Editor: John Dudley         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk





Ceilidh/Members’ Evening

Saturday 10th March 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

(Doors open at 7.15 pm).


This year we are proposing to run a Ceilidh for the March Members’ evening. 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, recitation or even a sketch.

We now need to start putting together a programme, so if there is something you can do please contact the President, Carol Blake  president@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk


The Committee really needs your contributions to make this evening a success.

Admission is £5 per person payable on the door, which will include light refreshments (tea, coffee and cake).  There is no need to bring a plate of food for this meeting.


Family Walk & Scottish Tea

Sunday 13th May 2012

Chelwood Gate Village Hall with a walk in Ashdown Forest


AGM/Wine and Cheese Party

Friday 15th June 2012

Haywards Heath Town Hall

Boltro Road

Haywards Heath


Golf Day and Garden Party

Friday 29th June 2012


St Andrew’s Night Celebration

Friday 23rd November 2012

Please note that this will be held a week early this year as the Wivelsfield Village Hall is unavailable on St Andrew’s Night.




Burns’ Night Dinner Dance

Saturday 21st January 2012

Desoutter Suite

Sofitel Hotel

North Terminal, Gatwick Airport


This year 61 members and guests met at the Sofitel for our annual Burns’ Night Dinner Dance.

The executive chef, David Woods, and his team produced yet another splendid meal which was swiftly and deftly delivered by the Sofitel team.

The haggis was piped in by Bruce Urquhart and addressed by David Anderson, shown here toasting the haggis along with David Woods.  Grace was said by Iain Millar.












After the meal the Immortal Memory was given by Jeff Robertson who used a number of Burns’ poems to provide an insight into the life of the bard.  This was followed by the Toast to the Lassies proposed by Gordon Russell who attempted to interpret how Burns would have used modern day computer speak to explain his problems with the lassies in his life. Lis Perrin gave the reply in similar vein.  


Lee and Chris Pratt and Carol and Julian Blake kindly acted as our Dance Masters with a programme of dances that filled the dance floor.  It was particularly encouraging to see so many guests having a go at the dances.


Our sincere thanks to Neil Perrin who acted as our photographer during the evening. More photographs of the event are to be found on our web site.  


The collection plate for the evening generated well over £100, and combined with the collection from the St Andrew’s night in November and other donations this enabled us to make a donation of £200 to our designated charity Chestnut Tree House.




For those interested in more dancing there are two upcoming dances to be held by local clubs.


Crawley Scottish Country Dancing Club

3rd March 2012   7.00pm

Friary Hall, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR.

£5.00 (£1.50 for non-dancers) plus a plate of finger food.


Horsham Scottish Country Dancing Club

19th May 2012     7.00pm

The Village Hall, Golding Lane, Mannings Heath RH13 6JU.

£5.00 (£1.50 for non-dancers) plus a plate of finger food.

All dances will be walked through.




We would like to welcome four new members who have joined the Society in the last few weeks.

Graham and Fiona Moss

Pauline Reid

Elizabeth Taylor

We are sure that you will make them very welcome when you meet them at future events.


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