Out and About

Firstly we take this opportunity to thank the Bloemfontein Society for hosting a most enjoyable Congress.  Since our installation we have had a relatively quiet time leading up to Christmas which is usually hectic.   We attended a superb St Andrews luncheon at the home of Chief Margaret Matthews held end of October instead of November especially to accommodate my me as I was leaving for Scotland.  Nice seeing Dave and Sandy Brown attending, Dave proposing the toast to Scotland and St Andrews and Brian Claassen the toast to South Africa our home.

We were all saddened by the passing of Past Fed Chief John Bell, highly respected, loyal friend and Callie of long standing.  Takes a longer post than this to do justice to his work and positions held in the Federation, only know his presence will be sorely missed at functions and Congress. My Lady President, Linda, attended the funeral in Welkom accompanied by Robby Matson and Mac Johnson.  Pipe Major Mark Miller piped at the funeral.  Once again sincere condolences to Cathy Bell and the family.

December saw us back in Welkom for Goldfields Caledonian Society’s final function before it goes into recess. This was a bitter sweet visit as Linda and I were at the meeting in Virginia, when they first started the Society in the 70’s and here we were at the end. Goldfields was a  vibrant society with their own club house which was the envy of many of the societies in the Federation, but, like many societies today it is difficult to get in new members and so many have or are returning to the UK. 

Thanks must go to the few that have kept the Society going thus far.  It was an emotional afternoon ending with sending off blue and white balloons …

We would like to take this opportunity in Wishing all Caledonian Members and Friends around the Federation and wherever you are a Very Blessed and Peaceful Christmas.  Enjoy this special time, remember the Reason for this Season.

Until next time,

Lynette & Linda

Fed Chief & Lady President