Editor: John Dudley         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk

NEWSLETTER July 2012   



AGM / Wine and Cheese Social

Haywards Heath Town Hall

Friday 15th June 2012

17 members attended the AGM and Wine and Cheese party which was slightly down on the usual numbers with 20 members having sent apologies for absence due to holidays etc.

The President's report covered the various events of the past year. Carol thanked the Committee and all the other members who had helped out in various ways during her first year as President. There was a special thank you to Laura Bates, the Hon. Secretary, who travelled from Eastbourne to several meetings after moving home, a long trip on public transport.

The President commented that, although the numbers attending Burns were similar to last year, this did include quite a number of guests, so she was disappointed that more members did not attend this and other events.

The Treasurer, Reg Finkle, presented the Balance Sheet which showed a small surplus over the year.  In view of this surplus he proposed that £109 be used to top up the donations to the Chestnut Tree House


Children's Hospice which would bring the total donation to £1,000 made over two and a half years. This proposal was adopted by the Meeting and it was agreed that a new Charity should now be selected by the Committee.

Reg also provided a historic report which noted that the society’s end of year funds had tripled since 2003 and had shown a surplus of income over expenditure in 8 of those 10 years, reflecting good management over that time as well as the support and generosity of members as a whole. Reg thanked Bernard Hawkins for taking on the role of Auditor following Reg’s appointment as Treasurer to replace Denis Stephenson who has moved to Scotland.

Two members of the Committee have stepped down, Valerie Winter and Laura Bates. Reg has also indicated his willingness to step down if a new Treasurer can be identified.  Diane Johnstone was elected as the new Secretary, but additional committee members can still be accommodated.

The Committee for 2012/13 is therefore currently as follows:


President:     Carol Blake

Vice President:   Lis Perrin

Hon. Secretary/

Membership Sec.:    Diane Johnstone

Hon. Treasurer:    Reg Finkle

Committee Members: Julian Blake

         Moira Dudley

                                      John Dudley

                                      Helen Firmin

         Marilyn Millar

Auditor:    Bernard Hawkins


After the meeting was formally closed those present enjoyed wine or soft drinks along with biscuits and cheese. This gave members an opportunity to chat and catch up on each others news.


MSCS Annual Golf Competition

Hollingbury Park Golf Club, Brighton

Friday 29th June 2012


The annual MSCS golf competition, well organised again by Ian Burt, was held at Hollingbury Park Golf Club in Brighton.  Despite the forecast of inclement weather the 19 players were lucky enough to escape the rain, and only had a strong wind to contend with.  The competition as usual included an individual Stableford competition combined with a Yellow Ball team event.  

In the challenging conditions only two players played at or better than their handicap, with the overall winner and winner of the MSCS Men’s trophy being Doug MacLeod with 38 points, followed by Sam Billcliff with 37 points.

The Ladies’ trophy was won by Candy Everett with 32 points, with Margaret Delves coming second on 30, edging out Jackie Ellis who gained the same number of points but lost on the countback.  

In the Yellow Ball competition five of the six teams succeeded in getting the yellow ball round the whole course, with the group   comprising Peter Johnstone, Bob Imrie and John Dudley winning with 36 points.

Allan Delves won the Nearest the Pin competition.


Summer Garden Party


Friday 29th June 2012


45 members and golfing guests attended the Summer Garden Party held in the garden at the Ditchling home of Helen Firmin.  Despite a gloomy forecast, we were quite fortunate with the weather with only a few spots of rain falling during the evening although a rather higher temperature would have been much appreciated.












As always, we had a superb choice of delicious salads and desserts brought by members to accompany the salmon and ham brought by Cecily. In Ian Burt’s absence John Dudley 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 spread and, in particular, Cecily Linfield for cooking the salmon and the ham. She also thanked Helen for hosting the event in such beautiful surroundings, and the kitchen crew who looked after the food and the subsequent clearing up.



Visit to Camelia Botnar Gardens

Wednesday 11th July 2012

2.30 pm (meet at the entrance)

Littleworth Lane (off A272),

Cowfold, West Sussex  RH13 8NA

We are planning a visit to Camelia Botnar Homes and Gardens. This will include a tour of the Gardens plus a talk on the work of the Camelia Botnar Foundation followed by a visit to their tea rooms.

There is no charge for the visit (you just pay for your own tea!) but donations are encouraged.




At Home

Saturday 13th October 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


St Andrew’s Night Celebration

Friday 23rd November 2012

Village Hall, Wivelsfield


Please note that this will be held

a week early this year as the hall

is unavailable on St Andrew’s Night.


St Andrew’s Dance Practices

Sunday 4th and 11th November 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


Burns’ Night Celebration

Saturday 26th January 2013

Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick


Burns’ Night Dance Practices

Sunday 13th and 20th January 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


Members Evening

Saturday 16th March 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


Family Walk and Scottish Tea

Sunday 12th May 2013

Venue to be determined


AGM/Wine and Cheese Social

Friday 14th June 2013

Haywards Heath Town Hall