November Newsletter 

HoNC continues to work towards acquisition of the Victoria Primary School site and despite the impact of Covid 19, our timetable for completion remains the same: as soon as the children move to their new school, we will move in, hopefully in the autumn of next year, 2021.

To acquire the building, which we have permission from City of Edinburgh Council to purchase, we need to find £700,000.  To this end, an application to the Scottish Land Fund has already been submitted. With the current SLF funds geared towards applications with more immediate needs, particularly those who have Covid-related issues, we have decided to pause our application until the next round of grants which will bring it more in line with our expected purchase date.

This comes on the recommendation of the SLF itself, who consider our application a very strong one but have advised us that such a pause would make our case even stronger. They are continuing to support us and helping us fund our preparation.

So fear not if you see headlines about the next community projects to have gained SLF grants later this month and no mention of HoNC. We are confident we have a strong case, made even stronger by this hiatus. Our plans for purchase and our timetable remain the same. 

To help our case, we need even more members of our SCIO to show support within the community. Numbers are increasing steadily but if you haven’t already applied to be a member, please do so as soon as you can. In this case, size really does matter! Membership is free and it gives you a say in what happens.

Equally, we need volunteers and not just for the long-term. At the heart of our project is the well-being of the community we serve. Covid 29 has not only put the brakes on the construction of the new school, it has affected so many in our community, in so many ways. If you can sign up as a Newhaven Neighbour to help the isolated and vulnerable within our community, perhaps by collecting prescriptions, doing shopping, tidying a garden, delivering Christmas boxes, making an occasional phone call to check on the isolated, then we would welcome your help. Check our website for a form to fill in. Become a Newhaven Neighbour. Get in touch. Add your name. The community will be the stronger for it.

Remember that you can still read our Chair Rodney’s regular 20:20 vision in his View from the Chair which you can find on the website.

NOW  <  ?  >  WHAT

Both words are important in answering that question.

This 20 day Update is always about where we are now.  It is not about where we hope to be one day when the keys are delivered and, like any prospective purchaser, we move in to see what state the previous owner has left us to clear up before we can move our own things in. Don’t worry: that is not being neglected, but it would be boring to describe all the steps that are being taken to get us to that point. You can safely leave the tedious things to the SCIO board, who will make sure all the necessary tasks are done in the right way.   

There are much more exciting things to share now, not least because we know that moving-in day could be around a year away.

So what?  What about now?    What can you be expected to do other than to wait patiently?   Is there a child in your house – or can you imagine a child after being cooped up with nothing to do – saying, “I’m bored!  I don’t know what to do.”    Well be bored no longer:  There is something to do.  It really will make a difference to the future and it will make it better

Autumn sun in Newhaven have you been enjoying it?

There are two things that fit together:   

What troubles you as you cope with Covid 19?

What ideas do you have that are worth sharing in order to help others cope?

As simple as that.   Here is how we propose to match the need with the thought.  It’s about sharing, which is the hallmark of community.  

This Community, as you know by now, has a HEART. ❤️

Not merely a lot of boxes called houses or flats, in which we all keep ourselves to ourselves and suffer in silence.

We are about to launch an interactive programme of questions and suggestions, ideas and activities, encouraging you to become involved NOW with other people like you, helping each other create a better normal around our three themes you may know by heart:

Well-Being     Learning & Enterprise    Culture & Heritage

Health     Business   Leisure   Sport   Puzzles     Gardening    Entertainment   Advice

You can add to the list which is as long as you want to make it, because above all it is about YOU – which is US,  ALL TOGETHER, helping each other.  

Invite your friends to join in as well.  Look out for details about to appear on our website and social media channels. 

And don’t forget:   if you have not already responded to the invitation to become a member of our Charity Heart of Newhaven Community SCIO making all this possible, do that NOW too, using the link here and following instructions.

Also keep checking the website and socials! ( links below) 

In another 20 days we’ll tell you more precisely what we are going to do next.

Rodney Matthews
Chair and Vision Facilitator
The Heart of Newhaven Community

 25 Oct 2020

Dear Supporter 

Where have the past two years gone?  On 4th October 2018 in Victory Primary School there were lots of ideas on what the Community could do here once the children moved to their new school, then still in the planning stages.

We were warned that our dreams would take time and effort and there were delays.  The new school building, first scheduled to be opened last August, will be completed one day despite, like so much else, being affected by Covid 19.  We are working steadily on ways to promote a better normal as soon as we can.    More on that next time.   

Meanwhile the Heart of Newhaven Community with our iconic logo is steadily growing with people like you keen to support our programme of ideas.  

This update comes hard on the heels of one you may have just received about Membership of our SCIO – Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.   It’s a bit technical, so I’ll try to explain.   

We registered the Heart of Newhaven Community SCIO SC049919, as the first step to qualify for the Community Asset Transfer of Victoria Primary School.  Our SCIO constitution allows different categories of membership and the letter sent recently showed which one we think fits you as you register, as I hope you will. 

Depending on which category you fall into, membership will give you a vote at meetings and so enable you to have your say in deciding what happens.

The “Asset” (the whole of the current school site) to be “Transferred” will belong to the Charity on behalf of the whole community:  so the name Heart of Newhaven Community is apt.  
 But it’s not just a place.  The beating pulse of the whole community already exists in people – YOU! –  living human beings.    A really good way to help create what the name shows is to register on the form you’ve hopefully been sent.

If you have any questions about membership, haven’t had a letter, or think you received the wrong one, then you can find out more HERE on the website. If you’re still in doubt, please feel free to contact me directly at and I’ll try to help.  .  

I hope the next one will be more exciting but we are definitely not just dreaming the time away and the next two years should be very impressive.

Rodney Matthews
Chair and Vision Facilitator
The Heart of Newhaven Community


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