About/Privacy

On this page you can read more about the website and our data privacy policy:

About the Website

Garvald and Morham villages are situated at the foothills of the Lammermuirs in East Lothian. The garvald.org.uk domain name and hosting is funded by Garvald and Morham Community Council. The website is managed and updated by volunteers 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 villages.

The Home page provides a blog of the latest news and events information. Other pages are dedicated to the different organisations within the villages and provide useful local information and links. For security and to reduce spam messages, forms on the website use Google’s reCAPTCHA program. The Garvald Web Team’s Constitution can be downloaded here.

Website Data Protection/Privacy

We all value our privacy so here’s how we make sure your personal data is looked after:

  • Where possible we aim to ensure that no personal contact data such as email addresses or phone numbers are published on the website.
  • Readers can subscribe to our email updates service (Mailchimp) to receive the latest news/blog posts via email. Subscribers’ email addresses are stored securely and you can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Photographs will be used on the website mainly to record village events for posterity. When using photographs on the site we obtain verbal permission (and written consent where possible) from any identifiable people featured in the photo. People will not be named in any photograph caption, unless written consent has been obtained. If a subject decides they are not happy with a particular photograph they can ask (via the contact form is the easiest way) 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 Notice

This privacy notice is for the website www.garvald.org.uk, is served by the site’s website manager on behalf of residents of the villages of Garvald and Morham and governs the privacy of the website’s users. It explains how we comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, 2018), the DPA (Data Protection Act, 1998) and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations). We will check and update this Notice accordingly after the completion of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

This Notice explains how this website that may affect your privacy, how we collect, process, manage and store your personal details and how your rights under the GDPR, DPA & PECR are adhered to. Additionally it explains the use of cookies, tracking software, content from third parties and the download of any documents, files or software made available to you (if any) on this website. Detailed explanations are provided for specific features of this website in order to help you understand how the website and its third parties interact with you and your computer/device. Please use our contact form if you have any questions.

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 to 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. Help on how to do this can be found on the aboutcookies website.

Website Visitor Tracking – This website uses WordPress/Jetpack tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website. If the Infinite Scroll Feature is used – page views will be tracked with each additional load (i.e. when you scroll down to the bottom of the page and a new set of posts loads automatically). For more information on what data is collected for site visitors and site contributors, please read Jetpack’s Privacy information. Please note that any piece of data explicitly identifying a specific user (IP address, WordPress.com ID, WordPress.com username, etc.) is not visible to us as the site owner. For example, we can see how many views a specific post has, but cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Logs of visitor details are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used only for the purpose of powering and monitoring efficiency of their tracking software.

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 further use.

Email Mailing List & Marketing Messages – Where you have given your express permission via the sign-up form, we may use your details to send you information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with current DPA/GDPR regulations. We operate an email mailing list program using MailChimp, 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 data protection regulations. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time through an automated online service (simply click the ‘Unsubscribe’ link on the subscriber email), or you can contact the website manager using the website Contact form. The type and content of marketing messages subscribers receive is a copy of the latest blog posts added to the Home page. This may contain third party content.

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. You can read more  about MailChimp’s privacy policy by clicking the link in the resources section below.

For the purposes of managing our website’s ‘news updates’ mailing list (MailChimp) and to provide a Social Media presence (Facebook) we use services provided by companies outside of the EU. These US-based companies use US servers to store this data, meaning that data is transferred out of the EU. However, these companies have all signed up to the “Privacy Shield”, which is an agreement between the US and EU Commission relating to the protection of personal data – this constitutes a safeguard under the GDPR.

Garvald Horticultural Society – Membership Data Protection

Garvald Horticultural Society collects membership data in order to run the annual village show. They have a separate Privacy Notice governing protection of this data, which is available on the Garvald Horticultural Society page.

Garvald Village Hall – Bookings Data Protection

Garvald Village Hall collects your data in order to complete hall bookings. They have a separate Privacy Notice governing protection of this data, which is available on the Garvald Hall Bookings page.

External Website Links & Third Parties

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

Website Privacy Policy, 23 May 2018. For further enquiries about any of our privacy policy, please use the contact form.