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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.

November 2019


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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the November edition of Gala Life. It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. We have a fabulous array of Christmas offerings, from lunch time meals to great party nights, so book yours now before it's too late. It can also be a gift giving nightmare for people especially those with young children, so we have reviewed this years predicted top toys. You can even WIN a Pictionary Air game with Gala Life. We played a board game on Christmas Day last year for the first time in ages and it really brought the family together. It’s not actually December yet – so you mustn’t miss all the fabulous events on this month. We have St Andrews Day, Bonfire Night and many Autumn Fayres. Read on in our Get Out and diary sections. Whilst reading the community updates I couldn’t believe how busy everyone has been this year. Monies raised, for many good causes, and many awards received recognising the achievement s of local causes and local people. You make Gala what it is. Thank you to our advertisers for their support, which allows us to include so much community information. Don’t forget to mention you saw them in Gala Life.

Features WIN Top Toys Garden Tools Stored For Winter

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Regulars Garden Border Vets Fitness Computer Gala Rugby

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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 November

10.00am

Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Cafe

1st November

7.30pm

Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick

2nd November

12noon

Community Cafe - Galashiels Baptist Church

2nd November

12.30pm

Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed

4th November

7.30pm

The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose

6th November

7.00pm

Newman At Abbotsford

7th November

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

9th November

10.00am

Galashiels Trinity Church Guild Coffee Morning

11th November

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow

13th November

7.00pm

Galashiels Camera Club Agricultural Photographic Competition

14th November

7.30pm

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre

14th November

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

15th November

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco

15th November

7.30pm

Dark Tales For Dark Nights - Abbotsford House

15th November

7.30pm

Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick

16th November

10.00am

Old Parish and St Paul's Church Autumn Fayre & Coffee Morning

16th November

10.00am

Christmas Craft Fair and Entertainment - MacArts Centre

16th November

12.30pm

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

16th November

7.30pm

Quiz Night - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall

16th November

7.30pm

Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall

18th November

2.00pm

The Three Brethren U3A - Gala Rugby Club

19th November

1.00pm

SBHA Rent Roadshow - Focus Centre

19th November

7.00pm

Inner Wheel Club of Galashiels - Focus Centre

20th November

1.00pm

SBHA Rent Roadshow - Langlee Community Centre

21st November

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

21st November

7.30pm

Redgauntlet Archers Beginners Class

21st November

7.30pm

Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House

23rd November

7.00pm

Charity Fashion Show, Focus centre.

30th November

2.00pm

Caddonfoot Hall Celebrates its 90th Birthday

27th November

10.00am

Christmas Fayre - Triest House

7th December

7.30pm

Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall

21st March 2020

12noon

Hospital Staff Reunion Lunch - Kingsknowes Hotel

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 1st November - Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Cafe, Galashiels Interchange - 10.00am to 12noon. All welcome. Friday 1st November - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Paul Downes is back to entertain Rolling Hills with his song-writing talents and skilful and sensitive guitar playing. Highly respected on the acoustic music scene he gigs regularly across the UK and USA and has played with an array of bands and individuals including Pete Seeger, Phil Beer and The Arizona Smoke Revue. Always a treat! £7/£6 concessions. Under 18s and Young Scot card -free. BYOB. All ages welcome. 07986 644661 for more information. Saturday 2nd November - Community Cafe - Galashiels Baptist Church - 12noon to 2.00pm. Serving delicious home made soup and pudding. No charge - voluntary donations only in support of TWAM (Tools with a Mission) this month. Saturday 2nd November - Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed, Goslawdales, Selkirk - 12.30pm. Nichola Gray, Occupational Therapist specialising in arthritic conditions - aids and adaptations for those with arthritis - followed by a live presentation from Chesterfield on the charity's new Help Line given by Louise Gunnee. A unique opportunity to find out what's out there that might be of help to those with arthritis. Monday 4th November - The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 54. Wednesday 6th November - Newman At Abbotsford: A Spiritual Oasis - Abbotsford House 7.00pm. Guest speaker Mgr Roderick Strange. See page 39 for tickets and details of other events at Abbotsford. Thursday 7th November - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House - 7.30pm. Workshop on colour. Saturday 9th November - Galashiels Trinity Church Guild Coffee Morning - 10.00am to 12noon. With Cake and Candy stall, all welcome. Monday 11th November - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Wednesday 13th November - Galashiels Camera Club Agricultural Photographic Competition - Langlee Community Centre - 7.00pm. Raffle, light refreshments. Come and see the best photography the Borders has to offer. Thursday 14th November - Scottish Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre ,Marigold Drive ,Galashiels 7.30pm. John Robertson will give an illustrated talk on “ Poisonous Plants in the Scottish Borders." You are invited to make a donation. Thursday 14 November - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House - 7.30pm. Workshop on weather effects. Friday 15th November - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 15th November - Dark Tales For Dark Nights - Abbotsford House - 7.30pm. Seasonally dark folklore with storyteller Mary Kenny. See page 39 for tickets and details of other events at Abbotsford. Friday 15th November - Rolling Hills Folk Club - Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick – 7.30pm. Singers and Musicians welcome. No pressure to perform from those who just like to sit back, listen and enjoy! Doors open 7.30 for 8 pm start. BYOB. All ages welcome. Collection and raffle. 07986 644661 for more information. Continued on page 10

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Christmas Day This year, our chefs will prepare and serve a mouthwatering Christmas Day Carvery Lunch.

Here`s a small teaser of the menu just to tempt your taste buds…

Starters

Pan Seared Scallops, Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Carvery

Roast Scottish Borders Beef, Succulent Roast Turkey and Honey Glazed Gammon

Desserts

Simply delicious locally made Christmas Pudding, Chefs very own Chocolate Fondant

Adult: £65.00 Child: £35.00

(Child 12yrs and under)

More details, including full menu and timings, can be found on our website.

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Saturday 16th November - Old Parish and St Paul's Church Autumn Fayre & Coffee Morning Volunteer Hall - 10.00am to 12noon. See page 46 for all the details. Saturday 16th November - Christmas Craft Fair and Entertainment - MacArts Centre - 10.00am to 2.00pm. A wide range of crafters offering the perfect inspiration for Christmas gifts with festive live performances. Tea, coffee and homebaking will also be on sale with free juice and biscuits for children. Free entry and all proceeds will go towards Galashiels Academy pupil Emma Brus’s trip to Tanazania with the Vine Trust in 2020. To book a stall, call 07976303058. Saturday 16th November - Soup 'n' Pud Lunch - St Peter's Episcopal Church - 12.30pm. Join us for a delicious lunch and a good blether. All welcome, why not bring a friend! Saturday 16th November - Quiz Night - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall - 7.30pm. Teams of 4, entry by donation. Proceeds to Tearfund. Saturday 16th November - Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall - 7.30pm. Matthew Trusler (violin) and Ashley Wass(piano) play works which capture the spirit of each country in a program entitled “ Around the world in 80 minutes” .Tickets, £15, will be on at the door: school age children are admitted free if accompanied by an adult . Monday 18th November - The Three Brethren U3A - Gala Rugby Club, Netherdale - 2.00pm. Our speaker will be Kathleen MacFarlane, who will talk on 'Pole to Pole' - Journeys by ship to the Antarctic peninsula and the high Arctic, looking at animals, birds and landscapes of these two very different areas. Refreshments. New members welcome. For up-to-date information u3asites.org.uk/three-brethren Tuesday 19th November - SBHA Rent Roadshow - Focus Centre, Galashiels - 1.00pm to 3.30pm. See page 41 for details. Tuesday 19th November - Inner Wheel Club of Galashiels - Focus Centre, Livingston Place, Galashiels - 7.00pm. Our speaker will be will be Joyce Luby who will be showing us how to make Christmas Crackers. Wednesday 20th November - SBHA Rent Roadshow - Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels 1.00pm to 3.30pm. See page 41 for details. Thursday 21st November - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House - 7.30pm. Workshop on printing. Thursday 21st November - Redgauntlet Archers Beginners Class - Langlee Community Centre Hall - 7.30pm to 8.30pm. 5 Week course, £40 for the course to cover equipment, tuition and insurance. Minimum age 16. Limited number of places available so if interested please contact Alistair Ringrose on 01896753415 or aringrose113@btinternet.com for further details and to register. Saturday 23rd November – Charity Fashion Show – Focus Centre, Galashiels – 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Charity Fashion show for Edinburgh Transplant (sports) Team, comprising of transplantees who were treated in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. A number of our team live in the Borders. Prepare for Xmas, with gift accessories! Top labels at bottom prices! Tickets £10 includes a glass of prosecco plus raffle and limited bar. Thursday 28th November - Galashiels Studio Club - Old Gala House - 7.30pm. Workshop on Watercolour. Saturday 30th November - Caddonfoot Hall Celebrates its 90th Birthday - 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Join the celebration with afternoon tea and a browse around the photo exhibition. Tickets £5 from committee members or from Clovenfords Shop. Book online at infocaddonfoot@btinternet.com or phone 07527800301. Continued on page 12

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Saturday 7th December - Christmas Fayre - Triest House, Bridge Street, Galashiels - 10.00am to 2.00pm. Come and Join in the fun! We have lots of stalls, fun activities for the kids, young and old and lots more. See page 19 for details. Saturday 7th December - Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall - 7.30pm. Scozzesione of Scotland’s finest Male Vocal Ensembles- will perform Operatic favourites and songs from nearer home. Tickets £15, will be on sale at the door: schoolchildren will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult . Saturday 21st March 2020 - Hospital Staff Reunion Lunch - Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels 12noon. Anyone interested phone Jeannie on 01896 759757 or email Jean41brady@gmail.com or May on 07814 319482. Cost £16.50 to be paid with confirmation before 1st March 2020.

Circle Dancing - Third Friday of the month, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Old Parish and St Paul’s Church Hall, Galashiels. A lovely mix of traditional and new dances and music from around the world. Each dance is shown and taught by dance leader so no experience necessary. The dances are mostly done in a circle so no partner is required. Some of the dances are gentle and reflective, some a little more lively. Come and join us for fun, movement, conversation, meeting new friends. Further information contact:- Kate 07523 466657. Langlee Community Choir - Mondays at 7.00pm in Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels. The choir always welcomes new singers of any age or ability.  If you are a shy singer, the choir will bring out your confidence.  No pressure, no auditions, just good fun.  Keep watching out in Gala Life or listen to local radio for upcoming performances.  To book the choir or for any other information, please visit www.langleecommunitychoir.org.uk/contactus.html 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. 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 Continued on page 18 12 Gala Life


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TOP TOYS - CHRISTMAS 2019 This year’s top toys list is a great representation of the entire toy market; there’s something that will appeal to every child and of all ages. From the quirky to the interactive, toys which encourage role-play to those designed for pure excitement and entertainment. Big themes this year are games and electronic toys. Don't forget the batteries!

Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue - £40 Real life. . . Real love. . . Real Rescue. Bring the magic of Scruff-a-Luvs to life with the latest addition to the Scruff-a-Luvs rescue centre. Real Rescue is a Scruff-a-Luv that reacts to how you nurture it – just like a real rescue pet with over 30 lifelike sounds and interactions including shivering, whimpering, feeding, hiccups and heartbeat. Plus, for every Scruff-a-Luvs Real Rescue adopted, Scruff-a-Luvs will donate part of the proceeds to the RSPCA to help real animals find their 'furever' homes. Age 3+, batteries required.

Pictionary Air - £20 A hysterical way to play the original family drawing game. Draw in the air and see it on your device in this exciting take on the quick-draw classic. Download the Pictionary Air app to your smart phone or tablet to get started. Take turns drawing clues in the air while your teammates guess the images that appear on the screen of your smart device . The team with the most points after 10 rounds wins. The easy-to-use app lets you record your performance and play it back for more laughs in between rounds, or save and share it with your friends. Custom mode allows you to adjust the round timer and number of rounds to give beginners or younger kids more time to draw. Age 8+, batteries required.

Toy Story 4 Walking Buzz Lightyear - £35 Buzz Lightyear comes to life with lights, sounds and iconic action moves! Take Toy Story 4 adventures to infinity and beyond with this walking, talking Buzz! He walks forward and back and speaks lines like "Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!" and "We’re on a mission to find our friends!" Press the big red button on his left side to deploy his wings and hear him say a series of phrases as he moves forward and sometimes backward, and swivels his hips in true character style! Age 3+, batteries required.

Blume Doll - £9.99 (22 to collect) Add water and see who grows! A little bit of water reveals a whole lot of magic in the outrageous world of Blume! Anything but ordinary, Blume dolls come hidden inside flower pots just waiting to be discovered. Each doll features unique, over-the-top hairstyles and outfits that can be interchanged with other dolls. The flower pot comes packed with 10+ surprises. Age 3+.

Owleez Flying Baby Owl - £49.99 This is the first and only interactive pet that you can rescue, take care of and even teach to fly. Can you teach Owleez to fly? This interactive toy pet can really fly - but she just needs some help and a bit of practice. The more you practice, the more confident she’ll get. With over 100 interactive sounds and movements, Owleez responds to your touch, love and care. Age 6+, USB rechargeable. 16 Gala Life


Bank Attack Board Game - £25 Families will have to work as a team to try and crack the code to win big (fake) money. Bank Attack is an intense and addictive cooperative game, where you work together as a team to crack the vault and release the gold hidden inside! Players have five minutes to work out the puzzle. You'll have to pick a player - the hacker, money man, look out or explosives expert and choose a level. You'll need to grab the right tools, pass them on the right moment and use them quickly to grab the cash. If you make a mistake, you'll trigger the alarm and - busted! Age 7+, batteries required.

Fortnite Royale Collection Battle Bus - £32 All aboard and cruise on the Battle Bus! Take your squad to new heights with the Battle Bus. Display your collection, store your figures inside, or build your own Battle Royale…when the Battle Bus is cruising, you never know who’s dropping next! The inside of the battle bus is a storage case with room for more than 15 battle Royale collection figures. Age 8+. Batteries not required.

LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus - £30 Movie fans can grab the iconic LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus as featured in the hit film Prisoner of Azkaban. Build the three-level LEGO knight bus with hinged opening side panel, removable roof and a movable sliding bed and swinging chandelier. Includes the cheeky shrunken head and Harry Potter's chest containing a wand, letter, chocolate bar and a potion bottle. The LEGO knight bus playset can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks for creative building. Age 8+.

Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Jet Command Centre - £50 2-in-1 Transforming Jet: Switch from deluxe jet into mobile command headquarters! Lift the handle to open the jet into the command centre, with room for all of the pups and one Deluxe Mighty Vehicle (each sold separately)! Easily fold back up into the Mighty Jet. For mobile rescues, place the exclusive Mighty Ryder figure into the cockpit. Push the button to launch Ryder and his mini jet from the command centre! Disc launcher and real lights and sounds. A great gift for kids aged 3 years and over. Batteries included.

Hamleys Oblique Drifter - £60 Buckle-up and prepare for a rocky and riotous RC ride! This awesome 4-wheel drive remote control buggy boasts smooth-steering and strong climbing features, as well as a 360-degree free-rotation and multi-function drift - all perfect for off-road drives across varying terrain. The chassis goes up and down as it moves, thanks to the smart spring-loaded design, adding to the slick ride. Whilst the buggy itself plays out a sick soundtrack for the ultimate road trip! Age 4+, batteries required. If you still need a hand - have the kids write to the man himself, don't forget a return address and use a stamp Santa Clause, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, North Pole, SAN TA1 Gala Life 17


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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. 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). ÂŁ1.50 per week with refreshments. Urszula Borowskah (member of UNESCO Paris) 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. ÂŁ3 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 18 Gala Life


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. Baby Massage - Thursday mornings,Nurture the Borders, Selkirk. A combination of baby massage, baby yoga, sensory stimulation, shiatsu, relaxation and singing with gentle relaxation exercise for the grown-ups. Contact Trace_LL@hotmail.com, via the Facebook page or text / call on: 07867 473 633 to join us. ‘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. If you would like to be included, send details to Willie at info@galalife.co.uk or 01721 720129 by 11th of the previous month.

Entertainment for November 2nd Nov

Focus

9th Nov

Altitude

11th Nov

Elite (Remembrance Day)

16th Nov

Back to Front

23rd Nov

John Charles Band

30th Nov

Enuff Said

Music 9.30pm - 12.30am

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The Gala Garden November November is a month that is mostly defined by what it is not, but I think that there are some uniquely positive aspects of this last month of autumn: the quality of the light, time to stop working in the garden and the contentment of feeling that everything is prepared for winter. November means no mowing but when all the leaves are down you can harvest them for leaf mould, a valuable and entirely free, soil improver. If you have a mixed wildlife or mainly deciduous hedge, mid-November is the time for its annual trim. This is a good job on a crisp but sunny day with the possibility of a bonfire later in the month to dispose of the clippings. November means no blackbirds singing but every garden has its robin and he’s there in the hedgerow at dawn and dusk. Find the bird feeders and clean them up and get in a good supply of different kinds of food: seeds, nuts, fat balls and meal worms. Birds will also clean up apple cores, bread crusts and raisins but only put out enough food for one day and clean trays regularly. Water for drinking and bathing is also much appreciated. And listen for the geese, especially at dawn.

or rescuing things from floods. If you have to remove broken branches always go back to the main stem and ask for professional help if it’s a big tree branch. Flooding is becoming more common now that heavy rain can produce a month’s worth in a day. If your garden is low-lying take some precautions now. November means no light but as the days shorten and the light angles lower, you begin to see the garden differently. Without leaves or herbaceous growth the architecture of the garden becomes much clearer. Interrupting the light, together with form and line, create effects that cost nothing. This warm November light will pick out the golden spires of grasses like Calamagrostis Karl Foerster or any of the large Miscanthus. It gilds the trunks and stems of trees like Acer griseum, Prunus serrula or Betula jacquemontii, casting shadows you don’t notice in the summer.

The lack of light is a real problem for many people; this is the start of a long winter. My defence is fairy lights and I recommend them inside and out to anyone who suffers from the dark; there are November means no warmth but frost will sparkle even solar-powered ones for outdoors. up every tree and all the roadside verges as well as the garden. The fairy tale may only last the Sheila Drummond morning so, if you have a chance, grab the camera, Portland Garden Design get out and walk in it. 07905 397185 November means wind and rain for most of us and sometimes that means dealing with wind damage drummond.sheila@gmail.com 20 Gala Life


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Remember, Remember the 5th of November…. The mornings are crisp, and the nights are drawing in, for most of us this means snuggling up with our pets in front of the fire, but one thing can be upsetting for our furry friends… Fireworks. Although fireworks look pretty, they can cause extreme distress for animals. Most of our pets are indoors meaning they can usually hear the fireworks but are not able to associate where the noise is coming from. Common signs of distress include restlessness, pacing, lip smacking, trembling, panting hiding, freezing, refusing to eat and vocalising. These signs appear suddenly, usually when they hear fireworks in the distance. The signs can become worse over time so reduction of fear early on can prevent the problem from escalating. Here are some tips to help reduction of fear; Try to minimize your pet’s exposure to the fireworks. Ensure you are walking before dark when they are less likely to be let off. Closing curtains in the house will stop the light from entering. Making a den can be useful, they act as a ‘safe place’ for your pet to hide. Put their favourite blankets or toys in this place Playing music can help to calm animals. Try to have a playlist on repeat, as continuous music works best. Also hoovering your house, if your pet is happy with this, can distract them from the noise. Act as normal as possible. Try to stick to routines such as times of feeding and rest. Making too much of a fuss and saying ‘it’s ok’ when your pet is

behaving this way only reinforces them to continue this behaviour. There are various products on the market to help relax animals during this period. There are diffusers, sprays and collars that, if used at least 1 week – 1 month before the event, can help to reduce stress. A lot of these products are plant/herb/oil based which contain natural calming properties. If you interested in these please contact one of nurses to discuss what is available. There are also mild sedatives that are available from your vet. If you wish to find out more about these, please call our reception team to book an appointment with your vet. Remember, be a friend to your pet! Don’t leave them alone in the house when there are fireworks and don’t tell them off if they do show these signs of distress or accidentally damage your house. Becky Barrett RVN

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John Lamont MP - Scottish Conservative Party WSZ Visit Last month was Challenge Poverty Week, which is organised by the Poverty Alliance each year to tackle the fact that nearly one in four children in the Scottish Borders are living in poverty. One of the themes of the week was the way in which work helps people out of poverty, as long as wages are high enough and the cost of living is kept down. Unfortunately in the Scottish Borders we have lower wages than the national average, which is why policies such as the National Living Wage are so important. As part of the week, I paid a visit to Galashiels based WSZ Joiners, an excellent employer which is one of the National Living Wage Accredited businesses we have here in the Borders. Bill pays his staff at least the National Living Wage because he can see that by providing good jobs he gets more out of his workforce. He’s also got a couple of apprentices, which is again a vital route in to full time work for many school leavers. Council Budgets You may have read the worrying news that because of budget cuts from the Scottish Government, Scottish Borders Council are facing a £30 million black hole in its finances. The situation is so serious that council officials are suggesting a 3% council tax rise each year for the next five years. I don’t think this would be the right move, particularly as many families are seeing their income tax rising as well, but it goes to show how underfunded councils across Scotland are. Because of public spending increases elsewhere in the UK, the Scottish Government have a extra £1.2 billion to spend next year. There really is no excuse for the Scottish Government, they need to start treating councils fairly. CAB visit It was great to pay a visit to the team at Youth Info, a really important service run by the Citizens Advice Bureau. It was their 10th birthday and so they were celebrating all the young people they have been able to help over the years. They can provide support on all sorts of things from problems with housing, to finding job and even advice on personal relationships. You can get in touch with YouthInfo@CAB through a variety of ways. You can pay a visit to one of their Bureau’s across the Scottish Borders, call them on 07508331513, or email via youthinfo@roxburghcab.casonline.org.uk.

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservative If you’ve been reading this column from the start, you will be aware that I am a big sports enthusiast. The past few weeks have literally been sport, sport and more sport for me. From attending the fantastic Live Borders Celebration of Sport to being engrossed in World Championships Athletics and the Rugby World Cup on television. I also went along to watch a Gala Harriers training session at Tweedbank track which had over 100 young people involved. Which inspired me so much that I took part in the Haylodge Parkrun in Peebles. Which itself will be celebrating its one year anniversary on the 2nd November. Another event which took place in the Peebles area recently was the ‘Borders Retail Business Awards.’ I didn’t attend the awards but was great to see that businesses from Galashiels won awards that evening. It is very important, that we continue to acknowledge and support local business as they all bring great benefits to our town and region. I don’t want to single out any of the winners

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FITNESS with Alan Clinch

Why would I want to do a combat type exercise class? Look in your local gym or fitness centre and you’ll almost certainly see a variety of classes which are derived from combat activities such as boxing. These classes have been around for a while now, and are generally extremely popular, so what are the benefits and why might you enjoy them? What would you expect? This type of class is quite intense, as using the upper body tends to create a bigger response as the muscles are relatively smaller than in the lower body. That said, the average combat or boxing type class will involve the whole body legs will be kicking as well as arms punching, and there’ll be plenty to occupy your core, back and shoulders. For this reason you’re definitely going to get hot and sweaty, so participants will often take a towel and a water bottle in. Like any other class based activity the session will revolve around repeated (and choreographed) movements in order to improve your technique and develop appropriate body positioning. If you’re new to a class like this, there’s always a temptation to really ‘go for it’ at he beginning, but good advice would be to ease into it and find your own level – instructors are hugely experienced and able to offer alternative options to ensure that everyone maximises there benefits – too much too soon and you may feel as though you’re been in a real fight the next day…. The idea is to try and keep the heart rate high – probably around 60-80% of your maximum, with some periods of very high-intensity (85 and 90% see also last months’ article on recommendations for exercise). A combination like this is sometimes known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), has been shown to develop cardio endurance and help with weight loss. A typical class will consist of floor work (maybe on a padded floor doing conditioning drills like jumping jacks, sit ups, or

fast feet), ring work, and bag or partner work. During a boxing workout, you’ll probably punch or kick a bag hundreds of times, requiring your upper body, lower body, and core to engage as you make contact with the bag. What are the potential benefits? General Conditioning: Combat and boxing classes can be as intense as running, but with the benefit that they are less repetitive and there is a significant reduction in impact. Sessions are usually run with timed intervals and at different speeds. Weight Loss: research suggests that a one hour combat class could potentially use up to 750 calories. This would be dependent on age, fitness level, height and weight. That said, the figure compares favourably with most other CV activities. Improved agility, co-ordination, and reactions: in general, combat/boxing sessions are fast paced, and require the adoption of specific movement patterns which change very quickly - this means that our balance and agility is challenged, along with booth our physical and mental reactions. Stress-relief and improved self-confidence: people use many different strategies to relieve stress, and an intense, exercise class can be a very therapeutic experience. Most types of exercise will help to produce hormones and chemicals associated with happiness, which means that you’re likely to feel good about yourself and boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. As always, 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…

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above any other as they all shine in their own way and deserve success. However, a good example of a local business that has been a mainstay in Galashiels, for nearly 100 years is the Pavilion Cinema. As a big fan of movies I do try to go as much as possible. Yet at the same time I take it for granted with so much on offer on platforms such as Netflix and Sky. It’s instant gratification in your home a bit like shopping online. You can browse and relax at your leisure but something is missing from that. A sense of connection with who you are purchasing from. There is something unique and special about buying your ticket then walking to another person to check your ticket who then sends you in the right direction. Then buying some popcorn making your way to your seat. Sitting in anticipation for whatever movie you’ve chosen to watch. Also, it gives another feeling a feeling that all distractions are gone for a few hours. No phone, no worries just you and a world of characters on the big screen. Now that’s what I call an experience worth leaving the house for! I will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 1st November 10-12 noon at Born in the Borders Café, Galashiels Transport Interchange Email - euan.jardine@scotborders.gov.uk

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Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP Councillors are from time to time (?) accused of talking Rubbish: this time I am genuinely talking rubbish – our rubbish. Along with other elected members, I was invited to visit the Waste Transfer Station at Easter Langlee and the Leavenseat waste management facility in Lanarkshire where the waste is sent. At Planning, I did vote against putting the WTS at Easter Langlee, primarily on the basis of the unsuitability of the roads network for servicing this facility. However, it is here now and although I still have strong feelings about the unsuitability of the roads the facility itself is very impressive and definitely an improvement on landfill. The air quality filters in the sorting station are installed to very high standard – SEPA insisted on very stringent controls which brings the standard to the highest in the country for this type of facility. The landfill is in the final stages of being closed and capped, which can only be of benefit to the whole neighbourhood. In addition, gas is being captured from the landfill site to run a small private-sector energy plant, which helps put a considerable amount of money back into SBC coffers. We then effectively followed the black bin waste being transferred offsite to an impressive facility in Lanarkshire, where residual recycling takes place (metal cans, plastics, etc., which had been placed in general rubbish rather than in recycling bins – and there is still a lot! - are removed and bulked for reuse). The remaining waste, from the Scottish Borders and other Councils is processed and incinerated producing enough power for about 25,000 houses. In addition, some bales of processed waste are exported to Sweden to burn. Unfortunately, the amount of waste produced in the Borders would not be enough to make running a facility such as this economic for SBC. I was also pleased to hear that Leavenseat are reinvesting profits into research on how to reuse more waste byproducts. SBC have launched the ‘Millions of Reasons to Recycle’ campaign which is encouraging the public to get involved and put the right stuff in the right bin: it highlights the environmental and financial need to recycle, and what can and cannot be recycled: www.scotborders.gov.uk/millionsofreasons It is impossible to avoid coverage of Climate Crisis in the news at the moment so it is important for us all to play our part, and we can start with the small things that each person can do: we can all chose to use recyclable materials whenever possible and, most importantly, to put them in the right bins! Continued on page 30 28 Gala Life


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Pantomime Season Once More Around The Corner Rehearsals are now in progress for the Right Angle Theatre Company’s annual pantomime which this year will once more run for five nights in the Volunteer Hall Galashiels. The pantomime will open on Tuesday 3rd December and will have nightly performances right through until Saturday. After the huge success of last year, the company have this year decided to perform a new traditional pantomime with “Beauty and the Beast” being the popular choice. The role of Director will once again be in the capable hands of long serving Musical Director Derek Calder; Derek will continue in this role as well which will keep him very busy. Derek shall be assisted in the role as Director by Julie Smith with Gordon Keddie acting once again as Producer. The choreography will again be in the very capable hands of Stuart Mitchell. As always the musical numbers are a good mix of new and old songs with one or two sing along numbers making sure the audiences will leave with the music ringing in their ears. The pantomime itself has as in previous years been written by Alan Frayne whose writing always includes many humorous lines. Tickets will go on sale to general public early in November. After the sell-out shows of last year everyone is recommended to purchase their tickets as soon as they become available. There is once again a cast of almost fifty with a huge range in the age groups Involved. The Principal roles are as follows; Belle: Aimee Richardson, Whitney: Tracy Borthwick, Britney: Emma Wilson, Alphonse: Scott Robertson, Madame Fifi: Jodie Millar, Jacques: Billy Rooney, Gustave: Craig Douglas, Prince Danton: Sam Johnstone, Marcel: Stuart Mitchell, Monique: Amanda Blacklock, Monsieur Le Fou: Julie Smith, Flora: Rachel Falconer, Belladonna: Amy Welsh.

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 Continued on page 36 30 Gala Life


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may surprise you what help is available and along with a friendly chat you can also enjoy a cuppa while you do!

Lavender Touch Christmas Shop The Lavender Touch is a charity supporting those living with cancer in the Scottish Borders. Thanks to local businessman Phil Macari, we have been given a fantastic opportunity to raise funds. A free shop in Galashiels— Sorella (2 Channel Street, opposite Macari’s café) for the months of November and December and we intend to run it as a Christmas Shop. For this we are relying on public support. Are you be able to donate, or source from others, any of the following: Good as new toys/games/books for children. Party clothes for children or adults – long dresses, glitzy tops, bags, shoes, costume jewellery, Christmas decorations, Home made Christmas cakes, puddings, mincemeat, chutneys and preserves, Bric-a-brac such as nice wine glasses, items to dress a table, vases, ornaments, candles, photo frames, items you would be happy to receive as a gift, crafts, Knitted items like baby clothes, gloves, scarves, hats. Items can be dropped at our unit at Tweedbank Craft Centre on Mondays and Thursdays between 11am and 2pm, at the shop from 10am to 4pm once it is open (and 6pm-8pm on Thursday evenings from 24 October), or we would be happy to arrange collection. Of course we will be very happy to see you in the shop as a customer too. www.lavendertouch.co.uk

Gala Opera It’s November already and a lot has been happening in the last couple of months. Since starting back in August, rehearsals have been going well. The show has been cast mid September and the principals are all working hard getting to grips with their characters. Much of the music has been tackled by the Company and a great sound they are making! Many songs were already known and well loved so bringing them to life again has been great fun. Audiences will recognise many of the numbers (like “Friendship”, “Blow, Gabriel Blow” “It’s Delovely” and of course, “Anything Goes” itself!) and they are guaranteed to get their feet tapping! So it’s full speed ahead for the next few weeks before we take a break from rehearsals in early December for Xmas and New Year. Keep an eye out for our January update - by then we will be about 8 weeks from showtime and more details will be available, not only on how rehearsals are going, but equally importantly from our audience point of view, on booking, ticket prices and how you can get yours! You don’t want to miss it!

Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Central Borders CAB opened in 1970. We recently held our Annual General Meeting. AGM’s give us the opportunity to look back over the previous financial year; to bring together information showcasing the extent of support and outcomes achieved by our, mainly, Volunteer Advisers. In 2018-19 we helped Border Residents achieve a recorded financial gain of £1,081,463. Most of this was in relation to helping people access social security benefits they were eligible for. 36 Gala Life

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We give information on a wide range of subjects – from quick questions to complex case work. It’s free and confidential. Face to face advice is still very popular and often necessary for completion of forms etc. However advice by telephone and e-mail is steadily increasing. This allows access to information and advice for many who cannot attend in person. Quite often e-mail, telephone or a combination is sufficient and ensures that the client is given correct and up-to –date information. We are already thinking ahead to our 50th Anniversary to celebrate the work and dedication from our staff and volunteers over the years. The CAB Service was set-up at the beginning of the 2nd World War and tied in with how the war affected families. The Welfare State, economic and welfare reform changes since then has ensured a high demand for assistance. The CAB service has evolved to meet these changes and will hopefully continue to do so. Contact us: e-mail enquiries@centralborderscab.casonline.org.uk Phone – 01896 753889 111 High Street, Galashiels TD1 1RZ

Gala Churches The future of the three Church of Scotland churches in Galashiels will be decided at a meeting of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in December as the Kirk faces the challenges of rising costs and fewer ministers. Trinity Church and the Old Parish and St Paul’s recently voted for a Union of the churches and St John’s were split on a Union or Link. The congregations met in October at a meeting chaired by the Rev. Rosemary Frew, head of the Presbytery Planning Task Group, who re-iterated the view that there was no option to change. There will be only one church in the town and the Rev. Frew ruled out a new building due to financial restraints, and the church will not be able to call a minister until the final decision is made in December.

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 November Sat 2nd 8.30 – 11.00am Men’s Breakfast all welcome (please phone 07710 523856 if you are coming) Sun 3rd

9.45am Family breakfast

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Put your Garden Tools Away For Winter, So they come out in Spring ready to go! Well that’s the grass cut for the last time and the garden tidied over for winter. It’s important now to clean and store your garden tools so they come out in Spring clean, sharp and ready to go. Spades, forks, rakes and smaller hand tools must be scraped clean of mud or they’ll be ruined when you bring them out again. Rust makes your work harder, every push of the blade into the earth is that much more effort. So, scrape off any mud, dip the blade in a into a bucket of hot soapy water and brush it clean before drying it thoroughly with an old towel. Run a file along the blade at the same angle to keep it sharp and file out any dings. Bad rust spots can be removed with steel wool. Wash and dry the wooden handles and rub in some linseed oil. Finally coat all the metal parts with a light spray of WD-40.

Your lawnmower has worked hard all summer. Grass juice is highly corrosive on metal, so it will need a thorough clean. Finish off with a light coating of WD-40. A professional trick for grass trimmers is to remove the strimmer line and let it soak in fresh water during the winter season. By doing so it will maintain its flexibility, handle more strain and last longer, apparently.

Petrol goes ‘off’ after about 30 days, so it is important that you either drain any petrol powered tools/lawnmowers – or run them dry before storing, otherwise they will be difficult to start come Spring. You can buy fuel enhancers to prolong the life of petrol or diesel, however a bottle costs as much as 5 litres of fuel, so if you aren’t normally storing more fuel than you use every month, then you won‘t need it. Winter is the time to have anything serviced that needs it. Most tools come with a service Garden tools come in various sizes and shapes, manual, However, if you don’t feel capable of instead of piling them up in a jumble you can changing the oil, filter, spark plug and sharpening keep them sorted by storing them on a tool rack the blade, then leave it to the professionals. or on hooks attached to the wall of a shed or Book it in soon though, that way you will avoid garage. the Spring rush. Power tools should also be wiped or brushed Finally, kids love garden sheds. It’s just like clean and oiled according to the manufacturers rummaging about in Halfords when you were instruction. If they are cordless it is important wee, so make sure anything sharp, irritant or to remove the batteries and store them away poisonous it stored out of reach. somewhere where temperatures won’t drop below freezing. Lithium batteries are best stored Debbie at room temperature. 40 Gala Life


The Scottish Borders Housing Association Rent Roadshow Our rent roadshow is your chance to meet with team members to tell us how you feel about the rent you pay and what you think our spending priorities should be. Join us for a bite to eat and a chat at The Focus Centre, Galashiels, Tues 19th November 1-3.30pm Or Langlee Community Centre, Wed 20th November 6-7.30pm Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s enough for everyone! Call 01750 724444 or email Gettinginvolved@sbha.org.uk Registered as a Scottish Charity—No. SC030751

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10.30am Holy Communion, Rev David Dalgish

Tues 19th

5.00pm Galashiels Fellowship of Churches meeting @ Gala Baptist Church 6.30pm

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Caddonfoot Parish Church The church awaits with baited breath on its future after the congregation agreed a Link with St Mary of Wedale of Stow and Heriot under the changes for the future of the Church across Scotland. The final decision lies with the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles at its December meeting. Services will continue to be held in Caddonfoot each Sunday and conducted by the current Stow and Heriot minister, the Rev. Victoria Linford. Over the past few weeks, it has been all hands on deck with preparations for the annual Crafts and Coffee Morning in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on November 9 and volunteers are at the ready for their big day. The church was represented at the annual Clovenfords Summer Fair and we hope that will continue in the future as part of being involved in the community. The Fair included story-telling and a stained glass window craft for children and which is now assembled in the church. Bible Study continues each Wednesday when we discuss the Readings for the following week. More members will always be welcome. The Bible is read and Prayers said by members of the congregation each Sunday. Gifts were brought for the Harvest Thanksgiving service to be given to Mary’s Meals and the Food Bank. The Remembrance Day service will be held on November 10 at the War Memorial where the various wreaths will be laid and the Names of the Fallen read out. We were asked to support funding to support Geoffery Matias as a volunteer midwife in Malawi for another year. Various items were discussed at a meeting of the Kirk Session; new volunteers are needed to escort patients from the hospital to the Chaplaincy Centre at the BGH on Sundays; we are looking for flower arrangers; and Mrs Catriona Bird is the new Presbytery Elder. Please continue to save disused stamps for Atholl Innes, who collects them for the Eden Valley Hospice. Services are conducted each week by the Rev Elspeth Harley at 9.45 am. 42 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 and Sunday Club for primary age Children. Tea and coffee are served after the service with a fellowship lunch on the 2nd Sunday of every month, apart from July and August. In the evening, 6.00-8.00pm there is a Youth Club for P7 upwards when they enjoy a variety of games - snooker, table tennis and board games. (not during school holidays) First Monday of each month. 2-3.00pm Prayer and Pud for Ladies. Tuesdays at 12.30pm there is a Lunch Club for the elderly. Enjoy a 3 course lunch followed by tea/ coffee. Cost is £5. There are occasional outings throughout the year. First Tuesday of each month at 11.45 am a service in the church for LAPWinG Lunch Club folk, but all welcome. Tea/coffee from 11.30am. Tuesdays and Thursdays a Parent and Toddler group meets from 10 – 11.15am. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and for children to enjoy play with others. Tuesday Prayer meeting 7.00 - 8.15pm.   Wednesdays at 2pm a craft group meets in the small lounge. The group meets all through the year, and accompanied children and grandchildren are very welcome. Painting and crafting materials available. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat whilst you do your knitting, sewing, crocheting, or painting. Saturday 2nd November, 12 - 2pm. Community Cafe at Galashiels Baptist Church serving delicious home made soup and pudding. No charge - voluntary donations only in support of TWAM (Tools with a Mission) this month.

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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 November: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am Old & St Paul’s 6.30pm St John's Prayer Meetings in November: Sunday 3rd at 5pm in St John’s Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th at 7.30pm in St John’s Tuesday 26th at 7.30pm in Old & St Paul’s Other groups and activities St John’s Bible Studies - House groups on Wednesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Continued on page 46 44 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 2nd, 16th, 30th October at 2.15pm. Lunch Club - Thursdays 12.30pm. Phone 01578 730591 for information on cost etc. Music Makers - Thursdays 7.30pm. Badminton - Wednesdays 10am. Old Parish and St Paul's Church Autumn Fayre/Coffee Morning in the Volunteer Hall on Sat 16th November. Our Autumn Fayre/Coffee Morning will be held in the Volunteer Hall on Saturday 16th November from 10am to 12noon. Entry costs £2 per adult with free admission for accompanied children, and includes refreshments. There will be a number of stalls to browse including books, bric-a-brac, cake and candy, toys, games, crafts, produce, jewellery and others. Come along, meet up with friends and have a cup of coffee and something to eat, while perhaps starting your Christmas shopping! We look forward to seeing you there. Tearfund Big Quiz 2019 on Sat 16th November Doors open 6:30pm, 7:00pm start. Teams of 4. Refreshments included. Entry is free, and you pay what you think the Quiz was worth at the end. Venue is Trinity Church of Scotland, High Street, Galashiels. Further information: contact Jim Tennant. 07855423833 or jim10ant@hotmail.com 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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The aim of our services are always to glorify God and to tell others of the Hope that Jesus came to the world to give. We know it can be a bit daunting coming into a church for the first time, but be assured we have a great team that will welcome you, and if you like, someone will sit with you throughout the service. Here’s some of what to expect; We love to worship God through song and we have a great band with a contemporary sound, you can join in if you like or simply just listen. We love to look at God’s Word, the bible, and someone speaks for about 30 minutes. We relate God’s Word so it’s relevant to your week, and not something we just listen to and forget about! We offer prayer to anyone who feels they need some support, life can be hard and it’s encouraging to have someone support you through those times. During church we provide Hope Babies, Hope Kids and Hope Youth - you can confidently leave your children in an adjoining room with our great children’s team. Everyone is PVG checked and have undertaken Child Protection Training. To finish you can stay and enjoy good coffee and doughnuts and get to know others a little better. You are invited! We’d love to meet you so please join with us any Sunday. Hope Central This is our community drop in where our team will give you a warm welcome and a good cup of coffee! We are hear to listen, care and help. Hope Central will have reduced opening hours during July and August. Hope Central 1-3 Overhaugh Street, Galashiels TD1 1DL e: enquiries@hopechurchborders.org.uk t: 07377 717705 w: www.hopechurchborders.org.uk

Trinity Church Galashiels Minister: Reverend Elspeth Harley Tel. 01896 758485 Session Clerk, Ed Martin - 752252 or edwrd984@aol.com Mercy Daniels - Office - 752967 or email trinity.cfoot@gmail.com Office hours: Friday 09.30am - 3.00pm. Website: www.caddonfootgalatrinity.org.uk On Sunday 22nd September the three churches of Scotland in Galashiels voted on their preference for the “way forward” for our churches. The vote was held in each of the 3 churches – St. John’s, Old and St. Paul’s Parish Church and ourselves here at Trinity. The choice was straight forward - 1) for the three churches to unite as 1 church or 2) the three churches to form a linkage. The result here at Trinity was an overwhelming vote for option 1, a union. The overall vote between the 3 churches was also in favour of the 3 churches coming together in a union. On Monday 30th September there was a meeting chaired by the Rev. Rosie Frew, Convenor of the Presbytery’s Planning Group who spoke to us about the way forward for the Galashiels congregations in the light of that vote. There’s a long way to go yet and lots of talking to be done. In the meantime we continue to enjoy worship on Sunday mornings, choir rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7pm, the “Heart for Art” venture continues to flourish on Wednesday afternoons and the Guild Session started on Tuesday 17th September when the minister talked on the theme “Companion o the Road”. Both the choir and the Guild would be delighted to welcome new members and the people who run the “Heart for Art” group are in need of volunteers with art experience. If interested in this please get in touch with Ed Martin Session

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Clerk (details above). The lunchtime opening of the church which began in May has now ended and up until the end of September we had 117 visitors which was very encouraging. Thanks go to all the volunteers who willingly gave an hour during the week to open the church to those needing a time of peace in which to pray or reflect or in some cases those who needed a cup of tea and someone to listen. We celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 6th October when we received generous donations to both the foodbank and Mary’s Meals. The ladies on the flower committee had decorated the church beautifully and the flowers were distributed to church members afterwards. Once again we have been able to send off 40 shoe boxes to Blythswood Christmas Appeal for distribution throughout the world and once more thanks go to all who contributed. Here are dates for November: Sunday 3rd

Sacrament of Holy Communion at 11.15am.

Saturday 9th

The Guild SAT coffee morning 10am – 12 noon

Sunday 10th

Church Remembrance Service 11.15am

Saturday 16th

Quiz Night at 7.30pm in Church hall Teams of 4 and entry by donation.

Proceeds to Tearfund.

Tuesday 26th

Guild meeting 2.15pm in church hall. The speaker is Violet Romanes on

Book folding and there will also be a gift stall.

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. God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 - "I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous and you will be a blessing to others ... All the families on earth will be blessed through you." God was going to transform Abraham's life from pretty good to amazing. 50 Gala Life


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Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 3.29 that Christians are Abraham's children and heirs to this promise. We can be a blessing to all families on earth. This is a rock-solid promise from God. Come to church to realise your full potential. Every Sunday. 11am. Focus Centre. Douglas & Kathy Renton, Pastors. Mobile 07815 682 027 www.douglasrenton.org

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.

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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We would also welcome new members who have been through this heart programme. Numbers are increasing and we welcomed back one member, who had been ill. The class offers simple exercise and relaxation with the general chit-chat a therapy, which is beneficial to all members. Cost is a mere £1 per session and this goes at the end of the year towards a donation to the centre, which has, in the past, included chairs and a couch. Plans are in hand to hold our annual Christmas lunch at the Kingsknowes Hotel on Tuesday, December 10, at 12.30 while the agm will be held after the class on Thursday, December 12. 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 The Filling Station normally meets for regular Monday evening ‘celebration’ meetings held in the Corn Exchange Melrose, every month on the first Monday starting at 7.30pm and we have seen Christian’s from communities across the Scottish Borders grow in depth, numbers and fellowship. The Filling Station offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Our meetings are designed to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those outside the church would feel comfortable. Our meetings aim to be short, sharp and focused in character. We find many people meet God through these meetings and faith is built up. We welcome Christians from all backgrounds, denominations and non, Christian leaders, those seeking to understand what the Christian faith is all about, and those just inquisitive. The Filling Station meets on November 4th at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Melrose with Andy Scarcliffe as our guest speaker. This month we welcome Rev Andy Scarcliffe as our guest speaker. Andy is someone you will want to hear. He embraced faith as a teenager, but clothes and style were important as was music. He played guitar in various bands, but when his close friend and bandmate Kenny Hyslop went professional, eventually playing drums in Simple Minds, Andy knew that this was the time to decide what direction God wanted for his life. He’d always felt called to some kind of church work. He trained for Ministry in Spurgeons College, and served his first church – Granton Baptist Church, in Edinburgh. Granton was a housing estate church to the north end of Edinburgh. He later moved to Rising Brook Baptist Church, a multi-congregation town church in Stafford, then to Barnton Baptist Church in 1999. All three churches grew under his ministry with two building new premises to accommodate that growth. After eight years at Barnton, he left to work for the Baptist Union of Scotland for four years. As Mission Advisor to the Baptist Union he travelled throughout Scotland helping churches become effective in Mission. He encouraged them to be creative and to speak the language of modern culture. His special remit was to pass on insights gained from the Emerging Church and Fresh Expressions of Church. Andy is a gifted musician, communicator and a prophetic voice in today’s church. Andy will also be leading our time of worship and there will be the opportunity to access prayer ministry and enjoy fellowship with other Christians from across the borders. So spread the word and join us at the Filing Station. Remember Monday November 4th at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Melrose 54 Gala Life


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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory Your iPhone will have updated to iOS13 at some point during the last couple of weeks. Apple have worked hard to give your phone (well from iPhone 6S or newer) a whole new look and feel. There are significant changes, way too many to list here, so it's best to check them all out at www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios-13/features/ Meanwhile here are some key points to look out for.

giving a far more personal feel. Face ID is much better. Apple have widened the field of view, so if you have and use face ID to unlock your phone, looking at the phone on your desk will open it up without having to lift the handset.

Find My Phone. This now also incorporates Find My Friends in the one app. It is also capable of finding offline devices using any another Dark Mode. This changes the interface,changing iPhone’s Bluetooth if nearby. All anonymous and the bright white and light grey colours (that encrypted, so privacy is protected. light up your face in the dark) to black and dark Map. Completely upgraded with far better grey. It is so much more pleasant on the eyes, details and features. It will give you updates especially in the dark and won’t disturb people on flights, public transport with better route around you. You can schedule dark Mode to planning and lots of new Sat Nav features if turn on and off automatically, like at sunset and using that, like Junction View that keeps drivers sunrise. Just go to Settings, Display and in the correct lane so you don’t miss a turn. You Brightness where you can set it up. can also share your ETA with others and it will You can also turn it on, or off manually from update them by text if you are early or running Control Centre. Go to Settings, Control Centre, late. Customise Controls and add Dark Mode. That Siri. She sounds more human than ever and is now means when you swipe up from the bottom far more intelligent. She now also offers you of the screen, or down from the top, depending personalised suggestions in Apple Podcasts, on model of your phone, the Control Centre Safari and Maps. Siri can even detect reminders shortcuts will appear, and will include Dark in messages and events in third-party apps. Mode. Phone. There's a new setting that protects you Photos Tab. You can now view your photos by from spam callers. When switched on, calls from Day, Month or Year, with a great layout that numbers in Contacts, Mail and Messages will makes choosing the ones you want much easier. ring, all others will be fired straight into your There are actually 35 changes to the Photos Voicemail. There's also a new 'Don't Disturb app, including 15 editing tools. The camera has Whilst Driving' mode. It can even tell the lots of improvements too. difference between driving and travelling on QuickPath Keyboard. You can swipe your finger public transport. from one letter to the next to type without Games Controllers. You can now use your removing your finger from the keyboard to PlayStation 4 controller with your phone, just enter a word. It's a little tricky to get used to connect it by Bluetooth :o) at first and is probably best used on the larger screen models but give it a try anyway. You can Memoji. Eh……. What’s This For! both swipe and tap in any sentence. Ok, so many changes, so just head over to www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios-13/features/ FaceTime Correction. You know when in a FaceTime call where you look at your screen and and read up on everything, it’s just remembering how to use them all! therefore aren't looking at the camera? Apple will use AI to move the direction of your gaze. A bit creepy but hugely useful as it looks like eye contact with the person you are speaking to Willie 56 Gala Life


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Gala Rugby Club The New Season Season 2019/20 is now well underway, and Gala have had a mixed run so far. Our first home game of the season saw us put in a great effort against Cartha Queens Park which resulted in a 53-27 win. The following game didn’t go the way we would like after travelling all the way up to Highland. This game ended in a 18-34 loss. The players had an overnight stay up in Inverness so were able to drown their sorrows before returning home on Sunday morning! The next home game against Biggar was a closely contested match, which unfortunately saw Gala defeated 21-24. Simon Fairburn went over for 2 tries, one of which was converted by Dean Keddie. Keddie also added 3 penalties to the scoring. Gala then faced Kelso at home, and were victorious with a score of 23-15. Ross Cooke opened the scoring with a penalty, followed by a try for Andrew Mitchell. Cooke then added to his points going over for a try, and a further penalty, and conversion. Liam Scott also crossed the line for a try. The night before this game, Gala A faced Kelso A on the main pitch at Netherdale which we won 43-5. Memberships are still available to purchase via our website, or by popping in to the Club Office. Existing members who introduce a new member are entitled to our £20 cashback offer. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available for Season 2019/20. Prices start from £50. If you would be interested then please contact Claire on claire@galarfc.com or 01896 755145. Bookings are now being taken for pre-match Hospitality and are filling up fast so please get your tables booked early to avoid disappointment. Please see contact details above. Tables are available for our local derby against Melrose on 23rd November, which also ties in with our annual Farmers Day. We are delighted to be hosting Gala Sporting Memories sessions on a monthly basis here at Netherdale. These are in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council, Live Borders and Alzheimers Scotland. Any one is welcome to attend to reminisce about sport over the years in Gala. The next session is on Friday 15th November from 2-4pm. Entry by donation. Our Friday Lunch club continues on a monthly basis throughout the playing season and is proving to be popular. The next one is on Friday 6th December with guest speaker Robin Galbraith. Tickets are £30 and can be booked by contacting Tommy Turnbull on 01896 662881, or by contacting the Club Office. We have spaces left at our Christmas Party Night on Saturday 7th December. Cost is £27.50 per person which includes a 3-course meal and disco. For more information please contact Claire in the Office. Come on the Maroons! 58 Gala Life


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YOUR HOROSCOPE For November 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin November puts the deep and mysterious sign of Scorpio into the spotlight; this is your cosmic invitation to review anything in your life that has outlived its purpose and needs shifting. Mercury remains in retrograde motion until the 20th, giving ample time for in depth reflection on the changes that need to be made. Dynamic Mars arrives in Scorpio on the 19th offering great potential to develop your inner warrior and your ability to fight for change and transformation. Venus, the planet of love and romance, enters Sagittarius on the 2nd, chances are that romantic attachments can blossom as they become more passionate and intense The full moon is in Taurus on the 12th and the New moon is in adventurous Sagittarius on the 26th. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Resources and finances are in the spotlight during November as the Scorpio Sun encourages an all-important review. Scorpio Mars demands privacy so it’s best to play a close hand until Mercury goes direct on the 21st. The fiery Sagittarian new moon on the 26th brings refreshing change. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 The transformational Scorpio Sun shines a guiding light on all your partnerships and relationships during November. This is a great time to make some changes as you communicate your values and your worth, if those around you don’t get it, it’s because it’s time for them to move on. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 The work and wellbeing angle of your chart is emphasised during November as daily routines and general health become your top priorities. Mercury, your ruler, returns to direct motion after the 21st assuring that things get easier as interesting new opportunities come your way. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The Moon, your ruler, starts the month in down to earth Capricorn, illuminating the relationship sector of your chart. Saturn and Pluto are in your opposite sign and could create stress and tension caused by a lack of clarity. The way forward becomes much clearer as Mercury turns direct on the 21st LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Romance is high on the agenda in November as the love planet arrives in fiery Sagittarius. Abundant Jupiter lends a helping hand and ensures that things go your way this month. The practical Taurus full moon on the 12th brings an important career issue into the spotlight. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 November shines the light on all forms of thinking and communication. Your mind is sharply focussed as you review the power of your thoughts and eliminate those that are destructive. After the 21st you’ll find the courage to express opinions that you are normally reluctant to voice.

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LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 November welcomes your ruling planet to the exciting and daring sign of Sagittarius. The urge for adventure and risk taking is strong as plans for new endeavours start to form. Successful interaction and new projects are the main themes to keep you occupied. Confidence is strong as you do things your way. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 November is your birthday month and it offers the start of a brand new cycle of transformation and personal growth. Dynamic Mars enters your sign on the 19th, ensuring the perfect opportunity to be more assertive as you step up into a more important role. The new moon on the 26th could see a lucky breakthrough. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 November is super charged as Jupiter and Venus in your sign make their presence felt. The full moon on the 12th brings an important work related issue to the surface and then your own powerful new moon on the 26th ensures that your long held dreams and aspirations finally take shape. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 The Sun is powerful during November, stirring up anything to do with friendships and group endeavours. Romance is also favoured as dynamic Mars moves into passionate Scorpio on the 19th, increasing the chances of a meeting with someone new. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Scorpio Mercury turns direct on the 21st, so you may not have to be so persistent to be clearly understood in your business dealings. An important breakthrough involving close friends comes to your attention around the time of the Sagittarian new moon on the 26th PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Favourable Jupiter is at the highest point in your chart making a challenging aspect to innovative Uranus; you’ll need to stay wide awake and attentive to any new prospects that suddenly appear. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 26th offers exciting opportunities and opens your mind to new horizons. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. Please contact me now for a personal astrological reading and/or a transformational life coaching consultation. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Email: christine_chalklin@hotmail.com Mobile: 07813 483549 Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/restyleyourlife

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