Meeting on 30th July
Most of you have contributed in one way or another to village activities this year and we have summarised below the wide variety of ways in which this has happened. No matter how big or small your contribution, it has played a vital part in supporting and maintaining the village environment. We have consolidated the work started in 2014 and we have also entered Beautiful Scotland’s, Coastal Village in Bloom 2015. As part of the preparation for this, we have to deliver a presentation to the Beautiful Scotland Judges providing background, context and evidence that we have met key criteria. As soon as the presentation has been delivered to the judges we would like to give everyone the opprortunity to see it. Even though our web-site is kept fully up-to-date with all information relating to the village and it’s activities it may be of interest to see everything brought together into a single presentation. We therefore invite you to the Kinloch Arms Hotel in Carnoustie at 7pm on Thursday 30th July. As the Hotel have kindly given us their function room at no cost they would be grateful if people would purchase a drink at the bar. This doesn’t need to be an alcoholic drink as they also sell coffee and the usual range of soft drinks.
Following the presentation we would also like to have a discussion about what form any future summer events in the village should take. There is a feeling that for many reasons the traditional format of the barbecue is no longer viable. For example;
- the wooden stands require considerable repair and take 2-3 days to erect and take down
- Ordering of meat and food stuffs is problematic due to many people not committing to buy tickets until the last minute
- Barbecuing of food is labour intensive and a high risk activity
- Music and rehearsals are labour intensive
It has been suggested that we should consider buying our own marquee and whilst this might seem a logical way forward there are still a number of considerations regarding needs, use, storage etc. If you have any views or ideas please do let us know or better still, come along to the meeting and tell us. Finally, a few residents have suggested that we build a community petanque court so we would like to know who would be interested in playing boules if we progress this idea.
Summary Note of Residents Meeting held on 27th November 2013
EASTHAVEN 800 MEETING NOTE
Summary of Residents Meeting held on
Wed 27th November 2013
21 people were welcomed to the meeting and we received 10 apologies.
Jack reported that the rebuilding of Eric’s Bridge is now complete and was formally opened in October. A short film has been made about the building of the bridge and this can be seen on our web-site and face-book page.
Dinghy and Flowers
Hugh reported that the Dinghy has been restored and is now on the traffic island. Charles and Dick have filled it with daffodil bulbs which are also planted around the village. Hugh to obtain further lettering for the boat and Wendy a stencil for the tyre saying, Welcome to the Ha’en
Sandie reported that our Whitebeam tree was planted by Angus Provost Helen Oswald on 8th November. There was a really good turn out for the ceremony and we have had a letter from the Provost thanking us for inviting her.
Boat and Community Garden Project
Hugh and Ian reported that the boat is now in the process of being winterised and that they have plans in place for the refurbishment prior to the boat being lifted into the community garden next year.
Claire, Ann and Sandie are leading on an application to Beechgrove Garden inviting them to be involved in this exciting project.
Ian, Dick and Alasdair cut and trimmed the Leylandii last week which was much appreciated by all. However, in the long term it will be difficult to maintain and may also be unsightly if the greenery doesn’t grow back. It was agreed that we will submit an application to the woodland trust for 30 to 40 small trees to plant
in-front of the Leylandii. The idea is to remove the Leylandii completely when the new trees have become established.
Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign
It has been suggested that we submit an application to the Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign possibly in the wee village in bloom section and/or the ‘It’s our Neighbourhood’. Keep Scotland beautiful are currently considering which they think would be the best section for us to apply for.
BT Fast Fibre Broadband Roll out
Sandie reported on the work we are carrying out to improve broadband access in East Haven. We have submitted a letter to a working group in Angus Council and we are asking people in East Haven to register their interest with BT Open reach. If we all do this it will have a big impact and only takes a minute or two to complete. Wendy to make sure the local farms have the link
The Courier have also been in touch regarding our story so you may see press coverage. Cllr Smith and Cllr Fairweather also asked if we could send them copies of the letters we have sent to the Council summarising our situation so they can make representation on our behalf
We have had some East Haven 800 Christmas Cards made to raise funds for our acitivites. They are for sale – 4 for £2.
Gordon and Wendy discussed plans for our Hogmanay bonfire. It will be a low key affair but all are welcome if they want to join us as we welcome in our 800th year. Probably start about 11.30pm. Bring whatever you want to drink and possibly a bit of food too. We will try and get a piper.
Dareena described this new project which is to be launched on the 28th November. It involves as many people as possible making a panel of Heritage Bunting. Details about this can be found on our web-site. Dareena brought along a piece she has made as an example. Gordon said that he is able to supply swatches and material to help get people started. Cllr Fairweather also said that he has a large amount of old bunting in his garage. It was agreed that we could potentially use this to decorate the village for our events in the summer.
East Haven 800 Heritage Exhibition – Tartan Week 5 – 12 April 2014
Sandie explained that we will hold a Heritage Exhibition in Carnoustie Library from 5th – 12th April to coincide with Tartan Week next year. We will display our heritage bunting and also old photographs, books and diaries.
We will also install our commemorative bench around this time.
In terms of researching and collecting as much information as possible about the heritage of East Haven it was suggested that we approach the Earl of Dalhousie who is based at Brechin Castle. The Earl of Dalhousie used to own Panmure Estates and may have valuable information or at least an interest in our activities. Sheila and Alan agreed to do this.
Wendy was able to provide those present with some exciting news. We have had an agreement in principle from the Directors of a local Trust to provide funding to take forward a project in the village. More about this when we have received a formal offer.
In connection with the above project Cllr Fairweather and Cllr Smith provided advice in relation to the scope of the project. As a result it was agreed that we should send them reports that have been written by EHRA in respect of our toilets, coastal path and visitors with a view to arranging a meeting in the near future.
We will hold an event on Saturday 28th June 2014 to rename our boat. Do hold this date as we think this will be a very special day in East Haven.
Maritime and Heritage Event 23 August 2014
We have made a funding application to ‘Awards for All’ to enable us to take forward our plans for this large public event. We have had to obtain Public Liability Insurance to ensure that we are covered for all our activities.
Jim Dunbar renowned watercolour artist has donated a limited edition print (1of 1) ‘Towards East Haven’. We have also written to Waterstones to see if they will donate a Kindle and MacKay’s Jam Factory to see if they will donate a hamper. Joyce Morrison is leading on the raffle and will contact Carnoustie Hotel in the new year and other businesses to see if they will donate prizes. Lynn suggested that we approach JM Bakery and ask them to make us a cake as they could put a picture on of East Haven.
Cllr Fairweather suggested that we also ask people to donate unwanted Christmas presents. If you have any other ideas for prizes do let Joyce know.
We have written to the Lord Lieutenant of Angus and she has designated Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Dr Sandy McKendrick to open our event.
Cllr Fairweather was able to provide the contact details of a person who may be able to provide a bouncy castle (has his own insurance) and also somebody who can do some stalls.
Anybody who would like to help further with the Heritage Event or who has any ideas for the day please let Wendy know.
It was suggested that we consider getting photographs put on mugs, coasters and other memorabilia.
A meeting for residents will be held on Wednesday 27th November at 7pm in the Panmure Centre, Kinloch Street, Carnoustie. Join us for mince pies and coffee and help us to shape our plans for East Haven 800. Anybody requiring transport please let Wendy know on 857778
Register your interest in fast broadband
Superfast Fibre Broadband
Carnoustie is listed on a roll out plan that provides dates of when areas will be upgraded in order to get ready for fibre. The work for Carnoustie is scheduled to begin on May 14 next year and the approach being used is called Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC).
From what we can see, Easthaven is not specifically listed and although efforts have been made to contact BT to confirm our desire to be included under the Carnoustie roll out, they have not, as yet, responded. In light of this, and not wishing to miss this possibly once only opportunity, we think it would be advantageous for us to make our feelings known by an additional route i.e. by registering our interest individually via the BT Openreach website.
Openreach state that “It's not economically viable to upgrade every single exchange. But if we get enough demand in your area we may be able to add it to the rollout plans.”
To register your Expression of Interest please complete the mandatory fields in the link below (very straight forward, just a case of entering your name, address and phone number):
Posted by Sandie Wright
Dog Poo Survey 2013
East Haven Residents' Association took part in the 'Dog Poo' survey at the weekend which is part of the 'keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign'. The majority of dog walkers living in and visiting the Ha'en always clean up and respect the environment. However, a small group of people appear to genuinely believe it's OK to let their dogs foul on the beach and coastal path. Please help us to educate these people and improve the amenity for everybody. Thanks to all those dog lovers who always carry a bag and hand them out to those without!