Birthday Ball For Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club

Tenth anniversary proved a memorable night out


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Over a hundred Scottish Country dancers took to the floor at Chiswick Town Hall on Sunday (1st April) for an energetic programme of Reels, Jigs and Strathspeys to celebrate the club’s tenth anniversary.

London’s top rated Frank Reid Dance Band provided a fantastic range of happy dancing tunes to ensure the event went with a “reel” swing. Among the dancers was Guest of Honour Ruth Beattie, Chairman of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, who had travelled from Scotland for the event.

The popular club which was founded ten years ago by Chiswick’s Flanchford Road resident Kay Senior, has flourished ever since.

Blake Kendrick, Matthew Rolls, Bethan Kendrick, and Ruth Beattie

As part of the celebrations, a new dance has been devised in her honour. The first big dance she organised was called Kilts and Posh Frocks, and the new dance is appropriately entitled “Kilts and Posh Frocks”.

The beautiful Strathspey, was danced for the first time on Sunday evening at the Town Hall. Ruth Beattie presented a framed copy of the dance and original music to Kay.

James Fairbairn and Iris Ronayne dancing

Kay said “I am so thrilled. It’s the people that make Scottish Country Dancing so special, and the warm welcome that they receive. Everyone has put such a lot into making this a success, and I’m just so pleased about that.”

Club Chairman Nick Haimendorf said “This has been a fantastic evening for everyone and a great way to celebrate our tenth birthday– it’s a lovely venue and a real highlight of our Anniversary year”

Mairi’s Wedding, Reel of the Royal Scots and Duke of Perth were among the many dances which helped Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club members and friends celebrate the night away.

Kay Senior, Nick Haimendorf and Ruth Beattie on townhall steps

Ruth Beattie commented “The occasion of the 10 th Anniversary Ball was a wonderfully happy and friendly evening. As Chairman of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, I am proud that groups like Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club are affiliated to the Society and I wish them well for the future

With a thriving membership, Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club meets on Sunday evenings from 6.15 pm for classes and social dancing at St Michael & All Angels Church Hall, Bath Road, London W4 1TT next to Turnham Green Underground Station. For more information or contact Nick on 07990 573671


April 3, 2012

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