The Amersham and District Scottish celebrated Burns Nicht at Harewood Downs Golf Club on Saturday evening. They toasted the memory of Scotland’s National poet, Robert Burns whose birthday is on 25th January.
Having piped the 85 members and guests into the function, Alan Rouse, the Association’s Honorary Piper, piped in the haggis. The Address to the Haggis, the centrepiece of the dinner was given by Andrew Swann.
During dinner, the traditional toasts were made to The Queen, Past Presidents and Members’ Guests. Our Chairman, John Munro, introduced each speaker with brief histories and anecdotes.
The Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns was proposed by David Cunningham who discussed Burns’ life and work. He focussed on Burns in a historical context, his political views and his place in Scottish society of the time.
The Toast to the Lassies was proposed by Eddie Galloway who humorously described our devotion to, and dependence on, our Lassies. He confirmed that men were not able to properly multi-task and our Lassies need to accept us with all our faults. The Response to this Toast was given by Eileen Aitchison who described how the Lassies managed our men making clever use of golfing vernacular.
Tim Venner sang renditions of six of Burns’ songs, accompanied on keyboard by his wife, Rosemary. His excellent singing was much appreciated and he encouraged the audience to join in two of the well-known songs.
A recitation of Burns’ humorous poem “To a Louse” was provided by Linda Peplow, assisted by Norma Jenns.
The Toast to the Association was given by John Dolman who described the fellowship of Scots around the world. He praised the friendship and fellowship of our Association. In her reply, the President of the Association, Rosemary McNair, thanked John for his kind words and his best wishes for the
future of the Association. She then thanked all the sp
eakers and singers for contributing to the excellent entertainment and the Committee for all their hard work in organising and setting up the evening.
The evening closed with spirited renditions of the “Star of Rabbie Burns” and the traditional “Auld Lang Syne”.
In addition to the Burns’ Nicht Dinner, the Association arranges other events during the year
such as the St Andrew’s Night Dinner Dance, a Ceilidh, Wednesday evening Scottish Country Dancing, a Charity Bridge Drive, a Golf Outing and a Summer Walk.
Any Scots in the district, interested in finding out more and joining the Association should contact the Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.