Local Associations and Social Interests

through the use of flowers as a medium for creative art. By 1952 Glasgow and Edinburgh both had a Floral Art Club. The third club in Scotland was inaugurated in Peebles by a group of ladies led by Mrs Minette Hamilton, a minister's wife, aided and abetted by Mrs Joan Mackison, herself a florist, and other enthusiastic flower arrangers. The first meeting of Peebles Floral Art Club was held on 8 November 1954. Its objectives were: '(a) To encourage interest in the Art of Flower Arrangement and the educational, cultural and charitable aspects of it; (b) To support the decorative section in all Horticultural and Produce Shows; (c) To give pleasure to the sick and the elderly through regular arranging of flowers in hospitals and to assist worthy causes by organising exhibitions.' Over the years these objectives have been faithfully carried out. Peebles ladies have been given monthly demonstrations of floral art by experts. Practical classes have been well attended. Flowers have been arranged weekly in churches and distributed to the sick and elderly. Worthy causes have been assisted by exhibitions such as 'Face the Music with Flowers' 1971, 'Flower Fare into Europe' 1973, 'The Tweeddale Way with Flowers' 1982 - all in the Burgh Hall.

Spectacular Church Festivals stand out in the memory. In the Old Parish Church, 'Flowers for the Christian Year' hit the headlines in 1968. This was a communal effort by flower arrangers from all over the county. In.1978 a similar undertaking, 'Music, Art and Flowers', celebrated the Queen's Silver Jubilee year. There have been others.

In St Andrew's Leckie Church 'Christening Robes and Flowers' 1983 followed by 'Wedding Dresses and Flowers' 1986, were fund­raisers for church and charity. In 1988 'Floral Song', a unique effort by the Floral Art Club and the Rullion Green singers, attracted over 200 people to the church to listen to singing of unsurpassed quality and to feast their eyes upon the floral tableaux staged down opposite sides of the nave. It was an emotive experience for all present. Floral artists and musicians had achieved the pitch of perfection. Voices and flowers blended in colour, rhythm and harmony. The singers were inspired by the beauty of their surroundings. Likewise the flower arrangers were touched by the sensitive musical rendering of the songs they had expressed in their particular medium. Each art had been a light to the other.

At the invitation of Mr and Mrs Maxwell Stuart of Traquair House, flowers were arranged on two consecutive Spring Holiday weekends in 1983 and 1984. 'Flowers in a Country House' attracted many