Andy Bell, Our President
Past President Tom hands over to Andy
Burns Club unveiled it's latest project on Wednesday May 20th.
A curling bonspiel mural now enhances what used to be a blank
wall on Loudoun Street in Mauchline. A large gathering of Burns
Club members - as well as mambers of the local curling club
- enjoyed the first public viewing of the mural depicting a
19th century curling bonspiel.
Club Past President Tom Wilkinson welcomed the crowd and handed
over to Honorary President Ian Lyell to give the background
to the imaginitive project. Developing Ian's original idea,
members Andrew Bell and Drew Baird contacted Historic Scotland
and East Ayrshire Council and soon had the work in progress.
artist, Eddie O'Donnell, was delighted with the challenge to
put his art skills - which had been passed down his family -
into the community. Eddie waived any payment for his work!
mural, unveiled by Mr Lyell himself, drew total approval from
the company. Appropriately, Jimmy Wyllie of Andrew Kay's World
Famous Curling Stone Factory in Mauchline, representing Mauchline
Curling Club delivered a vote of thanks and handed over an inscribed
miniature curling stone to artist Eddie.
afternoon closed with refreshments in the fairburn Hotel.
Malky & Ian Pose
Ian Introduces Eddie O'Donnell the
The Speakers Have a Look
Ian Lyell unveils
Wilkinson,Eddie O'Donnell,Ian Lyell & Jimmy Wyllie
The Speakers pose again
in full flow thanking the Burns Club
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Some of our Members performed in a Burns Supper
at Kilmarnock Prison. Pictured below with the Prison Director.
Have you seen
our new flag on the National Memorial?
Our Annual Wreathlaying
place on Sunday 25th January
Burns Club held it's Burns Supper on 25th January as usual.
Tom Wilkinson chaired the event in his own professional way.
immortal Memory was given by Professor Gerard Curruthers, who
entertained and educated the company
a very special way with his humour but also with authority.
The haggis was piped in by Jimmy Wyllie and addressed by
own International Haggis Addresser, Andrew Cooper. The Toast
to Bonnie Jean and the Lassies was proposed
'retired' farmer, William Watson and William did so well that
the Club have him in mind for another job.
Denham recited a very difficult poem to his usual high standard
and well known singer, Willie Stewart, really did us proud.
Lyell entertained as only he can and Malcolm Noble ran the raffle
can't be many Burns Suppers where people sitting together found
they had the same numbers.)
Anyone Remember This Burns Supper
Monday 26th January 1925 in Poosie Nansie's
2014 Footsteps Tour
Research and words by Andrew Cooper, Secretary.
Most Images by our driver, Colin Logan, for M-Line Travel
on 21st July 2012 at the National Robert Burns Memorial which
is, of course,
in Mauchline on the lands of Mossgiel.
:President Tom Wilkinson, MBC Members -Hugh Brown, Ian Lyell,
John Sutherland, Billy Sharpe, Robbie McMahon, Bob Mitchell.
Tom Morrell from Ayr BC; Mrs Janet Keenan and Alex Mckenzie
from the Howff, Kilmarnock Burns Club ;
John and Margaret Skilling from Alloway Burns Club.
From Mauchline Masonic Lodge - Jack Fleming, Willie Milligan,
Above images courtesy of Gavin Lyell
New President Tom Wilkinson
is 'crowned' by Past President Hugh Brown
Jean Armour has a flag to wave to Prince Charles,
who was passing through.
Tourist Plaques Project now completed and 'Unveiled'
Robert Burns Blue Plaques
(available from the Museum)
A Guide to Mauchline Kirkyard
(Available from Museum)
The above Project was funded
by Ayrshire Leader plus
donations collected at our own Burns Suppers.
The Plaques 'Sub-Committee'
of Andy Bell, Ian Lyell and Drew Baird pictured at Poosie Nansie's
and the Whitefoord Arms.
Russell Wyllie finishes the Ailsa Craig
Granite stone outside the museum.
Hand Held Audio Trail Guides covering most of the sites now available from the Museum
Returnable Deposit £5
Tour Scripted and narrated by Ian Lyell
2012 'Footsteps' Tour
outing this year, “In the Footsteps of Burns” (part 3) took
us on the route of
Highland Tour of 1797. Twelve members left Mauchline at 8am
in a Dodds'
and drove to Forres, continuing from where we left off last
through here on 7 September 1797. Here we stopped to see Sueno's
21 foot Pictish cross-slab which is the tallest surviving stone
of its kind. Like Burns
then stopped to see the “ venerable ruins of Elgin Abbey”.
At Fochabers we intended
visit Castle Gordon where Burns dined with the Duke and Duchess
of Gordon, however
castle is no longer open to the public. We continued, via Banff,
to Aberdeen where
stayed overnight at the Hilton Treetops Hotel. Whilst in Aberdeen,
Burns met with,
others, Professor Thomas Gordon and Bishop John Skinner. The
author of “Tullochgorum” which Burns described as “ The
best Scotch song Scotland
left Aberdeen on the Sunday morning and headed to Stonehaven,
the home of
ancestors and passed the site of Clachnahill, the home of his
father's family. Nearby
stopped to take in the sights of Dunottar Castle before stopping
for coffee in Inverbervie,
home of Hercules Linton, designer of the famous tea clipper
Cutty Sark, named after
witch from Burns' Tam O'Shanter who grabbed Maggie's
tail, “ An left poor Maggie scarce
stump ”. The figurehead on the ship was a representation
of the witch, Cutty Sark,
with Maggie's tail in her hand. A life-size copy of the figurehead
is on open
in a public garden in Inverbervie. Our tour continued through
Dundee and onto
of Allan for dinner before returning home.
Highland Tour in 1797 lasted 22 days and covered almost 600
lasted two days with an overnight stop in Aberdeen!
Hooray for the mechanical horse!
Images below courtesy of Brian Connelly
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Our Annual Jean Armour Birthday Party took place
on Friday 24th February 2012
Jane Brown from The
Globe Inn in Dumfries was the Star Attraction
Our Wreathlaying at the National Burns Memorial,
Mauchline on 25th January 2012
Our Burns Supper 25th January 2012
Successful Car Treasure Hunt on 14th
August run by
Maurice McKendrick and Malcolm Noble
On Saturday 14th August some 35 Members, wives and friends took part in a well organised Treasure Hunt around Mauchline followed by a meal and chatter in The Fairburn in Mauchline. How much participants enjoyed it was proved by the happy and cheerful banter before and during the meal. The joint was buzzing! Malcolm received a resounding 'yes' from all present when he asked if the Members would support similar informal get-togethers so look out for some novel ideas from Team Malcolm and Maurice. A very hearty thanks to them both for all the work involved in organising the Treasure Hunt and Congratulations on a job well done.
Malcolm Announces the Winner John Sutherland's winning team with organisors
Maurice McKendrick (Top Left) and Malcolm Noble (Bottom left)
John Sutherland's winning team with organisors Maurice McKendrick (Top left) and Malcolm Noble (bottom left)
Clark Milliken receives the Wooden Spoon Margery Howe has won the £20
Mauchline Burns Club's International Haggis Addresser, Andrew Cooper addresses the Haggis at the
Homecoming windup Party in the Oran Mhor Glasgow in February 2010.
Could we do it? Yes we could.
Mauchline Burns Club are proud to announce that (further to official confirmation from Guinness World Records) we now hold the World record for the biggest haggis ever cooked at 1234 pounds, some 534 pounds above the previous record.
Seen below, left to right, are Mauchline Burns Club members Fergie McCartney, Peter Scally (who masterminded the cooking) and Jim Davidson
The biggest haggis the world has ever seen was cooked in Mauchline and it was a half-ton highlight of the Mauchline Holy Fair. This great chieftain was truly the greatest of all time - a massive 1234 pounds. That's 534 pounds more than the previous record, so the Mauchline record should stand for years to come.
Slow cooking of the haggis began two days before the Holy Fair.
It was cooked in a specially made giant stainless steel tank and no-one could be sure of what would happen. Would the haggis burst open and provide the largest tank of haggis soup the world has ever seen? And, even if it held, would such a monster cook right through? Would it even survive being lifted out of the tank?
Mauchline Burns Club member Peter Scally, an ex-army cook, was in charge of the process and he watched over the haggis like an expectant father. By the morning of the Holy fair, the haggis showed a small split on top and Peter feared it might also be splitting at the bottom. But his nerves were calmed when liquid was drained from the bottom of the tank - and it was clear.
The bag survived cooking and lifting and was duly cut open and addressed in the traditional way by Mauchline Burns Club's Andrew Cooper (see below) before free samples were passed round the crowd.
The great event took place on the Bleaching Green, where Burns met wife-to-be, Mauchline girl, Jean Armour.
Witnesses of the record attempt included Chris McCarthy, managing director of old - established butchers McKechnie Jess of Greenock who provided the haggis. Others were Provost Stephanie Young of East Ayrshire and Torquil MacLeod, Director of Homecoming Scotland.
Mauchline Burns Club are grateful to the many people who helped enthusiastically to create this World Record.
Mauchline Burns Club's International Haggis Addresser, Andrew Cooper, addresses the half ton haggis with a 'knife' worthy of it's size.
The late Fergie McCartney has a taste.