Johnshaven Jottings review: July - December

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Continued from last week

July - Mearns Coastal Parish Church “Fit for a King” holiday club started in the St Cyrus Scout and Guide Hall and ended with a united service in St Cyrus Church. Stonehaven Baptist Church began a series of outreach “gospel encounters” in Johnshaven Church Hall as part of the efforts to keep Johnshaven Church open. The Bowling Club retained the TSB Trophy by defeating Bervie BC.

Wairds Park was the venue for the Stonehaven Baptist Church Summer Mission Ryder Cup style putting competition and tennis and five-a-side football tournaments.

Frank Laing won the Bowling Club’s Holleyhead Trophy. Donald Dundas and Michael Craig were the winners of the Major L. Kerr Thistle Trophy for family foursomes at the putting green.

August - Rev Colin Dempster conducted a service in Johnshaven Church to commemorate the outbreak of World War One: a wreath and a commemorative candle were laid at the War Memorial by representatives of the Community Council.

The Bowling Club finished their Kincardine and Mearns League campaign with a victory over Laurencekirk BC and finished a commendable fifth in the League.

Thousands again turned up at the harbour to enjoy the 18th annual Fish Festival: Alan Murray unveiled a plaque in memory of his late mother, Maisie, at the Community Garden where she had been a stalwart since its inception. Head teacher, Mrs Jackie Fernandez, and long-serving teacher Mrs Irene McDonald both said farewell to Johnshaven Primary School. A cycling group began a series of bike runs from the harbour. The 55th annual Flower Show was again well supported both by exhibitors and visitors: Clark Simpson presented the trophies. Forty took part in the Shipwrecks’ sponsored walk to Inverbervie and back in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland and Johnshaven First Responders.

September - From an entry of 25, Donald Dundas was the winner of the Bowling Club’s open seven ends competition: for the first time Ernie Auld was the winner of the Men’s Championship: Mary Brebner was the Ladies’ Champion: Frank Laing defeated Donald Dundas in the final of the Men’s Handicap Singles. Community councillors were concerned about vandalism to vehicles at the harbour. Ten artists and makers attracted around 600 visitors to the eight venues during the nine-day NEOS run. Sixteen volunteers took part in SHARK’s 30th clean-up of the beach. The Bowling Club raised £159 from the last prize bingo session of the year at Wairds Park: between them the Bowling Club and the Bowling Carpet Fund committee raised a total of £650 over the summer.

October - Strimmers were busy at the closed Mill of Benholm where work was progressing on repairs to the river containment wall. Johnshaven Athletic went nap against Fintry Thistle in the third round of the North of Scotland Cup. Hundreds of pupils from local primary schools enjoyed a mini-Highland Games at Lathallan School. The newly renovated Lifeboat House was shortlisted for an award in recognition of its innovative design and clever use of space. Benholm was designated a Conservation Area. There was virtually a full turnout of members at the Bowling Club’s Presentation of Trophies at Wairds Park. The Horticultural Society held a very enjoyable second Pumpkin Party in the Village Hall. After more than 30 years Johnshaven’s local correspondent for the Mearns Leader finally “laid down his pen”.

November - On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War there was a large attendance for the annual Remembrance Day Service which was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial. A war memorial to former pupils who lost their lives in various conflicts was dedicated at Lathallan School. The Horticultural Society concluded a successful season with a bank balance of £3682. The movies returned to the Village Hall after an absence of around 60 years with a showing of “Sunshine on Leith”.

December - Three organisations expressed an interest in taking over the management of the Mill of Benholm. Mearns Coastal raised a net £500 from the sale of Appointment Calendars: the Kirk Session began the procedure of putting Johnshaven Church up for sale or transfer. The Bridge Club put the cards away after tucking in to some fine festive fare. Stuart Morrice was installed as the RWM of Masonic Lodge St John 119. Rev Colin Dempster conducted Christmas services in both Johnshaven and St Cyrus Churches. “Frozen – Sing Along” showed to a full house in the Village Hall. Stonehaven Baptist Church and friends sang carols at different venues.