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Old Grammarians' Club - Winter Newsletter 2017
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Welcome Everyone

The Committee continue to work hard on behalf of the Club and this year’s been no exception.


Annual General Meeting, 10th September 2017.

The Club continue to grow and prosper and our relationship with the School is a much happier one than in former years.  Our School Representative, Martin Gallacher, is an excellent link and keeps us up to date with the array of school activities.  We are also in contact with the Parent Council and are hoping for some joint ventures in aid of school funds in 2018.

The Club’s Golf Section continues to thrive under the leadership of James Andrew.  They compete for the R. Y. Corbett Memorial Salver and the Queen Elizabeth Coronation School trophy and are the only remaining sub-section of the Club. 



We had some Committee changes at the AGM and are sad that John Pears stepped down.  John had been on the Committee for 22 years and was an enthusiastic supporter.  We also welcomed some recent School leavers; Dean Barr, Jennie Stewart and Shona Ferguson.  They are full of new ideas which brings new life into our meetings. A full copy of the AGM Minutes can be viewed online at www.old-grammarians.co.uk/committee/minutes. Our 2018 AGM is set for Monday 10th September so please feel free to come along and support the Club. 


The Club remains financially healthy as a Club despite not charging for membership and having limited sources of income. Donations are always welcome (cheque or PayPal). The Club has a very attractive enamelled pin badge which we sell in aid of Club funds.  These cost £2 (£3 by UK post, £5 by overseas post).  If you could like one, please contact melvyn-haggarty@old-grammarians.co.uk.


90th Aniversary Charity Gala Ball

We have our annual ball booked for the Glynhill Hotel again on Friday 2nd March 2018 at 7pm.  We will be raising funds for Accord Hospice and will have a split of ceilidh and disco.  Tickets cost £35 for a 3-course meal and can be bought from: www.old-grammarians.co.uk/event/annual-gala-ball-2018.

the ball is expected to be very popular this year, so we are offering the chance to pay a deposit of £10 to secure your seat with the remaining £25 to be collected in before February 15th, 2018. Let other know your coming and organise a reunion on our event page: www.facebook.com/events/135487527152311.

Senior Luncheons

Our most recent luncheon in October has the highest record of attendance yet with 64 attendees.  Our main speaker was Robert Love, television producer and we had music from Fiona MacKellar and Gordon Robertson.  Fiona is Marjory Mackellar’s granddaughter and Gordon is Bill Roberton’s son.  It was a delightful afternoon and our next is booked for Monday 30th April.  Mel Haggarty organises these wonderful luncheons and everyone is most welcome.

90th Anniversary Exhibitions

In the coming months, we will be working on a very special project to display some school history. Our plans to exhibit in the Paisley Museum have been thwarted due to the renovations but we will be displayed in the School and at our Ball.  Information on the upcoming exhibits coming soon.

The Club Online
If you want to find out more information on the club’s events and organisation, check our website at: www.old-grammarians.co.uk. Also, see our archive where we have recently been uploading old school photographs and articles from the Grammarians magazines.

The Club's Facebook page is growing in popularity by the day. We have regular enquiries about former pupils and sharing of memories. Every Thursday we post photos from The Grammarian magazines which cause much interaction and amusement. Click this link to have a look - www.facebook.com/OldGrammariansClub

We updated the School’s Wikipedia entry with Notable Former Pupils this Autumn, so it now has all the links in place and is very impressive.  You would be surprised to see all the names! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Grammar_School
Former Pupil News

We are sad to record the death of Marjory MacKellar in May this year. Marjory gave unique service to the School and Club as pupil, teacher of English, parent of 3 excellent pupils, Chief Invigilator and President of the Old Grammarians' Club! Tribute was paid to her at the October Luncheon in a moving speech by Miss Lea Allan and a Musical Item from Granddaughter Fiona MacKellar and Gordon Robertson.
 
We also lost several loyal Old Grammarians including Betty Martin, Marabel Cameron and 
Margaret "Murgy" Wilson during 2017. Recently Gordon Graham passed away. Gordon was a Former Pupil who was married to Nanette, our Former Chemistry teacher who died in 2015.  Finally, we heard in April of the death in 2016 of Mr Eddie Gargan, Technical teacher and Principal for many years.
 
Our thoughts are with the Families of all these loyal Grammarians.     
 
Successes this year include Dr Ross Birney of Strathclyde University who was part of the team who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on gravitational waves.  Actor Scott Reid (aka ‘Methadone Mick’) starred in the West End play ‘The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and the BBC drama Line of Duty. Amiera Darwish was also in a West End production of ‘The Kite Runner’ which received critical acclaim for successfully adapting such a gripping novel onto the stage.
Lastly, I hope you have a restful festive break and a healthy 2018.

Faye Carruthers, President.
 
The Grammarians’ 90th Anniversary
Charity Gala Ball

£35 - 3-course meal and disco dance
March 2, 2018 @ 7:00pm till Midnight
The Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew, PA4 8XB
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