21st. Senior Luncheon
J.Melvyn Haggarty – Former President
It all started on October 19th. 2005, when a group of ‘senior’ members of the Old Grammarians’ Club met at Scotscraig House, inviting the legendary Miss Calvert as our first speaker. We have met twice a year since then in April and October. We come together on these occasions to meet friends old and new in a convivial atmosphere and, with a warming lunch, we listen to a brief address by our Guest Speaker. We also enjoy ‘home- grown’ music and entertainment from former pupils and present school students.
Our Luncheon on 26th.October, 2015, was a special one being our 21st. Geoff Urie, Head Teacher of Hermitage Academy and ‘Class of 1976’ entertained us all with tales of Paisley Grammar and of Hermitage. Brother Tom, of ‘River City’ fame, sang several songs by request, and led us all in the ‘Oriflamme’ to close the day. Sister Irene (Sutherland) completed the Urie family presence, and joining us for this lively afternoon was our new President, Faye Carruthers, who introduced herself to the attendees. President Emeritus, Nan Atherton, gave a vote of thanks to all concerned.
Earlier, Miss Lea Allan had presented Mrs. Marjory Mackellar with a beautiful bouquet to celebrate her 90th. birthday. Marjory has been a Grammar pupil, teacher, Chief Invigilator, Old Grammarians’ Club President and Honorary Life Vice-President. There to lend support to his mother was Gordon Mackellar who, incidentally, had a happy reunion with our Speaker who was a close friend during their schooldays. Sadly, Marjory passed away on 1st. May, 2017.
All who attended the 21st. Luncheon received a souvenir menu in the form of a scroll in homage to the iconic programme issued for the quatercentenary concert “Salute to King Jamie” in 1976. A collector’s item? The enthusiasm of all who attended this special day augurs well for many Senior Luncheons to come.
We have enjoyed 3 very successful Luncheons since the 21st., with 50 members, including several newcomers, regularly attending. We have welcomed Eddie Frizzell, a senior civil servant, Stuart Clark, a successful financial analyst, and Shona Bird, an Inspector with Police Scotland as our Guest Speakers. All gave most interesting talks which stressed the importance they placed on their education at Paisley Grammar where they learned the values of study and discipline. Our handsome Club Banner is now on display at all our Luncheons, and musical performances are regularly provided.
Winter Senior Luncheon 2017
This October will be our 25th. Luncheon and we have exciting plans for a Guest Speaker as well as musical items. 2018 will see the 90th. Anniversary of the Club, and this will be celebrated particularly at the October Luncheon, almost 90 years to the day from the Club’s foundation.
Senior Luncheons are open to all Grammarians and former Staff, as well as their friends, and take place at the David Lloyd Centre in Renfrew on the last Mondays of April and October between 12.30 and 3.00 p.m. All are welcome!
For information on upcoming senior luncheons check the Events page.