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Issue 165

A community magazine serving the residents of Peebles and Cardrona Delivered FREE to every home in the area.

June 2019

Welcome to the June edition of Peebles Life. June is always a very special month in Peebles, as we celebrate the annual Beltane Festival. The principals are now all chosen, holidays have been booked and the town will come together for a week of celebration. We wish all our readers and advertisers, and of course all the principals a wonderful week. All the Border festivals are special and mark the region out as different to other parts of the UK, and Beltane is something of which we can all be proud. However, it does not just happen, and that was recently recognised by Her Majesty the Queen when she awarded the BEM to Allan Beveridge and David Turnbull who acted as joint secretaries for 40 years until 2017. The magazine is as ever full of local news and events. In the Big Issue, we have had a look at the worrying decline of salmon being caught on the Tweed, whilst the drop in the catch is not peculiar to the Tweed, the river has seen a significant reduction in recent years. As well as this impacting our tourism sector, with anglers staying away, and the resulting loss to local hotels and restaurants it is also potentially another example of the climate crisis to which the world is perhaps too late beginning to wake up to. On a more local level, we have profiled Tweed Wheels, an excellent local organisation that provides a minibus and community car service to local groups and those in need in and around Peebles. The organisation is run by volunteers and is a lifeline for many residents with mobility issues. The organisation is looking for support; it needs more volunteer drivers, and also needs to replace its minibus. We have also focused on Tom Hudson, one of their most loyal volunteers for our Peebles portrait. Tom has led a varied and fascinating life, spending much of his life as a teacher and head teacher in the south of England he retired to Peebles, though his form of retirement would put most people’s work life to shame! We also have all our regular column and reports from local groups and as ever thanks to all those who submit them to us for inclusion. Wishing everybody a wonderful Beltane week. Charles



Issue 165

Big Issue


What’s on in June


TweedLove’s Transcend Bike Festival


Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


If you go down to the woods today!


Peebles Community Trust Update


First Aid - Stroke Symptoms


Music in Peebles Update


Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell


The Peebles Garden


Pet Health Care


Peebles Beltane Festival


Peebles Portrait - Tom Hudson


Tweeddale Youth Action


Peebles Community Centre


Peebles Concert Band News


Political Page - Councillor Robin Tatler


Peebles Community Trust


Silver Band


Exploring the Past with Peebles Archaeological Society


Tweed Wheels




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Big Issue

7 the foundation’s comprehensive system of numerous electronically operated checks on salmon smolt in the nursery beds of the upper Tweed and its tributaries suggests few problems for young salmon in the early months.

By Steve Dubé ______________________________________________ But some factors are hard to interpret. Did the warm summer last year reduce the available feed, or did Something is happening, but they don’t know what it is. it encourage rapid growth? Scientists are aware Not long ago it was a £24m a year industry in Scotland that climate change with its greater extremes of sustaining more than 500 full-time equivalent jobs. But temperature and weather conditions is affecting the that income has more than halved already, and some invertebrates and other species that fry, parr and smolt gillies on one of the most prolific salmon rivers in the depend on for feed. But how? world say their customers did not catch a single fish last year. Life cycles of all aquatic life are affected. Eels have declined dramatically and are now a protected species. This year has also started badly for the River Tweed, It may be that warmer waters reduce availability of which traditionally produces more rod-caught salmon feed, or conversely increase it, allowing salmon to than any other river in the European Union. Some grow larger quicker, and perhaps migrate to the ocean 23,000 were caught by anglers in the peak (freak) year sooner. “No one knows for sure, but we do know that of 2010. The average is between 10,000 and 15,000 a the river is healthy,” says Kenny. “There are between year; but since 2014 the numbers have halved. one and two million salmon smolts every year – more The slump has been dramatic and the word is out in the than any other river. world of angling, which means fewer are coming to fish. Conditions in the oceans are harder to monitor. But it’s Gillie charges for the best locations have been cut and known that higher temperatures right across the North hotels are feeling the pinch and cutting prices. Sea have the effect of shifting plankton that can only The Tweed is not unique. The trend can be seen across survive in a very narrow – and low – temperature range Scotland – and beyond. And no one knows exactly why, northwards. The fish that depend on this plankton – although there are plenty of theories within what is a and which also have their environmental limits – also complicated science. It’s known, for instance, that there have to move north. are cyclical impacts on rivers, short term peaks and Over the past 50 years there has been a huge decrease troughs, and that rivers respond to changes in weather in the number of salmon that make it back up the river conditions like the destructive floods of 2015-16 and to their gravel beds to spawn. Fisheries experts used to other factors. expect to see one salmon return for every three that Records over the past 200 years show a 60-year cycle swam into the sea. Now it’s one in every 25. of salmon stocks, which rise and fall to what is known Out there in the wide northern seas, where the ice as the North Atlantic oscillation, a climatic pattern that cap is melting, fleets of industrial vessels take out affects food supplies at sea for salmon and competing large volumes of key species in the food chains such as species such as mackerel. mackerel and herring, using mid-water trawl and purse But the fact remains that a river that once yielded seines – nets that don’t touch the seabed. This reduces hundreds of thousands of salmon for the table every the availability of these fish for predators like whales, year, where a couple of centuries ago the abundance of dolphins, seals, sea lions, and other fish, which means cheap protein was such that estate staff would petition that salmon may become a larger part of their diet. their employers not to serve it up so often, is losing its And removing mackerel and herring in such large reputation as the King of Salmon Rivers. numbers can also make more of the little things that Netting on the river can’t be blamed. There were once they feed on more available for other organisms. All 200 netting stations between Berwick and Coldstream. of which has the potential to screw up the balance of Now there are two, and one is a tagging station that nature – but no one knows exactly how. Once again, returns fish to the river. the message is that things aren’t simple, but the slump in salmon stocks is widespread, and affecting the rest of Biologist Kenny Galt from the Tweed Foundation, the UK, Ireland and Norway as well. whose aim is to promote environmental protection and improvement by conserving and enhancing all species of freshwater fish in the Tweed, says monitoring has shown a decline in grilse numbers during the autumn months, but has narrowed down the problem to a steady decline in survival at sea. A single pair of salmon can produce 7,000 eggs and

So whatever is happening seems to be in the oceans. Having worked that out, the issue is how to respond. “Many organisations are working on this,” says Kenny. “We’re hoping things may start to pick up a bit soon. Maybe it is just a cyclical thing. Maybe we just have to ride it out.”

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

Saturday 1 June : 10am - 4pm Alec Lucas Memorial Trust Football Tournament, Whitestone Park, Peebles. 16 teams, 7 aside competing for The Alec Lucas Trophy. Come along and support this great day Whilst enjoying a pint of beer from the beer tent and catering by Gary Moore. ( beef burgers hotdogs!) there will be ‘spot kick’, car boot sale and ice cream by Caldwells. All welcome, free entry. Saturday 1 : 1pm - 6.30pm Inspiring Life at the Eastgate A creative day packed with information, energy, food for the brain, body and spirit, lots of different activities, music and stories - all to help you to become a happier healthier you. Drop in from 1pm and stay as long as you want...there are different workshops from 1.15pm until 6.30pm when everyone is invited to join in a discussion in the theatre. All workshops are FREE to attend but places must be

reserved at the Eastgate. This event is supported by the Inspiring Life Trust and See Me Scotland and it part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Sunday 2 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Glenshiel Banks and Loch Eddy. A moderate walk from Glen Home Farm Steading, ascending on a track to Glenshiel Banks, followed by a moorland path to Loch Eddy. Return along a track beside the Quair Water. 4.3 miles/ 7km, ascent 492 feet/150m. Sunday 2 : 1pm-4pm Stobo Japanese Water Garden Open Day. Home Farm, Stobo EH45 8NX. £5 entrance, children free, with proceeds to Stobo Village Hall and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme beneficiaries. Plus sandwiches, scones, cakes and free tea and coffee at Stobo Village Hall from 12.30 pm and Plant Sale.

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. Wednesdays : 2.15 - 3pm Seated Exercise Class, get fit, have fun, make friends. Great music and easy movements. MacFarlane Hall, Peebles. Phone Jean 01721 723855 for more information or just turn up. Monday and Wednesday : 6.50pm for 7pm start Peebles Bridge Club meets throughout the year. We play at Peebles Rugby Club, Eastgate, Peebles. 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 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 CAN skill share sessions held at the Peebles CAN Community Garden situated behind the Victoria Park Day Centre on Kingsmeadow Road. These are fun and informal sessions open to everyone, all events are free. Booking essential - please contact info@peeblescan.org for more information. **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 Wednesday 5 : 7pm Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Saturday 8: 11-12 * Peebles CAN Mindfulness session. Join us and discover how mindfulness can help you in your life. Sunday 9 : 8.45am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Cheviot via Bowmont Valley. A strenuous walk from Cocklawfoot Farm, ascending Auchope Rig, joining the Pennine Way, and ascending to Auchope Cairn, Cheviot Peak. Traverse the Pennine Way over Score Head and Kings Seat and descend to start via Clennell St (Old Drovers Road). 11.4 miles/18.4 km, ascent 2461 feet/750 m. Sunday 9 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Monday 10 : 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 11 : 2- 4pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age (TU3A) Our next open meeting in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall when the Annual General Meeting will take place followed by tea, cake and chat. This will be the last meeting before the summer break and we will resume in September 2019. All members and guests are welcome. If you would like more information please visit our website: u3asites.org. uk/tweeddale or phone the membership secretary 01721 722791. Wednesday 12 : 7.30pm Friends of Kailzie Wildlife Talk – Working as a Vet in the Scottish Borders. Claire Russell, a local vet, will be talking about her work in the country. An opportunity to hear from a vet dealing with a lot more than domestic pets. The talk will be held in the Osprey Centre, Kailzie Gardens, Peebles. All welcome! Entry by donation.

Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www. peeblescommunity.org. Saturday 15 : 12noon to 6pm Eshiels Community Wood Open Day. Bring a picnic. Guided Tours through the wood, Bush Craft, Forest School, music, Interactive Art Installation by local artists Katy Swift, Shuna Anderson and Bianca O’Neill. Come and see the new community wood beside the river Tweed, and meet some of the people who made it happen. The wood is about one-and-a-half miles from Peebles next to the council recycling centre and is accessible along the Railway Path. In addition, a shuttle bus service will operate between the School Brae Hub (Ex-Serve’s Club) and Eshiels Community Hub. Sunday 16 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Grey Mare’s Tail Circular. A strenuous walk from Grey Mare’s Tail Car Park, ascending by Grey Mare’s Tail path to Lock Skeen then to Lochcraig Head, Firthhope Rig and White Coombe. Return via Tail Burn. 7.8 miles /12.5 km, ascent 2690feet/820 m. Tuesday 18 : 7.30pm Peebles Cornets’ Lasses Association Beltane Pub Quiz at Peebles Rugby Club. Quiz begins at 8 pm sharp £10 per Team of up to 4 people Due to limited space, there is a Maximum of 28 teams, - so get your places booked early! NB: Only Quiz participants permitted at tables ~ No spectators please Entries will be taken only at Graham McGrath, Eastgate, Peebles from Saturday 25th May Sunday 23 : 9.30am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Fala Moor Circular. A moderate walk from Fala Village, crossing the A68 and ascending to Fala Moor, past Fala Flow Loch, Upper Brotherstone and Gilston Farm. Walk up road to Soutra Aisle and return via High Wood. 9.0 miles/14.5 km, ascent 492 feet/150 m. Sunday 23 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Wednesday 26 : 2 - 4pm Peebles Art Group - Painting and Drawing Workshop - see Wed 12 for details.

Wednesday 12 : 2 - 4pm Painting and Drawing Workshop - Peebles Art Group meets fortnightly in the Community Centre. New members welcome. Details from Richard J Digance aartisrjd@aol.com 07432 234 759.

28/29th June : time tbc * Peebles CAN Creative Writing Workshop. Enhance and improve your creative writing skills with this interactive workshop. There will be one session for adults and one for kids.

Thursday 13 : 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. Alison Moore, Clerk, Tweeddale Quaker Meeting 01896 831953 alison@petalmoore.net

Saturday 29 : 9am **Tweeddale Ramblers. John Buchan Way. A strenuous walk from Broughton, following the John Buchan Way via Hammerhead, Harrowhope, Stobo, the Glack, Cademuir and back to Peebles. 9.00 am bus from Peebles post office to Broughton. 13.7 miles / 22 km, ascent 1640 feet/ 500 m.

Thursday 13 : 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh

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Peebles Pensioners Association

Our 2019 spring / summer session began in February with a short AGM before we welcomed Kirsty Peebles and Jo Cunliffe from Cycling Without Age along with Amazing Grace, their first trishaw. In March our guest speaker was Dr Bruce Ball with his talk about the Borders Railway. In April we welcomed Heather Ronaldson and Joanna Thomson with their talk on Western Riding and in May our guest speaker was Jim Robertson with his presentation covering his work with the International Red Cross.

their families and friends for the wonderful selection of gifts for the tombola. I would also like to thank Emma Reid at the Super Store who very kindly agreed to be a collection point for items for the tombola. She is a very special friend of the Pensioners and her generosity is very much appreciated. As a result of the success of our 80th anniversary lunch last year, we have again replaced the usual June meeting with a Summer Lunch at the Green Tree Hotel, which I know we are all very much looking forward to.

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TweedLove’s Transcend Bike Festival taking place at Nether Pirn Farm, Innerleithen Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June is set to provide a fun-filled weekend for all, on and off the bike. The revamped three-day festival will provide events and races for all kinds of riders - from children to professionals, from e-bikes to the latest adventure gravel bikes and of course the legendary annual Goe-bike Family Ride this year supported by Frog Bikes. For 2019 the Family Ride will leave from Tweed Green, Peebles and make it’s way along the Tweed Valley Railway Path finishing at Transcend Festival. Away from the racing there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained with a full line-up of live music and DJ’s across the weekend, including headliners the Kaiser Monkey Killers and local stars Butter and The 62. As well as; yoga, inspiring talks, bike demos, kid-friendly workshops, the Frog Bikes Kids Adventure Zone, a street food village and so much more. Come and join in on what is set to be the weekend of the Summer!

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Saturday 8 June Transcend Epic Day One | Tales from the Silk Road with Jenny Tough in the Findra Tipi | Transcenduro Race Day | Geckohead | Bergamont Gritopia | Pro Riders Meet & Greet | Gentle Vinyasa Yoga with Esther in the Findra Tipi | Transcenduro Podiums | The Banjo Lounge 4 | Soil Searching with Glentress Trailfairies | Ridelines Women Tweed Valley Adventure | Power Yoga with Esther in the Findra Tipi | Trash Free Trails Talk with Dom Ferries | Beats by FADE&BLEND | Glitter Face & Beard Facepainting | Kaiser Monkey Killers

Sunday 9 June Goe-bike Family Ride supported by Frog Bikes | Gentle Vinyasa Yoga with Esther in the Findra Tipi | Celtic Beat | The Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek | Jack Devlin | Kids Facepainting | Transcenduro Boost | Transcend’s Hair of the Dog Beauty Pageant | Sparky & The Choir Boys | Jenny Biddle | Animate Transcend | Power Yoga with Esther in the Findra Tipi | Banter Beat | Loam Club @ the Tress | Trash Free Trails Spring Trail Clean Up Finale | Transcend Epic Day Two | Enjoyro | Ridelines Teens Tweed Valley Adventure | Podium Presentations

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Large Wild Brown Trout on the Tweed Home to the large wild Tweedsmuir brown trout of the Upper Tweed and considered by many to have some of the finest wild brown trout and grayling fishing in Britain, the trout fishing season is now in full swing. The Peeblesshire Trout Fishing Association offers fishing for both wild brown trout and grayling on around 23 miles of the River Tweed and 5 miles of the Lyne Water in Peeblesshire

Season tickets are only £33 (65 & over £16) and day tickets are £8 (64 & over £4). Season tickets are free to those 18 & under. All tickets are available at the following locations:

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News

We have enjoyed some of this year’s May sunshine, making the most of it with outdoor activities for our young people at Peeblesshire Youth Trust. We enjoyed a “sausage sizzle” at Lamancha Hub, making good use of their barbecue hut and lovely garden; the afternoon was a great opportunity for our young people from the schools in the west of Tweeddale (Broughton, Newlands and West Linton primaries, as well as PHS) to get together. For some of our young people this was their first group activity with PYT; we hope they all enjoyed the chance to make new friends. The children from Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn area enjoyed a “Forest Schools” session at Cavalry Park, building dens, whittling and playing games, whilst also forming friendships with peers from other schools. The last month has also been vital for the Youth Trust in terms of our community fundraising. We held a hugely successful night at the Hydro at the end of April, where “Achieve-a-Ball”

attracted 150 guests and raised nearly £6000 for our charity. This was only possible with the support of local people, businesses and organisations, with their attendance, donations and generous sponsorship, for which we are enormously grateful. We also hosted our annual charity golf day at Peebles Golf Club on 14th May – as promised, the sun shone all day, and the views on the course were stunning! With 18 teams participating, there was some top golf on show, with the winning team from Brewin Dolphin successfully defending their title from 2018. Huge thanks to Peebles Golf Club for supporting us in this day once again, and to Harrisons Ford Centre as the main sponsor of the event. We are about to launch our transitions programmes for 2019, aimed at Primary 7 pupils moving into S1 at Peebles High School. One of these programmes is “Positive Transitions”, run jointly by Peeblesshire Youth Trust (PYT) & Tweeddale Youth Action (TYA); this programme will support children in the move from Primary to High School. Whilst the majority of young people within Tweeddale will

look forward to starting this new chapter and thrive once they are there, transitions are tough for everyone and can trigger anxiety and stress. We want to give young people the best start possible and make the transition smooth and enjoyable. We will run weekly sessions and activities including a residential, all designed to increase self-esteem, confidence and resilience and to introduce the P7s to new friends and support networks prior to the move to Peebles High school. Previous programmes have proven the difference that this intervention makes to our young people. This Positive Transitions project in shortlisted in the Localities Bid Fund for Tweeddale area. If you haven’t already, please vote for us! The public vote runs from 16th May – 6th June 2019. Please register to vote via: https://www.scotborders.gov. uk/info/20076/community_ grants_and_funding/815/ localities_bid_fund With your support we can continue this valuable work and keep making a difference. To find out more about PYT, or any of our programmes, please contact Sarah Keen at ‘info@ peeblesshireyouthtrust.org’.

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Property and Legal Expertise on Your Doorstep With nearly 40 years of providing expert legal and estate agency services to clients across the Scottish Borders, Cullen Kilshaw are pleased to announce the opening of a new office at the Interchange building in Galashiels. These state of the art modern premises will provide new opportunities and benefits for our clients as we look to centralise the firm’s admin and management functions. This investment in our working environment and our use of cloud based technology to link all of our offices is part of our ongoing commitment to go on delivering the highest quality legal and property services to our clients across the Scottish Borders. Our local staff will continue to deliver the same great service from our offices at 5 Northgate and 1 Rowan Court in Peebles.

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Eshiels Community Wood celebrates its acquisition by a group of professional foresters, ecologists and botanists under the umbrella of Peebles Community Trust earlier this year with an Open Day on Saturday June 15. Families are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy woodland-based activities such as Bush Crafts and Forest Schools, expert-led guided tours, music and a special Interactive Art Installation by local artists Katy Swift, Shuna Anderson and Bianca O'Neill. A shuttle bus service will run from the PCT headquarters in the School Brae Hub (the former Ex Servicemen’s Club) from 12 noon, but the more energetic can walk or cycle along the Railway Path. The path goes through the seven-hectare woodland, which also borders on the River Tweed.


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The group aims to improve biodiversity along the River Tweed corridor and thinning some of the conifers, resurrect coppice management techniques and provide a space for further skills training and nature learning.

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Join our team and make a real difference delivering care to the vulnerable adults with learning disability, you don’t need previous experience, as full training and support will be provided. Garvald West Linton is an established provider of residential and day care services for adults with learning disabilities. Care is provided in five houses and there are eight workshop areas as well as further education and individual therapies. Our work is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner. We are situated 20 miles south of Edinburgh in beautiful surroundings near West Linton. Values and Attributes You must be; • able to treat our service users with dignity and respect • able to uphold their rights as individuals • honest and trustworthy • reliable and dependable Skills and Abilities You must be able to; • communicate well • recognise and respond to the needs of others • work as part of a team • be flexible in approach • maintain good sense of humour

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Stroke is the largest cause of disability in the UK and the third most common cause of death (after heart disease and cancer). Most cases occur in people over the age of 65 but stroke can occur at any age – even in babies. A stroke happens when the blood supply to an area of the brain is disrupted either by a blood clot or a bleed causing the brain to be starved of oxygen and leading to brain injury.

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A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. The main symptoms of a stroke can be remembered using the word FAST.

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Music in Peebles News Update

The 2018-19 season closed after our last concert, the memorable A4 Brass Quartet, on 26th March. It was another highly successful season with eight excellent varied chamber music concerts for a price that is difficult to beat for such top quality professional musicians, especially if you buy a season ticket. Next season opens on Sunday 8th September 2019. The programme plans will be announced to the general public on Saturday 29th June 2019 during a coffee morning in the MacFarlane Hall 10.00 – 12.00, to which everyone is welcome. Until then, the concerts we have planned remain a closely guarded secret, but

you can be sure that they will offer the usual wide variety of music and musicians. The stage of the Eastgate Theatre will play host to major, world-renowned artists and outstanding young musicians. There will be familiar masterpieces by the great composers and the chance to discover less well known works and their creators. What all the concerts have in common is that they are of the very highest quality, guaranteeing you an experience to remember. To find out more, come along to the coffee morning! New season ticket advanced booking arrangements, in cooperation with Eastgate Theatre Box Office, will be open from Monday 1st July 2019. We shall all be able to buy our season tickets for our reserved seats direct from the box office, in person or by phone, and pay by credit card or cash at that point. It will also be possible to buy tickets online (including, for the

first time, season tickets), allowing you the convenience of choosing and paying for your seats for all the concerts from your own home. The whole season price will be £80 (i.e. £10 per concert), which is wonderful value for money. A single adult ticket otherwise costs £15 per concert. Music in Peebles continues to flourish with the financial help of Enterprise Music Scotland and other grant giving bodies, as well as our own fund-raising activities. Alongside the concert series, Music in Peebles also runs a highly acclaimed community outreach programme, supported by local businesses, through which local schools benefit from music education workshops and special performances are given for local care home residents. A real community effort that works for all!

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The golf swing is a very athletic movement that involves the whole body, therefore, injuries can happen to almost any structure of the body. One of the most frequently occurring injuries in golfers is lower back pain. This can be followed by a number of other symptoms in other areas such as the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles.

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell One size doesn’t fit all Last month on 13th-19th of May was Mental Health Awareness Week one topic being body image -how we think and feel about our bodies. The idea was to let everyone know that it can affect anyone, however old but is becoming more common in the younger population. Last year I wrote an article for Peebles Life about body image but even I was surprised to find that according to The Mental Health Foundation “30% of adults have felt so stressed by body image or unable to cope, that is almost 1 in 3 people” They also believe that this can be tackled by what children are taught in school and the way we all talk about our bodies on a daily basis. This definitely is a huge problem with the ever-growing use of the internet and the younger generation being brought up comparing themselves to not only their peers but celebrities worldwide. What they don’t often realise is

how many hours that celebrity may have spent getting their hair and makeup done, using a professional photographer and finally be airbrushed so they look amazing to their followers. It really is much more important to be happy in your own skin, but I also know that is easier said than done for some people. We need to help the younger generation focus on their good points and not dwell on how thin they are or how good looking they are. We need to encourage them to focus on being healthy and to eat a balanced diet any find other interests away from social media. We all come in different shapes and sizes and should try to not only accept that but also not to ridicule others who may be slightly different. Education in this starts at home , its not just the responsibility of others.

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Some gardeners may have ambivalent feelings about these sweet, furry little creatures; but, in the garden, rabbits create havoc. New houses often have no fencing at the front allowing bunnies to graze freely. Older properties often have difficulty because not all their boundaries can be completely closed off. The worst time is in the late spring and early summer. An explosion in the numbers of rabbits coincides with a shortage of grass. There are several methods of control, including shooting. Spaniels and cats might chase them off; traps and poison might kill the cats and dogs. Individual protection for young plants until they have developed tough stems is a possibility. Rabbit wire along the fence will help but check for gaps. The only approach left is choosing plants that rabbits will leave alone. Generally, rabbits don’t like plants with aromatic foliage like sage: so herbs are a good choice. There are many gardenworthy herbs for both shady and sunny borders. Rosemary, oregano, thymes, chives, mint and camomile are herbs which are attractive and should be ignored by rabbits. Alliums like A giganteum, A hollandicum and Nectaroscordum are a good choice because rabbits won’t eat their oniony leaves. Thorny plants are usually left alone. Spiny roses like R pimpinellifolia and R rugosa would make a good boundary hedge or Ilex aquifolium. Tough or poisonous plants are avoided by rabbits: rhododendrons, aconitum and laburnum are spared. Rabbits ignore plants with woody stems like buddleja, cornus and hypericum, honeysuckle, ivy and some clematis and tough leaved grasses. There are many perennials that are safe to plant. For spring try hellebores, pulmonarias and Solomon’s Seal. For the shady woodland garden, brunnera, ajuga, epimedium and lily of the valley. For your summer borders, try Dianthus barbatus, hardy geraniums, Iris germanica, paeonies, Monarda didyma and oriental poppies. Later interest includes Aconitum napellus, anemone, helianthus, kniphofia and sedum. Some perennials may be investigated (that means nibbled) and subsequently ignored: alchemilla, shrubby potentillas, Shasta daisies, Canterbury bells, aquilegia vulgaris and aster novi-belgii are a few. There are plenty of annuals that rabbits don’t like: snapdragons, pot marigolds or calendula, California poppy, marigolds and opium poppies for example. Certain bulbs will be left in peace, not pieces: hyacinths, tulips, some daffodils, snowdrops, fritillaries, Spanish bluebells, cyclamen, some agapanthus and crocosmia are all survivors. “Haute cuisine” for rabbits includes most vegetables, except onions, soft fruit, but not gooseberries, and these perennials and annuals: achillea, alyssum, astilbe, begonia, bellis, busy lizzies, chrysanthemum, crocus, dahlia, delphinium, fuchsias but not the hardy ones, gaillardia, godetia, grape hyacinth, lobelia, Paris daisy, nasturtium, ornamental cabbage, pansy, patio roses, petunias, herbaceous potentillas, most primulas, sweet peas, violas and zonal pelargoniums. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com

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Pet Health Care When we first get a new pet, there is a lot to think about - flea treatment, wormers, diets, insurance, the list goes on. However, one of the most important aspects of pet ownership is whether or not to have your pet neutered. Today we will concentrate on female pets, and the reasons we as vets recommend neutering them. 1. Neutering helps to reduce the number of unwanted litters of all pets. The British Veterinary Association strongly supports the practice of neutering, as surgical intervention removes the problems associated with finding homes or increasing the stray population. 2.

Less mess and noise! Seasons can be a messy and a noisy business. A bitch will bleed and so it is not uncommon to find drops of blood around the house, on the floor or furniture. During a season out on a walk, she will attract a lot of unwanted attention from male dogs, and if not properly watched may have an ‘accidental’ mating. When Cats are in season, they will ‘call’ - a type of meowing or yowling. A Queen will frequently prowl around the house wailing or vocalizing. It can sound like a plaintive, distressed cry, and it can be loud and long enough to keep you up at night.


No ‘False-pregnancy’. This is common in bitches and can occur after every season. It is a condition in which a non-pregnant female dog shows the symptoms of pregnancy and lactation. This can be distressing for the bitch and she will exhibit signs of depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, behavioural changes and nesting. It can also lead to a pyometera.

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Pyometra – This literally means 'pus in the womb', and is not uncommon in unneutered animals. The uterus fills with infected fluid and the animal will go downhill very quickly. They will then require a high risk emergency surgery to remove the infected womb, similar to the spaying procedure.


Reduced mammary cancer. Mammary tumors are more common in female dogs that are either not spayed or were spayed after 2 years of age. The risk of a dog developing a mammary tumor is 0.5% if spayed before their first season, and 26% after their second season. Cats spayed before 6 months of age have a 7-times reduced risk of developing mammary cancer, and spaying at any age reduces the risk of mammary tumors by 40% to 60% in cats. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) acknowledges that neutering is not a trivial procedure but the welfare implications of neutering are outweighed by the benefits. At Border Vets we fully believe that early neutering is the best thing for your female pets for all of the reasons above. We have recently seen an increasing number of bitches with mammary tumours, caesarian sections in cats from unwanted mating, and several life-threatening pyometras. That is why we are offering 10% off the cost of spaying any female cat, dog, rabbit or ferret during June. For more information, or to book in, please call us and have a chat with one of our receptionists or nurses. Jim Ross BVSc MRCVS

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16th - 23rd JUNE 2019 2019 BELTANE PRINCIPALS Cornet-elect Andrew Napier Cornet-elect’s Lass Natalie Stewart Beltane Queen Jenna Jones Warden of Neidpath Rev. Calum Macdougall Warden of the Cross Kirk Father Tony Lappin Crowning Lady Mandi Bain Proclaimer of Beltane Fair Sally Swinney Sunday

place at the Parish Church steps. Riding the Marches Duly installed, the Cornet and Supporters mount horses and join the Cornet’s Canter to ‘Ride the Marches’. Neidpath Ceremony 7.15p.m. The Warden of Neidpath is installed at Neidpath Castle and gives The Warden’s Address. 8.30p.m. ‘Fording the Tweed’ above Fotheringham Bridge in Hay Lodge Park, then riders proceed to Golf Course. 9.00p.m.(Approx) The Horse Races are held at the Race Course beyond the Golf Course.

Thursday Novice Ride 6.00p.m. From Kingsmeadows Road Car Park. All Novice riders to be led by a competent person on foot. The Beltane Concert 7.30p.m. A variety of talent of differing ages presented to delight and entertain. Burgh Hall. Cornet’s Walk. Beltane Queen is escorted home by the Cornet, Lass and Supporters, accompanied by the Band.

Friday Fancy Dress Parade

The Inaugural Service at the Cross Kirk 5.45p.m. The procession consisting of Principals, the Beltane Committee, Peebles Silver Band, Peebles Pipe Band and various organisations starts at the Chambers Quadrangle and heads to the Cross Kirk via Cuddy Bridge. 6.00p.m. The Warden of the Cross Kirk is installed and then conducts the Inaugural Service. After the Service, the procession heads back to the Quadrangle and disperses to look forward to the week ahead

Monday Primary School Discos in the Community Centre (Drill Hall) 6.00p.m. - 7.15p.m. Primary 3, 4 and 5. 7.30p.m. - 9.00p.m. Primary 6 and 7. The Beltane Queen is escorted home by the Cornet-Elect’s Lass and her Supporters, accompanied by the Band.

Tuesday Children’s Sports at Whitestone Park

7.00p.m. Starts with the judging of the Fancy Dress on Tweed Green. The Fancy Dress Parade starts at 7.30 pm.

Saturday Peebles Red Letter Day 8.30a.m. Cornet’s Mounted Followers Rideout leaves from South Park Industrial Estate. 9.00a.m. Procession of over five hundred children in costume heads down from Halyrude School to the High Street via Rosetta Road, March Street and the Northgate, led by the Pipe Band. 9.20a.m. Proclamation of Beltane Fair at The Mercat Cross. Crowning Ceremony on the steps of The Old Parish Church of Peebles 10.00a.m. The Crowning Lady performs the Crowning of the Beltane Queen, which is followed by the reading of the Beltane Queen’s Proclamation. Grand Procession, Remembrance Service and Retreat

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11.45a.m. The Grand Procession, led by the Cornet, takes in most of the town’s major routes. Supported by Peebles Silver Band, Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band and other pipe, brass and cultural bands, the procession of Queen and Court, Officials and decorated lorries makes its way through the town streets.

8p.m. Peebles Rugby Club, Eastgate. Book Teams in advance. No Spectators.

1.15p.m. (Approx) Service of Remembrance at The County War Memorial, Chambers Quadrangle.


7.00p.m. Bands Beat Retreat on High Street. The salute is taken by the Chairman of the Beltane Festival.

The evening normally starts from around 6.45p.m. Races are held for the children in primary groups. Races are also held for the pre-school children, as well as older children and not forgetting Mums and Dads.

Judging of Decorated Shops and Houses from 12 noon. Apply in writing by noon Beltane Tuesday to take part. Installation of Cornet 6.15p.m. The installation of the Cornet and his Lass takes

Sunday - Beltane Sports 1.30p.m. The Sports get underway with many top-class athletes competing for the prizes in the afternoon’s programme at Whitestone Park.

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Eastgate Theatre closes for Development The countdown has begun for the much anticipated development of the Eastgate Theatre auditorium and foyer. On Monday 17 June the Eastgate building will close and the staff, box office, and classes all move to new bases in Peebles. Staff and box office will operate from 23 High St, Peebles EH45 8AG (the former Tourist Information Office), selling tickets and planning the exciting first season in the new auditorium. Engage classes in all sorts of arts for children and adults will be held in Peebles Scout Hall, off Dean Park. Updates on the changes to the building and season plans will be available from 23 High Street and on www.eastgatearts.com The Eastgate café is scheduled to re-open on Monday 12 August, the auditorium on Sunday 8 September. We look forward to welcoming you to the next phase in the life of the Borders’ busiest theatre …

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Peebles Portrait Tom Hudson By Steve Dubé


“I had a hankering to drive a lorry so I got an HGV licence after I gave in my notice and did mainly agency work so I could walk the hills as well. There was one five month stint at Selkirk driving a lorry for a quarry and wheelbarrowing it all off. I got quite fit.” The next change, moving to Peebles, was no challenge: his wife, Mary, from Livingstone, always wanted to live in Peebles. “I didn’t know much about it – I just wanted to live in Scotland – my mother was from Renfrew and very proud of being Scottish,” he says. “But we had been here a couple of times with the children and I loved it as well so it was an easy decision.”

Tom Hudson likes a challenge. Sometimes it’s just something to prove to his three daughters that “I’m not decrepit” when his birthday comes around – something like a headstand. In fact that’s not enough for this successful schoolboy gymnast. Three years ago he decided to do the Monroes. There are 282 Monroes. As you probably know, Munroes are hills and mountains of more than 3,000 feet (914.4 metres) in Scotland. Tom did four of them in the first year, 88 last year and another 32 since Christmas. “I did one and then I thought I fancied doing more,” he says. “It was such a lovely summer last year but I wanted to carry on so I did a winter skills training course so I could. My aim is to have half of them done by the end of this year and I want to do the other half while I still can – by 2021.” He does like a challenge. It’s

probably what turned him into a gymnast at school; and a teacher. When he was 50, he had already chalked up 12 years as a primary school head in Essex and was wondering what to do next when a job advert “jumped out at me”. He became the first principal of a new type of school. “They were digging the foundation stones on the day of my interview,” he recalls of Brinkley Grove Primary School, Colchester. It was the first primary school to be built as a grant-maintained school – and it turned out, for political reasons, to be the only one. “I got to choose every stick of furniture, members of staff, books, everything. It really was my baby. It was a fabulous job.” He returned to Brinkley Grove in 2017 to help celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary, having retired after five years at the helm in 2002. That was when he became a lorry driver.

Tom got an allotment, and worked as a supply teacher for a while, mostly in Kingsland School. It helped to give him a flavour of the town from the ground up: “Everyone we met was friendly – that’s the first thing everyone notices here. Everyone says hallo to you. And I’m impressed that such a lot goes on for all ages – music, drama, sport, biking, everyone is doing something. Working in the schools and talking to the children, so many are involved with things like the pipe band, rugby and football clubs, drama and dance. And Beltane is something special.” If you’ve got this far on the page, you’ll realise that Tom is not shy in stepping up to the mark, but he does it quietly and without fuss. He had enjoyed dabbling in amateur dramatics in Essex and after moving to Peebles he saw a notice about auditions for Shakespeare at Traquair. “I thought I would go along and see what happened, and I thought

being a newcomer I might get a small part but I was chosen to play Antonio in Merchant of Venice – the merchant himself. “It impressed me that they were so open to new people, and also that there were so many youngsters involved. I thought it was brilliant. Everybody was welcome and treated as equals and everyone got on well. It was another thing that made me realise there was something special about Peebles.” Tom has become one of the stalwarts of the troupe, playing many roles since his stage debut. He directed The Tempest in 2007 and Othello in 2009 and will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream next year. He’s also a stalwart of Tweed Wheels, which features on another page in this issue, and of the furniture re-use charity Home Basics, where he is a director as well as a volunteer driver. He likes the contact with people that all

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these activities involve. So it’s no surprise that he should be open to becoming a humanist celebrant – someone who conducts funerals and weddings for people without a religious attachment. His third career, from which he retired last year, came about from talking to a friend whose baby had died. “It was during my first connection with Shakespeare at Traquair and everybody was talking about that and a year or so later he told me how the humanist funeral had been such a huge help to him. I thought that I might be able to do that.” Tom undertook two years of training, and when he finally retired from paid work as a teacher he was able to start a third career in humanism and found it “immensely rewarding”. Religion had failed to attract Tom, in spite of Sunday school, religious education at school-leaving exam level and a head teacher who made

it “really interesting” but, “I never really convinced myself.” Becoming a celebrant at funerals, he says, “changes your outlook in many ways. It makes you realise that everybody has got a story to tell, however insignificant their own family might think they are.” On one occasion a family gave the impression that there was nothing special about the man who had passed away, but agreed that he had been “happy” dad. “I said that a happy dad made him a bit special; I have known many people in my life that did not have a happy dad. By the time I had finished with the family I felt they had a heightened awareness of that person. Generally speaking, humanism has heightened my appreciation of people and I’m really pleased to have done that.” As he says, everyone has a story. This is Tom’s.



Tweeddale Youth Action

Youth club life is trucking along and we’ve been busy over the past month with a youth management team residential to Stirling and Craft Punks involvement with the Tweed Court mural with the final spray painting session in early May. The mural looks amazing and thanks go to artists Michael Jessing and Ross McCrae and Eildon Housing for giving us the opportunity to get involved! Bookings are coming in thick and fast for our Bike Punks Go e-Bike electric bike library and we’ve now extended our opening days to open 5 days per week. The e-bikes can now be collected and dropped off Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.30-12.30 and 2.30-4.30 and our introductory offer makes these an affordable and fun

opportunity to get out and about in the sunshine (hopefully!) For more information, please visit our Bike Punks website with online booking system www.bikepunks.org.uk The Re-cycled signs metal work team have also been busy in our Bike Punks workshop and our first commissioned cycle route signs will soon be installed in Falkirk and North Berwick railway stations with a further 3 almost complete and 2 more in the pipeline. The team have also turned their eye to metal fabrication and are currently creating storage boxes for our 2 cargo e-bikes which are also available for hire J Food Punks are also busy at the moment and Dave and team are delivering cookery demos and catering at a variety of events over the coming months, including Transcend Festival in Innerleithen from the 7th to the 9th of June. After much waiting we have finally taken delivery of our Food Punks

van and our Food Punks website is currently under construction, so exciting times ahead!

Spaces are filling up fast for our Blackpool Pleasure Beach trip on Saturday 3rd of August (£25 for youth club members and £45 for non-members) and we have a full summer programme of beach trips, hill walks, barbecues and trips away as well as the primary to high school transitions project we are delivering alongside Peeblesshire Youth Trust Planning for our summer holiday programme is almost complete and please look at our website for more information and updates. Youth club drop-in sessions remain: Tuesday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Dropin S2+ Wednesday 6-8pm, Peebles Craft Punks, all ages Thursday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in P7-S1 Friday 6-9pm, Peebles Drop-in S1+

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What are they doing in there?

Potential clients often start a conversation with “I’m not sure if you can help with this, but….” so I thought it may be helpful to add some detail into the sort of things that we get involved with. Firstly, it needs to be said that our volunteers are not experts in any field, despite what they may do, or have done in previous roles, and are required to comprehensively research any query which clients may present them with. Of course, there are some things which we are known for, such as helps with benefits claims, employment issues and housing problems but there are, in fact, very few areas where we wouldn’t be able to help people. These include legal advice, financial advice and any other area where the provision of advice is regulated and confined to professionally qualified individuals. That being said, we do provide a monthly legal clinic with 30 minutes free access to a solicitor and we also provide access to a Pensionwise adviser for anyone seeking pensions advice. Coupled with these we have an in-house debt adviser. Our day to day activities are largely dictated by the needs of our clients and these can be many and various, but we would expect to help a number of people with issues in these areas: •

Complaints to Utility providers, largely around the accuracy of billing or meters and helping resolve issues about account closures and transfers.

Consumer issues; where clients have bought an item and find themselves dissatisfied with the quality of the product or service they have purchased

and need help with the complaints process. We also have access to a dedicated Consumer Helpline for difficult cases. •

Employment issues; where employees have been unfairly or wrongfully dismissed or disciplined or their employer has unilaterally tried to change their terms and conditions of employment. Again, we have access to a specialist provider of employment law advice. Housing problems; where clients have problems with their landlords, either private or social landlords, and people may be facing eviction. In these cases, we work regularly with Shelter to provide the best advice to our clients.

As well as our normal activities we also support projects and initiatives which are led by Citizens Advice Scotland or the Scottish Government. We are currently supporting the following projects: •

Help to Claim – supporting vulnerable clients to access Universal Credit

Financial Health Check – advising on income maximisation

PASS (Patient Advice and Support Service) – supporting clients to negotiate with and complain to the NHS

EU Citizen Support Service (Due to start soon) – supporting clients who are EU nationals with settlement issues.

We also work very closely with Scottish Borders Council to provide advice on several areas such as Council Tax, Housing Benefit and anything else which SBC provides for the population. No matter what your problem we will do our very best to help and if we can’t, we will signpost you to someone who can. So next time you face a difficulty and you wonder where you can get advice just make an appointment or drop-in. The answer to what we do is in our title; we provide advice to citizens of Peebles and surrounding area, come and ask us! Adrian Dunn

First Quarter 2019 Statistics We recorded a Client Financial Gain of £100,903.13 (This is the amount of money which our clients received as a direct result of our assistance) We assisted 118 clients, over 492 separate contacts which included: • 286 face to face interviews • 109 emails • 91 phone calls • 6 letters We also made approximately 32 food bank referrals

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What a busy school year we have had at Red Button Arts with everyone making wonderful crafts from pompom birds to marble mazes to animal portraits to fish lanterns! Now the summer holiday stretches ahead but don’t worry because we have some great holiday workshops to keep those creative little fingers busy. ALL WORKSHOPS ARE: for BOYS & GIRLS, P1s-P7s, in DRILL HALL ROOM 3, 10.30AM-12.30, £12, booking in advance. July 9 : Be Weavy with Wool Pet Baskets.

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Peebles Concert Band News Well if anyone can tell me where this year has gone I would love to know! I can’t believe its June already and Beltane fever is in the air. The concert band has had a busy 2019 so far with intense rehearsals at the beginning of the year for our performance at the Scottish Concert Band Festival Finals back in March. We were thrilled and delighted that our hard work paid off and we achieved a Gold award for our 3 performance pieces, maintaining our gold status from the regional heats at the end of last year. We had no time to take a breather as it was back to the band hall for rehearsals for our up and coming summer concert at the Eastgate theatre on Friday 14th June. What better way to kick start your Beltane week I hear you say! Tickets are now on sale at the Eastgate box office. Our theme for this concert is Music from the Movies and we have a varied selection of themes for you to enjoy. Come along and support your local concert band, you will be assured of a warm welcome along with some fantastic music for what promises to be a

cracking night out. We are delighted to welcome some new players to the band and also welcome back some old friends who have had a wee break for a while. We understand life is like that and members do come and go depending on their circumstances in life. If you are thinking of a return to music after a break then dust of that musical instrument sitting in the bottom of your cupboard and come and join in! We are always on the lookout for new members and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. We have such a wide age range from 12 – 85! Our mantra has always been ‘any age and at any stage’ so any brass, woodwind or percussion players out there just get in touch with Jenny on 07809 480283 or email jenny on Jenny.haywood@gmail. com Hope to see you all at our summer concert. It just remains for us to wish the Beltane Queen and her court, all the principals and yourselves a very happy Beltane 2019.

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As we head into the lovely summer weather, what could be better than following the path along the Tweed through Peebles from the Priorsford Bridge, past Tweed Bridge and on to Fotheringham Bridge – a complete circuit taking in the sights and sounds of the river and town. At least it is if you are able-bodied and can navigate the two sets of steps below the Haylodge Hospital – shown above. But help is at hand, led by Alan Mackenzie, Chief Ex-Cornet and Callant (pictured above far left) has a plan to replace these steps with a ramp at either end that will allow access for everyone, including wheelchair users, prams, buggies and cyclists. The scheme will not be cheap, but with contributions from a variety of sources Alan and his supporters are confident that the necessary funds can be raised. This is just one of the 18 excellent projects across Tweeddale which deserve your support and that you can vote for via the Locality Bid Fund from 16th May to 6th June. £60,000 will be divided out to the winning projects – so please make sure that you register and vote via the internet or by post or at the special event on 1st June at the Old Parish Church in Peebles. You can find out more by going to www.scotborders.gov.uk/localitiesbidfund or calling 0300 100 1800. Good luck to all the Tweeddale projects - don’t forget to vote!

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much to just be given away or used by volunteers. Working with local greengrocers myself and Adam Skelton of Food Communities are developing a project that will help to make the excellent produce available to a wider market during the summer and autumn months. The plan is to sell any excess produce via Community Vegetable Boxes delivered by local greengrocers as an extension of their existing vegetable box service. Income will be shared between the shop and the gardens – but the main benefit will be a welcome source of local vegetables for everyone. Watch local press and Facebook for details of how you can sign up for this new service.

Parking in Peebles

It is now more than 4 years since a review of offstreet parking in Peebles was carried out by a subgroup of what was known at that time as the Area Forum. What was decided then was that the situation would be reviewed regularly to see if it was still fit for purpose. I believe that it is now time to carry our such a review and I will be asking the new Tweeddale Area Partnership to set up a subgroup to carry this out. Do you think that the current system of allowing free parking 6 days a week in East Station Car Park should continue? Should there be different parking regimes in each of the Public Car parks in Peebles? Is the current system working for residents, visitors and traders in the town or should we consider changes? The proposed subgroup made up of Councillors and representatives from the Community Council, traders and residents will consider all these issues and, if necessary, suggest some alternatives for consideration. If you have views on this, or any other subject, I would like to hear from you so please email me at: robin.tatler@scotborders.gov.uk.

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Peebles Community Trust Update The annual meeting of Peebles Community Trust turned into a celebration of a year of progress and achievement with a turn-out of 130 members at the former ExServicemen’s Club in School Brae. Now to be known – as a working title at least – as the School Brae Hub, the Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band is back in its old home, which is now also the first permanent home for the Peebles and District Men’s Shed and the PCT itself. PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth described a memorable year as the annual meeting of the Peebles Community Trust unanimously endorsed a range of projects and agreed to a minor change in the constitution that enables it to apply to the Scottish government for a community right to buy on the town’s former March Street Mill site. PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth said the PCT was one of the partners in the successful opposition to the site owner’s bid to turn the site into a housing estate and relocate the 80-yearold allotments to a smaller area. It was eventually rejected by the Scottish government’s Planning Reporter because it would reduce the area of protected green space. Now the aim is to develop further community activity on the site by offering private opportunities for some predominantly affordable homes, a managed 24-7 supported care facility and increased enterprise and employment potential. The March Street Mill allotment holders are one of a number of

local groups now operating under the PCT umbrella or involved with the trust through the town’s former Ex-Servicemen’s Club, once known as the Soldiers’ Club. The club went into administration last September and PCT is managing the building in agreement with the liquidator while raising money for an outright purchase. Mr Hayworth said a change in social habits meant that the Ex-Servicemen’s Club could no longer survive but club members were happy to see the building retained for community use. “They want to see it as a legacy of all the past decades that building into an ever increasing community asset,” said Mr Hayworth. Now known as the School Brae Hub, the building already accommodates the ExServicemen’s Pipe Band, the Peebles and District Men’s Shed and storage for the annual Peace Group Book Sale. Bookings are being taken for events such as coffee mornings. Mr Hayworth said, “PCT now has a membership of 1,200 and this, together with a wider community spirit, has given up a really stable platform. It gives us a voice and enables us to take action on a number of fronts.” Over the past year these have included the purchase of Eshiels Community Wood, with an Open Day planned for June 15, the formation of a Railway Heritage Project steering group to explore the impact of the railway’s arrival in Peebles in the from the 1850s in the only remaining railway

building in the town; a re-use project to reduce the quantity of re-usable items that go to landfill; proposals to create an all-Peebles allotments association; and the March Street Mill bid to register a right to buy. The meeting was later addressed by Andrew Thin, chair of the Scottish Land Commission, and Land Commissioner Lorne MacLeod. Mr MacLeod said community land and asset ownership was “not an end it itself” but about sustainability in creating affordable housing and other amenities by a community working through a democratic process. Mr Thin said the government’s investment in community assets since 2013 through the Scottish Land Fund compared with the hundreds of millions spent on things like schools, roads and forestry. “We as taxpayers spend a lot of money buying land for these purposes and spending some of it to enable a community to grow is not a negative thing,” he said. Mr Thin said it was important for groups like the PCT to operate as businesses because the same rules apply, and he drew attention to fundraising initiatives such as community share offers and the opportunities to attract philanthropic donations from more affluent members of the community. In the first coffee morning to be held in the reopened building on Saturday the Ex-Servicemen’s Pip Band raised a total of £541.72.

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1st June at the Eastgate A creative day packed with information, energy, food for the brain, body and spirit, lots of different activities, music and stories - all to help you to become a happier healthier you. Drop in from 1pm and stay as long as you want...there are different workshops from 1.15pm until 6.30pm when everyone is invited to join in a discussion in the theatre. All workshops are FREE to attend. This event is supported by the Inspiring Life Trust and See Me Scotland and it part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.


1.15pm Singing for Wellbeing with Kathy Stewart - Kennedy, the Cheyne Gang 2.15pm Don’t Judge a Book by the Cover 3.15pm Stride Young Dance Company 4.15pm Everyday Drama 4.15pm Fitness with ForeverFit Club 5.30pm Dance Improv with Curious Seed Dance Company 6.30pm Discussion

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Peebles Silver Band careful handling they should give us another 30 years of continual use and enjoyment.

Here is a photo of some of our current brass instruments which are nearing the end of their useful life. There is no shame in that they have each given us over 30 years of enjoyment and the ability to introduce countless numbers of youngsters to the joys of music and playing in a group environment - all free of charge. However, we need to replace these instruments now and we seek your help to raise some ÂŁ15,000 to achieve this. With new instruments we will be able to progress some of our existing Youth Band members on to larger instruments to broaden our ensemble and also expand the number of youngsters learning to play with us. Young learners traditionally start on a Cornet which is the smallest and cheapest instrument in a Brass Band - it is also the easiest for them to hold and for their small fingers to depress the values. Larger instruments help give the Band a richer sound but are considerably more expensive - that said with

With local authority funding being under continual pressure and music tuition being one of the first areas to be curtailed or cut out altogether it is even more vitally important that we, as a Registered Charity, continue to provide music tuition and the use of brass instruments free of charge to all those willing to join us. In doing so we also endeavour to ensure the long-term survival of our Burgh Band - now in its 185th year. We have applied to the Localities Bid Fund organised by Scottish Borders Council and seek your help by voting for us on their website. As a resident of Tweeddale, you will have 5 projects/charities which you must nominate and vote for all at the same time - please make sure Peebles Burgh Silver Band is one of your 5 votes. Voting closes on 6th June. Alternatively, why not come to the Parish Church on 1st June 2019 to cast your votes. We will be there between 10am and 2 pm to explain in more detail what we do and why your vote is so important to us. We need your help and implore you to give us your vote. Please also ask all your

friends, family and neighbours to give us their vote too. The link to register to vote and for more information is: www.scotborders.gov.uk/ info/20076/community_grants_ and_funding/815/localities_bid_ fund If you want more information, please contact us direct by email: secretary.pbsb@gmail.com or by phone 07800 846763. Thank you.

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Rock art revisited Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society As one of our guest speakers earlier this year, we were pleased to welcome Dr Tertia Barnett (Historic Environment Scotland) to talk about Scotland’s Rock Art Project. Rock carvings are one of the most fascinating aspects of Britain's prehistoric landscape. Almost 3000 examples are known from Scotland alone! After outlining the key issues surrounding rock art research and the range of new approaches being applied to the study of prehistoric carvings, Tertia went on to show how the current project aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of our rock art through communityled recording and analysis. To appreciate how Scottish rock art is being put back on the map, both literally and metaphorically, check out the project’s attractive website at www.rockart.scot. Inevitably, Tertia’s talk left us posing the question ‘where is Peeblesshire’s rock art’? In the course of fieldwork on Peeblesshire’s hillforts, the 19th century antiquary David Christison did make a point of also looking out for rock carvings but without much success. He recorded supposed cup marks on the large standing stone that sits by the roadside near Kirkton Manor but these along with other socalled cup marks from Manor and Soonhope are now just considered to be natural hollows.

dominate much of the local region would not have provided easy surfaces to work. However, some examples of ‘classic’ rock art are recorded from Peeblesshire. The most spectacular local find comprises a striking red sandstone slab bearing a series of double and single rings and also spiral decoration, all done in a pecking technique. Now on display in the National Museum of Scotland, this was discovered in a bank of gravel at Lamancha near Newlands and presented to the national collections in 1867. Unfortunately little is known of the original circumstances. Among more recent discoveries, a plough-damaged stone bearing cup and ring markings was found during excavations at Lyne Roman fort in 1959. Now in the Tweeddale Museum collections, this is the only example of a cup and ring stone of the kind more familiar to us from Argyll or Northumberland. It is tempting to wonder if the Roman builders unwittingly destroyed a decorated rock surface in the course of quarrying sandstone for the fort buildings! Nature and time and chance have therefore all played a part in what has survived – but more local examples of rock art must certainly await discovery. Only a few years ago, a stone fragment with cup-and-ring markings was spotted in a wall by a sharp-eyed drystane dyker working at Dunsyre, just over in Clydesdale – so if you are out for a country walk, especially on a sunny evening when the light gets a bit lower, the moral of the story must be ‘keep those eyes peeled’!

In fact, compared to areas such as Galloway and Argyll, both well-known for their spectacular decorated rock surfaces, relatively few examples of rock art are known from the Borders as a whole. Geology is certainly an important factor; the hard metamorphic rocks which Illustrations 1. Standing stone at Kirkton Manor: cup-shaped hollows on the faces of the stone are now thought to be natural (Photo: TG Cowie) 2. Ring marked slab found in the 19th century near Lamancha, now in the National Museum of Scotland (Photo: WW Webb) 3. Cup and ring marked stone found near the Roman fort at Lyne, now in the Tweeddale Museum, Peebles. Clearly a fragment of what must have been a larger slab, it bears a single cup with traces of three surrounding rings interrupted by two radial grooves (Photo: TG Cowie, courtesy of Tweeddale Museum)

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By Steve Dubé _______________________________ It’s a lifeline for many but Tweed Wheels now needs help for itself in order to carry on. The community minibus is eight years old and has 120,000 miles on the clock, and there simply aren’t enough drivers to meet the demand from groups and from individuals for the community car. People like Maureen Mullins don’t know what she’d do without Tweed Wheels. For the past 15 years the community car, a specially adapted vehicle with a passenger lift and space for a wheelchair, has enabled her to go shopping, keep appointments and visit the cemetery. "It has made a huge different to me, more than people realise, and it’s the only way I can get out with the help of my daughter Jane, who is one in a million.” It’s a sentiment echoed by Margaret Richardson, who has been using the community car for some nine years. “It’s made a huge difference to me. I use the car to get my hair done and go out to the dentist and the opticians too. It’s the one day that I can get out.” Rosa Cabello, Tweed Wheels Transport Co-ordinator at the charity’s base in The Bridge in School Brae, says the two vehicles provide affordable and accessible transport in Tweeddale for individuals who find it difficult to use public transport and for community group outings. “There’s an increasing demand for our service and we need more volunteer drivers and funding to help us purchase a new minibus,” says Rosa. That means anyone aged between 25 and 70 who has held a full and clean driving licence for two hears. Training is provided. “We would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be interested in becoming a driver, or perhaps from local businesses who would be interested in sponsoring us,” says Rosa. Tweed Wheel has two pool drivers, Jim Murdoch and Tom Hudson, who are registered community drivers,

who are also qualified to train others to drive the minibus. “I’m proud to be a member of this organisation, providing a very valuable service for many people in the area who would not otherwise be able to do things that the rest of us take for granted,” says Jim Murdoch “It provides opportunities for friendship and is very rewarding. I would strongly recommend that anyone who enjoys working with people and can drive safely should get in touch with us.” Tom Hudson has been a volunteer driver for 13 years. “It’s all about helping people to live a full life in their community,” he says. “We have regular groups and schools that need to use the minibus and individuals, many with mobility issues, who need someone to drive them to appointments or just for a day out.” And he says it’s not just work: “It’s actually very enjoyable as well. I have met some wonderful people, who have become friends, and been on some great days out to places such as North Berwick, Callander and Glasgow. Every single person we take in either the minibus or the community car really appreciates it, and that’s hugely rewarding. One day it might be me needing the service, so it’s fantastic to be able to contribute while I can.” Tom says Peebles is a communityminded place, and Tweed Wheels is one of the organisations that contribute to that characteristic: “We like living in a place where people do things together. There’s a sense of community here and it’s good to be part of that.” Community groups like Tweeddale Youth Action also contribute to that reputation, and regularly use Tweed Wheels for out-of-town excursions.

“We’ve been using the minibus for trips away for several years and many of these trips would not have been possible without it. Young people in rural communities like Tweeddale often lack the opportunities of their peers in cities and towns with cheaper and more regular public transport.” The minibus is important to Peebles Evangelical Church, which has used Tweed Wheels on a weekly basis during term time for 15 years to collect children around the town and bring them to regular club meetings. “We’ve also used the minibus twice a week each year to transport children and teenagers away to places like Teen Ranch near Dundee and Cant Bay Scout Camp Centre near North Berwick,” say church organisers Laura and Gordon Birss. “Without the minibus, children and teenagers would have missed out on these experiences.” Tweed Wheels started out in 1998 with one small car for people who need transport for a social outing. It’s funded partly through donations, the proceeds of the Tweeddale Thrift Shop in Innerleithen, and a subsidy from Scottish Borders Council, Transport Scotland and Awards for All Scotland. In 2011 the organisation received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services – the MBE of community groups. Anyone interested in helping out by becoming a volunteer driver or helping to sponsor a new minibus should contact Rosa at The Bridge or by phoning the Borders Community Transport Hub 01721 723 123 or email on rosa.cabello@the-bridge.uk.net. In addition, Tweed Wheels is planning to have one of their vehicles outside the Tontine Hotel on Saturday 8th June from 10 am to 4 pm, when Rosa and some of the drivers will be there to talk things over.

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Garvald West Linton Care Staff


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Adams Boiler Maintenance


George Haydock Painter & Decorator


Peebles Web Design


Armac Vet Group


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Peeblesshire Trout Association


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Harrisons Ford Centre


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Border Buses


High Street Opticians


Priorsford Books


Border Canopy Company


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RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


Border Vets


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Red Circle Locksmith




Impact Landscapes




Borders Chiropractic


Interior Solutions


Rogersons Footwear


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James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting


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Silver Tree Studio


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CM Roofing & Building Ltd


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Colin Wilson IT Services


Linnburn Kennels


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Councillors Bell & Anderson


Lothian & Borders Environmental


Thistle Tree Care


Cullen Kilshaw


Luxury Lawns


Tontine Hotel


D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts


MacDonald Cardrona Hotel


TR Electrical Services


D C Landscapes


Maglin Domestic Appliance Repair


Tweed Financial Services


David Mundell MP


McFarlane Builders


Tweed-line Taxis


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Tweedside Antiques & Collectables


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Peebles Life June 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.

Peebles Life June 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.