A Cook Club is set to open in Musselburgh.

Aimed particularly at those in need, it has been launched by Musselburgh Churches Together in partnership with the Cyrenians.

Running every Wednesday, 4-5.30pm, people can enjoy something to eat in St Peter’s Church Hall on High Street.

A spokesperson said: “The increased cost of living and the after-effects of Covid have left many people feeling anxious and isolated, and so the aim of the Cook Club is to build community through hospitality and sharing.”

St Peter’s Episcopal Church has also raised more than £1,000 to help the people of war-torn Ukraine after opening its doors to welcome people who descended on the town for the final leg of the Edinburgh Marathon.

The church was transformed into a ‘Marathon Cafe’, where runners and their supporter could recuperate with free refreshments.

On offer was tea, coffee and an array of homemade cakes made by members of St Peter’s congregation.

Outside, many were drawn to a stall selling donated books and Fairtrade products.

The Rev Aaron Moffat-Jackman, priest-in-charge at St Peter’s, said: “After two traumatic years of Covid and the restrictions that followed, many people expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to simply be together, to share food and conversation.”

Donations from visitors meant that £1,210 was raised for the DEC Appeal for Ukraine.