Eastern Johannesburg Caledonian Society


Fellow Caledonians,

 I hope that this newsletter finds you all well and getting over the Christmas and New Year festivities as well as getting into Robert Burns Month.

Our AGM was held on Sunday the 19th November 2017 and the following Office Bearers elected.

Chief                  : Audrey MacDonald.  Consort : Duncan MacDonald.

Chieftains          : Bill Dyer and Justine Limpidlaw.

Treasurer           : Justine Limpidlaw (Assisted by Cherry White)

Secretary           : Duncan MacDonald.

Honorary Piper  : Daniel Limpidlaw.

Central Council

Representative  : Jane Dyer.

Alternate  : Norma Craven.

Please diarise this date. Our Burns function will be held on Sunday 28th January at Ridgeview Retirement village, Caravelle Rd, Impala Park, Boksburg. It will take the form of a Luncheon and commence at 12:00. Ticket Price will be R60 each. Please advise Audrey or myself by the 21st of January, if you will be attending this function.

We will, of course, have all the entertainment that compliments a tribute to Robert Burns.

Hope to see you there.

 Yours Aye,

Duncan MacDonald



Durban C SChief:  Alex Coutts  Ph: 031-5644279                       Scribe:  Molly Gould  Ph: 0317014148

Email:   acoutts@iafrica.com                                      mollygould60@gmail.com

Secretary: Elspeth Gray Ph: 031-7016160                 elspethg@mweb.co.za



Good afternoon members,

Following on the success of last year’s Pipe Band Lunch, our committee have decided to hold another Social where we honour our two Pipe Bands.  Hopefully this will become an annual event.

This social will be held on Sunday 17th March at the Berea Bowling Club

at the usual time of 12.30 for 1pm and as usual the cost will be R65 per person for a 3 course meal and lots of entertainment by our pipe bands. Don’t forget to book your seats – Phone me on 031-7014148

In order to help re-equip our new Caledonian Pipe Band (they had to hand back some of their equipment to the Military) we are having a fund-raising raffle of a presentation bottle of Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky together with other Scottish  foodstuffs.  This will be a separate raffle at the door and will continue for a couple of months until sufficient funds are raised to cover the cost of a set of drums, plus other items that the Military are demanding they return – in total of approximately R50,000.  So please support this effort at a cost of R10 per ticket.  Should you wish to take a ticket and cannot get to the socials, please contact me and I will make arrangements to get a ticket for you.  Phone: 031-7014148 or 0836568716.

Our following social will be on the 14th April when we will be honouring our own Provincial Chieftain – Alistair Mackenzie.  So we hope to see you at both these socials.

Kind regards





 Good day to all our members.  I hope that this newsletter finds you well and ready for the new year ahead.  I, like many others, hope that this year will be much better than last,  but first I have to inform you of the passing of two well known people.

Andrew Sked of the Port Elizabeth Caledonian Society.  Andrew was well known in Caledonian circles as Past Federation Chief with his wife Dawn at his side.  He will be sorely missed.

Vernon McLuckie  of  Pietermaritzburg Pipe Band.  Vernon was also a very well known Drum Major in the Pipe Band fraternity.  An unfortunate accident took him from us on the 31st Dec, 2018. A Memorial service was held today at the Flame Lily Park, at which there were approx 180 people in attendance.  45 of whom were Bandsmen from various Pipe Bands in Natal.

Our sincere condolences go to their families and friends in their time of grief and sorrow.  May you be given strength to see you through this sad time.

A very warm welcome to our newest members – Dr. Jennifer Gaul and her Grandson Julian Gaul and Robert King who were all at our St. Andrews lunch in December at which there were 58 members/friends.  A superb afternoon’s entertainment included an explanation of sporran making by Michael Jackson who also brought along a few other skins from which he has made sporrans,  like a snake skin,  zebra skin and various other items which he so cleverly makes.  Well done Mike and thank you. Of course no Callie function would be acceptable without our Moth Pipe Band and how nice it was to see Jim playing once more. On that note it was with pleasure that we learnt that the 1st Medical Battalion Pipe Band were going to be joining us and taking on our name as the Durban Caledonian Society Pipe Band. They will not be having to change their kilts as they wear the Mackenzie tartan now which of course is our tartan, so a very warm welcome to you all. The cherry on the top was our singer Mim Erasmus, a very well known and loved entertainer who sang a few Scottish songs for us.



Please make sure you book early as I already have a number of bookings and the hall can only take a limited number of people, so as usual please phone me on 031-7014148  or  083-6568716  before 31st Jan.  Cash bar facilities available.  Cost R65 per head   and as usual friends are invited.


One of our past Chiefs Mihalis Chasomeris (Mickey) has just been made a Professor of Economics.  Well done Mickey, we’re proud of you.

As I have no news of anyone not being in good health, I trust that the New Year has also brought with it good health to all

Congratulations to all those celebrating their birthdays in :-


2nd Betty Cruise  9th Jacqueline Pollit  11th Mike Jackson  17th Ann Miller

18th Mervyn Hinchliffe  23rd Margaret Gardner  25th Julia Jackson and Robbie Burns of course


10th Dr Graham Dawber  12th Lyn Chasomeris  14th George Chasomeris


4th David Cruise  19th Elspeth Gray  21st Quentin Sinclair 25th Cecil Ritson who is turning 97yrs old.  Congratulations Cecil – you’re nearly there!

And Anniversaries in:-


9th Jeanette and Mervyn Hinchliffe  (How many??)


 Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof are holding a Burns Night  from Friday 25th , Saturday 26th   at 8pm and Sunday 27th at 2pm.  A celebration of  the life and songs and poetry of the poet Robert Burns and all things Scottish. Starring Mim Erasmus and Frank Graham.

Tickets at Computicket or o82-4998636.  Cost R150 per ticket Pensioners R130

QUIZ:-   The quiz will be Kindred Societies quiz at Westville library on the 25th January


My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels

She asked “What’s on TV?”

I said  “Dust”

And then the fight started…

My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror

She was not happy with what she saw and said to me

“I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.  I really need you to pay me a compliment”

I replied, “Your eyesight’s perfect.”

And then the fight started….

I rear-ended a car this morning… the start of a REALLY bad day!

The driver got out of the other car and he was a DWARF!!

He looked up at me and said “I am NOT Happy”

So I said, “Well, which one are you then?


Pietersburg Caledonian Society

Congratulations to Helga Watson, elected as Caterer and Audrey Morris, elected as Scribe at last night’s AGM of the Polokwane Callies.

Stephanie Hillary is taking a break from catering as her and John want to travel a bit. From my side: It was a joy to be your scribe and to prepare the newsletters. I am over-committed at this stage and Audrey kindly stepped in. Please support her and supply material for the newsletter. Audrey’s e-mail address is audmorris@gmail.com

We will hear from the new committee shortly regarding Chief’s Day. Will keep our eyes
and ears open, Audrey

Signing off,

Callies Newsletter April 2014

Highland Dancing Teachers SA


Jane Barker                        jane.barker@solidbridge.co.za  

Jaqueline Basson              jacquelinejean@gmail.com

Genevieve Boyes               juice12b@hotmail.com

Caitlin Boyes                     boyesgirl2@hotmail.com  

Amanda Charlton              charlton.amanda@gmail.com   

Gail Cross                          gcross@fnb.co.za  

Sue Driver                          driver.sue@gmail.com  

Jackie Fuller                       jacky@mig.co.za  

Susan Hartley                    hartleys@webmail.co.za   

Merryl Hofmeyr                 berightback@wbs.co.za  

Beverley Leahy                 bev.leahy@gmail.com  

Shendl Leahy                   shendl.leahy@gmail.com  

Aynsley Metcalf               aynsleymetcalf@gmail.com  

Robyn Gail Moss             angelwars141@gmail.com  

Agnes Nugent                  barnatopark@telkomsa.net  

Belinda Pass                   belindapass@enjabulweni.ac.sz  

Carol Peebles                 carolpeebles@iafrica.com  

Jacqui Pienaar                jaxpienaar@gmail.com  

Marjory Povall                 marj.povall@telkomsa.net  

Elinor Robinson              elinorb@telkomsa.net   

Shonah Robinson           shonahr@telkomsa.net  

Reval Saayman              saayman@futurejhb.co.za  

Sheena Saayman           sheenasaayman@hotmail.com  

Sandy Seabrook             seabrook@iafrica.com  

Melaney Smith                obhdsecr@iafrica.com  

Kearsney Smith              kears.smith@gmail.com  

Megan Theron                 megtheron@gmail.com  

Sue Theron                     sueirish@mweb.co.za   

Leonie Thompson           tweety.thompson@gmail.com  

Shelly van Gool               shelly@global.co.za  

Kirsty Webster                werner.kirsty@gmail.com

Eastern Cape

Fiona Godfrey                 fiona@waikato.co.za

Barbara Freeborn           barbarafr@telkomsa.net

Jeanette Hubbard           jeanetteh@polka.co.za

Barbara Mayhead           bmayhead@hotmail.com

Jennifer McWilliams       jm@bmi.za.net

Avril O’Leary                   avrilol@absamail.co.za

Gillian O’Leary                olearystudio@hotmail.com

Julie Angus                     trevor.angus@gmail.com

Maryanne Cormack        cormacks@telkomsa.net

Roxanne Piderit              roxi.piderit@iafrica.com

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Margaret Bigby               margiebigby@saol.com

Anli Coertzen                 anlic@yebo.co.za

Juliette Galvin                 juliegalvin@gmail.com

Allison Grace                  graceallison@ymail.com

Tamaryn Hale                 THale@srk.co.za

Noleen Loubser              noleen@satweb.co.za

Bronwyn Parker             parker@telkomsa.net

Colleen Smit                  csmit@iafrica.com

Heather Walker              ccwalker@fnb.co.za

Western Cape

Heather Booysen           hbooysen@iafrica.com

Roche Buckle                rocheh@telkomsa.net

Taryn Harkness             taryn@mgia.ca.za

Hayley Johnston            hayley@civils2000.co.za

Roslyn Kruuse              rkruuse@mweb.co.za

Judy Lucas                    judylucas@telkomsa.net

Lesley Marwick             lesley@merchantstrading.com

Jeanette Moulder          jayemm@iafrica.com

Jo-Anne Nicholson       j-anne@webmail.co.za

Jessica Workman        jessicajworkman@gmail.com

S RankinOUT and ABOUT 7

There is no place like home, and after a whirlwind of visits to the wonderful Caledonians throughout the country, it was time to pay my respects to the Societies in the Eastern Cape.

Past Lady President Rose Thompson accompanied me on the road trip to Port Elizabeth on a cold, rainy Friday morning, stopping off to see an old friend in Port Alfred along the way.

Chief and Lady President of Port Elizabeth Scottish Society, Ivan and Frances Dickson, were our hosts while we enjoyed an exciting weekend of activities.

At a Cocktail Party at the home of Past Chief and Lady President Bruce and Sandra Strang, the cool weather prompted a cosy huddle round the diningroom table with lots of fun, laughter and good food with the Committee members.

The following evening I had the privilege of installing the Chief and Lady President for their second term of office as well as enjoying my Official Welcome. There was plenty of time for socializing along with an excellent programme of Piping and Drumming, some a cappella songs by Eric Kirk and a delightful meal.

 q3 q1q2Hie-ing off to SAMREC on Sunday morning, we were treated to an informative talk by Michelle Bradshaw (also a Caledonian Committee member), as she attached a ‘pinger’ to one of the penguins to be released into the wild. Valuable information is later collected from stations located under the sea in the bay, which detect the movements of the bird over a period of time. The tide was out as we followed the crowd to the beach and ventured out on the rocks to watch three little penguins march boldly out to sea and freedom.

q6 q7 q8 q4 q5Senior Chieftain Cathy Stewart joined us for a light lunch and to watch the penguins being fed before we made our way to the home of Past Federation Chief and Lady President Andrew and Dawn Sked for a sumptuous afternoon tea.

Our next port of call was Knysna where we spent a delightful couple of days with Past Federation Lady President Morag Cruikshanks. The magnificent scenery along the way prompted a stop at the Storms River Bridge for an ice-cream, and beautiful weather gave us an opportunity to share some good fellowship and lovely sight-seeing with our hostess.

q10 q11 q9On the Waterfront, my attention was caught by a bronze statue of the English Bulldog ‘Bondi’. A gift from the people of Maputo to the Royal Naval Ship HMS Verbena in 1928, Bondi visited Knysna three times aboard the ship which was stationed at Simonstown, and died there in 1931. Buried on Thesen Island, the grave was tended by passing seamen for many years. In 2004 sculptor Karel du Toit unveiled the statue of Bondi on the Waterfront where visitors are encouraged to scratch his head and make a donation to the Animal Welfare Society.

q12The wind farm in the Humansdorp area was also a point of interest.

q13Just a few days back home and a very successful 24th East London Highland Dancing Festival took place at the Clarendon Girl’s Primary School. Convened by Jeanette Hubbard and adjudicated by Shona Robinson of Gauteng, it once again displayed a high standard of dancing.

q15 q16 q17 q14At lunch time on the same day, the MOTH’s Residents Association held its Annual Potjie Competition. A popular event supported by service clubs and other friendly organisations provided a delightful opportunity for social interaction and a chance to sample some of the delicious array of interesting dishes.

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The Battle of Britain commemoration Parade took place at the East Cemetary in East London on Sunday morning, 13th September, led by the combined Caledonian Society and Buffalo City Pipe Bands. The Address was delivered by Rev. Des Plint who is also Chaplain of the East London Caledonian Society and a member of their Pipe Band. A fly-past by three vintage aircraft took place at precisely 11 a.m.




q23Meeting at the MOTH Hall afterwards, we were joined by stalwart past members of the East London Caledonian Society Pipe Band for a time of reminiscences and sharing. Amongst them, ex- Pipe Majors Bill Hartley and Don McCarlie as well as Alistair Geddie, also a piper, all of whom served in the Band from the 1940’s.


The following week, members of the East London Caledonian Society Committee and Ladies’

Group together with Past Chiefs and Lady Presidents met at the home of Senior Chieftain Maureena Middleton for a lovely evening of friendship and chatter, away from the usual formality of business and agendas. Honorary Piper Robert Rankin gave the assembly just the right flavour with his rendition of some well-loved tunes and a happy evening soon passed.

q29 q30 q28Next evening, the East London Caledonian Society welcomed me in grand style with a fabulous, well-attended Ceilidh. The Pipe Band and Highland Dancers strutted their stuff; well-known local artistes Brian and Colleen Smith entertained us on the piano and keyboard; Shaun Davy on the violin and Rob Rankin on the bagpipes provided an interesting and unusual duet, and there was lots of dancing and a number of items from the floor. A fitting finale indeed, to a spectacular year of office.

q34 q35q31 q32As the door slowly closes on my personal adventure, I am excited to have had the opportunity to witness another door opening in the Eastern Cape when a small piping contest between East London, Grahamstown , Port Elizabeth and other local centres was launched by Chris Terry in Grahamstown recently. Musicians in this region look forward to positive spin-off from this initiative which is planned to take place three or four times a year.

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In closing, I should like to thank everyone for the incredible support, friendship, hospitality and warmth of welcome I have received from you all wherever I have travelled during this past year. My treasure-house is packed with precious memories of shared joys, loving fellowship and many other gifts that will always remain a very precious part of my life.

Your aye,

Sandra Rankin

Federation Chief

Harare Caledonian Society

The Harare Caledonian Society

Dear Caledonian Society members

Each year The Grapevine informal wine group has a whisky tasting and Burns Night supper, and this year’s event takes place, of course, on Friday January 25. The event will consist of a three-course supper and whisky tasting. Supper will, we hope, be a good Scots meal, and we shall endeavour to have as many of the Burns Night touches as possible. We have a good number of Grapevine members booked but have space for more guests, and we would be delighted for the Caledonians to join in!

Here are the details:

Date – Friday January 25

Venue – Bagatelle, Meikles Hotel

Time – 7pm for a 7.15pm start

Cost – $60 per person, includes meal and whiskies, as well as entertainment

Dress – Scots dress if possible, or a ’touch of tartan’

Booking – cell or whatsapp: 0785 300144

Please advise if you wish to join in!

The Grapevine

The Port Elizabeth Scottish Association

(Registered Caledonian Society – Founded 1882)


(To be returned by 1 July 2012)

 I ……………………………………………………of ……………………………………

Being a member of the Port Elizabeth Scottish Association hereby appoint ……………..


as my proxy to vote for me and on my behalf at the Annual General Meeting of the Port

Elizabeth Scottish Association to be held on Sunday, 8 July 2012.

Unless otherwise instructed, my proxy may vote as he/she thinks fit.

Signed …………………………………….     Date ……………………………………….




PRESENT:                     Twenty-seven members, as per Attendance Register

WELCOME:                  Chief Llewellyn Faifer opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the Annual General Meeting.

APOLOGIES:                Twelve members, as per Attendance Register

OBITUARIES:               Nil


The Minutes having been circulated were taken as read and recorded as true.

Proposed:          Pam Peddie                      Seconded:          Jannette Robertson


There were no matters arising from the previous Minutes


Chief Llewellyn Faifer gave his report for the year 2010/2011.

A copy of this report is attached. 


Auditor, Ivan Dickson gave his Financial Report for the year ending 31 May 2011. He was concerned that the financial statements were late in being given to him and he stressed that in future the books must be typed or written up prior to being given to the Auditor, as his job is to check the books and then give a yearly report of his findings.

The Income & Expenditure Statement, plus Balance Sheet are attached.

Ivan mentioned that the income for the year was R20 455, R11 553 of this being realized at Congress 2010, which had been convened by Dawn Sked.

Chief Llewellyn Faifer said he accepted responsibility for the financial statements being given to Ivan late.

Snr Chieftain Alistair Wilson enquired what the amounts where listed under ‘Other Funds’. Ivan explained that this money was donated by past members to various funds. These totalled up to the R40 000 listed under Investments.

The Highland Gathering money of R33 914 was still in the current account and needed to be reinvested.

Past Chief Rob Campbell stated that Reach for a Dream would like their thanks recorded for the donation of R6 000, which was money raised at the Burgess Cup in conjunction with Algoa Remax.

Andrew Sked said he would like to congratulate Ivan on getting this Report finished at such short notice.

Chief Llewellyn Faifer brought to the notice of everyone that we had a large amount of money in our accounts and the interest we were getting was not very much. He had looked into putting it all together and investing it.

Dawn Sked mentioned that she did not think it a good idea to do this in case the market goes down.

Frances Dickson said in the Constitution it states that the money be placed in a Bank and suggested that we keep it in a ‘main line’ bank. She also mentioned that the Eastern Cape Highland Gathering money must be kept separately and that the Gathering falls under the Port Elizabeth Scottish Association Constitution.

Proposed by:     Andrew Sked                   Seconded by: Dawn Sked


Chief Llewellyn Faifer thanked all the members for their help and support during his year of office and handed the Meeting over to Past Chief Rob Campbell for the election of office bearers.

Past Chief Rob Campbell expressed a vote of thanks to the outgoing Chief and Lady President and congratulated them on a very successful year. He then declared the present committee dismissed and all the positions are now vacant and called for nominations.

Chief:                 Sandra Strang                  Molly Trump                   Alistair Wilson

Consort:            Bruce Strang                    Sandra Strang                  Cathy Stewart

Snr Chieftain:    Ivan Dickson                   Frances Dickson              Dawn Sked

Chieftain:          Agnes Bean                     Llewellyn Faifer              Frances Dickson

Hon Treasurer: Frances Dickson              Andrew Sked                   Cathy Stewart

Hon Secretary: Frances Dickson              Andrew Sked                   Dawn Sked


Jill Mackenzie                 Eileen Boggess                James Boggess

Dawn Sked                      Wendy McCleland           Claire Wilson

Andrew Sked                   Jill Mackenzie                 Andrew Sked

Cathy Stewart                  Bruce Strang                    Wendy McCleland

Ken Bean                        Llewellyn Faifer              Alistair Wilson

Llewellyn Faifer as Past Chief automatically stays on the committee for the forthcoming year. Wendy McCleland was proposed as a committee member, but she declined.

Hon Scribe:       Jill Mackenzie                 Cathy Stewart                  Sandra Strang

                           Llewellyn Faifer will assist Jill

Auditor:             Ivan Dickson                   Andrew Sked                   Sandra Strang

Hon Chaplain:   This to be discussed by the incoming committee.


Chief Sandra Strang took the Chair and received the Chief’s Badge from Past Chief Rob Campbell. She thanked all present for having faith in her ability to take on this position.

A letter has been received from the Immediate Past Federation Chief, Jean Kelly, regarding Candidates for Royal Patronage. The suggestions are Prince Harry, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Eugenie.

Prince Harry was the suggested by our members. Other Royals suggested are Prince Harry or his wife Sophie. A letter would be send to Jean Kelly advising her of our feedback.

Past Chief Rob Campbell suggested that the Federation contact The Rt Hon Paul Boateng, British High Commissioner in South Africa and approach the Royals through him, as he has strong Scottish connections.

Alistair Wilson proposed a vote of thanks to Past Chief Rob Campbell for standing in as Chairman for the elections.

Andrew Sked thanked Past Chief Llewellyn Faifer for the hard work he had done over the past three years.

CLOSURE:       There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 13.15 and was followed by a braai



The Port Elizabeth Scottish Association

(Registered Caledonian Society – Founded 1882)


Notice is hereby given that the 130th Annual General Meeting of the Society

will be held on

Date:        Sunday, 8 July 2012

Time:          12.00 noon

                               Place:          Victoria Park Bowling Club

                                                   Victoria Park Drive Walmer

 All members are requested to make a special effort to attend.

Snacks, wine and fruit juice will be provided after meeting.


  1. Minutes of the previous meeting
  2. Matters arising from Minutes
  3. Chief’s Annual Report
  4. Auditor’s Financial Report
  5. Election of Office Bearers & Committee
  6. Appointment of Honorary Auditor
  7. Appointment of Scribe
  8. Appointment of Honorary Chaplain
  9. General


                                Chief                        Sandra Strang

Chieftain                  Bruce Strang

Senior Chieftain       Ivan Dickson

Chieftain                  Agnes Bean

Hon Secretary         Frances Dickson

Hon Treasurer         Frances Dickson

Scribe                      Jill Mackenzie

Committee               Llewellyn Faifer, Andrew Sked, Dawn Sked, Cathy Stewart

Hon Auditor             Ivan Dickson

Hon Chaplain           –

Yours faithfully

Sandra Strang