Scottish Country Dancing in Watford

Watford and West Herts Scottish Society



We were founded in 1919 to promote Scottish Culture in the Watford area. Our main activity is Scottish Country Dancing.

We have weekly dancing classes on Thursday nights in Bushey (Beginners welcome). We also have a Burns Night in January, a Caledonian Ball in March, and other activities.

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Next Event

Caledonian Ball

Saturday 19th March 2016, 7.30pm - 11.30pm, Allum Hall, Elstree WD6 3PJ.

Live Music: Sandy Nixon and his band including Ian Robertson

Ball Crib (PDF)

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Our Dances

Informal and formal dances through the year

Our main dance event is the Caledonian Ball, held on the 3rd Saturday of March (unless Easter is early) at the Allum Hall in Elstree. About 100 dancers attend. There is a drinks reception and buffet style food. The band is central to the success of the evening. Over recent years we have hosted Ian Muir of Prestwick, Sandy Nixon, Ian Robertson, Strathallan, Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith.

We have informal dance at Christmas and at the end of June, with live music, at the Bushey Centre. About 40 to 50 people attend these dances.

Over the last two years we have hosted to Ceilidh Dances (fun nights out with no experience needed).

Next Event

Caledonian Ball

Saturday 19th March 2016, 7.30pm - 11.30pm, Allum Hall, Elstree WD6 3PJ.

Live Music: Sandy Nixon and his band including Ian Robertson

Ball Crib (PDF)

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Event Date/Time Venue and Details
Christmas Dance Thursday 17th December 2015, 8pm - 11pm Bushey Centre, WD23 1TT. Live Music Band: Ken Martlew and Barbara Manning.
Ball Practice Sunday 13th March 2016, 2pm - 5pm Nascot Wood Recital Hall, Nascot Wood Junior School, Nascot Wood Road, Watford WD17 4YS
Caledonian Ball Saturday 19st March 2016, 7.30pm - 11.30pm Allum Hall, Estree, WD6 3PJ, Music from the Sandy Nixon Band

Crib (PDF)

West MACS Charity Ball Saturday 9th April 2016, 7.30pm - 11.30pm Preston Manor School, Carlton Ave E, Wembley, HA9 8NA. Music from Nicol McLaren and the Glencraig Band.

Summer Dance Thursday 30th June 2016, 8pm - 10.30pm Bushey Centre, WD23 1TT Live Music from Live Music from Chris Oxtoby. Tickets at the door £8

Thursday Classes

General Classes and Beginners Classes

Come and join in, we are friendly and welcoming.

Classes are led by a rota of Royal Scottish Country Dance Society qualified teachers, senior members, and guest teachers.

Classes are at Bushey Centre, Bushey Country Club, High Street, Bushey, WD23 1TT, from 8.00pm - 10.00pm (Map). Classes cost £4.

Beginners are welcome and are integrated into the main class, with some opportunities for practice in the side room. Please let us know in advance by email if you are coming for the first time.

Autumn Term: Thursday 10th September 2015, until Thursday 10th December 2015 (Christmas Dance on 17th December 2014)

Winter Term: Thursday 7th January 2016, to Thursday 17th March 2016. NO CLASS on the 24th of March 2016.

Spring Term: Thursday 31st March 2016, to Thursday 23rd June 2015 (Summer Dance on 30th June 2015)

AGM: 2nd June 2015 (dancing after the AGM).

General Classes

First Class 7th January 2016.

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Please contact us by email if you are new to Scottish Dancing and would like to learn.

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Burns Night and more

Celebrate Burns, join us for Walks, come to talks and outings

Our main annual "non dancing" event in our Burns Night. There is a traditional meal including a Haggis starter, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies, and some short poems. After all of that it is time for Ceilidh dancing.

Other events include a President's Evening, a Talk and a Walk.

Next Event

Burns Dinner Dance

Friday 22nd January 2016,
7.15 for 7.45 to 00.30am,

Watford Town and Country Club,
Rosslyn Rd,
WD18 0JX

tickets £35
book in advance by 13th Jan
from Rod MacNamara on email

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Event Date and Time Venue
President's Evening Saturday 29th August 2015, 5pm for 5.30pm to 7.00pm Contact Duncan McNiven on email
Talk on behalf of the Woodland Trust Wednesday 25th November 2015, 8pm Watford Friends Meeting House, 150 Church Road, Nascot Wood, Watford WD17 4QB
New Year Stroll Sunday 3rd January. Time 10.30am Starts from Duncan McNiven's home in Croxley Green. Contact Duncan McNiven on email
Burns Dinner Dance Friday 22nd January 2016, timing 7.15pm for 7.45pm until 00.30 Watford Town and Country Club, Rosslyn Rd, Watford, WD18 0JX contact Rod Macnamara on email

Our History

We've been dancing since 1919

Mr William Park Porter founded the society in 1919.

Interviewed in 1941, he said “I thought there was room for a Society to gather together the Scots and their families in and around Watford and I discussed the matter with Mr Ramsey. The result was a talk in my house in Upton Road at which Mr Ramsey, Mr Scully, Mr James Mackie and Mr Scott were present.

The outcome was that Mr Scully agreed to act as Secretary pro tem and invitations were sent to all known Scots to meet in Bucks room to further the project.

The meeting took place and it was agreed to for a "WEST HERTS SCOTTISH SOCIETY" to promote social intercourse among Scots in the district, and to encourage a knowledge of Scottish Literature and Music among members and especially the families of those members.

The society went on steadily growing and proving by the interest of the members, that it filled a place in the Community"


Mr William Porter