The Annual General Meeting of the Branch will taken place on Monday 11th March. It will start at 8.40pm in the Lesser Hall, Forres Town Hall. Any Proposals for that Meeting should be with me, the Secretary, by Friday 22nd February. This can be done by email or handed to me in writing.

There will not be a Class for Beginners on 11th March. The main weekly Forres Class on 11th March will start at 7.30. There will be a break for the AGM followed by more dancing should there be time.


Nairn Dance Class – Thursday 28th February Nairn Class 7.30pm An evening of Social Dancing to the music of Gillian Cummins


Progress, evolution, improvements, developments: call it what you like, change is always a challenge. Over the past few years the Branch has been faced with a number of changes so it is with some delight and relief that we can report that it will be ‘business as usual’ at Forres Town Hall. After successful negotiations with Moray District Council, Forres Action Community Trust (FACT) has now taken over the management and running of the Hall. The Branch is a long-time and regular user of the Hall and grateful to Debbie and her team at FACT for securing the future of the building. They have been diligent in keeping us informed of developments and involving the various user groups in the transition. Many thanks go to those who have attended meetings representing the Branch. Also to the team who turned up to help ‘spring clean’ the place and clear the under-stage area. We do have added responsibilities when we use the Hall but we are confident that any initial difficulties – moving a mountain of chairs – will be sorted out. Also ‘no change’ with the fee structure – for the moment.
FACT is going to be running a coffee morning on Saturday 1st September for Hall funds. They have appealed to user groups for help with home bakes, raffle, chocolate and bottle-stall items. If you would like to make a donation call in at the Hall and let them know. Otherwise enjoy the event from 10.00 am to noon on Saturday.
The Branch has had to respond to changes in the Data Protection laws. When you get your Application for Membership Form, you will find a Privacy Policy printed on the reverse. This will inform you of how your personal information is treated by the Branch and Society. You are reminded that your Membership Number of the Society does not change from year to year so it is helpful if you quote the number when filling out the application form. Here’s another ‘no change’ – Branch fees and class fees remain the same!
I hope that you were able to enjoy the Summer Socials. They continue to be very successful. The Chair, Christine, would like to convey her gratitude to all those who helped in any way towards this success.
Part of the delight of the Socials is having live music. In the Survey quite a number of members commented on the need for live music in classes so we are trying to secure an accordionist for some of our special evenings and workshops in Forres and Nairn. Also in response to the Survey we will be asking women dancing as men to wear a sash. The Branch teachers have also given careful consideration to the comments and will respond accordingly. The rhyming couplets printed on the reverse of the September Dance Programme is a humorous attempt to give advice on how we should all be as inclusive as possible at major dances. Let’s not forget what a daunting experience this can be for new dancers. If you haven’t yet enjoyed the poetic gems, you will find them at the end of this Newsletter.
The Committee decided to prepare and implement a Marketing Plan for the Branch for this coming 2018/19 season. This is work in progress, but the Committee will take a number of actions in the coming weeks to promote Scottish Country Dancing generally and the activities of the Forres Branch in particular. One of the first actions was to establish a Scottish country dancing Demonstration Team. At the moment, we have just enough dancers to make up a set, but if you would like to join the group please let the Secretary know. It is hoped that rehearsals will start shortly. The purpose in forming the Team is to be able to offer demonstrations at local events and aid publicity for the Branch as well as fulfil our charitable obligations. To that end if you know of any event or institution that might welcome a visit, please let the Secretary know. We are thinking of local clubs, groups, youth organisations, village fêtes and the like.
The Forres Beginners’ Class will start at 7.15 pm on Monday 17th September. Fiona will be taking this class with Kenneth playing the piano. We hope this will help the running of the class and improve our ‘conversion’ rate. Again we would ask dancers attending the main class to wait in the hall until the Beginners’ Class has finished. If all classes could also run a bit more to the clock, that may be helpful. Dancing in Nairn starts on Thursday 20th September at 7.30.
It is good to be in an area with so many opportunities to enjoy Scottish Country Dancing: Mondays with the Branch in Forres from 7.15 or 8.00 pm; Tuesdays at 7.30 in Nairn Old Parish Church Hall and in Roseisle from 8.00 pm; Wednesdays in Duffus at 7.30pm; Thursdays from 2pm in the Nairn British Legion for a mix of Scottish and old-time social dancing, with the Branch in Nairn from 7.30 pm, in Grantown from 7.30 pm, and at Rafford from 8.00 pm.
The September Dance will be in Nairn Community and Arts Centre on Friday 28th September from 8.00 pm. Dancing will be to Susan MacFadyn. Contributions to the buffet and raffle will be most welcome. You are reminded that if you would like to be reimbursed for food the Treasurer will be happy to do this if you present your receipts. There is ‘no change’ in the price of this dance, but from March 2019 Dances will move to £8.00. The following day is Culture Day as part of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival. Christine and Kate will be running ‘taster sessions’ for the public in the course of the day, so please come along and support. Our sessions are at, 11.00, 1.15 and 3.30.
Dates for the Season
Monday 17th September 7.15 pm Forres Beginners’ and Newcomers’ Class
Monday 17th September 8.00 pm Forres Main Class
Thursday 20th September 7.30 pm Nairn Class
Friday 28th September Branch Dance in Nairn 8.00 pm to midnight
Saturday 29th September Culture Day, dancing session at the Tolbooth

Sunday 18th November Workshop for the more advanced dancer 2.00-4.00 pm
Monday 26th November St Andrew’s Night in Forres
Thursday 29th November St Andrew’s Night in Nairn

Sunday 16th December Workshop for December Dance Forres 2.00-4.00 pm
Monday 17th December Last Forres
Thursday 20th December Last Nairn
Friday 28th December Branch Dance, Forres 8.00 pm to midnight

January 2019
Monday 7th January Forres Starts
Thursday 10th January Nairn Starts
Thursday 24th January Burns’ Night, Nairn
Monday 28th January Ceilidh Night, Forres

And finally…..
Enjoy the Dance!

If you’ve had many years on the dancing floor
Think of others just in the door.

If you’re First Couple please walk the dance,
If you know it well give others the chance.

Dance with your friends by all means
But always remember we dance in teams

Help the faint-hearted with a nod or a wink,
But be kind to those who can’t yet link

Listen to instructions, the Caller’s the boss,
Only speak up when they’re at a loss

Fun Fitness and Friendship is what we contrive
To keep Country Dancing well alive.

Contact the Secretary, Kenneth Bews, at or 07906-306160
Branch web site

Charity SCO 25715

Branch dance – photos from branch dance at Nairn Community Centre, 30th March 2018, see gallery.

Farewell – Monday 26th March saw the Forres branch say farewell to one of its longest serving member, Helen, who stood down as branch treasurer at the last AGM. Helen has been a member since 1955.


Pictured below members with Helen (centre blue top)





Forres RSCDS Summer Socials 2019
8pm to 10.30pm
Dancing to Frank Thompson
13th May 8-10.30pm
10th June 8-10.30pm
8th July 8-10.30pm
12th August 8-1030pm

PLEASE NOTE – The Summer Socials will be in Forres Town Hall for 2019. For further contact the Secretary at or 07906306160


Some photos from the Family Ceilidh held on the 23rd Jan 2017 in the lesser Town Hall. Music by Peem, who played for the evening class as well. The evening was a success being enjoyed by young and old and dancers and novice dancers.

The Junior Classes – have been stopped meantime. Please keep an eye on the web site or the RSCDS Forres branch Facebook page for updates.

 RSCDS Summer School
what Katie did, see dance clip
click here