From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

Play Is Fun!

Sentinel 1993

Following on from the post a couple of weeks ago about youth work in Wester Hailes, we’re taking a look this week at a project aimed at children. Every child has the right to play.  It’s written in to the United Nations Convention on the Rights Of The Childin Article 31.  Play is important for children, helping them to develop and interact with other people, but also to have fun.  This principle was at the heart of a project running in the 1990s in Wester Hailes. 

photo from Sentinel 1995

The Container Adventure Play project was set up by the Wester Hailes Youth Programme in 1993. It was funded by Urban Aid, a significant source of funding in Scotland at that time, targeted at the most disadvantaged urban areas.  CAP aimed to provide play equipment that could be taken to different locations across Wester Hailes. 

photo from Sentinel 1993

In their first year, CAP piloted a summer playscheme by Dumbryden at Hailes Quarry Park.  The Sentinel featured the scheme and the junk dinosaur that was built.  At 30 feet long and 8 feet high, it was made entirely from rubbish but looked pretty substantial! 

photo from Sentinel 1993

You can read all about this playscheme by clicking here on Sentinel September 1993.

  CAP was aimed at the 10-14 age group and provided a range of activities as well as the equipment that was stored in steel containers.  Children could also access trips and weekends away.  The project was hampered at first by a lack of premises.  However this resulted in the construction of the log cabin that was

photo from Sentinel 1994

used by a variety of groups over the years.  The log cabin gave the project the chance to run a winter programme.  You can read more about the cabin and CAP by clicking here on Sentinel CAP 1994.

 In 1994, the WHYP went through a restructuring period, refocusing on the core age group of 15-25.  This meant it had to make some major changes to the projects it ran, encouraging them to become independent organisations in their own right.  CAP became independent in April 1995, four months after moving into their new premises.  In 1995, the Sentinel featured the work of CAP and the importance of play.  You can read this article by clicking here on Sentinel CAP 1995. 



Here we are again at the climax of another football season – championships, relegations, cup finals all getting decided – blanket coverage in the media of every twist and turn and controversy.

 In 1986 the Sentinel published an interview with Archie MacPherson, veteran commentator and Scottish football legend, a man with a brushover hairstyle that almost rivalled Donald Trump for carefully coiffeured weirdness.


Scotland were preparing to play in the World Cup Finals (remember those days) and it was a season when, hard to believe, there was NO football on the television. Archie shares his views on the pros and cons of that, football finances and the interests of players and fans.

 He gives us his opinion about the 1985-6 vintage Hearts and Hibs: “It’s good to have TWO good teams in the city”, tips Celtic over Rangers in the league and can’t imagine Aberdeen “will lose all that many games”.

This was during the time when Archie was also Rector of Edinburgh University and he expresses some forthright views about access to higher education for all and government cuts which are just as relevant today as they were then.

 You can read the full interview by clicking here Sentinel February 1986.