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April 2022

Dear Member,
I hope you are all well and staying virus free.
Firstly I will give you a resume of this year at the Scots’ Society. Membership: This year we welcomed the following new members: Christine Dunn, Jaswinder Gill, Hazel Maclaren and Gill Neivens. We hope they have a long and happy association with us.
The membership in April 2022 stands at 68 members, 4 honorary members and one junior. Dancing:The dance classes restarted in September 2021 and although the numbers have been lower than previously, we still have a thoroughly enjoyable time and learn a great deal about the dances and their history. In order to break even, ideally we need 15 at any dance class, however we are so lucky to have Jessa’s legacy to keep these going, something of which she would definitely have approved.
We have been invited to hold a joint afternoon with Datchet English folk dancers on Friday 8thApril from 2pm to 4pm, this will be a mixture of English and Scottish dancing. Please come if you can. We will be inviting them to join us in the Autumn for a similar event, but ours will be in the evening as usual.
Recent functions: -
September 2021 to April 2022 Music Quiz 06.10.21 (Attendance 18; convenor Joanna Palmer Scott). This was a very cleverly thought out quiz, accessible to everyone, and we had a lovely time.
Ceilidh 03.11.21 (Attendance 29; convenor Kirstie De Salis). For her first go at organising an event for us, Kirstie and friends gave us a thoroughly entertaining evening.
Afternoon Paper Crafting 17.11 21 (Attendance 14; convenor Cath Hockley). This event was somewhat impromptu, but we had a go at making origami animals and enjoyed some lovely homemade cakes!
St. Andrew’s Dinner and Dance 27.11.21 (Attendance was over 70 people, convenor Cath Hockley. For an event that was without a venue and caller for a while, the evening went extremely well and people had a lot of fun. Venue – Royal Ascot Golf Club; Piper – George Maybury; Band – Strathallan; Address to the Haggis – Una Barnard; Guest of Honour – David MacLeod; Toastmaster – Michael Scott; Toast to the Toons – Tony Welsh; MC for the dancing – Lesley Sutton; Highland Dancing – Naomi Hennessey; Raffle – Eleanor Huskisson, Alan Hoskins. The evening was much enjoyed, but we are delighted that Maidenhead Golf Club will be able to accommodate us again this year on 26th November 2022.
St Andrew’s Service 28.11.21; Jimmy Edmundson very kindly decorated the hall for the refreshments after the service. Mary Carpenter-Whyte preached and led the service which was attended by the President (Cath Hockley) and Past President (Tony Welsh).
Christmas Party 15.12.21; (Attendance 31; convenors Alan Hoskins and Eleanor Huskisson). A jolly time was had by one and all at this fun evening, what with games, mulled wine, challenges and food, it all made for a lovely event.
New Year Lunch 08.01.22; (Attendance 31; convenor Carol Berry). A delicious lunch was provided as before by Jacky Williams. After eating, we enjoyed some dancing and other seasonal entertainment.
Burns’ Night 08.01.22 ( Attendance 56; convenor Una Barnard). Venue – New Windsor Community Centre, beautifully decorated by a team of willing helpers. Piper – Pipe Major Graham Waller Haggis supper – C & C Supper Club. Address to the haggis - Una Barnard. Toast to the Immortal Memory – Duncan Crichton. Toast to the Lassies – Tony Welsh. Reply – Kirstie De Salis. Toastmaster – Michael Scott. Entertainment – songs by Two Thistles and Kirstie, SADS’ performance of Una’s play and plenty of social dancing.
Platinum Party 09.02.22; (Attendance 40; convenor Carol Berry). This party was great fun, set out like at street party at the onset, we ate lots of food of the era. Following this we played some silly games, to much hilarity from the onlookers, heard some good housewifely tips from the time and danced.
Afternoon Card and a Cuppa 16.02.22; (Attendance 15; convenor Cath Hockley). We were visited by a lady from Stampin’ Up, who taught us how to build up a lovely card from lots of materials that were provided. The tea and cakes were a lovely added bonus.
Fun Quiz 23.02.22; (Attendance 17; convenor MS/HJ, CH) Alan Goddard treated us to a lovely quiz which ended in some tie break situations involving paper aeroplanes and yoyos! We were able to donate £80 to his charity including the proceeds of the raffle that we ran.
Toastmaster Talk 16.03.22; ( Attendance 17; convenor Cath Hockley). David MacLeod entertained us with an interesting talk about his experiences as a toastmaster. We were pleased to be able to give him a donation to the Sequela Foundation in lieu of a fee.
Lunch Out30.03.22; (Attendance 13; convenor Lesley Sutton). A very pleasant lunch was had by one and all at the Royal Oak, the food was lovely and so was the chat.
Walks: As well as these timetabled events we have also enjoyed monthly walks, led by Alan Hoskins. A report on the last one from Otley Cottage in the Great Park will be included with this letter. We are very grateful to Alan for leading these enjoyable and informative walks and to Eleanor for giving us a visual record by taking the photos.
Members of our society were also lucky enough to be invited to attend The Pirates of Penzance at the York Club in the Great Park, thanks to some of our people singing with the Windsor and Eton Opera. It was a very enjoyable evening.
On a more serious note this newsletter will have some important attachments – the documents for our AGM on Wednesday 11th May at 8pm: The Treasurer’s report and a nomination form. Adam works hard on the finance reports and always makes them easy to follow, so please spend time looking at them and if you have any questions on the night, please feel free to ask them. It would be so good if more people were nominated to be on the council.
Although we tend to follow the tried and tested methods of organising things, it would be great to have some new blood with new ideas. After the business part of the evening there will be a tasty selection of nibbles and drinks. Subscriptions 2022-2023 become due at the AGM. The Treasurer requests that you pay by cheque if at all possible, as this avoids the problem of needing lots of change and is more secure for all concerned. We look forward to seeing many of you at the AGM, with best wishes
Cath Hockley.

Upcoming Events :-
13th April Skittles Evening : This is a reminder for those of you who have already booked, as this event is now full.
Ceilidh 27th April 8.00pm Price £5.00 members £6.00 Non-members If you were at the last ceilidh you will know what an entertaining and enjoyable evening it was, thanks in no small part to Kirstie. Well, Kirstie is once again involved in planning an exciting evening so make sure you put the date in your diary!
AGM: 11th May 8.00pm This is the evening that gives you the opportunity to have your say in the future of the society . Our President Cath has given some details above. The council desperately need YOU to come and share your ideas. It is disappointing to see just a few of our members attending this important meeting so please do come and show us you care. Council: The people on the council are the backbone of the whole society but are now crumbling !! We desperately need your support. We only meet once a month and are friendly and supportive!! We need fresh blood to be on the sub– committees for events. If you would be willing to join us please speak to any council member.
The Society will be 90 years old next year! Will we survive another 90 years?? Please help it happen.
Dance Class Party May 18th 7.30pm This is the final event of the season. We will be enjoying dancing some of our favourite dances with a little bit of food to keep us going, Summer Dancing—ill we, won’t we?? Pre Covid we continued to have dancing classes throughout the summer on a fortnightly basis, alternating with the Maidenhead dance class. To make it a viable concern, both financially and practically, we need to know if we would have enough attendees. If you are interested please let a council member know as soon as possible so a decision can be made. Looking forward to seeing you at these events.
Best Wishes

On a lovely bright sunny morning 13 members set off from Otley Cottage the home of Joanna and Mike Scott. We walked along Dukes Lane to where the Queen changes from cars to carriages on her way to Royal Ascot.
Moving on we came to the Queen Elizabeth II Statue on Queen Anne’s Ride which commemorates her Golden Jubilee in 2002. After a short break we came to an impressive pink building which Tony pointed out was the Deputy Ranger’s House.
Our next stop took us to The York Club where the Windsor & Eton Operatic Society will be holding their next production, The Pirates of Penzance. After a few more steps we stopped near the Village Shop and Post Office for an enjoyable coffee break in the sunshine.
We returned to Otley Cottage crossing Queen Anne’s Ride and Poet’s Lawn to join up again with Dukes Lane. I think everyone agreed that this was a very lovely walk. Walk distance 4.5 miles. Walk time 2 hrs 20 mins.                   
SEE a selection of PHOTOS taken by Eleanor HERE
Next Walk will be on Friday 29th April 2022 at 9.30 meeting on Maidenhead Thicket for the
Three Greens Walk.
More details closer to the day.
Alan Hoskins

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