All three events require advance booking. Booking forms are provided to members with the bimonthly Newsletter.
Saturday 25th September 2021 (Rescheduled from 26th September 2020)
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.
2020 was the 100th anniversary of DSABC, and the 130th anniversary of the formation of the original Derby Burns Club. We had planned to use the 2020 President's Reception to celebrate this special occasion.
Due to Covid-19, this was cancelled, and we are now deferring our 100th anniversary celebrations to 25/9/21, so, our big event will now this year - hopefully.
There have necessarily been changes to our original plans. The event will now take place at the Grange Banqueting Suite in Littleover. We have booked Chris and Julie Dewhurst (well known to our Scottish Dancers) to provide the music.
This will, obviously, be subject to easing of Covid restrictions. More details will be 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); (we may need to vary the date for 2021 due to venue availability). 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.
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.
President's Reception - Saturday 28th September 2019
Our President, accompanied by his wife as Consort, were honoured at the Grange Banqueting Suite, Littleover. He opened the evening by introducing his honoured guests, from Nottingham and Leicester. He then asked our Senior Vice President to get the first half underway.
The company were well mixed and introduced by the dance Circassian Circle which was followed by two old dance favourites. Providing the music for the dances were accordionists Chris and Julie Dewhurst from Lichfield. The ladies of the Demonstration Dance Team next performed a dance that one of our Dance Class tutors had written. It was in honour of the President’s wife, and entitled The Beekeeper's Wife, and was very intricate and appeared to have a central theme of busy bees.
Pipe Major Bill Pepper from The Leicestershire and Rutland Pipe Band had earlier led in the top table procession but now he had his own spot and he introduced one of his young piping pupils called Benny who went through the four levels of learning the pipes. This involved playing the practice chanter to learn scales etc until finally playing simple tunes (in this case Amazing Grace). Bill then took over and played three tunes including Highland Cathedral, on the full bagpipes.
Following this were two dances, the first of which was entitled Lady Pamela's Promenade Waltz which our fantastic dance instructor had created for one of her friends.
Supper followed and during this the usual raffle tickets were sold to the assembled diners who were encouraged by our Vice President to dig deep for this valuable addition to our charitable funds.
The dancing got underway with the Gay Gordons. There then followed an introduction to our President, outlining his many talents and his voluntary work. All were then invited to drink a toast to the President and his Consort. Followed by a sketch about toads (of relevance to the President!). The dancing continued until the raffle, which raised £148, was drawn. Our virtuoso accordionists Chris and Julie then took centre stage playing Scottish tunes, a slow air followed by a strathspey/reel medley. Dancing continued until the President gave his thanks to all the people that had been involved in the planning and running a most enjoyable reception. The evening was completed by Auld Lang Syne.
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