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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.

May 2019


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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the May edition of Gala Life. The recent weather has been amazing and my garden is just full of blossom and flowering bulbs. Spring is here and what a great time to be able to get out and about. In this issue we have lots to see and do. The regular contributors are out in force: Sheila Drummond looks at what plants are best suited for Gala gardens, Willie looks at computer Easter Eggs, Alan Clinch looks at the benefit of 20 minutes a week weightlifting…even I should be able to manage that. Our recipe looks at a resurgence in Rabbit on the menu. On the editorial front I took a look at painting your garden furniture and if you are going abroad this summer Willie has taken a look at some precautions in the event of “B”. Sorry we have steadfastly refused to mention that word  We have a great chance to win a 4 ball of golf. So if you feel like you’re the next Woods or Molinari then enter – it could be you. With fine weather we see the Shakespeare Company taking on Love’s Labour’s Lost at Traquair, the new cricket season and the end of rugby for another season. Enjoy the summer weather when it comes and get out if you can. Until next time…

Features WIN Colour it Up! Emergency Calls Going on Summer Holiday?

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Regulars Recipe Garden Fitness Computer Horoscopes

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Community Diary 4 Get Out 6 Politics 36 Churches 44 Useful Numbers Index

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Community Events & What's On in Galashiels See the Get Out section for details 26-28th April

various

Galashiels Weekend Walking Festival

28th April

2.30pm

Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall

1st May

7.15pm

Christianity Explored - Borders College Campus

3rd May

7.30pm

Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall

4th May

10.00am

Spring Fair and Coffee Morning - Trinity Church Hall

4th May

10.00am

Gala Waterways Group

4th May

12.30pm

Christian Aid Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter’s

7th May

7.30pm

The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose

10th May

10.00am

Councillor Euan Jardine Surgery - Born In The Borders Cafe

11th May

9.15am

Junior Taster Morning - Longridge Towers School

11th May

10.00am

Open Morning - Longridge Towers School

11th May

10.00am

Summer Zumbathon - Langlee Community Centre

11th May

10.00am

Galashiels Studio Club Exhibition

11th May

7.00pm

Quingo 49 Quiz Night - Lindean Village Hall

12 May

7.30pm

Eildon Singers Spring Concert - St Peters Church

13th May

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe

17th May

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco

17th May

7.30pm

Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall

18th May

10.00am

Joint Guild’s Coffee Morning - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall

18th May

12noon

Tempest’s Springfest - Tempest Brewing Co, Tweedbank

25th May 25th May

10.00am

Alec Lucas Memorial Trust Coffee Morning

10.00am

Book Fair - Corn Exchange, Melrose

25th May 26th May

7.30pm

Roxburgh Singers May Concert - Melrose Parish Church

2.30pm

Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall

26th May

4.00pm

Gala Water Singers Spring Concert - Stow Church

29th May - 1st June

7.30pm

Shakespeare at Traquair

1st June

10.00am

Alec Lucas Memorial Trust Football Tournament

5th - 8th June

7.30pm

Shakespeare at Traquair

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.

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

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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Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April - Galashiels Weekend Walking Festival. See page 13 for details and book your place on one or more of these great walks. Sunday 28th April - Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels - 2.30pm. Andy Jepson will talk on 'Stobs - The First World War Training and POW Camp'. Refreshments (donation) and sales table. Wednesday 1st May - Christianity Explored - Borders College Campus, Netherdale - 7.15pm. This widely-known and popular course is to be run in Galashiels by the three Church of Scotland congregations in the town - Old & St Pauls, St John's and Trinity. It is an informal and friendly 8-week course for anyone (Christian or non-Christian) wanting to explore the Christian faith. No Bible knowledge is needed. Ask questions or just listen. Come on your own or bring a friend. You will be very welcome! Friday 3rd May - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Corralach are Tony Perridge and George Livingstone. Tony sings and plays mandolin, ukulele, six and twelve string guitar. George plays six-string guitar, bouzouki, banjo and bohdran and sings lead and harmony vocals. Tickets £7/£6, Young Scot Card free. BYOB. All ages welcome. 07986 644661 for more information. Saturday 4th May - Spring Fair and Coffee Morning - Trinity Church Hall - 10.00am to 1.00pm. Galashiels Academy pupil Emma Brus is holding a Spring Fair and coffee morning to raise funds for her visit to Tanzania with the Vine Trust. There will be face painting by Clarabell Creations, homebaking and sweets, glitter tattoos, craft stalls, toy and book stalls, children's jewellery, a plant stall and much more! Admission is £2 per adult (£1 concessions) and includes a tea/coffee and biscuits, and children (under 18) are free, with free juice and biscuits on offer!

Saturday 4th May - Gala Waterways Group - 10.00am to 12 noon. Clearing vegetation and litter from riverbank downstream of Skinworks Cauld. .Meet in car park behind B &Q. Everyone welcome. Saturday 4th May - Christian Aid Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels 12.30pm. Come enjoy a great lunch and a wee blether. Bring a friend, all welcome. Tuesday 7th May - The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 54. Friday 10th May - Councillor Euan Jardine Surgery - Born In The Borders Cafe, Gala Interchange 10.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Saturday 11th May - Junior Taster Morning - Longridge Towers School, Berwick-upon-Tweed 9.15am. See page 35 for details. Saturday 11th May - Open Morning - Longridge Towers School, Berwick-upon-Tweed - 10.00am. See page 35 for details. Saturday 11th May - Summer Zumbathon - Langlee Community Centre - 10.00am - 12noon. In aid of Glendinning Terrace Primary School in association with Norrie Smith Fitness. Tickets £10 adults, £5 Students, £5 Children available from all NSF classes and Glendinning Terrace PS, or pay at the door. Wear something bright....prize for the most colourful outfit! Raffle and free fruit! Everyone welcome....come along and join the fun! Saturday 11th May to Saturday 8th June - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House - 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Club’s annual exhibition of members’ work, on display for the following 4 weeks. Art work is varied, in different media- watercolour, acrylic, pastel, oil, etc. Saturday- Friday 10.00am 4.00pm. (Closed Sunday and Monday) Entry free. Continued on page 8 6 Gala Life


Entertainment for April 4th May

Altitude Duo

11th May

Jet

18th May

David John

25th May

Red Hot Rhythm

1st June

Focus

Music 9.30pm - 12.30am

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Saturday May 11th - Quingo 49 Quiz Night - Lindean Village Hall - 7.00pm. Funds for Scottish Voluntary Air Ambulance Helicopter Service. Five pounds per person, refreshments included. Further information from Alan 07714715187. Sunday 12th of May - Eildon Singers Spring Concert - St Peters Church - 7.30pm. Tickets £8 includes refreshments. Monday 13th May - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 17th May - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 17th May - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Singers and Musicians welcome. BYOB. All ages welcome. Collection and raffle. Phone 07986 644661 for info. Saturday 18th May - Joint Guild’s Coffee Morning - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall - 10.00am to 12 noon. With cake and candy stall in aid of Christian Aid. Saturday 18th May - Tempest’s Springfest - Tempest Brewing Co, Tweedbank Industrial Estate 12noon to 10.00pm Good food, fresh beer, great vibes. Tickets £28. See page 7 for further details on Tempest Brewery and Springfest. Saturday 25th May - Alec Lucas Memorial Trust Coffee Morning - Burgh Hall, High Street, Peebles - 10.00am to 12noon. Tombola, Raffle, Cake and Candy. Entry only £1.50. Saturday 25th May - Book Fair - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 10.00am to 4.00pm. See page 7 for details. Saturday 25th May - Roxburgh Singers May Concert - Melrose Parish Church - 7.30pm. Beethoven and Brahms. See page 35 for details. Tickets available at the door £10. Sunday 26th May - Borders Family History Society - St Peters Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels - 2.30pm. Annual General Meeting will be held first followed by a talk. Speaker Hannah Bell. Subject - 'The Hawick Hub - its collection and relevance'. Refreshments (donation) and sales table. Sunday 26 May - Gala Water Singers Spring Concert - Stow Church - 4.00pm. Stow Pipe Band will open the event. There will be a miscellany of songs and scenes from the Gala Water and beyond – a unique tribute to the rich musical heritage of the Gala Water Valley, expressed in song and punctuated by reference to our local archives, the concert will be enhanced by a backdrop of photos old and new. Concert & Buffet - £8 adult; children free. Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 1st June - Shakespeare at Traquair - Traquair House - 7.30pm. See page 18 for details and tickets. Saturday 1st June - Alec Lucas Memorial Trust Football Tournament - Whitestone Park, Peebles - 10.00am to 4.00pm. 16 teams, 7 aside competing for The Alec Lucas Trophy. Come along and support this great day Whilst enjoying a pint of beer from the beer tent and catering by Gary Moore (beef burgers, hotdogs!). There will be 'spot kick', and ice cream by Caldwells. All welcome, free entry. Wednesday 5th June to Saturday 8th June - Shakespeare at Traquair - Traquair House - 7.30pm. See page 18 for details and tickets. Continued on page 12

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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 Acappella Chorus - invites you to join us most Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm, plus one Saturday pm per month at Newtown St Boswells Community Hall TD6 0QX. Try free for 4 weeks. For more info 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. Continued on page 16 12 Gala Life


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Slow Cooked Rabbit Stew There was a time when everyone ate rabbit, until the mid 60s when for various reasons they fell from favour. Well, nearly 60 years later and rabbit is on the way back. It is delicious, not only that, it is high in protein, very low in carbs and very low in calories. Actually better than chicken. Here's a really tasty recipe to reintroduce this amazing food.

Ingredients • • • • • • •

140g prunes 50ml brandy 50g soft brown sugar 2 rabbits, jointed (ask your butcher) plain flour, for dusting 1 tbsp vegetable oil 3 rashers smoked streaky bacon, sliced into thin strips • 2 carrots, chopped

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1 onion, chopped 2 celery sticks, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 thyme sprigs 1 bay leaf 150ml red wine, the best you can afford 250ml chicken stock chopped parsley

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Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Put the prunes in a bowl with the brandy and brown sugar, stir, then set aside to soak.

Dust the rabbit in the flour. Heat the oil in a large flameproof dish and brown the rabbit all over until golden – you may have to do this in batches. Set the rabbit aside. Add the bacon, vegetables, garlic and herbs to the dish and fry for 5 mins until starting to colour.

Pour in the red wine and scrape all the goodness off the bottom of the dish. Add the chicken stock and put the rabbit back in the dish with the boozy prunes, then cover and cook for 2 hrs, stirring occasionally, until the rabbit is totally tender. Serve scattered with parsley and wild rice on the side.

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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. 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. 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 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. Caddonfoot Parent & Toddler Group. Open to all children birth to age 5, accompanied by a parent/carer, we provide a welcome, safe and nurturing play environment. Sessions are supported by a Play Worker, and include a snack. Sessions run term-time only, Monday and Friday 9am11am at Caddonfoot Village Hall. £2 per session per child. Find out more on our facebook page: Caddonfoot Parent & Toddler Group. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to info@galalife.co.uk 16 Gala Life


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Shakespeare at Traquair Shakespeare at Traquair’s annual promenade performance in the beautiful grounds of Traquair House, Innerleithen this year features Love’s Labour’s Lost, a boisterous send-up of all those who confuse fantasy with reality. No, not another parody on Brexit but a Shakespearean romp that uses just about every weapon in the Bard’s arsenal from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. A male quartet from the upper echelons of Navarre society make a bunch of public commitments which turn out to be a tad inconvenient, so they simply invent a way to ignore their own edicts in order to live a more pleasurable existence themselves. But these debonair boys are swiftly outfoxed by the quartet of strong-willed, strong-armed girls that they try to woo and who quickly tie the love-struck guys in knots. Game, set and match to the ladies. Throw into this mix a confused Spaniard, a raunchy wench, twenty noisy children, a gullible fool and a couple of woffling academics and you’ve got all the ingredients for an evening of music and mayhem. But what about the dancing Russians (pictured)? No, not a cameo from Donald Trump’s little helpers, just those men trying to pull another fast one. Badly. With the Swinging Sixties providing a treasure trove of love songs to get your vocal chords around, it will be entertaining from start to finish with a feast of language, puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages staged as a high-energy, tightly choreographed piece of theatre. Bring a picnic, perhaps a chair, but certainly something warm and waterproof to wear and we’ll start entertaining you with some music from around 7.15pm. The show proper starts at 7.30pm.

Performances are at Traquair House, Innerleithen. There’s a preview on Tuesday 28th May (entry by donation) followed by performances from Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 1st June and then Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th June. Tickets are £8/£6 Weds/Thurs, £14/£12 Fri/Sat from the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles on 01721 725777. 18 Gala Life


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BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, DIRECTED BY TIM WILCOCK PROMENADE PERFORMANCE IN THE GROUNDS OF TRAQUAIR HOUSE

WED 29th MAY TO SAT 1st JUNE, 7.30 WED 5th TO SAT 8th JUNE, 7.30 WED/THU – £8 / CONCESSION £6, FRI/SAT – £14 / CONCESSION £12 EASTGATE THEATRE – PEEBLES, 01721–725777

www.eastgatearts.com

www.shakespeare-at-traquair.co.uk

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The Gala Garden May Right now garden centres are chock full of new perennials but, if you’re new to gardening, it’s hard to tell which ones are good for your garden. What makes a good garden plant? Think about hardiness, maintenance, habit and character. Plants must be fully hardy to withstand Scottish winter, let alone Scottish summer; fully hardy means RHS H4 or H5 or USDA Zone 7 to 8. If the label says: “needs the shelter of a sunny wall” maybe that’s not for you unless you can see the sea from your garden. Then there’s maintenance. Does the label say it needs regular division, or staking, or spraying to prevent disease or pests? Probably not but you’d better check. Trouble-free perennials form clumps but don’t run at the root; some euphobias get about, so does rudbeckia. Self-seeders like oenethera need careful editing but may blend successfully with informal plantings and grasses. Tall plants are the ones most often staked so choose ones with good structure that will stand up to the wind. For example, delphiniums need staking but aconitum don’t – and aconitum don’t get eaten by slugs and snails either. Plants with less structure tend to flop in wind and heavy rain. Consider how you are going to use the plant in question: different habits suit particular parts of the garden. For example, along the front edge of a border you need something with decent foliage over a long period of time, flowers are a bonus. So plants like heuchera, stachys byzantina, small hostas, sedum and nepeta faasenii are good choices. 20 Gala Life

The middle of the border is the place for two kinds of plants: the long-flowering ones and the stars you love even though they only last two weeks. Placing stars amongst long-flowering plants helps fill the gaps when the stars eventually go over. The stars create transience and excitement but long-flowering ones provide bulk and continuity. Stars are things like papaver and lilium but long-flowering ones are achillea, gaura, hemerocallis,penstemon, monarda and lychnis. At the back you need the robust stalwarts that will create the rhythm of the garden: delphiniums or aconitums, followed by anemone japonica Honorine Jobert. Other good late, tall plants include cimicifuga (or actaea), sanguisorba, rheum palmatum, and ligularia przewalskii or stenocephala. Repeat these in groups to make impact last all season. The character of a plant suits particular gardens: for example, some plants are bold or architectural and suit a dramatic modern garden, or cottage plants like daisies that suit an informal garden. There are formal plants for terraces and box-edged beds and naturalistic plants to combine with grasses for the wild garden. It doesn’t matter where you buy your plants: what matters is that they are healthy and well-rooted so never hesitate to look at the roots. Above all, try to remember one thing: fewer kinds of plants and more of them. That’s the way to get impact all season long. Sheila Drummond Portland Garden Design 07905 397185 drummond.sheila@gmail.com


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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.

For more information, contact Jacqui Ramage by email: jramage@alzscot.org or by phone: 07733 313393

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May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month… Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month was started in 2005, as National Veterinary Nursing Day. Over the years it has expanded as the profession has grown, into a month long event. The aim is simple: to raise awareness of veterinary nurses’ importance and their valuable contributions to the veterinary profession.

Once qualified and registered, a nurse is added to the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Register and to remain there, they must complete a minimum of 45 hours’ continuous professional development every 3 years throughout their career. Only nurses on this register can correctly refer to themselves as Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs)

Did you know that the title ‘Veterinary Nurse’ is not protected? This means anyone can call themselves a vet nurse or VN. However, truly qualified veterinary nurses can be easily identified, they will have their Veterinary Nursing badge which they receive at their graduation and they will usually wear a green uniform. Veterinary nursing students (SVNs) have a striped white and green version.

So as you can tell, there is a lot of studying and hard work that goes into becoming a vet nurse, and that is only the beginning……

Here at Border Vets, we are in the process of providing our nurses, both qualified and students, with new traditional green, or green striped uniforms respectively.

RVNs may specialise in their area of work. Some work in referral hospitals where they provide nursing for particular types of cases or surgery e.g. Emergency and critical care nursing, orthopaedic nursing etc. Others study for certificates in certain areas to enhance their knowledge for example anaesthesia, surgical nursing and even becoming a ‘Suitably Qualified Person’ to dispense medications. Some will work in Zoos and Exotic practices or even travel the world to work with a range of animals.

Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN’s) go to either a college or university to gain their title Nurses also use their expertise to carry out and qualification. Each course will take between research projects for various companies and 2 years and 4 years to complete, which gives some idea just how in depth the course actually is. There are colleges/universities that provide the course throughout Scotland and England, so you can find vet nurses from all over the country. During the course, we learn how to handle a variety of animals from cats and guinea pigs to more exotic animals like snakes and bearded dragons. We also learn how your animals’ body systems work, and how to nurse multiple medical conditions when your animals are in the vets. 24 Gala Life


universities and quite often work in laboratories. A ‘normal’ day for a RVN doesn’t really exist, as it can vary greatly from hour to hour and patient to patient. However, we generally also have a set list of jobs to carry out throughout the day. We start by admitting any animals who are in for surgery that morning, and get them settled in a bed. We then carry out a pre anaesthetic check, alongside our vets, to ensure that all of our patients are healthy before their procedure. We then ensure their anaesthetics go as safely as possible by constantly monitoring them and recording their heart rates, breathing rates, eye position and many other things. We continue to monitor every individual animal very closely from immediately after surgery, to make sure their recovery is smooth and uneventful, until they are ready to go home. All the sterile equipment used in the operations needs to be cleaned and re-sterilised, so we carry this task out, as well as cleaning and preparing the surgical theatre between each operation.

This is just a quick look into the life of the veterinary nurse, but as you can see we have a wide range of skills which we put use every day. We take pride in our work and do everything we can to ensure your pet is well cared for throughout their stay in the clinic.

This May, we would like you to join us in celebrating the wonderful work our Veterinary Nurses do on a daily basis, and help us to spread the word about the importance of the role of There are also many other tasks we can do that the veterinary nurse in practice. many people aren’t aware of. We can take Please pop in to any of our Border Vets clinics radiographs and carry out minor dental work, such as a scale and polish. We can take blood and look at our displays, including ‘a day in the life of a veterinary nurse’, and join in with our samples and place intravenous catheters. We are able to ‘scrub in’ and assist with surgery and various competitions to raise awareness of this also able to stitch up minor wounds under the crucial member of the team. surgeon’s supervision! We will also be running a ‘Best Pet Selfie / Social Media Post - quoting #whatvnsdo & We also carry out nurse clinics to help with #VNAM19. Please check out our Border Vets things such as weight control, blood pressure facebook page, or ask one of our team for more and diabetes, as well as smaller things such as nail clips or even to remove ticks or give advice information. and treatment on parasites. Colin Jordan, Rebecca Barrett and Jess Sneddon To end our day, we clean and disinfect the practice to a high standard to ensure it is clean and ready for the next day – keeping your animals as safe as we can, even in the waiting room!

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How to Cut the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke…. I’ve written before in this column about the benefits of strength training, but the emphasis was mostly on how that can improve our general functional ability to do everyday tasks. A recent study published by the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has identified evidence that even a small, regular weight training programme can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. The study was conducted in the USA, using over 12,500 people’s activity data. Most of the subjects were middle-aged, and were analysed according to their resistance exercise habits. These ranged from people who never lifted, to those who did so on a regular basis. The data was then cross-checked against heart attacks, strokes and deaths during the 11 years or so after each participant’s last clinic visit. The findings suggested that the risk of experiencing such events was roughly 50% lower for those who lifted weights occasionally, compared with those who never did. This was the case whether or not the people were doing any other form of exercise. People who lifted twice a week, for about an hour or so in total, had the greatest reduction in risk. This means that substantial heart health benefits are experienced when people do only a small amount of resistance exercise. It can result in • Lower blood pressure both immediately after exercise and in the longer term as well, a benefit which may be even greater in women than men. • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels (these are fatty substances found in the blood which can clog arteries). In turn levels of HDL (‘good’) cholesterol, which helps to protect against heart disease, are likely to be increased. A 2013 study 28 Gala Life

published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that people who regularly strength train have better-functioning HDL cholesterol than those who never use weights. • Levels of visceral fat (which is found in and around the body’s internal organs, including the heart) will generally decrease. Strength training may even be better than cardiovascular exercise in this respect - A 2015 Obesity study of 10,500 men found that those who strength trained for 20 minutes per day gained less age-related visceral fat over a period of 12 years compared to those who spent the same amount of time doing CV training. This is because increased muscle mass speeds up the rate at which we burn energy, which has a knock on effect of decreasing fatty tissue in and around the heart. • Improved sleep - research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research showed that doing resistance exercise, especially in the evening, can significantly improve sleep. Lack of effective sleep can result in cellular damage to the cardiovascular system, reduce insulin sensitivity, and increase visceral fat, all risk factors for cardiovascular disease. www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/ heart-and-blood-vessels/reducing-the-risks/ reducing-the-risks-of-developing-heart-disease 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. If you have no experience of resistance training, be sure to get some coaching from a qualified instructor in appropriate technique. Remember, pain is a sign that something is wrong….

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Colour it Up!

This time of year we are all out in our garden trying to make it seem like an oasis. I get the feeling that those garden makeover shows are going to make a comeback soon.

If you go for a restore – here’s some tips for your old grey wooden furniture -

Garden furniture and buildings can be the single biggest investment you make…but like any room in your home changing it and starting again can be very expensive.

Bare or untreated wood should be pre-treated with an appropriate wood preserver to prevent rot and decay, such as Cuprinol Wood Preserver Clear.

Remove excess dirt and soiling, large areas of algae, lichen, fungi or moss with a scraper or stiff Plants seem cheap and how much could it possibly brush, then sand and clean the surface. You can use special special furniture reviver from the likes cost to make your old tired garden look great? of Ronseal or Cuprinol. HOW MUCH????

Well here’s one way you can make a massive impact for very little cost. Why not .... restore and paint it!

Surfaces should then be dry and free from dirt. (Wood previously stained, painted or varnished should be stripped back to bare wood) before the next stage.

Next use either Teak Oil, Hardwood Furniture Oil or Restoring and painting can create a focal point, bring colour to your garden all year round and look a Wood Stain to re varnish and protect. The oil will penetrate the wood and replace natural oils lost very stylish. through weathering. When deciding whether to paint or restore you should consider : do you have a focal point? do you have year round colour in the garden? are you going to put the furniture away in winter? 32 Gala Life

Apply only in dry conditions, above 5°C and when bad weather is not forecast. Try a test area first to ensure adequate adhesion.


This a long job and may require a couple of coats to get the coverage / colour you want. If you want to add more colour to your garden we would recommend using a product like Cuprinol Garden Shades. This gives a beautiful, long lasting colour and protection to all garden wood. The range of colours is great and you can buy it at any DIY or Hardware store. Things to consider: If you have a small garden – you you need a less strong colour so that it doesn’t overpower everything else. If you have other furniture do you want to contrast with it or compliment it?

Colour chart courtesy of Cuprinol

If you can’t decide – can you go for more than one colour – say chairs in alternate cream and pale lilac?? Could you paint the outside one colour and the roof trim a different shade? Or the outside one colour and the insides a different colour? There are lots of options – surprise yourself. To use wood paints, first clean prepare your wood as for restoration. Make sure it is bare and dry before starting. I would recommend two coats, you get a better coverage and better colour. Each tin has a coverage guide, but look out for “buy one get one free deals” as unopened they should last for a freshen up in a few years time, or pick up some more chairs and paint them to match.

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If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine It is an urban myth, probably supported by TV programmes, that silent 999 calls always produce an emergency response. However, with 30 million silent emergency calls a year, many made by accident or by children, resources are not available to trace them. It is therefore important to understand that silent 999 calls, especially from mobiles, are not guaranteed to bring help; unless you 'Make Yourself Heard." WHEN YOU CALL 999 All 999 calls are directed to call centres and will be answered by BT operators. They will ask which service you need. If no service is requested but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, BT operators will connect you to a police call handler. IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A MOBILE It is always best to speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap the keys on your phone in response to questions. If making a sound would put you or someone else in danger and the BT operator cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, your call will be transferred to the Silent Solution system. The Silent Solution is a police system used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location. WHAT THEN? When transferred to your local police force, the police call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed. IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A LANDLINE Because it’s less likely that 999 calls are made by accident from landlines, the Silent Solution system is not used. If, when an emergency call on a landline is received: •

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John Lamont MP - Scottish Conservative Party Galashiels Spring Clean It was great to be out with a huge group of volunteers for the Galashiels Spring Clean last month. Well done to Liz Jardine and the team at Gala Waterways and the Community Council for organising this. It was a great effort and I understand that nearly 400kg or rubbish were taken away! Keep an eye out on the Gala Waterways Facebook group for your next opportunity to help clean up your local community. Borders Railway On the Borders Railway, problems are still going on, which is incredibly frustrating for commuters and businesses. I will continue to put pressure on the Scottish Government and ScotRail to sort this mess out. Please let me know about any issues with the line so I can raise this with ScotRail. However, on the plus side, the UK Government has confirmed it backs a full feasibility study into extending the line to Hawick and on to Carlisle. This is all part of the Borderlands Growth Deal and it will now take the Scottish Government to agree to get the go ahead. London Marathon At the end of April I joined with tens of thousands of other runners on the London Marathon. Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to my fundraising efforts for Marie Curie Scotland. As you’ll know, the charity does some fantastic work and I’m so pleased they have agreed that all of the money I raise will be used to provide nurse led care for local people with terminal illnesses so they can spend their final days with loved ones and in familiar surroundings at home. If you can, please take a look at my fundraising page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-lamont-mp Summer Surgery Tour June and July will see me hosting my annual summer surgery tour. Dates are just being finalised but keep an eye out on my website and facebook page for details. With more than 80 stops planned over ten days, I guarantee I’ll be visiting a community near you. It’s one of the highlights of my year because it gives me an excuse to visit some lovely smaller communities that I don’t get to see as much as I would like. As always, no appointment is necessary, so if there is an issue I can help with please do come along. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch, please feel free to email me on John.lamont.mp@parliament.uk or call my constituency office in Hawick on 01450 375948.

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservative I would have liked to have started this with the statement that spring has sprung. However, I am writing this column while sitting in a rather cold changing room at Tweedbank, after a run in cold weather. So it looks like spring has yet to get going and find its stride. Talking about making strides you may have heard the recent news about Scottish Borders Council, Live Borders and Scottish Borders Disability Sports group working together to fund the disability sports officer post. This is something that I have been working within the current administration to achieve since I took up my post in May 2017. What this funding agreement will achieve, is clarity and support for a role which is integral to supplying provision and avenues for disabled athletes in the Scottish Borders. Although, we already have athletes in the borders competing at a high level in disability sport, it is essential that Continued on page 38 36 Gala Life


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we continue to create pathways. Whether that is athletes seeking to compete at the elite level or simply providing opportunities for low level and low key participation. So it is exciting to work alongside the borders disability sports group in creating these pathways. There is a lot of expertise in the group as they look to establish a network of not just athletes but also volunteers. I would be happy to pass on any details to the group of anyone willing to help or who may wish to participate in disability sport. Last month I talked about the annual spring clean. I participated in it and I was taken aback by the amount of people that got involved and really showed great community spirit. From local businesses like the Paperchain donating contact cards, to Galashiels Academy getting behind the efforts and helping to encourage some of their young students along. It was great to have their support especially since it was during the Easter holidays and also early on a cold Saturday morning! Overall a great effort from everyone involved and fantastic to see everyone come together with a common goal in mind. I will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 10th May 10-12 noon at the Born in the Borders Café in the Galashiels Interchange. Email - euan.jardine@scotborders.gov.uk Phone - 0330 100 0220

Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP At the recent Scottish Borders Council meeting we learned that teachers will not be paid for any additional time they spend developing and loading their teaching materials onto the new iPads. We also found out that the site survey to determine the costs of installing the Wi-Fi infrastructure we need to support the operation of iPads throughout the school estate had not yet been completed. I am incredulous teachers were not fully consulted before this £16m contract was awarded, and that there appear to be no educational targets for iPad use in our schools. The Tory-led administration appears to be making decisions before they have allowed proposals to be properly examined or debated. The report on the digital roll-out was published after the decision to include it in the budget, with the details only being available on the morning of the budget launch. When questioning this at council we were subjected to factually inaccurate rants (I think some elected members think they are Westminster!) and we were accused of not reading the paper and not understanding the technology. However, we had consulted teachers, experts in the field and done considerable research, as no case studies had been provided in the papers. We asked a number of times about whether or not the contract had already been signed because it was presented as a done deal and we were advised that it had not yet been signed. We also asked for rephasing of the rollout over 3 years to be costed and were told that it would cost 20% more because the original contract was ‘optimised’ - we asked who it was optimised for ( …still waiting for that answer…). While supportive of investment in digital learning for our young people, we have to get it right and balance this with, for example, the need for new schools fit for pupils to learn in. Ultimately, as Councillors, we are responsible for ensuring that public money is spent sensibly so we should be debating big policy decisions in public not just announcing them at the annual Budget debate. However, we have an administration who are afraid of scrutiny and who just close down debate. As regular readers will know, all opposition members are excluded from the Executive Committee where key decisions are made. Our job as the Opposition therefore is to hold the Tory-led administration to account and, while submitting written questions in advance is a poor substitute for genuine debate, we will continue to try and get answers to the earnest questions that our constituents have. 0300 100 0220; Mobile: 07811 976952 E-mail: Andy.Anderson@scotborders.gov.ukFacebook: www.facebook.com/GalaDistrict Twitter: @AndyA4Gala

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Tom Miers Councillor - Leaderdale & Melrose, Conservative Three stars for the Borders The Michelin company produce two excellent travel guides – one for restaurants and hotels (the red one) and one for cultural attractions (green). Both have a ranking system of stars – from nought to three. The red guide has become the ultimate arbiter of restaurant quality. If you get three stars (very rare in Britain) you really are a serious chef. But I’ve always found the green guide more useful. I like its definition of the stars. One means ‘interesting’, two ‘worth a detour’ and three ‘worth a visit’ (it doesn’t define nought stars – presumably places it feels it has to mention without recommending any kind of visit!). At this time of year we start to see unfamiliar number plates from the Continent starting to arrive from the south and coaches with tours coming down from Edinburgh and Glasgow for the day. I often wonder what visitors make of the Borders. The Michelin guide web site awards no stars to the Borders as a whole (Edinburgh and Glasgow get three each) but, presumably if you find yourself here anyway, gives two to a number of places such as Abbotsford, Jedburgh Abbey, St Abbs Head and so on. In its slightly idiosyncratic methodology, the guide awards Melrose one star as a sub-set of Newtown St Boswells. Then, within Melrose, the Abbey gets two stars. I’d like to see the Borders as a whole become a three-star attraction – ‘worth a visit’ in its own right from wherever you are in the world. It’s good to see local businesses thinking about a tourism ‘Business Improvement District (BID)’ to encourage co-operation and mutual benefit. And initiatives such as the upgrade being planned to the Trimontium museum in Melrose will help the region get the critical mass of top-class sights it needs to become a more popular destination. In the longer term perhaps the Borders should think of itself as part of a larger area that can attract the attention of tourists worldwide more easily. I like the sound of the new Borderlands initiative in this respect. Together, the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Northumberland and Cumbria are similar in size to Wales or the Scottish Highlands. There are obvious cultural links that unite the region – the Romans frontier sites, the stately homes, the hills and mountains, the literary connections, the medieval border fortifications, the Border Reivers and so on. Put together that really is an enticing prospect for any but the most sun-worshipping tourist. Worth a visit indeed. Tom.miers@scotborders.gov.uk 0300 100 0220

Gala Opera Well - it’s all over for another season. The curtain came down on ‘Sweet Charity’ for the final time on Saturday 9th March after another great week for GAOS. Once again the public gave us great support, for which we are very thankful, and made all our hard work worthwhile. Time now though to move on to next season. Things will be fairly quiet for the next few months before it all begins again in August. Our AGM will be held in May at which point we hope to be announcing our 2020 production. We are currently looking at possibilities and look forward to announcing it to the general public in the near future. Watch this space and keep your eye on our Facebook page / website for information on what our next show will be - whether that’s from an audience point of view or if you are interested in joining us on stage for next season. We are always open to new members and would love to see some new faces come along in August to find out more about what we are Continued on page 42 40 Gala Life


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planning. If you like to sing, dance, or act we guarantee you will enjoy a busy but fun winter with us. So - that’s it for now. Hopefully our show announcement will be in the June issue then we will be back raring to go again in August. See you then!

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!

The Awakening Spirit Ministries We are Christian families who come together every Friday evening to praise and worship the Living God; eventually leading to prayer where we intercede for the Nations, UK and the Scottish Borders churches, leaders, families and whatever the Holy Spirit convicts us to pray for. All welcome. Venue: Melrose Ormiston institute (Lounge) above Melrose Corn exchange . Time:1900-2200 For more information visit: awakening-spirit-ministries.faithlifesites.com Email: awakeningspirit985@gmail.com Or contact 07828174492.

St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary May Thurs 2nd

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Caddonfoot Parish Church Easter was a busy time in the parish with services to mark this special time of the year. We joined with Trinity Church in Galashiels to celebrate a Maundy Thursday Supper and Service; there was a Service of Holy Communion on Good Friday; and on Easter Sunday, there was a special service after which children, and adults, too, were able to roll their Easter eggs. The Rev Elspeth Harley did a pulpit-split on Palm Sunday with the Rev Neil Combe, Locum minister at St Paul’s and St John’s, as part of the ‘getting to know the other Gala churches’ as talks continue over the future of the churches across the Borders. The Kirk Session held a meeting with Kirk Session of Stow and Heriot to gauge further ideas about the future and was chaired by the Rev Rosie Frew, minister of Melrose and Bowden and chairperson of the Presbytery Planning Task group. Meetings have already taken place with other congregations to find the best way forward for our church. Prayers meeting are held monthly to pray for the future. Bible Study is continuing each Wednesday at 7.30pm with new people always welcome. We discuss the Readings for the following week’s services. Caddonfoot CY held a baking sale to raise money for Water Aid and was well supported by the congregation. It is hoped that members will join the ‘Christianity Explored’ series of eight evenings at Borders College. This is a joint venture with the Galashiels churches to allow members to get to know each other better. The Easter church/community newsletter was distributed in the village and places beyond. There are many interesting articles including pieces by the Rev Barry Hughes, who has preached in the church and now has a parish of his own in Stirling; the Rev David Scott, of Traprain, on church plans in Lothian; Deacon Duncan Macfarlane, of Our Lady and St Joseph’s, Selkirk; the Rev Marion Dodd; and our own Rev Harley. Please also save your disused stamps, which Atholl Innes collects for the Eden Valley Hospice. Services continue to be conducted each Sunday at 9.45am by the Rev. Harley. 44 Gala Life

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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, Sunday Club for primary age and Youth Bible study for teenagers. Tea and coffee are served after the service with a fellowship lunch on the 2nd Sunday of every month, apart from July and August. In the evening, 6.00-8.00pm there is a Youth Club for P7 upwards when they enjoy a variety of games - snooker, table tennis and board games. (not during school holidays) First Monday of each month. 2-3.00pm Prayer and Pud for Ladies. aTuesdays 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. We are about to embark on an exciting refurbishment of the toilet facilities which will curtail our normal weekday activities. It's likely that the disruption will last from mid April to mid May. Our Sunday services will continue as usual but for details of any other activities please contact us at admin@galashielsbaptistchurch.org.uk or on 01896 756239.

Hope Church Being part of church ought to be a dynamic and engaging experience. At Hope Church we seek to make God famous, in our community and through our lives. We love gathering together and meet every Sunday at Tweedbank Community Centre, 4pm - 5.30pm. The aim of our services are always to glorify God and to tell others of the Hope that Jesus came to the world to give. 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 46 Gala Life

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have undertaken Child Protection Training. To finish you can stay and enjoy good coffee and doughnuts and get to know others a little better. You are invited! We’d love to meet you so please join with us any Sunday. Hope Central This is our community drop in where our team will give you a warm welcome and a good cup of coffee! We are hear to listen, care and help. We are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 12 - 4pm. Hope Central 1-3 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels TD1 1DL e: enquiries@hopechurchborders.org.uk t: 07377 717705

Old Parish & St Paul’s Church Scott Crescent, Galashiels TD1 3JU

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 May: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am Old & St Paul’s 6.30pm St John’s Prayer Meetings in May: Sunday 5th at 5pm in Old & St Paul’s Tuesday 7th, 14th, 21st at 7.30pm in St John’s Tuesday 28th at 7.30pm in Old & St Paul’s Christianity Explored – Wednesdays at 7.15pm in the College Campus, Netherdale. Starts 1st May. An informal and friendly 8-week course for anyone (Christian or non-Christian) wanting to explore the Christian faith. No Bible knowledge needed. Other groups and activities St John’s Bible Study – House group on Wednesday evenings Messy Church – Saturday afternoons – look out for dates Galashiels Food Bank – team involved in distribution Girls Brigade – Mondays Explorers (P1–P3) 6pm – 7.15pm Juniors (P4–P7) 7pm – 8.30pm Brigaders (S1–S6) 6pm – 8.30pm Last Monday of the month 6pm – 7.30pm for all sections 1st Galashiels GB is 40 years old in 2019! We're trying to get in touch with past members. Maybe you have a story or photo you'd be happy to share? If yes, please contact 1stgalagb@gmail.com Continued on page 50 48 Gala Life


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Old & St Paul’s Bible Studies – House groups on Tuesday mornings Boys Brigade – Friday evenings. Will resume in September Guild – Wednesday afternoons. Will resume in October Lunch Club – Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for information on cost etc. Music Makers – 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 St John’s website is currently being re-designed.

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 Big Continued on page 52 50 Gala Life


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Band and Langlee Community Choir. The church organ is an engineering marvel in that it is a virtual organ, and congregations often sit at the end of services to hear every last note. The church is host to many musical concerts throughout the year, and a music festival in May. All Sundays: 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion Worship Service 11.00 a.m. First Sunday Service, or Sung Eucharist Worship Service First Sunday: 6.30 p.m. Choral Evensong Third Sunday: 6.30 p.m. Parish Evensong First Tuesday: 2.30 p.m. Holy Communion afternoon service. Wednesdays: 10.30 a.m. Mid-week Worship Service - Trinity Centre Last Wednesday of each month - 7 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. The Christian church world-wide celebrated the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, 21 April. He died to satisfy God's judgement for all our sins. But, by being raised from the dead, he showed the way to a new kind of living. Christians believe that by being "born again" we receive this new life. It starts here on earth and continues when we go to Heaven for eternity. It is a condition of entry into Heaven. Jesus said " Don't be surprised when I say - You must be born again" (John 3:7) Christians celebrate Pentecost Sunday, this year 9 June, as the day God's Spirit was made available to all who believe, to enable them to live like Jesus. Read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and Acts (Chapters 1&2) for the story. And come along to church to realise your full potential. Every Sunday. 11am. Focus Centre. Douglas Renton, Pastor. Mobile 07815 682 027.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class continues in the Borders General Hospital’s Chaplaincy Centre each Thursday from 5 to 6pm for patients who have been through the heart rehabilitation programme. No decision has been made yet on how to use the money so kindly left by the late member and Continued on page 54 52 Gala Life


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friend, Stan Boyle, for Heart and Soul. The Centre has purchased a couch with our annual donation after the agm meeting in December. We would also welcome new members who have been through the heart programme. A reminder, too, that the Chaplaincy Centre doors are locked each evening at 5pm and arrangements have been made to access and exit the Centre.

The Filling Station Please Note the Change of day for May only! 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. However, due to this being a special meeting with Tim and Sue Eldridge we have changed the night for this month only! The Filling Station offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Our meetings are designed to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those outside the church would feel comfortable. Our meetings aim to be short, sharp and focused in character. We find many people meet God through these meetings and faith is built up. We welcome Christians from all backgrounds, denominations and non, Christian leaders, those seeking to understand what the Christian faith is all about, and those just inquisitive. The Filling Station meets Tuesday May 7th 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange Melrose with Tim and Sue Eldridge. Tim and Sue are the founders and hosts of the annual European Leaders Alliance conference. They are a unique apostolic couple that work into churches around the UK and beyond. Their heart is to see revival through divine connections. They have pastored local churches for over 25 years and have a wealth of experience and wisdom. Tim & Sue are a spiritual mum and dad and they long to see other mother’s and father’s being raised up around the UK and Europe. They have been key leaders in hosting Bethel church ministries in the UK for over 12 years. Through the ministry of Tim and Sue, many people have found freedom, love and purpose. The will also be our regular worship slots and opportunity for prayer ministry and fellowship with other Christians from around the border churches. If you are new to the borders or looking to meet with other Christians, then why not make time to drop into the Filling Station and get to meet with others of a like mind. There are refreshments both before and after the event so why not come a little earlier. Remember Tuesday May 7th 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange Melrose.

Christianity Explored This widely-known and popular course is to be run in Galashiels by the three Church of Scotland congregations in the town - Old & St Pauls, St John's and Trinity. Starting on Wed 1st May at 7.15pm in the Borders College Campus, Netherdale, it will run weekly, concluding on Wed 19th June. Christianity Explored is an informal and friendly 8-week course for anyone (Christian or non- Christian) wanting to explore the Christian faith. No Bible knowledge is needed. Ask questions or just listen. Come on your own or bring a friend. You will be very welcome! 54 Gala Life


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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory type in X97:L97 and press ENTER. Press TAB. This will take you to the cell M97. Click on the chart wizard button while holding down Control and Shift keys. Presto! You are in Flight Simulator. Use mouse to navigate and mouse buttons for speed control. Control+Shift+Escape ends this and takes you back to Excel. Word 97 had a Pinball game, Access 97 a Magic 8 Ball game The term originates from 1979, when Warren and Excel 2000 had a remake of the classic 80’s Robinett was working for Atari, programming their video game ‘Adventure’. At that time, Atari arcade game Spy Hunter, called Dev Hunter. In 1996 we were introduced to Tomb Raider, did not include programmers' names in the in more ways than parents realized. During the game credits, fearing that competitors would “Tunnel” round, type “kkooii” at any point, then attempt to steal their employees. Robinett draw again. Lara Croft will drop the guns as well was annoyed by this and secretly inserted the as all… her clothes. message "Created by Warren Robinett". The message would only appear if a player moved It doesn’t stop at computers. Easter Eggs appear his/her avatar over a specific pixel (the "Gray in movies too. Disney has a habit of popular Dot") during a certain part of the game. When characters appearing in other movies. If you Robinett left Atari, he didn’t inform them of this are sharp enough, you will find Mickey, Donald feature, which was soon exposed by a player and Goofy in ‘The Little Mermaid’, Lady and the who told Atari about their discovery. Atari's Tramp in ‘101 Dalmatians’ and Buzz Lightyear in management initially wanted to remove the ‘Finding Nemo’ – just to name a few. message and release the game again, but this Pixar movies always feature a ‘A-113’ notice was deemed too costly. Instead, Steve Wright, or sign. This is the classroom number at the the Director of Software Development in the California Institute of Arts. It was the classroom Atari Consumer Division, suggested that they for first year graphic design and character keep the message and, in fact, encourage the animation, where many of the animators at inclusion of such messages in future games, Pixar and Disney, and several other studios, likening them to Easter Egg hunts – and the discovered and mastered their craft. The Pizza name stuck. Planet delivery truck from Toy Story also appears Whilst there are literally millions of eggs out in all their movies, except ‘The Incredibles’ but there, I would say 99% appeal only to the game does appear in that video game. fiend or true geek, there have been a handful Ok, too many to mention here, so head over to that have the Wow! factor for the every day Google and search ‘Computer Easter Eggs’ for a computer user; most memorably (for me) were complete run down. Whilst there try searching from Microsoft themselves. for ‘I'm feeling playful’ ‘I'm feeling wonderful’ (Un)Fortunately in 2002, Microsoft introduced ‘I'm feeling stellar’ or ‘I'm feeling doodly’ for their ‘Trustworthy Computing’ initiative, designed starters, as Google probably has more eggs than to combat security problems in Windows and all the rest put together. that saw the end of their Easter Eggs. However, If you are a Doctor Who fan, Google 'Go inside ‘back in the day’ Microsoft Office shipped with the Tardis with Google Street View'. It's a wee some real goodies. They were never easy to bit tricky finding your way in, but well worth it :o) find, so relied on others sharing the secret. For example, Restart Excel 97 and open a new blank Willie document. Press F5. A reference box will open, Forget chocolate for a minute. An Easter Egg is a hidden message, image, secret feature or bonus level found in a computer program, video game, or even DVD/Blu-ray Disc menu screen. Sometimes they are just an inside joke between programmers, but sometimes they can be great fun, or amazing to see.

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Going on a Summer Holiday? Don't spend it stuck at a Customs Post! Well, we’ve managed to go 3 years without mentioning the Brexit word. However, as I write this it seems we are no closer to sorting out a leaving date, with or without a deal. But, if we do leave before this summer, there are likely implications that you should be aware of before travelling into Europe on holiday. Passports If we leave with no deal you will need 6 months still remaining on your passport, so might be worth renewing now just in case. If we leave with a deal, there will be no immediate change. Medical

If the UK leaves with no deal, your EHIC will no longer be valid. So, if no deal, the advice for those travelling to EU countries as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, is to buy travel insurance to cover health care "just as you would if visiting a non-EU country". The government says it is "seeking agreements with countries on health care arrangements for UK nationals after Brexit", but there is no such agreement in place with any of the countries yet. If we leave with a deal, the UK and the EU have reached agreement that there should be a transition period between now and 31st December 2020 to allow more time for negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship.

If you are planning a holiday in EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland after the UK leaves the EU, you may be wondering The EHIC card is only valid for 5 years so do whether your European Health Insurance Card check the expiry date before you are due to travel. (EHIC) will be valid. The EHIC currently entitles you to state provided It is free. To get one, just fill out an application on the EHIC website or by calling the NHS on medical treatment if you fall ill or have an 0300 330 1350. Each card covers just one person. accident in one of those countries. The UK has If you have a child under 16, include them on issued 27 million EHIC cards . your application and you’ll both receive your They cover pre-existing medical conditions as own EHIC. well as emergency care. Individuals with chronic Remember, it's not travel insurance, The EHIC is illnesses, for example those who require daily valuable protection, but it isn't an alternative to dialysis, can travel knowing they will receive treatment on the same terms as the citizens of travel insurance. By having both, you reduce the the country they are visiting, if they get it free, risk of large medical bills, delays in treatment and a huge amount of stress in the event of a so will you. medical emergency. Repatriation by air So what will happen after Brexit? It depends on ambulance can cost up to £45,000. whether the UK leaves with or without a deal.

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If you hire a car in Europe you do not need a The rules for driving licences will also change with green card as that company will provide the necessary documentation. no deal. You’ll need one or more International Duty Free Driving Permits, although you do not need an IDP for the Republic of Ireland. IDPs can be In the event of a no-deal Brexit, imports from obtained from the Post Office at £5.50 each. all remaining European Union countries will be Driving

If you are taking your own car after a no deal, you will need a Green Card. A Green Card is an international certificate of insurance issued by your insurance company, guaranteeing that you have the necessary minimum motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to. You will need a Green Card to travel anywhere within the EU plus various other countries, unless the UK and EU reach a deal. You will need this from the date the UK leaves the EU.

treated the same as other nations. That means limits on the amount of alcohol you can bring back: one litre of spirits or two litres of sparkling wine, sherry or port; four litres of still wine; and 16 litres of beer. Up to 200 cigarettes or 250g or tobacco are also allowed. These apply to all travellers aged 17 or over. In addition, you can bring in other goods worth up to £390.

You will be obliged to pay duty and tax on everything in excess of these amounts; and HM Please note that a Green Card does not change Revenue and Customs says: “If a single item’s your cover, it’s evidence of the most basic legal worth more than your allowance you pay any duty or tax on its full value, not just the value minimum cover. If you want to extend this to have the same level of cover you have in the UK, above the allowance.” So be careful. you should contact your insurance company While there is little benefit in duty-free wine to discuss whether you need a foreign use or beer, the high levels of duty on alcoholic extension, for which there may be a charge. spirits and tobacco mean that ferry lines and When you buy a foreign use extension this will airlines will bring back similar duty-free offers as automatically include a Green Card. Talk to your prevailed until 1999, when they were abolished insurance company soon, some take up to 4 across Europe :o) weeks to issue the card. Gala Life 59


YOUR HOROSCOPE For May 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin The down to earth sign of Taurus the bull is now in the spotlight; constructive and practical energy is at its highpoint and can be used beneficially to keep your projects going at a steady pace. Taurus is also the sign of nature and we’ll all benefit from getting outdoors and enjoying the abundance of the natural world. May also brings plenty of fiery energy, suggesting that it’s the perfect month for original and creative ideas to take shape. The love planet Venus is enthusiastic and passionate in the energetic sign of Aries until the 14th. A brilliant alignment between expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mercury in Aries shows that big ideas can flourish - anything is possible! The new moon is in Taurus on the 4th and the full moon is in Scorpio on the 18th. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Energetic Mars, your ruler, remains in Gemini until the 16th. Plans and projects are gathering momentum now as many new ideas become apparent and communication is at its best. The Taurus new moon on the 4th suggests that some important financial issues will come to the surface. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 The Sun is in your sign until the 21st and energetic Mars continues to give you an extra boost of vitality. Venus arrives in your sign on the 15th and offers a chance to clear up some emotional matters that have been in the background for quite a while. The full moon on the 18th illuminates a partnership issue. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 This month brings vibrant and dynamic energy to anything involving your friends and your social circle. Mars remains in your sign until the 16th, continuing the exciting theme of innovative ideas and exciting new plans to move ahead. The Scorpio full moon on the 18th illuminates a challenge around an ambitious project. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 This month suggests that a totally different dynamic is on offer as your career moves into the spotlight. Strong Aries energy places your confidence at an all-time high and pushes you to go after what you want. A close friend offers some good advice around the time of the Taurus full moon on the 4th LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 During May the emphasis is on broadening your horizons, including travelling to faraway places. Some journeys could be work related, particularly after the important Taurus new moon on the 4th. A relationship or a deep friendship could become especially rewarding for you after the 15th. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Energetic Mars is powerful at the highest point of your chart, illuminating the way for brighter career prospects. Try to avoid wasting energy on trivia as Mars in Gemini is easily distracted. The Taurus new moon on the 4th offers a more practical approach to broadening your horizons.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Further education and some long distance travel are in the spotlight until the 15th. Take this opportunity to further develop any new projects as this is the perfect time to make a lasting impression on those around you. The Scorpio full moon on the 18th suggests new financial insights. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 The new moon in your opposite sign on the 4th illuminates the important decisions that you have taken in recent months. Work related issues are on a roll as new projects coincide with your determination to succeed. The full moon in your sign on the 18th boosts your confidence. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Your love life enters the spotlight in May, as romantic Venus starts the month in the passionate sign of Aries. Relationships should flourish under these current trends; Jupiter, your ruler, is also well aspected. Mars in Gemini ensures that you stay curious and explore, but try to avoid arguments. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 May brings a new sense of adventure and exciting new possibilities as the Sun and impulsive Uranus occupy pivotal positions in your chart, ensuring that you enjoy popularity and recognition. Use positive thinking to get the very best out of any new social endeavours. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 During May your home becomes one of your top priorities, if you maximise your potential and put your powers of judgement to the test you should see the successful culmination of an ambitious project. Enthusiasm is high as love and relationships offer excitement and delight PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 The radiant Sun joins maverick planet Uranus in the communication sector of your chart in May. Apply your energies to constructive pursuits and be sure to connect with influential people. Your intellectual powers are sharp, becoming even sharper after Mercury arrives in Taurus on the 7th NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. I offer a full motivational and transformational coaching programme using astrology, coaching and the Bach flower essences. My client base is international, all my consultations are available in person, by telephone or Skype. Please contact me for more information. Intuitive Tarot card readings for wisdom and guidance are also available. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Find me on Facebook - Restyle Your Life christine_chalklin@hotmail.com Telephone: 07813 483549

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