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Garvald Bob-a-Job: this Sunday 7th April, 1-4pm

Car need a wash? Leaves need swept up? Logs need stacked?

Some of the primary 7s at Yester Primary School will be knocking on doors in Garvald on Sunday afternoon seeking tidying up tasks, in return for a small donation. This is part of fundraising towards the whole class residential trip away in June. They will be going to the Benmore outdoor learning centre in Argyll, where they will do lots of exciting, adventurous things away from parents and devices. Pupils are doing a variety of fundraising tasks in small groups to contribute to the overall fund. They will be under (loose) parental supervision – the idea being that the kids are doing the task themselves!  All donations very gratefully received.

Any questions – get in touch with Jo or Kathleen via the contact form.




Garvald Village Show – Saturday 24th August – schedule

Calling Garvald growers, makers and bakers!

Here is the 2019 Show Schedule (link below), with a bit of a beach and blue theme. Hard copies will be posted through doors in May.

For primary school children – seed potatoes are available from Jo Robertson, for planting in April.
For questions, hints and tips – join the Show facebook group:

Garvald Growers, Makers and Bakers

2019 Garvald Village Show Schedule



Garvald Church Repair Update

It’s been a while since our heritage event last summer and we thought it time to share an update about repairing Garvald Church. At that meeting we said the church was needing repair, but we didn’t know the amount of work needed. Since then we secured £1,900 funding from the National Churches Trust which, with match-funding from the community council, paid for an in-depth condition survey of the building. This was carried out in the autumn by conservation-accredited architect Gareth Jones, of Pollock Hammond Partnership, who has also been involved in refurbishing the guest house at Nunraw Abbey.

We now anticipate repair costs alone of £180K and the total sum looks to be £295K once other costs, and works to improve the graveyard and install a small exhibition in the church, are included.

The repair works involve reroofing, masonry repair, repointing, rewiring and replacement heaters. The oral history project is running alongside this and several interviews have been carried out already. These will eventually be made available online and will provide material for the exhibition.

We’ve also set up a friends group called Friends of Garvald Church which has charitable status. This puts us in a better position to investigate and apply to grant awarding bodies and start fundraising – watch this space!

If you’d like to know more, help in any way, or participate in the oral history project, please get in touch using our new email:

Or speak to one of us working on the project: Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Jo Robertson, Phillip White, Sara Hills.

Missing cat

Hello neighbours

Can you keep an eye out (check sheds) for our cat ‘Bailey’ who has gone awol. Mainly black with a white chest and blue velvet collar. He is quite adventurous and very friendly. If found or seen please let us know! Thanks, Jo (1 Tanderlane Cotts)

Garvald Show – set up and donations

It’s countdown to Garvald Village Show this Saturday – 2-4pm. We are setting up the hall at 7pm on Thursday and would be grateful for any help with shifting the tables and chairs. Also all donations of baking (including Show ‘cast offs’!) and raffle prizes welcome! Please bring on the day.

Don’t forget to involve the four-footed, furry, hairy, woolly, feathered, scaly (?) members of our village in the Pet Show at 3pm.

Finally there is a new display table for any items that you’d like to show off, but don’t fit the show classes.

Hoping for a dry afternoon..

Garvald Show – calling all photographers

We now have lovely new display boards crying out to show photographs at the Village Show next Saturday – see below. A massive thanks to Graham Barnes for design and production. Remember photographs should be printed no larger than A5, unmounted, with or without a border. Here are the classes:

  • Local Wildlife
  • A dramatic sky
  • Your favourite place in East Lothian
  • A close-up of a pollinating insect
  • On holiday
  • A black and white photograph with or without caption
  • ‘Beast from the East’

Time to get printing!

Stories in Stone – Exploring Garvald Church and Graveyard

Sunday 9th September, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join East Lothian Council Archaeology Service and the Friends of Garvald Church for a guided tour of the historic church and graveyard.  We will explore the hidden history of this beautiful building and examine gravestones to uncover the stories that they can tell.  We will also discuss the plans to restore the church and create a heritage hub for the village.

Free.  Booking required.

For more information and to book a place visit:


It’s (Village) Showtime!

Gifford Flower Show – Sat/Sun 18th-19th August, Gifford Green

Garvald Village Show – Sat 25th August, Village Hall 

It’s that time of year again! Garvald (67th) and Gifford (170th!) Shows are nearly upon us. See further details in the posters below. We are delighted to welcome George Anderson back to Garvald to judge the horticultural categories for a second year. Also new for this year: “Anything goes” – bring something along that you have made, baked or grown for the display table (non-competitive). We look forward to seeing you there!


GHS Committee.


Garvald’s heritage – reminder – meeting this Weds – start 7.15!


Garvald Village Hall, WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE, 7.15 pm until 9 pm

Hello all – a quick reminder about the meeting this Wednesday – please arrive 7.15 for a 7.30 start. We are looking forward to presentations from East Lothian Council (archivist and archaeologist) and from Edinburgh University (European Ethnological Research Centre). Bring along any old photos if you have any!


history project poster wednesday 6th june, 7.30-9pm