Another year almost gone. So, what has been going on in the Federation this year?
Well, as usual, the beginning of the year was very busy, with all the Burns Supper celebrations across the world.
The start of the year is always a busy time in the office with membership renewals and requests from schools for certificates for their annual competitions.
The Dean Castle Country Park, where Head Office is located (for now!) has gone through major work this year, so it’s been a busy place!
The spring months started with us finalising the Annual Conference details and sending out the information to members.
The hugely popular National Schools Competitions started in March with the Choral competition in Armadale and the Primary and Secondary competitions taking place in April and May in Lanarkshire, as always were a huge success. Congratulations to all our 2017 winners.
In May, Irvine Lasses hosted the Lasses Lunch in the Hallmark Hotel in Irvine. Our speaker this year was Sheriff Ruth Anderson QC and our entertainers, Jimmy Cook ( Piper) Susan Chown ( recitation) and Janet Gibson (Singer). Thank you to the hard working committee in Irvine.
The Digitisation project has progressed further this year due to the support of many of our members, with quite a number of Chronicles already digitised and now available on the website. There are still volumes available for sponsorship, please get in touch, if this is something you would like to be involved in.
September took the Annual RBWF Conference 2017 to Peebles Hydro for the 3rd year. This year we had almost 100 delegates in attendance. Friday evening’s dinner was informal with Luath, along with several delegates, providing the evening’s entertainment which was enjoyed by all in attendance.
President Bobby welcomed a large number of delegates to the AGM on Saturday morning. Overseas guests were introduced and received a warm welcome.
Another highlight of the Conference was the awards of Honorary President’s Medals to John Skilling, Margaret Skilling and Jane Brown. All three very deserving of this accolade from the Federation.
Chains of office were exchanged on Saturday evening with Brian Goldie becoming Junior Vice President, Bill Nolan receiving the Senior Vice President chain and Ian McIntyre receiving his Presidential Chain of Office from Bobby Kane. Bobby received his Past President’s Medal from Ian.
After dinner and speeches, the delegates were then invited to take the floor, accompanied by the Pentlands Ceilidh Band who, for a second year provided fabulous entertainment.
The singing of Auld Lang Syne brought to a close another very successful conference.
The Sunday morning service was conducted by the Rev. Graham Finch, with a collection uplifted for ‘Mary’s Meals’ as nominated by Rev. Finch.
Now into Autumn/Winter, which has been filled with 2018 Schools Competition preparation, New 2018 Chronicle and Membership Renewals sent out.
September also had our new President, Ian McIntyre, make his first trip overseas as RBWF President, when he visited Canada for the Medicine Hat Jolly Beggars Banquet. Both Ian and Moira had a wonderful time and are looking forward to many more events during Ian’s presidential year.
The first RBWF calendar was also made available at Conference. We have a few remaining (but not many), so if you wish a calendar, please give us a call and we will have one sent to you. Be quick!!
The St Petersburg Forum welcomed the Russian student prize winners to Scotland during October/November, where they were welcomed by many clubs and associations.
The Bi-Monthly newsletter has continued to be a great success during 2017 and we look forward to our members/clubs providing articles for our 2018 editions.
There are many others events etc that have taken place over the year, I could be here all day! I hope I have been able to give you a brief overview of some of the activities that we and our army of volunteers, members and clubs are involved in.
Last but not least, we finally can provide a date for our move to the new RBWF HQ in John Dickie Street. We will receive the keys on Monday 12th February and we will make the move gradually over 2 weeks, taking full occupancy on Monday 26th February. Good news at last! We look forward to welcoming many of you in 2018.
Finally, Beverley and I would like to thank you for all you support during 2017 and we look forward to assisting you in 2018.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE VERY BEST TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FOR 2018!!
Margaretann & Bev
Dates to note for 2018 (that we have so far):
27th January 2018 - Burns Alicht http://www.burnsfestival.com/alloway-1759/burns-alicht/
26th February 2018 - Official Move Date to New HQ!
17th March 2018 - School Choral Festival
21st April 2018 - Secondary School Finals
12th May 2018 - Primary School Finals
20th May 2018 - Lasses Lunch
7th-9th September 2018 - RBWF Conference – Irvine
Various dates - Ellisland Events https://www.ellislandfarm.co.uk/news/
Please remember to send details to the office of any events you wish advertised.