Our work goes on

To qualify for charity status the PFMA had to have a recognised Constitution which satisfied OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. One of the necessary requirements is a section detailing our purposes.

One of our purposes is to increase awareness of our fishing heritage, and protect this for future generations, by interacting with local schools and groups and gathering information on the history and heritage of the town. We also needed to have a maintenance and insurance plan.

To finance the above we will continue to have coffee mornings and various exhibitions to raise funds.

To comply with the above, giving consideration to all the images and information we have gathered over the last few years, we will be setting up a Database of information concerning the fishing industry, people, boats, buildings etc. We are in the process of indexing the material we have, and it is hoped we will have this up and running later this year. This is to help people access their family heritage in a simple way, by clicking on a boat’s number, or a person’s name, and the information we have will be displayed.

As we are all amateurs with computer work, this may take some time but we think it will be a valuable resource for future generations.

The Memorial has been well received and we have had many comments and congratulations on the work done. Thank you to all who helped, donated, and gave time free of charge. It would not have been possible without so many generous supporters.

MEMORIAL SUCCESS

Finally after four and a half years of fundraising, the dream has become a reality.
The sculpture of an anxious woman and child, staring out to sea hopefully, has been erected on the Mid Shore, Pittenweem. The unveiling of the bronze memorial, beautifully crafted by Alan Herriot DA MRBS, of Edinburgh, and cast by Powderhall Bronze Ltd, took place on Saturday, September 28th at 12 noon.
On a lovely sunny day, with a rising tide and a gentle breeze, people began to gather about 11 am. Seating was provided at the front for the elderly, and the others stood behind in a half circle, making a small arena, around the bright blue cloth printed with the PFMA logo, waiting with expectation for the unveiling. It was estimated between 300/400 people were in attendance, the largest proportion of whom were locals.

The introduction was performed By Ronnie Hughes, chairman of the PFMA. He thanked everyone for attending by addressing them as “Friends and Supporters”, and for those who had made donations and assisted in other ways, specifically those who had given their time and services free of charge. Support had come from Shetland to Portsmouth, from individuals, businesses, and trust funds, too many to mention, but he said it signified that the general public believed in the project, and the continued backing from the local community over that time was important.
A recent survey conducted by members of the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, collected data from newspaper accounts etc from the area of Crail to Lower Largo, a distance of about 28 miles by sea, and the numbers they found were staggering. Over 400 lives lost, many of them only a mile from the shore. From a few small fishing villages, this was a terrible loss of menfolk to the community.

The women and children he said, still had to carry on with their lives after these tragic events, with little money, no pensions, and had to rely greatly on the support of the wider family and friends. There has been no public recognition of any of those tragedies…….until today.
Many of those lost were never recovered and have no resting place, so the primary objective of the PFMA was simple, to commission and erect a memorial as a tribute to the fishing industry, which would be placed on the foreshore in Pittenweem, where families and friends could come and remember, and reflect on the background behind it.

The man tasked with this project was Edinburgh sculptor Alan Herriot DA MRBS, and there was no doubt that with his research and meticulous attention to detail, he had surpassed their expectations with an outstanding piece of work.
He concluded his address with these words; ( There are no names on this memorial, just a bronze plaque with words of dedication for the men and women of “the fishing” ).

Ronnie then asked retired Pittenweem skipper, Ian Bowman, whose son had been lost in 2006, to address the crowd. Ian made a short but moving speech, with comments on women he had known all his life, who had suffered the loss of a family member, as he had done, and on the hardship of coping and keeping the household and family together in these tragic circumstances. Ian then stepped down from the podium, and with the assistance of Rory and Daisy, the Head boy and Head girl of Waid Academy, slowly pulled the blue cloth forward towards the sea, to unveil the beautiful piece of bronze sculpture.

A short but very meaningful dedication, was given by Rev. Dr. W. McNaughton: “We dedicate this memorial to the men and women who make their living from the sea – and to those who have lost their lives in so doing. May we and those who have cause to pass this way in the days to come, look upon this woman and child, and reflect on the cost of fish down the years, on those who have experienced the shocking breakability of life in pursuing their calling: a mother’s son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a sweetheart. May we all appreciate anew Walter Scott’s assertion “it’s no fish we’re buying – it’s men’s lives.”

A tune composed by Richard Wemyss, Fishermen’s Lament to those Lost to the Sea, was then played by local Piper Sara Isaac, who comes from a long line of Cellardyke fishermen. As the pipes played, unknown to the crowd, from one of the fishermen’s traditional houses at the back, a young woman and child dressed in the period costume of the sculpture, began to walk silently and slowly through the crowd towards the railing at the waterside, pausing briefly to gaze past the breakwater out to sea, and then carry on through the other side of the crowd. Many a tear was wiped away at this point. Vicky and Grace performed their part to perfection.

Scupltor Alan Herriot was then introduced, and a presentation was made to Alan on behalf of the PFMA for his beautiful interpretation of the worrying family, waiting hopefully.

Ronnie then thanked all who attended on such a beautiful day, for an emotive and moving occasion, and announced there would be a meet and greet in the Church Hall, where catering was provided by David and Stewart Barnett.


CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Christmas Fair held in Pittenweem kirk hall on Saturday 24th November was well attended with 13 Craft stalls selling a variety of gifts. We built a grotto in the hope that Santa might pay us a visit, and he duly appeared with his Elf “Amanda” for a short time. The bairns were very excited and they all received a small gift from Santa’s sack.

Teas and baking were available for the adults, and the Christmas music and smell of the warm mince pies made for a cosy atmosphere.

Thanks to everybody who visited us and the Crafters for taking part, plus all who helped in any way possible. Our total raised on the day was over £400 which was greatly appreciated.

We have now reached our target of £75,000, and the contracts have been signed with the scupltor and the foundry. It is envisaged that an unveiling will be in October of 2019.

We have had tremendous support from the local community, and farther afield, and we appreciate every donation, which will now ensure that a tribute to the hardships and lives lost in the fishing industry from the East Neuk will now be recognised.

THANK YOU ALL.

OCTOBER WEEKEND 5th to 7th

We thank the St Andrews Photographers who displayed some of their prints, postcards and calendars for sale, in the Church Hall, while we provided the baking, teas and coffees, raising £150 for our project. Thank you to all who visited and those who took part in the raffle. The winners have been notified.
Our Fishy Quiz was very popular but there were no all correct submissions. Of the 4 with 1 answer wrong, M Richardson of Pittenweem was the name drawn, and she will be enjoying her fish suppers from Wilma and Alex  soon.

The answers from 1 to 25 were: COD, SCALLOP, COCKLES, BASS, HERRING, KIPPER, PRAWN, PEPPERED MACKEREL, LEMON SOLE, DAB, HADDOCK, CLAM, MUSSEL, EEL, GOLDFISH, HAKE, SALMON, TUNA, FLOUNDER, CRAB, LIMPET, SWORDFISH, WITCH, SKATE, RED SNAPPER. Thanks to everybody who took part in our wee bit of fun. We might do one next year.

Our next event is a Christmas Craft Fayre in Pittenweem Church Hall on Saturday 24th November. Teas and baking will be available, and we believe Santa will be making an appearance if he can spare the time off from toy making.

AUGUST EXHIBITION

Our exhibition in Pittenweem Church during early August, of old images of the local area, coupled with the first public viewing of the maquette of our sculpture was a great success. Over the 10 days the total raised was an incredible £4,361. We would like to thank everybody who helped at the Church and the PoP In, and each and every person who donated, purchased or took part in raffles etc. The comments we received were overwhelmingly positive from locals and visitors alike.

Our three wonderful Dundee Kiltwalkers completed the 25+ miles from St Andrews to Monifieth and raised over £3,000. Enormous thanks to Rhona, Marion and Laura for their efforts on a pretty miserable day. Can’t believe they looked so fresh at the finish line. Great work girls.

We have a coffee morning with baking, scheduled for Wednesday 12th September from 10am to 1130am and all are welcome.

There will also be an exhibition by St Andrews Photographers in the Church Hall from 5th to 7th October, where a charge of £2 will give coffee and baking as usual.

 

EXHIBITION

A maquette of our proposed sculpture will be shown in Pittenweem Church, along with a photographic exhibition of Pittenweem Past, with 80+ new images, along with a floral display, from Saturday 4th August daily until the following Saturday. Times are 10 am to 5 pm excluding Sunday 5th which will be from 1.30pm till 5pm. There will be various items of merchandise for sale, polo shirts, mugs, caps, tablet etc. Entry is £2.
We will also have a space in the Pop In, opposite the primary school, where we will once again be selling our raffle tickets for the MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT, in Anstruther, ” THE CELLAR”, patron BILLY BOYTER.

Our weekend at the Bowhouse Food Market raised over £750, and we thank everybody who helped and contributed.

INDOOR TABLE TOP SALE

SATURDAY 23RD JUNE

We are holding a Table Top Sale in the Church Hall in James St, Pittenweem between 10.30am >  4.00pm.

On sale will be:
Handmade crafts, > Bric-a-Brac, > Tombola, > and Teas Coffees and Home Baking. We would love to see you there.

MUSIC EVENT

Thursday:  28th June:  At the Waid Academy, Anstruther, East Neuk Festival with assistance from Waid students will be performing a musical piece commemorating the fishing industry. THE BIG PROJECT: LOST AT SEA – Scanner & Waid Academy students – 6pm, Waid Academy. An event not to be missed. Tickets are £5 and the performance lasts about 40 minutes. For more information email, pittenweem-fishermens-memorial.net

Golf Day At Anster on Sunday 6th May.

On a glorious Sunday morning competitors started gathering about 9 am for registration and bacon rolls etc. The format was a Texas Scramble and Shotgun start, and play began at 10 am sharp.
A couple of boats working close inshore and a large pod of dolphins meandering slowly up the Firth, as play went on, only added to the beauty of this 9 hole golf course. We could not have picked a better day.
Competition was fierce as we walked the course with some of the groups, and only a few muffled sweary words were heard, but this just added to the excitement of the day.

The first groups returned just after 1 pm, and slowly the scorecards were checked. Stuart Lowson won the prize for “nearest the pin tee shot” at the short second hole. A generous prize provided by John & Christine of “The Corner Shop”, was handed over as Stuart bubbled with excitement.
The winning score of 56 was by “The Rockies” team. There was a complaint made that they had fielded an ineligible player during the first round, but as he was only 5 years old, the Stewards decided it did not warrant suspension. The runners up spot was taken by team “St Fillan” with a score of 61.

Cups were presented to the winning team along with a box of golf balls, and the runners up received golf hats, and all of these items were donated by Ron Walker, of Lundin Pro Shop, https://www.the1stopgolfshop.com. All players were presented with a small medal in recognition of their part in our charity golf day.

Excellent meals were provided by the “Rockies Restaurant” therockiesrestaurant.co.uk”, thanks to Jock and Amanda as well as their staff for excellent service.
Our thanks also go to James and Wendy of G & J Wilson, (fishmerchants), St Monans, g & j wilson ltd for their generous sponsorship of this event.

This event was a genuine fun charity day of golf, and it seemed that everyone enjoyed the good day out, especially Ricky, so we heard.
Anster Golf Club are due enormous thanks for having the course in tip top condition, and we thank them for allowing us to use their course for this local charity event.

With team fees, a raffle of a golf day at LundinLinks, provided by Ron Walker again, and the sale of a few polo shirts and hats, our total raised on the day was £1200. An amazing amount. Thanks to all who took part or supported, and especially our raffle salesman Cameron who was undoubtedly the star of the show.

It would be good to do it again if possible.

Dinner and Auction at the Dory Bistro on 26th April

A list of the lots available.

1.    Spoiled Hairdressing (St Andrews). Luxury Ladies Night for 10 people including Kerastase Ritual, Personalised Blow Dry, Drinks and Nibbles.
2.    Beautifully black framed Graham Montgomery photograph of Pittenweem harbour.
3.    Fairmont Hotel Spa (2 all day passes).
4.   The services of the Dory Bistro chef to cook a meal in your own home for 4 people. Winner must supply the food.
5.   A Total Makeover by V Dolls Beautician Vienna Neville (Anstruther).
6.   Black framed Graham Montgomery photograph of West Shore Pittenweem.
7.   Private Gin Tasting and cocktails for a group of 12 people at Kingsbarns Distillery.
8.   Large deep edged framed canvas (90 x 90cm) by up and coming local young artist, Candice Neville. Titled “Wet Rot” the study is from Broughty Ferry.
9.   A pair of fresh local lobsters.
10.   Limited edition print titled “The Creel Maker” by John McGhie, no 59 of only 100. Original is in the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Bids to be in by 12 noon on 26th April.

Best of luck to all.