Severe weather update

The good news is that rain is due to ease off in the next few hours.

Information from the ELC Resilience Manager states that the risk for flooding is reducing now, as rainfall is expected to significantly drop. Responder agencies including ELC and police are continuing to monitor the situation and take appropriate action if required. The build-up of debris on local rivers is being monitored and action is being taken if required and when possible. The risk of surface water flooding remains a concern in all areas.

The Met Office and SEPA have reduced their weather warnings from amber to yellow. There have been a few localised incidents of flooding. Water levels are now dropping in line with the forecast from SEPA and the Met Office. East Lothian Council, Care for People/Social Care staff have been active in identifying vulnerable people in case further response action was required.

If you have any has concerns about the risks of flooding please get in touch with the Council (01620 827827) or Penny Short (the Garvald Community Emergency Co-ordinator).

Flood alert

Please note that the Met Office has issued an amber warning for East Lothian today, up until Thursday morning. Garvald is due to receive a lot of rainfall during this period. Please expect road flooding and take extra care in these potentially hazardous driving conditions. If you live in the village near the Papana burn, please consider taking extra precautions to avoid flood damage should the water level rise.

Gifford Films (14th June) – Call me by your name

Yester Community Movie Association, 14th June, 7.30pm

Call Me By Your Name

Director: Luca Guadagnino
2017 – 132mins (15)

In this tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by Andre? Aciman, in 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a 17 year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant. Elio, a precocious young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music. Despite his sophistication and intellectual maturity, there is much that remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly in matters of the heart.

£456 raised – and guitar lessons

The children and young people of Garvald did us proud on Saturday night. A fantastic concert raised £456 (!!!) which will be put towards the repair of the church. Thanks to everyone that came along – all ideas for future concerts welcome!

If you felt inspired to learn an instrument here’s your chance – one of the performers Daniel Cole is offering guitar lessons over the summer. Children and adults, £8 per half-hour lesson, beginners welcome. If interested please get in touch using the contact form. Contact Us


Summer school scholarship

MBArts is offering a paid scholarship to their summer school. Mary-Beth explains more:

“As someone who works with children daily I am constantly faced with young people that love Drama and the Arts but their parents for whatever reason cannot fund their passion. Equally due to the lack of funding for the Creative Arts in general by the Government, many schools don’t even have the Creative Arts on their syllabus.

I ask myself: What can I do to make a difference? What can I do to help those with a passion have the same opportunities as those who have the financial means to support their dreams?

I wish this problem was easy to fix but it’s not. However, thanks to the generous donations of others as passionate as I am about the Creative Arts, I am able to offer one individual who meets the requirements bellow a Scholarship to attend MBArts Summer School for one FULL WEEK Monday-Friday for free!

I know that many are deserving of this sort of support but even a small step like this can make such a difference to a young person’s life.

Request an application from and submit it by 5pm on the 21st of June for the recipient to be announced on Monday the 24th of June.”

SCHOLARSHIP information



Climate change consultation

East Lothian Council has developed a Draft East Lothian Climate Change Strategy 2019–2024, for consultation, setting out how we will continue to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming, adapt to changes in our climate and improve sustainability. They would like to hear your views on proposals for how the Council, and the wider East Lothian community, including local communities, businesses, organisations and individuals, can tackle climate change.

The Draft Climate Change Strategy sets out how East Lothian Council will tackle climate change locally in East Lothian, and how it will work in partnership to ensure that East Lothian can play its full part in the national and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Strategy sets out the priorities and actions for the Council and the wider East Lothian community to mitigate against and reduce the impacts of climate change.

The public consultation is underway on the draft strategy until 22nd July 2019. You can access the consultation here.

Further information on the consultation on the Draft Climate Change Strategy is available on the East Lothian Council website. Look out for further promotion via the Council’s Twitter and Facebook, or email for more information.

MBArts – Summer school 2019

Bookings now open for a performing arts summer school in Garvald.

Here’s more information from Mary-Beth, Creative Director of MBArts:

MBArts Summer School is now open for bookings!

Our very first Summer School will offer young people a great way to socialise and learn new skills during the long Summer Holiday. With Specialised Workshops in Stage Make-up, Vocal Skills, Movement and Technical Theatre we aim to create a brand new piece of cutting edge theatre. This Summer School is 100% flexible as we allow for you to dip in and out depending on your Summer plans. You can also choose to have your lunch provided by us as an add-on option when booking. Book now to make your child’s summer one they won’t forget.

Ages: 6-13 years
Dates: July 8th-12th, July 15th-19th, Aug 5th-9th
Location: Garvald Village Hall
Time: 9am-3:30pm daily (30min Lunch)


  • Full Week, All Day, Every Day £85 (2.80ph)
  • Full Week, Mornings/Afternoons (Mix and Match) £50 (£3.30ph)
  • Full Single Days £20 (£3.30ph)
    (Book 3 or more Single Days in a week to get a £5 Discount per day, i.e. £15 per session)
  • Single Mornings or Afternoons Mix and Match £12.50 per session (£4.17ph)
    (Book 3 or more Mornings/Afternoons in a week for a daily discount of £2.50 i.e. £10 Per Session)
  • Add a packed lunch to your booking for an additional £1.50

Book now via our website:

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Spaces are limited to 28 so booking is essential.