Aug 142013
Shannon McWilliam

Shannon McWilliam

Aboyne’s Shannon McWilliam, supported by the Paul Lawrie Foundation and a member of the Scottish Golf Academy, today achieved her biggest win to date – after victory in the Loretto School Scottish Boys & Girls Under-14s Championship at Fortrose & Rosemarkie.

The Aboyne club champion, 14, finished fifth in the event last year and drew on that confidence to claim the title by three shots in the Highland, holding off the challenge of the international field.

McWilliam posted a 12-over-par winning total after rounds of 75 and 79, three strokes ahead of five players in total.

Overnight leader Kirsty Brodie of Strathmore stumbled to an 84 for 15-over, the same mark as Katharina Steffl from Austria, Lucy Walton of The Worcestershire, Charthills’ Cloe Frankish and Charlotte Munro of Gullane Ladies.

McWilliam, also a member of the SLGA Foundation Squad, said:

I had a good finish in the Under-14s last year and that gave me confidence going into this week.

I came in hoping just to play my best and enjoyed thinking my way around a short but tight course. It was a very enjoyable tournament and I loved meeting new people and making friends with the other girls in the tournament.

Shannon paid tribute to coach Andrew Locke, who has been “a very important influence” and a lesson last week at Aboyne, the Royal Deeside club, helped her game click into place.

>> Click here for girls final scores from the Scottish Boys & Girls Under-14s Championship

Charlie Strickland

Charlie Strickland

In the boys’ event, West Sussex’ Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) took the title.

The 14-year-old England National Under-16 Squad player also achieved his biggest win to date, cruising to a five-shot victory. Strickland posted a brilliant level-par score after rounds of 70 and 72.

Leopold Benze from Germany and William Eardley (Pannal) shared the runners-up spot.

Calum Mitchell of Balmore and Haggs Castle’s Aidan Husenne were the best-placed home players in a tie for ninth.

Strickland, who commended the condition of the course, came north with a team of three led by Scot Steven Orr, who is a regional coach for the South East.

“The key for the week was being accurate,” he said. “I hit a lot of greens, stayed patient and holed a few putts. I knew I could potentially win but the goal was a top-five.”

>> Click here for boys final scores from the Scottish Boys & Girls Under-14s Championship

The Boys & Girls Under-14s has been greatly supported by the Loretto School Golf Academy, who have been sponsors since 2004, and attracts talented young golfers from across the UK and beyond.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School, added, “The standard of Golf from the youngsters was first-rate and I congratulate them all. It was a big occasion and I get the feeling that the future of Golf in Scotland is in safe hands!”

The Loretto School Golf Academy, based in Musselburgh, East Lothian, is widely recognised as the leading golf school in Europe. Now in its 11th year, it offers pupils an outstanding opportunity to develop their golfing talents in tandem with a first-class, all-round private school education.

>> Click here for more information on the Loretto School Golf Academy.

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.

May 082013

Loretto_tapestry2,500 visitors flocked to see the famous Prestonpans Tapestry over three days when the 400 year old Pinkie House at Loretto School threw its doors open to the public last week.

Visitors came to view the tapestry, which was on display in the magnificent surroundings of the Painted Gallery-the earliest painted ceiling in Scotland, from as far afield as Glasgow and Newcastle. 700 school children viewed the tapestry from a number of local schools including Loretto School (Musselburgh), Law Primary School (North Berwick), Belhaven Hill (Dunbar), Borough Primary School (Musselburgh), Yester Primary School (Gifford), Loretto RC Primary School (Musselburgh), St Mary’s RC Primary School (Prestonpans).

The 104 metre Prestonpans Tapestry tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey from France to victory at Prestonpans in 1745. It celebrates the enduring triumph of youthful hope and ambition. The tapestry is the longest in the world and panel 92 shows The Prince staying overnight at Pinkie House after his victory at the battle of Prestonpans on 21st September 1745.

Organiser, Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School, said:

We were almost overwhelmed by the number of visitors! I am so delighted that so many people were able to view this magnificent tapestry in a building closely associated with the leader of the Jacobite uprising, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and in this the 400th anniversary of Pinkie House

The highlight? Undoubtedly, the children of St Mary’s RC Primary School bursting into an impromptu rendition of ‘Hey, Johnnie Cope’! Magnificent!

The next event to be staged at Pinkie House is a Bonhams Valuation and Appraisal Day on Sunday, 14th July. Further details of this event can be obtained by contacting Mr Jonathan Hewat on 0131 653 4413 or email

If you’d like to see more images of the Prestonpans Tapestry, East Lothian FM’s Craig Gordon popped down with his camera. You can find his photos here.

Apr 242013

The week the Prestonpans Tapestry has been on view in the 400 year old Pinkie House at Loretto School in Musselburgh. The 104 metre long tapestry, the longest in the world, tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey from France to the victory at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. All 104 panels were sewn locally.

If you missed it, you’re in luck. East Lothian FM’s roving photographer Craig Gordon popped down to Musselburgh with his camera.

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Craig said his pictures couldn’t do justice to the artwork but hopefully you’ll get a flavour of how fantastic this work really is.


East Lothian FM would like to thank Loretto School for their help and co-operation during this exhibition.

Mar 092013
Loretto Junior Choir

Loretto Junior Choir

This week Loretto School welcomed Terra Nova Preparatory School, from Cheshire, for a Music and Dance Workshop and performance.

The youngsters, aged 13 and 13, spent the morning rehearsing before both choirs performed and danced Scottish Reels to an appreciative audience packed into Loretto School’s theatre.

In May, the Loretto Choir embark on their tour of England.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External External Affairs at Loretto School, commented:

The highlight of the performance must have been the Scottish Reels – the Loretto School pupils taking particular delight in teaching the steps and moves to their English counterparts!

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

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:

Dunbar Primary School:

Dunbar Grammar School:

Belhaven Bikes:

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