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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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!




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


Dear Fellow Caledonians,

The visit of the Federation Chief, Fred Brokenshire, this weekend is one of the most important events in our Caledonian year and, as you can see under “Entertainment”, we have planned some exciting entertainment.  It will however not all be fun, as on Saturday morning your Committee and the Federation Chief will have a business breakfast to discuss matters of importance to the Caledonian Movement.  We hope this discussion will improve communication between Societies and the Federation with the ongoing aim of upholding Scottish traditions and increasing membership.

Another exciting development in our Society is that Senior Chieftain, Roxanne Piderit will be re-instating the Junior Society in the near future.  East London is very fortunate to have a number of very talented young members and we wish Roxanne every success with this grand idea.  After all, our young members are the life blood of the Society and we will give our full support to the Junior Society.

Finally I would also like to especially wish Callum MacIver a very speedy return to good health after his operation.  Callum is one of our oldest active members (and the only Gaelic-speaking Scot in the Society) and has served our Society in every capacity for many years.


Firstly a warm welcome to new members, Lynette Adkins and Dennis du Plessis.  We look forward to seeing them at Society functions. However as members arrive, sadly others leave … a farewell to Edgar Willis and Corinne Gellatly, who have left due to work commitments.

On the sports field, congratulations to Sue Piderit, who has been appointed as Manager of the Border Ladies Hockey Team and to Roxanne Piderit, who has been selected for the same team.  Other hockey news is that Britney and Emily Middleton had a successful tour with the Stirling High School 1st Hockey team, winning in Graaf Reinet and finishing 3rd out of 28 teams in a Cape Town Competition.  In the swimming pool, Tumi Macdonell did extremely well at the South African Junior National Championships in Durban.  Tumi qualified for two finals – coming 7th in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle Finals against the top U12 girls in the country.


Members that have recently returned from travels include Sandra Rankin (from New Zealand), Sheila Sanderson (from Australia) and Nookie Middleton (from Johannesburg).  In news from the doctor’s surgery … Callum MacIver has just had a knee operation, while Sue Piderit’s broken arm is now mended.  Finally congratulations to Sarah Middleton, who has just graduated with an Honours Degree and to Roxanne Piderit on moving into her new house.


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)

Thursday 25 May            Games Evening.  Hot Dogs (with a Cash Bar) at the MOTH Hall (TBC)  R25pp.  5.30pm for 6pm

PIPE BAND   Band practice continues at the new venue of Hudson Park High School. The Band played at ‘Music in the Park’ on 26 March and will be at the Urban Run on 21 May.

LADIES GROUP    April meeting at Coelacanth Café (hosted by Jean Sansom) went well. Next meeting will be at 9.30am on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Sandra Rankin’s home, 102 Parklands.

S.C.D.C   Weekly meetings continue on Tuesdays at the Hams Club from 4pm – 5.30pm on Tuesdays.   The Club has been practising for the visit of the Federation Chief.

HIGHLAND AND IRISH DANCERS   Dancers performed at “Music in the Park” (see photo of Kristen in her Ultimate Performer outfit) 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 20 May 2017 (not 13 May as previously advertised).  Congratulations to Emily Frauenstein, who achieved 5th place in the senior section at the Protea Awards.Kristen


April 2017 May 2017
Date Name: Contact: Date Name: Contact:
9 Sandra Rankin 043 726 1500 8 Sheila Sanderson
13 Liezel Cilliers 083 518 4009 14 Linda Hermann
19 Roxanne Piderit 082 455 8661 15 Andrew Weymouth 083 604 3912
19 Hannah Weymouth 076 572 9390 18 Estelle King 082 477 1983
28 Dennis du Plessis 082 375 8250 20 Beryl MacIver 043 722 0875
30 Rose Thompson 072 431 7391 22 Tanya Macdonell 074 446 0480
26 Ken Scott 083 274 3349

COMMITTEE    Next meeting of the Committee will be on Thursday 11 May 2017 at 7.30 pm at Dave & Maureen Rankin’s home, 9 Nelson Avenue. Cambridge.  However note that the meeting will be preceded by a Gathering “Wrap-up” Meeting at 7pm.

Yours aye,

Maureena ‘Nookie’ Middleton (Chief)


22 Apr 2017 Fed Chief Visit Nahoon River / Parklands 15.00 / 18.00 Barge trip / Ceilidh
25 May 2017 Games Evening MOTH Hall (TBC) 18.00 R25 per person
14 Jun 2017 AGM Oak Room, Parklands 19.00