From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

Across the years 3

We’ve put together a timeline of key events and decisions that shaped how the area was built, developed and altered across the decades.  This is part 3: 1980-1984.  Were you in Wester Hailes during these times?  We want the time line to reflect different people’s reflections and memories so if you think we’ve missed important information out, get in touch and let us know.


  •  Social and Community Development Programme (SCDP) replaced by the Urban Regeneration Programme (URP)
  •  Wester Hailes Urban Regeneration Programme Advisory Committee (WHURPAC) set up – “had much the same function as its predecessor WHDAC”.
  •  Calders “decided to join WHURPAC”.
  •  Westburn Community Hut erected
  •  Approval given to build Health Centre
  •  Grant obtained for 4 playworkers + supervisor at Venchie
  •  Group formed to promote Hailes Park Adventure Playground (“Quarry Venchie”) by people from Hailesland, Dumbryden, Kingsknowe and Longstone

    photo by Kevin Walsh 1985

  •  Calders Playground completed
  • Wester Hailes Festival Association established


  • Buildings survey [Title?] – report by Mac-Data unit of Paisley College commissioned by Edinburgh District Council
  •  Wester Hailes Community Enterprises (WHCE) established
  •  Wester Hailes Representative Council (WHRC) formed (December)
  •  Playground built at Clovenstone
  •  Quarry Venchie completed
  •  Wester Hailes Play Forum “formed to manage all four adventure playgrounds and to coordinate their activities and ideas” – the Venchie, the Quarry Venchie, Calders and Clovenstone (April)
  •  Wester Hailes Flats project (WHF) for homeless young people in Wester Hailes launched
  •  Training for Freedom – Jimmy Boyle’s first training placement was in Wester Hailes.
  •  “Bits and Pieces” theatrical group put on musical called “Promises, Promises” at Edinburgh Fringe


  •  Wester Hailes: A Social Study of Community Development – report by Napier College commissioned by the Department of Policy Planning, Lothian Region.
  •  Mental Health and the Community – report by Dr Sarah Boyle
  •  Acorn Club opened (7th June)
  •  Wester Hailes Citizens Advice Bureau opened
  •  WHF “temporarily collapsed”.
  •  Bits and Pieces put on “Not so Quiet on the Western Front” at the Fringe


  •  Wester Hailes Ten Years On – report produced by WHRC.
  •  Wester Hailes Health Centre opened
  •  WHF relaunched



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