LUXURY EAST LOTHIAN HOTELIERS LAUNCH NEW HANDMADE CHOCOLATE BUSINESS

Owners of Garleton Lodge unveil details of their delicious new handmade chocolate business – The Chocolate Stag

Angela and David Cockerton, owners of Garleton Lodge, a luxury small hotel in East Lothian, are delighted to announce the launch of their new handmade chocolate business – The Chocolate Stag.

Having worked in the property and catering industries in the Middle East, Angela and David Cockerton decided to return to the UK and set up a small hotel, Garleton Lodge, which offers a careful blend of five-star luxury in a homely environment. One year on, and having received various quality and food awards for the hotel, Angela (and David) have launched their very own handmade chocolate business – The Chocolate Stag – which is a complementary business to Garleton Lodge.

David & Angela previously ran a very successful handmade chocolate business before they moved to the Middle East. This was Angela’s first step towards following her (& David’s) passion for food & drink after more than 20 years as an accountant in the corporate world. The chocolate business has been ‘waiting to happen again’ – since their businesses in the Middle East focused on catering and a Cookery School.

Relaunching the chocolate business has always been part of Angela & David’s business plan since their return to the UK and establishing Garleton Lodge. In 2017, they launched Garleton Lodge primarily as an accommodation business. In 2018, their plan has been to expand Garleton Lodge, with greater focus on the food & drink/restaurant side of the business and to (re)launch the chocolate business. This is now a reality. Next, the plan in 2019, is to add a Cookery School onto Garleton Lodge to add yet another reason for guests to stay at this amazing hotel – which recently received a Quality Assurance Gold Award from Visit Scotland.

Angela Cockerton,  commented; “There are strong linkages between Garleton Lodge and The Chocolate Stag, with guest room ‘treats’, end of dinner petit-fours in the restaurant (open to non-residents on Saturday evenings as well as private events), and with our famous afternoon teas. Before adopting the GL letter-based logo for Garleton Lodge, we had intended on using a stag as the Garleton Lodge logo. This was dropped but the stag became embedded in our brand and internal décor – we have stags everywhere!  With this, and the daily visits from local deer (including stags), the name ‘The Chocolate Stag’ was a natural choice for our handmade chocolate business.”

 David Cockerton said: “Angela and I are delighted to launch The Chocolate Stag and we have further exciting plans in the pipeline – including the introduction of a Cookery School aimed at showcasing not only Angela’s cooking but also East Lothian’s abundance of food and drink producers.”

 The Chocolate Stag will be available through retail outlets or via their website:  www.thechocolatestag.co.uk

Jingle Bags

“jingle bags, jingle bags, jingle all the way, oh what joy it is to have a meal on Christmas day”

Last year, 272 Jingle Bags were given out by East Lothian Foodbank.  Bags will be given out this year from 1st December.  A handy shopping list has been published on the East Lothian Foodbank website, so why not start putting together a few items now?

Shown below are links to some online grocery shopping sites.

You can drop off your items in all East Lothian libraries, Enjoy Leisure sports centres and at the Foodbank during opening hours.  All Co-op stores in East Lothian have collection points too.

Please support this initiative and help to make sure that no one in East Lothian goes hungry this Christmas.

Jingle Bags Online Shopping List

Asda Tesco Sainsburys
chicken/turkey (tinned) https://groceries.asda.com/product/cold-meats-corned-beef/asda-cured-chicken-breast/1000001204669 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/280469086 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/cold-meat/sainsburys-chicken-breast–round-can-200g
potatoes (tinned or packet mash) https://groceries.asda.com/product/potatoes-instant-mash/asda-new-potatoes-in-water/910000423164 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/263487016 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/potatoes-44/sainsburys-instant-mashed-potato-432g
carrots (tinned) https://groceries.asda.com/product/carrots/asda-sliced-carrots-in-water/389917 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/259453337 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/beans–carrots—spinach/sainsburys-baby-carrots-in-water-300g
sweetcorn (tinned) https://groceries.asda.com/product/sweetcorn/asda-sweetcorn-in-water/1000006993960 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/254875197 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/sweetcorn/sainsburys-naturally-sweet-sweetcorn-in-water-325g
peas (tinned) https://groceries.asda.com/product/peas/asda-garden-peas-in-water/910002646407 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/300594655 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/peas/sainsburys-garden-peas-in-water-300g
gravy (packet) https://groceries.asda.com/product/chicken-turkey-gravy/knorr-chicken-gravy-pot/910000855753 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/280517479 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/gravy/sainsburys-chicken-gravy–taste-the-difference-320g
bread sauce (packet) https://groceries.asda.com/product/pour-over-sauces/schwartz-luxury-bread-sauce-mix/39588 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/250791964 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/schwartz-luxury-bread-sauce-mix-40g
stuffing (packet/box) https://groceries.asda.com/product/stuffing-breadcrumbs/asda-extra-special-roasted-garlic-sage-and-red-onion-stuffing-mix/910002650044 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/288794183 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/stuffing/sainsburys-onion–leek—chive-stuffing-mix–taste-the-difference-110g
Christmas pudding https://groceries.asda.com/product/cakes-desserts/asda-extra-special-free-from-christmas-pudding/1000000985189 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/288794223 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/sainsburys-christmas-pudding-450g-%28serves-4%29
custard https://groceries.asda.com/product/custard-powdered-mixes/asda-ready-to-serve-custard/910000365580 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/271245013 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/custard/ambrosia-devon-custard–low-fat-400g
mince pies https://groceries.asda.com/product/tarts-pies-bakewells/asda-extra-special-allbutter-luxury-mince-pies/910000327219 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/274308085 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/sainsburys-christmas-iced-topped-mince-pies-x6
biscuits https://groceries.asda.com/product/luxury-biscuits-shortbread/patersons-8-scottish-cream-jam-shortbread-thistle-rounds/1000005207853 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/295496151 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/shortbread/sainsburys-shortbread-assortment–taste-the-difference-375g
chocolates/selection pack https://groceries.asda.com/product/selection-boxes/cadbury-small-chocolate-selection-pack/1000001429804 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/297551929 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/cadbury-medium-santa-selection-box-235g
Christmas savoury snacks https://groceries.asda.com/product/salted-roasted-flavoured-nuts/asda-dry-roasted-peanuts/1000003092633 https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/250218366 https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/trufree-pretzels-60g

 

More seats for commuters on North Berwick line

The introduction of brand-new class 385 electric trains from December will deliver an improved experience for East Lothian commuters.

The key improvements at a glance:

  • Half of North Berwick to Edinburgh services will have 6 carriages
  • 08:07 from Prestonpans to Edinburgh will now have 4 carriages
  • 07:55 from North Berwick to Edinburgh will now have 6 carriages
  • 17:43 from Haymarket to North Berwick will now have 6 carriages
  • More than 1,500 additional seats each day between North Berwick and Edinburgh

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:

“These changes mark the first significant phase of timetable improvements on Scotland’s railways with £475 million being invested in rolling stock during this franchise, introducing faster, longer, greener trains.”

Independent review of the policing of the miners’ strike in Scotland

You may be aware that following extensive campaigning by former miners,
their legal representatives, trade unions and MSPs, the Scottish government has established an independent panel to conduct an inquiry into the policing of the miners’ strike in Scotland.

The panel is seeking evidence from former miners, members of the
community, police officers and anyone who had an involvement or interest
in the strike.

The attached information sheet sets out the terms of inquiry and
provides information on how you can respond.

You can complete your response online at:
https://consult.gov.scot/justice/policing-during-miners-strike-independent-review/.

Alternatively, you can send it to:
Head of Secretariat
INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF POLICING DURING MINERS’ STRIKE
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
EDINBURGH EH1 3DG

RESPONSES MUST BE IN BY THE 30TH NOVEMBER 2018.

Have your say on the new Historic Environment Policy

Formal consultation is now open for Historic Environment Scotland’s draft policy for historic environment-related planning issues

Communities, local authorities, developers and heritage sector stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft Historic Environment Policy (HEP), a key document for decision-makers in the planning process and others managing heritage assets.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) today launched a public consultation survey for the new policy, which will replace the current Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement (HESPS) in 2019.

The result of extensive consultation and peer review, HEP sets out a series of principles and policies for the recognition, care, management and sustainable use of the historic environment. The policy is part of a range of documents that decision-makers use to help them manage heritage matters, such as the Scottish Government’s own planning policy.

Consultation for HEP began in 2017 with the “What’s Your Heritage?” campaign, which asked the people of Scotland what the historic environment means to them and how it should be looked after. The first ever public consultation of its type, “What’s Your Heritage?” gathered more than 2,000 responses.

Based on the campaign and stakeholder feedback so far, HEP aims to:

  • Consolidate HES’ role as the lead public body for the historic environment
    Focus on the whole of Scotland’s historic environment, not just the properties HES is responsible for or designates
  • Demonstrate that everyone has a stake in the historic environment and how it is looked after
  • Provide leadership and best practice direction for heritage management issues
  • Show that HES has responded to public and stakeholder views
  • Align with the “Our Place in Time” strategy, the first ever Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland

HES Director of Heritage, Barbara Cummins, said:

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has given up their time to help develop HEP so far. We cast a wide net to engage with the public on this new policy and the result is truly collaborative. The draft policy reflects the people of Scotland’s views on the cultural significance of the historic environment, while also addressing the needs of decision-makers.

“We want this policy to have a positive impact and provide guidance for anyone involved in the decision-making process, as well as for people interested in and impacted by the outcome of those decisions.

“I encourage anyone who cares about decisions affecting the historic environment to comment on the draft policy over the next 12 weeks and I look forward to your responses.

HEP is a much shorter policy document than HESPS, as it will be underpinned by a series of more detailed “Managing Change” guidance documents. The Managing Change policy guidance will also be reviewed, starting with consultation on a revised ‘Demolition’ document in November. HES will also consult on revised designations, including listed buildings, policy and criteria in January.

These new policy guidance documents will be in place, alongside any other essential guidance, before HESPS is withdrawn in spring 2019.

Consultation on the draft HEP runs until Monday 3rd December.

Find out more and take the survey

North Berwick station up for top award

North Berwick station has been nominated as one of the best stations in Britain.

ScotRail has announced that North Berwick station has been shortlisted in the ‘Station of the Year’ category of the National Rail Awards 2018.

The East Lothian station will be judged against set criteria, including safety, infrastructure and customer-friendly presentation.

North Berwick station was reduced to a single platform in the 1960s and lost its traditional buildings in 1984.

However, it remains a pleasant and welcoming seaside terminus, thanks to the award-winning efforts of station adopters North Berwick in Bloom and to the work of station newsagent Craig McLaren who has produced a guide to the attractions of the town.

The National Rail Awards will be held on Thursday 13 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

James Ledgerwood, ScotRail’s Head of Economic & Community Development, said:

 “North Berwick station remains one of the most welcoming stations on our network, and we are absolutely delighted to see it shortlisted. 

“Making our stations a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train is a key part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”

New electric train ready for North Berwick route

ScotRail will take another step forward in delivering faster journeys, more seats, and better services for customers with the introduction of a brand new Hitachi class 385 electric train to its North Berwick route.

Passengers travelling between North Berwick and Edinburgh will be able to experience the new six-carriage train from Monday, 10 September, as ScotRail continues its commitment to building the best railway Scotland has ever had.

17/07/18 – 18071706 – SCOTRAIL
MILLERHILL DEPOT – MUSSELBURGH
The new Class 385 trains are pictured at the Millerhill depot

This is the third of the new Hitachi trains to be introduced, with two of the new fleet already operating between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High.

The trains are part of ScotRail’s £475 million rolling stock investment, following the £858 million electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow by Network Rail.

Customers using the North Berwick route will now be able to use the class 385 train on as many as 15 services throughout the week, with a further 12 on Saturdays.

It’s the latest in a range of improvements to services in East Lothian, with many of the trains on the route already operating with six carriages, and the majority of peak-time trains expected to run with this increased capacity by the end of the year. Further class 385 trains are due to be introduced on the North Berwick line before the end of the year.

ScotRail’s Chief Operating Officer Angus Thom said:

“I am delighted that we are able to introduce another brand new Hitachi class 385 train, this time to the North Berwick route. We know that our customers will really notice the difference from Monday.

“This is another step forward for ScotRail as we continue our commitment to building the best railway Scotland has ever had.

“The introduction of these trains will benefit customers all across the country, as they will allow us to move existing trains on this route out across the network. This will help us to deliver faster journeys, more seats, and better services for our customers.”

Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail Bill Reeve said:

“This latest introduction of the class 385 fleet brings the benefits of our new electric trains to North Berwick and Dunbar services and is just the start of delivering more seats across peak services and improved facilities to passengers along this route.

“This is all part of an ongoing Scottish Government commitment to ensuring Scotland’s railways are a popular choice and demonstrates the real benefits of our extensive programme of electrification. Work continues to deliver the remainder of the fleet which, once in service, will increase overall seating capacity by more than 23% across the Scottish network.” 

Fit for Work?

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Nominations open for the Inspiring Volunteering Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for the East Lothian Inspiring Volunteering Awards 2018! The Awards are organised by STRiVE, the Third Sector Interface for East Lothian, to recognise and celebrate the wide-ranging achievement and significant impact that volunteers make within our county.

This is your chance to tell STRiVE who makes a difference in your community. Take a look through the categories below and complete the nomination form to tell them why you think your volunteer or volunteer team should receive an Inspiring Volunteering Award.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to the award ceremony in late November 2018 where each category winner will be presented with an award trophy and all runners-up will be presented with a certificate.

Nomination Categories:

1. Fundraising & Retail Volunteer of the Year

2. Health and Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year

3. Environmental and Education Volunteer of the Year

4. Volunteer Team of the Year

5. Young Volunteer of the Year (Under 25)

6. Outstanding Trustee of the Year

7. Lifelong Commitment to Volunteering

The closing date for nominations is 17 September 2018.

Nomination packs are attached in both Word and PDF formats. Please return forms by email to admin@strive.me.uk or print and post to: STRiVE, 56 High Street, Tranent, EH33 1HH.

Alternatively, hard copies of the forms will be available from the STRiVE office in Tranent.

Take a peek at peak times

Have you ever wondered what ‘peak’ and ‘off peak’ times are on the Edinburgh – North Berwick railway line?

Unable to find an answer on their website, I tweeted Scotrail:

I didn’t find the information on the National Rail Enquiries website particularly easy to read so thought it might be helpful to set out the information clearly below:

Station

PEAK

OFF- PEAK
NBW 06:07 06:47 07:17 07:55 08:45 09:27
DRM 06:14 06:54 07:25 08:03 08:53 09:34
LND 06:20 07:00 07:31 08:09 08:58 09:40
PST 06:25 07:05 07:36 08:07 08:14 09:03 09:45
WAF 06:28 07:08 07:40 08:10 08:18 09:06 09:48
MUB 06:32 07:12 07:44 08:16 08:22 09:10 09:52
Station

OFF- PEAK

PEAK

OFF- PEAK
EDB

16:42

17:15

17:48

18:14

So, in a nutshell, if you’re heading to Edinburgh in the morning, the first off-peak train is the one that leaves North Berwick at 09:27.  Coming back to East Lothian from Edinburgh, there are two peak trains: 17:15 and 17:48.  Weekends are always off-peak.

Hope this helps but please remember, this is only my interpretation of the current timetable, if you need additional information please contact Scotrail.