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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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We hope you enjoy your visit to our website. We hope this will give you a flavour of the history of the General Society and details of our current activities. Please contact us via email or through this site if you would wish to learn more of our work or to join the Society.

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