November has been a very rewarding and exciting time for our Society. The work and services we provide for the community have been recognised and rewarded not only by a generous donation of £300 from the Monifieth Masonic Freemason’ s of Lodge Grange, which was reported in the Courier newspaper,( see previous post) also by the encouraging offer of support by Monifieth High School. We have been invited to deliver a talk and presentation on “The Monifieth House of Memories” to the school and others interested in local heritage.
Once again we opened the doors to provide a meeting place for hospitality for invited guests attending the Christmas Tree lights ‘switch on’. All very much part of our objective of working together with other community groups ‘making Monifieth a desirable place to live’ , while at the same time preserving the Heritage of an Angus Burgh for future generations.
The ‘festive season’ is now here with preparations and plans, which are very time consuming, and I would like to thank you all for the commitment of your time and support given towards the work and objectives of Monifieth Local History Society. It seems that our combined efforts of ‘working together’ has been appreciated by the people locally, nationally and internationally. We will now hopefully move forward with our plans for future improvements. Enjoy the season of “Good will towards All”
Margaret Copland . President
September was a busy month for the group, who despite those committed members being able to participate in various events, due to illness, we managed to cope with all our commitments in a satisfactory fashion. One day in particular was pretty hectic in that we managed to host a talk by a guest speaker, and were joined by a visitor from America, who had made initial contact through our website requesting information about her Monifieth ancestors. She spent several days in Monifieth, and we were able to assist with her search. That same evening Marianna, our talks convenor, and myself delivered a talk to Carnoustie Guild. The following day, the House of Memories was visited by a gentleman who is now resident in North Wales. He had been raised in Monifieth, and again was linked to our work via the website. For information we were able to forward , he gave a generous donation , and became what can only be described as an ‘on line member’. This indicates that the work we carry out is appreciated , not only by the residents in the local area, but nationally and internationally. We also participated in the Angus Open Doors weekend , followed by Angus Heritage Week. Feed back from the weekend visitors once again highlighted the problem of our inability to have the House of Memories open during normal ‘non working hours’. Perhaps we should review this in the near future, meantime consideration must be given to our ‘winter hours’ opening. This again raises the need for more willing volunteers, not necessarily members, but friends from the community , who wish to support our work , in preserving the Heritage of Monifieth and the local area. With this in mind the audit form listing our supporters as ‘Friends’ was introduced in order we could if necessary contact them. Please note my signature is not listed as I am already committed. Thank you all once again, for your commitment and support.
Margaret Copland. President
Next month we have our yearly AGM and we are reaching out to those people who are not paid up members but support our work and events.
Friends of Monifieth House of Memories we are calling them.
If you appreciate the service provided by the Monifieth Local History Society, which includes the management & financing of the House of Memories, on behalf of the community, then why not ‘sign up’ as a Friend who supports our work in preserving the Heritage of the Angus Local Area. There is no need to become a ‘paid up member, just recognition of your support by sending us an email.
We know that we have followers of the website all over the world but it would be nice to hear from those who check the website from time to time and support the work we are doing.
Thank you for your emails in advance.
If you live locally please pop into the House of Memories and sign the form.
I am greatly disappointed to advise you all that our fund raising event
‘Tea in the Garden’, scheduled to take place on Saturday 22nd July,
due to previously unforeseen circumstances , cannot take place.
Despite planning being at an advanced stage, and attempts to change the venue, we have no option other than to cancel the project.
Consideration of Health & Safety and Legal obligations must be recognised by our group.
Mrs. Copland (President)
Monifieth Local History Society/ House of Memories Management Meeting.
Friday 10 am 9th June 2017.
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.’