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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. 










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


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

Ceilidh Dance Friday 24th February 2017

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Ceilidh Dance Friday 24th February 2017 


On a rather wintry evening, the first Ceilidh of 2017 took place in the Osprey suite of the Commodore hotel. A rather poor attendance of sixty nine dancers ignored the weather and enjoyed an evening which surpassed expectations.


The evening opened with a stirring pipe selection by Bruce Shearlaw. Bruce informed us that this was his first piping evening since last year. It was certainly worth the wait. Bruce was followed by two popular dances where the music was provided by the ever popular Stuart McKeown.


Next up were the Deans Sisters, Emma and Rachel, who royally entertained the dancers with a lovely selection of Gaelic songs. The sisters are well known in Gaelic circles as they are gold medal Mod singers. They certainly demonstrated why and showed their versatility by performing their solo and duet songs beautifully.


More dances and songs made up the first part of the evening and the interval arrived on schedule. The raffle was drawn during this interval and the impressive total £207 was raised. The money of course, will be distributed to charity soon.


The second half of the evening followed the format of the first half with Bruce, Emma, Rachel and Stuart once again performing brilliantly. The evening passed all too quickly and it was soon time for President John Johnstone to round off the evening with votes of thanks to all who had contributed to the success of the years first Ceilidh.


The next event will be our monthly dance, on Friday 31st March at 8.00 pm, when the band will be the talented Lomond Ceilidh Band.


Guidheam slainte ghnath bhl mar ribh  ..... Let me wish health always to be with you.


(Please excuse the lateness of this report. It was due to the ill health of the author...... He should have got his flu jag!!!!) 


Guest Singers, Emma & Rachael Deans along with Bruce, our Piper and Stuart McKeown on Accordion..

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:05

Monthly Function Friday 27th January 2017

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The first dance of 2017 took place on 27th January in the Osprey suite of the Commodore Hotel, where seventy dancers took the floor to the music of the Ian Anderson Scottish Dance Band . The band comprised Ian on accordion, Gus Millar on drums  and Neil MacMillan on keyboard. 

A lively programme of dances was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The presentation of the dances in quick-fire, shorter rounds was greatly appreciated.

At the welcome  interval, tea, coffee and biscuits were served and the raffle was drawn. The wonderful amount of £200 was raised and will be added to the current amount of money raised for charity.  

  As usual, the second half of the evening passed all too quickly and it was soon time for President John Johnston to close proceedings with votes of thanks to all who had contributed to the success of the evening. 

The next event will be a Ceilidh/dance evening and will take place on Friday 24th February, when the band will be the Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band. The guest artistes will be the popular sisters team of Emma and Rachel Deans, so a great evening is guaranteed. 




Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:47

Hogmanay Dance 2016

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Geilston Hall, Cardross, was the venue for the Association’s final function of the year 2016. Eighty eight dancers and guests enjoyed a Hogmanay ceilidh dance until the early hours of New Year’s Day to the wonderful music of the ever popular Stuart McKeown’s Ceilidh Dance Band. A Group of nine younger dancers from Luss joined the assembly and contributed greatly to the jollity of the dances.  As the president remarked “ they lowered greatly the average age the assembled throng “.


The evening began promptly at 8pm with an introduction from President John Johnston who warmly welcomed everyone. The first one and a half hours  were devoted to dancing  followed by a half hour interval for refreshments and the drawing of the raffle prizes. The raffle raised the magnificent total of £185 for charity. so a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated so generously.


Two more hours of dancing took us to the end of 2016 and at the stroke of   midnight, the year 2017 was ushered in.  The traditional balloon free-for-all scrum ensued, interspersed with hugs and kisses all round.  Eventually, normal service was resumed and the stirring sound of Pipe Sergeant Darren Lynch’s bagpipes  returned the dancers to some form of normal behaviour.


        A kilted figure (committee member Jim Gray) then made an appearance carrying a bottle of the national drink. He gallantly passed his whisky around the company and wished everyone a very  happy New Year.  

Bonhomie and alcohol then took over the proceedings and some peculiar versions of The Dashing White Sergeant were observed. There appeared to no casualties and the final hour passed too quickly. Suddenly it was time  for the votes of thanks and the president closed the evening (and morning) by thanking everyone for their attendance and in particular, the people, who had in any way, helped make the dance a resounding success.




        Please note that the next function will be the usual monthly dance on 27th January in the Osprey suite, Commodore Hotel, commencing at 8pm, when the band will be the Iain Anderson Scottish Dance Band.  



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