Dear Fellow Caledonians,

As you will read in this newsletter, we have had an “up and down” month with both good & bad news.   But that’s life, I guess ….
The sad news is extensively covered in our ‘News of Members’ section below; so I would rather dwell on the good news that we are looking forward to the visit of Fred Brokenshire, our Federation Chief, next month.

Fred has served the Caledonian Movement with dedication for many years and is an inspiration to us all.  Our planned cruise up the Nahoon River with Fred promises to be a memorable trip.  Who will forget ever all that wonderful bird life – accompanied by the sound of bagpipes?  Not to be missed !

In the evening, we will be having a ceilidh at Parklands and there will be a surprise draw open to anyone who joins us for both the cruise and the ceilidh ….. so hurry and get your tickets now !

Firstly the sad news this month is that the society said goodbye to John Forbes, who passed away on 24 February.  A true gentleman – John was an active supporter of the Society for many years and will be sorely missed.  John’s obituary from ‘The Daily Dispatch’ is attached to this newsletter. The Society was also extremely touched that John’s family named the Society as a beneficiary in lieu of memorial flowers – a very generous gesture indeed. Since the last newsletter, we also received word that former member, Mary Boyd, passed on recently – our thoughts are also with her family.
Other sad news is that Margaret Murray – 102 years old – has had to undergo a serious operation.  An inspiration to all who know her, Margaret holds the record for the longest-serving EL Caledonian.  Margaret has been a member for some 67 years and was Secretary of the Ladies Group for fifty of those years.  In other news from the doctor’s surgery, Marrian Mathieson recently had a cataract removed, while Sue Piderit recently fell and broke her arm.  We wish them all well as they recover.

Nookie Middleton will be travelling to Johannesburg shortly to celebrate her daughter’s silver wedding anniversary – a milestone that will also be reached by Dave & Maureen Rankin in April.

In sports news, Tumi Macdonell swam in a field of over 200 competitors in the 9-13 age group in the Merrifield Mile Open Water Swimming Challenge and came in second, beating all the boys in the process.  Finally Roxanne Piderit has just bought a house in Cambridge West – and we assume that the invitations to the ‘house-warming’ party must be in the post !

ENTERTAINMENT     Sunday 26 March “Music in the Park”   Join us at the concert in the afternoon at Berea Gardens. Our Pipe Band and Dancers will be performing. R30 pp entry.
Saturday 22 April Federation Chief Visit.  Barge Trip on the Nahoon River at 15.00 followed by a “Bring and Share” Ceilidh at Parklands at 18.00.  (BYOB)  R100 per person. (Names and payment to Dave Rankin by 15 April)

PIPE BAND   Band practice now taking place at Hudson Park High School, where the band has acquired 6 new learners (3 pipers and 3 drummers). The Band will be at ‘Music in the Park’ on 26 March and at the Urban Run on 21 May.

LADIES GROUP    March meeting at Agnes Cowie’s home went well. Next meeting will be at 9.30am on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at the Coelacanth Café (hosted by Jean Sansom)
S.C.D.C   Weekly meetings have resumed on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.   Recent average turnout of eight – which is fairly encouraging.

HIGHLAND AND IRISH DANCERS   East London dancers did well at the Aloe Awards and at the Knysna Celtic Festival.  Dancers will be at “Music in the Park” and will be competing at the South Coast Highland Gathering.  A dancing workshop is scheduled for 26 April and the East Coast Dancing Festival will be held on 13 May 2017.  Finally congratulations to Emily Frauenstein, who has been nominated for a Protea Award.

COMMITTEE    Next meeting of the Committee will be on Thursday 13 April 2017 at 7.30 pm at Roxanne Piderit’s new house, 7a Dartnell Road, Cambridge West.

26 Mar 2017 Music in the Park Berea Gardens 14.30 Join us ! R30pp

22 Apr 2017 Fed Chief Visit Nahoon River / Parklands 15.00 / 18.00 Barge trip / Ceilidh

Yours aye,
Maureena ‘Nookie’ Middleton (Chief)


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