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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or speak to one of us working on the project: Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Jo Robertson, Phillip White, Sara Hills.
Save the date!
Finlay Hay and two of his friends from the Yehudi Menuhin School are going to perform a concert at Garvald Church on Friday 22nd February at 7pm.
More details coming soon.
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.
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.
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!
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.
All welcome. Please book your space at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/archaeologyfortnight.
Sunday 9 September, from 2 – 3:30pm.
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
Thanks to everyone who came along earlier this month to hear and talk about the heritage that we have right here in Garvald. It was a great turnout – special thanks to those who helped out – especially on the tech front and for the delicious baking.
For those who couldn’t make it, we’d like to take the opportunity to give a brief summary about the evening. It came about because the church is in need of some repair work and a small group (Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Phillip White, Jo Robertson) has been looking at the scope of repair work and funding options. Funders generally like to see community benefit so we are interested to hear about any ideas for increasing use of the church, alongside the regular worship.
At the meeting we presented the idea of the church accommodating a small exhibition about the history of the village. We had become aware of a project involving recording people’s memories of East Lothian, which is being run by Edinburgh University. Recordings gathered in this way could form part of the exhibition, so we went ahead with a pilot interview. We are grateful to Hamish Gibson for agreeing to be our first interviewee – we were able to hear clips from this interview at the meeting. It was great that a number of you expressed interest in this aspect of the project – a great way to capture the many stories about Garvald in living memory.
We also asked everyone who came along to share ideas about use of the church – these included concerts (of various musical genres), information on the graveyard, walks starting and ending at the church, a community exhibition space, weddings, amateur dramatics.
We do not yet know how much the repair work will cost, and have applied for funds for a condition survey to be undertaken. This will give us a target figure for fundraising. We are setting up a Friends Group for the church which will have its own facebook page and contact email. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the project – the repair work or memories (oral history) aspect – please get in touch via the contact form below:
PRESERVING GARVALD’S HERITAGE
Garvald Village Hall, WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE, 7.15 pm until 9 pm
Hello all – a quick reminder about the meeting this Wednesday – please arrive 7.15 for a 7.30 start. We are looking forward to presentations from East Lothian Council (archivist and archaeologist) and from Edinburgh University (European Ethnological Research Centre). Bring along any old photos if you have any!
REFRESHMENTS – ALL WELCOME!