Golden Olden Picnic Follow-Up

August Additional Meeting

When we first started to plan the August Picnic, we envisaged that it would be held outside. We allowed our imaginations to run away with us, and the picnic would be held on a warm, balmy summer evening – almost tropical. As the date grew closer, we came back down to earth, as temperature barely shifted above 17°C, with (as you well know) many days below that!

We made the decision to bring the meeting indoors. Indoors…a picnic…? Well, yes, this is Scotland…

As it turned out, we all arrived on Thursday in full sun, not too cold either, but still too cool to sit outdoors.

Music Hall

So, indoors we were! But this was a picnic with a difference. We wanted to touch on our Glasgow & West Coast heritage, through the music, poems and street songs of the olden days. We turned to the days of the Music Hall for inspiration, and so the ‘picnic’ shaped up.

Did you know that Glasgow is home to the Britannia Panopticon?  Did you know that it is the world’s oldest surviving Music Hall?

The Programme

Programme-for-webOur Additional Meetings normally have a learning message behind them, but this one was purely a social evening, and we hoped that those sisters who attended would take away with them, fond memories of days now past, and feelings of friendship and love. If we succeeded in that, then all the effort and ups and downs the committee faced while putting this together, were well worth while.

Our Master of Ceremony was the suitably attired Louis, who arrived in the hall with a flourish of a large white handkerchief, and jumped on his chair – and then onto a table…oh yes he did! Did I get a photo? No. I was so taken aback that (fearing for his wellbeing!) my hands went to my face in a gasp! No photo – you’ll just have to take my word for it. Now, that’s really getting into character.


201608_AddMeet-(54-of-135)After everyone got into the mood by singing The Red Yo-Yo, Maxine read the emotive poem Nostalgia for a Tenement that must have brought back strong memories for those of us who spent some of our early years in a Glasgow Tenement.


And then…oh my…what can I say! Louis introduced our four actors, who performed the “Mince & Tatties” sketch from The Steamie. Mrs Gilfeathers and her 20-year old puzzle over Harry’s extra tattie was once more aired in public. Our ribs ached with laughter as Fiona (Mrs Gilfeathers), Marie (Dolly), Ruth (Doreen) and Norma (Magrit) gave a brilliant performance!

201608_AddMeet-(77-of-135)Norma sang Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl, which was a popular music hall song from early in the 20th century, and we all joined in with the chorus.201608_AddMeet-(95-of-135)Ann was next on the programme with the hilarious poem I cannot Go to School Today.

201608_AddMeet-(99-of-135)How many remember the rhymes we used to chant as we played ball and skipping ropes in the street? Frances, Fiona & Ruth took turns of running on-stage to remind us of some of them.


Down by the river, down by the sea,
Johnny broke a bottle and blamed it on me.
I told ma, ma told pa,
Johnny got a spanking, ha ha ha.

There she goes, there she goes,
peerie heels and pointed toes
Look at her feet, she thinks she’s neat
Black stockings and dirty feet.

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea.
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see.
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea!


Ma maw’s a millionaire
Blue eyes and curly hair
See her walkin doon the street
Wi her big banana feet
Ma maw’s a millionaire

And of course – there’s the old favourite:

Ye canny shove yer grannie aff a bus
Naw ye canny shove yer grannie aff a bus
Naw ye canny shove yer grannie
Cause she’s yer mammie’s mammie
Ye canny shove yer grannie aff a bus

There was more – but that will give you a little flavour.

Bonnie Bonnet Competition

The Bonnie Bonnet Competition was also inspired by the large elaborate hats that ladies wore to the Music Hall, as you can see, our sisters rose to the challenge with some strange & wonderful creations!



The box of chocolates went to Penny for her extravagant creation – well done Penny!

The Picnic Table

You can see from the mMenu-02-for-webenu what we had on the picnic table. The recipes for the three salads – Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad, Tuna Salade Niçoise and Mediterranean Lemon & Herb Chicken Salad – were from Mary Berry & Lucy Young’s book Cooking up a Feast.

The soft drinks weren’t only delicious – they looked pretty too.

Quiche, wraps, french bread and then mini Eaton Mess or Trifle completed the picnic fayre.


Tables Salads
Thank you

Many thanks to everyone who helped so much in making this such a lovely evening. Our performers, Fiona, Marie, Ruth, Norma, Maxine, Ann & of course, Louis, with Robert on piano. Thanks to those who set up the tables & chairs, the microphone that we forgot to plug in, John for helping with the decor, Julie for her smashing juice, and of course – the committee who once again worked their little socks off.  😊

And it’s farewell from me

From a personal point of view (Catherine speaking in case you haven’t figured that out!) I’ve now been released from my calling as Additional Meeting Co-ordinator and moved on to another assignment.

The little team I’ve worked with over the past two and half years have become very dear friends…and I’m truly going to miss serving alongside them. We’ve all worked so hard to organise the Additional Meeting programme, and I know that they will continue to do so. I wish them well as they continue to serve. X

The Relief Society Blog

The blog will continue, but with some changes that you’ll see in coming weeks. Watch this space!  😊

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