Peebles celebrates creative status

The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.

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Sports complex given gold by pupils

A new sports facility costing just under £5 million pounds has been opened at a school in the Scottish Borders.

Peebles High School finally has an all weather sports complex and it's hoped it will open opportunities for thousands of children who will use it in the future.

Guests of honour included former pupil and Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash and Chris O'Hare, another former pupil, who will be competing in the 1,500 metres for Scotland at this summer's Commonwealth Games.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Botanical garden becomes hydro-electric

The Scrape Burn, where the water supply comes from Credit: ITV Border

A new hydro-electric scheme has been launched at Dawyck Botanic Garden in Stobo, near Peebles.

The scheme will provide enough electricity to power the visitor centre and the Garden's infrastructure.

Surplus electricity will be sold back to the national grid.

Mr Ewing unveils a new plaque on a rock removed during the construction of the plant Credit: ITV Border

The scheme was officially launched by Fergus Ewing MSP, Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.

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To beekeeper or not to bee?

A beekeeper from Peebles says she's determined to carry on with her work, despite having a potentially deadly allergy to bee stings.

Joyce Jack from Peebles has had to be taken to hospital twice after being stung.

She needs to carry two shots of adrenaline with her and have medical attention within 20 minutes if she's stung.

She can no longer do all the hands on work with hives but still spends time around bees as a teacher with the Newbattle Beekeepers Association.

She says she couldn't give it up:

Peebles teacher wins book award

A school teacher from Peebles has won the 2013 Scottish Children's Book Awards.

Debut author Claire McFall, won the Older Readers Category for 12 to 16-year-olds for her novel Ferryman.

A record 38,000 children voted for their favourite books across three different age categories

School greenhouse vandalised in Peebles

An eco-greenhouse which was built out of plastic bottles by schoolchildren in the Scottish Borders has allegedly been vandalised.

The structure, which belongs to Priorsford Primary School, is understood to have had holes kicked in it and a wheelbarrow was pushed through the window ledge.

PC Mark Halliday, from Police Scotland said:

"This was a really upsetting crime for the children who had put a lot of time and effort into creating the greenhouse in an eco-friendly way."

– PC Mark Halliday, from Police Scotland

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Creative cash to be spent on Peebles art

A cash prize for a creativity award for Peebles will be spend on a series of monthly art festivals in the town.

Peebles has won an award for being the most creative place of its size in Scotland, along with £100,000.

Those behind the bid plan to spend it on a creative action plan running from March to December.

Each month will concentrate on a particular theme, such as music, literature or crafts.

The programme will also work with festivals already held in the town, such as the Arts Festival and the TweedLove biking festival.

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