Today’s West End Christmas Fortnight events …

Today’s West End Christmas Fortnight’s events are :
 
• Gate Church, 158 Perth Road – Community Lunch with Gingerbread House Competition.   11.30am to 2.30pm.  Bring the family for lunch or pop-in for coffee and cake.   For a chance to win a prize you can join in the Gingerbread House Building Competition!    No tickets required – entry and lunch/drinks are free – donations welcome.
 
• Blackness Primary School’s Christmas Fair (10am to 12 noon), organised by the Friends of Blackness, and with a large variety of stalls.
 
• City Church Christmas Fair – At the Friary from 10.30am until 4pm. There will be many different craft stalls, children’s activities, and a Christmas cafe as well as entertainment.
 
• Christmas Vintage Market.    11am to 4pm at Roseangle Arts Café, Perth Road.  Vintage clothing, jewellery, homewares, collectables, curios and more.
 
• Vintage motor cavalcade in the West End shopping areas, in conjunction with Dundee Museum of Transport – starts at 1pm.    Kindly sponsored by Barnetts Motor Group, the cavalcade of vintage vehicles will proceed along Perth Road, Nethergate, West Port and Blackness Road.       There will be carol singing from 1pm at the Sinderins too!
 
• Gate Church, 158 Perth Road – Christmas Tea and Carols Time – 3pm to 5.30pm.  Join us for Christmas themed afternoon tea, a sing-along of traditional carols and craft activities.   Please call 221222 to book a free place and, if required, transport to/from sheltered housing and residential/nursing homes available.

Launch of West End Christmas Fortnight tonight!

Tonight sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight, which will be launched with the Christmas Lights Switch On for the West End and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
 
This year’s West End Christmas Concert takes place at Dundee West Church (enter by main church entrance at 132 Perth Road) at 6.15pm.   
 
There will be musical contributions from all local primary and secondary schools.    The Concert will be hosted by Gordon Sharp.    
 
“The Notables” will perform as well as local school pupils.  It will be a great concert and everyone is very welcome to attend.   
 
Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will pipe everyone from the church to Seabraes for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.
 
At 7pm, Loadsaweeminsinging will perform by the tree and thereafter at 7.20pm the West End Christmas Lights will be switched on at Seabraes by Lord Provost Bob Duncan, ably assisted by Santa and his sleigh.  
There will again be a spectacular fireworks display after the lights switch-on.
 
Don’t miss tonight’s West End Christmas Fortnight events!

A fabulous West End Christmas Fortnight launches soon!

Wednesday 23rd November sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight, which will be launched with the Christmas Lights Switch On for the West End and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
 
This year’s West End Christmas Concert takes place that evening at Dundee West Church at 6.15pm.     There will be musical contributions from all local primary and secondary schools.    The Concert will be hosted by Gordon Sharp.    
 
We are delighted that “The Notables” will perform as well as local school pupils – it will be a great concert and everyone is very welcome to attend.   Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will pipe everyone from the church to Seabraes for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.
 
At 7pm, Loadsaweeminsinging will perform by the tree and thereafter at 7.20pm the West End Christmas Lights will be switched on at Seabraes by Lord Provost Bob Duncan, ably assisted by Santa and his sleigh.  
There will again be a spectacular fireworks display after the lights switch-on.
 
West End Christmas Fortnight is packed with events and we hope that, as in the past 16 years, the local community will take part.      We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses for their support of the Christmas Fortnight, without which the events would not be possible.
 
Other main West End Christmas Fortnight events include :
 
• Saturday 26th November – West End Christmas Fortnight’s lovely children’s craft event.  Taking place at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall, this event is most suited to young school aged children who will be making trees and wreaths out of last year’s Christmas cards and jigsaws.  
 
• Saturday 26th November – Harris Academy from 1pm – Primary 6 football competition.
  
• Wednesday 30th November – St Andrew’s Night West End Community Groups’ Social Event.
 
• Thursday 1st December – The Westport Winter Wonderland – Lights Switch on in West Port at 6.30pm.
 
• Saturday 3rd December – Vintage motor cavalcade in the West End shopping areas, in conjunction with Dundee Museum of Transport – starts at 1pm.    Kindly sponsored by Barnetts Motor Group, the cavalcade of vintage vehicles will proceed along Perth Road, Nethergate, West Port and Blackness Road.       There will be carol singing from 1pm at the Sinderins too!
 
• Tuesday 6th December – The Finale!   A candlelit Community Carol Concert at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church at 6.30pm.  This is a perfect way to round off West End Christmas Fortnight.
 
• Over Christmas Fortnight – Window Spotting Competition for children – prizes include a family membership of the Botanic Garden.
 
You can download the full West End Christmas Fortnight brochure here – it will be available in local shops later this week and also distributed to local schools, sheltered lounges, the Mitchell Street Centre, Blackness Library and other West End facilities.

Lynsey wins window spotting competition!

Earlier today, Blackness Primary School pupil Lynsey Mitchell age 5 received her prize from the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and the West End Christmas Committee as she emerged as winner of a competition run by the Christmas Fortnight in the run up to the festive season.   
 
All local school children from the four West End Primary Schools – Victoria Park, St Joseph’s Ancrum Road and Blackness – and local children who attend other primary schools – were all invited to participate in a window spotting competition around the Perth Road district shopping area.   They were tasked with following a trail of clues in shop front window displays to spell the word “SANTA”, and from the 50+ correct entries, Lynsey’s emerged out the hat as the winner!
 
Lynsey has won a year’s Family Membership of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden that was presented to her by Dr Mark McGilchrist, Chair of the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, and also a gift voucher from the West End Christmas Committee that I presented – see photo (below) of (from left) Mark, Lynsey and myself :