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Gala Life

A local magazine with directory of trades and businesses - 12,000 copies delivered FREE to every home and business in Galashiels, Tweedbank, Melrose, Clovenfords, Darnick, Dingleton, Newstead and Gattonside.

August 2019


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Message Contents from the Team

Features WIN Fence Sprayers Term Times

Welcome to the August edition of Gala Life. Summer is here, we even have some rather lovely weather! I just love the summer and the longer nights, you always seem to have so much more time. Just as well because in this issue we have an amazing array of things to do and places to visit. Our regular features are here too. Sheila Drummond looks at flowers that can help the birds and the bees most. Alan Clinch looks at ways to make more endorphins (eat curry!) and, Willie looks at the new 5G network. The results are rather amazing. Then, if you intend spending many long hours painting your garden fence this Autumn, we have just the thing – paint sprayers, on page 36. The recipe this month is a great cashew paste curry, so that works perfectly with Alan’s endorphins. As August also means back to school for our local kids, we have included a Term Time sheet for you to keep. It also means Rugby, catch up with all the latest news from Netherdale and buy a season ticket now ! Keeping with sport we have a great competition this month. Not one but two chances to win tickets to a meeting of your choice at Kelso Racecourse. Enjoy the long summer nights, pop out and say hello to all our great hostelries and remember to tell them and all our advertisers you saw them in Gala Life 

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Regulars Recipe 12 Garden 16 Fitness 26 Horoscopes 56 Computer 60

Community Diary Get Out Politics Churches

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Useful Numbers 62 Index

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Community Events & What's On in Galashiels See the Get Out section for details 27th July

11.00am

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Walk

27th July

1.30pm

Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association

2nd August

10.00am

Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery

2nd-3rd August

Various

Borders Youth Theatre Presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass'

3rd August

10.00am

Galashiels Waterways Group

3rd August

10.00am

Coffee Morning - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall

3rd August

10.00am

Al-Anon Coffee Morning - St Peter's Church

3rd August

11.00am

SBVA Support Group Demonstration

5th August

11.30am

Teddy Bears Picnic - Bowhill House

10th August

12.30pm

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

11th August

10.00am

Membership Open Day - Melrose Golf Club

12th August

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery

15th - 18th August

Various

Innerleithen Music Festival

16th August

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery

18th August

1.00pm

Runrig Fan Getherin' - Galashiels Golf Club

19th August

2.00pm

The Three Brethren U3A Summer Garden Party

21st August

8.45 ish

Kids Go Back To School

24th August

10.00am

Summer Fair - Oakwood Park

25th August

10.00am

The 17th Steve Hislop (Hizzy) Memorial Run

25th August

11.00am

Massed Pipe Band Day - Floors Castle

25th August

Various

Callum's Trust - The Big Cycle

2nd September

7.30pm

The Filling Station - Corn Exchange

6th-8th September

Various

Kelso Folk Festival

Monday

4.30pm

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

Monday

5.00pm

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

Monday

7.00pm

Langlee Community Choir at Langlee Community Centre

Tuesday

6.30pm

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

Tuesday

7.00pm

Gala water Singers, Fountainhall School

Wednesday

9.15am

Mini Mags Toddler Group, St Margaret’s Primary School

Wednesday

10.30am

Gentle exercise for older people in Langlee Community Centre

Wednesday

7.00pm

Gala Ex Services Pipe Band - Royal British Legion Club

Wednesday

7.30pm

One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus

Wednesday

8.00pm

Al-Anon Family Groups, St Peter's Church

Thursday

1.30pm

Gala Windbags, Lucy Sanderson Hall

Thursday

8.00pm

Gala Gazelles Netball, Gala Academy

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 info@galalife.co.uk, or 01721 720129 by 12th of the preceding month and we will tell everyone else.

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Saturday 27th July - Scottish Wildlife Trust - Walk - 11.00am. A 7 mile walk around St Mary's Loch on the 'Ring of the loch' pathway. A shorter 3-4 mile option along the south side of the loch via Bowerhope should be possible. The walk is very scenic and good for plants, insects and other wildlife. Wear stout shoes or boots and clothing to match the weather. Bring picnic lunch. Meet at St. Dunstans car park (Health Centre) Melrose(TD6 9RX) at 10:00am to organise car share or the car park below the James Hogg Monument at the south side of the loch (NT237204), TD7 5LH at 11:00am. Enquiries : Jim Russell 01835824898, walk leader.

Saturday 27th July - Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association and The Battlefield Trust Walk - 1.30pm. Please note change of advertised date. Commemorating the Battle of Melrose, 25th July 1526, a walk to the Skirmish Hill and to the Turnaround Stone, guided by Mr.Ian Skinner. Gather in front of Melrose Parish Church, Weir Hill, Melrose for a 1:30 departure. All welcome. Free to Members of the Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association and of The Battlefield Trust, £3 to visitors. Friday 2nd August - Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Cafe, Galashiels Interchange - 10.00am to 12noon. All welcome. Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August - Borders Youth Theatre Presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass' - Mellerstain House, Gordon - 2.00pm Friday, 2.30pm and 6.00pm Saturday. An Outdoor performance, so bring your own seat. Tickets £7/£5/£20 (2+2) from www.borderevents.com or call 01750 725480. Saturday 3rd August - Galashiels Waterways Group - 10.00am to 12noon. Meet in the Currie Road car park. Vegetation and rubbish removal. Gloves ,bags and litter pickers will be provided. Stout boots or shoes are recommended. Further information from David Usher 01896 753620 davidusher@btinternet.com Saturday 3rd August - Coffee Morning - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall - 10.00am to 12noon. Coffee morning with home baking stall. All welcome. Saturday 3rd August - Al-Anon Coffee Morning - St Peter's Church - 10.00am to 12noon. To try and raise public awareness of the group in Galashiels and the Scottish Borders. The coffee morning will be a relaxing and informational event where members will be on hand to answer any questions about the fellowship and to hand out public information literature. Saturday 3rd August - Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed, Goslawdales - 11.00am. Gilly Callen - demonstrating the ancient art of Decoupage - the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cut-outs in combination with paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. This craft is thought to have its origin in East Siberian tomb art. By 12th century it had spread to China. It is now used to decorate boxes, up-cycling furniture, etc. Come and learn more. Monday 5th August - Teddy Bears Picnic - Bowhill House - 11.30am to 1.00pm. If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise! Join us for a Teddy Bears picnic with games and either bring your own picnic or order one from the tearoom. Tickets £.50 per child from 01750 22204. Saturday 10th August - Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter's Episcopal Church - 12.30pm. Join us for a delicious lunch and a good blether. All welcome, why not bring a friend! Sunday 11th August - Membership Open Day - Melrose Golf Club - 10.00am to 2.00pm. Join for £300 plus £17 affiliation fee, with nothing else to pay until Spring 2021. See page 19 for further details and come along.

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Entertainment for August 3rd August

Xpression

10th August

Lynsey Shiels

17th August

Red Alert

24th August

Kal Duo

31st August

Melody Lane

Music 9.30pm - 12.30am

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Monday 12th August - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August - Innerleithen Music Festival. A varied weekend of music, choirs and dance. See www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org Friday 16th August - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Sunday 18th August - Runrig Fan Getherin' - Galashiels Golf Club - 1.00pm to 11.00pm. A fudraising getherin' celebrating the music and legacy of the band. Music, buffet, quizzes, bar and more! £36 from tickets@td1radio.scot Monday 19th August - The Three Brethren U3A Summer Garden Party - Kingsknowes Hotel 2.00pm. Delicious afternoon tea and a quiz. Buy your tickets in advance please from the Treasurer (£10) See the website u3asites.org.uk/three-brethren Wednesday 21st August - Kids Go Back To School - Woooo Hooooo :o) Saturday 24th August - Summer Fair - Oakwood Park Sheltered Housing - Livingston Place, Galashiels - 10.00am to 12noon. The summer fair is to raise funds for the tenants to purchase a new large screen TV for their communal lounge area. There will be face painting, raffle, tombola, home baking , bric-a-brac, guess the sweeties in the jar, and crafts sale. Sunday 25th August - The 17th Steve Hislop (Hizzy) Memorial Run - 10.00am. Bikes leave from Denholm at 10.00am and ride a circular 134 mile route arriving back in Denholm around 3.10pm. In aid of New Horizon Borders & First Light Trust. For full details: 01450 870221 or tboliver@ btconnect.com Sunday 25th August - Massed Pipe Band Day - Floors Castle - 11.00am. Watch spectacular Pipe Bands from across the Scottish Borders perform, as well as Highland dancers – it really is a sight to behold! Tickets £10/£5 from www.floorscastle.com Tasty food and refreshments will be available on the day too from an assortment of food & drink suppliers. Sunday 25th August - Callum's Trust - The Big Cycle. Starting in Galashiels with 10, 25 and 50 mile routes, exploring the Scottish Borders to help those with blood cancer to lead better lives. See page 39 for further info and wwwcallumstrust.org for updates on routes etc. Monday 2nd September - The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 54. Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September - Kelso Folk Festival. See page 11 and www.kelsofolkfest.org for details. Circle Dancing - Third Friday of the month, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Old Parish and St Paul’s Church Hall, Galashiels. A lovely mix of traditional and new dances and music from around the world. Each dance is shown and taught by dance leader so no experience necessary. The dances are mostly done in a circle so no partner is required. Some of the dances are gentle and reflective, some a little more lively. Come and join us for fun, movement, conversation, meeting new friends. Further information contact:- Kate 07523 466657. 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 www.langleecommunitychoir.org.uk/contactus.html

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One Acchord Ladies A Cappella Chorus - invites you to join us most Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm, plus one Saturday 12.30pm - 4.30pm in the Community Hall, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0QX. For more information contact oneacchordchoir@gmail.com 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 kath2@kathmcdonald.plus.com 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 galafirefox@gmail.com 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 info@galatownband.org.uk Scottish Country Dancing - Tuesdays, 7.00pm - 9.00pm in Old and St Paul's Church Hall. All welcome. Further info 01896822354 or 01578730591. Study Exercises in Dance and Movement - Wednesday mornings 10.15am - 11.45am in The William Hill Room, Ormiston Institute, Melrose. A Course of talks on Dance History: the roots and progressions, validated by the International Dance Council (UNESCO). £1.50 per week with refreshments. Urszula Borowskah (member of UNESCO Paris)

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 eildon.ramblers@gmail.com or phone 01896 823831 or 07590 219301.  Our motto is friendship, fitness, fun and fresh air. Coldstream Ramblers. Join a friendly group of walkers to explore our beautiful Borders countryside. We meet at 10am on alternate Sundays throughout the year and walks range from the Central Borders to the Berwickshire coast. If you enjoy walking and discovering new places, please phone 01573 470361 to find out more about us and for details of our forthcoming walks. Gala Gazelles Netball - Gala Academy, Thursdays during term time, 8.00pm - 9.00pm. Further information from 07813937646. Continued on page 14 10 Gala Life


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Cashew Paste Vegetable Curry This month we are delighted to have a recipe from Eric Toralba, Chef at the Craigvrack Hotel, Pitlochry.

Ingredients - Serves 4 • • • • • • • • •

200g Cashew nuts roasted 20g Ginger finely chopped 20g Lemongrass finely chopped 4 Cloves garlic chopped 1 Medium onion chopped 50g Coriander leaves 400ml Coconut milk 1 tablespoon curry powder ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

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4 Tablespoon Olive oil 2 Red Chillies (Optional) 1 Medium onion diced 1 Red Pepper diced 1 Green Pepper diced 200g Broccoli florets 200g Cauliflower florets 200g Carrots diced 150g Baby Corn halved

Method 1.

Heat the oil on medium, sauté the garlic and chopped onion till brown then add the ginger and lemongrass, then add the roasted cashew nuts and mix well. 2. Add curry powder, turmeric powder, chilli and coriander leaves, keep mixing for two minutes then add the coconut milk and salt & pepper to taste. 3. Simmer for 5 minutes. 4. Pour the mixture in the blender and blend until smooth. Add water if too thick. Set aside. Prepare the Vegetables 1. Blanch the cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and baby corn till al dente or your desired cooking tenderness. 2. Heat a medium pan with oil, sauté the diced onion till translucent, add the peppers and then keep mixing until they are soft. 3. Add broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and baby corn to the mixture. 4. Pour the cashew curry paste into the mixture and mix well till combined. 5. Heat through and serve with natural yogurt or sour cream, garlic bread or boiled rice. 12 Gala Life


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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 denise@fitborders.co.uk 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. Al-Anon Family Groups - Every Wednesday at 8.00pm, St Peter's Church, Parsonage Road, Galashiels. Many people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close to them. Find understanding, help and support in Al-Anon Family Groups. For further information call 07709948205 or visit www.al-anonuk.org.uk for meetings in Selkirk and Hawick. 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 hundleshope@sky.com 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: marionneilson11@gmail.com ‘Heart for Art’ - Trinity Church Hall, High St, Galashiels every Wednesday afternoon, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. This is a Church of Scotland project which seeks to bring creativity and connection to those living with dementia in Scotland. Come along to our free art classes (with a carer if you wish) where staff of experienced professional artists and volunteers have enhanced dementia training. For more information look on facebook @CrossReachHeartForArt or email: heartfor.art@crossreach.org.uk 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. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to info@galalife.co.uk Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month.

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This Month’s Tricky Sudoko 8 8 1

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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 Gala Garden August The sun is out and the garden is full of flowers with bees buzzing and butterflies flitting around them. But are there as many bees and butterflies as there used to be? How can you attract more of these valuable and attractive insects? Creating a successful ecology depends on managing positive and negative factors. We can’t control the weather but we can make sure that pesticides are not used in our gardens. You may not be able to prevent some of the viral diseases sweeping through bee colonies, but you can provide food plants and winter shelter for our most helpful insects. Providing food plants from early on in the year through to the first snows is important. Early flowering plants with plenty of pollen include crocus and hellebores, winter-flowering heathers and some late winter-flowering shrubs like sarcococca, skimmia and pieris. Berberis darwinni is adored by bees, especially small bumbles, and spring-flowering trees like malus and prunus are invaluable. Late food plants include aconitum, anemones, asters, colchicum and ivy, especially where it has become arboreal. Any late-flowering perennials or shrubs and climbers will be a godsend to bees stocking up for the winter. Bees prefer blue, purple and yellow plants – they don’t see red ones very well. They are attracted by flowers that wave about on long stems. For example: lavender, nepeta, alliums, echinops, perovskia, agastache and perennial salvia; daisies like anthemis, echinacea, rudbeckia, coreopsis, inula, helenium; flat heads like sedum, achillea, 16 Gala Life

fennel and knautia. Hover flies are both pollinators and pest controllers. Hover fly larvae vacuum up aphids and the adults pollinate. They are particularly attracted to orange and yellow flowers like calendula, tagetes, limnanthes, verbascum, dahlias and helianthus. Plant marigolds or calendula amongst your vegetables where hover fly larvae can get to work on pest control and the adults can pollinate. Butterflies and are attracted to light-coloured or white flowers with open or flat heads and especially daisies. They love sedums and other flat heads, leucanthemum, late asters and Japanese anemones and the flowers of herbs like borage, rosemary and thyme. Urban bee-keepers are setting up hives on roof-tops to take advantage of inner city gardens and green spaces. This is a good investment because the organic honey is excellent and commands a good price. Amateur bee-keeping alone cannot address all of the issues concerning the decline in bee and insect populations but it is a step in the right direction. Gardeners could include as many plants attractive to insects as possible in their borders, maintaining them without chemicals, and always allowing a wee place for the odd bit of comfrey or nettle. It is exactly that messy, careless bit of the garden that is where the action is. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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John Lamont MP - Scottish Conservative Party Borderlands You may have read about the exciting news that £395m is being invested in the Borderlands region. The heads of terms have now been signed, which means the UK and Scottish Governments and local councils are committed to the investment and while the detail has still to be finalised, this includes some key projects. For the central borders this means a £19m Mountain Bike Innovation Centre in the Tweed Valley to establish a world-class destination for research and mountain biking tourism. There will also be a feasibility study into bringing the Borders Railway to Hawick, Newcastleton and on to Carlisle, which was one of my key asks from the deal. But the bulk of this investment will be going on Borderlands wide projects, like £16m for digital connectivity and the creation of a Borderlands Energy Investment Company to generate cheaper energy for the area. Overall it is estimated the deal will create more than 5,500 jobs and bring in millions more visitors. The deal is a fantastic example of Scotland’s two Governments working together. For too long now, the Border at Berwick has been viewed as a line on the map which prevents collaboration. The truth is, many communities in the Borders have closer links to Northumberland or Cumbria and the Borders has more in common with these areas than with the central belt. Common Ridings It is great to see the Common Ridings and Festivals season in full swing now. Galashiels, Selkirk, Jedburgh and Hawick have all had really successful and well attended celebrations. I am always delighted to get along to the local Common Ridings or festivals in the Borders as they are a key part of what makes our region so unique. There are lots of pressures on towns and villages in places like the Borders as banks, businesses and services are being withdrawn. People are increasingly commuting to the central belt for work and our population is getting older and therefore less able to get out and about. Some people are quick to say that communities are not what they used to be, but I would challenge anyone who thinks this to come to any of the Borders towns during the summer season of festivals and common ridings to see for themselves what a confident, close knit community looks like.

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservative I must admit I nearly missed the deadline for this article. I have been on holiday in Harris visiting my brother and his family for the last two weeks. So when I was out a run around Galashiels today, it clicked in my mind that the date for deadline must be approaching fast. So I logged into my emails when I got home to discover the deadline was indeed today. So as I write this I am also going through my brain wondering what subject to write about this month. Thankfully though the women’s final at Wimbledon was over quicker than expected. So my plans for today haven’t been too disrupted by the sudden rush to complete this column. Come to think about it there really have been a lot of big sports finals recently. Last weekend we had the Women’s Fifa World Cup finals. This weekend we have all the Wimbledon finals and also the Cricket World Cup Final. Which of course our Scottish neighbours England are taking part in. Then we have the Netball World Cup just starting and I am also keeping an eye on the European U23 athletics championships and the U20 Championships start next week as well. Also last weekend I was over the moon so see that Jacob Adkin. An athlete that is supported by the Scottish Borders Athlete Support Programme (ASP), won the European Mountain

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Hot Dogs Overheating is a common problem we see in dogs and can develop into a life threatening emergency. Dogs cool themselves down by panting and unlike humans they can’t sweat to remove heat. When panting isn’t enough the dogs temperature rises and they develop hyperthermia. Common signs of overheating/heat stroke include: excessive panting, discomfort, restlessness, bright red gums, becoming wobbly and having difficulty standing up. Some dogs have a higher risk of developing heat stroke and need extra care to make sure they don’t become dehydrated. Short nose breeds (pugs, bulldogs etc) can struggle in the heat as well as dogs that have thick coats, are overweight, older or suffer from ongoing health problems.

your pets paws cool, and make sure they have a constant supply of fresh clean water in a few places around your home and garden.

Try to walk your dog early or late avoid the hottest part of the day. Most dogs will still want to exercise so it is up to you to reduce the pace. 2-3 short walks is better than one long walk. The best way to prevent heatstroke is to avoid exposing your dog to hot and humid conditions. Dogs that enjoy constant exercise such as working dogs should be closely monitored for signs of Make sure your dog has access to plenty of overheating. water and shaded areas, and when inside or travelling ensure there is adequate ventilation. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat Never leave your dog alone in a hot car, even if stroke remove them from the hot environment you have parked in the shade. immediately and contact your veterinary practice for advice. If your pet has thick fur they may need more regular grooming during the summer months. Dr Jim Ross BVSc MRCVS Shallow paddling pools are useful to help keep www.bordervets.co.uk Galashiels Veterinary Surgery Gala Terrace, Galashiels TD1 3JT 01896 752156 22 Gala Life

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Do you have 1-2 hours spare a week? Could you volunteer as a befriender and help make a difference to the lives of people with dementia? As a befriender you can: • • •

Provide companionship Boost confidence Motivate people with dementia to engage in hobbies.

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FITNESS with Alan Clinch

What Are Endorphins? Endorphins have been around for as long as humans, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that medical research on pain killing drugs found that naturally occurring chemicals produced by the body had the same effect. These chemicals are endorphins. They help prompt feelings of pleasure or excitement (along with relieving pain), and are produced by the body during periods of strenuous exercise, emotional stress, and pain. They are frequently referred to as the brain's ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Endorphin production varies from person to person, which means that the effects are different for all of us – for example it’s been found that people with chronic pain conditions often have levels of endorphins which are lower than normal. Commercially available pain treatments such as morphine, oxycodone, and codeine (opioids) work by mimicking natural endorphins. The problem with commercially produced drugs such as those listed above is that they may open people up to the possibility of addiction. Opioids (or opiates), are usually prescribed to treat severe or chronic pain associated with medical conditions, or following surgery: they’re highly effective when used temporarily for the treatment of pain. Natural endorphins work similarly to opioid pain relievers, but their effects are generally not as dramatic. Endorphins can produce a ‘high’ that is healthy, safe, and without the risk of addiction and overdose. A number of activities have been identified as having the potential to increase endorphin levels.

Interestingly, it’s not only exercise or physical activity which has been shown to increase endorphin levels - volunteering, donating, and helping others also makes us feel good. One piece of research identified increased endorphin levels in people who gave money to a charity Yoga and meditation are recognised for their stress-relieving and relaxing effects, which may be partially due to an endorphin release. Some research suggests that yoga and meditation have been shown to decrease stress and increase endorphins. People who enjoy spicy foods may get an additional boost from their favourite dishes. Paradoxically, the spicy elements in chilli or hot peppers may trigger a pain sensation in the mouth, which prompts an increase in endorphin production. A 2017 research paper found that eating cocoa powder and chocolate (which contain mood boosting chemicals called flavonoids) may help increase endorphin levels. Bear in mind though that many chocolate products contain only small amounts of real cocoa (and plenty of added sugar and fat). Look for items that contain at least 70 percent cocoa, and only in small amounts! I’ve already written in these pages about the benefits of laughter therapy…..again, there’s a significant body of research to support that idea. To conclude, research into human endorphin levels is at a relatively early stage. While not the magic bullet that some folk are looking for, there is no doubt that boosting endorphins looks like an effective way to increase overall well-being…..so, exercise, eat chocolate and curry, meditate, help others, and laugh a lot!

Regular exercise has been found to help combat anxiety and depression due to the endorphins it releases. In 2008 it became possible, using PET scans, to view athlete's brains both before and after exercise – this identified an increase in the release of endorphins after exercise. You might If you think that you are personally affected by have heard this referred to as ‘runner's high’, though it could be credited to any lengthy, vigorous any of the issues raised in the article, in the first instance you should contact your GP. physical activity. alan@galalife.co.uk 26 Gala Life


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Running Championships. This was the first time that an athlete from Great Britain has ever won the title. He also led the men’s team to first place. It is great to see that the support we give our performance athletes really is paying off with world class performances. But not all big finals this month are sporting ones as possibly the biggest final of them all. Is the one to find out who will be our next Prime Minister. As a member of the Conservative party, I cast my vote yesterday and as I wasn’t only choosing a leader for the party but for a leader for our country. It was a decision that I didn’t make quickly. But I believe in my both my mind and heart that I have made the right choice. I will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 2nd August 2019 at the Born in the Borders Café in the Galashiels Interchange. Email - euan.jardine@scotborders.gov.uk

Phone - 0330 100 0220

Twitter - @votejardine

Facebook - @VoteEuanJardine

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP Following on from a really worthwhile and informative Community Transport event I attended earlier in June at the Volunteer Hall, I attended the SBC-hosted ‘Fit for 2024’ Rural Transport Conference at Council headquarters. This brought together people working in commercial and community transport, and other voluntary organizations, working in the Borders and around the country. Again, it was really useful for organizations and individuals to compare notes and experiences. We heard from Border Buses among others, and we heard about the E-car scheme where SBC cars are also available for rental for the general public – there are several available in Galashiels, and perhaps we could see even more based at other locations in the future. I was particularly impressed with a community transport group operating in Bo’ness: they lost their bus service and started their own. Their service has been so popular they have extended their service times and are now carrying even more passengers. With the nearby Blackness Castle appearing in ‘Outlander’ they are also now doing tourist excursions! I believe that in the Borders, with its many attractions and connections with Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, transport services could be using excursions for tourists to supplement their income. There was also a breakout session, where experiences of transport in the Borders were shared: there was some envy that we have access to a railway here. What was clear from this event was the need to do better in the Borders to help include people who have difficulty with transport due to their age, disability, personal situation or because they live in an isolated rural area with limited or no public transport. This is a regular topic of discussion at the Access and Environment Subgroup meetings I attend in Midlothian. At the last few meetings we have discussed travel on and off the Border Railway and how it could be improved for those with disabilities. After the last meeting, I received a copy of the Midlothian Transport Guide, which not only has buses, etc., it includes guides on concession and other really useful information. I believe that a similar guide for the Borders would be really useful. In the meantime, if anyone would like a copy of the Midlothian guide I can email a version on request. 0300 100 0220; Mobile: 07811 976952 E-mail: Andy.Anderson@scotborders.gov.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/GalaDistrict Twitter: @AndyA4Gala Continued on page 34 28 Gala Life


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What Matters’ Drop in Community Hub Every Thursday between 1-4pm at Hope Central, 1 Overhaugh Street Galashiels. The community Hub is a place where you can meet people from community groups, voluntary organisations, people from the council such as social workers and occupational therapists from across the Scottish Borders all in one place. They can help you get information and quickly give you advice to help you remain in your own home and get involved in the community – They can help you find the support you need to stay independent such as equipment, transport or help at home – They provide advice for carers, if appropriate. in your own home – They can provide information about what is happening in your local area and where you could meet new people – and provide information about Volunteering opportunities. So why not drop into the ‘What Matter’s hub on a Thursday afternoon in Hope Central, Galashiels and see how they can help you – it doesn’t matter what age you are they are there to help you – it may surprise you what help is available and along with a friendly chat you can also enjoy a cuppa while you do!

Gala Opera Things are pretty quiet with us at the moment as we gear up for our March 2020 production of ‘Anything Goes!’. Plans for our first ‘welcome back’ rehearsal in late August are being firmed up and our production team - Jeff Thomson and Marie McCullough - are already working on their plans for the season. ‘Anything Goes’ is a fun and lively show, with some great musical numbers, so we can’t wait to get started. As always we are looking for any new members who would like to come along and join in the fun, especially any men who would like to give it a go! You will be made very welcome. Watch our website / Facebook page for more rehearsal details. Meanwhile we are having a pre season social get together on the 17th at the Edinburgh Fringe where we will, among other things, be going along to see ‘A Chorus Line’ performed by students of ‘Creative Stage’ based in Selkirk. This hugely talented group of youngsters (some of whom are also Gala Opera members) have worked very hard to get to perform at the Festival. They really deserve our support, and we are guaranteed a great afternoon of entertainment. Go along and give them your support if you can. You won’t be disappointed!

RBS One Week in June Staff from Royal Bank of Scotland’s Galashiels branch raised more than £1600 to help support one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities. As part of the bank’s One Week in June national fundraising drive, colleagues hosted bakesales, spinning classes, car washes and sponsored waxing challenges to help raise monies for SAMH – the Scottish Association for Mental Health. The Royal Bank team from the Bank St branch, handed over a cheque for £1623.57 to Andrea McCann Team Manager and Katherine Wilson Service Manager from SAMH. SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) operate more than 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services. James Brydon, Royal Bank of Scotland’s Galashiels’ branch manager, said: “Good mental health

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Complete the Most Tedious Task in the Garden in a Fraction of the Time, and Have Fun Doing it! As we move from Summer into some cooler temperatures it is a good time to winter proof our garden timber: sheds, summer houses, decking and fences that go too long without paint or wood preservative suffer from damp and before you know it rot creeps in, eventually destroying them. Even the hardest, densest timber, no matter the build quality can be effected.

Their downside is that the paint is stored on the gun, so the amount you can load up at any time is limited by the weight. That’s why most of these type have a 1 – 1.5 litre capacity or they get too heavy to work with over a longer period. However you will be surprised how far a litre of fence paint will go (and how quickly). Cost: £45 - £65

Whilst painting, or treating your fence and shed will extend its life by years, it is one of the most tedious tasks you will ever do. However, help is at hand… Use a sprayer. Not only is it a doddle, but it’s actually quite enjoyable. You’re also more likely to get better, more even coverage, which in turn will protect the timber more effectively. Many garden fence sprayers have adjustable spray nozzles and speed controls, so you can control how much preservative or paint is used, and easily get into tight corners or small gaps. You will also be amazed at how quick they work.

Cordless. There are three different types of shed and Apart from the fact these work on batteries, garden fence sprayer: corded, cordless and manual. Here’s some information on each to let either rechargeable or replaceable, they work on a different principle. The paint is pumped up you choose what’s best suited for your needs. They are all really best used with water based paint/preservative, otherwise cleaning them afterwards would be a difficult task. Mains-powered. The obvious advantage to these is no loss of power. You don’t have to pump them up, change or recharge batteries, they just work as long as you have an extension cable long enough to get where you are going. They also work on the same aerodynamic physics that the professionals use in car bodyshops etc. There are two parts, the main body has a motor that blows air up a hose to the spray gun. As the air leaves the gun via two nozzles it speeds up, lowers pressure and effectively sucks the paint out a third nozzle, mixing it in the jet of air giving the spray effect. They are very efficient with easily controllable spray patterns and volume of paint. 36 Gala Life

a hose to a nozzle, where there is adjustment of pattern and volume available. In effect they are just like water pistols, however, they are portable and some have a 5 litre capacity, so don’t need refilled so often. There are mixed reviews on these however regarding battery life They are cheaper than the mains powered one. Cost: £25 - £40


Manual. This is the cheapest option. You need to keep pumping them up by hand, however they are sturdy and versatile and will also spray weed killer etc. Although they can carry up to 5 litres, you would not want to tackle a bigger job with one of these. Cost: £10 - £20 With all types of garden sprayer, consider the following:

suit you and where you intend using it? If you have lots of timber to treat, how large is the tank and how fast is the coverage? Personal choice? We bought a mains powered one, branded Erbauer. I’ve used it several times and lent it out to friends and neighbours. It is always returned with a smile. It is easy to use, easy to clean, feels about 10 times faster than a brush and does an excellent job. A pleasure to work with.

Will they only work with specific types of preservative or paint? (which may limit their use All sprayers will recommend that you use a or lock you into expensive products). ‘sprayable’ paint. However all paint is sprayable Will you be able to carry them once you’ve filled if not too thick, and some guns come with a tool them up, and how easy are they to fill, refill and to measure the paint viscosity, it simply involves a cup with a hole and a stopwatch. So, if you do crucially – clean? have a large tub of fence paint in the shed, it’s Does the choice of nozzles and length of hose worth testing it, then water down slightly and give a really good stir to pass the test. A ratio of 10:1 paint to water can still produce good results. Finally, safety – gloves, overalls, goggles and a mask. Then remember, sprayers can misbehave in breezy conditions, so move the car, pets, people and washing well away when using one and read any warnings on the paint can regarding plants, ponds etc. Have fun, but be careful. Willie Gala Life 37


Borders Council School Holiday Dates 2019 - 2020

Well the kids are heading back to school and we can get on with our lives in relative peace until at least the start of October. Here are the term times for the coming year; they will let you plan holidays, childminders, days out, days in etc. Watch out for the 2 casual holidays and the 5 dreaded ‘In-Service’ days. Then there will be the snow.....

Autumn Term

Autumn Holiday

Autumn Term

Christmas Holiday

Winter Term

Easter Holiday

Summer Term

Monday 19th August 2019

Staff resume, In Service Day

Tuesday 20th August 2019

In Service day

Wednesday 21st August 2019

All resume

Friday 11th October 2019

All break, mid term

Monday 14th October 2019

Start

Friday 18th October 2019

End

Monday 21st October 2019

In Service Day

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

All resume

Thursday 7th November 2019

In Service Day

Friday 8th November 2019

In Service Day

Monday 2nd December 2019

St Andrew's Day - school closed

Thursday 19th December 2019

All break

Friday 20th December 2019

Start

Friday 3rd January 2020

End

Monday 6th January 2020

All resume

Thursday 13th February 2020

Pupils break, mid Term

Friday 14th February 2020

In Service Day

Wednesday 19th February 2020

All resume

Friday 3rd April 2020

All break

Monday 6th April 2020

Start

Friday 17th April 2020

End

Monday 20th April 2020

All resume

Friday 1st May 2020

In Service Day

Monday 4th May 2020

May Day -school closed

Tuesday 30th June 2020

All break

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and staff wellbeing are issues that are important to Royal Bank of Scotland so we wanted to offer something back to a charity which does so much for people who might not have a support network around them or know where to turn. “Colleagues and customers have been so generous and committed to making a difference and everyone at the bank would like to thank all of our customers who took part and especially the response from local businesses who provided prizes for our tombola in Gala and hamper in Kelso.” One Week In June (#OWIJ) is a bank-wide initiative where Royal Bank branch and telephony teams across Scotland spend a week raising money for their chosen charity. The bank can also match funds the monies raised through its employee Community Cashback scheme. Amanda Baitup, community banker for Galashiels, added: “We can’t thank the local community enough for their generosity and their interest in what SAMH does. We understand how finances can effect mental health and took the opportunity to sign post Life Moments, an area of our website with help to manage money and support for difficult times.”

St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary August Thurs 1st

10.00am Communion

Sun 4th

9.00am Super Squad

9.45am Family breakfast

10.30am Holy Communion

Wed 7th

7.30pm House group @ Sheena’s

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10.00am Communion

Sat 10th

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10.30am Holy Communion, Rev David Dalglish

6.00pm Healing service,

Wed 14th

7.30pm house group

Sun 18th

10.30am Holy Communion, Rev Simon Cake

Tues 20th

3.00pm Afternoon Tea service

Wed 21st

7.30pm house group

Thurs 22nd

10am Communion

Sun 25th

10.30am, Holy Communion

Wed 28th

7.30pm house group

Thurs 29th

10.00am Communion

Sun 1st Sept

9.00am Super Squad

9.45am Family breakfast

10.30am Holy Communion

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Caddonfoot Parish Church There are many changes planned for the Church of Scotland with Caddonfoot Parish Church no exception as the Church battles against costs, a shortage of ministers and dwindling congregations. There is speculation that the Church will Link with Stow and Heriot churches and there is an afternoon tea and meeting in August (11th) to give people the opportunity to get to know each other with the vote to be held on August 25 – and you need to be in church that day to vote. There is also speculation that the connection with Trinity in Galashiels will be severed if the churches in the town decide to go together with one church. Their meeting is on September 22. So it is all changes as several joint services were planned to take place in August to help the congregations to make up their minds. Meanwhile, the church continues to meet each Sunday at 9.45 am with the Rev. Elspeth Harley as minister. There has been variety with the Rev. Tom Foley preaching in June followed by the Kirkin’ of the Braw Lad and Braw Lass at a joint service in Trinity two weeks later. We also celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism of Ailsa Young, from Clovenfords, at a service attended by many relations and friends. It was followed by a wedding, one of the favourite spots for tying the knot. The Caddonfoot Youth (CY) held its annual presentation and the children received prizes to mark their year. Thanks to Mrs Catriona Bird and Mrs Clare Macfarlane who led CY throughout the year. The church has been holding open days in July and August. Volunteers may still be required for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please seen John or Irene Bruce if you can help. Members have taken part in the Readings and leading Prayers while we have also had several visitors over the summer months. Bible Study has stopped for a deserved break and will resume on Wednesday, August 21. Please also continue to 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 and Sunday Club for primary age Children. 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. 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. Continued on page 46 44 Gala Life


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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.

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St John’s Church Hawthorn Road, Langlee TD1 2JZ We are two linked churches who want to be God glorifying and Christ exalting in our worship. The Word of God is faithfully preached and therefore we would like to invite everyone to come and listen to God speaking to us through His Word. Sunday Services in August: United services 4th Aug at 11.15am in Trinity 11th Aug at 11.30am in Old & St Paul’s 18th Aug at 9.45am in St John’s 9.45am St John’s on all Sundays in Aug 11.30am Old & St Paul’s on 11th & 25th Aug 6.30pm Old & St Paul’s on all Sundays in Aug Prayer Meetings in August: Sunday 4th at 5pm in Old & St Paul’s Tuesday 6th, 13th & 20th at 7.30pm in St John’s Tuesday 27th at 7.30pm in Old & St Paul’s Other groups and activities St John’s Bible Study and Girls Brigade restart September. Galashiels Food Bank – team involved in distribution. St Paul’s Bible Studies, Guild, Lunch Club, Music Makers, Badminton and Boys Brigade restart September. For further information Interim Moderator: Rev Dr David Donaldson e-mail: davidandjeandonaldson@gmail.com phone: 0781 7479 866 Locum: Rev Neil Combe e-mail: neil.combe@btinternet.com phone: 01896 755869 websites: www.oldparishandstpauls.org.uk St John’s website is currently being re-designed.

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Hope Church 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. 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. Hope Central will have reduced opening hours during July and August. Hope Central 1-3 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels TD1 1DL e: enquiries@hopechurchborders.org.uk t: 07377 717705 w: www.hopechurchborders.org.uk

Trinity Church Galashiels Minister: Reverend Elspeth Harley Tel. 01896 758485 Session Clerk, Ed Martin - 752252 or edwrd984@aol.com Mercy Daniels - Office - 752967 or email trinity.cfoot@gmail.com Office hours: Friday 09.30am - 3.00pm. Website: www.caddonfootgalatrinity.org.uk Meetings have been continuing between the 3 churches in Galashiels and Caddonfoot regarding their future and here is an update on the progress so far. More on the way forward: “The status quo is not an option” is a sentence we have heard many times recently. In terms of future ministry, whether the 3 Galashiels churches are to be linked or united there will still be worship in each building until a separate decision is taken about buildings further down the line. Whether linked or united, one minister will be sought for Galashiels and also a family worker or pastoral assistant. In August, Caddonfoot will take a vote on whether to join with the Galashiels churches or Stow and Heriot. On Sunday 22nd September all members and adherents of the three Galashiels congregational will vote for their preferred option – linkage or union. The final decision rests with Presbytery taking

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into account the result of the votes. Meantime, joint services will be held throughout August. Here are the dates: Sunday 4th August - 11.15am at Trinity (no service in St. Paul’s building) Sunday 11th August – 11.30am at Old and St. Paul’s (no service in Trinity building) Sunday 18th August - 9.45am at St. John’s (no service in Trinity or St. Paul’s buildings) Here at Trinity we continue to open the church on weekdays between 12.30 and 1.30pm for private prayer and meditation and we have had quite a few visitors so far. Heart for Art continues on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.30pm in the church hall. This venture has been very successful and continues to grow in strength. Summer coffee mornings have continued throughout June and July thanks to a dedicated team of helpers and the next will be on Saturday 3rd August from 10am – 12 noon.

Our Lady and St Andrews Catholic Church Stirling Street, Galashiels, TD1 1BY www.galacatholic.org 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. 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.

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. 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 BigBand 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: Continued on page 52 50 Gala Life


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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. Wednesdays: 10.30 a.m. Mid-week Worship Service - Trinity Centre Last Wednesday of each month - 7.00 p.m. Taizé 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, Gala. TD1 1DQ. "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." Ephesians 3.20 (NLT) Many people read this verse and conclude that God is able to accomplish - "infinitely more than we might ask on think." That's wrong ! He can only accomplish infinitely more - "through his mighty power at work within us." If his mighty power is not at work within us, he's stuck! What this means is that we have to be born again and baptised in the Holy Spirit before God can release his power to work within us. That's how his great works are accomplished - through His Holy Spirit working in us. It's not our power - it's his. Come to church to realise your full potential. Every Sunday. 11am. Focus Centre. Douglas & Kathy Renton, Pastors. Mobile 07815 682 027 www.douglasrenton.org

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. We would welcome new members and it hoped that we can achieve that object to widen the field in the future. Numbers vary during the holiday period, but the classes offer not only light physical exercises, but the opportunities to chat, relax and make new friends, nothing at all strenuous. Continued on page 54 52 Gala Life


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The Filling Station The Filling Station normally 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 starts back on Monday September 2nd at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange Melrose with Graham Astles as our guest speaker. You will most likely remember Graham from his days as Minister in Jedburgh. Graham moved some years ago to Bo’ness but has recently moved again to Penicuik and we look forward to hearing him and catching up with his news. Please enjoy your holiday’s and we look forward to seeing you in September. Remember Monday September 2nd at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange Melrose

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For August 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin The summer month of August starts up with a passionate new moon in the dramatic sign of Leo. Leo is the sign of courage and creativity, reach out and be inspired by the abundance of motivating ideas that come your way. Communication planet Mercury moves out of the retrograde phase on the 2nd, breathe a sigh of relief as life begins to flow much more smoothly. Enjoy being generous, affectionate and playful as love planet Venus remains in Leo until the 21st. August is an extra special month as we have two new moons to enjoy, the second culminates in the industrious sign of Virgo on the 30th. Mars, having already arrived in Virgo on the 18th assists this important energy shift as careful planning will allow opportunity for new projects to get underway. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Dynamic Mars, your ruler, arrives in industrious Virgo on the 18th of August – prepare for change as a completely new way of working comes to your attention. The new moon in Virgo on the 30th challenges you to exercise caution and deliberation, particularly with long term planning. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 August is an important month as several planets occupy the fiery and extrovert sign of Leo, a generous and carefree mood is yours. Be open to love and romance around the 21st as Venus, your ruler, changes signs. Significant optimism gives you the energy for strong leadership. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 As Mars and Venus pass through the communication sector of your chart during August you will be looking at restructuring the way you think. Important opportunities are coming your way and some significant decisions may need to be taken. You are at your best when working with others on a personal level. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 During August the planets suggest that money making schemes are at an all-time high, this powerful energy should leave you feeling successful and prosperous all month. Take the opportunity to profit from your natural diplomatic skills, especially in personal relationships. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 August is your special time and as Mars, Venus and Mercury occupy your sign for most of the month it looks like it will be particularly exciting and festive time. The pace changes as Mercury moves into industrious Virgo on the 29th; an important project comes to light, use your intuition to make necessary changes. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 August looks like a rather introspective month as the Sun, Venus, Mars and Mercury suggest that it’s time to take a break and tune into your inner needs. A new phase of action begins after the Virgo new moon on the 30th; your confidence is on the up, with more potential for success than usual. 56 Gala Life


LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 August puts the emphasis on friends and social life, just perfect for the holiday season. Mars enhances the Sun’s vitality and gives you a much needed energy boost. The energy shifts at the Virgo new moon on the 30th, here is a chance for some deep introspection, use your intuition to get to the heart of the matter. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Mars and Venus enhance the Sun’s powerful and creative influence during August. Where do you shine, what makes you really happy and fulfilled? It’s time to ask these important questions. Mercury arriving in practical Virgo on the 29th highlights friendships, personal goals and your dealings with groups. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 August is a super busy time for Jupiter ruled Sagittarians as positive planetary activity is at its height. Be sure to get out and about and make the most of a surge of self-confidence to lift your profile. The Virgo new moon on the 30th offers a new and exciting career opportunity. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 August brings some important financial issues to your attention, facing facts professionally or personally will eventually make life much easier. Be open minded in your approach to the suggestions of close colleagues. Venus changes sign on the 21st, indicating that it’s good time to broaden your horizons. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Relationships come to the forefront during August as a long term partnership demands your attention. Mars and Venus in fiery Leo indicate that passion and joy are more important than ever. The full moon in your sign on the 15th suggests that changes are afoot and it may be best to keep your options open. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 The Leo new moon on the 1st of August emphasises the area of your chart concerned with work and daily life. Mars and Venus shine brightly, suggesting that you have the energy to find a balance and make creative changes. The new moon in your opposite sign on the 30th brings a relationship issues to the forefront. 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. Please contact me now for a personal astrological reading and/or a transformational life coaching consultation. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Email: christine_chalklin@hotmail.com Mobile: 07813 483549 Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/restyleyourlife

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Gala Rugby Club A New Season Things are starting to get busy here at Netherdale after a break since the end of the Sevens circuit, and we are all looking forward to season 2019/20. Our 1st & 2nd XV coaching teams have committed themselves for another year and have had pre-season sessions running with the players since July. Euan Dods has been appointed captain of the 1st XV, with Rex Jeffrey and Michael Christie as his vice captains. We have welcomed many new players, and look forward to seeing them pull on the Gala jersey. Gala Wanderers have a new coaching team in David Marshall, Bruce Dick and Alan Emond. We are delighted to have them on board and wish them every success in their new roles. Scottish Rugby have chosen Netherdale as the venue for their Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy Finals on Sunday 11th August. Throughout the course of the day we will host 5 games, the first one kicking off at 11am and the final game kicking off at 6.30pm. The Junior 1872 Cup between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh kicks off at 2.15pm. This is a Free Entry event, and catering will be available all day from the Juicy Meat Company, as well as refreshments from our bar. Saturday 17th August is our Open day which will incorporate registration for the Mini Maroons, and a friendly against Hawick. Keep an eye on our social media platforms for more details. On Saturday 31st August we have a Border League game against Jedforest at 3pm. A pre-booked lunch will be available by contacting Claire on 01896 755145, or claire@galarfc.com The cost is £15 per person which includes entry to the ground, a 2-course lunch and match programme. This is open to all, and must be booked in advance. Lunch will be served at 1pm. Membership renewals should have been sent out by the time of reading. We always welcome new members, so if you would like to join our Club then pop in to the office or have a look at our website for details. Office hours are 9am-1pm Monday – Friday. We are actively seeking new Sponsors for the new upcoming season. If this would be of interest to you then please do not hesitate to contact Claire. There are various different options available to suit all budgets. Without the generosity of our Sponsors it would be very difficult to run the club, and we can assure you that it would be greatly appreciated. We are also actively seeking volunteers to help on Match Days. Further details can be provided. Come on the Maroons Photo: New Gala Wanderers coaching team, L-R, David Marshall, Bruce Dick, Alan Emond

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory The next step in our mobile phone network technology is upon us, notably highlighted by the ongoing Huawei equipment spying rumours that have made international news as of late. Regardless of the equipment installed, 5G will roll out this summer and promises to revolutionise our mobile phone habits, well eventually. If you cast your mind back a few years, the introduction of 4G allowed users to upload or download data in any form: music, pictures, video or data at acceptably pleasant speeds compared to the older 3G. In fact, in some places a 4G connection is actually faster than logging into a local wi-fi network, and for some even faster than their home broadband. Well, 5G promises to be at least 5 times faster than 4G and that opens up loads of new possibilities. 5G has three major differences over 4G, concerning speed, capacity and latency, all set to be superior in every way. Speed. By far the most notable and obvious difference. 4G currently has a maximum download speed of 300Mbps (Megabits per second), whilst 5G is expected to achieve 10Gbps (Gigabits per second, with a Gigabit equalling 1,000 Megabits) – that’s a full HD movie downloaded in less than 40 seconds and smooth streaming of 4k. Then we will see cloud gaming, self-driving cars, smarter homes and other uses that we haven’t even dreamt of yet. Capacity. Mobile networks, be it 3G, 4G or 5G, use radio waves to transfer data. 5G uses much higher frequencies than 4G, occupying the band of spectrum between 30 to 300GHz. Higher frequencies mean larger bandwidths, and larger bandwidths mean you'll be able to download data, stream media or run demanding applications with ease, even in high traffic areas, no longer will your phone slow down in city centres or at major events. Latency. This is the time taken for data to pass from one place to another. Even if you manage to download a movie in under a minute, a high latency (or lag time) means you'll have to wait 60 Gala Life

longer to open up the file and watch it. 4G has a latency of 50 milliseconds, while 5G will have a latency of 1 millisecond - that's 50 times better than 4G. It takes at least 10ms for an image seen by the human eye to be processed by the brain. Low latency is vital for real-time reactions in machines or cars and it could also make cloud gaming possible. It is low latency that will open up all sorts of new applications that were previously impossible because of the time lag. Exciting times, however it won’t quite happen overnight. First of all, you will need a 5G compatible phone, however your next contract renewal will probably take care of that with an upgrade. The next problem is that the higher frequencies used by 5G have a much shorter range and are less capable of dealing with obstacles. So much so that in built up areas like city centres, the phone masts will have to be as close as 500 metres apart and that involves a lot of work to match the current 4G coverage. Realistically we are looking at 2 years before most of us will even get a taste of 5G and a lot longer before the rural areas catch up. The plan is to roll out the technology in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, with several other southern cities lined up next. In the meantime we will have to make do with 4G, which incidentally is constantly being improved and expanded, so regardless of where you are you will still get good if not better speeds and the likes of Netflix in at least HD. Willie


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Finlaysons

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Alzheimer Scotland

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Fitness

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Gala Garden

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Borders College

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British Legion

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Horoscopes

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Callum’s Trust

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Iain Smith & Partners WS

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Castle Warehouse

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James Graham Roofing

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Shire Chimney

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Churches

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John Lamont MP

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Councillor Andy Anderson

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Jonnie Jones Plumber

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Specsavers

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Councillor Euan Jardine

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Councillor Harry Scott

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Kelso Folk Festival

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Kenkleen

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Symington Shoes

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Crafty Workshops

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KM Leisk Accounting

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Term Times

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Crème De La Crème

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Leaflet Distribution

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Thermaheat

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Crolla's

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Cullen Kilshaw

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What Matters

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Mackenzie Plumbing

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Willie's Wonky Computer

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Wilson’s Opticians

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