GREENOCK ACADEMICALS CLUB

GAwake

 

Greenock Academy closes its doors for the last time in June this year and we are convinced that we must celebrate 156 glorious years of Greenock Academy. We are therefore, planning a GAwake on the weekend of 25th – 27th March.

 

The main event is the "Wake" in Greenock Town Hall at 7 for 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 26 March: we are calling this a "Buffet 'n' Booze Evening".  A complimentary glass of fizz will greet you on arrival and during the evening a 'superior' finger buffet will be served. [That is code for - you'll have had your tea!]  The bar will remain open till late, and we are trying to ensure a good variety of wines together with malts and other spirits.  There will even be soft drinks...

 

Tables and chairs will be provided round the hall and of course the balcony will be available for lounging in.  There will be some speeches and musical items but the main thrust of the evening is simply to give everyone a chance to have a good blether.  We've already heard of FPs coming from the Antipodes especially for the event. The cost is a mere £15!

 

A booking form for Saturday night is attached. Please complete and return, if possible by the end of February or pay online via our secure PayPal account. Please visit our website at www.theaccies.co.uk for full details on how to pay.

 

The following afternoon at 3 p.m. there will be a Farewell Service in Westburn Church (formerly St Luke's, the Old Kirk and the West Kirk) in Nelson Street.  The Very Reverend Bill Hewitt, one of the school chaplains, will lead the worship with others taking part - and of course there will be music, still to be arranged.  A final get together in the Church Hall with tea and coffee will follow.

Attention, Old Boys:

 

Rather than asking people to come from afar twice in as many weeks, we are bringing forward the Boys' Dinner to Friday 25 March, at 7 for 7.30 p.m. - at a cost of £25.00.  As usual this will be in the Tontine Hotel.  Speakers are J Ross Finnie, MSP, John Anderson (a splendid speaker in his mid-twenties) and Jonathan Benjamin (last year's Head Boy who was a fierce debater). The Chairman will be Archie Mackinlay, the Club's Vice President.

 

A booking form is attached, again please complete and return, if possible by the end of February or pay online via our secure PayPal account. Please visit our website at www.theaccies.co.uk for full details on how to pay.

 

You may remember that for GA150 in 2005 we produced a special commemorative booklet (building on the Centenary Brochure of 1955).  There are still some copies available, but we hope to bring the school story bang up to date with a separate supplement which can be ordered during the weekend and which will be sent out in the autumn.  There are plans afoot for further souvenirs of the weekend. 

 

The Rector has asked us to publicise the school's commemorative events in June.  There will be a concert in the Town Hall on Monday 13 June (and she has asked that an FPs' choir be involved!).  The final school service will be in Westburn Church on the evening of Monday 20 June while the last ever event in the School Hall will be the Prizegiving on Thursday 23.  [At the Prizegiving the final GA150 scholarships will be presented.]  

 

The Committee are looking forward to welcoming a large number of Accies from across the entire age spectrum.  If you are free and able, please join us!

To print the below form simple right click it and select the “Print” option from the menu.  Alternatively, if you email Logan Watt at logan.watt@theaccies.co.uk a copy will be sent to you.