Normally famous for their St Patrick’s night events, this year the CAFOD Group decided to mark year of the Scottish Independence Vote with a Burns Night Supper.
Over 80 people gathered in St Aelred’s church hall where Fr Jim, offered the Selkirk Grace after which the Haggis was piped in by musicians from our parish ceilidh band Rubarb Sandwich. The traditional toast to “The Haggis!” was given in a most convincing Scottish accent by the very English Magaret Miller.
Tim Bird, St Aelred’s very own Oxford literary scholar, provided the Immortal Memory to Robert Burns before Deacon David gave a humorous Toast to the Lassies (well he thought so anyway) which was matched by a response of equal levity by Margaret Atkinson.
Burns poetry was ably proclaimed by Marie Coyle and Lawrence Hughes while Helen Mailloux captivated the diners with heartfelt renditions of Burns’ melodies. The CAFOD Group prepared and served the food and the caller for the dancing was Helen Barker who worked alongside Master of Ceremonies and Director of the event, Tony Fennerty.
A great big thank you to the members of St Aelred’s parish who once again used their ‘talents to the full’ in aid of our partners in Africa!