Heart of Newhaven February update

(adapted from an email from Heart of Newhaven)

Waiting for the bus……

…and waiting. Then several come at once. That’s before you grapple with bus diversions because of tram works. Nothing in sight yet?

On the cusp of important developments for the Heart of Newhaven community, jump on any of our ‘buses’ because they all take you the right direction. Try this one – We are now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SC049919. 

We have achieved what we set out to do a year ago under the Constitution of The Heart of Newhaven Community Steering Group – see our website heartofnewhaven.co.uk.  Well, not quite! Just the next part of the route and, when compared with exciting things that happened in 2019, a little technical. But vital in applying to the City of Edinburgh Council for the acquisition of Victoria Primary School by Community Asset Transfer, and also towards obtaining a major grant from the Scottish Land Fund.

More to tell you about that journey soon – but very good to be on that bus with us, and on the way noticing changes on our website. Meanwhile you are now among well over 700 of those supporting The Heart of Newhaven increasing daily (so a fleet of buses). Please keep recruiting as this is vital to our success!

Still waiting?

Notice what else is happening, as well as building progress on the new school, making all our plans possible. Get ready to put a date in your diary in April for an afternoon event in the Anchor Building. This is the first of three chances to showcase the many activities planned there to illustrate our three themes (remember them?): Learning & Enterprise; Culture & Heritage; Wellbeing. This one will focus on Learning, with a staffed Information Station and a range of opportunities for people of all ages – especially older adults and children to join in reading, crafts and singing – and home baking too!

From DAY ONE – as soon as we have possession of the site – we have an imaginative programme on this part of the campus to begin to fulfil our promise to the NEWHAVEN COMMUNITY while we develop the Victorian Building to incorporate a comprehensive Heritage Suite to provide visitors with a rich experience of a living museum. Have a look back at my last update with two examples of intergenerational activity and building a sense of community.

Another bus!

This one stopping to pick up anyone free on Friday 6th March at 9:30 on a scenic route. ‘Another planting day with children and any adults who would like to join in’ regreening the coastline, from the area just behind the David Lloyd Centre begun last year.  Look at our website under Events and read the exciting story of what is already happening.

Rodney Matthews (Vision Facilitator)

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