We are registered as a charitable organisation teaching Scottish country dancing according to the guidelines laid down by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS). The RSCDS was formed in 1923, and all branches and affiliated groups are celebrating its centenary in 2023.
RSCDS Exeter was founded in 1969. 2019 was our Golden Jubilee year, and celebrations took place all year. In May 2019, when the branch celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ball at the University of Exeter, three founder members attended and were given mementoes in honour of branch founder, the late Naomi Fraser-Holland. After a buffet supper, 120 dancers were led by a piper (one of our own dancers) in a Grand March. Sandy Nixon and his band provided the music for the evening. The dance was MC-ed by former Branch President (and founder member) Sue Tyler and current teacher/former Chairman, Duncan Brown.
New dances devised by Exeter Branch members have been collected in a book to mark our 50th anniversary. Contact us for a copy. (We plan to make videos of the dances, but not until past Covid-19!)
Branch awards were presented to our two hard-working teachers, Laura and Duncan Brown.
A good time was definitely had by all!
In March 2023, a Branch Award was presented to Pauline Beeson at the Centenary Dance: