Autumn at Strelley

Our November walk from Strelley was blessed with a clear crisp autumn day. We started from the Mulberry Tree Café and crossed the M1 for a circular loop in the countryside between Cossall, Kimberley and Strelley.  This area is a tranquil oasis on the west of Nottingham with views across to Ilkeston and beyond – beautiful on a clear day. We then re-assembled for a convivial lunch in the Mulberry Tree. Thanks to Dave for organising and leading the walk.

St Andrew’s Night Dinner and Ceilidh Dance: Saturday 24th November 2018

It’s that time of year again! Our annual Nottingham Scottish Dinner and Ceilidh Dance will be held at the Nottingham Masonic Hall, Goldsmith Street on Saturday 24 November (7.00 for 7.30 pm).

The Toast to Scotland will be given by  Mrs Sylvia Hale and the Ceilidh will be led by Schuggie MacInnes.

Sylvia is a long-standing member and is treasurer of the Association. As well as looking after our money, she is a very active member of the National Trust. Schuggie has built up a great reputation and a big following for the ceilidhs he runs.

We can expect a great evening!

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On the Nutbrook Trail…

Our October Walk, taking in the Straws Bridge Nature Reserve and part of the Nutbrook Trail, was blessed with glorious autumn weather! Seventeen members took part, enjoying the scenery and the sunshine. An excellent lunch, courtesy of the Newdigate Arms, topped off a lovely morning.

Summer in the Peak District

Saturday’s weather looked good for walking as 14 members converged on the lovely village of Parwich at the southern end of the Peak District. We were welcomed by the landlady of the Sycamore Inn who took our lunch time food orders before we set off on our morning walk.

This took us south on the Limestone Way to reach the Tissington trail where we were joined by many other walkers and cyclists all enjoying the sunshine. We returned to Parwich by way of a secluded, shady valley and a pleasant stroll through the fields. Lunch and a refreshing drink were very welcome!

A smaller number set off after lunch for a shorter but quite testing walk in the heat of the afternoon. This finished with a rather unexpected steep downhill scramble into Parwich – after which we felt we had earned some more refreshment before returning home.

 

The Treasure Seekers of Holme Pierrepont

 

This years Treasure Hunt was to assist the local Kayaking team, The Eskimo Rollers. After a night of celebrations following their win at the National Water Sports Centre they had mislaid their trophy.

Our mission, if we chose to accept it, was to search the Country Park and, by correctly solving  a number of clues, locate the place where they had left it.

Hampered by high temperatures, it was again about 27C (that’s about 80F in old money)  our teams of intrepid hunters set off to save the day.

Our first obstacle was navigating the high car parking charges of £15 which were being imposed, as it was the day of the National junior canoeing championships. However we explained we were Scottish and had only come to solve the mystery, thankfully the charges were then waived!!

The Country Park was overwhelmed by what appeared to be every canoe in the country and their owners and families descending on Holme Pierrepont at the same time. We knew we were facing overwhelming odds and had already lost two of our hunters on the way to the car park, as Andrew and Sue failed even to reach the start.  Sue’s car  succumbed to the weather and overheated on the way to the rendezvous – at the age of 21 who can blame her? (That’s the car, not Sue!)

Fighting our way through the thousands of spectators and canoes we managed to make our way around the park and solve all the clues until eventually we found the Trophy in the Pierrepont Stables.

Only three teams managed to finish the course, well actually only three teams started. so, high on our success, we retired to Lyndsey and Grahams for well earned tea and cakes. Andrew and Sue had also managed to sort out their car as well and were there for the celebrations.

We also found out that David who had organised the day had turned 65 on the Friday so we toasted  him with a glass of bubbly, courtesy of Lyndsey and Graham. We were surprised at his age as we all thought he was much older!!!!!!

A Summer Dance

For once it really was summer weather for the annual garden dance! Dancers and friends from Nottingham Scottish and the Beeston U3A came together on a glorious June evening for a programme of Scottish Dances hosted by Andrew and Sue Morrison. The evening also included Birthday Greetings for Garth Dring who provided us with a delicious birthday cake which seemed to read his age as 18. Well, we knew he looked young…

We moved on to a ‘bring and share’ supper accompanied by a glass or two of wine as the sun slowly set. No better way to spend a summer evening!