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