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Gala Life

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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the February edition of Gala Life. Spring should be just around the corner and all those Christmas activities come and gone. This month we have some great features for your enjoyment, wood burning stoves being my favourite and the history of Valentines Day – for you romantics out there. I think Willie may have got a new PC……. he looks at how to wipe your old device safely so you can sell or give away your old one. I also feel lots better about my garden as Sheila Drummond looks at ways we can minimise our impact on the environment but still have a lovely garden. Alan Clinch looks at what it takes to focus in the fitness column. The build up to the Sevens Season in Rugby will begin soon, don’t forget the Internationals too. As well as sport in the town the eagerly anticipated Gala Opera is nearly upon us and tickets will go on sale this month. Be sure to get yours just in case you don’t win a pair with Gala Life. We have been cooking again and tried the fabulous chicken and chorizo paella. Really tasty and easy to make. This edition has more “ Get Out” than ever before - so there lots to do and see, thank you all for your contributions, you all do a brilliant job locally and with the help of local advertisers in this magazine, we are able to come together to make Galashiels the great place that it is.

Features WIN Wood Burning Stoves Dawyck Snowdrops History of Valentine's

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Regulars Garden Border Vets Recipe Fitness Gala Rugby Computer

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Community Diary Get Out Politics Churches

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Useful Numbers

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Index

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Advertising Debbie - 07545299491 Art & Eds Willie - 07906375953 www.facebook.com/mygalalife

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Community Events & What's On in Galashiels See the Get Out section for details 1st February

11.00am

Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis

1st February

12noon

Community Café - Galashiels Baptist Church

2nd February

10.00am

Scottish Snowdrop Festival - Dawyck Botanic Garden

3rd February

7.30pm

The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose

4th February

7.30pm

Melrose Literary Society - Ormiston Institute

5th February

7.30pm

Old Gala Club - Volunteer Hall

6th February

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

7th February

10.00am

Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Café

7th February

7.30pm

Rolling Hills Folk Club, Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick

7th February

7.30pm

An Evening With Sir AP McCoy - Volunteer Hall

9th February

2.00pm

Shakespeare at Traquair Auditions

10th February

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow

11th February

7.30pm

Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association - Ormiston Rooms

13th February

1.30pm

Kelso Races - Morebattle Hurdle Day

13th February

7.30pm

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre

13th February

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

15th February

10.00am

Gala Opera Coffee Morning - Volunteer Hall

15th February

12.30pm

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

15th February

7.30pm

Gala Clef Club - Lucy Sanderson Hall

17th February

2.00pm

The Three Brethren U3A - Gala Rugby Clu

18th February

7.00pm

The Humanist Society of Scotland

18th February

7.00pm

Inner Wheel Club - The Focus Centre

18th February

7.30pm

Melrose Literary Society - Ormiston Institute

20th February

7.00pm

Greener Borders Winter Talks - Marmions Place

20th February

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

20th February

8.00pm

The Tannahill Weavers - Mac Arts Centre

21st February

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco

22nd February

7.00pm

Inner Wheel Club Charity 60/70s Dance Night

23rd February

2.30pm

Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall

23rd February

3.00pm

Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall

25th February

10.00am

Walk and Talk Book Group - Melrose Library

27th February

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

1st March

111.00am

Borders Organic Gardeners 25th Anniversary Potato Day

7th March

11.00am

Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis

21st March

12noon

Galashiels Cottage Hospital Staff Reunion

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Saturday 1st February - Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed, Goslawdales, (Next to the High School) - 11.00am to 12.30pm. Post festive season social and fun quiz. Everyone with arthritis or interested in the condition welcome. £3.00 each. Refreshments provided. For more information contact the Secretary on info@scottishbordersversusarthritis.org or the Secretary will respond to messages left on 01896 754041 (Tuesday to Thursday). Saturday 1st February - Community Café - Galashiels Baptist Church, 12noon to 2.00pm. Delicious home made soup and pudding. No charge, voluntary donations only. Sunday 2nd February - Scottish Snowdrop Festival - Dawyck Botanic Garden - 10.00am. Enjoy a walk around the Garden and see the swathes of delicate snowdrops as we head towards spring. Potting Shed Bistro open 11am-3pm. Garden open Sundays during February 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry by donation. Monday 3rd February - The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. Our Speaker is Josh Gilbert who is now a regular at the Filling Station and returns by popular request. See page 46 for more details. All welcome. Tuesday 4th February - Melrose Literary Society - Ormiston Institute - 7.30pm. Talk by Adrian Hunter (Stirling University: ‘”Brethren beyond the Atlantic”’: James Hogg and America’, part of the 250th Anniversary celebration of the writer;s birth. Admission £4 at door, all welcome. Wednesday 5th February - Old Gala Club - Volunteer Hall - 7.30pm. Trousers, Transfers and Traumas by Gill Harrop. Come along and hear about Gill’s career in the police force in Yorkshire including a tale of the Yorkshire Ripper. Members free or £4 to visitors. Thursday 6th February - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House- 7.30pm. Appraisal of members’ work by Gill Walton. Friday 7th February - Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Café, Galashiels Transport Interchange - 10.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 7th February - Rolling Hills Folk Club, Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick - 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Singers and Musicians welcome (and appreciative audience of course!) BYOB or Fairtrade Tea or Coffee available. All ages welcome. Collection and raffle. Please note: The club now only runs once a month on the first Friday of the month with no club in July or August. Phone 07986 644661 and see page 30 for more info. Friday 7th February - An Evening With Sir AP McCoy - Volunteer Hall, Galashiels - 7.30pm. Spend an evening with legend AP McCoy, the greatest jump jockey of all time and one of the world’s highest profile sporting personalities. Tickets: www.borderevents.com or call 01750 725480. VIP tickets are available which includes a professional photo with AP McCoy. Sunday 9th February - Shakespeare at Traquair Auditions - Under 14s - St Joseph’s Centre, Peebles - 2.00pm to 4.00pm. No experience necessary – just a love of live theatre. Monday 10th February - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Tuesday 11th February - Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association - Ormiston Rooms, Melrose - 7.30pm. 'Scotland's Lost Abbey'. An illustrated talk presented by Frank Harkness. All welcome. Free to Members, £3 to visitors. http://onlineborders.org.uk/community/mha/ lectures-2019-2020 Continued on page 10

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Thursday 13th February - Kelso Races - Morebattle Hurdle Day - 1.30pm. Gates open at 11:30am, First race off at 1:30pm. 01573 221221 for more info. Thursday 13th February - Scottish Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre - 7.30pm. We have the Members night where members will contribute a series of talks . Non-members are invited to make a donation. Thursday 13th February - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House- 7.30pm. Paint a class masterpiece. Saturday 15th February - Gala Opera Coffee Morning - Volunteer Hall - 10.00am to 12noon. As well as coffee, there will be our grand raffle, cake and candy, various other stalls and the chance to hear the company giving a taster of the ‘Anything Goes’ music. Opera tickets will also be available to the general public. See pages 2 and 30 for more details. Saturday 15th February - Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter's Episcopal Church, Galashiels - 12.30pm to 2.00pm. All welcome, bring a friend. Saturday 15th February - Gala Clef Club - Lucy Sanderson Hall, Tweed Terrace, Galashiels 7.30pm. For more information contact Dorothea on 01896 850562, visit our website at www.onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub or Like Gala Clef Club on Facebook. Monday 17th February - The Three Brethren U3A - Gala Rugby Club, Netherdale - 2.00pm. Duncan Cameron will speak about the work of the Street Pastors, followed by refreshments. New members very welcome. All information at u3asites.org.uk/three-brethren Tuesday 18th February - The Humanist Society of Scotland (Borders Group) - Celebrating Life, (and Death), The Humanist Way - Eastgate Theatre, Peebles - 7.00pm. Being born, getting married, and dying are probably the three key happenings in our lives. Over recent years, Humanism has offered an increasingly popular alternative form of celebrating them through the services of their highly trained celebrants. Curious? Wondering if humanist ceremonies are for you? Not sure what being a humanist means? Come along, see some examples of what happens in a humanist ceremony, and have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts with the celebrants. tickets free – details at https://eastgatearts.com/events/celebrating-life-and-death-the-humanist-way/ Tuesday 18th February - Inner Wheel Club - The Focus Centre, Galashiels - 7.00pm. Demonstration on Tweed Garlands. All welcome. Tuesday 18th February - Melrose Literary Society - Ormiston Institute - 7.30pm. Talk by Professor Penny Fielding:(University of Edinburgh) Collected works of RL Stevenson. Admission £4 at door, all welcome. Thursday 20th February - Greener Borders Winter Talks - Marmions Place, The Wynd, Melrose 7.00pm. John Muir Trust - Skiing around Mont Blanc. All welcome. Refreshments. Thursday 20th February - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House- 7.30pm. Talk - seascapes and inspiration with Nev Storrer. Thursday 20th February - The Tannahill Weavers - Mac Arts Centre, Galashiels - 8.00pm. Traditional Celtic music at its best! £12 Advance / £15 on the door, Contact 01896756852 for more details, or see www.macarts.scot Friday 21st January - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome.

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Saturday 22nd February - Inner Wheel Club Charity 60/70s Dance Night - The Focus Centre, Galashiels - 7.00pm. Live music from “Wrong side of the Grass”. All welcome BYOB. Tickets £10 each includes a light supper and can be obtained from Liz on 07763117598 or Eileen on 07969552203. Sunday 23rd February - Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels - 2.30pm. Andrew Ayre will talk on Wilsons 'Tales of the Borders'. Refreshments (donation) and sales table. All welcome. Sunday 23rd February - Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall - 3.00pm. Mathew Trusler (violin) and ASHLEY WASS (piano) will play a program of music entitled “Around the world in 80 minutes “. Tickets, £15 for non-members, will be on sale at the door. School age children are admitted free if accompanied by an adult . Tuesday 25th February - Walk and Talk Book Group - Melrose Library - 10.00am. Fancy trying something new this year? There is a book with a difference starting in February at Melrose Library. Meetings will involve a 30 minute walk around Melrose followed by tea/coffee and a chat about the book of the month. If you are interested in joining or would like more information contact Melrose Library on 01896 664171 or email libmelrose@liveborders1.org.uk Thursday 27th February - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House- 7.30pm. Workshop on mount cutting. Sunday 1st March - Borders Organic Gardeners 25th Anniversary Potato Day & Green Fair Borders Event Centre, Springwood Park, Kelso - 11.00am to 3.00pm. 100 varieties of potato seed including old favourites, heritage and blight resistant varieties, plus a selection of Scottish grown organic tubers. Seed tubers 20p each. Shallots and Red and White onion sets. Green Fair stalls for bread, local meats, dairy products, juice; crafts, gardening advice, garden plants, other 'green' groups; children's activities, Caroline's cafe. Entry fee £1.50 for adults . Free parking. www.bordersorganicgardeners.org Saturday 7th March - Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed, Goslawdales, (Next to the High School) - 11.00am to 12.30pm. Dr John Reid, Chairman of Trimontium Trust speaking on "The Romans in the Borders" (did they have arthritis?). £3.00 each. Refreshments provided. For more information contact the Secretary on info@scottishbordersversusarthritis.org or the Secretary will respond to messages left on 01896 754041 (Tuesday to Thursday). Saturday 21st March - Galashiels Cottage Hospital Staff Reunion - Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels - 12noon for 12.30pm. Cost £16.50 to be paid with confirmation. If interested contact Jeannie on 01896759757 or May on 07814319482.

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. 12 Gala Life

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Nothing Better than Coming Home... To a Real Fire! There is nothing quite like a real fire to give that feel good, enduring warmth to your home and with most major energy companies regularly increasing gas and electricity prices, a real fire suddenly becomes an even more attractive option. There are however two considerations to be looked at first: Fossil Fuels. Fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) take millions of years to form. When taken out of the earth and burned, they produce an overload of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Once burned, fossil fuels are gone forever. Wood is different. As all plants grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and convert it to fibre. The carbon dioxide is released after they die, whether they are burned or simply left to rot in the forest. This process is part of nature’s cycle.

there is. A staggering 80% of heat from a coal fire roars straight up the chimney - yes that’s right, we only get the benefit of 20% of the heat produced. On the other hand, a modern wood burning stove can return incredible results with some boasting up to 89% efficiency. This is the result of thousands of hours of design and testing, introducing completely new technology into the way the wood is burned through innovative construction. The results speak for themselves over four times more efficient than an open fire. A bigger bonus is that through this development a modern stove also far cleaner and better for the environment. If you are in a Smoke Control Area (within a city or large town mainly) then you can only burn authorised fuels, generally just smokeless fuels, and not wood.

However, if you install a stove that has been successfully tested by the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Wood is also a renewable fuel, therefore the then you will be able to burn “exempt fuels”. environmental benefits of burning wood to Each stove has its own exemptions list but in heat your house are considerable. It can also practice the main one is wood (if it is properly be a cheaper option than fossil fuels, whilst still seasoned). In other words: a DEFRA approved providing the allure of a real fire. stove can burn wood in a smoke control area if Efficiency. wood is on that stove’s exemption list (wood For hundreds of years we relied on an open fire usually is but do check for the model you choose). to provide our heating. What generations of our From 2022,there will be new legislation to ancestors didn’t appreciate is that an open fire ensure that all new stoves sold meet new EU is probably the most inefficient form of heating Eco-Design regulations. In fact, stoves branded Eco-Design compliant are already on the market, on the outside they don't look any different, and, they also meet the existing DEFRA exemption criteria. They produce about 80% less pollution than a stove manufactured around 10 years ago. Wood-burning stoves today offer a great variety of looks and designs to suit any home style, from a retro Victorian house to a small flat. Painted black, brushed steel or even red, with stovepipe to match, wood burning stoves with generous glass doors allow you to admire the dancing flames during the winter. 14 Gala Life


All modern stoves are ultra efficient and now incorporate the latest and best clean-burn technology. These stoves not only look great, but will heat your home in a very efficient manner, producing minimal ash and smoke. When choosing a new wood burning stove there is a huge range to choose from; traditional or contemporary, with prices starting around £300 up to thousands! Just keep in mind that their size is determined by the size of the space that needs to be heated. The fire of the stove should be substantial enough to please the eye as well as heat the room. Stoves are at their most efficient when burning brightly, however they give off a tremendous amount of heat, so don’t go too big or you will cook yourself!

used. Apart from producing very low outputs this wet wood will also generate large amounts of smoke, soot and tar, which can potentially lead to chimney fires. For best results wood should have a moisture content of less than 20%. The process of removing the excess moisture is called seasoning. Seasoning is air drying the wood and can take up to two years, alternatively you can also buy ready to burn kiln dried wood for a little more. Wood should be stored in a well ventilated, (but covered), structure outdoors. You can buy seasoned wood from local suppliers.

You can test wood by using a digital moisture meter, available for around £20 from a hardware shop. These will give you a moisture content To select the right heat output, you need the cubic reading in % good enough for you to reject a volume of the room - length x width x height in load if it turns up wet. metres, then divide by 14. The result gives the Stove installation must be carried out by a Hetas recommended output in KW. An average size Registered Installer to cover your stove warranty room will be around 4 or 5 KW, then buy the most efficient kind you can afford, it will pay for and house insurance (see Abbey Bridge Stoves, page 13 and Thermaheat on page 17). Also itself over time. your stove should be serviced once a year and One of the most critical factors in wood burning chimney swept a minimum of once a year by a is the moisture content of the wood. This is certified chimney sweep. That way you can have where wood seasoning comes into play. Freshly peace of mind for the whole family. cut wood will contain a moisture content of Debbie around 65-90%. This wood should never be Gala Life 15


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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 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 6.15pm for Junior Choir, then 7 for 7.15 start-9 pm for Community Choir. 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. 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 - New session runs Mondays from 14th October until the end of November. Excerpts from G&S Iolanthe and Oklahoma. Come along for a few weeks with no commitment to try us out. Corn Exchange, Melrose 7:30pm. For more info contact 07768925083. Gala Clef Club - Saturdays, monthly September to April, 7.30pm - 9.30pm in the Lucy Sanderson Hall, Galashiels. A performance space for anyone who enjoys Classical music and performing short pieces to a friendly audience of fellow musicians. If you play an instrument or sing, or have a violin tucked away in the attic, we want to meet you!  Come along and meet people, form ensembles and start making music. All ages, standards and genres of music welcome. Piano and keyboard provided.  For more information contact Dorothea on 01896 750496, visit our website at www.onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub or Like Gala Clef Club on Facebook. 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)

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Gala Gazelles Netball - Gala Academy, Thursdays during term time, 8.00pm - 9.00pm. Further information from 07813937646. 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. 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. The Inner Wheel - Third Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm in the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place. Anyone interested in joining us your very welcome to come along. 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 tweedavenue@gmail. com for further information, or just turn up! This seasons 2019 dates are: November 4 & 18. The 2020 dates are:- February 3 &17, March 2, 16 & 30. Galashiels Camera Club - Wednesdays, 7.30pm. Interested in photography? Beginner or expert, why not pop along to Gala Camera Club, you will be made very welcome. We meet almost every Wednesday from September to April in the red room at Langlee community Centre. Check our website for details www.galacameraclub.co.uk 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 Gala Chess Club - meeting every Tuesday evening at the Focus Centre, Galashiels between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. All levels welcome. Facebook - gala chess club. ‘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.

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The Gala Garden February Gardens are really unnatural habitats but they can be managed to encourage wildlife of all kinds. We just have to be a bit more relaxed and insects, birds and animals will soon find their way in. Don’t use chemicals; instead put up insect houses, bat boxes and bird houses to give a home to creatures that will clean up insect pests like aphids. Put in a pond if you have room and toads and frogs will come to demolish slugs. Gardens are not natural environments because they contain plants from all over the world. Some lovely imported plants do very well in our gardens but they often escape and run riot in the countryside where they out-compete the natives. A good book to look at about what plants are native to Scotland is called “Scottish Plants for Scottish Gardens”. You could sprinkle some wildflower seeds in your borders and choose native trees and plants. Native and endemic plants foster wildlife because many native insects have specific food plants. Those insects in turn provide food for native small birds most of which are in decline. British birdsong is remarkable and not to be taken for granted. Gardens are not natural because garden plants are usually maintained in an artificial way. Top growth of perennials gets cut back and removed as soon as the plants finish flowering. In the autumn fallen leaves are raked up and burnt as soon as they land. Trees and shrubs are cut back each spring. The lawn is mowed at least forty times each season. All this hard work can result in a fairly arid environment for any wildlife. 20 Gala Life

Maintaining the garden without so much maintenance really helps wildlife. Leaving the border plants all winter before cutting back the top growth gives insects a place to shelter and it lets perennial plants have a chance to build up strength for the next season. If you allow it, dying leaves, and the carbon they store, will be taken back into the soil and, together with the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs that will improve the soil. A bit of unmown grass and some nettles are good sources of food for caterpillars which turn into the butterflies we all miss. There is good advice in a little book called “A Gentle Plea for Chaos” by Mirabel Osler. A slightly messier garden full of insects and birds does not mean a lack of structure or style; there’s always opportunity for good paving and construction to create perspective or separate areas. Well-chosen trees and shrubs, plenty of bulbs and the kind of perennials that don’t need a lot of attention will make a wonderful garden you can enjoy. A substantial area of land in Britain is devoted to gardens and this increases as new homes are built. We could do a lot with that to create a better environment for everybody. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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Snowdrops All Around Us Dawyck Botanic Garden, one of the Scottish Borders’ leading visitor attractions, is taking part in the Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020 which runs from 25th January to 11th March. Visitors will be delighted by the sight of swathes of snowdrops carpeting the banks of Scrape Burn which runs through the centre of the Garden. Around this time of year, snowdrops pop up in gardens, parks and woodlands all over the country, heralding the long-awaited signs of spring and, with these dainty little flowers, comes the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, a six week-long celebration in honour of this plucky little perennial. For a small ticket price, a donation or for free, the participating gardens provide fabulous spectacles of white flower carpets, and collections of unusual, rare and specialist snowdrop species, alongside a variety of events and activities celebrating this popular flower. Amongst participating gardens in the Borders are Dawyck and Cringletie House. Set amidst a picturesque glen in the Borders, Dawyck provides a magnificent backdrop for a stunning display of snowdrops, popping up their heads in their thousands. Every Sunday during the Festival in February at 1.45pm, experienced garden guides take Dawyck’s visitors for a walk to see the swathes of snowdrops carpeting the banks of Scrape Burn. To book your place, call 01721 760254.

At Cringletie House twinkling lights guide visitors along a waterfall path and through a snowdrop carpeted woodland. If this walk works up an appetite, why not try one of Cringletie’s famous snowdrop scones with a choice of afternoon teas. Visitors booking a table for Sunday lunch can also book a pre or post lunch tour with the estate gardener. With over 35 venues taking part across Scotland, including private and public gardens, nurseries and garden related businesses keen to show off their collections. There are also over 70 different walks/talks/activities spread across the venues, so visitors are sure to experience brilliant moments full of winter wonder and beauty. The event is organised by Discover Scottish Gardens, Scotland’s national tourism group for Gardens, and aims to encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s gardens during the snowdrop flowering period and to highlight the diversity of our snowdrop collections. For more info, visit discoverscottishgardens.org VisitScotland is supporting the Festival and you can see their fantastic blog and all the participating garden event listings at visitscotland.com/blog/scotland/snowdrop-festival Enjoy your walk.

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John Lamont MP I hope everyone in the Borders has had a positive start to 2020. Regardless of what lies ahead, there is always a sense of renewal as we enter a new year, and indeed, a new decade. However, for many in Australia, the last few weeks and months have been a living hell. Some of the pictures being shared of the fires are frightening. I always feel as if we have huge expanses of open space here in the Borders. Yet it is very hard to fully grasp the scale of the problem in Australia with reports suggesting that areas of land twice the size of Wales are currently burning. It is another timely reminder that we need to be focussing our efforts on tackling climate change or we will face dire consequences. I am sure the thoughts and prayers of many Gala folk are with our friends in Australia. High Street It is disappointing to see Bonmarche on Channel Street close. I feel for the workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, shops disappearing from our high streets is a problem right across the UK and the Borders is sadly not immune. With so much choice and competitive prices online, it is no surprise that traditional bricks and mortar stores are struggling. However, with the right support from government this does not need to be a terminal decline. The Borders is lucky to have such great locally owned shops and cafés but we all have a duty to support them, as well as governments of all levels. Surgeries It has been great to be back holding my regular advice surgeries across the Borders. Speaking to real people about their problems and what they think would improve their local area is a welcome respite from the usual cut and thrust politics of Westminster and Holyrood. I tend to hold a surgery in the Focus Centre, but keep an eye on my website and Facebook page for updates of when my next surgeries are. In the meantime, you can always email me at john.lamont.mp@parliament.uk or phone me on 01450 375948.

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservative You may think by watching the news and listening to politicians and activists, that the world is in a really bad state. However, I received a book at Christmas called ‘Factfulness’ and it’s main aim is to show through facts that the world isn’t as bad as we may perceive it to be. I must admit I was taken aback by some of the facts put in front of my eyes. For instance, when asked the question “In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has… A: Almost Doubled , B: Remained more or less the same or C: Almost Halved”. I thought it was either A or B but closer to B. The answer was actually C which shows a better outcome than I had imagined. I wasn’t alone in guessing wrong as only 10% of people got it correct. Another interesting read in the book was a view on climate change. This is of course a huge topic driven by groups like Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg. The book does state it is a concern but advises we need to be objective in the way we look at it. On meeting Al Gore for the first time the author was told “We need to create fear!” When talking about teaching people about climate change. The author then goes on to talk about the volume of climate change being turned up and made out to be the only important global issue, and activist groups have made it common practice to blame everything on it. Sometimes based on scientific evidence but often on far-fetched, unproven hypotheses. The climate activists are in danger of causing crying wolf syndrome by blaming everything on climate change. Which creates a worse situation where people switch off

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from their messages. It is best to keep a cool head and not be too alarmist, instead stay calm and help guide people into making the right decisions. The book really has been an eye opener and shown me that we must look at facts first and not what we assume to be the truth. As there are many people that would love to push their views without anyone looking deeper. So in 2020 I plan to look deeper at all issues and not just accept things as fact without seeing the facts for myself. I will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 7th February 10-12 noon at Born in the Borders Café, Galashiels Transport InterchangeEmail - euan.jardine@scotborders.gov.uk Phone - 0330 100 0220 Twitter - @votejardine Facebook - @VoteEuanJardine

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP

and hope…

I thought that April had come early when I read that the Tories were planning a ‘Festival of Brexit’ – a mere £120 million to ‘bring nation together with ‘a bit of joy and hope and happiness’. This was originally proposed by Teresa May and now given the go-ahead by Boris Johnson, with a programme being announced later this year – likely after leaving the EU without a deal – so we will need to filled with a bit of joy

There has been talk of an Olympic opening type ceremony – Danny Boyle is probably already clearing his diary. If it is like the Olympic ceremony farce, much of those millions will likely have been spent on drugs and alcohol - it’s the only way I can think of explaining it: you really just can’t have enough fake clouds on wires it seems - did an adult really come up with that then? This time they may just hijack some ideas from a local primary school play and spend money on something else more productive. One of the events could be ‘The Cliff-edge’, where thousands of Brexiteers (under zero-hours contracts) will leap off a giant replica of the White Cliffs while shouting ‘we are taking back control’. Hordes of enraged citizens will then rampage across the stadium hunting for a foodbank. There will also be a sponsored lie-in courtesy of Rees-Mogg to celebrate Britain’s return to the 19th century. To further demonstrate current respect shown for the member states of the Union, sheep will chased by roving bands of half-naked Scotsmen, Welshmen and Irishmen on leashes (non-speaking parts only!). The finale, representing Modern Britain, will showcase a man on a zipwire dressed in Union Flag, wearing a blond wig and glugging from a bottle of champagne (now even more expensive) while shouting ‘We're all in this together .... Hoorah!’ while spouting racist epithets … oh wait that’s been done… There will be a pop-up Brexit Party-themed pub (probably run by a well-known pub chain), ‘The FakeNews & Expenses’ (British beer only, smoking will be compulsory) where there will be a choice of traditional dishes, such as Steroid-enhanced Roast Beef and Chlorine Chicken Madras. There will be no Shepherd’s Pie because Hill farmers will have already had to give up farming. Meanwhile, in the unreal world of Westminster, our local MP in ‘Getting Brexit Done’ has voted against establishing a right to appeal settled status decisions, against protecting EU citizens’ rights and against ensuring that EU citizens did not miss out on registering as a citizen of the UK because of the level of fee currently charged – unfortunately, that part really isn’t a joke (information available at www.theyworkforyou.com/divisions). E-mail: Andy.Anderson@scotborders.gov.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/GalaDistrict Twitter: @AndyA4Gala 26 Gala Life

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Tom Miers Councillor - Leaderdale & Melrose, Conservative The Brexit Blame Game I suppose that Brexit is now inevitable, though these days you can never be entirely sure writing a few weeks before an event that is supposedly set in stone. When the history books look back on the UK’s departure from the EU, who will they hold responsible? People often ‘blame’ David Cameron for calling the referendum. But Cameron was really an agent of change, not its progenitor. It’s a bit like blaming him for the Scottish independence referendum. So who did cause our departure from the EU? Such a change has a thousand parents of course, but here are three who are not usually talked about. 1. Tony Blair. He gave away half of Britain’s rebate, tried to join the euro, and allowed unrestricted free movement from the Eastern European accession countries. In trying to buy influence in Brussels and gaining nothing in return he radically undermined the EU’s popularity in this country. 2. Angela Merkel. She refused to allow David Cameron a brake on free movement, even though Germany and France had had a similar exemption themselves. Then she illegally invited in a million new migrants from the Middle East, demonstrating that EU rules are not law-based but apply only to the politically weak. Similar effect on public opinion to Blair. 3. Jeremy Corbyn. Surely a competent opposition leader would have exploited the hapless May premiership to halt Brexit or at least impose a new referendum. An honourable mention goes to the Labour apparatchik who drew up the party constitution so that an incumbent leader (aka JC) didn’t need to be nominated by MPs in subsequent leadership votes, leaving the party at the mercy of the far-left entryists who had all joined for £3 to support JC. PS: Now they’ve started talking about the future, I simply can’t understand the debate about whether or not the UK should ‘align’ with EU regulations on goods and services. Surely if a company wants to sell to the EU it must abide by EU rules. But if it wants to sell here it can choose to follow UK ones. To make things even easier, the UK could simply recognise EU rules so that a company could choose just to follow the EU rule book if it wanted. If the two regulatory regimes diverged, and the UK one became manifestly more sensible (I can see this happening quickly in chemicals, for example, or on data), business could opt to make their products to two standards, just like they do routinely when trading elsewhere. Up to them. Tom.miers@scotborders.gov.uk 0300 100 0220

What Matters’ Drop in Community Hub Every Thursday between 1-4pm at Hope Central, 1 Overhaugh Street Galashiels. Do you need to talk to a social worker? Do you need to speak to an occupational therapist? Do you need to speak someone who can provide you with information about what is happening in your local area and volunteering opportunities? 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 28 Gala Life

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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! So why not check out the what Matters Hub every Thursday at Hope Central, just behind Dalgetty the bakers from 1pm to 4pm.

Music at Rolling Hills Folk Club in Darnick in 2020 The Rolling Hills Folk Club is changing format to a ‘Singers and Musicians Evening’ once a month from February 7th with a break for July and August as usual. We have made the decision to reduce frequency and not book guests for the time being as attendance is very variable and unpredictable. If numbers increase on a regular basis we’ll revise the guest aspect as we know these are popular but have to be paid for, and artists deserve an audience. The club welcomes all ages and provides an eclectic mix of music, song and recitation, often representing all corners of the world in one night. You never know who will be there to entertain you so just BYOB and enjoy yourselves. We welcome anyone who wants to perform and offer a great platform for new talent. More information is available from Ron Anderson on 07896 644661.

Gala Opera With the Christmas break well and truly over, rehearsals are once again in full swing. February is a very busy month for us. Not only are Jeff and Marie putting the final polish to all the scenes, musical numbers and choreography, and working with the principals to perfect their roles, but the whole company is getting ready to move to the Volunteer Hall. This means transferring all the action from the floor to the stage and the arrival of costumes, as well as the addition of lights, sound and orchestra. All very exciting and reminding us that show week is not far away! Added to all this, tickets sales begin on Tuesday 11th February, initially for patrons and booking through members, then to the general public for the first time at our annual coffee morning which will be held in the Volunteer Hall on Saturday 15th February. Coffee morning is from 10am to 12noon and as well as coffee, there will be our grand raffle, cake and candy, various other stalls and the chance to hear the company giving a taster of the ‘Anything Goes’ music. The box office then opens for general sales in the Volunteer Hall from 24th February - check out our poster which you will find on page 2 in this edition for details of dates/times/prices etc. So - it’s all go for ‘Anything Goes’! All we need now is you to get your tickets and come along to support us! This is a fun, lively show with an exciting young cast who are guaranteed to give you a great night of entertainment. Don’t miss it!

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Scotland tackles a shortage of ministers and the state of the buildings. The Link will be severed with Trinity, which will become part of a Galashiels church. Our minister, the Rev Elspeth Harley, is due to retire in April, but services will continue to be held in Caddonfoot as at present and also at Stow and Heriot under the Rev Victoria Linford. Before we entered 2020, the Borders Children’s Charity benefited by donations of cash and gifts from the congregation at the family service, while the appeal at the Watchnight Service, where we were joined by members of our Link Church, Trinity in Galashiels, raised £275 for Shelter. Thanks to all who gave so generously at both services. The end of the year was celebrated with the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by the congregation under Mrs Catriona Bird, and various members took part in the Readings and also Prayers. Bible Study resumed after the festive break and new members are encouraged to attend on Wednesday evenings. The changes in the church calendar led to the Rev Neil Combe, formerly minister of Hawick Trinity and Locum at the Old Parish and St Paul’s and St John’s in Galashiels, preaching on Epiphany Sunday before leading a joint service in St John’s. Members took part in the Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in St John’s Church. Just a reminder, too, to keep your disused stamps for Atholl Innes, who hands them over to raise funds for the Eden Valley Hospice at Brampton. Thanks to everyone from the church, Trinity in Galashiels, and others who have donated stamps so far – keep them coming. Church services are held each Sunday at 9.45 a.m. and conducted by the Rev Harley.

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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 February: United service - 2nd Feb at 11.15am in Trinity, with Communion. 9.45am St John’s on all Sundays 11.30am Old & St Paul’s on all Sundays except 2nd 6.30pm Old & St Paul’s on all Sundays Prayer Meetings in February: Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th at 7.30pm in St John’s Tuesday 25th at 7.30pm in Old & St Paul’s Sunday 2nd at 5pm in Old & St Paul’s Other groups and activities St John’s Bible Studies - House groups on Wednesday evenings and Thursday afternoon. Continued on page 36 34 Gala Life


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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

Old & St Paul’s Bible Studies - House group on Tuesday mornings. Boys Brigade – Friday evenings Anchor Boys 6pm – 7pm Juniors 7pm – 8.30pm Company Section 7.15pm – 10pm Guild – Wednesday 5th and 19th at 2.15pm Lunch Club - Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for information on cost etc. Music Makers - Alternate Thursdays 7.30pm. Badminton - Wednesdays 10am. 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

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels We are a friendly welcoming people and you are warmly invited to join us for any of our services. Church Diary February 2020 Sun 2nd

9.45am Family breakfast

10.30am Family Service, Rev Simon Cake

Thurs 6th

10.00am Communion

8.15pm GFoC prayer walk from Market Square

Sun 9th

10.30am Communion service

6.00pm Healing service

Thurs 13th

10.00am Communion

Sat 15th

12.30-2.00 Soup ‘n’ Pud lunch

Sun 16th

9.30am Sunday Squad

10.30am Communion service

Tues 18th

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CHICKEN AND CHORIZO PAELLA How to make 2 chicken breasts feed a family of 4! I’ve never really liked the look of chorizo and so was very surprised at how tasty it is. Prep time 10 mins Cook about 40 mins Very easy to do – even for me !

Ingredients • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 chicken breasts fillets, cut into chunks • 2 small onions, finely sliced • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed • 140g cooking chorizo, chopped • 1 tsp turmeric • pinch of saffron (otional)

• 1 tsp paprika, (try smoked paprika!) • 300g paella rice (long grain or Basmati works just as well, but not risotto rice) • 850ml hot chicken or vegetable stock • 200g frozen peas • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve • ½ small pack parsley, finely chopped, to serve

Method 1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a deep frying pan over a medium/high heat. 2. Add 2 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks, and brown all over – don’t cook completely. Once lightly browned, transfer to a plate. 3. Reduce the heat to low, add 2 finely sliced small onions and cook slowly until softened, about 10 mins. 4. Add 1 crushed fat garlic clove, stir for 1 min, then toss in 140g sliced cooking chorizo and fry until it releases its oils. 5. Stir in 1 tsp turmeric, a pinch of saffron and 1 tsp paprika, then tip in 300g paella rice. Stir to coat the rice in the oils and spices for about 2 mins, then pour in 850ml hot chicken or vegetable stock. 6. Bring to the boil, return the chicken to the pan and simmer for about 20 mins, stirring occasionally. 7. Add 200g frozen peas to the pan and simmer for a further 5 mins until the rice is cooked and the chicken is tender. 8. Season well and serve with the 1 lemon, cut into wedges, and ½ small pack finely chopped parsley. Gala Life 37


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

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These clinics are primarily directed towards overweight cats and dogs, but we tailor each plan to the pet rather than following a set Currently, in the UK, over half of all dogs are overweight or obese, and almost 40% of cats, format, so we can see those animals that are and this despite us being a nation of pet lovers! potentially slightly underweight and even rabbits The health problems caused by pet obesity and other small furries! range from an inability to express normal The nurse clinics currently run as: behaviours such as running, jumping, grooming Wednesday afternoon in Innerleithen; and playing, to medical conditions such as Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in Selkirk; early-onset arthritis, diabetes, breathing difficulties and an increased risk of cancer. Every afternoon in Galashiels. We at Border Vets have been busy planning our So please call us at any of these practices to new nurse clinics for this year and would like to book your furry friends in for a check up and to introduce our new weight clinic system – kickstart them on a health journey of their own. Slimpals! The Slimpals scheme allows us to track your pets progress weight-wise both through numbers on the scale as well as physically. We will be focussing on monthly or bi-monthly weight check-ups with any of our 4 registered nurses at any of our practices. You will be

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Sun 23rd

10.30am Communion service

Thurs 27th

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Sun 1st March

9.45am Family breakfast

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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. First Saturday of each month, 12 - 2pm, Community Café in the church hall, serving delicious home made soup and pudding. No charge, voluntary donations only; all welcome. 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.

Hope Church Hope Church will now meet at two different venues on a Sunday; 10.30am at Tweedbank Community Centre 4.00pm at Hope Central, Galashiels Please note the first Sunday of each month there will not be a church gathering at either venue as we will be meeting in our smaller community groups throughout the Borders. 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 40 Gala Life

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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. Tuesday: Drop In 12-2.30pm including lunch time service from 1pm - 1.30pm Everyone Welcome! Wednesday: Thrive: Parent and toddler group from 10.30am - 12.15pm Thursday, Friday: Drop In 12-4pm 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 Having voted last September for the 3 churches of Scotland in Galashiels to unite in the future, 3 joint services were held in January – at St. John’s on the 5th, Trinity on the 12th and Old and St. Paul’s on the 19th. These joint services will continue on the first Sunday of every month and in the meantime discussions and meetings are taking place regarding future buildings etc. Both the choir and the guild have resumed after the Christmas break and the guild enjoyed a Scots lunch in January with entertainment by Stuart Anderson. “Heart for Art” also resumed in January and this is held every Wednesday afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30pm. Dates for February: Sunday 2nd

Sacrament of Holy Communion at 11.15am This is a joint service with St. John’s and Old and St. Paul’s Churches

Tuesday 4th

Guild meeting at 2.15pm in Church Hall with speaker Amanda Baitup of RBS

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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.

Bethel Rock Gateway Church Focus Centre, Livingstone Place, Gala. TD1 1DQ. "John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel". Luke 1 : 80 NLT John the Baptist had the most important job assignment. He was to prepare the way for Jesus, the Son of God. How did God prepare John for this? Did He send him to University? Did He bury him in books? No, God tutored him directly through the Holy Spirit. The result - six months later Israel was in full revival anticipating the coming of Jesus. When Jesus came, the Jews wondered how He knew so much without formal training. This knowledge came from God via the Holy Spirit and is available to every believer today. It's part of the new covenant (Hebrews 8:11); the Holy Spirit is our teacher, but we have to show up at class and expect to receive (John 14:26). Come to church to realise your full potential. Every Sunday. 11am. Focus Centre. Douglas & Kathy Renton, Pastors. Mobile: 07815 682 027 https://m.douglasrenton.org

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.

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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: 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.

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 next Filling Station will be on Monday February 3rd at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange Melrose with the speaker being Josh Gilbert from Edinburgh. The Filling Station returns in February after our Christmas and New Year break with our Speaker being Josh Gilbert who is now a regular at the Filling Station. Josh returns by popular request and now works as a test technician. Josh always has something relevant to share and we look forward to his ministry among us. The meeting will also include our regular worship time along with time for prayer and fellowship so please come and join us for an exciting night.

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At the last meeting in December we heard some exciting stories of what is happening in some of our smaller communities in the borders so please continue to pray for how we can encourage more of our smaller churches and join us when we return in 2020. So please do join us for an exciting night of ministry and fellowship.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class for patients, who had been through the heart rehabilitation programme, meets each Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Chaplaincy Centre at the Borders General Hospital. These are classes of light exercise and relaxation with general chat a real therapy and tonic for the members from Galashiels, Lauder and Hawick etc – and nothing at all strenuous. Cost is a mere £1. Our annual meeting was held in December when Mrs Christine Scott took over as chairman from Alasdair McVitie, who stood down after several years in office. Atholl Innes continues as secretary and Brian Forsyth as treasurer, who each reported another successful year. We also agreed to give a donation of £300 to the Chaplaincy Centre. We would welcome new members to our meetings, which are enjoyable occasions and good for your health.

A7 Pioneer Evangelist Tim Hatton and his Wife Kate Tim was brought up below stairs, son of the gardener to the American Embassy in London, who was nearly the gardener to the Duke of Buccleuch. Tim studied engineering at Loughborough, where he met his wife Kate, and became a regular winter and summer visitor to the Scottish hills. His first career in engineering took him around the world, ending with Weir Pumps, whose head office is in Glasgow. When Tim came to faith in the noughties, after 22 years in industry, he took voluntary redundancy and looked for a new challenge. This came in the form of a pioneering post with the Diocese of Manchester. He was the Historic Church Buildings Officer, the first such post outside London. With an MSc in project management, he was able to guide numerous churches to understand their mission and develop appropriate facilities in their church buildings. Meanwhile Tim and Kate joined Church Army. Kate became a commissioned evangelist and they moved to Telford in Shropshire, where Tim worked amongst the homeless. Together they led youth groups and worked with toddlers and young families, most recently in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Tim and Kate have three grown-up sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. They hope to see more of family now they are back in the UK. Tim says “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Church Army Pioneer Evangelist for the A7 Centre of Mission, which I see as a sort of church funded community support worker. I look forward to getting to know the people of Hawick, Selkirk and Gala. I’m a keen walker and runner, and can’t wait to follow in St Cuthbert’s footsteps from Melrose to Lindisfarne.” 48 Gala Life


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The History of Valentine's Day commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial - which probably occurred around 270 A.D - others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually leansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their One legend is that Valentine was a priest who interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single menmade February, February 15, was a fertility festival better soldiers than those with wives and families, dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius Remus. To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an and continued to perform marriages for young order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to founders of Rome, were believed to have been death. cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would Other stories suggest that Valentine may have then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for been killed for attempting to help Christians purification. escape harsh Roman prisons where they were The history of Valentine's Day - and its patron saint - is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was this Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

Boys then sliced the goat's hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goat hide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is urn. The city's bachelors would then each choose murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle ended in marriage. Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine's in England and France. Day around 498 A.D. The Roman "lottery" system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and While some believe that Valentine's Day is outlawed. Later, During the Middle Ages, it was celebrated in the middle of February to often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, Valentine did actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today.

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commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February - Valentine's Day - should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. In Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in our printing technology. Ready made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions

in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings. An estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Strangely enough figures suggest approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. Not good enough guys and you need to make up for it! So why not book a table at a local restaurant, order some flowers and pick a nice card. She will be delighted to see you are a true romantic at heart. Debbie xx

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FITNESS with Alan Clinch

Four Ways to Develop a Healthy Mindset So, Christmas is well and truly over, and January’s blast at trying to eat better, exercise more and generally improve our health may be proving harder to maintain than planned….the ability to develop a positive and healthy mindset is a helpful skill, so here are a couple of ideas: If we’re focussing on activity, people will tend to look for things like ‘I need more daily steps’, or ‘what do I need to eat to maintain this level of fitness’. When making statements like this, we often have a clear sense of what we want to do, but not always how to specifically work in order to achieve it. There are many examples in sport or everyday experience which are very public, and might help to provide some insight to the concept of mental toughness, but for most of us mental toughness is neither visible nor recognised by others. It occurs in the daily activities we experience that accumulate to our desired outcome – the problem is that we can’t always work out what we actually did to achieve that result. Here are some examples from Sports Psychology which might give some pointers: Know how to cope with stress. Performers at every level report stress as a persistent issue – it’s widely recognised that some of the greatest performances are associated with high levels of stress. It makes sense that if stress is unavoidable, and doesn’t always cause poor performance, it’s a waste of effort trying to eliminate it. Better to spend some time learning coping strategies for stress so you can focus on what you’ve got to do. Sports performers often develop pre performance routines, as well as specific habits during an activity – this might be an appropriate starting point. Here’s an interesting reference from the ‘Kids Health’ website - https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/nerves.html Figure out how to believe in your abilities. People often focus on the negative aspects of activities - time spent thinking or remembering 52 Gala Life

moments of failure are unlikely to have a positive effect! Chances are, confidence would take a dive…that said, if self-belief can be weakened with poor thinking and negative images, it can be strengthened with positive thinking and imagery. Specifically approaching this and trying to concentrate on the positive rather than the negative will help in mental rehearsal – ask yourself ‘why did that go well’? Here are a few ideas: www.liveyourtruestory.com/11-easy-ways-tobuild-self-confidence/ Commit to improving, even when you don’t want to. People are naturally more committed when things are going well – relationships with people and activities in our lives tend to be at their strongest when things go according to plan. Commitment - practicing with intense effort, focus and positivity – is inclined to drop when performance drops, or we become ill or tired. Try and commit to doing the correct things all the time, even if momentarily you have other priorities. www.lifehack.org/788823/continuousimprovement Embrace difficult things. High level sports performers tend to embrace challenges. They actively seek out challenging, activities such as difficult fitness routines, complicated exercises, or intimidating opponents in order to help develop their own growth and learning. The acceptance that challenges force us to stretch ourselves, put in more effort, and show determination, ultimately leads to improved performance in whatever we are doing. As ever: if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong…. alan@pitlochrylife.co.uk


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Gala Rugby Club Solid Gala continue to sit middle of the league table at the present time, and have continued to put in solid performances of late. Since our last article, Gala were due to play Highland at home, but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances with the opposing team the game had to be postponed and will now be played on 22nd February. Instead of having a free week, both our 1st and 2nd XV combined as one squad and were divided in to 2 teams for a game. This is not only beneficial for training purposes, but also good for team building and morale. This was supported by an Ex-Players lunch in the Centenary Lounge. Next up just before Christmas was a trip away to league leaders Biggar. Despite an excellent performance, Gala fell just short of a win, but were happy to leave with a 22-22 draw. Ruairi Howarth touched down for a try, and Fergus Johnston scored 2 tries, while Ross Cooke converted 2 tries and kicked a penalty. On Boxing Day, Gala travelled down the road to Melrose to compete in the annual Waverley Cup game. The weather stayed dry and there was a big support for both sides. Gala came away winners and brought the Cup home to Netherdale. Euan Dods and Ben Gill both touched down for tries, and Ruairi Howarth scored 2 tries. Dean Keddie kicked 2 conversions and Simon Fairburn kicked another making the final score Melrose 14 – Gala 26. The first game of 2020 was away to Kelso which didn’t give us the good start to the year that we had hoped for. Andrew Mitchell scored the only Gala try, which was unconverted. Dean Keddie added 2 penalties to Gala’s scoring making the final score Kelso 19 – Gala 11. Gala then face Heriots 2 consecutive weeks in a row, once in the League and once in the Scottish Cup. Look out next month to see how we get on. February is a busier time for Gala than was expected as we now have 2 re-scheduled home fixtures against Stirling on the 1st, and Highland on the 22nd. In March, our Ladies Committee are holding a lunch before a friendly game against Selkirk. More details can be found by contacting any of the Ladies Committee or by contacting the Club Office. There will be a list on the noticeboard to add your name if you would like to attend. Plans continue to go on behind the scenes for our new Sevens tournament Maroon’d @ Gala which takes place on Saturday 18th April. More details will be available soon. Watch this space for more information. Come on the Maroons!

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YOUR HOROSCOPE For February 2020 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin February moves the innovative sign of Aquarius to the forefront and the focus is on community and working with others to benefit society. February is also the month for Love, and the love planet won’t disappoint as she moves from gentle Pisces to fiery Aries on the 8th. Get ready for Valentine’s Day, passion is in the air - dare to be daring in all things romantic! Mercury arrives in watery Pisces on the 3rd, this is a deeply intuitive placement and perception and sensitivity should be at an all-time high. Warrior planet Mars enters practical Capricorn on the 16th, giving the already powerful mix of Saturn/Pluto an energetic and confrontational boost. The full moon is in Leo on the 9th and the sensitive Piscean new moon falls on the 23rd. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 February starts off with a rather introspective mood for fiery Aries, as the dreamy sign of Pisces is strong in your chart. The pace picks up after the 8th as Venus arrives in your own sign. The full moon on the 9th pushes your creativity to the limits as some important behind the scenes work can now be achieved. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 February gets off to a wild start as the moon in your sign connects with irrational Uranus, sparks may fly and as Jupiter makes positive aspects you should feel a lot more buoyant than usual. The Leo full moon on the 9th brings some domestic issues to your attention, a creative solution will need to be found. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 The Leo full moon on February the 9th brings creative new ideas to the forefront as you put your points of view across where they are most needed. The radiant Aquarian Sun highlights your wandering spirit as you plan for new adventures; faraway places beckon and a new form of education or training becomes apparent. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Venus arrives at the highest point of your chart on February 8th, - just in time for Valentine’s Day. A new relationship can help you to capitalise on your talents and give you the incentive to push yourself forward. Trust in yourself and be courageous! The gentle Pisces new moon on the 23rd highlights your gift of intuition. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 The full moon in your sign on the 9th of February looks very favourable for turning ideas into reality. The arrival of Mars into Capricorn on the 16th brings you fresh insight and offers an interesting and exciting new work opportunity. Even where delays occur you can find some excellent alternative solutions. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 This a great month to enjoy the company of a colleague, partner or close friend. Your ability to focus and make vital decisions is enhanced. The arrival of dynamic Mars into practical Capricorn encourages challenge and change, assuring that it’s the right time to bring your latest plans to a head.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 February is all about love for Venus ruled Librans and this could turn out to be a high spirited and romantic time when most things in your life go as expected, although there may be some nice surprises! The intuitive and spiritual new moon in Pisces on the 23rd brings a quiet period of reflection. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 February is all about you looking after yourself; Mercury and Neptune shine in the gentle and tender sign of Pisces, illuminating the need for you to take some time out to recharge your batteries. Mars changes sign on the 16th, offering the opportunity for self-development and considering of long term plans. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Communications with family and loved ones are looking positive, making this a good time for domestic planning and making new changes to you home. Creativity, love and abundance are also on the agenda, particularly after the 8th as Venus changes sign. Your vitality should be at all-time high, but take time out for rest and relaxation. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Your home and family are important this month, expect some challenges as Venus arrives in Aries on the 8th. Money issues may now improve, in some cases, with little effort on your part. Financial security may be something you make a success of. The new moon on the 23rd offers intuitive communication. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 February illuminates the financial sector of your chart, trusting your instincts could leave you rather comfortably off, particularly as the new moon on the 23rd uncovers a previously untapped area. Now you can determine what kinds of changes need to be made to make life more exciting and successful. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 A higher profile may lead to you being in the right place at the right time regarding a career matter. Most work developments are favourably highlighted just now. By mid-month you’ll find that any recent delays you’ve experienced will start to disappear. Venus challenges you to think differently about how you value yourself. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS during 2020 - take a look at your year ahead and plan with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into your highest potential and be alerted when positive and productive planetary cycles are working in your favour. Consultations are available on Skype or telephone, please contact me for more information. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Email: christine_chalklin@hotmail.com New website: www.yourguidinglight.org Mobile: 07813 483549 Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/restyleyourlife Gala Life 59


Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Christmas, then the January sales are the most popular times to either buy or receive as a gift a new iPhone, iPad or MacBook. That might leave you with an older one to dispose of and whether you are giving it to family or friend, or selling it on, you need to remove all of your personal data, passwords, Apple ID, everything, and return it to a factory fresh state before you do so. Ok, that will take care of the software, you can’t do anything about all those little dents and scratches, but the new owner will be so grateful they will hardly notice them.

Now go to General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, and tap Erase. If you had the Find My feature turned on, you will now have to disable it with your Apple ID and passcode. That’s it. You’re done. Because everything on an iOS device is encrypted, only the encryption key needs to be erased in order to render the device safe, and that takes seconds. Your iPhone or iPad is now ready to pass on/sell.

The MacBook is almost as easy to erase and prepare for sale, but with a different procedure. You must sign out of iCloud, and then you have With iOS, this is really easy. You just sign out of to erase the disk, just like on iOS. But then you iCloud, and erase the device. This will wipe all will also have to reinstall macOS. In theory, you your personal data, leaving the operating system could just leave the Mac with its startup disk in intact for the next user. However, do not manually an unusable state, but that’s not very friendly. delete your calendar, contacts, and other data, So, first open up the Messages app, open it’s because this will delete it from your iCloud preferences screen (press Command) and sign account, and from your other devices too. out of your iMessage account. Then, go to the Everything you want to keep, and hasn’t already Mac’s System Preferences app (Apple menu  been transferred to the new device, needs > System Preferences), click on iCloud, and click either saved to iCloud, backed up on iTunes, or Sign Out. copied onto some other storage device. Then, erase the Mac’s hard drive, and reinstall For iCloud, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and macOS. Just hold down the Command and R ensure that the feature is enabled. To see when keys while you restart your Mac. Then, when the last backup was run, look under the Back Up the Utilities screen shows up, choose Disk Utility Now option where the date and time should be from the list and choose your Mac’s hard drive displayed. If you haven't done a backup before, in the list, and click Erase. you can tap the Back Up Now button and follow Then, once that’s done, you should reinstall the instructions. macOS. This is easy too. Once you’ve finished To use iTunes to back up your iPhone or iPad, erasing the disk, in the previous step, you should you'll need to plug your device into your PC quit the Disk Utility app and you’ll find yourself or Mac using the charging cable. Click on the back at the first screen. This time around, click iPhone or iPad icon in the top-left corner of on Reinstall macOS and follow along. iTunes, under the Play button, it should back itself up automatically when connected. If not, When the installation is done, you’ll see the select Backup Now. If you tick the box to encrypt Mac’s introduction screen. Hit Command + Q to the backup it will store all your usernames and shut the Mac down, leaving it ready to be set up and personalised by the new owner. passwords as well.

And that’s it. You can now safely sell on or gift to To erase an iPhone or iPad, first, unpair your somebody else. Apple Watch if you have one. Then, in the Settings app, sign out of iCloud. This is done by tapping your name, at the top of the Settings app, and then tapping Sign Out at the bottom of the page. Enter your password to confirm. Willie

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

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