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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.

JULY 2022


July is over, which means Our Community Kitchen has plenty to update us on.

Chef Pete was away last week, which meant Elaine covered in the kitchen, cooking quiches and all sorts for OCK participants. To help, volunteers also handmade puddings as well, which went down a treat!


OCK were donated 30 Bitty Buddies from Claire and Beth. Bitty Buddies can help with hand and finger exercises for poor circulation and can help when someone feels anxious. Claire at Scents came up with the idea to donate them to OCK. 10 year old Beth, started the donations off by donating her pocket money and others from Claire's group then also contributed.


A mocktail event was held in the garden this month, bringing together volunteers and participants of all ages to enjoy a refreshing, homemade mocktail. Trips to the John Muir Museum in Dunbar, Ox Lake and Smeaton Gardens were also thoroughly enjoyed by OCK participants.


OCK would like to thank Flora, the Garden Coordinator, for her fantastic contribution over the last few months. She will be missed greatly by the local schools and nurseries, as well as OCK participants and volunteers, but they wish her all the best in her next endeavours. Helen Nesbitt will be taking over as Garden Coordinator and OCK are welcoming her with open arms.

OCK has a new volunteer fundraising team, made up of local Haddington ladies; Claire, Katherine, Valerie and Verity. They are planning lots of fundraising events for the next year, so keep an eye out for them!


Joe Lawrence, from Joe’s Kitchen is hosting a fundraising event for OCK, with all proceeds being given to them. If you are interested, the event will be held at Haddington Bowling Club on Thursday 8th September from 6.00pm-11.00pm at £35.00 per person. A three course meal, canape’s and drinks will all be served, so book your tickets. Either by popping into the bowling cub on Tuesdays to Fridays between 8am and 2pm or via email; info@jos-kitchen.co.uk. 


Tonia, the Activities Coordinator is still working hard for OCK, continuing to put on fun activities for participants to enjoy; before lunch exercise classes, after lunch board games and quizzes, the list goes on. Tonia has also organised an Arts and Crafts Fair fundraising event on the 21st August. Put it in your diaries!


OCK friend, Effie, who created and published a poetry book, has already raised £150 for OCK with her poems. Amazing! If you would like a copy, please pop in to Haddington Bowling Club, Tuesday to Friday between 8am and 2pm or give Tonia a call on 07743932413. Copies of this book are also now available to collect from Erica's Florist, Haddington Wines & Whiskies and The Salon, Market Street.

OCK are currently working extremely hard on preparing the garden for their garden open day on Friday 12th August. Approximately 70 people are expected to attend to watch the lord lieutenant officially open the garden. 2 representatives, Ross and Simon, will be attending to represent PureMalt.



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Written by Amy Donnelly

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