Scottish Charity No - SC 015476

President 2016 - 2017 - Andy McArthur TD

Scottish Charity No - SC 015476

President 2016 - 2017 - Andy McArthur TD

The Denner

The 147th Anniversary Dinner

Message from the President

Dear Members and Guests

 

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this evening the, 147th Bridgeton Burns Club Anniversary Dinner. Since the Club was founded in 1870, the objectives have been maintained, namely:

 

• To promote the works of Robert Burns amongst pupils in schools in the east end of Glasgow by holding an annual competition.

• The commemorate the birth of the Bard with a Dinner each year.

 

The first objective was achieved in style last month when in excess of 1000 children between the ages of 5 to 18 took part. Your attendance at this Dinner is proof of the success of the second objective.

 

Reflecting on our other activities. To refresh our knowledge of the Bard we heard guest speakers at the monthly Board Meeting  filling the On The Bard Slot.

 

The Bridgeton Burns Club is progressive and keeps a weather eye on the future. The Club

affairs are conducted and completed in a business like manner by the Board Meetings and Sub-Committee Meetings held through out the year. Directors of the Club form the backbone of these Sub-Committees and along with the vast experience of the Past Presidents there is a steady hand on the tiller.

 

The costs incurred annually to run the Schools Competition increase as all costs do. With prudent management the Board maintains a careful review on all expenditure to ensure not only reasonable prices are achieved but very good value in all we do. The Board of Patrons help the Club financially and our thanks go to these valuable supporters.  ere is room for more and should you wish to become a Patron or a Director please do contact the Club. You are welcome to contact the Club through the website (www.bridgetonburnsclub.org.uk) or contacting me or any Board member.

 

As in all events like this we have our birthday boys. Celebrating their birthdays this day are Honorary Vice-President Ian Macpherson MBE, Past President Eddie Meek and Member Boyd Tunnock. A happy birthday to those gentlemen and to any of our guests celebrating their birthday on this day.

 

May I take this opportunity to remind you that by completing a Gift Aid form to accompany your donation the Club benefits from the much needed revenue without additional cost to yourself. With the Schools Competition costing in excess of £40,000 to run we value every donation received.

 

Often the Bridgeton Burns Club is described as the Best Burns Supper in the world. Tonight I believe will be no exception. Sit back, relax, sing heartily and enjoy your evening.

 

Yours Aye

Andy McArthur TD, President

Biographies

Jim Shields, Niven Rennie & Graham Hill

JIM SHIELDS

Jim is Past President of the Robert Burns World Federation, where he also served as marketing director and finance director and is currently President of Edinburgh and District Burns Clubs Association. He originates from Ayr where Burns was born and grew up with Burns all his childhood.

He sung for twenty five years with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, but the

songs of Robert Burns are his over-riding passion and he has had three of his own compositions published in the International Burns Chronicle over the past six years.

His travels to perform Burns have seen him from the sub Tropics of Savannah, to the frozen wastelands of Alberta and from performances in the House of Lords, to corporate events in Aberdeen, from Madrid to Minishant.

 

 

NIVEN RENNIE

Niven Rennie is an accomplished after dinner speaker, much in demand on the Burns Supper circuit, and a regular speaker at sports dinners, charity events and awards nights. His performances are always entertaining as he draws on his wide repertoire of humour and witty observations many of which are inspired from his thirty year career as a police o cer in the West of Scotland.

Niven was born in Greenock, raised in Dunoon and Educated in Dumbarton. He now lives in Doonfoot, Ayr, a mile from Burns Cottage.

An active member and twice past President of the Ayr Fort Players amateur dramatic group, Niven has played many parts on stage including that of Basil Fawlty when the Fort Players performed ‘Fawlty Towers’ at Ayr Gaiety Theatre in 2004 and again in 2006 – the First person ever to play this famous role on stage. More recently he has directed a number of plays including ‘Noises O ’, ‘No sex Please we’re British’ and ‘Stepping Out’.

A former member of Cowal Rugby club and Strathclyde Police Rugby Club, Niven also coached at Prestwick Football Club for 10 years but has hung up his boots and is now a keen golfer as well as an avid sports follower from his armchair!

 

 

GRAHAM HILL

Graham is a Primary School teacher who is from Helensburgh. A former Fulbright scholar, Graham’s teaching about Robert Burns and Scotland has been featured at a number of Education Scotland showcases throughout the country.

Graham is currently a Director of the Bridgeton Burns Club, where he is a member of the Schools Committee and Trophy Convenor. He is a Past

President of the Glasgow Haggis Club and the Helensburgh Burns Club. Annually, he organises the West Dumbartonshire Primary Schools Burns Competition.

He has performed at Burns Suppers at venues around the UK, including London’s Caledonian Club and Oxford University.

 

 

 

The Nicht’s Ongauns

Welcome Greetings

Grace .......................................................................................... The Chairman

The Queen .................................................................................. The Chairman

Songs O’ Burns ...............................................................Artistes and Company

Selection from the Schools Competition ............................. The Schoolchildren

 

Schools Competition Appeal

 

Past President Eric  Thompson M.B.E Past President Eric  Thompson M.B.E

 

Songs O’ Burns ..............................................................Artistes and Company

 

Interval

Songs O’ Burns ..............................................................Artistes and Company

The Immortal Memory

Jim Shields

The Speaker................................................................Director Brian McArthur

Songs O’ Burns ............................................................Artistes and Company

Our Guests.......................................................................Director Graham Hill

Reply on behalf of the Guests .............................................Niven Rennie Esq

Vote of  thanks........................................................................... The Chairman

Our Chairman ................................................Vice President Allan McGinness

 

 

“Auld Lang Syne”

Artiste: Past President Ronnie Williamson

Pipe Band: Willamwood Pipe Band

Pianist: Matthew Hynes

Piper: Pipe Major Spencer Veitch;

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