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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.

MARCH 2021


Donations have made this garden project possible. Donations have been provided by: Easy PC Haddington, Rotary, Haddington Wines and Whiskies, Joe Forty Sports, John Thompson (OCK member), Haddington Development Trust, Mungoswells, East Lothian Police, Police Scotland, Climate Challenge Fund, HadFab, Leemac, PureMalt, EDF Energy and Walk with Scott Foundation.

The project would not be possible without the dedication and craftsmanship of Stephano (project manager) and Rab (local community member) supported by a number of local volunteers who have provided invaluable support to this project.

The project progresses well with all planters now filled and the benches are now ready to be used offering seating to the school and the community members.

Images below: (Left to right: Planters completed and filled, Stephano testing the benches and Rab under the archway)

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The next step is to install an outdoor tap and sink. In addition to  this the green house is due to be delivered shortly.
The charity hope to hold an opening day in June (restrictions depending) to celebrate the completion of the project. On the opening day the community will be able to observe plaques demonstrating the community support provided to the project

The charity hope to welcome members to the bowling club 2 days a week in May based on the new restrictions. They are currently still delivering meals to their members 2 days a week locally and provide a very well received social kindness call to check in with their members.

Andy McBain through Haddington Rugby Club has provided chocolate eggs for all members and volunteers. The OCK initiative the 50/50 club is evidently very successful as they have sold over 106 entries to local community members supporting the charity. Their first draw will be announced soon.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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