St Thomas’ Burns’ Night raises over £1200 for Organ Fund

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Burns' Night review by Amy Newlands

Burns' night was held at St Thomas' Church on Saturday 25th January 2014 in aid of the Church organ appeal. Guests were welcomed by our piper, which I'm told could be heard as far away as Clitherow Avenue! Our guests then stood as the haggis was piped in. My cousin, William in full highland dress, held the haggis on a silver plate. William had travelled all the way from Glasgow just for the evening, so he deserves a special mention!

My mum, Marion then read out the Selkirk Grace and Father Robert read a shortened version of "To a Haggis" and then sliced it. All our guests then toasted the haggis. All this time, Shane, Linda and Marion had been hard at work in the Kitchen cooking a huge amount of meat and vegetarian haggis. Shane had even blistered his hand from all the potato mashing! After a good meal of haggis, neeps and tatties was had by all, the results to the quiz were read out, and it turned out to be a draw. Both teams were quick to call out Scotland's Monster, and so we needed another tie breaking question. The winning team were first to call out Skye's Mountain range and enjoyed some pieces of home made tablet. Following this was a Ceilidh dancing demonstration from the Calilidh group from the Hayes and District Scottish Association (www.hayesscottish.org.uk), and then everyone joined in. Apart from a few sore toes, and wrong turns, everyone did brilliantly and as far as I could see everyone was enjoying it! We ended the evening with a raffle.

A huge thanks goes out to Marion Newlands, Cara Williams, Linda Williams, Faye Williams, Zoe Williams, Shane Ronan, Emily Bush, Jessica Meech, Hannah Burrage, Angie Harris, Wendy Robertson, Judith Inder, Pam Sheridan, Linda Shinton, Maria Kennedy, Jane Tozer  for all your time and help! We couldn't have done any of it without you!