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Robots, Gadgets and Gizmos!

A variety of robots, gadgets and gizmos are joining local school children on their mid-term holiday.

Dundee Science Centre is holding a number of drop-in activities between 13 and 18 February, with the chance to fly a drone, play with robots and get creative with 3d pens!

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Temperatures Rise over Wood-Burning Stoves

Article for The Courier Beautiful Homes supplement

As winter continues to bite, increasing numbers of us are investing in wood-burning stoves to heat our homes, and add a real ‘wow’ factor in the process.

However, with the environment very much at the top of the agenda, are they safe?

Brothers Gary and Graeme Turnbull own Fire Surround Centres in Dundee, new members of the Stove Industry Alliance.

Below, Gary answers some of the most common queries about this ‘must-have’ home appliance.

Gary and Graeme Turnbull, Fire Surround Centres – credit Ronnie Cathro.


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New Services for Disabled Children and Families

A Dundee drop-in centre, providing play services for disabled children, young people and their families, has introduced brand new services for the new year.

The Yard, which opened in 2015, currently operates from temporary, shared premises at Rainbow House, Drumlanrig Place, offering creative and adventurous play for children and their siblings.

Photos courtesy of Alan Richardson, Pix-AR, Dundee


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Farming Innovation to be Showcased at Major Agri Conference

A pioneering Cambridgeshire famer will showcase his Controlled Traffic Farming method, thought to be a UK-first, when he addresses next month’s ‘Farming Scotland Conference’.

The event, now its 17th year, will once again be held at Carnoustie Hotel, Angus on Thursday 13 February 2020 and is sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants, Bell Ingram, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

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Racquet Buddies Serve up National Business Opportunity

A Dundee business, which provides racquet sports classes for children, has unveiled national franchising plans for the year ahead.

The seeds of Racquet Buddies were sewn when Hayley Donnelly (36), a former primary school teacher, who also represented Scotland in badminton at senior level, was teaching part-time in 2013. Launching her first class, for 10 children in 2013, Racquet Buddies now offers 14 toddler and primary classes for almost 200 children across Dundee, Angus and Fife, generating a turnover of £70,000.

Hayley Donnellly. Pic credit – Kelly McIntyre

Racquet Buddies offers classes for two to five and five to 12 year olds, with toddlers learning transferable racquet skills which can be used in tennis and badminton, developing their motor skills and coordination, as well as listening and social skills. Primary schoolers go on to learn about specific strokes, techniques and tactics for playing in a competitive game situation.

Now, Hayley has set her sights on recruiting 1,000 ‘racquet buddies’ age two and upwards within the next three years, initially branching into Perth and Perthshire, wider Angus and North Fife and, ultimately, right across Scotland.

Having represented Scotland in badminton in under 15, under 17, under 19 and under 21 categories, Hayley played against various different countries, was capped in ladies’ doubles at senior level, and coached children from the age of 17. She then graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Primary Education in 2007 and worked as a primary teacher in Dundee until summer 2019.

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