May 292013

Police ScotlandChildren from an East Lothian school will be taking part in a new road safety campaign to raise driver awareness of the dangers of speeding, particularly around schools.

Pupils from Dirleton Primary School will be made Junior Road Safety Officers and will work with Police Scotland to highlight good and bad driving habits to motorists.

The speeding initiative will take place on a stretch of road outside the primary school on Thursday 30th May.

Police officers will stop drivers and speak with them before inviting JRSOs over to participate.

The pupils will ask the drivers a series of questions and then fill in a short questionnaire with the answers.

The children will be in hi-visibility clothing at all times and will remain on the footpath when they approach the drivers, who will be asked to pull over at the lay-bys on both lanes of the road.

Speed-gun checks will also be carried out on the road during the event and anyone found to be driving above the limit for the area will be appropriately dealt with.

Inspector Bob Rodriguez from Police Scotland’s Lothian and Scottish Borders Division said:

Our new campaign to tackle speeding will our Junior Road Safety Officers an active role in learning about road safety.

By getting the pupils involved directly, drivers can really see how their actions could impact on school children.

This initiative has been carried out to great success on other parts of Scotland, and has been shown to have an impact on driving behaviour around schools.

May 222013

The New Name for East Lothian FM

Radio Saltire LogoAs many of our listeners know, ELFM was recently awarded a grant to help us upgrade our studio. We wanted to increase our space to make it easier to accommodate visitors, bands and guests whilst improving our disabled access and creating a more suitable environment for our hardworking volunteers.

Our project is going to plan and our new premises in Tranent, East Lothian are gradually taking shape. There was one bit of news we kept back though.

When we move to Tranent, East Lothian FM will become Radio Saltire.

We think the new name better describes our aims and objectives. The Salitre is an icon of Scotland so is relevant to our many overseas listeners but it is also synonymous with East Lothian. Our county was the birthplace of our national flag so we think it is a great symbol to represent a station listened to globally but born in East Lothian.

Whilst the name East Lothian FM celebrates our locality, it doesn’t acknowledge our global audience. We believe Radio Saltire will help our audience recognise our brand worldwide whilst maintaining our local roots.

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Radio Saltire already has a Facebook Page and Twitter account. These are live now and will start filling with news tonight. Our website will be ported across to our new address ( over the next few weeks.

So please bookmark these addresses and drop us a comment or tweet if you want to get in touch.

If you’d like to get involved or just want to find out more, you can use the Contact Form on this site or email


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May 192013
ENABLE Founder Susan Dow and her son

ENABEL Founder, Susan Dow with her son

A new support group has been created in East Lothian for families.

Their aim is to support families/guardians with children who have Autism/Aspergers, ADHD, social, sensory and behavioural difficulties.

Diagnosed or not, the group want to welcome any families going through these challenges. They support one another through shared experience, advice and friendship, with an emphasis on developing regular meet-up/drop-ins and small interest groups for all members (parents, children and siblings) alike.

Founder Susan Dow says:

It can feel very isolating at times for any family with a child who has a different rule book to what is deemed normal. Being part of a community who can share their experience and appreciate these challenges and differences can only be a good thing.

I thought a lot about this and searched many times over the years to find something that would help us. I realised that East Lothian has a great need for this sort of community, to help bring our families together and that it had to fit with every member of each family if it was to be suitable in meeting these needs and benefit everyone as much as possible.

Struggling along alone can be a very lonely experience and Susan often thought that she would like somewhere to go, someone to talk to and a place where her son could share friendship. A place where the family could feel supported, accepted and cared for. She wanted these things and needed support but she also wanted to share experience, learn from others and an opportunity to find solutions.

Extra Needs Altogether East Lothian

Since she couldn’t find such a group in East Lothian, Susan decided to create it herself, using Facebook as a means to reach out to others. The initial response was good and the group quickly gathered new members.

After some discussion with new members coming onto the page, we changed the name to reflect the holistic intentions of the group and the aims, thus, Altogether Better East Lothian – ABEL became Extra Needs Altogether Better East Lothian – ENABEL

We are simply families and care-givers who have children with Extra Needs and we are working Altogether to make things Better for us all.

Join ENABEL on Facebook or give Susan a call on 01875 870569 and leave your details – she’ll get back in touch.

ENABEL are holding a Drop-In session on Friday 24th May between 10am and 12 Noon at Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Levenhall, Musselburgh. Pop along to find out more, join the group and meet lots of new people.


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May 172013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are investigating after metal thieves targeted a church three times in the past month.

The incidents all took place between the 9th April and 16th May at the Parish Church in Aberlady.

Officers were alerted yesterday (Thursday) following the most recent theft, which happened between the 9th and 16th May.

The other offences are believed to have occurred between the 5th and 10th May, and sometime around the 9th April.

On each occasion a small quantity of lead flashing was taken from the roof and has now resulted in water leaking through into the church.

Officers are investigating whether these thefts are linked and are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

PC Kristian Flucker said:

The church staff and parishioners are deeply upset that their place of worship has been repeatedly targeted in recent weeks and we are working closely with the local community to bring those responsible to justice.Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in or around the church in the past month is asked to contact police immediately.

Similarly, anyone with information that can help identify the thieves is also asked to get in touch.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

May 152013


We received a rather desperate call for help this week from Tranent Colts. Their annual Football Festival is this Saturday and they’d been let down at the last minute by the people that had promised to provide the PA.

Apparently, another Community Radio Station in East Lothian had agreed to do the job for free. But on Monday, when the Colts emailed to check the details, they were stunned to hear that the station now intended to charge them!

Tranent Colts is a Children’s Football Club. How fair is it to ‘move the goal posts’ with only 5 sleeps to the big day?

Luckily, our volunteers were delighted to come to the rescue, even at short notice. For some, it will come as a welcome break from the hard work they’re doing getting our new Tranent studios ready!

So if you’re going to be in Tranent this Saturday, head up to the Ross High Rugby Fields for the Festival. They’re expecting over 650 players. It should be a good day.

And Remember – give our guys a wave. We’re really proud to have them on board!

East Lothian FM have never charged to attend a Community Event, and we never will.

May 152013

pinkie-houseOn the 14th July, Loretto School in Musselburgh are holding an “Antiques Roadshow” style Valuation Day in partnership with Bonhams.

The Valuation Day will be held in Pinkie House, the home of Scotland’s longest Painted Gallery, and is one of several events marking the 400th anniversary of the building.

To commemorate the anniversary, Loretto have published a special illustrated booklet explaining the history of the Painted Gallery and they are offering our listeners the chance to secure a copy.

Free Booklet for ELFM Listeners

All you have to do, is mention East Lothian FM when you book your appointment at the Valuation Day. The first 100 people to do so, will each receive a copy of the booklet free of charge.

Appointments can be booked by email ( or telephone 0131 653 4473/4413 (leaving a contact number if you get an answer phone) but don’t forget to mention ELFM!

More information and a PDF booking form can be found on our calendar page for the event HERE.