St Andrew Society of York

Updated for 2016-17

Who are we?

We are a very sociable group who offer a warm Scottish welcome to those who love Scotland and those of Scottish heritage. We enjoy celebrating our Scottish and British traditions in true style.

The St Andrew Society of York is affiliated to the Robert Burns World Federation, Yorkshire District which provides us with further social opportunities. Burns World Federation events

Main Events in 2016/17

June 18th, Saturday, The Coffee Morning
July 1st, Friday, A day at the Seaside
July 4th, Monday, Ladies Circle Theatre Evening
August 13th, Saturday, BBQ
September 3rd, Saturday, A Murder Mystery Evening
October 13th, Thursday, Ladies Circle
October 23rd, Sunday, President's Reception
November 26th, Saturday, St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance
November 27th, Sunday, St Andrewtide Service
December, 31st, Hogmany
January 28th, Saturday, Burns' Celebration
February 25th, Saturday Road to the Isles
March 13th, Monday, Ladies Circle Theatre Evening
March, 28th, Tuesday Gone to Pot
May 5th, Friday, The AGM
May 11th, Thursday, Ladies Circle AGM

Our President, and Council Members, all of whom are elected by our members, put together and run our excellent programme of events. The Society thrives on the enthusiasm of our members and as you can see provide a full year of fun and entertainment.

If you are interested in things Scottish and might like to join us, do contact our Secretary on who can answer all your questions and give you further details. Home


The AGM for the year will be held in Wigginton Recreational Hall at 7.30pm. It is at this event when all the formal business of the Society is concluded. The out-going President will summarise her year and the in-coming President will be inaugurated. The Treasurer and Ladies Circle President will give their reports and new Council Members will be elected to replace those who have completed their terms in office. The new President will outline his plans for a very busy and interesting year ahead including details of his selected charity. Once all the formalities are concluded we can enjoy a chat with friends over a cup of tea or coffee and discuss ideas for the development of the Society with the Council. For further information Please contact for further details. The Ladies Circle AGM will be held during their meeting on 11th May for further information Please contact Home

The Coffee Morning

The Coffee Morning is a fundraising event for the President's Charity, which this year is in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The Coffee Morning was held at Haxby Memorial Hall,our trusty piper Jim was outside to welcome all comers in style. The Ladies Circle provided delicious refreshments, and the many stalls manned by many willing hard workers selling crafts, plants, books, home grown produce and home made cakes, gave everyone the opportunity to have a good time whilst buying lovely goodies and raising money for a very good cause. Charity Please contact for further details. Home


The charity for 2016-17 is the RNLI. The brave volunteers turn out in all weather and conditions to rescue those in peril on the sea. They provide lifeguards on the beaches and help in all manner of unusual places such as rescuing stranded people when flooding occurs whether in land or on the coast. For further information please see their website www.RNLI.ORG Home

A day at the Seaside

On Friday 1st July a group of just under 40 members met in the car park at St Georges Fields to begin our journey to Bridlington,picking up a few people on the way. The journey was made more interesting by the most difficult quiz, obviously compiled by a very clever member of our society. Arriving at Bridlngton we were split into two groups, one having the morning in Bridlington at leisure, the other going across to the Lifeboat Station. What a super trip, our guide was really enthusiastic about his work and gave us a tour around the lifeboat staion, the rescue boat and a very informative talk and video about the sometimes unusual tasks they have to carry out. At lunchtime we rejoined the coach to Flamborough Golf Club for a delightful fish and chips lunch and delicious desserts and tea or coffee. On our return to Bridlington the groups swapped over enabling everyone to have a wander around the seaside as well as learning a great deal. Thanks go to our president for organising the day. Please contact for further details. Home


Our BBQ this summer was held on bright sunny day in the lovely garden of our secretary in Copmanthorpe. Along with delicious food we had our traditional games in our own particular style, of wellie wanging, putting,the darts being a particular favourite with the children! Children young and not so young could na did have their faces painted so we had dinasaurs, scarecrows and rabbits to join the fun. As always friends and family were all given a good St Andrew Society welcome. Please contact for further details. Home

A Murder Mystery Evening

After a worrying few days for our president when the sports club cancelled our booking at short notice. The council had only four rehearsals due to summer commitments but we managed to produce an exciting evening of mystery and intrigue in the Railway and Bowls Club. The dinner ladies gave us a reminder of our school days with school style dinners and puddings again produced at very short notice. Only two teams succeeded in finding out Whodunnit but none guessed why or how, maybe due to the new found acting skills of our council. Please contact for further details. Home

President's Reception

This year's President's Reception, was held in Strensall Golf club again this year. It is a particularly good venue and the cuisine and service were ideal. Our President had the honour of presenting one of our longest serving members with his Honourary Membership Certificate and was also able to congratulate two couples who have or will very soon celebrate their marriages. This was very enjoyable day. Home

Ladies Circle

Ladies Circle outing on 23rd June was to the internationally acclaimed flower arranger George Smith's garden at The Manor House Heslington on a lovely day attended by 13 members. We were met by Mr Withill and welcomed by George Smith. We first wandered around the extensive gardens and were served tea and biscuits at 3.45 when the bell rang we had to congregate in the granary studio for an illustrated talk by George Smith. This showed the property as they took it over many years ago and the construction of the pond etc. This was followed by a chance to buy plants which many of us took advantage of.

The Ladies Circle theatre outing was to the newly refurbished Theatre Royal for the production of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, a very successful evening. It was lovely to enjoy the comfort of the theatre with its improvements including excellent acoustics. Thanks go to Sheila for organising this event.

The Ladies Circle meet for lunch on the second Thursday of each month, from October to May. The venue, the Novotel, Fishergate, York YO10 4FD. These luncheons offer an excellent opportunity to socialise during the day. Each meeting offers something different. Throughout the year we have a variety of talks, some with demonstrations, from some very interesting speakers and we ring the changes with informal lunches too. Our first lunch of the season was held on Thursday 13th October a delicious 2 course lunch with tea or coffee and the most amazing handmade chocolates, enjoyed by a healthy turnout of ladies including 2 new members and one returning this year. Our speaker gave a talk on the RNLI, this years President's Charity and cards and calendars were on sale. Pre-booking is essential so please contact The Ladies will be delighted to have your company but pre-booking is essential so do contact Home

St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance

Members and guests of the St Andrew York Society celebrated St Andrew's Day in the Eclipse Suite at York racecourse on 26th November 2016 with the St Andrewtide church service at St Columba's URC York on Sunday 27th November 2016. The evening got underway with our Master of Ceremonies Graham Robertson calling the 'gathering' to order and the Society's favourite piper Jim Sharp piping in the top table. President elect Jim Murison said grace ahead of a four course dinner and coffee being served. Following the meal a number of greetings were read out from fellow Societies as far afield as Canada to as close as Wakefield. Our President Dorothy gave an interesting talk on the origins of the apostle Andrew from Andrew’s artefacts being brought by a fourth century Middle East monk to the place now known as St Andrews, through to St Andrew himself being adopted as Patron Saint of Scotland. The toast to Scotia, a light hearted reflection on the affect that both geographical and cultural 'fault' lines had on Scotia and its people over the centuries was given by Ian Reynolds. Following dinner there was a time for socialising before the music struck up and the 'jigging' began! The music was provided by Hugh Barwell and on occasion accompanied by Jim on the pipes. It was a most enjoyable evening with excellent company and all looked forward to doing the same next year. Home


We had another lovely evening at Haxby Memorial Hall. The DB Band played the night away and having eaten a superb meal, we danced up to the New Year. Jim, our wonderful piper played us into the New Year to traditional tunes, rounded off with Auld Lang Syne at Midnight. This was a ver special evening enjoyed by all.Home

Burns' Celebration

At our 108th Burns Celebration Luncheon on Saturday 28th January 2017 we celebrated in traditional style with speeches, music and song,all in praise of the Bard, in the Dante Suite at York racecourse. Some 66 members and guests attended to enjoy a superb meal,starting with a very tasty and interesting spinach and wild mushroom risotto followed by the welcome almost complusory Haggis with neeps and tatties. The main course consisted of an enormous supreme roast chicken (more haggis stuffing),crushed potatoes and roast jus.Vegetarians were equally spoiled with salted baked beetroot and walnut crust deep fried camembert, chunky chips and wild mushroom compote - almost worth giving up meat for! As if we hadn't been fed enough, there followed dark chocolate & raspberry delice with macaroon & Eton Mess,tea or coffee with after dinner mints. As we have come to expect on these occasions this was beautifully serviced. Our wonderful piper treated The Bard with all due honour as he led the President, honoured guests and speakers to their table and paid homage to The Haggis in the usual fashion. Between courses we were treated to three Burns songs by Linn who had travelled from Scotland specially for the lunch and had to make a quick getaway to catch the return train, everyone was impressed by her amazing voice and even more by her dedication. The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns began our speeches and The President Elect proposed 'The Toon we Bide in and our Guests. The Sheriff of York gave an interesting reply and an entertaining 'The Lassies' and response followed. The final recitation was the complete rendition of Tam O'Shanter, the likes of which are rarely seen, with a slide show,very little need for script and given with great gusto almost cetainly by a Burns enthusiast. The 'Lunch' as it was now dark outside ended with the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne, a most successful event. For further information and to book your place, please do contact our secretary on


The Road to the Isles

The musical evening was held on Saturday 25th February, Road to the Isles is a musical event featuring music and songs from our beautiful Isles.40 members and friends attended this popular event.This informal evening was deemed to be very successful and enjoyable raising £50 for the Society .Home

Ladies Circle Theatre Evening

Our outing in 2017 will be to the Theatre Royal to see Rodgers and Hammersteins The King and I. Please contact for more information. Home

Gone to Pot

St Giles Church Hall Copmanthorpe provided the venue for 48 members and friends on Tuesday 28th March for our own version of Gardeners Question Time, this is a tried and trusted event hosted by St Andrew Society for the first time though it has been held in Copmanthorpe on a number of occasions. Roger Burnett a previous Chelsea Flower Show judge and head of Scarborough in Bloom committee and one of his colleagues answered a number gardening questions in a very entertaining way whilst providing excellent advice and tips.Supper was provided in house and a raffle further enhanced our enjoyment. The effort resulted in a very healthy £167 profit and £186 to Presidents charity.Please contact for further details. Home

Burns World Federation Events

The three main events are:- the Conference, which will be held in Peebles Hydro between 9th and 11th September this year, the AGM and Quiz in June and The Tartan Ball on 29th April in the Holiday Inn, Bradford with dancing to Iain MacPhail and his band.

For more details please contact

Here are some other websites that might be of interest - York Scottish Country Dance Club York - Royal Scottish Country Dance Society York

Last updated, April 2017.