Be prepared! Garvald and Morham can get cut off in the snow in winter and/or have power cuts.
What to do right now:
- Please let Penny Short (the Community Emergency Co-ordinator) know if you might need extra help in the event of adverse weather or power cuts. This includes if you are vulnerable or have specific health needs, a chronic illness, a requirement for carers or use electrical medical equipment. Please contact Penny using the form below.
- Pack a small emergency kit and keep it in a safe place at home, in a waterproof bag. Your kit should include a torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch), a battery-operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio), mobile phone charger, essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit, 3 days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat food (that won’t go off), copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates (in case you need to locate these quickly or prove your identity), pencil, paper, a penknife, matches and a whistle.
- Think about what else you and your family might need, should an emergency occur over an extended period. For example, ensure you have enough food supplies (keep some tinned food and long-life or powdered milk), formula/baby food, pet supplies. Consider purchasing alternative heating methods, a camping stove and an analogue phone (modern digital cordless phones will not work in a power cut).
What to do in adverse weather conditions or a long power cut
- Keep as warm as possible. Wear layers of clothing and keep at least one room in the house heated.
- Please try your best to check on vulnerable neighbours and help them to prepare.
Before travelling in severe weather
- Consider whether you need to travel, or if you can wait until the weather improves
- Check the weather forecast, and keep up-to-date with the latest weather warnings and road conditions
- Make sure your car is ready for poor weather (check tyre pressure, windscreen washer supply and fuel levels)
- Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
- Allow extra time for your journey
- Take a fully charged mobile and charger with you
- Pack an emergency kit in your car. The emergency kit could include a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a torch and spare batteries, a map for unplanned diversions, a blanket, a reflective warning sign. In cold weather, you should also take a shovel for snow, warm clothes and boots, some food, and a warm drink in a flask.
Listen to local radio:
- East Coast FM (107.6FM)
- Forth 1 (97.3FM)
- Radio Scotland (92-95FM or 810MW)
if you have access to the internet, you can get current information from these websites:
- Police – www.scotland.police.uk or telephone 999
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – www.firescotland.gov.uk or telephone 999
- NHS Lothian – www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or telephone 111
- Scottish Power – www.spenergynetworks.co.uk or telephone 105 or 0800 0929290
- Scottish Water – www.scottishwater.co.uk or telephone 0845 6018855
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency (flooding) – www.sepa.org.uk or telephone 08459 881188
- East Lothian Council – www.eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone 01620 827827 or out of hours 01875 612818
This information has also been published on the Community Council web pages so you can access it when necessary.
Message from Rachael Milligan:
Hello ladies and a happy New Year to everyone I hope you had a lovely time. Just a wee reminder that Pilates will be running tomorrow (Tuesday) in Garvald Village Hall,
from 5.30pm. Please let me know if you going to make it (contact form below or get in touch via facebook). Look forward to seeing you all!
Penny Short has decided that the time is right for her to stand down from the Community Council. We would like to thank her for her dedication and excellent work as Council Member and Chair for the GMCC for many years.
As a result of this, we have a place on the Community Council for a new member.
New Year – New Challenges!
Would you like to be more involved with the local community and take part in initiatives that can really make a difference? If so, you are invited to apply for a position on Garvald and Morham Community Council (GMCC).
The Community Council needs a new member who can commit to attending regular GMCC meetings (6 per year) bi-monthly and other relevant meetings as required.
Members of Garvald and Morham CC are a small but dynamic group who, amongst other duties, administer a sizeable Windfarm Fund and, although there is a lot of responsibility involved with being a Community Councillor, it is also very rewarding. This position is, of course, on a voluntary basis and in the interests of fairness invitations are particularly sought from Garvald residents as three of the six positions already belong to residents of Morham.
I would be grateful if you could indicate your interest by completing the form below, including a short note explaining why you would like to join the Community Council. Please respond by Friday 31st January 2019.
If you have any questions or would like to chat about this post please contact Phillip White using the contact form below:
January 11th, Gifford Village Hall
Doors open 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm
Film Night – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Director: Martin McDonagh
2017, 115 minutes, Certificate 15
After months of apparent police inaction in her daugher’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message to the local police chief (Woody Harrelson). When Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an officer with a background of violence and racism also gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s police reaches crisis point. An Oscar-winning, darkly comic drama of pain, anger and forgiveness.
Films in Gifford for2019
Tickets are selling fast for this years’ “Hogmanay Hoolie”. Please contact Shirley Evatt on 830 270 if you’d like to book.
A pink and blue patterned scarf has been found near Garvald Village Hall entrance. If it is yours, please contact Hazel 830269.
Many thanks to all those who attended last night’s village Christmas Dinner. Moreover, thank you to all those who helped in some way. There has never been so much food on the buffet, especially sweet treats. Garvaldians are both generous and greedy – the latter in a good way of course!
The event was staffed by DoE volunteers and their tips jar yielded £190 at the end of the night, thank you. They were very grateful for the monies and the warm welcome they received.
As always, any thoughts or feedback on the event would be very gratefully received by the organisers. Drop Katy Mowat at email or pop a snail mail note in the letter box at The Rowans.
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 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!
IMPORTANT! Please contact Laura or Roz via the contact form if you are coming, so they can organise the catering:
Update from the Met Office:
Yellow warning for for snow and ice from 12:00 noon on Sat 15 December To 10:00am on Sun 16 December.
Heavy snow and blizzards may develop across Scotland and northern England with a risk of freezing rain in places.
- Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
- Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
- Some rural communities could become cut off
- Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
- A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
- Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible
- Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable because of black ice
Please be prepared, take care, allow extra journey time and assist vulnerable neighbours if they need any help. Thank you.
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