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September 2019


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Welcome to the September issue of Peebles Life, the summer is almost over, and weather-wise it has been interesting, it seems increasingly clear that the weather is changing, the rain seems to come down with more ferocity, and when it is hot, it can be very hot. I was unfortunate enough to be down south at the height of their heatwave, and it was extremely unpleasant. In this month we have a special article called the Biggest Issue, and it focuses on climate change and the catastrophic change it will make to the world. Increasingly as we see the rise of right-wing and populist governments across the globe, we see governments look to sidestep the issue, we simply can’t let them. We are running out, and indeed many scientists believe we have run out, of time to stop something which will change our world for the worse forever. The fight to save the climate needs to be fought by everyone, and that includes all of us here in Peebles. We must make our own adjustments to cut waste and save energy, and we must put pressure on our council to implement policies which focus on trying to protect the environment we all treasure. Our Big Issue also tackles a significant issue; the Council and Health Board have decided to half the number of acute dementia beds in the Borders. We do not feel qualified to criticise the decision as we do not have all the facts, but this seems to be part of a growing pattern of government, both local and national, looking for charities and volunteers to plug the gaps left in services by cuts. Alzheimer Scotland is bringing their Memory Bus to the town in September, offering a chance for people who wish to learn more about supporting people with dementia.

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Big Issue


What’s on in September


Tweeddale Youth Action


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Peebles Pensioners Association


Peeblesshire Portrait - Crick Carleton


The Peebles Tennis Club Grand Opening


Music in Peebles


Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


The Biggest Issue...


Political Page - Cllr Shona Haslam


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The Peebles Garden

September 2019


We are delighted to publish the first of what will become a regular “Newsletter” from Peebles and District Community Council, this most local part of government does great work representing the town’s interests to the council. This month they are asking for volunteers to support Bonny Peebles. They are looking to take on the maintenance of the towns flower beds, after the council announced that as part of cuts, they were looking to grass them over or plant shrubs.

Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell


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Continuing on our theme of volunteering, our Peebles Portrait is of Crick Carleton, and is well worth a read, he has had a fascinating life and is now one of the key office holders in Peebles Community Trust.

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish Rachel Alexander well, as she heads off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Evie Douglas Memorial Fund, there are details of how you can donate to support this amazing effort in the article. As always, you will find all our regular articles and columns; we hope you enjoy!


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Big Issue By Steve Dubé ______________________________________________ There’s an irony in the fact that the Integrated Joint Board of Scottish Borders announced last month a reduction of nearly one half in the number of acute dementia beds at the same time as the Alzheimer Scotland’s charity Memory Bus gave notice that it’s coming to Peebles this month. It may not, of course, be a complete coincidence. The work of Alzheimer Scotland to provide specialist services for people with dementia and their carers may be a major reason why the board, a partnership between NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, can plan to treat more people in the community instead of in a hospital ward. Peebles Life is fully supportive of home care and illequipped to comment on the wisdom of removing 12 of the region’s dedicated dementia beds by closing one unit at Cauldshiels which is 50% under capacity and deemed “unit for purpose”, leaving the ward at Borders General to become the only provision in the region. But we can’t help but notice that another indication of the way that charities dependent on volunteers are taking on public services. Alzheimer Scotland had an operating budget of £16.5m providing personalised support services, community activities, information and advice for the 90,000 people that live with dementia in Scotland. That’s a lot of money to be raised through fundraising and donations. The charity has big ambitions. It aims to have the same number of volunteers – 90,000 – in place by the end of this month – doing everything from fundraising to providing music and art activities, driving a minibus, raising awareness in their local area operating the free Dementia Helpline and befriending someone with dementia. The condition is seen as the biggest health and social care challenge facing modern society. It’s one of the main causes of disability later in life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and strokes, but the UK spends much less on dementia than on these other conditions. And it’s something of a hidden problem. Two-thirds of the cost of dementia is paid by people with dementia and their families and unpaid carers who support someone with dementia save the UK economy £11 billion a year. That’s a lot of money that governments don’t have to raise through taxation.

The Memory Bus is a recruiting agent that aims to inspire more people to become Dementia Friends and help to reduce the stigma that can attach to a condition that affects an additional 20,000 people every year. Volunteers are provided with training to ensure they are confident and comfortable with what they do and understand more about dementia and the goals of Alzheimer Scotland organisation. There are also opportunities to meet with other volunteers across the country and share experiences and learning and the charity covers out of pocket expenses, including travel. On another page of this month’s magazine, Peebles Community Trust vice-chair Crick Carleton observes, “So much of government policy seems to rely on volunteer input.” It’s increasingly true, and there is no sign that this dependency is going to change as governments continue to cut spending and target other priorities. The Memory Bus will be at Peebles Community Centre (The Drill Hall) on Wednesday 4 September from 3pm. An Alzheimer Scotland advisor will be on hand from 3pm to 8pm and there will be free afternoon and evening sessions aimed at making Peebles a dementia-friendly town. These sessions will include the facts about dementia, different types of dementia and how dementia can affect a person, along with exploring the small changes that can improve the quality of life for a person living with dementia. Places are limited, so it’s advisable to book by visiting www.alzscot.org/dementiafriendstour.

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A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com. Sunday 1: **Tweeddale Ramblers. No walk due to the “Tour of the Borders” cycle event. Tuesday 3: 5pm Citizens Advice Bureau - Legal clinic and Employment clinic – Appointments at 5pm and 6pm. Phone 01721 721722 to book appointments. Tuesday 3: 7pm Peebles Flower Club Flower Workshop – Modern Arrangement with Ruth Fairgrieve. St Andrews Leckie Church Hall. The Cost of workshop is £20 Members of Peebles Flower Club, non-members £20. All materials are included. For further info and to book a place phone Susan Welsh on 07746 114 502 or Anne Dodds on 01721 722491.

Wednesday 4: 2 – 4pm      Painting and Drawing Workshop - Peebles Art Group resumes fortnightly meetings in the Peebles Community Centre (Old Drill Hall), Walkershaugh, Tweed Green, Peebles.  New members welcome. Details from Richard J Digance, aartisrjd@aol.com  07432 234 759 or 0131 574 5586. Wednesday 4: 7pm Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Wednesday 4: 7.30pm Peebles Camera Club.  Community Centre, Walkershaugh. “Introduction to the 2019/20 Season” At the first meeting of the year meet our new Chairman John Lambley and the rest of the Committee and hear about the programme for

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 **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 the new season. We will also look at the Challenge photos of “Life in Peebles (or where you live)” taken by members during the summer break.   “Galapagos Experience” After tea, John Lambley will share his experiences and photographs from the Galapagos Islands. Sunday 8: 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Black Hill Circular. A moderate walk from Earlston War Memorial, following path to Cowdenknowes Mains then ascending to Black Hill. Return via Whitefield and Georgefield. 5.0 miles/8 km, ascent 689 feet/210m. Sunday 8: 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU Monday 9: 7.30pm The first meeting of the Border Philatelic Society takes place in The Old Parish @ St.Paul’s Church Hall Scott Cresent, Gallashiels. TD1 3JU. The Society welcomes new members whether they are already collecting or would like to find out more about the hobby, of stamps, postcards, postal history of subjects relating to the post. For more information phone 01721 723759 or email tweedavenue@gmail.com Tuesday 10: 4-4pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age (TU3A). Our next monthly meeting in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall, Peebles.  We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary with cake and chat as well as renewing our annual membership. All members and guests are welcome. If you would like more information prior to this please visit our website u3asites. org.uk/tweeddale/home. Or phone the membership secretary on 01721772791. Wednesday 11: 7pm Friends of Kailzie Wildlife will hold their final talk of the year in the Osprey Centre, Kailzie Gardens, Peebles.  Entry by donation. All welcome. Stuart Macpherson, the Scottish Natural Heritage Operations Manager based in Galashiels, will speak on its role. Thursday 12: 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www.peeblescommunity. org. Sunday 15: 8.45am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Cheviot Hills in flower. A strenuous walk from Greenhill House to Whitestone Hill and Callaw and following the Pennine Way to Windy Gyle. Return along the Street via Blackborough Hill. 9.3 miles/15 km, ascent 2887 feet/ 880m.

Wednesday 18: 2 – 4 pm    Peebles Art Group - See Wed 4th for details.   Wednesday 18: 7.30 pm Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh. “Finding an Original Voice in Your Photography” Guest Speaker: Simon Butterworth. Well known professional photographer, Simon Butterworth, will show us how he makes his photographs to show the world around him as he sees it. From subject matter and lens choice to post shooting editing, he will share images from around the world. Come and see some amazing images. This is an open meeting - visitors welcome. (There will be a charge of £3 for members and £5 for visitors.) Thursday 19: 7.30 pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society - talk by Will Wyeth (English Heritage) “Early Stone Castles". Meeting held in Walkershaugh Community Centre Peebles. Guests/nonmembers welcome (charge of £4). Thursday 19: 7.30pm Peebles Flower Club at the September meeting we will welcome Enid Reid, from Glasgow with her demonstration titled “fashionable flower & florist fun”. If you like flowers and want to find out more, come along to St Andrews Leckie Bakehall, Peebles.   Everyone very welcome, visitors can pay at the door, £6.  The evening will be rounded off with tea and biscuits.  Saturday 21: 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. Sunday 22: 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Peebles/Redscarhead Circular. A strenuous walk from Kingsmeadows car park to Venlaw, South Knowe and North Knowe, skirting Collie Law to Heathpool Common and Redscarhead. Cross the A703 to Nether Kidston, join the Cross Borders Drove Road, and return to Peebles via Rosetta. 9.0 miles/14.5km, ascent 2835 feet/ 864m. Sunday 22: 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU Monday 23: 7.30pm Border Philatelic Society, see Monday 9th.

Tuesday 17: 5pm Citizens Advice Bureau – Legal Clinic – Appointments at 5pm and 7pm. Phone 01721 721722 to book appointments.

Saturday 28: 7.30pm Unveiled Secrets, four plays, four women, four secrets. Live drama, Carlops Village, £10 (£8 concessions). In support of Children 1st.

Wednesday 18: 2-4pm Tweeddale Textile Group. The first meeting of the new season will be held at St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road, Peebles. The speaker will be Margaret Boe and she is going to give a talk and a show of ‘Quilts Throughout the Year’. Visitors are welcome £5.

Sunday 29: 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Broughton Heights Circular. From Broughton Place car park ascend Cowiemuir Hass, Pyked Stane Hill, Brown Dodd, Stobohope Head and return via Hammerhead and Trahenna Hill. 8.4 miles/13.5km, ascent 2608 feet/ 795m.

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Tweeddale Youth Action As ever, the past month has been busy at the youth club. The ‘positive transitions’ project we are running currently with Peeblesshire Youth Trust is going brilliantly. Staff and young people alike had a great time on our residential at Netherurd with our wonderful partners at PAC. We’re now gearing up towards the excitement of the new term.

Bike Punks have been busy with our electric bike library of 10 e-bikes and 2 cargo e-bikes which we are renting from our Innerleithen workshop and through our partners at the Hub on Innerleithen High Street. Our e-bikes can be hired through our online booking system at www. bikepunks.org.uk or pop into the Hub or our Chapel Street premises to hire directly.

Bike Punks re-cycled signs project is also busy with commissions for our cycle route signage but our team of creative metal workers are also able to offer custom made bespoke pieces, so please get in touch if you have an idea that you would like to explore with them.

targeting risk taking behaviour and offering a safe space for young people to seek help and receive support. For an application pack, please contact info@tweeddaleyouth.co.uk.

Youth club drop-in sessions remain: Tuesday 6-8 pm Innerleithen Drop-in S2+ Wednesday 6-8 pm Peebles Craft Punks, all ages Thursday 6-8 pm Innerleithen Drop-in P7-S1

Our summer programme has been a great success. Our free activities Friday 6-9 pm included a great 2 day experience at Peebles Drop-in S1+ Youth Beatz music festival, trips to the Membership and attendance at our beach, BBQs and picnic and puddle as drop in sessions is completely free Food Punks continue delivering we were forced to rename our picnic and all young people are welcome to outside and event catering and and paddle trip thanks to the joy of attend. our Scottish weather! Our final trip of bookings are coming in thick and fast for our barbecue services. Our For more information on who we the summer was a visit to Edinburgh website will go live shortly and we are and what we do, please visit our Fringe where Dave got involved with are very excited with the designs for website www.tweeddaleyouth.co.uk some knife throwing. No one was wrapping our van. Watch out for us get in touch on 01721 724779 or harmed in this process. Good job in the coming weeks, the van will be e-mail info@tweeddaleyouth.co.uk Dave! Our annual trip to a theme park hard to miss! took us to Blackpool Pleasure Beach Donations can also be made to www. this year and our young people were We are still recruiting for a Sessional totalgiving.co.uk/donate/tweeddaleas ever fearless on the monstrous Youth Worker to help us deliver a youth-action-scio Please mention Peebles Life when responding to adverts rides! new Saturday evening drop-in session


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From prehistoric puzzlers to unearthing early Edinburgh Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society As usual, the imminent arrival of autumn marks the start of another richly varied programme of monthly talks by invited guest speakers from September through to March. This year we will once again be ranging widely in both time and space. For example, we will be treated to the results of up-to-date research on prehistoric artefacts, including the latest thoughts on Scotland’s Neolithic carved stone balls – those enigmatic objects which have for long fascinated and intrigued museum visitors. At the other end of the time scale, we look forward to hearing the latest results of the amazingly productive excavations that have been taking place at the India Buildings site, just off the Cowgate in the very heart of medieval Edinburgh. The medieval period will also be the focus for our first meeting of the autumn series on Thursday 19 September when we look forward to welcoming Dr Will Wyeth (English Heritage) who will be talking to us about ‘Scotland’s Early Stone Castles’. For all that Scotland boasts a rich heritage of castles, from majestic royal palaces to lowly manors, many questions about their emergence, operation and development still remain. This talk will look at some of these in more detail: for example, did castles appear in Scotland at the same time? Who built them, and why? What did it mean to build

a castle of stone versus any other material? Drawing on recent work on Scotland’s early castles, this illustrated talk will begin by taking a very broad view of the medieval monuments of Scotland, looking at the emergence of castles from the 12th-13th centuries. It will then look at several case studies from two hitherto understudied regions of medieval Scotland – Orkney and greater Galloway – to ask questions about castle culture and the broader patterns of life which give meaning to why these particular monuments appeared. Now based in York, Will Wyeth has been a Properties Historian for English Heritage Trust for two years, specialising in castles and castle landscapes. Before this, Will was undertaking a PhD on the early stone castles of Scotland, a project jointly supervised by Historic Environment Scotland and the University of Stirling. He has published research on timber towers and castles in Orkney and has a special interest in finding new ways to enrich our understanding of medieval castle life. As usual, the September meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in the Community Centre (Room 1), Walkershaugh, Peebles (nonmembers/guests attending talks, £4). As always, new members will be very welcome.

In addition to our usual monthly talks, we are holding a one-day public conference devoted to The Archaeology of Tweeddale, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Society. This special event will be held on Saturday 19th October at the MacFarlane Hall in Peebles. 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.

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019 Time: 9.30am-5.30pm Doors open 9am 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)

Illustrations (all © Will Wyeth) 1. Loch Doon Castle, Carrick, Ayrshire with its original position (an island on the loch) visible beyond the restored remains. 2. Castle Coeffin, Lismore, Argyll

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‘Should I have my pet castrated?’ This is a question we often get asked at Border Vets, by concerned pet owners. Castration is a surgical procedure which involves removal of an animals testicles under a general anaesthetic, and has a number of long term benefits to both you and your pet. •

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There are several serious conditions associated with ‘entire’(uncastrated) male pets. Testicular cancer is being seen more often in practice now that our pets are generally living longer. These tumours can grow very large, will become painful, and may spread to other parts of the body, sometimes becoming fatal. Entire dogs can suffer from a number of conditions involving the prostate gland due to ongoing testosterone production. These include Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, and Prostate cancer. All of which cause discomfort and straining to defecate, and often require medication for life or surgery. Again these conditions can be life threatening. Testicular torsion, or herniation can also occur involving the testicle becoming twisted, which causes swelling, cuts off the blood supply and causes extreme pain and often permanent damage. One of the main concerns of owners is that castrating will change their animals personality. Well luckily you need not worry. Neutering won’t change your dog’s personality but it is likely to change sex hormone-driven behaviours including mounting, urinating indoors, digging and biting. Neutered males may also be less likely to show aggression towards other pets or be the target of aggression from other pets. The Rabbit Welfare Association say ‘Uncastrated male rabbits can’t live bonded with any other rabbit safely’ due there levels of aggression. Many owners also report that their dogs are calmer after neutering, which has allowed easier training and lifestyle changes. Castrated cats are less likely to get into fights, and tend to roam less, making car accidents less likely. Feline viruses such as leukaemia virus (FeLV) can also be spread by fighting so are more common in entire males. Uncastrated adult male cats often have a characteristic “tom-cat smell”, and will often spray urine in the house.

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Currently in the UK there are thought to be over 100,000 animals in shelters and rescue centres that need rehoming. Neutering reduces the number of unwanted mating’s, which in turn will help to control and reduce this massive ‘unwanted pet’ problem. A breeding pair of rabbits can easily grow to at least 50 in one year, and un-neutered cats can easily produce 12 kittens per year, which are themselves able to breed from 6 months of age.

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Peebles Pensioners Association On Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 53 members met at the Green Tree Hotel for our fifth annual Afternoon Tea. I know that this event has become a much loved and much anticipated event in our schedule. We all very much enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with a superb selection of delicious sandwiches, scones, éclairs, meringues and tea and coffee. We all really enjoyed our afternoon and would like to thank the staff at the Green Tree who always look after us so well and who help to make this event so successful. We are now looking forward to our first meeting of the autumn session in mid-September, when our guest speakers will be Billy Hutton, Projects Officer for Borders Care and Repair and Heather Jeffrey, Occupational Therapist, based at Borders Care and Repair. Billy’s background is in housing maintenance, where he has worked for the last 25 years. Heather qualified as an OT 5 years ago, having worked for social work throughout her adult life prior to this. Billy and Heather will talk about the work of Borders Care and Repair – the handyperson service and the

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By Steve Dubé __________________________________________________________________________________________ He’s worked for the World Bank, the United Nations, national governments, environmental bodies, regional and local councils, commercial entities and academic institutions. Crick Carleton is also a Peebles volunteer. He’s still the owner and principal of a specialist international natural resource economics and management consultancy. But after operating in 90 countries and on every continent, Crick is cutting back on work and spending more time as a singer with InChorus and an amateur artist. And he’s facing up to the future as vice-chair of Peebles Community Trust. Peebles Life spoke to Crick soon after the choir’s sell-out concert at the Edinburgh Fringe last month and a few days before he sat down with some of the other PCT directors to finalise the trust’s response to Moorbrook Textile Ltd’s 19-page objection to the trust’s bid to register a Community Right to Buy on the former March Street Mill site. His involvement in Peebles public life is one reason why the trust was created in the first place, back in 2012, when he was a member of Peebles and District Community Council and the council’s Planning Convenor and Vice Chair. “I did not know what a community council did when I first came to Peebles,” he says. “I earned my stripes in the community council sitting on the planning committee and then became vice-chair and planning convenor, taking over that role from John Swanson.” He stepped back after six years in 2016, frustrated that the council seemed unable to do much to influence affairs: “I felt there were opportunities where the community might have been able to do something, but the council was completely helpless. A Positively Peebles initiative, headed by David Pye, a former chair of the PCC, tried to look at retail premises and improve the environment of the High Street to increase footfall but that unravelled. “That was a shock after so much effort had been put in,” says Crick. “That was when the Community Council chair Alistair Stewart and Civic Society chair Ronald Ireland with other organisations decided to

draw up a Vision for Peebles and a town action plan and together we set up Peebles Community Trust.” Crick became largely responsible for driving the trust forward: “We held open forums and looked at planning and we found a great interest in people wanting to know more about what was happening. But it was more difficult to move to a consensus on what could be done, and as with so many of these things there were few people taking it forward. I became a sort of secretariat.” Over the next few years a Town Action Plan was researched and published and a feasibility study was commissioned and completed on the March Street Mill site, but Crick says Peebles was considered “not poor enough” to merit funding for an office and an administrator. Crick felt he was increasingly shouldering a burden that was becoming stressful and demoralising. He resigned, but one of the last things he did was apply again for funding for a part-time administrator. Months later, the money came through. “That transformed the way the organisation works. So much of government policy seems to rely on volunteers input from the over-60s. But you can’t just depend on that. People have other things to do” After 12 months away he was invited back and was re-elected a director this year to a trust that has become extremely active. “The accident of the collapse of the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, now the School Brae Hub, is very fortuitous, coming when PCT has a few things already on the go,” he says. “It opens up a big opportunity to capitalise on what has already been built on. The idea that projects beget projects has been proven.” So what brought this Cheshire-born, son of middle-class Dubliners to Peebles? In 2002 a friend mentioned an attractive house newly on the market, but it was the High School that convinced Crick and his Belgium-born wife Myriam, then living in Leith. They wanted their children Conor and Astrid to go to a school that educated students from every strata of society, rather than those in and around Edinburgh CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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28 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 that catered for different parts of the city each with distinctive and more narrowed social characteristics. “Peebles is fabulous because there’s only one school and everybody goes there, so you can rub shoulders with everybody.” Crick, whose father was a civil engineer, went to different primary schools as the family moved around following his father’s work. He says he was “very good at being mediocre” at school, but his parents wanted him to go to a school with a broader range of abilities so they paid for him to go to Dulwich College. After public school, he studied zoology, biochemistry, psychology, sociology and social anthropology at Bristol University, and in his final year he went with a fellow student to the highlands of Guyana, living for three months among gold prospectors and native Amazonian Indians in an area that inspired Conan Doyle’s 1912 science fiction novel The Lost World. “It was a life changing experience in understanding about ecology of course, but also about the different people and societies that make up the world.” They went down a rickety 150ft ladder made of jungle vines into a pitch dark cave system to investigate the ecology of oilbirds or guácharos, one of only two species of birds that use echo, like bats, to navigate in the dark. Crick learned enough to know he did not want to become a research biologist, “locked away in academia”, so amongst the “milk-round” of management trainee interviews he applied for a post with Voluntary Service Overseas. He became a fisheries officer in the southern Sahel region of northern Nigeria. It was also another cultural eye-opener as well as an education in fish farms and lake management in an area characterised by many little kingdoms ruled by emirs. He remembers a fisheries festival where village chiefs dressed in colourful robes appeared on huge horses to pay allegiance to the emir. “They would slip off their horses and crawl on the ground to the emir and say how great he was. And I was seated at the emir’s right hand, the only white man within spitting difference.” After that he worked for 18 months as a sales rep selling silicon surgical implants – 52 replacement body parts from ears and noses to fingers and toes, breasts and testicles. “I called myself a spare tit and balls salesman,” he laughs. “I sold a lot and bought my most expensive Hi-Fi system and my first car on the back of that.” At the age of 24 he went to Stirling University to study for an MSc in technological economics. His project

was the practicalities of harvesting blue whiting for food through a link-up with the Bremerhaven fleet of Birds Eye owners Unilever. He was recruited from there to become a fisheries consultant with a London merchant bank, which took him to the Seychelles and to the remote Atlantic island of St Helena. Then he set up his own company. Peebles was another sort of eye-opener. Before the first year was out, Astrid now at Kingsland School, was chosen as Third Maid in the Beltane festival, while Crick was exploring his new environment. “There’s something to be proud of in the heritage of the town. There are parts that can take you back to the 1700s and 1800s – the ducks by the Cuddy drying greens and much else is more or less as it was.” The economist in him observes that the town was once dependent on wool, while many of its former estate owners were once active in the sugar industry with its dependence on slave labour across the Atlantic. Crick observes, “It’s easy to take pot shots at their involvement in slavery but that dynamic has not gone away because we have lots of zero-hours and minimum wages, whether it’s in the UK or on the other side of the world. We’re all happy to get things dirt cheap and it’s always been so. But is there something we can do about it, whether it’s the super rich or people who have three jobs and still have to get the bus into Peebles to work? By rights everyone should be able to live here and we should not sell our services cheap.” Crick says he is not naturally political. His outlook is informed by working around the world, sometimes with very poor communities across Europe and SouthEast Asia, in remote islands and the Americas: “I’ve also seen really really poor people in Europe and it’s disturbing. You have to have empathy, and one of my things is putting myself in their place.” He says his work is to advise government ministers or councils or companies to do better and he applies that imperative to his work in Peebles. “My career has been to organise people because things can be done better if people work together with a plan. In Peebles we have former captains of industry and I’m sure we even have members of Lloyds. We have trades who can do anything. We need to be able to gather them together behind the big project. I can help to do part of that but we need others to help build bridges and organise people.”

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The Peebles Tennis Club Grand Opening

Saturday 7th September from 12 noon @ Peebles Tennis Club The Peebles Tennis Grand Opening Celebration Event will feature several of Scotland’s leading adult and junior tennis stars and coaches, appearing for the first time in the Borders. Playing will be Blane Dodds, Chief Executive of Tennis Scotland, formerly ranked number 2 in Scotland, and Bruno Argudo, National Academy Performance Coordinator at the new GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling. Bruno set up his own academy in Spain and worked part-time for the famous Soto Tennis Academy. Some of Scotland’s leading young players will be displaying their skills. Also participating will be leading boys from Merchiston School Tennis Academy, who are No.1 UK Tennis School, LTA 2019 & No. 2 World Tennis School, ISF Championships 2017-19 Tennis clinics will be organised by Peebles LTA Registered Coach, Marc Kinsey in conjunction with Merchiston School Head Coach Nathan Lundy. Nathan has worked with ITF Tennis Europe ranked players and has travelled around Europe to international tournaments, and previously worked at the La Mango Club in Spain. Also planned, is a special participation by Leonardo Azevedo, the new National Coach at the GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling. Renowned as a world-class coach the 42-year-old has coached across the world for almost 20 years, from Grand Slam, Davis Cup and Olympic Games preparation, and has worked with some of the world’s most promising players such as, former world number one and French open champion in 2003, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marion Bartoli and Guillermo Garcia Lopez.

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Eastgate Theatre, Peebles Sunday 8th September 2019 7.30pm

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For information about concerts www.musicinpeebles.org.uk For our opening concert of the 2019 -2020 season, Music in Peebles warmly welcomes the return of the legendary Fitzwilliam String Quartet, now celebrating its 50th anniversary season 2018-19.

The musicians are Lucy Russell, violin Marcus Barcham Stevens, violin Sally Pendlebury, cello and Alan George, viola, now the only founding member of the quartet.

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Earl of Kellie String Quartet in C minor Schubert String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 Shostakovich String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122 Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.22 Thomas Erskine, who became the 6th Earl of Kellie, was an eminent musician in 18th century Scotland and his C minor quartet (one of six) is an impressive work, full of ‘Sturm und Drang’. Far better known is Schubert’s much-loved ‘Quartettsatz’, here with Brian Newbould’s completion of the Andante second

movement. The Fitzwilliam Quartet has long championed the music of Shostakovich and this performance of his enigmatic 11th quartet (which they have played for the composer’s son Maxim) is sure to be compelling. The programme ends with Tchaikovsky’s generally dark but ultimately exultant second quartet.

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During the summer holidays we enjoyed a local “Treasure Hunt” around Peebles with several of our young people; the challenge was fiercely competitive between our two teams but our diplomatic judge declared a draw at the finish line! Prizes all round! Our Positive Transitions programme with Tweeddale Youth Action held a hugely successful overnight camping trip to Netherurd, participating in activities alongside Pentland Activity Camp. It stayed largely dry, and we all managed a little sleep in our tents (some more than others!). The favourite game was most definitely Capture the Flag, closely followed by dancing with Jammin’ Andy, toasting marshmallows on the campfire and jumping over (and in!) the burn. When we asked our young people,

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By Steve Dubé _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion activists and supporters remind me of my interview in February 2007 with Sir John Houghton, at that time Honorary Scientist of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The previous year he had been awarded the annual Japan Award for Science from the Emperor of Japan during a weeklong celebration in Tokyo. Sir John described climate change as "a weapon of mass destruction" and predicted that people would one day no longer want to holiday in the Mediterranean or other warmer parts of the world because it would be too hot and dry and water supplies will be threatened by droughts. He said the European heatwave of 2003 had killed 30,000 people. "I'm not hyping it. It has happened already," he said. "Thousands of people died in India that year because the temperature in Andhra Pradesh reached 47C (125F) on seven consecutive days. We have only seen a small rise in global temperatures so far but we are going to see millions of environmental refugees - and where will they go in our crowded world?" Sir John said the Third World was already seeing the consequences of climate change caused by world-wide emissions of the five greenhouse gases” – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). A year or so later I saw and wrote climate change during a working visit to the west African country of Mali. I was told that the southwards spread of the Sahara desert was forcing people from the north into the cooler south of the country. These were people from a different tribe, speaking a different language, crossing a state border that was merely a line on the map. "They haven't killed anybody – yet," said an enterprise agency director in Bandiagara. He was talking about the immigrants camped in the bush nearby, and about the effects of climate change on the farming that 80% of the Mali population depends on to survive. There had been clashes with the newcomers and their livestock, but the indigenous inhabitants in a nearby village had dug a piped water supply to the immigrants’ encampment. The director said the rains that used to come, as dependable as the sun that bakes the gentle slopes and flatlands of southern Mali, were no longer reliable. The rainy season used to start in May and last until the end of October. Since 1973 the average rainfall of 600mm (23.5 inches) a year had reduced by one-quarter to 450mms (17.7 inches), and the downpours were heavier and caused flooding and serious erosion. And the rains came in July instead of May. He said,” In the past farmers used to know when to plant their crops because certain plants flowered just before the start of the rainy season. Now the flowers no longer bloom when they should, and the farmers don't know whether the rains will come or not. Sometimes they sow their seed anyway in hope and sometimes they fail.

“Meanwhile young people with no work move south, swelling the population in the southern towns and villages. And when the rains do come, there's sometimes only old people left and not enough able bodies to cultivate the land. The year's harvest is missed and people go hungry.” It was a stark tale of the effects of a changing climate in the third poorest country in the world at a time when those of us living in the 5th richest country had hardly noticed a single thing. If we might have wanted to find out more back then could have turned on the telly, where a Channel Four documentary did its best to undermine the words of Sir John Houghton and the work and warnings of the scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “The Great Global Warming Swindle” programme asserted that the science behind man-made climate change was "the biggest scam of modern times." Its original working title was "Apocalypse my Arse". The contributors included former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson. The documentary was criticised by Ofcom for breaking the rules on "due impartiality on matters of major political and industrial controversy”, and Ofcom also backed complaints by two of the scientists quoted that their views had been misrepresented. But the damage had been done. The film won awards and fuelled the concept of a “Great Global Warming Swindle”, enthusiastically endorsed these days by Donald Trump and a legion of climate change deniers. Despite this, and thanks in part perhaps to the young people of the “Extinction Rebellion” movement, an opinion poll last month suggested that 71% of Britons now believe climate change is more important in the long term than Brexit and say it should be a top priority for Boris Johnson’s government. It may surprise some readers that Margaret Thatcher drew attention to climate change in a speech to the annual dinner of the Royal Society in 1988. Forty years later there is little more than talk and empty promises to cut carbon emissions by some distant future date, while governments continue to licence and subsidise corporations and companies to pursue their desperate search for fossil fuels. The International Monetary Fund says governments spend $5tn a year to subsidise them. That’s $5,000,000,000,000. In subsidies! Last year more fossil fuels were burned on our planet than in any previous year. This is nothing less than a mortally dangerous addiction to fossil fuels that is already killing people. Thatcher, who was an Oxford University-educated scientist, warned more than 40 years ago of a global heat trap that could destabilise the climate, accelerate the melting of glacial and polar ice and increase in the sea levels. Remind you of anything? It has taken a 15-year-old called Greta Thunberg to stage a token school strike that asks why she should bother to go to school when education appears to teach us nothing. As Prince Harry asked last month, “How many clues does nature have to give us before we actually learn, or wake ourselves up to the damage and destruction that we’re causing?”

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Cllr Shona Haslam Conservative Tweeddale East shona.haslam@scotborders.gov.uk 07811 976949 of full time counsellors in all of our secondary schools across the region to help young people manage their mental health. Our roads budget has also increased over the last two years and we have seen projects like Dirtpot corner finally completed and large sections of road resurfaced. The roads are in a much better state now than they were a couple of years ago. Cuts, cuts, cuts. We are constantly talking about how much we have to save from the Council budget every year, and it is so frustrating when as a council we are ambitious for our towns and our region. We want to see investment grow, services get better, roads improve, our children excel and the most vulnerable in our communities protected. But how are we supposed to do this when we have to make such significant savings in our budget?

Budgeting is about priorities. Two years ago I said that as a council we had to get the basics right, empty the bins, repair the roads, educate our young people and protect the vulnerable. I am not saying that we have got everything right, but our roads are better, our bins are still emptied every fortnight, our young people have access to the latest learning resources, and more of our elderly are being looked after in their own homes with enhanced levels of care.

The reality is that over the next four years as a Council we have to save around ÂŁ22m. To put this in context our net budget every year is ÂŁ284m. This is because of a number of factors, reductions in central government grants, higher fuel and energy costs is a big one, as well as the huge increases expected in social care as our population ages. So we have to spend more in these areas, which means less money in others.

But the challenges continue. We have to continue to find more ways to save money, while protecting these vital services, and the choices that we have to make are hard ones.

This tension often leads to anger and frustration when we see the Council invest in key projects such as digital learning in our schools or improved play facilities in our towns, while other services are having to be cut or reduced. For many years the Council, both this administration and previous ones, have had an invest to save policy. So for example, we have invested in a pool of hybrid cars and as a result saved over 250,000 miles of staff travel last year. Not only good for the pocket but the environment too. The digital learning roll out will be a good thing for our young people, equipping them for the workplaces that they are moving into and allowing teachers access to a wealth of teaching resources that they have been unable to access to date. We also now have a network

At the most recent meeting of the Council Executive we discussed changing the timings of pavement treatments in Winter. Should we move them from 6am to 7.30am, saving the council ÂŁ82k. Councillors were hesitant and have asked for further information, the question being is this saving worth the risk associated with icy pavements early in the morning? When you are faced with a decision over continuing (for example) a service aimed at helping young people suffering domestic abuse, or a project for additional needs adults into employment, those require the wisdom of Solomon. How do you make that decision, how do you balance those two priorities? None of the decisions that we make are easy and none are taken lightly. The budget process for 2020-21 starts next month, please get in touch and let me know where you think our priorities should be, and where you think savings can be made. Shona.haslam@scotborders.gov.uk

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The Peebles Garden: September September is a reset button: back to school, back to work, cooler nights and maybe sunnier days, a chance to gather in before winter and the bulbs are in the shops. New shades of red and rust, gold and amber creep into the garden and the countryside every day, especially after a clear night after a sunny autumn day. Plan for this by including certain plants in your garden and placing them where that first light hits them in the morning. Every garden needs at least one tree and most often that will be a deciduous one. Probably the best trees for autumn colour are sorbus, birch and larger acers. There are many good forms of these species so you can choose one that is the right size for your garden. As a rule the eventual height of the tree after about ten years should be the same as the longest side of the garden. So if your garden is at least 30 feet on the longest side then pick a tree that grows to about nine or ten metres. If you have a large garden where the longest side is 100 feet or about 30 metres then you can plant larger trees like Acer rubrum, Cercidiphyllum japonicum or Nyssa sylvatica. These beauties are spectacular and will light up your garden until every last leaf falls. Give them the room they deserve and allow them to develop properly without interference. Place the tree on the west side of the garden if the sun is to catch it in the morning at first light. If you don’t

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell The Circle of Life I had to laugh, the other day when a friend of mine got back from 2 weeks holiday to find while she was away someone had shrunk all her clothes. Followed the day afterwards by someone else telling me a similar story, so don’t worry, we are all in the same boat.  What usually happens (unless you have seriously overindulged) is when you get back to your usual routine, give it a few weeks, and you should find that you return to your pre-holiday state. But as we all know as we get older, it becomes a bit more challenging, but only if you let it! The season of chunky woollies and layers of clothes is not far off but don’t wish it to arrive sooner so you can hide, start with a few small changes now, after all, we may get an Indian summer yet.

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Peebles Silver Band Despite our high profile and generous support within the Burgh we regrettably were unsuccessful in winning anything from the Scottish Borders Council’s recent Localities Bid Fund. Whilst the idea of competing for money against similarly needy charities cannot be the right way to allocate central funds, we are grateful to those who did vote for us. That said, we were disappointed with the organisation of the voting system – it seems we were penalised by populating the Voting Platform early and a lot of our votes seemed to be “lost” in the ether. No matter, we carry on in our efforts to replace some of our older instruments for the benefit of our Youth Band and ultimately for the benefit of the Senior Band too. To that effect you will hopefully see us out on the High Street, weather permitting, over the weeks ahead. By the time you read this, we will also have held our annual Grand Prize Draw on 31st August. The 10 prize winners will be displayed shortly thereafter on the

Band’s website www. peeblesburghsilverband.com Thank you again to all of you who supported this fundraising event. Beltane Week seems a long time ago now and whilst we played every day except Monday and twice on Saturday, we had a great time. It was a real pleasure to see our youngsters enjoying themselves and marching in step and sometimes better than their older peers. The Retreat also went off well and we congratulate Peebles Ex-Servicemens’ Pipe Band on reaching their 100th anniversary (still some 85 years behind us). The Peebles Cornet, Andrew Napier was genuinely taken aback when his dad, Colin, marched over, handed him a Trombone and said “Come-mon you’re playing whi us noo”. Andrew did exceptionally well playing Sunshine on Leith and Loch Lomond despite never seeing that particular music beforehand.

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Notes on

Tower Houses Part two

------------------------------------------------------------------------By Steve Dubé

The Manor Valley, according to the 19th century Peebles-born Professor of Logic and Rhetoric John Veitch, had “a winsome grace particularly its own”. It was “proportioned, restrained and complete as a Greek temple, supremely perfect and lovable.” Veitch asserts that the valley accommodated at least nine, if not ten, “Peel-towers”, the homes of families, some of whose members fought at Flodden. Peeblesshire Archaeological Society only identifies six in its excellent booklet on the valley published in 2000. The most impressive, and most complete of these is Barns Tower, which was built in the late 16th century by William Burnet, known as “the Hoolet of Barns” shortly after his marriage to Margaret Stewart of Traquair. It was greatly altered in later years, but is one of the few tower houses to retain its iron yette grill across its main entrance – considered the earliest surviving yette still in its original position. On a window lintel above the doorway are carved the initials WB and MS. "Hoolet" was a staunch cavalier, and appeared at a muster in 1627 "well horsed, with a buff-coat and steel bonnet, lance and sword, accompanied with seven horsemen." The date 1498 cut in the lintel of the entrance door is thought to be comparatively modern. John Buchan made Barns famous with his first fulllength novel John Burnet of Barns, published in 1898. The Burnet family lived in the tower until James Burnet built a mansion nearby in 1773, after which the building was renovated to serve as accommodation for estate staff. The cost of the mansion and other extravagances exhausted the Burnet bank balance and the family had to sell the estate in 1838. The tower was abandoned but kept weatherproof until it was renovated in the early years of the 21st century and is now made available as holiday accommodation by its owners, the Benson family of the Wemyss and March estate.

Moving up the Manor Valley from Barns, the substantial tower of Castlehill, on the west bank of the Manor Water, was probably built towards the end of the 15th century by Thomas Lowis, who died in 1492. It still boasts its yette, but is complete up to the level of the second floor only on one side. Most of the rest rises only to first floor level, with its dressed sandstone dressings and rubble walls quarried away by builders. In 1555 the Castlehill furnishings included “ane set burd, tua furmes, four hingand durres without lokkis, ane hart horn hingand in the hall” (a table, two benches, four hung doors without locks, a hart’s horn hanging in the hall). We know this because they were recorded when Elizabeth Baird, Lady of Posso, attempted to seize the tower and force the young owner to marry someone against his will. In 1637 John Lowis sold Castlehill to Alexander Veitch of Nether Horsburgh and in 1729 it was bought by the spendthrift James Burnet of Barns, who then sold up as a bankrupt to Thomas Tweedie of Rachan and Quarter. The Tweedies were prominent in Drumelzier, and made their own contributions to family fortifications in that area. It was a much stronger building than Barns, with walls about seven feet thick. Little remains of Posso further up the Manor Valley. The ruins can be seen amongst trees a few fields away from the road. This was once a spacious group of buildings, a tower with two substantial outbuildings, terrace gardens and orchards, but only the stump of a tower and part of an outbuilding remain. John Baird is thought to have built it in the early 16th century. He didn’t enjoy it for long as he had died by 1526 when his widow Janet Scott married John Hay of Smithfield, on the site of Venlaw Castle, Peebles. It must have been a desirable property: after Baird left it to his daughters Elizabeth and Janet, it became the focus of an unpleasant family ruckus. Baird’s widow had five children with John Hay, and the eldest,

Thomas Hay, seized the property. The feisty Lady of Posso took legal action and won it back. They were lively times in the medieval Manor Valley. The towers that once stood at Langhaugh and Newholm Hope are little more than piles of rubble, although the foundations of several building and traces of terraces, and the scant remains of the ancient St Gordian’s Chapel nearby, suggest a fairly substantial settlement, about which very little is known. Langhaugh boasted terraces comparable to those at Neidpath and Posso, and many associated buildings. It was part of the Posso estate and the redoubtable Janet, Lady of Posso, is recorded as trying to throw out the tenant, William Cockburn, in 1561. She later reported her husband to the Privy Council for cruelty. Nothing much remains of the small Manorhead tower house at the top end of the valley either. What is left of the walls has been built up to make a farm shed with a corrugated iron roof. The lands of Manorhope, as it was formerly called, were granted in 1457 to John Inglis, eldest son of Thomas Inglis of Murdiston and his second wife. John’s descendants lived there until 1709, when it was sold to Alexander Horsburgh. The tower is probably 16th century and the remaining walls retain some of the original arrow slit windows, now blocked, and a couple of aumbries (mediaeval wall cupboards).

DROCHIL CASTLE Away from the Manor Valley, a short hike past Lyne leads to the unique and highly decorated Drochil Castle. This is not so much a tower as a fortified palace. The evocative ruins occupy a small rise surrounded by trees in the grounds of the farm of the same name overlooking the Lyne Water, 6.2 miles (10km) north-west of Peebles. James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, the last Regent of

Scotland during the minority of King James VI, began to build Drochil Castle on the site of a tower house soon after he became Regent in 1572. The intention was to create a palace on the lines of a French Chateau, a country mansion suitable for the country’s leading statesman, not far from the home of his cousin, William Hay, the 5th Lord Yester, at Neidpath Castle. His execution in 1581 was said to have put an end to the building work. Morton was decapitated by the “Maiden”, an early form of guillotine built by Edinburgh council in 1564, and remains the only victim of the device – which some say he designed himself. At least part of the building was roofed and habitable in the early 17th century. Morton’s son, the 5th earl, was ordered to reside there in 1600 and the 6th earl granted a life rent to an uncle and aunt provided they kept it in good repair. In 1631 it was owned by the Earl of Traquair and later by the Marquis of Tweeddale, who sold it to the Duke of Queensberry, from whom it descended to the present owners, the Wemyss and March estate. The substantial ruins as they survive today, despite some reduction by quarrying, show what an extraordinary place this would have been, with a design that was unlike anything else in Scotland at the time. The main four-storey block is a massive rectangle measuring 84ft by 69ft (25.56m x 21.03m) with two main corner towers complete with gun loops and turrets at the other corners, built of local whinstone rubble with dark red sandstone dressings. It would have been the grandest and most spectacular of our local tower houses.

Illustrations; Barns Tower, Castlehill, Drochil Castle


Kilimanjaro Trek On September 8th Freda Douglas and George Cuthill will accompany Rachel Alexander on a trip to Tanzania. Rachel is going to climb Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of Inspiring Life: Evie Douglas Memorial Fund (charity number: SCO 49009). Rachel’s determination will prove that mentally or physically mountains can be conquered! Evie’s story: Weeks after celebrating her 21st birthday, Evangeline Dobson Douglas (Evie) completed suicide. Evie exuded creativity, she studied, sang, painted, taught and choreographed dance, travelled worldwide, was an exercise instructor, and participated in extreme sports: marathon running, skiing, Tough Mudder, micro

lighting, and sky diving. She had so much to live for......... but Evie also struggled with her mental health, and after years of depression, she needed the pain to stop. We miss her so much. We have set up a charity in her honour, our charity supports others with mental health issues and donates to individuals and groups in our local area to improve well being. Rachel’s story: “Growing up next door to Evie and being in the same year at school we saw each other most days. Although we were in different friend groups, Evie’s infectious smile always caught my attention and made me smile too. I admired Evie for her need for adventure and marvellous talents, in particular, her stunning dancing

and art. When Freda told me about Kilimanjaro and asked if I would be interested in climbing it as part of Evie’s bucket list, I couldn’t help but say YES.” I cannot wait to take on this challenge and hopefully inspire others.” Rachel has set up a JustGiving page if anyone would still like to sponsor her: www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Jane2 We wish her the best of luck as she takes on this amazing challenge.

PCC Volunteer Day Peebles Community Trust is planning a Community Volunteer Day at the School Brae Hub in October. It’s a celebration of the work of community groups in our town and the volunteers that support activities that are often unfunded but which deliver valuable contributions that we all benefit from. It also aims to bring together volunteers from groups in the town who are looking for some more support and for people with a few hours to spare every week to lend a hand to worthy causes.. Pop in for a chance to chat over a cuppa and find out more.

Volunteering can be as little or as much time that you feel you can give. It covers a wide range of activities from administrative support through to more active indoor and outdoor activity. Everybody has something to give. Please get in touch if you are a community group looking for volunteers. You can contact us at admin@ peeblescommunity.org or call Alex on 07722 808830. And look out for further details in Peebles Life and local newspapers next month.

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Peebles and District Community Council

This is our first newsletter to the people of Peebles and we hope in the coming months to inform residents of the town of the issues of the day that we as a Community Council are dealing with and what we are trying to do on your behalf. Peebles Community Council (PCC) exists to ascertain, coordinate and express to Scottish Borders Council and other public authorities the views of the community and take action in the interests of the community. The PCC is made up entirely of volunteers who want to do their best for the town. The PCC is working in difficult times as Scottish Borders Council (SBC), in common with other councils, finds that they are having to prioritise the way in which they spend money. Whether or not we, as a community, are happy with this state of affairs and the way the council is run is almost immaterial. The PCC does comment on aspects of service delivery and will continue to do so, but, inevitably, it is becoming increasingly clear that communities such as ours need to take control of what we can and to do what is best for the wellbeing of the town, its residents and visitors. Some of

the big issues facing the town relate to planning, including the consultations for the next local development plan which, if planners get their way, will alter the town significantly, and as many believe, detrimentally. Other concerns include the replacement of flower beds with shrubs, the state of our public toilets, the closure of the tourist information office, the proposals for play parks, the reduction in care services etc. These are big challenges, some of which we along with others can tackle; where we cannot, we must try and ensure that SBC takes note of our concerns. Recently SBC announced, that to save money, they are to stop the annual planting of some flower beds and to either grass over some or set others to shrubs or herbaceous borders. We all know what happens when you plant beds over to shrubs, unless they are tended regularly and cared for, they soon become wild and unsightly and very unattractive. As residents will know Bonny Peebles has been tending many flower beds around the town for a number of years and have excelled themselves, producing displays year after year which are beautiful. For them to take on the additional work with the threatened flower beds with the resources they have is almost impossible and that is why the PCC has joined with Bonny Peebles to try and put together a strategy that will see them takeover these


threatened beds, flower baskets and tubs. To do that we need to attract more volunteers to this magnificent cause and attract more funds. Calculations have been made as to how much extra money is required before a commitment can be made to take on this additional work; we need commitments of around ÂŁ6,500 annually (at current prices) to be able to maintain our beautiful floral displays. So far we have obtained pledges of financial help of over ÂŁ2000. We are calling on businesses and individuals to pledge ongoing support to this cause which will help to keep Peebles as a wonderful place to live in and visit which in turn helps increase business turnover. Volunteering to help with the planting and maintenance of these beds is not an onerous task, teams working together for the occasional few hours can keep on top of the beds. This is one example of direct action by the PCC along with Bonny Peebles to try and save an important characteristic of the town. As we move into the future the PCC hopes and expects to join with other local bodies and organisations to address other issues of concern. Should you wish to help in any way, whether by volunteering or by pledging funds, then please contact the PCC by emailing us on secretary@ccrbpeebles. co.uk. Les Turnbull, Chairman

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Alpha returns to The Leckie Memorial Church Last year at St Andrews Leckie Parish: Peebles, we had a very successful Alpha course using the new Alpha Film series which we’re going to use again this year. Who is it for? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No charge. If Christianity is new to you, or you have questions about your faith, or you just want to explore the meaning of life, then Alpha is for you! Perhaps you have a friend or member of your family that doesn’t normally come to church but might be interested in com-

ing along with you to find out more.

The course will begin with a free drink and cake at Costa Coffee in Peebles on Thursday 12 September at 7pm where we will watch an introductory film. Then come along to the 10-week evening Alpha Course (7-9pm approx.) which runs from 19 September in the Leckie Memorial Church Hall If you are interested, or want to find out more, please contact Andrew & Julie Knox andrew-wknox@hotmail.com. Alternatively phone the Church Office 723121 or pop in on any midweek morning.

Scottish Country DancingFun, Fitness & Friendship Do you want to keep fit and active but need something more than that? An enjoyable evening or afternoon out and the opportunity to make new friends? That’s exactly what Scottish country dancing offers. Whether you haven’t tried this before or have danced previously, a warm welcome awaits with experienced teachers and friendly dancers. Now is a good time to start. All you need are soft shoes and we’ll find you a different partner for each dance. The benefits for dancers are well documented, including, improved stamina, strength, flexibility, heart health, memory and general wellbeing. Scottish country dancing, what is it? Scottish country dancing is part of our Scottish culture and heritage. Groups in Peeblesshire, all well established, are active in maintaining this tradition and promoting new dances. Dances - Jigs, Reels and Strathspeys, are either arranged in sets of 3, 4, or 5 couples in lines facing their partner or 1 couple on each side of a square. You will be taught how to dance the basic steps and formations, as well as the dances so that dancers will be able to confidently join in the fun at social events.

The new season of dancing begins in September and we welcome new adult members both men and women. If you are interested or want more information please contact us:Innerleithen Club Wednesdays, St Ronan’s School, 7.30 - 9.30 from 18th Sept Contact Melvin Cannell 01721 720144


Peebles Club Tuesdays, Kingsland School 7.00 - 9.00 from 17th Sept St Joseph’s SCD Group Tuesdays, St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre 2.00 -3.30 from 17th Sept Contact Raymond Handyside 01721 724182


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Peebles Rugby Club

A great weekend of seven-a-side rugby was held on the first weekend of August at The Gytes. The weekend kicked off on the Friday evening with most Border sides taking part in the Under 16 tournament. After some outstanding ties, Hawick Youth became the first winners of the Laureat Society Cup with an extra time victory over Melrose in a pulsating final. In the earlier Laureat Bowl final, Duns overcame a hastily pulled together Peebles A team, who competed well, right through the competition. The main course was served up on the Saturday with the Senior Sevens, kicking off this season’s Kings of the Sevens Series. Some great ties took place in glorious weather, with Jedforest coming out on top in a well contested final versus Hawick and lifting the Captains Rosebowl. Sunday saw the curtain come down on a very successful weekend with the Peebles Colts Sevens, where Hawick Youth again took the spoils, in a mirror image of the Under 16’s Sevens, defeating Melrose Wasps in the final. Away from the sevens tournaments, a few club players have been involved in the various regional sides taking part in the recent Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy Regional Championships. Peebles players Arran Cameron and Patrick Cannon turned out for the Borders & East Lothian side who won all three matches against Edinburgh, Glasgow and Caledonia, before winning the final against Caledonia. In the Under 18 Championship meanwhile, Patrick Harrison appeared for Borders and East Lothian while Struan Wells turned out

for Edinburgh. This age grade was finally won by Caledonia in a final against Borders & East Lothian. Finally, the Borders & East Lothian Under 20 side saw Stuart Hunter take the field in their win over Edinburgh. The boys now have to sit back and wait to see if their representative journeys can continue when the International squads are announced shortly. As we read this, Peebles teams will have commenced their seasons and you can keep track of their league campaigns in the following competitions:-

Peebles 1stXV - Tennent’s National League Division 2 & Border League

Peebles Reds - Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 2

Peebles Colts - Border Semi-Junior League Peebles Under 16’s - Borders Under 16 League

Peebles Youth (S1, S2, U15, U16 & Colts) - Mitsubishi Warrior Conference

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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Peebles Life September 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.

Peebles Life September 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.


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