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Burns Night Supper

Saturday January 23rd 2016

 

Burns Night Supper 2016 was this time celebrated at Sheffield Hallam University. With a "slainte" from the Lord Mayor, and a haggis piped in "wi' a' the honours," more than 100 members and their guests held a traditional Burns Night.

 

The highlight of the evening was Helen Morrison's powerful, thought provoking insight into Burns as a passionate decrier of the evils of poverty and inequality. All the expected ingredients for Burns night were there:  witty, and mercifully short, toasts to the lassies, the city, the Society and guests, a splendid array of tartan and enthusiastic dancing.  A very good time was had by all.

Burns Night Supper 2017

 

On Friday January 27th over 80 members and friends of The Caledonian Society of Sheffield attended the Copthorne Hotel for their annual Burns Night Supper. The event was graced with the presence of The Master and Mistress Cutler and the Lord Mayor and Consort.

A welcome was given to all by Society President Mrs Anne Mould. The haggis was piped in by Mr. Alex Ritchie and addressed by Mr. Ian McMaster. The Immortal Memory was given by Alex Ritchie and the toast to The City We Bide In by senior vice president Mr. Willy Coupar MBE. This was replied to by the Lord Mayor's Consort, Councilor Terry Fox. The toast to the Lads and Lassies were given respectively by Mr. Richard Bevan and secretary to the Society Mrs. Sue Cameron . The Master Cutler proposed the toast to the Caledonian Society of Sheffield. The guests were entertained by singing by Mr. Kerr Kennedy. The evening was concluded by dancing to the music of the duo BlinkBonny. A fantastic evening was had by all.

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The Caledonian Society of Sheffield

Burns Dinner and Dance 2018

 

The 259th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns was celebrated in the Hallam View Restaurant, Hallam University on Saturday 27th January 2018.

 

Presided over by President Willy Coupar MBE the assembled company enjoyed a splendid evening of good food and excellent company with interesting and thoughtful contributions including:

Sheila Dunstan’s rendering of the grace which would have done justice to the Bard himself.

The “Haggis” piped in by Alex Ritchie was skilfully addressed by Eileen Macpherson and the key speech “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns” was thoughtfully and humorously delivered by David Hood.

The “City we Bide in and Our Guests” was ably proposed by Arlene McMaster and responded to by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy.

Dr Arnott Rankin’s “Toast to the Lassies” was both erudite and witty but his wife Liz was equal to the task with a well constructed response on behalf of the fair sex.

The Master Cutler Ken Cooke gave the “Toast to the Caledonian Society of Sheffield” commenting on its long history and the contribution it has made to the City since its inception in 1822.

The President rounded off the speeches by thanking the Master Cutler for his kind thoughts before inviting the band “The Reel Deal” to provide us with some lively Scottish Music for “The Jigging”

The evening concluded with a vote of thanks to all the participants from the President followed by a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne

 

And we’ll tak a right guid willy-waught again in another year in Tapton Masonic Hall on Saturday 26th January 2019 to celebrate the 260th Anniversary of the birth of the Bard.

 

Ian McMaster

Burns Addressing the Haggis willy and margaret Burns Toast Master