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NEWHAVEN — A  UNIQUE FISHING VILLAGE ON THE COAST OF THE FORTH, PROUD OF ITS TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

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Newhaven & District Community Association


by Frank Ferri


Having successfully acted as a pressure group to deliver the best possible outcome for a redeveloped Newhaven, Councillor Tom Nisbet suggested that having gathered this momentum, acquired a high profile and brought the residents together, it would be sad to capitalise on it and become a community association. This advice was taken and we reformed as the Newhaven & District Community Association, bringing in the support and involvement of councillors of all parties.


I became chairman of this group and in our time re-introduced the Newhaven Gala Day, (after it lapsed in the 1950’s), a senior’s Monday club at Victoria School, a swimming club for kids at Trinity school, a youth club in what was once the Anchor Café at Great Michael Rise, a monthly disco for kids at Ainslie Park School Annex, Craighall Rd, various winter and summer fayres and fund raising activities plus two campaigns to stop the council closing Victoria School, one of which I had to address a full council meeting to present our case for retention. This group came and went, organised by a number of different people over the years after I stood down, having various degrees of success and failures.   They are only as good as the volunteers prepared to put in the time and effort.


(The picture above shows Frank Ferri in the centre (with the moustache) and the bearded gentleman is Derek Merry, former janitor of Victoria Primary School.  Can anyone help identifying the others?)