Eastern Johannesburg Caledonian Society

May 2019

Hi All,

Welcome to the Federation Chief (Charles Carr) Lunch on 9th June.

We will be having the above function on Sunday 9th June at Ora Bella Restaurant 73 Charl Cilliers St (C/O 11th St) Boksburg North.

There will be a full Buffet Sunday Lunch at R 110.00 per person. Bar facilities are available. Day Dress please.

We are limited to + – 30 guests so please confirm your attendance ASAP.

Hope to see you there.

Duncan and Audrey

0837823777 or 0118933777

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

Christmas 2020, Newsletter

Good morning everyone

Memory and I wish all colleagues who serve so diligently on the Durban Caledonian Society Committee, as well as other members and friends who have attended our functions with such verve, a joyful and safe Christmas period. We also wish you a productive and cheerful New Year.

I very much appreciate the consensus we have shared as members, regarding our necessary careful stance on coronavirus. We are of course particularly vulnerable.  With the anticipated continued surge we presently endure, it will remain prudent to place our health at the forefront.

I’m sure we all wish swift and full recovery to any colleagues who may be in distress now or in the future.

 A very Happy Christmas from Noel and myself, to all the members who take time to read the newsletter when I send it out. God Bless and stay safe.  We really want to see you all again.

We have been truly blessed as we are going up to Pretoria to see our brand new Great Grandson Dax who is just 3 weeks old.

God bless you all and keep you safe till we meet again.



Good morning members,

I hope this finds you all in good health.  I know it has been a lifetime since we last got a newsletter out to you, but as you know this year has been anything but usual. My apologies folks, but there has been nothing going on because of the Covid 19 pandemic.  However I have asked the Chief to put pen to paper to let you know that we are still alive and kicking (but not as vigoursly as we used to).

If you have any news that you would like to share with us, please let me know so that I can pass it on to our menbers, for instance our own sad news is that our eldest son Craig, passed away on his birthday in March this year but the good news is that we are looking forward to having another great grandson in our family, who will be arriving in December in Pretoria.  So folks good or sad news let’s share it all.

Now to the letter from our Chief :-

Despite the resurgence of covid after a brief lull, the Chief and Lady President have continued the Durban Caledonian Society’s traditions as often as feasible, and communication has been ongoing within the Committee.

  • Mem and I have attended the Lorne Maclaine Farewell in the DLI hall.
  • We have supported our honorary piper Jim Ware and Suzanne Ware as best possible especially during the closing phase of his long illness, and attended Jim’s memorial service while keeping close contact with Suzanne Ware.
  • We’ve attended the memorial ceremony (Annual Service of Remembrance) at the Cenotaph in Durban, and I set down a DCS wreath made by Mike Jackson.
  • In attending these functions, we have been in strict compliance with the full range of covid preventive measures.
  • DCS Committee member Graeme Fuller and his wife Audrey have also attended a number of Scottish functions as often as the covid restrictions allow.

Owing to the resurgence, we have not deemed it appropriate yet to arrange any general DCS gatherings of our own. Our priority remains the wellbeing and health of our members. When If the health threat subsides next year, we will hold a committee matting to see if we can discern a sensible way forward.

With regards,


Now for the last laugh  –

I had a rose named after me

I was very flattered, but I was not pleased to read the decription in the catalogue:

“No good in bed, but fine agains a wall”………….  Eleanor Roosevelt

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible  ………….. Mark Twain

Santa Claus has the right idea.-  Visit people only once a year ….. Victor Borge

Cheers folks, stay well and stay safe


2 0 2 0


 Greetings everybody,

I hope this Newsletter finds you all safe and healthy. As you all know there is no social gatherings allowed as yet so I’m just sending a shortened  version to let you all know that we are holding you all in our thoughts  and prayers till we can once again hold our functions

In the meantime, I thought I would recognise our members by sending our  usual birthday and anniversary greetings for the rest of the year!!  I’ll start at the beginning of the year again.


JANUARY                           FEBRUARY                             MARCH

2    Betty Cruise                   10   Graham Dawber                19   Elspeth Gray

9   Jacqueline Pollitt             12   Lyn Chasomeris                21  Quentin Sinclair

11  Mike Jackson                  14  George Chasomeris

17  Ann Miller

18  Mervy Hinchliffe

23  Margaret Gardner

25  Julia Jackson

APRIL                                       MAY                                         JUNE

1   Carol Allen                           2  Tanya Oliver                      1  Joe Dunsmore

4   Heather Walker                   13  Graeme Fuller                   9  Joyce Peet

16 Karen Paarz                         14 Janet McDavid                 21  Jim Ware

2 0 Mihalis Chasomeris

20 Sarah Chasomeris

25 Nancy Dunsmore

JULY                                        AUGUST                               SEPTEMBER

12  Mickey Rasmussen             19  Ronella Burrows                3  Sandy Ware

14  Audrey Marshall                 19  Rob Walker                     7  Alex Coutts

24  Mervyn Pollitt                    24  Debbie Chasomeris         9  Audrey Fuller

24  David Cruise                 14  Robert Smith

26  Ailsa Mumby               29 Alistair Mackenzie

OCTOBER                             NOVEMBER                         DECEMBER

13  Andreas Chasomeris           2 Heather Lichkus                  2 |Graham Allen

20  Molly Gould                                                                    21  Anthony Pattison

24  Gordon  Capper                                                               23  Noel Gould

26  Jeanette Hichliffe                                                            24  Memory Coutts


FEBRUARY                              APRIL                                        MAY

9  Hincliffe                                9  Cruise                                    1  Allen

JUNE                                         JULY                                        SEPTEMBER

11 Gould  (60th)                         4 Paarz/Elliott                          18 M. Charomeris

25 Dunsmore                             4 Pollitt

OCTOBER                               NOVEMBER                          DECEMBER

15 Jackson                                 21 Walker                                 10  Fuller

18 G.Chasomeris                                                                         15  Coutts

A few last quickies to keep your spirits up…..

  1. Why do Hell’s Angels wear leather
  2. Because chiffon wrinkles too easily
  3. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, how high should you be?
  4. 3 days of steady drinking should do it.

Q   Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls

  1. Only after lights out.


Thats all from me folks.  Stay well, Stay safe, till we meet again.



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

Out  and  About

Well Christmas is a few days away and we are still stuck under the Covid 19 leveling rules.  Beaches are closed in the Eastern Cape and those not closed will be closed on and around Christmas and New Year.  Holidays cancelled so most people staying home, totally different to what we would normally being doing around this time of year.  But you cannot cancel Christmas, we will still celebrate it as best we can, have our special meal and enjoy the day. SA is blessed with the lovely hot weather which I can assure you is just the opposite to here in the Scottish Highlands.

 Callie functions have suffered this year as have all  events in SA, but I think on or two Societies managed a St Andrews Evening.  Most societies are hoping to be able to celebrate our traditional Burns Dinner, be it in January, February or March, we shall just wait and see what are on the cards for 2021.  Many of the elder members are reluctant to venture out, hopefully that will change in the New Year and we can all get back into the swings of things.

 Wishing one and all a Wonderful Blessed Christmas and Healthy, Happy New Year!

Everything of the best for 2021 and thanks to all the Callie members that are out there encouraging and keeping the Caledonian Flag flying high.

Love and light to you until next time.

 Lynette & Linda

Fed Chief and Lady President


Harare Caledonian Society

The Harare Caledonian Society

Come along to a Bring & Share Picnic Lunch to Celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day 

On Sunday the 29th November 2020 from 12 noon

At Grants Estate, Merwede, Harare West.

You will need to bring something to share for a Picnic Lunch.

Your own Drinks, Glasses, Crockery and Cutlery.

A Chair if possible or a Rug to stretch out on the lawn and commune with all the birdlife.

Catch up with friends (even bring some with you) with wonderful fresh air and tons of space.

If you would like to come along please email us at hararecaledoniansociety@gmail.com .

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