Lottery grant for local SHARK group

SHARK (Safe Habitat Alliance for Rural Kincardineshire), Johnshaven’s voluntary environmental group, are “over the moon” in being able to announce that they have just been granted £8,400 from the National Lottery “Awards For All” scheme.

Earlier in the year the group received £2,900 from the Tullo Wind Farm Fund and now, on acknowledgement of this second award, a beaming Rebecca Chambers, commented: “This is terrific news which will enable us to pay for a trailer and tractor loader and carry out the fortnightly green bag collections more efficiently. Anything left over will be spent on signage.”

A new tractor was insured and registered in April and in co-operation with the Primary School a competition was held to give it a name. The winner of the competition was six year old Calli McBay for her choice of “The Polly.”

Further information on the objectives and activities of SHARK may be found on its website

Community Café

Soon local taste buds will be seriously tempted when a book full of enticing recipes goes on sale as part of a determined effort to raise money in support of a proposed community café within the historic Lifeboat House.

Community cafes are social businesses where any profit is ploughed back into running the café or goes to benefitting the community in some way or another. The Johnshaven Community Café Group came together late last year with the aim of establishing a community café in the village and the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society have agreed in principal with the concept of housing the café alongside its heritage displays in the Lifeboat House which they own.

Clearly a lot of groundwork needs to be done before the idea of a heritage centre and café comes to fruition and already professional advice has been sought and two members of the group have visited community cafes in Aberdeenshire to find out how such facilities operate successfully. Plans for the internal layout of the building have been discussed with the Heritage Society, an application for “change of use” for the Lifeboat House is in the process of being submitted to the planning authority and catering needs have been researched.

Assuming that all goes well and once planning and building warrant consents are in place, the group hopes to hold an open day in the Lifeboat House to give residents the opportunity to see and comment on what is envisaged.

With regard to financing the project, potential funding sources are being investigated but a proportion of the money will have to be raised by the community.

The group has already benefited from a donation of £100 from Benholm and Johnshaven Community Council and from collection boxes in the Johnshaven Stores and to support the cause they have now come up with the idea of putting together a book, with broad appeal, to be printed in time for the August Fish Festival, comprising special recipes from people of all ages living in Benholm and Johnshaven and which, with illustrations and interviews, will be both useful and fun.

To this end the group would be very happy to hear from anyone who has a special recipe for a soup, main course, sandwich, cake or cocktail which they would be willing to have included in the book. However, the timescale is short and any recipes (with name and phone number attached) should either be handed into the Johnshaven Stores or emailed to Rachel MacKinnon on by Friday, June 17.

Italia n’ Caledonia

In Johnshaven Village Hall on Thursday, June 16 “Italia n’ Caledonia” by Mike Maran and Philip Contini tells the story of their grandparents – the Italians who left their sunny hillsides and emigrated to Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century.

By the time of the Second World War there was an ice cream café or fish and chip shop run by an Italian family in nearly every town and village in Scotland. This cheerful success story came to an abrupt end, however, on 10 June 1940 when Mussolini declared war on Britain and, overnight, Italians became “enemy aliens” and were either interned or deported for the duration of the war.

The post-war years were a time of reconciliation and reconstruction as Italians resumed their place in the Scottish community and friendships were renewed.

Those early immigrants are the ancestors of today’s “Scottish Italians” and although many continue to make excellent ice cream, perhaps more are now to be found working in the health service, high tech industries or the arts.

Italia n’ Caledonia is a celebration of the contribution the Scottish Italians bring to the politics, economics and cultural life of their new Scottish homeland.

The story is told by Mike Maran, begins at 7.30 p.m., is suitable for ages 12 plus and tickets, £9 full and £7 concession, are available from the Johnshaven Stores, by phoning 01561 361956 or online at

Primary School

Latest news from the Primary School is that P5-7 have been involved for several weeks with Alison Monaghan in a Scottish Puppet Animation Project, working on a theme of “Time and Landscape” and yesterday, Thursday, the parents were due to attend the Bervie Leisure Centre to watch the final performance.

The children are also working on an interdisciplinary project of “The Caribbean” in which Early Years Intervention Assistant, Mrs Jan Whyte has been busy in the P1-4 classroom setting up a Caribbean role play café and teaching the children how to make delicious fruity drinks!. The children have also been researching local folklore and tales and are keen to encourage anyone with “tales to tell” to contact the school office.

This term, the school has had Mr Bruce Burnett teaching PE every Friday and he will be involved in running an “Athletics” theme Sports Morning on Friday, June 24 at Wairds Park and if the weather is fine then the intention is to stay in the park for a packed lunch/picnic and enjoy some fun games in the afternoon.

Core Visiting Specialist, Mrs Karen Grieve, has been developing the school’s art curriculum, with the children currently very busy working on a project to support the 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Lifeboat Guild, having earlier produced some detailed pictures and interesting names for a new tractor following a visit from Miss Rebecca Chambers. Rebecca also explained how important it was to keep the coastline clean to protect bird and wild life.

Although, unfortunately, there is no after-school Streetdance Club at the moment the pupils still have lots of club options with badminton on Tuesdays, outdoor activities on Wednesdays, maths on Thursdays and art on Fridays and should any members of the community be interested in sharing a skill and running an after school club next term they are asked to contact the school to discuss Disclosure.

Bowling Club

Despite ending up empty-handed from their match against Stonehaven B.C. in the Kincardineshire League last Thursday both Johnshaven rinks performed creditably.

At home Fred Innes, Bill Inglis, Bett Beedie and Margaret Innes held on bravely until the tenth end against R. Smith, S. Wilson, B. Hendry and F. Tatterstall when they trailed by only three shots, 5-8, but then the visitors steadily pulled ahead with a succession of singles, interrupted with two at the fourteenth, until Johnshaven got back on the scorecard with two shots at the last end to lose, 7-15. Stonehaven had to work hard for their victory, though, and had the home skip Margaret Innes enjoyed a little more luck throughout the match then the final outcome might have been somewhat different.

The away rink of Fiona Dundas, Roy Mowatt, Alan Black and Alan Robbie were up against it from the start against D. Houston, E. Taylor, B. Costorphine and G. Penny and, winning only two ends in the first half, trailed 2-13, but then a single, followed by an encouraging count of four, and another single put a better light on the proceedings before the home rink put the pressure on again in the closing stages to finish up worthy winners by 21 shots to 10.

Friday’s hat night winners were Eck O’Brien, Roy Mowatt and Mary Brebner by a margin of 10 shots.

Hat nights continue on Fridays at 7 p.m. and points nights on Tuesdays at the same time and all are welcome. The soup and sweet lunches held at the park on Sunday afternoon raised £105 for the Bowling Carpet Fund.


Due to a number of other activities taking place on Monday night there was a lower turnout than usual at the first putting competition of the season which, for the Barclay Harvey Shield, was won by Alison Beedie who just got the better of her son, Liam, one up. In the semi-finals Alison eliminated Andy Vinten after five extra holes while Liam defeated Donald Dundas one up. In the Novices competition Murray Dunbar defeated Rhurie McCallum.