West End Community Council meeting tonight #dundeewestend

I have today launched my November 2017 Update to West End Community Council.    
 
It covers the forthcoming West End Christmas Fortnight events – see details below and you can also download the full Update here.
 
The Community Council meets tonight at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall at 7pm – all residents welcome.      
 
A fabulous West End Christmas Fortnight launches soon!
 
Saturday 25th November sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight and there will be a fortnight of superb community events across the West End of Dundee.
 
On Wednesday 29th November the Christmas Lights Switch On for the West End will take place including 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 Ian Borthwick, 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 17 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 25th November   :   Christmas Fortnight starts with Dundee West Church’s Christmas Coffee Morning taking place in the church – 10am to 12 noon – enter from the church’s entrance at 132 Perth Road.
 
• Sunday 26th November   :  Open Day at Blackness Fire Station – 11am to 3pm – see round our local fire station – all welcome.
 
• Tuesday 28th November 4pm – 5pm :  Children’s craft activity at Blackness Library – make a Christmas Tree card  – all children welcome!
 
• Thursday 30th November – Frocks and Fizz evening at The Gate Coffee Bar, 158 Perth Road – 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
 
• Friday 1st December – West End – Best End!   –   Lights Switch on in West Port at 5.30pm – includes a piper, singers and a string quartet.    Roast chestnuts, apple spiced Christmas drinks and hot chocolate for the children.     Don’t miss it!
 
• Saturday 2nd December – Blackness Primary School’s Christmas Fair (10am to 12 noon), organised by the Friends of Blackness, and with a large variety of stalls.
 
• Saturday 2nd December – A Cosy Cup of Crafts! – Join the Gate Church for a cosy cup of tea or coffee and a cake while you enjoy a Christmas Craft Fair featuring local artists.   11am to 4pm.
 
• Saturday 2nd December – Verdant Works Winter Fayre – 12 noon to 4pm.
 
• Saturday 2nd December – Specifically Vintage Christmas Market at Roseangle Kitchen Café from 11am to 4pm.
 
• Saturday 2nd December – An evening of Christmas music – Dundee West Church at 7.30pm.    Tickets from Dundee Box Office.   Raffle in aid of Age Concern Dundee.
 
• Monday 4th December –  Children’s craft activity at Blackness Library – decorate a Christmas stocking  – all children welcome!   4pm – 5pm.
 
• Wednesday 6th December – Christmas West End Community Groups’ Social Event at The Vine.    
 
• Thursday 7th December – Winter Market at Dundee University Students’ Association, Airlie Place.   11am to 4pm.
 
• Friday 8th December – Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden’s “Mystery Walk in the Dark” – great fun for children!       5.30pm to 6.30pm.   
 
• Friday 8th December – West End Community Christmas Carol Concert at Logie & St. John’s (Cross) Parish Church at 6.30pm.    A family orientated candlelit celebration of Christmas sung with Carols, old and new.    Refreshments served and admission free. Bring a torch if you can!
 
• Friday 8th December – Starter Packs – a Rocking Christmas with “Road Runner” – 7.30pm at the Friary.   Tickets £7 in aid of Dundee Starter Packs and Dundee Foodbank.
 
• Saturday 9th December – West End Christmas Fortnight’s lovely children’s craft event led by the wonderful Lisa Earl of Create … Kids Create Craft Workshops.    Taking place at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall, this event is most suited to young school aged children.
 
• Saturday 9th December – Friends of Magdalen Green – Soup and Pudding Lunch at Dundee West Church – 11am to 1pm – £5 – all welcome!
 
• Saturday 9th December – Harris Academy from 12.30pm – Primary 6 football competition.  P6 teams participating from our local primary schools. 
  
• Saturday 9th December – Christmas Tea and Carols at the Gate Church – 3pm to 5.30pm.    Come along and enjoy a festive afternoon tea including sandwiches and cakes and a sing along to some of your favourite Christmas carols.  
 
• Over Christmas Fortnight – Window Spotting Competition for children – prizes include a family membership of the Botanic Garden.
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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 :