From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes


The main story in January 1979 reports how the Wester Hailes community became involved with Radio Forth’s Snowline.  An emergency number for the area was provided after FISH Neighbourhood workers became concerned about people needing help due to the weather conditions.  The report highlights the enthusiasm shown by local people volunteering to help those who might be struggling.

Other stories include

  • Concerns about the proposed by-pass road with the map showing the line the road would follow
  • WHEC’s new swimming pool opening and a report on problems being experienced with the building’s heating, resulting in the Third and Fourth Years being sent home much to the annoyance of the First and Second Years!
  • News from around the areas
  • Music report Sounds Familiar which despairs of the choices made by the BBC for the best hits of 1978
  • Photos from the smash hit Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, WHEC’s Christmas panto.

You can read all the news by clicking here on Sentinel January 1979.

Thirty three years ago, the Sentinel front page featured a community conference being organised by the Wester Hailes Development Advisory Committee.  50 organisations across the city were invited to share information about their communities and to discuss new ideas and solutions to issues.

Other stories include

  • The Campaign to Realign the Bypass held a demonstration to informCRAB demo local residents of the implications of the route of the proposed by-pass road for people living in Wester Hailes.
  • A report on the Hailesland Children’s Centre which opened in December 1977
  • The need for a Health Centre for the area to provide more localised health services.
  • Information about the upcoming Festival and Gala
  • Around The Areas: news and views from the local neighbourhoods
  • Sounds Familiar reviews some of the new singles and lists bands appearing in the next few weeks in Edinburgh, creating a varied list that includes Nana Mouskouri, Skids and Motorhead.

You’ll find all these stories and others by clicking on Sentinel March 1979.


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