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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.

June 2022



OCK has had a busy June!

Members have enjoyed time outside in the garden, mixing with the locals of all ages, to enjoy various activities relating to food growing. Other activities, such as the walking group are still running smoothly every Friday. Participants are enjoying being together in the fresh air and with their lucky mascot Toby the dog!

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Before lunch, some members have participated in a light exercise class, so they can work up an appetite for the delicious meals cooked by chef Pete. Lynn Fraser from Fantoosh Sketching, also visited OCK and lead a pre-lunch sketching session. Everyone loved it!

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Nicola Graham sung for members as they enjoyed their lunch and continued on afterwards, encouraging people to get up and dance. 

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After lunch, participants are continuing to enjoy the new quizzes and board games. Tim Porteus, a storyteller, also paid a visit to tell interesting stories, which was enjoyable for all! The other day, he played Auld Lang Syne on a penny whistle.  It was a very special moment for Margaret, an OCK participant,  as it brought back many memories for her of her husband playing that tune on accordion. 

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A regular participant around the OCK table, Effie, has written a poetry book and published it, to raise funds for OCK by donation.  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.

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OCK are delighted to announce the winning number is 111 in their 50/50 cash prize draw for June. 138 numbers have been sold and the total amount we have received is £690.00 which means the winner will receive £345.00. Thank you to the people who have purchased numbers so far!

OCK welcomed friends from Haddington Day Centre and Knight Fever Dance School, who joined them in the garden for scones, strawberries and cream. Knight Fever Dance School pupils performed for all who were there, making it a great afternoon with great entertainment. 

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Alison Hunton and her daughter, Alice,  attended an event at the Scottish Parliament last night,  hosted by MSP Craig Hoy  in celebration of all the amazing hard work with OCK during the two lockdowns. The planning and organising involved delivering up to 300 hot meals per week during lockdown and OCK are grateful their outstanding dedication has been recognised. 

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A local from Haddington, Jane Hogarth Brown, had her 50th birthday party recently and requested guests to bring a prize or buy a raffle ticket, instead of a present. As a result, £200 was raised, with half gifted to OCK and half gifted to the club. What a  kind gesture!

Here are a few pics of the team at OCK.

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