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Garvald Village Hall Opportunity

Garvald Village Hall Committee

It was great to see so many Garvald village residents gather at the event to celebrate Christmas both outside and inside the village hall.

As you know the hall provides a wonderful communal resource for all of us and also for those beyond the village who can book it for special occasions.

The hall is managed and maintained by a committee of volunteers on behalf of the trustees. Currently there are six on the committee but there is scope for a few more. It would be great if others joined – new residents in the village are very welcome indeed. Meetings take place every two months with any necessary actions normally being relatively simple and not onerous.

If you are interested in joining the committee please get in touch with Gary McGregor via the enquiry form below

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    Christmas Social on 5th December

    Fingers crossed that Storm Arwen will not disrupt our Christmas Social on Sunday 5th December – 4.30pm at the Village Hall.

    Try and remember to hand in your soup money to Anne White at the Old School by Friday (£3 per adult

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    All offers of raffle prizes gratefully received – either hand in to Elaine McMillan at Whitelaws or bring along to the Village Hall on the day.

    And remember to bring your wonderful artistic contributions to the Village Hall on Saturday 4th December between 10 am and 12 noon – chocolate Santas will be available!

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      Sunday 5th December from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm at the Village Hall.

      £3 per adult – Please let Anne White at The Old School know how many are coming from your family and hand over your soup money to her in advance to guarantee enough sausage rolls.

      Raffle prizes can be handed in to Elaine McMillan at Whitelaws whenever you like.

      And for the creative kids out there, Saturday 4th December between 10 am and 12 noon is when to bring your artwork to the Village Hall.

      Christmas is coming!!







      Thanks from Village Hall Committee

      Many thanks to those who kindly contributed produce to the stall outside the Village Hall, during our Decorated Doors day.

      Thanks to the generosity of those who then did the buying we managed to raise a much needed £204 for village hall funds.

      Hopefully everyone agrees that it added to the overall enjoyment of a lovely Garvald day.

      Whoever organised the weather deserves a special thanks.

      Garvald Village Hall: Events Coming Up

      Drama Classes
      MB Arts returns next week with an extended programme of Drama Classes:
      From 18th August:
      Wednesday 5-6pm for Primary 3 & 4
      Thursday 5-6.30pm for Primary 5-7
      Saturday 10-10.45am 3-5 year olds & 11am -12pm Primary 1 & 2
      From Friday 3rd September:
      There are two new Acting & Performance classes:
      1-2.15pm for 8-10 year olds & 2.30- 3.45pm for 11-15 year olds.
      There will also be a Drama Camp, October 18th -20th for 6-13 year olds.

      Places are limited and can be booked by contacting Mary Beth directly:

      Lammermuir Festival 
      The hall is hosting a festival event :
      Ryan Corbett Accordian Recital will take place on Sunday 19th September at 11am.

      Fire-raising Incidents

      Fire-raising Incidents

      In recent weeks there have been two fire-raising incidents in and around the village hall. The first involved the contents of a bin outside the hall being set alight on the evening of 5th November. At the time it was not clear whether this was deliberate or accidental.

      On Wednesday evening (25th November) at approximately 5.45pm a fire was deliberately started in the bin in the gents toilet inside the hall. At the time the hall was occupied by a drama class involving 15  six to eight year old children and their two teachers. The fire generated significant smoke and resulted in the fire alarm activating and the hall being evacuated. Although the evacuation was undertaken quickly and efficiently both the children and their teachers were understandably distressed.

      The police attended the incident. They gathered evidence and took statements. They will now undertake further enquiries in an effort to identify the person or persons responsible. If you have any information that may assist them in their enquiries please contact the police.

      In an effort to prevent any further criminal incidents the installation of surveillance cameras will be considered.

      Village Hall Update

      Update from Gary McGregor,  Chair of Garvald Village Hall Trust

      With lockdown gradually easing I thought I’d provide an update on Garvald village hall as it remains an integral part of our community.

      As with so many other aspects of our lives, Covid – 19 has had a significant impact. The usual hall activities and bookings ceased for 5 months and even now are only recommencing in a limited way.

      I’m pleased to advise that the Post Office has re-started its Thursday morning service with appropriate Covid precautions in place. The drama classes for children will begin again soon with the teacher ensuring the necessary safeguards are observed.

      Notwithstanding the ongoing constraints that Covid imposes, the hall is available for use where the necessary Covid guidelines can be adhered to. We will ensure that thorough cleaning is undertaken as required.

      Unfortunately, the budget that the committee set for 2020 has understandably been badly impacted. The major downside is that the income we had planned to generate from wedding bookings has not materialised as the bookings we had have all cancelled. However, it is hoped that they will re-book for 2021. Meanwhile some necessary expenditure has continued. The end result is that compared to 2019, upon which we based our 2020 budget, we are £4,000 down. In short, we have run at a loss and are now using the contingency funds that we have built up over the past few years. We can do so for some time but it is not sustainable long term.

      Whilst we await the resumption of income generating activities the committee are exploring other sources of finance and fundraising. A date for your diary is 3pm Sunday 13th September when we plan to hold a socially distanced FUNdraising Quiz in the park. Watch out for the posters that will go up soon.

      These are challenging times for all. But one positive aspect of Covid is that it has highlighted how lucky we are to live in such a caring and close-knit community. Let’s ensure that the village hall remains at the heart of who we are and what we do together.

      Hope to see you 13th September.

      Garvald Village Hall – Spring Maintenance Day THIS SUNDAY at 2pm!

      Thank you to those who have already volunteered to come and help this Sunday (15th March) with the Village Hall Spring Maintenance day; however, the more helpers the better and the more jobs we can get done!
      There will be tea and cake as a reward for hard work!
      Please contact Sarah, via the contact form below, for more info or to offer assistance!

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