St Andrew Society of York

Updated for 2018-19

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. With the help of the Council the President is trying to promote the Society in York through our website and regular features in local community newsletters including 'Handy Mag'mainly in Haxby and Copmanthorpe monthly newlsletter. Further events will be announced.

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 2018/19

April 27th, Friday,AGM
June 2nd, Saturday, The Coffee Morning
June 14th, Thursday, Afternoon Tea
June 9th, Saturday, Bowls & Quiz
July 21st, Saturday, BBQ
August 16th, Quiz
October 7th, Sunday, President's Reception
October 11th, Thursday, Ladies Circle Lunch
November, Saturday, St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance
November, Sunday, St Andrewtide Service
December 31st, Hogmany
January, Saturday, Burns' Celebration
February 14th,Thursday, Ladies Circle Theatre Evening
March 8th,Friday, Ceilidh
April 13th,Saturday, Tartan Ball
May, Friday, The AGM
May, 9th 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 was held in Wigginton Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm. It is at this event when all the formal business of the Society is concluded. The out-going President summarised his year and the in-coming President was inaugurated. The Treasurer and Ladies Circle President gave their reports and new Council Members were elected to replace those who have completed their terms in office. The new President outlined his plans for a very busy and interesting year ahead including details of his selected charity. Once all the formalities were concluded we enjoyed a chat with friends over a cup of tea or coffee and discussed ideas for the development of the Society with the Council. For further information Please contact for further details. The Ladies Circle AGM was held during their meeting on 11th May for further information Please contact Home

The Coffee Morning

The Coffee Morning and Summer Fayre was held at Haxby Memorial Hall on Saturday 2nd June, as always Jim was outside to pipe a welcome to all comers in style. The event was very well supported and raised approximately 500 for the Presidents charity. The Ladies Circle provided delicious refreshments, and the many stalls 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. The President extends many thanks to all members but especially The Ladies Circle for putting in so much hard work on the day and beforehand to provide such excellent fayre. Charity Please contact for further details. Home


The charity for 2018-19 is Marie Curie York For further information please see their website Home

Afternoon Tea

On Thursday 14th June
Our President arranged for a superb guided tour of Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park followed by a delicious afternoon tea. The day was quite a surprise for those of us living near Askham Bryan Park and have not previously visited, there is a good sized park and zoo with a variety of animals,fish and reptiles obviously well cared for with informative staff on hand to provide that extra bit of detail. The afternoon tea was substantial and tasty with the 24 or so members leaving a day to remember. Please contact for further details. Home

Bowls & Quiz

On Saturday 9th June, West Bretton Village Hall was the venue for the Yorkshire District AGM, bowls and quiz day.The format of the day was Bowls Tournament starting at 2:30 pm with fierce competition as ever playing to win the coeveted Renwick Vickers trophy which was presented in the evening. A delicious afternoon tea of scones. shortbread and biscuits were enjoyed by the players and supporters. This was followed by the AGM, quiz and general social evening and supper. The Tartan Ball is TBA Home


Once again we are indebted to David and Aileen for their generous hospitality and hard work in preparing for the day in Copmanthorpe on Saturday 21st July. This year the President reverted to previous format and the BBQ was perfectly cooked by our trusty "chefs". The food and drink flowed well on a bright sunny day and everyone joined in the games. An added event was the children doing their own bran tub full of sweets for charity, hard sell came into play and they raised over 13 at 10p a go - budding salesmen to watch out for. The raffle was a long affair and the President thanked everyone for their generosity. Please contact for further details. Home


On 16th August a group of members had great fun at outdoor bowling, a lighhearted quiz and pie and peas supper at the RI Bowling Club Ashton Lane York. This is a favourite and very welcoming venue for the Society supplying us with homecooked quality food much enjoyed by us all. Please contact for further details. Home

President's Reception

The Presidents Reception was held in the newly renovated - all tartan - York Golf Club Strensall on Sunday 7th October. Some 46 members attended enjoying traditional roast beef or seabass. Being so well attended,the afternoon was full of lively conversation and a good time for friends to relax and catch up on news and forthcoming events. Please contact for further details. Home

Ladies Circle

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. The February lunch was attended by 22 ladies enjoying Leek & potato soup or aubergine pomegranate salad followed by seabass or pork chops,tea or coffee and hand made chocolates. Instead of a speaker we had a variety of gadgets including jar,can and garage openers,potato masher,scissors and egg cutter, Ishbel naming needle and thread as the worst gadget having never mastered using one.Throughout the year we have a variety of talks, some with demonstrations, from some very interesting speakers, this year, including a visit to Ashfield Restaurant, Marie Curie speaker, Copper to Shepherd and Women of WW1 to name but a few and we ring the changes with informal lunches too. Our May meeting incorporates the AGM. 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

The annual St Andrew's Night Dinner and Dance was held in the Parade Ring Restaurant at York Racecourse on Saturday 24th November. The three course dinner was followed by dancing to the accordionist Hugh Barwell. With everyone in highland dress or dinner suits it is always a special reminder of what the society is all about - all things scottish! Another superb evening from our President and Council. Please contact for further details. Home

St Andrewtide Service

The service took place at St Columba's Church on the Sunday 25th November following St Andrew's Night celebrations. A time to remember old friends and reflect on the comradeship of our society. Home


,TBA Please contact for further details. Home

Burns' Celebration

Our Burns Celebration was held on Saturday 26th January in The Parade Ring Restaurant York Racecourse. There was a small reduction in price this year thanks to the great negotiating skills of Jack our functions organiser.Thanks to Jack and the council the Burns Supper this year was a great success attended by 76 members and friends including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of York. The 110th Burns Celebration Dinner began with a welcome and Grace from our President. As ever we were well served by the racecourse staff even providing Burns inspired cocktails - a Jean Armour- a long one staying the distance, A wee timourous beasty -a short one, down the neck straight to the tail. Gin smoked salmon or dragon fruit raspberry and melon was followed by The Haggis, piped in by Jim, then a delicious ballotine of chicken or baked butternut squash for our vegetarian option. A pavlova boat, berries and ice cream with coffee and mints completed a superb meal. Ian, our President proposed the Loyal Toast with Ishbel giving us a very interesting and entertaining 'Immortal Memory'. The Toon we Bide in proposed by Marlynn gave us an insight into her move to and life in York, followed by the response from The Lord Mayor. David M and Aileen G were a very good double act with the amusing toast to the Lassies and response in kind. An extra treat was the selection of Scottish songs sung by Mike with music by Ros, the last verse of A man's a man for a' that having everyone joining in. Greetings from kindred societies, which seem to increase every year, were read by our Toastmaster Graeme and the evening was completed with Auld Lang Syne after thanks from Ian. For further information please do contact our secretary on



Our President invites you and your friends to a ceilidh on Friday 8th March at Stockton on Forest village hall from 7pm . The Ceilidh is always a very popular, good fun evening for all ages with a 5 peice ceilidh band and dance caller. There will be a cold supper with wine and soft drinks, all for 15 per head, so book early to ensure your place. Bookings should be returned to Jack by 21st January. For further information please do contact our secretary on


Tartan Ball

The Burns Federation Annual Tartan Ball will be held on Saturday 13th April 2019 6:15 for 6:45 until midnight at the Holiday Inn, Barnsley Road, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 3JT.Highland, Evening or Lounge Suits with a show of tartan where possible. Music will be provided by Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band. Please forward applications by 29th for details. For further information please do contact our secretary on


Ladies Circle Theatre Evening

This years theatre trip was on 14th February 7:30 for what was an entertaining showing of the musical Grease, Valentines Day but it is a romantic show. The show was full of great singing and dancing, sticking very well with the original show, not quite John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John but very talented performers.Please contact for more information. Home

Burns World Federation Events

7th -9th September in The Riverside Lodge Irvine

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, March 2019.