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.
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
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.
As you can see from this years books we need support in our venture.
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.
Monifieth Local History Society Christmas Meal
Thursday 21 December 2017
All of above served with seasonal vegetables boiled and baked potatoes
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
MONIFIETH tries to lose “Forgotten Town” tag.
Local history society striving towards foundation of a heritage centre
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’.”