Scottish Country Dancing in Watford

Watford and West Herts Scottish Society

Centenary, 2019

Welcome

Welcome

2019 is our Centenary Year.

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 8pm to 10pm in Rickmansworth at All Saints’ Church, The Green, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3HJ.

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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Next Event

Christmas Dance,
Thursday 20th December 2018, 8.00pm - 11.00pm,

Live Music from Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning.


All Saints’ Church, The Green,
Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3HJ

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. About 40 to 50 people attend these dances.

Next Event

Christmas Dance,
Thursday 20th December 2018, 8.00pm - 11.00pm,

Live Music from Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning.


All Saints’ Church, The Green,
Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3HJ

Tickets at the door £8

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Event Date/Time Venue and Details
Christmas Dance Thursday 20th December 2018, 8pm - 11pm All Saints Church, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3HJ.Live Music Band: Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning. Tickets at the door, £8.
Ball Practice Sunday 10th March 2019, 2pm - 5pm Recital Hall, Nascot Wood Primary School. Tickets at the door, price tbc
Centenary Caledonian Ball Saturday 16th March 2019, 7.30pm - 11.30pm Allum Hall, Estree, WD6 3PJ, Music from Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson

Summer Centenary Dance Thursday 4th July 2019, 8pm - 10.30pm All Saints' Church, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3HJ. Live Music tbc. Tickets at the door, £8.

Thursday Classes

General Classes and Beginners Classes

Classes are held at
All Saints’ Church, The Green, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3HJ. (Map)
Thursdays from 8.00pm - 10.00pm.
Classes cost £4.

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.

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 2018, until Thursday 13th December 2018 (Christmas Dance on 20th December 2018)

Winter Term: Thursday 10th January 2019, to Thursday 11th April 2019. NO CLASS on the 18th of April 2019.

Spring Term: Thursday 25th April 2019, to Thursday 27th June 2019 (Summer Dance on 4th July 2019)

AGM: 6th June 2019, All Saints' Church (dancing after the AGM).

General Classes

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Beginners!

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, 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

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Event Date and Time Venue
New Year Stroll Sunday 6th January 2019. Time 10.30am Starts from the Kreloffs Home in Tunnel Wool Road. Contact Rose Kreloff on email
Burns Dinner Dance Friday 25th January 2019, 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, so 2019 is our Centenary Year!

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"

Paterson

Mr William Porter