Editor: John Dudley         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk





St Andrew’s Night Celebration

Friday 23rd November 2012

7.30pm for 8.00pm – 11.30pm

Wivelsfield Village Hall

Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH


Following the success of the venue for the last two years we will be returning to Wivelsfield Village Hall and the catering will again be provided by Lavinia Bradley.  

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. 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 £27.50 per head, which includes a welcome drink and a gratuity for the serving staff so we will not be passing a plate around this year.

There will be a choice of three main courses:

· Thai chicken curry with sticky rice

· Salmon en croute with watercress stuffing and hollandaise sauce

· Boeuf Bourguignon

Please indicate your choice on the booking form.

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

After the meal there will be dancing on the lovely sprung floor or the opportunity to chat.

We will also be holding a raffle for our new charity, Kangaroos (more details below), the main prize being a free ticket to the Burns’ Night Dinner Dance with other prizes donated by the Committee.

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.


St Andrew’s Dance Practices

Sundays  4th and 11th  November 2012

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


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.

Cost will be £5.00 (£1.50 for young persons and non dancers) plus bring a plate of finger food.  For further information please contact Chris and Lee Pratt (01403 269439).

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




It was announced at the AGM that we have now reached our target of donating £1,000 to Chestnut Tree House, and would therefore select a new charity for the coming year.

After considering a number of local charities we have selected Kangaroos.  

This is a Mid Sussex charity established in 1993 with the objective of providing leisure, recreational and educational opportunities for children and young adults with learning disabilities.  

While some of their funding comes from West Sussex County Council and the Big Lottery Fund this has been subject to cutbacks and they need considerable additional support to enable them to fund their programme.

Further information is available on their website: www.kangaroos.org.uk




“At Home”

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

13th October 2012


Our first event of the new season saw 28 members getting together for a social evening. This was slightly down on recent years, but the lower numbers did not detract from our enjoyment of the evening.

On arrival we were met with a glass of wine and nibbles, ably dispensed by Reg, before we sat down to enjoy the variety of delicious finger food, which as usual provided an excellent spread.  Many thanks to all those who brought along food.

During the meal we were entertained by a Quiz devised by Carol to test our knowledge of Scottish songs, 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 2012/2013 programme.

Lost Property:

At the end of the evening we found that someone had left behind a cake knife. While we would be happy to accept it as a donation to our catering box, if the owner would like it back could they please call Carol Blake.











Burns’ Dance Practices

Sundays 13th and 20th January 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

3.00pm – 5.00pm



Burns’ Night Celebration

Saturday 26th January 2013

Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick


Members’ Evening

Saturday 16th March 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


Family Walk and Scottish Tea

Sunday 12th May 2013

Chelwood Gate