The BMF Golf Day

"The Vertish"


Hawick Golf Club

Friday 5th August 2016

Our annual charity golf day held on Vertish Hill was a resounding success with 18 teams joining us including a host of supporting Internationalists. The weather was kind which makes an enormous difference and the course was in terrific shape.


The Hawick Golf Club looked after us very well and we are always thrilled to have some of the young golfers helping each team. Bill would have wholeheartedly approved!


Many thanks to all those who attended, with their support and generosity we raised nearly £4000.




The Voice of Rugby Dinner


Lanark Agricultural Centre

Saturday 7th May 2016



David Campese

Al Kellock (MC)

Scott Glynn

Over 400 guests from Biggar RFC & Lanark RFC attended this inaugural event, and it was a great pleasure and resounding success to work with both clubs.


The evening was packed with entertainment, guests shared in the pleasure and privilege of being entertained by outstanding guest speakers, Al Kellock our MC and David Campese two of rugby's great entertainers. Funny Scott Glynn rounded off the evening with laughter and enjoyment in true camaraderie that sport encourages.


We’d like to thank the clubs for their hard work in helping us organise the event and everyone who joined us and gave their generous support.  All proceeds raised will be shared equally between both clubs.


Photo Credit: Claire Watson

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The Ayr Long Lunch


Ayr Racecourse

Saturday 6th May 2016

David Campese

Andy Nicol (MC)

Scott Glynn & Cole Page


It was a pleasure to return again to Ayr Racecourse following the success of last year's event.


Andy Nicol (MC) did a fantastic job of keeping guests entertained with his rugby antidotes and knowledge. Guests heard from the legend David Campase and were treated to a Q&A session.


Jazz and swing vocalist Cole Page added some fantastic entertainment and fun to the day with his outstanding performance.  There was impromptu Q&A's with Scottish internationalists before funny man Scott Glynn took the floor.


We’d like to specially thank Derek Stark for his help in organising another successful event in the region. Many thanks to everyone who joined us  and for their support raising over £12K for the charity.


Photo Credit: Claire Watson

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The Voice of Rugby

Aberdeen Lunch

Ardoe House Hotel & Spa

Saturday 19th March 2016

Iain Milne & Euan Kennedy

Willie Hunter (MC)

The 3rd annual Voice of Rugby Aberdeen Lunch was warmly hosted by MC Willie Hunter. Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon of rugby entertainment while watching the Ireland v Scotland 6 Nations match.

Scottish rugby internationalists Iain “The Bear” Milne and Euan Kennedy shared their views on the game answering questions from the audience. Jazz and swing vocalist Cole Page added some fantastic entertainment and fun to the day with his outstanding performance.

We’d like to thank everyone who joined us and for their generous support raising £12,000 to be distributed in local youth sporting initiatives in the region.



The Bill McLaren

Voice of Rugby Dinner

Prestonfield House Hotel

Friday 11th March 2016

Shane Williams, Rob Wainwright,

Fergus Slattery & Roger Baird

Rory Lawson(MC)

Our 6th Voice of Rugby Dinner sponsored by Carbon Financial Partners, was held once again in the warm friendly atmosphere of Prestonfield House Hotel.

Guests were treated to a galaxy of talent with Bill’s grandson, Rory Lawson (MC) welcoming first of all the all-time great Irish flanker Fergus Slattery to pay tribute to rugby and Bill. Rob Wainwright, a great supporter of the Foundation delighted the audience with his stories and accents. Roger Baird joined forces with Fergus Slattery to provide an entertaining live auction raising substantial funds. Rory Lawson then brought the little magician Shane Williams onto the stage to tell us how “a little un” (as Bill would have said), managed to perform so many amazing deeds on the international stage.

Our thanks go again to James Thomson and his wonderful team at Prestonfield, to all our special guests and generous donors, and to everyone who came along to enjoy a fantastic evening of good fun and laughter. We sincerely thank you all for your continuing invaluable support.


Photo Credit: Matt Fothergill / Shannon Beattie





The 'Legendary Long Lunch'

Prestonfield House Hotel

Friday 30th October 2015

Nick Farr Jones & Michael Lynagh

Rory Lawson (MC)

We were delighted to be back on familiar territory for our

4th Long Lunch at Prestonfield House in partnership with Edinburgh Academicals.

Over the course of the afternoon we shared the pleasure and privilege of being entertained and enlightened by a galaxy of talent. Nick Farr-Jones and Micheal Lynagh are out of the top drawer as Bill would have said. Arguably the best ever half back pairing the game has seen and Captain and Vice Captain of the 1991 World Cup winning Australian team. Guests were also enamoured by surprise singer/entertainer, Cole Page who had everyone up on their feet by the end of the afternoon!

An exceptional sum of just under £50,000 was raised on the day and shared equally between the Foundation and Edinburgh Academicals, who we can't praise highly enough for their hard work and dedication.

We would also like to thank James Thomson and his wonderful team at Prestonfield for making us feel so welcome.


Photo Credit: Matt Fothergill



CALA Homes Aberdeen

Voice of Rugby Dinner

Ardoe House Hotel & Spa

Thursday 29th October 2015

Nick Farr Jones & Michael Lynagh

Rory Lawson (MC)

The second Aberdeen Rugby Dinner in aid of the Bill McLaren  Foundation attracted over 200 guests from across the city, and was hosted by Bill McLaren’s grandson and former Scotland rugby captain Rory Lawson. Australian legends Nick Farr-Jones and Michael Lynagh were the speakers on the night, and entertained guests with their Rugby World Cup experiences.

The evening raised funds of over £15,000 which will be invested in grassroots sport in the north and north-east of Scotland.

We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support in the region and to the newly launched event management company and partner for the event, 46 Degrees.


Photo Credit: Michal Wachucik


The Bill McLaren

Hawick Golf Day

Vertish Hill, Hawick Golf club

Friday 8th August 2015

The Bill Mclaren Foundation held it's 6th Vertish Hill charity golf day. 19 teams comprising 13 Internationalists including Jim Renwick, Ken Scotland, Tony Stanger, PC Brown, Chris Paterson and Stuart Hogg took part. The course was in wonderful condition and full marks to everyone at Hawick Golf Club for their warm welcome and for making the day a great success.

 Linda Lawson trustee thanked everyone who contributed to the day and outlined the work the charity does including the support given to improve facilities at Hawick Golf Club to encourage youngsters to take up the sport.

We wish to express heartfelt thanks to everyone involved on the day, the annual event is a great occasion to enjoy the challenges of Vertish Hill and share fond memories of Bill.

The Long Lunch

Supporting Ayrshire Rugby

Ayrshire Racecourse

Friday 8th May 2015

Sean Fitzpatrick & Andy Nicol

Scott Glynn

This was the Foundation's first fund raising lunch in Ayrshire and we were extremely grateful to Derek Stark and the team at the Racecourse for helping with the organisation.

The afternoon attracted over 400 guests and was a great success. We all shared in the pleasure of being entertained and informed by our outstanding guest speakers Andy Nicol (MC) and celebrated

All Black Captain Sean Fitzpatick. The mighty Sean Fitzpatrick gave a colourful insight into what it means to be an All Black and the responsibility that comes with being the captain on over 50 occasions. Scott Glynn also highly entertained guests in his own inimitable and humorous way, helping to raise substantial funds in the auction.

A terrific £25,000 was raised to be reinvested in grass roots rugby in the region.



RHC Cougars

Dinner Dance

BT Murrayfield

Saturday 25th April 2015

Doddie Weir (MC)

Scott Gynn

Callanish Ceilidh Band


The Royal High Cougars Rugby Club celebrated their end of season with a Dinner Dance in association with the Foundation.  It was a great pleasure to work in partnership with RHC Cougars for this event, bringing together over 250 members of the club for a highly memorable evening at BT Murrayfield.

Both Doddie Weir and Scott Glynn are larger than life character's renowned for their wit and charm, and having worked together on a number of previous occasions, they bounced off each other all evening and had everyone in stitches. Callanish ended the evening on a high with an excellent play list.

Over £30,000 was raised and equally divided between the Club and the Foundation. Thanks to the organisers at the Club and to their members and guests for such a successful and enjoyable evening.




Aberdeen Long Lunch

Ardoe House Hotel & Spa

Saturday 14th March 2015

Al Kellock (MC)

Duncan Weir & Ruaridh Jackson

Generous rugby supporters joined us for a second year in the Granite City for an informal Lunch and afternoon centred around the screening of Scotland’s six nations championship match against England.

The sporting occasion brought together a host of Scotland rugby players and contributors to the modern game. Guests enjoyed extended Q&A sessions with Al Kellock and fellow team mates Duncan Weir and local legend Ruaridh Jackson. The three friends engaged in humorous rugby anecdotes and banter on Scotland’s attacking form. The entertainment certainly did not stop short when Scott Glynn was invited back onto the stage for a second time by popular demand!

We are very grateful to Ardoe House and Citrus Mix Events for helping us stage this terrific fun afternoon/evening.



The Italian Job

Long Lunch

BT Murrayfield

Friday 27th February 2015

David Campese

Andy Nicol (MC)

Scott Glynn

The Long Lunch in partnership with Boroughmuir Rugby and Sports Club took place on the eve of the Scotland v Italy game. It was a fantastic celebration of the game of Rugby, BT Murrayfield provided the perfect setting and guests were treated to a behind the scenes tour on arrival and a glimpse of the teams pre-match training sessions.

We were privileged to be joined by Andy Nicol and rugby legend David Campese ('Campo'), who's brilliance during some of Australian rugby's most vital moments have often led him to be called one of the greatest rugby wingers in the history of the game. Surprise Q&A session with Chris Paterson and entertainment from Ronnie Browne made for a highly memorable afternoon!

It was a great pleasure to work with the organisation committee at Boroughmuir and we'd like to extend our gratitude for all their hard work and to everyone who attended. on the day. The afternoon raised over £40,000 which was an outstanding achievement.


Photo Credit: Matt Fothergill


The Voice of Rugby Dinner

Prestonfield House Hotel

Friday 13th February 2015

Rory Lawson (MC)

Andy Irvine

Sir Ian McGeechan

Gareth Edwards

This year, our annual flagship dinner commemorated 25 years since the 1990 Grand Slam and we were humbled to be joined by many of the "Greats". The evening was jam packed with entertainment and surprise Q&A sessions with guest legends of the game. Andy Irvine gave a personal and moving tribute to Bill McLaren.  Bill's grandson, Rory Lawson led an outstanding and insightful Q&A with Gareth Edwards and Sir Ian McGeechan. In great humour, they shared their unrivalled experiences of the game and grew on the excitement building around the Rugby World Cup.

The event was hugely successful and raised over £45,000 for the Foundation. We sincerely thank everyone for joining us and to all our generous sponsors and prize donors.


Photo Credit: Matt Fothergill


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