Busy Saturday in the West End!

Victoria Park Primary School had their Summer Fayre at the school this morning
Always a good sport, Blackness Primary School Head Teacher Gordon Ferrier was in the stocks again at the school’s Summer Fair!
At the Blackness Primary School Summer Fair,  buying Fairtrade rice to support the campaign to help children from Malawi to get an education 
The City Church Family Fun Day at the Friary is on until 4pm today!

Visit to City Church Dundee

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with the folk at City Church Dundee at the Friary in Tullideph Road and to drop in at their weekly “Community Bridge” which takes place every Monday between 11am and 1pm.   
The Community Bridge seeks to build community, promote social integration and provide support to individuals and families in need. The Bridge was launched in August 2012 and is based in The Friary’s Community Halls.   Not only does this excellent initiative provide help and support in a friendly and relaxing environment, all attending get a light lunch and tea/coffee free of charge.   
It is one of a number of excellent initiatives at the church – other initiatives include the Little Stars Group for pre-school children, the Hub youth drop-in and a Knit and Natter group every Monday evening.
It is great to see these excellent community initiatives taking place, with City Church Dundee making such a positive impact on community life in the area.

More West End Celebrations!

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending another West End Diamond Jubilee Party – this time at the Pennycook Lane Sheltered Housing Complex off Perth Road and involving the sheltered tenants at both Sinderins Court and Pennycook Court.

It was a lovely, friendly and enjoyable afternoon – here’s a few photos:
And – later on – I attended the superb Community BBQ at the Friary on Tullideph Road, organised by City Church.   Well over 600 local folk attended and a great time was had by all – again a few photos:
This evening, I had a really useful meeting with many of the residents of Ancrum Drive to discuss the parking issues in the street.   The meeting should have been in Ancrum Road Primary School, but the council failed to open up (despite a permit they had given me!) so we were all a wee bit cold by 7.30pm, standing talking in Gibb’s Lane.  But – the positive aspect is that we had a good discussion and I am really grateful to residents for their ideas and input to improve the parking situation for residents in the area.

City Church Civic Reception

The Friary
This afternoon, along with a large gathering of church members, my ward colleagues, local residents and other guests, I attended the official opening of the City Church at its new place of worship, The Friary on Tullideph Road.

The Friary closed as a place of worship in 2010, following the decision to close St Francis’ Parish Church.   There was much sadness at this decision and so it is great to see the Friary coming back into use as a place of worship.   The City Church intends to engage with the local community and invite local people to use the facilities.   This is to be welcomed.

I met Craig Stocks from the church some time ago, when the church was in the early stages of finding a permanent home and I am very pleased to see the church now find that home at the Friary.   I wish it every happiness at the Friary.

Steering group meeting at St Francis’ Parish Church

Tonight, along with a fellow ward councillor and others, including Rev George Robson, Minister of Balgay Parish Church, I addressed a well-attended meeting of around 100 parishioners of St Francis’ Parish Church, following the recent announcement of the proposed closure from 15th August.

The announcement of the Friary’s closure has been greeted with great sadness, not just within the local church community, but across the city.

A committee is to be formed to act as a voice for parishioners and I wish them every success in their endeavours.