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Monthly Function Friday 28th July 2017

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Monthly Dance, Friday 28th July 2017

 

The regular monthly function Ceilidh Dance was held on Friday 28th July, as usual, in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh.  Music for the evening was very ably provided by The Nicky McMichen Scottish Dance Band, comprising, George Gary on drums, Claire Gullen playing the fiddle and Nicky himself on the Accordion..

A fiddle in the band certainly gives the music a new dimension!

The event went very well, though, as can be the case during the summer holiday months, the numbers attending could have been better. Having said that, the floor was filled for almost all the dances..

The raffle did well, considering the lower attendance tonight, with £156 being raised, which will go towards our annual charity donations later in the season. Thank you once again to all who donated prizes and of course, purchased tickets.

Auld Lang Syne brought the evening to an end and guests were wished a safe journey home by our association president, John Johnston.

 

***In a bid to raise attendance numbers, and encourage new members, any new folk encouraged to attend by existing members, will be admitted free of charge to the dances held in September and October***

 

Nicky McMichan Scottish Dance Band

 

Well Done the Dancers! 

 

 Well Done the Dancers! 

 

Well Done the Dancers! 

 

 


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:29
 

Monthly Function Friday 30th June 2017

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                                               JUNE DANCE 2017

 

         According to reports in the popular newspapers, the month of June was the wettest and coldest month ever recorded. Fortunately, the evening of Friday 30th was balmy and encouraged a group of 63 members and guests to the Osprey room of the Commodore Hotel, where they were royally entertained by the Liam Stewart Dance Band Trio. The band consisted of Bobby Stewart on second accordion, Malcolm Ross on drums and of course Liam Stewart on lead accordion. Liam and Bobby hail from Galston in Ayrshire while Malcolm had a good two hour journey from Arbroath (what you might call, dedication)  They are a wonderful band and no wonder.----- Liam was the Scottish Accordion Champion of 2002 and 2013; and it showed.!!!  He recently played at Buckingham Palace for HRH, the  Prince of Wales and 300 distinguished guests.

 

        The evening was introduced by President John Johnston and the evening assumed its normal format of, dancing  till 9.30pm, tea / coffee /  biscuits, followed by the drawing of the raffle, till 10.00pm. The raffle raised the grand sum of £184, which will go toward our end of year calculation of profit  for the 2018 ’Good Cause’ donatons.

            Dancing then continued till about 11.45pm and the evening was closed by the President who thanked all who had contributed to the success of the evening.

It should be stressed that the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all, due in no small measure, to the professionalism of the Dance Band. 

 

             The next dance will be held on Friday 28th July at 8.00 pm. 

 

Please note.................Membership subscriptions are now due and should be paid within the next two months. The present fee of £5.00 will continue for the next year. 

(For current non-members who attend functions only occasionally, taking an annual membership represents a very good saving on the ticket prices!)    

 

Liam Stewart Scottish Dance Band 

 

Well Done the Dancers! 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 July 2017 18:48
 

Monthly Function Friday 26th May 2017

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                                  Monthly Dance Friday 26th May            

 

Friday, 26th May was a gloriously sunny day. It was also the start of the May Bank Holiday weekend. The combination of the two, unfortunately proved to be disastrous for the attendance at the May dance. Only forty five members and three non-members turned up to hear the music of the Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band, held, as usual, in the Osprey room of the Vintage Inn Commodore Hotel. Nevertheless, it proved to be a real treat, as the band of Kyle Innes, (drums), Bill Ewan (keyboard) and leader Ewan Galloway (accordion), showed that they are one of the best bands in the country dance scene. All three are Fifers from the Glenrothes / Auchtermuchty area, which area is a stonghold of Scottish music.

 

 

President John Johnston opened proceedings by welcoming all the dancers and introducing the above mentioned various members of the band. The first half passed very quickly, as usual, and was followed by tea, coffee, biscuits and the drawing of the raffle, which raised the fair sum of £150.

 

 

 

After the interval, the business of the Annual General meeting was carried out, where a new committee was duly elected. The constitution of the committee will be printed on the the 2017/18 Syllabus cards. It was also decided that the annual membership fees will remain at £5.00. The fees are now due and should be paid within the next two months.

 

Due to the business of the AGM, the second half of the dance started slightly later than scheduled and finished with a vote of thanks to everyone who had contributed to make the evening a success. 

 

The next function will be a dance on 30th June, when the band will be the  

  Liam Stewart Scottish Dance Band Trio. 

 

Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band 

 

 

 

 


Last Updated on Friday, 30 June 2017 12:11
 

Monthly Function Friday 28th April 2017

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              Monthly Function Friday 28th April 2017            

Charity Presentations to Good Causes

 

 From left to right:  Ian Yuill, Highland Association Vice President.  Jayne Burnett, Befrienders, Helensburgh.  Caroline Wilson, Principal Teacher, Parklands School, Helensburgh Helen Davidson and Sharon Campbell, from Burnside Children’s Family Home, Balloch,  John Johnstone, Highland Association President. (Red Cross donation made direct to charity) 

 Helensburgh & District Highland Association organises Ceilidh Dance Functions on the last Friday of the month throughout the year.

The association contributes profits made to local good causes on an annual basis and this year the four recipients were:

Befrienders Association, Helensburgh: £300
Parklands School, Helensburgh: £400
Burnside Family Children’s Unit, Balloch, £400
East African Famine Appeal (via the Red Cross): £300

The cheques were presented to representatives from the Good Causes at our function held on the 28th April 2017, 
within The Osprey Suite of the Commodore Vintage Inn, Helensburgh.

The Highland Association has recently celebrated its 110th Anniversary and continues to promote a spirit of welcome and friendship, originally bringing together Folk from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, but in modern times extending a warm welcome to all.

A donation of profits made, (which can regularly be as much as £2000) has been made annually for many years now, and is generally aimed at local good causes.  

For anyone interested, information about the Association, including future functions, etc
can be found on our website here.......
    
April Event Review

Ross MacPherson Scottish Dance Band

 

The April dance, held in the Osprey room of the Vintage Inn Commodore  Hotel, unfortunately coincided with the Bank Holiday weekend and resulted in a very poor attendance of forty five members and nine non-members. Nevertheless, the evening was very enjoyable and the dancers had lots of room to strut their stuff, to the music of the Ross MacPherson Scottish Dance Band. 

 

President John Johnstone opened proceedings by welcoming all the dancers  and introducing the various members of the band. The first half passed very quickly, as usual, and was followed by tea, coffee, biscuits and the drawing of the raffle, which raised the remarkable sum of £189.

 

The main business of the evening was the presentation of donations to the various local beneficiaries, as shown above..

May we point out that the donation to the Famine Appeal is a one-off.  The committee felt that the humanitarian situation in East Africa  was so drastic that  they could not simply stand by and spectate.

 

The second half of the dance started slightly later than scheduled but was but was every bit as enjoyable as the first half. The evening finished with votes of thanks to everyone who had in any way helped to make the evening a success.

 

The next function will be a Dance and Annual General Meeting on 26th May, when the band will be the Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band. 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 07 May 2017 17:10
 

Monthly Function Friday 31st March 2017

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        MARCH  2017  DANCE

110th Anniversary  Celebration. 

 

      March 31st 2017 was a very special evening for the Helensburgh and District Highland Association.  Eighty three members and guests gathered together in the Osprey Room of the Commodore Hotel  to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Association. It proved to be a most enjoyable affair, due in no small measure, to the wonderful music of the Lomond Ceilidh Dance  Band. 

 

 Dance Band. Accordionist maestro, Allan Small, led the Shetland fiddler Gemma Donald and drummer Kyle Innes, through a varied selection of slow, fast and “ off the wall” tunes. They introduced an alternative version of most first round tunes, i.e. a faster or continental version  of the tunes during the second round of dancing. It made a waltz a bit tricky but was hugely enjoyable. They've been invited back !!!!!!

 

       The interval arrived all too soon. During this break, guests were treated to a generous 

 portion of birthday cake and tea or coffee ( and all ‘FREE’). The raffle ( which raised   £228),  was also drawn at this point.

 

       The second half was a “repeat treat” and passed very quickly.  It should be noted that  the evening  was enriched by the presence of 22 non-members all of whom were experienced dancers and keen to be on the floor.  A big “thank you “ to all of them !!.  The evening was then closed by President John Johnstone who thanked everyone who  had contributed to the success of the evening.

 

        The next function will be a dance on Friday 28th April when the band will be the Ron McPherson Scottish Dance band.    

 

Lomond  Ceilidh Band 

 

Association President, John Johnstone, ready to cut the 110th Anniversary Cakes!

 

Well Done the Dancers!

 

 

And Next Month......... 

DANCE PROGRAMME - Friday 28th April 2017

Tonight's band   -  Ross McPherson S.D.B.

 

WELCOME  by President John Johnston

 

Gay Gordon

Lomond Waltz

Canadian Barn Dance

Posties Jig

New Killarney Waltz

Break away Blues

White Heather Foxtrot

Petronella

St. Bernard's Waltz

Edinburgh Mixture 

 

Interval  &  RAFFLE

Charity Presentations

Tea & Coffee available  £1

 

Gay Gordon Two Step

Saunter Together

Quick Step

Duke of Perth

Square Tango

Britannia Two Step

Ruby Waltz

 Shifting Bobbins

Waltz Catherine

Pride of Erin Waltz

Last Waltz

Auld Lang Syne 

 

Extras if time permits; Silver Wedding Waltz, Edinburgh Mixture


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:31
 


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