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

June 2020


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A number of our local groups, including the Peebles Pensioners Association who launched a new website, or the Peebles Youth Trust who are supporting young people through Zoom, are harnessing technology to allow them to keep in touch with those they help.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has warned of an outbreak of squirrel pox in Cardrona, this horrible disease has the potential to decimate the local population of red squirrels, and everyone in Cardrona should remove their bird feeders.

Keep safe. Charles


Peebles Pensioners Association


Peebles Silver Band


The Peebles Garden


Reports of suspected squirrelpox near Cardrona




Peeblesshire Youth Trust News


The Peebles Garden part 2


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

We have some of our regular columns, the Peeblesshire Archaeology Society have a great article on the historic gardens of the Borders, and our monthly garden column outlines some of the things you should be doing in the garden as the summer approaches.

Finally, now more than ever, our local businesses need your support please continue to use them whenever you can. Hopefully, the July issue will land on doorsteps at the end of June.


Update on CAB activities

We have tried to keep covering local issues in the magazine, and we hope that you find this month’s interesting and useful. We have several articles which detail how local groups and organisations have been adapting to the current circumstances.

Local Arts organisations are also getting in on the act, with the Eastgate Theatre launching a series of online events and performances broadcast through their youtube channel. The Fiona Henderson Dance Academy has been continuing remote lessons trough zoom, as well as offering free keep fit sessions.



Welcome to the June issue of Peebles Life. As with so many businesses, we have had to adapt to the current circumstances; this is the first month we have not printed a magazine in over 14 years.

Tweeddale Youth Action

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Launch of #eastgateathome video campaign


Dance Classes Zoom into Action


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell




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Update on CAB activities 1. Employment Advice Citizens Advice Scotland is issuing a monthly report which illustrates the change in demand on our service during this difficult period when we cannot help clients on a face to face basis. The April report showed that Employment advice as a proportion of all advice has doubled from what was seen in March, with an average of 16% in April. In particular advice related to self-employment has increased within this. As the main form of government support for the self-employed had yet to go live this may play a part in the increases we have seen relating to self-employment. In 2019/20, the 4 Scottish CABs in the Borders area (Dumfries & Galloway CAB; Central Borders CAB; Peebles CAB; and Roxburgh & Berwickshire CAB) provided a total of 9,386 pieces of employmentrelated advice, which is around 300 per month on average. In April 2019, the figure was 282 pieces of advice; in April 2020 it was 495. The figure for March 2020 was 505, and for Feb 2020 it was 258. Social Security advice provision remains high in April, but closer to levels seen pre-lockdown. Universal Credit advice is still among the most sought-after social security advice; however, this has not changed substantially from March to April. Proportionately, we have seen a bigger rise in advice on crisis grants. In March about 1

in every 50 pieces of social security advice related to crisis grants, whereas in April that increased to more than 1 in 20. Between February and April, in proportion to all advice, we have observed a moderate increase in advice provided to people who are facing difficulty making payments. This is across a range of debts and arrears, but most notably housing. Since February, we have seen a significant drop in advice sought in relation to enforcement action for rent arrears, coinciding with the freeze on such enforcement which was introduced by the Scottish Government.

2. PIP Applications The process of application for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) has temporarily changed to include a telephone assessment but what has not been made clear is the right to request third party support in the telephone assessment process. The relevant DWP advice is below: “Can you have someone with you? We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during the consultation, so we encourage you to have a companion or appointee with you. They can help you explain the difficulties you face more clearly. If your companion or appointee cannot be with you in person, arrangements can be made to add them to the call�.


3. Best Start Grant School Age Payments Applications open for Best Start Grant School Age Payments on 1 June 2020. This is the devolved benefit from Social Security Scotland, which is open to parents of school age children, who are in receipt of certain benefits. It is a package of three payments that will give extra money to parents and carers during the early years of a child’s life. The School Age Payment is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 to help with the costs of a child starting school. You may be eligible if you are the parent or carer of the child, and you are in receipt of any of the following benefits or tax credits: Universal Credit (UC), Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit.

XANADU BEAUTY CLINIC We would like to take this opportunity to say Hello and send Best Wishes. We have been working hard to get the Salon ready for re-opening when it is safe to do so and the Scottish Government allows. It will be run according to Health and Safety rules that are set out by our Beauty Industry Advisors. So things will be different but this is all necessary for the Health safety of our clients and Staff. We look forward to seeing you all again as we have missed you.

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Peebles Pensioners Association As we make our way into June, we have now missed 3 meetings and in place of the June meeting, we should have been looking forward to having our annual summer lunch just before Beltane week. All the guest speakers scheduled for the spring / summer session have agreed to come in 2021 and all the usual external events will be rescheduled. This has been a very strange time for us all, with a lot of our members self-isolating. I know that this may be a lonely time for many members and indeed many older people, so this is a good time to mention that Age Scotland has a helpline where older people can phone for advice or even just for a chat and their helpline phone number is 0800 12 44 222 open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Peebles Pensioners Association now has a website at www. peeblespensioners.org. This is for

members only and requires our members to log in with the username and password, which they were sent at the end of March 2020. If members did not receive their username and password (this email may be in your junk folder), then please email (details below) as soon as possible and I will resend. With the username and password, this gives members access to the members area, where the chatroom and group discussions can be found. If any member is not on the email contact list, please send me a message and I will add you. It may be some time before we all get back together again, but with the easing of restrictions over the next few months, I will monitor the situation and update you all through Peebles Life. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Laura Scott (Secretary) 07484 663518 / peeblespensioners@btinternet.com

Peebles Horticultural Society Unfortunately in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual Flower Show, which was due to be held on Saturday 29th August has been cancelled. Hopefully we will be able to hold the show as normal in August 2021. Visit us online at www.peebleslife.com


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Peebles Silver Band The Coronavirus Pandemic continues to affect the Band directly in as much as we have been unable to have any rehearsals at all for our Senior Band and also for our Youth Band. Hopefully everyone, young and old will still be practicing at home until rehearsals resume hopefully in July, if not earlier. Some of our members have been playing a different tune on Thursday evenings within our own neighbourhoods to help say thank you to all NHS staff, carers and key workers for all their hard work and commitment. Thank you to them all and also to our performers which included James, Maisie & Jamie, Holly & Marianne, Cliff & Rhona and Ian. (Apologies if I have missed anybody out). Tunes have ranged from

Over the Rainbow, We’ll Meet Again, You’ll Never Walk Alone, You Are My Sunshine and Happy Birthday (for Captain Tom). Please have a look on the Band’s Facebook page for some “live” performances – https// www.facebook.com/ peeblesburghsilverband/ Band Members have also recently been recording music for an upcoming Music Festival in Bad Schlema, Germany which hopefully will still be able to take place on the 18th to 20th September. Please follow this link and see how many players you can recognise from Peebles. https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=cy5Bo26U0oU The tune is “Steigermarsch”, which we have played on Peebles High Street from time to time. It is the Bad Schlema equivalent of the Beltane Song and this rendition has been played by members of the various Bands due to play in the Festival –

they come from all over Europe including Poland, Italy, Austria, Germany, England and of course Peebles Burgh Silver Band with help from Tweedvale Pipe Band representing Scotland. If the Festival goes ahead, this will be our third appearance in Bad Schlema, playing 4 separate concerts and 2 marching engagements over the weekend. This is a tremendous experience for any player, playing in front of an audience of between 2,000 and 3,000. Please keep your fingers crossed that we are able to go. The organisers kindly provide accommodation and meals/drinks with our Band Members only responsible for paying for their own flight tickets. Hopefully we will all be back playing on Peebles High Street sometime soon – see you then.

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The Peebles Garden

At the time of writing some rain has finally arrived and I thought it might be helpful to look at methods of control for various problems that affect the productive garden. Plants can suffer from three kinds of problems: physiological problems, diseases and insect pests. Physiological problems are conditions like poor drainage, crowding, shade and low temperatures. Proper preparation before planting will solve most problems with drainage; however, if you live in an area that is prone to heavy downpours it is a good idea to raise the beds if possible. Sleeper beds are attractive but even the height of a six inch fence board will improve drainage. Always plant out small plants at the recommended distances to avoid overcrowding. If slow-growing crops like cabbage waste space in between each plant, fill in with a catch crop like lettuce. Shade is best avoided but raspberries will

tolerate a shady period if they get direct light at noon. The growing season is short here with late and early frost so choose fast-maturing crops, use protection like cloches or put up a tunnel to keep the soil warm. Diseases are brought to plants by insects that carry viruses. The insects suck fluids, usually causing leaves to curl up, and that transfers virus to the plants. This is a problem with raspberries so replace plants every few years, always planting on fresh ground. Don’t use chemicals in your garden, instead choose resistant varieties and encourage animals and birds in your garden. Wasps and hover flies eat aphids as do lady birds and blue tits. Fungal diseases like downy mildew (onions), grey mould (lettuce), rust (leeks) appear in hot weather with either drought or humidity. These diseases over-winter in old foliage and over-wintering plants so

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June avoid crowding and keep a tidy plot to deal with them. Mineral deficiency in soil is not generally a problem so I don’t use chemical fertilisers. Instead, feed the soil with compost before you plant anything and mulch between plants to retain moisture and reduce weeds. This mulch will be taken into the soil but you can replenish it all season.


also caterpillars, larvae and flies. Some can be deterred by clever companion planting; for example, carrots and onions repel each other’s flies. Nasturtiums will attract cabbage whites away from brassicas. Black flea beetles can be removed by brushing the tops of the rows with a square of cardboard with Vaseline smeared along the bottom on both sides.

Tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and dahlias, roses and clematis are plants that do need feeding. Tomato fertiliser contains a lot of potash which encourages flowers.

Hunt for slugs and snails after it rains and dispose of them as brutally as you like. Trap earwigs in bunches of straw and do the same to them.

Insects are specialists like gooseberry sawfly, or generalists, like aphids. There are

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   On 21st May, the Scottish Government published a route map, a framework with four phases set out to guide us through the easing of lock down and out of the COVID-19 crisis. Phase 1, includes ‘Preparing for the safe reopening of the housing market;’ and Phase 2 ’Relaxation of restriction on housing moves’. We expect many of the measures that Cullen Kilshaw have already put in place will continue and evolve as we progress through each phase of the easing of lockdown in the property market.

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Reports of suspected squirrelpox near Cardrona

Multiple suspected cases of squirrelpox from Cardrona in the Scottish Borders have been reported to Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels in recent weeks. Sightings and photographs of sick red squirrels, believed to be suffering from squirrelpox, have been reported to us from Cardrona and the surrounding area. While we investigate the situation further, we ask people living in the area to please remove wildlife feeders from your gardens in order to avoid spreading the disease to healthy red squirrels visiting the feeders. Squirrelpox is a virus carried by grey squirrels without causing them any harm. However, if spread to red squirrels the disease is deadly. Feeding stations can encourage both species to come into close contact and increase the risk of spreading disease. If sick red squirrels are present in an area, they can transmit the disease to other red squirrels via feeding stations. Squirrelpox causes red squirrels to develop wet pus-filled lesions on their faces, particularly around the eyes, nose and mouth, as well as on their paws and genitalia. They become unwell and the lesions make it difficult to eat or drink, climb or walk, in almost all cases leading to death within two weeks. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels asks people to remain vigilant for any further incidences of sick red squirrels in or near the Cardrona area and to please report them by contacting local Community Engagement Officer, Sarah Cooper at scooper@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Unfortunately, at this time, SSRS are unable to fully confirm the presence of squirrelpox as the experts who carry out post mortem investigations are currently not operating due to coronavirus restrictions. However, photographs and videos of the squirrel are extremely useful in helping determine whether symptoms correlate with those presented by squirrelpox. Please note, that while there is no evidence that squirrelpox can cause any harm to humans, sensible hygienic precautions should be undertaken when approaching any dead or sick wild animal. A poster with information on the symptoms of squirrelpox and the actions that people can take locally has been created for those living in or near Cardrona. This can be downloaded from the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels website to share digitally, or to print out and display in a car window or your home. Please refrain from displaying posters in public spaces at this time to adhere to government guidelines. For those living elsewhere in Tweeddale, please ensure that all garden feeding stations are regularly cleaned with an anti-viral solution such as Virkon S, which is available to purchase online in tablet and powder form. If you see any sick red squirrels or grey squirrels at the feeding stations, please take them down and contact squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org. uk. All other sightings can be reported through our website at https://scottishsquirrels.org. uk/squirrel-sightings/.

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Squirrel Pox An possible squirrel pox case has been reported near Cardrona. In order to ensure we can protect red squirrels in the local area, we would advise you to please: -

Take bird/squirrel feeders in if you live in/near Cardrona


Take feeders in if you see a grey squirrel/sick red squirrel in your garden


Use Virkon S to disinfect any feeders you cannot bring in


Report sightings of grey squirrels at scottishsquirrels.org.uk


Report sightings of sick red squirrels to scooper@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk


If a sick red squirrel is caught, please also contact your local vet or the SSPCA

Signs to look out for: -

Lesions around the eyes, mouth and paws


Difficulty eating or drinking


Difficulty climbing or moving Please abide by Covid 19 restrictions and do not travel to check on/pick up squirrels. There is no evidence that squirrel pox can harm humans, but please take care when approaching wild animals.

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While word of the Support Group and the kinds of help it is providing individuals and families is growing fast, we know there are many folks in Peebles and surroundings that are harder to reach. Maybe they are not on line? Maybe they don’t think the Group applies to them? Or maybe they feel there are others whose needs are greater, and so don’t ask, even though help would be welcome.

And we are here if someone just wants to chat.

We want you to help spread the word about the Peebles Covid-19 Mutual Support Group. We want to #GetPeeblesTalking

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing tips and ideas from around the community to help you #GetPeeblesTalking. This week, we want to encourage you to have a “street greet” or a “stair share”.  Knock on the doors of a few of your neighbours, or pop a note through their letter box, inviting them to a bring a cup of

For example, did you know that the Support Group can organise some shopping? Collect prescriptions? Walk a dog? Provide an evening meal? We have even helped move someone’s fridge.

And it is not only those who are unwell, or shielding, or the elderly. We are helping families of key workers.  We are helping families who are on furlough, or have lost their job. Do you know someone who might welcome a helping hand?  They don’t need to be in dire straits?  They might simply want a little bit of help.

coffee outside and have a blether – socially distanced of course – How are you all doing? Have you seen the Support Group posters or face book site? Did you know the kinds of things the Group is doing? Picking up shopping , collecting prescriptions, organising evening meals, even there just for a friendly chat? Do your friends know?  Do you know anyone who might like a helping hand?  Has anyone seen Mr Jones or Mrs Smith lately?  Are they OK? Let us know how you get on.  Share your stories. We are keen to hear from you! Help us help Peebles, and #GetPeeblesTalking

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News Like many organisations, Peeblesshire Youth Trust are rising to the challenges posed by Covid19 restrictions. With face to face mentoring and group work off the table we are rapidly becoming more creative in how we engage our young people! It is comforting to appreciate that the whole youth work sector is having to adapt to the same challenges, and we have been able to share ideas through Youth Borders and our mentoring networks. Our core work consists of volunteers providing one to one mentoring with children aged between 10 and 14. Our mentors have become adept at using a variety of technology and through emails, videocalls and letters have managed to stay in touch with their mentees. Our focus has been firmly on what we can do, instead of what we can’t do, and when you

consider things in those terms it is still possible for mentors and mentees to play games, visit museums and share tea and cake, albeit virtually! Our group work has inevitably shifted to online meetings and it has been great to see many of our young people’s smiling faces enjoying a scavenger hunt, some ‘would you rather?’ and a bit of bingo! Whilst we recognise that this does not replace all the benefits of spending time together in the real world, we are hoping that our young people continue to feel valued and engaged by their mentors and PYT in general. The children we work with are at the heart of everything we do at PYT, so we recognise that supporting our amazing mentors is crucial. With the help of Ken at Untangled Web, we have developed a mentor’s section on our website, where our mentors

can connect with each other and share ideas, as well as access our documents and policies. This is a great new resource that will help our volunteers navigate the role, and combined with our online training will ensure that they are equipped to mentor well. For the last couple of years we, alongside Tweeddale Youth Action have run a transitions club to help P7s with the move up to High School. We are currently working with schools to ensure that we can assist those who need support most during transition. We have just launched a project to try and make use of the wisdom of existing PHS students, by asking them to send in clips of their top tips for high school. We are sure that they will put their thinking caps on and let their creativity flow to help the new students feel at home quickly. We recognise that for children that need support, our services are more vital than ever and we are determined to adapt to do the best that we can during these uncertain times.


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In early summer there are a number of things to do in the ornamental garden to keep you busy in between some welcome rain showers. During the spring drought many trees and shrubs planted in the past couple of years will have struggled and a few will have been nipped by late frosts too. Continue watering this summer in any dry periods and make sure that trees are still firm in their positions. Hedging will respond to a light clip and some fresh compost at the base. Apple trees are prone to attack from coddling moths but these can be collected in coddling moth traps that you can hang

from the branches. June is a good time to plant new conifers because the danger of frost is past. Water in new plants and watch they don’t dry out during the summer. It is also a good time to do a bit of hedge clipping. Remember that most conifers do not regenerate from old growth so don’t cut back to bare wood. The exception is yew which is why it can be used as good hedging or topiary. Hopefully by now the garden centres will have re-opened and you can enjoy a visit. Take a list and remember: fewer kinds of plants and more of them. Never buy

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Tweeddale Youth Action

It’s been a very difficult and strange couple of months and we’re hugely missing all our youth club members who I know are also missing our youth clubs and each others company. Our sympathies go to everybody impacted by Corona virus and particularly those who have lost loved ones. We have managed to respond pretty quickly to the lockdown with telephone and online support and activities and our Friday baking session is really popular with lots of young people joining us every week on Zoom We’ve tried to make these sessions as simple and straight forward as possible, weighing out and giving away all the ingredients to make sure everyone can take part. We’ve got some amazing chefs and bakers out there, so keep an eye out on our Tweeddale Youth and Food Punks Facebook pages to see some of what we’ve managed to create. It’s totally free, although donations are always welcome (info’s at the bottom of this article) and anyone interested in getting involved should drop us a line at info@tweeddaleyouth.co.uk or message us through our Facebook and Twitter accounts or through our website www. tweeddaleyouth.co.uk As time goes on we’re increasingly getting into the swing of things and we now have a Wednesday evening quiz session as well as activity, craft and treat bags to help stave off boredom but we’re really looking forward to a time when we can be

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Launch of #eastgateathome video campaign fundraising platform JustGiving.

The Eastgate Theatre may still be closed, but that doesn’t mean that there are no creative performances to enjoy over the coming weeks. As part of the theatre’s Open Doors campaign highlighted in last month’s issue of Peebles Life, Friends of the Eastgate have launched #eastgateathome – an entertaining series of short videos designed to keep the theatre very much in people’s minds during its temporary closure.

music, humour and dance produced by the vast array of creative talent found locally – all of whom have close ties with the theatre.

Launched by Catriona Lyon, Chair of the Friends, on 1 June, the series features a variety of creative and visual arts, spoken word,

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Scheduled to run throughout the summer, the series will air through the Eastgate website and on the Friends’ YouTube channel, with weekly postings of short films, clips and musings produced by some of the many individuals and local groups for whom the Eastgate Theatre means so much.

The initial videos to stream (from 4 June) include the first of a three-part interview with Richard Nisbet, one of the key figures behind the creation of the Eastgate; an edit from Shakespeare at Traquair’s riotous 2012 performance of Twelfth Night – one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies; and a Downright Homespun Radio Company sketch featuring Peebles’ own shady super-sleuth Bobby Barr (missing wives, wayward husbands and corrupt officials a speciality). Look out too for Pip to Pipe, a short documentary by young filmmaker Euan Farmer that explores how local master bagpipe-maker Julian Goodacre sources, seasons and processes the British hardwood he uses for making his bagpipes. The film captures Julian as he splits wood from a large cherry tree to begin a process that, many years

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45 later, results in an exquisite set of bagpipes. “The Eastgate Theatre provides a hub not only for the arts but also every imaginable activity locally,” commented Catriona. “As well as aiming to provide fantastic entertainment ahead of the theatre reopening, these short videos will really reinforce how deeply people care about the Eastgate. “On behalf of all the Friends, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the series so far as we look forward to providing a feast of online entertainment throughout the summer.”

Images 1. Still from Catriona Lyon’s welcome message (photo: Anthony Newton) 2. Still from Shakespeare at Traquair’s 2012 production of Twelfth Night (photo: Anthony Newton) 3. Local dance artist Rhiana Laws is one of many performers and theatre users who looks forward to the Eastgate reopening its doors (photo: Eastgate Theatre)

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Dance Classes Zoom into Action When the lockdown started Peebles based Fiona Henderson School of Dance quickly moved to transition its dance classes on-line. Fiona Henderson, school principal said “we did some initial planning in anticipation of having to move some classes on-line but that weekend was a whirlwind of activity getting all the technology in place, new timetable finalised as well as ensuring all the teachers were trained and established in their new home-studios.” FHSD started it on-line classes on Monday 23rd March and successfully ran a full programme of 65 classes that week for all ages – from pre-school to adults. Fiona says it’s important that pupils retain their fitness and general wellbeing during this lockdown period. “Our classes are ‘business as usual’ as far as it is possible using the online classrooms. Our pupils are continuing to learn – each class will be focusing on different things in different subjects and

grades but in general they will be continuing to learn technique, exam syllabus content and routines for their forthcoming shows and performances.” The school has adopted Zoom as its on-line class platform and found the technology to be a great platform for running classes. Fiona said “it has proven to be pretty reliable and everyone’s adapted well to using it. We have not experienced any issues using the technology and Zoom have continued to improve their on-line platform in recent weeks which is welcome. We’ve actually used the knowledge we’ve gained to help a few other clubs and tutors who have also on-line.” In general, classes are running as normal. Pupils are wearing their class uniform and are asked to be in the ‘virtual’ classroom 5 minute before class starts. Teachers take class registers, teach the class as normal, set homework and practise points for pupils to

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51 work on before their next class, and, just as in a normal class, the class ends with pupils bowing/curtseying to their teacher to say ‘thank you’ at the end of the class. Fiona continues “our prime focus has been on supporting our existing pupils, but we've also established some totally free family fitness classes for anyone to join in - whether or not they are a pupil of FHSD. This is our way of doing our bit to help everyone stay active and fit during the current restrictions – it’s been super to watch entire families taking part together.” (Details about how to take part are available on the school’s Facebook page). An important aspect of the last few weeks has been for teachers to retain their connection with their pupils. Fiona continues “our pupils are missing their teachers and their dance friends so we make time to have some ‘chat’ before classes start, and for some of our teenagers we will stay on-line classroom open after some classes so they can simply chat to each other and catch up on how each other is doing. So, it is helping maintain the social and friendship aspect of the dance school. We often have on-line coffee together after our adult classes. The school has received positive feedback from parents for its efforts in helping maintain a degree of normality and routine for its pupils. “I want to thank you and your team for the fantastic effort all of you have put in to arrange online classes for the students during this difficult time” “I just wanted to say a huge thank-you to you and your teachers for doing what you are doing! I really enjoy the classes and appreciate all your hard work!” Fiona ends by saying “we’re are simply focused on our pupils and by providing them with the best dance tuition we can we hope this is helping them get through these most challenging times. We’re all looking forward to getting back to face to face classes - in the meantime we’re all just aiming to keeping dancing!”

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Historic gardens: places 'for the honourable delight of body and soul'


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society With so many members of the public being cooped up at home due to lockdown, there’s been a flowering of interest in all things horticultural. In fact, gardens are a very significant element in the cultural history of Scotland, providing valuable insights into social, political and economic fashions. For the keen garden historian, the place to start is Scotland's Lost Gardens by Marilyn Brown, then a member of staff of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Originally published by the RCAHMS in 2012 and reprinted in paperback in 2015, this fascinating book shows how our historic gardens reflect the personalities and ideals of the individuals who created them, and how they capture the changing fortunes of successive generations of monarchs and noblemen. Yet they remain fragile features of the landscape – vulnerable to change, abandonment or destruction. Ten years ago, the Archaeological Society was delighted to welcome

Marilyn to speak on the topic of ‘Early Gardens in the Borders’: drawing on the recent fieldwork and research which would eventually appear in her book, she highlighted the development of gardens from their practical beginnings to property-enhancing status symbol. Casting an eye back over our record of a memorable lecture, it seems that gardens in the Borders made their debut with the early monastic gardens of Coldingham and Old Melrose. The founding of the major Border Abbeys in the 12th century led to a resurgence of the garden in a religious setting with the inclusion of Infirmary gardens, a herbarium, kitchen gardens and areas which would be a planted as places of peace and contemplation. Flowers would have been available to celebrate the various religious festivals. Some of the monastic orders met annually and included in their discussions would be themes of garden maintenance and cultivation. During the post-Reformation period, the advent of 'feu charters' enabled more landholding and a more active

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53 interest and market in the land. The 16th century in particular saw changes leading to security of tenure and the advent of gardens for pleasure. In Scotland, there appeared terraced gardens, water gardens and 'distant views'. Water gardens were a popular feature at this time, with good examples at Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh and Brunston Castle near Penicuik. The first drawing of a garden in Scotland dates to 1567, forming part of a sketch drawn up of Kirk o' Fields in Edinburgh, for the purpose of showing evidence relating to the murder of Darnley! During the period being studied by Marilyn, the major gardens in the Borders had their floruit in the late 16th and 17th centuries. They were developed to enhance the architecture of the fine towers and houses. Posso in the Manor Valley is a fine example with traces of a series of terraces and parterres and graced by fine sycamores. Gala House too had its

cherry trees, sycamores, mulberries and fir trees. Other local fine houses were complemented by equally fine gardens - as at Torwoodlee, Whitebank, and Langshaw. At Elibank, there is evidence of rock outcrops being cut away to allow space for the full symmetry of the garden surrounding the castle, with a sweeping approach road taking in the vistas of terraces and knot gardens. Once lockdown eventually eases, we look forward to the prospect of visiting such sites again. Even in their ruinous state today, to borrow a quotation from Marilynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, we can appreciate how gardens became places 'for the honourable delight of body and soul'. Illustration Although a leap of imagination is required in order to visualise the site in its heyday, Posso tower forms part of what was a complex of buildings and garden terraces (Photo: W. Webb)

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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Hello! I hope you are managing to hold on to some kind of normality and not letting the current situation get you down. I have now lost count of how many weeks most of us have been staying home but hopefully we should be taking small steps soon to get back to some kind of normal. The lovely weather has been a great bonus and I am still seeing lots of people out and about exercising which is great. So I was trying to think what would benefit everyone at this point in time. Some of you are shielding, some of you are still going in to work, others working from home and also at home but still able to go out. So I have come up which a few of my favourite simple stretches that can be done sitting in a chair no equipment needed. Stretching is a wonderful release not just physically but mentally too. If you have any injuries or even if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel right for you please stop.

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THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE INCLUDE: • Personal Care • Rehabilitation Support • Palliative Care • Respite Care • Home Assistance • Social Care • Shopping and Domestic • Housing Support DDL Care Services have been awarded a Grade 5 – Very Good across all three areas by the Care Inspectorate: • Quality of Care and Support • Quality of Staffing • Quality of Management and Leadership Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we could be of assistance to you or a member of your family.

email ddlcareservices@gmail.com or call 01721 724 930


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On-line Classes Thursday 9am Pilates Thursday 10am Dance Fitness Friday 10am Line Dancing

To join our on-line classes, contact us: Facebook | 07733-409708 | office@fionahendersondance.com

P. GRANDISON Funeral Director 3 March Street, Peebles. EH45 8DF. Phone 01721 720739 (24hrs.) Serving Peebles and district since 1923 Visit us online at www.peebleslife.com



Have you heard? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re turning water into gin (and tonic) Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest and largest residential gin school is now open at Peebles Hydro! Come along and have a taste, take a tour or make your own bespoke gin.

Book now at www.1881distillery.com

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Peebles Life is an A5 magazine which has been running for over 14 years. A lot of advertisers advertise every month – because the magazine works and generates business for them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact Linda for more information T: 01896 831011

VisitM: us 07595 online at www.peebleslife.com 847335 E: linda@peebleslife.com


John Montgomery Upholstery Custom & bespoke upholstery service • Refurbish sofas, dining chairs & more • Sofa repairs - springs & frame • Replace tired, torn or worn seat & back cushions • Cushions made to order - both foam & fibre • Caravans, benches, floor seats, ottomans etc. • Foam cut to size • Wide range of fabrics 7 Meadow Place, Bilston, Midlothian EH25 9RT Telephone 0131 440 4116 · Email montgomerymnt@aol.com www.edinburghupholsterer.co.uk Please mention Peebles Life when responding to adverts

Index of Advertisers


Accommodate Rural

43 DDL Care Services

57 Med-Ecosse



40 Decorative Solutions Ltd

40 Mr Maintenance


Armac Vet Group

46 Designs for You

46 mth tax limited


AT Blinds

47 DSH Joinery

Atticus Interior Design

14 Dustbusters of Penicuik

Barony Castle

4 Neuro Physio Scotland

2 Enhance Support & Care


8 P Grandison Funeral Director

Blackwood & Smith



63 FG Therapies

Border Canopy Company

15 Fiona Henderson School of Dance

Border Vets


43 Ozkan's Grill

5 Formal Family Photography


11 Peebles Handyman


34 Peebles Hydro Gin


Peebles Joiner


17 58

49 Peeblesshire Windows



27 George Haydock Painter & Decorator

29 RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


Borders Chiropractic

37 GS Chapman Vehicle Body Repairs

28 Red Circle Locksmith


Buglass Gas

42 Harrisons Ford Centre

64 Rogersons Footwear


Caledonia Lifestyle

43 Impact Landscapes

46 Sheila Whitie Hypnotherapy


Cameron Carpet Company

37 Interior Solutions

29 Shire Chimney Services

Castle Warehouse Old Town

35 James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting

CB3 Design

48 John Montgomery Upholstery

61 Story of Love


CCM Laboratories

15 K & R Painting and Decorating

61 Swift First Aid


Central Gas Heating Engineer

40 K2 Roofing

27 Tetra Acoustics


Colin Wilson IT ServicesÂ

47 Keith Brown Joinery

37 Tweed Financial Services


Councillor Tatler & Chapman

47 King Psychology

49 Tweed-line Taxis


Councillors Bell & Anderson

34 Linnburn Kennels

48 Tweeddale Kitchens


Cullen Kilshaw

20 Lothian & Borders Environmental

17 Two Rivers Vets

D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts

27 Luxury Lawns

41 Ventrolla Sash Window Specialists


D C Landscapes

49 Maglin Domestic Appliance Repair

5 Xanadu Beauty Clinic


David Mundell MP

13 McTavish Hair Stylist

5 You Can Cook


4 Sitooerie at Caddon View




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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efficiency and skill in creating such a wonderful new bathroom!” Rated ‘Excellent’ on

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Transform your bathroom and your life in as little as 4 days Trust the Edinburgh bathing mobility specialist to meticulously design a safe bathroom tailored to your individual needs. BMAS only fit the highest quality of products and always use their own tradespeople for your peace of mind.

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Now at

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 June 2020  

Community magazine covering Peebles and surrounding area.

Peebles Life June 2020  

Community magazine covering Peebles and surrounding area.


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