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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.

MAY 2021


Over the last month OCK have welcomed back some of their members to the local bowling club for a hot meal 2 days in the last month (Thursdays/Fridays). The charity maintain the operation of their kindness calls offering their support in conversation to their members. Many members still hold concerns over venturing out due to the pandemic.

A small change to their process begins as they change tack to initiate offering their members frozen food, allowing the individual flexibility around their schedule.

All of this will be provided by the installation of a new shed to facilitate the frozen food options. OCK have encouraged the local community to get involved again with this project.

OCK in recent times have attracted new volunteers, further to this the charity are looking to recruit a Co-ordinator for 'Our Community Garden'. If you are interested please contact steven-johnson@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Within the garden currently the charity are sanding down the wooden structures, providing both safety and aesthetic benefits.

Our Community Kitchen have successfully won a 'Cala Homes' bursary grant as well as the 'Arnold Clark' community fund.

Our Community Kitchen team member Alison was the recipient of the 'East Lothian Volunteer Centre Inspiring Volunteering Awards 2021' award for 'Trustee of the Year' - She has been recognised for her commitment, dedication and loyalty through her work with OCK.

The charity and their team were also able to receive recognition in the form of a second award, picking up their award for 'Team of the Year' at the same event.

Both of these awards are a great achievement for the charity and demonstrate the importance of their work within the local community.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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