St Andrew Society of York
Updated for 2016-17
Who are we?
We are a very sociable group who offer a warm Scottish welcome to those who love Scotland and those
of Scottish heritage. We enjoy celebrating our Scottish and British traditions in true style.
The St Andrew Society of York is affiliated to the Robert Burns World Federation, Yorkshire District
which provides us with further social opportunities. Burns World Federation
Main Events in 2016/17
June 18th, Saturday, The Coffee Morning
July 1st, Friday, A day at the Seaside
July 4th, Monday, Ladies Circle Theatre Evening
August 13th, Saturday, BBQ
September 3rd, Saturday, A Murder Mystery Evening
October 13th, Thursday, Ladies Circle
October 23rd, Sunday, President's Reception
November 26th, Saturday, St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance
November 27th, Sunday, St Andrewtide Service
December, 31st, Hogmany
January 28th, Saturday, Burns' Celebration
February 25th, Saturday Road to the Isles
March 13th, Monday, Ladies Circle Theatre Evening
March, 28th, Tuesday Gone to Pot
May 5th, Friday, The AGM
May 11th, Thursday, Ladies Circle AGM
Our President, and Council Members, all of whom are elected by our
members, put together and run our excellent programme of events. The
Society thrives on the enthusiasm of our members and as you can see
provide a full year of fun and entertainment.
If you are interested in things Scottish and might like to join us,
do contact our Secretary on email@example.com who can answer all your
questions and give you
The AGM for the year will be held in Wigginton Recreational Hall at 7.30pm.
It is at this event when all the formal business of the Society is concluded.
The out-going President will summarise her year and the
in-coming President will be inaugurated. The Treasurer and Ladies Circle
President will give their reports and new Council Members will be elected to
replace those who have completed their terms in office. The new President
will outline his plans for a very busy and interesting year ahead including
details of his selected charity. Once all the formalities are concluded we can
enjoy a chat with friends over a cup of tea or coffee and discuss ideas for the
development of the Society with the Council. For further information
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The Ladies Circle AGM will be held during their meeting on 11th May for further information
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The Coffee Morning
is a fundraising event for the President's Charity, which this year is
in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The Coffee Morning was
held at Haxby Memorial Hall,our trusty piper Jim was outside to welcome
all comers in style. The Ladies Circle provided delicious refreshments,
and the many stalls manned by many willing hard workers selling crafts,
plants, books, home grown produce and home made cakes, gave everyone the
opportunity to have a good time whilst buying lovely goodies and
raising money for a very good cause.
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The charity for 2016-17 is
the RNLI. The brave volunteers turn out in all weather and conditions
to rescue those in peril on the sea. They provide lifeguards on the
beaches and help in all manner of unusual places such as rescuing
stranded people when flooding occurs whether in land or on the coast.
For further information please see their website www.RNLI.ORG Home
Friday 1st July a group of just under 40 members met in the car park at
St Georges Fields to begin our journey to Bridlington,picking up a few
people on the way. The journey was made more interesting by the most
difficult quiz, obviously compiled by a very clever member of our
society. Arriving at Bridlngton we were split into two groups, one
having the morning in Bridlington at leisure, the other going across to
the Lifeboat Station. What a super trip, our guide was really
enthusiastic about his work and gave us a tour around the lifeboat
staion, the rescue boat and a very informative talk and video about the
sometimes unusual tasks they have to carry out. At lunchtime we rejoined
the coach to Flamborough Golf Club for a delightful fish and chips
lunch and delicious desserts and tea or coffee. On our return to
Bridlington the groups swapped over enabling everyone to have a wander
around the seaside as well as learning a great deal. Thanks go to our
president for organising the day. Please contact email@example.com
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Our BBQ this summer was held on bright sunny day in the lovely garden of
our secretary in Copmanthorpe. Along with delicious food we had our
traditional games in our own particular style, of wellie wanging,
putting,the darts being a particular favourite with the children! Children
young and not so young could na did have their faces painted so we had
dinasaurs, scarecrows and rabbits to join the fun. As
always friends and family were all given a good St Andrew Society
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worrying few days for our president when the sports club cancelled our
booking at short notice. The council had only four rehearsals due to
summer commitments but we managed to produce an exciting evening of
mystery and intrigue in the Railway and Bowls Club. The dinner ladies
gave us a reminder of our school days with school style dinners and
puddings again produced at very short notice. Only two teams succeeded
in finding out Whodunnit but none guessed why or how, maybe due to the
new found acting skills of our council. Please contact
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This year's President's Reception, was held in Strensall Golf club again this year.
It is a particularly good venue and the cuisine and service were ideal.
Our President had the honour of presenting one of our longest serving members with
his Honourary Membership Certificate and was also able to congratulate two couples who
have or will very soon celebrate their marriages. This was very enjoyable day.
Ladies Circle outing on 23rd June was to the internationally acclaimed
flower arranger George Smith's garden at The Manor House Heslington on a
lovely day attended by 13 members. We were met by Mr Withill and
welcomed by George Smith. We first wandered around the extensive gardens
and were served tea and biscuits at 3.45 when the bell rang we had to
congregate in the granary studio for an illustrated talk by George
Smith. This showed the property as they took it over many years ago and
the construction of the pond etc. This was followed by a chance to buy
plants which many of us took advantage of.
The Ladies Circle theatre outing was to the newly refurbished Theatre
Royal for the production of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, a very successful
evening. It was lovely to enjoy the comfort of the theatre with its
improvements including excellent acoustics. Thanks go to Sheila for
organising this event.
The Ladies Circle meet for lunch on the second Thursday of each month,
from October to May. The venue, the Novotel, Fishergate, York YO10 4FD.
These luncheons offer an excellent opportunity to socialise during the
day. Each meeting offers something different. Throughout the year we
have a variety of talks, some with demonstrations, from some very
interesting speakers and we ring the changes with informal lunches too.
Our first lunch of the season was held on Thursday 13th October a delicious 2 course lunch with tea or coffee and the most amazing
handmade chocolates, enjoyed by a healthy turnout of ladies including 2 new members and one returning this year.
Our speaker gave a talk on the RNLI, this years President's Charity and cards and calendars were on sale.
The Ladies Circle Lunch in November was attended by 26 members, the speaker read some of his poetry
to the backdrop of his paintings and was thrilled to sell a number of books to the ladies.
In December 24 ladies enjoyed a christmas lunch with mulled wine on arrival,a Stanley Holloway style recital about
Albert and Sam,raffle and a christmas gift for all attendees.
January lunch was attended by 23 members given a very enlightening talk on the arrival of Scots in York and their influences
on the city.
The February lunch attended by 23 ladies welcoming one newcomer was a delicous soup or feta cheese and vegetable tart,fish pie or chicken and mushroom pie.
Due to illness our speaker was replaced by an impromptu reading from Crowdie and Cream by Finlay J MacDonald followed by some amusing anecdotes from members
The next event is lunch on 9th March
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Members and guests of the St Andrew York Society celebrated St Andrew's Day in the Eclipse Suite at York racecourse on 26th November 2016 with the St Andrewtide church service at St Columba's URC York on Sunday 27th November 2016.
The evening got underway with our Master of Ceremonies Graham Robertson calling the 'gathering' to order and the Society's favourite piper Jim Sharp piping in the top table.
President elect Jim Murison said grace ahead of a four course dinner and coffee being served.
Following the meal a number of greetings were read out from fellow Societies as far afield as Canada to as close as Wakefield.
Our President Dorothy gave an interesting talk on the origins of the apostle Andrew from Andrew’s artefacts being brought by a fourth century Middle East monk to the place now known as St Andrews,
through to St Andrew himself being adopted as Patron Saint of Scotland.
The toast to Scotia, a light hearted reflection on the affect that both geographical and cultural 'fault' lines had on Scotia and its people over the centuries was given by Ian Reynolds.
Following dinner there was a time for socialising before the music struck up and the 'jigging' began! The music was provided by Hugh Barwell and on occasion accompanied by Jim on the pipes.
It was a most enjoyable evening with excellent company and all looked forward to doing the same next year.
We had another lovely evening at Haxby Memorial Hall. The DB Band played
the night away and having eaten a superb meal, we danced up to the New Year. Jim, our wonderful piper played us into the
New Year to traditional tunes, rounded off with Auld Lang Syne at Midnight. This was a ver special evening enjoyed by all.Home
At our 108th Burns Celebration Luncheon on Saturday 28th January 2017
we celebrated in traditional style with speeches, music and song,all in praise of the Bard, in the Dante Suite at York racecourse.
Some 66 members and guests attended to enjoy a superb meal,starting with a very tasty and interesting spinach and wild mushroom risotto followed by the welcome almost complusory Haggis with neeps and tatties.
The main course consisted of an enormous supreme roast chicken (more haggis stuffing),crushed potatoes and roast jus.Vegetarians were equally spoiled with salted baked beetroot and walnut crust deep fried camembert,
chunky chips and wild mushroom compote - almost worth giving up meat for! As if we hadn't been fed enough, there followed dark chocolate & raspberry delice with macaroon & Eton Mess,tea or coffee with
after dinner mints. As we have come to expect on these occasions this was beautifully serviced. Our wonderful piper treated The Bard with all due honour as he led the President, honoured guests and speakers
to their table and paid homage to The Haggis in the usual fashion. Between courses we were treated to three Burns songs by Linn who had travelled from Scotland specially for the lunch and had to make a quick getaway
to catch the return train, everyone was impressed by her amazing voice and even more by her dedication. The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns began our speeches and The President Elect proposed 'The Toon we Bide in and our Guests.
The Sheriff of York gave an interesting reply and an entertaining 'The Lassies' and response followed. The final recitation was the complete rendition of Tam O'Shanter, the likes of which are rarely seen,
with a slide show,very little need for script and given with great gusto almost cetainly by a Burns enthusiast.
The 'Lunch' as it was now dark outside ended with the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne, a most successful event.
For further information and to book your place, please do contact our
secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org.
held on Saturday 25th February, Road to the Isles is a musical event
featuring music and songs from our beautiful Isles.Come along in full
voice to join the singing.Home
Our outing on 13th March 2017 will be to the
Theatre Royal to see Rodgers and Hammersteins The King and I at time of writing all 30 tickets are sold. Please contact email@example.com
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Come along to St Giles
Church Hall Copmanthorpe on Tuesday 28th March for our own version of
Gardeners Question Time, this is a tried and trusted event hosted by St
Andrew Society for the first time though it has been held in
Copmanthorpe on a number of occasions. Roger Burnett a previous Chelsea
Flower Show judge and head of Scarborough in Bloom committee will come
along with two colleagues to answer any gardening questions you may want
answered. The trio are very entertaining whilst providing excellent
advice and tips. There will be supper and a raffle to further enhance
your enjoyment.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The three main events are:- the Conference, which will
be held in Peebles Hydro between 9th and 11th September this year, the
AGM and Quiz in June and The Tartan Ball on 29th April in the Holiday
Inn, Bradford with dancing to Iain MacPhail and his band.
For more details please contact
Scottish Country Dance Club York
- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Last updated, February 2017.