We had our first coffee/tea morning of 2018 on Wednesday 24th. Despite
winds gusting to over 60mph, many hardy souls braved the elements to
sample some of the delicious home baking. It was a great turn out considering severity of the weather. Hardy souls in Pittenweem!
The total raised for the project was £368.92, an excellent result. Thanks due to everybody who helped in baking and serving, and all who turned up to support us.
More events for this year will be announced shortly.
It’s not well known, but broadcaster Edith Bowman has a rich connection with the fishing industry in the East Neuk of Fife. Below is an account of some of the fishing history of the Margaret Lawson ML 286 which belonged to her great, great grandfather, Thomas Lawson.
Click here for the story of Edith’s great, great grandfather’s boat.
We have to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everybody who attended our paintings and postcard exhibition on Saturday 30th September, and also the coffee morning on Wednesday 4th October in the kirk hall.
The weather on Saturday was fine and we had a great turnout. There was much discussion and finger pointing at the old postcards displayed, and there were some surprises in the variety of paintings as well. Although this was not a professional display, we had many complimentary comments on how as amateurs, we had set things up, and it was good to see so many people take an interest in the history and heritage of the Royal Burgh. We hope to have enough material to do something similar in the future. Thanks to everyone involved putting on the show.
The sale of our polo and t shirts, (polos currently on order) plus postcard prints, greatly helped in raising a total of £1424.77 for the Saturday. The Wednesday coffee morning and raffle also raised another £484.
This has been a great few weeks fundraising, and as well as meeting old friends, making new ones. We have other ideas which need consideration and organising, but be assured there will be events in the future. We look forward to seeing many of you again.
Our first coffee morning in the kirk hall in Pittenweem, on Wednesday 13th September was a great success. Our total for the morning was over £440. An enormous thanks to everyone who attended and bought raffle tickets and baking etc. It was good to meet so many people and we appreciate the support considering it was a bit of a dreich day.
We will be having another one on Saturday 30th September. There will be one or two less tables, due to the fact we are combining it with an exhibition of paintings and old postcards of Pittenweem.
The paintings which will be on show, (we hope to have around 20), are pre 1980s and paintings that have not been generally seen by the public. The postcards have been blown up in size, and mostly in b&w, and pasted on black backing boards. They show how Pittenweem has changed through the years.
Come along and be nudged back to your youthful days, and see if you can recognize any old faces or boats. We would love to see you and have a blether. You can also find out more of our ideas for a memorial, and we would welcome suggestions.
Well what can we say apart from a huge thank you to everybody who visited our venue in Pittenweem during the arts festival, and bought either raffle tickets, cards or any of the other items we had for sale. Our total at the moment is £2528.93 with still a few pounds to be gathered together. The mugs and tshirts went extremely well and we had to order more. Still waiting on confirmation of the tshirts, but we have the mugs in stock now, and they can also be purchased from Ian and Heather at Lounge About. Thanks to them for that.
The “Cellar” raffle was won by Robert Pass from Kinross, and we hope he enjoys his Michelin style dining, courtesy of Billy Boyter and his crew at the “Cellar”. The other raffle prize winners have been notified and we thank everybody who took part.
We were encouraged by the general support we received from locals and visitors alike, and it was good to hear so many people comment in an enthusiastic way, about what we hope to achieve.
Some people we need to thank publicly:
Alan Waugh for providing the venue:
Bob Wilson for the tshirts:
Hazel for help with the display:
FMA for allowing us the use of their window to display the old photos of old Pittenweem:
Tam White for providing the model “drifter”, which everybody thought looked great in the window.
Our next event is a coffee morning with home baking, in the kirk hall, James Street, Pittenweem, at 10am on Wednesday September 13th. Come and see us and find out about the event after that, which might be interesting.
Once again THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to come and visit us.
Our venue in Pittenweem is across from the fish market in the old Gerrard’s building, where we will have bespoke mugs for sale and various other items, of which the exhibitors will donate a percentage of sales towards our memorial.
There will also be raffle tickets available.
Please visit us and find out our plans for this worthwhile long overdue heritage project.
We will have a stall in the old Gerrard’s building during the Pittenweem Arts Festival.
The purpose is to promote fundraising efforts to attain a target of £75,000.
Our aim is to create, and situate in a prominent and appropriate position on the foreshore of the Royal Burgh of Pittenweem, a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives and those who suffered great hardship in pursuit of “the fishing”.
Please visit us at 4, Mid Shore, across from the fishmarket, and find out our plans, and how to donate.
A £5 note can buy a unique mug produced solely for us.
We look forward to seeing you.
After much consideration and advice from other charities, organisations, sculptors and architects, we have agreed that the total fundraising target to erect a permanent memorial will be £75,000.
We know it seems like a lot of money, but since August we have raised over £5,000, with a further £5,000 pledged.This figure will not only create and erect the memorial, but will also cover maintenance and care. If other towns and villages around the world can do it, so can we!!
We are looking forward to the challenge and the journey, and we hope you will join us.
Today we announce that our new website is now online. It is still a work in progress, and there will be some minor changes later, but we wanted our supporters to have a bit more information.
The history section will have articles, which we think will be of interest to anyone who has connections with the fishing industry, in any of the East Neuk villages. Our first story is of the Arctic whaling, in which many men from Fife took part, in the most terrible conditions.
Our prime focus however will always be, raising funds to commemorate those of the local communities, who suffered great hardship and loss of life, by erecting a permanent memorial in tribute to them all.
How to donate details are not finalised yet, but they will be made public shortly.
We received a reply from OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator, today, to say that we have met their criteria and are now an official Scottish Charity.
Our official name is now, PITTENWEEM FISHERMEN’S MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION. Registered as a charity in Scotland number SC 047228.