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Several club members took part in the 2010 Burns Supper for the Association of Professional Institutes held at the Dean Park Hotel.

API group

The Immortal Memory was delivered by Club President Kevin Thompson
Toast to the Lasses by Iain Harkins
Musical accompaniment by Humphrey Every

Also shown are Mr & Mrs David McNeil API Chairman and BPBC Member
and the President's wife, Fiona Thompson



Opening Social

As this is a special year for the Bard, we decided to celebrate his 250th in style with a Mixed Social in October. This was a great success with over 100 members and guests appearing, including two Honorary Presidents Ann Watters and Henry McLeish.

commitee 2009

2009 Committee: L to R: J.Graham, D.Penman, R.Garmory, DF.MacDonald, DJ.MacDonald(VP)
K.Thompson(Pres), A.Abercrombie, A.Deas(Sec), T.Hopton, W.Adie, W.Allsop

Honorary Presidents

Thanks to A. Deas for the photos.
The photo shows from left to right:
Henry McLeish Honorary President and ex First Minister
Kevin Thompson who took over as club President in summer 2009
David J MacDonald
who was recentlty elected as Vice President.
Ann Watters Honorary President and ex local councillor


Several members attended the World Burns Federation annual Conference this September

Davie and first Minister
kev davie AND BILL
Our Vice President and the First Minister toast the Bard
Our President and VP listen to outgoing World Federation President Bill Dawson
....with Thanks to Frank Sandeman for the photos            


Bus Trip

The proposed overnight visit to Dumfries has been postponed until May 2010.  More details nearer the time.



Show News

Kev & Cammy show

Click for club members Cameron Goodall and Kev Thompson unique two-man show .


Visit to The Howff Club Dumfries


Club members Kev Thompson and Dougie Abercrombie (6 and 5 from left) were both guests of the Howff Club, Dumfries, at their Hallowe'en Supper.
Both sang for their supper and were well received. A big thanks to the Howff for their warm hospitality and the tour of Burns country on the morning after!

Jean Armour statue outside St .Michael's Kirk Dumfries






24th Mar 08

Fife Children's competition at Auchterderan Centre :




P4/5 Speaking

1 st     Alice Black

Townhill PS

2 nd    Jessica McDonald

South Parks PS

3 rd     Tara Fricke


P6/7 Speaking

1 st    Nathaneal Munro


2 nd   Chloe Gordon


3 rd    Lewis Brown


P4/5 Singing

1 st    Leah Duncan Karrin

Townhill PS

2 nd   Robyn Smith

McLean PS

3 rd    Bethany Wood

St Serfs PS

P6/7 Singing

1 st    Erin Spence

Anstruther PS

2 nd   Amelia Kidd

3 rd    Niamh Mussen

St Margaret's PS

Primary Instrumental

1 st    Scott Cunningham


2 nd    Phillip Duckett


3 rd     Morven Anderson

Lundin Mill

S1/2 Speaking

1 st    Claire Primrose

Beath High

2 nd    Esther Garrow

Woodmill H S

3 rd    Georgiana Shire

Auchmuty H S

S3/4 Speaking

1 st   Scott Duncan

Woodmill H S

2 nd Shelby Lynch

Woodmill HS

3 rd Katie May Ferguson


S5/6 Speaking

1 st Ruth Henderson

Woodmill HS

S1/2 Singing

1 st Terri Wishart

Woodmill HS

2 nd Rory Lamb


3 rd Katie McGrory


S3/4 Singing

1 st Zoë Cuthbert

Woodmill HS

2 nd Kimberley Hall

Queen Anne HS

3 rd Jennifer Durie

Balwearie HS

S5/6 Singing

1 st James McIvor

Queen Anne HS

2 nd Adam Grogan

Queen Anne HS

3 rd Mhairi Britton


S1/2 Instrumental

1 st Kirsten Walker

Buckhaven HS

2 nd Connor Wilcox

Balwearie HS

3 rd Thomas Sibbald

Woodmill HS

S3/4 Instrumental

1 st Roy Harley

Buckhaven HS

2 nd Sarah Fleming

Balwearie HS

3 rd Esther Nisbet

Queen Anne HS

S5/6 Instrumental

1 st Katie Cuthbert

Woodmill HS

2 nd David Grubb

Buckhaven HS

3 rd Alan Linton

Buckhaven HS

The above names are the first, second and third winners

Thanks to Frank Sandeman for the results.


8th Mar 08 Annual children's competition: See report here. A great turnout and a very high standard of entries.
26th Jan 08 Annual Supper: See report elsewhere. We are also please to announce The Right Honorable Henry McLeish took up the post of Honorary President of the club.
20th Oct Opening Social and Dance
8th Sept 07 First meeting of new season held in Bowhill Hotel with usual harmony afterwards.
15th June 07 Following on the loss of Hugh and Harry we are also sad to announce the death of John Hopton - our immediate past president. John has been battling cancer for a year now and has fought valiantly. He too will be sadly missed.
30th June 07 BPBC outing to Alloway/Ayr - a great day! See report elsewhere
9th June 07 Sadly we also have to announce the passing of Harry (Lord) Ewing: Honorary President of our club. Harry was a great Burnsian, a good speaker and a regular attender of our annual suppers. He will be sadly missed.
5th June 07
Angus Middleton: President of the World Burns Federation with Ryan King: Bowhill Prize winner at Civic Reception in Kirkcaldy. (photo F Sandeman)
13th May 07
It is with great regret that the club announces the death of Hugh Docherty: club stalwart, regular member of the concert party, past president and member for over 40 years. Sadly Hugh never really recovered from a stroke he had in February and passed away yesterday (Saturday 12/5/07). He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Jessie and the family at this difficult time.
28 April 07

Results of the "National Primary Schools Burns Festival" at Webster's High School, Kirriemuir on Sat 28th April, were as follows:-

 Recitation P4/5
  1-Annie Lennox-"The mouse and the lion"-Grampian
  2-Sean Mackenzie-"Emdy lost a jaicket?"-Scottish Southern Counties Burns Assoc.
  3-Dylan McCabe-"Ballad of janitor MacKay"-Renfrewshire.

 Recitation P6/7
  1-Cait Lennox-"The soldiers return"-Grampian
  2-Hannah Farquar-"Address to the toothache"-Angus
  3 Ross Bradford-"The twa dugs(extract)-Grampian.

 Singing P4/5
  1-Natash Jamieson-"The tinkers wedding"-Grampian
  2-Ryan Kopel-"Rantin' rovin' Robin"-Renfrewshire
  3-Loise Marshall-"I left my darling"-Dundee.

Singing P6/7
  1-Mark Robertson-"Scots wha hae"-Renfrewshire
  2-Katie Suttie-"Oh whistle and I'll come tae ye"-Scots  Southern
  3-Ryan King-"Ye Jacobites by name"- Cardenden PS Fife

Instrumental P4/5
  1-Freya Hall-Recorder-Burns medley-Grampian
  2-Hannah Renton-Fiddle-Scots medley-Grampian
  3-Kirsty Potter-??-"Loch Lomond"-Renfrewshire

 Instrumental P6/7
  1-Iain Hall -Recorder-Scots medley-Grampian
  2-Hannah Adamson-Pipes-Burns selection-Grampian
  3-Emma Moody-Cello-Burns/Scots selection-Fife(Falkland PS)

Prize for most points in Recitation/song=Grampian
Prize for most points in Instrumental=Grampian
Best Recitation-Cait Lennox-"The soldier's return"-Grampian.
Best Singing-Mark Robertson-"Scots wha  hae"-Renfrewshire.
Best Instrumental-Iain Hall-recorder-medley-Grampian.
Young Junior Burnsian of 2007=Iain Hall

 Bob Stewart,"Fife Assoc.of Burns Clubs" was the chief organiser.Mrs.Frances Stewart catered for officials,"Arbroath Burns Club" and "Cupar Burns Club" provided stewards.  An excellent and very entertaining day where some wonderful talent was on display-not all of whom were fortunate to get a prize.The youngsters put in a huge effort, much to the credit of their parents,school and teachers.

(thanks to Dougie Abercrombie of Bowhill Peoples' Burns Club for the report and a special well done to Ryan King from Bowhill coming third in his section)

21/28 April 07 Scottish Schools Burns Competition at Kirriemuir featuring winners from Fife Competition (see below)

16th April 07

The club is now closed for the summer. Next meeting will be 8/9/07 at 7.00pm in the Bowhill Hotel - Derran Drive Cardenden. Any gentlemen interested in becoming members are welcome.

28th March 07

Annual Fife Burns competition held at Auchterderran Centre with help from G Wilson; Fife's Music Advisor. Winners from Bowhill Competition attended along with entries from many other Fife schools. There are three sections: verse (Burns), song (Burns) and instrumental (any Scots composer) .

There were over 130 entries from schools across Fife with a very high standard. First place winners were:

Emma Moody - Falkland Primary
Christopher Wilson - Buckhaven High School
Ron Harley - Buckhaven High School
David Nicholson - Kirkland High School

Solo Singing
Taylor McQuillan - Cardenden Primary School
Ryan King - Cardenden Primary School
Abbi King - Madras College
Esther Nisbet - Queen Anne High School
Claire Owen - Madras College

Mia Wardell - Holy Name Primary School
Scott Duncan - Woodmill Primary School
Duncan Primrose - Beath High School
Alison McFarlane - Queen Anne High School: Alison also entertained the entire company at the prize giving ceremony with her spirited rendition of  "To a Louse"

Well done to all who took part!

10th March 07

March 10th was the annual children's Burns competition in the Bowhill War Memorial club. There was an excellent turnout as usual with over 30 youngsters, mostly from Cardenden Primary, competing. Thanks to all parents and grandparents who came along in support and to the BPBC members who ran the event.

Pictured is Ryan King the overall winner proudly showing his medal and trophy, along with Ann Watters - Honorary President - who presented the prizes. Other results are below.

Song under 10 years

1st Emily Smith (Winner of Norman Watters Shield)
2nd Taylor McQuillan

Verse under 10 years 1st Taylor McQuillan (Winner of Norman Watters Shield)
2nd Jorge Bishop
3rd Georgina Watson
4th Suzanne Howie
Song 10 - 12 years 1st Ryan King (Winner of Norman Watters Shield)
2nd Jade Hankin
Verse 10 - 12 years 1st Ryan King (Winner of Norman Watters Quaich)
2nd Corri Allan
Previous Prizewinners Competition 1st Ryan King (Winner of the Andrew Russell Memorial Trophy)
Duet Competition 1st Dana Hughes & Laura Carlin






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