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Monthly Function Friday 30th September 2016

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         This report must necessarily begin with an abject apology to all who were  in any way inconvenienced by the advert in the Lennox Herald and in our own web site, that the dance on 30th September was to be a Ceilidh and dance, when in fact,  it was simply a normal end of the month dance.  It was caused by our reporter simply misreading the calendar , and not by, in the words of Winston Churchill, a juxtaposition of elbow and other parts of his anatomy. 


(Don’t forget, Bill, that the 'proof reader', Ronnie, busy loading the web site and submitting the ad must also share a little responsibility for the slip up!!)


         That said, the actual dance was a very enjoyable evening, for the ninety members and guests who attended. Among the guests were some Australians, who energetically danced the night away and seemed to enjoy their visit to a genuine Scottish  dance evening.


         President John Johnston opened the evening by welcoming everyone and introduced the band for the evening – the Steven Carcary Scottish Country Dance Band  The band comprised, on drums, Kevin Milne; on second accordion Graeme Bell and on first accordion, the man himself, Steven Carcary.  


       During the interval, the raffle prizes were drawn. The raffle raised the magnificent sum of £243 which of course will be added to the already accumulated sum for distribution next year. The evening concluded with the votes of thanks and the singing of Auld Lang Syne.   


      The next event will be the aforementioned Ceilidh Dance, on 28th October when the artistes will be Eilidh Steele (fiddle) and Mark Leal (guitar). They will be playing a variety of gaelic and other songs.  Eilidh and Mark are well known in the area and we look forward to welcoming them.  


     An announcement will be made about the forthcoming Xmas and New Year Dances and names will be taken for both dances during the evening.  The prices are as follows:-

Xmas Supper Dance :  Members £13.50 : Non members £16.00  ( Friday 9th Dec at 7.30pm)

 Hogmanay Party Dance : Members £12.00 : Non members £17.00  ( Saturday 31st Dec at 9.00 pm.)


Steven Carcary Scottish Dance Band 

Well Done the Dancers, and a delight to see some younger guest's tonight.... 
Must be the Brittania Two Step!
A couple of poser's!  Nice photo... 
You two should be up dancing!! 
Great night had by all.....
Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 22:27

Monthly Function Friday 26th August 2016 2016

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      The final Summer Dance was held on a fine evening, in the Osprey suite of the Commodore hotel on Friday 29th August and was attended by  sixty seven  keen members and friends. A warm welcome was extended to all by President John Johnston 

   The evening was a great success, thanks to the excellent music of the Scott Band Dance Band Trio, comprising drummer Kevin Milne, keyboard player  Bill Euan  and accordionist Scott Band.   This band has never played for us before but were so good, they will assuredly be asked back in the future.

     The raffle raised the magnificent sum of £181 which will of course be added to the pot for distribution in 2017.   

     The next event will be a Ceilidh and Dance on Friday 30th September, when the band will be the Steven Carcary Scottish Dance Band. Guest artistes will be fiddler Emma Steel and guitarist Mark Neal, both of them solo artistes but will also be entertaining us as a duet.  

      Membership fees have largely been paid over the last few weeks but a few still remain to be paid. It would be appreciated if this could be done fairly soon. 


Monthly Function Friday 29th July 2016

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Monthly Dance - 29th July, 2016.                  

Another very sociable and enjoyable night at the `dancin` has come and gone.   Over 70 attended the function in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel and danced the night away to Nicky McMichan and his Band - Nicky himself on lead Accordion, Matthew MacLennan on 2nd Box and Andrew Barrie on Drums.     The music was well enjoyed by all with good tunes to listen to and, more importantly to the Dancers, impeccable timing to dance to..


The interval provided the Dancers with some refreshments (tea and coffee) and the usual raffle.   This month the raffle generated £186 which helped us to a small profit overall on the night.  Many thanks to those who bought tickets on the night and to those who donated prizes.


Membership subscriptions are now due (£5 per annum or £40 life membership) and Ian Yule did a sterling job collecting monies and distributing the Syllabus on the night.  Ian will continue to take memberships until October, 2016.


Numbers attending over the past few months have been a bit up and down, but hopefully with Autumn just around the corner, numbers will improve.  We are a sociable group, all keen Dancers and we do endeavour to attract (successfully!) the best Bands around.


Our next Dance will be on Friday, 26th August, 2016.   See you all there and why not bring a friend!!


Monthly Function Friday 24th June 2016

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Monthly Function……24th JUNE 2016

             On  Friday, 24h, June was certainly not “bustin out all over”  but was  balmy enough to attract a smaller than usual crowd of sixty two dancers  to make their way to the Commodore hotel, where they were welcomed by President John Johnston.  John introduced the members of Liam Stewart’s Scottish  Dance Band  Trio who played their way through to the interval in a really rousing non- stop  manner.  The band had travelled some fair distance to be with us. Drummer Malcolm Ross had travelled from Arbroath, while Bobby and Liam Stewart had come from Galston.  It was generally agreed that they were one the best bands to have played at any of our functions.   

            During the interval, tea and coffee were of course served and the raffle was drawn. The sum of £158 was raised which will be added to the sum for donation in 2017. 

            The second half got under way promptly and the remainder of the evening’s dancing passed all too quickly. It seemed no time at all when  the President thanked  all who had helped make the evening a success. “Auld Lang Syne “ rounded off what was a very enjoyable and successful occasion.  

The next function is again a dance  on Friday, 29th July, at 8pm in the Osprey suite , Commodore Hotel.           


Monthly Function & AGM Friday 27th May 2016

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Monthly Function Friday MAY 27th 2016 


The final event of the 2015/16 season was held in the Commodore Osprey suite on 27th May and took the form of a dance and AGM. The weather was finally kind and 74 members and guests attended the event. From  all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed the evening. 


       President John Johnstone opened the evening with his customary warm welcome and introduced the band  –- The Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band Trio (Bill Ewan on piano, Kyle Innes on drums and Ewan Galloway on accordion) which turned out to be  probably  the best band of the season. Their brilliant quickstep had some of  the guests reminiscing about the Joe Loss evenings at the Glasgow Eglinton Plaza 


      The first half of dancing  was all too quickly reached and was followed by a short interval   for tea/coffee and the drawing of the raffle,  which raised the excellent sum of £165, which will help towards our annual charity donations.


    The hall was quickly cleared for the staging of the AGM during which the new office bearers and committee for season 2016/17 were elected. The full list of elected members will appear on the 2016/17 syllabus in due time.  At this meeting, the retiral of  committee member Donnie MacLeod was announced.  

Donnie has served on the committee for 43 years and has served admirably over that considerable period of time. We wish him well and will no doubt see him and his wife back as dancers.  His place will be taken by Mrs Ewan Howison and the remainder of the office bearers  will carry on for a further year. The AGM finished with remarks by the Vice President Ian Yule. 


    The timely finish of the AGM allowed a further two hours of dancing to take place.   President John Johnston expressed votes of thanks to the band, hotel staff and all who contributed to a great evening before the evening closed with a fine rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”.


 Photos to follow...................... 

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2016 20:37

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