Lookout for suspicious activity around Mobile Phone masts

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland and the Scottish Partnership Against Rural crime are asking for your help in protecting all mobile phone masts in your area. Attacks have been widely reported in news coverage and loss of service to communities can have wide ranging consequences particularly during the current Coronavirus situation.

In light of recent criminal damage to telephone masts, our partners at the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) are asking assistance from anyone located within particularly rural communities and locations to try and prevent further incidents happening in Scotland.

In these unprecedented times, you may be aware of misinformation spreading on social media regarding 5G and an alleged link to the COVID-19 pandemic with some social media groups calling for criminal damage to telecommunications infrastructure.  This has resulted in some random acts of vandalism and wilful fire-raising to a variety of masts as there is no way of telling if a mast is 5G or otherwise.  At a time when critical sectors are focusing all their efforts to fight this pandemic, any damage to the mobile infrastructure could have significant implications for these sectors, such as a loss of communication or vital systems. 
Often located in rural or remote areas, if as an essential worker travelling to and from work, whilst taking any permitted daily exercise or if as a land owner with a mast on your land, if you observe an individual(s) or vehicle(s) at or near such sites who do not appear as if they are from a relevant telecommunications company, please note any relevant details, a description and any relevant vehicle registration number then pass the information onto Police Scotland via 101 or if a crime is on-going 999.  Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Planning Application - Purely Scottish

You may wish to comment on a current planning application in the Oldhamstocks Parish 
This can be found on the East Lothian Council Website under planning applications

Application numbers 20/00183/P and 20/00261/CAC

Extension to building and erection of water tanks and Demolition of building

Purely Scottish, Oldhamstocks, Cockburnspath, East Lothian 

Representations to be made by 17 April 2020
You can comment directly on the East Lothian Council Website under planning applications, and/or ask the Community Council to take account of your views in its role as a statutory consulted. Your local Community Councillor is Chris Bruce, email Eastlammermuir.chair@live.co.uk or call 01368 830335  

Parcel Monkey - Compare and book cheap parcel delivery services

At Parcel Monkey, we understand that the ongoing fight against Coronavirus has not only impacted the way we go about our lives, but it has created uncertainty and concern about everyday tasks. A simple trip to the Post Office for example, may now be a risk you’re not willing to take.

If you have a parcel to send, we want to take this time to assure you that Parcel Monkey is operating as usual and we are following Government advice and working with our courier partners to ensure the safety of drivers and customers.

To make sending parcels a little easier during this time, here are our top tips for shipping during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Stay home and book a courier collection. We have a range of collection services with Parcelforce, DHL and DPD, offering door to door delivery in the UK and internationally.
  • Use our courier quote tool to check service availability. We update this frequently based on constant communication with our courier partners.
  • With the advice to ‘stay home’, you might be tempted to have a house clear-out and sell some items on eBay or Gumtree. For local deliveries, CitySprint offer an affordable ‘man with a van’ style service to collect larger items and deliver them the same day.
  • Go ‘printer free’ – if you don’t have access to a printer, we offer several services where no printer is required.
  • If you’re self-isolating and expecting a delivery, leave a note on your door and the courier will leave it on the doorstep. You won’t need to sign for it, the driver will take a picture and sign on your behalf.

  • Tesco update

    As we enter our third week of national lockdown, our lives are slowly adjusting to circumstances that were unthinkable just a month or two ago. There’s no doubt that this is a very difficult time for everyone.

    As I’ve done in recent weeks, I wanted to write and update you on the measures we’ve taken in the last 7 days – measures that build on the many changes we’ve made since the outbreak of COVID-19. As our stores and our service start to return to normal, I also wanted to share some information on what we’re doing to support others who may benefit from our help.

    You can find a full update on all these measures at tescoplc.com.  

    Food for all

    • Last Thursday, we were given an initial list of 110,000 clinically vulnerable and isolated people by the Government. From this list, we were able to match 75,000 existing customers – and we’ve already let them know we’re making home delivery slots available to them immediately. We’ll continue to work through this list, and, as we receive more data from the Government, we’ll make even more slots available.
    • We’ve increased our online delivery slots by 145,000 (+20%) in the last 2 weeks, with thousands more becoming available every day. We know it’s still difficult to get an online delivery slot due to high demand, so we ask those who are able to safely come to stores to do so. This will help free up more slots for the more vulnerable – so please think before you click.
    • As our stock levels start to return to normal, we’re removing the purchasing limits on the majority of products in our stores. We’ve kept limits on some essential lines such as toilet roll, pasta and hand sanitisers until our shelves are fully stocked again. But we’d still ask you to buy only what you need.
    • Many care homes have contacted us, asking to buy provisions for their guests. Booker, our wholesale business, is doing its very best to help these customers.

    Safety for everyone

    • As well as the measures we shared with you previously, we’re introducing one-way aisles and a ‘one-in, one-out’ system in stores. We’ve maintained longer opening hours to minimise potential queuing. Do ask your local store team for the quiet times!
    • We have also now installed protective screens at the front and the back of every till at the checkout, so that we can open all of them and reduce the time you need to queue.
    • We understand customers are shopping less frequently and therefore need to spend a little more each time. The limit on contactless payments – which is quicker and safer for everyone – will start moving from £30 to £45 per shop. We ask for your patience while we gradually update our tills. You can also use the free Tesco Pay+ app from Tesco Bank. The app has bank-level security built in and lets you pay for up to £250 worth of shopping with a single contactless scan directly from your phone.

    Supporting our colleagues

    • We’ve already confirmed that we’ll pay our vulnerable, pregnant and self-isolating colleagues from day one. We also introduced a 10% bonus for colleagues in stores, distribution centres and our call centre.
    • From today, all our colleagues will get a 15% discount on all their Tesco shopping for the next four weeks as a further token of our appreciation.
    • We’ve also recruited 45,000 temporary colleagues to support our stores and distribution centres, given the number of colleagues who can’t work due to COVID-19.

    Supporting our communities

    • Yesterday we confirmed that we’re the retail partner of SalutetheNHS.org which will provide one million free meal parcels to frontline NHS workers. We’ll donate all the food and ingredients used in the production of these food parcels.
    • Also yesterday, we began work on our first dedicated NHS Nightingale Hospital pop-up store, at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll provide NHS staff with on-site 24-hour access to the food and household products they need. Construction at the NEC started on Sunday and we aim to be open by the end of next week – so it’s all hands on deck. We’re in late-stage discussions with other Nightingale sites, and hope that this is the first of several pop-up Tesco stores that will help the NHS staff in those hospitals.

    We sincerely hope these measures, taken alongside everything else we’ve done in the last few weeks, mean we’re able to give our colleagues and customers access to the essentials they need, in a safe environment. We also hope that, by using our skills and resources, we can make a real difference to supporting communities, and particularly those in need or on the front line.

    I wanted to end this week’s update with a word of thanks. Firstly, thank you for your support and understanding as we have rolled out the measures outlined above; we can’t make these changes work without your help. Secondly, a word of thanks on behalf of my colleagues. I have heard countless stories of customers offering appreciation to our store colleagues who have been working in difficult conditions over the last few weeks. This means a lot to us.

    I join you in thanking all our colleagues, and everyone else – NHS workers, other food retailers, suppliers and other frontline workers: thank you all for your service.

    Together, we can do this.

    Dave Lewis

    Tesco CEO

    Asda update

    Dear Customer,

    Another week has passed and the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change and we all begin to adjust to the ‘new normal’ way of life. In my last email, I shared with you what we’re doing at Asda to protect you and our colleagues, including the new social distancing measures that we now have in place in our stores. I’d like to thank all of you for quickly adapting to the new rules, to help keep our stores safe for all.

    Today I wanted to provide a further update of the work we’ve been doing to help vulnerable customers who can’t get out to our stores and reassure you all about the supply and availability of our essential products.


    This week we proudly launched a dedicated volunteer shopping card to help the many people self-isolating and unable to go out to buy their shopping. With the support of millions of amazing volunteers, we’ll be able to make sure these vulnerable customers have access to their shopping essentials. Customers can buy these shopping cards online, top up and give to their family member, friend, or NHS volunteer to pay for their shopping without the hassle of using cash or bank cards. This also promotes a contactless way of shopping, essential for reducing risk to our self-isolating customers. These volunteer shopping cards can be bought at asda.com/volunteercard


    The UK Government has identified over a million people in England who have conditions that make them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) and have advised them to self-isolate for 12 weeks to protect themselves. We have been working closely with the DEFRA and some of our fellow supermarkets for the last couple of weeks to understand how to ensure essentials reach those with no support network. Once we’ve received the information from the UK Government, we will email these customers to offer first access to delivery slots, ensuring they get what they need while they stay safe at home. We’re also working on similar programmes for customers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


    We have been working around the clock to expand our home shopping operations to make as many slots as possible available to our customers. In the last two weeks alone, we have increased the number of slots we have available by over 300,000, and continue to add more. However, the demand for delivery is still very high and we recognise that not everyone will be able to get a slot.

    We want to ensure that the 700,000 deliveries we make every week are going to those who are most in need and who shouldn’t be leaving their house. That’s why I would ask that where possible, if you are able to go to one of our shops, to please do so. Whilst we are all being urged to stay at home as much as possible, the Government guidelines do not restrict you from travelling to a supermarket to buy what you – or others - need. Shopping in store safely and responsibly means that we have more availability online to deliver directly to those most vulnerable.


    For our customers who can get out to one of our stores, I would like to reassure you that we have put extensive measures in place to ensure they are safe for you to shop, including:

    • Extra colleagues at the front of our stores, to ensure safe numbers in store at all times
    • Our new barriers and signage will help guide you in and throughout our shops
    • Signs and distance floor-markers are there to remind you to keep 2 metres from others
    • Perspex screens are being fitted at checkouts
    • We’re using extra cleaning materials in our stores more often, especially in our busier walkways
    • Our cleaning stations at the front of stores are replenished to make it easier to sanitise trolleys and baskets before and after use


    Additionally, we would urge customers to continue to keep in mind ways they can reduce contact in stores to make their shopping experience as quick and efficient as they can. Don’t forget that from this week, the contactless limit on card payments has increased to £45 and I would ask you to use this and go cashless wherever you can to reduce the spread of the virus. We also offer Scan and Go mobile in 358 stores, so you can scan and pay for items using your own device – speeding up your shop and reducing contact even further.


    Our store colleagues have also worked incredibly hard to improve supply and replenish our stores. Over the last two weeks we’ve brought in 50 million core essentials into the supply chain for our customers. Our stores are well stocked throughout the day and there is no need to rush to stores early in the morning if you don’t have to. We have now been able to lift restrictions on the majority of our products, as we now know many customers are buying for others – but we do ask that you continue to shop responsibly. We also continue to offer our Pharmacy service in store, meaning you are able to access both your groceries and any medication you require in one visit. This week we have been able to extend the opening times in some of our stores – you can check your local store locator page here.

    In this constantly developing situation, I won’t pretend we have all the answers – but I do promise that we are doing everything we can to support our customers and our communities. I would like to personally thank you for your continued efforts of keeping to the social distancing measures in our stores and I ask that you continue to keep this up while we help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) together.

    Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you for the efforts of our colleagues, who continue to tirelessly provide for our customers day in day out. It really lifts our colleagues’ spirits when you take the time to thank them for their efforts – and we’ve particularly appreciated the fantastic drawings and cards being made for them by some of our younger customers.

    Oldhamstocks Flower Show cancelled

    Due to the worsening situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Oldhamstocks Horticultural Society have made the sad decision to cancel the 2020 OHS Flower Show (Saturday 15th August 2020).

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their continued support and we hope to welcome everyone back to the 2021 Oldhamstocks Horticultural Society Flower Show (Sat 21st August 2021).

    Wishing everyone all the very best for the coming days and weeks.

    Stay safe and stay healthy!

    Dunbar Group Practice - Covid-19 Information - 16/03/2020




    Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, we are taking measures in line with guidance shared by NHS Scotland and Public Health authorities to minimise risks associated with the virus.

    In order to protect our patients and staff, we are asking for your support. The same measures are being taken by all three practices in Dunbar.

    What does this mean for you?

    New appointments:
    From Monday 16th March 2020 we are asking all patients to NOT attend the medical centre unless they have prior agreement from a member of our clinical team. We aim to minimise the number of patients attending the medical centre for face to face appointments. This means that all patients must contact their practice by telephone to request an appointment, providing details of their need. A member of the clinical team will phone you back to discuss your need, and wherever possible this need will be met over the telephone. If the clinician deems that you require a face to face appointment, you will be asked some screening questions to determine whether there is a need for a coronavirus assessment. If this is the case you will be asked to self-isolate for 7 days, and other arrangements will be made to address your medical need if it is urgent. If there is no risk you will be given a face to face appointment.

    Existing appointments:
    All pre-existing appointments are being reviewed by the clinical team. If it is deemed that your appointment is not urgent this may be cancelled and re-scheduled at a later date by your practice. If the appointment needs to go ahead, wherever possible this will take place over the telephone. If your appointment is cancelled or changed to a telephone appointment, our administrative team will contact you to advise you of this. If the appointment needs to be face to face you will be contacted before the appointment and asked some screening questions to ensure it is appropriate for you to attend.

    Access to the medical centre
    Access to the building will be restricted to the patients who have been invited for an appointment by a clinician.
    Anyone who attempts to gain access to the surgery who has not been invited will be asked to leave the premises.
    Only the patient with the appointment will be allowed into the building.
    For children, only one parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany the child.

    Paper requests for repeat prescriptions have temporarily been suspended, again to avoid the spread of the virus. You will not be able to collect your prescription from the practice reception.
    To order a repeat prescription, please request via online services, where possible. Please do not order prescriptions via telephone on Monday 16th March as our phone lines will be extremely busy.

    Remember to use the hand sanitiser provided when entering the building or wash your hands in the patient toilets.

    Please remain courteous to our staff at all times, any incidents of verbal or physical abuse may result in removal from the practice list.

    This is a very challenging time for us all and we would appreciate your co-operation during this period of uncertainty.

    Our priority is the health and safety of all our patients and staff.

    Thank you for your support.
    Cromwell Medical Practice
    Lauderdale Medical Practice
    Whitesands Medical Practice

    Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Cornavirus (Covid-19) in Scotland - dedicated page created and updated daily

    There are now confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Scotland. The Scottish and UK Governments have action plans in place to tackle the current outbreak.

    The Department of Health and Social Care publishes updated UK data on Coronavirus (Covid-19) every day at 2pm.

    After 2pm, the Scottish Government publishes an update on the situation in Scotland.

    In East Lothian

    The council has established a multi-service resilience group including Health and Social Care representatives, to advise and prepare for appropriate responses to a spread of the Coronavirus if required. This group will ensure the council is prepared and ready to respond and local residents and business will be kept informed.

    How to avoid catching infections like coronavirus

    You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading respiratory infections by:

    • avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
    • maintaining good hand hygiene - washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser:
    • avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
    • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use.

    Further information is available online and updated regularly:

    John Muir Birthplace - New Exhibition

    New Exhibition – Gardens of East Lothian

    Don’t miss our new exhibition, until 27 March.

    “Gardens of East Lothian” is the new exhibition by local photographer Sheila Sim. East Lothian has a long and proud heritage of gardening, and has produced several horticultural pioneers. With its good climate and fertile soil, the county has often been called ‘the garden of Scotland’. Featuring private and public gardens, parks and designed landscapes from across the county, this exhibition showcases East Lothian in all its horticultural glory. There is something here for everyone – from the historical to the highly contemporary, from grand and stately to modest and cosy. Come and gain inspiration for your next garden visit!

    Details 🌷

    Plans submitted for plastics recycling plant at Viridor

    THOUSANDS of tonnes of plastic could be recycled at a new facility near Dunbar.

    Viridor Waste Management Limited wants to create a plastics recycling facility (PRF) beside the Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), which opened at Oxwellmains last year.

    Early plans were submitted to East Lothian Council last week, with a public exhibition likely to be held in April.

    Planning permission would allow Viridor to build a PRF, which would return about 85,000 tonnes per year of plastics to be re-manufactured.

    The proposed development would be made up of four main parts: plastics washing, plastics feed stock store, process building, and waste treatment and heat exchanger building.

    Full story 📰

    Top Award for The Craw Inn

    The Craw Inn in Auchencrow, Eyemouth has been voted CAMRA Borders Pub of the Year 2020.

    The Inn saw off competition from the Bridge Inn, Peebles which took second place and

    the Exchange Bar, Hawick and Plough Inn, Leitholm who hold joint third.

    Every year local CAMRA members vote to select Pubs of the Year for Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders.

    To be considered, a pub must consistently sell real ale in good condition as measured by members’ beer scores.

    Members then judge the pub on the quality of the real ale and other aspects such as service, welcome, atmosphere, style, decor, value for money and community focus.

    Full story 📰

    Coastguard assist in rescue on Traprain Law - 08/02/2020

    “Dunbar Coastguard and North Berwick Coastguard were tasked on the evening of 8th February 2020 to reports of a male who had fallen 30 metres in the area of Traprain Law. East Lothian Police, Scottish Ambulance Service Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and land ambulance and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service units were also in attendance. As the team arrived on scene the Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Services had the casualty stabilised. We then helped with loading the casualty into a stretcher and extricating them from their position down to the waiting ambulance. Ourselves and North Berwick Coastguard returned to our stations to complete the relevant paper work and inspect, repack and re-stow our gear. We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery. This is another great show of multi agencies working together to get the job done.”

    HM Coastguard, Dunbar