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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.




Over the last week Elaine (Founder of OCK) has stepped in to help cooking the dishes for the 85 members around the table over 3 days as well as continuing their frozen food delivery service.


OCK was successful in achieving their mental health grant. This will allow them to take on a part-time activities coordinator who will host games, day-trips and other enjoyable social activities for participants. It is expected that the day-trips and activities will boost the mental health for all involved, as well as building friendships.

Beyond Boundaries East Lothian will support this activity by providing bikes. Come the summer, OCK participants plan to cycle to the river Tyne for a picnic.

OCK hosted their first "The way we were" afternoon. The guests were invited to share their historic photos and stories with the group, this has provided a platform for extensive conversation between the guests and developed friendships within the community.

Lewis & Clarke in Gifford have accepted an OCK collection jar to help raise funds for the charity.

Erica's Florist, the Haddington based business has provided daffodils to OCK to celebrate the start of spring for all participants and volunteers/staff.


The bowling club is having an accessible toilet fitted, which will attract more people to play bowls and more people around the table. 

Their 50/50 club was announced and the winner received £335 with the charity also receiving £335 in fundraising.

Lateral flows are continued at OCK for the protection of their guests.

Meanwhile over in the garden (whilst the tulips begin to bloom) the charity took delivery of their greenhouse. It is expected that the greenhouse will be available for OCK to begin their growing season in March. 

A local man, Gareth Taylor very kindly built the greenhouse. 


The growing project will partner with local schools and nurseries to provide the benefit of diverse education for the primary and nursery children as well as developing the charity's garden.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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