Balgay Parish Church Christmas Fayre and Craft Sale

The Balgay Parish Church Christmas Fayre and Craft Sale is on Saturday 8th November from 10am to 12 noon.
All welcome!    
Tickets, (including tea/coffee) are £2, with children’s tickets at £1.
You can pay on the day at the door.

Crafts Coffee Afternoon at Balgay Parish Church

Balgay Parish Church is hosting a Crafts Coffee Afternoon this Wednesday afternoon, 9th April.  
Taking place between 2pm and 4pm,  tickets are £1.50 – but only 50p for children. 
Stalls include craft, cake and candy, tombola and raffle.
It takes place in the church hall – enter by Tullideph Road.

Thursday activities …

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with a representative of Balgay Parish Church and – later – the Minister of St Peter’s Free Church, to discuss church and community issues.

Thereafter, I chaired the latest meeting of the West End Christmas Week committee (yes, Christmas Week planning in June!    It takes a bit of planning to organise the West End Christmas events!)   The big news is that the 12th West End Christmas Week will be the first West End Christmas Fortnight – starting on 17th November and ending on 1st December.

I also met with residents in Thomson Street (see right) – along with Tayside Police and Home Scotland representatives – to discuss parking and road safety issues.

Yesterday evening, I also held my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School.

Balgay Parish Church’s Advent Calendar

Balgay Parish Church has a lovely online advent calendar again this year – and the 2011 calendar has pictures, verses and colouring sheets.

You can see the advent calendar at

Rev George Robson


Rev George Robson

This morning, along with two of my ward colleagues and the Lord Provost, I had the pleasure of joining the congregation of Balgay Parish Church at the final service led by Rev George Robson at George’s retiral as Minister of the Church.

There were excellent addresses by the Lord Provost, Dolly O’Rourke – Head Teacher of Ancrum Primary School, Alister McGregor – Session Clerk until 2005, Les Smith – present Session Clerk, and George himself, in a lovely and appropriate service to mark the huge contribution George has made to the Church, the Dundee Presbytery, the local community in the area and the city as a whole.   George has given unstinting support to the Community Spirit Action Group that represents residents in the area and his contribution will be greatly missed.

I wish George and Lynn a very happy retirement in their new home in Broughty Ferry.


Advent 2010 …

For the second year, Balgay Parish Church has created an excellent online Advent Calendar that you can view by going to      

The church is happy that I promote the calendar to the wider West End community and as Rev George Robson says, “I have already clicked on Day 2 today – the only thing is, you get a Bible verse, but no chocolate!”