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President’s Report at the AGM

Monifieth Local History Society/ House of Memories

Annual Genetal Meeting 6th February 2019

Lesser Gerard Hall, Church Street , Monifieth.

 

President`s Report.

 

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.

 

Thank you.

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President’s Report January 2019

Monifieth Local History Society

Thursday 10th January 2019 at 10.30am

83 High Street, Monifieth DOS 4AA

 

Thank you for attending today to what is the first meeting of the Monifieth Local History Society members and those who are interested in our work this year. Since our last meeting  things have progressed rapidly with the Society no longer based at 55 High Street known as the Monifieth House of Memories.

The Occupancy Licence granted by Angus Council to allow the storage of the heritage related items , property of Monifieth Community which they “wished to be displayed and remain in Monifieth where it belongs”, was relocated on the 6th December at 83 High Street, the former Angus Council Access Office, for which our Community Asset Transfer Lease Application was approved on 9th October 2018 by Angus Council who supported the idea of establishing a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre. Negotiations are currently taking place regarding the agreement by those involved ie; MLHS and Angus Council, prior to signing and acceptance of conditions for this ambitious project.

Angus Council have been most considerate in their support of the plan, however we have now reached the stage where those members of the community, who expressed their offers of support, must come forward as we few committed volunteers, who have for fourteen years managed the House of Memories, on their behalf, now are in dire need of assistance to carry on the services we provided for what became an international tourist attraction.

Age has so to speak “Taken it’s toll” In order to allow discussion and consider the feasibility of moving the project forward, we have organised a Public meeting at 7pm Wednesday 16th January 2019 in the Community Cabin. The attendance at the last public meeting regarding the establishment of a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre, was to say the least very disappointing. In order that MLHS continue with the plan will require the forming of a MCHC management committee with all the necessary office bearers. As the official lease holders MLHS will be represented within the elected group.

The time scale for agreement of lease acceptance is moving closer and with no community support, then the opportunity for Monifieth to change from “the place with nothing” to “Monifieth has a nationally recognised Heritage Centre” will not happen.

Other options will then be addressed regarding the Community owned property.

Margaret Copland.

President MLHS

Can You Help ?

This is a request we have just received  and  we have tried to print it as close to the original as possible

WANTED! INFORMATION PLEASE?

I am looking for any information regarding my father:

Mr. Thomas Alexander Crichton

Born: May 11, 1892

Married Mary Greig (Crichton) on July 22nd, 1921 in Arbroath.

Highland Regiment ?

Father died when I was 11 months old and now that my own family has grown up and I have more time to ponder,

I find would DEARLY LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM!

My father died while my parents were living in Durham Street, Monifieth, while my father’s parents lived in Well Street, Monifieth.

It says on their Marriage lines that Dad was a grinder. However, he joined a Highland Regiment at the outbreak of WW1 and I am really keen to find out which one, so that I can look up his Army Records and perhaps find out a little more about him.

I DO know that he taught the bagpipes to the Boy’s Brigade in Monifieth.

If anyone, FAMILY, friends, anyone who knew him, could give me ANY information about my father, I would be MOST GRATEFUL to hear from you! ! ! Please contact me:

Mrs. Joan (Crichton) Bisset 31 Carnegie Street Arbroath.

Tel: 01241 871951

THANK YOU!

 

Call My Scottish Bluff

Please come along and support  this event.  Come as a team or individually.

It promises to be a very interesting and enjoyable evening.

The Crown is on the High Street  almost next to the House of Memories.

 

President’s Report and Request for Support

Monifieth Local History Society

Friday 11thMay 2018.

President’s Report.

After so many years as Society President you would think it would become easy to write a monthly report of the happenings, and concerns involving our group.

This has been the hardest ever report that I have been obliged to write.

April has seen us past the fourteenth year since leasing the premises at 55 High Street, a rather dilapidated and run down empty retail outlet, and with the sole purpose in mind, that it would be a central meeting place for members, to carry out research work associated with their combined interest in the history of the local area. The numerous members worked hard to bring the accommodation up to an acceptable and habitable level, The public at large became interested in our activities and joined in with offers of help, support and finance. it then became apparent, that our talks, website, exhibitions and displays, involvement in community events, was much appreciated, and creating a need for retaining historic related items and memorabilia, within Monifieth. From small beginnings by the acceptance of items to be taken into our care, the House of Memories evolved.

Years have seen it flourish and now it has outgrown the current premises which are totally unsuitable for the extensive services our volunteers provide free of charge. Donations are acceptable.

The ‘down side’ to this success story being, membership numbers have fallen, most probably due to the ageing process, leaving few able and willing volunteers to carry on what has been so often described by others as doing a fantastic job on behalf of the community’. The “fantastic job”, has taken up much of our time, with little left for planning and carrying out the necessary funding raising events to meet the £9000 per annum to finance the House of Memories community project.

The cold harsh winter, inability to meet rising costs to heat the premises, which are in desperate need of external maintenance, brought us to the conclusion, despite the ‘willingness of a few committed members the future looked grim.

We were back to the circumstances faced in 2002, looking for appropriate accommodation, but this time with a vast amount of precious artefacts, memorabilia photographs etc in fact the keys to Monifieth’s heritage. Recognising this as being an indication for the need for a formal Monifieth Heritage Centre.

As our legal right to do so, on behalf of, and as part of the Monifieth community we made application for an Angus Community Asset Transfer Lease of the former Angus Council Access Office, which is very suitable and appropriate for adaptation to a Heritage Centre. (Disabled parking & Access).

Notice of this transfer request will be published online at www.angus.gov.uk and notices displayed in the vicinity of the former Angus Access office Monifieth.

MLHS lease application has been accepted for consideration, and we will be notified of a decision in due course.

With the granting of a lease, the ambitious project, of a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre management and financing is not within the remit of Monifieth Local History Society, nor the constituted objective, and must be addressed.

Community projects require the involvement of its members, and we as such have done what was necessary to find, and made application for the lease of premises considered suitable to house community property i.e. contents of the House of Memories, for relocation.

A new body; Monifieth Heritage Centre Management Group, must be established by those willing to undertake the responsibility and necessary commitment involved, with representation from Monifieth Local History Society, Schools, Churches, Businesses, Community Council, Local Council, Groups and organisations all together at the table.

MLHS will continue to meet their constituted objectives, and operate from the proposed Heritage Centre.

MLHS have accepted signed declarations of support from hundreds of individuals who respect our work and the services we provide for Monifieth.

Now we must ask them in return to share the responsibility of what between us, as a community, we have created, a local, national and international tourist attraction and information centre, envied by others.

The future of the House of Memories a Heritage Centre lies with the choice of the community, by their actions either to support it or lose it.

Hopefully fourteen years of the time, effort and skills, given willingly and freely by members of Monifieth Local History Society for the benefit of all, will not be wasted.

Please support us in our application by emailing Angus Council place@angus.gov.uk  and telling them you support us or how much help/information we have given you.

Any representations made to the Council about this request, or our website

www.monifiethhistorysociety.co.uk

have four weeks allowed for answers.

The response period 7th May—4th June 2018.

Thank you in anticipation.

 

Margaret Copland. President

President’s Report April 2018

Monifieth Local History Society / House of Memories

Friday 6th April 2018 President’s Report

Thank you all for attending this morning, as due to holidays, weather conditions, and other factors it will now give us the opportunity for discussion regarding our projected plans for the House of Memories. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those volunteers, who have in arctic conditions, kept the House of Memories open on a fairly regular basis. Despite the weather there have still been visitors interested in viewing our displays. I have been told that the sunny days are coming and I hope that is soon.

Our negotiations with Angus Council regarding our formal application for a Community Asset Lease Transfer of the former Angus Access office are on going. The support we have received from the members of the community, and others who appreciate the services we provide have been tremendous. Our proposals for a Monifieth Heritage Centre, on the High Street, with disabled parking and access, room for displays and extra accommodation for research facilities and ‘small group’ meetings, meets with public approval.

However, a successful lease outcome will present us with other hurdles to overcome. Funding for relocation of premises, equipment for improved services, day to day running costs, something we have already considered and are addressing with assistance from Angus Council representatives.

To provide the upgraded services we hope to have on offer, we will need more committed volunteers to give us some of their ‘time’. With the hundreds of ‘Friends of Monifieth Local History Society’ who signed up offering their support of our work, we must appeal to them for their assistance in whatever way they can. Our work is for the benefit of all age groups and abilities, who are interested in Heritage, be they local, national or international. Monifieth community has survived for almost two thousand years, with a Heritage worth preserving for future generations, Together we can do it. Monifieth community motto “United Strength is Strongest”

Margaret Copland.

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William Lamb Studio – The March Talk