About/Privacy

On this page you can read more about the website structure and function and find our data privacy statement:

Background Information

Garvald village is situated at the foothills of the Lammermuirs in East Lothian.

The garvald.org.uk domain name and hosting is funded by the Garvald and Morham Community Council. The website is managed and updated by a group of volunteers (the Garvald Web Team) to provide the village with an on-line web presence supplying information for the local community and visitors. Contributors include representatives from the Community Council, the Garvald Horticultural Society, Garvald Village Hall Trust and all are residents of either Morham or Garvald village.

The Home page provides a blog of the latest news and events information. Other pages are dedicated to the different organisations within the village and provide useful local information and links.

The Garvald Web Team’s Constitution can be downloaded here.

For security and to reduce spam messages, forms on the website use Google’s reCAPTCHA program to ensure you are a real person spam computer.

General Data and Privacy Protection Policy:

  • Where possible we will aim to ensure that no personal contact data such as email addresses or phone numbers are published on the website, to maintain personal privacy.
  • Readers can subscribe to our email updates service (Mailchimp) to receive the latest blog posts via email.
  • Photographs will be used on the website mainly to record village events for posterity. When using photographs on the site verbal permission (and written consent where possible) will be sought from any identifiable people featured in the photo. People will not be named in any caption for a photograph, unless written consent has been obtained. If children (under 16s) are in the photo they themselves should be asked (if old enough to understand the question), as well as their parents. Due to the nature of most village events it is not practical to have a large number of people signing release forms detailing how a photograph will be used on the website so we will generally use an ‘opt-out’ approach. At the time a photograph is taken, subjects will be told that their photo will appear on the website and time will be given to allow people time to move out of the way of the photograph if they wish. If a subject decides they are not happy with a particular photograph they can ask (via the contact form) to have it removed from the site, which we will do with immediate effect. Permission will also be obtained from the photographer to protect their copyrighted work.

EU Privacy Policy/GDPR Information

Website Privacy Policy

The policy: This privacy policy is for the website www.garvald.org.uk, is served by the site’s website manager on behalf of the villages of Garvald and Morham and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. It explains how we comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) [pre GDPR enforcement] and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations).

This policy will explain areas of this website that may affect your privacy and personal details, how we process, collect, manage and store those details and how your rights under the GDPR, DPA & PECR are adhere to. Additionally it will explain the use of cookies or software, advertising or commercial sponsorship from third parties and the download of any documents, files or software made available to you (if any) on this website. Further explanations may be provided for specific pages or features of this website in order to help you understand how we, this website and its third parties (if any) interact with you and your computer/device in order to serve it to you. Our contact information is provided if you have any questions.

The DPA & GDPR May 2018

We and this website complies to the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and already complies to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into affect from May 2018. We will check and update this policy accordingly after the completion of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website. As required by legislation, where applicable this website uses a cookie control system, allowing the user to give explicit permission or to deny the use of/saving of cookies on their computer/device.

What are cookies? Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website. Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors or use the cookie control system if available upon their first visit.

Website Visitor Tracking

This website may use tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.

Contact & Communication With Us

Users contacting this us through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely only until it is no longer required or has no use.

Where we have clearly stated and made you aware of the fact, and where you have given your express permission, we may use your details to send you products/services information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above.

Email Mailing List & Marketing Messages

We operate an email mailing list program via MailChimp, used to inform subscribers about local news, products and services. Users subscribe through an online automated process where they give their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed and stored in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time through an automated online service (simply click the ‘Unsubscribe’ link on the subscriber email), or if it is not available, by contacting the website manager using the website Contact form (or they can unsubscribe from all Mailchimp lists). The type and content of marketing messages subscribers receive (a copy of the latest blog posts added to the Home page), and whether it may contain third party content, is clearly outlined at the point of subscription.

Email marketing messages may contain tracking beacons/tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of subscriber data relating to engagement, geographic, demographics and already stored subscriber data. Our EMS (email marketing service) provider is Mailchimp and you can read their privacy policy in the resources section below.

External Website Links & Third Parties

Although we only look to include quality, safe and relevant external links* on this site, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (*External links are clickable text/banner/image links to other websites)

Shortened URLs

URL shortening is a technique used on the web to shorten URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) to something substantially shorter. This technique is especially used in social media and looks similar to this (example: http://bit.ly/xyZABc). Users should take caution before clicking on shortened URL links and verify their authenticity before proceeding.

We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Policy & Usage

We adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure our volunteers and subscribers/readers conduct themselves accordingly online. While we may have official profiles on social media platforms (such as the Garvald.org.uk Facebook page) users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. We will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves politely and appropriately when engaging with us on social media. The website manager reserves the right to remove unacceptable, impolite or discriminatory comments by users online.

There may be instances where our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page. You can find further information about some social media privacy and usage policies in the resources section below.

Resources & Further Information