Laura and Roz are stepping down from organising the Garvald and Morham Halloween and Christmas Children’s parties. Thank you to both of them for taking charge of these events over the last couple of years.
To enable the parties to continue we need one or two people to come forward and take on this role. Funding for the parties is available from the community council and the organisers would need to book entertainers (Christmas), organise games and guising (Halloween), book the village hall, buy food supplies, make posters, etc. If you have children aged from 0-11 years and are able to help, please use the contact form to let us know.
Caroline, Phillip and Elaine would like to extend their thanks to Father Mark, Father Raymond and Brother Philip for participating in Garvald’s oral history project. Their interview will be added to the archives at Edinburgh University soon.
Also, please note that the tearoom up at Nunraw Abbey is now open for business so if you’re out for a walk, do take the opportunity to call in for a cuppa.
East Lothian Council will be undertaking drainage improvement works on the Castle Moffat road from Tuesday 19th February 2019 for approximately four days, weather permitting.
To comply with current health and safety legislation, it will be necessary to close the road to through vehicular traffic from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd February between 9am and 4pm daily. No through access will be permitted between the entrances of the Scottish water treatment works during these times. A local diversion route is shown in the attached map.
Vehicles wanting to travel north to Garvald will have to travel south to the B6355 then along to the B6370. Vehicles wanting to travel south from Garvald to Castle Moffat will have to use the same diversion route (see attached drawing EL19762118-003). Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.
It’s been a while since our heritage event last summer and we thought it time to share an update about repairing Garvald Church. At that meeting we said the church was needing repair, but we didn’t know the amount of work needed. Since then we secured £1,900 funding from the National Churches Trust which, with match-funding from the community council, paid for an in-depth condition survey of the building. This was carried out in the autumn by conservation-accredited architect Gareth Jones, of Pollock Hammond Partnership, who has also been involved in refurbishing the guest house at Nunraw Abbey.
We now anticipate repair costs alone of £180K and the total sum looks to be £295K once other costs, and works to improve the graveyard and install a small exhibition in the church, are included.
The repair works involve reroofing, masonry repair, repointing, rewiring and replacement heaters. The oral history project is running alongside this and several interviews have been carried out already. These will eventually be made available online and will provide material for the exhibition.
We’ve also set up a friends group called Friends of Garvald Church which has charitable status. This puts us in a better position to investigate and apply to grant awarding bodies and start fundraising – watch this space!
If you’d like to know more, help in any way, or participate in the oral history project, please get in touch using our new email: email@example.com
Or speak to one of us working on the project: Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Jo Robertson, Phillip White, Sara Hills.
East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office
Financial Harm Awareness Event: ‘Fraud, Scams and Financial Plans’
Do you know how to protect yourself from financial harm, one of the most common forms of harm?
Come along to a free drop-in event on 19th February 2019 to find out more about how to keep yourself and your family safe.
You will be able to talk to representatives from a range of organisations including Trading Standards, Citizens Advice, Police Scotland, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office about what you can do to protect yourself.
Events – Tuesday 19th February
- Fisherrow Community Centre, Musselburgh (9.30am – 12 midday)
- John Gray Centre, Haddington Library (2pm – 4.30pm)
Tea and coffee will be provided at both venues
Gifford Horticultural Society are holding a talk in Gifford village hall on Wednesday.
Kate Rycroft, Chair of the Amisfield Preservation Trust will be describing the restoration at Amisfield. At 8 acres in size, Amisfield Walled garden is one of the largest historic walled gardens in Scotland.
Over the past eleven years, it has been restored from a completely neglected state into a thriving community garden. It now provides a venue for education and training for people of all abilities, as well as being an established local visitor attraction.
Kate will talk about the historic background to the garden’s development and will outline its current restoration as a community garden.
Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7.30pm in Gifford Village Hall. Non-members welcome.
February film showing: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
February 8th, 2019, 7.30pm
Director: Mike Newell – 2018 – 112 mins (Rating 12)
Based on the bestselling novel, Lily James plays writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, when she writes about their book club formed during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII. From the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with an all-star British cast, comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart.
Garvald’s Finlay Hay and two of his friends from the Yehudi Menuhin School are going to perform at Garvald Church on Friday 22nd February at 7pm. Tickets are £7.50 on the door, U16s go free.
The cold weather is set to continue over the weekend with yellow warnings in place for snow and ice and some snow accumulations expected on high ground in East Lothian overnight. Saturday will become dry but cold, with a band of sleet and light snow expected on Sunday.
Save the date!
Finlay Hay and two of his friends from the Yehudi Menuhin School are going to perform a concert at Garvald Church on Friday 22nd February at 7pm.
More details coming soon.