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New East Lothian Safety Advisory Group policy approved

Published: Tuesday 13th March 2018

New policy to ensure public safety at major events

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East Lothian’s resilient communities

Published: Friday 2nd March 2018

Provost praises local communities for their help during adverse weather


Musselburgh Art Club launch new exhibition at John Gray Centre

Published: Friday 9th February 2018

Enjoy new arts and crafts produced by Musselburgh Art Club members alongside Victorian landscapes

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Saltire Exhibition enters final weeks

Published: Friday 19th January 2018

Battlefield Historian reviews current exhibition at John Gray Centre

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Restoration work completed for Prestonpans war memorial

Published: Thursday 11th January 2018

Restoration work has been completed on the Prestonpans War memorial

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Exhibition space available at Dunbar Town House

Published: Friday 15th December 2017

Calling all artists - would you like to exhibit your work at Dunbar?


Fireworks Display

Published: Thursday 2nd November 2017

Enjoy free fireworks display this Sunday at Musselburgh

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Preston Seton Gosford Area Partnership sets priorities

Published: Tuesday 17th October 2017

Residents in Preston Seton Gosford area help to set key priorities for Area Partnership


Re-imagining Prestongrange

Published: Wednesday 11th October 2017

Visitors to Prestongrange can have their say on possible future develpoments

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North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership reports on progress

Published: Friday 22nd September 2017

Views about the look and design of North Berwick offered by local residents

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Digging up Dunbar!

Published: Tuesday 29th August 2017

10,000 years of history packed into fascinating exhibition

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Provost enjoys historic Haddington exhibition

Published: Friday 25th August 2017

East Lothian in the grip of war 1542-1550


Lots to enjoy at East Lothian archaeology and local history fortnight

Published: Thursday 24th August 2017

Discover the rich heritage of East Lothian

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Row, row, row your boat along The John Muir Way

Published: Friday 28th July 2017

Local rowing club become the first to complete iconic walk by boat


Haddington Town Centre Project

Published: Tuesday 25th July 2017

Collaborative approach to improve Haddington town centre


Online pet sales warning

Published: Thursday 13th July 2017

Trading Standards advise potential pet owners to be aware of online scams

Pet therapy

Therapy ponies visit Crookston Care Home

Published: Tuesday 11th July 2017

Unusual therapy pets welcomed by Crookston Care Home residents

Living East Lothian

Living Summer 2017

Published: Tuesday 4th July 2017

The latest issue of East Lothian Council's newspaper for residents is out now.


Joint agency approach to tackling Haddington antisocial behaviour

Published: Tuesday 13th June 2017

Joint approach to antisocial behaviour leads to positive action

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Published: Thursday 11th May 2017

Details of route, road closures and parking restrictions

Dunbar coast

John Muir Way celebrates third anniversary

Published: Friday 21st April 2017

Coast to coast long distance walk attracts increasing numbers of visitors


Bonne Chance Abbi!

Published: Wednesday 12th April 2017

Haddington student wins twinning scholarship

Youngsters take anti-social behaviour messages to heart in art competition

Youngsters take anti-social behaviour messages to heart in art competition

Published: Thursday 6th April 2017

Pupils in East Lothian who have been learning about the links between peer pressure and anti-social behaviour have designed posters to remind their peers about how their behaviour can impact others.

Brunton Theatre

New season at the Brunton

Published: Thursday 6th April 2017

Music, film, live screenings, drama, dance and comedy coming up in the Brunton's new season

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Pamela scoops Lennox Award

Published: Tuesday 28th February 2017

Children's author Pamela Butchart wins Lennox Award

Looking on to Tranent High Street

Artworks Commissioned for Tranent and Macmerry Areas.

Published: Friday 24th February 2017

Fa’side Area Partnership has allocated £19,500 for the commission of three cairns, or sculptural pieces, in the Tranent and Macmerry areas and the refurbishment of the Jock Taylor memorial.

Improved community facilities a key part of East Lothian Council’s capital programme

Published: Tuesday 21st February 2017

The £169 million investment in capital projects across East Lothian over the next three years will secure benefits for dozens of communities – including new or upgraded community and sports facilities

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Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership Annual Public Meeting

Published: Tuesday 21st February 2017

Open invite to Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership meeting


Wedding Fair offers couples many ideas for that special day!

Published: Friday 17th February 2017

Wedding Fair showcases Dunbar Town House as a venue

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Library closure on Weds 22 Feb.

Published: Thursday 16th February 2017

Staff training day

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John Muir Way awarded Scotland's Great Trail status

Published: Friday 13th January 2017

Newest long distance coast to coast route


Civic Reception recognises ‘In Bloom’ achievements

Published: Thursday 24th November 2016

The successes of East Lothian's 'In Bloom' groups recognised at Civic reception

Kelpies Musselburgh Racecourse

The Kelpies maquettes ride into Musselburgh

Published: Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Stunning sculptures gallop into place

Highland Show

BID Board announced

Published: Wednesday 3rd August 2016

New board of directors announced to take forward East Lothian Food & Drink BID

Celebrating Sport

Celebrating Sport 2016

Published: Friday 22nd July 2016

Nominations now open for Celebrating Sports Awards 2016.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Published: Thursday 26th May 2016

Details of route, road closures and parking restrictions

Big Nature Festival 2016

RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival 21 & 22 May

Published: Friday 13th May 2016

Big Nature Festival returns to Levenhall Links, Musselburgh.

Bookbug at home - Mother reading to a baby

Bookbug in the home

Published: Friday 18th March 2016

It's never too early to start reading to children

East Lothian Council libraries are now offering an NHS hearing aid battery replacement service

Library project wins Scottish sensory award

Published: Tuesday 23rd February 2016

joint NHS Lothian and council project wins award


Haddington Community Development Trust seeks consultant

Published: Friday 19th February 2016

Project Manager sought to develop website and marketing strategy

Saltire Festival

East Lothian's Saltire festival attracts record numbers

Published: Thursday 28th January 2016

2015 event attracts record number of visitors

EL Partnership

East Lothian Partnership 'delivering results'

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016

Latest East Lothian Partnership meeting details current and future projects

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Local communities encouraged to enter countrywide environmental campaigns

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016

New projects to celebrate community growing

Dunbar Grammar

Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership

Published: Friday 11th December 2015

Local residents invited to first Annual Public Meeting

Campie pupils meet the author during Book Week

Author Unveils New Reading Space at Musselburgh Library

Published: Thursday 26th November 2015

Campie Primary pupils enjoy author visit to Musselburgh Library.

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Donate extra gifts to Cracking Christmas campaign

Published: Wednesday 25th November 2015

Enterprising teenagers set up Christmas donation campaign

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Record-Breaking Adventurer at Book Week Event

Published: Thursday 19th November 2015

Record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont will be telling tales of his thrilling adventures at Book Week Scotland event

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Top Crime Writers Gather in East Lothian During Book Week

Published: Thursday 12th November 2015

Celebrated crime writers Arne Dahl, Eva Nolan and Stuart Neville will take part in an Urban Noir Showcase as part of Book Week


Fireworks display

Published: Wednesday 4th November 2015

Enjoy free public fireworks display at Musselburgh

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New East Lothian Poverty Commission

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015

New commission will gather evidence about poverty concerns across county

John Muir House

Exercise 'Safe Haven' tests council plans and community response

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015

Schools and community councils join in emergency planning exercise

Lollipop lady

Crossing patrol attendant 'hangs up' her lollipop!

Published: Wednesday 30th September 2015

Happy retirement after 34 years on 'patrol'

Commonwealth Games

East Lothian to welcome Rwanda national football team

Published: Friday 24th July 2015

Glasgow 2014 Support a Second Team initiative strengthens sporting ties

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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award winners at Palace

Published: Thursday 9th July 2015

Duke of Edinburgh Award participants at Palace of Holyroodhouse


Cheap as chips!

Published: Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Dog owners encouraged to get their pet microchipped

Armed Forces Day Union Jack

Armed Forces Day to be marked in East Lothian

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015

Flag ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day

Tennis rackets and balls

Major boost for tennis in East Lothian

Published: Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Local residents encouraged to try out tennis

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Help revitalise your rural community

Published: Wednesday 27th May 2015

Public consultation on funding for rural community projects

Lego club

New lego club opens at Longniddry library

Published: Friday 15th May 2015

Budding designers enjoy new Lego club

EL Reader in Residence

Reader in Residence Books in to East Lothian Libraries

Published: Tuesday 12th May 2015

New appointment supporting local libraries

Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie to speak at RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

Published: Tuesday 12th May 2015

Fun family nature festival at Levenhall Links

Pinkie St Peters

'Hero' pupil praised at special school assembly

Published: Friday 6th March 2015

P7 pupil surprised with award at schools assembly

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Calling local allotment gardeners!

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015

New photography project focuses on local allotments.

East Lothian Council house

A Place of Great Importance

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014

New artwork proposals for Steading View, Tranent

Living East Lothian

Living newspaper Spring 2016

Published: Monday 17th November 2014

The Spring edition of the Council newspaper Living is out now.


Sketching in Amisfield Walled Gardens

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014

Take part in this short four week course with Michael Mulready.

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Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival

Published: Tuesday 30th September 2014

This October, East Lothian Council and the John Gray Centre are taking part in Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival.

Celebrating Sport

Shortlisted nominees announced for Celebrating Sport awards

Published: Wednesday 24th September 2014

Celebrating Sport Awards will take place on Friday 3 october and shortlisted nominees announced

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'Life after work' Community event

Published: Wednesday 24th September 2014

Information event in Tranent to share range of activities available for over-50s

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Tributes paid to local Commonwealth Games competitors

Published: Thursday 7th August 2014

Council Leader pays tribute to the success and achievements of local sports men and women

Archaeology and Local History Fortnight

Archaeology and local history fortnight

Published: Tuesday 5th August 2014

Programme of events across the county celebrating its rich heritage

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World War One - Drumhead Service

Published: Wednesday 30th July 2014

Local residents invited to attend World War I Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle

Child Safety

Free child car seat checking events with Good Egg Safety

Published: Wednesday 30th July 2014

Free car seat safety checks


Twinning link supporting keen runners

Published: Tuesday 29th July 2014

Runners from Pardubice will compete in half marathon

Tennis rackets and balls

East Lothian Open Tennis Tournament 2014 breaks records

Published: Tuesday 29th July 2014

More than 500 players took part in this year's event


It's puffling time!

Published: Friday 25th July 2014

If you're in North Berwick - look out for young puffins.


Wealth of reading in local libraries

Published: Friday 11th July 2014

A celebration of reading and Commonwealth authors


New faces unveiled at Fisherrow promenade

Published: Thursday 3rd July 2014

Stone sculptures of fishermen arrive at Fisherrow

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The Closes of Haddington

Published: Thursday 3rd July 2014

A new walking tour guide published

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Volunteers wanted to help the elderly in Haddington

Published: Tuesday 24th June 2014

National Charity and Haddington Library team up to organise monthly tea parties for elderly

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East Lothian marks Armed Forces Day

Published: Monday 23rd June 2014

Former and current serving personnel mark Armed Forces Day

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QBR video

Published: Monday 23rd June 2014

See the relay as it travelled through East Lothian

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Queen's Baton relay route through East Lothian confirmed

Published: Friday 30th May 2014

Details of route and times the baton will take around the county.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Published: Monday 5th May 2014

Road closures and parking restrictions on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014.

First Minister Dunbar

First Minister officially opens extended John Muir Way

Published: Tuesday 22nd April 2014

New long distance coastal route opened

Commonwealth Games baton

East Lothian looks forward to Queen's Baton Relay

Published: Wednesday 19th March 2014

Glasgow 2014 reveals the list of Scotland's villages, towns and cities which will welcome the Queen's Baton Relay

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Port Seton Centre Open Day

Published: Friday 14th March 2014

Activities for all ages to try out and enjoy

Community council funding agreed

Published: Thursday 13th March 2014

Agreed funding for 2014/15 for all community councils

Tranent George Johnstone Centre

George Johnstone centre wins national award

Published: Tuesday 11th March 2014

Tranent facility wins Civic Trust Award

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Local youngsters celebrate Gold Awards

Published: Tuesday 16th July 2013

Duke of Edinburgh Award achievers celebrate at Holyroodhouse

Made From Crime campaign

Made from crime?

Published: Wednesday 6th February 2013

New initiative targets criminals across east Scotland.

White Ribbon Scotland

New youth cup highlights anti-violence campaign

Published: Wednesday 10th October 2012

Football tournament supporting White Ribbon Campaign

Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar

Bleachingfield Centre Open Day

Published: Friday 28th September 2012

If you haven't already visited new Dunbar facility then come along ...

Sandy Beach

North Berwick Law Race

Published: Friday 27th July 2012

Interested runners invited to try challenging hill race

Jacobite soldiers

Battle Day at Prestonpans

Published: Wednesday 27th June 2012

Enjoy a renenactment of the Battle of Prestonpans

Photo - John Gray Centre

Centre gets set for artwork installation

Published: Friday 22nd June 2012

John Gray Centre to close on 28 and 29 June to install eye-catching glass panels.

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Ormiston Community Centre opens

Published: Tuesday 19th June 2012

Well-known Ormiston resident Moira Swinton on Monday unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the village’s £900,000 community centre.

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Former Sports Development Officer dies suddenly

Published: Thursday 31st May 2012

Council mourns loss of former employee

John Gray Centre Library now open

Haddington library reopens

Published: Friday 9th March 2012

Haddington Library has reopened its doors today in the brand new John Gray Centre.

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Council supports community 'right to buy' bid

Published: Tuesday 28th February 2012

First community 'right to buy' bid in the Lowlands

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New visitor facilities for coastal areas

Published: Monday 20th February 2012

The Council is to build new public toilets at Yellowcraig Beach car park and at Linkfield, John Muir Country Park.

St Mary's Church Haddington

Local projects £20,000 funding boost

Published: Friday 3rd February 2012

East Lothian groups are to share over £20,000 for projects that will enhance their local area.

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Saltire 2011 programme announced

Published: Friday 28th October 2011

Range of events in and around the county

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