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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.


  • Unfortunately, OCK will have to say goodbye to Heidi, a very special member of their team. Heidi joined the team just before the pandemic started and has worked hard cooking the meals for the OCK participants and people in our local community over the last couple of years. This puts OCK in the position of recruiting for Heidi's position, interviewing chefs and offering them the opportunity to demonstrate the quality of their food by preparing and cooking a meal for everyone around the table and OCK volunteers.
  • OCK's 900 kindness cards are currently being distributed among local schools, encouraging the kids to write positive messages. These Christmas themed cards will be sent out to care-homes, day centres, hospitals and local GP's to spread joy.
  • OCK recently collaborated with local festival organisers Haddstock by running a community café to support their very busy Christmas Fayre on 27th November. OCK Volunteers, staff team and local supporters made delicious home baking to sell and they raised £527.20, which will help massively towards their work.
  • The charity devised plans for 2022. They will look to offer an afternoon tea service to the local community in order to raise funds for Our Community Kitchen.
  • Looking ahead to Christmas Our Community Kitchen plan to open Christmas day for those who would otherwise be alone at Christmas. OCK will provide Christmas food for 35 members. The menu offers an option of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts. Singing carols, listening to Christmas music, enjoying their meal and maybe dancing are all planned for Christmas day.
  • Knightfever dance school have very kindly offered to contribute to the hamper gifts for the participants joining around the table along with Haddington fine wines, who will be gifting wine to members to go with their lunch. Volunteers will also be donating Christmas cakes, hand made chocolates, puddings and mince pies
  • Wee red upcycles will be facilitating a session with the volunteers from OCK to create table decorations through learning the craft of upcycling.
  • Frozen meals will also be delivered this Christmas to those unable to join around the table.
  • OCK await 2022 to begin their growing season again in the garden, encouraging individuals to learn how to grow and cook outside with the produce This is expected to be beginning towards the end of March 2022. 

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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