Registered Charity SC005224

Running the Society

The General Society is managed by its office bearers, The Preses, Vice Preses, Secretary (or Clerk) and Treasurer along with eleven Managers. The Managers are elected for 3 years and are available for re-election if so desired.  The Preses and Vice Preses hold office for 1 year. These officials meet on a regular, usually bi-monthly, basis. They plan the General Society’s events and fundraising ventures as well as considering new applications for membership and requests for funds. The A.G.M. of the Society is held on St.Barchan’s Day, the first Tuesday in December each year.

The 2017 Management Committee is:-

Preses-         Mr Eric Black
Vice Preses- Mr Stephen Vaughan
Secretary-     Mr John Connell
Treasurer-    Mr James Farmer

Managers:-

Robert Barr
David Blair
Drew Connell
Alan Gordon
Oliver Jones
Norman Kerr OBE
Scott Tennant
James Wallace

History shows that as a charity The General Society assisted members when necessary and gave grants to widows to help with funeral expenses, etc. They also set up the Robert Allan Memorial Fountain in memory of a local poet which is situated in Church Street in the village. It also helped with the formation of the local Public Park, both of which are now the responsibility of the local authority.

Today the Society is more focused on supporting local organisations, groups and school/college students, for example each year the General Society makes donations from its fund raising activities to the local youth organisation, Boys’ Brigade, Cub Scouts, Girl Guides as well as Erskine Home for Veterans of the Armed Forces, Accord Hospice Paisley and Abbeyfield Johnstone. It has also made grants to local people who undertake voluntary work overseas. A substantial grant has also given to the Old Library Centre for refurbishment while also gifting a trophy to the local Primary School for sportsmanship. In our 250th Anniversary year (2015) we helped place defibrillators in the village and donated to the Pipe Bands ‘Albert’ fund to help them take a group to the Battle of the Somme Centenary where they will be the only Scottish band playing.

The present membership is around 450