Editor: John Dudley         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk

NEWSLETTER September 2012


Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2012/13 season. The committee is now working on the programme for the forthcoming year and, as usual, we will keep you informed when events are confirmed.




Visit to Camelia Botnar Gardens

Littleworth Lane, Cowfold

Wednesday 11th July 2012










A group of 16 members paid a visit to the Camelia Botnar Gardens in July.  

The gardens are run by The Camelia Botnar Foundation which was established in 1979 by Octav Botnar and his wife Marcela in memory of their only child Camelia, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 20.

The Foundation provides residential training and work experience to help disadvantaged young people from problem backgrounds to learn a skilled trade such as carpentry, metalwork, pottery or horticulture and hence successfully make their own way in life.










We were met by the Head of the Horticulture Department who gave us a very interesting  talk on the Foundation followed by a tour of the Garden Centre, after which we adjourned to the coffee shop for tea and cakes.




“At Home”

Saturday 13th October 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

7.30pm – 10.00pm

For our first get together of the autumn we will be meeting at our usual venue in Cuckfield.  There will be a welcome drink with nibbles providing a great opportunity to mingle and catch up on what everybody’s been doing over the summer.

As usual, we are asking Members to bring a plate of finger food, savoury or sweet, which will then be shared. Please remember to bring your own wine and glasses to enjoy with the food. Soft drinks and water will be available.

After savouring the delights of Members’ hospitality there will be a chance to dance and shed those calories and perhaps a quiz to stimulate the brain cells. The cost for the evening will be £5.00 per person (children under 16 free) payable at the door. We look forward to seeing you there.


Scottish Country Dancing

The annual November dance of the Crawley  Scottish Country Dancing Club will be held at 7.00pm on Saturday 10th  November 2012 at The Friary Hall, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR.

The cost of the evening will be £5.00  (£1.50 for young persons and non dancers) plus bring a plate of finger food.

For more details including the dance programme please see the web site www.crawleyscdc.btck.co.uk




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 booked for another function on St Andrew’s night itself.


St Andrews’ Dance Practices

Sundays  4th and 11th  November 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

3.00pm – 5.00pm

Please note that there is no practice on 18th November, the Sunday before the Dinner.


Burns’ Dance Practices

Sundays 13th and 20th  January 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

3.00pm – 5.00pm


Burns Night Celebration

Saturday 26th January 2013


North Terminal,  Gatwick Airport