Tuesday 19/05/2020: ‘Garvald in Lockdown’ Photo Project

Please see previous post on 15th May for details.

For those who wish to be involved, Alasdair will come round the following areas of the village, on the dates below, between 2 – 3.30pm – ish: 

Wednesday 20th May – Westpoint to Papana Cottages, No.1

Thursday 21st May – The Rowans to The Garvald Inn (both sides, including No.s 5 – 8 Council Houses)

Friday 22nd May – Burnside Court to Braefoot (south side of street)

Monday 25th May – 4 Council Houses to Whitelaws (north side of street)

Tuesday 26th May – bottom of brae/T-junction round to Africa (both sides)

Wednesday 27th May – Kirkbrae and Garvald Grange

Thursday 28th May – Tanderlane and Garvald Mains

Friday 29th May – Nunraw Barns and surrounding area

More outlying areas of Garvald: if you wish your photo to be taken for this project, please use the contact form, below, to request and organise a time for Alasdair to visit with his camera (on his bike!):  

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Important Announcement from your Community Council

Covid-19 Community Support Fund

In the current lockdown situation some Garvald or Morham residents may be suffering an impact to their regular income. The Community Council (via the Crystal Rig fund)  have a modest sum that could possibly be utilised to provide some financial assistance to any residents impacted in this way.

If you are interested in exploring the issue of potential assistance please contact Phillip White for an application form  on 830316 or philliprwhite@btinternet.com  Any enquiries will be dealt with in  the strictest confidence.

Friday 15/05/2020: Garvald in Lockdown Photo Project

Over the next week or so, Alasdair (12) will be coming round the village, taking photos of families/households standing in their doorways – maintaining safe distances, of course! This will form a display, either in the village hall or the church, to document the current situation and those who are living in the village at this time. There is no obligation to participate – and there is no dress code! Pets can join in – and it would be interesting if people could bring to the door whatever they are working on at that moment in time: baking, crafts, building things, weeding, decorating, etc…

Please let those who are not online know. Posters will appear in the noticeboards and we will try to work out a ‘timetable’ of days/times he will cover specific areas of the village. Details to follow!


East Lothian VE Day Celebration, Friday 8th May

On Friday 8th May the Nation will mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe which marks and remembers the end of the Second world War in Europe

Given the current global pandemic crisis we face due to Covid-19 many of the planned celebrations and acts of remembrance planned across East Lothian for the weekend of 8th – 10th May have been cancelled or changed to reflect the need to keep the nation safe.

However, commemorating this historic event from home or the work place is still encouraged as best as we can. It can be a time for everyone in East Lothian to remember the immeasurable sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to celebrate 75 years of victory and peace in Europe

Open Air Schedule for those who would like to participate, full information here
11:00am  – Two minutes silence
2:55pm – The Last Post
3:00pm – The Nations Toast
3:00pm – The Thousand Plus Pipers – Note: Rory Gammell, Robbie Clark and Harry Lee will pipe from their gardens in Morham.
6:55pm – Crying out for Peace
9:00pm – HM The Queen Broadcast

Tuesday 05/05/2020: VE Day Celebrations

Please see the link for details of what’s happening this Friday:


There is a request for a bugle / trumpet player and a piper to play, as part of the VE celebrations. Are there any budding musicians in the village who can take part this Friday? Please respond by Wednesday morning, if possible, using the contact form below:

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Sunday 03/05/2020: Can You Help?

Message from Penny Short – Emergency Resilience Co-ordinator:

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all doing well. If you’re bored & want to do something great during lockdown why don’t you consider sewing some face masks or “scrubs bags”? Tracy Thomson is making scrubs bags from pillowcases & Kathleen Harrison is making face masks & we wondered if there were other people in the village who would like to be involved in this voluntary effort. The scrubs bags are for hospital workers at Roodlands (& other hospitals if we get enough) & allow them to safely wash their uniforms. The face masks aren’t medical grade but would help local people stay safe if they wish – & both will be free of charge. If you are interested please let me know & more details can be provided in a separate group where patterns & advice can be shared. As an added incentive Tracy has offered a fantastic Singer sewing machine free to anyone who wants to help with this effort. If you can’t sew for toffee you can still help by donating materials – especially elastic. We need fine weave cotton fabric that can withstand a 60 degree wash – & the more pillowcases the better. Please use the contact form below if you can help & I’ll co-ordinate replies & donations. Thank you.

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Update from Morham – May 2020

With the continuing lockdown, this is just a brief reminder of support and services available to Morham area residents.

Firstly, a reminder that day-to-day updates are available on the ‘Morham – We Live Here’ private Facebook group. Members must be area residents to join this group and it is a great place for everyone to share information, support and resources.

Any confidential requests for practical assistance can be sent in the contact form below or by the email / phone numbers on the leaflet put through all doors by the Morham Resilience Volunteers. This can be from mowing of lawns or dog walking, to shopping and picking up prescriptions. There’s a fantastic group of very willing locals who have volunteered to help out as necessary, so don’t hesitate!

We also have volunteers who are able to offer either time on the phone or online to those simply missing a bit of social contact. If you or anyone you know would benefit from a chat, do please get in touch and we’ll happily forward the details of local volunteers who have kindly offered a bit of pressure-free social contact.

We have organised a couple of food shopping opportunities, set up in the car park behind Mainshill Steading on Tuesdays: Johnson’s Fruit and Veg Van at noon and Ross Dougal Fish van at 1:45pm. Both are cash/cheque only.
Please respect all current Scottish Government Guidance. Locals who need to drive to Mainshill, please park beside bin store at entrance to car park.
There are a number of local businesses including Morham on their delivery routes including The Mart East Linton, Yester Dairies, George Anderson’s, Bostock Bakery and more. These are updated by residents on the Facebook Group.

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Thursday 30/04/2020: Free Face Coverings

The Scottish Government now advise wearing face coverings when in enclosed spaces, shopping, etc. Some free (home-made using a double layer of washed, high thread count, quilting cotton off-cuts) will start appearing in the Garvald Book Exchange (the old phone box) once the elastic arrives – hopefully by the weekend. Please help yourself. I will replenish as needed/production speed allows!