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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!

Gallery update

Some new photos have been added to the Garvald Website Gallery, including pictures of some of the 2013 Flower Show exhibits and photographs taken before and after the trees behind the park were felled. When you go to the Gallery page you’ll see thumbnail pictures of each album. Click on an album to see the photos – they will appear lower down on the same page.