Social Activities

2019

 

Wednesday 20th March Over 40 people celebrated two events at a party at St Edmund’s: Roger was 70, and the Weymouth club congratulated Valerie on her Branch Award with champagne and cake. Roger chose the dances in the first half and Valerie’s favourites were danced in the second half.  We also danced Fernbrae, a dance written by Elizabeth McLaren, in honour of her big birthday too. It was good to see her at the party. Altogether a very good evening.

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Highland Ball 2019

Over 90 people enjoyed a super evening of dancing at the Herrison Hall.  Many thanks to Craigellachie who provided the music, our caller Andrew, and all who contributed to the evening.  

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Many, many congratulations to Valerie.  She was presented with a Branch Award from the RSCDS in recognition of all she has done for dancing in Dorset for so many years.  Everyone was really pleased that her work has been recognised by the main society as  we all have always valued her and all she does.

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Alan’s 97th Birthday  

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Alan Lawrence celebrated his 97th birthday at St Edmunds  on 27th March with some of his favourite dances and a super strawberry cake.  Many Happy Returns.

Burns Night   Robbie Burns Rocks

Over 60 guests enjoyed our Burns Night Celebrations.  These involved a posh American Supper, Scottish desserts, wine,  ceilidh items from Ron and Kate and lots of dancing called by Liz, Patricia and Simon.  The raffle in aid of Breast cancer Care and the local Parkinson’s Society raised £80.

 

2018

Christmas Party

The Christmas party for both classes was also an opportunity to celebrate several December birthdays.  Over 40 people enjoyed an American Supper and danced to celebrate Margaret N, Margaret D, Jan M and  Liz’s birthdays this month.  But the greatest celebrations were for Fay, who was 80 on Monday.  Sheila presented her with a card and bottle of (very nice) wine, Judie made a cake and we danced her favourite dances.

Many happy returns, Fay,  and also to Valerie and Howard , who will have birthdays before we dance again

St Andrew’s Night

Over 40 people enjoyed a ceilidh dance and American Supper at Southill on November 29th.

Our Summer Socials have been very successful this year.  We have had visitors from Charminster and Bridport and three callers who introduced us to a new selection of dancers  Thank you very much to Andrew White , Duncan Brown and Barbara Savill who gave us such enjoyable evenings.  The dances we enjoyed were

June with Andrew:

Currie Mountain                                                                                                                                     The Beach Dance                                                                                                                                     The Cashmere Shawl                                                                                                                              The Monday Night Reel                                                                                                                         Culzean Castle                                                                                                                                         Baldybanes Fiddle                                                                                                                                 The Ring of Brodgar                                                                                                                               Kelso Kapers                                                                                                                                           Highland Rambler

July with Duncan:                                                                                                                                   Swiss Lassie

Music Makars

Sugar Candie

Polharrow Burn

Rougemont Castle

Chequered Court

Highland Rambler

Braes of Breadalbane

Neidpath Castle

Maxwell’s Rant

August with Barbara                                                                                                                               Hot Toddy                                                                                                                                                 Rogues Gallery                                                                                                                                         Salute to Glasgow                                                                                                                                   Glen Orrin                                                                                                                                               Kenora Reel                                                                                                                                              Bristol Fashion                                                                                                                                        The Elusive Muse  (or Easily led)                                                                                                         Mrs Mc Phearson of Inveran

St Edmund’s Rose Queen Festival  

Our Thursday class were asked to dance at this festival and on a sunny day in July 8 dancers, squeezed in between two groups of belly dancers, showed Weymouth what they had learnt.

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DAAA Several of our group entered the Advanced Level Exam class , run by Duncan Brown in Exeter.  Congratulations to them all on passing and a very well done to Liz who achieved a Distinction

Burns Night 

Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers celebrated Burns Night with traditional elements in a relaxed atmosphere. Ceilidh dancing was followed by the Address to the Haggis with John McHugh resplendent in his tartan and newly appointed ‘in-house’ chef for the evening Howard Mason. Superb musical interludes kindly provided by Ron Nash on his accordion & Kate Shaw playing fiddle. The Committee provided Scottish desserts, wine & whiskey with everyone contributing to the Supper Table. Toasts to the Lads & Lassies were eloquently spoken by Derek Spicer & Liz Mason. All the ladies were presented with a single red rose & Mike Davis won the Lucky Ticket prize. A big thank you to all for a successful evening.

2017

Several of the group had a major birthday this year so, Val B made a scrumptious cake; Anne, Judie and Sue made yards of tartan bunting; Val S produced a super programme of our favourite dances; Skara Brae played the music; Martin provided the prosecco; Jan  organised the raffle in aid of Julia’s House (the Dorset Children’s Hospice); and the Broadmayne dance in May became a birthday party.

Many Happy Returns to Val B, Judie, Val S, Sue, Frank, Gail, Martin and Frank T.  Also celebrating this year, but unable to attend the dance are Daphne and Jennie

Christmas Lunch  at the Old Ship, Upwey, December 8th.

Roger and Sally’s garden Dance

St Andrew’s Night 2017

Judie says:

Thank you  for supporting the evening, without you it would have been a flop. It was lovely to have so many of us dancing together. 

The raffle, in aid of The Southampton Children’s Hospital Neonatal Unit, raised £117 at the final count, so thank you for your generosity. Big thank you to Anne & Fay for volunteering to take charge of the job, also to Roger for serving the wine (hope you managed to get some food too) also thanks to Sheila for sharing the Calling duties and to all our friends who helped set up & clear away, ‘What a team’

The WEDDING OF LUKE & HANNAH from Hong Kong took place in the grounds of Upwey House & culminated with the Scottish dance, Strip the Willow, led by the bride & groom & watched over by Judie.

10 of the wedding party had a dance practice the day before, on the terrace of the house, on a beautiful sunny day, while the huge tepees being used for the dancing were erected on the lawn.

The Saturday evening dance was thoroughly enjoyed by guests, some of whom had never danced Scottish before, and who had travelled from Canada, Australia, South Africa, USA & UK for the event.

A donation was given to the  WSCD group as a thank you.

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