Royal Mail Dunbar Delivery Office change of opening hours

As from 1st September 2020 our opening times are changing. These have been changed by Royal Mail and are out with our control locally. For a redelivery or enquiry you can still call us on 01368 865224, message our Facebook page, or book online.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding throughout lockdown and beyond:

Monday - 7-9am

Tuesday - 8-10am

Wednesday - closed

Thursday - 8-10am

Friday - 8 - 10am

Saturday - 8-12pm.  

Sections of the A1 to be closed overnight for 12 nights

SECTIONS of the A1 will be closed overnight in September and October as part of £750,000 resurfacing works. Twelve nights of overnight roadworks are planned from September 13, with the work split into two parts of the busy road. 

The eastbound section between the Oaktree and Abbotsview junctions will be closed from 7.30pm to 6am on September 13-17, as well as September 22. A diversion route will be signposted via the A199, adding about two miles and 10 minutes to affected journeys on those nights.

The second section of works takes place between the Bankton and Gladsmuir junctions on September 23 and 24 and from September 29 to October 2. Again, a diversion route along the A199 will be signposted, with the section of the A1 closed between 7.30pm and 6am.

For full article click here.

Dunbar 1650 Commemoration 03/09/2020

Thursday, 3rd September 2020 from 11:55am - 12:30pm hosted by Dunbar 1650 Battlefield and Scottish Battlefields Trust: - “Join us live from the battlefield as we broadcast a short commemorative service marking the 370th anniversary of the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. The ceremony will be streamed live on the “Dunbar 1650 Battlefield” Facebook page. Part of the East Lothian Online Heritage Festival: ”

Lyn Jardine hopes to be SNP’s East Lothian candidate for Scottish Parliament election 2021

A THIRD contender has come forward in a bid to represent the SNP in East Lothian at next year’s Holyrood elections.

Lyn Jardine, a former chair of Women’s Aid East and Midlothian, has joined Dunbar and East Linton Councillor Paul McLennan, and Iain Whyte, office manager for Paul Wheelhouse, South of Scotland MSP and energy minister, in seeking to be the party’s candidate for East Lothian in 2021.

The party is expected to announce its candidate in late October, with hopefuls vetted before local members are asked to choose their preferred person.

For full story click here.

ILB Crew Help Ansthruther Lifeboats to Assist Windsurfer 28/08/2020

Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) crew were called out to assist our RNLI colleagues from Anstruther who had come to the assistance of a windsurfer in the Forth last night (Friday).

UK Coastguard asked our volunteers to help guide Anstruther’s ILB into Dunbar Harbour in blustery conditions and facing up to two metre waves at an entrance unfamiliar to the Fife crew.

Both Anstruther’s lifeboats had launched earlier that evening after a member of the public spotted through their telescope what they thought was the windsurfer in difficulty south of the Isle of May.

After a short search, the crews located the windsurfer six miles from Dunbar. The man, in his fifties, had left Crail at 5pm and had been heading towards North Berwick when the wind dropped, slowing his progress. He was an experienced surfer and was well equipped but, after the ILB escorted him for a while, the decision was made to take him to the safety of the closer Dunbar harbour.

Watch a video of the rescue here.

Search for Missing Person - Thurston Manor, Innerwick

Location: Thurston Manor.

At about 1000hrs Thursday 27th August North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked along side our colleagues Dunbar Coastguard, Eyemouth Coastguard, Berwick Coastguard rescue team, @ Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 199, Border Search and Rescue Unit.To assist Police Scotland, East Lothian Police in a search for a missing person around the area of the Caravan park. After an extensive search for several hours of the wooded/river and valley areas or the park we had completed the areas set out by the Police and they were happy for us to stand down and return to our stations. 

As we were on our way home the good news came through that the person was found nearby by a member of the public and was in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service

Remember if you see someone or something you are concerned about on the shoreline, cliff, mud or on the sea. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If in doubt, call!There is an alternative contact number for the Coastguard, 01333 450666 where you can pass information  

Sescot Radio - Opportunity to be a Radio Presenter

Do you have an interest in music, literature, local politics, history, theatre or sport?
Would you like to share that interest?
Have you ever fancied yourself as a Radio Presenter?

Based in Dunbar, Sescot Radio, a Registered Charity and the Internet Community Radio Station for south-east Scotland is now looking for volunteers - with or without broadcasting experience, to join our terrific Crew. There’s a lot more to local community radio than just sitting behind a mic. Look on it as a challenge, a new hobby, a way of life or even the start of a career in the Media.

In any event, if you are prepared to put more in than you take out; you will find the experience very fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable. We will provide fully comprehensive training and on-going support if needed thereafter. Our doors are open to everyone, irrespective of age, gender, colour, creed, political bias, physical or mental disadvantage - or no matter how much or little of your time you can give.

For further details, just drop a line to us at… - include a contact number and we’ll take things from there. 

And all in the strictest of confidence of course.
Go on….you know you really want to.
So now’s your chance!

Community Carrot - Update

Some updates and changes to our ordering and collection system:

Box orders have calmed down a lot recently, we’re not inundated any more. We have lots of space for email orders to get your Crunchy shopping delivered to you and if you email by 10am we offer same-day delivery. We can often even make up a box for same-day delivery later than that - feel free to call up and check after 10am. We’ll be re-opening our regular weekly box delivery scheme soon too, more info coming on how to sign up to that shortly.

We can deliver anything from a £5 veg box to a customised full-weekly-family-shop box, and don’t forget we can also nip to the community bakery (other than Mondays when they’re closed), fishmonger or butchers to add items to boxes too. 

We’re continuing with our door sales between 10am - 3pm. We can’t expand the hours for now as we need some time around that when the door is clear to be able to load / unload the van for deliveries. Bring your re-fills! Oils, laundry, pulses, cleaning products, grains, nuts & seeds, dried fruit…. 

We’re trialling box collections from the shop from now on, rather than the Bleachingfield Centre car park, still between 5 - 6pm on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays. The car park is getting busier, and we have fewer boxes to offload, but if there are issues with parking etc we’ll re-visit it.

East Lothian Online Heritage Festival (29 August - 13 September)

This year the East Lothian Online Heritage Festival will replace the traditional Archaeology & Local History Fortnight. The online festival will be an exciting opportunity to celebrate East Lothian’s heritage in new ways, safely exploring historic buildings and archaeological sites, without needing to leave the comfort of your home!

There are a variety of programmes, with over 60 events available. The events range from virtual guided tours, presentations, films to workshops, poetry and music. Giving you the perfect opportunity to learn about local heritage on your door step.

Some of the events include:

  • The Big Glassworks Dig - located in Port Seton, Sept 5-6 – An opportunity to dig in your own back garden, looking for remains from the old glassworks. There will be live footage from the digs so everyone can follow discoveries as they are uncovered.
  • The Traditional Skills Showcase, Aug 29 and Sept 2 –  A chance to get involved with online demonstrations and activities.
  • Whiteadder – Historic Heart of the Lammermuirs – Celebrating the heritage of the Lammermuir Hills – from talks from archaeologists about their excavations and research, to poetry, art and music inspired by the heritage.
  • Virtual guided heritage walks in Musselburgh, Gullane, Aberlady, Tranent and Dunglass.
  • Battlefield events commemorating the Battles of Dunbar, Pinkie Cleugh and Prestonpans, including live footage from the commemoration ceremonies.
  • Online exhibitions and films related to the Year of Coast and Waters, using historic images and oral histories from the archives.
  • Children’s activities, including storytelling and crafts.

For full details click here.

Barbarella Beets - 28/08/2020

For our next Supper at Home we are heading to Hawaii for some delicious fresh and zingy flavours!

Hawaiian Supper Night
Friday 28th August 2020

*Coconut prawn’s w/ mango, chilli and lime
*BBQ chicken and pineapple kabobs
*Kimchi octopus
*Coconut corn chowder
*Salmon poke bowl
*Saimin noodle broth w/ char siu pork
*Barbarella’s Hawaiian Salad
*Pineapple and coconut cake w/ cream cheese and lime £21.50 pp 

This menu contains, nuts, soy, dairy. Please let me know of any dietary requirements when booking.

Hawaiian Supper Night 

Friday 28th August 2020 

Vegetarian/ Vegan Menu

*BBQ Halloumi and pineapple kabobs *Coconut jackfruit w/ mango, chilli and lime
*Kimchi Coconut corn chowder
*Edamame poke bowl
*Saimin Noodles w/ tofu
*Barbarella’s Hawaiian Salad
*Pineapple and coconut cake w/ cream cheese and lime
£21.50 pp This menu contains, nuts, soy, dairy.Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.
To order please DIRECT MESSAGE the BARBARELLA BEETS PAGE or send an email to …..we will respond with a reservation and will send you our bank account details for payment. Once your payment has been received your order will be confirmed. Please let us know any special dietary requirements and delivery info at time of booking.
Delivery is Free in Dunbar and £2.50 out with Dunbar
Collection points
Dunbar: Lauderdale Park
East Linton: The Mart
Haddington: Aubigny Sports Centre
Musselburgh: Granada Services

Last orders 10pm on Tuesday

If you enjoy your dinner, please leave us a wee review on Facebook or Instagram. There could be a free treat for you at our next supper.  

Roadworks - Innerwick

From Monday 24th August, for two weeks, the top road from the Smithy Row to Innerwick village will be closed on weekdays from 9am to 4pm as the Council does road repair work. Emergency access will be maintained.

During the period of road closure the 253 Borders bus service will not be able to collect and drop off at the shelter within Innerwick village. There will, however, be an on-demand taxi shuttle service taking passengers to and from the nearest shelter bus stop at the entrance to Thurston Manor Caravan Park.

Capturing Scotland’s landscapes – in all their vibrant variety

AS MANY of us are discovering now that we are being allowed to roam around our own land more freely, there are some places in Scotland which get on our visual nerves and burrow beneath the skin.

Social media feeds across the land are currently buzzing with images of our holidays at home and the chances are you’ll have seen photographs taken on the wild expanse of Rannoch Moor or in Dunbar’s bustling harbour.

As a new exhibition reveals, both these locations hold infinite appeal to artists. Moor and Dunbar Sketchbooks features two new collections of work from Dominque Cameron and Ann Cowan.

For full story click here

SNP duo hoping to become East Lothian’s next MSP

A FORMER East Lothian Council leader and the office manager for a Scottish Government minister have stepped forward in a bid to become the county’s MSP.

Councillor Paul McLennan, who represents Dunbar and East Linton, and Iain Whyte, office manager for Paul Wheelhouse, South of Scotland MSP and energy minister, both want to become the SNP’s East Lothian candidate at the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2021.

For full story click here

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Launch Fire Safety Home Self Assessment

A new online fire safety quiz has been launched by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support people to stay safe at home – and potentially save lives.

The ‘Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment’ survey asks a series of simple questions and then automatically generates a home fire safety report for them.

People are also encouraged to sign up for a free Home Fire Safety Visit from firefighters who can provide further safety advice, check smoke detectors and fire evacuation plans. These visits would be conducted in line with present social distancing and safety restrictions.

The quiz could help to save lives and property, says the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s head of prevention and protection, Alasdair Perry.

He commented: “This is a fantastic resource that can help people stay safe in their own homes – and they can even take the quiz on behalf of a relative or neighbour to help keep them safe too.

“The questions and the advice are simple and straightforward - but heeding that advice could help save a life, or prevent an emergency from occurring in the first place.

“We would encourage as many people as possible who have access to the internet to take the quiz, for your own home and for any others you may know who would benefit.”

The quiz goes through topics such as heat and smoke detectors, electrical sockets and smoking in bed, with potentially life-saving advice appearing on screen where needed and depending on the answers given by the user.

The tool also encourages users to sign up for a Home Fire Safety Visit - limited numbers of which are currently being carried out to those who are at highest risk of fire in the home during the coronavirus pandemic.

“By working together with our communities, we can continue to drive down the number of completely unavoidable fires we see in Scotland’s homes, and the number of avoidable injuries we see as a result.”

To use the interactive tool, visit:

For more information on free Home Fire Safety Visits, go to:


Online lectures - The Glasgow Boys and the Cockburnspath Connection

Image: James Whitelaw Hamilton RSA RSW (1860-1932) Autumn Reverie, courtesy of The Fine Art Society.

Art historians have classified the work of the so-called “ Glasgow Boys” in three stages: Social Realism; Art Nouveau-Decorative-Symbolist and finally, the “individual approach” meaning how each of them took different paths to express themselves in their maturity as well-known artists. Prof Maria Chester has already delivered four lectures about the Glasgow Boys and the Glasgow Girls for BEA, but now she is going deeper into analyzing the work of those who gathered at Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders. It is known that the Glasgow Boys ( and Girls) practiced “en plein air” painting which is not easy in Scottish weather (famous for strong winds…) The lives and works of James Guthrie (the informal leader), Edward Arthur Walton, Joseph Crawhall, Alexander Ignatious Roche and those who visited them occasionally, such as Arthur Melville, will be analyzed in depth by Prof. Chester, who happens to live a few miles away from the coastal village of Cockburnspath.

There are two lectures covering this subject, on the 15th and 17th September , and you can buy a ticket for both for £6 or to one only for £4.

BEA in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts has prepared a series of lectures, tours and art workshops planned to support ‘The Glasgow Boys and Girls’ exhibition at the Granary Gallery, Berwick, which we now hope will open in September 2020.

Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmatory email from Eventbrite, including a link to the Zoom invitation. If you can’t find the invitation, please email

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post (see and do not supply an email address.

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish on Belhaven Beach

The lion’s mane jellyfish, also known as the giant jellyfish or the hair jelly, is one of the largest known species of jellyfish. It uses its stinging tentacles to capture, pull in, and eat prey such as fish, zooplankton, sea creatures, and smaller jellyfish.

Most encounters cause temporary pain and localized redness.  Vinegar can be used to deactivate the nematocysts, but due to the large number of tentacles, medical attention is recommended after exposure. There may be a significant difference between touching a few tentacles with fingertips at a beach and accidentally swimming into one. The initial sensation is more strange than painful and feels like swimming into warmer and somewhat effervescent water. Some minor pains will soon follow. Normally there is no real danger to humans (with the exception of people suffering from special allergies). But in cases when someone has been stung over large parts of their body by not just the longest tentacles but the entire jellyfish (including the inner tentacles, of which there are around 1,200, medical attention is recommended as systemic effects can be present.

Previously local vets have warned of the dangers jellyfish can pose to dogs

Pic courtesy of Debbie Adamson.