st-andrews-heading-2016 St Andrews Scottish Society,

Herbert Park Bowling Club,

          71 Turf Club Street Turffontein.            

(A Cultural Scottish Society, Not for gain)

MARCH 2017

Afternoon All,

Over this past week, work took us to Cape Town and Bloemfontein, while we were away we were able to share a meal with friends from the Cape Town and Bloemfontein Caledonian societies’. This gave us an opportunity to see and chat up with old friends and make new ones. It is always nice to see a familiar face when traveling.

We would like to extend to our thanks for the wonderful hospitality, and the great reminder of the spirit of community that runs through the Caledonian movement.

Our last function held was a bingo afternoon, which was a cover as we had arranged a farewell for Aunty Helen. This was well attended and an afternoon enjoyed by all. We actually managed to surprise Aunty Helen. A big Thank You to Carol Rens and Craig Rens who ran the Bingo for the afternoon and the rest of the committee who made sure everything else ran smoothly.

Our next function is our Easter Bonnet Parade and Tea on Sunday the 2nd of April, further details are below. Please RSVP to Gavin or myself by the 31st of March 2017.

To those of you who are travelling during the April school holidays we wish you a safe journey. Haste ye back.

Here is a list of up and coming events:

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of March: 100 Guineas Solo Piping Competition taking place at the View in Parktown. Food and drinks will be on sale. For a detailed list of the order of play see the posts on either the Scottish Piping Society of Southern Africa OR the Pipe Bands’ Association of South Africa (PBASA) Facebook pages.

Saturday the 1st of April is the Vaal Highland Festival and Gathering, this is also Fred Brokenshire’s and Gavin Johnson’s official visits to the Vaal Society. It is always a good festival and a great day out, please come and support:

Venue: Dick Fourie Stadium – Vereeniging

Time: 9am until late

Entrance Fees:

Adults: R50

Pensioners: R40

Children:  R20

Under 6: Free

Sunday the 2nd of April is our Easter Bonnet Parade and Tea, prizes for the most creative, home-made, Easter bonnet and best decorated table are up for grabs. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, crafts and other activities for the children.

Time: 13:00 for 13:30

Venue:  Main Hall, Herbert Park


Adults: R60

Children: Free

Saturday the 6th of May is our Welcome to the Federation Chief, Fred Brokenkenshire. More details will follow in due course. Please save the date.

Sunday the 7th of May Eastern Johannesburg Caledonian Society will be having their Welcome to the Federation Chief.

Congress 2017: 13-15 October

The Congress committee has been very busy behind the scenes with preparations for congress and bookings have slowly started coming in. Please go and like the Congress 2017 Facebook page: @congress17. From next week we will be running a few competitions on the Facebook page. We are looking forward to hosting everyone.

Below are the provisional gathering and competition dates, please try and support where possible:

Gathering dates

01/04/2017 : Saturday : Vaal Highland Festival Gathering

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)

10/06/2017 : Saturday : Cornwall Hill Gathering (Regional)

17/06/2017 : Saturday : Pretoria Boys Gathering (Championship)

01/07/2017 : Saturday : Natal Scottish Gathering

15/07/2017 : Saturday : St Benedict’s Gathering (Regional Final)

29/07/2017 : Saturday : Benoni Gathering (SA Champs & Championship Final)


15/04/2017 : Saturday : Tonteldoos Highland Festival

Solo COmpetitions

25/03/2017 : Saturday : (PSSA) 100 Guineas

26/03/2017 : Sunday : (PSSA) Junior Guineas

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

14/05/2017 : Sunday : Jeppe Gathering Solos

28/05/2017 : Sunday : De La Salle Gathering Solos

11/06/2017 : Sunday : Cornwall Hill Gathering Solos

16/09/2017 : Saturday : SA Solo Drumming Championships

07/10/2017 : Saturday : (PSSA) George Ackroyd


Cornelia Johnson