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Welcome to the February edition of Peebles Life, by the time you read this, unless something very odd happens we will have left the EU. For many of us that will be a very sad day, let’s hope that the departure brings all the BREXIT supporters promised, otherwise I think there will be challenging times ahead! Our Big Issue naturally focuses on the key issue the town faces at the moment, the fire at the High School. We often question some of the council’s decisions in this magazine; however, we want to praise the council for its response to the fire. Though the disruption to the education of the town’s youngsters is terrible, the council have acted quickly and professionally to minimise the disruption, and hopefully, this month will see all students back on site. The town’s response to the fire underlines what makes Peebles the special place it is. We are very lucky to have such a strong sense of community and to have many people who are prepared to give significant amounts of their time to make this a great place to live. Our Peebles portrait this month exemplifies this. John Falla is a Gutterbluid, and has spent countless hours volunteering in a range of organisations to improve the town and its environs, from putting up the Christmas Lights, to restoring the Neidpath bridge. We thank him, and all the countless others who give their time to the town. Beltane is the cornerstone of so much in the town, and we are carrying an appeal from the committee for nominations for some of the key roles, so please have a read and send your nominations in. We also have an article on the work of the Cornets’ Lasses Association, which does much to support the festival. For those of historical bent, we are highlighting two excellent events being held in the town this month, the Peebles Archaeology Society has a talk on the use of dendrochronology, and the Civic Society has Dr Tim Clarkson talking about the dark ages in Tweeddale. We also have a very interesting appeal for ideas from the Peebles Orchestra. Frank Dobman, one of the founding members, was also an accomplished artist, and he produced a sketch of famous Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, whilst he was conducting in Manchester before the war. The Orchestra is looking for ideas about what they should do with this important artefact. Finally, you will of course find all our usual columns and diary of events. Charles



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Peebles Pensioners Association


What’s on in February


Who will lead this year’s Beltane Festival?


Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


Stravinsky Sketch


Peebles Portrait


CAB Advice


Tweeddale Youth Action


Cornets’ Lasses Association 25th Anniversary


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The Peebles Garden


Music in Peebles


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Issue By Steve Dubé The fire at Peebles High School on 28 November enabled us to witness local government at its best. From the first spark where teachers – those literally and figuratively at the chalk face of the education system – acted with efficiency, bravery and determination, to the administrative staff at council level who organised alternative arrangements with great speed and initiative, this was an example of a system functioning well and the people within it reacting admirably to the crisis. Peebles Life doffs its symbolic hat to the school staff and Scottish Borders Council, and to the firemen and women whose skills contained the blaze in a relatively small area. This month we hope to see every student back on the Springfield Road campus and classes more or less back to normal with portable cabins sited at the school as work continues to repair the devastation that left a third of the school appearing, in the words of Deputy First Minister John Swinney “completely redundant”. Local organisations that had to vacate their usual meetings places in community venues will also be back to normal having played their own part in the emergency. All that is good news, and there is more good news in SBC’s decision to take another look at its longer-term plans. Readers will recall that the Peebles was placed at the bottom of SBC’s investment programme for the four secondary schools in its educational portfolio behind Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk. This was seen as a mistake. The High School is at 84% pupil capacity and two of the primary schools at 90% capacity, while there are proposals for hundreds of new houses outlined in the preparatory work on a new five-year Local Development Plan. In contrast pupil the other secondary schools have capacities of between 55% and 66% in towns where SBC is proposing far fewer new houses. The critical element in the council’s decision appears to have been the condition of the four schools, with Peebles rated better than the other three. The state

of the buildings is obviously an important element to be taken into account. But as we have previously pointed out, SBC has allocated development sites for nearly 1,000 new homes in the Peebles High School catchment area over the next decade or so and this is a factor that seems to have been overlooked. The effect of the investment programme prioritisation was to postpone the provision of a new school at Peebles until at least 2032. There’s an added element tangled up in this issue. It arises from the new intergenerational school at Jedburgh, where every child between the ages of two and 18 will attend the same campus. This is expected to be ready in March this year. It’s a much more expensive approach, but one that is generally considered by educationalists as a way of increasing social mobility and challenge inequality, and one that SBC has included in options for each of the four schools outlined in its investment programme. The Peebles High School fire has rightly prompted a policy rethink. At its pre-Christmas meeting the council decided to allocate £100,000 from its Emergency and Unplanned Capital Budget for an options appraisal on the long-term plans for the site. Advisors are being appointed to assist with the appraisal and SBC says the outcome will be used to support future consultation with the Scottish Government. This is welcome news, and the council deserves another pat on the back for taking time to examine the way ahead with the help of external advisors. If it had adopted a holistic approach in the first place there might have been no need to raid £100,000 from reserves. The report is expected later this year. For now the priority is to offer every assistance to a campus that has seen 26 classrooms affected by fire or smoke damage and faces two years of temporary buildings on site to enable the school to function as close to normal as possible.


Peebles Pensioners Association

We are all looking forward to the February meeting, being the first of the New Year. At the time of writing, we expect this meeting to take place in the Burgh Hall as usual but members should note that we may have to change the venue at short notice to the School Brae Hub, if the Burgh Hall remains in use by SBC / PHS. Members will be contacted by either email or phone if this venue change becomes necessary. The Community Bus will operate as usual. Please remember that all members who require the Community Bus must phone and leave a message / text / email the Secretary (all details below) by 1pm on the Monday before the meeting, to book your seat. The meeting will commence with a short AGM. Reports will be available from both the Secretary and the Treasurer. If members wish to suggest items for discussion, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible. There will be no Guest Speaker at this meeting, instead we are going to ask and encourage members to chat to other members that they either don’t know or don’t know well – this is how new friendships are made – something that is very important to many people on their own. *** For members only – we will continue with the micro fundraising throughout 2020

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What’s on in February?

A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com. Sunday 2: 10 am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Peebles to Eddleston linear. A moderate walk from Peebles, following the Cuddy Burn to Standalane then the Old Post Road to Barony Castle and the Horseshoe Inn at Eddleston. Option of refreshments at the Inn before service bus back to Peebles. 6.2 miles/10 km, ascent 361 feet/110m.

Sunday 2: 2.30 pm Serenata Concert. First a solo violin with piano play Elgar’s ‘Chanson de Matin’ and ‘Chanson de Nuit’. This is followed by a string quartet performing Mozart’s 4th Quartet, ‘The Hunt’ with a finale of tangos from South America. These talented local musicians deserve a good audience and those who come will not be disappointed! Entry is by donation at the door.

Regular Events Monday The Rotary Club of Peebles meets throughout the year at the Tontine Hotel. For more information regarding Rotary please contact: Jim.Robertson@peeblesrotary.uk 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. 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 *Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh. For more Info check our website  www.peeblescameraclub.co.uk  **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 Wednesday 5: 7.30 pm *Peebles Camera Club. “Classical Edinburgh”   Speaker : Colin McLean. PCC member Colin McLean has an exhibition in Edinburgh City Art Centre from November 2019 till March 2020. It is a photographic exhibition with a difference, in that it includes original archive prints by photographer Edwin Smith that illustrated a book called “The Making of Classical Edinburgh” (1966) which initiated an interest in the New Town and led to its wholesale conservation from 1970. Colin has re-interpreted Smith’s photographs, aiming to show change in the intervening half-century and how photography can influence our perception of our surroundings. The exhibition is the culmination of a 2 1/2 year project and Colin will describe the journey over that period. www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/ whats-on/classical-edinburgh   Sunday 9: 9.30 am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Coldstream Circular. A leisurely walk from Henderson Park, Coldstream via Lees to Firburn Mill, Hirsel Lake and back to Coldstream. 6.8 miles/11 km, ascent minimal. Sunday 9: 10.30 am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU Monday 10: 7pm Tweeddale Amnesty Group meeting in the Bakehall, St Andrew’s Leckie (Upstairs). All those interested in human rights are warmly welcomed. Tuesday 11: 2 pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age  (TU3A)The next monthly meeting will take place in St Joseph’s Hall, Rosetta Road, Peebles.  Amanda Baitup (RBS Community Banker) will  give a talk entitled ‘Friends against Scams - learn how to protect yourself and others’.  This is sure to be an interesting and relevant topic. The talk will be followed by tea and biscuits. Tuesday 11: 7.30pm Tweeddale Society Talk. Secret Tweeddale, speaker Liz Hanson, Author & photographer. The Eastgate Theatre. Check our web site - www.tweeddale-society. org.uk for more information.

Wednesday 12: 7.30 pm Yes Tweeddale- The Hub, School Brae. Non party based group promoting Scotland’s right to self determination , all welcome. Wednesday 12: 7.30 pm Peebles Wildlife Talks, Leckie Memorial Church Hall. Speaker Margaret Thorne. Subject: The Long Route to Kanchenjunga. Please join us to enjoy the experience of a Himalayan Odyssey as Margaret takes us from the tea gardens of West Bengal, north to Darjeeling, trekking the ridge between Sikkim and Nepal. Where we will delight in a rich forest of Rhododendron, Arisaema and Orchids, before emerging onto open grazing, carpeted with Primula. After 5 days trekking through wonderful landscapes, we turn east over ridges and through valleys to the base of Kanchenjunga, [The world’s 3rd highest mountain  - 8586M] eventually turning north into the mountain to delight in its deservedly renowned rich variety alpine flora. Thursday 13: 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). 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. Please phone to check the venue if the Community Centre is still closed. Thursday 13: 7.30 pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www. peeblescommunity.org. Sunday 16: 9.30 am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Three Brethren Circular. A strenuous walk from Lindinny car park, ascending through woodland to meet the Southern Upland Way and on to the summit of the Three Brethren. Descend through Yair Hill forest towards Ashiestiel Bridge and back to start along the Tweed. 8.1 miles/13.0 km, ascent 1640 feet/500m

Wednesday 12: 7.30-9.30 pm Orchestra For All rehearsal. St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre.Free, open to all, any ability, any instrument: play Star Wars and other orchestral music.  Register at peeblesorchestra.org.uk/ orchestraforall

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14 Tuesday 18: 7 pm Celebrating life, (and death), the Humanist way. The Humanist Society of Scotland (Borders Group) are holding an event in the Studio at the Eastgate Theatre Studio. Being born, getting married, and dying are probably the three key happenings in our lives. Over recent years, humanism has offered an increasingly popular alternative form of celebrating them through the services of their highly trained celebrants. Stewart Allan, Tom Hudson and Jane Keir are humanist celebrants in the Borders, and will present the underlying philosophy, principles, reasoning, and methodology behind the naming ceremonies, weddings and funerals they conduct. Curious? Wondering if humanist ceremonies are for you? Not sure what being a humanist means? Come along, see some examples of what happens in a humanist ceremony, and have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts with the celebrants. Entry free – tickets bookable at eastgatearts.com/events/celebrating-lifeand-death-the-humanist-way/

Thursday 20: 7.30 pm Tweedgreen event on sustainable, affordable housing with experts and planners discussing what’s possible, Eastgate. (see Eastgate programme)

Tuesday 18: 7.30 pm Tweeddale Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Peebles Community Trust School Brae Hub. We will be having a short presentation from one of our members followed by our annual astronomy quiz. Teas, coffees and treats will be provided. Guests £3, accompanied U18’s free.

Sunday 23: 9.30 am ** Tweeddale Ramblers. Penicuik Estate. A leisurely walk around Penicuik Estate, including a coffee stop at Penicuik House. The walk will encompass the reopened Cairnbank Road, and will visit the High Pond and Lowries Den. Packed lunch not required. 5.6 miles/9km, ascent minimal.

Tuesday 18: 7.30pm Peebles Civic Society Winter Programme: Britons and Anglo-Saxons in the Tweed Valley, AD400 to AD800 with Dr Tim Clarkson. The impact of the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons on the native Britons. Admission Free, All welcome.

Sunday 23: 10.30 am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU.

Wednesday 19: 2.00 – 4.00 pm Tweeddale Textile Group This month’s meeting will be an illustrated talk by Sue Bakker entitled ‘Early Medieval Embroidery – with special accent on Opus Anglicarnum’ We will be meeting as usual in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road Peebles. Visitors are welcome at a charge of £5. Wednesday 19: 7.30-9.30 pm Orchestra For All rehearsal. St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre.  For details see 12 February entry.

Thursday 20 : 7.30 pm The next meeting of Peebles Flower Club will be held in St Andrews Leckie Bakehall, Peebles.    The demonstrator will be Steve Ludlum, from Broughty Ferry with demonstration entitled “Winter Warmers”. Visitors old and new are very welcome, non-members  can pay at the door, £6.  The evening will be rounded off with tea and biscuits. Thursday 20: 7.30 pm Peeblesshire Archaeological Society - talk by Anne Crone (AOC Archaeology)  “The History of Woodland Exploitation in Scotland from a Dendrochronological Perspective” Meeting will be held in Walkershaugh Community Centre, Peebles. Guests/non-members welcome (charge of £4).

Wednesday 26: 7.30-9.30 pm Orchestra For All rehearsal. St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre. For details see 12 February entry. Friday 28: 5 to 5.30 pm Tweedgreen, Extinction Rebellion and Tweeddale Peace Group: silent vigil for the earth, at the post office corner, Peebles Saturday 29: 3-4 pm Orchestra For All concert. School Brae Hub.   Free entry, drop in to hear Star Wars and other orchestral music.

Wednesday 19: 7.30 pm *Peebles Camera Club. “COMPETITION 2“ We have our second Open Subject Competition of this season which will be judged by Simon Wooton.  He will be judging our Prints and Projected Digital Images. Listening to competition feedback is a good opportunity to learn how we can improve our own images.

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Beltane Festival?

The Peebles March Riding and Beltane Queen Festival Committee is looking for prospective Principals, and they need your help. The committee is seeking nominations for the positions of Cornet, Warden of Neidpath and Crowning Lady. Members of the public are asked to write a short note, or letter, giving details of their nomination and for which role. George Blair from the Committee commented: “It would be very helpful, but not necessary if details of why the nomination is being submitted could be included.” He added: “It is not necessary, but it would again be helpful if the details could include if the nominee is aware of his or her name being submitted and if he or she would accept the position.” Parents can nominate their children and, likewise, sons and daughters can nominate their parents or other relatives. Members of the public can make any nomination as can clubs or associations. Once the nominations are all in, a small sub committee of the main Beltane Committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and three committee members will discuss all the names at length over two or three meetings before reaching the important decisions. The Beltane Principals will be introduced at a free coffee evening/concert in the Burgh Hall on Friday 24th April.

Nominations should be sent to Secretary George Blair, 7 Standalane Way, Peebles EH45 8LR, or alternatively emailed to secretary@ peeblesbeltanefestival.co.uk. The closing date for nominations is Saturday 29th February.

Plea for help Obviously, what you see in Beltane Week is only made possible by a small group of volunteers who work throughout the year to ensure the Beltane goes without a hitch. We are always on the lookout for help but this year, we also see our treasurer Coreen McGovern stepping down after a good number of years in the post. If you have a head for figures and you’d like to become involved with your festival, please get in touch. George Blair, Secretary, Peebles March Riding & Beltane Queen Festival.

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News Peeblesshire Youth Trust has enjoyed a busy start to 2020, currently putting many plans in place for the upcoming months. Our next series of Achieve Your Potential workshops begin this term, based at Newlands Activity Centre, with children attending from Broughton, Newlands and West Linton Primary Schools. These workshops are for children in Primary 6, to grow in confidence and resilience, and to learn of the value in success and failure, in making good decisions, and in expressing opinions. After 7 weeks, our children graduate from this programme, and are able to continue receiving support from PYT in other areas such as group work and individual mentoring. We will soon be introducing some of our new volunteer mentors of recent months to their individual mentees and will be offering support to the families of these children as the mentoring is established.

We are working closely with Peebles High School around plans for transition of P7 pupils into S1; these young people will be well-supported as ever, despite some changes to the situation at PHS after the fire in November. We will also be hosting a transitions programme over the summer, again working alongside Tweeddale Youth Action and Pentlands Activity Camp, as well as continuing our annual ‘Buddy Up’ programme within PHS, where S6 pupils are trained to work with new S1s as buddies in the first term of high school. This work will be particularly important this coming year in the aftermath of the high school fire. We are also developing a new activity programme, which will support PHS pupils with their emotional well-being, whilst looking at topical issues for discussion in small groups. We will tailor this programme for young people in need of extra support following the fire at PHS.

With delivery of these programmes starting now or in the very near future, we must ensure that we have funding in place to sustain the plans. As such, we are very grateful to the organisers of the Peebles Hogmanay Torchlight Procession who have announced that over £1300 was raised from their event which will be donated to PYT. Over 700 people bought torches for the procession, with around 3500 spectating or walking in the event through the town and along the banks of the Tweed. Some of our volunteers had an excellent evening helping at this event, so we were all delighted to hear of this generosity to help young people in Tweeddale through supporting our work at PYT. Any donations to assist the work of PYT are always very welcome and enable us to continue working with more young people across Tweeddale every year. If you would be interested in supporting our charity, or indeed wish to hear more of the work that we do, or our opportunities for volunteering, please contact Sarah, Programme Manager, email ‘info@ peeblesshireyouthtrust.org’ or tel 07957 383663. Those in image; Fiona Rae (Hillside Outside), Katie Buckingham (Peeblesshire Youth Trust), Emma Wadee (Hillside Outside), Sarah Keen (Peeblesshire Youth Trust) and Harley Lothian (Hillside Outside).


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During the festive period we are all guilty of a little over indulgence. Mince pies, chocolates, not to mention the turkey and all the trimmings, and so to combat this we set ourselves new years resolutions. We believe that setting them for your pets is also a good way to start the new year, as no doubt, Santa brought all of them a few treats and titbits so they too will have put on a few Christmas pounds!

Currently, in the UK, over half of all dogs are overweight or obese, and almost 40% of cats, and this despite us being a nation of pet lovers! The health problems caused by pet obesity range from an inability to express normal behaviours such as running, jumping, grooming and playing, to medical conditions such as early-onset arthritis, diabetes, breathing difficulties and an increased risk of cancer. We at Border Vets have been busy planning our new nurse clinics for this year and would like to introduce our new weight clinic system – Slimpals! The Slimpals scheme allows us to track your pets progress weight-wise both through numbers on the scale as well as physically. We will be focussing on monthly or bi-monthly weight check-ups with any of our 4 registered nurses at any of our practices. You will be provided with a full pack that includes a booklet to keep before/ after photo’s, the advice given by the nurse, appointments and a handwritten progress report from the nurse as well. This makes our clinics with

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you much more interactive and you can even get your whole family involved. These clinics are primarily directed towards overweight cats and dogs, but we tailor each plan to the pet rather than following a set format, so we can see those animals that are potentially slightly underweight and even rabbits and other small furries! The nurse clinics currently run as: Wednesday afternoon in Innerleithen; Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in Selkirk; and every afternoon in Galashiels. So please call us at any of these practices to book your furry friends in for a check up and to kickstart them on a health journey of their own. Jessica Snedden RVN

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Stravinsky Sketch said orchestra spokeswoman Jane Butler-Cole. “He was much loved and admired, and on his death in 1997 this sketch of Stravinsky was donated to the orchestra by his daughter Frances. “We rediscovered the it almost by chance recently. It’s a fine piece of work but we have nowhere to hang it. We just don’t know what to do with it and wondered whether anyone out there can help us decide.”

The subject was a Russian who is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. The artist was a founder member in 1977 of the Peebles Orchestra who lived for 30 years in Innerleithen Road. Now the orchestra is looking for a permanent home for a unique sketch of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky by the late Frank E Dodman, whose hundreds of illustrations were once poured over by youngsters in nine editions of the Observers Book of Ships from 1952 to the end of the century. Frank outlined the sketch as Stravinsky conducted the Hallé Orchestra in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester in 1936. Frank played the flute in the orchestra and must have done it during a rehearsal. He brought it with him to Peebles in 1968 when he retired as head of the Department of Teacher Training at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art. “Frank never did anything by halves and his accurate approach led always to the finest results,”

Frank Dodman is fondly remembered by many in Peebles. As a founder-member of Peebles Orchestra he was instrumental in establishing the ensemble in 1977 and was First Flute and occasional conductor. “The help he gave to Claire Garnett, formerly Trinder, to start up the orchestra was considerable. He energetically worked on the organisation and funding and encouraged young players,” said Jane. “He also served on the Music in Peebles committee for many years, writing their programme notes, which in those days meant researching the pieces in libraries.” The Observers Book of Ships grew

out of Frank’s wartime work as an officer in the Royal Air Force, when he turned out hundreds of black-and-white side views of military and merchant Allied and Axis vessels. His ship identification handbooks were carried on the bridge or in the control room of every British ship and submarine. Within months of their issue the number of incidents of friendly fire had significantly diminished and the positive attacks on enemy shipping drastically increased. His work was recognised in 1943 by the award of the bronze oak leaf for distinguished service. In Peebles, Frank was an active member of the town’s vibrant artistic community and painted many landscapes of the Borders landscapes during his decades in Peebles. He had a number of one-man exhibitions in the town, where he was a member of Peebles and District Art Club and regularly exhibited at the annual Members’ Exhibition. Ideas of a suitable somewhere for the framed sketch should be sent to Jane by email on c.j@butlercole. plus.com


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Peebles Portrait - John Falla By Steve Dubé Only one Gutterbluid can say he has the keys to the city of Dallas, Texas. It’s the American equivalent of the Freedom of a British town or city, and if Peebles had the right to dish out such an honour, the name of John Falla could be on a fairly lengthy list of worthy men and women, if only for the hours that he puts in to support the place where he was born and bred. One of his recent endeavours was to restore the Neidpath railway viaduct, built over the river Tweed in 1864. It’s a Category A listed structure and one of the finest examples of skew arch construction in Scotland. The last train trundled across its eight arches in 1954 and it is now part of a popular footpath network, but was beginning to suffer the ravages of the years. Plants and shrubs had taken up residence in the stonework and the castiron latticework railings had seen better days. The bridge was designed by Robert Murray, who lived in Damdale, Peebles, and is described by Historic Environment Scotland as “superb” badly needed a dose of TLC. So John organised a work party of friends and fellow members of the town’s Gutterbluids Society and Callants’ Club. And in the summer of 2018, a group of 24 people spent a total of 237 hours in 15 separate visits, refurbishing 208 metres of railings and clearing the plants from the structure. “I always had a dream to restore that bridge,” he says. “I’ve been across it many times, and it was sad that trees were growing out of it and the railings were the worse for wear.” Last month John was one of six volunteers who shinned up ladders as the annual volunteer work party took down the town’s Christmas lights. “Our total age was 438 years. One was 77, two were 75 and the youngest was 69,” he says. “I admire all the people who give up some of their time to volunteer, but I do worry about the numbers who are prepared to step up, especially the younger generation. Like any event, putting up and taking down the lights does not magically happen. We need more people to volunteer without having to be asked. You get a great satisfaction when you are part of something, especially the greatest show on earth.” The show John refers to is of course the Beltane Festival. As a keen horseman he saddled up for the Beltane March Riding more than 30 times and he and Margaret, his wife since 1974, were full of pride when their youngest son Ross and his wife Eilidh were chosen as Cornet and Lass in 2017. He has been a member of the Beltane Committee for 42 years and has held six different posts including treasurer. He is currently joint lorry convenor. John’s Beltane service began when he bumped into a friend one day. “Jimmy Raeburn said, are you coming to the Beltane meeting. I went along and there I suddenly was, on the dance committee. I’m not a dancer, but there are four dances at Beltane time and it takes a bit of organising.” The former Castle Warehouse soft furnishings manager also put his hand up when Peebles and District Round Table launched an appeal in 1988 for prospective bone marrow donors to register with the Anthony Nolan Research Centre. He was perfect for the kind of donor the trust was looking for – between 16 and 30 years old, and in good health. Men are six times more likely to provide the necessary blood-like substance – but they make up just 15% of register of donors. The odds of finding an exact bone marrow match for someone with leukaemia are 20,000 to one,

but the trust is just about the only hope of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. It was two years before John was told that he was a perfect match for a 31-year-old woman he had never met. He agreed to undergo a 90 minute operation in London and his bone marrow was rushed across the Atlantic for leukaemia patient Norma Schram of Dallas, Texas. The transplant gave her more than John’s bone marrow; after the operation she developed his freckles! A year later she was able to track her donor down. “Every time I speak to him on the phone I can feel his blood running through my body,” she told an American newspaper. Inspired by John’s generosity Norma organised a Bone Marrow Festival in her home town in 1992 to raise awareness of the need for donors. She invited John and his family over as guests of honour, and during the event, the Mayor of Dallas presented him with a certificate naming him as an honorary citizen of Dallas and gave him the keys to the city. He and Margaret and their sons Steven and Ross also received t-shirts with the slogan “I am a Texan Gutterbluid”. In her autobiography Looking Down from the Mountain Top, Norma recalls asking John why he had been a donor. He told her, “Over here it’s kind of like charity.....just giving to your fellow man.” John likes to combine donating with a dab of derring-do. He ran the first Edinburgh Marathon in September 1982 in the face of horizontal hailstones, raised more than £2,000 for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue by walking 46 miles overnight and collected £5,500 for the Scottish Autism charity by trekking along the Inca train to Machu Piccu in Peru. He is now busy raising sponsorship for the new Bonnie Peebles Plus group to plant and maintain the town flower beds and baskets that Scottish Borders Council refuses to look after any more. As well as being a long-time committee member of the Gutterbluids and Callants he is a council member of Peebles Guildry Corporation and a committee member of the March Street Mill Allotments Association that is campaigning to save their plots from possible housing development. But his efforts don’t always bear fruit. John and his friends wanted to plant 420 small trees like holly, dog rose, hawthorn and crab apple in an unused area of land owned by Peebles Common Good Fund alongside the Glasgow road and next to Kingsland Primary School. He twice secured a gift of the trees from the Woodland Trust. “The idea was to provide blossom for the bees and berries for the birds with trees that would improve the environment and absorb rainwater that could otherwise flood the main road,” says John. “But we had to refuse the gift because consent was refused by the councillors on the Common Good Committee. “The question must be asked: are those councillors people who want to be seen to care about the environment and save the planet but do nothing about it? We need deeds, not words.” John leads by example in that respect. At the end of our chat he thanked Margaret, “a Beltane widow for years” for her patience and help and added, “I promise I’m not going to join any more groups - although I’ll be helping out at another coffee morning this weekend.”

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           February has long been celebrated as the month of love with Valentine’s Day on the 14th. At Cullen Kilshaw it’s not why our clients love us but why we love our clients that’s at the heart of what we do. We value our clients and believe your success is our success. Cullen Kilshaw has been providing legal and property services to clients in the Scottish Borders for nearly forty years, helping families across the generations. Our legal and property staff live and work in their communities and with eight offices across the region we are one of the busiest agencies in the area, letting, selling and buying hundreds of properties each year. As well as property, our services include administration of estates, family law, commercial leases, preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney. Whether you are buying your first home, moving on the property ladder as your family grows, going through separation or divorce, setting up in business or planning for later years and the passing of your estate to your loved ones we have someone with specialist knowledge to offer expert guidance and a helping hand.

Our estate agency teams provide an advertising package on Rightmove, OntheMarket.com and with Borders and Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centres, and can put your property on the market with no upfront costs to pay. If you’re thinking of selling in 2020, request a free pre-sale valuation and put your property on the market before the end of February to receive a £200 new year discount on fees*. Our court and executry departments are fully equipped and stand ready to offer professional advice and assistance. This integrated approach to delivering services ensures that you will receive expert advice and support best suited to your needs, delivered at a Cullen Kilshaw office local to you. If you need assistance on any aspect of law or property, drop in to see us or call to arrange a free initial legal meeting.

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Has your employer told you that you’re self-employed? We have had a number of clients recently who were seeking help in obtaining what they thought they were entitled to from their “employer”. As it became clear, their employers had sought to avoid their obligations by telling the person that they were self-employed. In employment law a person’s employment status helps determine: · their rights

· their employer’s responsibilities The main types of employment status are: · worker

· employee

· self-employed and contractor A person is generally classed as a ‘worker’ if:

· they have a contract or other arrangement to do work or services personally for a reward (your contract doesn’t have to be written) · their reward is for money or a benefit in kind, for example the promise of a contract or future work · they only have a limited right to send someone else to do the work (subcontract)

responsible for their workload, saying when a piece of work should be finished and how it should be done · they can’t send someone else to do their work

· the business deducts tax and National Insurance contributions from their wages · they get paid holiday

· they’re entitled to contractual or Statutory Sick Pay, and maternity or paternity pay · they can join the business’s pension scheme

· the business’s disciplinary and grievance procedures apply to them · they work at the business’s premises or at an address specified by the business · their contract sets out redundancy procedures

· the business provides the materials, tools and equipment for their work · they only work for the business or if they do have another job, it’s completely different from their work for the business

· they have to turn up for work even if they don’t want to

· their contract, statement of terms and conditions or offer letter (which can be described as an ‘employment contract’) uses terms like ‘employer’ and ‘employee’

· they’re required to work regularly unless they’re on leave, for example holiday, sick leave or maternity leave

Someone is probably self-employed and doesn’t have the rights of an employee if they’re exempt from PAYE and most of the following are also true:

· they’re required to do a minimum number of hours and expect to be paid for time worked

· they put in bids or give quotes to get work

Someone who works for a business is probably an employee if most of the following are true:

· a manager or supervisor is

· they’re not under direct supervision when working

· they submit invoices for the work they’ve done

· they’re responsible for paying their own National Insurance and tax · they don’t get holiday or sick pay when they’re not working · they operate under a contract (sometimes known as a ‘contract for services’ or ‘consultancy agreement’) that uses terms like ‘self-employed’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent contractor’. How your employment is defined makes a great difference to your rights and the responsibilities of your “employer” as you only have employment rights if you’re an employee or a worker. You can check your likely employment status using an online test provided by HMRC (Her Majesties Revenue and Customs)or check the information provided by ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) or CAS (Citizens Advice Scotland). An employer might try to call you ‘self-employed’ when you’re actually an employee or worker. Employers sometimes do this to take away their employees’ employment rights. If you think your employer has done this, you can: · raise a grievance based on what you think your status is · take your employer to an employment tribunal

You should be aware that the type of employer who seeks to avoid their responsibilities may not take too kindly to people questioning their employment status so it would be wise to book an appointment at Peebles CAB to check your likely employment status before taking any action. Adrian Dunn

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Robert Hogarth - Proprietor Unit 4a Cavalry Park Business Centre, Kingsmeadows Road, Peebles EH45 9BU Phone: 01721 729168 Mobile: 07936 034467 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook Showroom open Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 12 noon.

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Working together to save energy

Information sessions Drop in 10am–3pm this February and receive tailored energy efficiency advice for your home or business. When: Friday 14 February, Householders Friday 21 February, Private Sector Landlords Friday 28 February, Businesses Where: Change Works in Peebles hub, High Street, Peebles To book an appointment – Email: peebles@changeworks.org.uk Call: 01721 722 810 Visit: Change Works in Peebles hub, High Street, Peebles

Fridays in February Technical energy advice for your home 14th February 10am -3pm

Have you ever wondered what you could do to make your home more energy efficient? Come along to Change Works in Peebles’ householder drop in event to find out what measures would be right for your property. A specialist advisor from Home Energy Scotland will be available to offer technical advice on energy efficiency measures ranging from renewable technologies to home insulation. For more information or to book a one-to-one advice session with experts from Home Energy Scotland, pop into the Change Works in Peebles hub, call 01721 722810 or contact peebles@changeworks.org.uk.

Energy advice for your rental property 21st February 10am – 3pm

Are you a Tweeddale landlord, unsure how to approach the impending changes in legislation? A specialist advisor from Home Energy Scotland will be here to help explain the changes, talk about the support available to help you through the process and provide advice on how you can make your property more energy efficient ahead of the changes.

Come along to Change Works in Peebles information session to help you prepare. For more information or to book a one-to-one advice session with experts from Home Energy Scotland, pop into the Change Works in Peebles hub, call 01721 722810 or contact peebles@changeworks.org.uk.

Energy advice for your business 28th February 10am – 3pm

Do you want to improve your small business’ sustainability and reduce your energy costs but don’t know where to start? Change Works in Peebles are showcasing the support services available to help you improve environmental performance and save money. A specialist advisor from Resource Efficient Scotland will help you to discover the free support services and funding available to your business and find out ways to save money and improve your environmental performance. For more information or to book a one-to-one advice session with experts from Resource Efficient Scotland, pop into the Change Works in Peebles hub, call 01721 722810 or contact peebles@changeworks.org.uk.

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Tweeddale Youth Action commercial customers. For more information please e-mail collect@ bikepunks.org.uk It’s been a while since we last wrote an article for Peebles Life and, although the past couple of months have been very difficult and tinged with sadness, we’ve also been very busy with new projects, new ideas and new staff. Our ROASTIE TOASTIE by Food Punks stall will be a regular feature at the Peebles Community Market. Do come along to try the food cooked up by our enthusiastic Food Punks outside the Eastgate Theatre each Saturday. The Food Punks have been busy over the past few months running cookery classes and outside catering. The Food Punks crew are also looking forward to meeting Tom Kitchin and having a look around his Edinburgh restaurant as well as enjoying a well-deserved lunch to acknowledge all the hard work they put into making Food Punks a success. Being a member of the Food Punks team is rewarding and fun and takes you to places you would not have thought possible. For more information on Food Punks, please visit foodpunks. co.uk or e-mail info@foodpunks. co.uk Our imaginative and original CYCLE ROUTE SIGNS, designed by Aegir Maciver and created by our young Bike Punks will shortly be installed in Scot Rail stations. These signs were made in the Bike Punks workshop, which continues to host metal work learning sessions from Monday through to Friday and has a regular cohort of young people attending. As well as the signs the young people are working on the second prototype cargo bike box and private commissions. Ambitious plans for a sculpture/archway over the Walkerburn to Peebles cycle path are slowly moving forward Bike Punks are continuing the cargo e-bike service, making deliveries for local businesses and collecting glass recycling from domestic and

Bike Punks are also working towards leading cycle rides to Peebles Primary Schools along with cycle training and cycle leader and mountain bike training for older young people that we hope to feed into the project as volunteers. If you would like to learn more please visit bikepunks.org.uk or e-mail aegir@ tweeddaleyouth.co.uk for further information. Our plan to purchase Innerleithen Youth Club is slowly grinding forward and we are now awaiting decisions from funding applications we have submitted. Our Bike Punks workshop and Food Punks commercial kitchen are based here and purchasing the building is one way of ensuring the sustainability of our generic youth work and enterprise projects. Both youth clubs continue to be busy and well supported and we now have a cohort of approximately 150 members. We’re also delighted to announce a new Saturday evening drop-in session in Peebles from 7-10pm for y/p aged 15-19. This session is

working towards harm reduction for young people engaged in risk taking behaviour and we will offer an evening meal, chat and inputs on sexual health and relationships and drugs and alcohol to help our young people make smarter and more informed choices. Tuesday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in P6+ Wednesday 6-8pm, Peebles Craft Punks, all ages Thursday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Dropin P6+ Friday 6-9pm, Peebles Drop-in S1+ Saturday 7-10pm Peebles drop-in aged 15+ Membership and attendance at our drop in sessions is completely free and all young people are welcome to attend. For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our website www.tweeddaleyouth.co.uk get in touch on 01721 724779 or e-mail info@tweeddaleyouth.co.uk Donations can also be made to https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/ donate/tweeddale-youth-action-scio


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Cornets’ Lasses Association 25th Anniversary In November 1994 a group of Cornet’s Lasses gathered in the Buchan rooms of the Tontine Hotel to discuss the possibility of forming an Association to help support new Cornets’ Lasses in their role. The decision was made and on the 28th of February 1995 the first minuted meeting of Peebles Cornets’ Lasses Association was held. We have two annual public events although the latter is not really a fundraiser. Our stall at the Fete which is held alongside the Three Bridges Race in May and our Pub Quiz which is held in the Rugby Club on the Tuesday of Beltane Week. The Quiz originally took the form of a car treasure hunt before it became the Beltane Tuesday tradition that many attend. In November each year the Association holds a Presentation Night which is attended by Cornet’s Lasses and Crowning Ladies. The current Crowning Lady presents the new Lass with her sash which has her ‘year’ on it. We also give the 25th year Lass a little memento to mark her anniversary.

Although we are a small Association, with only one new member every year, over the last 25 years we have donated over £5,400 to local causes including, the Beltane Festival, the Royal Burgh of Peebles Callant’s Club, the Christmas Lights Association, the Peebles March Riders, Bonnie Peebles, Peebles Bowling Club, the Rugby Club, UP2U, Rosetta Playgroup, Talking Peeblesshire News and the Parish Church. We also have supported the local Scout Group and the Girl Guides. The Scottish Autism Society, Breakthrough Breast Cancer Care and the Alzheimer’s Society have also benefited. In 2010 the Association took part in a sponsored climb to raise funds for the Access for All Ramp at the Parish Church. In 2013 we donated to the Beltane Festival to refurbish the panels for the lorry which carries the sailors on Beltane Saturday. The ‘ship’ was renamed HMS Daniel T Ward. We also arranged for the curtains in the Burgh Hall, which provide the backdrop for the introduction of the Beltane Principals, to be replaced.

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Using tree rings to reveal the story of Scotland’s woodlands Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society Tree planting is currently a hot topic. All over the country, volunteers are being urged to do their bit to stop the climate emergency by grabbing a spade and signing up for the biggest mass tree-planting campaign in the UK’s history… But what were our woodlands like in historical times? How were they managed and used? This month’s meeting of the Archaeological Society offers an opportunity to find out how the techniques of dendrochronology – or tree-ring dating – are being used to shed light on the story of Scotland’s woodlands.

Anne Crone is a Project Manager for AOC Archaeology Group. She specialises in the study of all aspects of ancient wood, both structural and artefactual, and has been instrumental in developing dendrochronology in Scotland. She analyses wood from archaeological excavations and historic buildings and has undertaken extensive dendro studies of key Scottish buildings such as Stirling Castle and Falkland Palace. She is a leading expert in the study of Scottish crannogs and has undertaken excavation and research on these sites over three decades.

On Thursday 20th February, we look forward to welcoming Dr Anne Crone (AOC Archaeology) who will be giving a presentation entitled ‘The history of woodland exploitation in Scotland from a dendrochronological perspective’.

As a by-product of dating the timber from historic buildings and archaeological sites using dendrochronological techniques, other data is also gathered. This can inform us about the source of the

timber, whether it was locally-grown or imported from abroad. It can also tell us something about the condition of the woodland resource, whether it was from mature, slowgrown undisturbed forest or from young managed woodland. In her talk Anne will first briefly outline how dendrochronology works before going on to present the dendrochronological evidence from Scotland, ranging from the later prehistoric period to the 18th century. She will be focusing particularly on source and the timber trade and exploring what this tells us about the condition of Scotland’s woodland resources over time. By February, we hope that we will be back at our usual venue. Unless notified otherwise, the meeting will therefore start at 7.30pm and will be held in Room 1 at the Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Peebles (nonmembers/guests attending talks, £4). As always, new members will be very welcome. Illustrations (© AOC Archaeology) 1. Dr Anne Crone sampling timbers at Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire 2. Dendrochronology – or more informally, tree ring dating - is a scientific method of dating based on the analysis of the distinctive growth rings seen in trees. Anne’s talk will show how such data can be used to shed light on the history of Scotland’s woodlands

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Peebles Silver Band Sorry we missed last month’s edition, but we take this opportunity to wish all our readers and supporters a belated Happy New Year for 2020. After the newspaper reports at the end of last year of the Burgh Hall not being fit for purpose – with no lighting on the stage, our Christmas Concert was changed at the last minute as a result of the Fire at Peebles High School. We are very grateful to the staff at Kingsland Primary School for accommodating our change of venue and of course to our supporters for venturing up Neidpath Road. Their efforts were not in vein with the Band’s Youth Band starting off a great evening of Christmas Music. The Youth Band continues to grow and improve under the direction of their conductor David Robb and this was warmly appreciated by the large audience. David took the opportunity to award the Daniel T Ward Shield to Jamie Esposito for our Young Musician of the Year – very well deserved. A donation of a new Student Euphonium was also made to the Band by Marion Anderson of “A Gift for Peebles”. Thank you for thinking about us. As you will see in our photo, the lucky recipient of the new instrument was 12-year-old James Grassick who has still not stopped smiling – I’m sure he takes the Euphonium to bed with him every night.

However, the highlight of our Christmas Concert was, as ever, the excellent Kingsland Primary School Choir under the baton of Caroline Belleville. They sang two sets in each half of the concert and had the audience applauding loudly at every opportunity. I hope the youngsters enjoyed it every bit as much as we in the Silver Band and in the audience did. One slight deviation during the Concert was the Band playing “The Coventry Carol” – a favourite carol of Pat Murray’s who, after more than 30 years in the Band, has decided to retire. Pat has loved every minute of his time with the Band and this was reflected in the Band giving him a standing ovation and a presentation of a photo montage covering his experiences with the band. Pat always loved helping others and our other photo shows Pat doing just that with Jamie - our oldest and our youngest players in the Band. We wish them both well for the future. 2020 is set to be another great year for the Band, with our Youth Band growing and the Senior Band determined to seek promotion in March back to the 3rd Section at the Scottish Brass Band Championships.

The Senior Band under the leadership of Peter Holmes started their programme off with Sleigh Ride followed by the Euphonium Solo, O Holy Night played superbly by Rhona Musgrave. Other highlights included a duet (Baby, It’s Cold Outside) between our youngest Soloists, Phoebe Hibbert (16) on Cornet and Josh Middleton (20) playing Trombone and unusually an Eb Bass Solo, Frosty the Snowman, played uniquely by Band Chairman, Colin Napier.

As ever, we couldn’t survive without the generous support of our Patrons and members of the general public who attend our Coffee Mornings and Concerts and who donate their loose change whilst the Band plays music on Peebles High Street. This support enables us to provide music tuition and brass instruments on loan, free of any charge, so if you wish to learn to play please contact us at secretary.pbsb@gmail.com or speak to any Band Member. Thank you all most sincerely from everyone at Peebles Burgh Silver Band.

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What does sustainable housing look like? We all have thoughts on this question as we look at the growth in Peebles, Edinburgh and beyond over recent decades. Good housing should be sustainable: low carbon, long-lasting, designed for healthy happy lives, connected with community and nature, energy efficient or even energy generating, and using materials that don’t destroy the planet in the process. Oh, and with space for playing and socialising and growing things, affordable, and suiting all of us as our needs change over time! In fact all of this is possible – and it’s already being done. On Thursday 20 February Tweedgreen is hosting an exciting evening at the Eastgate, with guest speakers who have taken great ideas about how to do housing in a better way, and turned those ideas into reality. We’ll hear about what’s possible, be stimulated with new ideas, inspired with words and pictures – and then discuss. MAKAR is an ecological design and build company based in Inverness which has pioneered the use of Scottish timber - an abundant but under-utilised renewable resource. As a beautiful and affordable material, local timber has contributed to much loved houses, and the company has grown into a much bigger role. Neil Sutherland the director will tell us about their involvement in Masterplanning large housing and mixed use developments across the country, whole new neighbourhoods designed for

sustainable living. They say: ‘We believe in designing and delivering sustainable healthy homes, using natural and local materials.’ Future Homes, Newcastle started with an idea about better homes for older people. But as the idea grew, it became ‘better homes for everyone’. The collaboration between Sustainable Communities Initiative, Newcastle City Council, Zero Carbon Futures, and many others, asked: ‘How do we create housing that can work for all age groups … that is inclusive, accessible, adaptable, aspirational and affordable … and low or zero carbon?’ Ross Weddle will tell us how they’ve used digital innovation and good design to create flexible space that can be adapted as a household changes. We’re inviting members of the SBC planning team, and local housing associations, to hear about the new Planning Act and discuss ways to make our town (even more) special.  And all this for a new low price! All Tweedgreen’s events this spring are now ticketed at £5 (or £3 concessions). Come and have a great discussion about a positive future for Peebles!

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Peebles Civic Society Historian Tim Clarkson sheds some light on what used to be called the Dark Ages as the first guest speaker of 2020 in Peebles Civic Society’s Winter Programme at the Leckie Church Hall on February 18. His illustrated talk on Britons and Anglo-Saxons in the Tweed Valley, AD 400 to AD800, will look at the impact of the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons on the native Britons, whose presence remains evident in place-names such as Melrose moel + rhos 'bare moor’, Caedmuir câd + mawr ‘great fortress’ and Peebles itself –‘ pebyll ‘encampment. Using various types of information - place-names, archaeology and medieval texts - he will consider what we know (or don't know) about the kings and kingdoms that arose in Southern Scotland during this troubled period.

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56 Gardens are really unnatural habitats but they can be managed to encourage wildlife of all kinds. We just have to be a bit more relaxed and insects, birds and animals will soon find their way in. Don’t use chemicals; instead put up insect houses, bat boxes and bird houses to give a home to creatures that will clean up insect pests like aphids. Put in a pond if you have room and toads and frogs will come to demolish slugs. Gardens are not natural environments because they contain plants from all over the world. Some lovely imported plants do very well in our gardens but they often escape and run riot in the countryside where they out-compete the natives. A good book to look at about what plants are native to Scotland is called “Scottish Plants for Scottish Gardens”.

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You could sprinkle some wildflower seeds in your borders and choose native trees and plants. Native and endemic plants foster wildlife because many native insects have specific food plants. Those insects in turn provide food for native small birds most of which are in decline. British birdsong is remarkable and not to be taken for granted. Gardens are not natural because garden plants are usually maintained in an artificial way. Top growth of perennials gets cut back and removed as soon as the plants finish flowering. In the autumn fallen leaves are raked up and burnt as soon as they land. Trees and shrubs are cut back each spring. The lawn is mowed at least forty times each season. All this hard work can result in a fairly arid environment for any wildlife. Maintaining the garden without so much maintenance really helps wildlife. Leaving the border plants all winter before cutting back the top growth gives insects a place to shelter and it lets perennial plants have a chance to build up strength for the next season. If you allow it dying leaves, and the carbon they store, will be taken back into the soil and, together with the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs that will improve the soil. A bit of unmown grass and some nettles are good sources of food for caterpillars which turn into the butterflies we all miss. There is good advice in a little book called “A Gentle Plea for Chaos” by Mirabel Osler. A slightly messier garden full of insects and birds does not mean a lack of structure or style; there’s always opportunity for good paving and construction to create perspective or separate areas. Well-chosen trees and shrubs, plenty of bulbs and the kind of perennials that don’t need a lot of attention will make a wonderful garden you can enjoy. A substantial area of land in Britain is devoted to gardens and this increases as new homes are built. We could do a lot with that to create a better environment for everybody. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 97185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com

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Music in Peebles The 2020 Patron’s Concert Our Patron, international violinist Gina McCormack, is back with her pianist partner Nigel Clayton to play a Sunday afternoon concert at 2.30pm on 9th February in Eastgate Theatre Peebles, exactly one year to the day since their memorable Patron’s concert of 2019. Joining them for the 2020 Patron’s Concert are the Turadh String Quartet and Classical Saxophinist, Lewis Banks. All are recent graduates of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who have won much coveted places in The Musician’s Company Yeomen Programme, a Five Year programme to help talented young musicians at the start of their music careers. Multi-prize winning Lewis Banks is already a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians who made his London recital debut at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre in March 2019. The Turadh String Quartet, are Abigail Young, Violin, born in Edinburgh, Michelle Dierx, a Dutch violinist from Zoersel, Belgium, Theodore Chung Lei , Viola, born in Singapore, and Balazs Renczes, Cello, from Budapest, Hungary. All are already experienced performers of the larger strings Broen Ensemble, who won the prestigious Tunnell Trust Award for young musicians in September 2019. The Turadh String Quartet have come out of that group and will make their London debut in the Purcell Room on Monday 10th February at the start of their Musician’s Company Yeomen programme. We are so privileged to hear them here in Peebles first. Gina and Nigel are now so well-known to us, it is becoming difficult to find new things to say about them. A year ago, Gina joined the world famous Brodsky Quartet as First Violinist and has had a very busy year performing with them all over the world. She is still currently teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, as well as finding time to give regular masterclasses both in the UK and

at summer festivals abroad. Concert pianist Nigel Clayton is Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, a regular coach at Benslow Music Trust Courses in Hertfordshire, and has been principal teacher of piano at the North East of Scotland Music School, Aberdeen for more than twenty years. For his services in the musical world Nigel was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2017. I did not know that before. The Concert Programme is yet to be decided, but be assured it will be splendid and will be published nearer the concert date in Peeblesshire News, on our website www.musicinpeebles.org.uk, and our Facebook page where you can also find information pages for the performers.

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Adults £15 - buy online Adult accompanying child under 12 £7 Members of Biggar Music £7 School pupils & Students under 25 in full-time education FREE but please book your seat.

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Peebles Rugby Club

‘So Stobo’ sponsored Peebles 1stXV have improved their league position slightly in the last month and now sit fourth in Tennent’s National League Two, following a victory over Hamilton Bulls. Unfortunately another game fell foul of a waterlogged pitch, while the Christmas and New Year break accounted for some downtime. Peebles were also on Border League duty which saw Selkirk ‘First Foot’ the Gytes, taking away a 30-22 win. The ‘Reds’ meanwhile have had a bit of a winter break from the league. They have been in friendly action however, with a win against Earlston and a loss to Biggar. In Border Cup action they also defeated Hawick Linden. Pick of the youth rugby however are the Under 16’s who have qualified for the semi-finals on the U16 National Youth League Cup. Having defeated Waysiders/ Drumpellier in a play-off, they went on to defeat Whitecraigs from Glasgow 46-7 and now progress to the semi-final where they meet Mackie Academy FP U16’s at The Oriam, Heriot Watt University, on Sunday 2nd February. The winners will then go on to play the winners of

Hawick v Boroughmuir on the BTMurrayfield main pitch on 22nd March. While the news of all our teams doing well is welcomed, the work put in by players and coaches would count for nothing if it wasn’t for the loyal band of volunteers behind the scenes. We have a number of long serving volunteers who are all stepping down at the end of the season and we now really need new volunteers to step forwards.

Roles needing filled: Facilities and Estates Team This involves cutting grass and preparing pitches at Gytes and Hay Lodge for games and overseeing maintenance. This is currently performed by 2 people and we would like a group of 2-4 individuals to move into this at the end of this season and work as a team.  It would involve outdoor work, and time to perform tasks required. Filming of Games The 1st XV games get video recorded to aid coaches with

video analysis. This involves both home and away matches.  This is currently performed by one person but would suit 1-2 people.  Video equipment is provided. Report Writing Reports of 1st XV games get published in the Peeblesshire News.  It helps bring the games to life for those who have not been able to watch the matches. If you would like to dust down your quill/pen/keyboard we would be keen to hear from you! To find out more or register your interest for any of the above roles then email Neil.Clark74@ btinternet.com 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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The Prince Of India RESTAURANT

86 High Street, Peebles, EH45 8SW 01721 724455 Special 3 Course Lunch £7.95 (Mon to Fri) NEW SUNDAY BANQUET MEAL DEAL FOR TWO 3 curries, £13.95 per person


Large Parties Most Welcome

Outside catering Gluten Free dishes available All dishes prepared using fresh produce

Open 7 days 12noon - 2pm and 5pm - 11.30pm


Meal for 1 - £12.95, 2 - £23.95, 4 - £46.90



Index of Advertisers


Ablesweep Chimney Sweep & Oil Service Engineer


Dustbusters of Penicuik


Peebles Hydro Gin


Alexander Technique


Enhance Support & Care


Peebles Web Design


Armac Vet Group


George Haydock Painter & Decorator


Peeblesshire Trout Fishing


AT Blinds


GS Chapman Vehicle Body Repairs


Peeblesshire Windows


Atticus Interior Design


Hair by Gemma


Prince of India


Bear Design Studio


Harrisons Ford Centre


RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


Biology Tuition


Holiday Flat, Peebles


Red Circle Locksmith


Blackwood & Smith


Impact Landscapes


Saffron Restaurant


Border Buses


Interior Solutions


Shire Chimney Services


Border Canopy Company


James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting


Silicone Sealant


Border Vets


John Montgomery Upholstery


Sitooerie at Caddon View




K & R Painting and Decorating


St Peter's Scottish Episcopal Church


Caledonia Lifestyle


K2 Roofing


Story of Love


Cameron Carpet Company


Keith Brown Joinery


Swift First Aid


Castle Warehouse Northgate


Linnburn Kennels


Tait & Mapp Roofing and Plastering


CB3 Design


Lothian & Borders Environmental


Tetra Acoustics


Central Gas Heating Engineer


Maglin Domestic Appliance Repair


Tontine Hotel




McTavish Hair Stylist


Tweed Financial Services


Colin Wilson IT ServicesÂ




Tweed Valley Physiotherapy


Councillors Bell & Anderson


Mr Maintenance


Tweed-line Taxis


Councillors Tatler and Chapman


mth tax limited


Tweeddale Kitchens


Crystal Roebuck - Travel Counsellor


Neuro Physio Scotland


Tweedside Antiques & Collectables


Cullen Kilshaw


Ozkan's Grill


Two Rivers Vets


D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts


P Grandison Funeral Director


Ventrolla Sash Window Specialists


David Mundell MP


Peebles Carpets


Winkston Accommodation


DDL Care Services


Peebles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services


Xanadu Beauty Clinic


Decorative Solutions Ltd


Peebles Golf Club


Youth Wellbeing Coaching


DSH Joinery


Peebles Handyman


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


BT Faultline

0800 800151

Citizens Advice Bureau

Scottish Power - Power Loss 0800 0299290 NHS 24

08454 242424 Locksmith

Gas - Emergency

01835 824000

0800 111999

Scottish Borders Council

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EDINBURGH ROAD, PEEBLES, EH45 8ED 01721 721350 www.harrisonsford.co.uk Model shown is the New Ford Puma ST-Line X 1.0L Ford EcoBoost Hybrid (mHEV) 125PS 6 Speed

*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 March 2020.

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