Eastern Johannesburg Caledonian Society


Fellow Caledonians,

Hope that this Newsletter finds you all well.

We have decided to have our annual Past Chiefs and Ladies afternoon function on Sunday April the 30th at Patrick and Norma Craven’s home, 45 Rae Frankel Street Brakenhurst. As usual, this function will be a charity benefit in aid of Cotlands Childrens home and the entrance fee will be a “Suitable Parcel for the children. Please advise Duncan or Audrey whether you will be attending.

Our next function will be the Official Welcome to the Federation Chief on 7th May and further details will be provided when available.

The East Rand Highland Dancing Gathering, a Championship and Premiership event, was held on this Saturday 11th March at the Benoni Lake golf club. Congratulations to Jessica Powell who won her first Medal and Lara Langton who won 4 medals in their respective sections.

Upcoming Gatherings:

01/04/2017 : Saturday : Vaal Highland Gathering

15/04/2017 : Saturday : Tonteldoos Highland Festival

29/04/2017 : Saturday : South Coast Highland Gathering (Championship)

13/05/2017 : Saturday : Jeppe Gathering (Regional)

27/05/2017 : Saturday : De La Salle Gathering (Regional)

Solo Competitions

30/04/2017 : Sunday : South Coast Highland Gathering Solos

Yours Aye,

Duncan MacDonald

20th March 2017

Durban C SChief: Margaret Gardner Ph: 031-7052429                   Scribe: Molly Gould Ph: 0317014148
emgee@itsonline.biz                        Email                 mollygould60@gmail.com


Greetings to all,

Our last function for the Official visit of Natal Provincial Chieftain and Lady President was a wonderful happy occasion except for the fact that Molly was unable to attend. We missed you Molly and you missed a relaxed delicious lunch of Shrimp Cocktail, cold meat and salad and cool Ice cream.

We were worried that we would not have a piper as the Moth Organisation was celebrating their 90th Anniversary and the Pipe Bands were attending but we were pleasantly delighted when Peter Duncan, a Past Pipe major of Durban Caledonian Pipe Band, turned up to officially pipe us in. Peter and Sue are now living in the UK and were out for a visit.  He was not the only piper in attendance as members of the Margate Pipe Band came along too. How great was that? From a famine to a feast.

Noel addressed us and shared his term in office and we presented him with a gift certificate and hopefully at the next function he and Molly will get the actual gift!

Entertainers and singers are rather thin on the ground these days so we asked each table to provide a joke. What a success as some table told not only one joke but several.  Any singers put there?

Alistair Mackenzie shared a video of my home town Glasgow which brought back many memories and I look forward to the next episode.

We had a bout of bad health at the last function and quite a few committee members were missing and a big vote of thanks for everyone who mucked in and helped.


At the time of writing this Newsletter, Alistair Mackenzie is walking his way around Spain  – all 800 kms I believe.  I’m sure he’ll have some quite memorable moments that he can share with us to add to our entertainment!



2ND JULY, AT BEREA BOWLING CLUB, c/o Berea & Fergusson Rds,  12.30 for 1pm.

This is the time when the Durban Society shows the Federation Chief our support so we need every member and friend to be there.  It is an important date on our calendar folks so don’t let us down.  The Committee are working hard to give you an enjoyable day. As usual we need to know just how many to cater for, so please

Phone Molly: 031-7014148 to book your seat.

Cost R60 per head.  Cash bar available

 Member’s news:

Unfortunately Joyce is still not fully recovered enough to handle our monthly raffle and has asked Tanya Oliver (our new member) to take over from her for a while. Now this is where you all come in! –  our raffle box is depleted!!  So we are appealing to you all to bring one raffle item to our next social to help bring our raffle box back to a healthy state.

Elspeth is on the mend and looking forward to seeing you all again.

Molly’s knee is also on the mend.

At the last social a lot of folks put their names down to join our Society namely:

Brenda & Peter Morris, Lesley & Keith Turner,  Dave Alderson Smith,  Alan Dean, Sylvia Boden, Tanya Oliver  and our new Baby Sarah Chasomeris.  Welcome to you all.  Elspeth , our Secretary, will be sending  you application forms to fill in and bring to our next social.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

It is with sadness that I have to report on the death of a Past Federation Lady President Morag  Cruikshanks who passed away in January this year.

Another sadness is the closing of Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Society this year.

Nancy Dunsmore has asked if any members can help with information  about Mr. Tom Mitchell (deceased).  His last known address was Davenport Rd, Durban and he worked for the Dbn Corporation. His sister Margaret Alexander is looking for his family.  She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland and her telephone No. is

004428  91873384.  If anyone can help, please let me know and I’ll pass the information  on to Nancy.

Congratulations to those celebrating birthdays in;


1st Joe Dunsmore     9th Joyce Peet


12th  Mickey Rasmussen  14th Audrey Marshall


19th Ronella Burrows  24th Debbie Chasomeris , Memory Coutts

26th  Ailsa Mumby



11th Noel & Molly Gould , 25th  Joe & Nancy Dunsmore


4th Karen (Paarz) & William Elliot




23rd July  AGM.  To be held at Sandown Village 2pm.





 Molly’s last laugh:

A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses – she started her class b y saying, “Everyone who thinks they’re stupid stand up”  After a few seconds Little Larry stood up.  The teacher said “Do you think you’re stupid Larry?”  No Ma’am. But I didn’t like to see you standing there all by yourself.

Larry watched fascinated as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face, “why do you do that Mum?” he asked.  “To make myself beautiful” said Mum, who then began to remove the cream with a tissue.  “What’s the matter” asked Larry “are you giving up?”

That’s all folks,  see you at the Social


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

Harare Caledonian Society

Waterloo – Tea party
Members of the Royal Society of St. George and their guests are invited to attend an Afternoon Tea Party (with wine)
to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.
This event will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in the garden next to The Cellar at Willowmead,
Rolfe Avenue, Borrowdale, from 2.15 p.m. until 4.30 p.m.
The cost will be $6 per person, payable in cash at the door.
In order to arrange sufficient catering, please advise in advance that you do intend to attend.
We hope everyone will join in the spirit of a tea party and wear hats which are suitable for a garden party.
For those who don’t drink tea, you are welcome to bring your own bottle of refreshment or to purchase a suitable libation from The Cellar.
Committee member, Brian Heathcote, will present a short address about The Iron Duke and there will be a draw for lucky ticket numbers.
R.S.V.P. to <empire@mango.zw>
before Wednesday, June 28.

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