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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 2022



This month the team at Our Community Kitchen have pulled together a fundraising team of 9 individuals focused on creating initiatives and activities for OCK's fundraising targets.
Their first event takes place on Easter Sunday when they will be hosting an Easter lunch.

Starter: Carrot & Lentil Soup
Main: Roast Beef, with Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Potatoes and red wine gravy
Vegetarian Lasagne with Roast Potatoes and Garlic Bread

Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Ice Cream

Teas & Coffees with mints

PureMalt have donated a selection of Easter Chocolates to OCK to support their Easter lunch, with the hope that all attendees will be able to take away or enjoy an Easter egg on the day.

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Last week, founder Elaine Gale has returned to the kitchen again to help provide meals for their guests.

OCK are delighted to have been awarded some funding to allow them to take on an activities coordinator and support OCK's new day trips to local beauty spots.

OCK have shared their activities coordinator job post with us below:

"Activities Coordinator on a part time basis (£12 per hour) over three days per week for one year. This would involve organising activities after lunch at ock, evening social events and accompanying people on day trips. If you are interested in this post, please pm them on their Facebook page or email elaine@ourcommunitykitchen.org.uk for further details."
This summer with the support of beyond boundaries, OCK will be able to take their members on accessible bike trips to around East Lothian. Some members of the group who have previously had a stroke found themselves to enjoying testing the bikes with the rest of the team.
It is expected that these activities will encourage social and active pursuits which will allow friendships to develop.'

Handicabs have partnered with OCK for a year to provide bus trips for everyone who joins them with expected trips out to the Kelpies, Stirling, North Berwick and Portobello beaches, The National Museum of Flight, and many more places of interest.

East Lothian Council have supported the OCK team by providing funds to help towards their chefs salary. An essential area of the OCK charity is the food so this is greatly appreciated by the team.

OCK has been invited to have a fundraising stall at the Fun Day in Haddington's Neilson Park, this Jubilee weekend. OCK will have a bake sale to raise funds.

On the 14th of April OCK will host a local musician Ronnie Pollock who will play music during the lunch time. This will be a very special day as the last time Ronnie played at OCK was St Patricks Day 2019.

OCK continues and is delighted to be delivering frozen food to Lammemuir Larder which is delivered locally to people who are on a low income (Macaroni Cheese, Pies, Haggis Neaps & Tatties) People attending OCK also purchase meals occasionally.


An accessible toilet in the bowling club is now available for the members to use, this should allow members with accessibility challenges to access the OCKs sessions round the table and will also attract more people to play bowls.

OCK will be hosting a three course lunch for their volunteers at the Tyneside Restaurant in Haddington on 21st May.

Feedback from members reinforces the OCK "feels like a family" very grateful to hear from Elaine as she knows the charity is going in the right direction.received_658978525390242

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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