Burns Supper 2020Written by Carole Cox
On Saturday, 8 February our members and friends gathered to celebrate Burns night in style with good food, a ceilidh and a wee dram. Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 and, since soon after his death in 1796, Burns enthusiasts have been celebrating his life and his genius annually with Burns Suppers. The Chair, Derek Hiscocks, called the guests to order and all stood to receive the haggis, piped in by Marcus White. The “beastie” was carried by Richard, the chef, and escorted by Carole Cox with the dram. At the front they met Ian Caldwell, who then addressed the haggis with zest and gusto!
Alfresco Catering prepared and served the delicious meal of salmon mousse, followed by traditional haggis served with a whisky sauce, neeps & tatties. This was followed by 'tipsy laird', a gorgeous raspberry sherry trifle and the meal rounded off with fresh coffee and mints, accompanied by excellent home-made shortbread. During the meal the guests were entertained with recitations of Burns’ work; “Banks o' Doon” by Margaret Caldwell and “Epistle to a Young Friend” by Willie McKenna.
After the meal, John McGhee toasted the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, the Loyal Toast was proposed by Ian Caldwell and the Chair, Derek Hiscock, proposed toasts to “Oor Guests” and to absent friends. Then Dicey Reilly & Guests had everyone on their feet taking part in the ceilidh; partners were found and dances learnt, thanks to the caller’s patience and enthusiasm. The music was excellent and had those not dancing, tapping their feet and clapping along. During the break, allowing guests and band to catch their breath, the raffle was drawn; the kindness of local businesses was hugely appreciated.
The ceilidh resumed with more fun and laughter; the band and guests could have continued until the early hours, however at 11pm the time had come to wish friends goodnight and Derek gave the closing vote of thanks, congratulating all those who had a helped organise the event. Derek said “heartfelt thanks to the caterers, the food was delicious. The hall looked amazing and the enthusiasm of the band made for a very special event. Special thanks to Photoflair, Romsey for taking the photos and providing lasting mementos of the evening.” The night was rounded off by a rousing rendition of Robert Burns’ most widely known work, 'Auld Lang Syne' before the guests wended their weary, but happy, way home.
Thank you all for your support, we have raised £495.74 for church funds.