Monthly Archives: May 2018

Annual Membership Fees due June 1st

To all our supporters………

We are having great problems with SSE our electricity supplier who are debiting over £200 a month for electricity.

This is having a drain on our bank balance until we get it sorted out.

Could you please pay your membership fee or give a donation as soon as possible.

This can be done by cash at the House of Memories or  bank transfer.

You will need the following details for the bank transfer:-

Account name.               Monifeith Local History Society

Sort Code.                       82-61-13

Account No.                     50442286

Thank you.

President’s Report and Request for Support

Monifieth Local History Society

Friday 11thMay 2018.

President’s Report.

After so many years as Society President you would think it would become easy to write a monthly report of the happenings, and concerns involving our group.

This has been the hardest ever report that I have been obliged to write.

April has seen us past the fourteenth year since leasing the premises at 55 High Street, a rather dilapidated and run down empty retail outlet, and with the sole purpose in mind, that it would be a central meeting place for members, to carry out research work associated with their combined interest in the history of the local area. The numerous members worked hard to bring the accommodation up to an acceptable and habitable level, The public at large became interested in our activities and joined in with offers of help, support and finance. it then became apparent, that our talks, website, exhibitions and displays, involvement in community events, was much appreciated, and creating a need for retaining historic related items and memorabilia, within Monifieth. From small beginnings by the acceptance of items to be taken into our care, the House of Memories evolved.

Years have seen it flourish and now it has outgrown the current premises which are totally unsuitable for the extensive services our volunteers provide free of charge. Donations are acceptable.

The ‘down side’ to this success story being, membership numbers have fallen, most probably due to the ageing process, leaving few able and willing volunteers to carry on what has been so often described by others as doing a fantastic job on behalf of the community’. The “fantastic job”, has taken up much of our time, with little left for planning and carrying out the necessary funding raising events to meet the £9000 per annum to finance the House of Memories community project.

The cold harsh winter, inability to meet rising costs to heat the premises, which are in desperate need of external maintenance, brought us to the conclusion, despite the ‘willingness of a few committed members the future looked grim.

We were back to the circumstances faced in 2002, looking for appropriate accommodation, but this time with a vast amount of precious artefacts, memorabilia photographs etc in fact the keys to Monifieth’s heritage. Recognising this as being an indication for the need for a formal Monifieth Heritage Centre.

As our legal right to do so, on behalf of, and as part of the Monifieth community we made application for an Angus Community Asset Transfer Lease of the former Angus Council Access Office, which is very suitable and appropriate for adaptation to a Heritage Centre. (Disabled parking & Access).

Notice of this transfer request will be published online at and notices displayed in the vicinity of the former Angus Access office Monifieth.

MLHS lease application has been accepted for consideration, and we will be notified of a decision in due course.

With the granting of a lease, the ambitious project, of a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre management and financing is not within the remit of Monifieth Local History Society, nor the constituted objective, and must be addressed.

Community projects require the involvement of its members, and we as such have done what was necessary to find, and made application for the lease of premises considered suitable to house community property i.e. contents of the House of Memories, for relocation.

A new body; Monifieth Heritage Centre Management Group, must be established by those willing to undertake the responsibility and necessary commitment involved, with representation from Monifieth Local History Society, Schools, Churches, Businesses, Community Council, Local Council, Groups and organisations all together at the table.

MLHS will continue to meet their constituted objectives, and operate from the proposed Heritage Centre.

MLHS have accepted signed declarations of support from hundreds of individuals who respect our work and the services we provide for Monifieth.

Now we must ask them in return to share the responsibility of what between us, as a community, we have created, a local, national and international tourist attraction and information centre, envied by others.

The future of the House of Memories a Heritage Centre lies with the choice of the community, by their actions either to support it or lose it.

Hopefully fourteen years of the time, effort and skills, given willingly and freely by members of Monifieth Local History Society for the benefit of all, will not be wasted.

Please support us in our application by emailing Angus Council  and telling them you support us or how much help/information we have given you.

Any representations made to the Council about this request, or our website

have four weeks allowed for answers.

The response period 7th May—4th June 2018.

Thank you in anticipation.


Margaret Copland. President

Monifieth Teachers

Help needed on some of the teacher’s names.

I thought I had more of the Seaview teachers but now coming to post this is all I could find

Teachers of Monifieth Public School 1960-61

This picture was taken during an exchange with U.S.A.

Monifieth teachers Miss Violet Fisher and Maureen Graham were in the U.S.A.

Back Row left to right

Jas Brown (Gym Teacher),Mrs. Agnes Smith (nee Dorward), Mrs Millie Stewart, Miss Sylvester (Music), Miss Dorothy Rattray, Mrs Frances Stewart, Mrs Beryl Low, Mrs Scott(Gym Teacher).

Middle Row

Mrs Cummings (Domestic Science), Mrs Lily Cameron, Mrs Caird (Supply Teacher), Mr Anderson, Mr Geoff Law, Miss Constance Rattray, Mr Alexander, Miss Agnes Hutcheson (History Teacher), Marty Orr (Teacher Class IV)

Front Row

Mr Robertson (Technical), Miss Sandford ( USA Exchange), Mr Bill Brown, Mr Scrimegour (Head Master), Miss Pearson (Infant Mistress), Mr Morton ( Chemistry), Miss Campbell (USA Exchange).


Seaview Teachers


Seaview Teachers

These photograph bring back many happy memories of my time at the old Seaview Primary School in Monifieth.
I vividly remember, (pre-Christmas 1960??), as a special end of term treat, we were shown a cine film of Disneyland in America by Miss Pearson. This must have been filmed by one of the exchange teachers mentioned? I also had the privilege of knowing sisters Dorothy & Constance Rattray.
My Mum, Jean Donaldson (Nee Thomson), knew Mr Scrymgeour from her days at Arbirlot Primary School. (Did he also teach in Arbroath High School?)
Another special character at Seaview during this period, was the Janitor, Mr Munro and Tommy the tortoise.
My father, Stanley Sturrock Donaldson, also taught at the Secondary School in Monifieth during this time.
Thank you for posting these photographs!!
Best wishes, Ronald Stuart Donaldson

Thanks to Lynda Wilson for giving me Mrs Scott – back row far right to complete names. (Webmaster)

20/7/20 to Webmaster

I recognise the teacher sitting next to Miss Greame (Graham) to be Miss Buist, later known as Mrs Cairns. I used to work with my dad for her at her house next to Milton garage towards Grange Rd and she was his teacher when he was younger. Hope this helps.
Yours, Allan Hall.