Village Hall Fundraising
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our planned fundraising quiz in the park on 13th September as we felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate to organise a community event given the continuing concerns around Covid-19.
However, we are considering other fundraising ideas which we hope to share shortly. Do please look out for opportunities to support our efforts.
Chair of Garvald Village Hall Committee
Again, the farmer would appreciate a clear run through the village today (Monday 31st August) for the combine harvester.
Extra Wide Vehicle
Mr Harry Hamilton will be bringing a Combine Harvester through the village on Saturday (29th August) afternoon /evening, possibly Sunday morning.
If space can be made at the difficult / narrow parts of the village that would be very much appreciated by Harry.
There is a window cleaner who is happy to come to Garvald if he/she can secure at least six households. No commitment, as yet, but please use the contact form, below, if you would be interested in this:
There will be a temporary display of the ‘Garvald in Lockdown’ photos in the front garden of 1 Council Houses, Garvald tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 22nd August) to coincide with the Garvald Door Display Day (in place of the village show).
Update from Gary McGregor, Chair of Garvald Village Hall Trust
With lockdown gradually easing I thought I’d provide an update on Garvald village hall as it remains an integral part of our community.
As with so many other aspects of our lives, Covid – 19 has had a significant impact. The usual hall activities and bookings ceased for 5 months and even now are only recommencing in a limited way.
I’m pleased to advise that the Post Office has re-started its Thursday morning service with appropriate Covid precautions in place. The drama classes for children will begin again soon with the teacher ensuring the necessary safeguards are observed.
Notwithstanding the ongoing constraints that Covid imposes, the hall is available for use where the necessary Covid guidelines can be adhered to. We will ensure that thorough cleaning is undertaken as required.
Unfortunately, the budget that the committee set for 2020 has understandably been badly impacted. The major downside is that the income we had planned to generate from wedding bookings has not materialised as the bookings we had have all cancelled. However, it is hoped that they will re-book for 2021. Meanwhile some necessary expenditure has continued. The end result is that compared to 2019, upon which we based our 2020 budget, we are £4,000 down. In short, we have run at a loss and are now using the contingency funds that we have built up over the past few years. We can do so for some time but it is not sustainable long term.
Whilst we await the resumption of income generating activities the committee are exploring other sources of finance and fundraising. A date for your diary is 3pm Sunday 13th September when we plan to hold a socially distanced FUNdraising Quiz in the park. Watch out for the posters that will go up soon.
These are challenging times for all. But one positive aspect of Covid is that it has highlighted how lucky we are to live in such a caring and close-knit community. Let’s ensure that the village hall remains at the heart of who we are and what we do together.
Hope to see you 13th September.
This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the final end to the Second World War with VJ Day. Many of the events which would have marked the occasion have been cancelled to to COVID-19.
There is a You Tube link, below, which has been prepared by Iain Clark of East Lothian Lieutenancy to mark the occasion:
The collection for Douglas raised a fantastic £800! Douglas has now received the funds and the online card. He has expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed and he hopes to be able to visit the village and thank his customers, in person.
An extract from his email:
“I obviously don’t know what lies ahead of me in the coming months but I do know that I will pay a visit to all my customers and thank them individually. I think it’s the only way it can be done ,and I know it will probably take me more than one night to get through all my customers. There are some times when words can be difficult to find, but it not on this occasion A HUGE BIG ENORMOUS THANK YOU.”