The next stage of the push to Save Bellfield was launched at the fundraising Cabaret at Bellfield Old Parish Church on Sunday night.
The tickets were sold out and it was full house with people of all ages attending. It was a brilliant evening of entertainment, including fantastic local music, stand up, ballet, and a powerful and very funny play about John Muir (‘A play called Wanda’) written for this event by the organiser of the cabaret, Shauna Macdonald, and performed by the amazing Cal MacAninch and the equally outstanding Larah Bross.
The Cabaret raised over £1,750 for the campaign, and most importantly over 25 people signed up to be responsible for gathering signatures of support from people on their street (or on another street) to petition the Scottish Government to make Portobello the first urban community to be granted the Community Right to Buy in relation to Bellfield.
What we now need are another 20 people willing to take on another street. We are trying to reach all of the several thousand households in Portobello and need a minimum of 15% support from the community. Contact Mary Campbell at email@example.com if you are willing to help. For those already signed up to seek support, a leaflet will soon be available to leave with households, Mary will send out information on how to get hold of these as soon as the leaflet is available.
Meanwhile we have secured £16,315 from the Scottish Land Fund for the Stage One work, and have just sent out the tender brief so that we can appoint consultants to carry out the options appraisal and feasibility study needed to develop a business case for how to use the buildings in a way that meets the community’s needs and is financially viable.
The population of Portobello is expanding every year, yet the spaces for the community to meet in are vanishing. This needs to be addressed head on or a dynamic community will lose much of what enables it to be a community. The fantastic locally made cabaret on Sunday night, and the willingness of people to throw themselves into helping save this vital resource, shows that we’re going to give this our best shot.
7-10pm Sunday 26th June 2016. Old Parish Church halls, Bellfield Street
A star-spangled evening of first rate local talent: a play, a comic, a dancer, a circus show with music and a galaxy of star turns… all in aid of our bid to keep this wonderful space for our community.
Tickets are £12 and are available to buy NOW from Cove and The Skylark. Performances will have adult content but kids allowed. £6 under 12 years and FREE under 4 years.
SAVE BELLFIELD/ ACTION PORTY
Help us keep the Old Parish Church and halls on Bellfield Street open as a vital community resource.
Help ensure that children, parents and grandparents can continue using it for the everyday meetings and celebrations that make community real, and help ensure none are excluded because of cost.
Given that the Church has decided to sell the buildings:
We are raising the funds to buy it:
We have just secured £16,315 from the Scottish Land Fund for the Stage One work needed to ascertain community needs and the state (and potential) of the buildings, and to develop a sustainable proposal that meets vital community needs; and
We are seeking to become the first urban community to be granted the Community Right to Buy:
For this we need volunteers to help secure the signatures of as many Portobello residents as possible. This door to door canvassing initiative will be launched at the cabaret.