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2020 Burns Supper

2020 Burns Supper

Our Burns Supper is always the second Saturday in January, unless it’s the third. Had we had it the weekend earlier people would have still been combing the New Year steak pie gravy out of their beards. When I arrived at 6pm there was a fair gathering of the great and good of the village. The caterers had done a fantastic job of dressing the tables and Mr Treasurer was doing a fantastic job of parting our guests from their cash. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year after all. Mr Jones called for silence and the company stood to receive their top table; Piper Kerr led Mr D Dunlop, Mr Ross McLelland, Mr S Tennant – Preses, Mr Jim Kerr and Mr D Blair to their seats before piping in the haggis and whisky for the toasts. Mr I Richie carried the haggis this year and Mr D Dunlop the whisky. Mr A Gordon addressed the haggis which really doesn’t do justice to his performance and the piper led off the creature. The Preses welcomed our guests and introduced the top table before Mr Dunlop said Grace and the Supper was served. The background hum gradually tailed off as our guests got stuck in to soup, haggis, steak pie and trimmings and the cheese board. There was no repeat of cheesegate and the caterers had provided enough to keep us nibbling well into the night. One guest was seen opening a nice bottle of Port during the pie course. To let it breath. Preses – S Tennent As the last empty fork hit the empty plate Piper Kerr heezed up his pipes and gave us a stirring medley of tunes ranging from plaintive airs to rollicking jigs. The Preses then introduced our first speaker Mr Ross McLelland from Paisley Burns Club. Ross gave a heartfelt and personal Immortal Memory, funny and poignant. His mis-timing of a barded gag at the expense of the catering staff left him red faced and having a finger wagged at him to huge hilarity. We think this young man may have a future at this Burns malarkey. Mr S Vaughan then arose on shaky legs to perform Tam O Shanter for the company, this was Mr Vaughan’s first time reciting the poem before the company and it was graciously received. The band played during a short break before leading the company...

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2019 AGM

2019 AGM

After a short meeting attending to Society protocol the Managers moved into the main hall for the 254th Annual General Meeting of the Society. Preses David Blair was chairman and welcomed a small gathering of Managers and Members. The absence of the Chain of Office was noted about now and a Manager was dispatched to collect it. The Clerk, Mr Stephen Vaughan, had circulated the minutes of the 253rd AGM and they were approved as a proper record of the event. The Preses then called on all present to stand for a minutes silence as a mark of respect to all members who had passed away during the year. The Treasurer, Mr Jim Farmer, reported a very successful year in which we had covered all those outgoing we had committed to. Mr Farmer thanked the Managers and Office Bearers for their support over the last eighteen years and offered the new Treasurer all assistance. The Auditors; Mr Eric Black and Mr Oliver Jones, found the Society’s books to be in their usual good order, Mr Black praised the Treasurer for his meticulous bookkeeping and thanked him for his work over the years. The Retiring Preses spoke fulsomely of the works the Managers had done over the year, listing the profits derived from each event before listing the beneficiaries of Society funding; Chas, St Benedict’s School trip, Kilbarchan Pipe Band, Beatson, Accord Hospice, St Vincent’s Hospice and Erskine Hospital and noted that we had increased our payment to the last 4 on the list. The Managers proposed Mr Scott Tennant as Preses for 2020 and this was accepted by the assembly. Preses Tennant thanked past Preses Blair and nominated Mr David Dunlop as his Vice Preses, this was accepted. We had five Managers due to retire and all had intimated they were available for re-election, this was passed unanimously and we moved on to the election of Office bearers. Mr Stephen Vaughan was elected unanimously as Clerk and Mr David Blair was elected to the vacant post of Treasurer, AM Connell retained the office of Officer There being no further business the Preses invited the assembly to join him for hospitality and refreshment. Past Preses Blair welcomes Preses...

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2019 Burns Supper

2019 Burns Supper

The 2019 celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns began with the traditional grand seating ballet as guests places in the seating plan were arranged around move and counter-move by those arched seat wranglers the Managers of the Society. Once the seating is finalised we disband and let the professionals get on with preparing the hall. Our guests began arriving just after 5pm and it looked like being another full house. The lounge bar buzzed to the meeting of old friends. The formal part of the evening began with the assembly standing to receive their top table. Piper Kerr led Vice Preses S Tennant, Mr I Zycinski, Preses D Blair, Mr A MacMillan and Mr J Wallace to their places. Preses Blair introduced his top table to the assembly before Piper Kerr piped in the Haggis, carried by Mr G Bell. Mr D Dunlop carried the whisky for the toast. Mr J Wallace toasted the Haggis in grand style and cut it up wi ready slicht. The Vice Preses said Grace and supper was served. This is probably the quietest time of the night as the diners get stuck into their soup, haggis and neeps, steak pie and veg and cheese. However the cheese (Cheesegate as it’s now officially known) caused me some heartache, to quote Para Handy, ” it was like the herrings in Loch Fyne, it wasna in it.” The cheese was missing and no sooner had the Preses apologise to the assembly for its absence than with pantomime timing the caterer arrived with the precious curds. Mr J Wallace cutting up the Haggis wi ready slicht. Piper Kerr entertained the assembly with some new tunes and some old favourites before Mr I Zycinski rose to give a very personal and reflective Immortal Memory. We are very fortunate at Kilbarchan General Society in having Mr A Gordon to call upon to perform Tam O Shanter for us. Alan looked resplendent is his Guid Blue Bonnet and braces as he skelpit on through dub and mire. Mr A Gordon performing Tam O Shanter The singing of the Lass O Ballochmyle brought this part of the evening to a short hiatus while glasses were recharged. Mr A MacMillan got the proceedings back underway with a wonderfully self deprecating and hilarious Toast to the Lassies. Our new band played a selection of Burns songs, inviting the assembly to join...

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2018 AGM

2018 AGM

After a short meeting prior to the AGM to discuss pending items the managers moved upstairs to the main hall to host the 253rd Annual General Meeting of the Kilbarchan General Society. A small number of members joined the Managers. The chairman, Mr Stephen Vaughan ~ Preses, called the meeting to order and Mr A M Connell ~ Officer read the minutes of the 252nd AGM in the absence of the late Mr John Connell ~ much missed Clerk and friend. The minutes were adopted. Mr Vaughan then asked the assembly to rise and observe a minutes silence for those members called home in the past 12 months. The minutes of the managers meetings were approved as read and Mr James Farmer ~ Treasurer rose and gave his report on another successful year. The Societies accounts are available on the OSCAR website for public scrutiny. Our internal Audit found the books to be in their usual good order and Mr Farmer asked to address the meeting with some memories of the late J Connell. Mr S Vaughan gave a short speech thanking the managers for their help over the past year then proposed Mr David Blair as Preses of the Society and presented him with the Chain of Office and the Chair. Mr Blair ~ Preses gave a short acceptance speech to say he was honoured to accept the post and proposed Mr Scott Tennant as his Vice Preses. The meeting then moved on to the election of Managers due to retire and willing to serve another 3 years. Mr E Black, Mr S Vaughan and Mr J Wallace were re-elected unanimously. The death of John Connell caused a bit of a crisis and the Preses was in the process of asking the Officer to take over those duties when Mr J Wallace proposed Mr S Vaughan for the roll this was seconded my Mr Farmer. The Officer and Treasurer were re-elected unopposed and Mr Farmer announced he would be reliquencing the position at the 254th AGM. Mr Vaughan assuming the role of Clerk created a position on the Management Team and Mr I Richie graciously accepted the nomination. The Preses invited the assembly for refreshments at the close of business The New Preses being congratulated by the Past...

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Sportsmans Dinner 2018

Sportsmans Dinner 2018

Saturday 6th of October was the Society’s Sportsmans Dinner with Craig Brown CBE as our speaker, the event was well attended and local MSP Tom Arthur joined Craig, the Preses and Mr Wallace at the top table. The evening began with Grace and then a fine meal of soup, steak pie and trimmings then cheese and biscuits to finish. Tom Arthur MSP had joined us to present a framed copy of the motion that he raised in the Scottish Parliament recognising the work we do in the locale and that we are the oldest charitable institution of our kind. Craig Brown is best known as the manager of the Scotland international football squad but has been involved in the game at all levels as a player, coach and manager. His mix of stories, jokes and anecdotes had the audience enthralled throughout. During a comfort break the Preses got to the fundraising part of the night with a giant football scratchcard and the auction of 2 bottles of whisky, a signed Aberdeen football, a 4 ball at Gleneagles and a signed Scotland jersey. Many thanks to everyone who bid on these. Craig Brown then took a question and answer session with many and varied questions from the audience. The Preses would like to extend the gratitude of the Society to Tom and Craig for attending as Craig especially had had to drive from Aberdeen to be with us. With our guests away home the members and guests of the society concluded the night with a right good...

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