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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 2022


Our Community Kitchen are delighted to have been presented with Haddington Hero’s Certificates for Outstanding Volunteer Group and Outstanding Adult Volunteer at the opening ceremony of Haddington Festival Week, which is a celebration of all the local heroes in the community.

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Their youngest volunteer, Josh, also received the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for 2022 at the Volunteer Centre East Lothian Inspiring Volunteering Awards.

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OCK recently hosted a tombola and plant stall at Haddington Funday. The plants were freshly picked from the OCK garden and all items for the tombola were generously donated by the OCK volunteers. Once the tombola had ended, members of the community kindly donated money to OCK to put towards new opportunities. They are very grateful for this.

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Tonya has successfully organised new trips and opportunities for the OCK members. An example includes a new walking group, which started on Friday. Members thoroughly enjoyed a short 45 minute walk, burning up an appetite, returning back in time for a delicious lunch. This is just the beginning for new activities; an exercise group, art class and quiz group are all in progress.

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Members also visited Archerfield, where they had a fantastic afternoon. Some walked the fairy trail, some relaxed and had a cuppa and everyone had a look round the shop, all while the sun remained shining.

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Children from Haddington Infant Nursery visited OCK for food growing classes.

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The Platinum Jubilee weekend was a fun one, with everyone dressing up to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign!

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Upcoming, Julie will be writing monthly newsletters for the locals of Haddington and attendees, which is an exciting prospect for OCK. PureMalt can’t wait to receive one.




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Written by Amy Donnelly

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