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Amazon Prime

Residents of Garvald have recently been sent a leaflet in the post from Amazon, offering them a free year of Amazon Prime whether you are an existing subscriber or have never tried Amazon Prime before.

Ten villages in the UK have been identified by Amazon as amongst the most frequent Amazon customers over the ten years since it launched its premium service. To celebrate 10 years of Prime, Amazon is giving away the freebie, worth £79, as a thank you to some of its most loyal customers. In Garvald’s rural location it make sense for us to buy online rather than making multiple visits to the shops, and if you use Amazon for online shopping, the offer is worth taking up.

Amazon Prime gives you free one day delivery on items bought from Amazon, unlimited access to TV and movies from Prime Video and access to Prime Music. Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager at Amazon, reported in the news that: “We’re thrilled to be giving Prime membership to these residents, who are some of our most loyal Amazon customers. It’s our pleasure to reward those who are already members with 12 additional months on us, and for those that haven’t yet tried Prime we hope they will enjoy a chance to experience all the great benefits that come with it.”

To access the free year’s subscription, use the unique code (which can only be used once) provided on the leaflet sent out to you by Amazon’s marketing department this week (shown above). If you do not wish to renew the service after your free year, please remember to cancel the subscription just before the year is up. When you sign up you can trigger an email to remind you about the renewal date.

Garvald website hosting

Just to let you know that we will be switching to a new website hosting company in the near future. Please bear with us if there are any teething problems but hopefully it will all go smoothly and you won’t even notice.

Website updates by email

For those of you who are new to the website…

We provide a service where you can sign up and get the latest news from the Garvald and Morham village website, direct to your email inbox. Just click on the ‘Subscribe to our mailing list’ link on the right hand side of the website’s ‘Home‘ page and enter your email address to sign up.



More photos added to the Gallery…

Tim Flinn has kindly lent us his selection of Ye Olde Garvald photos which have now been scanned and uploaded to the Gallery. As we don’t know who took these photos Tim has been credited as the source. Thanks, Tim! If anyone has any further historical village photos we can add them to the site as a work in progress.

Garvald Poetry Competition 2013 – Results

The Garvald Poetry Competition was organised to celebrate National Poetry Day, 3rd October 2013. After reading and re-reading over a hundred entries, judge Liz Lochhead has chosen her winners. Her comments are published along with the winning entries on the Poetry Competition 2013 page. In addition we have published a booklet online containing all entries for you to read and enjoy (downloadable in PDF format).

We would like to express our thanks to Liz for being our judge; with so many entries it was a tremendous undertaking. We would also like to thank Garvald and Morham Community Council for providing funds for the book token prizes and Georgi Gill, Learning Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, for her support and for donating some lovely poetry books as prizes, on behalf of the Scottish Poetry Library.

The winners are as follows…

Category: 5-7 years

Winner: Molly Mack (I Can See Water)
Second: Rudie Shearer (Bubbles in the Jacuzzi)
Runner Up: Fergus Montgomery (The Rocky Water)

Category: 8-10 years

Joint Winner: Isla Kilkenny (Waterfalls)
Joint Winner: Craig Milligan (Floods)
Runner Up: Lochie Bruneau (Waterfall)

Category:11-13 years

Winner: Murron Bland (The Sea is Full of Life)
Second: Hubie Litherland (Battle on The Seas)
Runner Up: Arabella Flame (Fish)

Congratulations to the winners. We hope you enjoy your prizes. And congratulations to all entrants for their fabulous range of poems of all different styles. We hope you have been inspired by this competition to continue your poetry-writing.

History of Garvald

Why not take a look at our History of Garvald page? We’ve had lots of interest and several comments from people researching their family trees and wanting information on village residents from the past. Also, if anyone has old photos of Garvald, we’d love to put them in our Gallery. If you can help with either of these requests, please get in touch using the Contact Us form.

Poetry Competition entries sent for judging

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s competition had 113 fabulous entries from local children at Yester Primary and Belhaven Hill School. What creativity we have in our midst! Poems have now been sent off for our judge, Liz Lochhead, to enjoy.

This year, we even had interest from afar…a class at Court Moor School, Fleet, Hampshire sent us a water poem:

What am I?

Drunk by humans
Split by boats
Frozen by weather
Splattered on coats
Priceless to humans
At the bottom of loos
Mixed with teabags
Parted by canoes
Gather on the roadside
Friends with people
Foe to electricity
Sometimes lethal
With the help of evaporation, I fly
What am I?

Splish splash splosh …

Today is National Poetry Day, so time to celebrate all things rapping, rhyming and the written word. If you fancy taking part, and penning your own masterpiece, why not enter into our annual competition? Like NPD, our theme is water so there is plenty of scope for wonderful onomatopoeia – plip plop, pitter patter, gurgle, whoosh …

… for more information, have a look here. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours!