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Welcome to the April Edition of Peebles Life. I am writing this introduction from self-isolation, our eldest daughter returned from university, developed a cough, and as a result we are will be keeping to ourselves for 14 days.


It is clear that Coronavirus is a very serious threat to the world, and it is vital that we all play our part in trying to curb its growth and listen to the instructions given by the Government. We owe this to our health service, who will be working day and night to save lives, and to the more vulnerable and elderly, who are most at risk.

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We have included a pull out section on how to combat Coronavirus and guidance for households living with a possible infection, this was correct at the time of printing, advice may change. There is also a poster to use if your household includes someone with a weak immune system (page 49). But it is vital that life goes on as normally as possible, and we have continued our look at the management of the Burgh Hall in this months Big Issue. Our investigation has highlighted some legitimate concerns about some of the decisions taken by SBC that led to the taking control of the Burgh Hall. We will be continuing to follow this up over the coming months.

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Bonnie Peebles


Peebles Silver Band


Peebles Portrait - Bill Goodburn


Historic Woodland Under Threat


Tweed Valley Male Voices


Advice on how to Combat Coronavirus


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Church Notices 42 We have highlighted concerns from a local resident over a magazine serving the residents of Peebles and Cardrona plan that has been submitted to SBC which would see the A community Eastgate Theatre Coronavirus Update 44 destruction of one of the last bits of old woodland in the Delivered FREE to every home in the area April 2020 Town. Granton Homes have asked for permission to build Celebrating the impact of Will Aid 48 a further seven homes which will see the destruction of a significant area of mature 200-year-old broad-leaved Cycling Without Age Scotland 51 woodland. Peebles Pensioners Association 52 Peebles Life is not anti-development, we understand there needs to be further housing in the town, but it The Peebles Garden 55 needs to be in the right place, we spoke to local Ecologist Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell 56 Reuben Singleton to get his view. He is concerned about the development for a number of reasons. “The site’s Peebles Hendaye Twinning Assocition 58 importance as a natural greenspace close to the middle of town should not be under-estimated and its location Peebles Rugby Club 60 on the southern banks of the River Tweed makes it an important part of the River Tweed ecological corridor“. Index 62 The Peebles Portrait this month is of a well-loved Gutterbluid Bill Goodburn. Bill has been a key figure in the town for many years, not only in his professional life, Contact Linda about advertising or but also in raising environmental awareness in the town events. long before it became fashionable. Above all Peebles is a community, and now more than ever we need to come together, (metaphorically speaking) and do all we can to support others.

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Big Issue By Steve Dubé

Last month we offered a brief history of the Chambers Institution, the iconic High Street building donated by William Chambers in trust to the people of Peebles in 1859, and the strange Night of the U-Turn by the six Tweeddale councillors that led to the resignation of the independent trustees. Previously, the councillors agreed that the Trust should adopt charitable status. Also in agreement were the independent trustees, the SBC officers – including current chief executive Tracey Logan and the council’s legal advisors – and, acting for the independent trustees, Anderson Strathern, the top ranking law firm in Scotland and one of the top 20 in the UK. It was unanimous. All that was left after long months of negotiations with the Scottish charity regulator OSCR was for the full council in its scheduled session at the end of October 2014 to vote in favour. It’s still not clear exactly what happened on the Night of the U-Turn. But the day before the council was due to meet, the councillors sprung their decision on an unsuspecting meeting of the Trust. And the following day, Cllr Graham Garvie, signing himself as Convenor of Scottish Borders Council, called on SBC councillors to ditch the plan. There is a clear ambiguity in Cllr Garvie’s position as a trustee as well as a Council office holder, but nobody mentioned it, and the Council supported the motion of another councillor trustee, Cllr Stuart Bell, seconded by Cllr Garvie, to call for a report on possible alternatives. Tracey Logan, in her former post of Director of Resources, duly produced a report that outlined four alternatives – including charitable status. The people of Peebles have never been asked which alternative they would prefer and as far as we know, the six trustees have never made a choice. A couple of points are worth noting from this sequence of events: •

It would have been a breach of the duties and responsibilities of trustees for the councillors to meet and reach a conclusion about Trust business without informing – let

alone including – other trustees. Cllr Bell insists that such a meeting did not happen, but one of the other councillor trustees has told us that it did. Maybe Cllr Bell did not know about it. •

Conflict of Interest. When an individual wears two hats, where does loyalty lie? Charitable status, along with independent trustees, would have removed any suggestion that the Trust is just another arm of the council, and freed trustees from any conflict of interest. The Institution would, as defined by the 1911 Act of Parliament, remain vested in the council – safer than money in the bank.

At present, council officers are conducting a rent review of a building where the council is both landlord and tenant and will present their recommendations only to six members of the council. People may wonder about possible conflicts of interest. That issue was highlighted by Anderson Strathern: “The Trust must show that it exists as a separate body from SBC. The public must also have the perception that the Trust exists separately from SBC.” Ms Logan also referred to the issue in a confidential report which Peebles Life has seen: “It should be noted that the Council’s in-house legal team are unable to act for the Council in both capacities (as advisors to both the council and the trust) due to strict Law Society of Scotland rules relating to conflict of interest.” The Trust has not quite been in limbo ever since the Night of the U-Turn. It engaged the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to hold an exhibition and a public consultation, but this just focussed on the use of the buildings. It commissioned the award-winning architectural practice Page Park to outline options on development. An online search of the SBC website reveals a Page Park report that consists only of drawings; the text is redacted. Publicly available trust minutes disclose three Continued over page

8Continued from page 7 options in the report: Option 1, limited to the existing fabric; Option 2, which includes a fourstorey building extension and extra office space, and retains the museum, gallery and library; and Option 3, which is similar to Option 2, but with direct access to and from the High Street. In November 2018 the trustees rejected Option 1. But they have since also rejected Options 2 and 3 as being too expensive. So they’re back with Option 1; it’s the cheapest for a trust currently dependent on council funding. We’re still awaiting a long-promised public exhibition of the architect’s report. The six councillors are now aware that the Trust has become a big issue – prompted largely by Peebles Community Council reacting to another overnight coup – the Trust’s abrupt felling of the rowan trees in the Institution quadrangle. In response, the councillors say that if we want charitable status and independent trustees to represent the people to whom the Institution was given, we must show what value it would bring. Our answers to that are:

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We’re able to end on an encouraging note. During the debate on the SBC budget and the accompanying council tax rise last month, Cllr Bell, the only one of the original six councillor trustees still in place, said: “We need to genuinely give people the power to decide their local priorities.” That sort of thing is what engagement with the community is all about. We look forward to it.

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That was the cry from our youngsters on Sunday 8th March when the results were announced after the Band performed “Neverland” by Christopher Bond at the Scottish Brass Band Championships in Perth. We were placed 3rd out of 14 Bands in our Section on the day (4th last year) – and we can’t complain at that. The Band played almost as well as rehearsed but given stage nerves and a faster tempo than the adjudicators wanted, we were 3 points off the winners, Newland Concert Band and 1 point behind Kilmarnock Concert in 2nd place. Both Newland and Kilmarnock were promoted into the 3rd Section and with continued hard work and regular practice that is where we hope to be this time next year. The Coronavirus is affecting the Band directly in as much as we have been compelled to cancel rehearsals for the foreseeable future for both our Senior and Youth Bands to ensure we minimise the opportunity to spread the virus within the Community. Hopefully everyone, young and old will continue to practice at home until normality can be resumed, hopefully as

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Article Steve Dubé, Portait Natalie Martin __________________________________________________________________________________________ Peebles curlers now have to make do without Bill leaning on a spade, provided black and white Goodburn and his brush. After 57 years on the ice, Bill landscape drawings. officially retired last year and his teammates marked “Ann was green before me, and that made me green the occasion by appointing him the club’s first Life too. She and her friend Fi Martinoga were always President. “My balance went a bit,” says Bill wistfully. trying to talk people into being environmentally Loss of balance can be one of the effects of Parkinson’s disease. Bill was diagnosed with the condition three years ago, and after giving up skiing at the age of 78, curling was his last active sport. “It’s a bit passé isn’t it,” said Bill when we suggested that he could feature in a Peebles Portrait. Out of date this sketch might be in relation to Bill’s extremely active past, but there’s no time like the present to tell the story of this Gutterbluid, who traces his ancestry to the early 18th century Manor Valley, and a family of millers and Peebles master bakers. Bill Goodburn doesn’t do things by half. He was born on his mother’s birthday in 1939 in the nursing home on Tweed Green: an unforgettable present. Years later it was love at first sight when he saw a fellow university student from Berwick called Ann on an enchanted evening across a crowded room. And later still, smitten by a love of flying, he built a plane in his garage. “The best thing in my life was meeting up with Ann,” he says. “She was doing geography at Edinburgh University where I was studying law and we kept seeing each other at dances but she was always with someone else. Eventually I worked up the courage to ask her out.” They settled in Peebles and raised a family – Joanna, who was Beltane Queen in 1976, Nicola, 2nd Maid at Beltane in 1979 and Robert. Bill was Neidpath Warden in 1985, but believes he courted unpopularity by focussing on green issues in his speech on the castle steps. Decades after the first warnings of global climate change, he and Ann remain passionate environmentalists. They were active volunteers in the creation of the landmark restoration project Carrifran Wildwood, bought by public subscription on Millennium Day, 2000. Ann contributed text to the tenth anniversary book, and Bill, who is pictured

conscious. We had a little green group, the forerunner of Tweed Green, and did lectures in the High School.” Environment issues of another kind engaged Bill during seven years as chairman of Scottish Borders Tourist Board in the 1990s, trying to overcome the tendency for the region to be overshadowed by the Highlands and Islands and the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Bill helped to create a network of long distance walks like the Borders Abbeys Way, John Buchan Way, the St Cuthbert’s Way and the Berwickshire Coastal Path. “We were trying to work out an identity for the Borders,” says Bill. “We have a much higher profile now.” Closer to home he helped to establish Peebles Civic Society after the local authority decided to demolish “Buchan’s Corner” as part of a scheme to widen the town’s Cuddy Bridge. There was fierce opposition locally to the loss of a much-loved building closely associated with the Buchan family – the historian and former town clerk Walter, and his sibling novelists John and Anna (O. Douglas). The campaigners persuaded the council to retain part of the building – although it lost its iconic tower – and then set up the new society to protect the town architectural and cultural heritage. Bill was its first secretary – a task he undertook for 20 years. The society has been campaigning vigorously – but not always successfully – ever since, resisting eyesores and inappropriate planning developments. “The worst thing that has happened is the overdevelopment of Peebles,” says Bill. “I firmly believed that the development of Cardrona with its golf course and leisure spa would create a new tourist attraction and take the pressure off Peebles, but it hasn’t happened.” What has happened is the transformation of Peebles from a mill town. “When I was born, Peebles was still Continued over page

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20Continued from page 18 a somewhat parochial border town with a population of 6,000 people mostly employed in the tweed industry with a society that was about to be torn apart and changed forever by the Second World War.” The war changed Bill’s life too. His father joined the RAF and towards the end of hostilities, Bill and his mother stayed in the servicemen’s quarters in what became Prestwick Airport. By the time he returned to Peebles he had lost his Borders accent and felt out of place without the “large tackety boots” of his contemporaries. He had to scuffle his way past the bullies but soon got his accent back. After primary school Bill commuted by train to the Edinburgh Academy for a while, but the journeys became too much and he enrolled in the High School. “I left as a Gutterbluid and came back as an Englishman with a typical public school accent,” he says. He much preferred the High School and went on to university, where he remembers that lectures in civil law were still delivered in Latin. University was also fun; he learned to fly with the University Air Squadron, and thought about joining the RAF. “But I had qualified as a lawyer and was running a court department in a City office with some high profile cases,” he says. “So I had sufficient interest to opt for a career in law, which eventually took me back to my hometown of Peebles. I was to be the last

of a generation of general practitioner solicitors who would tackle most fields of law with clients from every social stratum, including the poacher who always had the foresight to leave a salmon on the door of the old folks’ home – providing a great plea in mitigation!” He didn’t stop flying though. “Once you get the flying bug it stays with you for life and in the end we decided to build our own aeroplane,” he says. “It was something I always wanted to do. We towed it behind the car and flew it out of Carlisle. It was an extraordinary aircraft, but after two broken propellers, 45 modifications and 60 hours flying, it was time to sell. Later Ann and I had a superb holiday flying a very old Cessna around New Zealand.” Back on land, Bill was secretary of the Peeblesshire Agriculture Society for 20 years, and captain of Peebles Golf Club – “but I didn’t play very much; I didn’t have the time.” He has more time on his hands now, and he knows how to spend it. “I enjoy a huge degree of happiness as a family,” he says. He and Ann have eight grandchildren and are lovingly proud of them all. Two swim for Britain and three are members of the French national sailing team. “We are very lucky and we spend a lot of time with them,” he says. The family’s gain is the community’s loss.

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Historic woodland in the heart of Peebles under threat Catriona McKay, PhD ___________________________________________________________________________________________ A proposed development for seven new houses in the grounds of Grade B listed Kingsmeadows House threatens the destruction of a significant area of mature, 200-year-old broadleaved woodland.

which are considered to be of high or moderate conservation value according to their own 2018 tree survey. Indeed, Granton Homes’ development application describes the site as being “within a substantial woodland setting to the east of Peebles town centre” and, in their tree survey, independent expert Donald Rogers writes “The site is heavily wooded. A total of 217 individual trees were identified in the survey, plus large areas of younger natural regeneration which is becoming well established.”

Following their purchase of Kingsmeadows Estate from Standard Life in 2014, property developers Granton Homes received planning permission from Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to redevelop Kingsmeadows House into private apartments and to build a further block of 12 flats on the riverside adjacent to the existing building.

This application contradicts previous statements from the developers. On 2 July 2015, the Peeblesshire News reported on an interview with Alan Mawer of Granton Homes where he “reiterated his pledge to preserve the beauty of the site and stressed that there were no plans to build houses within the 17.5-acre estate”.

In March 2020, a planning application (ref No: 20/00275/FUL) from Granton Homes was made public on SBC’s website, where they seek permission to build a further seven houses on a tennis court and bowling green which they say “can be considered brownfield land”.

Historical and environmental importance

The proposal does include the tennis court and bowling green; however, they comprise only 20% of the proposed development area. The remaining site and new access road actually consist of a substantial area of high-quality woodland. The developers propose cutting down 32 mature trees, 28 of

Built in 1795 by Sir John Hay, Kingsmeadows House and grounds constitutes 7 of the 117 hectares of Peebles Conservation Area, the largest designated Conservation Area in the Scottish Borders.

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The house has undergone many incarnations from private residence to World War II maternity hospital – many older Peebles residents were born there during the war. The woods at Kingsmeadows are unique and of significant environmental as well as historical importance, sitting as they do in the heart of our town on the banks of the Tweed – a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation – linking two Key Green Spaces, Victoria and Whitestone Parks. The woods act as a green corridor and support a large number of wild species. In 4 years, I have counted 35 different bird species on the estate and adjacent river: including, song thrushes and tawny owls cited, respectively, on the RSPB’s red and amber lists of Birds of Conservation Concern. In addition, the estate supports several mammalian species, with evidence of hedgehogs, badgers, weasels, roe deer, pipistrelle bats and the UK’s iconic and much threatened native red squirrel. Experts, including the highly esteemed Sir David Attenborough, have stated that 2020 is a pivotal year to protect the environment and fight against climate change. In 2019, the UK Government’s State of Nature Report listed loss of habitat as one of the biggest threats to our natural environment. The Scottish Wildlife Trust reported that 1 million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction globally, with one in nine species at risk in Scotland. The time to act to protect our environment, locally and globally, is now! Please note: This image is a matter of public record and was taken from Granton Homes planning application: KM_EAST_WOODS_ DEIGN_STATEMENT_PART_13330365 available on SBC’s planning website.


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THE ADVICE FOR ANYONE IN ANY SETTING IS TO FOLLOW THESE MAIN GUIDELINES. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.



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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: • new continuous cough and/or • high temperature

• do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. MAIN MESSAGES

• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information) • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

• you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

• for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information


• if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

• those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

This advice is intended for: • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well

• if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

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If not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.


It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or may already be infected. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

The best thing you can do now is plan for how you can adapt your daily routine, and that of others in your household, to be able to follow this advice. Some of the ways in which you could prepare include: • talk to your neighbours and family and exchange phone numbers of household contacts • consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable • create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbours, schools, employer, chemist, NHS 111 • set up online shopping accounts if possible WILL MY HOUSEHOLD BE TESTED IF WE THINK WE HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS?

• Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home. WHY STAYING AT HOME IS VERY IMPORTANT

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable. Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (see ending self-isolation below). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days (see ending self-isolation below). If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.

Staying at home may be difficult and frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include: • plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home for the full 7 or 14 days • talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need to make your stay at home a success • think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period • ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect • make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media • think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films • many people find it helpful to plan out the full 14 days, such as on a make-shift calendar. You may also find it helpful to plan in advance what you will do if, for example, someone in the household were to feel much worse, such as have difficulties breathing • when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home

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You and all household members should remain at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you will need to ask friends or relatives. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home. If you are an employee and unable to work due to coronavirus, please refer to this guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions to find out about the support that is available to you. IF YOU ARE LIVING WITH CHILDREN

Keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible. What we have seen so far is that children with coronavirus appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance. IF YOU HAVE A VULNERABLE PERSON LIVING WITH YOU

Minimise as much as possible the time any vulnerable family members spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas, and keep shared spaces well ventilated. Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from vulnerable people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If they can, they should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure they use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering

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and for hand-hygiene purposes. If you do share a toilet and bathroom with a vulnerable person, it is important that you clean them every time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with the vulnerable person using the facilities first. If you share a kitchen with a vulnerable person, avoid using it while they are present. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If the vulnerable person is using their own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these. We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces. IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING WHILE INFECTED

There is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you. The current evidence is that children with coronavirus get much less severe symptoms than adults. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact; however, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone. If you or a family member are feeding with formula or expressed milk, you should sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else. You can find more information at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

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When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house. Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. LAUNDRY

To minimise the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry. Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All dirty laundry can be washed in the same load. If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 7-day (for individual isolation) or 14-day isolation period (for households) has ended when you can then take the laundry to a public launderette. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF GET BETTER

Drink water to keep yourself hydrated; you should drink enough during the day so your urine (pee) is a pale clear colour. You can use over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, to help with some of your symptoms. Use these according to the instructions on the packet or label and do not exceed the recommended dose. IF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY NEED TO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness in any household members is worsening. If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.


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If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have coronavirus symptoms. All routine medical and dental appointments should usually be cancelled whilst you and the family are staying at home. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to your coronavirus symptoms contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

Clean your hands frequently each day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser. This will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of passing infection to others. COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES

Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have one to hand, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. Then they should wash their hands with soap and water. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser. FACEMASKS

We do not recommend the use of facemasks as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. Facemasks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings. DO NOT HAVE VISITORS IN YOUR HOME

Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as other friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or social media.

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If you or a family member receive essential care in your home, then carers should continue to visit. Carers will be provided with facemasks and gloves to reduce the risk of you passing on the infection. IF YOU HAVE PETS IN THE HOUSEHOLD

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus. LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING WHILE STAYING AT HOME

We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden. It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website. Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have not minded staying at home for a week have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden. Many people find it helpful to remind themselves why what they are doing is so important. Hopefully, none of your family will suffer more than flu-like symptoms. But some people are badly affected by coronavirus, and particularly the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. By staying home, you are protecting the lives of others, as well as making sure the NHS does not get overwhelmed. ENDING SELF-ISOLATION AND HOUSEHOLDISOLATION

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If living with others, then all household members who remain well may end household-isolation after 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious. After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice that is, after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine. Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to re-start 14 days of isolation for the whole household. This will have provided a high level of community protection. Further isolation of members of this household will provide very little additional community protection. At the end of the 14-day period, any family member who has not become unwell can leave household isolation. If any ill person in the household has not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, they should contact NHS 111 online. If your home has no internet access, you should call NHS 111. The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to selfisolate for more than 7 days.

If you have been symptomatic, then you may end your self-isolation after 7 days. The 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill

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A Walk in the Park Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society Owing to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the April meeting of the Archaeological Society has been cancelled. We are now in the process of drawing up our syllabus for 20202021 and look forward to another series of informative and fascinating talks starting later in the year. Look out for details in future issues of Peebles Life! Meanwhile, readers may like to be aware of a publication of local interest recently produced by the Society… As local residents will know, Peebles offers a host of delightful short walks. One easy and popular local route is the circuit from Tweed Bridge along the riverside by the Swimming Pool and on through Hay Lodge Park, before crossing the footbridge to return along the opposite bank. Yet, as they make their way around the Park, local residents and visitors alike may be unaware of the area’s hidden history. In fact, people have been active along this stretch of the Tweed for thousands of years. To the first prehistoric hunters and fishers who camped by its waters 10,000 years ago, the river and its banks would have been a fruitful source of food; in historical times, it has been bridged and harnessed for industry; in more modern times, it has become a place for sport and leisure activities. To increase awareness of its interest, the Society has produced a self-guided trail leaflet supplemented by a short booklet, both entitled Hay Lodge: A Walk in the Park. Compiled by members of the Society and attractively designed by Russell Eggleton of Peebles-based Abound Design & Interpretation Ltd, our goal was first and foremost to give the general visitor a taste of the varied points of archaeological and historical interest in and around the park. Our leaflet and booklet are there to whet the appetite: a few suggestions for further reading are provided for those wishing to delve into the fascinating local history of the area in greater detail. Peeblesshire Archaeological Society is grateful to the Peebles Common Good Fund and Live Borders for generous financial support and help in kind which made the project possible. The leaflet will be freely available from the Museum & Library and a variety of outlets. The booklet will be available in bound form from the Museum or from Whitie’s Bookshop in Peebles (price £2); alternatively its content may be downloaded for free from the Society’s website www.peeblesarchsoc.org.uk. Illustrations 1. Fishing on the Tweed around 10,000 years ago (© PAS; illustration by Alan Braby) 2. Underneath the arches: Jack Boughey explaining the story of Tweed Bridge during one of the Society's guided walks (© Trevor Cowie).


For Peat’s Sake

By Steve Dubé _______________________________

Environmentally conscious local people are joining a campaign launched by a range of national and local organisations, including Plantlife, the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and Friends of the Earth, to call on government and industry to stop using peat in gardening and horticulture. During April members of the West Affinity Group of Scottish Borders Extinction Rebellion will take to the High Street to spread the message – endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society – that there is no need to use peat or peat-based products. Peat is best left in the ground, and acceptable alternatives are available in the form of composted bark, coir (coconut fibre), wood fibre and green compost, mixed with inorganic materials such as grit, sharp sand, rock wool and perlite. It’s disappointing to note that decades after the importance of peat lands as a wildlife habitat and as a vital element of carbon capture and storage, the extraction of peat for use by the gardeners of Britain is actually on the rise. This is despite the UK government’s commitment to phase out peat use in gardening this year 2020, and across the garden industry as a whole by 2030. That’s beginning to look meaningless. Peat bogs in Britain, Ireland and beyond continue to be devastated. And

when you realise that peat holds up to 20 times its own weight in water, the consequences of its destruction in our era of weather extremes are easy to understand. An example can be seen close to home at Auchencorth Moss near Leadburn, where in 2017 Midlothian Council approved planning consent for commercial peat extraction just weeks after the Scottish Government made a commitment to fund the restoration of 250,000 hectares ha (617,763.5 acres) of peat lands across Scotland: yet another case of uncoordinated planning policies. Even worse, part of the same lowland raised bog is a protected SSSI, where work carried out to restore the habitat could be damaged by the extraction next-door. Healthy peatlands are a crucial habitat for many species. As

well as helping to maintain biodiversity, they filter our drinking water, aid flood management and help to tackle climate change by locking up atmospheric carbon dioxide in the soil. Scotland has about 60% of the UK’s peatland regions and 4% of the Europe’s total peat carbon store but 80% of that peatland is now thought to be degraded by agricultural drainage, over-grazing, afforestation or extraction. In Peebles you can buy compost at local stores like Harbro and Scott Brothers. Harbro stocks two types but availability is led by demand, so buyers should ask if there is none in store. The best you can buy include New Horizon, Vital Earth, Carbon Gold, Fertile Fibre and Dalefoot wool and bracken composts. Gardeners must try to be part of the solution, not the problem.

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One of the iconic little buildings of Peebles has begun a new life. A group of enthusiasts acting under the umbrella of Peebles Community Trust (PCT) has taken over the former railway weighbridge office in East Station car park with the aim of refurbishing the buildings as a heritage centre. The Peebles Railway Heritage Group (PRHG) took on the tenancy of the listed building from Scottish Borders Council on a 25-year lease at the beginning of March and will now begin to raise funds to bring the buildings back to life with state-of-the-art technology. “I’m confident that we can raise the money to turn this building into a valuable educational tool for young people and a place where visitors can fund out information about the town,” said Les Turnbull, a PCT director

who is also chairman of Peebles Community Council. “We have an enthusiastic group with an extensive knowledge of the railways and the part that they played in turning Peebles into an important mill town and later a tourism resort. Between us we also have a collection of material relating to the network of lines and three railway stations that once served the town.” The initiative is timely as the closure of Visit Scotland’s tourist information centre last year left visitors without a place where they could get to know about the town and the surrounding area. The project is the latest in the PCT portfolio. Word has already begun on transforming Eshiels Community Wood from a predominantly conifer plantation to a broadleaf woodland and the building that once housed the

Ex-Servicemen’s Club has been renamed the School Brae Hub and is one again a highly valued community centre. Meanwhile the appeal by Moorbrook Textile Ltd against the Scottish Government’s decision to grant PCT the Right to Buy on the former March Street Mill – should it ever be placed on the open market – will be heard at the Sheriff’s Court in Jedburgh on Tuesday April 21. This is listed as an evidential hearing, so if you want to go along, please note the change of location and date. The Moorbrook appeal will be resisted by lawyers acting for the Scottish government. If they are successful, PCT will have the right to first refusal of the site at a price determined by an independent valuer.


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Church Notices St Peter’s Peebles 10 Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD

www.stpeterspeebles.org.uk We have decided for the moment that the church will remain open by day to give people the opportunity to come closer to God during this difficult time. But please note that there are no handwashing or similar facilities within the church, so responsibility for cleanliness must lie with individuals who choose to enter. ---------------

St Andrews Leckie Parish: Peebles linked with Lyne & Manor

Eastgate, Peebles EH45 9AD

www.standrewsleckie.co.uk St Andrews Leckie Parish: PeeblesLyne & Manor There will be no gatherings for worship until further notice but we will be live streaming full services at 11am on Sundays on our website. ---------------

Peebles Old Parish Church Of Scotland

St Joseph’s Peebles and St James’s Innerleithen RC Church

High St, Peebles EH45 8SW

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The church remains open daily from 104pm for quiet reflection and prayer for individuals to use if they wish. ---------------

Peebles Evangelical Church 17 Tweed Brae, Peebles

www.stjosephschurch.org.uk St Joseph’s Church in Peebles will remain open during daytime hours (9am to 6pm) for those who may wish to drop in to pray. However, St James’s in Innerleithen will remain closed for the time being as renovation works are continuing at present. ---------------

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Easgate Theatre Coronavirus Following the government’s advice on 16 March about appropriate measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Eastgate Theatre has taken the decision to cancel all live performances and screenings scheduled for March and April.

studio space have also been temporarily cancelled. However, there are some activities which we believe can continue, with a limit on the numbers taking part, should that be the wish of the participants and practitioners involved.

Events planned for May and June have been taken off sale and may yet also be cancelled if this is necessary as a result of future government advice. We expect to make decisions affecting this period before the middle of April.

These options are being discussed and reviewed on a weekly basis. Please check with box office on 01721 725777 or online for the most up-to-date information.

Some of the companies and artists who had events scheduled during this period are enquiring about possible alternative dates from autumn 2020 onwards, and these are being pencilled into the theatre’s forward plan. With this very much in mind, any customers who have already purchased tickets for cancelled events are being offered credit notes which they can redeem against theatre events in the future. Many classes and workshops in the Eastgate’s

The Eastgate Theatre Café remains open, with appropriate measures in place (tables well-spaced, hand sanitiser available, etc) for customers who would like to eat in. For those who would like to enjoy coffee and cakes at home, the café is happy to provide a take-away service. “We apologise for any inconvenience, and greatly appreciate the support of partner organisations, artists and, particularly, customers during these extraordinarily challenging times,” said Caroline Adam, the theatre’s general manager.


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The nights are slowly starting to draw out and warmer weather is on the horizon. We have had a few busy weeks here at Border Vets. During this time, we have seen an increased number of cases of Pyometra in dogs, all of them needing surgical intervention.

Pyometra is an infection of the uterus commonly caused by bacteria entering through the bitch’s cervix when she is in season. If the lining of the uterus is normal the bacteria are usually killed off, however if the lining is damaged or cystic the bacteria causes an infection. Damage to the lining of the uterus is usually caused by the bitch having seasons. For this reason, Pyometras are usually seen in older females however they can present at any time of a bitch’s life. Pyometras can either be ‘open’ or ‘closed’ both of which are life-threatening. When a pyometra is open pus will drain from their vagina, therefore you will see an abnormal discharge on the skin or hair under the tail or on their bedding. They can also have a fever, be lethargic and not want to eat. If the cervix is closed the infection cannot drain out through the vagina. It

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collects in the uterus and makes a bitch’s stomach look bigger. Closed pyometras are extremely dangerous as the bacteria release toxins that are absorbed into the blood stream causing depression, listlessness and vomiting and diarrhoea. The toxins in the bitch’s blood can cause septic shock and death if left untreated. Treatment of Pyometra is surgery to remove the infected uterus. The procedure is the same as a normal bitch spay; the ovaries and the whole of the uterus will be removed. This is a life-threatening condition, which must be caught quickly, and emergency surgery performed straight away for a successful outcome. Most dogs will survive the surgery and go on to leading normal lives. The best way to avoid this happening is to neuter your bitch. We would recommend that you book an appointment with one our nurses to discuss this further, and get advice on what is best for your dog. Please give the practice a call to book in for a preneuter check, they are free of charge.

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Celebrating the impact of Will Aid We have been named as one of the top fundraisers in the UK for the Will Aid 2019/20 campaign. Will Aid takes place during the month of November and is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities. During Will Aid month, as a participating Solicitor, Blackwood & Smith waive the usual fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, we ask that clients make a charitable donation to Will Aid of an amount suggested by the charity. As a community so many of you took part in Will Aid last November, not only gaining the peace of mind by writing your Will, but also by helping to fund life changing charity work at the same time. As a firm we raised £7,835, placing us 3rd in the whole of Scotland, this is our 10th year taking part in the Will Aid scheme and every year gets more popular. Sally Swinney (Senior Partner) said: “We are absolutely delighted with our efforts and thrilled to have raised so much for yet another year, thank you to each and every member of the community who donated, we are grateful to those who chose to support this initiative”

This week we had the pleasure of meeting with Katy Williamson from Save the Children, to discuss how the money raised makes a difference to them. Save the Children is one of the nine charities to benefit from the money raised during Will Aid. Katy Williamson (Save the Children, Regional Legacy Manager) said: “Save the Children is so grateful to firms like Blackwood & Smith for their selfless support of Will Aid. Over £900K has been raised for Will Aid to date from such philanthropic firms. Our life-saving work would not be possible without these donations and the gifts in wills so generously left to us. When disaster strikes, these donations enable us to launch help immediately. Every single gift has a huge impact - whether it covers the cost of a single schoolbook or the construction of a new clinic. Thank you to everyone who took part in Will Aid and ensured we can help children not just survive but thrive”

If you’d like to take part in Will Aid this year, you can make your November appointment from September onwards via the Will Aid website: willaid.org.uk or by calling 0300 0309 558.

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Your community needs you. In this case, it’s Cycling Without Age Peebles, which provides a valuable service in the town taking passengers on bicycle trishaw journeys. In a programme that has been backed by the Scottish government, volunteer cyclists pick up elderly people from their houses or care homes and take them out for a spin on a trishaw, a threewheeled vehicle used in some countries as taxis. There’s room for two in the comfortable seats and it’s fun for everyone, whether it’s a short trip into town or a spin in the country. The Cycling Without Age movement started in Copenhagen 2012 when Ole Kassow and Dorthe

Pederson wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but realised that he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. A trishaw provided the answer and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents. You can’t keep a good idea down, and it soon spread across the globe every day, arriving in Scotland in 2016. CWA Peebles say they want to continue this service and are looking for people who could be pilots as well as volunteers to support the service. To find out more please get in touch by emailing cwapeebles@gmail.com

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Peebles Pensioners Association It was with regret that the decision was taken on Thursday, 12 March 2020 to cancel the March meeting. This was a very hard decision to take but it was made with plenty of time in hand to contact all members and this was duly done by late Friday afternoon. Due to the everchanging and fast moving situation, the decision has also been made to suspend the Pensioner’s meetings for the foreseeable future and this will include all external events. I have been in contact with each of the three guest speakers scheduled to attend the March, April and May meetings and each of them has very kindly offered to reschedule for some time in the future. The meetings will resume as soon as it is

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Growing fruit and vegetables is a good idea for many reasons: your food will be fresh and organic, it will be local, and it will be reliable. Food you grow yourself not only helps to absorb carbon dioxide, as all plants do, it does not produce emissions from transport. And being outside with your hands in the dirt, listening to the birds, is good for peace of mind. That said, you will have to tend your vegetables and protect them. If you have never done this before start small and simple; you only need a couple of square metres for each adult and one for each child. Try to grow things that you enjoy eating: salads, peas and beans, spring onions, beetroot, radish, courgette, carrots, onions and potatoes are all quite easy. There are two ways to grow from seed: either sow under cover about the middle of April or wait and sow direct into the ground early in May when night temperatures reach about 7 degrees Celsius. In the middle of April sow seeds for salads, peas and beans, courgette and any hardy perennials under cover. Carrots, beetroot, radish and onions are best sown early next month direct into the ground. Check the information on the seed packet. Starting too early under cover only gives you lanky weak stems: seedlings should be on the bench for the shortest possible time. Germination takes about two weeks, growing on for another two weeks, then potting on and hardening off to go out after the last frosts at the end of May. A cold frame or cloches can be a big help if you don’t have a greenhouse or a poly-tunnel. Keep all equipment as clean as possible to avoid fungal disease that causes damping off. Fill clean seed trays or pots with fresh seed compost and strike off excess. Place containers in a bath of water to soak up from the bottom. Sow seed thinly. You don’t have to use the whole packet at once. Fine seed can go into trays, medium seed in cells and large seeds in individual pots. Cover the seeds with a scant layer of seed compost or vermiculite (inert material that helps prevent damping off). When you see some signs of germination water with a fine rose. Germination time varies from one vegetable to another depending on temperature so protect trays at night if they are on windowsills or out in the shed. Once the seeds come up provide steady levels of light, water and temperature for the next two weeks and by the middle of May you will be ready to move them on into larger cells or small pots to grow on and get ready to go out into the garden. Meanwhile, turn over the soil in your vegetable beds to prepare for direct sowing in early May. Make room to sow direct (carrots, onions, beets, radish), space to plant out your seedlings and a bit of room for repeat sowing. Sheila Drummond, Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Virus Alert

The past few months have been very scary indeed we are all moving into uncharted territory.

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Although media coverage is very helpful with giving information, I feel a lot of negative stuff is reported, you have to look hard to find anything positive but it is out there. Many people have recovered and there is a lot of research going on all around the world.

Almost overnight in March myself and many other businesses lost clients and class members who quite rightly went into self preservation mode. I hope everyone is keeping their spirits up, we are lucky that we live in a time where keeping in touch by text, phone, live chat etc. is easy so we can all keep in touch.

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Ask for help if you need it Keep in touch with friends and family Try to move about even if dancing to radio or doing housework Hopefully the weather will get better so get out in the garden or out into nature we are lucky here to be surrounded by lots of open countryside There are tons of online “workouts” for every level of fitness make use of them Stay hydrated Although comfort food is needed at times like this try to eat some fruit and veg Try not to stress to much find a comedy show you like a have a laugh Once again, ask for help if you need it Peebles has a lovely community spirit

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As you drive into Peebles you might have noticed the sign Peebles Twinned with Hendaye, France. In Peebles Chambers Institution on the wall as you mount the stairs to the Library, you can see the Peebles-Hendaye Twinning Charter, signed in 1998 by the Chairman of the Peebles Community Council and the Mayor of Hendaye. And right now you can see a shop window display in Peebles High Street, where the Breeze Art Gallery used to be. It says Peebles-Hendaye Twinning Association - and Join Us. Have you perhaps wondered what this Twinning is about? Peebles-Hendaye Twinning Association is part of a global movement of towns whose local townsfolk choose to be officially twinned with the townsfolk of a town in another country, with the aim of getting to know each other at the grassroots, by visiting and exchanging local cultures and customs, history, music, literature, poetry, education methods, sports, leisure pursuits, business and shopping, food and drink. The main aim is to make friends at all age levels, to take an interest in each other’s lives, and maintain ongoing friendships with each other’s families at the grassroots. Hosting each other plays a large part in the visits, and together with our host families we socialise with others, talk and walk or cycle or picnic or visit restaurants or bars, or castles or museums or art galleries and take an interest in each other's way of life. Speaking French helps but it is not necessary. Half the fun of staying with a host family is working out the names of objects together and learning as we go. Many French people know at least a little English and many others are fluent English speakers. Hendaye is a beautiful, vibrant town by the sea with the Pyrenees behind. It is on the actual border with Pays de Basque and has a fascinating history, rather like the Scottish Borders. Many inhabitants are Basque and the Basque language is everywhere. Twenty-two years ago, communications were very different. We did have email and internet and primitive mobile phones, but smartphones and I-Pads had not yet been invented. Now we can exchange

messages and photos instantly and talk to each other on Facebook and Skype and now Zoom (a new one I recently learned about), but we still need to visit each other and shake hands, meet and greet each other in real time, rather than through virtual reality. This takes organisation and effort but it is so worthwhile. There are many French speakers in Peebles who probably visit France independently as tourists. How much better can it be to have real French connections with French families just like our own? Over the past twenty-two years, local folks have enjoyed visits to Hendaye and received Hendayais local visitors in return. There have been rich and beneficial connections between rugby and football clubs, cyclists, choirs, folk dancers , singers and music bands, schools and many others. We have a new generation with new technology, a new (for some) independent UK global status, so a fresh approach to Twinning is now required from us all. It is the turn of Peebles to invite the Hendayais to visit in 2021. If you would like to be part of hosting this visit, please get in touch. Membership is only £5 per year and if you join now your membership will run until 31st March 2021. We must state very clearly that Peebles-Hendaye Twinning Association is an un-incorporated voluntary organisation completely separate from any local authority. We are responsible for our own fundraising and how we use those funds, according to our own constitution. Each year we hold a public Annual General Meeting at the end of May (28th May this year – details will be notified) when the committee reports to the members on the year’s activities and presents the annual independently examined accounts for adoption by those present. If you are interested in joining us, please contact using this email address info@peebles-hendaye.com ; or ask about PeeblesHendaye Twinning Association at The Bridge, The Volunteer Resource Centre, School Brae, High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AL, tel. 01721 724354, where you can pick up a leaflet.

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Peebles Rugby Club

Obviously by now, we are all well aware that the rugby season is suspended, and extremely unlikely that we’ll see a ball kicked now until next season! Things had been going really well for the ‘So Stobo’ sponsored 1stXV as well, however, at the end of the day, it’s only a game, and the health of family, friends and neighbours take priority! At the suspension of all rugby, they had found themselves up into joint second place in Tennent’s National League Two. With a game in hand against joint second placed Dumfries, as well as them still to play, promotion was very much in the hands of the Gytes men. The players will just have to keep themselves fit and wait to see how this season’s leagues will be resolved in due course. With the news that Gala and Melrose Sevens have both now

been cancelled, we would imagine most tournaments will follow suit, causing a real drop in income for the club’s concerned, given these are normally their main income generators. With three matches left to play, the ‘Reds’ were likewise looking good, sitting at the top of Tennent’s East Reserve League Two. Youth rugby has also been suspended. This has included both incoming and outgoing tours. Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School from British Colombia were due to visit Peebles in mid March. They were to be hosted by their high school counterparts and play them at Under 18 level. Unfortunately, news came through from Canada, while they were in Wales, and they ended up returning home early. Similarly, the S3 Hockey/ Rugby Tour to British Columbia,

where we were due to stop off at Lord Tweedsmuir, has also now been cancelled. The pupils and staff would like to thank everyone who have attended the various fund raising events in advance of the trip. Peebles Rugby Club hope that everyone keeps well over the coming challenging months, and we all hope to see oval balls being thrown about on the Gytes, Hay Lodge and the High School pitches, before too long! As ever, the Club is open to anyone – player, supporter, volunteer, spectator, family member. Information on club membership can be found on the club’s website, or by emailing membership@ peeblesrfc.org. Alternatively, please contact myself on any of the routes below for further details on the club.

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The All-New Kuga Plug-in Hybrid. A full charge of the electric powertrain gives you a range of 35 miles with zero emissions.* Re-charge via mains power or let the 2.5 litre Duratec Petrol Engine take over. The sleek and stylish exterior is mirrored in the versatile interior which is filled with the latest technology, including pre-collision assist and intelligent speed assist.


EDINBURGH ROAD, PEEBLES, EH45 8ED 01721 721350 www.harrisonsford.co.uk Model shown is an All-New Kuga Plug-in Hybrid ST-Line X, Transmission 2.5 Duratec Petrol with CVT Automatic Transmission. Fuel Economy mpg (1/100km), Combined 201.8. CO2 emissions 26g/km. Figures shown are for comparability purposes only; they 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 will 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. *Kuga PHEV has a battery size of 14.4kWh which gives a maximum all electric range of 35 miles (range may vary depending on the vehicle, weather conditions and driving behaviour). Quoted WLTP Figures with options represent the weighted electric-petrol fuel consumption.

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Peebles Life April 2020  

Community magazine for Peebles area. Contact Linda for information on advertising linda@peebleslife.com www.peebleslife.com

Peebles Life April 2020  

Community magazine for Peebles area. Contact Linda for information on advertising linda@peebleslife.com www.peebleslife.com


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