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AGM & Annual Dinner 2013 – Book Now

A reminder to all our Old Boys.  The Annual Dinner and AGM will be held on Saturday the 30th November in the Kibble Suite at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow.


 Our speaker for the evening is Sandy Strang a raconteur and impressionist – currently in demand throughout Britain as an immensely entertaining and experienced after-dinner speaker. He is a journalist, who has penned long running columns in ‘The Herald’, ‘The Edinburgh Evening News’, ‘Scotland on Sunday’ and ‘The Sun’.
A one time top amateur footballer, Sandy wore the No.9 jersey for Cambridge University and actually had the honor of playing in a Varsity Cup Final against Oxford at the old Wembley Stadium. Sandy was also a talented cricketer who played in a record number of nine Scottish Cup Finals.
Sandy Strang has covered the whole range of speaking engagements from high profile corporate events and charity fund raisers through to golf days and sportsman’s dinners.
Wag of the Year 2007: Sandy won the prestigious Wag of the Year 2007 Competition held in Glasgow at the Marriot Hotel in May 2007.


Saturday 30th November 2013 @ 8pm, preceded by the AGM @ 7pm at

The Kibble Suite, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel

Grosvenor Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0TA.


Tickets £25.00 per person


Please make cheques payable to ‘Keil School Old Boys Club’ and return to:-

Fergus Allen 160, Great Western Road Glasgow G4 9AE.


Remember to include your name, address and any special dietary requirments.


We look forward to seeing you all on the evening !

Death of Ena Menzies

The Keil School Old Boys committee have been informed of the sad news of the death of Ena Menzies wife of Bill Menzies.  Details from the Herald newspaper:

“MENZIES – ENA Suddenly on Tuesday 13th August 2013 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.  Ena beloved wife of Bill and sister of David Roberts.  Funeral service at Clydebank Crematorium, North Dalnottar, on Wednesday 21st August at 2pm.  No flowers please.  Donations, if desired to MacMillan Cancer Support” [Herald Newspaper]



James Mason’s glass slide collection (Russia 1903)

An update on the collection of glass slides by James Mason:

Club Secretary Jim MacLean has been in touch with Christopher Baker, the Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery regarding the collection of glass slides created by James Mason during a trip to Northern Russia in 1903.  Mr Baker has written to Jim to say that the slides were considered at the last Committee Meeting of the Gallery. They have come to the conclusion that the slides would indeed by a very interesting and most welcome addition to their collection.  Before the gallery formal accept the gift of the slides a conservator will visit Jim to assess them as per their conventional practice.

I know many of the old boys were keen to see these valuable and really quite unique slides passed on to a good home and we will update again in due course if we have further news.

The Keil School Song (Rev James Currie)

At the recent AGM Alistair Aitken spoke to the assembled old boys regarding “The Keil School Song” by the late Rev James Currie.  The hand written manuscript was  found in the papers of Jimmy Currie after he had passed away and was given to the old boys club.


In youthful endeavour we’re happy today;
We find full expression in study and play;
With loyal devotion and truth we can say,
We’ll ever be mindful of Keil.
Keil, Keil, our hearts will ever be in Keil;
Though far we may wander,
Remember shall we,
The days of our boyhood in Keil.
With hearts that are grateful the past years we see;
We think of our founders, our Old Boys and we
Would be worthy to carry the torch of the free;
Who have passed through the portals of Keil.
For masters who taught us we must all give praise
Their courage should be an example always.
May we never forget till the end of our days
Their loyal devotion to Keil.
Though far we may sail o’er the rough sea of life,
Though we may grow tired in the struggle and strife,
Though malice and evil and hate may be rife,
With love we shall aye think of Keil.
With hope we shall look to the future ahead,
Though humble our hearts we are strangers to dread,
We pray that of us it may ever be said
That we are aye worthy of Keil.

Jimmy Currie (1933 – 38)


The committee are not aware of the tune for this song but have emailed Ken Thomson the choirmaster of Govan Gaelic to ask for a recommendation.  We would be very glad to hear from any other old boys who have ideas for the tune or indeed from anyone who happened to know what tune James Currie had originally intended for this work.

Message from Charlie Newton (1954-1960)

We have been asked to pass on the following message:

Hi Jim

I just picked up your E-mail this morning as I was in London for the last week. Unfortunately I will be unable to be with you on November 24 –We have houseful of family for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. I trust you all have a great evening and look forward to being with you at a future event.

I recognize many names on your distribution; please let them know I would love to meet up if they are ever in Texas.

Best regards

Charlie Newton (1954-60)

Britain by Choice, Texas

To protect privacy and reduce the junk email and calls you would certainly receive we prefer not to publish email address or telephone numbers for Old Boys on the website but we can certainly pass on messages or email addresses to Charlie if anyone wants to get in touch.

Final Call for the Annual Dinner 2012

The Keil School Old Boys Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 24th November 2012 @ 7pm in the Kibble Suite, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Grosvenor Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0TA.

The AGM will be followed by the dinner at 8pm.

The Speaker for the evening is John McKelvie former police officer & football referee. A native of the Lanarkshire mining village of Holytown John joined the Police Service in 1971. He recently retired from Strathclyde Police after 30 years service. Prior to retiral he was Superintendent at Govan – a quaint little fishing village on the banks of the Clyde! John joined Lanarkshire Referees’ Association in 1970 and has often been compared to World Cup referee Hugh Dallas – compared to Hugh Dallas he is brilliant! His refereeing career has seen him officiate at Scottish Amateur Cup Finals at youth and full amateur level.

Tickets for the dinner are still available at a cost of £25.00 per ticket.

For tickets please post your cheque to Gordon MacNeill (1978-82) and remember to include your name and address ( ).

Gordon MacNeill, 1 Ritchie Ave, Cardross, G82 5LL

To arrange electronic payment contact

The following have confirmed they are attending (this does not include all names as some have purchased groups of tickets and of course tickets for partners):

Aitken, Alasdair

Allan, Fergus (+11)

Barr, Richard (+1)

Bilsland, Susie

Bremner, Lindsay

Currie, Leslie

Finlayson, Billy

Jones ARL,

Kerr (Jr), Finlay

MacLean, James (+3)

MacNeill, Gordon (+3)

McCarthur Alan, (+2)

McCowan, John

McFarlane, Jim

Murray, Graham (+1)

Offin, Alasdair

Oliver, Michelle

Porter, Alisdair

Reid, Ewan

Rey, Julian

Shaw, Richard

Smith, Tom

Thomson, Allan

White, Dougal

Wilmot, John (+1)

Wilson, Howie  (+1)

Woodrow, James  (+1)