Category Archives: Announcements

Tuesday 19/05/2020: ‘Garvald in Lockdown’ Photo Project

Please see previous post on 15th May for details.

For those who wish to be involved, Alasdair will come round the following areas of the village, on the dates below, between 2 – 3.30pm – ish: 

Wednesday 20th May – Westpoint to Papana Cottages, No.1

Thursday 21st May – The Rowans to The Garvald Inn (both sides, including No.s 5 – 8 Council Houses)

Friday 22nd May – Burnside Court to Braefoot (south side of street)

Monday 25th May – 4 Council Houses to Whitelaws (north side of street)

Tuesday 26th May – bottom of brae/T-junction round to Africa (both sides)

Wednesday 27th May – Kirkbrae and Garvald Grange

Thursday 28th May – Tanderlane and Garvald Mains

Friday 29th May – Nunraw Barns and surrounding area

More outlying areas of Garvald: if you wish your photo to be taken for this project, please use the contact form, below, to request and organise a time for Alasdair to visit with his camera (on his bike!):  

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Friday 15/05/2020: Garvald in Lockdown Photo Project

Over the next week or so, Alasdair (12) will be coming round the village, taking photos of families/households standing in their doorways – maintaining safe distances, of course! This will form a display, either in the village hall or the church, to document the current situation and those who are living in the village at this time. There is no obligation to participate – and there is no dress code! Pets can join in – and it would be interesting if people could bring to the door whatever they are working on at that moment in time: baking, crafts, building things, weeding, decorating, etc…

Please let those who are not online know. Posters will appear in the noticeboards and we will try to work out a ‘timetable’ of days/times he will cover specific areas of the village. Details to follow!


Sunday 03/05/2020: Can You Help?

Message from Penny Short – Emergency Resilience Co-ordinator:

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all doing well. If you’re bored & want to do something great during lockdown why don’t you consider sewing some face masks or “scrubs bags”? Tracy Thomson is making scrubs bags from pillowcases & Kathleen Harrison is making face masks & we wondered if there were other people in the village who would like to be involved in this voluntary effort. The scrubs bags are for hospital workers at Roodlands (& other hospitals if we get enough) & allow them to safely wash their uniforms. The face masks aren’t medical grade but would help local people stay safe if they wish – & both will be free of charge. If you are interested please let me know & more details can be provided in a separate group where patterns & advice can be shared. As an added incentive Tracy has offered a fantastic Singer sewing machine free to anyone who wants to help with this effort. If you can’t sew for toffee you can still help by donating materials – especially elastic. We need fine weave cotton fabric that can withstand a 60 degree wash – & the more pillowcases the better. Please use the contact form below if you can help & I’ll co-ordinate replies & donations. Thank you.

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Thursday 30/04/2020: Free Face Coverings

The Scottish Government now advise wearing face coverings when in enclosed spaces, shopping, etc. Some free (home-made using a double layer of washed, high thread count, quilting cotton off-cuts) will start appearing in the Garvald Book Exchange (the old phone box) once the elastic arrives – hopefully by the weekend. Please help yourself. I will replenish as needed/production speed allows!  

Thursday 16th April 2020: Important Notice – Sheep Worrying

There was an incident recently of a lamb being worried by a dog from the Garvald area. This happened on the farm at Nunraw and the farmer, Mr Harry Hamilton, has asked that all dogs are kept under control to avoid it happening again in the vicinity of his ewes and lambs. Thankfully the lamb was not too badly injured.
Thank you for your co-operation in these difficult times when it is so nice to get and about in our lovely local area.

Tuesday 14/04/2020: Further Support during COVID-19 Lockdown

Message from Penny Short, Garvald Resilience Co-ordinator

This website provides contact numbers aimed specifically at people who are older, disabled, are pregnant, or who received a flu jab for health reasons. It will connect them to local services such as East Lothian Council which can help provide food and medicine as well as emotional support.

The phone number is 0800 111 4000, and it will initially operate between 09:00 and 17:00 – although this could later be extended.

Remember that members of Garvald Resilience Team are always happy to help you – as are many other members of our wonderful community – so please just ask if you need help.

Tuesday 14/04/2020: COVID-19 Self Isolation Support

Message from Penny Short, Emergency Resilience Co-ordinator

If you have received a letter from the Scottish Government advising you to self-isolate & you are experiencing any difficulties in getting groceries delivered, or with any other issue, please get in touch with me – email