Thursday 15th February 7 – 8 pm there will be a Fabulous Workout in Garvald Village Hall led by one-time Garvald resident Rachel Milligan.
It’s usually held in Gifford and is great fun as well as hard work.
Everyone welcome – young, old, fit, not-so-fit, female, not-so-female. £6 for the session.
Notice from P Short, Chair G&MCC:
Following the cancellation of the scheduled works on 17 January (due to Scottish Power’s reluctance to leave households without power in horrendous weather conditions and their need to service emergency call-outs), I have been contacted by Chris McVey from SPIE (contracted by Scottish Power to carry out the work) with an update.
The work will now take place on Monday 12 February and I am told you should receive letters shortly. This is outwith the 28 days notice that we were told we’d be given for the rescheduled work, but there doesn’t appear to be another option. I understand that certain households in the village centre will be served by a generator which will continue to provide electricity, but I have not been told which houses this will cover. Unfortunately this backup service will not extend to outlying areas such as Tanderlane, Castle Moffat, Garvald Mains or Nunraw Barns. Obviously this is not ideal, as the work will now occur during the school holidays but unfortunately they will not change the date. If you have any concerns or questions or wish to complain please telephone Chris McVey on 01750 725404.
SPN Networks had to cancel their planned work on Wednesday to attend to emergency call-outs because of the snow. They will reschedule the work for 5 or 6 weeks time but we will be informed 28 days before it is scheduled.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling year in 2018.
Thanks to whoever built the Antony Gormley-style snowman – made a great photo opportunity in the setting sun on Friday!
Lorraine and Caroline would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored them to Sleep in the Park on Saturday night. They survived the temperatures of -6C and raised more than £1500. Lorraine’s nursing colleagues raised about the same again. Robin Bellamy and Conal McGregor from Garvald also participated and raised money.
The BBC reported on the fundraising event which was held last Saturday night. This mission to eradicate homelessness in Scotland is being driven by the inspirational Josh Littlejohn and his company Social Bite. His story is definitely worth a read.
It’s the village Christmas Dinner a week on Thursday (7th), so could people RSVP and post monies into Katy’s mailbox by the end of this week … Thank you!
The Core Path from Garvald up to the Donolly Reservoir, accessed by the road up to Garvald Mains, has been upgraded with new gates, a bridge over the burn and the whole path is fenced off from the rest of the cattle field. It’s a bit muddy in sections so wellies or walking boots are required at this time of year, but much of the path has been upgraded with fresh hard-core. The route to the reservoir and back makes an nice hour’s stroll for the whole family, or you can walk all the way to Gifford. More information about the route to Gifford can found in the updated Garvald to Gifford path leaflet.
Residents of Garvald have recently been sent a leaflet in the post from Amazon, offering them a free year of Amazon Prime whether you are an existing subscriber or have never tried Amazon Prime before.
Ten villages in the UK have been identified by Amazon as amongst the most frequent Amazon customers over the ten years since it launched its premium service. To celebrate 10 years of Prime, Amazon is giving away the freebie, worth £79, as a thank you to some of its most loyal customers. In Garvald’s rural location it make sense for us to buy online rather than making multiple visits to the shops, and if you use Amazon for online shopping, the offer is worth taking up.
Amazon Prime gives you free one day delivery on items bought from Amazon, unlimited access to TV and movies from Prime Video and access to Prime Music. Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager at Amazon, reported in the news that: “We’re thrilled to be giving Prime membership to these residents, who are some of our most loyal Amazon customers. It’s our pleasure to reward those who are already members with 12 additional months on us, and for those that haven’t yet tried Prime we hope they will enjoy a chance to experience all the great benefits that come with it.”
To access the free year’s subscription, use the unique code (which can only be used once) provided on the leaflet sent out to you by Amazon’s marketing department this week (shown above). If you do not wish to renew the service after your free year, please remember to cancel the subscription just before the year is up. When you sign up you can trigger an email to remind you about the renewal date.
It’s less than three weeks away…. and YES – the Children’s Halloween party is on.
*PLEASE NOTE* – this year guising will not be ‘organised’ in the two groups (with distribution of collection sweets) as there are now so many children. So be aware that you may get a few knocks at the door…
East Lothian Council’s Star Awards 2017 will take place in December this year. The awards identify and reward excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. Every year the number of nominations for each category from council staff and members of the public has grown. There are two constants – the pride and sense of achievement felt by the winners and shortlisted entrants and the rigour with which the entries are judged. Our awards reward effectiveness and excellence across all areas of our business and celebrate high quality service, creativity and innovation.
If any of East Lothian Council’s employees are stars in your eyes, why not nominate them. It’s your way, and ours, of saying thank you for a job well done.
Closing date is Friday 20 October