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Monthly Function Friday 26th January 2018

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Monthly Function

Friday 26th January 2018


The Association President John Johnston welcomed everyone to the Commodore Hotel for the first monthly function of 2018.


Iain Anderson, who was due to play was indisposed but he arranged an excellent replacement in the Donald McLeod Scottish Dance Band.  The attendance of 55 members and guests was disappointing, but the floor was busy all evening.  It was pleasing  to see the youngsters back enjoying their dancing (Oh the energy of youth!).


Thanks to all who donated and purchased tickets for the raffle which raised an healthy £174.00


Our next function is on Friday 24th February at 8pm in the Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel.  The music is by Stuart McKeown ( an Association favourite), and all are welcome.


Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2017

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Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2017


Even with the torrential rain on Hogmanay,  Ninety Nine  brave souls joined in the NewYear celebrations, held in the Geilston Hall, Cardross.

And with visitors from Australia, United States of America, Ireland, England and a hefty Scottish contingent, it proved to be quite an international event.

(Apologies if any other country's folks not represented here.. If there are any, let me know and I will amend..) 

The doors opened at 8pm, with the car park already almost full by 7.30pm! 

Come nine o’clock, our association president, John Johnstone, opened the evening and welcomed the band - The Stuart  McKeown Scottish Dance Band, who provided us with excellent lively music throughout the evening..

The raffle tonight produced a handsome £285.00  -  Thank you to all for donations and ticket sales.

Tommy and Nancy McLennan, long time members, but unfortunately unable to attend tonight, kindly sent a selection of biscuits to pass round, which was greatly appreciated. 

Kind regards to Tommy and Nancy..

After the mad rush for the balloon prizes at midnight, (who won the bottle of Ginger Wine-and did you like it?), we had an excellent rendition of bagpipe tunes by Daryl Lynch, who has played for us at Hogmanay for a considerable number of years now.

In due course, our First Foot, claiming to be Ronnie’s twin brother (H’mm) arrived, after thumping the door for quite a while!!,  and presented the ‘Keeper of the Event’ , President John Johnstone, with a Lump of Coal, a bit O Black Bun and the obligatory Dram..He immediately downed the dram of course, and we hope he put the coal and bun to good use..

A rendition of a poem reminiscing a 1950’s Hogmanay 

(which obviously impressed our First Foot, and very nearly brought a tear to the eye) was given, and thereafter tot’s of Whisky or Ginger Wine were offered to all present.

The dancing and party atmosphere continued till almost 2am, shortly before which the President gave a vote of thanks to all involved and in turn received a well deserved vote of thanks from the rest of the committee for the tireless efforts of himself and Gill.


Many thanks to all the members who held back to help clear the hall of tables and chairs etc.


 Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band


Piper Daryll Lynch 





 Well Done The Dancers!!Well Done The Dancers!! 


Well Done The Dancers!! Well Done The Dancers!!


Well Done The Dancers!! Well Done The Dancers!!Well Done The Dancers!!


Happy New Year and Lang may yer Lum Reek! 


 Well Done The Dancers!!


And according to information received We wish a Happy Hogmanay Birthday to Gayle McKinnon  


Last Updated on Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:34

Christmas Supper Dance 2017

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Christmas Supper Dance 2017


The 8th of December was the date for one of our main events of the year, the Christmas Supper Dance. 

A good attendance of 87 members and guests spent the evening, very ably entertained by the 

Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band


Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band 


An obligatory appearance was made by Father Christmas and a very cute little Elf!, who both assisted in the Raffle….Much appreciated, and handed out goodies to all present.

 No Show without Punch...I Mean Santa and his Elf............


Celebrating a Birthday (A Big One!) on or very near the night was Donald McLeod - Many Happy Returns Donald..


Happy Birthday Donald...  


Bruce and Anne were fortunate to be in the right spot for the ‘Spot” prize - well done, and  

Ann and Paul scooped the top raffle prize - a fine bottle of whisky..


Bruce and Anne Ann and Paul...


Appreciation of our faithful Barman, Jordan, was shown with a gift presentation….

Well deserved Jordan. 


Thanks to our Barman, Jordan.... 

Its about time Gill was teaching you another dance. -  Reckon you have now mastered the

Breakaway Blues!!!



A special mention for Catherine and Edward Bear......

Although the bear was a bit down because he did'nt  win a raffle prize!!


 Catherine and 'The Bear'  We Dont normally let bears in, but this one is an exception!!


Hope to see you all at the Hogmanay Ceilidh,

When is that now? Oh Yes,  the 31st December............ 





Last Updated on Friday, 15 December 2017 09:31

Monthly Function Friday 24th November 2017

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Monthly Function Friday 24th November 2017


The November Function, held at the usual venue in the Commodore Hotel, and attended, perhaps with not as big a number as we would have liked, still proved to be a most enjoyable evening, with music provided by the Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band.


Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band 


Wayne Robertson first played at the Association in 1993 and was as usual excellent, getting through the programme and keeping the floor busy with dancers. 

Approximately 60  members and guests, including  4 juveniles attended the evening, raising £163.00 in the raffle. 

(Refreshing to see young folk coming to the functions!)

Thanks go to all who donated and of course, those who purchased tickets.. 

Building up now to two vey popular events, the Christmas Supper Dance and of course our Hogmanay Function.

Tickets still available for both but they are now selling very quickly.


Well Done the Dancers!! 


Last Updated on Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:54

Ceilidh Dance Friday 27th October 2017

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Ceilidh Dance 27th October 2017


The Bi Annual Ceilidh Dance, when invited guests perform for us, was held on the 27th October, within the usual venue, at the Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh.

With dance music being provided by the very able Wullie Scott, on the accordion. 

A separate performance was given by Emma Deans, a ‘Mod’ gold medallist.  Emma, has sang for us on several previous occasions and is always very well received. 

The talented Ryan Young, local to the area, and exceptional on the fiddle, also performed for us this evening.


A fairly good attendance of over 70 members and guests gave the evening  a nice atmosphere, and the raffle raised total of £175.

Our next function will be held on Friday 24th November and will feature the Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance band.


(Tickets for our forthcoming Christmas Supper Dance to be held on Friday 8th December are on sale and should be reserved as soon as possible.)


Emma Deans and Ryan Young with Accordionist Wullie Scott 


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