Recent Guild Meetings
13th November 2019 - Colourful Chile
We welcomed local resident Vanessa Rodgers as our speaker who took as her theme "Colourful Chile". She took us on a fascinating journey round Chile, a long narrow country stretching along South America's western edge with more than 6000km of Pacific Coastline and a population of around 18 million. She showed slides of neo-classical cathedrals, the Port of Valparaiso known for its steep funiculars and colourful cliff top houses, the high-rise burial sites and her boat trip to the largest penguin colony in Southern Chile. She also told us about a periodic phenomenon, happening every 5 to 7 years, which transforms overnight parts of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places in the world, to a beautiful garden of many colours.
9th October 2019 - My year as Chairman of the RHASS
We were delighted to welcome our friends from Symington Guild to our October meeting when our speaker was Mr Jim Warnock talking about his year as Chairman of The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. He spoke about the many regulations governing such a large event in particular Health and Safety issues, the new changes being made to the site namely the the building of a new pavilion, events lined up for the following year and the charity work undertaken. These include running courses to help young people with communication skills and the Royal Highland Educational Trust providing free educational activities bringing farming and the working countryside to young people such as farm visits from schools. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
11th September 2019 - Companions on the Road
We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the company of our speaker the Rev. Elspeth MacLean who spoke on the Guild Theme "Companions on the Road". She took us on her travels walking the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo followed by a walk along the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Although a walk of faith with close friends, she met many companions on her journey sharing stories, food and general camaraderie helping each other along the way, but never losing sight of the fact that on every journey we have a constant companion in God and that we never really travel alone.
13th March 2019 – Easter Crafts
Our speaker or rather guest was Margaret Leiper and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted afternoon making Easter Egg bags and soap handbags. This was our last meeting of the session and we will hold our closing dinner and AGM on Wednesday 10th April in the Robertson Arms Hotel .