Community-led design in the Scotsman

Ahead of our drop-in community design event this weekend, the Chair of Action Porty, Justin Kendrick,  has outlined some of the issues surrounding the development of the Pitz/Tumbles site in the Scotsman newspaper. You can read the article here.

We hope local residents will join us at Portobello town hall on Saturday as we all work to try to turn a threat into an opportunity. Find out more about the event on our dedicated Westbank/Pitz page here

Portobello Love Stories

The hall at Bellfield came alive again recently with an inter-generational event, Portobello Love Stories. Organised by Tribe Porty Youth Theatre, Action Porty and Portobello Heritage Trust, it was a lovely afternoon of memory sharing between Portobello Older People’s Project participants and members of the youth theatre. We learnt plenty from this pilot event which will help us when we open fully in June. Thanks to our singer Sarah Laing and everyone who volunteered on the day.

Photo by Jon Davey Photography

News from the AGM

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our recent, inaugural, Annual General Meeting at Bellfield. As well as being an opportunity to meet other members and find out more plans in progress to re-open the building, we were also able to move forward on some official matters:

– The original Friends of Bellfield group set up to support the Bellfield has now been disbanded and incorporated into Action Porty.

– When Action Porty was formed it was a legal requirement to define a catchment area from which to seek a mandate for our Community Right to Buy Bellfield. We can now extend that boundary, so a motion was passed at the AGM to define our new, larger, catchment area.

If you are interested in joining Action Porty, please check the new boundary here to see if your address is now included (membership is free but we should mention that full members are liable for £1 if the charity goes under!)

– Action Porty Board members Alastair Cameron and Tim Warren stepped down from the Board at the AGM, so a huge thank you its due to them for all their hard work and commitment. We warmly welcome our new Board members, Alan Simpson and Al Reid.