Committee 2017 - 2018
|International Services||Trish Allan|
|Club Correspondent||Hazel Nichol|
Visit to Hawick Flood Group
About the area
At the heart of the Borders, Galashiels with a population of 12,367, lies in the narrow valley of Gala Water close to its meeting with the River Tweed. The town takes its name from "shielings" or summer shelters, built by herdsmen for their sheep.
At Old Gala House there is a fascinating insight into the early history of the town. The 19th Century saw the wool textile industry flourishing in Galashiels. Although it is no longer such a dominant factor in the local economy, you cannot fail to see its influence around the town at the famous Scottish Borders Campus of Heriott Watt University.
The Braw Lads' Gathering in late June is the focal point of the local calendar, with its week long ceremonies commemorating the history of the town. 1n1503 the lands of Ettrick Forest, of which Galashiels was a part, were granted to Margaret Tudor on her marriage to James IV of Scotland - an event remembered in a coiourfbl ceremony, mingling the red and white roses of England with the Scottish Thistle. One of the picturesque highlights of the Gathering is the rideout fording the Tweed to Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, the famous novelist and poet.
To sport enthusiasts, Galashiels is synonymous with Rugby. Gala Rugby Club has a long and proud tradition of supplying players for the full international side. Other interests are well catered for with two golf courses, three bowling greens, puffing greens tennis courts and there is a swimming pool (used by the local swimming club) whilst children can enjoy playing in the freedom of Scott Park and the Public Park. At Tweedbank to the east of the town is an all weather athletics track and an indoor bowling stadium. Fishing, riding and walking can all be enjoyed locally. At the Pavilion Cinema there are four screens and the Volunteer Hall is the venue for the annual production of the local opera company as well as other concerts. The fine floral displays are a colourlul feature of the centre of the town. Down at Boleside you can take a pienic and enjoy the peacelul riverside setting on the banks of the Tweed.
With its central. location, Galashiels is an ideal base for exploring the Scottish Borders, with the four medievalabbeys at Dryburgh, Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose. Whichever direction you choose you will discover quiet roads, rolling hills, mwinding rivers and spectacular views with an abundance of castles - Floors,Manderston and Thirlestane to name but a few - and small distinctive museums.