This section gives details oi selected events taking place in and around the I Central Belt oi Scotland this iortnight. I Events are listed by area and then

. alphabetically. All submissions should be '

accompanied by a contact phone number 1 int our inionnation. Days out compiled by ' Thom Dibdin.


I TEDDY TIME Melrose. See panel.


I HORSE JUMPING Fri 3—Sun 5. from 3pm (Fri). 9am (Sat) 10am (Sun). Gleneaglcs Mark Phillips Equestrian Centre. Auchterarder. Perthshire. 0764 663507. Free (Sun: £5/£3). The annual Gleneagles pre-Olympia show with all sorts of conventional show-jumping on i Saturday. culminating in the young horse competition. Sunday's events include bare-back puissance. (jumping over a huge wall) and a display of harness racing.




i l2.30—4.30pm. Walpole Hall. Chester ; Street, Edinburgh. £l5 (£12). Details from

0539 73 I268. Surprise your friends this Christmas with a display of Raqs Sharqi:

. Egyptian Belly dancing. Hilary Thacker leads this workshop which is suitable for

those who have some belly-dancing

' experience under their belt. concentrating

on basic technique and improvisation

Forget Teddy Roosevelt, it was the British writers who wrote about their teddies who really got the whole teddy-bear cult oii the ground. Witness Teddy Melrose, which claims to be the world’s most comprehensive teddy bear museum, where Paddington, Bully, Rupert and the ever-wonderiul Pooh Bear are just some oi the subiects oi the displays. For you Teddy cogniscenti, the Farell ieatured on the iront oi the new Teddy Bear Encyclopedia, is just one oi the bears in the Teddy Melrose collection. ‘The museum is to teach people about the heritage and history oi the teddy bear,’ says Felix Sear who owns Teddy Melrose and will wax lyrical on the subject at the drop of a marmalade sandwich. ‘People can see all those bears they remember irom their childhood, with displays about who created them, the names and where they were supposed to live.’ Each oi the companies who have made


sells all sorts oi bears and bear-

museum is £1 (accompanied children 3 tree).


bears in the UK have their own display with examples oi their wares and there are examples oi bears irom all over the world.

For those with a iew loose pennies in their pockets, Sear points out that Sue Nicol, the resident bear maker, constructs the only totally Scottish bear. Douglas (who else?) is made irom specially commissioned bear iabric made in llawick and costs a

' mere £160. Which is small honey in the bear world: Christies are

auctioning ‘Elliot’, a unique blue Steiii made in 1908, on Monday, 6 December at their oiiices in london and are coniident oi raising over £15,000. (Thom Dibdin)

Teddy Melrose, The High Street, . Melrose (089682 2464) is open daily,

10am-5pm (Sun: 2-5pm). The shop

related paraphernalia. Entrance to the

skills. There will be a demonstration and videos shown of the different styles of dancing. Women should wear skirts if

possible and bring a scarf to tie round their hips. No booking required and don't forget those veils and hand cymbale

i I RECORD FAIR Sat 4. l0am~l30pnr : Adam House. Chambers Street. ' Edinburgh. £l (50p after llam). Bring.

buy. exchange and finger all those rare.

. deleted and strange records and CDs.

More than 50 dealers from all Britain.

I OOORSTEP OEIIOIITS Sat 4. 10.30am. Meet by the Kelvin Bridge. Great Western Road. Free. Further details frotn the Mid Clyde Project: 04l 552 8764. Guided walk around the little-known wild places of Kelvinside: 'lt‘s a chance to explore an

; attractive area that not many people know about a tnust for all Westenders who

care about the environment.‘ says Doug

Hawkes who is organising the event.

Afterwards. he'll be taking those that feel

brave enough up tojoin volunteers from he Friends of the Kelvin and help them

remove rubbish from an ‘attractive footpath in a rural setting'. Then it‘s back

to the local cafe fora tnuch needed round

of hot tea and samosas.

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I MUSIC IN MOTION Sat 4/Sun 5. l0am—4pm. Ashley Street Nursery. 44 Ashley Street. Glasgow. Tickets and details from 04] 946 I605. £10057). ‘Develop your inner creativity.‘ say Erick Maun'cia and Michael '/.olker. who are putting on this weekend of ‘discovery and improvisation using creative movement and percussion‘. Using African rhythms with elements ofcontemporary and Afro- Caribbean dance. as a basis. people will be encouraged to explore. experiment and improvise the elements: earth. air. fire and water. Elements of voice work and chanting will also be used. Limited places. so phone first to book. Take drutns (if you have them) and lunch. Beginners welcome.


The last few events of the

em ironmentally conscious week to plant a tree lll ninety three. Don't forget those wellies. Strong back muscles an advantage!

I Tree Planting Sat 4. 10.30am. Loch Ardinning Resen e. Strathblayne. contact Pant Murdoch. 04] 956 5642. Meet at the dam.

I Tree walk and discussion Sat 4. 10.30am. Douglas l’ark. Largs. contact V. Bickers. ()475 673897. Meet at main park gate on Irvine Road.

I Tree Dressing an Sun 5. lpni.

Monimail Tower. l’ife. contact Grace

Nicol on 0337 810420. I Tree Planting Sun 5. |()am~-3pm.

l“lotterstone Glen. \vell signposted frotn

; car park on the A702. three miles south of


by and starring Forbes Masson


I Tree Planting Sun 5/Mon 6. 2—1pm. Drumpellier Country Park. 'l‘ownhead Road. Coatbridge. Details from 0236 4222257.

I Tree Planting Sat ll. 10am. Kilparticks Project. Meet at Milngavie Railway Station car park. Contact George McQuart'y on 04! 956 66l l.




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