Aug 142015

East Lothian Council, in association with the county’s 6 Area Partnerships, is running a series of consultation and action planning events as part of its wider ‘East Lothian on the Move’ active and sustainable transport initiative.

East Lothian Council is currently developing a Local Transport Strategy which will outline how the county’s travel network will develop over the coming years. An important part of this will be how to improve active and sustainable travel throughout East Lothian and we are keen to engage with communities across the county to learn more about how best to achieve this.

To do this we have appointed Peter Brett Associates LLP to engage with a wide variety of local residents, businesses and organisations to find out their views on current travel choices and the changes they would like to see in their communities.

We are starting the process of with a series of 6 community events across the county one for each of the ward areas. In each town there will be a drop-in consultation running throughout the afternoon, followed by a presentation and workshop from 6:30pm.

The East Lothian on the Move events will take place on:
  • 27th August – 3-8pm – North Berwick Community Centre
  • 1st Sept – 3-8pm – Fraser Centre, Tranent
  • 2nd Sept – 3-8pm – Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar
  • 3rd Sept – 3-8pm – St Andrews High Church, Musselburgh
  • 7th Sept – 3-8pm – John Gray Centre, Haddington
  • 10th Sept – 3-8pm – Port Seton Centre
Each event offers the opportunity to have your say on travel in the county; learn more about some of the active and sustainable travel initiatives and choices available and influence long term plans for travel in East Lothian. More details will be available shortly but please contact if you have any queries in the meantime.
Aug 112015

People aged 65 years and over in Edinburgh and East Lothian are being offered free exercise classes as part of a new research project being undertaken by Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh.

Scientists at QMU are studying how lifestyle changes can improve quality of life in people aged 65 and over, including how exercise and nutrition plans can help people increase their lean mass and strength.

The exercise classes will take place between September 2015 and April 2016 at QMU’s Sports Centre and will include balance, aerobic and resistance exercises provided by trained physical instructors.

The study is being conducted by QMU’s department for Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, so some participants will also receive free nutritional plans.

The research-active unit offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of diet, human biology and health. Their staff have particular expertise in public health, clinical nutrition and metabolism, as well as complementary medicine.

Nutritionist and fitness trainer, Christos Theodorakopoulos, who is leading the research at QMU, said: ‘It is never too late to start exercising and enjoy the benefits of healthy living, so this is a great chance for over 65s living in Edinburgh and East Lothian to get fit with our experts for free.”

People interested in taking part in the study can contact Christos Theodorakopoulos at QMU to find out if they are eligible to participate, E:

Aug 072015


For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kate and I organise the events at Queen Margaret University Students’ Union. I am currently arranging a market as part of our Freshers week and I would like to invite you to join.

We ran a couple on campus last year that were extremely popular with students, staff and local community alike.


Date: Thursday 10th September 2015

Setup: from 10.30 am

Event: 12pm-4pm

Footfall: We have 5000 students at QMU, 1000 of which stay on campus. We are also hoping to get the local community involved.

Cost: £15 to be collected on the day unless there is no charge for your service – e.g. you are giving away goods

Required information

–          Name of all staff attending

–          Details of what you are bringing and any special requirements.

–          Car reg (if applicable, free parking is provided)

–          Whether you would like a table or you are bringing your own.

–          Mobile number so we can contact you on the day if required.

–          Agreement that you, and not QMUSU, are liable for any concerns or complaints customers may have.

If you have any friends or colleagues who you think would like to be involved please let me know what their product is and I can invite them along – the more the merrier!

If you have any questions please let me know – otherwise I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


Kate Pearson, Communications and Events Manager

Queen Margaret University Students’ Union

Queen Margaret University


EH21 6UU


Aug 052015

Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’ – and East Lothian has swept the board!

judging13In 2015 over 400 judges, including specially trained food writers inputting judges’ comments, came together to judge the entries.

There were four winners from East Lothian: J Gilmour & Co Ltd (for their Pork and Fresh Herb Sausages), Belter & Cole (Zesty Lime Chocolate and Dark & Stormy Chocolate), Umami Fifth Taste Ltd (Cambodian Cari K’hom, Indonesian Sumatran, Thai satay, Malaysian Rendang and Scotch Thai curry kits) and All Mixed Up (Cranachan biscuit mix).

A full list of all the winners can be seen here