Oct 132013

East Lothian Foodbank LogoThe trustees of East Lothian Foodbank are inviting anyone with an interest in its work to join them at the charity’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13th November 2013.

The AGM is being held at the Foodbank’s new base at the old Tranent Library at 3 Civic Square, starting at 7pm. It will discuss the progress the Foodbank has made over the last 12 months and provide an opportunity for those attending to ask questions about its work.

East Lothian Foodbank Chair James Bruce said:

East Lothian Foodbank has made real progress over the last 12 months and is now well established at its new base in Tranent. We have a very effective Project Co-ordinator and dedicated team of volunteers in place and have helped hundreds of local people in need since we started work at the end of last year.

The AGM is an opportunity for everyone with an interest in the Foodbank’s work to come along and hear more about what we have been doing and what we are planning for the future. We are very keen to see as many people as possible there and hear ideas about how we can best continue the charity’s development to benefit even more people in the future.

Foodbank Trustee Robin Hill said:

We are very pleased to have made significant strides forward as an organisation over the last year. To go from being a completely new and largely unknown charity, to one that is providing tangible help to people facing food insecurity and embedded in the local community, is a major achievement.

However, none of this would have been possible without the immense help and support we have received from communities and groups throughout East Lothian. The Foodbank’s trustees are enormously grateful to local people for this wonderful support. We really want to continue and enhance the positive engagement that has taken place so far and will welcome anyone who is interested in our work joining us at the AGM on 13th

Trustees are requesting that anyone who wishes to attend the AGM let them know by email at info@eastlothian.foodbank.org.uk

Supporters of the Foodbank are also being encouraged to consider becoming members of the charity, which will give them the right to vote at the AGM. Membership is free and a form can be obtained by email.

More information about the Foodbank can be found on their Facebook page:


Big Pedal 2013

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Feb 232013

Dunbar Primary and Grammar Schools are currently preparing for the annual Big Pedal. This is a UK national competition which is a massive cycle and scoot to school event. In 2012 over 890,000 journeys were made by bike and scooter, by pupils at nearly 1,000 schools, representing a combined role of over 310,000 pupils. This year it takes place from 28 February to 20 March.

Dunbar Grammar is aiming to repeat their success from last year when they won the regional event and were awarded with the 1st prize of cycle accessories. The Primary also has their eye firmly on a prize this year to reflect the great effort that goes on all year round from the pupils who regularly cycle and scoot to school.

Headteacher of Dunbar Primary School, Helen Gillanders, commented:

We are actively encouraging as many of our pupils to ride their bike to school during the Big Pedal. It is a great way to keep healthy, develop independence and look after the environment.

and Tom Fendick, Technologies Teacher from Dunbar Grammar school, said:

A lot of the students are really looking forward to the Big Pedal. With house points at stake and last year’s 1st place to defend, this is an excellent way to motivate them to cycle or scoot. If we manage a couple of days where as many students as possible drag their bike out of the shed or garage and pedal in, then I will be extremely happy!

Belhaven Bikes LogoBelhaven Bikes has supported the event in previous years and will be repeating their initiatives such as water bottles awarded to the Primary class who pedals the most and a number of free entries to theSPACE skatepark in North Berwick, for the high pedalling Grammar students. This year, free bike checks will also be carried out at both schools during the Big Pedal by Belhaven Bikes.

In addition, hire bikes from Belhaven Bikes will be able to be used free of charge by parents/supporters of Primary aged children who would like to participate in the event as these journeys also contribute greatly to the points awarded to the school. If you are interested in the use of a bike to support the Big Pedal, you can contact Belhaven Bikes on 01368 860300 or email info@belhavenbikes.co.uk

The Primary has a variety of fun events planned around the Big Pedal. Parents and teachers will be rewarded with flapjacks for supporting the event on the first day and there will be a ‘bling your bike’ day. During the event there will also be an opportunity for pupils to dress up as superheroes to pedal or scoot to school. So, watch out Dunbar for a higher number of Supermen and Wonder Women that day!

Useful Links

The Big Pedal Website:  www.bigpedal.org.uk

Dunbar Primary School:  http://edubuzz.org/dunbarprimary

Dunbar Grammar School:  http://edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar

Belhaven Bikes:  www.belhavenbikes.co.uk

Photo Credit: East Lothian News (www.eastlothiannews.co.uk)

Aug 092012

A new process to prevent contracts with East Lothian Council being obtained by criminals or their associates has been agreed.

Lothian and Borders Police are working with the local authority to share vital information relating to businesses that could be influenced by serious organised crime groups. Senior council officials will now be able to apply to the police for certain information relating to individuals linked to the company bidding to supply services. They will then be able to use this information to determine whether companies should be awarded the contracts.

The move is designed to ensure that organised criminals do not get a foothold and undermine legitimate businesses operating in the Force area.

Strict processes have been put in place to ensure the protection and security of all of the shared information, and the process will operate under the strict guidelines of the Data Protection Act 1998. The scheme has already received a high level of support from other local authorities and agencies in the Force area, including City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Borders Council, and NHS Lothian.

East Lothian Area Commander, Superintendent Phil O’Kane, said:

Lothian and Borders Police, along with our partners, is committed to restricting and removing opportunities for criminal financial gain. We want to ensure that public money does not line the pockets of organised criminals, and we will do everything in our power to enforce this.

This protocol will allow us to keep services in East Lothian of a high standard, and continue our fight against serious and organised crime.

East Lothian Council’s Chief Executive, Angela Leitch, added:

Each year, local authorities award major contracts for goods and services that can amount to millions of pounds.

Both elected members and senior officials have a responsibility to not only ensure best value for the public purse but also that the award process takes due care when assessing the financial stability of the bidders.

This process will assist legitimate businesses and help to strengthen the local economy.