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2015 AGM

2015 AGM

The Preses, A Connell, began the AGM with a word of thanks to all those who were in attendance. Apologies were noted from A Gordon and the Clerk read the minutes from the 2014 AGM, these were adopted as a true record of the proceedings. The Preses then lead a minutes silence for all the Society members who had passed away in the last year. J Farmer delivered a report on the financial health of the Society and listed the organisations and individuals we had made donations to. The Auditors gave the Books a clean bill of health and commended Mr Farmer on his good work. Preses Connell then removed the chain of office and placed it over the shoulders of our new Preses Mr N Kerr who thanked Drew for his hard work organising the 250th Anniversary year. He then asked the assembly to vote Mr E Black his Vice Preses, this was carried unanimously. The Clerk, Officer and Treasurer were returned unopposed and Mr J Wallace was reelected for a further 3 year term as a manager. The Society has been running with a deficiency of managers for the last few years so it gave us great pleasure to Co-opt S Tennant and D Blair onto the committee. It is felt that they will be a huge asset to the Society going forward. The assembly thanked D Connell for his hard work over the years as he is standing down as a manager. The Committee and Members attendant would like to thank Mrs Kerr for providing the refreshments and to the staff of the Kilbarchan Bowling Club for hosting...

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250th Anniversary Dinner

250th Anniversary Dinner

On Saturday 14th of November the Society held a celebratory dinner to mark the 250th anniversary of our founding. Renfrewshire Council were hosting us a Drinks Reception in Johnstone Town Hall prior to the main meal, guests mingled and viewed the small display of Society artifacts including the original 1765 membership and minutes books. There were a lot of old acquaintances remade.Just after 7 0’clock the Piper played to usher the company into the main hall for dinner then led the top table into the room. Our top Table was made up of Preses Andrew Connell and his lady wife, Vice Preses Norman Kerr and his lady wife, Provost Anne Hall, Rev Ian Millar, and Councillors Andy and Audrey Doig. After the Preses opening remarks Eric Black said grace and we stood for a minutes silence in remembrance of the murdered in Paris before dinner was served. The catering staff had prepared the hall beautifully and the menu of Lentil Soup, Steak Pie and Veg and Cheesecake for pudding hit the spot. Now replete the company filled the envelopes provided with cash for the draw before settling in for the speeches, we had never intended to run this dinner as a fundraiser and this was a last minute decision prompted by applications from two village organisation for funding. Andrew Connell thanked the company for attending and thanked all the Past Preses for their attendance before embarking on a short history of the Society with many memories and anecdotes. Provost Anne Hall thanked us for her invitation and extolled the virtues of organisations like The Society. Provost Hall supports local charities through her Provost’s Charity Fund, we applaud her work. The Reverend Ian Millar was our next speaker, Ian is a well kent Habbie, his speech dispensed with much of his after dinner routine as he reminisced about his childhood in the village to riotous applause. We were painted a word picture of the old life of Kilbarchan interspersed with anecdotes and ribald jokes. As well as the top table the Society had invited Andy and Norman (The Bawn), who have played at 40 of our last 41 Burns Suppers. They didn’t have to sing for their supper this time. After the speeches the Provost drew the names for the prize draw, there were 2 prizes; a 3 litre bottle of Teachers whisky and a specially blended bottle of 250th Anniversary...

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Visit to the Weavers Cottage

Visit to the Weavers Cottage

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Whisky Tasting 2015

Whisky Tasting 2015

Kilbarchan Bowling Club was the venue for our 2015 Whisky Tasting. Mr Alan Scott brought his knowledge of the whisky industry and four Speyside single malts for sampling. This is the second time Alan has educated us on Scotland’s national drink; we couldn’t quite remember it all from last time so he tried again but I get the feeling it might be another few attempts before it sticks. The four whiskies of the evening were Tomatin Legacy, Tormore, Cardhu and Ardmore. Armed with our new knowledge we set about checking colour, aroma, legs and taste. Although all were Speyside malts the variations were quite sharply noticeable; from the light, pale Tomatin to the more robustly amber Ardmore. The night was proclaimed a success and many hinted that they wouldn’t mind another. The Managers would like to offer thanks to all those who attended and to the staff at Kilbarchan Bowling Club for looking after...

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2015 Burns Supper

2015 Burns Supper

The 41st Annual Burns Supper was held in the Kilbarchan Bowling Club on the 17th of January. The assembly stood as the top table were lead in by Piper Neil McTaggart. At the top table with the Preses, Andrew Connell, were Ian McCosh, Willie Fleming and Andy McMillan. Pipe Sergeant McTaggart then piped the Haggis to the top table, Stephen Vaughan had the honour this year (he is the newest Manager) of bearing the haggis and Oliver Jones of delivering the whisky. Ian McCosh gave the haggis a royal addressing, it was saluted and borne back to the kitchen. Mr Eric Black said grace and supper was served. We were served a delicious Cock-a-leekie followed by Haggis and neeps then Steak Pie and trimmings, finishing with coffee/tea and the cheese board. Thanks are due The Elderslie Inn for the wonderful meal they served us. After the Loyal toast Norman Currie and Andy Hay lead the company in singing songs of Robert Burns, Norman and Andy have attended 39 of the last 41 Burns Suppers and gave yet another flawless performance. This year the Immortal Memory was delivered by Willie Fleming, the 3rd time he has addressed the Society, who gave a knowledgeable, humorous and in places charged address before raising his glass to toast Robert Burns. Our Past-Preses Alan Gordon then gave an electric performance of Tam O’ Shanter and Andy McMillan gave a wonderfully humorous and irreverent toast to the Lassies. After a short interval Ian McCosh recited To a Louse and then Andy and Norman lead the General Society Male Voice Choir in singing Lass O’ Ballochmyle and The Habbies O’ Kilbarchan before Alan Gordon toasted the Society. After another short interval the raffle was drawn, Neil McTaggart played a stirring selection of pipe tunes and Ian McCosh recited A man’s a man with the whole company singing the last verse. Due to the Vice-preses being unable to attend Eric Black gave the Vote of Thanks and Willie Fleming responded for the speakers. This just left it to Andy and Norman to get the whole company standing (some on chairs) to sing the Star o Rabbie Burns. So ended another fabulous Burns Supper And they hae taen his very heart’s blood, And drank it round and round; And still the more and more they drank, Their joy did more abound. Robert Burns, John...

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New Bench

New Bench

The Kilbarchan General Society is pleased to announce that we have placed a new bench at the top of the Law Brae to replace the deteriorating one that has served people enjoying the walk and view for many years. The Society placed the first bench at The Law and it remains the sole survivor of all the benches we placed about the village at that time. This is the first of a number of activities we are planning in our 250th anniversary...

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