Lack of A & E in East Lothian criticised

HEALTH chiefs who rejected calls for East Lothian’s new £70 million community hospital to provide accident and emergency (A&E) services are now appealing for ‘community-based’ alternatives after admitting Edinburgh’s flagship hospital cannot cope with demand.


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Dunbar CAPP

The Community and Police partnership (CAPP) are a group who meet at various locations throughout East Lothian, working together in Partnership to deal with local issues. They meet at various times during the year.
Dunbar and East Linton Ward met recently on the 6th November and their priorities have been agreed for the next period. The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm in Dunbar Police Station on 18/12/19.
Any queries or to influence future meetings please email – DunbarEastLintonCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk




Andrea and Jon’s Adventure Race 2019

In August 2019, local residents Andrea Davison and Jon Ellis took part in the Itera Expedition race, along with friends Rosemary Byde and Chloe Rafferty as Team Lochland Runner. The race is designed for teams of 4 and consists of 5 days of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking over a nearly 600 km route through the Highlands.

Rosemary has written a blog of their adventures which can be accessed here.

Itera have posted videos of the event, which features Team Lochland Runner and they can be accessed here.

As the pic shows - they made it to the finish! - very well done to Andrea and Jon (and Rosemary and Chloe) for a massive achievement. 


Five year anniversary of Mill Walk Footbridge

In 2014 the community undertook to rebuild the footbridge at the bottom of the Mill Walk which had been swept away in 2010. We were greatly assisted by Torness Power Station’s “Helping Hands” Project, Lafarge Cement, East Lothian Council and East Lammermuir Community Council. With the expertise on hand a detailed plan of the steel structure was created and built locally by A Watt & Sons Steel Fabricators Ltd. Once manoeuvred into place it was concreted in and the wooden parts and landscaping were finished by John Hanvidge, Gordon Simpson, Davie Philip, Steve Findlay, Liam Harvey and Peter Lennon. Hopefully it will last for about 30 years. 


Giant bear sculpture coming to Dunbar soon

A 16ft-tall sculpture of a bear should be unveiled on the outskirts of Dunbar within a matter of weeks.

Preparatory works are already under way at the site, near the A1, ahead of the eye-catching piece of artwork being put in place.

Original proposals suggested Apollo, the Greek and Roman god of the sun, could find a home on the Spott roundabout on the busy road.

However, it was eventually decided that a bear, designed by renowned Scottish artist Andy Scott, would be created on land near the town’s Asda store and McDonald’s restaurant, east of the roundabout.

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Man pulled from water off North Berwick

A MAN has been rescued from the sea in North Berwick after he capsized and was unable to right his boat.

The North Berwick RNLI inshore lifeboat went to the scene yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) and pulled a man out of the water after his dinghy capsized.

Two people called the emergency services after they spotted the man capsize 500m away from the harbour towards Craigleith Island and struggle to right his boat.

He was in the water for about 12 minutes before a volunteer lifeboat crew of four people attended at 3.08pm.

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Oldhamstocks Play Area

Once again open for business! - well done to all involved in this joint community/Council project.

Funding was obtained from a Crystal Rig Windfarm application submitted by a local resident, to purchase swings to replace the condemned ones and the Council fitted the swings, refurbished and relocated the existing seesaw and did additional groundworks including woodchip surface.


For picture chronicle of work done click here


Community AED (Defibrillator)

The community defibrillator is now situated in a cabinet outside the village hall. In an emergency, where someone has collapsed and is not breathing - PRESS C and turn the knob to the right, to access. Take all the contents as the pads that adhere to the casualty are separate and must be plugged into the defib. Follow the voiced instructions given by the defib.  




East Coast Riviera

This is a video made by David Lough. It’s run time is 48 minutes and is an aerial journey that covers the Berwickshire Coast from Burnmouth to Pettico Wick.

Well done, David!


Dunbar Community and Police Partnership

The Community and Police partnership (CAPP) are a group who meet at various locations throughout East Lothian, working together in Partnership to deal with local issues. They meet at various times during the year.
Dunbar and East Linton Ward met recently on the 23rd of September and their priorities have been agreed for the next period. The next meeting will be held on 24/10/19 at 7.30pm within Dunbar Police Station.
Any queries or to influence future meetings please email – DunbarEastLintonCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk



1650 Battle of Dunbar Re-enactment

  Battle of Dunbar (1650)

The Battle of Dunbar re-enactment weekend took place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019 aiming to bring to life the dramatic events of Cromwell’s early-morning assault, which turned the tide of the campaign and brought disaster upon the last great army of Covenanters.

LIVING HISTORY AND RE-ENACTMENT WEEKEND

TIMETABLE (both days)
11.00 Living history camps open
11.30 Giant map presentation

12.00 Cromwellian infantry display - arena display by the English foot soldiers

12.30 Scots Lancers display - see the Scottish cavalry put through their paces
13.00 Skirmish at the shepherd’s hut - an English outpost is surprised by the Scots the day before the battle
13.30 Scottish foot display - see the grey-coated infantry at their drills
14.00 Children’s Battle - time for the youngsters to get involved
14.30 Councils of War - listen in as the commanders make their crucial decisions
15.00 BATTLE OF DUNBAR - look on as a key phase of the battle is recreated before you
16.00 Book launch - a new study of the battlefield by local historian Arran Johnston
17.00 Camps close


For more pictures click here


Oldhamstocks Vacancy - East Lammermuir Community Council

After more than two decades of service, Janice Hanvidge has signalled her intention to step down as a Community Councillor for the Oldhamstocks ward, part of the East Lammermuir Community Council area (alongside Spott, Innerwick and Stenton).
The next elections for community councils in East Lothian are due to take place in October 2020.  This gives us a one-year vacancy for a person willing to represent Oldhamstocks in Community Council business.  The Council scheme for Community Councils requires that this be someone who lives or works in the parish.  Common sense would suggest it needs to be someone interested in the welfare and wellbeing of those who live in the community, willing to act as a link between the village and the council and other public bodies where appropriate.  The Community Council meets 8 times in any year.  Meetings are held in each of the four villages in rotation.
Anyone interested in giving something back to the community in this way - please talk to Chris Bruce, Chair, East Lammermuir Community Council at The Old School, Oldhamstocks or phone: 01368 830335.
To find out more, see 

https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210567/your_community/12158/community_councils