After a two year absence the ASCDS Festival returned to Retford on Saturday 7th May 2022. 10 dancing groups took part – including the Nottingham Scottish Association – in a much-delayed 40th Anniversary Celebration.
The dances were chosen from a selection of previous festivals, with an additional dance written for the occasion. This was chosen from a number of dances submitted and the Nottingham Scottish Association was pleased to have submitted the winning dance (20-20 Vision) composed by Andrew Morrison.
Chris Dewhurst and his band provided some excellent music and all groups enjoyed getting back together to dance. Well done to the NSA team – and all our friends in other groups!
The weather forecast for Thursday 24th March was perfect – and so the weather proved to be! A dozen members and friends met outside Wollaton Park in sparkling sunshine where Rosie and Sylvia led us through the gardens and into the University Campus. After stopping for Coffee and Ice cream at the Lakeside, we made our way back to the Wheelhouse for lunch. What a glorious day and a glorious walk!
It was good, after last year’s Covid cancellation, to welcome so many members and friends to our traditional Burns Night Dinner and Dance. The Haggis was piped in by Kevin Haig and addressed in great style by Bob Logan. The Masonic Lodge staff delivered us a tasty – and filling- meal all efficiently and pleasantly served with a smile. Don Pringle oversaw the proceedings. Andrew Morrison spoke of the traditions associated with Robert Burns and proposed ‘the Immortal Memory’. David Potter and his niece, Fiona Shore resumed their sparring for the ‘Lad and Lasses’ – another clear victory for the lasses! Schuggie got us all on the floor and worked us hard with a mix of good cèilidh dances. Thanks to all whose hard work made this possible!
A date for your diaries: we will be celebrating Burns Night on Saturday 22nd January. A Piper, Address to the Haggis, the Immortal Memory, the Lads and Lassies and one of Schuggie’s famous cèilidhs! Watch this space for details and an application form.
A grey morning on Wednesday 10th November with the promise of heavy rain didn’t allow us to set out with any great optimism. In the event, the rain never appeared and the weather brightened steadily through the morning.
Rosie and Sylvia had planned a fine circular walk through the countryside around Blidworth with good views from on of the higher areas of Nottinghamshire. All went well until the dreaded ‘footpath closed’ sign appeared. Fortunately – after some careful perusals of the map – we were able to take a detour to complete a slightly longer circuit.
At different stages we were joined on our walk by some inquisitive horses and a flock of geese – rather flustered perhaps by talk of Christmas? Blidworth and its surroundings are steeped in the legends of Robin Hood and we passed close to Friar Tuck’s Well and the location where he first met Robin Hood.
After close to 7 miles of walking we reached our final stopping point, the Bird in Hand, who provided us with a well-earned lunch (complete, of course, with puddings for some!).
Thanks to Rosie and Sylvia for planning an organising the walk.
After last year’s disruption, this is your chance to celebrate our patron saint with a fine 3 course dinner and a lively cèilidh! members and friends are cordially invited: 7.00pm on Saturday 27th November at Nottingham Masonic Hall. Details and an application form here. Book now!
The festivities will be led by well-known caller Schuggie MacInnes. To whet your appetite, remind yourself of the 2019 event in the video below!
On a dampish Tuesday 12th October, eleven brave walkers assembled in Baslow for a walk through the magnificent parkland surrounding Chatsworth. The walk started by visiting Queen Mary’s Bower – traditionally supposed to have been built in 1570 for the benefit of Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned at Chatsworth. The way then progressed past the House and wound its way up to 16th Century Hunting Tower – bizarrely it is now available for rental via Airbnb! By this time, the rain had stopped and a fine view over the estate opened up for us while we enjoyed a short break. We then followed a high level path along Dobb Edge before dropping down into the valley. The morning finished with an enjoyable and convivial lunch. Thanks to Andrew and Sue for organising and leading the walk.
After 14 months, the Nottingham Scottish finally managed to meet in person! 25 members joined Dave Potter for a walk at Attenborough followed by lunch at the Corn Mill. What a pleasure to be re-united!