Old Glasgow Club


Minutes of ordinary meeting of Club held at Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street on Thursday 13 September 2007 at 7.30pm






Mrs Thomson (President)



Mrs Thomson welcomed members and visitors to the meeting.






The minutes of the last ordinary meeting held on 12 April were read and approved, on the motion of Mr Cunningham, seconded by Mrs Thom. There were no matters arising.


President’s report

Mrs Thomson noted that it was 100 years since ladies were first admitted to the Club, and said that it was hoped to organise an event to mark this centenary.


She also advised members that the directors had decided that minutes of meetings would still be produced, but would not be read out at meetings, in order to save time. Copies of the minutes would be placed on the club notice board and at the front of the hall, and time would be given at meetings for members to comment  or ask questions on the minutes. 


Secretary’s report

Mrs McNae advised that meetings would now become more visual, with increased use of technology, and a new look notice board at the back of the hall, kept up to date by Mrs Sneddon.  In addition, the web site would shortly be available.


The new session’s syllabus cards were now available.


Members who had been unable to visit the Scottish Parliament on the trip in June would receive a rebate on the money they had paid.


A walk round Glasgow Green had been arranged for Saturday 6 October, starting at 11am.



Mrs Thomson introduced Joy Blair, club member, who had agreed to speak at short notice on “The Crums of Thornliebank”.  Mrs Blair had had a continuing interest in this subject ever since she first spoke on it to the club 35 years ago. She recounted, with the aid of slides on a Powerpoint presentation, much of the history of the Crum family, their factories, contemporaries and social milieu, in the period from the late 18th century, when they moved from the Glasgow Green area to the village of Thornliebank, to the early 20th century and the demise of the cotton trade after World War I.  The business had been developed in particular by Walter Crum (1796 – 1867) and the family had endowed much of Thornliebank, including the school and public library.  Throughout their history, water had been a paramount ingredient for the factories and they had been careful to ensure control of water supplies when buying property.  Rouken Glen Park remains a testimonial to their building ingenuity.


Vote of thanks

Mrs McNae thanked Mrs Blair for a most entertaining, interesting and visually effective talk, and club members applauded most enthusiastically.


Any other business

Mrs Thomson announced that the winner of this month’s  photo competition, to identify a Glasgow building, was Douglas Clar.



Mrs Thomson reminded directors of the next meeting on 27 September, and members of the next meeting on 11 October, and wished all a safe journey home.



JN Gibson

Recording Secretary