What was achieved?
A new web-site was launched and an ‘Our Easthaven’ facebook page was established.
grant enquiries and applications were made in the space of a few months. Over £80,000 was raised for specific projects.
Residents acquired an old fishing boat which had been wrecked and left on the beach at St
Andrews. They arranged for it to be transported back to the village and obtained a community grant from Angus Council to refurbish it.
Residents met with representatives of Angus Council who agreed to lease land
in the village square to enable the development of a community garden.
Residents rebuilt Eric’s bridge, a foot bridge at the little burn, north of Shore Row. This much loved bridge was accidently removed
during the creation of the new cycle path. Eric himself opened the bridge in a small ceremony held in October 2013.
In November 2013, Angus Provost Helen Oswald, planted a Whitebeam commemorative tree (Sorbus Aria
Lutescens) in what was to become the East Haven 800 Beechgrove Community Garden.
A bonfire was held on Hogmanay 2013 and 13 year old Carnoustie piper, Owen Sweeney, piped in East Haven’s 800th year.
Councillor, David Fairweather installed a commemorative bench in the picnic area. The bench is inscribed with a plaque, ‘Rest a while in this special
place’ East Haven 1214 – 2014.
Residents launched a major community project involving the creation of heritage bunting. People from all over the UK and Maule in France designed a panel of
bunting depicting something of their connection to East Haven. Each of the 125 panels tells it’s own story but together each panel tells the whole story of East Haven. The children of Coupar Angus Primary school contributed with a panel depicting the
Abbey which is where East Haven’s story began in 1214. Each panel was photographed and uploaded into an online gallery on the web-site. www.easthavenangus.com
Councillor, Ewan Smith
opened the East Haven Maritime and Heritage Exhibition in Carnoustie Library which was held over three weeks in April 2014. This was the largest exhibition of it’s type ever to have been held in the town. It brought together hard to find information
and artefacts from both public and private collections. People visited from all over the UK and comments which were left in the visitors book were uploaded onto the web-site.
Residents obtained funding from the Angus
Environmental Trust to develop a heritage point in the car park area overlooking the sea. This includes a shelter reflecting the fact that the fishermen used to have a shelter close by. Residents consulted widely on the design and content of the six heritage
boards. Local artists, photographers and the RSPB, SNH, and the Angus Cetecan Awareness group were all involved.
Residents provided hospitality and heritage information to 160 visiting cub scouts on the 10th May 2014.
Residents marked ‘Clean up Europe Day’ in May 2014 with a major beach clean and were joined by Carnoustie Canine Capers and Cadets from 2449 (Carnoustie) Squadron, Air Training Corps. Residents provided an exhibition of their heritage bunting and refreshments. Residents signed the pledge with ‘Clean up Scotland’ and ‘Clean up Angus’.
Residents refurbished a small fishing dinghy and placed it on the traffic island at the gateway to the village. Children were invited via social media to collect a beach pebble and help create a pebble beach around it. The boat
was initially planted with daffodils and then with gold perennial plants to help celebrate 50 years of RHS.
Residents acquired 30 small trees from ‘The Woodland Trust Scotland’. Children of the village
planted them to create a lasting, living legacy for the future.
Residents made an application to Beechgrove Garden to see if they would like to help create the community garden. East Haven was subsequently selected
as one of only four locations in Scotland to take part in the programme. During the period April to June 2014, residents and friends undertook a phenomenal amount of work to prepare the ground and establish a garden. At times it seemed like a herculean task
to clear the area and then dig-in 20 tons of top soil and a further 20 tons of peat and compost. Restoration of the boat was also a considerable undertaking but, after many months, the boat was eventually lifted into a specially created bed of gravel in the
garden. The boat was renamed ‘The Sisters’ after one of Davie Herd’s boats in 1912. The garden was completed during two days of filming on the 25th and 26th June by the Beechgrove Garden Team. It was an amazing experience for residents and a great sense of achievement and pride when it was completed.
On 28th June 2014 a small market was held in the village square reflecting the fact that East Haven was granted the right to hold a weekly market in 1541. Residents also welcomed the Queens Baton Relay which was piped in by former resident John Hill.
The baton holder was able to climb on the boat and raise the baton which was a poignant moment for East Haven.
Also in June, all three primary schools in Carnoustie and the High School, presented residents with large heritage
story boards telling the story of East Haven through multi-media art work.
Residents entered Beautiful Scotland’s ‘Wee Village in Bloom’ competition and achieved a 'Silver Gilt' award.
On 23rd August 2014 residents held the East Haven Maritime and Heritage Event. This large celebratory occasion linked to the Scotland Homecoming and focused
on a Taste of Angus food, music and the arts. A number of heritage exhibitions, performances and demonstrations were also held.
Also at the Maritime and Heritage Event, Carnoustie brass band premiered a
piece of music commissioned by residents and composed by East Haven musician, Gregor Beattie called ‘The Haven’.
Gregor Scott, the son of Dareena and Jack Scott at No.3 Long Row made several short films
of East Haven 800 celebrations and these can be viewed on the web-site.
A book was printed called 'Memories O' the Ha'en and has been made available to the wider public. It comprises a rich collection of
memoirs and stories which are now preserved for future generations. It is hoped that a copy will survive a hundred years so that future residents of East Haven will know how the residents of 2014 celebrated their octocentenary.
Finally, East Haven Residents' Association was awarded the VistScotland Tourism Award for 2014 and the Herald Society award for Community Project of the Year.
Haven 1214 - 2014