Reporting potholes and other roads issues

If you know of any potholes, road repairs required or street lights that are out – please report it to East Lothian Council.  On their website’s roads and transport page there are handy links to “Report a Pothole” and “Report an Issue” where you can inform the Council of problems with potholes, street lighting, traffic lights, fly tipping, missed bin collections, dog fouling and other issues. This takes you into the East Lothian Public Information Portal where you can easily report these issues.  These use a new map-based system to pin-point the location of the issue. You can also telephone the Council – 01620 827827.  The more reports the Council receives on an issue the quicker they may take action.


Invitation to meeting 6th June – Garvald’s heritage – church and memories


Garvald Village Hall, WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE, 7.30 pm until 9 pm

  • Information about an exciting oral history project and the chance to get involved
  • Return visit from John Gray Centre archivist with new photograph collection
  • Update on plans for restoration of Garvald Church (including 1960s film footage of the Church)
  • Launch of a new Community Group and an opportunity to share your ideas


history project poster wednesday 6th june, 7.30-9pm


Ironman Edinburgh Route, 1st July 2018

Ironman Edinburgh triathlon returns to Garvald this year on Sunday 1st July.

Travel information can be found here:

A leaflet was delivered to all local residents this week, to help you make alternative travel plans on the day, if necessary. Here’s a digital copy of the ironman route leaflet.

Protecting your data

GDPR reaches Garvald…

Yes, the tendrils of GDPR and the new data protection laws are far-reaching, affecting even tiny groups such as the village website and the horticultural society. But we are on the case!

If you are happy to continue receiving email updates from the village website, then just have a read of the information below – no action required! Please note that you can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time, by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of the email or by contacting us.

Here’s the gist of our data privacy policy:

Website Privacy Notice

To run the village website we operate a latest news mailing list (using MailChimp) and deal with email enquiries sent via the contact form – so we are mostly dealing with your email addresses.

We have delved into the details of our data collection and have found:

  • We know what personal information we hold and why we hold it.
  • We only hold and use what we data need to do the job (such as provide village news and announcements).
  • We keep your personal information up to date (or you can easily update your mailing list subscription yourself).
  • We keep your personal information secure and confidential.
  • We will deal with a data breach within 72 hours, informing you and the Information Commissioners Office where necessary, i.e. in cases which might expose you to serious risk.
  • We make it easy for you to withdraw your personal information (you can unsubscribe at any time from our mailing list).

Our Website Privacy Notice is on the About/Privacy page if you want to read more.

Garvald Horticultural Society – Membership Data Protection

Garvald Horticultural Society collects membership data in order to run the annual village show. They have a separate Privacy Notice governing protection of this data. In summary, only personal data necessary to run the show is collected. This data is stored securely, not shared with third parties and only accessed by members of the Committee dealing with membership tasks. If you want to read more, the Garvald Horticultural Society’s Privacy Notice is available on the Garvald Horticultural Society page. 

If you have any questions, please use the contact form to get in touch.

WW1 Centenary Poppy Project

2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 and there will be a very special Remembrance Day in November. Many communities throughout the country are responding with a project to decorate their War Memorials, graveyards and Churches with knitted poppies. We would like to do the same in Garvald and we are calling on all knitters, crochet-meisters, and crafts-people to help produce a large number of poppies. Janet Winter at 5 Burnside Court has a ball of red wool and a small amount of black for the excellent price of £1.50 and she will oversee the collection of the poppies. A knitting pattern is attached here. Crochet patterns can be found by searching on-line.


Time to dust off those knitting needles and crochet hooks and rediscover a forgotten skill.

Watch this space for news of a knitting bee in The Stables later in the year!

Christian Aid Collection

Dear All,

This is the week in the year when we all have a chance to help people in desperate situations.

Here’s a video about how Christian Aid helped rebuild houses after the hurricane in Haiti:

You will all be receiving Christian Aid envelopes through your letter-boxes and various people will be collecting them this week. If you miss the collection you can drop your envelope in to Caroline in The Old Schoolhouse or Janet in 5 Burnside Court. Or alternatively drop it in to the locked collection box in the Church (remember the Church is open every day). There will be a Christian Aid Brunch on Sunday 20th May at 10.30 am in The Stables after the Sunday service and everyone is welcome to come along.