Civic Week and Weekly Update 19th June


Saturday 17th June 2017

Dunbar Civic Week Community Parade

Everyone is invited to come along and join us as we parade from the Bleachingfield to Lauderdale Park led by the Dunbar British Legion Pipe Band. Let us make it the biggest and brightest, noisiest one ever!

Prizes for best Youth Group display and most eye-catching costume awarded after the crowning ceremony.

Connie Paxton will be crowned this year’s Civic Week Queen by Katie McLeman. Her Royal Court is: Queens Consort Jack Tolputt.

Queens Attendants, Abigail Kerr and Millie Green.

Pageboys- Sean Tucker, Archie Dickson, Lewis Whyte.

Flower girls- Wiktoria Rak, Sorcha Calder, Katie Fisher. 

This is followed by a FREE family FUN day at Lauderdale Park, 1pm-4pm

Fun Day @ Lauderdale Park 1 – 4pm FREE but donations welcome

The Civic Week Queen will open the afternoon of fun including dancing displays, circus entertainers, Army Cadet inflatable obstacle course & climbing tower, Enjoy-a-ball, beat the goalie, target bowls, community stalls and East Coast FM. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful BarrowBand, the first folk-bootanico-encyclopedic band on the planet and their kinetic market Barrow covered with various fruit, vegetables and beasts.

New to town? Looking for information about the wide range of activities, services, events in the town? A warm welcome and lots of information about What’s on in Dunbar from the Dunbar Community Council stall. Please come and see us!

(Many thanks to Community Windpower for their support of our Fun Day)

Victorian Portrait Studio @ McArthur’s Stores, Victoria Street 2 – 5pm

An informal, engaging and free Victorian photographic portrait session with Alastair Cook – drop in on today, 18th and 24th June and have your portrait made.

Disco Soup with The BarrowBand @ Methodist Church Hall 4 – 6 pm FREE

Every year 90,000 tonnes of produce gets sent to landfill from the UK due to being squashy,  nobbly,  scabby, dumpy, ugly, curly, dirty or lumpy. Help save them by coming to make and eat some delicious soup while enjoying the BarrowBand singing, dancing and juggling their way through a large selection of original songs using styles drawn from pop, folk, country, Indian, klezmer, thrash jazz and more

Sunday 18th June

Belhaven Open Trophy @ Winterfield Golf Club 7.30 – 4pm

Winterfield Golf Club’s annual open competition. Everyone welcome. Contact 01368 863562

Shark Life Trail Run @ Foxlake from 10am

A junior trail run through the woods with a twist! Open to ages 4-15 years. Ages 4-7 will run at 10am and 10:15am waves.  Ages 8-15 will run at 10:30am, 10:45am and 11am. Finishers medal for all participants. Families are able to run together in the ages 4-7 category. Prizes for top 3 winners in both female and male categories in ages 4-7, 8-10, and 11-15years. The entry fee will be £5 per child with a capped fee of £10 per family. Adults can run with children at no cost. Facebook page Shark Life OCR.

Biking the Bounds 10.30am FREE

Family friendly circuit around Dunbar and through West Barns leave Bleachingfield Centre 10.30am. Approx 6.5miles in an hour. Info Mark 07914 602123

Family Fun with Dunbar Sea Cadets @ Castle Park Barracks, North Road 1pm-4pm FREE

Whatever the weather, everyone is welcome to test their nautical skills (on dry land!) with the Sea Cadets. Games, competitions, boats, ropes, BBQ & lots of fun.

Victorian Portrait Studio @ McArthur’s Stores, Victoria Street 2 – 5pm

An informal, engaging and free Victorian photographic portrait session with Alastair Cook – drop in today and have your portrait made.

DAFTAs @ Hallhill 4- 6pm FREE

The red carpet is back for the 4th DAFTAs ceremony! The short film competition finalists will have their films screened and winners announced. Doors open for the Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Awards at 3.30pm & screenings start at 4.00pm. Come and vote for your favourite film!  *Special Prize for the most glamorous person on the red carpet* FREE family event. The DAFTAs are free to enter.  All  you need is a camera and an idea. Your film can be about anything you like. You can make it using a camera, a tablet or even a phone. The only rule is that it must be between 2 and 5 minutes long.  Find out more at or just google dunbar film.

Gospel Music @ Day Centre 6-7pm FREE

The Baptist Church invite the community to come and join them for a wonderfully uplifting evening of gospel music


Monday 19th June

P7 Transition Day at Dunbar Grammar, Register and Dismiss  from DGS.

All Day – Meet the Teacher All Classes P1 to P6.

Nursery funday – AM Zoolab / Phonics room. Rugby development session / playing field.

Nursery reports PS and APS out to parents.


Rockpooling with the Countryside Rangers 3.30 – 5pm FREE

Come along and join the Rangers to see what amazing creatures live in the rockpools! Meet at the slipway off Shore Street at the Old (Cromwell) Harbour  Wear: Wellies or old shoes

DASC Pool Party @ Dunbar Leisure Pool from 6.15pm

Come along to Dunbar Leisure Pool for a fun-filled swim with your friends!  Dunbar Amateur Swimming Club (DASC) invites all members and non-members to join in the fun at our pool party. There are two sessions available for different age groups:

ages 10 and under can join us from 6.15pm-7.15pm
ages 11 and over can join us from 7.30pm-8.30pm.

DASC members swim free and non-members swim for £2.  Please note: any non-members under 8 must have an adult with them in the pool

Dunbar Community Council’s Community Awards 7.30-9pm

The Community Council’s annual awards honour people who live or work in Dunbar and who in the past 12 months have in some way made a significant contribution to the community.

Library Service ‘Walk & Talk’ Leaving from Dunbar Library 6.30pm FREE

Local author and historian Roy Pugh will accompany us on a fascinating foot tour of Dunbar High Street. Local publications will be available for sale. This gentle walk is for adults only


Tuesday 20th June

All Day: P7 Transition Day @ DGS, Register and Dismiss  from DGS.

All Day: P3/P4 Expressive Arts Transition Day. P3 Children to report to Lochend Campus and dismissed from Lochend Campus.

1 – 2.30pm P1 walk and Lauderdale Park.

P3 Collaborative expressive arts workshop for P3 +P4. (P3 arrive and dismissed from Lochend Campus.)

1.30pm – P2 sports day.


Show Stoppers @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm FREE

Learn how to bake and decorate your very own show-stopper! Small group teaching sessions available Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with finishing touches and judging on Friday.

Ages 8-11        3.30-5pm
Ages 11+         5 – 6.30pm

To book your place call Fits Cooking on 07754 370243 or via Fits Cooking Facebook page.

Pet Show 6.30 for 7pm start

This is the day every pet (and owner) must have in their diary!  Organised by Countess Youth Club at Bleachingfield Centre. Doors open 6-30pm for judging at 7pm –  £1 per pet

Annual Civic Week Quiz @ The Legion 7.30-11pm £5/head

Fire up your neurons and come and enjoy a great quiz night!  Great crowd, great questions, great winner’s cup! Tickets £5 are available on the door


Wednesday 21st June 2017

All Day: Coast Word/Dunbar Unplugs and Reads Event (Lochend Campus)

Choir to Belhaven Civic Week Tree Planting event with Mrs Dick (leaving around 10am)

1.15 – 3pm: P7s @ JMC (first lunch at Lochend)

PM – P7’s rehearsal in JMC.

10.30am –  Civic week tree planting ceremony at Belhaven hospital –

P2 Royal Court  leaving JMC at 10.00am.

1.30pm – P3 sports day.


Book Bugs @ Bleachingfield Library FREE

9am & 10 am sessions: for the younger ones in the community, come and enjoy some stories, songs & rhymes (with your families)

Royal Court Tree Planting @ Belhaven Hospital Gardens 10.30am

Belhaven Hospital Garden

Show Stoppers @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm FREE

Learn how to bake and decorate your very own show-stopper! (See Tuesday event entry for details)

5-a-side Football @ Hallhill Register at 6pm

All primary aged children are welcome to join in this fun tournament organised by the Colts coaches. Entry £1/child

Dunbar Cycling Group’s Midsummer Bike Ride 6.30pm FREE

Meet at Bleachingfield Community Centre. Approx 25-30 miles. An energetic ride of approx 2 hours. Info Mark 07914 602123

Christmas Lights Open Doors @ Corn Exchange Close 7-8.30pm FREE

Come along and find out what goes on behind the scenes to ensure our town’s Christmas Lights are the best in East Lothian.  No unaccompanied children <16yrs


Thursday 22nd June 

 P6 First Aid workshops @ Dance Studio.

9.15am – 1pm: P7 @ JMC for final rehearsal, (all to bring packed lunches)

11.30-2.30: P5F & P2 Buddy outing to Lauderdale Park.

Coast Word storytelling Day- John Muir Campus.

P3 to Gym hall at 11am for Puppet show.

P1-3 to Hall at 1.30 for Emily Dodd event.


Coastword will be going into school to help Dunbar Primary celebrate the end of their year-long “Dunbar Unplugs and Reads” initiative. Children at John Muir Campus will enjoy a Storytelling Day while those at Lochend Campus will participate in the first Coastword Children’s Book Festival. (More details from DPS nearer the time)

Show Stoppers @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm FREE

Learn how to bake and decorate your very own show-stopper! (See Tuesday event entry for details)

Civic Week Bowls Event @ Dunbar Bowling Club, Station Road   6.45 – 8.45pm FREE

Fun youth competition with small prizes to be won.  Age groups  8-12 & 12-17yrs, mixed boys and girls.  Come and give it a go!

Youth Club Disco ‘Shorts n Shades’  @ Bleachingfield Community Centre 6.30 – 8pm

Summer’s here! All P3 – P7 children welcome to come along to the Youth Club disco. £2 entry on the door

Kids’ Bowling Competition 6.45pm for 7.15pm start


Friday 23rd June

9.30 – 10.30am P7 performance to Nursery and The Cove.

 11.30 am       Eco Group Uniform Exchange

In a bid to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ the Eco Group are holding a clothes exchange for school uniform, shoes and jackets.

Have you any school uniform, shoes or jackets your child has grown out of that could be used again for another child?

Could you please bring all laundered and good condition clothes into John Muir Campus week beginning 12th June. 

Items will be available Friday 23rd June 2017. From 11.30am in Playground

P3 Eco Group


CoastWord Writing Mums’ FilmPoems and Writing Workshop

In the Backlands Community Garden in association with North Light Arts. Friday morning will see the CoastWord’s Writing Mums making a special film poem in the Backlands Community Garden. The film will available to watch online at soon after the filming.

Fun & Crafty Weekend Drop-in @ John Muir’s Birthplace

Friday lunchtime to Sunday afternoon (1pm-4pm). Join us for fun drop-in crafts and activities!  Suggested donation £1.

CoastWord and North Light Arts Children’s Storymaking Workshop in the Backlands Community Garden

P3 & P4: 1pm- 1:30pm P5 & P6: 2pm- 2:30pm. Free, but places are limited, please book your place at Bring your imaginations for a special story making session in the Backlands Community Garden with CoastWord’s Hannah Lavery. This free session will see the children explore stories and nature using crafts and games.

Showstoppers – The Judging @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm

Time for the finishing touches on your showstopper before the judges choose the winner! Judging at 4pm. Enjoy a cuppa of tea and find out if the showstoppers taste as good as they look!

Fun Day at Winterfield Golf Course 3pm to 5pm

Join the fun at Winterfield Golf Course for kids putting, target golf, pitch and putt, as well as a bring and buy sale, and a barbecue.

Saturday 24th June 2017

Festival of Football @ Hallhill 9 – 4pm FREE

Annual end of season tournament for the Dunbar United Colts FC teams, come along and cheer them all on!

Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club’s Annual Regatta 11am – 5pm

Twelve rowing skiffs from ten different clubs will be participating in races outside and inside the harbour.  All easily viewable from the harbour area.

Victorian Portrait Studio @ McArthur’s Stores, Victoria Street 2 – 5pm

An informal, engaging and free Victorian photographic portrait session with Alastair Cook – drop in and have your portrait made.

Belhaven Church Fete @ Belhaven Church Hall & Gardens 2-4pm

The Civic Week Queen will open this fabulous fete with its delicious cream teas and wonderful stalls.

Cycle to Goblin Ha’ Leaving from Bleachingfield Community Centre 5pm

A social ride with a meal at the Goblin Ha’. Lights required for the return journey. Booking Morag 07966 491961

Lifeboat Open Day @ Dunbar Harbour 1 – 4pm FREE

Everyone welcome to come and see how the lifeboat station runs and go aboard the Trent Class All Weather Lifeboat, John Neville Taylor.

Battery Recharged @ Dunbar Harbour Battery 5pm onwards

Dunbar Harbour Trust invite everyone to come and enjoy an evening of entertainment in the newly redeveloped Dunbar Battery.

Aikengall Community Wind Farm – Family Open Day 10 – 3pm

Come and enjoy a fun-filled family day out at your local wind farm.
Free children’s entertainment
Free guided tours of the wind farm
Free tractor rides
East Coast FM
Stalls featuring local crafts, businesses, charities and community groups
Marquee featuring an exhibition on the wind farm and the work of BeGreen Dunbar.
Free BBQ* and free tea, coffee and juice
Free entry and free car parking (follow the AA road signs)

*Restrictions apply – BBQ vouchers issued on arrival, 1 per person


Sunday 25th June 2017

Fun Dog Show @ Winterfield Park 2.30 – 4pm

Who’s got the waggiest tail? Who’s got the best trick? And who’s the best looking dog in town?  Fun, informal dog show for pooches of all shapes and sizes. £2 entry per class. Registration from 2pm.

Thanksgiving Service @ Dunbar Harbour Battery 6.30 – 7.30pm

Ever popular multi-denominational service with accompaniment from Salvation Army brings Civic Week to a close.

Weeklong Events

Museums are embracing the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we celebrate the richness of East Lothian’s intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting exhibitions and events.

Sierra Club 125 years

Friday 21st April to Friday 30th June 2017. John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ.

John Muir helped found the Sierra Club in 1892. Today it is America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Muir’s legacy is still very much alive today with a rapidly growing following. “The battle for conservation will go on endlessly. It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong.”

John Muir Artists in Residence exhibition
Dunbar Town House Museums & Gallery
Saturday 10th to Saturday 24th June 2017

North Light Arts will be working with Alec Finlay and Hannah Imlach on artifacts, public walks, performance and film. A ‘New Thing’ discussion will see the artists in a relaxed conversation during the exhibition, please join us.

Dunbar Window Competition FREE

Entry forms and more information available from Dunbar T-shirt Shop. Competition is open to all under 16yrs.

Dunbar Battery

Check out the Dunbar Battery website for a list of evening events & performances from 6pm during Civic Week.



Cheerleading Transition Session

The following post comes from:

In term 3 Active Schools worked with Miss Stalker from Dunbar Grammar School (DGS) to deliver children to the Dunbar Cluster Schools. Miss Stalker takes the DGS Cheerleading squad and wanted to give children in P7 in the cluster an introduction to cheerleading.

For 4 weeks during curriculum time Miss Stalker delivered cheerleading to 200 pupils at Dunbar Primary, Innerwick Primary and West Barns Primary. Miss Stalker then straight after school ran a cheerleading club for P6-P7 children in the cluster. The club attracted 12 girls aged between P6-P7 and through the club coaching by Miss Stalker the girls learned routines and performed Stunt Cheerleading. The club performed in front of 600 pupils at Dunbar Primary School. The girls were outstanding with only 4 weeks practice under their belt.

Through Active Schools and Miss Stalker working we have enabled children to experience cheerleading and start a pathway for them to participate in a sport. This also links up the Primary and Secondary Schools through new partnerships working. One of the big advantages now is when the children go up to DGS they will recognise a familiar face in the staff at the school. This will help the children settle in to grammar school life quicker because they will feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Children who have participated in cheerleading at primary will be able to continue on with the sport because of the strong club they have at DGS.

Quote from Miss Stalker “I have enjoyed working with all of the P7 pupils. It is fantastic to see both boys and girls interested in learning about a sport in which I am passionate about. They all picked up Cheerleading very quickly and I am so impressed with the level of dedication and effort from every one of the pupils I have worked with. I hope to see this enthusiasm continue when they come up to Dunbar Grammar School.”

Active Schools and the Dunbar Cluster schools would like to thank Miss Stalker for her hard work and dedication on delivering such a fantastic opportunity for the P7 children within the cluster. This will continue as a strong transition event for years to come and we can’t wait to see it go from strength to strength.

If you would like to see all the pictures from the transition click on the link



School Fair Success!

A message from Sarah Horsburgh – Parent Council Chairperson

This year the school fair took in £2,032.92.

This is only marginally down on last year, by around £200. Which we expected given we didn’t have the bouncy castle man (who contributed over £1k to the takings last year).

Again I would like to thank everyone that was involved this year and who gave up their time to help and support. With events like this we never expect to please 100% of the time but I’m glad that people seemed to enjoy it and the money taken has been reflective of an extremely busy day.

Here’s to next year.