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Issue 170

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

November 2019


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Welcome to the November edition of Peebles Life. The nights are drawing in, and the hills are changing colour, and I can’t believe the next time I sit down to write this introduction, I will be wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! This month’s magazine is packed with interesting articles. The Big Issue focuses on one of the town’s and the wider region’s most important industries, namely tourism. As someone who was involved in the running of a local hotel 20 years ago, the development of the Borders as a destination has been nothing short of remarkable. Local tourism leaders now want to build on that success and are planning on launching a Tweed Valley Tourism Business Improvement District. This is a significant initiative that will see local tourism businesses pay a levy to support a range of activities that will bring more people to the region. The BID has the support of many of the major local tourism businesses, and there will now be a vote amongst all potential levy payers, and we wish the team luck. We were able to see the development of a new attraction at first hand in October when we were invited to the opening of the new Gin School at the Hydro. The hotel has turned the old swimming pool into a distillery and Gin School, which is the largest in the UK. It is going to be a significant new attraction for the town, and we will cover the launch in more detail in the next edition, but congratulations to all involved (especially Sandra!). Our Peebles Portrait is of our relatively new Lord Lieutenant Sir Huw Strachan, as you will notice the portrait is a little longer than usual, and you will understand why when you read about the remarkable life of the subject. Peebles Life would also wish a very happy first birthday to the Haylodge parkrun, which is held every Saturday. It is part of the global parkrun phenomenon, which has become a regular part of the weekend for many and is encouraging others to think about taking up running and getting fit, so well done to all those who help with its organisation. We also have all our usual articles and columns from local clubs and societies, and of course, our calendar of events, you can also always find an updated calendar on the Peebles Life website. Regular readers might be surprised I have made it all the way through the introduction without mentioning the B word, that is only because as I write this about 14 days before we are due to leave, we still have no idea what is happening! Let’s hope we do by Christmas! Charles



Issue 1

Big Issue


What’s on in November


Rosetta Early Learners Open Day


Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


Peebles Portrait


Cheque for RDA


Lighting up the Town


Volunteers Needed


Peebles Silver Band


The Peebles Garden


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Haylodge parkrun 1st birthday


A community magazine serving the residents of Peebles and Cardron Music in Peebles 46 Delivered FREE to every home in the area

November 201

Tweed Reads


Councillor Stuart Bell


School Brae Hub opens


Peebles Pensioners Association


Peebles Community Centre


Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell


Peebles Rugby Club




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Big Issue

By Steve Dubé

As US Bill Clinton declared during his successful 1992 US Presidential campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.” In today’s Tweed Valley that largely means tourism, and those businesses that depend on visitors are being urged to pay up to £350 a month to persuade more of them to enjoy the Great Outdoors that the region has to offer. After 18 months of consultations, the Tweed Valley Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) has set out a five-year plan to develop an area that it believes has everything it takes to become a world-class activity destination. The next step is to establish a BID on a formal basis with businesses agreeing to invest in the plan through a levy based on their rateable value, with payments ranging from £280 a year (5.38 a week) to £4,200 a year (£80.77 a week). With 103 participating businesses, the levy fees will generate more than £350,000 over the fiveyear period, but Tourism BID chair Catherine Maxwell Stuart of Traquair said this was just for starters. “We will use funds raised by private business to access match funding from the public sector,” she said. “Following conversations with a range of funding bodies about our project plans, we have already secured commitments in principle that elevate our available funds to a very significant level.” Everything depends on the response to a postal ballot of members. BID organisers have set a deadline of November 14 for the return of ballot papers with traders asked to support or reject the proposal. Votes will be counted on November 15 and the results announced by Scottish Borders Council within a week.

They are being asked to buy into a prospectus that outlines five main priorities: •

Investing in marketing and promotion with £22,000 spent in the first year on building a Tweed Valley brand, online marketing, promoting nighttime events from food and drink to the arts, developing a bank of videos and stills, partnerships and market research.

A year-round calendar of events and festivals, promoting current events and developing new ones, with partnerships and packages to offer resources and avoid clashes.

Developing partnerships to improve tourism infrastructure with way-marked routes for runners, backpackers and walkers, a Tweed Canoe Trail, a tourism business hub and office in the former Tourist Information Centre on Peebles High Street, and services such as parking, toilets and signage at key sites.

Attracting year-round corporate tourism with a research officer developing a database that promotes the Tweed Valley as an alternative to Edinburgh and Glasgow for corporate conferences and get-togethers. A range of business support and advocacy providing a strong voice for the sector, collective bargaining power,

and help in accessing grants and reducing carbon footprints. Project Coordinator Emma Guy says, “With the backing of local businesses, the Tourism BID represents a long-term opportunity to develop a sustainable business development plan that will put the Tweed Valley very much on the international tourism map.” Peebles itself already attracts more than its share of visitors to the valley, with established events such as Tweed Love, Beyond Borders International Festival, The Mighty Deerstalker and Peebles Outdoor Film Festival. Tweed Valley tourism is essentially green and environmentally benevolent, perhaps exemplified by the presence just outside town of Glentress with its world-famous 7stanes mountain biking and walking trails, hill walking the Go Ape centre and forest lodges. Peebles Hydro general manager Patrick Diack and Mountain Biking Enduro World Series managing director Chris Ball are among those backing the project. It’s now up to everyone else. Efforts a few years back to persuade retailers to back an initiative to promote Peebles town centre failed to attract the necessary support. We will know later this month whether tourism operators are prepared to have a go at promoting the valley as a world-class activity destination.





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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. Saturday 2: 10 am - 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 your support! Saturday 2: 10 am - noon Come and celebrate the official opening of the new School Brae Hub.

Saturday 2: 7 pm Peebles Fireworks Display. Victoria Park. Stobo Castle and Peebles and District Round Table proudly presents a firework, light show and Rock of Ages themed extravaganza. Suggested donation £5 – All funds go to Inspiring Life – Evie Douglas Memorial Fund. Sunday 3: 9.30 am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Traquair Circular. A leisurely walk from cyclists’ car park on Traquair Road from Innerleithen. Walk along new path through Traquair House grounds to Traquair village hall. Follow Southern

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 Upland Way for a short distance, then turn left on to new path and back to start. 2.6 miles/4.2 km, ascent 361 feet/ 110m. Monday 4: 7.30 pm Border Philatelic Society meeting takes place in The Old Parish @ St.Paul’s Church Hall Scott Cresent, Galashiels. 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 Wednesday 6: 7 pm Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital. Wednesday 6: 7.30 pm Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh. “COMPETITION1 “ We have our first Open Subject Competition of the season which will be judged by Fiona Brims.  She will be judging our Prints and Projected Digital Images. Saturday 9: 7.30 pm  Peebles Concert Band Autumn Concert. Enjoy a Saturday evening of music with the musicians of Peebles concert band and their musical director Vaughan Fleischfresser. The band will entertain you with music from Musicals, movies, Marches and more!! Come along for a great evening's entertainment! Tickets available from the Eastgate box office. Saturday 9: 10 am – 12 noon Peebles Annual Remembrance Coffee Morning will be held in the Burgh Hall. A minutes silence will be held to remember the fallen in WW1 and all conflicts since. Admission £1.50 Children free. Proceeds to Poppy Scotland the  Veterans Charity. Sunday 10: 9.30 am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Wallace’s Statue Circular. A moderate walk from Scottish Borders Council office, Newton St. Boswells. Follow sections of St. Cuthbert’s Way and Borders Abbey Way to Dryburgh and Wallace’s Statue. Follow the River Tweed to Mertoun Bridge and St. Boswells and back to start. 8.1 miles/13 km, ascent 492 feet/ 150m. Sunday 10: 10.30 am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road, Peebles EH45 9BU

Monday 11: 7 pm Tweeddale Amnesty Group meeting in the Bakehall, St Andrew’s Leckie (Upstairs). All those interested in human rights are warmly welcomed. Tuesday 12: 7.30 pm Tweeddale Society Talk. Farming Today with Cows & Tomatoes, speaker Jim Shanks, Standhill Farm, Denholm. The Eastgate Theatre. Check our web site www.tweeddale-society.org.uk for more information. Tuesday 12: 3 pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age (TU3A) The next monthly meeting will be held in St Joseph’s neighbourhood Hall, Rosetta Road, Peebles. Douglas and Elizabeth Gray will give a talk entitled “Antarctica: it’s not about the Penguins!” Members and guests will be welcome. There will be tea and biscuits after the talk. If you would like more information prior to this event please visit our website: u3asites.org.uk/ tweeddale/ Or phone the Membership Secretary on 01721722791. We look forward to seeing you there. Wednesday 13: 7.30 pm Peebles Wildlife Talks Borders Moths and Mothers   Presented by Malcolm Lindsay. Please join us for an illustrated talk by an eminent local naturalist, who has a passion for insects, especially Butterflies & Moths. Tonight, he will enlighten us on Moths in the Borders - their life-cycle, caterpillars, host plants, along with many interesting and surprising anecdotes. Leckie Memorial Church Hall. Entrance £3 including refreshments. Thursday 14: 7.30 pm Tweeddale Quakers invite you to join them for a mid-week time of stillness at ‘The House’ at Peebles Community Centre (entrance from Tweed Avenue, second door on the left). We welcome those of all faiths or none. Tea/coffee at 8.15pm. To find out what to expect, visit www.quaker.org.uk or contact Alison Moore, Clerk of Tweeddale Quaker Meeting, 01896 831953 or alison@petalmoore.net. Thursday 14: 7.30 pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www. peeblescommunity.org.

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14 Sunday 17: 9.30 am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Melrose/Cauldshiels Circular. A strenuous walk from Gibson car park, Melrose. Follow the Tweed westwards to Abbotsford, taking tracks through policies to cross the B6360 and ascend to Cauldshiels Loch. Descend to Rhymer’s Glen, BGH, Darnick and back to start. 8.7 miles/14 km, ascent 820 feet/ 250m. Monday 18: 7.30 pm Border Philatelic Society, see Monday 4th. Tuesday 19: 7.30 pm Peebles Civic Society Winter Programme opens with an illustrated talk on Dawyck Botanic Garden with Garden Supervisor Thomas Gifford. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Tuesday 19: 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm Peebles Community Centre, Tweeddale Astronomical Society will be holding its monthly meeting. Our speaker this month will be Dr Britton Smith from the Edinburgh Royal Observatory who will be giving us a presentation entitled “What is the universe is made of, and how we know”. Entry £2 for adults, Accompanied U18’s no charge. Everyone welcome. Wednesday 20: 2 – 4 pm Tweeddale Textile Group meeting in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road, Peebles will be an illustrated talk by Jane Curry entitled ‘Stump Work from the period of Charles 1 to Picasso.’There will be examples on display. Everyone is very welcome. Visitors can pay at the door £5. Wednesday 20: 7.30 pm Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh. “SELKIRK CAMERA CLUB VISIT” We will welcome our friends from Selkirk Camera Club to join us in some friendly banter and to share images.

visitors can pay at the door, £6.  The evening will be rounded off with tea and biscuits.  Saturday 23: 10 am – 1 pm The Bridge Tweeddale Christmas Market and Coffee Morning in the Burgh Hall, Peebles. Community groups and organisations will be selling cards, gifts and locally produced goods. Please come along to support the fantastic work they do and get your Christmas shopping well and truly underway, knowing the proceeds will go to supporting some great causes. Entry fee £1.50.   For more information phone 01721 723123 or email janet. mccallum@the-bridge.uk.net. Saturday 23: 10 am - noon Peebles Nursing Home is having a Coffee Morning and home baking sale to raise money for our Residents Comfort Fund at the Peebles Leckie Memorial Church Hall. Sunday 24: 9.30 am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Rubers Law Circular. A strenuous walk from Denholm Green to Spittal Tower, Gilboa Wood, Rubers Law, and returning to start via Denholm Dean. 7.5 miles/12km, ascent 1640 feet/ 500m. Sunday 24: 10.30 am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road, Peebles EH45 9BU Thursday 28 Peebles Flower Club Christmas Open Evening in Peebles Hydro. Linda Souter will get us into festive mood with her demonstration which is titled “Season of Magic”. Tickets are £10, available from - 07746 114502 and 01721 730317 or from Volunteer Resource Centre, School Brae, Peebles, open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm.

Thursday 21: 7.30 pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society - talk by Nicholas Johnstone (AOC Archaeology) “Excavations at India Buildings, Edinburgh” Meeting held in Walkershaugh Community Centre, Peebles. Guests/ non-members welcome (charge of £4). Thursday 21: 7.30 pm Peebles Flower Club in St Andrews Leckie Bakehall and will be a Practical Evening with Margaret Adamson. For more information and requirements contact - Susan Welsh on 07746 114502or Anne Dodds on 01721 722491.Everyone very welcome,

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News Peeblesshire Youth Trust is currently recruiting new volunteers to support our young people. We have recently started work with local Primary 6 pupils through our Achieve Your Potential workshops which run on Friday afternoons for 7-week blocks. These sessions are delivered by PYT staff with the support of adult volunteers. The workshops involve activities and challenges linked to the Curriculum for Excellence to help children build confidence in a group setting. Each week has a theme such as decisionmaking, friendship, teamwork and self-esteem. Children attend from different primary schools across Tweeddale, so it is a great opportunity for young people to make friends from other schools. Volunteers at these workshops will have the chance to join in the games and activities whilst getting to know the young people. At the end of the 7-week block, the adult volunteers have the choice to go on to become a one-to-one mentor for one of the children. Mentoring at Peeblesshire Youth Trust involves meeting a young

person on a one-to-one basis about once a month for a couple of hours. During the mentoring time, the young person will have the opportunity to get out and about with their mentor as they get to know them. Outings are generally planned together, led by the interests of the young person. They can also attend our PYT-organised group activities together; these happen once a month also, where all of the young people that we support are invited along to participate in an activity such as a sports session, art and crafts, or an excursion to a local venue. Recently we have visited the alpacas at Velvethall and held a fun quiz and pizza night. During their time together, the mentor and mentee are able to set goals, to help the young person reach their potential. The mentoring support generally continues until the young person is settled into Peebles High School, often at the end of S1 or into S2. We work closely with the young people, their families and our volunteers, to suitably match each child with an appropriate mentor to develop a one-to-one

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Article Steve Dubé, Portait Natalie Martin __________________________________________________________________________________________ There’s a Spanish proverb that translates as “History is a common meadow in which everyone can make hay.” Someone who has made a lot of hay in the meadow of history over the past 40 years is the Lord Lieutenant of Peeblesshire, Professor Sir Hew Strachan. He doesn’t always get the harvest done in time. His book, The Nature of War, is six years overdue at the printers, and he’s still got a three-volume history of the First World War to complete for the Oxford University Press (OUP); The first volume , “To Arms”, was published, to critical acclaim, in 2001. “It’s approaching 100,000 words,” he says of The Nature of War. “I have written most of it and I know what I want to say with the rest of it. It’s finding the time and space to do it, in the midst of everything else. The first volume of 1200 pages for the OUP came out nearly 20 years ago and they are still waiting for the second and the third.” Throw in a senior academic post and a role as a top government security advisor and it’s no surprise that he wishes he had the time to do more in his role as the Queen’s personal representative in the area: “I have to confess that the First World War is my obsession. I wish I could do more, but it’s a struggle. My diary is very full.” One diary appointment he is not going to miss takes place on November 10 this year when Sir Hew steps into his role for the annual Remembrance Day service at the magnificent war memorial in Peebles. He has held the position and title Lord Lieutenant, the dignitary who leads the laying of the wreaths, since May, 2014, in succession to Sir David Younger, who had reached the age limit of 75 for the post. “Sir David had been Lord Lieutenant for 20 years and was very deeply involved. I had been a deputy lieutenant since 2006 and I was asked to take it on shortly before he reached the age of 75. Unfortunately I’m not able to be as active as Sir David was. The challenge I have is having enough time to generate something of my own. But I make a point of supporting uniformed groups like the scouts, the guides and the cadets.” Remembrance Sunday, one of the legacies World War One, is an important day for Sir Hew, whose career is steeped in the tragedies, calamities, strategies and causes of war. His intimate knowledge of conflict and the genesis of Remembrance have led him to unexpected

observations. “When I stand in front of the war memorial it’s the commemoration of the dead rather than those who survived. But those who survived often went through just as much as those whose names are on the memorial. We acknowledge the 12 per cent who died in the First World War, not the 88 per cent who survived. Those who survived often went through just as much as those whose names are on the memorial. When we do remembrance, we tend not to remember the others.” Thinking of those men whose names are missing, he says, “My first wife’s grandfather died from long-term injuries as he had been gassed. She came back from Trinidad where she was born to Yorkshire when she was eight and she remembered her grandfather in bed coughing. That was typical of gas victims. Gas, although not a big killer in the war itself, could be lethal in the long term. Many died in the 1930s from the effects. They were just as much victims of the war. “I remember a guy coming up to ask me about a relative. He had been a pilot and his aircraft was shot down in flames. He died in 1925, eight years later. There was great suffering for him and the family, but his name is not on any war memorial because the cut-off point for that was 1921. His widow did not get a pension. It made me think about what we are doing. He died of wounds from the war. How many more like him are there? The ceremony as we know it is solemn and moving. But Sir Hew said old soldiers once had another way of marking the Armistice that brought the war to an end. “In the 1920s the big debate was who owned Remembrance. It became something for mothers and widows. But when it was in the hands of the Old Comrades who had survived together, their way of remembering those who had died was to have a party rather than a commemoration: let’s go off to the pub and have a drink. The service of remembrance for them was meant to be a knees-up. It was deliberately done that way.” He is similarly engaging in his views on how conflicts develop and are pursued – and it has sometimes produced headlines. Newspapers drew attention to his condemnation of how the allies conducted their

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__________________________________________________________________________________________ involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan in his 2013 book “The Direction of War”, where he said governments on both sides of the Atlantic had little or no idea of long-term ends, let alone how to achieve them by using military force.

“The understanding and meaning of strategy has got lost, confused or become stripped of meaning. Without strategic thought (or a clear understanding of strategy) our execution of war aims is inevitably bungled – we didn’t know what to do or how we wanted to do it in Iraq and Afghanistan.” And he is withering about the so-called “war on terror”. This was “strategically illiterate”, without a political

objective, deficient in strategy and devoid of a clear definition of the enemy: was it Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, an entire ethnic and religious group, or any country that disliked the west? Terrorism was not new when planes hit the twin towers on 9/11. Terrorism is a means, not an end, and it was daft to declare war against it. His assessments, widely supported by senior figures in the armed forces, had added weight because Sir Hew is one of the UK’s leading military minds, a member of the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel and a specialist advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Security Strategy.


22 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 It’s illuminating to consider that these insights into farreaching global but often faraway events emerge from a family farm on the outskirts of Broughton on the edge of the old county of Peeblesshire. When Peebles Life arrived there Sir Hew led the way through corridors of loaded bookshelves to an office cluttered with publications and papers from desktop to floor and immediately opened a discussion about the events that led up to World War One. His analysis of those times in that first – and so far only – volume of the Oxford University Press trilogy, led The Guardian newspaper to describe him as “a master tactician” who had produced a book of “phenomenal weight and intensity” and concluded, “The old battle lines of first-world-war history have been changed forever.” The centenary of the 1st World War was marked by events that gave Sir Hew a fresh perspective on his “obsession” as well as a lot of extra work. “It was far more exciting than I imagined and I did not know it would take up so much of my life,” he says. The level of public interest surprised him and people’s interest in the effects of war on their families, communities, town and schools also connected him with his own family involvement – a great-uncle killed in 1915. “I knew a little bit about him but not much and it required the centenary, and what other people were doing, for me to become more aware of how he died, what he was doing and what his background was.” Someone from a Northamptonshire village told him that his great-uncle’s name was on the local war memorial. “They had three first-hand accounts of him leading up to his death, leading his platoon at the end of the battle. He was 37 and, like me, had been at Cambridge. Nobody knows where he is buried.” Sir Hew was born in Edinburgh, educated at Rugby School, studied history at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. “I always wanted to be a military historian, never took to Latin and Greek, although it probably helped my writing. Later I taught myself German and I understood that much better because having learnt Latin I could understand how the Germans put together their language.” A year as a graduate trainee with Ben Line Steamers of Leith made him realise it was not for him and he returned to Cambridge to study for his PhD. That achievement was followed in 1975 by his election as a research fellow and from 1978 to 1979 he was a senior lecturer in war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. “That was good. I had to engage with the armed forces and I learned a lot there.” His return to Corpus Christi as a tutor led after 13 years to election as a Life Fellow of the college and his appointment as Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow in 1992, which brought Sir Hew, his second wife Pamela, and four children, to the family

home in Broughton. “That was great and I would have stayed there but in 2001 I was offered the Chair in the History of War at Oxford University and after much huffing and puffing and indecision I took it,” says Sir Hew, who was Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls, Oxford, until retirement in 2015, and is now part-time Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. The demands of his time suggested by the rest of his lengthy CV – freely available online – explains why he feels he falls short of the post of Lord Lieutenant in comparison with his predecessor. “Fortunately I’m allowed to have up to ten deputies. They are great and I am very dependent on them,” he says. “In addition, Peeblesshire is a manageable county. There’s only one major town and one High School and the royal family don’t come here that often. In some parts of the country the Lord Lieutenant can’t do anything else at all because it’s a full-time occupation. “But I have to turn down many invitations. The bare minimum is to be there at Remembrance Sunday and when there’s something to do with the armed forces or the royal family.” Sir Hew says his wife, Pamela, a locally ordained minister in the Church of Scotland attached to Peebles Old Parish Church, has a deeper day-to-day connection to the town. She was Warden of the Cross Kirk in the 2016 Beltane festival. “She will be marrying our son Mungo and future daughter-in-law next year, and the reception will be at Neidpath Castle.” It will be a family red letter day in a town that Sir Hew regards as “inspirational”. He says, “It’s a very active town with a very strong sense of community. I’m amazed at how many people put their shoulders to the wheel, and I was not aware of that before I became Lord Lieutenant. “I really was not aware of things like the Beltane, the Callants and the Guildry and all the things that make the place coherent and involve so many people. I’m lost in admiration for everything that people do. It’s very impressive, and I see it across the county. There are parts of Peeblesshire where you are in commuting distance of big places like Edinburgh, but it has not squeezed the guts out of the county.” He sees the challenge for the town, and for the Borders as a whole, as how to remain economically active and provide employment opportunities for local people while retaining that vibrant community. In historic times, a Lord Lieutenant would be responsible for mustering the local militia in times of need. You get the impression that if Sir Hew ever had to do that, he’d make sure it was a well-organised muster with a clear strategy and well-defined objectives.

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Peebles Civic Society Dawyck Botanic Garden Supervisor tells the story of the magnificent arboreal landscape in the first of Peebles Civic Society’s 2019-20 Winter Programme of illustrated talks at the Leckie Church Hall at 7.30pm on November 19. The 65-acre garden near Stobo, which was given to the nation in 1978 by the Balfour family, is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies and autumn colour. With an almost continental climate comprising warm dry summers followed by cold, snowy winters, plants from the mountainous regions of Europe, China, Nepal, Japan and North America are able to thrive here. Dawyck has one of Scotland’s finest tree collections including some of Britain’s oldest and tallest trees, dating back to 1680. Its 340-year-old European silver

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Mill Street Mill Appeal Moorbrook Textile Ltd, which owns the former March Street Mill, has lodged a court appeal against the Scottish government’s decision to register a Community Right to Buy (CRtB) for Peebles Community Trust on the mill site. The appeal is listed at Selkirk Sheriff’s Court for 11am on 20 November. Moorbrook’s bid for planning consent was rejected by both Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and a government Planning Reporter earlier this year. The application involved the demolition of most of the mill buildings, the relocation of the allotments to a smaller and problematic site, and the construction of 69 houses. The company also argued against paying its full contribution towards local infrastructure, including affordable homes. In its bid to register a CRtB, Peebles Community Trust (PCT) outlined draft proposals for up to 30 affordable houses incorporating a range of types – a mix of one, two and three bed flats, townhouses and terraced accommodation, possibly including live over work-spaces. There is a recognised shortage of genuinely affordable rental homes in Peebles and nearby. SBC’s draft community plan has identified “a pressing need” for truly affordable housing – to rent or buy – that is not met by current market and planning conditions. The government’s CRtB decision statement said, “Ministers consider the development of the land and, ongoing

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Peebles Silver Band Peebles Burgh Silver Band recently performed their autumn concert at the Burgh Hall in Peebles. The evening was opened by Peebles Burgh Youth Band under the baton of conductor Davy Robb. With an ever-increasing membership, the young musicians played an entertaining set. For a number of the youngsters this was their debut performance for the band, all of whom put in a superb performance! Very well done everyone. If you would like more information on the Youth Band, please contact secretary.pbsb@gmail.com. As the senior band took the stage it was their younger members who led the way. The main features of the night were three young soloists (all under 18) who entertained the audience. Principal Cornet, Phoebe Hibbert led the way with a fantastic rendition of Alan Fernie’s,

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November is a month that is mostly defined by what it is not but I think that there are some uniquely positive aspects of this last month of autumn: the quality of the light, time to stop working in the garden and the contentment of feeling that everything is prepared for winter. November means no mowing but when all the leaves are down you can harvest them for leaf mould, a valuable and entirely free, soil improver. If you have a mixed wildlife or mainly deciduous hedge, midNovember is the time for its annual trim. This is a good job on a crisp but sunny day with the possibility of a bonfire later in the month to dispose of the clippings. November means no blackbirds singing but every garden has its robin and he’s there in the hedgerow at dawn and dusk. Find the bird feeders and clean them up and get in a good supply of different kinds of food: seeds, nuts, fat balls and meal worms.

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Excavations in the heart of Medieval Edinburgh Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society

Since 2018, AOC Archaeology has been undertaking excavations behind the India Buildings in Edinburgh’s Victoria Street ahead of redevelopment. Lying directly off the Cowgate, the site provided an exceptional opportunity for unearthing information about the origins of the historic Old Town. Lying outside the 14th/15th century King’s Wall and within the early 16th century Flodden Wall, it had the potential to throw light on the early development of the burgh, as well as holding out the promise of a wealth of information relating to the lives and activities of Edinburgh’s population right from the medieval period through to modern times. All that potential has been fully realised in spades [excuse the pun!], in the course of what Edinburgh City Council archaeologist John Lawson has described as ‘one of the most significant urban excavations ever undertaken in Scotland’.

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The waterlogged depths of the well also produced a much more unusual and significant find in the form of a perfectly preserved Medieval leather drinking vessel of the type known as a ‘costrel’.

The recent excavations have unearthed a complex site in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town – with up to 5m of deposits - representing a thousand years of development from the 11th century through to present times. The site has produced remains of wooden structures pre-dating the formal foundation of Edinburgh and a series of ditches believed to be the original town boundary from its foundation in the 11th century. Following this, a later boundary wall was uncovered which may relate to the 15th century ‘King’s Wall’ around Edinburgh. Alongside the wall were highly developed burgage plots, linked to the properties of the High Street. Following this was a long unbroken sequence of urban development through the post-medieval and into the 19th century.

Nick Johnstone has been a Project Officer with AOC Archaeology since 2012, following several years working as a freelance field archaeologist on a wide range of projects and sites across the UK. Since becoming a full time member of AOC staff, Nick has continued to expand his commercial fieldwork experience, working on a variety of fieldwork projects in Scotland and England. These have ranged widely in date, scale and location from extensive open area excavations on prehistoric sites in rural settings to deeply stratified urban sites such as the Cowgate project which will be the focus for this talk.

Each of these phases produced a rich record of activity in Edinburgh at the time and a wide range of artefacts were recovered from site. For example, excavation of one stone-lined well produced numerous finds of animal bone and hair, metalworking waste, leather fragments, and ceramic fragments.

The India Buildings site is due to be developed as a Virgin Hotel. In a recent BBC Scotland report, their chief executive was quoted as saying that ‘we always knew India Buildings was a special place and a very special development, though I'm not sure we could have guessed just how amazing it really is’. Why not come along to the Archaeological Society meeting to hear about the unique insights that the site has given us into the life and development of Edinburgh over nearly 1,000 years?

On Thursday 21 November we therefore look forward to welcoming Nicholas Johnstone (AOC Illustrations (all © AOC Archaeology) 1. Intact medieval jug. 2. View of excavations in progress at the India Buildings site.

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Tweeddale Councillors Bell and Anderson

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In COSTA Coffee Shop, High Street, Peebles On Tuesday, 19th November 2019 from 6.00 – 7.00 p.m.

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Haylodge parkrun 1st Birthday Saturday 2nd November will mark one year of Haylodge parkrun. As usual, we will be providing an opportunity for anyone to run, walk, jog, volunteer or spectate around our measured 5k course at Haylodge Park, Peebles. We start at 09.30, first timers brief at 09.20. There’ll be treats at the finish and then to the Golf Club for coffee and snacks. Haylodge was the 43rd parkrun in Scotland – there are now over 50. There are over 1,400 parkrun events in 22 countries across the world. Every weekend over 250,000 people run, walk, jog or volunteer at a parkrun. Why? Because it’s community based, supportive and free. It’s open to children (with an adult) and you can bring a dog (on a short lead). You register once, print out your barcode and you’re good to go. To date, over 1,300 different individuals have taken part at Haylodge and over 50% of our registered adults are women. In addition

to the parkrunners we have had over 120 different individuals volunteering. We operate every Saturday we can. Subject to no unexpected bad weather we will hold 47 events in our first year with 3 winter weather cancellations and 3 because of other events. Please come and join us on the 2nd November or any Saturday morning at this free, welcoming, volunteer run community event. For more information contact us via haylodge@parkrun.com Website https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ haylodge/ We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Haylodge parkrun volunteer team

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Tweeddale Councillors Tatler and Chapman

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Remember, Remember the 5th of November…. The mornings are crisp, and the nights are drawing in, for most of us this means snuggling up with our pets in front of the fire, but one thing can be upsetting for our furry friends… Fireworks. Although fireworks look pretty, they can cause extreme distress for animals. Most of our pets are indoors meaning they can usually hear the fireworks but are not able to associate where the noise is coming from. Common signs of distress include restlessness, pacing, lip smacking, trembling, panting hiding, freezing, refusing to eat and vocalising. These signs can appear suddenly, usually when they hear fireworks in the distance. The signs can become worse over time so reduction of fear early on can prevent the problem from escalating. Here are some tips to help reduction of fear; Try to minimize your pet’s exposure to the fireworks. Ensure you are walking before dark when they are less likely to be let off. Closing curtains in the house will stop the light from entering. Making a den can be useful, they act as a ‘safe place’ for your pet to hide. Put their favourite blankets or toys in this place Playing music can help to calm animals. Try to have a playlist on repeat, as continuous music

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Music in Peebles Welcomes

Yu Kosuge, Piano

“Wind and Fire” continue her studies in Hannover and Salzburg and received great support and inspiration from András Schiff.

Yu Kosuge has become one of the world's most noted young pianists. She appears at the most important venues around the world, with critics praising her "acutely poetic sensibility, wit, drama, and lyricism". In 2017, she won the prestigious Suntory Music Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan. In her ongoing ‘Four Elements’ project, Yu Kosuge explores how Water, Wind, Fire and Earth, in her words, “inspired composers' imaginations to create not only images or impressions but also works with profound metaphoric messages”.

As well as regular performances in Asia and with all the major Japanese orchestras, Yu Kosuge has worked with many of the leading European orchestras, and performed in North and South Americas, Australia, Indonesia, Israel and UK. After recording all 32 Beethoven sonatas, Yu Kosuge was inspired to continue her Beethoven journey and play, not only all his solo works, but also his chamber music and songs, heading towards Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020. She calls this project Beethoven “MO-DE”, a Japanese word which describes a “shrine visit” but also means to “pay respect”. Yu says “In this project I would like to “visit” every piece I play with great respect to Beethoven.”

Yu Kosuge plays for us on Tuesday 5th November 2019, 7.30pm, at Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. The programme she has chosen for us combines two of the elements, Wind and Fire, the latter represented by Stravinsky’s own stunning piano version of his everpopular ballet, ‘The Firebird’.

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“Le coucou” & “Les vents en courroux” From Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin

Couperin "Les petites moulins à vent" From Troisième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin Rameau "Le Rappel des Oiseaux" From Deuxième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin Janáček

In the Mists

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.31, No.2 (’Tempest’) Debussy Selections from Preludes, Book I Stravinsky Excerpts from "Firebird" (Piano version by Stravinsky) At the age of nine, Yu made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra. In 1993, she moved to Europe to


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All the World’s A…Screen serious, but it’s also entertainment, and we hope it will leave people feeling uplifted, inspired and aware.” Sunday 24 November opens with the latest adventures of Shaun the Sheep – Farmageddon at 2.30pm when Shaun becomes involved in an intergalactic adventure. The mood turns much darker at 5pm when Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck - a failed stand-up comedian in Gotham City who slowly transforms into the criminal mastermind known as The Joker. This month, as well as a programme full of live performances taking in all styles of music and outstanding comedy (from Craig Hill and Dave Johns), it is the Eastgate Theatre’s big screen that is in the spotlight. Presentations range from blockbuster films through drama relayed from the National Theatre to Wilderland, the first film festival featuring breath-taking short films about all aspects of the natural world. Sunday 10 November opens at 2pm with a screening of three ballets highlighting the versatility of three Royal Ballet choreographers Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev. At 5.30pm Russian classical ballet gives way to an intriguing comedy about a Chinese family coming together to tell a huge lie in The Farewell. At 7.30pm Renee Zellweger becomes Judy Garland giving an extraordinary insight into the life of “the world’s greatest entertainer” as she prepares to perform in London in 1968.

Master film maker Pedro Almodovar writes and directs the evening film Pain and Glory opening at 7.30pm. The film, in Spanish with subtitles, starts Antonio Banderas and reflects on the life and experiences of a film director as he reaches the height of his skills only to experience them diminish with his physical decline. The month ends (as it began) with politics. On Thursday 28 November at 7pm The National Theatre presents Hansard, a new play by Simon Godwin charting a day in the home life of Tory politician Robin Hesketh and Diana, his wife of 30 years. This witty and devastating portrait stars Olivier Awardwinners Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings. Tickets for all screenings are available now from the Eastgate Box Office on 01721 725777. For more information or to book online visit www. eastgatearts.com

Humpback whales singing in the increasing noise of our oceans, chimps abandoned after being used for research for 30 years, and a cartoon-style animation depicting the history of the planet in four minutes. These are just three of the nine independent short films selected by Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice for the first Wilderland Film Festival which opens at the Eastgate on Thursday 21 November at 7.30pm. If there’s one message Dan and Isaac hope audiences will take home, it is that “anybody can be a conservationist,” says O’Neill. “We want people to walk away from the evening feeling inspired and to think about conservation in their daily lives. It’s

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Tweed Reads In a country where literacy levels are declining, Tweed Reads aims to encourage the people of Tweeddale to pick up a book and read for enjoyment. Tweed Reads is a communityfocused organisation currently run by young people at Peebles High School. We aim to make reading visible, desirable and attainable to our local community so that more people are inspired to read more and enjoy the benefits of reading. Reading can bring people together: through reading we learn about other experiences, ideas and attitudes and we can connect with other readers through talking about what we’ve read. We increase in empathy and understanding and we can share our thoughts. Reading can be a form of sanctuary: it can be a quiet retreat from the constant hum of notifications and pressures of our modern online world. Reading improves wellbeing and positively impacts our mental health. Reading improves life chances: the more you read, the greater impact this has on your learning, empathy, self-knowledge and understanding of the world. Your literacy improves, your vocabulary improves and your comprehension improves. In short, readers do better in life and tend to be happier. We can inspire each other to read more, to share what we’ve been reading and to grow as individuals and as a community. Contact us to share what you’re reading, a recommendation or a reading memory. Make reading visible: show it matters.

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Councillor Stuart Bell Tweeddale East

stuart.bell@scotborders.gov.uk 0300 100 0220

One consequence of the confusion that is current Westminster politics is that for months we haven’t known if we are coming or going as regards the timing of a General Election. But one local voting deadline is clear. Don’t worry, though, most readers will not have to vote - on or by the 14th of November - which is the deadline for a ballot of businesses on the Tweed Valley Tourism Improvement District. In a way, Tourism is everybody’s business, not just because we are all proud of and want to show off the beautiful area where we live. Not just because tourists and visitors spend money in the area and help to maintain jobs in hotels & other accommodation, in restaurants & café, in shops and in galleries, etc.; but also because many of the events that run are not just for visitors, but are great fun for us all to participate in. The Tourism Improvement District which is being proposed is a quite straight-forward idea - that by pooling and sharing resources, local businesses, working with private, public and third-sector partners can achieve more together than might be achieved individually to meet specific business and economic development objectives. Led by Catherine Maxwell-Stuart, of Traquair House, a team have put together a proposition of practical projects which will focus on projecting the Tweed Valley as a world-class activity destination. A full business plan has

been distributed to all of the participating businesses and this prioritises effective marketing of the area, building the Tweed Valley brand and carrying out targeted marketing campaigns. The plan also elaborates on how existing events & festivals might be helped to grow further, and on work to develop new, sustainable local events. If the ballot is successful, then the Tourism Improvement District team will also work to attract more business tourism and incentive tourism on a yearround basis - so as to fill vacancies outside the high-season(s), and it will work in partnership with other agencies to improve tourism infrastructure. 103 local business have been invited to participate in the November ballot to set up the new organisation. If the vote is positive, then part of the funding for planned activity will be raised from a levy on the participating businesses - and that levy will be used to leverage in match funding. But these businesses will then, themselves, control what is done through a company which will be answerable to the businesses in the area. Fundamental to this scheme is the principle that the Improvement District scheme will be led by tourism businesses for tourism businesses.

driven Business Improvement District allows us to break out of the negative cycle of complaining about what is not being done. The model was conceived in Canada in the 1970’s, and now the basis of Tourism development in California is through this approach; with over 90 Tourism focused Improvement Districts in that state alone. Setting up a Tweed Valley Tourism Improvement District is about taking positive action to develop local tourism. We will all be winners if there is a positive vote in this November election! The full Business Plan for the Tourism Improvement District was launched in early October and can be accessed at www. GOtweedvalley.co.uk.



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School Brae Hub Opens Peebles musicians will pipe in a new era at the official opening of Peebles Community Trust’s School Brae Hub on Saturday 2 November. The Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band will mark the success of an ambitious project to convert its home base in the former Ex-Servicemen’s Club into a community centre following a collapse into administration nearly 12 months ago. The band is the lasting legacy of a much-loved club originally founded by First World War veterans. A combination of falling membership, increased costs and rising debt saw the club close its doors and enter into administration last year. PCT stepped in to retain the building as a community facility and avoid the need to sell it on the open market. “We’ve got it, we’ve paid for it and it’s ours, or rather it’s yours, because it belongs to the whole community,” says PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth. “The Ex-Servicemen’s club members, both past and present, through their hard work over the years built a lasting legacy to the town. “We are already providing a home for groups like Peebles and District Men’s Shed, the pipe band and the peace group but now it’s up to the local community. It’s yours. Tell us what you want us to do with it.” The centre has enabled PCT to open a town centre office and boosted its efforts to act as an umbrella organisation for a range of local voluntary groups, most of whom will be taking part in the celebrations. “Historically this building has been well used. As the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, the community saw the main hall as one of the places where people gathered to support fund raising coffee mornings and evening events,” says Lawrie.

“It hosted ceilidhs, special anniversary celebrations and even wedding receptions and other family events. We really want to know if folk want space for these events going forward and support our efforts to accommodate various strands of the Third Sector – organisations that are neither public bodies nor profit-making companies. We’ve got a perception of how this place fulfils a role in the community with a space that is available to as wide a spectrum of our society as possible. “So we’re inviting everyone to come along to share in our success and tell us what they’d like to see happen here. We want them to help us to shape the future.” Within days of the official opening, a new weekly service opens its door at the Hub for the first time. From November 6 the What Matters Hub will provide a weekly one-stop shop to help people to access health, social care and third sector services between 10am and 1pm every Wednesday. Peebles Ex-Servicemen's Club - initially known as The Soldiers Club - was founded by veterans of the First World War, who purchased the former Templars Hall on School Brae. It was officially opened in 1923 with more than 500 members. For many decades it was one of the biggest and busiest venues in the region, hosting official functions, weddings and parties, as well as regular coffee mornings and charity fundraisers. It was home to the Ex-Servicemen's Pipe Band from the start, providing a practice area for the pipers and drummers as well as storage space for their instruments. The band was able to return to their home earlier this year after a break of only a few months, and it’s appropriate that it will pipe in the new era.

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Peebles Pensioners Association For the second meeting of the autumn session, we showed a film entitled Peebles Road Trip 2017-2018, which we were very kindly been given by Donald and John Swanson. This was a look around Peebles showing all the new developments and this for many members, was a real insight into how our town has grown. This was a very much enjoyed film show with many members specifically asking me to pass on their thanks to Donald and John for providing such an interesting film, especially at short notice. For the last meeting of the autumn session, I am delighted that our Guest Speaker will by Fiona Boyd, who is the author and illustrator of Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies, the first book in the Crystal Fairies series. This is a fairy tale with a twist, which features two best friends, seven feisty sisters with a touch of attitude and an exciting adventure, for readers aged 5-7. The storyline encourages alacrity, bravery and emphasises the power of friendship. Fiona feels strongly about the messages she’s instilled in her stories, lessons she’s learned throughout her life, as she is confined to a wheelchair; suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Joint Hypermobility. Despite these setbacks, she has always had a positive mental attitude, which is reflected in her book. She is looking forward to talking about her book, her experiences and offering a sneak-peek at the illustrations for her next two books. The micro fundraising continued to be well supported with the jam, shortbread, scones and mini banana loaves again selling well. In addition, special thanks to a couple of our members who also provided home baking and truffles, which both sold out. *** For members only – there will be more home baking available to buy at the November meeting. Will all members please note that the November meeting is your last chance to book and pay for Christmas lunch. 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.

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




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

Wednesday Art Group





7pm - 9pm

Kirklands Badminton

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Art Club

10am - 12 noon

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

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11am - 1pm

Art Group

Tues 10:30am 12:30pm

Art Group

Wed 2pm - 4pm

Camera Club

Wed 7pm - 9pm

CraftBox - free craft class for Senior Citizens'

Fri 2:30pm - 4pm

Peebles Archaeological Society The Mary Allen Social Group Monthly

Astronomical Group Peebles Bee Keepers Club Meet & Make - free craft class for people living with dementia

For specific dates call 01721 720975

Group Focus Red Button Arts Christmas Crafting Workshops for Adults and Children. With winter evenings drawing in this is a great time to get creative, try some Christmas crafting and bring some sparkle into your home. This year we have Christmas workshops for both children and adults. Whether you want to make something for yourself or as a present, we have some lovely ideas to beat the winter blues! FOR ADULTS (all classes £30 including festive refreshments – ho ho ho!) FESTIVE CHRISTMAS WINDOWS On Friday 15th Nov, 7-9pm. CHRISTMAS BAUBLE WREATHS on Friday 22nd Nov, 7-9pm. FESTIVAL CENTRE PIECES on Friday 29th Nov, 7-9pm. FOR CHILDREN (all classes £12) CHRISTMAS ELF DOORS on Sat 2nd Nov, 10.30-12.30pm WINTERY SNOW GLOBES on Sat 16th Nov, 10.30-12.30pm CHRISTMAS FAIRY WANDS on Sat 23rd Nov, 10.30-12.30pm Pre booking essential. For more details about this or our other clubs please contact Mandy Durkin on 07958158181, fb redbuttondrama, email redbutton@ the-durkins.co.uk -----------------------------------------------------For further information on any of the groups 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.

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We cover the cost of the initial consultation in the comfort of your own home or in our local office at a time that is convenient to you. Contact us 01721 721618 or info@tweedfs.co.uk Find us at Chambers House, 72 High Street, Peebles EH45 8SW Or visit tweedfs.co.uk Tweed Financial Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct authority.


D & M Williams

Scrap Metal Uplifts FREE UPLIFTS Washing machines Cookers Tumble Driers Radiators Car Batteries All Metals Considered NO FRIDGES OR FREEZERS Environmentally Friendly SEPA Registered

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We offer: Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Every breath you take Your lungs are amazing they work every day from your first breath to your last. It is the most important function of your body without air we cannot survive.

5 Facts about human lungs you may not know 1.

They can float on water

They are sacks of tissue under your ribcage just above the diaphragm. Like an old fashioned set of bellows, when you breathe in your lungs expand and the air is pulled into your body. They themselves do not have any muscles so rely on your diaphragm and intercostal muscles in between your ribs to do this. The air then travels down the throat and into the trachea which the separates into smaller passages called bronchial tubes which go into each lung. They then branch out into smaller branches called bronchioles and they themselves have small air sacks called alveoli. From here the oxygen is passed into the capillaries and into the blood stream, the blood then carries it to the heart which then pumps the oxygenated blood to the waiting tissues and organs. As the oxygen is going into the blood the carbon dioxide passes from the blood into the alveoli which is then breathed out as we exhale. What a complex but amazing process!


We generally only use 70% of our lung capacity


Adults typically breathe 15-20 times per minute, around 20,000 breaths per day.


On average if they were flattened out they would cover a tennis court


Male lungs at rest average 1.5 pints of air and females 0.8 pints of air

So as you have been reading my article, all this has been going on inside your body effortlessly so be kind to your lungs, try to avoid exposure to pollutants (that includes smoking and vaping), exercise regularly and if your are concerned at all about any problems seek medical advice.

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Lesley Mitchell - Pilates, Personal Training, Yoga, Fitness T: 07952 156458


The Scottish Borders Housing Association Rent Roadshow Our rent roadshow is your chance to meet with team members to tell us how you feel about the rent you pay and what you think our spending priorities should be. Join us for a bite to eat and a chat at Innerleithen Town Hall, Mon 18th November, 1.30-3.30pm Or The Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, Wed 20th November, 12-2pm Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s enough for everyone! Call 01750 724444 or email Gettinginvolved@sbha.org.uk Registered as a Scottish Charity—No. SC030751



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Peebles Rugby Club As we go to press, ‘So Stobo’ sponsored Peebles 1stXV sit just outside the top two in Tennent’s National League Two, with wins against Hamilton and Falkirk, together with their first loss of the season, away to Stewarts Melville. Home fixtures in November include Kirkcaldy (2nd), Preston Lodge (9th), Whitecraigs (23rd) and Gordonians (30th). These matches should all be 3pm kick offs at The Gytes. The 2ndXV, Peebles Reds, are currently suffering from player shortage! Not however of their own doing. They sit top of Tennent’s East Reserve League Two having received the points from the last three fixtures, where opposition were unable to raise a full team – Edinburgh Accies Blues, Gala A and Dundee

Titans. They will be hoping therefore that opposition sides pick up as the season progresses. Home fixtures over November include Preston Lodge on 9th, a double header with the respective club 1stXV’s, and Watsonians on 16th. The youth conferences continue and Peebles find themselves tucked just below Hawick, at the top of the Mitsubishi Warrior Conference. Teams at all five levels continue to work hard, with their efforts being rewarded by improved performances across the board. High School matches have been played on Friday afternoons up until now but will revert to the traditional Saturday mornings, after the October school holidays. The large and motivated

band of ‘Piranhas’ coaches continue to offer the primary school aged boys and girls of the area a great introduction to the game of rugby and its values. When not on duty at tournaments, you’ll find them on Sundays at Hay Lodge Park, from 10am. As we move into the winter months however, some agegroups will move up to the high school on Sundays. Should you wish information on particular agegroups, please get in touch. 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


Peebles Life is an A5 magazine which has been running for over 13 years. A lot of advertisers advertise every month – because the magazine works and generates business for them.

Price. Peebles Life is the most cost effective way to reach the residents of Peebles and Cardrona.

It is truly local. All advertisers operate in or close to the area.

Longevity. It isn’t thrown away each week like a local newspaper. People keep it as a reference for the whole month.

Peebles Life is published and distributed monthly, on or around the last weekend of the month.

It is delivered to over 5200 homes in and around Peebles and Cardrona.

An electronic copy of the magazine can be viewed on the Peebles Life website www.peebleslife.com.

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Index of Advertisers


Ablesweep Chimney Sweep & Oil Service Engineer


Haystoun Financial Servies




Accommodate Rural


High Street Opticians


Rogersons Footwear




Holiday Flat, Peebles


Romanno Purrfect Palace


Armac Vet Group


Impact Landscapes


Rosetta Early Learners


AT Blinds


Interior Solutions


Saffron Restaurant


Atticus Interior Design


Jackie Clinch Massage/soft tissue therapist


Scottish Borders Housing Association




James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting


Shire Chimney Services


Border Buses


John Montgomery Upholstery


Sitooerie at Caddon View


Border Canopy Company


K & R Painting and Decorating


St Peter's Scottish Episcopal Church


Border Vets


Keith Brown Joinery


Stobo Castle Health Spa




Lothian & Borders Environmental


Story of Love


Borders Chiropractic


Maglin Domestic Appliance Repair


Tait & Mapp Roofing and Plastering


Cameron Carpet Company


McTavish Hair Stylist


Tetra Acoustics


Castle Warehouse Northgate




The Food Foundation


Castle Warehouse Old Town


Mr Maintenance


The Vapour Shop


Central Gas Heating Engineer


mth tax limited


Thistle Private Hire


Colin Wilson IT ServicesÂ


Ozkan's Grill


Tontine Hotel


Councillors Bell & Anderson


P Grandison Funeral Director


Tweed Financial Services


Councillors Tatler and Chapman


Peebles Carpets


Tweed Valley Physiotherapy


D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts


Peebles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services


Tweed-line Taxis


David Mundell MP


Peebles Golf Club


Tweeddale Kitchens


DDL Care Services


Peebles Handyman


Tweedside Antiques & Collectables


DSH Joinery


Peebles Hydro Gin


Two Rivers Vets


Dustbusters of Penicuik


Peebles Web Design


Ventrolla Sash Window Specialists


Fiona Henderson School of Dance

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Prince of India


Xanadu Beauty Clinic


Garvald West Linton Care Staff


RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


Yellow Cab Co


Harrisons Ford Centre


Red Circle Locksmith


You Can Cook


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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Gas - Emergency

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N ew F o rd Kuga ST- L i n e _______________________________ 38 monthly payments £339.44 _______________________________ Duration of agreement (months) 39 _______________________________ Cash price £26,725.00 _______________________________ Deposit allowance £3,200.00 _______________________________ Customer deposit £339.28 _______________________________ Amount of Credit £23,185.72 _______________________________ Optional final payment £10,287.00 _______________________________

Mileage per annum 6,000 _______________________________ Excess mileage charge 8.0p per mile _______________________________ Rate of interest (per annum) 0% _______________________________ Total charge for credit £0.00 _______________________________ Total amount payable £26,725.00 _______________________________ _______________________________ Representative APR 0% _______________________________

mpg (l/100km) combined 47.1 (6.0) CO2 combined : 113 g/km

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Model shown is a Ford Kuga ST-Line 2.0L TDCi 150PS FWD Manual Diesel with optional 19˝ 5x2-spoke ‘Rock Metallic’ Alloy Wheels. Fuel economy Mpg (l/100km) (Combined): 43.5 (6.5). *CO2 emissions: 144g/km.. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The CO2 figures shown however are based on the outgoing test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. 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. Offer ends 31st December 2019.

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Peebles Life November 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.

Peebles Life November 2019  

Community magazine for Peebles.