The Bedfordshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

August 2010
Newsletter No 179

In this issue:

Summer Highland Class Report
Class Start Dates
Subs reminder
A Measure of Scotch
Dancing in Spain
Branch Events
September Social


Oddfellows demo - Crook

Our only recent demonstration to report on was rather unusual. It took place in Woburn Safari Park of all places. The occasion was a fund raising event run by the Oddfellows in support of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The venue was The Lodge, a surprisingly spacious entertainment room within the restaurant complex in the family fun area. Our contribution was two half hour spots during the afternoon which went without any hitches but was a bit of an endurance test in the hot sunny weather. On our way in and out we were treated to a few glimpses of the animals including a gang of endearing young giraffes and altogether it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.


We are still managing to keep the summer highland class going during June and July (despite the usual melting temperatures!) and have worked on some new and some old dances which will be used in future demonstrations. Although the class is not large there were always enough to make up a set and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our grateful thanks to George for his patient teaching.


Monday September 6th
Edith Cavell Lower School,
Manton Lane, Bedford
Tuesday September 7th
The Moravian Church Hall,
Howard Ave, Queen`s Park, Bedford
Sunday September 12th
Ravensden Village Hall
HIGHLAND CLASS Sunday September 19th
Ravensden Village Hall


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.


We have been asked to tell you about “A Measure of Scotch” which is a celebration of Scotland`s music and dance. It is produced by the “Heil` and Toe” club and will take place on 16th October in The Alban Centre, St. Albans. If you are interested ring me for more details – 01234 349803.


Dancers from Leicester Branch have organised Scottish Dancing holidays in Spain in recent years. These have combined dancing in the evenings to recorded music with opportunities for optional sightseeing and walking during the day. Helen and Keith Rose have been to both Calpe and Nerja with this group. We have heard that another trip is proposed for 25th February 2011 to 4th March, returning to Calpe on the Costa Blanca. Everyone is welcome, including singles and non-dancing partners. For more information, please see Helen or Keith.


Sun, 26 Sep 2010 Social Dance Oakley Village Hall
Sun 14 Nov 2010   *  Social Dance Oakley Village Hall
Sat, 08 Jan 2011  Ceilidh Bromham Village Hall
Sun, 27 Feb 2011  Social Dance Oakley Village Hall
Sat, 02 Apr 2011  Supper Dance Oakley Village Hall
Sat, 21 May 2011  Annual Ball Dame Alice Harpur School
Sun, 26 Jun 2011  Social Dance & AGM    Oakley Village Hall

* The date of this event has been changed since the last newsletter because of non-availability of the hall.


The Social will be in Oakley Village Hall as usual and will start at 8.00pm. Helen Rose will be our MC and here is her preview:-

Helen's Men
Out of the many available here are the few who have made it to my final selection. Come on the 26th September and join me in enjoying dances dedicated to these men. Social Dance Sunday 26th September.

The chosen few:

The Button Boy R Major Ian Stewart J
Tribute to John Drewry J Calum's Road S
John McAlpin S The Code Breaker R
Scott Meikle R The Nurseryman J
Father Connelly's Jig J MacDonald of the Isles S
Bruce's Men S The Glenalmond Gamekeeper R
Ray Milbourne R Last of the Lairds J
The Sailor, Muirland Willie, Minister on the Loch
Link to Crib Sheet

Please note that because of an increase in hall rents we have had to increase our entrances. Sunday evening socials will now be £2.00 for members and £2.50 for others, Supper Dances will be £3.00.

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This page was updated on 18 August 2010.