14 Nov 2016

    SPEAKER 19
    Malcolm Gerdis-Hansen

    Roger brought fraternal greetings from Leven Probus Club. Toast began in the 13 century, then by 1847 we had “Pray silence please” followed in 1894 the scarlet coat and gavel arrived.
    Toastmasters have their own guild and learn about protocol and etiquette. Malcolm was trained by Ivor Spencer, former Toastmaster to HM The Queen. He gave several examples of how an untrained person, claiming to be a Toastmaster made mistakes thereby causing difficulties for their clients. A common error was to use the phrase, “Pease be upstanding” instead of “Please stand for....” The wardrobe of a Toastmaster cost £12,000.

    VOT Colin Wilson


    28 Nov 2016

    SPEAKER 20
    Andy Paterson

    The "Stars of the Silver Screen" is a perfect headline to the guest speaker's presentation in which Andy’s talk invites members to identify stars and titles from past decades. Andy produced image after image of TV stars and their programmes on a marvellous PowerPoint presentation where members were constantly asked for info. All genres were there: panel games, comedies, westerns, hospitals, variety, ads,
    Andy talks about the stars’ subsequent lives when success left them, and it backed up the interesting and amusing talk with slides of the celebrities to enhance our insight into the backgrounds of these.

    VOT Harry Gresham


    14 DEC 2016


    Mike Molford, a retired journalist, TV presenter, Hansard writer and columnist

    A company of 61 attended the lunch at the Pitbauchlie House Hotel. The meal, the ambience and the entertainment all combined to make it a most enjoyable event. based on his experiences during his career.

    The raffle raised £128.00 for Club funds.

  • BURKE and HARE

    26 Sept 2016

    SPEAKER 16
    Gordon Findlater

    Gordon, formerly Head of the Anatomy Department at Edinburgh University.
    Barber-surgeons, in 1505 were given approval to dissect the cadaver of one convicted criminal per year. But too many anatomists - too few bodies,500 bodies a year needed. Burke and Hare saw this "niche market" and exploited it initially by supplying immigrants, but soon murdered locals and were caught. Burke was convicted and hung (Hare was not) for murdering 15. Hare fled to Londonderry where he died. As a consequence of their activities the government passed the Anatomy Act 1832 which remained in force until it up-dated in 1984.

    VOT Cowan Reid


    10 Oct 2016

    SPEAKER 17
    Roy Johnstone

    Roy- a retired solicitor, studied the assassination of President Kennedy. The main characters were President JFK, Jackie his wife, Governor Connelly and wife, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, Lyndon Johnston, Jessie Currie the Dallas Chief of Police. Despite the Warren Commission set up by Lyndon B. Johnston and a later investigations queries continue to surround the death., however in Roy`s opinion, Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin and he acted alone.
    Roy said whatever flaws JFK possessed he made the correct decision not to invade Cuba, he also promoted nuclear disarmament and sought world peace.

    VOT David Bolton.


    24 Oct 2016

    SPEAKER 18
    Duncan Simpson and Donald Adamson

    The Heritage Trust is quite separate football Club and promotes the Club’s history, conducts tours for the public and safeguards the Club`s many trophies, records and mementos.
    The Club constituted in 1885 used to play on the old “Town Green” (near Appin Crescent) with blue & maroon colours. In 1887, the first pavilion was opened, the first team photograph in 1901 and Celtic were the last opponents on that ground in 1903.
    The largest crowd was in 1968 against West Bromwich Albion. - 27,816 (sources record 35,000).
    “Why is the Pars?” - Duncan favoured it’s short for “paralytic.

    VOT Douglas Ferguson


    08 August 2016

    SPEAKER 13
    David Anderson

    Prior to working on the Inner Forth project David studied at Napier University graduating with an MSc in Conservation and Management of Protected Areas.
    A fascinating story of the extensive bird life that exists on our doorstep – a delightful insight into the flocks; these huge numbers of migrators. He illustrated the amazing various species that flock to this part of Scotland. David is working on the RSPB Scotland’s Inner Forth Futurescape project that aims to deliver landscape scale conservation by creating and enhancing habitats that benefit both wildlife and people of the Inner Forth. We wish them well.

    VOT Bob Hamilton


    22 August 2016

    SPEAKER 14
    Paddy & Katie

    The FPA (Forth Ports Authority) has responsibility for the use of 280 square miles of navigable water in the River Forth including Grangemouth, Leith, part of Rosyth Dockyard and Dundee, Burntisland, Kirkcaldy. Includes 2,618 vessels and 9 million tons of goods. FPA provides pilots who are essential to safe navigation of the Forth; dealing with any oil pollution; maintenance of lighthouses, surveying and dredging the channels and ports.
    Members asked several searching questions about the future expansion of the container port facility; disposal of the silt dredged up; facilities for handling imports of ethane from the USA at Grangemouth.

    VOT Bryan Paterson


    12 Sept 2016

    SPEAKER 15
    Colin Moore

    The subject was about people who had doubles in looks and behaviour (Doppelgangers); Colin gave the following examples:
    Morgan Robertson – He wrote a book “Wreck of the Titan” 14years before the sinking of the Titanic and everything that he wrote about was identical to the Titanic sinking.
    Violet Jessop on the SS Olympic and when it sank, she also was one of the survivors of the Titanic and she then sailed on the SS Britannic which also sank.
    The Café Central Vienna –Customers - Trotsky, Hitler, Stalin, Tito and Lenin.
    So – can we now say Doppelgangers are valid ?

    VOT Brian Rowland


    27 June 2016

    Speaker 10
    James Lawson

    With the recent awarding of UNESCO World Heritage site status to the Forth Bridge. The North Queensferry Heritage Trust is a long-established group that has been dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and beauty of North Queensferry and the immediate surroundings. It aims to encourage, preserve, develop and improve features of historic, architectural or environmental value. Their role in the future development of the town’s tourist industry is vital. The Trust was originally constituted on 4th May 1988 as a charity, registered in Scotland and is a member of Scottish Civic Trust, Scottish wildlife Trust and the Forth Estuary Forum.

    VOT George McBain


    11 July 2016

    Speaker 11
    Sharron McCall

    Sharron McColl is a reference librarian in Dunfermline. She has lectured to the Club previously and is an expert on Louise Carnegie.
    In this talk she will tell us the story of her life; not a mere house-wife but a powerful assistant.
    How much do we know about Andrew Carnegie’s wife, Louise? She was an American, who first met Carnegie when she was 23, and seven years later they married. Carnegie was then 51, and they remained together until his death thirty-two years later. She must have played a very important role in the second half of his life, where he put his philanthropic ideas into practice.

    VOT Bill Alexander


    25 July 2016

    Speaker 12
    Donald & Ann McKay

    Their 6-week journey by rail from Inverkeithing to Bangkok started in August 2015. London, Cologne, Warsaw and Moscow. On to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal to Mongolia; crossing the Gobi Desert on their way to China (Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the "Terracotta Warriors" and the very modern Shanghai. Over to Hong Kong and on to Nanning in (delightful) Vietnam - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The visit to Kampuchea (Cambodia) was sombre following the Pol Pot massacres. The last leg to Bangkok (Krung Thep) where they became aware of the "slave trade" like conditions in which children lived.

    VOT Garson Gillies


    9 May 2016

    John McPhee

    The disease of Parkinson's was first registered as a shaking disease by James Parkinson in 1817; John contracted the disease at age 45 and took up the challenge of re-directing his life towards fund raising researchers towards finding a cure and to fund the provision of specialised nursing and care.
    John used his own disability to demonstrate vividly the problems of a sufferer. Members will well remember his motto
    “I may have Parkinson`s but it does not have me.”
    He will shortly be undertaking a sponsored walk from the west coast St. Bees to the east coast Robin Hood`s Bay.

    VOT Eddie Taylor


    23 May 2016

    David Craig
    CEO of Scotland`s Charity Air Ambulance presented the charity and its development since it was set up in2013 at Scone.
    Over 500 emergency call-outs which has involved flying 50,000 miles saving lives working closely with the NHS and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
    Its costs are £30,000 per week, made available by the UK government and has upgraded its helicopter (£3.5 million). It is funded by Scots and on excellent donations via a weekly lottery, grants, donations and it is indebted to their 50/60 volunteers supporting the 2 pilots and 3 crewmembers and 7 support staff. A valuable organisation, we wish them well.

    VOT George Beattie .


    13 June 2016

    Chris Cutts

    Chris-manager of the “Forth Estuary Forum – Developments” talk was full of facts and on the need of the Forum. The Forth Estuary Forum is responsible for the area stretching from Stirling to the bridge; from Fife Ness in the North, East Lothian and Dunbar in the south and extending 12 miles from the coast. This area includes many varied types of environments from headwaters to flood plains with alluvial soils and mudflats to brackish waters, industrialised areas and nursery grounds for fish spawning and fish feeding. Most areas in the Forth are being well managed but more has to be done before marine planning can become as useful as existing land planning.

    VOT Robin Sharp


    22 February 2016

    Keith Mason

    Keith Mason talk was about in which he had a lifelong interest. The opening of Kirkcaldy Burgh’s Power Station in 1899 led to the use of electric trams in 1902. The trams were all double deckers running on single track. There were three routes -Linktown to Sinclairtown, Junction Road to Bennochy Road and Cottage Hospital to Dysart. The fares collected averaged £23 per day. The Kirkcaldy trams closed in May 1931 due to W. Alexander`s motor buses.
    Keith`s had excellent, interesting slides of old Kirkcaldy and enlivened his talk with anecdotes that evoked lots of nostalgic memories

    VOT Alan Bayliss


    14 March 2016

    Andrew Coull

    Andrew and his colleague, Beth, had set up a performing arts company called "Suit and Pace" in 2014 to communicate with young children and dis-advantaged Fife teenagers.
    During 2014-2015, 761 people had attended and in all these Andrew and Beth conveyed their core messages -"the correct level of seriousness with humour."
    Andrew gave us the kind of performance to convey a message; in this case it was about someone suffering with a mental health problem going for an interview and aimed at teaching the interviewer how to deal with interviewees.

    VOT Ian Dewar


    11th April 2016

    Derek Parkman

    The talk revolved round the life of a 3-masted, steel hulled baroque, the "Lawhill" that was built in Dundee in 1892 to carry jute from Bengal to Dundee’s factories. Giant sailing ships like the "Lawhill" plied the route between Dundee and Bengal via the Cape of Good Hope on the outward leg and back via Cape Horn -the trip took 8 months.
    In 1899, The "Lawhill" became a carrier of oil drums: in 1919, after working for the French, it joined the grain trade between the UK and South Australia. In 1948 the "Lawhill" was sold to the Portuguese and it was broken up in 1962.

    VOT Sandy Stobie


    11 January 2016


    Jim`s talk covered those early pioneers of aviation who flew from Fife airfields and the roles they played during World Wars 1 and 2. Among the airfields mentioned were, Woodhaven (River Tay), Crail (HMS Jackdaw 1), Donnibristle (Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard), Leuchars (Coastal Command), Stravithie (satellite landing field) and Dunino (HMS Jackdaw 2).
    World War 2 of the 4,000 airmen and women based in Scotland who lost their lives, 140 were based in Fife. Jim told us that more information could visit Dundee Museum of Transport, museums at Montrose, Woodhaven, Crail and the Museum of Flight at East Fortune

    VOT Bryan Kirkwood


    25 January 2016


    David`s illustrated talk about Robinson Crusoe was based on his visit to Crusoe’s island to confirm the facts on his being marooned on this remote island.
    He found out that Selkirk was not shipwrecked and marooned but chose to remain behind after falling foul of the ship`s captain.
    David had lots of stories about their teams’ activities enlightening Selkirk`s life style before, during and after his stay on the island.
    David excavated a small copper sliver - a tip of a Navigation Divider Tool owned by a professional sailor - found in a cave believed to have been Selkirk`s.

    VOT Danny Alexander


    8 February 2016


    Jim had been to over 90 countries in his travels as was soon apparent by the vast content of his talk. His first puzzling screen -W.A.L.O.R - (What a lot of rubbish).
    His numerous origami model paper models were far from simple; while small were certainly varied models. Not limited to planes – birds, jumping frogs, barking dog and a top hat were soon displayed. followed by a wide collection of pictures.
    He went from Fun Toys to Nagasaki’s Nuclear bomb disaster –and finished with Illustrations of other countries -China, Greece and Russia. The talk ended well-kent comics- Eagle, Dandy and Beano.

    VOT Jim Dick.