It’s (Village) Showtime!

Gifford Flower Show – Sat/Sun 18th-19th August, Gifford Green

Garvald Village Show – Sat 25th August, Village Hall 

It’s that time of year again! Garvald (67th) and Gifford (170th!) Shows are nearly upon us. See further details in the posters below. We are delighted to welcome George Anderson back to Garvald to judge the horticultural categories for a second year. Also new for this year: “Anything goes” – bring something along that you have made, baked or grown for the display table (non-competitive). We look forward to seeing you there!


GHS Committee.


Walk round Donolly Reservoir

Last year, the Garvald to Gifford core path (236) between Garvald Mains and the Donolly reservoir was upgraded, with fences installed to separate the path from the fields in which cattle graze and a bridge built to replace the ford across the Papana water.

Also, the path along the embankment on the NW side of the Donolly was cleared and although it is not to the same standard as the core path (220) on the SE side, it is now possible for a reasonably agile person to do a circuit of the reservoir. However, it is still fairly difficult to walk in a couple of places where trees are growing on the embankment and at the South-West end where the embankment has been washed away.

If you are interesting in regularly using this walk and would like further improvements to be made to the path, please get in touch using the contact form so that we can inform the East Lothian Countryside Volunteer Path Wardens. If there is enough interest from the community, then it might be possible to arrange for improvements made to this section of the walk. Thank you.


Lothian Broadband masts – planning application

Two planning applications have been lodged by Lothian Broadband with East Lothian Council for the erection of two masts; one up on the river banking opposite the village hall and one on the hill behind the village hall. The masts will provide high speed broadband with improved service levels from Lothian Broadband to residents of Garvald and surrounding area. As part of this project, Lothian Broadband will also provide a wifi connection to the shelter in the park at no cost to the community. The planning application can be viewed on the ELC website:
Either search for ‘Garvald’ or Reference Numbers 18/00679/P and 18/00680.

Violinist Michael Grube performing at Nunraw Abbey, 26th July


Nunraw Abbey
Thursday 26 July 2018 at 6.45 pm


Donations taken at the end of the concert (Light refreshments provided).


1) Giuseppe TARTINI: “Tasso-Sonata” in D major
(1692 – 1770) Andante cantabile – Allegro assai –
Tasso: Venetian Gondolier Song – Moderato. Allegro assai.

2) Max-Ludwig GRUBE: Sonata No. 1 for violin solo (1925 – 1994) Grave – Presto – Intermezzo –
Passacaglia on B-A-C-H (dedicated to his son Michael).

3) Niccolo PAGANINI: Caprice No. 20 in D major
(1782 – 1840).

4) Gerhard TRACK: Variations on an Afghan folk song (*1934 Wien) (dedicated to Michael Grube).

5) Henri WIENIAWSKI: Andante con espressione
(1835 – 1880) from Etudes-Caprices op.8.

6) Eugene YSAYE: Sonata op. 27/3 “Ballade”
(in one single movement) (1858 – 1931) (dedicated to violinist and composer G. Enespcu) Prélude Nr. 5.

7) Johann Sebastian BACH: Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1685 – 1750) Allemande-Courante-Sarabande-Gigue Chaconne.

Michael Grube – Biographical details:

During his 2018 European concert tour, the internationally renowned and world famous violin virtuoso Michael Grube (Quito, Ecuador), who is considered one of the great violinists of our time, will perform a solo recital with masterpieces of J. S. Bach (Partita D-minor with the famous Chaconne), Paganini, Tartini, Ysaye, Wieniawski, Max-Ludwig Grube and Gerhard Track. His violin was made by the Nicolo Amati family.

Born in 1954, Michael Grube began to play the violin when he was four. Both of his parents were musicians and he received his first training from his father. After a distinguished graduation, Michael Grube studied with some of the most famous violinists and teachers of the time: Max Rostal (Berne), Ivan Galamian (New York) and Henryk Szeryng (Paris, Mexico).
He also studied composition and musicology, his doctorate (USA) is in Philosophy of Music. Michael Grube has given concerts as an invited soloist in a hundred and ten countries of all continents. In addition to many flattering notices, his performances have won him numerous prizes, diplomas and awards of honorary-citizenship. In 2003, he was elected “International Musician of the Year” (violin) in Great Britain.


Garvald Heritage Evening – Great turnout!

Thanks to everyone who came along earlier this month to hear and talk about the heritage that we have right here in Garvald. It was a great turnout – special thanks to those who helped out – especially on the tech front and for the delicious baking.

For those who couldn’t make it, we’d like to take the opportunity to give a brief summary about the evening. It came about because the church is in need of some repair work and a small group (Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Phillip White, Jo Robertson) has been looking at the scope of repair work and funding options. Funders generally like to see community benefit so we are interested to hear about any ideas for increasing use of the church, alongside the regular worship.

At the meeting we presented the idea of the church accommodating a small exhibition about the history of the village. We had become aware of a project involving recording people’s memories of East Lothian, which is being run by Edinburgh University. Recordings gathered in this way could form part of the exhibition, so we went ahead with a pilot interview. We are grateful to Hamish Gibson for agreeing to be our first interviewee – we were able to hear clips from this interview at the meeting. It was great that a number of you expressed interest in this aspect of the project – a great way to capture the many stories about Garvald in living memory.

We also asked everyone who came along to share ideas about use of the church – these included concerts (of various musical genres), information on the graveyard, walks starting and ending at the church, a community exhibition space, weddings, amateur dramatics.

We do not yet know how much the repair work will cost, and have applied for funds for a condition survey to be undertaken. This will give us a target figure for fundraising. We are setting up a Friends Group for the church which will have its own facebook page and contact email. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the project – the repair work or memories (oral history) aspect – please get in touch via the contact form below:

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Ironman Triathlon in Garvald Sunday 1st July

A message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald & Morham Community Council:

As you will be aware the main roads to Haddington/Gifford will be closed on Sunday 1 July 2018, as will the Carfrae road, for the Ironman Scotland Cycle Race.

Roads will be closed from 7.30am to 12.30pm. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. If you have any concerns or issues with the roads being closed over this period please contact the race organisers on 03330 111838 or email them at Please note that East Lothian Council has committed to host this race for three consecutive years (this is the 2nd year) but no consultation took place with the local community or community councils. If you are concerned with any aspect of this event please contact East Lothian Council.

Villagers will be able to exit the village from the church end and can drive to Haddington via the Papple road. Also access to Stenton/Dunbar/East Linton etc. from the church end of Garvald will be unaffected.

triathlon cyclistsThe Ironman Scotland event involves 70.3 miles of swimming, cycling and running. After the swim, the cycling section starts in Cockenzie, circles through seven villages returning to Dalkeith Country Park and onto Holyrood Park for the final stage of the race which is the half-marathon. The race organisers advise that the pro athletes are expected through our village at round 8.20am and then a steady flow of cyclists will follow until the road re-opens. If you’re up in time you’ll be able to catch sight of the intrepid racers as they pass through the top of the village but be careful – they will be travelling at speed!


The Christmas Theatre trip funding has been approved from the Crystal Rig Windfarm Fund so booking is now open for ‘Wendy and Peter Pan’ at Royal Lyceum Theatre on Saturday 15th December at 2pm, suitable for 5+ years. Show info is here.

For families with younger children, we could also offer ‘Poggle’ at the Festival Theatre, bus will go there on route to Lyceum and pick up before returning to Lyceum. Suitable for 6 months – 5 years. Let me know asap if this is of interest so I can reserve some tickets. Show info here.

Cost is £5 per head.

Bus transport from Morham and Garvald is included. The trip is limited to 84 people and funding is for Morham and Garvald ward residents only. Booking closes 6 October.

Please let me know via the contact form below (accessed via the website) if you are interested.



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Votadini Guitar Duo

Finlay Hay, local Garvald lad and student of the Yehudi Menuhin school, will be performing in the Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk and Duddingston Kirk in August as part of the Votadini Guitar Duo. All welcome!

votadini guitar duo @edinburgh festival