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Welcome to the July issue of Peebles Life, by the time you read this, the longest day will have passed, and the nights will start to draw in, the older I get, the quicker the years seem to pass! We hope that all our readers and advertisers had an excellent Beltane, our fantastic annual festival is a real demonstration of the community spirit that makes Peebles such a special place, and at the heart of that community spirit is volunteering. Without people being prepared to give up their time to give something back to the town, and its organisations we would just become a dormitory town for Edinburgh.

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Our Big Issue this month looks at volunteering, and whilst we highlight the strength in Peebles, we also look at some of the organisations in the town who are struggling to get the support they need. So, if you have a spare hour or two a week, please think about volunteering locally.

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On the subject of volunteer-led organisations, we have a preview of Creative Peebles, our own arts festival that takes place between the 23rd August and 1st September. This week-long festival is always packed with great events. This year that includes the chance to join a scratch choir on the last day of the festival, learn the magnificent Mozart’s Requiem, and perform it in front of a live audience in the Burgh Hall that evening!

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In the spirit of applauding civic pride and activism, we want to congratulate all the young people who took to the High Street for the Climate Change march in June. I understand there is criticism from some people and politicians about young people protesting about climate change, especially during school time. In my view the young people are 100% correct to protest, my generation and older have done a fine job of messing up their world politically, but our destruction of the planet is the most unforgivable act, and Politicians need to act now (and not in 10 years, because it will be too late), so more power to them! Talking of Politicians, we also have an article looking at the council’s recent decision to invest in a new play park at Victoria Park, and the closing of six smaller parks. We are delighted the council is prioritising investment in play parks at a time when budgets are so tight, but wonder why this decision was taken with absolutely no consultation? Perhaps one of our local councillors would like to explain (we are happy to print their reason in next months magazine). This month’s Peebles Portrait is of local dentist Richard Turton; he certainly keeps himself busy! The magazine is also full of all our regular features, and of course the all-important diary of events. So enjoy July, and let’s keep our fingers crossed for the sunshine. Charles

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7 more than one adult in the shop at the time, which can be difficult to ensure. Such work is good for a youngster’s CV. They learn about customer service, how to process and price goods and gain an insight into the retail trade. Some charities only allow over-18s to volunteer. “It’s a

By Steve Dubé ______________________________________________ pity, said one manager. “When I was 17 I volunteered “Volunteering is the golden thread that binds our communities together,” says Volunteer Centre Borders; and we’ve just seen one of the triumphs of selfless commitment in Peebles with the annual Beltane festival.

in a charity shop and it taught me a lot. Now when everyone needs volunteers we have to turn people away. I can’t even take let my younger brother come here as a volunteer.”

The Rev Callum Macdougal, Warden of Neidpath, drew attention in his speech to the festival’s hundreds of volunteers, some of whom work through the year to prepare for the event. Even so more were needed this year after police insisted that each float in the Red Letter Saturday parade should have a safety marshal walking on either side – in particular to prevent children running onto the street to pick up sweets thrown by wellmeaning but unmindful adults.

There are other hurdles to overcome. The Job Centre once encouraged unemployed people to volunteer but the rules have changed and shops can no longer offer work experience to anyone receiving benefit. Even so, more than 80 people volunteer in our charity shops. That sounds a lot, but some can only spare three or four hours a week, and if one calls off sick it can leave the manager on their own. As it is, some shops have no volunteers at all on some days.

As the Warden of Neidpath said, our community is blessed with a legion of volunteers whose work keeps the town alive. There’s always room for more: some residents with time and ability only use them to help themselves.

There’s a social aspect to all volunteering. It helps to integrate anyone who’s lonely or has a learning difficulty or a disability. There’s a feel-good factor too. Sometimes it’s a first step for people who are looking to return to work. It helps to boost their confidence. Friendships are made.

Peebles Civic Society is one example of an organisation currently struggling to find volunteers to help run an initiative that keeps an eye on protecting the heritage and vernacular architecture of the town. In a wider perspective, most people are volunteers anyway. They might be regular bedsitters or care for relatives or neighbours, or put a hand up to help with a coffee morning or a table sale or cook something for such events. There are thought to be more than one hundred volunteer groups in Peebles, and they really are the golden thread that runs through the town. Without them there would be no Beltane, youth groups, town bands, orchestra or agricultural show. There would have been no bold endeavour to convert a redundant church into our Eastgate Theatre. On another page we talk to local dentist and sports lover Richard Turton, who gives up his spare time to coach disabled youngsters and those with learning difficulties. Perhaps the most visible year-round evidence of volunteering is seen in our five charity shops. Some people think there are too many and that they undermine their ethos and other shops by selling new goods. But they service a demand for bargains and for upcycling articles that might otherwise go to landfill at a cost to the shrinking public purse. And they are all desperate for volunteers. “Many people just don’t have the time,” says one charity shop manager. “People who volunteer tend to be a bit elderly, probably retired and looking to spend a couple of hours doing some good work. We only have one young woman with children.” Some shops help young people to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh awards, but safeguarding etiquettes require

“I’ve been here for 10 years and I work for three hours one day a week,” one volunteer told us. “Being here gives me the chance to help people in many different ways. It makes you realise you are doing some good for society. As volunteers we talk about our families and holidays. I have made many good friends among other volunteers. It’s been a thoroughly rewarding experience – and I’ve had many bargains for myself. I would encourage anybody to do it. It gives you a bit of a routine after you retire. It gives you confidence and a feeling of well-being.” Every charity shop has a target for volunteer hours. None in Peebles gets anywhere near their target. One shop with a target of 240 hours a week manages between 50 to 60 hours. The best week saw about 150. “The story is the same everywhere,” said a manager with 22 years in the charity shop sector. “Everybody is always looking for volunteers. We all need them. Our businesses could not run without them. And the more volunteers you have the more money you make.” Volunteers tend to take on specific roles. One shop needs an expenses-paid volunteer driver or two to help operate a collection service in the town. Without volunteer drivers a member of staff has to leave the shop to do it. One in five people are volunteers in Scotland– a total of 1.3 million. It’s equal to the population of Estonia, and they work more than 126 million hours every year. Volunteer Centre Borders estimates that volunteering contributes £62m annually to the Scottish Borders economy. Peebles probably punches above its weight, but still, there just aren’t enough volunteers to go around. Your community needs you.

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Forest Trust and Stuart Adair a Habitat Ecologist will tell us about the Carrifran restoration work which is creating a wildwood of naturally occurring trees in the Carrifran Valley near Moffat. Come along and hear how this was done and the difference it makes for wildlife. Osprey Centre, Kailzie Gardens, Peebles. Entry by donation. All welcome.

Tuesday 2 : 2.30pm Peebles Photowalk - An opportunity to share ideas and get tips on composition on a walk around Peebles taking photographs along the way. This will be led by a member of Peebles Camera Club and will start at the Tweeddale Museum and will last approx 1 1/2 hours. Cost £4 - To book a place search Eventbrite - Live Borders

Thursday 11 : 7.30pm Eclipsed in the USA - by Brian Henry. A presentation in the Tweedale Museum, as part of the Peebles Camera Club Exhibition. After travelling through some red rock and other National Parks of the US, we will head out into the Dark Sky area of Utah. Brian will then show us how he recorded the 2017 US Total Solar Eclipse. Cost £4 - To book search Eventbrite - Live Borders.

Wednesday 3 : 7pm Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Sunday 7 : 8.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Harestanes to Kalemouth Linear. A strenuous walk from Harestanes Country Park following the St. Cuthbert’s Way by bridge over the Teviot. Cross the Oxnam Water to Littledeanlees and Brownrigg and follow a pleasant wooded path over Wooden Hill to Eckford then to Kalemouth via the Kale Water to the walk finish. Car(s) will need to be taken to end of walk to bring drivers back to Harestanes. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km, ascent, 1148 feet/350m. Monday 8 : 2pm - 4.30pm Peebles Art Group Exhibition. Handing in of Artworks in any medium. The Gallery, Tweeddale Museum, Chambers Institution, High St. - details from Richard J Digance aartisrjd@aol.com 0131 574 5586

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Thursday 11 : 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www.peeblescommunity.org. Saturday 13 : 9.30am til 12.30pm Peebles Art Group Exhibition starts in The Gallery, Tweeddale Museum, Chambers Institution, High St , Peebles and ends on Sat 10 August 2019. Free entry. see Mon 8 for details. Sunday 14 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Windlestraw Law. A strenuous walk from Walkerburn back road, following the Walker Burn to Middle Hill, Windlestraw Law, Plover Knowe and Scawd Law. Return via Cairn Hill and Caberston Crags. 8.1 miles/13 km, ascent 1706 feet/520 m. Sunday 14 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU.

Wednesday 10 : 7.30pm. Friends of Kailzie Wildlife Talk – Carrifran Wildwood John Thomas a Trustee with Borders

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13 Sunday 21 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Talla/ Tweedsmuir Circular. A moderate walk from the Crook Inn, crossing the Tweed at Hearthstanes Bridge and taking forestry paths to Talla Reservoir. Return by the old railway track to start. 9.30 am meeting in Kingsmeadows car park 7.5 miles /12 km, ascent 164 feet/50 m. Sunday 28 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Yarrowford Circular. A strenuous walk from Yarrowford car park, ascending via Black Andrew to Duchess Drive and Bowhill. Return by Newark Castle. 8.1 miles/13 km, ascent 984 feet/3000 m.

Sunday 28 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Tuesday 10 September : 2-4pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age (TU3A) Our next open meeting is on Tuesday 10th September 2019 from 2pm - 4pm in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall. More details will be included in the September issue of Peebles Life. All members and guests will be welcome. If you would like more information prior to this please visit our website: u3asites.org.uk/tweeddale/home. Or phone the membership secretary 01721722791 We will look forward to meeting you.

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This time of year involves lots of planning for Peeblesshire Youth Trust; preparation for the new academic year in August, scheduling activities for during the summer and organising the final details of our transition programmes for those young people moving from primary to secondary school. We have recently provided training to S6 pupils at Peebles High School who have volunteered to become “buddies” on a 1-to-1 peer mentoring basis for new S1 pupils in August. We work closely with PHS to facilitate this Buddy Up programme and have found it to be a valuable method of support for new S1 pupils at the start of their time at high school. We are fortunate to have many S6 pupils who are full of enthusiasm and have experience of working with young people to enable this programme to be a success. The S6

buddy will be able to help their S1 mentee find their way around the school, join clubs, negotiate the queue in the canteen, or find their guidance teacher, amongst other things – whilst still remembering themselves how daunting those first few weeks at high school can be! We have also been finalising the details of our “Positive Transitions” programme, run jointly by Peeblesshire Youth Trust and Tweeddale Youth Action, from the end of June until the start of September. This programme includes sessions at the Youth Club premises on School Brae in Peebles, as well as an overnight residential at Netherurd. The programme is a way of allowing young people to meet new friends from other areas of Tweeddale, from other primary schools, prior to moving together up to Peebles High School. In the past this has shown to vastly improve the confidence of these young people prior to and during transition, as well as boosting self-esteem and resilience ready for high school. We will soon be holding a special

group activity for some of our supported young people as they reach the end of S1; this group will be celebrating their first successful year at Peebles High School, and some will be moving on from PYT support, so we are marking this with a fantastic group visit to Ryze. Our younger cohort will be getting together once or twice during the summer to have some fun at their group activities, we are keeping everything crossed for sunshine to assist our plans for outside adventures. We are continually grateful to the support of our amazing volunteers; we couldn’t offer such great support to our young people without these stars. We are however always on the lookout for more volunteers, so if you fancy giving something back whilst making an enormous difference to the life of a young person, please do get in touch! To find out more about PYT, our volunteering opportunities or any of our programmes, please contact Sarah Keen at ‘info@ peeblesshireyouthtrust.org’.

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The Big Book Move By Steve Dubé ______________________________________________ Everyone agreed it was a perfect result. Juliet Norris, whose late husband Peter established the annual Peebles Peace and Justice Book Sale in 1987, cut the ribbon at a ceremonial opening of the group’s new book sorting office at Peebles Community Trust’s School Brae Hub. There was music from Peebles pipe maker Julian Goodacre and everyone enjoyed a sip of fizz to celebrate the start of a new era for a sale that has raised some £200,000 over the years for charities working to end conflict across the world or help innocent victims of war.

There’s even a hatch where books can be passed directly into the new sorting office. After being divided into different categories, the books are taken to a store in the County Buildings at Rosetta Road, which has room for some 20,000 books.

The volunteers who organise the sale had been looking for a new office for some weeks. For years they had been able to use the town rugby club’s former exercise room in a former garage on Tweed Green. But now the club needs it back.

This year the sale attracted nearly 1300 customers and raised £8,300 for charities including Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the Mines Action Group and Palestine Children’s Hospital over two days at the Burgh Hall.

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Their Future in our Hands By Steve Dubé ___________________________________________________________

Not long ago, no one could remember the last time there was a demonstration in Peebles. This year there’s already been two, and the young people who took part in a march from Tweed Green to the Burgh Hall last March promised more. Demanding urgent action to tackle climate change, a small but determined group took part in the second school strike on May 24 carrying homemade signs warning that “There is no Planet B” and joining thousands of others across the world. “There are demonstrations like this taking place all over the world today and some governments have declared a climate emergency,” said 11-year-old Priorsford pupil Kyra Burnett-Godfrey, who initiated the Peebles demos by inviting people to take positive action. She and others on the demonstration have taken inspiration from Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg whose lonely vigil outside the Swedish

Parliament eventually attracted media interest and has drawn attention to the threats arising from climate change. Kyra, who carried a banner reading “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”, aims to set up an Eco club at Priorsford School, and says everyone can help combat climate change by choosing to live more sustainably. She said, “I want to get the message out that climate change is really going to effect the world, including us, especially through flooding where we live. We need to act because we’re running out of time. But little changes in lifestyle can make a big difference if everyone chooses to do it.” The sort of changes they want to see include taking fewer airline flights, using the car less, always carrying a shopping bag, taking showers instead of baths, eating less meat and buying food in season. Twelve-year-old Eleanor Milne,

a first year student at Peebles High School, said everyone could do something, but sometimes it takes time. She said, “We’ve been working towards getting our High School away from single use plastic drink containers but we’ve been told that it’s a question of choice and they say they don’t want to take away choice. But it’s not a matter of choice. We want juice fountains instead. We don’t’ need to see everything in single use plastic bottles.

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Peebles Portrait Richard Turton By Steve Dubé

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporty dentist Richard Turton knows that golf is off limits. “Divorce papers would be in the post the next day if I took up golf,” he says. As it is, he’s not often at home in the evenings and weekends. If it’s not coaching youngsters at Borders Triathlon Club, it’s rugby with the Peebles Vets team, kite surfing, cycling or mountain biking, gym training, or coaching disabled swimmers. He even played cricket for the first time in decades the other day. “I’m useless at relaxing,” he says. “I can’t sit still. My mum used to say I had St Vitus’ dance. I struggle to sit and watch a film.” Chatting in the waiting room of his dental surgery in Kingsmeadows Road, it’s a noticeable characteristic. One leg never stops jigging. It’s perpetual motion. You begin to wonder how he keeps still enough when he’s leaning over someone’s open mouth with a drill whirring in his hands. In fact, of course, there’s nothing to worry about if you’re sitting in Richard’s dentist chair in the Kingsmeadow surgery he set up 20 years ago after practical experience in Edinburgh and England. He won awards during his five-and-a-half years of

training in Dundee, where the London-born Richard, who signally failed to light up the classroom at his grammar school, “found I was quite good at doing dentistry.” It might have been very different. With school studies going nowhere – “I just wanted to play football” – Richard’s mum persuaded him to apply for a job with the local authority and become a council employee like his dad. “I hated it. All I did all day was throw elastic bands around. And I also hated that in the council you just progressed by the number of years you had been there. I wanted something where you were in charge of your day. What I did find out there was that I liked dealing with people. When there was a problem on reception they would come and give me a shout to sort it out.” This quality would lead to success inside and outside his surgery. He studied at evening classes for his A-level examinations, came to Scotland so that he could go skiing, and ended up at Dundee University, where he found his neighbours on either side at the halls of residence were studying dentistry. He decided to

investigate. He enrolled in the university’s School of Dentistry, won awards for his work and was voted President of the dental students’ society; “It’s good to know that you get on with your peers,” he observes. “I got to organise social stuff as well. I loved my time at university, the mates I made and the work itself.” University was also where he met local girl Deri, now his practice manager as well as his wife. They got engaged while he was still a student and married a year later. They now have two grown-up daughters, Keziah and Millie. Deri agreed to pretend to be a patient for one of our photographs. He worked for a spell in East Anglia and got to know Peebles because Deri’s sister lived in West Linton, and thought that the town could accommodate another dentist. They were right. After converting the shell of a small house into a surgery it took only six months in 1999 to build up a practice that now employs two receptionists and three nurses. Richard soon got involved in the vibrant sporting world of Peebles and those people skills led him into coaching skiing and swimming to disabled youngsters and those with learning difficulties – something he loves to do. “The kids get so much out of it, and so do we. It’s such a buzz for us as volunteers to see them having such a good time. Some dentists don’t like living where they work. They want to get away from their patients. But I’m the opposite. I’m happy to walk up the street and speak to everyone.” He still plays rugby and enjoyed “unbelievable hospitality” during the Vets team trip to Toulon in

May, though he intimates that there may have been another side to the camaraderie: “They took us out at 8.30am to a wine tasting and a barbeque and then a mayoral reception where there was a bar – all before the game. We were the only team that that got involved with the wine and the bar.” You wonder how (and perhaps why) he copes with competitive rugby after hearing of his sporting injuries – the hip, knees (both) and foot operations. He no longer puts himself through endurance competitions like the triathlons he took up at university. The toughest is called the Ironman Triathlon – a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon (26.22 miles) run, raced in that order and without a break. It’s considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Richard calls it “12 hours of pain”. “People are enthusiastic to do that, but as you get older you are better at the distance events. One of my receptionists does endurance running – starting on Friday morning and finishing on Monday morning. I wouldn’t do that.” Most other sports are fair game though, and he’s recently added kite surfing to his repertoire. You could put it down to Richard’s perpetual motion; something that keeps him fit for any purpose, and spreads the joys and benefits of sport among the wider community, though he likes to point out that it’s not just him who shares his abilities. “One of the best things about Peebles is the amount of volunteering,” he says. “You see it in all the different sports and in things like First Responders and the Beltane. It’s all people putting something back to their community and it’s great.”



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Whatever your age we’ve got classes throughout the summer holidays! Little Stars Summer Dance Camps Pre-School Children

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Contemporary Dance (NEW - starting 2nd July) Tuesday 8.15pm-9.15pm Technique based Contemporary dance promoting flexibility and range of movement. Morning Meltdown Wednesday 10am-10.30am Join Erin Macdonald for this HIIT and Condition Class with high and low impact options. Ballet at the Barre Wednesday 10am-10.55am Traditional movements at the Barre. This class improves co-ordination, balance, posture and muscle-tone. Classical Ballet Wednesday 11am-11.55am Classical Ballet class incorporating sections at the barre, adage and allegro. Line Dancing Friday 10am-10.55am This low-impact, very sociable dance style is fantastic fun! It’s super exercise without feeling like exercise! Absolute Beginners Ballet Friday 11am-11.55am A perfect class for those who’ve never tried Ballet before, but always wanted to…

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Creative Peebles Edinburgh may hog the headlines when it comes to arts festivals in August, but art lovers don’t have to head to the capital to experience all sorts of activities next month. Running for ten days from Friday 23 August to Sunday 1 September Creative Peebles Festival 2019 celebrates the wealth of creative talent found locally, shining a light on the work of artists, musicians, arts groups, film makers and craftspeople found in this most artistic of towns. This year’s festival offers not just a host of indoor performances and workshops but also opportunities to explore the often surprising history, architecture, nature and landscape of Peebles through an expanded programme of walks, talks and tours. The festival opens with the traditional Open Galleries Evening (Fri 23 August, 6 - 9 pm), which sees fourteen different venues – from galleries to hotels, studios to a fishmonger– exhibit the work of a huge number of visual artists. All venues are participating in the week-long Creative Peebles Art Trail and one lucky visitor will win £200 to spend on art. Each visitor will be able to pick up an art trail passport which they have stamped in each gallery they visit. Collect eight stamps and the passport can be entered into a draw for the £200 prize. The Eastgate Theatre’s temporary closure for the refit of the auditorium takes several events and performances out to different venues. The first is Neidpath Castle where Horse McDonald, one of Scotland’s finest singers, will perform an intimate gig in the vaulted Laigh Hall on Friday 23 August.

On Sunday 25 August it is time to break out the high heels, fabulous costumes, smart suits and kilts gather in the Ballroom of Peebles Hydro Hotel for the second Take to the Floor. This strictly style celebration of dance and live music continues the fundraising effort for the second phase of the Eastgate Development.

The traditional Festival Lecture by the Tweeddale Society takes place in the McFarlane Hall (behind The Old Parish Church) on Tuesday 27 August when eminent composer, musician and humanitarian Nigel Osborne will reflect on the life journey that has found him settled in Carlops with its unexpected and inspirational history. The redesigned ground floor of the Eastgate will be open for business. The Anne Younger Studio will stage Nothing Less Than Air (a poet’s variety show) on Saturday 24th, Hands on Herbs on Monday 26th, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody! dance workshop inspired by The Great Gatsby on Saturday 31st and two more dance workshops based on The Greatest Showman on Sunday 1 September. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Clare Prenton leads performances of three instalments from the Memory Jar of scenes, poems and stories that she has been collecting from Peebles residents aged between 59 and 99. The café will be filled with music for the Eastgate Sessions on Sunday 25th and T in the Café on Sunday 1 September. Visitors and locals are invited to explore in and around the town on a number of walks and guided tours taking in Neidpath Castle, Dawyck, Traquair Estate, and Cademuir Hill in the company of Peeblesshire Archaeological Society. And on the streets there will be visual artists and Spy Game characters searching for clues on Saturday 24th touring John Buchan readers on Sunday 25th and Busking musicians on Saturday 31st. The final day of the Festival will be filled with the sound of Mozart as everyone who would like to have a go at singing is invited to form a huge scratch choir working with Peebles Orchestra to learn the magnificent Mozart Requiem during the day and perform it in Peebles Burgh Hall at 7pm in the evening.

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Heat the oil in another pan and cook the peppers, onions, smoked paprika, chorizo and garlic.

Once the peppers are soft add into the pot with the potatoes and continue to cook. Be very gentle as you fold in the pepper mixture, add the chopped herbs and adjust the seasoning.

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Tweeddale Youth Action We held the first BBQ of the season for young people at our Tuesday drop-in in Innerleithen, despite high winds this was enjoyed by all and gave young people the chance to show off their cooking skills obviously inspired by Dave and his Food Punks! Thanks to the (occasionally) better weather, Thursday night young people have been able to be outdoors playing team games and have put staff and volunteers to shame with their energy and abilities. Craft Punks have been occupied designing and making planters from old plastic bottles to further brighten up our newly created outdoor area at the back of Peebles youth club. Thanks to the efforts of Peebles CAN and our young people this area is now an enjoyable place to spend

time and is used every time the youth club is open. It’s a great space for socialising and has been very successfully used for more structured work with our young women’s group. Food Punks have been incredibly busy over the last month, catering lunches, vegetarian events and travelling to Eyemouth for food demonstrations, but the jewel in the crown has to be their labours for Transcend festival. Despite the mud our young volunteers all worked extremely hard and we are very proud of the sterling efforts they put in. Dave would like to send a massive TYA thank you to all those young people who took part, we genuinely couldn’t do it without you. Our Go e-Bike electric bike library continues to go from strength to strength. The e-bikes can now be collected and dropped off Monday to

SUMMER PROGRAMME TRIPS and ACTIVITIES 2019 24th July Craft Punks Photo Competition 29th July Beach Trip Burntisland 3rd August Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5th August Beach Trip 7th August Paddle and Picnic (Peebles)

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 metal work team continue to whip up a storm in our Bike Punks workshop with four of their commissioned cycle route signs being delivered to railway stations this month. The fabrication of storage boxes for our 2 cargo e-bikes is complete and these were tested to the max at Transcend festival. These cargo e-bikes are a brilliant and ecofriendly way to transport goods and are available for hire. Bike Punks are also involved in a largescale top secret project! Watch this space over the following months to discover more. As we hurtle merrily towards summer holiday’s our focus has been on coming up with a summer programme that is fun and gives us the opportunity to explore some new places. Please see dates and times below and pop in to either of our youth clubs to find out more. Youth club drop-in sessions remain: Tuesday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in S2+ Wednesday 6-8pm, Peebles Craft Punks, all ages

8th August Paddle and Picnic (Innerleithen)

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Adam and Eve at Lyne Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society This Spring has seen concerns raised in the local press and in this magazine about the standards of care and maintenance of headstones in Borders cemeteries and graveyards, and the need to steer a course that balances issues of safety and sensitivity and respect. In his ‘Talk of the Town’ article (Peebles Life May 2019), Steve Dubé also highlighted the special attention that historic tombstones and table memorials require in the course of graveyard management – a comment that immediately brought to mind the Archaeological Society’s Lyne Kirk project. In the kirkyard at Lyne there is a beautifully carved memorial to Jannet Veitch who died in 1712, aged only 16. She was the daughter of the local tenant farmer at ‘Hamiltoune’ (modern Hamildean) on the hillside to the north-west. Her gravestone is a particularly fine example of early 18th century symbolic folk art known as an ‘Adam and Eve’ stone, depicting a carved scene of the Temptation in the Garden of Eden. Such stones were once common in the Scottish Lowlands and Borders, but are now all too rare. During the 1980s, the stone had been covered with a perspex box and mounted on an unsuitable concrete plinth. Although well-meant, these measures had begun to do more harm than good and by the early years of this century the memorial was looking very much the worse for wear. Having established that the monument needed increasingly urgent and appropriate conservation to ensure its long-term wellbeing, the Archaeological Society sought professional advice to see what this would involve - ranging from assessment of the present damage and the remedial treatment required through to possible solutions to the problem of its display and interpretation. By coincidence, Archaeology Scotland had then recently launched a national Adopt-a-Monument scheme. As the name suggests, this Scotland-wide scheme was set up with the aim of encouraging heritage groups to engage with sites and monuments of particular local interest. Lyne Kirk - and in particular the Adam and Eve stone – seemed an ideal candidate for such a project and with assistance from the project’s officers, the Society successfully set about raising the funds to undertake the work in 2008-2009. Masterminded by our staunch committee member, the late Maureen Erasmuson, a display panel and

leaflets were created to promote understanding of the history of the Lyne Kirk and to explain the special significance of the Adam and Eve stone. Meanwhile the Edinburgh-based company Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation was commissioned to undertake the work of conserving and redisplaying the ‘Adam & Eve’ stone. Carefully padded for protection, the stone was taken to their studio in Edinburgh for specialist treatment. On completion, the stone was returned to its original location on a new sandstone base within a toughened glass display case and supported by a stainless steel frame. Taken together, these measures have done justice to this remarkable memorial and make a visit to this lovely historic church a much more informative and interesting experience. Acknowledgements The project was undertaken with the help of Rev Nancy Norman and Lyne & Manor Church and in collaboration with Scottish Borders Council; Archaeology Scotland, and above all, Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation. It was funded by Historic Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland) and The National Lottery through Awards for All. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Society’s formation! To celebrate this milestone, we have organised a one-day conference devoted to the Archaeology of Tweeddale, which will be held in the MacFarlane Hall, Peebles on Saturday 19 October. Full details in August issue! Illustration (Peeblesshire Archaeological Society) Jannet Veitch’s memorial after conservation, set in its protective glass display case.

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By Steve Dubé ___________________________________________________________________________________________ day, when the plans were outlined for the first time. On the face of it, proposals by Scottish Borders Council SBC describes these partnerships as “an opportunity for a new playground and skate park in Victoria Park for you to participate in an informal discussion and are good news for Peebles. A skate park was on debate about the challenges and opportunities the bucket list when Peebles Town Action Plan was you see affecting your area”. The council website researched and written in 2016 and a new play area, continues: “Area partnerships look to bring together designed for youngsters between the ages of about key organisations, groups, businesses and individuals seven and 14, will be an excellent new asset. from across the public, private and third sectors and The downside is the loss of seven smaller play areas, from within our local communities to collectively work suitable for young children below the age of seven. together.” The council says these are “obsolete” and little used. Alas, collective working seems to involve fully formed Earmarked for demolition is the small area in Hay plans delivered to a quiescent gathering. It’s difficult Lodge Park and the facilities at Provost Melrose Place, Kingsway, Kingsland Square, Glen Crescent, Eliot’s Park to see quite how that process describes “working together”. The day after the area partnership the and Crossburn Farm Road. It’s all going to cost more proposals were outlined to Peebles Community than £500,000 in total and about £12,000 a year to Council, where members asked why there had been service and maintain. no consultation with the community and questioned It’s good to think that our council makes a priority whether more sustainable wooden structures might for children in its pressurised budget, but less worthy be more suitable for an amenity like Victoria Park than to consider the way this project was announced – the use of metal as proposed. for bald announcement it was. It emerged at last A better way of deciding future playground provision month’s meeting of the community council on June in Peebles – not, incidentally, an issue of great 13 that consultation was limited to the six Tweeddale concern in a town with excellent and well used play councillors, who met at Victoria Park to discuss areas – might be to ask people what they want rather plans drawn up by council officials. The council than present a fait accompli. They might think there acknowledges that the Common Good Trust (the same are bigger issues and more pressing demands on six councillors) has to give permission and then they council spending. Such discussions might usefully be need to get planning consent. Otherwise it’s a done deal. explored in area partnerships that do what they are supposed to do – to the advantage of both the council The first anyone else heard about it was at the and the community. Tweeddale Area Partnership meeting the previous

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Unsung heroes no more InChorus and Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team collaborate on video Peebles choir, InChorus, makes no secret of the fact that it loves to assist charities, especially local ones, so it is with great pleasure they announce their collaboration with Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team. The result is a light-hearted video featuring members of both groups aimed at raising funds for the voluntary rescue organisation. The plot of the film is centred around hapless choir members trying to make their way across hills and valleys to find their new rehearsal venue, only to find themselves in a variety of sticky situations that require the intervention of the rescue team. It’s a fun and entertaining look at the serious and far reaching work undertaken by the voluntary Mountain Rescue Teams, not just in the Tweed Valley but across Scotland and the U.K.. Not only that, but Tom Swift’s film features the wonderful Scottish Borders scenery, all to the singing of this acclaimed choir. The idea came from InChorus Musical Director, Aly Skidmore, who told us, “For some time InChorus has wanted to find a way to support the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and raise awareness of the work they do. The Tweed Valley has a thriving outdoor scene, with thousands visiting our hills and mountain biking centres as well as many national and international events being held on our doorstep. The local rescue team is often in attendance and I was amazed to hear about the commitment of the volunteers and of the breadth of tasks in which they become involved, not only for outdoor events and activities, but also in support of the public on a day to day basis. The team is available round the clock every day of the year to assist people who are lost, missing or injured. They also assist all the other emergency services when necessary. That’s some undertaking!”

She continued, “ I knew there were some classic Motown songs that would suit the project entirely, and by mixing them together in a choral arrangement ‘Tweed Valley Motown Rescue’ was born”. Dave Wright TVMRT’s Team Leader said, “We were delighted to hear from InChorus, and loved Aly’s idea. Our team covers a large area from Edinburgh down to the Northumberland border, and from the A68 in the east over to the Dumfries and Galloway county border in the west. As well as promoting this amazing region, the video draws attention to the wide range of incidents to which the team is regularly called. The charity has been serving the community in this way for 50 years now. We appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate what we do using choir members in full song as our ‘people in distress’.” Filming took place last month in and around Peebles, and the video, which features endorsements of the TVMRT by Tweedlove and Ridelines, has now been uploaded onto YouTube. Aly concluded, “InChorus and the TVMRT thoroughly enjoyed making the video, and we hope the public will delight with it too. We hope, also, that they will be moved to donate to the TVMRT to allow the group to continue with their invaluable and essential work.” For further information about InChorus contact www.inchoruschoir.co.uk, facebook.com/inchorus or Twitter @inchoruschoir For further information about Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue contact press@tweedvalleymrt. org.uk

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Cool as a cucumber After a cool start to the summer things are beginning to heat up a little, even although the sun is not shining all the time the temperature is definitely rising. Last year we were so lucky to have a long spell of fine weather fingers crossed it will happen again this year.

• Keep hydrated drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise

The only problem is because we don’t always get a lot of hot weather here in Scotland, we are not always prepared for it especially exercising in the heat. This in turn can put some people off they don’t like getting red faced and sweaty and feeling hot, so they shy away from physical activity. I often find that if they do stop their usual exercise routine, they may find it difficult to restart it again if at all. The answer may be to change what you usually do but keep some kind of exercise ie going for a walk later in the day when it is cooler.

• Listen to your body, if you feel sick or dizzy you need to stop as this may be the start of heat exhaustion or worse. Pay attention to any changes at all

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Let’s hope for a fantastic long summer but at the same time keeping our cool.

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• Wear correct clothing, the gear you may wear in the winter may cause you to overheat in the summer, wear light breathable cotton • Try a water sport, the water here is always guaranteed to cool you down. • Don’t forget a good sunscreen! • Buy a fan if working indoors


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Peebles Silver Band At the time of writing we are not aware if we have been successful in winning anything from the Scottish Borders Council’s recent Localities Bid Fund but we take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us in our attempts to replace some of our older instruments for the benefit of our Youth Band and ultimately for the benefit of the Senior Band too. This has been a busy time for the Band with us trying to get our marching feet and lungs back into action at the Penicuik Gala Day Parade. This was followed by our own highly successful Concert at the end of May. The star of our Concert was 15 year

old Phoebe Hibbert who gave us the notorious Cornet Solo “Zelda” – quite a feat but all those hours of practice certainly paid off. Other Soloists on the night included Kevin Smith on Eb Horn, (The Lark in the Clear Air), Donna Hamilton on Soprano (Send in the Clowns) and Rhona Musgrave on Euphonium with one of her dad’s favourite songs “The Road and the Miles to Dundee”. This excellent arrangement was written specifically for Rhona by Borders music composer and arranger, Alan Fernie. Another highlight was the Horn Section standing to play Hey Jude – I’m sure you will hear this more often over the summer months. Thanks to Heather for her comments on Facebook which include - “Such an enjoyable and varied programme .. just a joy to listen to… you really deserve a

larger audience….really enjoyable evening”. Biggar Gala Day was another great success and we are not the only ones pleased that the sun shone this year for them. Immediately thereafter we were into the Beltane Week – with Monday night being our only night off this year. Our picture shows some of our youngsters enjoying an ice cream after competing in the “Band Race” at the Beltane Sports. They are joined by our very own Andrew Napier, this year’s Cornet Elect. He obviously preferred to ride a horse along the High Street than play a Trombone at the front of the Band !!!!!

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High summer – the proving point of the whole garden year: fresh vegetables, soft fruit and herbs from the plot with plenty of apples, pears and plums in another few weeks, and fulsome borders, crowded with flowers and more on the way! Look along the beds and borders now: it is easy to spot gaps, disappointing combinations, mad invaders and two-week wonders. To maintain interest for longer with less effort, plant the spine of the border with long-flowering species, interspersed with short-term things like oriental poppies, lilies and alliums (to hide their messy leaves). Try to position plants that last a short time where they will provide fresh interest when early-flowering perennials have finished. For example, some mid-season, butter yellow lilies emerging through a planting of blue geraniums. Establish the rhythm and repetition of your planting in the middle ranks; this is a strategy for increasing impact and creating cohesion. Remember to use fewer kinds of plants and more of them. Flower shape establishes repetition too: spires and spikes always attract attention. Try veronica or veronicastrum, persicaria, cimicifuga, digitalis or an upright grass like calamagrostis Karl Foerster. Some good long-season flowers are achilleas, hemerocallis, alstroemeria, aster, lychnis, nepeta, oenethera, osteospermum, penstemon and scabious. Nepeta and osteospermum can also be used for the same reason at the front of the border combined with other good front edge plants like heuchera, potentilla, violas and stachys byzantina. Achilleas have flat-headed flowers in a wide range of hues and delicate, ferny foliage. They increase on dry soil in sunshine but languish in the shade and damp. Hemerocallis accepts varying amounts of light and damp and also has a wide range of flower colours. They have strappy foliage which makes a strong contrast with any other shape of leaf. Clumps should be divided every two or three years to maintain good flowering. Split up bad colour combinations and re-locate them to better effect. For example, pink and yellow combinations – so much depends on tone: cerise and lime okay, gold and flannel pink, not so much. Avoid planting mauve-blue and turquoise-blue flowers together; they just diminish each other. Only tolerate mad invaders if you have the time and energy to stay on top of it. For example, persicaria campanulata and lysimachia are excellent plants, but they increase dramatically. Many campanulas spread by underground runners and seed so choose them carefully. Euphorbias can make massive clumps so they may need to be reduced every spring. Plants that gently self-seed can be useful but getting rid of alchemilla between paving stones is hard work! Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com

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Meet & Make - free craft class for people living with dementia Please note, all the groups/activities highlighted above in yellow will likely not operate during the School/Summer holidays. Also now find our official presence on Facebook - just search Peebles Community Centre to find our group pages easily.

Group Focus Yoga Classes Pregnancy Yoga Birth preparation classes blending Yoga poses, breathing, meditation techniques and relaxation with lots of information and practical guidance to support women through pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. Suitable from 14wks to due date. Friday’s @ Drill hall, Peebles7.15pm – 8.30 pm Mum and Baby Yoga Classes combining baby yoga and postnatal yoga in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where Mums and babies share yoga together. Babies are delighted with fun yoga movement & touch, use of props along with simple songs and rhyme which you can use in everyday life with your baby. For mums, yoga stretches and movements to promote healing and help move you on to more intense exercise. Suitable for babies from 8 wks to confident crawling. Monday’s @ Drill hall, Peebles – 10am – 11.20am (includes time for cuppa- social time) Next block starts 2nd September For more info: Tel: Caroline @ 07958668135. Email: caaspence@yahoo.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/ carolinespenceyoga/


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Peebles Rugby Club Scarily, although I said in the Club’s last article that we’d ‘take a break’ for a few months, only one month has been missed before you hear from us again. The summer break is therefore getting shorter and shorter! This coming season, the ‘So Stobo’ sponsored Peebles 1stXV will continue to take part in Tennent’s National League Division Two, kicking off their competitive season away to Gordonians on 7th September. The ‘Reds’ (Peebles 2nd’s) will continue in the Tennent’s East Reserve Leagues, while the Colts and Under 16’s, as well as playing in their respective Border Leagues, will compete in the Mitsubishi Warrior Borders Conference alongside the rest of the town’s youth teams from the High School, the S1’s, S2’s and Under 15’s. The mini rugby element of the Club, The Pirahas, continue to go from strength to strength and will carry on their usual fixture list against other like minded clubs, as well as welcoming many to the Gytes and Whitestone for their annual tournament in September. Before that however, there is a huge weekend of rugby coming up in the first weekend in August, with a Festival of Sevens. The weekend will kick off on the Friday evening with an Under 16’s tournament, welcoming the Under 16 sides from the rest of the Borders. Saturday sees the main event with the Peebles leg of the ‘Kings of the Sevens’ senior sevens tournament. The curtain comes down on Sunday with the Semi-Junior (U18) Sevens. On the Sunday morning we also hope to hold a Clan Rugby/TriRugby All abilities rugby taster session. More details on all these events will be available shortly but should you be interested in supporting the event in any way, from sponsoring the Under 16’s Trophies, a sponsors table on the Saturday, or in any other way, please get in touch. Finally, we will again hold a series of summer camps over July and August. These will be three mornings at each agegroup and while open to anyone who plays rugby, these will be particularly good for any child wishing to try the game for the first time. The dates for these are below and more details can be received by contacting myself on youthrugby@peeblesrfc.org. Dates Week beginning 15th July Week beginning 22 July Week beginning 5th August Week beginning 12th August

Agegroup (Academic year 2019/2020) P4 & P5 Boys and Girls P6 & P7 Boys and Girls P6 to S2 Girls Only New S1 Boys

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.

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P Grandison Funeral Director


Xanadu Beauty Clinic


DSH Joinery


Peebles Art Group Exhibition


Yellow Cab Co


Dustbusters of Penicuik


Peebles Carpets


Enhance Support & Care


Peebles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services


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

Visit us online at www.peebleslife.com

01721 721722 01721 721374


“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 July 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles, Scottish Borders

Peebles Life July 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles, Scottish Borders


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