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Friendship Circle

May 6th, 2017

Friendship Circle

Our first speaker in February was Louise Myles, from Isabella’s Preserves, who told us how it has expanded from small beginnings in a garage to modern kitchens in Edzell. We all had a fun time enjoying the tastings of unusual jams and chutneys. Our next meeting was Gair Forbes, a full-time policeman, who is a volunteer speaker for the air ambulance at Perth Aerodrome, which is one of three in Scotland. All rely on many volunteers, donations and fundraising to keep the service running. Smuggling in the area, by Margaret Copland from the Monifieth Local History Society, was our first subject in March which was very interesting and intriguing and raised a lot of questions. Martin Allan, an archivist with Dundee City Council was our next speaker, who gave a talk about the history of the Poor houses in Dundee. The earliest records, from 1579, show that each parish was responsible for the relief of the poor and over the years and centuries it evolved until, in 1948, the Poor Law system was abolished and replaced by the Welfare State and Social Work combined. Our final indoor meeting was Rev. Matthew Bicket, who treated us to a great afternoon of a piano concert. Starting with an overture from The Boyfriend and taking us through a journey of Beethoven, Schumann, music from the shows, a touch of Vera Lynn nostalgia and Scottish melodies. By the time you receive this newsletter we will have been to Glendoick Garden Centre on April 18, our closing outing. This year’s Friendship Circle programme has been varied and interesting and we resume again in the autumn and we look forward to meeting up again with our present members and extend a warm welcome to new members.

M. Bulman

Friendship Circle

February 8th, 2017

Before Christmas Friendship Circle members enjoyed an afternoon’s entertainment from the Monifieth Singers.
Our first meeting of the New Year was an interesting talk from Steve Finan who works on the Sunday Post. Steve discussed the many household tips which have featured in the newspaper over the years. There are plans to publish a book of these original ideas, many of which seemed to involve the use of a mangle.

Also in January we had an informative talk on CHAS, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. The association runs Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch and offers help and support to children with life shortening conditions and their families. CHAS also gives help in their own homes to children who live too far away from the hospices.

Our future meetings are as follows- February 7th – Isabella’s preserves. February 21st – Air Ambulance. March 7th – Eagles Trust. March 21st – Dundee Poorhouse. April 4th – music with Matthew.

All are welcome at 2 o clock in the church hall.

Friendship Circle

November 25th, 2016

Our first meeting of the Friendship Circle was an exciting talk about the progress of the Victoria and Albert museum in Dundee. The museum should open in 2018 and will feature Scottish design from the 1600s to the present day , ranging from Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Trisha Biggar, a Glasgow born designer who created the costumes worn in three of the Star Wars films. There will be special touring exhibitions for which a charge will be made but day to day entry to the museum will be free. There will be a café and an upmarket restaurant overlooking the River Tay. By the end of the talk everyone agreed we couldn’t wait for the opening!

At our next meeting we were entertained by David Kelly’s tall tales and funny stories. At the end of October Laura and Laura-May from the Food for Free organisation described how they have transformed unused land in Queen Street and Panda Lane into gardens which produce various crops of fruit and vegetables including potatoes, cucumbers, onions, strawberries and even kiwi fruits. The produce is distributed free of charge to the local community by placing boxes of fruit and vegetables in the main street and everyone is free to help themselves. Food for Free hope to foster community spirit ; people are encouraged to visit the gardens and they plan to have a sensory garden in the future.

Our next speaker was Russell Fenty of Boots pharmacy who gave an insight into the varied nature of his work. His many responsibilities include checking prescriptions, giving advice on minor illnesses, helping people to give up smoking and administering flu vaccinations.

Our open meeting on November 22nd was Angela Balfour’s cards and gifts and on December 5th we will be entertained by the Monifieth Singers. SW

Friendship Circle

August 27th, 2016

The new session of the Friendship circle begins on Tuesday September 27th in the church hall at 2 o’ clock. Everyone is welcome to what should be a very interesting afternoon as our first speaker is to talk on the forthcoming Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee.

The next meetings are as follows-

October 11th – Laughter and humour.

October 25th – Food for free.

November 8th – All about pharmacy.

November 22nd – Cards and gifts for all occasions.

December 6th – The Monifieth Singers.

We look forward to welcoming present and new members- come along and give it a try!

April 16th, 2016

Friendship Circle

At the end of February Friendship Circle members were entertained by the Monifieth Singers. We thoroughly enjoyed a wide variety of songs ranging from the Carpenters and Beatles to the music of Rogers and Hammerstein.

Our March speaker was Rita Clark who brought along slides of her travels over the years. We were transported to the Holy Land, the National Parks of the U.S.A., the country of Jordan and the city of York. Everyone appreciated the relaxing nature of travelling from our seats in the hall!

Also in March we had another relaxing afternoon when Yvonne Starrs spoke about Holistic therapies. We were introduced to aromatherapy oils and reflexology and shown various hand exercises which we hope will reduce our aches and pains! The afternoon ended with a ten minute relaxation and meditation session which left everyone feeling great!

Our last speaker of this session was Gillian Molloy from Friends of Dundee City Archives. Gillian gave a fascinating insight into the origin of Dundee street names. Many streets were named after important people including Lindsay Street, Cox Street and Moncur Crescent which were all named after Dundee Provosts. Some streets have changed names over the years e.g. Barrack Street used to be called Burial Wynd which was not a very popular name! Other streets have disappeared altogether e.g. Tendall’s Wynd and St. Clement’s Lane, both of which had to make way for City Square.

Our outing to Kirktown garden centre near Stonehaven takes place on April 19th, after which the committee will be glad of a rest until the new session starts in September.

Friendship Circle

April 29th, 2015

This year’s Friendship Circle programme is nearly at an end with only our outing to Abernyte Antiques Centre to look forward to.

We had a big turn out for Matthew’s piano recital with several visitors from other Carnoustie congregations.

Our speakers from Arbroath Street Pastors were extremely interesting. Street Pastors is a national Christian organisation which began in London. The Arbroath team go out on Saturdays late in the evening and into the night. They offer practical help and support to young people and others whom they meet. Some may need first aid, others a pair of flip flops instead of the high heels they are wearing, others just need someone to listen. The team try to make sure that everyone gets home safely and no-one is left in a vulnerable situation. We were very impressed with this example of practical Christianity which is well received in Arbroath; our speakers told us that they have never encountered any violence towards them.

Arbroath Street Pastors are keen to talk to organisations and we can thoroughly recommend them; please speak to me if you would like details.

Our last talk was on the Brae Riding for the Disabled Centre near Dundee. They offer a marvellous service for children and adults; riding acts as physiotherapy and improves posture and co-ordination as well as being a lot of fun. The centre has ten horses and over a hundred volunteers who range in age from fourteen to ninety three!

Friendship circle resumes in late September when we look forward to welcoming our present members and also anyone who would like to join us, please speak to me if you need any further information. SW.

Listen and Learn

March 5th, 2015


The Friendship Circle have enjoyed hearing some interesting speakers recently.

Hazel Cook from Carnoustie library explained that libraries are no longer quiet places and now offer lots of activities including internet access and fun for children such as building with lego. Obviously books are still available!

Our next speaker, Fiona Maclean, spoke about osteoporosis from her own personal experience. She explained how the disease is diagnosed and gave lots of useful tips about living with osteoporosis.

In February we heard about the Chernobyl Childrens’ Charity who bring children here to experience a safe environment without radioactive contamination. While on their month’s stay the children visit the dentist, get new spectacles, clothes and shoes and enjoy lots of activities and outings.

Our future speakers will talk about smuggling in Monifieth , the work of street pastors and riding for the disabled.

Our open meeting on March 10th will be Matthew’s ever popular piano recital when we hope to welcome visitors from other congregations in Carnoustie.

We are also looking forward to our outing to Abernyte Antiques Centre on April 21st.

The Friendship Circle has 40 members this year so the group is thriving-but we have room for plenty more so do consider joining us on alternate Tuesdays at 2 o clock.                                               SW

Friendship Circle

December 17th, 2014

The new session of the Friendship circle began in September with an afternoon of music ranging from jazz to classical to brass bands, all arranged by Eric and his assistant Agnes.In October we enjoyed listening to original stories and poems courtesy of the Angus Writers Group. We also had an informative talk on lip reading.On November 11th our speaker was Jim Michie who  told us about a charity called Dreamz for U.November 25th’s meeting is all about Laurel and Hardy.December 9th is our Christmas party, an event not to be missed-and look out for some surprises!After Christmas  on January 13th we look forward to hearing about a day in the life of a librarian – no doubt Hazel Cook will have some interesting tales.

On a more serious note our speaker on January 27th will talk about osteoporosis.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to these meetings, please come along and join us!         S.W.

Friendship Circle – March to April

March 10th, 2014

The Christmas party for members and guests was voted a great success. An updated version of pass the parcel was one of the many entertaining items compered by Susan Wilson.

Afternoon Tea was then served by the committee.

Folk singer John Knox, kicked off the new year with a programme of great songs and interesting stories behind the songs. Our next speaker was Callum Henderson who told of his work with Comfort Rwanda. He brought along slides to show the work being done to help children and the house building which was going on.

By the time you read this we will also have heard about the Floriade from Dorothy Fyffe and Care and Repair by Judith Leslie. Our programme for the remainder of the session will be:

11 March … Open Meeting – Musical Entertainment, Rev Matthew Bicket

25 March … Ashbrook Nursery – Mrs Anne Webster

8 April … Mackays – Paul Grant

22 April … Outing to Brechin Castle Centre LA

The New Season at the Friendship Circle

August 22nd, 2013


Meetings of the new session start on Tuesday 1st October with Eric Woodhams introducing a programme of his favourite pieces of music.   This will be followed  on:

October 15 – Angus Independent Advocacy with Heather Turnbull

October 29 – Hobby Crafts by Anne Parker Smith

November 12 – Mercy Ships explained by Liz Houghton

November 26 – Silver Screen with Andy Paterson

December 10 – Christmas Party

Meetings are held in Panbride Hall at 2pm.   We look forward to meeting up with members old and new after a lovely summer.