East Lothian Local Transport Plan: Consultations

Public workshops are being held so you can share your views on the draft Local Transport Strategy. These are taking place on the following dates:

  • Haddington – Town House Main Room – 18th April, 7pm – 9pm
  • North Berwick – Hope Rooms – 19th April, 7pm – 9pm
  • Dunbar – British Legion – 24th April, 7pm – 9pm
  • Prestonpans – Town Hall – 25th April, 7pm – 9pm
  • Musselburgh – Esk Rooms, Brunton Hall – 26th April, 7pm – 9pm

You can also read the draft documents and submit your comments online, via East Lothian Council’s consultations hub.

Garvald Village Hall News, Spring 2018

Here is a brief update from the Village Hall Committee on some recent improvements we’ve made to the hall, along with information about some of the upcoming events.

We recently carried out some improvements to the hall to make it an even better venue for village events and easier for local residents to access:

  • Redecorated the main hall, entrance space, corridor and kitchen. We think it looks great and hope you will agree! We will be posting some images soon! This was paid for mainly from hall funds but we also received a grant of £1,000 from the East Lothian Council Civic Pride Fund for which we are very grateful.
  • Replaced all the lighting in the main hall with new LED lighting which looks great and really sets off the newly decorated hall – while also helping reduce our energy costs. We also improved some of the security lighting on the approach to the hall. Many thanks to Garvald and Morham Community Council who gave us a grant to cover the cost of this – much appreciated once again!
  • Installed a dishwasher in the kitchen which we hope will prove very useful for large village events as well as weddings, parties, etc.
  • Installed a user-friendly timer for our heating system that can be controlled remotely.
  • Installed a key safe to help improve access for residents – we are looking at other ways of making it easier for local people to use the hall on a less formal basis and will provide a future update.

In addition, last year we installed a new sound system and replaced (or improved) many of the windows in the hall.

We think the hall is now a much improved asset for the Garvald Community and we are keen to see it used as much as possible.

To this end we are also looking to simplify our charging structure and booking processes to make it easier and less expensive for residents to use the hall. We have already agreed that Village events that are open for all villagers can make use of the hall for free – e.g. the Children’s Christmas party, Village Christmas dinner, Hogmanay Ceilidh, etc. Further updates on our revised pricing structure and booking process will be posted soon – watch this space.

In order to help us maintain and improve the hall for community use our main source of income comes from hire charges, particularly wedding bookings. We currently try to limit the number of weddings to around 6 per year to avoid inconvenience to the village and minimise time demands on the committee. We also try and achieve a good spread of the weddings over the main wedding season – usually April to October. However this year – despite our best efforts – we have 3 weddings in May on consecutive weekends. We hope villagers will not be too inconvenienced and will try to ensure a better spread next year. The upside is that the rest of the summer will be less busy than usual.

The actual dates for the weddings are:

Saturday 5 May – setting up on 4 May and clearing up 6 May
Saturday 12 May – setting up on 11 May
Saturday 19 May – setting up on 18 May and clearing up 20 May
Saturday 21 July – setting up on 20 July and clearing up 22 July
Saturday 1 September – setting up on 31 August and clearing up 2 September
Saturday 8 September – setting up on 7 September and clearing up 9 September

General enquiries:
We hope you find this update useful. If you have any comments or questions do contact us.
Chairperson – Jim Pattison – 830662, or email via the Village Hall General Enquiries form.

Hall bookings:
Viki Freeland is the current bookings manager. You can contact her via the Garvald Village Hall Bookings form.


Garvald Village Show 25th August – Schedule

Growers, makers, bakers – the 2018 Show Schedule is now up on the Garvald website (hard copies will be posted through doors in May) –


For the less competitive out there, why not bring along anything you have grown, made or baked for the new ‘Anything goes’ display table?

For primary school children – have a go at growing your own tatties for the Show! Seed potatoes are available from Jo Robertson, for planting SOON in April/early May.

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If I were Provost

If I Were Provost… a competition for the Year of Young People

Young people in East Lothian are being asked to get creative and share their ideas on how to make the county a better place for young people, for a competition held as part of the Year of Young People.

The council has launched If I Were Provost – a competition that asks young people what would they do if they were ‘in charge’, how they would improve life for young people in the region, what new policies they might introduce and why.

You may wish to convey your ideas in:

  • A short story
  • A letter to our Provost, John McMillan
  • A poem
  • A diary entry or blog
  • A graphic comic strip
  • Or any creative approach that you think is best!

There are two categories:

  • category 1 (ages 8 – 13)
  • category 2 (ages 14 – 18)

One winner from each category will be invited to act as a Young Provost alongside Provost John McMillan at a number of events throughout 2018. The winners will also receive a goody bag of gifts from East Lothian tourist attractions. The winning entries, plus a selection of entries received, will be on display at libraries throughout the county during the summer of 2018.

For more information, go to www.eastlothian.gov.uk/provostcompetition

The closing date for entries is Friday 11 May 2018.

Time for a Spring clear-out?

Are you interested in doing an ‘Amsterdam King’s Day’ type event in Garvald, where everyone turns out to sell their second-hand wares on the streets, or from their gardens perhaps? Easier than taking it all to the hall and back again if not sold.

Please let Sylvia Wood know, or send a message via the contact form if you are interested. If you have already responded to this message in February, you do not need to respond again. Thank you.

Easter Church Services

The traditional Maundy Thursday service will be held in Garvald Church on Thursday 19th March at 7.30 pm, to commemorate the Last Supper.

On Easter Sunday there will be a service in Morham Church at 9.30 am.

The Church is open every day, all day, and everyone is very welcome to enter and enjoy the peace.

Gifford Lunch Club and Good Companions Club

Message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald and Morham Community Council

Do you ever feel lonely, isolated or just want a bit of company?  In our rural location loneliness can become a real problem and although we don’t have any official clubs in Garvald or Morham that can help with this issue, there are two currently running in Gifford and I’d like to find out if any residents of Garvald and Morham would be interested in going along to them.  The Gifford Lunch Club meets on the 2nd Monday of every month and costs around £7.50 including lunch.  The Good Companions Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month and costs around £1 a session which includes refreshments.  Both the clubs were set up to be as inclusive as possible but the Good Companions Club in particular is geared more towards older and/or disabled people.  I’d like to gauge if any of our residents would be interested in attending either or both of these clubs.  I’m told there aren’t many spaces left on the Lunch Club and transport to Gifford isn’t offered as part of membership but if I could get an idea of how many people would be interested in joining these groups we can work from that.  So please get in touch with me and let me know your thoughts.


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