We have a very busy programme of events throughout the year. As well as 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. 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. 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. 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. The autumn 2012 social evening was a light-hearted discussion evening entitled "Convention of the windae-hingers". Our spring 2013 social created the atmosphere of an afternoon tea dance with a 1920s-1940s theme. In October 2013, March 2014 and October 2014 we learned more about the non-Caledonian interests of some of our members.
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 a "dawn chorus walk". 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.
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. when they perform south of the border, eg Harrogate (2007) and Newcastle (2008). Thirty members visited Edinburgh for the SFO concert in June 2009. We also visited the Wigtown Book Festival
in October 2009. A group of thirty visited Birmingham in March 2012 for a long weekend to attend the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra concert, and similar visits to Dumfries in October 2013, Perth February 2014, Dundee October 2014, with another visit planned to Nottingham in April 2015.
Other activities include scrabble, theatre outings,