Lifeboat House opens and receives funding

Councillor Bill Howatson pictured with Don Marr cut the ribbon on Saturday officially opening the The Lifeboat House in Johnshaven.''Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Councillor Bill Howatson pictured with Don Marr cut the ribbon on Saturday officially opening the The Lifeboat House in Johnshaven.''Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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The Lifeboat House in Johnshaven was officially opened this past weekend as the group was awarded funding by the Area Committee.

The £2,860 funding was agreed at the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meeting on Tuesday at Viewmount in Stonehaven.

In a report to the council the funding was sought to set up a heritage hub.

It said: “The group aim to convert the lifeboat shed into a heritage hub to use for exhibitions, performances, workshops and educational activities, to bring together and share with the community and visitors a collection of artefacts and photos and, ensure good practice and care of collections.

“The funding request is to assist with the research and assembly of educational resources and development required to produce material for the Lifeboat House that will meet the needs of curatorial standards and the Curriculum for Excellence for Schools.”

Mearns councillor Bill Howatson officially opened the venue last Saturday May 16 with an exciting programme of events from 12pm till 4pm.

There was music from Lathallan Pipe Band and Stonekist Folk Band, a wildlife photography exhibition, traditional net-making demonstrations, local history talks and a kite making craft activity for the little ones.

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 Johnshaven and Benholm. The project was realised after significant grants were awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund.

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, art shows and much more.

If you would like to be involved in this project, the Lifeboat House would love to hear from you. They are looking for volunteers to be involved in all aspects of running the heritage hub.

They gratefully acknowledge funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund, Eneco, Aberdeenshire Council and Voluntary Arts Week.