Christmas Theatre Trip

It’s time to book your place on the Christmas Theatre trip. This year it’s ‘Wendy and Peter Pan’ at Royal Lyceum Theatre on 15th December at 2pm, suitable for 5+ years. More here:

For families with younger children, we have also reserved a few tickets for  ‘Poggle’ at the Festival Theatre, bus will go there after Lyceum and pick up before returning to Lyceum. Suitable for 6 months – 5 years. More info here

The subsidised cost of this trip to the Lyceum is £5 per head which must be paid by 31 October. (Ticket cost through the Lyceum box office  is £30 adult and £20 child). Children go free to Poggle, please pay for adult places but let me know how many children.

Bus transport from Morham and Garvald is included in the £5 charge.
Subsidised tickets/transport is for Morham and Garvald ward residents only.
With thanks to Crystalrig Windfarm Community Benefit Fund.

For queries and details on how to pay, use the contact form below or talk to Anna Derricourt.

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Pilates classes from Nov 6th

From Tuesday November 6th there will be a new weekly Pilates class at 5.30pm in Garvald village hall, run by Rachael Milligan. Cost is £8 per class or £40 for 6 classes, saving you £8. Please contact Rachael via the contact form below if you’d like to join the class.

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Film night in Gifford – Friday 12th October

This month’s film starts at 8pm in Gifford Village Hall, with doors open at 7.30pm. Find out about membership, film nights and download our 2018 film programme on the Yester Community Movie Association’s website.

Friday 12th October – Lady Macbeth

William Oldroyd – 2016 – 85 mins – (15) – Subtitles
DRAMA with a capital D. In rural England 1865, a young woman sold into a loveless marriage with a much older man, begins a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate. Under the influence of her oppressive in-laws, her actions become increasingly reckless, obsessive and violent. Florence Pugh gives a remarkable performance as Katherine and the audience is witness to the dramatic development of her character and the breathtaking unfolding of the story.

Friday 9th November

Maudie (slightly later start time due to the Yester House Fireworks – exact timing to follow so please check the website, posters & road signs).

From Yester Community Movie Association

Another temporary road closure next week

Late notice has been received about another temporary road closure next week (C104 GARVALD GRANGE TO GARVALD BRIDGE & GARVALD CHURCH ROAD). This has been organised to enable road resurfacing works. The message from the council is as follows:

It is the Council’s intention to undertake carriageway resurfacing works at the above locations commencing on Monday 8th October 2018 for approximately 1 week, weather permitting.

In order to comply with current health and safety legislation, it will be necessary to close the road during working hours Monday – Friday 08:00 to 16:30 hours.

No vehicular access/egress or parking will be permitted on the closed road during these hours with the exception of emergency service and construction vehicles.


SIGNED TTRO 320-18-R.McN – Kirk Brae to Garvald Bridge road closure notice

SIGNED TTRO 321-18-R.McN – Garvald Church Road road closure notice

Temporary road closures

Please note the following temporary road closures in the next week:

Road restrictions during Edinburgh RC Cycling Club race on Sunday 7th October (Gifford and Duns Road) – details attached 309_Road Closure.

Road between West Lodge and Papple Farm to be closed on Friday 12th October 8am-5pm, for tree felling – details attached 308_Road Closure.

Windfarm proposal

Notification has also been received from ELC Planning department regarding the following:



East Lothian Council have been consulted by Scottish Ministers on an application under Section 36 of the Electricity Act for construction of a windfarm. The proposed development is in the Lammermuir Hills, immediately to the south of the existing Crystal Rig Wind farms. All the of the proposed turbines are within Scottish Borders Council area however the access to the development will make use of the existing tracks to the north, which is within East Lothian.

The applicant is seeking consent for 35 years for 11 wind turbines, ancillary development including transformers, crane pads, tracks and borrow pits, as well as forestry felling. The turbines will be 4 up to 149.9m; 3 at up to 174.5m, and 4 at up to 200m. Aviation lighting is included. Access to the site from the public road network would follow the same route as used for the existing Crystal Rig Wind Farms. The route leaves the A1(T) north of the Innerwick junction in East Lothian and follows minor public roads past Thurston for 4.5 km up to a point midway between Upperhall Farm and Elmscleugh Farm. At this point the route leaves the public highway and continues on a private track adjacent to the 400 kV pylon line southwest wards. The access route then follows the pylon line onto the site.

The application documentation can be viewed at the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit website by:

– clicking on Search tab; then,

– clicking on Simple Search tab; then,

– typing Crystal Rig Wind Farm into Search by Project Name box then clicking on Go; then

– clicking on ECU00000607 and then click on Documents tab.

It is also available to view on the application website at

If you wish to send any comments to me for consideration in compiling East Lothian Council’s response to this application please do so by by October 10th 2018. This will not affect consideration of any comments you have made or do make directly to the Scottish Ministers or the Energy Consents Unit.


Jean Squires

Planning Service: East Lothian Council: John Muir House: HADDINGTON: EH41 3LH

Tel: 01620 827370


Telecoms mast proposal

Tom Gallivan from WHP Telecoms Ltd is carrying out a Prior Consultation regarding a proposed telecoms mast just outside Garvald and advises the following:

This mast is part of the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) Digital Strategy for Scotland which seeks to facilitate the deployment of 4G LTE infill coverage for areas where this does not yet exist and where it is unlikely that the commercial industry will invest in the near to medium-term future, given the economic challenges of doing so. These areas are often referred to ‘Not Spots’.

You may already appreciate the background to this. Funding has been committed by the Scottish Government and secured from the European Regional Development Fund (‘ERDF’) to support a plan to extend mobile service coverage across communities in otherwise hard-to-reach areas of Scotland or known telecommunication ‘Not-Spots’ where there is a local interest to do so.

WHP have been appointed by Scottish Government to build the new mast network and attract mobile operators to deploy sites in these Not Spots. Consequently, we would like to invite your feedback regarding the proposed mast at Garvald as per the documents below.

Garvald has a lot of transient visitors and a local population who have requested mobile phone coverage.

Scottish Government community consultation is open until the 8th of October 2018:

For this site, however, we are not planning on moving forward until we have full community feedback and I have allowed 4 weeks for this (i.e. until the 30th October). Please let us have any feedback after you have read the documents below.

Many thanks,
Tom Gallivan FRICS (Registered Valuer) WHP Telecoms Ltd

WHP Telecoms Ltd, Office 44, The Bonds, 2 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5NP

Privacy: Your information will be used only in the gathering of community opinion about the installation of a telecoms mast in Garvald. Your data will be kept secure according to WHP Telecoms’ Privacy Policy:


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Knitting Night in the Stables – 1st October

On Monday 1st October there will be a Knitting Night – a chance for a knit and a natter as we try to produce a few more poppies for the Centenary Remembrance display.

As 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 there will be a very special Remembrance Day in November. We will be decorating Garvald Church with knitted and crocheted poppies. If you’d like to help, a knitting pattern is attached here and crochet patterns can be found by searching on-line.

The Knitting Night is on Monday 1st October from 7 – 9 pm in the Stables (down by the church). Everyone welcome. Even if you can’t/won’t knit you could come and help attach poppies to the display. Thank you!