Daily Archives: January 30, 2018

Burns Lunch with Lochside Thursday Club

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A fantastic day yesterday at the centre. A Burns lunch was enjoyed by our members and we welcomed our friends from Lochside, Dumfries who enjoyed it with us. A big thankyou to all the staff for ensuring it all went without a hitch. A special thankyou must go to Harrison Gibb for giving up his time once again to pipe in the haggis and also to the Agnew Brothers for the afternoons entertainment. Wullie Scott for his interesting story of the life of Robert Burns and Dorothy Affleck for addressing the haggis.

 

Burns Supper

It’s that time of year again when Scots world wide celebrate the birth of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns.
With the main hall at the centre fully decorated with Scottish bunting and posters of Burns it was time for the guests to arrive and enjoy a night of blether, song and a wee bit dance.
Our Chairperson, Mrs Mairi McRobert started off the Bletherin’ by welcoming everyone along and introducing the Master of Ceremonies, Mr Alec Cairns who, in his own indomitable way gave a cheery speech followed by the Selkirk Grace. And did “we hae meat”! The Bill o’ Fare was sic a feast! Traditional scotch broth, homemade and a lovely start for what was to follow, The Haggis! accompanied by none other than the neeps an’ the tatties and Piped in by, who we now think of as our own personal piper, Harrison Gibb. Harrison has been piping for us for a number of years, starting when he was only just into primary school and we have enjoyed watching him grow and develop into a fabulous piper. Lynn Harvey as chef carried the beast to the table where Mr Wullie Scott was waiting to Address and to give praise “as Lang as ma airm, for sic a dinner”
After the Haggis had filled the bellies there was just enough room left for a Whisky filled trifle, oatcakes & cheese and a sweet bite of shortbread with a coffee or tea. While the dinner settled Mr Val Plant gave the Immortal Memory, which gave insight into the man himsel. His humble beginnings, as a cotters son to his job as excise man and poet and songwriter and also his relevance today.
Mr John Henderson gave a fabulous and funny toast to the Lassies which was replied in kind by his wife Mrs Trish Henderson. The company enjoyed them very much as they were full of good humour. These are no easy speeches to do but Mr & Mrs Henderson definitely caught the essence of Rabbie himself, in their own way. All that was left to do then was dance the night away to Mr Alan Patterson and John
who kept everyone on their toes.
Lastly a thank you to Alisin, Margaret, Lynn, Fiona, Andy, Marion, Georgia, Michelle, Anne, Dayna & Chris without whom none of it would have been possible.
All that’s left to say now is, here’s to next year.
“And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.”

 

Pantomime Time

Every year we have a visit to the panto in Ayr Gaiety Theatre. It is a much looked forward to event. Busses are hired and lunches are packed for a little jolly up the road. Leaving the centre around 11am we took a scenic run up to Girvan, where we stopped for our packed lunch. The sun was shining and it was lovely to sit and watch the folks walking on the prom and the boats leaving the harbour. It would have been so nice to stop longer but Cinderella was calling. An uneventful but enjoyable journey to Ayr and into the theatre, we found our seats and got ready to be entertained. There were a few intimations and first called was ourselves! Lovely surprise and we all cheered (quite loudly!) The cast were fantastic! Buttons started off  batting sweeties out to the audience & then soaking everyone with water pistols that got bigger with every squirt! And…. he was besotted with Cinders, poor fellow, as all she wanted was a prince. The Ugly Sisters were hilarious. And the Fairy Godmother…. she “wis pure dead brilliant. So she wis!”
Baron Hardup was, well, hard up and the Prince was just as you’d expect, tall, dark, handsome, rich! Haha. The interval came round so quickly and it was ice cream time. Some one did ask if that was it finished but was told, “No’ yet, Cinderella has still to get married.” So if you hadn’t known the story…. that was it spoiled. Haha.
Our members thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the show with the horse and carriage looking rightly Royal. Then after the ball The Baron, Buttons and the Ugly Sisters getting lost in the forest and kidnapped by ghosts, which was so funny. All in all a great show. By the time we got out of the theatre it was time to go for dinner. We were booked into Malin Court, Maidens. So we came the back road via the electric brae, such a shame it was getting too dark to see the views over the water to Arran and Ailsa Craig.
What a lovely place Malin Court is and serving such delicious food. We would all recommend it if you’re going to be up that way. Again we were, too soon, back on the road home. Arriving back in Stranraer around 8.30ish.
We would like to say thank you to Scott and Gilbert who drove us up and delivered us home safely and to the staff of Malin Court who cooked and served our delicious dinner.
Do it again this year?
Oh yes we will!