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Sally’s Tay Roots Stretch From Tasmania to Inverkeilor
Following the recent discovery that her great-great-great grandparents were from the Angus village of Inverkeilor, Sally Cornish, who is a drummer in the Tasmania Police Pipe Band, decided to squeeze in a visit to this part of Scotland between appearances at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
“My maternal great-great-great grandparents, John Hay and Margaret Jolly, married in Inverkeilor Church in 1829,” said Sally, who is from Hobart, Tasmania. “It was completely overwhelming to be in the village where my ancestors lived over 200 years ago.”
As Sally explored the kirkyard at Inverkeilor Church, she revealed that the church was the scene of a pivotal moment in her family’s history. “Research carried out by one of my Australian cousins discovered that, according to the Parish records of 1809, John Hay’s mother, Janet Doig, appeared in front of Inverkeilor’s Kirk Session after she confessed she was ‘with child’,” explained Sally.
“The records also note the father of Janet’s baby – also called John Hay – had run away to England and that, after she ‘confessed her repentance’, Janet was fined the considerable sum of £1.
“It’s strange to be standing in the church where Janet was publicly shamed for being pregnant, abandoned and alone.”
En-route to Inverkeilor, Sally stopped off at the Angus Archives, where 800 years of historical documents relating to the county are stored. “Thanks to the invaluable help of the team at the Angus Archives, including one of the volunteers, Grant, I also visited three farms between Arbroath and Montrose which feature in my family tree,” continued Sally.
“To look across fields where my ancestors once toiled, see the remains of the cottages where they may have lived and visit the village where they went to church was a surreal experience – and something I shall never forget. This visit – and the background information I received at the Angus Archives – has given such an insight into my ancestors’ lives.”
Sally explained that her great-great-great grandparents sailed to Australia with their four children in 1839. “The Hays settled in New South Wales but, two years later, moved to Tasmania,” said Sally, who has always been very aware of her family’s Scottish connection.
“I’ve always been so proud of my Scottish roots – and now I’ve seen where my forebears lived, I feel even more connected to my ancestral homeland and to my Hay ancestors.”
People from near and far who are keen to find out more about their family’s roots will be able to obtain advice, information and access to a wide range of resources at the Tayroots Family History Day at Angus & Dundee College in Arbroath on Friday, September 5. The Tayroots Family History Day, which is the opening event in this year’s Angus Heritage Week, will feature a highly-informative programme of workshops and talks, including how to use Kirk Session Records, the historical documents which provided vital information about Sally’s great-great-great-great grandmother, Janet Doig.
There will also be a talk about Montrose in the First World War by historian Dr Dan Paton and a talk by Caroline Brown, archivist at the University of Dundee, which will focus on the wealth of information available in historical hospital records.
Entrance to the Family History Day is free but, as previous Tayroots events have proved extremely popular, booking is advisable for the talks and workshops. To book, or to find out more about the Tayroots Family History Day on September 5, visit www.angusheritage.com/tayroots or call 01307 473226. To find out more about the many other events happening during Angus Heritage Week 2014, visit www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.
Dundee Academy of Sport launched
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A new sports project aimed at widening access to higher education and increasing school attainment levels was launched on 30th January by Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.
The Dundee Academy of Sport will be Tayside’s leading provider of sports education and research, and will be run jointly by the two institutions through funding from the Scottish Funding Council.
The Academy will use sport as a means of encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become more interested and engaged with other subjects. It will use innovative teaching methods that support the Curriculum for Excellence.
Sports education staff at both institutions will become part of the new Academy, and will work together with staff from local schools – both primary and secondary – to develop a bespoke programme that meets the needs and wants of each particular school.
Project Manager of the new Dundee Academy of Sport, Ian Lowe, explains:
“The Dundee Academy of Sport isn’t just about doing sport itself, but is about using the issues surrounding it to engage young people with their education. So the Academy’s schools programme will tie in with the Curriculum for Excellence and will link sport with a wide range of academic subjects.
“This might be in the form of getting the pupils on exercise bikes during their Geography lessons so that they can follow the course of the Tour de France, or learning about the context of famous images from sport – such as the reasons for the Black Power salute given by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics – in their Modern Studies classes.
“The Academy staff will support the teaching and learning of sports-related subjects in this way from school level right through to postgraduate and research degree level.
“We’ll be working with four local secondary schools this year – along with their associated primary schools – with the long-term goal being to motivate and engage the students in such a way that they will decide to go on to higher education at the Academy.”
Widening access to higher education will also be achieved by holding annual summer camps for disadvantaged local youngsters, as well as events for adults who may never have had the chance to benefit from post-school education before.
The Academy will also offer training and development opportunities for sports teachers and professionals – as well as volunteers – within the region’s sporting and youth-work structures.
The Dundee Channel News 12-12-12
A round up of local news in Dundee and Scotland.
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Never too late for Art
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Lord Provost Bob Duncan welcomes delegates to Dundee
Lord Provost Bob Duncan opened this weeks Solar Cities Scotland Conference at Dundee College. Now in its 7th year the conference seeks to share best practice in energy saving and renewables amongst professionals involved with building social housing or planning future building and housing projects. The Dundee Channel recorded the Lord Provosts welcome and an introduction from Christina Potter Principal of Dundee College.
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Launch of Solar Cities Scotland Conference 2012
Solar Cities Scotland’s annual conference is now a leading regional event that brings together professionals, policy makers and academics working in the Renewable Energy and Low Carbon sectors. Our Conference chair will be Lesley Riddoch who is one of Scotland’s best known commentators and broadcasters. Also confirmed is Jeremy Leggett, often regarded as one of the principal voices on renewable energy in the UK, having written extensively on the subject, served on Government committees and developed one of the most successful solar power companies in the UK. The final keynote will be from Paul Allen, the Project Director of 2030 Zero Carbon Britain and director of external relations at the Centre for Alternative Technology – another prominent and influential visionary. With Dundee seeking to become a centre for the renewables industry this conference is well placed to act as a forum for debate, for bold statements and forward thinking on these rapidly changing subjects. Solar Business Lunch Renewable energy and energy saving is now seen as vital to part to many businesses financial viability. This lunchtime networking event is aimed at providing businesses and landlords the chance to find out first-hand how renewable energy and energy saving can work for them. Visit the conference exhibition hall and meet a range of experts and exhibitors that can help you cut carbon and save money. The exciting new venue at the Gardyne Theatre also offers a large exhibition space to allow visitors to explore displays, network and have refreshments throughout the day. Book your place now through www.solarcitiesscotland.org.uk Click on the photo to play the video
Flash Mob in Dundee City Centre led by Cancer Research UK
During todays Farmers Market in Dundee City Centre dancers including Event Management students from Dundee College mingled with the crowd and burst into dance led by the team from Cancer Research UK.
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Personal Enterprise and Development Show
A Personal Enterprise and Development Show was held in the Caird Hall today. Supported by over fifty local companies and organisations it was open to anyone interested in starting a business, finding a job, changing career or adding to their skills and qualifications. We spoke to Laura Rich from Business Gateway Tayside and to Gavin Oattes from Tree of Knowledge. Gavin appeared in the 2010 series of BBC Dragons Den and was at the event today to provide motivational workshops.
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EVENTful VISIT TO DUNDEE SCIENCE CENTRE
Around twenty Dundee College students made an ‘eventful’ visit to Dundee Science Centre today, gaining an insight into event management at one of Scotland’s most successful visitor attractions.
Working with Dundee Science Centre staff, the HNC/D Event Management students spent the afternoon learning how an event is put together and how an event proposal is created. Working in four groups, they were also presented with different event scenarios, putting event management theory into practice.
Scenarios included potential visits by a parent and toddler class, local Brownies group working towards a science badge, and a local business seeking an ‘away day’ of team-building activities, with students preparing and presenting their own proposals.
The Event Management Masterclass was organised by Dundee Science Centre’s Science Learning Institute which, through a range of courses and initiatives, provides support and professional development for a host of professions, from teachers and research scientists to students, science communicators and museum staff. The Masterclass is available to any groups, companies or organisations seeking to arrange successful events – from nurseries and parent groups to personal assistants in local businesses.
Sarah Duncan, Events Officer, Dundee Science Centre said, “We are delighted to be working with Dundee College and sharing our experience in running successful events and group visits for all ages, and it shows that people don’t just come here to learn science – they also come to learn about our business. The students did a marvellous job and we look forward to offering the same experience to other colleges and universities, as well as all types of businesses and event organisers.”
Meanwhile, Judith Middleton, Lecturer, Advertising / Events, Dundee College added, “The class thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Dundee Science Centre and were able to put a lot of the theory we have covered in class into practice. They worked in teams and came up with some great ideas for events for a variety of different groups. The centre staff gave them very useful support and event planning advice and feedback on their proposals. The students are really enthusiastic about applying what they learned at the Event Management Masterclass, and will use the experience to help them plan and organise their own events.”
McIntyres Art Team Dundee College Part 2
Second part of the recording of McIntyres Art Team @ Dundee College.
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