Recent Events

One of the highlights of the Society’s social calendar, the Burns Supper, was attended by over 90 members and guests in the French Ballroom at the Midland Hotel on Saturday 27th January 2018.  President Michael Dennison welcomed everyone to celebrate the life of Scotland’s National Bard.  The fare comprised an excellent three-course meal featuring the traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.

The Haggis was piped in and addressed in fine style by Pipe Major Alan Harrison.  The President provided the toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns.  The Toast to the Lassies was proposed by Alan Turnbull and the reply was given at short notice by Val Neasham.

Members and guests joined in songs led by Kerr Kennedy who also read Burns humourous poem – the Address to the Toothache.

Music for dancing was again provided by Ian Slater with the programme of country dances called by Julie Harrison assisted as MC by Gavin Howie.

The whole event was efficiently kept to time by MC Bruce Somerville and was judged by everyone to be a highly enjoyable evening.  Grategul thanks go to Sectretary Sharon Booth-Howie for all the arrangements, especially the liason with the Midland Hotel.

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The Society’s annual St Andrews Tartan Ball was held in the French Ballroom  at the Midland hotel, Bradford on Saturday 25th November, 2017.  The Society’s Prrsident, Mr Michael Dennison, welcomed over 75 members and their guests to this popular annual event.

After a lovely dinner, members and guests enjoyed a programme of popular Scottish country dances to the excellent music of Ian Slater and called by Julie Harrison.  Pipe Major Alan Harrison entertained guests to a selection of pipe tunes and Kerr Kennedy performed some Scottish songs.  A raffle and Whisky coin-rolling raised a substantial sum for the President’s nominated charities.

President Michael Dennison (centre) with Vice President Mark Braceley (left) , Pipe Major Alan Harrison and Mrs Julie Harrison

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The coffee morning at Bruce’s home in Calverley took place on Saturday 5th August in glorious sunshine. The refreshments were in plentiful supply. There were two Afghani dishes created by Hamed – aubergine curry and chicken and spinach curry – which were spiced to perfection.  Scones with jam and cream were also on offer along with a coffee and walnut cake made by our president, Michael.  All of this for just £2.50.  We were able to raise £46.50 for the two charities for this year – the Alzheimer’s Society and the British Heart Foundation.  Thank you so very much to Bruce for his hospitality and fantastic hosting skills, to Hamed for his cooking, to those who came and helped out with preparations and to those who attended.

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On Saturday 10th June, Members of the Society attended the Yorkshire District Federation AGM and participated in the inter-Society quiz and bowls events held at West Bretton Memorial Institute, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LB

Once again, the Bradford Society managed a clean sweep of the events with our team of Val Neasham, Gloria Neasham, Sharon Booth-Howie and Malcolm Day taking the quiz honours and Bob Fairbairn & David Hannah triumphing in the bowls with Seona & Malcolm Day runners-Up.  Well done to all!!   Our warm and grateful thanks to our long-serving member May McGuffog for arranging the events and officiating at her last event as President of the the Yorkshire District Burns Federation.  May has worked tirelessly over many years to support the Federation and deserves her retirement from these duties.

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The Society’s annual Golf Outing and Dinner was held on Wednesday 7th June at Shipley Golf Club.  Organised by member Gerry Alleyn, the event attracted members and guests to compete for the Society’s wonderful trophy.  The weather was kind and the course was in very good condition for the golfers.  Non-golfers competed in the putting competion to raise funds for charity. The winner of the Society’s splendid trophy was Gerry Alleyn and the runner-up was Kerr Kennedy.

The evening dinner was well attended by over 30 golfers and non-golfers.  Our thanks to Gerry for his excellent organisation.

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Members and guests of the Society once again took to the moors on Sunday 14th May for the Society’s annual spring walk from Stanbury to the famous Top Withens farmstead above Haworth.  The weather was kind and glorious views were observed throughout the walk.  Once again the walk was organised by members Maggie and Peter Fleming.  Maggie provided excellent historic interludes at various stages of the walk.  After the walk, members joined the walkers for Sunday Lunch at the Old White Lion in Haworth.  Our thanks to Maggie and Peter for their planning and organisation.

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The Society’s Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 19th March at the Midland Hotel, Bradford.  Full reports on all the Society’s activities were given by the relevant officers.  Our Society is in good health with a small increase in membership.  The Council for 2017-18 was elected under the Presidency of Michael Dennison, and we look forward to another enjoyable and active year of events.

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