Thursday Club Events 2007/8. PDF Print E-mail
Some of the activities from our 2007/8 season.

On 26th January Auchencairn Thursday Club members and friends joined together in The Old Smugglers Inn, Auchencairn for a lunchtime celebration of the life and times of Rabbie Burns.

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The Master of Ceremony for the day was Norman Kennedy from Dalbeattie who utilised his skill as a teacher, raconteur and musician to manage the event and keep the assembled 30 under control (difficult) and entertained. After being introduced by Club President John Hutchinson he gave the Selkirk Grace before all tucked into the first course of Cock a Leekie soup (or a vegetarian or vegan/celiac option).
Then in came the haggis - warm, reekin', rich, carried by John Hutchinson, accompanied by chef Douglas Anderson and serenaded by the piper Blair Wallace.
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The 'beestie' was duly delivered to the top table for the attention of Davie Gordon who with an eloquency reminicent of the bard himself (not that anyone can bear witness to that) praised its being, before with some animated aplomb, he despatched it to the hands of the chef.
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The assembly was then treated to some findly rendered pipe tunes by Blair Wallace who since first visiting us 2 years ago has made great progress and is now a member of the much acclaimed Kirkcudbright Pipe Band.
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The rest of the meal was duly served and considering its quantity, and the fair age (said with due respect) of some of us, it did a quick vanishing act. Much was due to the culinary efforts and organisation skills of the 17 year old chef Douglas Anderson whose single handed preparation of the meal was superb.
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In attendance were Douglas' grandparents Robert and Barbara, who were rightly proud of his achievement.
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Norman Kennedy kicked off the entertainment with a comic and informative 'Immortal Memory' that culminated in a toast to the Bard. He followed up with a selection of mixed tempo and mood Burns tunes on his fiddle. As Norman is a regular member of the 'Gallovidians' fiddler group that travel the area raising money for good causes, one can imagine the high quality of the performance rendered. The club members then got stuck into things, including a lovely rendition of 'The Star o' Rabbie Burns' by Mary Gordon, Burns songs and music from John and Kathy Hutchinson, Margaret Taylor and a sing along accompanied by Hazel Osborne on the keyboard supported by Norman again on the fiddle. It was a great music session as the following photos show.
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We finished a hectic afternoon as always with Auld Lang Syne (no photo this time as nobody is exempt from joining in). It was a good day, enjoyed by young and old(er) members and guests, gathered in a true spirit of friendship.

On 20th March the Club had a presentation by Mervyn Carter from Crocketford who, ably assisted by his wife Francis, displayed a vaste amount of tapestries that he had produced by hand as a hobby over many years. The detail and craftsmanship were incredible and greatly appreciated by the audience of members and guests. The Murray Hall had never seen such decoration, with three of its walls and some table space covered in these works of art. This was the first time that Mervyn had displayed his works in public - no doubt it won't be the last.

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT 'SPORTS DAY'.