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 :

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:

 

Sheila Tennant

It was with much sadness that I, and my Dundee Liberal Democrat friends and colleagues, learned that one of our very long-standing members, Miss Sheila Tennant, passed away on Thursday.
 
Sheila was a stalwart of the Liberal cause and was a a much valued and hard-working member of the Liberal Party and, later, the Liberal Democrats, over many years.
 
I first met Sheila in 1980 when she was a lecturer in history at the then Dundee College of Commerce and, in addition to her professional and personal interest in history, she was a long-standing member of Dundee West Church and a very valued member of Liberal International.
 
Sheila was greatly respected by all of us and will be very sadly missed.