Trip to Mauchline Holy Fair

A large number of club members made what has become the annual trip to Mauchline Holy Fair recently. By all accounts a great time was had by all. Many thanks to all who organised this and to those who attended to support the club.


New President

Iain Harkins took up the role of president at our AGM in April. We thank Iain for taking this on and wish him well for the next three years.

His duties include chairing all committee and club meetings and organising our annual suppers - both the January one and the one for our ladies in March.



Annual Supper 2015

This year the supper was once more a huge success. All credit to Davie MacDonald in chairing this one - his third and final - at least for the time being.

top table
Click the photo for a full report

Sadly our old guestbook has been hacked and deleted. It had comments in going back 7 years so this is a blow. However we have started a new one below:

[Sign My Guestbook] [View My Guestbook]
Powered by E-Guestbooks Server.


Children's Competition


The childrens competition recently was a huge success as normal - with 46 entrants through all the age groups for verse and song, from the 3 schools Denend , Cardenden and St Ninians and as usual a very high  standard:

under 6 verse 1st Isobel Akhtar -Dobson 2nd John Smith  3rd Finlay Hutchison
under 9 Verse 1st John Sheilds 2nd  Keira  Hynd 3rd  Dayna Fleming 4th  Lucy Boyle
Under 9 Song  1st  Lucy Boyle 2nd Darci Paterson 3rd Ardadia Ward
Under 9 Duet 1st Darci Paterson and Ollie Haxton

Under 12 Verse 1st Ryan Wood 2nd Katie Brennan 3rd  Nathan Robertson

Under 12 Song 1st Krystine Shand 2nd Erin Cuthbert 3rd Shianne Ward 4th Brogan Harris
Under 12 Duet 1st Chloe Hunter and Shianne Ward

Past Winners Medal   Won by  Krystine Shand

Well done to all who took part

Everyone received a certificate signed by club president Davie MacDonald.

All winners were given a certificate, a book and medals, cups and quaichs were also distributed.


Annual Burns Supper 2014

Another fantastic success at the annual supper. Once again over 100 gathered to hear toasts, songs,& poems and to share good food and several drinks! Well chaired by President DJ MacDonald. Photos to follow asap.

top table 2014




Sadly Wilf Alsop - past president of the club, passed away recently. He was a great Burnsian and a genuinely good man. A former English teacher, several people spoke very eloquently at his funeral including Val McDermid - a past student of his.
His Tam O Shanter was excellent and his Tam Sampsons Elegy will be remembered by many.



Supper 2013

top table

The annual supper took place in The Dundonald Institute on the 26th Jan. Once again a packed hall had a wonderful night's entertainment. Click the top table photo for a report!

Who did what: previous suppers

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


Sad News

Ann Watters
It is with regret we must announce the passing of our Honorary President Ann Watters age 86.. Ann's husband Norman was a club stalwart and Past President and when he passed away some 17 years ago Ann was good enough to become our Honorary President. She is well known in this area as a former Councellor and campaigner on many issues, and has been a strong supporter of BPBC for many years.

Ann lived most of her adult life in Kirkcaldy, where she was a teacher, science education adviser, a councillor for the Dunnikier ward and chairperson of the civic society.
In 1949 she married dentist Norman Watters - who was to bacome our club president -and accompanied him to South Africa, where they lived for three years.
They returned to London and then, in 1953, moved to Kirkcaldy, where Norman bought the dental practice at 16 Wemyssfield.
Ann taught science at Templehall School before becoming a science education adviser with Fife County Council.
During this time she set up the East Wemyss Environmental Centre, which offered hands-on experiences to generations of children.
Her great contribution to Kirkcaldy was as chairperson of the civic society for 24 years. She was made an MBE in recognition of her service.
For more than 20 years she represented Dunnikier on Kirkcaldy District Council and then Fife Council, firstly as a Liberal Democrat and later as an independent.

Sadly our new VP Tom Dow passed away very suddenly recently. He has been a club stalwart over the last few years and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family. RIP Tom.



New members welcome. Contact any of the committee or simply turn up. 2nd Sat each month Sept to April in the Bowhill Hotel at 7pm.

Note we are now on Facebook! Search for Bowhill Peoples' Burns Club

or click here

Two Suppers in One Night - AGAIN- 3750 miles apart!

Club President Kev Thompson not only hosted our supper this year but once again went on later that night to perform to another audience, 3000 miles away! The third live skype link up, when he sang for The Minneapolis Twin Cities Club, took place in front a very enthusiastic 300+ Americans in Minneapolis. Watch for video....


Children's Competition 2012

The annual children's competition takes place on 12th March 2012 in Bowhill Bowling Club.
Please arrive at 9:30 to register!

Previous years reports:2010, 2009, 2008


Older News has been moved to here


Tam O Shanter

Club President Kev Thompson recites Tam O Shanter to a series of Paintings by local artist Charles Nasmyth.
Kevin says "I was delighted to be invited to take part in this unique compilation. Charles' paintings are a wonderful illustration for Burns' classic poem"



Burns Wall Hanging

Carolle wall hanging

Carolle Graham - wife of club member Jack - tells the story behind her fabulous wall hanging.
Click the picture above to read it and see the hanging.

Auld Lang Syne: Orignal words and tune

Several members including our new Honorary President, asked for a recording of this.
Although not on CD there is a video clip here for those interested.


Where do our website visitors come from?

Thanks! Please keep visiting.

Locations of visitors to this page

This site has had:

Site Meter


Frank chooses Epsitle to a Young Friend and Holy Willie's Prayer.
Jack suggests why you should give the Club a try...
Find out why.....

Members Jottings: Who likes what and why!
Dance and social - read the story.... Opening Social: Report by DJ Macdonald
Bus trip to Ayr. Read all the details Club trip to Ayr 30th June 2007
Sad loss to the Club.... Passing of members: Sad News
Christmas raffle prizes Christmas Social Raffle Prizewinners list. Click here.

Burns Quiz: by DJ MacDonald......QUICK QUIZ....NO BOOKS!

New Burns Quiz!


news paper


Do we really know what Burns looked like?

Click his picture to find out and try our quiz too!

Club News

Click the paper for club news


About the club - by Wilf Allsop (past President)

BPBC is number 803 in The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd

The Bowhill People's Burns Club was founded in 1940 during the Second World War with the aim "to perpetuate the memory of Burns, to foster the study of his works, and to promote social and intellectual discourse among the members by meetings and discussions". As a consequence its special toast at the annual Burns Supper has always been "Peace and the People", alongside the traditional toasts of "The Immortal Memory" and "To The Lassies". The first Supper was held in 1941 and the club has continued to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns every year on sixty-seven occasions.

A feature of the club has been its regular monthly meetings, when the singing and reciting of the Bard's work by the members has been a key element. Originally the members met in each others houses but, after some time, the meetings came to be held in the Railway Tavern, which had the ideal size of room. Unfortunately this venue was closed in 1994, but a room became available in the Bowhill Gothenburg Supper Rooms. The venue has since changed again several times and is now the Bowhill Hotel on the second Saturday of each month September to April.

club plate

Club plate

Bowhill hotel

Bowhill Hotel - Derran Drive: Current venue for BPBC

Railway Tavern

The Railway Tavern Bowhill 

Number 1 Goth

 The Number 1 Gothenburg

In the 1970s the club ceased to be entirely local and now has members from further afield including Burntisland, Cambridge, Cowdenbeath, Crossgates, Cupar, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glenrothes, Kelty, Kennoway, Kirkcaldy, Kinglassie, Kinghorn, Leslie, Lochgelly, and London! The club celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1990 with a special supper attended by officials from the Burns Federation. (notes from the back of the club's limited edition commemorative plate)


More information about Bowhill can be found here or by clicking the link on the left.

Anyone interested in more information or even joining the club please contact one of the committee or email

Note this is a picture to confuse spammers.
You must type it into your email client.

The Story of Burns Check

© BPBC 2007 all rights reserved

Webmaster: Kevin Thompson          Background from backgroundcity       Last update: Sunday 01-Feb-2015 6:43 PM

 If you don't see a menu on the left you are not in the frames.     Click here to reload in frame