<img alt="" src="https://secure.bass2poll.com/217324.png" style="display:none;">

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.

HRFC square-1

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.

HAFC square-1

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.

FIAR square-1RR square-1


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.



This month PureMalt have got hands on in their support of Our Community Kitchen. As the garden project gathers momentum PureMalt team members Henry and Simon volunteered to pick up tools to support with the construction of the garden project. With their assistance progress had been made on the construction of a planter, an archway and the base structure for a second larger planter.

Images below: (Left to right: Henry, Simon, 1st planter)


Images below: (left to right: archway, base structure of 2nd planter)


Our Community Kitchen has progressed quickly with this project, since construction began in December 2020 the project nears its close now as we approach the end of February. The project has been made possible by the support and considerable donations form a local community member John Thompson and a number of local businesses: Lemac, Had-Fab, Haddington Community Development Trust, Rotary, Torness Nuclear Power Station, Climate Change Fund, Joe Forte Sports, Haddington Wine and Whiskies, ESPC, Walk with Scott Foundation and PureMalt have all contributed in their own ways in order to provide the community with this initiative. As we report on the activities of the OCK garden all planters are now built and construction of tables, benches and the foundations for the kitchen are taking place. The tables will cater to seat 30 people, whilst the kitchen will provide an area for cooking demonstrations to take place as well as a hub of activity within the community. The charity have plans to develop this garden further through the installation of greenhouses in this area.

Images below: (left to right: multiple planters finished, tables built, table close up)

Copy of Untitled Design (1)

OCK hope to invite the school pupils to join in finishing off the project by encouraging them to pick up buckets and fill their planters with soil for the growing project ahead.

Whilst the work on the garden is in progress the charity have continued their mission of tackling isolation by distributing hot meals to isolated members of the community, continuing their kindness calls to open communication with their members as well as carrying out window visits from their team. OCK have encouraged their members to communicate with each other during the lockdown this has resulted in poems written by the charities' members being distributed and one member has taken to knitting knee blankets to send to other members of their community.

A 50/50 club has also been launched by OCK, this fundraising activity will raise money for the charity through monthly entries to win the prize-pot which will be shared 50% to the charity and 50% to the winner.

About autor

Written by Henry Elderfield

Leave a Reply