Monthly Archives: January 2019

Annual General Meeting February 6th 2019

AGM Feb 2019

Update from the President January 2019

Monifieth Local History Society / House of Memories Management Group. Meeting 23rd January 2019 at 10.30am Monifieth House of Memories 81 High Street, Monifieth DD5 4AA

President’s Report

Since our last meeting on 23rd January 2019 there have been so many happenings it is difficult to know where to start. Our work and plans are creating interest. This was highlight by the request from STV News on 15th January to be interviewed and filmed for the six o’clock news. The story seemed to go down well, but I am still puzzled at who the old woman was who accompanied Marianna, our shining star. Can I also add that we have interest from others.

Preparations for the Public meeting on 16th January were going well until mid Monday 13th January I was notified that we could not have the use of the Community Cabin resulting from a booking problem. All other local venues for meetings were already booked. Eventually we were, at very short notice, able to get the use of the Lesser Gerard Hall. My grateful thanks, to all who made this possible for the meeting to go on. Twenty two members of the Public attended, with several signing Volunteer forms, with one person signing Membership and Volunteer forms. Two of those present were representatives of McDonalds, Ethiebeaton, who offered their support, and the desire of their staff to ‘sign up’ as volunteers. A pupil from Monifieth High School wished to volunteer as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award project. All very positive. There were among those present who agreed undertaking various roles in the Management of the House of Memories, and becoming part of the management Group.

We do need a Secretary and I am sorry to report that due to ill health our Treasurer will not be standing again for Office. The Chairperson of Monifieth Community Council suggested that I remain in Office as President of MLHS until the relocation and improvements plan were completed. I did not say “No”. The AGM for the Society is scheduled for 6th February 2019, at 7pm in the Lesser Gerard Hall. We must now face the task of moving forward with those who support our ideas, and towards a date of entry to legalise the lease agreement in early May 2019, with a proposed official opening day 1st June 2019, when Membership fees are due for renewal. Finance with community fund raising for £10000 being ‘top priority’ between now and 28th Apri1.2019. We can then say: ” We Together the Monifieth Community did it!………….. we made history”.

Thank you all.

Margaret Copland.

Change of Venue for Public Meeting

Due to circumstances outwith our control we have found it necessary to change the venue of the Public Meeting to the Gerard Hall, Church Street, Monifieth at the same time of 7pm, Wednesday 16th January 2019.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this problem.

Please tell anybody that may not check this website
Margaret Copland.

The Courier – News in Brief

Monifieth Local History Society are ready and willing to move forward  with the establishment  of  Monifieth Communiit Heritage Centre assisted by some of  the hundreds who `signed up` declaring their support .
Their support is needed now to move on to the next stage of the ambitious project.
Monifieth Local History Society and representatives will be there.                      Will you or yours?
At the  public meeting for discussion and recruitment of members and volunteers  at 7pm Wednesday 16th January 2019

in the Monifieth  Community Cabin.  South Union Street.

Margaret Copland.

President’s Report January 2019

Monifieth Local History Society

Thursday 10th January 2019 at 10.30am

83 High Street, Monifieth DOS 4AA


Thank you for attending today to what is the first meeting of the Monifieth Local History Society members and those who are interested in our work this year. Since our last meeting  things have progressed rapidly with the Society no longer based at 55 High Street known as the Monifieth House of Memories.

The Occupancy Licence granted by Angus Council to allow the storage of the heritage related items , property of Monifieth Community which they “wished to be displayed and remain in Monifieth where it belongs”, was relocated on the 6th December at 83 High Street, the former Angus Council Access Office, for which our Community Asset Transfer Lease Application was approved on 9th October 2018 by Angus Council who supported the idea of establishing a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre. Negotiations are currently taking place regarding the agreement by those involved ie; MLHS and Angus Council, prior to signing and acceptance of conditions for this ambitious project.

Angus Council have been most considerate in their support of the plan, however we have now reached the stage where those members of the community, who expressed their offers of support, must come forward as we few committed volunteers, who have for fourteen years managed the House of Memories, on their behalf, now are in dire need of assistance to carry on the services we provided for what became an international tourist attraction.

Age has so to speak “Taken it’s toll” In order to allow discussion and consider the feasibility of moving the project forward, we have organised a Public meeting at 7pm Wednesday 16th January 2019 in the Community Cabin. The attendance at the last public meeting regarding the establishment of a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre, was to say the least very disappointing. In order that MLHS continue with the plan will require the forming of a MCHC management committee with all the necessary office bearers. As the official lease holders MLHS will be represented within the elected group.

The time scale for agreement of lease acceptance is moving closer and with no community support, then the opportunity for Monifieth to change from “the place with nothing” to “Monifieth has a nationally recognised Heritage Centre” will not happen.

Other options will then be addressed regarding the Community owned property.

Margaret Copland.

President MLHS