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...
2017 Haddington Festival Survey

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.  ...
BIG BIKE REVIVAL

BIG BIKE REVIVAL

Haddington is hosting the Big Bike Revival, a nationwide event promoted by Cycling UK. The event is taking place at Knox Academy on Friday 26 May between 9:30 and 16:30 The aim is to reconnect people of all ages with cycling and promote cycling to potential new cyclists as well as encourage regular cyclists to continue. What’s on offer:- Bike mechanic on site for advice, demonstrations and minor repairs 10:00 – 14:00 Puncture repairs Safety check advice and demonstrations Introduction and advice on the Bikeability scheme for adults and children Led rides at various times on local tracks and cycle paths Entertainment by local rider Aaron Duke – a range of stunts and displays including some of Scottish cycling’s up to date bikes Bananas and water supplied for participants All above are free of charge so please feel free to come alone and help us to help the Scottish Government reach their target of reaching ten per cent of all journeys being carried out my non-motorised means by the year 2020. East Lothian is a cycling haven so come along and be part of something great on your...
2017 Festival Program

2017 Festival Program

DOWNLOAD Festival Program 2017 (PDF) A Very Warm Welcome to the 2017 Festival The Theme of the 2017 Festival week is CARNIVAL Here’s a selection of Events being held at this year’s 2017 Festival Week. More Events, and more detail on the Events listed below can be found in the soon to be published Festival 2017 handbook. There should be one popping through your door soon (Haddington Town addresses only), or one can be picked up from the Library at the John Gray Centre. Tickets and information on the events unless stated are available from the Festival Events Desk, which is located within the Corn Exchange during the Festival Café’s every weekday. WEEK LONG EVENTS BLOOMING HADDINGTON:- FIND THE GOAT  Haddington’s Mascot is the Goat and as such over the years a lot of Goats have been displayed within the town. Blooming Haddington are bringing you the competition to find all the goats around the town. Entry forms from Joe Forte, Fabrication and Library FRIDAY 26th MAY 7.30pm-12.30am              CORN EXCHANGE:- Haddington Pipe Band ‘SCOTS NIGHT’  Tickets are £12 or £10 concession, Under 16’s MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Bring your own food and drink.  Tickets from Joe Forte, David Leckie 07952 327664, Liz McDougall 01620 823974 SATURDAY 27th MAY 9am-1pm             COURT STREET:- OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKET  Purchase the delights of locally produced food at its best. Held on the Last Saturday of every month. 9am-5pm             WHITTINGHAME DRIVE 3G PITCHES:- HADDINGTON ATHLETIC FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL Start of a 2 day Festival of Football that will see 450 children invited to play friendly games from the ages of 5 to 13 including  girls...
Friends of John Gray Centre

Friends of John Gray Centre

Ola Wojtkiewicz, Development Officer at the John Gray Centre (JGC) writes – “Friends of the John Gray Centre area  a very dynamic local group and it would be great to raise awareness about them. Click on these PDF links for our promotional/membership leaflet and our Events programme for 2016.” A copy of the 2016 events are also listed here – What’s on in 2016? All events are free to Friends and cost £3 for non-members unless otherwise stated. Light refreshments will be provided free of charge, donations welcome. Thursday 25 February, 2pm-5pm Haddington or other corners of East Lothian? Bring a few items and share your stories with Friends of the John Gray Centre! This informal event will be a fun way of meeting new people, joining the Friends or simply enjoying a cuppa and some quirky tales about our personal treasures stored in the attic or other corners of our homes. What’s in Your Attic? Do you have any treasured possessions which carry an interesting story? Or perhaps old photographs/maps/artefacts associated with Friday 15 April, 10am–12.30pm – Friends Annual Outing; visit to National Trust of Scotland Newhailes House in Musselburgh  Enjoy a bespoke tour of this gorgeous historic house and its grounds, and indulge in some delicious refreshments in the cafe while getting to know other Friends! Advance booking essential; 15 places available. Monday 6 June, 10am–4pm  Day with Mary Queen of Scots Mary Queen of Scots still fires imagination of many people, and her story is closely interlinked with that of Haddington and East Lothian. Spend a fascinating day listening to talks about Mary and her links with the County, viewing original...
Find Free WiFi in East Lothian

Find Free WiFi in East Lothian

East Lothian Council web and communications team have recently developed a ‘Free WiFi in East Lothian Map’ as part of their digital inclusion strategy. The map is a way to help all residents and visitors to the county get online and gives details of where in East Lothian there are free Wi-Fi spots on an easy to use map and how they can be accessed. The map currently includes all council buildings which provide free Wi-Fi, as well as businesses and other hotspots around the county. We are trying to spread this information as widely as possible to ensure that everyone is included and can contribute effectively and easily in the digital age. Businesses and other groups are also encouraged to contact us if they would like to be added to the map. More details can be...