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Saturday 22 September 2018
Our New Season dance to music from Craigellachie
Dance programme: Good Hearted Glasgow, The Lass of Richmond Hill, Kilkenny Castle, Gothenburg’s Welcome, Mrs MacLeod, Holyrood Strathspey, It’s Just for Fun, The Wind on Loch Fyne, The Royal Yacht Britannia, It’s All Right, The Royal Deeside Railway, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, A Trip to the Drakensberg, Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan, The Haar on Skye, MacLeod’s Fancy, MacDonald of the Isles, The Reel of the 51st Division.
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.
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.
Saturday 24 March 2018. Hosted by St Columba’s Dancers to music from Craigellachie.
Dance programme: Hooper’s Jig, The Gardeners’ Fantasia, Mairi’s Wedding, New Year Jig, The Gentleman, Bratach Bana, Inchmickery, Mrs Milne of Kinneff, The Reel of the Royal Scots, Bill Clement, The Kelloholm Jig, The Piper and the Penguin, Miss Eleanor 3×32 S
Napier’s Index, Round Reel of Eight, Ship o’ Grace, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The Lochalsh Reel, Major Ian Stewart, The Montgomeries’ Rant
A joint event with London Highland Club, Little Ship Club, St Columba’s Dancers and London Reels
Contact details for the Combined Societies are:
St Columba’s Dancers – St Columba’s Dancers meets every Monday (except for Bank Holidays) between October and May, from 7.15 until 10.00 p.m. All are welcome. We dance to recorded music mostly, and entrance is free, with just a £1.50 contribution for tea and biscuits at half time. We have band nights five times a year, when a charge is made. For further details contact Valerie Strachan, or 020 8693 5335. Follow us on Twitter (@dancerscolumba) and Facebook.- Website
Little Ship Club – is a well-established Scottish country dance group who meet at St Columba’s Pont Street on Thursday evenings every three weeks from September to May. We dance a wide variety of dances as well as the more familiar ones. We very often have a musician playing for us, and as a friendly social group we are always willing to welcome new members. It may be helpful to know the basic steps, but most dances are walked through. We break halfway through the evening for a picnic supper that participants bring themselves. Contact Stuart Thom on 0207 924 2081 or email.
London Reels – London Reels meets once per month (September – June) in the lower hall of St Columba’s Church in Pont Street, SW1. This is a fantastic venue which can accommodate over 200 dancers on its large wooden dance floor.
We welcome novice and experienced reelers from around the world of all ages and backgrounds to share in this most beloved of Scottish pastimes.
At London Reels we teach and practise a limited number of dances. Beginners are especially welcome, and we pride ourselves on our ability to convert sceptical first-timers into reeling devotees!
Dancers who attended the Branch Spring Dance on 18th March were treated to some lively music from a five piece Craigevar Band who were on top form. Margaret Shaw and her team once again provided delicious refreshments, whilst Gaynor Curtis and Peter Knight guided us through an excellent programme of dances. It was a great evening enjoyed by all those who attended.
Programme: St. Andrew’s Fair, The Royal Yacht Britannia, The Silver Tassie, Bill Clement MBE, The Ladies of Dunse, Autumn in Appin, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Argyll Strathspey, The Earl of Mansfield, Inchmickery, College Hornpipe, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Ladies’ Fancy, None so Pretty (London Pride), The Dream Catcher, The Kelloholm Jig, The Minister on the Loch, The Montgomeries’ Rant.
More than 70 dancers enjoyed the Winter Wednesday dance on 15th February 2017 to the superb music of Sandra Smith and Christina Hood. The event took place in the Upper Hall and foyer as the main hall been double booked. This, however, did not put the dancers off from enjoying themselves. Jan Rose was our excellent MC for the evening and tasty refreshments were again provided by out team of Margaret, Lena, Thelma and George. Thanks go to everyone who helped in ensuring the success of the evening and to all those who attended.
Programme: Granville Market, The Dunedin Festival Dance, Karin’s Strathspey, Inchmickery, Jessie’s Hornpipe, Friendships, Catch the Wind, The Frisky, The College Hornpipe, Indian River Strathspey, The Piper and the Penguin, The Wild Geese, The Byron Strathspey, The Reel of the 51st Division.
Extra: Good Hearted Glasgow
Saturday 14th January 2017
A great opportunity to enjoy with your friends and family a traditional Burns Supper along with the fun of Scottish music and ceilidh dancing. With haggis (including a splash of whisky), neeps and tatties, piped in and addressed in the immortal way. Read more »
The 120 dancers who attended the Branch Christmas Dance were treated to a superb buffet provided by Margaret Shaw and her team of helpers as well as some wonderful festive music from Nicol McLaren and the Glencraig Band. Our MCs for the evening, Danielle Reinstein and Iain Farrell, guided us through the programme with ease and a great atmosphere prevailed on and off the dance floor.
Programme: Maxwell’s Rant, EH3 7AF, The Duchess Tree, John of Bon Accord, It’s Just for Fun, The Gentleman, The Black Mountain Reel, Best Set in the Hall, Glasgow Country Dance, The Dream Catcher, Joie de Vivre, Mr Iain Stuart Robertson, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, The Dancing Master, Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich, The Minister on the Loch, The Immigrant Lass, The Montgomeries’ Rant.
Photos supplied by Margaret Catchick, Elaine Davies and Jerry Reinstein.
The Society AGM took place the weekend of November 4th – 6th 2016.
At the AGM Helen Russell was appointed Chairman of the Society, and Andrew Kellett, recent past Chairman of London Branch, was voted Chairman Elect. In addition Jean Martin was appointed as President of the Society.
We extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Andrew on his achievement and to Helen Russell and Jean Martin on their respective appointments. Read more »