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?
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!
The NSA Open Championship for 2019 took place on Wednesday 25th September at the Highfield Links courses. Twenty members took on challenging conditions with putters and feet. Despite contending with copious water hazards the competitors showed great skill and endurance with some touches of real class. After ignoring our players for last year’s Ryder Cup, surely the selectors won’t be so blind next time around!
No prizes were on offer, but the Lakeside clubhouse proved and admirable 19th hole for all. Thanks to Dave for the organisation.
The annual Nottingham Scottish walk was held on Saturday 17th August starting from Willersley Castle Hotel – originally built by the Arkwright family who revolutionised cotton milling in Britain and all round the world.
Eighteen members met under a cloudy sky and set off along the Cromford Canal, with a few raindrops beginning to fall. Fortunately, the rain came to nothing and, after a short break at High Peak Junction , we headed up from Lea Bridge and walked through woodland and meadows above the River Derwent. By now the sun was shining and we could admire the views across the valley, before dropping back down to our starting point.
After our walk, Willersley Castle provided us with a splendid and convivial meal. Thanks to Dieter for planning the route and organising the day.
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!