October 2020 A NEWSLETTER No. 162
Another rather brief and untypical Broun’s Reel. Oh, I so miss dancing! I’ve talked
to several members from my own group lately and we all miss dancing! It has been
good to see each other on Zoom and we have met up outdoors, socially distanced, of
course, and observing the “rule of six”. And Scottish dancers by and large are just
the nicest people. But -
I’ve just looked at the last editorial I wrote, and so much has stayed the same,
or returned to where we were. Still our sympathies are with those who’ve suffered
either directly from COVID-
It was really good to see so many people on Wednesday 17th June at our Zoom AGM! I think was a really successful experiment. 22 people “attended”, and we welcomed Rachel White and David Proctor onto the committee. Thank you for stepping up to the plate!
Another reminder about the RSCDS’s live online class on Zoom each Wednesday at 7.00 pm, and the magazine edition on Fridays. Everything is available on the RSCDS website, and you can check out the archive. Finally, apologies again for no print copy of Broun’s Reel at the moment. Joyce Cochrane
Many congratulations to Rosemary and Barry Robins who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 27th August. What an achievement!
PROGRAMME OF DANCES FOR THE FUTURE
Unfortunately, we still have no clear idea on what will happen in the future. Most
dances this year have been moved to a similar date next year, usually with the same
teachers, bands, etc. Some of us have been working on ideas for future classes some
time in the new year with social distancing and other non-
DANCE GROUP NEWS AND PHOTOS
Not a lot of dancing has been going on – just those of us following the RSCDS classes online. Nevertheless, members of some groups have managed to meet up one way or another, so here are some of the things they’ve been doing.
Ryedale Scottish Dance Group
Part One: 2.9.2020
We were due to start dancing on the 2nd of September in normal times so decided we would meet up. We settled on Breez Knees as we could chat, socially distant and enjoy the gardens.
We were lucky with the weather as it didn't start to rain until we were all back at the vehicles.
There were eight of us and we did think about doing a dance but there were a few other people around and to be honest not sure I could have come up with a dance with minimum contact that we would all be able to do straight away.
It was good to meet face to face and it does make you realise how much we are all
in need of social contact, e-
We have decided to review the start of dancing in late October as some of us are hoping to be away during September and October and sadly the time is not right just yet.
Part Two: 9.10.2020
The Pickering group met again for a social distance walk and our venue was the Arboretum at Castle Howard, York, on Wednesday 7th October.
We were lucky with a lovely sunny afternoon, if a cool breeze, and the autumn colours were lovely. Again it was good to meet face to face and catch up on news, and to be assured we are all facing similar problems and frustrated at not being able to dance.
Willerby Scottish Dance Class
George has been writing an email for his group each week. In addition, the group have met online a couple of times for an online Zoom meeting, set up and hosted by Lynne Brooks.
Cottingham Scottish Dance Class
Lynne not only set up a Zoom meeting for the Willerby class, but she has done the
same for the Cottingham group, and we’ve also met twice online. It was brilliant
to see everyone! Then we managed to see each other in the flesh on Monday 12th October
when nine of us went for a socially-
RSCDS DANCE SCOTTISH AT HOME
Back in April, the RSCDS began to broadcast a live 30-
Each week there is a mystery teacher from anywhere in the world bringing their own
style of teaching. We've had great teachers from all over the world -
I’ve done every class and all but one of them live on Wednesday nights.*
I’ve enjoyed revisiting familiar dances, attempting highland steps and learning dances that are new to me (Red House -
I’ve even done setting to a chair a figure of 8 round 2 chairs, positioned cushions over the kitchen floor and learnt a poussette with no hands.
The summer spectacular had classes every night for a week as dancers couldn’t attend
The online chat is always lively with comments from all corners of the world. I usually put on a greeting (see right) from East Yorkshire before the class and then Joyce and I usually have a WhatsApp chat about it afterwards.
Well done to the RSCDS for this wonderful service which has kept me motivated and reasonable fit, all through the summer and hopefully it will continue until we all dance again.
Lynne Brooks, Cottingham
*[The classes are repeated on Fridays and are also available on the RSCDS website. – Ed.]
CHRISTMAS IS COMING
Christmas is coming, and despite rumours to the contrary, it has not been cancelled! As it seems unlikely that we shall all be able to see each other in the flesh by then, I thought it might be a nice idea to send greetings to other dancers through the medium of Broun’s Reel. You can send wishes to everyone or special messages to particular friends, near or far, who you can’t see, or even both! If you can get them to me by December 16th that would be great. It would be very good to have a real bundle of Christmas wishes!
Editor: Joyce Cochrane, 22 Newton Drive, Beverley,
HU17 8NX. (01482 -
Secretary: Helen Brown 01904 -
York & North Humberside branch website: www.rscdsyork.com
Contact: Rita Eastwood 01904 -
Copy date for next issue: 16th December 2020