Friendship Circle

May 6th, 2017 by Church Admin Leave a reply »

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

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