Our Vision

The campaign to save Bellfield has succeeded!

Now Action Porty is setting out to turn the Portobello Old Parish Church buildings on Bellfield Street into a vibrant and fully accessible community space, run for the benefit of all in Portobello.

A PLACE TO CELEBRATE

In its time as a working church building,  Portobello Old Parish Church has played host to many significant events in the lives of Portobello’s residents. It’s a place to celebrate birthdays and weddings, and say goodbye to loved-ones in peaceful and historic surroundings. We want to continue this, bringing care to our most important life events.

A COMMUNITY SPACE FOR ALL

Part of our vision is to create a fresh and lively space that’s accessible for all, and useful for people of all ages and abilities. We will be building additions and renovations to create a space that will meet the needs of our whole community. It will be the perfect space for community groups to meet.

SUPPORTING LOCAL EVENTS AND PERFORMANCE

From ceilidhs to school plays, we want to provide space for our community to enjoy arts and performance. Halls will be available for rental, helping to foster our community’s creativity and celebrate our history. As an inclusive and high quality events space, we hope to attract people to Portobello.

CELEBRATING OUR HISTORY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT

This beautiful old building is rich with history and has an import place in our local landscape. We want to preserve this lovely building’s historic structure as well as its role. Our plan also intends to create a space that is good for our environment, with a long term plan of creating a sustainable community space.

If you want to read our detailed vision for the space, you can download it below:

Final Appraisal and Vision Report