The King's most humble servant, I, Can scarcely spare a minute;
But I'll be wi' you by an' by; Or else the Deil's be in it.

EVENTS 2016 – 2017

June
5th Tarbouton: In The Footsteps Of Burns The Black Bull, Tarbolton 12.30pm
  Our outing this year is to the village of Tarbolton which was the Burns family home from 1777 till 1784 while they farmed at Lochlea. Lunch at the Black Bull will be followed by guided tours of the Bachelors’ Club and the Masonic Lodge and a walking tour of other sites related to the Bard in the village. This should be a wonderful opportunity to explore this village which had such a pivotal role in Burns’ life after we have enjoyed a pleasant lunch in the company of fellow club members.  
 
July
23rd Friendship Evening Burns Cottage 6pm for 6.30pm
  The first of our three big events of the year will have a slightly different twist this year. Our guest speaker will be Helen Morrison, Secretary of Allanton Jolly Beggars Burns Club and for many years one of the driving forces behind the exchange arrangements for young Scots and young Russians visiting each others respective countries. Helen will be bringing with her two young people, a piper and a drummer, who will be following in our own Cameron Kerr’s footsteps and visiting St.Petersburg in a few years’ time. After the commemoration at the cottage, we will cross to the village hall for a buffet supper followed by sangs and clatter from members and our guests.  
 
August
26th Inter-club Night Alloway Village Hall 7.30pm
  Alloway Burns Club will play host to folk from other Burns clubs across Ayrshire and further afield for an evening of poetry, song, amusing tales and, of course, Clootie Dumpling.  
 
September
23rd St Petersburg Stars Alloway Church Halls 7pm
  Three young people from Russia, who won this year’s Knowledge of Scotland Competition in St Petersburg will be visiting Alloway. We have invited them to join us at Alloway Burns Club for an evening when we can enjoy their prize winning pieces and they can hear performances from some of our stars (young and not so young).  
 
October
28th Top 10 Concert Alloway Church Halls 7.30pm
  This should be a wonderful night. Having identified the members’ favourite Burns’ works, we felt that it would only be right to have a special night to celebrate these iconic pieces and hear them performed by talented members of our club.  
 
November
25th St Andrew’s Night ‐ “St Andrew’s Bairns” Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 6.30pm for 7pm
  This is our second big event of the year. The theme for the post-dinner entertainment is an attempt in song, poetry and prose to identify what makes Scots the kind of people they are. It should be an interesting, amusing and enjoyable evening. Because of space restrictions in the RBBM and to allow everyone to enjoy the entertainment, numbers for this event will be limited so early booking is strongly recommended. We are redesigning the layout of the seating to make sure everyone can hear clearly and are going to have a seating plan for the tables.  
 
January 2017
21st Anniversary Dinner Brig O' Doon House Hotel 6pm for 6.30pm
  Our final major event and, for many, the highlight of the year will be our Anniversary Dinner. The Immortal Memory this year will be given by Professor Kirsteen McCue from Glasgow University. Kirsteen is an expert on Burns’ life and works. She had the distinction of being the first lady to attend a Burns Supper at the Bachelors’ Club at Tarbolton, where she gave the Immortal Memory. She has spoken at events across Scotland often demonstrating the talent she inherited from her late father, Bill, by breaking into song in the middle of her speeches. Among other attractions on the night we will be welcoming back our good friends in Luath to provide musical entertainment and Alison Jones, who gave us such memorable recitations at our “When Neibors Meet” night last year.  
 
29th Alloway 1759 Concert ‐ “Shall brothers be” Alloway Parish Church 2pm ‐ 3.30pm
  Alloway Burns Club and Luath will make their own special contribution to Alloway 1759 by celebrating the works of the bard and his legacy to Scottish language and culture. This year’s title is, of course, taken from one of his greatest pieces.  
 
February
24th Auld Alloway Alloway Parish Church Halls 7.30pm
  Alloway is an ancient village and has seen many changes over the centuries. This evening will explore some of these changes with the help of two local experts. There will also be an opportunity at the supper break for members and guests to view some photographs taken at Alloway Burns Club events in the more recent past.  
 
March
24th Youth Night and AGM Alloway Parish Church Halls 7.30pm
  The final event of the year will give members the opportunity to appreciate the considerable talents of our local young people. Among those participating will be prize winners from Ayrshire Association of Burns Clubs’ competitions, the Ayrshire Music Festival and local school events. After supper the club will hold its AGM.  
 
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