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 or via mobile on 07748252455.

Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 7

StandUpWebAd7We are back! 25th April is the date for your diaries and we are in a new venue for this one, The Kilmarnock Rugby Club out on the Queens Drive. So its new surroundings but no change for the rest, the price remains the same and the standard too as we are bringing more top drawer comedy to Killie town.

For this one we have the brilliant Des Clarke (@des_clarke), who as well as being one of Scotlands top comics is also the host of Capital FM’s breakfast show, the supremely talented Jojo Sutherland ( @jojosutherland) who has pretty much played every British comedy club you could care to mention plus ones abroad too. Also we have 2009s Scottish Comedian of the Year, the awesome John Gavin (@johngavincomedy) and Graham Mackie ( @graham19590) who not only will be the funniest guy you have ever seen that looks like Santa but will inexplicably be able to name one of your old teachers from the school. Completing the line up and back to complete a hat trick of outings at our comedy nights is local act John Speirs ( @johnspeirsii), all in all a terrific evenings worth of entertainment in store.

As already mentioned, ticket price remains £15 for all those top acts and can be purchased by calling 07429615232 or by following links on our website, blog, facebook, twitter etc to our eventbrite site for the event. The night is in conjuction with the Rugby Club to help raise some funds for them and the Killie Trust will be donating our funds raised to the Laurie Finlayson Appeal, more details of which can be found here:

So there it is, avoid the scrum and get your tickets quick, with such a great line up these nights sell out fast! See you all there, April 25th.

Link to online ticket sales here:

Charity Ball Latest: Special Guests Attending

ballWe are delighted to announce that birthday boy and local legend Garry Hay will be our guest of honour at the upcoming Charity Ball. At the end of the last season Garry was released by the club after many years sterling service, but still voluntarily coaches some of our youth players. We have asked him to come along in appreciation of his dedication to Killie and everything he has done off the park for the fans down the years. Garry will be joining former Killie Scottish Cup winning legends, the 97 club if you will, hookyMark Reilly, Kevin McGowne, Jim McIntyre and Gerry McCabe (more still to confirm) at the Rhett Syndrome Research table which is one of the charities who will be benefiting from the night. Tickets are still available, see details here, this is one not to miss!

The Killie Trust 10th Anniversary Charity Ball


The Killie Trust (Kilmarnock Supports Society Ltd) would like to invite you to our 10th Anniversary Ball to be held at the Fenwick Hotel on Saturday 7th September, 2013. The night will be a black tie event so it is an opportunity to get your fineries on and celebrate some great moments for the club, the community and the Trust over the past decade.

The Trust was constituted in May 2003 with 8 clear objectives and a mission statement “to promote, develop and support Kilmarnock Football Club and the game of …football within the community.” Since then, we have have strived to achieve these objectives with the support of our members and the ball aims to celebrate many of the achievements, while raising funds for two great charities.

To mark the occasion, all profits garnered from this event will be split between two very worthy causes – The Ayrshire Hospice and the Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK. Both of these charities have touched many people in our local community and we wanted to give something back to both of them in recognition for the fantastic work that they continue to do.

Tickets for the ball (£30 each), which includes fine dining and dancing, can be purchased via Trust Board Members, at the Killie Trust Desk on match days or online using Eventbrite. The Board of the Killie Trust would like to thank our members and Killie fans the world over for your on-going support of our initiatives involving the club and the community and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the Charity Ball on the night.

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.

Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 5! A Review

Two weeks past on Friday night (24th August) saw The Killie Trust get the COG Fund rolling with the very successful Stand Up (If you love Killie) 5! comedy night at The Player Sports Bar at Rugby Park. Ayrshire comedian/tv star/radio personality/wrestling commentator Billy Kirkwood compered a great night and he and comedians Tommy Reid, Neil “The Wee Man” Bratchpiece, John McGoldrick and Jim Smallman had those in attendance rolling in laughter.

Englishman Jim Smallman, who headlined the event, in particular regaled the time when he actually last visited Rugby Park as a fan of his hometown team Leicester City for a recent friendly and noted that he heard the best ever put down of a player ever from the home fans about Leicester player Chris O’Grady who played with a shirt with no number, though the put down may be best left off this post.

The Wee Man had a audience member and Killie fan up beat boxing (very well we should add) as he rapped and then downed his percussion mans pint in a one-ah while at the opposite end of the spectrum Billy Kirkwood had three guys up to form a boyband which he named the “Fanny Pads”. All was taken in good fun though.

In amongst it all, the fire alarm went off in the Sports Bar and everyone was ushered out before being ushered back in to get on with the show.

In all the fantastic funny men performed in front of an audience of 130 and the night raised a whopping £1750 for the COG Fund so thanks to all of you for coming. The night was supported by Klin Group, Fogs Snack Bar, Browning the Bakers (Half Time Pies), Kilmarnock Taxis, Drew Kirkland (PA System) and big thanks goes to Billy Kirkwood, all the comedians on the bill and Peter Telfer for pulling it all together.

Hopefully the next comedy night wont be too far around the corner, is there anyone people would like to see?