Harwell Scottish Country Dance Club

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Regular Meetings

We dance in Chilton Village Hall.**
We dance weekly on Tuesday evening from 19:45 to 21:45.
Our 2016-2017 'season' starts on Tuesday 6th September.

** The Village Hall postcode of OX11 0SH won't get you quite there, it will place you on Church Hill to the south east of All Saints Church.
The Village Hall is to the south west of the church and is access from Church Hill by a lane that runs round the north side of the church.

We are a friendly club and we welcome all newcomers whether expert or novice
– and you don't have to be a Scot!

Oh, and having a number of Scots in our ranks, we don't charge a fortune for our meetings
– 2 for an evening plus an annual membership fee of just 10.

If you are already a dancer, you might like to look at what we have recently been dancing at our meetings.

Please do contact the Secretary (see below) if you would like further details.
Otherwise, just bring along some soft shoes on a Tuesday evening.


The Harwell Ball

Our next Ball will be held on Saturday 19 November 2016.
That's a departure from our usual recent Spring Ball series because of difficulty finding a suitable timeslot in Spring 2016.

Once again, we will be dancing to Craigellachie in the Old Mill Hall, Grove, with the interval meal catered by the Grove WI.

Here is a printable (PDF) copy of our 2016 Ball flyer
(it includes the programme and contact details to obtain tickets).

The programme (below) has been set up as a dance list on the Strathspey Server
giving you access to cribs, diagrams and even videos of the dances.
To help you, we have saved the cribs (suitable for A4 printing) in words and diagrams.

1. The Highland Rambler R40 3/4L Goldring: Guide (ex-Collins)
2. The Hazel Tree J32 3/4L Drewry: Summer 5
3. The Belle of Bon Accord S32 4/4L Drewry: Guide (ex-Collins)
4. Best Set in the Hall J32 3/4L Greenwood: RSCDS XLVI
5. A Trip to Bavaria R32 4/4L MacGregor-Brown: Guide (ex-Collins)
6. Far North Queensland S32 5/5L Brenchley: Other Kangaroo Paw
7. Ramadan-ce R32 3/4L Drewry: Turkish
8. Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder J128 4S Hamilton: Edinburgh 90
9. Chasing the Eclipse S32 3/3L Gallamore: Highland Road
10. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh R40 3/4L Anderson &c.;: RSCDS XXXIX
11. The Raven's Dance J32 3/4L Haynes: Carnforth 5
12. Wicked Willy R32 4/4L Ways: Bicentennial 2
13. Midsummer Common S32 3/4L T&L; Ibbotson: RSCDS XLIX
14. The Flying Spur J32 3/4L Drewry: Bon Accord
15. The Black Black Oil R32 5/5L Drewry: Deeside 2
16. The Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord S64 4S Drewry: Bon Accord
17. Quarries' Jig J32 3/4L Smith: RSCDS XXXVI
18. Five-Couple Macdonald of the Isles (Big Mac) S32 5/5L Rigby: Nine
19. The Montgomeries' Rant R32 3/4L Castle Menzies (18C): RSCDS X
20. The Reel of the Royal Scots R32 3/4L Goldring: RSCDS Leaflets

Abingdon SCDC will be running an 'anticipation dance' on Sunday 13 November.
This dance will feature 16 of the above dances, walked through and danced to CDs.

If you would like to see our recent past programmes,
here are the flyers from our 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008,
2007, 2006 and 2005 Balls.


Contact the Secretary:

Malcolm Austen
11 Corn Avill Close
OX14 2ND
Tel: 01235 533626 or 078 2803 2468
Email: secretary@HarwellSCDC.mno.org.uk


Dances written by Society Members

Over the years, a number of dances have been written by members.

Here's one of them dating back to the 1970s:

Hoop Eht Einniw - a 66 bar Strathspey (11kb PDF)

In 1998, to celebrate our 50th anniversary, we published a booklet of 8 dances.

Here are the 8 dances as a single PDF file (8 A5 pages)
and a cover sheet if you want to make a booklet.

Alternatively, here are the 8 dances as single A5 pages:
Harwell Caledonian Society
The Shieling
Tea Time
Rimes Close
The Hole in One
The Half-Century


Links to other local Clubs

Abingdon Scottish Country Dance Club

Oxford University Scottish Dance Club (OUSDS)

Oxfordshire RSCDS

Lochaber Lassies

John Marshall: JockJigging

This page was last updated: 2016-10-17