Drimsynie House Hotel, Lochgoilhead, Argyllshire
Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2010
What a great time was had by over 200 members and friends at the AGM and Social Weekend held in conjunction with the Scottish Texel Clubs 25th anniversary at Drimsynie Estate Lochgoilhead where the Campbell Family catered for our every need (although there was a rumour that Gin supplies ran out late on Saturday night, no doubt aided by the thirsty girls from the Texel office and Brian Ross!!).
Friday evening started off with a bang courtesy of a pre dinner drinks reception followed by the drawing of the teams for the following days curling, bowling and laser clay pigeon shooting competitions (see photos and results below) with the gimmer sale ballot also being drawn whilst we all enjoyed an excellent and tasty buffet meal.
It was surprising to witness the thirst that some members seemed to have on this first evening considering how wet it was outside!! However there weren’t to many casualties the next day as they took to the ice and bowling green where great fun was had by the participants, most of whom were experiencing these sports for the first time.
Gimmer Sale viewing took place from 3pm onwards on the Saturday, followed by a very well attended AGM where our Chief Executive ably answered any questions from the floor, after reflecting on what had been an extremely successful year for the Society both financially and socially on the back of the breeds increasing popularity in the commercial sector.
A quick spruce up was all that was required before attending the pre sale drinks reception followed by the sale of 11 in lamb gimmers and 2 ewe lambs with a fantastic top price of 13,000gns achieved from the Cowal entry selling to Trinidad Investments.
Brian Ross then auctioned off 3 items for charity the highlight of which was an Elaine Eunson (Halley Flock) painting of the 2 sheep on the front of this years popular journal which was snapped up by Cyril Millar (Millars) for the sum of £3,000. Many thanks to Elaine and Lindsay Clark who also donated a painting as well as Dane Love who donated a crook.
ELAINE EUNSON PAINTING - AUCTIONED FOR £3000 TO CYRIL MILLER
These items along with the proceeds from the sale commission, kindly donated by Lawrie & Symington and the prize money donated by the winners of the Scottish Jubilee Trophy show circuit competition helped boost the charity fund to around £8000, with a gallon of whisky which was won and represented by the Texel office girls still to be auctioned. What a great effort from everyone.
The formal part of the evening concluded with Society and Club presentations. Sylvia Rawlings was presented with an engraved clock (not that her timekeeping was anything but punctual!) after retiring from the Board after 15 years, her attention to detail and creative style will be greatly missed by the Board.
JAMES INNES - SIRE OF THE YEAR TROPHY WINNER WITH SYLVIA RAWLINGS AND GORDON GRAY
James Innes was the inaugural winner of the Society's " 1st Season Sire of the Year Trophy" which he won with his ram Strathbogie Python who produced the goods for the Glenside Flock.
The Scottish Club Jubilee Trophy was won by Alistair Beaton (Crosshill) with further presentations made to Brian Ross to mark his 25 years of service to the club and an engraved crystal glass was presented to all the past Chairmen of the Scottish Club as well as a table lamp to Mary Gibb (Rusha) for the many hours she has spent keeping Brian on his toes! with her excellent Secretarial and administrative support.
THE DINNER DANCE
The evening was then rounded off dancing to the sounds of Cafe Royale with the last man standing (just) being the effervesant and ageless Keith Jamieson (Annan)- if it were possible to bottle his spirit it would be priceless !!
THE CROWD LOOK ON....
THE CHAIRMAN SHOWS EM' HOW ITS DONE!
JUDGING CARDS GETTING MARKED
Sunday morning we woke to a strange sound and sight - no rain and brilliant sunshine! So off we went to the farm for a look at the Cowal flock and stock judging before heading back for lunch and prize giving (see below).
The winning Limericks, which are shown below, had been organised by Sue Andrews on Friday evening and had kept many of the company engrossed during the meal.
Many thanks to the Scottish Club for organising the weekend with special mention to John Tough, Brian Ross and Mary Gibb, it will be long remembered by those present and we eagerly look forward to next years AGM hosted by the N I Club when we will be staying in La Mon Hotel, located 25 minutes south of Belfast. We look forward to welcoming you there.
Limerick Competition winners AGM 2010
(You know who you are!)
To Drimsynie the sheep breeders came
In trailers through wind and through rain
Spent a day and a night
Talking absolute shite
And on Sunday they all headed hame.
Table 8 – Wilson
To Drimsynie the sheep breeders came
To buy sheep which would help them find fame
The outlook was sunny
Which was really quite funny
“cos that day it did nothing but rain”
We drove all the way to Argyll
It pissed down with rain every mile
But the gimmers were good
And so wiz the food
The consigners went home with a smile
Table 8 – Mellin
We drove all the way to Argyll
Getting more thirsty with each passing mile
We drank quite a tank full
At the Rest and be Thankful
Where the Campbell’s retrieved us in style.
1. Gillian Blackhall 230 points
2. Helen Warnock + Joyce Laird 225 points
1. Robert Laird + Jim Warnock 242 points
2. Philip Gill + Steven Renwick 232 points
Laser Clay Shooting
Gordon Pate 22/24
Presentations Made on Saturday
Sire of the year trophy: Strathbogie Python bred by James Innes
Jubilee Trophy sponsored by Lawrie & Symington
4th G. Gray
3rd J. Tough
2nd Clark Farms
1st A. Beaton
Retiral Presentation: Sylvia Rawlings- Director for 15 years
25 years service to Scottish Club: Brian Ross
Presentation to Mary Gibb Assistant Secretary to Scottish Club
Auction for Charity
Elaine Eunson: £3000 to Cyril Miller
Lynsey Clark: £320 to Jim Warnock
Stick from Dane Love: £250 to Malcolm Reid
Lot 1 – Mr David Arkley - CAULDCOATS AJC09139 (E) – 3,800 to K.A. & R Campbell, Drimsynie, Lochgoihead
Lot 2 – Not Forward
Lot 3 – Messrs K, A & R Campbell – COWAL CKC09912 (E) - 13,000 to Trinidad Investments, Rout Farm, Colwood Lane, Warninglid, West Sussex
Lot 4 – Messrs Clark Farms – TEIGLUM CFT1000153 (E) - 1,900 to D McKerrow, Nochnary
Lot 5 –Messrs J & H Clark – GARNGOUR CJN096503 (2) - 3,800 to JC Innes & Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly
Lot 6 – Robert Cockburn – CONNACHAN YSM090025 (1) - 1,500 to S Campbell, Alt Na Craik, Corrow Farm, Lochgoilhead
Lot 7 – Messrs J Cullen – CRAIGHEAD CMC1000019 (1) - 2,000 to J McKerrow, Riverview House, Boness
Lot 8 –Mr Gordon Gray – ETTRICK GGH09175 (E) - 1,400 to R Dempster, Hearthstane, Broughton, Biggar
Lot 9 –G K Jamieson – ANNAN JKA09013 (E) - 8,500 to Trinidad Investments
Lot 10 –Messrs T Laird – Cambwell ltc093644 (2) - 2,500 to A & B Weston, Wes Farm, Liton, Buxton
Lot 11 – J McKerrow – GROUGFOOT – MDG09782 (2) – Unsold
Lot 12 –D J McKerrow – NOCHNARY DMN09955 (2) - 1,400 to J Black, Craighouse, Lockerbie
Lot 13 – Steven Renwick - GRAIG DOUGLAS XSR092930 (2) - 1,300 to R Dempster, Hearthstone
Lot 14 – J Warnock – WATCHKNOWE WJW092002 (3) - 3,800 to K.A. & R Campbell, Drimsynie