Mrs Bette Thom

A few months short of her 100th birthday, Bette passed away in Muirfield
Care Home, Gullane which had been her home for the past three years.

A visitor to Garvald for weekends and holidays from her home in Leith
for almost 90 years, she was a loyal supporter of village events, helping
in the kitchen and baking for the teas. She also attended Garvald
Church, and her 80th birthday saw her extended family join her in the
Stables for a surprise celebration.

She always took a keen interest in the latest village news, and had a
remarkable memory for stories of the people she had met and events
which had happened during her remarkable life.

Her funeral will be held at 10am on Friday 3rd July at Seafield
Crematorium, under the Coronavirus restrictions, but can be live
streamed by using the link: 
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Our condolences go to her son, Mark, at Ballymoss.

Garvald in Lockdown Photo Project – LAST CALL!

Alasdair has managed to get round most of Garvald and take photos of households; he has had a few ‘no answers’ however. Therefore, if you want to be involved and he missed you – or you are in one of the outlying areas he has not reached yet – please use the contact form below to request a date/time for him to visit you. Afternoons between 2 and 3.30pm is best – or some early evenings. We are trying to complete this by WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE so that the photos can get printed and ready for display!

As well as a physical display in the village hall/church, we thought it might be nice to include the final photos in the Gallery section of the website. Please get in touch if you would prefer your photo not to be included on the website version.

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Garvald on ‘Landward’!

See the link here: Ducks

Some lively ‘residents’ of the village – specifically the Runner Ducks along the Carfrae road – will feature on ‘Landward’ this week. The short video (taken by Phillip White) will make up part of the viewers’ montage section of the programme. It can be seen at the following times:

  • Thursday 28th May at 8pm on the BBC Scotland channel

  • Friday 29th May at 7.30pm on BBC One Scotland

  • Sunday 31st May at 9am on BBC Two

Village Show and seedling exchange

Sadly we have decided to cancel this year’s Village Show. In line with other shows in East Lothian we have taken this decision with the safety of members and the public at the forethought of our minds. It may be possible to do something to celebrate the efforts of our ‘lockdown gardening’ – we will consider this nearer the time. We will carry the 2020 schedule over to 2021.

Seedlings – next Saturday (30th) we were due to have a seedling exchange at the hall. Instead we suggest that if you have any spare seeds/seedlings/plants to leave them out at your door/gate.

Strawberry plants – we do have strawberry plants for children to grow on for the Show. If you would still like a strawberry plant please let Jo know via the contact form or the ‘Garvald Growers, Makers, Bakers’ Facebook Group.

Happy gardening, making and baking!

Tuesday 19/05/2020: ‘Garvald in Lockdown’ Photo Project

Please see previous post on 15th May for details.

For those who wish to be involved, Alasdair will come round the following areas of the village, on the dates below, between 2 – 3.30pm – ish: 

Wednesday 20th May – Westpoint to Papana Cottages, No.1

Thursday 21st May – The Rowans to The Garvald Inn (both sides, including No.s 5 – 8 Council Houses)

Friday 22nd May – Burnside Court to Braefoot (south side of street)

Monday 25th May – 4 Council Houses to Whitelaws (north side of street)

Tuesday 26th May – bottom of brae/T-junction round to Africa (both sides)

Wednesday 27th May – Kirkbrae and Garvald Grange

Thursday 28th May – Tanderlane and Garvald Mains

Friday 29th May – Nunraw Barns and surrounding area

More outlying areas of Garvald: if you wish your photo to be taken for this project, please use the contact form, below, to request and organise a time for Alasdair to visit with his camera (on his bike!):  

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Important Announcement from your Community Council

Covid-19 Community Support Fund

In the current lockdown situation some Garvald or Morham residents may be suffering an impact to their regular income. The Community Council (via the Crystal Rig fund)  have a modest sum that could possibly be utilised to provide some financial assistance to any residents impacted in this way.

If you are interested in exploring the issue of potential assistance please contact Phillip White for an application form  on 830316 or  Any enquiries will be dealt with in  the strictest confidence.

Friday 15/05/2020: Garvald in Lockdown Photo Project

Over the next week or so, Alasdair (12) will be coming round the village, taking photos of families/households standing in their doorways – maintaining safe distances, of course! This will form a display, either in the village hall or the church, to document the current situation and those who are living in the village at this time. There is no obligation to participate – and there is no dress code! Pets can join in – and it would be interesting if people could bring to the door whatever they are working on at that moment in time: baking, crafts, building things, weeding, decorating, etc…

Please let those who are not online know. Posters will appear in the noticeboards and we will try to work out a ‘timetable’ of days/times he will cover specific areas of the village. Details to follow!


East Lothian VE Day Celebration, Friday 8th May

On Friday 8th May the Nation will mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe which marks and remembers the end of the Second world War in Europe

Given the current global pandemic crisis we face due to Covid-19 many of the planned celebrations and acts of remembrance planned across East Lothian for the weekend of 8th – 10th May have been cancelled or changed to reflect the need to keep the nation safe.

However, commemorating this historic event from home or the work place is still encouraged as best as we can. It can be a time for everyone in East Lothian to remember the immeasurable sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to celebrate 75 years of victory and peace in Europe

Open Air Schedule for those who would like to participate, full information here
11:00am  – Two minutes silence
2:55pm – The Last Post
3:00pm – The Nations Toast
3:00pm – The Thousand Plus Pipers – Note: Rory Gammell, Robbie Clark and Harry Lee will pipe from their gardens in Morham.
6:55pm – Crying out for Peace
9:00pm – HM The Queen Broadcast