Category Archives: Announcements

Writers for the village website

Note from website manager:

Having built and managed the village website for seven and a half years it is time to hand over my work, as we will be moving away from the village in the coming months.

New writers needed

We currently have a few writers who contribute on behalf of the various Garvald and Morham village groups but I am looking for someone to publish general blog posts and deal with any email enquiries received through the website contact form. I will make sure any new writers are fully trained and supported.

New website manager required

At the moment I will continue to manage the technical and privacy aspects of the WordPress site management but if you have experience of managing WordPress-hosted websites and you’d like to take on this task, please let me know.

You can contact me via the website contact form.



Severe weather update

The good news is that rain is due to ease off in the next few hours.

Information from the ELC Resilience Manager states that the risk for flooding is reducing now, as rainfall is expected to significantly drop. Responder agencies including ELC and police are continuing to monitor the situation and take appropriate action if required. The build-up of debris on local rivers is being monitored and action is being taken if required and when possible. The risk of surface water flooding remains a concern in all areas.

The Met Office and SEPA have reduced their weather warnings from amber to yellow. There have been a few localised incidents of flooding. Water levels are now dropping in line with the forecast from SEPA and the Met Office. East Lothian Council, Care for People/Social Care staff have been active in identifying vulnerable people in case further response action was required.

If you have any has concerns about the risks of flooding please get in touch with the Council (01620 827827) or Penny Short (the Garvald Community Emergency Co-ordinator).

Flood alert

Please note that the Met Office has issued an amber warning for East Lothian today, up until Thursday morning. Garvald is due to receive a lot of rainfall during this period. Please expect road flooding and take extra care in these potentially hazardous driving conditions. If you live in the village near the Papana burn, please consider taking extra precautions to avoid flood damage should the water level rise.

Climate change consultation

East Lothian Council has developed a Draft East Lothian Climate Change Strategy 2019–2024, for consultation, setting out how we will continue to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming, adapt to changes in our climate and improve sustainability. They would like to hear your views on proposals for how the Council, and the wider East Lothian community, including local communities, businesses, organisations and individuals, can tackle climate change.

The Draft Climate Change Strategy sets out how East Lothian Council will tackle climate change locally in East Lothian, and how it will work in partnership to ensure that East Lothian can play its full part in the national and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Strategy sets out the priorities and actions for the Council and the wider East Lothian community to mitigate against and reduce the impacts of climate change.

The public consultation is underway on the draft strategy until 22nd July 2019. You can access the consultation here.

Further information on the consultation on the Draft Climate Change Strategy is available on the East Lothian Council website. Look out for further promotion via the Council’s Twitter and Facebook, or email for more information.

MBArts – Summer school 2019

Bookings now open for a performing arts summer school in Garvald.

Here’s more information from Mary-Beth, Creative Director of MBArts:

MBArts Summer School is now open for bookings!

Our very first Summer School will offer young people a great way to socialise and learn new skills during the long Summer Holiday. With Specialised Workshops in Stage Make-up, Vocal Skills, Movement and Technical Theatre we aim to create a brand new piece of cutting edge theatre. This Summer School is 100% flexible as we allow for you to dip in and out depending on your Summer plans. You can also choose to have your lunch provided by us as an add-on option when booking. Book now to make your child’s summer one they won’t forget.

Ages: 6-13 years
Dates: July 8th-12th, July 15th-19th, Aug 5th-9th
Location: Garvald Village Hall
Time: 9am-3:30pm daily (30min Lunch)


  • Full Week, All Day, Every Day £85 (2.80ph)
  • Full Week, Mornings/Afternoons (Mix and Match) £50 (£3.30ph)
  • Full Single Days £20 (£3.30ph)
    (Book 3 or more Single Days in a week to get a £5 Discount per day, i.e. £15 per session)
  • Single Mornings or Afternoons Mix and Match £12.50 per session (£4.17ph)
    (Book 3 or more Mornings/Afternoons in a week for a daily discount of £2.50 i.e. £10 Per Session)
  • Add a packed lunch to your booking for an additional £1.50

Book now via our website:

Facebook: MBArts

Spaces are limited to 28 so booking is essential.

Christian Aid Week 2019

This week is Christian Aid week so envelopes will appear through your letter-boxes and our collectors will be calling round later to collect any donations.

This video tells you a bit about the work Christian Aid does in some of the poorest countries in the world: Christian Aid video Tenneh’s Story – Christian Aid Week 2019. A short film featuring Nurse Judith and mum Tenneh in Sierra Leone.

Please be as generous as you have in the past, so that collectively we can send some help to those so much less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you.

Roadworks by Tesco in Haddington

East Lothian Council are current undertaking footway reconstruction works at Newton Port, Haddington from Calder’s Lawn (Tesco) up to Fortune Avenue, which started today Monday 6th May.

In order to comply with the current health and safety legislation, it will be necessary to close the road to through vehicular traffic during specific periods of the work, with the remainder of the work undertaken under temporary traffic signals. Pedestrian and vehicular access to the car parks will be maintained at all times.

The work will be undertaken in the following phases to minimise disruption.

Phase 1 – Three way traffic signals – Monday 6th to Friday 10th May

Phase 2 – Road closure – Monday 13th to Friday 17th May

Phase 3 – Road closure – Monday 20th to Friday 24th May

Diversion Route – Newton Port, Haddington road closure

Councillor surgeries

Surgeries are run by our East Lothian Councillors each month and are advertised in the Garvald Hall events calendar.

John McMillan has changed his surgery days to every third Friday of the month at 2pm – 2.45 pm, but will be absent in June. Shamin Akhtar visits every second Wednesday in the month from 4.30-5.00pm.

Notification of works by Scottish Water – Cockles Brae to Morham pipeline

The Cockles Brae to Morham Pipeline is to be upgraded. with work starting 29th April.

Scottish Water’s alliance partners Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) will be installing a new 5km pipeline in rural East Lothian running from Cockles Brae to Morham crossroads, near Haddington. The new pipe will improve the reliability and resilience of the water supply network for customers in the local area and the wider network. The pipe will run through fields, a burn and across local roads. It replaces an old 9-inch steel pipe, which has come to the end of its serviceable life.

During the work, there will be some short periods of local road closures and residents in these areas will be kept informed through signage and letters.

If you have any questions about the work, please contact Adam Warner (Corporate Affairs Officer) at Scottish Water –