Programme September 2014 to 2015

Thurs 25th Sep 2014 Jean Brittain - Hugh Kennedy of Ardstinchar
Hugh Kennedy was, amongst other things, the builder of Ardstinchar Castle in Ballantrae, as well as a priest, soldier, pillager, diplomat, counsellor to kings and Archdeacon of St Andrews. Jean will give us some insight into this fascinating man.
Wed 8th Oct 2014 Denis Rattenbury– A walk along the route taken by Tam O’Shanter on his grey mare
Denis will be guiding us on a walk following the route taken by Tam in Burns wonderful poem on his way to the Big o’Doon that stormy night. Meet outside the entrance to Rozelle House at 1pm. (Distance of the walk is around 4 miles)
Thurs 16th Oct 2014Nat Edwards – Darien Project
The trading colony in Darien, on the Isthmus of Panama, was founded to help secure a wider market for Scottish traders excluded from the privileges enjoyed by English traders under the English Navigation Acts. Nat will be telling us about the scheme and why it failed.
Thurs 20th Nov 2014Chris Waddell – ‘Ae Spark O’ Nature’s Fire’
Robert Burns had a remarkable understanding of the flora and fauna around him, and made frequent and insightful references to nature in his poems. Chris, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Learning Manager, has a special interest in this area and will be giving us some of his insight.
Thurs 11th Dec 2014Members only quiz night with cheese and wine (and fruit juice!)
Just for fun!
Thurs 15th Jan 2015Members only - history sites to visit! Followed by cheese and wine, etc.
We’ll be in touch in December looking for volunteers to show a few pictures and say a few words about a site of historical interest visited during this year. John will do any scanning and preparation needed.
Thurs 19th Feb 2015Ronnie Breingan - The Boys Brigade
The Boys' Brigade was founded in Glasgow on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. From this one Company formed in Scotland the BB has grown in to a world-wide movement having worked with millions of children and young people for well over a century. Ronnie, who has had a long association with the organisation, will be telling us more about it.
Thurs 19th Mar 2015Ian Winstanley – Where did the flying boats go?
Ian Winstanley will be telling us about the fascinating history of the Flying Boats on the Clyde during World War II. These planes were a common sight at that time, including Sunderlands and Catalinas. The present Largs lifeboat slipway was built to bring the flying boats ashore for maintenance.
Thurs 16th Apr 2015Hugh Farrell - Would the real Robert Burns please stand
I have heard, and read, a great many variations on the life and times of Robert Burns. Indeed, we have had so many regurgitations, we have completely lost sight of the original meal. I'll try to get back to that meal!
Thurs 7th May 2015 Members only - AGM followed by a talk and cheese and wine, etc.
Our AGM will be held in the Education Pavilion at Burn’s Cottage in Alloway with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. After the business is over there will be a talk followed by some light refreshments.
June (probably) 2015Members only - Ferry to Rothesay and a visit to Mount Stuart – date to be confirmed
We will meet at Wemyss Bay and catch the ferry together for a visit to the fabulous home of the Marquess of Bute. Details will be sent out nearer the day.