All three events require advance booking. Booking forms are provided to members with the bimonthly Newsletter.
Saturday 28th September 2019 Further details and booking information available later
Held on the last Saturday evening of September, the President's Reception provides the starting point of the Association's annual social calendar.
The new President formally greets all Members at the start of an evening of dance, laughter, chat and food and wine. Dance (ballroom and Scottish Country) is not only participative but it is customary for the Association's Country Dance Demonstration Team to perform a brand new dance composed in the President's honour. Laughter is enhanced by the custom of selected Members performing a skit highlighting the new President's quirks, frailties or history.
The Reception is honoured to have as guests the Presidents of other Scottish Associations in the East Midlands of England.
Friday 29th November 2019 Further details and booking information available later
The Association's major celebration of Scotland's Patron Saint's Day comprises an informal lunch. Held on the Friday during the day nearest to St Andrew's Day (30th November), the event is one of food, song and laughter.
Saturday 25th January 2020 Further details and booking information available later
The premier event of the year, the Burns Anniversary Dinner (or Burns Supper) is held on the Saturday evening closest to the anniversary of the Bard's birth (25th January). While a very formal event, the evening, as Burns himself would have wished, is full of amusing speeches, "sangs and clatter".
The format has changed little since the first event in 1891. The first half comprises the Selkirk Grace followed by a four course meal, including of course the parade of and Address to the Haggis. It is customary during the address for the reciter to remove the chef's hat with his dagger (or skean dhu). (Experienced chefs ensure they are wearing a tall hat!!).
A typical menu is:
Cock a Leekie Soup
Roast Aberdeen Angus wi' tatties an'other kin o' kailyard dainties
Kebbuck wi' Biscuits
New Maskit Coffee
The second half starts with the Guest Speaker (occasionally travelling from Scotland specially) presenting the eulogy (delivered with much humour in Burns' own style) and proposing the formal toast to The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns.
Interspersed with songs (solo and communal), the remainder of the celebration comprises toast and responses:
The Land/City We Live In is proposed by a Member of the Association and usually provides a platform to offer advice to the City Council. The Mayor or Mayoress of the City of Derby is usually an Association guest at this Dinner and is given an opportunity to respond to this toast.
To the Lasses is proposed by a male Member of the Association and responded to by one of the fairer sex. The volume of applause decides the "winner" and, since she has the last word, the lassie usually wins!
By custom, the evening concludes with the singing of The Star O' Rabbie Burns whose chorus is as follows:
Let kings and courtiers rise and fa',
This world has mony turns,
But brightly beams aboon them a',
The Star o' Rabbie Burns.
President's Reception - Saturday 30th September 2018
We had a very good evening with lots of fun, our usual friendly, happy atmosphere and many guests present including invited representatives from Nottingham, Huntingdon and Leicester. The reception was held as usual in the pleasant surroundings of the Grange Banqueting suite with the evening made up of a programme of dancing interspersed with entertainments brilliantly compered by our two MC's.
In the first half the Association's Demonstration Team beautifully performed an elegant and intricate Strathspey medley of three dances entitled Three Gold Rings devised by one of our own dance teachers to celebrate the golden weddings of three couples of our dancing members.
We were fortunate to have John Smith, an excellent Highland dancer from Leicestershire, perform for us. John danced The Highland Fling and also Barracks Johnnie. He also gave us a most amusing recitation of Cock Robin and another gem, the name of which escapes me, but was themed on Tartan underwear!
After an excellent buffet it was time for more action in the shape of an elimination waltz before the customary sketch to honour our President. Brilliantly written, it was based on a TV sketch from That Was The Week That Was, which mocked British class division stereotypes of the time and had featured John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. This time it was the pretensions of our President's beloved Scottish Mountains and those who climbed them that were being mocked, and which compared the Munros, Corbetts and other hills to some of our members.
Peter Scatterty entertained us with a musical medley on his squeeze box, a waltz or two, the Gay Gordons, Mairi's Wedding, the Raffle draw and it was time for Auld Lang Syne!
Well done to all who helped organise the evening or performed and it is pleasing to be able to report that the Raffle made £129 for local charities.
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