MAY 2018 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

April saw us welcoming the Federation Chief Jane Dyer, on her official visit. We had a Ceilidh event on the Friday evening at the Border Hockey Club House, which was well attended. This was followed by the ever-popular Tartan Day River Cruise and a committee dinner held at Dot-Com Café.

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The weekend also allowed us the opportunity to present Sandra Rankin and Callum and Beryl MacIver with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their long, faithful and dedicated service in upholding and promoting all that is best in Scottish Culture and Tradition. Below are the citations read at the presentation:

“Our first recipient has been a member of the society for 44 years having joined the society in 1974. Except for Margaret Murray, she is the longest standing member of the Society and has served the Society in every role – committee member, treasurer, secretary, lady president and chief. In recent years, she has been fondly referred to as our ‘Chief of Protocol’ – reference to the endless guidance she provides to those of us with far less experience and knowledge, and her willingness to pass this on and uphold the traditions of our Society.

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Our new Honorary Life Members Sandra Rankin and Callum and Beryl MacIver together with Chief Roxanne Piderit

She has been chief of the ECHG, manager of the ELCSPB and a Scottish Country Dancing Teacher. She has also served the Federation in various roles – as provincial lady president, provincial chieftain and chief of the federation. In all these roles, Sandra Rankin has worked tirelessly and tackles every task with enthusiasm. She has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and organisational skills. Her vision, foresight and dedication have been key to the ongoing success of our Society. It goes without saying that Sandra has made a real, positive and lasting impact on the Society and its members. It is indeed a great honour to award honorary life membership of the ELCS to Past Federation Chief, Sandra Rankin.”

“Our second recipients have been members of the society for 40 years having joined the society in 1978. They have twice served the society as Chief and Lady President, and have represented the Society at Congress on numerous occasions. They have also served the Federation as Provincial Chieftain and Lady President of the Cape Province – twice. Importantly, during their long and active service to the Society, they have become the official suppliers of the Haggis for our Burns celebrations – a role from which they have graciously retired this year. In all these roles, Callum and Beryl MacIver have given invaluable service to the society and always had its interests at heart – and we know they will continue to do so for years to come. It is indeed a great honour to award honorary life membership of the ELCS to Past Chief and Lady President, Callum and Beryl MacIver.”

As I have said before, the committee is always looking for new ideas and entertainment options. I hope you will join us for the Quiz Evening on Saturday 12 May. Get a group of four people together, or join up with a group when you get there.

NEWS OF MEMBERS

Firstly a warm welcome to Peter and Anne McLeod, who have joined the Society as Country Members. While on the subject of membership, many congratulations to Sandra Rankin and Callum & Beryl MacIver – our new Honorary Life Members (see photo on front page). Linda Herman’s nephew, Sean Cameron won the Junior 100 Guineas Solo Piping Competition. Ken Scott and Linda Herman have been in Johannesburg visiting Ken’s son and Linda’s niece. Maureena Middleton is attending family celebrations in Johannesburg. The Middleton twins’ hockey team has been ranked 4th in the country. Roxanne Piderit will be travelling to Durban with the Border Hockey team. Dave Rankin received an award from SA National Blood Service for 150 donations. Finally many condolences to Sue and Roxanne Piderit, on the passing of their father and grandfather, Graham Turner.

ENTERTAINMENT

12 May 2018             Scottish-themed Quiz evening at the MOTH Hall. Bring & share. Cash bar. R10 pp. Members from the Society and from other organisations will be encouraged to form teams of four. 6.30pm for 7pm.

13 June 2018            AGM at the Border Hockey Club. Please bring plate of eats to share. 7pm

PIPE BAND

The band paraded during the Federation Chief’s visit on 6 & 7 April; but unfortunately “Music in The Park” was cancelled due to rain. The Band also played at the Bowling Championship finals at Comrades Club on 28 April and 5 May, at the East London Agricultural Show on 1 May and at the Diesel Depot Run. Looking ahead, the Band will be at the SPCA Bikers’ Breakfast at Hams Club on 12 August. The band also featured in an article in “The Rising Sun” newspaper of 10 April.

LADIES GROUP

The Ladies meeting on 4 April at ‘Breath of Life’ was enjoyed by all. The Ladies next meeting will be at 9.30am Tuesday 8 May at Oak Room, Parklands. This will be a ‘Cuppa for CANSA’ tea at which a DVD of the Edinburgh Tattoo will be screened. A minimum donation of R20 per person is requested.

S.C.D.C

 Weekly meetings continue at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays. The club’s performance during the Federation Chief’s visit was well received. The Federation Chief expressed her pleasure that such a club is active in East London.

 HIGHLAND DANCERS

Dancers performed for the Federation Chief and at the Border HDF on 14 April. The Eastern Cape Highland Gathering Dancing Competition will be held at Port Rex Technical High School from 9am on Saturday 19 May.   All welcome to come and support our dancers.

CONGRESS           

The dates for the next Congress have been confirmed as 5-7 October 2018 in Durban. East London is pencilled in for the 2020 Congress. Task Team is busy refining proposals for Congress and will meet before the next Committee meeting on 10 May.

BIRTHDAYS

April 2018 May 2018
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
9 Sandra Rankin 043 726 1500 8 Sheila Sanderson  
13 Liezel Cilliers 083 518 4009 13 Hannah Paterson  
19 Roxanne Piderit 082 455 8661 14 Linda Hermann  
19 Hannah Weymouth 076 572 9390 15 Andrew Weymouth 083 604 3912
28 Dennis du Plessis 082 375 8250 18 Estelle King 082 477 1983
30 Rose Thompson 072 431 7391 20 Beryl MacIver 043 722 0875
  22 Tanya Macdonell 074 446 0480
26 Ken Scott 083 274 3349

SUBSCRIPTIONS

The Committee is proposing that subscriptions will increase for next year to: Full Members: R85, Country Members: R60; Junior Members: R30. Members paying in advance of the AGM will pay at the current rates.

COMMITTEE

Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 May 2018 at the home of Roxanne Piderit, 7a Dartnell Road, Cambridge West.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
12 May 2018 Scottish Themed Quiz BB Country Club 18.30 R10pp. Bring & share
13 June 2018 AGM Border Hockey Club 19.00 Chance to join Committee !
3 Nov 2018 Halloween McClelland TBC  
1 Dec 2018 St Andrews Dinner Beacon Bay Country Club TBC
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Federation Chief Visit

Federation Chief Jane Dyer recently made her official visit to East London Caledonian Society.

A ceilidh was held at Border Hockey Club on Friday 6 April. During the evening Sandra Rankin and Callum & Beryl MacIver were made honorary life members in recognition of their service to the Society.

On Saturday 7 April members enjoyed a cruise on Nahoon River. The preceding party on the barge was a stag party and the party following the Society was a batchelorette party. We do not know if that was for one wedding or for two.

On Saturday the Fed Chief and E.L.C.S. committee met for supper at DotCom Cafe.

MARCH NEWSLETTER

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

We have had a very busy start to 2018, with two well-supported functions.  Burns Nicht in January had an exceptional number of members attend – we hope you enjoyed a new venue and a ‘fresh’ approach to the tribute to Scotland’s Bard.  Our February function was a Valentine’s Tea in aid of the Pipe Band’s efforts to raise funds towards their centenary in 2020.  Again we had a fantastic turnout, kicking off the fundraising in style.  As ever, my grateful thanks to Past Federation Chief Sandra Rankin for all her help and guidance in making these events a success.

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Your Chief addressing the Haggis at Burns

Looking forward, we have a Putt Putt event this weekend – this is part of our continued efforts to keep the Society in the public eye and hopefully generate some interest and gain new members.  Please don’t forget to wear some tartan (feel free to interpret this creatively!). See the Entertainment section for details

In April we will welcome the Federation Chief, Jane Dyer, on her official visit.  We have a Ceilidh event planned for the Friday evening at the Border Hockey Club House.  This will be followed by the ever-popular Tartan Day River Cruise – tickets are limited, so please contact the committee to reserve your place asap. We hope to see as many members as possible at these two events.

NEWS OF MEMBERS

Firstly a warm welcome to Dean Klopper, who has just joined the Society – we look forward to seeing him at future functions. News from the Doctor’s Surgery …. Jean Sansom is home from hospital after falling and breaking her arm, Elliot Murray is recovering from complications after undergoing knee surgery; Iris van der Zee has had dental surgery and Agnes Cowie has not been well. Travel News – George and Margaret Bruce have returned from holiday.  School News – Britney & Emily Middleton are settling in well at their new school, Clarendon; while Tumi Macdonell has started at Stirling High School and was elected class captain.  Finally congratulations to Dave Rankin, who has completed his dissertation.  In Sports news – Sue and Roxanne Piderit participated in the Tomato Trot Fun Run.

ENTERTAINMENT

10 March 2018         Putt-putt Golf Outing at the Beacon Bay Crossing.  17.00 for 17.30.

No charge – but members to pay for themselves. Tartan to be worn

6 April 2018               Visit of the Federation Chief. Ceilidh/Bring & Share at Border Hockey Club. 18:30

7 April 2018               Tartan Day River Cruise. Wear a touch of tartan. R100 per person

PIPE BAND    New practice venue – Gonubie Montessori School is working well.  Band played at Burns and Valentines Tea. Upcoming Parade: Music in the Park on 18 March 2018.

LADIES GROUP   The first meeting of 2018 held at the Dot Com Café was enjoyed by all. Ladies have decided that future meetings of the group will take place at catered venues and each of the members will pay their own way.  Next Meeting: 9.30am Weds 4 April at ‘Breath of Life’ in Dawson Road.

S.C.D.C   A good turnout on the first practice of the year. Weekly meetings continue at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.  

HIGHLAND DANCERS   Dancers performed at the Valentine’s Tea and at the Knysna Celtic Festival on 24 February.  During mid-March there will be qualifiers for the Interprovincial competitions.

CONGRESS               The provisional date for the next Congress is 5-7 October 2018 in Durban.  East London is pencilled in for the 2020 Congress.

BIRTHDAY

March 2018 April 2018
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
6 Nadege Rankin 082 773 9549 9 Sandra Rankin 043 726 1500
11 Nookie Middleton 084 693 2836 13 Liezel Cilliers 083 518 4009
14 John Stoddard 082 466 7095 19 Roxanne Piderit 082 455 8661
16 Edgar Willis   19 Hannah Weymouth 076 572 9390
28 Claude Macdonell 084 742 8156 30 Rose Thompson 072 431 7391

COMMITTEE    Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 April 2018 at the home of Dave & Maureen Rankin, 9 Nelson Ave, Cambridge.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
10 March Putt Putt Social The Crossing. Beacon Bay 17.30 Pay your own way!
6 April Fed Chief Visit Border Hockey Club 18.30 Bring and share / ceilidh
7 April Tartan Day River Cruise Nahoon River (TBC) TBC R100 per person
12 May Scottish Themed Quiz BB Country Club TBC  
13 June AGM Border Hockey Club (TBC) TBC Chance to join Committee!

 

December 2017 / January 2018 Newsletter

DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

Greetings from Down Under !

We have reached the end of another year and it is hard to believe that it has been a year since our 2016 St Andrews Dinner. Each year seems to get busier and 2018 looks like it will be no different. The committee, and various sub-sections of the society, are working tirelessly to bring new and exciting experiences for our membership. (Just a reminder that we welcome feedback and ideas from our members – so please feel free to pass on your thoughts to us) A lot has happened since our last newsletter – we had a lovely Halloween evening with the residents of McClelland. HalloweenThe ‘best dressed’ winners (as chosen by the residents) are pictured above – although we received a ‘complaint’ that only committee members received prizes! Liezel (our Tommy Tourist) receives special mention as the only non-committee member to join in on the dressing up – your prize is on its way! It would be nice to have more members present next year – please consider joining us as this is our main charitable event for the year. The efforts are really appreciated by the residents, and lots of fun is to be had around the braai after we have finished the entertainment portion of the programme.

We tried yet another venue for St Andrews Dinner and enjoyed a fabulous meal laid out by Marais and his Hams Club Team. It was also nice to have space to dance – a huge thank you to Sandra for always willingly arranging ceilidh dancing for our entertainment. Our guest speaker, Mr Neil McIntyre, gave a fitting tribute to Scotland and St Andrew – and went home with a membership form! Thank you to all those who played their part in making it a success. We will be trying out Beacon Bay Country Club for Burns Nicht in January – details about tickets are in the Entertainment section. Look forward to seeing you all then.

NEWS OF MEMBERS

First condolences to the Piderit family on the recent passing of Eileen Turner – mother of Sue and grandmother of Roxanne. Our thoughts are also with Callum & Beryl MacIver, who recently had a break-in at their home. On the sports field, Emily Middleton is in the Border badminton team; while Tumi Macdonell will be travelling to Port Elizabeth for an Interprovincial tournament with the Border U13 Girls Water Polo team. In travel news, Agnes Cowie is in Johannesburg visiting friends and her granddaughter; while, as you saw in the intro, Roxanne Piderit is currently in Australia. This Christmas, Maureena Middleton will visit family in Johannesburg; while Rose Thompson will be visiting her family in Pinetown. Dave & Maureen Rankin have been visiting family in Clarens. Jean Sansom has been unwell. Cameron Middleton has added pizza ovens to Dot. Com Café and has obtained a liquor licence. Norma Riddel has moved to the D.J. Sobey Home. Geoff and Carolyn Liddle’s daughter, Sally-Anne, will be visiting from Australia.

ENTERTAINMENT

27 January 2018 Burns Nicht. Beacon Bay Country Club R130 pp (R100 for U12). 6.30pm for 7.00pm.
Tickets from the Committee and final numbers to Sue Piderit (082 924 1078) by 19 January 2018. Tickets can be paid for via EFT and proof of payment emailed to piderit@iafrica.com. Any members needing a lift to the venue – please also let Sue know.

PIPE BAND In the past month, the Band led the Remembrance Day Parade on Oxford Street; and played at St Andrews’ Dinner. Looking into the distance, Music in the Park will be on 18 March 2018.

LADIES GROUP The Ladies Group enjoyed a delightful morning at Dot Com Café on 7 November with much to discuss with Congress just past, and a busy programme coming up. John & Lorna Thompson have once again generously offered to host our end of year luncheon at their home on Tuesday 5th December from 12 midday – always a joy to us all. Please note that in light of a wonderful increase in membership of our Group over the past year, we regret that Past Chiefs and Lady Presidents will not be receiving an invitation to join us on this occasion. The first meeting of 2018 will be held at the Dot.Com Café on 7 February 2018 at 0930, hosted by Sheila Sanderson.

S.C.D.C The Country Dancers had their End of Year Party on Tuesday 28th November 2017. The Club will now go into recess over the holiday period and will reconvene in February 2018.

HIGHLAND DANCERS Most of the Dancers have been busy with exams, although dancing practice has continued.

CONGRESS The provisional date for the next Congress is 5-7 October 2018 in Durban. East London is pencilled in for the 2020 Congress.

COMMITTEE Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 11 January 2018 at the home of Rose Thompson, Cottage E7, Fairlands. Cambridge West.

Finally I would like to wish each of you a Blessed Festive Season. Enjoy the time spent with family and friends – and, for those travelling, keep safe on the roads!

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)
FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
27 January Burns Nicht Beacon Bay CC 6.30pm R130pp (R100 for U12)
17 February Valentines Tea Port Rex THS (TBC) TBC Fundraiser

 

November 2017 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

First the exciting news – at the recent Congress, East London scooped both the membership trophies, winning both the Ken Johnstone Trophy (for numerical membership increase) and Harare Cup (for percentage membership increase). Congratulations to past Chief Maureena Middleton whose leadership achieved this success for our society. Perhaps we should challenge ourselves to retain these trophies at the 2018 Congress? Do you know of any potential members? Bring them along to one of our forthcoming events! The Task Team presentation delivered by Andrew Macdonell was well received at Congress, and we may be asking for your input again in the near future.Trophies

This weekend we have the annual Halloween party at McClelland home. This is our main charitable event for the year, and we really need the support of our members to make it work. There will be prizes for the best dressed, and braai fires lit – so please join us. Later this month we will gather at Hams Club for the St Andrews Dinner. Details about tickets are in the Entertainment section of the newsletter
NEWS OF MEMBERS

As usual, a number of our Caledonians have been on the road. Andrew Macdonell was recently in Scotland to celebrate his mother’s 90th birthday. Rose Thompson and Nookie Middleton have been visiting the Kruger Park; while Sandra Rankin visited her sister in Johannesburg. Hannah Paterson was visited by her younger brother and sister-in-law from the UK; while Roxanne Piderit will be jetting off in late November for Australia and New Zealand.

Tanya Macdonell received her Stirling High School Colours Blazer for her dancing exploits – both ballet and highland dancing. Meanwhile Tumi Macdonell reached the finals in all her events at the Aquabear Gala in PE recently and achieved her main goal of posting a time in the 100m freestyle that qualifies her to compete at next year’s South African Junior Championships. Tumi will also be going with the Border Water Polo Team for a tournament in November. Finally Roxanne Piderit has registered to do her Masters Degree in Education.
ENTERTAINMENT

4 November Halloween. 1800 for 1830 at McClelland Institute, Amalinda. ‘Bring & Braai’
R20 pp donation to McClelland. Prize for ‘Best Dressed’ Caledonian !

25 November St Andrews Dinner – 18.30 for 19.00 at Hams Club. R130pp. (R100 U12). Tickets from the Committee and final numbers to Sue Piderit (082 924 1078) by 17 November. Tickets can be paid for via EFT and proof of payment emailed to piderit@iafrica.com .

PIPE BAND In the past month, the Band played at the Komga Show; while November parades include Remembrance Day (12 November) and St Andrews’ Dinner (25 November). Des Plint played at the Wynberg Highland Gathering; while Hannah Krouse has joined the band as a new learner piper. Looking into the distance, Music in the Park will be on 18 March 2018.

LADIES GROUP An enjoyable, happy meeting was held on 3 October at the home of Agnes Cowie. November meeting will be at the Dot Com Café, hosted by Elizabeth Weare on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at 9.30am.

S.C.D.C Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays. Club is working to attract new members. Ten dancers put on a demonstration at the Komga Show, where they danced four dances.

HIGHLAND DANCERS Highland dancers did a couple of dances at the Komga Show. Eastern Cape Highland Gathering Competition went well and was followed by a workshop.

CONGRESS East London somewhat ‘stole the show’ at the recent Congress in Johannesburg on 13-15 October. Past Chief Maureena Middleton & Chief Roxanne Piderit both won prizes for early bookings, the Society walked away with both the membership trophies (see photo on front page) …. and the Task Team gave a presentation on the “Future of the Federation”. East London is scheduled to host 2020 Congress.

COMMITTEE Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 9 November at the home of Roxanne Piderit, 7a Dartnell Road, Cambridge West.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
4 November Halloween Braai McClelland Home 18.00 R20 donation. Bring & Braai, Prize for best dressed!!
25 November St Andrews Night Hams Club 18.30 R130pp (R100 U12). Cash Bar.
26 November St Andrews Service TBC TBC Church Service
30 November St A. Flag at City Hall City Hall 8.00 Watch pipers, dancer & saltire fly
27 January Burns Nicht Beacon Bay CC (TBC) TBC R130pp
17 February Valentines Tea Port Rex THS (TBC) TBC Fundraiser

 

October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

It is hard to believe that the year is almost wrapped up; but we still have a lot to pack into this short space of time! This past month, we hosted the Provincial Chieftain and Lady President of the Cape Province, Andrew and Claude Macdonell, on their ‘official’ visit to our society. (They were particularly appreciative of the quality of the accommodation that we had laid on!)

The weekend started with a welcoming gathering of past chiefs and lady presidents, ladies group and committee at my house. The Saturday event was a ‘travelling lunch’, which took us on a journey from Scotland to Africa – tying this all together with the presentation of the gift to our visitors, which was superbly created by Frances de Lange.

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NEWS OF MEMBERS

Sue Piderit’s mother, Eileen Turner, has recently been in hospital. Elizabeth Weare has enjoyed a visit by her niece from Australia. Emily Middleton has been selected for the Border Badminton team. Tumi Macdonell has been selected for the U13 Border Water Polo team and won 6 gold medals at the recent Future Stars Swimming Gala. Ruth Strong’s granddaughter has qualified as an attorney at the age of 23. Roxanne Piderit’s first PhD student graduated in September. Marian and Kim Mathieson will be visiting Port Elizabeth. Maureen Illingworth is recovering from a recent illness.
ENTERTAINMENT

Unfortunately no events in October, as many members will be away at Congress and elsewhere. The proposed Halloween function on 28 October will now not take place; but members in town are encouraged to support the SPCA Halloween fundraiser at Hams Club on that day (Start: 18.30. R50 pp).

However in November, members are requested to support our regular outreach function at McClelland:

4 November Halloween. 1800 for 1830 at McClelland Institute, Amalinda. ‘Bring & Braai’
R20 pp donation to McClelland.

25 November St Andrews Dinner – save the date! Venue TBC

PIPE BAND In the past month, the Band played at Python Park, for the visit of the Provincial Chieftain and at the Battle of Britain Parade. The Pipe Major was interviewed on radio after the Python Park parade. Paul Cormack has joined the band as a piper. On 7 October, the Band will be at the Komga Show; while November parades include Remembrance Day (TBC) and St Andrews’ Dinner.

LADIES GROUP A fruitful meeting was held at Dot.Com Café (see photo) and the ladies prepared the main course for the Provincial Chieftain’s visit. The ‘Cuppa for Cansa’ Tea is being considered as a function in 2018. October meeting will be at the home of Agnes Cowie, J2 Fairlands on Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 9.30am.Ladies

S.C.D.C Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays. Club is working to attract new members. The Club is also rehearsing a five-couple dance for a demonstration at the Komga Show on 7 October.

HIGHLAND DANCERS The Border Highland Dancing Festival took place on 26 August and the Eastern Cape Highland Gathering Competition, which took place on 16 September at Port Rex Technical High School, was followed by a dancing workshop. A few dancers, who were in attendance at the Provincial Chieftain’s visit, gave an impromptu performance.

CONGRESS As usual, East London will be well represented at Congress in Johannesburg on 13-15 October. Past Chief Maureena Middleton & Chief Roxanne Piderit both won prizes for early bookings.

COMMITTEE Next Committee Meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 19 October (one week later than normal to allow for Congress Report back) at the Rankin residence, 9 Nelson Ave, Cambridge.

Finally, we have noted that a few gremlins seem to have made their way into our membership list – and therefore some birthdays are being incorrectly reported. Please help us out by notifying us of any mistakes; so that we can update our records.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
4 November Halloween Braai McClelland Home 18.00 R20 donation. Bring & Braai
25 November St Andrews TBC TBC
27 January Burns Nicht TBC TBC