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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.
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Birds, Bells & Bonnets – The April Talk

 

 

Birds Bells and Bonnets

The Craigie  Column in the Courier has many avid readers and followers so this should be of interest to many. If you have an interesting photo like the one below please bring it along.

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

 

President’s Report September – Become a Friend

Friday 8th September 2017.

We are depleted in numbers due to the illness, of Alex Bell, our Vice President, and Doris Bayne, our Treasurer.

Their invaluable work as Society volunteers, I feel should be recognised by nomination for Honorary Membership, with the wish to see them soon back in good health . Seems as though the summer is over and we are now planning for the Autumn months. We should feel some sense of achievement in the fact that after 17 years since the formation of the group, we are still very active and contributing a much welcomed service to the community at large.

Monifieth, unlike other Angus towns, being bereft of some services provided by the Angus Council Administration, is dependent on voluntary organisations to preserve and encourage the sense of community. Monifieth Local History Society’s objective in preserving the Heritage of the local area. The success of our work, can perhaps be gauged by the House of Memories, and Website, both being very active for over 13 year, and yet still creating much interest.

The financing of both has over the years been graphically ‘peaks & troughs’, and causing many sleepless hours for those associated with fundraising. However, we are still here and operational, thanks to the generosity of the local community, Angus Council Community Funding, and the initiative of our volunteer fundraisers. We still survive. The Future requires us to consider, even re-consider ideas old and new, to maintain and improve our objectives. We do have some feedback from those who attended our recent talk “Monifieth’s Disappearing Heritage”, for example; Friends of the House of Memories. Those who are prepared to sign up as interested in supporting our work, without the necessity of becoming ‘paid up ‘ members.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WISH TO BECOME A FRIEND

One final suggestion, with the approach of the ‘cooler autumn days’, the ’55’ volunteers, bring out their woollens for warmth.( Energy prices are rising) Thank you all for your commitment and hard work.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The Monifieth Local History Society was formed in September 2000 under the patronage of Lord George Thomson, of Monifieth, by a number of people interested in researching, recording, and promoting the social and industrial past of the ancient community of Monifieth.

The main objective of the Societybeing to create an awareness of the many historic happenings, and events connected with the Burgh, locally, nationally and internationally.

Learned historians have recorded that in pre-historic times , the only collection of human dwellings, in what we now call Scotland, were at Laws, Ardestie and Ardownie sometime around 3000BC.

The development over 5000 years to the present day has resulted in a community spirit, which is caring, vibrant, and very much concerned with the future of how their home own will evolve.

The Society’s work will hopefully convey the innermost feelings of the people of Monifieth past and present.

The future is unpredictable, however, with the experience of a community surviving for 5000 years, we believe Monifieth’s residents will look forward with future generations considering it to be ” The Best Place to call Home ”

Ardestie Earth House

Ardestie Earth House

As sure as the sun, has arisen and set for thousands of years the Dighty flows into the Tay beside the place where many have been proud to call home.

To others it is known as Monifieth

President’s Report July 2017

Monifieth Local History Society /House of Memories

Management Meeting Friday 4th August

President’s Report

July has as expected been a busy month for us, with an increase in the number of visitors to the House of Memories, quite a few from overseas, also increased activity on our website.

Our disappointment at having to cancel the fundraising “Tea in the Garden” became easier to accept, when on the day the weather was atrocious. Someone somewhere was looking after us. !!!

Recently, when a visitor came and offered an item for us to add to our display, I became aware of the fact that the local community are very supportive of our work and the services we provide. This idea became apparent when looking at the memorabilia, photographs etc. all gifted or loaned to Monifieth Local History Society, and as said by one benefactor “I want to keep my items and memories here, where I belong, preserving our heritage”. Sadly the person is `no longer with us’, but we are still able to display the gift, hopefully for future generations.

Our work and the services we provide are recognised, locally, nationally and internationally, which of course is our constituted objective. This has, and only can be achieved by the amount of time and skills given by a few volunteers, and as President

I thank you for your commitment and dedication, on occasions through very difficult and stressful situations.

We have recruited two new volunteers who are prepared to give us some of their time on a regular basis, and two ‘regulars’ have increased their hours ‘on duty.

Looking to the future – August & September should bring an increased work load, with our participating in several scheduled local events, talks, Open Doors Weekend & Angus Heritage Week.

To conclude July has been a success story for Monifieth Local History Society and the House of Memories community project. Thank you all once again.

Margaret Copland (President.)