Scottish Country Dancing in Watford

Watford and West Herts Scottish Society



We were founded in 1919 to promote Scottish Culture in the Watford area. Our main activity is Scottish Country Dancing.

We have weekly general dancing classes on Thursday nights in Bushey.

There are also Monday classes which focus on supporting beginners, and improving technique. These classes are held at Nascott Wood School and cost £6 per class. If you want to join contact Rose Kreloff by email or call 07880 842370 for more details.

We have a Burns Night in January, a Caledonian Ball in March, and other activities.

We can provide entertainment at your party/anniversary/event. Our team of dancers will demonstrate the energy and elegance of some traditional Scottish dances. Then our caller will lead you and your friends through some Scottish party [ceilidh] dances which everyone can enjoy. No special skills needed and no age limit - just join in!

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How to get to the Bushey Centre

Next Event

Christmas Social Dance,
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8.00pm - 11.00pm,
Bushey Centre, WD23 1TT

Live Music from Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning.

Tickets at the door £8

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Our Dances

Informal and formal dances through the year

Our main dance event is the Caledonian Ball, held on the 3rd Saturday of March (unless Easter is early) at the Allum Hall in Elstree. About 100 dancers attend. There is a drinks reception and buffet style food. The band is central to the success of the evening. Over recent years we have hosted Ian Muir of Prestwick, Sandy Nixon, Ian Robertson, Strathallan, Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith.

We have informal dance at Christmas and at the end of June, with live music, at the Bushey Centre. About 40 to 50 people attend these dances.

Next Event

Christmas Social Dance,
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8.00pm - 11.00pm,
Bushey Centre, WD23 1TT

Live Music from Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning.

Tickets at the door £8

Crib (PDF)

Visit our Society Page on Facebook

Event Date/Time Venue and Details
Christmas Dance Thursday 21st December 2017, 8pm - 11pm Bushey Centre, WD23 1TT. Live Music Band: Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning.
Ball Practice Sunday 4th March 2018, 2pm - 5pm Recital Hall, Nascot Wood Primary School.
Caledonian Ball Saturday 17th March 2018, 7.30pm - 11.30pm Allum Hall, Estree, WD6 3PJ, Music from The Strathallan Band

Summer Dance Thursday 21st June 2018, 8pm - 10.30pm Bushey Centre, WD23 1TT Live Music from Chris Oxtoby . Tickets at the door, £8

Thursday Classes

General Classes and Beginners Classes

Come and join in, we are friendly and welcoming.

Classes are led by a rota of Royal Scottish Country Dance Society qualified teachers, senior members, and guest teachers.

Classes are at Bushey Centre, Bushey Country Club, High Street, Bushey, WD23 1TT, from 8.00pm - 10.00pm (Map). Classes cost £4.

Beginners are welcome. We run Monday classes at Nascott Wood School focusing on supporting beginners and on improving technique. If you want to join please contact Rose Kreloff by email or call 07880 842370

Autumn Term: Thursday 7th September 2017, until Thursday 14th December 2017 (Christmas Dance on 21st December 2017)

Winter Term: Thursday 11th January 2018, to Thursday 22nd March 2018. NO CLASS on the 29th of March 2018.

Spring Term: Thursday 5th April 2018, to Thursday 14th June 2017 (Summer Dance on 21st June 2018)

AGM: 7th June 2018 (dancing after the AGM).

General Classes

First Class 7th September 2017.

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Please contact us by email if you are new to Scottish Dancing and would like to learn.

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Burns Night and more

Celebrate Burns, join us for Walks, come to talks and outings

Our main annual "non dancing" event in our Burns Night. There is a traditional meal including a Haggis starter, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies, and some short poems. After all of that it is time for Ceilidh dancing.

Other events include a President's Evening, a Talk and a Walk.

Next Event

New Year Stroll

Sunday 7th Jan, 10.30am

Walk starts from the Keloff's home in Tunnel Wood Road, Watford

Contact Rose Kreloff on email

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Event Date and Time Venue
President's Reception 15th October 2017 Nascott Wood Recital Hall, 115C Langley Rd, Watford WD17 4RP
New Year Stroll Sunday 7th January. Time 10.30am Starts from the Kreloffs Home in Tunnel Wool Road. Contact Rose Kreloff on email
Burns Dinner Dance Friday 19th January 2018, 7.30pm until 00.30, Grim's Dyke Golf Club, Oxhey Lane, Watford, HA5 4AL contact Adrian Davis on email

Our History

We've been dancing since 1919

Mr William Park Porter founded the society in 1919.

Interviewed in 1941, he said “I thought there was room for a Society to gather together the Scots and their families in and around Watford and I discussed the matter with Mr Ramsey. The result was a talk in my house in Upton Road at which Mr Ramsey, Mr Scully, Mr James Mackie and Mr Scott were present.

The outcome was that Mr Scully agreed to act as Secretary pro tem and invitations were sent to all known Scots to meet in Bucks room to further the project.

The meeting took place and it was agreed to for a "WEST HERTS SCOTTISH SOCIETY" to promote social intercourse among Scots in the district, and to encourage a knowledge of Scottish Literature and Music among members and especially the families of those members.

The society went on steadily growing and proving by the interest of the members, that it filled a place in the Community"


Mr William Porter