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Message Contents from the Team Welcome to the September edition of Gala Life, Gala’s favourite magazine. What a busy month ahead. Seems like only yesterday summer began, but already the nights are drawing in. So sit down and have a good read of all the things you need to see and do for September. In this issue we have a fantastic competition to WIN tickets to the Enchanted Forest Preview Night. In our regular features, Sheila Drummond’s Gala Garden looks at Autumn colour. Alan Clinch does some Stand Up Paddling, and I look at Sleep Myths. Willie’s Wonky Computer page highlights a scam that many of us are actually unknowingly falling for. So definitely read this if you are a mobile phone user. If you have been away recently and feel inspired to learn a new language then see our tips on page 53. We have updates from our local MPs/ MSPs and councillors, churches and local groups including the Gala Rugby – not long now until the world cup in Japan. Well, after all this reading you are going to need a well-deserved refreshment, and in Gala Life we have some great places to eat and drink any time of the day. So read on and remember to tell our advertisers where you saw them. At Gala Life we try to ensure our advertisers are all local and we can build a stronger community together.

Features WIN Sleep Myths Learn a Language Life of a Wasp

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Regulars Recipe Garden Border vets Fitness Computer Horoscopes 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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Community Events & What's On in Galashiels See the Get Out section for details 2nd September

7.30pm

The Filling Station - Corn Exchange

6th September

10.00am

Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Cafe

6th-8th September

Various

Kelso Folk Festival

7th September

10.00am

Coffee Morning - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall

7th September

10.00am

Gala Waterway's Work Party

7th September

1.00am

Langlee Carnival

7th September

11.00am

Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed

/7th September

1.00pm

Borders Memory Walk 2019 - Harestanes Country Park

7th September

7.30pm

Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall

9th September

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe

10th September

7.00pm

Gala Water Singers - Fountainhall School

12th September

7.30pm

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre

14th September

10.00am

Royal British Legion Women’s Section Coffee Morning

14th September

10.00am

Great British Food Festival - Floors Castle

14th September

12.30pm

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

14th September

2.00pm

Melrose Flower Show - Melrose Parish Church Hall

16th September

2.00pm

Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club

17th September

6.15pm

Gala Water Singers - Fountainhall School

20th September

11.00am

Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco

20th September

7.30pm

Illustrated Talk - Caddonfoot Hall

21st September

9.00am

Tek’s Fitness Rally Charity Event - Volunteer Hall

4th October

7.00pm

Lindean Village Hall Pub Night

4th October

7.30pm

Unveiled Secrets - MacArts Theatre

6th October

10.00am

Holistic Event and Craft Fayre- Focus Centre

Monday

4.30pm

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

Monday

5.00pm

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

Monday

7.00pm

Langlee Community Choir at Langlee Community Centre

Tuesday

6.30pm

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

Tuesday

7.00pm

Gala water Singers, Fountainhall School

Wednesday

9.15am

Mini Mags Toddler Group, St Margaret’s Primary School

Wednesday

10.30am

Gentle exercise for older people in Langlee Community Centre

Wednesday

7.00pm

Gala Ex Services Pipe Band - Royal British Legion Club

Wednesday

7.30pm

One Acchord Ladies Acappella Chorus

Wednesday

8.00pm

Al-Anon Family Groups, St Peter's Church

Thursday

1.30pm

Gala Windbags, Lucy Sanderson Hall

Thursday

8.00pm

Gala Gazelles Netball, Gala Academy

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

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Monday 2nd September - The Filling Station - Corn Exchange, Melrose - 7.30pm. See Page 51. Friday 6th September - Councillor Euan Jardine Advice Surgery - Born in the Borders Cafe, Galashiels Interchange - 10.00am to 12noon. All welcome. Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September - Kelso Folk Festival. See page 51 and www.kelsofolkfest.org for details. Saturday 7th September - Coffee Morning - Galashiels Trinity Church Hall - 10.00am to 12noon. Coffee morning with home baking stall. All welcome. Saturday 7th September - Gala Waterway's Work Party - 10.00am to 12noon. Meet in Iceland car park. We will be strimming, weeding and litter clearing by the Mill Lade. Strong footwear recommended. Everyone welcome. Saturday 7th September - Langlee Carnival - 11.00am. The Fancy dress judging will take place at 10.15am, with the parade leaving the school at 10.30am. See page 15 for more details. Saturday 7th September - Scottish Borders Versus Arthritis - Selkirk Community Shed, Goslawdales - 11.00am to 12.30pm. Yolanda Strachan – Body Boosting Bingo – a fun way to gentle exercise, especially appropriate for those with arthritis. These meetings take place on the first Saturday in each month and are open to anyone with an interest in arthritis. Saturday 7th September - Borders Memory Walk 2019 - Harestanes Country Park - 1.00pm. Raise money for Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia and enjoy a good walk. register right now at memorywalksscotland.org or call 0131 2431453. Saturday 7th September - Melrose Music Society - Melrose Parish Church Hall - 7.30pm. The Fitzwilliam String Quartet will play music by Glazunov, Delius, Mozart, J. S. Bach and Beethoven. Tickets will be on sale at the door, £15 for non-members: school age children are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Monday 9th September - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Cloudhouse Cafe, Stow 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Tuesday 10th September - Gala Water Singers - Fountainhall School - 7.00pm. Our Community Choir restarts, All Welcome, No Audition or previous experience necessary. Thursday 12th September - Scottish Wildlife Trust - Langlee Centre - 7.30pm. David Parkinson will give an illustrated talk entitled “ Vultures and Wallcreepers in the Pyrenees “ . Non- members are invited to give a donation. Saturday 14th September - Royal British Legion Women’s Section Coffee Morning - British Legion, Park Street, Galashiels - 10.00am to 12noon. There will be various stalls including Home baking, Tombola and craft stalls tickets £3 including a raffle ticket. Everyone welcome All proceeds to the 2019 Poppy Appeal. Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September - Great British Food Festival - Floors Castle, Kelso 10.00am to 5.00pm. Set on the lawns at the stunning Floors Castle, we have over 75 food, drink and gift stalls, tasty street food, lovely bars, chef demos, artisan talks, children's activities and entertainment and live music all day. Join us for a fabulous, family day out. For tickets and info, see www.floorscastle.com Saturday 14th September - 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! Continued on page 8

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Saturday 14th September - Melrose Flower Show - Melrose Parish Church Hall, Weirhill - 2.00pm to 4.30 pm. Traditional show with classes for Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Floral Art, Baking, Craftwork and Children's section. Afternoon teas with home baking. Schedules available from Melrose Library, local shops and Carolyn (Secretary) on 01835 823994 or email: bowercarolyn@yahoo.co.uk. Monday 16th September - Three Brethren U3A - Galashiels Rugby Club, Netherdale - 2.00pm. 'Black Bob, local dog makes good!' Frank Brown will talk about the comic strip story based on a farm dog from Linglie Road, Selkirk. Refreshments. New members very welcome. Latest details on u3asites.org.uk/three-brethren Tuesday 17th September - Gala Water Singers - Fountainhall School - 6.15pm. Our Junior Choir restarts, All Welcome, No Audition or previous experience necessary. Friday 20th September - Councillor Andy Anderson Advice Surgery - Tesco, Galashiels - 11.00am to 12noon. Everyone welcome. Friday 20th September - Illustrated Talk - Caddonfoot Hall - 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by L.Bruce Keith, "Bridgescapes", a personal journey through history celebrating Scotland's bridge building heritage. Entry £5 to include refreshments. Doors open at 7.00pm Saturday 21st September - Tek’s Fitness Rally Charity Event - Volunteer Hall - 9.00am to 12.30pm. We will be taking Strong by Zumba and Zumba classes every 30 minutes for 30 minutes per class. To help us raise money we are looking for local businesses to book a table to promote their business. £10 per table. Also please help us to raise money by donating anything that you can, gift voucher, products, anything that we can sell or put on a raffle. Please contact Tekin on 07928489270 for donations. Come along for a fun, fit time! Proceeds to Margaret Care Unit. Friday 4th October - Lindean Village Hall Pub Night - 7.00pm to 11.00pm. Come along and enjoy a great social evening, sing along to live music from Neil & Bill. Free entry with bar & raffle. Bring a friend and join in the fun! Friday 4th October - Unveiled Secrets - MacArts Theatre, Galashiels - 7.30pm. Four plays, four women, four secrets. Live drama. £10 (£8 concessions). In support of Children 1st. Box Office: 01896 756 852. Sunday 6th October -Holistic Event and Craft Fayre- Focus Centre - 10.00am to 4.00pm. 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. Continued on page 10

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Entertainment for September 7th Sept

John Charles Band

14th Sept China Blue 21st Sept

Bobby Hunter

28th Sept Hunky Dory Duo

Music 9.30pm - 12.30am

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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 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). £1.50 per week with refreshments. Urszula Borowskah (member of UNESCO Paris)

Eildon Ramblers - If you enjoy walking you’ll enjoy walking with the Eildon Ramblers. We meet alternate Saturdays at 10.00am at various locations in the Borders. For general information please email eildon.ramblers@gmail.com or phone 01896 823831 or 07590 219301.  Our motto is friendship, fitness, fun and fresh air. Coldstream Ramblers. Join a friendly group of walkers to explore our beautiful Borders countryside. We meet at 10am on alternate Sundays throughout the year and walks range from the Central Borders to the Berwickshire coast. If you enjoy walking and discovering new places, please phone 01573 470361 to find out more about us and for details of our forthcoming walks. Gala Gazelles Netball - Gala Academy, Thursdays during term time, 8.00pm - 9.00pm. Further information from 07813937646. 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.

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Perthshire Lamb Shanks This month we are delighted to have a recipe from Maciej Matyje, Chef at the Acarsaid Hotel, Pitlochry. Its full title is Perthshire Lamb Shanks served with beetroot in a spiced honey dressing.

Ingredients - Serves 4 • • • •

4 Lamb Shanks (approx. 250g each) 4 Cloves of Garlic (Crushed) 1 Lemon 3 stalk Fresh Rosemary (Strip leaves from the stalk) • 2 Bay Leaves • Juniper berries (1 Tbs) • Olive Oil 100ml

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2 Large Beetroot (Boiled & Peeled) ½ Tsp Ginger (grated finely) 2 Tbs Honey 1 Tbs Butter 50 ml Kirsch (Or cherry Liqueur) 50 ml single cream Salt, ground black pepper

Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Clean the shanks & pat dry with kitchen paper. Prepare the marinade - olive oil, garlic, rosemary, bay leaves, salt & pepper and marinade overnight (or at least 3 hours). With a slice of lemon on each shank, wrap tray in tinfoil & bake for 2-2.5 hrs at 140c Form the Beetroot into individual balls, (a melon ball scoop makes it easy – or chop into bite size chunks). Fry the beetroot in butter, add the Kirsch, grated ginger & honey (keep warm). To finish the sauce use some of the cooking jus from the shanks, add to the warm honey & kirch reduction & reduce down more before adding the cream & aromatic beets. Arrange the now cooked shanks standing in the centre of a warm plate, to finish pour over the sauce serve with crushed new potatoes & seasonal greens. Enjoy!

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Pilates with Jocelyn - Langlee Community Centre 9.15am every Wednesday - £7.50 or £5 for over 65’s – contact denise@fitborders.co.uk or 07713357450 to book. G.Ex.(Gentle Exercise) Langlee - for all ages and abilities, Wednesdays at 10.30am. Fun class set to great music. £3 plus free refreshment. Information about the class can be obtained by phoning Denise on 07713357450. Heartfulness Meditation Classes - every Tuesday at 8pm in the Yoga Mill, Galashiels. A beautifully simple, heart-centred meditation practice suitable for those aged over 18. Free. Please ring Sarah for more details, and to register, on 07784740179. Al-Anon Family Groups - Every Wednesday at 8.00pm, St Peter's Church, Parsonage Road, Galashiels. Many people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close to them. Find understanding, help and support in Al-Anon Family Groups. For further information call 07709948205 or visit www.al-anonuk.org.uk for meetings in Selkirk and Hawick. Galashiels & District Probus Club – We provide an opportunity for retired or semi-retired professional and business men and women to attend regular meetings and enjoy the company of like-minded people who appreciate the camaraderie of being part of the Club. We meet fortnightly from September to May on Thursday mornings at the Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose and after tea or coffee we enjoy a wide variety of interesting talks by guest speakers. If you are interested in joining us, please ask any member, or speak to our secretary at 01750 76243. The Inner Wheel - Third Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 17 September, at 7.00pm at our new meeting venue which is the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place. This is a Catch up and Chatter Night. 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: September 9 & 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18. The 2020 dates are:- February 3 &17, March 2, 16 & 30. Galashiels Studio Club is for people who enjoy all forms of art. We meet from October to March every year, in Old Gala House, at 7.30 pm until approx. 9.30 pm. Members can attend workshops, talks, and visits. Find out more by visiting our Facebook page! Tel 01896 820023 or email: marionneilson11@gmail.com ‘Heart for Art’ - Trinity Church Hall, High St, Galashiels every Wednesday afternoon, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. This is a Church of Scotland project which seeks to bring creativity and connection to those living with dementia in Scotland. Come along to our free art classes (with a carer if you wish) where staff of experienced professional artists and volunteers have enhanced dementia training. For more information look on facebook @CrossReachHeartForArt or email: heartfor.art@crossreach.org.uk Scottish Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group.   The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, at the `Tryst`, Chaplaincy Centre, B.G.H. At 7.00pm when all men with this disease will be made most welcome. Send your entry for our Community/Get Out pages to info@galalife.co.uk Or call Willie on 01721720129 by 12th of the month.

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The Gala Garden September September is a reset button: back to school, back to work, cooler nights and maybe sunnier days, a chance to gather in before winter and the bulbs are in the shops. New shades of red and rust, gold and amber creep into the garden and the countryside every day, especially after a clear night after a sunny autumn day. Plan for this by including certain plants in your garden and placing them where that first light hits them in the morning. Every garden needs at least one tree and most often that will be a deciduous one. Probably the best trees for autumn colour are sorbus, birch and larger acers. There are many good forms of these species so you can choose one that is the right size for your garden. As a rule the eventual height of the tree after about ten years should be the same as the longest side of the garden. So if your garden is at least 30 feet on the longest side then pick a tree that grows to about nine or ten metres. If you have a large garden where the longest side is 100 feet or about 30 metres then you can plant larger trees like Acer rubrum, Cercidiphyllum japonicum or Nyssa sylvatica. These beauties are spectacular and will light up your garden until every last leaf falls. Give them the room they deserve and allow them to develop properly without interference.

Remember not to plant too close to the house because root systems may interfere with walls, drains or foundations. Often the shrubs that give you the most colour this month are ones that did little in the summer. For example, Euonymus alatus and E europeus are brilliant scarlet, dripping with their little shiny red and pink fruits now, but they were just plain green all summer. Acers colour up beautifully and so do most viburnums and cornus. Deciduous azaleas have a second season of interest this month with a flush of orange and red leaves. Witch hazel flowers in January but now the leaves will turn; so Hamamelis Diane has red leaves to match its red flowers in the winter. Start planting bulbs this month beginning with crocus and snowdrops. Narcissus, camassisa and alliums are next because they start to grow early. Tulips go in later when the ground is cooler to prevent disease. Aim to get the bulbs in about four inches down and three inches apart. Smaller ones go in about two to three inches down. Bulbs are a great investment, so don’t skimp; plant in drifts and swathes in between ranks of perennials so that the spent foliage is hidden by summer flowers.

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John Lamont MP - Scottish Conservative Party NHS Borders You may have read about the welcome extra spending commitments which the new UK Government have been making recently. An extra £1.8 billion for the NHS in England will mean Scotland receives a funding boost of £180 million. This extra funding is on top of Theresa May’s previously announced £33.9 billion annual increase on the health service, which will be in place by 2023/24. It’s a welcome boost to our NHS and one which is only possible because public spending has been brought under control and the economy remains in a strong position. The devolution settlement means that it is up to Scottish Ministers to spend this money as they see fit, which doesn’t always mean it is spent wisely, unfortunately. What does all this mean for the Borders? Over the past few years NHS Borders have been working incredibly hard to bring their financial situation under control. However, they still required a £10m bailout last year and another £9m this year. I know that the new Chair, Karen Hamilton understands the scale of this challenge, but this is clearly not a sustainable financial position. To me it shows our doctors and nurses are simply not getting the funding they need from the Scottish Government. Rural health boards like NHS Borders face unique challenges in the cost of delivering health care and attracting staff and I’d expect them to receive the lion’s share of this funding. Without a fair funding settlement from the Scottish Government, I cannot see how NHS Borders will be able to protect front-line services in the future. Surgeries & Summer Survey After my incredibly busy summer surgery tour, I’ve put in some more surgeries on 13th and 20th September. More details about times and locations can be found on my website, but I will be in Galashiels and Melrose on the 13th. As always, no appointment necessary so if there is anything you need help with, please just turn up. If you need help before then, please don’t hesitate to get in touch either by email or by phoning my constituency office on 01450 375 948. I’ve also just launched my summer survey, which is a good way for you to let me know what you want me to be focusing on as your MP. It just takes a few minutes to fill in, so take a look at johnlamont.org/summer-survey

Euan Jardine Councillor - Galashiels & District Conservative It's been a busy few weeks since the last column and I must say one word will stick in my mind more than others after this summer is finished. That word is BANG. The reason that word will stick in my mind is because I attended something recently, that really made me feel privileged to be in attendance. It was an activity camp which was set up by Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG). The camp took place at Leader Valley School in Earlston and the participants came from all over the borders. There was great partnership working with Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council supporting the magnificent BANG team. The activities ranged from sports like Tennis and Cycling to artistic ventures like T-Shirt painting and slow motion animation. I've attended camps before and you find the participants give little or no interaction unless you engage with them. This camp was just the opposite, as the young people would come up to me and say "hello" and offer me something to drink. They had never met me before but because over Continued on page 26 18 Gala Life


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Male Neutering ‘Should I have my pet castrated?’ This is a question we often get asked at Border Vets, by concerned pet owners. Castration is a surgical procedure which involves removal of an animals testicles under a general anaesthetic, and has a number of long term benefits to both you and your pet. Health Benefits • There are several serious conditions associated with ‘entire’(uncastrated) male pets. Testicular cancer is being seen more often in practice now that our pets are generally living longer. These tumours can grow very large, will become painful, and may spread to other parts of the body, sometimes becoming fatal. • Entire dogs can suffer from a number of conditions involving the prostate gland due to ongoing testosterone production. These include Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, and Prostate cancer. All of which cause discomfort and straining to defecate, and often require medication for life or surgery. Again these conditions can be life threatening. • Testicular torsion, or herniation can also occur involving the testicle becoming twisted, which causes swelling, cuts off the blood supply and causes extreme pain and often permanent damage Behaviour Benefits • One of the main concerns of owners is that castrating will change their animals personality. Well luckily you need not worry. Neutering won’t change your dog’s personality but it is likely to change sex hormone-driven behaviours including mounting, urinating indoors, digging and biting.

• Neutered males may also be less likely to show aggression towards other pets or be the target of aggression from other pets. The Rabbit Welfare Association say ‘Uncastrated male rabbits can’t live bonded with any other rabbit safely’ due there levels of aggression. • Many owners also report that their dogs are calmer after neutering, which has allowed easier training and lifestyle changes. • Castrated cats are less likely to get into fights, and tend to roam less, making car accidents less likely. Feline viruses such as leukaemia virus (FeLV) can also be spread by fighting so are more common in entire males. Uncastrated adult male cats often have a characteristic “tom-cat smell”, and will often spray urine in the house Population control • Currently in the UK there are thought to be over 100,000 animals in shelters and rescue centres that need rehoming. Neutering reduces the number of unwanted mating’s, which in turn will help to control and reduce this massive ‘unwanted pet’ problem • A breeding pair of rabbits can easily grow to at least 50 in one year, and un-neutered cats can easily produce 12 kittens per year, which are themselves able to breed from 6 months of age. At Border Vets we strongly recommend neutering of male pets if they are not intended for breeding, and as such we are offering 10% off the cost of any castration booked in September. Colin Jordan RVN

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Stand Up Paddle-Boarding Despite the weather having been decidedly average this summer, you may have noticed an increasing number of people standing up, paddling around lochs on water craft that basically resemble a large surfboard…. Stand up paddle-boarding is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports worldwide: it’s actually been around as an activity for nearly 15 years, but the last couple have seen an explosion, and looking at the sport it’s easy to see why…. It’s possible to SUP practically anywhere, and at any level of competence from expert to beginners, in small lochs. Recently it’s become possible to purchase really well made and comparatively cheap inflatable boards, which are much easier to transport and ideal for newcomers to the sport: they roll up to about the size of a sleeping bag, fit easily in a car, and are durable and thus difficult to damage – and you can inflate them with a pump run from the 12V socket in the car. SUP offers a whole host of physical benefits: these range across challenging and improving balance, engaging the core, developing muscular endurance and improving cardiovascular health, not to mention the enjoyment of being outdoors on the water. Additionally, there is a whole body of research which has been done relating to the mental benefits of being outside – it’s been shown to improve concentration and help to decrease stress. One study found that spending 20 minutes outside can reduce levels of cortisol (The body’s main stress-response hormone - see article from April 2019) by up to 21%.

I swim a lot outdoors, and have noticed a significant upsurge in paddleboarders – they will be carrying children, dogs, or sometimes even transporting tents and other camping equipment as the board will give access to areas not normally available for adventures… and everyone knows that children (and adults) love an adventure trying something new causes the brain to release dopamine which helps to improve wellbeing. Typically a board would be around 3 to 3.5m long and up to 75cm wide. It’s not always necessary to spend hours practicing – if you have a reasonable level of fitness it’s probably not going to take you long to get the hang of SUP on flat water (In fact the hardest part is probably initially standing up). A two-hour introductory session with a qualified instructor is always a good idea, but once you’ve mastered standing up and steering it’s up to you. But what if you fall off – well you’ll certainly get wet….but as long as you take appropriate safety precautions (be able to swim, have an awareness of the effects of cold water on the body, wear sun protection if appropriate, wear a life jacket/ buoyancy aid, and don’t go out alone. Want to give it a try ? As ever: if you haven’t exercised for a while, or have any medical conditions which might cause problems, check with your Doctor to ensure it’s safe to increase your activity levels. Remember, if you’re going to try this one, be careful and observe the safety suggestions given above. alan@galalife.co.uk

A quick internet search will give plenty of options if you want to try this sport, but I’d suggest reviewing the British Canoeing site as a first port of call. You’ll find it at https://gopaddling.info/category/tips-and-advice/sup/ Clearly there are plenty of other sites, but another good source of information can be found at https://redpaddleco.com/en-gb/paddle-boarding-know/ There's also a whole host of clips on YouTube. A US site, but still packed with useful information and tips can be found at www.islesurfandsup.com/sup-101/sup-beginners-guide/ 22 Gala Life


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the weeks at camp they had become comfortable in their surroundings. They were more than happy to play host to the stranger that arrived. I really cannot praise BANG enough for their work in providing a great opportunity over the summer months for young people in the borders. Who without them would not have had an opportunity to engage in activities and feel secure in a happy environment amongst their peers. I hope that this venture will expand and BANG will get the help and resources needed to ensure it continues into the future. I will be holding an advice surgery on Friday 6th September 2019 at the Born in the Borders Café in the Galashiels Interchange. Email - euan.jardine@scotborders.gov.uk

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Andy Anderson Councillor - Galashiels & District SNP With no full Council meetings in July it would probably appear to many that everything winds down for a month. Not so, as the daily casework continues and being a member of the planning committee, and other bodies, there are still meetings to attend. However, I did manage to take some time off and get some of those nagging DIY and maintenance jobs done – between the baking sun and torrential downpours… After all that, it is no wonder that maintenance issues have come to the fore in my thoughts. I have concerns over the maintenance of several properties in the centre of Galashiels, and it is not always the obvious ones that give problems (as the incident in Park Street demonstrated). I would like all the buildings in the town centre checked out and have requested a walk around the town centre with officers to discuss potential issues and what might be possible to get these buildings into a better condition. I find it hard to understand why a property owner would allow their asset to fall apart through lack of maintenance, though it seems quite common in the Borders. On the plus side SBC have announced a further £70, 000 for a shopfront and property improvement grant scheme in Galashiels, as part of an allocation of funding to key town centre projects by Scottish Borders Council. The schemes have been developed in partnership with business/community groups and are being funded through the Council’s allocation from the Scottish Government Town Centre Fund. Locally, the scheme will be managed and administered by Energise Galashiels and any property owners or tenants interested in finding out more about their local scheme should contact Energise Galashiels (hello@energisegalashiels.co.uk). Many business owners in Galashiels take a pride in the appearance of their premises because they know that it all contributes to an attractive, vibrant town centre. The unveiling of the Coulter’s candy statue in Market Square as part of the town trail later in September will hopefully be another milestone in the regeneration of Galashiels town centre and I would like to congratulate all those that have worked so hard to take this from an idea to reality. Finally, I attended the first meeting of a group set up by members of the community to look at ways of improving the Policies. This was in response to damage to trees and littering issues that have plagued the Policies. They are hoping to revitalize this fantastic woodland park for the benefit of the town. All interested parties are invited to join them (I would be happy to pass names on). 0300 100 0220; Mobile: 07811 976952 E-mail: Andy.Anderson@scotborders.gov.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/GalaDistrict Twitter: @AndyA4Gala Continued on page 30 26 Gala Life


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

Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) In the period 2014-2016, in the Scottish Borders, 34% of households were in fuel poverty. As autumn approaches you may be starting to worry about how you can afford to keep your home warm over the winter months. Could you be entitled to some financial support? You could save money by switching energy supplier or perhaps there are some small changes you could make to be more energy efficient. Call us or the Money Talk Team on 0800 085 7145 to discuss further. This is just one area in which your local CAB can help. Our, mainly, volunteer team give information, advice and support on a wide range of topics: employment, benefits, debt, relationships being a few of these. Our Service is free, confidential and independent. Please contact us to make an appointment. Central Borders CAB, 111 High St, Galashiels TD1 1RZ. Phone: 01896 753889 Enquiries@CentralBorderscab.casonline.org.uk

Inner Wheel The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs was formed in 1924. This was a period of great hardship and poverty following the Great War. Rotary International was already established, helping support the needy. As this was a male only organisation, when planning events, they were supported by their wives/female relatives. Those ladies enjoyed the fun and friendship this created and decided to form their own women’s organisation to continue to support those less fortunate - locally, nationally and internationally. Inner Wheel is now one of the largest Women’s Voluntary Organisations in the world and continues to have a positive impact on millions of people. The Galashiels Inner Wheel Club was formed in 1970. We currently have 24 members and we meet on the third Tuesday of every month between September and June. Five of these meetings have a Continued on page 36 30 Gala Life


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speaker or a demonstration. We have varied social occasions, eg Christmas Dinner, Afternoon Teas. We celebrate the Club’s Anniversary in May and next year we will be our 50th. Each year we select four or five charities to support. Among ways we raise money are holding an annual Beetle Drive and this year a 60s and 70s Disco night. We also have a stall at the Braw Lads’ Sports day. This September we will be starting our Inner Wheel year in a new venue at the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place. If you would like to know more about Inner Wheel please get in touch with Liz Ingoldsby, Secretary on lizingold@hotmail.co.uk

Gala Opera And we’re off! Our 2020 production of ‘Anything Goes’ was launched at our welcome back evening on August 26th and we are now looking forward to a season of fun and frolics! Monday’s are our rehearsal evenings and you are not too late to join us! If you are interested but missed our August ‘meet and greet’, just come along to the Burgh School Galashiels on a Monday at 7pm and you can find out more about what’s involved. We would love to see some new faces, especially any men out there who would like to give it a go - if you enjoy singing, acting or dancing then just come along and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome and a fun filled six months! Anything Goes was our millennium show and 20 years on we are looking forward to revisiting this 1930s Cole Porter classic and giving it a 21st century remake. No musical puts on stage the age old tale of Boy meets Girl, with music, dance and laughter better than Anything Goes. A hilarious romp, set on board the SS American, it is wrapped around one of Cole Porters most magical and well loved scores. To quote one well known number, it is ‘delightful, delicious and de-lovely’! So we have ‘set sail’ but it’s not too late to ‘come aboard’ and join us. More details of how rehearsals are going and casting in the October edition!

St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Galashiels Church Diary September Wed 4th

7.30pm House group

Thurs 5th

10.00am Communion

Sat 7th

8.30am Men’s breakfast

Sun 8th

10.30am Holy Communion

6.00pm Healing service

Mon 9th

6.30pm Bottletop Sort

Wed 11th

7.30pm House group

Thurs 12th

10.00am Communion

Sat 14th

12.30 Soup ‘n’ Pud lunch

Sun 15th

10.30am Holy Communion, Rev John Evans

Tues 17th

3.00pm Afternoon Tea Service

Wed 18th

7.30pm house group

Thurs 19th

10.00am Communion

Sun 22nd

10.30am Holy Communion, Rev Simon Cake

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No More Excuses... We All Need a Good Night's Sleep There are many common myths about sleep. We hear them frequently, and may even experience them far too often. Sometimes they can be characterized as "old wives’ tales," but there are other times the incorrect information can be serious and even damage your health. Here are the top 10, very wrong and unhealthy assumptions we make about sleep: 1. Adults need five or fewer hours of sleep. Wrong. There is extensive evidence to show that regularly sleeping five hours a night or less, increases your health risk regarding cardiovascular disease and early mortality. Research has shown lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, weight gain, a lack of libido, mood swings, paranoia, depression, a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, dementia and some cancers. We're supposed to get between seven and 10 hours of sleep each night, depending on our age. If you need a coffee in the morning to feel awake – you didn’t get enough sleep!

deepest, most restorative sleep and the dreamy state of REM, or rapid eye movement sleep. During REM, the brain is highly reactive. It can occur any time during the sleep cycle, but on average, it starts about 90 minutes after you've fallen asleep. REM is when your body and brain are busy storing memories, regulating mood and learning. It's also when you dream. Because a good night's sleep gives your sleep cycle time to repeat, you'll go through several REM cycles, which take up about 25% of your total sleeping time.

2. It's healthy to be able to fall asleep 'anywhere, anytime'. Another important stage of sleep is deep sleep, Wrong. Falling asleep as soon as the car/train/ airplane starts moving is not a sign of a well-rested when your brain waves slow into what is called delta waves or slow-wave sleep. It's the time when person, in fact, it's just the opposite. You feel sleepy because of a build-up of a chemical growth hormone is released and memories are called adenosine in the brain, which happens throughout the day as you head toward night. Sleeping soundly reduces that chemical so that when you wake up, the levels are at their lowest, and you feel refreshed. But the longer you stay awake and the less sleep you get, the more your adenosine levels rise, creating what's called a sleep load or sleep debt. 3. Your brain and body can adapt to less sleep. Wrong. People believe we can adapt and learn to function optimally with less sleep. That is wrong because your body cycles through four distinct phases of sleep to fully restore itself. In stage one, you start to lightly sleep, in stage two you become disengaged from your environment - this is where you will spend most of your total sleep time. Stages three and four contain the 38 Gala Life

further processed. The deeper stages of sleep are really important for generation of neurons, repairing muscle and restoring the immune system. It's tough to wake a person from deep sleep. If you do wake, you can feel groggy and disorientated; mental performance can be affected for up to 30 minutes.


4. Snoring, although annoying, is mostly harmless. Wrong. Although snoring may be harmless for most people, it can be a symptom of a life threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnea, especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of the lungs. People with sleep apnea awaken frequently during the night gasping for breath. This causes reduced blood oxygen levels, which can strain the heart and cardiovascular system, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is extremely exhausting. Consult your doctor if you think you it effects you.

When your inner clock and the outside world are out of phase, you can feel disoriented, mentally foggy and sleepy at times when you really don’t want to be. It’s like being jet-lagged.

8. Watching TV in bed helps you relax. Wrong. We all do it - or we check our laptop or phone before we power down for the night and that is a mistake. These devices emit blue light, which tells our brain to become alive and alert. Good in the morning, but not last thing. Blue light affects the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone, more than any other wavelength of light. Watching TV or using an electronic device 5. Drinking alcohol before bed helps you fall sleep within two hours of bedtime means it will take you Wrong. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it traps longer to fall asleep, you'll have less dream state or you in the lighter stages of sleep and dramatically REM sleep, and even if you do sleep eight or more hours, you'll wake feeling groggy. If you really must reduces the quality of your rest at night. It then check your phone, set it to ‘night time’ which cuts continues to pull you out of REM and the deeper stages of sleep, causing you to wake up not feeling the blue frequencies. restored. Not always a hangover - just lack of sleep. 9. Hitting the snooze is great! No need to get up right away. Guilty. However, your body will go back to sleep - a very light, low-quality sleep. As you near the end of your sleep, your body is probably nearing the end of its last REM cycle. Hit that snooze button, and the brain falls right back into a new REM cycle. Now, when the alarm goes off a few minutes later, you'll be in the middle, not the end, of that cycle, and you'll wake up groggy and stay that way longer.

6. Not sleeping? Stay in bed with eyes closed and try and try. Wrong. Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep is a symptom of insomnia. Relaxing imagery or thoughts may help to induce sleep more than counting sheep, which some research suggests may be more distracting than relaxing. Whichever technique is used, most experts agree that if you do not fall back asleep within 15-20 minutes, you should get out of bed, go to another room and engage and relax, listening to music or reading. Return to bed when you feel sleepy. Avoid watching the clock! 7. It doesn't matter what time of day you sleep. Wrong. Everyone needs a regular sleep schedule because it controls their biological clock, or circadian rhythm, of the body. That controls all your hormones, body temperature, eating and digestion, and sleep wake cycles.

Having trouble kicking the snooze button habit? Put the alarm on the other side of the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. 10. It's better to get up early to work out than to sleep in. Wrong. Getting a workout in is essential for your health. It'll help you sleep better too. But experts say you shouldn't skip your sleep to do it. For one thing, you need sufficient sleep to recover and heal your body if you've been exercising. You're only getting stronger when you rest; exercise itself is the process of injuring your body so it can recover stronger. And even your muscle cells have their own body clock. If you don't feel awake, your muscles probably aren't either — and they aren't going to get the same benefits from exercise. We all suffer from sleepless nights. Whilst some are sleep disorder, most are just bad habits. Next month we will look at some tips to help you nod off and get a good night’s sleep. Debbie Gala Life 39


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Tues 24th

5.30pm Messy Church

Wed 25th

7.30pm house group

Thurs 26th

10am Communion

Sun 29th

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Caddonfoot Parish Church By the time you read this, Caddonfoot Parish Church may be in the flux of change. A meeting was held in August with the parishioners of Stow and Heriot as we look to possibly forming a Link with a vote due to be held by the congregation at the end of the month. It is then up to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery to make a final decision on the future amid a shortage of ministers, dwindling congregations and the state of old buildings. If the Link goes ahead, people will still be able to attend services in all three churches. During the summer months, the Rev Dr David Donaldson, Interim Moderator at the Old Parish and St Paul’s and St John’s, in Galashiels, preached services while Andy Bird, Margaret Blyth and Anne Grieve shared the musical accompaniment with Church members reading the Bible and taking part in other activities. Tea and coffee are served each Sunday and allow the congregation to mix and chat. Plans are now in hand for the Harvest newsletter and we would invite contributions, which should be sent to Atholl Innes. He is also the contact for the Crafts and Coffee morning on November 9 in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels. More crafters are expected to support the event, so place your booking now. The open days have been a partial success with various visitors, although we could do with more, and thanks are due to those who have ‘manned’ the church and offered tea, coffee, juice and biscuits. Bible Study restarted after the summer break and new members are always welcome to attend on Wednesday nights. Please also save your disused stamps, which Atholl Innes collects for the Eden Valley Hospice. Services continue to be conducted each Sunday at 9.45 a.m. by the Rev. Elspeth Harley.

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 Continued on page 42 40 Gala Life


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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.

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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 September: 9.45am St John’s 11.30am Old & St Paul’s 6.30pm St John’s Prayer Meetings in September: Sunday 1st at 5pm in St John’s Tuesday 3rd, 10th, 17th at 7.30pm in St John’s Tuesday 24th 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. 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

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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 - Will resume Wednesday 2nd 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. Pauls church will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons between 2pm-4pm during September and October. You are welcome to step inside to look around and read about its history or just sit down in a peaceful venue and think your thoughts or pray. 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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Hope Church Starting from September, Hope Church will now be meeting at two different venues on a Sunday; 10.30am at Tweedbank Community Centre 4.00pm at Hope Central, Galashiels Please note the first Sunday of each month there will not be a church gathering at either venue as we will be meeting in our smaller community groups throughout the Borders. The aim of our services are always to glorify God and to tell others of the Hope that Jesus came to the world to give. We know it can be a bit daunting coming into a church for the first time, but be assured we have a great team that will welcome you, and if you like, someone will sit with you throughout the service. Here’s some of what to expect; We love to worship God through song and we have a great band 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. Continued on page 46 44 Gala Life


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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 September promises to be an important month for all three churches of Scotland in Galashiels as we all vote on Sunday 22nd. This vote is to indicate to the Presbytery planners our preference for the future of our church. The vote is to ask the members of the three congregations if they would prefer to be linked or united when looking for a minister next year. Either way there will still be worship in all three churches until a separate decision is taken about buildings further down the line. In preparation for this important decision, during August, the three congregations came together to worship, firstly in Trinity on Sunday 4th, then in Old and St. Paul’s on Sunday 11th and finally on Sunday 18th at St. John’s church. These services were conducted by Rev. Elspeth Harley our minister here at Trinity, the Rev. Neil Combe, locum minister for St. Paul’s and St. John’s and the Rev. Dr. David Donaldson, interim moderator for St. Paul’s and St. John’s.The service at Trinity was very well attended and many people commented on how much they had enjoyed the service, the wonderful singing and the friendly atmosphere. All members are encouraged to come along to the service on Sunday 22nd September but if any adherents wish to vote but cannot attend please get in touch with Ed Martin, Session Clerk at the above telephone number or e mail address. The vote will take place immediately after the service. The final presbytery plan should be approved by December then it is hoped the process of looking for a new minister can be started as our minister will be retiring in the spring. On Sunday 1st September we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at 11.15am Choir rehearsals begin again on Thursday 5th September in the small hall at 7.00pm until 8.30pm. Church musician Dorothy Howden would be delighted to welcome new members along to join her enthusiastic choir. The first meeting of the 2019/2020 session of Trinity Guild will be on September 17th when Rev. Elspeth Harley will be talking on the next part of the theme which is “Companions on the Road”. Heart for Art continues on Wednesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and is going from strength to strength however volunteers with art experience are required. This is a very rewarding task and if anyone is interested, again talk to Session Clerk Ed Martin. We also continue to open the church for private prayer and meditation every weekday between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. We have quite a few visitors so far both for prayer and for nostalgic reasons - people having moved to another town or perhaps whose parents attended or were married in Trinity Church (or St. Columba’s, St. Ninian’s or the East Church). Continued on page 48 46 Gala Life


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Finally, we are holding our annual Gift Day coffee morning on Saturday 7th from 10am to 12 noon. This will be the last of the summer coffee morning for 2019. Gift day envelopes will be delivered with the September newsletter and can be returned either to your elder, at the coffee morning or at the Sunday service on the 8th. Your gifts would be particularly welcome at this time.

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. Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3 Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, who only had an academic knowledge of God. To "see the Kingdom of God" means to be born again by God, spiritually, and so, to understand his spiritual kingdom better. We become brand new people. (2 Cor. 5:17) The number one thing that sets Christianity apart from ALL other faiths and religions is the born again experience. Christians don't just have a different doctrine, we have the Holy Spirit of God living within us. It is a direct connection with God himself. That's huge! God can act through us provided we don't resist Him. You are not a Christian unless you have been born again. That's huge too! Have you been born again? Come to church to realise your full potential. Every Sunday. 11am. Focus Centre. Douglas & Kathy Renton, Pastors. Mobile 07815 682 027 www.douglasrenton.org

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, High Cross Avenue, Melrose Services at Holy Trinity take a number of formats, some less formal than others, so there is truly something for everyone, from the peaceful oasis of a Taizé Service to the more formal atmosphere of a traditional Communion or Sung Eucharist Service. Whether you're a first time visitor, or a regular member of the congregation, all are welcome. Fr Philip can often be heard on Radio 4 and BBC Scotland's 'Thought for the Day'. He makes services interesting, enlightening, and often humorous as he draws on his own life experience, family life, and relationship with Jesus to illustrate the topic of the day. As well as worship, the church is fulfilling its aim to build a strong culture of musical excellence under the direction of Chris Achenbach, resident organist and Musical Director of The Borders BigBand and Langlee Community Choir. The church organ is an engineering marvel in that it is a virtual organ, and congregations often sit at the end of services to hear every last note. The church is host to many musical concerts throughout the year, and a music festival in May. All Sundays: 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion Worship Service 11.00 a.m. First Sunday Service, or Sung Eucharist Worship Service First Sunday: 6.30 p.m. Choral Evensong Third Sunday: 6.30 p.m. Parish Evensong First Tuesday: 2.30 p.m. Holy Communion afternoon service. Wednesdays: 10.30 a.m. Mid-week Worship Service - Trinity Centre Last Wednesday of each month - 7.00 p.m. Taizé Service. A brief interlude of gentle readings, silence, and Christian chants in the peaceful atmosphere of the church. Fridays: 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Side Chapel.

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.

Heart and Soul The weekly Heart and Soul class continues in the Borders General Hospital’s Chaplaincy Centre each Thursday from 5 to 6 pm for patients who have been through the heart rehabilitation programme. Numbers have been smaller during the summer due to holidays, but we would also welcome new members who have been through this heart programme. 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. 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. 50 Gala Life


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 begins again the first Monday in September (2nd) at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Melrose with Graham Astles as our guest speaker. You will most likely remember Graham from his days as Minister in Jedburgh. Graham moved some years ago to Bo’ness but moved nearer to the borders, to Penicuik, earlier this year and we look forward to hearing him and catching up with his news. Graham has a prophetic ministry and will share something both timely and relevant to the borders and our lives. Along with our normal time of worship 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 September 2nd at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Melrose.

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Willie’s Wonky Computer Factory FaceApp. It has gone viral over the past few months and you might have used it yourself, or will probably see friends and family using it, to produce pictures of themselves that they can alter, to look older, or even younger. The results are amazing and seem like really good fun. However, there is a serious flaw with this software and something you really must know… To make FaceApp actually work, you have to give it permissions to access your photos - ALL of them. But it also gains access to Siri and Search .... and it has access to refreshing in the background - so even when you are not using it, it is using you. You see, The Terms of Use (TOS) you agreed to when you first installed FaceApp gave its Russian creators the right to download, alter and publish any photos you have stored on your device. Yep, all of them. ‘You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.’

little, if any recourse through our country’s legal system if they decide to use your photos in a way that’s illegal here or elsewhere in the world. Here’s the bad news… If you’ve used FaceApp at all, its Russian creators already have your photos and personal information. And since the app’s permissions (which you agreed to) gave them permission to take them, there’s nothing you can do about it. And, as mentioned earlier, the app can also access your device’s camera to take photos and video on its own. Even if you’ve installed the app but never actually used it, your photos and information have likely been taken anyway, since simply installing the app gives it permission to do so. Now, the good, or at least better, news…

If you’ve never installed FaceApp you’re completely safe from its potential abuses. If you currently use it, you can delete it to prevent What’s more, you also gave it permission to use your future photos from being compromised. your phone’s camera to take its own photos You only have to worry about the pictures (and potentially video) all on its own. already on your phone. Worse still, the permissions for the app also Finally. This should really be a “Scam Alert” allow it to collect and use any and all personal however, the app doesn’t do anything its users information that’s stored anywhere on your don’t agree to allow it to do. There’s a lesson device, including your real name. there as the permissions are clearly written out The app’s TOS gives its creators the right to use for all to read before installing the app. your face and real name in an ad, sell it to a Bottom line: If FaceApp is currently installed on third-party or even use it to create the likes of your phone, and it doesn't matter if it's Android fake pornography should they ever decide to or Apple, you need to uninstall it right now, do so. and if you’re thinking about installing it, JUST FaceApp’s creators are Russian, so, you’ll have DON’T! Willie 52 Gala Life


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YOUR HOROSCOPE For September 2019 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin The winds of change start to blow in September as the sensible and practical earth sign of Virgo comes to the forefront. The Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus all occupy this sign, so it’s all hands on deck as we embrace this business-like energy in the first half of the month. Venus in Virgo puts the emphasis on relationships; love needs to make sense and have a purpose with the goddess of love residing in this sign. As both Venus and Communicative Mercury move on to the balanced sign of Libra around the 15th, love matters become far less complicated and there is more time for enjoyment. The full moon is in Pisces on the 14th, this moon is very close to the spiritual planet Neptune and offers a cosmic opportunity to set yourself free from anything that holds you back. If you engage in a creative or spiritual search, you will benefit from the great imagination of Pisces. The need for balance and harmony gets really strong around the Libran new moon on the 28th. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 September offers renewed action in the work and relationship sectors of your chart. Mercury in industrious Virgo assists objective communication on all levels. An exciting creative opportunity may come your way this month as meticulous Saturn and Mars, your ruler, work harmoniously in your favour. TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 September keeps you working on love and creativity; energetic Mars joins the Sun in Virgo giving you renewed determination to make a relationship work. A new friendship could become more important to you in the weeks ahead and the Virgo new moon on the 30th is important. GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Home and family life come into focus during September as four planets illuminate this important area of your life. Certain decisions that you have been putting off for a while will need your full attention now. With the planet of communication strong in its own sign, it’s important that you speak your mind. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 September shines the spotlight on communication and everything to do with your self-esteem. The Pisces full moon on the 14th highlights your interactions with others; important changes are on the horizon and you should be feeling ready to forge ahead. The Libra new moon on the 28th challenges you to be diplomatic, but strong. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Your assets and cash flow all loom large during September as the Sun and Mars both align with serious Saturn and transformational Pluto. The 13th is particularly powerful and could turn out to be a turning point. Jupiter enhances creativity and usually brings optimism and good luck, be sure not to overstretch yourself. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 September is your birthday month and as four planets gather in your sign you may anticipate the start of an important phase in your life. Exciting new beginnings are evident and as mighty Jupiter challenges powerful Mars around the 12th you may prepare for a roller-coaster few months ahead. Expect the unexpected! 54 Gala Life


LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Four planets in Virgo highlight the most introspective sector of your chart this month. There is a lot for you to think about and some changes will need to be made. As Venus moves into your sign on the 15th your mood lifts and positive and creative planning can begin again. SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 September continues the theme of friendships, groups and personal goals as the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus all illuminate this sector of your chart. It’s all change as Venus and Mercury arrive in Libra on the 15th. Balance and harmony need to be found, and this is just the month to be successful. SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 September sees many Sagittarians contemplating some big lifestyle changes as four planets form powerful and productive alignments with stern Saturn and transformational Pluto. Reorganisation is essential and it’s definitely time to look at new potentials, particularly around the time of the full moon on the 14th. CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Transformational Pluto in your sign is set to make a positive alignment with the Sun around the 13th of September. Your ruler, the disciplinarian planet Saturn, moves out of the retrograde period midmonth, suggesting that many projects that have been held up can now move forward. AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 During September the radiant Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus all highlight your resources and your financial arrangements. Your intuitive powers remain strong and as transformational Pluto comes into focus around the 13th you should see the culmination of an ambitious project. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 September turns out to be a favourable time for your relationships as four planets illuminate this important sector of your chart. Optimistic Jupiter ensures that exciting new opportunities are coming your way. The Sun Pluto alignment on the 13th suggests a transformational opportunity can now surface. NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Tune into positive and productive planetary cycles and become more successful in life and in business. Please contact me now for a personal astrological reading and/or a transformational life coaching consultation. Christine Chalklin Inspirational Astrologer and Life Coach, Email: christine_chalklin@hotmail.com Mobile: 07813 483549 Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/restyleyourlife

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Gala Rugby Club The New Season August has been a busy month with pre-season preparations well under way, and the return of the 7’s circuit. Our sevens side appeared at Peebles and were beaten in the Semi-final by Hawick by just 2 points. Wins against Watsonians and Biggar meant that we were our Pool winners. This was a great start to the season and encouraging going forward to the next tournament. The following weekend was Hawick sevens, where Gala were given a bye in to the quarter finals but unfortunately did not progress any further after losing to Selkirk 14-5. At the time of writing Gala are due to play a friendly against Hawick on the 17th, Kirkcaldy on the 24th and a Border league game against Jedforest on the 31st. The results of these matches will appear in next months article, keep an eye out! On Sunday 11th August we hosted the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy Finals Day here at Netherdale, on what was probably the worst day of rain Gala has seen in a long time! Over the course of the day there were 5 games, and the rain poured continuously throughout them all. However, the lads all stuck in and produced excellent games of rugby. Edinburgh U20 lifted the 1872 Cup beating Glasgow Warriors 23-7. Caledonia U18 took the Regional Championship title after a win against Borders & East Lothian 33-17. The Borders & East Lothian U16 lifted the trophy in the Regional Championship beating Caledonia 31-19, after a clean sweep throughout the circuit leading to the final. Membership renewals have all been sent out, and membership is live on our website for anyone who wishes to join electronically. New members are always welcome. Existing members who introduce a friend can claim 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. We are very happy to be holding Sporting Memories sessions on a monthly basis, in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council, Live Borders, and Alzheimers Scotland. Any one is welcome to attend. Our next session is Friday 20th September from 1pm- 3pm. Entry by donation. Come on the Maroons Photo: The Borders & East Lothian U16 Team.

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Learning a new language is easier than you think... yes, you can do it! Start now and next Summer's holiday will be a new adventure. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today, with over 100 alphabets. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers, but every one has its own history, background and culture that inherits pride and passion in its native speakers.

all that difficult, and is also very rewarding, not just in a self satisfying way, but in the warmth of welcome and encouragement from the native speakers.

Ok, our brains are wired differently and some people seem to learn a new language much easier than others: language is a form of art, so The most popular language in the world is those of us wired on the maths/science side do Mandarin Chinese, with over 1,213,000,000 tend to struggle, and, if you see it as a chore, people speaking it. Spanish comes second at 440 million and is spoken as a primary language it will end up like that New Year mountain bike – buried out of sight and mind in the garden in over 20 countries. English ranks third, with over 380 million primary shed by the end of January. Learning a language needs to be fun, so here are some tips to speakers, however as it is used around the world as a trade or diplomatic language, and is ayudarte a aprender. widely spoken and taught in over 118 countries, Don’t study too much. It’s fun, remember, so counting secondary speakers brings the total to don’t get bogged down with punctuation and over 1,120,000,000. grammar, that will come later. Focus on how the language is used for real by reading and listening. Look for Graded Readers and listen to Podcasts (There’s an app for your phone, just search ‘Italian for beginners’ or ‘slow German’ for whatever language you want.) Don’t try too hard. If you have to constantly stop and look up new words, it gets very boring very quickly. Aim for a level where you are coming across new words, but still get the gist of what’s being said and always learning. Don’t waste time on pointless stuff. Learn frequent conversation phrases like “maybe”, “I’d Most central Europeans, for example, will speak like”, or “I think so”. They are more useful than as many as 4 different languages, depending on the countries they border with, yet here in the UK the majority of us only speak one. That’s probably because we usually manage to get by as tourists and never feel the necessity to make the effort. However, if you do come home from holiday this month wishing you could have spoken some of the language, then now is the time to start. By next year you should easily pass ‘waiter and shopping’ level and be able to manage a simple conversation. It is not actually 58 Gala Life


things like “rooms in my house” or “items in my pencil case”. Don’t rely on willpower. You don’t have any, and after a few weeks you will run out of enthusiasm and give up. Get into a routine, start small, like learning a language for 5 minutes, then increase it in small increments, like 1 minute each day. By the end of one month, you’ll be up to 30 minutes per day and well on your way. Try to learn new stuff in the morning, you are smarter then. Practice speaking as much as you can. Find someone to speak with. Having a laugh and a joke is a really good way to pick up a language. Try neighbours, friends, friends of friends, the guy behind the counter at a local café, or if your kids are learning at school, make mealtimes foreign language only. Then there’s Skype, you can converse with someone anywhere in the world. Do try and record yourself speaking once a week though, within a few weeks you will notice huge improvements.

language you’re learning, and only use the English ones for parts that lose you. However, only watch the kind of TV that you enjoy and would watch in English, even the cookery ones. Then there’s YouTube, check what’s trending in your language every day. Fun, remember, so….. Do things you enjoy. Make a point of finding things to read or listen to that you enjoy. The closer it is to things you like doing in your native language, the better. Teaching yourself doesn’t mean you have to do by yourself. Check out local clubs or groups. Look for classes in schools and colleges, make friends there and meet up on a different day for a coffee and practice session. If you can afford it, arrange a private tutor, even once a month. They will improve conversation skills and boost your enthusiasm. Finally, there’s unlimited resources available online, for every level. Google is your friend here, just search for lesson in your new language and you will be spoilt for choice, many are free. There are also many apps available, again Google produces an excellent assistant called Google Translate. Download the app, then download the language pack(s) you want, which means it will always work when off-line, then allow access to your camera. You can type in it, talk to it, have conversations using it and my favourite is using it in camera mode to read text. The translation appears instantly on your screen, like magic.

Change your surroundings. Surround yourself in your chosen language. Change the language on your Facebook, Twitter and phone to your target language. Change your homepage to a website in that language (one with a constantly changing newsfeed). Buy newspapers. Buy language stickers (Amazon) and fix them to items around your home or office. Use some headphones and listen to audio books, or those podcasts in the language as much as you can: Have fun learning, you are never too young, and when travelling, cooking, walking the dog. If you never too old. have Netflix, or Amazon, watch programmes in Que te diviertas your new language. There will be subtitles: to Debbie make the most of them, read the ones in the Gala Life 59


Before You Swat a Wasp.... Swat up on them, you will be surprised. insect predators, that meat is to feed the larvae I've been stung by a wasp this year, twice last year, probably my own fault, it's difficult to not not themselves. In their adult state wasps are not able to digest solid food and need sugary start flapping about when one gets too close. August into September is the time of year when liquid to survive. Now, with fewer or no larvae people start to ask 'what's the point of wasps?' to feed, they become uncontrollably and insatiably hungry. The answer may surprise you. Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 species of wasp in the UK? These include the parasitic wasps, some of which are so unbelievably small, they are like pin heads. Of the 250 larger wasps which can sting, the majority are solitary and cause no upset to humans. However, when we talk about wasps, we're almost certainly referring to the our nation's nemesis, the Common Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris). To understand why these wasps become really annoying at this time of year, you first need to understand their life cycle.

Wasps love easy food such as over ripe fruit and your fizzy drinks. Towards the end of their brief lives, their hunger drives them to search for easy sugar at exactly the time when we are more likely to be using our gardens and outdoor spaces for eating sweet things. The timing couldn't be better for them or worse for us. So why are those who panic and try to swat them away more likely to be stung than those who remain calm?

Well the problem is that these redundant workers have their own pheromone, which Common wasps live socially like bees, but unlike helps protect the nest from attack earlier in the year, and that's essentially a chemical rallying honey bees, they haven't evolved a way of storing food to allow their colony to survive the cry to other workers that the nest is under attack. winter. In fact the only survivors are the young fertilised queens who hibernate over winter. So when you swat that annoying wasp and it They emerge in the spring to build little walnut feels under attack, that rallying cry will go out. sized nests where they lay around 20 eggs. Suddenly it all kicks off, and loads more wasps will start arriving in aggressive 'red-mist' mode, The queen feeds the resulting larvae until fired up and ready to defend their nest. This is around May, when they mature and become why the best advice is to stay calm. workers. Then she focuses on more egg-laying and the workers get on with feeding them, enlarging the nest as they go along. By this time of year the nest has grown to around 40cm in diameter, often larger, and that nest can contain up to 10,000 wasps and needs serious pest control if on your property. Phone Woody's! Then, in late August and September, a dramatic change takes place. The queen quits her egg laying (save a few that will go on to be future queens and males to fertilise them) and no longer releases the pheromone that causes the workers to work. Basically, these workers are made redundant, and are left jobless and disorientated. And the problem for us is that, although adult wasps are 60 Gala Life

Think of it this way, from May that wasp has been working its socks off helping to keep things nice on planet earth. Now it’s going to die. So why not give it a break, save your swats, put a bowl of sugary drink somewhere out of your way, and let it go out on a nice sugar rush ď Š At the very least don't kill it. So, what's the point of wasps? Well, believe it or not, wasps do more good than harm. They play a vital role in protecting gardens and farm crops by controlling pest populations. They capture and eat insects such as flies, caterpillars and beetle larvae. We need wasps for us to survive. Willie


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Castle Warehouse

23

Greenspaces

17

Plumbstore

64

Castle Warehouse Blinds

35

Grove Bedding

13

Ratecard

53

Cheeky Panda's

11

Horoscopes

54

Recipe

12

Churches

36

Iain Smith & Partners

21

Richardson & Son Printers

45

Citizens Advice Bureau

30

Inner Wheel

30

School Bell Tuition

31

Community hub

30

James Graham Roofing

25

Shire Chimney

43

Councillor Andy Anderson

26

John Lamont MP

Sleep Myths

38

Councillor Euan Jardine

18

Jonnie Jones Plumber

25

Slimming World

34

Councillor Harry Scott

27

K 2 Roofing

24

Sudoko

Councillor Tom Miers

27

Kelso Folk Festival

51

Thermaheat

57

Craft Workshops

19

Kenkleen

47

Tweedside Commercials

47

Crème De La Crème

47

KM Leisk Bookkeeping

19

Wasps

60

Crolla's

11

Langlee Carnival

15

Willie's Wonky Computer

52

Cullen Kilshaw

32

Leaflets

43

Wilsons Opticians

28

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel

2

Learn a Language

58

Win

7

DW Noble

9

Little Knitting Fairy

9

Woody's Pest Control

17

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0300 100 1800 01896 753889 0800 0274466 111 01896 751212

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