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RSCDS London Branch eUpdate
9 December 2020

Dear fellow dancers
There is a distinct chill in the air, softened slightly by the ever increasing number of lights appearing each day on trees and buildings around us. Christmas is definitely on its way and ahead of that we have two important matters to bring to your attention.

The first is our Virtual Christmas Party which will take place from 5pm on Saturday 19th December. We have a great programme, courtesy of several talented and generous London Branch musicians, plus some spoken items, a Christmas quiz and more.  It's not too late to enter the Christmas craft competitions and all photos sent in will be featured on the night - plus there are prizes to be won!  We will also have the Zoom chat function enabling guests to meet and mingle virtually.

Please do join us. All are welcome so spread the word and let's have a joyful celebration of Scottish Country Dance, albeit minus much in the way of dancing. We can hope for better times to come in 2021.

Our second item of note is the London Branch Survey.  We are grateful to everyone who has completed the survey already, either by completing the paper copy on the Reel address sheet or via the link on the Branch website.  Thank you for taking the time, your input and your comments are invaluable. If you have not yet had chance to look at the survey you can do so via this link which will stay live until 31 December 2020.  The survey is open to everyone, London Branch members and non members alike. Your views are important and never more so than in this time of great change. We will share the findings from the survey early in the New Year.

Best wishes to all
More than ever, we look forward to dancing together again soon.

London Branch Christmas Party
17.00 Saturday 19 December

Use this link to join the party
We look forward to seeing you at 5pm on Saturday 19 December.

Why not wear your Christmas finery (kilts optional but appreciated) and provide yourself with a party repast to enjoy as the programme unfolds? Let's raise a glass, or a mince pie, in celebration of each other's company and in anticipation of a better dancing year to come.
London Branch Christmas Competitions

We have 2 challenges for you to indulge your creative instincts,and maybe add a Scottish Dance related twist, ahead of our Christmas party! With prizes to be won, why not take a quick photo of your Christmas baking or craft activity and enter the competitions

Read on for more details!
London Branch Baking competition

Simply make the Christmassy treat of your choice, take a photo and send it in to enter.

London Branch Christmas Decoration Competition

Why spend a fortune on expensive Christmas decorations, when you can make your own? 

Take part in our Christmas Decoration competition and 
celebrate your inner creativity!

How to enter

Whether you bake a delicious Christmas treat,  make a handmade Advent Crown, a Christmas Tree decoration, a centrepiece for your table, or something else entirely, here's how to enter the competitions.
  1. Enjoy making the Christmas bake or decoration of your choice
  2. Take a photograph of it
  3. Send it, with your name and contact details, to arrive by 12 December,
  4. Photos may be
    • emailed to,
    • WhatsApped to 07747617953 or
    • hard copy posted to 72 Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA61DS.
We will show all the photographs at our Christmas Social event on 19th December.  The winning entries will each receive a certificate and a mystery prize!
The Branch Jigsaw: Snow on Mountains of Glencoe
This week we bring you a jigsaw with a seasonal theme. The picture shows the magnificent scenery of the Glencoe Mountains
Click on the image to begin the jigsaw.


RSCDS Dance Scottish at Home.
Since the last eUpdate there has been one Dance Scottish at Home newsletter and 2 classes.

The class on Wednesday 25 November was taken by Geoffrey Selling in Philadelphia, ably assisted by his wife Cecily. Starting with a ceilidh warm up the class featured both reel and strathspey walkthroughs including Kelvingrove Two Step, Johnny Groat's House and Lady Susan Montgomery.

On 2 December the class was taken by Helen Russell in Yorkshire, supported by her husband, Ian.  Helen covered strathspey step movement skills within the dance Glasgow Lasses form RSCDS Book 34. 

We'll bring the link for this evening's class to you in our next eUpdate, or you can view on the RSCDS website via this link.

Meanwhile, next week's class will again be at 19:00 BST via this link.  Please remember that, as Zoom has changed its security advice, there is now a Passcode for the class. Passcode: 249430.

Grateful thanks to all teachers, musicians, technicians and organisers involved in the delivery of these classes.
To revisit any of the classes so far simply click on the relevant name below.
Angela Young, Mervyn Short, Dave Hall, Diane Hastie,William Williamson, Ron Wallace, Graham Donald, Atsuko Clement, Fiona Mackie, David Queen, Debbie RoxburghRebecca Blackhall-Peters, Sue Porter, Trish NichollsSamuele GrazianiRobert McOwen, Andrew Timmins, Alice Stainer, Andrew Nolan, Fred DeMarse, Margie Stevenson, Yoshiki Oyama, Jamie Berg, John&Ruby Wilkinson, Ellie BriscoeGábor Turi , Deb Lee, Fiona Miller, Katharine HoskynJoana Stausberg, William Williamson, Emma Allsop, Geoffrey Selling, Helen Russell
We will continue to include links from Dance Scottish at Home but, if you'd like your own personal copy simply visit, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and complete your details in the ‘Sign up for the RSCDS eNewsletter’ section. It’s quick and easy! There is also a DSAH webpage where you can access previous issues of the Dance Scottish At Home eNewsletter and view all of the Zoom online classes to date – visit

NHS advice on keeping yourself well:

Government advice here:
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We look forward to dancing with you soon.
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