Monifieth Local History Society/ House of Memories
Annual Genetal Meeting 6th February 2019
Lesser Gerard Hall, Church Street , Monifieth.
Since our last AGM on Friday 3rd November 2017 things have certainly been happening for MLHS,
We have been faced with many big decisions to be made also with difficulties and problems to be addressed.
The resignation of our Treasurer, Doris Bayne, due to ill health, was resolved by the offer of volunteer David Jones to take up the Office and undertake the responsibility for associated duties. David`s willingness to support our Society was halted by his deteriorating health problems. Once again we need a committed Treasurer.
The Vice President Alex Bell, on `long term sick` leave, eventually resigned from Office.
The volunteer member who assumed responsibility for fund raising, Minute Secretary and the overall day to day running of the House of Memories, for varied personal reasons resigned.
The premises at 55 High Street, we leased and occupied were no longer fit for the purpose of delivering the free services we offered, locally, nationally and internationally.
Due to the ageing process our membership was diminishing.
Closure of the High Street footpath has seen visitor figures to the House of Memories drop during Spring, and early summer, despite all our efforts.
Where did that leave us as custodians of the community property left in our care by those who wished the “heritage related items to be retained in Monifieth where they belong” ? The few committed MLHS volunteer members moved on with their plans to acquire more suitable and appropriate rented accommodation in central Monifieth. It was an impossible task.
The House of Memories at 55 High Street was closed to the public in August 2018. Closure brought with it the inability to take part in several community events, as we had done in the past. Difficulties in finding meeting accommodation within Monifieth are well known, and we could no longer carry on with talks, displays, and fund raising events.
Over many months we had been negotiating with Angus Council to lease the former Angus Access / Police Office at 81 High Street, which was unoccupied and surplus to their requirements.
We had made application for an Angus Community Asset Transfer Lease, of the 81 High Street property, then with the backing of the Community and Angus Council we were on 9th October 2018 granted the offer of a 3 /5 years conditional lease. Great news for Monifieth, however, it did not solve the problem, as this could take some considerable time to finalise, time we did not have, as it was imperative that all the property within 55 High Street be relocated at the earliest possible date. This was achieved by negotiating with Angus Council to be granted an Occupancy Licence allowing the building at 81 High Street to be used “for storage purposes only” until the formal lease agreement, with an official entry date is signed by MLHS.
On 6th December 2018 MLHS paid the costs and provided the labour to relocate the community property to 81 High Street, the former Access / Police Office. We now have the opportunity to move forward working together to provide something special for Monifieth.
Signed offers of support, followed by hundreds of messages of congratulations for MLHS`s work and efforts in reaching this stage are very gratifying. We have been made aware that the internationally recognised name House of Memories be retained. MLHS have the key to a very suitable and appropriate building for Your Community Heritage Centre.
I emphasise Your Community, because we will need your support to re-open the House of Memories that became a tourist attraction, with services provided free of charge to the public.
The future for the MLHS`s community project could bring unlimited benefits and opportunities to those all age groups and interests.
Working Together We Can Do IT.