Grand Boys Hand Over £6000 in 2011

The Grand Boys handed over this large sum on 3rd December 2011 at our charity shop in Bannockburn. Although it was a tough year for everyone financially we still managed to buck the trend and donate a considerable amount to various charities and worthy causes. A big thanks goes to all the volunteers in the shop and to the people who continue to donate furniture and of course to all our custormers who frequent the shop and make donations for the goods. Also thanks to The Grand Boys Band members who continue to give their time and talents to help other people. A new 16 track CD entitled ‘Keys to the Door’ will be out soon to mark our acheivement of reaching 21 years.

A large crowd gathered at the shop to see the presentations of cheques and enjoy the music and hospitality. The two local Primary Schools, St Mary’s and Bannockburn received £300 each and provided a lovely joint carol singing set. It was a very successful day and the fundraising will continue in 2012. The beneficiaries were;

Downs syndrome ( Scotland ) – £500

Strathcarron Hospice – £500

Metabolic Activities Fund, Yorkhill Hospital – £500

Schiehallion Ward , Yorkhill Hospital – £500

Cystic fibrosis Ward, Yorkhill Hospital – £500

CHAS – £500

Breast Cancer Care Scotland – £500

Ward A31 FVRH – £500

Forth Valley Disability Sports – £500

MS Society Scotland – £500

St Mary’s Primary School – £300

Bannockburn Primary School – £300

Five Nursing Homes in the area Christmas Party Treats £100 each.

Alec Ogilvie

A special mention for Alec Ogilvie from Bannockburn who has been a volunteer at the shop for nearly four years and has decided to call it a day. I would like to thank him for giving his time and helping to raise funds . He is a spritely 80 year old and says he is going to be busy with jobs at his house ! He is pictured above playing his chanter with Colin Sinclair at the recent Open Day at the shop. I would like to wish him all the best in his retirement!

Grand Boys Successful Trip to Italy

The Grand Boys travelled to Italy in July/August this year and played three very successful gigs in Torre Santa Suzanna near Brindisi in the very south of the country. With temperatures in the high thirty’s it was difficult wearing those kilts! We were in the heart of the working class Italians with vineyards and olive orchards all around us and it certainly beats those perfect holiday resorts. We hired a car to get about the place and learned very quickly how to react to those mad Italian drivers – don’t be courteous to them, let them know you are in charge!!

We were looked after extremely well by Antonio Varratta my friend who owns the lovely restuarant below in Torre. A big thank you to Carmelo too for all the help he gave us with the equipment and sound and also to Antonio’s son Martino for looking after us and helping with translations and stuff.

Antonio had fixed us up in San Nicola Bed & Breakfast on the outskirts of Torre Santa Susanna and the facilities were excellant and we were well looked after by Nicola himself and his helper Anna. If any of you people out there want to visit this part of Italy then this is the place to stay, have a look at the website and Antonio’s restaurant, ‘The Grange’ is the place to eat .

It was a tremendous experience and one we will treasure. We have been asked back so hopefully they will not have seen the last of The Grand Boys.

Here is a picture of ‘ The Grange’ in Torre Santa Susanna where we dined as Antonio’s guests. It boasts Quality Service, Logfire Oven, Large Variety of Local Wine, Specialized in Home Made Produce and a variety of Beers available . Tel. 338/8104807.