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Gifford Lunch Club and Good Companions Club

Message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald and Morham Community Council

Do you ever feel lonely, isolated or just want a bit of company?  In our rural location loneliness can become a real problem and although we don’t have any official clubs in Garvald or Morham that can help with this issue, there are two currently running in Gifford and I’d like to find out if any residents of Garvald and Morham would be interested in going along to them.  The Gifford Lunch Club meets on the 2nd Monday of every month and costs around £7.50 including lunch.  The Good Companions Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month and costs around £1 a session which includes refreshments.  Both the clubs were set up to be as inclusive as possible but the Good Companions Club in particular is geared more towards older and/or disabled people.  I’d like to gauge if any of our residents would be interested in attending either or both of these clubs.  I’m told there aren’t many spaces left on the Lunch Club and transport to Gifford isn’t offered as part of membership but if I could get an idea of how many people would be interested in joining these groups we can work from that.  So please get in touch with me and let me know your thoughts.


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(If you are reading this as an email update, please view this post on the Garvald website if you wish to complete the contact form).

Community Spirit Awards

Gifford Families Facebook group ran an awards competition this week, to do something positive to celebrate our ‘community spirit’. Amongst all the giving people we are lucky to have in our community, I am pleased to announce we had two Garvald winners, Penny Short and Hazel Clark, and several other Garvald residents were nominated: Barrie Ash, Alastair Kerr and Liz Leckie. Well done to all of the winners and nominees!



To celebrate the amazing folks in our area we asked you to nominate people with COMMUNITY SPIRIT or those who have done something KIND, recently or in the past.

A judging panel representing different areas within the Yester Primary School catchment got together to choose some of the stand-out nominations and match them with a token of thanks provided by our fabulous local businesses and people. We want to mention outstanding businesses though they are not eligible for a gift.

Obviously there aren’t enough thank you gifts to go round as we live in such a giving community, so here’s a BIG public THANK YOU to all those who do whatever they can to support friends, neighbours and the community. Whether it be the little things or huge commitments, work done publicly or under the radar – they all make a difference and are greatly appreciated by those you help.


And the Winners are…!

Outstanding Businesses:

  • COOP

Outstanding Community Contributions:

  • JAMIE KELMAN (Longnewton)
  • NEV KILKENNY (Sheriffside)
  • PENNY SHORT (Garvald)
  • LIZ STEWART (Gifford)
  • CARRIE MURRAY (Gifford)
  • DAVE GRIFFITHS (Gifford)

Young Citizens Award:

ALISTAIR PURVES (Gifford) who last year, while aged only 12, helped an injured resident who had fallen off his bike and broken 5 ribs. Alistair got to the scene first and put him into recovery position while waiting for emergency services to attend.

Long Service Awards:

  • RITA BUCHAN (Gifford)
  • HELEN BANKS (Gifford)
  • HAZEL CLARK (Garvald)
  • KIM WHITE (Gifford)

Snowstorm Superstars:

  • GERRY MOORE (Gifford)
  • GARY BLYTH (Gifford)

Gifford and surrounding area ‘Shining Lights Competition’


To celebrate the amazing folks in our area Gifford Families Facebook Group have organised an awards competition. Please would you NOMINATE PEOPLE who show COMMUNITY SPIRIT or have done something KIND, to be rewarded with GIFTS. It can be RECENT or something from the PAST.

The judging panel comprises 8 people representing different areas within the Yester catchment map below. Judges will do their best to match winners with prizes they will love.


*Write their name or tag them on the Gifford Families facebook group if you are a member of the group, or send a nomination via the Garvald website contact form and we will nominate on your behalf. Please also write the reason/s or story of why they should win.

Nominated people do not need to be on Facebook. You could present them with their gift if they are chosen as one of the winners!

All people nominated must live in the Yester School catchment area.

If you are a member of the Gifford Families Facebook group:

  • Please nominate and like as many people and posts as you want.
  • Please add lots of positive comments to the thread.


Thank you so much to all the local businesses and people who have donated the prizes listed below:

  • The Goblin Ha – £60 voucher given as loyalty points
  • Coop- amazing hamper
  • Lanterne Rouge – tea for 2
  • Beech and Birch – £20 voucher
  • Natasha Phoenix Sculpture -£20 voucher
  • Tweedale Arms – 2 ten inch pizzas on a Friday
  • Down to Earth Gardening – an hour free gardening and an amazing bag of strulch
  • G and D Enterprises – BULK load of hardwood logs delivered to you
  • Anna Mather salon – Colour me beautiful consultation and makeover
  • Aileen Watson music teacher – 2 lessons on ukulele or piano
  • AND 2 group children’s recorder lessons (6) children
  • Hoggs Newsagents – beautiful designer vase
  • Allan Bisset taxis – 15 taxi discount
  • Gifford Handyman – free gutter clean

Yester Catchment Area

Website severe weather updates

Just to let you know that there are an increased number of posts being published on this website at the moment, to keep local people updated in these severe weather conditions. These posts will be sent out daily on the automatic email updates service, as usual. However, some information has also been emailed out as soon as it has been received, to get information to people at the earliest opportunity – so please bear with us if you find you are receiving emails with duplicate information.

Friday 2nd March, Snowy Photos

Current road situation. Please do not travel! Local tractors are starting to clear local areas but roads are not generally passable.

Snow-clearing action

View west from Tanderlane junction looking towards Baro

Looking towards Tanderlane junction from the top of Priestbank, the hill out of Garvald.

View east at Tanderlane junction

Severe Weather Update – Thanks

Huge thanks to Jackie McCreery at Yester Dairy, Alistair Kerr for collecting milk supplies and Davie F for venturing to Haddington for supplies. Thanks also to everyone who is helping out with emergency planning and supporting the village. Fantastic to see the community pulling together so brilliantly.

Garvald village hall is open to anyone who wants a change of scene but will probably close around 4pm. Thanks for your support.

Emergency milk delivery

A delivery of milk has been collected from Yester Dairy. There is a limited number of around sixty 4L bottles at £2 each so if you are down to your last couple of pints please come and get some from the village hall. If you can share it between a couple of households please do so. If you have stocks for the next couple of days, please support us by using your own supplies for now.