President’s Blog Dumfries Ladies Burns Club Social Evening at ‘The Hole In The Wa’

Dumfries Ladies Burns Club 22nd April 2015, ‘Hole In The Wa’

On Wed 22nd April 2015, David Smith and I were delighted to attend the last social of the Dumfries Ladies Burns Club for the 2014/15 programme, held in the recently refurbished lounge of the ‘Hole In the Wa’ , ably hosted by President Jean McMillan Foster. From memory, numbers were down on last year but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the hosts who provided excellent hospitality. A tasty supper ensued, followed by greetings from kindred clubs. Maestro accordionist Max Houliston, with guest singers provided the core of musical merriment and a raffle raised a tidy sum. Anxious to have ‘earned my crust’ I was about to read a humorous poem about memory loss when a ripple of laughter followed the disclosure, I had won a memory pad in the raffle!

The evening was varied as it was entertaining, with readings, poems, singing, flute playing and a large dash of operatic singing. There was also a rousing and animated version of. ‘Sam the skull’ sang with gusto by Kate Kaye (from Dalbeattie) which had the company in stitches!

The top table was well represented by senior members of kindred clubs. With so many chains of office on show, this gave our Hon Sec an opportunity to proudly show off his newly acquired and much deserved B.E.M. to much applause from a throng of admirers. When asked to say a few words, David modestly remarked, the award was long overdue and to the delight of most ladies present, offered anyone who wished, an opportunity to kiss his ring! All in all a most entertaining night in good company and very convivial surroundings.

John Clark
(President Burns Howff Club)

Blog Update March 2015

Perform in Dumfries Report for web
Perform In Dumfries – Recitation in Scots Verse Competition was held in the Academy on 7th March 2015.

As the Howff club are one of the sponsors for ‘Perform in Dumfries’, David Smith and I were asked to present prizes of a trophy and a fine hard back copy of Burns’ Kilmarnock Edition. The howff club actually sponsored the winners of the P6-P7 age group and I was delighted to present the winner’s prize to a young gentleman called Euan Paterson from Sanquhar who delighted us with a very animated version of ‘A lament for a lost dinner ticket’.

I must say it was nice to present a prize that, didn’t require a password, didn’t require the purchase of an extended warranty agreement, was sensibly priced and came with a lifetime guarantee!

All the kids that performed were most entertaining and importantly seemed to enjoy what they were doing! A very pleasant morning!

John Clark