Annual Burns Lunch

House for an Art Lover

Tuesday 24th January

75 members and guests attended our ever popular Burns Lunch which was again held in the House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park.

On arrival at the venue, members and guests were greeted with music and song provided by pupils from Govan High School.

The atmosphere created set the scene for the formal presentations which g0t off to a fine start with Grace Franklin’s splendid Address To A Haggis. Then a delicious lunch followed.

To present The Immortal Memory, we were delighted to welcome Alan Murray, Funding & Community Development Manager with Carrick Community Centre and Church Project.

Burns Lunch Speakers

ALAN MURRAY: Alan was born in Govan and attended Copeland Road Primary School and then moved into the country (Pollock) where he attended Crookston Castle Secondary School. His first career was as a Lab Technician. He then attended Jordanhill College where he completed the Diploma in Youth & Community Studies. After this he moved to Ayrshire where he worked in the Community Development Service and he subsequently worked in this and its successors for Ayr County Council, Strathclyde Regional Council and East Ayrshire Council. During his time at East Ayrshire Council he became an elected member serving on South Ayrshire Council. In 2007 he returned to work in Glasgow where he looked after the Community Planning function for SPT. Alan retired in March 2010. In October that same year he secured a part-time position as Funding & Community Development Manager with the new Carrick Community Centre and Church Project, based in Maybole. Shortly after this Alan took a month off during which he and his wife Kathleen embarked on an around the world trip.

Alan has three children, four grandchildren and has a share in a Springer Spaniel dog.

GRACE FRANKLIN: A journalist all her working life, Grace Franklin has written for the Scottish Daily Mail, the Glasgow Herald and the Daily Record. She then ran a totally independent community newspaper for 14 years until recently. Currently she runs a website: and is still uncovering the stories that need to be told.

Grace is a old and dear friend of the business club.

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