THURSDAY CLUB 2007 PDF Print E-mail

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President - John Hutchinson with retiring Margeret Taylor and Joan Stubbington.

A new committee has been appointed for 2007/2008.

President - John Hutchinson
Secretary - Kathy Hutchinson
Treasurer - Norman Osborne
Vice President - Brian Maxwell
Members - Davie Gordon, Tam Ashton, Hazel Osborne, Margaret Taylor, Nancy Aitken and Madeline Maxwell.

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THURSDAY CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY 2007
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On Thursday 20th December a goodly number of members and friends enjoyed a fun filled afternoon in the Murray Hall, Auchencairn that was organised by the new Committee.
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John and Kathy Hutchinson entertain.

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Kathy in her monologue

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Kathy as 'The Laird's fair maid'

After a presentation of flowers to Margaret Taylor (ex-President) and Joan Stubbington (ex-Secretary) by the new President John Hutchinson the fun started with a good old sing song of Scottish melodies led by Kathy Hutchinson with husband John on the piano accordion and Hazel Osborne on piano.  The music included a beautiful solo by Margaret Taylor.  Next up was Kathy again with the hilarious Pam Ayres monologue “I wish I’d remembered by teeth”.  Then the old favourite game of Pass the Parcel got everyone’s blood flowing a bit faster.
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All then got stuck into a great buffet meal provided by the members.  The prize draw saw over 35 gifts distributed and of course helped boost club funds.

After the meal the assembly were stunned by a wonderful rendition of “The Laird o’ Cockpen”, sung unaccompanied by Davie Gordon and acted by John and Kathy, who threw themselves into the comic parts.

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Davie Gordon

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Norman Osborne

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Tam Ashton

Back to music to finish the afternoon with some rousing Christmas Carols and of course Auld Lang Syne.

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Davie Gordon and 'the beastie'

The Club meets on the third Thursday of the month throughout winter and offers a friendly welcome to new members and visitors.

The Burns Lunch for 2007 held at the Clonyard Hotel was well attended by most regular members from Auchencairn, Dundrennan and Dalbeattie.

Presiding over the function was Margaret Taylor, ably assisted by Vice-President Joan Stubbington. They along with other committee members including Treasurer Norman Osborne had planned and subsequently executed a very enjoyable day. The haggis was duly produced and carried in by Davie Gordon who was resplendent in his kilt.                                                                                                     

The Hotel had an unfortunate hitch with its piper, but the situation was quickly recovered by Hazel Osborne who converted her keyboard to bagpipes in order to play Davie and the paunch (not his - I meant the haggis) into the room.

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Derek 'gi'es it laldie'

Then followed the address to the haggis by Derek Roan, a local dairy farmer, who kindly gave up a few hours to aid the enjoyment of the day. And enjoyment it was as Derek veritably gushed over the haggis and dispatched it with great gusto. 
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The beastie being no more, all settled into a good meal washed down with a touch of the water of life (and a few sherries). Again Derek took the floor and rendered the audience speachless (but not laughless) with his talk on Burns life and animated renditions of parts of many a verse. Toasts and speeches followed before Derek had to leave and get the cows in for the next milking.

Still the frivolity continued with Hazel on the keyboard accompanying solos from Mary Gordon and Margaret Taylor and some community singing from the rowdy lot that makes up the Thursday Club - all Burns songs of course.

By mid-afternoon the throng was worn out and headed home with satisfied bellys and big smiles, having spent pleasant few hours with old (and some not so old) friends.

MEETING ON 15TH FEBRUARY

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Pat Whittall explains the RDA


A talk was given and video presentation shown regarding the Riding for the Disabled Association's (RDA) activities in general and within our area in particular. The speaker was Pat Whittall from the Machars Group of the RDA which operates at Newton Stewart.
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Pat explained how the RDA was started in the late 50's but really took off in 1964 with the involvement of the Duchess of Norfolk as the first President. The current President is HRH Princess Anne who is a great support in raising funds and the organisatiuons profile.

The aim to to improve the health and welfare of people (health and enablement) with a variety of disabilities, through horse riding and driving. They undertake rehabilitation by the natural movement of the horses helping the body to repair.  Caring for the animals and equipment is also found to be therapeutic. Sex and age is no bar with local groups having participants aging between 5 and 70 years.

Volunteer helpers (always recruiting) are an essential element as up to 5 are needed to get a person out on a carriage drive or 2 on a horse ride. Training has to be done and courses passed in order to meet strict safety standards. Instructors attend national training and are certificated to operate. All working with children are subject to 'disclosure' investigation. Qualified first aiders are always present.

The RDA helps people with various disabilities including stroke victims, blindness and Downes.

Many people achieve highly in sports and Gold medal have been won in Olympic competition.

The local groups for the Stewartry are based at Barstobrick Farm, Ringford and at Barend, Kippford. They also take the members on riding holidays to centres in Stirling, Yorkshire and near Loch Ness (all paid by charitable gifts and fund raising).

Anyone requiring further information regarding participation for members or as volunteers should contact:-
Pat Tel: 01556 650237, Jean Tel: 01557 814672 or Susan Tel: 01671 840263.

The talk was well received by those present and a vote of thanks given by Jose Brydson.

There followed they usual raffle to raise funds for the Thursday Club and a good blether over tea and biscuits.

Meeting on 15th March 07
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An audience with Susan Fortune was the main event at the meeting on 15th March.
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The main event of the day was a wonderful talk by Susan Fortune of Bengairn, Auchencairn who gave a potted history of her life and times from birth near Aberdeen (no-one will risk even hazarding a guess as to when), through to the end of WW11.
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Susan recounted her childhood days and the simple times of playing games, making camps, dancing, doing plays and visiting the beach. There is little doubt that compared to many she had in many ways a privileged upbringing but still had to deal with growing up in fairly austere times and with her father being an Advocate certainly had to mind her P's and Q's. She can recall that occassionally outrageous language like 'oh dear' or 'oh bother' could be heard in the house - rather a change to the language to which even children now seem to use with no reproach. Unfortunately her father died while Susan was still at school.

She left school at age 17 with no qualifications but an ability and desire to dance. Susan still considers herself very fortunate that the opportunity arose to attend a ballet/dance school in London.
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After a time and after some typing and shorthand lessons she joined the Wrens.
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While stationed at Arbroath Naval Station she joined an entertainment group and spent a great deal of time visiting other stations and the surrounding area performing dance, music and plays.

When the time came to move on and she was Commissioned, Susan did 6 weeks at Greenwich, training to do signalling and ciphering. Some of the tricks she got up to while communicating with the navy ships are best not to be printed here - suffice to say that she had (and still has) a bit of a naughty streak in her.

When the opportunity arose to serve overseas arose, she grasped the chance and was able to fly to India, with stop overs at exotic locations like Portreath in Cornwall (Ed. 'well I've been there on holiday and class it as fairly exotic'), Gibralter, Tunis, Cairo and onward to Delhi. There she joined the Admiralty staff working from the Mountbatten household. It was while there that she met the young Bruce Fortune and well 'whiz bang that's another story'.  Work took her to Ceylon and then back to Delhi to operate in the Rear HQ Signals Office. She recounted with some gratitude and humility the great opportunities afforded her by life in such wonderful surrounding and with such influencial and interesting people. Two months after the war ended and after 3 years in India, she and Bruce were married in the Viceroys Palace.
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There ended a fascinating account of a short phase of Susan's life and she left the audience curious for details of the next as she entered life with her new family. Hopefully she will return to the Thursday Club soon and continue her story.