Thank-you

East Haven joins with every corner of the UK in thanking the NHS and Key Workers for all their hard work and amazing efforts during the Covid 19 outbreak. We are also grateful to members of the public who are doing their best to follow social distancing guidelines and prevent spread of the virus. We are really disappointed not to be able to provide the usual East Haven welcome especially by opening the public toilets for all those passing through the village as part of their daily exercise. However, we look forward to a time in the future when we can re-open them and take the red hazard tape off our picnic benches. In the meantime, we will continue clapping for key workers on a Thursday evening and will support one another in the community in the best way that we can. "These times will pass". 

Virtual AGM

Who would have thought that East Haven Together would ever hold a virtual AGM to avoid people making close contact with one another? The very idea was unthinkable this time last year but this is exactly what had to happen in 2020 when Covid 19 arrived. At first the Trustees wondered whether to postpone the AGM until later in the year but it quickly became apparent that social distancing measures will be around for some time to come. Even if we are able to hold gatherings  they will be small in number with lots of social distance between people. The Trustees therefore decided that we would hold a virtual AGM and issue a meeting minute along with the Trustees Annual report and a copy of East Haven's updated Sustainability strategy. This provides members and residents with good information and meets the charity's governance requirements. All these documents can be downloaded from the EHT pages of this web-site. If anybody has any questions or concerns please do not heitate to contact one of the Trustees or e-mail us at easthaventogether@gmail.com

Gardening Exercise 2020

Some residents in East Haven have used their daily exercise allowance in the community garden (only one person each side) hoeing, weeding and mowing. Even those out for a walk are stopping to pull out weeds and do their bit to help maintain the gardens during lockdown. Gardening is good for mental and physical well-being at the best of times but especially during this period. It's wonderful to feel that not only are you exercising but also doing something worthwhile and with a tangible outcome. In many ways it is a much safer form of outdoor exercise than cycling or walking at the moment. The coastal path is so congested with walkers and cyclists that it is sometimes difficult to maintain a 2m distance. In contrast one can comofrtably maintain a 5m-10m distance whilst quietly exercising/working in the gardens. The big miss is the camaraderie which usually takes place and for now we are only able to wave or shout hello at neighbours, freinds and visitors. However, as we say in East Haven, 'Every Action Counts' and maintaining the  gardens brings everybody a bit of joy during this period. 

Public Toilet Provision

We have recently collated a collection of comments made in the Wee Gallery visitors book during 2019. They are really heartwarming and full of praise and appreciation for the facility. However, as I have said before and will say again, the toilets in East Haven are little more than an old 1970s brick built unit with a concrete floor. There is no heating, hot water or lighting and yet, people are incredibly grateful for the standard of cleanliness and the provision of a few basic toiletries. It was a monumental task in 2015 to scrub years of ammonia off the floors, paint the walls and create a welcoming environment but it was achieved. When one stops to reflect on the comments which can be downloaded from the ‘Wee Gallery’ page it seems a terrible indictment on the state of public toilet provision across the UK that people are so incredibly grateful for being able to use a clean toilet. Toilet provision in rural areas across Scotland enables people of all ages and all abilities to access the outdoors and promotes health and well-being. The comments also highlight the number people visiting East Haven from different parts of the world consequently linking public toilet provision to the economy and tourism. Far from being a low priority for public bodies it seems that quality public toilets should be given far greater importance.

Ordnance

The New Year got off to a brisk start in East Haven when resident, Jack Reid discovered ordnance on the beach just three feet from the dunes in-front of the houses on Beach Rd. Ordnance has been discovered before but fortunately on this occassion it proved to be a an empty artillery shell. However, residents were warned that they may have to leave their homes if the shell required controlled explosion. Fortunately these days, the Ordnance Disposal Unit can xray suspect items on-site to determine whether they are live or not. There are a few theroies about why ordnance occassionally washes up on Angus beaches with tales of the coast being used as a training ground for nearby HMS Peewit in WW2. Also stories of mines being dropped during WW2 and shattering rocks in-front of the house known as Four Winds. There are other reports of ordnance being dumped at sea when HMS Peewit was decommissioned after the war but this information is not verified. In the meantime, it seems that we should keep our eyes peeled when taking a stroll along the beach. One never knows what they will find!