Members of the Nottingham Scottish Association and the Beeston U3A Scottish Dance Group got together for a summer garden dance, courtesy of Andrew and Sue Morrison. The weather stayed fair and we were able to get through 9 dances. These included old favourites like ‘De’il Among the Tailors’ and less familiar dances like ‘Eliza Emily’s Reel’. Eventually the call of the ‘bring and share’ buffet (and possibly a glass or two of wine) proved too strong and we enjoyed the rest of a very pleasant social evening (apart from those pesky mosquitoes!)
The Nottingham Scottish Dance Team joined with groups from all over the East Midlands and South Yorkshire to dance at the year’s Festival, held at Retford Oaks Academy. It is always a great spectacle and fun to take part!
Members of the Association met at Gedling Country Park on Saturday 9th March for a sponsored walk in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. It was a cold and blustery day but ,after a welcome coffee in the 1899 Café, we set off, undaunted, into the teeth of a gale. The walk took us most of the way round the park with horizontal driving rain alternating with sunny intervals. ‘Bracing’ is the word which comes to mind! Having completed our walk, we moved on to the warmth of the Tree Tops Inn for a very welcome lunch. We don’t yet have the total amount raised, but is now (11th March) up to £625. A good morning’s work!
Our February walk took us from Sandiacre to Bramcote Hills Park by way of the Erewash Canal, Stoney Clouds Nature Reserve and Stapleford Hill. The day started with drizzle, but by the time we set off the weather was clearing and we finished in sunshine! After the walk most of us stayed on for lunch at the Sherwin Arms – including some puddings!
Another great night! 110 members and guests enjoyed an evening of food, wine, good company, excellent speeches, wonderful songs and dancing. Thanks to all who made it happen.
A team from Nottingham Scottish Association helped residents at the Ruddington Manor Care Centre to celebrate Burns Night. The team demonstrated a number of dances and afterwards joined the residents for tea. We particularly admired the Jimmy Hat , Peter!
Party Night is always fun and Nottingham Lace is a great way to finish!
This year’s Christmas Walk took place at Colwick Park followed by lunch at the Toby Carvery. As so often this year, we avoided the showers and enjoyed a circular route in the Country Park. The walkers were then joined by a number of others for our substantial lunch complete with crackers, jokes and silly hats.
Thanks to Mick for the walk and the organisation.
This year’s celebration of our patron saint was attended by 44 members and guests. They enjoyed good company and a wonderful meal. This was followed by Sylvia Hale proposing the toast to Scotland and was topped off by the ceilidh led by Schuggie MacInnes. Read all about it in the Chanter!
Our past presidents!
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.