Events in 2022

Saltash Summer School 20th August 2022


Musicians Workshop Saturday 17th September 2022

We are delighted to invite Ian Robertson to Cornwall to take our first musicians workshop. I am sure many of you will have come across Ian playing at festivals and events across the country.  Ian is an accomplished accordion and fiddle play. He is classically trained and has played for Scottish and English folk dance events for many years initially playing with his father (Alan) and sister Judith. Ian composes, arranges and records music. 3 of his excellent CDs are “On track” by Sound Company, Robertson: a musical heritage and Full Circle.  We have places for 25 musicians who are competent with their instrument. About 3 months before the event we will send out a music pack to those on the course. The day is being held at Fraddon Village Hall. Cost of the 2 workshops is £20 and there will be an opportunity to try out your new skills in the evening by playing for a ceilidh.  So if you have ever fancied having a go at playing for Scottish Country dancing this is the workshop for you!

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson


or more information on any of the above events please email or ring me – Ros McLaughlin,  07999543078

Please check the Carswellian which provides details of all dancing events in the South West and further afield.





Saltash Autumn Social 17th September 2022

Liskeard Social Dance 22nd October 2022


Saltash St Andrew’s Dance 26th November 2022

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 16th  AUTUMN SOCIAL DANCE   Menheniot Village Hall (PL14 3RR)  7:45-10:15 (Please arrive at 7:30).  Dancing to the music of Ian Robertson.   Tickets: £5 to include Tea/coffee and home made cake — payable in advance or on the door, but please let Rachel Clatworthy (e: / ph: 01752 845588) know if you’re coming.


All dances will be walked through

Susie’s Jig, Rutland Reel, Silver Tassie, Father Connelly’s Jig, Dancing Bees, MacDonald of Keppoch ***  Cranberry Tart, City of Belfast, Bratach Bana, Luckenbooth Broach, Mrs Milne of Kinneff, Mairi’s Wedding.


Then on Saturday evening following the workshop we will have a mass band of musicians keen to share their new skills so please come along to Fraddon Village Hall for a Nice ‘n Easy Scottish Country dance.  This evening will be suitable for less experienced dancers but all very welcome.  Ploughman’s supper included in the ticket price.  Come and support the musicians who have been working hard all day.

Saturday 17th September 2022 , Fraddon Village Hall TR9 6NT


Nice ‘n Easy Scottish Country Dance

to the sounds of live music led by Ian Robertson

(following the musicians’ workshop)


includes a Ploughman’s Supper


Tickets £10.00   RSCDS Cornwall Branch Members £5.00

Helen Davenport / 07955283485


Our dance on Saturday evening could be a great way to introduce friends to SCD, showing them what a excellent activity it is to keep fit and make friends.

RSCDS Cornwall Branch celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a Day of Dance at Liskeard Public Rooms on Saturday 14th May 2022.

What a day – fantastic music by Sandy Nixon and his Band from Scotland, wonderful food provided by Judith Scott and team from Something Nice of Launceston for our Evening Ball and an artistically designed celebratory cake made by Rachel Clatworthy, one of our members.  All guests on the day were also given a 30th Anniversary celebratory booklet which included a short history of the Branch since its formation in 1990.  This was compiled by Polly Barton


The Branch used this occasion to acknowledge the commitment to Scottish Country dancing in Cornwall and beyond by presenting 4 Branch Awards

These were given to

Les and Dawn Burden for helping to bring high quality RSCDS dance teachers and a fantastic range of musicians to Cornwall by running a Scottish Country Dance weekend in Bude every October for 24 years. As well as the great music and dance opportunities these weekends were always well attended by dancers from across the country drawn by the great location and wonderful culinary skills of Dawn.


Felicity Hooper for compiling and editing The Carswellian, our Scottish Country Dance Magazine for the South West and beyond. Felicity has kept the dancing community together and ensured we all stayed informed of up and coming events.  She has done this single handily for the past 25years, producing 5 issues a year.  As well as her Award  from the Cornwall Branch Felicity received a bouquet of flowers and card from the RSCDS Exeter Branch


Val Dawson for her commitment to Scottish Country dancing in Cornwall.  Very aptly Val received her Award in Liskeard which was the first place she danced in Cornwall and also where she started her first class more than 40 years ago. Since then Val has encouraged many people to try Scottish Country Dancing by opening groups in Newquay, Bodmin, Pelynt, St Austell and Crackington Haven.


Polly Barton who completed her full Scottish Country dancing certificate in 1989, allowing Cornwall to then apply to become a Branch in March 1990. At the time it was a requirement that to form a Branch of the RSCDS 2 qualified dance teachers were required.  Since then Polly has played an active role in Branch activities serving on the committee, running the demonstration team and teaching classes.

Unfortunately Polly was unable to join us in person on the day but due to the wonders of modern technology we were able to present her Award by Zoom.


We had a wonderful day of dancing.  Two dances both accompanied by the amazing sounds of Sandy Nixon and his Band – Alistair on keyboard and Ross on drums.  The Band kept us on our toes all afternoon and evening.  In the afternoon the tempo was nice and steady helping to keep the less experienced dancers on the floor. By the evening, Sandy did up the tempo slightly and introduced some wonderful complimentary tunes for the dances particularly when an encore was requested from the dance floor.  The Public Rooms was an excellent venue for our dance. The Main Hall with stage has a good dance floor, with plenty of space to dance.


See the pictures using the links below

30th Anniversary Awards

30th Anniversary Cakes

30th Anniversary People

30th Anniversary Dances