Local group going for gold

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AN EXHIBITION displaying the Montrose Gold Forum’s recent research into the subject of superstitions opened in Montrose Library this week.

The event has been organised to coincide with National Adult Learners’ Week.

Montrose Gold Forum is a local group for the over 50s which meets monthly with a community learning and development worker to share information and discuss topics and issues identified by members as being of interest or concern.

Underpinning all the activity, interaction and discussions within the group is the belief that they are all lifelong learners.

The small group of participants, aged from 65 to 86 years old, has worked hard over the last few months to learn new skills in research and how to exhibit their findings, which they have done with the help of the Community Learning and Development Service and Montrose Library staff.

Superstition is a subject that could be explored for years as it is so vast and interesting, so it was quite a challenge to keep it contained for a small exhibition.

Many of the group members have local connections with fisher-folk so this is one of the main features of the research, while one member is interested in birds and chose to look at the link between birds and superstition.

The entire group enjoyed sharing stories of the many superstitions they already knew about as well as finding out about new ones.

The research involved getting advice from the local library about what sources of information were available, using the Internet and writing to a fisherfolk museum in Anstruther.

As well as learning about superstitions members also learned new research and presentation skills, as well as about working together.

When Angus Gold undertakes this type of research it calls the results a Magpie’s Nest, a name borrowed from a similar project members saw at the Bealtaine Festival for older people in Dublin.

Anyone aged over 50 years is welcome to attend the forum meetings which are held in the Community Learning & Development Office, John Street, Montrose, from 2 to 4pm on the third Wednesday of each month.

The group’s exhibition opened on Monday and runs until Friday, May 20.

Further information is available by contacting Julie-Anne Kinnear on 01307 468859 or online at www.angusgold.com