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Bellfield (Old Portobello Parish Church)

25 September 2021 (Online)

26 September 2021 (Online)


After the first successful urban community right to buy campaign, Action Porty reopened the former Portobello Old Parish Church in June 2018 as Bellfield, a new community hub for Portobello just steps from the sea. Constructed in 1809 to designs by William Sibbald, the former church has been a special site of community activity for over two centuries, as a place to celebrate and mourn, and to meet, dance and play.


Digital Resources

Bellfield short film

In this short video you will hear how the community in Portobello took ownership of Bellfield Church via the Community Right to Buy Scheme.

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Like so much else, Portobello’s Community Hub at Bellfield has been closed throughout the pandemic. The governing body that manages the building, Action Porty, has not been idle through this time. Work has been carried out to improve the building, they’ve invested in the equipment needed to re-open safely and they’ve been thinking about the future – not just the next few months but the next few years – and that’s involved thinking out changes in Action Porty’s role as we move forward.

Enjoy a podcast!

Key Information

  • 16B Bellfield Street
  • Portobello
  • Edinburgh
  • EH15 2BP