The Bedfordshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

August 2009
Newsletter No 174

In this issue:

September Social
Dance Popularity
Highland Class
Class Start Dates
Dates for the season
Email addresses
Subs reminder

SEPTEMBER SOCIAL         Helen Rose

This year has been designated the year of the Homecoming. In celebration of homecoming, dances for the September Social have all been chosen as having an association with Robert Burns.

Sunday 27th September    8.00pm    Oakley Village Hall

The Homecoming Dance R Oh Whistle and I`ll come to ye, my lad J
Burns Night J Farewell to Scotland S
Green Grow the Rashes S Roslin Castle R
Highland Rambler R Linton Ploughman J
The Exciseman L Duchess Tree S
Bridge of Nairn S Celtic Cross R
Tam o`Shanter R The Isle J

DANCE POPULARITY - 2008/2009 SEASON.         Helen Rose

Over the last season I have looked at 35 dance flyers which have been available in the fairly local dancing area. The dances were not necessarily in the area we travel to dance in and we were unable to attend them all. Analysis includes any extras on the programme.

There were 265 different dances on the programmes, however some were more popular than others.

On 12 programmes, the most popular dances were The Montgomeries' Rant and Follow Me Home.
Quarries Jig was on 11
Polharrow Burn and Neidpath Castle were on 10
Mairi’s Wedding was on 9
Six dances were on 8
Seven dances were on 7
Six dances were on six programmes,
Nineteen on five,
Twenty four on four,
Thirty three on three,
Thirty three on two,
and finally one hundred and thirty four only on one programme.

At the top of the table The Montgomeries' Rant and Quarries Jig retained their popularity, but were joined at the top by Follow Me Home which was on 5 programmes last year.

Bedford held 5 social dances and the Annual Ball (the Ceilidh has not been included in the analysis).

You had the opportunity to do seventy nine different dances.

Culla Bay, Gang the Same Gate, Napiers Index and The Saltire Society Reel were on two programmes, the remainder just on one.


The summer highland class was held as usual on Monday evenings during June and July and though our numbers were not large we enjoyed ourselves and continued to make progress with all our basic steps. During part of the class the ladies went off to another room and learnt a step dance called “The Village Maid” while the men worked on a sword dance. Thankfully the weather wasn`t as hot as it has sometimes been in past years, nevertheless, it sometimes seems like the wrong time of year for such an energetic occupation!

George, as usual, worked patiently to improve our style and for his efforts we are very grateful.

Highland classes continue through the winter on the third Sunday of most months and new members would be very welcome – details later in the newsletter.


ADVANCED CLASS Sunday September 6th
Ravensden Village Hall
Please note the Advanced Class is starting a week early to practice for the Presidents Evening
GEORGE`S CLASS Monday September 7th
Edith Cavell Lower School,
Manton Lane, Bedford
ANDY`S CLASS Tuesday September 8th
The Moravian Church Hall,
Howard Ave, Queen`s Park, Bedford
HIGHLAND CLASS Sunday September 20th
Ravensden Village Hall


September 27th 2009     Social
November 21st 2009 Supper Dance
January 9th 2010 Ceilidh
February 14th 2010 Social
March 27th 2010 Supper Dance
May 15th 2010 Summer Ball
June 27th 2010 Social and AGM


If anyone who receives the newsletter by snail mail has an email address and would let us know it, we would be pleased to transmit your letter that way. You would get it sooner and we would be saved a stamp.


I am sorry to have to remind you that subs are now due, however they are still the same as last year - £18 of which the branch share is £3. Our treasurer, Keith Rose, will be pleased to hear from those of us who have not yet paid.

Web pages on the Bedfordshire Branch site:

This page was updated on 24 August 2009.