The Bedfordshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

August 2006
Newsletter No 159

In this issue:

Demonstration Report
Summer Highland Class
Class Start Dates
Ladies Step Dance Class
RSCDS Family Weekend
September Social


Orlingbury Fete photo

On Saturday 3rd June Orlingbury village, near Wellingborough, held their summer fete in the Old Vicarage garden and our demo team was asked to contribute to the afternoon`s entertainment. Summer had arrived at last with a vengeance which was wonderful for a summer fete but a little uncomfortable for dancing. The display consisted of two 15 minute slots including our usual mix of country dances with the addition of the Shepherd`s Crook. Dancing on grass is never easy but I don`t think anyone was criticizing our footwork. The garden setting was beautiful and the fete well organized, on the whole a most successful afternoon.


We thought we were quite used to highland dancing in warm weather but this year it was really over the top. It felt as if there should just have been little pools of people left on the floor at the end of the evening! However, the class kept going until the end of July (when the weather promptly turned cooler) and our steps improved noticeably. The class split for part of the time, the ladies learning “The Way tae Fife” and the men the Ghillie Callum Swords. As usual George taught the main class and Daphne and Hilary the ladies section and we are very grateful indeed for their efforts.


ANDY`S CLASS Tuesday Sept. 5th 7.30-9.30pm
The Moravian Church Hall, Howard Ave. Queen`s Park, Bedford
ADVANCED CLASS Sunday Sept. 10th 7.30-9.30pm
Ravensden Village Hall
GEORGE`S CLASS Monday Sept. 11th 8.00-10.00pm
Edith Cavell Lower School, Manton Lane, Bedford
HIGHLAND CLASS Sunday Sept. 17th 7.30-9.30pm
Ravensden Village Hall


The next Ladies Step Dance Class, run by Cambridge Branch, will be on Sunday Sept. 17th from 2.30-5.00pm. Alison Gundy will be teaching “The Hopeful Lover” which sounds not too difficult as the information sheet states “All Scottish dancers welcome, no experience necessary”. If you fancy coming along do give me a ring and I will provide all necessary information.


The RSCDS are running a non-residential Family Weekend on Fri. 6th to Sun. 8th October at the Walker Hall, Troon. The teacher will be Margie Stevenson and music by Roy Hendrie. Application forms can be obtained from RSCDS Headquarters, Tel: 0131 225 3854.


Sunday 24th September starting at 8.00pm


MC Keith Rose

The Montgomeries` Rant R St Andrew`s Fair J
Come to the Top J Starlight R
Gang the Same Gate S Scotch Mist S
Cramond Bridge R Tribute to the Borders J
The Bees of Maggieknockater J The Plantation Reel R
The Misty Isle in Summer S May Yarker`s Strathspey S
The Clansman R Pelorus Jack J
Roaring Jelly J Rest and be Thankful R
Entrance:     £1 RSCDS members     £1.50 others

A crib sheet is attached (Adobe PDF format)

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