Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ashludie, a short story

Ashludie Mansion

The Grange, a name derived from`grangia` or a place where the tiend sheaves were deposited had long associations with Arbroath Abbey.

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Jennie Barrie’s Inn

A walk around Monifieth at a leisurely pace on one of the recent beautiful summer days, gives time to ponder and think of the layout, of housing in what was `the old village`. It is quite easy to follow a lane, which runs the length of the High Street, with the front or main doors of dwellings on Hill Street and Durham Street, apparently facing the wrong direction. At one time along this route were a line of fresh water wells. This is reputed to have been in bygone days, the main thoroughfare of the village.

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Butter Bonanza

The beginning of the Second World War triggered off a series of events still remembered by the natives of Monifieth and the surrounding area of the Firth of Tay.

In the last few days of 1939, an Aberdeen trawler was wrecked on the `blacked out` Bell Rock, then on January 6th, a liner bound for Dundee touched a magnetic mine near the Gaa Sands at the mouth of the Tay. Continue reading

Boyhood Memories

I was only nine years old when war broke out and I think it seemed that a great adventure lay ahead. While not appreciating all the international politicking, I do remember hearing Chamberlain`s declaration of War on our Cossar radio, the accumulator of which required regular charging at the garage. Continue reading

Ardestie Castle

About half a mile to the east of Monifieth near to Ardestie farm, there stands on an elevated piece of ground cottages. Currently this is the site of boarding kennels known as Ashbank. The place itself presents no striking picturesque features but commands a wide and varied view. Continue reading

About us – A History of Monifieth History Society

At the invitation of the Monifieth Community Education department, a group of people with a similar interest in local history met in the Monifieth Library.

In September 2000, the Monifieth Local history Society was formed.

It was agreed the main objective of the Society would be the advancement of the education of the general public regarding the history of the Monifieth area.
In furtherance of this aim the group would research, record then share the local history information through talks, events, exhibitions and displays to the residents of Angus and beyond.

Initially meetings were held on a weekly basis in the library, then 4Real Youth centre and the Masonic Lodge.

Exhibitions in conjunction with other Community events such as the Medieval Fayre, had been mounted in vacant shops, the Masonic Lodge and at the Angus Queen`s Jubilee celebrations within a marquee at Glamis Castle.

It became apparent that with no storage accommodation or permanent meeting place it was a necessity to locate premises solely for the use of members.

In the interim the Society had become a registered Scottish Charity. Membership by request had been divided into two groups, those able to attend afternoon sessions and those who found it easier to attend evening talks et
We are always pleased to recruit new members whatever their age, skills or abilities.
Annual membership fees are set at £15 for all age groups, due to be collected on
1st June for existing members or on joining the Society.

In February 2004 the Society launched their website .
This proved to be very popular both at home and abroad, with many overseas members contributing to the articles and message board. To January 2006 we had recorded over three thousand `hits` or viewers.

The Society members have also over a period of time successfully produced a video
`Monifieth Past, Present & Future`, which not only portrayed a year in the life of the then Monifieth residents, it displayed over sixty old photographs & pictures from Monifieth past.

On 13th February 2004 after lengthy negotiations a five year lease of a vacant shop was legally accepted for 55 High Street, Monifieth.

It was agreed that to meet the requirements set out in the constitution a `House of Memories` would be established within the premises, which would be open daily to members of the public, allowing free access to all ages of people.

The House of Memories would be managed by the Trustees ie Monifieth Local History Society Office bearers.

On 8th April 2004 after much cleaning, building, painting etc by Society members assisted by many others from within the Community, financial assistance from Awards for All, Angus Council & Monifieth Local History Society fund raising projects, the House of Memories was officially opened by Molly Crighton, the most senior member aged 93 years.

By April 2005 there had been approximately four and a half thousand people visited, many from the surrounding Angus area, others overseas visitors some having former family connections in the district.

Out with the regular daily opening times, by appointment various organisations of all ages from school children, to the elderly for reminiscing therapy, have been accommodated.

A group of members continue to visit various groups and venues giving talks and displays of their work.

Monifieth Local History Society continue to finance this Community project by their fund raising efforts, assisted by the generosity of the people interested in preserving Monifieth`s Heritage for future generations.

Awards received by Monifieth Local History Society,

Grampian Television Adult Learners Week Award 2002
Angus Ambassador Award (Highly Commended) House of Memories 2004
Nationwide Award for Voluntary Endeavours 2006
Queens Award for Voluntary Services Nomination 2006
Nationwide Community & Heritage Award (Regional Winners) 2008
Rotary Club Monifieth & District Award for Services to Community Life 2010

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Please, contact us.  We invite you to tell us “Your Monifieth Stories” so we can add them to the collection. And, if there’s anything that we can help you with, just ask. Please contact us using the form below.

A Romantic Adventure of Two Old Monifieth Communion Cups

This is the romantic story of two old Communion Cups belonging to St. Rules Parish Church Monifieth.

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