Sad News:   As Stella so aptly put it:

A few short weeks ago, on a Friday, Ed Wigmore was dancing with us. On the Sunday he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. On Wed Nov. 26th, just after midnight, Ed died. Our caring thoughts go to his family, Gwenda, Bonnie and Bevan.

The service for Ed will be held Friday Nov. 28 1pm at Northwood United Church 8855  156th St Surrey.

Ed will be missed by many in the dance community especially by the Tam O’Shanter Dancers.


Fall - St Matthews Church, Tay Street

St. Matthews Church, Tay Street


Forget Newton and Galileo. Here are the real laws of nature:  

Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena –
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.  

The Coffee Law
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.  

Murphy’s Law of Lockers
If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.


The next regular Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday November 28, 2014 – in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  Start to 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.   See below for more information.


Some really exciting news – thanks to some ground work by a student there is going to be a Scottish Country Dance class at SFU.   It will start on January 14, 2015 and be on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. in Forum Chambers.   Contact Louise at for more information and please tell all your student friends.

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Portknockie Harbour


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There is a need for an Editor for the White Cockade as Eleanor has indicated this will be her last year and there is also a need for someone to help with the Facebook page.


Thanks to Steve at the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:




There are some specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s two stores.  Check them out at

There is a sale of dance shoes – both ghillies and ballet


Thanksgiving turkey runHappy Thanksgiving to the US subscribers.


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 – .   The cost is only $10.

Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & 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. We have just finished replacing the roof which was a major expense.  We have also just finishing painting and sprucing up the main hall and hope you all like what we have done.

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.


 At the Gleneagles Fall dance, which was the tribute to John Drewry,  there were some interesting articles and pictures which Simon had put together.   He has kindly allowed me to use these in the newsletters so I will post one each week and hope you enjoy reading them.   This is week 2 in the series – you can view previous newsletters on the archives page on the website –

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John Drewry

John Drewry

The majority of John’s compositions have been dedicated to people and friends for various occasions. 

 In the case of “Bratach Bana” however, it was the tune that inspired him.  He first heard it on Radio Scotland while camping at Strontian beside Loch Sunart in the west and where he walked the pattern out on the beach.

 “Crossing the Line”, in which the top of the set alternates ends every repetition, was composed with a group of dancers when visiting the equator, so the new top couple began in either the northern or southern hemisphere with each new repetition.

The business of the “Bees of Maggieknockater” came from John watching the coming and going of the bees in their hives in the apiary in the hamlet of the same name, when on a car journey to Speyside in the north.


Fall - River Almond

River Almond


The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, November 28th, 2014.   I have tried an experiment and registered with Meetup and more than 20 people have now “joined” and many say they will come to the Ceilidh dance.  

Canada Day maple leaf line

Why I Like Retirement !!! 

Question: Why do retirees count pennies? 
 They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire?  Answer: NUTS!

Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?  Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.


Thanksgiving vegetarians 

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!!


You can join the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link:


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

Perhaps we should tune up before our next visit to the supermarket ! >

Absolutely great ad from McDonalds in honor of the World Soccer Tournament.



The next Ceilidh Dance will be held THIS Friday, November 28, 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.


Subscriptions are up by one but still only 338.   I really need your help to get the subscriptions back up again.   Thanks for all your support.

Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!!   At time of writing this last week’s newsletter was opened by 227 subscribers or 67.4% of the total list.   I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is probably much higher. Please keep opening the newsletter!!

Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.


Events happening in the immediate future include the Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance  on Tuesday the 25th; the White Rock blue & white dance on the 26th; the SFU St. Andrew’s celebrations on the 27th; the Ceilidh Dance on the 28th  and the Delta Dance on Saturday the 29th – quite the week!!! – see below for more details. 

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.

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

Nov 25 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Party Dance in Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley at 7:30 p.m.    music by Mary Ross   Tickets $15  604-576-6371
Nov 26 White Rock St. Andrew’s (blue & white, no refreshments!!)
Nov 27 SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies presents the 2014 St. Andrews Day Celebration featuring the Jocelyn Pettit Band, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. All are welcome. A $10 donation is suggested.  Free for student members of SFU’s Scottish and Celtic Club.
Nov 28 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $10 (students $8)
Nov 29 Delta Borderers’ Dance at Kinsmen Centre, 5410 – 10th Avenue, Tsawwassen at 7:30 p.m.  with a surprise – Don Bartlett from Toronto will provide the music – tickets $20 Mairi 604-946-2448 or Ruth 604-594-6807
Nov 29 North Shore Celtic Ensemble concert in Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver —  604-984-4484  Tickets $25 (seniors, students & children $15)
Dec  6 Children’s & Family Christmas Party – Capilano Room, Harry Jerome Memorial Centre, 123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver at 2 p.m.   Adults $5 (Children free) – call 604-922-4406 or e-mail  for info
Dec   8 Branch Christmas Ceilidh in the Scottish Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m.  —  $6 drop in
Dec   8 Gleneagles Ball walk through at 7:30 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver
Dec  9 Glenayre Christmas Party in St Laurence Church Hall, 825 St Laurence Street, Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m.   $10
Dec 10 White Rock last class for 2014 – bring Christmas treats & Food Bank items   7 p.m. in Sullivan Hall, 63rd & 152nd in Surrey
Dec 10 Gleneagles Ball walk through at 7:30 p.m. Braemar Elementary School, 3600 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver.
Dec 13 The Inverglen Scottish Dancers present a Celtic Christmas Celebration at the Seniors Centre of the Kerrisdale Community Centre at 2 p.m.   Highland, Scottish Country and Step Dancing will be performed. Admission by donation. Tickets may be purchased for the Red & White Raffle, proceeds to the dancer’s costume fund.  We hope to see everyone out to support our up and coming young dancers.
Dec 13 Bellingham Christmas social 7:30 p.m. in YMCA, Bellingham –
Dec 13 Irish Benevolent Fund An Irish Christmas SAVE THE DATE   St. James Hall 3214 West 10th. Ave. Featuring The Irish Wakers, The Eire Born Dancers and Special Guests or 604-671-3365   Get your tickets early as last year was a sold out performance
Dec 14 Gleneagles 51st Annual Ball in the Pacific Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 1:30 p.m. with music by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.   Tickets $110 or 604-984-7458
Dec 27 Betwixt & Between Social Dance 7:30 p.m. Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with music by Mary Ross.   FREE for all RSCDS members!   Others $15
Dec 31 Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society potluck dinner & social — or 250-598-0207

I have managed to survive, just, with my better half (perhaps I should say three quarters) has been away for 16 days.   It was a short notice trip but when ones son offers to pay the fare you jump at the opportunity.   I was invited as well but had just too many commitments so had to stay behind.   I have spent the day (and yesterday) getting the house ready for her return.


I am sure I will have missed something but I raked leaves to make the garden look reasonably presentable but there is a lot that needs to be done.   I am just home from picking her up, although we went straight to the hospital to see our friend but we were too late as she passed away earlier this afternoon.   However she has had a wonderful innings and an awful lot has happened since she was born in 1913.

It was the St. Andrew’s Ball last night with just over 100 in attendance.   We had 3 dances after the grand march then it was time to Address the Haggis and on to dinner.   It was a very nice meal, excellent haggis with neeps (white for a change) & tatties then a huge slab of beef and an enormous slice of chocolate cake.   The Dem Team performed with exceptional flair performing 3 dance medleys the first one to the accompaniment of the pipes played by our own Sandy Marshall.  Many did not finish their dessert until after the 2nd round of dances then there was another break for Scotch tasting and on to the last set of dances.

The dancers certainly seemed to have lots of fun and laughter even if they did not all quite follow the proper movements in the dances – especially Postie’s Jig and Trip to Bavaria – but they had fun and all in all I was pleased with the level of dancing.

It was a good night, the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra played well, the meal was very enjoyable and the Company congenial +++.

This is a busy week with the dance in Fort Langley on Tuesday, White Rock’s blue and white night on Wednesday, the Ceilidh Dance on Friday and Delta’s dance on Saturday and of course there is Dem Team practise on Thursday and we are dancing at the German Christmas Market outside the QE theatre at noon and again at 2.

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Fall - River Garry

River Garry


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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Fall - Rouken Glen Park

Rouken Glen, Glasgow


The next Ceilidh Dance is THIS Friday, November 28, 2014 with live music by Calanaish. 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: and here is a link to the Facebook advert: 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.

They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  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.


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

This is a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as you will be starting at the same time as other “beginners.”    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 or www, for a list of class locations and times.


For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and 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 or

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 –


Wish I’d Said That!

The only reason that they say, ‘Women and children first’ is to test the strength of the lifeboats.             ~ Jean Kerr

I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.             ~ Zsa Zsa Gabor


For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at


The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held THIS Friday, November 28, 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!!!

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 or the Face-book page Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

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 —

November 28
January 9
February 6
February 27
March 27
April 24

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers and we might even have Louise to help with the calling.  Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.    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 – – 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 – – 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

Please check the website – for updates, pictures and news. Dance – it is good for your health.


The Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra have been playing for events recently so I thought I would feature some violins!

Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at    If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – 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 338 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.


A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: ‘Stop! Acts 2:38!’ (i.e., “Repent and be Baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.”)

The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: ‘Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell scripture to you.’

‘scripture?’ replied the burglar. ‘She said she had an Ax and Two 38s!’

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West Wemyss


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 –

Fall - Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay

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