Community Engagement & Events

Tyninghame’s Village Hall is central to community life and bringing people together, stimulating and organising community activities and events.  

Strengthening Community Engagement.

During lockdown the village set up a small Covid-19 group ensuring continued support and connection. As restrictions eased there was a desire to build and maintain resilience. A community engagement survey was carried out to identify the major challenges facing our community and what people considered most important. 

A total of 126 leaflets were distributed and 39 forms were returned (31%). 

31/39 (79%) of the returned forms were from the local village (delineated and including the Mill to the south, West Lodge and St Baldreds to the north, Tyninghame House and Tyninghame Mains). There were no responses from Knowes, 1 from Lawhead, 1 from Loch houses, 1 from Tyninghame Links and 1 from Stonelaws. Tynefield asked to be included and 4 forms were completed. 

Summary of results:

33 out of the 36 (92%) who answered the question said they were in favour of such a group being formed.

Valued Attributes:

Community spirit was valued by 26 of 39 (67%)

Main concerns: 

Speeding and other road safety issues were concerns of 32 of 39 (82%)


More community activities were proposed by 27 of 39 (69%)

In order to progress some of these initiatives a small administrative group has been set up and a Community Engagement Day was organised. Due to a rise in Covid R number original plans had to be scaled back but on Oct 3rd we welcomed people to Tyninghame Village Hall. Despite dreadful weather on the day there was a good turnout at what , we hope will be the first of many such days. 

The displays included:

  • Art from the “Art in the Shelter “competition held earlier in the year
    • The two winners, Hester and Charlie  enjoyed receiving their prizes. Hester bashed the Covid styled piñata  made especially for the Art event by Erica Wimbush and the chocolates released were enjoyed by all. 
  • Local History
    • Census documents followed one womans’ journey from Innkeeper residing at The Crown PH (now part of Old Ale and Porter House) to laundress living on Widow’s Row. 
  • Nature displays 
    • Wild flowers, bark rubbing, nature quiz, bird watching with specially set up birdcam
  • Crafting including crochet, knitting, beadwork. 
    • Showcased the many talents of people living here
  • Recipe share – featuring sourdough
  • Maps of local walks – now featured on this website
  • Survey of road traffic concerns which confirmed the results of the questionnaire with most favouring a 20mph speed limit through the village. 

Tyninghame Times a new quarterly village magazine has been developed as a means of uniting people when physical events are not possible. It aims to reflect village life and will feature local news, recipes, family activities, gardening tips and general articles, It is hoped that local people will contribute and it will be for the community by the community. The Spring Special is out now. The deadline for submissions to the next edition is 28 June 2021. Please contact us if you have something you would like to see included or send articles in word format to: Articles in hard copy can also be dropped in to Old Ale and Porter House, Main Street, Tyninghame. 

Community Events. 

Our regular programme of community events has been disrupted by the Covid-19 restrictions on large indoor gatherings. In the meantime, we are using the community consultation to develop a new programme of community activities and events for the future when restrictions have eased.

Our projects are often linked to wider community organisations:-

Dunpender Community Council   is the statutory representative forum for addressing local issues related to planning, roads/traffic, environment, nature/wildlife conservation, footpaths/access, and improving local amenities. The Council includes representatives from East Linton, Tyninghame, Lawhead, Whitekirk, Whittinghame, Markle and Haddington.

Dunbar & East Linton Area Partnership brings together key organisations, groups, businesses and individuals from across the public, private and third sectors and from local community councils to collectively work together.