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Our Community

PureMalt are proud to support charitable initiatives within our network.
Read the blog for the latest updates within our community.


Our Community Kitchen exists to reduce social isolation for people of all ages and abilities by bringing together the local community of Haddington and Lammermuir to enjoy good hearty fresh food and allowing friendships to form.  OCK runs from Haddington Bowling Club and has organically developed. We also work with our local Area Partnership around holiday hunger for pupils whose families are in receipt of a low income. 

We normally bring up to 90 people together each week, however, we have stopped our usual way of working to respond to this horrendous coronavirus. We are still continuing to change people’s lives through food, but in a very different way.

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Haddington Rugby Football Club has a proud history.  We are delighted to have PureMalt as our primary sponsor, particularly with their strong industrial heritage within the town.

Building rugby teams is multi-faceted. The support that PureMalt provides to Haddington RFC enables us to ensure that our senior teams have strips to wear, that we can ensure adequate changing facilities to members of all ages and genders, as well as for community clubs and schools. PureMalt has enabled us to ensure that the next crop of players is developed by enabling coaches to be accredited, as well as providing funding for our Youth Development Officer.

The difference PureMalt has had on the club is not only based upon financial investment. PureMalt has become a part of the Haddington RFC family. Whether attending games, or by recognising success by selecting and presenting “Man of the Match” awards, PureMalt has always shown a keen interest in the success of the club. We look forward to this continuing long into the future, with Haddington RFC and PureMalt remaining at the heart of the community.

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The Club currently has around 270 players, with around 70 volunteers, who are either Coaches or Committee members. The Club has a development pathway for players, from 5 year-olds in our Soccer School, through to adults in the 1st Team. We have boys’ and girls’ youth teams, playing 7, 9 & 11-a- side football, in both the Edinburgh and East Lothian Leagues. The 1st Team play in the East of Scotland League and have recently been accepted for a Full Licence, by the SFA, which will enable them to play in the Scottish Cup.

The Youth teams play out of the fantastic facility at Whittingehame Drive, which includes a Pavilion and floodlit 3G all weather pitch. The 1st Team are based at Millfield, on the enclosed floodlit grass pitch.

PureMalt have generously sponsored our 2009 youth team since 2019, purchasing home and away kits for the team. This has been a huge help to the team financially and we fully appreciate the support that our neighbours at PureMalt provide.

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PureMalt are proud to support and sponsor local team 'Five in a Row'. They will be raising money for the charity 'Reverse Rett'. The team of 5 will make up 1 of 30 teams participating from around the world in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge, crossing from La Gomera to Antigua.

APRIL 2021


Our Community Kitchen feel positive as restrictions begin to ease in Scotland between April and May. Children are already back to their school and enjoying the use of their new community garden. OCK expect that local people and many  participants will also be able to return to enjoy it shortly.

Arriving soon are outdoor taps, a sink, an oven, seat covers and a greenhouse, all due to be installed. This is a very exciting time for all involved in this project as it is a key milestone in the development of this area. Less than three weeks remain before the first planting will begin.

Meanwhile within the charity regular meal deliveries continue, however, these have changed from Tuesday and Thursday to Tuesday and Wednesday. The shared facility of the bowling club has recently re-opened which provides the charity members with positivity. OCK are now able to welcome back 10 returning members on Thursdays and Fridays. These individuals will be welcomed back through the use of social distancing, temperature sensors and the track and trace system.

In other news the charity's first newsletter has been published outlining their statistics of meals prepared and kindness calls.

During lock-down: 

  • 9,360 Hot Meals Delivered
  • 6,240 Kindness Calls
  • 63 Local Community Volunteers
  • 23 Community Patrons

These are very significant landmarks for the charity and they hope to grow upon these in the near future.

It is very positive to see some members of OCK are feeling confident to return again, however, other members may feel the fear of Covid-19 is still strong.

Finally another 50/50 club draw is just round the corner, last month the charity received £265 in funds and one winner received £265 in cash. OCK hope the prize pot will continue to grow and encourage individuals to sign up to support the charity.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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