Welcome to the Summer Newsletter of 2019. I would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about the club’s activities over the past year. My first year as President has been a whirlwind of excitement and I would like to start by thanking my committee members who have helped to organise such wonderful events. Also, a massive thank you to our members, for supporting the club. The club is now in its 91st year and is going from strength to strength as we continue to have a closer relationship with the school and become more involved in school activities. We hope to continue that momentum. Also, we have done some amazing work for our local community this year in raising money for charity and we look for more opportunities to mobilise the Old Grammarians’ members towards good causes.
If you have any questions or would like to collaborate on a project, never hesitate to get in touch with me at email@example.com. Without further ado, here is an update from 2019.
The Club’s Golf Section continues to thrive under the leadership of James Andrew.
The R. Y. Corbett Memorial Salver will take place on Friday 23rd August at Ranfurly Castle. If you are interested in joining the club and competing for the prize, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Queen Elizabeth Coronation School trophy will be held on the 28th-30th September, supported by 28 schools from throughout the UK competing for the trophy. We wish the best of luck to the golf club in this contest.
The 2019 Old Grammarians’ Golf Club AGM will be held on the 23rd August 2019 at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club. More information about this section of the club can be found on the website: www.old-grammarians.co.uk/golf-club.
The Grammarians' Gala Ball 2019
Our annual Ball this year was a resounding success. More than 70 Grammarians' turned out to enjoy a wonderful meal at the Glynhill Hotel followed by a disco. The raffle was in aid of Find Your Feet, an amazing charity which has seen some highlights recently. On the night our attendees helped us to rais an amazing £1,000.
We encourage all to attend the next Charity Gala Ball. This being our 92nd year, we hope to see many new and old faces as you do not have to be an Old Grammarian to join us. This event provides a great opportunity to organise a class reunion that will allow you to reminisce about your time at school. Tickets are not yet on sale, thoughif you are interested in attending, they can be purchased on the tickets page on our website or from a member of the committee nearer the time.
Following our highly successful 90th Anniversary Lunch last October, we enjoyed another excellent event on April 29th at David Lloyd Leisure Club. seventy-five paying guests were entertained by John Mitchell and Douglas Mill from ‘Class of 1975 who delighted us with tales of their experiences as pupils at Paisley Grammar. We had over 40 apologies from members who we hope to see at future Lunches.
We shall return to the Glynhill Hotel on october 28th 2019 for our Autumn Lunch when our guest speaker will be Caron MacPherson (nee) Workman. Caron is a senior manager at Waterstones and promises to be a lively and entertaining speaker.
The charge will remain a £22, including a two-course meal with two options. Our thanks to David Lloyd Leisure in Renfrew who have served us well for the past decade.
We still have a plentiful supply of Club Lapel Badges, available for £2 at Club events or £3.50 by post.
A pen which celebrated our 90th Anniversary is also available for £1 at Club events or £2.50 by post.
Finally, we have a supply of ‘Grammarian 2018’ (published March ’19) Special features include an appreciation of Mrs. Marjory MacKellar and a tribute to Hector MacIntyre. The price for one is £3 (£4.50 by post). If you wish to order any of these items, please contact email@example.com.
News of Old Grammarians “In Memoriam”
We are sad to record the deaths of 3 Grammarians this year;
Catherine Riddell was a regular attendee at our Lunches, usually with Fay Clark and Wilma Watson.
Ellen Richmond also died recently and leaves a daughter, Susan, and son Alan both OG.
Lynda Wieland (Class of 1979) tragically died of cancer in April in her late 50s.
On 5th May Erin Newbigging, our Social Convener for some years and now Vice-President of the Club, married Craig Lees at No. 29 Private Members Club, Glasgow.
On 1st June Craig Wright, Head Boy 2010, married Nicola Irvine, Head Girl 2013, at Sherwood Greenlaw Church.
“Noted with Pride”
Our former President, Bruce Erroch, was created Queen’s Counsel by Letters Patent granted by Her Majesty at Balmoral.
In May Margaret Graham, Doctor of International Action for the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, learned that she has been appointed Professor there, effective from 1st October to the Chair of Environmental Geosciences.
Kerrie Hargrave completed her Ph.D. in Immunology and Parasitology at the University of Strathclyde in June. One of her Supervisors was Dr. Stuart Woods, himself an Old Grammarian!
Scott Twynholm has recently graduated as a Master of Music in Composition from Glasgow University.
Old Grammarians’ Club Prize Winners for 2019 are Stephen Graham and Lauren McNicol of S6.
Old Grammarian Prize Winners
2018/19 Old Grammarians' Prizes have been awarded to Stephen Graham and Lauren McNicol.
The Committee managed to find out about one of the Prize Winners, Lauren McNicol. Lauren has recently left Paisley Grammar School after receiving this prize whilst in S6. In Lauren’s spare time she really enjoys both singing and rock climbing. She currently works in the David Lloyd Centre’s ‘Kid’s Club’.
Lauren’s favourite subject in school was music and was heavily involved in the school musicals. She has just recently returned from taking part in a ‘World Challenge’ which consisted of a four-day project at a neighbourhood care point in Mbabane in Swaziland, followed by a 3 day trek in the Malolotja Mountains in Swaziland.
Now that Lauren has left Paisley Grammar School, she has been successful in gaining a place at Glasgow Caledonian University to study Learning Disability Nursing.
The Old Grammarian Club would like to congratulate both prize winners and wish them both the very best of luck with their futures.
The Club Online
If you would like to find out any more information about the club’s events and organisations, check our website at: www.old-grammarians.co.uk. Here, you can also find our archive of old school photographs and articles from the Grammarian magazines.
Do not forget to take a look at the school's Wikipedia page as it now looks very impressive! You can see this at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Grammar_School
Once again, let me thank you for reading our newsletter. The Club can only continue with the support of our members at our events and our committee members who help to organise them. The committee meets 8 times a year in Paisley Grammar School and if you are interested in becoming more involved in the Club, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also encourage you to share this newsletter with those who might like to become members and share the website with them where they can join our mailing list or become members themselves www.old-grammarians.co.uk/membership.
All the best,
Old Grammarians’ Club
Monday 9th September 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Paisley Grammar School staff room.
At the AGM the committee will be elected for the following year and a summary of the previous years business is disused. All are invited to join the committee or apply as an office bearer.