Jet Window Cleaning have been going around the village today (Friday 18th December) cleaning windows. A request from the company: if you are paying for your window cleaning by bank transfer, please use your address as the reference on the payment (NOT your name). Thank you.
Missing: long grey haired, female cat, lives at Ashley Cottage and answers to Katty (our daughter named her when she was 2!). Went out in the afternoon of 16th December and hasn’t come back. She’s been out for an unusually long time.
If you have seen her, please let the owners know or use the contact form, below:
Thanks to everybody who came out yesterday and contributed in any way to our Christmas event. It was great to feel part of a small community again (although slightly scary to see so many people in one place, even if it was outside!) A special thanks and welcome to all the newcomers. For those of you who are ill or vulnerable and couldn’t join us – we missed you.
Thanks to Peter and Elaine for delicious soup and mince pies.
Thanks to our Buskers in the bus-shelter and and the Little Drummer Boy in the van
Thanks to Murray and Tracey for the use of their gazebo – it will probably never be quite the same again.
Thanks to Liz for masterminding the whole thing, and particularly the wooden decorations for the tree – there are more available from Kirklands, beside the Church.
Thanks for all the raffle prizes and your enthusiastic participation in that activity – we raised a stunning £264.80 for Crisis, the homeless charity.
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy Christmas.
PS Watch this space for the photos.
Don’t forget to come and pick up your Christmas decorations for personalising before Sunday.
They will be available from the bus shelter on the Village Green between 10.30 and 11.30 am on Saturday morning.
Drop off your soup money to Anne at the Old School at the same time.
And on Sunday, wrap up warm and bring your brolly!! 4.30 pm – 6pm
Exciting raffle prize of a night in holiday cottage plus the usual sorts of liquid raffle prizes!
Sunday 13th December: 3rd Sunday in Advent. 9.30 am service in Garvald Church
Sunday 20th December: 4th Sunday in Advent. 9.30 am service in Morham Church
Thursday 24th December : Christmas Eve service in Garvald Church at 6.00 pm. We will play recordings of carols and you can hum along behind your masks. Members of the congregation will do readings of the Christmas story. For the final carol, weather permitting, we would like to go outside the church, spread out as much as we can and gently sing.
Christmas Eve Watchnight Service in Morham Church at 11.30 pm will follow the same plan.
To guarantee a space in the church at either or both of the Christmas Eve Services please use the contact form below. We will endeavour to fit in any late arrivals but the capacity of each church is significantly reduced right now.
Christmas Eve collections will be in aid of Leuchie House
The post office will not be open on 24th & 31st December 2020.
Normal service will resume on 7th January 2021.
Rockin’ Around the Garvald Christmas Tree
Something to help us get into the Christmas spirit on Sunday 13th December.
We would really like to get some idea of numbers so please drop your £3s in to Anne at The Old School in advance.
Special raffle prize – a night in a holiday cottage!
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These spectacles were found yesterday on the track from the bottom of the Carfrae hill up towards Chesters. Please use the contact form to get in touch if you recognise them.
In the absence of the usual Family Christmas Theatre trip we’re posting information about some of the alternatives available to watch at home this year:
We usually go to the Lyceum Edinburgh, they are offering Lyceum Christmas Tales
On 1 Dec, a free 15 minute Christmas story will appear on The Lyceum Website for families to share at bedtime. Then, a brand new story will appear every other day until the 16th of December – 8 free stories in all. You can visit us here to watch them on the website as they appear or sign up to receive them by email. The final 4 Christmas Tales will be performed together in a special live show with musical interludes on a transformed Lyceum stage between 16-20 December, £10.
All available free to stream at home but please do consider donating if you can.
National Theatre of Scotland – Rapunzel
Brunton Theatre – Rapunzel
Scottish Ballet – The Secret Theatre Christmas Special
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.