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2017 Sportsmans Dinner

2017 Sportsmans Dinner

The early afternoon of Saturday 14th of October had the Managers setting up the Bowling Club for the Dinner that evening. The only worry was that we’d not fit everyone in. There is always a bit of trepidation when these events draw near as to the actual number attending what with late call offs and last minute scrambles for places. This year we had the added worry of one of our speakers cancelling due to an operation, he is thankfully on the mend. So after everything was finally nailed down we had 90 guests and our speakers were Tam Cowan and Chick Young, both very well known from TV and radio. The company sat down to dinner at 7:30pm and the caterers had excelled themselves; Chick Young ,who’s attended one or two of these events, thought it the best soup he’d tasted in ages and the top table agreed. The steak pie was top notch too. The only cloud was the continued absence of Tam Cowan who had still been presenting Off The Ball when the dinner was supposed to start. Undaunted we soldiered on. Tam arrived in plenty of time to hear Chick regale us with anecdotes, memories and tale tales. I’d like to thank John Deans for finding a PA system of sorts from the depths of the basement. After a quick prize draw it was the turn of Mr Cowan to take the floor. He spoke for over an hour; gave the Preses and Vice Preses plenty of verbal abuse, was hilarious throughout and at the end hosted the auction and raised a considerable sum for the Society’s coffers. I’d like to offer the Society’s thanks to both Tam and Chick for a job well done....

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2017 Whisky and Gin Tasting

2017 Whisky and Gin Tasting

On Saturday 25th of March we held our third Whisky Tasting evening in the Kilbarchan Bowling Club. The first of these events was a small gathering of Managers and friends and the second likewise. The Managers had decided that to broaden the appeal we would include a selection of Gins. Although there is always a bit of apprehension about turn out for these events we were surprised and heartened by the large crowd who had come to be educated and entertained. There were 4 whiskys; Auchentoshan American Oak, Glengoyne 10 year old, Highland Park 10 year old and Tomatin Cu Bocin The Gins were; JJ Whitely served with Prosecco, Brecon, Boe and Eden Mill. Each of our guests could try 4 in any order or combination. A very pleasant evening was had by all. Thanks again to Mr Scott for supplying the spirit and knowledge, each year we get a wee bit smarter. The Preses and managers of the Society would like to thank everyone who attended and who bought raffle tickets, in 3 years this has gone from being a ‘loss leader’ to a bona fide fund raiser and we look forward to many more. This slideshow requires JavaScript.  ...

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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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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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