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Callander Weekend
Sat 18th Jul 2009 to Sun 19th Jul 2009
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 15
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Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2009


A rather grey sky hovered above us as we congregated in Stirling Services, and after Gavin welcomed everyone Ian and Jacqueline led us off into the Kilsyth Hills with everyone no doubt a little apprehensive as to how long the roofs would stay down.

As we passed along the north shore of Caron Valley Reservoir, the dark sky ahead indicated that yet again we might be looking at a wet Callander weekend, but as we turned north the skies lightened. As we passed Lake of Menteith and were joined by our hosts for the night, Richard and Eileen, the mood as well as the weather then brightened.

After passing through Aberfoyle and crossing over the Dukes Pass we continued through the Trossachs scenery before once again turning north and passing alongside Loch Lubnaig to arrive at Lochearnhead and our lunch stop at The Clachan Cottage Hotel.

A relaxed time was spent enjoying lunch, meeting with some members on their first Callendar experience and beginning the banter which was to continue throughout the weekend. The lively laughter which resounded around the dining room indicated that the weekend was already off to a fun start.

After lunch we emerged into a rather wet car park and headed off east alongside Loch Earn in drizzly rain. As ever this did not dampen the spirits and soon the rain abated and we were able to stop and drop the roofs again, albeit the roof dropping stop was longer than usual as we waited for the modern electronic roof catching up with the good old fashioned manual ones. Reaching Comrie we headed back south through Braco, Kinbuck and Doune before heading East and back to Callender to drop off food, drink and seats at Richard and Eileen’s by which time the weather had returned to grey drizzle which didn’t bode well for the BBQ to follow.


After returning to our respective hotels and freshening up we were collected by the local taxi…well actually funeral car….which brought as back to the venue for the evening entertainment, thankfully in sunshine and the best weather of the day. As we all gathered Richard had the BBQ under way and we were soon eating in the early evening sunshine, reminiscing about previous Callendar weekends and laughing at the looks and comments received travelling in a funeral car.

Not long afterwards Sandy and Chas tuned up and we were into the Marquee for the evening’s music. Chas kept Sandy right on the choice of chords and they were joined at various points during the evening by James, John and Margo who offered their own contributions to the musical entertainment as did the whole company joining in with weel kent songs.

Too soon it was time for the music to end and after some laughs and banter the funeral car returned to return us to our respective hotels after yet another hugely entertaining evening.
Thanks must go particularly to Sandy for taking time off from his professional entertaining to give his time to us, but also to everyone else who gave of their talents. A night like this is lifted by the music and the rendering this year certainly lifted all who were there.


Sunday morning dawned to the news that a major fire in the centre off Callander had shut the road in the centre of the town and due to the spread of our various hotels had split the company in half. After frantic phone calls, some long journeys by some from Callendar via the diversion and back to Callendar to a location only 1 mile away from their starting point and some relocation of meeting points we ultimately all managed to get together again at Aberfoyle. We then heading along the scenic route passed Loch Ard, Loch Chon and Loch Arklet to arrive at Loch Lomond at Inversnaid.

Unfortunately by this time the rain had returned so we only managed a short stop before returning to the The Inversnaid Bunkhouse Restaurant for coffee. An unusual stop, this proved to be a renovated church complete with stained glass windows and relaxing couches where fresh coffee was accompanied by home baked fruit cakes. Fortunately for us we arrived just as the scones were going into the oven and after 5 minutes wait we enjoyed fragrant fresh scones with our coffee.

After another half hour of chat we headed back to Callendar to finish the weekend with a barbecue and as the weather had returned to sunshine we managed to engage the services of all the male members to drop the Marquee while the ladies cooked lunch. A chat over the food with never ending humerous recollections of the previous evening brought the weekend to a conclusion and we all headed off in various directions to home.

A weekend full of good roads, banter, humour and music resulted in enjoyment for all and thanks to everyone who arranged the weekend and performed during it.

Report By: Charles Kennedy


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19th Jul 2009 22:14 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Back home exhausted after a brilliant weekend. Many thanks to Eileen and Richard for their hospitality and to Sandy for entertaining us all. Nether rain, fire or roadblocks could spoil the event. Hope to see you all again soon.

20th Jul 2009 14:19 :: chic and heather
Another excellent weekend at Callander. Thanks as ever to Richard and Eillen for their hospitality, to all the entertainers for their music and to everyone who helped erect and dismantle the marquee. Also to Ian and Jacqueline for organising the runs and the lunches which started and ended the weekend in fine style

20th Jul 2009 14:31 :: Colin n Sandra
A great weekend. Oh the banter!!
Will post our arriving home shots later......

20th Jul 2009 18:05 :: Gavin
Great weekend, thank you to Eileen and Richard for putting up with us again. I'm sure everyone had a good time. Terrific run on Saturday, sorry I can't vouch for Sunday.I'm just glad today's over.

20th Jul 2009 19:40 :: chic and heather
ok Colin now that the photos are posted i think a narrative needs to follow ---- not too serious i hope

20th Jul 2009 19:57 :: Colin and Sandra
We had a great time over the weekend and thank you to all that made it so. Lovely drive and scenery, weather was pretty good most of the time. B and B was very nice and not full of those rowdy mx5 types. We went for the warm and cozy approach to the party, hoping to keep the midgie at bay. The evening was most entertaining, the disco juice seemed to be working well. We thourghly enjoyed the music. Unfortunately I had to explain myself at work when someone shouted on ALEX and I followed it up with ALEX, who the eck is Alex, he has a sense of humour, just as well. Good night!!
Hope you all enjoyed the fresh air of the Sunday and that it cleared a few heads.
We headed off to Knockhill for the Scottish Speedfair before visiting family.On our way home from our free tea at Sandra's sisters our wee car decided to chuck its alternator belt onto the Edinburgh by-pass after a quick thrash around the inside of the bonnet. With a spare in the boot I thought breakdown man would have us running in no time but they are into recovery rather than repair. Oh well I guess I'll have to do it myself. We had the " is it time for a new one chat"

20th Jul 2009 20:09 :: wattie97
Our first Callander weekend but not our last.We had a great time as I`m sure eveyone did. Many thanks to Richard and Eileen for the superb hospitality the barbie was great. Hope to see you all again at the next outing.
Wattie and Janet.

20th Jul 2009 20:19 :: dot and chas
Another great weekend in sunny Callander! I still haven't got my new Radley umbrella wet!
The food,entertainment and company was superb.Thanks to Richard and Eileen for the hospitality and the chance to test drive their new BBQ.
A big thank you to Sandy for providing the entertainment.
Flood,fire and famine ,OK maybe not famine! How will we beat that next year?
Colin ,hope the wonkydonkey is OK

20th Jul 2009 20:24 :: colin and Sandra
The wonkey donkey is fine, even if she didn't get a new handbag.

20th Jul 2009 22:49 :: Liz & Don
We both had a great time. Liz can now walk in a straight line again.

Thanks to Richard & Eileen for their hospitality, always first class.

After being "dumped" by "The Old Rectory" we were offered alternative accommodation in The Coppice Hotel next door. Nice comfortable hotel. Big thanks to the owners Anne & Ron Fraser, for making us welcome.


20th Jul 2009 23:23 :: Jim and Maria
They say the camera never lies, so as seen in the photos we had a great time.Many thanks to Richard and Eileen for their superb hospitality,our entertainers and run organisers. These weekends don't just happen on their own.By the way, I don't think that our chairs were small, it was the tent that was awfy big. Roll on the next run 

21st Jul 2009 11:15 :: John & heather
Great weekend thanks to all for making it so good, we as well were dumped by the rectory but the Frasers came to the rescue, many thanks to them.  Next year I will have to remember my swimming trunks. Hehehe 

21st Jul 2009 15:10 :: James & Barbara
Great to see some old friends again and make some new ones aswell. We had a really good time - Thanks to Richard,Eileen,Sandy and everyone else who made it such a special evening.
I'm glad I stuck to "Lime juice and Soda" all night as I had to go and man the pump 10 minutes after getting home.
Great photo of the fire Don - have you or anyone else got more photo's or video of it that I can get copies of for our station archives?

21st Jul 2009 15:49 :: Eileen & Richard
Thanks to all who came along and made it a great weekend, all the marquee helpers and the musicians for their classic performances :-)
It was just unfortunate that the BBQ got out of hand and set fire to half of Callander - it was an accident, honestly! Note to self to empty pool before opening wine next time.  Cara has had a severe talking to for pinching all Wattie's crisps, naughty dog.  Roll on next year.

21st Jul 2009 17:13 :: Sandy
Just back from 2 days golf. Got blown off the course on Monday and washed off the course today. Another great weekend in Callander and thanks to all involved. I don't think Margo will be drinking for a day or two. It was interesting to hear where you had coffee and scones on Sunday. My cousin was christened in that church, obviously when it was still a church!

21st Jul 2009 20:27 :: Liz & Don
I only took 4 pics. I didn't want to be snapping away while the emergency services were battling the fire. If you send me your email address on I'll send you them, in full size.


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