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Outdoor gym equipment – community survey

The Community Council are looking to spend some of the CrystalRig wind farm funds on a community project that would help support the health and well-being of local people.

The proposed project would involve the installation of up to five small exercise workstations at the south-west corner of Garvald park. The equipment would be free to use and suitable for adults of ALL ages and abilities (and teens aged 14+ years). 

We would like to gather as much feedback as possible.

Please complete this short survey
It would be much appreciated if you could do this straight away! Many thanks.

More information:

  • The workstations (shown above) are from Proludic Ltd.
  • The proposed location is shown below.
  • The Community Council are also aiming to install two more workstations in Morham at the village hall at a later date.

Resilience Team Training

On the morning of Sunday 22nd September Garvald’s Emergency Resilience Team will be taking part in an Emergency Exercise in Garvald. The Team will undertake a short search of the area around the graveyard and then, together with around 20 members of Borders Search & Rescue Unit, will move the search up to around the Thorters reservoir area. The exercise should be completed by 1.00 pm and Garvald Village Hall will be used as the Control Centre.

Please do not be alarmed at the arrival of the vehicles from the Search & Rescue Unit or the Police – this is a planned exercise designed to test the Emergency Resilience Team and the Search & Rescue Unit and a search will be taking place for a missing adult and child. We will be following proper procedures and, as the safety of our residents  and volunteers are taken very seriously, we would be grateful if only the members of the Resilience Team can gather at the Hall, graveyard and Castle Moffat/Thorters area that morning.

We hope that a real missing person search will not need to be take place in the future but it is sensible for the Team to be prepared just in case.

If you would like to join the Emergency Resilience Team and take part in this exercise please contact Penny Short as soon as possible using the form below.

If you would like to help with preparing refreshments for the volunteers at the hall I would be very grateful – please let me know if you can help.


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Community Council Minutes June 2019

Meeting minutes for the June meeting of Garvald and Morham Community Council have been published on the GMCC Meetings and Minutes page. These include community council news on funding, resilience plans, an update from the Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership, information on installing a defibrillator in Morham, updates from East Lothian Council on electric cars and climate change and much more.

Climate change consultation

East Lothian Council has developed a Draft East Lothian Climate Change Strategy 2019–2024, for consultation, setting out how we will continue to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming, adapt to changes in our climate and improve sustainability. They would like to hear your views on proposals for how the Council, and the wider East Lothian community, including local communities, businesses, organisations and individuals, can tackle climate change.

The Draft Climate Change Strategy sets out how East Lothian Council will tackle climate change locally in East Lothian, and how it will work in partnership to ensure that East Lothian can play its full part in the national and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Strategy sets out the priorities and actions for the Council and the wider East Lothian community to mitigate against and reduce the impacts of climate change.

The public consultation is underway on the draft strategy until 22nd July 2019. You can access the consultation here.

Further information on the consultation on the Draft Climate Change Strategy is available on the East Lothian Council website. Look out for further promotion via the Council’s Twitter and Facebook, or email for more information.

Crystal Rig Grants 2018-19

Your Community Council has had a busy year in 2018-2019 and we wanted to update you on what the Crystal Rig Fund has been used for.

Local young people Louisa Stoddart, Isabell Gold, Robin Bellamy and Finlay Hay were supported. Our funding aided them in their competitive sporting and musical achievements and a Raleigh Expedition. Also Heidi Ingram kindly helped the Community Council with GDPR and IT support throughout the year.

Larger projects helped were:
• De- Fibrillator for Garvald
• Woodland Project 2
• Knox Academy
• Yester Primary School
• Haddington Hockey
• Garvald Fun Day
• Seed Funding for Garvald Ceilidh
• Garvald Christmas Party
• Two picnic benches for the Village Hall
• Garvald & Morham Theatre Trip – over 80 people from both villages travelled to Edinburgh to see Wendy and Peter Pan and by all accounts the trip was a great success.

As you can see a large and varied amount of projects were given support. In total we approved the allocation of £22,742 last year.

We are currently arranging to purchase an External Defibrillator to be located at Morham Village Hall and provide some support to 1st Gifford Cub Scouts for a Cub camp.

We are looking for any ideas you may have for allocating 2019 funds. We should have a similar amount of money available and any projects that meet the strict criteria will be considered. Please read the information on our funding page. You can also download the application form from there, or contact Philip White for more information.

Johnscleugh road closure

It is the Council’s intention to undertake carriageway patching works on the Johnscleugh road commencing on Tuesday 7th May 2019 for approximately three days, weather permitting.

In order to comply with the current health and safety legislation, it will be necessary to close the road during working hours 08:00 to 17:00 hours daily. No vehicular access/egress or parking will be permitted on the closed road with the exception of emergency service and construction vehicles.

See map for diversion route: C103 Johnscleugh Road – Road Closure