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Spring Activities in Dirleton 2018

Spring Activities in Dirleton

A Dirleton Good Neighbours Newsletter

Cycling Group - the informal cycling group will continue to meet outside the Open Arms for a run each Friday at 2pm. There is no need to let anyone know you will be attending - just turn up on the day and whoever is there will agree on the route. The idea is to gradually increase cycling fitness levels, but it does include a coffee break.
For any further information contact:

Book Club
Just a reminder that Dirleton has a book club that meets on a monthly basis to discuss a book or two and enjoy a glass of wine or two.For further information please contact Pam Ager ( or Lesley Thorpe (

The Bowling Club
There are exciting plans for opening up the Bowling Club to everyone in the village during 2018. The Bowling Club Committee, the DVA and DGN have joined forces to make things happen and are being given advice by Bengy Barsanti from the North Berwick Sports Hub, including help with grant applications both for equipment and for upgrading the Clubhouse. This initiative will go forward in different ways. An Active Schools Coordinator will provide In-Curriculum activity in Dirleton Primary, and help organise Out-of-School Activity involving a fun approach to Bowling. There also plans for a Try Bowls Day to which everyone in the village will be invited. This is pencilled in to take place in May, but details will be circulated and advertised once a firm date has been set. Pam Ager, a committee member of the Club, has a list of residents interested in getting together a Ladies Group to learn bowls and is planning some sessions to get this going. Do contact her if you are interested:

A Dirleton Gardening Group
This is starting up as a very informal group. Details of suggested events will be circulated and you can join in any that interest you and skip others that don’t. You may be an enthusiastic hands-on gardener or just enjoy visiting other people’s garden – the group will aim to cover all levels of interest. The following events are suggested to get this Group underway:
Behind the Scenes at Pentland Plants, Straiton. : A small group from Dirleton has already signed up for this free event on Thursday 19th April at 11.30 am. If you would like to come along, just visit the PP website to register: Transport can be shared.
There is a cafe on site.
A Guided Tour of Shepherd House Garden, Inveresk. A group visit to this lovely garden is suggested for Thursday 17th May, open between 2 and 4pm. The cost per person is £5. See the garden’s website: Again car transport can be shared.
A Visit to Gardening Scotland This large Garden Show is held at Ingliston Showground from Friday to Sunday, 1st to 3rd of June. Tickets are £17 on the day, currently £14 in advance. See website: Any interest in a group visit?
Other possible activities for a Dirleton Gardening Group:
Plant shares and swaps with fellow Dirleton gardeners
Sharing your own garden with the group – for inspiration or advice.
Occasional talks or classes on garden topics. Art & Gardens – painting, crafts, willow structures etc
Participating in projects to make Dirleton more floral/eco friendly
Working on projects with local children to interest them in gardening
Suggestions welcomed!
Contact: Anne Orr : 850 813 about any of the above Gardening Group suggestions

And don’t forget: Dirleton Gardens are open as part of the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme: the afternoons of Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June. Contact: Carol Drysdale 850 264,

A Walking Group? A list is being compiled of residents interested in walking, whether it is short informal walks or longer planned ones. With the better weather still a little distant, this has not yet developed into regular groups or outings. But as specific times and routes are organised., details will be advertised on the village website and using the village Mailchimp.
Contact: if you would like to join any planned walks, or are willing to suggest and plan one for a group.

Dirleton Lunch Hub as part of Dirleton Good Neighbours
The Lunch Hub is now well established on the first Wednesday of each month with a regular attendance of around 30 to 40. Everyone seems to thoroughly enjoy themselves and make new village friends. Please do encourage others to attend – they will be very welcome. As the weather improves and visitors and walkers are out and about, we are also likely to attract casual attendees visiting our lovely village..
Volunteers The Lunch Hub has a great group of volunteers, either working hard on the day and/or making delicious soup and cakes at home for the event. But with numbers difficult to predict, we would like to recruit some more cake bakers and hopefully develop a rota of baking for the Lunch Hub every other month to ease the pressure on our current bakers. So more bakers please!
Income and Funding Village Activities: There is a pattern starting to develop of the income from the Lunch Hub. After expenses for the hall hire, insurance, groceries etc, we seem to be clearing approx £80 plus a month. The aim has always been to use this surplus to fund activities that benefit village residents.
February's income has been used to investigate volunteer services that can provide transport to hospital, medical appointments and outings for elderly or infirm residents who do not have their own transport. The accompanying leaflet has been prepared with full details of how to access these services and is delivered to each house in the village. Valuable help was given by the North Berwick Volunteer Car Scheme and the Royal Voluntary Service in compiling this information. Both provide key transport for Dirleton residents, and a donation of £50 has been made by DGN to each. It is hoped that we can continue to support both of these organisations as their services are very important for elderly or infirm mobility issues. A conversation has been started with NBVCS as to whether we can use their volunteers to bring the occasional small group of visitors to the Lunch Hub from local care homes etc for a pleasant outing subsidised by the Lunch Hub.
As mentioned overleaf, there is also quite a bit of discussion going on about the Dirleton Bowling Club with a view to opening up its activities to a much wider range of Dirleton residents, through informal 'have a go' sessions, involvement with the school and ladies events. It is hoped that funds from the Lunch Hub can be used to aid getting these initiatives off the ground.
Other possibilities for village activities that DGN might fund are being planned and suggestions are welcomed for discussion.

Contact: Anne Orr, Dirleton Good Neighbours Coordinator 850 813