Kettering and District Caledonian Society

Patron: Duke of Buccleugh K.B.E.

News and Article's of interest 2016

Christmas Party Monday 19th December
Jeanette wishes to pass on her thanks to the committee for organising a very enjoyable Christmas Party.  The lunch was good and the games were fun, although I didn't have the good fortune to win any of the BIG prizes.  Hoping for more success at the next party.
Good wishes to all.
Waddnesdon Manor Saturday 10th December
Thanks for organising this trip, it was an amazing day even though it rained.
Best wishes
Thank you Alex for organising the brilliant trip to Waddesdon Manor.  Rachel and I really enjoyed it despite the rain.  The meal was very good and excellent value.  The coach and driver was really good.  The house looked lovely and I found all the Ginger-bread men, with my little team of helpers and a bit of cheating!  The lights were great and we were pleased we got to see them.  So well done you.
Thursday 27th October
New Members
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members our society.
David and Christine Jones.
Richard and Lesley Althorpe.
This brings the total number of new members for this year to 20.

Thursday 27th October

Our best wishes go out from the society to the following members.

To our Chairman Cathy Atkinson who has been in hospital for a kidney removal operation.  We wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back at the head of the table soon. 

Mailer Sharpe.  Mailer has been a regular attendee at our functions and a regular contributor to our magazine.  We wish him improved health and hope to see him back in good health soon.

Tony Constable.  Tony is also recovering from an operation.  We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in good health soon.

Monday 12th September
12 o'clock Club
This was our first meeting at our new venue. (The Eden Centre)  As we had to leave our previous meeting place due to closure.
The Eden Centre in Montague Street, Kettering is just what we needed.  It is very roomy and comfortable and has all the technology we need to run our meetings.  And to top it all the food is very good.
Our first meeting was a geography quiz.  A map of England with each county numbered was projected onto the screen.  All you had to do was give each number a county name.  It turned out to be not as easy as it looked.  But everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time and are looking forward to the next meeting. 

Monday 11th July

Stanwick Lakes

After a light lunch at the Visitor Centre we went off in our groups for a wander around the site.  There were a large number of birds of many different species to be seen.  these included, swans, different types of duck, waders and many smaller birds flitting around.  We all found it very interesting and had a most enjoyable afternoon.

Belated Congratulations

Congratulations are due (better late than never) to two of our members, on additions to their families.

Margo MacDonald became a grandmother to twin boys Thomas and James in May.

And Shirley Allaway is now a great-grandmother to Elliot Stanley who was born in June.

                                                                              Sunday 3rd July
                                                                      Garden Party
The annual garden party was a huge success with a record attendance.  A cheque was presented to "Crazy Hats" for £1.531.  Glennis Hooper (founder of Crazy Hats) on receiving the cheque, said, that we had raised well in excess of £10.000 for the charity since we started to support them. 
Harry Kniazyk was presented with a prize for finding Jock on the web-site.


Rona Gordon

I am sad to have to inform you that Mum (Rona Gordon) died on 09th June after a sudden short illness.m

She always enjoyed her membership of the Caledonian Society, and was very pleased to able to attend the Burns Supper earlier this year along with her family, where she particularly enjoyed the dancing display.

Funeral details will be published in the local press.

We send our condolences to all of Rona's family.

                                                                                         Anne Gordon

Monday 9th May 2016
                                                                                                Visit to Bletchley Park
We set off by coach from the Corn Market on a warm sunny Monday morning.  After an hour's drive from Kettering we arrived at Bletchley Park.  This was the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War 2 and is well worth visiting.
Once inside the Visitor Centre you are transported back to the world of the 1940s.  The emphasis of the exhibitions is to tell the stories of the people who worked there and their amazing achievements.  It is said that their efforts shortened the war by at least two years.  There is so much to see and the grounds are easy to walk round with plenty of places to sit for a rest.
Fronted by a small lake and gardens is the Manor House which is the central building.  This was the GHQ of the operation but when the staff numbers expanded huts were erected and there were twelve in all, these have been brilliantly restored and as you go through them you are transported back in time and begin to realize the grim reality that was the British war effort.
At least 10,000 people worked there during the war.  These were from all walks of life. There was a vast army of cryptographers of course as well as dispatch riders, maintenance men, cleaners and catering crews.  Every single one had to sign The Official Secrets Act and no one talked about their work at Bletchley.  When the famous ENIGMA machine codes were finally broken the Germans never knew and never did find out.
All to soon our visit was over and after a quick stop at the gift shop we were on our way back home.  Many of us have decided to return again as there is so much to see.  The ticket you buy is valid for a year.
                                                                                        Another successful day out.
                                                               Many thanks to the committee members who arranged it.
Sunday 8th May 2016
                                                           President Mary's 60th Birthday Celebration
A beautiful Spring day greeted us on Sunday when President Mary held her 60th birthday celebration.
The venue was the Events Suite at Boughton House near Kettering.
Mary had invited many friends and colleagues she had known over the years.  Some from her university days, who had travelled long distances to be there.
After a delicious buffet lunch prepared and served by Gloria and her wonderful team, we toasted Mary and sang our felicitations.
Our fun filled afternoon ended with a group photo of all the guests taken in the court yard area.  the weather continued very warm and remained a steady 23 degrees all day
                                                               "Oh to be in England now that Spring is  here!!"  A memorable day.

Saturday 7th May 2016
                                                       Caledonian Spring Dance
Our venue for this year's dance was the elegant Ritz Ballroom in Desborough.  With its chandeliers and subtle modern décor it was an ideal setting for our gathering.
We had a special reason to celebrate that evening as it was our president, Mary Webster's 60th birthday.    
After a delicious meal we enjoyed her birthday cake with our coffee.  The traditional Scottish music of the Marie Addy Duo got most of us onto the floor to enjoy the dancing.
Evan those of us who are normally staunch bystanders were encouraged to take a turn around the floor to the more vigorous tunes.
Alex was our Master of Ceremonies and Joe encouraged us to give generously to a raffle with great prizes.
"Play Your Cards Right", in aid of the Crazy Hats Charity, was very popular too with a substantial cash prize.
Thanks to the Committee for organising another successful evening.
                                        Retirement of Veronica MacAngus 2016
Veronica has decided to stand down from the committee.  We would like to thank her for the many years of loyal service she has given to the society.
                                                        Haggis Fights Back
Talking about humour, the following behind the scenes incident occurred during my address to the haggis at our Burns Night Supper and is worth sharing with you.                                                                                         When it came to the verse where I use a knife to "cut ye up wi, ready slight", imagine my surprise to discover that the haggis on display was not cooked!  So, there was I in full flight describing the haggis as 'warm, reekin, rich' when in reality the bloody thing was stone cold.