Garvald and Morham Community Council News

Penny Short has decided that now is the time to stand down from the Community Council and the Chairperson’s role. Penny has served on the council since 2012 and as Chairperson from October that year. She has been a great asset to Garvald & Morham district.

We would all like to thank Penny for her dedication and excellent work over the last few years.

At our last meeting in December, with Penny resigning, the position of Chair was accepted by Phillip White from Garvald who has been the Vice Chair since 2012. The position of Vice Chair was accepted by Anna Derricourt from Morham.

In due course we will be looking for an additional person to join the Council and this will be advertised on the Garvald website soon.

Phillip R White

Chair, Garvald & Morham Community Council

Gifford Film Club

A message from Yester Community Movie Association:

Last screening for 2018!
Find out about membership, film nights and download our new 2019 film programme on our website.

Friday 14th Dec – Paddington 2
2017 – 103 mins – (PG)
Film starts at 8pm, doors open 7.30pm

With a star studded cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins (seen most recently in our November screening of ‘Maudie’), Brenda Gleeson, Julie Walters and of course, arch villain Hugh Grant, Paddington 2 is our Members’ Choice film to close the 2018 season. Paddington falls foul of the law when a valuable antique book is stolen. Locked up in jail, it’s up to Paddington to unmask the thief….

We’ll be back on the 11th January with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. More news coming soon on our website and on facebook @giffordfilmclub

In the meantime, wishing all our members a wonderful festive season!

Public Consultation on Council Budget

East Lothian Council have launched a public budget consultation.

A message from Angela Leitch, Chief Executive of ELC :

The consultation is an opportunity for local residents and council employees to have a say on how the council spends money to support local services. As highlighted recently by the Accounts Commission, the council performs well and has a good record of delivering services within budget.

ELC have embraced new ways of working and become increasingly efficient and effective. ELC couldn’t have achieved any of this without the good work and commitment of council employees. Like all councils, we continue to face financial challenges. East Lothian is Scotland’s fastest growing council area and our external funding – 72% of our income – has fallen in real terms. While ELC are still awaiting news of next year’s funding, it’s expected that significant savings will be required in the coming years. This means it’s increasingly important for ELC to look at innovative new ways of delivering services.

Elected Members will meet in February to agree the council’s 2019/20 budget. In the meantime, council services have been thinking about further options for reducing costs or increasing income.

The public budget consultation sets out some possible options from officers which could help us to address the challenges faced. While it’s important to stress that absolutely no decisions have been made, the council must look ahead and continue to plan for the future..

Please have your say on the consultation.

Angela Leitch, Chief Executive

Children’s Christmas Party

The Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Friday 21st of December from 4-6pm in Garvald village hall. All children from Garvald and Morham are welcome.

Entertainment will be provided by Starz Entertainment this year. And of course there will be a visit from Santa!

A small buffet will be provided.

As in previous years, could parents please bring along a present for their child, wrapped and named!

To get an idea of numbers please would you get in touch with Laura or Roz via the contact form:

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Missing cat

Elizabeth Haggarty’s cat has gone missing from Castle Moffat and may be on a quest to his previous abode in Papple. If anyone spots him in Garvald or the surrounding area, please get in touch. He’s a two year old black cat, with thinning eye brows and tiny flecks of white under both front legs. Thank you.

Christmas Craft Day – Thanks

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Craft day in the hall yesterday!

We had a very good turn-out and lots of appreciation for the goods available on the stalls and the all different craft activities taking place.

The Christmas Tree lights were switched on and so now we can officially start Christmas!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making yesterday a success; setting up the hall, decorating trees, home baking and manning of stalls – all very much appreciated!

Garvald Christmas Craft Day

Let’s start Christmas!

Come along to the Garvald Christmas Craft Day on Sunday (25th) from 3-5 pm in the Village Hall!

Get your Christmas jumpers on, come and enjoy mulled wine and sausage rolls or tea/coffee and mince pies! Take part in some craft activities and then join us as we switch on the Garvald Christmas Tree Lights on the Green at 5pm!

You can then head over to The Garvald Inn where burgers will be served!

Look forward to seeing you all there!