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Guide To New Fire Alarm Standards – Scotland

The law on fire alarms is changing. By February 2022, all homes in Scotland will be required to have interlinked fire alarms, meaning if one alarm goes off, they all go off. This will alert you to danger more quickly, no matter where you are in your home.

The new legislation requires all homes to have:

  • One smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • One smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • One heat alarm installed in the kitchen All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked
  • Where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance, such as a boiler, fire (including open fires) and heater, a carbon monoxide detector is also required. This does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

If you live in a one bedroom flat, you will need two smoke alarms and one heat alarm. If you have a carbon fuelled appliance like a boiler, you will also need a carbon monoxide detector.
A 3 bedroom, 2 storey house will need 3 smoke alarms and one heat alarm. If you have a carbon fuelled appliance like a boiler, you will also need a carbon monoxide detector.

There are two types of alarms available:

  • Tamper proof long-life battery-operated alarms, which can last for up to 10 years, and can be fitted by the homeowner or a handyperson.
  • Mains wired alarms, which should be installed by a qualified electrician.

The homeowner is responsible for making sure their home meets the the new fire alarms standard, and for finding a contractor to carry out the work. When purchasing an alarm, choose a reputable brand and make sure the packaging clearly displays compliance with BS EN14604:2005 for smoke alarms. Carbon monoxide alarms should have the British Kitemark (EN 50291-1). Heat alarms should comply with BS 5446-2:2003. To find out more about the new legislation and the support available, visit:

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Message Sent By
Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Garvald Ladies Supper Night

Ladies Supper Nights used to happen in the village a few years ago. Some of the residents who went to these would like to see them happening again, especially as it would be a lovely way to meet all the newcomers to the village.

It would be bring a dish/bottle and hopefully inside/outside the village hall – weather dependent. All welcome. If there is sufficient interest, it could be a monthly event?

If you would be interested in attending, please fill out a contact form and indicate your preferred evening of interest:

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    ‘Thank You!’ to the GMCC

    Huge thank you to the ‘outgoing’ Community Council who held their last meeting of this period in the sunny Orchard of Garvald Village Hall on Monday.

    All members are encouraged to seek re-election so this may not be their last ever but it’s a good moment to extend our gratitude to these volunteers who give time and energy on all our behalf.

    Thanks to Phillip, Anna, Ian, Ian and Hazel.

    GMCC Seeks New Members

    Garvald and Morham Community Council seeks new voices / members of our community to represent us all and help make all our lives better:

    – meet with ELC elected Councillors on a regular basis to raise questions specific to our area

    – local Police and Council Officers invited to join meetings as needed

    – help with local response to county-wide plans and priorities

    We are also lucky to manage the application process of a substantial annual funding pot from the Community Windfarm. The Community Council seeks to encourage local projects that would benefit our community.

    Applications open on 30th August.

    Whiteadder Watersports Activities

    What’s On at Whiteadder?

    Yes, it’s that pesky gang up at Whiteadder knocking on you door again!
    We have several bookable events this coming month for you!
    Take a look….

    age 8 and over – £35 per Child – Dates:
    Wed 25th Aug 14.00 until 16.30
    Sat 28th Aug 14.00 until 16.30
    Mon 30th Aug 10.00 until 12.30
    Mon 30th Aug 10.00 until 12.30
    Click the link below to book

    for Adults and Children – £35 per person:
    Mon 30th Aug 10.00 until 12.30 OR 13.00 until 15.30
    Mon 6th Sept 10.00 until 12.30 OR 13.00 until 15.30
    Mon 20th Sept 10.00 until 12.30 OR 13.00 until 15.30

    SAILING LESSONS for 8-12 year olds.
    Set of 3 sessions held on Monday nights, £50 total per child for 3 sessions
    30th Aug, 6th Sept and 13th sept 17.00 until 18.30

    (competent swimmers only)

    Sat 28th Aug 10.00 until 12 noon
    £8 per session and £5 for wetsuit hire.
    Maximum 20 swimmers.
    Multi session swim passes coming soon.


    Tues 24th Aug 10.00 until 17.00
    Fri 27th Aug 10.00 until 17.00
    Sat 28th Aug 10.00 until 13.00 for Kayaks and all day for SUPs

    To book a SUP £20 per hour

    To book a Single Seat Sit on Kayak £20

    To book a Double Seat Sit on Kayak £30


    Monday the 6th Sept and Monday 13th Sept.
    2 day (16 hours) long course.
    RYA Certificated course.
    Runs 9.00 until 17.00
    Age 16+

    Cost £260 – 3 places available

    FREE Plants!

    There are some Astrantia (pale pink) for free outside 2 Garvald Grange cottages. Bring a bag. Needs planted ASAP.
    Giving villagers first dibs.

    Garvald Village Hall: Events Coming Up

    Drama Classes
    MB Arts returns next week with an extended programme of Drama Classes:
    From 18th August:
    Wednesday 5-6pm for Primary 3 & 4
    Thursday 5-6.30pm for Primary 5-7
    Saturday 10-10.45am 3-5 year olds & 11am -12pm Primary 1 & 2
    From Friday 3rd September:
    There are two new Acting & Performance classes:
    1-2.15pm for 8-10 year olds & 2.30- 3.45pm for 11-15 year olds.
    There will also be a Drama Camp, October 18th -20th for 6-13 year olds.

    Places are limited and can be booked by contacting Mary Beth directly:

    Lammermuir Festival 
    The hall is hosting a festival event :
    Ryan Corbett Accordian Recital will take place on Sunday 19th September at 11am.