Big Hopes Big Future

Befriending Support in Fa’side. We all need a hand sometimes. 


A new befriending support project running in Fa’side – Tranent Cluster started this year. This project focuses on helping children and families prepare and be ready for transition to nursery or primary school.

Guest Speaker: Evelyn Swinton of Big Hopes Big Future project.

The project is run through Home-Start East Lothian, and the co-ordinator, Evelyn Swinton, was guest speaker at the Parent Council AGM on 25th June. (Big Hopes Big Future is being rolled out nationally, having started in England and now funded locally and in Aberdeen for families with young children, not yet in school).

Evelyn shared this short media film, made here in the Tranent cluster, which gives an indication of what the project aims to do and how it works. The joy of giving caring support at the right times, is how much it can benefit the children, not just the parents.

By providing friendly but high quality of support to families, whether new to the area or facing some particular difficulties, parents can work with their peers to help get life back on track.

The Parent Council and staff present enjoyed the presentation and appreciated Evelyn’s time in answering questions too. All hope that any local families with a young child, who could benefit from a friendly face there to help and support, will be able to be matched to the Big Hopes Big Future volunteers and also benefit from the programme.

To find out more about Home-Start or BHBF project, please contact Home-Start East Lothian.

Home-Start East Lothian
Early Years Centre,
Sandersons Wynd,
East Lothian EH33 1DA
Tel: 01875 616066
  • Volunteers receive training and support from the East Lothian team.
  • Families supported through BHBF or other Home-Start volunteers, or the Support from the Start Family Support Worker Heather, can be assured of being matched to a very caring and understanding person who will work with them to ensure the help needed is provided.
  • Families and volunteers tend to report a sense of developing a real friend and having a lot of fun too.

Friends of Pencaitland Parks

Interested in improvements to the local park(s)? With Woodhall Park just finished – and inspiration from Ormiston Park (work in progress) and others like Cuthill Park…can Pencaitland rise to the challenge?

All our children need to play…and so you are invited to get together to help develop options.

Friday 9th March, Winton Arms, just before pick up (11-12am) is when it all starts, with a chat.

IMPORTANT P7 Parents Update: Open Morning

The Open Morning scheduled for Tuesday 23rd January has been cancelled for P7 only due to Mr Kingsbury being absent. This does not affect any other years and the Open Morning will go ahead as scheduled for all other classes.

East Lothian Play Policy Launched

The new Play Policy for East Lothian is already being acclaimed as an example of excellent practice – the consultation carried out through to the finished document – and this is now to be embedded throughout East Lothian.

Official launch today – 23rd August – so please do download your copy now – for personal use, for groups and schools, all settings for children and young people.


Hot on the heels of the Avengers in Edinburgh –

is Ironman 70.3 in East Lothian! 

Pencaitland is one of the locations which will have the event running through our picturesque environs.

Heading out to support the competitors on Sunday 2nd July will be worth getting up for – and cheering them on during the first visit to E. Lothian for this event.


They will cycle through Pencaitland after having already swum in Preston Links – and they will finish with a run through Holyrood Park. (I’m exhausted typing it!).


Sunday 2 July 2017

View road closures and timings here: imed access leaflet 2017 04 24: (see bottom of post for jpeg format).



Dressing up as Ironman or other superheroes is optional, but bound to spur them on I reckon 🙂






Autism Spectrum Disorder – Family Information Session

A.S.D. – Family Information Service.

Plans are afoot…..can you take part and help with a pilot in East Lothian? With the right collection of information, it is hoped to create a family based approach in E. Lothian

Book your (free) space for this event – and share with others too, but be quick – time is running out for this 1st event. For families / carers with children 0-18 yrs on ASD spectrum.