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the magazine<br />

Peebles Old Parish<br />

Church of Scotland<br />

with<br />

Eddleston Parish<br />

Church of Scotland<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2016</strong>


Daily<br />

Worship<br />

in Peebles Old Parish,10am<br />

Daily Worship Leaders <strong>August</strong>/Sept.<br />

Mon. 1st Acts 2:37‐47 Alistair Robertson <strong>August</strong><br />

Tues. 2nd Acts 3:1‐11 Mary Wight<br />

Wed. 3rd Acts3:12‐26 Calum Macdougall<br />

Thur. 4th Acts 4:1‐12 Tom Fairbairn<br />

Frid. 5th Acts 4:13‐31 John Fairless<br />

Sat. 6th Acts 4:32‐5:11 Janet Macdougall<br />

Mon. 8th Acts 5:12‐26 Geoff Goldstraw<br />

Tues. 9th Acts 5:27‐42 Isabelle Coghill<br />

Wed. 10th Acts 6:1‐15 Janette Cameron<br />

Thur. 11th Acts 6:15‐7:16 Jim Edgar<br />

Frid. 12th Acts 7:17‐29 Lily Swinney<br />

Sat. 13th Acts 7:30‐43 Pauline Copeland<br />

Mon. 15th Acts 7:44‐8:1a Marjorie renton<br />

Tues. 16th Acts 8:1‐13 Sally Thorburn<br />

Wed. 17th Acts 8:14‐25 Wilma Barrett<br />

Thur. 18th Acts 8:26‐40 Tom Mills<br />

Frid. 19th Acts 9:1‐9 Sheena Edgar<br />

Sat. 20th Acts 9:10‐19a Rachel Forsyth<br />

Mon. 22nd Acts 9:19b‐31 Cathy Davidson<br />

Tues. 23rd Acts 9:32‐43 Mary Wight<br />

Wed. 24th Acts 10:1‐16 Frances Carrol<br />

Thur. 25th Acts 10:17‐33 Alistair Robertson<br />

Frid. 26th Acts 10:34‐48 Calum Macdougall<br />

Sat. 27th Acts 11:1‐18 Elizabeth Parker<br />

Mon. 29th Acts 11:19‐30 Tom Fairbairn<br />

Tues. 30th Acts 12:1‐17 Geoff Goldstraw<br />

Wed. 31st Acts 12:18‐25 Isabelle Coghill<br />

Thur. 1st Acts 2:37‐47 Frances Carrol September<br />

Frid. 2nd Acts 3:1‐11 Lorraine Mahon<br />

Sat. 3rd Acts3:12‐26 Janet Macdougall<br />

Mon. 4th Acts 4:1‐12 Janette Cameron<br />

Fid5th At 41331 Jh F i l


Pastoral letter<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

The horrifying violence that so suddenly struck last month in Nice as a truck driven<br />

by a terrorist ran into crowds of carefree residents and tourists, resulting in the<br />

loss of 84 lives and many serious injuries, to be followed within only a few days by<br />

the failed military coup in Turkey which left 294 people dead, have been stark<br />

reminders that nowhere in the world is immune from suffering and violence. As we<br />

look forward to days of relatively carefree relaxation there comes the sobering<br />

realisation that violence often strikes when least expected. The fact that two<br />

holiday destinations favoured by hundreds of thousands each year – the French<br />

Riviera and the Turkish coast – were so immediately affected by those frightening<br />

events has stunned us, especially at a time of year when many of us have been<br />

enjoying or are looking forward to holidays.<br />

At the same time as mainland Europe has been confronted with such awful acts of<br />

aggression, we have seen considerable political upheaval in our own country. We<br />

now have a new Prime Minister and Cabinet following the outcome of the EU<br />

Referendum, and the Opposition is in a state of upheaval as the question of the<br />

leadership of the party hangs in the balance. Yet, momentous as those political<br />

changes taking place may be, and notwithstanding that much inexcusable<br />

nastiness has been exhibited, it is a credit to our democratic tradition that even the<br />

most weighty matters tend to be resolved without a weapon being used or a drop<br />

of blood being spilled. Engagement in open, honest dialogue is always preferable<br />

to resorting to acts of violence.<br />

“What a difference it can make if we try, if we really try, to imagine ourselves<br />

in the other person’s shoes: to see the situation from their perspective”<br />

It is no different, of course, in the realm of our inter-personal relationships. Our<br />

very human nature means that some relationships are more nourishing, more<br />

positive than others. There are friends and loved ones with whom we might<br />

scarcely ever have a bad word between us. Conversely there are people whose<br />

manner, opinions or behaviour provide constant challenge to us as we do to them.<br />

What a difference it can make if we try, if we really try, to imagine ourselves in the<br />

other person’s shoes: to see the situation from their perspective; to imagine our<br />

own thoughts in the light of their experience; to see ourselves as we may be seen<br />

by them.<br />

The art of good listening ought to be the desire of us all. How good it would be if<br />

we were able to cast our preconceptions aside the next time there is a difficult<br />

conversation to be had, and hear the other, whoever the other might be, with a<br />

mind that is ready to understand if not necessarily to agree.<br />

With all my love<br />

Calum


News from<br />

Peebles & Eddleston<br />

What we’re up to.<br />

A VISION FOR OUR CHURCH<br />

The Kirk Session of Eddleston Parish Church<br />

is acutely aware of the need for the Church<br />

to maintain a high profile and effective presence<br />

in the local community and is keen to hear the<br />

views of everyone at Eddleston – members and<br />

non-members alike – as we seek to shape and<br />

build upon a vision for our parish church as we<br />

approach the third decade of the 21 st Century.<br />

If you would like to share your thoughts please<br />

come to an<br />

OPEN MEETING in EDDLESTON CHURCH on<br />

MONDAY 22 nd AUGUST at 7.30pm<br />

SHARE<br />

SHARE meets again on Sunday 4 th September at 2pm in The Old Parish Church<br />

A Bite and a Blether<br />

A Bite and a Blether continues to take place every Wednesday from 11.30am -<br />

1.00pm in the Village Hall. A warm welcome awaits everyone of any age to come<br />

along and share a simple lunch and enjoy the chat for a minimum donation of<br />

£2.50.<br />

Breakfast Church<br />

The next Breakfast Church will be held on Sunday 11 th September<br />

Book of Remembrance<br />

The Book of Remembrance is now back in the church on display and if anyone<br />

would like to see a specific date or entry please don’t hesitate to contact either of<br />

the Session Clerks or the Minister.<br />

Eddleston Voices<br />

The community choir resumes rehearsals on Thursday 18th <strong>August</strong> at 7.30pm in<br />

the church. New members are welcome. No audition is necessary and the ability to<br />

read music in not essential. For further details contact Lorraine Mulholland on<br />

01721 730332 or email Lorajazz@aol.com<br />

Junior Choir<br />

The Junior Choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday 25th <strong>August</strong> at 4.30pm in the<br />

church. The choir is open to all pupils of school age.


Eddleston Church is looking for help to keep it clean!<br />

Do you have any spare time once a month?<br />

Would you be prepared to become part of a dust busting team?<br />

Our hoover has had its day too!<br />

Do you have an old hoover which is still in good order that you would be willing to<br />

donate to Eddleston Church?<br />

We are trying to put together a group of people willing to give up a bit of time once<br />

a month to clean the church. The more volunteers we have the less onerous the<br />

task. If you think you can help please contact the Session Clerk on 01721 730332.<br />

Manse Open House Thanks<br />

Janet and Calum would like to thank everyone who came to<br />

the Open House at the manse last month. The weather could<br />

have been more favourable to allow people to sit in the garden but it seemed that<br />

a good time was had by all. Over £200 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.<br />

Neidpath Castle Hosts Wayside Market..<br />

On Saturday, <strong>August</strong> 20 th the annual Wayside Market, for Lyne & Manor Church,<br />

takes place in the grounds of Neidpath Castle, by invitation the Wemyss Estates.<br />

Neidpath Castle has not been open to the public for some years but anyone<br />

attending the Wayside Market, will have the opportunity to go round the castle.<br />

The Market will be opened at 2.00 p.m. A Wayside Market is a very traditional<br />

community event with stalls offering the famed baking by the ladies of Manor and<br />

fresh produce and plants from the Manor gardens as well as bric-a-brac, hats’n<br />

scarves, books, and toys. Literally hundreds of scones have been baked, together<br />

with pots of new made jam for the cream teas - always the great attraction. There<br />

are games and competitions, a puppet show and pony rides, which will make a<br />

good day out for the family.<br />

Entertainments include live music, always guaranteed to provide a cheerful party<br />

atmosphere. Organisers hope for a lovely sunny day, so visitors can enjoy the fine<br />

surroundings but, ‘just in case’, most of the<br />

attractions will be tented, so protected from the<br />

elements.<br />

The Wemyss family do not reside in the castle,<br />

but have maintained it and improved it where<br />

possible to this day and we are most grateful<br />

for their offer to host the Wayside Market.<br />

Visitors to Neidpath are unlikely to meet the<br />

ghost but will be able to see the magnificent<br />

vaulted basement and hall, hung with the<br />

spectacular Neidpath batiques. From the<br />

gloomy pit prison to the airy battlements, the castle itself tells a story of seven<br />

centuries and this is a rare opportunity to explore the building and its history.<br />

There is a small car park at the castle but plenty of parking in the main car park in<br />

Neidpath Road, where free taxis to the castle will be provided.


The Big Sunday Picnic<br />

After the last two Summer's being taken up with planning and preparation for<br />

the Big Sunday Festival, things seem a “little” quieter this year. Although it<br />

might seem that all has gone quiet on the BSF front, there is planning going<br />

on in the background for a week long BSF tent mission in 2017 which will<br />

include an outdoor service and family fun day. Really exciting and inspiring,<br />

this is going to be an opportunity to reach out to our<br />

communities, with God's message, the Peebles churches<br />

working together again in unity to show our communities that<br />

God brings hope and joy, redemption and renewal,<br />

forgiveness and compassion – there is a different way of<br />

living in this world that brings peace and freedom.<br />

In the meantime, we are going to host a joint churches open<br />

air service on Tweed Green (as in previous BSF Summers),<br />

led by Malcolm Jefferson and Ian Gray, Pastor of Peebles<br />

Baptist Church, with involvement from Chattabox, which will<br />

have taken place in the Leckie church every day that week.<br />

This will be followed by a bring your own picnic lunch, and<br />

family games and crafts. We will be<br />

welcoming the Peebles Concert Band on stage, who will be<br />

performing music to accompany the picnic, from the<br />

musicals, movie themes and marches, on a range of<br />

woodwind and brass instruments.<br />

This will take place on Sunday 14th <strong>August</strong>, 11am with the picnic<br />

starting straight after. Please bring your lunch and a flask, and we<br />

will enjoy a time of fellowship – deepening friendships and getting to<br />

know each other a little better. We will be sending out information to<br />

all the schools to invite people to join us. Please, if you can, bring a<br />

friend along who wouldn't normally come to church.<br />

If you or someone you know, would like to come but would find it difficult due<br />

to mobility or transport issues (or indeed, anything that might cause you<br />

difficulties), please let me know. This is an all age event and we want<br />

everyone to feel welcomed and included. I would be very happy to hear from<br />

you.<br />

Contact Sue Thurston on 725103/07811 978124 or email<br />

eucharisteo@btinternet.com


Words of Wisdom<br />

What God Expects from You<br />

‘From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will<br />

be asked.’ Luke 12:48 NIV (2011 Edition)<br />

Added blessing always brings added responsibility, so<br />

1 Stop complaining. Happiness<br />

doesn’t come from getting what you<br />

want; it comes from recognising and<br />

enjoying what you have. So keep a<br />

positive attitude and be grateful<br />

every day. Rudyard Kipling said,<br />

‘Don’t pay too much attention to<br />

fame, power, or money. Someday<br />

you’ll meet a person who cares for<br />

none of these, and then you’ll know<br />

how poor you are’.<br />

2 Stop assuming. When you see your neighbours buying new<br />

furniture, taking expensive holidays, and driving the latest car,<br />

does something stir inside you to do the same? Be careful; just<br />

because someone appears to be in similar circumstances to yours<br />

doesn’t mean anything. They might earn twice as much. On the<br />

other hand, they may be in debt up to their ears or three-quarters<br />

of the way to bankruptcy or a divorce court. Stop making<br />

assumptions and trying to be like somebody else.<br />

3 Stop withholding. Bruce Larson said, ‘Money is another pair of<br />

hands to heal, feed, and bless the desperate families of the earth.<br />

In other words, money is my other self’. But that’s only true if<br />

you’re willing to part with it. Money is like manure: if you let it pile<br />

up it stinks; if you spread it around it helps things grow. Money<br />

gives you options the less fortunate can only pray for. And one<br />

more very important thought: How you use your money will be<br />

one of the biggest issues you’ll face on Judgement Day. Indeed,<br />

it’ll be a determining factor when it comes to your eternal reward.<br />

Think about it.<br />

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Word for Today. Copies can be obtained from them at<br />

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Come and Join the Tai Chi Classes<br />

(or as we are called the recycled teenagers!)<br />

Ruby Buchan<br />

Tai Chi is a system of exercises or movements to promote health and longevity and<br />

improve balance. There are people of varying ages and background, for some Tai<br />

Chi only began recently and for others it has been a regular part of their lives for<br />

some time. Most people have benefitted from this practice of art.<br />

I thought I’d never do this but our wonderful teacher assured me she could teach<br />

me and so I came to enjoy it and as a result felt quite supple.<br />

When in hospital having had surgery I was on my feet and out of bed sooner than<br />

expected. It is very gentle with no floor exercises. It takes time, concentration and<br />

practice and at break times we enjoy much laughter as well as lemon tea!<br />

Great camaraderie is enjoyed by us all indeed it’s like a “Craw Wud” when we all<br />

get going. Donations for the classes are given to local charities.<br />

Neidpath Castle from the air with<br />

thanks to Angus MacFarlane


6 things people get wrong about Fairtrade<br />

Patrick Say, Fairtrade Foundation<br />

Most people are familiar with Fairtrade, so why do the same misconceptions about<br />

what it is and how it actually works keep cropping up?<br />

We’ve all heard them. The mate in the pub who sagely informs you that Fairtrade<br />

doesn’t really help farmers, that it’s a marketing scam designed to get people to<br />

pay more for basic products or to ‘make middle class people feel better about<br />

themselves’.<br />

Anyone following the claims made by both sides during the EU Referendum would<br />

agree that sweeping unqualified statements are not exactly in short supply at the<br />

moment. But it would be unfair and inaccurate to dismiss all those questioning the<br />

way Fairtrade works as tin-foil hat wearing types. With a lot of seemingly<br />

contradictory information out there about Fairtrade online and falling consumer<br />

trust in brands and traditional advertising, it can be difficult to discern fact from<br />

fiction.<br />

I work in the Fairtrade Foundation’s Digital Team and over the last five years I’ve<br />

often seen the same misconceptions and inaccurate generalisations about Fairtrade<br />

crop up online. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common we encounter:<br />

Myth 1: "Fairtrade products are more expensive"<br />

Are they though? The range of Fairtrade products is now huge, with over 5,000<br />

Fairtrade certified products for sale in the UK, many of them supermarket ownlabel<br />

or inexpensive mainstream<br />

brands. Long gone are the days of<br />

Fairtrade products being the obscure<br />

and expensive preserve of 'yogurt<br />

eating vicars'.<br />

All major supermarkets now have<br />

Fairtrade own-label tea and coffee<br />

ranges - Taste the Difference,<br />

Essential, Finest and Sainsbury’s iconic<br />

Red Label tea - just 90p for a box of 80<br />

teabags. Three of the UK's top five favourite chocolates - Cadbury Dairy Milk, Mars,<br />

and Maltesers are Fairtrade, along with 100% of bananas in Sainsbury’s, Co-op<br />

and Waitrose.<br />

All the tea and coffee at high street giants Greggs is Fairtrade and they are<br />

currently trialling Fairtrade bananas in 350 outlets. Those looking for a bargain will<br />

also note that discounters Lidl are selling Fairtrade roses. With more supermarkets<br />

and mainstream brands than ever selling Fairtrade, can you really afford to keep<br />

saying it's more expensive?


Myth 2: "Anyone can stick the Fairtrade badge on their product and claim<br />

it’s ethical"<br />

The idea that companies just slap the FAIRTRADE Mark on their products willy-nilly<br />

when they want to claim ethical credentials just doesn’t hold up. The Mark is a<br />

registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing<br />

countries. Products that display it must meet Fairtrade Standards, set by Fairtrade<br />

International.<br />

These Standards apply to both producers (the farmers and workers) and traders<br />

(the shop you buy from) and are agreed through research and consultation with<br />

Fairtrade stakeholders, including farmers and workers themselves, traders,<br />

independent experts and national Fairtrade organisations such as the Fairtrade<br />

Foundation in the UK.<br />

If a company wants to get one of their products certified (and hence have the<br />

FAIRTRADE Mark displayed on their packaging) they have to first ensure that it<br />

meets all of the above Standards. Any company ‘just slapping the Fairtrade badge<br />

on their product’ without meeting the above standards for that product would be<br />

investigated and could even open themselves up to legal action.<br />

Myth 3: "Only a small percentage of the price you pay for a Fairtrade<br />

product goes back to farmer"<br />

This one comes up all the time and is<br />

based on the misunderstanding that<br />

Fairtrade farmers are paid a<br />

percentage of the retail price you pay<br />

for a product in a shop – this is not<br />

the case.<br />

The retail price you pay as a<br />

consumer is determined entirely by<br />

the retailer.<br />

While paying farmers and workers a percentage of the retail price might appear<br />

a good way to demonstrate the impact of Fairtrade from the consumer’s<br />

perspective, it doesn’t actually address the real inequities in conventional market<br />

arrangements.<br />

The Fairtrade price that the farmer receives applies at the point where the<br />

producer organisation they are part of (such as a coffee co-operative) sells to the<br />

next person in the supply chain (usually an exporter or importer). This is intended<br />

to ensure farmers and workers can cover their costs no matter how low the world<br />

price for their commodity falls.<br />

Myth 4: "Fairtrade locks farmers into a fixed price"<br />

You may have read about the ‘Fairtrade Minimum Price’, this is indeed a real thing.<br />

But it’s a safety net, calculated to cover farmers costs of production, and only<br />

coming into play in a worst case scenario. It is not something that locks farmers<br />

into a fixed price.


Let’s use the example of Maria — a farmer for a Fairtrade coffee cooperative in<br />

Colombia – to explain.<br />

In simple terms, if the market price of coffee falls below the Minimum Price set in<br />

the Fairtrade Standards, then under Fairtrade, Maria’s cooperative would receive<br />

this guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price.<br />

This safety net means Maria and other farmers in her coop can cover their<br />

production costs which helps them to predict their income and budget for the<br />

future. However — and this is really important — if the market price of the coffee is<br />

above the Minimum Price, then the market price is the basis for negotiations<br />

between Maria’s coop and their buyers and of course they can also negotiate higher<br />

prices on the basis of quality and other factors.<br />

This is something that people often don’t pick up on, assuming that under Fairtrade<br />

farmers receive a fixed, flat rate that can never change, even if the market price of<br />

the crop they’re growing is high.<br />

It’s also worth remembering that in addition to the receiving the Minimum Price or<br />

market price, Fairtrade producers receive a bonus-type payment called the<br />

‘Fairtrade Premium’. This is an extra sum of money that they decide democratically<br />

how best to spend. Some might spend it on improved training and farming<br />

techniques, others on building schools and medical clinics. Fairtrade doesn’t dictate<br />

what it’s spent on, it’s entirely up to the producers, but in the interests of<br />

transparency Premium spending is audited.<br />

Myth 5: "Our company ALWAYS pays farmers more than Fairtrade"<br />

Occasionally we see companies making claims like ‘we always pay our farmers<br />

more than Fairtrade’. But in light of the Minimum Price/market price explanation<br />

above, what do statements like this really mean?<br />

Do they mean they pay more than the Fairtrade Minimum Price? What if the<br />

market price of the commodity is high and Fairtrade farmers are receiving the<br />

market price?<br />

It ’s also wort h remembering t hat when c ompanies make c laims like t his wit hout<br />

independent third party verification, we as consumers are essentially having to<br />

take them at their word. PACT coffee who claim on their website to “always pay our<br />

farmers 25% more than the Fairtrade rate” admit themselves that they currently<br />

have no independent third party verification to ensure this happens or for the<br />

monitoring of conditions on the ground for the farmers they source from.<br />

The FAIRTRADE Mark on a product means that the Fairtrade ingredients in that<br />

product have been independently verified by FLOCERT an independent certifier<br />

accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). FLOCERT<br />

can and do suspend or, in some cases, even decertify Fairtrade producer<br />

organisations if their audit shows that Fairtrade Standards are not being complied<br />

with. So when it comes to Fairtrade products, when we say that buying is<br />

supporting farmers to get a better deal, you don’t just have to take our word for it.


Myth 6: "Fairtrade doesn’t<br />

encourage farmers to improve<br />

quality"<br />

This myth is occasionally levelled at<br />

Fairtrade coffee farmers. The<br />

argument goes that the safety net of<br />

the Fairtrade Minimum Price means<br />

there is little or no incentive for<br />

farmers to improve the quality of<br />

their crop.<br />

But as mentioned above, producer<br />

groups are not tied in to receiving the Minimum Price — higher quality produce can<br />

and does attract higher prices — so there is genuine incentive for Fairtrade farmers<br />

to innovate and improve quality.<br />

In addition to the price they receive for their coffee, Fairtrade farmers also earn a<br />

Fairtrade Premium to invest in projects that will benefit their business or<br />

community. Coffee farmers must invest 25 per cent of this back into initiatives to<br />

improve quality and productivity, which are fundamental ways of increasing<br />

farmers’ incomes.<br />

Over the years, many Fairtrade coffee producers have won Cup of Excellence<br />

awards and several Fairtrade retail products, including coffees from Bewley’s<br />

UK Grumpy Mule brand, Cafedirect, Wicked Coffee, Bailies Coffee Company, Percol,<br />

Tesco Finest and Asda Extra Special, have also won various taste awards — which<br />

is testament to the quality achieved. In total Fairtrade coffees have won over 28<br />

Great Taste Awards in the last 3 years.<br />

We’d like to claim them, but it’s the farmers and the coffee manufacturers who<br />

deserve the accolades!<br />

So did you know?<br />

That our Fairtrade stall in the MacFarlane Hall stocks:<br />

Coffee Tea Hot Chocolate Fruit & Nut Muesli Geo Bars Demerara Sugar Unrefined<br />

Raw Cane Sugar Caster Sugar Muscovado Sugar Dried Raisins Sultanas Apricots<br />

Dates Mixed Dried Fruit Walnuts Cashew Nuts Brazil Nuts Divine Chocolate Almond<br />

& Orange Chocolate Yogurt Raisins Chocolate Raisins<br />

Chocolate Wafer Biscuits Stem Ginger Cookies Chewy<br />

Fruit & Oat Cookies Chocolate Chunk cookies Fusilli<br />

Pasta Basmati Rice and lots of chocolate!


Bell-tower Craik<br />

More tea Vicar?<br />

Did I read that sign right?<br />

In an office:<br />

TOILET OUT OF ORDER....... PLEASE USE<br />

FLOOR BELOW<br />

In a Laundromat:<br />

AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES:<br />

PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES<br />

WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT<br />

In a London department store:<br />

BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS<br />

In an office:<br />

WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE<br />

STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE<br />

BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL<br />

BE TAKEN<br />

In an office:<br />

AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD<br />

EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE<br />

DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD<br />

Outside a second-hand shop:<br />

WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING<br />

YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?<br />

Notice in health food shop window:<br />

CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS<br />

Spotted in a safari park:<br />

ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR<br />

Seen during a conference:<br />

FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE<br />

ON THE 1ST FLOOR<br />

Notice in a farmer's field:<br />

THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL<br />

CHARGES.<br />

On a repair shop door:<br />

WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL<br />

DOESN'T WORK).


Eco Congregation Second Award<br />

As we intimated earlier, we are delighted to announce that Peebles Old<br />

Parish Church has achieved its second award from Eco Congregation<br />

Scotland.<br />

We now have a brand new plaque on the wall of the church to record<br />

this.<br />

The assessors commended us for having formed a ‘Green Team’<br />

involving members from different aspects of church life and for<br />

achieving a significant reduction in our carbon footprint due to the<br />

installation of our new heating system. They were pleased to see our<br />

portfolio of evidence and that we keep the<br />

congregation and Kirk Session in touch with what’s<br />

going on through magazine articles and reports to<br />

Session.<br />

Among their recommendations for the future they<br />

suggested using environmentally friendly cleaning and<br />

washing up materials and to balance the greenery put<br />

in the compost bin with dry materials such as<br />

scrunched up cardboard. They recommend that we<br />

put our weeds in the garden rubbish bins, which of<br />

course we now do.<br />

All we can say now is a big thankyou to everyone<br />

because the whole congregation contribute to our<br />

environmentally friendly ethos, whether it’s buying<br />

something from the Fairtrade stall on a Sunday or<br />

helping to keep the garden area tidy or putting your<br />

milk bottle caps in the box in the Hall kitchen.<br />

Well done everyone!


News<br />

from the<br />

Magazine babes.<br />

A plea from Marianne and Ruby!<br />

We’re looking out for travel stories, life stories, recipes, jokes and articles that<br />

would brighten up our magazine pages. We know you’ve got it in you as we’ve<br />

seen them before you know.<br />

Just think you could see your own thoughts and<br />

words in print and be able to share the things that<br />

inspire you about life, worship, travel, cooking, or<br />

even The Old Parish Church itself.<br />

We can even help you with the scanning of<br />

photographs if you don’t have them electronically<br />

and if you ask nicely we can arrange for articles to<br />

be typed up from your own notes or ideas.<br />

So why not get in touch with either of us as<br />

detailed below or simply e-mail<br />

magazine@topcop.org.uk<br />

Would you like your own copy each month?<br />

Well help is at hand… just fill in and post this form!<br />

To:<br />

Miss Marianne Ewart, 23 Cuddyside, Peebles EH45 8EN (721964) or<br />

Mrs Ruby Buchan, 14 Kingsland Square, Peebles EH45 8EZ (721048)<br />

Your name ……………………………………………………………………<br />

Your address……………………………………………………………………………………..<br />

I’m happy to enclose a donation of £….... towards the cost of the<br />

Magazine.<br />

Please make cheques payable to “Peebles Old Parish Church of Scotland”


CHURCH ORDERS (PEEBLES)<br />

READERS<br />

<strong>August</strong> 7 Frances Carrol Isaiah 1:1 and 10-20<br />

St Luke 12:32-40<br />

14 Big Sunday Service<br />

21 Isabelle Coghill Jeremiah 1:4-10<br />

St Luke 13:10-17<br />

28 Pauline Copeland Jeremiah 2:4-13<br />

St Luke 14:1 and 7-14<br />

September 4 Elizabeth Parker Jeremiah 18:1-11<br />

St Luke 14:25-33<br />

11 Elspeth Knowles Jeremiah 4:11-12 and 22-28<br />

St Luke 15:1-10<br />

18 Sheena Edgar Jeremiah 8:18-9:1<br />

St Luke 16:1-13<br />

25 Fiona Fleming Jeremiah 32:1-3a and 6-15<br />

St Luke 16:19-31<br />

DUTIES<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

September<br />

7 th Sandy McAllister, 14 th Allister Jamieson, 21 s t Pauline<br />

Copeland, 28 th Elizabeth Parker<br />

Sheena Edgar<br />

Elizabeth Fairless<br />

Ian Thorburn & Sandy McAllister<br />

Please note: Elders unable to undertake any of the above duties are asked to<br />

arrange for a substitute and let either of the Session Clerks of Jillian Sneddon<br />

know. Duty elders should be in place by 9.30am. On the first Sunday of the<br />

month, when there is an evening service, one of the duty elders should be in<br />

place for 5.30pm.<br />

MONTHLY SHORT ORDERS OF HOLY COMMUNION<br />

<strong>August</strong> 28 Elizabeth Parker<br />

Marjorie Renton<br />

THE BELL RINGERS<br />

<strong>August</strong> 7 Anne Derrick<br />

14 Malc olm Lumsden<br />

21 Kirsty Davidson<br />

28 Fiona Taylor


FORTHCOMING SERVICES EDDLESTON<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

Sunday 7th 11.45am Morning Service – Twelfth after Pentecost<br />

Sunday 14th<br />

11am<br />

6pm<br />

BIG SUNDAY UNITED SERVICE on Tweed Green<br />

Evening Service – please note change of time!<br />

Sunday 21st 11.45am Morning Service – Fourteenth after Pentecost<br />

Sunday 28th 6pm Monthly Evening Service - Fifteenth after Pentecost<br />

September<br />

Sunday 4th 11.45am Morning Service - Sixteenth after Pentecost<br />

FORTHCOMING SERVICES PEEBLES<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

Sunday 7th 10am Morning Service – Twelfth after Pentecost<br />

No Evening Service<br />

Sunday 14th 11am BIG SUNDAY UNITED SERVICE on Tweed Green<br />

No Service in the Old Parish Church<br />

Sunday 21st 10am Morning Service – Fourteenth after Pentecost<br />

Sunday 28th 10am Morning Service – Fifteenth after Pentecost<br />

September<br />

Sunday 4th<br />

10am<br />

6pm<br />

Morning Service – Sixteenth after Pentecost<br />

Monthly Evening Service<br />

CHURCH REGISTER<br />

Eddleston<br />

BAPTISM<br />

Sunday 17th July<br />

Orla Naomi, daughter of Louise and Kevin Malone<br />

7 Laverockbank Gardens, Edinburgh EH5


Flower Calendar<br />

Convenor: Janet Macdougall 720568<br />

Aug<br />

Se<br />

7 Donors<br />

Arranger<br />

14 Donors<br />

Arranger<br />

21 Donors<br />

Arranger<br />

28 Donor<br />

Arranger<br />

4 Donor<br />

Arranger<br />

11 Donor<br />

Arranger<br />

18 Donor<br />

Arranger<br />

25 Donors<br />

Arranger<br />

Mr Danny Scott & Miss Karen Scott<br />

Mrs Ella Rae<br />

Patty Watson<br />

Mrs Nancy Wight<br />

Mrs A Hoggard<br />

Rachael Forsyth<br />

Mr & Mrs Alistair Robertson<br />

Stephanie Porter<br />

Ms Patricia Watson<br />

Janet Macdougall<br />

Mrs Esther Sadler<br />

Stephanie Porter<br />

Mr Trevor Nicol<br />

Anne Hervey<br />

Donor required please<br />

Elizabeth Douglas<br />

Donor Required please<br />

Caroline Lazenby<br />

OFFERINGS<br />

Eddleston<br />

Total Offerings for July <strong>2016</strong> £634.54<br />

Total Offerings for July 2015 £453.38<br />

Total Offerings for the first 7 months of <strong>2016</strong> £5,056.12<br />

Total Offerings for the first 7 months of 2015 £6,115.25<br />

Decrease in giving over 2015 £1,059.13


A very warm welcome to<br />

Our Organisations<br />

You’ll receive a warm welcome at any of our groups, whose details are given<br />

below. For further information about each organisation, please see our website<br />

www.topcop.org.uk<br />

Group Where and when we meet Contact<br />

All children welcome.<br />

Monica Aikman<br />

MacFarlane Hall Sundays in term time 01721 729041<br />

at 10.00am<br />

The Ten o’<br />

Clock Club<br />

Choir<br />

SHARE<br />

Girls’<br />

Brigade<br />

Flower<br />

Committee<br />

Bellringers’<br />

Group<br />

Guild of<br />

Friendship<br />

Traidcraft<br />

Song School<br />

Thursdays 7.30-9.00pm (not July and<br />

<strong>August</strong>)<br />

We meet in the MacFarlane Hall, once a<br />

month at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon.<br />

Dates will be announced.<br />

MacFarlane Hall<br />

Wednesdays in school terms<br />

Explorers (P1 – P3) 6.00-7.00pm<br />

Juniors and Brigaders 7.00-8.15pm<br />

Meets once a year as a whole group,<br />

Members take their turn at arranging the<br />

flowers in church each week and at major<br />

religious festivals.<br />

Members take their turn on the Sunday<br />

Bell ringing rota and ring on other<br />

community occasions if they wish.<br />

Members meet together twice a year. The<br />

Guild visits housebound members of the<br />

congregation. The number of homes and<br />

frequency of visits is flexible and can<br />

easily be arranged to suit the availability<br />

of the Visitor<br />

Members take turns at the purpose-built<br />

cupboard selling Fairtrade goods after<br />

morning worship each Sunday<br />

‘Green Team’ Help to provide ideas for each of us to<br />

better care for God’s creation.<br />

Toddlers’ MacFarlane Hall<br />

Group Tuesdays in school terms. 9.30-11.00am<br />

Bacon Rolls<br />

TEA LADIES REQUIRED<br />

Friday mornings. Join a team taking your<br />

turn preparing and serving Bacon Rolls.<br />

Each team is ‘on’ once every 6 weeks.<br />

Great fun!<br />

Sarah Brown<br />

(Director of Music)<br />

07597 394059<br />

Cathy Davidson<br />

01896 830419<br />

Catriona Steven<br />

01721 723669<br />

Janet Macdougall<br />

01721 720568<br />

Anne Derrick<br />

01721 721075<br />

Elizabeth Fairless<br />

01721 720344<br />

Dorothy Russel<br />

01721 720583<br />

Please speak to the<br />

Minister or Session<br />

Clerks<br />

Janette Cameron<br />

01721 722528


Who’s Who at Peebles & Eddleston<br />

Minister:<br />

The Reverend Calum Macdougall<br />

The Manse, 7 Clement Gunn Square<br />

Peebles EH45 8LW<br />

01721 720568<br />

calum@topcop.org.uk<br />

Joint Session Clerk:<br />

Elizabeth Parker<br />

Temple Bar House<br />

Peebles<br />

01721 725153<br />

sessionclerk@topcop.org.uk<br />

Joint Session Clerk:<br />

Sandy McAllister<br />

26 Craigerne Drive Peebles<br />

01721 722340<br />

sessionclerk@topcop.org.uk<br />

Ordained Local Minister :<br />

Pamela Strachan<br />

Glenhighton, Broughton<br />

ML12 6JF<br />

01899 830423<br />

Organist & Choir Leader:<br />

Sarah Brown<br />

16a Cross Street, Peebles<br />

07597394059<br />

music@topcop.org.uk<br />

Church Administrator:<br />

Jillian Sneddon<br />

Mobile: 07872326404<br />

admin@topcop.org.uk<br />

Beadle:<br />

Edward Knowles<br />

56 Eliot’s Park, Peebles.<br />

01721 722860<br />

Roll Keeper:<br />

Alison Duncan<br />

House: 721033<br />

Mobile: 07707 001795<br />

Eddleston Treasurer:<br />

Archie Smellie<br />

Hattonknowe, Eddleston.<br />

01721 730282<br />

Eddleston Session Clerk,<br />

Organist & Choir<br />

Director: Lorraine<br />

Mulholland<br />

Millbank, Eddleston.<br />

01721 730332<br />

Lorajazz@aol.com<br />

Interim<br />

Eco-congregation Coordinator,<br />

Peebles:<br />

Anne Derrick<br />

Edderston Road, Peebles<br />

01721 721075<br />

Registered charities (Peebles) SC013316 (Eddleston) SC010081

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