May 222015


With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk – and vitamins too.

You can find out if you could get Healthy Start vouchers and vitamin coupons by answering a few simple questions on the Healthy Start website.

A quarter of eligible families are missing out and the uptake is quite low in some East Lothian towns.

The Healthy Start website is easy to use and includes recipes and healthy living advice as well as an information sheet about the scheme to give to retailers that may not be aware of it.  You can also get local advice by searching #Gethealthystart on Facebook.

The retailers that have signed up to the scheme in East Lothian are shown below:

Alishah Enterprises Ltd – 119-121 North High Street Musselburgh EH21 6JE

Best One Prestonpans Local Convenience Store – 225 High Street Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9BD Boots The Chemist – Dalkeith EH22 1JB

Boots The Chemist – Haddington EH41 3EE

Boots The Chemist – Musselburgh EH21 7DZ

Boots The Chemist – North Berwick EH39 4HF

Co-op – Dunbar Lothian EH42 1EN

Co-op Pharmacy – 176 High Street Prestonpans EH32 0AZ

Co-op Pharmacy – Bankton Prestonpans EH32 9QW

Co-op Pharmacy – Musselburgh Scotland EH21 6JE

Crunchy Carrot Ltd – 43 High Street Dubbar East Lothian EH42 1SH

Dalkeith Fruit Market – 28 High Street Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 1HR

Eat Lothian Roots & Fruits – Mid Road Ind. Estate Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9ER

Fair Price Food News – 120 High Street Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9AD

Farm Foods Dalkeith – Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 1HU

Farm Foods Musselburgh – Musselburgh EH21 7DE

Farm Foods Tranent – Tranent EH33 1LW

Kut Kost Food Store – 82 Oak Crescent Mayfield Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 5JX

Lidl – 5a Newmills Road Dalkeith EH22 1DU

Lidl – High Street Prestonpans EH32 9AN

Lidl – Newhailes Rd Musselburgh EH21 6QD

Lloyds Pharmacy – 17 Eskdaill Court Dalkeith EH22 1AG

Lloyds Pharmacy – 25 High Street Dunbar East Lothian EH42 1EN

Lloyds Pharmacy – 50-52 High Street Tranent East Lothian EH33 1HQ

Martins – Haddington East Lothian EH41 3ED

Mccolls – Musselburgh Lothian EH21 7DZ

Mini Market – 76 New Row Elphinstone Road Tranent East Lothian EH33 2AE

Naveco General Stores – 16a Woodburn Road Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 2AT

Open All Hours – 56 Eskview Terrace Musselburgh Midlothian EH21 6LX

Ormiston Grows Ltd – 20 Main Street Ormiston East Lothian EH35 5HT

P & H Marr – 13 Winton Place Tranent East Lothian EH33 1AF

Premier Store – 8 Muirpark Drive Tranent East Lothian EH33 2PE

Right Medicine Pharmacy Ltd – 20 High Street Haddington East Lothian EH41 3ES

Rs Mccoll – Dalkeith Lothian EH22 1HU

Scotmid Co-operative – 180-184 High Street Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9AZ

Scotmid Co-operative – 40a Redburn Road Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9NG

Scotmid Co-operative – Hawthorn Road Prestonpans East Lothian EH32 9QW

Tesco – Bonnyrigg Road Dalkeith Lothian EH22 3PP

Tesco – Mall Avenue Musselburgh Lothian EH21 7BL

Tesco – Newton Port Haddington Lothian EH41 3LZ

Tesco – Tantallon Road North Berwick Lothian EH39 5NF

Tranent Post Office And Spar Shop – 43 High Street Tranent East Lothian EH33 1LN

Wallyford Grocer – 121 Salters Road Wallyford Musselburgh Midlothian EH21 8AQ

Wilson’s Fresh Farm Produce – 119 High Street Musselburgh Midlothian EH21 7DA

Yester Farm Dairies – Yestermains Farm Gifford East Lothian EH41 4JG

(as at 22 May 2015 – put your postcode in the ‘Search for a Retailer’ box on the Healthy Start website for up-to-date tailored results).

May 222015

Yester's new owners, Gareth and Nicola Wood

Yester House, the magnificent East Lothian seat of the Hay Marquises of Tweeddale, has been sold.

Following the death of the 11th Marquis in 1967, the house was acquired by Gian Carlo Menotti, the Italian American composer.  His heir, Francis Menotti, put the estate on the market in 2008 for £15 million, when it was billed as the most expensive house in Scotland.

Despite the best efforts of agents Knight Frank, the house attracted little interest, even after the price was nearly halved to £8 million. Now, five years on, Yester has been sold to Gareth and Nicola Wood for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Wood is the son of Aberdeen oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood, and his wife, also from Aberdeen, is former Miss Scotland Nicola Jolly.  It is understood that the Woods are working with East Lothian Council and Historic Scotland on plans to develop the estate.

Yester, which has been described as ‘the best house in Scotland,’ is largely the work of Scottish architect William Adam, although it was begun as early as 1697 for John Hay, second Marquis of Tweeddale.

(original story can be seen at

May 222015

This week we will be keeping one eye on the football at Easter Road whilst wallowing in some really Great golden oldies from yesteryear.

Our ‘Year Under The Spotlight’ is 1991, the year high unemployment, rioting in cities around Britain and start of the Gulf War were making the headlines. Our music was being provided by the likes of Bryan Adams, Rick Astley, Zuccero (remember him?) and Jason Donovan.

As usual, we will be tracking the progress of out ‘Vintage Chart’ from May 1965 and to round everything off, we’ll enjoy a last hour of pure nostalgia with some great stuff I’ve dug up from my collection in the crypts of Sunny Dunny – and will include this week’s ‘Children’s Favourite’, which I’m sure will invoke some fond memories for many of you.

So if you want the best of both worlds – kept up to speed with the Hibs v Rangers game and the finest Golden Oldies show on the wireless today, join me, Andy Morris at noon on Saturday right here on Radio Saltire and you can have the lot for the price of one…..

The GREAT Golden Oldies Show.
ONLY on Radio Saltire.

May 222015

NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is the UK’s largest charity for parents and in East Lothian it offers information, resources and support throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenthood with their regular Antenatal classes, Breastfeeding support and Early Days Drop In Clinic.

The East Lothian branch is run by a brilliant network of mums and volunteers who organise Baby and Child First Aid Courses in conjunction with the British Red Cross, two Nearly New Sales each year in May and November as well as running a Sling library. They also produce a regular full-colour newsletter, smallTALK, with lots of articles written by local mums and dads. The latest issue can be viewed HERE.


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May 212015
SafeZone – Volunteering from ACE Productions on Vimeo.

What is SafeZone?

SafeZone is a fully adapted and equipped, bright yellow single decker bus. Staffed completely by volunteers, it’s a place where you can find help on Friday and Saturday nights in Edinburgh. It’s free, non-judgmental and open to anyone who becomes vulnerable while in the city centre on weekends.

What does SafeZone do? They provide:

·         Support

·         Advice

·         First Aid

·         Welfare support to ensure the visitor gets home safely

Whatever problem you have, SafeZone can offer help –

If you get lost, if you or your friends need first aid due to an accident, alcohol or drugs, are roofless for the night, have been assaulted or suffered domestic abuse, needing someone to talk to or even just need somewhere warm and safe to wait for a taxi.

They can help you straight away or signpost you to other services.

Just drop by the bus, call them on 079 2070 6568 or ask bar staff, community police officers, and Taxi Marshalls or Street pastors to contact us for you.

Where is it?

SafeZone can be found at Cathedral Lane, by the Omni Centre from 10pm until 4am, every Friday and Saturday night.

More information can be found by watching this short video

May 212015

We were contacted recently by Kasha Jarosz, a Connecting Communities Officer with Voluntary Action – Orkney who is based at their Offices in Kirkwall.
VA Orkney are examining the possibilities of setting up a new Internet Radio Station which will serve the Orkney Community and have and turned to us for some advice.
Kasha met with some of our Trustees at the studio and we are more than happy to help.
It is hoped that we can establish a permanent link between ourselves and the new station and have offered to assist them in any way we can.

Kasha at Radio Saltire 20.05.15
Pictured is Kasha together with Andy Morris and Chairman Scott Gillies.