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Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club

Pictured left to right: Frank Sweeney, Group CEO of CHA, Councillor Donald L Reid, Secretary of Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club and John Kelly, Chairperson of CHA

Frank Sweeney, Group Chief Executive and John Kelly, Chairperson of Cunninghame Housing Association presented a cheque for £1,000 to Councillor Donald L Reid, Secretary of Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club. 

The Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club is a voluntary group formed in 1944 and has been active ever since. It was originally a social group for men returning from military war service to the rural village of Barrmill. It has successfully met ever since. The Club held many events over the years for the older generation who benefit from the clubs social aspect. It is a caring Club with a big heart who try and look out for their members. The Club holds several Open nights with speakers; a St Andrews Dinner; Burns Supper; Ladies Night; bus trips. They get members involved with Burns verse-speaking competitions at Beith and Gateside Primary schools all dependent on finances available. 

The funding by Cunninghame Housing Association is helping with the costs of running this year’s much-needed annual trip. They have been unable to do this for the past 2 years due to Covid. The trip will benefit all 57 members who may not get the opportunity given mobility problems or being alone. 

“We are delighted to have funds from Cunninghame Housing Association. It will help with our yearly trip and go towards our Christmas Panto Trip in December which everyone loves. We can’t thank them enough for their kindness which makes a real difference to many groups in North Ayrshire.”

Councillor Donald L Reid, Older People’s Champion for North Ayrshire Council

“We are thrilled to help this volunteer group who have been running for so long to support so many people. They are so very thankful for the chances they may not get.”

JOHN KELLY, Chairperson, CHA

The funding came from the Associations “Making Our Communities a Better Place Fund”. It runs throughout the year (1st April to 31st March) until the shared funding is exhausted.

Those interested in finding our more about the “Making Our Communities Better Places” Fund can click the link.


The “Making Our Communities Better Places” fund team are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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