Category Archives: Announcements

Lothian Broadband masts – planning application

Two planning applications have been lodged by Lothian Broadband with East Lothian Council for the erection of two masts; one up on the river banking opposite the village hall and one on the hill behind the village hall. The masts will provide high speed broadband with improved service levels from Lothian Broadband to residents of Garvald and surrounding area. As part of this project, Lothian Broadband will also provide a wifi connection to the shelter in the park at no cost to the community. The planning application can be viewed on the ELC website:
Either search for ‘Garvald’ or Reference Numbers 18/00679/P and 18/00680.

Ironman Triathlon in Garvald Sunday 1st July

A message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald & Morham Community Council:

As you will be aware the main roads to Haddington/Gifford will be closed on Sunday 1 July 2018, as will the Carfrae road, for the Ironman Scotland Cycle Race.

Roads will be closed from 7.30am to 12.30pm. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. If you have any concerns or issues with the roads being closed over this period please contact the race organisers on 03330 111838 or email them at Please note that East Lothian Council has committed to host this race for three consecutive years (this is the 2nd year) but no consultation took place with the local community or community councils. If you are concerned with any aspect of this event please contact East Lothian Council.

Villagers will be able to exit the village from the church end and can drive to Haddington via the Papple road. Also access to Stenton/Dunbar/East Linton etc. from the church end of Garvald will be unaffected.

triathlon cyclistsThe Ironman Scotland event involves 70.3 miles of swimming, cycling and running. After the swim, the cycling section starts in Cockenzie, circles through seven villages returning to Dalkeith Country Park and onto Holyrood Park for the final stage of the race which is the half-marathon. The race organisers advise that the pro athletes are expected through our village at round 8.20am and then a steady flow of cyclists will follow until the road re-opens. If you’re up in time you’ll be able to catch sight of the intrepid racers as they pass through the top of the village but be careful – they will be travelling at speed!

3 Harbours Arts Festival

Local textile artist, Heidi Ingram, will be exhibiting her textile/embroidery art at the 3 Harbours Arts Festival at Haddstock, 16-17th June, Trinity Centre, Haddington. All welcome!3 harbours arts festival at haddstock - poster

Roadworks on Chesters Road

Information has been received about the current Garvald to Morham road closure.
The road should re-open by Thursday 31 May 2018.

Location: South of Chesters Farm towards B6370 jct, Road: ZC101 SECTION 3 – MORHAM LOANHEAD TO B6370 WEST OF TANDERLANE, MORHAM, GARVALD.

Work by Openreach.
Actual Start Date: 28/05/2018
Estimated Duration: 3 Working Days

Reporting potholes and other roads issues

If you know of any potholes, road repairs required or street lights that are out – please report it to East Lothian Council.  On their website’s roads and transport page there are handy links to “Report a Pothole” and “Report an Issue” where you can inform the Council of problems with potholes, street lighting, traffic lights, fly tipping, missed bin collections, dog fouling and other issues. This takes you into the East Lothian Public Information Portal where you can easily report these issues.  These use a new map-based system to pin-point the location of the issue. You can also telephone the Council – 01620 827827.  The more reports the Council receives on an issue the quicker they may take action.


Ironman Edinburgh Route, 1st July 2018

Ironman Edinburgh triathlon returns to Garvald this year on Sunday 1st July.

Travel information can be found here:

A leaflet was delivered to all local residents this week, to help you make alternative travel plans on the day, if necessary. Here’s a digital copy of the ironman route leaflet.

Protecting your data

GDPR reaches Garvald…

Yes, the tendrils of GDPR and the new data protection laws are far-reaching, affecting even tiny groups such as the village website and the horticultural society. But we are on the case!

If you are happy to continue receiving email updates from the village website, then just have a read of the information below – no action required! Please note that you can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time, by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of the email or by contacting us.

Here’s the gist of our data privacy policy:

Website Privacy Notice

To run the village website we operate a latest news mailing list (using MailChimp) and deal with email enquiries sent via the contact form – so we are mostly dealing with your email addresses.

We have delved into the details of our data collection and have found:

  • We know what personal information we hold and why we hold it.
  • We only hold and use what we data need to do the job (such as provide village news and announcements).
  • We keep your personal information up to date (or you can easily update your mailing list subscription yourself).
  • We keep your personal information secure and confidential.
  • We will deal with a data breach within 72 hours, informing you and the Information Commissioners Office where necessary, i.e. in cases which might expose you to serious risk.
  • We make it easy for you to withdraw your personal information (you can unsubscribe at any time from our mailing list).

Our Website Privacy Notice is on the About/Privacy page if you want to read more.

Garvald Horticultural Society – Membership Data Protection

Garvald Horticultural Society collects membership data in order to run the annual village show. They have a separate Privacy Notice governing protection of this data. In summary, only personal data necessary to run the show is collected. This data is stored securely, not shared with third parties and only accessed by members of the Committee dealing with membership tasks. If you want to read more, the Garvald Horticultural Society’s Privacy Notice is available on the Garvald Horticultural Society page. 

If you have any questions, please use the contact form to get in touch.