In case you had not noticed, 28th January was the first anniversary of the launch of

The Heart of Newhaven Community.  

That night about 80 of you at Victoria Primary School put your hands up –  some with red heart stickers on finger tips – to appoint a Steering Group and signed up to support the vision of a vibrant beating hub of activity on this site right at the centre of Newhaven.  

Exactly one year later your Steering Group, at its tenth meeting, toasted all we have achieved in our first exciting year, whilst taking on an even more demanding programme for the year ahead.   We are very encouraged by the support of more than 600 new names added in that time.  Our membership is about to exceed 700, with more joining every day and we’ve barely started.   Not bad for a one year old!

The highly successful information event at Asda this month gave a boost both to numbers and enthusiasm. Further similar chats over coffee are planned shortly as we continue to show the latest chapter of the story.  We are also looking for a further showcase event “on site” and hope this one may be in the Anchor Building.  


Have you ever been in the modern
Anchor Building which, because it is only five years old, offers a range of possibilities of “user friendly” space?   

Just imagine walking in one day and……

….. tasting cakes and biscuits made by older people using recipes their mothers gave them: then taking the recipe home…... your toddler making friends with an older wheelchair user who reads them a story;  and then finding out that person lives just down the street from you and would love to do that regularly…..that toddler and that older neighbour painting a picture together and chatting away.  

That’s intergenerational activity and building community.  It’s the kind of thing we’re planning to make happen in the Anchor building as part of a huge programme of activity because you've told us it's important!

Another day you might say to your friend…. 

“Fancy coming with me to the Heritage Suite in the old building?  Did you know all the museum organisations are now linked together on one floor and there’s so much to see.  

I want to try the Victorian Schoolroom now moved to an authentic setting.  What was school like for my grannie’s grandma?   And there are so many other stories from Newhaven’s past.  How about next Tuesday?”

Or…….., perhaps now you are just catching a glimpse of the detailed kind of work going on behind the scenes as we draw together a fantastic range of “Stakeholders”, many organisations and enterprises all eager to work together in the most comprehensive programme of activity ever seen in Newhaven.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.   

We have to make sure it all adds up financially and long term.    

Lots more to tell you next time and I hope by then - about the end of February - I can announce a further very significant step forward.  

What I am sure of is that there will always be something new worth reading here.   


Rodney Matthews (Vision Facilitator) chair@theheartofnewhaven.co.uk



What Can I Do?

1.   Have a handful of copies of the registration form (download and pen handy

2.   Knock on the door of your next door neighbour. Talk to your friends and colleagues and share your enthusiasm.

3.   Have forms handy when meeting friends.

4.   Forward or share the the link http://heartofnewhaven.co.uk/contact.php with your friends, family and on social groups.

5.   Explain that all that is necessary is a name, email address or address and signature.

6.   It cost nothing and the contact is protected by Data Protection Regulations

7.   Ask if they know people (do you?) who might miss out because they are always "the forgotten'. Think hard about that one. It's the people we forget we need to remember.  

8.   Encourage anyone who has a bright idea of what our hearts should include if it is going to be a hub of creative activity. Tell us! Why had no one suggest Newhaven needs public toilets? Add obvious things to the list. What/who else should be included. admin@heartofnewhaven.co.uk 



Pulsating with energy is Victoria Primary School, full of children who in 2020 will move across Lindsay Road to a new site to pursue dreams for the future.

This iconic building is  an invaluable asset to focus the whole community right at its centre: THE HEART OF NEWHAVEN


YOU can be part of a plan for this building to throb with life, the heart pumping the blood back into the COMMUNITY.

What would you like see happen at the Heart of Newhaven? You can help make a dream come true.


Newhaven has a distinct identity.

Its rapidly increasing population and range of activities is crying out for a focal point to express our sense of community life, especially to help those in greatest need of care and well-being.

As soon as Victoria Primary School moves to its new site at Western Harbour in 2020 our community can apply to acquire the site at THE HEART OF NEWHAVEN through Community Asset Transfer – but we must show why we need it.

You can help make a dream come true.

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