It may have been grey and overcast with a threat of rain on Monday 20th May, but eight of us still enjoyed the hour and a half walk around the streets and through the closes of Newhaven along with professional guide Mary Kemp Clarke. There is a wealth of interesting history hidden behind the sometimes uninspiring facades and Mary brought it all out with a charm and a smile and a fascinating tale or two.
She had offered her services free of charge to support the Heart of Newhaven project and I for one accepted with alacrity. I confess to a previously lamentable lack of knowledge about the village and I was eager to fill the gaps. I came away with a much better understanding of the area’s history: I hadn’t realised how much there was to discover.
The group was all ages too, and included eight year old Tilda Souter who reported how much she had learned from it. “I learned about the Society of the Free Fishermen and that there were two churches. I enjoyed seeing bits of my street I hadn’t noticed before,” she said.
So whether you live in Newhaven or further afield, join Mary on one of her walks on 6th and 28th June and 7th and 9th of August. Each walk starts at 2pm. Meet her by the HoN banner at the entrance to the harbour.
DAVID LLOYD CLUB NEWHAVEN HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
As a result of discussion with David Lloyd Club staff and local community residents and a site visit on 22nd March 2019 we agreed to draw up plans for an area to the north west of the Centre which has the potential to be enhanced for coastal biodiversity. The proposals considered what would be practical in terms of establishment and management and what could best generate biodiversity benefit along this stretch of very exposed coast. All work was done by a partnership between the local community, The David Lloyd Club Newhaven, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Shoreline Project (http://edinburghshoreline.org.uk/) and pupils from Trinity Academy.
A few key people made this happen – Lucy Metcalfe, Judy Crabb, Rodney Matthews (Chair Heart of Newhaven) and Alison McIntyre (General Manager - David Lloyd Club Newhaven).
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