Dancers enjoyed a fun evening of dances with MC Jane Rose and musicians Sandra Smith and Barbara Manning on Wednesday 25th October 2017 Read more »
Dancers gathered for the annual Branch Day School at Paddington Academy on Saturday 21 October. They enjoyed classes for all abilities with excellent teaching from Lindsey Ibbotson, Tom Ibbotson, Helen Russell and William Williamson. Accompanying the classes with some fine music were Barbara Manning, Ian Muir, Judith Muir and Ian Robertson.
The Musicians’ workshop, led by Ian Muir (Prestwick), was enjoyed by some 20 musicians who then played for the evening’s dance, MC’d by Peter Knight. Read more »
About 60 dancers attended our Opening Season Dance on Saturday 16 September 2017. Those who came were treated to some superb music from the Craigellachie Band and there was a great atmosphere on the dance floor. We were also pleased to welcome visitors from the U.S.A., Hong Kong and Ireland.
Margaret Shaw and her catering team provided us once again with some very tasty refreshments with Andrew Kellett and Pat Davoll, our MC’s for the evening, guiding us seamlessly through the dances.
Dance programme: The Frisky, Wisp of Thistle, The Captain’s House, The Nurseryman, The Gardeners’ Fantasia, The Castle of Mey, Bill Clement MBE, Bridge of Nairn, Clutha, Mrs Stewart’s Jig, Orwell Lodge Strathspey, The Isle, Inverneill House, 12 Coates Crescent, John of Bon Accord, MacLeod’s Fancy, Neidpath Castle, The Reel of the Royal Scots.
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Dancers enjoyed an afternoon of Scottish dancing in Kensington Gardens recently.
All photos by Stephen Webb.
Margaret Catchick, chairing the meeting, thanked those present for attending. She summarised the Branch Report for 2016-2017 which had been sent out with Reel 300, after which Simon Wales presented the accounts.
As there were no motions, the meeting proceeded smoothly.
The meeting was followed by the Branch End of Season dance. Ian Robertson provided superb music to dance to and although numbers were not high, a great atmosphere prevailed and for once women were in short supply! Tasty refreshments were provided by Ireen, Lena, George and Thelma and our MC’s for the evening, Rachel Wilton and Andrew Kellett, guided us seamlessly through the dances.
Nearly 80 dancers enjoyed the Summer Wednesday dance to the superb music of Chris Oxtoby on 31 May 2017. Jane Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by our team of Margaret, Lena, and George. Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.
Dance Programme: Jig to the Music, The Grassmarket Reel, Fair Donald, The Rutland Reel, Light and Airy, Midsummer Common, The Sailor, Round Reel of Eight, The Haar on Skye, Domino Five, John Cass, City of Belfast, The Wild Geese, The Duke of Perth.
Extra: Catch the Wind.
We have added 2 new videos to our Branch YouTube page. One is from the Street Party for the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the other is from the recent Dem Team trip to the Leeds Festival.
The Branch AGM took place on Saturday evening following the Street Party celebrating the 90th birthday of HM The Queen.
At the AGM Wilson Nicol, a Vice President of London Branch, was awarded a Branch Award for his exceptional service to the Branch.
The AGM was followed by an End of Season dance where those attending danced to the music of Barbara Manning and Callum Mitchell.