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St Andrew’s Dance Practices

Sundays 13th and 20th  November

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

3.00pm – 5.00pm


This year there will be two dance practices prior to the St Andrew’s Night Celebration. These are informal, good fun and give us the opportunity to practise a few dances and socialise. Guests are particularly welcome as it is an excellent opportunity for them to learn the basic dances.  The cost for each practice session will be £2.50 per person to partially offset the cost of the hall. Soft drinks and biscuits will be served.  


St Andrew’s Night Celebration

Friday 25th November 2011

7.30pm for 8.00pm – 11.30pm

Wivelsfield Village Hall

Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH


Following the success of the venue last year we will be returning to Wivelsfield Village Hall and the catering will again be provided by Lavinia Gilland.  

As St Andrew’s is one of the two formal major annual events in the Society’s calendar, we look forward to seeing as many Members as possible. Don’t forget that relatives and friends are very welcome at this event and Members are encouraged to bring guests.  Also, please remember to bring your own wine and glasses to accompany the meal.

The cost will be £26 per head, slightly higher than last year, but we have been able to hold the increase to £1 despite food price inflation and the increase in VAT.

There will be a choice of three main courses;

· Breast of chicken with bacon, mushroom and red wine sauce

· Parcels of plaice stuffed with a broccoli mousse with white wine and prawn sauce

· Tagine of lamb with olives and apricots.

A vegetarian dish can also be provided if required.


Please indicate your choice on the booking form.


The main course will be followed by a selection of desserts, and coffee and mints.  


The meal will be followed by dancing on the lovely sprung floor and the opportunity to chat.



Wivelsfield is off the B2112 between Haywards Heath and Ditchling. About a mile after the last houses in Haywards Heath, you come to a mini roundabout on the B2112. Turn Left here along Green Road into Wivelsfield Village. If you pass Baldock’s Garage, you’ve missed the turning! Approx. 700 yards along Green Road, turn Right into Eastern Road. Some 200 yards down Eastern Road on your right is the turning into the Village Hall and car park.

Having found your way to the Hall, there will be a very welcome drink awaiting you!


Scottish Country Dancing


The annual November dance of the Crawley  Scottish Country Dancing Club will be at 7.00pm on Saturday 12 November at the Friary Hall, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR.

Cost will be £5.00 (£1.50 for young persons and non dancers) plus a plate of finger food.

For more details see the web site www.crawleyscdc.btck.co.uk




Burns’ Dance Practices

Sundays 8th and 15th January 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

3.00pm – 5.00pm


Burns’ Night Celebration

Saturday 21st January 2012

Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick


Ceilidh/Members Evening

Saturday 10th March 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

This year we are proposing to run a Ceilidh for the March members meeting. We are sure that there is a considerable amount of talent within the Society, and this will provide an opportunity for anyone who wishes to show their party piece, be it a song, instrumental, recital or even a sketch. More information closer to the time.




“At Home”

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


Our first event of the new season saw 38 members getting together for a social evening. On arrival we were met with a glass of wine and nibbles courtesy of our new President Carol Blake to celebrate her new role, and ably dispensed by Reg.  

Thank you to all for bringing such a variety of delicious finger food, which as usual provided an excellent spread.  During the meal we were entertained by a Quiz devised by Carol to test our knowledge of Scottish history and language, and this was followed by a few simple dances led by Julian.


Thanks also to Laura for decorating the tables and to Michael for printing the Society’s 2011/2012 programme.



Theatre Visit

16 members and friends took part in this year’s visit to the Chichester Festival Theatre to see the Steven Sondheim musical ‘Sweeny Todd’.

The story of a Victorian barber who slits the throats of his customers and butchers them to make meat pies hardly seems promising fare for a musical, but this revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970’s classic starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton provided an excellent afternoon’s entertainment.  Besides the contingent from the Society, other notables in the audience included Andrew Lloyd Webber, no doubt there to assess the competition. The production has had very good reviews and is expected to go to the West End after finishing its run at Chichester.

After the show we enjoyed a pleasant sociable meal in a local restaurant.





Finally, many of you will be aware that we are having to say goodbye to our treasurer Denis Stephenson as Denis and Irene are moving back to Scotland, to Auchtermuchty.  We would like to thank Denis for his work as treasurer, and Irene for organising the various theatre visits, and give them both our best wishes for the future.

We are pleased to announce that Reg Finkle has been co-opted on to the committee and will take on the role of treasurer.




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