St Abbs Independent Lifeboat awarded full Declared Facility Status

Everyone at St Abbs Lifeboat is delighted to share the news that as of today, June 15th 2020, St Abbs Independent Lifeboat has been awarded full Declared Facility Status by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
For the last 4 years we have been operating as an “Additional Facility”, which meant that we could not be called out by the Coastguard without another Lifeboat being in attendance.
As of today that is no longer the case.
Following a years probationary period under the terms of the Rescue Boat Code, we have worked closely with HMCG culminating in this fantastic news.
Today’s announcement is as a result of the long hours of training, hard work, belief and commitment from our volunteer crew members, backed up by a committee and dedicated fundraisers working tirelessly in the background.
It is of course, in no small part, also down to the generosity of our fantastic supporters, who have dug deep from the start.
“We could not have done it without you” is a phrase often used nowadays, in the case of St Abbs Independent Lifeboat it is very apt.
We are very proud to take our place amongst the thousands of volunteers and professionals in the SAR community around the UK and beyond.
Thank you all for your incredible support.

Update on services from Handicabs

Update from Handicabs 

Dial-a-Ride: 0131 447 9949

“Our Dial-A-Ride service (which takes people with mobility challenges to any destination of their choice) is running a limited service during the current situation. We are still taking passengers with mobility challenges to essential medical appointments. We will, where we can, provide other supported travel within government guidelines. For example if an elderly person or someone with a disability needs to attend a funeral we will try to support these requests.

Our Dial-A-Bus services (which take people with mobility challenges to local shopping centres / supermarkets) are sadly suspended at this time. Of course, in the current situation, the members of your community that would use this service are predominantly in isolation / shielding.

In addition, we have been supporting local charities / community groups with delivering food parcels – be it meals or food packs. If you are aware of any community groups, charities, local organisations that need help with food deliveries to vulnerable members of your community currently, or if this is something that arises in the coming months, please do get in touch with us and we will do our very best to help.”

Carers of East Lothian (CoEL)

Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) is continuing to offer support to informal or family carers over the telephone throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We can provide information, practical advice and emotional support. We can also offer assistance with welfare rights checks and benefit applications. People can self-refer by calling 0131 665 0135 or via our website: We have a carer support worker available Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm to respond to any new enquiries.

Local online wellbeing classes - Yoga and Pilates

Hello there,

Myself (Caroline Foster) and lovely Jill Sandford are going to be running a few FREE online wellbeing sessions for people in the local community. These are being funded by East Lothian Community Council and are primarily for the people of Spott and the surrounding villages of Innerwick, Stenton and Oldhamstocks.

(However, this is the internet and so if anyone from the wider community (ie, the 🌍) wants to join in, then hey, let’s have a party 😁)

I will be running 45 min yoga sessions and some short meditation/breathwork practices of Tuesday Mornings at 10.30am, and Jill will be running pilates classes at 6pm on Wednesdays.

My classes will stream directly onto the group, and Jill’s will be via zoom, with the link being available on the fb group too.

The classes will be accessible for all abilities and for complete beginners, so please feel free to join the group, and pass on the info to anyone you think may be interested.


VE Day 75th Anniversary

An online service of remembrance and a two-minute silence will lead Scotland’s public commemorations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May.

The ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has meant that plans for the landmark anniversary – which were to include a parade, public concert and reception – will now take place online, with a video message of thanks from the First Minister and a concert in addition to the service and silence.

Led by Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland in partnership with the Scottish Government, the commemorations will include children and families currently learning at home. Full story click here.

Bank Holiday opening for GP’s and Pharmacies

Your NHS is still open this Friday bank holiday.

If you’re unwell with non-coronavirus symptoms, please seek help from your GP or local pharmacy.

☎ If your symptoms worsen out of hours, call 111. In an emergency dial 999.

⚠ Remember if you have symptoms of #coronavirus – a high temperature or new and continuous cough – go to

You only need to call 111 if your coronavirus symptoms worsen, or do not improve after 7 days. In an emergency, dial 999.

Thanks to ELCC

The Committee of Oldhamstocks Community Association would like to express our thanks and appreciation to ELCC for their prompt response in following our lead in the creation of a Petty Cash fund and, on a much bigger scale, the creation of a Hardship Fund. 

In these difficult times it is reassuring to see small communities working swiftly together to create a means to be able to help anyone suffering financial hardship, quickly and without fuss.

The OCA Committee

Help required with historical photographs of Oldhamstocks and Innerwick Shows

Hi, I am researching a Thorntonloch poultry farmer, Graham Budge, who played rugby for Scotland in 1950. His family came over from Canada in 1930 and lived in Reston first.

Before the war, Graham and his two brothers took part in the sports part of village gala days such as Innerwick and Oldhamstocks. After the war, Graham organised at least one.

The BNA has results though these look more like participants in things like tug of war, shot putt etc. Would anyone have a photo of Graham either as a teenager or a bit older working at a gala day?

His last village day would be 1951 as he left for Canada that summer and stayed there.

Any responses please contact Aidan Taylor 

Border Belles Plant Nursery

Hi there,
Welcome to the latest incarnation of Border Belles Plant Nursery in East Lothian, which has been established for more than 20 years.
My plants are usually available from Smeaton Nursery Garden & Tearooms in East Linton but, due to the Covid-19 emergency, I have decided to reintroduce my delivery and collection service that has been absent for a number of years.

A list of what I currently have available for sale can be seen below along with prices and pot sizes.
I’m happy to supply a full descriptive list by email on request directly from here or if you prefer contact Gillian via
When you place an order I will contact you to agree delivery or collection and confirm payment details.
At this time payment can only be made by BACS or Faster Payments, and delivery can only be made within the East Lothian area.

Stay well. Gillian.

Online public exhibition launched for Viridor’s plastics proposals

A PUBLIC exhibition outlining plans for a new facility which could recycle thousands of tonnes of plastic will take place online.

Applicants submitting plans to East Lothian Council for large developments are obliged to host a public exhibition so residents can look at the early proposals.

Viridor Waste Management Limited had intended to hold a drop-in exhibition at Dunbar’s Bleachingfield Centre yesterday (Thursday) to outline the proposed plastics recycling facility (PRF).

The new building would be created beside the Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), which opened at Oxwellmains last year.

However, with social gatherings restricted, the developer has taken the unusual step of instead holding a virtual exhibition, which will be live from today (Friday). For full article click here.