Burns Night 2021

The Nottingham Scottish are an intrepid bunch. Covid-19 was not going to stop us from celebrating our national poet, so on January 23rd we cooked our haggis, poured out a dram or two and gathered by Zoom!

We have to thank Christine Oldfield for the programme she had planned for us and, appropriately, this evening was dedicated to her memory.

The first half was all about Burns, with poems, songs and readings. Dave Potter considered the origin of the Haggis and wondered was it really Scottish? A question to which there can surely be only one answer! Bob Logan addressed the haggis in great style and Sylia Hale gave us the immortal memory.The second half had more of a ceilidh feel with a mixture of Scottish folk songs, dance and humour. An undoubted highlight was Les Wilkinson’s performance of ‘The Kelty Clippie’, ‘Pittenweem Jo’ and, with Higgs Bo’sun, ‘Lochboisdale’. A real tour de force. Humour was provided by the inimitable Stanley Baxter with his sketch ‘The Scottish Country Dancer’ and by ‘The Dancer’s Lament’ from Teresa Allen. The evening finished with ‘My Heart is in the Highlands’ by Margaret Barnes.

Thanks to all those who made this such a memorable evening in these strange times.

Quiz Night!

As Nottingham joined the rest of the country in lockdown again, Don and Sue Pringle gave our spirits a lift with a testing quiz on the topic of Scotland and things Scottish. 32 members attended via Zoom and answered questions as varied as ‘Where would you find the Gable Endies’ and ‘Where would you find the World’s Highest Hedge’? *

In a break between questions, there was a chance to refresh glasses, get out the traditional pies and chat with friends. After that it was back to the questions – and a continuing struggle to dredge recalcitrant facts from deep in the memory – or not, as the case might be! Eventually the scores were totted up and revealed Sue and Andrew as winners. However, the best prize went to Isobel who won the draw for a litre bottle of her choice – we’re thinking probably orange juice?

Many thanks to Don and Sue for their hard work in setting this up and making it such a success.

(*The answers? Montrose and Meikleour)

A Celebration of Scotland in Words and Music

It seems a long time since our last activity – The Murder Mystery back in March (reported on in the Chanter). Since then we have been in lockdown, out of lockdown (up to a point) and now back into lockdown. Perhaps naively, we had hoped that by now we might be back to some kind of normal. As it turns out we are not and it doesn’t look as if these restrictions will end any time soon, so, like many others, we turned to Zoom.

It was suggested that a a Zoom evening of celebrating things Scottish would lift the spirits. Christine and Andrew took on the task of putting together a programme. We chose a mix of well known songs (illustrated with glorious images of Scotland), less well known songs and contributions from our members. Bill, Jeanne, Bob and Margaret all offered contributions. Over 30 members joined in via Zoom and all spirits were lifted and the meeting continued for some time after the end of the formal programme as members continues to chat.

There are some screenshots below and there will be a fuller report in the next Chanter.

Shipley Park Walk

Our February walk started at Mapperley Reservoir and took us up to Derby Lodge where we enjoyed a coffee and (for some of us) a second go at breakfast!. We then skirted Shipley Lake before returning for a convivial lunch at the Newdigate Arms. Thanks to Andrew for organising the walk.

Burns Night 2020

Burns Night brought over 100 members and friends together for a memorable evening of celebration. The haggis was piped in and duly addressed and attacked by Bob Logan, who gave a fine rendition of the Burns poem. Professor Donald Macarthur proposed the toast to the Immortal Memory with a well-presented look at his life and legacy. Dave Potter took his life in his hands in proposing the toast to the lassies and was duly admonished by his niece Fiona Shore. The evening finished with a rousing session of ceilidh dancing led by Andrew Morrison. Thanks to all for making it such a fine night.

Christmas Walk and Lunch 2019

This year has seen rainfall records broken, so it was no surprise that rain was falling when we set off to drive to Colwick. On arrival we met with our fellow walkers in the bar – and managed to resist the lure of a second breakfast.

After a warming coffee, we set off on the walk – timing it nicely as the rain dried up. The walk took us round the lake and along the riverside before heading towards the Toby Carvery for lunch – arriving just as the rain began again!

Our tables were ready, so we joined the non-walking members who were already there. Crackers were pulled, jokes were shared and paper hats were worn. An excellent meal followed. Good food, good conversation and good company. What more can you want?

Thanks to Don for organising the event.

Celebrating St. Andrew’s Night!

Our members and guests enjoyed another great night in celebration of our patron saint! We were well looked after by the staff at the Nottingham Masonic Hall who provided us with a splendid meal and good service to set us up nicely for the rest of the evening.

The talented Les Wilkinson gave us an appreciation of Sir Walter Scott, and songs by Robert Burns and Sir Walter, as his tribute to Scotland. This was greatly enjoyed by the company.

The evening finished with a rousing cèilidh, led by Schuggie Macinnes which left us looking forward to doing it all over again. Next stop Burns Night on Saturday 25 January!