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April 2019

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Message Contents from the Team

Features WIN Gala Ex Service Pipe Band Tomatoes

Welcome to the April edition of Gala Life. Happy Easter everyone and Happy Birthday to us - 10 years old this month! Well that is this year really flying by. Clocks back, lighter nights and the Rugby 7’s. The garden, home and getting out all move to the fore this month. In the regular features Sheila Drummond looks at a vegetable plot for beginners, we take a look at tomatoes and Alan Clinch looks at Cortisol, and it is surprising how much it effects our lives. To tie in with the home theme our competition this month is to WIN a Living Room Spring Clean, that’s carpet and sofa, courtesy of Ace Carpets. We would like to welcome several new advertisers this month. We hope you support them as you do all our existing guys. In Gala Life we always support local businesses and advocate ‘Shop Local’. To provide confidence in our businesses and tradesmen, we also ask them to display at least either a fixed landline number, or an address, so you can see they are both local and traceable. Obviously you want a mobile too, for getting hold of them whatever the time - but you can be assured that we are keeping Gala safe by using tried and tested local firms only. So we have plenty of updates from the local clubs, societies and politicians – sit back have a good read and then off you go to dig that veg plot 

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Regulars Recipe 16 Garden 26 Fitness 40 Gala Rugby Club 44 Computer 66

Community Diary Get Out Politics Churches

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Deadline for May Edition - 12th April Gala Life is delivered to every home and business in the Galashiels, Tweedbank, Darnick, Dingleton, Melrose, Newstead and Gattonside areas. Copies are also left at various ‘pick-up’ points around the area allowing visitors the opportunity to join us.

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Community Events & What's On in Galashiels See the Get Out section for details 30th March


Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter’s Episcopal Church

31st March


The Red Turtle - - MacArts

31st March


Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall

1st April


The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose

3rd April


Oskar’s Amazing Adventure – MacArts

4th April


Simon Evans - MacArts

5th April


Councillor Euan Jardine Surgery - Born In The Borders Cafe

5th April


Faulty Dining with Dragonfly Theatre - MacArts

5th April


Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick

6th April


Gala Spring Clean

6th April


128th Gala 7s - Netherdale

6th April


Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre presents Lost Bear - Caddonfoot Hall

8th April


Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow

8th April


John Lamont MP Surgery - Focus Centre

11th April


Greener Melrose - William Hill Room, Ormiston Institute

12th April


Tap Session - Tempest Brewing Co

13th April


Tap Session - Tempest Brewing Co

12th April


The Urban Voodoo Machine + support – MacArts

13th April


Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter’s Episcopal Church

15th April


U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club, Netherdale

16th April


Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association AGM

19th April


Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco

19th April


Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick

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Easter Storytime Sessions - Floors Castle

21st April


Gala Waverley Bowling Club Fun Day & Easter Egg Hunt

23rd April


Galashiels Burns Club AGM - Royal British Legion Club

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Galashiels Weekend Walking Festival

27th April


Gala Clef Club - Lucy Sanderson Hall

28th April


Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall



Gala Town Band Beginners, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh Street



Gala Town Band Juniors, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh Street



Langlee Community Choir at Langlee Community Centre



Gala Youth & Town Band, Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh St.



Mini Mags Toddler Group, St Margaret’s Primary School



Gentle exercise for older people in Langlee Community Centre



Gala Ex Services Pipe Band - Royal British Legion Club



One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus

Entries in our Get Out section and Diary are free to non profit, no commercial, groups and clubs. Just tell us by sending your entry to, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else.

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Saturday 30th March - Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter’s Episcopal Church - 12.30pm. Wonderful food & good company. £4.00 including tea or coffee. Bring a friend. Sunday 31st March - British Summer Time - 1.00am. Make sure you put those clocks forward before you went to bed. It's an early rise, but make the most of the lighter evenings! Sunday 31st March - Film: The Red Turtle - Part of Puppet Animation Festival, Scotland- MacArts - 11.00am. This beautiful Japanese animation will charm the whole family. Tickets: £5 (babes in arms free). Box Office: 01896 756 852 / All ages welcome. Sunday 31st March - Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels - 2.30pm. Isobel Gordon will talk on 'Smallpox'. Refreshments (donation) and sales table. Monday 1st April - The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 64. Wednesday 3rd April - Oskar’s Amazing Adventure – MacArts, Galashiels – 3.00pm. This original play for young children uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, clowning, puppetry, music and song to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps. Part of Puppet Animation Festival 2019, Ages 2-8. Tickets £8 adults / £5 concessions / £25 for family of 4/ Babes in Arms free. / 01896 756 852. Thursday 4th April - Comedy: Simon Evans - MacArts, Galashiels – 7.30pm. “Sizzlingly entertaining…devastatingly funny gags” The Guardian. Tickets £13. Over 14s. / 01896 756 852. Friday 5th April - Councillor Euan Jardine Surgery - Born In The Borders Cafe, Gala Interchange 10.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 5th April - Faulty Dining with Dragonfly Theatre - MacArts, Galashiels – 7.00pm. Fundraiser for Eastgate Theatre. A madcap evening with a 2 course meal included. Early booking advised as limited availability. Tickets £15. / 01896 756 852. Friday 5th April - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Alex Hodgson a much-loved guest of Rolling Hills who returns to entertain everyone with his brilliant voice, skilled guitar and excellent banter. A born entertainer, hailing from Prestonpans, he is well-kent on the Scottish folk scene, is a regular feature on Forth 2’s ‘The Best of Scottish’ as well as on BBC Radio Scotland. He has sung at the Scottish Parliament, the Queen's Ghillie Ball at Balmoral and now in Darnick-not to be missed. Tickets £7/£6, Young Scot Card free. BYOB. All ages welcome. 07986 644661 for more information. Saturday 6th April - Gala Spring Clean - 10.00am. Join Galashiels Community Council and Gala Waterways Group for a spring clean from 10-12 noon. Initially meet at the car park opposite the transport interchange, no age barrier for the young or old. If you have any queries or know of an area which requires attention contact Liz Jardine at 07707 884153. Saturday 6th April - 128th Gala 7s - Netherdale - 2.00pm. See for details and tickets. Saturday 6th April - Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre presents Lost Bear - Caddonfoot Hall - 2.00pm. A gentle tale for little ones. For age 3+. Family ticket £10, Parent and child £6, Adult £2, Under 2 free. Tickets from Clovenfords Shop. Book by phone on 07527800301 or online at Monday 8th April - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Continued on page 12

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13th April


20th April

Eleventh Hour

27th April

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Early History of the Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band The band celebrated its centenary in 2001 having been formed in Galashiels by a group of Ex-Soldiers in 1901. The original name of the band was the Galashiels Ex-Soldiers Pipe Band. In 1906 the band merged with the recently formed Ex-Soldiers Association and then became known as the Galashiels Ex-Soldiers Association Pipe Band.

A further name change took place in 1923 when the Ex-Soldiers Association evolved into the Ex-Service Club whose name was used until they ceased to operate in 1984, at which point the band (which was able to keep operating) dropped “Club” from the name and became known as it is today as the Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band.

different settings of the tartan and in 1998 a redesigned setting, unique to the Band was woven and made into kilts and plaids by Lochcarron of Scotland and worn by the Band in 1999. From it’s beginnings the band has been an engagement band, playing at Gala Days, Fancy Dress Parades and any occasion where a pipe band was required. The Band has been involved with the Braw Lad’s Gathering since it started in 1930 and the “Gala Day” is probably the highlight of the season The Band did compete for a while during the 1960’s and 2000’s with some success. We practice on a Wednesday night from 7.00 at The British Legion in Park Street, Galashiels and anyone is welcome to come along to learn piping or drumming or if you are already an experienced piper or drummer why not come along and give us a try.

Since its foundation in 1901 the Band has worn the Royal Stewart tartan, it is probable that it was chosen because it was the tartan worn by the pipers in the local Army Regiments such as the Kings Own Scottish Borderer's and The Royal Contact Information Scots, and to this day The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Secretary ;- Scott Mitchell The badges of those regiments were on a lot 30 Netherbank, Galashiels TD1 3DH of the kit in the early days until such funds Home phone 01896 759151 were available to equip the band with it’s own Mobile 07515156131 uniform. email - Over the years there has been a number of 8 Gala Life



Please contact the band secretary for further details.


on Piping & Drumming


If you are age 8 years and upward and fancy being a piper or drummer in your local Pipe Band, why not come along and give it a try. All welcome

WEDNESDAYS from 6.30pm At the Royal British Legion Club Park Street, Galashiels Contact information on Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band or visit Gala Life 9

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Monday 8th April - John Lamont MP Surgery - Focus Centre, Galashiels - 12noon. As always, no appointment is necessary, so if there is an issue I can help with or which you’d like to speak to me about, do come along. Thursday 11th April - Greener Melrose - William Hill Room, Ormiston Institute, Melrose 7.30pm. Walking the St Cuthbert's Way by Erica Niven sponsored by the Melrose Paths Group. All welcome. Entrance by donation. Friday 12th & Saturday 13th April - Tap Session - Tempest Brewing Co, Tweedbank Industrial Estate - 5.00pm to 9.00pm Friday and 12noon to 6.00pm Saturday. Good food, fresh beer, great vibes. See page 61 for details on Tempest Brewery.. Friday 12th April - The Urban Voodoo Machine + support from Andy Kamikaze – MacArts, Galashiels - 7.30pm. Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop n Stroll. Don’t miss the chance of seeing this phenomenal band perform in this incredibly fitting venue. Over 14s. Tickets £12. / 01896 756 852. Saturday 13th April - Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels - 12.30pm. Come enjoy a great lunch and a wee blether. Bring a friend, all welcome. Monday 15th April - U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club, Netherdale - 2.00pm. The speaker will be from the Scottish Borders Council, talking about 'Reduce, Recycle and Reuse'. So a very useful afternoon! Refreshments. New members very welcome. See Tuesday 16th April - Melrose Historical and Archaeological Association AGM - Ormiston Rooms, Melrose - 7.30pm. Following the business part of the meeting, we call for 'Five Minutes Please', for members to take the floor for five minutes to describe any historical object, theme or person that is of particular interest to them. Followed by nibbles and wine or soft drink. Friday 19th April - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 19th April - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Singers and Musicians welcome. BYOB. All ages welcome. Collection and raffle. Phone 07986 644661 for info. Saturday 20th & Sunday21st April - Easter Storytime Sessions - Floors Castle, Kelso - 11.00am. Pre-school children and their guardians will enjoy an exciting story session with storytelling maestro Matt Thompson, followed by free access to the adventure playground and walled gardens where you can take a stroll and explore the glasshouses. Each child will also receive a delicious homemade Easter treat personally prepared by the Duke & Duchess’s chef. These sessions are free, however limited places are available. To book please email Sunday 21st April - Gala Waverley Bowling Club Fun Day & Easter Egg Hunt - 1.00pm. See page 19 for details and give it a go! Tuesday 23rd April - Galashiels Burns Club AGM - Royal British Legion Club - Park Street, Galashiels - 7.30pm. All members welcome. A full report and photographs from last month's Supper are now available to view on the club website - Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April - Galashiels Weekend Walking Festival. See page 15 for details and book your place on one or more of these great walks. Saturday 27th April - Gala Clef Club - Lucy Sanderson Hall - 7.30pm. All welcome. Continued on page 14

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Sunday 28th April - Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels - 2.30pm. Andy Jepson will talk on 'Stobs - The First World War Training and POW Camp'. Refreshments (donation) and sales table.

Langlee Community Choir - Mondays at 7.00pm in Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels. The choir always welcomes new singers of any age or ability.  If you are a shy singer, the choir will bring out your confidence.  No pressure, no auditions, just good fun.  Keep watching out in Gala Life or listen to local radio for upcoming performances.  To book the choir or for any other information, please visit One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus - invites you to join us most Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm, plus one Saturday pm per month at Newtown St Boswells Community Hall TD6 0QX. Try free for 4 weeks. For more info or 07710699619. Gala Water Singers – Tuesdays 7 for 7.15 start-9 pm, Fountainhall School TD1 2SY. The Community Choir of the Gala Water Valley where everyone, from anywhere, who wants to sing is welcome. You don’t need to be able to read music or to have sung before and there are no auditions. Come along and join others who sing weekly, purely for enjoyment. No charge for your first 2 weeks so you can have a commitment-free try-out. Just turn up or for more information ring John 01578 730289. Enjoy it and your Tuesday evenings will have just got better! The Eildon Singers - Meet every Wednesday, starting 29th August, in the Ormiston Institute, The Square, Melrose, from 7.15pm till 9.30pm. Mixed voice choir. New members very welcome. Contact Margery Inglis, Secretary, 01750 21085. Just Singing - We meet on the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 – 5pm in the Trinity Centre, High Cross Avenue, Melrose, to sing songs of peace and justice. We welcome new singers and those who think they can’t sing. There is no need to read music as all songs are taught by ear. Contact Phoenix Singers Melrose - Mixed choir meets on Mondays 7:30-9:30pm in the Corn Exchange Melrose. First set of rehearsals starts April 29th. Come and try 1 or 2 sessions with no commitment. For more info contact 07768925083. Pipe Band: The Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band, Wednesday nights, 7pm at The Royal British Legion Club, Park Street, Galashiels. Experienced players and beginners most welcome to join. Please contact the secretary, Scott Mitchell on The Galashiels Town Band - Mondays - Gala Beginners Band 4.30pm, Gala Junior Band 5.00pm 6.00pm, Tuesdays, 6.30pm Gala Youth Band and 7.45pm Gala Town Band. Band Hall, 6A Roxburgh Street, Gala. Open to experienced and inexperienced players of all ages. Instruments can be supplied, so go give it a try. For more info please contact Scottish Country Dancing - Tuesdays, 7.00pm - 9.00pm in Old and St Paul's Church Hall. All welcome. Further info 01896822354 or 01578730591. Eildon Ramblers - If you enjoy walking you’ll enjoy walking with the Eildon Ramblers. We meet alternate Saturdays at 10.00am at various locations in the Borders. For general information please email or phone 01896 823831 or 07590 219301.  Our motto is friendship, fitness, fun and fresh air. Continued on page 18 14 Gala Life

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Home Made Tomato Ketchup When I was wee I would only use Heinz Tomato Ketchup, the others just didn't seem right. I could never understand why anyone would want to use anything else. Then a few years ago a friend gave me her home made ketchup. Not only was it amazing, but she also made several different slight variations, all from wholesome ingredients, with no artificial flavourings. So here is the basic, every day recipe, it is quick and easy to make.

Ingredients • 800grams Tinned Plum Tomatoes, blended until creamy • 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 80grams Brown Sugar

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1 tsp Salt 120ml White Vinegar 1 tbsp Tomato Puree 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp Black Pepper

Method 1.

Heat a large saucepan with extra virgin olive oil on med-low heat, add chopped onion and sautée until clear. Pour in the creamy plum tomatoes.


Add brown sugar, tomato puree, vinegar, cinnamon, black pepper and salt to taste, and mix well. Cook for about 40 mins on very-low heat, stirring often, until the sauce thickens.


Once the ketchup is ready, simply blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.


Pour your homemade ketchup into sterilized bottles, then seal tightly and place in the fridge, or cool dark place until needed – it should keep for about six months, but tends to disappear.

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AFTERNOON & CREAM TEA SERVED DAILY FROM 12-5PM Treat yourself and those around you to a mouthwatering afternoon tea in the idyllic setting of the Abbey Bistro. Dryburgh Afternoon Tea Mixed finger sandwiches, tea or coffee, a selection of cakes and homemade scones served with clotted cream and jam.

Prosecco Afternoon Tea Includes all of the above along with a glass of bubbles.

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Gala Windbags - We are a charitable group affiliated to chest heart and stroke Scotland with meetings every Thursday 1.30 to 3.30pm in Lucy Sanderson Hall Galashiels. Contact details are Wilma Turnbull phone 01896 753493. Pilates with Jocelyn - Langlee Community Centre 9.15am every Wednesday - £7.50 or £5 for over 65’s – contact or 07713357450 to book. G.Ex.(Gentle Exercise) Langlee - for all ages and abilities, Wednesdays at 10.30am. Fun class set to great music. £3 plus free refreshment. Information about the class can be obtained by phoning Denise on 07713357450. Heartfulness Meditation Classes - every Tuesday at 8pm in the Yoga Mill, Galashiels. A beautifully simple, heart-centred meditation practice suitable for those aged over 18. Free. Please ring Sarah for more details, and to register, on 07784740179. Galashiels & District Probus Club – We provide an opportunity for retired or semi-retired professional and business men and women to attend regular meetings and enjoy the company of like-minded people who appreciate the camaraderie of being part of the Club. We meet fortnightly from September to May on Thursday mornings at the Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose and after tea or coffee we enjoy a wide variety of interesting talks by guest speakers. If you are interested in joining us, please ask any member, or speak to our secretary at 01750 76243. The Inner Wheel - Third Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm, St Peters Church Hall Parsonage Road, Galashiels. Anyone interested in joining us your very welcome to come along. Borders Philatelic Society - Borders Philatelic Society, (Gala Stamp Club) welcomes new members who have an interest in Postal History, Stamps or Postcards at any level. We are a small friendly club meeting fortnightly on Monday nights, 7.30 until 9pm in the Church Hall, Old Parish & St. Pauls in Scott Crescent Galashiels. Please contact John Brown on 01721 723759 or Email him at for further information, or just turn up! Galashiels Studio Club is for people who enjoy all forms of art. We meet from October to March every year, in Old Gala House, at 7.30 pm until approx. 9.30 pm. Members can attend workshops, talks, and visits. Find out more by visiting our Facebook page! Tel 01896 820023 or email: Scottish Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group.   The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, at the `Tryst`, Chaplaincy Centre, B.G.H. At 7.00pm when all men with this disease will be made most welcome. Mini Mags Toddler Group. Every Wednesday during term time from 9.15 to 11.15am at St Margaret’s Primary School, Livingstone Place, Galashiels. Its open to all preschool children and their parents/carers. So come along with your wee one, they can have a play while you enjoy a nice cuppa and a chat with others parents/carers. £1 per adult and 20p per child. Caddonfoot Parent & Toddler Group. Open to all children birth to age 5, accompanied by a parent/carer, we provide a welcome, safe and nurturing play environment. Sessions are supported by a Play Worker, and include a snack. Sessions run term-time only, Monday and Friday 9am11am at Caddonfoot Village Hall. £2 per session per child. Find out more on our facebook page: Caddonfoot Parent & Toddler Group. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month. Entries for non-profit and non-commercial groups are free. Editors decision final.

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You say Tomato... ...I say Tomahto Tomatoes are actually a member of the toxic nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies). Because of this, until about 200 years ago were thought by many to be poisonous, however, the skin, flesh and seeds can all be eaten, but the green leaves are toxic, so should always be discarded. Tomatoes are actually fruit, however their flavour when paired with other savoury ingredients means that they are usually classed as a vegetable. They originated in South America, crossed the Atlantic to Spain with the Conquistadors in the 16th century, but only finally caught on up here in the 19th century. Today they're one of the most important ingredients available, being the fourth most popular fresh vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce, and onions. They also have recognised health benefits and including them in your diet can help protect against cancer, maintain healthy blood pressure, and reduce blood glucose in people with diabetes. They are however in the top ten fruits and vegetables for containing levels of pesticide residue. So always wash tomatoes before eating. Tomatoes are available all year round, with a constantly changing line-up of varieties from season to season. The British tomato season runs from June to October and are easy to grow at home, especially the smaller tumbling varieties. Whilst you need to sow from seed around February, it is much easier to start with established plants from your local nursery, any time now. It is possible to grow some varieties outside, however a greenhouse, conservatory, or sunny windowsill will always yield best results. In the tomato world ‘Cordon’ means they grow 6 feet tall, whereas ‘Bush’ means they are shorter and bushier plants.

travelling so should be your first choice. The leafy tops are a good sign of freshness; they should be perky, rather than wilted. Avoid any tomatoes that show signs of mould. The type of tomato you buy depends on what you intend to do with it. Here's a look at some of the most common types. Beefsteak: The biggest tomatoes. They have a meaty texture with a sweet, mellow flavour. Good for salads, grilling or stuffing. Salad (or round): This is the traditional British tomato - it's a good all rounder, but really needs to be ripe to get the best flavour. Cherry: Small and very sweet, cherry tomatoes are more expensive than salad tomatoes but their intense flavour is worth the extra cost. They are good in salads, pasta sauces or roasted. Plum: Available as a baby or full-grown tomato, plum tomatoes have an oval shape, with a rich flavour and comparatively few seeds. Good for making sauces and stews. Green: There are two types of green tomato. One is unripe, and is quite tart but good for chutneys, or fried. The other is a variety that stays green when ripe, has a tangy flavour and is good in salads or, again, fried. Yellow: These ripen to a golden yellow colour, and are good in salads, salsas and chutneys.

Tinned tomatoes are a convenient, cost effective means of cooking with great tasting tomatoes when they are not in season, the most common being plum tomatoes. Tinned tomatoes are picked when ripe and sealed in a can using heat. Sometimes they are peeled and sometimes the skin is left on. These whole, diced or crushed tomatoes can easily be used in many different ways. If you don't use a Choose the best Go for firm tomatoes with wrinkle-free skins and a tin of tomatoes all in one go, transfer the remainder noticeable tomato smell. Tomatoes have the best, to a non-metal, airtight container and store in the fridge - they will last for 2-3 days. sweetest flavour if they've been allowed to ripen on the vine before they've been picked but, if you Tomato Puree (known as paste outwith the UK) is made by cooking tomatoes slowly for several buy under ripe tomatoes, you can redden them hours, simmering them down to a thick, rich paste. by keeping them in a brown paper bag at room It has a sweet, intense tomato flavour similar temperature, or on a windowsill. The sooner you eat after picking, the better it will to that of dried tomatoes. Passata on the other hand is simply puréed, sieved tomatoes, great for taste. Locally grown tomatoes spend less time

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cooking with (particularly if the kids don’t like the Move outside after the last frost in May/early chunks in tinned ones), and prefect for making pizza. June. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot, where you can plant them into a border (into soil with plenty If you want to remove the skins before cooking of well-rotted garden compost added), or into 30cm with tomatoes, or making them into a sauce, cut pots, or put two or three plants in a growing bag. out the green stalk and core at the top of the tomato, cut a small, shallow cross at its base, then If growing in a greenhouse, try growing alongside basil, which enjoys the same conditions. put them in bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for 30 seconds, then drain. When they are cool enough to handle, pull away the loosened skin.

Tall-growing cordon tomatoes will require pinching out (removing side shoots) and staking (tying plants to canes with soft string). When the first tiny fruits begin to appear, strip away the leaves underneath to allow light and air to reach them better. When there are four trusses (clusters) of flowers, pinch out the plant’s growing tip.

Chilling tomatoes mutes their flavour so, unless they are very ripe, they should be stored at room temperature. If you won't be eating ripe tomatoes for a couple of days, put them in the fridge in a perforated bag, but take them out of the fridge for Once flowers appear, feed your plants weekly with liquid tomato food, such as Tomorite. Keep about 30 minutes before eating, to warm up. tomatoes well watered as irregular watering Growing tomatoes from seed causes fruit to split or develop hard black patches, Start sowing in late January - March (In Scotland known as blossom-end rot. This is caused by a lack we can still start now). Sow in 7.5cm pots of moist of calcium, which is found in the water. compost, top with a thin layer of vermiculite, then water and cover with cling film. Stand on a warm, With bush tomatoes, which have a sprawling habit, you can pretty much leave them to get on with it. bright windowsill or in a propagator. If the fruits are hidden under the leaves, thin out When germinated, remove the cling film (or out the foliage a little to let the sun through to ripen of the propagator) and keep the compost damp. them. Support heavy trusses on top of upturned Transplant when they reach about 2-3cm tall into flowerpots to prevent their stems snapping. 5cm pots filled with moist multi-purpose compost. Return them to the windowsill. Keep potting on as Bloody Mary time. necessary. Support stems by tying them to a pea Debbie stick with soft string. Gala Life 21

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The Gala Garden April It’s hard to know where to start if you want to grow some vegetables for the first time: why isn’t there a beginner’s carrot? First, the technicalities: how to make a vegetable bed, how and when to sow, and which vegetables will work?

seedlings by the seed leaves and don’t touch the stems. So allow about 6 to 8 weeks for the seedlings to be ready to go out at the end of May.

Keep seeds evenly moist during the 6 week growing period, watering with a fine rose if necessary. Lay out a vegetable bed east-west so that the rows Protect from frost at night with sheets of go in north-south; that way the sun will strike the newspaper over the lids. rows evenly. If possible, raise the bed to improve Sowing directly into the ground can be done about drainage and keep anyone from walking on the May 7 to 10 or when night time temperatures are ground. at least 7 degrees C. We can have late frosts to the Allow about 1 square metre per person in your family. Make the beds about 1 metre wide so you can reach across them easily and allow 2 feet in between so light and air will circulate freely.

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What is Cortisol, and why is it important? Quite a popular topic in the press recently has been discussion of the hormone Cortisol. It’s often referred to as the ‘stress hormone’, due to the fact that it is produced when the body is under stress to ensure an appropriate response. It’s a steroid hormone that is produced naturally in the body from cholesterol, which is one reason why it’s important to ensure that your cholesterol levels are appropriate. So what does it do? Cortisol’s main role relates to our metabolism – that is the process of converting food into energy. Cortisol stimulates the liver to increase production of blood sugar, and helps the body convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into usable energy. It also helps the body fight inflammation, control the balance of salt and water in the body, and regulate blood pressure. When we are under stress, the body’s response is known as ‘fight-or-flight’. In order to help us do one of those two things, cortisol is released to provide a natural energy boost. This is all very well, but if we are under stress for long periods of time our cortisol levels are constantly high, which is a less desirable situation. In these circumstances it can alter or shut down bodily functions such as the digestive or immune systems. The amount of Cortisol which the body produces needs to be carefully controlled. It is produced by the adrenal glands, which are found on top of the kidneys. The brain constantly monitors the amount of cortisol in our blood, and adjusts production in order to respond to our current situation. As a general

rule, levels are lowest levels around midnight. They then start to rise, peaking around nine in the morning before declining as the day progresses. A number of things can affect the pattern however, for example working shifts or sleeping a lot during the day. If there is too much cortisol in the blood for a prolonged period of time (known as Cushing's syndrome), a wide variety of problems may result. These can include putting on weight, development of high blood pressure, loss of muscle tissue, a tendency to bruise easily, problems with thought processes, and depression. The opposite can also happen - if the adrenal glands don’t make enough cortisol (known as Addison’s disease) symptoms can include: severe fatigue, weight loss, feeling faint or dizzy when standing up suddenly, and low blood pressure. If you consider that you have been subject to stress for a period of time and are showing any of the above symptoms it’s probably a good idea to make an appointment to discuss it with your doctor. That said, it’s not all bad – like every other aspect of the way our body works, Cortisol is there for a reason: the best way to think of cortisol is as our built-in alarm system which controls mood, motivation, and fear. After the stress or danger has passed, your cortisol level, and thus all of your other body systems, should return to normal.

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Gala Rugby Club Onwards - and Upwards Since the last time of writing, Gala have only played one game, as there has been time off for the Six Nations. At the beginning of March, Gala faced Aberdeen Grammar at home. This was a crucial game as Gala contest to finish in the Top 6 of National League 1. Fortunately the score went in Gala’s favour, with a win 15-5. Ross Cooke opened the scoring with an early penalty. This was then followed up with a try from John Turnbull just before half time, which Cooke converted. The only Gala score in the second half came from a Stevie Cairns try. The last 3 games of the season will be tough for Gala, but we all hope that we are able to finish where we need to be for when the new set-up starts next season. A top 6 finish would see us playing in the top flight … watch this space! Gala Sevens are on Saturday 6th April, with the first tie kicking off at 2pm. Entry to the Sevens is Adults £10, Concessions £7, S1-S6 pupils £2 and Primary School children get in Free! Fingers crossed for a warmer day than last year!! Hopefully the sun will make an appearance this year for us. Hospitality has been filling up nicely, but if anyone is interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if we can accommodate you. Bojangles Disco will be entertaining us in the Centenary Lounge after the final, this open to all, and is free entry. Everyone here at Gala Rugby would like to express our most sincere thanks to each and every one of our Sponsors who have supported us this season. Without the support of you all, it would be very difficult to survive as a Club. Here’s hoping that these relationships will progress forward in to Season 2019/20. We are always looking to increase our sponsorship and if this may be of interest to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Also, to everyone who has taken Match day Hospitality this season, and to all of our supporters who turn out at Netherdale in all weathers. Again, your support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to a new Season here at Netherdale, and look forward to seeing the changes that the Super Six will bring to Club Rugby. Keep an eye on our website, and social media over the Summer which will keep you all updated regarding Membership Renewals and Fixtures. Come on the Maroons Photo: SRU President, Dee Bradbury, attended the annual Gala Star Charity Lunch and took time for a photo with our squad.

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John Lamont MP - Scottish Conservative Party I was really pleased to pay a visit to the Veterans Breakfast Club recently in the British Legion in Gala recently. There are a number of breakfast clubs across the Scottish Borders and they are an opportunity for ex-service personnel to socialise, provide support for each other and find out more about the services that are available to help locally. Armed Forces personnel who are currently serving are also welcome and it is free to attend, although you are asked for a donation towards the food. It was great to see the Gala club so well attended and to hear about some of the good work the Council and local charities are doing to support veterans in the Borders. A lot of great work goes on in the Borders supporting our veterans, led by Councillor John Greenwell, our Champion for Armed Forces and Veterans. Further information about the breakfast clubs can be found on Scottish Borders Council’s website and on Facebook. I was less pleased about the Scottish Government’s recently published Borders Transport Study, which essentially is just a wish list. What makes this worse is that the First Minister came down to Hawick in 2016 weeks before the Scottish Parliament election promising a full feasibility study into extending the Borders Railway. Three years later, all we have is a suggestion from Transport Scotland that the issue is considered at some, unspecified date. The Scottish Government needs to stop writing reports and instead get on with the vital projects we need in the Borders like bringing the Borders Railway on to Hawick, Newcastleton and Carlisle, dualling the A1 and delivering Reston station My next round of advice surgeries will be taking place on Monday 8th April. I’ll be at the Focus Centre in Galashiels at noon (with more stops before and after). As always, no appointment is necessary, so if there is an issue I can help with or which you’d like to speak to me about, do come along. I continue to be surprised by the numbers of people who turn up to my advice surgeries. Even with all the modern forms of communication some people simply prefer a face to face discussion, so I’ll continue to hold these surgeries for as long as my constituents want them. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch, please feel free to email me on or call my constituency office in Hawick on 01450 375948.

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP Well, it has certainly been a busy period with the two big ‘B’ words (Budget and Brexit) coming to the fore. The Administration, consisting of Conservative Councillors and those in the Independent Alliance, passed their budget by two votes (17/15). The opposition parties (SNP and Liberal Democrats) drafted an alternative budget, fulfilling manifesto pledges, which was defeated. However, the Administration also decided to increase the council tax to 4%, despite full council reluctantly agreeing to raise it by 3% only a few months ago (they won by only one vote). The Opposition produced a balanced budget with that 3% increase (and no extra borrowing), with an affordable plan to accelerate the school building programme. The administration have called their budget ‘our best budget ever’ (their words), but somehow I think it will be up to the people of the Borders to make a judgement on that. The documents, including both budgets and the motions are publicly available on the SBC website. Much was made by the Tories of a reduction in funding from the Scottish Government; however, it is worth noting that the money received from Westminster (raised from our taxes, etc.)

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is now £2.9 Billion less than it was in 2010/11 The Brexit beast lumbers on and the uncertainty of what it will mean for Borderers continues. Exit from the EU will starve the Border economy of much needed cash as about 25% of the money coming into the Borders comes via Common Agricultural Policy payments. It is particularly disappointing as the South of Scotland could have been in line for much more EU funding for infrastructure projects, much like the Highlands and Islands has been. Farmers now face an uncertain future not knowing if they will be able to sell or export their lambs and our fishermen and fresh fish and shellfish producers are worried about their exports facing delays. A worrying statistic I heard from Jeane Freeman (Secretary for Health and Sport) at a recent meeting was that, nationally, there has been an 80% drop in applications for Nursing courses from EU nationals, even though the Scottish Government continues to provide nurse bursaries (these have been cut in England and Wales). Health and Social Care, like other sectors such as hospitality, tourism and agriculture that are important to the Border economy rely on migration and we need to be encouraging people to and live and work in the Borders to grow our economy. 0300 100 0220; Mobile: 07811 976952 E-mail: Facebook: Twitter: @AndyA4Gala

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservative You will not be surprised to find out that one of the top three issues that I am asked to deal with is litter. It is also something that is nearly impossible to police. In fact not too long ago, I was clearing out an area of rubbish and just as I left the area and started to take away the rubbish bags. Someone drove past and threw their empty McDonald’s bag out the car window. So as you can see it’s a never ending fight against people, who have no respect for the town and their surroundings. It is very upsetting to see the hard work by volunteers like the Gala Waterways Group and Gala in Bloom go to waste due to inconsiderate behaviour. I am not sure of the best way to tackle the litter epidemic apart from peer pressure. As the more we highlight the issue and inform people that they are damaging their town by fly tipping and dropping litter. The better chance we have on making people will feel guilty for doing it. A great opportunity for the town to get together and tackle this issue is the upcoming Galashiels Community Council and Gala Waterways Group spring clean on Saturday 6th April and it will run from 10-12 noon. They ask for everyone to initially meet at the car park opposite the transport interchange. It would be great to see a variety of volunteers and there is no age barrier for the young or old. I intend to be there and if you have any queries or know of an area which requires attention you can contact Liz Jardine at I will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 5th April 2019 from 10am - 12pm at the Born in the Borders Café at the Galashiels Interchange. Email –

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On the council’s Planning Committee, which I chair, we have to assess applications against a set of rules laid out in a ‘Local Development Plan’. This plan seeks to ensure the highest possible standards, not just in terms of the design of individual houses but their positioning. The plan states that development “will be expected to be of high quality… to fit with Scottish Borders townscapes and to integrate with its landscape…”, and that it should have “a sense of place… designed in sympathy with Scottish Borders architectural styles..” The same policy goes on to insist that the exterior of new buildings should “complement the highest quality of architecture in the locality.” This tallies with the council’s aspiration that all new development should seek to preserve and enhance the Borders unique environment. Not just to for the well-being of residents, but for the sake of our future prosperity. Investment, jobs and tourists flow to places that are attractive. All committee members share the same goals in aiming for the highest possible standards of architecture. It is particularly important that these standards apply across the board. Good design need not be expensive and we hold housing of all types to the same standards. In the past society has been guilty of the ‘soft snobbery of low expectations’ – allowing cheap housing to be built to lower standards. It is all too tempting to allow rushed decisions on housing estates to be made in the interest of ‘deliverability’ or ‘affordability’. Indeed, it is hardest to apply these principles to large blocks of housing. Too often developers still put forward plans with identikit rows of sub-standard designs in a suburban layout that look like they could be anywhere from Kent to Kyle of Lochalsh. There is bound to be some subjectivity when it comes to architecture. But in truth we recognise good design when we see it. In the Borders, many of our town centres are protected as conservation areas. Not because they are old, but because they are beautiful. Further, the old towns and villages are sought-after places to live – something that is reflected in the window of every estate agent. This is not because the houses are big (they aren’t, mostly) but because they are desirable places to live. We need more such places. What sets them aside apart from age? The secret lies in density. All of them have a core of dense, terraced small houses and cottages along a high street or around a village green. Then, behind, the density drops in lanes and streets. There is a variety of densities as well as styles of individual buildings and even building use, with room for commercial premises of different types. Modern developments do not have to be a pastiche of our towns and village centres. There is room for contemporary design. But if developers do not have the imagination to come up with sensitive architecture that will inspire us down the years, they could do worse that just copy the successful designs and layout of our forebears. 0300 100 0220

The Awakening Spirit Ministries We are Christian families who come together every Friday evening to praise and worship the Living God; eventually leading to prayer where we intercede for the Nations, UK and the Scottish Borders churches, leaders, families and whatever the Holy Spirit convicts us to pray for. All welcome. Venue: Melrose Ormiston institute (Lounge) above Melrose Corn exchange . Time:1900-2200 For more information visit: Email: Or contact 07828174492. 50 Gala Life

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary April Thurs 4th

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Fri 5th

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Sun 7th

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Caddonfoot Parish Church The approach of Easter means a very busy time in Caddonfoot Parish Church where the minister, the Rev Elspeth Harley, preaches at 9.45 a.m. each Sunday. A Holy Communion service will be held on Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be given over to the usual egg rolling! Most discussions have taken place recently re the future of the church with talks with the three Galashiels churches, Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair and Stow and Heriot. A special congregational meeting was also held to gauge ideas for the future of the church. It is all part of the Melrose and Peebles Presbytery Plan, and meetings were set up by the Planning group, led by the Rev Rosemary Frew, of Bowden and Melrose, at which various issues were discussed. The next meeting with Stow and Heriot was also chaired by the Rev Frew. Prayers meeting were held weekly to pray for the future of all churches. Music is led by Andy Bird (organ and piano), Mrs Margaret Blyth (piano) and Mrs Anne Grieve (flute) while members of the congregation take part in the Bible readings. We were saddened to hear of the death of former Congregational Board member, Mr Kenneth 52 Gala Life

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Mackay, whose funeral service was held in the church followed by interment at the Caddonfoot New Cemetery. Bible Study is continuing each Wednesday at 7.30 pm with new people always welcome. We discuss the Readings for the following week’s services. The Easter church/community newsletter will be distributed in the village and places beyond. The Stated Annual Meeting (SAM) was held in March. Please also save your disused stamps, which Atholl Innes collects for the Eden Valley Hospice.

Galashiels Baptist Church We are a friendly welcoming church situated in Victoria Street Galashiels. Sundays we meet at 10.30am for morning worship, we enjoy both contemporary and traditional songs/hymns. Crèche facilities are available, Sunday Club for primary age and Youth Bible study for teenagers. Tea and coffee are served after the service with a fellowship lunch on the 2nd Sunday of every month, apart from July and August. In the evening, 6.00-8.00pm there is a Youth Club for P7 upwards when they enjoy a variety of games - snooker, table tennis and board games. (not during school holidays) First Monday of each month. 2-3.00pm Prayer and Pud for Ladies. Third Monday of each month. 7.30-9.00pm Healing Ministry in the Church Lounge. Tuesdays at 12.30pm there is a Lunch Club for the elderly. Enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by tea/ coffee. Cost is £5. There are occasional outings throughout the year. First Tuesday of each month at 11.45 am a service in the church for LAPWinG Lunch Club folk, but all welcome. Tea/coffee from 11.30am. Tuesdays and Thursdays a Parent and Toddler group meets from 10 – 11.15am. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and for children to enjoy play with others. Tuesday Prayer meeting 7.00 - 8.15pm.   Wednesdays at 2pm a craft group meets in the small lounge. The group meets all through the year, and accompanied children and grandchildren are very welcome. Painting and crafting materials available. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat whilst you do your knitting, sewing, crocheting, or painting. Saturday 6th April - Community Cafe 12noon - 2.00pm. We are about to embark on an exciting refurbishment of the toilet facilities which will curtail our normal weekday activities. It's likely that the disruption will last from mid April to mid May. Our Sunday services will continue as usual but for details of any other activities please contact us at or on 01896 756239.

Hope Church Being part of church ought to be a dynamic and engaging experience. At Hope Church we seek to make God famous, in our community and through our lives. We love gathering together and meet every Sunday at Tweedbank Community Centre, 4pm - 5.30pm. The aim of our services are always to glorify God and to tell others of the Hope that Jesus came to the world to give. Continued on page 56 54 Gala Life

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We know it can be a bit daunting coming into a church for the first time, but be assured we have a great team that will welcome you, and if you like, someone will sit with you throughout the service. Here’s some of what to expect; We love to worship God through song and we have a great band with a contemporary sound, you can join in if you like or simply just listen. We love to look at God’s Word, the bible, and someone speaks for about 30 minutes. We relate God’s Word so it’s relevant to your week, and not something we just listen to and forget about! We offer prayer to anyone who feels they need some support, life can be hard and it’s encouraging to have someone support you through those times. During church we provide Hope Babies, Hope Kids and Hope Youth - you can confidently leave your children in an adjoining room with our great children’s team. Everyone is PVG checked and have undertaken Child Protection Training. To finish you can stay and enjoy good coffee and doughnuts and get to know others a little better. You are invited! We’d love to meet you so please join with us any Sunday. Hope Central This is our community drop in where our team will give you a warm welcome and a good cup of coffee! We are hear to listen, care and help. We are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 12 - 4pm. Hope Central 1-3 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels TD1 1DL e: t: 07377 717705

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9.30am – Breakfast and Communion in Old & St Paul’s 9.45am – Easter worship in St John’s, followed by Brunch 11.30am – Easter worship in Old & St Paul’s 6.30pm – Easter evening worship in Old & St Paul’s Other groups and activities St John’s Bible Study – House group on Wednesday evenings Messy Church – Saturday afternoons – look out for dates Galashiels Food Bank – team involved in distribution Girls Brigade – Mondays Explorers (P1–P3) 6pm – 7.15pm Juniors (P4–P7) 7pm – 8.30pm Brigaders (S1–S6) 6pm – 8.30pm Last Monday of the month 6pm – 7.30pm for all sections 1st Galashiels GB is 40 years old in 2019! We're trying to get in touch with past members. Maybe you have a story or photo you'd be happy to share? If yes, please contact St Paul’s Bible Studies – House groups on Monday & Tuesday mornings Boys Brigade – Friday evenings Anchor Boys 6pm – 7pm Juniors 7pm – 8.30pm Company Section 7.15pm – 10pm Lunch Club – Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for information on cost etc. Music Makers – Thursdays 7.30pm. Badminton – Wednesdays 10.00am For further information Interim Moderator: Rev Dr David Donaldson e-mail: phone: 0781 7479 866 Locum: Rev Neil Combe e-mail: phone: 01896 755869 websites: St John’s website is currently being re-designed.

Our Lady and St Andrews Catholic Church Stirling Street, Galashiels, TD1 1BY (Linked with St Cuthbert's, Melrose, High Cross Avenue, TD6 9SQ and Our Lady & St Joseph's, Selkirk, High Street, TD7 4JX) A warm welcome awaits you at our three churches spread across three beautiful Border towns. Join us for Sunday Mass at 6pm in Selkirk (Saturday evening), 9.15am in Melrose and 11am in Galashiels. Continued on page 60 58 Gala Life

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The churches in Galashiels and Melrose are open during the day for quite prayer and reflection and Mass is celebrated on Mondays at 10am in Selkirk and Wednesday to Saturday at 10am in Galashiels. Confessions are heard in Galashiels on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11am, in Selkirk on Saturday evenings from 5.15pm to 5.45pm, and in Melrose at 9am on Sundays. Each Saturday in Galashiels there is the opportunity to pray before the Exposed Blessed Sacrament from 10.30m to 11am, concluding with Benediction - a beautiful way to spend Saturday morning before getting your messages or jumping on the train! We look forward to seeing you at one of our churches soon.

Trinity Church Galashiels Minister: Reverend Elspeth Harley Tel. 01896 758485 Website: Session Clerk, Ed Martin - 752252 or Mercy Daniels - Office - 752967 or Office hours: Friday 9.30am - 3.00pm. At the beginning of March we welcomed our minister back from study leave when she had been working with the Cyrenians in Edinburgh. The Cyrenians is a charitable organisation which supports people excluded from their homes, families, work or communities. Elspeth described their very welcome work as “Love in Action". Meantime, at time of writing this we are still worshipping in the church hall whilst patiently awaiting the necessary repair to our heating system. The Guild Session finished on the 19th of March with the AM and a quiz and their coffee morning on Saturday 9th raised £224.30p The choir are busy rehearsing for Easter. Dates for April: Sunday 7th Thursday 18th Friday 19th Sunday 21st

Annual Stated Meeting – immediately after the morning service. Maundy Thursday Supper and service – in the evening. This is a joint service with Caddonfoot Church Galashiels Fellowship of Churches singing at Tesco’s Good Friday Service at Caddonfoot Church (also a joint service) Easter Sunday Service at 11.15am.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, High Cross Avenue, Melrose Services at Holy Trinity take a number of formats, some less formal than others, so there is truly something for everyone, from the peaceful oasis of a Taizé Service to the more formal atmosphere of a traditional Communion or Sung Eucharist Service. Whether you're a first time visitor, or a regular member of the congregation, all are welcome. Fr Philip can often be heard on Radio 4 and BBC Scotland's 'Thought for the Day'. He makes services interesting, enlightening, and often humorous as he draws on his own life experience, family life, and relationship with Jesus to illustrate the topic of the day. Continued on page 62 60 Gala Life

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As well as worship, the church is fulfilling its aim to build a strong culture of musical excellence under the direction of Chris Achenbach, resident organist and Musical Director of The Borders Big Band and Langlee Community Choir. The church organ is an engineering marvel in that it is a virtual organ, and congregations often sit at the end of services to hear every last note. The church is host to many musical concerts throughout the year, and a music festival in May. All Sundays: 8.30 a.m.

Holy Communion Worship Service

11.00 a.m.

First Sunday Service, or Sung Eucharist Worship Service

First Sunday:

6.30 p.m. Choral Evensong

Third Sunday:

6.30 p.m. Parish Evensong

First Tuesday:

2.30 p.m. Holy Communion afternoon service.


10.30 a.m. Mid-week Worship Service - Trinity Centre

Last Wednesday of each month - 7 p.m. TaizĂŠ Service. A brief interlude of gentle readings, silence, and Christian chants in the peaceful atmosphere of the church. Fridays: 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Side Chapel.

Bowden & Melrose Church of Scotland We have two places of worship with services in both each Sunday – 9.30am at Bowden Kirk and 11.00am at Melrose Parish Church. At 10.00 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month we hold a Family Service in Melrose Parish Church Hall. It lasts half an hour and is a less formal style of worship. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.

Bethel Rock Gateway Church Focus Centre, Livingstone Place, Galashiels. TD1 1DQ The Christian Church, world-wide, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on Easter Sunday, 21 April. He died on a cross on Good Friday, and was raised to new eternal life on Easter Sunday. You can read about it in the Gospel of Mark, Chapters 15&16. Without Jesus rising from the dead, Christianity is a myth. Read about it in 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 He was buried in a stone cave which was sealed. I have seen it! The only way out was supernaturally. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me" John 14:6 Come along to Bethel Rock Gateway and hear more. Every Sunday, 11.00am. Easter Greetings, Douglas Renton, Pastor.

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Fill the grid so that every row, column and every 3 x 3 box contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! Use reasoning and logic to solve the puzzle - there’s no maths or adding up. Look carefully for what numbers can go where and with a little practice it will get easier!

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The Filling Station The Filling Station meets for regular Monday evening ‘celebration’ meetings held in the Corn Exchange Melrose, every month on the first Monday starting at 7.30pm and we have seen Christian’s from communities across the Scottish Borders grow in depth, numbers and fellowship. The Filling Station offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Our meetings are designed to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those outside the church would feel comfortable. Our meetings aim to be short, sharp and focused in character. We find many people meet God through these meetings and faith is built up. We welcome Christians from all backgrounds, denominations and non, Christian leaders, those seeking to understand what the Christian faith is all about, and those just inquisitive. The Filling Station meets Monday April 1st at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange Melrose. This month we welcome Rev Bob Mallinson as our guest speaker. Bob is Minister of Menzieshill Parish Church Dundee and returns by popular request. Menzieshill is a challenging community with many social issues, but Bob and his team seek to bring the love of Jesus to every person they encounter through their many activities. So, whether it be through the Connect café they run or the foodbank their desire is to see people feel loved and welcome. Bob ministers in the power of the Spirit and will be bringing one of his team along to share her story as well as Bob speaking to us on his theme about the ‘Call to lead – ushering in the Kingdom’ The will also be our regular worship slots and opportunity for prayer ministry and fellowship with other Christians from around the border churches. If you are new to the borders or looking to meet with other Christians, then why not make time to drop into the Filling Station and get to meet with others of a like mind. There are refreshments both before and after the event so why not come a little earlier. Remember Monday April 1st at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange Melrose.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class continues in the Borders General Hospital’s Chaplaincy Centre each Thursday from 5 to 6 pm for patients who have been through the heart rehabilitation programme. New members are always welcome. We still have to make a decision on how to use the money so kindly left by the late member and friend, Stan Boyle, for Heart and Soul. A reminder, too, that the Chaplaincy Centre doors are locked each evening at 5pm and arrangements have been made to access and exit the Centre.

Do You Have Any Spare Wool? The ladies of Cornmill Court Knitting Club keep busy by knitting patchwork cot blankets, which are then distributed to those in need around the world, by The Red Cross. Not only is this an enjoyable, worthwhile pastime, it is therapeutic for members suffering from the onset of dementia. If you have any spare, or odd balls of Double Knit wool, would you please hand them in to the Reception at Cornmill Court, (or to Flat 28 there), St John’s Street, Galashiels, between 9.00am and 5.00pm. There is no minimum amount. Please remember - Double Knit only. Many thanks. 64 Gala Life

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory It’s inevitable. Everyone gets their email hacked. You are usually last to know, until you get an irate mail from a friend that questions your sanity and uses a few ‘F’ words. Check your Sent box and you will find dozens of emails sent to all your friends and family offering fairly explicit ‘Adult’ services. It’s embarrassing.

will probably need to buy a notebook, or invest in a Password Manager program.

Sometimes your email hasn’t been hacked, but hi-jacked – also known as Spoofed. This is when spammers send out-going mail that looks like it has come from you. You will know when this has happened as you will suddenly get lots of Equally embarrassing is the fact that you probably returned mail, rejected by the recipient’s server caused it by having a weak password. So, what as either being spam, or not having the proper authentication code from the e-mail server it do you do? If you think your email is hacked, download the pretends to be from. You will also notice that none of the returned mails are addressed to latest update for your anti-virus program and run a deep scan. Then download Malwarebytes anyone in your contacts list. Spammers do this (free version) and scan your computer with that. to stop their own mailbox being filled with Once you know your computer is clean, change bounced mail, it all comes back to you. Unfortunately, there’s not very much you can your e-mail password to a very strong one. do about this. However run those scans to make There are lots of ways to come up with good sure your computer is clean and get a really passwords, but if you’ve never seen a ‘really strong password. After a couple of days either strong one’ I recommend going to the website your email address or IP address will be blocked where simply by your internet provider/host company for using the default settings you can generate spamming and the spammers will move on. one that is virtually unhackable. They will give you a series of words, numbers and symbols to You will then have to contact your company to help you remember the new password. Write it convince them your computer is clean and have down, then study how it works before practising them unblock you. a few times so you can confidently produce Sometimes it’s not your security that’s at fault. the password by looking at that script. If it Very well known websites can get hacked, taxes your brain too much, just write down the where not only email addresses get stolen, but password on a piece of paper or notebook that the password that goes with them too. Another won’t get lost. Never store it on your computer good reason you should never use a password and don’t let Windows (or iOS) auto-fill any more than once. passwords for you – they will auto-fill for anyone A website that provides a wealth of information that gets access to your computer. regarding sites that have been hacked along with Your next problem is that you probably use that email addresses that have been compromised is easy password in a number of websites, even for It also allows you online banking. The hacker has your e-mail and to check if a password you are using has also now knows your password, the world is his oyster been exposed in any kind of data breach. You and he can try to hack into any account using can also check your domain name if you have that combination. So you need to go through one. Then sign up to be notified if your e-mail everywhere online that you log into, and if it’s address appears in any future breach. the old password, change it to a new stronger Stay safe. one. Don’t use the same password twice and don’t just use a variation of the last one, they have to be completely different. Pond life knows Willie to increase the last number by one. OK, so you 66 Gala Life

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For April 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin April moves the sign of Aries to the forefront and brings an abundance of vitality and drive with it. Whether you are an Aries or not you too can connect with the collective stream of high energy and enthusiasm that can bring your visions to fulfilment. The Aries new moon is on the 5th, and with energetic Mars occupying the curious and multi-tasking sign of Gemini we might all feel that we are ready to take on more than one project. Venus, the planet of love and romance, starts the month in mystical Pisces highlighting sensitivity and compassion within relationships The full moon in Libra on the 19th suggests themes around harmony and balance; you’ll need to pay extra attention to where rest and relaxation may be necessary. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Your ruler, dynamic Mars, stays in versatile Gemini all month shining the torch on all forms of interaction. Your earning ability is ripe for change so take advantage of every opportunity to communicate with new people who can influence your work progress. The full moon on the 19th illuminates a breakthrough. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Abundant Jupiter brings renewed confidence and courage particularly around the time of the new moon on the 5th. Your talents are in the spotlight and you’ll need to take stock and review your options as a brilliant idea can now turn into reality. Venus is in dreamy Pisces until the 21st, allowing romance to blossom! GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Mars is active and strong in your sign all month, this is your cue to shift gear and turn up the pace. Finances are a high priority and you should have more than one new money making idea up your sleeve. The full moon in Libra on the 19th brings interesting opportunities your way. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Domestic matters get the go ahead after the Libra full moon on the 19th, when any setbacks and delays should start to ease. Abundant Jupiter shines a helpful and powerful light on work related matters. Venus and Mercury,both in Pisces, suggest there could be plans for a romantic getaway. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 During April your health and wellbeing are firmly in the spotlight; stern Saturn and transformational Pluto in Capricorn challenge you to tune into your needs and make the necessary changes. A much higher profile leads you to being in the right place at the right time, particularly as energetic Mars is busy in your social sector. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 April arrives with a much clearer picture of your way forward. Mars in Gemini offers the dynamic energy to capitalise on professional matters, as people around you will be very receptive to your ideas and plans. The powerful full moon in Libra on the 19th suggests that money matters may require careful handling.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 The important full moon in your sign on the 19th illuminates your ability to be successful and shows the need to find a good balance and a positive outlook. As dynamic Mars has just entered curious and versatile Gemini, the emphasis is on your contacts and all forms of communication. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 April’s planetary activity turns your attention to work related matters. The powerful Aries new moon on the 5th offers some exciting new prospects, making this the perfect time for success. Relationship planet Venus is well positioned to bring love and romance your way. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Work and lifestyle issues are in the spotlight this month, it’s a good time to spend time on finding a better balance in these areas. Mars is flexible and resourceful in your opposite sign, offering you some innovative ideas relating to partnerships and relationships. Ambitious viewpoints have a good chance of success around the 19th. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 During April the emphasis is on all forms of communication; the Sun in fiery Aries offers renewed energy to firm up your strategy for career expansion, ambition and advancement on all levels. The new moon on the 5th illuminates a new opportunity and allows you to make a lasting impression on those around you. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Under the current planetary trends ideas around all aspects of your earning potential continue to occupy the spotlight. Dynamic Mars in versatile Gemini offers up the energy for multiple creative ideas. The Aries new moon on the 5th brings a boost to forthright communication. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Your breakthrough comes this month as you start to view events from a new perspective. The powerful Aries new moon on the 5th suggests innovative and beneficial change will be coming your way very soon. Mars is active in your domestic area, kick-starting your desire to make some important changes.

NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. I offer a full motivational and transformational coaching programme using astrology, coaching and the Bach flower essences. My client base is international, all my consultations are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more information. Intuitive Tarot card readings for wisdom and guidance are also available. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Telephone: 07813 483549

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