St Andrew Society of York

Updated for 2017-18

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 Copmnthorpe 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 2017/18

May 30th, Tuesday,Scampston Hall Gardens
June 3rd, Saturday, The Coffee Morning
June 10th, Saturday, Bowls & Quiz
August 5th, Saturday, BBQ
September 19th, Tuesday, National Memorial Arboretum
October 1st, Sunday, President's Reception
October 12th, Thursday, Ladies Circle Lunch
November 25th, Saturday, St Andrew's Night Dinner Dance
November 26th, Sunday, St Andrewtide Service
December, 31st, Hogmany
January 20th, Saturday, Burns' Celebration
March March events Ceilidh
April 27th, Friday, The AGM
May 10th, 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 Recreational Hall at 7.30pm. It is at this event when all the formal business of the Society is concluded. The out-going President summarised her 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 3rd 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 Fund Raising Co-ordinator for York Mind, this year's President's Charity, enjoyed the day and will be speaking to the Ladies Circle on Thursday 12th October. The President extends many thanks to all members but especially The Ladies Circle for putting in such hard work on the day and beforehand to provide 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. Charity Please contact for further details. Home


The charity for 2017-18 is the York Mind. This is an independent provider of high quality mental health services in York and its surrounding areas. For further information please see their website Home

Scampston Hall Gardens

On Tuesday 30th May a group of 23 enthusiasts gathered at Scampston Hall to view the walled garden. A cool overcast day did not dampen spirits as we walked around the well laid out and maintained gardens including formal borders and vegetable plots. Before the rain came on we were inside enjoying our delicious afternoon tea and cream scones. Thanks go to our president for organising the day. Please contact for further details. Home

Bowls & Quiz

On Saturday 10th June, our President and a group of members spent the day at West Bretton Village Hall for the Yorkshire District AGM,bowls and quiz day.The Presidents reports that although it was his first experience of crown green bowls and that York contingent did not win, he was happy that they had played well and not disgraced themsleves.The quiz was very entertaining,not least the heated debates over some of the answers. The AGM gave us a newly elected secretary and another of our York members joining the Council.Next AGM will be held on Saturday 9th June 2018. The Tartan Ball is booked for 28th April 2018 at The Holiday Inn Dodworth, Barnsley. Home


Once again we are indebted to David and Aileen for their generous hospitality and hard work in preparing for the day. It was a splendid occasion when 60 members and friends shared good food, drinks and company on a fine day in Copmanthorpe on Saturday 5th August. Many members and non-members helped with setting up on Friday and the Ladies Circle joined in the preparation of salads and desserts. Three members became male chefs for the day cooking our delicious BBQ. The President adds his personal thanks to all who helped make this such an enjoyable day. Please contact for further details. Home

National Memorial Arboretum

A visit took place on Tuesday 19th September when we travelled by coach to the visitor centre at the National Memorial Arboretum, a 150 acres site in Alrewas Staffordshire. On a bright dry day the land train took us on a tour of the site highlighting many of the 300+ memorials. The memorials are so varied and interesting we soon realised that we could not cover the whole site in one day.Army,RAF, Naval ships and units,covering all military conflicts from WW1 to date were marked. There are gardens to mark civilian groups involved in the conflicts as well as Stillbirth and widows, and WI and very many more. The whole site is beautifully run by volunteers and a few employees, the gardens and woodlands alone are worthy of a visit.We were given a talk by our guide in the chapel on the history and future plans for the Arboretum including the displays and pictures. To the sound of the pipes from our dear Jim we gathered at the Scots Pines, an avenue of pine trees to say a prayer in remembrance of friends,family and the fallen,an incredibly touching moment attracting attention from other visitors and even a request to Jim for a rendition of Highland Cathederal. Many of the group made their way up the steps to the newly refurbished Armed Forces Memorial, which names all military personnel lost in conflict. After free time to revisit areas many of us wanted to explore in more detail we met in the main building to share afternoon tea before returning to York. Thanks go to our President for a most enjoyable and successful trip.Please contact for further details. Home

President's Reception

This year's President's Reception, was once again held in Strensall Golf club on Sunday 1st October. It is a particularly good venue, with newly refurbished lounge and dining area and the cuisine and service are ideal. Our President enjoyed welcoming you there and a good time was had by all. Thanks go to James for his assistance with the arrangements. 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. 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 May meeting incorporates the AGM. The January lunch saw 25 ladies enjoying a two course lunch with a speaker from NutritioninYork giving advice and some amazing facts about our digestive system and habits - just right after we had finished tucking into hand made chocolates.Sally was by no means judgemental but gave us all plenty to consider for a healthier future. Our next lunch of the season will be held on Thursday 8th February 2018. 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, our main event for wearing our finery and our men in black tie or highland dress was held on Saturday 25th November 6:45 for 7:30pm at York Racecourse. In an exciting move by York Racecourse to mark our 25 years relationship with them, we were allowed to hold our St Andrew Dinner in the newly refurbished Parade Ring Restaurant usually reserved for owners and trainers.The parade ring and enclosures were lit up specially for us and over 60 members and guests enjoyed first class service with fine crockery and crystal, certainly a special night to remember, with a highlight being a duet with Jim playing the bagpipes and Hugh his accordian. Please contact for further details. Home

St Andrewtide Service

The service took place at St Columba's Church on the Sunday following St Andrew's Night celebrations. Home


A healthy contingent joined the celebrations at Haxby Memorial Hall 7:30pm, dancing to the DB Band and enjoying 3 course meal.A rousing start to the year in typical scottish tradition. Please contact for further details. Home

Burns' Celebration

Our Burns Celebration dinner took place at the Dante Suite York Racecourse on January 20th 2018.The event was very well supported as always with far too much food at our four course meal but who can refuse the delicious haggis on Burns night! A Past President of the Burns Fderation (2006 -2007)proposed the toast to "The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns",indeed an honour for us. With the entertaining speakers and recognition of the talent of Robert Burns a great night was had by all. For further information please do contact our secretary on


Ladies Circle Theatre Evening

The Ladies Circle organised a theatre evening to see Guys and Dolls at York Theatre Royal on Monday 12th March. What a stunning performance by York Operatic Society an amateur group worthy of any west end show.The event was well supported as usual and we were all appreciative of Sheila for her hard work. Please contact for more information. Home

Burns World Federation Events

The three main events are:- the Conference, which was held in Peebles Hydro between 8th and 10th September this year. Our President and his lady along with two other of our members attended this event, renewing old friendships and making new ones from the 100 plus delegates. The first evening (Friday) was informal with dinner, the music and entertainment provided by LUATH.A highlight of the Conference was 3 Honourary Presidents Medals being awarded.At the formal evening dinner, the incoming President received the Presidential Chain of Office from the retiring President.The 2018 conference will be held in Irvine on 7th - 9th September. The AGM and Quiz in June and The Tartan Ball TBN

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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 2018.