Garvald bus service – survey

Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership request to gauge the opinion of residents of Garvald and Morham of the requirement (or not) for community transport.

Would all residents please complete the form or send comments to Penny Short or leave a completed survey at the Garvald Inn (blank surveys can also be picked up from the Inn) by Friday 16 September 2016.

Garvald Bus Service Survey

Crystal Rig Windfarm Funds 2015-16

The Crystal Rig Windfarm fund is a community benefit fund available for the community of Garvald and Morham to carry out improvements to their local area in any sphere, including the environment, local amenity or tourism. Each year, the wind farm allocates an amount of money to the community council, who then administer its disbursement to the community. The total amount of money available is based on the installed capacity of the wind farm.

Here’s what Garvald & Morham Community Council has approved and paid out from our Wind Farm monies since October 2015. There is a great variety of funding that has taken place over the past year I am sure you will agree.


Morham Community, Ltd Company & Charitable Status £3,000.00
Garvald Hogmanay Fund December 2015 £1,200.00
Garvald & Morham Xmas Trip 2015 £1,164.00
Garvald Village Hall Lighting £4,913.00
Yester Nursery Play Project £5,000.00
Scott Thomson, Judo Expenses £2,000.00
Garvald Village Hall  Secondary Glazing £5,000.00
Daisy Ingram, Violin £145.00
Isaac Ingram, Guitar amps and accessories £143.24
Alasdair Easton, Chanter £45.00
Rudie Shearer, Club cycling costs £273.00
Alasdair Easton, Club cycling costs  £273.00
Rudie Shearer, Morham Runners  £200.00
Harry Lee, Morham Runners £200.00
Molly Clark, Morham Runners £200.00
Robbie Clark, Morham Runners £200.00
Garvald & Morham Choir £320.00
Garvald & Morham Xmas Theatre Trip £1,600.00
Lucy Ballantyne, Swimming Expenses £1,000.00
Aidan Ballantyne, Swimming Expenses  £1,000.00
Haddington & District Swim Club, French Swimming Exchange Visit £3,000.00

Total: £30,876.24

As you will be aware the current committee will hold it’s last meeting in Garvald on October 3rd prior to the Elections taking place, to elect a new committee. If you’d like to be involved in the Crystal Rig funding process, please come and join the committee. Meetings are bi-monthly, alternating in Garvald and Morham village halls.

Consideration is be given to all types of project that benefit the local community, and the Community Council is keen to widen the scope of projects funded. We are particularly keen to support young people with their sports, music and extra-curricular activities, so whatever idea you’ve got (no matter how big or small) please consider applying. The fund is not available to projects that would be under the remit of East Lothian Council or that would be working against the windfarm. Application forms are available to download on the GMCC webpage or from me at the Old School, Garvald. For more information please see the application form.

Thank you,

Phillip White

Letter about Community Council Elections

As you may know, the current term of office for East Lothian Community Councils is coming to an end in the next few weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank every Community Councillor for the service they have given over the last four years. These volunteers have worked hard for their communities in many different ways, from organising or helping to run community events, to representing local interests to East Lothian Council and other public and private bodies, as well as continuing to work closely with their partners in the Area Partnerships.

Elections for this our most local level of democracy, are scheduled for this October and East Lothian Council will shortly be issuing details of how to get involved. In the past, most of our Community Councillors have been appointed unopposed as there have been insufficient nominations. I wish to be clear that this is no reflection on those who have put themselves forward, we should all be grateful that they did, however, more candidates than positions will trigger local elections. This benefits us all as it raises awareness of what Community Councils do, increases community involvement and ownership, and strengthens the mandate for each Community Council with increased confidence that they reflect local opinion.

Nominations for this coming term will open on August 29th. Whether you are an existing Community Councillor, or just someone who has an interest in their local area and it’s future (and who doesnt), I would encourage you to stand for election. You need no special qualifications, apart from an open mind and a genuine wish to make a positive difference in your community. It does require making a commitment but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience, one that I heartily recommend.

Again, my thanks to those who have decided against standing for re-election, my best wishes to you. To those returning and new colleagues who are successfully elected to their Community Councils in October, the Association of East Lothian Community Councils extends a very warm welcome.

Yours etc,
Hilary Smith
Chair of the Association of East Lothian Community Councils

Garvald Village Show – Saturday 27th August


wateringcan Its nearly time for the Village Show and we are looking for:

  • Donations for the raffle – please bring on the day
  • Donations of home baking – including any show entries that didn’t turn out as planned…
  • Children (and the odd parent) to do a stint on teas
  • Help on Thursday 25th at 7pm to set up the tables and again at the end (many hands make light work)

If you are able to help/donate please leave Jo a message on 830 685 or use the Contact Us form.

Staging starts at 7pm on the Friday (not 6pm as in previous years) and Saturday morning from 7.30am – all entries must be in by 10am sharp!

The schedule is on the Garvald Horticultural Society page.