• GOLF

    13 November 2017

    SPEAKER 19
    George McGregor

    Former Captain
    Royal & Ancient Golf Club.

    George, rose from a young boy golfer, into a junior Scotland golfer, a County player and international player selected to play in the Walker Cup against USA to become Captain of the GB & NI team. After serving on various committees of the R & A he became Captain of the R &A.
    R & A, formed in 1754 when, at that time, the winner of the Club`s medal became Captain for the year. This meant travelling, with his wife, to 40 different countries with 76 events. He had a wonderful year, met many legends of the game. A unique talk.

    VOT Colin Wilson

  • BALUCHISTAN

    27 November 2017

    SPEAKER: 20
    Alistair Allan,

    Ex UK Agricultural Officer

    Mr Allen (Ex Agricultural Officer) described his time spent in this remote area of Pakistan.
    Baluchistan, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. Bordered with Sindh (Karachi). It is the largest province in terms of land area, forming the south western region of the country. Its provincial capital and largest city is Quetta
    The multitude of photos gave an excellent insight into this internal part of Pakistan that is most unlikely to be visited. However Alistair did so in no small measure- a well travelled and interesting visit.

    VOT Harry Gresham

  • A YEAR in AMERICA

    25 September 2017

    SPEAKER 16
    Prof Charlie Munn

    Charlie's distinguished career was passed over cos' of a year spent in Amherst, a Massachusetts Uni.town in . A clear insight into the life in a Connecticut valley rural town - essentially a farming community settled by 1720. From a deep freeze of minus 20 degrees for 4 months to 30 degrees centigrade, Charlie commented how similar the topography was to Scotland’s.
    The people were very nice, but (Charlie warned) the television was poor as was their health. He stressed the point we should not follow America in these two particulars.

    VOT Ian Dewar

  • PARS FOOTBALL CLUB

    9 October 2017

    SPEAKER 17
    Ross McArthur

    Ross McArthur, Chairman of the Club told us about the difficult period in 2013, when the Club was in the hands of the Administrators and was within 10 minutes of being liquidated.
    However, DAFC is now debt free with a much-improved playing surface, a new gymnasium, a new scouting data base and a school’s engagement programme. There is a loyal fans base which buys 3,200 season tickets each year. Ross covered many other positive aspects but stressed that DAFC needs everyone`s support if it is to continue to develop in the very competitive footballing world.

    VOT David Steele

  • THE RNLI

    23 October 2017

    SPEAKER 18
    Joanne Wiberley

    Her Kinghorn life-boat is an Atlantic 85 class and is 5.5mtr long with a crew of 3 + 1 seat at the stern. It can travel at 36 knots; it has a crew of 3 or 4 with 25 Kinghorn members in Kinghorn working on a weekly shift cycle
    It takes 7 minutes from a phone call until the boat is launch. The boat can get to Leith in 12mins and Cockenzie in 17mins. She gave facts about the various lifeboats and when they came into service
    Joanne put on a uniform then put on an excellent RNLI 10-minute video showing rescues at sea and on rivers. A fine outfit indeed.

    VOT Douglas Ferguson

  • T.V.Times

    14 August 2017

    SPEAKER 13
    Andy Paterson

    Andy was given a warm welcome on his return; this time to talk about “TV Times”. He started with the earliest possible TV broadcasts some 80 years ago showing, of course, tiny black and white screens that had only 4 hours of active screenplay.
    Andy frequently suggested the superiority of the performances in these early days and spent the morning 'talk' asking the members for identifications of these long-time-ago performers.
    His PowerPoint presentation ensured the visual show was the mainstay of the excellent talk.

    VOT Bob Hamilton

  • EYEMOUTH DISASTER

    28 August 2017

    SPEAKER 14
    Bert Oliver

    On 14 October 1881 (Black Friday), the fishing fleet had set out 15 miles off-shore. A hurricane sprang up from the north they had to decide whether to run or to stay at sea. Alas, only three boats out of some 40 made it back to the bay when entire generations of men were lost on what is still known as “Black Friday”.The womenfolk would gather on the cliff-tops to watch the fleet coming back but, on this occasion, they witnessed the deaths of their men-folk.
    Eyemouth 800 lost 129 men and boys and it took them 100 years to re-build its population.

    VOT Cowan Reid

  • LEWIS CHESSMEN

    11 September 2017

    SPEAKER 15
    David Caldwell

    On 14 October 1881, the fishing fleet had set out 15 miles off-shore. A hurricane sprang up from the north they had to decide whether to run or to stay at sea. Alas, only three boats out of some 40 made it back to the bay when entire generations of men were lost on what is still known as “Black Friday”. What was worse, the womenfolk would gather on the cliff-tops to watch the fleet coming back but, on this occasion, they witnessed the deaths of their men-folk.
    Eyemouth 800 lost 129 men and boys and it took them 100 years to re-build its population.

    VOT George Robertson

  • THE POLISH ARMY

    26th June 2017

    SPEAKER 10
    Roger Pickering

    Roger - local historian told us of Dunfermline`s secret defences during WW2, in particular, the part played by the Polish Army working with the Home Guard. This had given rise to a multi-venue exhibition based on recent archaeology, secret documents. The first exhibition “The Festival – defend Dunfermline WW2”
    will take place on 19th & 20th August in the High Street and Heritage Quarter of Dunfermline.
    Roger explained that the Polish army and Home Guard would, if the German onslaught was too powerful, make its “last stand “in Guildhall Street.

    VOT George McBain

  • LOST VILLAGE of LASSODIE

    10th July 2017

    SPEAKER 11
    George Robertson

    The lost village “Lassodie”, Gaelic for “Garden on the Brow of the Hill”. 4 miles NE of Dunfermline.
    The Dewar family of Lassodie House in 1859 started mining. By 1893 pits 10 and 11 were sunk until 1900s there were 2 hamlets “New Rows” and, “Fairfield”; 200 dwellings & 1400 people, church, school, shops, , Co-ops, a tavern and a village hall.
    The demise started with the 1921 strike; in 1931 found it too costly to continue mining the miners were given a fortnight to vacate their houses. The buildings in the village were razed to the ground

    VOT Bill Alexander

  • BATTLE of BRITAIN

    24th July 2017

    SPEAKER 12
    Roy Johnstone

    Roy set out Hitler’s 1940 Operation Sea Lion” plan to invade us “He mentioned the fact that Churchill was the right man in the right place. Max Beaverbrook was master of Aircraft Production, Air Chief-Marshal Hugh Dowling set up fighter defence system and Air Vice- Marshall Keith Park controlled Battle of Britain. He was full of praise for the young pilots with special mention the “Aces” Douglas Bader, Sailor Malan, Stanford-Tuck and Professor Archie McIndoe and his team who pioneered reconstructive surgery. However, his highest praise was reserved for the Polish “303 Squadron”.

    VOT Garson Gillies

  • “PILOTAGE on the FORTH

    8th May 2017

    SPEAKER 7
    Captain Paul Wibberly

    Paul explained that Pilot trainees had to serve a lengthy period at sea, sit exams get their “Masters” ticket and have “sea-time” as a Captain before being considered for the job as pilot.
    There are 26 pilots who are contracted to pilot ships in the Forth estuary. A Pilot is a professional navigator and ship handler.
    There are ten registered ports within the Forth Ports The Authority area and the pilots must deal with everything from small cargo vessels to oil rigs, cruise liners, large cargo ships, naval ships the very large container ships berthing at Hound Point and Braefoot Bay.

    VOT by Roger Hyde.

  • WORLD'S MAELSTORMS"

    22nd May 2017

    SPEAKER 8
    Prof David Munro MBE,

    Professor David was Secretary of the Royal Geographic Society of Scotland (and knighted by Prince Ranier of Monaco for his worldwide conservation work.
    David gave us a most extensive insight into the natural phenomenon of maelstroms -Dutch origin; “mael” to crush or grind and, “stroom”, current. The feature itself first came to prominent notice off the North of Norway. David explained that it was the topography both above and under sea level coupled with tides and winds. Other maelstroms occurred between the islands of Jura and the Pentland Firth.

    VOT Gavin Gourlay

  • COMIC ILLUSTRATIONS

    12 JUNE 2017

    SPEAKER 9
    Colin Maxwell

    Colin, a lecturer, artist and illustrator of comic characters explained that his company ‘Maximised Comics’ had been set up to celebrate the Battle of Bannockburn by showing examples of his “King Robert the Bruce “art-work.
    All his art-work was based on in-depth research to make it as historically accurate as possible. Colin show stunning examples of comic book art-work– some his own – including one of a Lancaster bombers by Ian Kennedy who he described as inspirational and second of two spitfires defending the Forth Bridge in 1939. Ending with a show of “The Hotspur”, “The Victor”, “Bunty” and “Misty” pictures.

    VOT Robin Sharp

  • ON THE BUSES

    27th February 2017

    SPEAKER 4
    Eddie Taylor
    Current bus driving licences are now most challenging at least 10 to 12 weeks of training also medical tests achieving a Certificate of Professional Competence. Eddie related anecdotes driving with Rennies, Stagecoach, Lothian. and Edinburgh Heritage Tours where he learned a lot through listening to the tour guides. As he said we were all chuckling as Eddie swung from one interesting story to the next. His introduction was excellent aimed as it was at his audience. He kept us all interested throughout and we all learned a bit more about “On the Buses”.

    VOT Alan Bayliss

  • DUNF. 1800s to 1900s

    27th March 2017

    SPEAKER 5
    George Beattie

    George with his encyclopaedic knowledge of Dunfermline took us on a fascinating and educational tour of our town. He used lots of treasured photographs maps and papers to enhance his deft, light hearted talk. Starting with a 1624 fire, photos of Bridge Street in the 1950s with its high-class shops made possible by Mr George Chalmers, a corn merchant from Edinburgh, who paid to have engineered and filled in, the land from the top of Urquhart Cut to Chalmers Street and the ravine on which Bridge Street stands.

    VOT Ian Dewar

  • STORY OF THE FORTH

    10th April 2017

    SPEAKER 6
    JOHN REID

    John Reid took us on a journey from the Forth’s source on to the Forth Railway Bridge well illustrated with photographs. He also mentioned lots of locations en-route – Aberfoyle, the “Pendicles of Collymore”, Loch Lubnaig, Balquhidder village, Loch Venacher, Kilmahog, Callender’s motte & bailey castle. The river widens out as it passes Doune and Blair Drummond. At Dunblane’s Roman remains. And on to Bridge of Allan, Stirling as the Forth meanders to Alloa and the Clackmannanshire and Kincardine Bridges and so to the Forth Rail Bridge.

    VOT Douglas Watson

  • SCOTLAND'S PRISONS

    9th January 2017

    SPEAKER 1
    Andrew McClelland

    Very Rev. Dr. Andrew McClelland CBE, CofS Minister & Ex Moderator and former Chief Inspector of Prisons.
    Andrew introduced us to Kevin, a young offender who, by the age of 8 had a problem with alcohol, by 13 had been in several care homes and at 20 had already served 15 sentences. The longest Kevin had been back in society was one month untypical of the 5000 others, 90% of whom had been convicted previously.
    Andrew asked us to remember this “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

    VOT: Bryan Kirkwood

  • CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU

    23rd January 2017

    SPEAKER 2
    Karen Anderson

    This world-wide charity formed in 1938 and now has 250 offices ACROSS Scotland with 6 in Fife
    The aims of the Bureau are to help individuals to know their rights and their responsibilities and to seek to influence changes to (government) policies where there is inequality and/or discrimination. In addition to the volunteers who dealt with the vast majority of enquiries, there are specialist units covering money, client representation and pensions.
    Their Cowdenbeath office the 3 issues frequently raised “Benefits & Welfare”; “Debt” and “Access to Food Banks”.

    VOT: Jim Dick.

  • THE SAMARITANS

    13 February 2017

    SPEAKER 3
    Jed Lafferty

    Anglican priest, Chad Varah founded it in the 1950s. UK has 201 branches (operate 24/7) , 2000 volunteers dealing with around 5 million calls a year
    Dunfermline has 55 Listening Volunteers with 3 support staff and 8 trainees. Their vision is to reduce the number of suicides. In 2014-2015 there were 672 suicides in Scotland -58 were in Fife.
    They listen and are non-judgemental. Most callers are not suicidal but need help. The Dunfermline Branch is involved in various outreach projects with schools, prisons and hospitals.

    VOT Danny Williamson