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Viridor’s National Magazine and the Scottish Ornithologists Club's e-bulletin and Winter Magazine have promoted the recent interpretation panels in and around Dunbar's three harbours. In total there are 30 interpretation panels, take a stroll and try to find them all. Our stories may surprise you.

 photo by Kenny Maule

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The RNLI are planning a revamp of their current station which has stood proudly for 115 years but is no longer able to accommodate growing needs. The expected plans include improved changing facilities, a better visitor experience for public-safety training, a new shop, plus a two-storey block for the Inshore garage. Over the years the duties of the station have expanded and now consist of the Torness-based All-weather Lifeboat (AWB), the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) and thirty volunteers. 

The building plans will take some time to be finalised and will then be presented to the local authority in a few months for approval or modification. 

photo by Kenny Maule


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Robin Hamilton of the Harbour Trust reports: "A Marine Scotland Fisheries Grant of £107,500 has been awarded to the Trust to be spent mainly by the end of March 2019. This is for repairs to the harbour walls, in particular the North Wall of Victoria Harbour where surveys carried out by the Trust's consultants have identified the highest priorities, both on the outside and inside of this wall.

Discussions have started on how this grant can be best used taking into account the tides and swell and variable weather conditions likely in February and March. Flexibility in timing and work will be essential.

The Trust would like to thank Marine Scotland for their on-going support and much needed funding to keep the harbour safe."


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'Womble' friend, Marita Brown, of the Dunbar Against Litter team (DAL), helped clean-up the Battery & harbour-area for the Remembrance event. 

Please help wombles fight litter! --- you can adopt a street.

"Dunbar Against Litter" are on Facebook: @dunbaragainstlitter

(photo credit Yvonne Wymess)









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Dunbar Harbour featured on the ever-popular 'One Show' on Thursday 22nd Nov.

The harbour sparkled and local personalities represented us very ably: Shona, Gaz, Aly & of course Sammy. 

Everyone shone and displayed the harbour in its best light. Well done!!!

(photos from 'The One Show')




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Steven Anderson, on behalf of the Harbour Trust, has received the Retrofit Award for 2018 from the Architect’s Journal. The jury decided that Dunbar Battery is “a playful and joyful space which is so engaging for adults and kids”. The panel also liked the way in which the existing wall on the site was salvaged and re-used to create a simple but effective design. It's been a very successful year from the Battery perspective. It has received the following recognition in the design world;

- AJ Architecture Awards 2017 - Winner; Budget Project of the Year

- AR New Into Old - International Shortlisted Finalist (1 of 15 worldwide)

- Civic Trust Awards - Regional Finalist (1 of 4 in Scotland)

- Scottish Civic Trust Award - Commendation 

- Scottish Design Awards 2018 - Highly Commended in Placemaking/Landscaping

- AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 - Winner; Best Listed Building Under £5M

- Landscape Institute Awards 2018 - Highly Commended

Awards for the creation of the space are nice to receive but it would be a failure without the community using the facility.  We are looking for interest for next year's calendar of events. Get in touch via the website; https://dunbarbattery.org.uk/ 

(photo credit Kenny Maule)

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The Rowing Club's previous dolly was badly-rusted, plus shoving cast-iron up the slipway was proving hard work, so the club now has a fine, new, galvanised, lighter, steerable, tailor-made dolly/trolley made by local man, Andrew Watson.   Andy can be contacted on:-- 07746344220










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A Harbour Users Meeting was held recently in the Methodist Church and gave attendees a chance to discuss with the Board recent harbour improvements and the future improvement plans. These included a strong emphasis on environmental matters and the need to keep our harbour tidy.


Walls - Robin Hamilton

Dunbar Battery - Steve Anderson

Battle’s Over - Alison Fisher.

Keep our harbour tidy - Yvonne Wymess

Improvement projects, future

Open forum for all to comment.

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From our Harbourmaster:

"Many thanks to those volunteers who turned up today to help check the chains. Unfortunately the tides were not as low as predicted so we checked as many chain plates and adjacent chain as possible. Only minor defects have been found so far. We do try to keep mooring costs as low as possible and therefore volunteers are a great help in achieving this. When the planned extension to the slipway is completed we are hoping that a JCB may be able to be brought into the harbour to allow more comprehensive checks of buried chain to be completed. Many thanks to the volunteers who turned up again the following morning to assist with some basic checks. It highlighted a few minor defects and jobs needing doing so I will be in contact again later in the year / New Year to see if anyone is able to come and assist completing the work. The plan is to systematically check all cross chains as well as the main and secondary chains and to keep a written record as well as photographic records of our findings.

Also a mooring committee meeting is due to take place within the next fortnight. There have been a couple of new vessel applications so we are going to have to be flexible in some cases with current mooring allocations. We will be in contact about this at the earliest opportunity to give plenty time to everyone concerned to readjust their mooring location, should it be deemed necessary by the moorings committee.

best regards,  Quentin"

Here's an old plan, to give you a general idea of the layout.

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Scientists from the St Abbs Marine Station are working in cooperation with commercial fishermen to study the population structure of lobsters and brown crabs in and around the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve (VMR). Around 2,000 lobsters and brown crabs will be tagged within and surrounding the VMR. Tags are a 2" yellow label with St Abbs Marine Station written on it with a unique identification number. The Marine Station will keep the animal to take measurements and release it back into the sea. For more details contact Kevin Scott at the St Abbs Marine Station on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 01890 771 688

Reward: Lobsters = market value + £10.     Crabs = £10,  To Claim Reward:

1. Record location or position of recovery (latitude & longitude)

2. Bring the tagged lobster(s) and/or crab(s) to the St Abbs Marine Station. (7 days-a-week 9:00-17:00)

Have any questions? Give us a call 01368 865 404