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”
Thursday 22nd February 2018
at 2 pm
Story of a vanished hamlet in Angus
Postponed until the autumn due to unforeseen circumstances.
REPLACED BY FOLLOWING TALK
Thursday 22nd February 2018,
at 2 pm
‘What do you know about Monifieth?’
‘An illustrated ‘quiz’
led by Margaret Copland and Marianna Buultjens
followed by afternoon tea.
What do you know about Monifieth?
Thursday 22nd March 2018
at 2 pm
The William Lamb (Sculptor and Artist) Studio in Montrose’
a talk to be given
by Norman Atkinson
followed by afternoon tea.
Thursday 19 April 2018
‘Birds, Bells and Bunnets –
Life on the Craigie Column’
a talk by Terry MacCallum
followed by afternoon tea.
Seems a long time since our meeting in December and the closure of `55` over the festive season.
Our plans for the future are still `in the making, or so to say.
On behalf of the group, I with others have been involved in various discussions with representatives of Angus Council, regarding the lease of the currently vacant former Angus Access Office. Following months of discussion and negotiations, we are still `at the table`.
However, we have over the months been encouraged by the volume of support for the House of Memories survival, from members of the community and further afield. It is gratifying to learn that the services we provide are appreciated locally, nationally and internationally.
Volunteering and working for your community requires time and commitment and those of Monifieth Local History Society have given both, ensuring that the Heritage of the town and surrounding area is preserved for the future. The generosity of those who have gifted or loaned items for display, has brought about the need for larger display accommodation, with space for research facilities. We also need involvement by volunteers to ease the workload of `manning the desk` at the House of Memories, to keep it open on a daily basis free of charge to the public.
The many letters of support make reference to “the great services provided” and the popularity of `Monifieth`s special place`.
As I said earlier , this is all very gratifying, but what would be most acceptable and necessary support to keep our community project alive is a few hours of their time, either as volunteers or fundraisers. This support would ensure the continued constituted objective of preserving “The Heritage of the local area for the future generations”
Thank you all.
Margaret Copland. President.
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