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Village Show 22nd August and Seed Exchange 30th May

The Village Show will take place on Saturday 22nd August. A couple of things to note on the schedule:

  • Show/village bunting: Next year the Show celebrates its 70th anniversary and we think bunting will be required! So this year’s schedule includes 2m of bunting, which can be donated to make a big bunting for next year.
  • Children categories – strawberries: We are having a strawberry planting session outside the hall on Saturday 30th May – all kids welcome to come and plant strawberries for the Show.

You can see the full schedule at:

Seed and Seedling Exchange – Saturday 30th May

We are holding a seed and seedling exchange outside the hall on Saturday 30th May (alongside strawberry planting) – watch out for further notice. Bring along spare seeds and spare seedlings to swap/share.


Stenton Gardeners Question Time Fri 21st

Stenton Horticultural Society is having a  Gardeners Question Time this Friday 21st February, 7 for 7.30pm at Stenton Village Hall. £5 entry. A special invitation is extended to gardeners in neighbouring village Garvald. On the panel –

George Anderson – Beechgrove Garden

Beryl McNaughton – Macplants

Jim Williams – Pathhead Horties

All welcome!

Talk this Thursday 6pm – calling budding archaeologists!

Whiteadder: The Historic Heart of the Lammermuirs

Garvald Village Hall Thursday 12 September 6pm

In 2019 and 2020, an exciting new archaeology project takes place across East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Making use of newly-acquired, high-resolution LiDAR data, this new study will provide a new insight into the landscape history of the Lammermuir Hills. Many new archaeological and historical sites will be recorded for the first time, and some of the area’s most spectacular forts, castles and farmsteads will be seen in a new light. The project is a collaborative community initiative: come along to hear how you can get involved in investigating the archaeology of the Lammermuirs and learning more about the history that has shaped the way they appear today.

For more information about the project visit:

Show set up – Thursday 7-8pm

We are setting up for the Show on Thursday evening – all help with shifting tables gratefully appreciated. Staging on Friday is 7-9pm, and Saturday 8-10am.

Please bring any donations of baking and raffle prizes on the morning of the show, and leave them in the kitchen.

Don’t forget that if you have anything you have made or grown but does not fit the Show categories, bring it along for the display table. Given tough growing conditions this year the perfectly imperfect veg category may be popular!

Here’s some inspiration…looking forward to seeing you at the Show. Jo (on behalf of Garvald Horticultural Society Committee)


£456 raised – and guitar lessons

The children and young people of Garvald did us proud on Saturday night. A fantastic concert raised £456 (!!!) which will be put towards the repair of the church. Thanks to everyone that came along – all ideas for future concerts welcome!

If you felt inspired to learn an instrument here’s your chance – one of the performers Daniel Cole is offering guitar lessons over the summer. Children and adults, £8 per half-hour lesson, beginners welcome. If interested please get in touch using the contact form. Contact Us


Bob-a-job new date: Sun 28th Apr 2-5pm

Bob-a-job is rescheduled to this Sunday – 2-5pm.

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.