The Annual Burns Supper

What are the essential ingredients for a great Burns Supper? It would be interesting to see what folk put at the top of the list: The Immortal Memory/ the haggis/ the vegetarian option/ the entertainment/ the piper/ the company/ the chef(s)/ the cranachan/ Tam o’Shanter/no Tam o’Shanter/ auld lang syne.

All in all St Columba’s 2017 Burns Supper ticked the box for most of the above.  A small army of volunteers sold tickets for several weeks, made lists, bought ingredients, found excellent speakers, transformed the hall into a party venue working late on Friday evening, cooked all day Saturday, singers rehearsed wonderful musical contributions, served fellow guests, ran the bar, joined the party and then…cleared up afterwards into the wee sma’ hours.

Very Rev Dr John Chalmers gave a powerful Immortal Memory, followed in sparkling form by Rev Alistair Cumming to toast the lassies and even sparklier Liz Chalmers who replied in verse on behalf of the lassies. Earlier, John Lang addressed the haggis with great style, it having been carried ceremonially around the hall by Duncan Lang to Bob Harman’s piping. However the greatest Lang contribution was in the kitchen where Fiona assembled a team that produced a delicious three-course meal calmly, efficiently and on time! The St Columba’s singers provided a charming selection of songs under the direction of Neil Price.

Thanks to our brilliant photographer, Steve Amos, there are terrific photographs from the evening, a selection included here. The evening raised the sum of £1,905 for the work of CrossReach, the social care arm of the Church of Scotland and so combined some of the best traits of our St Columba’s community: fellowship, fun and philanthropy