Christmas Partners’ Evening – 11 December 2018
Well, what a night of fun. friendship, awards and entertainment we had without our president in attendance. Secretary, and ADG, Craig, substituted as host and a glass of Prosecco greeted everyone to get the evening underway. Mary and the staff of the Savoy Park Hotel provided a most enjoyable three-course meal followed by mints and coffee.
The serious business of the night was the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Nigel Martin MBE for his excellent service to the community in various roles over many years. Nigel was born in Prestwick and raised in Troon where he was educated at Marr College. In 1977 he gained a degree in Law from Glasgow University and in 1992 he started the practice of Martin & Co, Solicitors where he still works. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Ayrshire & Arran and a Past Chairman of Ayr and District Round Table. He is currently Chairman of Whiteley’s Retreat (the replacement for Malcolm Sergeant House) recently opened in Ayr and through his various fundraising activities Nigel was asked to join the Board of the Ayrshire Hospice in 1996, serving in that role for a period of 10 years before retiring. In 2007 he was awarded an MBE for his unstinting services to the Community.
The entertainment which followed was provided by local 3-piece band, Tanninzie, who began with their version of Burns’ Green Grow the Rashes O. This was followed by an enjoyable mix of songs by artists as varied as Rab Noakes and James Taylor.
The night finished with the now-traditional £5 Envelope Raffle raising a total of £350. The first prize of Gus Iannotti’s Xmas Hamper was won by Alan Meikle and lesser prizes went to Marilyn Dickie, Irene Dunlop, Jim Nelson, and the aforementioned Gus. (Thanks to all who donated prizes). Including the raffle amount, the total raised by this social event was £608.50 – an excellent result.
The loud chatter and laughter throughout the evening testified again to the enjoyment of this event. Well done Ian Alexander who worked extremely hard to ensure its success.