From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

Pages From The Past

Sentinel Banner December 1997

This week we’re going back 16 years to look at what was happening in Wester Hailes at the beginning of 1996. The headline story is a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which praises the Wester Hailes Representative Council as “a good example to estates all over Britain of how local people can work in partnership to improve their area.”  The report, which outlined a strategy to regenerate Britain’s housing estates suggests the Rep Council structure and approach could be a role model for other areas. Also featured on the front page is a sell-out Christmas performance by the Dove Centre which was a great success.  Other stories include

  • A stained glass window designed by women from Homeline and donated to the Rachel House Hospice.
  • A visit to the European Parliament by 2 WHEC students
  • News from around the neighbourhoods and a Christmas poem
  • WHALE’s Christmas show Santa’s Last Stop, written by a group of local residents from creative writing workshops run by the Platform Project.
  • Feature on Jean Allison, Principal Music Teacher at the WHEC who had been chosen the previous month as the 1995 University of Edinburgh Aumna.
  • Pat McHat’s list of Christmas letters found in Santa Claus’ sack.

You’ll find all these stories and more at Sentinel January 1996.


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