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Friends of the John Gray Centre (JGC)

Click here for details on ‘Friends of the John Gray Centre’ and their 2016 programme of Events.

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WW1 - The Thistles

Haddington’s year-long commemoration to the fallen of WW1

Haddington's WW1 year-long commemoration

Santa Sleigh trip round Haddington

Santa will be touring around Haddington again, this year on Sunday 17th December.

When he arrives in Town, this link will take you to a GPS tracker which allows you to track him.

Click here to see the latest Santa update...

Haddington 700

Haddington Community Council invites you to join in with the Haddington 700 Celebrations being organised by the East Lothian Council.   Haddington... read more

Haddington Hogmanay.

Come join us to celebrate the coming of the New year at the Haddington Corn Exchange. Acts include David Currie, The Avenue, Logans Close and headline act the Bag Rockers. Full Bar service, Photo booth and dancing through the bells. £25 per ticket…limited number of tables for up to 10 available (pre-booked tables must be seated by 8.30pm or tables will be given away). Doors open 7.45pm, bags and Id’s will be checked. If tickets are being bought for anyone under 18 (16-18 years of age) they must be purchased by adult (over 18) who is accompanying them. Tickets available from Tickets... read more

Aladdin the 2017 Haddington Panto

Saturday 9th December 2017 at 6:30pm Tickets on Sale now on the TICKETS PAGE   Tickets are £5 per adult and £3 per child. This year’s Panto is Aladdin brought to you by Haddington Events Group and Chaplins Pantos. Packed solid with comedy, excitement and adventure, the children will love to cheer their hero Aladdin and boo the evil Abanazar. They will roar with laughter at the antics of WisheeWashee and Widow Twanky and gasp with amazement... read more

WW1 – With thanks to

Thanks to… The following people and organisations need to be thanked for their support in this Project – Haddington and District Community Council Sean Cockburn Blacksmith – Cousland Haddington Pipe band Alexander Pollock Engravers – Haddington East Lothian Council, particularly Stuart Pryde Police Scotland The Rev John Cairns, temporary minister at St Mary’s Les... read more

WW1 – Thistle information

The Thistles The Thistles were commissioned from Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, based in the Cousland smiddy. Each Thistle is handmade, so every one has a unique characteristic. On receipt of each Thistle, they are then painted in an oil based gloss black, with the top of each Thistle coloured Purple to reflect the real plant. If you wish to purchase a Thistle for your personal use, Sean is offering copies for sale directly from his Smiddy at Cousland. Note the copies will not have a mounting bracket option. Sean can be contacted through his Facebook page by searching for ‘Sean Cockburn Blacksmith’ or use this link Sean Cockburn Blacksmith.  The photo shows the first Thistle in place – Adam Cranston’s – committed on Monday 13th November... read more

WW1 – Additional Project information

Additional detail on the Project. The Thistles were commissioned through Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, Cousland Smiddy, and are hand crafted in a base metal. Each Thistle will also show their Soldier’s name on a polished brass nameplate. The engraved nameplate is being manufactured by Alexander Pollock, Precision Engravers, Haddington. Each Soldier’s procession, starting at 3pm each on the day, will include the Burgh Flag, a Piper, a representative from the Community Council and the Thistle Carrier – members of the public are also welcome to join each procession. Family descendants of the Soldier being commemorated will be given priority to carry his Thistle. The names webpage contains each Soldier’s details and also shows where each Soldier’s starting place will be, either their last known address of their connection to Haddington* or, where this is not known or they are recorded as being from outside Haddington Town, the starting place will be St Mary’s War memorial. * The starting point is determined by their last connection to Haddington – this could be their home or family address or the address where their parents were sent notification of their death (although the Solder may have lived outside Haddington) . The Project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the research carried out by Alastair Shepherd, Gifford. Alastair published a book in 2013, The Haddington War Memorial 1914 – 1918, which records the war records of each of the 130 names on the War memorial. Haddington Community Council are indebted to Alastair for this research. Although this section is impersonal, I feel it’s worth listing some key points that have come out of the research – No... read more

80 years ago today Haddington had its own Rail crash. The train tried to stop but ice on the track meant it went through the buffers, almost ending up in Station Road!

Looks like today's weather has been sympathising with the events all those years ago!

This shows the train hanging over the edge - today this is the flowerbed area where the modern day railway themed fence is, just off Station Road.

McManus family material.

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Another article you may have read is the Haddington 700 celebrations, which will run over 2018.

It's to celebrate it being 700 years since Haddington was granted a Charter by Robert the Bruce, in 1318, which granted the Town the right to hold markets and collect Customs. The Town actually had a charter for the previous 200 years granted by King David I but, since this was lost in the mist of time, the historians have stuck to the 700 years of the granting of the Robert the Bruce one!

Please Like their Facebook page Haddington 700 to follow all of the activities planned for 2018.

(John Hamilton)
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Ba' alley. This construction at the Sands was a popular spot for ballgames in the 1800s. Provided by soldiers quartered in the town, it eventually fell into disrepair & "was only good for providing shelter for tramps". Images show the structure before & after demolition in 1904

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You may have seen articles in the local news and social media about 'A vision for Haddington Town Centre' - this is a multi party project to bring new life to the Town Centre. A consultant has been hired who have produced their vision document - available at trusthaddington.org.uk.

What do you want to see - we have finite parking spaces as the Town Centre was designed when the Horse and Cart ruled - nothing we can do about this, but we also need the Town Centre to be viable for businesses - which goes hand in hand with attracting the customers.

Parking in the Town centre, unless rigorously policed, will be a free for all, which can mean spaces being hogged all day - end of!. Could parking meters that give say the 1st hour free be the solution - this means you are there for shopping, otherwise you'll pay for the privilege. With a ticket on your screen - its easy for all to see what time you're limited to...

So what's it to be - Photo A, or Photo B, back to Photo C?
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