Editor: Gordon Russell         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk





AGM / Wine and Cheese Social

Friday, 10th June 2011

Haywards Heath Town Hall

With the first 3 items of the agenda dealt with, we quickly moved to the President’s Report. Mike Roberts reviewed the year’s varied programme of events. He finished by saying it had been a great honour to have been President for 3 years and  thanked all the Committee Members who served during his presidency for their hard work. He finally thanked the Members for their continuing support of the Society and urged that they continue to give feedback on events so that the programme can be improved and new members attracted to keep the Society flourishing. A copy of the report is appended. Next up was our Hon. Treasurer, Denis Stephenson. He announced that we had again made a modest profit in 2010 - 2011 and that our total funds were also slightly raised over last year’s results. Despite the subscription income being slightly down, he recommended no increase in subscription for the coming year. He commented that to date we had donated £440 to Chestnut Tree House which remains some way from “our charitable target … of  £1000.” He concluded by thanking “our faithful Auditor, Reg Finkle, for his task of auditing the accounts.” The accounts were approved. A copy of Denis’s report is appended.

Three Members of the Committee stood down: Mike Roberts, Gordon Russell and Liz Roberts. The Committee for 2011 – 2012 was then elected:


President:                        Carol Blake

Vice Presidents:                Helen Firmin

                     Lis Perrin

Hon. Secretary/

Membership Sec.:              Laura Bates

Hon. Treasurer:                 Denis Stephenson

Committee Members:         Julian Blake

              Moira Dudley

                                      John Dudley

                                      Marilyn Millar

                                      Valerie Winter

Reg Finkle was reappointed as Auditor.

Under Any Other Business, we learned that only 2 tickets had been sold for the Badger Watch. The 8 tickets unsold will be noted as a loss in the Society’s accounts.

The business having been concluded, we all partook of a glass (or more!) of refreshment whilst savouring the varied selection of cheese and biscuits and chatting.  


MSCS Annual Golf Competition

Rookwood Golf Course, Horsham


The annual MSCS golf competition was held once again at Rookwood Golf Course in Horsham on the 24th June.  

The number of players was slightly lower than last year, but the seventeen who participated provided a good standard of play in the warm sun, and, at times, stiff breeze.

The competition as usual included an individual Stableford competition combined with a Yellow Ball team event.  

Seven players played close to or better than their handicap  -  a good performance in such a warm and long  afternoon.

The overall winner and winner of the MSCS men’s trophy was Peter Johnstone with an  excellent total of  43 points, Peter McMahon, last year’s winner came second with 40 points, with Bob Imrie third with 36 points.  

The Ladies’ trophy was won by Pat Endicott with 30 points, edging out Marian Imrie, who gained the same number of points, but lost on the countback.  

The group comprising Peter Johnstone, David Skipp, John Dudley and Sam Billcliff, won the Yellow Ball competition with 32 points.

Perry Begin won the Nearest the Pin competition.


                                                                                                                                           Ian Burt


Summer Garden Party

Bodimans, Horsham

Despite a rather grey and damp evening, 44 Members and golfers did manage to enjoy a welcome drink at Bodimans, the home of Liz and Mike Roberts (what happened to the usual glorious sunshine, Mike?).

As always, we had a superb choice of delicious salads brought by Members to accompany the salmon and ham brought by Cecily and the quiches made by Bente. As if this was not enough to keep us satisfied, we were enticed by the mouth watering sweets on offer, all washed down with coffee after the golf presentation. Ian reported the results of the golf competition as described above and presented the trophies and various prizes to the winners. Carol thanked the Members for their contributions to the feast and, in particular, Cecily Linfield for cooking the salmon and the ham and also Ian for organising the golf. She also thanked Liz and Mike for hosting the event and Mike for his time as President, Gordon for his contribution to the Society as Vice President and Jennifer for hers as a Committee Member and presented each with a token of appreciation.   



Family Walk and Tea


The following photograph of the 2011 Family Walk courtesy of Lee Pratt missed the last newsletter.




















Theatre Visit

Saturday 8th October 2011

Chichester Festival Theatre

2.15pm matinee

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical of corruption and revenge, tells the story of Sweeney Todd, returning to 19th century London after years of false imprisonment, looking for justice and retribution and avenging “the wrongs done to him and his family many years before.” Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton star in the leading roles.





“At Home”

Saturday, 15th October 2011

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


St Andrew’s Night Celebration

Friday, 25th November 2011

Village Hall, Wivelsfield


Burns Night Celebration

Saturday 21st January 2012


North Terminal,  Gatwick Airport



Action for Children

Saturday 22nd October 2011

Methodist Church Hall

Perrymount Road

Haywards Heath

Advance notice on this event. MSCS has been asked by Action for Children to lead the dancing for another supper and Scottish country dance evening at the above location. Some of you may remember the one that was organised a couple of years ago. It was a great success, a sell out in fact, with some demonstration dancing followed by Members trying to entice the Action for Children supporters to participate in some simple dances. It was great fun and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

















Family walk 2011 courtesy of Lee Pratt


Outgoing editor’s note

The eagle eyed amongst you might have spotted a new name on the Newsletter heading. This Newsletter has been produced in conjuction with John Dudley who is taking over the editorship. I have really enjoyed my time as editor and learned much. Not only have my computer skills expanded but, more importantly, it has allowed me to communicate with many of our Members directly which I would hope will continue. I hope you’ve found the contents of the Newsletters useful, informative and even occasionally humorous. I’ve certainly enjoyed composing them. However, it’s now time to pass the quill to the very capable hands of John. I wish him every success as editor and look forward to reading his Newsletters.






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