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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.

September 2022


Last month, Our Community Kitchen announced they were opening for 4 days a week, rather than 3, which has kept volunteers busy, with 30 – 35 people a day showing up for Chef Pete’s delicious, traditional, hearty lunches. GP’s have also been referring those who feel isolated to OCK, which has increased the numbers around the table too 😊


OCK are selling some frozen food to people who come together around the table and to Lammermuir Larder, who deliver across Haddington to help those who are struggling financially.

New designs have been developed for OCK; A new logo for Our Community Kitchen has been designed by 14-year-old Conor Goodwin, a pupil at Knox Academy High School, so make sure to keep an eye out for that. OCK’s first Christmas card will be released in the upcoming weeks so you can send to your loved ones this Christmas and help raise funds for the kitchen.   The Activities Coordinator Tonia and Treasurer Alison has designed and produced the first OCK recipe calendar and photographer Andrew Moncrieff has taken and pulled together all the photographs. This will be sold around the table.

Sketching activities, a Trip to Maid of the Forth and movie afternoons were all thoroughly enjoyed by OCK participants in September. Nicola Graham has also been singing for participants, which has been lovely.


Helen has now settled and is well into her new role as the Garden Coordinator, meeting with local schools and nurseries to discuss projects and programmes in the OCK garden. There was also a family garden event held with a treasure hunt for children, which was a success.

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OCK are delighted to announce the winning number is 38 in their 50/50 cash prize draw for September. 148 numbers have been sold and the total amount they received was £740.00 which means the winner will receive £370.00. Big thanks to the people who have purchased numbers!”

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Written by Amy Donnelly

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