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Sally’s Tay Roots Stretch From Tasmania to Inverkeilor

Posted onAugust 13, 2014

Sally’s Tay Roots Stretch From Tasmania to Inverkeilor

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En-route to Inverkeilor, Sally stopped off at the Angus Archives, where 800 years of historical documents relating to the county are stored.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.


Know Sugar Shop Dundee world first on how to live a low-sugar lifestyle

Posted onJuly 21, 2014

Know Sugar Shop Dundee world first on how to live a low-sugar lifestyle

Know Sugar Shop Dundee world first on how to live a low-sugar lifestyle

THE first floor of Dundee’s Wellgate Shopping Centre may appear an unusual location for the first pop-up of its kind focused on raising awareness of Scotland’s ticking health time bomb.

Though not necessarily so, as for two days only on 8th and 9th August,The Know Sugar Shop will open to test an idea that has the potential to change our nation’s relationship with sugar. The prototype will challenge Scotland’s collective sweetie tooth and highlight the amount of hidden ‘bad’ sugars we consume every day.

Often cast by its own mainstream media as the modern ‘sick man of Europe’, Scotland is a nation hooked on its love of sugar, with around 220,000 people estimated to have type-2 diabetes, and a further 20,000 having gone undiagnosed. It is further claimed that obesity accounts for 80 per cent of Scots living with type-2 diabetes, connective to the dangers of high sugar consumption.

The Know Sugar Shop pilot will take the form of a non-transactional, interactive retail space where visitors will profile map their personal awareness of their sugar consumption, take the Know Sugar challenge, obtain an in-depth health check, and interact with a prototype kitchen space where you will find ready-made ‘grab bags’ and ingredients which can be prepared into full low sugar meals. On exiting, visitors are invited to focus on future changes in their relationship with the sweet stuff by completing the Now I Know Sugar, my pledge is… chalkboard.

Lauren Currie, co-founder of Snook – the design agency leading Know Sugar – spoke this week of hopes to strike a chord with the concept’s target audience. She said: “We hope Know Sugar Shop will educate, inform and inspire citizens to re-think their relationship with sugar and take positive action.”

The original idea grew from a programme led by University of Dundee and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s first Design in Action Chiasma in Glasgow in February. The focus of the chiasma was to develop new ideas for the wellbeing sector, specifically type-2 diabetes.

Present at the meeting was Hollywood actor and rector of the University of Dundee, Brian Cox, who made a passionate presentation relating to his own diagnosis of type-2 diabetes. The Know Sugar concept impressed the chiasma judges in its smart use of user and co-centred design. From the outset, its agenda was threefold; focusing on ways to reduce the amount of sugar consumed by both children and adults, prompting retailers of all sizes to take positive action to address the sugar issue and, ultimately, to change future government policy.

Brian McNicoll, business partnership manager at Design in Action, saw the potential in the idea from the start. Snook, in collaboration with Andy Harrold, Founder of Buro Design Thinking, social designer, Eilidh Ellery, and Ewan Macpherson, Director of business strategy and innovation firm, Ideality, have pulled together to make the concept an early stage reality.

On the countdown to the Know Sugar Shop pop-up launch, Mr McNicoll said: “There is an obvious need for more awareness around this subject matter, and without the chiasma event this group of highly-engaged and talented people wouldn’t have had the opportunity to come together and come up with something as innovative as Know Sugar.”

With the shop’s test opening less than three weeks away, Lauren agreed with the vital timing of its appearance by adding: “There is rarely a day that passes without sugar being on our TVs or in our newspapers. Sugar being dubbed ‘the new nicotine’ has been a huge source of inspiration and drive for our team.”

To broaden the launch profile and expertise involvement, the Know Sugar Shop team are welcoming volunteers to help with the physical installation of the shop space and the running of its live format over the two days. Locals and people across Scotland  are encouraged to drop by to offer feedback on the ideas being prototyped.

To get involved or learn more around Know Sugar:

Visit  www.knowsugar.org

Tweet @knowsugar

Email hello@knowsugar.org

No child’s play for Dundee nursery owner

Posted onJune 27, 2014

No child’s play for Dundee nursery owner

No child's play for Dundee nursery owner

A Dundee nursery owner hopes that her new BA Childhood Practice degree will encourage others to raise the standards in childcare and provide better outcomes for local children.

Pamela Gall, proprietor of Balgillo Nursery and Balgillo Nursery Too, Broughty Ferry, has just graduated with a Batchelor of Arts in Childhood Practice at the University of Dundee.

By completing the degree, Pamela has met the requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which stipulates that all nursery managers or lead practitioners are working towards a ‘level 9’ qualification. She now hopes to exceed their requirements by pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Childhood Practice (PG Dip) which can lead to a Masters in Education (MEd).

An excellent role model for her staff, a further five members of Pamela’s team have now enrolled on, or completed, the Professional Development Award (a level 8 qualification) in the past two years, some of whom will hopefully progress onto the BA Childhood Practice.

The achievement is all the more impressive when mother-of-two Pamela was studying, running two nurseries, planning a third – due to open in Ardler Village shortly – and juggling family life.

Pamela said, “I started the degree in 2008, took some time out when my daughter was born and then again when my mother sadly died just as the course work was ending. Despite the huge commitment involved, I found the whole course really enjoyable and rewarding but certainly challenging and I feel a great sense of achievement having now graduated.   I owe great thanks to my husband Russell and business partner and friend Kim for their support, especially during tough times.”

Pamela continued, “On a professional level, I have gained a very good understanding of additional theory and research that can support a range of new innovative practice across the nurseries. My commitment to my profession is also giving parents even more confidence in the leadership of the nurseries, and highlighting the expertise which underpins the care of their children.  Other nursery owners and managers are now embarking on the course which is fantastic as it can only further raise the standards and improve the outcomes for children in our care.”

Echoing Pamela’s hope that others will follow suit, or at least undertake further accredited training, is one of Pamela’s University of Dundee tutors Lynn Boyle.

Mrs Boyle said, “Pamela has to be commended for juggling intense study in conjunction with running her own businesses and managing family life.  There is no doubt that her commitment and dedication will have a positive impact on the children in her care and I join my colleagues in wishing her every success and hope that she continues her studies as a lifelong learner, with the University of Dundee.”

For more information on Balgillo Nursery, which provides childcare and education for children aged between two and five, please telephone 01382 737115 or visit website www.balgillonursery.co.uk. For more information on the Social Services Council, visit www.sssc.uk.com.

Student studying in Dundee wins editing competition

Posted onJune 9, 2014

Student studying in Dundee wins editing competition

Student studying in Dundee wins editing competition

The winning entry to the Bodkin Ras Mashup competition by Monika Madurska. The short clip gives a taste of the style, darkness and thrilling edge of the film.

Bodkin is a fugitive on the run, looking to start over in Forres. He came to this remote corner of Europe to hide and lay low. This turns out to be impossible in a little town where rumours spread faster than the plague. People watch him vigilantly, but Bodkin manages to earn the trust of the community and finds a job as a park employee. Just when he thinks he can start building a lasting relationship with his new environment, disaster strikes. 18 year old Lily mysteriously disappears, and who is there to blame but the mysterious new arrival?

Bodkin Ras is a film by Kaweh Modiri. Produced by Revolver Amsterdam, Inti Films and Blue Iris Films.

Monika is a a 4th year student of The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design on the faculty of Graphic Arts and Media Art in Wroc?aw, Poland. She is currently on the Erasmus exchange programme in the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design on the Illustration course.

Erasmus exchanges are intended to encourage co-operation between universities across the European Union and European Economic Area. They are part of the SOCRATES education programme which receives financial support from the European Commission. In general, Erasmus partnerships and student exchanges between particular universities develop out of academic and personal contact between individual members of staff. If you take part in an Erasmus student exchange, your period of study at a partner university in Europe will be recognised by your home university. Erasmus students from Scottish universities most often study abroad in their Third Year (Junior Honours) for periods ranging from one term to a whole academic session. Monika started using editing softwares before university, with her first projects being mainly animations. After some time she discovered the link between editing film and animation.

“I am very excited and happy to win the Bodkin Ras Mashup Competition! Not only was my entry appreciated by my friends but also by the director, Kaweh Modiri! It all means a lot to me. The opportunity to speak to the producer from Revolver Amsterdam is just thrilling, not to mention the pass to the Edinburgh International Film Festival – I am over the moon! It has me inspired and motivated to do even more!”

Monika will attend EIFF 2014 with an industry delegate pass, where she can continue to build on the networking opportunities the competition has provided.

We hope that providing the professional footage gave aspiring editors and filmmakers a good taste of the industry, and that the competition overall was enjoyed by entrants and viewers alike!

Click the photo below to watch Monicas winning trailer

Genna Delaney Jewellery Designer Dundee

Posted onMay 26, 2014

Genna Delaney Jewellery Designer Dundee

Genna Delaney Jewellery Designer Dundee

Dundee Channel presenter Scott Somerville interviews Genna Delaney at her studio at wasps in Dundee. Genna graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2006 and has now been in business for 7 years. Genna explains her time before she arrived in Dundee, when she was at DJCAD and then out in the big wide world after university. She explains that she always knew she wanted to go in a business direction.

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

Posted onApril 22, 2014

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

A long-lost penguin, which has finally returned home after more than six decades, came face-to-face with its human-sized counterpart in Dundee.

The huge Dundee Science Centre penguin paid a visit to the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum to meet the long-lost Emperor penguin which was recently discovered after leaving its original home six decades ago.

The cheeky and appealing penguin, which had waddled up from Dundee Science Centre, was eager to spread the word about the blockbuster exhibition heading to the Centre this Summer.  ‘Ice Station Antarctica’ is being brought to Dundee direct from the Natural History Museum, London (first time outside of London, in the UK) and will be open to visitors from July through to September 2014.

The stuffed Emperor penguin was misplaced after D’Arcy Thompson’s original museum was demolished in the 1950s but was recently discovered at the McManus collections Unit in Barrack Street, where conservation work was carried out to have it brought back to life, fit for viewing in its new home in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum.

Linda Leuchars, Head of Science Learning and Public Engagement, Dundee Science Centre said, “With our fantastic and highly interactive ‘Ice Station Antarctica’ exhibition just a few months away, we thought these penguins, both Emperors, should be friends! The chilly continent of Antarctica will be making an icy impact on Dundee and penguins will play a key role in that story so we’ll be hoping that our many visiting ice cadets will learn more about them, and discover whether, like penguins, they could survive the extreme conditions faced by scientists researching this fragile environment.

Visitors to Dundee Science Centre will be able to spend a day exploring Antarctica and experience the contrast of life as a modern explorer at ‘Ice Station Antarctica’ with life as a polar explorer of the ‘Heroic Age of Exploration’ at Discovery Point with a specially discounted joint ticket being introduced from July through to September.

Meanwhile, on Friday 25 April, ‘World Penguin Day’, Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee will be discussing the importance of the ‘two stuffed penguins’ in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, one presented by legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton and the one recently re-discovered and re-displayed, which it is now thought might be one of the earliest emperor penguins to reach the UK.

The event, part of a series of lunchtime talks marking the 20th anniversary of the University’s public museum service, will take place in the main Museum Services building, Hawkhill House, 5 Hawkhill Place, Dundee at 1.15pm. There is no need to book but space is limited.

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.

Cooking Competition at Grove Academy Dundee

Posted onApril 1, 2014

Cooking Competition at Grove Academy Dundee

Cooking Competition at Grove Academy Dundee

Samina Nasir, Dundee Channel presenter and President of Dundee University Pakistani Association organised a fund raising event with a difference as she asked eight teams of cooks to prepare competitive dishes while raising money for charity. Each team had to work from the same set of ingredients and only had one hour to do all the preparations and cooking before the event judges tasted their plates and everyone in the room voted on which dish they found the best.

Grove Academy HE department kindly let the group use the kitchen and dundeechannel.com were there to record the event and the winner. Each team had previous cooking experience except perhaps Team 8 the amateur team who still joined in the fun and all for a good cause the Idhi Foundation in Pakistan. Watch the video below.


Dundee University Pakistani Association

Posted onJanuary 22, 2014

Dundee University Pakistani Association

Dundee University Pakistani Association

Samina Nasir who is a Dundee Channel presenter and student of Dundee University also became president of the Dundee University Pakistani Association in October 2013. Speaking during filming this week Samina explained the role of the association in promoting a positive image of Pakistan and how some of this years events which the association will hold will raise funds for the Edhi Foundation which works with orphans and needy people in Pakistan.

There is still a lot of education and work to be done to move on from old traditions. People who die by the side of the road are often left there and families which would prefer a baby boy may decide to leave their baby girl to die and it is these and other plights of poor people the foundation seeks to address.


The Dundee Channel News 12-12-12

Posted onDecember 12, 2012

The Dundee Channel News 12-12-12

The Dundee Channel News  12-12-12

A round up of local news in Dundee and Scotland.

This video is held in our archive which is currently being restored, please contact us for access to this video which we can repost here.


Major Arcana New to Dundee

Posted onNovember 12, 2012

Major Arcana New to Dundee

Major Arcana New to Dundee

In the 3 years until the V&A at Dundee opens we follow a variety of new businesses hoping to last the distance.

Click the photo below to play the video.

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