The Bedfordshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

April 2006
Newsletter No 157

In this issue:

Ladies Step Dance Class
Pipe Band Supper
Stork Activity
For Delia Non-fans!
April Social
Annual Ball


The latest class was held earlier than expected on 5th March in a new venue in Girton village. The dance we learned this time was “Come Ashore Jolly Tar” which was not too taxing for some of us as we had met it before. However, we did learn one completely new step and a variation on a familiar one. The class, which was well attended, was taught, as before, by Alison Gundy. The next class will be on May 7th and will be more of a half day school. There will be a visiting teacher and musician and two dances will be taught.

Details will be available from me nearer the time.


The Pipe Band members cannot assemble for a Burn`s Supper on the correct day as most are involved with playing for other people. So on March 4th a touch over 30 members and spouses met at Wilden Village Hall for a very informal supper.

I was invited to provide the background music with my kit and CDs.

It was to be a relaxed occasion with no formal speeches. The tables were set up in a square with the diners facing in. After soup came the traditional piping in of the haggis followed by The Address to a Haggis performed by Donald Reid and what a vigorous and exuberant rendering of this Burn`s poem it was, to be sure.

After the Haggis, neaps and tatties came another piper leading our chefs around the room and to Dorothy`s amazement they stopped at her place and laid before her a fruit salad. This was a complete and very pleasant surprise to Dorothy. The sweet for the rest of us was profiterole. Coffee (and tea for Dorothy) was served, then the tables were cleared to leave space for dancing. Dancing was simple – Gay Gordons, Scotland, Strip the Willow, Eightsome Reel and others.

Interestingly only two pipers took their pipes.

Andy Butchart


It`s not often we get to announce the arrival of a new baby in this newsletter but this time we really can! Many of you will remember Patricia and Colin MacFadyen who belonged to our branch just a few years ago then moved to Scotland and got married there. Well, they now have a daughter, Charlotte Rose, born on 6th March weighing in at 7lb 6oz. We are delighted to hear the news and offer our heartiest congratulations.


Delia`s Way Real Woman`s Way
Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice-cream drips. Just suck the ice-cream out of the bottom, you`re probably lying on the couch with your feet up anyway
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. Buy Smash and keep it in the cupboard for up to a year.
Wrap celery in aluminium foil when putting in the fridge and it will keep for weeks. It could keep forever, Who eats it? the fridge and it will keep for weeks.
Brush some beaten egg white over piecrust before baking to give beautiful glossy finish. Sainsbury`s frozen pie directions do not include brushing on egg white so I don`t do that.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut in half and rub on forehead. Take a lime, cut in half and drop it in 8 ounces of vodka. Drink the vodka. Who cares about the headache?
If you have a problem opening jars, try using Latex gloves. They give a non-stick grip that makes opening jars easy. Why do I have a man?
Extract from Camping & Caravanning Club Newsletter – Thanks to Andy

April Social

Sunday 23rd April Starting at 8.00pm
MC Marion Oram
Baldovan Reel R Meet Me in the Mizzle R
Ruthven`s Fancy J Speirs Bruce – The Pole Star J
Kinfaun`s Castle S Bonnie Stronshiray S
Westminster Reel R Flowers of Edinburgh R
Muirland Willie J Kelloholm Jig J
Byron Strathspey S From Ochtertyre to Amulree S
Whisky Association Reel R Rothesay Rant J
Dunivard Reel R Seton`s Ceilidh Band J
Entrance:     £1 RSCDS members     £1.50 others.
crib sheet is attached (Adobe PDF format)

Annual Ball

present their
The Danelaw Band
at 7.30pm on Saturday 20th May 2006
Dame Alice Harpur School, Cardington Road, Bedford
Hooper`s Jig J Fisherman`s Reel R
Trip to Bavaria R New Scotland Strathspey S
Rose of the North S Miss Allie Anderson J
Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan R Celtic Cross R
Pines of Pitlochry J Johnnie Walker M
MacDonald of the Isles S Ship in Full Sail J
Wild Goose Chase J Bratach Bana R
Piper and the Penguin R Culla Bay S
Gang the Same Gate S Flight of the Falcon J
Seton`s Ceilidh Band J Irish Rover R
Montgomery`s Rant, Pelorus Jack
Tickets: £14.00, Children and Spectators: £7.00 (Includes Supper)
Please Apply with SAE. to: Alex Lawton 9 Willington Rd Cople Beds MK44 3TH Tel. 01234 831036

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