We have invited the following speakers to
attend and give a presentation. We would
be very grateful if you can make this known through your appropriate notices in the “Central Fife Times and Advertiser”:Tuesday, 10th
September – Prof David Munro will present
“Where Poets Dream’d: Walking
the Michael Bruce Way” at 1.45pm for 2.00pm
29th October – Joe Fitzpatrick, (Director of Dig) will present “Lomond
Hill Fort” at 1.30pm for 1.45pm
Please can you add “members of public
welcome”. The venue is Benarty Centre,
Flockhouse Avenue, Ballingry, KY5 8JH.
report for 2019 AGM of Benarty Heritage and Preservation Group.
It was with deep regret that the group heard in January of the demise of
one of its founder members and closest friend, Mr. Arthur Nevay. Arthur
brought many of his valuable life experiences to BHPG and the community at
large. He will be sadly missed.
This has been a somewhat busy and successful year for BHPG. The group at
its annual open day in November 2018 submitted five new publications for the
general public’s review. The book “Beneath the Sleeping Giant” was the second
of an annual publication and was warmly welcomed. The third edition of “Beneath the sleeping
Giant” is well under way and almost ready for publication. The group published the Benarty 1911 census in
three volumes, namely The Ballingry and Lochore, Crosshill and Glencraig
Census. The fifth publication was the
“Benarty Patriots” the fallen of WW1. The
group hope that these publications will be used as research tools for future
The group now have a forum where all our publications are displayed and
are offered for sale. This is at The
Willie Clarke Centre at Lochore Meadows Country Park in the form of a display
case. A similar display case awaits erection in the Benarty Community centre.
The group would like to thank Ventient Energy & Foundation Scotland for
their financial support in the publishing of those books which were published
in 2018. The group would also like to
thank Mr. Iain Lang and his staff at The Willie Clarke Centre for marketing and
displaying our publications.
The group, via Dunfermline Library, had a number of our publications and
artefacts on display in the library. This was very well received and gives us a
chance of building a relationship with Dunfermline library and other local
history groups. David Blane, the groups
Military Researcher, gave an informed talk entitled “The Stewart Family of
Lochore” at the library in November to coincide with Armistice Day. David also repeated the talk on the open day.
The group continue to build their relationship with the local primary schools
by sponsoring a visit to the National Mining Museum at Newtongrange. The group
also provides copies of our publications to the schools and Benarty and
Dunfermline Libraries. The 2019
visitation to Newtongrange has been arranged for September and we hope this
will continue into the future. This is the fourth visit that the group has
The group, in no small way, can congratulate themselves for their
efforts in bringing to a successful conclusion the boundary dispute concerning
the southern boundary of Benarty.
calendar brought conflicting reviews from some of our
sponsors and the
general public. The quality of some of the art work and its presentation was
called to question. The group hopefully
have addressed these issues in the design of the 2020 calendar which is well
under way. The group felt also that the
control of calendar sales last year was rather haphazard with no one taking
overall control of calendar sales and distribution. Maybe the printing of 550
calendars was over optimistic but the calendar sales issue will have to be
The group voted this year to give £1,000.00 to two good causes. £500.00
was donated to the Dry Deck project at Lochore Meadows and £500.00 to the
restoration of local art work in a project managed by Mary Clarke.
The group has been fortunate in the quality of a diverse number of
speakers who have entertained and educated on a number of topics including
Mining Heritage, My Jute Journey, and Mining in South Africa.
We hope that the number of speakers will expand in the coming years.
Future & Ongoing Projects.
The group have applied for stakeholder Membership at Lochore Meadows
Country Park. Contact with Kevin Sayers
has been made and a participation request has been processed.
The group voted to consider the building of a miner’s memorial at
Lochore Meadows Country Park, to honour the miners who lost their lives
pursuing their employment in the Benarty area. Contact with Mr. Ivan Woods has
been made and we are awaiting design details and costings.
The group proposed that a memorial publication, in memory of Arthur Nevay,
entitled “The Lost Village Of Glencraig”, be published. Details are still being
gathered but the project is ongoing.
The group in May 2018 had a very successful outing to Glasgow visiting The
Riverside Museum, The People’s Palace and Pollock House. This was followed by a
high tea in Grangemouth on the way home. The group also had an entertaining visit to the
Black Watch Museum in Perth later in the year. The group’s annual Christmas
lunch was held at the Garvock House Hotel. The ladies in the group have been
very active in fund raising activities in the past year, donating prizes and
running the raffle on our annual trip and providing raffle prizes on the open
day. However, their effort at the
Christmas Fair has to be recorded and thanked. The quality of the Christmas prizes and in
particular the hamper was outstanding and I would like to thank them most
sincerely for their efforts considering what the weather forecast was broadcast
for that Saturday morning.
I conclude by thanking all our members for their hard work and
perseverance over the past year. Without your efforts, BHPG would not shine so