The Carswellian magazine was founded in 1977 by Eddie
Hutchings, an energetic and enthusiastic Scottish Country Dancer living
in the village of Kingskerswell, South Devon.
It's purpose was spelt out in Eddie's own words in the
Editorial of the first issue, published in October 1977:
I have thought for a
long time there has
been a definite need for getting "early information of events taking
place" to you - the dancer - and I believe that by using "The
Carswellian" as a means of communication, this objective can be
achieved. Distance-wise we may be many miles apart but I think this
little publication can bring our Scottish Country Dance 'family' closer
The publication, which started as a four page bulletin
sent to a few clubs in Devon & Cornwall, has proved extremely
popular and now, with an average of 20 pages and published 5 times
yearly, is sent all over the country.
What's in a Name?
In a letter to the magazine celebrating it's 25 years, Eddie Hutchings
In September 1976
eight people who were interested in Scottish Country Dancing together
with Phil, my wife, and myself, met in a room under the Public Hall,
Kingskerswell. On that night we were uncertain of a future but
enthusiasm was high and we decided to meet again. The news of our
activity quickly spread and more joined in and we decided to 'make a go
of it'. What should we call ourselves? Various names were thought of
and discarded; then Phil had a book from the library in which it said
that "CARSWELLA" was the old Saxon name for Kingskerswell - no more
thought, our decision was made and so "CARSWELLA SCOTTISH COUNTRY
DANCERS" was formed.
From this class the need for information and
communication was identified and hence "THE CARSWELLIAN" was born.
The badge used on the front cover of the magazine is
that of Carswella Scottish Country Dancers and was designed by Laurie
Corbin, a member of the group. It was first introduced on Issue 10, and
has been used ever since.
Eddie Hutchings produced and edited the magazine for 93
issues (over 18 years) and only passed over editorship when he reached
The editorship was then taken over, somewhat
apprehensively, by Felicity Hooper in January 1996. After all Eddie is
a hard act to follow!