Spring time ducks

OK it is late again and it is not entirely due to me being another day older it was just a very busy day yesterday and I did not feel like starting to write the newsletter when we got home just after 10 from a family dinner.   It is such a beautiful morning too but if I don’t get this done now I’ll never get it completed as this is shaping up to be another fun and busy week.

It was the White Rock workshop yesterday and they had a great attendance.   I was only able to attend in the afternoon and there were more than 32 for the beginners portion including a few more advanced dancers who stayed on to help.   Maureen put us through our paces and had a very interesting selection of dances for us to learn and dance.

On Friday night there was a young enthusiastic group of about 75 in attendance and we were well entertained at the first intermission by the Tam O’Shanter Dancers.   They performed two dances then demonstrated a dance called “It’s Nae Bother” then split up take partners from the audience and Maureen taught us the dance.   It was a fun night and we had another treat by being taught “Terrace Logger’s Jig” by the devisor, Kirsten Earl, who has been down from Terrace to visit, play with, baby sit, etc. her first grandchild, Callum.

The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, April 25, 2014 – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.   Yes that is about a month away but please make plans to come along as we really need all of you.   This is a fun and inexpensive way to have an enjoyable evening out with family and friends.  Tell at least 2 friends to join you, forward this e-mail to more friends and encourage them to sign up for the newsletter and to come to the Ceilidh Dance.  Think of the great exercise you get as well.

Even though it was good attendance last Friday we still really need an even larger attendance as numbers have been low and that means we are not covering our costs.   Either we get the numbers up again or we will have to bump up the cost of admission.   It is your hands.


         Anstruther         Anstuther

The SFU School of Scottish Studies is presenting a free talk by the Scottish Minister for External Affairs on Saturday morning, April 5 from 10 a.m to noon in the Morris Wosk   Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Room — 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver   with entertainment by the Gaelic Choir and the Junior North Shore Celtic   Ensemble. Admission FREE



There are Scottish Country Dance workshops coming up around the Province with one in  Nanaimo on April 12 and another in Vernon on April 26.  Check out the information listed under Upcoming Events


Balmaha pier & Inchcailloch

Balmaha & Inchcailoch Island

I’ve gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That’s when your chest is falling into your drawers! 

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me They were cramming for their finals. 
As for me, I’m just hoping God grades on the curve.


Here is the final link to the information about the Canadian Regiments that formed part of the decorations at the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on November 11, 2013 which was put together by Alison.  As you will have seen over the weeks this was a tremendous amount of work.   Information on some 50 regiments.   This final one is a fitting conclusion to the series which you can revisit by opening up prior week’s newsletters.   Thank you Alison.

Lady Aberdeen 51

Alison commented “The information was gathered off websites etc. It is only the basics of the wealth of historical and current information available. I included only the older ‘regiments’ – there are many other corps and units, plus naval ships and Air Force squadrons – and Engagement or Battle Honour information up to World War II. There is much more about each regiment’s more recent activities in Korea, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and many Peace-keeping duties.”



What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary ? A thesaurus .

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .


Gatehouse of Fleet view

View near Gatehouse of Fleet

An article in a recent edition of the National Post is applicable to the Ball and to Scottish Country Dancing in general. Check out https://life.nationalpost.com/2013/11/02/jane-macdougall-it-battle-of-fun-vs-the-gym-scottish-dancing-wins-every-time/ Thanks Gill for the tip.



My son Ian is, once again, planning to join the Ride to Conquer Cancer.   This will be his fifth year and many have helped him in previous years for which my personal thanks.   In the 4 years he has raised a total of $44,280 – how good is that?   He would like to get that total over the $60,000 mark this year so if you can spare a few dollars for this excellent cause please go to his web page at




Life is certainly never dull but it helps to keep looking on the bright side.   We had some rain showers last week but my youngest phoned from Hong Kong to say they had some rain during the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament – about 12 inches of rain.   That is about one third of the annual rainfall in White Rock!!!

I really need to get this letter finished as it is so nice and I should be out in the garden doing some spring clean up.   As always there is lots to do and then the ladies are coming to play bridge here tomorrow so it is important that everything is ship shape!!

Magpies in West Kilbride

Magpies in West Kilbride



Daryl  Denham:
   In which country would you  spend shekels?


    Daryl  Denham:
   Try the next letter of the  alphabet.

   Iceland? Ireland  ?

    Daryl Denham:  (helpfully)
   It’s a bad line. Did you say  Israel ?



Hello everyone. The Highland Games will be on Saturday June 21st  this year. Anyone that would like to volunteer again please let me know. I know a lot of people compete and have set schedules for the day, so let me know the times you would be available and I will try to make a schedule for the day that will suit. Thank you very much Duncan Campbell —  604-944-2977  DCampbell@designroofing.ca


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Newhaven Harbour


The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group.   The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . Any person may join USCS and Scottish Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved then Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information. At the present time we need to replace the roof which will be a major expense and quotes will be requested from roofing contractors.  Upgrades to the Centre are also being considered so it is particularly appropriate that dancers join USCS. No final decisions on these upgrades will be made before Members of USCS are fully informed.





Can Cold Water Clean Dishes?

This is for all the germ conscious folks who worry about using cold water to clean. 

John went to visit his 90 year old grandfather  in a very secluded, rural area of Saskatchewan   After spending a great evening chatting the night away,  the next morning John’s grandfather prepared breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast.   However, John noticed a film like substance on his plate,  and questioned his grandfather asking, 
‘Are these plates clean?’ 

His grandfather replied,  ‘They’re as clean as cold water can get ’em.  Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!’ 

For lunch the old man made hamburgers.   Again, John was concerned about the plates, 
as his appeared to have tiny specks around the edge that looked like dried egg and asked, 
‘Are you sure these plates are clean?’ 

Without looking up the old man said,  ‘I told you before, Sonny, those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now don’t you fret, I don’t want to hear another word about it!’ 

Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby town and as he was leaving, his grandfather’s dog started to growl, and wouldn’t let him pass.   John yelled and said, 
‘Grandfather, your dog won’t let me get to my car’. 

Without diverting his attention from the football game he was watching on TV, the old man shouted!   ‘Coldwater, go lay down now, yah hear me!’  

The next Ceilidh Dance is this Friday, April 25th, 2014 and there will be a short performance by the Branch Demonstration Team.   Please call all your friends and arrange to bring them along to the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver to the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance following from 8 – 11 p.m. with the live music of Calanais.  Admission at the door is only $10 (students etc. $8) but unless we get a big increase in attendance the price will have to go up.  No partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes.

Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”.   Then,  if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc.

Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc.   Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh.   You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!


A new link has been added to the contacts page – Scottish Canadian Business Association of British Columbia.   ScotCanBC seeks to expand trade and investment between Scotland and B.C.   The website is www.scotcanbc.org where you can find details about the organization, membership etc.


There were some very good pictures taken at the January 4, 2013 Ceilidh Dance which have been posted on the RSCDS Vancouver Branch Facebook page. If you do not want your picture on that page please contact web@rscdsvancouver.org. The link for the pictures is: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316825198419573.56421.149674745134620&type=3


SFU’s Tartan Day celebrations featured the launch of the long-awaited “Scots in BC” website with information on how you can add your family history to the site. The website can be accessed at: https://www.scottish.sfu.ca/scots_in_bc_project It is well worth a visit.


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St. Abbs

Some fun and interesting sites:  – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.

you thought the Olympics where boring, watch this !
Amazing… Go full-screen….. sound on! <https://safeshare.tv/w/MRMDIWCFec>




There were five houses of religion in a small town:
The Presbyterian Church,
The Baptist Church,
The Methodist Church ,
The Catholic Church and
The Jewish Synagogue.

Each church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

In the Baptist Church the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

But — The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution. They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.

Now they only see them on Christmas , Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter.

Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue, but they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.



There will be a raffle at the Gleneagles Spring Dance on April 26 with the proceeds going to help support young people to attend the Gleneagles Ball in December.   The
Fairmont Vancouver Hotel has again very kindly donated an “Art of Romance Package” at their hotel.   The raffle tickets can be purchased even if you cannot attend the dance by contacting Simon at simon.scott43@me.com

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20





The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Same time, same place, same price (so long as there is a big attendance), same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.

Spring early - Aird Road in Sleat view of Sound of Sleat to Knoydart & Loch Nevis

Sound of Sleat to Knoydart and Loch Nevis


Newspaper weeds away 

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, 
put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-
get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not
get through wet newspapers.


A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though: www.aglowmusichouse.com


Subscriptions are still fairly stable with a few new additions but some also unsubscribing.   This newsletter will once again go out to 382 people in many cities, provinces & countries. This is still only 18 short of my goal to get back to 400!!  Can you help to find these 18 people to make my total?   Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!!  www.vancouverceilidh.org

At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by some 215 subscribers or 56.4% of the total list which is lower than recent weeks.  I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is even higher.   Please keep opening the newsletter!!   Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.


An online contact for dance and marching shoes (ghillies, pumps, brogues, etc.) is Bruce Griffith at www.avriel.com lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll]]]]]]]]

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Events happening in the immediate future include the talk by the Scottish Minister for External Affairs in the morning and the Glenayre dance in the evening of April 5; then both the Children’s Easter Party dance in the afternoon and the Deep Cove dance in the evening of April 12 and the Nanaimo workshop the same day .  Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

Spring early - Buddo Rock between Crail & St. Andrews

Buddo Rock


If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org    Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail. There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.


COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

Apr  5 SFU Centre for Scottish   Studies presents a talk by Hunza Yousaf, Scotland’s Minister for External   Affairs and International Development from 10 a.m to noon in the Morris Wosk   Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Room — 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver   with entertainment by the Gaelic Choir and the Junior North Shore Celtic   Ensemble. Admission FREE
Apr  5 Glenayre Annual Dance in St. Laurence Church Hall, 825 St.   Laurence Street, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m. – $15
Apr 12 Children’s Easter Party & Dance, Harry Jerome Memorial   Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver 2 — 4 p.m. Adults $5   — Children Free
Apr 12 Deep Cove Dance in St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 1058 Ridgewood   Drive, North Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. with music by Mary Ross – $15
Apr 12 Bellingham Social
Apr 12 Nanaimo workshop & Tea Dance with teachers Ruth Jappy &   Rebecca Blackhall-Peters plus musicians Alex Jappy, Deborah Jones & Julie   Smith.   Workshop (3 classes), lunch   & Tea Dance $55; Tea Dance $15; Lunch $10.   Info etc. at www.nanaimoscd.com or Hazel 250-758-6224
Apr 14 We’re Celebrating and everyone is invited for the start of our   50th anniversary celebrations.    Vancouver Branch Party & Ceilidh night at the Scottish Cultural   Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver 7:30 — 10:30 p.m. — Free   admission!!   For details go to www.rscdsvancouver.org
Apr 25 Monthly Ceilidh Dance of the   season at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.   Class at 7 p.m. and dance following from 8   — 11 p.m. and all for the fantastic price of $10 (students $8) — info   604-536-9481
Apr 26 Gleneagles Spring Dance in St. Catherien’s Church Hall, 1058   Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver at 7:00 p.m. – $10
Apr 26 Vernon Scottish Country Dancers Annual Workshop with guest   teacher Maureen Lyon from White Rock with music for the dance by   Kristi and Friends.  For more information contact Ruth Hurst at kenhurst@shaw.ca or 250 545 2626

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Why Parents Drink

The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick one day. Needing to have an urgent problem with one of the main computers resolved, he dialled the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper. ‘ Hello ? 

‘Is your daddy home?’ he asked.

‘ Yes ,’ whispered the small voice. 

May I talk with him?’ 

The child whispered, ‘ No .’

Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, ‘Is your Mummy there?’ ‘ Yes 

‘May I talk with her?’ Again the small voice whispered, ‘ No 

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, ‘Is anybody else there?’ 

Yes , ‘ whispered the child, a policeman .. ‘

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, ‘May I speak with the policeman?’ 

No, he’s busy , ‘ whispered the child.

‘Busy doing what?’

Talking to Daddy and Mummy and the Fireman , ‘ came the whispered answer. 

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, ‘What is that noise?’

A helicopter ‘ answered the whispering voice.

‘What is going on there?’ demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive. Again, whispering, the child answered, 

‘ The search team just landed a helicopter ‘

Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, ‘What are they searching for?’ 

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle… 

ME . ‘


  Spring early - crocii


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Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.

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Spring early - Glen Vorlich

Glen Vorlich

The next Ceilidh Dance is this Friday, April 25, 2014 with live music by Calanaish.  There will be a short performance by the Branch Demonstration Team about 9 p.m.   You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too.

Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms and here is a link to the Facebook advert:   https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/ The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through. The price is only – $10 or $8 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain — everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.


For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try www.andysceilidh.co.uk/ this is a radio programme that you can get sent to you and listen any time you want. Andy is asking everyone to send in their requests so if you have a favourite Scottish tune, song, recitation, band, performer, choir or whatever send an e-mail to andyrossbw@aol.com


The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. www.facebook.com/rscdsvancouver. There is a link on both our website www.vancouverceilidh.org and the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org

It really is never too late to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes and well any time is a great time to do it. You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org for a list of class locations and times.


For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime which is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.

It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).

There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below. Come along — check us out — the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at www.vancouverceilidh.org or www.rscdsvancouver.org.

Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details – www.rscdsvancouver.org


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For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org.


The Broomielaw, Glasgow

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at www.rscds-seattle.org A monthly Challenge Class is held on the 2nd Friday each month in the upper building, Room 7, Phinney Neighbourhood Association, 4532 Phinney Avenue, North Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Info at www.rscds-seattle.org   Next class:  April 11, 2014


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver, We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 12 or more and we can give them a discount!!! This will be the Eighth and last regular Ceilidh Dance of the 2013/14 season and it would be great if we could double the attendance of the last dance on March 28.

We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!!

It only costs $10 ($8 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2HV3OPBgw or the Face-book page https://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=116203315&k=Z5C5Y4TZPT6G6BD1PKZZTWQQQ6BAW26L34AV&oid=164741310207760 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/

Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website www.vancouverceilidh.org and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

Thanks to good attendances last year the finances for the 2012/13 season will still allow the cost to be the amazingly low price of $10 or $8 for students and we provide refreshments although we do ask for your donations towards their cost.  But low attendance this season might mean we have to look at increasing the admission in future.  We always need your support both by coming along and by helping us to advertise these dances by whatever means you use to communicate with your friends be it e-mail, Face-Book, Twitter, Text or even telephone!

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Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn! There is a FREE class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. with music by Calanais. Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!

The schedule for the 2013/14 season shapes up as follows:

All on Fridays of course —


April 25

Then the 2014/15 season will start on September 26

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We are still working on improving the strength of the smile muscles as well as the bows and curtsies!

Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is. We need to attract students from Universities and all colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students. Please do all you can to help us. Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($10 or $8 for students.)

You should check the website – www.vancouverceilidh.org – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.

You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – www.rscdsvancouver.org – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site. If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org Please check the website – www.rscdsvancouver.org for updates, pictures and news. Dance — it is good for your health.

Near Tyndrum

Near Tyndrum

Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at www.vancouverceilidh.org If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – www.vancouverceilidh.org and ask them to subscribe. If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page.

If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details. This newsletter reaches out to some 382 subscribers from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.


They’re back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.


Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..! See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org



Edinburgh tram test

Testing the new Edinburgh tramcar which does not look much like the tramcars I remember!


May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.

DUNCAN ceilidh@rscdsvancouver.org