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

 

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September 2017 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

This is our first newsletter since the Chairing and Kirking, and I’d like to thank those members who were in attendance.  While the venue was not our first choice, it did serve it’s purpose in getting us into the public eye and generating some interest.  The pipe band definitely ensured that we could not be ignored – and we had a few curious onlookers trying to sneak in a video or two.  For those not able to attend, my inaugural address is summarised below:

Chairing

“This wasn’t an easy address to write – I was unsure of what direction this should take, and how to live up to the many chiefs who have come before me, and who have spoken so eloquently of their vision for the society.  But it is not just that which troubled me, I am taking the chair at a time where we are asked to questions the role of Caledonian Societies and the Federation – and in fact whether or not there IS even a future for Caledonian movements.  You will have seen in my first two newsletters that our society has spearheaded this motion to critically analyse the role and need for a Federation, but at the same time taking a critical look at our own society and how we move it forward.  It is clear that some change is needed in order to adapt to societal demands. We are not necessarily talking about radical change, but we do need your input in order to propose a way forward. 

(The questionnaire is again included with this newsletter – please complete and send if not done already).

There is a quote attributed to Anthony Roberts, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford or even Mark Twain (depending where you read it), but regardless of who it came from first, it has value here and now for our society: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got’.  Now to be clear, this does not mean turf out tradition – that would be a bit like throwing out the ‘baby with the bath water’. Our society exists to promote and extend the traditions of Scotland. But this does mean that we need to try something different.  Our first attempt was to try a different location. We also plan to revive the Junior Society and hold some events focused at our younger members and those associated with the society through the band or dancing.

Lastly, I want to thank you for entrusting me with this position, I am honoured to serve as your Chief for the ensuing year. I shall endeavour during my year of office to continue to nurture our traditions, while enhancing and growing our society within this ever changing landscape, but only with your assistance. As Hellen Keller said: ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’ ”

NEWS OF MEMBERS  Sue Piderit & Duane Sweeney were recently in Benoni with the Border Masters Hockey teams. Meanwhile Britney & Emily Middleton (aged 16 years) have been selected for the Border U/21 hockey team. They are also in the academic top 10 of their school grade, achieving over 80% in 7 subjects.  Tumi Macdonell won two trophies at her swimming club’s prize-giving; while Andrew Macdonell passed his project management exam. Liezel Cilliers is travelling to a conference in China – her 4th international meeting for 2017. Callum & Beryl MacIver’s daughter (Lynn) and grandson (Andrew) visited from the UK and attended the Chairing.  Jean Sansom is recovering from a recent fall and Agnes Cowie’s daughter (Linda) has not been well. Finally congratulations to our outgoing Chief, Nookie Middleton, on winning a bottle of whisky for being the first delegate to sign up for Congress !

ENTERTAINMENT

Saturday 2 September    Visit of the Provincial Chief of the Cape Province

“Travelling Lunch” starting at 9 Nelson Avenue at 11.30am

Bring own crockery & cutlery.  R50pp.   Numbers to Dave Rankin or Sandra Rankin by Friday 25 August

Saturday 9 September    Greensleeves Children’s Home will host a fundraising tea at Hudson Park Primary School from 15.00. R50pp – but bring own eats. Society will take a table and dancers / band may be attending. Numbers required by Friday 1 September.

PIPE BAND  The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band won the South African Grade 3 championship for 2017 and has been promoted to Grade 2. The Grade 4 band also competed this season. Upcoming parades: Python Park on 26 August, the visit of the Provincial Chieftain on 2 Sept, Jikeleza Festival 2 & 3 Sept, Battle of Britain Parade on 10 Sept and the Komga Show in October. November parades include Remembrance Day (TBC) and St Andrews’ Dinner.

LADIES GROUP    August meeting hosted by Sheila Godfrey at the Coelacanth Café went well.  September meeting has been brought forward into August to discuss Provincial Chieftain’s Visit and will be on Tuesday 29 August 2017 at 09.30 at Dot Com Café, hosted by Rose Thompson.

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

HIGHLAND DANCERS   The dancers received mixed results at the recent S.A. Championships and in the dancing exams. Upcoming performances: Border Highland Dancing Festival at 12pm on Saturday 26 August at Port Rex Tech HS, the visit of the Provincial Chieftain on Saturday 2 September, Jikeleza Festival on 2 & 3 September, and the Eastern Cape Highland Dancing Festival on 16 September.

BIRTHDAY

August 2017 September 2017
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
15 Sue Piderit 082 924 1078 6 Riona MacKenzie 072 432 3174
20 Jamie Gibson 043 721 3272 21 Rose Anley randr@hyperlink.co.za
25 Iris van der Zee 043 726 5000 23 Sheila Godfrey 082 510 3863
  30 Freddie MacFarlane 083 351 2696

COMMITTEE    Next meeting of the Committee will be on Thursday 14th September 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Macdonell Residence, 17 Fitzmaurice Road. Baysville.

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
2 September Prov Chief Visit Starting at 9 Nelson Ave 11.30 Travelling Lunch, R50pp
9 September Greensleeves Tea Hudson Park Primary School 15.00 R50pp fundraiser
28 October Halloween Braai MOTH Hall TBC  
4 November Halloween McClelland Home TBC  
25 November St Andrews TBC TBC

August 2017 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

My first event as your Chief-elect was a delightful breakfast at Dot Com Café. It was a very enjoyable morning and well supported by our members. Robert and Dave kept us entertained and willingly complied with requests for tunes. Thank you to Cameron Middleton for his generosity and hospitality.DotCom

As mentioned in our previous newsletter, the Task Team investigating the future of the Caledonian Federation has started work.
A necessary first step is to gather opinions from members on the role, strengths and weaknesses of the Federation and Caledonian movement. Please take the time to complete the attached questionnaire and return to Andrew Macdonell (082 701 8868) at macdonel@iafrica.com

Thanks.

Our next event is the Chairing and Kirking this weekend. Due to a last minute change of venue, snacks will be provided instead of the usual bring and share. It is not often we get a ‘free’ function, so I hope to see you all at the Buffs Club on Saturday!

NEWS OF MEMBERS

Quite a few Callies have been ‘stateside’ recently ….. Duane Sweeney & Liezel Cilliers have just returned from the US; as now have Claude, Tumi and Tanya Macdonell who were in California for a family wedding (Andrew stayed home to study for his project management professional exam). In other travel news – Des and Fran Plint are currently visiting family in Australia; while Sandra Rankin and Robert Rankin recently visited past Pipe Major Bill Hartley.

On the sports field, Sue Piderit has been appointed manager of the Border U/21 hockey team; while Britney and Emily Middleton are captain and vice-captain of their Border hockey team. Rose Thompson, Sheila Sanderson and Sandra Rankin attended the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Callum MacIver is making a good recovery after his operation and has just celebrated his 80th birthday (Apologies he was left off the newsletter birthday list last month. Ed). Finally Agnes Cowie has not been well recently and we hope she gets better soon.
ENTERTAINMENT

Saturday 5 August Chairing of the Chief – 18.30 for 19.00 at President’s Suite, Buffs Club
Snacks Provided. Cash Bar

Sunday 6 August Kirking of the Chief – 08.00 at Cambridge Methodist Church
Please bring biscuits/eats for tea afterwards.

Saturday 2 September Visit of the Provincial Chief.
“Travelling Lunch” starting at 9 Nelson Avenue at 11.30

PIPE BAND The ‘previously advertised’ BVR Drill Hall Re-opening Parade won’t now be happening; but the band played at the recent East London Harbour Festival. Upcoming parades include the Chairing of the Chief on 5 August, the Battle of Britain Parade in September (TBC) and the Komga Show in October. Looking further into the future – November parades include Remembrance Day (TBC) and St Andrews’ Dinner.

LADIES GROUP July meeting hosted by Ruth Strong went well. August meeting will be on Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 09.30 at the Coelacanth Café (hosted by Sheila Godfrey).

S.C.D.C Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.

HIGHLAND DANCERS The SA Highland Dancing Championships took place on Saturday 29 July 2017 in Gauteng. Well done to all our dancers – results in next newsletter. Highland Dancing Exams are scheduled for Monday 31 July & Tuesday 1 August

COMMITTEE Next meeting of the Committee will be on Thursday 10th August 2017 at 7.30 pm at Dave and Maureen Rankin’s house, 9 Nelson Avenue, Cambridge

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief-Elect)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
5 August Chairing of Chief President’s Suite, Buffs Club 18.30 Snacks Provided
6 August Kirking of Chief Cambridge Methodist Church 08.00
2 September Prov Chief Visit Starting at …. 9 Nelson Ave 11.30 Travelling Lunch
28 October Halloween Braai MOTH Hall TBC
4 November Halloween McClelland Home TBC
25 November St Andrews TBC TBC

July 2017 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

This is my first newsletter as Chief-Elect. Thank you to all who attended our AGM, and for your support in electing me as Chief for the ensuing year. With a relatively familiar committee, we are pleased to welcome at least one new face on the committee and, with your help and support, we aim to continue moving the Society forward. So here’s your ‘new’ Committee …..

Position: Name: Cell:
Chief- Elect Roxanne Piderit 082 455 8661
Senior Chieftain Dave Rankin 082 900 0948
Chieftain Andrew Macdonell 082 701 8868
Hon. Secretary Dave Rankin 082 900 0948
Hon. Treasurer Sheila Godfrey 082 519 3863
Executive Committee Members Sandra Rankin 043 726 1500
Maureen Rankin 082 405 9730
Sue Piderit 082 924 1078
Rose Thompson 072 431 7391
Kim Mathieson 083 373 5864
Leanne Harbottle 079 572 5073
Past Chief Maureena ‘Nookie’ Middleton 084 693 2836

One noteworthy project initiated by our committee involves the formation of a Task Team to investigate the future of the federation. This came about after a working breakfast with the Federation Chief on 22 April 2017, where we ‘brainstormed’ possible ideas and initiatives to improve the health of our Caledonian Movement. One idea was that all Caledonians need to do some hard thinking about how the Movement must evolve, if it is to survive. Andrew Macdonell is heading up this task team, along with Dave Rankin, Sandra Rankin and myself; and we will be requiring input from members along the way.

NEWS OF MEMBERS Sad news first. Condolences to Maureen and Dave Rankin and their families on the passing of Maureen’s mother, Mary Hodgson, on 5 June. Also to the family of Dave Templeton, a former Chaplain of the Society, who recently passed on to higher service. In news from the Doctor’s surgery, Callum MacIver is now home and making progress after another skin graft. Elizabeth Weare is now living at Parklands. Bibby Middleton was awarded her honours blazer for water polo. Finally this seems to be a month of weddings in exotic locations – the Anleys will be attending a wedding in Estonia; while Claude Macdonell and the girls are all off to a family wedding in California. (Andrew is staying at home and hopes to make the most of the ‘me-time’ to study for a professional project management exam)

ENTERTAINMENT
Saturday 22 July – Breakfast at Com Office, Dot Com Café. Scherwitz Road. Berea. Time 09:00

PIPE BAND On 27 May, the Band had a full day …. playing at the McClelland Bazaar, George Randall High School, Stirling Primary Games Day and the Airfest. The ‘previously advertised’ BVR Drill Hall Re-opening Parade won’t now be happening; but a performance at the Komga Show on 7 October is still in the diary.

LADIES GROUP June meeting hosted by Nookie Middleton went well. July meeting was on Tuesday 4 July 2017 at Ruth Strong’s home, Cottage S17 Fairlands.

S.C.D.C Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays. Numbers slightly down recently. The Country Dancers AGM was held recentlySCDC

HIGHLAND AND IRISH DANCERS
Like the Band, the dancers had a busy day on 27 May at the McClelland Home, George Randall High School, Stirling Primary School and the Airfest. Looking forward, the SA Highland Dancing Championships will take place on Saturday 29 July 2017 in Gauteng and Highland Dancing Exams are scheduled for Monday 31 July 2017.

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

Finally some good and bad news! Bad news is that subs are now due – good news is that the rates are unchanged from last year (R80 for full members).

Yours aye,

Roxanne Piderit (Chief-Elect)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

DATE EVENT VENUE START NOTES
22 July Breakfast Dot Com Café, Scherwitz Road 09:00
5 August Chairing of Chief TBC TBC
6 August Kirking of Chief TBC TBC

 

JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

Dear Fellow Caledonians,

What a wonderful sight it was to see the “Caledonian Barge” cruising down the Nahoon River under blue skies, when we recently welcomed our Federation Chief, Fred Brokenshire, to East London.  With two pipers and a drummer in the bow, Fred and 30 Caledonians on board and the St Andrews Saltire flying overhead, we were quite a sight. Little wonder that people on the banks waved and cheered as we went past.1

With a Ceilidh on the Saturday evening, it was a busy weekend with plenty of fun and entertainment.  However on the Saturday morning, the Federation Chief and your Committee did find time to meet at Pine Creek for a ‘working’ breakfast.  Our focus was on the future of the Caledonian Movement and it was a most productive meeting. Unless every Society and Caledonian pulls together, we may see an end to the Caledonian Movement and the preservation of our Scots heritage for future generations.2

We have since put together a memorandum and have sent it to the Federation Chief for consideration by Central Council. We look forward to receiving their response.3

But as you will know from our Newsletters, we do not rest on our laurels and there is always a Caledonian ‘happening’ in the pipeline.  On Thursday 25 May at 6pm, we will be having a Games Evening at the MOTH Hall.  Please join us for an evening of fun (and hotdogs!).

Finally we are coming to the end of our Caledonian year and I remind you to diarise the AGM on the 14 June 2017 at 19.00 in the Oak Room.  Please make a point of attending.

This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the Society and to vote in the Chief and Committee you would like to see in charge for the coming year.

NEWS OF MEMBERS  Congratulations to a number of our younger Caledonians, who continue to excel on the sports fields.  In particular, well done to the Middleton twins, Britney and Emily, who have been awarded their Border Hockey colours. Swimming South Africa have just released their national rankings for 2016 and Tumi Macdonell has been ranked number 4 in her age group for the 100m freestyle. Tumi has also been made the Stirling Primary U13 Netball Captain – well done, Tumi !

A “Get Well” message to Callum MacIver, who has had a second knee operation.  He is now home and recovering.  Finally Agnes Cowie will be going to Sedgewick for a week.

ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday 25 May            Games Evening.  Hot Dogs (with a Cash Bar) at the MOTH Hall

R25pp.  5.30pm for 6pm

PIPE BAND   The Band played on the barge for the Fed Chief and at the Diesel Depot Run.   The Band will have a very busy day on Saturday 27 May as they will be playing at (1) McClelland Bazaar (9.30am) (2) Mother and daughter tea at George Randall High School (10.45am) (3) Stirling Primary Games Day (11.30) and (4) Airfest at Wings Park (13.30).  They have every right to be out of breath after that lot …  Finally looking further forward, the Band has been invited to the re-opening of Drill Haĺl on 24 June and to the Komga Show on 7 October.

LADIES GROUP    April meeting at hosted by Sandra Rankin went well.   Next meeting will be at 9.30am on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at Nookie Middleton’s home, Cottage C5 Parklands.

S.C.D.C   Country Dancers danced for the Fed Chief. Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.

HIGHLAND AND IRISH DANCERS   A very productive dancing workshop was held on 26 April and well done to all the dancers who competed at the East Coast Dancing Festival on 20 May.  Unfortunately it was not possible to arrange a group to go to the South Coast Dancing Festival. Like the Band, the dancers will also have a busy day on 27 May at the McClelland Home, George Randall High School, Stirling Primary School and the Airfest (See Band Entry for times).

BIRTHDAYS

May 2017 (Remainder) June 2017
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
20 Beryl MacIver 043 722 0875 11 Jean Sansom 043 735 2788
22 Tanya Macdonell 074 446 0480 20 Margaret Murray 043 726 1157
26 Ken Scott 083 274 3349 23 Ralph Anley 082 469 9424

COMMITTEE    Next meeting of the Committee will be on Thursday 8 June 2017 at 7.30 pm at Nookie Middleton’s home, Cottage C5 Parklands.

UPCOMING:

Saturday 20 May 2017: East Coast Dancing Festival. Time: 0930. Venue: Clarendon Primary School

Thursday 25 May 2017: Games Evening. Time 1730 for 1800. Venue: MOTH Hall. R25 pp. Hot dogs &cash bar.

Saturday 27 May 2017: Pipe Band & Highland Dancers will appear at:
0930 – McClelland Bazaar. 10145 – George Randall High School mothers & daughters tea. 1130 – Stirling Primary School Bazaar. 1330 – Airfest at Wings Park, East London.

Wednesday 14 June 2017: AGM. Time: 1900. Venue: The Oak Room, Parklands