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.


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).


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.



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