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Post Office Service

A reminder that there is a outreach Post Office service in Garvald, operating from the village hall on Thursday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30am.

Chris and Lorna are giving up the Post Office at East Linton at the end of February, but Chris will continue to operate the service after this date, as temporary Postmaster, until a new Postmaster is found. There should be no break in the service during the transfer so please come along and make use of the Post Office whenever you can.

 

Electricity network – planned overhead line work

Notice from P Short, Chair G&MCC:

Following the cancellation of the scheduled works on 17 January (due to Scottish Power’s reluctance to leave households without power in horrendous weather conditions and their need to service emergency call-outs), I have been contacted by Chris McVey from SPIE (contracted by Scottish Power to carry out the work) with an update.

The work will now take place on Monday 12 February and I am told you should receive letters shortly. This is outwith the 28 days notice that we were told we’d be given for the rescheduled work, but there doesn’t appear to be another option. I understand that certain households in the village centre will be served by a generator which will continue to provide electricity, but I have not been told which houses this will cover. Unfortunately this backup service will not extend to outlying areas such as Tanderlane, Castle Moffat, Garvald Mains or Nunraw Barns. Obviously this is not ideal, as the work will now occur during the school holidays but unfortunately they will not change the date. If you have any concerns or questions or wish to complain please telephone Chris McVey on 01750 725404.

GMCC Meetings 2018

Dates for 2018 meetings:

Community Council meetings are bi-monthly on the first Monday in the month at 7pm. All are welcome to attend or submit items for discussion.

The next meetings are:
Feb 5th – Garvald, 2 April – Morham, 4 June – Garvald, 6 August – Morham, 1 October – Garvald, 3 December – Morham.

Please note that meetings alternate between Garvald Village Hall and Morham Village Hall, as indicated.

Community Council Secretary

Rufus Bellamy has decided that the time is right for him to stand down from the Community Council. We would like to thank him for his dedication and excellent work as Council Member and Secretary for the GMCC for many years.

As a result of this, we have a place on the Community Council for a new member.

New Year – New Challenges!

Would you like to be more involved with the local community and take part in initiatives that can really make a difference? If so, you are invited to apply for a position on Garvald and Morham Community Council (GMCC).

The Community Council needs a new member who can commit to attending regular GMCC meetings (6 per year) and other relevant meetings as required. Ideally the new Community Councillor would take over as Secretary and so experience of taking minutes, preparing agendas and dealing with relevant correspondence would be advantageous. Members of Garvald and Morham CC are a small but dynamic group who, amongst other duties, administer a sizeable Windfarm Fund and, although there is a lot of responsibility involved with being a Community Councillor, it is also very rewarding. This position is, of course, on a voluntary basis and in the interests of fairness invitations are particularly sought from Garvald residents as three of the six positions already belong to residents of Morham.

I would be grateful if you could indicate your interest by replying in the attached form with a short note explaining why you would like to join the Community Council by Friday 2 February 2018.

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Crystal Rig Funding

Crystal Rig Grant Allocations

Your Community Council has had a busy year in 2016-2017 and we wanted to update you on what the Crystal Rig Fund has been used for.

The following local young people were supported: Aiden & Lucy Ballantyne, Molly Clark, Isaac & Daisy Ingram, Harry Lee, Conal McGregor, Thomas Robertson and Scott Thomson. Our funding aided them in their competitive sporting and educational achievements, enabled two young people to speak at a UK Space Agency Principia conference and provided a musical instrument grant.

Larger projects helped were:

  • Morham Village Hall (repairs to a wall)
  • Morham Hall Refurbishment
  • Morham Treasure Hunt
  • Woodland Project 2 (4 year project)
  • Knox Academy
  • Yester Primary School
  • Garvald Fun Day
  • Halloween & Christmas Parties
  • Garvald & Morham Theatre Trip – over 80 people from both villages travelled to Edinburgh to see Arabian Nights and by all accounts the trip was a great success.
  • Christmas Trees for Garvald and Morham

As you can see a large and varied amount of projects were given support, in total we approved £28,500.00 last year.

We are currently arranging a planning application for a External Defibrillator to be located in the vicinity of the Garvald Public Toilets.

We are looking for any ideas you may have for allocating 2018 funds. We should have a similar amount of money available and any projects that meet the strict criteria will be considered. Please read the Crystal Rig 2018 application form or contact Philip White for more information.