Monday 31st December 7.30pm to midnight.
East Lothian Council have launched a public budget consultation.
A message from Angela Leitch, Chief Executive of ELC :
The consultation is an opportunity for local residents and council employees to have a say on how the council spends money to support local services. As highlighted recently by the Accounts Commission, the council performs well and has a good record of delivering services within budget.
ELC have embraced new ways of working and become increasingly efficient and effective. ELC couldn’t have achieved any of this without the good work and commitment of council employees. Like all councils, we continue to face financial challenges. East Lothian is Scotland’s fastest growing council area and our external funding – 72% of our income – has fallen in real terms. While ELC are still awaiting news of next year’s funding, it’s expected that significant savings will be required in the coming years. This means it’s increasingly important for ELC to look at innovative new ways of delivering services.
Elected Members will meet in February to agree the council’s 2019/20 budget. In the meantime, council services have been thinking about further options for reducing costs or increasing income.
The public budget consultation sets out some possible options from officers which could help us to address the challenges faced. While it’s important to stress that absolutely no decisions have been made, the council must look ahead and continue to plan for the future..
Please have your say on the consultation.
Angela Leitch, Chief Executive
Entertainment will be provided by Starz Entertainment this year. And of course there will be a visit from Santa!
A small buffet will be provided.
As in previous years, could parents please bring along a present for their child, wrapped and named!
To get an idea of numbers please would you get in touch with Laura or Roz via the contact form:
Elizabeth Haggarty’s cat has gone missing from Castle Moffat and may be on a quest to his previous abode in Papple. If anyone spots him in Garvald or the surrounding area, please get in touch. He’s a two year old black cat, with thinning eye brows and tiny flecks of white under both front legs. Thank you.
This year’s Garvald Christmas Dinner is at 7pm on Thursday 13th December in the village hall.
If you are coming along, please make sure you drop in your RSVP to the mailbox on the gate at The Rowans… by this Friday please.
Meeting minutes for the October meeting of Garvald and Morham Community Council are now available on the GMCC Meetings and Minutes page.
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Craft day in the hall yesterday!
We had a very good turn-out and lots of appreciation for the goods available on the stalls and the all different craft activities taking place.
The Christmas Tree lights were switched on and so now we can officially start Christmas!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making yesterday a success; setting up the hall, decorating trees, home baking and manning of stalls – all very much appreciated!
Let’s start Christmas!
Come along to the Garvald Christmas Craft Day on Sunday (25th) from 3-5 pm in the Village Hall!
Get your Christmas jumpers on, come and enjoy mulled wine and sausage rolls or tea/coffee and mince pies! Take part in some craft activities and then join us as we switch on the Garvald Christmas Tree Lights on the Green at 5pm!
You can then head over to The Garvald Inn where burgers will be served!
Look forward to seeing you all there!
Last week our local paths warden Dave Hapgood, from Snawdon, escorted a group of Garvald walkers on a wonderful walk around both the Donolly reservoir and Danskine loch. The aim of the excursion was to have a look at the state of the paths and to see if any improvements were possible or desirable.
In case you are new to the village, the way to reach this walk is to take the bottom road heading west out of the village, sign-posted Carfrae. Just before the road starts to climb up the hill there is a left turn to Garvald Mains Farm, and then about 30m along this road a right-hand track leading to the reservoir. Dave has attached core path signs at various points to show the way.
Thanks to Dave’s work in thinning out self-seeded trees there is now a good path right round the Donolly and this makes a very nice circular walk from Garvald. There is a bit of mud on the south side of the reservoir and the path winds around in and out of trees on the north side but it’s a lovely walk, with occasional feathered company. The circle can be completed in approximately one and a half hours.
We would like to hear comments from other walkers so please take advantage of the mild autumn weather and report back via the website.
A core path leads from the west end of the Donolly through a very muddy field, across the road and then around the Danskine loch. It is then possible to walk on core paths all the way to Gifford. The path round Danskine loch is good, but the intervening muddy field presents a bit of an obstacle. We would be keen to hear any creative suggestions about how to improve this part of the path.
So, dig out your boots, your camera and go walking, but don’t forget the chocolate biscuits like we did!
Dave’s description of the walk to Gifford
Other core paths in East Lothian
If you have any feedback, please get in touch: