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Monthly Function Friday 26th April 2019

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Monthly Function Friday 26th April 2019

 

The Association’s monthly function was held in the usual venue of the Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh.

The evening was opened by our President, Neil MacLeod, who welcomed all present, including a group of Polish and Canadian visitors.

It is always a pleasure to see new faces coming along.

 

For many years, donations of between One Thousand and Two Thousand Pounds have been dispersed locally, and in keeping with its longstanding tradition of donating annually, any profits, to local good causes, this year, we were pleased to be able to give away a total of Sixteen Hundred Pounds, divided amongst the following organisations.

 

Helensburgh Food Bank: £500  -  St Augustines Foodbank, Dumbarton £500  -  Rhu Scouts  £300  

and 

Grey Matters, Helensburgh:  £300 

Representatives of all the organisations joined us for a night of dancing, with music provided by the 

Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band, and are pictured here along with the Association President, 

Neil MacLeod, and Treasurer, Ewan Howieson.

 

As always, visitors local and further afield are invited to join us at our regular events, held on the last friday of every month. 

All  will be  will be made most welcome. 

Our next Ceilidh dance Function will take place on Friday 31st May and will feature 

the Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band. 

 

Good Causes Donation Recipients 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:27
 

Monthly Function Friday 29th March 2019

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Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 29 March 2019

 

 

On a pleasantly surprising rain free night in Helensburgh the welcome and introduction were given by  Vice President John Johnston in the absence on holiday of President Neil MacLeod.

 

Playing on the night were the Lomond Ceilidh Band, minus their usual fiddler and with a second box filling in. Notwithstanding the change in lineup the music produced was of the highest quality and special mention is due to the perfect tempo for the Viennese Swing, something which other bands have often struggled with. Dancing progressed apace through the advertised programme and a couple of extra dances were fitted in.

 

Numbers on the night were on a par with those of February's dance with 53 members and 2 non members attending.

 

The raffle raised a total of £150, somewhat more than last month, and, as ever, thanks to those donating prizes and purchasing tickets.

 

Closing remarks were given by John Johnston and the evening ended in traditional fashion with a last waltz and Auld Lang Syne.

 

Our next event will be a dance in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore on 26 April 2019 with music provided by the  Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band. All welcome as ever.

 

 

Lomond Ceilidh Band

 

Many Happy Returns to George on a Special Birthday

 

 

Well Done the Dancers!

 

 

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Well Done the Dancers!

 

 

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Well Done the Dancers!

 

Well Done the Dancers! Who happens to also be our resident photographer!  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:55
 

Monthly Function Friday 25th January 2019

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Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 25 January 2019

 

 

Despite a fairly dreich evening a respectable turnout of 64 members and 4 non-members were welcomed by President Neil MacLeod to an evening's dancing at the Commodore. Included in the numbers were a party celebrating a 50th birthday.

The Iain Anderson SDB who had been scheduled to play on the night had regrettably had to call off but were ably replaced by the Donald MacLeod two piece band providing some excellent lively music, though with some little confusion as to the correct tempo for Saunter Together.

 

The raffle raised the sum of £112 and thanks go to those who contributed to the prizes as well as those who purchased tickets.

 

Our next event will be a dance and not a Ceilidh as originally advertised due to lack of interest in the latter and will be held as ever in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore on 22 February 2019 with music provided by the  Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band. All welcome.

 
 
Donald MacLeod Scottish Dance Band 
 
 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
 
 
Andy McNeil's Son in Law, Jack, celebrating a Birthday with us tonight.
 
 
Rest of the Birthday Party Group.. 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:46
 

Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2018

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Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2018

 

Doors open at 8pm and the hall filled up fairly quickly, although not with quite the same urgency as witnessed on previous years!

This may have been due to the fact that at least half of those attending were not members of the Highland Association. However, without that influx of guests, we may have struggled to fill the hall.

Nevertheless, the night got off to a great start come 9pm, with a welcome from our 

President, Neil McLeod and music courtesy of the Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band, excellent as always.

The evening progressed well, with Piper Daryll Lynch giving a fine rendition of tunes straight after the Bells..

Shortly thereafter, we had the honour of our very own Jim Gray arriving at the door as our First Foot, issuing Good Wishes and Good Cheer, with the offer of a Dram for all present.

 

Dancing continued until 2am at which point farewells were said and Auld Lang Syne completed a very successful Hogmanay.

 

Thanks to all those members who assisted in the clearing of the hall after the event.

It was much appreciated!

 

 

Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band

 

Well Done The Dancers! 

 

Well Done The Dancers!

 

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Well Done The Dancers!

 

Well Done The Dancers!

 

Well Done The Dancers!

 

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Our Piper, Daryll Lynch 

 

 

Well Done The Dancers! 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2019 15:02
 

Christmas Supper Dance 2018

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Christmas Supper Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 7 December 2018

 

 

66 members and guests (including visitors from Australia) braved some pretty atrocious weather to attend the annual Christmas supper dance at the Commodore and were royally entertained by the inimitable Charlie Kirkpatrick and his band, with Charlie's patter as amusing (if weel kent) as ever.

 

President Neil MacLeod provided a welcome and dancing continued until an excellent supper was served by the Commodore staff. The traditional appearance of Santa and his vivacious elf assistant (ably played as usual by Ewan and Janette Howieson) was the highlight of the evening and was loudly welcomed by the party.

 

The raffle raised a total of £182 and thanks go to those who contributed to the prizes and, of course, all who bought tickets.

 

The second half provided more great music to dance to and included a spot dance. The President wound up the proceedings followed by the last waltz and the traditional Auld Lang Syne before the weary dancers departed, thankfully in somewhat less wet and windy conditions than on arrival.

 

Our next function will be the Hogmanay Dance at Geilston Hall, Cardross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                  Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance band

 

                      no introductions here!                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric & Sarah, spot Prize winners  

 

 

 

 

Round the tables

 

Round the tables

Round the tables

Round the tables

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                  Grace wins the Christmas Bottle!!

 

Round the tables 

 

Kevin & Pat , all the way from Australia for our Christmas Ceilidh! 

 

More photos to follow>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 January 2019 14:43
 
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