Report on Burns – From Bucks Examiner (March 2016)
The best laid plans for a great celebration
Scottish Association celebrated with poems, toasts and piping
Nearly 100 people celebrated Burns’ Night at the Harewood Downs Golf Club, Chalfont St Giles, on Saturday evening.
This was the 71st annual Burns Night dinner hosted by the Amersham and District Scottish Association, and on the night the honorary piper Alan Rouse was presented with electronic bagpipes to mark 40 years of piping, by the Associations President, David Cunningham.
The address to the Haggis was given by Elizabeth Jackson and during the dinner the traditional toasts were made to the Queen, past presidents, new members and members’ guests.
The immortal memory of Rabbie Burns was proposed by Craig Aitchison and the Toast to the Lassies was proposed by Graham Getty, and the Response given by Norma Jenns.
Tim Venner sang renditions of six of Burns poems, accompanied by his wife, Rosemary, and dramatic recitations of Burns’ poems “Killicrankie” and “Ye Jacobites by Name” were provided by Caroline Hall.
The toast to the Association was given by John Hall and President David Cunningham thanked Mr Hall and all the other speakers and singers and committee.
The evening closed with renditions of “Star of Rabbie Burns” and “Auld Land Syne”. Contact us for more information.