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Heritage Centre Public Meeting

Please find attached notification of a Public Meeting, to be held at 7.30pm in the Monifieth Community Cabin, the only place and time availble to Monifieth Local History Society  to hold such an important event
We have for some considerable time, been negotiating with Angus Council representatives regarding the future of the Monifieth House of Memories, our community project.
It had become apparent due to the success of this venture over fourteen years,  that larger and more appropriate premises were the only answer to the survival of Monifieth`s Link to the Past,.a considered  tourist attraction.
Our application for an Angus Community Asset Lease  is under consideration by Angus Council for relocation to the former Angus Council Access / Police Office..
To establish a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre would be a big step forward bringing future  benefits to all age groups and interests in Monifieth.
The word COMMUNITY is of key importance to achievement.
It  requires committed volunteers of all ages  to give of their time and varied skills to make it possible
We hope to see you or your representatives, and  hear what you have to say.
 We are in need of an increased membership,  volunteers and those willing to become members of  Monifieth COMMUNITY Heritage Centre Management Team,
Monifieth Community Working Together can make it happen.
 Margaret Copland.
 President  Monifieht Local History Society

 

 

 

 

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Presidents Report June 2018

Monifieth Local History Society

House of Memories Management Meeting 1st June

The month of May has been an exciting and busy one for our group, although it must be said the due to the lack of committed volunteers, we have been unable to keep the doors of 55 High Street open free of charge to visitors, as we would like. Certainly the change in the weather has brought many visitors, to view our items on display. One morning in particular I was trying to cope with about ten visitors, including some from overseas.

The local people who were accustomed to just ‘popping in’ are finding it difficult to navigate the crossings, necessary to by-pass the area of pavement closed off due to the building work in progress, on the site of the former South Church Halls. We must look forward to the holiday visitors, particularly those regulars from the Caravan sites, who support our work. Today the 1st June is as you know when annual membership fees are due to be paid. Hopefully with the publicity given to our plans for the future, to work with others to establish a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre, for the benefit of all. will swell our dwindling membership numbers, mainly caused by the unstoppable ageing process. It is astonishing the numbers who have offered their support and help to our group, with many making generous cash donations, There are already website followers grateful for the services and information we provide, enquiring about becoming on line members, in order to show their gratitude. We appreciate this gesture, as relocation of all the items, of which we volunteers of MLHS, are custodians, becomes a reality, then committed manpower and finance will be essential to make the move towards the future information source of Monifieth’s Past.

In September it will be eighteen years since, with the assistance given by Angus Council Community Education Department, the Monifieth Local History Society was formed. We have come a long way since then and developed talents through necessity, friendships, and a reputation for providing many varied services, locally, nationally, and internationally. It would be rewarding to hear, as an acknowledgement and recognition of our work, the President’s report at the management meeting for September, read in the Monifieth Community Heritage Centre. Monifieth resident’s have always had wishes for the future; let us hope that this one will come true. Thank you all as volunteers for your commitment to our objectives, through giving so much of your time, and varied talents, over the years to successfully bring us this far.

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.

Monifieth Heritage Centre

THE HISTORY……………….

There has always been a problem in Monifieth finding accommodation for meetings.

It was the reason why MLHS initially, in 2004, leased the premises at 55  High Street, which resulting from donations of items  etc by members of the community developed into  Monifieth House of Memories / Heritage Centre.

One of the main attractions by the MLHS, and a valid reason for the lease application for the former Angus Access Office being the anti rooms, which not only would allow setting up for research etc, but also have available meeting space for other discussion / learning groups..

Monifieth residents are accustomed to travelling out with the town to find services on offer to those in other Angus towns.

 

APPEAL LETTER

As you can see from this years books we need support in our venture.

Balance sheet 31st October 2017

 

Should we be successful with our Lease Application for the Angus Access Office, and I sincerely hope we are, then we must start getting into place formal plans for the management of a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre. Please note that the key word is Community, which means that they would be required to play a much more active part in supporting the ambitious project. We the Monifieth Local History Society will continue as we have done for 14 years to promote the Monifieth Heritage story, however, we will only be part of the Heritage Centre  giving our support .
The proposed Heritage Centre will not only attract more  visitors to Monifieth, it will help `town centre regeneration`, something very badly lacking at present, for all High Street businesses. Monifieth would be moving up the ladder, on the tourist trail, catching all the visitors in the area, due to the opening of the  V & A, more  cruise liners docking at Dundee.
A Heritage Centre Management Committee will need to be established from those who are willing to become involved. Can we state now that this is something which should not only be undertaken by the “Golden Oldies / Senior Citizens” but those with ambitions and committment to preserving the not only the heritage , but the community of Monifieth, which is rapidly becoming a Dundee dormitory.

The Annual Christmas Dinner 21st December 2017

The ‘Hystericals’ Annual Christmas Dinner was very successful.

pictures taken at the event by non other than the celebrated international  BMX star, Author, Film Star, who came home for Christmas and attended the dinner.
JOHN BUULTJENS.

 

Christmas Dinner for Members Associates and Friends

Monifieth Local History Society Christmas Meal

Thursday 21 December 2017

Menu

 

Course 1

 

  1. Carrot and coriander soup
  2. Prawn cocktail
  3. Fruit Juice

Course 2

  1. Roast Turkey and trimmings
  2. Homemade steak pie
  3. Nut roast (v)
  4. Baked ham salad

All of above served with seasonal vegetables boiled and baked potatoes

 

Course 3

 

  1. Xmas pudding and brandy sauce
  2. Caramelised orange cheesecake
  3. Raspberry ripple ice cream

All served with cream or ice cream Tea/coffee,

mincemeat pies, After Eight mints

 

£14 per head for 3 courses

£12 per head for 2 courses

By Courtesy of Dundee Courier & Advertiser

MONIFIETH tries to lose “Forgotten Town” tag.

Freemasons of Lodge Grange

 

 Local history society striving towards foundation of a heritage centre

GRAEME STRACHAN

A bid to create a heritage centre in the “forgotten town” of Monifieth is gathering pace. Monifieth Local History Society is recording and saving the Angus town’s rich cultural and architectural past for the future.

Negotiations are ongoing with Angus Council to lease vacant premises to allow the group to move forward with its plans for a Monifieth Heritage Centre.

Margaret Copland, president of the Monifieth Local History Society (MLHS), said: “The MLHS volunteers manage and finance the House of Memories, which is a project run for the benefit of the community. “Something that started in a very small way due to the eagerness to preserve local heritage, it has just grown, and has become a recognised Angus tourist attraction.

These services can only be expanded in premises more suitable to our needs to move forward, with accommodation for research facilities and more area for displaying the exhibits which have been gifted or loaned to MLHS.”

Monifieth House of Memories is managed and financed by non-paid volunteers and to keep this permanent display of photographs and memorabilia costs £9,000 per annum. The Freemasons of Lodge Grange handed over a cheque for £300 towards the financing of the Monifieth House of Memories which has been going for almost 14 years. Among the items on display is a bronze replica of an ornament believed to date back to Pictish times which was moulded by Roddy Mathieson, Margaret said: “We have in our care a replica of the Monifieth Cross, also the Monifieth Crescent, which indicate Pictish art work. The original stone cross found in Monifieth is now in the National Museum.” The Crescent, found at Laws, disappeared but a scale drawing still existed and the bronze casting reproduction was made from the details. “We have many visitors local, national and international interested in their family history, and room for them to access research information would be beneficial,” she continued. “We do work closely with the Monifieth Library, which has over the last few years undergone many changes. “We have for some time been in discussion with Angus Council regarding the possibility – of leasing vacant premises under their ownership. “Negotiations are ongoing, and we hope that with a successful outcome, we could continue to serve the community as volunteers, by continuing to manage and finance a Monifieth heritage centre, open free of charge to the public. “Monifieth is often described as being `the forgotten town’. We would like to change that to `Monifieth – the town that remembers’.”

gstrachan@thecourierco.uk