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East Lothian Climate Hub – Energy Saving Measures – Volunteers Required

In an effort to optimise energy efficiency  of households, the East Lothian Climate Hub is acquiring a thermal imaging camera for Garvald and Morham. Reports will be issued showing areas of any heat loss and recommended measures to improve insulation .

We are looking for four local volunteers to help. This would entail attending a training course, in East Lothian, and visiting around one household per week during the six months of winter/cold weather.

If you are interested in helping, please complete the contact form, below:

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    Missing Ladder

    Tim Flinn is anxious to trace a missing section from his 3-part ladder. Has anybody seen such a thing or picked up by mistake? Has anybody noticed someone walking along with a ladder section? Please contact Tim with any information.

    Women Returners Programme – My World of Work

    Please see the information and link, below, about a scheme to help women return to work:

    Triage are delighted to be delivering the Scottish Government’s new ‘Women Returners Programme’ across the whole of Scotland.

    Our Review, Refresh, Return Programme will support women to return to good work or improve their work skills following a career break. It is delivered across Scotland as part of the Women Returners Programme, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.

    Women aged 25 and above who have undertaken paid employment at some point in the past benefit from free peer support, CV-building, upskilling, and confidence-building before progressing back into work or further education. Launched in October 2021, the programme initially runs until March 2022.

    The programme is tailor-made to each participant, addressing conflicting home and life priorities, via one-to-one or group sessions, online and in person. Emphasis is placed on navigating caring responsibilities and back-to-work anxiety while capitalising on past qualifications and work experience.

    If you or someone you know might benefit from our support, please get in touch via our website or by calling 07708 473 437

    Garvald Poems

    From Judith Blatherwick:

    I don’t have a limerick, but a little while ago an elderly lady wrote to me. She lived in Garvald as a child and shared her memories with me. Based on what she told me I wrote this poem for her. I can’t speak for the veracity of the facts but they are as given to me by this lovely lady. Her name is Margaret Tough.


    There is a little village
    That I lived in, in my youth.
    I cherish it with fondness
    In my heart. That is the truth.

    The village was a haven,
    Just one road, not long or wide.
    The villagers who lived there
    Kept their cottages with pride.

    Some characters I knew there
    Still come to mind today.
    This little country village
    Was a lovely place to stay.

    There was a local policeman
    He had a quiet time.
    I can’t remember if he
    Ever had to solve a crime.

    To fetch the milk was my job,
    Bought directly from The Mains.
    I did the job with gusto
    Walking swiftly up the lanes.

    But if they did not have it
    Then The Grange is where I’d go.
    The hill was quite a challenge
    From the village down below.

    The farmer had a fish pond.
    In the winter, when it froze,
    We’d slide and skate upon it.
    That’s a secret, no-one knows.

    For we had all had warnings
    From our parents, so concerned.
    This fish pond’s reputation
    Was a harsh one, they had learned.

    One day a horse and carriage
    Had stepped on. The horse had reared,
    And horse and cart and driver
    Had, quite sadly, disappeared.

    They’d broken through the surface
    Where the ice began to thaw.
    The horse and cart and driver
    Hadn’t been seen any more.

    For this was a strange fish pond.
    It was deeper than you’d think.
    It didn’t have a bottom,
    So forever you would sink.

    Now back down to the village.
    Just a few more things to see.
    A few more childish highlights
    Which meant everything to me.

    The grocer and Post Office
    Were where housewives liked to meet.
    But to the village children
    Somewhere else was hard to beat.

    Mrs Beaton’s Sweet Shop
    Was much loved by boys and girls.
    With caramels and toffees
    And her thick black liquorice swirls.

    But if her shop was busy
    And we felt we couldn’t wait
    We’d rush to buy our sweeties
    Down the road from Mrs Tait.

    This village, it is still there,
    Though it’s changed a little bit.
    But if I ever go there,
    I go to the park and sit.

    I close my eyes and think back
    To the days when, as a child,
    I’d landed in this village
    And at once I was beguiled.

    So if you go to Garvald
    Please pass on my fond hello
    To villagers who live there
    And to those from long ago.

    by Judith Blatherwick