Other activities

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
Social evenings take place several times a year.  These include our "socials" which often comprise a talk or entertainment on a Scottish theme.  )We also hold events in members homes such as cheese and wine evenings.)

  May 2019 social: portrayed the life and music of fiddler and composer James Scott Skinner

  Autumn 2018 social:  featured the life of James Boswell, diarist, and also a children's classic translated into a variety of Scottish dialects

  Autumn 2017 social:  included a dramatised performance of an excerpt from Liz Lochhead's play "Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off". 

  Spring 2013 social: created the atmosphere of an afternoon tea dance with a 1920s-1940s theme. 

  Autumn 2012 social: light-hearted discussion evening entitled "Convention of the windae-hingers". 

  Autumn 2010 social: contributions on the theme of Highland Games/Highland Gatherings

  Spring 2011 social: featured a celebration of (and friendly competition between) Scotland's various world-wide exports - bagpipes, dancing, golf, tartan and whisky.

  Spring 2010 social: members' crafts and skills including sampling all the Scottish recipes that had featured as the front cover theme on the past year's newsletters.  
  Autumn 2009 social:  balloon debate between six historical or contemporary characters each with an Ayrshire connection. 

   May 2009 social:  portrayal of the life and work of the Perthshire poet Lady Nairne in narrative, song and dance. 

  Autumn 2008 social:  balloon debate between six historical or contemporary characters from mid/central Scotland, and a recreation of our very first social in September 1928 (poetry, song and dance)

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.   

Book club
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.

Outings to local places of interest and garden visits take place monthly. 

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

We also visited the Wigtown Book Festival in October 2009 and in May 2018 will visit the Boswell Book Festival in Auchinleck. 

Visits are also planned in 2018 to the Welsh National Eisteddfod and Perth Highland Games.

Other activities include scrabble, theatre outings, new year lunch, summer picnic, golf, bowls etc.

Harrow  &  District  Caledonian  Society

offering Scottish activities and friendship in this part of Middlesex/NW London for 90 years

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.