Local Directory

Learning Opportunities offered by East Lothian Council

ELC Community Learning and Development Services
ELC Community Learning and Development Services has a number of community centres and community facilities across East Lothian. Each of the community centres has a programme of classes and activities for all ages. Some of our community centres have wifi and/ or public access computers. Our Community Training Calendar offers a range of short training courses open to all East Lothian volunteers and staff.
If you want to find out more about what’s involved with Duke of Edinburgh awards, find a group near you, or if you are interested in starting up your own group, please email dofe@eastlothian.gov.uk or visit the website on http://www.dofe.org for further information.
If you are interested in finding out what’s on in your area, get in touch with ELC Community Learning and Development Services by email on cldmusselburgh@eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone on 0131 653 4060.

East Lothian Works
Adult Education Classes

Throughout the year, East Lothian Works offers the residents of East Lothian a variety of Day, Evening & Weekend Adult Learning courses at various venues throughout the county.
Telephone – 01620 827627 (Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm),
Website – https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210595/east_lothian_works/11964/east_lothian_works/

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
ESOL with Us is a website for people who are new to East Lothian and English is their second language. Included in the website:
• Information for new arrivals
• Details of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses running in East Lothian
• Stories about ESOL learners experiences living in Scotland
• Links to useful services aimed at ESOL learners
For further information please visit http://www.esolwithus.org.uk

Numeracy and Literacy
Take the first step back into learning: Everyday Reading, Writing and Maths. We work closely with our partners to provide a first step back into learning for the many adults and young people who may have missed out on their own education, or who find they now need new and different skills for life today. We also offer support to people with dyslexia. We run groups across East Lothian for a couple of hours a week in an informal, learner centred environment. We offer limited 1:1 for learners not ready to start in a group
Website -www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/200522/east_lothian_works/1589/adult_learning/2

Children’s Activities

Children’s Clubs

Children’s Club
Fortnightly Children’s Club during term time, Tuesdays between 3.30 – 4.30pm, alternating between East Saltoun, Gifford and Humbie. For more information, check out – http://www.yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org/childrens-club.html

Coding Clubs
Code Clubs for children aged 8-12 with easy to follow step-by-step guides to help them learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations and websites.
Every second Thursday, 3.30 – 4.30pm. To book, phone 01620 820680.
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680

Made in East Lothian
Children’s art club on Friday afternoons. Cost per child is £3 per session. All materials included along with drink and snack. Booking and paying up front is essential to avoid disappointment as this club is proving very popular.
Address – 21A Hardgate, Haddington, EH41 3JR
Website – http://madeineastlothian.weebly.com/
E-mail – madeineastlothian@gmail.com

Lego Club
Last Sunday of the month 1.30 to 2.30pm and second Saturday of the month between 1.30 to 2.30pm at Haddington Library. Lego Clubs are suitable for children aged 8 and over. Younger children to be accompanied by an adult. Please contact for further details and to book a place, as our Lego Clubs can fill up very quickly.
To book, telephone 01620 820680.
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680

Messy Church
Every few months, we meet for an afternoon of Messy Church – a time for children of different ages and for their parents, grandparents and carers to come together, hear a Bible story and explore it through crafts, storytelling, music and lots of fun, before sharing a meal together.
Website – http://www.yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org/messy-church.html

Science Club
5.00 – 6.00pm every Thursday.
£2 per session or £10 for a block of 5. Booking required.
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680


Fiona Matheson Highland Dance School
The dance school is affiliated with the Scottish Highland Dancing Association (SOHDA) and is open to children aged 4yrs +. The timetable includes over 10 classes per week with classes in Tranent, Macmerry, Elphinstone, Prestonpans and Haddington. Classes range from babies and beginners level, to advanced competition classes and adult’s fitness classes. Dancers are encouraged to take part in performances, competitions and examinations, however these are not compulsory.
Website – http://www.fionamathesonhighlanddanceschool.com

Huguet Boogie Dance Performance
Do you want your child to try a new hobby, learn new things, meet new friends and enjoy dancing and performance whilst having fun? Here at Huguet Boogie, we offer a free trial class for all children/adults wishing to join our classes. Classes are suitable for children aged 18 months to adults!
Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Address – Tranent Parish Church Hall
E-mail – huguetboogie@outlook.com
Website – http://www.facebook.com/HuguetBoogiePerformance/

Morag Alexander School of Dancing
Morag Alexander School of Dancing (For 3 year olds plus)
Classes are on Monday 3.30pm and 4.15pm in the Carriage House (Pencaitland Parish Church). Other classes available on Saturdays in Haddington and Dalkeith, Friday in North Berwick, Thursdays in Longniddry and Wednesdays in Tranent.
Musselburgh Classes run all week and include Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap or Street dance.
Please check out our website for more information – http://www.moragalexander.co.uk or call us on 0131 665 2223

Move It! Dance Classes
Love to dance? Move It dance classes run every day across East Lothian for youths aged 3 – 21! Express rhythm, build self-confidence, improve social skills, spark creativity and have fun!
Classes in Musselburgh, Haddington, North Berwick, Prestonpans, Dirleton, Dunbar, Innerwick and Ormiston.
For more info, contact the Dance Artist at moveit@eastlothian.gov.uk


Gifford Cubs
Monday nights (6.00 – 7.30pm) at Yester Primary School

Girl Guiding
If you are interested in your daughter attending Rainbows, Brownies or Guides, please register your interest at http://www.girlguidingeastlothian.org/

Pencaitland Scouting
7.00 – 9.00pm Mondays for Scouts
Beavers at 5.30 – 6.30 and Cubs at 6.30 – 8.00pm on Thursdays.
All in Pencaitland Primary School Hall.
Website – https://pencaitland.org/whats-on/scouts/

Homework Clubs

Homework club for 8 to 12 year olds on Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 4.30pm at Haddington Library. The pupils are expected to do their homework, and after that there may be time for some games! This is an extremely popular group and may be full, but if you are interested, please contact the library or ask any member of staff.
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680


Nightingales Music School
Nightingales Music School for Primary School children, teens and adults. General Musicianship classes and instrumental tuition. Saturday mornings and some weekday evenings. Groups, 2:1 and 1:1. Currently available: guitar, ukulele, violin, piano, vocals, saxophone, flute, oboe, music technology and drums (1:1 only).
Classes are in Pencaitland Bowling Club.
Website – http://www.mcmillanyoungmusicians.co.uk

Reading Groups

Chatterbooks Junior Book Group
Every second Tuesday of the month between 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680


Gifford Mini Goblins RFC
The club caters for children in P1 to P7. We train on Sundays from 10:15 to 11:30 at the Bleachfield in Gifford.
Website – http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/giffordminigoblins/


East Lothian Youth Theatre
Interested in theatre? Aged 5 – 18, or older? Join us!
Develop acting and performance skills, build confidence, meet new people and above all have a lot of fun!
Join East Lothian Youth Theatre and take part in weekly drama classes with the opportunity to perform at The Brunton, Musselburgh in an annual showcase.
Groups are led by experienced drama professionals at a variety of locations across East Lothian, with over 20 competitively priced classes to choose from.
Groups are for ages 5 to 18 years and beyond and are booked termly in advance at a cost of £4.00 (£3.20 Access to Leisure), 5 – 7 years and £3.00 (£2.40 Access to Leisure) per session. To book online go to http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/youththeatre


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Episcopal Church)
Address – Church Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3EX
Website – http://holytrinityhaddington.co.uk

Humbie Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Website – http://www.humbiechurch.org

Saint Mary’s Catholic Church (Roman Catholic)
Address – 10 Poldrate, Haddington EH41 4DA
Website – http://www.haddingtonwestcofs.org.uk

St Martin Of Tours (Roman Catholic)
Address – High Street, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 1HJ.
Website – http://www.archdiocese-edinburgh.com/

St Mary’s Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Address – 18 Poldrate, Haddington, EH41 4DA
Website – http://www.stmaryskirk.co.uk

Tranent Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Address – Church Street, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 1BP
Website – http://www.tranentparishchurch.co.uk

Yester, Bolton and Saltoun Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Yester, Bolton and Saltoun Church is the parish church in the villages of Gifford, Bolton and East and West Saltoun and their surrounding area. We seek to be a church where people of all generations within the community experience and celebrate the love of God. Our services and events are open to all, and you can find out more about these at http://www.yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org

Community Cafes and Coffee Mornings

Connections Café
Community Café held in The Carriage House, Pencaitland Church, every
Friday from 10.30am – 2.30pm. Coffees, teas and home baking as well as soup and filled roll lunches at very reasonable prices. All welcome.
Address – Pencaitland Parish Church, Pencaitland, East Lothian.
Website – http://www.carriagehouse.pencaitlandparishchurch.org.uk

Coffee Morning
Monthly drop-in Coffee Morning (on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon) in the Session Rooms, East Saltoun.
Website – http://www.yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org/drop-in-coffee-morning.html

Community Councils

East Lothian Council is committed to the development of community councils, helping to provide them with a meaningful role and the opportunity to have significant influence over how funding is spent in their area.
They are consulted fully on a range of issues, are involved in any new East Lothian Council initiatives, have a dedicated Community Council Liaison Officer and training courses are arranged periodically.
How to get involved
There are different ways to get involved in your local community council:
• attend your community council’s regular public meetings
• e-mail your local community council
• become a community council member

Humbie, East & West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council
To contact, e-mail humbiesaltounboltoncc@gmail.com

Gifford Community Council
To contact, e-mail – gccsec@gmail.com

Haddington and District Community Council
To contact, check out – http://www.haddingtoncc.org.uk

Pencaitland Community Council
To contact, e-mail – secretary@pencaitland.org


East Lothian Council is a democratic organisation. It comprises of 22 elected Councillors who are responsible for agreeing policies about provision of services and how the Council’s money is spent. The Council employs officers who are responsible for its day to day management.

Councillors by Ward: 05 Haddington and Lammermuir

Shamin Akhtar Party: Scottish Labour Party: E-mail – sakhtar@eastlothian.gov.uk

Brian Small. Party: Scottish Conservative. Email – bsmall@eastlothian.gov.uk

John McMillan. Party: Scottish Labour. Email – jmcmillan@eastlothian.gov.uk

Tom Trotter. Party: Scottish National Party. Email – ttrotter@eastlothian.gov.uk


Colstoun Cookery School
Offering a range of day, week, and advanced cookery courses, Colstoun Cookery School offers a great insight to cooking for the beginner, or the advanced chef looking for a new skill or two.
Address – Colstoun, Near Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4PA
Telephone – 01620 822 922
Website – http://www.colstoun.co.uk

Craft Classes

Handmade Haddington
Bring your craft along – sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, tapestry, jewellery making, card craft etc. and enjoy a chat at the same time. Beginners to experts all welcome. Learn a new skill or share your expertise.
Held every Friday from 10am – 12 noon. Just drop in.
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680

Patchwork and Quilting Group
Tuesdays 2–4pm
Address – Carriage House, Pencaitland Parish Church, Pencaitland, East Lothian.
Website – http://www.carriagehouse.pencaitlandparishchurch.org.uk

Knit ‘n’ Natter
Drop in on Friday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.00pm. All welcome.
Address – Ormiston Library, 5A Meadowbank, Ormiston, East Lothian, EH35 5LQ
Telephone – 01875 616675

Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre
Poldrate Arts & Crafts Centre offers a wide variety of arts and crafts classes and self-help groups for adults (16+ year olds).
Address – Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre, The Elizabeth Hamilton Buildings, Haddington, EH41 4DA
Website – http://thepacc.org.uk/

Knitting Group
This is a community group which meets in the meeting room in Yester Church to knit and natter from 2 – 3.30pm on Thursdays during the winter (access is through the door at the back of the church). We make items for various charities using donated wool, or continue with “our own” knitting. We welcome anyone who would like to join us or to donate some unwanted wool – please get in touch.
Address – Main Street, Gifford, EH41 4QH

The Carriage House Quilters
Tuesdays 2 – 4.00pm.
Patchwork and quilting is undertaken on personal projects as well as shared projects for charity. Small quilts and knitted goods are made for the neo-natal unit at the Simpson maternity Unit in the RIE. Beginners are very welcome and are given all the help and support they need. There is a large social aspect to the afternoon and much is shared over tea and biscuits.
Address – Carriage House, Pencaitland Parish Church, Pencaitland, East Lothian.
Website – http://www.carriagehouse.pencaitlandparishchurch.org.uk

MADE in East Lothian
The Community Arts Hub is a base for MADE in East Lothian. The Hub will support the provision of arts and crafts in East Lothian whilst helping to promote those groups and individuals already providing services to the community. It is run by MADE in East Lothian and volunteers.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.
Address – 21A Hardgate, Haddington, EH41 3JR
Website – http://madeineastlothian.weebly.com/


East Lothian Council
Address – John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3HA
Telephone – 01620 827827
Website – http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk


Haddington School of Dance and Music
Are you looking for a way to encourage your kids into lifelong habits that will keep them fit and healthy and help them achieve their academic goals? Are you looking for somewhere with a caring, supportive family atmosphere? Are you an adult who has always wanted to dance or looking for a new hobby and way of keeping fit? Address – Newton Port Hall, Newton Port, Haddington, EH41 3LX
Telephone – 01620849167
Website – http://www.haddingtondanceandmusic.co.uk

Scottish Country Dancing
Information about Scottish Country Dancing classes across East Lothian.
Website – http://www.rscdseastlothian.org.uk/

Information for those with a Disability

Disabled Go – Providing Information and Choice
DisabledGo gives local residents and visitors the detailed access information they need about pubs, shops, restaurants and libraries to help them decide where to spend their time
Website – http://www.disabledgo.com/organisations/east-lothian

Lothian Disability Sport
Aims to promote the welfare of all people with a disability through sport and physical recreation by providing sporting and leisure opportunities for all people with a disability.
Website – http://www.lothiandisabilitysport.co.uk/sports-and-clubs/

Doctor’s Surgeries

Lammermuir Medical Practice
Address – Newton Port, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3NF
Telephone – 01620 825051
Website – http://www.lammermuirmedicalpractice.scot.nhs.uk

Orchard Medical Practice
Address – Newton Port, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3NF
Telephone – 01620 825497
Website – http://www.orchardmedprac.scot.nhs.uk

Ormiston Medical Practice
Address – Tynemount Rd, Ormiston, EH35 5AB, East Lothian
Telephone – 01875 610248
Website – http://ormistonmedicalpractice.scot.nhs.uk/

Tranent Medical Practice
Address – Loch Rd, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 2JX
Telephone – 01875 610697
Website – http://www.tranentmedicalpractice.co.uk/

Tyne Medical Practice
Address – Newton Port Surgery, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3NF
Telephone – 01620 823183
Website – http://www.tynemedicalpractice.co.uk


The Brunton Players
Brings together adult amateur actors and complete beginners to learn new skills
Meet at the Brunton every Monday from 7 – 9pm. £5.00 a session.
Contact theatreadmin@eastlothian.gov.uk for more info


The Fraser Centre Community Trust manage a range of Cinema programmes including: Tranent Cinema Club featuring mainstream films; Dementia Movie Club for people with Dementia; and family friendly screenings such as: Family Cinema; Toddler Cinema; Baby Cinema.
Website – http://www.thefrasercentre.com/tickets/

Humbie Box Office
Humbie Box Office is a village film society open to all who wish to come along. We have an annual season of around 10 films (September – April) shown in Humbie Village Hall. Although it’s fun watching movies with your friends, that’s not all HBO offers. Immersing yourself in a vibrant mix of vintage hits, international classics, blockbusters, art movies and all points in between, seeing films made years ago and others fresh out, stories produced in every corner of the world… well, it’s a surefire way to find yourself dazzled, provoked, amused, shocked and uplifted (and sometimes all at once!)
Annual membership- £25 for ten films. Guests £5 per film
Website – http://www.humbieboxoffice.co.uk/index.html

John Gray Centre Film Appreciation Club
Website – http://www.johngraycentre.org/2016/12/02/film-appreciation-club-2017-themes/

Yester Community Movie Association
Films are held in Gifford Village Hall in East Lothian, usually on Friday nights at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm for tea, coffee and home baking (when we have time!). You can join the film club for £22 per year which gives entry to the full programme of films, or guest membership on the door at £4.50 per film.
Website – http://www.giffordfilms.co.uk/events.html


Ormiston Library
Address – 5A Meadowbank, Ormiston, East Lothian, EH35 5LQ
Telephone – 01875 616675

Haddington Library
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680
Tranent Library and Local Office
Address – The George Johnstone Centre 35 Winton Place, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 1AE
Telephone – 01875 824150

The East Lothian Library Service has a Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/eastlothianlibs/

Adult Book Clubs

Haddington Library
 Lunchtime book group is not currently running but if you are interested, please contact the Library.
 Evening book group on the third Tuesday of the month, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Writing and Poetry Groups

Tyne and Esk Writers Group
7.00pm, alternate Tuesday evenings in the Town House, Haddington.

Tyne and Esk Poetry Group
meets on the first Tuesday of the month 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Star Room, John Gray Centre.

Men’s Sheds

East Lothian Sheds
Men who are involved in Men’s Sheds report living healthier, happier and more connected lives. Men’s Sheds respond to men’s need for camaraderie and provide opportunities to work together in a way that contributes meaning to their lives. The East Lothian Sheds are open to all men who want to share skills, pursue hobbies, work on community projects or just enjoy a chat and a coffee. New members are always welcome!
Website – http://strive.me.uk/sheds/

Mental Health Information

East Space
East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information.
Website – http://www.eastspace.org.uk

Older People

Ageing Well
Ageing Well UK is a health promotion initiative run through Age Concern for the over 50’s which aims to help them take control of their own health.
Address – Department of Community Services, John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA
.E-mail – healthyliving@eastlothian.gov.uk

Care and Repair
Care & Repair East Lothian offers a free service to all home owners and private tenants aged 60 or over, or aged 50 or over with a disability, who need help and advice on financing and carrying out housing improvements, repairs and maintenance and/or adaptations such as wet floor showers, stairlifts and ramps.
The service offers a Small Repairs Service to carry out small repairs around the home. The labour involved is free of charge, it is only the cost of materials that need to be paid.
Telephone – 01620 828445
Website – http://www.careandrepaireastlothian.co.uk/

Cann do Creative
Weekly drop in craft classes exploring a wide range of craft activities
Come along and create something amazing!
The Loch Centre, Tranent on Wednesdays between 10am -12am
Longniddry Library on Mondays between 2pm – 4pm
£ 3.50 per session
Contact theatreadmin@eastlothian.gov.uk for more info

Day Centres

Pencaitland Day Centre
Open 10am – 1.00pm every Wednesday in the Trevelyan Hall for the older members of the community. Lunch, entertainment and transport are provided. There is always a need for more helpers to join the all-volunteer staff.
For more information, contact 01875 341251

Fun sociable workshops to hone your drama skills No experience required
Wed 10.30am -1.30pm. £3.50 week
Address – Brunton Theatre
Address – theatreadmin@eastlothian.gov.uk for more info

EARS Advocacy Service
The Edinburgh Advocacy Representation Service is funded by health and social work to provide free, independent advocacy (on a one to one basis) to older people in, or moving into long term care.
Telephone – 0845 607 0129
Website – http://www.ears-advocacy.org.uk

Good Memories Café
For all those affected by Dementia. Last Friday in the month, 2 – 4pm, in the Star Room, Haddington Library.
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680

Haddington Active Memories Group
Every Tuesday morning at Haddington Library. Particularly aimed at older (60+) men. Ask the staff for details
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680

University of the Third Age
U3As are self-led lifelong learning cooperatives for older people, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.
For enquiries about membership please email: membership@eastlothianu3a.org.uk
or for all other enquiries please email: secretary@eastlothianu3a.org.uk
Website – http://www.eastlothianu3a.org.uk


National Childbirth Trust
East Lothian branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), the UK’s biggest parenting charity.
Website – http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/east-lothian

Carefree Kids
The aims of our Project are to:
– Promote child and family health and home safety;
– Reduce the risk of home accidents by offering practical assistance, advice and support; and
– Provide information on relevant health issues.
Our services are open to all within East Lothian and aim to give children the best possible start in life. We do this through:
– Safety Equipment Loan Scheme
– Toy Library
– Bursary Scheme
– School Uniform Bank
– Breast Pump Service
– Baby Massage
– HR Services
Address – 9 Elphinstone Road, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 2LG
Telephone – 01875 613133
Website – http://www.carefreekidseastlothian.org

Childcare Choices in East Lothian
We provide information on childcare, pre-school education, out of school care, childminders and playgroups in East Lothian
Telephone – 0800 0288 629
Website – https://www.families.scot/

DadsWork is a community project in East Lothian working with fathers and male care givers. It provides support groups, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children
Website – http://www.dadswork.co.uk/

East Lothian Council – Support from the Start
Information, support and advice for parents in East Lothian.
Website -www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/200433/support_from_the_start

Homestart East Lothian
Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK. Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Website – http://www.homestarteastlothian.co.uk/

Useful websites for parents

Parenting Across Scotland
Parenting across Scotland aims to support families in Scotland in bringing up their children. We do this by providing information and support for parents, carrying out research and influencing policymakers.
Website – http://www.parentingacrossscotland.org

Play Scotland
Delivering children and young people’s right to play in Scotland.
Telephone – 0131 313 8859
Website – http://www.playscotland.org/

Play, Talk, Read
Easy, fun ways to help your child be happier, learn more and enjoy a better start in life.
Website – http://www.playtalkread.scot/

Pre School Children

Various dates throughout the year.
Address – The Fraser Centre, 3a Winton Place, Tranent, EH33 1AF
Telephone – 01875 617444
Website – http://www.thefrasercentre.com/

Bookbug Sessions
Fantastic free story, song and rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families take place –
– every Wednesday, 10.30 & 11.15am at Haddington Library.

Hullabaloo Pre-School music classes for under 5s and their grown-ups. Lots of fun with songs and instruments. Classes delivered by qualified musicians in Haddington and Pencaitland.
Website – http://www.mcmillanyoungmusicians.co.uk

Jabberwocky Soft Play and Café
Address – 6 Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 248070
Website – http://jabberwockysoftplay.co.uk/

Jo Jingles
Music and Movement for Little Ones. Classes across East Lothian
Website – http://www.jojingles.com/edinburgh

Messy Mondays at Haddington Library
Art Classes for pre-school kids (2+ years)!
Mondays 1 – 2pm in the John Gray Centre. Messy Mondays offer creative crafts where children can experiment with colour and shape in a peaceful environment. £2 per session covers material costs and tea/coffee parents and carers. Please bring a snack and apron for the children.
To register please speak to Madeleine Hewlett mhewlett@eastlotian.gov.uk
Address – The John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX
Telephone – 01620 820680

New Winton Baby and Toddler Group
Meets on Wednesdays between 9.30 and11.30 in the New Winton Village Hall.
Costs £2.50 per family. Healthy snack included for children. Hot drink and biscuit for adults. We are open during school holidays (older siblings are welcome)
Website – http://www.facebook.com/NewWintonNippers/


Gifford Playgroup
Gifford Playgroup meet in Gifford Village Hall on the last Friday of the month from 10am till 11.30am. Just a chance for local families to get together. Toys for the kids and tea/coffee for grown-ups.

Pencaitland Playgroup
Open for over 40 years, the Playgroup has a long tradition of working with children between 2 and 3 years old within East Lothian. We offer sessions during school term time, Mondays to Thursdays from 9.15am to 11.15am.
Situated in the Sports Pavilion (beside the Bowling Club), Pencaitland.
The fee is £7.00 per session
Website – https://pencaitlandplaygroup.wordpress.com/

Saltoun Baby and Toddlers
We aim to provide a happy, relaxed atmosphere in a safe and stimulating environment where the children have free play with active adult involvement.
Saltoun Playgroup is located in East Saltoun Village Hall (Fletcher Hall), meets twice weekly (Mondays and Fridays), runs from 9.30am – 11.30am and is for children under the age of 5.
The cost of each session is: Birth to 1 year – £1 per child and 1 year plus – £2.50 per child.
Website – http://www.saltounplaygroup.org.uk



Humbie Primary School
Address – Humbie, East Lothian, EH36 5PJ
Telephone – 01875 833 247
Email – humbie.ps@humbie.elcschool.org.uk
Website – http://edubuzz.org/humbie/

Pencaitland Primary School
Address – The Glebe, Pencaitland, EH34 5EZ
Telephone – 01875 340 260
Email – admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk
Website – http://edubuzz.org/pencaitland/

Saltoun Primary School
Address – East Saltoun, Pencaitland, EH34 5DY
Telephone – 01875 340318
Email – admin@saltoun.elcschool.org.uk
Website – http://edubuzz.org/saltoun/

Yester Primary School
Address – Walden Terrace, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4QP
Telephone – 01620 810435
Email – admin@yester.elcschool.org.uk
Website – http://edubuzz.org/yester/about-our-school/


Knox Academy
Address – Pencaitland Road, Haddington, EH41 4DT
Telephone – 01620 823387
Email – admin@knox.elcschool.org.uk
Website – http://www.ka-net.org.uk

Ross High School
Address – Well Wynd, Tranent, EH33 2EQ
Telephone – 01875 610433
Email – ross.hs@ross.elcschool.org.uk
Website – http://edubuzz.org/rosshigh/

Scottish Women’s Institutes

Humbie, Village Hall on the 1st Thursday of the month – 7.30pm
Gifford Village Hall on the last Thursday of the month – 7.30pm
MacMerry Village Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of the month – 7.00pm
Longniddry Church Hall on 2nd Wednesday of the month – 7.30pm
For more information on any of these groups, please contact eastlothian@theswi.org.uk


Choir at Yester Church
Which really isn’t a choir at all, but a group of people who like to sing, and who meet regularly on a Tuesday afternoon at 4pm to sing through the hymns for the following Sunday’s service, under the capable leadership of Brigid Simpson.
Website – http://www.yesterboltonsaltounchurch.org/choir.html

Garleton Singers
This friendly Choir meets on a Monday evening from 7.30pm – 10pm during the singing season (September to June) at the fabulous venue of the Town House in Haddington. Under the inspirational leadership of Stephen Doughty, Musical Director, the Choir undertakes 4 concerts a year at St Mary’s Church, Haddington and in Edinburgh, performing a varied and exciting repertoire. Open rehearsals are advertised at the beginning of the singing year, but interested singers are welcome to make contact at any time.
Email – garleton@gmail.com
Facebook – Garleton Singers
Website – http://www.garletonsingers.co.uk/

Hadley Court Singers
The Choir meets weekly throughout the season (September to May) in Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Haddington every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Website – http://www.hadleycourtsingers.co.uk/

Haddington Folk Club
We meet every Wednesday evening at around 8.30pm at The Mercat Hotel, High Street, Haddington.
Website – http://www.haddingtonfolkclub.co.uk/

The Siancio Singers
If you are looking for a fun and friendly choir, look no further than The Siancio Singers!
We meet Thursday evenings in term time from 7.30 – 9.45pm at Holy Trinity Church, Haddington.
E-mail – sianciosingers@gmail.com
Telephone – 07976 207 957
Website – http://www.sianciosingers.com

Sports and Exercise

For details of sports clubs and activities across East Lothian, check out http://www.activeeastlothian.co.uk


East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club
The website contains domestic league tables, national competition tables and results for events that include East Lothian players, pen portraits of well-known players and of the Management Committee. Other bowling news and related information is also available.
Website – http://www.elibc.co.uk/

Gifford Bowling and Sports Club
Gifford Bowling Club dates back to the late 1800’s with the land it sits on donated by the Tweeddale family. In 2008, a new Clubhouse was built, which also saw the amalgamation of numerous sports groups in the village to create Gifford Bowling and Sports Club. The clubhouse now acts as a home for Bowling, Cricket, Junior Rugby and Junior Cricket. Many other groups in the village have also enjoyed the facilities as well as our many Social members.
Website – http://giffordbowlingandsportsclub.co.uk/


Adult 20/20 Social Cricket
Monday/Tuesday evenings in Gifford. Runs May – mid August
E-mail – deek-1@tiscali.co.uk


Cycle Routes – SE Scotland & NE England
Website – http://www.bikeroutes.org.uk/

CTC Lothians and Borders
We are a member group of the national charity Cycling UK whose purpose is to encourage and support cycling across Scotland and the UK.
Website – http://www.ctclothiansandborders.uk/


East Lothian Angling Association
Fishing for brown trout, sea trout and salmon in the tranquil surroundings of East Lothian.
Website – http://www.elaa.co.uk/


Gifford Golf Club
Our ethos as a friendly welcoming club is something we are extremely proud of and we welcome members, visitors and non-golfers alike to enjoy our clubhouse and one of the best 9 holes courses in Scotland. Our membership is at a healthy level and keen competition will be found at all levels including regular medal play as well as a number of match play competitions throughout the season.
Website – http://www.giffordgolfclub.com/

Horse Riding

The Pony Club
We are an international voluntary youth organisation, dedicated to encouraging young people to ride and to care for horses and ponies, whilst promoting the highest ideals of sportsmanship.
Website – http://www.pcuk.org/


Scottish Orienteering
You do not need to be a member of a club to participate in orienteering, but joining an orienteering club, along with Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering, brings many benefits.
Website – http://www.scottish-orienteering.org/


Haddington Rugby Football Club
Address – Haddington Rugby Football Club, Neilson Park, Mill Wynd, Haddington, EH41 4DB
Telephone – 01620 823702
Website – http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/haddington/

Sports Centres

Aubigny Sports Centre
Address – Mill Wynd, Haddington, EH41 4DB
Telephone – 01620 820650
E-mail – aubignysports@enjoyleisure.com
– 25 metre swimming pool
– 8 metre teaching swimming pool
– Bodyworks Gym
– Dance Studio
– Health Suite with Sauna and Steam Room
– Sports Hall
– All Weather Outdoor Pitch
– Crèche Facilities
– Cafeteria with pool and sports hall viewing areas
– Children’s Birthday Party Packages

Loch Centre
Address – Well Wynd, Tranent, EH33 2JX
Telephone – 01875 824140
E-mail – lochcentresports@enjoyleisure.com
– 25 metre Swimming Pool
– Bodyworks Gym
– 2 x Dance Studios
– Sports Hall (with stage area)
– Soft Play Area
– Cafeteria with viewing area of the swimming pool
– Crèche facilities
– Children’s Birthday Party Packages
– 2 x Meeting Rooms


Ramblers Society
We run hundreds of walks each week – from short urban strolls to long walks in the countryside. Why not join us?
Website – http://www.ramblers.org.uk/scotland


Gifford Society
It meets on Thursday evenings at 7.30 in the Village Hall. Refreshments are served after the meeting. Every year there is a visit to different places – recently a brewery, transport museum and local historic house.
Website – http://www.gifford-village.org.uk/index.php/gifford-society-programme

HADAS – Haddington and District Amenity Society
To stimulate public interest in, and care of, the beauty, history and character of the area of the Royal Burgh of Haddington and surrounding settlements.
Website – http://hadas-el.org.uk/

Village Halls and Community Centres

Boggs Community Hall
Available for hire for clubs, meetings, parties etc.
Address – Boggs Hall, Pencaitland, East Lothian, EH34 5BB
Website – https://boggscommunity.wordpress.com/hall-bookings/
Bolton Village Hall
The village hall is available for hire for clubs, meetings, band practices and parties.
Website – http://www.boltonvillagehall.co.uk/

The Carriage House
The Carriage House provides a range of meeting rooms and other facilities to the community of Pencaitland, the Lothians, and others requiring a quiet and well situated resource.
Address – The Carriage House, Pencaitland Parish Church, East Lothian.
Website – http://www.carriagehouse.pencaitlandparishchurch.org.uk/index.htm

Fletcher Hall
Located in the Conservation Village of East Saltoun, Saltoun Village Hall (or Fletcher Hall as it is known locally) provides a picturesque location for parties, wedding celebrations, meetings, fitness classes and the local playgroup. The historic building was gifted to the community by the Fletcher family and provides an important focus for community activities.
Address – Main Street, Hall Terrace, East Saltoun, East Lothian, EH34 5DY
Website – http://www.saltouncommunityassociation.com

The Fraser Centre Community Trust (FCCT) was formed in 2011 and aims to provide a Learning, Development, Arts and Entertainment Centre at the heart of the Community of Tranent.
Address – 3a Winton Place, Tranent EH33 1AF
Telephone 01875 617444
Website – http://www.thefrasercentre.com/

Gifford Village Hall
The pretty church, (which is open to visitors between Easter and October), impressive Village Hall, lovely village green and the 18th century Mercat Cross, make Gifford a delightful spot to discover
Telephone – 0795 728 8710
E-mail – giffordhallbookings@gmail.com
Website – https://gifford-village.org.uk/

The Haddington Bridge Centre
The Bridge Centre was established as a community facility in 1967. Based in restored mill-workers’ cottages owned by the Lamp of Lothian Collegiate Trust, the Centre offers a generic programme of activities to the people of Haddington and the surrounding area.
Address – Poldrate, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DA
Telephone – 01620 823137
Website – http://www.bridgecentrehaddington.co.uk/

Humbie Village Hall
Address – Humbie Village Hall, Humbie, EH36 5PJ
Website – http://www.facebook.com/Humbie-162537127142986/

New Winton Village Hall
Community social and education activities. Hall available for hire.
Address – New Winton, nr Tranent, EH33 2NH

Trevelyan Village Hall, Pencaitland
Website – https://pencaitland.org/

Wildlife and Nature

Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC)
To encourage public interest and study of Scotland’s birds, their conservation and habitats.
Website – http://www.the-soc.org.uk/

Gifford Horticultural Society
Activities include Talks related to gardening and horticulture, Plant Sales, annual Outings, and our two-day Flower Show. The Show is one of the oldest two-day tented village shows in Scotland. As well as flowers and vegetables, there are also sections for baking, crafts, scarecrows, children’ entries and this year (2018), a children’s Dog Show.
E mail – giffordhorticulturalsociety@gmail.com
Website – http://www.giffordhorti.org



Country Parks and Sites

Scottish Outdoor Access Code
This is the place to find out more about everyone’s access rights and responsibilities in Scotland’s outdoors. Access rights in Scotland apply to most land and inland water. If you’re a member of the public wanting to enjoy some fresh air in a local park, or a dog walker, hill walker, mountain biker, horse rider or kayaker, there is information for you and much more.
Scotland’s outdoors is managed by a variety of people and organisations and many of them earn their living from the land. It is all of our responsibilities to respect each other’s activities and interests in the outdoors.
Website – http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

Young People

East Lothian Works – Services for Young People
Services for young people including Activity Agreements, a Work Experience Progamme, the Disability Youth Transitions Service (DYTS), the Pre-Vocational Programme (Pre-Voc), 1:1 Mentoring and East Lothian’s Youth Employment Activity Plan (YEAP).
For more information, please check out http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/homepage/316/east_lothian_works-services_for_young_people

Healthy Respect
Website – http://www.healthyrespect.co.uk

LGBT Youth
LGBT Youth Lothian is based in Edinburgh but we do get out and about! Many young people come to our services from West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and further afield. We provide maps by email or meet you somewhere central to help you on your journey to the centre!
Website – http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/edinburgh

Young Scot
Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity. We provide young people, aged 11 – 26, with a mixture of information, ideas and incentives to help them become confident, informed and active citizens.
Website – http://young.scot/local-authorities/east-lothian/