In 2016 Tay Valley is celebrating its 200th anniversary. You can find a lot of great resources describing the celebrations and events here.
On a more local level Carol Williams has extracted ‘Know Your Neighbours’ stories from old BLPOA newsletters and made them available here.
As well we’ve created a Legacy Cottage Program to recognize the history of cottages built around the lake.
Legacy Cottage Program
The program recognizes legacy cottages in three different age ranges – 30 years, 50 years and 100 years as of July 1st 2016. Current BLPOA members who submit a short history of their cottage before July 1st 2016 will get their story listed on this section of the BLPOA website and will get a chance to receive an item of Black Lake gear in a special draw at 2016’s AGM . Additionally we’ll use as many of the histories as we can in upcoming issues of the BLPOA newsletter and post them to our Facebook site.
What you need to do :
– Send an email to email@example.com stating your name, road address and age of your cottage
– Include a short history of your cottage stating at least who built it, when it was built, when it was remodeled and significant events in its history (e.g. the time that the raccoon got into the attic, the time that the beavers chewed the support beams etc). The history should be about 500 words and definitely not exceed 600. A couple of us on the exec have started the ball rolling with our cottage histories. See below!
– Include photos of the building of the cottage and/or its current look.
Bruce will acknowledge receipt of your entry and your cottage history will be placed on the website and you will be entered in the draw for Black Lake gear at the AGM.
Legacy Cottage Program Submissions :
History of the Porter Cottage at 909 Star Hill Lane
The Williams Cottage at 249 West Bay Drive
History of the Burwell Cottage at 251 West Bay Drive