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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.


  • OCK welcome back more individuals to the bowling club on Thursdays and Fridays. The charity continue to achieve their mission through delivering frozen meals to their members around East Lothian. The community kitchen prioritise their objective of helping individuals build their confidence about getting back into regular activities, including attending OCK. The charity are investigating the best approach to achieving this.
  • Whilst they hope to welcome more individuals back to OCK they are remaining cautious over covid-19 by implementing temperature checks and removing the long table over the next couple of months, smaller tables organised into bubbles will be implemented instead.
  • Our community kitchen are pleased to welcome Flora to their team, Flora joins as the garden co-ordinator, the charity anticipate interesting ideas to be coming soon as Flora begins her role with the charity.


  • The community kitchen have set up a veggie swap shop - allowing locals to visit to pick their own veg in exchange for donations, currently operating at once a month.


  • Our community kitchen have recently requested more volunteers to assist the charity in achieving their goals, they have been overwhelmed by the response from the local public. Some volunteering families visited over the weekend to lend a hand in the garden.
  • The next plan for the garden is to plant lavender to provide a sensory and therapeutic benefits to any visitors to the garden. In addition to this the charity hopes to mount plaques on the wall to recognise the contributions from local organisations and individuals.
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful's campaign "Blooming Haddington" has seen the community kitchen develop their own quirky blooming wheelbarrow addressing the theme "nature in climate"


  • Our Community Kitchen states "It was wonderful to welcome our young P7 helper today who is working towards the gold award of the junior award scheme for pupils (JASS). He is volunteering with us to complete his 18 hours of the “me and my world” section which involves working with a community or environmental project to find out more about the world and meet people in the community. THANK YOU SO MUCH for delivering our meals and also making individual hand written cards for people at home on your routes. This young man also worked with Angela and David Cockerton (proprietors of Garleton lodge - boutique hotel and spa) to help dip and package and then deliver the delicious hand made chocolates which were kindly donated by The Chocolate Stag at Garleton Lodge"
  • The 50/50 club raised £337.50 to support the charities activities and £337.50 for the individual with the winning number.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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