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Welcome to the October edition of Peebles Life. As I write this introduction, I am sat in a hotel room in Riga, in the middle of delivering a significant project for a Latvian University. So, as I am sure you can appreciate the importance of this October is clearly on my mind. This month promises to be one of the most important in our country’s recent history, at the end of it we will either be out of the EU, with or without a deal, or our PM will be taking cover in a ditch.

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Issue 169

Big Issue


What’s on in October


Peebles Pensioners Association


Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


In this month’s Big Issue we have taken another look at one of the longest-running transport sagas in the town, brought back into focus by the recent roadworks on Tweed Bridge. As everyone knows, the work caused significant disruption and highlighted to issues the town faces when it’s main cross river link is even partially out of action.

Peebles Portraits - Julian Goodacre


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Music in Peebles


The Council have long said that a second link is needed, indeed in 2013 Cllr Edgar (Selkirk) who was Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure said that without a new bridge development in Peebles would “stagnate”. He must be relieved that this does not seem to be the case with Peebles earmarked in council plans for a possible 958 houses, whilst Cllr Edgars hometown has plans for 106.

A Gift for Peebles


Twin Landmarks for Community Trust


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Peebles and District Community Council


Wonderful Weather

46 October 2019

Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland


Tweeddale Youth Action


Peebles Community Centre


The Peebles Garden


Political page from Cllr Kris Chapman


Peebles Rugby Club




The fact we still don’t know is causing real damage to businesses across the UK, I for example, have no idea how easy it will be to get back here in early November when I am expected back.

The Council has pledged £500,000 for consideration of the new crossing, we are not against more development in the town, but as well as a bridge, we would also do with a new school and improved health facilities. We also have our regular update from the Peebles and District Community Council highlighting the work they are involved in. Unsurprisingly, the key area seems to be disagreements with the Council over planning! But they also announce two very welcome and good bits of news. Money has been secured from the government for the purchase of the Ex Servicemen’s Club, creating a new community hub in the town, and offering a home to a number of important local groups. The Community Trust has also secured a Community Right To Buy on the March Street Mills, meaning that the current owners cannot sell for 5 years without offering the site to the community first. We also have an excellent Peebles Portrait of Julian Goodacre, one of the UK’s leading bagpipe makers, it is a great read, detailing his journey through life. We also have a feature on a Gift For Peebles, and great initiative launched to support various projects around the time, they are doing some excellent work and deserve the town’s support.


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Big Issue By Steve Dubé

The Tweed Bridge divide has opened up again. This time it was prompted by the long delays imposed on motorists by several days of road works apparently arranged without adequate – or perhaps even any – publicity. Long queues of snaking along the High Street and every other approach road revived the issue of a second bridge as well as creating consternation among gummed up drivers thrumming fingers on their steering wheels as temperatures rose. The second bridge debate links with arguably the most contentious issue of our times for Peebles: new housing. In November, 2013, Selkirk councillor Gordon Edgar, the council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, famously observed: "Peebles will stagnate if we don't build another bridge. It will mean that any future development will be held back by the requirement for a bridge.” This appears to be a direct reference to new housing south of the river, where many of the proposed sites for new housing, as well as the only additional land for business and industrial use, are located. Mr Edgar’s particular view of the prospects for Peebles must give him cause for concern when he looks at the options outlined for his home town of Selkirk in SBC’s draft Local Development Plan (LDP), which identifies sites for only 106 new homes. This contrasts to the 482 new homes identified in the draft LDP for Peebles and its catchment area. Add to that 396 already proposed or being built and another 70 listed on “future sites”, and that makes a possible total of 958 new homes in and around Peebles in the next decade or so. It’s unsustainable of course, and hopefully unlikely, but if housing is the vital ingredient of a healthy community, Selkirk is doomed. Mr Edgar may be relieved to note that future development in Peebles has not yet been held back by the absence of a new bridge. Persimmon PLC, the UK’s second biggest house builder, which presumably recognises a rosy prospect, has begun to construct new homes south of the river next to the South Parks industrial estate. This site had been earmarked for 50 homes in the current LDP, but a total of 71 was approved by SBC’s planning committee without any mention of a second bridge, and by dismissing local objections centred on the access along Caledonian Road, which accommodates the emergency services and is already effectively restricted to single file traffic most of the

time. With 35% of households owning more than one car, those 71 extra homes will put at least the same number of cars along Caledonian Road and mostly onto Tweed Bridge. Incidentally, councillors approved the development even as Persimmon chief executive Dave Jenkinson reportedly blamed a drop in profits – to an average of £67,000 per house – on shoddy workmanship, huge executive rewards and an overreliance on the government’s help-to-buy scheme. With SBC under pressure to deliver the Scottish government’s demand for new housing, one is reminded of a phrase once used apocryphally of unscrupulous London tailors: “Never mind the quality, feel the width.” That observation certainly seems to apply to the Taylor Wimpey at Kittlegairy where it has been reported that half the 250 houses on the estate were built with weaker mortar than recommended under industry standards and could therefore be “less durable”. Unabashed, Taylor Wimpey and its partner AWG Property plan another 216 houses alongside (Kittlegairy 2) and insist that the present bridge could cope with more than 200 additional household cars and associated commercial traffic. SBC planners, and most people in Peebles, disagree. What if there were a serious emergency north of the river that the emergency services were unable to reach rapidly because of traffic congestion from road works or because the bridge had to be closed for some reason? The bridge road works and the Persimmon development have raised that question once again. The council has now allocated £420,000 in its sevenyear strategic capital programme for preparatory work to consider “future requirements” for a new bridge and has identified three possible options, each starting from the Cavalry Park area and emerging on the eastern edge of the town. This would open up additional areas of development south of the river – such as a total of 70 homes in the current LDP at Whitehaugh and Hogsbridge, and a long-term option on a 13.2 hectare (32.6-acre) site east of Cademuir. Cllr Edgar, in his role as executive member for roads and infrastructure, is overseeing this study. We can only hope that he and his advisors pay attention to the wider implications of development in a town that has already more than delivered its fair share of new housing in the Scottish Borders.

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What’s on in October?

A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com. Wednesday 2: 7 pm Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital.

Thursday 10: 7.30 pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www.peeblescommunity.org.

Monday 7: 7.30 pm Border Philatelic Society meeting 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

Sunday 13: 10.30 am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU Monday 21: 7.30 pm Border Philatelic Society, see Monday 7th. Sunday 27: 10.30 am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat,

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 Thursday 7.30pm Peebles Singers - Meet in Dovecot Court. New members made most welcome, especially gentlemen. No auditions and not essential to read music Further information available from Jill 01721 602348. 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 Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU Wednesday 2: 2 - 4pm Painting and Drawing Workshop. Peebles Art Group meets fortnightly in the Peebles Community Centre (Old Drill Hall), Walkershaugh, Tweedgreen. New members welcome - details from Richard J Digance 07432 234 759 or 0131 574 5586 (Email: aartisrjd@aol.com). Wednesday 2: 7.30pm Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh “TABLETOP PHOTOGRAPHY” This is your chance to have a go at photographing a variety of objects, scenarios and set ups. It is a practical night so remember to bring along your camera and if you have a tripod bring that too. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tripod – you will still be able to take photographs. Please bring along any torches you have and if you have a flashgun you can bring that too. It should be a fun night.

Saturday 5: 10am – 12noon

‘Peebles Old Parish Church Guild of Friendship are holding a coffee morning in the MacFarlane Hall. Home baking, usual stalls, entry £1.50. All welcome. Sunday 6: **Tweeddale Ramblers. No walk due to the Tweeddale Ramblers/Tweeddale U3A Walkaway, Tarbet, Loch Lomond. Sunday 6: 10.00am - 3.00pm Dawyck Autumn Plant Sale, Bring and Buy - Free entry Tuesday 8: 2 – 4pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age (TU3A) Our next monthly meeting is in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall, Rosetta Road, Peebles. David Ferguson will give a talk entitled ‘The Buzz about Bee-keeping’. All members and guests will be welcome. If you would like more information prior to this please visit our website: u3asites.org.uk/tweeddale/ Or phone the membership secretary 01721 722791. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Tweeddale Society Talk. The Industrial Heritage of Tweeddale, speaker Ted McKie and Ross McGinn. The Eastgate Theatre. Check our web site - www.tweeddale-society.org.uk for more information. Wednesday 9: 7.30pm Peebles Wildlife Talks Our first talk of this season will be by Philip Ashmole, speaking about The Wildlife of Ascension and St Helena, taking place in the Leckie Memorial Church Hall. All welcome. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Saturday 12: 11am Depressed Cake Shop/Cafe and See Me Walk a Mile return to Peebles. Fundraising for Inspiring Life; Evie Douglas Memorial Fund. The Depressed Cake Shop and Cafe will be open at 11am in the MacFarlane Hall. “Where there is cake there is hope, and there is always cake. At 12.30 pm you are invited to walk a mile in order to raise awareness of mental health. This is a safe environment where stories can be shared without judgment. Back in the hall there will also be information and craft stalls. Come and join us for cake, open and honest conversation, and a warm and inclusive welcome! Together we will end stigma and discrimination!

Sunday 13: **Tweeddale Ramblers. No walk due to the Tweeddale Ramblers/Tweeddale U3A Walkaway, Tarbet, Loch Lomond. Wednesday 16: 2-4 pm Tweeddale Textile Group Our next monthly meeting will be held in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road Peebles. Jan Wagner from East Linton will be coming to give a talk and display entitled ‘From Waste to Treasure’. Everyone is very welcome. Visitors can pay at the door £5. Wednesday 16: 2 - 4pm Peebles Art Group - Painting and Drawing Workshop - see Wed 2 for details Wednesday 16: 7.30 Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh. “IT’S ALL IN BLACK AND WHITE” Guest Speaker: Dr NEIL SCOTT We welcome well respected Judge and speaker Dr Neil Scott who will share with us his expertise and enthusiasm for Black and White Photography. He believes that Black and White photography allows the viewer to appreciate light and shade, form and texture without colour getting in the way. Thursday 17: 7.30pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society - talk by Matthew Knight (National Museum of Scotland) “Performing Deposition in Late Bronze Age Scotland” Meeting held in Walkershaugh Community Centre Peebles. Guests/non-members welcome (charge of £4). Sunday 20: 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Roslin Circular. A strenuous walk from Roslin Cross, along Roslin Glen Railway walk, and through Auchendinny, Bush Estate, Castlelaw, Soutteraine, Boghall, Dryden Woods, Bilston Viaduct and back to start. 11.8 miles/19 km, ascent 1804 feet/ 5500m. Saturday 26: 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 27: 9am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Whiteadder Reservoir Circular. A moderate walk from the northwest edge of the Whiteadder Reservoir, via Priestlaw Farm, Penshiel, Herring Road, Priestlaw Hill and back to start. 6.8 miles/11km, ascent 902 feet/ 275m. Wednesday 30: 2 - 4pm Peebles Art Group - Painting and Drawing Workshop - see Wed 2 for details. Saturday 2 November: 10am-noon Rotary Annual Club Coffee Morning the Rotary Club of Peebles is holding its annual coffee morning in the McFarlane Hall to raise money for Bonnie Peebles. Admission £1.50. There will be the usual home baking stall, a tombola and a raffle so please come along and give us y

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Peebles Pensioners Association The first meeting of the autumn session was on 19 September 2019 when we welcomed Billy Hutton and Heather Jeffrey from Border Care and Repair. It has been over 9 years since we last had a talk from their predecessor and with our membership very much increased since 2009, it was most definitely time for a revisit. This was a really interesting and informative talk with many members interested in the services they provide. I would like to thank both Billy and Heather for taking time out of their busy schedule to come and talk to us. For the second meeting of the autumn session, we will be showing a film show entitled “Peebles Road Trip” which we have very kindly been given by Donald and John Swanson. Will

all members please note that the meeting will start promptly at 2pm and all members are asked to be seated by 1:50pm at the latest as the film runs for approx 50 minutes. It is likely that the meeting will not finish until 3:45pm. The micro fundraising got off to an amazing start with the shortbread and scones selling out within about 4 minutes but it was very pleasing to see so many members looking to support the fundraising this way. *** For members only – there will be more home baking available to buy at the October meeting with other members offering to bake too. So, remember to bring some extra money!

Will all members please remember that if you would like to attend the Christmas lunch, you need to put the menu choice sheet and your payment of £13 into the payment envelope and bring it back to the October meeting. Please note that membership of Peebles Pensioners Association remains closed and all meetings are for members only and there will be no ad hoc admittance to nonmembers. We continue to operate a waiting list, so if you are interested in joining the Pensioners when a place becomes available, please contact the Secretary (details below) for a Membership Application Form. Laura Scott (Secretary) 07484 663518 / Peeblespensioners@ btinternet.com.


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New Website for Tweedgreen We’re delighted to let you know that the Tweedgreen website is live....www.tweedgreen.org.uk. It’s colourful and accessible and our aim is to keep you informed about our projects and about local events. We welcome feedback and information to share (tweedgreenpeebles@googlemail.com). After our article in Peebles Life in August, we received more ideas about how to make Peebles one use plastic free and these are being incorporated into our new leaflet, available very soon. Our other main projects are to encourage people away from fossil fuels and towards woodfuel and renewables , and to promote growing and gardening. Our garden, the Secret Garden, is off Dean’s Wynd, beside the British Heart Foundation on Peebles High St; it’s a beautiful peaceful spot, open during shop hours and gardeners are there on Tuesdays from 11 to 2 and on the first Saturday of every month at the same time. Everyone very welcome. On our website, you’ll find our lovely new leaflet giving information about all the community gardens in Peebles and Innerleithen with times when volunteers and visitors are welcome. Thanks to Outside the Box for support in producing this. Over the winter we will be holding a series of meetings on issues related to climate change including one on sustainable housing which will bring together architects who have worked on sustainable social housing projects, local planners and concerned members of the community. Watch this space.....

Extinction Rebellion to hold a silent vigil for the earth. With so much political turmoil at the moment it is crucial that we keep climate change at the top of the agenda and Greta Thunberg, 350.org and many other environmental organisations have called for October to be a month of action. Every Friday from 20th September to the end of October we will be holding a silent vigil beside the post office and we would love you to join us. We will hold silence from 5 to 5.30 and then there will be the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. Please come and join us. Everyone has a different contribution to make in the struggle for climate justice and working with others who share the same concerns and commitment is strengthening.

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Chewing Gum Toxicity

Lots of dogs love to sniff out rubbish and other discarded items on their walks to eat and Isla, Border vets Assistant Manager Tracey’s dog, was no exception. Isla found an old hard piece of chewing gum and her walk and promptly ate it!

Many people are unaware of the fatal poisoning that can occur when chewing gun is eaten by their dog. Chewing gum contains a substance called Xylitol, which is an artificial sweetening product. This substance can also be found in some sweets, cake mixtures, toothpaste, peanut butter and medications. Just one piece of chewing gum can be enough to cause very serious, lift threatening problems. So when Tracey rang to say Isla had eaten some gum she was advised to bring her in straight to the E-vets emergency clinic. The initial danger with Xylitol is a sudden and often rapid drop in blood sugar levels. It causes the body to release lots of insulin hormone. Low blood sugar makes an animal feel sleepy and lethargic but can progress to in-coordination, collapse, seizure and death. Chewing gum can also cause acute liver damage, which may become more apparent over the next few hours and days. This damage may not be reversible. More rarely, the ability of the blood to clot properly may be affected. If your dog has eaten chewing gum please ring your vet immediately for advice. It is likely that your vet will try to make your dog vomit. They may need to wash the stomach out and give substances to stop absorption of the toxin. Pets may need their sugar levels monitored and may need to be put on a drip with glucose in it. In serious cases, where liver damage is occurring, treatments and hospitalisation may extend over several days. Sadly, death or euthanasia following Xylitol ingestion is not uncommon so it is very important to be aware of the dangers.

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The start of a new school year is always a busy time at Peeblesshire Youth Trust and this year has been no exception. We have spent much time at Peebles High School this term, helping some new S1 pupils settle in, by way of our Buddy Up programme. We match S6 volunteers buddies with S1 pupils, to give them a friendly face that they can ask any questions or tackle any problems faced in the first term at Peebles High School. This year we matched 20 S6 buddies with S1 pupils and will continue to support the partnerships throughout this term. We recently held a group activity for our P7 and S1 pupils, with a visit to the alpacas at Velvethall. We were able to feed, cuddle and hose down the alpacas (we were fortunate to visit on a hot sunny afternoon!), which was a brand new experience for most of our young people and adults alike. Working with animals is a great way to grow confidence in young people and to learn about building relationships. Next month we will welcome our first intake of local Primary 6 pupils to attend our Achieve Your Potential workshops. These workshops focus on building resilience prior to transition to high school,

Peeblesshire Youth Trust works across Tweeddale with young people aged 10-14 years, to build resilience and confidence. 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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Eshiels Woods Open Day Visitors to the Tweed Valley Forest Festival on Sunday October 20 will be able to take advantage of a shuttle bus to explore Peebles own community wood on the last of three Open Days this year. The 17-acre mixed woodland alongside the river Tweed was bought by Peebles Community Trust earlier this year after it was placed on the open market by the Forestry Commission. The aim was to protect against clear felling or speculative ownership and enable a range of activities to enhance landscape, improve biodiversity, secure public access and safeguard the cycle route between Peebles and Cardrona. The Eshiels Community Wood management group aims to maintain the wood as a great place to walk and enjoy picnics and other leisure activities and conduct trials of management techniques including coppicing, extracting wood gradually for wood fuel, bean sticks and other uses.

Originally planted in 1928, part of wood was felled in 2006 to allow access to the adjoining recycling centre, but was replanted by scouts and other volunteers with hundreds of native trees. There are now a number of magnificent specimen trees. The last Open Day of the year will feature music and woodland art and woodland-based activities for young people. The shuttle bus will leave the Drill Hall at regular intervals from 12 noon on Sunday, October 20, with the last return journey at around 4pm. The more energetic can walk or cycle the one-and-a-half miles along the multi-use path from Peebles, which leads directly to the wood.

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Peebles Portrait Julian Goodacre Article and pictures by Steve Dubé _____________________________ You might not know it’s there but tucked into a gap in the streetscape in Elcho Street Brae, a nondescript door leads to the workshop of one of Scotland’s most innovative bagpipes makers. Julian Goodacre designs and makes a surprising range of mouth-blown and bellows bagpipes in a former Gas Board workshop he bought one year after moving to his home just around the corner in Elcho Street in 1990. He specialises in reviving the extinct English and Cornish bagpipes as well as exploring varieties of lesser known historical Scottish bagpipes. His range includes several unique designs, including a double-chanter Cornish bagpipe, inspired by a carving dated from the early 1500’s in a church on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, and a Leicestershire bagpipe named after the county where he was born and brought up. Egged on by Callum Armstrong, whom he calls “my friend, apprentice, protégé, co-conspirator and assistant”, he even made a triple chanter set and an Aquapipe (in the key of G) to be played in the water. This year he documented a career of more than 30 years with a book, “Some of me Tunes, and some of me Friends’ Tunes” and, along with some of his friends, will stage an evening’s celebration of tunes, stories, poems, insights and anecdotes, mostly drawn from the book, at the Eastgate Theatre on November 23.

This leading British pipemaker arrived in Peebles on a journey that began in 1950 as the youngest of six siblings on a south Leicestershire farm and proceeded through education at Harrow, a potpourri of jobs, travel and exploration. “At Harrow I spent as much time as I could in the music school, although I still can’t read music” he says. And whenever he could, he would sneak off to the metal and wood workshops to avoid sports and explore the possibilities of the well-equipped facilities, indulging in an interest fostered in the farmyard of inventing things from bits and pieces. “I made a crossbow using a rear spring from a Morris Minor car – imagine being allowed to do something like that today in a school workshop!” After Harrow, where he failed his A-level exams, he went to the “Swinging London” of the late 1960s, a city bursting with artistic innovation and the scent of cultural and political revolution, hanging out with artists and enjoying concerts by the greats of Sixties music. After 14 months he and a friend drove up to the Edinburgh Festival and

dabbled in art performances and exhibitions. He settled in Scotland and a seminal moment for Julian was a sevenmonth Government Retraining course in agricultural machine repair and maintenance at Irvine, Ayrshire that taught him basic welding and metal fabrication skills. During this time, he bought a four-ton 1920s showman’s wagon and parked it on an Ayrshire turnip farm. A 5 year spell as an agricultural engineer, while living in a cooperative commune, protesting against dumping nuclear waste in the hills of Galloway ended in what he calls “a journey of self-discovery” to Africa and the Far East, during which he taught himself to make penny whistles, fantasised about making bagpipes and caught hepatitis. Back in Scotland, Julian bought a lathe and taught himself to make bagpipes. He made two, one for himself and the other for his brother. “Brother John was aware that there had once been English bagpipes up to the 18th century and wanted to revive them so I said I

would make him some. That first set of pipes looks awful to my eyes but he played it for years and years and it sounded wonderful – until one day it was stolen from his car.” Julian taught himself to play the pipes and formed a ceilidh band with some friends. In 1982 he met his first wife Sharon – they married at the Samye Ling Buddhist monastery near Langholm – and then moved back to Edinburgh, where Julian set up his workshop to become a professional bagpipe maker, with help from the Enterprise Allowance scheme. The move to Peebles came when their son Liam was ready for school. Julian and Sharon felt that the richer kids were creamed off from schools in Edinburgh, and they like the classlessness that they felt Peebles could offer in education. “It was the best thing we ever did. Sharon did not want to move at first. But then she got a job working three days a week at a home for the elderly in Edinburgh, which she loved, and it allowed to her to stay in touch with her friends in Edinburgh.” “It felt great to become part of the Peebles community. My sister Myrtle Ashmole had been living here for years and we got to make new friends through her and the school and through people like Peter Norris. I met him in the street and told him I was looking for a workshop and within three days he gave me several sheets of A4 paper with a list of possible workshops.” “The Peebles Beltane brings the community together at lots of different levels. It’s is very precious because it connects people with tradition and is in many ways the bedrock of the community.” Liam was First Courtier while at school and Julian has played at the Beltane concert and The Goodacre Brothers trio of English bagpipes took part in the procession on one occasion. “The Beltane is a great celebration and I have admiration for the way it is organised and has been able to adapt to change over the years. But it does needs to keep looking at itself and adapting because our world is

changing at a very fast pace. It needs to find a way to keep celebrating diversity without resorting to stereotypes.” Sharon died of cancer in 2002 and Julian married his second wife, Pat, in 2010. As soon as Pat moved to Peebles she fell in love with the place and is busy with a variety of community activities. One of Julian’s links with the community can be seen at the annual Peace and Justice Book Sale, where he mans the CD and DVD stall, and in his enthusiastic membership of Traquair Choir along with Pat and his sister Myrtle, who featured in a Peebles Portrait in March 2015. His concert at the Eastgate Theatre on November 23 will be celebration with music, poems, stories and anecdotes featuring some of the

important people in Julian’s life and promises to be as rare as the pipes he makes. “I make the rare breeds of the pipes,” he says. “At school I was spending so much time with music and metal and wood working. That agricultural engineering course I did years ago brought it all together in what I do now, using metal and wood to make music.” Making pipes, music and tunes has led to numerous collaborations and a catalogue of CDs. You can find out much more at www.goodbagpipes. com His new book and CDs will be on sale at the Eastgate Theatre during the Some of Me Tunes concert and celebration on November 23.


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Little more than 60 days since the Eastgate closed for renovations, a brighter, better and slightly bigger theatre building has reopened to the public – with theatre staff eager to welcome everyone back and reveal all the changes. Downstairs, the café features a new snug area with extra space for tables and chairs, while the whole café is enhanced by additional sunlight thanks to a new front entrance and glass curtain wall. Upstairs, the fully renovated auditorium has been transformed, with more space, better sightlines from both the stalls and balconies, a new bank of extremely comfortable raked seating and hand

And with everything from live music, including Patsy Cline and Friends, Kings of the Blues, The Counterfeit Sixties and Fara, to high quality drama, opera on screen and outstanding films – not least Billy Connolly’s The Sex Life of Bandages – there is plenty to tempt audiences into the new auditorium in October alone. As well as major grant funding, the renovation work has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from a host of private donors and fundraisers – many of whom are Eastgate regulars. Image: Billy Connolly in The Sex Life of Bandages, Sun 20 Oct.

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Music in Peebles Welcomes

The Bach Ensemble of Edinburgh The Bach Ensemble of Edinburgh brings together some of Scotland’s best-known string players to perform music of the great masters of the Baroque era. Its concerts in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk have been highlights of the city’s Festival over several years.

Concerti Grossi Op.6 Nos. 2,3,5,7&11 and Op.3 No.2 In addition to this, works by Handel, Mozart, Purcell, Vivaldi and Warlock have been performed including the Vivaldi's Gloria for a charity concert in association with the Edinburgh ladies choir, Glits.

Joining the string ensemble are one of Scotland’s foremost accompanists and continuo players, John Cameron, and young Edinburgh flautist, Hannah Foster. Hannah is making a welcome early return to Peebles, having been a star of last season’s Patron’s Concert.

Two members of the Bach Ensemble of Edinburgh already have connections to Peebles. Robert Dick is the Conductor of Peebles Orchestra, and recently directed the very well received “Come and Sing” Mozart Requiem hosted by Peebles Orchestra and a scratch choir. Kenneth Taylor, headteacher of St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, is the son of Daphne and John Taylor, who are members of Music in Peebles. Their very musical family gave a lovely fundraising concert in Innerleithen Church in August in conjunction with Innerleithen Music Festival.

We will hear three string concertos from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico set and one of Handel’s wonderful Opus 6 Concerti Grossi. Framing these are two iconic works by J.S. Bach, the second of his four Orchestral Suites and the fifth of his six Brandenburg Concertos, both featuring virtuosic writing for a solo flute. Programme JS Bach Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor: Flute Hannah Foster Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, Op.3, No.8: Violins Robert Dick & Sheena Jardine Vivaldi Concertos Op.3, No.9 in G and No.6 in A Minor: Violin Claire Docherty Handel Concerto Grosso in Bb, Op.6, No.7 Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D: Piano John Cameron, Violin Robert Dick, Flute Hannah Foster The Bach Ensemble of Edinburgh was formed in 2012 with a view to performing the works of Bach and other composers of the Baroque period. The group has given very well attended, successful performances for eight successive years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Canongate Kirk. Repertoire has included: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, notable for its use of a different soloist for each season, the complete L'Estro Armonico Op.3 1-12 and recently Handel


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A Gift for Peebles Since it’s inception in July 2018, A Gift for Peebles has enjoyed a year of fundraising and volunteering in the Peebles community and has now chosen four new groups to support during its second year.

Marion Anderson and Angela Preston, co-founders of the not for profit organisation have selected Haylodge Hospital Activities Group, Peebles CAN, Peebles Burgh Youth Band, and School’s Out. Each group is asked for a ‘wish list’ of items for A Gift for Peebles to endeavour to fundraise for and purchase over the year. The wish lists usually consist of items needed for projects or activities, or to replace key items like photocopiers and chairs to support groups to function in a sustainable and effective way. Last year Marion and Angela raised over £3000 which included donations from Asda Galashiels green token votes and £1000 from Persimmon Homes. The selected groups last year, Nomad Beat, Peeblesshire Youth Trust Christmas Hampers, Encore Arts, and Tiny Toes, received items from their wish lists including arts and crafts materials, health and wellbeing items, chairs, vouchers for food, music stands, and printers. Marion

and Angela also donated over 200 hours of volunteering to the groups offering their time, experience, and skills gained from many years of working in the charity sector. They were delighted to also secure funding of £30,000 from the Robertson Trust for Nomad Beat. ‘We feel privileged to support such a wide range of activities and groups and for different ages and needs in Peebles’ Angela said ‘This is exactly what A Gift for Peebles is about - giving something back to our community‘. This year A Gift for Peebles will also be supported by Peebles Rotary Club who are very happy to help tick some items off the chosen groups wish lists. Following a talk at a Rotary meeting, Angela and Marion, were delighted to hear that Rotarians wished to support their cause. The Rotary Club has already donated £150 towards Haylodge Hospital Activities Group to help purchase items for patients at the hospital to not only enjoy, but also have health benefits. The items encourage patients to use their hand and eye coordination, can help with balance, support dementia patients, and build friendships. ‘When we visited the

group’ said Marion ‘one of the patients told us that she sat side by side in a bed next to a lady but neither could move their heads enough or could move to talk to one another. Coming to the Activities Group meant that she could sit at a table opposite the lady to have a ‘good old chat and a cup of tea’. Haylodge Hospital patients have already benefited with a donation of a large Connect 4 to help with balance and hand eye coordination and two ‘living’ pets for patients particularly who have dementia as they are very soothing and lifelike, and can evoke memories of their own pets. A Gift for Peebles is delighted to fulfil a request to purchase a new euphonium for the Peebles Burgh Youth Band and following a successful fundraising Craft Fair in September, is looking forward to meeting with School’s Out and Peebles CAN to discuss how they can make a difference there too. To follow A Gift for Peebles progress facebook.com/ agiftforpeebles For further information on how to donate or help fundraise please email angelapreston7@gmail.com

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Volunteer Fair

The first Volunteer Fair in Peebles takes place at the School Brae Hub on Saturday October 5 with local voluntary groups setting out their stalls to meet potential new recruits. The event is organised by Peebles Community Trust (PCT), which acts as an umbrella organisation, providing administrative back-up and enabling insurance cover for groups as well as operating as a dynamic player in local life. It’s seen as a celebration of the volunteering spirit of Peebles as well as a shop window where the local community can see the spectrum of opportunities available to volunteers and talk to people already engaged in voluntary work. “There are so many volunteer groups in Peebles and such a strong volunteering tradition and we want to foster those qualities of our community life and help them to grow,” said PCT administrator Alex Wilson. “Groups like the Christmas Lights committee are only really visible once a year but they need volunteers all the time to organise their affairs and handle finance. We’re inviting groups to take a table at an event where people can see the variety of opportunities on offer and talk about things over a cup of tea or coffee.” Opportunities range from home-based telephone and IT work to acting as a pilot for the new Cycling Without Age group, which provides fresh air recreation for elderly people is a trishaw carriage, and is currently raising funds to be able

to link up to a conventional wheelchair. There’s the Tweed Valley Railway Path volunteers, who combine meeting up socially with maintaining this stunning five-mile multi-use link between Peebles and Innerleithen through Cardrona, clearing overhanging vegetation, picking up rubbish and generally spending time together in the open air doing something useful for nothing. The same community spirit inspires the Bonnie Peebles group, which has helped to keep the town looking beautiful since 2006, winning awards for eye-catching displays on Edinburgh Road, at the Drill Hall, and in Northgate, Haylodge Park, School Brae and at the swimming pool. The group also organised the popular train and Scott Brash sculptures. “This is about the people of Peebles who are making something happen in our community,” said Alex. “We’re so lucky to have so many groups making a real difference to living here, from helping to run the Eastgate Theatre and the Beltane festival to driving the Tweed Wheels community bus and maintaining the network of footpaths and cycle tracks. This event will celebrate their work and make new connections.”

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Twin Landmarks for Peebles Community Trust Support at the highest levels of government in Scotland has been delivered in two landmark developments announced by Peebles Community Trust (PCT) during the summer. The first came with the decision by the Scottish Land Fund, the government’s primary support mechanism for community ownership of land and land assets, to cover the costs of purchasing and improving the former ExServicemen’s Club as community hub. Now named the School Brae Hub, the town centre building now accommodates the PCT office as well as the town’s pipe band in its historic home and new tenants such as the Peebles and District Men’s Shed and the Tweeddale Peace Group’s book sale sorting centre. The second landmark is the decision by the Scottish Ministers to register a Community Right to Buy (CRtB) for PCT on the former March Street Mill site. This means that the site owner, Moorbrook Textiles Ltd, based in Ayr, is prohibited from any action connected with transferring the land, or any part of it, for five years. Any decision by the company to sell the site on the open market will activate PCT’s Right to Buy and an independent valuer will determine the price. PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth said the two developments demonstrate that the trust’s work is supported at the highest levels as well as in the local community. “We were required to produce signed endorsements of our CRtB application from 10 per cent of the voters in Peebles and we collected 12%, while the attendance of 130 people at our annual general meeting confirmed formal support for our purchase of the former club,” he said. “We must now set about reconfiguring the hub to improve facilities, particularly for the disabled, without compromising in any way traditional uses of the building for regular community events.” Lawrie stressed that PCT does not intend to compete with other venues in the town. He said the community hub is able to provide dedicated occupation areas (such as the men’s shed ) as well storage space for regular sessional users – something not available elsewhere – and would continue to act as an umbrella organisation for groups with particular projects, such as Bonnie Peebles and Tweed Valley Railway Path volunteers. He said, “The School Brae Hub is a community resource that has been enabled by us. It’s not mine, and it doesn’t belong to the volunteer board of directors. We are community servants, not community leaders. We sought funding for the community to own the building after the club went into administration and this also ensures a long term legacy of ex-servicemen’s members to the town. We can now finalise the purchase. “We have been managing the site on behalf of the community since January and we are now open for

business, so please get in touch, offering everything from coffee mornings and events through to regular sessional users, while providing a long-term base for the pipe band, the men’s shed and the peace group.” Following confirmation of the funding, the directors met last month to agree a programme of improvements and finalise management systems. Lawrie said it was vital that the hub was properly managed and developed in a way that maximised its potential for value to the community. March Street Mill On the March Street Mill site, the government has backed PCT’s outline plans for up to 30 “genuinely affordable” homes – a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats, townhouses and terraced accommodation as answering a recognised under supply in Peebles, together with a mix of offices, work spaces and workshops and a managed 24/7 extra supported living facility. A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “ Ministers consider the development of the land, and ongoing maintenance of it, could lead to an increase in social cohesion by giving new and existing people an opportunity to live and work in Peebles. “This proposal has the potential to help reduce the amount of the community’s youth that are not in education, employment or training, which could assist in retaining money in the local economy. The preservation of the allotments and the establishment of open gardens and greenspaces could secure the existing health and environmental benefits to the land and the community. “PCT has recognised that there is a need within the community for an improvement in the range and capacity of care services and facilities in the town to cater for the need of the slightly raised proportion of older cadres within the population and Ministers can see how the provision of a care facility has the potential to benefit those in the community with health issues that require 24/7 residential care.” Lawrie Hayworth said PCT will now work with partners to progress its vision for the former mill site and plan to discuss the way ahead with the owners. “We can help Moorbrook because we have a solution for the site,” he said. “We believe that the current economic climate is likely to reduce private house building activity, as reflected by the substantial drop in the share price of major building companies such as Persimmons. “The combination of local economic enterprise, affordable housing and special needs accommodation may be the best way forward to achieve a satisfactory and timely outcome for Moorbrook. And we are clear that while we are positively encouraged by the Scottish government support, this is only the first step on the way to a positive future for the March Street Mill site.”

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Getting hammered in the Bronze Age! Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society

At many different times in the past, people disposed of precious objects in ways that seem very strange to us. Often the objects are in a condition that suggests deliberate destruction when they were deposited; for example Viking armrings are found hacked into pieces; Iron Age and Roman swords are often discovered bent and twisted out of shape; and Late Bronze Age swords and spears are frequently found in fragmentary or distorted condition. It is the Late Bronze Age – around 3000 years ago – that will be the focus of our meeting on Thursday 17th October when we look forward to welcoming Dr Matt Knight (National Museums Scotland) to talk on ‘Performing Deposition in Late Bronze Age Scotland’. Matt is a Curator of Prehistory in the National Museums of Scotland, with responsibility for the Scottish Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections. A graduate of the University of Exeter, Matt’s research has largely focused on Bronze Age material culture – mainly bronze metalwork – and how people interacted with materials in the past. Last year he was awarded a PhD for his investigation into the deliberate destruction of Bronze Age metalwork and a significant part of that research involved experimental work to gain a better understanding of the processes involved. This ground-breaking research involved an experimental programme analysing the deliberate destruction

of Late Bronze Age swords, spears and axes, collaborating with experimental facilities in Britain and Italy and working with experienced bronze-caster Neil Burridge. The deposition of such metalwork is often considered from the perspective of understanding why it was undertaken (for example, for economic purposes metal might be scrapped for recycling or for symbolic purposes it might be buried as votive offerings). However, it is rarely considered how this was undertaken. We might consider the practicalities involved in bringing a community together to bury a large cauldron for example; or we can think about how one goes about the process of breaking up and discarding weapons. By considering the performative aspects of burying metal objects and the skills and actions that were involved, we can add another layer to understanding deposition in later prehistoric Scotland and say something new and exciting about the individuals and communities involved. Matt’s presentation is guaranteed to make you look much more closely and thoughtfully at the artefacts you see in museum display cases! As usual, the meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in the Community Centre (Room 1), Walkershaugh, Peebles (non-members/ guests attending talks, £4). As always, new members will be very welcome.

Tickets are still available for our one-day public conference devoted to The Archaeology of Tweeddale, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Society. This event will be held on Saturday 19th October at the MacFarlane Hall in Peebles. In a series of short papers, invited speakers 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 receive full details of the programme and a booking form, email conference organiser Trevor Cowie (trevor.cowie@btinternet. com) or check out the Society’s website at www.peeblesarchsoc. org.uk/

Illustrations (all © Will Wyeth) 1. Hoard of Late Bronze Age weaponry mainly comprising fragments of deliberately

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It’s not yet 5 months since I became a member of the Peebles Community Council and simultaneously landed the role of Planning Convener. Not long before, I had never even heard of a Community Council, let alone wanted to be on one. I was enjoying my retirement and the freedom from responsibility that it gave me. However, I had taken a very visible stand against the new South Parks development and helped the community fight the plans for the four storey flats at Tweedbridge Court. Subsequently, the Community Council thought I may be useful, and they can be very persuasive! All of this has been a significant learning curve. In resisting the plans for South Parks and Tweedbridge Court, It was necessary to study Scottish Borders Council (SBC) policies, procedures and guidelines and the same for those issued by the Scottish Government. There were also items of legislation and a whole raft of documents that apply to roads. Many of these documents extend to hundreds of pages and make very dry reading. My role before retirement has helped me in climbing this mountain of information. My previous experience as an auditor and at senior management level in a marine environment, working in major organisations has equipped me with many of the skills required to scrutinise and analyse some of these quite complex documents. Analysing planning issues has many similarities with auditing. There is still a large learning curve for me attached to working with the Community Council. The issues generated by SBC are many and varied and residents of Peebles and District often ask the Community

Council for assistance in approaching our elected Councilors and the body they represent. The Community Council also assist other causes where requested, such as Bonnie Peebles, Peebles in Bloom, the Peebles Community Trust – the list is endless and greatly extended by more subjects raised though the Tweeddale Area Partnership. As Planning Convener there have already been several issues that my colleagues on the Community Council have asked me to either support or object to. These are all issues that would affect the town and its surroundings directly. Generally, we do not take a position on felling trees, extensions, new windows and most single developments unless specifically asked to, or in some cases where the application may have a direct impact upon the conservation area for example. Just now, we are still objecting to further major development south of the Tweed, at least until a second river crossing is built. We note in this context an SBC Roads Department report filed under the Kittlegairy application. This report considers that the mini roundabout by the Courthouse will reach its practical capacity to take traffic once the developments at South Parks and Tweedbridge Court are completed. We support SBC’s Planning Department in its position regarding the Rosetta Holiday Park proposal. Looking forward, we await the publication of the new draft Local Development Plan (LDP2). In this respect we already have the assurance of the Leader of the Council, that LDP2 will not include any major developments on the south side of the river.

SBC planning portal demonstrates that the previous application for this site attracted approximately 150 objections by residents and other groups, including those from the Community Council and Peebles Civic Society. In refusing the developers appeal last time, the Scottish Government reporter concluded “that the proposed development does not accord overall with the relevant provisions of the development plan and in particular a fundamental LDP policy PMD4”. At this time, we would argue that nothing has changed and as such this proposal should also be refused. The Community Council will continue to object to these proposals which are for 22 houses. The applicants have submitted a Pre-application notice (PAN) which requires them to hold a public consultation regarding their plans for the site. The result of this consultation will form part of their application. It is not too late to make your feelings about these plans known to the developer. For those who would like to know more about these proposals, the application is registered on the SBC Planning Portal under 19/01192/ PAN. Once the formal planning application has been submitted which could be a few months away there will be opportunities to submit formal objections to these plans. The Community Council will endeavor to ensure that residents are kept informed of progress of this application. Please remember, it is your Community Council and we need your feedback for us to truly represent you.

Peter Maudlsey, Planning Convener

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Wonderful Weather! Inspired by the very changeable weather patterns this Spring, Peebles Players have been working on a new musical project, which shows it all over one day. Songs old and new are interspersed with original percussion movements and dance, featuring individual solos as well the whole ensemble of over forty Players. Birdsong early on a spring morning gives a feeling of peace and the promise of a fine day, however, as usual is starts to rain and from there, we move to a raging storm at sea and a shipwreck. Black clouds and thunder are dispersed by a glimpse of sun and of course a colourful rainbow. The afternoon sun shines, and the day ends with an evocative sunset. It is quite remarkable how controlled an focussed the Players have been in rehearsal, the music led by every individual’s ideas and contributions. And they can’t wait to get onto the stage to share it with you! Peebles Players prove that disability is certainly no bar to quality creative music! Come and be part of it, sing along and enjoy. ‘Wonderful Weather’ is in the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday October 29th at 2.0 p.m. Tickets £6.00 from the Eastgate Theatre Box Office 01721 725777.


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Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland All across Scotland, thousands of people care for children because their natural parents are unable to do so. These are often grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and siblings but can also be family friends. People who look after children in these kinds of circumstances are often known as “Kinship Carers”. There are around 4,500 children in formal kinship care arrangements across Scotland, where they have been placed with relatives and family and friends by social services. There are an estimated 17,000 children living with kinship carers informally as a result of arrangements made by their families. Taking care of a child can sometimes be challenging and you may require additional support at times. You might want to meet up with other Kinship Carers to share experiences. You might want to know about training to help you manage particular issues, such as conflict with the natural parents or how to cope with physical or mental health problems. In an emergency, you might need to know who to call or you might want to access crisis counselling. The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland can help you find out what is available in your local area and how best to go about getting the support you need for you and the child that you care for. Becoming a Kinship Carer can have a significant impact on your finances. You may need to work fewer hours or even give up a job. You may need to move house so you have more room. There


may be additional expenses such as clothes, toys and equipment to make sure the child you are looking after is safe. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to financial assistance to help you look after the child. The rules can be complex, and the arrangements differ from one part of Scotland to another. The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland can help you find out if you are eligible for any extra money. If you are on a low income, the helpline will be able to advise you on any changes to your benefits and tax credits.

provide detailed advice on kinship care and can access additional specialist advice from the National Kinship Care Service for Scotland for complex cases. This is a service funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Citizens Advice Scotland through the provision of one service co-ordinator, four specialist advisers, who cover all of Scotland, and a confidential Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland Helpline which is open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5pm on 0808 800 0006. (Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

Sometimes a Kinship Care arrangement will be short term, giving the birth parents an occasional short break. Or it might be a temporary arrangement while the birth parents get back on their feet. Sometimes it is long term or even permanent. Every situation is different. The arrangement might be informal, it might involve the social work department, or it may be that a court or a children’s hearing has played a role.

The National Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland also produces a range of literature which offers legal and financial, and also practical advice to kinship carers, supports kinship care peer support groups such as the one which is based in Galashiels, and holds a range of events throughout the year. The next event will be held in the Newtown St Boswells on 16th October.

The confidential service provided by the Citizens Advice Scotland Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland can offer advice and information about the kinds of issues that many Kinship Carers face, including clarifying the legal status of the arrangement in which you are looking after a child, and explaining your responsibilities as well as your rights and entitlement to financial and other support.

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Mental Health Matters Spotlight on……..Anxiety In my last article on stress, I mentioned that human beings are adaptive and great problem solvers. This ability to respond with strategies to overcome challenge, is part of our wonderfully developed systems of problem solving. Which is why when we suffer, we will try all varieties of strategies to ease our suffering, from avoidance to vigilance to striving. After-all the application of avoid it, monitor it or fix it problem solving works well in the external world. However, our brains have a tendency to apply the same style of problem solving to our internal worlds, which are not quite so tangible; consisting of ruminations, worry, planning, concerns, memories, tasks, distinct personality traits, and our interactions with self, others and the world around us. All of which makes for endless opportunities for fusion with our thoughts and feelings – many of which can be fear based, and as we are hard wired to detect threat automatically, the odds are stacked against us that we might be able to control our anxious reactions.

Distraction from our internal world of difficult thoughts and feelings, and the debilitating physical symptoms of anxiety, is the very natural purpose of such strategies – it’s a way of avoiding feeling pain; after-all who wants to be in pain? However, here’s the thing - often these strategies work BUT only in the short term, and as we’re not always so great at learning from trial and error, when the strategies don’t work all that well or give only temporary relief, we tend to just try harder with the same types of strategies. In the end we find that ok, we might be numbing the anxiety we feel but actually many of life’s experiences are robbed from us as we decide to say no to social catch ups, events and groups or no to that shopping trip: no to encountering the new and novel, no to stretching ourselves beyond what’s familiar and saying yes only to what feels safe, which can end up being the inside of our living rooms! The cost of avoiding anxiety can be high and tends to have a narrowing effect on life activities. In short, the more we

try to control anxiety the more it controls us! So, if trying to control anxiety is not the answer, what is? What if, we could view anxiety as a natural part of what it is to be a human being. Not something to be suppressed or numbed, ignored or monitored, but something to be understood, to be allowed, to unhook from; by focusing attention on what matters most to us in the moment that we are in. It’s a core part of self-value and compassion, that we take the time to consider what it is that matters most to us – and how much of that is sacrificed by avoiding fear. Reclaiming the activities that once gave you fulfilment can be a helpful way to start. Whatever it is that gives you a sense of flow, of being fully engrossed, is the thing to be doing more of – that helps the brain to relax, knowing it’s safe to switch off the threat response and activates the soothing hormones that help us to feel that all is well, giving us a wider perspective on those difficult anxious thoughts and feelings.

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Tweeddale Youth Action provide fun, informal learning opportunities through trusting relationships.

Recently we heard the news that the Co-op who own the premises we rent in Chapel Street, Innerleithen are selling. We see this as a great opportunity for TYA to buy and own the youth club bringing the place back to life and establishing a permanent space for young people in our community.

Chapel Street is home to our social enterprises Bike Punks and Food Punks.

We have built up a much loved youth facility in Innerleithen were we can cook, repair bikes, play music, run events, learn new skills and hold youth drop in sessions. As an organisation this building is invaluable and enables us the space to offer many different opportunities and experiences to young people based in Tweeddale.

Food Punks Our Food Punks project has been running since 2015 and has grown steadily into a busy outdoor catering social enterprise with its own wrapped van. Food Punks gives young people the chance to learn skills related to cooking and also experience in teamwork, dealing with the general public, organisation and cash handling. It’s often chaos and always hard work but most definitely fun. We have a fully commercial kitchen within Innerleithen and young people within our generic drop ins can participate in fun cookery sessions run by ’proper chefs’.

We run ‘open to all’ generic drop ins from Innerleithen providing a safe space for young people aged between 11 and 18. Our regular activities are free and accessible to all. We work in a young person centred way and our young people drive and choose the activities and trips they want to engage in. Engagement is always voluntary and young people are fed from drop ins into Food and Bike Punks and vice versa. Our aim is to

Bike Punks Given the focus on biking in this area, the Bike Punks workshop has huge potential to grow as a base for social enterprise involving young people. There has been a massive amount of time and resources invested to create a fully functional workshop. This acts as an excellent teaching space enabling young people to upskill and gain accreditation via creative metalwork projects. One


of our largest projects to date has been the creation of signs which are now located in various train stations across Scotland. We also run our e-bike enterprise from here where we hire out e-bikes to the general public. Additionally, we are manufacturing 2 specific cargo e-bikes in the hope that we can expand our social enterprise further, increasing opportunities for young people in our area. Both our social enterprises are based around the model of providing educational opportunities in a non-traditional manner in order to give all young people access to learning methods that best suit them, increasing employability and engagement. Chapel Street is obviously incredibly important to us as an organisation as there has been substantial investment from TYA and our current funder’s LEADER, Robertson Trust and SEStran. There are no other suitable spaces locally and it would be a travesty to lose what we have. We would really appreciate community support for our efforts to purchase this vital asset. We hope to become increasingly sustainable over time and able to reinvest in both our young people and our community.

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Peebles Community Centre Walkershaugh, Peebles T: 01721 720975 The calendar for October is as follows:Frequency Daily






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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

English for Speakers of Other Languages Class

6:30pm - 9:30pm


7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sporty Kids

9:30am - 10:15am

Open Doors Computer Drop-In

10am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

Walking Hockey

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Red Button Art Club - for P1s - P7s

4pm - 5pm

Dog Training

7pm - 9pm

Carpet Bowling

7pm - 9pm

Over 60s Badminton

2pm - 4pm

Art Group

7pm - 9pm

Kirklands Badminton

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Walking Netball

11:30am - 12:30pm

Over 60s Badminton

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Spanish Classes

7pm - 9pm

Sporty Kids

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

Art Group

9:30am - 11:30am

Gentle Exercise Class

11:15am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

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

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Fun French

1pm - 2:15pm

Over 50s Walking Football

2:30pm - 4pm


6pm - 7pm

Mum & Baby Yoga

7pm - 8pm

Fun French

9am - 10:30am

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 Meet & Make - free craft class for people living with dementia

For specific dates call 01721 720975

For further information on any of the above or any activity, please pop into the centre or phone 01721 720975. Also now find our official presence on Facebook - just search Peebles Community Centre to find our group pages easily.

Group Focus PEEBLES VOLLEYBALL CLUB The new season is upon us and Peebles Volleyball Club are keen to welcome new and old adult (16 yrs and over) members along on Monday nights from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Peebles Community Centre. Sessions are recreational and provide an opportunity to develop and learn new skills, meet new friends and generally have fun, as well as play volleyball. As a club we regularly participate in the Lothian and Borders Mixed-District League, where we are Division 1 defending champions and also participate in 4 v 4 indoor and outdoor recreational tournaments. Whether you’ve never played volleyball before or are keen to get back into volleyball, we look forward to seeing you at training on a Monday night. For more information please visit our Facebook page, Peebles Volleyball Club. Sessions cost £5 adults and £4 students.


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Planting fruit trees is one of the easiest ways of growing food without a great deal of effort. Order them now for delivery bare root in late November or early December. This is the best time to plant if the ground is not frozen or covered with snow. Choose a well-drained, sheltered and sunny position to plant the tree; diseases like canker and scab are endemic and mainly caused by poor drainage. For apples, order either M26 (dwarfing root stock) which grows 8-12 feet in height and spread or, if you have a large garden, MM106 (semi-dwarfing root stock) which will fill out to 12-18 feet in height and spread.

The Peebles Garden: October

Pears are bigger trees, grafted onto quince rootstocks to reduce vigour. Look for either Quince C (moderately vigorous, about 8-18 feet tall) or Quince A (medium vigour, about 10-20 feet in height). Check that the trees are certified virus-free. Other forms to consider if space is really limited are pole fruits, tied in to arches or pergola posts; cordons, like poles but bent over at 45 degrees and best planted on a south wall; or M27 (extremely dwarfing) which can be planted in a large container. While you are waiting, clear out weeds and dig over about one square metre per tree. Break up any hard layer under the first few inches of soil to improve drainage. When the trees arrive, prepare the site for planting by forking in a small handful each of Growmore and bonemeal. Dig a planting hole and work a little compost into the bottom of the hole. Have your tree stake and tie ready. Make a little mound and position the tree over it, spreading out the roots. Plant the tree at the same depth that it was in the nursery, leaving the graft union above the soil. Place the stake in the hole beside the tree so that the top of the stake comes just under the lowest branch of the tree. Put the stake on the south-west side of the tree. Hold the tree stem upright and backfill the planting hole with topsoil. Firm in gently all the way around and mulch around the tree with good compost. Fasten the tree tie correctly to the tree in a figure of eight and water in. Don’t plant anything around the bottom of the tree for the first three years then grass it down. Always plant at least two varieties from the same cultivation group for good pollination. Good choices here are from Group B – the mid-season types; for example, Discovery, Bramley’s Seedling, Fiesta, Greensleeves and Katy. The most successful pear is Conference. Pears ripen later than apples and need the protection of a warm wall to do well here. Pears don’t keep well but the flavour of tree-ripened fruit is incomparable. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 97185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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Xanadu would like to welcome 2 new Beauty Therapists into the Salon, and to introduce Nicky and Corrine we have … 15% off a Full Body Massage 10% off a Gatineau Prescription Facial

This offer is only available for the month of September

‘How to cut energy costs in your business’

campaign comes to Peebles Having a focus on energy efficiency in your business can reduce your expenses and increase your profit margins - using less energy is both good for the bottom line and the environment. Change Works in Peebles is hosting a free networking breakfast for businesses in Tweeddale to showcase how businesses can improve their environmental performance and reduce energy costs. The event is part of the ‘How to cut energy costs in your business’ campaign, promoting the support services available to local businesses to improve sustainability and save money on heating bills. Over a free breakfast, businesses owners, managers and employees will learn about the free support services and funding available for their business, get help and advice from expert speakers and have the chance to network with other likeminded businesses. This event will take place on Thursday 7th November at the Tontine Hotel, Peebles 8am – 9am and a free breakfast roll and cuppa will be provided for all attendees. Booking is essential so book your free place in advance; by email on peebles@changeworks.org.uk, or by phone on 01721 722810. If you can’t make the event, contact the team for a chat – they will always be ready to give you advice.

New Treatment LVL LASHLIFT

This a fabulous treatment to give LENGTH, VOLUME & LIFT to your own natural lashes. Book this treatment this month and receive a complimentary Eye Brow Shape/Tint. Patch test required 24hrs prior to treatment* Unit 2 School Brae, Peebles

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FOR SPECIALIST MANAGEMENT OF PAIN AND INJURY FROM SPORT AND EXERCISE Room 8, 1 Rowan Court, Cavalry Park, Peebles EH45 9BU 07780 463343 kirsty@tweedvalleyphysiotherapy.com www.tweedvalleyphysiotherapy.com

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Tweeddale Councillors Tatler and Chapman

Councilor Robin Tatler T: 0300 100 0220

E: robin.tatler@scotborders.gov.uk

Councillor Kris Chapman T: 0300 100 0220

E: kris.chapman@scotborders.gov.uk

will hold a Joint Advice Surgery

In COSTA Coffee Shop, High Street, Peebles

On Monday, 28th October 2019 from 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. Councillor Tatler will also be holding an Advice Surgery In the Coop, Innerleithen

On Saturday, 26th October 2019 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

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Rapid change is needed    We are all aware of the climate emergency, it is more than just something we read in the paper or watch on the news, it is something we see and feel in our everyday lives. I know we all do in Tweeddale. The flooding in 2012 and 2015 destroyed loved homes of many, some of whom are only just recovering, all these years later. Lets not forget last year’s ‘Beast from the East’ that brought much of the UK to a standstill. We know this freak and extreme weather is brought about by the dangerous global rise in emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulates, and ozone (O3). These emissions also have serious impacts on children’s health, impairing lung development, resulting in an increase of asthma sufferers. Here in the UK road transport is responsible for 80% of roadside NO2 emissions.  A freedom of information request submitted by Scottish Liberal Democrats to the 32 local authorities revealed that, of the 17,140 council vehicles, just 613 are electric (3.6%) and 181 are hybrid (1%). These figures show that less than 1 in 20 local authority vehicles are eco-friendly. I am delighted that Scottish Borders Council are leading the way in Scotland with 22.8% of vehicles within our council’s fleet are electric or hybrid.  This investment means your Council is playing its part on behalf of our communities but we all know more can be done. These efforts only

take us so far. We need Scottish Government investment to meet the challenge of Global Warming. It is well known that electric vehicles are a great way of improving local air quality by reducing emissions on congested roads, and they are better for the planet as some of the electricity is from renewable sources. In Peebles, we have just three public charging points; Peebles Gold Club, Peebles Hydro and Council Offices at Rosetta Road, there are only seven in Tweeddale. More and more people are considering switching to electric cars, and investments in public charging points allow people to plan for their switch and meet our future transport needs. Without a coordinated effort from local and national governments to invest in these new technologies, we are not only failing to play our part on the world stage, but we are losing out on a great opportunity. Charging points offer the potential to attract tourists with electric

vehicles to stop, charge and explore our fantastic high street, awardwinning pubs (for passengers), our amazing scenery and incredible bike trails. With Scotland planning to 'phase out' new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 we need rapid investment in our local renewable infrastructure to meet our transport needs and protect our planet. This is an opportunity for the Scottish Borders to continue to lead and showcase how new technologies can boost economic development in rural communities. We should grasp these technologies, their opportunities and make transport investment work for us. The Scottish Borders Council can and must be bold and put in place an action plan and continue to lead the way in Scotland. That way we can meet Scottish Government Targets, promote their positive impact locally, and ensure our infrastructure is fit for the 21st Century.



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Peebles Silver Band Our Annual Grand Prize Draw was held on 31st August and we are pleased to confirm the main prize winners were – Freya McLeman £150 (No 319), D Stark £100 (No 1583) and Ian McFadyen £50 (No 1636). Seven other non-cash prizes were won and the winning numbers are displayed on the Band’s website www. peeblesburghsilverband.com Thanks again to all of you who supported this fund-raising event for the Silver Band and particularly to Michelle Preston and Brooke at Ross Dougal, Fish Merchants for helping to sell draw tickets on our behalf through the shop. Another major event on the 31st August was the Busking Competition on the High Street organised by the Peebles Callants Club. Three of our youngest members were out representing our Youth Band – Jamie on Cornet, his 12 year old sister Maisie “moonlighting” on a recorder rather than her usual Eb Horn and James on Baritone. They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and donated their “Busking Proceeds”, totalling Images: James, Jamie and Maisie

over £100 to the Youth Band. Thank you all most sincerely. If you are looking for a new hobby or indeed want to come back to playing a Brass instrument or Percussion then please be in touch, you will be made very welcome. Our Youth Band rehearse on Tuesday nights 6 until 7 under the baton of David Robb, a highly experienced and successful music teacher and also on Friday afternoons from 3.30 pm onwards under the guidance of our Principal Cornet Player, Phoebe Hibbert. The Senior Band also rehearse in the Band Hall on Peebles High Street - on Tuesday and Thursday evenings – 7.15 to 9.15 under their Musical Director, Peter Holmes. If you want to come along and join in please just come in or if you prefer, please email Davy Cornwall, Band Secretary, (secretary.pbsb@gmail. com) he will make you very welcome. Instruments can be supplied along with one to one teaching as required – all free of any charge. Please don’t be shy and give us a try.


Peebles Rugby Club

With the national leagues just starting, it’s early days, but after two rounds of fixtures, Peebles see themselves one place and one point, off the top spot in Tennent’s National League Two, after wins against Glasgow Accies (27-0) and Gordonians (18-10). In addition, a 32-12 win against Whitecraigs saw them safely into the last 16 of the National League Cup, where they are drawn away to Ardrossan Academicals on 26th October. The only home matches coming up this month is against GHK on 12th October at the Gytes (3pm). The Reds meanwhile have opened their account in Tennent’s East Reserve League Two with a win away to Forrester (15-10). There’s a couple of chances to catch some action at home from the Reds this month, when they take on Dundee Titans (5th Oct) and Gala A (26th Oct). In the youth section of the club, three Mitsubishi Warrior Conference fixtures have taken place so far, with good performances coming from most sections. There’s a lot of new players in the S1 squad at the High School, who are tasting rugby for the first time and putting up some good performances against more experienced opposition. The S2 and Under 15 squads meanwhile have hit the ground running and really reaping the benefits of their hard work over the last couple of years with strong wins against teams from Earlston/Melrose, Jed and Gala. The Under 16’s have only had one league match so far, a very strong 46-0 win at home to Jedforest, while the Colts are struggling

a bit with depleted numbers, and having started against a few of the stronger teams, have had a few tough matches. With more numbers coming back hopefully, they’ll be looking to improve as the season progresses. On the representative front, we have three of our youth players who have progressed through the Fosroc Academy Regional Championships playing for the Borders & East Lothian Academy, who have now been selected for the Edinburgh pro-aligned youth sides for their forthcoming matches. They are Arran Cameron and Patrick Cannon who have made the Under 16 squad, and Patrick Harrison who has made the Under 18 squad. Last and by no means least, 450 boys and girls descended on The Gytes and Whitestone Park at the beginning of September for the annual Peebles Piranhas Tournament. Great rugby was on show on a beautiful morning, with wins shared out between many of the clubs in attendance. A huge well done goes out to the coaches, organisers, parents, volunteers and especially the children themselves for a spectacular day. 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 Visit us online at www.peebleslife.com


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Index of Advertisers


Ablesweep Chimney Sweep & Oil Service Engineer

10 DSH Joinery

4 Peeblesshire Windows


Accommodate Rural

52 Dustbusters of Penicuik

48 Pirn House Interiors



44 Enhance Support & Care

14 Prince of India


Armac Vet Group

24 Fiona Henderson School of Dance 5 22 49

AT Blinds

52 Harrisons Ford Centre

72 Red Circle Locksmith

Atticus Interior Design

24 Head to Toe

11 Remax


Blackwood & Smith

17 High Street Opticians

20 Rogersons Footwear



71 Holiday Flat, Peebles

Border Canopy Company

44 Impact Landscapes

48 Saffron Restaurant


Border Vets

21 Interior Solutions

50 Scottish Borders CBT Services



34 James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting

50 Shire Chimney Services


RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


9 Rory Chapman Painter and Decorator

Borders Chiropractic

6 John Montgomery Upholstery

Cameron Carpet Company

8 K & R Painting and Decorating



6 Silicone Sealant


64 St Peter's Scottish Episcopal Church


Castle Warehouse Northgate

23 Keith Brown Joinery

10 Tait & Mapp Roofing and Plastering


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43 Lothian & Borders Environmental

69 Tetra Acoustics


Cat Topham

10 Maglin Domestic Appliance Repair

CB3 Design

38 Maxtonlee Holistics

Central Gas Heating Engineer

64 McTavish Hair Stylist

Cintra Curtains & Blinds

49 Med-Ecosse

57 Tweed Financial Services

Colin Wilson IT ServicesÂ

48 Mr Maintenance

16 Tweed Valley Physiotherapy


Councillors Bell & Anderson

52 mth tax limited

20 Tweed-line Taxis


Councillors Tatler and Chapman

62 Ozkan's Grill

Cullen Kilshaw

36 P Grandison Funeral Director

D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts

5 The Vapour Shop


54 Tontine Hotel


5 TR Electrical Services

6 Peebles Carpets

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9 Tweeddale Kitchens


62 Tweedside Antiques & Collectables


16 Tweedside Garden Machinery


D C Landscapes

66 Peebles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services

8 Two Rivers Vets


David Mundell MP

47 Peebles Fireworks Display Sponsored by Stobo Castle

2 Ventrolla Sash Window Specialists


David Scott Joinery

24 Peebles Golf Club

39 Xanadu Beauty Clinic


Decorative Solutions Ltd

59 Peebles Handyman

20 Yellow Cab Co


Depressed Cake Shop

22 Peebles Hydro Gin

46 You Can Cook


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50 Peebles Web Design


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


BT Faultline

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Citizens Advice Bureau

Scottish Power - Power Loss 0800 0299290 NHS 24

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Images shown for illustration purposes only. At the end of the Ford Options Agreement there are 3 options. (i) Renew: Part Exchange the vehicle, where equity is avaiable. (ii) Retain: Pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle or (iii) Return the vehicle. Further charges may be made subject to the condition of the vehicle. Finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Applicants must be over 18 or over. Guarantees may be required. “Ford Options” is a form of finance agreement provided by Ford Credit, PO Box 149, Watford WD17 1FJ. We may receive a commission for any introduction to this finance company. We are licenced credit brokers, written details are available on request. All offers are subject to availablity and change without further notice. Prices correct at time of print. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for the purpose of insurance mediation activity. Offers end 30th November 2019.

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October 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.

October 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.