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Welcome to the June Update

News and reminders
Dances (& ceilidhs ) and Festival 
Representatives and Newsletter
Further afield

Several recent downpours will have gladdened the hearts of the gardeners among you, but have no worries should we have rain for the White Rose Festival on July 13th - we can retreat to the spacious sports hall. If we have sunny summer weather like the last two years, dancers and spectators can enjoy an afternoon of spectacle in the open air.  If you have not signed up to dance, please do consider it - and/or the evening dance in the sports hall.  Tickets still available.   
Reminders - Venue Change, Volunteers and Shop
 I hope you are all now aware of our change of venue for the June dance.  
We will again be at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4LF (Map) on June 15th
The music will be by the Robert Whitehead Trio and the MCs are Jan and Geoff Robinson from Richmond.  Let's give them a hearty welcome.  And of course, the traditional summer interval fare of strawberries and cream will be served.

Volunteers, please!
We are still looking for dancers to volunteer for the Countryfile event at Castle Howard.  If you have not already signed up, please do email Evelyn and Christine in the first instance with your availability.  The plan is to use dances we know well and/or are preparing for WRF anyway. Some dancers will do a straight demo, but more are needed to join in with audience participation.

More urgently, we would also like some more help with our information stall at Beckett Park's Picnic in the Park, Headingley on Sunday, July 7th.  The event is from 1- 5pm. but we need help for setting up from 12, chatting to visitors during the event and clearing up afterwards. Please spare an hour to help. 
We're looking for a gazebo, tall windbreak or awning to borrow as shelter/shade -  Beckett Park is rather windier than Kirkstall Abbey where I've helped with stalls in the past, not to mention the strong possibility of unsettled weather!

Shop Update
The Branch Shop will not be at the June dance as it will be packed up ready for the White Rose Festival. If you want anything from the shop before then, it will be sent to you post free. Don't forget any pre-orders for the festival will benefit from a 10% discount.
Impending Price Rise - James Senior have increased their prices significantly, but have agreed we can delay passing on this rise until the end of this dancing season. If you are in need of a new pair, you are advised to buy them soon....
Workshops and Day Schools
The last  Sunday monthly workshop for this dancing year is on the 7th July. It will concentrate on the White Rose Festival dances, mainly the massed dances, but may cover some demonstration, highland and evening dances, time allowing. It is not just for Leeds team dancers or dancers taking part in the White Rose Festival, all dancers with a good knowledge of basic formations are welcome. 
Venue: 13:45 - 15:45 at Askwith Village Hall, Askwith, LS21 2JB

After the summer break, we kick off the new season dancing of events with the Branch Day School - followed by an evening social dance (See below).   Sign up for the Day School soon - application forms available on the website shortly!
Date and time: Saturday, 21 September 2019⋅10:30 – 16:30 at 
VenueQueen’s Hall, Harrogate Road, 
Teacher: Heather Cowan
Musician: Ian Slater
Dances and our Festival
15th June - Branch Summer Dance. 7.30 start. Dance to the music of  the Robert Whitehead Trio.    
MCs: Jan and Geoff Robinson
Venue: Remember we will now be at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4LF (Map)

21st September Branch Dance - after the Day School above
Date and time: Saturday, 21 September 2019
7.00 – 10:30 (note new time!) at 
Venue: Queen’s Hall, Harrogate Road, 
MC: Debbie Crossley
Musician: Colin Dewar

White Rose Festival

The programme for the afternoon massed dancing and the evening social dance have now been published on our website and we hope to see you all there. The music is Marian Anderson and her band- a special treat. Add the date to your diary if it is not already there (13th July 2019) 
 Further details are on our festival website or sign up to our festival mailing list

Family Ceilidhs

The Branch is organising two family ceilidhs in the Autumn as a recruitment exercise (also at Holy Trinity Community Hall). More information to follow, but save the dates 26th Oct and 30th Nov. Music will be provided by Bandiera Rossa, and the ceilidh will be from 6.30 to 9.00. If you know anyone, young or old,  who might be interested in taking up Scottish Dancing please encourage them to come. 


The Adel Monday afternoon class has quite at home in their new venue at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16 5BB (Map).  Parking is on West Park Drive (round the corner).  Do come and try it out if you have a free Monday afternoon. 

The Ilkley Thursday afternoon class has finished for the summer.

The Thursday evening class at Lidgett Park Methodist Hall may continue during the summer.

Autumn classes at all venues start again in the week beginning September 9th.
Representatives and Newsletter

Representatives and Newsletter

Contact your class representative or a member of the committee with your comments and suggestions for classes, dances or improvements in the way things are run. Your class representatives are:
  • Monday afternoon - Elizabeth Pugh
  • Monday evening - Marion Walbank
  • Tuesday evening - Evelyn Davidson
  • Thursday afternoon - Elisabeth Pugh
  • Thursday evening - Alan Horsfall
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 August.  Offerings to Irene Dracup, preferably by email.  
Copies of the May newsletter can be download 
Further afield
  • Leeds SCD Summer Special,  Saturday 29th June 7.30 - 10.45 at St Chad's Parish Centre. Faith Supper. Music: Alan Ross Duo  MC: Irene Dracup Programme and Crib with diagrams
  • RSCDS Summer School - 14th Jul to 11th Aug (Further Information)
  • Summer Tuesday Dance on 27th August at Stillington nr York (Further Information)
  • Great Ayton - 7th September - dance to Marian Anderson (Further Information)
  • VI SCD Weekend in Portugal  - 6th December to 8th December  to music by Muriel Johnstone and Ian Robertson (Further information)


  • Scottish Dancing Holiday - Late February - Fancy a week in Spain or Portugal for some dancing and winter sunshine?  (Further details)


Spring Fling 2020

Spring Fling 2020 is spreading its wings.... so there will be two next yearSt Petersburg from 1st to 3rd May 2020 and Toronto from 15th to 17th May. This annual, international, weekend event for younger folk (12-35 year-olds) and older boasts a wonderful combination of dance classes, social dancing and international friendships.  Add a note in your diary for Spring Fling (and Fringe) 2020 

Visit St Petersburg

And/or Toronto

The first Spring Fling outside Europe
Hope to see you all at our new venue on Saturday, June 15th. 
Best wishes 
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