Pop-up Concert Friday 2nd June

Join us for a summer night of wonderful music in the beautiful and historic setting of Garvald Church. Students from the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, including Garvald’s very own Finlay Hay, will perform a variety of pieces.

Tickets will be priced at £5 on the door, or are available to purchase ahead of time from Caroline McGregor. All proceeds will go to two charities doing wonderful work to support refugees in East Lothian: ‘East Lothian Aid for Refugees’, and ‘East Lothian Welcomes Refugees’.

Refreshments will be served afterwards, including a tasty variety of home baking.
We hope to see you there!

Community Paths: Drop-In Surgeries

Paths for All are offering free drop-in surgeries in various locations in Scotland and are inviting community groups to drop in and discuss their path projects. Paths for All can offer you general advice and support as well as guidance on applying for their community grant scheme. Groups/individuals attending can either come along to a half hour one-on-one session or drop into one of the presentations. Presentations will be held at 2pm and 6pm and do not require booking. Please let them know via email communitypaths@pathsforall.org.uk if you plan on attending the presentation sessions so they know roughly how many people to expect. To book one of their half hour one-to-one sessions please book via: doodle.com.

Your nearest surgery is:

Date:  Friday 26th May
Location: Quakers Meeting Room, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh


Humbie Hustings – General Election 2017

Message from Alastair Beck,
Treasurer of Humbie, East & West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council

Our Community Council is hosting the Humbie Hustings – General Election 2017 on the evening of Tuesday, 30th May. All are welcome.

The venue for the event, Humbie Kirk, is in a glen just outside the village where parking is limited and therefore to assist with our planning of the event we ask that anyone planning to attend should register using the Eventbrite link below;

All five candidates standing for election to represent the East Lothian Constituency at June’s General Election have agreed to attend a Hustings in Humbie Kirk, Humbie on Tuesday, 30th May, arranged by Humbie, East & West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council. Each candidate will be invited to make a short (3 minute) presentation before questions are presented from the audience. Questions should be as concise as possible and should focus on issues relevant to the Westminster parliament. Every effort will be made to cover a wide range of topics and to give candidates the opportunity to respond equally over the course of the evening. Humbie Kirk will be open from 7.00 pm and the event will commence at 7.30 pm prompt. For more information and to register to attend, please go to:


Many thanks,

Alastair Beck
Treasurer, Humbie East & West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council

Charity Fundraiser Concert 2nd June

Our very own Finlay Hay from Garvald is bringing home 6 friends from the Yehudi Menuhin School and they are all going to play for us at a pop-up concert on 2nd June at the Church. Please put the date in your diary, come along to hear some fabulous music and help us raise some money for refugees.


PS If anyone would like to do some baking for the post-concert gathering, please let me know!!

AGM date and update from Morham Village Hall

Morham Village Hall has served the local community for decades. Despite our widespread population, the hall provides a real heart to the parish and plays a wide range of roles, from public polling station and community council meeting place, to a venue for community clubs and private parties. It is the responsibility of the hall Trustees both to maintain it and to ensure that it remains as accessible as possible for the benefit of all in the area.


Charity Registration
The value of the hall in terms of providing a community focus has been recognised by the Office of the Scottish Charity Register and, largely thanks to the work of former Chair of the hall committee, Patrick Gammell, Morham Village Hall is now a registered charity (SC046475).

The hall now has a dedicated webpage within the community website for Morham and Garvald: http://www.garvald.org.uk/morham-village-hall/. This page will offer information and regular updates, so do please keep an eye on it. There is also the noticeboard outside the hall itself, and we will be aiming to post relevant updates to the Morham – We Live Here Facebook page. Our hope is that all the community will feel they can easily access information about their hall, whether online or not.

Appointment Of New Trustees
Six new Trustees (listed below) took over responsibility for the upkeep and management of the hall last year, with – as per the charity’s constitution – two Trustees representing each of the three separate ‘constituencies’ within the parish (Main Street, Mainshill Farm and Steading, and the outlying parish).


The Trustees have instructed a comprehensive survey of the hall in order to prioritise repair works and look at improvements. This has now highlighted, amongst other things, the need for work to the roof, for the replacement of windows, door and the floor, and for a range of smaller works designed to ensure full Health and Safety compliance.

We have a fantastic opportunity to raise a significant proportion of the funds needed. However, the funding applications does require evidence of community involvement in the form of Letters of Support, or a signed petition. To which end, Trustees will soon be going door to door across the parish in the hope of gaining signatures. Do please sign if you can; it commits you to nothing but adds considerably to the application. THERE IS NO NEED TO LIVE IN THE PARISH TO REGISTER YOUR SUPPORT! Please use the contact form below to state your support, including your name and postal address .


Any resident of the Area of Benefit aged 18 or over is eligible to be a voting member of the hall. The Area of Benefit is defined within the hall’s constitution as “the Parish of Morham, East Lothian, comprising the farms of Northrig, Standingstone, Mainshill, Morham Mains, Rentonhall, West Morham and Morham Bank and all the houses and cottages thereon and in between and also including the adjoining farm of Whitelaw (and the houses and cottages thereon).”

We would very much like to compile as comprehensive a Membership Roll as possible to use as a centralised database for future communications. By way of example, these communications may range from updates on the planned refurbishment, to your invitation to the annual Burns Night Dinner. Please use the contact form below to be added to the database.


This year’s AGM will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th May in the Morham Village Hall. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposed improvements to the building, and to register your support for the grant funding. Do please come along if you possibly can.

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Woodland Management

Yesterday on the steep bank of the Papana Burn adjacent to the park in Garvald, the young trees received some annual maintenance work. Approximately fifty individual trees required some attention including the straightening of leaning trees, cutting of some intrusive weeds (e.g. gorse / brambles), replacing dead saplings and repairing damaged tubes and stakes. Photos taken by Graham Barnes.