Category Archives: Announcements

Children’s Halloween and Christmas parties

Do you have young children in the village? In true Garvald style, Jo (and helpers) are looking to hand over the job of arranging the Halloween children’s party and guising and the Christmas children’s party. There really isn’t much to it (especially if a few pitch in).

Please get in touch via the contact form (or call Jo 830685) if interested. Thanks!


Pop-Up Concert Raises over £1200!

Enormous thanks to everyone who supported the pop-up concert last Friday night. Together we raised an amazing £1202, which will be distributed to East Lothian Aid for Refugees and East Lothian Welcomes Refugees. People were very generous with their donations of wine and baking – so many people came along that the church was packed full! Thanks to Jane Burns who told us a little about the work of ‘East Lothian Welcomes Refugees’.

And to set the record straight – it was all Hazel’s idea in the first place, so well done to her!

The young musicians Danill, Martin, Hugo, Tai, Finlay, Gorka and Tianyou were brilliant, inspiring and enthralling. Many thanks to them for their fantastic performances. We wish them well in their musical careers and look forward to following their successes in the future.

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 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:

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!!

Helping hands

A message from Emily Pattison: ‘I’m in between jobs at the moment and am available for baby-sitting, childminding, dog walking, pet-sitting, house-sitting, etc.’

Emily is aged 25 and based locally at Garvald Grange Steadings. If you would like to get in touch with her, please use the contact form and your details will be forwarded to her.

Garvald History Book

Following the successful local history night last summer, organised by the John Grey Centre Archives Department, local resident Tim Flinn suggested that Irene Anderson‘s book ‘Garvald, the history of an East Lothian Parish‘ could be digitised for archiving purposes and perhaps reformatted to make it easier to read. Heidi Ingram agreed this was a great idea, as there are few surviving copies of the printed book and the text may be of interest to village residents who haven’t seen it before. Due to the tiny print in the original book not being great for word scanning software, she dictated the work into digital format and scanned in Irene’s illustrations. She used these to produce a revised and updated second edition, including recent local projects and information from the 2011 Census. This edition has been published in her memory, knowing that she would have been delighted that her extensive and important research lives on and has been archived for posterity. Her sister has been sent information about the project. It is formatted primarily for online reading (but has been set to A5 page size so that it could be printed with two pages per A4 sheet). It can be found on the History of Garvald page.