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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 2022



Our Community Kitchen hosted a fantastic Easter celebration lunch for their guests. The guests were delighted to receive a delivery of Easter eggs from PureMalt. They received so many eggs they were able to deliver some to their members who remain at home due to the impact of the lock-downs and the pandemic.
The OCK Easter fundraiser successfully raised an impressive £400 on the day to allow the continued support for OCK's activities.

East Lothian Council have been supportive of the charity by providing a grant that will help towards some of the chef's salary at OCK.


A generous local individual has donated £250 to provide OCK with a hot compost bin. This will greatly help the charity's gardening project.

McCarthy Stone has given a grant to support OCK's greenhouse and pizza oven within the garden. The charity is very grateful for their support.

The Scottish Government has enabled the charity to provide accessible bike trips and bus trips through Handicabs and Beyond Boundaries East Lothian. Volunteer centre East Lothian have been administering this and providing support, which has been great!.
The new charity's activities coordinator Tonya Moncrieff will be starting on the 17th of May, she will be responsible for setting up activities, social events for the guests and for accompanying people on the bike and bus trips.

Elaine (founder) is working on funding applications for the next 3 years to ensure that the charity can continue to operate and provide their services for the participants.

OCK was delighted to announce the winning number 69 in their 50/59 cash prize draw for April. 138 numbers were sold and the total amount received was £690 and the winner received £345.
The charity are pushing the message of their 50/50 club through the Bailie Gifford donation of leaflets and word of mouth to grow donations here.

The team welcomes 2 new volunteers Elaine and Paul they have now settled in and are helping the team with helping to serve lunches to participants. OCK are still looking out for volunteers to support the charities initiatives.

The new accessible toilet in the bowling club is in place and allows access to the community kitchen and the bowling green for members with restricted mobility.

The garden's activities are off to a strong start with Meadowpark school, Haddington Infants Nursery School, Compass school and Peartree Nursery all attending growing courses and projects linked with OCK. There is lots of food growing in the greenhouse and garden.

A kind local lady has donated shelving for the greenhouse to assist in their growing projects.

Within coming weeks the plaques to thank the supporters of the garden project will be fitted within the garden on the planters.


Coming up in the next few weeks the charity will begin to set their plans for the Jubilee weekend.
They will be holding a bake sale and the selling of plants at the fun day in Neilson Park on the 4th June to raise funds for the charity.

The charity has provided catering once again for the Walk with Scott Foundation as they complete a fundraising walk of 29.3 miles. OCK will provided 100 meals for the team at the finish line in Cockenzie and Port Seton British Legion Club.


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Written by Henry Elderfield

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