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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 have hosted a very successful Christmas day lunch for their guests at the bowling club as well as those who received food delivered to their home, they were able to safely welcome 30 guests for a Christmas dinner of:
    Smoked Salmon or Chicken Liver Paté
    Turkey with all the trimmings
    Chocolate Orange Cheesecake (made by one of the volunteers) or Christmas Pudding
  • The local community came together to support their Christmas day lunch, local businesses, organisations, local people, community groups, schools, youth organisations, third sector organisations, volunteers, parents, anonymous donations and many more kindly donated gifts, decorations and food to OCK to give their guests a significant and memorable Christmas day.
  • Linen napkins were provided to OCK for Christmas day. Along with individual mini Christmas trees for table centerpieces and volunteers made some table decorations.
  • Volunteers provided some music and entertainment on the day with singing Christmas carols and a quiz. Santa Claus also paid a visit to the OCK Christmas lunch to spread Christmas spirit to the guests.
  • Following all of these festivities the guests were offered a gift bag to take home. Wines were donated to each of the guests gift bags, volunteers donated candles, chocolates, individual Christmas cakes and more.
  • The guests were very grateful to also receive handmade face-masks, chocolate truffles and confectionery.
  • OCK accepted very generous donations. Food gifted including haggis, oatcakes and shortbread made up about 140 gift bags, a very welcome donation to OCK.
  • The charity's Christmas kindness cards were also sent out with the gift bags, as well as being distributed to local care homes, day centres, hospitals and GP practices. These have been very well received around the community.
  • Looking ahead to 2022, the charity hope to open 3 days a week, and hope they can extend their frozen food delivery offering. They also look to diversify their offering by encouraging community socialisation to reduce isolation, through the development of walking, gardening and further integration in community life for their members.
  • OCK start the new year by opening on the 6th and 7th of January welcoming their guests back to separated tables due to the rise in risk of covid-19.
  • Pupils from Compass School who came for a visit to the garden in early January.
  • Heidi's last day.
  • New chef Peter Hunter, a Haddington local started at Our Community Kitchen in the new year and they are very happy to have him join the team.
  • OCK wish everyone a happy Christmas and express their thanks for the continued support.
    "Wishing you all a very happy Christmas

    Thank to everyone who continues to support ock, local people, our businesses, local community groups, schools, youth organisations and third sector organisations.
    Thank you very much to everyone who has handed in beautiful Christmas cards, gifts for our volunteers, staff team, people at home and for those joining us today. Also thank you very much for the anonymous donations.

    Our very best wishes to you all and we hope you have a lovely day"






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Written by Henry Elderfield

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