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THE ROYAL SCOTTISH PIPE BAND ASSOCIATION

(London and the South of England Branch)

Branch News


29/11/19

 

OBITUARY -STEVE DONALDSON

Many branch members will remember Steve Donaldson, our steward with the original yellow hackle in his glengarry, and we were very sorry to hear from his wife Nancy that he had unexpectedly died of a heart attack in September.  A few extracts from his eulogy sum up his gentle nature

Nancy had been in the Stevenage Pipe Band since the early seventies and Steve came along for the ride. He bought an old Gordon Highlander kilt and sporran for £3.00 and always felt ten feet tall when wearing it. He was very good with the collecting box and raised a lot of money for the band with his cheeky but persuasive ways. He was a vital fundraiser in the campaign to take the band to the Cowal Games. 

When the Stevenage Pipe Band folded, Steve went on to be Chief Steward for the RSPBA.

Attending competitions all over the country was physically challenging but very rewarding and very social.  Nancy noted that Steve really loved the pipe band world and the people that were involved within it but he was not so keen on the "Tuesday aching muscles" after a Sunday contest. He finally handed over his yellow hackle in 2008.  His passion over the last decade had been model railways and steam engines, and he had been hoping to get his steam loco licence.

Steve was a very kind and caring man, generous beyond measure with both time and money. He had a gentle and calm nature,  a great sense of humour and was always enthusiastic and enjoyed life.  He will be greatly missed.

 

 


16/11/19

 

OBITUARY - RON PATERSON QPM

After an impressive career in the Metropolitan Police, for which he received the Queen's Police Medal,  Ron Paterson turned his talents to supporting pipe bands in the London and South of England Branch of the RSPBA.  Scottie Maclean asked him to be her Branch Vice President in 1997, and he stepped up in 2003 to take over the Presidency from her.  In both roles Ron was diligent in attending Branch contests, and with a mixture of charm and persuasion did much to maximise sales of raffle tickets and programmes.  Tony Harris took over in 2009 but became unwell and Ron agreed to resume the Presidency in 2016.  He finally handed over the reins to Walter MacGregor in 2018.  Ron was a very active and competent President, attending committee meetings and always supportive of the Branch and its bands. 

During his last few years in office Ron spent much time tending to his wife Pam who became progressively unwell, and his devotion to her was a lesson to all who saw them.   Sadly his own last years were beset by ill health, but he remained positive and maintained his interest in the Branch up to the last.  We are most grateful for his commitment and support over the past decades.   May he rest in peace

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15/11/19

 

A message from the Branch Secretary:

"The 55th Branch AGM will be held on Sunday 24 November 2019. The venue is the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus,(Building A) University Square, LU1 3JU. Once more the plan is to hold an AGM preceded at 11.30 by a Training Workshop run by Tony Sloane RSPBA Adjudicator on what he is looking for from Band Pipers in competitions as well as ensemble performances. The outline timings are:

11.00 - arrive /coffee
11.30-1230 - Workshop
1230-1330 - break for lunch
1330-1530 - AGM
1530 - depart

Both the Training workshop and light refreshments will be provided free of charge but in order to cater with sufficient supplies please can you advise me the total number of band members who will attend.

Please note that any Band wishing to attend the AGM and Training Workshop should have completed and paid their annual membership. For your convenience I have attached the Band Annual Membership Subscription 2019/20 Form, the AGM Agenda, the List of Branch Officials, the Minutes of the previous AGM.The Election of Officers is an important item on the AGM Agenda.

As mentioned in a previous email you will see from the attached list the position of Vice Chair is still vacant. The Branch Committee wish me to stress the importance of filling this post. Please consider your circle of members, friends and supporters to identify a suitable candidate with the necessary enthusiasm and background. For your information I attach a list and have marked in red where officials' tenure will terminate unless re-elected and/or replaced at the AGM.
 

In addition to nominations for the position of Vice Chair I wish to canvass Bands to encourage volunteers for various roles (programmes/raffles/competition catering) that would be ideal for non-playing members/supporters. 

With apologies to those who have already contacted me I would be very grateful if you would let me know by Monday 18 November 2019:

  • name(s) of Band representative(s) attending the AGM
  • any apologies
  • any matters/items for the Agenda
     
  • the names of Members attending the Training event
     

Finally here is some information about getting there and parking. The campus is located in Luton Town Centre about 2 miles off Junction 10 of the M1. 

Car parking within the university campus is exceedingly limited.  However the cheapest and closest car park is in Vicarage Street, Luton L1 3HZ.

When approaching the university campus from along St Mary's Road, select the left lane and at the traffic lights - immediately after St Mary's Church but before the multi-storey Mall and car park - turn left into Church Road, then left into Park Street, then left into Vicarage Street, then at the 'No Entry' signs turn right and this 'open' car park should be in view." 


 


20/10/19

Branch Chair Jackie Allan sent a wee report of the training day held on 19/10/19

"P/M Ron Paterson ran an excellent training day on Saturday 19 October in eastern England, with representatives from 8 bands, 37 people in total. . The Band /Competition players were tutored by Angus Ingram and Iain Graham, the five learners were with Colin Taylor and the Drummers were tutored by Dan Belfield

After a day of intense focus on strathspey rhythms, we all came together on instruments to play O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch and Louden's Bonny Woods and Braes with a great deal of "Scottish snap" and significantly better than most of us manage in the competition MSRs!"

 

Learners tuning pipes

 

Pipes and drums demonstrating their strathspey styles

 


09/10/19

The 55th Branch AGM will be held on Sunday 24 November 2019 at 13.30.

The venue is the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, University Square, LU1 3JU.

Once more the plan is to hold an AGM preceded at 11.30 by a Training Workshop run by Tony Sloane, RSPBA Adjudicator on what he is looking for from Band Pipers in competitions as well as ensemble performances. 

Any Band wishing to attend the AGM and training events should have completed a membership form and paid their annual subscription.

Band registration forms can be downloaded here.

 


A Training Course for Pipers and Snare Drummers has been organised by the London & South of England Branch, the details are:

 
Date: Sat 19 October
Time: 09.30-16.30
Venue: West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3TT.
 
Cost: RSPBA Member x £25; RSPBA Juv Band Member x £12; non-members £45.
 
The Training Day Application Form can be downloaded here - the closing date is 12 Oct 2019.

 


08/09/19

Chatsworth results are now posted here

 


26/08/19

The draw for the Chatsworth All England contest is now posted here.

 


11/08/19

 

Results from the SGS Contest are now posted here.

 


31/07/19

Normal service resumed!

 

Draw for the SGS contest on 04/08/19 is now posted here

 

Entry Forms for the Chatsworth Contest are now available here

 

Results from the Corby Contest are now available on the Results Page

 


22/06/19

Entry forms for the South Gloucester Show Contest are now available here.

 


12/06/19

The results of the "Pipes in the Park", Colchester Contest are now available on the Results Page

 


31/05/19

The draw for the "Pipes in the Park", Colchester Contest is now shown here

 


15/05/19

 

The results from the PM Jim McGinn Memorial Contest are now available here.

 


08/05/19

Entry forms for the "Pipes in the Park" Contest at Colchester are now available here.

 


25/04/19

The draw for the PM Jim McGinn contest is now available here.

 


11/04/19

Results from the Mini Band Contest are now available here.

 


29/01/19

Entry forms for the Mini Band and PM Jim McGinn Contests are now available through the links here.

Also, the Corby contest entry forms which include Full Band, Quartet and Solo Piping are available here.

 


07/01/19

Pipe Major Ron Paterson of Reading Scottish Pipe Band as the newly elected Education Officer for the branch intends to run a series of training courses for pipers and drummers in the branch.
 
He is putting together a training day on 9th March for pipers, which will be held in Reading’s practice hall, and will run from 10 until 5, with registration and tea/coffee from 9.30. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day and a hot lunch will be served.
 
The course is intended for pipers of all levels from beginner through to experienced players and classes will be streamed into Competition players, Band players, and Developing players, with material appropriate to each level.
 
 

27/11/18

Details of the Branch AGM can be seen here.

 


06/09/18

The results from the All England Championships at Chatsworth are now available here

 


29/08/18

The draw for the All England Championships at Chatsworth is now shown here

 


 19/07/18

 

Results from the Corby Contest are now available here.

 


03/07/18

The draw for the Corby Contest is now available here

 

Entry Forms for the Chatsworth Contest are now available here.

 


13/06/18

Results from the Colchester Contest are now posted here.

 


01/06/18

The draw for the "Pipes in the Park" Contest is now shown here.

 


14/05/18

Results from the PM Jim McGinn contest are now available here

 


30/04/18

The draw for the PM Jim McGinn contest is now available here

 


24/04/18

Entry Forms for the 15/07/18, Corby Contest are now available here.

 


22/04/18

 

Entry Forms for the 10/06/18, Pipes in the Park (Colchester) Contest are now available here.

 


20/04/18

Results from the Mini-Bands, Quartets and Solos are now here

 

Entry forms for the PM Jim McGinn Contest are now available here

 


 

08/04/18

Draw for Quartets & Mini Band Contest is now available here

 


19/02/18

 

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton will be appearing in London in April, get your tickets here:

https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/folk/ross-ainslie-ali-hutton/

 


14/02/18


Entry Forms and contest details for the 15/04/18, Mini Band, Quartet and solos contest are now available here.

 


07/02/18

The 2018 Diary has now been updated and can be found here, thanks for your patience.

 


16/10/17

Band registration forms for the forthcoming season are available here

 


25/09/17

 

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

London & South of England Branch

REGENERATION!

 

Do you wish to improve your knowledge of Piping and Drumming?

This one day course will cover all levels from beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

 

As a branch we are pleased to announce our first Piping and Drumming course which will take place as follows.

 

Students may bring a packed lunch or purchase a light lunch on the day.

 

A certificate of attendance will be given on the day.

 

Saturday 7th October 2017  9am – 5pm

St Andrews Church Hall, London Road, Reading. RG1 5BD

 

For further information please contact the Branch Education Officer

chicmackie77@gmail.com

 


16/09/17

Results from the All England Pipe Band Championships held at Chatsworth are now available here

 


 

20/07/17

Chatsworth Solo entry forms and contest details are now available here

 


 

17/07/17

 

Corby results are now here

 

Chatsworth Band Entry Forms are now available here, solo piping forms will be available soon.

 


 

28/06/17

Draw for the Corby Contest is now available here

 


 

26/06/17

Results from the Colchester, Pipes in the Park Contest are now posted here.

 


 

02/06/17

The draw for the Colchester contest is now available here

 


 

19/05/17

Results from the Jim McGinn contest are now available here

 

Entry forms for the Corby Contest are now available here

 


 

27/04/17

Draw for the PM Jim McGinn contest is now available here.

 


 

17/04/17

 

Results from the Mini Band Contest are now posted here

 

Entry forms and Contest details for the "Pipes in the Park" Contest, formerly known as the "Scotland in Colchester" Contest are now available here.

 


27/02/17

 

The draw for the 9th April Mini Band Contest is now available here

 


10/02/17

 

Please note the Quartet Contest has been cancelled, please see note here

 


12/01/17

Please note, that due to unforeseen circumstances the Branch Meeting due to be held on 29th January, 2017 has been cancelled.

 


09/01/17

Entry forms and contest details for the 2017 Branch Indoor Contests are now available through the Branch Contest Page

 


09/11/16

The Branch AGM as 27 November 2016 at the Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, Middlesex TW5 9PD.

The Band Branch Annual Membership Subscription of £25.00 for 2016/2017 is due for payment by 27 November 2016.  In addition all Bands must register with the RSPBA prior to registering with the Branch.  Bands may not take part in any Branch activities until both subscriptions are paid.

Registration forms can be downloaded using this link

 


30/09/16

A Message from Branch Chairman, Walter MacGregor:

I have just heard today from her younger son, David, that Scottie's funeral service is to be held at The Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Stevenage Old Town SG1 3DB on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at !.00 pm.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family may do so by contacting

Mr D A K MacLean
1 Miller’s Gardens
Kelvedon
Essex
CO5 9AH

Given Scottie’s very substantial contribution to RSPBA both at branch and national level it would be fitting if as many pipers and drummers, past and present members of bands in the London & South of England Branch and elsewhere could turn out to play at her funeral. I have asked Stephen Cussen, Pipe Major of the University of Bedfordshire Pipe Band, to organise this on behalf of the Branch and shall be grateful if you will liaise with him in that connection. Stephen may be contacted on email at stephen.cussen@ubs.com

Kind regards

Walter MacGregor

 


22/09/16

The Branch is sad to hear of the passing of our Vice President Mrs Scottie MacLean, further details will be announced here when they become available.

Scottie was a fine lady who will be missed by all who knew her. Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends.

 


08/09/16

Results from the All England Championships at Chatsworth are now posted here.

Solo piping results will be posted shortly.

 


25/08/16

The draw for the All England Pipe Band Championships at Chatsworth on Sunday 4th September is now available here

 


25/07/16

Entry form for both the Pipe Band (All England Championships) and Solo Piping contests at the Chatsworth Country Fair on 4th September, 2016 are now available here

 


17/07/16

The results from the Corby contest are now available here

 


05/06/16

The draw for the Scotland in Colchester contest is now available here

 


21/05/16

Congratulations to the University of Bedfordshire Pipe Band Drum Corps who were today crowned British Champions in Grade 3A at Paisley.

 


16/05/16

Results from the PM Jim McGinn Memorial Contest can be viewed here

 


01/05/16

The draw for the PM Jim McGinn Memorial Contest can be viewed here

 


17/04/16

Results from the mini band contest are now available here

 

Entry forms for the Scotland in Colchester can now be downloaded here

 

Entry forms for the Corby Highland Gathering Contest can now be downloaded here

 


05/04/16

Entry forms for the PM Jim McGinn Memorial Contest, to be held on 8th May 2016, are available to download here

 


04/04/16

The draw for the Indoor contest to be be held on 10th April is now available here

 


03/03/16

Entry forms for the mini band contest to be held on 10/04/16 can be downloaded here

 


02/03/16

Results from the Quartet & Trios Contest are now posted to the Branch Contest Results Page

 


22/02/16

The draw for the Quartet & Trios Contest is now available on the Branch Contest Draws Page

 


15/01/16

Entry forms for the Quartet, Trio, Solo Piping and Drumming Contest on 28th February are available to download here

 


01/11/15

Branch registration forms can be downloaded from the Branch Documents Page