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Funding boost for East Lothian heritage projects

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has awarded £182,543 to heritage projects across Scotland as part of its Historic Environment Support Fund. The funding ranges from over £80,000 for traditional skills training to £15,000 to repair a historic loom, plus smaller grants to support workshops and conferences. The recipients are spread across Scotland from the Outer Hebrides…
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September 4, 2019 0

ScotRail launches WhatsApp service for customers

ScotRail has launched a new WhatsApp service for customers as part of a £4million investment plan to improve customer satisfaction. ScotRail is one of the first train operating companies in the UK to introduce WhatsApp as a customer contact channel. This will provide customers with the opportunity to communicate directly with the company through the…
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September 2, 2019 0

East Lothian businesses shortlisted for rural awards

Land-based member organisation Scottish Land & Estates is delighted to announce the finalists for its 2019 Helping It Happen Awards campaign which includes The Bus Stop at Bankrugg Farm in the Tourism category and Fenton Barns Nursery in the Education Category. Now in its third year, the campaign and its annual Awards are becoming increasingly…
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August 19, 2019 0

Queen Margaret University seeks new Chair of Court

The Court, Queen Margaret University’s governing body, is seeking to appoint a new Chair to take up post in March 2020. The Chair – who will succeed Dr Frances Dow CBE – will play a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction and will work closely with the incoming Principal,…
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August 1, 2019 0

Battle of Dunbar Re-Enactment Weekend

14th -15th September 2019, 11am-5pm Spott Road, Dunbar Dunbar will come alive with the thundering of hooves and crack of muskets, as the Scottish Battlefields Trust returns to re-enact the Battle of Dunbar 1650 as part of East Lothian’s Battle Weekend. Re-enactors from across the UK are expected put on an exhilarating display recreating a…
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July 31, 2019 0

Local small shops urged to join search for UK’s Best

County MP Martin Whitfield is urging East Lothian’s small shopkeepers to enter this year’s Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in local communities. The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and…
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July 18, 2019 0

ScotRail announces more seats than ever before for Edinburgh Festival

ScotRail has announced its plans for next month’s Edinburgh International Festival, with eight-carriage trains, more services, late-night trains, and more seats than ever before. The train operator will also run extra late-night trains on routes to and from Edinburgh Waverley, as well as adding extra carriages to hundreds of trains. This means ScotRail will provide…
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July 17, 2019 0

Places for People given green light for Longniddry South

Places for People has been cleared to start work later this year on the first phase of a vibrant new extension to the village of Longniddry after East Lothian council approved detailed designs for 98 new homes.  Phase one of Longniddry South includes the development of 39 affordable rent homes specially designed for people over…
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July 10, 2019 0

East Lothian seafood firm to make a splash at Edinburgh Food Festival

East Lothian’s Alandas Scottish Seafood Grill, Gelato and Fish & Chips is representing the region at this year’s Edinburgh Food Festival, which is taking place over 10 days at Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh, 19th-28th July 2019. Alandas, which is based in Prestonpans, offers a fish and chip experience; where fresh prawns, beautifully cooked salmon…
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June 29, 2019 0

KYST (Coast)

                                                                                                       Ben Woodhams 6 July – 26 August 2019 The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Aberlady KYST is a solo exhibition by Ben Woodhams, a British artist living in Denmark, on the island of Bornholm.  Every Friday in 2018, Ben walked a section of the coastline of Bornholm, making a record of the journey through sketching and…
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June 17, 2019 0