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.

Helen being presented with gifts by Chairlady Christine

Pictured below members with Helen (centre blue top)



Keep on Dancing – If you want to keep dancing into April, Christine will be running her class in Nairn through the month of April on Tuesday evenings.


Dear Members,
Please find attached the programme for our (see venue page) March Dance on Friday 30th March at 8pm in the Community and Arts Centre, Nairn. If you are new to the Branch and area you will find the Centre on King Street which really is the main A96 road. There is some parking at the Centre but there are other car parks nearby. Donations to the raffle will be most welcome and Jane Johnston will again be kindly organising the supper. A crib for the dance will be on the web site shortly as well as on the Inverness site diary. Marian Anderson will be playing for the dance.

You will also find the dates for this year’s Summer Socials attached (See below). Now we realise that the first one on Monday 30th April is not quite ‘summer’ but we ran into difficulties over the availability of the Town Hall around May Day as well as clashes with neighbouring classes also holding Summer Socials. The complications continue as we are not yet assured of the availability of Forres Town Hall for the other three Socials. We do have some alternative plans and I will keep you informed of developments should we have to change the venue in June, July and August.

Again the dancing at the Socials will be to Frank Thompson with a local charity being the beneficiary of the proceeds of the raffle.

Best wishes,

Forres RSCDS Summer Socials
8pm to 10.30pm
Dancing to Frank Thompson
Monday 30th April
Monday 11th June
Monday 9th July
Monday 13th August

PLEASE NOTE – We hope that the Socials will be in Forres Town Hall. However the future of the Hall is in some doubt so please see our web site to check the location or telephone the Secretary  Tel – 07906306160

The Annual General Meeting of the Branch will be on Monday 12th March in Forres Town Hall at 7.30pm. Further details will be available in due course.

From Anne Taylor of the Buckie Branch:
I am intending to run a Candidate Class for Units 2, 3 and 5 beginning about the end of March 2018.
This would probably take place in Keith again.
I would be obliged if you could either inform anyone interested or display on your Forres web page.
​​For more details and updates email
Anne Taylor <>

For more information on classes click on link below –
Social Qual 1
Social Qual 2
Social Qual 3
Social Qual 4

Please Note – Beginners’ Class is cancelled for the rest of the season. Regular class starts at 8pm.

Chairperson – Kate McArdle has decided to resign the post of Chair. The Chair of the Branch until the AGM in 2018 is Christine Grant.

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Forres Branch
Newsletter Summer 2017

As September days begin to shorten, it is time to think about the start of the new dancing season. But let’s also reflect on a very successful summer with enjoyable Summer Socials helping to keep us all on our toes. It has been a delight having Frank Thompson play each month; his winning personality and excellent playing, with good tunes, has done much to contribute to the enjoyment of these events. There was a very pleasing increase in numbers attending the Socials, surely evidence of the good sense in asking Frank to play. Yet again the generosity of members and guests contributing to the supper and raffle has been a feature of the evenings. Thanks must also go to the teachers who have compiled the programmes and called the dances. And of course to be able to support local charities has kept us mindful of those in need in our community. Planning for 2018 is already under-way.

The first Forres Class of the new season is on Monday 18th September at 8pm Everyone should have had the information that the previous published date, 11th September was incorrect and that classes recommence a week later on the 18th of the month; apologies for this error. Kate McArdle will be teaching the main class in Forres for three weeks, and then Dorothy Scott will take over on 9th October for four weeks. Christine Grant will take all the Mondays in November and December. To help meet the needs of all dancers, beginners and less experienced dancers will be asked to leave by 9.30 leaving the last half hour for more challenging formations and dances.

A class for new dancers will start at 7.15 on 18th September in the Lesser Town Hall, Forres. That will run until shortly before the main class at 8pm. Those attending that class are asked to remain in the vestibule until the class for new dancers has ended. The new dancers’ class will be led by Margaret Ross in September and October, followed by Neil Grant in November and December. The Nairn Class starts on Thursday 21st September at 7.30 and will again be taught by Kate McArdle. Any Branch member can attend either or both classes each week.

Neil Ellison continues to maintain the Branch web site, There is also a Facebook page so follow the Branch page at ‘rscds forres branch.’ Remember that dance programmes and cribs are available on the Inverness Branch diary, and our own web site

The Committee has spent some time discussing how to best meet the needs of all dancers. To help towards this, two special events are going to be included in the calendar. A session for experienced dancers that will address technical issues and some challenging dances will be held on Sunday 19th November from 2.00 – 4.00pm. A session to help prepare new dancers for the Branch December dance will be held on Sunday 17th December from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Further details of both events will be announced as the term progresses and needs are further considered.

The Branch September Dance is on Friday 29th September in Forres Town Hall, 8pm to midnight. Dancing will be to James Coutts. Jane Johnston will again be co-ordinating the refreshments.
The Nairn Class will celebrate St Andrew’s Night on Thursday 30th November at 7.30 in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre. Everyone is invited to support this evening. Burns Night will be combined with a family ceilidh in Forres on Monday 22nd January, 2018. The Nairn class will celebrate Burns on Thursday 25th January.

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held in Perth on Saturday 4th November. The Chair and Secretary of the Branch are automatically delegates to this Meeting. Unfortunately the Chair, Kate, is unable to attend so a proxy will be appointed. Of course all Members of the Society may attend this exciting and enjoyable weekend without attending the AGM! Go to the Society’s web site, for details of the dance, ball and classes available over the weekend.

Our Treasurer for many years, Helen Davidson, has decided to retire from the position at the Branch AGM in 2018. Helen has been a tireless worker as Treasurer and we are very grateful for all her effort and support. It is important that a new Treasurer is identified as soon as possible so that a smooth transition can take place. Should you be interested in carrying on this very important work, then please contact Kate.

Dates for next season

Monday 8th January ‘18 Forres starts 8pm
Thursday 11th January Nairn starts 7.30pm
Monday 22nd January Burns Night & Family Ceilidh Forres 8pm
Thursday 25th January Burns Night Nairn 7.30pm
Monday 26th March Forres ends
Thursday 29th March Nairn ends
Friday 30th March Dance at Nairn 8pm music Marian Anderson

Charity SCO 25715

Contact the Secretary at or 07906306160
Branch web site


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