GMCC August meeting minutes now available

The minutes from the August 2016 meeting of Garvald and Morham Community Council are now available on the GMCC page. Among the items discussed were the Haddington and Lammermuir Local Area Partnership, Crystal Rig Funding, changes to the management of Morham Village Hall and the recent Garvald traffic survey.

The next meeting has been re-scheduled to the 10th of October (7pm, at Garvald Village Hall).

Village Hall AGM : 5th of October

Come along to the village hall AGM for a fun and interesting evening with wine, nibbles and a slide show. The slideshow will contain some fantastic pictures of Garvald throughout the ages as well as some of the more recent events the hall has hosted.

Village Hall AGM

Village Hall AGM

Community Council Elections

Just a reminder that the closing date for nomination papers for this year’s community council elections is coming up (it’s on Thursday the 15th!). So if you fancy being on the CC pick up a form from the Council. Rufus at Bridgend Cottage also has some to give out.

Letter about new number to phone when there is a power cut

Hi all

You may remember we emailed you a couple of months ago about the launch of a new national phone number “105”, which will be launched by all electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Instead of dialling 0800 numbers, customers will be able to call the new “105” number.

Key points to note about this service are:
· Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
· 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
· 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
· Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
· Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

One simple, but effective way you support the launch is through joining our social media Thunderclap. This allows causes, such as the launch of 105, to gain support from huge groups of people through using their social media following.

Through Thunderclap people can show their support by agreeing to share a single message about the launch of 105. Our Thunderclap will complete at 10am on 6th September, at which point this single message will be sent from the Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account of everyone who signed up. This will give the launch of 105 a huge amount of reach in a very short space of time.

How do you use Thunderclap?

· Go to the ‘Power cut? Call 105’ Thunderclap page:
· Click on the large red buttons to show support through using either Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.
· The next dialogue will confirm the message that will be sent on your behalf when the campaign completes. Give it a read and check you’re happy. The default message is “There’s a new number to call in the event of a power cut. Don’t get left in the dark – call 105. “
· Click ‘Add my support’
· You’re all done!

A national consumer awareness campaign will run from this month through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.

Hopefully you can help us to raise awareness of this important new national 105 service through your channels, once the service is launched. We can provide you with materials to use, including:
· Copy for newsletters, websites and magazines
· 105 imagery
· Tips on what to do in a power cut
· Comment from our spokespeople
· Social media assets
· An animated film explaining 105
· We can also work with you to co-create bespoke content specifically for your channels.

We will also want to continue to work with partners to raise awareness of 105 in the longer-term.

A Stakeholder Toolkit, which includes creative collateral you might wish to use (in English and Welsh), along with the brand guidelines, has been produced. It can be downloaded from here.

If you have any questions or would like any further information, do let me know. Also, if you are able to support awareness raising of 105, please can you let us know when, where and how you can help by contacting/emailing

Kind regards

Tracy Joyce
Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
SP Energy Networks

Alasdair Pedals for Scotland

Fab fundraising efforts from Alasdair Easton, age 9. He’s doing the ‘Pedal for Scotland’ 46 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh in aid of Arthritis Research UK on Sunday 11th September. Please donate if you can! The donation page on the website will be available for the next couple of weeks.



Village Show 2016 – Thanks for your support!

veg13Thank you to all the marvellous helpers and supporters at the Village Show 2016. We had people come and help set up, bake cakes for the afternoon teas, bring their exhibits and tidy up afterwards. A big thank you to those children who did a superb job of serving the teas in the tent. Thank you to all of you who came to support the show, making it a very enjoyable event. With the sunny weather there was buzzing atmosphere in the orchard teas tent and a fab pet show to enjoy. Photos have been added to the gallery and the results will be published soon. Well done to all category winners and the trophy winners. We hope to see you again next year. And if you enjoyed the show, you are welcome to come to the AGM in October and offer your assistance for next year’s show. Thank you for your support.

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