The Bedfordshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

June 2006
Newsletter No 158

In this issue:

Summer Ball
Ladies Step Dance Class
Branch Social and AGM


Ball photo

The Summer Ball this year might well have been renamed the “Autumn Ball” given the awful weather. However, despite this, it turned out to be one of our best ever. More people came than we have had for a good few years, the Danelaw Band was great and the supper much appreciated.

Scroll photo

One special item on the programme was the presentation of a Branch Scroll of Honour to Andy Butchart following his retirement from the Secretary`s job. His services to the branch in various ways over many years have been outstanding and still continue. Dorothy, who has also made a huge contribution, was presented with a bouquet. She ran the raffle for us again this year and it was decided to donate the proceeds to the Primrose Appeal.


This was held in Cambridge on May 7th and was again organised by Ron Nedderman. We had a visiting teacher – Helen Russell. Helen started dancing at aged 7 and was taught by Bobby Watson. Later Lesley Martin and Tibbie Cramb taught her. She regularly teaches at Summer School and is the Director of Winter School 2007

It was a real pleasure to dance to a “live” musician. Fiddle player Keith Smith is well known for his interpretation of Scottish Country Dance music, has made several recordings and is in demand to play abroad.

We started the afternoon by learning a set of simple figures and steps put together by Helen to form a threesome dance. The steps were less well known, not too difficult for a change from the usual ones.

After a break for tea and cakes (thank you, Ron) we embarked on learning the Rowan Tree – a solo dance unearthed and deciphered from old records. Helen said we were the guinea pigs! The music used was in different rhythms and followed the usual pattern of a step to the right, chorus, then to the left and chorus. There were 6 steps in all, each very different from any dance we have done so far. There was an interesting and very unusual step in the middle too. Fourteen of us enjoyed the afternoon and look forward to the next one.

Daphne and Hilary


This will be held on Sunday 25th June in Oakley Village Hall starting at the earlier time of 7.30pm. Nigel Pilgrim will MC the dancing and his programme is as follows:-

Hamilton House J Old Nick`s Lumber Room J
Belle of Bon Accord S Monymusk S
Clutha R Trip to Bavaria R
West`s Hornpipe H Wind on Loch Fyne S
Sugar Candie S Pelorus Jack J
Rakish Highlandman J Montgomerie`s Rant R

A crib sheet is attached (Adobe PDF format)

The AGM will take place during the tea interval and will be dealt with as quickly as possible.


  1. To receive apologies
  2. To adopt the minutes of the AGM held on 26th June 2005
  3. To consider any matters arising from those minutes
  4. To receive and adopt the Chairman`s report
  5. To receive and adopt the Hon. Secretary`s report
  6. To receive and adopt the Hon Treasurers report
  7. The election of the committee: Chairman
    Hon. Secretary
    Hon. Treasurer
    6 committee members
The following nominations have been received for next year`s committee:-

Chairman Nigel Pilgrim George Hogg Margaret Pell
Secretary Alex Lawton Nigel Pilgrim Carol Usher
Treasurer Keith Rose Alex Lawton Diane Aitken
Diane Aitken Margaret Pell Helen Rose
George Hogg Helen Rose Alex Lawton
Margaret Pell Diane Aitken Helen Rose
Helen Rose George Hogg Keith Rose
Joan Sawyer Carol Usher Margaret Pell
Carol Usher Nigel Pilgrim Diane Aitken

As you can see it is the same names again so far. We would be very pleased to receive some new nominations and these can be submitted to the secretary before or during the AGM. Copies of the minutes of the 2005 AGM and the year`s accounts are attached to this newsletter.

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