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Classes, Membership Renewal Reminder
and Venue Survey

Dear Dancers, 
A warm welcome back to the new season of Scottish Country Dancing.  Most classes have already started, though it's never too late to join in, and we have a full programme of social dances for 2018/19.  Full details for all the classes can be found on the website or follow us on  Leeds Branch Classes. We hope to see lots of you at the classes this year, and don't forget you get a class fee reduction if you purchase a member's Loyalty Card.  So if you didn't get round to renewing your membership in July - now's the time!

Missing form?
Brenda has received an empty (A5) mangled envelope, addressed in a non-cursive style.  It may have been crumpled in the postal machinery, or it could be that someone has forgotten to put the actual form and cheque in!  So if your cheque has not been cashed, or you have not received your £5 voucher from Brenda after a reasonable time, please get in touch with her.  Remember that you do NOT receive an annual RSCDS plastic membership card - like supermarket bags, it's for life!  Be aware also that the forms have to be processed by both the membership Secretary and the Treasurer before you receive the acknowledgement.

Venue Survey
Have you completed our survey on venues for social dances?   If not Click Here.  Your opinion counts for future bookings.

  Day School, Social Dance and Branch Award

Our first DAY SCHOOL for the season took place on Saturday 15th September at St Chad's Parish Centre.  Teacher Rachel Shankland, Depute Director of RSCDS Summer School, taught an enthusiastic class of around 30 dancers to the music of Ian Slater.

 This was followed in the evening by a well attended  SOCIAL DANCE to the music of Susan MacFadyen and her Band. Susan, her sister Shona, and  Kieran kept us on our toes with their truly vibrant music. The MC was Irene Dracup, who excels at the job; she seems able to recap dances clearly without reference to a crib, often with additional helpful comments for the 'hard bits', and at a pace that enables the hard of hearing amongst us to keep up! 

 Half way through the programme, Claire Johnson, our Chair, revealed the Committee's surprise project by presenting Irene with a BRANCH AWARD. The Award, ratified by RSCDS HQ,  states it is in recognition of 'outstanding service to Scottish Country Dancing in the locality of the Leeds Branch, for upholding the objectives of the Society, for showing sustained and exceptional commitment to the promotion of Scottish Country Dancing and for encouraging in others the knowledge and enjoyment of Scottish Country dance and music'. Irene has for very many years been a mainstay of the Branch, often working tirelessly behind the scenes and in the kitchen, on top of her many more obvious roles on the Committee and as a teacher and MC.  A truly well deserved Award.

AGM and Social Dance

Our next dance of the season is on 20th October to the music of the Alan Ross Duo and the programme by Maureen Haynes. The dance starts at 7.30 and follows on from the AGM at 6.45. All members are encouraged to attend. It is only short and is your opportunity to find out what the committee has been doing on your behalf, ask questions and have your say in the running of YOUR branch. There is the added incentive of cake. 

The venue is Corpus Christi Catholic College, Neville Road, LS9 0TT.

Check out the Agenda (with the Committee nomination form), the dance Programme and the Crib with diagrams. The minutes of the last AGM are in the latest copy of the Branch Newsletter. 

Joint Ball in Tadcaster with York & North Humberside Branch

Our turn to host so come along to this wonderful venue (Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster) and support the ball to the magical music of Marian Anderson and her Scottish Dance Band. Tickets are available from Committee members and classes.

Programme and Crib with diagrams

Workshops and Day Schools

The next day School is the Highland Day School on the 6th October.
  • Teacher: Catherine Livsey
  • Venue:    St Giles Parish Church Hall, Church Hill, Bramhope LS16 9BA
  • Cost:      £6 per session or £10 for both. Students £5 per session or £8 for the full day
  • Form
On the Sunday of the following weekend (14th October) Catherine is running the first of a series of Workshops. This one is aimed at newer dancers (although everyone is welcome) and will cover reels and corners.
Time:   1.30 to 4pm with juice break
Venue: Askwith Village Hall, Askwith, LS21 2JB

Residential Schools

Leeds holds two residential schools a year. 
  • 22nd Mar - 24th Mar 2019
    Scarborough Weekend at the Esplanade Hotel
    Teacher: Di Rooney
    Music: George Meikle
    Application Form

Kilt, Jacket and Sporran for sale

A former Leeds member has donated their kilt, jacket and sporran to the Leeds Branch. The Kilt was made by Thomas Gordon & Sons in Glasgow, probably mid-1970s. It is an orange/red McNaughton tartan, probably 30 - 32'' waist. The kilt was made to measure  for a 5'10’’ man. The actual length is 24 and it is reasonable condition. The jacket is also Gordons, made to measure probably for a 46'' chest. Greenish (?Lovat). Antler buttons. Again, very good condition apart from a small hole on the front lapel. The brown leather day sporran was made by Keith Scott of Dundee. Suggested prices Kilt -£30, Jacket - £30 Sporran £15 or £60 the set. 

RSCDS News from Head Office

And for those of you who want to know what's happening worldwide in Scottish Country Dancing here's the link again to the eNewsletter (Branch Mailing) that goes to all RSCDS Branches. 
Happy dancing and hope to see you all soon.
Best wishes
Branch Secretary
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