On Robert Burns’ Birthday (25 January) the ‘Bard at the Boat Club’ event took place to celebrate the legacy of Scotland’s Bard.

Around 60 participants set down to a traditional Burn’s Supper buffet followed by entertainment.  This was a Burn’s Supper with a modern twist.  Hugh and Clair Kerr started the celebration of Burns with an superb rendition of Tam O’shanter (including horse!).  Music and song was provided by Al Black, Gordon McKenzie and a duet consisting of Rose Sloan and Tom Kater. The spoken word was provided by Lesley McLaren who read a Liz Lochhead poem and Stephen Watt, a modern day beat poet from Dumbarton.  Stephen recited 3 of his own poems.  The assembly ended a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

A raffle was held and those attending were exceptionally generous in donating prizes and purchasing tickets.

After the Bard at the Boat Club those present settled down to watch SUNSHINE ON LEITH and many sang along to The Proclaimers songs that run through this film.

Thank you to all who attended this event.  Congratulations and gratitude to those who organising this event and provided help .

Profits from this event will be used to support the RWSABC Development Fund.

We’re delighted to say that we’ve received funding for a supply of free period products for our members, participants and visitors. They’ll be in Ladies Changing rooms and Toilets, if you ever get caught short and need to use them.

RWSABC would like to thank Scottish Canoe Association for putting the Club forward on our behalf and to SportScotland for the donation.

Please use this link for more information Free Period Products

Information about BARD AT THE BOAT CLUB
Saturday 25 January 2020
A fund raiser to support Future Development at RWSABC

An approximate schedule for the evening

6:30 Beginning of the evening’s activities
Serve yourself from the buffet and enjoy your meal with friends
Menu: Traditional or Vegetarian Haggis, Neeps, & Tatties, shortbread/tablet, with coffee/tea
Entertainment
Drawing of the Raffle
9:00 The movie begins
10:45 Expected end of the film

Other information:
During the meal you are invited to read out Burn’s Verse of you choosing
You may want to bring your own biscuits and cheese
If you wish to donate a prize for the raffle, please bring it with you on the evening
If you would want to take away leftover food, please bring your own containers

TICKET PRICE £12/head

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone Andy Morton’s talk, planned for 22nd Jan, until 11th March. See revised programme below.

Tickets for this event will go on sale in the Club bar at 5:30pm on Friday 10th Jan.

Ticket price will be confirmed by Tuesday 7th January.

On a similar basis to Hogmanay, there will be a limit of 4 tickets per member initially, tickets have to be paid for in the Bar before your name will go on the list, there is a limit of 66 tickets and there will be a Waiting List. There will also be allocated seating, to make sure we all fit into the Hall.

There is an opportunity for impromptu performances by some of the gathered company during dinner of haggis, neeps & tatties. Then we will be entertained by a number of performances from members and guests.

The evening will end with the showing of a complimentary movie, that may have something to do with the weather over the northern suburbs of Edinburgh, and is likely to result in impromptu singing by the gathered company.

Below are the dates and kick-off times for the games of the tournament that are likely to be shown on the BIG screen in the clubhouse.

Saturday 1st February
16:45 Ireland V Scotland

Saturday 8th February
16:45 Scotland V England
There is an international rowing conference on in the clubhouse over this weekend, but we are in negotiations with the organisers to time the end of Saturday session to allow this game to be shown.

Saturday 22nd February
14:15 Italy V Scotland

Sunday 23rd February
15:00 England V Ireland

Saturday 7th March
14:15 Ireland V Italy

Sunday 8th March
15:00 Scotland v France

Saturday 14th March
14:15 Wales V Scotland
16:45 Italy V England
20:00 France V Ireland

Planning is underway for an evening to celebrate the works of Robert Burns and other prominent Scottish artists. There should be a formal announcement in the coming 7-10 days with details of how to get tickets, their price and an outline programme for the evening.

In brief; there will be hot food, some recitations and musical performances. It will be restricted to 65-70 tickets. This will be followed by a Scottish themed musical movie.

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