Big Thank You

A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to the Christmas Social Event on Sunday. We raised a massive £778.10 for Edinburgh Royal ICU and had a good bit of chat at the same time.

Thanks to the Community Council for funding the purchase of the gazebo (now available for anyone in the community to borrow for a small fee) and the lights. Admittedly the solar-powered lights are not very bright, but the rechargeable strip light is better.

Thanks to all the artists for their beautiful art, to Jimmie and Murray Thomson for installing the art-boards and to Niall and Sarah Donaldson for storing the art boards, and transporting them by forklift truck to the hall!

Thanks to Liz for making all that delicious soup and juggling trays of sausage rolls and mince pies in the kitchen. Thanks to Elaine and Norma for sterling work on the raffle – there may be a raffle prize making its way to you in the near future. Thanks to Anne and Phillip for creating a little taste of a continental Christmas with their mulled wine stall, and thanks to our fabulous young musicians and DJs ( and their roadies.)

So that’s it for another year – this is the-one-who-was-running-around-like-a-headless-chicken signing off.

Happy Christmas!


Garvald Kids’ Christmas Party

Sunday 19th December
3-5pm Funny and free santa claus clipartGarvald Village Hall

There will be a selection of crafts and games, a baby mat with toys etc for the littlest ones, snack and a visit from a very special someone.

*(Please remember to bring a small, wrapped, well labelled gift for each child you are bringing to the party, for Santa’s sack).

If you would like to donate a small plate of sharing food to the snack, please contact Viki or Gemma (or use the contact form, below) and let us know what you are planning to bring so we can make sure we have a selection.

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    Christmas Social on 5th December

    Fingers crossed that Storm Arwen will not disrupt our Christmas Social on Sunday 5th December – 4.30pm at the Village Hall.

    Try and remember to hand in your soup money to Anne White at the Old School by Friday (£3 per adult

    Or you can fill in the contact form below

    All offers of raffle prizes gratefully received – either hand in to Elaine McMillan at Whitelaws or bring along to the Village Hall on the day.

    And remember to bring your wonderful artistic contributions to the Village Hall on Saturday 4th December between 10 am and 12 noon – chocolate Santas will be available!

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      Sunday 5th December from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm at the Village Hall.

      £3 per adult – Please let Anne White at The Old School know how many are coming from your family and hand over your soup money to her in advance to guarantee enough sausage rolls.

      Raffle prizes can be handed in to Elaine McMillan at Whitelaws whenever you like.

      And for the creative kids out there, Saturday 4th December between 10 am and 12 noon is when to bring your artwork to the Village Hall.

      Christmas is coming!!







      Community Engagement Pop-Up Police Event

      On Saturday 20th November 2021, local community police officers will be holding pop up police events in:

      Garvald 1430-1500 outside the Village Hall

      Gifford 1515-1545 outside the Village Hall

      These events allow members of the public to discuss local policing issues without the need to attend at a police station or call 101.

      PC Colin Boyd


      Haddington and Lammermuir Community Officer

      Haddington Police Station


      A Garvald Village Christmas

      Continuing the tradition which we started last year, there will be an outdoor Christmas Social event on

      Sunday 5th December between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm

      • Start off with a wander through the Village Hall admiring the artwork on display…..see below….
      • Buy loads of tickets for the Christmas raffle in aid of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary ICU
      • Collect your soup and sausage roll from the kitchen – a bargain at £3 per adult
      • Stroll out to the orchard to eat them and sit under the solar-powered fairy lights ( we’re doing our bit for the climate!) while listening to music provided by the youngsters.
      • They’ll be playing in our fancy new gazebo
      • Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a good chat
      • Wear your Santa hats, antlers, fairy lights, tinsel and wrap up warm
      • Celebrate outrageously when you win some bubble-bath
      • And if that’s not enough you can even wind up with a visit to the Garvald Inn

      It would be ideal to get some numbers in advance. Please put your soup money in an envelope and deliver to Anne at The Old School with a note of how many in your family group are coming. PLEASE try to let us know by 3rd December. Or else complete the contact form on the website.

      Now about that artwork – we have contacted some local artists who will put up some art……but we would like as many children/fun-loving adults as possible to paint/draw/build with Lego/construct with junk/write a poem/make a Christmas card – whatever you like – and bring it to the hall on 4th December between 10 am and 12 noon . Every artist will be rewarded with a chocolate Santa…..irresistible!

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        Remembrance Service

        A Service of Remembrance will take place at Garvald Church on Sunday 14th November at 9.30 am. The service will begin outside the Church at the War Memorial, and those who wish may then continue with the rest of the service inside the Church.

        Tea and Coffee will be available afterwards in The Stables.

        It has also been decided that we may return to our great tradition in Garvald of the Church being open to everyone, every day. Please take the chance to visit the church as often as you like since it is looking increasingly likely that the Church of Scotland will sell Garvald Church within the next few years.