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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

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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.)

 

SCOTTISH CHARITY REGISTER – Monifieth Local History Society

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Monifieth Local History Society, SCO34053

Registered charity from 05 December 2002

Address:          House of Memories

55,  High Street

Monifieth,      Angus

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“Monifieth’s Answer to the V&A”

Was a comment made by a visitor to the House of Memories this month.

The President told the Management Committee before giving her monthly report.                                    

President’s Report.

Last month I said “Life was all Ups and Downs”, and that certainly describes what our group have faced during the month of June. The visitors to the House of Memories are steady, with more holiday makers in Monifieth, and local people showing interest in our work.

The Medieval Fair highlighted Sunday opening being popular for those who work during the week. We have had some interest from people who are considering becoming volunteers. This is encouraging , and as one lady said “The House of Memories is so special to Monifieth, it would be dreadful if it was lost to the Community for the lack of support by a few giving some of their time”. She is considering giving us some of hers.

My disappointment being advised that over the years we have held the fund raising “Tea in the Garden” event, through storm and tempest and occasional sunshine, we have not considered our responsibility of Public Liability. The cost of insurance to cover accidents involving members of the public would not be feasible, and with the awareness of legal litigation for accidental injuries, we had no option other than cancel the event. We do have the necessary insurance cover for the House of Memories.

Future fund raising , ” Back to the drawing board” as the saying goes. I’m certain that your reports will cover that we are still able to provide some very good services, free of charge to not only the people locally, but nationally and internationally.

Thank you all for giving your time and talents to the Monifieth Local History Society.

Management Meeting Friday 7thJuly 2017

 

 

President’s Report June 2017

Monifieth Local History Society/ House of Memories Management Meeting.

Friday 10 am 9th June 2017.

President’s Report.

Thank you all for being here. Sometimes when we wish so hard for things, the wish is granted and then backfires causing even bigger problems. This was brought home to me with the idea my garden was so dry and it needed rain to make the flowers flourish. Now I wish the “Rain rain would go to Spain”

Monifieth Local History Society is something we all care about by voluntarily giving of our time, varied skills and talents. Over the years from our combined efforts it has flourished. In the past five weeks this has become quite apparent through the number of requests for information, visitors to the House of Memories and invitations to take part in local events. We are providing a much appreciated service to the Community at large. Local residents and businesses have shown interest in supporting our objectives of ‘preserving the past for the future’.

What we now need is the Community at large to respond to our needs.

So far we have been fortunate enough to raise financial funding from varied sources to maintain and manage our Community project, without going ‘begging for cash’, and my wish would be that long may that continue. What we do need however is more volunteers from the Community, by the giving of their time, to assist in keeping the House of Memories open daily free of charge to all those wishing to view our on show displays, and reference information sources.

Since our last management meeting we have been successful in recruiting volunteers purely on a trial basis. A positive step forward in the right direction. Perhaps with our involvement in the future Community events we might encourage others.

I will make one wish that I sincerely hope will be granted.

That Saturday 22nd July will find the Rain on Holiday in Spain.

Yes to  ‘ Tea in the Garden.’

No to  ‘ Tea in the Monsoon.’

The Annual Christmas Dinner – Thursday 22nd December 2016

Took place in the  Monifieth Community Cabin as usual.

Here are some pictures taken by our roving reporter.

Preparing for the event

Preparing for the event

Does Santa want Leonore's bottle?

Does Santa want Leonore’s
bottle?

A happy group with Santa

A happy group with Santa

 

and the winner is Linda - with Marianna looking on

and the winner is Linda –
with Marianna looking on

 

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Monifieth in World War 1 – talk by Elspeth Johnson

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