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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.



Chef Pete has been able to provide the visitors with an excellent 32 different meals over his first 8 weeks. Pete has a hotel cheffing background and is very popular with the attendees regularly socializing with the members after cooking.


OCK are optimistic about the opportunity to begin to sell their frozen food to local independent living complexes, they hope to be able to provide a further 150 meals through this service. Selling their frozen dishes is expected to generate funds to subsidize the charity. This will develop the charity's ability to trade, support their activity and grow awareness of their offering.


Positive feedback has been received by OCK as they hear that some members reported eating OCK food correlates with weight loss, allowing them to enjoy a healthier lifestyle in addition to reducing isolation.

The charity's 50/50 club is a continued success as this month the winner received £320, the charity also received a payment of £320.

A generous donation of £2000 gives the charity the chance to spend on new leaflets and promotional material. They are very grateful to receive this and are able to use this to promote their work within the county. It is expected that the leaflets will detail their new promotions of frozen food and their gardening projects.


OCK have recently seen the return of a volunteer who assists OCK with sourcing shopping, allowing them to provide their regular meals to those who need it.


Collection jars have been made available around Haddington to support the charities goals. Gibson's, and Lewis & Clark in Haddington are among some of those who are collecting for to help reduce isolation in the community. 


Local volunteers from Knox Academy assisted in the OCK kitchen, the charity comments that it is great to have younger people getting involved with the charity's objectives.

The OCK growing season will pair up with Meadowpark School for support provided by their students in addition to wider community support.

Within the garden the first daffodils are in and are expected to bloom shortly, this spring.


OCK are very excited to receive their greenhouse in the coming weeks, allowing them to prepare for the upcoming growing season. Following the summer, OCK hope to raise funds for the charity through the sale of excess veg from their garden.

The charity are currently in the search of volunteer fundraisers and will look to organise the fundraising team in the coming weeks. Check out their Facebook page if you are interested in volunteering.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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