New Benches At the Burns Cairn

April 3, 2011 by

Jim Wilson has put a great deal of time and effort into getting some new benches installed at the Burns Cairn. I’m sure you’ll agree that the new benches really enhance the Cairn garden.




The new benches are made from red pine and were designed and built by local joiner Peter Wark.





We’re hoping that the new benches will make the garden as accessible as possible for family use – we’ve already had a lot of positive feedback from the local community

There will be a plaque attached to one of the benches in memory of John McWhirter who tended the gardens at the Cairn for many years.



Once again, our thanks and appreciation go to Jim Wilson for all the work he’s put into this project – Well done Jim!!!


Representing the Club Outside Of Scotland

April 3, 2011 by

New Cumnock Burns Club members are asked to attend many Suppers and other Burns events outside of Scotland. It’s great to see club members doing such a wonderful job acting as ambassadors to our Club across the world.

Chris Rollie has provided some pictures and photos from two events he’s attended in the US and London – you can see some more details here

If you’ve represented the club at an event outside of Scotland, send us a bit of a write-up and some photos and we’ll post them on the site.

Russians at the Burns Cairn

April 3, 2011 by

Posted on behalf of Rab Wilson:-

A smashin veesit frae these extremely talentit Russian weans! wha shared their culture, their sangs, an their frienship wi us! (an ne’er set fire tae a single picnic table!! – oor weans cuid aiblins lairn frae thaim!?)

They wir magic doun at Alloway Kirk yestirday – whan aboot ten o thaim duin a live performance o Burns’s ‘Jolly Beggars’ cantata! superb! we cuid haurdly fin a bunch o Ayrshire weans wha cuid dae this!? (ne’er mind fin ony Scots weans wha cuid gang ower tae St Petersburg an gie thaim Pushkin in Russian!!??)

You can see some more photos of the event at our Flickr site here

New Book – “In and Out of Tam o’ Shanter” by Jim Thomson

October 31, 2010 by

In and Out of Tam o’ Shanter, The Story of a Tale” is a new book by Jim Thomson which reviews and explains Robert Burns’ great narrative poem.

Click here to read more about Jim’s book and find details of how to purchase a copy

2010 Tour Multimedia Slideshow

October 31, 2010 by

It is with immense pride that we are able to announce a giant leap forward in the technical capabilities of the club web page – Stephen Kennedy has spent hours hunched and sweating over his computer, however, he then took a break from the dodgy web sites and put together this multimedia slideshow of photos from this year’s outing.

Many thanks Stephen – great stuff!

We had hoped to push even closer to the bleeding edge of technology and provide full video coverage of the trip – in fact if you look carefully at Stephen’s slide show you can catch the odd glimpse of our illustrious videographer, camera in hand.

However, he made a total @r$e of it and we’ve got no footage worth using.

Under these embarrassing circumstances, it would be only fair not to reveal his identity

(it was Graham Grieg)

Smoker Photos on Flickr

April 19, 2010 by

Just to let you all know I have put some photos of the Smoker on the Flickr site.

Click here to view photos

Update on this year’s outing

April 15, 2010 by

We are just over a month away from the outing, and planning and progress is well in hand.

This synopsis of an e-mail from Broon summarises progress…

‘The current number of travellers is now 28 . Good news for our costs because we now divide by 28 instead of 26.

Bookings have been made at all the places we are visiting.

Both lunches are arranged and I’ve been in talks with the hotel about the whole package. We’ll be served dinner in a private dining room because there’s a wedding in the big one. (Breakfast will be in the nice dining room though.) We’ll be given a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 puddings. The hotel chef will choose the dishes, not us, but he will make sure he caters for all tastes. We should inform him if anyone is vegetarian and I’ll send out an e mail later in the week asking if anyone does require the food of a fanny.

The folk that I spoke to today will get a deposit to one of us soon (only 3 not paid) and we have to pay the outstanding balance with the hotel by 1st May. I’m in talks with them regarding our need to cancel a couple – or maybe just one room. The balance will be collected on the bus as usual and the club will be given the money back that will have been paid out for the hotel bill. Cash will be used to pay all the expenses on the day and, if we get the sums right, there will be enough money for entrance to the various attractions.

Itinerary has been prepared and we will have a definitive list of travellers before trhe weekend.

…..more progress updates to follow.

Burns Inspired Recipes

April 9, 2010 by idea of this section is to collect as many recipes as possible which have been inspired by the Works of Robert Burns. It’s meant to be a bit of fun and NOT intended to be in any way disrespectful of his works.

If we collect enough we could perhaps have a ‘charity tasting day’ or even put together a pamphlet / leaflet…again for charity.

The rules are very simple:

The name of the dish OR one or more of its main ingredients, must be referenced to a Poem, Song or Letter written by Burns – include your reference in your comments.

You can add your recipes using the comments link below.

And to kick things off …I’ll start with a very simple recipe…..

Some Local Photies

March 11, 2010 by

Hi troops. I’ve added photies to the Burns and New Cumnock page for your perusal

Hello world!

February 27, 2010 by

Welcome to the New Cumnock Burns Club Blog!

We’ve replaced our previous website with this new blog to make it easier to get club members involved in adding to the site

In addition, we’ve created a club page on Flickr where we can group together photos from club events and link in other photos from club members.

If you would like to contribute to the site then please contact Iain Harris to get a username a password to enable access.