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Weekly Dance Club at Rosebird Community Hall at 8.00pm continues until 16 May.

Join us in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre for the unfurling of the Scottish Saltire during the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations on Saturday 22 March 2017.

Join us at our Annual Social Dance at Tiddington Community Centre on Saturday 06 May 2017. Start 7.30 pm. Tickets £6 (dancer) £2 (spectator) from Glynis Nicol 01789 778118.

Reports

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 14 March 2017

The AGM was held at Rosebird Community Hall. John Page stepped down after two years as President and Bob Macvie was elected as President for the next two years with Sarah Cushing as Vice-President. The remainder of the Council was re-elected.

Skittles Evening Friday 17 March 2017

19 Members enjoyed an excellent buffet supper at Stratford Bowling Club, Tiddington followed by three fiercely fought games of skittles.

Burns Dinner Dance Friday 20 January 2017

The 70th annual Burns Dinner Dance was held on Friday 20 January 2017 at Stratford Racecourse. Some 41 Members and Guests enjoyed an excellent meal from Naylors the Caterers of Welford 0n Avon. The second half of the evening started with the Immortal Memory given by Bob Mcvie who gave a fine speech on the life and works of Rabbie Burns and his relevance today; a couple of Scottish songs beautifully sung by Fiona Macvie and Sarah Cushing; Joan Dawson in her Toast to The Guests fold us about Rabbie the Vandal with his diamond-tipped stylus; a superb medley of Scottish tunes on the pipes by Martin Mackenzie; George Shearer in his Toast to The Lassies told us of the influence of three of the lassies in his life; Glynis Nicol in her reply gave us the poem of Tam O’ Shanter’s Wife; some community singing and the enjoyable evening was brought to a close with some ceilidh dancing.

Events held 2016-2017

The annual Haggis Supper, celebrating St. Andrew’s Day was held at Tiddington Community Centre on Saturday 26 November 2016. 51 Members and Guests enjoyed and evening of good food and dancing. With the retirement of Piper Eddie Cornet, it was probably the first time that the haggis was not piped in? However, Vice-President, Bob Macvie made up – with a spirited rendering of Burn’s Address to the Haggis.

Past Events 2014-2016

The 2014 Burns Dinner Dance was a huge success. Congratulations to all those who were involved. The speeches this year were particularly good and can be seen here:

The 2014 Haggis Supper was held at Tiddington Community Centre on Saturday 29 November. 53 Members and Guests enjoyed the usual fare and Eddie Cornet once again piped in the haggis.

The 2015 Burns Dinner Dance was held at Stratford Racecourse (a new venue) on Friday 23 January. The numbers attending rose to 58 with members from Clan McFie joining us. Naylor Fine Foods Ltd gave us, once again, an excellent meal. Member Charlie Girvan gave The Immortal Memory; Tim Barnsdale, a long-time Friend of the Society, gave The Lassies toast; and Member Joan McFarlane replied. Musical interludes were provided by singers Sarah Cushing and Claire Johnson; violinist Marion Fleetwood; and accompanied by Sarah Bourne-Swinton-Hunter. Rabbie (Alastair Schouller) met Will (Bob Macvie) in a sketch. Unfortunately, the full programme overran and left little time for dancing! During the evening Honorary Piper, Eddie Cornet, was presented with a certificate and bottle of Malt to mark his retirement after nearly 50 years of piping for the Society.

The Society’s AGM was held on Tuesday 17 March at the Rosebird Community Hall. George Kenneth stepped down after two years as President and thanked Members for their support in bringing guests to the main events – as with Members alone events would not be viable. John Page was elected President, with Bob Macvie as Vice-President and the remaining Council Members were re-elected en bloc, except for Joan Dawson, who stood down.

It is with sadness that it is announced that Honorary Life Member, Doris Kerr died on 27 March 2015, that long-standing Member Kathleen Winter died in April 2015 and that Past President and Honorary Life Member Malcolm Short died on 2 August 2015.

Congratulations to Member Marjorie Lewis who was 90 years old in May 2015.

Congratulations to Member Sarah Bourne who was ordained as a Deacon at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 28 June 2015.

On a very wet Sunday, 26 July 2015, a brief interlude in the rain allowed 11 intrepid walkers to enjoy a short ramble around the footpaths of Welford on Avon, led by Jo Selman. The group then joined a further eight at The Four Alls for a meal.

Our St. Andrew’s celebrations in 2015 started with our Haggis Supper in Tiddington Community Centre with 47 attending on the Saturday, followed on the Sunday with a lovely service in The Guild Chapel, Stratford led by Sarah Cushing and then refreshments in The Falcon Hotel opposite.

The 2016 Burns Dinner Dance was held at Stratford Racecourse on Friday 22 January commencing with The President’s Champagne-style reception at 7.00pm. The dinner started at 7.30pm with the ‘piping-in’ of the haggis by Eddie Cornet followed by the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ by Rena Craig. After an excellent meal from Naylor Fine Foods Ltd, with President John Page as Chairman, the toast to the ‘Immortal Memory of Robert Burns’ was delivered by Sarah Cushing and very well done, Sarah. Other excellent toasts were given by Peter Bebbington (The Guests), Alastair Schouller (The Lassies) and Lynn Dencer (Reply). The evening included solos by Fiona Macvie, who also led some community singing and concluded with Scottish Country Dancing. 57 people attended with numbers boosted by Members of Clan McFie, two from whom travelled down from Inverness!

It is with great sadness to report that Honorary Life Member Alastair Dodds died 0n 24 March 2016. Alastair was President from 2005-2007 and for many years was organiser of the annual Burns Dinner. Our thoughts go to Shirley and her family in East Sussex.

There was a good turn-out of 45 dancers and 5 non-dancers to the annual Social Dance held at Tiddington Community Centre on Saturday 7 May 2016 where Glynis and Moira did the MC duties. Thanks to Margaret Baker who brought a large group of dancers from Leamington.

 

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