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2017 Burns Supper

2017 Burns Supper

The annual Burns Supper was on the Saturday the 14th of January in our customary home, Kilbarchan Bowling Club. The Managers met at 2pm to begin setting out the hall and bickering over the seating arrangements. By 3 o’clock we retired to let the caterers do their thing. Our guests began arriving at 5:30pm and the hall soon echoed to cheery haloos as old friends met and Grandson’s were exhibited. A concerted effort was made to get everyone watered and into the main hall by 6:10pm so the soup didn’t get cold. Mr S Vaughan, after a misunderstanding, marched solo into the hall, realised his mistake and fled into the wings where Pipe Major Brian Knight gave him a quizzical look, heezzed up his pipes and lead the top table into the room. This year the top table were; Ian McCosh, Alan Gordon, Preses Eric Black, Ian Ross, Drew Connell and Stephen Vaughan. PM Knight piped the haggis to the top table, Scott Tennant had the honour this year of carrying the beastie with David Blair carrying the Cratur. Ian McCosh gave the Address to the Haggis and cut it up with ready sleight. The Treasurer, Jim Farmer, gave a short run through of our years activities and adventures before Stephen Vaughan said Grace and the soup was served. The food was once again not only glorious but bounteous  and as the guests began filling up the corners with crackers and cheese Andy Hay and Norman Currie (The Baun) sang a few songs from Burns collection. The Immortal Memory was delivered by Alan Gordon this year , Alan has performed Tam O Shanter for us before but this was his first time speaking. He gave us a nice blend of comedy and insight into the character of Robert Burns. Ian McCosh performed ‘To a Toothache‘ before The Baun lead the company in singing The Lass O Ballochmyle. The company now relaxed and laughed at Ian Ross’s nicely weighted Toast to the Lassies; risque but never crude and it went down well. No Society Burns Supper would be complete without the General Society Male Voice Choir singing The Habbies o Kilbarchan. The Toast to the Society was by Drew Connell, Drew has organised the Burns Supper for 43 years and he has  announced that he is hanging up his notepad and pencil stub. His speech recalled Burns Suppers past and village characters now only...

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2016 AGM

2016 AGM

The 2016 AGM was held in Kilbarchan Bowling Club on Tuesday 13th of December. Preses Norman Kerr OBE was in the chair . The minutes of last years AGM were read and accepted before the meeting stood for a minutes silence in memory of all those members who had died during the last year. The Treasurer reported that over the last year we had raised £3,800 and distributed £2,375 to local charities and organisations. The meeting accepted the change to the means of disbursement we propose to use in the coming year. Rather than a small donation to all the village organisations which can be lost among their daily operational costs we plan to donate £500 to one organisation for a specific purpose. We’ll publish the criteria for this soon. Mr O Jones reported the audit of the Society’s accounts found them to be in good order. As we are a registered charity our accounts are submitted to and published by OSCR . The meeting then moved to the election of a new Preses. Norman Kerr OBE proposed Mr Eric Black, this was seconded and the chain of office was passed to Mr Black who took over the chair. Mr Black thanked Mr Kerr for his hard work over the last 12 months and proposed that Mr S Vaughan become his Vice Preses, which was seconded. 3 Managers were due to retire this year having served their 3 year term but had decided to remain on the team if so elected. All the Managers were elected unopposed as were the Office Bearers in turn. 2017 Management Team Office Bearers Mr Eric Black ~ Preses Mr Stephen Vaughan ~ Vice Preses Mr John Connell ~ Clerk Mr James Farmer ~ Treasurer Mr Andrew M Connell ~ Officer Managers Mr Robert Barr Mr David Blair Mr Alan Gordon Mr Oliver Jones Mr Norman Kerr OBE Mr Scott Tennant Mr James Wallace The AGM approved this years disbursements and the Treasurer noted we had received a certificate of thanks from Erskine Hospital. Prior to the close of business the Preses invited the assembly for hospitality. The Society would like to thank Mrs Black for providing the refreshments and to the Bowling Club for hosting us. Thanks to Joanne McBarron for the...

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2016 Sportsmans Dinner

2016 Sportsmans Dinner

This years Sportsmans Dinner had been greatly anticipated and there was a buzz in the hall as the Preses rose and asked for order. After a few welcoming words from the Preses we invited our special guests, local Olympians Derek and Callum Hawkins, to receive a small token of our esteem. Grace was said and dinner was served. Once again the food was wonderful, after we were all stuffed and nibbling on the cheese and crackers the legend that is Frank McAvennie stood and regaled us with tales from his football career to the delight and hilarity of the room. A few myths were burst and characters traduced. With the room now full of Bon Hommé and compliant the Preses announced the raffle and asked our guests to draw the winners. There were cash prizes as well as bottles. The auction of a four-balls in St Andrews and Dundonald raised over £600 for the Society.   After a short comfort break for the Sportsmen Sandy Strang stood and delivered a brilliantly funny monologue. Sandy had the room eating out of his hand. After his talk the Preses expressed our thanks to all the speakers, guests and diners for making this year’s Sportsmans Dinner one of the best we have...

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The Antiques Roadshow Adventure

The Antiques Roadshow Adventure

Thursday the 28th July saw the Preses accompanied by Mrs Preses and three of our finest Managers (acting as bodyguards), head off to the World Heritage site of New Lanark. The plan was to get the General Society in front of the experts in the Antiques Roadshow. As the Society has just celebrated its 250th Anniversary we thought we could inject a bit more interest in our life and work around the Village of Kilbarchan. Having been in touch earlier to “tell our story” the Preses was given VIP Guest access for himself and his group of guests. Upon arriving at the entrance and waving our VIP pass we were whisked past the already humongous queue to be fast tracked and triaged by the first line of experts. We were made very welcomed by Natalie Harris who made suitable and knowing noises as we produced the Preses Chain of Office and the painting of Habbie Simpson, having been taken down from his spot in the Ladies Room, to join us on our adventure. Natalie called the show producer to show him our wares and see if our goods were worthy of airtime, our hearts skipped a beat. Could this be our big break into show biz? A day of filming with herself, the wonderful Fiona Bruce? Would the painting of Habbie feature on Fake or Fortune? Sadly our early hopes were cruelly dashed when the Producer informed us that they didn’t like to show a Chain of Office, as this did not belong to an individual. They knew that at every Roadshow the Mayoral Chain would make an appearance and so as not to offend anybody they had taken the decision not to feature any of these, no matter what the history. Hopes slightly dashed, we were given tickets to see different experts in Jewellery and Paintings. We were very quickly seen by jewellery expert Joanna Hardy who made very appreciative comments on the splendour of the chain and was fascinated by its history. First commissioned in 1932 the chain had been supplied by Edward and Son jewellers of Glasgow, the hallmarking showed this and the fact it was a solid 9 carat gold beauty. Joanna wanted to have her colleague Geoffrey Munn examine the chain and give further consideration to its worth. A wait for Geoffrey was expected as he was off filming something special. Having some time on our hands...

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2016 Burns Supper

2016 Burns Supper

Saturday the 16th of January dawned white and slidey. As the day progressed it became apparent that the weather could have an impact on the attendance at the Annual Burns Supper. When the Managers met at 2 o’clock there had already been call offs from people in the outlying areas with concerns about getting home due to the snow but the numbers weren’t alarming from an organisational point of view. What was alarming was how long the annual seat allocation melee took. The venue began filling about 5 o’clock and by the start time of 6pm over 70 of the original 90 guests had braved the elements and our 42nd Annual Burns Supper could begin. Pipe Major Brian Knight piped in the top table and Preses Kerr introduced them; Mr McCosh, Mr Ross, Mr Shaw and Mr Black. The Pipe Major then lead the haggis into the room and Mr McCosh addressed and saluted it. S Vaughan and O Jones reprised their roles from last year as haggis and whisky bearers. E Black said grace and the soup was served, once again the Elderslie Inn provided a traditional Burns feast of belly bursting proportions. After the Loyal Toast the Preses invited The Baun (Andy Hay and Norrie Currie) to lead us in A man’s a man, Andy and Norrie were on top form as were the General Society choir. The Preses introduced Mr Ian Ross and asked him to deliver this year’s Immortal Memory, my son (at his first Burns supper) sat back preparing to be bored stiff but was soon being delighted by the mixture of bawdy humour and insights into the works of Burns and his universal appeal. Alan Gordon donned the blue bunnet and gave us a world class rendition of Tam O Shanter, standing on a chair as Meg skelpit on thro’ dub and mire and admonishing us to the evils of drink and cutty sarks. After this excitement Andy and Norrie lead the company in singing The Bonnie Lass O Ballochmyle Bob Shaw toasted the Lassies in wonderfully rumbustious style pausing only to horribly traduce the Managers of the Society. With the Lassies well and truly toasted the Pipe Major played a selection of tunes before Mr McCosh recited A Man’s a man, he sang the last verse with the support of the company. After a short break The Baun played The Habbies O Kilbarchan with the General Society Male Voice...

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