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Issue 167

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August 2019


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Welcome to the August edition of Peebles Life. By the time you read this we will have a new Prime Minister, and BREXIT will be back leading the news broadcasts every day as we hurtle to an exit of some sort in October. I think it is safe to say that the rest of this year will be challenging! We have kept our “politics” much more local, and this month the Big Issue looks at the Scottish Governments refusal to accept Scottish Borders Council Strategic Develop Plan, something many people in Peebles will be pleased to see. However, the reason used by the government for this (a lack of consideration to transport infrastructure) is, in our opinion, only one of the issues with the plan. The primary reason must surely be that the council believe that over 90% of all new housing in the Borders should be in Peebles (948 houses), whilst no proper provision is being given to support the infrastructure of the town to cope with this (High School, Health Centre etc.). It seems that some of our local councillors have hardly been fighting hard for the well-being of our town. It is good to see that some local environmental campaigns are being promoted in this months magazine. The Plastic in Peebles initiative, which is being driven by Plastic Free Borders, and a group of local organisations is trying to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used in the town. Various shops and cafés are involved in offering incentives to customers who get involved. Change Works are also launching a campaign to get new parents to shift to using reusable nappies, and are offering heavily discounted starter packs. We have an article on a wonderful new activity for youngsters, local volunteers have set up “Watch out for the Tweedies” an alphabetical treasure hunt, where children have to find to stone faces hid around the park.

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Issue 16

Big Issue


What’s on in August


Peebles Pensioners Association


Bonnie Peebles


Peebles Portrait - Caroline Adam


Peeblesshire Community Trust Update


Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


Watch out for the Tweedies


Intertwined: All Around the Forest Grew


Tweeddale Rideability Group News


First Aid - children and burns


Political Page - Cllr Heather Anderson


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


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Notes on Tower Houses


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The Peebles Portrait this month is of Caroline Adam, well known to many in the town as the indefatigable General Manager of the Eastgate Theatre, the cultural hub of the town. The Eastgate is currently undergoing a major redevelopment (the café will reopen this month).

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Peebles Community Centre


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We also have an article on one of my favourite topics, and a true hidden gem of borders history. Tower Houses are the historic spine of the Borders, originally they were built by local families to protect themselves and their livestock from the constant raiding in the region, and then they went on to become the early warning system to alert Edinburgh of an English Invasion (each had a beacon that could be lit on the roof). Our little part of Tweeddale is rich in them, with 11 in walking distance of the town.

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Finally, as you would expect, we have all our usual columns, society and group updates and calendar of events. Please remember if you would like to cover your local group or society, there is no charge, get in touch and let us know what you are up to.


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Big Issue By Steve Dubé ______________________________________________ Development in Peebles has effectively proceeded at an unrestrained pace since the turn of the century, with the biggest expansion of housing since the arrival of the railways in the mid-19th century. The railway converted Peebles from a soporific country town – “as quiet as Peebles or the grave” in the opinion of one early 19th century wit – into a busy mill town, with an attendant increase in housing for mill workers. It was an economic and social shot in the arm. But what’s happened since the turn of the century has been an outward expansion of the town footprint through an unsustainable increase in housing, with large estates effectively creating town suburbs. Work has begun on the latest housing estate – 71 homes at South Park – that was given planning consent despite local opposition on the casting vote of a councillor who said he knew the roads could cope with the extra traffic because he used them 30 years ago. Employment, meanwhile, is in short supply. Peebles is left with a low-wage economy where jobs are found almost entirely in the retail and hospitality, while educational, health and social care infrastructures are stressed. Sixty per cent of people with jobs leave the town every morning. The road network remains largely as first developed for the horse and cart. Peebles Community Council and Civic Society, and more recently their joint creation, Peebles Community Trust, have been telling local authorities about this for years without, it seems, managing to find a voice anywhere as loud as that of commercial housing developers that see Peebles only as a place to make a profit. So the latest SESplan – the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for Edinburgh and South East Scotland – is important for Peebles as it aims to establish, among other things, how much land is needed for development and where it should be located during the next 20 years. Experience shows that such plans are indicative rather than prescriptive: additional large scale development sites can appear out of nowhere (like March Street Mill), but documents like SESplans engage government and council officials for years, and we pay them to do it, so maybe we should take account of what emerges. The first SDP covering 2009 to 2032 was approved by Scottish Ministers in June 2013. Not so long ago, you might think. But a new SDP – Sesplan2 – was submitted to Scottish Ministers for examination two years ago. In May the Ministers rejected it, but not because the projected scale of new housing development in settlements like Peebles is unsustainable. Instead it was because “strategic transport infrastructure issues” were

7 not properly considered, which Ministers said, reflected badly on strategic planning for South East Scotland as a whole. The government’s chief planner John McNairney said the plan “does not properly acknowledge and address the region’s infrastructure constraints to support the spatial strategy for delivering housing land across the area.” His dense words did not, alas, endorse what we in Peebles have been saying about the infrastructure for years, because he added by way of further explanation: “Ministers do not consider that it is acceptable to approve the plan as to do so would be to adopt a spatial strategy which is not supported by an adequate assessment of the transport impacts or by an adequate strategy to mitigate its impact on the strategic transport network.” In plainer words, Mr McNairney is saying that the effects of new housing developments on the main roads of south-east Scotland have not been properly assessed. Not a word about the other issues. Presumably, the Scottish government is aware that SBC has identified areas in and around Peebles where a total of 948 new homes could be built in the not-too-distant future. If that happens, Peebles would be swamped with even more new houses with no planned increase in employment opportunities, educational, health and care facilities, let alone proposals for a sustainable response to the challenges of climate change. As for employment opportunities, SESplan2 identifies six business clusters, with the new Borders Railway the focus for economic growth that will be based on business services, food and drink and tourism. Throughout the document the emphasis is on growth, with cross-border cooperation involving Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Carlisle, Cumbria and Northumberland Councils delivering infrastructure improvements, better transport and communication links, economic growth and employment opportunities in rural areas of southern Scotland and northern England. These are fine words, but perhaps finer ones would be a paragraph or two on how the area is going to face up to the issues that we know are coming. Aside from the social impacts of increased housing, it may be that economic growth – and employment – in the not-toodistant future will be based on measures to deal with climate change. It took the six planning authorities in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders four years to prepare the SESplan2 guide to planning decisions across the region. They have now been told to look at it again, but only to see how growth will affect the main road network. It’s a pity that all that time and money spent creating the document, and the two years spent by the government checking it line by line, have failed to recognise, let alone address, most of the challenges we know that we face now and in the coming decades.

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What’s on in August?

A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com. Sunday 4 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Leader Water Circular. A moderate walk from Earlston War Memorial, taking the Diamond Jubilee Path to Leaderfoot and returning by Leader Water with views of Cowdenknowes. 5.6miles/ 9km, ascent, 656 feet/200m. Sunday 4 : 2-4pm Open Day at Fiona Henderson School of Dance, see page 17.

Wednesday 7 : 7.30pm Quiz Night in aid of Inspiring Life: Evie Douglas Memorial Fund, Green Tea Hotel. Teams of up to 6 people. Tickets £6, include supper. Tickets from Green Tree Bar or contact Freda 01721 723244. See page 9. Thursday 8 : 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www.peeblescommunity.org.

Regular Events Monday and Wednesday : 10am - 4pm Peebles and District Men’s Shed are open in our premises within Peebles Community Hub on School Brae. Enter via the main door on School Brae and follow the signs. Membership is free and is open to all from age 18 upwards. There are no set activities. Tell us what you want to do and we will try and accommodate it. 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 : 10am 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 Sunday 11 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Gladhouse Resevoir Circular. A moderate walk from layby on Moorfoot Road, via Toxside Moss, Gladhouse Resevoir, Maudslie and Huntly Cottage. 8.1 miles/13 km, ascent 427 feet/130 m. Sunday 11 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Wednesday 14 : 7pm Friends of Kailzie Wild life invite you to a talk by Philip Munro on the five year project to promote the re-introduction of Golden Eagles into The Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. Come along to hear how this work to reintroduce these magnificent birds is being managed at The Osprey Centre in Kailzie Garden. All welcome, entry by donation. Saturday 17: 12-4pm Eshiels Community Wood Open Day. A second opportunity to explore the seven-hectare (17.2 acres) of woodland alongside the River Tweed about a mile and a half from the town. A shuttle bus will operate throughout the day from School Brae, while cyclists and walkers can reach it along the multi-use path from Peebles, which goes through the wood. The Open Fay will include activities such as Bush Crafts and Forest Schools for younger people, expert-led guided tours, music and a special Interactive Art Installation. Sunday 18 : **Tweeddale Ramblers. Summer outing to North Berwick, members only. Saturday 24 : 2-5pm Peebles Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Flower Show, in the Community Centre (Drill Hall), Walkershaugh. There are 5 Sections in the Show: Beginners - for anyone who has not exhibited before or for more than 3 years, Open Section - fruit, vegetables, flowers and pot plants Industrial - Preserves, baking and handicraft, Floral Art - and Children’s - open to children in Peeblesshire, with age sections - 3-5, 6-10, 11-13 and 14-17 years. There will be Teas with home baking and a Raffle. Schedules are available from Forsyth’s, Scott

Brothers, Harbro, or for more details and information, Anne Dodds - 01721 722491. Sunday 25 : 10am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Dunslair Heights Circular. A strenuous walk from Kingsmeadows car park to Soonhope and Shieldgreen. Ascend to Dunslair Heights and return by Caresman, Kittlegairy and Soonhope. 1 9.3 miles/15 km, ascent 1660 feet/ 506m. Sunday 25 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Sunday 25: 12-4pm March Street Mill Allotments Association invites everyone to its annual Open Day, with sales of produce and flowers and a hamper guess-theweight competition, all in aid of the local branch of Riding for the Disabled in this, the charity’s Centenary Year. Tesco is providing free refreshment with tea and coffee and fruit for youngsters. Saturday 31 : 10-11am Liberal Demochat — The Park Hotel, Peebles. Do you care about Scotland’s place in the world, climate change and other issues? Meet and chat with other liberally minded folk. Promoted by Ross McKelvie on behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, 4 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR. Saturday 31 : 2 - 4pm Wayside Market: to take place in the gardens of Kirkton Manor House. Stalls with produce, plants, home baking, crafts and bric-a-brac; pony and trap rides; games; cream teas. Entry: £2 (children free). Proceeds to Lyne and Manor Church.

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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Peebles Pensioners Association Going on past experience of most of our past Summer trips, the weather in July has usually been more like November, so this year for our summer trip we headed to Glasgow to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, where it didn’t really matter what the weather would be like. And true to form it was overcast and raining when 32 of us set off for Glasgow. Some of us had been to Kelvingrove before, whilst for others, this was their first time there. We all enjoyed a lovely wander around the museum and art gallery, a welcome break for lunch, more wandering and a wee bit of retail therapy in the gift shop! We all had a wonderful day out at Kelvingrove and on

behalf of the members of the Pensioners, I would like to thank Rob, our driver from BARC for taking such good care of us on the day. We are now looking forward to our annual Afternoon Tea in mid-August at the Green Tree, before the meetings start again in mid-September. Membership of Peebles Pensioners Association remains closed and we continue to operate a waiting list. If you are interested in joining the Pensioners when a place becomes available, please contact the Secretary (details below) for a Membership Application Form.

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Peebles Portrait

Caroline Adam By Steve Dubé

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------“It’s having a dream and using your imagination and getting people together and doing it,” says Caroline Adam, general manager of Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre. Her observation applies as much to the founding of the theatre in the first decade of the 21st century as to the current £480,000 refurbishment and improvements she is managing from temporary accommodation at 23 High Street. Caroline stepped up to the post in the spring of 2008, four years after the centre opened as the fulfilment of a dream imagined by a handful of arts enthusiasts, who got people together in 1991 to do the hard work of creating a regional centre for artistic performance and participation. In some ways, it’s the job she didn’t know she wanted as a youngster growing up in Edinburgh, and the years of journalism and auditorium development and management in the succeeding years were the ideal apprenticeship. “I didn’t know what I want to do, but I couldn’t face the idea of working in an office. That would be dull," she says. Having done mostly science subjects at school, she studied philosophy and English literature at university and social science at post-graduate

level, at which point she came to realise that she wanted to work in communications. So she ended up in an office and found out that she was right: it was dull. Glasgow University publications office did not detain her long, though she says it taught her about the importance of deadlines. Soon she was helping to set up a European Commission office in Edinburgh – another office job, though she says, “I got a trip to Brussels out of it.” It also helped make contacts with the media, and when the BBC advertised jobs on its new Radio Scotland station, Caroline joined the news team. “That was my favourite thing. I was more interested in the spoken word that visual images.” It was back in the days of Lunchtime O’Booze, with wine in the day and drinks oiling late-night discussions about news reporting and radio – completely different from today’s media environment. “I’m not sure how we survived, but I feel very fortunate to have been in at that time with a lot of fantastic colleagues. I went to amazing places and met amazing people. I'm still a bit of a news junkie, and I don't understand people who don't read the news now. It must be so boring." In 1983 she set up the community

station Radio Tweed in Selkirk. It was her first job in charge, which she remembers being similar to the Eastgate enterprise – involving volunteers who wanted to do something by giving a voice to their community. "It was brilliant. It was a great way to get to know the whole territory – a lot of driving around country roads and getting back in time for the news programme.” She has family links with the Borders. One grandfather grew up in Eshiels, and another was an auctioneer who travelled down for sales for half a century. "There was a sense that there were family roots that I was following.” After three years it was back to the city. Spells followed as Assistant Head of Radio Scotland and Managing Editor in Scotland, either side of a stint in television. The arrival of John Birt as BBC Director-General in 1992 taught Caroline something else that informs her work at the Eastgate. “He said we were making a product that costs so much and needs to be set against the targets that have been set. You have to look within your budget. You have to ask, is this what people want to hear? “I was always interested in what came out of the radio. It’s a bit like theatre – it can be a

transformational moment. You can hear something that makes you explore something that you did not know you were interested in. It can take you to a place that you did not know about before.” By now she felt it was time to move on. She had been 20 years with the BBC, her twin daughters were about to go to university, and she thought it was time to enjoy some freedom. She decided to look for freelance opportunities and soon found herself representing musicians in the creation of a home base for the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the classical 19th century “but somewhat ramshackle” shoebox auditorium of the Glasgow City Halls. The £10m project produced “one of the best orchestral venues in Scotland”, which Caroline says was achieved by paying attention to the advice of an acoustics expert and the 80 orchestral players. "Eastgate Theatre is nothing like as complicated, but when you draw up the programme, you start with present interests, with who will use it regularly – Music in Peebles, Tweed Theatre, dance groups, the Tweeddale Society. Before you write anything else in, you must protect these.” Caroline came to the Eastgate after two years with the Scottish Borders Community Orchestra doing concerts and setting up music groups (she plays the piano and sometimes alto-saxophone). She was appointed to succeed Joanna Thomson, who, she says, “stepped into the breach in 2006 and stabilised the enterprise while discussions were going on about funding. I was lucky to come in after that and have a little bit more freedom and that experience to draw on.” Eastgate theatre always was, she says, “a leap of faith and imagination”. She commends those involved from the early

1990s and praises the late Anne Younger, former chair of the theatre board and later a volunteer, as “a wonderful person who was really kind and generous to me when I came in”. This year’s leap of faith and imagination will lead to the theatre reopening at the beginning of December, but the café will reopen in the middle of August. In some ways that in itself will launch the new era. She says, “Eastgate is not just about the arts. It’s about community, society, the individual and a place where they can come together and talk. The purpose of our café is to provide a place where you can feel enlightened, or just enjoy the freedom of the space, whether you have decided to buy a ticket or not. There are fewer public spaces than there used to be, and they are very important." Eastgate could barely function without an active Friends of

Eastgate group and a team of dependable volunteers, and Caroline loves the way people in Peebles join in things. "They take part in stuff. People feel that they enjoy being in the community, and they want to give something back." And the future for Eastgate Theatre? “The first 15 years was going from baby to the verge of teenager in an organisational sense. We’ve still got some teenage years to go through before it matures into something we would want it to be. Change is a slow burn. We have Anne Younger's words in the studio we've named after her: 'Imagine what this place can become.' That is still the process. You have your dream and your ideal to start with, and then you become more pragmatic, but nothing is static. You always have to move on and explore new possibilities." It sums up Caroline’s own story as well as the Eastgate dream.


Peebles Community Trust Update Peebles Community Trust expects to learn this month whether it has been successful in its application for funds to buy the former Ex-Servicemen’s Club in School Brae. PCT has been occupying and managing the building since the beginning of this year following an agreement with the administrators French Duncan and club members. The club, which opened its door for the first time in January 1923 in the former Templers Hall, folded in August last year. The arrangement meant that the town’s ExServicemen’s Pipe Band was able to move back to its home base, and the Peebles and District Men’s Shed was able to put an end to an 18-month search for premises. Now known as the School Brae Hub, the building also accommodates a sorting office for the annual Peace and Justice Book Sale and has been revived as a popular venue for community events. Finalising purchase of the site will enable PCT to make progress on a programme of improvement and adaptation, including improved kitchen and toilet facilities.

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PCT is delightful to report that it has received an anonymous donation of £5,000 towards the wood, where the management group plans to combine community ownership with biodiversity and sustainable woodland techniques such as coppicing.

PCT is partnering Peebles Community Council (PCC) in a survey of local opinion of Scottish Borders Council’s plans to close seven small play areas in the town and build a new play park, skate park and playing pitch in Victoria Park.

Judging is already underway to select the winners in the annual PCT/PCC Peebles in Bloom competition, with a new category of vegetable garden/ allotment to add to last year’s eight sections.

Bonnie Peebles is now operating under the PCT umbrella and is looking for more volunteers to join the enthusiastic team that help maintains the magnificent flower borders around town – work that contrasts with SBC’s plans to replace the borders it maintains with low-maintenance shrubs.

The new Peebles Cycling without Age group is looking to work with PCT following the success of its bid for funds to buy its first Trishaw – a three-wheel cycle with a two-seat passenger cab out front.

The new group, the third of its kind in Scotland, is now looking to buy and second Trishaw. The group aims to combat isolation among elderly people by offering regular outings around town.

March Street Mill allotment holders are inviting everyone to their annual Open Day on August 25, when the gates will be open from 12 noon to 4pm. The future now looks secure for the allotments following the decision of the Scottish Government Planning Reporter to reject proposals to build houses on the site.

The plot holders will offer their (mostly organic) produce for sale in aid of Tweeddale Riding for the Disabled, which will, also benefit from a Hamper competition. Refreshments are also available.

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PCT has outline proposals to develop the site for a 24/7 supported care facility, affordable housing, enterprise and training workshops and green space as well as maintaining the former workers’ allotments. If the Scottish Government approves the application, PCT will have the right to purchase the 5.5-acre site should owners Moorbrook decide to sell.

Eshiels Community Wood, the first PCT acquisition in a £40,000 Community Asset Transfer from the Forestry Commission, held its first Open Day in June and stages a second event on August 17 as part of this year’s Community Land Week – Scotland’s national celebration of community landowners. Nearly 50 communities, from Orkney and John O’ Groats in the north to the Mull of Galloway in the south, are opening their doors – or gates – during the week. A free shuttle bus will again operate from the School Brae Hub from 12 noon

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News Our summer kicked off with a lovely generous gesture from A Gift for Peebles, who chose our Christmas Hamper programme as one of the charities to benefit from their first year of donations. Christmas may seem a long way off (!) – but it does take months of planning to co-ordinate our delivery of over 100 hampers each December. We received a visit from Angie and Marion armed with Forsyth’s vouchers, which together with support from other organisations including the Leckie Church, will ensure that each hamper this Christmas contains a £10 Forsyth’s voucher. For this, and the support of all organisations both now and closer to Christmas time, we are extremely grateful. Our Positive Transitions programme with Tweeddale Youth Action began last month with an introductory session held at the Youth Club in Peebles. This was well attended by pupils finishing

Primary 7 across many of the Tweeddale primary schools, so everyone was able to make new friends as we explored Peebles for a special Street Bingo session up to Peebles High School and around the High Street. As this edition of Peebles Life goes to print, we will be enjoying an overnight residential with the young people on our Positive Transitions programme, hosted by Pentland Activity Camp at Netherurd. We hope the sun will be shining as we pitch our tents and enjoy some paddling in the burn, games of rounders, outdoor cooking and den building, to enhance the teamwork skills of our young people and build confidence with new peer groups prior to starting High School after the summer holidays. All of our programmes are made possible by the invaluable work of local volunteers; in the 10 years’ since the inception of Peeblesshire Youth Trust, we have been supported by somewhere in the region of 350 volunteers! To celebrate 10 years of PYT, which gained charitable status in 2009, we are hosting an informal gathering at St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 30th

August, 6-8pm. We would like to extend an invitation to any previous volunteers to join our celebration – please do contact us (details below) for more information, we would welcome the opportunity to celebrate with you. Peeblesshire Youth Trust works across Tweeddale to support young people aged 10-14 years, to grow in confidence and self-esteem. The charity engages with all primary schools in the area and with Peebles High School. The Trust facilitates workshops, group activities and one-to-one mentoring to offer guidance to young people to enable them to achieve their potential. We are enormously grateful for the support of our army of volunteers; we are however always on the lookout for more volunteers, so if you can spare a couple of hours’ a month, and 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’ or telephone 07957 383663.

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The Tweedies are here, and they invited some friends. Tweedies A-Z have taken up residence in some of the trees at Hay Lodge Park in a wacky enterprise dreamed up by Beltane and Callants regular John Falla, egged on by fellow Gutterbluid Society member Drew Fraser. John Falla’s naughty stone-faced stealers have nicked the names of local children, who must find the Tweedies who’ve pinched the letters of their names in order to get them back. And John’s warned the kids that they should look out for some visitors to Peebles that the Tweedies have invited to join them during the next few weeks. Who knows what Ewan from Islay and farmer Jocky will get up to, and how many mates they’ll bring along. "It's a bit of fun, and it's a way of encouraging the children to get out and about during the summer holidays," says John. He’s been picking up smoothly rounded stones in an idle sort of way for some time and adding plastic “eyes” from haberdashery shops. He even sold a few stones faces at a charity coffee morning, but a storybook he read to his grandson gave him an idea. “The tale was about monsters stealing children’s names, so I thought I might make an alphabetical treasure hunt for children where they can try to find the letters of their name.” Encouraged by his fellow Gutterbluids Society member Drew Fraser, John invented the Tweedies and painted a letter of the alphabet on most of them. “It took a great deal of persuading the Common Good Committee, which owns Hay Lodge Park and I was worried that it might not happen,” he says.

The committee was concerned about possible health and safety implications and insurance, so John contacted Bonnie Peebles, which is insured through Peebles Community Trust. Everyone agreed, so John and Drew went around the park, giving each Tweedie a home. “We have agreed that in the interests of safety we’ll have a maintenance programme. I will go around every Monday and make sure they are still glued in place,” he says. “We had a laugh after we had put them up. Drew said how, will you know where you put them. I said no problem, but I only found 23 and we’d put up 26 – the letters of the alphabet – and a few blanks as well.” John used his extensive contacts in the town to spread the story as a way of encouraging children to indulge in outdoor educational recreation. All three primary schools warned their pupils about the Tweedies out to steal their names, and how to get them back. "The response has been great, and we think there may be more to come from the Tweedies," says John. Children should look out for Jocky and his friends at the Agricultural Show in Cardrona on August 24, while Ewan is expected at the Highland Games n Hay Lodge Park on September 7. John offers a hint: “Look out for his tartan flag.”


Intertwined: And All Around The Forest Grew Two workshops that complement the exhibition on show at the Chambers Institution in Peebles: ‘Intertwined: And All Around The Forest Grew’ runs from Saturday 20 July to Saturday 28 September. Leading Scottish textile artists Alison King and Rosemary Campbell take inspiration from the beautiful local forests, tracing their ancient history through hunting and cultivation to their use in modern day mountain biking. Branching Out With Rosemary Campbell

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Tweeddale Rideability Group (RDA) News The Tweeddale Rideability Group had a busy summer term with eighteen participants on Mondays and twelve on Saturdays. Having had a very sad year last year, losing four of our much loved ponies, we have been getting to know our new ponies, three of whom we bought from the RSPCA. Three lucky children took part in the Junior Beltane Ride in June which was very exciting for them. We took two ponies and four riders to our Regional Dressage competition at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre at Ecclesmachan and we were very excited that Alexander Clark qualified to go the National Championships at Hartpury College near Gloucester in July. Alexander has recently returned from the Championships where he was placed third

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Brexit and the Borders When you read this article, Boris Johnson will be the UK Prime Minister. A Halloween Brexit will be 2 months away. Writing in July, predictions are precarious. Will Westminster have held no confidence votes in the Tory Government? Will another General Election or EU confirmatory referendum have been called? Will we be hurtling towards a Boris Brexit or will we have realised that No Deal on Thursday means negotiating a worse deal on Friday? What will be undoubtedly true is that many farms, institutions and businesses in the Borders will be numb with the ongoing uncertainty. We know that confidence in farming is at an all-time low. A recent survey by the National Farmers Union, Scotland, said farmers had already faced increased feed costs and labour shortages and 77% of them expect exports to be hit, costs to increase and labour shortages to worsen. We already know that the south of Scotland needs 800 new workers to relocate here every year in order for our rural economy to stand still. We need people to work on our farms, in our universities, schools and colleges and in our health and social care sectors. Scottish Borders Council needs inward migration to keep our small towns vibrant, our businesses in business and our nurseries and primary schools open. For the first time in 16 years, the population of Scotland has reduced and without freedom of movement or, alternatively, control over our own migration policy, we could be facing a workforce shortfall of 500,000.

Scotland voted to stop Brexit As a councillor, I am acutely aware of how bad Brexit is for the Borders. In May I was lucky enough to be one of the 6 SNP European candidates. I was delighted to be part of team who returned 4 Remain supporting Members of the European Parliament, 3 SNP and 1 Lib Dem. We again delivered a strong remain vote from Scotland. As in the 2016 EU Referendum, every local authority in Scotland voted to remain and my party, the SNP, secured the highest share of a regional vote anywhere in Western Europe. Being an outward looking, European nation is central to the SNP’s vision of our future Scotland. We are party of civic, not ethnic, nationalism. We align ourselves with progressive, environmental policies and are fully

committed to a human rights-based approach. We also do very well within the EU. Scotland secures 10% of all the European funding for scientific research and produces 12% of all the research undertaken in the UK. We have 35% of Europe’s renewable resources in wind and tidal power. Our food and drink industry and our farmers successfully export to the EU and the EU protects our domestic market from imports of cheap, less-regulated food. The EU ban imports of hormone injected beef, and chlorinated chicken. A Brexit Britain, in hock to the USA, puts our farming and NHS are at risk. So, although the issues facing us are grave, the majority of Scots completely understand that Brexit is bad for Scotland. More and more are beginning to believe that Scotland could thrive as an independent country in Europe. Each of you, over the next couple of months, needs to reflect on where you think Scotland’s best future lies. The Scottish Government have worked tirelessly over the last three years to promote compromise and protect the UK’s position. Now we have no choice but to protect Scotland’s interests. You wouldn’t and shouldn’t expect less of us. It is now time for you to consider joining us, so we can build a new Scotland together.


The Archaeology of Tweeddale Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Society. To celebrate this milestone, we are holding a one-day public conference devoted to The Archaeology of Tweeddale. In a series of short papers, invited speakers – all experts in their fields - will explore various aspects of Peeblesshire’s archaeology from the earliest human settlement of the region to medieval times. The event will be held on Saturday 19 October at the MacFarlane Hall in Peebles. Current chairman Trevor Cowie will set the scene with a brief review of the past and present activities of the Society, before handing over to our first guest speaker, palaeoecologist and geoarchaeologist Dr Richard Tipping (recently retired from Stirling University). In his paper on the changing landscapes and environments of Tweeddale and the Southern Uplands, Richard will evaluate just how much of our ‘scenery’ can be traced to human agency in prehistory and history, from the end of the last ice age to recent centuries. Professor Graeme Warren (University College Dublin) will then talk about the evidence for the early settlement of Tweeddale by groups of hunter-gatherers after the end of the last Ice Age. As Graeme will explain, our understanding of period has been significantly enhanced by fieldwork undertaken by or in co-operation with local groups such as ours. After a coffee break, we will be hearing from Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museums Scotland), whose presentation will cover the time from the first appearance of farmers in Tweeddale around 3900 BC to the time, nearly 1500 years later, when metal-using was well established and when farming society had undergone a variety of significant changes. Taking us up to the lunch break, Strat Halliday (formerly of RCAHMS & Edinburgh University) will then be exploring aspects of the region’s rich later prehistoric settlement record, drawing on the evidence of key local sites such as the impressive forts on Cademuir. The afternoon session will commence with a presentation by Dr Fraser Hunter (NMS) on the impact of Rome on Peeblesshire, exploring how over some four centuries the region experienced the ebb and

flow of military occupation at the edge of the Empire. Fraser will be followed by Dr Tim Clarkson (author & independent researcher) who will consider Tweeddale in the Early Middle Ages, looking at the archaeological evidence from a historian's viewpoint, considering it alongside modern ideas about the political geography and cultural identities of the period. One of the most significant recent local projects comprised the surveys and excavations carried out in Glenrath in 2013, and in his talk, Dr Graeme Cavers (AOC Archaeology) will look back at the results of that work and consider their implications for our understanding of the development of the agricultural and settlement landscape in the later prehistoric and early historical period. After a short tea break, Dr Piers Dixon (formerly of Historic Environment Scotland) will bring our chronological overview of local archaeology to a close by considering how our understanding of Tweeddale in the medieval period has changed in the last 50 years. Finally Dr Chris Bowles (Scottish Borders Council) will round off what promises to be a stimulating and informative day by drawing on the various themes covered in the programme to consider the future of archaeology in Tweeddale and the impact of the largescale changes in land use that we are likely to witness over the next 25 years.

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019 Time: 9.30am-5.30pm Venue: MacFarlane Hall (Peebles Old Parish Church) Cost (includes teas/coffees & buffet lunch): £20 To register interest and receive full details of the programme and a booking form, please write or email Trevor Cowie, PAS Conference, Dundreich, Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QP (trevor.cowie@ btinternet.com) Illustration Roman silver denarii from the cache of nearly 300 coins found at Edston Quarry in 1994 and now in Tweeddale Museum (Photo © National Museums Scotland)

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Change Works in Peebles is inviting residents of Tweeddale to drop in and find out about the benefits of reusable nappies and to test before you invest, with a heavily discounted starter pack. Switching to cloth nappies could save you £800 and avoid sending 4,000 nappies to landfill over the course of birth to potty trained. Reusable nappies have changed a lot since their beginnings and today they’re more absorbent, comfortable and kinder to your baby’s skin.

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Tower Houses ------------------------------------------------------------------------By Steve Dubé

A notable historic and architectural feature of the Peebles area is the number of tower houses dotted around the landscape. Some are now just piles of rubble, but some are more substantial ruins and some grandly survive. One, at Eshiels, was converted into 18th century folly. Two, Neidpath and Traquair, were converted into homes for titled families, and are now tourist attractions and event venues. The fashion for building such towers emerged in the 14th century during the Scottish wars of independence. The prime concern of the laird was to protect his property in a dangerous border region that endured the tramp of invading armies. Peebles straddled a main route to Edinburgh, in a countryside where reiver clans lived on cattle rustling and blackmail and pursued murderous inter-family feuds. William de Haya, an ancestor of the Hay family that became Earls and Marquises of Tweeddale, is thought to have built Neidpath in the first half of the 14th century, replacing a wooden structure razed by invaders from England. Three centuries later this massive tower, with walls 11 feet (3.35 metres) thick, was converted into a country mansion by a descendant who became Scotland's leading statesmen. The tower at Traquair was built by James Stewart soon after 1491 when his father granted him the site of a former royal hunting lodge. The fortress was successively enlarged by later family members, who survived their Catholicism and Jacobite leanings to create the mansion we know today. Neidpath and Traquair are the earliest of our tower houses. Most of the others date from the 15th century or later. As well as providing a laird’s secure home, they became the hub of settlements with cottages, gardens and orchards. The towers also became a medieval early warning system that could alert the local population of invasions from England, using rooftop braziers to spread a fiery message across the land. One such brazier, from Barns House in Manor Valley, is preserved in Peebles Museum.

The beacon at Traquair would send a warning up the Tweed Valley to Cardrona, and from there the message would be transmitted to Neidpath via Horsburgh and on to Winkston and Barns. The beacons would also have alerted Lee, a 16th century hillside tower overlooking the Leithen Water. Probably built by Alexander Hume, it later belonged to the Earl of Lothian but was abandoned quite early and little more than two storeys remain, surrounded on three sides by farm buildings. Also way up in the hills above Innerleithen are what’s left of the small 16th century Glentress tower, its enclosures and a fermtoun (a collection of workers’ cottages). The walls, which now stand only two feet high, were four feet thick and enclosed a space measuring 30ft (9.1m) by 22ft (96.7m) 1,000ft (305m) above sea level. Nothing is known of the builder or the people who lived there. More is known of the tower house at Cardona, now surrounded by forestry. In the 14th century, when it was called Easter Hopekailzie, the site was the home of Laurence of Govan, Sheriff of Peebles in 1358. It became Cardrona around 1465, but the tower was not built until a century later. The threestorey L-shaped tower topped by a parapet walk was acquired in 1685 by the Williamson family, who constructed a new house lower down the hillside. The tower was probably abandoned soon afterwards. It was described as "still almost entire" in 1794, and in the mid-19th century the remains of "very strong and substantially built walls" that formed a barmkin – a courtyard enclosure – could still be seen. Across the river from Cardrona is Nether Horsburgh, built as a second home for the Horsburgh family of nearby Horsburgh Castle. It was formerly called Shillinglaw Tower, and was once a substantial fourstorey tower and barmkin built in the second half of the 16th century but it was extensively robbed for building material down the years. It is unusual as it seems to have been built as a longer and lower range. The Horsburgh family owned it until 1617, and it was later acquired by the Earl of Traquair when, according

to legend, it was sold to meet the costs of a civil court action between two brothers. It 1757 it was purchased by the Earl of March of Neidpath Castle and Queensberry Lodging in Peebles (which later became the Chambers Institution). Horsburgh Castle is a ghost of its former self, visible left of the A72 as the road rises from Cardrona towards Eshiels. This tower was the home of the Horsburgh family, who were sheriff-deputes of Peeblesshire for generations. Sir Simon de Horsbrok, the laird of Horsburgh, was a companion of Sir Simon Fraser of Neidpath, a hero of the Wars of Independence and the last noble to stand with William Wallace. De Horsbrok served in Fraser's household and fought alongside him for many years. The castle is thought to be a 16th century reconstruction of an earlier tower house, and was said to be habitable until the end of the 18th century, when it was abandoned. Only a few fragments of walls, about four feet thick, remain with traces of stairs in two places. In the mid-19th century the owner of Kingsmeadows House, Peebles, rebuilt some of the ruins to convert it into a folly enhancing the view from his home.

was destroyed when the present building was built in 1782. Neidpath Castle survived a short siege during the 17th century Civil Wars and was later abandoned when it came into the hands of the notorious 4th Duke of Queensberry. He was born in Peebles but couldn’t wait to get away to England where he became a noted gambler and society rake, known in his later years as Old Q. The Duke never came back, but cut down the trees and sold the stonework of the Neidpath terraced gardens – once one of the wonders of Peeblesshire. The castle was later rescued, excavated and restored by the 12th Earl of Wemyss, 20th century Scotland’s greatest volunteer conservationist and public servant. He led the National Trust for Scotland for five decades and chaired the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland for 35 years. The present owner is his daughter, Lady Elizabeth Benson, and the castle is available for weddings and special occasions.

What remains of Sheildgreen tower is now no more than a mound on a rocky knoll at 1000 feet above sea level around two miles north-east of Peebles, probably blown up with explosives. The walls were nearly five feet (1.5m) thick and enclosed an area 26ft 3ins (8m) by 23ft (7m).

The old tower house of Winkston stands immediately behind the present farmhouse of the same name. The tower was built in the mid-16th century, and the owners tried in the second quarter of the 18th century to convert it into a symmetrically-planned residence modelled on the typical small laird's house of the period. Further alterations in more recent times adapted the structure for use as a dairy and storehouse.

Sheildgreen was a 16th century tower. Peebles burgess John Stoddart had a mortgage on it from Alexander Horsburgh in 1555. In 1656 it passed to the Neidpath Castle owner, the Earl of Tweeddale. Peebles Burgh Council bought it 10 years later and sold it in 1851 to John Erskine of Venlaw Castle for £7,500.

One Winkston owner died at Flodden, and the son of another was brutally murdered in Peebles High Street in 1572. The murdered man was John Dickson of Winkston, who was the Peebles Provost. Five men were prosecuted for the crime by John’s father, son and wife, but were unanimously acquitted.

Venlaw was built on the site of the 14th-century Smithfield Castle tower house. In the late 15th century it was the home of John Dickson, whose daughter Marion became the second wife of Neidpath Castle laird John, 3rd Lord Hay of Yester and passed down the family through their son. The tower

Part 2 of the Peebles tower houses will mainly focus on the Manor Valley.

Illustrations; Nether Horsburgh, Neidpath, Cardrona

Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Like it or not we are all getting older! But that does not mean we give up on maintaining a healthy fit body, quite the opposite in fact.

Many current fitness trends specifically cater for the younger population just by their very nature, but they may not be suited to, or appeal to older participants. Having a six pack or toned bottom may be what a teenager is looking for, not so much for more mature person. The trouble is as we age our body shape can change, our muscles can become weaker (that incudes your heart), we have age related health problems, we can become less flexible and generally not able to do things that we used to be able to do. I was speaking to a few of my clients about this subject and they definitely felt day to day tasks had become more challenging ………unless they did something about it. Actually, the exercises needed for both the age groups above may not be that different but have to be approached slightly differently. If older people haven’t

done a lot of exercise before but are now finding they need to, they may feel intimated going into a gym or into a class on the first occasion and that may put them off. As may having health conditions but most of these can be worked around with adaptations. Here are the 5 things I feel are important for my clients 1)

Strength - Strong muscles are vital to everyone.


Flexibility - You need to be able to move as freely as possible.


Cardiovascular endurance - For your body to function efficiently.


Balance - Keeping a strong core and good posture can improve this.


Feel good factor – self-explanatory.

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Update on projects supported by Peebles CAB We have provided details about some of the projects we support in previous editions of Peebles Life but as we now have dedicated staff in place and the projects are moving on, it seems like a good time to provide an update on progress. 1.

Financial Health Check

The driving force behind project is the Scottish Government’s commitment to closing the poverty related attainment gap and the overall aim is to motivate low income families to seek financial advice to maximize their income by ensuring that they are not paying more for essential goods and services than they need to and that they are receiving all of the benefits, grants and exemptions (council tax/energy) that they are entitled to.


Scottish Welfare Fund Benefit uptake School clothing grant Free school meals Baby Box Best Start Grant Council Tax Reduction Discretionary Housing Payments Credit unions Basic bank accounts Debt advice Warmer Homes/fuel poverty/switching supplier/reducing energy costs Broadband Mobile phones

To maximise the opportunity for people to receive a review the project has provided multiple ways to access the project. At Peebles CAB we offer face to face appointments to complete the review and we are also providing a Helpline Adviser – the phone line can take calls from anywhere in Scotland, on a rota basis, with every other participating CAB in Scotland. Nationally, 62% of contacts have been face to face but for people who cannot take the opportunity of a personal meeting the helpline is an excellent alternative. To the end of April, 3882 Financial Health Checks had been completed, delivering a recorded gain for clients of £2,459,832, and 98% of clients who completed a client satisfaction saying they were Very Happy or Happy with the service provided and 50% reporting improved mental wellbeing. In Peebles CAB the FHC Project is led by Karen Pryor and the National Helpline Adviser is Kay Pringle. 2.

EU Citizens Support Service

Despite the lack of clarity regarding Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon has made the Scottish Government position very clear: “….if you’re an EU citizen living in Scotland, be sure of this: whatever happens, we promise to do all we can to help you stay. You’re one of us. You’re welcome and valued here. You are our friends, our colleagues, our neighbours and, in many cases, our family”.

To help bring this promise to life there will soon be 17 dedicated advisers spread across Citizens Advice Scotland. At Peebles CAB our EU Citizens Champion is Moya Loughery and she supports two newly recruited Advisers, Pia Formisano and Neil McGilp. Together they will cover the whole of the Scottish Borders, supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members in the process of application for Pre-Settled or Settled status, dependant upon how long the person has lived in the UK. They have access to compatible Android devices with which the applications can be made and will guide clients through the application process, whether their status is straightforward or more complex. The EU Settlement Application looks at three main criteria. Your Identity, your residence in the UK and your criminal history or ‘suitability’. The application is designed to be straightforward, and it is by far the simplest immigration application the UK has ever produced. To apply clients will need the following: Ø A valid passport or identity card Ø A mobile phone number Ø An email address Ø Your national insurance number Ø A digital photo Ø Access to the internet on a computer, tablet or mobile phone Everyone who is not a British or Irish Citizen should apply. It doesn’t matter how long you have lived in the UK, or even if you are married to a British Citizen. If you have a biometric passport or Id card you will be able to use the app to confirm your identity. There are four main steps. 1- Take an image of your document 2 – Scan the biometric chip in the document. 3 – Scan your face 4 – Take a photo of yourself. You will then need to continue your application online. This can be on any device iphone, tablet, or computer. Using your NI Number, the application will automatically check your details against the HMRC (tax) and DWP (benefit) database. It will then give you a preliminary result of either ‘Pre-Settled Status’ ‘Settled Status’ or ‘we need more information’. You will receive an email which is a COA (Certificate of Application) and an official decision within 9 days. The EU Citizens Support team will be there to guide you through the process so book an appointment today if you are impacted.

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Peebles Community Centre Walker’s Haugh, Peebles T: 01721 720975 The calendar for August is as follows:-

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

9:15am - 10:30am

Sporty Kids

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

Mum & Baby Yoga

10am - 11:15am

Youth Club

6pm - 7:30pm


6:30pm - 8pm

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6:30pm - 9:30pm


7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sporty Kids

9:30am - 10:15am

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

Walking Hockey

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Red Button Art Club - for P1s - P7s

4pm - 5pm

Dog Training

7pm - 9pm

Carpet Bowling

7pm - 9pm

Over 60s Badminton

2pm - 4pm

Art Group

7pm - 9pm

Kirklands Badminton

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Walking Netball

11:30am - 12:30pm

Over 60s Badminton

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Spanish Classes

7pm - 9pm

Sporty Kids

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

Art Group

9:30am - 11:30am

Gentle Exercise Class

11:15am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

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

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Fun French

1pm - 2:15pm

Over 50s Walking Football

2:30pm - 4pm


6pm - 7pm

Mum & Baby Yoga

7pm - 8pm

Fun French

9am - 10:30am

Peebles Baptist Church

11am - 1pm

Art Group

Wed 2pm - 4pm

Camera Club

Wed 7pm - 9pm

CraftBox - free craft class for Senior Citizens'

Fri 2:30pm - 4pm

Peebles Archaeological Society Mary Allen Lunch Club Monthly

Astronomical Group Peebles Bee Keepers Club

For specific dates call 01721 720975

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.

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Group Focus Red Button Art & Crafting Clubs

Tuesdays 4-5pm Room 3 P1-P7 (during school term only Well the summer holidays are almost over and we have been having great fun with all our holiday workshops, learning about weaving, metal work, card robotics, no sew fabric and gamecraft. But don’t worry if you missed out on these because we have regular art classes running throughout the school year here at the Drill Hall, at Priorsford Primary School & at St Ronan’s Primary School. Our regular art classes explore different skills and materials and encourage children to think creatively whilst developing important coordination skills and leading to more confident, happy children. Our new term is jam-packed full of crafty fun! Little fingers can try cutting, drawing, gluing, folding, painting, sewing, printing; with foam, fabric, bubble wrap, sequins, net, tape, plastic, buttons and of course sharpies! If your child loves making things they will love this club! Children can start at anytime but please contact us in advance to let us know you are coming along. For more details about this or our other clubs please contact Mandy Durkin on 07958158181, fb redbuttondrama, email redbutton@ the-durkins.co.uk.


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Plastics in Peebles Scottish Borders Council does its best to recycle (some) single use plastic ….. that’s good news but the real challenge for all of us is to reduce the amount of waste we generate in the first place. No-one can be unaware of the problem with plastics in our oceans, our water supplies, our food and drink. We need to kick the plastic habit, and do it quickly. Of course there are invaluable uses of plastic in engineering, medicine, technology but single use coffee cups do no good to anyone. Following a public meeting in March at the Eastgate with speakers from SBC waste management, Zero Waste Scotland and Changeworks, Tweedgreen are compiling a booklet providing information and tips about how to reduce our plastic addiction. Several local beverage outlets already give cost reduction if you

bring your own cup and a local store offers refill of containers for toiletries, cleaning items and other products. Think global, act local. Government legislation is obviously required but grassroots actions help to make politicians listen. Plastic Free Borders brings together people from communities across the Borders sharing the same aims and already with significant successes. Lots of good work is going on in schools; as Greta Thonberg has shown, children and young people get the urgency and want their parents and the older generation to listen and act. Plastic Free Borders worked with the Melrose Book Festival to make the event plastic free. We’re planning to do the same with Beyond Borders, the festival of literature and politics at Traquair on 24th and 25th August.

This article is the first in a series about single use plastics and how we can, as a community, reduce them. We would be pleased to hear from any individual, retailer or business with ideas about doing this. Together, let’s make Peebles singleuse plastic free.

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The sun is out and the garden is full of flowers with bees buzzing and butterflies flitting around them. But are there as many bees and butterflies as there used to be? How can you attract more of these valuable and attractive insects? Creating a successful ecology depends on managing positive and negative factors. We can’t control the weather but we can make sure that pesticides are not used in our gardens. You may not be able to prevent some of the viral diseases sweeping through bee colonies, but you can provide food plants and winter shelter for our most helpful insects. Providing food plants from early on in the year through to the first snows is important. Early flowering plants with plenty of pollen include crocus and hellebores, winterflowering heathers and some late winter-flowering shrubs like sarcococca, skimmia and pieris. Berberis darwinni is adored by bees, especially small bumbles, and spring-flowering trees like malus and prunus are invaluable. Late food plants include aconitum, anemones, asters, colchicum and ivy, especially where it has become arboreal. Any late-flowering perennials or shrubs and climbers will be a godsend to bees stocking up for the winter. Bees prefer blue, purple and yellow plants – they don’t see red ones very well. They are attracted by flowers that wave about on long stems. For example: lavender, nepeta, alliums, echinops, perovskia, agastache and perennial salvia; daisies like anthemis, echinacea, rudbeckia, coreopsis, inula, helenium; flat heads like sedum, achillea, fennel and knautia. Hover flies are both pollinators and pest controllers. Hover fly larvae vacuum up aphids and the adults pollinate. They are particularly attracted to orange and yellow flowers like calendula, tagetes, limnanthes, verbascum, dahlias and helianthus. Plant marigolds or calendula amongst your vegetables where hover fly larvae can get to work on pest control and the adults can pollinate. Butterflies and are attracted to light-coloured or white flowers with open or flat heads and especially daisies. They love sedums and other flat heads, leucanthemum, late asters and Japanese anemones and the flowers of herbs like borage, rosemary and thyme. Urban bee-keepers are setting up hives on roof-tops to take advantage of inner city gardens and green spaces. This is a good investment because the organic honey is excellent and commands a good price. Amateur bee-keeping alone cannot address all of the issues concerning the decline in bee and insect populations but it is a step in the right direction. Gardeners could include as many plants attractive to insects as possible in their borders, maintaining them without chemicals, and always allowing a wee place for the odd bit of comfrey or nettle. It is exactly that messy, careless bit of the garden that is where the action is.

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All roads lead to The Gytes on the first weekend in August, with the club hosting a Festival of Sevens over three separate agegroups. The Festival kicks off on Friday 2nd August with the inaugural Peebles RFC Under 16’s Sevens Tournament, with the eight Borders Under 16 sides coming together to play off for the Laureat Society Cup and Bowl. The event starts at 6pm and the bar will be open! Come down and enjoy a pint and watch the future of Borders rugby on show. The main senior event, kicking off the Kings of the Sevens series, is the Greenfield Marquees Peebles Sevens and ‘So Stobo’ Ladies Day, starting at 2pm, while the Colts Sevens, the first leg of the Borders Semi-Junior Seven-a-side series takes place on Sunday 4th August. As mentioned above, catering facilities will be available over the three events. Another event on the same weekend at The Gytes is an introductory taster session for the ‘Borders Clan’, at 11am. The Clan aims to remove barriers and enable participation for individuals who may be prevented from benefitting from the life enhancing experiences rugby generates. It is a brilliant form of the game that enables mixed ability/disability teams to play, bond and enjoy the camaraderie of the sport. If you wish more information on this, either contact me on the details below or come along on the day. Meanwhile, away from these events, pre-season training has started for most of the older youth and senior players and some pre-season fixtures have been penciled in. For the ‘So Stobo’ supported 1stXV, unless a Border League fixture is slotted in over the next few weeks, they will open their competitive home account against Whitecraigs in the National League Cup on Saturday 31st August. The ‘Reds’ will not see a competitive home fixture until mid September while the youth teams – S1’s, S2’s, Under 15’s, Under 16’s and Colts start their Mitsubishi Warrior Conference fixtures with a tricky away trip to Earlston High/Melrose RFC, also on 31st August. As ever, the Club is open to anyone – player, supporter, volunteer, spectator, family member. Information on club membership can be found on the club’s website, or by emailing membership@peeblesrfc.org. Alternatively, please contact myself on any of the routes below for further details on the club.

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

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Peebles Life August 2019  

Community magazine.

Peebles Life August 2019  

Community magazine.