Newsletter – Autumn, 2013

Dear Members,

Since the last newsletter quite a lot has happened. In April the Society was well represented at the unfurling of the Scottish Flag at the Shakespeare Celebrations and it was nice to see Life Members Malcolm and Angela Short helping to swell the numbers for the Caledonian Society.

The Annual Dance in May was a bit disappointing on the numbers front (probably due to other events being held on the same day in the area). However our thanks go to those who attended. Our programme for next year includes very familiar dances which will hopefully encourage more people to attend. More details will be available on the website shortly.

In May we also had a new venture when some of us went to The Greig in Alcester to try our hand at Short Mat Bowls. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and we were treated to afternoon tea and cake. Thanks to George and Pat for organising this.

This year the annual walk in July culminated in a BBQ hosted by Heskett and Joan Dawson. The weather was ideal and we visited bits of Shottery that we never knew existed. The raspberries were devoured with relish having been picked less than 3 hours previously!

As last year, the President’s Lunch was at Jubilee Court and was well attended by members and their guests. John Pugh did a sterling job of having everything ready for us despite that fact that his wife, due to illness, was unable to assist. The President’s Lunch is a great way to meet up with old friends before the start of the autumn term.

Another new venture for the Society was a skittles evening at Stratford Bowls Club. This was a resounding success; so much so, that plans are afoot to hold another skittles evening hopefully in March, 2014. Watch this space for more details.

Our next big events are the St Andrew’s Day Service and the Haggis Supper.

The St Andrew’s Day Service is being held at St Andrew’s Church, Shottery on the evening of Friday 29 November time to be confirmed and is being followed by Supper in the Church Hall; cost will be approx. £7 and menu will be Scottish themed but not necessarily haggis. Numbers for this are required by beginning of November. More details from George or Glynis or on the website.

The following day is our Annual Haggis Supper which is being held at Tiddington Community Centre. This was a resounding success last year and the programme will follow a similar format – three course haggis supper (see separate details on the website) followed by ceilidh dances which are very easy and well known, although dancing is not compulsory. It would be wonderful if as many of you as possible could grace us with your presence for this fun evening. This is your Society and your support at these events would be very welcome. For catering purpose numbers will be required by 17th November.

Looking ahead to 2014 – a date for your diary – our Annual Burns Dinner takes place on Saturday, 25 January (the birthday of Robert Burns). This year it will take place in Trinity Parish Hall and again we look forward to your support for this event.

The dance class is now well into its stride for the autumn term and we have welcomed two new members to the class – Jo and Rena. If you think you would like to exercise the grey cells and do a bit of physical exercise into the bargain, then why not drop into the Buzz on a Tuesday evening 8-10pm.

If you have any queries, suggestions, or require further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes.

Glynis Nicol

Secretary