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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.

October 2022


October was a very busy month for OCK. They celebrated Paul, one of their volunteers’ birthdays, as well as 8 months sobriety, which is an amazing achievement. He gives so much to the community through OCK, and they are forever grateful for his kindness. Another cake was enjoyed for Supervisor Sylvia’s birthday, as well as Moira, Elaine and Marjory! OCK also welcomed Jeff, a new volunteer. Welcome Jeff!

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Bus trips are still running, with this month’s trip to the Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. St. Mary’s Primary School children also came along to pick some vegetables from the garden to take over to the Chef Pete for use in the delicious meals.

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A local couple, Zoe and David, popped in with a cheque for an amazing £170. David is a local retired firefighter who completed 26 years at Haddington station and who now owns his own fire engine. Throughout the summer, David and his wife Zoe attended various fetes, galas and other events in the Fire Engine and have very kindly collected this huge amount for Our Community kitchen. They allow children onto the fire engine and leave a collection box for donations.

They aren’t the only ones who have been generously donating and fundraising for OCK. Lots of people have been knitting and selling the finished products to raise funds towards OCK’s work. OCK also held their Club Tropicana Fundraising Disco, which was a huge success. A total of £1000 was raised.  

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As always, it is great to see younger individuals getting involved and this October, Elaine met with the Head Boy, Oscar and Head Girl, Lauren from Knox Academy School. They will be working closely with them going forward to support the community, which is great to see.

A visit was enjoyed by their Funding Officer at National Lottery Community Fund, who invited MSP Paul McLennan and Councillor Liz Allan along. The day was filled with delicious food, chat and great laughs, ending with a visit to the garden and children from Haddington Infants Nursery School visited to sing beautiful nursery rhymes for everyone.

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Written by Amy Donnelly

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