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 Next Function Details…..

 

Our next monthly dance will be held on 

Friday 26th April from 8p.m.-11.30pm 

 
 
 
 
In the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. 
Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. 
The Ewan Galloway duo will be playing for us that evening. Tickets priced at £10 for members and £12 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 
 
 
 
 
 
Our next monthly dance will be held onFriday 29th March

 

 

 from 8p.m.-11.30pm in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street Helensburgh G84 8ES. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. The Wayne Robertson duo will be playing for us that evening. Tickets priced at £10 for members and £12 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

HELENSBURGH AND DISTRICT 

HIGHLAND ASSOCIATION

Dance Programme 29th March 2024

 

Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band

Welcome from Association President, Neil MacLeod

Gay Gordons Two Step

Ruby Waltz 

White Heather Foxtrot

Swedish Masquerade

Lomond Waltz

Boston Two Step

Square Tango

Shiftin’ Bobbins

St Bernard’s Waltz

Britannia Two Step

INTERVAL and RAFFLE DRAW

Tea and Coffee available 

Pride of Erin Waltz

Gay Gordons 

Saunter Together

Postie’s Jig

Southern Rose Waltz

Bonnie Dundee

Breakaway Blues

Canadian Barn Dance

Veleta Waltz

Edinburgh Mixture

President’s closing remarks

Last Waltz

Auld Lang Syne

If time permits: New Killarney WaltzEva Three Step

Our next dance:

 

Friday April 26th 2024 in Osprey Suite

Dance to:

 

Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a safe journey home

www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org  

 

 

 

 

                                      Next Function Date

 

Our next monthly dance will be held on Friday 26th January from 8p.m.-11.30pm in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. The Susan MacFadyen duo will be playing for us that evening. Tickets priced at £10 for members and £12 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

  

HELENSBURGH AND DISTRICT 

HIGHLAND ASSOCIATION 

 

Dance Programme 26th January 2024 

 

Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band 

 

Welcome from Association President, Neil MacLeod 

 

Lomond Waltz 

Eva Three Step 

Breakaway Blues 

Boston Two Step 

Waltz of the Bells 

Shiftin’ Bobbins 

Square Tango 

Gay Gordons 

Saunter Together 

Britannia Two Step 

 

INTERVAL and RAFFLE DRAW 

 

Tea and Coffee available 

 

Gay Gordons Two Step 

Pride of Erin Waltz 

Canadian Barn Dance 

Viennese Swing 

Duke of Perth 

St Bernard’s Waltz 

Mayfair Quickstep 

Edinburgh Mixture 

Ruby Waltz 

White Heather Foxtrot 

 

President’s closing remarks 

 

Last Waltz 

Auld Lang Syne 

If time permits: Swedish Masquerade, New Killarney Waltz 

 

Our next dance: Friday February 23rd 2024 in Osprey Suite 

 

Dance to: Gavin Piper Scottish Dance Band 

 

 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Have a safe journey home 

 

www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hogmanay Party Dance 

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Our next monthly dance will be held on Friday 24th November from 8p.m.-11.30pm in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. Leonard Brown will be playing for us that evening. Tickets priced at £10 for members and £12 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

Tickets for our Christmas Supper Dance (Friday 15th December) and Hogmanay Dance will be on sale that night.

 

Christmas Supper Dance

Friday 15th December 2023 7.30p.m-11.30p.m. (earlier start time)

Venue: Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 8ES

Band: Charlie Kirkpatrick

Ticket price: £28 for non-members which includes a main course, tea/coffee and a mince pie. Bar & Raffle. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event and are available at the next event (Friday 24th November) or from the Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

Hogmanay Dance

Sunday 31st December 2023 9.00p.m - 2.a.m. (Doors open at 8pm. Last entry 10pm)

Venue: Geilston Hall, Cardross. 

Band: Stuart McKeown. 

Ticket price: £20 for non-members which includes tea/coffee. BYOB, snacks and supper. Raffle. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event from the Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 

 

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Next Dance will be held on Friday 24th November ’23

Details to follow  

 

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The next dance will again take place in the Commodore Hotel on *Friday 27th October 2023 with music by the Johnny Duncan Duo.

 

Johnny Duncan

Welcome from Association President, Neil MacLeod

St. Bernard’s Waltz

Edinburgh Mixture

Square Tango

Britannia Two Step

Viennese Swing

Shiftin’ Bobbins

New Killarney Waltz

Gay Gordons

Breakaway Blues

Eva Three Step

Pride of Erin Waltz

INTERVAL & RAFFLE DRAW

Tea and Coffee available

Gay Gordons Two Step

Modern Waltz

Saunter Together

Lomond Waltz

White Heather Foxtrot

Duke of Perth

Ruby Waltz

Mayfair Quickstep

Slow Foxtrot

Flirtation Two Step

Hesitation Waltz

President’s closing remarks

Last Waltz

Auld Lang Syne

 

If time permits: Kelvingrove Two Step, Southern Rose Waltz

Our next dance:

 

Friday November 24th 2023 in Osprey Suite

Dance to:

 

Leonard Brown Duo

 

Thank you for your continued support

Have a safe journey home

www.helensburghhighlandassociation.org


 

 

 

 

The next dance will be held in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore on 29 September with music provided by the Wayne Robertson Duo.

 

 

Helensburgh & District Highlanders Association

 

Dance Programme 29 September 2023

 

Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel

 

Music by Wayne Robertson Duo

 

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod

 

 

Flirtation Two Step

Lomond Waltz

Gay Gordons

Breakaway Blues

Virginia Reel

Slow Foxtrot

Boston Two Step

St. Bernard’s Waltz

Edinburgh Mixture

Hesitation Waltz

Britannia Two Step

 

Interval and Raffle

 

White Heather Foxtrot

Saunter Together

Pride of Erin Waltz

Gay Gordons Two Step

Petronella

Square Tango

Quickstep

Southern Rose Waltz

Mississippi Dip

Ruby Waltz

Eva Three Step

 

 

(Extras if time permits:- Mayfair Quickstep, Viennese Swing

 

President's Closing Remarks

 

Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne

 

 

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Our next monthly dance will be held on Friday 25th August from 8p.m.-11.30pm in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. 

 

Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. 

 

The Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band will be playing for us that evening. 

 

Tickets priced at £10 for members and £12 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

Helensburgh & District Highlanders Association

Dance Programme 25 August 2023

 

Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel

Music by Ewan Galloway SDB

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod

 

Gay Gordons

St. Bernard's Waltz

Square Tango

White Heather Foxtrot

Ruby Waltz

Duke of Perth

Waltz Catherine

Military Two Step

Lomond Waltz

Britannia Two Step

Viennese Swing

Interval and Raffle

Gay Gordons Two Step

Victory Waltz

Saunter Together

Flirtation Two Step

New Killarney Waltz

Shiftin' Bobbins

Pride of Erin Waltz

Marine Four Step

Memory Waltz

Eva Three Step

Hesitation Waltz

(Extras if time permits ;- Military Two Step, Breakaway Blues

President's Closing Remarks

Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne 

 

 

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 No function being held during July Summer period

 

The next dance will be held in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore on 25 August with music

provided by the Ewan Galloway SDB. 

 

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Our next monthly dance will be held on Friday 30th June from 8p.m.-11.30pm in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. 

The Steven Carcary Scottish Dance Band will be playing for us that evening. Tickets price at £8 for members and £10 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

Dance Programme 30 June 2023 

 

Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel 

 

Music by Steven Carcary SDB 

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod 

 

EvaThree Step 

Viennese Swing 

White Heather Foxtrot 

New KillarneyWaltz 

KelvingroveTwo Step 

Petronella 

LilacWaltz 

Edinburgh Mixture 

SilverWedding Waltz 

SaunterTogether 

Gay Gordons 

 

Interval and Raffle 

 

Marine Four Step 

Pride of ErinWaltz 

Gay GordonsTwo Step 

Balmoral Blues 

Swedish Masquerade 

Duke of Perth 

Slow Foxtrot 

New HesitationWaltz 

BritanniaTwo Step 

LomondWaltz 

SquareTango 

 

(Extras if time permits ;- Flirtation Two Step, St. Bernard'sWaltz 

 

President's Closing Remarks 

 

LastWaltz and Auld Lang Syne 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Our next monthly dance will be held on Friday 26th May from 8p.m.-11.30pm in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. 

Our AGM will take place during the interval. 

Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. The Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band will be playing for us that evening. 

Tickets price at £8 for members and £10 for non-members can be purchased on the night or reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

 

Helensburgh & District Highlanders Association

 

 

Dance Programme 26 May 2023

 

 

Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel

 

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod

 

 

Gay Gordons

Lomond Waltz

Britannia Two Step

Memory Waltz

Bonnie Dundee

Balmoral Blues

Postie's Jig

Hesitation Waltz

Highland Schottische

Lilac Waltz

White Heather Foxtrot

 

Interval and Raffle

 

AGM

 

Edinburgh Mixture

Square Tango

Boston Two Step

St. Bernard's Waltz

Gay Gordons Two Step

Sweetheart Waltz

Shiftin' Bobbins

Quickstep

Pride of Erin Waltz

Flirtation Two Step

Saunter Together

 

 

(Extras if time permits ;- New Killarney Waltz, Mayfair Quickstep)

 

President's Closing Remarks

 

Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne 

 

 

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 Our next monthly dance will be held on

Friday 27th January 2023 from 8p.m.-11.30pm in Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street , Helensburgh G84 8ES. 

Drinks can be purchased from the bar. Tea/coffee and a biscuit will be available to purchase at the interval when the raffle will be drawn. 

Burns Brothers Scottish Dance Band will be playing for us that evening. 

Tickets price at £8 for members and £10 for non-members can be reserved from Association Secretary Anne Thorn (07490 274 871 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


 

Helensburgh & District Highlanders Association 

Dance Programme 27 January 2023
Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel

Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod 

Lomond Waltz 

Eva Three Step 

Breakaway Blues 

Postie's Jig 

Waltz Catherine 

Highland Schottische 

Square Tango 

Shiftin' Bobbins 

Saunter Together 

Flirtation Two Step 

Interval and Raffle 

Gay Gordons 

Pride of Erin Waltz 

Edinburgh Mixture 

Duke of Perth 

Britannia Two Step 

St. Bernard's Waltz 

Quickstep 

Petronella 

Viennese Swing 

Gay Gordons Two Step 

(Extras if time permits ;- New Killarney Waltz, Mayfair Quickstep) 

President's Closing Remarks
Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Supper Dance

 

Friday 9th December 2022 7.30p.m-11.30p.m. (earlier start time)

Venue: Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel, 112-117 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh 

G84 8ES

Band: Charlie Kirkpatrick

Ticket price: £18 for members and £20 for non-members which includes a main course and tea/coffee

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event and are available at the next event or from the Association Secretary.

Bar & Raffle 

Christmas Dance Programme 2022

Welcome and opening Remarks by Honorary President Neil MacLeod

Flirtation Two Step

Lomond Waltz

Swedish Masquerade

Duke of Perth

Breakaway Blues

Canadian Barn Dance

Silver Wedding Waltz

Petronella

Pride of Erin Waltz

Eva Three Step

Supper and Raffle

Gay Gordons Two Step

Viennese Swing

Quickstep

Virginia Reel

Saunter Together

Marine Four Step

Mayfair Quickstep (2nd round jig time)

Shiftin' Bobbins

Memory Waltz

Square Tango

Extras if time permits:- Southern Two Step, Edinburgh Mixture

President's closing remarks followed by last waltz and Auld Lang Syne 

 

 

 

Friday 25th November 2022 8p.m. -11.30p.m.

 

Venue: Helensburgh Civic Centre, 28 East Clyde Street Helensburgh G84 7PG

Band: Wayne Robertson

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

Tea/coffee and biscuit available at interval.

Bar & Raffle.

 

Dance Programme 25 November 2022

Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod

Gay Gordons

Lomond Waltz

Mississippi Dip

Virginia Reel

Sweetheart Waltz

Marine Four Step

Slow Foxtrot

Duke of Perth

Viennese Swing

Britannia Two Step

Interval and Raffle

Gay Gordons Two Step

Pride of Erin Waltz

Mayfair Quickstep

Postie's Jig

New Killarney Waltz

Dinky One Step

Saunter Together

Shiftin' Bobbins

Victory Waltz

Edinburgh Mixture

(Extras if time permits ;- St. Bernard's Waltz, Flirtation Two Step)

President's Closing Remarks

Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne

 

 

 

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. 

Dance Programme for tonight:

 

Dance Programme 28 October 2022


Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod 

Gay GordonsTwo Step 

St. Bernard's Waltz 

Saunter Together 

Petronella
Pride of Erin Waltz 

Britannia Two Step 

Hesitation Waltz 

Duke of Perth 

White Heather Foxtrot 

New Killarney Waltz 

Interval and Raffle 

Gay Gordons 

Viennese Swing 

Flirtation Two Step 

Postie's Jig 

Waltz Catherine 

Edinburgh Mixture 

Mayfair Quicktep 

Shiftin' Bobbins 

Eva Three Step 

Lomond Waltz 

 (Extras if time permits ;- Square Tango, Military Two Step) 

President's Closing Remarks


Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne 


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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2024 15:51
 

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. 

Dance Programme for tonight:

 

Dance Programme 28 October 2022


Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Neil MacLeod 

Gay GordonsTwo Step 

St. Bernard's Waltz 

Saunter Together 

Petronella
Pride of Erin Waltz 

Britannia Two Step 

Hesitation Waltz 

Duke of Perth 

White Heather Foxtrot 

New Killarney Waltz 

Interval and Raffle 

Gay Gordons 

Viennese Swing 

Flirtation Two Step 

Postie's Jig 

Waltz Catherine 

Edinburgh Mixture 

Mayfair Quicktep 

Shiftin' Bobbins 

Eva Three Step 

Lomond Waltz 

 (Extras if time permits ;- Square Tango, Military Two Step) 

President's Closing Remarks


Last Waltz and Auld Lang Syne 

 

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 Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:21
 

Function Friday 24th June 2022

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Dance Held at St. Patrick's Church Hall, Dumbarton on 24 June 2022

 

The second dance of the post covid era took place again at St. Pat's in Dumbarton with Susan

McFadyen's three piece band providing some excellent music for the dancers on a seasonably warm

evening (though, in true Helensburgh fashion, the rain made an unwelcome appearance for the

journey home).

A variety of couples' dances was complemented by the customary full quota of (four) set dances and

it was gratifying to note that, despite one or two hiccups, the various movements were successfully

essayed by participants who hadn't danced them since before the pandemic.

42 members and 9 non members were in attendance, somewhat down on the last dance in April due

perhaps in part to the holiday season and the concurrence with the Royal Highland Show at

Ingliston. Ticket sales amounted to £426

Tea/coffee and biscuits were served as usual at half time with thanks to the good offices of the bar

staff to whom the £1 per head proceeds were again donated. The raffle also took place after the

refreshments and raised the sum of £164. Thanks go to those who purchased tickets and particularly

those who donated prizes. Profit for the evening after expenses amounted to £113.50.

The next dance will be held on Friday 26 August and will see a return to the newly refurbished

function suite at the Commodore Hotel in Helensburgh with music being provided by the Steven

Carcary SDB.

The long delayed AGM will also be held at the interval when a number of committee members will

be stepping down and (it is to be hoped) their replacements will be nominated and approved. While

a letter from the vice president was distributed at the June dance and a further letter is to be sent to

members outlining the critical situation in which the Association finds itself with reference to

committee membership the import of these is worth reiterating. Of the current twelve members of

the committee (two short of the optimal fourteen) five will be standing down at the AGM after long

service. Only one individual has thus far indicated willingness to join the committee. Unless at least

four others step forward for appointment the committee will have no choice but to recommend

dissolution of the Helensburgh and District Highlanders Association, in which event the August

dance will be the last of a series of events stretching back some 115 years. Anyone willing to serve

on the committee is strongly urged to contact President Neil McLeod (01436 831284) or Vice

President John Johnston (01436 675191), or, indeed, any other committee member as soon as

possible.

 

 

Event photos....... 

 

Well Done the Dancers 

 

 

Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band

 

Looks like a Duke of Perth in full swing! 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2022 18:52
 

Dance Held St Pats Dumbartonn 29th April 2022

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Dance held at St Pats Hall Dumbarton 29th April 2022

 

 

Dance Held at St. Patrick's Church Hall, Dumbarton on 29 April 2022

Due to the ongoing works at the Commodore Hotel in Helensburgh (of which more later) the first

post covid dance was relocated to St. Pat's Church Hall in Dumbarton, an excellent substitute with a

large floor ideal for dancing. Playing on the night was the Stuart McKeown Band with Stuart's

inimitable brand of lively music starting the evening with the Gay Gordons Two Step. Attendance

on the (reasonably clement) night was encouraging with 54 members and 17 non members dancing

to a selection of old favourites with most attendees staying to the end of the evening at midnight.

Tea/coffee and biscuits were served at half time by the hall staff (who also manned the bar) and the

proceeds from the usual £1 charge for refreshments (£48) were, in this instance, donated to the staff

as a token of appreciation.

The usual raffle took place at half time and raised a total of £219 which, it had been decided, is to

be donated to the Ukraine appeal. The committee has subsequently resolved to round up this

amount to £300. Many thanks to those who donated prizes for the raffle. Profit for the night after

expenses and donations amounted to £217.

For reasons outlined below there will be no dance in May, but due to a recent fortuitous cancellation

at St. Pat's we are now able to hold the next dance at that location on 24 June, subject to the

availability of a band on that date. Regrettably no dates have yet been able to be ascertained for any

following dances due to uncertainty as to when the function suite at the Commodore might be

available. Works there are currently under way to replace the floor after it collapsed and the

management has thus far been reluctant to confirm a completion date. In any event the charge

proposed for the hall has doubled, which raises concern as to the feasibility of the venue for the

future given the falloff in numbers attending over the last couple of years. St. Pat's unfortunately is

fully booked for the foreseeable future and no other venue of comparable size (and at reasonable

cost) is immediately obvious. Suggestions welcome from members, Any updates will be posted as

available.

Finally – a plea (and a warning). The mandated number of committee members per the constitution

is 14. there are currently 12 members of whom 5 have expressed the intention to stand down at the

next AGM. Without at least the same number of new members stepping forward the position for the

future is unsustainable and the Association is in imminent danger of being wound up after an

existence of some 112 years. In that light we would ask any members of the Association (or indeed

any current non members) willing to participate in the committee to make themselves known to the

Secretary or any other committee member as soon as possible.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 07:03
 

Christmas Supper Dance 2019

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Christmas Supper Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 6 December 2019

 

 

Despite inclement weather and some confusion over the start time (erroneously specified on the tickets) the dance started pretty much to schedule at 8 o'clock with a welcome by President Neil MacLeod and 75 members and guests welcomed the Charlie Kirkpatrick SDB providing the music on the night. Enhanced by Charlie's craic and the mellifluous tones of Derek Hamilton's occasional vocals the assemblage enjoyed a variety of dances until supper was served at 9 o'clock. Congratulations to the hotel staff for a prompt and efficient service  and a delicious meal.

 

The raffle took place after the meal with the prize table being particularly laden on this occasion. Of particular note was a delightful log sculpture of a seated figure. Over £120 was raised on the night and thanks go to those who purchased tickets and especially those who contributed prizes.

 

Regrettably there was no appearance by Santa and his elves this year, Santa and his chief elf having opted instead for a Caribbean cruise (and who can blame them)!

 

Dancing thereafter continued until midnight with closing remarks and thanks being made by the President before the last waltz and Auld Lang Syne completed a thoroughly evening

 

The next dance will be the Hogmanay Dance with the Stuart McKeown SDB, an all ticket affair. The next regular monthly dance will be on Friday 31st January in the Osprey Suite at the Commodore as always with music provided by the Nicky McMichan SDB.  

 

Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance band

 

Round The Tables........... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Celebrations & Spot Prize Winners.. 

Well Done the Dancers! 

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2020 15:09
 


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