Johnshaven Jottings April 10

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Wairds Park

Wairds Park officially opened for business on Wednesday with the usual team of Jenny Beedie, head warden, Lynne McBay, assistant warden and Mike Knowles, groundsman, once again looking after the day-to-day affairs of the amenity.

Wairds Park is, of course, a multi-sports indoor and outdoor and recreational facility which can accommodate more than one event at any one time. Bookings or further enquiries should be made to 01561 362395.

There was no election of office-bearers this year so the membership of the management committee remains as follows: Chair, Donnie Blease. Vice-Chair, Ewan McCallum. Secretary, Allen Smith. Treasurer, Fiona Dundas. Committee; Ian Bloomfield, Alan Bruce, Fiona Bruce, Donald Dundas, Kevin Dunbar. Jim Stewart.

Mearns Coastal Parish Church

On Sunday, Mearns Coastal Parish Church held their Stated Annual Meeting in St Cyrus Church at the close of the morning service. It was followed by a time of refreshment and fellowship. On Sunday, April 5, Easter Day Services were held in St Cyrus Church at 10 am and Johnshaven Church at 11.30 am. An invitation was extended to the congregation to take along their decorated “boiled” Easter egg to either of those services. All entrants to the competition received a prize!

In the Easter issue of the parish magazine the Kirk Session has acknowledged the £150 donation towards the maintenance of the St Cyrus Church clock which was recently “electrified” in memory of the late John Gavin.

Thanks have also gone to Mary Neil, the sale of whose recipe books have enabled £200 to be sent to Mearns Coastal’s missionary partner, Ellen Findlay’s Medical Camps in Nepal and appreciation has also been expressed to Kirsty, Marion and Abby and all who helped provide a most enjoyable night of art, music and song in St Cyrus Church last Friday night.

Volunteer morning

Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society will be holding a volunteer open morning this Saturday morning.

The group are inviting everyone to The Lifeboat House in Johnshaven from 10am-noon.

You can join them for a friendly and informal morning to hear all about their project to renovate The Lifeboat House and how you can get involved with the new venture.

The Lifeboat House is largely managed by volunteers and as they embark on their first season open to the public the group urgently need more volunteers to help with a range of activities.

This could include planning events, welcoming visitors on days the venue is open, organising small exhibitions and working with school groups.

Donald Marr, chair of Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society, said: “We are looking for volunteers with a range of interests and will provide training to suit to ensure a highly rewarding and social experience.

“We will be joined on the day by Sandy Stewart from The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, who will be talking about his experience volunteering for over 15 years.

“There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the project and the work of the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society as well as a chance to have a chat with a cuppa and fine piece.”

The project began after the society was gifted the Lifeboat House in order to store and display a growing collection of photographs and artefacts relating to the heritage of Johnshaven and Benholm.

It is hoped the venue will not only provide a place for people to come and enjoy this rich heritage but also an exciting hub for talks, performance and art shows.

Donald added that anyone can get involved: “If you would like to be involved in this project, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers to be involved in all aspects of running the heritage hub. Or, if you have memories of life in the Johnshaven and Benholm area which you would be happy to share we would delighted for you to get in touch.”