Please support Making Dundee Home #dundeewestend

A great video from Making Dundee Home which is doing such wonderful work.
 
If you can help to support the work (food and financial support really welcomed) please contact Gordon Sharp at gordonsharp264@gmail.com – many thanks!

The Truacanta Project – workshop at Roseangle Kitchen Cafe #dundeewestend

 
 
The Truacanta Project is about helping communities unleash their compassion and find ways to help each other with death, dying, loss and care.  It is part of the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief initiative, which promotes more open and supportive attitudes and behaviours relating to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland.
 
The Truacanta Project is a new initiative being run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.   The project will support local communities across Scotland who are interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.   More information about the Truacanta project is available here.
 
A Knowledge Sharing Workshop with interested parties to establish what is missing and needed in Dundee is taking place next Wednesday – 20th November – between 1pm and 3.30pm in the Roseangle Kitchen Cafe, 132 Perth Road and lunch will be provided.  
 
This is a community event, connecting people in Dundee who have a mutual interest in improving people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.   All are welcome to get your views on :
 
• What are your priorities and experiences?
• What do you think is missing?
• How can we make talking about death and dying easier?
• Where should we start?
• Who else should be involved?
 
Please come along and share your ideas about how members of the community, third sector organisations, health and social care teams, and universities can work better together in this area.
 
Please book a place here

Sheila Tennant Awards – and Perth Road photocall

Last night, it was a great pleasure to attend the 2016 Sheila Tennant Awards evening, that took place in Dundee West Church.
 
Sheila was a very old friend of mine, who passed away in 2013.      It was typical of Sheila’s generosity that she left a substantial legacy to Dundee West Church, her own parish church, and the church is using a generous part of the legacy for the awards to benefit local good causes and projects.   
 
The Awards night – the second year of the awards – was again excellent – the photo below shows the Harris Academy Pipe Band piping in guests at the commencement of the evening – and congratulations go to the Hot Chocolate Trust, Togs for Tots, Dot Dig and the Lochee Music Group, the winners of the 2016 awards :
Earlier in the day, I participated in a photocall in Perth Road’s shopping area at which the Lord Provost, West End councillors, local businesses, Scottish Water, their contractors and West End community representatives marked the welcome return of the Perth Road and Nethergate shopping area to 2-way traffic after the completion of this section of Scottish Water’s infrastructure works.
 
I am pictured below with two of the volunteers from the Perth Road Shelter shop after the photocall :

West End Christmas Fortnight – more events yesterday!

Yesterday saw more excellent West End Christmas Fortnight events – including :
 
* A packed Children’s Christmas Crafts event at Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church this morning – hugely well-attended and many thanks to Lisa Earl of Create … Kids Creative Craft Workshops, Sharon Dickie, Natalie Mackland and Lynne Cameron of the West End Christmas Committee, and all at the church for being so welcoming and providing refreshments :
Crafts event in full swing
Lynne Cameron, Rev David Gray and myself at the crafts event
* A well-attended (despite the weather) “Walk in the Dark” children’s event at the Botanic Garden, organised by the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
* Pennycook and Sinderins Courts sheltered housing had their Christmas Coffee morning – a photo below of some of the stalls :
* Friends of Magdalen Green held their Soup and Pudding Lunch at Dundee West Church – a great success.
 
* St Margaret’s Church in Ancrum Road held their Christmas Fayre in the afternoon.

Tuesday activities

Yesterday, I was able to attend part of the Dundee Economic Summit at the Apex Hotel, with some superb speakers and a very positive narrative about the city’s economic development.
 
Thereafter, I was interviewed by STV News about the opening of the new Seabraes Bridge (see right).   The bridge looks fantastic and is of real benefit to the West End, greatly improving links between Riverside and Seabraes/Perth Road.

In the afternoon, I look part in a very positive and productive Dundee Airport Consultative Committee meeting at the Invercarse Hotel. 

Last night, it was a great pleasure to be a guest at the Dundee West Church Sheila Tennant Awards – in the spirit of Mary Slessor.    Sheila (pictured below left) was a very old friend of mine, who passed away in 2013.   
 
It was typical of Sheila’s generosity that she left a substantial legacy to Dundee West Church, her own parish church, and the church is using a generous part of the legacy for the awards to benefit local good causes and projects.   I was delighted to be part of the judging panel of the Community Endeavour Award, won by St Salvador’s Episcopal Church for their excellent Food Cupboard initiative.
 
The Awards night was absolutely superb, with excellent musical entertainment from Harris Academy pupils and pupils from Victoria Park Primary School and eight awards were presented by Mary, Countess of Strathmore.    It was very well-attended and congratulations go to Rev Andrew Greaves, Vicky Greaves and all at Dundee West Church for such a superb community event.    See photo from last night – below:

 

Harris Academy Carol Service

This evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Harris Academy Carol Service that took place at Dundee West Church.
 
It was a hugely enjoyable community event and showcases the huge talent of Harris Academy pupils.
 
This is the 14th year I have attended the carol service.   Each year, it really marks the start of the festive season and this year’s service was every bit as enjoyable as in past years.
 
Wishing all at Harris Academy a very Happy Christmas!

Mary Slessor Lecture

West End Free Public Lecture  
– on the Life and Work of Mary Slessor
Tuesday 25th November at 7pm  
 
Speaker is Carly Cooper, Social History Curator at McManus Galleries.    
 
Taking place at Dundee West Church, 132 Perth Road, as part of West End Christmas Fortnight this event is kindly sponsored by Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and Friends of Riverside Nature Park.   
 
All welcome!  

Harris Academy Christmas Carol Service

Last night, after my last ward surgery at Blackness Primary School before the Christmas break, I had the pleasure of attending this year’s Harris Academy Christmas Carol Service at Dundee West Church.
 
As always, there was a great turnout of parents, families and other local residents.   
 
The Carol Service was a thoroughly enjoyable event – as it is every Christmas – and it highlights the superb musical talents of Harris Academy pupils.

Final Saturday’s events of the West End Christmas Fortnight

Yesterday, the final events of the 2013 West End Christmas Fortnight took place with a really well-attended and enjoyable Soup and Pudding Lunch at Dundee West Church – run by our Friends of Magdalen Green team – and the “Broken Puzzle” play – again at the church – by the Jericho House team, ably directed by Claire Bee.
 
Unfortunately, our planned Primary 5s football competition at Riverside had to be postponed as the pitches were unplayable due to the cold conditions, but we will be rescheduling this, probably during WestFest 2014.
 
Here’s some photos from yesterday’s activities:
Setting up the Soup and Pudding lunch
Soup and Pudding Lunch in full swing!
Jericho House’s ‘Broken Puzzle’