Sparkling Dunbar – what a success!

Dunbar Harbour Trust hosted the third Sparkling Dunbar Harbour Festival on Saturday, 23rd August and thanked everyone who made it such a success.  Thelma Band, of DHT, said,

“Thanks to all who came along and supported Sparkling Dunbar.  The sun shone, the stalls were busy. A happy atmosphere with kids enjoying greeting a crab, seeing a sea urchin and meeting a lobster. The skiffs were kept busy , Paddle Boarders were out, the kites were flying and our wall is beautifully covered in drawings ofdolphins, boats etc. There were quizzes and games, Beer, Pizzas and Ice Cream.  The harbour was the place to be in Dunbar yesterday. Many thanks to  our sponsors, East Lothian Council, Dunbar Community Council and Community Wind Power.”

A big thank you, too, to Mike Shaw, Alasdair Swan and Ian Dane who helped out for big chunks of the day on behalf of DSHNG.

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August 31, 2014
2:00 pmto3:00 pm
COME ALONG ON SUNDAY 31st August at 2pm to help us with a final beach clean.  Bags and pickers provided.  It will take less than an hour if we don’t chat (but it is more fun if we DO chat!)


When the season is over, you can keep cleaning the beach at times to suit you – have a look at this great video link from Liz Curtis on why a 2 minute beach clean can make a BIG DIFFERENCE.  You can take photos and post them on our Dunbar’s East Beach Facebook page, or send them to me for posting over the coming months.
If you would rather garden (and we DO need gardeners) come along at 2pm and help at the Beach Garden.  If you have hand tools, secateurs and gloves that is good but don’t worry – we can find them for you if you haven’t.


ps – the big pile of weed will hopefully be moved by farmer, Alastair Aitken, in the next few days.  He has been overtaken by harvest.  100 tonnes of weed were moved last week.

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On parade in Civic Week

A big thank you to Liz Curtis who very kindly shared these photographs of the stalwarts on parade in Civic Week.  We had a great morning!DSC02776 DSC02792 DSC02793 DSC02796 DSC02803

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June News – help given and needed!

Very belatedly, we post our June minutes.  Minutes 03.06.14  Sorry for the wait!

Our meeting was over in an hour but we covered a lot of ground.  Of particular note was the planning for Civic Week Parade and Surf Sprints.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered and made these events so successful.Dunbar Civic Week.jpg

We are now looking for help with the RNLI Day and the Tombola stall on 12th July.  Mike Shaw is again organising the stall and he needs 200 prizes for the stall.  Bottles are a great choice (alcoholic or not).  Bric a brac doesn’t make a good prize.  If you can help, please email Mike:



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Get your news here!!! Minutes of Meeting 6th May 2014..

Please find attached minutes of our meeting of 6th May 2014.

Of particular interest…..
1.  Lamer Island Project – Dunbar Harbour Trust consultation – have your say NOW.
2.  Dunbar Harbour Trust  – Harbour Users’ Meeting – 13th May at Methodist Church Hall – 6pm.  Find out what is happening at your harbour
3.  Beach cleans and gardening teams out every month now.  Diary on East Beach noticeboard and on our website.  www.dunbarshoreandharbour  Come and join us…. it makes a huge difference!
4.  Civic WeekVolunteers needed to help set up, marshall and take down for the East Beach Surf Sprint Races on , 12noon onwards – no experience necessary – just willingness to help and a smile – contact me!  Surf Sprints are being sponsored by Enjoy Leisure and are being run by Coast to Coast Surf School…. a huge job.
Happy reading!
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Speeding on Church Street

Following representation by one of our members at a recent Community and Police Partnership Meeting (CAPP) about speeding on Church Street, we were provided with information on last year’s police monitoring of the area.  Speeds were assessed for both south and north bound traffic over a 7 day period.  The average number of vehicle movements per day was 388 with just over 200 movements heading north.

The average speed of travel over the period was 17.5mph.  85% of the cars travelled at an average of 22mph.  Out of the nearly 400 journeys, 6 cars each way, were recorded travelling over the speed limit but no car exceeded 0.5% over 30mph.

PC Gavin Ross, our community police officer, has monitored the road in the past month and found it quiet with responsible traffic movements.  He told us that the incident of speeding recorded in last year’s audit is not significant enough to warrant any dedicated police action but if you see anybody speeding:

  • PHONE 101  (non-emergency number for police)
  • REPORT ITChurch St Speeding Results


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Beach Cleans and Gardening Diary

Beach Garden Diary 2014

Beach Garden Diary 2014

You will be really welcome on any or all of these days. (See News Page for Diary)

Bags and grabbers will be provided for the beach cleans.  Please remember to bring gloves if you can!

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Neighbourhood Resilience + Project Seaweed…find out more!

Our April meeting was jam packed with topics and you can see what we talked about in our minutes, Minutes 01.04.14


Of particular interest was the emerging Resilience Plan where we are being guided by Sue Guy and Kenny Maule to formulate a robust response to events which might affect us all, such as flooding or storms.  We hope to have a visit from the Emergency Services at our next meeting on 6th May – watch out for details.

The Seaweed Project is underway under the guidance of Cian McHugh.  Our local councillors, Michael Veitch and Norman Hampshire Unknown-4were the only local representatives to attend a briefing meeting and both were enthusiastic about this visionary plan. (All Local and Community Councillors were invited). At Norman’ssuggestion, Cian will now liaise with Sustaining Dunbar to see how our project might fit with the emerging Zero Waste Town model being developed by SD.

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Come and Play with John Muir!

John Muir Festival

The poster says it all!

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Dunbar Methodist Church Making History

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Dunbar’s Methodist Church, members of the congregation are trying to gather memories from past members and churchgoers.

images-6Dunbar is the oldest Methodist Church In Scotland, having been first erected in 1764 and later enlarged in 1857. Both John Wesley and Charles Wesley were trustees of the Society in Dunbar and John preached at the Methodist Church on 21 occasions. In his diary entry for May 17th 1770 he wrote “In the evening I preached at the new house at Dunbar, the cheerfullest in all the Kingdom.”

Louse Gilchrist, who is leading the history search said, ”After years of declining membership and failing fabric, our new and growing congregation is looking not only to renovate the church but also to celebrate links between the building and the people who remember it.  We are planning on having church open days this summer, at which visitors will not only be able to see this simple little chapel with its stunning stained glass, but also read all about the past here.”

If you have any photographs or memories of the church that you would like to share, please contact Louise at or drop information into the church at the side door on Castle Street.  The church is open for morning service at 11am each Sunday.

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