We have a very busy programme of events throughout the year.
In addition to our weekly scottish country dance classes, Burns night and St Andrew's ceilidh we offer:
Social evenings take place several times a year. These include our "socials" which often comprise a talk or entertainment on a Scottish theme and we also hold events in members homes such as cheese and wine evenings. Our Autumn 2017 social included a dramatised performance of an excerpt from Liz Lochhead's play "Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off". Our spring 2013 social created the atmosphere of an afternoon tea dance with a 1920s-1940s theme. The autumn 2012 social evening was a light-hearted discussion evening entitled "Convention of the windae-hingers". The autumn 2010 social evening featured contributions on the theme of Highland Games/Highland Gatherings and the spring 2011 social evening featured a celebration of (and friendly competition between) Scotland's various world-wide exports - bagpipes, dancing, golf, tartan and whisky. Our spring social in 2010 focussed on members' crafts and skills including sampling all the Scottish recipes that had featured as the front cover theme on the past year's newsletters. A social evening in 2009 portrayed the life and work of the Perthshire poet Lady Nairne in narrative, song and dance. Our autumn social that year included a balloon debate between six historical or contemporary characters each with an Ayrshire connection.
Rambles and walks
We hold two rambles of approximately 5 miles in length during spring and autumn.
We have a gentler walk on Boxing Day and we also, in May, hold an early morning birdsong walk.
Our book club meets on a monthly basis to discuss works by Scottish authors (or with a
Scottish connection). See here for past and future reading list.
Once a year we have a weekend away, eg to attend a performance of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. either in Scotland (Dumfries, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh) or when they perform south of the border, eg Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Harrogate
Our 2010 autumn ramble was in Denham, Bucks and the Boxing Day walk at a very snowy Ruislip Lido. In 2011 the spring ramble was in Chesham, autumn at Burnham Beeches and on Boxing Day walk at Stanmore Common. Our 2012 early morning bird song walk was on a Saturday morning in April at 5.00 am near Rickmansworth, our spring ramble in May at Wigginton, Tring and our autumn 2012 ramble in October at Marsworth, near Tring, Herts. The spring 2013 ramble in May started from Sarratt, Bucks. The autumn 2013 ramble on Saturday 5th May was again in the Chilterns, starting from Wigginton, Bucks. 2014 rambles were along the Grand Union Canal (Paddington to Kings Cross) in April, Hartwell, Bucks, in October, and our boxing day walk at Iver, Bucks, in December.