People enjoying conversation at the Burns Night

The Events and Fundraising Committee held a very successful Burns evening on 8th February attended by around 80 members and friends. Entertainment was provided by local well kent faces and voices. All were well catered for with an excellent supper with homemade haggis pakora courtesy of Doreen Strachan and many other Scottish delights donated by numerous others.

David McClements welcomed everyone with the words of the Bard and introduced Irene Doughty one of the choir members who sang John Anderson My Jo. She was accompanied on the piano by Sophie Primrose. Anne Willet then gave a reading of To a Mountain Daisy. Euan Docherty who attends the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow performed a solo on the accordion. Everyone was then able to join in a fun quiz on a Robert Burns theme thanks to the skill and imagination of Anne Bell. The real quiz aficionados led by Lorna Hall won and took the spoils.

After refreshments George Hughes delighted everyone with a solo on the piano and Alex McMillan recited a number of Burns poems interspersed with his own thoughts and memories. After Euan Docherty gave another excellent solo performance on the accordion Fiona Logan sang Whistle and I’ll come to you with some audience participation. David McClements brought the evening’s entertainment to a conclusion with his rendition of Tam O’ Shanter. David Calder delivered the vote of thanks and the company joined in the singing of Auld Lang Syne to bring a wonderful evening to a conclusion. As well as enjoying the company and fellowship over £400 was raised from the evening for the church. The photograph shows folks enjoying each other’s company at the interval.