RSCDS Brighton Branch

Our Past Scottish Dance Events

These Scottish dance events all ran in the past - you can also see our current programme

Dances from RSCDS Book 52, September 2nd, 2-6pm

Mervyn Short introduced the dances from RSCDS Book 52 at Rawson Hall, Bolney RH17 5PF, 5, sponsored by the Branch. Mervyn said all the dances are good to dance, some more challenging than others - see Fran's Book 52 Flyer.

Afternoon Beginners' and Improvers' Course, September 23rd, 2-5pm

dancers from Fran's flyer Brighton Branch sponsored this afternoon course with Mervyn Short for those wishing to learn basic steps and formations or improve their Scottish Country Dancing Skills.
At Rawson Hall, Bolney, RH17 5PF, 5 - see Fran's Flyer.

Strawberry Tea Dance Sunday 17 June, 3pm

a scone with cream and a strawberry; available during the dance interval A cheerful dance with recaps at Sunday tea-time with a light tea of scones and jam with fresh strawberries and cream. Angmering Community Centre Held at  Angmering Community Centre in Foxwood Avenue, Angmering, Tickets on the door, 6 (students 3)
See interactive programme or printable programme.

Annual General Meeting, Friday May 18th, 7:30pm

RSCDS Brighton Branch AGM, at the Patcham Memorial Hall followed by a free evening of social dancing. We were delighted to give an RSCDS Branch Award to Chris and Lee Pratt for their long-sustained and outstanding services to Scottish country dancing in Crawley, Horsham and Sussex. Congratulations Lee and Chris!

2018 Valentine Dance, 17th February, 7:30pm

church by Knoyle Hall Valentine Dance at the Knoyle Hall (St John the Evangelist) Knoyle Road, Preston (Brighton) BN1 6RB. We are advised the proposed residents parking scheme (controlled parking zone) will NOT be in operation.
a valentine's rose Tickets at the door for only 5 (3 students and non-dancers). (Beverages and biscuits provided in the break.)
Tap for the printable programme or the Strathspey Dance Database programme for cribs, diagrams and videos.

2017 Christmas Ceilidh, Friday December 15th, 7:30

Patcham Memorial Hall Our "bring-a-friend" Christmas ceilidh was at Patcham Memorial Hall where we welcomed members of Preston Park U3A Scottish Country Dancing group and friends of branch members.

a Christmas elf a highland fling There were some splendid contributions including a bagpipe medley, amusing poems, singing and other entertainments.

Hallowe'en dance on Saturday 28th October 2017, 7:30

church by Knoyle Hall An informal, themed dance to recorded music with Rod Burrows MC at the Knoyle Hall BN1 6RB.
Tickets on the door, price 5 (non-dancers 2). A 7:30 start and shorter interval as the hall was not available before 7. We provided tea, coffee and biscuits, people could bring brought own food and drink if preferred. hallowe'en skeletons Costumes suggestive of Hallowe'en added to the fun.
See printable programme or interactive programme and full instructions for Rod's Mixed Doubles. (If anyone finds a video for Mixed Doubles please let us know.)

Afternoon course for Beginners or Improvers, Sunday 10 September 2017, 2-5pm

dancers from Fran's flyer An afternoon course sponsored by Brighton Branch, organised by Fran Bramham, taught by Mervyn Short: basic steps and formations. Held at Clayton Village Hall, BN6 9PJ, 5. See Fran's Flyer.

Strawberry Tea Dance on Sunday 18 June 2017, 3pm

a scone with cream and a strawberry; available during the dance interval Our cheerful Scottish country dance with recaps, at Sunday tea-time with a light tea of scones and jam, fresh strawberries and cream. At  Angmering Community Centre, tickets on the door 6 (3).
interactive programme with links to cribs, diagrams and videos or printable programme. We danced Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich as a Strathspey.

2017 Valentine Dance, 18 February, 7:30pm

church by Knoyle Hall Our Valentine Dance this year was back at the Knoyle Hall (St John the Evangelist) Knoyle Road, Preston (Brighton) as the proposed residents parking scheme (controlled parking zone) was NOT be in operation.
Tickets 4 (3 students and non-dancers), beverage and biscuits provided. See printable programme or interactive programme with cribs, diagrams and videos.

2016 Christmas "bring a friend" Ceilidh, Friday 9 December, 7:30pm a Christmas elf

A bring-a-friend Christmas ceilidh at Patcham Memorial Hall. We welcomed members of Preston Park U3A Scottish Country Dancing group, and Rodmell as well as friends of branch members. Besides ceilidh dancing there were highland dance displays, live music from the Bothwell Boys and many other entertainments.

2016 Teachers Class ... tap to see Fran's report on the weekend Class for Teachers, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November 2016

RSCDS Brighton was glad to use its Pat Harvey Scholarship Fund to support this weekend course for people who lead or teach at SCD club evenings. It was funded by our Pat Harvey Memorial Fund. The course was commissioned by Mid Sussex Scottish Country Dance Group and taught by Mervyn Short from 10am to 4pm each day at Albourne Village Hall, BN6 9DU.

All aspects of dance and music choices were covered. You can read Fran's report here (with photographs).

Hallowe'en Dance, 29 October 2016, 6:30pm   hallowe'en skeletons

A Hallowe'en witch Our second Hallowe'en dance, this time in the Dance Studio in Temple Gardens BN1 3AT. The entrance is opposite the main school buildings. Parking space is in the main school car park in Montpelier Road (B2122). See online programme for many video links to help you got to know the dances.

End-of-Term Ceilidh, Friday 15 July 2016

trumpet, from openclipart The last Friday class of the season was a bring-a-friend ceilidh. highlander from openclipart
We enjoyed some of Shirley's limericks, with a description of the town in question, and Rod playing the trumpet during the interval.

25th Anniversary Strawberry Tea Dance on Sunday 19 June 2016, 3pm

a scone with cream and a strawberry; available during the dance interval On the occasion of RSCDS Brighton Branch's 25th Anniversary, a cheerful Scottish country dance with recaps at Sunday tea-time with a light tea of scones and jam, fresh strawberries and cream Angmering Community Centre at  Angmering Community Centre in Foxwood Avenue, Angmering, BN16 4FU.
Tap for the printable programme or the interactive programme with links to videos for the dances.

Annual General Meeting, Friday 13 May 2016, 7:30

RSCDS Brighton Branch AGM, at the Patcham Memorial Hall. We welcomed Sally to the committee and voted to subsidise RSCDS HQ subscription for those paying at the AGM; it was followed by social dancing.

Autumn Hallowe'en Dance, 31st October 2015, 7pm - spooky as you like

Halloween witch An informal, themed dance to recorded music with Rod Burrows. At the Knoyle Hall (St John the Evangelist) Knoyle Road, Preston (Brighton) BN1 6RB. It is on bus routes 5, 5A and 747 and not far from routes 5B and 27.
hallowe'en skeletons Hallowe'en costume optional - but make sure you can dance in it!
Only 5 and bring a plate of spooky(?) finger food. The spooky online programme is available.

End-of-Term Ceilidh, Friday 17 July 2015

The last Friday class of the season was a ceilidh, an opportunity to bring a friend to sample the pleasure of Scottish country dancing, with a little finger food during the short break.

Strawberry Tea Dance on Sunday 21st June 2015, 3:30pm

A cheerful summer dance now held at Sunday tea-time, with scones and jam, fresh strawberries and cream, at Angmering Community Centre, BN16 4FU.
See online programme with links to videos.

Annual General Meeting, Friday 15 May 2015, 7:30

Twenty people attended the RSCDS Brighton Branch AGM at the Patcham Memorial Hall, with social dancing to follow.

2015 Valentine's Dance, 21st February, 7pm

A lightly themed dance to recorded music with Rod Burrows, for the first time at the Knoyle Hall (St John the Evangelist) Knoyle Road Preston (Brighton) BN1 6RB. The hall was recently redecorated and with new toilet facilites. It is on bus routes 5, 5A and 747 and not far from routes 5B and 27.
Only 5 entry (3 for children and students) with a plate of finger food. online programme available.

2014 Christmas Ceilidh, Friday 19 December

Scottish country dancing is sociable, fun and keeps you fit About thirty scottish dancers and their friends came to our Christmas ceilidh at Patcham Memorial Hall. We were particularly pleased to welcome members of Preston Park U3A Scottish Country Dancing group. Between dances we were entertained by highland dance displays, live music and sketches from members. A small raffle and a little finger food in the interval added to the festive spirit.

Autumn Dance, Saturday 15 November 2014, 7pm

An informal dance with Rod Burrows to recorded music at Balfour Road Primary School, Balfour Road BN1 6NE, 7pm. 5 (3 children and students) with a plate of finger food; online programme with video clips available.

Strawberry Tea Dance, Sunday 15 June 2014, 4pm

Our June dance with a light tea of scones and jam with fresh strawberries and cream in the middle was held on a Sunday at tea-time (4pm) this year, at Angmering Community Centre in Foxwood Avenue, Angmering, BN16 4FU.

See the online programme for the dances and links to video clips.

Annual General Meeting on Friday 16 May 2014

Sixteen people attended Brighton Branch's AGM at the Patcham Memorial Hall at 8pm, with social dancing afterwards.

2014 Valentine's Dance, Saturday 15 February

a valentine's rose A lightly themed, fun dance to recorded music; Rod gave a recap for every dance.
Held at 7pm at Balfour Road Primary School, BN1 6NE. The online programme includes links to videos of most of the dances.

2013 Christmas Ceilidh at Patcham, Friday 20 December, 7:30-10:15

Scottish dancers and friends enjoyed our Christmas ceilidh at Patcham Memorial Hall. Dances were fun with highland dance displays, songs, live music and sketches from members between dances and small contributions of finger food in the interval.

2013 Wee Ball, Saturday 2 November, 6:15pm - the last in the series

The English-Scottish Ball by andr0_0, on Flickr Our last Wee Ball in 2013 took place at the spacious Shoreham Centre at 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5WU, with its a lovely sprung floor. We enjoyed dancing to to the Craigeivar band who played with their usual uplifting lively enthusiasm.

Carol and Bob provided and excellent buffet. Tickets were 15 (children, students and non-dancers 7). See the online programme, including links to cribs and videos to help learn the dances.

Afternoon of Dance to Evaluate New Dances, Sunday 1st September 2013, 2:30-5:30pm

Angmering Community Centre A chance to try out new dances submitted for the RSCDS book of dances book 48 and vote on your favourites. Among this succession of Strathspeys Rod added a quadrille!
At Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Angmering, BN16 4FU. Cost 3.

Strawberry Tea Dance, Saturday 15 June 2013, 7pm

Evening dance with a light tea of scones and jam with fresh strawberries and cream. At Balfour Road Primary School. Details in the online programme, with videos of the dances.

Annual General Meeting, Friday 17 May 2013, 7:30

Our 2013 AGM was held at Patcham Memorial Hall, followed by social dancing.

Valentine's Dance, Saturday 16 February 2013, 7pm

a valentine's rose Dancing to recorded music, with recaps, in a lightly themed, fun dance at Balfour Road Primary School, Balfour Road BN1 6NE. See online Programme with web links to the dances on the Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary.

2013 Welcome Ceilidh at our new Patcham Venue, Friday 11 January

Patcham Memorial Hall We invite Scottish dancers and friends to our ceilidh to welcome ourselves into our new dance-friendly hall at Patcham. RSCDS members, their children, their friends and other relations are all welcome.
Dances will be fun; between dances will be songs, live music, sketches ... anything people would like to contribute. If you have a contribution, please let Rod know as you arrive.
Starts 7:30 at Patcham Memorial Hall (shown right), Old London Road, Patcham BN1 8XR. Bus 5A stops outside.

2012 Wee Ball, Saturday 17 November, 6:15pm

dancing at a previous Wee Ball Dancing to Craigievar at the spacious Shoreham Centre at 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5WU, which has a lovely sprung floor and was such a success last year.
Tickets 14 (children and students 7) - see programme online with videos of the dances.

Strawberry Tea Dance, Saturday 16 June 2012, 7pm

a strawberry The Strawberry tea dance with recaps, suitable for beginners and children, at Balfour Road Primary School, BN1 6NE, with a light tea of strawberries and scones.
See programme.

2012 Valentine's Dance, Saturday 18 February, 7pm

At this informal dance with recaps, dancing to recorded music. The event starts at 7pm at moved to St Peter's Hall St Peter's Church West Blatchington BN3 7LQ.
Ticket price 5, or 3 for children and students, the raffle raising funds for the Pat Harvey Scholarship. See online programme.

2011 Branch Christmas ceilidh evening

This year we opened the invitation to include not just members but also friends and relations, including children. The ceilidh was the most well-attended for some time and a great success.

Wee Ball, Saturday 19 November 2011, 6:15 for 6:45pm

Dancing to the music of Craigievar, with MCs Kathy Lawmon and Pam Johnstone. At a new venue, the Shoreham Centre at 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5WU which has a large hall with a sprung floor, and was a great success. The car park behind the Shoreham Centre is best reached by turning up John Street from the A259 where it becomes Shoreham High Street.
We are grateful to Carol and Bob who provided us with an excellent supper and to Charlie our piper.
Ticket price 14 (7 children). See Programme online and enjoy the dances on YouTube videos too!

Strawberry Tea Dance, 18 June 2011, 7pm

An informal Scottish dance suitable for beginners and children, with recorded music and a light tea of scones, jam, strawberries and cream. At St Peter's Church, West Blatchington BN3 7LQ.
The online Programme takes you to some dances on YouTube.

Branch AGM, Friday 20 May 2011

The Annual General Meeting was held at 7:30 at St Peter's Church West Blatchington, followed by social dancing.

Valentine's Dance, 19 February 2011, 7pm

a rose At St George's church, BN3 7QR. Programme online with dances on YouTube. The raffle raised funds for the Pat Harvey Scholarship.

summer ball Wee Ball, 20 November 2010, 7pm

The Wee Ball was held at the Brighton & Hove Girls' High School, dancing to Craigievar. Tickets 10, bring-a-plate - see Programme.

Strawberry Tea Dance, 19 June 2010, 7pm

An informal dance, suitable for beginners and children, with recorded music and a strawberry tea at the Community Hall attached to St Peter's Church, West Blatchington BN3 7LQ. Tickets 5 (children pay 3) at the door. Programme available.

AGM - Annual General Meeting, Friday 14 May 2010

At the Community Hall attached to St Peter's Church, West Blatchington, followed by social dancing.

Valentine's Dance, 20 February 2010, 7pm

An informal dance with recorded music, raising funds for the Pat Harvey Memorial Scholarship. Held at the Brighton & Hove Girls High School, BN1 3AT. Tickets 5 (3 children & students) on the door, bring a plate of food.
View programme - all dances recapped.

Beginners' course in Scottish country dancing, January-March 2010

At this special course, beginners learned jigs, reels and strathspeys and the basic formations, which gives them skill and confidence to enjoy the local Scottish country dances and balls.

2009 Autumn Ball at Hove Town Hall, 24 October, 6:30 for 7pm,

dancing at a ball We danced this Programme to the music of Craigievar, Kathy and Rod being our MCs. We were at Hove Town Hall for the last time.

Tickets 18 (10 for non-dancers and juniors) including a welcome drink at 6:30 and dinner at 7pm.

Summer demonstrations and public events 2009

The branch contributed Scottish county and highland dance demonstrations at Cooksbridge and at the Poets' Corner festival. These were well received and we were pleased when some onlookers joined in with some of the dancers.

Strawberry dance, 20 June 2009

The Branch could not run the dance this year, but Carol and Natalie kindly stepped in to run a strawberry dance on 20 June.

Valentine's Dance, 21st February 2009

Dance to music played by Green Ginger at the Brighton & Hove Girls High School, BN1 3AT.
Tickets 10 in advance, MC Rodney Burrows, see Valentine's Dance Programme.
The raffle raised funds for the Pat Harvey Memorial Scholarship.

2008, Beginners' Wee Ball, Saturday 15 November

Dance to music by Ian Robertson and his Band, at Brighton & Hove Girls High School, BN1 3AT Tickets 12. MCs Rodney Burrows and Kathy Lawmon. Follow the link for the Wee Ball Programme.

Start of Season dance, Saturday 13 September 2008, 7pm

At Balfour Junior School, Balfour Road BN1 6NE. Entrance 3 includes hot drinks and biscuits in the interval. MC Rodney Burrows - see the programme - dances recapped, all dancers welcome.

Jig around for just 1 - Taster evenings of Scottish Country Dancing, 7:30

On Tuesday 9 September 2008, join the Saltdean social dance group at Saltdean County Primary School. Or on Thursday 11 September join the Hove Beginners' class at the Ventnor Hall... You can just turn up at 7:30, or contact [us] for more information.

2008 Summer Ball - Saturday 21st June, 6:30 for 7pm

dancing at a summer ball Dance to music by Strathallan at Hove Town Hall BN3 4AH. MCs Rodney Burrows and Kathy Lawmon. Tickets 15 in advance, cost covers dinner and wine. Dress formal: kilts, black tie or ball dresses. See Programme (dances recapped)

2008 Pat Harvey Fund-raising Dance - Saturday 16 February, 7pm

At St George's Hall, Court Farm Road, Hove. MCs Rodney Burrows & Ray Archer, see Programme. Tickets 4 on the door, bring a plate of food to share, wear kilts or smart trousers and dresses.

2007 Christmas Ceilidh, December

At Ventnor Hall, Central United Reformed Church, BN3 3YF Dances will be easy and fun, MC Rodney Burrows. Brush up and bring a party piece if you have one, this is "chiefly yourselves!"

2007 Wee Ball, 17 November, 7pm

Dancing in kilt & black tie or ball dresses to the Green Ginger band, MCs Rodney Burrows & Kathy Lawmon at Brighton & Hove Girls High School BN1 3AT. Tickets £10 in advance, includes buffet etc. See Programme. Suitable for beginners.

Free trial evenings in September 2007, 7:30-9:30

For fitness, fun and friendship, everyone is welcome to join us at one of our free trial evenings at
  • Hove on Thursdays 13 & 20 September or
  • Saltdean on two Tuesdays 11 & 18 September (follow the blue links for details)

Start of Season Dance, 8 September 2007, 7pm-11pm

At Balfour Junior School BN1 6NE. MCs Rodney Burrows, Ray Archer & Maureen Smalldridge.
Tickets 4 on the door. Programme based on Dance Scottish Week programmes; recorded music, all dances recapped.

2007 Summer Ball, 16 June, 6:30 - 11:15

Come at 6:30 for drinks, dance ends 11:15pm. At Hove Town Hall, BN3 4AH. Dance to David Hall and his band, MCs Rodney Burrows & Kathy Lawmon. See Programme. Dress formal: Kilts, black tie or ball dresses. Tickets - dancers £18, non-dancers £10, including buffet supper; BYOB.

2006 Wee Ball, 18 November, 7pm

A dance suitable for beginners, held at Brighton & Hove Girls High School, 7-11pm. Dance to Green Ginger, MCs Rodney Burrows & Christine Hastie. Programme available online. Tickets - Dancers £10; buffet supper, BYOB. Dress Formal.

Start of Season Dance, 9 September 2006, 7-10:30pm

7-10:30 pm at Balfour Road Junior School. Tickets 4 on the door (tea & coffee).

2006 Summer Ball, 17 June, 7-11:30pm

Hove Town Hall, dancing to Ian Muir & Craigellachie, MCs Rodney Burrows & Kathy Lawmon. Tickets - dancers £18, non-dancers £10, including buffet supper. BYOB. Dress: Formal. Click for Programme

2006 'Come to our Ceilidh', 6 May, 7-10pm

At Balfour Road Junior School, BN1 6NE. MC Rodney Burrows. with a programme of Ceilidh dances & easy country dances.

Pat Harvey Scholarship Dance, 18 February 2006

At St. George's Hall, Court Farm Road, Hove. Tickets 4 plus a plate of food; tea & coffee provided. MCs Rodney Burrows & Maureen Smalldridge. Click for Programme.