Editor: John Dudley         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk





Burns’ Night Dinner Dance

Saturday 26th January 2013


Desoutter Suite

Sofitel Hotel

North Terminal, Gatwick Airport


6.30pm for 7.15pm until late

Black Tie or Highland Dress

(or lounge suit)

As usual our first formal event of 2013 is the “traditional” Burns’ Supper and Dance and, as always, we are hoping for a really good turnout of Members, friends and relatives to make the celebration go with a swing.

For those who have not been at a previous Burns’ Night Dinner Dance, the Desoutter Suite is on the ground floor of the hotel and has its own bar area where spirits, wines and beers can be purchased. Hotel staff will be on hand to take orders for wine with your meal in the foyer. Guests will be piped from the bar area into the dining room for our Traditional Burns Celebration.

The Charity Plate will be in aid of our new charity – Kangaroos.

There is a choice of a standard or a vegetarian menu as follows:

Standard menu:

Cock – a – Leekie Soup


Macsween Haggis

with Bashed Neeps an’ Chappit Tatties


Breast of Chicken with Wild Mushroom Mousse in Puff  Lattice

Whisky & Heather Honey Sauce

Skirlie Potatoes

Savoy Cabbage with Onion and Caraway


Blaeberry Mousse on Drambuie Sponge

with Lemon Sauce


A Tassie o’ Coffee & Shortbread


Vegetarian menu:


Leekie Soup


Macsween Vegetarian Haggis

with Bashed Neeps an’ Chappit Tatties


Wild Mushroom Puff Lattice

Whisky & Heather Honey Sauce

Skirlie Potatoes

Savoy Cabbage with Onion and Caraway



Blaeberry Mousse on Drambuie Sponge

with Lemon Sauce


A Tassie o’ Coffee & Shortbread



The Committee has managed to hold the cost at £37.50 per person, the same as last year.  


To reserve your places, please complete the attached form and send it together with your cheque, made payable to MSCS, to Lis Perrin, to arrive by Tuesday 15th January, when we must confirm numbers with the hotel.


The hotel is offering a special rate to those who wish to stay the night in the hotel after the function: double room £94.00/ single room £82.00 including full English breakfast. To reserve your room, please contact the hotel directly on 01293 567070 and ask to speak to Lucy Phillips, the Events Manager or one of her Conference Team. Tell her you want to book a room for the MSCS Burns Night Function 26th January 2013 and she will ensure you get the special room rate. Early booking is advisable.




The hotel is situated at Gatwick North



From the M23/A23, follow the signs to the North Terminal. When nearing the Terminal, follow the signs to car parks, keeping in the right hand lane and go past the hotel entrance. Immediately afterwards, just as you go under the covered bridge linking the hotel and airport, turn right into the new multi-storey Sofitel car park.


As last year, car parking will be complimentary. Guests need to have their parking ticket validated at the hotel reception. Please make sure that you use the car park on the right, and not the multi-storey on the left which is the airport car park where normal charges will apply.


Train and bus links with the airport are very good and there is direct pedestrian access to the Sofitel from the North Terminal.



Pre Burns’ Night Dance Practices

Sundays 13th and 20th January 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

3.00pm – 5.00pm

We will be holding two dance practices prior to the Burns’ Anniversary Dinner Dance. They are informal, good fun and give us the opportunity to practise a few dances as well as socialise. Everyone (Members and their guests) is welcome. 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

Village Hall, Wivelsfield Green











Attendance at the annual St Andrew’s Night Celebration on 23rd November was somewhat down on previous years with only 33 members being able to attend.  It was held at Wivelsfield Village Hall for the third year running, and again the venue and the catering proved to be an outstanding success.  


The evening started with a welcoming drink ably served by Reg, to the accompaniment of a few tunes on the pipes from Michael Bates and David Anderson.  


We then sat down to an excellent meal produced by Lulu, the caterer, and her team.

After the meal a raffle was held to raise funds for Kangaroos, with prizes donated by the Society and by individual Committee members. The top prize of a ticket for the Burns’ night celebration was won by Joy Barratt.  A total of £100 was raised for the charity.


The raffle was followed by the dancing, led by Chris Pratt and Carol and Julian Blake.


Thanks are again due to Laura Bates for providing the excellent table decorations.




Members’ Evening

Saturday 16th March 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

This will include a talk of local interest from a guest speaker.  Further details will be provided in the next newsletter.


Family Walk & Scottish Tea

Sunday, 12th May 2013

Chelwood Gate Village Hall


AGM/Wine and Cheese Party

Friday 14th June 2013

Haywards Heath Town Hall

Boltro Road

Haywards Heath


Scottish Country Dancing

For those interested in Scottish Country Dancing the Horsham Scottish Country Dancing Club is organising a special dance on 4th May 2013 featuring live music from Marian Anderson and her band.

This will be a ticket only event (£12.50 per person) with tickets available now from Chris and Lee Pratt (01403 269439).

Further information is available from the website