Saturday, 26 October 2013

412. Morris Dancers

Morris dancers are a rare sight in Scotland, but once a year we are treated to a visit from a group comprising dancers from several different groups around England on their annual 'Scotchfest'.  They stay in Brechin for a few nights and travel from there to perform in various communities around the North East.  This morning they performed at the harbour before heading up to Stonehaven.

Fascinating fact -  the earliest confirmed performance of morris dancing in England was 19th May 1448.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

411. Addition to the War Memorial

In August this year, a new name was added to the War Memorial to remember a soldier who died during the First World War.  Private 3379 James Ritchie Blues, 4th Battalion Black Watch, aged 26 years, was killed at Flanders on 22nd May 1915.

There was already a Ritchie Blues listed on the memorial, which is presumably how James' omission had been overlooked for so long.  After some investigations to ensure that they were indeed two different men, the Community Council arranged for James to be added 98 years after he was killed in action.

The memorial was washed and Private Blues' name was added in raised letters 
which were then coloured black.

The omission was discovered when local man, Chris Greene, did some research into the lives of the people whose names appear on the memorial.  Interestingly, he can find nothing about one of the men - Edwin S Noble.  If anyone reading this knows anything about him, please do get in touch.  

This story featured in the Mearns Leader in May this year. You can read the story here.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

410. Demolition of the Cedars

It's always a bit sad to see any building pulled down but, in the case of The Cedars, something very special is going to take its place.  

This is how it looked at 10:45 this morning.  

 The owners of The Cedars had originally planned to improve and extend the house, but the costs were prohibitive and the result still wouldn't have been ideal for their requirements.  The building lies just outside the conservation area, so the decision was made to demolish and start from scratch with a super efficient, modern Grand Design.

The proposed elevations can be seen here.

Here are a few photos of the Cedars, taken on a sunny day earlier this year.

It was once the village's police house and the cell windows could still be
 seen on the rear of the building.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Saturday, 3 August 2013

408. Roof trusses arriving

There's a lot of activity going on down at the harbour as the roof trusses
have arrived for the redevelopment of the former chapel.  

Friday, 21 June 2013

407. A Traik Through Time

Today a fascinating exhibition opened in the Village Hall.  

A Traik Through Time has a vast display of photos of Johnshaven organised street by street. 
 In most cases they are in pairs - an old photo above a modern one taken from the same viewpoint to show what has changed.

It has been organised by Clark Simpson and Christopher and Walter Adam.  
Clark has written a book to accompany the exhibition which is being sold in aid of charity.

Opening times are:
Friday 21st June 10am - 8pm
Saturday 22nd June 10am - 5pm
Sunday 23rd June 11am - 5pm

Clark's vast collection of scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings about the village.

Christopher & Clark

This great photo shows Johnshaven Stores (then called Lyon's) and the Anchor Hotel.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

406. Yes/ No

Please note, this is NOT a political post, it is a record of events!!

Today the Yes campaign came to the village.  Whatever my/ your opinion of the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, as a record of life in Johnshaven, I think this is worthy of inclusion in the blog.

If I see the No campaigners I'll be sure to take a pic of them too.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

405. Above The Narrows

This morning I went for a walk beyond the Narrows and then did a bit of scrambling to get up to the old railway bridge.

The houses at the top of Balandro Loan as seen across the field

 Silhouetted gorse bushes

Looking towards Sea Greens with Montrose in the distance

Old railway bridge

Looking towards Johnshaven from the edge of the field

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

404. Landslides

These photos show the damage that was done to the area around The Narrows in the heavy rain before Christmas 2012.  It's hard to see because of the shadow, but an awful lot of hillside was swept away and settled very close to the back of the house.

The photo below shows where earth slid down the slope from the old railway line to the field between the village and The Narrows.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

403. The Old Mill

The future of this building and the site on which it stands is uncertain.  
When walking past it this morning I thought I should take a few photos to record it for posterity.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

402. Firewood

Leon's wood pile at the harbour includes a number of chopped up bits of a blue boat, but the prow seems to have escaped the axe!