Category Archives: Announcements

Spectacles Found

These spectacles were found yesterday on the track from the bottom of the Carfrae hill up towards Chesters. Please use the contact form to get in touch if you recognise them.

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    Fire-raising Incidents

    Fire-raising Incidents

    In recent weeks there have been two fire-raising incidents in and around the village hall. The first involved the contents of a bin outside the hall being set alight on the evening of 5th November. At the time it was not clear whether this was deliberate or accidental.

    On Wednesday evening (25th November) at approximately 5.45pm a fire was deliberately started in the bin in the gents toilet inside the hall. At the time the hall was occupied by a drama class involving 15  six to eight year old children and their two teachers. The fire generated significant smoke and resulted in the fire alarm activating and the hall being evacuated. Although the evacuation was undertaken quickly and efficiently both the children and their teachers were understandably distressed.

    The police attended the incident. They gathered evidence and took statements. They will now undertake further enquiries in an effort to identify the person or persons responsible. If you have any information that may assist them in their enquiries please contact the police.

    In an effort to prevent any further criminal incidents the installation of surveillance cameras will be considered.

    Raising funds for Garvald Village Hall through Amazon Smile

    As shared previously, we have been looking for innovative ways to raise funds for the Village Hall during these challenging times, whilst complying with the latest Government regulations.

    Thanks to Amazon, we have the perfect opportunity to enable us all to raise money for the Hall from the comfort of our own homes by investing only 5 minutes of time.

    As a registered charity, the Garvald Village Hall Trust can take advantage of the Amazon Smile scheme whereby a small percentage of every purchase you make from Amazon will be donated to the Hall. Amazon has donated £4.6million to charities across the UK through Smile since it was launched. Specifically:

    • Amazon donates 0.5% of every purchase to the hall, paid on a quarterly basis. Collectively, across the village, this could raise a decent amount.
    • This does not impact the pricing of things you buy on Amazon
    • No details of an individual’s purchases or names are shared in the reporting to the Hall: its simply the number of registered users, number of items contributing to the donation and the monetary value.
    • The income will be reported at the Hall Committee meetings and in the Annual Accounts, open to all to view.

    To participate takes no more than 5 minutes:

    • Register at:
    • For a web browser on a computer, always use when buying from Amazon
    • On the mobile app:
      • For Android, go to settings and tap the button for Turn On AmazonSmile
      • For Apple, the app cant be used at the moment, but there is an alternative you can set up a shortcut to the Amazon Smile website which gives a near identical experience to the app. It’s very quick and easy to do:
        • If you have the Amazon App installed, please remove it. To do this, tap and hold the app icon until it starts to jiggle. Tap the cross at the top left of the icon and confirm that you want to delete it. Don’t worry, this will not delete your Amazon account or any of your settings.
        • Now load Safari (the Apple internet browser) and go to
        • Tap the ‘share’ button on the bottom of the screen.
        • Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon. You may need to swipe to the left to see this.
        • You will now have an Amazon Smile icon on your home screen which you can use in exactly the same way you used the Amazon App.

    Pop-Up Police Event in Garvald

    On Saturday 21st November between 11am and 1pm, the Police will be hosting a pop up police event in Garvald. Please come along and report any incidents, get some crime prevention advice and chat to our officers.

    This is to meet and greet people in the community who otherwise would not be able to attend at a police station.
    It will be held outside the village hall.
    See you then.

    PC Colin Boyd

    Bin Fire – Garvald Village Hall

    One of the wheelie bins outside the hall was set alight this evening , Thursday 5th November,  sometime around 7pm .  There was a Drama class in the hall at the time and the children were understandably upset .

    Matches in the bin would suggest the fire was started deliberately and the police have been made aware.

    Please contact anyone on the hall committee if you have any information that might be relevant .  Alternatively, use the contact form, below, and it will be passed on to the relevant person.

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      Remembrance Day 2020

      Remembrance Day commemorations are being severely restricted by the Covid 19 regulations.  There will be no public events in our area, although members of the Lieutenancy team will quietly lay wreaths on Sunday morning.

      A short video made by Iain Clark of the East Lothian Lieutenancy:



      Halloween in Garvald

      The new guidance from the Scottish Government calls for no knocking on doors for Halloween this year but there will still be a Spooky Trail  through the woods for the kids to enjoy.

      If you would like to contribute to the atmosphere and decorate your house, families can walk through the village and appreciate the spooky sights.  There will also be a “Best Pumpkin” accolade for the most creative jack o’ lantern.

      For those who want to leave a wee treat for kids who come past, please leave bagged or wrapped treats near your gate or door in a way that kids can take one without lots of handling, e.g. hanging on a sweetie tree, clipped to a treat wreath, or set out on a table or large tray.

      Garvald Village Hall Trust AGM

      Due to current Covid-19 restrictions this year’s Village Hall AGM will be held on a virtual basis via Zoom at 7pm on Monday 9th November. Below provides invite details to enable you to attend via your PC, laptop or tablet. There is no special software required. You simply click on the link and input the password provided. Do please try to join us.

      Given that you can join in from the comfort of your own home it would be great to see a big attendance. In the meantime if you have any questions please use the contact form, below.

      Many thanks & stay safe
      Gary McGregor, Chair of Village Hall Committee


      Topic: Garvald Village Hall AGM

      Time: Nov 9, 2020 07:00 PM London
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      Meeting ID: 818 3081 8582
      Passcode: 489126


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