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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

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

2017 Haddington Festival Survey

Come and tell us what you thought of this years Festival Week. Your feed back is important to us and allows us to focus our efforts in future years to the events that matter most.  ... read more

I said goodbye to an old Haddingtonian today, Georgina (Ina) McLellan Donaldson: 5th Oct 1924 - 6 Nov 2017. Ina was my neighbour for about 16 years.

Ina was born at St Lawrence and, apart from working in ammunitions in Wolverhampton to help the war effort, spent all her time in Haddington - that's apart from when she wasn't travelling, and she could travel!

Ina is survived by her son Drew (of Haddington HiHis) and daughter June.

Ina worked in the Council's Finance dept for many years. The photo attached shows Ina, bottom right, taken in the 1940s. The other names that came with this photos were - Noleen Paterson, Agnes Richie, Ina Donaldson and Muriel Nisbet

Ina supplied material.
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Rev Canon Ann Dyer of the Town's Holy Trinity Church in Church Street has made history by being elected the first ever female Bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

it means she'll be leaving Haddington to take up the post of Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney.

I'm sure you'll join me in congratulating her on this historic appointment.

The picture shows Anne with the Bishop of Edinburgh taken in January this year.

(John Hamilton)
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WW1 – The Thistles - Haddington’s 130 names on the War memorial.

The first of the year-long WW1 Thistle committals starts tomorrow, Monday 13th Nov. Each Soldier’s Thistle committal leaves from their Haddington related address or, where this is not known or outside Haddington, the St Mary’s war memorial, then onto the Ferguson monument.

Lost Haddington is going to list each week’s Thistle committals – this weeks are -

Monday 13th - Adam L Cranston, died this day 1916 at Le Transloy (Somme). Leaving from St Martin's Gate.

Friday 17th - James H Cunningham, died this day 1917 at 2nd Passchendaele (3rd Ypres). Leaving from 81 Market Street, now gone (so Launderette).

Saturday 18th - Peter Cowe, died this day 1916 at the Somme. Leaving from old Library at entrance to Tesco.

If you would like to volunteer to carry one of the Soldier’s Thistles for this year-long commemoration, contact details and other information on this Project are available at the website –

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