Robbie Burns’ Immortal Memory and his legacy for the makers of cider in the Wirral
Wirral Pomona mark Robbie Burns’ Immortal Memory and his legacy for the makers of cider.
This roughly takes the form of a Burns Supper, at West Kirby ARTS CENTRE. We had our first event like this four years ago we thought then that the Arts Centre looked like the kirk in Burns’ Tam O’Shanter, where the patrons were behaving in a way you wouldn’t expect in a church. This coming ceilidh will be just as lively and friendly
The Supper gives us a chance to raise a few funds, taste our cider from last year, but mostly to hold a convivial celebration to balance with the hard work which has been involved over the last 6 months in building up the equipment, resources and expertise, cleaning, scratting, pressing, bottling, organising, sampling and tasting. We also help Wirral Tree Wardens in protecting trees, including the demonstration orchard at Brimstage which has been under threat in the last 2 years.
It’ll be seasonal, lots of food and drink, live music with Rosie as dance caller for the barn dance with Scots, Irish and English Country dance elements which have proved great fun and surprisingly easy to join in. Music, song and dance calling is provided by Jo Pue, John Walsh, Rosie Wright and special guest Anita Rockford with guests and by Melody Makers who meet at Melrose Hall every Wednesday lunch-time. We have a maximum of 80 tickets to sell, which will pay for the fees and expenses and earn us enough, we hope, to pay for any extra bits we need.,
Ticket prices: £10.00 to include A Burns Supper Menu Children 6-16: reduced price of £5.00 (those 5 and under will not be charged.)
We’ll post the full menu nearer the time: it’ll probably have haggis but will have vegan and other alternatives.
- 6:15 doors open
- 6:30 bar opens.
- 6:45 Supper starts, accompanied by some finely-sung Burns songs
- 7.00 Melrose Melody Makers play Scots and Irish tunes and songs
- 7.20 pipe in the Haggis
- 7:30 Supper. with a story/Burns poem while we are eating
- 8:00 Dancing and songs (till 10:00)
- 9:15 puddings & cakes brought round
- Bar and hot drinks available till 9:45pm
- 10.00 event ends with candle dance and a final song
- clearing away and setting off!
Other points: please do not park in Brookfield Road or upset the neighbours by loud or boisterous mollocking in the street. Free evening parking for guests at the back of Concourse Leisure Centre, Grange Road West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4HX then cross over main road and into Brookfield Gardens. Some parking at end of Carpenters’ Lane/Townfield Road: along (dimly-lit) lane and in the back gate (N.B. steps down into the centre are more awkward than those up into the centre from Brookfield Gardens for anyone with unsteady footing)
The venue is situated on Brookfield Gardens in the site of the old Unitarian Church. Licensed bar available. Park for free after 6.30pm at West Kirby Concourse as no on street parking. Only 4 minutes walk away.