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East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight in Garvald and Morham

The Treasures of Traprain
Sunday 1 September 2 – 4pm
Traprain Law dominates the East Lothian landscape, but its long and fascinating history is well-hidden under the turf. Yet exactly 100 years ago, excavations produced a remarkable hoard of Roman silver from this great hillfort. Join Dr Fraser Hunter in disentangling the hill’s secrets, from Bronze Age power centre to Roman frontier politics. This guided walk accompanies the Treasures from the Hoard exhibition on now at the John Gray Centre: about/museums-service/exhibitions/ treasures-from-the-hoard/
Please note the path is steep in places and there are Exmoor ponies grazing on the Law.
Not suitable for young children. Free.
Booking required: Call 01620 820690 or in person at the museum, upstairs  at the John Gray Centre.

Whiteadder – Historic Heart  of the Lammermuirs
Garvald Village Hall
Thursday 12 September, 6pm
Whiteadder: The Historic Heart of the  Lammermuirs is an archaeological  landscape project designed to engage  the public and members of local community groups in exploring, learning about and  understanding their heritage through  landscape survey and excavations. From  Garvald to Duns, the project will delve  into the history and archaeology of the  Lammermuirs, and provide opportunities  for everyone to get involved. Come along  to hear Graeme Cavers from AOC  Archaeology talk about the project,  what has been discovered so far and  how to take part.
For more information visit: Free. No booking required.

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Help us find Morham Castle and try your hand on an archaeological dig

AOC Archaeology are excited to announce that we will soon be running excavations at the site of Morham Castle in East Lothian.

In the 12th century an imposing castle overlooked a secluded river valley near Haddington in East Lothian. The tower was the residence of the Morham family, who give their name to the village found there today. By the 18th century the castle was gone, destroyed and the stone robbed for the construction of other buildings. No trace is visible today, though the position is marked on several historic maps.

Join the Whiteadder project as we look for evidence of the remains of the castle of Morham!

Excavations will take place from Tuesday the 27th of August until Saturday the 31st of August. Onsite hours will be from 9am til 4pm. Whether you are a well-seasoned digger or this is your first time wielding a trowel, the excavations are open to all. There is no cost for participating in the excavations, and training will be given in excavation and recording techniques aligned with the BAJR Archaeology Skills Passport (which is also provided).

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please visit or phone Jessica on 0131 440 3593.”


Garvald Fun Day tomorrow (Saturday)

Due to the awful weather we have decided to downsize the Fun Day on Saturday. Sadly we’ll not be having the bouncy castle, inflatable slide or bungee run – or pizzas. However, we will run some races either in the hall or outside if the weather improves. Races will begin at 3pm and we hope to still have a (very wet) boat race to finish. So please join us if you can and let’s have some fun in spite of the poor weather.

Violinist Michael Grube in Concert

All are invited to a concert at Nunraw Abbey on Friday 30 August at 6.45 pm in the Community Refectory. A chance to visit the Abbey and enjoy music performed by violinist Michael Grube. There will be light refreshments after the concert and an opportunity for donations to the Professor.



1. Heinrich Ignaz Franz BIBER: “Passacaglia”
(1644 – 1704) (375th anniversary)

2. Max-Ludwig GRUBE: Sonata no. 4 for violin solo
(1925 – 1994) Andante – Allegro – Passacaglia
(in commemoration of his death 25 years ago)

3. Niccolo PAGANINI: Caprice Nr. 13
(1782 – 1840) (“Devil’s laughter”)

4. Henri VIEUXTEMPS: Concert Etude (Caprice)
(1820 – 1881) in G major, op. 16/2

5. Jacques F. MAZAS: Alla Polacca
(1782 – 1849) Concert Caprice op. 81

6. Gerhard TRACK: Friendship
(*1934 Wien) (dedicated to Michael Grube)

7. Johann Sebastian BACH: Sonata no. in G minor BWV 1001
(1685 – 1750) Adagio – Fuga – Allegro – Siciliano – Presto


Garvald fun day 2019

Garvald fun day will be on Saturday 10th August – make a note in your calendars!

And if you can help with this year’s fun day, please contact Penny Short.

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Gifford Films (14th June) – Call me by your name

Yester Community Movie Association, 14th June, 7.30pm

Call Me By Your Name

Director: Luca Guadagnino
2017 – 132mins (15)

In this tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by Andre? Aciman, in 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a 17 year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant. Elio, a precocious young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music. Despite his sophistication and intellectual maturity, there is much that remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly in matters of the heart.

Summer school scholarship

MBArts is offering a paid scholarship to their summer school. Mary-Beth explains more:

“As someone who works with children daily I am constantly faced with young people that love Drama and the Arts but their parents for whatever reason cannot fund their passion. Equally due to the lack of funding for the Creative Arts in general by the Government, many schools don’t even have the Creative Arts on their syllabus.

I ask myself: What can I do to make a difference? What can I do to help those with a passion have the same opportunities as those who have the financial means to support their dreams?

I wish this problem was easy to fix but it’s not. However, thanks to the generous donations of others as passionate as I am about the Creative Arts, I am able to offer one individual who meets the requirements bellow a Scholarship to attend MBArts Summer School for one FULL WEEK Monday-Friday for free!

I know that many are deserving of this sort of support but even a small step like this can make such a difference to a young person’s life.

Request an application from and submit it by 5pm on the 21st of June for the recipient to be announced on Monday the 24th of June.”

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