Contribution to their own community was also encouraged and is in evidence. In 1973 further tree planting took place in Hay Lodge Park. The annual Daffodil Day which takes place in April is also supported; the daffodils, donated generally by Dawyck House, are bunched and sold by the Girl Guides in aid of various charities. Other community service events include 'Thinking Day'; 'Year of the Child' (1979); Adventure Day at Ingliston (1979); involvement in Blue Peter Christmas Appeal (1979); Carol 'Sing-a-ling' in aid of 'Shelter'. In addition the Summer camp at Penicuik in 1973 and International camps in Belgium and Norway in 1979 were held. The Girl Guide Movement in Peebles still flourishes and this can be seen by the array of merit badges earned by the Brownies, Guides and Rangers.

As early as September 1850 enthusiasts in Peebles had formed a Horticultural Society and in that month were able to mount a 'Horticultural Exhibition of flowers, fruit and vegetables, composed of gardeners, amateurs and cottagers in the County'. This show took place in the Burgh Hall and was reported in the local newspaper as a splendid occasion that was 'attended by all the beauty and fashion of the neighbourhood', adding that during the afternoon 'about sixty gentlemen dined in the Tontine'.

In the following year (1851) the Horticultural Exhibition was held in the Tontine Hotel and again it was well attended with nearly 800 visitors. In 1852, the date of the Horticultural Show was put back to July and on this occasion 'a large and elegant marquee' was erected on Tweed Green; again the Show was supported by about 800 people.

From such early beginnings the Peebles Horticultural Society has gone from strength to strength. They continue to sponsor an annual Show and before the event their silverware, cups and trophies provide an impressive display in the window of a local building society. Much of the success of the present society over the years is due to the dedication of the late James Derrick and his sister Miss Lizzie Derrick. Amongst the most prolific of prizewinners over the years must be William Greenshields for both vegetables and flowers; for superb flowers, J. D. Runciman; and the late Jack Duthie will also be remembered.

In the drab post-war years colour began to return to women's lives