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Bowling Club - summer evening





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

DIRLETON NEWS

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 June 2018 Newsletter
Click here to view the approved minutes Dirleton School Partnership meeting of April 24th 2018

Traffic Issues during the Scottish Open at Gullane 11-15th July
This major event will cause disruption to locals who simply want to park near the shops. The advice is to avoid the road through Gullane if possible as there will be significant delays. There are shuttle buses and parking for attendees at the event. But there is also a one hour dedicated shopper's car park at the north end of East Links Road. i.e. the children's golf course area

Dirleton Primary's successful Grant Application Our local school has just heard that its application for funding for its Food for Thought project has been successful to the tune of £3000. This will be used in a detailed programme of initiatives to encourage the children to grow and eat healthy food. Planters will be installed in the playground and the school kitchen upgraded. The Walled Garden is already a partner in this project and Dirleton Good Neighbours will be joining the project at the start of the new school year.

A Revised brief for the Castlemains Site.
East Lothian Planning Department have issued a new version of the Site Development Brief NK11 for the Castlemains Farm site. You may comment on the changes on the ELC Consultation Hub. The deadline for comments is Friday 20th July. The DVA will be commenting. Please forward any comments you wish to be included in the DVA response to derekcarter11@gmail.com before Monday 9th July.
The key changes/issues to look out for are:
1 The arrow saying 'maintain views to Dirleton Castle' continues to wrongly point to Castlemains Farm house and barns. It should clearly point at the whole of the castle.
2 Item 1. The access is changed to Station Road.
3 Item 4 The requirement for single storey houses 'to maintain key views across the site' has been omitted, and 'no higher than 1.5 storey' has been substituted. This will allow for ridge heights of 8 metres or more to be used.
4 Item 5. The dimension of the open space required for the western part of the site has been omitted, as is the requirement for a 'village green'.
5 A new item 6 has been added: 'consideration should be given to the guidelines contained in the Dirleton Conservation Area Character Statement' and the Council's Cultural Heritage Supplementary Planning Guidelines. There appears to be nothing in the SPGs except for the Character Statement, and there is no further reference to any of the other Cultural Heritage and Rural Areas policies set out in the Local Plan.
6 A new item 7 has been added, protecting an existing culvert.
Click here to view the Brief

The Fete and Games a big success Again Dirleton was lucky with the weather for one of the main events of the year and the sun shone on the Green and all the activities there. - Pipe Band, races, dog show, games, a raffle 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.

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 summer evening, as the above photo shows. To get in go round the back of the castle to the Clubroom.
Children's Bowls Out of School and After School sessions are now being held on a Thursday afternoons for an hour from 4pm - entry via the main Castle entrance.

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!

Queensberry Planning Application for Castlemains site is still awaiting a decision
This application will not now be decided until after the consultation period for the Revised Site Development Brief as explained above.
Click here for further details on Dirleton Planning Issues.