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 events

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, Burn's Lunch
February 25th, Saturday Road to the Isles
March (TBA), 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 friends, welcoming new members and guests.

If you might like to join us, do contact our Secretary on info@yorkscot.org.uk who can answer all your questions and give you further details. Home


The AGM was held in Wigginton Recreational Hall at 7.30pm and began proceedings for the year. This event is when all the formal business of the Society is concluded. The out-going Presidents summarised their terms of the year and the in-coming President was inaugurated. The Treasurer and Ladies Circle President gave their reports and New Council Members were elected to replace those who had completed their terms in office. The new President shared her plans for the coming year which promises to be a busy and exciting one. Once all the formalities were concluded we enjoyed a chat with friends over a cup of tea or coffee and discussed ideas for the development of the Society with the Council. Home

The Coffee Morning

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 on Saturday 18th June. Our excellent piper stood outside on a dull start to the day to welcome all comers and the Ladies Circle provided delicious refreshments which proved so popular that there was a complete sell out of scones. There was a variety of stalls selling beautifully handmade crafts, including dyed silk scarves, jewellery, cards and knitted toys. The plant stall sold out of their great variety of baskets and pots of home grown plants. There was a huge selection of adult and childrens' books, the home grown produce and home made cakes were as ever very well received. Children and adults alike had great fun trying to throw the ping-pong ball into a glass and beat the previous high scores on shuffleboard. Everyone enjoyed a great morning out and thanks to the hard working Ladies Circle it proved to be a successful fundraising event. Charity Please contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for further details. Home


The charity for 2016-17 is the RNLI. In support of the charity 40 members went by coach, with a very hard quiz on the way, to Bridlington. The group split into two with one group enjoying the morning in Bridlington with the others visiting the lifeboat station. What followed was an amazing insight into the life of the lifeboat station, the volunteers and the boat itself. We were given an extensive tour of the station, including the boat and a very informative talk and video. A recommended trip for anyone. We all rejoined the coach for a tasty fish & chips lunch at Flamborough Golf Club with beautiful cliff views over the sea. In he afternoon the groups swapped activities giving everyone A Day at The Seaside as promised. For further information please see their website www.RNLI.ORG Home


Our BBQ this summer will be in the lovely garden of our secretary in Copmanthorpe 13th August. Along with delicious food we will have our traditional games played in our own particular way, of wellie wanging, putting, darts, and maybe a special item for the children in us all! Given rain or shine this has always proved to be a very popular event. Please contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for further details. Home

A Murder Mystery Evening

Do come to the Clifton Sports Club and with your best investigative skills find out Who will Die, Why, how and more importantly Who Done It. Be the super sleuth of the evening dressed in character (optional) with a prize for the best costume. Please contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for further details. Home

President's Reception

This year's President's Reception, will be held in the delightful surroundings of York Golf Club, Strensall on 23rd October. Do come along and have a relaxed Sunday lunch in the company of our Society members.Please contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for further details. Home

Ladies Circle

Ladies Circle outing.The Ladies Circle met in the car park of the Deramore Arms Heslington at 2:50 to visit the wonderful gardens of the internationally acclaimed flower arranger George Smith. With boundaries dating back to the 18th century the 3 acres gardens have been nurtured and shaped into a number of separate gardens with orchards and ponds within cultured borders and plots. The nursery garden was open for visitors to take home their choice of the examples grown here. On 4th July the Ladies Circle had arranged a theatre trip to see 7 brides for 7 brothers, another very successful production with the cast singing and dancing non stop with amazing energy. An evening of energetic entertainment enjoyed by all. Home

The Ladies Circle meet for lunch on the second Thursday of each month, from October to May. The venue, is 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 May lunch was held on Thursday 12th with 19 members attending for a superb 3 course lunch.As this meeting always incorporates our AGM the outgoing and new Presidents and secretary gave their reports and the whole event was enjoyed by all. Pre-booking is essential so please contact ladiescircle@yorkscot.org.uk. The Ladies will be delighted to have your company. Home

St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance

Our St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance, will be held on Saturday 26th November in the popular and familiar Eclipse Suite at York Racecourse. The evening will include excellent food and the perfect opportunity to show your traditional scottish dancing prowess or just enjoy watching and listening to the rousing music. Contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for more details .Home

The St Andrewtide Service

The St Andrewtide Service will be held at the United Reform Church in Priory Street, on Sunday morning 27th November. The Ladies Circle will hopefully provide their delicious home made shortbread to be enjoyed with coffee and a chat after the service.Home


We plan to join the Haxby Memorial Hall New Year Celebrations again this year following an excellent celebration last year. A perfect mix of partygoers sharing the magic of Hogmanay. Contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for more details .Home

Burn's Luncheon

We are returning to the Gimcrack Rooms at the Racecourse for another splendid lunch. This event proved to be very popular previously and will enable those of us who prefer not to be out and about on cold winter evenings to enjoy poetry and prose in praise of the Bard. Contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for more details.

Road to the Isles

Join us in full voice for a musical evening of entertainment including songs and music from the beautiful Scottish Isles.Contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for more details. Home

Theatre Outing

The Ladies Circle plan to hold a Theatre outing in March, more information to follow. Please contact ladiescircle@yorkscot.org.uk for more information. Home

Gone to Pot

Come along to St Giles Church Hall Copmanthorpe on Tuesday March 28th for our very own Gardening Question Time in a tried and tested style with our own slant. Roger Burnett (Chelsea Flower Show judge)and head of Scarboroughin Bloom, with his team have been very successful in Copmanthorpe over a number of years and will be on the spot for the first time for us,to answer any of your gardening queries with plenty of advice and humour.Pie and peas supper will be provided. Please contact info@yorkscot.org.uk for further details. Home

Burns World Federation Events

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

For more details please contact info@yorkscot.org.ukHome

Here are some other websites that might be of interest

yorkscdclub.org.uk - York Scottish Country Dance Club York

rscdsyork.com - Royal Scottish Country Dance Society York

Last updated, July 2016.