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Bowling Club - summer evening

Dirleton Bowling Club on a summer evening. Photo thanks to Mary Ann Cosgrove


Kirk Sevice for this Sunday and News - Click here to see details of the Sunday Service for the current week, Kirk News and Events

Dirleton Primary School's Monthly Newsletter and the latest minutes of Dirleton School Partnership meetings are now available on the village website.
Click here to view the May 2018 Newsletter
Click here to view the approved minutes Dirleton School Partnership meeting for February 2018

Only a week until Dirleton's Fete and Games
Saturday 23rd June from 1 until 5pm on the Village Green
Attractions include:
1.15pm: Childrens’ races
2pm: Loretto Pipe Band
2.20pm: Dog show- no pedigree required!
Throughout the afternoon there will be:
Face painting, Beat the Goalie, Putting, Bowling and childrens corner including a Bouncy Castle.
Music on stage – featuring local musicians, bands and singers.
Classic Cars will be on show and other vehicles of interest.
Baking Competition including Dirleton Chocolatier of the Year
Bric-a-brac, Book stall, and Plant stall
Tea tent, barbeque and bar
Raffle and Tombola
East Coast
FM will be here and much more

The sun shone on Dirleton Open Gardens
Dirleton enjoyed beautiful weather for the village gardens opening on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 June. Over the two days the sun brought out a total of some 850 visitors, who were able to tour the eighteen open gardens, all of which had been lovingly prepared by their owners. They also had access to the fine gardens of Dirleton Castle, which boasts what is claimed to be one of the longest herbaceous borders in the world, and to the school’s Rainbow Orchard, which had been prepared for viewing by the children, with their explanatory notes attached to the various fruit trees. To cap it all, RNLI and church helpers served teas and delicious home baking to many of the visitors in the church hall. Altogether the financial outcome of the weekend was very favourable, with a total of over £5,600 after expenses being raised for distribution to the nominated charities – 40% to the RNLI, 40% divided between the Scotland’s Gardens beneficiaries (The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, Maggie’s Centres, The National Trust for Scotland Garden Fund and Perennial) and 20% to the Dirleton Village Association, the village’s own conservation charity. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend such a success. Carol Drysdale, Dirleton organiser.

Would you like to join in this year's Archeological Dig?
The Gullane and Dirleton History Society will be continuing their investigation of Medieval Dirleton this July and August. For further details of what is planned and how to get involved, Click Here.

Dirleton Lunch Hub had a record attendance for the June Event
A record 59 people enjoyed the June Lunch Hub - more or less full capacity and with just enough food to go around! The volunteers were pleased to welcome visiting walkers and a group from Get2gether. The seasonal offerings included rhubarb cakes and cordial and a chilled soup for a sunny day. Our bakers excelled themselves - the Ecclefechan Tart rapidly disappeared and we now include two very skilled male bakers who especially enjoy whipping up eggs into meringue creations. Many thanks to the guests who helped cope with the ensuing washing up and table clearing.

Try Bowls on a Summer Evening Come along to the Dirleton Bowling Club any Wednesday evening from 7pm onwards to see if you would enjoy playing. You will be made very welcome, and the green is a magical place on a su,,er evening, as the above photo shows. To get in go round the back of the castle to the Clubroom.

Inauguration of the new Primary School Outdoor Classroom
The new outdoor classroom and the Playpod were officially opened on Friday 25th May with all the school children participating in describing and singing about their various activites connected to nature, food and the environment. This was followed by a tour of the orchard. Brian Moody, the headmaster, would like to emphasise that villagers are very welcome to visit the school orchard at any time - this year is looking promising for the fruit harvest from the wide range of fruti trees - apples, pears, cherries and even an apricot against a sunny wall. Look out for Dirleton's own apple The Dirleton Red.

The Amalfi Cafe and Ice Cream Shop is now open in the premises of the old Dirleton village shop and post office - so do go along to explore its delights!

East Lothian ended Concessionary Rail Travel on 21st May Half price, off peak fares will not longer be available for senior citizens and others who have been eligible from this date. It may be worth considering a rail card which can save at least 30% off journeys. Check out the rail website to decide whether you use rail services enough to make one worthwhile.
Queensberry Planning Application for Castlemains site is now awaiting a decision
The deadline for submissions of 13th February is now well past., andthe application will come before the Planning Committee in due course, with theJune meeting being the earliest possible date.
Click here for further details on Dirleton Planning Issues.