2012 – Burns Supper

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Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No.217 held its annual Burns Supper in the Lodge on Thursday 19th January, 2012, which was well attended by the brethren and their guests.

The evening commenced with the top table guests being piped to their table by Mr Nicholas Donnelly, who also entertained us during the various intervals.

The Chairman, Bro. John Falconer RWM, welcomed everyone present and hoped that they would have a very enjoyable evening, after which, Mr Jim Donnelly said grace.

A haggis was presented by Mr Stephen McKenna and ably addressed by Mr Jamie Donnelly. We then sat down to enjoy the dinner.

After the Loyal toast we were entertained by Mr. Jamie Donnelly, who gave us his rendition of John Barleycorn. This was followed by a song from Mr. George Bryden, accompanied by Mr. Ian Penny on the keyboards.

The Chairman then introduced Mr Richard McPaul who presented his Immortal Memory and toast to the Bard, during which he presented Mr. Jim Donnelly with several items of womens attire to wear and caused him to be upstanding at various appropriate parts of toast, to the amusement of all assembled. Richard then received a standing ovation for a job well done.

Mr George Bryden, gave us another song, which received great applause.

Mr Jim Donnelly, who had resumed his normal attire, then gave the toast to “Our Guest”. Though he was tempted to gain his revenge, he refrained and gave an appropriate and sincere toast, complimenting Mr McPaul in his excellent Immortal Memory and his prowess as a poet.

Mr Richard McPaul then made a suitable reply before reciting one of his own humorous poems relating to whisky and Scotland’s other national drink Irn Bru. This was well received by all present.

The 1st part of the evening was brought to a close when Mr Jamie Donnelly recited is rendition of Address To The Toothache.

To begin the 2nd part of the evening, the chairman introduced Mr Stewart Robinson, a member of the Port Glasgow Curling Club, who proposed a humorous Toast to the Lasses.

After another song by Mr George Bryden, before Mr Ian Jones, also a member of the Port Glasgow Curling Club, gave his entertaining “Reply” in response to the Toast to the Lasses.

We were then entertained by Mr Jamie Donnelly, who gave us “Tam O’Shanter”.

Mr Gerard Robertson WSW, then gave a humorous Toast to the Chairman, which was well received. The Chairman gave a suitable reply.

Mr Neil MacGillivray WJW, humorously toasted the Artistes and Stewards, which was ably replied by Mr George Bryden. This was followed by a Vote of Thanks to the Chairman.

The evening drew towards its conclusion when Mr George Bryden led the company in “The Star O Rabbie Burns.”

The evening ended at 11.45pm with the company singing Auld Lang Syne.

The Right Worshipful Master would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the night a success, with special thank you to brethren of Lodge Crawfurdsburn No.1121, who gave up their time to assist in the kitchen. It was very much appreciated.


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