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Monthly Function Friday 27th April 2018

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Helensburgh and District Highland Association.

Report of the Dance on 27th April 2018.

We welcomed 78 members and guests, (a special warm welcome to friends from Ireland) to the Associations April dance.

The music was provided by the Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band.  Their selection of tunes and timing were superb to dance to , and if you don’t dance great to listen to.


Our April function is usually the night we give donations to local charities, but this year we have already donated £1000.00 to the Fisherman’s Trust to help with the raising of the Nancy Glen trawler which tragically sunk at Tarbert.  For many years the people of Tarbert supported the Association and we felt privileged to be able to help in some small way.  Fortunately the trawler has now been raised.

 The money we are able to donate is down to the generosity of our members who contribute prizes and purchase raffle tickets during the year.  Many thanks to you all.

 On the night  the raffle raised a wonderful £197.00, thanks again.


Our next function is a dance on 25th May in the Osprey Suite at the Commodore Hotel starting at 8 p.m.  The music is provided by a band who have entertained us many times, the Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance band.  The A.G.M. will take place during the break.


Please join us for a great evening of music and dancing, we would be delighted to see you.   


Function due on 23rd March 2018

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Attention Please


Due to a booking error on the part of the venue, The Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh. The function on Friday, 23rd March 2018 has had to be cancelled.

Apologies to all who had planned to attend the event.


Charitable Donation

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The Nancy Glen Fund Campaign

On the 18th of January 2018 the Nancy Glen fishing boat of Tarbert was tragically taken by the  West Coast of Scotland waters it fished.  One fisherman survived, sadly the two other crew Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk have not been found although it's thought they were on the vessel which now lies on the seabed.

The families wish to retrieve their loved ones as soon as possible,which will take great resource. In addition the fishermen have left wives and young children behind. The Clyde Fishermen want to help do all they can to assist these families at this time and in the future. We ask for support in this task. Please give generously so that these families may lay their men to rest and that their children are supported through the tough times ahead.




For many years past, we, in The Helensburgh Highland Association have had the support of numerous Tarbert folk, attending our functions.



In a unanimous decision by the committee, which was subsequently supported by the membership, it was decided to make this years ‘Good Cause’ donation of £1000 to the Nancy Glen Fund.


Message to Members....

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Helensburgh & District Highland Association




For the attention of all interested parties, please find below a copy of a letter sent to all current members of the association.

The Helensburgh & District Highland Association is currently facing a difficult situation and is anxious to make all members fully aware of the doubt presently hanging over its future.






Copy of Letter 



President: John Johnston. Tel: 01436 675191.

Secretary: Jill Johnston.     Tel: 01436 675191 14th Feb 2018.



Dear Member,


This is to remind you the March dance has been brought forward to the 23rd March to avoid clashing with the Easter weekend.


I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of a serious situation arising.  At the A.G.M. in May I will be standing down as President and Treasurer along with Jill as Secretary and five other directors, this means we need seven new committee members.  At present we have no replacement for President or Secretary, one committee member is willing to take on the post of Treasurer.

Failure to form a committee would mean having to disband the Association.  The Association has been in existence for 111 years and it  would be a very hard but unavoidable decision to take.

I want to hear from any member willing to serve on the Committee to avoid this happening.

Please contact me in person or at the above telephone no.


With thanks,





John Johnston


Ceilidh Dance Friday 23rd February 2018

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Ceilidh Dance Friday 23rd February 2018


The evening was opened, in the usual venue, The Osprey Suite, Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh, by the Association President, John Johnston, who welcomed all present.

A lively nights music for the function was provided by well known local accordionist, Stuart  McKeown,  providing as usual, an excellent performance on the 'box'.


We also had the privilege of having with us tonight, our guest artiste, soloist Kirsten Easdale, who provided us with an absolutely delightful selection of Scots and Gaelic songs, with even a touch of French input as well

…All a real treat.

Kirsten is a Traditional Scottish Folk Singer with a an international reputation, who has  toured and performed at major international events worldwide. 

We will be fortunate indeed, to have her perform for us again at any time in the future.

Accompanying (and also performing solo) was Gregor Lowery with his own unique blend of accordion music.

The numbers attending tonight, although again a little disappointing with fifty members and four guests, but all enjoyed a great nights entertainment and dancing.

The raffle this month raised £163 , so thanks go to all who donated and all who purchased tickets.



Accordionist for the evening, Stuart McKeown, together with guest artistes, Soloist Kirsten Easdale and Gregor Lowery  




Well Done The Dancers!Well Done The Dancers! 

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