RSCDS Forres Branch Newsletter Spring 2017

Here we are, almost at the end of our dancing season; a time to reflect perhaps, but also a time to look forward in anticipation of Summer Socials and ideas for next year. It was clear from the presentation of the accounts at this year’s Annual General Meeting that the measures agreed at the 2016 AGM have helped put the Branch on to a more stable financial footing. The Committee is conscious that this is largely due to the increase in fees and is grateful to the Membership for its continuing support. We must also face up to the realisation that not all members have continued dancing lately for whatever reason. Should that include you, then please have a word with a member of the Committee so that we can consider your views and encourage your return. If you have an idea for next season that you would like the Committee to consider then again have a word with a committee member.

Branch Dance
The season will end with our dance in Nairn Community and Arts Centre on Friday 31st March from 8pm to midnight. We have an exciting young band booked, Martiann Skene, and an interesting programme so we hope you will be able to come. Raffle and supper donations will be very welcome – please contact Jane Johnston if you have not already done so concerning dishes for supper.

At the AGM both Neil Ellison and Lorraine McBeath stood down from the Committee. We are very grateful to them both for their valuable contribution over the past few years. Lorraine has been involved in many projects including the library and Gazette window displays and has supported the Branch at many events beyond the weekly classes. Neil always made interesting contributions to meetings as well as setting up and maintaining the Branch web site. We are pleased that he has agreed to continue working on the web site. Nicola Crevis has joined the Committee and we welcome her to the group. So the current Committee is: Kate McArdle (Chair), Christine Grant (Vice), Helen Davidson (Treasurer), Kenneth Bews (Secretary), Nicola Crevis, Neil Grant, Jane Johnston, Yvonne Post and Susan Ralph.

Trial Dances
Once again we have been asked to evaluate potential dances for the next book of dances. We will let you know the date for this once the dances have been received but it will be before the new season starts. This is usually good fun but probably more suited to experienced dancers who are able to execute and assess a dance fairly quickly.
Future Teaching and Classes
Teaching from September will again be divided up amongst the Branch teachers. Kate will be teaching from September to the first week in October and then hand the rest of that month over to Dorothy. Christine will teach during November and December. The remainder of the year will be taught by Margaret, Neil and Fiona.

Meanwhile, the Beginners’ and Newcomers’ Class will be taught by Margaret in September and October with Neil taking over in November and December. This Class will start at 7.15pm and run to 7.55. We are going to ask members attending the main class at 8pm to wait in the foyer until the beginners have finished to avoid distracting the class. Hopefully we can then make a speedy transition from one class to the next. Beginners will be welcome to stay on to the Main Class until 9.30pm when the teacher will move the repertoire to more advanced dances.

Kate will continue to teach the Nairn class on Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 in Nairn Community and Arts Centre. The classes in Nairn and Forres are open to all members, so if you find you would like more dancing or miss your usual class you are very welcome at the other class.

Summer Socials
An exciting development of the successful Summer Socials will be to have Frank Thompson play for all four of this year’s events. The dates for the Socials are Mondays 8th May, 12th June, 10th July and 7th August. They will run from 8pm to 10.30pm in Forres Town Hall. Once again those leading the Socials will select a local charity to benefit from the Raffle to which contributions will be gratefully received. If you would like to help with catering at these please let Jane know.

Dates for next season
Monday 11th September Beginners’ Class 7.15pm Main Class 8pm
Thursday 21st September Nairn Class 7.30pm
Friday 29th September Dance at Forres 8pm Music James Coutts
Monday 18th December Last Forres Class
Thursday 21st December Last Nairn Class

Monday 8th January ‘18 Forres starts, 8pm
Thursday 11th January Nairn starts, 7.30pm
Monday 26th March Forres ends
Thursday 29th March Nairn ends
Friday 30th March Branch Dance in Nairn, 8pm to midnight

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. We hope to restart in January 2017.

 RSCDS Summer School
what Katie did, see dance clip
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