GMCC Agenda: Monday 29th March 2021

See the link, below, for the agenda for the Garvald and Morham Community Council (online Zoom) meeting . If you wish to attend , please complete the form below to be sent the link.

GMCC agenda 29.3.21

Garvald & Morham Community Council Agenda

For meeting to be held on Monday 29th March 2021
At 7pm Online on the Zoom Platform

    • 1. Attendance and Apologies
      2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
      3. Update from Ian Middlemass
      4. Update from Haddington & Lammermuir Area Partnership
      5. Report from Phillip White Garvald Neighbourhood Watch
      6. Garvald Woodland Project 2
      7. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
      8. Garvald & Morham updates from Representatives
      9. A.O.B
      10. Date of next Meeting – Monday 7th June 2021

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    Garvald and Morham Community Council Meeting

    The Garvald & Morham Community Council will be holding our next meeting on Monday 29th March at 7pm. This will be a virtual meeting held on the Zoom platform.

    If you would like to join our meeting, please fill in the form below to receive the log in details nearer the time. Agenda to follow.


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      Dead Wild Bird Information

      Information from Sandy Baptie – ELC:

      Wild birds can carry several diseases that are infectious to people, so do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

      If you find a single dead bird of prey, gull or wildfowl species (particularly wild geese, wild ducks, swans), or find five or more birds of any other species in the same location and at the same time, please report these incidents to Defra’s national telephone helpline (03459 33 55 77 – please select option 7).

       How should dead wild birds found on private property be disposed of?

      If birds do not require reporting to the GB Dead Wild Bird Helpline, follow this advice for their disposal.

      Disposal in household or municipal waste refuse:

      • If possible, wear disposable protective gloves when picking up and handling dead wild birds (if disposable gloves are not available, a plastic bag can be used as a make-shift glove). When the dead bird has been picked up, the bag can be turned back on itself and tied. It should then be placed in a second plastic bag, tied and disposed of in the normal household waste (lidded bin outside).
      • Place the dead bird in a suitable plastic bag, preferably leak proof. Care should be taken not to contaminate the outside of the bag.
      • Tie the bag and place it in a second plastic bag.
      • Remove gloves by turning them inside out and then place them in the second plastic bag. Tie the bag and dispose of it in the normal household refuse bin.


      • The dead bird can be buried, but not in a plastic bag.
      • The depth of the burial hole must be sufficient to prevent animals scavenging and gaining access to it – at least 60cm deep is advised.
      • Location must not be near any watercourses, or likely to contaminate local water supplies.

      If you find a deceased raptor/corvid that you believe to be the victim of wildlife crime, do not touch the bird. This will help preserve any evidence of a potential crime scene. Also, the dead bird may contain poisons that can be absorbed into the skin or contaminate the environment. Please contact the police on 101 and ask if the matter can be referred to a Wildlife Crime Officer. There is more information on the Police Scotland website Alternatively, the incident can be reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

      Report an injured animal to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) in Scotland. Phone: 03000 999 999 – information about call charges is available.

      Further information is available at

      Friends of Garvald Church AGM

      The AGM for the Friends of Garvald Church will be held on Wednesday 24th February at 7 pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend please fill in the contact form below and you will be sent a Zoom invitation.

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        Severe Weather Update: 10th February 2021

        Please see below another update on the forecast and warnings for the next few days from the Met office.
        Snow showers will continue to affect eastern Scotland during today, these largely becoming confined to southeast Scotland later today and easing in intensity. A large area Yellow warning for Snow is valid until midnight tonight and covers much of eastern Scotland and the Northern Isles.  It’s worth noting that anywhere that sees a heavy shower or showers line up to give a period of more persistent snow could see localised travel disruption e.g. due to RTCs or HGVs struggling to climb hills. A Yellow Warning for Snow & Ice is valid from midnight tonight until 1200 on Friday. This covers eastern Scotland and the Orkney Islands. The Shetland Islands will be added to the warning area. Messy transition to milder conditions over the weekend, with different weather hazards in different places at different times across Scotland – rain, snow, ice and wind.
        The warnings will continue to be reviewed and updated. In addition to the snow showers at times, overnight ice will also be a hazard over the next few days.
        If you need help/assistance please do message the Garvald Emergency Resilience Team via the contact form below:

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          Brunton Classical Online

          £7 per concert (plus £1.50 booking fee)

          The Brunton’s concert hall may be silent at the moment, but musicians are not. Large online audiences have been accessing concerts by terrific musicians and we invite you to beat the lockdown blues with our series of uplifting lunchtime concerts, to watch at home, presented in partnership with Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Lammermuir Festival.

          The concerts will be available for streaming at home from 1pm on each date and will be viewable for 2 weeks. Concerts are programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

          PIANO RHYTHMS – Maurizio Reyes, piano

          Irresistible musical rhythms with Bach’s Suites, Bartok’s folk music and Granados’s musical fireworks.

          Tue 23 Feb from 1pm

          PRODIGIES GROW UP – Resol String Quartet      

          Deeply romantic and hypnotic music from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Glass.

          Date: Tue 2 Mar from 1pm


          Abigail Young – violin, Balazs Renczes – cello, Graeme McNaught – piano             

          Lovely melodies, virtuoso brilliance and fabulous folk / traditional arrangements in this intoxicating programme from Weiner, Mendelssohn and Myst.

          Tue 23 Mar from 1pm

          Book at / 0131 653 5245

          Following the success of The Brunton’s online pantomime Rapunzel, The Brunton Theatre Trust is keen to continue offering you a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home, whilst the venue remains unable to open. A spokesperson for the Theatre Trust said:

          “Arts and culture experiences play an important role in our wellbeing. Sadly The Brunton is currently unable to welcome people in to the building, so we very much want to provide these classical concerts as a way to digitally connect with people during this lockdown. We hope these concerts will provide an oasis of calm and escape in the middle of the day.”

          As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are continuing to appeal for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website .

          ELC Discretionary Fund for Business

          Do you know of any East Lothian businesses or self-employed people who have not yet qualified for any COVID-19-related support grant funding?

          Please make them aware that East Lothian Council’s Discretionary Fund is now open for applications, with a closing date of 5pm on Monday 8th February – so it’s very important that applications are submitted quickly.

          More details are in the news release issued yesterday. The application form will be on our dedicated business support web page – which also contains other really useful information on grants, loans & other financial support for businesses at this time.

          Free Online Safety Classes – Neighbourhood Watch

          Neighbourhood Watch Scotland would like to share that, Lead Scotland are hosting FREE online safety classes for members of the public during February 2021. The classes will be especially useful for disabled people, carers or those who might find it harder to use the internet safely, but they are open and suitable for everyone.  All classes are free and open to the public.

          We are offering 1 hour zoom classes in:

          • How to Create Strong Passwords
          • How to Remember Your Password
          • Online Scams: How to Spot Them and What To Do
          • Learn More About Complex Online Scams

          We’re also giving webinars for practitioners and organisations about how to give online safety information in an accessible manner:

          • Cyber Attacks: What To Do and Where To Get Help
          • How To Promote Digital Safety in an Accessible Manner
          • How to Promote Digital safety to Those With Low IT Confidence

          To sign up please follow this link to see the programme of training:

          GMCC Agenda

          Please see the link, below, to the agenda for the Garvald & Morham Community Council meeting on Monday 1st February at 7pm via the online platform, Zoom. Please use the contact form if you wish to be sent log in details.

          Zoom CC Meeting Feb 2021

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