Category Archives: Church

Easter 2019 Church Services

A reminder that all are welcome to attend the traditional Easter services. The Maundy Thursday service to will be held in Garvald Church on Thursday 19th March at 6.30 pm. On Easter Sunday there will be a service in Garvald Church at 9.30 am.

Oral History Project

Caroline, Phillip and Elaine would like to extend their thanks to Father Mark, Father Raymond and Brother Philip for participating in Garvald’s oral history project. Their interview will be added to the archives at Edinburgh University soon.

Also, please note that the tearoom up at Nunraw Abbey is now open for business so if you’re out for a walk, do take the opportunity to call in for a cuppa.

Garvald Church Repair Update

It’s been a while since our heritage event last summer and we thought it time to share an update about repairing Garvald Church. At that meeting we said the church was needing repair, but we didn’t know the amount of work needed. Since then we secured £1,900 funding from the National Churches Trust which, with match-funding from the community council, paid for an in-depth condition survey of the building. This was carried out in the autumn by conservation-accredited architect Gareth Jones, of Pollock Hammond Partnership, who has also been involved in refurbishing the guest house at Nunraw Abbey.

We now anticipate repair costs alone of £180K and the total sum looks to be £295K once other costs, and works to improve the graveyard and install a small exhibition in the church, are included.

The repair works involve reroofing, masonry repair, repointing, rewiring and replacement heaters. The oral history project is running alongside this and several interviews have been carried out already. These will eventually be made available online and will provide material for the exhibition.

We’ve also set up a friends group called Friends of Garvald Church which has charitable status. This puts us in a better position to investigate and apply to grant awarding bodies and start fundraising – watch this space!

If you’d like to know more, help in any way, or participate in the oral history project, please get in touch using our new email: friendsofgarvaldchurch@gmail.com

Or speak to one of us working on the project: Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Jo Robertson, Phillip White, Sara Hills.

Remembrance Day 11th November

Garvald and Morham Churches have now been swathed in knitted poppies and they are open for visitors every day.

Arrangements for Remembrance Sunday are in the poster below.

The gathering at the War memorial in Garvald is a special event to mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day and we invite everyone to attend.

Remembrance Day 11th November 2018

For those people who have been knitting poppies as part of the nationwide project to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, we will have our final session for collecting the poppies into a display on Monday 29th October from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm in the Stables.

We already have several hundred poppies.

The poppies will be on display in Garvald and Morham Churches before and after Remembrance Day.

Arrangements for this especially significant Remembrance Day are on the attached poster.

Knitting Night in the Stables – 1st October

On Monday 1st October there will be a Knitting Night – a chance for a knit and a natter as we try to produce a few more poppies for the Centenary Remembrance display.

As 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 there will be a very special Remembrance Day in November. We will be decorating Garvald Church with knitted and crocheted poppies. If you’d like to help, a knitting pattern is attached here and crochet patterns can be found by searching on-line.

The Knitting Night is on Monday 1st October from 7 – 9 pm in the Stables (down by the church). Everyone welcome. Even if you can’t/won’t knit you could come and help attach poppies to the display. Thank you!

Church Tour

Thank you to everybody who came to the church last Sunday afternoon for the archaeology talk. The talk was very well attended and really interesting.

Stories in Stone – Exploring Garvald Church and Graveyard

Sunday 9th September, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join East Lothian Council Archaeology Service and the Friends of Garvald Church for a guided tour of the historic church and graveyard.  We will explore the hidden history of this beautiful building and examine gravestones to uncover the stories that they can tell.  We will also discuss the plans to restore the church and create a heritage hub for the village.

Free.  Booking required.

For more information and to book a place visit: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeologyfortnight