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					                                LEICESTER CALEDONIAN SOCIETY

                                                        January / February 2010
       Founded 1877

                                        The Leicester Caledonian Society
     (& Membership Secretary)                                         &

                                     Birstall Golf Club Social Committee
      Dr. E.H.Mackay
        68, Leicester Road,
       Leicester. LE67 9RE.
        Tel. 01530 243770

       Mr A.D. Kay,
         21, Roman Road,

                                                         Burns Dinner

        Leicester. LE4 4BB.
        Tel. 0116 267 4707

    Vice Chairman
       Mr A.A.Hassell                                                 At
         6, Parvian Road,
         Stonesby Avenue,
        Leicester. LE2 6TS.               The Clubhouse, Station Road,
        Tel. 0116 291 2239

   Hon. Treasurer
        Mr, D. Walkinshaw
       26, Abbots Road South,
          Old Humberstone
         Leicester. LE5 1DB                                           On
         Tel. 0116 2766879

   Hon. Secretary
                                              Friday, 22nd January 2010
       Mrs D Rice,
   42, Manor Road Extension,
                                           6.30pm for 7.00pm prompt till late
       Leicester. LE2 4FF                  Our principle guests will be The Right Worshipful Lord
       Tel. 0116 2712333
                                    Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Roger Blackmore and the Lady
          Dancing                   Mayoress, Mrs. Hillary Blackmore. We are also honoured to have
      Mrs. D. Buchanan,
       9, Alcester Drive,           Major (Retired) John Patterson, past president of the Robert Burns
      Leicester. LE5 6LB            World Federation, to propose the toast to The Immortal Memory
      Tel. 0116 241 5857            of Robert Burns.
     Bulletin Editor                       We shall Dance to and be entertained by Peter Scatterty
      Mrs P. M. Moyce
      16, Laburnum Road,            and an array of speakers who will offer toasts to :- The City of
       Old Humberstone              Leicester, Birstall Golf Club, The Leicester Caledonian Society,
       Leicester. LE5 1PF           The Immortal Memory of Robbie Burns, The Lassies, The Lassies’
      Tel .0116 212 3312
   Council Members
 Mr. K. Woodfield (0166) 4560604           Haggis and an adequacy of Bashed Neeps and Champit
 Mrs. V. Mackay (01530) 243770      Tatties will be washed down wi’ Usqueba and other drinks from
 Mrs. M. Thorpe (0116) 2674707      the Bar.
Miss E. Donaldson. (0116) 2312363
   Mr.K.Orbell (0116) 2885153             Tickets Price £15.00, may be obtained from, Andrew Kay,
   Honorary Piper                       21 Roman road, Birstall, Leicester. LE4 4BB. Tel :- (0116) 2674707
          Mr. B. Yates                    As there is an upper limit of 110 persons. Booking early to
                                    avoid disappointment is recommended, no later than 3rd January
                                    2010 Cheques made payable to, Leicester Caledonian Society,
should accompany the order with a S.A.E please.
      If last year was anything to go by then we are in for an extremely enjoyable evening.

                                   Seasons Greetings
     The President, Chairman and all of the committee members wish you all
      and hope to see you at the various functions that have been organised
                        for your enjoyment during 2010.


                            PRESIDENT’S PIECE
            We are coming to the end of another rather special year, the 250th anniversary of Robert
Burns’ birth in 1759 and I think we made a good job of it. A splendid Burns night dinner in
January and a very successful Scottish Festival at the National Space Centre were the highlights but
all of our activities have been enjoyable – at least I enjoyed them and I hope that those who attended
did so too. There were an awful lot of members who were not seen but I hope we will catch up with you
in the New Year.
            Elsewhere, you will see that the Society will soon be able to boast its own pipe band again.
The original band was formed on 19th April 1948 but discontinued about 30 years ago. Our
Honorary Piper, Brad Yates is leading the band and also setting up a new combined website for the
Society and the band. Watch this space for more details.
            The brief, illustrated history of the Society that I mentioned in the last Bulletin has been
accepted for publication in the hard back issue of the Burns Chronicle. The issue will be nearer 500
pages than the 200 originally suggested, about £25.00 in price and available by subscription in the
New Year. Details to follow.
            It is not too soon to be thinking of our AGM in May 2010 when I will finish my sixth
year as President and will be standing down. We will also be looking for a new Honorary Secretary
and probably some new Council members to keep the show on the road. Some of our newer, younger
faces would be most welcome to carry the torch into the future.
            Think about it.
                                                                                          Hugh Mackay

                                            For Sale

 A Prince Charlie Jacket, with Three Button Waistcoat, size 40 inch chest. Excellent
                                     condition. Offers invited.
                                   MEMBERSHIP NEWS
            Our numbers are holding steady and we are delighted to welcome as new members the following:
 - Elizabeth Burrows, Ray Garrington and David Hurwich who have recently joined the Society.
            Unfortunately, two members, Mrs J Dick (joined 1968) and Mr T G Leggat (joined 1991) have felt
obliged to resign due to inability to attend our functions and we are sorry to lose them.
            We offer congratulations to Vera and David Haddleton who now have a new grandson and grand
daughter bringing the total grand children to six. That will keep them busy!
            There are just 2 or 3 members whose subscriptions are unpaid for this year. If you are one of them, I
would appreciate a cheque as soon as possible as the end of our financial year is getting close.
                                                                                                   Hugh Mackay
                                                                                             Membership Secretary


                                           NEW YEAR
                         SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE
                                               TO THE MUSIC OF

                                    DAVID HALL BAND
                                           Saturday 9 January 2010
                         Braunstone Civic Centre, Braunstone,
                                 Leicester. LE3 2PP
                                               7.15pm until 11.15pm
               R         Reel of the 51 Division             R     Blooms of Bon Accord
               S         John McAlpin                        S     Argyll Strathspey
               J         Seton’s Ceilidh Band                J     Tribute to the Borders
               R         Reel of the Royal Scots             M     Johnnie Walker
               S         The Birks of Invermay               R     The Whistling Wind
               J         Inchmickery                         J     Knotwork
               R         Crammond Bridge                     S     Lammermuir Hills
               S         The Robertson’s Rant                R     Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich
               J         Duke of Atholl’s Reel                J    Joie de Vivre
               R         Frazer’s Favourite                  S     Minister on the Loch
               J         A Trip to the Drakensburg           R     The Fisherman’s Reel
               Extras:          Pelorus Jack/ Macdonald of the Isles / Lady Sophia Lindsay

            Adults £10.00                            Spectators £5.00
                                       BRING AND SHARE SUPPER
                                         Tickets from: Doris Buchanan,
                                 9 Alcester Drive, Evington, Leicester LE5 6LB
                           Tel: 0116 2415857       email: doris.buchanan@

                Cheques to be made payable please to: Leicester Caledonian Society

                       ST ANDREW’S DAY 2009
           Society members significantly swelled the congregation of St Stephen’s UR church
for a St Andrew’s day service on Sunday 29th November led by acting minister, Mr Christian
Jones. Familiar hymns, a reflective sermon emphasising the importance of St Andrew in the
run-up to Christmas and a friendly welcome in decent weather made a good start.
           After the service, 38 members enjoyed a very satisfactory carvery lunch at the
Ramada Jarvis Hotel (Formerly the Grand Hotel) in Granby Street. This is twice the number
that attended last year. Members of our newly formed pipe band were playing outside the hotel
and then piped us into the dining room to the delight of us all. Well done the bonnie lads!
           I believe that a Leicester Mercury photographer was present and I sent in a report to
the News desk but have seen nothing in our paper this week.
                                                                                    Hugh Mackay

                                   Patron HRH the Princess Royal

                              SATURDAY 6TH March 2010 at 7.30 pm

 Scotland’s foremost traditional fiddle orchestra will make its first appearance in the North West
                     with a lively and entertaining evening’s entertainment.

                                        Come and join us at:

                              THE BRIDGE WATER HALL MANCHESTER
           The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra proudly presents a fabulous fin-filled evening of jigs,
reels, strathspeys, waltzes, songs, and beautiful slow airs. Tap your feet, sing, or clap along to the
music. Our large orchestra of fiddles, cellos, basses, flutes, accordions, piano and percussion, plus
piper, dancers and singers, will put a song in your heart and dancing in your feet. Musical Director
John Mason MBE.
                              A memorable evening for all the family.

                               Tickets from The Bridgewater Hall
                              £12 to £21 * On sale from October 2009

                                    Box Office: 0161 907 9000

          Information from the orchestra: 01506 842628 or email

                                      *Booking fees may apply
                         The SF0 is a Scottish Registered Charity SC010753
                          Winners MG Alba Traditional Music Award 2008


           It is with regret that we have learned from Janet Lincoln that her husband Rodney Lincoln
passed away on Thursday 12th November 2009. He had been ill for a long while but had recently
deteriorated a lot. We pass our most sincere condolences to Janet, her two daughters Ruth, Fiona
and their husbands, and trust they find comfort from each other during their sad time.
          Our condolences also go to Eric and Ann Bunce after Eric’s father Eli (Born 24th Oct 1914)
passed away on the 9th November 2009, He was 95 yrs old and leaves his wife Audrey of 93 yrs old,
two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He spent 5 yrs in the Royal Engineers during the
second world war and was involved in Dunkirk, also spent a short time in Poolewe in the highlands.
We wish them all the best during this sad time and hope they find comfort from each other.
          To John and Sarah Robertson after John’s mother, Ruth passed away in November, we
hope they will gather strength from each other to help get through this sad period in time.


                              Dates for your diary
        New Year Scottish country dance, Saturday 9th January 2010
at Braunstone Civic Centre. Details from Doris Buchanan.
        Burns night dinner, Friday 22nd January 2010.
Our principal guests will be the Lord Mayor of Leicester and Lady Mayoress. We
are honoured to have Major (Retd) John Paterson, Past President of the Robert
Burns World Federation to propose the toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert
Burns. Book now with Andrew Kay.
         Advance notice of our annual Haggis Supper and Ceilidh on Saturday 6th
March 2010 at Thurnby village memorial hall. Guests will include Presidents or
representatives from the East Midlands Association of Scottish Societies. Details
from Mrs Dorothy Rice.

                                Skittles Evening
        The 2009 Skittles evening was attended by 24 members and guests at the
Wheatsheaf Inn, Thurcaston on Saturday 24th October 2009.
        The winner, who took the skittles cup and the gentleman’s medal was Eric
Bunce and the lady’s medal went to Ann Bunce – who was the 2004 winner.
        The winning team was John and Sheena Seditas, Eric and Ann Bunce, Phyl
Moyce and Chris Winfield.
        A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
                                                                       Andrew Kay

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