Category Archives: Church

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.

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Garvald Heritage Evening – Great turnout!

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:

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    Garvald’s heritage – reminder – meeting this Weds – start 7.15!


    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!


    history project poster wednesday 6th june, 7.30-9pm


    Invitation to meeting 6th June – Garvald’s heritage – church and memories


    Garvald Village Hall, WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE, 7.30 pm until 9 pm

    • Information about an exciting oral history project and the chance to get involved
    • Return visit from John Gray Centre archivist with new photograph collection
    • Update on plans for restoration of Garvald Church (including 1960s film footage of the Church)
    • Launch of a new Community Group and an opportunity to share your ideas


    history project poster wednesday 6th june, 7.30-9pm


    WW1 Centenary Poppy Project

    2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 and there will be a very special Remembrance Day in November. Many communities throughout the country are responding with a project to decorate their War Memorials, graveyards and Churches with knitted poppies. We would like to do the same in Garvald and we are calling on all knitters, crochet-meisters, and crafts-people to help produce a large number of poppies. Janet Winter at 5 Burnside Court has a ball of red wool and a small amount of black for the excellent price of £1.50 and she will oversee the collection of the poppies. A knitting pattern is attached here. Crochet patterns can be found by searching on-line.


    Time to dust off those knitting needles and crochet hooks and rediscover a forgotten skill.

    Watch this space for news of a knitting bee in The Stables later in the year!