EAST HAVEN RESIDENTS' ASSCOATION AGM - HELD IN NEWTON PANBRIDE CHURCH HALL
I am reliably informed that this has been the busiest year on record for East Haven Residents’ Association in our 18 year history.
When we knew we were going to be 800 years old we embarked on a period of consultation
which identified a number of priorities for residents and friends of East Haven. In summary these were;
- A need to strengthen our identity as a fishing community and create a long lasting legacy.
- A need to enhance and improve the natural
amenity and environment
- A need to explore more about our history and the people who have lived and worked in East Haven
- A need to share information about our important heritage
- A need to strengthen our own community
ideas about how we would achieve the above priorities were, to plant a commemorative tree, install a bench, clean up our public toilets, create an art work and lasting legacy and improve the appearance of the village through a theme on fishing boats and flowers.
People also suggested that we should hold a bonfire at Hogmanay and a summer event to celebrate our octocentenary and share information about our heritage.
I think it’s fair to say that we are on track for achieving all of our goals and
that of course, is down to the hard work and commitment of residents, friends and supporters of East Haven. We have also had considerable support from Angus Council, Elected Members, local clubs and Societies, Carnoustie Community Council, Gala Committee,
and more recently, the Beechgrove Garden Team.
The first project to achieve completion was the rebuilding of Eric’s bridge which was opened by Eric himself on 6th October 2013. A great community effort which was
recorded in a short film by Gregor Scott of Scottstyle films.
Meanwhile on 7th October we learned that an application for £4,064 from the Angus Community Grant scheme had been successful and that enabled us to take forward a number of key projects.
For example, Angus Provost Helen Oswald marked the Countdown to our Octocentenary with the planting of a White Beam tree in the village square on 8th November 2013.
On 15th December we learned that an application we had made to the Angus Environmental
Trust had been successful and that we were to receive a grant of £40,000 to redevelop the external of the public toilet block into a Heritage Point.
On Hogmany we held a bonfire on Eric’s croft and 13 year-old Owen Sweeney from Carnoustie
piped in our 800th year.
On 14th February we received a call from Kirsteen McDonald, BBC weather presenter to say that East Haven was now on the BBC weather map and that we will appear periodically during our octocentenary year.
commemorative bench was installed in the picnic area overlooking the sea by Councillor David Fairweather on 21st March and this was also as a result of funding from the Angus Community Grant scheme. ‘Rest a While in this Special Place, East Haven
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March also saw residents celebrating with a glass of champagne when Beechgrove garden selected East Haven as one of only four sites in Scotland to take part in their community garden project and we will hear more about this later in
the meeting. We were also successful in receiving a free tree pack from ‘The Woodland Trust Scotland’ and we will be planting these trees in May.
On 1st April, Jim Dunbar, local water colour artist donated a limited edition
print called ‘Towards East Haven’, to launch our East Haven 800 raffle. A full list of all the prizes can be seen on our web-site and we are extremely grateful to individuals and local businesses for their generous donations.
April Councillor Ewan Smith opened our Maritime and Heritage Exhibition. This followed months of hard work and brought together hard to find information from both public and private collections. We also showcased our Heritage Bunting the result of a large
community project. Each of the 123 panels told our story in a visual art work. Such was the interest in the exhibition that we extended it to run until the 23rd April.
Finally, the 24th April saw us able to make a public announcement about Awards for
All Scotland who have made a grant of over £8,000 towards our East Haven Maritime and Heritage Event on 23 August.
Its hard to believe that despite all that we have achieved, we are still only a third of the way through our octocentenary
year. A number of exciting activities and events are yet to take place, not least our Beechgrove garden project, the arrival of the Queen’s Relay Baton and the opening our new Heritage Point in July some time. We were of course very fortunate in that
local artist and cartoonist Brian Petrie created a beautiful art work by way of a story board for our Heritage Point.
I think you will all agree that it has been an exceptionally busy year but it has brought people together and we have achieved more
than we would have imagined possible at our last AGM. My hope is that we continue to enjoy our festivities for the reminder of the year and take forward a stronger community into the years to come.
Gordon Lumsdaine. Chairman. 29th April 2014
As our Chairman said in his report, it has been a busy year and much of our business has been involved in taking forward East Haven 800. It began with consultation and
we were so keen to try and fulfil everybody’s hopes and ambitions that it quickly became a major project of national proportions. It has been and still is to some extent, a huge learning curve.
It was necessary to revise our constitution at an
early stage and formalise our committee. Therefore, we consulted with residents and held a meeting on 1st September 2013 at which we elected a new committee and agreed a new constitution.
To progress our priorities we then;
- Branded ourselves as East Haven 800
- Developed good working relationships with the press and issued regular press releases.
- Developed a new web-site which we update daily. Introduced a blog for people who
do not use Facebook and this is the most ‘read page’ on our web-site which currently has over 21,500 hits.
- We have developed an ‘Our East Haven’ Facebook page
- We have posted a communication strategy
- We have produced three newsletters which are sent out widely to keep people up-to-date with our activities.
- We became aligned to the Scotland Homecoming
- We signed the pledge with ‘Clean up Scotland ’
- We strengthened our relationship with Angus Council and Elected Members
- We attended Community Council meetings to keep members up-to-date on our work
- During the last 9 months we have submitted more than 20 grant enquiries/expressions of interest/applications. So far we have brought in more than £52,500 of funding all of which is for specific items. Therefore, we are still applying for
funding for other projects such as our community garden. Our ongoing administrative costs remain considerable and we still require to recoup monies for this element of our activities.
- We receive somewhere between 30 and 50 e-mails a day
in relation to East Haven 800 and we aim to answer them all within 48 hours.
- We continue to consult and communicate with people who have new ideas or an interest in our activities. We have held a number of consultation events in relation
to the design and content of our Heritage Interpretation Panels. These are now complete and a final proof is available if anyone wishes to see them.
Projects ongoing include
- Writing up the book ‘Memories
O’ the Ha’en and arranging for it to be printed.
- Beechgrove Garden and the arrival of the Queen’s Relay Baton
- Opening of our Heritage Point
- Wee Village in Bloom
- Beautiful Scotland - Beautiful East
- Showcasing our Commemorative music
- East Haven Maritime and Heritage Event
Whilst progressing East Haven 800 we have also maintained our usual business;
Continuing to raise awareness about control of dogs and dog fouling. Handing out bags. Communicating with Community Wardens. Notices on coastal path. Cleaning up. We have also formalised our link with the Green Dog Walkers Association part of Carnoustie
We held a couple of beach cleans last year and moved a significant volume of plastic and marine debris from the beach and dunes.
We held another
very successful summer barbecue and were fortunate with the weather. We had excellent musical performances from Check the Pulse and Priya Ferguson.
Refuse collections - We wrote to Angus Council to thank them for
introducing a recycling service to the remaining 50% of the village. However, we also had to write to express concern about the idea of reintroducing communal bins in the village square to service Long Row. This was accepted on the basis that the village is
doing so much to improve the environment and that it would not be consistent with our Beautiful East Haven
Motorcycles on Beach
We have obtained a notice informing people that motorbikes and mortised vehicles are prohibited
from the beach and dunes.
Met with Angus Council Management Team
Discussed a number of issues important to small communities such as East Haven, for example; alignment of ward boundaries, recycling, asset transfer, fast broadband
Superfast Fibre Broadband
We communicated extensively with BT and The Scottish Government Broadband project team to try and benefit from the roll our of fast broadband in Carnoustie in May but with no success. However, we have been
assured that it will be rolled out to East Haven in 2016.
Rubbish in Field by railway.
We wrote to Angus Council Planning Dept about new rubbish that has been dumped in the field by the railway. They commenced an investigation
into a possible breach of a Planning order and the person concerned has been given until the 8th May to remove it.
Finally, my hope for the year ahead is that the legacy we carry forward is a strong sense of community.
A community in which there is a balance between people feeling that they live in a safe, caring place where people look out for one another but also respect one anothers privacy. Having developed new friendships and stronger relationships it’s
important that we create opportunities to maintain them and one of the ways in which we can do this is through our Garden and Heritage group which will take forward the maintenance of our community garden and heritage point. Everybody can be involved regardless
of age and ability.
Wendy Murray, Secretary 29th April 2014