weeks. Then they need 2 weeks to grow on before potting on into larger cells or 3 inch pots and growing for another 2 weeks. When potting on always handle seedlings by the seed leaves and don’t touch the stems. So allow about 6 to 8 weeks for the seedlings to be ready to go out at the end of May. Keep seeds evenly moist during the 6 week growing period, watering with a fine rose if necessary. Protect from frost at night with sheets of newspaper over the lids. Sowing directly into the ground can be done about May 7 to 10 or when night time temperatures are at least 7 degrees C. We can have late frosts to the end of May so have some fleece handy. This is for root vegetables like beets, carrots or spring onions, also quick things like radish and rocket. Make rows the right distance apart (see seed packet for instructions) and sow thinly. Protect crops from birds: pigeons and sparrows will peck everything, especially lettuce and pea flowers; a frame high enough to let things grow, covered with net will help. If there are rabbits put up some rabbit wire along your fence line: 2 feet up the fence and 1 foot turned in towards the plot will do it. Choose quick-maturing vegetables because summer night time temperatures are cool in Scotland and we have a short growing season. Look for varieties that are pest and disease resistant. Try companion planting to discourage pests naturally and above all, grow stuff you want to eat! Sheila Drummond

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News

Much of our work with young people at Peeblesshire Youth Trust is centred around 1-to-1 mentoring with local volunteers, which is an excellent way of offering support throughout the transition from primary to secondary school. By covering the whole of Tweeddale, one of our priorities is to bring together young people from across the region. This is a great way for primary school pupils to form friendships with peers from other primary schools, prior to their move up to Peebles High School. To encourage these interactions between children from parts of Tweeddale, we organise monthly group activities, offered to all of the young people that we engage with. Each month we plan a different activity, which allows our young people the opportunity to try various new skills and experiences. Recently as part of our group activities, we have enjoyed a session at Peebles Swimming Pool, with a disco and the inflatables, always hugely popular and

well-attended by our 10-14 year olds. We also visited Stable Life near Selkirk for an afternoon, where every young person had the chance to spend time with ponies and enjoy a riding lesson; for many of the children it was their first time on or even near horses. Many were understandably nervous at the start, but we were so impressed with progress made during the session. By the end of the lesson, all riders were confidently trotting around the arena, and asking when they could return to the stables! 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”. 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 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. To find out more about PYT, or to secure your Achieve-a-Ball tickets, contact Sarah Keen by email ‘info@peeblesshireyouthtrust. org’, or find @achieveaball on Facebook.

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Tweeddale Councillors Bell and Anderson

Councillor Stuart Bell Tel. 0300 100 0220 stuart.bell@scotborders.gov.uk

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Tweeddale Councillors Tatler and Chapman

Councilor Robin Tatler T: 0300 100 0220

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Easter Services in and St Peter’s Peebles 10 Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD

www.stpeterspeebles.org.uk Palm Sunday 14th April 8.30am Holy Communion 11.00am Holy Communion Maundy Thursday 18th April 10.00am Holy Communion Good Friday 19th April 10.00am All age service 2pm

Reflections on the Cross

St Joseph’s Peebles and St James’s Innerleithen RC Church 17 Rosetta Road, Peebles, EH45 8JU High St, Innerleithen EH44 6HD

www.stjosephschurch.org.uk EASTER TRIDUUM 2019 Holy Thursday 14th April 7pm

Mass of the Lord’s Supper - St James’s


Night Prayer of the Church - St James’s

Good Friday 19th April 10am

Morning Prayer of the Church - St James’s


Celebration of the Passion of the Lord - St Joseph’s

11.00am Holy Communion


Stations of the Cross - St James’s

St Andrews Leckie Parish

Holy Saturday 20th April 10am

Morning Prayer of the Church - St Joseph’s

Eastgate, Peebles EH45 9AD


Easter Vigil - St Joseph’s


Easter Sunday 21st April

During Holy Week, the Leckie Memorial Church will be open on

9.30am Mass (Sunday) - St Joseph’s

Easter Sunday 21st April 8.30am Holy Communion

Wednesday 17 April – 8-10am (as normal), 7 – 8am on Thursday 18 April (in the Vestry) and 10am-12 noon Friday 19 April (Good Friday – in the Church) 19 April 7pm Service in the Leckie Memorial Church Easter Sunday

11.30am Mass (Sunday) - St James’s

Peebles Baptist Church Peebles Community Centre

www.peeblesbaptistchurch.org Good Friday 19th April 7.30pm Good Friday Communion

21 April 8am Leaving from the Leckie Memorial Church, join us for an early morning walk up to the Sware car park where we will hold a short service of worship overlooking Peebles before returning for breakfast in the Church Hall.

Easter Sunday 21st April 11am

Easter Day all-age celebration

11am Easter morning Family Service No Evening Service

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www.topcop.org.uk Palm Sunday 14th April 10 am Kirk

Short United Service at the Cross

11am Breakfast Church Service (Breakfast from 10.30am) Monday 15th to Saturday 20th April 10 am

Daily Worship for Holy Week

Maundy Thursday 18th April 7.30 pm Service with Holy Communion Good Friday 19th April

Peebles Evangelical Church 17 Tweed Brae, Peebles

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Easter Sunday 21st April

11.30am Palm Sunday Family Service with visiting speaker David Sutherland from Lyon in France


Easter Worship in the church garden

Sunday 21 April


Easter Day Morning Worship

11.30am Easter Family Service with special Easter Sunday Club egg rolling

7.30 pm Good Friday Service

Eddleston Parish Church Bellfield Road, Eddleston, EH45 8QP

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Easter Worship in the Orchard

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Tweeddale Youth Action Punks, all ages

Thursday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in P7-S1 The past couple of months have been pretty full on at both Peebles and Innerleithen Youth Clubs with trips away to Extreme Karting and Laser Quest as well as lots on at both youth clubs, including drumming workshops and our forthcoming bands night to say farewell to TYA stalwart and sound man, Andy Lumb. Our Bike Punks website with an online, e-bike booking system and information on our re-cycled signs project and metal fabrication is under construction. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit us at www.bikepunks.org.uk Food Punks have been busy with cookery demonstrations and are now working towards a busy summer of events, including Frog Bikes Family Day at Victoria Park in Peebles and Tweedlove Transcend Festival in Innerleithen among many others. We are now recruiting Food Punks to join our profit sharing brigade where they will learn cookery and front of house skills as well as have the opportunity to earn some money. If you are aged 16 to 25 and are interested in joining our team, please get in touch at info@tweeddaleyouth.co.uk Craft Punks continues to be a hugely popular session on Wednesday evenings in Peebles and the team are working with mural artists Michael Jessing and Ross McCrae to create a mural at the Tweed Bridge Court development in Peebles. Current youth club drop-in sessions remain: Tuesday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in S2+ Wednesday 6-8pm, Peebles Craft

Friday 6-9pm, Peebles Drop-in S1+ Our drop-in sessions have been increasingly focused on reducing anti-social behaviour, vandalism and littering and we share the community’s concerns around the destructive behaviour that has started to become a weekend feature on School Brae. Increasingly people have been using this secluded area to drink and take drugs with regular vandalism and smashed bottles as a consequence. We take every step to ensure our youth clubs are bullying, drink and drug free environments where young people feel safe, socialise and have fun. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity or authority to police the areas outside the clubs, although we do try to engage with all young people, often with success. However it is also evident that much of the anti-social behaviour in School Brae occurs after our youth club has closed and on days when it is not open at all so that our staff are in no position to influence it. Operating a youth club in this challenging environment is not easy but it is simplistic to tar all

young people with the same brush and we would like to high-light the vast majority of our 150+ youth club members who conduct themselves respectfully and with dignity and who are a huge asset to our community. We continue to work with local councillors and Police Scotland to resolve this issue and would welcome dialogue with anybody that would like to discuss this further or has suggestions for a way forward. It is hugely important to the Youth Club, to its Trustees and to me as General Manager, that we retain the support and good will of the residents and local businesses and it is in everybody’s interest that a solution is quickly found. I finish with a well known question and old public information advert “Do you know where your lad’s going tonight?” www.youtube. com/watch?v=-nqwfiZGT-Y For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our new look website www. tweeddaleyouth.co.uk get in touch on 01721 724779 or e-mail info@ tweeddaleyouth.co.uk Donations can also be made to https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/ donate/tweeddale-youth-actionscio

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Borderlands deal a tonic for local economy

by David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale I WAS delighted this month when the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, which is set to help boost the economy of our area for a decade and beyond, was confirmed by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.

INVESTMENT HOPES . . . Tweeddale MP and Scottish Secretary David Mundell, centre, is keen to see tourism generating mountain biking facilities in his constituency benefit from the Borderlands deal.

Giving his Spring Statement at Westminster, Mr Hammond announced that £260 million had been secured from the UK Government towards the crossborder funding package.

Gillian Wrigley of The Health Rooms studio and treatment centre.

An £85 million contribution from the Scottish Government will take the total to £345 million.

She introduced me to the physical fitness system Pilates, thanks to a successful bid I made for an introductory session in a silent auction in aid of the Eastgate Arts Centre.

I’m proud to have been able to play a part in delivering the Borderlands deal from the heart of the UK Government.

As well as having a reputation for easing some aches and pains, Pilates is also becoming increasingly popular as a general form of exercise.

It will bring real benefits to constituents and do much to attract new jobs and business opportunities.

Gillian was a brilliant coach and I am considering doing more training, perhaps combined in the summer months with cycling in our beautiful countryside.

This is an example of both Scotland’s governments working together for local people and recognises the importance of cross-border relationships.

As I told the Peeblesshire News recently, I hope my fitness pledge to myself is easier to deliver than Brexit!

The deal will boost economic growth by helping existing business, encouraging new ventures and bringing a wealth of improvements to people who live and work in the area and to visitors.

My thanks again to Gillian, who runs The Health Rooms with husband Stephen. They offer a range of services including physiotherapy, sports injury massage and podiatry.

It is an ambitious approach to cross-border working between the governments, local authorities and partners and I’m confident that together we can create jobs and opportunity and bring investment.


In the Scottish Borders tourism looks set to benefit through investment in mountain biking facilities, including, possibly, an Innovation Centre in Tweeddale. Meanwhile, strategic infrastructure and transport improvements are high priorities across the Borderlands regions. -------MEETING many people on a daily basis, attending numerous events and the cut and thrust of politics are all part of my job as an MP and in my Cabinet role as Scottish Secretary. This is mainly positive and provides excellent opportunities to keep your finger on the pulse of the country but does limit my opportunities to stay fit and be overly careful with my diet. That’s why I plan to put aside a little time this year to try to improve my fitness levels and I got off to a good start here in Peebles -- thanks to valuable instruction from

I’M PLEASED another milestone has been reached in efforts to bring back a village shop to Broughton. Upper Tweed Community Enterprise successfully launched their community shop share offer at an event in the local hall recently. There are various fund-raising streams but the sale of shares to local people has been a vital part in securing the closed shop premises for the community. Let’s hope we hear the cash register ringing again soon! …… IT WAS interesting to visit Garvald West Linton recently to catch up with the team’s valuable work with adults who have learning difficulties. They offer a range of residential care and creative day opportunities in a fantastic rural environment with craft workshops and even their own bakery. It was good to meet with manager Rab Crichton to learn about the latest developments at the country house and farm and to discuss a wide range of topics, including ongoing fundraising.

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Peebles Community Centre Walker’s Haugh, Peebles T: 01721 720975

The calendar for April is as follows:Frequency Daily

Tweeddale Spanish offers Spanish classes in Peebles Community Centre on Thursday evenings.

Weekly Monday

7-8 pm – Beginner level students 8-9 pm – More experienced Spanish speakers Adam, Carles and Laura will be delighted to help you learn Spanish in a relaxed and enjoyable way. The course runs throughout the year and the price is £20 per month. This price includes all necessary Spanish learning material (videos, audios, texts, etc). Learning a second language is a good challenge and great fun and Spanish is not as difficult as you might think!  Please email tweeddalespanish@ gmail.com or text/call 07980129201.

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Sporty Kids

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

Mum & Baby Yoga

10am - 11:15am

Youth Club

6pm - 7:30pm


6:30pm - 8pm

English for Speakers of Other Languages Class

6:30pm - 9:30pm


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

Spanish Classes

7pm - 9pm

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

Fun French

1pm - 2:15pm

Over 50s Walking Football

2:30pm - 4pm


6pm - 7pm

Mum & Baby Yoga

7pm - 8pm

Fun French

9am - 10:30am

CG Elite Football Coaching

10am - 11am

Peebles Baptist Church

11am - 1pm

Art Group

Wed 2pm - 4pm

Camera Club

Wed 7pm - 9pm

CraftBox - free craft class for Senior Citizens'

Fri 2:30pm - 4pm

Peebles Archaeological Society Monthly

Mary Allen Lunch Club Astronomical Group Peebles Bee Keepers Club Meet & Make - free craft class for people living with dementia

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Peebles Pensioners Association Our April meeting will have two guest speakers! Heather Ronaldson and Joanna Thomson are probably best known for their hairdressing and jewellery designing / making skills in and around Peebles. However, they regularly meet up for their passion of Western Riding. They would like to share with our members what this is all about, from training to the show pen and how working with horses can profoundly affect your life. (All members are assured that they will not be expected to get on a horse though!) 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. We are holding a fundraising Table Sale in the Burgh Hall on Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 10am – 3pm. Entry is by silver collection. Following on from the success of our Grand Tombola last year, this will again be our fundraising table this year.


We would be very grateful to receive items for our Grand Tombola and these can be handed into The Super Store right up until the end of April and special thanks to Emma Reid at The Super Store for being our collection point. 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 the April meeting. We are delighted that Peebles and District Men’s Shed have taken a table and will have some of their work available to purchase – their turned wood items are absolutely beautiful! And making a very welcome return is Carol’s Creations with a selection of candles, diffusers and wax melts. We have many talented crafters coming along to the Table Sale with a wonderful variety of products such as handmade children’s clothes, tote bags and purses, baby and toddler hand knits, jewellery, handmade lotions and balms, felt craft animals, a variety of gifts made from tartan and tweed and handmade cards and journals. And of course, no Table Sale would be complete without the many tablers selling the usual eclectic mix of pre-owned household items, clothes, books, toys, bric-a-brac and collectables! So please come along to our Table Sale and have a look, your support would be very much appreciated! 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). Laura Scott (Secretary) 07484 663518 / peeblespensioners@btinternet.com

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Peebles Silver Band The Senior Band set off at 7.00 am on Sunday 10th March to take part in the Scottish Brass Band Championships in Perth Civic Hall. After a quick "tune up" of our instruments in a local Church Hall in Perth we were on the stage and through our Test Piece (Stantonbury Festival by Ray SteadmanAllen) and off again before 11.00 am - before some of us are normally up on a Sunday morning. The lack of sleep however didn't put us off and we played in front of the audience and 2 adjudicators almost as good as we had rehearsed over the last 2 or 3 weeks. With some members performing on the very impressive/intimidating concert hall stage for the first time, nerves were evident, but no major mishaps and we were pleased to be placed 4th. out of the 12 bands who competed on the day in the 4th. Section. After we played and were

enjoying our breakfast/bacon roll at a local hostelry, we started to become excited as 2 major Brass Band Websites were tipping us for first place - in the auditorium later we were beginning to believe our own hubris and became even more excited when the 3rd and 2nd placed bands were announced in reverse order. It was only when Barrhead Burgh were announced as winners that we were deflated for a minute or two until we realised that we were in 4th place. The Band as a whole enjoyed the day out and it was nice to see the enthusiasm of the youngsters being transferred over to some of the more seasoned members of the band. We returned to Peebles more determined than ever to work harder together for greater success next year and hopefully promotion back into the 3rd Section - our "traditional" home.

To that end we are putting ourselves through all this agony again when we compete in another Brass Band Contest in Fife towards the end of April. Wish us luck. Our picture is of our 4 youngest members of the Band in the concert hall before the results were announced. Very well played girls. *************** Some Draw Numbers are still available if you wish to join our new "100 Club" and have the chance to win one of 3 cash prizes each month (£100, £75 & £50) whilst at the same time helping the Band fund its running costs. Please phone Band Treasurer, Martin Brown on 01896 831436 if you wish to join - cost is £5 per month.

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Peebles Rugby Club

While there’s been plenty opportunities to see International rugby live or on TV, be it the Guinness Six Nations or the HSBC World Sevens Series, domestic rugby has been thin on the ground with very little action taking place. Only fixtures in the past month for the “So Stobo” sponsored 1stXV have been a 41-5 loss to Melrose in the Border League, and a good 24-3 away win at Howe of Fife in Tennent’s National League Two. This small amount of action sees the Gytes men remain in fifth spot in the league but with a few games in hand on the teams immediately above. Home fixtures coming up include neighbours and table toppers Biggar on 30th March and Highland on 6th April. “Crown Hotel” sponsored ‘Peebles Reds’, the 2ndXV, now have a healthy lead at the top of Tennent’s Reserve League East Two after wins against Penicuik and Ross High. Matches coming up include home games against Edinburgh Northern (6th) and Ferry Road Wanderers (13th). Youth matches now are more or less exclusively sevens tournaments, with the club’s Under 16’s and Colts squads playing in their respective Borders Sevens circuits. The High School’s S3 team meanwhile are training and fund raising hard for their

much anticipated tour, with their hockey colleagues, to northern Italy in May. The ‘Piranhas’ will also be gracing a few tournaments in the next couple of months and full details are always available by parents contacting the appropriate coach, while anyone who wishes to bring their child along for the first time, can contact myself and I’ll be delighted to pass your details onto the appropriate coaching group.

will appear in future Peebles Life editions. 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.

A couple of big events are on the horizon in the coming months. Firstly, the club are holding their first One Club Awards Night at Peebles Hydro, supported by The Laureate Society. This event will take place on 20th April and will bring together members from all sections of the club to celebrate the achievements of all. Tickets may still be available via Eventbrite.co.uk. The club are also in the early stages of organising a festival of Sevens Rugby, on the first weekend of August. All roads will lead to The Gytes, where Friday night will see a Borders Under 16 Tournament, Saturday will be the venue for the Peebles leg of the Borders Kings of the Sevens Series, and the curtain will come down on the Sunday with the Colts’ Border Semi-Junior Sevens Tournament. More information on these events

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

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Blackwood & Smith


AT Blinds


McFarlane Builders


Councillors Tatler and Chapman


D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts


Ablesweep Chimney Sweep & Oil Service Engineer


Elm Court Business Centre


Fiona Henderson School of Dance


RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


Keith Brown Joinery


Borders Chiropractic


Scottish Borders Housing Association




Central Gas Heating Engineer


Border Vets


Peebles Golf Club


High Street Opticians


Ventrolla Sash Window Specialists


David Mundell MP


Champfleurie Estate


Rogersons Footwear


John Montgomery Upholstery 55

Caledonia Lifestyle


Lothian & Borders Environmental


Peebles Design


Cameron Carpet Company


P Grandison Funeral Director


Yellow Cab Co


TR Electrical Services


Tweeddale Roofing


Adams Boiler Maintenance


Enhance Support & Care


Higgins Opticians


Peebles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services


Shire Chimney Services


MacDonald Cardrona Hotel


Tweedside Antiques & Collectables


Xanadu Beauty Clinic


K & R Painting and Decorating 36

Tweed Financial Services




Tweeddale Kitchens


Tweeddale Spanish


Colin Wilson IT ServicesÂ


SB Cares Personal Alarm Service


Winkston Accommodation


Decorative Solutions Ltd


Hire a Man with a Van


James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting


Peeblesshire Trout Association


Patrick Buckley Antiques


Red Circle Locksmith


Cullen Kilshaw


Peebles Handyman


Tetra Acoustics


Accommodate Rural


Tweedside Garden Machinery 39



Ozkan’s Grill


D C Landscapes


Harrisons Ford Centre


Tweed-line Taxis


Dustbusters of Penicuik


Useful Numbers - all in one place Police to report a crime


BT Faultline

0800 800151

Citizens Advice Bureau

Scottish Power - Power Loss 0800 0299290 NHS 24

08454 242424 Locksmith

Gas - Emergency

01835 824000

0800 111999

Scottish Borders Council

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“Friendly, professional, realistic, and customer focused, they WANT to help you sell your property without undue pressure or stress. Remax@Peebles, SIMPLY THE BEST.” Mr A L

“Just a short note, if I may, to thank you most sincerely for the first rate customer service I have experienced recently with Remax Peebles. I can honestly say that I never enjoyed a more, personal, professional and tailored approach to business as I have with your company. Kind regards R.”

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Peebles Life April 2019  

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