BBC Debate Night audience

BBC Debate Night team are looking for audience applicants.

Go to and click on ‘Join the audience’.

Debate Night is hosted by Stephen Jardine. It allows members of the public to put their questions directly to the politicians and prominent people in public life. You lead the agenda – your questions make the programme. It has never been a more important time to have a programme that lets you speak directly to those in power.  So whether you have a question about Brexit, Indyref2, the NHS, schools, climate change or other issues – you can apply and be part of it.

Local shows coming up:

  • Edinburgh Wednesday 18th September
  • Edinburgh Wednesday 25th September
  • Edinburgh Wednesday 16th October
  • Edinburgh Wednesday 6th November

Talk this Thursday 6pm – calling budding archaeologists!

Whiteadder: The Historic Heart of the Lammermuirs

Garvald Village Hall Thursday 12 September 6pm

In 2019 and 2020, an exciting new archaeology project takes place across East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Making use of newly-acquired, high-resolution LiDAR data, this new study will provide a new insight into the landscape history of the Lammermuir Hills. Many new archaeological and historical sites will be recorded for the first time, and some of the area’s most spectacular forts, castles and farmsteads will be seen in a new light. The project is a collaborative community initiative: come along to hear how you can get involved in investigating the archaeology of the Lammermuirs and learning more about the history that has shaped the way they appear today.

For more information about the project visit:

Resilience Team Training

On the morning of Sunday 22nd September Garvald’s Emergency Resilience Team will be taking part in an Emergency Exercise in Garvald. The Team will undertake a short search of the area around the graveyard and then, together with around 20 members of Borders Search & Rescue Unit, will move the search up to around the Thorters reservoir area. The exercise should be completed by 1.00 pm and Garvald Village Hall will be used as the Control Centre.

Please do not be alarmed at the arrival of the vehicles from the Search & Rescue Unit or the Police – this is a planned exercise designed to test the Emergency Resilience Team and the Search & Rescue Unit and a search will be taking place for a missing adult and child. We will be following proper procedures and, as the safety of our residents  and volunteers are taken very seriously, we would be grateful if only the members of the Resilience Team can gather at the Hall, graveyard and Castle Moffat/Thorters area that morning.

We hope that a real missing person search will not need to be take place in the future but it is sensible for the Team to be prepared just in case.

If you would like to join the Emergency Resilience Team and take part in this exercise please contact Penny Short as soon as possible using the form below.

If you would like to help with preparing refreshments for the volunteers at the hall I would be very grateful – please let me know if you can help.


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Yester Community Movie Association – Friday film

Friday September 6th at Gifford Village Hall
Doors open 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm

Film: A Star is Born
Director: Bradley Cooper
2018 – 136 mins (15)

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers & falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). Ally has almost given up on her dream to make it as a singer, when Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship starts to crumble, with Jack fighting an ongoing battle with his internal demons. Fantastic performances all round, with Lady Gaga tipped for Oscar success.

Yester Community Movie Association

Writer for the website

I am still looking for someone to publish general blog posts on the website (on average it’s one or two a week) and deal with the occasional contact form email enquiries. We’re moving out of the village next month so it would be good if someone could volunteer to take this over from me. Instructions and support provided. Please use the contact form to get in touch.


Violin Concert at Nunraw Abbey

Do come along to a concert at Nunraw Abbey on Friday 30 August at 6.45 pm in the Community Refectory. Visit the Abbey and hear violinist Michael Grube perform. There will be light refreshments after the concert and an opportunity for donations to the Professor. All are welcome.



1. Heinrich Ignaz Franz BIBER: “Passacaglia”
(1644 – 1704) (375th anniversary)

2. Max-Ludwig GRUBE: Sonata no. 4 for violin solo
(1925 – 1994) Andante – Allegro – Passacaglia
(in commemoration of his death 25 years ago)

3. Niccolo PAGANINI: Caprice Nr. 13
(1782 – 1840) (“Devil’s laughter”)

4. Henri VIEUXTEMPS: Concert Etude (Caprice)
(1820 – 1881) in G major, op. 16/2

5. Jacques F. MAZAS: Alla Polacca
(1782 – 1849) Concert Caprice op. 81

6. Gerhard TRACK: Friendship
(*1934 Wien) (dedicated to Michael Grube)

7. Johann Sebastian BACH: Sonata no. in G minor BWV 1001
(1685 – 1750) Adagio – Fuga – Allegro – Siciliano – Presto