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Home News Event Review Dance August 26th 2022

Dance August 26th 2022

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Following on from the August function, and the successful election of the new association committee at the AGM, 

 the next two dances will be held on Friday 28th October 2022 and subsequently on the 25th November as detailed below.

 

*Please note the change of venue for these two functions*

 

 

Friday 28th October 2022 8pm-11.30pm.

 

Venue: Cardross Parish Church Hall, Station Road Cardross G82 5NL.

Band: Scott Band. 

Ticket Price: £8 for members and £10 for non-members. 

Tea/coffee & biscuit available at interval. 

No bar so BYOB. Raffle. 

Contact Association Secretary Anne Thorn 07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.  

 

 

 

Friday 25th November 2022 8pm-11.30pm

 

Venue: Helensburgh Civic Centre, 38, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 7PG

Band: Wayne Robertson. 

Ticket Price: £8 for members and £10 for non-members.

Tea/coffee & biscuit available at interval.

Bar and raffle.

Contact Association Secretary Anne Thorn 07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information. 

 

 

 

Dance Report and photos from the function held at The Commodore, Helensburgh on 26 August 2022

 

The third post covid dance and the first in the newly refurbished function suite of the Commodore

took place on a dry and warm late summer evening and was introduced with a welcome and

opening remarks by President Neil MacLeod. Music was provided by the Steven Carcary Scottish

Dance Band and was much appreciated by the dancers.

 

The event was one of the better attended of recent times with a total of 66 dancers comprising 57

members and 19 non members and bringing in the sum of £546 in ticket sales.

 

As to the venue, the seating arrangements were a little haphazard with an additional table and seats

having to be sourced and set out. The bar was non operational due, apparently, to the “pipes”

needing to be cleaned out....somewhat surprising given the recent refurbishment. Waiter service for

the Commodore's main bar was, however, available. The cost of teas and coffees had also doubled

to £2 a head, an increase only disclosed on the night, although on the plus side the service of

refreshments appeared to go smoothly. The floor which, it had been feared from previous

inspection, would be somewhat sticky for dancing on thankfully appeared to have “weathered” a

little, though there is still some room for improvement. 

Whilst the Association's finances are currently in a fairly healthy state such increased costs (coupled

with an expected rise in the cost of band hire) may pose problems for the future.

The hire of the venue had on this occasion been set at a rate of £130 

(still £30 more than the pre covid cost). With the possibillity of further increases, the President has

undertaken to discuss with the Commodore's management the future booking fees given the 

Association's long standing relationship with the venue. Regardless of the outcome it

is imperative that attendance at dances remains at a financially sustainable level to secure the

future of the Association.

 

The long delayed AGM took place after the refreshments and before the raffle. A number of

directors were due to stand down and, given a lack of expressed interest, it had been feared that

insufficient replacements would be found to provided numbers enough to prevent a threatened

winding up of the Association. Thankfully (and a little surprisingly) on the night a number of

volunteers came forward, both members and non members, and were duly appointed, raising the

number of directors to 15, the highest for some considerable time. An updated list of the office

bearers and directors can be found on the Information page of the website. Thanks are due to the

retiring office holders and directors for their long and unstinting service and it is to be hoped that

they will continue to grace future events with their presence.

 

The raffle raised an impressive £205 in ticket sales and thanks go to those who purchased tickets

and in particular to donors of the prizes. Unusually not one but two bottles of whisky, paid for from

Association funds as customary, were amongst the prizes, a gesture decided upon on the thankfully

unrealised supposition that this was likely to be the last dance before the dissolution of the

Association. Profit for the evening after expenses amounted to £312.50

 

After a lively second half the dance ended with closing remarks by the President followed by the

last waltz and Auld Lang Syne. The next dance is tentatively scheduled for Friday 28 October,

probably at the Commodore, and with band to be arranged. Details will be advised to members

once finalised.

 

 

Looks like a Gay Gordons

 

 

 

Well done the dancers! 

 

Well done the dancers! 

 

Well done the dancers! 

 

Well done the dancers! 

 

 

Well done the young dancer! 

 

Well done the young dancer! 

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2022 15:15