The Shrubbery – 200th Anniversary

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of The Shrubbery, Elaine Kuwahara is opening her beautiful garden on Magdalen Yard Road for three days, with all proceeds to charity, including Friends of Camperdown House and Scotland’s Gardens.

The opening will be on Friday 26th May by former Lord Provost John Letford and the event will run until Sunday 28th May.

Home of famed Dundee artist McIntosh Patrick for many years, the garden and house were the subject of several of his paintings. The Georgian townhouse was designed and built by Dundee architect David Neave in 1817.

The garden has been sympathetically restored to McIntosh Patrick’s time and features mainly herbaceous perennials and shrubs. It also includes surviving fruit trees from its original layout as a working garden. There is a pond with goldfish and koi carp.

Don’t miss it – more details here.

Dundee Design Festival 2017

From Dundee Design Festival 2017 :

This year’s Dundee Design Festival runs from 24th to 29th May.   The theme for this year’s festival is Factory Floor through which we celebrate and explore makers, machines, and the future of manufacturing.

We’ve drawn inspiration from Dundee’s illustrious yet complex industrial heritage and the extraordinary festival venue itself to describe what making means now.  Across three enormous galleries, we present a programme of design-inspired exhibitions, talks, film screenings, live performances and family events.

You can expect to experience an assembly line of creative activity at West Ward Works. Try out new techniques at one of our many drop-in and ticketed workshops, including plaster casting, ceramic mould making, and carving jewellery. This year’s festival is all about making, so we invite you to don a smock, roll up your sleeves and try something new.

Find out more here.

204 bus – Roseangle closure arrangements

I previously advised that, from tomorrow for up to 5 days, Roseangle will be closed to through traffic (towards the Perth Road end) from tomorrow due to gas connection works.
 
I have been in touch with the City Council regarding the running of the 204 bus which comes down Roseangle then along Magdalen Yard Road on its route from the City Centre to Ninewells Hospital.
 
As this bus is used by many elderly residents for whom a walk uphill from Magdalen Yard Road or up Windsor Street is a struggle, I was anxious to see what could be done to minimise the effect of the road closure.
 
I am pleased to advise that the council’s Sustainable Transport Team Leader has now advised me that :
 
“We have been in discussion about the possibility of serving Magdalen Green area during the Roseangle closure (5 days from Monday, 22 May 2017).   Obviously I’m keen to offer something to the residents living between Perth Road and Magdalen Green but it’s not easy to do so without compromising the timetable of the 204.   
I have taken the view that most users of the service come into Dundee City Centre and therefore I have approached Stagecoach and asked that they try and serve Magdalen Green on the way into town.  They’ll do that by coming down Windsor Street and as far as the triangular junction of roads at Riverside Approach, turn there and then back up to the Perth Road via Windsor Street.  On the way out of town the bus will only serve the Perth Road and will miss out Magdalen Green.  Hopefully passengers can manage the downhill walk if alighting on Perth Road.    Notices have been put out … at affected stops.”

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 20 AND SUNDAY 21 MAY 2017
 
West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – northbound closure on Sunday 21 May for crane operation.
 
Perth Road (at Union Place) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 21 May for crane operation.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 22 MAY 2017
 
Riverside Esplanade/Riverside Drive (Tay Road Bridge off ramp to 75m along Riverside Drive) – westbound nearside lane closure for 26 weeks to facilitate V&A construction works.
 
SSE Glenagnes Cable Renewal – Lochee Road lane restrictions and closures on Blinshall Street, Fleuchar Street and Scott Street for 9 weeks.
 
Roseangle (Perth Road to Seabraes Court) – closed from Monday 22 May for 5 working days for SGN service connection works. 

The University on Screen

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee (and, as part of the university’s 50th Anniversary celebrations) :
 
Sunday 21st May, 11am, Dundee Contemporary Arts
The University on Screen
 
We’re teaming up with DCA and the University Archives to present a one-off screening of some rarely seen films made about the University in decades past. 
 
From biology expeditions in the 1930s to Stephen Fry’s installation as Rector in the 1990s, we present a fascinating glimpse into the various activities that make up University life in Dundee. 
 
The centrepiece will be a unique 16mm promotional film from 1977 called Live and Learn in Tayside. Were you a student here at that time? You might just spot a groovier (or at least hairier) version of yourself!
 
This event is free. Tickets must be collected from DCA box office for the film screening.

Friends of Wighton update …

With thanks to Sheena Wellington, here’s the latest update from Friends of Wighton :
 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library – Saturday 20th May 2017, 11am – noon.  
 
Cappuccino Concert!    :   David Allison, guitar
 
One of Scotland’s most talented and innovative acoustic guitarists, David’s strong, self penned melodies are backed up by a creative use of real-time sampling and looping, resulting in rich textures of sound live on stage. Improvisation is increasingly becoming a feature of his live shows. 
 
Audiences from Hollywood in California to Rostov-on-Don in Russia and from Andalucia to Berlin have warmed to his unique approach to making music. 
 
Nearer home David has performed at festivals such as Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh Fringe, Kirkmichael international Guitar Festival, and the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, as well as frequent appearances on radio and television. He recently featured in a Scottish Television documentary about the acoustic guitar alongside Martin Taylor and Gordon Giltrap. 
 
His second album “Guitar Gi-tar” won warm reviews, and was launched at Sound City in Glasgow, an event sponsored by Radio 1. His debut CD “Reporting” was produced by Scottish singer songwriter, Dougie MacLean. 
 
“Nashville session musicians are the hardest people in the world to impress – I remember an evening at the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre when they rose as one to give David Allison a standing ovation!” Sheena Wellington.
 
Admission £5.  Tea, coffee & biscuits available for a small donation.