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 Activities

This page gives a summary of what we do, with further details on other pages.

A complete list of events is on the Calendar page.

Functions

We hold three formal functions each year:

           President's Reception         Last Saturday in September
St Andrew's Lunch Last Friday in November
Burns Dinner Last Saturday in January

Details are on the Functions page.

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Scottish Dancing

There is a thriving INFORMAL Scottish Dance Class, held in Allestree most Monday evenings from September to June.  Everyone is welcome, no previous experience needed.

We also hold two main dances each year, with a band, on Saturday afternoons at the beginning of November and the end of February, currently in Mickleover.

See our Dance Class website for further information.

And we run a Dance Demonstration Team (pictured below at the ASCDS Festival in 2016).

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Walks

Walks take place each month, on the third Sunday morning of odd numbered months and the third Wednesday morning of even numbered months.

Typically around 5 miles, and usually followed by lunch in a pub or similar.

See the Walks page for details.

Evening talks

Evening talks are held on the second Thursday of each Winter month, from October to March, in Mickleover.  Starting at 7.30 pm for around an hour with tea/coffee at the end.  Admission £2.50.

In January, instead of a talk, we hold our Members' Night, where you are encouraged (but not compulsory!) to make a short performance, eg a recital or a song.

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The talks are listed on the Calendar page.

Social activities

Other occasional events are organised and run on a more informal basis.

The picture (right) shows our members enjoying a visit to Severn Valley Railway in 2017.

Spring Outing 2019

Staunton Harold - Thursday 6th June 2019

Grid ref: SK 377 209; nearest postcode LE65 1RU; see map.

This year's Spring outing is to Staunton Harold, starting with coffee in the Ferrer's Centre at 11.00 am, followed by a visit to Staunton Harold Church.  This remarkable, unique and very beautiful church was built during the Commonwealth and Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell following the execution of Charles I.

It was built in by Sir Robert Shirley in open defiance of Oliver Cromwell and the puritan philosophy of the time, which resulted in the baronet being imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he died aged just 27 yrs.  We will be given a short talk on the church by the National Trust followed by a demonstration of its historic early organ and a short recital by Dr Lawrence Rogers, a renowned local organist, with visits to the loft available to those prepared to climb the stairs!

Lunch is planned for 1.00 pm in the Ferrers's Centre Cafe, followed by an opportunity to visit the craft and art shops in the Centre and/or the Garden Centre.  Alternatively, if you wish, please bring a picnic.  For those so inclined there are some lovely and short local walks.

Parking is available at the Garden Centre and in the adjacent car park.

The National Trust are opening up the church specially for us at no charge but, would appreciate any donations towards its upkeep.

Please contact us if you wish to come.