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Welcome to the September Update

News and reminders
Dances and family ceilidh
Representatives and Newsletter
Further afield

News from Day School and first Branch dance

The new season kicked off with a wonderful Day School at the Queen’s Hall, with Heather Cowan, accompanied by Ian Slater. It was a lovely sunny day, so some dancers had lunch outside, accompanied by a wedding party at the church. The dances taught included:-
  • High Society by John Brenchley from Book 46, which included interlocking allemandes 
  • Fingask Castle - one of Heather's own five couple dances to celebrate her wedding and published in Glasgow Branch 90th Anniversary
  • Glenoe (sic) devised by Daphne Jones from Dances to Honour Elma McCausland MBE (Belfast Branch booklet).
The evening dance was equally brilliant with music by the Colin Dewar Trio, always a treat,  and an interesting programme from Debbie Crossley, including several really nice dances which are not commonly danced in Leeds such as:-
  • Cullen Skink a strathspey by John Drewry from The Welsh Set/Greenburn Bk 2, which is a good snub your partner dance
  • Far North Queensland again by John Brenchley, this time a 5 couple strathspey from The Other Kangaroo Paw
  • The Orchards of Co. Armagh by Jinty Anderson from the Belfast Branch Platinum Anniversary Dances, which is a lovely 3 couple strathspey
  • Inimitable Derek from our very own Roy Goldring
Future Demos
A couple more pictures from the Richmond Branch of our dancing on the Sunday
Videos from Castle Howard
Several more videos from our weekend out at Castle Howard have been added to the website, so check them out. 

Future Demos - volunteers needed!
Following our success at Castle Howard we'd like to expand our Demo Team.  We are often asked to do a demo at fairly short notice at a variety of events.  These are good opportunities for some vital publicity, which may result in newcomers to our classes and dances - though often not immediately!  We will be asking for experienced dancers to volunteer by signing up at the AGM on 19th October.  The aim is to have a repertoire of several dances that any of the team could do at short notice, with maybe one or two rehearsals. If we have a larger pool to draw from, we should be able to accept more invitations without overburdening a few people.
New Season and Membership
Term started again on 9th September and we hope to see you all at classes and dances once everyone is back from holiday!

Don't forget, although class fees are £4, there are loyalty cards available to Branch members, which reduce the fees to £3.50.  Members also get discount at our dances, PLUS a £5 voucher to spend in the Branch Shop!  Bargain!

Talking of membership,  did you remember to fill in your membership renewal form?  AND to send it to Brenda Burnell, our Membership Secretary? It was included with the MAY Newsletter and is also available online from our website   This year (2019-20) it is printed on pink paper and the online version has a pink header stripe. Our membership year runs from July 1st to 30th June.

 I know it's hard to remember to fill in pesky admin forms in the run up to the White Rose Festival and impending family holidays, but have a thought for the volunteer admin help who have to process the information in time for you to receive your October edition of the magazine, Scottish Country Dancer, and the monthly international eNewsletter from headquarters!

 And yes, for now, we really DO need each of you to complete and sign a form each year; we DO need to have a form from every member, even if you have joint membership; and we DO need all the information we ask for on the form, especially your membership number (issued once for life!), permission for us to share your contact details with HQ and send you information and newsletters by your preferred means, and gift aid permission.

Be reassured, we are looking at legal ways of streamlining renewing membership!
Workshops and Day Schools
The next event is the
Dances, AGM and our first Family Ceilidh

Family Ceilidhs

If you know anyone, young or old,  who might be interested in taking up Scottish Dancing please encourage them to come.  

Holy Trinity Community Hall is a lovely welcoming venue with good car parking

(Be aware - vehicle access is via Memorial Drive only)

The West Park (previously Adel) Monday afternoon class at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16 5BB.  Parking is on West Park Drive (round the corner).  Beginners welcome. 1.45- 3.45

The Monday evening  class at Calverley Conservative Club, Victoria St , Calverley, LS28 5PT, is aimed at more experienced dancers. 7.45 - 9.45pm

The Tuesday evening class at Adel Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Ave, LS16 7PQ, is a general class and welcomes beginners. 7.45 - 9.45pm

The Ilkley Thursday afternoon class meets at St Margaret's Church Hall, Ilkley, LS29 9QL 2 - 4pm

The Thursday evening class at Lidgett Park Methodist Hall, North Park Ave, LS8 1HG is a general class and also welcomes beginners. 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Purchase your member's card of 10 classes (£35) at any class.  First class for newcomers is free.   
Representatives and Newsletter

Representatives and Newsletter

Don't forget to give the Committee your comments and suggestions for classes, dances or improvements in the way things are run via your class representatives, who are:
The next committee meeting is on Sunday 6th October. 

Your newsletter needs you!
And why not put these ideas in writing?  Copy on any topic related (even loosely) to Scottish Country Dancing welcomed for the Leeds Branch Dancers' Newsletter - next edition out in November.  Offerings to  Irene Dracup, preferably by email.  

August Newsletter here
Copies of the August newsletter can be downloaded
together with the Agenda and nomination/constitution amendment form for the AGM on 19th October.


A separate eUpdate will be sent soon to members only, with documents for the AGM 
Further afield
  • Sheffield Branch Day School - Saturday 26th October, at Coal Aston Village Hall, Coal Aston, Derbyshire. Teacher: Deb Lees, Musician: Gillian Stewart. Deb Lees is a highly experienced teacher of Scottish Country Dancing within the UK and internationally. Gillian Stewart plays keyboard, and she and Deb Lees partner regularly for workshops. (Further information)
  • Great Ayton November Social Dance  CHANGES to Date and Band
    This will now be on Saturday 2nd November with Leonard Brown at Great Ayton Parochial Hall  The dance on 9th November has been cancelled. Programme/cribs. Tickets (£12) from Joan Noble on  01642 710069. 
  • VI SCD Weekend in Curia Portugal  - 6th December to 8th December  to music by Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson (Further information)


  • Aloha Weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii February 14 - 16 2020  (Further information)
  • Scottish Dancing Holiday - Late February - Fancy a week in Spain or Portugal for some dancing and winter sunshine?  (Further details)
  • Geneva Workshop led by Sophie Marchand, music from Philippe Kocian, and Spring Dance Saturday 28th March 2020 with Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson.  (Further Information)

Spring Fling 2020

Registration is now open Spring Fling (and Fringe) 2020  for St Petersburg (1st to 3rd May 2020) and will open for Toronto (15th to 17th May) in mid-October. This annual, international, weekend event for younger folk (12-35 year-olds), and older dancers, and families with younger children, boasts a wonderful combination of dance classes, social dancing and international friendships.  

Visit St Petersburg

And/or Toronto

The first Spring Fling outside Europe
I hope to see you all at soon, either at class, the Highland Day School, the October Dance and AGM, or all three. 

Best Wishes 
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