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Scottish Dancing in the South West is very active with over 40 clubs & 7 R.S.C.D.S branches. Classes are run by experienced teachers with regular dances organised by the clubs & the branches. Many of the dances have live Scottish Country Dance bands and are enjoyed by people from all over the region.


The Carswellian aims to provide up to date information on the local scene together with dance information and articles of interest to dancers.

Dance Calendar

2017
Nov 25 Gloucester Scottish Society St. Andrew's Dance. Chris Dewhurst. Ribston Hall, Glos GL3 5LE
Dec 2 Minstead SCDs Christmas Dance. Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX. Strathallan
2 Saltash SCD Club St.Andrew's Dance. Burraton Comm.Centre, Saltash. Celtic Capers
7 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham GL52 3JE
9 Bournemouth RSCDS Christmas Dance. Corfe Mullen V.H. Lindsey & Tom Ibbotson
9 Tavistock S.C. Dancers Annual Dance. Tavistock Town Hall with Live Music
9 Cheltenham RSCDS Christmas Dance at Reddings Community Centre
10 Woolavington SCD's Afternoon Christmas Social 2-4pm. Village Hall TA7 8DY
14 St. Michael's SCD Club Christmas Party Dance at The Davis hall, West Camel
16 Exeter RSCDS Christmas 'Glitter' Dance. Victory Hall, Broadclyst EX5 3EE
16 New Forest SCD's Christmas Dance. Brockenhurst V. Hall, SO42 7RY. Craigievar
18 Chard Scottish Dance Club Christmas Party
31 Westbury Scot. Club (Bristol) Hogmanay Dance with Ian Slater. St. Peter's Church Hall, Bristol
31 Pelynt SCD Club Hogmanay Dance. Lanreath Village Hall.
2018
Jan 6 Birmingham RSCDS New Year Social with Chris Dewhurst at Selly Oak, B29 6HT
7 Cheltenham RSCDS Ball practice at Reddings Community Centre
13 Torquay & District Scot. Soc New Year Dance. Furrough Cross Church Hall, St. Marychurch
13 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
13 Cheltenham RSCDS Annual Ball. Pittville Pump Room. Nicol McLaren & Glencraig 
27 Birmingham RSCDS Burns Social  at Selly Oak, B29 6HT
Feb 1 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pitteville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
3 Cornwall RSCDS Afternoon Workshop and Evening Dance at Fraddon Village Hall
10 Bristol RSCDS Newcomers Dance at St Monica Trust with Strathallan
10 Somerset RSCDS Afternoon Step Class for all abilities with Fiona Grant
10 Cheltenham RSCDS Social Dance at Reddings Community Centre
16/18 Isle of Wight Weekend School. Pat Houghton, Fred Demarse and The Muirs
17 Chard Scottish Dance Club Social Dance. Chardstock Village Hall
24 Cheltenham Scottish Society Annual Dance with Iain MacPhail and his Band
24 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
March 3 Birmingham RSCDS Afternoon School and Evening Dance with The Dewhursts
3 Somerset RSCDS Dancers and Musicians Day School and Dance. Duncan Brown
3 Liskeard SCD's Annual Haggis Thrash with Sandy Nixon at Dobwalls Memorial Hall
10 Exeter RSCDS Spring Dance at The Victory Hall, Broadclyst
17 Birmingham RSCDS Annual Spring Ball
17 Weymouth S.C. Dancers
Highland Ball at Herrison Hall, Nr.Dorchester. Craigellachie
17 Cheltenham RSCDS Social Dance at Reddings Community Centre
23/25 Cornwall RSCDS Residential W/end at Newquay. Ton McKinlay,  Robert Whitehead
24 Bath RSCDS 70 Year Celebration Day at Westonbirt School, nr.Tetbury, Glos
April 7 Yelverton & Peter Tavy SCD's Spring Dance at Walkhampton Memorial Hall
12 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pitteville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
13/15 Guernsey Scottish Dancers Dancing Weekend with Craigellachie
14 St. Michael's SCD Club Spring Dance. The Davis Hall, West Camel
21 Shaftesbury & E. Knoyle SCD's 50th. Anniversary Dance with Marian Anderson
21 Chard Scottish Dance Club Birthdays Dance with Skara Brae. Chardstock V. H. EX13 7BH
21 Westbury Scottish Club (Bristol) Spring Dance. St. Peter's Church Hall. Frank Thomson
22 Bodmin Scottish Dancers Cream Tea Dance. Fraddon Village Hall.
22 New Forest SCD's Spring Tea Dance with Marian Anderson
28 Birmingham RSCDS Nice 'n' Easy Social at Selly Oak, B29 6HT
28 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
28 Cheltenham RSCDS Day School at Reddings Community Centre with Pat Houghton
May 12 Exeter RSCDS End of Season Dance at The Victory Hall, Braodclyst
12 Charminster SCD Club Charity Dance with Skara Brae at Broadmayne Village Hall
12 Gloucester Scottish Society Annual Dance at Ribston Hall, Glos. GL3 5LE. with Strathallan
14 Chard Scottish Dance Club End of Season Party. Chardstock Village Hall
19 Bristol RSCDS Summer Dance at St Monica Trust with Ian Robertson
19 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
19 Cheltenham RSCDS Summer Dance. Churchdown Community Centre with Luke Brady
June 2 Exeter RSCDS Tea Dance at The Victory Hall, Broadclyst
2 Cheltenham Scottish Society Summer Dance. Reddings Hall. Live Music
9 Bournemouth RSCDS Summer Picnic Dance. Minstead Village Hall
16 Chard Scottish Dance Club Social Dance. Chardstock Village hall.
21 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pitteville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
29 Birmingham RSCDS Summer Social at Selly Oak, B29 6HT
30 Taunton Caledonian Society Charity Dance at Barrington Village Hall. Nicol McLaren
July 7 Somerset RSCDS Annual Tea Dance. Long Sutton Village Hall, TA10 9NT
14 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
Aug 4 Chard Scottish Dance Club Social Dance . Chardstock Village Hall.
18 St. Michael's SCD Club Charity Dance. The Davis Hall, West Camel.
30 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pitteville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
Sept 15 Taunton Caledonian Society Dancing Day Workshop. Staplegrove V.H. Mervyn Short
22 Bridport and Chard SCD Clubs Joint Dance for Ann Prior's 90th. birthday. Uplyme Village Hall
22 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
Oct 5/7 Marhamchurch Scottish Dancers Residential Weekend at Bude. Sandy Nixon, William Williamson
13 Bristol RSCDS New Season's Dance at St Monica Trust. Marian Anderson
18 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pitteville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
19/21 Westbury Scottish Club (Bristol) Residential Weekend. Livermead, Torquay, with the Muirs
20 Exeter RSCDS Afternoon School and Evening Dance at The Victory Hall
Nov 3 Taunton Caledonian Society November Dance. Barrington Village Hall. Ian T Muir of Prestwick
10 Bristol RSCDS Day School and Dance. Janet Johnson, Judth Muir, Craigellachie
24 Gloucester Scottish Society St.Andrew's Dance. Ribston Hall, Glos. Chris Dewhurst
Dec 1 Minstead SCD's Social Dance at Minstead Village Hall, SO43 7FX
6 Tartan Dance Party Afternoon Dance. Pitteville Pump Room Cheltenham GL52 3JE
8 Exeter RSCDS Christmas 'Glitter' Dance at The Victory Hall, Broadclyst
13 St. Michael's SCD Club Christmas Party Dance. The Davis Hall, West Camel.
31 Westbury Scottish Club (Bristol) Hogmanay Dance. St Peter's Church Hall with Ian Slater

The above calendar of events is compiled with the co-operation of Hon. Secs./ Conveners who are invited to telephone the Editor to obtain up to date information before booking dates that may clash. Help your society by helping the Editor to keep this calendar of events up to date at all times.