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Hello Dunbar & District. This is our summer newsletter which is going out to members of Sustaining Dunbar and households taking the Household Canny Challenge. We hope that you enjoy it and we would love to hear from you about what sorts of things you are doing and about what you would like to see in upcoming issues. Please let us know by emailing sue@sustainingdunbar.org.


Feed me

Local projects
The Dunbar Community Chicken Coop is East Lothian's first Community Chicken Coop. If you are interested in learning about how to keep healthy hens Contact:

The Belhaven Hospital Community Garden is growing leaps and bounds with tomatoes, various lettuces and cabbages, courgettes, strawberries, cucumbers, spinach, marrows, beets, and herbs.  The Ridge has planted the Sensory Garden and organised a fabulous willow weaving workshop to create a magical enclosure for this garden. It is a must see. The Ridge have employed a Garden Supervisor and a paid Volunteer Co-ordinator.  Please see their website for more information. The Ridge has a fabulous summer programme for young people ages 5- 14.

If you would like to come and help out at the garden or learn more about growing food please come out any Sunday from 10:30 to 12:30 and or from 1-4pm. For more information please contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org.

The 4 planters at the pool are brimming with lettuces, radishes, broad-beans and rocket - please help yourself - it needs to be eaten. If you know of a planter around where you live which could grow more edible delights let us know and we can help you make this happen. Contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org

Lauderdale Park Veggi Patch is a must see and please help yourself to some lettuce.

Physics Garden at the Harbour in the Battery has been planted with herbs and lettuces to be harvested 16th August at the Community Pot Luck BBQ.

Local Food Adventures Want to learn more about how to find and use local ingredients? The first in a series of Local Food Adventures was a great success in May. The next food adventure is 16th August and we will be making making a meal with courgettes. Contact: janetwelch@sustainingdunbar.org

Dunbar Primary School: All the raised beds have been built and both campuses have active garden groups. We are collecting big plastic bottles (2 litres) for the Dunbar Primary School greenhouse, which the Ridge are making as part of their Summer Activity Programme. Please keep your 2 litre bottles and drop them off at the Poly Tunnel at Belhaven Garden or we will pick them up from you. For more information about how you can get involved in the food gardens, at either campus, please contact: janetwelch@sustainingdunbar.org

Food Waste and Worms Work:
A reminder that East Lothian Council is looking at reducing the frequency of rubbish pick up and a worm box really helps to reduce the volume of rubbish in your bin. Worm boxes will be set up at Belhaven Community Garden, Community Kitchen and Lauderdale Park through August. For information regarding Worms Work please contact: andrew@sustainingdunbar.org

Keep me warm

Local projects
Energy Audits and Advice Service: It is a good time of year to get that extra bit of insulation in , sort out your draughts , put in new heating controls and replace that old boiler while its still fresh in our minds. BeGreen would like to help you.  We have a range of energy efficiency grants that can help you carry out many energy efficiency measures in your home .
Visit our householder grants and loans  page for more details or pop into the BeGreen shop for more details .
We can also give you advice as to how to go about it with one of our free home energy audits.
To get more information contact sean@sustainingdunbar.org

Draught Proofing Service: All households signed up to take the Households Canny Challenge can get drought proofing done by our technician for free while our stocks last. To book our technician to get your home draught proofed please contact: mark@sustianingdunbar.org

Curtain Lining: We have a good supply of curtain lining to make your existing curtains more cozy, keep you warmer and save on energy bills. This simple and easy measure makes a big difference. Please contact sue@sustainingdunbar.org to get yours.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities now available              
Volunteer Opportunities

Dan Waters is our Safeguarding Officer and will be able to fill you in with the details of our policies for looking after our volunteers and protecting the best interests of the children and protected adults that we work with from time to time. Where necessary, when working with children and protected adults, our staff and volunteers are registered with the PVG Scheme.

Canny Schools

Dunbar Primary School is poised for their first visit from Keep Scotland Beautiful in August and we think that they are well ready to receive their Green Flag award. Big job well done DPS! For more information about how you can get involved in the food gardens, at either campus, please contact: janetwelch@sustainingdunbar.org

East Linton Primary School's We congratulate the P5-6 class for successfully completing their Household Canny Challenge. All participating households made some very important changes to try and reduce their c02 emissions. An evaluation has been undertaken and the report is available here on the Household Canny website.  The school is now ready for their Green Flag inspection this August.

Get me there

Local projects

Dunbar Cycling Group: 17 rides were organised in June including a dinner ride on the Summer Solstice to the Goblin Ha.The blue container in Hallhill car park is open Saturday 10am - 12pm for cyclists to come and use the bike tools.

Edible Cycle Route Information Boards: We have installed information boards and produced a leaflet for a local Edible Cycle Tour. For a map see here.

SpareWheels: will be getting an electric car for Dunbar. For More information please see their website.

Promoting local bus use: There is a collection of timetables devised by Sustaining Dunbar to meet particular local needs. All the transport information is taken from the TravelineScotland website, but re-arranged into a format we feel is more useful. Please email morag@sustainingdunbar.org if you spot any errors, or want to suggest additional timetables.

Explore the Dunbar Area by Foot or by bike: All our maps are available free of charge from the Sustaining Dunbar shop at 16 West Port.

The Pump Track in Lochend Woods: was officially opened at Bike Fest on 23rd June. It's starting to bed in nicely, but will require on-going patching up. Work parties will be organised every month or so - contact dan@sustainingdunbar.org if you can help.

BikeabilityWe want to ensure that all Dunbar pupils get the chance to learn how to cycle safely on the road, and this can't happen without the support of the volunteer cycle trainers. If you can help, please get in touch with Gareth Hill, Active Schools Co-ordinator ghill@elcschool.org.uk. The commitment will be to undertake the 1-day training course, then to help out once a week for 8 mornings during the autumn term.

Cycle Training for Adults: It's not just for children! If you've not been on a bike for a while (or ever) the prospect of cycling on a road can be daunting. We have qualified trainers who can take you through the basics until you feel comfortable cycling in traffic. Contact dan@sustainingdunbar.org to take up this offer of FREE cycle training.

Safe paths to Spott, Innerwick and Oldhamstocks: Although National Cycle Route 76 (Berwick to Edinburgh) currently crosses the A1 at Torness, we do not feel that this route is safe and would like to find an alternative route with a bridge or underpass crossing. We are gathering local views and consulting with landowners to negotiate a new route. More information from morag@sustainingdunbar.org

Map Exhibition: The exhibition of local maps at the Bleachingfield Centre was particularly interesting especially the copies of old maps of Oldhamstocks and the local soil maps, showing the high quality arable land around East Lothian. Thanks to everyone who took the time to add their comments to our consultation
OpenStreetMap: We're still keen to map the off-road cycle trails around Dunbar as these are not always shown in Google maps or even on Ordnance Survey maps but they can form useful links. OpenStreetMap is a global project which gathers local information. If you know your way around the hills and the coast and would like to contribute visit www.openstreetmap.org or email morag@sustainingdunbar.org
20mph for Hallhill Area: The 20mph trial is finally due to start on 5th August. Look out for the new signs going up this month.

Canny neighborhood

Local Projects
Neighborhood Plans: We would like to assist any neighborhood group (formal or informal) who want to carry out street audits and plan to make their streets safer and more edible :-). Contact:sue@sustainingdunbar.org

Borrow and Lend:

We’ve got some unusual things like our bike trailers or a folding bike to try out, or an adult off-road wheel-chair/buggy which can be used for an adventure out, but we’ve also got more mundane things that you may not have room to store at home, such as office chairs which you could borrow for a party. See the Borrow and Lend website for a list of all the things you can use.

All you need to do is sign up as a member (which is FREE and you can do it on the day) then pick up the item you’d like to try. Community groups can also join in.

Then you just have to confirm you know how to use it the equipment, and agree a date to return it. We expect most items will be borrowed for around one week, but longer periods can be arranged. Insurance is included.


Local food events
28/7 Learn how to grow food at Belhaven Community Garden from 10:30am
1/8 What grows in our woods? (Suitable for ages 5 – 8) The Ridge Treasure hunt; What can we eat? – foraging trail; Cooking camp fire lunch –Tree planting; Rubbish art – forage for rubbish dumped in the woods and make it into a work of art.
4/8  Learn how to grow food at Belhaven Community Garden from 10:30am
5/8 Come dine with me (ages 11 – 14) The Ridge Planning a family 3 course meal; Shopping for ingredients; Weighing and chopping; Soupy starter; Magic mains; Delicious deserts; Presentation skills; Washing up! Take dinner for 4 home to family.
7/8 Creating outdoor art (ages 5 – 14) The Ridge Designing art and sculptures in Belhaven hospital community garden; Preparing  models; Making a small design to take home; Cooking up lunch on the campfire; Painting and finishing off sculptures.
10/8 Official opening of the Belhaven Community Garden as part of the Hospital Fete
11/8 Learn how to grow food at Belhaven Community Garden from 10:30am
12/8 The woodland playground (9 – 14) The Ridge Bring your bike for bike trail; Treasure hunt; Cooking up lunch on the campfire; Creating a performance space; Make a woodland instrument; Camp fire music.
14/8 Creating large wooden sculptures (ages:11 – 14) The Ridge Designing  wood sculptures in Lochend woods; Preparing the wood; Cooking up lunch on the campfire; Building the sculptures; Donating sculptures to Belhaven hospital community garden.
16/8 Courgette Food Adventure and Community Pot Luck BBQ at the Harbour 6:30pm
18/8 Learn how to grow food at Belhaven Community Garden from 10:30am
19/8 Building a greenhouse from empty drinks bottles (Suitable for ages: 9 – 14) The Ridge Design and materials; Foraging and cooking a woodland lunch; Building the greenhouse to donate to the primary school; Mini greenhouse to take home.
25/8 Learn how to grow food at Belhaven Community Garden from 10:30am

Local Cycling & Walking  Events
25/8 Ride from John Muir Statue to John Muir Country Park and forage for food, story teller.

For more local events See What's on here
Summer 2013 Newsletter