Gifford Flower Show 2018

Gifford Flower Show is this weekend, 18th/19th August. Come along on Saturday from 2.00 – 8.00 p.m. and Sunday 9.00 – 4.00 p.m. As well as the Flower Show competition classes, there will be a Scarecrow competition, various craft stalls, face painting, teas in the Village Hall, plant sale etc. This year the Rotary Club are running a children’s dog show on the Green behind the Marquee on Saturday afternoon.

Full details are on www.giffordhorti.org.

Stories in Stone – Exploring Garvald Church and Graveyard

Sunday 9th September, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join East Lothian Council Archaeology Service and the Friends of Garvald Church for a guided tour of the historic church and graveyard.  We will explore the hidden history of this beautiful building and examine gravestones to uncover the stories that they can tell.  We will also discuss the plans to restore the church and create a heritage hub for the village.

Free.  Booking required.

For more information and to book a place visit: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeologyfortnight

 

It’s (Village) Showtime!

Gifford Flower Show – Sat/Sun 18th-19th August, Gifford Green

Garvald Village Show – Sat 25th August, Village Hall 

It’s that time of year again! Garvald (67th) and Gifford (170th!) Shows are nearly upon us. See further details in the posters below. We are delighted to welcome George Anderson back to Garvald to judge the horticultural categories for a second year. Also new for this year: “Anything goes” – bring something along that you have made, baked or grown for the display table (non-competitive). We look forward to seeing you there!

 

GHS Committee.

 

Walk round Donolly Reservoir

Last year, the Garvald to Gifford core path (236) between Garvald Mains and the Donolly reservoir was upgraded, with fences installed to separate the path from the fields in which cattle graze and a bridge built to replace the ford across the Papana water.

Also, the path along the embankment on the NW side of the Donolly was cleared and although it is not to the same standard as the core path (220) on the SE side, it is now possible for a reasonably agile person to do a circuit of the reservoir. However, it is still fairly difficult to walk in a couple of places where trees are growing on the embankment and at the South-West end where the embankment has been washed away.

If you are interesting in regularly using this walk and would like further improvements to be made to the path, please get in touch using the contact form so that we can inform the East Lothian Countryside Volunteer Path Wardens. If there is enough interest from the community, then it might be possible to arrange for improvements made to this section of the walk. Thank you.

 

GMCC minutes for June 11th meeting now available

The minutes for the Garvand and Morham Community Council meeting on June 11th are now available on the GMCC meetings and minutes page. Items discussed include traffic speeding in both villages, various local funding allocations, Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership updates and much more.

The next meeting will be held in Morham village hall on Monday 20th August.

Lothian Broadband masts – planning application

Two planning applications have been lodged by Lothian Broadband with East Lothian Council for the erection of two masts; one up on the river banking opposite the village hall and one on the hill behind the village hall. The masts will provide high speed broadband with improved service levels from Lothian Broadband to residents of Garvald and surrounding area. As part of this project, Lothian Broadband will also provide a wifi connection to the shelter in the park at no cost to the community. The planning application can be viewed on the ELC website:
https://pa.eastlothian.gov.uk/online-applications/
Either search for ‘Garvald’ or Reference Numbers 18/00679/P and 18/00680.