Film Night – Hostiles

Yester Community Movie Association

Film Night – Hostiles

March 8th, 7.30pm

Director: Scott Cooper
2017, 134 minutes, Rating 15

1892 in the United States. Veteran of a 20 year war with Cheyenne, Apache, & Comanche native American tribes, Cavalry Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) is ordered to escort an ailing Cheyenne chief back to his ancestral home in Montana. Scarred & embittered from his experiences, he wrestles with this unwelcome mission & memories that haunt him. A tale of guilt, truth & reconciliation in the American West.

Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership meeting

The Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership Annual Meeting will be held on 16th March. All are welcome.

This group has an impact on our community; it funded our shelter in the park and is currently completing a study on rural transport for Yester Primary children. If you would like to hear more about the Partnership’s work, you are welcome to attend the meeting.

Haddington road closure

Notice from East Lothian Council:

It is the Council’s intention to undertake carriageway resurfacing work on B6368 Sidegate, Haddington, commencing Saturday 2nd March for approximately 2 days, weather permitting.

In order to comply with current Health and Safety Legislation, it will be necessary to close the road to through vehicular traffic from 8am to 5pm both days. Emergency vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. No parking will be permitted on the affected section (From A6093 Hardgate Junction to Maitlandfield Hotel). A suitable diversion route will be signed accordingly. Restricted local access will be retained where practicable, however the direction of access/egress will be determined by the contractors’ whereabouts.

Children’s Christmas Party

Thank you to Sara, Laura and Viki who have offered to coordinate the 2019 Children’s Halloween party.

We are still looking for someone to organise the Children’s Christmas Party this year, usually held near the end of the school term. This job involves booking the village hall and an entertainer as well as making a poster and coordinating party food donations on the day, etc. If you have children aged from 0-11 years and are able to help, please use the contact form to let us know.

2019 Children’s Parties

Laura and Roz are stepping down from organising the Garvald and Morham Halloween and Christmas Children’s parties. Thank you to both of them for taking charge of these events over the last couple of years.

To enable the parties to continue we need one or two people to come forward and take on this role. Funding for the parties is available from the community council and the organisers would need to book entertainers (Christmas), organise games and guising (Halloween), book the village hall, buy food supplies, make posters, etc. If you have children aged from 0-11 years and are able to help, please use the contact form to let us know.

Oral History Project

Caroline, Phillip and Elaine would like to extend their thanks to Father Mark, Father Raymond and Brother Philip for participating in Garvald’s oral history project. Their interview will be added to the archives at Edinburgh University soon.

Also, please note that the tearoom up at Nunraw Abbey is now open for business so if you’re out for a walk, do take the opportunity to call in for a cuppa.

Castle Moffat road closure

East Lothian Council will be undertaking drainage improvement works on the Castle Moffat road from Tuesday 19th February 2019 for approximately four days, weather permitting.

To comply with current health and safety legislation, it will be necessary to close the road to through vehicular traffic from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd February between 9am and 4pm daily. No through access will be permitted between the entrances of the Scottish water treatment works during these times. A local diversion route is shown in the attached map.

Vehicles wanting to travel north to Garvald will have to travel south to the B6355 then along to the B6370. Vehicles wanting to travel south from Garvald to Castle Moffat will have to use the same diversion route (see attached drawing EL19762118-003). Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.

Garvald Church Repair Update

It’s been a while since our heritage event last summer and we thought it time to share an update about repairing Garvald Church. At that meeting we said the church was needing repair, but we didn’t know the amount of work needed. Since then we secured £1,900 funding from the National Churches Trust which, with match-funding from the community council, paid for an in-depth condition survey of the building. This was carried out in the autumn by conservation-accredited architect Gareth Jones, of Pollock Hammond Partnership, who has also been involved in refurbishing the guest house at Nunraw Abbey.

We now anticipate repair costs alone of £180K and the total sum looks to be £295K once other costs, and works to improve the graveyard and install a small exhibition in the church, are included.

The repair works involve reroofing, masonry repair, repointing, rewiring and replacement heaters. The oral history project is running alongside this and several interviews have been carried out already. These will eventually be made available online and will provide material for the exhibition.

We’ve also set up a friends group called Friends of Garvald Church which has charitable status. This puts us in a better position to investigate and apply to grant awarding bodies and start fundraising – watch this space!

If you’d like to know more, help in any way, or participate in the oral history project, please get in touch using our new email:

Or speak to one of us working on the project: Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Jo Robertson, Phillip White, Sara Hills.

Keeping your finances secure

East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office

Financial Harm Awareness Event: ‘Fraud, Scams and Financial Plans’

Do you know how to protect yourself from financial harm, one of the most common forms of harm?

Come along to a free drop-in event on 19th February 2019 to find out more about how to keep yourself and your family safe.

You will be able to talk to representatives from a range of organisations including Trading Standards, Citizens Advice, Police Scotland, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office about what you can do to protect yourself.

Events – Tuesday 19th February

  • Fisherrow Community Centre, Musselburgh (9.30am – 12 midday)
  • John Gray Centre, Haddington Library (2pm – 4.30pm)

Tea and coffee will be provided at both venues

Talk: Restoring Amisfield Walled Garden

Gifford Horticultural Society are holding a talk in Gifford village hall on Wednesday.

Kate Rycroft, Chair of the Amisfield Preservation Trust will be describing the restoration at Amisfield. At 8 acres in size, Amisfield Walled garden is one of the largest historic walled gardens in Scotland.

Over the past eleven years, it has been restored from a completely neglected state into a thriving community garden. It now provides a venue for education and training for people of all abilities, as well as being an established local visitor attraction.

Kate will talk about the historic background to the garden’s development and will outline its current restoration as a community garden.

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7.30pm in Gifford Village Hall.  Non-members welcome.