Monday, 30 June 2014

Early closing

The John Gray Centre, Haddington, will be closing early at 5.00pm on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th July. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tea parties for the elderly


National charity Contact the Elderly is working with Haddington Library to organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for local isolated older people. They are urgently appealing for volunteers living in Haddington to spare just a few hours a month to help run the tea parties - and enjoy a cuppa and a cake themselves! There will be an open day on Wednesday 2 July in the Star Room of the John Gray Centre in Haddington to tell people more about what's involved.

Contact the Elderly aims to relieve the acute loneliness and isolation of older people who live alone by organising monthly Sunday tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and is taken to a tea party, where they join a small group for tea, talk and companionship.

Haddington Library is very keen to host these Sunday afternoon tea parties on its premises and together with Contact the Elderly is making an appeal for volunteer drivers who could use their own cars once a month to collect one or two older people and accompany them to the gathering. They would also like to hear from anyone who is able to help organise the tea parties and liaise with the older guests and volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly each month.

Contact the Elderly’s Area Organiser for Edinburgh, Anne Grindley, said: “We are committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, and are delighted that Haddington Library have made this generous offer to host monthly tea parties. All we now need is a group of local volunteers to help drive and/or run a group in Haddington. Being a driver requires a commitment of just a couple of hours once a month and the local organiser role only involves a little extra regular commitment each month in addition to the tea party outings, which everyone involved really enjoys! So I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please come along to the open day or get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

Trina Gavan said “we are delighted to work together with Contact the Elderly to offer this opportunity to the older members of our community. We already rely on wonderful volunteers who deliver items regularly to our housebound readers and we are hopeful that enough people will step forward to help us with this fantastic initiative.”  

Those local to Haddington and interested in volunteering as a driver or organiser can come along on Wednesday 2 July to an information session in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington, between 2:00pm and 3:30pm or 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Alternatively contact Trina Gavan, tel: 01620 820682, email: or Anne Grindley, Edinburgh Area Organiser: email

Monday, 16 June 2014

Pass it On - celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay in Haddington on Tuesday 17th June

Pass It On!

Pass It On
Come and celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay Fun, food and festivities at Haddington Corn Exchange and John Gray Centre Tuesday 17th June, 3.30pm-7.00pm

Venue 1 - Corn Exchange, 3.30pm - 6pm

  • Boxing
  • Table Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Curling
  • Sports Hub Displays
  • Taekwondo
  • Tai Chi
  • Sensory Football
  • Short Tennis
  • Ageing Well Display
  • Knox Academy Support-Group Cafe

Venue 2 - Outside Corn Exchange, 3.30pm - 7pm

  • Bike Display
  • Live Bands
  • East Coast FM
  • Table Tennis
  • ‘Yes/No’ Debate
  • Hog Roast
  • French Boules
  • Giant Board Games
  • First Aid Tent
  • Street Entertainment
For more details contact Steve Wands or Laurie Daborn from Active Schools on 01620 823387

Venue 3 - John Gray Centre, 3.30pm - 6pm

  • ‘Colour In Clyde’ Competition
  • Chalk Street Drawing
  • Flag Painting
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Marathon Storytelling Cycle challenge

Venue 4 - John Gray Star Room, 3.30pm - 6pm

  • 4.30Arts and Crafts Display
For more details contact Steve Wands or Laurie Daborn from Active Schools on 01620 823387

Coastword at Dunbar Library

Friday 20th June

9.30 – 11am Writing Mums’ Workshop. Last in the series of workshops for Dunbar’s Writing Mums Group.

3.30-4.30pm Linda Strachan. Linda Strachan is an award winning author of gritty, fast paced novels for young adults including ‘Spider’ and ‘Don’t Judge Me’. Free but Ticketed.

4.00–5.30pm Dilys Rose’s Writing Workshop

Teddy Bear Sleepover @ The Library. Calling all teddies to a fun-filled sleepover with their teddy friends. Drop your cuddly friends off at the library before it closes at 5pm. Follow your teddy’s adventures online Pick up from 9.30am on Saturday.

Saturday 21st June

9.30am -12.30pm Kids take over at The Library. Enjoy a morning of word-based games, activities and events for pre-school and primary aged children including:

9.30am Pick up your Teddy Story time.

10.30am Bookbug music, rhyme and stories. Free at The Library
There's lots more going on outside the library too, check their website for details