Heritage Walk


Fancy a walk around Kilmarnock town centre, visit a few pubs, have a few drinks and learn lots of things about the town while you do so?

Well, local Historians Gary Torbett, Graham Boyd and Stuart Wilson are here to help you out by leading a heritage walk in and around Kilmarnock town centre on the evening of Thursday 27th August with any proceeds being handed over to the Killie Trust.

In Gary’s own words:

“The walk will be over a fairly short walking distance, will take in a few town centre bars AND you will learn a wee bit about the town’s history….I hope.

A sort of educational pub crawl.

The plan is to start at Fanny By Gaslight at 5.30 / 6pm for a beer (you buy your own BTW) and then head down The Strand, through The Cross, down Sandbed, along St Marnock Street, up Bank Street and along College Wynd to John Finnie Street.

The walk will visit 6 bars along the way so you will have a varied view of the pubs in Killie!! However the point is to get folk out walking, learning and spending a few quid in the town.

The walk is free of charge – like I say, bring your beer money – but I will collect discretionary donations at the end which I will pass to The Killie Trust.”

If you would like any more information don’t hesitate to contact the Trust here, or on facebook or twitter.

From The Archives: Grand in your Hand (+ Diary)

379923_10150576691074899_754431406_nAs 2011 drew to a close we launched an initiative to both boost membership as well as send one lucky member home from the Dundee United match considerably richer than they turned up, £1000 richer to be exact. The draw was for all current trust members, either long term or newly signed up, their membership numbers put in a bucket and at halftime of said match our Chairman Barry Richmond braved the cold and stood in the centre circle with bucket in hand to draw the winning entry.

306673_10151478821009899_1930681168_nStephen Carolan had the winning number and had an extra £1000 that Christmas. Here he is getting his picture taken post match with his prize alongside Trust board members Davie Davidson and Nigel Fitzsimmons.

diary06Also as a bonus this Christmas, here is a nice little item. The Trust diary from 2006 which was on sale for £2 with proceeds going to the Trust.

I am sure it found its way onto a few Killie fans lists for santa list for Santa.

From The Archives: To Somerset…..on foot

On 24th of July 2004 an intrepid band of Trust members set off from Rugby Park and walked the 16miles to a football ground south of Symington which in some circles is also known as Somerset Park, Ayr.

They weren’t doing this for no reason however, for one they were heading down to see the Westsound Trophy match between Killie and Ayr but also they were being sponsored to do so to help raise funds to sponsor Kilmarnock’s under 17 squad and also to aid local schools by helping purchase sports equipment.

They faced some fairly inclement weather with some early damping down giving way to a stiff breeze to dry them out on the approach to KA8.  Unfortunately, this was followed by a drenching towards the end of the journey, indeed a bit like the pattern of the game itself. Here they are before they set off however.



Upcoming Event: Stand Up (If You Love Billy) Comedy Night 8

This November get yourself along to the Sports Bar for some brilliant stand up comedy. Your eyes are not deceiving you, there is a deliberate typo in the artwork as we are returning to our spiritual home for “Stand Up (If You Love Billy) 8″…and as such have afforded a nod to KFC’s main man Billy Bowie for making that possible.

On compere duties is friend of the Trust Ray Bradshaw for his third tour of duty at the Sports Bar, Ray has been entertaining audiences up and down Britain this year so its great to have him back corralling this bunch…

Mark Nelson, who as well as being one of the most sought after acts on the Scottish circuit could also have been seen during the summer on BBC1 presenting Don’t Drop the Baton and heard on Radio Scotland in his show “Mark Nelson’s guide to Marriage”.

Chris Forbes who supported Kevin Bridges on tour in 2012 and has been a staple in the comedy tents at Rockness and T in the Park recently.

Jim Smith, who in September this year came third in the annual Scottish Comedian of the year competition, Jim is a Perthshire farmer and along with Colin McCreadie and Stuart Cosgrove constitutes St Johnstone’s entire fan base.

Lastly of course, and back yet again, is our home grown talent, John Speirs, who probably wont be entirely happy with the photo on the poster and gets a wee bit grouchy if you spell his name wrong.

Again, thanks in advance for continuing to support these nights. The ticket price remains a paltry £15 for a plethora of top acts and can be purchased by calling Peter on 0742 961 5232 or by following the links on our website, COG Blog, Facebook, Twitter etc. to the Eventbrite page for the event (or just click the picture below).

Hope to see you all soon…


Cheque Handed over at Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 7

StandUpWebAd7Last month saw our 7th Stand Up night go off without a hitch at The Rugby Club in Kilmarnock, and we handed over the cheque to the Laurie and Ellie fund. But more on that later.

A full house enjoyed some great acts off the Scottish comedy scene. Compere Graham Mackie kept things going all night and enriched everyones lives with his first encounter with an exfoliating glove. John Gavin set us off with a great set including his hatred of foxes, lucky for him it wasn’t squirrels. John Speirs then enlightened the crowd with his story about the time he never met Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn before Jojo Sutherland closed the second section with tales from her life on the east coast. Des Clarke then took the roof off Bellsdale with a brilliant headline set where he talked about absolutely everything, including the time he actually met Hollywood actor James MacAvoy.

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A brilliant night which actually started on a high when Ellie, Laurie and their mum visited to pick up the cheque for £1412 from The Killie Trust. The evening in the Kilmarnocks Rugby Club raised £1000 for the appeal. The further £412 was raised at Rugby Park, when before the match versus Hearts members of the Trust board were out rattling buckets and got a great response from the fans in attendance. A huge thanks from the Trust to all those in attendance on the night as well as those who did their bit at the Hearts game. Also a huge thanks again to John Gall at Brownings for the half time fayre.Ellie&Laurie

Hope to see you all at the next one.

Fog Lifts to Reveal £1500 Barrier Broken

wpid-img_20140521_224439.jpgYou may remember our article a few years back about Killie fan and big Trust supporter Stevie Miller (aka Fog) when he bannered up his hot snack emporium with our logos and Twitter handle. Since then he has moved pitch from his long term home out the Queens Drive in Kilmarnock to Annandale Industrial Estate (between Crosshouse Hospital and the Cotton Mill/Premier Inn) but the change of environment hasn’t halted the donations to the Trust rolling in from his trusty Trust tin!

A ring of THAT bell means that one of his loyal customers has dug deep in their pockets and popped their change or more into his collection tin in aid of our community ownership drive for Kilmarnock FC.

The bell has been rung out plenty just recently as Fog has cemented his place at the top of the “leader board” with a whopping £1500 raised in total over the years. With no sign of stopping we should add.

Money raised is to help with the long term goal to make the club 50% + 1 owned by the supporters. Some of the money raised is utilised too for various community schemes which we the Trust initiate.

wpid-img_20140518_123405.jpgChairman, Barry Richmond stated “Stevie has been a long term supporter of our aims and is a Killie fan through and through. I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only him, but all the other local businesses that have our collection tins in their premises and to their many, many customers who donate willingly.”

Collection tins can be found in the following locations….Rainbow Ink, Grange Filling Station, Varani’s Forum Cafè, McLelland Stores, Portmann Hotel, Ralph’s Newsagents, The Chip Bank, Howard Arms, Burns Inn, Kay Park Tavern, Brass and Granite, Bakery Bites, Yum Yums, The Garage, Shah’s Curry House and Fauld’s the Butchers.

If any other business would like to contribute to allow collection tins on their premises please contact the Trust by email on community@killietrust.org or via mobile on 07748252455.

FAO All Trust Members

Following on from yesterday’s email to our members, the Board wish to seek approval to donate £1,000 to the Ellie & Laurie charity.

The charity has been set up to raise £70,000 to secure the appropriate treatment to help young Killie fan Laurie, who needs further orthopedic surgery to help him walk.  Initially the charity needs to secure an amount of £8,400 and they have already raised £2,138, leaving a further £6,262 to be raised as soon as possible.

We propose to donate £1,000 towards the charity funded by our profit from the next Comedy Night.  However, given the charity needs this money now, we propose to utilise existing Trust Funds to make the £1,000 donation, which will then be reimbursed immediately following the Comedy Night.

Unless we hear from you to the contrary by Friday 7th March, we will assume you are in agreement with this proposal.

Additionally, to help support the charity, we have also contacted the club to seek approval that we can do a bucket collection at the Hearts game. The club do not normally allow bucket collections but they’ve done quite a bit for Ellie and Laurie in the past so hopefully we can get the go ahead for that, at which point we will be looking for some trustworthy volunteers to help out on the day.

We hope you share our views on helping this worthy cause.

Champions League Tickets Raffle

UEFA-Champions-LeagueFor the recent 10 year Anniversary Charity Ball (keep your eyes peeled for our report on this site soon) we had some great prizes donated for our raffle and auction. Some weren’t auctioned on the night and this is just such a prize. We have a pair of tickets for each of the three Champions League matches at Celtic Park this season. For ten pounds you can buy a ticket to the raffle for this package and all proceeds will be going to the charities we were raising money for at the ball. Info as it appears on the eventbrite site where you can buy your raffle tickets is below and here is a link to get you there.

Event Details

The Killie Trust are hosting a charity raffle for 1 package, involving 2 tickets for all Celtic Champions League Home games.  

Each raffle ticket costs ₤10. Each ticket bought will be entered into the raffle and the winner will be drawn on Friday 27th September.  The lucky winner will then be notified by email.

The Killie Trust were kindly donated these tickets by Hope Construction and QTS to raise money for our chosen charity, Reverse Rett (http://www.reverserett.org.uk).  The daughter of one of our former players (Mark Reilly) suffers from this condition and we are assisting him in raising funds to find a cure for Rett Syndrome.

The 3 home games are: –

1st October – Celtic v Barcelona
22nd October – Celtic v Ajax
26th November – Celtic v AC Milan

Good luck!

Have questions about The Killie Trust – 2 x Tickets for all Celtic Champions League Home Games? Contact The Killie Trust


Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 6!: A Preview

With Christmas and New Year outta the way, time to plan your next night out, why not make it with us?


Friday 22nd of February 2013 sees the return of Killie Trust comedy in the form of Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 6! Since its inception, our comedy night has gone from strength to strength and showcased some of the best acts on the Scottish circuit, next February will be no different as Ray Bradshaw returns to run the show as our compère having enjoyed it so much last time. Ray is currently embarking on a series of dares for his upcoming festival shows, one of which isn’t to be a Partick Thistle fan which he does simply because he wants to.

Also on the bill this time up will be Gary Little, a Glasgow comedian with a colourful past who has been in comedy ten years come 2013 so is in his testimonial season, Scott Gibson will also be with us, from Paisley he has gigged all over Britain since starting in 2010 and was even gigging all around Ontario Canada this year as well as alongside Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle at The Stand. Further to those two is Teddy Ross, who has written for TV and radio and also is editor of Scottish Comedian FC blog and podcast which has the views of Scottish comedians on fitba (funnily enough). Finally completing the line up is John Speirs, Kilmarnock fan and resident he has “papped out in the first round” of Scottish Comedian of the Year 2012 on his CV and he was at Stand Up 3 so this marks his return. All in all a fantastic line up for you all to get excited about, so what about those tickets?

Well, 2013 is a new year but the price is still the same, £15 to laugh your head off on a Friday night. As always all money raised goes toward The Killie Trust and you can get yours by calling 07429615232 or visiting the Trust Desk which is situated as always in
the Park Hotel on match days. You can also purchase tickets on Eventbrite and pay via Paypal – http://killietrust.eventbrite.com/

Plenty of ways to get involved.

Here also is some links to find out more about our acts.

Ray Bradshaw

twitter: @comedyray

website: www.idarerayto.com/ where Ray is taking on dares which will form the basis of his Glasgow Comedy Festival show this year. Feel free to dare him to do something.

Gary Little

twitter: @biggarylittle


Scott Gibson

twitter: @bigscottgibson

website: http://scottgibsoncomedy.com/

Teddy Ross

twitter: @comedyteddy

podcast: Details on how you can subscribe to the Scottish Comedy FC Podcast which Teddy hosts and edits.

John Speirs

twitter: @ruudkerouac

blog: The Nhoj

Killie Trust Masterchef

On Monday 17th September, the first Killie Trust Masterchef took place. The fiercely contended cook off took place at the wonderful Cook School Scotland in Kilmarnock and contestants had travelled from as far as Glasgow to take part in this prestigious culinary competition. One contestant, Andy Millar, talks us through it.

“Under the guidance of Joe Queen the executive chef and Michael George our tutor and mentor for the evening, our challenge was to prepare breast of chicken stuffed with haggis with fondant potato and creamed cabbage.

Firstly, Michael took us through how to prepare and cook the potato fondant which included an explanation of the importance of your choice of potato variety. Much to the shock of our wannabe chefs all tatties are not created equally.

Next it was back to our beautifully appointed kitchen stations to try and emulate what Michael had just made look so easy. After much huffing and puffing and some assistance from the ever helpful Joe and Michael we all managed to get our potatoes into the oven.

Now we moved on to the main event; the preparation, stuffing and wrapping of our chicken. Once again Michael patiently showed us all how to cut the chicken breast without damaging ourselves or ruining the meat. He explained to us the importance of starting with good quality ingredients and how to cook chicken properly without over-cooking.

Back to the kitchens to get our chicken stuffed, rolled and wrapped and in the oven and our potatoes out. We were now on the home straight but possibly the greatest challenge of all, making cabbage tasty. We were given a few more tricks of the trade and off we went.

With our cabbage well on the way to being ready to eat we had one last trip to the front of the class so that Michael could show us how to present our dishes in the most appetising way ready for the judges to adjudicate our work. We were judged not only on the presentation of the dish but how we had worked during the course of the evening.

Joe and Rory McKeown (Kilmarnock FC’s left back, who had given up his free time to help judge the event) toured the kitchens to inspect our efforts and then at long last we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Rory joined us, having had his meal cooked by Michael not one of us you’ll be glad to know.

Clearly we must have all been well trained as silence fell upon the dining room as we all tucked into the meals we had prepared. Joe did point out that we may have been the slowest cooks he had ever seen. He also regaled us with behind-the-scenes stories of the real MasterChef.

Joe and Rory added up the scores until finally after much deliberation they were ready to announce that Lesley Thomson was the Killie Trust Masterchef . Well done Lesley and thanks to everyone who took part and to everyone at Cook School Scotland for making us feel so welcome and a wonderful evening. A special thanks must also go to our very dedicated dishwasher.”

We will see you all again on the 13th of November when we go back for a second helping. This time there is no need for an apron as our Italian night is strictly Demo and Dine…and a wine or two to keep you going while the award winning chefs prepare an Italian feast for your delight and delectation. Rory McEwan was our surprise judge at the MasterChef competition…and we hope that he’s bringing along one of his team mates, who is an expert on Italian cuisine.

For details on how to book you can go to our event post on our facebook page or simply have a look at the promo poster for it below!

For more information on The Cook School Scotland please visit their website here or follow them on twitter here.

See you all in November.